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Around The Farm: December 20, 2012 (12.21.12)

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 that the Dominican Winter League was off last night. Here is the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Asdrubal Cabrera (SS): 1-for-4, 1 BB. Cabrera has done pretty well in Venezuela this offseason, still holding a .300 average after last night. He faded down the stretch, so hopefully this winter ball work will get him in shape for 2013. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, December 21, 2012

 
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Imagining the 2013 Cleveland lineup without a full-time DH (12.20.12)

For the first time in recent memory, a typical Cleveland lineup card will not feature the phrase “Travis Hafner, DH.” Not that there is anything wrong with carrying a full-time designated hitter on the team (especially when he is putting up a .308/.439/.659 line with 42 home runs like Hafner did in 2006), but it does limit flexibility.

That lack of flexibility really hurts a team like Cleveland when the full-time DH gets hurt. This leads to light-hitting players like Aaron CunninghamCord Phelps,Jason Donald, and Vinny Rottino finding “DH” written next to their name; a true nightmare to behold.

With Hafner a free agent and not expected to re-sign, Cleveland has a flexible DH spot for the first time in years. If the team does not fill it at some point later in the offseason, Terry Francona can use the DH as a way to give one of the regular players some rest while keeping their bat in the lineup.

So let’s take a look at what this could look like. Be warned: math and assumptions lie ahead. One such assumption is that each of the regular players will play 150 games. This is probably a bit low, but this should capture some of the nicks and bruises that accumulate over the course of the season. Or something like that. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, December 20, 2012

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Y. December 2012

 

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IPI Digest: 12/8/12-12/15/12 (12.15.12)

It was a busy week here at IPI as we kept you up-to-date on all the breaking news on the free agent market, the Shin-Soo Choo/Trevor Bauer trade, and of course, the numerous minor leaguers playing winter ball throughout the world.

As Tony announced that IPI will become Indians Baseball Insider shortly, you can count on the future IBI to continue to keep you informed on everything from the big league club and all the way down minor leagues.

Here are all of the pieces that went up on IPI over the past week: Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, December 15, 2012

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Y. December 2012

 

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Cleveland finally adds right-handed bat in Mark Reynolds (12.14.12)

Now that Mark Reynolds agreed to become Cleveland’s first baseman for 2013, Chris Antonetti and Terry Francona finally have a right-handed power hitter for the middle of their lineup.

Reynolds, 29, is not the flashiest move Cleveland has been working on in recent days. He is a definite step below Nick Swisher, Cody Ross, or an Asdrubal Cabrera trade, but Reynolds is a move in the right direction.

In Reynolds, Cleveland is filling a gaping hole at first base. After the Casey Kotchman failure last season, the team decided to acquire someone with actual power. No one will be mistaking Reynolds for Kotchman in the batters’ box in 2013, as Reynolds averages over 30 home runs per season.

Of course, that power comes with a price. Reynolds strikes out almost a third of the time he goes to the plate (32.6 K percentage) and struck out over 200 times in three separate seasons. That number of strikeouts has only been eclipsed five times in baseball history and Reynolds is responsible for three of them.

This high number of strikeouts makes it impossible for Reynolds to hit for a high batting average. Reynolds is a career .235 hitter, which is not a number associated with a difference-maker on offense. Despite his power, Reynolds can never carry an offense. Read More…

From Daily Kent Stater, December 14, 2012

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Y. December 2012

 

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Around The Farm: December 13, 2012 (12.14.12)

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 the rundown of what Cleveland players in fall and winter ball did yesterday:

Venezuelan Winter League

  • Luis Hernandez (SS): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 RBI. Hernandez only managed one hit last night, but it was enough to keep his average at .400. The shortstop continues to dominate the Venezuelan Winter League, with 15 hits during his eight-game hit streak. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, December 14, 2012

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Y. December 2012

 

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10 prospects who could have a Major League impact in ’13 (12.13.12)

There can be no argument that Terry Francona and Chris Antonetti have done a wonderful job of reshaping the major league roster so far this offseason. To take this team from simply improved to playoff contention, though, some upgrades will need to come cheaply via the minor league system.

No matter how much television money rolls into baseball over the next few years, Cleveland payrolls will always be lower than other teams’. This is simply a fact of life and one that must be accepted.

As such, the growth of minor league players into major league contributors is a key to having successful teams in Cleveland. This list represents 10 such players I feel can help the team in 2013.

Some notable rookie-eligible names will be missing from this list, as I am focusing on players who have yet to make their major league debuts. This is an arbitrary decision I made to make this list more fun and shed some light on players the general populace might not know as well (though IPI regulars are probably sick of their names).

Anyway, let’s get on with the list: Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, December 13, 2012

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Y. December 2012

 

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Trevor Bauer – impact starting pitcher – coming to Cleveland (12.11.12)

Many players changed hands  tonight in the Cleveland-Arizona-Cincinnati mega-trade, but it is possible none will have more impact than starting pitcher Trevor Bauer.

Bauer, who turns 22 in January, is the sort of top-flight starting pitcher Cleveland has not had since the CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee trades. It would be too much to assume Bauer will win Cy Young Awards like those two, but there is no doubt he has that sort of upside.

Before the 2012 season, Baseball America rated Bauer as a consensus top-10 prospect in all of baseball and gave him an overall grade of 70 on the 20-80 scale. The publication also noted that he has a 92-98 MPH fastball that sits at 94-95, an elite 12-to-6 curveball, a great slider, an above-average changeup, and a solid splitter, along with a slurve-type pitch called “The Bird” he likes to fool around with.

Needless to say, that is the repertoire of an elite starting pitcher. Bauer has his quirks (like his 400 foot long-toss sessions and obsession with advanced concepts like “biomechanics, effective velocity and pitch tunneling,” per Baseball America), but if it works for him, it works for me. Read More…

From Indians Prospect Insider, December 11, 2012

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2012 in Y. December 2012

 

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