April 3, 2014 (4 comments)
The 2014 Carolina Mudcats in the spring of 2014 are a vastly different team than they were a season ago. Last season, the Muddies debuted with their prior two first round draft picks in Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin. As expected, both top ten prospects made quick work of the Carolina League, and were playing in Akron by the end of the season. Also gone is arguably the Indians top pitching prospect in Cody Anderson, who followed Lindor and Naquin, as well as several other high upside Indians’ prospects, to Akron for the 2014 season.
April 3, 2014 (2 comments)
Extending young, promising players has become the norm for small market teams. 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 Chris Archer's extension with Tampa Bay, an expanded role for Ryan Raburn, and more.
April 2, 2014 (2 comments)
The Tampa Bay Rays signed young starter Chris Archer to a multi-year deal, continuing their organizational belief that you build and sign good, young pitchers to long-term deals before their worth skyrockets. The Indians have likewise signed players such as Carlos Santana, Yan Gomes and Michael Brantley to deals, but have yet to incorporate this strategy with their pitchers. Today, Jim Pete looks at the Rays, and points to Danny Salazar as a top candidate for a long-term contract.
April 2, 2014 (1 comments)
Today we move on to the left fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. Most teams spend a bulk of their time developing their higher end outfield prospects in center field with the idea that if they can’t cut it there that they could always go to left field. Some players just end up in left field because of a limitation with their arm strength or their defense in center field. In any case, the Indians have a few very interesting possible left field options coming up the system, even if it is a position that looks adequately filled for the time being with Michael Brantley.
April 2, 2014 (0 comments)
Baseball is back and the Indians are looking to return to play October baseball once again in 2014 following several offseason additions, including a new closer and a new right fielder. Is it enough to challenge the Tigers for the division title? Jake and Hayden will preview each division and lock in a few bold predictions on the first show of new season of Call to the Bullpen tonight at 8pm ET!
April 2, 2014 (8 comments)
The Lake County Captains kicked off the 2014 season with an exhibition game against the double-A Akron RubberDucks April 1, but their regular season starts April 4. The 2013 squad finished with a 54-83 record, and the 2014 team looks to improve upon its predecessor. With a new coaching staff and new crop of prospects, the IBI's Stephanie Metzger previews the 2014 Captains.
April 2, 2014 (3 comments)
It didn't take long for the Indians to have their first game postponed by weather - and it certainly won't be the last time this season. 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 injury to Bobby Parnell, the Nationals losing a key piece to their offense, and more.
April 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Baseball returned to Northeast Ohio Monday evening in fine fashion as it was big brother putting the hurt on little brother at Classic Park in Eastlake as the debut of the Akron RubberDucks handled the Lake County Captains 11-1 in exhibition play.
April 1, 2014 (5 comments)
Smoke Signals is officially back on a weekly basis and tonight Jim Pete and Tony Lastoria kick things off back on it's regular Tuesday night slot. With today's rainout, Smoke Signals will focus on last night's interesting affair, as the Indians scored two runs late to beat the A's 2-0. It wasn't without a bases loaded jam, and a stressful ninth inning. They'll also be talking about what the Indians may have in front of them this year in the A.L. Central, and beyond.
April 1, 2014 (6 comments)
Earlier this week we kicked things off with the first basemen, second basemen, shortstops, and third basemen, and today we move on to the catchers in our IBI positional rankings. Unlike the third base position, the catching position is one of the strongest in the Indians farm system. The team also has Yan Gomes locked into a long-term contract at the major league level, furthering the depth in the system. Join Tony and see the scouting reports for the Indians catching prospects as well as how they rank at the position. 16 in total!
April 1, 2014 (2 comments)
The 2013 Akron Aeros failed to repeat as Eastern League champions, finishing with a 68-73 record, but the first year under new owner Ken Babby proved to be a success. Babby brought a new energy to Canal Park, an energy that spread into the offseason. Canal Park now features a new restaurant above right field, picnic and premium seating in the outfield, and most importantly, a rebranded team: the Akron RubberDucks. Join Jim Piascik as he previews the 2014 RubberDucks.
April 1, 2014 (35 comments)
Hours and hours of rain in Oakland threatened to take Opening Day away from us, but Mother Nature cooperated enough to allow the game. And what a game it was. Justin Masterson was brilliant once again on opening day and while the offense struggled the Indians finally broke through in the ninth inning to pull out an exciting 2-0 win on Opening Night.
April 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Opening Day has finally come and gone! 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 an update involving extension talks with Jason Kipnis, extension talks with two star players are tabled, and more.
April 1, 2014 (3 comments)
Indians minor league spring training wrapped up over the weekend. All of the players have either settled in with a full season affiliate for the start of the minor league season on Thursday or are at back in Arizona for extended spring training. Here are the final unofficial stats from Indians minor league camp this spring.