It was a quiet night for Indians players in winter ball action as only one player, Erik Gonzalez, was in action. Join the IBI's Michael Hattery for another edition of Around the Farm as he recaps another solid performance from the young, talented middle infielder.
Injuries have forced Indians prospects Jose Ramirez and Jesus Aguilar out of the lineup, but the big news is that Carlos Santana is working out at the Indians complex in the Dominican Republic and getting himself prepared to play some third base this winter. The IBI's Michael Hattery also touches on the performances throughout the system on Monday night.
A guy like Murphy won’t exactly knock your socks off. He is what many would deem to be league average but for the Indians he offers legitimate value. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a deeper look into the signing and makes his case how it is a good investment for the Tribe with how he can impact both the lineup and defense for a relatively small amount of money.
It was a very quiet evening on Monday night as only four games took place in the three Caribbean leagues, and of those four games just one Indians player was in action. Never fear as the IBI's Michael Hattery is here to review the performance of that one player, a performance that the player would no doubt like to forget.
Corey Kluber is the most interesting man in the world. Perhaps that is an overstatement, but his quiet, complex demeanor is so entirely appealing. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes a deep look into Kluber in the way that only he can by breaking down his performance in 2013 and why he ascended to a good starting pitcher option.....and gives his recommendation as to whether such performance is sustainable for 2014 and beyond.
The Arizona Fall League is wrapping up this week and Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin continued his strong showing in the AFL with a three hit game on Monday. Several other Indians were in action, and the IBI's Michael Hattery recaps all of it as he takes us on a trip around winter ball....
It was another huge night for Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin who is destroying the AFL. He has made a few really positive signs over the past week where he has increased the frequency of extra base hits and continued to limit strikeouts, a develop that the IBI's Michael Hattery touches on. He talks about that and all the rest of the Indians winter ball action on Monday night....
Danny Salazar’s development has been profiled in great depth throughout this site over the past two years, yet his ascendancy feels almost unreal. Thus, the IBI's Michael Hattery spends the majority of his Trend Spotting piece this week discussing Salazar’s first season in the big leagues and what it means about his future. Do the Indians have an ace in waiting or has he already arrived?
The Dominican Winter League and Venezuelan Winter League were all off on Monday night, so the IBI's Michael Hattery took the opportunity to take a deeper look at the showing by Joe Wendle this season at Carolina and in the Arizona Fall League and makes a strong offensive comparison to one Jason Kipnis. He also touches on the performances from Tyler Naquin and Tony Wolters.
The Venezuela Winter League was off on Monday, but the Arizona Fall League and Dominican Winter League were at it again and several Indians players were in action. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes us around the farm and recaps how several players in the system like Tyler Naquin, Jeff Johnson, Erik Gonzalez and others did in their games on Monday.
The Indians offseason is strewn with forks in the road. The most important fork may have three prongs being multi-year decisions on Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Scott Kazmir, but the IBI's Michael Hattery diverts his attention to a move that will inevitably have a smaller effect but yet still an effect. That is what to do with Drew Stubbs, and he breaks it down as only he can.
The Venezuela League was off on Monday, but the Arizona Fall League was back in action on Monday and the Indians had several prospects once again in action. Tyler Naquin returned from his injury scare, Tony Wolters continues to play catcher and shortstop, and Joey Wendle and Jeff Johnson also got into the game. The IBI's Michael Hattery takes us on a quick trip Around the Farm...
The Indians have a plethora of offseason decisions which are of seemingly equal importance, each one creating specific options or paths. One of those is whether to resign Scott Kazmir. The IBI's Michael Hattery steps in with an exceptional Trend Spotting piece breaking down Kazmir's season and answers the questions about how good his 2013 season was, what it tells us about his future, and what kind of contract he should get this offseason.
When a team goes from a 94 loss season to a 92 win season there are going to be a collection of production increases at multiple positions. Today, in brevity the IBI's Michael Hattery looks at the positional production team wide using surface statistics to show the difference from 2012 to 2013. This is a great read and shows how the Indians made marked improvement in 2013 and where they can look for creative opportunities to improve in 2014.
This team is a collection of castoffs and a collection of misfits which has provided a scrapbook full of moments. No player, no person has been indispensable, they have all been indispensable. That once again proved to be the case on Thursday night as several different players contributed on offense and several pitchers combined to shut the Twins down (before Chris Perez came in) to notch win #89 for the Indians. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his second thoughts...
It took a few extra innings, but the Indians found a way to come through with a much needed 2-1 win over the Astros on Thursday night in the opener of a long four game series. Ubaldo Jimenez was once again fantastic and the Indians needed a splendid outing from him as the offense struggled all night against the worst pitching staff in baseball. The IBI's Michael Hattery shares his second thoughts on the game...
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!