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November 2, 2014   (0 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Scrappers pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Mahoning Valley Scrappers. This week we focus on the pitchers, with Jim Piascik breaking down the progress of a bunch of 2014 draft picks, checking in on starters like Sean Brady and Kieran Lovegrove, and much more as he takes you into The WAR Room.
November 2, 2014   (6 comments)
Minor Happenings: Young position players bring promise
This is the second part of the two-part 2014 Indians Instructional League wrapup here at the IBI. The first part covered the arms that the IBI's Tony Lastoria saw and provided lots of information and insight into what was an impressive collection of arms in Arizona. This piece focuses in on the position players, a place where the Indians also have an abundant amount of talent, and Tony provides all kinds of news, insight and more info on players like Bradley Zimmer, Bobby Bradley, Yu-Cheng Chang, Li- Jen Chu, Mike Papi and lots more.
November 2, 2014   (5 comments)
Around the Farm: November 1, 2014
The calendar flipped to November on Saturday, and the clocks flipped back an hour overnight thanks Daylight Savings Time. It was a full slate of action on Saturday as Indians were in action throughout the winter ball landscape around the world, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the performances from the day...
November 1, 2014   (4 comments)
Evaluating the opposition: The 2015 Chicago White Sox
Following a 73-89 showing in 2014, the Chicago White Sox do not jump out as a threat to Cleveland in next year’s division race. Such a thought process would be selling the White Sox short, however. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the combination of internal growth and offseason acquisitions that could help the White Sox make a playoff push in 2015 and make the AL Central even more crowded.
November 1, 2014   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: October 31, 2014
With all of the five winter leagues in action that have Indians players participating, the winter season season is in full bloom. Several Indians players debuted on Friday night, including Anderson Polanco and Giovanni Soto, and the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps their performances as well as many others....
November 1, 2014   (10 comments)
Storylines: Cubs fire Renteria, hire Maddon
The Cavaliers got the first win of their young season on Friday night. Are big things ahead? In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the Cubs hiring Joe Maddon and the potential tampering charges that could follow, what kind of contract Pablo Sandoval is seeking, the Indians shuffle up the front office, and more.
October 31, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Young Indians arms impress in Instructs
The Indians fall instructional league wrapped up a little over two weeks ago. Unlike years past, this was one of the more interesting programs due to the amount of talent the Indians had on display for five weeks out in Arizona. The IBI's Tony Lastoria spent some time out in Arizona for Instructs and shares some first impressions, thoughts and insights on young arms like Justus Sheffield, Sam Hentges, Grant Hockin, Jared Robinson, Micah Miniard and several others, as well as several injury and surgery updates to other pitchers.
October 31, 2014   (27 comments)
The Tribe's challenge in closing the gap in AL Central (Part 2)
In Thursday's first part, the IBI's John Mast compared the lineups of the American League Central’s three leading teams, the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians and the American League Champion Kansas City Royals. When comparing the lineups side by side, where do the Indians need to improve? That's what John tries to answer in the second part of this two-part piece.
October 31, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: October 30, 2014
The final two offseason leagues -- the Puerto Rican Winter League and the Australian Winter League -- both began play on Thursday, marking the first time every offseason league was in action this season. Cleveland had a couple prospects in action, but as he has all year, third baseman Giovanny Urshela stole the show. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Urshela’s sustained dominance and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 31, 2014   (0 comments)
Storylines: Youkilis will hang up spikes on his career
Happy Halloween! It feels weird that the baseball season is officially over. That doesn't mean the hot stove is taking a break! In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on Kevin Youkilis calling it a career, many players saw their options exercised or declined, where the Royals go from here, and more.
October 30, 2014   (17 comments)
The Tribe's challenge in closing the gap in AL Central (Part 1)
The Tigers and Royals have each been to the World Series the last three years. Although they came up short in their question for a title, they offer two very formidable clubs for the Indians to overtake and win the AL Central. In this two-part piece, the IBI's John Mast compares the three teams to show how they stack up with one another.
October 30, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Indians 40-man roster review: Who do they remove?
With the 2014 season officially over after the Giants defeated the Royals in Game 7 in thrilling fashion on Wednesday night, the 2014-2015 Hot Stove season in Major League Baseball is officially here. The Indians wrapped up their season almost five weeks ago, so they are already knee deep in their offseason preparations, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a deep and insightful look into the Indians first task this offseason: the decision on which players to remove from their 40-man roster.
October 30, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: October 29, 2014
Oh, the many fun things that can happen over small sample sizes. If we did not know any better, Jesus Aguilar’s 1-for-10 skid to start his time in the Venezuelan Winter League would be a concern. But after knocking a home run, a triple, and a single Monday night, Aguilar continued to show things are alright on Wednesday. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Aguilar’s night and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 30, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Bumgarner, Giants close out Royals to win title
It wasn't a memorable series in that five of the seven games were decided by five or more runs, but it certainly had its moments with a dramatic Game 7 nailbiter and a superhuman performance throughout the series from Madison Bumgarner. In the end, the Giants won their third title in five years and Bumgarner is on top of the baseball world. The IBI's Tony Lastoria fills in with the news and notes from around baseball on Wednesday.
October 29, 2014   (33 comments)
If the Indians shop Kipnis, here are four deals to consider
The Indians are going to explore a lot of trades this offseason, many upon many of which will not come to fruition. Some of their key players like Michael Brantley, Corey Kluber and Yan Gomes are untouchable, but in the right deal some of their core pieces could be dealt. One of those players is second baseman, and while a trade may ultimately not happen this offseason, the IBI's Jeff Ellis looks at four trades he would consider for Kipnis.
October 29, 2014   (6 comments)
Construction and new renovations ongoing at Progressive Field
Not even a month into the offseason, Terry Francona already has his bullpen warming. On Tuesday, two excavators sat side-by-side on a mound of dirt in the area once called the Indians bullpen. Come next year, the section will house relievers from both the home and visiting teams, marking one of the several new changes at Progressive Field in 2015.
October 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Around the Farm: October 28, 2014
Jordan Smith is slowly putting things together out in the Arizona Fall League. Jose Ramirez is just getting started out in the Dominican Republic. Louis Head has had better days coming out of the bullpen. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all of their performances and more as he takes us Around the Farm...
October 29, 2014   (1 comments)
Storylines: All tied up! Royals force Game 7 with blowout win
It all comes down to this. After seven months of games and thousands of games around the league, the Major League Baseball season will officially come to a close on Wednesday night when the Giants and Royals square off in Game 7 of the World Series. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps how the Royals evened the series up on Tuesday and also provides all the other news and notes from around the league...
October 28, 2014   (3 comments)
AFL Spotlight: Louis Head
The Indians have had a boom in recent years with relief prospects who have impacted in Cleveland or who have established themselves as legit relief prospects. What once was a big issue for the organization with developing their own bullpen prospects has turned into a pretty steady stream of talent in the big leagues and upper levels. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down and spoke with another emerging bullpen prospect Louis Head who is pitching in the Arizona Fall League this offseason.
October 28, 2014   (11 comments)
Building a Wahoo Winner: A healthy return for Kipnis
Jason Kipnis' good 2013 season earned him a big contract extension earlier this season and it looked like he would be one of the key cogs to the lineup for years to come. But his performance went backwards this season and now the decision looks to be a regrettable one for the Tribe. For the Indians to take the next step next season and get back to the playoffs, the IBI's Hayden Grove believes getting Kipnis back on track and healthy is a big key.

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