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February 17, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #29 RHP Dace Kime
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Dace Kime. Kime was one of the Indians top picks in the 2013 Draft who was primarily a reliever in college but moved into a starting role late in his career and is a role the Indians plan to continue to develop him. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some input from the Indians on his future as a starter, how good his stuff is, his areas of improvement needed, and much, much more.
February 16, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #30 1B Nelson Rodriguez
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with first baseman Nelson Rodriguez. Things did not get off on the right foot at Lake County for Rodriguez last season, but he finished with a bang at Mahoning Valley. In this very detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes an in depth look at the growth potential Rodriguez has as a hitter and defender, what his strengths and weaknesses are, why he had success at Mahoning Valley, and so much more.
February 15, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #31 OF Logan Vick
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Logan Vick. Vick had a breakthrough season last year showing some tablesetting skills and led the Midwest League with a .413 on-base percentage. In this detailed scouting report, the IBIs Tony Lastoria explains just what kind of outfield prospect Vick is for the Indians, what the biggest concern is with him, what he really excels at, his Major League potential, and more.
February 14, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #32 RHP Caleb Hamrick
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Caleb Hamrick. Hamrick is the lesser hyped high school pitcher taken in the Top 10 rounds of the Indians draft in 2012, but to date he has performed the best. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the strength, power and ability that Hamrick has, his areas of improvement needed, his future outlook and much more.
February 13, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #33 RHP Joseph Colon
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Joseph Colon. Colon had an inconsistent first half of his season last year because of injuries, but the second half of the season he was very good thanks to a significant jump in his fastball velocity and overall consistency of his stuff. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses the sudden change for him last season, his limitations which can hold him back, what really makes him so effective, his major league future and much more.
February 12, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #34 LHP Giovanni Soto
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto. Soto reminds a lot of people with his size and stuff of former Indians lefty specialist Rafael Perez and he was expected to impact the Indians bullpen last season but injury kept that from happening. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what happened to Soto last year, how he is recovering, what his Major League future looks like, what he has to offer, what he needs to work on, and more!
February 11, 2014   (20 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Several NRIs could impact the roster
Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Goodyear today to kick off spring training for the Indians. With the outset of spring training, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at some of the key non-roster invites this spring and how they could fit into and impact the opening day roster. He also breaks down the Michael Brantley deal, explains the need for a signing bonus, talks about draft compensation for Ervin Santana, discusses why the Indians need to go to arbitration is more about principle than money, and more!
February 11, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #35 RHP Bryan Price
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Bryan Price. Price had an exceptional spike in his performance last season and found his way onto the Indians 40-man roster in the offseason and is in the mix for a bullpen spot in Cleveland sometime this coming season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains the reasons behind his surge last season, how good his stuff is, his future as a major league reliever, what he needs to work on, and much more!
February 11, 2014   (71 comments)
2014 Indians Organizational Depth Chart
As spring training gets underway, here is an updated Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2014 season and where players are "projected" to be assigned from Cleveland all the way down to extended spring training. We will continue to update this listing as moves are made this offseason, during spring training, and throughout the season with the addition, subtraction, promotion, demotion, etc of players. Happy pitchers and catchers day!
February 10, 2014   (24 comments)
Indians, Brantley reach agreement on a four-year deal
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians have reached an agreement on a multi-year deal with outfielder Michael Brantley. The reported deal is for four years with an option for a fifth year.
February 10, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #36 3B Giovanny Urshela
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with third baseman Giovanny Urshela. Urshela has been one of the Indians best young prospects for the past few years and has shown some good bat-to-ball ability and impressive defensive skills at the hot corner. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at his strengths as a hitter and defender, the massive work he has put into developing his approach at the plate, his major league future, and so much more.
February 9, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #37 RHP Kieran Lovegrove
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Kieran Lovegrove. Lovegrove is a high profile draft pick for the Indians out of the 2012 Draft who is very young and raw, but has some considerable upside as a projectable, durable starting pitching prospect. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the behind the scenes strides that he made last season, his significant improvement with his velocity, what he is working on, and so much more.
February 8, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #38 RHP Preston Guilmet
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.
February 7, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #39 OF Luigi Rodriguez
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.
February 6, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #40 INF Erik Gonzalez
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.
February 6, 2014   (8 comments)
MLB Storylines: Indians ink LaHair as yet another depth option
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.
February 5, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #41 CA Jake Lowery
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.
February 5, 2014   (12 comments)
MLB Storylines: Hagadone, Indians resolve grievance
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.
February 4, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #42 LHP Kenny Mathews
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 3, 2014   (55 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Weighing the risks of resigning Jimenez
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.

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