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March 8, 2013   (9 comments)
Spring Training Notebook: The Swisher surge
It's only Spring Training, but new acquisition Nick Swisher is already making his presence felt as a member of the Cleveland Indians. The switch-hitting Swisher had a great week for the Indians, who are currently 10-5 in the Cactus League. Ubaldo Jimenez also looks to be on the rebound and Jason Gimabi, yes 42-year-old Jason Giambi, hit his first home run of the spring this past week. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in the latest edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
March 8, 2013   (3 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #15: Indians 6, Giants 4
Ubaldo Jimenez pitched four strong innings, giving up a run without walking a batter, leading the Indians to a 6-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants. Jason Giambi hit his first home run of the spring, while Nick Swisher and Ryan Raburn kept their averages over .500 by driving in five total runs between them. Join Jim Pete on a spring tour of the Indians latest Spring victory.
March 7, 2013   (4 comments)
Raburn needs to just let it "fly"
Ryan Raburn has proven to pretty much be definition of "league average" over his seven year career. Over his career he has proven to be a versatile player that can handle many positions and provide some pop to the lineup, but he has been inconsistent at the plate the last two years and is now attempting a Major League comeback as a utility bat option off the bench for the Indians. The IBI's Charlie Adams chimes in with some analysis on where Raburn has gone wrong, and why just a few more fly balls off his bat could be all the difference to make him a solid option off the bench.
March 7, 2013   (7 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #11 LHP Scott Barnes
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes. The Ryan Garko for Barnes trade back in July of 2009 may end up as one of the best trades the Indians have made in the last several years, and whether he ends up as a full time bullpen arm or a starter down the road, the Indians believe they have a solid piece to their big league pitching puzzle for the next several years. He is in the mix for a Major League job this spring, and Tony breaks down all of his pluses and minuses in this detailed scouting report.
March 7, 2013   (8 comments)
2013 IBI Top 100 Prospects & More book available for sale
The new 2013 Indians Baseball Insider: The Top 100 Prospects & More book is now available for sale. This year's 252-page version has 204 players in the Indians organization featured in it with scouting reports for everyone, a new International Top 20 prospect listing for those that are new to the organization or may be debuting stateside this year, and more. The book is available for purchase on-line and should be available at other outlets soon. Details inside...
March 7, 2013   (7 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #14:  Indians 4, Dodgers 0
The good Justin Masterson was on display Wednesday as the right-hander pitched four shutout innings to lead the Indians to a 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Yan Gomes and Mark Reynolds each recorded two hits for the Indians in the contest, and 42-year-old designated hitter Jason Giambi recorded his first hit of the spring. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps all the action and offers some takeaways.
March 6, 2013   (4 comments)
The Corner of Carnegie and Ontario celebrates Ubaldo?
It's a new day here at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. While the North Shore spends it's days trying to figure out why that idiotic muskrat in Punxsutawney said winter would be over in two weeks, I'm busy saving my pennies to pick up my very first Ubaldo Jimenez jersey. That's right, it's time to embrace the enigmatic wonder of Ubaldo, and you'll never, EVER be the same again...
March 6, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #12 1B Jesus Aguilar
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is a guy that a lot of Indians fans and the organization themselves are excited about because good right-handed power is hard to find. He certainly has that and then some, and is arguably the best power prospect in the entire system. Tony talks about that power potential and other areas he excels as a hitter and defender, and also talks about where he has opportunity for improvement in this detailed scouting report.
March 6, 2013   (3 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #13: Indians 4, Giants 3
Apparently hitting home runs was as viral as the Harlem Shake in Scottsdale, Arizona on Tuesday as the Indians slugged their way to a 4-3 victory over the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants. Both teams collected their share of runs via the long ball as Cleveland hitters clubbed three solo blasts while the Giants belted two of their own. Tribe bullpen hopeful Bryan Shaw walked away with the win while starting rotation candidate Daisuke Matsuzaka pitched three shutout innings.
