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Indians' Kluber rises quickly to become star AL pitcher

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Corey Kluber was suddenly on a roster of baseball immortality. It was all so surreal, almost overwhelming. In New York last month to receive his 2014 Cy Young Award, Kluber sat at a dais alongside Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson and Cal Ripken - heavy-hitting Hall of Famers all. And when John Smoltz, soon to be enshrined in Cooperstown, introduced...
Via AP on Fox
27 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Francona pleased after Indians first live batting practice session

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Despite some rain earlier in the day, the Indians were able to get in their first live batting practice session on Saturday. With this being the first time that the Tribe pitchers got to face hitters, manager Terry Francona was happy with how things went. "Everyone threw the ball and felt fine," Francona said. "Some chose to swing while some just tracked the ball...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
59 minutes ago  |  Discuss

A Look At The Tribe’s Bullpen

Last season, the Indians’ bullpen was one of the team’s greatest assets and, despite having no real high profile names, it was one of the best bullpens in all of baseball. The pen’s 3.12 ERA ranked 7th in all of baseball, as did their 504 strikeouts. It was also one of the most used bullpens in baseball. At 513.1 innings pitched, the squad had the 5th most innings pitched among...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer and the Lost Screwball

Trevor Bauer is a lot of things – former first round pick, pupil of Ron Wolforth’s unique coaching style, permanent breakout candidate, and now part of a rotation in Cleveland that many predict will be one of this year’s best. Bauer is a part of the current and future plans for Cleveland, but he’s also […]
Via Fangraphs
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nowhere to Go But Up For Anderson

Last season was probably a time in Cody Anderson’s life that he wish he could forget. For the opening day starting pitcher for the Double-A Akron RubberDucks, things could not have gone any worse for him in his career as it did in 2014. Anderson, 24, came into the 2014 season looking like the obvious ace of the RubberDucks rotation. After receiving the Bob Feller Award in 2013...

What should the Cleveland Indians expect from Nick Swisher in 2015?

Nick Swisher will try to prove that he can still be productive for the Indians in 2015 When the Nick Swisher era began in Cleveland, the Ohio native was looked at as someone who could provide the Indians with a cornerstone piece for future success. Now on the comeback trail, he must prove to the Indians fans and front office that his hefty contract won’t go to waste. Christmas...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Moss encouraged after taking on-field batting practice

GOODYEAR, Ariz. --€“ When the Indians training staff issued their first rehab updates for players last Thursday, the original prognosis for Brandon Moss was that he would not be doing any on-field hitting until early March. On Thursday, Moss took batting practice with the rest of the outfielders on one of the side fields for the third straight day.The past two days Moss has shown...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Indians to offer $13 and $10 ticket options for 2015

Though the snow is tearing through the streets of Cleveland, the Indians are making plans to incorporate their new right field amenities within their ticket sales. Though not included in Opening Day and any multi-game packages, the $13 “District Ticket” will provide fans with the experience of the two-story Right Field District at Progressive Field where they can view the game...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lefty Merritt Merits Attention

It’s understood that the Indians need a right-handed power bat. But, like any want or need, it can’t be the only thing on the list. Batters aside, what else do the Indians need to bolster their organization? A left-handed pitching prospect, you say? Oh, don’t worry. They have that. His name is Ryan Merritt, and the 23 year-old is making leaps and bounds toward becoming a household...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

A Deeper Look Into the Indians Catchers

In 2014, there was a lot of confusion behind the plate on days that Yan Gomes didn’t start. The Indians began the year with none but Carlos Santana, who was also the starting third baseman, available as the reserve catcher, but it didn’t take long for that plan to fail. In addition, George Kottaras, Roberto Perez and Chris Gimenez picked up starts down the line with Perez eventually...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Ten Percent That Matters: Indians Spring Training Notes

