March 12, 2014 (5 comments)
Carlos Santana, deeply entrenched in a competition with Lonnie Chisenhall to win the everyday third baseman job, made his case Tuesday, helping the Indians run away with a 12-7 win at the expense of the San Diego Padres. Not only did Santana blast a two-run home run in the first inning, the catcher-turned-utility man looked very comfortable at third base and made two exceptional plays in the process. Join Rob Fuller as he reports from Goodyear.
March 12, 2014 (5 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are focusing their sights on starting pitcher Justin Masteron, who may have put himself out there as willing to take a thee-year deal to stay in Cleveland. While all eyes are on the big, bald righty, there are also ongoing talks with a player that could prove to be even more important down the road in Jason Kipnis. With two similar players signing big-time deals in the offseason, is it time to wrap up Kipnis? Join Jim Pete in his stroll through the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
March 12, 2014 (2 comments)
We've all heard the refrain "Spring training stats don't matter." But what exactly does that mean? Why do the same stats that players accumulate in the regular season not matter when it comes to spring training? John Grimm tackles the topic, explaining just what it is about spring training statistics that make them useless to make predictions about the upcoming season. Enjoy as John goes through this discardable data.
March 12, 2014 (7 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Tyler Naquin. Naquin had a nice first full season for the Indians ranking in the top 10 in several offensive categories in the Carolina League before a late season promotion to Double-A Akron and he also played well in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on Naquin's growth as a hitter, what he is working on, the adjustments he has made, the skills he brings to impact a game, and more.
March 12, 2014 (3 comments)
Justin Masterson pitched like a number one on Tuesday, and then was named Cleveland's number one officially. 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 Masterson getting the nod again for Opening Day, Kris Medlen receiving word on his MRI results, and more.
March 11, 2014 (3 comments)
After a bump in the road on Monday in Goodyear against the Angels, the Indians returned to their winning ways on Tuesday as they took to the road to face off against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields in Talking Stick. The Tribe jumped ahead early and never looked back as they soundly defeated the hometown team 7-1. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he reports live from Arizona on all the action.
March 11, 2014 (0 comments)
It's now halftime during Jake Dungan's week in beautiful Goodyear, Arizona. Just in his first few days, he's had the opportunity to see Danny Salazar make his first start of the spring, Carlos Santana play third base live, and the latest performances of the bench, bullpen, and fifth starter candidates. During the Indians' 8-3 loss to the Angels at Goodyear Ballpark, he spent the day roving around the ballpark taking snapshots of the action.
March 11, 2014 (11 comments)
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 55 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The last batch of these is running today as the outfielders get their due. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews the outfielders.
March 11, 2014 (8 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is probably the biggest and most menacing presence in the batter's box and shows all sorts of strength, natural skills and potential. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the strides Aguilar has made with the bat, where he is still struggling still, what he ultimately needs to do to get a Major League opportunity and more.
March 11, 2014 (1 comments)
All good things must come to an end - including Cactus League winning streaks 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 another scare for Braves pitching and what it could lead to, the Mets continued interest in Nick Franklin, and more.
March 10, 2014 (9 comments)
Trevor Bauer needed to impress on Monday following Josh Tomlin's performance on Sunday, but he struggled mightily through his two innings, leading to an 8-3 loss at the hands of the Anaheim Angels. With the race for the fifth spot in the Indians rotation heating up, Bauer's stock may have dropped a bit due to issues that have plagued him throughout his short career. Join Rob Fuller as he recaps the action.
March 10, 2014 (12 comments)
The Indians have gotten off to a brilliant start in Spring Training this year as the team currently owns a 9-1 record and is atop the Cactus League standings. The Tribe's pitching has been brilliant so far, and that has to be a good theme as the team prepares to open the season in three weeks. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps the week that was in the latest edition of the Indians Notebook.
March 10, 2014 (19 comments)
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 55 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are the middle infielders. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews the middle infielders.
March 10, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Tony Wolters. Wolters went through a significant position change last season moving from the middle infield to catcher and earned some rave reviews in the process. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what went into the position change, how quickly he picked up things, what he needs to work on, how the bat is coming along, and much more.
March 10, 2014 (9 comments)
Every Indians pitcher who is competing for a roster spot is making the decisions very difficult for Terry Francona and company. 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 injury suffered by Kris Medlen, Chase Headley appears likely to test free agency after 2014, and more.
March 9, 2014 (6 comments)
With the Cleveland Indians still in search of a fifth starter, Josh Tomlin bolstered his hopes Sunday afternoon, leading the tribe to a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. Tomlin, battling for the final rotation spot with Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco, amongst others, threw four scoreless innings. Join Rob Fuller as he covers the game from Goodyear.
March 9, 2014 (4 comments)
Jim Pete dusts off his old Sunday Drive column for a closer look at why signing Justin Masterson goes far beyond the numbers, why Cody Anderson really could be a factor should the Indians need one in August, why Carlos Santana shouldn't be looked at all that closely just yet, and how something special could come out of the Indians' patience in handling Danny Salazar.
March 9, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Carlos Moncrief. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has long been a fan of Moncrief and after a big 2013 showing where he seemingly put it all together, he pushes the Moncrief Train even further with his first Top 10 ranking. In this detailed scouting report, Tony explains what finally clicked for Moncrief, the adjustments he made, what he is working, how much of an impact he can be, and much more.
March 9, 2014 (0 comments)
A couple of AL East teams are looking to take advantage of the shrinking demands of Ervin Santana.. 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 new market for Santana, news on the qualifying offer system, and more.
March 8, 2014 (6 comments)
A tie game. It serves as a reminder of just how insignificant spring training exhibition records are. While the Indians came out of the gates strong with a three-run first inning, it was defensive miscues and pitching woes that allowed the Padres to work their way back into the game and knot up the score twice, the second being the final at 4-4. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the game live from Arizona.