Indians closer Chris Perez has been shelved with a subscapularis strain in his right shoulder and will not throw for the next seven to ten days. He will begin a return to throwing program as soon as he is asymptomatic, and is expected to be out of game action for at least three to four weeks. Also, Frank Herrmann has been shut down with a right elbow strain.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed releiver Chen-Chang Lee. Called C.C. Lee for short, he was off to a hot start last season before a serious elbow injury sidelined him in mid-April and resulted in Tommy John surgery. Tony gives an update on his rehab and return back to the mound, what his expectations for this season are, and what his future holds with the Indians in this detailed scouting report.
Here are the final winter ball statistics for all Cleveland Indians players that participated in fall/winter ball action out in the Arizona Fall League, Australian Baseball League, Dominican Winter League, Puerto Rico Winter League, and Venezuela Winter League. These stats include all the playoff stats for the Latin American leagues, something MLB.com and MiLB.com do not do.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder D'Vone McClure. McClure the kind of player that will need a lot of patience and development before his true baseball skills show, so in the meantime he is a player you can dream on because of his tremendous athleticism, plethora of tools, and unlimited upside. Tony goes into detail why he is so exciting as a prospect, what his future holds, and areas of concern with his game in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with third baseman Giovanny Urshela. Urshela is a top notch defender with a bat that has always lagged behind because of a lack of power, but last season his bat started to show signs of life and he had his best pro season to date. Tony explains what has changed with his bat, if the bat has the potential to be up to Major League standards, and much more in this extremely detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong. Everything came together as hoped for Armstrong last season as he was 100% healthy for the first time since he went off to college, his arm strength was all the way back, and he really solidified himself as a legit pitching prospect in the Indians’ organization. Tony breaks down his impressive power arsenal and big velocity jump last season, and also talks about the concerns with his command in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Dillon Howard. Last season was a difficult season for Howard as he struggled with injuries and other things which really affected his performance and the quality of his stuff. Tony shares all of the injuries he struggled through and some other factors which contributed to a poor showing in the box scores all last season, and also explains why there is still a lot to like about him in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto. He is one of the Indians more valuable, young pitching prospects in their system, and with his dominating cutter he has a chance to impact at the Major League level as a bullpen option for the Indians sometime this season - though could still end up a starter. Tony shares all the details about what makes him so exciting, some of his drawbacks, and much more in this very detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Jordan Smith. Smith has been a very good performer so far in his short two-year career and was the MVP of the Low-A Lake County team last year as a consistent driving force offensively the entire season with his steady approach and clutch hits that helped deliver a lot of wins for them. Tony breaks down all of his intangibles, how good his bat really is, and what kind of future he has as a prospect in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher T.J. House. House had a forgettable 2011 campaign at High-A Kinston where he regressed and looked like a stalled prospect, but he rebounded in a big way last season in combined time at High-A Carolina and Double-A Akron and found his way onto the 40-man roster in the offseason. Tony provides the details on what contributed to his turnaround, what his future holds, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo. Lugo is raw and inexperienced, but he has all the ingredients to be a big time Major League starting pitching prospect. Right now he is trying to put it all together, and Tony talks about what he is working on, what is so impressive about him, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with catcher Alex Monsalve. Monsalve is an exciting project for the Indians Player Development staff as he is still kind of figuring himself out as a player, but is the kind of player they believe can be molded into an everyday type of catcher at some point. because of his skills, size and strength. Tony breaks down all the good and bad with Monsalve in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Tim Fedroff. Fedroff had a fantastic season last year and really solidified himself as an outfield prospect for the Indians, and found his way onto the 40-man roster in the offseason and is now in the big league outfield mix this coming season. Tony looks at what kind of asset he is for the big league team and what areas of improvement are needed to increase his chances of getting a Major League opportunity in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with catcher Eric Haase. He is a player that may take another year or two before his true talents show, but even so, he is one of the most interesting young prospects to follow in a system loaded with high upside talent in the lower levels. Tony provides all the details on his upside as a hitter and receiver behind the plate, and what roadblocks may stand in his way in this detailed scouting report.
Aloha from Hawaii! Tony is away on vacation but checks in this week with another Tribe Happenings and takes a look at how the Indians spending spree this offseason brings into question just how much room the Indians have - if any - to make roster moves next offseason. He also talks about the Michael Bourn and Diasuke Matsuzaka signings, the extreme makeover the Indians roster has undergone since the end of last season, and his optimism for a rebound from Drew Stubbs.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Carlos Moncrief. Moncrief had one of the more under-rated seasons last year, and has become one of the most complete position players in the entire Indians’ system. With his wide range of tools and power he is exciting to dream on, but he is also very frustrating because of the strikeouts. Tony breaks down all of his pluses and minuses in this detailed scouting report.
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!