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March 21, 2013   (5 comments)
IBI March Madness: The Zajac Bracket
We are running a competition here on the IBI in conjunction with March Madness and giving away some prizes. With that in mind, site contributor Andrew Zajac analyzes the 2013 Division 1 tournament. Who's primed to be upset? What Cinderella could make a run? And who will be crowned National Champion? Check out his thoughts and be sure to sign up for the IBI Bracket Challenge!
March 20, 2013   (4 comments)
March Madness at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario
The Indians head through March Madness with a zany amount of sanity with regards to their roster. While there are a bunch of questions regarding the staff, it appears as though the 25-man roster is set heading forward. Jim Pete explores the questions surrounding the rotation, the real Ubaldo Jimenez, Kyle Lohse sightings, the last guys cut, and whether or not a long-term deal is in the cards for Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley.
March 20, 2013   (7 comments)
2013 Goodyear Notebook: March 19th
It was a camp day at the Indians minor league complex on Tuesday which made for a short day, but Tony shares lots of things with updates on the health of players like Austin Adams, C.C. Lee, and LeVon Washington, the strides being made by players like Nelson Rodriguez, Dylan Baker, D.J. Brown, and Martin Cervenka, and more updates in his daily briefing with the Indians player development staff.
March 20, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap:  March 19th
Tuesday was a camp day at Indians minor league camp which meant a short workout in the morning followed by two five innings games pitting AAA vs AA and A+ vs A. Left fielder Jorge Martinez had the big blow of the day with a towering two-run homer to right center, but several others such as Anthony Gallas, Tyler Naquin, Tony Wolters, Ronny Rodriguez, Francisco Mejia and many more had good showings.
March 20, 2013   (0 comments)
International Indians: Recapping the Indians in the WBC
The World Baseball Classic came to a close on Tuesday night when the Dominican Republic defeated Puerto Rico 3-0 to win the WBC crown. The Indians featured five active players, and with the tournament over the IBI's Kevin Dean reviews the performances by all five players in what was really an exciting, well played tournament.
March 20, 2013   (2 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Five names to know
Amazingly, we are only about 11 weeks from the 2013 MLB Draft. It is coming fast and furiously, and the IBI's Jeff Ellis will be providing more and more draft updates as it gets closer. In today's piece, Jeff takes a look at five names you should keep an eye on as players that are generating some buzz and moving up draft boards, and could figure into things with the Indians first or third round pick.
March 19, 2013   (6 comments)
2013 Key Players: Jason Kipnis
Jason Kipnis finds himself on this list for one big reason: the .233/.322/.328 line he posted after the All-Star break last season. Once upon a time last season Kipnis was up for consideration as an All Star and potentially a 30-30 season, but a poor second half leaves some questions as to what can be expected of him in 2013. He is expected to be the lynch pin in the lineup from Bourn and Cabrera to Swisher and Santana, and the IBI's Michael Goodman believes it makes him the most crucial player in the lineup.
March 19, 2013   (3 comments)
2013 Goodyear Notebook: March 18th
Tony chimes in with another notebook on several things he learned at Indians minor league camp on Monday. He spoke to right-hander D.J. Brown and got an update on his recovery, he spoke to the front office and received several updates on a few high profile 2012 Draft picks, recorded several radar gun readings, and he has all sorts of updates on the status of Bo Greenwell, Clayton Cook, Shao-Ching Chiang and more!
March 19, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap:  March 18th
The minor league games rolled on Monday with the Indians four affiliates squaring off against the Reds. With the first round of roster cuts looming, there were several players that strengthened their case to be kept and others that struggled and maybe put themselves in danger of being let go. Tony talks about some of those performances and also reviews all of the stats from all of the games yesterday and provides some gun readings on several pitchers.
March 19, 2013   (4 comments)
Spring Training Game # 25: Indians 4, Brewers 2
Ubaldo Jimenez recorded his second straight solid outing on Monday to lead the Indians to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday. Jimenez was back by Lou Marson and Drew Stubbs, who recorded two hits apiece to lead the Tribe. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the contest and offers some key takeaways.
