For the first time the Indians top International prospect listing is being posted to the IBI site. Previously only available in his book, the IBI's Tony Lastoria is providing a portion of the best young International prospects the Indians have which many have never seen or heard about. These are the top International players like Leandro Linares, Yandy Diaz, Yu-Chen Chang and so on who are coming stateside for the first time this year or in the near future for the Indians who were not included in the Top 50 or Top 100 listing because they are so new to the organization where they have not played a game or have not really been seen.
Today we move on to the left-handed relief pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. Like with the right-handed relievers, this is a tough position to rank because lefty relievers can be scarce in a farm system for a variety of reasons. At the moment the Indians have a solid one-two punch in Cleveland in Marc Rzepczynski and Josh Outman and have them backed up with Nick Hagadone in Columbus, but they have some legitimate prospect depth behind them to fill a need if any of the above trio get hurt, under perform, or leave the team in free agency or trade. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the options and provides scouting reports and insight on names like Crockett, Barnes, Polanco, Soto, Pannone and Araujo.
Today we move on to the right-handed relief pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. This is always the toughest position to project in a minor league system as most Major League relievers are failed minor league starters. As a result, most of the Indians pen prospects of the future will come from the current pool of starters they have at all levels of the system. That said, the IBI's Tony Lastoria sees several interesting right-handed relievers worth keeping an eye on and gives scouting reports and insight into players such as C.C. Lee, Austin Adams, Bryan Price, Trevor Frank, D.J. Brown, Louis Head and many more.
Today we move on to the left-handed starting pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. Since drafting and developing C.C. Sabathia the Indians have not had a lot of success over the last 15 or so years in the left-handed pitching department - be it starting or relieving. While they still have a long way to go, things on that front may be changing as they have a few very promising left-handed arms in the lower levels and for the first time in a few years there are some legitimate upside left-handed starting pitching prospects throughout the organization. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and includes scouting reports on them as well.
Today we move on to the right-handed starting pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. It is no secret that the Indians have really struggled to draft and develop good starting pitching over the past two decades or so, but things look to be on the up as they have a good mixture of interesting upper level right-handed starters worth keeping an eye on as well as several high upside young, raw arms in the lower levels of the system. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the Top 15 right-handed starting pitching prospects with scouting reports for names like Anderson, Plutko, Milbrath, Sulser, Colon, Peoples and more.
Today we move on to the right fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. The Indians have Michael Brantley and Michael Bourn seemingly locked into left field and center field for the next several years, but at the moment have a short term platoon-type situation in right field with David Murphy and Ryan Raburn. This is a position where the Indians thankfully have some legit prospects with everyday potential, and they are sprinkled throughout almost every level of the organization. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and includes scouting reports for them...
Today we move on to the center fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. It all starts up the middle. Not only do you need a catcher that controls a pitching staff and can shut down a running game and a shortstop that can direct the infield and showcase some exceptional range and consistency, you also need a good center fielder that can cover a lot of ground and be a leader in the outfielder. The Indians have several of those kind of center fielders and the IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and more!
Today we move on to the left fielders in our annual IBI positional rankings. Most teams spend a bulk of their time developing their higher end outfield prospects in center field with the idea that if they can’t cut it there that they could always go to left field. Some players just end up in left field because of a limitation with their arm strength or their defense in center field. In any case, the Indians have a few very interesting possible left field options coming up the system, even if it is a position that looks adequately filled for the time being with Michael Brantley.
Earlier this week we kicked things off with the first basemen, second basemen, shortstops, and third basemen, and today we move on to the catchers in our IBI positional rankings. Unlike the third base position, the catching position is one of the strongest in the Indians farm system. The team also has Yan Gomes locked into a long-term contract at the major league level, furthering the depth in the system. Join Tony and see the scouting reports for the Indians catching prospects as well as how they rank at the position. 16 in total!
Earlier this week we kicked things off with the first basemen, second basemen and shortstops, and today we move on to the third basemen in our IBI positional rankings. The third base position is easily the weakest position in the Indians farm system, but the recent signing of Cuban defector Yandy Diaz could change that. See the first scouting report for Diaz and how the rest of the scouting reports for the Indians third base prospects as well as how they rank at the position.
On Sunday we kicked off our positional rankings with a look at the first basemen and then followed it up with the second basemen on Tuesday. Today we continue on with the ranking of all of the shortstops in the Indians system, a position where the Indians are loaded with prospects at all levels. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and provides scouting reports and additional information as well on players named Castillo, Ciriaco, Gonzalez, Lindor, Paulino, Roberts, Rodriguez and Toole.
On Sunday we kicked off our positional rankings with a look at the first basemen in the Indians system, and today we continue on with the ranking of all of the second basemen. The middle infield is an area that the Indians are strong at as almost every second baseman can play anywhere in the infield, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and provides scouting reports and additional information as well.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown wraps up with shortstop Francisco Lindor. Of no surprise, Lindor is the top prospect in the system for the third straight season and for good reason. In this extremely detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all of the details about Lindor's upside as a hitter, defender and runner, gives insight into the strides he made last season offensively and physically as well, looks at areas he needs to focus in on to complete his development, and much more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Clint Frazier. Frazier was the Indians' first round pick in last year's draft and he impressed with a nice showing in rookie ball and in Instructional League. In this extremely detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria breaks down all of his abilities and why he has the potential to be a star, provides insight into his areas of development, shares details on on how he impressed the Indians throughout the draft process and his first pro season, and much more.
The 2014 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!