September 11, 2013 (4 comments)
Over the course of the next few weeks Tony will be posting post-draft pieces on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2013 Draft. The Indians signed 25 players in total and also signed two undrafted free agents, and he will have a tons of comments on each and every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant as well as other insights from what was seen in their pro debuts this season. In today's first edition he looks at Clint Frazier, Thomas Pannone, Silento Sayles, Matt Whiteside and Shawn Rowland.
September 10, 2013 (4 comments)
The Indians 2013 Fall Instructional League kicks off on Thursday out at their spring training and player development complex in Goodyear, Arizona. Camp runs for a little over four weeks and time will be split between on-field workouts, intra-squad games, and games between other local Major League organizations before concluding on Monday October 14th. Tony gives the 411 on what Instructional League is all about...
September 9, 2013 (3 comments)
It is time for another IBI Inbox to talk about some of the questions from the minors to the big leagues that Indians fans have asked of late. Tony responds with some thoughts on the potential rookie eligibility for Danny Salazar next season, the Indians officially losing TJ McFarland and Hector Rondon, early impressions on the 2013 Draft class, the future of the Indians starting rotation and more...
September 9, 2013 (6 comments)
"The Radar Report" is a premium feature that lists fastball velocities and other notes for several pitchers in the Indians' system which Tony has recorded during his visits to see the teams/players. Today's listing has almost 20 radar readings for pitchers in the Indians' minor league system, and he includes some scouting notes on all of them and where available he has also included the velocity ranges for their secondary pitches.
September 8, 2013 (29 comments)
The Indians sit one game out of the playoffs with 21 games to go and they are set up for a wild finish these last three weeks. This is much to the surprise of many fans who have given up on them at various points of the season and the severe lack of support at the gates over the season. Tony talks about the disconnect the Indians have with their fans, the miraculous rebound of Ubaldo Jimenez, looks into his crystal ball at Jimenez's future, and more.
September 6, 2013 (2 comments)
The minor league season is over, but there is still a lot to wrap up. In today’s piece Tony looks at the sensational pro debut for short season Single-A Mahoning Valley right-hander Cole Sulser and his prospect future, looks at the exceptional season that Low-A Lake County outfielder LeVon Washington had at the plate, the amazing consistency of High-A Carolina outfielder Jordan Smith and what kind of prospect he truly is, and tons of comments from Triple-A Columbus pitching coach Tony Arnold on several of his pitchers such as Trevor Bauer, T.J. House, Bryan Price and others.
September 5, 2013 (7 comments)
The minor league season may be over, but the real fun is about to begin. Those who have been around the IBI in the past know that just because the games have stopped it does not mean the coverage stops too. In fact, there will be as much or even more coverage on the minor leaguers and major league team the next several months leading into next season. Tony provides the details...
September 1, 2013 (5 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have added Preston Guilmet, Nick Hagadone, Blake Wood, Jose Ramirez and Kelly Shoppach to the roster, and have also DFAed Juan Diaz and Tim Fedroff.
August 31, 2013 (1 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have added outfielder Jason Kubel to the to the major league roster. To make room for him on the 25-man roster they have optioned right-handed pitcher Carlos Carrasco to Triple-A Columbus. Also, David Cooper has opted out of his minor league contract with the Indians.
August 31, 2013 (22 comments)
It was a big night for Jose Ramirez. Not with the bat, but the news that he will be added to the 40-man roster and be called up to Cleveland on Sunday when rosters expand. Tony chimes in on the callup and who may be coming off the roster to make room for him, and he also opines on the other performances throughout the organization on the night.
August 30, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today signed free agent catcher Kelly Shoppach to a minor league contract and assigned him to the Triple-A Columbus roster.
August 29, 2013 (7 comments)
The Brett Myers era in Cleveland is officially over. On Thursday afternoon the club announced that they activated the right-hander from the 60-day disabled list and released him from his contract.
August 28, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have placed outfielder Ryan Raburn on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left Achilles tendon (retroactive to August 19th). To fill his roster spot they have purchased the contract of outfielder Matt Carson from Triple-A Columbus.
August 28, 2013 (5 comments)
The 2013 Fall Instructional League gets underway shortly out in Goodyear, Arizona. Over a span of a month around 50 players will participate in weight training and conditioning drills, on-field instruction, and play in 14 games until it wraps up on Monday October 14th. Tony has the details on what players are going out there and the schedule for the four week period. Be sure to follow the IBI all fall for updates on the happenings in "Instructs", the Parallel League, the Arizona Fall League and more.
August 27, 2013 (13 comments)
The Indians players enjoyed a much needed off day on Monday, but the organization was still hard at work in the offices at Progressive Field and on site at Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus evaluating September callup options for the stretch run. Tony checks in and goes through a list of 21 players at Akron and Columbus that are being considered for callups and provides insight into why they will or won't be called up by the Indians. Will Jose Ramirez fill a utility role? Does Jesus Aguilar get called up? What about Kyle Crockett or Bryan Price? He answers all of that and more in his latest...
August 27, 2013 (0 comments)
On Tuesday the Indians announced that four position players have been named to the Arizona Fall League. Outfielder Tyler Naquin, second baseman Joey Wendle, catcher Jake Lowery and infielder/catcher Tony Wolters were all named to the team.
August 25, 2013 (10 comments)
The Indians are right in the thick of the playoff race in the American League, but the offense in August has gone thud and prevented them from making a serious move in the standings. Tony takes a look at the monstrous struggles for the offense in August and also takes a deeper look at the AL playoff race, the release of Diasuke Matsuzaka, the eventual return of Josh Tomlin, the signing of David Cooper and much more.
August 25, 2013 (2 comments)
The early returns from the 2013 Draft have been there for the Indians, and while lefty Kenny Mathews struggled on Saturday night for Mahoning Valley he has been impressive early on in his pro debut. Tony fills in for Around the Farm and notes the good start to Mathews' career and several of the other good and not so good performances on the night.
August 23, 2013 (2 comments)
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the impressive pro debut by Clint Frazier out in Arizona, where he is excelling/struggling, and where the numbers can also be misleading. He also provides several comments from the front office on some lesser talked about players at Lake County such as Luis Morel, Jeremy Lucas, Richard Stock, Joe Sever and others, and provides insight into Jose Ramirez’s big league future, Francisco Lindor’s season being over, the breakout year for Erik Gonzalez and much more.
August 20, 2013 (1 comments)
In this week’s opening Minor Happenings salvo, Tony takes a look at the excitement that is brewing with Low-A Lake County right-handed pitching prospect Dylan Baker and why he is one of the Indians best pitching prospects. He also provides several comments from Ross Atkins on players at Double-A Akron such as Tyler Holt, Carlos Moncrief, Will Roberts and others, and provides lots of insight into the development of Jesus Aguilar, Luis DeJesus, Caleb Hamrick, Sean Brady, Jorge Martinez and others.