Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with Double-A Akron hitting coach Jim Rickon. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Rickon and talked about all of the major players that he worked with this season at Akron. They discussed the big step forward that Jesus Aguilar took, the strides that Carlos Moncrief has made to become a star, the impressive hitting skills that Jose Ramirez possesses, and much more on several other players named Urshela, Holt, Rodriguez, Lowery, Naquin, Lindor and so on.
Day two of the 2013 Winter Meetings is wrapping up. The free agent rumors are starting to heat up and the trade activity has increased with two big trades so far on the day. Things are a little quieter on the Indians front, though quite a stir was created when word got out how the Indians are "listening" to offers for Justin Masterson. The IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why they are doing this, talks about Asdrubal Cabera's market, and provides updates and thoughts on all the Indians-related news at the Winter Meetings.
The 2013 Rule 5 Draft commences on Thursday December 12th at 10:00 a.m. ET and unofficially closes the Winter Meetings. It does not get big headlines, but there are some players taken in the hopes of filling out a major league roster and sometimes some good players are unearthed which become regulars or even All Stars. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look at all of the Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles and their chances of being selected and includes comments on close to 35 players.
Day one of the 2013 Winter Meetings is almost in the books. Teams are just starting to get things going with all of the wheeling and dealing, and the Indians have already made one small signing inking David Cooper to a major league deal. The Indians have also approached players like Grant Balfour, Jason Hammel and others. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the first day of action and gives his thoughts on all the news and rumors pertaining to the Indians.
After a successful season where the Indians improved by 24 games in the win column and made the playoffs, there are high expectations for the 2014 season. Fans expect the Indians to maintain their status as a playoff caliber team and improve the roster so that they can go deeper into the playoffs and potentially win a World Series. The Indians have descended upon the Winter Meetings in Orlando and the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks into what should realistically should be expected this offseason, the preparations made for the Winter Meetings, a significant injury to Jose Ramirez, and more.
Sorry Ohio fans, your college football team let you down on Saturday night losing to Michigan State 34-24. But whether you are for or against the Buckeyes, we have the recap from all of the "other" important action in the sports world......from winter league baseball! The Indians have some new players starting to get into games in various winter leagues, one being Tyler Sturdevant, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about him and more in Around the Farm...
With the Winter Meetings just hours away we felt like today would be a good time to debut our first IBI Chat. We have done these for a few games in the past, but going forward we plan to have weekly or bi-weekly chat sessions at a designated time to discuss things about the Indians. This is the transcript from today's chat...
First baseman Jesus Aguilar was at it again on Thursday night as he ripped his 13th homer of the offseason in the eighth inning helping jumpstart a Caracas comeback and send the game into extra innings, and then a 10th inning double put in him position to score the game winning run. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps Aguilar's showing and all the rest of the Indians action from Thursday in Around the Farm...
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in the semi-final round of the Stadium Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features Charlie Hickman up against Luis Tiant in one matchup and Mel Harder against Terry Turner in the other.
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley hitting coach Shaun Larkin. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Larkin and talked about several of the hitters he worked with this season at Mahoning Valley. They discussed the strides that Nellie Rodriguez made from his early season struggles, the improvements Claudio Bautista and Josh McAdams continue to make, getting Robel Garcia to trust his abilities, the excitement that Joel Mejia brings as a prospect, and more.
With regular Winter Ball Notebook contributor Steve Orbanek temporarily away, the IBI's Tony Lastoria steps in with lots of interesting news and notes from the happenings for Indians players in the winter leagues. He talks about a recent injury to Jose Ramirez which appears to have prematurely ended his winter ball campaign, the insertion of Elvis Araujo into the rotation, and much more.
The Indians today announced that they tendered contracts to outfielder Michael Brantley, right-handed starting pitcher Justin Masterson, right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, outfielder Drew Stubbs and right-handed starting pitcher Josh Tomlin. They did not tender a contract to catcher Lou Marson.
In its new Monday slot, the IBI's Tony Lastoria checks in with a lot of things in Tribe Happenings. He looks at the starting pitching market and why there may be an outside shot that the Indians can resign free agent Ubaldo Jimenez. He also discusses the many question marks the team has going into next season, the amount of depth they have built on the field, the experiment of Carlos Santana at third base, today's tender deadline, 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!