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December 14, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: Performance-based rankings, #90 - #81
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end and the seasons in review finished, The WAR Room moves to ranking the top-100 prospects in 2014 based on performance. But instead of just listing based on pure performance, there is a twist to make the rankings more relevant. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part two, including a depth starter in Josh Tomlin, depth relievers like Austin Adams and Enosil Tejeda, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
December 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 11, 2014
It was a quiet night on the farm for Cleveland prospects, as the four players in action were mostly supporting actors in their games as opposed to the leads. That does not mean their performances were not interesting, however, Join Jim Piascik as he takes a look at Audy Ciriaco’s offseason to date, checks in on Anthony Gallas, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 11, 2014   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: December 10, 2014
The Rule 5 draft takes place today, and while no Cleveland player is guaranteed to be drafted, the name on people’s lips is Giovanni Soto. The left-hander got one more chance to show other teams what he can do Wednesday night, making another start down in Puerto Rico. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Soto’s start and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 9, 2014   (84 comments)
So what does Cleveland have in Jose Ramirez?
As the hot stove season heats up, it seems the Cleveland player eliciting the most decisive opinions is Jose Ramirez. Which raises the question: just what does Cleveland have in Jose Ramirez? Join Jim Piascik as he looks at what Ramirez has done as a major leaguer already, what he could be in the future, and whether or not trading him away this offseason makes sense for the organization.
December 7, 2014   (6 comments)
The WAR Room: Performance-based rankings, #100 - #91
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end and the seasons in review finished, The WAR Room moves to ranking the top-100 prospects in 2014 based on performance. But instead of just listing based on pure performance, there is a twist to make the rankings more relevant. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you part one, including a player recently lost to the Phillies in Elvis Araujo, a speedy outfielder in Silento Sayles, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
December 5, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 4, 2014
Rain delays messed with the box scores Wednesday night, leading to some Giovanni Soto confusion. Soto did not actually throw Wednesday (his innings happened way back on November 21), but he was actually on the mound Thursday and impressed. Join Jim Piascik as he brings you the latest from Soto and gets you up to date on the rest of the action across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 4, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: December 3, 2014
Given teams in the Caribbean are playing to win games -- as opposed to the minor leagues, where player development is more important -- watching the usage of players and who teams trust is instructive. For example, seeing Giovanni Soto be trusted as a starter, after not pitching extensively in that role since 2012, is a real sign of faith in the left-hander. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Soto’s start on Wednesday and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 2, 2014   (40 comments)
Crafting a three-team trade to bring Cespedes to Cleveland
There has been no shortage of speculation this offseason on the availability of Boston Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, both in the national media and on this site. But as of right now, it does not appear Cleveland and Boston line up as trade partners. Last week, Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron proposed a three-team trade involving the Mariners to move Cespedes, but as Jim Piascik writes, a three-team trade involving Cleveland instead of Seattle could lead Cespedes to the corner of Carnegie and Ontario instead.
November 30, 2014   (6 comments)
The WAR Room: Performance-based rankings, the introduction
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end and the seasons in review finished, The WAR Room moves to ranking the top-100 prospects in 2014 based on performance. But instead of just listing based on pure performance, there is a twist to make the rankings more relevant. Join Jim Piascik as he introduces the rankings and gives his honorable mentions in the latest edition of The WAR Room.
November 28, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 27, 2014
Most of the Cleveland minor leaguers playing in winter ball got Thanksgiving off yesterday, with no scheduled action in Puerto Rico or the Dominican Republic. Every player in Venezuela and Australia got a day off as well, leaving only Tim Fedroff in action. Join Jim Piascik as he checks in on the outfielder and takes you on a Fedroff-focused trip Around the Farm.
November 27, 2014   (10 comments)
Analyzing Cleveland’s draft history: Success, then failure in 2002
An often repeated phrase surrounding Cleveland baseball over the past two decades regards how poor the organization has fared in the draft. But exactly how bad has Cleveland been? And how do they stack up against the rest of baseball? Join Jim Piascik as he continues his series of analyzing Cleveland’s draft history with the 2002 draft, another surprisingly decent draft class that was messed up down the road, not on the day of the draft itself.
November 27, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: November 26, 2014
Given how short the season is in the offseason leagues -- and the absence of other baseball for us to pay attention to -- it is easy to overreact to small sample sizes. Such is the case with Jose Ramirez, who is having a rough go in the Dominican this offseason. Join Jim Piascik as he looks into whether this appears to be a fluke or a trend, writes about Jesus Aguilar's return to action, and checks in on the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 23, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 AZL hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Arizona League team. This week we focus on the hitters, with Jim Piascik comparing the team's two MVP candidates in Bobby Bradley and Yu-Cheng Chang, taking a look at Li-Jen Chu breaking out on the field, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
November 21, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: November 20, 2014
Expectations can drive our perception of things. If we are anticipating it to be freezing cold in mid-November, we can brace ourselves and be prepared. If we are blindsided by it, that cold can feel even worse than it already does. Jesus Aguilar’s four-digit OPS last year in the Venezuelan Winter League has raised expectations, but as Jim Piascik explains as he takes you Around the Farm, while it feels a little disappointing on the surface that he is not hitting at that level again, the first baseman is still having a good season.
November 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 19, 2014
In order to make a minor league team work, you need players who are willing to move around the field and not be an everyday starter. One of those players for Cleveland is Audy Ciriaco, who logged significant time at first base, second base, third base, and shortstop for the Columbus Clippers in 2014. Ciriaco recently re-signed with the organization, and as Jim Piascik recaps while taking you Around the Farm, celebrated with a big night down in the Dominican Republic.
November 19, 2014   (26 comments)
Why a Nick Swisher trade will not actually benefit Cleveland
Nick Swisher is a big name going around the hot stove lately, with reports out that Cleveland could be looking to move the soon-to-be 34-year-old in a bad contract-for-bad contract swap. But while many seem ready to move on from Swisher, such a trade may be premature. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down why the devil Cleveland knows in Swisher seems better than the ones they don’t on the trade market.
November 16, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 AZL pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Arizona League team. This week we focus on the pitchers, with Jim Piascik breaking down a quintet of starting pitchers who pitched well in 2014, checking in on a bunch of pitchers who made their organizational debut, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
November 14, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: November 13, 2014
One of the great things about following the minor leagues is watching a player finally put everything together. Roberto Perez was never a top prospect, but over the past year, he has improved to the point he is a legitimate major league player. Join Jim Piascik as he writes about Perez being at it again last night in Puerto Rico, Giovanny Urshela’s continued excellence, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 13, 2014   (25 comments)
Around the Farm: November 12, 2014
Right now, it seems there is nothing Giovanny Urshela cannot do. The third baseman may not have the first round pedigree or a massive signing bonus that typically gets national attention for a prospect, but Urshela continues to prove his worth on the field. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps another big night for Urshela in Venezuela as well as the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 9, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Scrappers hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Mahoning Valley Scrappers. This week we focus on the hitters, with Jim Piascik breaking down their star-packed outfield of Bradley Zimmer, Greg Allen, and Taylor Murphy, checking in on Francisco Mejia's on-the-field progress, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.

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