March 30, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians seem to be taking a page from John Hart's playbook, and that has Tribe fans excited. 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 Cleveland fan-favorite Yan Gomes getting a long-term extension, Jon Lester and the Red Sox temporarily ending their contract talks, and more.
March 30, 2014 (4 comments)
All good things must come to an end. After a great spring, the Indians dropped their final Cactus League game Saturday to San Diego, 9-8. Tribe outfielder Matt Carson belted a pair of homers, but the offense could not overcome a shaky outing by Danny Salazar. The right-handed phenom went just four innings allowing five runs on seven hits, walking two and striking out five. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
March 29, 2014 (22 comments)
Cleveland agreed with a six-year, $23 million contract extension with catcher Yan Gomes according to Ken Rosenthal (pending a physical). The extension also includes two club options that would keep Gomes under team control through 2021 if exercised.
March 29, 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.
March 29, 2014 (3 comments)
Earlier this week we kicked things off with the first basemen, second basemen and shortstops, and today we move on to the third basemen in our IBI positional rankings. The third base position is easily the weakest position in the Indians farm system, but the recent signing of Cuban defector Yandy Diaz could change that. See the first scouting report for Diaz and how the rest of the scouting reports for the Indians third base prospects as well as how they rank at the position.
March 29, 2014 (8 comments)
With a new season upon us, it is once again time for Jim Piascik to rank Cleveland's roster from bottom to top. Many of the names are familiar from last year's 92-win playoff season, but there is some new blood (and a noticeable lack of Chris Perez). Today includes players ranked #25 to #13, which means a lot of players projected to receive less playing time (see: relievers and bench players). Join Jim as he unveils part one of his opening day roster rankings.
March 29, 2014 (4 comments)
The Indians squared off with the Rockies on Friday with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron going to Scottsdale and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County at home in Goodyear. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game. They also announced a few more player releases.
March 29, 2014 (4 comments)
You would think they were playing Friday night football at the University of San Diego. Scoring seven times in the first and second innings, Cleveland trounced the Padres for an easy, 16-4 victory. Five Tribe players collected at least two hits as the team scored 16 runs on 13 hits through the first three innings of play. Join IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he shares his thoughts and recaps the action.
March 29, 2014 (3 comments)
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 the Angels extending superstar Mike Trout, Major League Baseball changing the joint drug program, and more.
March 28, 2014 (6 comments)
It's now been over a week since news broke that the negotiations between the Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson fell through. It's been a polarizing topic for Indians' fans since then as many seem to believe a deal should have gotten done. Join the IBI's Jim Pete, Michael Hattery and Steve Orbanek as they discuss the topic in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
March 28, 2014 (12 comments)
In the recently completed 2014 IBI Top 50, the projection of each player contributed heavily to the final rankings. But since Cleveland has designs on contending for the playoffs again and will need to dip into the minor league ranks at some point in the season, Jim Piascik analyzed the minor league system for who could help in 2014. Join Jim as he profiles nine pitching prospects who can help the team in 2014.
March 28, 2014 (5 comments)
The Indians had a camp day on Thursday as Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron squared off on one field and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County squared off on the other. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game. Indians personnel gathered after the games on Thursday and full season rosters should be announced to the players on Friday!
March 28, 2014 (3 comments)
It couldn't have been a better spring year in the City of Goodyear. The Indians offense wasted little time in their final ballgame in Arizona Thursday afternoon, jumping out to an early lead. That would be all the run support Tribe starter Corey Kluber would need, as the right-hander shutout the Diamondbacks with six innings of scoreless baseball surrendering just three hits. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action.
March 28, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians have played their final game in Goodyear for the spring! 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 the Tigers extending Miguel Cabrera, the Pirates extending Starling Marte, and more.
March 27, 2014 (1 comments)
On Sunday we kicked off our positional rankings with a look at the first basemen and then followed it up with the second basemen on Tuesday. Today we continue on with the ranking of all of the shortstops in the Indians system, a position where the Indians are loaded with prospects at all levels. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and provides scouting reports and additional information as well on players named Castillo, Ciriaco, Gonzalez, Lindor, Paulino, Roberts, Rodriguez and Toole.
March 27, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians made the announcement on Wednesday that Carlos Carrasco will open the season as the club's fifth starter. The Indians have had their enigma's on the mound over the past few years with Fausto Carmona and Ubaldo Jimenez, and Carrasco is yet another one to add to that mix. Can he finally put it all together and is there anything from his 2013 performance which points to him being in line for a solid 2014 campaign? The IBI's John Grimm breaks it all down....
March 27, 2014 (7 comments)
The Indians squared off with the White Sox on Wednesday with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron in Goodyear and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County in Glendale. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game.
March 27, 2014 (4 comments)
Barring a late-spring injury, the Indians Opening Day roster is officially set and ready to go. 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 Starling Marte's extension with the Pirates, the Indians finalizing their roster, and more.
March 26, 2014 (2 comments)
We are at the tail end of spring training as just three days of games remain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before minor league camp officially wraps up on March 30th. The anticipation of a new season is exciting, especially as we await the assignments of players to the various affiliates on Thursday or Friday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has since returned home from his trip to Arizona and provides another update on all the news, releases, injury updates and other happenings in minor league camp.
March 26, 2014 (24 comments)
March Madness is in full swing at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario as the Indians pack up Goodyear and head to Oakland for opening day. At the center of the insanity, Carlos Santana was named the starting 3rdbaseman over Lonnie Chisenhall & Carlos Carrasco was named the #5 starter over Josh Tomlin. Join Jim Pete as he takes a close look at dos Carlos, and throws a pre-cursory look at the AL Central in 2014.