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March 11, 2013   (9 comments)
IBI Power Poll: Who is the fifth starter breaking camp?
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)
Indians add Hill to roster, make several roster moves
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)
2013 Key Players: Lonnie Chisenhall
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)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #7 RHP Cody Allen
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)
2013 Spring Training Game #18:  Rangers 7, Indians 6
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)
Team USA Report: Surviving the Group of Death
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)
Four Down, One to Go
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)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #8 OF Tyler Naquin
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)
Tribe Happenings: Indians are over halfway home this spring
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)
2013 Spring Training Game #17:  Indians 9, Cubs 2
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)
IBI Digest: 3/3/13-3/9/13
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.
March 9, 2013   (8 comments)
Which Prospects have the Most to Prove in 2013?
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.
March 9, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #9 RHP Mitch Brown
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown. The Indians picked up Brown in the second round of the 2012 Draft, but a lot of talent evaluators believed he had last first round potential and that the Indians may have gotten a steal. He's new to the system and very young, but has a lot of upside and is already one of the best arms in the Indians' system. Tony gives the details on his stuff, upside, potential pitfalls and more in this detailed scouting report.
March 9, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Spring Training Game #15: Cancelled
The Indians and Royals were able to get in two and a half innings of play before Mother Nature drenched the Phoenix area and resulted in the cancellation of six Cactus League games, including the Indians and Royals game. Before the rains came Drew Stubbs was off to his best game this spring and Corey Kluber was solid in his start. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps the abbreviated game and provides a few news updates on some walking wounded.
March 8, 2013   (7 comments)
Why Jason Giambi?
What is Jason Giambi doing here? Why would the Indians sign the aging first baseman/designated hitter to a minor league deal this offseason? Those are two of many questions that that a lot of fans have asked about the Indians signing of Giambi this offseason. The IBI's Jake Dungan gives some answers to those questions and gives his take on why the move makes some sense for the team.
March 8, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #10 SS Tony Wolters
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with shortstop Tony Wolters. Wolters was able to overcome an early season struggle at Carolina last year and come out of the season with a solid overall showing, and is part of a deep mix of middle infield prospects the Indians have assembled throughout their system. Tony gives the rundown of how good a defender he is, how his bat is improving, and where he needs to make strides in this detailed scouting report.
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.