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June 6, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Indians 3rd round pick: 1B Bobby Bradley
With their 3rd round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected first baseman Bobby Bradley out of Harrison Central High School (MS).
June 6, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Day 2 info
Today the draft kicks back up at 1pm ET and will only cover rounds 3-10. As each pick is made today we will have info up literally minutes after it is announced. This is a quick note that I am posting to the site to remind everyone that the picks for today will not show on the front page or in the front page slider. They will all post to the newswire to the right and in the "News" section at the top of the site.
June 6, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: First day thoughts and more
The Indians made four selections on the first day of the 2014 MLB Draft on Thursday picking up college outfielders Bradley Zimmer and Mike Papi along with prep pitchers Justus Sheffield and Grant Hockin. This was a big night for the Indians as they had three first round picks and a chance with such a deep draft to really bring in some top shelf talent into the system. The IBI's Tony Lastoria shares his thoughts and provides insight on all of the picks and the IBI's Jeff Ellis also shares his thoughts and previews the top talent still on the board as we move into rounds three through ten today.
June 5, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 Indians 2nd round pick: RHP Grant Hockin
With their 2nd round pick in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected right-handed pitcher Grant Hockin out of Damien High School (CA).
June 5, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 Indians 1st round comp balance pick: OF Mike Papi
With their 1st round competitive balance pick (#38 overall) in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected outfielder Mike Papi out of the University of Virginia.
June 5, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 Indians 1st round compA pick: LHP Justus Sheffield
With their 1st round compensation A pick (#31 overall) in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected left-handed pitcher Justus Sheffield out of Tullahoma High School (TN).
June 5, 2014   (10 comments)
2014 Indians 1st round pick: OF Bradley Zimmer
With their 1st round pick (#21 overall) in the 2014 Draft the Cleveland Indians have selected outfielder Bradley Zimmer out of the University of San Francisco.
June 5, 2014   (69 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Live day one blog
As always, the IBI is your top source for everything surrounding the Indians draft as we 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 and updates throughout the night leading up to the first Indians pick.
June 5, 2014   (14 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: The Final Mock
Draft day is here! The 2014 MLB Draft kicks off tonight and as always the IBI will be all over it providing news and info leading up to the Indians picks and then capsules for every player once they are made. As a lead in to our coverage tonight we have IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis' final mock draft where he mocks out the first THREE rounds in their entirety and the Indians first five picks. This is a non-premium piece today so all can enjoy!
June 4, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Jeff's Big Board 2.0 - The final edition
With the draft set to kick off in 24 hours, here is IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis' final Big Board. Some injuries have shuffled things up at the top and throughout the first round, but Jeff still loves this draft and considers it a deep draft - especially with prep arms - and feels the Indians should have a chance to add a lot of depth to their system. He profiles his top 43 players on his board in this 4000+ word piece...
June 3, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Q&A with Brad Grant
The 2014 MLB Draft is just two days away. This is an exciting and unique draft for the Indians as they don’t have a top 20 pick but they have three first round picks and will make four selections on the first day for the first time in franchise history. As he does before every draft, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant and have a long, candid conversation about the process with preparing for the draft, managing all of his scouts and the information that comes in, and a bunch of other topics pertaining to the draft itself.
June 2, 2014   (12 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: News, Notes, and thoughts as it nears
The draft is Thursday so instead of a single concentrated piece IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis provides some news, notes, and thoughts on the upcoming draft. He takes a look at who he believes are the Indians top five targets with their #21 pick, provides some details on some of his favorite players in this draft class, reviews the Pirates-Marlins trade that sent a pick to the Pirates for a player, and more.
May 31, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: The Ohio Players
Last year the IBI's Jeff Ellis did a feature on the top prospects in the state of Ohio. This year’s class is stronger at the top but the depth is not where it was last year, though there are still plenty of interesting players and a few familiar names from last year as well. Jeff found nine guys to talk about this year that he had some familiarity with and he shares his thoughts on all of them in his latest...
May 27, 2014   (12 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 5.0
If you are an Indians fan no place has you better covered when it comes to the draft than here at Indians Baseball Insider. The draft is a little over a week away and most of the player's have all but established their values to organizations at this point. The IBI's Jeff Ellis steps in with his updated mock draft and runs down all of the picks in the first round - 41 in all - with insight and information into each pick including the three picks the Indians make at #21, #31 and #38.
May 16, 2014   (0 comments)
Zips Vs. Flashes: Could this be Akron's year?
The Zips have made the NCAA tournament once way back in 1996, which was the last time they won the MAC championship. Over the last 12 years the Zips have managed two seasons with a winning record, and have not had a .500 record in the MAC in the last 12 years. The IBI's Jeff Ellis talks about an emerging Akron club that is set to square off with Kent State this weekend.
May 10, 2014   (4 comments)
The MLB Draft: The history of it and how it works
The Major League Baseball draft is the biggest and most complicated in all of sports. It has a long and very interesting history, most of which has been based on the idea of keeping player salaries lower, and has gone through so many changes over the years that the IBI's Jeff Ellis often finds the rules are misunderstood. Jeff takes a look at how the draft was started and reviews how it works today.
May 8, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 MLB Draft News: Hoffman and Bukauskas updates
IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis posted his most recent mock draft on Wednesday and of course on the day it posted some of the biggest news of the draft season happened on that day. There were two things that occurred, both of which he believes has a pretty major effect on the Indians draft. He talks about that and more in his latest...
May 7, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Mock Draft 4.0
The college baseball season has entered its fourth month and more and more guys are cementing themselves into the first round. With the draft about four weeks away the IBI's Jeff Ellis updates his draft board and provides his fourth mock of the 2014 Draft and projects out all 41 picks in the first round of the draft - including three Indians picks.
April 16, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Big Board 1.0
The IBI's Jeff Ellis has gone on record saying that he is a big fan of this year’s draft. It is partially because last years had so little depth, but it is because to him this is the deepest draft in years. The Indians have three picks in the Top 40 and four picks in the Top 65, so they stand a chance to get a lot of talent this season. Jeff has put together his first Big Board of the draft season with rankings and reports on the top 41 players in the draft.
April 15, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: Weekend Rundown 4/11-4/12
We are about eight weeks away from the MLB Draft, and if you have been reading this site for a few years you know that the draft is our specialty. The IBI's Jeff Ellis has been prepping himself for the draft and watching tons of games both in person and on TV and offers up some thoughts on some of the performances from some key draft eligible players this past weekend.

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