The Cleveland Indians have a model that they've followed since John Hart left the Indians in 2001. This model has brought the club four 90-win seasons, but have failed to get the Indians to the World Series. Can this team take the next step, or will the follow the path of their predecessors, who failed to make the final moves to win the ultimate Prize. Join Jim Pete with his weekly stroll around the Corner of Carnegie...
Jake and Hayden are back on the air with their first offseason episode of Call to the Bullpen! Tonight, we congratulate Tribe skipper Terry Francona on winning the AL Manager of the Year award as well as discuss the latest rumors from the Hot Stove. Plus, the guys take a look at the BBWAA award winners thus far and preview the awards yet to be handed out. It's all coming up Wednesday night at 9:00pm ET!
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates as we wrap up High-A Carolina with a look at the pitchers. Recently, the IBI's Tony Lastoria 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 at Carolina this season such as Cody Anderson, Shawn Morimando, Nick Pasquale, Joseph Colon, Louis Head, Jacob Lee, Benny Suarez, Owen Dew and more. Just under 15 pitchers are profiled.
The Arizona Fall League kicked of its final week of action on Tuesday and the Caribbean Winter Leagues continue to press forward. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the happenings with all of the Indians contributors throughout the winter leagues in another edition of Around the Farm.
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has been selected as the American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association. He edged Boston's John Farrell and Oakland’s Bob Melvin who were also finalists for the award.
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with a look today at the hitters at High-A Carolina. Recently, the IBI's Tony Lastoria 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 at Carolina this season such as Francisco Lindor, Joe Wendle, Tyler Naquin, Tony Wolters, Bryson Myles, Jordan Smith and others. Over a dozen position players in total are profiled.
The question many have asked the past couple seasons has been is Justin Masterson an ace? After his breakout season in 2011, the Indians thought he could be, but 2012 saw him regress significantly. Now after the 2013 season, Masterson has reestablished his effectiveness as a top-of-the-rotation starter, but is he a legitimate ace? The IBI's Jake Dungan speculates in this week's Swinging for the Fences
The Arizona Fall League is wrapping up this week and Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin continued his strong showing in the AFL with a three hit game on Monday. Several other Indians were in action, and the IBI's Michael Hattery recaps all of it as he takes us on a trip around winter ball....
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in round one of the Quicken Loans Region. This region featured Tribe favorites such as Tom Candiotti, CC Sabathia, Joe Gordon, Herb Score, Graig Nettles, Addie Joss, Stan Coveleski and others.
A year in the minor leagues can bring many surprises as players can struggle in some areas and succeed in others. It is the refinement in those strengths and the development of their weaknesses which determines the fate of most prospects, and for outfielder Tyler Naquin that is no different. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with him and discussed his season, what he wants to improve, and what he ultimately needs to do to get to the big leagues.
The Cleveland Indians have a lot of decisions to make this offseason, but with their current crop of free agents still making up their minds, it's hard to predict where the Indians will go for free agent or trade help. While we are waiting, let's take a look at some potential "newcomers" within the system. In this week's Power Poll, which potential rookie or potential minor leaguer will have the most impact with the Indians in 2014?
The Arizona Fall League was off for the final Sunday of their season, but several Indians were in action out in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Players like Aguilar, Price, Moncrief, Ramirez and others were in action, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps how everyone in the Indians organization did in another day of offseason winter ball.
The Indians bullpen is at a crossroads this offseason. No longer can they rely on Chris Perez, Vinnie Pestano and Joe Smith at the backend of the bullpen like they have the last three years since Perez is gone, Smith is likely gone and Pestano has health concerns. The Indians will likely rely more heavily on Bryan Shaw and Cody Allen, but they are expected to be creative in finding more help for the backend of the bullpen. The IBI's Andy Nichols takes a look at some potential trade targets to fill that need.
Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to decline the qualifying offer that the Indians extended to him this week, and thus will have declined a contract with the Indians for 2014 not once, but twice. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about why it is time to move on from Jimenez and how his market may be shaping up. He also talks about why Scott Kazmir was not extended a qualifying offer, runs through some early rumors, explains why Jesus Aguilar has played third base of late, and more.
The 2014 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!