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Any look at Jason Kipnis‘ 2012 season would be incomplete without mentioning how split his first- and second-half production was. After batting .277 with 53 R, 11 HR, 49 RBI, and 20 SB in the first half (370 PA), he slumped all the way to a .233 average with 33 R, 3 HR, 27 RBI, and 11 SB in the second half (302 PA).What happened?I’ve had many discussions surrounding Kipnis over the past few weeks, and most of the people I talk to think we overvalue him. “He was terrible in the second half. Pitchers finally started figuring him out!” OK, I’m sure that’s true to a degree. “He stole 31 bases last year, 20 of which came before the All-Star Break. He’d never done anything like that in the minors!” Yes, that’s also true.But did you know Kipnis actually posted a higher walk rate in the second half last year, 11.3% to 8.9%, and his K:BB ratio improved as well, down to 1.54 from 1.72? His .233 average after the break wasn’t the result of bad contact — his 21.9% line drive rate and 7.0% infield
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The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with third baseman Giovanny Urshela. Urshela is a top notch defender with a bat that has always lagged behind because of a lack of power, but last season his bat started to show signs of life and he had his best pro season to date. Tony explains what has changed with his bat, if the bat has the potential to be up to...
The IBI's 2013 Indians Top 60 Prospect countdown continues on with right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong. Everything came together as hoped for Armstrong last season as he was 100% healthy for the first time since he went off to college, his arm strength was all the way back, and he really solidified himself as a legit pitching prospect in the Indians’ organization. Tony breaks...
Yan Gomes had a brilliant performance for the Indians in yesterday's Spring Training contest as the right-handed hitting catcher socked a home run, a double and recorded five RBI. Gomes is currently in camp competing with Lou Marson for a chance at the Indians' backup catching job. He's made some noise so far, but does he have a legitimate chance to supplant the incumbent...
The other day, the Cleveland Indians announced that Justin Masterson will be their starter on Opening Day, barring some sort of injury. One might consider this damning with faint praise, as the Indians aren’t even necessarily ankle deep in proven quality starters, but what this provides is an opportunity to talk a little bit about Masterson, and what he is, and what he could be...
The weekend in Wahooland saw the games beginning in Arizona. We have been hearing about how great the vibe is in camp and how loose yet focused the Indians have been under new skipper Terry Francona. Now it was time to see how that translated into Spring Training games. The results in these tilts are meaningless, but the Tribe won all four, including two split-squad games Sunday...
When you play 198 (hopefully more) games in a season, you are not going to win them all, and the Indians encountered their first taste of defeat in 2013 on Tuesday. However, this is still Spring Training, where the final result never tells the whole story of the day. Here to examine that story in further depth is the IBI's Arthur Kinney...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- New Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona has named Justin Masterson his starter for opening day.
Francona told the right-hander in the dugout Tuesday before Cleveland played the Kansas City Royals.
It will be the second time Masterson starts a season opener. A year ago, the 28-year-old struck out 10 over eight innings against the Blue Jays in Cleveland...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Michael Brantley is going to try and deal with his toughest task yet at the Cleveland Indians' training camp -- rest.
Off to a hot start, the outfielder reported to the clubhouse Tuesday wearing a protective wrap on his left forearm. It covered the area where Brantley got 15 stitches following a play in which he was accidentally spiked by Oakland Athletics...
The Cleveland Indians got a scare yesterday afternoon when Michael Brantley was injured. He was spiked during the Indians' spring contest against the Oakland Athletics. The injury resulted in stitches, and the team will monitor his wound and decide when it is best for him to get back into games.
Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland says Brantley is listed as day-to-day...
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. These stats include all the playoff stats for the Latin American leagues, something MLB.com and MiLB.com do not do.
The Cleveland Indians starting pitching was a disaster in 2012. Based solely on ERA, the team had one of it's worst ten seasons in the long history of the franchise. There was no stopper in the rotation as noted by the teams multiple lengthy losing streaks and the average pitcher was very below average. In 2013, things look at least a little different. Carlos Carrasco is returning...
From Andrew Marchand:With Curtis Granderson out until May, ex-New York Yankee Johnny Damon has a message for his former team -- give me a call.
Speaking on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's Michael Kay Show, Damon said he is willing to play just the five or so weeks of the regular season that Granderson will miss and he even would take a league-minimum contract to return to the Bronx...
In last week’s edition of The Diff, I shared a number of statistical notes about the streaking Cleveland Cavaliers. This week, I’m covering a topic I’ve been trying to get to for a while, but is perfect for right now: Cleveland Indians attendance.
Cleveland Indians attendance is a topical news item this week. Firing right off the Nick Swisher arrival and the surprise signing...
The Tribe are 5-0 and on a roll after they topped the Oakland Athletics (a much better nickname than the A's) 14-10 on Monday. Join the IBI's Arthur Kinney as he looks back at this game and the best and worst performances of the day, all while working in references to Casey Coleman, Jackson Browne, the Cincinnati Reds, and THE Ohio State Buckeyes.