The IPI's Steve Orbanek returns with a new edition of Then & Now. Thomas Neal put together a brilliant performance for the Akron Aeros this past season and was rewarded with a call up to Cleveland in September. However, Neal's playing time was quite limited, and there's no guarantee that the outfielder is in the Indians plans moving forward. Steve looks back at Neal's career and ponders the California native's future after the jump.
We continue with our 2013 prospect coverage here at the IPI with a look at the left fielders in the Indians system. It is no secret that left field is a position of immediate need at the big league level for the Indians, but the options in the upper levels of the Indians system are limited. Tony looks at all of the left field options for the Indians now and in the future and breaks down the potential and future for the likes of Victor Cabral, Tim Fedroff, Anthony Gallas, Bo Greenwell, Jorge Martinez, Thomas Neal, Anthony Santander, Jeremie Tice and many others.
It was a very quiet night in the Indians system on Monday night. Ezequiel Carrera continued his recent string of solid performances at the plate while Paolo Espino unfortunately had a game that he would probably like to have back. The IPI's Steve Orbanek recaps all the action and also recaps Chun Chen's performance so far in the Asian Winter Baseball League as he takes you Around the Farm.
The Indians have been talking to free agent outfielder Nick Swisher for several weeks now, and today they reportedly have intensified what was already a very aggressive pursuit. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Indians “are making a push in their effort to sign Swisher”.
In today's final edition of "Coach's Corner" this offseason, we saved the best for last. Tony recently had a chance to sit down with former High-A Carolina hitting coach and new Low-A Lake County manager Scooter Tucker and discuss a lot of the players he worked with this past season at Carolina. The Indians had a lot of very intriguing position player talent at Carolina this past season, and Tucker went into great detail on things they worked on over the course of the season. They talked about Carlos Moncrief, Ronny Rodriguez, Tony Wolters, Jesus Aguilar, Giovanny Urshela, Anthony Gallas, and more.
As some of you may have seen in a tweet I sent out last week, Indians Prospect Insider will soon be no more. No, it is not closing up shop and going away. Instead, this site will become Indians Baseball Insider. We are going from the IPI to the IBI, and the change should occur sometime between now and the next two weeks. Tony explains why the change was made and what it means for the site.
Things picked up for the Tribe prospects on Sunday, as one managed a four-hit game, and every Indians prospect except for one got on base. That one just happened to be playing in their leagues all-star game as the only Indians' prospect to make it. Two relievers also made some noise tonight, and may find themselves in Cleveland this year if they keep up their stellar play. Find out who these prospects are, after the jump...
The Indians continue to be extremely active this offseason on both the free agent and trade fronts, something that a lot of fans have taken notice of and been happy to see for a change. But there is still a large segment of naysayers that will not believe anything has changed until ownership and the front office get a notable free agent to sign on the dotted line. Tony discusses how a big free agent signing may actually help the team more off the field than on it, he compares the James Shields and Ubaldo Jimenez deals, and much more.
It was a cool night for Cleveland Indians' prospect bats, as they all managed to go 2-for-22 overall. The only pitcher gave up a run in an inning and a third. With that said, there are a couple of Tribe prospects that have picked up their play of late, and while they didn't continue that hot streak tonight, find out which players are perched to rebound here at ATF, after the jump...
Chris Antonetti acquired quite a few new players for Terry Francona's team in 2013, but the question of how these pieces will fit into the lineup still remains. Charlie Adams offers his help, using one of the seminal sabermetric books (aptly named "The Book") to fit the pieces together, sometimes yielding surprising results.
The Nick Swisher and Edwin Jackson watch continues, and at the moment, an conclusion does not appear imminent. Swisher is said to be in no rush to sign with anyone and will spend next week visiting all the teams interested in signing him. Jackson does not appear close to signing with anyone, but that should change now that Anibal Sanchez resigned with the Tigers. The free agent spotlight is clearly on both Swisher and Jackson, and the Indians are in on both, but it remains remote they end up with either one.
We continue our year end review of each team in the Indians organization with a look back at the player movement of the short season Single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Every week up until December 21st we will look back at the roster movement over the past season for one club in the Cleveland Indians organization.
Numerous Indians were in action in all of the various winter leagues on Friday. Asdrubal Cabrera scuffled for the first time this winter while Carlos Santana showed signs that he could be breaking out of his slump. Also, Mike McDade, Andrew Campbell and Ryan Battaglia all stay hot at the plate. All this and more as the IPI's Steve Orbanek takes you Around the Farm.
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