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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?
February 11, 2013   (4 comments)
The 2013 Draft: The top five players
It is officially draft season. The football draft season is gearing up with the combine occurring this month, and the baseball draft season is just kicking into gear as the college and high school seasons will soon begin. Everyone is releasing their top 100 lists, and we are beginning to see the crystallization of draft boards. IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis puts together his first list of top 2013 Draft prospects, and gives us an idea of the talent the Indians may have to choose from with their first pick this iJune.
October 8, 2012   (11 comments)
2013 Draft: Top 7 Profiles and an early mock
We are roughly eight months away from the 2013 Draft, but with the Indians securing the #5 pick in the draft next year IPI draft guru Jeff Ellis put together an early piece profiling the top seven players at the moment that are available in next year's draft. Things will certainly change with that top listing, but several of these players could be options for the Indians as they look to add more talent to an already improving farm system.
August 28, 2012   (0 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2012 Draft: Part 5
This is the fifth and final part of a five-part series of post-draft pieces that Tony has posted to the site over the course of August. This series of articles touched on all 26 drafted and signed players from the 2012 Draft with a small writeup from Tony on each player and then a comment on every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant. In today's final piece Tony provides comments from Grant and a quick summary on Dylan Baker, Josh Martin, Tyler Booth, Joe Sever, Benny Suarez, and Joshua Nervis.
August 21, 2012   (0 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2012 Draft: Part 4
This is part four of a five-part series of post-draft pieces that Tony is posting to the site over the course of August. This series of articles touches on all 26 drafted and signed players from the 2012 Draft with a small writeup from Tony on each player and then a comment on every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant. In today's piece Tony provides comments from Grant and a quick summary on Kieran Lovegrove, Jacob Lee, Nelson Rodriguez, Jimmy Stokes, and D.J. Brown.
August 13, 2012   (4 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2012 Draft: Part 3
This is part three of a five-part series of post-draft pieces that Tony is posting to the site over the next few weeks. This series of articles touches on all 26 drafted and signed players from the 2012 Draft with a small writeup from Tony on each player and then a comment on every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant. In today's piece Tony provides comments from Grant and a quick summary on Mitch Brown, Josh McAdams-Schubert, Scott Lucas, Louis Head, and Walker White.
August 7, 2012   (3 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2012 Draft: Part 2
This is part two of a five-part series of post-draft pieces that Tony is posting to the site over the next few weeks. This series of articles touches on all 26 drafted and signed players from the 2012 Draft with a small writeup from Tony on each player and then a comment on every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant. In today's piece Tony provides comments from Grant and a quick summary on Tyler Naquin, Joe Wendle, Logan Vick, Cody Penny and Richard Stock.
August 3, 2012   (2 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2012 Draft: Part 1
Over the course of the next few weeks Tony is going to be posting post-draft pieces scouting all of the players that the Indians drafted AND signed in the 2012 Draft. The Indians signed 26 players in total, and he has comments on each and every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant. In today's piece he provides comments from Grant and a quick summary on D'Vone McClure, Caleb Hamrick, Scott Peoples, Nick Pasquale, and Nick Hamilton.
July 18, 2012   (4 comments)
2012 Indians Draft: Indians got who they wanted
Another draft has come and gone with the conclusion of the signing period this past Friday. In total the Indians signed 26 of their 40 draft picks, including all of their top 16 picks and 22 of their first 24 picks. Tony sat down and talked to Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant yesterday and discussed at length the draft and where the Indians go from here in planning for next year.

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