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March 24, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 23rd
It was another camp day at the Goodyear complex, which typically means more roster decisions were made later in the afternoon on Sunday. Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron squared off against one another and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County faced each other as well. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game.
March 23, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The First Basemen
Last week we wrapped up the 2014 Top 50 prospect countdown, and today we unveil the beginning of our 2014 Positional Rankings by kicking off things with the first basemen in the Indians system. First base is a position where the Indians have some strength in the upper levels, but beyond that it is a position of great uncertainty and one of the weaker positions in the organization. Join Tony as he breaks down the first basemen in the system.
March 23, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 22nd
The Indians were in action against the Dodgers on Saturday as Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron were in Goodyear and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County traveled to Glendale. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game.
March 22, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap:  March 21st
The Indians had a camp day on Friday as Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron faced off with one another on on field and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County faced off against one another on an adjacent field. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game.
March 21, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 Goodyear Notebook: March 20th
Another season of watching future Tribe hopefuls kicked off for the IBI's Tony Lastoria on Thursday as he was (finally) in Indians camp and had a chance to take in practice and games for the first time this season. And boy did he learn some interesting things in his first day as he found out about two shocking retirements. He also sat down and talked to the front office about a few players, provides a ton of injury updates, talks about the surprises from Adam Plutko this spring and so much more.
March 21, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 20th
The Indians minor league teams faced off against the Athletics affiliates on Thursday. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some notes on some things he saw firsthand and also gives a few updates on some player who are MIA.
March 20, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 19th
The Indians minor league teams faced off against the Reds affiliates in Goodyear on Wednesday. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game and an update on the players yet to appear in a game this spring.
March 19, 2014   (7 comments)
Indians release eight minor league pitchers
The Indians have announced the release of eight players from minor league camp, led by former top right-handed relief prospect Bryce Stowell.
March 19, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game recap: March 18th
The Indians minor league teams were back in action on Tuesday against another foe as they played the White Sox, with the Triple-A and Double-A games in Glendale and the High-A and Low-A games in Goodyear. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game as well as a full listing of players yet to appear in a game.
March 18, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #1 SS Francisco Lindor
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown wraps up with shortstop Francisco Lindor. Of no surprise, Lindor is the top prospect in the system for the third straight season and for good reason. In this extremely detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all of the details about Lindor's upside as a hitter, defender and runner, gives insight into the strides he made last season offensively and physically as well, looks at areas he needs to focus in on to complete his development, and much more.
March 18, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 17th
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.
March 17, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #2 OF Clint Frazier
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.
March 17, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game recap: March 16th
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.
March 16, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #3 RHP Trevor Bauer
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.
March 16, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 Minor League Spring Game recap: March 15th
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...
March 15, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #4 RHP Cody Anderson
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.
March 14, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #5 CA Francisco Mejia
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.
March 13, 2014   (2 comments)
Q&A: Ross Atkins talks about Minor League spring training
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.
March 13, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #6 INF Jose Ramirez
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.
March 12, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #7 OF Tyler Naquin
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.

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