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Erik Gonzalez bats in front of the festive looking Devin Mesoraco of Cincinnati. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Erik Gonzalez Finally Promoted After 8 Years in Minors

A day before embarking on the second half of the season, Mike Chernoff and the Indians have promoted infielder Erik Gonzalez while reducing the bullpen to a more manageable seven with T.J. House returning to AAA. This will have strategic ramifications including leaving the team without a left handed reliever, but the primary focus should […]

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Future of the Tribe Shines Today on National Stage

Before the Indians send three of their best to San Diego for the All-Star Game Tuesday night, they sent three of their top minor leaguers to the Futures Game on Sunday. Separate from each league’s individual All-Star games, the Futures Game takes players from all levels A and above, combining some of the most exciting […]

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This Is Next Year: Developing Players Through the Midway Points

DSL Indians bu Joseph Coblitz The Indians Dominican Summer League team played just five games this week,  missing one to rain. During those, however, Ronny Dominguez started to separate himself from the pack with a double and a home run, raising his season line to .316/.341/.418. The 19 year old Dominican outfielder has been batting […]

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This Is Next Year: Getting Started Down South

DSL Indians by Joseph Coblitz The Indians Dominican Summer League team has played seven games since last Saturday, winning five in a row to end the week. As had been the case previously, they continue to dominate while on the mound, allowing just 15 runs during those seven games, only once more than three in a game. Of […]

Krieger fouls a ball off his foot during minor league Spring Training in Goodyear, AZ. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Cleveland Indians Top Ten MiLB Middle Infielders of 2016

Just a year or so ago, the Indians minor league middle infield depth was the pride of baseball. There was Francisco Lindor who looked to be a future Gold Glover, super utility man Jose Ramirez and Joey Wendle at the upper levels. Since then, Wendle has been traded and Ramirez and Lindor promoted. This completely […]

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What’s the Deal with All these Catchers?

Coming into the 2016 season, catcher was unquestionably the Cleveland Indians weakest area of development. It was bad enough pre-season that the Indians brought in Anthony Recker, Anthony Moore and Guillermo Quiroz and that still wasn’t enough as, once Roberto Perez was hurt they had to sign Chris Gimenez just to have a full Major […]

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This Is Next Year: Hot Fun In The Summer Time

As the Indians continue to roll this summer, their minor league counterparts continue to do the same. Here is a brief summary of what tool place down on the farm this past week: Dominican Summer League Indians (DSL) by Joe Coblitz The DSL Indians continued their hot streak to end last week into this one, ultimately […]

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AZL Preview 2016: Turning Up the Heat

Arizona has already had record temperatures this Summer, surpassing 110 the first week of June, but that won’t keep the Tribe’s youngest prospects from competing in Goodyear during the worst of it. Games for the AZL (or Arizona Rookie League) Indians start up tomorrow, June 20th at home against the Reds and will continue through […]

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This Is Next Year: All Star Breaks Are Near

Dominican Summer League (DSL) Indians by Joseph Coblitz The Dominican Summer League Indians started up on June 4th and have since went 5-6. While this may look unimpressive, they have won their last three in a row by a margin of 17-2, mostly due to a 6/17 victory of 12-0 against the DSL Yankees. In […]

The lefty Hillman will likely pitch in Mahoning Valley later this year - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball.com

Get Ready to Scrap with Mahoning Valley

In baseball you have the big dogs, the major league team, and those working at becoming big dogs, the minor league teams and one of those teams always seems to get lost in the fight. Trust me, the short season single-A Mahoning Valley Scrappers are nothing to underestimate, and they’re about to show you why. […]

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Indians 2016 Draft Results Day 3

After taking three players on day one and ten on day two, the Indians chose players for the final thirty rounds of the draft on Saturday. While no team is forced to choose forty players, all thirty teams did so this year and it is a continuation on the Indians part of drafting and signing […]

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This Is Next Year: Winning, Winning and Winning

As the 2016 season marches on, so do the minor league teams. Every franchise in the Indians system has a winning record; a testament to the great young talent that the Indians have assembled. Lake County Captains (36-25) by Justin Lada A 5-2 week got the Captains back into the playoff picture, briefly. Their 7-4 […]

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Indians Take 3 Pitchers, 5 Hitters on Day 2 of 2016 Draft

In general, even the most diehard baseball fans stop watching after the third round as very little is known about the players taken late in the draft. Even so, late round picks can still be vitaly important for a team as the Indians have seen recently with successes like Cody Anderson (14) and Cody Allen […]

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Indians Draft Oregon State Catcher Logan Ice With Third Round Pick

Catcher had been one of the Indians organization weaknesses. With Yan Gomes entrenched at starter and Roberto Perez (when healthy) as a big leaguer now, the next closest exciting name is Francisco Mejia (Lake County) and a number of other guys with some potential throughout. But the Indians hope that taking Oregon State catcher Logan […]

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