The rumors for a potential trade of Asdrubal Cabrera are at a premium right now. In the meantime, the Tribe shortstop made his winter league debut on Saturday night, and showcased a bit of the offense that is making him such a hot commodity. Carlos Santana also broke out of a prolonged slump with three hits of his own. Join Jim Pete for Saturday Night's edition of Around the Farm...
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with this week's edition of Then & Now. Steve looks at right-hander Trey Haley this week, who just completed his fifth season in the Indians system. Haley arguably possesses the best fastball in the Indians system, but will high walk totals prevent Haley from ever making a Major League impact? Steve looks back at Haley's career after the jump.
It was a busy night Friday in the various winter leagues. Jeanmar Gomez made his second appearance in the VWL while Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana and Mike McDade all recorded his for their respective clubs. Plus, Andrew Campbell continues to put up impressive numbers in the ABL. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
While much of the news centered around the MLB Winter Meetings this week, Indians players continue to hone their craft in the various winter leagues. In this week's Winter Ball Notebook, the IPI's Steve Orbanek touches on the selection of VWL standout Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 Draft as well as slumping slugger Carlos Santana. Plus, Steve takes a look at Luis Hernandez's brilliant winter and reviews the winter statistics of the player the Indians selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
The winter meetings are over and everyone has gone home. The Indians were very active on the free agent and trade fronts, but were unable to come away from the meetings with any new acquisitions in tow. But the offseason continues on, and the Indians are clearly looking to sign both Nick Swisher and Kevin Youkilis and trade Asdrubal Cabrera.
The Winter Meetings are over but our look back at the past season's player movement is still going strong. Join Arthur Kinney as he looks back at the past season's transactions in Low-A Lake County. Every Friday between today and December 21st we will look back at the roster movement over the past season for one club in the Cleveland Indians organization.
The Winter Meetings and the Rule 5 Draft may be over, but the Winter League action is still rolling along. Now former Cleveland prospect Hector Rondon made his nominal debut for the Cubs, but he is still in our hearts here at IPI, along with players like Paolo Espino, Luis Hernandez, Rob Bryson, Giovanni Soto, and more. To catch up on all the action from last night, join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm.
Day four of the winter meetings is almost in the books. The news and rumors are winding down as people have already began departing Nashville, but the activity should continue through most of the rest of today. The Indians appear out of the blockbuster deal that centered around Justin Upton going to Texas, but they are still wheeling and dealing with trade talks on Cabrera. A decision on Kevin Youkilis could also be near, and lots more.
The Indians lost left-handed pitcher T.J. McFarland and right-handed pitcher Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 Draft today. Here are the 2012 scouting reports that were posted to the site and published in the 2012 Indians Prospect Insider book back in February.
The 2012 Rule 5 Draft kicks off today at 10:00am ET. The Indians have an open spot on the 40-man roster, so while they are not expected to select anyone they have the ability to do so. Also, there are a few interesting players that the Indians left unprotected who could be selected. Follow this running blog as the draft commences over the next hour to see who the Indians possibility select or lose in the draft.
Here are some quick notes and news bits connected to the Indians coming out of Nashville as day four of the winter meetings gets underway today. The convoluted and crazy three or four team deal between the Indians, Rangers, Diamondbacks and other teams continues to dominate the news, and it appears momentum is being gained to get a deal done. Either way, it looks like Asdrubal Cabrera is not going to be an Indian for very much longer.
Indians players were at it again in the various winter leagues on Wednesday night. Luis Hernandez continues to impress with every plate appearance, and one has to wonder if the infielder could be more than your average minor league signing. Plus, Carlos Santana continues to scuffle in the DWL. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
Day three of the winter meetings is almost in the books. The news and rumors will surely continue into the night, and if anything of substance regarding the Indians has legs we will provide the update on Twitter and on the “news” page here on the site. But in the mean time here is a rundown of all the happenings today with players like Nick Swisher, Asdrubal Cabrera, Kevin Youkilis, Trevor Bauer, Shin-Soo Choo and many others.
Here are some quick notes and news bits connected to the Indians coming out of Nashville in day three of the winter meetings today. Is Jason Bay close to signing with the Indians? Is an Asdrubal Cabrera trade close? What else is up? Tony and the rest of the IPI staff will have a much more thorough update on all of this and more in the Winter Meetings daily recap piece later this afternoon.
The Rule 5 Draft gets underway tomorrow at 10:00am ET. The Major League portion of the draft only lasts maybe 15-30 minutes and is over before it starts, but there are a few names from the Indians that could be called by other teams. Tony provides a listing of the top 7-8 players from the Indians which will generate the most interest and their likelihood of being selected, and he also goes through EVERY single Indians player eligible for the draft and discusses their chances of going in the draft.
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!