Smoke Signals 10.3 - Spring Training Week Two

With exhibition play about to begin in Arizona, Jake and Tony are joined by IBI draft guru Jeff Ellis to discuss the latest news out of Goodyear and continue the positional breakdowns with a look at the infield on another spring training edition of Smoke Signals.

Tony Lastoria and Jeff Ellis are back on the cyberwaves for another season of Smoke Signals, IBI's flagship podcast. A show that started in the summer of 2008 with Tony Lastoria and Paul Cousineau has stuck around since and been a regular podcast for several diehard fans of the Indians and their minor league system.

Will Francisco Lindor and Jason Kipnis continue to lead the defense up the middle? Can Jose Ramirez continue to be the everyday third baseman for the Tribe? Will Yan Gomes be able to put his recent injuries behind him and reestablish himself behind the plate? The Indians infield is one of the strongest areas on the roster entering 2017, but it has its questions like any other part of a team during spring training. Tony and Jake are joined by Jeff Ellis to analyze the infield and discuss the early roster decisions by manager Terry Francona.

Topics discussed:

-  Terry Francona names Cody Allen the closer and Yan Gomes the starting catcher.

-  Positional Preview - Infield:

  • How the infield plays a part in the run prevention model.
  • Santana and Encarnacion splitting time at first base and DH.
  • The improved defense of Jason Kipnis.
  • How Francisco Lindor makes the whole defense better.
  • Will Jose Ramirez continue to stick at third base?
  • How does Yandy Diaz best fit into the Tribe's future?
  • The catching conundrum: Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez.

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