The young Indians were out in Surprise, AZ participating in another Instructional League game on Friday, and wow, did the Indians organization unveil a litany of young international prospects making their stateside debut. Tony is giddy at this as he is heading out to Arizona this week to get a look at all of the new players, and reviews the game and provides the details on how each player did in the 12-3 loss to the Rangers.
Tony wraps up this five-part series in his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Sean Brady, Kenny Mathews, Ben Heller, Garrett Smith, Cody Ferrell and Gerald Bautista. He explains why Brady is very similar to another top left-handed pitching prospect the Indians recently drafted and signed, why Mathews and Heller have some upside, and more. He provides some scouting notes on each player and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
With the offseason officially underway for the Cleveland Indians, it is time to start looking at the roster and who might return in 2014. Here is a list of the major league and minor league free agents throughout the organization, as well as some other potential free agents depending on some roster decisions that are made later this offseason.
A packed Progressive Field was rocking at the start of last night’s AL Wildcard game between the Rays and Indians, but it was not enough as the Indians fell short 4-0. With the win, the Rays move on to face the Red Sox in Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday in Fenway Par. With the loss, the Indians get set to pack their bags and head home for the season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares his second thoughts on the game.
The American League Wildcard game may happening, but that did not stop the Cleveland Indians from making a move toward boosting their depth for 2014 and beyond. On Wednesday evening they claimed right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd from the Philadephia Phillies. To make room for him they designated left-handed pitcher Clay Rapada for assignment.
The Indians released their roster for the American League Wildcard game against the Tampa Bay Rays tonight. The roster includes 11 pitchers and 14 position players, and really no surprises with the makeup of it.
The Indians were back at it on Monday with Instructional League, and Tony has the details from that game. Due to the playoff coverage at the IBI this piece is a day late - but never a dollar short. He has the stats from all of the players in the game, the pitch counts, and more and talks about the impressive play of Clint Frazier, Kenny Mathews and others.
Tony continues his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Dace Kime, Trevor Frank, Paul Hendrix, Kerry Doane and Jordan Milbrath. He explains why Kime has so much upside as a starter, why Frank might be another gem found in the bullpen, why Milbrath is so intriguing and more. He provides some scouting notes on each player and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
The Indians have had one of the most amazing seasons that has largely gone unnoticed by Cleveland fans. They have proven to be the ultimate team because there is no true superstar carrying them and instead they have enjoyed success this season because of the strength of the roster from 1 through 25. Tony looks at the roster and organization and says the entire group is the MVP this season, and he also looks at the closer situation, all of the possible wildcard scenarios going into the last day, predicts the postseason roster and more.
The Rule 5 Draft is about ten weeks away, but here is a current up-to-date listing showing the eligible Indians' minor leaguers for the 2013 Draft in December. This list is housed for quick reference in the "Reference" section along the top below the site banner and listed under the "Rule 5 Draft" heading.
Last week Tony posted the first piece year end insider piece on the Indians minor league affiliates with a look at the rookie level AZL Indians hitters. This week he once again sat down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the pitchers there this season such as Kieran Lovegrove, Mitch Brown, Sean Brady, Juan Santana, Casey Shane, Anthony Vizcaya, Thomas Pannone, Luis Gomes, Kyle Bellows, Jordan Milbrath, Jose Zapata and Martin Alcantara.
We are now down to the final six days of the regular season. Less than a week remains in a season that many did not consider the Indians as having much of a chance of making the playoffs let along contending for them, yet, here we are. Tony takes a look at the scenarios and matchups this final week and what the Indians need to have happen to get into the playoffs and even host a postseason game.
The young Indians were back in action on Monday out in Arizona in another Instructional League game, beating the White Sox 7-6. In another special edition of ATF, Tony recaps what happened in the game with the complete box score and talks about each player's performance. Young catching phenom Francisco Mejia and others shined.
Tony continues his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Casey Shane, Adam Plutko, Sicnarf Loopstok, Cole Sulser and Justin Garcia. He explains why Plutko and Garcia did not pitch this season, provides some scouting notes on each player, and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
The 2013 Instructional League game schedule got underway on Saturday out in Arizona for the Indians minor leaguers. A total of 25 players played and Tony has the full details on how each player did, the box score from the game, and provides some insight and analysis into their performances and what they are working on out in Arizona.
One week to go. The Indians currently hold a half game lead for the second wildcard spot and control their own destiny, but a lot can change this final week. As the Indians, Rays and Rangers appear to be setting themselves apart from the pack, Tony goes over the wildcard scenarios and explains all of the tiebreaker scenarios. He also talks about the emergence of Yan Gomes as a core player, the potential return of Justin Masterson, the makeup of the postseason roster and more.
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!