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Author: Joseph Coblitz

Indians Trade Ceiling for Floor in 5 Player Deal with Pirates

By: Joseph Coblitz | November 15, 2018 On November 14th, the Indians and Pirates made what must be considered a minor deal to most as Pittsburgh sent outfielder Jordan Luplow and infielder Max Moroff to Cleveland in exchange for all around utility man Erik Gonzalez as well as right handed pitchers Dante Mendoza and Tahnaj Thomas. For those in Cleveland, there is a good chance that the only player you are familiar with here is Gonzalez, who has been used at every position except pitcher, catcher and center field for the Indians starting in 2016. That being said, the...

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Forget the Trade Rumors, the Indians have a Future Ace in McKenzie

By: Joseph Coblitz | November 14, 2018 While recent comments from the Indians front office have left some question about who will be the Indians ace in 2019, there has been no question about who will be the ace in the future since 2016. In Burning River Baseball’s 2018 prospect rankings Triston McKenzie was reconfirmed as the Tribe’s top prospect for the third straight season. Originally taken as a 17 year old competitive balance pick to end the first round of the 2015 draft, McKenzie quickly began to prove himself in the Arizona League. While he was used carefully,...

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Major Movements in Burning River's 2018 Prospect Rankings

By: Joseph Coblitz | November 13, 2018 Now that the prospects have been officially ranked, we can take a look back and see how the landscape has changed since last year. To start, incredibly only two players were removed out of the 2017 rankings due to promotion, #3 Shane Bieber and #13 Eric Haase. Three others were traded mid-season: Julian Merryweather (#11) to Toronto for Josh Donaldson, Conner Capel (#27) to St. Louis for Oscar Mercado and Willi Castro (#6) to Detroit for Leonys Martin. Looking back on it, it seems rather expensive to lose three top 30 prospects...

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Top 100 Indians Prospects in 2018 by Burning River Baseball: Full List

By: Joseph Coblitz | November 12, 2018 For easier consumption, here is the full list of the Indians top 100 prospects that was published last week on Burning River Baseball. For detailed descriptions and pictures please refer to the original articles. 1. Triston McKenzie – SP2. Nolan Jones – 3B3. Tyler Freeman – SS4. Eli Morgan – SP5. Bobby Bradley – 1B6. Yu Chang – 3B7. Sam Hentges – SP8. Lenny Torres – SP9. Ethan Hankins – SP10. Bo Naylor – C11. Nick Sandlin – RP12. Adam Scott – RP13. Luis Oviedo – SP14. Richie Palacios – 2B15. George...

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Dogs of the Desert: AFL Week 5 in Review for Glendale

By: Joseph Coblitz | November 11, 2018 Last week ended with a Fall Stars game that featured Keibert Ruiz (LAD), Luis Robert (CWS) and Estevan Florial (NYY) of the Desert Dogs in the starting line-up for the West with Jordan Sheffield (LAD), Yu Chang (CLE) and Ryan McKenna (BAL) on the bench. The Glendale representatives were instrumental in the West team’s win as Chang came into the game in sixth as a second baseman and hit a two run triple to break the 3-3 tie and give the West the lead. The East would score three more in the...

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Burning River Baseball's 2018 Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospect Rankings

By: Joseph Coblitz | November 9, 2018 10. Bo Naylor – C – Age: 18Drafted 2018, Round 1AZL Indians The Indians were lucky enough to get one of the most powerful bats in the 2018 at the end of the first round last June and he certainly stuck out in his first professional season. While he only hit two home runs in 33 games, he regularly pounded the ball to the warning track of the Major League sized Goodyear Ballpark. While there is some question of whether he will stick behind the plate or move to an infield position...

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