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This Is Next Year 2015

Lynchburg Is For Lovers

This past weekend my father and I lived out the American Dream. No we didn’t go house shopping in the suburbs, we took a road trip to the home of the Cleveland Indians’ newest minor league affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats. For those who aren’t familiar with the geography of any of the original 13 colonies, […]

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Halfway to its Destination: Lake County Captains Midseason’s Review.

34-30 (.531 Winning Percentage) 292 Runs Scored, 276 Runs Against (34-30 Pythagorean Record) +16 Run Differential One Year Park Factor: 92 Three Year Park Factor: 97 The Midwest League all star game was played on June 23rd in Peoria, Illinois and with it marked the unofficial mid-way point of the Captains season. The summer is treading on […]

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Meet the 2015 Arizona League Indians

Both the league with the most potential and least general interest, the Arizona League is the home to all Cactus League teams’ high school draft picks and rehabbing players from higher levels. Generally, players who stand out in Goodyear are quickly advanced to Mahoning Valley as more rookies from the current year’s draft sign and […]

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Meet The 2015 Mahoning Valley Scrappers

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers, the Indians Class A short season affiliate, began their 2015 season yesterday. The Scrappers, members of the New York-Penn League, are typically home to recently drafted players, international free agent signees and the youngest players in the organization in general with this year’s team being no different. So if you’re interested […]

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Introducing The Dominican Summer League Indians

Over the past quarter century the Dominican Republic has been one of the most fertile breeding grounds for future MLB players. The DSL is a rookie-level minor league and the Indians’ affiliate is the unimaginatively named DSL Indians. As of this writing (June 13), the Indians have played just 12 games having started their season […]

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MLB Draft Day 2: Tribe Adds First Bats

Rounds 3 through 10 of the MLB Amateur Draft took place yesterday and the Tribe had a pick in each round. The Indians added their first position players of the 2015 draft class and continued adding young arms as well. Round 3 (93): Mark Mathias (2B) The Indians’ first pick of the day was the […]

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MLB Draft Day 1: Indians Select Former #1 Pick Brady Aiken

The Indians made a big splash in the 2015 MLB Draft by selecting the former 2014 #1 overall pick Brady Aiken with their first round (#17) pick. Last year Aiken became the first #1 overall pick not to sign since Tim Belcher in 1983. Concerns arose over the health of his elbow and it was […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 13:  Francisco Lindor of the World Team fields a ball against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Target Field on July 13, 2014 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

With Urshela Up, It’s Time to #FreeLindor

Among Cleveland Indians fans, the worst kept secret in the organization very well may be top prospect Francisco Lindor anxiously awaiting the go ahead to make the two and a half hour drive from Huntington Park in Columbus to Progressive Field in Cleveland. While the wait for Lindor has been growing more and more painful […]

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When Nobody Knows Your Name: Potential 2015 Indians Draft Choice Ian Happ

(Photo courtesy of Cincinnati.com) As we get closer to the 2015 MLB first-year player draft, the Indians have been rumored to be interested in a high school pitcher, but there’s not much separation among the prep arms. With picks at 42 and 59, the Indians can re-visit high school pitching after a secure opening pick. After […]

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 18:  Relief pitcher Brian Wilson #00 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches from the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 18, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Indians Who Weren’t: Top Ten Indians Unsigned Draft Picks

Looking deeply into draft picks who determined not to sign and would rather take their chances with a second go around another year later for the Outside Corner, it became apparent that over the years the Indians have had quite a few stars slip through their metaphorical fingers. I’m not talking about players like Chris […]

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Predicting Prospect Promotions June 2015

We are now two months into the season and it’s time to take stock of the Indians’ farm system. There have been a number of pleasant surprises so far this season and as the All-Star break draws near, many players are going to begin being considered for a promotion. These are some of the most […]

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Diamonds In The Rough: Two Deserving All Stars in Eastlake.

Believe it or not, the 2015 baseball season is already at the point of discussing All Stars selections. This is especially true in the minor leagues, where the season ends the first week of September. According to the Lake County Captains, the Midwest League announced their mid-season All Star teams and the Lake County has […]

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 24:  Adam Plutko #9 of the UCLA Bruins throws a pitch against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during game one of the College World Series Finals on June 24, 2013 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska.  UCLA won 3-1.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Road to the Show: Adam Plutko

Adam Plutko is in his second year of professional baseball, and he is moving up the minor league ladder rather quickly. This season saw Plutko begin in High-A Lynchburg where he had very impressive numbers in his first eight starts of the season. Over 49.2 innings in Lynchburg, the former 11th round pick from UCLA […]

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5 Year Draft Review for 2015

With the 2015 MLB amateur draft coming around next Monday, it is as good of a time as any to take a look back at the drafts of the past. As we have for the past few seasons, we’ll look back today at the Indians draft from five years ago in 2010. Unlike the NFL […]

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