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January 24, 2012   (0 comments)
First base, First priority
Editor's Note: This is the debut piece of another new writer on the IPI, Sean Mahon. He will be writing about various topics surrounding the Cleveland Indians for the site.
If you take a look around the AL Central, you’ll notice a household list of tenured first baseman: Paul Konerko and his 13 seasons with the White Sox, Justin Morneau and his nine with the Twins, Miguel Cabrera and his...
January 18, 2012   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Thomas Neal
The offseason continues to roll along. By now most of the players in the Cleveland Indians’ system from the minors to the majors are well into their preseason workouts in preparation for the new season.
Some of those preseason workouts have been interrupted this week as the Indians invited a select few players to come to Cleveland for their annual Winter Development Program. Eleven Indians...
January 11, 2012   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Carlos Moncrief
Carlos Moncrief (Photo: IPI)There were several players in the Indians’ system that were non-established prospects when the 2011 season started but by the end of the season had put themselves on the map. One of those players was outfielder Carlos Moncrief.
Coming into last season Moncrief was a low level prospect that had spent his first two seasons in the Cleveland Indians organization...
January 4, 2012   (1 comments)
Photo: Lianna HolubThe Cleveland Indians have a plethora of bullpen options in their farm system that could help the big league team at some point this coming season. Those alternatives have shrunk somewhat after the recent trade of right-hander Cory Burns to the San Diego Padres and losing right-hander Josh Judy to the Cincinnati Reds on waivers, but the bullpen options remain aplenty for the Indians.
December 28, 2011   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Bo Greenwell
Bo Greenwell (Photo: IPI)As a new year quickly approaches, one player in the Cleveland Indians minor league system is glad to see 2011 come to an end.
Outfielder Bo Greenwell had a season to forget with two major injuries, and is now ready to turn the page on the calendar in the hope that 2012 is much better both on the field with his performance and most importantly his health.
“Obviously...
December 21, 2011   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Nick Hagadone
Photo: IPIThis is a key offseason for Cleveland Indians left-handed pitcher Nick Hagadone.
Hagadone is a prime candidate to make the 2012 opening day bullpen in Cleveland, and if you project it out right now he is probably in it. With that in mind he has a lot to work on this offseason to ensure that he comes into spring training in mid-February ready to roll and win a spot in the Indians’...
December 16, 2011   (0 comments)
Cory Burns 2011 Scouting Report
Here is the scouting report written around this time last year in advance of the 2011 season for right-handed pitcher Cory Burns. The Indians lost him today in a trade with the San Diego Padres in exchange for outfielder Aaron Cunningham. This report has only been available in my 2011 Prospect Book and not available on-line until now. (Note: the video included below is new and would have been for his...
December 14, 2011   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Roberto Perez
Roberto Perez (Photo: IPI)Cleveland Indians catcher Roberto Perez has the goods to play in the Major Leagues right now as a defender. But as it is with any player, it is his bat which will determine if he ever makes it to the big leagues.
Perez, who turns 23-years old next week, hit just .225 with 2 HR, 30 RBI and .675 OPS in 94 games for High-A Kinston this past year. He played in the Arizona...
December 8, 2011   (0 comments)
Donnie Webb 2011 Scouting Report
Here is the scouting report written around this time last year in advance of the 2011 season for outfielder Donnie Webb. The Indians lost him today to the Miami Marlins in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. This report has only been available in my 2011 Prospect Book and not available on-line until now. (Note: the video included below is new and would have been for his 2012 scouting report.)
December 8, 2011   (0 comments)
Marty Popham 2011 Scouting Report
Here is the scouting report written around this time last year in advance of the 2011 season for right-handed pitcher Marty Popham. The Indians lost him today to the Minnesota Twins in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft. This report has only been available in my 2011 Prospect Book and not available on-line until now. (Note: the video included below is new and would have been for his 2012 scouting...
November 30, 2011   (0 comments)
Rob Bryson (Photo: Lianna Holub)The Rule 5 Draft is just over a week away, and one player the Indians left unprotected who should get some interest is right-handed relief pitcher Rob Bryson.
