Before the 2013 season, the last impact starting pitcher Cleveland's farm system produced was Roberto Hernandez way back in 2007. Every elite-level starting pitcher since then was acquired from outside of the organization. That all changed in 2013 when Danny Salazar burst onto the scene. What Salazar did in his 10 regular season starts was nothing short of amazing. Jim Piascik delves into the numbers to show you just how amazing and what to expect from the right-hander in 2014.
The action has been slow to develop in the days following Christmas, but it will surely increase in the coming weeks. 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 Mark Mulder's attempt at a comeback, AL West news, and more.
As the Dominican Winter League has begun their playoff campaign, Carlos Santana and his Leones ball club are among this year's playoff teams. For Santana, the offensive stats continue to improve, but his defense at third base still leaves something to be desired. In Venezuela, Jesus Aguilar appears to have fallen into another slump. How long will this one last? The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps all the day's action.
There are more than two million Little League baseball players in the United States. Of that two million, 25,000 will play at the collegiate level and 1,500 will be drafted. The odds of breaking into professional ball are slim. The odds of becoming a professional ballplayer and a published author are even slimmer. Somehow, Justin Toole has managed both before the age of 30. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the Indians prospect to get his thoughts on his new book and his 2013 season.
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with part two of Tony Lastoria's long interview with former Double-A Akron pitching coach and new short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard. Tony recently had a chance to sit down with Hibbard and in part two of this piece they talked about the return of Austin Adams, what is missing for Trey Haley, the struggles Shawn Armstrong encountered this season, the continued rise of Jeff Johnson as a legit relief pitching prospect, the resurgence of Bryan Price, the organization’s cohesive pitching philosophy and much more.
Yet another Christmas has come and gone, and the MLB Hot Stove will begin burning again. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the beginning of the Masahiro Tanaka bidding, news on former Indians, and more.
Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians players throughout the organization. The winter ball season is dying down as the Dominican Winter League ended play already and the Puerto Rico and Venezuela leagues will close things out this weekend and then start the playoffs.
Today, we continue our offseason Coach's Corner series with an interview with former Double-A Akron pitching coach and new short season Single-A Mahoning Valley pitching coach Greg Hibbard. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Hibbard and they talked in great detail about a lot of those exciting arms that finished in Akron or passed through there earlier in the season, including Matt Packer, Will Roberts, Enosil Tejeda, Kyle Crockett, Danny Salazar, T.J. House, and so much more.
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 region finals in the League Park Region and the Dunn Field Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Elite 8 and two will go home. The matchups feature a classic clash between Jim Thome and Nap Lajoie and a matchup between Willie Mitchell and Bob Feller that went right down to the final game.
In between shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping and spending some time with his family, Jim Pete didn't let Christmas get in the way of your weekly stroll at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. Unfortunately for the readers here at IBI, he decided it was a grand occastion for theme week. Join Jim as he takes you through the 12 Days of a Cleveland Indians' Christmas, for the 2014 season.
From all of us here at Indians Baseball Insider we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Santa was quite busy getting around the entire world last night....let's just hope he left something nice under the Indians' Christmas tree so they can have an even better season than last year.
So far this offseason, while the rest of baseball has been consumed with 10-year contracts, posting fees and blockbuster trades, the Indians have been hard at work finding value on the market without breaking the bank. Chris Antonetti has thus far done an adequate job at combing the available arms for starting pitching and bullpen help. Have they been blockbuster moves? No, but the IBI's Jake Dungan says not to be quick to overlook the minor league signings.
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 region finals in the Municipal Stadium Region and the Stadium Region. With two matchups involving four players, two will move into the Elite 8 and two will go home. The matchups feature Gaylord Perry up against Otto Hess and Luis Tiant squares off against Terry Turner.
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!