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Indians Prospect Insider

February 22, 2014   (8 comments)
MLB Storylines: Draft pick compensation not scaring Orioles
The Orioles brass said that giving up their first round pick to sign Ubaldo Jimenez makes it easier for them to deal with parting with another pick to sign another of the "qualified" group, and they seem to be sticking to that statement. 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 Orioles looking to make another splash, the dimming star of Jesus Montero, and more.
February 21, 2014   (6 comments)
Orbiting Cleveland: Remembering Ubaldo Jimenez
Ubaldo Jimenez's tenure as a Cleveland Indian came to an end Monday after the right-hander signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Jimenez had plenty of ups and downs during his two-plus years with the Indians, but no one can dispute that they've been memorable years, for both good and bad reasons. Join the IBI's Steve Orbanek as he explains why Jimenez will always have a special place in his heart in the latest edition of Orbiting Cleveland.
February 21, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #25 RHP Adam Plutko
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko. Plutko had an amazing college career at UCLA and capped it all off winning the College World Series last year, but while he signed with the Indians he missed his pro debut and has yet to pitch for them. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains why Plutko did not pitch for the Indians at all last year, what his true upside is, his strengths and weaknesses, and so much more.
February 21, 2014   (10 comments)
Phillies deserve the backlash from Wetzler fiasco
For those who know or follow college baseball and the draft, a story broke on Wednesday night that two players the Phillies drafted last year Ben Wetzler and Jason Monda had been reported for negotiating with an agent after they had been drafted by the Phillies. The IBI's Jeff Ellis provides his thoughts on how low the Phillies stooped and how it might affect the draft negotiation process in the future.
February 21, 2014   (5 comments)
MLB Storylines: Braves continue extensions, lock up Simmons
The Braves continue to follow the blueprint set by Jon Hart and Indians of the 90's. 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 Atlanta continuing to lock up their young core, the Red Sox adding to their pitching depth, and more.
February 20, 2014   (19 comments)
Ubaldo and Masterson at the Corner of Carnegie and Ontario
Ubaldo Jimenez has finally left the Indians building. In April of 2013, Jim literally begged the Indians' front office to release the struggling righthander, but he stuck around and carried the Tribe to the playoffs. While Ubaldo is gone, what are the ramifications of his leaving with regards to Justin Masterson and the rotation? Join Jim Pete as he talks Jimenez, Masterson and the Indians approach.
February 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Betting tips on baseball: Who will win this year's MLB?
The hot favourites to win the 2014 MLB World Series are the Los Angeles Dodgers which are priced currently at 7/1. The Dodgers last won the World Series in 1988 and before that in 1981, 1965 and 1963, and the team was runners up in 1974, 1977 and 1978.
February 20, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #26 OF LeVon Washington
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder LeVon Washington. Washington is one of the biggest impact bats in the Indians system because of his speed and hitting ability, but a laundry list of injuries in his career and some defensive concerns have limited him to date. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks into his injury problems and how exactly they have affected his standing in the organization, his upside at the plate, the areas of his game which need the most improvement, and so much more.
February 20, 2014   (2 comments)
MLB Storylines: Reds, Bailey agree to long-term extension
Apparently the Phillies do not take kindly to drafted players turning down their contract offers. 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 Homer Bailey's new contract, Philadelphia destroying trust with agents and amateur players, and more.
February 19, 2014   (15 comments)
Star-Crossed Batters: Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall
Since the turn of the century, an outsized part of the Indians’ success has been the trade of role players for franchise centerpieces – and the trade of Esmil Rogers to the Blue Jays in exchange for Yan Gomes and Mike Aviles has continued trend. In his latest, the IBI's John Grimm takes a deep look into two players Yan Gomes and Lonnie Chisenhall who are more similar at the plate than they appear.
February 19, 2014   (9 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #27 RHP Mitch Brown
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown. Brown is a high profile draft pick out of the 2012 Draft who had some struggles last season, though a lot due to injury. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria discusses what went wrong for Brown last season, what his upside is, what he is working on in his development plan, if he is primed for a rebound and much more.
February 19, 2014   (23 comments)
MLB Storylines: Indians, Masterson avoid arbitration
One week from Wednesday, the Indians will finally play their first game of 2014, against the Reds in Goodyear, Arizona. 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 Cleveland reaching an agreement with Justin Masterson on a 2014 salary, the market for Stephen Drew, and more.
February 18, 2014   (2 comments)
Swinging for the Fences: 2013 Indians vs. 2009 Rangers
As players descend upon Goodyear, Arizona, many still wonder who and what the Cleveland Indians are heading into 2014 despite winning 92 games the year before. New Tribe outfielder David Murphy stated earlier this week that this Indians team reminds him of the 2009 Rangers team, which by the way was the year before they won back-to-back pennants. Could the Tribe follow in their steps? The IBI's Jake Dungan speculates.
February 18, 2014   (7 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #28 OF Bryson Myles
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with outfielder Bryson Myles. Myles is a physical presence and brings a very intriguing power-speed combination to his game that makes him a tantalizing prospect. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at his strengths as a player, the areas of focus in his development plan, why his season turned around last year, and so much more.
February 18, 2014   (6 comments)
2014 Kent State baseball preview
The college baseball season began President's Day weekend. The Kent State flashes play Arizona, ranked 33rd to start the year. The Flashes won’t play at home till the end of March which makes perfect sense to anyone who has stepped outside in this frigid Ohio weather recently. The IBI's Jeff Ellis previews the Kent State Flashes, a baseball team loaded with potential draft picks this June.
February 18, 2014   (21 comments)
MLB Storylines: Ubaldo's name finally comes off the board
Ubaldo Jimenez's value and market have been debated all offseason, but the enigmatic starter now has a new home. 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 Ubaldo landing his multiyear deal, the upcoming arbitration hearing between the Indians and Justin Masterson, and more.
February 17, 2014   (22 comments)
Tribe Happenings: Seeing is believing for Santana
The Indians conducted their first full squad workout today and the ball is officially rolling on the 2014 season. In today's Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria gives his reasons why he believes Santana is a true option at third base for the Indians, how Aaron Harang fits into things, why it is rotation or bust for Josh Tomlin, why Raburn may be limited in the outfield, Herrmann's chances with the team, and more.
February 17, 2014   (4 comments)
Smoke Signals s7e1: From Hot Stove to Spring
Welcome to the seventh season of Smoke Signals! In today's debut episode, Tony and Jim focus their attention on several moves the Indians made this offseason, why they didn't HAVE to make more moves, what they might still do, and where they might go as the season progresses. Join IBI's flagship podcast, which will begin recording live every Tuesday night starting this week! More details to follow.
February 17, 2014   (4 comments)
2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #29 RHP Dace Kime
The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Dace Kime. Kime was one of the Indians top picks in the 2013 Draft who was primarily a reliever in college but moved into a starting role late in his career and is a role the Indians plan to continue to develop him. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria provides some input from the Indians on his future as a starter, how good his stuff is, his areas of improvement needed, and much, much more.
February 17, 2014   (11 comments)
MLB Storylines: Braves continue to lock up young core
Monday signals the true beginning of another Tribe season, with the first full squad workout. 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 Craig Kimbrel's extension with Atlanta, Ryan Dempster deciding not to pitch in 2014, and more.

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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!

 

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