April 1, 2014 (6 comments)
Earlier this week we kicked things off with the first basemen, second basemen, shortstops, and third basemen, and today we move on to the catchers in our IBI positional rankings. Unlike the third base position, the catching position is one of the strongest in the Indians farm system. The team also has Yan Gomes locked into a long-term contract at the major league level, furthering the depth in the system. Join Tony and see the scouting reports for the Indians catching prospects as well as how they rank at the position. 16 in total!
April 1, 2014 (2 comments)
The 2013 Akron Aeros failed to repeat as Eastern League champions, finishing with a 68-73 record, but the first year under new owner Ken Babby proved to be a success. Babby brought a new energy to Canal Park, an energy that spread into the offseason. Canal Park now features a new restaurant above right field, picnic and premium seating in the outfield, and most importantly, a rebranded team: the Akron RubberDucks. Join Jim Piascik as he previews the 2014 RubberDucks.
April 1, 2014 (35 comments)
Hours and hours of rain in Oakland threatened to take Opening Day away from us, but Mother Nature cooperated enough to allow the game. And what a game it was. Justin Masterson was brilliant once again on opening day and while the offense struggled the Indians finally broke through in the ninth inning to pull out an exciting 2-0 win on Opening Night.
April 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Opening Day has finally come and gone! 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 an update involving extension talks with Jason Kipnis, extension talks with two star players are tabled, and more.
April 1, 2014 (3 comments)
Indians minor league spring training wrapped up over the weekend. All of the players have either settled in with a full season affiliate for the start of the minor league season on Thursday or are at back in Arizona for extended spring training. Here are the final unofficial stats from Indians minor league camp this spring.
March 31, 2014 (15 comments)
Who is ready for some baseball? Those of us here at the IBI sure are! It has been almost six months to the day that the Indians lost to the Rays in the single-game elimination Wild Card game and for the first time in a few years there is some sincere optimism heading into the start of a season. With the dawn of a new Indians season now here, we pooled together several IBI writers and put together a roundtable to get their quick thoughts on the Indians this season, their season predictions for the Indians, and their MLB predictions as well.
March 31, 2014 (6 comments)
The "Radar Report" returns this week, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria shares almost three dozen radar readings from players in the Indians' system that he recorded while out in Arizona for spring training. This is a premium site feature which posts about once a month during the season and provides the fastball and secondary offering velocities for Indians minor league pitchers. This report has readings for several players such as Austin Adams, Cody Anderson, Mitch Brown, Elvis Araujo, Joe Colon, Dace Kime, Leandro Linares, Adam Plutko and many others.
March 31, 2014 (11 comments)
The offseason has officially ended. Now, enjoy the next seven months full of baseball. 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 40-man roster moves made by the Indians, the talks between the Red Sox and Jon Lester, and more.
March 30, 2014 (15 comments)
Minor league camp wrapped up on Saturday and on Sunday all players arrived at their full season destinations. With that, a little over 100 minor league players are set to open the season on Thursday or Friday this week at Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County. Here are the rosters!
March 30, 2014 (6 comments)
In 2013, the Cleveland Indians did the unthinkable: they won 92 games a season after they had only won 68 games, and they made the playoffs. While Kenny Lofton is arguing THAT point, the one-game foray into the postseason realm galvanized the fanbase, and reminded many of what things could be like with a winning baseball team. On paper, the Indians didn't add much to the roster, but will their be enough internal improvement for this team to take it to the next step? Join Jim Pete for your chance and picking the Indians' future with today Power Poll-palooza!!!
March 30, 2014 (7 comments)
Smoke Signals is officially back on a weekly basis and tonight Jim Pete and Tony Lastoria kick things off with a special two-hour show starting at 9:00pm ET. Join Jim and Tony as they break down all the last minute news and notes from spring training, and then listen in as several other IBI regulars call in for a "roundtable" show to talk about the upcoming season and predict how things play out.
March 30, 2014 (1 comments)
The season opener for the Indians is not just hours away. As with the start of any baseball season, hope springs eternal, and the IBI's DJ Sebastian is really big on the Tribe this season and thinks they could even win 100 games based on his Seb-err-metrics formula he concocted. Check out how he came to the 100-win conclusion in this entertaining and overall feel good piece at the start of the season!
March 30, 2014 (11 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 #12 to #1, which means a lot of players projected to receive most of the playing time (see: position players and starting pitchers). Join Jim as he unveils part two of his opening day roster rankings.
March 30, 2014 (0 comments)
The Indians wrapped up minor league camp on Saturday with a final camp day in the morning as Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron squared off in one game and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County squared off in another. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did in the final game of the spring with some notes on some of the performances below each game.
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.