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February 9, 2012   (1 comments)
In defense of a dull offseason
Ho hum. To the majority of the Cleveland Indians fan base, this has undoubtedly been a boring offseason. Especially when the Tribe’s offseason is compared to that of other teams.
The Miami Marlins sign Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, while the Indians trade for a 38-year old Derek Lowe and his 5.05 ERA. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sign Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, while...
 
February 8, 2012   (0 comments)
Don't be so weary of the Indians lefty-laden lineup
The talk of the Cleveland offseason, long before, really, has been a lack of right-handed hitters in the Indians' lineup in general, but especially a lack of power from the right side.
It is no secret that exactly zero of the team's projected regular position players are strictly right-handed, as only switch-hitters, Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana, figure to be mainstays from the right...
 
February 7, 2012   (0 comments)
Five Prospects with the Most to Prove in 2012
Being in the minor leagues is all about proving yourself, but for these five players, 2012 will be even more critical on their quest to proving that they belong in the Cleveland Indians' long-term plans.
Two weeks ago, I listed the five most exciting prospects for 2012.Continuing on with this theme, now I'll take a look at the five Tribe prospects with the most to prove in 2012. Whether they're...
 
February 6, 2012   (0 comments)
Explaining Stats: Wins Above Replacement
WAR stands for Wins Above Replacement, and replaced VORP, value over replacement player, as the go to stat for trying to figure out the overall value of a player. It is simply the number of wins a player should help his team win in comparison to what a AAA player would do if called up in place of them. The idea being that a AAA team in the majors would be historically bad winning less than 40 games.
 
February 5, 2012   (0 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Are the Indians going up for sale?
Some news, notes, and thoughts from my Indians notebook…
To sell or not to sell
First off, let me just be up front and note that before I get into any of this I am merely speculating. No one from SportsTime Ohio or the Indians has told me anything, I am simply just putting two and two together with some recent events surrounding the Indians.
That having been said, things...
 
February 4, 2012   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Kyle Blair
We are about a month away from the opening of minor league camp as pitchers and catchers report March 5th and position players report March 9th.
One player looking forward to reporting is right-handed pitcher Kyle Blair as he is anxious to wipe the bad taste out of his mouth from a disappointing 2011 campaign. In 24 combined appearances (14 starts) between rookie level Arizona and Low-A Lake...
 
February 3, 2012   (0 comments)
Indians sign Kotchman
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have signed free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman to a one-year contract. He will earn $3 million in 2012 and there are incentives in his contract to earn more. The Indians have not yet announced the player that will be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Kotchman.
Kotchman, 28, played with the Tampa Bay Rays last season and finished...
 
February 3, 2012   (0 comments)
The can't miss kids
These are the "can't miss kids". Players that are former members of the Top 100 Prospect club as named by Baseball America. With over a thousand players in the minors every season, at one time these "can't miss kids" were considered the best 100 prospects going into that season and were thought to end up being at worst solid major leaguers.
Each player had a pedigree and now has a few flaws...
 
February 2, 2012   (0 comments)
A new IPI is coming
Okay, as I have been mentioning over the past several months, things are about to change in a big way with the IPI. I had planned on making this change a few months ago, but wanted to make sure it was done right and wanted to take the time to research this new venture I would be getting myself into.
Sometime in the next week the Indians Prospect Insider will be getting a makeover and moving...
 
February 1, 2012   (1 comments)
Indians' Infatuation with Yoenis Cespedes?
Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Bieber have more in common than you may think...
Huh?
Well, both were ‘discovered’ by YouTube and became instant viral icons. If you have been M.I.A. of late, you can see the showcase and the encore of the Cespedes scouting satire here. Bieber was signed by musician Usher while Cespedes is rumored to ink with one of six potential MLB clubs. Though...
 

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