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2016 Extended Spring Training in Review

Excluding when a high minor leaguer or Major League heads to Arizona for a rehab assignment, extended Spring Training gets essentially no attention. No stats are kept publicly, wins and losses are irrelevant and the rules are at least a little hazy. It is for a reason that the numbers are not available to the public as it gives these players a chance to hone their craft without a...
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June 09, 2016

This Is Next Year: Continuing Their Winning Ways

The farm teams continue to win; just like their Major League counterpart. Extended Spring Training by Joseph Coblitz Extended Spring Training is wrapping up with just one more week left until players break camp to head to either Mahoning Valley or stay in Goodyear for the Arizona Rookie League. There were some big names playing for the Indians this week as Brady Aiken made his professional...
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June 04, 2016

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...
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February 04, 2016  |  Discuss

Indians prospect Luigi Rodriguez suspended for PEDs

By Jacob Rosen Cleveland Indians outfielder prospect Luigi Rodriguez was suspended for 80 games on Friday for the use of Stanozolol, a substance on MLB’s banned PED list. Rodriguez, 22, was having a breakout season for the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats and recently was named the organization’s No. 22 prospect by Entering 2015, much of Rodriguez’s high-ended prospect...
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August 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Powering through the All-Star Break

Without a doubt power is the calling card of the 2015 Lynchburg Hillcats. The team posted 25 homeruns in the month of May, which, at that point in the season, was a greater total than any other Carolina League team had amassed for their whole season. The division rival Frederick Keys were the next closest with 24 homeruns to that date. The High-A Carolina League is generally considered...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Nellie Rodriguez, Powering through the Carolina League

Nellie Rodriguez continues to improve on past performances this year at High-A Lynchburg of the Carolina League. He has a slash line of .357/.493/.850 generated from 29 extra base hits, 9 of which are homeruns. This goes along with a .274 batting average, a league leading 51 RBI’s and 29 walks. This walk total is already tied for his second best career total in free passes for...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Luigi Rodriguez, Young Veteran with Tools

Luigi Rodriguez possesses an intriguing set of tools; power, speed, and defense. These tools have had him on and off the Cleveland organizations top prospect list for the past several years. At the age of 16 he was signed out of a baseball academy in Santiago, Dominican Republic. The somewhat diminutive outfielder, he stands 5’11” and 160 lbs., first got noticed for his on-field...
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June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

How ‘Bout Them Hillcats

The Lynchburg Hillcats, the Indians’ newest minor league affiliate, is ,in my opinion, the most exciting minor team in the entire organization. There are a number of intriguing prospects at this level, many of whom have the potential to find themselves in a big league uniform at some point in their career. Despite all their talent, the Hillcats haven’t gotten off to the greatest...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

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