Bryson, who turns 24 in two weeks, is coming off a tough season where he missed the first two months of the season because of a broken foot that he suffered just before the start of spring training. He...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
Photo: Cal Poly AthleticsIn the 10th round of the 2011 Draft the Indians select right-handed pitcher Jeffrey Johnson out of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (CA).
Bats: Right, Throws: Right, Height: 6'0", Weight: 200, Date of Birth: 02/09/1990
Notable links:
Cal Poly profile page
Linked to Indians pre-draft
Jeff Ellis: Jeffrey Johnson is this year’s ghost man. He...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
Photo: St. Cloud State AthleticsIn the 9th round of the 2011 Draft the Indians select third baseman Jordan Smith out of St. Cloud State (MN).
Bats: Left, Throws: Right, Height: 6'4", Weight: 205, Date of Birth: 07/05/1990
Notable links:
St. Cloud player page
Jeff Ellis: Jordan Smith is a sophomore third baseman from Divison II St. Cloud State. He is a solid hitter who...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians 8th Round Pick: LHP Stephen Tarpley
Photo: Area Code GamesIn the 8th round of the 2011 Draft the Indians select left-handed pitcher Stephen Tarpley out of Gilbert High School (AZ).
Bats: Right, Throws: Left, Height: 6'1", Weight: 180, Date of Birth: 02/17/1993
Ranks:
Perfect Game: 259
Jeff Ellis: Stephen Tarpley is a left handed pitcher from the prep ranks in Arizona. He is maybe the best prep arm from...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians 6th Round Pick: OF Bryson Myles
Photo: SFA AthleticsIn the 6th round the Indians select outfielder Bryson Myles from Stephen F. Austin College (TX).
Bats: Right, Throws: Right, Height: 5'11", Weight: 230, Date of Birth: 09/18/1989
Notes: From Baseball America's Jim Callis, "Draws Kirby Puckett comps for his 6', 235 lb build...put up big numbers after transferring including an NCAA Division I-leading 53 steals. Profiles...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians 5th Round Pick: RHP Will Roberts
Photo: U. of Virginia AthleticsWith their 5th round pick the Indians select right-handed pitcher William Roberts out of the University of Virginia.
Bats: Left, Throws: Right, Height: 6'4", Weight: 205, Date of Birth: 08/17/1990
Notable links:
U. of Virginia profile page
Throws perfect game in March 2011
Jeff Ellis: William Roberts is a junior pitcher from the University...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians 4th Round Pick: C Jake Lowery
Photo: James Madison AthleticsWith their 4th round pick the Indians select catcher Mark Lowery out of James Madison University.
Bats: Left, Throws: Right, Height: 6'0", Weight: 200, Date of Birth: 07/21/1990
Quick take: Baseball America tweet from Jim Callis after pick said "Indians pick Jake Lowery is another guy with Qs about D but no one has reservations about the bat. At least big...
June 7, 2011   (2 comments)
2011 Indians 3rd Round Pick: RHP Jake Sisco
Photo: Merced JCWith their 3rd round pick the Indians select right-handed pitcher Jake Sisco out of the Merced Junior College (CA).
Bats: Right, Throws: Right, Height: 6'3", Weight: 200, Date of Birth: 12/09/1991
Note: Sisco was the Central Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year and 1st Team All-CVC (11-1, 1.66 ERA, 108 IP/124 K).
Ranks:
Baseball America: 176
Perfect...
June 7, 2011   (0 comments)
Photo: PerfectGame.orgWith their 2nd round pick the Indians select right-handed pitcher Dillon Howard out of Searcy High School in Arkansas.
Bats: Right, Throws: Right, Height: 6'4", Weight: 210, Date of Birth: 07/01/1992
Note: Howard is a Scott Boras client. Also, Baseball America's Jim Callis tweeted "First-round arm but high-priced so slipped here, inconsistent but has a 92-94 mph...
June 6, 2011   (0 comments)
2011 Indians 1st Round Pick: SS Francisco Lindor
With their first round pick the Cleveland Indians select high school shortstop Francisco Lindor.
Ranks:
Keith Law: 13th
Baseball America: 7th
Perfect Game: 7th
Jeff Ellis: Lindor was the guy I had the Indians in on my first mock draft. A lot of teams love him and he was in the conversation as high as #2. He has the ability to be a gold glove SS, and should be...

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