March 19, 2014 (22 comments)
Despite the 49ers scoring a touchdown (with a missed PAT), kicking a field goal and recording a safety, they were no match for the leg of Billy Cundiff, who kicked four field goals in the Browns' 12-11 win. At least that's how tonight's score could be interpreted in football terms since it doesn't make all that much more sense as a baseball score. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps Tuesday's late-night slugfest in Goodyear.
March 19, 2014 (8 comments)
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg has made it known that he loves the energy backup shortstop Freddy Galvis brings to the team, but could that be enough to earn him the starting job? 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 Jimmy Rollins' future with the Phillies, Jose Tabata on the trading block, and more.
March 18, 2014 (3 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown wraps up with shortstop Francisco Lindor. Of no surprise, Lindor is the top prospect in the system for the third straight season and for good reason. In this extremely detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all of the details about Lindor's upside as a hitter, defender and runner, gives insight into the strides he made last season offensively and physically as well, looks at areas he needs to focus in on to complete his development, and much more.
March 18, 2014 (7 comments)
While down in Arizona last week, the IBI's Jake Dungan attended Indians Cactus League games and visited the Player Development Complex, where I met various players, prospects and coaches and made numerous observations regarding what we could expect at Progressive Field and down on the farm in 2014. Join him as he gives an in-depth recap of his week at spring training.
March 18, 2014 (3 comments)
Here is the recap from the minor league games played on Monday March 17th. It was a camp day at the complex so there were two intrasquad games played between Columbus-Akron and Carolina-Lake County. As always, the IBI's Tony Lastoria has included some comments and insight into each game.
March 18, 2014 (12 comments)
The luck of the Irish was certainly not with Oakland on Monday. 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 key injuries to the A's starting rotation, news on the Michael Bourn injury scare, and more.
March 17, 2014 (3 comments)
With the luck of the Irish on his sleeve, a two-run double by Reds minor leaguer Steve Selsky to the green outfield sealed the contest over the Indians Monday afternoon, 5-4. Tribe starter Corey Kluber pitched into the fifth inning, but allowed three runs on seven hits in 4 1/3 innings. Cleveland also received injury news on Michael Bourn, leaving his Opening Day status in question. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
March 17, 2014 (2 comments)
Corey Kluber and Zach McAllister are, at first glance, quite similar pitchers. Both were acquired in a trade for a role player, neither were widely-heralded prospects, and their 2013 ERA's were almost identical. But they are actually quite different when you look at their strikeout and walk rates, and in the research that the IBI's John Grimm collected they appear to be different in not just throwing strikes but hitting the targets give by the catcher.
March 17, 2014 (8 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Clint Frazier. Frazier was the Indians' first round pick in last year's draft and he impressed with a nice showing in rookie ball and in Instructional League. In this extremely detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria breaks down all of his abilities and why he has the potential to be a star, provides insight into his areas of development, shares details on on how he impressed the Indians throughout the draft process and his first pro season, and much more.
March 17, 2014 (3 comments)
Here is the recap from the Cleveland Indians minor league games played on Sunday March 16th. As always, the IBI's Tony Lastoria has included some comments and insight into each game. With games now in full swing and less than two weeks before camp breaks, some of these performances will have an impact on some last minute roster decisions throughout the minors.
March 17, 2014 (6 comments)
Once again, a major injury headlines the day's news. 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 another injury to a top young pitcher, Michael Bourn leaving Cleveland's game early, and more.
March 16, 2014 (2 comments)
Technically, the Indians were only at half strength in both Scottsdale and Mesa on Sunday as far as their big league roster is concerned with only half of them travelling with each team in the split-squad effort against the Giants and Cubs, but that didn't slow them down as the Tribe emerged victorious in both matches. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he provides thoughts and highlights on both games.
March 16, 2014 (18 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have two weeks left in Spring Training, and there are only a few holes left to fill. The one getting the most notoriety is for the final spot in the rotation. The good news for the Indians is that there does appear to be a couple of starters that are moving away from the pack. Who is your pick for the last spot? Will the Indians go for the best performer, or will they go for the player with options...or are those one and the same.
March 16, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer. Bauer did not meet expectations last season as he was a high profile trade acquisition that struggled with his command all season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why Bauer is still a top flight pitching prospect, the significant changes made to his delivery to help his command and velocity, his upside and still unlimited potential, and so much more.
March 16, 2014 (3 comments)
Here is the first spring training recap of the minor league games from Saturday March 15th. I have included comments about the results as well as updates on some other things I am hearing from minor league camp. Some brand new minor league signees made their organizational debut on Saturday while about 100 others got in on the action. This report recaps all of the performances from every player that played...
March 16, 2014 (6 comments)
Injuries to key players have become a common lead story so far this spring. 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 what Detroit will do now after losing Jose Iglesias, Seattle still looking to make some moves, and more.
March 15, 2014 (3 comments)
In front of a rare sellout crowd at Goodyear Ballpark, the Cleveland Indians stranded nine runners en route to a 4-2 loss to the hometown Arizona Diamondbacks. With five-projected everyday players in the starting lineup, the Indians offense failed to capitalize on 11 hits, including three doubles from left-fielder Mike Aviles. Join Rob Fuller as he recaps the action.
March 15, 2014 (4 comments)
Sometimes baseball just is not fair -- both to hitters and defenders -- and some players are luckier than others. This "luck" is often represented by BABIP, and xBABIP is a statistic that strips some of that luck out of BABIP. Join Jim Piascik as he looks at the xBABIPs of last year's team and highlights a few interesting cases to watch in 2014.
March 15, 2014 (2 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson. With the arrival of Danny Salazar in Cleveland last season, Anderson has now assumed the billing as the organization's top pitching prospect that they have drafted/signed and developed. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on what makes him so exciting and potential special as a prospect, the strides he made last season, what he is working on and how he can get better, and so much more.
March 15, 2014 (2 comments)
It's beginning to feel a lot like spring across the country and baseball is right around the corner! 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 Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales willing to wait until June to sign with a team, Minnesota closer Glen Perkins gets a new deal, and more.