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December 18, 2012   (8 comments)
Swisher makes visit to Cleveland facilities
As you read this, outfielder Nick Swisher is on a plane out of Cleveland. The free agent outfielder was in town today and visited Indians facilities as the team continues to pursue his services. A standing offer is apparently on the table for Swisher, so these next few days could become quite interesting.
December 18, 2012   (2 comments)
Then & Now: Thomas Neal
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with a new edition of Then & Now. Thomas Neal put together a brilliant performance for the Akron Aeros this past season and was rewarded with a call up to Cleveland in September. However, Neal's playing time was quite limited, and there's no guarantee that the outfielder is in the Indians plans moving forward. Steve looks back at Neal's career and ponders the California native's future after the jump.
December 18, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 17, 2012
It was a very quiet night in the Indians system on Monday night. Ezequiel Carrera continued his recent string of solid performances at the plate while Paolo Espino unfortunately had a game that he would probably like to have back. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action and also recaps Chun Chen's performance so far in the Asian Winter Baseball League as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 15, 2012   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: December 14, 2012
Numerous Indians were in action in all of the various winter leagues on Friday. Asdrubal Cabrera scuffled for the first time this winter while Carlos Santana showed signs that he could be breaking out of his slump. Also, Mike McDade, Andrew Campbell and Ryan Battaglia all stay hot at the plate. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
December 14, 2012   (0 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Cabrera heats up
With all the news surrounding trades and free agents this past week, it's been easy to forget about all of the Indians that are still competing in the various winter leagues. Speaking of trades, former potential trade bait Asdrubal Cabrera made his debut in the VWL this week and has gotten off to a hot start. Ezequiel Carrera and Andrew Campbell also continue to impress for their respective clubs. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all of the week's action in this edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
December 13, 2012   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: December 12, 2012
With both the Dominican Winter and Australian Baseball leagues off, it was somewhat of a slow night around the Indians farm system. There was still plenty of players in action though as Paolo Espino put together his best start so far this winter and Luis Hernandez built upon his already impressive winter. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the night's action as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 12, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 11, 2012
It was a quiet night in winter ball Tuesday with numerous leagues having the night off. However, some of the winter's top performers faced off in the Dominican Winter League All-Star Game, which pitted the Dominican's top performers against top performers from the Venezuelan Winter League. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 11, 2012   (10 comments)
Then & Now: Chris McGuiness
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with the latest edition of Then & Now. Steve looks this week at Chris McGuiness, who was selected in last week's Rule 5 Draft by the Indians. McGuiness has had a solid minor league career, but what does the future hold for the 24-year-old left-handed hitter? Does he have a chance at sticking with the Tribe? Steve reviews McGuiness' career after the jump.
December 10, 2012   (34 comments)
Was Mark Reynolds the right move?
The Indians made their first major signing of the offseason last night as the team inked first baseman Mark Reynolds to a one-year deal worth $6 million. Reynolds certainly fills some glaring holes for the Indians, but he is not without his flaws as well. Was Reynolds the right signing for the Tribe? The IPI's Steve Orbanek ponders after the jump.
December 8, 2012   (8 comments)
Then & Now: Trey Haley
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with this week's edition of Then & Now. Steve looks at right-hander Trey Haley this week, who just completed his fifth season in the Indians system. Haley arguably possesses the best fastball in the Indians system, but will high walk totals prevent Haley from ever making a Major League impact? Steve looks back at Haley's career after the jump.
December 8, 2012   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: December 7, 2012
It was a busy night Friday in the various winter leagues. Jeanmar Gomez made his second appearance in the VWL while Jose Ramirez, Carlos Santana and Mike McDade all recorded his for their respective clubs. Plus, Andrew Campbell continues to put up impressive numbers in the ABL. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
December 7, 2012   (3 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Farewell Rondon
While much of the news centered around the MLB Winter Meetings this week, Indians players continue to hone their craft in the various winter leagues. In this week's Winter Ball Notebook, the IPI's Steve Orbanek touches on the selection of VWL standout Hector Rondon in the Rule 5 Draft as well as slumping slugger Carlos Santana. Plus, Steve takes a look at Luis Hernandez's brilliant winter and reviews the winter statistics of the player the Indians selected in the Rule 5 Draft.
December 6, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 5, 2012
Indians players were at it again in the various winter leagues on Wednesday night. Luis Hernandez continues to impress with every plate appearance, and one has to wonder if the infielder could be more than your average minor league signing. Plus, Carlos Santana continues to scuffle in the DWL. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
December 5, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: December 4, 2012
It was a busy night once again around the various winter leagues. Right-hander Hector Rondon finally saw his streak of scoreless appearances come to an end while Jose Ramirez continues to hit in the DWL. Plus, recent acquisitions Mike McDade and Luis Hernandez have nice performances at the plate. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
December 4, 2012   (15 comments)
Winter Meetings Update: Indians, D'Backs working on deal?
Here are some quick notes and news bits in regard to all the evening events that have taken place on day two of the Winter Meetings in Nashville. Things really heated up this evening, and all signs point toward the Indians making a big splash sooner rather than later.
December 1, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 30, 2012
Indians players were back at it on Friday, including the debut of starting pitcher Jeanmar Gomez, who put together a solid performance in the VWL. Plus, Carlos Santana continues to make progress and Jose Ramirez remains a hitting machine. Mike McDade also makes his Indians debut. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
November 30, 2012   (1 comments)
Winter Ball Notebook: Carlos Santana debuts
Indians players continue to toil away in winter ball as the various leagues enter the final month of the season. Indians catcher Carlos Santana made his winter ball debut this past week while a number of Indians players, including Hector Rondon, Jesus Aguilar and Giovanni Soto, continue to put up impressive numbers. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action for you in this week's edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
November 29, 2012   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: November 28, 2012
Indians players were back at it on Wednesday in various winter leagues. Carlos Santana had his best game so far this winter, and in a rare feat, second baseman Jose Ramirez went hitless in a winter ball game. Plus, Rob Bryson and Matt Langwell continue their string of impressive performances. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
November 28, 2012   (16 comments)
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: A new approach?
With Jim Pete getting a well-deserved break, the IPI's Steve Orbanek mans the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario this week. The hiring of Terry Francona seemed to signal a new approach for the Indians, but so far, the team has been relatively quiet this offseason. And as the Indians remain quiet, the team's competitors in the AL Central have set out to improve their clubs. Is this so-called new approach all it's cracked up to be? Steve ponders after the jump.
November 28, 2012   (8 comments)
Around the Farm: November 27, 2012
It was a busy night in the winter leagues on Tuesday as a number of Indians players were in action. First baseman Jesus Aguilar hit his third home run of the winter season and Hector Rondon continued his recent string of dominant performances. Plus, Jose Ramirez continued to put on a hitting clinic in the Dominican Winter League. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.

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