Spring training is finally here. While most have already reported, pitchers and catchers will officially report to Goodyear today and tomorrow and thus begins the journey that is the Indians' 2013 season. Over the course of the seven weeks of camp the Indians will need to make several roster decisions, and Tony goes through them all in great detail in today's edition of Tribe Happenings.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with first baseman Chun Chen. Chen has proven to have a solid, productive bat in the minors, but he lacks a regular position which hurts his value. Last season he moved from catcher to first base, and Tony provides all the details on how that transition is going and if he has a Major League future there, plus takes a look at his hitting potential in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Jake Sisco. Sisco came out of nowhere in 2011 as he shot up draft boards and looked like a steal for the Indians in the third round of the draft, but his lackluster showing last season leaves many questions about him that need answered. Did he just have a bad year and his 2011 campaign is his true self, or was 2011 the outlier and last season was what he really is? Tony breaks it all down in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher Shawn Morimando. Morimando is one of the more promising young pitchers in the Indians’ system because he is so young, raw, and inexperienced, but shows a lot of ability already and more is expected to come with his command and stuff. Tony breaks down what he brings to the table as an athletic lefty, and some areas where he could see improvement in this detailed scouting report.
On Thursday the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed infielder Mike Aviles to a two-year $6 million contract that includes a club option for the 2015 season. His signing brings all arbitration eligible players under contract for the 2013 season, and keeps the Indians streak intact of not going to arbitration since 1991 (Swindell, Browne). They also announced the signing of lefty Rich Hill to a minor league contract.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with catcher Yan Gomes. The Indians acquired Gomes in an offseason trade from the Blue Jays and he is in the mix this spring to make the opening day roster as a versatile player off the bench. So what exactly does this newcomer bring to the Indians and what future does he have in the big leagues? Tony breaks it all down in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Jorge Martinez. Yes, that's right, Martinez has moved from shortstop to third base last year and is now moving to the outfield this season. Tony explains the move, talks about the incremental strides he is making with his approach and body, and goes into detail on all of his positives and negatives in this detailed scouting report.
Today the Cleveland Indians announced that they have signed free agent catcher Omir Santos to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp. He will add to the Indians catching depth this spring and be an option for assignment to Triple-A Columbus.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson. Anderson is still a little rough around the edges and is more of a projection at this point, but has the work ethic, aptitude, and stuff to be a whole lot more and is an interesting starting pitching prospect for the Indians. This coming season will tell a lot about him, and Tony breaks down all the good and bad with him as a prospect in yet another detailed scouting report.
Today the Indians have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with free agent outfielder Jeremy Hermida. The deal is still not official because he has yet to take his physical. Provided he passes his physical, the deal should be officially announced in the next few days and will probably include an invite to Major League spring training.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker. There are a lot of unknowns about Baker as he could be a boom or bust prospect for the Indians, and because of that he comes in with a more conservative ranking in this year's countdown. Tony breaks down all of the unlimited potential, but the many question marks about him in this detailed scouting report.
It has been over a month since the last inbox, and since I am down sick this weekend and working feverishly to finish my new 2013 book, the regular Sunday morning format of “Tribe Happenings” will take a one week hiatus. But fear not, you will get your usual dose of Indians commentary on a variety of topics, but just in a different format this week.....via questions from the fans! The starting rotation among others things are the hot topics discussed...
Here are the 2013 coaching assignments at all levels of the Cleveland Indians Player Development system.
Columbus Clippers (AAA)
Chris Tremie, Manager
Tony Arnold, Pitching Coach
Phil Clark, Hitting Coach
Akron Aeros (AA)
Edwin Rodriguez, Manager
Greg Hibbard, Pitching Coach
Jim Rickon, Hitting Coach
Carolina Mudcats (A+)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with infielder Joey Wendle. He is an offensive-oriented infielder from a smaller school that may have been overlooked in the draft, but hit the ground running in his pro debut at Mahoning Valley. He is a lot like Cord Phelps, and may be a better hitter and have a little more versatility than Phelps had when he first came into the organization. Wendle is an interesting prospect, and Tony breaks him down in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Tyler Holt. As one of the most fiery players the Indians have had in their system in a long time, Holt brings a lot of energy and emotion to his game and is a good top of the lineup prospect for the Indians. In this detailed scouting report Tony breaks down his qualities as a leadoff hitter, his skills defensively and on the basepaths, and what obstacles may hinder his chances of reaching the big leagues.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher Matt Packer. Packer was another pitcher that dealt with a significant injury setback early last season, but was one of the few that was able to get back on a mound and pitch a good majority of the season and even went out to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. Tony discusses how his stuff was affected by the injury, his health going forward, and what kind of stuff he brings to the table in this detailed scouting report.
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!