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February 27, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #37 Jordan Smith
A very promising bat comes in at #37 in the 2012 IPI Top 50 Indians Prospect countdown. Jordan Smith was picked up in the 9th round of the 2011 Draft and quickly impressed at Mahoning Valley and in Instructional League last year. He has the makings to become a lot more and Tony gives all the details.
February 26, 2012   (2 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #38 Danny Salazar
Coming in at #38 on the 2012 IPI Top 50 Indians Prospects countdown is a pitcher the Indians added to the 40-man roster in the offseason, even though he had Tommy John surgery and hardly pitched the last two seasons and has never pitched above Low-A. Tony gives the details on his potential and what made the Indians roster him.
February 25, 2012   (1 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #39 Giovanni Soto
The 2012 IPI Top 50 Indians Prospects countdown continues with our first entry into the 30s with lefty Giovanni Soto coming in at #39. Soto was acquired for Jhonny Peralta back in July of 2010 and has been a nice pickup and has some upside, though battled some health issues last season. Tony talks about his future and more.
February 25, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #40 Jorge Martinez
Young up-and-coming infielder Jorge Martinez checks in at #40 in the 2012 IPI Top 50 Indians Prospect countdown. Martinez has spent the last two seasons in Arizona working on his game, gaining experience, and maturing, and may be primed for a trip to Ohio sometime this season to play for Lake County or Mahoning Valley. Tony has the details.
February 24, 2012   (2 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #41 T.J. House
Coming in at the #41 slot in the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown is T.J. House, a young lefty that the previous three seasons was a Top 20 prospect in the organization. He struggled through an inconsistent campaign in 2011, but Tony provides details on his struggles and what he can do to rebound in 2012.
February 23, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #42 Beau Mills
Former 1st round pick Beau Mills comes in at #42 on the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown. Mills once looked like the heir apparent at first base a few years ago, but after two rough seasons at Akron he became a forgotten man in that equation until last year when he came back with a strong season. Tony gives the details on whether or not he can still live up to his potential.
February 22, 2012   (3 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #43 Alexander Perez
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with another former Top 15 prospect that has slipped the past few years because of an arm injury. Perez missed all of last season, but had a promising showing in Instructional League in the fall and should be ready to pitch for a full season affiliate early on this year. Tony gives an update on his health, his stuff, and if his future is still bright.
February 21, 2012   (2 comments)
2012 Scouting Report: LHP Kelvin De La Cruz
Here is a free non-premium view of left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz's 2012 scouting report in my new book. The Indians traded him on Tuesday to the Texas Rangers for cash considerations, and with that another once promising arm did not live up to his potential due to injuries and command issues.
February 21, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #44 Tim Fedroff
Outfielder Tim Fedroff comes in at #44 as we continue with the IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown. He has had a good minor league career and made it all the way up to Triple-A Columbus last season. Tony provides the details on whether or not he is in the big league mix, what he needs to do to get there, and more.
February 20, 2012   (4 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #45 Eric Haase
Up next in the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 prospect countdown is a very promising catcher out of high school the Indians selected in the 7th round of last year's draft. Haase is very raw, but has a lot of potential and the athleticism and skills to climb up these rankings in seasons to come. Tony gives the 411 on where he is at with his development and where it could go.
February 19, 2012   (2 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #46 Hector Rondon
We are moving along into the middle 40s of the IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown, and today a former Top 10 prospect Hector Rondon slides in at #46. Two serious elbow injuries the past two years have stalled his career and his future is questionable, but when he is healthy the goods are certainly there to be a top pitching prospect. Tony looks at his stuff, his injury history, and outlook with the Tribe.
February 18, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #47 Alex Monsalve
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown rolls along with a Latin American catcher the Indians signed in July of 2008 to a then club record international signing bonus. Monsalve has since made his way up the Indians' system by moving up a level each year and has established himself as a legit Major League catching prospect. Tony gives the details on his potential and his big league future.
February 17, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #48 Will Roberts
The 2012 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with another pitcher from the 2011 Draft, this time a college righty that threw a perfect game for Virginia last season. Roberts is an advanced pitcher with a low ceiling, but Tony gives us the details on what that ceiling is and what kind of pitcher he could become for the Tribe.
February 16, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #49 Shawn Morimando
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with a young lefty the Indians selected in the 19th round of last year's draft out of high school. The Indians lured him away from college with a sizable bonus and really like his upside, and Tony provides all the details on what is liked about his potential and more.
February 15, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #50 Juan Diaz
We kick off the 2012 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown with shortstop Juan Diaz, an infielder that the Indians added to the 40-man roster this offseason. The Indians must have liked something to roster him, and Tony lays out all his strengths and weaknesses and what his future may hold with the Indians.
February 10, 2012   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Casey Frawley
Spring training is right around the corner, and one player that is looking forward to the new season is infielder Casey Frawley. Tony gets his thoughts on a frustrating 2011 season where he battled some vision issues and what he is looking forward to in 2012.
February 7, 2012   (0 comments)
Five Prospects with the Most to Prove in 2012
Being in the minor leagues is all about proving yourself, but for these five players, 2012 will be even more critical on their quest to proving that they belong in the Cleveland Indians' long-term plans.
Two weeks ago, I listed the five most exciting prospects for 2012.Continuing on with this theme, now I'll take a look at the five Tribe prospects with the most to prove in 2012. Whether they're...
February 4, 2012   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Kyle Blair
We are about a month away from the opening of minor league camp as pitchers and catchers report March 5th and position players report March 9th.
One player looking forward to reporting is right-handed pitcher Kyle Blair as he is anxious to wipe the bad taste out of his mouth from a disappointing 2011 campaign. In 24 combined appearances (14 starts) between rookie level Arizona and Low-A Lake...
February 3, 2012   (0 comments)
The can't miss kids
These are the "can't miss kids". Players that are former members of the Top 100 Prospect club as named by Baseball America. With over a thousand players in the minors every season, at one time these "can't miss kids" were considered the best 100 prospects going into that season and were thought to end up being at worst solid major leaguers.
Each player had a pedigree and now has a few flaws...
February 1, 2012   (1 comments)
Indians' Infatuation with Yoenis Cespedes?
Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Bieber have more in common than you may think...
Huh?
Well, both were ‘discovered’ by YouTube and became instant viral icons. If you have been M.I.A. of late, you can see the showcase and the encore of the Cespedes scouting satire here. Bieber was signed by musician Usher while Cespedes is rumored to ink with one of six potential MLB clubs. Though...

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