IBI Digest: 3/10/13-3/16/13
Recapping the week on Indians Baseball Insider
Baseball is getting closer and closer to returning, but the most important event of the week was Cleveland's Harlem Shake video.
I could watch that all day long.
Here are all of the pieces that went up on IBI over the past week:
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #8 OF Tyler Naquin: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Tyler Naquin, a left-handed hitting outfielder with elite hitting ability and a big-time arm who Cleveland selected in the first round of the 2012 Draft.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #7 RHP Cody Allen: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Cody Allen, a right-handed reliever with a powerful arsenal who shot up through the minor league system and became one of the first 2011 draft picks to reach the major leagues.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #6 SS Ronny Rodriguez: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Ronny Rodriguez, a right-handed hitting shortstop who might ooze the most raw tools in the system, though he really needs to up his consistency if he's going to make it.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #5 RHP Danny Salazar: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Danny Salazar, a right-handed starter who really exploded onto the scene in 2012 a year after Tommy John surgery.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #4 2B Jose Ramirez: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Jose Ramirez, a switch-hitting second baseman who has risen from an unranked unknown to the best pure second base prospect in the entire system.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #3 SS Dorssys Paulino: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospect countdown with Dorssys Paulino, a right-handed hitting shortstop who has a truly special bat and is one of the best hitting prospects the team has had in a long time.
2013 Indians Top 60 Prospects: #2 RHP Trevor Bauer: Tony Lastoria continues the Top 60 prospects countdown with Trevor Bauer, a right-handed starter with his quirks, but also true front-of-the-rotation stuff, something lacking in the upper levels of Cleveland's minor league system.
2013 Minor League Spring Game Recap: March 15th: Arthur Kinney recaps Friday's minor league Spring Training games, including a great all-around game from Francisco Lindor, some power from Nelson Rodriguez, and more.
2013 Spring Training Game #17: Indians 9, Cubs 2: Arthur Kinney recaps Saturday's Spring Training game, including strong pitching from David Huff and Zach McAllister, Jason Kipnis' first home run of the spring, and more.
Tribe Happenings: Indians are over halfway home this spring: In his weekly notebook, Tribe Happenings, Tony Lastoria outlines the good and bad of Spring Training so far, remarks on how the fifth starter race is Scott Kazmir's to lose, checks in on some old friends around the league, and much more.
Four Down, One to Go: Jake Dungan analyzes the state of the Cleveland rotation with the news that Zach McAllister has officially been named the #4 starter.
Team USA Report: Surviving the Group of Death: Arthur Kinney recaps the United States' opening round of the World Baseball Classic, a round in which America managed to survive elimination in the Group of Death.
2013 Spring Training Game #18: Rangers 7, Indians 6: Arthur Kinney recaps Sunday's Spring Training game, including inconsistencies from Brett Myers, Carlos Carrasco, and Yan Gomes, and more.
2013 Key Players: Lonnie Chisenhall: Michael Goodman continues his series looking at the key players for Cleveland in 2013 by taking a look at Lonnie Chisenhall, who needs to establish himself as the everyday third baseman if the team wants to be successful this season.
Indians add Hill to roster, make several roster moves: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on reliever Rich Hill being added to the 40-man roster, along with some other roster moves.
IBI Power Poll: Who is the fifth starter breaking camp?: In his regular feature, the IBI Power Poll, Jim Pete breaks down the fifth starter race and asks you to vote on who will be Cleveland's fifth starter when camp breaks in a few weeks.
2013 Spring Training Game #19: Angels 0 Indians 0: Jake Dungan recaps Monday's Spring Training game, including another great start from Scott Kazmir, an injury to Daisuke Matsuzaka, a general lack of offense, and more.
Scouting Kazmir: Reasons for optimism, but caution needed: Tony Lastoria breaks down Scott Kazmir's start on MLB Network, relating that while the final stat line looked great, there were some issues that Kazmir still needs to iron out.
Draft Revision: Going back and redoing the 2008 Draft: Jeff Ellis takes a look back at the 2008 Draft and redoes the picks knowing what we know today.
IBI Update: What's on tap with the IBI in 2013: Tony Lastoria updates you on what is in store for the next few weeks and the season.
Herrmann has Tommy John surgery, out for the season: Tony Lastoria writes the breaking news piece on reliever Frank Herrmann undergoing Tommy John surgery, putting him out for all of 2013.
Corner of Carnegie and Ontario: Speed Kills: In his weekly notebook, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Jim Pete looks at Cleveland's newfound speed, how Jason Giambi and the leadership situation in general is shaping up, what he expects from Zach McAllister now and in the future, and much more.
2013 Spring Training Game #20: Indians 5, White Sox 2: Jim Pete recaps Wednesday's Spring Training game, including a strong start for Ubaldo Jimenez, the return of Asdrubal Cabrera to the lineup, and more.
Determining Value: Tony Lastoria updates a piece he published last year that explains how minor league players are valued now that minor league Spring Training is underway.
Then & Now: David Huff: In his regular feature, Then & Now, Steve Orbanek takes a look at David Huff, who has gone from first round draft pick to someone who will likely be designated for assignment at the end of Spring Training.
2013 Spring Training Game #21: Royals 5, Indians 3: Arthur Kinney recaps Thursday's Spring Training game, including some struggles from Zach McAllister and Trevor Bauer, more offensive production out of Lonnie Chisenhall, and more.
Spring Training Notebook: Chisenhall heats up: In his weekly Spring Training notebook, Steve Orbanek writes about Lonnie Chisenhall's strong spring, the addition of Rich Hill to the 40-man roster, how impressive Matt Langwell has been to date, and much more.
Who are the Most Exciting Prospects in 2013?: Jim Piascik continues his series looking at prospects with varying characteristics, this time focusing on the most exciting players in the system.
Friends of the Feather
CEO Paul Dolan says Cleveland Indians are 'unequivocally a better team' after off-season shakeup: Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer interviewed Paul Dolan about Cleveland's busy offseason, getting his insight on why spend now and how the team is being run.
A tale of 2 Cleveland Indians pitchers: Zach McAllister a likely starter: David Huff on the cusp: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer profiles two pitchers on opposite ends of the spectrum: Zach McAllister, who is making the Opening Day roster, and David Huff, who is just trying to hang on.
Cleveland Indians new center fielder Michael Bourn hit the ground running and hasn't stopped: Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer looks into the background of Michael Bourn and how he came to be the elite defensive player (and not-too-shabby offensive player as well) he is today.
Scott Kazmir Strikes Out Josh Hamilton: Jeff Sullivan of Fangraphs breaks down Scott Kazmir's outing on Monday through the prism of his battle with Josh Hamilton. It includes GIFs of Kazmir throwing, so you can actually watch the action.
Overthinking It: The Not-So-Secret Sabermetrics of Marketing: Ben Lindbergh of Baseball Prospectus reports on the talk Alex King -- Cleveland's Vice President of Marketing and Brand Management -- gave at the SABR Analytics Conference on the outside-the-box thinking that goes into their strategy on the business side of baseball.
With Plenty of Depth, This Tribe's on a Quest: Jonah Keri of Grantland looks at Cleveland's elite outfield defense and improved depth and analyzes what the season could have in store for the team.
Offseason In Review: Cleveland Indians: Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors reviews Cleveland's offseason, recapping every move made and giving a general overview of the action.
If you want to follow Jim on Twitter, he’s @JimPiascik. If you want to e-mail him, you can do so at firstname.lastname@example.org