Bo Greenwell had a tough 2011 where he suffered a severe finger and knee injury which cost him most of last season and has already cost him the first two months of this season. He is in Arizona working his way back and hopes to return to game action soon, and Tony has the update on how his progress is going.
In today's Q&A session, Tony sits down and talks with Triple-A Columbus pitching coach Ruben Niebla about an assortment of pitchers on the current roster and some that have already been promoted to Cleveland. They discuss some of the adjustments they are making this season, what they need to do to become big league options later this season, and more.
Double-A Akron outfielder Jared Goedert is tearing up the Eastern League as he leads the league in almost every offensive category. Steve Orbanek shares the latest details on how Goedert is performing, how the move to the outfield is going, and what kind of future he may have with the Indians.
No one ever said playing in the minor leagues was easy. Sometimes players have to sit and wait for an opportunity, and then when that opportunity comes they have to seize it. High-A Carolina utility player Tyler Cannon may be getting that opportunity and chance right now.
Right-handed pitcher Bryce Stowell has been lights out so far this season for Double-A Akron. After a mysterious season last year where he missed a few months at the beginning of the season, Tony recently sat down with him and talked about what happened last year and how he feels this season.
Steve Orbanek makes his IPI debut with a look into Double-A Akron catcher turned first baseman Chun Chen. After a breakthrough 2010 campaign a lot of people were excited about his potential with the bat at a premium position, but with his recent change to first base, Steve wonders what kind of Major League future Chen has.
Pros & Cons is a new IPI feature that will break down the value of some prospects in the Cleveland Indians' farm system and to kick things off we take a look at right-hander Jason Knapp. As noted in Minor Happenings on Friday, he is not pitching anywhere currently and Tony has the details on what he is up to and what is wrong. He also breaks down his value as a prospect going forward.
After making his major league debut last season, Columbus Clippers’ right-handed starting pitcher Zach McAllister is ready to get back to the big leagues, and stay there when he does. After two strong outings for Columbus to start the season he is off to a good start to his season, and Andrew Holleran recently sat down with him to discuss how things are going.
In the first of an as-of-now infinite part series, Jim interviews Akron Aeros' center fielder Tim Fedroff, asking him about his approach at the plate, in the field, and how he feels about starting the season back in Akron for the third straight year.
The Cleveland Indians have apparently signed free agent Johnny Damon to a one-year contract as a stop-gap measure to a struggling offense. While many see this as a reactionary deal, the road to signing Johnny Damon actually began last July, when the Indians first tried to address their offensive issues. Here's a look at the path to Johnny Damon.
High-A Carolina Mudcats left-handed pitcher T.J. House had a disappointing season last year, but Monday night he had a great 2012 debut with seven shutout innings. Tony recently sat down with House and talked about his season last year and what he did to fix some of the struggles he went through.
Alex Lavisky is back at Lake County to open the 2012 season. and with last year's learning experience with everything on and off the field he is looking to have a productive season to start to put things together. Tony recently had a chance to sit down with him and discuss his season last year and what he did in the offseason.
Shelley Duncan will start the season as the Indians' regular left fielder. Most people either like or hate this, and the Indians appear to be on the fence with the idea considering how hard they are working the phones to acquire an outfielder. But Jim Berdysz says it is time to give Duncan a shot to see what he can do.
Indians right-handed pitcher Cole Cook had a tough first full year in the organization last season as he struggled with his performance and had some injuries at the beginning and end of his season which affected his play. This season Cook hopes to rebound and show what he can do now that he is finally 100% healthy.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown comes to a conclusion with #1 shortstop Francisco Lindor. Drafted less than a year ago Lindor has made the ascent to the #1 prospect both because of his exceptional talent but also because of a depleted system at the top after several graduations and trades last season. Tony provides all the details as to why Indians fans should be very excited about Lindor.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown nears the finish line with #2 outfielder LeVon Washington. He disappointed last year with his performance, but he has has the raw tools to impact a game with his bat and speed. Tony talks about Washington's talent and why those skills did not show much last year.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!