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...
May 27, 2014 (12 comments)
If you are an Indians fan no place has you better covered when it comes to the draft than here at Indians Baseball Insider. The draft is a little over a week away and most of the player's have all but established their values to organizations at this point. The IBI's Jeff Ellis steps in with his updated mock draft and runs down all of the picks in the first round - 41 in all - with insight and information into each pick including the three picks the Indians make at #21, #31 and #38.
May 16, 2014 (0 comments)
The Zips have made the NCAA tournament once way back in 1996, which was the last time they won the MAC championship. Over the last 12 years the Zips have managed two seasons with a winning record, and have not had a .500 record in the MAC in the last 12 years. The IBI's Jeff Ellis talks about an emerging Akron club that is set to square off with Kent State this weekend.
May 10, 2014 (4 comments)
The Major League Baseball draft is the biggest and most complicated in all of sports. It has a long and very interesting history, most of which has been based on the idea of keeping player salaries lower, and has gone through so many changes over the years that the IBI's Jeff Ellis often finds the rules are misunderstood. Jeff takes a look at how the draft was started and reviews how it works today.
May 8, 2014 (4 comments)
IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis posted his most recent mock draft on Wednesday and of course on the day it posted some of the biggest news of the draft season happened on that day. There were two things that occurred, both of which he believes has a pretty major effect on the Indians draft. He talks about that and more in his latest...
May 7, 2014 (6 comments)
The college baseball season has entered its fourth month and more and more guys are cementing themselves into the first round. With the draft about four weeks away the IBI's Jeff Ellis updates his draft board and provides his fourth mock of the 2014 Draft and projects out all 41 picks in the first round of the draft - including three Indians picks.
April 16, 2014 (2 comments)
The IBI's Jeff Ellis has gone on record saying that he is a big fan of this year’s draft. It is partially because last years had so little depth, but it is because to him this is the deepest draft in years. The Indians have three picks in the Top 40 and four picks in the Top 65, so they stand a chance to get a lot of talent this season. Jeff has put together his first Big Board of the draft season with rankings and reports on the top 41 players in the draft.
April 15, 2014 (7 comments)
We are about eight weeks away from the MLB Draft, and if you have been reading this site for a few years you know that the draft is our specialty. The IBI's Jeff Ellis has been prepping himself for the draft and watching tons of games both in person and on TV and offers up some thoughts on some of the performances from some key draft eligible players this past weekend.
April 6, 2014 (22 comments)
The college baseball season is entering its third month, and things are definitely starting to shape up. The top talents on both the high school and college level are asserting themselves, while other players are sliding some. Maybe it is just because of how weak last year was, but every week Jeff Ellis is more and more impressed by this class. Join Jeff as he releases his third mock draft.
April 5, 2014 (2 comments)
Jeff Ellis has been working on draft information at Indians Baseball Insider for a few years. Of late he has focused quite a bit on the historical side of the draft and how the Indians have done. The common refrain when he has dipped into the past is that the Indians have really struggled at drafting, yet he was unsure if that was true as he was not certain of the success of every other team. So he decided he needed to figure out a system to compare every team in Major League Baseball and came up with some research for all 30 teams over the last 30 years that shows who has shined or struggled in the draft the last two decades.
March 14, 2014 (24 comments)
Everyone else is releasing a mock draft, and now that we are a month into the college baseball season, Jeff Ellis is releasing his. With each pick, he looks at the team's recent history and projects who he thinks they will take based on that. Jeff goes into detail on each of Cleveland's first three picks and analyzes why these players fit Cleveland's mold and could become a part of the organization this June.
March 5, 2014 (8 comments)
We have now had three Friday nights in the college baseball season, so this gives us a chance to look at the pitchers and hitters who early in the season are preforming well. The IBI's Jeff Ellis gets asked a lot about who the Indians might grab with their three first round picks, so he highlights a few performers in the early going who might be in consideration for the Indians.are performing.
February 21, 2014 (10 comments)
For those who know or follow college baseball and the draft, a story broke on Wednesday night that two players the Phillies drafted last year Ben Wetzler and Jason Monda had been reported for negotiating with an agent after they had been drafted by the Phillies. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on how low the Phillies stooped and how it might affect the draft negotiation process in the future.
February 18, 2014 (6 comments)
The college baseball season began President's Day weekend. The Kent State flashes play Arizona, ranked 33rd to start the year. The Flashes won’t play at home till the end of March which makes perfect sense to anyone who has stepped outside in this frigid Ohio weather recently. The IBI's Jeff Ellis previews the Kent State Flashes, a baseball team loaded with potential draft picks this June.
February 6, 2014 (8 comments)
The greatest draft in Indians history happened in 1989. Hank Peters was in his second year as general manager and he ended up with a draft for the ages. The Indians selected 55 players that year and 14 made it to the majors for a success rate of about 25%. This success is even more interesting when you take a step back and look at the big picture of this draft, which the IBI's Jeff Ellis goes into detail about.
February 3, 2014 (12 comments)
Since the MLB Draft began the Indians have had seven general managers, a span of 50 years. Meanwhile, a few blocks down the road the Browns have had six general managers in the last 15 years. Fresh off his Ultimate Indians Draft, the IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at the drafting history of the Cleveland GMs over the last 50 years and breaks it all down and ranks their performance.
January 20, 2014 (8 comments)
The Ultimate Indians Draft series wraps up with the best picks of all time for the Indians in rounds 10 to 1. This is a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis has gone through all of the Indians June drafts in their history and determined the best picks they have made round by round. This is an interesting overview of their June draft history, and in some ways, a trip down memory lane of some draft successes (and failures).