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March 8, 2014   (6 comments)
The Release of a Dream
Today we re-post an article that originally ran in May of 2008 that provides details into the release process in the minors and the emotions that players go through. That year the IBI's Tony Lastoria talked to three Indians minor league players that were recently released to get an understanding of the process and the whirlwind of emotions that follow. With the first full squad workout in the minors set for Monday, this is a fitting time to post this again as close to 15-20 players will be released in a few weeks.
March 7, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #11 SS Dorssys Paulino
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with shortstop Dorssys Paulino. Paulino had a rough introduction to full season ball last season and did not meet the expectations laid upon him before the season as an offensive player. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what went wrong, why it is too early to give up on him, what the plans are for him going forward, and much more.
March 6, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #12 LHP Luis Lugo
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo. Lugo is a pitcher who has all of the ingredients to be a very good Major League starter and has shown some rapid growth on the mound the last few seasons. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at his upside, his areas of opportunity, the improvement he showed last season, and much more.
March 5, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #13 2B Joe Wendle
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with second baseman Joe Wendle. Wendle had an MVP-caliber season last year at High-A Carolina and was named the IBI's Offensive Player of the Year as a result. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about Wendle's impressive year and what it means, his potential as a hitter, the concerns which temper expectations, and so much more.
March 4, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #14 RHP Chen-Chang Lee
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Chen-Chang Lee. Lee had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and spent last year rehabbing and getting his stuff back to what it was before injury. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains how his stuff came back last season and then some, what kind of impact he can have on the Indians big league bullpen now and in the future, what he is working on, and so much more.
March 3, 2014   (13 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Is a Masterson extension possible?
In today's Tribe Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the recent comment from Justin Masterson about contract extension talks and the Indians history of such talks with starting pitchers to try and figure out if a deal truly is possible. He also discusses how Aaron Harang may be Plan B for Carlos Carrasco as the fifth starter, how Vinnie Pestano is a wildcard for the bullpen, why Salazar's slow spring concerns him, and much more.
March 3, 2014   (7 comments)
The 2014 Minor League Baseball season is officially here
The 2014 Minor League Baseball season has officially arrived with Indians minor league pitchers and catchers officially reporting today for spring training. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all the information you need to know with dates and coverage for Indians minor league spring training, what to expect over the next month from the IBI, a book update, and more.
March 3, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #15 RHP Dylan Baker
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker. Baker started slow last season but made some incredible strides with his delivery and stuff over the season that saw his performance significantly improve by the end of the year. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses the changes made last season which helped him, his improved velocity and stuff, what he is working on, why he is primed for a Cody Anderson-like surge, and more.
March 2, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #16 LHP Kyle Crockett
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Kyle Crockett. Crockett had a rapid ascent up the Indians minor league ladder last season as he was drafted in June yet passed through three levels of the organization - skipping High-A Carolina completely - and finished at Double-A Akron. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses his Cody Allen-like rise in the system, his Major League future, what makes him such a promising lefty reliever, what he needs to work on, and much more.
March 1, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #17 RHP Austin Adams
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Austin Adams. Adams made a great return last season from shoulder surgery, so much so that he was back to 100% and throwing at his old velocity and even more much quicker than hoped. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at how his return from surgery has gone, what he needs to work on, his true Major League upside, and much more.
February 28, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #18 OF Anthony Santander
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Anthony Santander. Santander is one of the most physically gifted players in the Indians system who had a bout with the injury bug last season, but is no doubt an exciting prospect with massive upside. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives the 411 on his upside, what happened to him last year, what he is working on, and so much more.
February 27, 2014   (10 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #19 OF Jordan Smith
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Jordan Smith. Smith has been an exceptionally consistent performer with the bat over his first three years in the Indians system, but it is his growth defensively which has a lot of people talking. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all the details on his growth as a defender and his ceiling there, his potential with the bat, what he is doing to improve his power, and so much more.
February 26, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #20 LHP T.J. House
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher T.J. House. House has made considerable strides over the last two seasons, first in 2012 to re-establish himself as a prospect in the organization, and last season to solidify himself as a true Major League starting option for the Indians. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why House is a sleeper rotation candidate for the Indians no one is talking about, the areas he has made strides, his areas in need of improvement, and more.
February 25, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #21 SS Ronny Rodriguez
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. Rodriguez took a step back in the numbers department last season, and he may be in for a position or role change this coming season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the changes Rodriguez implemented into his swing and approach last season, his upside with the bat, what he is working on, why he may see a position change this season, and much more.
February 25, 2014   (5 comments)
Final 2013-2014 Winter Ball stats
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 during the 2013-2014 offseason. There are different stats than you will see anywhere else as they include all playoff stats!
February 24, 2014   (18 comments)
Tribe Happenings: The importance of the Indians "Fab Five"
The Indians lost two key members of their starting rotation in the offseason in Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, and could lose another if Justin Masterson departs as a free agent at the end of the season. In today's Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses how the Indians have already taken a leap of faith that two internal starting pitching options can fill a need and that they need some luck and performance from others to maintain a good rotation. He also talks about Swisher only playing first base, McAllister's pitch mix, Nelson Cruz's contract, provides the full spring TV schedule and more.
February 24, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #22 LHP Shawn Morimando
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Shawn Morimando. Morimando had a breakthrough season last year at High-A Carolina where he really established himself as a legit starting pitching prospect for the Indians and saw some significant strides in the improvement of his stuff. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about those improvements to his stuff, the areas of focus in his development, what kind of future he has, and much more.
February 23, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #23 CA Eric Haase
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Eric Haase. Haase brings a lot to the table at the catching position with significant upside thanks to a lot of tools and some strength in his bat and arm. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on how his development as a catcher is coming along, what strides he has made at the plate, what areas of improvement are still needed, and much more.
February 22, 2014   (1 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #24 LHP Sean Brady
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Sean Brady. Brady is a high profile pick from the 2013 Draft who had an impressive debut last season both with his stuff and performance. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his upside, why he had so much success his first season, what he is working on, what kind of pitcher he is, and so much more.
February 21, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #25 RHP Adam Plutko
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko. Plutko had an amazing college career at UCLA and capped it all off winning the College World Series last year, but while he signed with the Indians he missed his pro debut and has yet to pitch for them. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why Plutko did not pitch for the Indians at all last year, what his true upside is, his strengths and weaknesses, and so much more.

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