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Need for Speed: 2015 AZL Indians Season in Review

The Arizona Rookie league is split into two seasons for play-off purposes (the three division winners in both the first and second half make it to the post-season), but it should be for analysis purposes as well. In the first half the team is largely comprised of left-overs from the previous season and last year’s […]

Conor Marab

Ryan Perez & The Scrappers Are Switching Things Up

Do you know what “hustle” is? Last night as I struggled to perfect this article, I found a piece of writing explaining it through the mind of a ball player.  Hustle is not just an action of going from one base to the other, but a state of mind and an attitude that brings together […]

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Is Tyler Naquin The Indians Center Fielder of the Future?

Over the last few years, the Indians have slowly been building a very solid farm system stocked with MLB-caliber talent at multiple positions. One of the Indians deepest positions is the outfield, which has 5-6 potential major league players that could help the Indians or be used as a valuable trade chip. One of the […]

Conor Marab

DSL Indians Finish Season Strong

The Indians of the Dominican Summer League wrapped up their season yesterday on an overall high note. They had struggled through the first part of the season in June, but in early July the Indians of the Dominican began to turn things around beginning with a seven game winning streak that began on July 8th, […]

Conor Marab

Akron Becomes Nellieville

Nellie Rodriguez can be classified in one word. Big. The 2012, 15th round draft pick of the Indians is listed at 6’2″, 250 pounds and not an ounce of that is exaggerated. A man of that size should be able to generate some serious power, and Rodriguez does not disappoint. In his minor league career […]

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Alexis Pantoja & Luke Wakamatsu: Defense Starts in the Middle

When the Indians had Omar Vizquel at short stop for more than a decade, they didn’t feel inclined to worry about the position. From 1994 through 2004, the Indians took exactly one short stop in each of the first four rounds of the draft and no others before round eight. Of 88 players chosen in […]

Conor Marab

Is It Time for a Few More Promotions?

The Minor League season comes to close nearly a month before the Major League season does, but with just about a month left, that doesn’t mean player promotions should end. In the recent past, the Indians have taken advantage of late season play-off pushes in the minors to advance players, like Francisco Lindor to Akron […]

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Willi Castro: Making Scrappy Look Good

Occasionally you come across a ball player who stands out beyond anyone else on the field.  Not everything he does is perfect, but is saved by the defensive instinct and raw talent to simply get his hands on the ball.  From the seats, anyone can see he is at home in the dirt, between second […]

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Minor League Profile: Micah Miniard

The Arizona Summer League is generally dominated by hitters, particularly those with line drive strokes that can take advantage of the Major League size playing field and the high school sized defenders, but the AZL Indians’ ace has found a way to be dominant despite the hot, dry weather and general offensive performance around the […]

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 […]

Zimmer takes a swing in Major League Spring Training 2015. Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

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 […]

Mejia sprints out of the box against the Reds in an AZL Rookie League game. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

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 […]

Conor Marab

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 […]