Draft Day, Hawk Harrelson, Alex Mack, Super Tall High School Kid and Mansions live at the Grog Shop… While We’re Waiting

I set a Google Calendar reminder so that I wouldn’t forget to do WWW this week. Let’s hope that works from here on out. Now on with the WWW. ***** Don’t worry. I will save you any and all spoilers. I saw Draft Day last night, and here are my initial thoughts. This isn’t a great achievement in cinema, but sports movies and summer popcorn flicks don’t have to be. This movie...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox broadcaster refers to pitcher's 'typical Asian motion'

Chicago White Sox broadcaster Hawk Harrelson is best known for being a huge homer and not for delivering play-by-play with the type of tact that legends like Vin Scully display. So it’s probably not too surprising to hear the poor phrasing he used when talking about Cleveland Indians pitcher Chen-Chang Lee. Lee is a relief […]
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 IBI Positional Rankings: The Right-handed Relievers

Today we move on to the right-handed relief pitchers in our annual IBI positional rankings. This is always the toughest position to project in a minor league system as most Major League relievers are failed minor league starters. As a result, most of the Indians pen prospects of the future will come from the current pool of starters they have at all levels of the system. That said...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

4/9 Game 1 Recap: Padres 2 – Indians 0

Roster Update: In last night’s post-game we postulated that Vinnie Pestano’s appearance would be a test of sorts, to see if he would be the one sent down when Michael Bourn returns. It turns out it was a test, but the Indians didn’t wait for Bourn to make a move. Pestano was sent to AAA before the early game with C.C. Lee returning to the Tribe after just four games away since...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians demote Vinnie Pestano, Recall C.C. Lee

The struggle continues for Cleveland Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano. His fall from being one of the best setup men in baseball also continues on its ugly plummet. On Tuesday, Pestano was tagged in the ninth inning of a 8-6 win over San Diego. He came in with the game in blowout mode for the Tribe with a 8-3 advantage. Pestano left the game with two outs in the ninth and the tying...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians option Pestano, recall Lee and Bauer

The Cleveland Indians today announced they have recalled right-handed pitcher Chen-Chang Lee from Triple-A Columbus and have optioned right-handed pitcher Vinnie Pestano to Columbus. They have also recalled right-handed pitcher Trevor Bauer from Columbus for today’s doubleheader against the San Diego Padres. Lee, 27, will be making his second stint at the Major League level...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians option Vinnie Pestano to Columbus, recall C.C. Lee

Fresh off of a ninth inning that left a lot to be desired, the Cleveland Indians have optioned relief pitcher Vinnie Pestano to Columbus and recalled C.C. Lee. Pestano, who had (by all accounts) regained the velocity which had escaped him a year prior, will leave the big league club with a 13.50 ERA in three relief appearances. With a fastball that has been clocked in the high...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Columbus Clippers Preview

The Clippers will return to Huntington Park to kick off the season Thursday and although many of the players will be returning for another season, there will be many fresh faces in Columbus this season. Infield Catcher Roberto Perez will be returning to the Clippers after splitting his time between Akron and Columbus last season. During his 67 games with Columbus Perez put out...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

4/2 Game 2 Recap: Indians 6 – Athletics 4

Roster Update: C.C. Lee was added to the 26 man roster allowed for the second game of the double header. He will be sent back to Columbus after the game. Player of the Game Mike Aviles got the start at second base tonight with Jason Kipnis at DH and made the most of it, hitting the Indians’ first home run of 2014 and stealing the first base as well. Aviles home run provided the...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Nine pitching prospects who can help in Cleveland in 2014

In the recently completed 2014 IBI Top 50, the projection of each player contributed heavily to the final rankings. Clint Frazier has no chance of playing in Cleveland in 2014, yet the 2013 first round pick was ranked #2 (for very good reason). But Cleveland has designs on contending for the playoffs again and will need to dip into the minor league ranks at some point in the season...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Swinging for the Fences: A secret weapon in the bullpen

The hardest part of spring training for any team is cutting down the roster and making the tough decisions on players who were impressive in spring training, but just failed to outperform other viable candidates for the same roster spots. We've seen a lot of those decisions come down the pike for the Indians with outfielder Jeff Francoeur and veteran starter Aaron Harang...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians best Giants in twilight 12-11 shootout

Despite the 49ers scoring a touchdown (with a missed PAT), kicking a field goal and recording a safety, they were no match for the leg of Billy Cundiff, who kicked four field goals in the Browns' 12-11 win. At least, that's how tonight's score could be interpreted in football terms since it doesn't make all that much more sense as a baseball score. These are the types...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospects that can help in 2014: The hitters

