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 […]


Indians! Gotta Catch’em All!

From the seat of your couch to the bleachers at Progressive Field, the Pokemon craze can be felt. The need to “catch them all” is legit, and has taken fans and foes all over to do so, including the ballparks. While sitting in the seats on the first base side, after you’ve run out of […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 19:  Mike Napoli #26 of the Cleveland Indians hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 19, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Napoli

7/19 Recap: Shaw’s Redemption

Player of the Game Francisco Lindor hit a home run in his second straight game to give the Indians a little cushion in the top of the ninth and give him his third run scored in the game. Lindor also knocked in two thanks to a his league best ninth sacrifice fly earlier in the […]

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 16: CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees reacts against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Yankee Stadium on July 16, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

Tribe Targets: The Return Of C.C.?

A few days ago a former Indians southpaw, Drew Pomeranz, was traded from the San Diego Padres to the Boston Red Sox in an effort to push Boston into the postseason. This time of year, left-handed starting pitchers are coveted like qualified vice-presidential candidates. As ridiculous as this may sound, there is a particular lefty pitching […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 18:  Francisco Lindor #12 of the Cleveland Indians is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hittng a solo home run during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 18, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

7/18 Recap: Dyson Sunk the Manship

Roster Update: After separating his shoulder while trying to beat out a play at first base last night, Yan Gomes has been placed on the 15 Day DL and is expected to miss at least a month. To replace him, the Indians have taken Roberto Perez off the 60 Day DL a little earlier than […]

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Cleveland Baseball & Brews: What’s Your Favorite Baseball Flick?

This week on Cleveland Baseball and Brews, Brad (@BradWojdyla) and I were again joined by Best Friend Steph Who’s Here To Drink, and two guest appearances by WTAM’s Glenn Forbes (@GlennForbes1) and Will Burge (@WillBurge). The main topic of the day? What’s your top five baseball movies, and what is one classic that you’ve never […]

CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 8: Relief pitcher Shawn Armstrong #51 of the Cleveland Indians pitches during the ninth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field on August 8, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Indians defeated the Twins 17-4. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

In House Options for the Tribe’s Reliever Search

It’s well known the Cleveland Indians are on the market for a reliever and even with an injury to Yan Gomes, and not to put the cart ahead of the horse, reliever still remains the biggest need to put this team in position to be dangerous in October. An additional dominant bullpen arm paired with […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 17: Josh Tomlin #43 of the Cleveland Indians delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning of the game on July 17, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

7/17 Recap: When Twins Cry

The Indians finally win a series against the Minnesota Twins in 2016. The Tribe’s 28-13 (.675) record & 3.15 ERA since June 1st are both best in the Majors; record-wise,  the next-closest team is Houston at 25-13 (.658). The Indians 28-12 (.692) record within the A.L. Central is the best intra-division record of any team […]


Burning River baseball on Baseball PHD Podcast

This week I was on the Baseball PHD podcast with Ed Kasputis talking about what the Indians needed to do to go all the way and a little bit about Ashtabula for some reason. Make sure to check out Ed’s site at as he comes out with a new podcast each week.

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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 […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JULY 16: Chris Gimenez #38 of the Cleveland Indians tags out Kennys Vargas #19 of the Minnesota Twins at home plate during the fourth inning of the game on July 16, 2016 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

7/16: Twins Walk-off in Wet, Wild One

Player of the Game With three hits including a double, two RBI and a run scored, Carlos Santana was the Indians top performer tonight. There will be quite a bit more upcoming on Santana, including his defense, which detracted heavily from his value tonight. Feathers Up Santana started the game with a single up the […]

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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 […]