October 10, 2013 (6 comments)
The Indians faced off against a MLB affiliate for the final time in Instructional League on Wednesday thumping the Royals 12-2 and now get ready for a three game set against the NC Dinos from Korea to finish out the schedule. The IBI's Tony Lastoria was at the game and Clint Frazier made quite a good first impression and he also talks about several of the other good showings on the day. As always, the complete stats from the game for all the players are included as well as comments about each player.
October 10, 2013 (16 comments)
The Indians have a plethora of offseason decisions which are of seemingly equal importance, each one creating specific options or paths. One of those is whether to resign Scott Kazmir. The IBI's Michael Hattery steps in with an exceptional Trend Spotting piece breaking down Kazmir's season and answers the questions about how good his 2013 season was, what it tells us about his future, and what kind of contract he should get this offseason.
October 10, 2013 (1 comments)
The Indians had three players in action in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria learned something new as the Indians had players on BOTH teams in the AFL matchup. Jake Lowery had a strong showing, Tony Wolters continues his work at catcher, and Jeff Johnson wasn't sharp.....Tony shares the details....
October 9, 2013 (41 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are putting their 2013 season behind them, and while the 92-win season was a massive improvement from the 2012 debacle, this team is just getting started. What will the Indians do in 2014? Will they trade Asdrubal Cabrera? Will they sign Ubaldo Jimenez? Will they sign Asdrubal Cabrera? Will they fix Trevor Bauer? Will Jose Ramirez start the year off in Cleveland, and where? Join Jim Pete as ponders what may happen in 2014.
October 9, 2013 (13 comments)
Over the past few years a lot has been made of the Indians draft record of late. IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis has heard many fans lament the bad drafts and wish for the good old days of John Hart when the organization was loaded with talent and seemed to always produce new players to fill a need. His research shows how the last three Indians GMs prior to Chris Antonetti had their own areas of strength and how the draft for the past 20 years has not produced many major league options in Cleveland.
October 9, 2013 (1 comments)
The Arizona Fall League kicked off on Tuesday afternoon in the desert sun out in Phoenix, and four Indians prospects were in action as Tyler Naquin and Joe Wendle got the start and Shawn Armstrong and Trey Haley came on in relief to close the game late. In this first normal version of ATF this offseason, Tony recaps how the players did as he gets set to heads out to Arizona on Wednesday to see it all firsthand.
October 8, 2013 (0 comments)
Instructional League action continued in Arizona on Monday as the Indians took on the Dodgers at the Goodyear facility and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. The game featured another dominating performance by lefty Elvis Araujo who has been sensational this fall. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and also shares all of the stats from the game and provides up-to-date fall stats for all of the players that participated in the game.
October 8, 2013 (2 comments)
The 22nd season of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) gets underway today. The offseason league is a hot bed for some of the top prospects and potential near future Major League players from every organization who get a chance to hone their skills against some of the top competition in the minors. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at what the AFL is and how the rosters are constructed, and also preview the eight Indians players set to participate.
October 8, 2013 (10 comments)
Playoff baseball returned to Cleveland this year as Terry Francona and company surged to a 92-70 record and a berth in the wild card playoff game. That berth makes 2013 a success for Cleveland, even though the team lost in the one-game playoff. Given where this team was at the end of last year, the turnaround is just tremendous. As I do at the end of every year, here is part two of me ranking all 49 players who logged time for the big league club in 2013.
October 7, 2013 (2 comments)
The Indians completed a terrific season last week that culminated in a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Wild Card Game. It's astonishing to think of the progress that has been made in one year under Terry Francona as the Tribe went from 68 to 94 wins. The 2013 season was filled with numerous ups and downs for the team, but everything is pretty much looking up for the future. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the year that was in the IBI staple Notes From the Wigwam.
October 7, 2013 (4 comments)
The Akron Aeros did not defend their Eastern League championship in 2013, but the Aeros served a greater purpose over the course of the season: Developing the next wave of Cleveland players who will soon play at Progressive Field. Jim Piascik sat down with Aeros manager Edwin Rodriguez at the end of the year to discuss the development of some of the top players on the team. In part one of this two-part series, we break down the Aeros' hitters in 2013.
October 7, 2013 (11 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are facing an extremely difficult offseason in which both Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir are entering free agency. Obviously, both pitchers rounded into a form that is reminiscent of their dominant years with both Colorado and Tampa Bay. The question is, do you sign both pitchers, or do you have to temper your offers based on the simple fact that Justin Masterson is a free agent in 2014? Join Jim Pete for this week's power poll.
October 6, 2013 (4 comments)
The Indians faced off against the Reds in Instructional League action on Saturday coming away with a 5-4 victory at the Goodyear complex. The game featured the return to the mound of right-hander Tyler Sturdevant, a nice performance at the plate from catcher Eric Haase and a position change from catcher to pitcher for a pretty high profile Latin player. Tony shares those details plus lists the complete stats from the game.
October 6, 2013 (4 comments)
Playoff baseball returned to Cleveland this year as Terry Francona and company surged to a 92-70 record and a berth in the wild card playoff game. That berth makes 2013 a success for Cleveland, even though the team lost in the one-game playoff. Given where this team was at the end of last year, the turnaround is just tremendous. As I do at the end of every year, here is the ranking of all 49 players who logged time for the big league club in 2013.
October 6, 2013 (22 comments)
The Indians season and push to the postseason was like a rollercoaster that came to a sudden stop. In today's Tribe Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria tries to put things in proper perspective after a tough playoff loss and abrupt end to the season on Wednesday night. He also looks at the future of Ubaldo Jimenez as an Indian, the many decisions that looms for the Indians on players like Joe Smith, Scott Kazmir, Chris Perez, Asdrubal Cabrera and others, and even talks about the possibility of trading Michael Bourn.
October 5, 2013 (3 comments)
The young Indians were out in Surprise, AZ participating in another Instructional League game on Friday, and wow, did the Indians organization unveil a litany of young international prospects making their stateside debut. Tony is giddy at this as he is heading out to Arizona this week to get a look at all of the new players, and reviews the game and provides the details on how each player did in the 12-3 loss to the Rangers.
October 5, 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.
October 5, 2013 (10 comments)
As the Indians season comes to an end, they find themselves in an enviable position when it comes to their depth at catcher. Coming into this season the Indians seemed to be set for the foreseeable future behind the plate with the heavy hitting Carlos Santana and looked to be in good shape at one of the most important positions on the diamond. Then, without warning, Yan Gomes happened. IBI newcomer Matt Rose opines in his debut piece about how valuable Gomes was in 2013 and how the catching situation is even more enviable.
October 4, 2013 (6 comments)
The Cleveland Indians' season came to an end Wednesday after the team was defeated 4-0 by the Tampa Bay Rays. While the loss was a tough one to sour, it's important to not discount the immense improvement made by the Indians in Terry Francona's first season as manager. It appears as if the foundation is now set for this team to be a contender for years to come. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he offers his perspective on the topic in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
October 4, 2013 (0 comments)
Tony wraps up this five-part series in his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Sean Brady, Kenny Mathews, Ben Heller, Garrett Smith, Cody Ferrell and Gerald Bautista. He explains why Brady is very similar to another top left-handed pitching prospect the Indians recently drafted and signed, why Mathews and Heller have some upside, and more. He provides some scouting notes on each player and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.