Elvis has entered the building as left-handed pitcher Elvis Araujo comes in at #11 in the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown. After a promising pro debut in 2008 and then missing all of the 2009 and 2010 with an elbow injury, he came back last season and showed why the Indians were so high on him after back in 2008. Tony looks at his potential and what kind of pitching prospect he is.
It was another busy day at Indians minor league camp yesterday, and Tony shares all his notes in his latest notebook. Today he provides updates on the health of Austin Adams, Tyler Sturdevant, and Bo Greenwell, talks about the rising status of Cody Allen, Bryce Stowell looking strong, and lots more.
The Indians do not have much power in their system, but one player that has a powerful bat that could make some noise this year is catcher Jake Lowery. He has looked good so far in minor league spring training, and should land at either Carolina or Lake County to open the 2012 season.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with #12 right-handed pitcher Felix Sterling. He is as raw as they come, but there is no denying the tools and potential with him. He has prospect helium where with a good season of development this year he could find his way into the Top 10 next year. Tony breaks down his talent and where he needs to improve.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with #13 right-handed pitcher Zach McAllister. He had a nice bounce back season last year and made his Major League debut, and he is now an immediate big league starting pitching option for the Indians this season. Tony looks at what changed for him last year and where he could maybe still improve.
With over 150 players in minor league camp, there is always something interesting to note and report on. Today, Tony touches on shortstop and third base and how they may be the deepest positions in the organization, plus he also gives injury updates on Jordan Henry, Geoff Davenport and Antwonie Hubbard, talks about Juan Romero's power, Adam Abraham's growing value, and more!
We continue on with the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown with #14 first baseman Jesus Aguilar. He had a breakout season last year as a prospect with some impressive power numbers and is one of the most intriguing bats in the Indians' system to follow this upcoming season. Tony looks at his strengths and if his plate discipline concerns can be overcome.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown rolls on with #15 outfielder Bryson Myles. He is yet another 2011 draftee that is in the Indians' Top 50 listing, and he has all the tools and potential to become a bonafide Top 5-10 prospect come this time next year. Tony talks about his very good power-speed combination and if his raw abilities can be harnessed so he can become a legit Major League option down the road.
There are lots of new faces in Indians’ minor league camp this year, one of which is right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong. Tony talked to him briefly this week and looks at his potential role this year and what he needs to work on to become a more complete pitcher.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with #16 right-handed pitcher Jason Knapp. He has struggled with a right shoulder injury since he was acquired from the Phillies in July of 2009 and has since had two significant shoulder surgeries. He has frontline stuff and ability, but health is a major concern right now, and Tony looks into whether he still has a chance to realize his potential.
Tony chimes in with another notebook with some updates on several players in minor league camp for the Indians. He talks about LeVon Washington's big start yesterday, provides an update on how long Austin Adams may be out, recaps Steven Wright's day, likes what he sees in Chin-Lung Hu, gives a sleeper alert about an unknown prospect, and more!
Indians outfield prospect Bryson Myles is already a well known prospect that is in the Indians Top 20 prospect ranking this year. Even with the good standing he is not the type that rests on his laurels, and he wants to continue to strive and do what it takes to increase his value to the Indians even more.
We roll on with the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown with #17 second baseman Cord Phelps. He had another very good season last year for Triple-A Columbus and also made his Major League debut. While he struggled a lot with his offense and defense in his short time in the big leagues, Tony believes he is a good handcuff to Jason Kipnis at second, the bat is legit and that there is some potential for some added versatility.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown rolls on with #18 right-handed pitcher Jake Sisco. He is a high profile selection from last year's draft that has a lot of talent and potential where he could some day be a Top 5 prospect in the Indians' system. Tony profiles him and shows why he has so many people excited about him.
Last season Kyle Blair did not deliver on the expectations set on him after being a high profile draft selection and signing in 2010, but if his knee injury that significantly impacted his effectiveness for most of last season is behind him he may be ready to get on a roll and repair his prospect standing.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with #19 outfielder Thomas Neal. He was acquired at the end of July last year for Orlando Cabrera and was limited by a wrist injury the rest of the way, but he was a higher profile prospect in the Giants' system going into the season. Now that he is healthy Tony thinks he could help answer the Indians' need for a young, productive right-handed bat.
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