After beginning the spring season with five straight wins, the Cleveland Indians lost their second straight game Wednesday after the Tribe fell 5-1 to the Seattle Mariners. The Tribe only mustered five hits, but there were still impressive outings from some players, including Nick Hagadone and Yan Gomes. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on those performances and offers some takeaways from the Spring Training defeat.
The Cleveland Indians sold out their home opener in six-minutes, bringing back memories of the 90's when the Tribe front office managed to sell out entire seasons prior to opening day. The Indians offense has given fans a reason to hope for good things to come, but this season will depend on one thing: Starting Pitching. The starters show up this week at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario. The big question is, will they show up once the season starts?
When you play 198 (hopefully more) games in a season, you are not going to win them all, and the Indians encountered their first taste of defeat in 2013 on Tuesday. However, this is still Spring Training, where the final result never tells the whole story of the day. Here to examine that story in further depth is the IBI's Arthur Kinney...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with third baseman Giovanny Urshela. Urshela is a top notch defender with a bat that has always lagged behind because of a lack of power, but last season his bat started to show signs of life and he had his best pro season to date. Tony explains what has changed with his bat, if the bat has the potential to be up to Major League standards, and much more in this extremely detailed scouting report.
Yan Gomes had a brilliant performance for the Indians in yesterday's Spring Training contest as the right-handed hitting catcher socked a home run, a double and recorded five RBI. Gomes is currently in camp competing with Lou Marson for a chance at the Indians' backup catching job. He's made some noise so far, but does he have a legitimate chance to supplant the incumbent Marson? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at Gomes' career in this week's edition of Then & Now.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong. Everything came together as hoped for Armstrong last season as he was 100% healthy for the first time since he went off to college, his arm strength was all the way back, and he really solidified himself as a legit pitching prospect in the Indians’ organization. Tony breaks down his impressive power arsenal and big velocity jump last season, and also talks about the concerns with his command in this detailed scouting report.
The Tribe are 5-0 and on a roll after they topped the Oakland Athletics (a much better nickname than the A's) 14-10 on Monday. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he looks back at this game and the best and worst performances of the day, all while working in references to Casey Coleman, Jackson Browne, the Cincinnati Reds, and THE Ohio State Buckeyes.
Welcome to this week's edition of the IBI Power Poll. The Poll will take a look at a relevant topic of the time, an all-time list, or just something that we're talking about here at the IBI home offices. There's nothing like a list to spur a debate, so join us in our lively banter with our weekly polls! Today's poll focuses on the best Indians' move of this incredibly active offseason. Make your vote count...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Dillon Howard. Last season was a difficult season for Howard as he struggled with injuries and other things which really affected his performance and the quality of his stuff. Tony shares all of the injuries he struggled through and some other factors which contributed to a poor showing in the box scores all last season, and also explains why there is still a lot to like about him in this detailed scouting report.
The Cleveland Indians built off their already impressive spring start with two more strong performances on Sunday. On Friday and Saturday, the Tribe relied on its offense, but it was Tribe pitchers who led the charge in Sunday's contests. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps both contests and touches on the Indians perfect 4-0 start.
The Indians outfield may not be as good as the infield overall, but the combination of the additions of the crazy hot stove season with the subtraction of the conglomerate of bad that was in left field last year could make this unit the most important on the team. The unit is defensively sound, and with Nick Swisher and Ryan Raburn in the wings, extremely versatile. Here's a look at the Indians' outfield, as compared to the rest of the A.L. Central.
Tony's on his way back from Hawaii, so he had to callup a spot starter this week for the Happenings. Jim Piascik got the call, and in this week's Tribe Happenings, he looks at how Cleveland stacks up to the class of the American League, touches on some of the finer points of the first game action of the spring, reasons out how he feels about Baseball America's Top 100 rankings, and much more.
The Indians continued their offensive onslaught on their Ohio and Goodyear partnership by piling 13 more runs onto the Reds. It was the second consecutive game in which they scored 10-plus runs, and at the center of that was Ryan Raburn, who blasted another two home runs in his quest to make the Indians 25-man roster. Join Jake Dungan as he wraps up game #2 of spring training.
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with left-handed pitcher Giovanni Soto. He is one of the Indians more valuable, young pitching prospects in their system, and with his dominating cutter he has a chance to impact at the Major League level as a bullpen option for the Indians sometime this season - though could still end up a starter. Tony shares all the details about what makes him so exciting, some of his drawbacks, and much more in this very detailed scouting report.
The 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!