Papi takes some practice swings from MiLB Spring Training camp in 2016. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

RubberDucks Full of Top Prospects in 2016

At times during the 2015 season, the Akron RubberDucks were an afterthought among fans checking the box scores of the Indians’ affiliates. Before Bradley Zimmer was promoted to Akron (and after he was injured), the team was largely without any top prospects. In fact, Mike Clevinger was the only player in 2015 to play the […]


Clippers Looking To Repeat in 2016

The Columbus Clippers are going to have plenty of intriguing prospects on the team this year, perhaps good enough to recapture the International League title for the second year in a row. The Clippers’ roster is filled with a number of players who are looking to impress in their first stint in AAA and a […]

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Top Ten Prospects Most Likely To Debut in 2016

The Indians have steadily turned the farm system into one of the deepest in all of baseball, thanks in large part to smart trades and solid draft selections. With the impact Francisco Lindor had on the team in his 99 games last season, many fans are anxious to see who the next young star is […]

Clevinger throws during MLB action Spring 2016 in Goodyear, AZ. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Give Clevinger a Chance in Bullpen

More often than not, the Cleveland Indians choose to go by the book to develop a heralded prospect by giving him time to slowly progress through each level. This approach worked quite well in 2015 with phenom shortstop Francisco Lindor, who had a breakout season as a rookie and finished second in the vote for American […]

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Steve McCatty: An Asset To Lake County

With the snow falling in Eastlake, Ohio,  the news was announced with little fanfare. As with every offseason in a minor league city, a new coaching staff is brought in to help develop the young prospects that will pass through it in the spring and summer. Assuming that organizations are serious about their assets, the […]

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 26: Jesus Aguilar #36 of the Cleveland Indians bats against the Chicago White Sox during the seventh inning of their game on July 26, 2015 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio. The White Sox defeated the Indians 2-1. (Photo by David Maxwell/Getty Images)

Indians In The Winter Leagues

Major League Baseball has had a heavy influx of Latin American taken over the past quarter century, which has translated into competitive winter league teams during baseball’s offseason. The Indians have players in nearly all of these leagues, including the Venezuelan, Dominican, and Puerto Rican leagues. This season, unlike some past years, however, they do […]

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Indians Lose Josh Martin in Rule 5 Draft

The Rule 5 draft began at 10 am this morning in Nashville and was over quickly (less than 15 minutes) after it had begun with the Indians minor league system one player lighter. As the Indians came into the draft with a full 40 man roster, they were unable to make a selection of their […]


Clint Frazier Finds Success & Questions in Arizona Fall League

For the third straight season, the Cleveland Indians Arizona Fall League affiliate has made it to the championship game and for the second time in three years, they have won it. This year, the team was the Scottsdale Scorpions and the players featured in particular were Clint Frazier, Yandy Diaz, Perci Garner, Antonio Romero, Grant […]

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Top Ten Cleveland Indians Prospect Rankings 2015

For the past two days we have been taking a deep look into the top prospects for the Cleveland Indians and finally, we have reached the top (you can see 21 through 30 and 11 through 20 by clicking the links). Below follow the top ten currently in the system who have yet to see […]

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Cleveland Indians Prospect Rankings 11-20

As started yesterday, Burning River Baseball is creating a list of the top 30 prospects in the Indians system. This is day two and we will cover those ranked between 11 and 20 with the top ten coming out tomorrow. The writers participating in the vote were Joseph Coblitz, Mike Melaragno, Kevin Gall, Danny Cunningham, […]

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Cleveland Indians Prospect Rankings 21-30

For the first time ever, Burning River Baseball is compiling a list of the top prospects in the Indians farm system. Many aspects were considered and all seven full and part time writers took place in the voting to decide the order and who was included. The writers participating were Joseph Coblitz, Mike Melaragno, Kevin […]

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How Will the Indians Prepare for the Rule 5 Draft?

Baseball’s most misunderstood event is set to take place during the upcoming Winter Meetings on December 7th through the 10th. That’s right, the ever confusing Rule 5 draft will take place during the off-season’s most exciting period. The reality of the Rule 5  draft is that it’s not  that confusing at all, but it is […]


Mid-Season AFL 2015 Update

This year, the Indians sent a handful of prospects to the Scottsdale Scorpions for the Arizona Fall League after a year of association with the Peoria Javelinas and one with the Surprise Saguaros. In the past three seasons, this is probably the best group of athletes sent to join with four other teams, despite the […]

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Governor’s Cup Champions

The Columbus Clippers are 2015 International League champions! While team performance is rarely an accurate measure of how well the prospects on the team will perform at the next level, it does prove that the Clippers have some pretty good baseball players on their roster regardless of their major league potential. The roster that finished […]

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Lake County Captains Season in Review

This season was a bit of a disappointment for the Lake County Captains, the Indians single A affiliate, as they finished 9.5 games out of first in the Midwest League Eastern Division. As always, however, from a Major League standpoint the primary focus is on individual achievements at this level, not that of the team […]