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The Akron Aeros will take the field at Canal Park Thursday night at 6:35 looking to repeat as Eastern League champions. The team has a new owner in Ken Babby, a new state-of-the-art scoreboard that is breathtaking in person, and a young team loaded with top prospects.
There are plenty of new faces on the team this year, as well as a few returning guys from the championship team. It may not have Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, or Dorssys Paulino, but make no mistake: a trip to Canal Park in 2013 will not be a wasted trip.
Note that players are listed in alphabetical order with their rank in the IBI Top 100 in parentheses. If you want a better breakdown of each player, buy the IBI Top 100 prospects book.
1B Jesus Aguilar (12), 1B Chun Chen (36), C Alex Lavisky (48), INF Matt Lawson (99), C Roberto Perez (71), 2B/SS Jose Ramirez (4), 2B/SS Ronny Rodriguez (6), 3B Giovanny Urshela (19)
The Aeros will have a star-studded infield in 2013, as each of their starters is a top-20 pros...
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TORONTO -- Nick Swisher bobbed through the Cleveland Indians clubhouse after Tuesday nights season opener.Wheres that lineup card? Swisher said. Gotta get that one for No. 17.No. 17, of course, is new manager Terry Francona, who no doubt will appreciate the gesture after his tenure got off to a grand opening with a 4-1 win over the Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre.To Francona this...
Cleveland pitcher Scott Kazmir has a sore abdominal muscle and might miss his first scheduled start for the Indians.
Kazmir felt sore after playing catch on flat ground during a team workout Monday. The Indians open the season Tuesday night at Toronto.
Manager Terry Francona said Kazmir will be reevaluated after he tries to throw a bullpen on Wednesday. The 29-year-old lefty was...
TORONTO (AP) -- Indians left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained ribcage muscle, retroactive to April 2.
Rookie right-hander Trevor Bauer is expected to start in his place against Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Kazmir felt sore after playing catch on flat ground during a team workout Monday. He threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Wednesday before...
Cleveland Indians left-handed starting pitcher Scott Kazmir
has been scratched from his first scheduled start of the regular season due to
an abdominal injury, according to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100.
Kazmir not starting Saturday night in Tampa Bay.
— Nick Camino (@CaminoTribe) April 3, 2013
Kazmir suffered his abdominal injury during a workout
The Cleveland Indians have already kicked off their season in Toronto, but the Lake County Captains are braving the cold at home in Eastlake.
The Captains open up their season on Thursday night, and they’re preparing for the cold weather to come. Despite the unfavorable Cleveland chill, the team is warming up to the anticipated new season.
This year’s team has nine players returning...
Here it is, the annual IBI Roundtable.
We pooled together 14 writers on the site to get their quick thoughts on the Indians outlook this season and make their predictions on the playoffs and the winners of all the postseason hardware.
I have not included my own thoughts, though you can get them in more detail in my Tribe Happenings piece posted earlier today; however, I did provide...
It’s a Start
Big right-hander Justin Masterson made his second consecutive opening day start for the Indians on Tuesday against the Blue Jays and overall was effective in six innings of work. However, Masterson did struggle with his pitch location in his first three innings as he surrendered three hits and walked four over that time frame and loaded the bases in the third inning...
The Indians today outrighted LHP DAVID HUFF to AAA Columbus after he cleared waivers without another team claiming him. TheY weren't so lucky with regards to Ezeuiel Carrera, who was claimed by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Huff was told early on in camp that he would only be battling for a spot in the talented bullpen. Nick Hagadone and Rich Hill aready seemed like locks, as both...
The Cleveland Indians awarded Scott Kazmir with a rotation spot after a strong spring. However the 29 year old left hander will not be able to take the mound in his first scheduled start on Saturday. Kazmir suffered an abdominal strain on Monday and the Indians are considering recalling Trevor Bauer to make the start against Tampa Bay. During spring training Kazmir was in a competition...
Smoke Signals is back on the cyberwaves for it's sixth season, and will be bringing on board a brand new sponsor! The Indians Baseball Insiders, Tony and Jim, return as your hosts, and the Akron Aeros will not only sponsor this year's edition, but will be providing several ticket giveaways this season, including tonight. Tune in every week at 10:00 PM for the live feed of...
The Indians started off their season with a win last night in Toronto. We know all about the new acquisitions and how the team was built. We also understand how the Clippers, Aeros and Lake County Captains fill out their rosters. But what about an independent league team like the Lake Erie Crushers?
The Crushers finished the 2012 season on September 2nd with a 6-2 loss to the Southern...
The Cleveland Indians started their 2013 season north of the border with a win over the Toronto Blue Jays. This was Indians manager Terry Francona’s first win with his new team. Justin Masterson pitched 6 innings giving up just 1 run and 3 hits. Masterson walked 4 and struck out 5 batters. In his first at bat for the Indians, Tribe center fielder Michael Bourn was almost decapitated...
It has never happened, but it might this year – the Cleveland Indians could face the Cincinnati Reds in the World Series. Other match-ups are more likely — Nationals vs. Tigers, for instance — but Ohio’s teams may be on a collision course. It is less of a long shot than you might think.
On paper, the Reds are one of the best teams in baseball. They won 97 games last year...
EASTLAKE – The Lake County Captains kicked off the 2013 season with a 5-4 win over the Lansing Lugnuts, thanks to some timely offense and speed on the bases.
Right-hander Luis DeJesus took the bump first for the Captains to counter Lansing’s Javier Avenado. Avenado is a big right-hander whom the Blue Jays organization picked from the minor league Rule 5 draft back in 2012....
Cleveland Indians (2-1) at Tampa Bay Rays (1-2)
Series 2, Games 4, 5, and 6
Tropicana Field (2012): 0.874*, Slight pitchers park. (Dome)
*Park Factor compares the rate of stats at home vs. the rate of stats on the road. A rate higher than 1.000 favors the hitter. Below 1.000 favors the pitcher.
The Rays, despite winning...