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Indians Prospect Insider

January 17, 2010   (0 comments)
The 2010 IPI Top 50 Indians Prospect countdown commences tomorrow with a preview piece, but before all of that starts I wanted to make one final note before all the attention turns to the rankings and upcoming book.
I am looking for anyone who may be interested in providing content to the site, be it through articles, photos, web design, graphic assistance, or anything else. I am always open...
January 16, 2010   (0 comments)
Time for the third installment of the IPI Inbox, and also to clear out the mailbox before the prospect countdown kicks up this coming Monday. As a reminder, while the countdown commences on the site over the next two months, feel free to comment or ask a question about the players or the rankings themselves by using the contact form at the top of this page. After every group of ten prospects I will...
January 15, 2010   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed free agent catcher Mike Redmond to a major league contract. The deal is for one year at a reported $850,000.
The signing of Redmond slides catcher Wyatt Toregas to Triple-A Columbus to start the season where he will now be the caddy for uber prospect catcher Carlos Santana. Redmond will backup catcher Lou Marson in Cleveland to start...
January 15, 2010   (0 comments)
It's been a quiet offseason for the Indians since they named Manny Acta as the new skipper, so we took the opportunity to take a little break from the weekly on-line radio show "Smoke Signals" that Paul Cousineau and I host every Thursday night. However, it is about time to dust off the show and start our coverage of the 2010 season for the Cleveland Indians.
Things are set to kick off again...
January 14, 2010   (0 comments)
The Indians today invited seven players from their player development system to Major League camp: Frank Herrmann (RHP), Yohan Pino (RHP), Alex White (RHP), Damaso Espino (C), Lonnie Chisenhall (3B), Beau Mills (1B), Niuman Romero (INF).
Most of these players that are added are first round picks who have the clause in their contract they are to attend big league camp, while the others are...
January 14, 2010   (0 comments)
Cliff Lee has had an interesting career to say the least. Dealt to the Indians as part of the Bartolo Colon blockbuster in June of 2002, Lee had a roller-coaster career in Cleveland.
After a great 2005 and a solid 2006, Lee fell off a cliff in 2007 and was sent to AAA. He went from posting an ERA over 6 and a stint in the minors in 2007 to winning the AL Cy Young in 2008, possibly the most...
January 13, 2010   (0 comments)
Okay, time for a quick site update today touching on a bunch of different things:
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First off, I will be starting my countdown of the Indians Top 50 Prospects for 2010 either this coming Sunday or Monday. Once started, a new player will be revealed everyday until we reach #1 in early March.
Last year I counted down from the Top 100, but will not be doing that this year...
January 12, 2010   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the club has signed infielder Mark Grudzielanek to a free agent minor league contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.
Grudzielanek is now the leader in the clubhouse for the Indians utility gig opening, though he is hardly a sure thing since he only managed to play in 11 games last season in the Minnesota Twins minor...
January 12, 2010   (0 comments)
Well Traveled Berger Moves Fast Through Indians System
Indians left-handed pitching prospect Eric Berger could be going places.
Being a part of a military family, the 23-year old Berger has already been all over the world. His father Mitch Berger is a squadron commander currently stationed in Germany, and he has been out to visit his father in other places in the past like Korea, Alaska, Kansas and many others.
One place Berger has never...
January 11, 2010   (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the participants and event details for their 2010 Press Tour. The annual caravan will consist of three buses in 2010 to visit 11 cities over three dates Tuesday, January 26 thru Thursday, January 28.
Each bus, named on behalf of Indians greats Larry Doby, Lou Boudreau, and Mel Harder, will visit various cities respectively featuring Tribe players, Manager...
January 11, 2010   (0 comments)
The Winter Development Program starts up this week.
This is a program that the Indians put together every January where they bring in all the new players in the system acquired in trades over the past year as well as the recent 40-man roster additions and some select high level prospects. The program is designed to not only work them out at Progressive Field and give them additional instruction,...
January 10, 2010   (0 comments)
Last Updated: January 28, 2010
Here is a new edition of the 2010 Depth Chart. I posted the first depth chart listing about five weeks ago, and have since made several changes and tinkered with it based on more evaluation from myself and some input from some sources. The rosters for Cleveland, Columbus, and Akron are not too difficult to fill out, especially with regard to who the starting...
January 9, 2010   (0 comments)
The Indians today completed a trade sending left-handed pitcher Zach Jackson to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named. He has been assigned from the Triple-A Columbus roster to the Triple A Las Vegas 51's (Blue Jays) roster.
Jackson was recently removed from the 40-man roster and really had no shot to make the Cleveland Indians roster this coming spring. The Indians also have a lot...
January 9, 2010   (0 comments)
With 2009 officially over, here is a quick refresher of all the players that were released or who retired over the course of the 2009 season. I posted a listing back at the end of September, but there have been 8-12 releases since then, so this is just a quick refresher as we get set to begin the prospect coverage for 2010. A lot of these guys were never true "prospects" and more organizational players,...
January 8, 2010   (0 comments)
Webb No Longer Flying Under The Radar
One of the biggest strengths in the Cleveland Indians farm system is the depth of talent they have in the outfield.
They have high ceiling big league caliber players such as Nick Weglarz and Michael Brantley, and also have others like Jordan Brown and Trevor Crowe who look to be solid complementary big leaguers in the making. They also have a lot of raw talent lower in the system like Abner...
January 7, 2010   (0 comments)
Kipnis Ready To Face Challenges of Upcoming Season
We are about eight weeks from the start of minor league spring training in early March. By now almost every player in the Indians system is well into their offseason workout programs and has already begun preparations for the 2010 season.
For second baseman Jason Kipnis, it
January 6, 2010   (0 comments)
It's that time of the year when prospect lists abound, and to kick off the 2010 coverage of the Cleveland Indians prospects we have a new feature on the site to unveil today.
Submissions from 15 die-hard prospect fans on the site message boards were compiled where they each person provided their Top 30 Indians prospect listing and all results were averaged to the final ranking you see below....
January 5, 2010   (0 comments)
Indians Sign Austin Kearns
The Cleveland Indians announced today that they have signed outfielder Austin Kearns to a free agent minor league contract. The contract includes a non-roster invitation to major league spring training camp.
Kearns, 29, owns a Major League career batting average of .256 (737-2879) with 155 doubles, 105 home runs, 422 RBI, 385 walks and a career on-base% of .353 in 542 games with the Cincinnati...
January 5, 2010   (0 comments)
Indians Sign Shelley Duncan
The Cleveland Indians have signed free agent outfielder Shelley Duncan to a minor league contract with an invite to major league spring training camp.
Duncan, 30, is a powerful right-handed bat who is likely being brought in as a depth option at first base and a backup plan there if Matt LaPorta is not ready to start the season following offseason surgeries to his toe and hip. If LaPorta...
January 4, 2010   (0 comments)
Happy New Year everyone and Happy Monday! Everything finally starts to get back to normal this week as we get back to our regular weekly routines with work, school, etc. I know I am glad to be settling in back here in (snowy) Northeast Ohio after spending the better part of the past five weeks out of town or engulfed in holiday activity. It's a new year, and it is nice to get back in the saddle after...

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