The Cleveland Indians are often judged by how many times they misfire per season, as opposed to what their chances are of actually winning the World Series. Of course, it's often the folly of the front office that leads fans there to begin with. As the Indians get set to embark upon the 2014 season, will they win the World Series? Have they built a team that can win in the near future? Will they win it before we leave this earth? Join Jim Pete as he leads you through this week's Power Poll.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Eric Haase. Haase brings a lot to the table at the catching position with significant upside thanks to a lot of tools and some strength in his bat and arm. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides the details on how his development as a catcher is coming along, what strides he has made at the plate, what areas of improvement are still needed, and much more.
For most of the offseason, the Orioles stood pat and made only minor moves - until this past week. 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 Baltimore's continued spending spree, who remains in the Ervin Santana market, and more.
The 2014 Winter Olympics have featured the world’s greatest hockey players, including Team Canada, who defeated both women’s and men’s U.S. hockey teams on Thursday and Friday. Rob Nixon loves hockey, but it was America’s past time that led to his career in baseball with the Cleveland Indians. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him...
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Sean Brady. Brady is a high profile pick from the 2013 Draft who had an impressive debut last season both with his stuff and performance. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his upside, why he had so much success his first season, what he is working on, what kind of pitcher he is, and so much more.
The Orioles brass said that giving up their first round pick to sign Ubaldo Jimenez makes it easier for them to deal with parting with another pick to sign another of the "qualified" group, and they seem to be sticking to that statement. 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 Orioles looking to make another splash, the dimming star of Jesus Montero, and more.
Ubaldo Jimenez's tenure as a Cleveland Indian came to an end Monday after the right-hander signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Jimenez had plenty of ups and downs during his two-plus years with the Indians, but no one can dispute that they've been memorable years, for both good and bad reasons. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he explains why Jimenez will always have a special place in his heart in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko. Plutko had an amazing college career at UCLA and capped it all off winning the College World Series last year, but while he signed with the Indians he missed his pro debut and has yet to pitch for them. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why Plutko did not pitch for the Indians at all last year, what his true upside is, his strengths and weaknesses, and so much more.
For those who know or follow college baseball and the draft, a story broke on Wednesday night that two players the Phillies drafted last year Ben Wetzler and Jason Monda had been reported for negotiating with an agent after they had been drafted by the Phillies. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on how low the Phillies stooped and how it might affect the draft negotiation process in the future.
The Braves continue to follow the blueprint set by Jon Hart and Indians of the 90's. 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 Atlanta continuing to lock up their young core, the Red Sox adding to their pitching depth, and more.
Ubaldo Jimenez has finally left the Indians building. In April of 2013, Jim literally begged the Indians' front office to release the struggling righthander, but he stuck around and carried the Tribe to the playoffs. While Ubaldo is gone, what are the ramifications of his leaving with regards to Justin Masterson and the rotation? Join Jim Pete as he talks Jimenez, Masterson and the Indians approach.
The hot favourites to win the 2014 MLB World Series are the Los Angeles Dodgers which are priced currently at 7/1. The Dodgers last won the World Series in 1988 and before that in 1981, 1965 and 1963, and the team was runners up in 1974, 1977 and 1978.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder LeVon Washington. Washington is one of the biggest impact bats in the Indians system because of his speed and hitting ability, but a laundry list of injuries in his career and some defensive concerns have limited him to date. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks into his injury problems and how exactly they have affected his standing in the organization, his upside at the plate, the areas of his game which need the most improvement, and so much more.
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!