Blades of grass are starting to peak from mounds of snow. The pop of a fastball into a catcher’s mitt can be heard all around Arizona and Florida. The crack of bats will soon follow.
Spring Training has arrived for Major League Baseball. It is a time when hope springs eternal for each and every team. It is a mantra that holds truer in some cities more than in others.
Rob Bryson – Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 12/11/1987 – Height: 6’1” – Weight: 200 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
(Photo: Ken Carr)History: Bryson was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 31st round of the 2006 Draft out of William Penn High School (DE). In the last year of its existence due to changes in the CBA, he was one of the biggest draft-and-follow...
Tyler Holt - Outfielder
Born: 03/10/1989 – Height: 6’0” – Weight: 190 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
History: The Indians selected Holt in the 10th round of the 2010 Draft out of Florida State University. He was signed a few days before the August 16th signing deadline for a well overslot $500,000 signing bonus. He played for Team USA in 2009 hitting...
Corey Kluber – Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 04/10/1986 – Height: 6’4” – Weight: 215 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
(Photo: Kluber)History: Kluber was selected in the 4th round of the 2007 Draft by the San Diego Padres out of Stetson University (FL). The Indians acquired Kluber on July 31, 2010 from the Padres as part of a three team trade that...
The Cleveland Indians today signed infielder Orlando Cabrera to a one-year Major League contract for the 2011 season.
Cabrera, 36, owns a career Major League batting average of .274 (1948-7112) with 443 doubles, 32 triples, 118 HR and 803 RBI in 1855 games with 7 teams over 14 seasons since debuting with the Montreal Expos at age 22 in 1997. He has also stolen 203 bases and plated 946 runs...
Scott Barnes - Left-handed Pitcher
Born: 09/05/1987 – Height: 6’4” – Weight: 185 – Bats: Left – Throws: Left
History: Barnes was an 8th round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. John’s University by the San Francisco Giants. The Indians acquired him from the Giants in a trade for Ryan Garko in July of 2009. He ranked 7th in the Eastern League in...
Zach McAllister – Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 12/08/1987 – Height: 6’5” Weight: 230 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
(Photo: Tony Lastoria)History: McAllister was selected by the New York Yankees in the 3rd round of the 2006 Draft out of Illinois Valley Central High School (IL). He was committed to attend the University of Nebraska, but was signed by...
The "2011 Cleveland Indians Top 100 Prospects and More" book is finally scheduled to go to press later today or early tomorrow. To be one of the first to get a copy, pre-order your copy today!
For those interested in purchasing the book it runs $20.95 (plus shipping) and is even bigger and better than last year's version. Your purchase will make a great contribution to keeping the IPI alive...
Pitchers and catchers report tomorrow to get the 2011 baseball season officially underway.
With that in mind Paul Cousineau and I are back again for another season of Cleveland Indians baseball talk on the cyberwaves with the first edition of "Smoke Signals" for the 2011 season. We kick off the fun tonight from 11:00 - 11:30 p.m. EST.
On the docket for tonight is a quick recap of the...
Vice President, Player Development: Ross Atkins
Director, Latin Operations: Ramon Pena
Assistant, Player Development: Carter Hawkins
Advisor, Player Development: Johnny Goryl
Field Coordinator: Tom Wiedenbauer
Pitching Coordinator: Dave Miller
Hitting Coordinator: Bruce Fields
Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator: Gary Thurman
Please welcome Gregory Dew to the IPI. He is a new site columnist who will be providing commentary and other pieces specific to the Cleveland Indians this coming season. Welcome aboard, Greg.
“Wait till next year.” For Cleveland sports fans, this has become a much cursed rallying cry. For the Cleveland Indians, it has become an organizational strategy.
This strategy acknowledges...
Austin Adams – Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 08/19/1986 – Height: 5’11” – Weight: 185 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
(Photo: Tony Lastoria)History: The Indians selected Adams in the 5th round of the 2009 Draft out of Faulkner University (AL). He was originally drafted as a shortstop in the 27th round of the 2008 Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers, but...
Giovanni Soto – Left-handed Pitcher
Born: 05/18/1991 – Height: 6’3” – Weight: 155 – Bats: Left – Throws: Left
(Photo: Tony Lastoria)History: Soto was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 21st round of the 2009 Draft out of Carolina, Puerto Rico. The Indians acquired him in a trade with the Tigers in July of 2009 for shortstop Jhonny Peralta....
Clayton Cook - Right-handed Pitcher
Born: 07/23/1990 – Height: 6’3” – Weight: 175 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
(Photo: Tony Lastoria)History: Cook was selected by the Indians in the 9th round of the 2008 Draft out of Amarillo High School (TX). He had committed to playing at Oklahoma, but he signed with the Indians quickly and agreed to a signing...
Kyle Bellows – Third Baseman
Born: 08/19/1988 – Height: 6’3” – Weight: 210 – Bats: Right – Throws: Right
(Photo: Tony Lastoria)History: Bellows was selected by the Indians in the 4th round of the 2009 Draft out of San Jose State. The summer after his freshman season at San Jose he played in the New England Collegiate League and was rated as...
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!