The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet. Guilmet has been an overlooked bullpen prospect for most of his career, but no longer as he is finally being taken a lot more seriously and has put himself on the map as a major league option for the Indians. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at what makes him so valuable to the Indians, why he has so much success, his flaws, his major league chances, and more.
Now that one of the top remaining free agent starters have signed, will we see a flurry of starting pitching moves in the coming week? 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 getting his multiyear deal, A.J. Burnett's suitors, and more.
As always, the Indians have brought in a slew of minor league signings for Spring Training this year. In the past, this has proven to be both a successful and unsuccessful practice for the Tribe, but how does the crop look for this year? What minor league signings have the best chance of sticking? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Luigi Rodriguez. Rodriguez is one of the most talented players in the entire organization, but in this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why his value has slipped, provides an update on his health status, looks at his skills offensively, his areas of opportunity, and much more.
Within the coming days we should start to see more of the top remaining free agents coming off of the board. 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 Fernando Rodney finding a home in Seattle, where the Orioles go from here, and more.
The greatest draft in Indians history happened in 1989. Hank Peters was in his second year as general manager and he ended up with a draft for the ages. The Indians selected 55 players that year and 14 made it to the majors for a success rate of about 25%. This success is even more interesting when you take a step back and look at the big picture of this draft, which the IBI's Jeff Ellis goes into detail about.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with infielder Erik Gonzalez. Gonzalez had an amazing 2013 season as he literally started the year in the spring as a prospect on the bubble in the organization and finished it on the 40-man roster and with a very good winter ball showing in the Dominican Republic. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his large ascent up the prospect rankings, his potential as a fielder, and the intrigue with his bat and the problems he has with it, and much more.
The Indians made another minor league signing on Wednesday and they now have 23 players invited to Major League spring training as non-roster players. The IBI's Tony Lastoria steps in once again in a pinch-hitting role and provides all of the news and notes from the day by recapping the Bryan LaHair signing with the Indians, the finalists for Bronson Arroyo and more.
The Cleveland Indians have been fairly silent since the start of 2014. As the Tribe buses head from Cleveland to Goodyear, Arizona for next week's report dates, Jim Pete ponders last year's last-minute Michael Bourn signing, how it was likely their big move for 2014, and discusses the possibility of another Indians splash in February, Spring Training or July's trade deadline.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Jake Lowery. Lowery had a strong, consistent season last year for the Indians both at the plate and behind it and made some significant strides with his body to better handle the daily rigors of catching. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria delves into what makes Lowery so intriguing as a catching prospect, what adjustments he is making, where he stands in the organization, and more.
In this MLB news and notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols has been providing occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout MLB. Today, the IBI's Tony Lastoria pinch hits for him and provides details on a resolution between Nick Hagadone and the Indians, Freddie Freeman's new deal with the Braves, and more.
Like Jason Voorhies and Freddy Krueger, Around the Farm just keeps coming back from the dead this offseason. A week after it was thought to be packed away in moth balls for a few months, Elvis Araujo ended up getting picked up as a refuerzo by his Venezuela team and factored significantly into their win on Tuesday night. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action and provides an update on the Caribbean Series.
What does Shaun Marcum bring to the table compared to the veterans that the Indians have brought in the last couple seasons? Does he have higher upside? The IBI's Jake Dungan believes that if healthy, this right-hander can surprise a lot of people this spring and possibly be a front-runner for the final rotation spot. Find out why in this week's Swinging for the Fences.
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.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!