It's hard to believe but numerous winter leagues have already been in action for over a full week now. The Indians have a handful of players competing in the different leagues, so there's certainly plenty of reasons for fans to pay close attention. Though sometimes that can get pretty difficult, so the IPI's Steve Orbanek is here to help as he recaps all the action and provides all the stats in his Winter Notebook.
The lack of impact arms in the Indians farm system has been addressed on many occasions. However, thankfully, there does seem to be one pitcher that currently projects as an "impact arm." Danny Salazar just completed a brilliant 2012 campaign and is now very much on the radar of the big league club. The IPI's Steve Orbanek looks back at his career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
Winter and fall leagues are beginning to heat up, and the Indians had players playing in both the Arizona Fall League and the Venezuela Winter League on Friday. Jesus Aguilar put together a nice showing in Venezuela while Shawn Armstrong continues to show why he was a deserving recipient of the 2012 Tony Award for Reliever of the Year.
The Instructional League wrapped up for the 2012 season on Thursday. Joe Wendle, D'Vone McClure and Kieran Lovegrove all ended their 2012 seasons with solid performances. Plus, the Parallel League was in action once again, and Kyle Bellows came through big time for the second time this week. The IPI's Steve Orbanek provides all the statistics from both games after the jump.
The Instructional League and Parallel League were both in action again on Wednesday. Tyler Naquin, Claudio Bautista and Anthony Gallas all recorded hits for their teams while Jordan Cooper continued his string of impressive performances. Steve Orbanek provides all the statistics from both games and recaps yesterday's Arizona Fall League action after the jump.
The Parallel League was once again in action Tuesday. LeVon Washington showed signs that he may be coming out of his slump while Jerrud Sabourin also collected a big hit. Plus, the Arizona Fall League kicked off yesterday as well, and three Indians players were in action. Steve Orbanek recaps all the action and provides all the statistics after the jump.
Paolo Espino recently capped off his sixth season in the Indians' farm system with a brilliant performance in the Eastern League Championship Series. Yet despite his success, Espino looks to be on the verge of minor league free agency. If he is indeed a free agent then there is no guarantee he'll be back with the club. IPI's Steve Orbanek takes a look back at Espino's career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
Both the Instructional League and Parallel League were in action on Monday. Erik Gonzalez, Claudio Bautista and Kieran Lovegrove all performed well for the Instructional League squad while Kyle Bellows and Jeff Johnson had nice performances in the Parallel League. IPI's Steve Orbanek provides all the statistics from the action after the jump.
The Parallel League was in action on Thursday, and IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action and statistics from the contest. Jordan Smith continued his fall tear, and Levon Washington seems to be settling in at the plate. Plus, Jeff Johnson had an impressive outing. All this and more after the jump.
Jared Goedert just recently completed a brilliant 2012 season for the Indians' minor league affiliates. However, despite his performance, Goedert never received a call-up to the Show even though many of his peers did. Just what does the future hold for Goedert? IPI's Steve Orbanek offers his take as he looks back at Goedert's career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
Both the Instructional League and Parallel League were in action on Wednesday, and Joe Wendle, Tyler Naquin and Ronny Rodriguez all recorded hits for the Instructional League squad. Joe Sever, Claudio Bautista, Anthony Santander and others made their fall debuts, and Jacob Lee and Jordan Cooper continue to impress with their consistent performances on the mound. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action after the jump.
Fresh off an 11-0 defeat to the Chicago White Sox, the Indians came out and looked considerably better on Tuesday night. Just Masterson was masterful, and the Tribe battled back to tie the game and then win it 4-3 in extras off the bat of Jason Donald. IPI's Steve Orbanek offers all his Second Thoughts after the jump.
The Instructional League and Parallel League were both in action Friday, and plenty of Tribe prospects had solid performances. Joe Wendle continues to impress while Jacob Lee remains a consistent force on the mound. Plus, Bryson Myles again showed why so many fans are excited about the outfielder's potential. All this and more as IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps the action after the jump.
IPI's newest entry into the radio arena returns tonight as Cleveland Sports Insiders with Jim and Steve airs live at 10:30 p.m. With the recent firing of Manny Acta, you can expect to hear plenty of Tribe talk from the guys. Plus, the Browns are now 0-4 after a 23-16 loss to the Ravens. Be sure to listen in tonight as the guys offer all their thoughts.
With six games left in the season, Manny Acta's firing Thursday came as a surprise to many. The Indians now find themselves back at square one as there is no definitive long term answer for the team's managerial vacancy. Knowing that, are the Indians better off with or without Acta? IPI's Steve Orbanek ponders after the jump.
The Arizona Parallel League was in action yesterday, and IPI's Steve Orbanek provides all the stats from the action. Levon Washington's scuffles continue, and Jeff Johnson continues to dominate. All this and more after the jump.
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