Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with short season Single-A Mahoning Valley hitting coach Shaun Larkin. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Larkin and talked about several of the hitters he worked with this season at Mahoning Valley. They discussed the strides that Nellie Rodriguez made from his early season struggles, the improvements Claudio Bautista and Josh McAdams continue to make, getting Robel Garcia to trust his abilities, the excitement that Joel Mejia brings as a prospect, and more.
Wednesday was a much lighter day than Monday and Tuesday in terms of 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 Cano-Seattle connection, Curtis Granderson and the Mets, and more.
It was a fairly quiet night around the winter ball leagues as Jesus Aguilar and Erik Gonzalez were the only current Tribe prospects who saw action on Wednesday. So the IBI's Michael Goodman thought he'd also check in on some old friends and see how they were doing this offseason. Check it all out as he takes a trip around the farm...
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in the semi-final round of the Municipal Stadium Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Region Finals and two will go home. The region features Jimmy Piersall up against Otto Hess in one matchup and Larry Doby against Gaylord Perry in the other.
The Rule 5 Draft commences a week from tomorrow out in Orlando, Florida at the tail end of the Winter Meetings. What kind of players are typically drafted and what levels do they come from? What positions are the primary focus of the draft, and what positions rarely get selected? The IBI's Jeff Ellis chimes in with his yearly Rule 5 Draft review where he analyzes all that and more...
Are we absolutely sure the Winter Meetings haven't already started? Tuesday was yet another day full of big news and rumors. 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 the Ellsbury signing, Joe Nathan, A.J. Pierzynski, and Jarrod Saltalamachia finding new homes, and much, much more.
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. In this special fall and winter ball version of ATF, the IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the action on Tuesday night in winter ball action and provides the details on another good game from Erik Gonzalez and word that Carlos Santana is about to spring into action soon.
With regular Winter Ball Notebook contributor Steve Orbanek temporarily away, the IBI's Tony Lastoria steps in with lots of interesting news and notes from the happenings for Indians players in the winter leagues. He talks about a recent injury to Jose Ramirez which appears to have prematurely ended his winter ball campaign, the insertion of Elvis Araujo into the rotation, and much more.
Monday was a busy day, with lots of news and rumors. 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 Scott Kazmir signing with Oakland, the Indians non-tender moves, and Doug Fister traded to Washington, and much more.
It was a quiet night for Indians players in winter ball action as only one player, Erik Gonzalez, was in action. Join the IBI's Michael Hattery for another edition of Around the Farm as he recaps another solid performance from the young, talented middle infielder.
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with the results from the matchups in round two of the Jacobs Field Region. With four matchups involving eight players, four will move into the Region Semi-finals and four will go home. Some of the remaining names in this region include Tribe favorites such as Earl Averill, Ken Keltner, Greg Swindell, Lou Boudreau and others.
The Indians today announced that they tendered contracts to outfielder Michael Brantley, right-handed starting pitcher Justin Masterson, right-handed reliever Vinnie Pestano, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski, outfielder Drew Stubbs and right-handed starting pitcher Josh Tomlin. They did not tender a contract to catcher Lou Marson.
Lake Erie Crushers manager Jeff Isom has left the organization to take on the managerial reigns for the Joliet Slammers so be can be closer to home. The IBI's Kyle Ferrara recently spoke with Isom about the decision.
In its new Monday slot, the IBI's Tony Lastoria checks in with a lot of things in Tribe Happenings. He looks at the starting pitching market and why there may be an outside shot that the Indians can resign free agent Ubaldo Jimenez. He also discusses the many question marks the team has going into next season, the amount of depth they have built on the field, the experiment of Carlos Santana at third base, today's tender deadline, and more.
Rumors are swirling with Monday's non-tender deadline fast approaching. 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 the Indians likely tendering a contract to Drew Stubbs, and could Homer Bailey be a fit in Cleveland?
We are coming down the home stretch of winter ball as the calendar has flipped to December and several of the Caribbean Leagues will be wrapping up over the next few weeks to get ready for the playoffs and the popular Caribbean Series. The IBI's Arthur Kinney checks in with an updated on how several Indians players did around the various leagues on Sunday.
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!