Been awhile since I’ve hooked you up with a link fix, so I’m going to do so right here. As always this is what the Internet is saying about your Cleveland Indians.
Castrovince returns from the dead (or rather, San Fransisco, where baseball is still alive) and gives us a comparison of the World Series-winning Giants and if it could happen to the non-World Series-winning Indians. Here’s a hint: it involves the draft.
Speaking of the draft, WFNY does the post that I’m surprised I held off on: The Indians drafted Tim Lincecum in the 42nd round in 2005, but he did not sign. I don’t get all bent out of shape about this. The Tribe took a flier on him. They offered him a whopping $700k to sign (for a 42nd round pick!) after a so-so amateur season, and because the Indians didn’t offer him $1, he went back to school and was drafted #10 overall a year later. Hindsight is 20/20. I’d rather get worked up on the first round picks the Tribe has wasted (Jeremy Sowers I’m looking at you) than a 42nd round pick they could have signed.
The DiaTribe does its Lazy Sunday, and talks about the need for insurance against the unexpected, and who might be available. Also takes a look at 2010 1st round draft pick Drew Pomeranz’s projections.
Speaking of Indians’ 2010 draft picks, Castrovince profiles LeVon Washington, the athletic outfielder who was the Indians’ second-round pick. He’s an exciting prospect, if a bit of a work in progress, and I’m glad the Indians got him signed.
Since we’re on a prospect kick, Nathaniel Stoltz of Call to the Pen has been ranking the top 100 prospects in baseball. There are players in the Indians organization here (Matt Packer #90), here (Felix Sterling #77, Nick Weglarz #73), here (Alex White #70) and here (Chun-Hsiu Chen #43). Nathaniel is still counting down the top 40 prospects with 10 every week, so be sure to check them out. Hopefully we’ll see guys like Pomeranz, Lonnie Chisenhall, and others high up on his list.
Finally, Castrovince gives us a little inbox love, and answers questions about Shin-Soo Choo (OMG HE’S GOING TO THE YANKEES!!!), Travis Hafner, and Snow Days.