The Indians have had several good showings so far in winter ball, and on Friday that was no exception. Jose Ramirez is starting to heat up and Erik Gonzalez continues to rake in the Dominican, Carlos Moncrief and Brett Brach are starting to put things together in Puerto Rico, and Ryan Battaglia has had a nice showing in Australia so far.
Things were a quieter than usual on Thursday in winter ball as only one Indians player was in action. With the lack of Indians activity, the IBI's Tony Lastoria took the opportunity to catch up on some old friends who are playing winter ball to see how they are doing. Do you remember guys like Hector Rondon and Jon Meloan?
The Indians added five players from their minor league system to the 40-man roster on Wednesday, and interestingly four of the five players are playing winter ball this offseason. Three of the four were in action on the night, and the IBI's Michael Goodman recaps all of the action around Latin America.
The Indians had several players in action across three leagues in the Caribbean on Tuesday night. Joe Colon is a prospect on the rise that the Indians like, and he's out in Puerto Rico making up some lost innings this season due to injury. Also, others like Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez and Erik Gonzalez keep on getting regular playing time for their winter ball teams.
It was a very quiet evening on Monday night as only four games took place in the three Caribbean leagues, and of those four games just one Indians player was in action. Never fear as the IBI's Michael Hattery is here to review the performance of that one player, a performance that the player would no doubt like to forget.
The winter ball season keeps plodding along, and while the Arizona Fall League is over with, there were several leagues in action on Sunday. The IBI's Arthur Kinney takes a trip around the farm and lists the results for all players who played. Jesus Aguilar looks to be heating up again, Jose Ramirez is getting hot at the plate, and more.
It was a full slate of action on Saturday night as several Indians players participated in games across five different leagues around the globe. A few players continue to play well this offseason and have put themselves in a great position to be rostered this week, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria touches on them and the rest of the players as he takes us Around the Farm...
The Arizona Fall League regular season ended on Thursday, although several Indians prospects still have one game to go since their Surprise team made it to the championship game to be played on Saturday. Will Roberts bounced back from a disastrous start on Saturday to put forth a good outing, and Carlos Moncrief is starting to hit his stride. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and more as he goes Around the Farm...
The Arizona Fall League (AFL) season ends today. It finishes up a five-plus week of extra games and development opportunities for several minor league players across all 30 major league organizations. For Indians second base prospect Joe Wendle, it was another opportunity to drive home his status as a legit prospect in the organization, and he has delivered.
The Arizona Fall League is coming to a close and a few players Jake Lowery and Tyler Sturdevant likely made their last appearances on Wednesday. Also, Jesus Aguilar's recent funk and Jose Ramirez's inconsistent performance continued. The IBI's Michael Goodman recaps all of that and more as he takes us Around the Farm...
The Arizona Fall League kicked of its final week of action on Tuesday and the Caribbean Winter Leagues continue to press forward. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the happenings with all of the Indians contributors throughout the winter leagues in another edition of Around the Farm.
The Arizona Fall League is wrapping up this week and Indians outfielder Tyler Naquin continued his strong showing in the AFL with a three hit game on Monday. Several other Indians were in action, and the IBI's Michael Hattery recaps all of it as he takes us on a trip around winter ball....
A year in the minor leagues can bring many surprises as players can struggle in some areas and succeed in others. It is the refinement in those strengths and the development of their weaknesses which determines the fate of most prospects, and for outfielder Tyler Naquin that is no different. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with him and discussed his season, what he wants to improve, and what he ultimately needs to do to get to the big leagues.
The Arizona Fall League was off for the final Sunday of their season, but several Indians were in action out in Puerto Rico, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. Players like Aguilar, Price, Moncrief, Ramirez and others were in action, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps how everyone in the Indians organization did in another day of offseason winter ball.
It was a day of highs and lows on Saturday. Right-hander Paolo Espino put forth his best outing of the offseason in Venezuela while right-hander Will Roberts put forth his worst outing of the offseason in Arizona. Center fielder Ezequiel Carrera struggled at the plate while center fielder Tyler Naquin flourished once again. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps those performances and all the rest of the action from Around the Farm....
2013 was a year of change for Tony Wolters. At the tail end of spring training a little over seven months ago he was pulled into the Indians offices in Goodyear, Arizona and received word that he would be making the switch from the middle of the infield to catcher. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Wolters to talk about the position change, how things are going in the AFL and what the future has in store for him.
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