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December 31, 2008   (0 comments)
No official word on this at the moment, but the Indians have traded minor leaguers RHP Jeff Stevens, RHP Chris Archer, and LHP John Gaub to the Chicago Cubs for infielder Mark DeRosa. No word on who the other prospects are the Indians are giving up, but it sounds as if the deal is in fact centered around Stevens.
December 31, 2008   (0 comments)
With all regular seasons now over in the Caribbean Leagues, this is the final installment of the Winter League Round-ups until next off-season. With that in mind, thanks everyone for reading. Here are the final numbers, including all the final numbers from the Arizona Fall League and Hawaii Winter League.
Caribbean Winter Leagues
The regular seasons in Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico...
December 30, 2008   (0 comments)
Okay, some more firm details on the upcoming prospect rankings and book.
First off, it will be a Top 100 ranking with full scouting reports for players from #1 all the way to #100. Players in the Top 50 will get the same treatment as last year with a very detailed and in-depth writeup of about 4-6 good sized paragraphs, while guys from #51-100 will get about two paragraphs (similar in size...
December 29, 2008   (0 comments)
While the news of the day is the Browns cleaning house in the front office and with the head coach, Paul and I will be airing a special edition of Smoke Signals to makeup one of the shows lost to Christmas and New Years. Tonight, we will talk about the Brad Penny signing with Boston and how it maybe means that a lot of the free agent pitchers left on the market may settle be in line to settle for one...
December 29, 2008   (0 comments)
Note: This is a question and answer session I conducted with Baseball Prospectus' Kevin Goldstein during Spring Training in 2007.
If you want to talk baseball prospects, one of the top names around to talk with is Kevin Goldstein.
Kevin is a highly acclaimed writer for Baseball Prospectus (BP) who focuses on baseball prospects and the draft with his "Future Shock" articles. Prior to...
December 28, 2008   (0 comments)
Caribbean Winter Leagues
Player Updates (overall numbers - Italics indicate players
December 27, 2008   (0 comments)
Here is a quick rundown of some of the news from a very slow news week in the Indians system:
- Just a reminder, because of the Christmas holiday this past week we did not air our radio show and because of the New Year’s holiday this coming week the show will not air again. As mentioned previously, we will have a special show this coming Monday December 29th from 9:30-10:30pm EST to offset...
December 26, 2008   (0 comments)
Farm Director Talks Prospects
Note: This conversation and article is from July 2007. Just another article written prior to the start of this blog that I wanted housed on this site for reference. Prospect countdowns starts in 9 days!
At the Lake County Captains game last Friday, I had the chance to sit down during the game and talk to Indians Farm Director Ross Atkins at great length about a great number of players up...
December 25, 2008   (0 comments)
To all the readers of the Indians Prospect Insider, I just wanted to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. And for those that do not celebrate Christmas I wanted to wish you a Happy Holidays as well.
This site is still growing, and it is amazing to think of where it was just a year ago and how much has changed. A lot more is going to change in 2009 as many new features and even more coverage...
December 24, 2008   (0 comments)
Caribbean Winter Leagues
Player Updates (overall numbers - Italics indicate players
December 23, 2008   (0 comments)
Kinston Insider
* Note: This article originally was published in September 2007.
Kinston, North Carolina.
Having never been there, I had no idea what I was in store for when I visited there a few weeks back on the final weekend of August. After already visiting affiliates in large metropolitan areas in Akron and Buffalo, visiting Lake County which is a bustling area on the outskirts of major metropolis...
December 22, 2008   (0 comments)
Just a real quick update on the prospect rankings and book since last week's update.
I was able to really make some headway last week on scouting reports for the upcoming Top 50 (or 75) ranking. I am still not sure if I will rank 50 players or rank them out to 75, but in either case the book is going to have over 100 in-depth scouting reports, all of which will eventually find their way on...
December 21, 2008   (0 comments)
Caribbean Winter Leagues
As mentioned earlier Tony Sipp will not be going to play in the Dominican due to some shoulder soreness. Also, the Indians signed Jesus Mechan and Wilson Valdez to minor league deals and both are participating in Winter baseball, so we will keep you posted with their performances too.
Player Updates (overall numbers - Italics indicate players
December 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Someone had asked why left-hander Tony Sipp was on the Dominican Winter League roster but had not pitched yet. With league play wrapping up this weekend and him not playing, I figured it was rather odd he would go out there and not play, so I poked around and found out why he is not pitching. Apparently, he did not even go to the Dominican Republic because he was experiencing some shoulder discomfort,...
December 20, 2008   (0 comments)
Here is a quick rundown of what happened this past week:
- Right-hander Rob Bryson was our guest on Smoke Signals this week, and we talked to him for about 20 minutes covering everything from the C.C. Sabathia trade, how he is progressing from his offseason labrum surgery, what 2009 holds for him, some of the differences between the way the Indians and Brewers do things, and so on. Thanks again...
December 19, 2008   (0 comments)
A Minor League Stop In Akron
This was originally posted in July 2007.
On Monday night, I traveled down to Akron to get a glimpse of the team and tour the facility before they broke for the All-Star break. Akron is the Indians Double-A affiliate, and the stadium is located in the heart of the city. The franchise moved from Burlington, Vermont to Canton, Ohio in 1989 and became the Cleveland Indians Double-A franchise, and...
December 18, 2008   (0 comments)
Paul and I will be back on the air tonight and again in our normal Thurs 9:30-10:30pm timeslot. Our final show before we take a break for the holidays and return on Thurs January 8th. We will have a special edition show on Mon Dec 29th from 9:30-10:30 to offset the loss of the two shows because of Christmas and New Year's though.....just in case anyone would miss us!;-0
Tonight we will wrap...
December 18, 2008   (0 comments)
Mills Is Making The Adjustments
Note: This article was originally posted in July 2007.
The Indians selected third baseman Beau Mills with their first pick in the 2007 Draft this past June. Mills was eager to sign quickly, and upon signing started his professional career in Mahoning Valley.
Since then, however, Mills has had to endure what seems like a myriad of adjustments. One of those adjustments was the change...
December 17, 2008   (0 comments)
Caribbean Winter Leagues
Player Updates (overall numbers - Italics indicate players
December 16, 2008   (0 comments)
I have received many inquiries on when the rankings for the 2009 season will come out and if there will be another book this year and if so when it will be available. The quick answer to that is yes my 2009 Indians Top 50 Prospect list on the site is coming, and yes there will be another book.
At the moment, I am knee deep in finishing off all the scouting reports for what looks like around...

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