Here is the recap from the minor league games played on Monday March 17th. It was a camp day at the complex so there were two intrasquad games played between Columbus-Akron and Carolina-Lake County. As always, the IBI's Tony Lastoria has included some comments and insight into each game.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Clint Frazier. Frazier was the Indians' first round pick in last year's draft and he impressed with a nice showing in rookie ball and in Instructional League. In this extremely detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria breaks down all of his abilities and why he has the potential to be a star, provides insight into his areas of development, shares details on on how he impressed the Indians throughout the draft process and his first pro season, and much more.
Here is the recap from the Cleveland Indians minor league games played on Sunday March 16th. As always, the IBI's Tony Lastoria has included some comments and insight into each game. With games now in full swing and less than two weeks before camp breaks, some of these performances will have an impact on some last minute roster decisions throughout the minors.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer. Bauer did not meet expectations last season as he was a high profile trade acquisition that struggled with his command all season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why Bauer is still a top flight pitching prospect, the significant changes made to his delivery to help his command and velocity, his upside and still unlimited potential, and so much more.
Here is the first spring training recap of the minor league games from Saturday March 15th. I have included comments about the results as well as updates on some other things I am hearing from minor league camp. Some brand new minor league signees made their organizational debut on Saturday while about 100 others got in on the action. This report recaps all of the performances from every player that played...
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson. With the arrival of Danny Salazar in Cleveland last season, Anderson has now assumed the billing as the organization's top pitching prospect that they have drafted/signed and developed. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on what makes him so exciting and potential special as a prospect, the strides he made last season, what he is working on and how he can get better, and so much more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Francisco Mejia. Mejia is new to the prospect scene for a lot of casual Indians fans, but if you have been following the IBI since January of 2013 he is a guy that the IBI's Tony Lastoria has been high on for some time. In this detailed scouting report, Tony looks at Mejia's massive upside both offensively and defensively, some early comps, what he really needs to work on, and so much more.
For anyone who has been to minor league spring training the first thing you notice is the abundance of players in camp as there are close to 180 players at any given time. But even with players pouring out of the fields like water in a flooded stream, things somehow, someway run smoothly every day as players move from field to field, from drill to drill, and from coach to coach with near precision. The IBI's Tony Lastoria sat down with Farm Director Ross Atkins last year and talked about everything that goes into minor league spring training, the decision-making process and so much more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with infielder Jose Ramirez. Ramirez was a relative unknown coming out of extended spring training in June of 2012 and then 15 months later raced through the system and earned a call to the big leagues last year as a September callup. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into great detail on Ramirez's rise through the system, where he has surprised, where he has struggled, what value he brings, and so much more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Tyler Naquin. Naquin had a nice first full season for the Indians ranking in the top 10 in several offensive categories in the Carolina League before a late season promotion to Double-A Akron and he also played well in the prestigious Arizona Fall League. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on Naquin's growth as a hitter, what he is working on, the adjustments he has made, the skills he brings to impact a game, and more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with first baseman Jesus Aguilar. Aguilar is probably the biggest and most menacing presence in the batter's box and shows all sorts of strength, natural skills and potential. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the strides Aguilar has made with the bat, where he is still struggling still, what he ultimately needs to do to get a Major League opportunity and more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Tony Wolters. Wolters went through a significant position change last season moving from the middle infield to catcher and earned some rave reviews in the process. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what went into the position change, how quickly he picked up things, what he needs to work on, how the bat is coming along, and much more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Carlos Moncrief. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has long been a fan of Moncrief and after a big 2013 showing where he seemingly put it all together, he pushes the Moncrief Train even further with his first Top 10 ranking. In this detailed scouting report, Tony explains what finally clicked for Moncrief, the adjustments he made, what he is working, how much of an impact he can be, and much more.
Today we re-post an article that originally ran in May of 2008 that provides details into the release process in the minors and the emotions that players go through. That year the IBI's Tony Lastoria talked to three Indians minor league players that were recently released to get an understanding of the process and the whirlwind of emotions that follow. With the first full squad workout in the minors set for Monday, this is a fitting time to post this again as close to 15-20 players will be released in a few weeks.
The 2014 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!