Once the White Sox declined the $13 million club option on infielder Kevin Youkilis several days ago, the Indians were expected to be a heavy suitor for him this offseason because of their interest in him in a trade last June and with the arrival of new manager Terry Francona. Jon Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Indians are one of three teams already showing preliminary interest in Youkilis.
Double-A Akron had a great season from start to finish this year. They went 82-59 during the regular season and then marched their way through the Eastern League playoffs to win their fourth title in the history of their franchise. Tony recently had a chance to sit down the Akron manager Chris Tremie and discussed the strides made and areas of improvement needed for several of the position players on his team such as Chun Chen, Roberto Perez, Tyler Holt, Thomas Neal, Jesus Aguilar, Matt Lawson, Adam Abraham and more.
According to a report from Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo is not expected to play for his South Korea team in the World Baseball Classic this spring. Choo's agent Scott Boras says that Choo will use the opportunity to focus and prepare for his 2013 season.
The Arizona Fall League began its final week of action this week and a quartet of Indians prospects were in action on Monday out in Arizona. Tony recaps the performances by those players as well as everyone else that was in action in all the winter ball leagues in Latin America.
Welcome to the newest feature at Indians Prospect Insider, the IPI Power Poll. The Poll will take a look at a relevant topic of the time, an all-time list, or just something that we're talking about here at the IPI home offices. There's nothing like a list to spur a debate, so join us in our lively banter with our weekly polls! Today's poll focuses on the best Indians' catcher of all time. Join Jim Pete after the jump...to find out his vote...
Indians left-handed pitching prospect Matt Packer came into the 2012 season with a lot of promise, but a shoulder injury in spring training changed things. He missed the first half of the season and spent the rest of the year playing catch up. He is currently pitching in the Arizona Fall League, and Tony recently had a chance to sit down and talk to him about how things are going and how his shoulder feels.
The Indians offense was in full gear on Sunday, as there were multi-hit games from the Dominican all the way to Australia. Juan Diaz continues to break out of a slump, while Jose Ramirez continued his torrid hitting since the start of, well, his career with the Tribe. Tune into IPI's Veteran's Day edition of Around the Farm...after the jump...
When you think of the Indians "window" that was supposed to begin in 2012, what's lacking is a solid core of players acquired via the MLB First-Player draft. Our resident draft expert Jeff Ellis explores the Tribe's drafts over the years, and focuses in on just how bad the Indians did during the early 2000's to set this team up to win. Check out Jeff's thoughts and more on what happened, after the jump...
The GM Meetings may have wrapped up out out in Indian Hills, California, but things are just starting to heat up on the hot stove this offseason. Rumors continue to swirl that the Indians may trade any or all of Asdrubal Cabrera, Shin-Shoo Choo, Justin Masterson, and Chris Perez, but they are also rumored to be in on some interesting free agents. So should the Indians be rebuilding or retooling this offseason? That's a question Tony tries to answer, plus he talks about the Indians 2013 payroll, how they should use their DH, and more.
Many Tribe fans got their first look at Arizona Fall League action Saturday night as the MLB Network televised the Scottsdale Scorpions game. Ronny Rodriguez was in action in the contest, and a number of other Indians prospects competed in the various winter leagues on Saturday. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action as he takes you Around the Farm.
Jose Ramirez has been one of the most exciting players in all of winter ball this season, and that trend continued on Friday as he pushed his hit streak to eight games. Plus, Tyler Holt continues to be the model of consistency in the AFL, and Matt Langwell and Rob Bryson make their debuts in the PWL. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
Indians prospects continued to compete in winter leagues this past week, and a number of players have really started to heat up. Fresh off a brilliant 2012 campaign, Jose Ramirez seems to have picked up right where he left off, and catcher Alex Monsalve is now in the midst of a five-game hitting streak. Plus, promising left-hander Giovanni Soto makes his winter ball debut. The IPI's Steve Orbanek provides all the details in his latest Winter Ball Notebook.
There are only two months left in the year, which means that the holiday season is upon us. It also means it is time for the Transaction Rundown's Year In Review. Every Friday between today and December 21st, we will look back at the roster movement over the past season for one club in the Cleveland Indians organization. Today, we start with the big league club.
The Puerto Rican Winter League began play last night, giving us here at IPI more Indians prospects to follow. Eastern League champions Roberto Perez and Giovanni Soto headlined the Puerto Rican league's debut for the Tribe, while joining some old standbys in the Arizona Fall League. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around The Farm, recapping all the action from last night.
Few players are more fun to watch than Indians shortstop prospect Ronny Rodriguez. Not just because of the skills he shows on the diamond, but the fun and flair with which he plays the game that is so intoxicating and his neverending smile that endears him to so many fans. He is currently out in the Arizona Fall League showcasing his talents and having a fine showing there, and Tony recently talked to him about his AFL experience and his 2012 season.
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!