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This Is Next Year: Finishing Up The Summer Strong

DSL Indians by Joseph Coblitz This will be the final time the Dominican Summer League Indians will be mentioned this year in the minor league recap as their final game is today. Nature has apparently already determined that there season should be over as each of their last three games were rained out after they […]

Gonzalez hits an opposite field home run during an AZL game in 2016. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

The Latest HR King in the AZL: Oscar Gonzalez

Normally, low level minor league teams play in small ballparks. They feature the youngest professional athletes, who are generally significantly less developed physically than they will be in just a few years and they are spared from playing on the massive fields that they will be capable of playing on in the future. The Arizona […]

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This Is Next Year: Riding The Wave

DSL Indians by Joseph Coblitz With only seven games left in the season, the Dominican Summer League Tribe look ready to coast for the rest of the season safely in last place and 20 games out of even a Wild Card spot. In the six games during the last week they went 1-5 and, while […]

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‘Fast Mejia’ Adds Bite To Baseball

Have you ever turned on Animal Planet and sat in awe at how fast a cheetah is? Or stumbled upon Shark Week and can’t even fathom how quick a Great White shoots from the water? When either is on the move, all eyes are on them, waiting for the inevitable teeth to sink in to […]

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This Is Next Year: The Fallout From The Trade Deadline

DSL Indians by Joe Coblitz It was another poor week for the DSL Indians and, while record is not particularly important at this or any other minor league level, their 1-5 week and 23-36 season have been indicative of their performance as a team. There were few players of note as the top DSL pitcher, […]

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Top 10 Cleveland Indians MiLB RP of 2016

It’s incredibly difficult to judge relievers in the minors for the same reasons they can be judge in the Majors (limited innings can make one poor appearance look much worse than it actually is) and some others, like the fact that there are a lot more ways to get minor leaguers to swing and miss. […]

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This Is Next Year: One month left in an unpredictable season

Dominican Summer League Indians by Joseph Coblitz August has been a general disappointment to this point for the DSL Tribe as they lost five in a row to start the month after winning last Saturday. As they were shut out in three of five losses and scored just once in another, there is little to […]

Sheffield pitches in the AZL in 2015. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Withstanding the Loss of Top Prospects

On Sunday, the Indians made the kind of strong handed move to improve the team for this year that they have been historically known not to do. In snatching up the top left handed reliever off the trade market in Adam Miller, the Indians cost themselves a few players that we have been covering for […]

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This is Next Year: The Unstoppable & the Completely Forgettable

DSL Indians By Joe Coblitz The Indians of the Dominican had a rough week, sandwiching a five game losing streak with a win on either end. Offense was the primary part of the struggle as they scored just 12 runs during the first six games before bringing across five in their win on Friday. It […]

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This Is Next Year: Future Trade Bait

The Indians have been looking at trade possibilities in order to improve their bullpen. With that in mind, here’s a quick peek at some of the players who could be involved in a deadline deal. DSL Indians by Joe Coblitz The Dominican Summer League Tribe won three of five this week, but remain behind the […]

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Kaminsky Finally Gaining Momentum in Akron

When the Cleveland Indians traded Brandon Moss to the St. Louis Cardinals for Rob Kaminsky last July, many immediately praised the Indians for making the deal. Moss had largely been a disappointment for the Indians, who had fallen out of contention by the trade deadline and Kaminsky was actually seen as an overpay by many […]

Mejia behind the plate during the 2016 Futures Game.  - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Top 10 Cleveland Indians MiLB Catchers of 2016

Easily the weakest position of depth in the Indians farm system, the catching ranks have come under greater scrutiny recently with Francisco Mejia going to the Futures Game, Yan Gomes struggling and getting hurt and a whole list of players switching levels or getting cut altogether. A catcher heavy draft in 2016 factored into this […]

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Brady Aiken Impressing Beyond Stats

If you look at the Arizona Rookie League numbers of the Indians 2015 first round pick, Brady Aiken, it would be easy to get disappointed. Their comp pick from 2015, Triston McKenzie, dominated in his first run in the AZL with a 0.75 ERA and 17 K’s in 12 innings and has already been promoted […]

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This Is Next Year: Hey Now, You’re An All Star

As the Indians coasted into the All Star break, so did the Rubber Ducks and Clippers. In fact, both teams had representatives at each game and one even made an appearance at the Major League futures game. What’s better than being named to the Eastern League All-Star team when it’s played in your hometown? Being named […]

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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