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IBI Scoreboard for April 15, 2014
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February 1, 2014   (4 comments)
Jason Kipnis watches the world go by
Last week the IBI's John Grimm took an exceptionally deep look into Jason Kipnis's home run prowess in 2013. While researching and preparing that piece he noticed that perhaps the most notable development in his 2013 campaign was his substantial increase in both strikeouts and walks. He breaks it down as only he can with tons of data and analysis on the Indians All Star second baseman and what those increases mean.
 
February 1, 2014   (5 comments)
MLB Storylines: Cubs add more pitching with Hammel, McDonald
With Spring Training getting closer by the minute, several players are starting to agree to Minor League deals with invites to camp. 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 Jason Hammel heading to the Cubs, Daniel Bard looking to start over with a new team, and more.
 
January 31, 2014   (60 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Ubaldo Jimenez or Justin Masterson?
There was news this week that came out in regard to both Ubaldo Jimenez and Justin Masterson. It appears as if Jimenez has lowered his asking price while Masterson and the Indians have shelved their extension talks for the moment. Nonetheless, it's crucial that the Indians at least lock up one of these guys to a long-term deal, so who should it be? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
 
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 31, 2014   (5 comments)
MLB Storylines: Michael Young calls it a career
He wasn't flashy, as he never brought attention to himself, but Michael Young was the model of consistency throughout his 14 years in the Bigs. 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 Young's retirement, a possible dilemma facing Kendrys Morales, and more.
 
January 30, 2014   (24 comments)
Trend Spotting: On Larry Doby, Jim Thome and a statue travesty
Last weekend at Tribe Fest the Indians unveiled their plans for a Jim Thome statue to be placed in this ballpark and a ceremony for the unveiling on August 2nd. While Thome is one of the organization's greatest players of all time and he is a former fan favorite, this announcement is puzzling to many considering his departure from the team in 2002 and so many other former great Indians who were not given the honor. The IBI's Michael Hattery holds nothing back in his criticism of the decision.
 
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.
 
January 30, 2014   (0 comments)
MLB Storylines: Arroyo still waiting for his next contract
Despite no major moves, Wednesday still had plenty of news from around the MLB. 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 Bronson Arroyo's frustration with being unemployed, Scott Baker chooses his next team, and more.
 
January 30, 2014   (34 comments)
Starting from the Top: Bourn, Swisher and Kipnis
Last year, they started from the bottom. This year, we're starting from the top—at the top of the Indians lineup that is. For 56 games last year, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and Jason Kipnis hit one, two and three in the Tribe order respectively. They were far from the most potent bunch in baseball, but they have given Cleveland a new look and a new identity offensively. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz takes a closer look at the offensive trio.
 
January 29, 2014   (51 comments)
Ubaldo just won't leave the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario
Ubaldo Jimenez has never been Jim Pete's favorite player. Not even close, but as the sub-zero temperatures envelope Cleveland, Jim takes a close look at the enigmatic starter and whether or not he's worth the risk of a one-to-three year deal at $11-$13 million per year. Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and deal Masterson? Will the Indians sign Masterson and forget Ubaldo? Will the Indians sign Ubaldo and Masterson? Weave through the highs and lows at this week's Corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
 
January 29, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #48 RHP Casey Shane
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Casey Shane. Shane was one of the youngest players in the draft last year and pitched most of his pro debut for the Indians at 17 years of age. He brings with him some impressive size and a nice arsenal which the IBI's Tony Lastoria goes into detail about. He also talks about what the Indians are focusing in on from a developmental perspective in 2014 and beyond, where he should pitch this season, and much more in this detailed scouting report.
 
January 29, 2014   (21 comments)
MLB Storylines: Burnett to return for 2014
Tuesday saw a surprise new name enter the free agent starting pitcher ring. 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.J. Burnett deciding against retiring, the shrinking contract demands of Ubaldo Jimenez, and more.
 
January 29, 2014   (2 comments)
Around the Farm: January 28, 2014
This is it. The final Around the Farm for about six or seven weeks when spring games heat up in Arizona. Unless an Indians player makes his way onto a Caribbean Series roster - which appears unlikely - this is it after Carlos Santana's Leones del Escogido team fell short of the Dominican Winter League championship on Tuesday night.
 
January 28, 2014   (45 comments)
Swinging for the Fences: Waiting to trade Cabrera
What is the future of Asdrubal Cabrera with the Indians? At the end of last season that, many believed there was no way he would wear an Indians uniform again. Yet here we are at the end of January and he's still with the team and figures to be here when opening day rolls around. Should the Tribe wait to trade him? The IBI's Jake Dungan says better trade opportunities may present themselves during the season.
 

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