March 16, 2014 (3 comments)
Here is the first spring training recap of the minor league games from Saturday March 15th. I have included comments about the results as well as updates on some other things I am hearing from minor league camp. Some brand new minor league signees made their organizational debut on Saturday while about 100 others got in on the action. This report recaps all of the performances from every player that played...
March 16, 2014 (6 comments)
Injuries to key players have become a common lead story so far this spring. 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 what Detroit will do now after losing Jose Iglesias, Seattle still looking to make some moves, and more.
March 15, 2014 (3 comments)
In front of a rare sellout crowd at Goodyear Ballpark, the Cleveland Indians stranded nine runners en route to a 4-2 loss to the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks. With five-projected everyday players in the starting lineup, the Indians offense failed to capitalize on 11 hits, including three doubles from left-fielder Mike Aviles. Join Rob Fuller as he recaps the action.
March 15, 2014 (4 comments)
Sometimes baseball just is not fair -- both to hitters and defenders -- and some players are luckier than others. This "luck" is often represented by BABIP, and xBABIP is a statistic that strips some of that luck out of BABIP. Join Jim Piascik as he looks at the xBABIPs of last year's team and highlights a few interesting cases to watch in 2014.
March 15, 2014 (2 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson. With the arrival of Danny Salazar in Cleveland last season, Anderson has now assumed the billing as the organization's top pitching prospect that they have drafted/signed and developed. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on what makes him so exciting and potential special as a prospect, the strides he made last season, what he is working on and how he can get better, and so much more.
March 15, 2014 (2 comments)
It's beginning to feel a lot like spring across the country and baseball is right around the corner! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales willing to wait until June to sign with a team, Minnesota closer Glen Perkins gets a new deal, and more.
March 14, 2014 (0 comments)
Jake Dungan started his week out here in Arizona with a tie back in Peoria last Saturday when the Indians and Padres played to a 4-4 draw after 10 innings, so it might as well end with one as the Tribe and White Sox ended their bout at Camelback Ranch in Glendale tied at two at the end of regulation play, opting not to play extra innings. Join him as he recaps another tie game by the Tribe in less than a week.
March 14, 2014 (15 comments)
When the Indians hired Terry Francona, the message was clear: this team wants to develop into a consistent winner. So far, the Tribe is off to a good start as the Indians won 92 games last year and secured one of the AL's Wild Card spots. So, how does the team continue to win? And what player will have the biggest impact on the team's chances for future success? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
March 14, 2014 (24 comments)
Everyone else is releasing a mock draft, and now that we are a month into the college baseball season, Jeff Ellis is releasing his. With each pick, he looks at the team's recent history and projects who he thinks they will take based on that. Jeff goes into detail on each of Cleveland's first three picks and analyzes why these players fit Cleveland's mold and could become a part of the organization this June.
March 14, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Francisco Mejia. Mejia is new to the prospect scene for a lot of casual Indians fans, but if you have been following the IBI since January of 2013 he is a guy that the IBI's Tony Lastoria has been high on for some time. In this detailed scouting report, Tony looks at Mejia's massive upside both offensively and defensively, some early comps, what he really needs to work on, and so much more.
March 14, 2014 (7 comments)
Opening Day is a little more than two weeks away and excitement is growing. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Kendrys Morales maintaining contact with the Mariners, Jason Giambi's injury prognoses, and more.
March 13, 2014 (11 comments)
In a similar sequence of events to Wednesday's victory over the Padres, the Indians played a close game against the division-rival Royals at Goodyear Ballpark up until the seventh inning, where the Tribe bats came to life with a fury to score nine runs in the seventh and eighth innings to plate nine runs and bury Kansas City 12-6. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps Thursday's game live from Arizona.
March 13, 2014 (6 comments)
After profiling Danny Salazar and Yan Gomes, Michael Goodman is continuing his Key Players series with outfielder Michael Bourn. Unlike Salazar and Gomes, Bourn is not an up-and-coming player who the team is looking for to take on a larger role. Instead, Bourn is a player who the team will be looking for to bounce back. Join Michael as he looks at Bourn's 2013 and analyzes what to expect in 2014.
March 13, 2014 (2 comments)
For anyone who has been to minor league spring training the first thing you notice is the abundance of players in camp as there are close to 180 players at any given time. But even with players pouring out of the fields like water in a flooded stream, things somehow, someway run smoothly every day as players move from field to field, from drill to drill, and from coach to coach with near precision. The IBI's Tony Lastoria sat down with Farm Director Ross Atkins last year and talked about everything that goes into minor league spring training, the decision-making process and so much more.
March 13, 2014 (3 comments)
Cleveland announced its first cuts from the major league camp Wednesday as it reassigned 12 players down to minor league camp. No one was actually cut from the team, though, as the cuts were just in terms of the major league roster.
March 13, 2014 (7 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with infielder Jose Ramirez. Ramirez was a relative unknown coming out of extended spring training in June of 2012 and then 15 months later raced through the system and earned a call to the big leagues last year as a September callup. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into great detail on Ramirez's rise through the system, where he has surprised, where he has struggled, what value he brings, and so much more.
March 13, 2014 (5 comments)
He may not be a Gold Glover, but Carlos Santana looks more natural at third base than most would expect. 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 Braves bolstering their rotation with the Ervin Santana signing, Kris Medlen preparing for another surgery, and more.
March 12, 2014 (5 comments)
Carlos Santana, deeply entrenched in a competition with Lonnie Chisenhall to win the everyday third baseman job, made his case Tuesday, helping the Indians run away with a 12-7 win at the expense of the San Diego Padres. Not only did Santana blast a two-run home run in the first inning, the catcher-turned-utility man looked very comfortable at third base and made two exceptional plays in the process. Join Rob Fuller as he reports from Goodyear.
March 12, 2014 (5 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are focusing their sights on starting pitcher Justin Masteron, who may have put himself out there as willing to take a thee-year deal to stay in Cleveland. While all eyes are on the big, bald righty, there are also ongoing talks with a player that could prove to be even more important down the road in Jason Kipnis. With two similar players signing big-time deals in the offseason, is it time to wrap up Kipnis? Join Jim Pete in his stroll through the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
March 12, 2014 (2 comments)
We've all heard the refrain "Spring training stats don't matter." But what exactly does that mean? Why do the same stats that players accumulate in the regular season not matter when it comes to spring training? John Grimm tackles the topic, explaining just what it is about spring training statistics that make them useless to make predictions about the upcoming season. Enjoy as John goes through this discardable data.