The Indians conducted their first full squad workout today and the ball is officially rolling on the 2014 season. In today's Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives his reasons why he believes Santana is a true option at third base for the Indians, how Aaron Harang fits into things, why it is rotation or bust for Josh Tomlin, why Raburn may be limited in the outfield, Herrmann's chances with the team, and more.
Welcome to the seventh season of Smoke Signals! In today's debut episode, Tony and Jim focus their attention on several moves the Indians made this offseason, why they didn't HAVE to make more moves, what they might still do, and where they might go as the season progresses. Join IBI's flagship podcast, which will begin recording live every Tuesday night starting this week! More details to follow.
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.
Monday signals the true beginning of another Tribe season, with the first full squad workout. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Craig Kimbrel's extension with Atlanta, Ryan Dempster deciding not to pitch in 2014, and more.
Danny Salazar and Yan Gomes burst out for the Cleveland Indians in 2013, and really added the depth that the team needed to get to the next level. With both players joining the team on a regular basis in 2014, do the Indians have any minor league options that could provide the same burst of energy this season? Join Jim Pete, as he takes a look at potential break-out candidates this season.
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.
A slow day in the MLB was headlined by some Indians news. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a new member of the Tribe's fifth starter race, the Cubs adding a new infielder, and more.
The Indians bench last year was constructed much differently than many of the past. It was a strength of the team with Ryan Raburn at the forefront of the Goon Squad as perhaps a goon’s goon of sorts. The IBIs Michael Hattery takes a deep look into the production of Raburn last year and provides data and analysis the suggests he is a regression candidate. But why and how much?
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.
With the prices in free agency sky rocketing every year, teams seem to be more open than ever to locking their own players up long term. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Julio Teheran's extension, the Mariners pursuit of pitching after the Hisashi Iwakuma injury, and more.
The Cleveland Indians formally announced the contract extension of Michael Brantley on Thursday. The move now ensures that Brantley will be in the fold for the next four years, but was the price too steep? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he analyzes the contract in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
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.
The 2013 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!