Reams of information are digitally thrown around during Spring Training. In the end, I would estimate that only 10% of it really matters. The catch? We will not know which 10% until May (at the earliest). All Cleveland Indians fans should be informed, however, so I will post the potentially important nuggets of information and we can figure out which ones actually matter later....
Via Waiting For Next Year
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Cleveland Indians Prospect Profile: Francisco Lindor

The Indians selected Shortstop Francisco Lindor with the 8th pick in the 2011 MLB draft.  Less than four years later, he is a consensus top prospect, and is on the verge of making his MLB debut. Lindor ranked 9th on Baseball America‘s latest rankings, 4th on Baseball Prospectus‘, and 6th on Keith Law’s list. He was the 3rd-ranked prospect in the Arizona Fall League last...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians start spring training anxious to improve

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Even though he's led big-league clubs through 14 seasons, Indians manager Terry Francona says he still gets jitters when talking to the team before it starts spring training. ''I wanted to say how I felt,'' the two-time World Series-winning manager said Tuesday as the full team worked out together for the first time. ''That's not the easiest thing sometimes...
Via AP on Fox
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Could Urshela Be the Key To Improving the Defense?

The solution to the defensive woes of 2014 might be closer than expected, well at least for third base. Giovanny Urshela, 23, first arrived in the Indians system in 2009. He was never really anything super impressive, aside from his superb caliber defense. He struck out too much, didn’t walk enough, and didn’t provide much power in his swing. He’s always had a decent slugging...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

With newborn son, will Brantley have even more 'daddy strength' in 2015?

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- En route to doubling his home run production last season, Michael Brantley often smiled and said "daddy strength" was the reason for the increased power numbers. If he gets off to another strong start in terms of home runs, Brantley might say daddy strength times two. Brantley's wife, Melissa, gave birth to Michael Charles Brantley III on Feb. 10. Brantley's daughter...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Terry Francona and Nick Swisher discuss MLB’s Pace of Play rule changes

Rob Manfred, baseball’s new commissioner, has been on the job for a short period of time, but has already shown that he is not afraid to push Major League Baseball in new directions if he believes said changes will make for a better product for the fans.1 It was during just last season that Keith Olbermann and our own Craig questioned whether MLB even wants to speed up the games...
Via Waiting For Next Year
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Swisher Adds Bunting To His Game

No news is good news in the early days of Spring Training as practices are getting underway and the Indians camp (outside of the Trevor Bauer drone controversy) has been silent so far. One point of interest before position players are even officially supposed to be in camp is that Nick Swisher has been working specifically on his bunting skills (see video below) every day after normal...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Price is Right: Yan Gomes set to deliver value again in 2015

A year ago this week I shared a post advocating for Yan Gomes as a solid value play at the Catcher position, with an ADP of C12 in early mock drafts. By now we all know Gomes delivered solid value on that price tag, and his 2015 draft day cost has risen considerably as a result. He finished 2014 as fantasy baseball’s 4th best catcher, with a .278 average and 21 home runs with 135...
Via Fantasy Sports Locker Room
5 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB bans Cleveland Indians pitcher's homemade drone: Report

In a ruling which has to be the first of its kind for a player in the major leagues, Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer has been banned from photographing his teammates at spring training by Major League Baseball. At least with the drone he built himself, according to MLB.com. Bauer had been tweeting some pretty good aerial photos of the club's Arizona spring training...
Via The Other Paper
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Five Facts About Jason Giambi

Jason Giambi announced his retirement on Monday, after 20 seasons as a major leaguer. For most of those 20 years, Giambi was one of the best hitters in the game. I won’t waste your time putting down the narrative of his career — Jay Jaffe already did that better than I would anyway. But I […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Barry Zito is attempting a comeback with the Athletics

On Monday afternoon, long-time Oakland Athletics first baseman Jason Giambi retired. On Monday night, long-time Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Barry Zito rejoined the club on a minor league deal. Blast from the past: Barry Zito is going to sign a minor-league deal with the #Athletics and come to spring camp. — Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) February 17, 2015   The...
Via The Outside Corner
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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