March 14, 2014 (7 comments)
Opening Day is a little more than two weeks away and excitement is growing. 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 Kendrys Morales maintaining contact with the Mariners, Jason Giambi's injury prognoses, and more.
March 13, 2014 (11 comments)
In a similar sequence of events to Wednesday's victory over the Padres, the Indians played a close game against the division-rival Royals at Goodyear Ballpark up until the seventh inning, where the Tribe bats came to life with a fury to score nine runs in the seventh and eighth innings to plate nine runs and bury Kansas City 12-6. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps Thursday's game live from Arizona.
March 13, 2014 (6 comments)
After profiling Danny Salazar and Yan Gomes, Michael Goodman is continuing his Key Players series with outfielder Michael Bourn. Unlike Salazar and Gomes, Bourn is not an up-and-coming player who the team is looking for to take on a larger role. Instead, Bourn is a player who the team will be looking for to bounce back. Join Michael as he looks at Bourn's 2013 and analyzes what to expect in 2014.
March 13, 2014 (2 comments)
For anyone who has been to minor league spring training the first thing you notice is the abundance of players in camp as there are close to 180 players at any given time. But even with players pouring out of the fields like water in a flooded stream, things somehow, someway run smoothly every day as players move from field to field, from drill to drill, and from coach to coach with near precision. The IBI's Tony Lastoria sat down with Farm Director Ross Atkins last year and talked about everything that goes into minor league spring training, the decision-making process and so much more.
March 13, 2014 (7 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with infielder Jose Ramirez. Ramirez was a relative unknown coming out of extended spring training in June of 2012 and then 15 months later raced through the system and earned a call to the big leagues last year as a September callup. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into great detail on Ramirez's rise through the system, where he has surprised, where he has struggled, what value he brings, and so much more.
March 13, 2014 (5 comments)
He may not be a Gold Glover, but Carlos Santana looks more natural at third base than most would expect. 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 Braves bolstering their rotation with the Ervin Santana signing, Kris Medlen preparing for another surgery, and more.
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.