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March 1, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #17 RHP Austin Adams
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Austin Adams. Adams made a great return last season from shoulder surgery, so much so that he was back to 100% and throwing at his old velocity and even more much quicker than hoped. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at how his return from surgery has gone, what he needs to work on, his true Major League upside, and much more.
February 28, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #18 OF Anthony Santander
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Anthony Santander. Santander is one of the most physically gifted players in the Indians system who had a bout with the injury bug last season, but is no doubt an exciting prospect with massive upside. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives the 411 on his upside, what happened to him last year, what he is working on, and so much more.
February 27, 2014   (10 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #19 OF Jordan Smith
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Jordan Smith. Smith has been an exceptionally consistent performer with the bat over his first three years in the Indians system, but it is his growth defensively which has a lot of people talking. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all the details on his growth as a defender and his ceiling there, his potential with the bat, what he is doing to improve his power, and so much more.
February 26, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #20 LHP T.J. House
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher T.J. House. House has made considerable strides over the last two seasons, first in 2012 to re-establish himself as a prospect in the organization, and last season to solidify himself as a true Major League starting option for the Indians. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why House is a sleeper rotation candidate for the Indians no one is talking about, the areas he has made strides, his areas in need of improvement, and more.
February 25, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #21 SS Ronny Rodriguez
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. Rodriguez took a step back in the numbers department last season, and he may be in for a position or role change this coming season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the changes Rodriguez implemented into his swing and approach last season, his upside with the bat, what he is working on, why he may see a position change this season, and much more.
February 25, 2014   (5 comments)
Final 2013-2014 Winter Ball stats
Here are the final winter ball statistics for all Cleveland Indians players that participated in fall/winter ball action out in the Arizona Fall League, Australian Baseball League, Dominican Winter League, Puerto Rico Winter League and Venezuela Winter League during the 2013-2014 offseason. There are different stats than you will see anywhere else as they include all playoff stats!
February 24, 2014   (18 comments)
Tribe Happenings: The importance of the Indians "Fab Five"
The Indians lost two key members of their starting rotation in the offseason in Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, and could lose another if Justin Masterson departs as a free agent at the end of the season. In today's Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses how the Indians have already taken a leap of faith that two internal starting pitching options can fill a need and that they need some luck and performance from others to maintain a good rotation. He also talks about Swisher only playing first base, McAllister's pitch mix, Nelson Cruz's contract, provides the full spring TV schedule and more.
February 24, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #22 LHP Shawn Morimando
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Shawn Morimando. Morimando had a breakthrough season last year at High-A Carolina where he really established himself as a legit starting pitching prospect for the Indians and saw some significant strides in the improvement of his stuff. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about those improvements to his stuff, the areas of focus in his development, what kind of future he has, and much more.
February 23, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #23 CA Eric Haase
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Eric Haase. Haase brings a lot to the table at the catching position with significant upside thanks to a lot of tools and some strength in his bat and arm. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on how his development as a catcher is coming along, what strides he has made at the plate, what areas of improvement are still needed, and much more.
February 22, 2014   (1 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #24 LHP Sean Brady
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Sean Brady. Brady is a high profile pick from the 2013 Draft who had an impressive debut last season both with his stuff and performance. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his upside, why he had so much success his first season, what he is working on, what kind of pitcher he is, and so much more.
February 21, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #25 RHP Adam Plutko
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko. Plutko had an amazing college career at UCLA and capped it all off winning the College World Series last year, but while he signed with the Indians he missed his pro debut and has yet to pitch for them. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why Plutko did not pitch for the Indians at all last year, what his true upside is, his strengths and weaknesses, and so much more.
February 20, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #26 OF LeVon Washington
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder LeVon Washington. Washington is one of the biggest impact bats in the Indians system because of his speed and hitting ability, but a laundry list of injuries in his career and some defensive concerns have limited him to date. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks into his injury problems and how exactly they have affected his standing in the organization, his upside at the plate, the areas of his game which need the most improvement, and so much more.
February 19, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #27 RHP Mitch Brown
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown. Brown is a high profile draft pick out of the 2012 Draft who had some struggles last season, though a lot due to injury. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses what went wrong for Brown last season, what his upside is, what he is working on in his development plan, if he is primed for a rebound and much more.
February 18, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #28 OF Bryson Myles
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Bryson Myles. Myles is a physical presence and brings a very intriguing power-speed combination to his game that makes him a tantalizing prospect. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his strengths as a player, the areas of focus in his development plan, why his season turned around last year, and so much more.
February 17, 2014   (22 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Seeing is believing for Santana
The Indians conducted their first full squad workout today and the ball is officially rolling on the 2014 season. In today's Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives his reasons why he believes Santana is a true option at third base for the Indians, how Aaron Harang fits into things, why it is rotation or bust for Josh Tomlin, why Raburn may be limited in the outfield, Herrmann's chances with the team, and more.
February 17, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #29 RHP Dace Kime
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Dace Kime. Kime was one of the Indians top picks in the 2013 Draft who was primarily a reliever in college but moved into a starting role late in his career and is a role the Indians plan to continue to develop him. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some input from the Indians on his future as a starter, how good his stuff is, his areas of improvement needed, and much, much more.
February 16, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #30 1B Nelson Rodriguez
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with first baseman Nelson Rodriguez. Things did not get off on the right foot at Lake County for Rodriguez last season, but he finished with a bang at Mahoning Valley. In this very detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes an in depth look at the growth potential Rodriguez has as a hitter and defender, what his strengths and weaknesses are, why he had success at Mahoning Valley, and so much more.
February 15, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #31 OF Logan Vick
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Logan Vick. Vick had a breakthrough season last year showing some tablesetting skills and led the Midwest League with a .413 on-base percentage. In this detailed scouting report, the IBIs Tony Lastoria explains just what kind of outfield prospect Vick is for the Indians, what the biggest concern is with him, what he really excels at, his Major League potential, and more.
February 14, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #32 RHP Caleb Hamrick
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Caleb Hamrick. Hamrick is the lesser hyped high school pitcher taken in the Top 10 rounds of the Indians draft in 2012, but to date he has performed the best. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the strength, power and ability that Hamrick has, his areas of improvement needed, his future outlook and much more.
February 13, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #33 RHP Joseph Colon
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Joseph Colon. Colon had an inconsistent first half of his season last year because of injuries, but the second half of the season he was very good thanks to a significant jump in his fastball velocity and overall consistency of his stuff. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses the sudden change for him last season, his limitations which can hold him back, what really makes him so effective, his major league future and much more.

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