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KATOH Projects: Cleveland Indians Prospects

Previous editions: Baltimore / Boston / Chicago AL / Chicago NL / Cincinnati . Earlier this week, lead prospect analyst Dan Farnsworth published his excellently in-depth prospect list for the Cincinnati Reds. In this companion piece, I look at that same Cincinnati farm system through the lens of my recently refined KATOH projection system. There’s way more to prospect evaluation...
Via Fangraphs
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

2016 Fantasy Baseball: Cleveland Indians Team Preview

The most valuable fantasy players on the Indians are most certainly their pitchers. Competing for the best rotation in baseball, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar headline the high strikeout staff and closer Cody Allen is one of the more underrated closers in baseball – he led the MLB in relief pitcher WAR last season. Let’s dig in to a very intriguing fantasy...
Via The Fantasy Fix
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Free Agency ain’t free: Fangraphs illustrates current Cleveland Indians roster

The often referred to adage about the Cleveland Indians is they completely rely on trading for good players because they have struggled drafting and developing their own. The overhaul to their drafting and player development methodologies in 2007 have helped change the message, but are the Indians actually seeing results from their own system? it would (finally) appear so. August...
Via Waiting For Next Year
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Luigi Rodriguez: On the Rise or Organizational Man?

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” These famous opening words of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities could easily describe the 2015 season of Indians prospect Luigi Rodriguez.The now 23-year-old outfielder began the season at the High Class-A level for his sixth professional season. Even though it was his third season at the level, he had only 133 games...

Not-So-Hot Corner: Indians Third Base Debate Heats Up, Again

Your starting third baseman is now your starting rightfielder, and the youngster you’re grooming for the hot corner may not yet be up to the task. I am referring, of course, to the predicament of the 2006 Cleveland Indians — a club that had moved Casey Blake to the outfield a year prior, then acquired one of the top third base prospects in baseball, Andy Marte, in a January deal...
Via Waiting For Next Year
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Cleveland Indians

Other clubs: Braves, Cubs, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Reds, Red Sox, White Sox. The Indians have an enviable number of likely big league players in their system, though only a handful of them project to be impact talents. The top three in the list have the highest ceilings, I believe, with Bradley Zimmer the pretty undisputed number-one guy. I’m pretty high on Triston McKenzie, and...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 61: Catching Up With Jason Stanford

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride. Countdown to Opening Day – 61 days When thinking about “what might have been” among former Indians players, former left-handed pitcher Jason Stanford should always come...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians have the pitching, but are they wasting it?

Cleveland sports leave fans shaking their heads in disgust plenty more often than waving their arms in jubilation. Financial limitations often force sporadic success, and routine letdowns have become the city’s calling card.  It’s easy to quip about its sports teams and the fans have embraced the ineptitude, however, are the Indians doing its team and fans a disservice? Nearly...
Via Baseball Essential
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Paulino Progresses in First Full Season in Outfield

Once a top prospect in the Cleveland Indians farm system, Dorssys Paulino finds himself entering one of the bigger seasons of his professional career as the calendar inches closer and closer to a return of baseball to fields near you. Paulino signed with the Indians as an amateur free agent out of the Dominican Republic at the age of 16 in 2011. At the time, it was a result of a...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Circling the Central January 2016

I must admit that I had to chuckle a little bit when I read that projected the Cleveland Indians would win the American League Central Division in 2016. As a lifelong fan, I’ve been through first place predictions before especially when Sports Illustrated picked the Indians twice (1987 and 2015) to win the World Series, but then watched the team failing to even make...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Historical Significance of the Indians Rotation

At the end of every season, I update the top ten positional lists with any changes. For example, this year Cody Allen moved up the list of top ten closers and Carlos Santana moved from the catcher list to the first basemen list. In the general update for all the lists, I also like to make a note for certain players who seem like they should be on the list, even if they aren’t quite...
Via Burning River Baseball
5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Cleveland Indians are changing the hot dog game

We’re getting to that time where the major league and minor league baseball teams debut their new food items for the coming season. It’s our “bread and butter”, so to speak. The Cleveland Indians have already announced some new food items for the new season, and one hot dog in particular caught our eye: First up: Happy Dog. Known for its hot/veggie dogs, fries/tots, &...
Via Food and Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

How to Get Free Stuff: 2016 Edition

There hasn’t been a run on Indians tickets in over 15 years, but that hasn’t stopped the Indians from trying to entice fans to come in droves with many promotional events throughout the year. Of 80 home games in 2015, the Indians had 39 promotional days featuring fire works, give-aways, dollar dogs and more. Since 2007, Tribe attendance has been more than 5,000 fans below their...
Via Burning River Baseball
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Indians OF Brantley says opening day 'target' after surgery

CLEVELAND (AP) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is targeting opening day to return from offseason shoulder surgery. Brantley had an operation to repair a small tear on his non-throwing shoulder in November. The timetable on his return is 5 to 6 months, putting the start of his season in jeopardy. But although it's probable he won't be ready for the April 4 opener against Boston...
Via Associated Press
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Bobby Bradley be the power hitter the Indians desperately need?

The current rendition of the Cleveland Indians could definitely use more power. In 2015, the Tribe finished 22nd in home runs, with only the Kansas City Royals and Chicago White Sox beneath them from the DH-invigorated American League. Not a single player even reached 20 home runs — Carlos Santana led the team with 19. The team did finish middle of the MLB pack in slugging percentage...
Via Waiting For Next Year
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Josh Tomlin, Indians agree to $5.5 million, 2-year contract

CLEVELAND (AP) Josh Tomlin has shown toughness and tenacity during his time with the Indians. On Tuesday, he was rewarded for it. Tomlin and Cleveland agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract, a deal that can earn the right-hander $11.75 million over three seasons. The 31-year-old agreed Jan. 15 to a $2.25 million, one-year deal that avoided salary arbitration. The new agreement...
Via Associated Press
10 days ago  |  Discuss

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