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November 9, 2014   (4 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Jordan Smith
To say that 2014 was not kind to outfielder Jordan Smith is an understatement. Smith was a top prospect in the Indians organization who struggled with the bat all season and is currently out in Arizona participating in the Arizona Fall League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with him to get his thoughts on his 2014 season and his preparations for next year.
November 6, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: November 5, 2014
A bunch of Cleveland’s prospects in the Arizona Fall League were in action Wednesday, with three pitchers taking the mound and two hitters in the lineup. A few performances were better than others, but overall, it was a very good night for Cleveland. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the action from across the globe and takes you Around the Farm.
November 4, 2014   (5 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Nick Maronde
Back on July 12th the Indians made a small trade to acquire left-handed pitcher Nick Maronde from the Angels for cash. It was not a headline making trade, but it is one that could help the Indians pitching depth in 2015. After a tough year in the Angels system, he regrouped with the Indians this season and is pitching in the Arizona Fall League. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down and talk to him about his season and his trade to the Indians...
October 31, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: October 30, 2014
The final two offseason leagues -- the Puerto Rican Winter League and the Australian Winter League -- both began play on Thursday, marking the first time every offseason league was in action this season. Cleveland had a couple prospects in action, but as he has all year, third baseman Giovanny Urshela stole the show. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Urshela’s sustained dominance and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 30, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: October 29, 2014
Oh, the many fun things that can happen over small sample sizes. If we did not know any better, Jesus Aguilar’s 1-for-10 skid to start his time in the Venezuelan Winter League would be a concern. But after knocking a home run, a triple, and a single Monday night, Aguilar continued to show things are alright on Wednesday. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Aguilar’s night and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 28, 2014   (3 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Louis Head
The Indians have had a boom in recent years with relief prospects who have impacted in Cleveland or who have established themselves as legit relief prospects. What once was a big issue for the organization with developing their own bullpen prospects has turned into a pretty steady stream of talent in the big leagues and upper levels. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down and spoke with another emerging bullpen prospect Louis Head who is pitching in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.
October 24, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: October 23, 2014
Another day, another set of Giovanny Urshela hits. The breakout 2014 season of Urshela just continues to roll on, with the third baseman destroying the pitching of the Venezuelan Winter League. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps yet another big Urshela night, discusses the winter ball debut of two prospects in the Dominican Republic, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 23, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 Indians winter ball assignments
Here is a current listing of players from the Indians’ organization currently participating in winter ball this offseason. This is not a complete list as it will undoubtedly change over the course of winter ball as players finish up play and other players end up being assigned to a league.
October 23, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: October 22, 2014
Sometimes the significance of a performance goes beyond the numbers in the box score. That was the case for Yoiber Marquina Wednesday, as the 18-year-old made his offseason debut in Venezuela. While the inning he pitched was not clean, his presence on the mound itself means something. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Marquina’s appearance and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 21, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: October 20, 2014
In the early going of the offseason winter ball action it has been the Giovanny Urshela show, and once again his show took center stage on Monday with a big four-hit night. He's doing everything in his power to make it hard for the Indians not to give him a legit shot in Cleveland early on next season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and more...
October 17, 2014   (0 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Grant Sides
The second week of the Arizona Fall League season wraps up this weekend. Several Indians prospects are out in Arizona participating in the high exposure offseason league, and one player in particular who is looking to continue his success from the 2014 season and have a good showing is right-handed reliever Grant Sides. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently spoke with him out in Arizona...
October 17, 2014   (15 comments)
Around the Farm: October 16, 2014
We have no way of knowing the future, but right now, it looks like the 2014 season may become known among Cleveland fans as the year Giovanny Urshela solidified himself as a major league option and long-term solution for the organization. The third baseman started that process during the regular season, but he has not let up on it in winter ball. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Urshela’s night and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 16, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: October 15, 2014
Baseball in the offseason leagues kept chugging along Wednesday night, with most of the familiar faces from the past week or so in action. Though there were no truly standout performances, the theme of the night was redemption, with a pair of Arizona Fall League pitchers rebounding from rough outings. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all the action from across the globe and takes you Around the Farm.
October 12, 2014   (6 comments)
Around The Farm: October 11, 2014
Though his 2014 season may have disappointed a bit, Carlos Moncrief is doing his best to erase that down in the Venezuelan Winter League. It may only be three games, but so far, Moncrief is simply on fire. Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps Moncrief's big night, Giovanny Urshela continuing to hit, and all the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 10, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 9, 2014
The Venezuelan Winter League got underway last night, the first international winter ball league in action. A few Cleveland players (past and present) were in action, but none topped what Francisco Lindor did in the Arizona Fall League, as the shortstop put on a show. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all the action from across the globe on Thursday and takes you Around the Farm.
October 9, 2014   (3 comments)
Around the Farm: October 8, 2014
Night two in the Arizona Fall League lost a bit of its glamour with Francisco Lindor sitting on the bench, but that did not mean the night was boring. We all know Jordan Smith’s previous problems with power, but that was not present Wednesday. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Smith’s power outburst and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
February 25, 2014   (5 comments)
Final 2013-2014 Winter Ball stats
Here are the final winter ball statistics for all Cleveland Indians players that participated in fall/winter ball action out in the Arizona Fall League, Australian Baseball League, Dominican Winter League, Puerto Rico Winter League and Venezuela Winter League during the 2013-2014 offseason. There are different stats than you will see anywhere else as they include all playoff stats!
February 5, 2014   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: February 4, 2014
Like Jason Voorhies and Freddy Krueger, Around the Farm just keeps coming back from the dead this offseason. A week after it was thought to be packed away in moth balls for a few months, Elvis Araujo ended up getting picked up as a refuerzo by his Venezuela team and factored significantly into their win on Tuesday night. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action and provides an update on the Caribbean Series.
January 29, 2014   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: January 28, 2014
This is it. The final Around the Farm for about six or seven weeks when spring games heat up in Arizona. Unless an Indians player makes his way onto a Caribbean Series roster - which appears unlikely - this is it after Carlos Santana's Leones del Escogido team fell short of the Dominican Winter League championship on Tuesday night.
January 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: January 26, 2014
Carlos Santana and his Leones del Escogido teammates knotted up their series at 3-3 winning Game 6 of the Serie FInal in the Dominican Winter League. Santana has been his usual on-base machine self in the playoffs and impacted the game reaching base three times in five plate appearances. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the performance and reviews the results of all the other league championship results in winter ball.

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