Tony has been receiving a lot of inquiries as to the availability of his new 2013 Cleveland Indians prospect book. Today he provides a very quick update on the status of it as it is all written and is just in the final stages of completion with putting it together to send to press. He provides an update on that and when it may become available. Over 200 scouting reports in the book this year!!
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher Nick Hagadone. Hagadone has all the goods to be a dominating presence at the backed of a Major League bullpen, and showed that up until his final three weeks of action last season when everything fell apart and he suffered a self-inflicted hand injury. The Indians need a power armed lefty in the pen, and Tony looks at what stuff he brings, what he needs to get better at, and more in this detailed scouting report.
Tony returns from his vacation with another edition of the Happenings to check in on how things are going for the Indians in spring training. He talks about the Carlos Carrasco suspension and how the Indians may work around it, the injuries that are starting to pile up, takes a closer look at Corey Kluber and what value he truly brings to the team, updates us on how Rule 5 picks TJ McFarland and Hector Rondon are doing, provides the full 11-game TV schedule for the Indians this spring, and more!
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Anthony Santander. If not for the amazing season that Dorssys Paulino had in the Arizona League last year, then Santander would have probably received a lot more attention for the great pro debut he had himself. Tony provides lots of insight into what his upside is, what his strengths and weaknesses are, and what is in store for him this coming season in this detailed scouting report.
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 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!