October 25, 2014 (2 comments)
The Indians had several players in action throughout the world of fall and winter baseball on Friday night. Two big name players made their winter season debuts as Jesus Aguilar and Elvis Araujo made their presence immediately felt, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their performances as well as all the rest of the Indians in action on Friday.
October 24, 2014 (13 comments)
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Offensive Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the position player in the Indians organization that had the best year offensively. Like with all the awards so far, this is 100% based on performance and not on prospect standing. The IBI's Tony Lastoria lists all of the top performances and picks his top performer...
October 23, 2014 (4 comments)
The Rule 5 Draft is about seven weeks away, but here is a current up-to-date listing showing the eligible Indians' minor leaguers for the 2014 Draft which will take place on December 11, 2014. Almost 50 players are eligible and the IBI's Tony Lastoria shares them all...
October 23, 2014 (7 comments)
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Pitcher of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the starting pitcher in the Indians organization that had the best year from a performance perspective, an award that Corey Kluber won in 2012 and served as a precursor to a fantastic breakout year in Cleveland this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down an impressive list of candidates and names his winner...
October 22, 2014 (9 comments)
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Relief Pitcher of the Year. The starting pitchers often get most of the focus, so this award gives an opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the top relief pitching performances in the Indians system over the course of the 2014 season. There were several outstanding showings, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps them all and picks his winner...
October 21, 2014 (9 comments)
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Comeback Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the player who came back from a rough 2013 season – be it due to injury or performance – and any other obstacles to put up a very good 2014 season and reestablished and/or solidified himself as a prospect for the Indians. The IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down the list of candidates and picks his winner...
October 21, 2014 (10 comments)
In the early going of the offseason winter ball action it has been the Giovanny Urshela show, and once again his show took center stage on Monday with a big four-hit night. He's doing everything in his power to make it hard for the Indians not to give him a legit shot in Cleveland early on next season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and more...
October 20, 2014 (13 comments)
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Breakthrough in the minors. This award goes to the player who may not have been as highly touted coming into the season on prospect lists, but by the end of the season is definitely on the prospect map going into next season. The Indians had several players really breakthrough as prospects this season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them all and picks his winner.
October 20, 2014 (8 comments)
Giovanny Urshela had another big night in Venezuela on Sunday and is doing a great job so far of improving his stock as an asset for the Indians and improving his chances of becoming their third baseman in Cleveland at some point in 2015. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night around winter ball for the Indians and talks about Urshela's night, the debut of Yhoxian Medina, and more.
October 18, 2014 (3 comments)
With both the Royals and Giants off on Friday as they prepare for the start of the World Series on Tuesday, there were a lot of moves around baseball to finalize some managerial and executive positions on several teams. But the big news of the day was the retirement of Brian Roberts. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares all the news and notes from the day...
October 17, 2014 (0 comments)
The second week of the Arizona Fall League season wraps up this weekend. Several Indians prospects are out in Arizona participating in the high exposure offseason league, and one player in particular who is looking to continue his success from the 2014 season and have a good showing is right-handed reliever Grant Sides. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently spoke with him out in Arizona...
October 17, 2014 (13 comments)
Today we continue with the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment in the minors. This is the one year-end award that no one wants to win and goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues to hand out the postseason minor league hardware, though this is always the toughest one for him to hand out.
October 16, 2014 (3 comments)
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will be providing year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's second part of his Lake County review, 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 there such as Mitch Brown, Dace Kime, Luis Lugo, Anderson Polanco, Justin Brantley and many others...
October 16, 2014 (11 comments)
If anyone watched the Cleveland Indians this season, they know that one of their biggest Achilles heels was their defense which was one of the worst units in the league. Thankfully, the Indians may have some defensive stalwarts ready to impact the big league roster and help them at some point next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues his annual Tony Awards series with the unveiling of the Defensive Player of the Year.
October 15, 2014 (5 comments)
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will continue to provide year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's first part of his Lake County review, 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 position players there such as Dorssys Paulino, Clint Frazier, Mike Papi, Eric Haase, Nellie Rodriguez and over a half a dozen others.
October 15, 2014 (11 comments)
The Indians 2014 Draft class really impacted the system this season with a great many outstanding performances. They also got some nice pro debuts from some 2013 Draft picks and Latin American signings, and in all, had one of the more memorable years as far as pro debuts are concerned. The IBI's Tony Lastoria kicks off the annual Tony Awards and unveils his pick for Rookie of the Year....
October 14, 2014 (3 comments)
The Indians only had two players active on Monday nightin fall/winter ball action, but that is going to change rather quickly as the Dominican Winter League and Puerto Rico Winter League get started over the next two weeks and more Indians players descend upon Venezuela. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the action from Around the Farm on Monday...
October 13, 2014 (19 comments)
After a frustrating showing this season by the offense, the focus this offseason by a great many fans will be to upgrade the lineup to add more offense. But while the IBI's Tony Lastoria agrees that improving the lineup is important, he wonders just how important it really is when you compare the Indians to their peers offensively. He also looks at some looming payroll issues for the team, how close they may be to a World Series contender and more.
October 13, 2014 (7 comments)
While the Arizona Fall League was off on Sunday, several Indians players were active in other winter ball action. Giovanny Urshela and Carlos Moncrief continue to rake in the early going in Venezuela, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps their performance and more in another edition of ATF...
October 10, 2014 (9 comments)
This is the final edition of Minor Happenings this season. In this piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what kind of prospect right-handed pitcher Will Roberts is for the Indians and how seriously people should take him as one. He also looks at the good season from outfielder Clint Frazier, the combination of performance and development for lefty Ryan Merritt and provides lots of insight and information on players such as Bryson Myles, Joe Colon, Yonathan Mendoza, Anthony Vizcaya and others.