IBI Digest: 10/27/13 - 11/2/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
In one of the better World Series in recent history, the Red Sox remained "Boston Strong" to the end as they took care of the juggernaut St. Louis Cardinals in six games, complete by beating the newest postseason starMichael Wacha in game six at Fenway Park. Meanwhile back in Cleveland, the end of the Fall Classic simply means time to get to work as far as offseason roster manipulation is concerned as they prepare for hopefully an even more successful campaign in 2014. The first order of business was re-signing veteran DH Jason Giambi as well as giving former All-Star closer Chris Perez his outright release.
Here's what happened this week on IBI:
The Radar Report: 2013 Volume III: During his visit to Arizona, Tony Lastoria broke out his radar gun and recorded the velocities of various Indians pitching prospects participating in Instructional and Fall leagues. He lists his readings and observations here.
2013 40-man roster review: Who do the Indians remove?: Tony Lastoria provides a full, in-depth look at the current Indians 40-man roster heading into the offseason and who will be on the chopping block as they look to add reinforcements.
Around the Farm: October 26, 2013: AA Akron teammates Jesus Aguilar and Jose Ramirez headlined Saturday's Winter Ball action as Aguilar collected a pair of hits and RBI, including a home run while Ramirez racked up three hits. Steve Orbanek reports all the action.
Possible trade options that can help the Indians lineup: Who could be on the trade block this offseason that the Tribe could have interest in? Andy Nichols categorizes the potential trade targets of the Indians to help their offense.
Tribe Madness: Previewing the Jacobs Field Region matchups: The Tribe Madness previews continue with Rick Lamborn as Bob Lemon, Kenny Lofton and Lou Boudreau are among the big names matching up in this next round.
Around the Farm: October 27, 2013: Jesus Aguilar recorded back-to-back two-hit/home run nights as he lit up the Winter Ball scoreboard once again. Also, Bryan Price turned in a strong outing allowing only a hit and a strikeout in two thirds of an inning. Arthur Kinney recaps all the games.
Winter Ball Notebook: Aguilar impressive early: With Jesus Aguilar, Tyler Naquin off to fast starts in winter ball, Steve Orbanek has the first IBI Winter Ball notebook to report on them and other standout performances this week in the offseason leagues.
2013 Tony Awards: Comeback Player of the Year: It was down to LeVon Washington and CC Lee, but in the end, Lee took the honors of Comeback Player of the Year as he made his way back from Tommy John Surgery, which delayed his inevitable call-up to the big leagues. Tony Lastoria explains.
Around the Farm: October 28, 2013: Joe Wendle racked up two hits in Monday night's action in Arizona as Michael Hattery briefly examines what his MLB potential. Meanwhile, Tyler Naquin had a rare 0-for-3 night, but still clollected an RBI.
Swinging for the Fences: The case for bringing back Giambi: The veteran DH wants to return and the Tribe should grant his wish. In his first weekly IBI feature, Jake Dungan takes a look at the benefits of bringing back Giambi and briefly gives his takes on the latest MLB news and current events.
2013 Tony Awards: Reliever of the Year: Tony Lastoria takes a look at which prospects stood out most out of the bullpen this season. It ends up being the Tribe minor league saves leader Preston Guilmet who takes the honors.
Around the Farm: October 29, 2013: Outside of Paolo Espino, who pitched five and two thirds innings of one-run ball to earn a win, it was a rough night for Tribe pitchers, including relievers Bryan Price and Will Roberts. Arthur Kinney recaps the day's action.
The MLB Draft: The history of it and how it works: In order to give fans a better understanding of the MLB Draft, Jeff Ellis gives a history lesson on how it started and how it works, including rule and procedure changes down through the years.
2013 Tony Awards: Pitcher of the Year: In this category, Tony Lastoria examines which hurlers had the strongest performances in 2013. It was a no-brainer as Danny Salazar made the biggest strides from being a middle-tier prospect with high potential to starting a playoff game for the Tribe.
Around the Farm: October 30, 2013: Tyler Naquin put his power on display on Wednesday as he went 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBI and three runs scored. Meanwhile, Tyler Sturdevant made his AFL debut and pitched a shutout inning using only 11 pitches. Tony Lastoria reports.
Trend Spotting: A look at Danny Salazar’s 2013 season: From a post-Tommy John surgery recoverer to an MLB postseason starter, Michael Hattery takes an in-depth look at the progress of Danny Salazar in 2013 and what his future holds (and it looks very bright).
The hot stove season begins at the Corner of Carnegie & Ontario: As the baseball world celebrates the crowning of the Boston Red Sox as World Series champs, Cleveland prepares for what should be another busy offseason. Jim Pete speculates what could be on the Tribe's to-do list during the Hot Stove season.
Around the Farm: October 31, 2013: In a rare occurance, the stars of the offseason Tyler Naquin and Jesus Aguilar tallied only one hit combined. Meanwhile, Bryan Price had a bounce-back outing pitching a shutout inning where he struck out the side. Tony Lastoria recaps the games.
Orbiting Cleveland: What to do with Cabrera?: The Indians should still expore the possibilities of dealing their shortstop. Steve Orbanek explains in his weekly column.
2013 Tony Awards: Offensive Player of the Year: This was a tightly-contested race as it basically came down to Joe Wendle, Carlos Moncrief and Jesus Aguilar as far as who swung the hottest bat in 2013. In the end, it was Wendle who took the honors.
Around the Farm: November 1, 2013: Tyler Naquin got back on track with three hits, two RBI and three runs scored while Jesus "Superman" Aguilar appeared to take another night off going 0-for-5. Elsewhere, Jose Ramirez, Tony Wolters and Erik Gonzalez each collected two hits. Arthur Kinney reviews the offseason league box scores.
2013 Tony Awards: All-Tony team: To wrap up the 2013 Tony Awards, Tony Lastoria his All-Tony team as far as standout players in the Indians minor league system this season, including starters, reserves and honorable mentions.
Tribe Madness: Municipal Stadium Region Round 1 results: And we're underway! Rick Lamborn recaps the first round results in the Municipal Stadium Region as Lary Doby, Gaylord Perry and Omar Vizquel were among the players who advanced to round two.
Friends of the Feather
Cleveland Indians post "closer wanted' sign at Progressive Field: The Indians are in the market for a new closer following Thursday’s release of Chris Perez. The question is, where will they find him? Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer lists several internal and external options that could fit the role for the Tribe.
Will Chisenhall Have Another Golden Opportunity?: After another mediocre performance by the Tribe's highly touted third baseman, Adam Balog of DidTheTribeWinLastNight.com speculates whether Lonnie Chisenhall will get another shot as the starter at the hot corner.
Offseason breakdown: AL Central: As part of their "Winter Forecast" series, ESPN.com takes a look at the AL Central, including the Indians and breaks down what their needs are this offseason if they want to improve in 2014. Christina Kahrl and David Schoenfield provide this detailed report.
Jake Dungan is a communications student at Stark State College and an intern with the Akron RubberDucks. Follow him on Twitter @MajorLeagueJake.