BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 28: Toru Murata #61 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in his major league debut in the first inning during game two of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 28, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

The Indians Columbus Storage Facility

Every Major League baseball team’s AAA farm club is there to serve two purposes. Primarily, it is the final step for prospects before they hit the Major Leagues. It is the separator for borderline prospects as many players on AAA rosters have at least some Major League experience. The secondary reason is to store these […]

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Bradley Zimmer Taking the Next Step

After months and months of waiting for Francisco Lindor to be called up to the big leagues, Tribe fans just may have a new prisoner they would like to free from the minor league system sooner than later. Bradley Zimmer was recently promoted High-A Lynchburg to AA Akron. The 2014 first round pick seems to […]

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Faster than the Naked Eye: Gabriel Mejia

Currently, there are four Mejia’s in Cleveland’s minor league system from the Dominican Summer League to Lake County (including the DSL Indians manager) and since one of our goals here at BurningRiverBaseball is to clarify an often murky farm system, I’ll highlight the most exciting one here, the speedy Gabriel Mejia. This particular Mejia jumped […]

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Connor Marabell Profile

Almost every player has had their bad days in the minors. From those bad days came guys like Jason Kipnis, Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera. They were put in situations they had to learn to work around and became better ball players because of it and the Cleveland Indians low-A affiliate, Mahoning Valley Scrapper’s right […]

CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 12:  Bradley Zimmer #5 of the U.S. Team bats against the World Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 12, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Bradley Zimmer: The Indians’ Next Star?

Five-Tool baseball players are almost mythic creatures that only seem to come around once in a generation. By definition, a Five-Tool player is one who can hit for average, power, possesses great speed and baserunning abilities, plays great defense and has a great arm. A player who can do it all is revered by fans […]

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Dominican Summer League Update

The Dominican Summer League is well underway for the 2015 season and so far the Indians’ affiliate has played a bit like their namesake, exhibiting very poor hitting and defense, while pitching well. The Dominican Summer League consists of 38 teams, with many of the major league ball clubs having more than one team. Of […]

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Lynchburg Is For Lovers

This past weekend my father and I lived out the American Dream. No we didn’t go house shopping in the suburbs, we took a road trip to the home of the Cleveland Indians’ newest minor league affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats. For those who aren’t familiar with the geography of any of the original 13 colonies, […]


Halfway to its Destination: Lake County Captains Midseason’s Review.

34-30 (.531 Winning Percentage) 292 Runs Scored, 276 Runs Against (34-30 Pythagorean Record) +16 Run Differential One Year Park Factor: 92 Three Year Park Factor: 97 The Midwest League all star game was played on June 23rd in Peoria, Illinois and with it marked the unofficial mid-way point of the Captains season. The summer is treading on […]

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Meet the 2015 Arizona League Indians

Both the league with the most potential and least general interest, the Arizona League is the home to all Cactus League teams’ high school draft picks and rehabbing players from higher levels. Generally, players who stand out in Goodyear are quickly advanced to Mahoning Valley as more rookies from the current year’s draft sign and […]

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Meet The 2015 Mahoning Valley Scrappers

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Indians Class A short season affiliate, began their 2015 season yesterday. The Scrappers, members of the New York-Penn League, are typically home to recently drafted players, international free agent signees and the youngest players in the organization in general with this year’s team being no different. So if you’re interested […]

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Introducing The Dominican Summer League Indians

Over the past quarter century the Dominican Republic has been one of the most fertile breeding grounds for future MLB players. The DSL is a rookie-level minor league and the Indians’ affiliate is the unimaginatively named DSL Indians. As of this writing (June 13), the Indians have played just 12 games having started their season […]

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MLB Draft Day 2: Tribe Adds First Bats

Rounds 3 through 10 of the MLB Amateur Draft took place yesterday and the Tribe had a pick in each round. The Indians added their first position players of the 2015 draft class and continued adding young arms as well. Round 3 (93): Mark Mathias (2B) The Indians’ first pick of the day was the […]

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MLB Draft Day 1: Indians Select Former #1 Pick Brady Aiken

The Indians made a big splash in the 2015 MLB Draft by selecting the former 2014 #1 overall pick Brady Aiken with their first round (#17) pick. Last year Aiken became the first #1 overall pick not to sign since Tim Belcher in 1983. Concerns arose over the health of his elbow and it was […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13:  Francisco Lindor of the World Team fields a ball against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

With Urshela Up, It’s Time to #FreeLindor

Among Cleveland Indians fans, the worst kept secret in the organization very well may be top prospect Francisco Lindor anxiously awaiting the go ahead to make the two and a half hour drive from Huntington Park in Columbus to Progressive Field in Cleveland. While the wait for Lindor has been growing more and more painful […]