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Akron Finishes Roller Coaster Season with Eastern League Title

2016 was a very peculiar season that saw the Akron RubberDucks look like one of professional baseball’s best teams and also one of its worst. Specifically, Akron stormed to a 37-15 record through the end of May, but went a woeful 8-22 in June and 10-18 in July. As a result, it appeared Akron wouldn’t […]

Haase works out pitchers during minor league Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona 2016. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

RubberDucks Sweep Trenton to Win Eastern League Title

Sports fans everywhere know that peaking at the right time is essential to winning championships. After The Akron RubberDucks started their season 37-15 but went on to combine for just 18 wins between June and July, it had appeared the Ducks had played their best baseball at the wrong part of the season. However, Akron […]

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New And Old Names Breakout In Lynchburg

The Lynchburg Hillcats had quite the collection of talented prospects this year. Plenty of them saw their stock go up, some all the way to AA while others that were promoted to the Carolina League during the season helped lead the team into the Carolina League Championship Series. The Hillcats were able to stave off […]

Diaz started at third base for the 2016 World team in the Futures Game. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

Greatness Isn’t Too Far Away as Columbus Closes Out Season

Despite winning their division and entering the Governor’s Cup playoffs the overwhelming favorite against a very poor Gwinnett team, the Columbus Clippers were unable to repeat as Champions of the International League. Overall the season was a success for a number of the Clippers’ players, particularly ones who figure to play a key role in […]

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This Is Next Year: Play-Off Edition

Lynchburg Hillcats  by Justin Lada The Hillcats sort of backed into the playoffs after clinching in the first half and securing the top spot by finishing on top in the second half of the Carolina League season despite losing four of their final five games.  Thomas Pannone gave them seven shutout innings on Labor Day […]

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Despite No Playoffs, Lake County Captains Season Was Successful

By the measure of a team, the Lake County Captains didn’t have a great year overall. They finished a half game out of a playoff berth from the first half (40-30) and a second half five game losing streak took them out of clinching a spot there (32-38). If you look at how many original […]

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These Dogs Have Bite: 2016 MV Scrappers in Review

As I said before their season started, the Mahoning Valley Scrappers were going to prove this season they were a team not to underestimate, and I was correct. Did they finish in first place? No, actually they finished in fourth just a game below .500 at 37-38, but after a rough start to their season […]

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Top 10 Cleveland Indians MiLB Corner Infielders for 2016

Unlike the middle infield, the Indians corner spots are anything but under control for the foreseeable future. For a moment, it appeared that Giovanny Urshela and Jesus Aguilar could be the answers, but you will not find them on this list as they have already been given a shot and summarily forgotten about. Looking into […]

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This is Next Year: Heading into the Final Week

The Dominican Summer League wrapped up last week, the Arizona League this week and the rest of the crew will finish out their regular seasons on September 5th. For some, play-offs will follow, but a few teams will have to sit at home and watch this year. This doesn’t necessarily mean the whole team, however, […]

Jones waits on deck at Goodyear Ballpark in a 2016 AZL game against the Athletics. - Joseph Coblitz, BurningRiverBaseball

A Tale of Two Halves: 2016 AZL in Review

The AZL Indians 20-8 first half set the pace in the Arizona League and, excluding their first three games, had a 22-6 run early in the season before everything fell apart. They earned a play-off spot as first half champions in the AZL Central, but went 11-17 in the second half and finished the year […]

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There’s Always Next Year: 2016 DSL Season in Review

This season went about as bad as possible for the Dominican Summer League Indians as they finished the season in last place in the DSL North with a 24-44 record and many players with the highest expectations turned in some incredibly disappointing seasons. The planet ultimately decided that their season should end as each of […]

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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 […]