The MLB season has come to an end, and the Hot Stove season is still a bit cold. So, knowing that, what's an Indians fan to do? Of course, the logical answer is to follow all of your favorite prospects in the numerous winter leagues. So far, Jesus Aguilar has gotten off to a torrid start in the VWL while Tyler Naquin has been impressive in the AFL. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on these performances and more in the latest edition of the Winter Ball Notebook.
The Latin American winter leagues were busy with lots of action on Sunday, and Indians first base prospect Jesus Aguilar had another monster game with another multi-hit effort and homer. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he takes us Around the Farm to recap all of the Indians action in winter ball as he touches on Aguilar's performance as well as many others...
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with a look at the Progressive Field Region. This is the final region to be previewed before this tourney tips off, and features the likes of Bob Lemon, Greg Swindell, Ken Keltner, Earl Averill, Juan Gonzalez, Kenny Lofton, George Uhle, Joe Charboneau, Lou Boudreau and others.
In part one of this piece on Thursday, the IBI's Andy Nichols discussed possible free agent targets the Indians may look to add in order to help the offense. Today, in part two, he divulges into potential trade targets. This is always a tricky undertaking, as it's hard to know which players will be made available by their teams, but he provides a list of bats that he believes could be available or that he would target.
Jesus Aguilar has been one of the most impressive Indians' prospects this fall and that continued Saturday as the big first baseman launched his fifth home run of the winter season so far. Also, Jose Ramirez was collected three hits en route to his first true great performance of the this offseason. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he recaps these performances and more as he takes you Around the Farm.
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with a look at the Progressive Field Region. The winner of this region draws the winner of the Jacobs Field Region, and features the likes of Ray Fosse, Rick Sutcliffe, Dennis Martinez, Elmer Flick, Bartolo Colon, Bobby Avila, Ray Chapman, Manny Ramirez, Sam McDowell and Shoeless Joe Jackson.
The Indians had a full slate of players in action on Friday night in the Arizona Fall League, Dominican Winter League and Venezuela Winter League as a total of 12 players were in action. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he takes us around the farm and recaps the performances of everyone and even notes of a winter ball debut of one Tribe farmhand.
We're just a short ways away from the MLB's Hot Stove season kicking into full swing. Indians fans are now free to speculate as to who the team will look to acquire this offseason. Of all the names out there, one of the most appealing is longtime Milwaukee Brewer Corey Hart. Hart missed the entire 2013 season with knee injuries, but could a healthy Hart be a good fit in Cleveland in 2014? Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he tackles that question in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Breakthrough in the minors. This award goes to the player who may not have been as highly touted coming into the season on prospect lists, but by the end of the season is definitely on the prospect map going into next season. The Indians had several players really breakthrough as prospects this season, and Tony talks about them all and picks his winner.
With limited action in the Dominican Winter League and no Indians players playing there, the focus was on the Arizona Fall League and the Venezuela Winter League on Thursday and several Indians players delivered with good showings. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recaps all of the action in Around the Farm....
The IBI Tribe Madness tournament pitting the 128 greatest Indians players of all time against one another in an NCAA basketball-like tournament continues with a look at the First Energy Region. The winner of this region draws the winner of the Quicken Loans Region, and features the likes of Tito Francona, Carlos Baerga, Albert Belle, Joe Sewell, Vean Gregg, Al Rosen and others.
With the World Series underway the offseason is close to officially beginning, so it is time to start looking at the free agent and trade options the Indians might pursue to improve their team. While the Indians have decisions to make on some outgoing players, another big decision they need to make is what bat(s) they can bring in to help the middle of the lineup. In this two part series, the IBI's Andy Nichols explores possible targets the Indians may have their eyes on this winter, and part one focuses on this offseason’s free agent class.
The 2013 baseball season is coming to an end and all the summer baseball leagues are done, so a lot of places are releasing their big boards and talking about the big name players in the draft. The MLB draft is about eight months away, but IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis is already getting daily questions about it. Last month he released his first big board, now today he posts his first mock draft of the year.
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!