Running the Bases on a Lazy Sunday

(photo: Al Ciammaichella)

I’ll start off this week by begging your pardon for the brevity of this week’s Lazy…an over-aggressive work/travel schedule this week plus friends from out of town prevented me from getting any sort of meaningful writing time. But there were some great Tribe-centric articles floating around the interwebs this week that I wanted to be sure to highlight here, so I wanted to get something on to virtual paper even if it’s not the usual 5-6,000 word effort. I promise that next week will more than make up for it, as I have something special in store to help cure your post-St. Patty’s Day hangovers. If not though, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The DiaTribe, Corner of Carnegie and Ontario, Cleveland, OH to receive your full refund (purchase price minus small convenience and restocking fees, of course). With that bit of housecleaning out of the way, let’s jump right in to all (ok, most) of the news that’s fit to link…

 
Francisco Lindor is a guy who I’ve spent plenty of time talking about for the last few years, so I’m not going to spend a lot of space on him this week. But I did want to highlight an article from ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick that focused on Lindor, because Crasnick is normally a guy who covers the MLB beat. It’s a little unusual to see him write an article focusing solely on a prospect. Crasnick (a closet Indians fan) includes a pretty telling quote from veteran infielder Mike Aviles:

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A Dream of Spring on a Lazy Sunday

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Were proud to have the Diatribe’s Al Ciammaichella with his weekly installment of ‘A Lazy Sunday.’ Today, Al discusses a variety of spring topics, including his prospect rankings, Francisco Lindor, the Indians place in Major League Baseball, Brantley’s potential in 2015, upticks from three starters, worries for another starter, and close look at the player that the season could hinge on: Brandon Moss. On a sidenote, we here at EHC are proud to have Al on our team. There’s nothing I love more than to grab a cup of coffee, and read a Lazy Sunday. Now you can do it right here at EHC. Tune in over the coming weeks to find more content from Al, as #EHC begins to spread its wings.

Make sure you check out Al’s site, The Diatribe!

You can also check out all of Al’s work, right here at #EHC!

All photos used in this piece are attributed to Al Ciammaichella.

Real baseball is here! Well, spring training baseball is here, and with the rest of the country stuck in the throes of winter, spring training baseball looks pretty good right now. The sample sizes are small, the pitchers aren’t stretched out, and the stats are meaningless. But Yan Gomes is throwing runners out (and hitting home runs), Bradley Zimmer is legging out triples, and Trevor Bauer is back tinkering with his delivery. It’s baseball! Indians baseball! In the sunshine! I can’t stop using exclamation points! We’re less than a month away from the games that count, as the Indians open the season in Houston on April 6.  Then, just a few days later, the home opener on April 10, which is the first in a three-game series against the reigning AL Central Champion Detroit Tigers. It’s certainly not a must-win series or any nonsense like that, not in early April. But it sure would feel good to come roaring (pun) out of the gates and take three from the Motor City Kitties, announcing our presence with authority and making sure the Tigers know that their reign at the top of the division is crumbling beneath them like the marble columns of the Roman Empire. And if one of those games involves hanging a ten-spot on Kate Upton’s boyfriend and chasing him out of the game in the 3rd inning, so much the better. If you’re not excited for the prospect of real, actual baseball that counts in the standings, there’s something wrong with you. Continue reading

Indians Prospect Countown: #5-1

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The Diatribe’s Al Ciammaichella finishes up his 2015 Indians’ Top 30 prospects list with the Top Five. To some, today’s list starts off with a name that has been known in the inner circles for a few years, but has gone largely unnoticed by both national pundits, as well as most casual fans. If things fall the right way though, he could find his way into some major league playing time. The rest of the top five includes a high upside catcher, two high upside outfielders that could either play center, or get pushed to the corner, and perhaps the best prospect in all of baseball, who I’m guessing most readers will be able to guess.

