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October 19, 2014   (28 comments)
Why trading Francisco Lindor would be a bad idea
It has been well documented over the years that the Cleveland Indians have a propensity of drafting more “polished” college players in the first round of the draft, but in 2011 they decided to roll the dice with the number eight overall pick on a prep star out of Florida, shortstop Francisco Lindor. He has the potential to be a star with the Indians, but several fans have suggested that the Indians should trade him for a big bat at third base or the outfield. The IBI's Sam Camp explains why that would be a bad idea...
October 18, 2014   (7 comments)
Evaluating the opposition: The 2015 Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers were eliminated from the playoffs for the fourth straight year without a championship, as one of the clearest teams in win-now mode fell short yet again. Now, with Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez headed for free agency and the Kansas City Royals playing deep into the playoffs, there seems to be a train of thought emerging that the Tigers' window is closing. Such an event would be welcome news for Cleveland, but Jim Piascik does not think it is true. Join Jim to find out why after the jump.
October 18, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: October 17, 2014
There was lots of action around the Indians system on Friday as they had players participating in games in Arizona, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. More players will soon be making their winter ball debuts. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps another busy night Around the Farm for the Indians.
October 18, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Former Orioles second baseman Roberts retires
With both the Royals and Giants off on Friday as they prepare for the start of the World Series on Tuesday, there were a lot of moves around baseball to finalize some managerial and executive positions on several teams. But the big news of the day was the retirement of Brian Roberts. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares all the news and notes from the day...
October 17, 2014   (0 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Grant Sides
The second week of the Arizona Fall League season wraps up this weekend. Several Indians prospects are out in Arizona participating in the high exposure offseason league, and one player in particular who is looking to continue his success from the 2014 season and have a good showing is right-handed reliever Grant Sides. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently spoke with him out in Arizona...
October 17, 2014   (12 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Biggest Disappointment
Today we continue with the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment in the minors. This is the one year-end award that no one wants to win and goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues to hand out the postseason minor league hardware, though this is always the toughest one for him to hand out.
October 17, 2014   (14 comments)
Around the Farm: October 16, 2014
We have no way of knowing the future, but right now, it looks like the 2014 season may become known among Cleveland fans as the year Giovanny Urshela solidified himself as a major league option and long-term solution for the organization. The third baseman started that process during the regular season, but he has not let up on it in winter ball. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Urshela’s night and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 17, 2014   (9 comments)
Storylines: Rangers tab Banister as new manager
The World Series matchup is now set! Do the Royals or Giants win it all? 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 the Rangers managerial decision, the new Rays front office, where Nelson Cruz could be leaning, and more.
October 16, 2014   (3 comments)
Lake County Insider: 2014 season review - The pitchers
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will be providing year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's second part of his Lake County review, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the pitchers there such as Mitch Brown, Dace Kime, Luis Lugo, Anderson Polanco, Justin Brantley and many others...
October 16, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Defensive Player of the Year
If anyone watched the Cleveland Indians this season, they know that one of their biggest Achilles heels was their defense which was one of the worst units in the league. Thankfully, the Indians may have some defensive stalwarts ready to impact the big league roster and help them at some point next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues his annual Tony Awards series with the unveiling of the Defensive Player of the Year.
October 16, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: October 15, 2014
Baseball in the offseason leagues kept chugging along Wednesday night, with most of the familiar faces from the past week or so in action. Though there were no truly standout performances, the theme of the night was redemption, with a pair of Arizona Fall League pitchers rebounding from rough outings. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all the action from across the globe and takes you Around the Farm.
October 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Royals flush the Orioles, move onto World Series
The Kansas City party continued on Wednesday as they won another close game, 2-1, and in the process swept the Orioles in the ALCS and are heading to the World Series for the first time in 20 years. The Giants also took a commanding lead in their series with the Cardinals after a 6-4 win. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps all the news and notes from another busy day around baseball...
October 15, 2014   (5 comments)
Lake County Insider: 2014 season review - The hitters
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will continue to provide year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's first part of his Lake County review, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the position players there such as Dorssys Paulino, Clint Frazier, Mike Papi, Eric Haase, Nellie Rodriguez and over a half a dozen others.
October 15, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Rookie of the Year
The Indians 2014 Draft class really impacted the system this season with a great many outstanding performances. They also got some nice pro debuts from some 2013 Draft picks and Latin American signings, and in all, had one of the more memorable years as far as pro debuts are concerned. The IBI's Tony Lastoria kicks off the annual Tony Awards and unveils his pick for Rookie of the Year....
October 15, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: October 14, 2014
It was a quiet night once again Around the Farm as no Indians played in the Venezuela Winter League, but several key prospects continue to get some important playing time in the Arizona Fall League. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action from Tuesday and notes how Francisco Lindor and Jordan Smith performed in the AFL...
October 15, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: Friedman joins Dodgers, Colletti reassigned
The Los Angeles Dodgers made a foundation changing move on Tuesday that will potentially change the landscape of them for years to come. The Dodgers hired former Tampa Bay Rays GM Andrew Friedman as the new President of Operations of the team. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides the details on the big move along with all the other news and notes from the day.
October 14, 2014   (12 comments)
Building a Wahoo Winner: Getting Swisher, Bourn back to form
When the Indians brought in Terry Francona, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn during the offseason two years ago, it changed the course of the franchise. Year one was a step in the right direction. Year two was a step back. Which brings us to the winter before year three, a pivotal one for the Indians. The IBI's Hayden Grove begins his series looking at what the Indians need to do to become a winner next season, and the first step is getting those big acquisitions from two years ago back to form.
October 14, 2014   (65 comments)
Hot Stove Rumors: Josh Donaldson
While the MLB postseason is not over, the Hot Stove season has already begun. The minute teams have ended their season or been eliminated from the playoffs we have had writers who are not close to teams making pronouncements that certain players are already on the market. One of those was a claim by ESPN's Buster Olney that the Athletics will put third baseman Josh Donaldson on the market this offseason. The IBI's Jeff Ellis believes he would be a great fit if he is available, but the cost to acquire him would be enormous.
October 14, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 13, 2014
The Indians only had two players active on Monday nightin fall/winter ball action, but that is going to change rather quickly as the Dominican Winter League and Puerto Rico Winter League get started over the next two weeks and more Indians players descend upon Venezuela. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the action from Around the Farm on Monday...
October 14, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: D'Backs hire Hale as new manager
It's an exciting time in Cleveland sports! Who are you most excited about: the Indians, Browns, or Cavs? 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 the Diamondbacks hiring Chip Hale as their new manager, an opinion about Francisco Lindor in 2015, which pitchers are most likely to receive a qualifying offer, and more.

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