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Jim%20Piascik Archive

March 28, 2014   (12 comments)
Nine pitching prospects who can help in Cleveland in 2014
In the recently completed 2014 IBI Top 50, the projection of each player contributed heavily to the final rankings. But since Cleveland has designs on contending for the playoffs again and will need to dip into the minor league ranks at some point in the season, Jim Piascik analyzed the minor league system for who could help in 2014. Join Jim as he profiles nine pitching prospects who can help the team in 2014.
March 22, 2014   (9 comments)
Six hitting prospects who can help in Cleveland in 2014
In the recently completed 2014 IBI Top 50, the projection of each player contributed heavily to the final rankings. But since Cleveland has designs on contending for the playoffs again and will need to dip into the minor league ranks at some point in the season, Jim Piascik analyzed the minor league system for who could help in 2014. Join Jim as he profiles six hitting prospects who can help the team in 2014.
March 21, 2014   (22 comments)
How walking away from Masterson could be reasonable
So how on Earth could Cleveland not finish negotiations with current #1 starter Justin Masterson and keep him long-term? That is the question on everyone's mind this morning after news broke Thursday night that extension talks between Masterson and the team are over. But what if Cleveland is making a reasonable decision? Jim Piascik takes that unpopular opinion, looking at how the extension negotiations went and why not getting a deal done is actually a rational, if disappointing, conclusion.
March 15, 2014   (4 comments)
Stripping the "luck" out of luck: Cleveland's 2013 xBABIP
Sometimes baseball just is not fair -- both to hitters and defenders -- and some players are luckier than others. This "luck" is often represented by BABIP, and xBABIP is a statistic that strips some of that luck out of BABIP. Join Jim Piascik as he looks at the xBABIPs of last year's team and highlights a few interesting cases to watch in 2014.
March 13, 2014   (3 comments)
Cleveland reassigns 12 to minor league camp
Cleveland announced its first cuts from the major league camp Wednesday as it reassigned 12 players down to minor league camp. No one was actually cut from the team, though, as the cuts were just in terms of the major league roster.
March 11, 2014   (11 comments)
Indians preview capsules: The outfielders
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 55 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The last batch of these is running today as the outfielders get their due. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews the outfielders.
March 10, 2014   (19 comments)
Indians preview capsules: The middle infielders
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 55 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are the middle infielders. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews the middle infielders.
March 8, 2014   (8 comments)
Indians preview capsules: The catchers and corner infielders
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 55 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are the catchers and corner infielders. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews the catchers and corner infielders.
March 7, 2014   (10 comments)
Indians preview capsules: The relief pitchers, part two
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 54 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are part two of the relief pitchers. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews the first half of the relief pitchers.
March 6, 2014   (8 comments)
Indians preview capsules: The relief pitchers, part one
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 54 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are part one of the relief pitchers. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews the first half of the relief pitchers.
March 4, 2014   (13 comments)
Indians preview capsules: The starting pitchers
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 54 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are the starting pitchers. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews each starting pitching candidate.
March 2, 2014   (19 comments)
Indians preview capsules: The non-roster invite hitters
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 54 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are the non-roster invite hitters. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews each non-roster invite hitter.
February 28, 2014   (11 comments)
Indians preview capsules: The non-roster invite pitchers
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 54 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The first batch of these running today are the non-roster invite pitchers. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews each non-roster invite pitcher.
January 14, 2014   (4 comments)
Analyzing Mike Aviles' plate discipline and what it means
If you want to find one of the key reasons for Cleveland's big turnaround from 2012 to 2013, just look at the upgrades on the bench -- like the addition of Mike Aviles. The funny thing about Aviles, though, is that even though he was an upgrade over the 2012 bench, his 2013 season was not all that impressive. Jim Piascik analyzes why that was and breaks down the infielder's plate discipline and what it means for Aviles' offense last year and in the future.
January 6, 2014   (6 comments)
History's warning signs for Trevor Bauer's future
When general manager Chris Antonetti acquired Trevor Bauer last offseason, some -- including me -- heralded the right-hander as the present and future ace of the Cleveland rotation. Clearly that did not go according to plan as Bauer struggled from the get-go. Though there is still hope for Bauer, Jim Piascik dove into Bauer's stats to see how other pitchers with similar seasons fared in the years ahead, giving a possible glimpse into what the future holds for the right-hander.
January 1, 2014   (6 comments)
Get Lucky: The 2013 Cleveland Indians year-in-review
What Cleveland fan is not happy about the way 2013 turned out? Going from a 68-win mess in 2012 to a playoff-bound 92-win team in 2013 was nothing short of amazing. A series of great moves in the offseason spurred the turnaround, but with any change that big, a little luck comes into play. Last year, Jim Piascik used Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon to recap 2012. This year, he's went modern with Rolling Stone's #1 single of the year, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky."
December 28, 2013   (6 comments)
Looking at Danny Salazar's historical season
Before the 2013 season, the last impact starting pitcher Cleveland's farm system produced was Roberto Hernandez way back in 2007. Every elite-level starting pitcher since then was acquired from outside of the organization. That all changed in 2013 when Danny Salazar burst onto the scene. What Salazar did in his 10 regular season starts was nothing short of amazing. Jim Piascik delves into the numbers to show you just how amazing and what to expect from the right-hander in 2014.
December 21, 2013   (8 comments)
Asdrubal Cabrera, plate discipline, and bouncing back
Asdrubal Cabrera was an All-Star in 2011 and 2012, yet when Cleveland finally made the playoffs in 2013, the shortstop had arguably the worst season of his career. With mega-prospect Francisco Lindor honing in on a major league spot and Cabrera only one year from free agency, many fans are ready to move on from the incumbent shortstop following his down season. Jim Piascik breaks down why Cabrera struggled offensively in 2013 and whether the shortstop can bounce back in 2014.
December 18, 2013   (31 comments)
Drew Stubbs traded to Colorado Rockies for Josh Outman
Cleveland traded outfielder Drew Stubbs to the Colorado Rockies Wednesday in exchange for left-hander reliever Josh Outman. The trade was first reported by Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal and later confirmed by the Indians.
December 18, 2013   (10 comments)
Envisioning Carlos Santana at third base
With Yan Gomes established as Cleveland's starting catcher in 2014, Carlos Santana has begun to work out at third base in the Dominican Republic. Finding a way to get Santana at bats away from the designated hitter spot is a good one, but one big question remains: Will Santana at third base be more harmful than helpful? Jim Piascik looks at that question and puts moving Santana to the hot corner in context.

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