October 23, 2013 (2 comments)
The action was hot and heavy on Tuesday night as several Indians players participated in the various offseason leagues in Arizona, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Joe Wendle had a nice game in the AFL and made good of his first opportunity to play back to back games, Jesus Aguilar launched another homer, and more.
October 22, 2013 (2 comments)
Late last week Tony posted part one of his Instructional League notebook from his visit to Arizona and focused solely on the pitchers and gave an update on several injured and rehabbing players. In part two he focuses on the position players and boy were there some impressive players that he saw. He gives all sorts of insight and information on Clint Frazier, Francisco Mejia, Eric Haase, Willi Castro, Junior Soto, Hector Caro, James Roberts, Paul Hendrix and countless others. He also had a lengthy conversation with Director of Scouting John Mirabelli and shares his comments on several of the players there.
October 22, 2013 (2 comments)
We continue on with the year-end IBI Awards today with another Tony Award from the minor leagues, this time for the Defensive Player of the Year which is given to the Indians minor leaguer who had the best season defensively. The Indians had several fine defensive performances, some which may surprise, and Tony runs through the candidates and picks his winner.
October 21, 2013 (3 comments)
Today we continue on with the year-end IBI Awards and move down to the minor leagues with the annual Tony Awards. We kick things off with the Rookie of the Year which is given to the Indians minor leaguer who had the best professional stateside debut this year. The Indians had several impressive debuts from players out of Latin America and the last two drafts, and Tony runs through all of the performances.
October 21, 2013 (3 comments)
We continue on with our year-end pieces for all six Indians minor league affiliates. Recently, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the players at Mahoning Valley this season. Today, he includes those thoughts and comments on position players like Nellie Rodriguez, Claudio Bautista, Joel Mejia, James Roberts, Paul Hendrix, Martin Cervenka, Josh McAdams and others.
October 20, 2013 (1 comments)
It was another busy night throughout the Indians organization as several players were in action in the Arizona Fall League, Venezuela Winter League and Dominican Winter League. Jesus Aguilar had his hot streak snapped, Shawn Armstrong had another solid outing, Erik Gonzalez continues to get opportunities, and more.
October 19, 2013 (6 comments)
The Indians had a busy slate in fall and winter ball leagues on Friday as several players in the organization were in action in the Arizona Fall League, Venezuela Winter League and the Dominican Winter League which kicked off play on the evening. Tyler Naquin had a huge game, Jesus Aguilar keeps pounding out the hits and more!
October 18, 2013 (0 comments)
Here are the final stats from the just completed Fall Instructional League out in Goodyear, Arizona. The Indians once again shuffled a lot of players in and out of the lineup and on and off the mound over the four week period. While the data sample is small, there are always a few things you can take away from these performances. The stats in this posting are all inclusive of everyone that played in Instructs....27 pitchers and 32 position players!
October 18, 2013 (3 comments)
A lot of Indians were in action once again on Thursday night in the Arizona Fall League and Venezuela Winter League. Jesus Aguilar came down to Earth at the plate, Ezequiel Carrera had a strong game, Will Roberts started and had a typical outing for him, and others got in and played as well.
October 17, 2013 (1 comments)
Another year of the Fall Instructional League came to pass on Monday as the Indians put the wraps on the 2013 development season with an eye toward a busy offseason in anticipation for 2014. In some ways Instructional league is not considered the end of the season, but rather the beginning of the next one. The IBI's Tony Lastoria was out in Arizona recently and shares a ton of insights into pitchers like Carlos Melo, Kyle Crockett and Jodan Milbrath who really impressed this fall. He also gives updates on several other pitchers and has injury and rehab updates on close to a dozen players.
October 17, 2013 (3 comments)
On Thursday afternoon the Cleveland Indians announced that they have re-signed right-handed releiver Matt Capps to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to major league spring training camp.
October 16, 2013 (1 comments)
Both the Arizona Fall League and Venezuela Winter League were back in action on Tuesday night. The good performances continue to show as Jesus Aguilar is in the zone and Tyler Naquin put forth another good game. Also, others like Ezequiel Carrera and Jose Flores were in action.
October 15, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced center fielder Michael Bourn underwent minor surgery on his left hamstring in Dallas, TX by Dr. Dan Cooper. He originally suffered the injury on a second base steal attempt in the ninth inning of the final game of the regular season
October 14, 2013 (0 comments)
This game was the second of three against the NC Dinos (Changwon) of Korea Professional Baseball, and once again the young, inexperienced Indians hitters had fits against the Korean pitchers as they were shutout and limited to one hit. There were some impressive showings on the mound from the likes of Jacob Lee, Sean Brady and others, and Tony reviews all the numbers from the game and provides some insight into how players are doing and also potential destinations for next season.
October 13, 2013 (7 comments)
On October 6th of last year the Indians hired Terry Francona to be their manager and thus began the start of an amazing revival for an organization on life support to one that is heading in the right direction. They had a good year, but now comes the hard part. Tony talks about their philosophy change and how they need to take the next step this offseason, how Francona had such a big effect on the team, and why he thinks the Indians need to pull out all the stops to resign Jimenez and Kazmir.
October 12, 2013 (0 comments)
The Indians played the first of three scheduled games against the NC Dinos (Changwon) of the Korea Professional Baseball. Things did not go so well for the young Tribe as they were shut down by a score of 8-1, a score indicative of a young team facing unique arm slot pitchers for the first time. Tony was there and provides the full stats for all of the players that played in the game and insight into how each player looked.
October 12, 2013 (1 comments)
Here is a current listing of players from the Indians’ organization expected to play winter ball this offseason. This is not a complete list as it will undoubtedly change over the course of winter ball as players finish up play and other players end up being assigned to a league.
October 12, 2013 (2 comments)
The Arizona Fall League and Venezuela Winter League action continued on Friday, and even the Mexican Winter League kicked off though there were no Indians playing. Trey Haley struggled through a near 30 pitch outing and showed dominant stuff early before losing it late, Jesus Aguilar had another sensational game for Caracas, and more....
October 11, 2013 (2 comments)
The Indians had four players in action in the Arizona Fall League and the IBI's Tony Lastoria was there to give some insight into the performances and a scary injury to one of the Indians better prospects. Thursday night also marked the kickoff to the 2013 winter ball season in Venezuela and Tony recaps the powerful start by first baseman Jesus Aguilar.
October 10, 2013 (6 comments)
The Indians faced off against a MLB affiliate for the final time in Instructional League on Wednesday thumping the Royals 12-2 and now get ready for a three game set against the NC Dinos from Korea to finish out the schedule. The IBI's Tony Lastoria was at the game and Clint Frazier made quite a good first impression and he also talks about several of the other good showings on the day. As always, the complete stats from the game for all the players are included as well as comments about each player.