The Indians have been busy this offseason making some significant changes to the lineup and pitching staff. But exactly how much have they improved? IBI newcomer Jake Dungan takes a look at the 2013 lineup and compares it to its 2012 counterpart in the first of a four part series that will break down and compare the 2012 and 2013 versions of the lineup, bench, starting rotation and bullpen.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with catcher Alex Lavisky. Lavisky continues to show good catching and leadership skills, but his questionable bat actually showed some improvement last season. Tony goes into detail on the improvement he showed with his swing, how his performance spiked in the second half of last season, all the value he provides as a good receiver, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
Today the Cleveland Indians have announced that they have a new five-year agreement with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Cleveland for WTAM 1100 AM to remain the “Flagship Home of the Cleveland Indians” through 2017. The deal also includes WMMS 100.7 FM as they will become the “FM home of the Indians” with at least 144 simulcast broadcasts.
Around the Farm will say good bye for the offseason in the next few days, but will return in a few weeks once minor league spring games kick up in mid-March. Tony takes a look at the performance of Ezequiel Carrera whose team played in a very important Game 5 on Monday night in a best-of-seven series that was tied 2-2.
Welcome to this week's edition of 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' shortstop of all time...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed reliever Bryce Stowell. He followed up a strange 2011 season with a lost season last year as he struggled with injuries once again. There is no doubt the stuff is still in there to be a high level prospect, but injuries every year and time is starting to creep up on him. Tony takes a look at this falling star and what has ailed him over his career, how his stuff has been affected, and what he may still offer as a pen prospect for the Indians going forward in this detailed scouting report.
Quincy Latimore...this is your life. Sunday's ATF isn't all that complicated, as the spotlight rests on the shoulders of newcomer Quincy Latimore. Latimore has been shredding in Australia, as he brought a ten-game hit streak and a seven-game runs-scored streak into his final regular season game with the Adelaide Bite. Would he continue the streak? Join Jim Pete, as he gives you the inside scoop on Quincy Latimore.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with first baseman Chris McGuiness. The Indians picked him up in the Rule 5 Draft this past December, and he has a decent chance to make the opening day roster as the designated hitter and left-handed power bat off the bench. Tony has all the details on the Tribe newcomer and talks about his hitting, power, defense, versatility, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
We are now two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Goodyear for the start of spring training. The offseason is wrapping up, and Tony takes a look into two issues facing the Indians as they prepare to open spring training: what they should do at DH and who should leadoff. He notes how the use of the DH has changed over the last few seasons, and how the Indians may be wise to consider another option at leadoff other than Brantley. Tony also discusses Carlos Santana's value, what spring invites reveal, and much more.
The Australian League is coming to a close, but Quincy Latimore continued his hot Winter League play with two more hits and another run, continuing two different streaks. Ezequiel Carrera matched Latimore's hits, as his team battles in the playoffs. Andrew Campbell completed the Tribe prospects night with a double of his own, as Brisbane battles for the third and final playoff spot in the Aussie League.
With about three weeks left until spring training one of the more interesting battles to watch will be the backup catcher position. For the last three years that’s a role that has been held by Lou Marson, but after the November trade that brought Yan Gomes into the fold it’s clear that the Indians intend to create competition for the job this spring. Michael Goodman breaks down the pluses and minuses of both after the jump...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Luis DeJesus. He does not have the pure stuff some elite prospects might have, but he has a lot of intangibles and has proven to be a performer early on in his career. Tony breaks down why talent evaluators believe he has potential as a starting pitcher, his pluses and minuses, and lots more in this detailed scouting report.
While most of the Caribbean championship series have been decided or are still in action, the Australian Baseball League's regular season still has a day left. Brisbane's Andrew Campbell and Ryan Battaglia were in action on Friday while Quincy Latimore launched his third home run of the winter season. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
It is one of the biggest questions leading into spring training for the Indians: who should lead off? With the departure of Shin-Soo Choo in a trade, the Indians lost their best lead off option, and the IBI's Jeff Ellis breaks down all the schools of thought with regard to what kind of player should hit lead off before finally settling on an obvious solution to this question.
With the Dominican Winter League Championship Series wrapped up, the championship action continues in the championship series of the Puerto Rican and Venezuelan winter leagues. A couple of Indians are still in action and hoping that they can help lead their team to the championship. The IBI's Steve Orbanek touches on those Indians and their performances in this week's edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
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!