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February 16, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #49 Shawn Morimando
The 2012 IPI Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with a young lefty the Indians selected in the 19th round of last year's draft out of high school. The Indians lured him away from college with a sizable bonus and really like his upside, and Tony provides all the details on what is liked about his potential and more.
February 16, 2012   (2 comments)
Profiling the Columbus Clippers’ Major League ready rotation
Due to the offseason acquisitions of Derek Lowe and Kevin Slowey, the Cleveland Indians figure to have an insane amount of major-league ready pitching filling the AAA Columbus Clippers’ rotation. Since these pitchers are likely to pitch in Cleveland at some point in 2012, let’s take some time to profile each pitcher’s strengths, weaknesses and general outlook for 2012.
February 15, 2012   (8 comments)
Answering some subscription questions
Some people have expressed some frustrations today with the new subscription feature, be it because of the new subscription fee to read certain articles or because they are having trouble creating an account. I’m posting this to hopefully help explain the reasoning for the change to a subscription-based site and also help steer people to the proper way of signing up.
February 15, 2012   (0 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospects: #50 Juan Diaz
We kick off the 2012 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown with shortstop Juan Diaz, an infielder that the Indians added to the 40-man roster this offseason. The Indians must have liked something to roster him, and Tony lays out all his strengths and weaknesses and what his future may hold with the Indians.
February 14, 2012   (6 comments)
Is A.J. Burnett on the radar?
Could A.J. Burnett be on the Tribe's radar? Could Travis Hafner's time in Cleveland be coming to an end? CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the Indians and Yankees have discussed a deal.
February 14, 2012   (0 comments)
Indians designate De La Cruz for assignment
The Indians announced today that they have designated left-handed pitcher Kelvin De La Cruz for assignment. The move was necessitated because they needed to clear space on the 40-man for first baseman Casey Kotchman who they signed back on February 3rd. The Indians now have ten days to trade, release, or outright De La Cruz to the minors.
February 14, 2012   (2 comments)
2012 Indians Top 50 Prospect Countdown Preview
The 2012 Indians Top 50 Prospect Countdown is finally here. Before we get off and rolling with the countdown, here is a quick overview of the system outlining where things stand. The Indians system may not be as strong at the top in year's past, but is loaded with exciting, young prospects in the lower levels that should make the 2012 season one of the most fun season's to follow prospects in a long time.
February 13, 2012   (7 comments)
Welcome to the new Indians Prospect Insider
The IPI has undergone a major face lift, and today we unveil all the new changes with the site. The site is taking a big leap from a blog to a real website with all kinds of new bells and whistles as well as a new subscription based model with the vision to be the #1 source for Cleveland Indians information.
February 13, 2012   (6 comments)
Inside the Numbers: Indians lineup could be strong in 2012
A lot of people are unimpressed with the improvements the Indians made to the lineup this offseason, but Charlie Adams says that the numbers show that the Indians could have one of the better lineups in baseball this season if luck comes in the form of health and maturation.
February 12, 2012   (5 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Chisenhall may start season in minors
In Tony's weekly Sunday Indians' notebook he looks at the chances Lonnie Chisenhall has to make the opening day roster, which surprisingly is not as good as you may think. He also looks at the importance of a strong, right-handed heavy bench, the improvements made by David Huff last year, Asdrubal Cabrera signing, and more.
February 11, 2012   (0 comments)
Reviewing the Indians offseason
This time of year, fans are bundled up in warm clothes and blankets, watching the snow fall as they anxiously await the arrival of spring training. Although Old Man Winter’s wrath will still be felt in Cleveland in mid-February, in Goodyear, Arizona, home of the Indians spring training facilities, it will be baseball season. The sound of bats hitting balls and balls hitting gloves will bring...
February 10, 2012   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Casey Frawley
Spring training is right around the corner, and one player that is looking forward to the new season is infielder Casey Frawley. Tony gets his thoughts on a frustrating 2011 season where he battled some vision issues and what he is looking forward to in 2012.
February 9, 2012   (1 comments)
In defense of a dull offseason
Ho hum. To the majority of the Cleveland Indians fan base, this has undoubtedly been a boring offseason. Especially when the Tribe’s offseason is compared to that of other teams.
The Miami Marlins sign Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, while the Indians trade for a 38-year old Derek Lowe and his 5.05 ERA. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim sign Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson, while...
February 8, 2012   (0 comments)
Don't be so weary of the Indians lefty-laden lineup
The talk of the Cleveland offseason, long before, really, has been a lack of right-handed hitters in the Indians' lineup in general, but especially a lack of power from the right side.
It is no secret that exactly zero of the team's projected regular position players are strictly right-handed, as only switch-hitters, Asdrubal Cabrera and Carlos Santana, figure to be mainstays from the right...
February 7, 2012   (0 comments)
Five Prospects with the Most to Prove in 2012
Being in the minor leagues is all about proving yourself, but for these five players, 2012 will be even more critical on their quest to proving that they belong in the Cleveland Indians' long-term plans.
Two weeks ago, I listed the five most exciting prospects for 2012.Continuing on with this theme, now I'll take a look at the five Tribe prospects with the most to prove in 2012. Whether they're...
February 6, 2012   (0 comments)
Explaining Stats: Wins Above Replacement
WAR stands for Wins Above Replacement, and replaced VORP, value over replacement player, as the go to stat for trying to figure out the overall value of a player. It is simply the number of wins a player should help his team win in comparison to what a AAA player would do if called up in place of them. The idea being that a AAA team in the majors would be historically bad winning less than 40 games.
February 5, 2012   (0 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Are the Indians going up for sale?
Some news, notes, and thoughts from my Indians notebook…
To sell or not to sell
First off, let me just be up front and note that before I get into any of this I am merely speculating. No one from SportsTime Ohio or the Indians has told me anything, I am simply just putting two and two together with some recent events surrounding the Indians.
That having been said, things...
February 4, 2012   (0 comments)
Offseason Spotlight: Kyle Blair
We are about a month away from the opening of minor league camp as pitchers and catchers report March 5th and position players report March 9th.
One player looking forward to reporting is right-handed pitcher Kyle Blair as he is anxious to wipe the bad taste out of his mouth from a disappointing 2011 campaign. In 24 combined appearances (14 starts) between rookie level Arizona and Low-A Lake...
February 3, 2012   (0 comments)
Indians sign Kotchman
The Cleveland Indians today announced that they have signed free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman to a one-year contract. He will earn $3 million in 2012 and there are incentives in his contract to earn more. The Indians have not yet announced the player that will be removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Kotchman.
Kotchman, 28, played with the Tampa Bay Rays last season and finished...
February 3, 2012   (0 comments)
The can't miss kids
These are the "can't miss kids". Players that are former members of the Top 100 Prospect club as named by Baseball America. With over a thousand players in the minors every season, at one time these "can't miss kids" were considered the best 100 prospects going into that season and were thought to end up being at worst solid major leaguers.
Each player had a pedigree and now has a few flaws...

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