It is opening day in the minor leagues. Tonight three of the Indians full season affiliates Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina will open while Low-A Lake County opens up their season on Friday. In our annual preview of the Indians minor league system, several IBI writers share their thoughts on what to watch this season, who can breakout, and so much more.
The Lake County Captains kicked off the 2014 season with an exhibition game against the double-A Akron RubberDucks April 1, but their regular season starts April 4. The 2013 squad finished with a 54-83 record, and the 2014 team looks to improve upon its predecessor. With a new coaching staff and new crop of prospects, the IBI's Stephanie Metzger previews the 2014 Captains.
Baseball returned to Northeast Ohio Monday evening in fine fashion as it was big brother putting the hurt on little brother at Classic Park in Eastlake as the debut of the Akron RubberDucks handled the Lake County Captains 11-1 in exhibition play.
Minor league camp wrapped up on Saturday and on Sunday all players arrived at their full season destinations. With that, a little over 100 minor league players are set to open the season on Thursday or Friday this week at Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County. Here are the rosters!
Last week we wrapped up the 2014 Top 50 prospect countdown, and today we unveil the beginning of our 2014 Positional Rankings by kicking off things with the first basemen in the Indians system. First base is a position where the Indians have some strength in the upper levels, but beyond that it is a position of great uncertainty and one of the weaker positions in the organization. Join Tony as he breaks down the first basemen in the system.
Early camp for minor leaguers kicks off on February 25th. One of those who will be attending is right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown who is coming off an inconsistent 2013 campaign and looking to put that behind him for good with the start of a new season. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him to see how he is doing as spring training nears and get his thoughts on what went wrong last year.
As spring training gets underway, here is an updated Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2014 season and where players are "projected" to be assigned from Cleveland all the way down to extended spring training. We will continue to update this listing as moves are made this offseason, during spring training, and throughout the season with the addition, subtraction, promotion, demotion, etc of players. Happy pitchers and catchers day!
The Cleveland Indians today announced the organizational staff alignment within the Player Development System for the upcoming season. Chris Tremie remains as manager in Columbus while Dave Wallace moves up to Akron and Scooter Tucker moves to Carolina. Edwin Rodriguez has moved into a special assistant role and the Indians also welcomed in several new coaches.
On Wednesday the IBI's Tony Lastoria posted part one of his extensive interview with Indians minor league pitching coordinator Ruben Niebla. In that piece we discussed a lot of the strides made and some struggled encountered by a great many pitchers at the full season affiliates. In today's second part, he provides Niebla’s thoughts on a bevy of young arms at the short season levels, gets into several of the philosophical and mechanical changes the Indians implemented in 2013 with how they develop pitchers, and discussed a ton of velocity jumps made by a litany of pitchers this season.
The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Indians minor league pitching coordinator Ruben Niebla and discussed the strides and sometimes the struggles for a great many pitchers at the full season affiliates this year. They talked about how Dylan Baker and Cody Anderson have separated themselves as prospects, the development of Shawn Morimando and Joe Colon, the rise of Will Roberts and Matt Packer, the work being done with Trevor Bauer, the resurgence of Bryan Price, and lots more.
The Major League Baseball roster deadline on November 20th is quickly approaching. While not highly publicized, this is a key date in the offseason as it is one of the first steps teams take to finalize their roster for the upcoming season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep look into all of the roster options and uses lots of insight gained from talking to people inside and outside the Indians organization to determine the players to be rostered and some surprises that are not.
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with an inside look at the pitchers at Low-A Lake County. Recently, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the pitchers at Lake County this season, and has included comments on pitchers like Dylan Baker, Ryan Merritt, Jake Sisco, Luis DeJesus, Robbie Aviles, D.J. Brown and many others.
We continue on with our year-end pieces for the Indians minor league affiliates with an inside look at the hitters at Low-A Lake County. Recently, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the players there this season, and he includes those comments on players like Logan Vick, Eric Haase, Dorssys Paulino, Anthony Santander, Joe Sever, Richard Stock, Jeremy Lucas, and others.
Today we wrap up the 2013 Tony Awards with the announcement of the All-Tony teams for 2013. These are the first, second and third teams as Tony sees them in the Cleveland Indians organization based on their performance this past year. Again, this is not a top prospect listing by position, but a listing based 100% on performance from the 2013 season.
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!