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About the author:
Tony Lastoria was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and has lived here all 37+ years of his life. He has grown up as a diehard Cleveland Browns and Ohio State Buckeyes fan, but his entire life he has been following the Cleveland Indians with a passion and deep love for baseball. He has been playing and/or following baseball since he was five years old. Over the past decade-plus that passion for baseball has permeated the minor league baseball scene, and minor league baseball now rivals his love for Major League Baseball.
Back in 2003, Lastoria started to write about the Indians minor league system for a few different media outlets, and eventually spawned a weekly column called "Minor Happenings" which recapped all the news, notes, and developments in the Cleveland Indians farm system for that week. That piece brought about a relationship in 2006 with SportsTime Ohio, the Indians' cable TV home where he began doing freelance stuff outside of the weekly column, and still does so with a blog he has on their website at STOHD.com.
As things grew bigger in scope and Lastoria began to go out and visit the affiliates to talk to players, various Indians personnel, and scouts and use that information for other features, the idea of his own site to better categorize all of his writings came about, and thus the Indians Prospect Insider was born on October 24, 2007. The site has grown a lot over the years as what was initially setup to merely be a blog to post quick updates and such, quickly turned into a legitimate website chock full of information in regard to the Cleveland Indians not just in the minor leagues but the big leagues as well.
Over the course of the season Lastoria will travel around and visit all of the Indians' minor league affiliates several times each to get a feel for the players and interview them, various Indians coaches, managers, front office executives, and coordinators in the organization. He also speaks with several executives and scouts for other organizations as well in order to get a good balance of the information he acquires.
You'll get no better coverage of the prospects in the Cleveland Indians' farm system and the philosophies of the organization than right here in this book and on Lastoria's website. A new article is posted every day, and you can always expect lots of prospect analysis pieces, scouting reports, interviews, news, inside information, and more. Thanks for reading!
2008 Cleveland Indians Top 50 Prospects & More
The Cleveland Indians organization prides itself on developing young talent, and that talent will continues to be the lifeline that keeps them strong and competitive for years to come. This book is a comprehensive listing of the Indians' best prospects that brings to light the players of tomorrow who may be the next stars to play are the corner of Carnegie and Ontario.
In this book you will find:
- Full scouting reports on the Indians Top 50 ranked prospects.
- An additional 25 scouting reports for players from the 2007 Draft, Latin America, the Rule 5 Draft, and more.
- 2007 season and career stats for all players, as well as photos for over 60 players.
- A complete listing of the 2007 draft picks and who signed .
- The complete 2008 player development and coaching staff listing for the coming season.
- Complete affiliate listing with basic information for each team.
- Projected 2008 minor league opening day rosters.
You will not find a more detailed listing of the top players in the Indians farm system anywhere. Whether you are a fan of the minor leagues or not, this book will serve as very good reference for all fans as they follow the Indians players of tomorrow throughout the 2008 season.
- Publication Date:
- 1470155966 / 9781470155964
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 6" x 9"
- Black and White
- Related Categories:
- Sports & Recreation / Baseball / General