It was an afternoon of firsts in Goodyear on Tuesday. David Murphy got his first hit as an Indian, Josh Tomlin and John Axford gave up their first runs of the spring, Bryan Price made his first appearance in big league exhibition play (and got his first win) and Joe Wendle recorded his first RBI in big league camp, and a walk-off at that. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps the Tribe's dramatic 5-4 win over Chicago.
Going back to the Indians' promotional campaign of a couple years ago, let's post the question "What if?" During spring training, this simple phrase echoes throughout all the camps in Arizona and Florida as it prefaces many questions regarding the players in camp. The Tribe is no different in 2014. More specifically, what if Vinnie Pestano returns to form in 2014? The IBI's Jake Dungan speculates on how the bullpen would be affected.
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 54 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The next batch of these running today are the starting pitchers. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews each starting pitching candidate.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Chen-Chang Lee. Lee had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and spent last year rehabbing and getting his stuff back to what it was before injury. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains how his stuff came back last season and then some, what kind of impact he can have on the Indians big league bullpen now and in the future, what he is working on, and so much more.
With the news that Opening Day tickets sold out in 15 minutes, baseball season is finally right around the corner. 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 the news that Johan Santana is nearing a deal, Daisuke Matsuzaka may find himself a spot in the Mets starting rotation, and more.
Even a Super Bowl champ couldn't get in the way of another Tribe victory. Indians bats banged out six runs on 11 hits to edge Texas Monday afternoon, 6-5. The Rangers would cut the deficit to one run in the eighth inning, but it wasn't enough to overtake Elliot Johnson's perfect day at the plate. Join IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz as he recaps and shares his thoughts on the spring contest.
There has been plenty of Indians news as of late, both in Arizona and in Cleveland. In Cleveland, the team has announced the Home Opener sold out in just 15 minutes. In Arizona, the Tribe began playing spring games this past week in preparation for the upcoming season. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on both topics in the latest edition of the Indians Notebook.
In today's Tribe Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the recent comment from Justin Masterson about contract extension talks and the Indians history of such talks with starting pitchers to try and figure out if a deal truly is possible. He also discusses how Aaron Harang may be Plan B for Carlos Carrasco as the fifth starter, how Vinnie Pestano is a wildcard for the bullpen, why Salazar's slow spring concerns him, and much more.
The 2014 Minor League Baseball season has officially arrived with Indians minor league pitchers and catchers officially reporting today for spring training. The IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all the information you need to know with dates and coverage for Indians minor league spring training, what to expect over the next month from the IBI, a book update, and more.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker. Baker started slow last season but made some incredible strides with his delivery and stuff over the season that saw his performance significantly improve by the end of the year. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses the changes made last season which helped him, his improved velocity and stuff, what he is working on, why he is primed for a Cody Anderson-like surge, and more.
Sunday's game left Cleveland fans anxious for the days when they can watch Francisco Lindor on a nightly basis. 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 trade made by the Indians, growing injury problems for the Seattle pitching staff, and more.
Top Indians prospect Francisco Lindor made his presence known to the big league club and its fans by on Sunday by driving in the go-ahead runs with a three-run blast in the seventh inning in a 6-3 win against the Mariners. Meanwhile, Nick Swisher made his 2014 Cactus League debut for the Tribe and Carlos Santana's first official play at third base wasn't all that spectacular. The IBI's Jake Dungan recaps the highlights.
The Cleveland Indians are entering the first phase of their 2014 MLB season: the one in which they play games, but without a whole lot of meaning behind much of anything. In other words, you can read too much into what they do or say just yet. Join Jim Pete as he looks at some recent rumblings, than ties the Indians to the Oscars on this most hallowed of Hollywood evenings.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Kyle Crockett. Crockett had a rapid ascent up the Indians minor league ladder last season as he was drafted in June yet passed through three levels of the organization - skipping High-A Carolina completely - and finished at Double-A Akron. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses his Cody Allen-like rise in the system, his Major League future, what makes him such a promising lefty reliever, what he needs to work on, and 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!