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' outfielders of all time. Join Jim Pete after the jump...to find out the who made the cut...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker. There are a lot of unknowns about Baker as he could be a boom or bust prospect for the Indians, and because of that he comes in with a more conservative ranking in this year's countdown. Tony breaks down all of the unlimited potential, but the many question marks about him in this detailed scouting report.
It has been over a month since the last inbox, and since I am down sick this weekend and working feverishly to finish my new 2013 book, the regular Sunday morning format of “Tribe Happenings” will take a one week hiatus. But fear not, you will get your usual dose of Indians commentary on a variety of topics, but just in a different format this week.....via questions from the fans! The starting rotation among others things are the hot topics discussed...
Here are the 2013 coaching assignments at all levels of the Cleveland Indians Player Development system.
Columbus Clippers (AAA)
Chris Tremie, Manager
Tony Arnold, Pitching Coach
Phil Clark, Hitting Coach
Akron Aeros (AA)
Edwin Rodriguez, Manager
Greg Hibbard, Pitching Coach
Jim Rickon, Hitting Coach
Carolina Mudcats (A+)
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with infielder Joey Wendle. He is an offensive-oriented infielder from a smaller school that may have been overlooked in the draft, but hit the ground running in his pro debut at Mahoning Valley. He is a lot like Cord Phelps, and may be a better hitter and have a little more versatility than Phelps had when he first came into the organization. Wendle is an interesting prospect, and Tony breaks him down in this detailed scouting report.
Life in the pros consists of day-to-day opportunity. Each day a player treads across the dirt of the diamond, new opportunities surface. For Cleveland Indians’ right-hander Shawn Armstrong, opportunities lie in overlooked places. He had a banner season last year across three levels, and going into this season he is well on the Major League radar. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down and talked with him and shares what he said in here latest.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with outfielder Tyler Holt. As one of the most fiery players the Indians have had in their system in a long time, Holt brings a lot of energy and emotion to his game and is a good top of the lineup prospect for the Indians. In this detailed scouting report Tony breaks down his qualities as a leadoff hitter, his skills defensively and on the basepaths, and what obstacles may hinder his chances of reaching the big leagues.
The IBI's Steve Orbanek is back with another edition of the Winter Ball Notebook. With all the winter leagues wrapping up, this happens to be the last week for the notebook, and Steve goes out with a bang as he ranks the top 10 Indians performers from this winter. What players ended up making the list? And who earned the coveted No. 1 spot? Find out after the jump...
Today we continue on with part two of this four part series which compares the projected opening day lineup, starting rotation, bullpen, and bench for this coming season with its 2012 counterpart. In today's piece the focus is on the starting rotation where there are some new faces in the mix not just as trade (Bauer) and free agent pickups (Myers, Kazmir) this offseason, but new options that were not as seriously considered this time last year (McAllister, Kluber) or were not available (Carrasco). Jake Dungan breaks it all down after the jump.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher Matt Packer. Packer was another pitcher that dealt with a significant injury setback early last season, but was one of the few that was able to get back on a mound and pitch a good majority of the season and even went out to pitch in the Arizona Fall League. Tony discusses how his stuff was affected by the injury, his health going forward, and what kind of stuff he brings to the table in this detailed scouting report.
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!