March 18, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 Goodyear Notebook: March 17th
The Goodyear Notebook is back for another run this spring, and Tony will be updating us over the next two weeks on the happenings at minor league camp for the Indians. In today's update he has comments from the front office on the plan for Trey Haley and more, plus he has details on the rehabs of Austin Adams and Geoff Davenport, the impressive early showing from Nelson Rodriguez and Cody Anderson, stuff on Jose Ramirez, Nick Hamilton, Bryson Myles, Robbie Aviles, Francisco Lindor and more.
March 18, 2013   (3 comments)
Indians announce Matsuzaka, Capps won't make team
The Cleveland Indians announced a number of decisions on Monday as a handful of players were reassigned to minor league camp. Also, the team informed non-roster invitees Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps that they would not break camp with the Major League club. How does this impact the team with the start of the regular season just two weeks away? Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he ponders that thought and goes over all the news from a busy Monday.
March 18, 2013   (11 comments)
IBI Power Poll: The Indians biggest concern?
The focus for the Cleveland Indians has been nothing but positive so far in 2013. With all the talk of winning baseball, the potential negatives have been shuffled under the rug a bit. With the team heading into the regular season in two weeks, is there something about this team that just doesn't feel right? This week's power poll takes a look at the potential struggles heading into April.
March 18, 2013   (5 comments)
2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap:  March 17th
The Indians minor leaguers took on the Rangers on Sunday, and there were plenty of noteworthy performances and some not so good showings. Tony was there to witness the action yesterday and provides all the stats for all four teams, and touches on the great day at the plate for the likes of Jose Ramirez, Dorssys Paulino, Manuel Boscan, Francisco Mejia and lots of others, and also gives his thoughts on some good and bad performances from some high profile Indians minor league pitchers.
March 18, 2013   (2 comments)
Spring Training Game #24:  Indians 7, Reds 7
Right-hander Justin Masterson struggled in the first inning before settling down while Matt Carson, Cord Phelps and Chris McGuiness all recorded two hits each for the Indians on Sunday. Plus, Carlos Moncrief hit a key home run in the ninth inning to lift the Indians and clinch a 7-7 tie. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he looks back on all of Sunday's performances and offers some key takeaways from the contest.
March 17, 2013   (3 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #1 SS Francisco Lindor
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown concludes with shortstop Francisco Lindor. In what was a very tight race for the top spot between Lindor, Trevor Bauer, and Dorssys Paulino, the crown as the top prospect in the Indians' system once again goes to Lindor. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the countdown this year, and as a special treat to give a sneak peak at the kind of detail the rest of the 59 players had in the countdown, today's report is non-premium so all can view. Enjoy and thanks for reading!
March 17, 2013   (5 comments)
Tribe Happenings: The bullpen is starting to come together
Happy St. Patty’s Day Tribe fans! The Indians made some decisions this past week which really helped define what the opening day bullpen will be for them, and Tony breaks down how it looks like it will be set up when camps concludes in two weeks. He also touches on the plan for Yan Gomes, the surgery for Frank Herrmann and much more. He is now out in Goodyear so expect tons of stuff this week on the site!
March 17, 2013   (2 comments)
2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap:  March 16th
The Indians minor league teams were in action on Saturday against the Brewers, and Tony provides a recap of how everyone did in each game. T.J. House and Toru Murata were crisp in their outings for Columbus, Michael Goodnight struggled for Akron, Leonardo Castillo was perfect on the day for Carolina, Nelson Rodriguez showed the power (again) for Lake County, and tons more.
March 17, 2013   (3 comments)
Spring Training Game #23: Indians 4, Giants 3
Delvi Cid is far from what most fans would label a can't-miss prospect, but the young outfielder certainly had a can't-miss moment on Saturday. Cid's walk-off RBI-triple allowed the Indians to clinch a 4-3 over the San Francisco Giants. Along with Cid, Carlos Carrasco, Jason Giambi and Asdrubal Cabrera also had impressive performances. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps all of these performances and more as he looks back on the Indians' 13th win of the spring season.
March 16, 2013   (0 comments)
IBI Digest: 3/10/13-3/16/13
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.