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.
March 26, 2014 (14 comments)
It was final roster decision day inside the Indians locker room Wednesday. The Tribe announced that right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco has made the Opening Day 25-man roster, winning the final spot in the starting rotation. They also finalized the last few spots on the roster.
March 26, 2014 (4 comments)
The Indians squared off with the Reds on Tuesday with all games split between the two complexes 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. Bryan LaHair has a big game at Columbus, Nellie Rodriguez has a much needed big showing and more!
March 26, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians starting pitching staff will be trying to fill two significant holes left by the defections of Scott Kazmir and Ubaldo Jimenez. While Danny Salazar fills one of those spots, and some combination of Carlos Carrasco and Josh Tomlin will try to fill the other, it’s Corey Kluber who will slot behind Justin Masterson and be tasked with helping him carry the rotation. It’s an amazing rise Kluber has undergone to get to this point, and the IBI's Michael Goodman talks about his key role for the team this season.
March 26, 2014 (32 comments)
In a somewhat surprising move (yet not surprising at the same time), Carlos Santana will be manning the hot corner for the Tribe. 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 big news out of Cleveland, the Rangers looking to patch up their roster after injuries, and more.
March 25, 2014 (9 comments)
The bullpen has been one of the more interesting topics of discussion this spring with several viable candidates coming into camp for only a few openings. All of the candidates offer unique qualities as pitchers, but Blake Wood possesses a kind of talent that could lengthen the bullpen even more. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he explains how the hard-throwing right-hander could become a vital part of the Tribe bullpen in 2014.
March 25, 2014 (6 comments)
The Indians squared off with the Cubs on Monday, with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron going to Mesa and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County playing 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. Names like Mejia, Fink, Kime, Roberts and others all shined on the day!
March 25, 2014 (2 comments)
On Sunday we kicked off our positional rankings with a look at the first basemen in the Indians system, and today we continue on with the ranking of all of the second basemen. The middle infield is an area that the Indians are strong at as almost every second baseman can play anywhere in the infield, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and provides scouting reports and additional information as well.
March 25, 2014 (4 comments)
Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver once said, "The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals and three-run homers." The Indians had a little bit of everything working for them Monday in the rubber-match against the Cincinnati Reds. Solid starting pitching, sound defense and three home runs lead the Tribe past Cincy, 8-3. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from Monday's contest.
March 25, 2014 (5 comments)
Opening Day in Oakland is less than a week 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 the Red Sox and Jon Lester setting a deadline for a contract extension, Tom Hamilton watches his son in the booth, the Indians make numerous roster moves, and more.
March 24, 2014 (7 comments)
It is hard to believe that in less than a week players will be reporting to one of the Indians four full season affiliates. At this time next week players will have traded in the warm sun in Arizona for the cold of Ohio and (hopeful) warmth of Carolina. The next few days figures to be a wild and crazy time in minor league camp as rosters are finalized and players are released, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some news and insights on some players who are injured, some more retirements, and some intriguing developments he has seen in camp the last few days.
March 24, 2014 (16 comments)
Indians players have been sporting t-shirts with the motto “Unfinished Business” -- a call to extending their run from last year to winning a World Series championship in 2014. However, they have some unfinished business to take care of off of the field if they plan to keep that window open beyond this season. That unfinished business is, of course, keeping Justin Masterson in Cleveland.
March 24, 2014 (2 comments)
It was another camp day at the Goodyear complex, which typically means more roster decisions were made later in the afternoon on Sunday. Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron squared off against one another and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County faced each other as well. 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 24, 2014 (12 comments)
For the first time all spring, the Indians have dropped two straight, falling to the L.A. Angels Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 5-2. L.A. struck for two runs early off Tribe starter Zach McAllister in the first inning, highlighted on a RBI triple by Albert Pujols. The nine-time All-Star went 2-for-2 in the ballgame and helped the Angels extend their winning streak to five straight. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action.
March 24, 2014 (4 comments)
In just one short week, we will all be patiently waiting for 10:00 PM and the first pitch of the Indians' 2014 season. 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 two different sides of the Max Scherzer extension offer, David Ortiz getting his new deal with Boston, and more.
March 23, 2014 (10 comments)
The Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson failed to reach an agreement with Justin Masterson. The Indians have been reticent in past years to sign post-arbitration pitchers to long-term deals, and this proved true again this offseason. Join Jim Pete for this week's Sunday Drive, where he takes a look a the Indians' 'Jake Westbrook Rule,' the new clubhouse mentality, Elliot Johnson and how things are rarely what they seem in the spring.
March 23, 2014 (4 comments)
Last week we wrapped up the 2014 Top 50 prospect countdown, and today we unveil the beginning of our 2014 Positional Rankings by kicking off things with the first basemen in the Indians system. First base is a position where the Indians have some strength in the upper levels, but beyond that it is a position of great uncertainty and one of the weaker positions in the organization. Join Tony as he breaks down the first basemen in the system.
March 23, 2014 (4 comments)
The Indians were in action against the Dodgers on Saturday as Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron were in Goodyear and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County traveled to 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 23, 2014 (10 comments)
Opening Day is fast approaching and Cleveland is faced with some tough roster decisions to make. 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 roster moves made by the Indians, an injury to Josh Johnson, and more.
March 22, 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.