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 2013 season. There were several outstanding showings, and Tony recaps them all and picks his winner...
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 2012 season – be it due to injury or performance – and any other obstacles to put up a very good 2013 season and reestablished and/or solidified himself as a prospect for the Indians. Tony runs down the list of candidates and picks his winner...
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 Tony talks about them all and picks his winner.
With limited action in the Dominican Winter League and no Indians players playing there, the focus was on the Arizona Fall League and the Venezuela Winter League on Thursday and several Indians players delivered with good showings. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the action in Around the Farm....
We continue on with our year-end pieces for all six Indians minor league affiliates, and today we wrap up our review of short season Single-A Mahoning Valley with an inside 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 there, and he includes those thoughts and comments on the likes of Caleb Hamrick, Cole Sulser, Luis Lugo, Kenny Mathews, Dace Kime, Trevor Frank and many others.
We continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment in the minors, a 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. There unfortunately were several disappointing seasons from some of the Indians top prospects, but two in particular stood out.
The action was hot and heavy on Tuesday night as several Indians players participated in the various offseason leagues in Arizona, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Joe Wendle had a nice game in the AFL and made good of his first opportunity to play back to back games, Jesus Aguilar launched another homer, and more.
Late last week Tony posted part one of his Instructional League notebook from his visit to Arizona and focused solely on the pitchers and gave an update on several injured and rehabbing players. In part two he focuses on the position players and boy were there some impressive players that he saw. He gives all sorts of insight and information on Clint Frazier, Francisco Mejia, Eric Haase, Willi Castro, Junior Soto, Hector Caro, James Roberts, Paul Hendrix and countless others. He also had a lengthy conversation with Director of Scouting John Mirabelli and shares his comments on several of the players there.
We continue on with the year-end IBI Awards today with another Tony Award from the minor leagues, this time for the Defensive Player of the Year which is given to the Indians minor leaguer who had the best season defensively. The Indians had several fine defensive performances, some which may surprise, and Tony runs through the candidates and picks his winner.
Today we continue on with the year-end IBI Awards and move down to the minor leagues with the annual Tony Awards. We kick things off with the Rookie of the Year which is given to the Indians minor leaguer who had the best professional stateside debut this year. The Indians had several impressive debuts from players out of Latin America and the last two drafts, and Tony runs through all of the performances.
We continue on with our year-end pieces for all six Indians minor league affiliates. 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 players at Mahoning Valley this season. Today, he includes those thoughts and comments on position players like Nellie Rodriguez, Claudio Bautista, Joel Mejia, James Roberts, Paul Hendrix, Martin Cervenka, Josh McAdams and others.
It was another busy night throughout the Indians organization as several players were in action in the Arizona Fall League, Venezuela Winter League and Dominican Winter League. Jesus Aguilar had his hot streak snapped, Shawn Armstrong had another solid outing, Erik Gonzalez continues to get opportunities, and more.
The Indians had a busy slate in fall and winter ball leagues on Friday as several players in the organization were in action in the Arizona Fall League, Venezuela Winter League and the Dominican Winter League which kicked off play on the evening. Tyler Naquin had a huge game, Jesus Aguilar keeps pounding out the hits and more!
Here are the final stats from the just completed Fall Instructional League out in Goodyear, Arizona. The Indians once again shuffled a lot of players in and out of the lineup and on and off the mound over the four week period. While the data sample is small, there are always a few things you can take away from these performances. The stats in this posting are all inclusive of everyone that played in Instructs....27 pitchers and 32 position players!
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!