July 22, 2013 (4 comments)
The Indians currently have a problem with perception and whether or not they are truly a different team and are improved from season's past. The IBI's Jeff Ellis looks to prove that this Indians team is indeed much different and improved, and in this first piece of the series he takes a look at the first basemen over the last three seasons and shows the improvement.
July 18, 2013 (12 comments)
The competitive balance lottery happened on Wednesday to no fanfare at all, but Indians fans should really be happy about it and need to know about it. The reason is simple: this pick becomes a big trade asset for the Indians. It could be the centerpiece in a trade, especially if it's for pen help. The IBI's Jeff Ellis explains the value of the pick and how fortunate the Indians were to get it.
July 11, 2013 (0 comments)
Join the IBI's Jeff Ellis and Andrew Zajac tonight from 8:00 to 9:00 PM for another edition of The Inside Pitch.
Tonight's episode will be devoted to the Indians, and the big preformance today of Danny Salazar. They will talk about trade targets for the Indians, and should they buy or sell this deadline. They will discuss the Cavs and the big signings of the past week with Clark, Jack, and of...
July 10, 2013 (5 comments)
The 2013 Draft is long over now, and most players who are going to sign have done so. This year, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis thought it might be fun to cap off the draft coverage here at the IBI with an Indians shadow draft. A shadow draft is exactly what you think it is: Jeff gets to put on my GM cap and make every single pick. Take a look at who he picks and compare his picks to what the Indians did.
July 1, 2013 (1 comments)
About a week after the draft, the IBI's Jeff Ellis was able to do an interview with former Buckeye and now Chicago White Sox minor league pitcher Bradley Goldberg. Here is their entire conversation transcribed and it provides a chance to get some insights on the draft process and the Ohio State baseball program.
June 21, 2013 (7 comments)
Every year after the draft IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis does a tools piece, and every year it doesn't really generate much interest. As a writer it seemed time for him to change it up a bit and shake up how he goes about this article. He wanted to make it more fun and give some awards and predictions, and he shares all of that in his latest.
June 15, 2013 (6 comments)
The draft has come and gone, and now it is time for IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis to post his annual post-draft review. It was a very interesting draft and as always had a lot of trends that he found while following it. He touches on the Frazier pick and why the negatives on him are a bit overstated right now, the Indians approach in the draft with selecting several smaller sized players, and their "safe" approach with their bonus pool to maybe save money to strike and sign later round guys.
June 6, 2013 (10 comments)
It is draft day and IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis has his final mock, this time going out through the first 111 picks! He not only predicts who the Indians select at #5 overall, but who they take in the third and fourth round as well. As with any mock, these are more for just a guideline on where players may be picked and not necessarily by who, but Jeff has done the research and knows the draft better than anyone not affiliated with an MLB team. Take a look and enjoy!
June 6, 2013 (0 comments)
Join the IBI's draft experts Jeff Ellis and Andrew Zajac tonight from 8:30 to 9:30 PM for another edition of The Inside Pitch. Tonight's episode will be devoted to the 2013 MLB Draft. Andrew and Jeff will dive into the selections already made and give you all the information you need to know about the Cleveland Indians first round pick. They will give reactions to picks as they happen throughout the hour as well.
June 4, 2013 (2 comments)
The 2013 MLB Draft is a little over 48 hours away and teams are beginning to lock in on their first round plans. IBI Draft guru Jeff Ellis posted his first mock draft two weeks ago, but as with any mock, things change the closer we get to draft time, so here is a new and updated mock draft including lots of detail and insight into each pick in the first round.
June 3, 2013 (1 comments)
The 2013 MLB Draft is three days away and MLB organizations are getting anxious as they make last minute preparations for what is a big day for every team in the league. No one knows the draft better than IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis except for those personnel involved with MLB teams, and he has put together his second big board of the Top 33 players in the draft and provides some insight and commentary on each.
May 30, 2013 (16 comments)
The players the Indians might draft appears to be narrowing, which is of course natural as we are just a week from the draft. The IBI's Jeff Ellis has been hard at work researching and following players all year and provides a list of six players who he things will be there when the Indians pick at #5. There is a ton of debate about this pick, so he provides his thoughts why each player should and why they shouldn't be picked.
May 30, 2013 (0 comments)
Join Andrew and Jeff tonight at 8:00pm for a heavy dose of Indians and MLB draft talk. Jeff will be unveiling his updated top 33 for this years draft, and there will be a lot of talk about how things could unfold at pick number five for the Indians. Listen in to The Inside Pitch!
May 28, 2013 (5 comments)
IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis always gets questions about the local talent in Ohio. Sometimes it is from people who want to see these players live, or because there just is a natural interest in the local talent. The state of Ohio baseball in general is a bit down this season as this will be the first time since 2009 a player from Ohio won't go in round one. Jeff targets a few players and gives each a label that explains why you should watch for these players during the draft this year.
May 23, 2013 (0 comments)
Join the Inside Pitch this week as we discuss the Indians, and if they can stay in the race. The MLB draft and how the fifth pick is shaping up. Also will discuss the NBA lottery and what it means for the Cavs
May 20, 2013 (9 comments)
The 2013 MLB Draft is less than three weeks away. The IBI's draft guru Jeff Ellis has been studying all of the players and knows all of the teams' tendencies inside and out, and today provides his first mock draft of the entire first round. He provides lots of insight and analysis on each pick....no one knows the draft better than Jeff! Check out who he has the Indians selecting and more...
May 12, 2013 (1 comments)
We are about a month until the 2013 MLB Draft and things are starting to crystallize. The top two picks are all but confirmed to be Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray, though the order they are taken is yet to be determined and won't be known until draft night. Both Appel and Gray will be redrafts, and IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis discusses four former Indians picks that should be redrafts in the top ten rounds this year.
May 2, 2013 (0 comments)
After a week hiatus, The Inside Pitch returns for a condensed half hour version of the show. Andrew and Jeff will discuss the Tribe and the hot bats in the lineup. They'll discuss the recent NFL draft and making sense out of the Browns selections. With any time remaining, they'll jump into the upcoming MLB draft.
April 27, 2013 (1 comments)
The 2013 MLB Draft is less than six weeks away, which means all 30 MLB organizations are busy scooting all across the country getting several final looks at some of the top talents in order to finalize their big boards for draft day. IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis has put together his first big board of the Top 30 players in the draft and provides some insight and commentary on each.
April 19, 2013 (14 comments)
As the 2013 MLB Draft approaches, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis has been a bit surprised by the amount of fans who want to push the Indians draft in a certain direction based on need. Jeff would say at this point that 90% of the questions he fields are based on pitching and how the Indians have to draft pitching because they lack impact pitching in the system. But he says that it should not be that cut and dry...