March 13, 2013 (10 comments)
The Indians have gone from a slow-ish, non-athletic team that depended on walks, to an athletic, speedy team that will depend on big hits and stolen bases. Will that translate into a winning season? The team is also ripe with new leadership, that should help foster the growing number of young players that could emerge over the coming years. Will this new brand of Indians baseball mesh together under the tutelage of Terry Francona?
March 13, 2013 (4 comments)
On Tuesday the Cleveland Indians announced right-handed reliever Frank Herrmann underwent reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in New York City. Dr. David Altchek performed a ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction on Herrmann, who will miss the entire 2013 season and has an expected rehabilitation period of 12-to-18 months.
March 13, 2013 (6 comments)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar. Early on last season Salazar looked like a questionable roster move for the Indians the previous offseason, but by the end of the season when he was 100% healthy and the Indians took the kid gloves off he really excelled and showed his potential. Tony takes a look into what kind of pitching asset he is for the Indians, if he can start in the big leagues, and what problems may lie ahead in this detailed scouting report.
March 13, 2013 (4 comments)
The prospect countdown is only the start of the ridiculous amount of coverage from rookie ball to Cleveland that is coming in 2013 here at the IBI. On Saturday, Tony heads out to Arizona for his semi-annual visit to the desert and will have all sorts of updates from minor league camp all next week plus other items from big league camp. He also provides updates on all the coverage, new features, and more at the IBI this year.
March 12, 2013 (6 comments)
As the college baseball season gets into swing it seemed like the perfect time for IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis to look back at his first draft for the site and do a redraft of the 2008 Draft. Using hindsight with what we know now, he completely redoes the entire first round and some of the picks may surprise you. The Indians selected third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall with the 29th pick in the first round that year, but is that who Ellis has them taking this time around?
March 12, 2013 (14 comments)
Left-hander Scott Kazmir has been the talk of Indians camp. Monday's game with the Angels was aired on tape delay by MLB Network at 3 am ET in the morning on Tuesday, and for a few Tribe fans that have MLB Network or who bothered to watch it live or DVRed it, it was the first chance to actually “see” him pitch. Tony watched the game and provides some objective commentary on how he really looked in his start.
March 12, 2013 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. Rodriguez has been one of the bright spots that has come out of Latin America the last few years as he has become one of the most athletic and exciting players in the Indians’ system. He still has a ways to go with the bat, but there is a lot of potential with his arm and bat, and Tony breaks it all down in this detailed scouting report.
March 11, 2013 (6 comments)
Scott Kazmir’s resume for the Indians’ starting rotation just got longer as the left-hander only allowed three hits and one walk and had four punchouts in four dominant shutout innings. Good pitching by both the Angels and Indians led to a scoreless tie at Goodyear Ballpark on Monday. The Indians move to 11-6-1 in Cactus League play this spring while Los Angeles is now 3-10-1.
March 11, 2013 (9 comments)
Terry Francona named Zach McAllister his fourth starter after the righty has pitched well in his last two starts. Now the focus turns to the final spot in the rotation. Will it be Carlos Carrasco, who has missed over a year and has a suspension to face? Is it Kazmir who has missed a year, and seems reborn? Is it Dice K, who has a prior relationship with Francona, or is it Trevor Bauer, the future ace? You make the call...
March 11, 2013 (15 comments)
On Monday the Indians announced several roster moves, the biggest of which was the addition of left-handed pitcher Rich Hill to the 40-man roster. His addition appears to have locked up a spot for him in the Indians' opening day bullpen. To make room on the 40-man roster the Indians placed right-handed pitcher Blake Wood on the 60-day disabled list.
March 11, 2013 (2 comments)
The IBI's Michael Goodman returns with his second look into the key players for the 2013 Cleveland Indians and this time focuses in on third basemen Lonnie Chisenhall. Chisenhall enters 2013 as the biggest wildcard of the Indians’ position players as he struggled with an arm injury and consistency issues last season. The Indians hope that 2013 marks a breakout campaign for the former top-prospect who no longer will have to fight Jack Hannahan for the position in 2013.
March 11, 2013 (1 comments)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Cody Allen. Allen is the most dominant and eye-popping relief pitcher the Indians have had come through their system in a long time as he breezed through four different stops last season hitting every level from High-A Carolina to Cleveland within three months. His rapid ascent up the system barely a year after being drafted was one of the biggest stories the first half of last season, and Tony touches on what kind of impact he can make in Cleveland long term and what he still needs to work on in this detailed scouting report.
March 11, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a tale of two Brett Myers in Goodyear on Sunday as the Tribe fell to the Texas Rangers 7-6. Was it a symptom of Myers' attempt to return to starting after a year in the bullpen, is it a sign that there may have been a reason the Astros put him there, or just a really bad inning that happened to come at the end of his outing? Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he looks at this and other issues in greater detail from the first day of 4:05 Cleveland time spring ball...
March 10, 2013 (4 comments)
Every international sports tournament has it: The Group of Death. A group so evenly matched and so stacked with talent from top to bottom that not even the most supremely talented seleccion sucked into its unforgiving vortex can consider themselves assured of advancement. That's what Team USA found themselves in over the weekend in their opening round of play, but survived and have moved on to the second round in Miami.
March 10, 2013 (2 comments)
IBI contributer Jake Dungan takes an initial look at Terry Francona's announcement that Zach McAllister has been named the #4 starter for the Cleveland Indians to start the 2013 season.
March 10, 2013 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Tyler Naquin. Naquin had a solid professional debut last year, and from day one he showed some really good potential in center field with his speed and arm strength. The Indians really like his overall skill set as he is a multi-dimensional player that does a lot of the things needed at the Major League level to win games. Tony dives into those things he does well, talks about where he needs to improve, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
March 10, 2013 (23 comments)
The Indians passed the halfway mark in spring training this past week and as of today have just under three weeks left in camp. There have been many surprises and a few disappointments so far, and some position battles are starting to come into focus. Tony touches on all that and also checks in with some updates on some old friends from last year's team, gives some of his thoughts on the World Baseball Classic, and more.
March 10, 2013 (0 comments)
BALLGAME!!! It's another Tribe Spring Training win and the performances behind the linescore are just as stellar. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he looks back on a wonderful day in Wahooland and also takes a moment to reflect on the sorry state of Team USA's World Baseball Classic effort...
March 9, 2013 (0 comments)
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.
March 9, 2013 (8 comments)
Every player in the minor leagues is out to prove something in any given season. Whether it's trying to earn a promotion to the majors, trying to re-establish themselves, or possibly trying to stick with the team, the minor leagues is one big proving ground. Some prospects have more to prove than others, however. Jim Piascik profiles 10 Cleveland prospects with more to prove, including newcomer Trevor Bauer, a holdover from last year's list in LeVon Washington, and more.