After a long hiatus, Jim Pete and Steve Orbanek return to the cyberwaves tonight with CSI: Cleveland Sports Insiders. The show will now air in two half-hour increments every Tuseday night from 11:00 to 11:30 p.m. EST and 12:00 to 12:30 a.m. EST. The guys will touch on many topics tonight including the debut of this year's Cavaliers as well as the recent resurgence shown by the Browns. All this and more when the guys go live tonight at 11:00 p.m.
Tony recently had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina pitching coach Scott Erickson to discuss his first season coaching and some of the pitchers he worked with this past season, namely Danny Salazar, Grant Sides, Jordan Cooper, Will Roberts, Mike Rayl, Michael Goodnight, and others. This is the first "Coach's Corner" of the offseason, and a new interview with an Indians' coach will post here at the IPI every Tuesday through the end of the year.
The “AFL Spotlight” is a weekly feature that highlights an Indians' prospect participating in the Arizona Fall League. In this week's spotlight, Tony talks about outfielder Carlos Moncrief who is returning from an injury and surgery in August and gives an update how his recovery is going, what he is doing in the AFL, and his offseason plans.
While Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the East Coast on Monday (we at IPI hope everyone is safe and sound!), things went on as usual in the Arizona Fall League and Dominican Winter League. Tyler Holt continued his solid play of late, and a former Indians prospect that was part of a big trade some time ago was also in action.
With the offseason officially here thanks to the Giants finishing off their sweep of the Tigers in the World Series last night, it is time to start tracking what the Indians do this offseason. IPI will be all over all the news and developments with the Indians this offseason on the trade and free agency market, and to help prepare for what is coming (or not coming) here is their current payroll and player control situation for the next six years.
Now that the Indians season is over - and the MLB season for that matter with the conclusion of the World Series last night - the IPI's Jim Piascik takes a final look at the Indians' roster in his quarterly rankings. In part one of two pieces that will post this week he takes a look at the bottom half of the 48 players that played and donned a Cleveland uniform this season.
With the Arizona Fall League taking their normal Sunday off, it was slim pickings for Cleveland Indians' prospects. Eric Berger was still able to throw out his best start of the winter league season, and Hector Rondon continued to rebound after a tough start. The big news of the Caribbean winter leagues was former Tribe starter Bartolo Colon, who was sent to the hospital after a bean ball. Find out more, after the jump...
This past week, Mark Shapiro gave a detailed interview in which he gave some insight into how he values free agent players with regards to the WAR statistic. This weekend, IPI's Jeff Ellis takes a detailed look at the current Indians' roster, and discusses who just might be a core player for the Indians future based on Shapiro's statements. Find out who they are, after the jump...
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.
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!