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Could Clint Frazier Help The 2016 Cleveland Indians?

Full disclosure: I am the absolute last person to advocate calling up a prospect before they’re absolutely ready. For a team like the Indians, I am 100% on board with getting the best years out of prospects and that means making sure they are ready to contribute when they come up. But, while waiting for […]

Conor Marab

This Is Next Year: All teams remain above .500

Lake County Captains (24-17) by Caitlin Boron The Lake County Captains have been hot so far this season (24-17), but it seems this week they’re slowly coming back to earth as they now share first place of the Mid-Eastern Division with the South Bend Cubs. Tonight the two teams went into extras due to a […]

GOODYEAR, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Erik Gonzalez #78 of the Cleveland Indians bats during a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark on February 27, 2014 in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Why Not E-Gon?

No team makes it through a season unscathed and the Indians were hit particularly hard recently when, after both were missing to start the year, Lonnie Chisenhall (bereavement) and Michael Brantley (15 Day DL) were removed from the 25 man roster. To replace them, the Indians brought back Tyler Naquin, who had started the year […]

Conor Marab

This Is Next Year: April Showers Bring May Wins

The wins keep coming for the Indians farm teams. Here are this week’s recaps. Extended Spring by Joe Coblitz Since it’s he’s probably the only player most people would be interested in that is participating in Extended Spring Training, I’ll take a moment to get in depth on Triston McKenzie‘s start on Tuesday. He ended the […]

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Yu-Cheng Chang Picking Things Up In Lynchburg

Entering the 2015 season, there was a quiet buzz surrounding Yu-Cheng Chang. After signing as an international free agent out of Taiwan in June of 2013 for $500,000, Chang had a strong 2014 campaign in the Arizona Rookie League. At age 18, Chang posted a .346/.420/.566 slash line in Arizona, and was named the 12th […]

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This Is Next Year: The Talent Continues to Shine

Extended Spring Training By Joseph Coblitz Since there was no Extended Spring Training section last Saturday, we’ll be covering two weeks of play this time around. First, Anthony Gallas, who had been working in Goodyear, was promoted to AA Akron on April 22nd, then after batting .029 in four games, was released on April 29th. […]

Conor Marab

This Is Next Year: Continued Success

The Indians farm teams continue to play well! Here is a recap below: Lake County Captains (15-7) by Justin Lada The Lake County Captains road trip last week started out poorly at Lansing, but they came back to out slug the Lugnuts, who are right behind them in the standings. The Captains posted a 12-0 […]

Lovegrove winds up during a 2013 Arizona Rookie League game. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Kieran Lovegrove: The Road to Greatness

There are times when you can see a goal, and it’s so clear in your view that you can feel it’s greatness overwhelm you, but the road to that greatness seems to be riddled with potholes, puddles and only goes one way with traffic coming towards you. Are you even going the right way? Do […]

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Cleveland Indians Top 10 MiLB Outfielders 2016

In a new segment for Burning River Baseball, we will break down the Indians minor league system by position, covering one each month throughout the season. To start, we’ll look at the location of the Indians top two prospects and arguably the deepest position in the minor league system, the outfield. Rankings were decided by […]

Allen warms during MiLB Spring Training in Goodyear, AZ. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Greg Allen: The Indians Outfield Prospect You’re Not Hearing Enough About

As recently as last week, former Indians first round picks Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer shared a lineup card and an outfield with Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall. It gave something Cleveland fans to dream on as a potential outfield as soon as 2017, maybe 2018. While dreams of Brantley, Zimmer and Frazier invoke excitement […]

Conor Marab

This Is Next Year: Off And Rolling

The Indians farm system continues to thrive as both team records and individual statistics are giving credence to a bright future for the franchise. Extended Spring Training by Joseph Coblitz A very misnamed league, extended Spring Training is really just an extenuation of the same group of players who make up the short season A […]

Conor Marab

This Is Next Year: Starting The 2016 Campaign On The Farm

As any fan of a small market, low revenue baseball team knows, effective player development means the difference between the Major League club contending and living at the bottom of the standings for seasons to come. Here at Burning River Baseball, we will do the heavy lifting for you by providing short, weekly updates on […]

Frazier warms up during minor league Spring Training. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Clearing The Way For The Future

Last year I wrote a piece about the excessive amounts of dead weight that existed within the Tribe’s organization that was unnecessarily taking roster spots from individuals whom were more deserving. This list included such players as Jerry Sands, Carlos Moncrief and Zach Walters. At the time I posted that article, I believed (and still do) that […]

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Names To Know On the Lake County Captains in 2016

Consistently one of the youngest squads in the Midwest League over the last several seasons, the Cleveland Indians look like they have booked a slightly older and more experience squad to check into the friendly confines of Classic Park to start 2016. Catcher, Francisco Mejia is the key holdover. It looked like he was ticketed for High-A […]

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What To Watch For On The 2016 Lynchburg Hillcats

People go to minor league games for a few reasons. 1. It’s family friendly affordable fun 2. It’s something to do and it doesn’t cost as much as a major league game 3. They just love baseball 4. They’re into prospects I haven’t checked the Lynchburg Hillcats promotional calendar for 2016, so if that’s what […]