On Wednesday the IBI's Tony Lastoria posted part one of his extensive interview with Indians minor league pitching coordinator Ruben Niebla. In that piece we discussed a lot of the strides made and some struggled encountered by a great many pitchers at the full season affiliates. In today's second part, he provides Niebla’s thoughts on a bevy of young arms at the short season levels, gets into several of the philosophical and mechanical changes the Indians implemented in 2013 with how they develop pitchers, and discussed a ton of velocity jumps made by a litany of pitchers this season.
It may have been Thanksgiving on Thursday in the United States, but for most of the rest of the world it was just like any other day. The winter ball action continued in Australia and the Venezuela and the highlight of the night came from lefty Elvis Araujo who put forth his best outing of his winter campaign so far.
The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Indians minor league pitching coordinator Ruben Niebla and discussed the strides and sometimes the struggles for a great many pitchers at the full season affiliates this year. They talked about how Dylan Baker and Cody Anderson have separated themselves as prospects, the development of Shawn Morimando and Joe Colon, the rise of Will Roberts and Matt Packer, the work being done with Trevor Bauer, the resurgence of Bryan Price, and lots more.
The Indians made it official on Monday as they added free agent outfielder David Murphy to the roster. To make room on the roster they DFAed right-handed Tyler Cloyd. They also received word that infielder Cord Phelps was lost on waivers.
The Indians have lost two of their better minor league free agents to free agency as right-handed pitcher Jose Flores has signed a minor league deal with the Athletics and right-handed pitcher Paolo Espino has signed a minor league deal with the Cubs.
The Indians made several additions to the 40-man roster earlier in the week, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews the decisions. He also touches on the David Murphy signing, looks at the possibility that one of Drew Stubbs or Michael Bourn is dealt, offers up some quick thoughts on the departure of Joe Smith to the Angels, and more!
Things were a quieter than usual on Thursday in winter ball as only one Indians player was in action. With the lack of Indians activity, the IBI's Tony Lastoria took the opportunity to catch up on some old friends who are playing winter ball to see how they are doing. Do you remember guys like Hector Rondon and Jon Meloan?
This is a new feature here at the IBI, one where IBI prospect guru Tony Lastoria takes a deeper look into prospects that may be on the rise or those that are already established who need to take that next step to get to the big leagues and stay. For today’s debut piece, Tony felt a perfect jumping off point was first baseman Jesus Aguilar, who was just added to the 40-man roster on Wednesday. He takes an unbiased look at what kind of year Aguilar really had and what he can be going forward.
Cleveland Indians right-handed relief prospect had a very good season in 2013 across two different levels and reaching Double-A Akron. He has emerged as one of the Indians better relief prospects and has an interesting arsenal. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with him and discussed the strides he made in 2013 and where he looks to improve going into 2014.
The Major League Baseball roster deadline on November 20th is quickly approaching. While not highly publicized, this is a key date in the offseason as it is one of the first steps teams take to finalize their roster for the upcoming season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look into all of the roster options and uses lots of insight gained from talking to people inside and outside the Indians organization to determine the players to be rostered and some surprises that are not.
It was a full slate of action on Saturday night as several Indians players participated in games across five different leagues around the globe. A few players continue to play well this offseason and have put themselves in a great position to be rostered this week, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria touches on them and the rest of the players as he takes us Around the Farm...
Here is the first Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2014 season and where players are "projected" to be assigned from Cleveland all the way down to extended spring training. We will continue to update this listing as moves are made this offseason, during spring training, and throughout the season with the addition, subtraction, promotion, demotion, etc of players.
The Arizona Fall League regular season ended on Thursday, although several Indians prospects still have one game to go since their Surprise team made it to the championship game to be played on Saturday. Will Roberts bounced back from a disastrous start on Saturday to put forth a good outing, and Carlos Moncrief is starting to hit his stride. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and more as he goes Around the Farm...
The Arizona Fall League (AFL) season ends today. It finishes up a five-plus week of extra games and development opportunities for several minor league players across all 30 major league organizations. For Indians second base prospect Joe Wendle, it was another opportunity to drive home his status as a legit prospect in the organization, and he has delivered.
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!