April 9, 2014 (7 comments)
A new season brings new faces and new contributions from the top and bottom of the lineup. Outfielders David Murphy and Nyjer Morgan are two of those new faces, as both are quickly making names for themselves in their new city. Behind a quality outing from starter Corey Kluber, the Indians found themselves back in the win column Tuesday night, defeating the Padres, 8-6. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
April 9, 2014 (2 comments)
The amount of elbow injures to pitchers this season has become extremely alarming. 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 a potentially devastating injury for Matt Moore, the Giants putting an end to extension talks with Kung Fu Panda, and more.
April 8, 2014 (3 comments)
Today we move on to the left-handed starting pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. Since drafting and developing C.C. Sabathia the Indians have not had a lot of success over the last 15 or so years in the left-handed pitching department - be it starting or relieving. While they still have a long way to go, things on that front may be changing as they have a few very promising left-handed arms in the lower levels and for the first time in a few years there are some legitimate upside left-handed starting pitching prospects throughout the organization. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and includes scouting reports on them as well.
April 8, 2014 (2 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks made it through their rain soaked first week at .500, splitting a four-game series with the Binghamton Mets. Strong performances from top prospects like Francisco Lindor, Cody Anderson, and Joe Wendle led the way during the RubberDucks' first week, but that was far from the whole story. Join Jim Piascik as he bids adieu to the old Akron "Launching off with the Aeros" notebook and introduces the new edition: Burning Tread with the RubberDucks.
April 8, 2014 (16 comments)
Although Monday's game was washed away, we are now officially a week into the season, the Indians having played six games thus far. While the IBI's Kevin Dean is not taking much stock in any six-game stretch (especially the first one of the year), there are still observations worth making, and he shares them in today's Second Thoughts.
April 8, 2014 (0 comments)
Rain, rain, go away! 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 extension talks between Pablo Sandoval and the Giants, Tommy Hanson finding a new home, and more.
April 7, 2014 (4 comments)
Today we move on to the right-handed starting pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. It is no secret that the Indians have really struggled to draft and develop good starting pitching over the past two decades or so, but things look to be on the up as they have a good mixture of interesting upper level right-handed starters worth keeping an eye on as well as several high upside young, raw arms in the lower levels of the system. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the Top 15 right-handed starting pitching prospects with scouting reports for names like Anderson, Plutko, Milbrath, Sulser, Colon, Peoples and more.
April 7, 2014 (0 comments)
Despite winning their first home opener since 2008, the Indians pitching woes turned out to be too much for the offense to overcome, even after they scored seven runs on Sunday. Justin Masterson struggled with command as he gave up six runs (five earned) in three and two-thirds innings. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he gives his thoughts on the Twins taking the series with a 10-7 win.
April 7, 2014 (27 comments)
The Indians continue to get good performances from a few of their top prospects in the early going, and have also had some lesser prospects contribute as well. In today's trip Around the Farm, the IB's Tony Lastoria takes a look at some hot days at the plate from Jesus Aguilar and Joey Wendle as well as some nice performances on the mound by Cole Sulser and others.
April 7, 2014 (4 comments)
The Indians completed a minor trade on Sunday and acquired more Minor League pitching depth. 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 the Tommy John surgery trend now trickling down to top prospects, a potential injury for Yasiel Puig, and more.
April 6, 2014 (6 comments)
It was a rocky roller coaster ride that left your head spinning. A very winnable series turned sour Sunday, as Indians starters continue to struggle early on in 2014. After an up and down seesaw battle, Minnesota edged the Tribe, 9-7 to win the three-game weekend series. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
April 6, 2014 (22 comments)
The college baseball season is entering its third month, and things are definitely starting to shape up. The top talents on both the high school and college level are asserting themselves, while other players are sliding some. Maybe it is just because of how weak last year was, but every week Jeff Ellis is more and more impressed by this class. Join Jeff as he releases his third mock draft.
April 6, 2014 (1 comments)
Throughout the year, we here at IBI bring you first-hand coverage of Cleveland's minor league system like nobody else. What we do not have as much of on the minor league side is statistical analysis. Until now. Join Jim Piascik as he introduces The WAR Room, a bi-weekly subscription feature starting soon on IBI that will use advanced metrics like WAR on minor leaguers. Today Jim introduces the concept and explains how this is going to work.
April 6, 2014 (4 comments)
The Cleveland Indians' loss on Saturday to the Minnesota Twins wasn't totally shocking -by generous estimates, they had something like a 60% chance of winning the game. The offense never got untracked and Vinnie Pestano has struggled in the early going, but the IBI's John Grimm takes a positive outlook to Carlos Carrasco's outing...
April 6, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians are close to getting a couple of key players back in Michael Bourn and Jason Giambi. 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 the Rays continuing to dish out extensions, an lingering injury problem for Ryan Braun, and more.
April 6, 2014 (12 comments)
The Indians had an amazing three doubleheaders in the organization on Saturday, and their early season starting pitching struggles continued at Josh Tomlin and others were touched up in their season debuts. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all the action in the farm system from Saturday...
April 5, 2014 (0 comments)
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
April 5, 2014 (8 comments)
He may have had an option, but he may not be the best option. Five runs on five hits through the first three innings Saturday proved more than enough for the Twins against Tribe starter Carlos Carrasco (0-1, 6.35 ERA), as Minnesota cruised to an easy 7-3 victory Saturday afternoon. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from the ballpark.
April 5, 2014 (4 comments)
Today we move on to the right fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. The Indians have Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn seemingly locked into left field and center field for the next several years, but at the moment have a short term platoon-type situation in right field with David Murphy and Ryan Raburn. This is a position where the Indians thankfully have some legit prospects with everyday potential, and they are sprinkled throughout almost every level of the organization. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and includes scouting reports for them...
April 5, 2014 (2 comments)
Jeff Ellis has been working on draft information at Indians Baseball Insider for a few years. Of late he has focused quite a bit on the historical side of the draft and how the Indians have done. The common refrain when he has dipped into the past is that the Indians have really struggled at drafting, yet he was unsure if that was true as he was not certain of the success of every other team. So he decided he needed to figure out a system to compare every team in Major League Baseball and came up with some research for all 30 teams over the last 30 years that shows who has shined or struggled in the draft the last two decades.