The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Tony Wolters. Wolters went through a significant position change last season moving from the middle infield to catcher and earned some rave reviews in the process. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what went into the position change, how quickly he picked up things, what he needs to work on, how the bat is coming along, and much more.
Every Indians pitcher who is competing for a roster spot is making the decisions very difficult for Terry Francona and company. 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 suffered by Kris Medlen, Chase Headley appears likely to test free agency after 2014, and more.
With the Cleveland Indians still in search of a fifth starter, Josh Tomlin bolstered his hopes Sunday afternoon, leading the tribe to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Tomlin, battling for the final rotation spot with Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, amongst others, threw four scoreless innings. Join Rob Fuller as he covers the game from Goodyear.
Jim Pete dusts off his old Sunday Drive column for a closer look at why signing Justin Masterson goes far beyond the numbers, why Cody Anderson really could be a factor should the Indians need one in August, why Carlos Santana shouldn't be looked at all that closely just yet, and how something special could come out of the Indians' patience in handling Danny Salazar.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Carlos Moncrief. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has long been a fan of Moncrief and after a big 2013 showing where he seemingly put it all together, he pushes the Moncrief Train even further with his first Top 10 ranking. In this detailed scouting report, Tony explains what finally clicked for Moncrief, the adjustments he made, what he is working, how much of an impact he can be, and much more.
A couple of AL East teams are looking to take advantage of the shrinking demands of Ervin Santana.. 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 new market for Santana, news on the qualifying offer system, and more.
A tie game. It serves as a reminder of just how insignificant spring training exhibition records are. While the Indians came out of the gates strong with a three-run first inning, it was defensive miscues and pitching woes that allowed the Padres to work their way back into the game and knot up the score twice, the second being the final at 4-4. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the game live from Arizona.
Welcome to the pilot episode of our week-long podcast series "Spring Training Invite". The IBI's Jake Dungan is reporting live from Goodyear, Arizona where the Indians are hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. Fellow IBI contributor and regular co-host of the regular IBI show "Call to the Bullpen" Hayden Grove will join Jake on this first broadcast. It all starts on Saturday at 9pm ET!
Today we re-post an article that originally ran in May of 2008 that provides details into the release process in the minors and the emotions that players go through. That year the IBI's Tony Lastoria talked to three Indians minor league players that were recently released to get an understanding of the process and the whirlwind of emotions that follow. With the first full squad workout in the minors set for Monday, this is a fitting time to post this again as close to 15-20 players will be released in a few weeks.
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 55 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are the catchers and corner infielders. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews the catchers and corner infielders.
Pitching was the name of the game for the second consecutive day Friday afternoon, as the Tribe defeated the Chicago Cubs, 7-2. Indians bats tagged Chicago starter Edwin Jackson from the very first inning and Cleveland hurlers combined for 16 strikeouts in route to their eighth straight Cactus League victory. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps and shares his thoughts on the action.
Even though it is just Spring Training, it's always nice to see the Indians stringing together some wins and sitting atop the standings. 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 Ervin Santana's desire to get a contract done, tough news for a Royals pitcher, and more.
One of the better stories of the 2013 season was Corey Kluber, who won 11 games and seemed to cement himself as a rotation staple for now. His rise seemed to come out of nowhere, but did it really? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he tries to pinpoint a reason for Kluber's success in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with shortstop Dorssys Paulino. Paulino had a rough introduction to full season ball last season and did not meet the expectations laid upon him before the season as an offensive player. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what went wrong, why it is too early to give up on him, what the plans are for him going forward, and much more.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!