March 5, 2013   (1 comments)
Then & Now: Nick Hagadone
Nick Hagadone has gotten off to a torrid start this spring, and it looks as if he could be positioning himself as a front-runner for one of the Indians' open bullpen spots. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at Hagadone's career and touches on what the future may hold for the left-hander in this week's edition of Then & Now.
March 5, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #13 OF Luigi Rodriguez
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Luigi Rodriguez. Defensively and offensively the Indians feel like Rodriguez has as much talent as anybody in the organization, it is just a matter of him putting it together to be more consistent as a player day by day rather than in streaks throughout the year. Tony discusses all the abilities he brings with his bat and speed, and touches on where he needs to make big improvements in this detailed scouting report.
March 5, 2013   (6 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #12:  Indians 13, Cubs 5
The Indians had a dominant performance on Monday and snapped a two-game losing streak with a 13-5 win over the Chicago Cubs. Nick Swisher and Lonnie Chisenhall each had three hits, and rotation hopefuls Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer were in action. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the action and also offers some takeaways from the contest.
March 4, 2013   (6 comments)
IBI Power Poll: The most impactful middle infielder is...?
You can say what you want about the Indians' minor league organization, but their depth of talent in the middle infield is second-to-none. How good is it? Arguably their best position player of the past four years is at shortstop, and arguably their best prospect of the past two years is at second. Two of their top three prospects are shortstops, and you could make a case that four of the top five are middle infielders? So, who will be the best?
March 4, 2013   (3 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #14 RHP Trey Haley
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Trey Haley. It has taken some time, but everything is starting to come together for Haley now that he is 100% healthy and his fastball command is improving. He has the best arm in the system and could still end up starting again, and Tony talks about his talented right arm, what it brings, what he can become, and what he needs to improve in this detailed scouting report.
March 4, 2013   (0 comments)
Site News: 2013 prospect book update
Tony has been receiving a lot of inquiries as to the availability of his new 2013 Cleveland Indians prospect book. Today he provides a very quick update on the status of it as it is all written and is just in the final stages of completion with putting it together to send to press. He provides an update on that and when it may become available. Over 200 scouting reports in the book this year!!
March 3, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #11: Dodgers 5, Indians 1
The Cleveland Indians continued their spring decent down the other side of the mountain on Sunday afternoon, as the Los Angeles Dodgers used a big inning and a big home run to blow open a pitcher's duel in the seventh inning, carrying them to a 5-1 victory over the Indians.The Tribe bullpen showcased perhaps their three biggest arms in Vinnie Pestano, Cody Allen and Nick Hagadone, and they didn't disappoint...for the most part...
March 3, 2013   (3 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #15 LHP Nick Hagadone
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher Nick Hagadone. Hagadone has all the goods to be a dominating presence at the backed of a Major League bullpen, and showed that up until his final three weeks of action last season when everything fell apart and he suffered a self-inflicted hand injury. The Indians need a power armed lefty in the pen, and Tony looks at what stuff he brings, what he needs to get better at, and more in this detailed scouting report.
March 3, 2013   (13 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Working around Carrasco’s suspension
Tony returns from his vacation with another edition of the Happenings to check in on how things are going for the Indians in spring training. He talks about the Carlos Carrasco suspension and how the Indians may work around it, the injuries that are starting to pile up, takes a closer look at Corey Kluber and what value he truly brings to the team, updates us on how Rule 5 picks TJ McFarland and Hector Rondon are doing, provides the full 11-game TV schedule for the Indians this spring, and more!
March 3, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #10: Padres 11, Indians 8
The power of Ryan Raburn enflamed Goodyear Ballpark once again on Saturday as the utility player continued to state his case for the Indians bench this season as he clubbed his fourth home run of the young Cactus League campaign as part of the Indians’ six-run first inning. But the fun did not last long as Ubaldo Jimenez and the pitching staff came unraveled in the third inning to allow seven runs.
March 2, 2013   (0 comments)
IBI Digest: 2/24/13-3/2/13
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs