The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto. Soto reminds a lot of people with his size and stuff of former Indians lefty specialist Rafael Perez and he was expected to impact the Indians bullpen last season but injury kept that from happening. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains what happened to Soto last year, how he is recovering, what his Major League future looks like, what he has to offer, what he needs to work on, and more!
An uneventful day in MLB news was highlighted by the return of Indians baseball in sunny Goodyear, Arizona! 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 picture on Twitter linking Suk-min Yoon to the Orioles, Roy Oswalt calls it a career, and more.
Pitchers and catchers officially reported to Goodyear today to kick off spring training for the Indians. With the outset of spring training, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at some of the key non-roster invites this spring and how they could fit into and impact the opening day roster. He also breaks down the Michael Brantley deal, explains the need for a signing bonus, talks about draft compensation for Ervin Santana, discusses why the Indians need to go to arbitration is more about principle than money, and more!
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Bryan Price. Price had an exceptional spike in his performance last season and found his way onto the Indians 40-man roster in the offseason and is in the mix for a bullpen spot in Cleveland sometime this coming season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains the reasons behind his surge last season, how good his stuff is, his future as a major league reliever, what he needs to work on, and much more!
It may not feel like it right now, but we are entering the final weeks of winter with a glimpse of spring now on the horizon. And of course, pitchers and cachers are now reporting to the various spring training facilities in Florida and Arizona to kick off a new season of Major League Baseball. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he looks at all the new opportunities that await the Indians and MLB in 2014.
As spring training gets underway, here is an updated Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2014 season and where players are "projected" to be assigned from Cleveland all the way down to extended spring training. We will continue to update this listing as moves are made this offseason, during spring training, and throughout the season with the addition, subtraction, promotion, demotion, etc of players. Happy pitchers and catchers day!
The Indians extension of Michael Brantley's contract signals a desire from the front office to hold onto the core of the 2013 playoff team. 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 Brantley extension, news on Ervin Santana and A.J. Burnett, and more.
According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians have reached an agreement on a multi-year deal with outfielder Michael Brantley. The reported deal is for four years with an option for a fifth year.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with third baseman Giovanny Urshela. Urshela has been one of the Indians best young prospects for the past few years and has shown some good bat-to-ball ability and impressive defensive skills at the hot corner. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at his strengths as a hitter and defender, the massive work he has put into developing his approach at the plate, his major league future, and so much more.
Carlos Santana genuinely had excellent offensive numbers last season against left-handed pitching, and while he also had good numbers against right-handed pitching there is a clear different with his approach and power when facing a right-hander. The IBI's John Grimm takes a deep and detailed look into his approach from the left and right side of the plate and pinpoints the difference as to why he is so different from each side of the plate.
Only a week remains before full squad workouts begin and there are still several big names left on the free agent market. 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 rumors swirling about Ervin Santana, the Pirates first base situation, and more.
The Cleveland Indians have many great eras in their past, but none stand out more to today's fan than the prodigious offensive teams of the 1990's. Those teams were some of the best offensive teams in the history of the game, and while they never brought home a World Series championship, their playoff runs will be remembered for many years to come. With all of the discussion about Thome's statue, the inevitable question has to be asked. Who is the Indians' best player from those 90's team? Join Jim Pete for Sunday's Power Poll.
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Kieran Lovegrove. Lovegrove is a high profile draft pick for the Indians out of the 2012 Draft who is very young and raw, but has some considerable upside as a projectable, durable starting pitching prospect. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the behind the scenes strides that he made last season, his significant improvement with his velocity, what he is working on, and so much more.
The price tags on the remaining free agent starting pitchers continue to drop. 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 Vinnie Pestano's arbitration hearing, the Dodgers adding to their pitching depth, and more.
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!