November 19, 2013 (6 comments)
The offseason is in full spring now and news and rumors will start to become more and more frequent. In this new MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. In today's debut piece he touches on the Tim Hudson and Carlos Ruiz deals announced on Monday as well as several other items of note.
November 19, 2013 (0 comments)
It was a very quiet evening on Monday night as only four games took place in the three Caribbean leagues, and of those four games just one Indians player was in action. Never fear as the IBI's Michael Hattery is here to review the performance of that one player, a performance that the player would no doubt like to forget.
November 18, 2013 (9 comments)
The Major League Baseball roster deadline on November 20th is quickly approaching. While not highly publicized, this is a key date in the offseason as it is one of the first steps teams take to finalize their roster for the upcoming season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look into all of the roster options and uses lots of insight gained from talking to people inside and outside the Indians organization to determine the players to be rostered and some surprises that are not.
November 18, 2013 (3 comments)
The winter season really picked up this past week as a handful of Indians players helped lead the Surprise Saguaros to the AFL title. Leading the charge for Surprise was outfielder Tyler Naquin, who really had a brilliant fall season in the AFL. He's been criticized throughout his minor league career, but could he now be taking that next step as a prospect. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he discusses as part of the weekly Winter Ball Notebook.
November 18, 2013 (0 comments)
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in round two of the Municipal Stadium Region. With four matchups involving eight players, four will move into the Region Semi-finals and four will go home. Some of the remaining names in this region include Tribe favorites such as Larry Doby, Early Wynn, Omar Vizquel, Hal Trosky and Gaylord Perry.
November 18, 2013 (8 comments)
The winter ball season keeps plodding along, and while the Arizona Fall League is over with, there were several leagues in action on Sunday. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes a trip around the farm and lists the results for all players who played. Jesus Aguilar looks to be heating up again, Jose Ramirez is getting hot at the plate, and more.
November 17, 2013 (14 comments)
At this very moment last winter, Ryan Raburn was unemployed. Ending 2012 with a .171 batting average, he was cut from Detroit after playing just 66 games with the Tigers. One year later, he's revived his baseball career once again, this time some 170 miles south of Motown as a member of the Indians. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz wonders if Raburn should play every day in 2014.
November 17, 2013 (10 comments)
The MLB offseason is fascinating because of the rampant rumors and predictions where everyone is going to land. The Indians had a strong showing in 2013, but have a lot of work to replace some outgoing free agents and try to improve at the same time. All of that sets up for what should be yet another intriguing offseason around MLB, and in Cleveland as well. The IBI's Andy Nichols wraps up his predictions with where he believes the top 25 free agents go this offseason.
November 17, 2013 (9 comments)
It was a full slate of action on Saturday night as several Indians players participated in games across five different leagues around the globe. A few players continue to play well this offseason and have put themselves in a great position to be rostered this week, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria touches on them and the rest of the players as he takes us Around the Farm...
November 16, 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.
November 16, 2013 (18 comments)
One of the most exciting aspects of the offseason is reading all of the rumors and predicting where the top free agents will land. After a strong showing in 2012's free agent market, and a 2013 playoff run, the Indians could be in store for another exciting offseason. Join the IBI's Andy Nichols as he offers up his well thought out predictions on where all the top MLB free agents land. Would Dan Haren or Jess Crain interest you, Indians fans?
November 16, 2013 (10 comments)
It's beginning to look like the slump Jesus Aguilar is currently mired in is not temporary as fatigue appears to be setting in. Him and AA teammate Carlos Moncrief each posted 0-for-4 performances. Meanwhile, Bryan Price and Tribe newcomer Colt Hynes each kept their scoreless streaks alive with shutout performances. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all that and more as he goes Around the Farm.
November 15, 2013 (1 comments)
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in round one of the Jacobs Field Region. This region featured Tribe favorites such as Bob Lemon, Greg Swindell, Ken Keltner, Earl Averill, Kenny Lofton, Lou Boudreau and others.
November 15, 2013 (8 comments)
The 2013 season saw two different Zach McAllisters pitch for the Cleveland Indians. There was the first-half version, who seemed to be well on his way to cementing himself as a rotation regular, and then the second-half version, who struggled to pitch late into games and seemed afraid to throw breaking pitches. So what can the Indians expect in 2014? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
November 15, 2013 (6 comments)
The Arizona Fall League regular season ended on Thursday, although several Indians prospects still have one game to go since their Surprise team made it to the championship game to be played on Saturday. Will Roberts bounced back from a disastrous start on Saturday to put forth a good outing, and Carlos Moncrief is starting to hit his stride. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and more as he goes Around the Farm...
November 14, 2013 (0 comments)
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in round one of the Progressive Field Region. This region featured Tribe favorites such as Ray Fosse, Rick Sutcliffe, Elmer Flick, Bartolo Colon, Bobby Avila, Manny Ramirez, Ray Chapman, Sam McDowell, Shoeless Joe Jackson and others.
November 14, 2013 (4 comments)
The Arizona Fall League (AFL) season ends today. It finishes up a five-plus week of extra games and development opportunities for several minor league players across all 30 major league organizations. For Indians second base prospect Joe Wendle, it was another opportunity to drive home his status as a legit prospect in the organization, and he has delivered.
November 14, 2013 (10 comments)
Corey Kluber is the most interesting man in the world. Perhaps that is an overstatement, but his quiet, complex demeanor is so entirely appealing. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a deep look into Kluber in the way that only he can by breaking down his performance in 2013 and why he ascended to a good starting pitcher option.....and gives his recommendation as to whether such performance is sustainable for 2014 and beyond.
November 14, 2013 (5 comments)
The Arizona Fall League is coming to a close and a few players Jake Lowery and Tyler Sturdevant likely made their last appearances on Wednesday. Also, Jesus Aguilar's recent funk and Jose Ramirez's inconsistent performance continued. The IBI's Michael Goodman recaps all of that and more as he takes us Around the Farm...
November 13, 2013 (3 comments)
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in round one of the First Energy Region. This region featured Tribe favorites such as Tito Francona, Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle, Joe Sewell, Vean Gregg, Vic Wertz, Al Rosen and others.