April 14, 2014 (3 comments)
The new 2014 Indians Baseball Insider: The Top 100 Prospects & More book is now available for sale! This year's more condensed version has over 180 players in the Indians organization featured in it with scouting reports for everyone, a new International Top 16 prospect listing for those that are new to the organization or may be debuting stateside this year, and more. The book is available for purchase on-line and should be available at other outlets soon. Details inside...
April 14, 2014 (0 comments)
Last year, it was Jason Giambi was the hero against the White Sox. This year, Alexei Ramirez whipped up some heroics of his own and exacted a little revenge on the team that beat Chicago 17 times in 2013. We all know what was wrong with the game on Sunday, so the IBI's Jake Dungan would like to focus on what went right for the Tribe.
April 14, 2014 (16 comments)
The Indians had some interesting performances across their minor league system on Sunday, led by High-A Carolina outfielder Bryson Myles who is some kind of hot in the early going this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the action both good and bad on the day in Around the Farm...
April 13, 2014 (5 comments)
The Indians have not shied away from frustrating moments to start the year. 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 more drama surrounding the ESPN article revolving around the worth of some big free agents, Joe Blanton leaving the A's Triple-A club, and more.
April 13, 2014 (1 comments)
To start off The WAR Room, Jim Piascik will be going back to 2013 and going over last year's performances. Ideally this is something that would happen in the offseason, but since he was not able to compute these stats until now, they have to run now. Join Jim as he goes over the 2013 Columbus Clippers pitchers, including Trevor Bauer's year to forget, T.J. House's rising profile, and much more.
April 13, 2014 (3 comments)
For the Cleveland Indians and the fandom that follows them, Saturday's 12-6 victory was an oasis in what has been an offensive desert of a start. The team's offense finally broke out of a week long slump and piled up 12 runs on 12 hits, though the starting pitching continues to be inconsistent. The IBI's John Grimm looks at the rotation's performance to date and offers up some evidence that things may not be as bad as they seem....
April 13, 2014 (2 comments)
All four Indians' affiliates were back in action on Saturday afternoon, and with that several of the Indians hopefuls of the future had a chance to shine. Ryan Rohlinger and Jerrud Sabourin were perfect at the plate on the night, and Dorssys Paulino and Paul Hendrix had big nights at the plate. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm......
April 13, 2014 (0 comments)
It wasn't pretty, but at least the Indians salvaged a win Saturday in Chicago. 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 Nationals losing their third baseman, the Cardinals extending their GM, and more.
April 12, 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.
April 12, 2014 (0 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks debuted their new name and logo at Canal Park Thursday night, playing in front of their home crowd for the first time. Since the vast majority of IBI's readership probably was not there, Jim Piascik captured many of the sights of the spectacle, which you can see inside. Join Jim as he takes you through a day at Canal Park and the 2014 RubberDucks home opener.
April 12, 2014 (1 comments)
As tempting as it is to indulge in the frenzy of panic that tends to emerge after losses - or steep oneself in the intoxicating thrill of victory - it's frequently more useful to try to find the good in losses and the bad in wins. In this vein, John Grimm gives his Second Thoughts on Friday night's loss to the White Sox, looking at the early struggles of Carlos Carrasco, Asdrubal Cabrera's clutchness, and more.
April 12, 2014 (7 comments)
It was an exciting night in Akron. Not only did the fans get to see two rehabbing big leaguers in Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi play, but they also got a chance to see future shortstop Francisco Lindor send everyone home happy with a walkoff homer. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes us Around the Farm and highlights some of the notable good and bad performances on the night.
April 12, 2014 (0 comments)
It's finally the weekend! 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 two investigations in Major League Baseball, Randy Wolf finds a new home, and more.
April 11, 2014 (2 comments)
Today we move on to the left-handed relief pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. Like with the right-handed relievers, this is a tough position to rank because lefty relievers can be scarce in a farm system for a variety of reasons. At the moment the Indians have a solid one-two punch in Cleveland in Marc Rzepczynski and Josh Outman and have them backed up with Nick Hagadone in Columbus, but they have some legitimate prospect depth behind them to fill a need if any of the above trio get hurt, under perform, or leave the team in free agency or trade. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the options and provides scouting reports and insight on names like Crockett, Barnes, Polanco, Soto, Pannone and Araujo.
April 11, 2014 (8 comments)
All good things must come to an end and such was the case for the Indians' 14-game win streak against the White Sox. Of course, with no Jason Giambi to summon from the bench, the task was somewhat tougher. Despite Danny Salazar making history, it was pretty much the Jose Abreu show on Thursday as he clubbed a pair of home runs. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps Thursday's 7-3 loss.
April 11, 2014 (17 comments)
As a soon-to-be 24-year-old just now debuting at Double-A, Joe Wendle is bound to have some questions about his future. So far in 2014, Wendle is doing what he does best to answer those questions -- hitting -- and Thursday night was no different. Joining Wendle is a catcher in Lake County continuing his development, some rough pitching performances throughout the system, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 11, 2014 (3 comments)
Spring has sprung in Northeast Ohio! 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 on Michael Bourn, White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia is done for the year, and more.
April 10, 2014 (4 comments)
Today we move on to the right-handed relief pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. This is always the toughest position to project in a minor league system as most Major League relievers are failed minor league starters. As a result, most of the Indians pen prospects of the future will come from the current pool of starters they have at all levels of the system. That said, the IBI's Tony Lastoria sees several interesting right-handed relievers worth keeping an eye on and gives scouting reports and insight into players such as C.C. Lee, Austin Adams, Bryan Price, Trevor Frank, D.J. Brown, Louis Head and many more.
April 10, 2014 (3 comments)
Trevor Frank prefers to spend his free time surfing, but the waves of Lake Erie may not produce a swell large enough for shortboards. Frank doesn’t mind, however, because he’s spending his summer toeing the rubber rather than rails of a surfboard. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the Low-A Lake County reliever and talks about his ascent up the pro ranks...
April 10, 2014 (5 comments)
Another doubleheader, another split. After a great offensive series against Minnesota and an eight run outburst on Tuesday, the Indians offense slumped in both games on Wednesday. The team managed only 11 hits in the two games, but thanks to some stellar pitching found a way to take one game of the doubleheader. The IBI's Michael Goodman provides some "second thoughts" on the games...