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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong. Armstrong took a step back last season thanks to an injury which forced him to miss most of the first half of the season and also some delivery adjustments which affected his performance, but he finished strong and looks ready for a bounce back 2014 campaign. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the struggles Armstrong had last year, what he needs to work on going forward, what makes him so intriguing, and more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Enosil Tejeda. Tejeda was an old signing at 21 years of age out of Latin America, but he has quickly established himself as one of the Indians better relief pitching prospects in the system. He has allowed just two home runs in his four year career and has an exceptional strikeout rate, and in this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what kind of prospect he truly is, if his stuff can translate, what his future holds and so much more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt. Merritt is a slight framed pitcher who has made living so far in his minor league career as a command and control specialist and has carved a niche as a promising lefty starter. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what Merritt does so well, areas of opportunity, what the Indians want to see from him most, what his future holds as a starting pitcher, and so much more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Tyler Holt. Holt was a high-priced draft signing back in 2010 who came in with a lot of fire and passion to his game and has since developed himself into the best defensive outfielder in the Indians system. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail his abilities as a hitter, baserunner, and defender, goes into great detail about the advancements made with his swing, opportunities for improvement, his major league future and much more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed relief pitcher Jeff Johnson. Johnson has been one of the best performers out of the bullpen in the Indians minor league system the last two years, and more importantly he has the stuff to back it up. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about his very good stuff, what kind of major league reliever he can be, the Indians development plan for him, and much more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Casey Shane. Shane was one of the youngest players in the draft last year and pitched most of his pro debut for the Indians at 17 years of age. He brings with him some impressive size and a nice arsenal which the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about. He also talks about what the Indians are focusing in on from a developmental perspective in 2014 and beyond, where he should pitch this season, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Elvis Araujo. Araujo is one of the most physically impressive prospects the Indians have and he has some interesting stuff but injuries have held him back. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives all the details about just how good Araujo can still be, his strengths and weaknesses, what happened to him last year, his return to the mound this offseason and so much more.
Barring a last minute change of heart by both sides, the Indians and ace pitcher Justin Masterson appear to be heading to arbitration. But the IBI's Tony Lastoria says that finding a fair deal with the Indians on a contract extension may be a wise move for him and his agent. Tony also explains why he is becoming a believer in Carlos Santana playing third base, why Jim Thome should not be getting a statue, his thoughts on a successful Tribe Fest event and more.
The 2014 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!