Clint Frazier Finds Success & Questions in Arizona Fall League

For the third straight season, the Cleveland Indians Arizona Fall League affiliate has made it to the championship game and for the second time in three years, they have won it. This year, the team was the Scottsdale Scorpions and the players featured in particular were Clint Frazier, Yandy Diaz, Perci Garner, Antonio Romero, Grant […]

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Top Ten Cleveland Indians Prospect Rankings 2015

For the past two days we have been taking a deep look into the top prospects for the Cleveland Indians and finally, we have reached the top (you can see 21 through 30 and 11 through 20 by clicking the links). Below follow the top ten currently in the system who have yet to see […]

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Cleveland Indians Prospect Rankings 11-20

As started yesterday, Burning River Baseball is creating a list of the top 30 prospects in the Indians system. This is day two and we will cover those ranked between 11 and 20 with the top ten coming out tomorrow. The writers participating in the vote were Joseph Coblitz, Mike Melaragno, Kevin Gall, Danny Cunningham, […]

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Cleveland Indians Prospect Rankings 21-30

For the first time ever, Burning River Baseball is compiling a list of the top prospects in the Indians farm system. Many aspects were considered and all seven full and part time writers took place in the voting to decide the order and who was included. The writers participating were Joseph Coblitz, Mike Melaragno, Kevin […]

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How Will the Indians Prepare for the Rule 5 Draft?

Baseball’s most misunderstood event is set to take place during the upcoming Winter Meetings on December 7th through the 10th. That’s right, the ever confusing Rule 5 draft will take place during the off-season’s most exciting period. The reality of the Rule 5  draft is that it’s not  that confusing at all, but it is […]


Mid-Season AFL 2015 Update

This year, the Indians sent a handful of prospects to the Scottsdale Scorpions for the Arizona Fall League after a year of association with the Peoria Javelinas and one with the Surprise Saguaros. In the past three seasons, this is probably the best group of athletes sent to join with four other teams, despite the […]

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Governor’s Cup Champions

The Columbus Clippers are 2015 International League champions! While team performance is rarely an accurate measure of how well the prospects on the team will perform at the next level, it does prove that the Clippers have some pretty good baseball players on their roster regardless of their major league potential. The roster that finished […]

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Lake County Captains Season in Review

This season was a bit of a disappointment for the Lake County Captains, the Indians single A affiliate, as they finished 9.5 games out of first in the Midwest League Eastern Division. As always, however, from a Major League standpoint the primary focus is on individual achievements at this level, not that of the team […]

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2015 Lynchburg Hillcats: A Star Is Born

The Cleveland Indians’ newest affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats, wrapped up a successful first season under the Tribe banner. The season began with lofty expectations for a number of the Hillcats players. Some of them far exceeded those expectations, some met them, and others fell far short of the season they hoped they’d have. The Hillcats […]

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RubberDucks Season in Review

An exciting summer in Akron only led to a final stretch of disappointment for RubberDucks fans. The Ducks failed to make the playoffs while in contention down the final stretch of the season. Not all was lost, however. This season can still be deemed a success in Akron due to how well the players developed, playoffs or […]

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A Look Back at the 2015 Indians Draft Class

While no one expects much from a Major League draft pick the year they are drafted, these players have already started working hard in their first half season of professional baseball. The Indians had a bit of a different strategy in the late rounds of this year’s draft, taking players with signability issues and in […]

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The 2015 Mahoning Valley Scrappers Season in Review

Just as the other Indians affiliates and the “Big Club” are approaching the middle of their seasons, the action for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, single-A short season affiliate, is just beginning.  At this level, you can see many things.  Talent ranges from breathtaking to head shaking and everything in between. With that in mind, this […]

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Need for Speed: 2015 AZL Indians Season in Review

The Arizona Rookie league is split into two seasons for play-off purposes (the three division winners in both the first and second half make it to the post-season), but it should be for analysis purposes as well. In the first half the team is largely comprised of left-overs from the previous season and last year’s […]

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Ryan Perez & The Scrappers Are Switching Things Up

Do you know what “hustle” is? Last night as I struggled to perfect this article, I found a piece of writing explaining it through the mind of a ball player.  Hustle is not just an action of going from one base to the other, but a state of mind and an attitude that brings together […]

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Is Tyler Naquin The Indians Center Fielder of the Future?

Over the last few years, the Indians have slowly been building a very solid farm system stocked with MLB-caliber talent at multiple positions. One of the Indians deepest positions is the outfield, which has 5-6 potential major league players that could help the Indians or be used as a valuable trade chip. One of the […]