The bullpen has been one of the more interesting topics of discussion this spring with several viable candidates coming into camp for only a few openings. All of the candidates offer unique qualities as pitchers, but Blake Wood possesses a kind of talent that could lengthen the bullpen even more. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he explains how the hard-throwing right-hander could become a vital part of the Tribe bullpen in 2014.
The Indians squared off with the Cubs on Monday, with Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron going to Mesa and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County playing in Goodyear. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game. Names like Mejia, Fink, Kime, Roberts and others all shined on the day!
On Sunday we kicked off our positional rankings with a look at the first basemen in the Indians system, and today we continue on with the ranking of all of the second basemen. The middle infield is an area that the Indians are strong at as almost every second baseman can play anywhere in the infield, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks them all and provides scouting reports and additional information as well.
Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver once said, "The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals and three-run homers." The Indians had a little bit of everything working for them Monday in the rubber-match against the Cincinnati Reds. Solid starting pitching, sound defense and three home runs lead the Tribe past Cincy, 8-3. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action from Monday's contest.
Opening Day in Oakland is less than a week away! 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 Red Sox and Jon Lester setting a deadline for a contract extension, Tom Hamilton watches his son in the booth, the Indians make numerous roster moves, and more.
The Indians made several roster announcements on Monday morning as outfielder Michael Bourn was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring, Nyjer Morgan and Lonnie Chisenhall were named to the opening day roster, Aaron Harang was released and more.
It is hard to believe that in less than a week players will be reporting to one of the Indians four full season affiliates. At this time next week players will have traded in the warm sun in Arizona for the cold of Ohio and (hopeful) warmth of Carolina. The next few days figures to be a wild and crazy time in minor league camp as rosters are finalized and players are released, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some news and insights on some players who are injured, some more retirements, and some intriguing developments he has seen in camp the last few days.
Indians players have been sporting t-shirts with the motto “Unfinished Business” -- a call to extending their run from last year to winning a World Series championship in 2014. However, they have some unfinished business to take care of off of the field if they plan to keep that window open beyond this season. That unfinished business is, of course, keeping Justin Masterson in Cleveland.
It was another camp day at the Goodyear complex, which typically means more roster decisions were made later in the afternoon on Sunday. Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron squared off against one another and High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County faced each other as well. Here is the recap of how all of the Indians hitters and pitchers did on the day, with some notes on some of the performances below each game.
For the first time all spring, the Indians have dropped two straight, falling to the L.A. Angels Monday at Tempe Diablo Stadium, 5-2. L.A. struck for two runs early off Tribe starter Zach McAllister in the first inning, highlighted on a RBI triple by Albert Pujols. The nine-time All-Star went 2-for-2 in the ballgame and helped the Angels extend their winning streak to five straight. Join Jim Berdysz as he recaps the action.
In just one short week, we will all be patiently waiting for 10:00 PM and the first pitch of the Indians' 2014 season. 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 two different sides of the Max Scherzer extension offer, David Ortiz getting his new deal with Boston, and more.
The Cleveland Indians and Justin Masterson failed to reach an agreement with Justin Masterson. The Indians have been reticent in past years to sign post-arbitration pitchers to long-term deals, and this proved true again this offseason. Join Jim Pete for this week's Sunday Drive, where he takes a look a the Indians' 'Jake Westbrook Rule,' the new clubhouse mentality, Elliot Johnson and how things are rarely what they seem in the spring.
Last week we wrapped up the 2014 Top 50 prospect countdown, and today we unveil the beginning of our 2014 Positional Rankings by kicking off things with the first basemen in the Indians system. First base is a position where the Indians have some strength in the upper levels, but beyond that it is a position of great uncertainty and one of the weaker positions in the organization. Join Tony as he breaks down the first basemen in the system.
The 2014 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!