If you’ve missed the first five installments, you can find them here, at Everybody Hates Cleveland:

Prospects #30-#26

Prospects #25-#21

Prospects #20-#16

Prospects #15-#11

Prospects #10-#6

You can also check them out at The Diatribe here:

Prospects #30-#26

Prospects #25-#21

Prospects #20-#16

Prospects #15-#11

Prospects #10-#6

The photos used in this piece were provided by Lianna Holub, via Lianna Holub Photography. Make sure you check out her facebook page, and give it a like! She’s an amazing baseball photographer who is about as official an EHC photographer that you’ll get! Keep checking out EHC for more of her fabulous work!

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Indians Prospect Countdown: #10-6

1The Diatribe’s Al Ciammaichella continues his week-long look at the Cleveland Indians’ 2015 minor league system’s top 30 prospects here at Everybody Hates Cleveland. Today Al breaks into the top ten with a “troubled” but talented pitcher, a rebounding starter, a newcomer to the system, the forgotten shortstop, and a former first round pick trying to make a splash.

If you’ve missed the first four installments, you can find them here, at Everybody Hates Cleveland:

Prospects #30-#26

Prospects #25-#21

Prospects #20-#16

Prospects #15-#11

You can also check them out at The Diatribe here:

Prospects #30-#26

Prospects #25-#21

Prospects #20-#16

Prospects #15-#11

The photos used in this piece were provided by Al Ciammaichella.

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Indians Prospect Countdown: #15-11

1The Diatribe’s Al Ciammaichella adds the fourth installment of his top 30 prospects of the Indians’ 2015 season, right here at Everybody Hates Cleveland. With pitchers dominating his previous ten spots, the position players grab command here, as we head to the top ten, starting tomorrow.

This installment includes a series of extremely interesting prospects, including a player from Taiwan, a converted catcher, some power at the corners, and a potential center fielder.

If you’ve missed the first three installments, you can find them here, at Everybody Hates Cleveland:

Prospects #30-#26

Prospects #25-#21

Prospects #20-#16

You can also check them out at The Diatribe here:

Prospects #30-#26

Prospects #25-#21

Prospects #20-#16

The photos used in this piece were provided by Al Ciammaichella.

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Indians Prospect Countdown: #20-16

1The Diatribe’s Al Ciammaichella adds the third installment of his top 30 prospects of the 2015 seasons here at Everybody Hates Cleveland! Once again, the pitching in the Indians’ organization is getting healthier, with two touted starters showing up, as well as a crowd favorite in the outfield, and Al’s first catcher of note.

If you’ve missed the first two installments, you can find them here, at Everybody Hates Cleveland:

Prospects #30-#26

Prospects #25-#21

You can also check them out at The Diatribe here:

Prospects #30-#26

Prospects #25-#21

The photos used in this piece were provided by Al Ciammaichella.

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Indians Prospect Countdown #25-#21

1With the first five already in the books, EHC’s prospect guru, Al Ciammaichella, comes in with his next five, as we head up the charts toward #1. Today’s five is dominated by a position that has seemingly long been dormant in the #Indians minor league developmental program: starting pitching. While the pitchers mentioned aren’t locks to eventually make their way to the Major League rotation or bullpen, there’s enough upside here to be optimistic that if one or two pan out, a foundation could be laid for a better success rate with regards to starters going forward.

Al was the primary photographer for all the pictures in this article.

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Prospecting on a Lazy Sunday: System Overview and Prospects #30-26

1If you’re rubbing your eyes wondering why in the world “Lazy Sunday” is appearing here at #EHC, you aren’t dreaming. About two months ago, I reached out to the resident Diatribian, Al Ciammaichella, and asked him if he wanted to partner up with our growing little web site. No, we didn’t have a plan back then, but from the start, Al has been an integral part of our soft re-launch. We will be posting all of his work from The Diatribe here, at Everybody Hates Cleveland, but might I suggest you check out all of his work at http://www.thediatribe.com. It’s brilliant.

Al will also be contributing some original content here at EHC, and if I can con him into it, a podcast or two. We’re glad to have him aboard.

In the coming week, Al will be posting his complete top 30 here at #EHC, but don’t forget to check out http://www.thediatribe.com as well!

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