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August 27, 2014   (2 comments)
Everything is coming together for Rodriguez this season
The Low-A Lake County Captains are on the verge of making the playoffs. The Captains roster has been in flux all season and features a good mix of legit high upside prospects along with some solid veteran role player types, but one player who has been there all season and might be the team MVP is first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talked with him earlier this season on the adjustments he has made over the past year-plus in the system.
August 23, 2014   (0 comments)
Consistency is the name of Merritt's game
After going 6-9 in Lake County during 2013, few people, if any, saw a potential ace in Carolina Mudcats left-hander Ryan Merritt before the season began. That perception has certainly changed now. A 16th round draft pick in 2011, Merritt is having one of the best seasons in Mudcats franchise history, including before they were affiliated with the Indians. The IBI's Zachary Francis recently sat down and spoke with the talented lefty about his season...
August 21, 2014   (1 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Anderson Polanco
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to focus in on Anderson Polanco who is a lower level left-handed pitcher who has been on the prospect periphery for a little while but is starting to make some noise and establish himself a little more firmly on the radar.
August 15, 2014   (0 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Todd Hankins
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to talk about Todd Hankins, a position player who has been around a few years but one that a lot of people may not know much about. What kind of prospect is he? How is his bat and defense? What kind of future does he have? Tony provides all the details...
August 7, 2014   (0 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Louis Head
This is a new feature piece here at the IBI that specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria decided to focus in on an upper level pitcher who has really come on strong the last two seasons and established himself as one of the Indians better bullpen prospects. That person is Louis Head. Tony provides the details on his stuff, how good he is, what he is working on, his future and much more...
August 1, 2014   (4 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Yu-Cheng Chang
This is a new feature piece here at the IBI that specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week we take a look at a hitter, shortstop Yu-Cheng Chang at rookie level Arizona. What kind of prospect is he? How is his bat and defense? What kind of future does he have? The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some information on all of that and more...
July 26, 2014   (3 comments)
Cook is settling in after long return from shoulder surgery
High-A Carolina right-handed pitcher Clayton Cook is someone who came out of high school with good prospect pedigree when the Indians selected him in the ninth round of the 2008 Draft. He quickly asserted himself as one of the Indians best young pitching prospects, but early in the 2012 season some persistent pain in his right shoulder changed his career outlook like the snap of a finger. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently spoke to him about his comeback...
July 25, 2014   (7 comments)
Diamonds in the Rough '14: Ben Heller
This is a new feature piece here at the IBI that specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. We kick things off with High-A Carolina right-handed reliever Ben Heller who is having a fantastic season and has vaulted himself up the prospect charts for the Indians. What does he throw? How good is his stuff? What is he working on? What kind of future does he have? The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some information on all of that and more...
March 26, 2013   (17 comments)
Could Lonnie Chisenhall become the next Jim Thome?
With his sweet swing and mature demeanor, Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall may be a potential star in the making and a fixture at third for many years to come. Is it possible that Chisenhall could blossom into the next left-handed hitting slugger like Jim Thome? That's a question the IBI's Jim Berdysz asked and tries to answer....
March 21, 2013   (4 comments)
Then & Now: Lonnie Chisenhall
It wasn’t long ago that Lonnie Chisenhall was one of the true can’t-miss prospects in baseball. Armed with solid power, projectable defensive skills and a swing straight out of the movies, Chisenhall was atop many Cleveland Indians’ fans’ top prospects list. They weren’t the only ones enamored with Chisenhall. Injuries and inconsistency have plagued him some the past two seasons, and this is a big season him.
March 14, 2013   (5 comments)
Then & Now: David Huff
As has been the case in each of the past four seasons, left-hander David Huff entered this year's Spring Training as a candidate for a spot in the starting rotation. However, Tribe skipper Terry Francona has since said Huff is no longer competing for that spot and can only make the team as a member of the Indians' bullpen. So, what does the future hold for Huff? Take a look as the left-hander is featured in this week's edition of Then & Now.
March 5, 2013   (1 comments)
Then & Now: Nick Hagadone
Nick Hagadone has gotten off to a torrid start this spring, and it looks as if he could be positioning himself as a front-runner for one of the Indians' open bullpen spots. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at Hagadone's career and touches on what the future may hold for the left-hander in this week's edition of Then & Now.
February 26, 2013   (13 comments)
Then & Now: Yan Gomes
Yan Gomes had a brilliant performance for the Indians in yesterday's Spring Training contest as the right-handed hitting catcher socked a home run, a double and recorded five RBI. Gomes is currently in camp competing with Lou Marson for a chance at the Indians' backup catching job. He's made some noise so far, but does he have a legitimate chance to supplant the incumbent Marson? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at Gomes' career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
February 22, 2013   (5 comments)
Swing Starters: What to expect from Justin Masterson?
After a stellar 2011 campaign, Justin Masterson significantly regressed last season and was a key reason the Indians were unable to compete. Masterson will once again be looked at as a key component of the team's rotation this season, but what can fans expect? Join the IBI's Michael Hattery as he provides an outlook for Masterson's future in the first edition of his new series titled Swing Starters.
February 20, 2013   (2 comments)
Then & Now: Scott Kazmir
The IBI's Steve Orbanek returns with his latest edition of Then & Now, which looks at non-roster invitee Scott Kazmir this week. Kazmir joins the Indians after an epic rise and equally epic fall as an ace in the Major Leagues. With the Tribe's fifth starter spot up for grabs, does Kazmir have a legitimate shot to join the team's rotation? Join Steve as he ponders this thought and looks back at the up-and-down road that has been Kazmir's career.
February 14, 2013   (13 comments)
Then & Now: Matt LaPorta
The IBI's Steve Orbanek returns with his latest edition of Then & Now, which looks at Matt LaPorta this week. LaPorta has had a storied career for the Indians, both at the minor and Major League level. What does the future hold for LaPorta? And could he possibly have a future with the Indians? Steve ponders after the jump.
February 12, 2013   (11 comments)
How much better are the Indians after Bourn deal?
The Indians sent shockwaves through the baseball world last evening when it was announced that the team had come to terms with free agent outfielder Michael Bourn. On paper, it seems as if the Tribe is definitely a much improved team, and some fans are even labeling the Indians as a potential playoff team. But just how much have the Indians improved following the Bourn signing and the other moves this offseason? The IBI's Steve Orbanek ponders after the jump.
February 8, 2013   (1 comments)
Wendle excited for what's in store this season
One’s first season playing pro ball is full of adjustments, lessons and personal tests. Cleveland Indians infielder Joe Wendle understands the importance of learning everywhere, from between the foul lines to off the field. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him to get caught up with how his offseason is going and what he is looking forward to this season.
February 6, 2013   (4 comments)
Then & Now: Matt Langwell
The IBI's Steve Orbanek returns with his weekly staple Then & Now, which takes a closer look at right-handed reliever Matt Langwell this week. Between his performance with the Clippers and in Puerto Rican Winter League, Langwell had a stellar 2012 campaign and now finds himself among the Tribe's non-roster invitees to Spring Training. What does the future hold for Langwell? Steve ponders after the jump.
February 3, 2013   (0 comments)
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #43 INF Joey Wendle
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with infielder Joey Wendle. He is an offensive-oriented infielder from a smaller school that may have been overlooked in the draft, but hit the ground running in his pro debut at Mahoning Valley. He is a lot like Cord Phelps, and may be a better hitter and have a little more versatility than Phelps had when he first came into the organization. Wendle is an interesting prospect, and Tony breaks him down in this detailed scouting report.

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