Fall 2012: State of the IPI update
Another minor league season has wrapped up and summer is turning into fall here at the IPI. Even though Low-A Lake County and Double-A Akron are still in the playoffs, the season will officially come to an end sometime in the next week depending on how each of them do in their playoff run.
With that in mind, I wanted to give a quick update on what will be happening here at the IPI this offseason to give readers a heads up on what will still be a lot of activity on the site the next six months. Also, every year the IPI continues to grow and adds new readers, so many of the new readers may not be aware that this site operates year-round 365 days a year with new material every single day through the offseason.
Even though the minor league regular season has ended, a lot of the offseason fun gets started this week with Instructional League out in Arizona. This is a four-week session that involves roughly 40-50 or so prospects in the Indians’ organization and involves a lot of instruction time and actual games against other teams. The IPI will be reporting on the games – both the Instructional League and Parallel League games - with information on how each player is doing and stats from the games themselves. I will also be visiting Arizona near the end of Instructs and will have two or three notebooks with information on what was seen and all kinds of other goodies.
Instructional League ends the second week of October, but that is when all the winter ball leagues start up. The Arizona Fall League kicks off on October 9th and the IPI will be there for the first week of games with firsthand accounts of the games and interviews with the players, and will continue to report on the AFL until it wraps up just before Thanksgiving. In addition to that winter ball leagues in all the Latin leagues start in mid-to-late October and daily recaps of the performances of Indians players in all of those leagues will be provided. This will continue until the end of December when winter ball leagues conclude.
In addition to all of the fall and winter league coverage there will be several player features posted once or twice a week, a weekly prospect positional breakdown, weekly coach interviews, and many other features. Also, weekly staples like Tribe Happenings and Corner of Carnegie and Ontario will continue to post through the offseason as well, and lots of other events will be covered like the 40-man roster decisions, the Winter Meetings, the Rule 5 Draft, Major League free agency and trades, and so much more.
Over the course of the next four weeks I will be wrapping up the 2012 regular season coverage with several articles on the affiliates and players with two series pieces. The first series piece will actually post later today, which will be a season recap of Triple-A Columbus. Five other pieces for Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina, Low-A Lake County, short season Single-A Mahoning Valley, and rookie Arizona will also post and will include quotes and comments from the Indians Player Development staff on the season each team had, stuff on the coaches, and of course stuff on a half dozen or so players at the affiliate. This is a new year end feature I am adding to the site this year and am excited to share it and thankful that the Indians have taken the time to do these with me.
The second season ending series piece is something a lot of IPI fans should be familiar with: the Tony Awards. These will kick up after I post all six affiliate insider pieces this week and next, and the Tony Awards will highlight eight different award winners for the 2012 season. The first Tony Awards piece should post two weeks from today on September 24th.
In between all of the season wrap up stuff there will also be final notebooks from Jim Piascik, Jim Pete, and Sean Mahon on Akron, Carolina and Arizona, a few radar reports from me, a few more Minor Happenings pieces, daily Second Thoughts postings, and much more.
And, of course, the new 2013 IPI Top Prospect rankings will be out very soon. The plan (hope) is to post these earlier this year by finishing the rankings and new book by the end of December this year so the book can go to print before New Year’s Eve and the new prospect countdown can start up right after New Year’s.
So as you can see, things will continue to be quite busy here at the IPI with three to four pieces continuing to post a day through the end of September, and then anywhere from two to three pieces a day in the offseason up until the start of spring training. A lot of the material this offseason will be premium because it is information no one else has and it helps drive the site, but the goal will be to continue to always post at least one or two non-premium articles a day.
You won’t find a more dedicated site covering the Indians from the big leagues to the minors year-round than the IPI. Thanks again for the support and for reading…..and Go Tribe!
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