Posted on February 28, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Unlike past seasons….the three teams that made the boldest moves during the off season were the Royals, Mariners, and Indians. Congratulations to the teams for making the moves that they made. Many teams stood on the sidelines and did nothing significant during the off-season. Even if these three teams do not succeed, it won’t be for a lack of trying. A look now at each team’s moves: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Gordon, Brandon Wood, Cleveland Indians, Dan Wheeler, Drew Stubbs, Dustin Ackley, Erasmo Ramirez, Eric Hosmer, Ervin Santana, George Sherrill, James Shields, Jason Bay, Jeremy Bonderman, Joe Saunders, Justin Smoak, Kansas City Royals, Kendrys Morales, Matt Capps, Mike Morse, Mike Moustakas, Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez, Robert Andino, Ruben Tejada, Ryan Raburn, Salvador Perez, Scott Kazmir, Seattle Mariners, Terry Francona, Wade Davis, Wil Myers, Willy Taveras, Xavier Nady | 1 Comment »
Posted on February 28, 2013 by gawlowskib
We’re only a few weeks into Spring Training and we’ve already hit all the highlights we’ve come to associate with baseball in February and March. Writers are waxing poetic about baseball and rebirth, players are in the best shape of their lives, and perennially hapless teams are optimistic about the impending campaign. All the while, a creaky veteran or two tries to convince management that they can coax one more year out of their beat up body.
One such player is Jason Giambi. The forty-two year old, fresh off of a bizarre offseason that nearly saw him hang up his spikes to manage the Colorado Rockies, is trying to latch on as a part time DH with Cleveland. And with this being Spring Training, everybody has pleasant things to say about the experiment. In the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Paul Hoynes quoted Terry Francona saying that Giambi “is everything you want in a ballplayer” and that he’s “the veteran of veterans.” Giambi for his part seems willing to embrace his role as clubhouse papa: “When I broke in… Mark McGwire, Terry Steinbach, and Dennis Eckersley… really helped me through my learning curve. I’d like to do that here.” All in all, Giambi comes across as a man in peace with his place in the game and content with the fact that his career is nearing its end. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Andres Galarraga, Carl Yastrzemski, Cleveland Indians, Darrell Evans, Dave Winfield, Drew Stubbs, Graig Nettles, Hank Aaron, Jason Giambi, Julio Franco, Mark Reynolds, Nick Swisher, Pete Rose, Terry Francona, Tony Perez, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey | 6 Comments »
Posted on February 19, 2013 by Daniel Marino
Dan Marino continues his trek through each division in the major leagues and giving you one player he thinks is the: Rookie to Watch, Breakthrough Player, The Party’s Over, Non-Roster Invitee Most Likely to Stick, and Just Not Seeing it.
Now, in part three of six, he brings you the American League Central:
Part 1: AL East Players to Watch.
Part 2: National League East. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Avisail Garcia, Brent Morel, Brett Myers, Bubba Starling, Chicago White Sox, Chris Parmelee, Cleveland Indians, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Detroit Tigers, Endy Chavez, Hector Santiago, Jeff Clement, Jeremy Guthrie, Justin Masterson, Justin Morneau, Kansas City Royals, Kenny Faulk, Luke Hochevar, Max Scherzer, Miguel Sano, Minnesota Twins, Octavio Dotel, Rick Porcello, Ron Gardenhire, Salvador Perez, Scott Kazmir, Trayce Thompson, Trevor Bauer, Tyler Flowers | 3 Comments »
Posted on February 11, 2013 by mlbdirtstaff
The Cleveland Indians have vastly improved their system via trade, recent drafts, and international signings. They have legitimate up-the-middle prospects and some strong arms, albeit most of these higher-potential prospects are a few years away.
Below are our top 16 prospects with 2013 opening day age, position, and comments on each player. Below the top 16 is a small list of additional notable names. Enjoy.
Filed under: On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: 2013 Top Prospects, Anthony Santander, Chen Lee, Cleveland Indians, Cody Allen, Danny Salazar, Dillon Howard, Dorsyssy Paulino, Dylan Baker, Elvis Araujo, Francisco Lindor, Jesus Aguilar, Jose Ramirez, Joseph Wendle, Kieran Lovegrove, Luigi Rodriguez, Mitch Brown, Prospects, Ronny Rodriguez, Tony Wolters, Trevor Bauer, Tyler Naquin | 2 Comments »
Posted on December 24, 2012 by Andrew Martin
The Cleveland Indians may have young second baseman Jason Kipnis making his mark at the major league level, but he will soon have competition. That will come in the form of Joseph Wendle; a player who joined the organization from this past year’s draft and looks to be quite the keeper. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews, On the Farm - Prospects | Tagged: Cleveland Indians, Interview, Joseph Wendle, Prospects | 1 Comment »
Posted on December 12, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, and Arizona Diamondbacks completed a three-way trade yesterday that sent Shin-Soo Choo to the Reds, Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs, and Bryan Shaw to the Indians, and Didi Gregorious to the Diamondbacks.
The key components of this trade were Choo, Bauer, Gregorious, and Stubbs, for obvious reasons. Choo is an All-Star caliber player, Bauer is a top pitching prospect, Gregorious was highly coveted by Kevin Towers, and Stubbs in a plus defender in center. But Bryan Shaw, who has been completely overlooked, may be a better part of this trade than many people realize. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Bryan Shaw, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Trades | 2 Comments »
Posted on December 11, 2012 by johnczech
In an offseason that has saw the Tampa Bay Rays dump off frontline starters, Jeffery Loria selling anyone in a Miami Marlins jersey making any kind of money to the Toronto Blue Jays, the madness continued on Tuesday night.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona Diamondbacks have completed a three team trade.
The Indians will acquire Trevor Bauer, Matt Albers and Bryan Shaw from the D-Backs and get Drew Stubbs from the Reds. The Reds receive Jason Donald and Shin-Soo Choo, and the Diamondbacks will get Tony Sipp, Didi Gregorius, and Lars Anderson. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Bryan Shaw, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Didi Gregorius, Drew Stubbs, Jason Donald, Lars Anderson, Matt Albers, Shin-Soo Choo, Tony Sipp, Trades, Trevor Bauer | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 31, 2012 by Andrew Martin
There are untold numbers of baseball players who had promising careers derailed by injuries; a sad reality in a sport so connected with the fulfillment of dreams. Pitcher Greg Hibbard, who once won 50 games in a four year period was one of those players, and saw his playing career come to an end by the time he was 30. (more…)
Filed under: Down and Dirty - Interviews | Tagged: Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Florida Marlins, Floyd Bannister, Greg Hibbard, Interview, Kansas City Royals, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, Melido Perez, Trades | Leave a Comment »
Posted on September 12, 2012 by Andrew Martin
The recent ineffectiveness of the Cleveland Indians has been due in large part to their inability to put together a strong starting rotation to help them compete in the AL Central. They have relied mainly on aging veterans and lower ceiling young arms who have not been able to develop into top flight starters. The Indians hope to find some gems in their farm system and Robbie Aviles is one name for Cleveland fans to look out for in the coming years. (more…)
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Posted on August 17, 2012 by Andrew Martin
Danny Sheaffer’s baseball career began with great promise. The right-handed hitting Clemson University catcher was taken with the 20th overall selection in the first round of the 1981 MLB Draft by the Boston Red Sox. Despite his status as a top prospect, his journey to the major leagues proved to be a long one, but he never gave up and played in the big leagues in 7 of his 18 professional seasons, a testament to his hard work and determination. (more…)
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