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October 25, 2014   (2 comments)
Storylines: Maddon opts out of Tampa Bay
The Royals took Game 3 of the World Series last night. Is momentum swinging in their favor? 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 Joe Maddon exercising his opt-out clause, what kind of contract Victor Martinez is looking for, the contract details of Andrew Friedman's deal with the Dodgers is released, and more.
October 24, 2014   (14 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Offensive Player of the Year
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Offensive Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the position player in the Indians organization that had the best year offensively. Like with all the awards so far, this is 100% based on performance and not on prospect standing. The IBI's Tony Lastoria lists all of the top performances and picks his top performer...
October 24, 2014   (39 comments)
Picking up Aviles’ option goes beyond the numbers
Strictly based on the numbers, Cleveland exercising utility man Mike Aviles’ $3.5 million option for 2015 makes no sense. Going beyond the surface numbers, however, shows why the move is defensible. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Aviles’ hidden value to the organization and why picking up his option makes more sense than it appears on first glance.
October 24, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: October 23, 2014
Another day, another set of Giovanny Urshela hits. The breakout 2014 season of Urshela just continues to roll on, with the third baseman destroying the pitching of the Venezuelan Winter League. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps yet another big Urshela night, discusses the winter ball debut of two prospects in the Dominican Republic, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 24, 2014   (4 comments)
Storylines: John Hart named head of baseball ops with Braves
The World Series is tied up at one all. Who do you have in game three? 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 John Hart being named head of baseball ops in Atlanta, a former Indian favorite signed a one year deal, what the Giants plan to do with Pablo Sandoval, and more.
October 23, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 Indians Rule 5 Draft eligibles
The Rule 5 Draft is about seven weeks away, but here is a current up-to-date listing showing the eligible Indians' minor leaguers for the 2014 Draft which will take place on December 11, 2014. Almost 50 players are eligible and the IBI's Tony Lastoria shares them all...
October 23, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Pitcher of the Year
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Pitcher of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the starting pitcher in the Indians organization that had the best year from a performance perspective, an award that Corey Kluber won in 2012 and served as a precursor to a fantastic breakout year in Cleveland this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down an impressive list of candidates and names his winner...
October 23, 2014   (0 comments)
2014 Indians winter ball assignments
Here is a current listing of players from the Indians’ organization currently participating in winter ball this offseason. This is not a complete list as it will undoubtedly change over the course of winter ball as players finish up play and other players end up being assigned to a league.
October 23, 2014   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: October 22, 2014
Sometimes the significance of a performance goes beyond the numbers in the box score. That was the case for Yoiber Marquina Wednesday, as the 18-year-old made his offseason debut in Venezuela. While the inning he pitched was not clean, his presence on the mound itself means something. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down Marquina’s appearance and the rest of the action from across the globe as he takes you Around the Farm.
October 23, 2014   (44 comments)
Storylines: Indians pick up club option on Milke Aviles
The Indians made some news on Wednesday as they picked up the $3.5 million club option on utility infielder Mike Aviles. To some this may come as a surprise, but if anyone has been following what Tony has been saying on this site the past month or so, it was not. The IBI's Jay Frierson provides the news on the Aviles decision and more...
October 22, 2014   (14 comments)
Building a Wahoo Winner: Improve the defense
The Indians are home this postseason for a variety of reasons. The offense was too inconsistent. They had too many down years from key cogs in the lineup. The injury bug bit them too much. The bullpen had trouble protecting late leads. But the one reason that stood tall above everything else was their awful showing defensively as they were the worst fielding team in baseball in 2014. The IBI's Hayden Grove looks at the defense and why it is a key area to improve going into 2015.
October 22, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Reliever of the Year
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Relief Pitcher of the Year. The starting pitchers often get most of the focus, so this award gives an opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the top relief pitching performances in the Indians system over the course of the 2014 season. There were several outstanding showings, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps them all and picks his winner...
October 22, 2014   (1 comments)
Around the Farm: October 21, 2014
While Game 1 of the World Series was set to play on Tuesday, there was a lot of other baseball being played in leagues out West and in the Caribbean. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action Around the Farm on Tuesday for the Indians and notes the early struggles for Tony Wolters in the AFL, Ronny Rodriguez's usage in the DWL, and more.
October 22, 2014   (3 comments)
Storylines: Giants jump on Shields, Royals for Game 1 win
Game 1 of the 2014 World Series finally arrived on Tuesday, and it was a clunker as the Giants jumped out to a big lead on the Royals and James Shields before cruising to a 7-1 win behind the left arm of Madison Bumgarner. The IBI's Jay Frierson recaps the news and notes from the World Series and around the league on Tuesday.
October 21, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Comeback Player of the Year
Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Comeback Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the player who came back from a rough 2013 season – be it due to injury or performance – and any other obstacles to put up a very good 2014 season and reestablished and/or solidified himself as a prospect for the Indians. The IBI's Tony Lastoria runs down the list of candidates and picks his winner...
October 21, 2014   (18 comments)
Taking a look at the 2015 projections for the Indians
Projected statistics for 2015 have been posted by Steamer Projections Blog and, while it’s difficult to predict what a team will look like six months before Opening Day, it offers Tribe fans clamoring for next year an early look at what they might expect. The IBI's Steve Garton reviews the projections and offers up his quick thoughts on them.
October 21, 2014   (10 comments)
Around the Farm: October 20, 2014
In the early going of the offseason winter ball action it has been the Giovanny Urshela show, and once again his show took center stage on Monday with a big four-hit night. He's doing everything in his power to make it hard for the Indians not to give him a legit shot in Cleveland early on next season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and more...
October 21, 2014   (7 comments)
Storylines: Alomar appears likely to return to Cleveland
The World Series gets underway tonight! Who are you predicting to win it all? 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 Sandy Alomar Jr. being turned down (again), the Indians 2014 draft receives praise, the Royals had the chance to add a top bullpen arm, and more.
October 20, 2014   (16 comments)
A deeper look into the numbers for the Indians
Despite missing the playoffs the Cleveland Indians made some great strides in 2014 and have expanded on an already promising young core of players. The Indians will look to improve the roster this offseason, so the IBI's Graydon Fox decided to dive deep into the numbers from 2014 to find out where the Indians can improve knowing they have limited money to work with.
October 20, 2014   (13 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Biggest Breakthrough
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Breakthrough in the minors. This award goes to the player who may not have been as highly touted coming into the season on prospect lists, but by the end of the season is definitely on the prospect map going into next season. The Indians had several players really breakthrough as prospects this season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them all and picks his winner.

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