July 6, 2013 (4 comments)
The 2013 MLB Draft signing deadline on July 12th is fast approaching. The Indians have signed all of the bonus pool picks that there are going to sign and are $332,100 under budget which means they have some money they can use for post-10th round picks and not be at risk of being severely taxed or lose a first round pick. Here is an update on some of the post-10th round picks who the Indians have talked to and may be talking to.
July 1, 2013 (1 comments)
About a week after the draft, the IBI's Jeff Ellis was able to do an interview with former Buckeye and now Chicago White Sox minor league pitcher Bradley Goldberg. Here is their entire conversation transcribed and it provides a chance to get some insights on the draft process and the Ohio State baseball program.
June 25, 2013 (0 comments)
The Indians have done their major lifting with signing picks from the draft as they have signed all of their picks through the ninth round and have signed 21 of the 39 players they selected in the draft. But they are still busy trying to sign a few more players, and today we provide an update on one new signing.
June 22, 2013 (0 comments)
On Saturday the Cleveland Indians announced that they signed 4th round pick left-handed pitcher Kyle Crockett and 15th round pick shortstop James Roberts.
June 22, 2013 (0 comments)
The Indians have inked two more draft picks as 3rd round pick right-handed pitcher Dace Kime and 7th round pick left-handed pitcher Kenny Mathews both signed deals on Friday.
June 21, 2013 (7 comments)
Every year after the draft IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis does a tools piece, and every year it doesn't really generate much interest. As a writer it seemed time for him to change it up a bit and shake up how he goes about this article. He wanted to make it more fun and give some awards and predictions, and he shares all of that in his latest.
June 21, 2013 (8 comments)
We are now officially down to three weeks away from the July 12th signing deadline, and the Indians have 16 players officially signed with a few more coming before the deadline. It is shaping up to be a busy weekend for the Indians as several draft picks are expected to officially sign. At least three players are expected to sign on Friday or sometime this weekend, including some big names. But one high profile player has decided not to sign, which comes as a big surprise. Tony has the details...
June 19, 2013 (5 comments)
On Wednesday the Indians announced that they have signed 5th round pick prep left-handed pitcher Sean Brady and 37th round pick second baseman Garrett Smith.
June 19, 2013 (0 comments)
Yesterday, Tony posted part one of his post-draft Q&A with Indians Director of Scouting John Mirabelli. Today, in part two, Mirabelli goes into depth about their preparation for the draft, the philosophy of the draft, how they manage their bonus pool money, the decision-making process that goes into the first round pick (and other picks), the negotiation process, and much more. This is a very detailed and insightful Q&A on the pre and post draft process.
June 19, 2013 (3 comments)
The signings have slowed down and the news has all but disappeared this week as remaining unsigned players either stand strong on their commitments to going to or going back to college while others are weighing their options. We are still 23 days away from the July 12th signing deadline and the Indians have only signed 14 players, so roughly 8-12 more players will be signed between now and then. Tony gives an update on a few that could be next as a few high profile signings should come soon, and one is in town as we speak.
June 18, 2013 (0 comments)
We are already almost two weeks removed from the draft and with that lots of new players are coming into the organization and a few are already making their professional debuts this week. Tony had a chance over the weekend to sit down at length with Indians Director of Scouting John Mirabelli and talk about the Indians draft. Mirabelli discussed the strength of the draft and trends we saw in it this year, the decision-making process, why he liked Clint Frazier so much, and lots more. Part 2 will post later in the week.
June 17, 2013 (4 comments)
The Indians inked more players over the weekend, this biggest being 1st round pick outfielder Clint Frazier to a $3.5 million deal. The Indians have now signed 14 players from their 2013 Draft and more will filter in over the next three weeks before the signing deadline passes on July 12th. The signing news is slowing down, but Tony checks in today with a few updates on some players.
June 15, 2013 (6 comments)
The draft has come and gone, and now it is time for IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis to post his annual post-draft review. It was a very interesting draft and as always had a lot of trends that he found while following it. He touches on the Frazier pick and why the negatives on him are a bit overstated right now, the Indians approach in the draft with selecting several smaller sized players, and their "safe" approach with their bonus pool to maybe save money to strike and sign later round guys.
June 15, 2013 (10 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have agreed to contract terms with fifth overall pick prep outfielder Clint Frazier. He is in town for the weekend and is expected to officially sign his contract on Saturday and should talk with the local media on Saturday or Sunday.
June 14, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have officially signed two more players from the 2013 Draft to minor league contracts on Friday as they announced the signing of 6th round pick right-handed pitcher Casey Shane and 19th round pick left-handed pitcher Matthew Whitehouse.
June 14, 2013 (3 comments)
The Indians inked two more players yesterday to official minor league contracts as 14th round pick outfielder Silento Sayles and 18th round pick infielder Paul Hendrix signed their contracts. With both on board the Indians have now "officially" signed six players from their 2013 Draft. The Indians have since signed two more players and more players will "officially" sign deals this weekend.
June 14, 2013 (2 comments)
The Cleveland Indians have officially signed two more players from the 2013 Draft to minor league contracts. On Thursday they announced the signing of 14th round pick outfielder Silento Sayles and 18th round pick shortstop Paul Hendrix.
June 13, 2013 (3 comments)
Yesterday the Indians officially inked four players to contracts, and more are coming as if you have been paying attention to the signing updates here at IBI several more players will be officially signed in the next few days. Tony gives a few updates on some of the Indians' top 10 round picks plus some new news on some other players previously unmentioned in these signing updates.
June 12, 2013 (0 comments)
The first batch of official 2013 Draft signings are now in the books as they have officially signed 8th round pick right-handed pitcher Trevor Frank, 20th round pick catcher Shane Rowland, 23rd round pick third baseman Grant Fink and 36th round pick second baseman Mike Giuffre.
June 12, 2013 (2 comments)
The Indians completed the 2013 First-Year Player Draft on Saturday night with a group of 39 new faces. Tony takes a look back on the selections the Indians made from the 2nd through 40th rounds, looks at the strategy the Indians used, talks about some of the players that intrigue him the most, has some input by college coaches on the new draft setup, and more.