February 11, 2014 (71 comments)
As spring training gets underway, here is an updated Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2014 season and where players are "projected" to be assigned from Cleveland all the way down to extended spring training. We will continue to update this listing as moves are made this offseason, during spring training, and throughout the season with the addition, subtraction, promotion, demotion, etc of players. Happy pitchers and catchers day!
February 11, 2014 (9 comments)
The Indians extension of Michael Brantley's contract signals a desire from the front office to hold onto the core of the 2013 playoff team. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Brantley extension, news on Ervin Santana and A.J. Burnett, and more.
February 10, 2014 (24 comments)
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians have reached an agreement on a multi-year deal with outfielder Michael Brantley. The reported deal is for four years with an option for a fifth year.
February 10, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with third baseman Giovanny Urshela. Urshela has been one of the Indians best young prospects for the past few years and has shown some good bat-to-ball ability and impressive defensive skills at the hot corner. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at his strengths as a hitter and defender, the massive work he has put into developing his approach at the plate, his major league future, and so much more.
February 10, 2014 (7 comments)
Carlos Santana genuinely had excellent offensive numbers last season against left-handed pitching, and while he also had good numbers against right-handed pitching there is a clear different with his approach and power when facing a right-hander. The IBI's John Grimm takes a deep and detailed look into his approach from the left and right side of the plate and pinpoints the difference as to why he is so different from each side of the plate.
February 10, 2014 (21 comments)
Only a week remains before full squad workouts begin and there are still several big names left on the free agent market. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on rumors swirling about Ervin Santana, the Pirates first base situation, and more.
February 9, 2014 (17 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have many great eras in their past, but none stand out more to today's fan than the prodigious offensive teams of the 1990's. Those teams were some of the best offensive teams in the history of the game, and while they never brought home a World Series championship, their playoff runs will be remembered for many years to come. With all of the discussion about Thome's statue, the inevitable question has to be asked. Who is the Indians' best player from those 90's team? Join Jim Pete for Sunday's Power Poll.
February 9, 2014 (8 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Kieran Lovegrove. Lovegrove is a high profile draft pick for the Indians out of the 2012 Draft who is very young and raw, but has some considerable upside as a projectable, durable starting pitching prospect. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the behind the scenes strides that he made last season, his significant improvement with his velocity, what he is working on, and so much more.
February 9, 2014 (28 comments)
The price tags on the remaining free agent starting pitchers continue to drop. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Vinnie Pestano's arbitration hearing, the Dodgers adding to their pitching depth, and more.
February 8, 2014 (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.
February 8, 2014 (2 comments)
The game of baseball is a series of nines. There are nine innings to a game and nine players are on the field for each team. So it's appropriate that the first Tribe-via test is nine questions plus one non-Tribe related question (kind of like the designated hitter). How many can you get right?
February 8, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet. Guilmet has been an overlooked bullpen prospect for most of his career, but no longer as he is finally being taken a lot more seriously and has put himself on the map as a major league option for the Indians. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at what makes him so valuable to the Indians, why he has so much success, his flaws, his major league chances, and more.
February 8, 2014 (7 comments)
Now that one of the top remaining free agent starters have signed, will we see a flurry of starting pitching moves in the coming week? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Bronson Arroyo getting his multiyear deal, A.J. Burnett's suitors, and more.
February 7, 2014 (17 comments)
As always, the Indians have brought in a slew of minor league signings for Spring Training this year. In the past, this has proven to be both a successful and unsuccessful practice for the Tribe, but how does the crop look for this year? What minor league signings have the best chance of sticking? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
February 7, 2014 (6 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Luigi Rodriguez. Rodriguez is one of the most talented players in the entire organization, but in this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why his value has slipped, provides an update on his health status, looks at his skills offensively, his areas of opportunity, and much more.
February 7, 2014 (5 comments)
Within the coming days we should start to see more of the top remaining free agents coming off of the board. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Fernando Rodney finding a home in Seattle, where the Orioles go from here, and more.
February 6, 2014 (8 comments)
The greatest draft in Indians history happened in 1989. Hank Peters was in his second year as general manager and he ended up with a draft for the ages. The Indians selected 55 players that year and 14 made it to the majors for a success rate of about 25%. This success is even more interesting when you take a step back and look at the big picture of this draft, which the IBI's Jeff Ellis goes into detail about.
February 6, 2014 (8 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with infielder Erik Gonzalez. Gonzalez had an amazing 2013 season as he literally started the year in the spring as a prospect on the bubble in the organization and finished it on the 40-man roster and with a very good winter ball showing in the Dominican Republic. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his large ascent up the prospect rankings, his potential as a fielder, and the intrigue with his bat and the problems he has with it, and much more.
February 6, 2014 (8 comments)
The Indians made another minor league signing on Wednesday and they now have 23 players invited to Major League spring training as non-roster players. The IBI's Tony Lastoria steps in once again in a pinch-hitting role and provides all of the news and notes from the day by recapping the Bryan LaHair signing with the Indians, the finalists for Bronson Arroyo and more.
February 5, 2014 (14 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have been fairly silent since the start of 2014. As the Tribe buses head from Cleveland to Goodyear, Arizona for next week's report dates, Jim Pete ponders last year's last-minute Michael Bourn signing, how it was likely their big move for 2014, and discusses the possibility of another Indians splash in February, Spring Training or July's trade deadline.