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February 18, 2014   (2 comments)
Swinging for the Fences: 2013 Indians vs. 2009 Rangers
As players descend upon Goodyear, Arizona, many still wonder who and what the Cleveland Indians are heading into 2014 despite winning 92 games the year before. New Tribe outfielder David Murphy stated earlier this week that this Indians team reminds him of the 2009 Rangers team, which by the way was the year before they won back-to-back pennants. Could the Tribe follow in their steps? The IBI's Jake Dungan speculates.
February 18, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #28 OF Bryson Myles
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Bryson Myles. Myles is a physical presence and brings a very intriguing power-speed combination to his game that makes him a tantalizing prospect. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his strengths as a player, the areas of focus in his development plan, why his season turned around last year, and so much more.
February 18, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 Kent State baseball preview
The college baseball season began President's Day weekend. The Kent State flashes play Arizona, ranked 33rd to start the year. The Flashes won’t play at home till the end of March which makes perfect sense to anyone who has stepped outside in this frigid Ohio weather recently. The IBI's Jeff Ellis previews the Kent State Flashes, a baseball team loaded with potential draft picks this June.
February 18, 2014   (21 comments)
MLB Storylines: Ubaldo's name finally comes off the board
Ubaldo Jimenez's value and market have been debated all offseason, but the enigmatic starter now has a new home. 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 Ubaldo landing his multiyear deal, the upcoming arbitration hearing between the Indians and Justin Masterson, and more.
February 17, 2014   (22 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Seeing is believing for Santana
The Indians conducted their first full squad workout today and the ball is officially rolling on the 2014 season. In today's Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives his reasons why he believes Santana is a true option at third base for the Indians, how Aaron Harang fits into things, why it is rotation or bust for Josh Tomlin, why Raburn may be limited in the outfield, Herrmann's chances with the team, and more.
February 17, 2014   (4 comments)
Smoke Signals s7e1: From Hot Stove to Spring
Welcome to the seventh season of Smoke Signals! In today's debut episode, Tony and Jim focus their attention on several moves the Indians made this offseason, why they didn't HAVE to make more moves, what they might still do, and where they might go as the season progresses. Join IBI's flagship podcast, which will begin recording live every Tuesday night starting this week! More details to follow.
February 17, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #29 RHP Dace Kime
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Dace Kime. Kime was one of the Indians top picks in the 2013 Draft who was primarily a reliever in college but moved into a starting role late in his career and is a role the Indians plan to continue to develop him. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some input from the Indians on his future as a starter, how good his stuff is, his areas of improvement needed, and much, much more.
February 17, 2014   (11 comments)
MLB Storylines: Braves continue to lock up young core
Monday signals the true beginning of another Tribe season, with the first full squad workout. 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 Craig Kimbrel's extension with Atlanta, Ryan Dempster deciding not to pitch in 2014, and more.
February 16, 2014   (27 comments)
IBI Power Poll: Is there an Impact Surprise in 2014?
Danny Salazar and Yan Gomes burst out for the Cleveland Indians in 2013, and really added the depth that the team needed to get to the next level. With both players joining the team on a regular basis in 2014, do the Indians have any minor league options that could provide the same burst of energy this season? Join Jim Pete, as he takes a look at potential break-out candidates this season.
February 16, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #30 1B Nelson Rodriguez
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with first baseman Nelson Rodriguez. Things did not get off on the right foot at Lake County for Rodriguez last season, but he finished with a bang at Mahoning Valley. In this very detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes an in depth look at the growth potential Rodriguez has as a hitter and defender, what his strengths and weaknesses are, why he had success at Mahoning Valley, and so much more.
February 16, 2014   (4 comments)
MLB Storylines: Indians add Harang to the rotation competition
A slow day in the MLB was headlined by some Indians news. 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 new member of the Tribe's fifth starter race, the Cubs adding a new infielder, and more.
February 15, 2014   (0 comments)
IBI Digest: 2/9/14 - 2/15/14
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.
February 15, 2014   (2 comments)
Trend Spotting: Ryan Raburn, regression candidate
The Indians bench last year was constructed much differently than many of the past. It was a strength of the team with Ryan Raburn at the forefront of the Goon Squad as perhaps a goon’s goon of sorts. The IBIs Michael Hattery takes a deep look into the production of Raburn last year and provides data and analysis the suggests he is a regression candidate. But why and how much?
February 15, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #31 OF Logan Vick
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Logan Vick. Vick had a breakthrough season last year showing some tablesetting skills and led the Midwest League with a .413 on-base percentage. In this detailed scouting report, the IBIs Tony Lastoria explains just what kind of outfield prospect Vick is for the Indians, what the biggest concern is with him, what he really excels at, his Major League potential, and more.
February 15, 2014   (7 comments)
MLB Storylines: Teheran the latest to get an extension
With the prices in free agency sky rocketing every year, teams seem to be more open than ever to locking their own players up long term. 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 Julio Teheran's extension, the Mariners pursuit of pitching after the Hisashi Iwakuma injury, and more.
February 14, 2014   (22 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: A look at Brantley's extension
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)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #32 RHP Caleb Hamrick
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)
MLB Storylines: Trout appears headed for unrivaled contract
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)
Brown wants to keep things simple this year
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)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #33 RHP Joseph Colon
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.

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