The IBI's 2014 Indians Top Prospect countdown is here.....well....sort of. Tomorrow we kick things off with the first player in the on-line listing with #50, but today Tony sets us all up with a preview to help explain where the Indians' system is at the moment, the strengths and weaknesses of the system, the breakout candidates, who is eligible to be ranked, and all the guidelines for the ranking.
At long last, no more Masahiro Tanaka rumors! The offseason can now move on. 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 Yankees deal with Tanaka, Grady Sizemore landing a Major League deal, and more.
Carlos Santana and his Leones del Escogido team lost again on Wednesday night and are now down 0-3 in their league championship series in the Dominican Winter League. Santana had a good game at the plate, an area of his game he has struggled at recently, and the IBI's Michael Goodman recaps his outing...
Carrying a very solid walk rate and an excellent line-drive tendency, the Indians are counting on Kipnis to be a cornerstone for the Indians offense in 2014 and beyond. Yet while he had a career high 17-home run season in 2013, those expecting a 2014 power surge from Jason Kipnis may be disappointed. The IBI's John Grimm explains with some stunning analysis and detail, and shows just where his true value may be as a hitter.
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has extended non-roster invitations to Major League spring training camp to shortstop Francisco Lindor, catcher Jake Lowery, outfielder Tyler Naquin, catcher Roberto Perez, infielder Joey Wendle and catcher/infielder Tony Wolters.
The Cleveland Indians have quietly treaded water this offseason, striking to sign low-cost players to fill the holes that were in their roster. The Indians are ready to head to spring training with their current roster next month, but are cautiously optimistic that another move or two could be made before the season starts in April. Join Jim Pete with this weeks Corner, as he explores a Jeff Samardzija trade, and how difficult it's going to be to get those final moves.
The Indians long-standing streak of not going to an arbitration hearing with a player may be in jeopardy. 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 lack of progress on contract talks between Masterson and the Indians, Grant Balfour deciding on his next team, and more.
The Venezuela Winter League wrapped up round robin play on Tuesday night and moved onto their league championship series. Meanwhile, Carlos Santana is still getting valuable playing time at third base in the Dominican Winter league finals. The IBI's Arthur Kinney recaps the night and provides a listing of Indians still playing winter ball.
This offseason's Winter Ball campaign has been an interesting and exciting one for Tribe fans for two reasons: 1) Jesus Aguilar ('nuff said!) and 2) Carlos Santana has traded the catcher's mitt for a third baseman's glove, a decision that could prove to be beneficial not only for Santana as he searches for a new permanent position, but also for the team as their versatility would only improve with the shift. The IBI's Jake Dungan explains.
About six weeks ago when it was first mentioned that Carlos Santana would try to play third base in winter ball it left a lot of people rolling their eyes. But fast forward to today and suddenly people are beginning to realize that he just might actually be able to handle the position and that he could get significant time there for the Indians in 2014 and beyond. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about what a position change does for him and the Indians and much more in his latest Tribe Happenings...
Throughout the winter, Asdrubal Cabrera's and Justin Masterson's names have popped up in trade rumors, but will either one be dealt before Opening Day? 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 trade questions involving Indians players, the daily Masahiro Tanaka report, and more.
In the final regular Around the Farm posting of the offseason, the IBI's Michael Hattery reviews the night from Carlos Santana and provides the details on his night. Jesus Aguilar is officially done for the winter season and is set to return to the states, and few others players are still in action.....so enjoy the last ATF for a few weeks until spring training!
The Ultimate Indians Draft series wraps up with the best picks of all time for the Indians in rounds 10 to 1. This is a series of articles here at the IBI where draft guru Jeff Ellis has gone through all of the Indians June drafts in their history and determined the best picks they have made round by round. This is an interesting overview of their June draft history, and in some ways, a trip down memory lane of some draft successes (and failures).
The action in the various winter leagues has all but come to an end, which means it's now time again to recap some of the top performances. Two weeks ago, we looked at top pitching performances, but this week, we will look at some of the top performances to come from hitters. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he counts down the top five in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
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!