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April 7, 2014   (27 comments)
Around the Farm: April 6, 2014
The Indians continue to get good performances from a few of their top prospects in the early going, and have also had some lesser prospects contribute as well. In today's trip Around the Farm, the IB's Tony Lastoria takes a look at some hot days at the plate from Jesus Aguilar and Joey Wendle as well as some nice performances on the mound by Cole Sulser and others.
April 5, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Right Fielders
Today we move on to the right fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. The Indians have Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn seemingly locked into left field and center field for the next several years, but at the moment have a short term platoon-type situation in right field with David Murphy and Ryan Raburn. This is a position where the Indians thankfully have some legit prospects with everyday potential, and they are sprinkled throughout almost every level of the organization. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and includes scouting reports for them...
April 3, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Center Fielders
Today we move on to the center fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. It all starts up the middle. Not only do you need a catcher that controls a pitching staff and can shut down a running game and a shortstop that can direct the infield and showcase some exceptional range and consistency, you also need a good center fielder that can cover a lot of ground and be a leader in the outfielder. The Indians have several of those kind of center fielders and the IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and more!
April 3, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Roundtable: Minor League opening day is here
It is opening day in the minor leagues. Tonight three of the Indians full season affiliates Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina will open while Low-A Lake County opens up their season on Friday. In our annual preview of the Indians minor league system, several IBI writers share their thoughts on what to watch this season, who can breakout, and so much more.
April 2, 2014   (1 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Left Fielders
Today we move on to the left fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. Most teams spend a bulk of their time developing their higher end outfield prospects in center field with the idea that if they can’t cut it there that they could always go to left field. Some players just end up in left field because of a limitation with their arm strength or their defense in center field. In any case, the Indians have a few very interesting possible left field options coming up the system, even if it is a position that looks adequately filled for the time being with Michael Brantley.
April 1, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Catchers
Earlier this week we kicked things off with the first basemen, second basemen, shortstops, and third basemen, and today we move on to the catchers in our IBI positional rankings. Unlike the third base position, the catching position is one of the strongest in the Indians farm system. The team also has Yan Gomes locked into a long-term contract at the major league level, furthering the depth in the system. Join Tony and see the scouting reports for the Indians catching prospects as well as how they rank at the position. 16 in total!
April 1, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Training stats
Indians minor league spring training wrapped up over the weekend. All of the players have either settled in with a full season affiliate for the start of the minor league season on Thursday or are at back in Arizona for extended spring training. Here are the final unofficial stats from Indians minor league camp this spring.
March 31, 2014   (15 comments)
2014 IBI Roundtable: Indians and MLB predictions
Who is ready for some baseball? Those of us here at the IBI sure are! It has been almost six months to the day that the Indians lost to the Rays in the single-game elimination Wild Card game and for the first time in a few years there is some sincere optimism heading into the start of a season. With the dawn of a new Indians season now here, we pooled together several IBI writers and put together a roundtable to get their quick thoughts on the Indians this season, their season predictions for the Indians, and their MLB predictions as well.
March 31, 2014   (6 comments)
The Radar Report 2014: Volume 1
The "Radar Report" returns this week, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria shares almost three dozen radar readings from players in the Indians' system that he recorded while out in Arizona for spring training. This is a premium site feature which posts about once a month during the season and provides the fastball and secondary offering velocities for Indians minor league pitchers. This report has readings for several players such as Austin Adams, Cody Anderson, Mitch Brown, Elvis Araujo, Joe Colon, Dace Kime, Leandro Linares, Adam Plutko and many others.
March 30, 2014   (15 comments)
2014 Indians minor league full season rosters
Minor league camp wrapped up on Saturday and on Sunday all players arrived at their full season destinations. With that, a little over 100 minor league players are set to open the season on Thursday or Friday this week at Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County. Here are the rosters!
March 30, 2014   (7 comments)
Smoke Signals s7e5: Play ball!
Smoke Signals is officially back on a weekly basis and tonight Jim Pete and Tony Lastoria kick things off with a special two-hour show starting at 9:00pm ET. Join Jim and Tony as they break down all the last minute news and notes from spring training, and then listen in as several other IBI regulars call in for a "roundtable" show to talk about the upcoming season and predict how things play out.
March 30, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 29th
The Indians wrapped up minor league camp on Saturday with a final camp day in the morning as Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron squared off in one game and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County squared off in another. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did in the final game of the spring with some notes on some of the performances below each game.
March 29, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Third Basemen
Earlier this week we kicked things off with the first basemen, second basemen and shortstops, and today we move on to the third basemen in our IBI positional rankings. The third base position is easily the weakest position in the Indians farm system, but the recent signing of Cuban defector Yandy Diaz could change that. See the first scouting report for Diaz and how the rest of the scouting reports for the Indians third base prospects as well as how they rank at the position.
March 29, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 28th
The Indians squared off with the Rockies on Friday with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron going to Scottsdale and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County at home in Goodyear. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game. They also announced a few more player releases.
March 28, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 27th
The Indians had a camp day on Thursday as Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron squared off on one field and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County squared off on the other. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game. Indians personnel gathered after the games on Thursday and full season rosters should be announced to the players on Friday!
March 27, 2014   (1 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Shortstops
On Sunday we kicked off our positional rankings with a look at the first basemen and then followed it up with the second basemen on Tuesday. Today we continue on with the ranking of all of the shortstops in the Indians system, a position where the Indians are loaded with prospects at all levels. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and provides scouting reports and additional information as well on players named Castillo, Ciriaco, Gonzalez, Lindor, Paulino, Roberts, Rodriguez and Toole.
March 27, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 26th
The Indians squared off with the White Sox on Wednesday with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron in Goodyear and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County in Glendale. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game.
March 26, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 Goodyear Notebook: March 25th
We are at the tail end of spring training as just three days of games remain on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before minor league camp officially wraps up on March 30th. The anticipation of a new season is exciting, especially as we await the assignments of players to the various affiliates on Thursday or Friday. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has since returned home from his trip to Arizona and provides another update on all the news, releases, injury updates and other happenings in minor league camp.
March 26, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 25th
The Indians squared off with the Reds on Tuesday with all games split between the two complexes in Goodyear. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game. Bryan LaHair has a big game at Columbus, Nellie Rodriguez has a much needed big showing and more!
March 25, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 24th
The Indians squared off with the Cubs on Monday, with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron going to Mesa and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County playing in Goodyear. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game. Names like Mejia, Fink, Kime, Roberts and others all shined on the day!

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