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November 24, 2013   (31 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Roster review, Murphy thoughts & Smith bolts
The Indians made several additions to the 40-man roster earlier in the week, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews the decisions. He also touches on the David Murphy signing, looks at the possibility that one of Drew Stubbs or Michael Bourn is dealt, offers up some quick thoughts on the departure of Joe Smith to the Angels, and more!
November 22, 2013   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 21, 2013
Things were a quieter than usual on Thursday in winter ball as only one Indians player was in action. With the lack of Indians activity, the IBI's Tony Lastoria took the opportunity to catch up on some old friends who are playing winter ball to see how they are doing. Do you remember guys like Hector Rondon and Jon Meloan?
November 21, 2013   (0 comments)
Indians sign lefty Mike Zagurski to minor league deal
The Indians have signed left-handed reliever Mike Zagurski to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training.
November 21, 2013   (6 comments)
Breakout Barometer: Jesus Aguilar
This is a new feature here at the IBI, one where IBI prospect guru Tony Lastoria takes a deeper look into prospects that may be on the rise or those that are already established who need to take that next step to get to the big leagues and stay. For today’s debut piece, Tony felt a perfect jumping off point was first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who was just added to the 40-man roster on Wednesday. He takes an unbiased look at what kind of year Aguilar really had and what he can be going forward.
November 19, 2013   (4 comments)
Johnson aims to keep improving
Cleveland Indians right-handed relief prospect had a very good season in 2013 across two different levels and reaching Double-A Akron. He has emerged as one of the Indians better relief prospects and has an interesting arsenal. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with him and discussed the strides he made in 2013 and where he looks to improve going into 2014.
November 18, 2013   (9 comments)
2013 40-man roster review: Who do the Indians add?
The Major League Baseball roster deadline on November 20th is quickly approaching. While not highly publicized, this is a key date in the offseason as it is one of the first steps teams take to finalize their roster for the upcoming season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look into all of the roster options and uses lots of insight gained from talking to people inside and outside the Indians organization to determine the players to be rostered and some surprises that are not.
November 17, 2013   (9 comments)
Around the Farm: November 16, 2013
It was a full slate of action on Saturday night as several Indians players participated in games across five different leagues around the globe. A few players continue to play well this offseason and have put themselves in a great position to be rostered this week, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria touches on them and the rest of the players as he takes us Around the Farm...
November 15, 2013   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: November 14, 2013
The Arizona Fall League regular season ended on Thursday, although several Indians prospects still have one game to go since their Surprise team made it to the championship game to be played on Saturday. Will Roberts bounced back from a disastrous start on Saturday to put forth a good outing, and Carlos Moncrief is starting to hit his stride. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and more as he goes Around the Farm...
November 14, 2013   (4 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Joe Wendle
The Arizona Fall League (AFL) season ends today. It finishes up a five-plus week of extra games and development opportunities for several minor league players across all 30 major league organizations. For Indians second base prospect Joe Wendle, it was another opportunity to drive home his status as a legit prospect in the organization, and he has delivered.
November 13, 2013   (6 comments)
Carolina Insider: 2013 Season Review - The Pitchers
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates as we wrap up High-A Carolina with a look at the pitchers. Recently, the IBI's Tony Lastoria 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 pitchers at Carolina this season such as Cody Anderson, Shawn Morimando, Nick Pasquale, Joseph Colon, Louis Head, Jacob Lee, Benny Suarez, Owen Dew and more. Just under 15 pitchers are profiled.
November 12, 2013   (6 comments)
Francona named AL Manager of the Year
Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has been selected as the American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association. He edged Boston's John Farrell and Oakland’s Bob Melvin who were also finalists for the award.
November 12, 2013   (6 comments)
Carolina Insider: 2013 Season Review - The Hitters
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with a look today at the hitters at High-A Carolina. Recently, the IBI's Tony Lastoria 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 position players at Carolina this season such as Francisco Lindor, Joe Wendle, Tyler Naquin, Tony Wolters, Bryson Myles, Jordan Smith and others. Over a dozen position players in total are profiled.
November 11, 2013   (2 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Tyler Naquin
A year in the minor leagues can bring many surprises as players can struggle in some areas and succeed in others. It is the refinement in those strengths and the development of their weaknesses which determines the fate of most prospects, and for outfielder Tyler Naquin that is no different. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with him and discussed his season, what he wants to improve, and what he ultimately needs to do to get to the big leagues.
November 10, 2013   (54 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Saying goodbye to Ubaldo
Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to decline the qualifying offer that the Indians extended to him this week, and thus will have declined a contract with the Indians for 2014 not once, but twice. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about why it is time to move on from Jimenez and how his market may be shaping up. He also talks about why Scott Kazmir was not extended a qualifying offer, runs through some early rumors, explains why Jesus Aguilar has played third base of late, and more.
November 10, 2013   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: November 9, 2013
It was a day of highs and lows on Saturday. Right-hander Paolo Espino put forth his best outing of the offseason in Venezuela while right-hander Will Roberts put forth his worst outing of the offseason in Arizona. Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera struggled at the plate while center fielder Tyler Naquin flourished once again. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps those performances and all the rest of the action from Around the Farm....
November 9, 2013   (6 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Tony Wolters
2013 was a year of change for Tony Wolters. At the tail end of spring training a little over seven months ago he was pulled into the Indians offices in Goodyear, Arizona and received word that he would be making the switch from the middle of the infield to catcher. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Wolters to talk about the position change, how things are going in the AFL and what the future has in store for him.
November 8, 2013   (7 comments)
Lake County Insider: 2013 Season Review - The Pitchers
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with an inside look at the pitchers at Low-A Lake County. Recently, Tony 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 pitchers at Lake County this season, and has included comments on pitchers like Dylan Baker, Ryan Merritt, Jake Sisco, Luis DeJesus, Robbie Aviles, D.J. Brown and many others.
November 8, 2013   (24 comments)
Around the Farm: November 7, 2013
Indians starting pitching prospect Joe Colon made his winter ball debut on Thursday night and put forth an exceptional effort with five very strong innings. Jesus Aguilar was back at third base for the second straight night, but there is a reason for that. The IBI's Tony Lastoria explains the reason, looks at Colon's good showing and more in Around the Farm...
November 7, 2013   (8 comments)
Lake County Insider: 2013 Season Review - The Hitters
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with an inside look at the hitters at Low-A Lake County. Recently, Tony 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 this season, and he includes those comments on players like Logan Vick, Eric Haase, Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, Joe Sever, Richard Stock, Jeremy Lucas, and others.
November 5, 2013   (0 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Will Roberts
Amazingly, the 2013 Arizona Fall League season wraps up late next week. It has been a little more condensed version than in years past, but it still has given players from all 30 organizations a chance to face some of the best talent in the upper levels of the minors for five weeks. One player who has benefited from that exposure has been right-handed pitcher Will Roberts, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently talked to him to see how things are going.

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