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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 […]

Conor Marab

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 […]

Conor Marab

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. […]

Conor Marab

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 […]

Conor Marab

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 […]

Conor Marab

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 […]

Conor Marab

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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Indians Select Georgia Prep OF Will Benson With 14th Pick

Industry wide experts were unsure of how several of the top picks in the 2016 MLB Draft were going to shake out. Any one pick could widely affect the next pick and without certainty after nearly the first eight or nine picks, it was hard to peg down a lock for any team. There didn’t […]

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2016 Extended Spring Training in Review

Excluding when a high minor leaguer or Major League heads to Arizona for a rehab assignment, extended Spring Training gets essentially no attention. No stats are kept publicly, wins and losses are irrelevant and the rules are at least a little hazy. It is for a reason that the numbers are not available to the […]

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Three Possible Tribe Targets for the 2016 Draft

Here we are, in the midst of a life changing couple of days. Baseball players who have pushed and played their whole lives and have devoted themselves to the field between the white lines will be chosen to be the potential future of the MLB. Some will make it to the Show, and some will […]

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Triston McKenzie is Ready for the Next Level

When the Indians drafted a 6’5″, 165 lb 17 year old right handed pitcher in the first round last year, in the eyes of many it was a bigger deal than taking the left handed former first overall pick Brady Aiken earlier in the first. The spindly Triston McKenzie has an electric fastball that regularly […]

Conor Marab

This Is Next Year: Continuing Their Winning Ways

The farm teams continue to win; just like their Major League counterpart. Extended Spring Training by Joseph Coblitz Extended Spring Training is wrapping up with just one more week left until players break camp to head to either Mahoning Valley or stay in Goodyear for the Arizona Rookie League. There were some big names playing […]

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