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February 3, 2014   (12 comments)
The Ultimate Indians Draft: Reviewing the GMs
Since the MLB Draft began the Indians have had seven general managers, a span of 50 years. Meanwhile, a few blocks down the road the Browns have had six general managers in the last 15 years. Fresh off his Ultimate Indians Draft, the IBI's Jeff Ellis takes a look at the drafting history of the Cleveland GMs over the last 50 years and breaks it all down and ranks their performance.
January 20, 2014   (8 comments)
The Ultimate Indians Draft: Rounds 10-1
The Ultimate Indians Draft series wraps up with the best picks of all time for the Indians in rounds 10 to 1. This is a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis has gone through all of the Indians June drafts in their history and determined the best picks they have made round by round. This is an interesting overview of their June draft history, and in some ways, a trip down memory lane of some draft successes (and failures).
January 4, 2014   (3 comments)
The Ultimate Indians Draft: Rounds 20-11
The Ultimate Indians Draft continues on with the best picks of all time for the Indians in rounds 20 to 11. This is a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis is going through all of the Indians June drafts in their history and determining the best picks they have made round by round. This is an interesting overview of their June draft history, and in some ways, a trip down memory lane of some draft successes (and failures).
December 14, 2013   (4 comments)
The Ultimate Indians Draft: Rounds 30-21
The Ultimate Indians Draft continues on with the best picks of all time for the Indians in rounds 30 to 21. This is a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis is going through all of the Indians June drafts in their history and determining the best picks they have made round by round. This is an interesting overview of their June draft history, and in some ways, a trip down memory lane of some draft successes (and failures).
November 23, 2013   (5 comments)
The Ultimate Indians Draft: Rounds 40-31
The Ultimate Indians Draft continues on with the best picks of all time for the Indians in rounds 40 to 31. This is a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis is going through all of the Indians June drafts in their history and determining the best picks round by round. This is an interesting overview of their June draft history, and in some ways, a trip down memory lane of some draft successes (and failures).
November 7, 2013   (1 comments)
The Ultimate Indians Draft: Rounds 51-41
Welcome to the Ultimate Indians Draft, a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis picked the best draft picks in Indians history round by round. The Indians have certainly had some big hits (and misses) over the years in the draft, but this is an interesting way to look at where the Indians really found some gems in some drafts and did well in a particular round. Jeff starts things off with his best picks in rounds 51 to 41.
October 24, 2013   (12 comments)
2014 Draft: Mock Draft 1.0
The 2013 baseball season is coming to an end and all the summer baseball leagues are done, so a lot of places are releasing their big boards and talking about the big name players in the draft. The MLB draft is about eight months away, but IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis is already getting daily questions about it. Last month he released his first big board, now today he posts his first mock draft of the year.
October 9, 2013   (13 comments)
Former Indians GMs had varying success in the draft
Over the past few years a lot has been made of the Indians draft record of late. IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis has heard many fans lament the bad drafts and wish for the good old days of John Hart when the organization was loaded with talent and seemed to always produce new players to fill a need. His research shows how the last three Indians GMs prior to Chris Antonetti had their own areas of strength and how the draft for the past 20 years has not produced many major league options in Cleveland.
October 4, 2013   (0 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2013 Draft: Part 5
Tony wraps up this five-part series in his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Sean Brady, Kenny Mathews, Ben Heller, Garrett Smith, Cody Ferrell and Gerald Bautista. He explains why Brady is very similar to another top left-handed pitching prospect the Indians recently drafted and signed, why Mathews and Heller have some upside, and more. He provides some scouting notes on each player and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
October 1, 2013   (0 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2013 Draft: Part 4
Tony continues his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Dace Kime, Trevor Frank, Paul Hendrix, Kerry Doane and Jordan Milbrath. He explains why Kime has so much upside as a starter, why Frank might be another gem found in the bullpen, why Milbrath is so intriguing and more. He provides some scouting notes on each player and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
September 26, 2013   (7 comments)
Where the aces are
The IBI's Jeff Ellis has often wondered where the top starting pitchers in baseball come from. Do they come from the draft or internationally? Do they come from college or high school? Is there any rhyme or reason to it all or is there really no such thing as a starting pitching prospect (TINSTAAPP)? He came up with some data which he believes helps answer that question and why the Indians may be a prime position for the 2014 Draft.
September 23, 2013   (0 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2013 Draft: Part 3
Tony continues his year-end look at the Indians 2013 Draft with five more players today: Casey Shane, Adam Plutko, Sicnarf Loopstok, Cole Sulser and Justin Garcia. He explains why Plutko and Garcia did not pitch this season, provides some scouting notes on each player, and also provides detailed comments from Indians Director of Amateur Scouting Brad Grant on all five players.
September 17, 2013   (12 comments)
2014 MLB Draft: My Way too early Big Board
It is several months before the college baseball season begins, but that doesn't mean people aren't already talking draft. Since the summer leagues are done and the showcase circuit is over, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis decided to sit down and make his first draft board. Next year's draft figures to be the best pool of talent in years, and with the Indians holding at least two first round picks it could be a very important draft for them.
September 16, 2013   (2 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2013 Draft: Part 2
Over the course of the next few weeks Tony will be posting post-draft pieces on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2013 Draft with insight from Scouting Director Brad Grant. Last week he touched on players like Clint Frazier, Matt Whitehouse, Thomas Pannon and others, and this week he fills us on on players like Kyle Crockett, James Roberts, Grant Fink, Cortland Cox and Mike Giuffre.
September 11, 2013   (4 comments)
Scouting the Indians 2013 Draft: Part 1
Over the course of the next few weeks Tony will be posting post-draft pieces on all of the players that the Indians drafted and signed from the 2013 Draft. The Indians signed 25 players in total and also signed two undrafted free agents, and he will have a tons of comments on each and every player from Indians Amateur Scouting Director Brad Grant as well as other insights from what was seen in their pro debuts this season. In today's first edition he looks at Clint Frazier, Thomas Pannone, Silento Sayles, Matt Whiteside and Shawn Rowland.
July 18, 2013   (12 comments)
Indians hit jackpot in the Competitive Balance Lottery
The competitive balance lottery happened on Wednesday to no fanfare at all, but Indians fans should really be happy about it and need to know about it. The reason is simple: this pick becomes a big trade asset for the Indians. It could be the centerpiece in a trade, especially if it's for pen help. The IBI's Jeff Ellis explains the value of the pick and how fortunate the Indians were to get it.
July 10, 2013   (3 comments)
2013 Draft: July 10 signing update
The Cleveland Indians have signed 11th round draft pick right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko. With his signing they have now signed 25 of their 39 draft picks. The deadline is just two days away and Tony talks about who the Indians may still have their sights on and provides an update on the status of the unsigned picks.
July 10, 2013   (5 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: The Indians shadow draft
The 2013 Draft is long over now, and most players who are going to sign have done so. This year, IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis thought it might be fun to cap off the draft coverage here at the IBI with an Indians shadow draft. A shadow draft is exactly what you think it is: Jeff gets to put on my GM cap and make every single pick. Take a look at who he picks and compare his picks to what the Indians did.
July 6, 2013   (4 comments)
2013 MLB Draft: July 6th signing update
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)
2013 MLB Draft: An interview with Bradley Goldberg
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.

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