Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has been selected as the American League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association. He edged Boston's John Farrell and Oakland’s Bob Melvin who were also finalists for the award.
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with a look today at the hitters at High-A Carolina. 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 position players at Carolina this season such as Francisco Lindor, Joe Wendle, Tyler Naquin, Tony Wolters, Bryson Myles, Jordan Smith and others. Over a dozen position players in total are profiled.
A year in the minor leagues can bring many surprises as players can struggle in some areas and succeed in others. It is the refinement in those strengths and the development of their weaknesses which determines the fate of most prospects, and for outfielder Tyler Naquin that is no different. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with him and discussed his season, what he wants to improve, and what he ultimately needs to do to get to the big leagues.
Ubaldo Jimenez is expected to decline the qualifying offer that the Indians extended to him this week, and thus will have declined a contract with the Indians for 2014 not once, but twice. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about why it is time to move on from Jimenez and how his market may be shaping up. He also talks about why Scott Kazmir was not extended a qualifying offer, runs through some early rumors, explains why Jesus Aguilar has played third base of late, and more.
It was a day of highs and lows on Saturday. Right-hander Paolo Espino put forth his best outing of the offseason in Venezuela while right-hander Will Roberts put forth his worst outing of the offseason in Arizona. Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera struggled at the plate while center fielder Tyler Naquin flourished once again. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps those performances and all the rest of the action from Around the Farm....
2013 was a year of change for Tony Wolters. At the tail end of spring training a little over seven months ago he was pulled into the Indians offices in Goodyear, Arizona and received word that he would be making the switch from the middle of the infield to catcher. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Wolters to talk about the position change, how things are going in the AFL and what the future has in store for him.
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with an inside look at the pitchers at Low-A Lake County. Recently, 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 at Lake County this season, and has included comments on pitchers like Dylan Baker, Ryan Merritt, Jake Sisco, Luis DeJesus, Robbie Aviles, D.J. Brown and many others.
Indians starting pitching prospect Joe Colon made his winter ball debut on Thursday night and put forth an exceptional effort with five very strong innings. Jesus Aguilar was back at third base for the second straight night, but there is a reason for that. The IBI's Tony Lastoria explains the reason, looks at Colon's good showing and more in Around the Farm...
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with an inside look at the hitters at Low-A Lake County. Recently, 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 players there this season, and he includes those comments on players like Logan Vick, Eric Haase, Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, Joe Sever, Richard Stock, Jeremy Lucas, and others.
Amazingly, the 2013 Arizona Fall League season wraps up late next week. It has been a little more condensed version than in years past, but it still has given players from all 30 organizations a chance to face some of the best talent in the upper levels of the minors for five weeks. One player who has benefited from that exposure has been right-handed pitcher Will Roberts, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently talked to him to see how things are going.
The Indians made news on Thursday when they released much maligned closer Chris Perez and then also made a minor trade and resigned Jason Giambi. Then on Friday they picked up the option on Ubaldo Jimenez's contract only to see him decline it. Tony shares his thoughts on all of the moves and discusses what the Indians should do at closer now that Perez is gone and also how important it is to retain one of Jimenez or Scott Kazmir in the starting rotation.
The Indians had a full slate of action on Saturday night as players were playing across the globe in four different winter leagues and in three different time zones. Saturday night saw the offseason debut of hot outfield prospect Carlos Moncrief and he had a good first showing, and Tony comments on that game and runs down the rest of the performances in Around the Farm...
Today we wrap up the 2013 Tony Awards with the announcement of the All-Tony teams for 2013. These are the first, second and third teams as Tony sees them in the Cleveland Indians organization based on their performance this past year. Again, this is not a top prospect listing by position, but a listing based 100% on performance from the 2013 season.
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Offensive Player of the Year. This award goes to the position player in the Indians organization that had the best year. Like with all the awards so far, this is 100% based on performance and not on prospect standing. Tony lists all of the top performances and narrows it down to three players who all had fantastic seasons, and his pick as the top player may come as a surprise.
The Indians announced today that they have exercised the 2014 club option ($8 million) on right-handed pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. Because of the parameters of his contract where if he were traded, his 2014 club option turned into a mutual option when he was traded from the Rockies to the Indians in July of 2011. As a result, Jimenez voided the contract and is now a free agent.
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!