While the weather may still be chilly in Northeast Ohio, there's a much different climate in Goodyear, Arizona, where all Indians players have now arrived for spring training. While there are some familiar faces and some new ones, the IBI's Steve Orbanek touches this week on some of the new names that aren't getting all the publicity: the minor league signings. How do they fit in with this year's club? Find out after the jump.
The IBI's Steve Orbanek returns with his latest edition of Then & Now, which looks at Matt LaPorta this week. LaPorta has had a storied career for the Indians, both at the minor and Major League level. What does the future hold for LaPorta? And could he possibly have a future with the Indians? Steve ponders after the jump.
The Indians sent shockwaves through the baseball world last evening when it was announced that the team had come to terms with free agent outfielder Michael Bourn. On paper, it seems as if the Tribe is definitely a much improved team, and some fans are even labeling the Indians as a potential playoff team. But just how much have the Indians improved following the Bourn signing and the other moves this offseason? The IBI's Steve Orbanek ponders after the jump.
Today marks the first day for pitchers and catchers to report to Goodyear, Arizona for spring training. In keeping with the season, the IBI's Jim Piascik and Steve Orbanek continue with their 2013 chain e-mail positional previews, and touch on the outfield in this edition. The outfield certainly has a much different look when compared to last year's squad, so join Jim and Steve as they offer their takes after the jump...
There's only two days left until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, so in the spirit of the season, the IBI's Steve Orbanek debuts the first edition of the Spring Training Notebook. This week, Steve looks at five burning questions for the Indians as the team heads into spring training. Who will be the team's fifth starter and who will fill in as backup catcher? Steve offers his take on these questions and more after the jump.
The IBI's Steve Orbanek returns with his weekly staple Then & Now, which takes a closer look at right-handed reliever Matt Langwell this week. Between his performance with the Clippers and in Puerto Rican Winter League, Langwell had a stellar 2012 campaign and now finds himself among the Tribe's non-roster invitees to Spring Training. What does the future hold for Langwell? Steve ponders after the jump.
The IBI's Steve Orbanek is back with another edition of the Winter Ball Notebook. With all the winter leagues wrapping up, this happens to be the last week for the notebook, and Steve goes out with a bang as he ranks the top 10 Indians performers from this winter. What players ended up making the list? And who earned the coveted No. 1 spot? Find out after the jump...
The IBI's Steve Orbanek returns with his latest edition of Then & Now, which looks at switching-hitting first baseman Mike McDade this week. McDade was acquired this winter by the Indians after the Toronto Blue Jays designated him for assignment. McDade seems to offer a lot of intriguing skills moving forward and since he is a member of the Tribe's 40-man roster, it appears as if the team holds him in high regard. So, just what does the future hold for McDade? Steve ponders after the jump...
It's been a special winter season for Indians outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, and it got even better on Wednesday after Carrera's team, Navegantes del Magallanes defeated Cardenales de Lara 11-9 in Game Seven of the Venezuelan Winter League Series. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps Carrera's performance and takes you Around the Farm.
Navegantes del Magallanes entered Tuesday's contest on the verge of elimination, but what did outfielder Ezequiel Carrera have to say about that? Plus, while we already know Rob Bryson will be competing in the upcoming Caribbean Series, it looks like a new, very popular Indians prospect will also be joining him. The IBI's Steve Orbanek provides all the details as he takes you Around the Farm.
While most of the Caribbean championship series have been decided or are still in action, the Australian Baseball League's regular season still has a day left. Brisbane's Andrew Campbell and Ryan Battaglia were in action on Friday while Quincy Latimore launched his third home run of the winter season. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
With the Dominican Winter League Championship Series wrapped up, the championship action continues in the championship series of the Puerto Rican and Venezuelan winter leagues. A couple of Indians are still in action and hoping that they can help lead their team to the championship. The IBI's Steve Orbanek touches on those Indians and their performances in this week's edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
The IBI's Steve Orbanek returns with this week's edition of Then & Now, which looks at left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes. Barnes made his debut with the Indians last season and left a favorable impression, but what does the future hold? Last season, Barnes was a reliever, but could he possibly again be positioned to be a starter? Steve ponders after the jump.
Ezequiel Carrera was the only Indian in action on Wednesday, though the left-handed hitter was competing in an important game as it was game one of the VWL Championship Series. Also, Carrera's teammate Carlos Zambrano was on the mound for Navegantes del Magallanes, and he could be an intriguing option for the Indians to explore as a possible minor league signing. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
It was a quiet night in the winter leagues on Tuesday as only two Indians players were in action. Edward Paredes was playing in the Dominican Winter League Championship Series while Rob Bryson was in action in the Puerto Rican Winter League Championship Series. Was Bryson able to keep his perfect winter season intact? Find out as the IBI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
It was an eventful night in the winter leagues on Friday as both the Dominican and Puerto Rican League Championship Series began. Roberto Perez and Delvi Cid were among the Indians in action, plus Andrew Campbell and Quincy Latimore continue to impress in the Australian Baseball League. The IBI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!