The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown moves on to #6 right-handed pitcher Chen-Chang Lee. Also known as C.C. Lee, he has become an immediate impact bullpen arm that the Indians can use at some point this season at the big league level. Tony describes what kind of reliever he is and what kind of impact he can have in the Cleveland bullpen now and in the future.
The Indians held two intrasquad games on Saturday morning pitting Columbus-Akron and Carolina-Lake County against one another. Tony recaps all the action from both games and provides some thoughts on how some positions are shaking out. Highlights of the day came from Dwight Childs, Scott Barnes, Bryce Stowell, Will Roberts and others.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown rolls along with #7 outfielder Luigi Rodriguez. As one of the fastest and most athletic players in the system, Rodriguez has exciting potential as a top of the order hitter. He is raw and inexperienced, but the abilities are there in all phases of the game. Tony looks at where he is in his development and where he can go as a prospect.
Tony chimes in with his weekly Indians notebook to get everyone up to speed on the happenings with the big league team. He talks about Jimenez's rough spring, updates his leaderboard for several position battles, looks at the van den Hurk waiver pickup, reviews some roster moves and lots more!
After a day off from game action on Thursday the Indians' minor leaguers were back in action with five games on Friday and Tony recaps all the action from each game. Highlights from the games include big offensive performances from Thomas Neal, Karexon Sanchez, Cord Phelps, and Kyle Bellows, and on the pitching front Eric Berger, Steven Wright, Michael Rayl and Robbie Aviles pitched well.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with #8 right-handed pitcher Austin Adams. Last season Adams blazed his way up the prospect rankings, literally, as he touched 100 MPH with his fastball and the potential to be a solid a middle of the rotation starter or at worst a good bullpen arm in the big leagues. Tony talks about his future and more.
Indians outfielder LeVon Washington did not have a very good season last year, but several things may have contributed to that. Tony talked to Washington this past week and he feels he is healthy and ready to go this year....and Tony believes it after some things he saw first hand. Tony also provides the first batch of releases from minor league camp.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with #9 shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. In his professional debut last season Rodriguez showed a lot of raw ability both as a defender and hitter, and if his plate discipline ever comes around Tony believes he has the potential to become a special player.
Indians right-handed pitcher Steven Wright has been in the organization for some time. He picked up a knuckleball over a season a go and pitched with it all last season. Now he is working to make it a more consistent offering and take the next step with getting hitters out on a regular basis in the upper levels of the minors. Tony talked with him in Goodyear to get an update on where he is at with the new pitch.
Here is an update with all of the game action from Indians' minor league camp on Wednesday. Highlights from this day in camp came from LeVon Washington, Jeremie Tice, and Elvis Araujo, and Tony also provides some commentary on each of the 80-90 guys that played and where they may open the 2012 season.
We break into the Top 10 in the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown with #10 left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes. He was really on a roll last season until a knee injury prematurely ended his season. He is healthy once again, is on the 40-man roster, and is a Major League starting pitching option for the Indians. Tony looks at what he needs to do to get that big league opportunity this year.
Tony is back home from his week-plus trip to Arizona to specifically watch the Indians' minor leaguers play every day. He shares his final notebook from camp with thoughts on Scott Barnes, the health of Alexander Perez and Matt Packer, the bright futures of three shortstops Ronny Rodriguez, Francisco Lindor, and Dorsyss Paulino....and more!
BABIP....what is it and how does it work? Most of all, can we use it to gain any insight into how some Indians players will perform this season? Many people do not understand this stat (or want to understand it), but Jeff Ellis explains what it is and why it is important in his latest article from his explaining stats series.
Elvis has entered the building as left-handed pitcher Elvis Araujo comes in at #11 in the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown. After a promising pro debut in 2008 and then missing all of the 2009 and 2010 with an elbow injury, he came back last season and showed why the Indians were so high on him after back in 2008. Tony looks at his potential and what kind of pitching prospect he is.
The Indians' minor league affiliates were in action on Tuesday against the Dodgers. Once again close to 100 players were in action between the four games and Tony recaps it all. Highlights of the day were hard throwing right-hander Xavier De Los Santos and outfielder Thomas Neal, and even newcomer Ralph Stoneburner saw some action. (Note: Today's report does not require a subscription to view it.)
After being rained out on Sunday the Indians' minor leaguers were back in action on Monday. Here is a recap of all five games involving over 100 players from Monday, led by huge days from Ronny Rodriguez and Jake Lowery who both had two homer games.
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!