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Author: Joseph Coblitz

Top 10 MiLB 3B for 2018: Hot Guys at the Hot Corner

By: Joseph Coblitz | July 16, 2018 A quick glance at the third basemen used by the Indians in the minors may bring some immediate hope as Yu-Cheng Chang, Eric Stamets and Yandy Diaz have all played it in AAA (as well as Francisco Mejia in the Arizona Fall League) with Dillon Persinger and Tyler Friis getting some reps at the lower levels. However, players with MLB experience don’t count for our lists (so Yandy and Mejia are out) and the rest are all short stops or second basemen. Among pure third basemen, things look a little more dour....

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Goodtimes in Goodyear: AZL Indians 2 July 2-15

By: Joseph Coblitz | July 16, 2018 Just as the Indians 1 team added some major players last week to replace a crew of relievers who had been promoted, the Indians 2 have added some huge names this week, including first round draft pick Noah Naylor. Also added recently were Mike Garcia, Jerson Ramirez and Bryan Rocchio (from the Dominican Summer League Indians), Korey Holland (14th round pick in 2018) and Brendan Meyer (undrafted free agent). Lost in the moves were a trio of excellent relievers in Aaron Pinto, Maiker Manzanillo and Robert Broom. The most unfortunate loss for...

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Let's Get Scrappy: Mahoning Valley June 15 – July 13

By: Joseph Coblitz | July 14, 2018 A lot has changed in the last month in Mahoning Valley as the 2018 draft sorts itself out and players are promoted/demoted from the AZL and Lake County. As it stands, the Scrappers lead the New York/Penn league Pinckney division with the best record in the whole league. They not only have great hitters, but possibly the best pitcher in the league and potentially the Indians minor league pitcher of the year. To begin, it’s good to be a Scrappers short stop. The team has four players listed there (although only Tyler...

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Why are the Columbus Clippers?

By: Joseph Coblitz | July 11, 2018 The Clippers are three games above .500 and third in the International League West, but 7th of 14 teams in the International League and well within the play-off hunt at the half way mark. That’s the purpose of a AAA club, right? To win the Governor’s Cup. The reason for having a AAA club for the Cleveland Indians has been mired in confusion for a few years now. It certainly isn’t for top prospects. Francisco Lindor played just 97 games there before being called up and that was just so he would...

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From A to AAA: Top Indians MiLB Performers of the First Half

By: Joseph Coblitz | July 10, 2018 With the exception of the Captains (whose league held their All-Star game in June), each of the Indians upper minor level teams will be taking a break this week for All-Star festivities. AAA ColumbusTop Hitter – Brandon Barnes Yes, Francisco Mejia is the Indians top prospect, yes, he was selected to his third consecutive Future’s Game as well as the AAA All-Star game and yes, he has been hitting at a torrid pace over the last two months. However, Barnes has done it all year and, despite his AAA All-Star selection, has...

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Down in the Dominican: DSL Indians June 27-July 9

By: Joseph Coblitz | July 10, 2018 The DSL Indians have rallied off a seven game losing streak that has taken them to the cellar of the Dominican Summer League North, also known as second to last place since they play in the same division as their sister team, the Indians/Brewers. But that’s not important now. There have been a flurry of roster moves at the DSL level for the Indians that began with the promotion of quite a few AZL players to Lake County and Mahoning Valley. Specifically, Jerson Ramirez, Mike Garcia and Brayan Rocchio were all promoted...

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