Welcome to this week's edition of the IBI 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 IBI 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' pitchers of all time. It's a three-part series, starting with a look at the #21-30 starters.
We've seen the Cleveland Indians make a handful of offseason moves this season. While the the team has brought on many talented players, the Indians have also brought on something else: more and more strikeouts. A number of the new Indians have shown a tendency to swing-and-miss throughout their careers. Just how does this affect this year's team? The IBI's Andy Nichols ponders after the jump...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with catcher Eric Haase. He is a player that may take another year or two before his true talents show, but even so, he is one of the most interesting young prospects to follow in a system loaded with high upside talent in the lower levels. Tony provides all the details on his upside as a hitter and receiver behind the plate, and what roadblocks may stand in his way in this detailed scouting report.
Aloha from Hawaii! Tony is away on vacation but checks in this week with another Tribe Happenings and takes a look at how the Indians spending spree this offseason brings into question just how much room the Indians have - if any - to make roster moves next offseason. He also talks about the Michael Bourn and Diasuke Matsuzaka signings, the extreme makeover the Indians roster has undergone since the end of last season, and his optimism for a rebound from Drew Stubbs.
The Indians have always been known to bring a lot of minor league free agents into Spring Training, but there's a different vibe surrounding this year's crop. With names like Daisuke Matsuzaka and Matt Capps, the quality of this year's signings seems well above the ones seen in previous seasons. The IBI's Michael Goodman touches on how this year's signings may impact the Major League team...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Carlos Moncrief. Moncrief had one of the more under-rated seasons last year, and has become one of the most complete position players in the entire Indians’ system. With his wide range of tools and power he is exciting to dream on, but he is also very frustrating because of the strikeouts. Tony breaks down all of his pluses and minuses in this detailed scouting report.
This is the final installment of this article series, which will break down the bench and utility players of 2013 compared to 2012. The IBI's Jake Dungan reviews the options for the bench and looks at the projected bench to open the 2013 season and compares the four-man bench with the bench that played most of last season with the Indians.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Kieran Lovegrove. Lovegrove is a young high upside arm the Indians picked up early in last year's draft, and he has the projection with his stuff, delivery and frame to be a durable starting pitcher for a long time. He is one of the more intriguing young players to watch this year, and Tony breaks down all of his stuff in this detailed scouting report.
While the weather may still be chilly in Northeast Ohio, there's a much different climate in Goodyear, Arizona, where all Indians players have now arrived for spring training. While there are some familiar faces and some new ones, the IBI's Steve Orbanek touches this week on some of the new names that aren't getting all the publicity: the minor league signings. How do they fit in with this year's club? Find out after the jump.
With Spring Training underway in Goodyear, Arizona, Jim Piascik and Steve Orbanek continue trying to keep things fresh and not bland here at IBI, previewing the 2013 Cleveland Indians in an unconventional way. They've been sending e-mails back and forth to figure out where they stand on the team heading into Spring Training, with today's focus on the starting rotation.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Felix Sterling. There is no doubt that Sterling has the arsenal and the talent to be a dominating starting pitching prospect, but his inconsistency and mental mindset has raised some questions and doubts as to whether he will ever reach his potential. Tony breaks down everything he has to offer and what problems he is struggling through in this detailed scouting report.
The IBI's Steve Orbanek returns with his latest edition of Then & Now, which looks at Matt LaPorta this week. LaPorta has had a storied career for the Indians, both at the minor and Major League level. What does the future hold for LaPorta? And could he possibly have a future with the Indians? Steve ponders after the jump.
The Indians made the most surprising signing that the IBI's Jeff Ellis can ever recall when they signed Michael Bourn on Monday. When the talk came about that Bourn might even be on the Indians' radar, like most fans Jeff thought it was just Scott Boras trying to drum up offers. But all that changed at 9 PM on Monday, and Jeff takes a look behind the numbers why he was a coup for the Indians.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Austin Adams. Adams suffered a shoulder injury in spring training and then had surgery which wiped out his entire 2012 season. He is close to 100% this season though will be limited with his workload, and Tony takes a look at what is in store for him this season, what value he has, how good he can still be and much more in this detailed scouting report.
Spring training is finally underway and for those that have been there before and are planning to go this year you know the excitement that comes with any annual trek to the desert. If you have never been to spring training and wonder what you might be missing, well, enter DJ Sebastian to give you the low down on everything it has to offer with his many stories from yesteryear. This is an insightful and sometimes funny overview of all the things to see and do in spring training!
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!