30 Mar

Welcome to the 2015 IBI preview capsules! In order to prepare for the upcoming season, IBI will have a preview capsule running for every player on the 40-man roster and selected non-roster invites. To mix things up, we will be running these roughly in alphabetical order. Next up is third baseman Giovanny Urshela.

Giovanny Urshela, 3B

Bats: Right — Throws: Right — Entering his age-23 season — Contract: Pre-arbitration Player (under team control through 2020, on track for arbitration eligibility in 2018)

2014 Overview: Heading into 2014, the book on Urshela was that he had the glove to play in the major leagues but, after struggling in his first season in Double-A, may not hit enough to make it there. Urshela changed all of that last year, however, reining in his free-swinging ways and posting big offensive numbers both in Double-A and Triple-A. The third baseman probably still needs some polish in Triple-A this year — especially after suffering a sprain of his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) while playing winter ball — but Urshela definitely looks ready to make a major league impact with his glove and his bat. Read More…

From Indians Baseball Insider, March 8, 2015

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