November 3, 2014 (6 comments)
Every year there seems to be a big posting that generates a lot of talk. This year the big foreign posting is a shortstop from Korea named Jung-Ho Kang. Get ready for an avalanche of stories on this young player as he is a need to know hot stove name that even most diehard baseball fans don’t know very well. The IBI's Jeff Ellis gives us the 411 on him as a player and also talks of the Indians interest in him.
October 29, 2014 (33 comments)
The Indians are going to explore a lot of trades this offseason, many upon many of which will not come to fruition. Some of their key players like Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber and Yan Gomes are untouchable, but in the right deal some of their core pieces could be dealt. One of those players is second baseman, and while a trade may ultimately not happen this offseason, the IBI's Jeff Ellis looks at four trades he would consider for Kipnis.
October 14, 2014 (65 comments)
While the MLB postseason is not over, the Hot Stove season has already begun. The minute teams have ended their season or been eliminated from the playoffs we have had writers who are not close to teams making pronouncements that certain players are already on the market. One of those was a claim by ESPN's Buster Olney that the Athletics will put third baseman Josh Donaldson on the market this offseason. The IBI's Jeff Ellis believes he would be a great fit if he is available, but the cost to acquire him would be enormous.
October 2, 2014 (14 comments)
We are still several months from the 2015 Draft and the college baseball season is a long way off, but that doesn't mean people aren't already talking 2015 MLB Draft. Since the summer leagues are done and the showcase circuit is over, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis decided to sit down and make his first draft big board. With the Indians holding two first round picks in next year's draft, it will make for a lot of possibilities with what they and other teams will do.
September 17, 2014 (49 comments)
The IBI's Jeff Ellis chimed in on Monday with his thoughts as to why the Indians should go after Adrian Beltre in a trade this offseason. Some liked his idea, while others did not due to the amount of money he makes, his age and the cost in terms of prospects to acquire him. Today, Jeff takes a look at three lesser players that may not cost as much to acquire in terms of dollars or prospects, though come with a little more risk and less of a track record.
September 15, 2014 (55 comments)
The IBI's Jeff Ellis is seeing a lot of talk of what will happen for the Indians next year. To him this season was always viewed as a bit of a bridge year, and he feels they found some things from within with the starting rotation and lineup. The question now is what do the Indians do in the offseason to improve? He puts forth an idea to go after Adrian Beltre in a trade, a move he believes improves the Indians lineup but the defense as well. He explains how such a deal gets done in his latest...
September 3, 2014 (58 comments)
A few months back the IBI's Jeff Ellis brought up what was then a more controversial view that the Indians should strongly look to trade Lonnie Chisenhall. At the time Chisenhall still looked like a breakout candidate and was not that far removed from being a potential all-star, but he held by the numbers which showed he was in for a massive regression, which we are seeing now. He looks into why the Indians should consider trading him and what they do with his spot in the lineup.
August 7, 2014 (18 comments)
Today the Indians completed one of the first waiver deals of the baseball season. They traded right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano to the Angels for right-handed pitching prospect Michael Clevinger. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on the deal and provides some info on the new pickup for the Indians...
July 31, 2014 (43 comments)
Asdrubal Cabrera was a guy who everyone knew would be traded. His expiring deal and the Indians depth at shortstop made it pretty clear he would end the season with another team. Today he was dealt to the Washington Nationals in exchange for infielder Zach Walters. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his flash thoughts on the deal...
July 30, 2014 (49 comments)
The Indians made their first deadline move and it was a big one. They sent right-handed starting pitcher Justin Masterson to the Cardinals for minor league outfielder James Ramsey in a one for one deal. Initial reaction was very mixed for both Indians and Cardinals fans, but the IBI's Jeff Ellis is happy with the Indians return and here is why....
July 24, 2014 (8 comments)
On Wednesday there was another competitive balance lottery and once again the results were good for the Indians. There were 12 picks up for grabs between 15 teams, so three teams were shut out of the lottery. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on the importance of the additional pick the Indians awarded and how the lottery works.
July 10, 2014 (1 comments)
Since the last of the Indians top picks outfielder Mike Papi signed it is time for the IBI's Jeff Ellis to post his annual shadow draft piece. Every year Jeff waits for all of the signings in the top 10 rounds to be completed and then he goes back and does the draft how he would have done it knowing what we know now with the signing bonuses and month of play from players.
July 3, 2014 (4 comments)
The International Signing Period kicked off on Tuesday. As with every year it brings a high-paced amount of signings that have been agreed on for weeks or months, and also brings with it a lot of questions as many don't understand how it works. The IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at how the system works, the problems that have brought to the forefront, and reviews and provides an update on each of the top six players the Indians have signed.
July 1, 2014 (13 comments)
Now that it is July, the trade rumor mill is heating up. There are a lot of names on the block and the Indians in spite of being a sub .500 team appear to be buyers and not sellers. They are scouting pitching and there have been many reports of scouts at the Indians minor league games scouting players. This of course has led to all kinds of speculation who the Indians might target and who is the best fit. The IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at two players that fit the Indians needs and would be realistic trade possibilities.
June 23, 2014 (8 comments)
As is the tradition here at the IBI, the IBI's draft guru Jeff Ellis provides his yearly piece on the top player tools in this year’s Indians draft. This is a great way to look at who has the best tools from the players drafted and signed this year by the Indians and helps fans get an idea of what things to specifically look for when they watch these players as they come up through the minors.
June 12, 2014 (3 comments)
Another draft is in the books and it’s time for IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis to review the draft in whole and shape up his thoughts and ideas on the draft this year. He gives his thoughts on this draft as a whole and particularly the top 12 selections in the draft and also makes note of some players beyond the top 12 that he likes and hopes the Indians sign.
June 5, 2014 (14 comments)
Draft day is here! The 2014 MLB Draft kicks off tonight and as always the IBI will be all over it providing news and info leading up to the Indians picks and then capsules for every player once they are made. As a lead in to our coverage tonight we have IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis' final mock draft where he mocks out the first THREE rounds in their entirety and the Indians first five picks. This is a non-premium piece today so all can enjoy!
June 4, 2014 (2 comments)
With the draft set to kick off in 24 hours, here is IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis' final Big Board. Some injuries have shuffled things up at the top and throughout the first round, but Jeff still loves this draft and considers it a deep draft - especially with prep arms - and feels the Indians should have a chance to add a lot of depth to their system. He profiles his top 43 players on his board in this 4000+ word piece...
June 2, 2014 (12 comments)
The draft is Thursday so instead of a single concentrated piece IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis provides some news, notes, and thoughts on the upcoming draft. He takes a look at who he believes are the Indians top five targets with their #21 pick, provides some details on some of his favorite players in this draft class, reviews the Pirates-Marlins trade that sent a pick to the Pirates for a player, and more.
May 31, 2014 (5 comments)
Last year the IBI's Jeff Ellis did a feature on the top prospects in the state of Ohio. This year’s class is stronger at the top but the depth is not where it was last year, though there are still plenty of interesting players and a few familiar names from last year as well. Jeff found nine guys to talk about this year that he had some familiarity with and he shares his thoughts on all of them in his latest...