October 13, 2013 (7 comments)
On October 6th of last year the Indians hired Terry Francona to be their manager and thus began the start of an amazing revival for an organization on life support to one that is heading in the right direction. They had a good year, but now comes the hard part. Tony talks about their philosophy change and how they need to take the next step this offseason, how Francona had such a big effect on the team, and why he thinks the Indians need to pull out all the stops to resign Jimenez and Kazmir.
October 13, 2013 (0 comments)
The Arizona Fall League was off on Saturday but the Venezuela Winter League was in action and only one Indians player was in action. Jesus Aguilar put together yet another stellar night for the Indians reaching base in four of his five plate appearances and is really off to a great start this offseason.
October 12, 2013 (0 comments)
The Indians played the first of three scheduled games against the NC Dinos (Changwon) of the Korea Professional Baseball. Things did not go so well for the young Tribe as they were shut down by a score of 8-1, a score indicative of a young team facing unique arm slot pitchers for the first time. Tony was there and provides the full stats for all of the players that played in the game and insight into how each player looked.
October 12, 2013 (0 comments)
The IBI Digest catches you up on anything you might have missed over the past week at Indians Baseball Insider and also notes some of the more popular columns posted at the major news sites and blogs.
October 12, 2013 (2 comments)
Coming in to the 2013 season the Indians pitching staff had more questions than it did answers. One of the main questions going in was “which Justin Masterson are we going to see?” After a 2012 season that saw Masterson struggle, he came back in 2013 and had a stellar season. The IBI's Matt Rose takes a deeper look at why Masterson had so much success this past season and what his future may hold.
October 12, 2013 (1 comments)
Here is a current listing of players from the Indians’ organization expected to play winter ball this offseason. This is not a complete list as it will undoubtedly change over the course of winter ball as players finish up play and other players end up being assigned to a league.
October 12, 2013 (2 comments)
The Arizona Fall League and Venezuela Winter League action continued on Friday, and even the Mexican Winter League kicked off though there were no Indians playing. Trey Haley struggled through a near 30 pitch outing and showed dominant stuff early before losing it late, Jesus Aguilar had another sensational game for Caracas, and more....
October 11, 2013 (11 comments)
With the Indians now out of playoffs, Tribe fans are all turning their attention to one thing: free agency. The Indians as an organization have a number of notable free agents that they may want to resign, and perhaps none are bigger than right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez. After a brilliant second half, Jimenez is sure to be in for a hefty raise this offseason. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he opines why it should be the Tribe who ultimately give Jimenez his new contract.
October 11, 2013 (4 comments)
So how does one pit a player from the 1940's against a star from the 1920's or 1990's and how do you have a pitcher compete with an outfielder? Well you can't - at least not in real life - but you can in the fantasy world of OOTP baseball. And that's what IBI history buff Rick Lamborn did to determine the best Indians player of all time with a gigantic 128-player tournament. He explains the tournament and previews the first round in his latest....
October 11, 2013 (2 comments)
The Indians had four players in action in the Arizona Fall League and the IBI's Tony Lastoria was there to give some insight into the performances and a scary injury to one of the Indians better prospects. Thursday night also marked the kickoff to the 2013 winter ball season in Venezuela and Tony recaps the powerful start by first baseman Jesus Aguilar.
October 10, 2013 (6 comments)
The Indians faced off against a MLB affiliate for the final time in Instructional League on Wednesday thumping the Royals 12-2 and now get ready for a three game set against the NC Dinos from Korea to finish out the schedule. The IBI's Tony Lastoria was at the game and Clint Frazier made quite a good first impression and he also talks about several of the other good showings on the day. As always, the complete stats from the game for all the players are included as well as comments about each player.
October 10, 2013 (16 comments)
The Indians have a plethora of offseason decisions which are of seemingly equal importance, each one creating specific options or paths. One of those is whether to resign Scott Kazmir. The IBI's Michael Hattery steps in with an exceptional Trend Spotting piece breaking down Kazmir's season and answers the questions about how good his 2013 season was, what it tells us about his future, and what kind of contract he should get this offseason.
October 10, 2013 (1 comments)
The Indians had three players in action in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria learned something new as the Indians had players on BOTH teams in the AFL matchup. Jake Lowery had a strong showing, Tony Wolters continues his work at catcher, and Jeff Johnson wasn't sharp.....Tony shares the details....
October 9, 2013 (41 comments)
The Cleveland Indians are putting their 2013 season behind them, and while the 92-win season was a massive improvement from the 2012 debacle, this team is just getting started. What will the Indians do in 2014? Will they trade Asdrubal Cabrera? Will they sign Ubaldo Jimenez? Will they sign Asdrubal Cabrera? Will they fix Trevor Bauer? Will Jose Ramirez start the year off in Cleveland, and where? Join Jim Pete as ponders what may happen in 2014.
October 9, 2013 (13 comments)
Over the past few years a lot has been made of the Indians draft record of late. IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis has heard many fans lament the bad drafts and wish for the good old days of John Hart when the organization was loaded with talent and seemed to always produce new players to fill a need. His research shows how the last three Indians GMs prior to Chris Antonetti had their own areas of strength and how the draft for the past 20 years has not produced many major league options in Cleveland.
October 9, 2013 (1 comments)
The Arizona Fall League kicked off on Tuesday afternoon in the desert sun out in Phoenix, and four Indians prospects were in action as Tyler Naquin and Joe Wendle got the start and Shawn Armstrong and Trey Haley came on in relief to close the game late. In this first normal version of ATF this offseason, Tony recaps how the players did as he gets set to heads out to Arizona on Wednesday to see it all firsthand.
October 8, 2013 (0 comments)
Instructional League action continued in Arizona on Monday as the Indians took on the Dodgers at the Goodyear facility and the game ended in a 2-2 tie. The game featured another dominating performance by lefty Elvis Araujo who has been sensational this fall. The IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about that and also shares all of the stats from the game and provides up-to-date fall stats for all of the players that participated in the game.
October 8, 2013 (2 comments)
The 22nd season of the Arizona Fall League (AFL) gets underway today. The offseason league is a hot bed for some of the top prospects and potential near future Major League players from every organization who get a chance to hone their skills against some of the top competition in the minors. The IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at what the AFL is and how the rosters are constructed, and also preview the eight Indians players set to participate.
October 8, 2013 (10 comments)
Playoff baseball returned to Cleveland this year as Terry Francona and company surged to a 92-70 record and a berth in the wild card playoff game. That berth makes 2013 a success for Cleveland, even though the team lost in the one-game playoff. Given where this team was at the end of last year, the turnaround is just tremendous. As I do at the end of every year, here is part two of me ranking all 49 players who logged time for the big league club in 2013.
October 7, 2013 (2 comments)
The Indians completed a terrific season last week that culminated in a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League Wild Card Game. It's astonishing to think of the progress that has been made in one year under Terry Francona as the Tribe went from 68 to 94 wins. The 2013 season was filled with numerous ups and downs for the team, but everything is pretty much looking up for the future. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he looks back at the year that was in the IBI staple Notes From the Wigwam.