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July 17, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Midseason Top 30 Prospects, part two
Welcome to IBI's midseason top 30 prospect rankings. Now that we are at the All-Star break and more than half of the way through the minor league season, Jim Piascik is re-ranking the top prospects in Cleveland's system, including the risers, the fallers, those who stayed steady, and the newly drafted. Join Jim in part two of his rankings, where he breaks down #15 through #1.
July 16, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Midseason Top 30 Prospects, part one
Welcome to IBI's midseason top 30 prospect rankings. Now that we are at the All-Star break and more than half of the way through the minor league season, Jim Piascik is re-ranking the top prospects in Cleveland's system, including the risers, the fallers, those who stayed steady, and the newly drafted. Join Jim in part one of his rankings, where he breaks down those who fell just short in addition to #30 through #16.
April 15, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 10 Indians International prospects
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.
April 11, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Left-handed Relievers
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.
April 10, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Right-handed Relievers
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.
April 8, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Left-handed Starters
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.
April 7, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Right-handed Starters
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.
April 5, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Right Fielders
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...
April 3, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Center Fielders
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!
April 2, 2014   (1 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Left Fielders
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.
April 1, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Catchers
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!
March 29, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Third Basemen
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.
March 27, 2014   (1 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Shortstops
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.
March 25, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Second Basemen
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.
March 18, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #1 SS Francisco Lindor
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.
March 17, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #2 OF Clint Frazier
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.
March 16, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #3 RHP Trevor Bauer
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer. Bauer did not meet expectations last season as he was a high profile trade acquisition that struggled with his command all season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why Bauer is still a top flight pitching prospect, the significant changes made to his delivery to help his command and velocity, his upside and still unlimited potential, and so much more.
March 15, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #4 RHP Cody Anderson
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Cody Anderson. With the arrival of Danny Salazar in Cleveland last season, Anderson has now assumed the billing as the organization's top pitching prospect that they have drafted/signed and developed. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on what makes him so exciting and potential special as a prospect, the strides he made last season, what he is working on and how he can get better, and so much more.
March 14, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #5 CA Francisco Mejia
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Francisco Mejia. Mejia is new to the prospect scene for a lot of casual Indians fans, but if you have been following the IBI since January of 2013 he is a guy that the IBI's Tony Lastoria has been high on for some time. In this detailed scouting report, Tony looks at Mejia's massive upside both offensively and defensively, some early comps, what he really needs to work on, and so much more.
March 13, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #6 INF Jose Ramirez
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with infielder Jose Ramirez. Ramirez was a relative unknown coming out of extended spring training in June of 2012 and then 15 months later raced through the system and earned a call to the big leagues last year as a September callup. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into great detail on Ramirez's rise through the system, where he has surprised, where he has struggled, what value he brings, and so much more.

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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!

 

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