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.
In this week’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look into the rise of left-hander Luis Lugo and how his stuff improved this season and has him racing up the prospect lists. He also provides several comments from Ross Atkins on players such as Tyler Naquin, Jesus Aguilar, Carlos Moncrief, Joey Wendle and others, provides an update on if there is any concern with Francisco Lindor’s back injury, notes a recent surgery for an upper level starting pitching prospect, provides some insight into some unique internal stats the organization uses, and more.
Over the next few days Tony will be providing year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. Due to the size of the roster at Arizona, this piece has been broken up into two pieces with part one on the position players posting today. Tony recently had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the players there such as Clint Frazier, Francisco Mejia, Gerald Bautista, Ivan Castillo, D’Vone McClure, Silento Sayles and several others.
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 with insight from Scouting Director Brad Grant. Last week he touched on players like Clint Frazier, Matt Whitehouse, Thomas Pannon and others, and this week he fills us on on players like Kyle Crockett, James Roberts, Grant Fink, Cortland Cox and Mike Giuffre.
Right-hander Josh Tomlin made his return to a major league mound this week tossing two scoreless innings against the White Sox on Thursday. Tony takes a look at his spectacular recovery from Tommy John surgery and how he could be looked at as someone to fill a rotation spot or be the Indians sixth starter next season. He also updates us on the wild wildcard race, wonders what the Indians should do with Vinnie Pestano, looks at how Ryan Raburn is used, 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!