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February 19, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #27 RHP Mitch Brown
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown. Brown is a high profile draft pick out of the 2012 Draft who had some struggles last season, though a lot due to injury. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses what went wrong for Brown last season, what his upside is, what he is working on in his development plan, if he is primed for a rebound and much more.
February 18, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #28 OF Bryson Myles
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Bryson Myles. Myles is a physical presence and brings a very intriguing power-speed combination to his game that makes him a tantalizing prospect. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his strengths as a player, the areas of focus in his development plan, why his season turned around last year, and so much more.
February 17, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #29 RHP Dace Kime
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Dace Kime. Kime was one of the Indians top picks in the 2013 Draft who was primarily a reliever in college but moved into a starting role late in his career and is a role the Indians plan to continue to develop him. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some input from the Indians on his future as a starter, how good his stuff is, his areas of improvement needed, and much, much more.
February 16, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #30 1B Nelson Rodriguez
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with first baseman Nelson Rodriguez. Things did not get off on the right foot at Lake County for Rodriguez last season, but he finished with a bang at Mahoning Valley. In this very detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes an in depth look at the growth potential Rodriguez has as a hitter and defender, what his strengths and weaknesses are, why he had success at Mahoning Valley, and so much more.
February 15, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #31 OF Logan Vick
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Logan Vick. Vick had a breakthrough season last year showing some tablesetting skills and led the Midwest League with a .413 on-base percentage. In this detailed scouting report, the IBIs Tony Lastoria explains just what kind of outfield prospect Vick is for the Indians, what the biggest concern is with him, what he really excels at, his Major League potential, and more.
February 14, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #32 RHP Caleb Hamrick
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Caleb Hamrick. Hamrick is the lesser hyped high school pitcher taken in the Top 10 rounds of the Indians draft in 2012, but to date he has performed the best. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the strength, power and ability that Hamrick has, his areas of improvement needed, his future outlook and much more.
February 13, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #33 RHP Joseph Colon
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Joseph Colon. Colon had an inconsistent first half of his season last year because of injuries, but the second half of the season he was very good thanks to a significant jump in his fastball velocity and overall consistency of his stuff. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses the sudden change for him last season, his limitations which can hold him back, what really makes him so effective, his major league future and much more.
February 12, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #34 LHP Giovanni Soto
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto. Soto reminds a lot of people with his size and stuff of former Indians lefty specialist Rafael Perez and he was expected to impact the Indians bullpen last season but injury kept that from happening. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what happened to Soto last year, how he is recovering, what his Major League future looks like, what he has to offer, what he needs to work on, and more!
February 11, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #35 RHP Bryan Price
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Bryan Price. Price had an exceptional spike in his performance last season and found his way onto the Indians 40-man roster in the offseason and is in the mix for a bullpen spot in Cleveland sometime this coming season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains the reasons behind his surge last season, how good his stuff is, his future as a major league reliever, what he needs to work on, and much more!
February 10, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #36 3B Giovanny Urshela
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with third baseman Giovanny Urshela. Urshela has been one of the Indians best young prospects for the past few years and has shown some good bat-to-ball ability and impressive defensive skills at the hot corner. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at his strengths as a hitter and defender, the massive work he has put into developing his approach at the plate, his major league future, and so much more.
February 9, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #37 RHP Kieran Lovegrove
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Kieran Lovegrove. Lovegrove is a high profile draft pick for the Indians out of the 2012 Draft who is very young and raw, but has some considerable upside as a projectable, durable starting pitching prospect. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the behind the scenes strides that he made last season, his significant improvement with his velocity, what he is working on, and so much more.
February 8, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #38 RHP Preston Guilmet
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Preston Guilmet. Guilmet has been an overlooked bullpen prospect for most of his career, but no longer as he is finally being taken a lot more seriously and has put himself on the map as a major league option for the Indians. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at what makes him so valuable to the Indians, why he has so much success, his flaws, his major league chances, and more.
February 7, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #39 OF Luigi Rodriguez
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Luigi Rodriguez. Rodriguez is one of the most talented players in the entire organization, but in this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why his value has slipped, provides an update on his health status, looks at his skills offensively, his areas of opportunity, and much more.
February 6, 2014   (8 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #40 INF Erik Gonzalez
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with infielder Erik Gonzalez. Gonzalez had an amazing 2013 season as he literally started the year in the spring as a prospect on the bubble in the organization and finished it on the 40-man roster and with a very good winter ball showing in the Dominican Republic. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his large ascent up the prospect rankings, his potential as a fielder, and the intrigue with his bat and the problems he has with it, and much more.
February 4, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #42 LHP Kenny Mathews
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Kenny Mathews. Mathews is a nice upside lefty for the Indians who throws a ton of strikes, really knows how to pitch and is a guy who even though he is young could be fast-tracked. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at Mathews' repertoire, his strengths and weaknesses as a pitcher, what he needs to focus on, where he should start the 2014 season, and more.
February 3, 2014   (2 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #43 RHP Shawn Armstrong
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Shawn Armstrong. Armstrong took a step back last season thanks to an injury which forced him to miss most of the first half of the season and also some delivery adjustments which affected his performance, but he finished strong and looks ready for a bounce back 2014 campaign. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the struggles Armstrong had last year, what he needs to work on going forward, what makes him so intriguing, and more.
February 2, 2014   (5 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #44 RHP Enosil Tejeda
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Enosil Tejeda. Tejeda was an old signing at 21 years of age out of Latin America, but he has quickly established himself as one of the Indians better relief pitching prospects in the system. He has allowed just two home runs in his four year career and has an exceptional strikeout rate, and in this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what kind of prospect he truly is, if his stuff can translate, what his future holds and so much more.
February 1, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #45 LHP Ryan Merritt
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt. Merritt is a slight framed pitcher who has made living so far in his minor league career as a command and control specialist and has carved a niche as a promising lefty starter. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what Merritt does so well, areas of opportunity, what the Indians want to see from him most, what his future holds as a starting pitcher, and so much more.
January 31, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #46 OF Tyler Holt
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Tyler Holt. Holt was a high-priced draft signing back in 2010 who came in with a lot of fire and passion to his game and has since developed himself into the best defensive outfielder in the Indians system. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail his abilities as a hitter, baserunner, and defender, goes into great detail about the advancements made with his swing, opportunities for improvement, his major league future and much more.
January 30, 2014   (3 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #47 RHP Jeff Johnson
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed relief pitcher Jeff Johnson. Johnson has been one of the best performers out of the bullpen in the Indians minor league system the last two years, and more importantly he has the stuff to back it up. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about his very good stuff, what kind of major league reliever he can be, the Indians development plan for him, and much more.

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