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February 3, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #43 RHP Shawn Armstrong
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong. Armstrong took a step back last season thanks to an injury which forced him to miss most of the first half of the season and also some delivery adjustments which affected his performance, but he finished strong and looks ready for a bounce back 2014 campaign. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the struggles Armstrong had last year, what he needs to work on going forward, what makes him so intriguing, and more.
February 2, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #44 RHP Enosil Tejeda
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Enosil Tejeda. Tejeda was an old signing at 21 years of age out of Latin America, but he has quickly established himself as one of the Indians better relief pitching prospects in the system. He has allowed just two home runs in his four year career and has an exceptional strikeout rate, and in this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what kind of prospect he truly is, if his stuff can translate, what his future holds and so much more.
February 1, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #45 LHP Ryan Merritt
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt. Merritt is a slight framed pitcher who has made living so far in his minor league career as a command and control specialist and has carved a niche as a promising lefty starter. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what Merritt does so well, areas of opportunity, what the Indians want to see from him most, what his future holds as a starting pitcher, and so much more.
January 31, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #46 OF Tyler Holt
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Tyler Holt. Holt was a high-priced draft signing back in 2010 who came in with a lot of fire and passion to his game and has since developed himself into the best defensive outfielder in the Indians system. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail his abilities as a hitter, baserunner, and defender, goes into great detail about the advancements made with his swing, opportunities for improvement, his major league future and much more.
January 30, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #47 RHP Jeff Johnson
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed relief pitcher Jeff Johnson. Johnson has been one of the best performers out of the bullpen in the Indians minor league system the last two years, and more importantly he has the stuff to back it up. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about his very good stuff, what kind of major league reliever he can be, the Indians development plan for him, and much more.
January 29, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #48 RHP Casey Shane
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Casey Shane. Shane was one of the youngest players in the draft last year and pitched most of his pro debut for the Indians at 17 years of age. He brings with him some impressive size and a nice arsenal which the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about. He also talks about what the Indians are focusing in on from a developmental perspective in 2014 and beyond, where he should pitch this season, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
January 28, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #49 LHP Elvis Araujo
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Elvis Araujo. Araujo is one of the most physically impressive prospects the Indians have and he has some interesting stuff but injuries have held him back. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives all the details about just how good Araujo can still be, his strengths and weaknesses, what happened to him last year, his return to the mound this offseason and so much more.
January 27, 2014   (27 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Masterson might be wise to sign now
Barring a last minute change of heart by both sides, the Indians and ace pitcher Justin Masterson appear to be heading to arbitration. But the IBI's Tony Lastoria says that finding a fair deal with the Indians on a contract extension may be a wise move for him and his agent. Tony also explains why he is becoming a believer in Carlos Santana playing third base, why Jim Thome should not be getting a statue, his thoughts on a successful Tribe Fest event and more.
January 27, 2014   (10 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #50 RHP Will Roberts
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown begins with right-handed pitcher Will Roberts. Roberts is a big, durable arm that the Indians felt made some good strides in 2013 and has been overlooked in their system. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives all the details about his stuff, projection and all of the things he worked on in 2013 and what he needs to improve on in 2014 and beyond to be a legit major league starting pitching option for the Indians.
January 26, 2014   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: January 25, 2014
No Indians played in winter ball for the Indians on Saturday night, but the IBI's Tony Lastoria shares some interesting details on the development of Carlos Santana at third base. First, with the first visual evidence of his progression and then some direct quotes from his manager predicting just how good he can be. Also, all of the updated stats for players in the playoffs are listed.
January 25, 2014   (3 comments)
Q&A with Clint Frazier Part 2: Turning pro and preparing for '14
On Friday, the IBI's Tony Lastoria posted the first part of his Q&A with Clint Frazier talking about the process leading up to the draft, the Indians pursuit of him and how draft day went. Today, in the second and final part, Frazier and Tony talk about his first foray into pro ball, what he learned, what he struggled with, what adjustments he has made, how he is preparing for this season, his interactions with Francisco Lindor and more.
January 24, 2014   (5 comments)
Q&A with Clint Frazier Part 1: The Draft and more
The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down for an hour for an in-person interview with Indians 2013 first round pick outfielder Clint Frazier. In part one below, Frazier discusses in detail his experiences leading up to the draft, how he was discovered, his interactions with several Indians personnel leading up to the draft, his poor performance in front of Chris Antonetti, his relationship with Austin Meadows, how it came down to the Red Sox and Indians, and more.
January 24, 2014   (0 comments)
Indians sign Luke Carlin to minor league deal
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent catcher Luke Carlin to a minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
January 24, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: January 23, 2014
Carlos Santana and his Leones del Escogido team got back on track on Thursday night with a much needed 6-5 win. Down 3 games to none in the nine-game series, Santana broke the ice off his week long cold spell with a two-run homer and a half dozen plays in the field at third base. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares the details...
January 23, 2014   (30 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Indians Prospects countdown preview
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top Prospect countdown is here.....well....sort of. Tomorrow we kick things off with the first player in the on-line listing with #50, but today Tony sets us all up with a preview to help explain where the Indians' system is at the moment, the strengths and weaknesses of the system, the breakout candidates, who is eligible to be ranked, and all the guidelines for the ranking.
January 21, 2014   (7 comments)
Tribe Happenings: The Santana third base experiment rolls on
About six weeks ago when it was first mentioned that Carlos Santana would try to play third base in winter ball it left a lot of people rolling their eyes. But fast forward to today and suddenly people are beginning to realize that he just might actually be able to handle the position and that he could get significant time there for the Indians in 2014 and beyond. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about what a position change does for him and the Indians and much more in his latest Tribe Happenings...
January 18, 2014   (0 comments)
Three players signed by Indians to minor league deals
The Indians have officially signed right-handed pitcher Danny Carela, shortstop Audy Ciriaco and shortstop Miguel Eladio to minor league deals. None of the deals carry a major league invite.
January 17, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: January 16, 2014
While the round robin phase in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic wraps up, things are getting heated in Venezuela. No, not the round robin playoffs there, but a spat between Asdrubal Cabrera and the executives for his winter team Caracas. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on what has transpired and the chances that Cabrera does play winter ball - which if he does he would play second base.
January 16, 2014   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: January 15, 2014
The Indians action around winter ball was much busier than usual on Wednesday night. Not only were Carlos Santana and Jesus Aguilar in action, but lefties Giovanni Soto and Elvis Araujo made appearances and got some much needed work. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps the night Around the Farm for the Indians...
January 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Indians sign Nyjer Morgan to minor league deal
The Indians have signed free agent outfielder Nyjer Morgan to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training. The signing has yet to be officially announced by the team, but has been reported via several national media outlets.

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