February 28, 2014 (6 comments)
A two-run homer by Ryan Raburn was essentially all Cleveland would need Friday afternoon, as they blanked the Cincinnati Reds, 4-0. Collecting just four hits on offense, pitching was the name of the game in the rubber match against Cincy at Goodyear Ballpark. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz recaps the action.
February 28, 2014 (4 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Anthony Santander. Santander is one of the most physically gifted players in the Indians system who had a bout with the injury bug last season, but is no doubt an exciting prospect with massive upside. In this detailed scouting report the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives the 411 on his upside, what happened to him last year, what he is working on, and so much more.
February 28, 2014 (11 comments)
As a part of IBI's beginning of season festivities, we have preview capsules on all 54 players currently in major league camp with at least some chance of helping the big league team. The first batch of these running today are the non-roster invite pitchers. There is just not much more to it; spring training is here and real baseball is just around the corner. Enjoy as Jim Piascik previews each non-roster invite pitcher.
February 28, 2014 (4 comments)
Spring Training is now underway and the Indians got their first win of the pre-season. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andrew Zajac will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the latest rumor that Cliff Lee could be dealt, Justin Masterson is talking extension, and more.
February 27, 2014 (20 comments)
If you are a key Indians prospect, you were probably hitting, walking, driving in runs, scoring runs or flashing leather in the field on Thursday as the Indians put a 12-3 shellacking on the Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. Carlos Carrasco earned the win and deservedly so after two perfect innings of work in the third and fourth while the Indians bats came to life in a fury. Join the IBI's Jake Dungan as he recaps the action.
February 27, 2014 (5 comments)
In 2013, Asdrubal Cabrera hit the ball extremely well. This is not a popular opinion; however, in 2013, Cabrera’s line drive rate of 23.4% was a well-above league average clip. Some have attributed Cabrera's plate discipline issues as a major factor that weighed down his BABIP last season, but the IBI's John Grimm explains that there is no evidence suggesting that plate discipline and BABIP are correlated.
February 27, 2014 (10 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Jordan Smith. Smith has been an exceptionally consistent performer with the bat over his first three years in the Indians system, but it is his growth defensively which has a lot of people talking. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides all the details on his growth as a defender and his ceiling there, his potential with the bat, what he is doing to improve his power, and so much more.
February 27, 2014 (0 comments)
The Indians held their annual "What's New" media event at Progressive Field on Wednesday where the team introduced new initiatives, bringing you cost savings with the notion to "buy early and save." IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz took part in the event and shares some of the new ticket options and additional promotional giveaways for the 2014 season.
February 27, 2014 (7 comments)
With the start of Spring Training games on Wednesday, we can now look forward to baseball games everyday from now until November. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on a record pre-arbitration deal for Trout, the Indians drop their spring opener, and more.
February 26, 2014 (20 comments)
It may not feel like it in Cleveland, but baseball is officially back. The Indians dropped their Cactus League opener against their state rival Cincinnati Reds Wednesday afternoon, 8-3. Outscoring the Tribe 6-1 over the final four frames, Cincy cruised to the easy victory in the spring opener at Goodyear Ballpark. IBI Tribe beat reporter Jim Berdysz recaps the action.
February 26, 2014 (2 comments)
The Cleveland Indians opened up against the Cincinnati Reds today, officially kicking off the 2014 MLB season. The Indians 25-man roster is fairly set, with four or five spots still open should they remain healthy over the next five weeks. Jim and Tony put together another Smoke Signals podcast before the game and share some of their thoughts on some of the stories in spring training.
February 26, 2014 (3 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with left-handed pitcher T.J. House. House has made considerable strides over the last two seasons, first in 2012 to re-establish himself as a prospect in the organization, and last season to solidify himself as a true Major League starting option for the Indians. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why House is a sleeper rotation candidate for the Indians no one is talking about, the areas he has made strides, his areas in need of improvement, and more.
February 26, 2014 (7 comments)
In the weeks leading up to Opening Day, the IBI's Michael Goodman is going to explore several Indians whose performance will be key to the Indians' success in 2014. Last year’s list was highlighted by Justin Masterson and Ubaldo Jimenez, knowing the importance those two pitchers would have on stabilizing a rotation that was full of question marks. With Jimenez off to Baltimore, Danny Salazar will step into his rotation void and spot on the 2014 Cleveland Indians Key Players list.
February 26, 2014 (10 comments)
Baseball games officially return on Wednesday - and all is right in the world once again. In this MLB News and Notes segment, the IBI's Andy Nichols will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on the ongoing rumors of a Jeff Samardzija trade, Ervin Santana's high asking price, and more.
February 25, 2014 (18 comments)
Last season, the four primary utility players for the Tribe not only established an identity for themselves to the point where t-shirts were made and sold to the fans. They also backed it up on the field with consistent offense, versatile defense and clutch hits in some of the biggest moments of the season. Can new members carry on the success of last season? The IBI's Jake Dungan introduces the Goon Squad Shuffle.
February 25, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with shortstop Ronny Rodriguez. Rodriguez took a step back in the numbers department last season, and he may be in for a position or role change this coming season. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the changes Rodriguez implemented into his swing and approach last season, his upside with the bat, what he is working on, why he may see a position change this season, and much more.
February 25, 2014 (5 comments)
Here are the final winter ball statistics for all Cleveland Indians players that participated in fall/winter ball action out in the Arizona Fall League, Australian Baseball League, Dominican Winter League, Puerto Rico Winter League and Venezuela Winter League during the 2013-2014 offseason. There are different stats than you will see anywhere else as they include all playoff stats!
February 25, 2014 (10 comments)
The reigns are handed off to IBI's Andrew Zajac for Monday's MLB Storylines. In this MLB News and Notes segment, Andrew will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. Today's piece focuses on MLB's new ban on home plate collisions, Big Papi is seeking an extension, and more.
February 24, 2014 (3 comments)
The Cleveland Indians begin playing Spring Training games this week as the Tribe will face the Reds on Wednesday. While the regular season may be right around the corner, there are still a handful of questions that surrounding this team that need to be answered. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he touches on some players he's looking forward to following in the latest edition of the Spring Training Notebook.
February 24, 2014 (18 comments)
The Indians lost two key members of their starting rotation in the offseason in Ubaldo Jimenez and Scott Kazmir, and could lose another if Justin Masterson departs as a free agent at the end of the season. In today's Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses how the Indians have already taken a leap of faith that two internal starting pitching options can fill a need and that they need some luck and performance from others to maintain a good rotation. He also talks about Swisher only playing first base, McAllister's pitch mix, Nelson Cruz's contract, provides the full spring TV schedule and more.