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2014 Cleveland Indians Winter League Results

For some, 162 games are not enough and as they have done almost since baseball’s inception, many of the Indians current and future players were involved in international baseball leagues during the off-season. This year, including those who played in the Arizona Fall League (which was already covered), 38 Indians continued their season through December. With the conclusion of the...
Via Burning River Baseball
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: December 21, 2014

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Dominican...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: December 19, 2014

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. VENEZUELAN...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: December 4, 2014

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Here is...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

A Moss pickup by the Indians would be a move to celebrate

So I was all set to write an article on the A’s specifically on Brandon Moss for Tuesday – something I hinted at in my article on Wednesday - and of course the next day the big new is the Indians have been in talks with the A’s to acquire Moss. Before I dive into numbers it is clear the A’s are selling, but they aren’t quite having a fire sale. They seem intent on not...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: December 3, 2014

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Here is...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Around the Farm: November 30, 2014

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Indians prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League (AFL) and the Caribbean Leagues. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game. Note,...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Coach's Corner '14: Hitting coach Tony Mansolino Part 2

This is a continuation of this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” where the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina hitting coach Tony Mansolino. In part one they talked about players like Yandy Diaz, Todd Hankins, Erik Gonzalez, Anthony Galls, Joe Sever and LeVon Washington. In today’s second part they talked about the strides that Jeremy Lucas...
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November 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Coach's Corner '14: Hitting coach Tony Mansolino Part 1

In this week’s edition of “Coach’s Corner” the IBI's Tony Lastoria had a chance to sit down with High-A Carolina hitting coach Tony Mansolino. They talked about the learning year the organization had with Yandy Diaz and what kind of potential he has with the bat, how Todd Hankins really settled in well defensively and offensively once he was moved to center field, the big...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Akron Insider: 2014 Review - The hitters

Over the past few weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria has provided year-end pieces like this for rookie level Arizona, Short-A Mahoning Valley, Low-A Lake County and High-A Carolina. Over the next few days he will wrap up this series with a look at the rest of the organization, and today takes a look at the Double-A Akron position players. Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Director...
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November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Tony Awards: All-Tony team

Today we wrap up the 2014 Tony Awards with the announcement of the All-Tony teams for 2014. These are the first and second teams as I see them in the Cleveland Indians organization based on their performance this past year.  Again, this is not a top prospect listing by position, but a listing based 100% on performance from the 2014 season. Here is one final recap of all eight Tony...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Tony Awards: Offensive Player of the Year

Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Offensive Player of the Year in the minors. This award goes to the position player in the Indians organization that had the best year statistically.  Like with all the awards so far, this is 100% based on performance and not on prospect standing. Also, the players eligible for the award had to play in at...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Indians winter ball assignments

Here is a current listing of players from the Indians’ organization participating in winter ball this offseason. This is not a complete list as it will undoubtedly change over the course of winter ball as players who started the season finish play in mid-November and new players come on board after that. Also, once the World Series is over and the MLB offseason officially gets...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Tony Awards: Reliever of the Year

Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Relief Pitcher of the Year. The starting pitchers often get most of the focus, so this award gives an opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the top relief pitching performances over the course of the 2014 season. Because there are so many worthy relief pitcher candidates who had good seasons this year...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Tony Awards: Comeback Player of the Year

Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Comeback Player of the Year. This award goes to the player who came back from a rough 2013 season – be it due to injury or performance – and any other obstacles to put up a very good 2014 season and reestablished and/or solidified himself as a prospect for the Indians. Here are the 2014 Tony Awards so...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Tony Awards: Biggest Breakthrough

Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Breakthrough in the minors.  This award goes to the player who may not have been as highly touted coming into the season on prospect lists, but by the end of the season is definitely on the prospect map going into next season. Here are the 2014 Tony Awards so far: Rookie of the Year:  Bobby BradleyDefensive...
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October 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Indians Rumors: Cleveland could trade SS

The Cleveland Indians ended the 2014 season with a record of 85-77, third in the American League Central. The Indians were 11th in runs scored and 14th in team ERA. While a bounce back season from Michael Bourn, who appeared in only 106 games this season, would help, the Indians could also trade a shortstop to bolster the roster. #452112622 / gettyimages.com As reported by Terry...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor Happenings: Gonzalez's stock at shortstop is soaring

In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the strides that shortstop Erik Gonzalez has made defensively and as a player overall and how he fits into things for the Indians long term. He also looks at the struggles that Cody Anderson went through this season, the problems that caused them and what he needs to do to correct them. In addition to that he...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
October 02, 2014  |  Discuss

A Promising Season Ended Too Soon for the RubberDucks

After an offseason of rebranding, fresh faces, and boat load of renovations, the Double-A Akron RubberDucks came into the season with a promising season ahead of them. In his inaugural season as the RubberDucks manager, Dave Wallace looked on to lead what could have been one of the best Cleveland Indians minor league team in recent history. Unfortunately, the season ended earlier...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

The WAR Room: 2014 Carolina Mudcats hitters season in review

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons coming to an end, today we start bringing you seasons in review, starting with the 2014 Carolina Mudcats. This week we will focus on the Mudcats' hitters before moving to the Lake County Captains next week. Of course, it is always important to keep context...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Minor Happenings: Patterson leaves his mark in the Valley

In today’s Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the outstanding finish to the season for Short-A Mahoning Valley second baseman Steven Patterson and looks at what kind of prospect he is for the Indians. He also breaks down Low-A Lake County left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo’s season and prospect standing, and provides tons of interesting comments from the front...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
September 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mudcats Notebook: 2014 season in review

The Carolina Mudcats third season as the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians came to an end on Monday. Finishing at 33-36 in the second half and 62-74 overall, the Mudcats failed to make the playoffs in the Carolina League. There were several surprises throughout the season on the field. Some players were better than expected, some were not as good as expected, and others...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
September 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Around The Farm: August 30, 2014

Around the Farm takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. The positions listed below are where the player was playing in yesterday’s game.  Erik Gonzalez (Akron, SS) – 4-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 3 RBI Gonzalez has a badly-needed stellar night at the plate as the .360 hitter (in 30 Double-A games on the season) has only...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
August 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Akron RubberDucks rally to beat New Britain Cats, 3-2

(Akron, OH) August 5, 2014 – A two-RBI double by Jordan Smithpaired with a seven-inning outing by Duke von Schamann gave the Akron RubberDucks the momentum for a comeback 3-2 victory over the New Britain Rock Cats on Tuesday evening at Canal Park. A homer parked by Reynaldo Rodriguez gave the Rock Cats (55-59) an early 2-0 lead in the first. The pair of runs would be New...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
August 05, 2014  |  Discuss

The WAR Room: Lindor, Gonzalez adjusting well to new levels

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters. Plus, I did a special edition of The WAR Room on Friday, breaking down Cleveland's newest additions, James Ramsey and Zach Walters. If you want to know exactly what Cleveland acquired at the trade deadline...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
August 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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