Today the IBI unveils its first crack at the depth chart for the Cleveland Indians for the coming 2013 season. This depth chart includes the projected lineups, bench, starting rotations and bullpens for every team in the organization from Cleveland to Low-A Lake County, and even the players that should open the season in extended spring training.
If you were Cleveland Indians player and in the Dominican League, you got a hit yesterday. While the hits varied in importance, first base prospect Jesus Aguilar blasted his fourth home run, and drove in another with a single, showcasing his potential talent going forward. Find out just how important the rest of the hits turned out to be as Jim Pete takes you on a trip to the Caribbean, and down under for some Australian League action as well.
Welcome to the newest feature at Indians Baseball Insider, the IBI Power Poll. The Poll will take a look at a relevant topic of the time, an all-time list, or just something that we're talking about here at the IBI home offices. There's nothing like a list to spur a debate, so join us in our lively banter with our weekly polls! Today's poll focuses on the best Indians' second baseman of all time. Join Jim Pete after the jump...to find out the who made the cut...
Today we continue on with our eleventh batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Enosil Tejeda, Jeremie Tice, Justin Toole, Giovanny Urshela, Ordomar Valdez, Francisco Valera, Charlie Valerio, Logan Vick, LeVon Washington, Joey Wendle, and Tony Wolters.
In one fell swoop this offseason the Indians have completely changed their organizational culture with the hiring of manager Terry Francona and the signing of outfielder Nick Swisher. Both should have a big impact on the team both on and off the field this season and seasons to come, and Tony talks about the culture change they should bring and the foundation the Indians have set in place with them. Tony also talks about the Myers signing and what money may be left to do anything else this offseason, explains the Russ Canzler roster move, looks at the Indians fourth outfielder situation, and more.
The playoffs are in full swing, and there were five members of the Tribe organization playing on Saturday night. Jose Ramirez and Asdrubal Cabrera both showcased their bats, while relief pitcher Rob Bryson continued what has become a dominant winter for the righty. Would he be able to continue his scoreless innings streak? Join Jim Pete to find out...after the jump...
Rob Bryson has been creating some buzz this winter thanks to his outstanding performance in the Puerto Rican Winter League, but he is hardly ever mentioned when discussions arise about Major League relief pitching options. What does the future hold for Bryson, and does the right-handed pitcher have a future with the Indians? The IBI's Steve Orbanek looks back on Bryson's career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
When the IBI's Jeff Ellis first heard that the Indians had signed right-hander Brett Myers his initial response was that he should be a guy who eats innings and not do much else. After spending all of last season in the bullpen Jeff and others kind of overlooked him as a starting option for 2013; however, after Jeff did his usual research he found that Myers could be a pitcher that adds great value for the Indians in 2013.
After taking Thursday off, Asdrubal Cabrera was back at it with a vengeance on Friday as the switch-hitting shortstop collected three hits in Venezuelan Winter League playoff action. Plus, over in the Puerto Rican Winter League, Rob Bryson continued his recent string of impressive performances. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps all of the night's action as he takes you Around the Farm.
Today we continue on with our eleventh batch of 2013 scouting videos. We shot tons of video of over 135 players this season, and in today's batch of videos we feature Aaron Siliga, Jake Sisco, Jordan Smith, Giovanni Soto, Felix Sterling, Richard Stock, Jimmy Stokes, Davis Stoneburner, Bryce Stowell, and Tyler Sturdevant.
Free agent right-handed pitcher Brett Myers passed his physical this morning and the Indians officially announced his signing today. He has been signed to a one year $7 million deal and has a club option for 2014 that will pay him $8 million if the Indians pick it up after the season. To make room on the 40-man roster the Indians designated Russ Canzler for assignment.
It's been a busy week in the numerous winter leagues as now the Dominican, Puerto Rican and Venezuelan winter leagues have all begun round robin postseason play. A few Indians players are still working hard in the leagues, including Juan Diaz in the DWL and Ezequiel Carrera in the VWL. Plus, on another continent, Andrew Campbell continues to rake in the Australian Baseball League. The IBI's Steve Orbanek touches on this and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
The IBI's Jeff Ellis missed the Nick Swisher press conference on the radio and TV on Thursday, but he followed it via Twitter and was impressed with the way his words sparked excitement and energy among the fans and media. He talks about how it was nice for once to have a player happy to come to Cleveland rather than cutting bait and leaving town like so many others have before him.
The playoffs in the winter leagues kept rolling Thursday night, with some Cleveland players in key roles. Jose Ramirez kept hitting (no surprise there), Ezequiel Carrera joined him, and Paolo Espino turned in a strong performance on the mound. To help recap their performances and look at the others in action, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
On Thursday the Indians officially announced that they have signed free agent outfielder Nick Swisher to a four year $56 million deal with a vesting club option for 2017. To make room on the roster they designated outfielder Thomas Neal for assignment.
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!