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!
A lot of Indians were in action once again on Thursday night in the Arizona Fall League and Venezuela Winter League. Jesus Aguilar came down to Earth at the plate, Ezequiel Carrera had a strong game, Will Roberts started and had a typical outing for him, and others got in and played as well.
Another year of the Fall Instructional League came to pass on Monday as the Indians put the wraps on the 2013 development season with an eye toward a busy offseason in anticipation for 2014. In some ways Instructional league is not considered the end of the season, but rather the beginning of the next one. The IBI's Tony Lastoria was out in Arizona recently and shares a ton of insights into pitchers like Carlos Melo, Kyle Crockett and Jodan Milbrath who really impressed this fall. He also gives updates on several other pitchers and has injury and rehab updates on close to a dozen players.
On Thursday afternoon the Cleveland Indians announced that they have re-signed right-handed releiver Matt Capps to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to major league spring training camp.
Both the Arizona Fall League and Venezuela Winter League were back in action on Tuesday night. The good performances continue to show as Jesus Aguilar is in the zone and Tyler Naquin put forth another good game. Also, others like Ezequiel Carrera and Jose Flores were in action.
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