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.
Jesus Aguilar continues to play well in Venezuela, Ronny Rodriguez is getting some playing time, and Ezequiel Carrera had one of his strongest performances so far in winter ball. The IBI's Michael Goodman takes us around the farm to recap all of the action from Indians players that are playing winter ball.
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 Quicken Loans Region. The winner of this region draws the winner of the First Energy Region, and features the likes of Jhonny Peralta, Tom Candiotti, CC Sabathia, Joe Gordon, Herb Score, Graig Nettles, Addie Joss, Stan Coveleski and others.
We continue on with our year-end pieces for all six Indians minor league affiliates, and today we wrap up our review of short season Single-A Mahoning Valley with an inside look at the pitchers. Recently, the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the pitchers there, and he includes those thoughts and comments on the likes of Caleb Hamrick, Cole Sulser, Luis Lugo, Kenny Mathews, Dace Kime, Trevor Frank and many others.
We continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment in the minors, a year-end award that no one wants to win and goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. There unfortunately were several disappointing seasons from some of the Indians top prospects, but two in particular stood out.
The 2013 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!