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Don’t look now, but the Cleveland Indians have quietly put together what could be a pretty formidable lineup. Carlos Santana is back for his third full season as the Indian’s primary backstop, and he brings a career wRC+ of 124 with him. For some perspective, the average major league catcher last season posted a wRC+ of only 95. First base will likely be occupied most often by free agent acquisition Nick Swisher, who signed a four year, $56 million contract this winter. Swisher, who will also see time in the outfield, hasn’t recorded a wOBA lower than .360 since his lone season with the White Sox in 2008. The keystone will once again be manned by Jason Kipnis, who combines solid power, decent walk rates, and the ability to steal 30 bases a season. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is pretty terrible in the field, but he more than makes up for it at the plate. His .153 ISO last season ranked second among American League shortstops, trailing only Ben Zobrist who spent only 47 games at...
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It wasn’t long ago that Lonnie Chisenhall was one of the true can’t-miss prospects in baseball.
Armed with solid power, projectable defensive skills and a swing straight out...
Before people even had a chance to recover from their St. Patrick's Day hangovers, the Indians were hard at work once again trimming down the roster as Opening Day looms now just two weeks away. As the team prepared to take on the Brewers Monday at Goodyear Ballpark, numerous players were either optioned to a minor league affiliate or simply reassigned to minor league camp. Additionally...
The Cleveland Indians may have been a bit premature when they named Justin Masterson as their opening day starter. Masterson still looks like he is in search of what he once had on the mound. Yesterday Masterson was rocked for a 5 run first inning in a spring training game. We know it is spring training, but Masterson has to find a way to bring his good stuff to the mound. The bad...
The Indians minor leaguers took on the Rangers on Sunday, and there were plenty of noteworthy performances and some not so good showings. Tony was there to witness the action yesterday and provides all the stats for all four teams, and touches on the great day at the plate for the likes of Jose Ramirez, Dorssys Paulino, Manuel Boscan, Francisco Mejia and lots of others, and also...
There is a lot of excitement in Cleveland about the upcoming baseball season, particularly since the club landed players like Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn.
Still, fans remain cautiously optimistic about their team’s chances this coming season. In Cleveland, cautious optimism is typically the feeling that precedes crushing defeat. This year, Cleveland fans hope that changes.
The Indians minor league teams were in action on Saturday against the Brewers, and Tony provides a recap of how everyone did in each game. T.J. House and Toru Murata were crisp in their outings for Columbus, Michael Goodnight struggled for Akron, Leonardo Castillo was perfect on the day for Carolina, Nelson Rodriguez showed the power (again) for Lake County, and tons more.
Ubaldo Jimenez struck out five and allowed just two earned runs across 5 1/3 innings of work to lead the Indians to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers at Goodyear Ballpark on Monday.
Jimenez was far from perfect, but he was also far from awful too, and his performance ensured that the Indians would have a chance to win the contest. Jimenez now has a 4.91 ERA in 18 1/3...
The Goodyear Notebook is back for another run this spring, and Tony will be updating us for most of the next 10-12 days on the happenings at minor league camp for the Indians. He will be providing daily comments from the front office and does so today with info on the plan for Trey Haley and more. Tony also has details on the rehabs of Austin Adams and Geoff Davenport, the impressive...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Daisuke Matsuzaka will not make the Cleveland Indians' opening-day roster.
Matsuzaka, trying to make a comeback after pitching in just 11 games last season with Boston following elbow reconstruction surgery, may accept an offer to stay in the club's minor league camp. The 32-year-old Japanese right-hander was trying to win a spot in Cleveland's...
GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Daisuke Matsuzaka will not make the Cleveland Indians’ opening-day roster.
Matsuzaka, trying to make a comeback after pitching in just 11 games last season with Boston following elbow reconstruction surgery, may accept an offer to stay in the club’s minor league camp. The 32-year-old Japanese right-hander was trying to win a spot in Cleveland’s rotation...
Asdrubel Cabrera and Jason Giambi each homered to lead Cleveland to a 4-3 win over a Giants split squad on Saturday.
Cabrera, recently returned from the World Baseball Classic, hit his first spring home run off Double-A pitcher Chris Heston. Giambi, a non-roster invitee hit his second home run off Jake Dunning.
The Indians held a 2-1 lead going into the ninth.
The minor league spring games kicked off on Friday, and the IBI has the full detail on how every player did in all four games. Columbus was awesome on the mound throwing a one-hit shutout, Jeremy Hermida, Francisco Lindor, Juan Romero and others had big days at the plate, and several players returned from injury.
Mike Aviles continues to be the spark plug for team Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic as the 51st state accomplished yet another upset, this time knocking out the vaunted team Japan. In the first inning, Aviles knocked in the first run of the game with a single after Irving Falu and Carlos Beltran walked. His nine RBI rank second among all players in this years tournament...