February 4, 2014 (0 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Kenny Mathews. Mathews is a nice upside lefty for the Indians who throws a ton of strikes, really knows how to pitch and is a guy who even though he is young could be fast-tracked. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at Mathews' repertoire, his strengths and weaknesses as a pitcher, what he needs to focus on, where he should start the 2014 season, and more.
February 4, 2014 (2 comments)
Now that the Super Bowl has come and gone, the start of the 2014 MLB season is right around the corner. 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 Jeremy Hellickson injury, Scott Boras discussing a few of his top remaining clients, and more.
February 3, 2014 (55 comments)
The Ubaldo Jimenez saga is one that many Indians fans have followed with great interest this offseason. The door appeared to be closed on his potential return to the Indians when he declined a qualifying offer back in October, but his market has crashed enough where the Indians may be back in play for him. Or are they? The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at whether Jimenez and the Indians could be a fit on a one year deal and looks at his contract issues of the past that led to the Rockies trading him and wonders if it is a red flag when considering signing him to a below market multi-year deal.
February 3, 2014 (2 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong. Armstrong took a step back last season thanks to an injury which forced him to miss most of the first half of the season and also some delivery adjustments which affected his performance, but he finished strong and looks ready for a bounce back 2014 campaign. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the struggles Armstrong had last year, what he needs to work on going forward, what makes him so intriguing, and more.
February 3, 2014 (12 comments)
Since the MLB Draft began the Indians have had seven general managers, a span of 50 years. Meanwhile, a few blocks down the road the Browns have had six general managers in the last 15 years. Fresh off his Ultimate Indians Draft, the IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at the drafting history of the Cleveland GMs over the last 50 years and breaks it all down and ranks their performance.
February 2, 2014 (5 comments)
The Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks are playing each other in today's Super Bowl. While staying in that same frame of mind, today's power poll is going to stick to World Champions. Believe it or not, the Cleveland Indians have two World Championships, both in 1920 and 1948. Instead of worrying about the best team, which of these two championship teams is your favorite?
February 2, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Enosil Tejeda. Tejeda was an old signing at 21 years of age out of Latin America, but he has quickly established himself as one of the Indians better relief pitching prospects in the system. He has allowed just two home runs in his four year career and has an exceptional strikeout rate, and in this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what kind of prospect he truly is, if his stuff can translate, what his future holds and so much more.
February 2, 2014 (0 comments)
On Thursday night, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers held their first-annual Hot Stove Banquet. The event was held, in part, to give fans a chance to interact with future major-leaguers, as well as give former Scrappers a chance to return to the Mahoning Valley. The IBI's Robert Fuller was there and gives the details of the event and also provides an update on Jose Ramirez.
February 2, 2014 (0 comments)
February is here and that means baseball is right around the corner! 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 Baltimore's attempts to lock up their stars, a surprise move by the Royals, and more.
February 1, 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.
February 1, 2014 (4 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt. Merritt is a slight framed pitcher who has made living so far in his minor league career as a command and control specialist and has carved a niche as a promising lefty starter. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what Merritt does so well, areas of opportunity, what the Indians want to see from him most, what his future holds as a starting pitcher, and so much more.
February 1, 2014 (4 comments)
Last week the IBI's John Grimm took an exceptionally deep look into Jason Kipnis's home run prowess in 2013. While researching and preparing that piece he noticed that perhaps the most notable development in his 2013 campaign was his substantial increase in both strikeouts and walks. He breaks it down as only he can with tons of data and analysis on the Indians All Star second baseman and what those increases mean.
February 1, 2014 (5 comments)
With Spring Training getting closer by the minute, several players are starting to agree to Minor League deals with invites to camp. 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 Jason Hammel heading to the Cubs, Daniel Bard looking to start over with a new team, and more.
January 31, 2014 (60 comments)
There was news this week that came out in regard to both Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson. It appears as if Jimenez has lowered his asking price while Masterson and the Indians have shelved their extension talks for the moment. Nonetheless, it's crucial that the Indians at least lock up one of these guys to a long-term deal, so who should it be? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
January 31, 2014 (9 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Tyler Holt. Holt was a high-priced draft signing back in 2010 who came in with a lot of fire and passion to his game and has since developed himself into the best defensive outfielder in the Indians system. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail his abilities as a hitter, baserunner, and defender, goes into great detail about the advancements made with his swing, opportunities for improvement, his major league future and much more.
January 31, 2014 (5 comments)
He wasn't flashy, as he never brought attention to himself, but Michael Young was the model of consistency throughout his 14 years in the Bigs. 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 Young's retirement, a possible dilemma facing Kendrys Morales, and more.
January 30, 2014 (25 comments)
Last weekend at Tribe Fest the Indians unveiled their plans for a Jim Thome statue to be placed in this ballpark and a ceremony for the unveiling on August 2nd. While Thome is one of the organization's greatest players of all time and he is a former fan favorite, this announcement is puzzling to many considering his departure from the team in 2002 and so many other former great Indians who were not given the honor. The IBI's Michael Hattery holds nothing back in his criticism of the decision.
January 30, 2014 (3 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed relief pitcher Jeff Johnson. Johnson has been one of the best performers out of the bullpen in the Indians minor league system the last two years, and more importantly he has the stuff to back it up. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about his very good stuff, what kind of major league reliever he can be, the Indians development plan for him, and much more.
January 30, 2014 (0 comments)
Despite no major moves, Wednesday still had plenty of news from around the MLB. 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 Bronson Arroyo's frustration with being unemployed, Scott Baker chooses his next team, and more.
January 30, 2014 (34 comments)
Last year, they started from the bottom. This year, we're starting from the top—at the top of the Indians lineup that is. For 56 games last year, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis hit one, two and three in the Tribe order respectively. They were far from the most potent bunch in baseball, but they have given Cleveland a new look and a new identity offensively. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a closer look at the offensive trio.