February 14, 2014 (22 comments)
The Cleveland Indians formally announced the contract extension of Michael Brantley on Thursday. The move now ensures that Brantley will be in the fold for the next four years, but was the price too steep? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he analyzes the contract in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
February 14, 2014 (6 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Caleb Hamrick. Hamrick is the lesser hyped high school pitcher taken in the Top 10 rounds of the Indians draft in 2012, but to date he has performed the best. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the strength, power and ability that Hamrick has, his areas of improvement needed, his future outlook and much more.
February 14, 2014 (1 comments)
Today's baseball world is full of mega contracts, but we may see one in the near future that puts all the rest to shame. 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 Angels and Mike Trout possibly working on a contract extension, Suk-min Yoon picks his new team, and more.
February 13, 2014 (9 comments)
Early camp for minor leaguers kicks off on February 25th. One of those who will be attending is right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown who is coming off an inconsistent 2013 campaign and looking to put that behind him for good with the start of a new season. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him to see how he is doing as spring training nears and get his thoughts on what went wrong last year.
February 13, 2014 (4 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Joseph Colon. Colon had an inconsistent first half of his season last year because of injuries, but the second half of the season he was very good thanks to a significant jump in his fastball velocity and overall consistency of his stuff. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses the sudden change for him last season, his limitations which can hold him back, what really makes him so effective, his major league future and much more.
February 13, 2014 (24 comments)
The 1984 Detroit Tigers did something no other team in the history of baseball has ever done. Win a World Series without a left-handed starter. And we're not talking just the Fall Classic either, but an entire regular season without one. Fast forward 30 years, and the Indians head into the 2014 season without a southpaw in their rotation. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz wonders if the team should add a lefty into the mix.
February 13, 2014 (2 comments)
After the 2014 season, yet another all-time Yankee and baseball great will hang up his cleats. 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 Derek Jeter's retirement announcement, A.J. Burnett going against his word, and more.
February 12, 2014 (5 comments)
Once the season officially starts, optimism often turns to the realities of what teams have on paper. It's hard to say what the Indians have on paper, because last year at this time, I'm not sure that a playoff team is what was evident. With players reporting to Goodyear, the mysteries will be answered. Before they are, let's close our eyes one last time and imagine just what might happen if it all clicks just once. Join Jim Pete with the 2014 State of the Indians' Union.
February 12, 2014 (3 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto. Soto reminds a lot of people with his size and stuff of former Indians lefty specialist Rafael Perez and he was expected to impact the Indians bullpen last season but injury kept that from happening. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what happened to Soto last year, how he is recovering, what his Major League future looks like, what he has to offer, what he needs to work on, and more!
February 12, 2014 (0 comments)
An uneventful day in MLB news was highlighted by the return of Indians baseball in sunny Goodyear, Arizona! 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 picture on Twitter linking Suk-min Yoon to the Orioles, Roy Oswalt calls it a career, and more.
February 11, 2014 (20 comments)
Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Goodyear today to kick off spring training for the Indians. With the outset of spring training, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at some of the key non-roster invites this spring and how they could fit into and impact the opening day roster. He also breaks down the Michael Brantley deal, explains the need for a signing bonus, talks about draft compensation for Ervin Santana, discusses why the Indians need to go to arbitration is more about principle than money, and more!
February 11, 2014 (4 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Bryan Price. Price had an exceptional spike in his performance last season and found his way onto the Indians 40-man roster in the offseason and is in the mix for a bullpen spot in Cleveland sometime this coming season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains the reasons behind his surge last season, how good his stuff is, his future as a major league reliever, what he needs to work on, and much more!
February 11, 2014 (0 comments)
It may not feel like it right now, but we are entering the final weeks of winter with a glimpse of spring now on the horizon. And of course, pitchers and cachers are now reporting to the various spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona to kick off a new season of Major League Baseball. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he looks at all the new opportunities that await the Indians and MLB in 2014.
February 11, 2014 (71 comments)
As spring training gets underway, here is an updated Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2014 season and where players are "projected" to be assigned from Cleveland all the way down to extended spring training. We will continue to update this listing as moves are made this offseason, during spring training, and throughout the season with the addition, subtraction, promotion, demotion, etc of players. Happy pitchers and catchers day!
February 11, 2014 (9 comments)
The Indians extension of Michael Brantley's contract signals a desire from the front office to hold onto the core of the 2013 playoff team. 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 Brantley extension, news on Ervin Santana and A.J. Burnett, and more.
February 10, 2014 (24 comments)
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians have reached an agreement on a multi-year deal with outfielder Michael Brantley. The reported deal is for four years with an option for a fifth year.
February 10, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with third baseman Giovanny Urshela. Urshela has been one of the Indians best young prospects for the past few years and has shown some good bat-to-ball ability and impressive defensive skills at the hot corner. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at his strengths as a hitter and defender, the massive work he has put into developing his approach at the plate, his major league future, and so much more.
February 10, 2014 (7 comments)
Carlos Santana genuinely had excellent offensive numbers last season against left-handed pitching, and while he also had good numbers against right-handed pitching there is a clear different with his approach and power when facing a right-hander. The IBI's John Grimm takes a deep and detailed look into his approach from the left and right side of the plate and pinpoints the difference as to why he is so different from each side of the plate.
February 10, 2014 (21 comments)
Only a week remains before full squad workouts begin and there are still several big names left on the free agent market. 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 rumors swirling about Ervin Santana, the Pirates first base situation, and more.
February 9, 2014 (17 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have many great eras in their past, but none stand out more to today's fan than the prodigious offensive teams of the 1990's. Those teams were some of the best offensive teams in the history of the game, and while they never brought home a World Series championship, their playoff runs will be remembered for many years to come. With all of the discussion about Thome's statue, the inevitable question has to be asked. Who is the Indians' best player from those 90's team? Join Jim Pete for Sunday's Power Poll.