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November 16, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 AZL pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Arizona League team. This week we focus on the pitchers, with Jim Piascik breaking down a quintet of starting pitchers who pitched well in 2014, checking in on a bunch of pitchers who made their organizational debut, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
November 16, 2014   (5 comments)
Building a Wahoo Winner: Bolster an already good bullpen
If the newly extended Terry Francona enjoys anything more than managing in Cleveland, we all know that it’s his bullpen. Like a bag of candy - or in Tito’s case, a container of Dubble Bubble - Francona reached into his bullpen as often as he wanted in 2014 and for the majority of the season, that was a beneficial practice for the Indians. The IBI's Hayden Grove looks at the bullpen setup for the Indians going into 2015 and what they need to do - if anything - to make an already strong unit stronger.
November 16, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: November 15, 2014
The AFL season is over as the Salt River Rafters defeated the Peoria Javelinas 14-7 on Saturday for the AFL Championship. A few Indians were involved in the game, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their performances as well as a long list of other players throughout the winter leagues in the Caribbean.
November 15, 2014   (3 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Catcher Tony Wolters
Another Arizona Fall League season wraps up today as the championship game in winner-take-all fashion convenes with the Salt River Rafters squaring off with the Peoria Javelinas. The Indians have several Indians players involved with the Peoria team and chasing that championship, one of those being catcher Tony Wolters. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk to Wolters about his transition to catcher, his time in the AFL, plans for this offseason and more.
November 15, 2014   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: November 14, 2014
The big man Jesus Aguilar was back to his old bag of winter ball tricks on Friday with a much needed big showing with the bat. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps Aguilar's performance as well as a host of other Indians players, and he also even provides some thoughts on Corey Kluber's Cy Young award....
November 14, 2014   (4 comments)
Advanced metrics confirm Kluber as the right choice
In 2010, the Indians acquired Corey Kluber in a three-team deal that sent Jake Westbrook to St. Louis and Ryan Ludwick from the Cardinals to the Padres. San Diego would give the Indians a 24-year old pitcher still trying to navigate through Double-A and who struggled to find himself for a few years, but has evolved into one of the best pitchers in the game. The IBI's Michael Goodman explains how advanced metrics show Kluber had a historic season for the Indians and was not only deserving of the Cy Young award - but that he may even get better.
November 14, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: November 13, 2014
One of the great things about following the minor leagues is watching a player finally put everything together. Roberto Perez was never a top prospect, but over the past year, he has improved to the point he is a legitimate major league player. Join Jim Piascik as he writes about Perez being at it again last night in Puerto Rico, Giovanny Urshela’s continued excellence, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 14, 2014   (19 comments)
Storylines: Stanton, Marlins discussing record deal
Snow has been flying and it's beginning to get a lot colder outside. Are you ready for Spring Training yet? 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 the record setting deal being discussed for Giancarlo Stanton, the Most Valuable Player awards being announced, two former Indians pitchers being linked back to the team, and more.
November 13, 2014   (4 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Pitching coach Steve Karsay
Coach's Corner is a regular premium piece here at IBI where we sit down with a coach in the Indians minor league system and really break down and discuss several players on the roster and talk about some of the philosophies surrounding the development of players. In this week’s edition, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina pitching coach Steve Karsay and talked about Ryan Merritt's big year, how Adam Plutko has established himself as a prospect, Dylan Baker's tough year, the emergence of some pen prospects like Jacob Lee, Josh Martin and Ben Heller, and much more.
November 13, 2014   (9 comments)
Corey Kluber outduels King Felix again to win A.L. Cy Young
Corey Kluber took the mound at Progressive Field just like any normal game. Needing just 85 pitches, Kluber outdueled Mariners ace Felix Hernandez by tossing a nine inning complete game shutout. Fifteen weeks later, the two right-handers were at it again, this time in a battle for the American League Cy Young Award, with Kluber once again coming out with the victory. IBI Indians beat reporter Jim Berdysz took part in a phone conference with the 2014 Cy Young winner and shares his thoughts.
November 13, 2014   (25 comments)
Around the Farm: November 12, 2014
Right now, it seems there is nothing Giovanny Urshela cannot do. The third baseman may not have the first round pedigree or a massive signing bonus that typically gets national attention for a prospect, but Urshela continues to prove his worth on the field. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps another big night for Urshela in Venezuela as well as the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 13, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Kluber named AL Cy Young winner
In what was a very tight decision, Indians ace right-handed pitcher Corey Kluber was awarded the AL Cy Young award on Wednesday night. The IB provides the details on the Klubot's big win and also runs down a few other Indians related notes on Wednesday.
November 12, 2014   (4 comments)
Akron Insider: 2014 Review - The pitchers
Over the past few weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria has provided year-end pieces like this for rookie level Arizona, Short-A Mahoning Valley, Low-A Lake County and High-A Carolina. In today's second part of his Akron review, Tony sits down with Indians Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of the pitchers there such as Will Roberts, Joe Colon, Cody Anderson, Shawn Armstrong, Duke von Schamann and over a half a dozen others.
November 12, 2014   (4 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Francisco Lindor
The countdown is on. At some point during the 2015 season, Indians shortstop and top prospect Francisco Lindor will make his long awaited Major League debut. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Lindor to talk about his looming arrival in the big leagues, what he is doing to improve, get his thoughts on not getting a call to Cleveland and more.
November 12, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: November 11, 2014
The US All-Star team had a tuneup in Japan on Tuesday and the Indians very own Carlos Santana was in action. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps Santana's first outing this winter, notes the exceptional final outing for Dylan Baker in the AFL, and much more as he takes us Around the Farm...
November 12, 2014   (20 comments)
Storylines: AL Cy Young to be announced tonight
At 6pm tonight the unveiling of the winners of the AL and NL Cy Young Award will be announced live on MLB Network. The Indians very own Corey Kluber will be on0air to talk about the award and give his reaction should he win it. Be sure to tune in! The IBI's Jay Frierson notes Kluber's candidacy and runs down a laundry list of rumors that popped up around baseball on Tuesday.
November 11, 2014   (4 comments)
Akron Insider: 2014 Review - The hitters
Over the past few weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria has provided year-end pieces like this for rookie level Arizona, Short-A Mahoning Valley, Low-A Lake County and High-A Carolina. Over the next few days he will wrap up this series with a look at the rest of the organization, and today takes a look at the Double-A Akron position players. Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of the position players there such as Erik Gonzalez, Tyler Naquin, Anthony Gallas, Tony Wolters and over a half a dozen others.
November 11, 2014   (11 comments)
Cuddyer deal improves Indians draft standing
The baseball world got a bit of a surprise on Monday as Michael Cuddyer became the first free agent to sign a new contract. The surprise came about because after the Rockies extended him the qualifying offer a few days ago it was felt there was no chance anyone would sign him. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on the deal and how it actually helps the Indians draft plans...
November 11, 2014   (18 comments)
Around the Farm: November 10, 2014
It was a busy night Around the Farm for the Indians as players were in action in five different leagues. There were several outstanding performances with the bat, but the biggest of which came from the bats of the two players expected to fill the Indians shortstop position next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the performances from Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez and several others...
November 11, 2014   (5 comments)
Storylines: Mets make splash, sign Cuddyer
Happy Veterans Day! Thank you for your service, bravery, and commitment. We appreciate you! 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 the Mets signing Michael Cuddyer, the BBWAA announces the Rookie of the Year awards, MLB gives an update on a potential tampering case, and more.

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