The first half of the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown wraps up with right-handed pitcher Michael Goodnight at #26. He is a strong starting pitching prospect with a delivery you can dream on and has potential as a middle of the rotation starter in the big leagues. Tony provides the details on what he improved in 2011 and what he needs to continue to work on in 2012.
The Indians have been busy on the trade front, particularly the last three years. The result is an astounding 25 players on the 40-man roster coming from outside of the organization. Tony looks at this strategy and recaps all the trades that brought all 25 players to the organization.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed reliever Tyler Sturdevant coming in at #27. He took a sizable jump in prospect stature last season and is now a legitimate big league bullpen option. Tony talks about his improved velocity, performance, and just what he may become as a big league reliever.
With the start of the regular season about four weeks away and my trip to Arizona on the horizon, here are a bunch of random updates with regard to the IPI. Inside I discuss subscriptions, new features coming to the site, the Smoke Signals radio show, internships, new writers, and some books offers.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Trey Haley coming in at #28. He has yet to live up to his draft promise and some may question his ranking in the Top 30, but there is no denying his talent as he has one of the top two or three arms in the system. After some velocity gains and mechanical changes last year, Tony believes he is ready to make a big step forward this season.
As crazy as it sounds, but the 2012 MLB Draft is less than three months away. Before we know it 50 new players will be drafted by the Indians and have an opportunity to join the Indians' family. The IPI's Jeff Ellis takes an opening look at the top talents expected to go in the early part of the draft and potentially be selected by the Indians in the first round.
We move into the 20s of the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown, and coming in at #29 is right-handed pitcher Robbie Aviles. He spent most of last season rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, but now that he is healthy and ready to go this season he could begin to live up to his promise as a top two round pick going into the 2010 Draft. Tony gives the details.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues and we crack into the Top 30 with right-handed pitcher Kyle Blair at #30. He had a tale of two seasons last year, one pitching with a knee injury and one without, which led to some ups and downs with his performance. Tony sorts it all out and explains what happened last year to the highly regarded 2010 Draft pick.
Tony runs down all the recent happenings at Indians' spring training in his weekly Sunday morning column. He talks about the concerns with the Chris Perez injury, Grady Sizemore's latest surgery, MLB playoff expansion, the competition in left field, the spring TV schedule and more!
Right-handed pitcher Bryce Stowell comes in at #31 in the 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown. He has a powerful right arm, but with command issues and the Indians' mysterious usage of him last season his big league future remains in doubt. Tony looks at what happened last year and his Major League future.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Nick Weglarz coming in at #32. He was a top ten prospect for four straight years from 2008-2011, but injuries have ravaged his once promising prospect status. Tony gives the details on how much his star has faded and if he still has a chance to shine on the Major League stage with the Indians.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with Rob Bryson at #33, a talented right-handed reliever with Major League ability that has sort of been snake bitten by injuries the past few years. Tony provides the details on whether he is still a Major League option, and if he is, what he needs to do to stay one.
Some minor league players are already in Goodyear, Arizona, but Indians' minor league camp officially opens on March 5th when pitchers and catchers report. Tony provides the details of how things will play out the next four weeks this spring for the Indians' minor leaguers.
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with catcher Alex Lavisky at #34. He is a high level catching prospect the Indians drafted out of high school in 2010 and paid a large sum of money to woo away from college. He had a tough first full season last year, but Tony says it is all part of the adjustment process for a young player playing the most demanding position in the game.
Jason Ruggiero looks back at the Indians' Top 11 prospects that were ranked just four years ago by Baseball Prospectus. He looks at what their outlook was projected to be in 2008 and the reality that they are in 2012.
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!