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Around the Farm: October 16, 2014 (10.17.14)

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:

Arizona Fall League

  • Tony Wolters (DH, Peoria): 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB. Wolters only had one hit (and no walks) before Thursday, making this performance a huge step in the right direction for the 22-year-old. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, October 17, 2014

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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in ZU. October 2014

 

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Around the Farm: October 15, 2014 (10.16.14)

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of yesterday’s performances by Cleveland prospects throughout the system. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Cleveland 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:

Arizona Fall League

  • Nick Maronde (RP, Peoria): 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 SO. Maronde had a rough outing his last time out, allowing six runs without getting an out, but the left-hander bounced back Wednesday night with these two shutout innings. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, October 16, 2014

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in ZU. October 2014

 

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The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer (10.13.14)

Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards!

At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage.

Today is the eighth and final installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer.

Previous awards for this season include:

Unlike the rest of the IBI Awards, this edition turns the focus from the major league team to the minors. This vote had the most diverse number of players who received votes, with 18 different minor leaguers getting at least one point.

But who came out victorious? Or, more accurately, which two players came out victorious? Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, October 13, 2014

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in ZU. October 2014

 

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The WAR Room: 2014 Akron hitters season in review (10.12.14)

The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today’s featuring the 2014 Akron RubberDucks hitters.

The list of previous season in reviews are below:

Of course, it is always important to keep context in mind, just like with scouting. A pitcher who is old for his level using that experience to succeed against young, inexperienced hitters must be taken with a grain of salt; the same goes when looking at these WAR totals.

But it is a useful tool to put each player’s performance into context and look at where they sit in regard to the rest of the league.

For reference on how I computed WAR, a reminder on the problems inherent in the stats, and everything else you need to know, click here. For a refresher on WAR and what it is, click here.

As a reminder, a 0.0 WAR per 162 games is replacement level — otherwise known as the kind of performance an average player from the level below could offer — a 2.0 WAR per 162 games is average, and a 5.0 WAR per 162 games is All-Star level.

Also, the lack of good defensive metrics for the minor leagues means we have to adjust for a range of defensive abilities. To account for this, I will give you each player’s WAR with a qualifier: either poor-defense WAR for a poor defender (-10 runs below-average per 162 games), average-defense WAR for an average defender (0 runs per 162 games), or great-defense WAR for a great defender (10 runs above-average per 162 games).

One more thing, all “+” stats are averaged at 100. Anything over 100, like 110, is higher and means that player is 10 percent better than the league average. Anything under 100, like 90, is lower and means that player is 10 percent worse than the league average. In the case of any “-” stats — when lower is better, like with ERA — a 90 ERA- means that player is 10 percent better than the league average.

Today we begin our look at the Akron RubberDucks with the pitchers before moving to the hitters next week. For the full stats, go ahead and click here.

Notable Catcher

The most important thing about catcher Tony Wolters’ 2014 season is the continuing development of his acumen behind the plate. But while Wolters is getting really good reviews of his defense in just his second year as a catcher, the bat is leaving him not close to major league ready. Even giving the 22-year-old credit for great defense, his 1.3 great-defense WAR in 94 games leaves him as just an average Double-A player, not one forcing his way to Cleveland. Wolters does a good job with his plate discipline (19.1 percent strikeout rate, 100 K%+; 9.0 percent walk rate, 110 BB%+), but he needs to drive the ball with more authority (.065 isolated power, 50 ISO+) in order to keep progressing toward Cleveland. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, October 12, 2014

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in ZU. October 2014

 

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The 2014 IBI Awards: Best New Addition (10.12.14)

Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards!

At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage.

Today is the seventh installment of the IBI Awards, the Best New Addition.

Previous awards for this season include:

Cleveland was hurt in 2014 by drop-offs from quite a few established players like Justin MastersonJason KipnisNick Swisher, etc., but one thing that kept the team in the race throughout the season were the new additions to the team. But who did IBI rate as the best of this bunch of new faces? Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, October 12, 2014

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2014 in ZU. October 2014

 

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The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Surprising Player (10.11.14)

Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards!

At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage.

Today is the sixth installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Surprising Player.

Previous awards for this season include:

Unlike the categories before this one, Most Surprising Player can have multiple criteria. Is the surprise a good one? A bad one? Given that dichotomy, some of the voting in this category can get seem weird until reading the written breakdown (which, as always, you will find below).

Rank Name Points
1 T.J. House 28
2 Carlos Carrasco 26
T-3 Jose Ramirez 16
T-3 Lonnie Chisenhall 16
5 Scott Atchison 14
6 Michael Brantley 11
7 Jason Kipnis 10
T-8 Kyle Crockett 7
T-8 Zach Walters 7
10 Roberto Perez 6
11 David Murphy 4
12 Nick Swisher 3
T-13 Cody Allen 2
T-13 Trevor Bauer 2
T-13 Nick Hagadone 2
16 Tyler Holt 1

My personal ballot went for the positives: the emergence of Carrasco from a bust to a potential top-of-the-rotation arm came in first; Brantley’s breakout as an MVP candidate finished second; Atchison’s ascent from minor league signing to second-best reliever in the bullpen third; Ramirez’s development as a major league shortstop came in fourth; and House’s presence as a potential back-of-the-rotation stalwart fifth.

Surprise, as eluded to above, is in the eye of the beholder. My ballot went fully positive — while others’ did not — but the ultimate winner, House, still came in fifth for me.

As I said, it is in the eye of the beholder. After seeing House over the past few years, I was expecting him to pitch well. His immediate success was surprising, but seeing House perform as an adequate major league pitcher was not a total shock for me.

But those are just my thoughts. Here is what the rest of IBI had to say: Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, October 11, 2014

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2014 in ZU. October 2014

 

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The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Valuable Reliever (10.10.14)

Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards!

At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage.

Today is the fifth installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Valuable Reliever.

Previous awards for this season include:

As seen in the voting for Most Valuable Pitcher — where four of the top-five spots belonged to starting pitchers — relievers often fall behind starters when the two are compared. It is hard to accumulate more value in 70.0 innings than 200.0 innings, so to compensate for that, we have this award to focus on those pitchers who hang out in the bullpen.

Given he finished in third place among all pitchers, it should not come as a surprise who topped the Most Valuable Reliever voting.

Rank Name Points
1 Cody Allen 52
2 Scott Atchison 37
3 Bryan Shaw 24
4 Marc Rzepczynski 21
5 Kyle Crockett 17
6 Nick Hagadone 2
T-7 C.C. Lee 1
T-7 Carlos Carrasco 1

Also unsurprisingly given those vote totals, the five relievers I voted for matched the five at the top of the list. In fact, my votes came in the same order as the overall voting. But while my votes came up chalk, that clearly was not the case for everyone.

Here is what the rest of IBI had to say: Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, October 10, 2014

 
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Posted by on October 11, 2014 in ZU. October 2014

 

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