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June 7, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 Indians 3rd round pick: RHP Dace Kime
With their 3rd round pick in the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher Dace Kime out of the University of Louisville.
June 7, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Day 2 info
Day 2 of the 2013 MLB Draft kicks up at 12:30 today. There will be no live running blog like yesterday and instead - as in years past - we will be posting draft capsules for every player drafted today within minutes of the pick. NOTE: These capsules will not post to the front page, so to see them you will need to click on the "News" tab located to the upper left below the site header or the link in the "Newswire" to the right.
June 7, 2013   (2 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Frazier thoughts and more
The Indians selected prep outfielder Clint Frazier with their first pick last night, and it is a pick that Tony is very excited about. Unlike the selection of Tyler Naquin last season who many felt was a reach and he did not have much prospect sizzle, Frazier has all the glitz and sex appeal people look for in a first round pick. In his Day 1 recap, Tony shares his thoughts on the pick, provides commentary from Brad Grant on the pick, and even provides Frazier’s reaction to the selection as well. Also, with the help of Jeff Ellis he previews Day 2 with the top 10 players to keep an eye on at the start of round three where the Indians have the fifth overall pick.
June 6, 2013   (20 comments)
2013 Indians 1st round pick: CF Clint Frazier
With the 1st pick in the 2013 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected third baseman Clint Frazier out of Loganville High School (GA). The IBI has lots of information, scouting information, video and more on the new member to the Indians family.
June 6, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Live day 1 draft blog
As in years past, the IBI will be all over the draft this week and up through the signing deadline with information, scouting reports, news, and much more. As each pick is made we will be throwing up draft capsules and tons of other information literally minutes after the picks are made. Here is our running live draft blog which gets you up to speed on everything you need to be prepared for the draft!
June 6, 2013   (10 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 3.0 - Final Edition
It is draft day and IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis has his final mock, this time going out through the first 111 picks! He not only predicts who the Indians select at #5 overall, but who they take in the third and fourth round as well. As with any mock, these are more for just a guideline on where players may be picked and not necessarily by who, but Jeff has done the research and knows the draft better than anyone not affiliated with an MLB team. Take a look and enjoy!
June 5, 2013   (8 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Q&A with Brad Grant
The 2013 MLB Draft commences in just a little over 24 hours. With that in mind, Tony sat down with Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant to discuss a myriad of topics going into the draft. They talked about the talent in this year’s draft, their plans with the fifth pick, their philosophy changes over the years, some adjustments they have made to their scouting of starting pitching, the process of setting up their draft board, what they do the week of the draft to get prepared for it, the decision making process, and so on.
June 4, 2013   (2 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 2.0
The 2013 MLB Draft is a little over 48 hours away and teams are beginning to lock in on their first round plans. IBI Draft guru Jeff Ellis posted his first mock draft two weeks ago, but as with any mock, things change the closer we get to draft time, so here is a new and updated mock draft including lots of detail and insight into each pick in the first round.
June 3, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Big Board 2.0
The 2013 MLB Draft is three days away and MLB organizations are getting anxious as they make last minute preparations for what is a big day for every team in the league. No one knows the draft better than IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis except for those personnel involved with MLB teams, and he has put together his second big board of the Top 33 players in the draft and provides some insight and commentary on each.
May 30, 2013   (16 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Seven targets at five
The players the Indians might draft appears to be narrowing, which is of course natural as we are just a week from the draft. The IBI's Jeff Ellis has been hard at work researching and following players all year and provides a list of six players who he things will be there when the Indians pick at #5. There is a ton of debate about this pick, so he provides his thoughts why each player should and why they shouldn't be picked.
May 28, 2013   (5 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: The Ohio draft prospects
IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis always gets questions about the local talent in Ohio. Sometimes it is from people who want to see these players live, or because there just is a natural interest in the local talent. The state of Ohio baseball in general is a bit down this season as this will be the first time since 2009 a player from Ohio won't go in round one. Jeff targets a few players and gives each a label that explains why you should watch for these players during the draft this year.
May 20, 2013   (9 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 1.0
The 2013 MLB Draft is less than three weeks away. The IBI's draft guru Jeff Ellis has been studying all of the players and knows all of the teams' tendencies inside and out, and today provides his first mock draft of the entire first round. He provides lots of insight and analysis on each pick....no one knows the draft better than Jeff! Check out who he has the Indians selecting and more...
May 12, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Looking at the redrafts
We are about a month until the 2013 MLB Draft and things are starting to crystallize. The top two picks are all but confirmed to be Mark Appel and Jonathan Gray, though the order they are taken is yet to be determined and won't be known until draft night. Both Appel and Gray will be redrafts, and IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis discusses four former Indians picks that should be redrafts in the top ten rounds this year.
April 27, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Big Board 1.0
The 2013 MLB Draft is less than six weeks away, which means all 30 MLB organizations are busy scooting all across the country getting several final looks at some of the top talents in order to finalize their big boards for draft day. IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis has put together his first big board of the Top 30 players in the draft and provides some insight and commentary on each.
April 19, 2013   (14 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Does drafting pitchers early really payoff?
As the 2013 MLB Draft approaches, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis has been a bit surprised by the amount of fans who want to push the Indians draft in a certain direction based on need. Jeff would say at this point that 90% of the questions he fields are based on pitching and how the Indians have to draft pitching because they lack impact pitching in the system. But he says that it should not be that cut and dry...
April 7, 2013   (12 comments)
2013 MLB Mock Draft 1.0
The draft season is in full swing and the MLB Draft is just a matter of weeks away. As teams frantically scatter their scouts across the country to get second, third and fourth looks at several college and high school players, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis steps in with his first 2013 Mock Draft. There are some intriguing names at the top of the draft, and the Indians should get a blue chip player with their #5 pick this year.
April 6, 2013   (5 comments)
3 Up 3 Down: 2013 Draft Edition
The college and high school seasons are both in full swing. This means we have hit the time for teams to evaluate their boards and start shifting guys around with the draft now less than two months away. As always, IBI will be all over the MLB Draft, and the IBI's draft guru Jeff Ellis updates us on three guys whose stock is rising and falling.
March 22, 2013   (1 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: College Games to Watch 3/22-3/24
The college baseball season is getting into full swing, and there are some big games on the docket this weekend. The biggest of which pits #5 Florida State against #11 Georgia Tech. IBI Draft guru Jeff Ellis previews the weekend and lists the top three games to watch and lets us know which players we should pay extra special attention to.
March 20, 2013   (2 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: Five names to know
Amazingly, we are only about 11 weeks from the 2013 MLB Draft. It is coming fast and furiously, and the IBI's Jeff Ellis will be providing more and more draft updates as it gets closer. In today's piece, Jeff takes a look at five names you should keep an eye on as players that are generating some buzz and moving up draft boards, and could figure into things with the Indians first or third round pick.
March 12, 2013   (6 comments)
Draft Revision: Going back and redoing the 2008 Draft
As the college baseball season gets into swing it seemed like the perfect time for IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis to look back at his first draft for the site and do a redraft of the 2008 Draft. Using hindsight with what we know now, he completely redoes the entire first round and some of the picks may surprise you. The Indians selected third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall with the 29th pick in the first round that year, but is that who Ellis has them taking this time around?

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