Tony chimes in with his weekly Tribe Happenings piece and this week discusses how much he has disliked the Indians' "what if" tagline the past two seasons and takes a look at key moments in Indians history over the last 20-25 years and looks at what if things would have ended up different. He also talks about the hiring of Mike Sarbaugh to new manager Terry Francona's staff and what it means and lots more!
The Indians farm hands continued their winter league progression with another rather light night of play. Highlighting Saturday night's baseball was another return of sorts for one of the Tribe's top ten prospects. In his first game in a week, he hit his first AFL home run, and showcased that skill-set that has the fanbase salivating at his potential. Find out who that toolsy player is...after the jump...
Chun-Hsiu Chen has been one of the best offensive performers in the Indians system for years. Yet, because of his lack of power, his future is now uncertain since he made the switch to first base prior to the 2012 season. What does the future hold for Chen? The IPI's Steve Orbanek takes a look as he recaps Chen's career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
It was a quiet night for Indians players in the fall and winter leagues Friday. Tyler Holt continued his recent strong showing the AFL, and Alex Monsalve put together his best performance so far in the league. The IPI's Steve Orbanek provides all the stats and recaps the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
The Indians have a massive undertaking in front of them if they are to win in 2013. Their current roster needs to find new consistency, their starting rotation needs to find new blood, first base, DH and left field need to find new residents, and the team as a whole needs to find a new culture? Can it happen? It's easier than you think. The only question is, will the Indians have the guts, if not the cash, to do it?
The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with the Winter Ball Notebook. In the piece, Steve provides all the winter stats for Indians players and touches on the hot-hitting Ronny Rodriguez as well as the slumping Jesus Aguilar. Plus, left-handed starter T.J. House continues to make a case that he could one day be a Major League contributor.
It was a good night for Indians' prospects in Arizona, as T.J. House, Ronny Rodriguez, Tyler Holt, and Shawn Armstrong led their team to victory Thursday night. To see the breakdown of how they did it plus action from the Venezuelan Winter League, take a trip Around The Farm with Jim Piascik.
This week's Corner of Carnegie title likely caught your attention, and for good reason. The Cleveland Indians can absolutely contend in 2013. Join Jim Pete as he takes an in-depth look on what the Indians COULD do if all things were perfect for a front office heading into this offseason, and no, he's not completely insane. Well, maybe a little. This two-parter starts with the current team...after the jump...
The 2012 Rule 5 Draft is exactly six weeks from today. The draft will be held on December 6th in Nashville, TN and there are lots of interesting Indians minor league names that are up for roster protection. While there are few if any slam dunk roster decisions this offseason, there are a lot of players that could get consideration and be plucked from the Indians system in the draft. Check out the full list after the jump...
The World Series kicked off last night, but there were other games going on involving professional baseball players out in Arizona, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. Jesus Aguilar's struggles continued last night, Alex Monsalve is still adjusting to more advanced pitching, Matt Packer is on the mend, and old friend Vidal Nuno continues to impress in winter ball. That and lots more after the jump.
Fresh off an Eastern League Championship, the Akron Aeros made more waves on Wednesday when they introduced new owner Ken Babby. The 32-year-old Babby is the owner of fast Forward Sports Group and will replace former team owners Mike and Greg Agganis.
Tony wraps up his coverage from his recent trip to Arizona to see the Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League firsthand with his fourth and final notebook today. In today's notebook he looks at all eight players participating in the Arizona Fall League and provides news, updates, and insights on T.J. House, Trey Haley, Shawn Armstrong, Matt Packer, Carlos Moncrief, Ronny Rodriguez, Tyler Holt, and Alex Monsalve.
All three of the major offseason winter leagues were back in action on Tuesday night, and several players throughout the Indians' organization played. Trey Haley, Tyler Holt and Ronny Rodriguez continue to hold their own in the AFL, while Jesus Aguilar went deep for the first time this offseason and Hector Rondon continues his road back to the Major League radar. See how these players and others did after the jump...
Tony continues with his third notebook from his recent visit to Arizona for Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League. In today's notebook he looks at the players that played on the Arizona Parallel League team (advanced Instructs) and provides news, updates, and insights on players like LeVon Washington, Jordan Smith, Bryson Myles, Jerrud Sabourin, Mason Radeke, Kyle Bellows, and many others.
New Indians manager Terry Francona is still working through the interview process to finalize his coaching staff for the 2013 season. Other than Sandy Alomar Jr and Brad Mills, it is unknown as to what other coaches will be joining his staff. The most important decision Francona makes probably is who comes in to be the new pitching coach, and Adam McGavin chimes in with his thoughts on that and lists several potential candidates that Francona may be considering for the job.
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!