On Monday, I took a look at some of the pitchers in the Cleveland Indians farm system who have the best chance of impacting the team in 2014. Pitchers such as Chen-Chang Lee, Trevor Bauer, Kyle Crockett, Preston Guilmet, Bryan Price and others all have a chance to make an impact on the Indians' pitching staff this season. Now it is time to turn our attention to the lineup. The...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Prospects that can help in 2014: The pitchers

By now, fans are well aware that the Cleveland Indians will continue to steadily use their farm system as a pipeline for young talent to help the big league club. As current players on the Indians roster near free agency, the Indians will need alternatives to turn to other than free agency and trades. Because of this, over the course of the 2014 season, Indians fans will likely be...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians announce multiple signings, Hire replay coordinator

The Cleveland Indians were busy on Tuesday prior to an exhibition matchup with the Chicago White Sox in Cactus League play. The club announced multiple one-year deals and the hiring of a replay coordinator. Lonnie Chishenall, Bryan Shaw, Corey Kluber, Austin Adams, T.J. House, Colt Hynes and C.C. Lee were all signed to one-year deals by the Indians. All have three or less years of...
Via Cleveland Sports Chat
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians announce signings ahead of spring game vs. Sox

It is a busy day with a B squad game, some transactions and this afternoon's main game against the White Sox. First for the transactions. The Indians have signed pitchers Austin Adams, T.J. House, Colt Hynes, Corey Kluber, C.C. Lee and Bryan Shaw along with infielder Lonnie Chisenhall to one-year deals. All have three years or less of Major League service. The Tribe has also...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Lee, Recovered and Looking to Impact 2014 Bullpen

The Cleveland Indians open the 2014 season with new expectations despite many questions. The Indians’ 25-man roster will look different than the group that won 92 games and lost the American League Wild Card game to the Tampa Bay Rays. While the roster may change and the expectations grow, Cleveland will need answer many questions this spring before opening the season in Oakland...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 IBI Top 50 Prospects: #14 RHP Chen-Chang Lee

The IBI's 2014 Indians Top 50 Prospect countdown continues with right-handed pitcher Chen-Chang Lee. Lee had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and spent last year rehabbing and getting his stuff back to what it was before injury. In this detailed scouting report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria explains how his stuff came back last season and then some, what kind of impact he can have on...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Plexiglas Principle and the 2014 Indians

What does 2014 have in store for the Tribe? Measuring the degree of one’s own homerism is a difficult and never-ending task.  You never quite know whether what you believe about your favorite team is being overly colored by your desire to actually believe it, especially in the midst of never-ending winter.  And yet I feel that, on the whole, I’m a relatively rational and objective...
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March 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Smoke Signals s7e3: The Indians' Spring Training Questions

Jim and Tony roll out another Smoke Signals on the eve of the Indians playing their first Spring Training game in Goodyear, Arizona. The IBI columnists take one last crack on the important moves of note that could and should be made during Spring Training, look at positional batters, talk impact players and look at their Spring Training wishlist. Here's the rundown of today&...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 IBI Top 50 Indians Prospects countdown preview

Indians manager Terry Francona brought about an organizational change in culture last season that was felt not just at the big league level but in the minor leagues as well. The Indians enjoyed a thrilling 92-70 season that qualified them for the playoffs as a wildcard team. Their 24-win improvement came under the guide of Francona and his staff, but also because of the depth the...
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January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

IBI Power Poll: And the Indians' top prospects are...

In this week’s power poll, we are going to take a look at the recent look at the national pundits look at the Cleveland Indians’ top prospects. We here at Indians Baseball Insider pride ourselves on all of our Indians’ coverage, but are the pre-eminent source with regards to the minor league system, and have been since Tony Lastoria started the site back in 2007. It...
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January 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Orbiting Cleveland: Analyzing top prospect lists

On Wednesday, Baseball America released its long-awaited 2014 Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects list. The list is always interesting to see simply because of Baseball America's reputation as being the standard in the industry when it comes to prospect rankings. The rankings are, however, subjective to the opinions of Baseball America's writers, and debate is inevitable once...
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January 10, 2014  |  Discuss

The Diff: Reviewing Indians pitching moves this offseason

The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. On Friday, I wrote about the Cavs’ terrible offense (except for when they play the lowly Philadelphia 76ers, apparently). Today, I’m writing about the many offseason transactions involving pitchers for the the Cleveland Indians. Entering this offseason...
Via Waiting For Next Year
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Lindor, Frazier, Bauer are Baseball America’s top Cleveland prospects

Baseball America’s top organizational prospects were published for the Cleveland Indians Wednesday. It comes as no surprise that SS Francisco Lindor tops the list for a second straight year. Here is the top ten according to Baseball America- 1. Francisco Lindor, ss 2. Clint Frazier, of 3. Trevor Bauer, rhp 4. Tyler Naquin, of 5. Cody Anderson, rhp 6. Dorssys Paulino, ss 7. Ronny...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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