One Rookie MLB Fans Need to Know In 2015

Francisco Lindor working out at Goodyear Ballpark, the Indians spring training facility in Goodyear, Arizona. Cleveland Indians’ top prospect, SS Francisco Lindor, is the #4 prospect in Major League Baseball according to and number two at his position.  He is the 2nd highest prospect at the shortstop position behind only the Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa.  Correa is...
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Indians rally to top Reds in second spring training outing

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Hyped shortstop Francisco Lindor, the top prospect in Cleveland's organization, got two hits and showed off his glove Wednesday as the Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in a Cactus League exhibition. The 21-year-old Lindor rose to Triple-A last year and he'll likely begin the season in the minors. However, it may not be long before he's permanently in Cleveland...
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Indians' prospect Lindor shines in 4-2 win over Reds

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Hyped shortstop Francisco Lindor, the top prospect in Cleveland's organization, got two hits and showed off his glove Wednesday as the Indians beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 in a Cactus League exhibition. The 21-year-old Lindor rose to Triple-A last year and he'll likely begin the season in the minors. However, it may not be long before he's permanently in Cleveland...
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3/3 Spring Training Recap

Today was a chance for Tribe fans to see a few future Indians as the only expected 2015 starter to play was Michael Bourn with just Ryan Raburn and Roberto Perez joining him in the lineup as probable 25 man roster players for Opening Day. Of other players searching for a job this Spring, Zach Walters played third, Francisco Lindor played short while Josh Tomlin started on the mound...
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Deep League Thoughts: Trevor Bauer

Per the usual, I have to drop a caveat when it comes to Deep League Thoughts about pitchers: there's no such thing as a deep league pitcher. Unless you're talking 20 team leagues and then you're calling some relievers deep league pitchers. I ain't going there so let's realize upfront before you feel affronted. Now that we have that settled, when does a young pitcher settle? Two...
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The Argument for Flipping the Michaels

With most of the roster decided before pitchers and catchers even reported and few real new additions to talk about, relatively unimportant positional debates can begun earlier than normal. In this particular case, it is the argument that Michael Bourn and Michael Brantley should be flipped in the outfield, despite Brantley’s “comfort level” and Bourn’s “experience.”...
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Cleveland Indians 2015 Preview and Prediction

The Indians have the pitching to make a run at the postseason this year despite the new muscle that has been added to the AL Central. Led by AL Cy...
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Walters Versatility Make Him a Powerful Possibility

It’s never bad to have versatility. It’s something the Indians, like most organizations, look for throughout their system and often can help young players reach the big leagues quicker. That versatility is probably one of the factors that got Zach Walters to the big leagues and what attracted the Indians to him last summer. However, Walters’ flexibility comes with limits that...
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Today in Tribe History: March 4, 2002

Bad news for the Indians out of their Spring Training site in Winter Haven, Florida, as center fielder Alex Escobar will need reconstructive knee surgery after crashing into the outfield wall. Escobar tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee as well as spraining his medial collateral ligament after running into the outfield wall making a catch of a fly ball by Pittsburgh’s...
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Is Jason Giambi a Hall of Famer?

A couple of weeks ago, Jason Giambi decided to hang it up, and announce his retirement from baseball after 2o seasons in the majors. He announced his decision in a statement first given to the New York Daily News. Giambi only played in thirty-six games with the Indians in 2014, hitting .133/.257/.267 with a .524 OPS, and a 51 OPS+. For his career, Giambi hit .277 with 440 home runs...
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Spring Training Opening Day Recap

It was a fairly big day in the Cleveland Indians season today as single game tickets for the regular season went on sale (and sold out in ten minutes) and the team played it’s first game since last September. While the team lost 10-0, that will likely be the least important score of any Indians game for the rest of the year. Instead, focus should be placed on the individual actions...
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Play Ball: Indians spring season begins with McAllister audition

Finally, the long winter season without baseball games has ended as the Cleveland Indians opened the Cactus League season with a game against their spring baseball partner Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday afternoon. Given that the Indians brought back nearly everyone and did not make any big moves in the offseason (with apologies to Brandon Moss), one of the few and biggest spring training...
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“I guarantee every team in the league would take his defense and be thrilled.”

The way defensive metrics rate Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley has officially perplexed Terry Francona. In an interview conducted a few days back in Goodyear, Arizona, Francona admitted that, while he has been in the game for quite some time, he has no idea why advanced analytics rate the MVP candidate so poorly. “I have no idea. For the life of me, I can’t understand...
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Wolters Still Looking to Catch On

Back in 2012, I had the privilege of sitting down and meeting Tribe High-A prospect Tony Wolters, who was a young, hard-working middle infield prospect who was in the infancy stage of switching positions from shortstop to second base back then. The organization was making the position move for one of their top 10 young stars because of a massive logjam that was forming at the shortstop...
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Spring Training Opening Day!

Another milestone in the race for the regular season will be passed today as the Cleveland Indians will play their first official Spring Training game against the Cincinnati Reds. Since the two teams share the stadium, they will play the entire first series against each other, despite the fact that no other team will play two consecutive games against the Tribe this Spring. The first...
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Player Profile #26: Michael Brantley | OF | CLE

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! It was a career year for Michael Brantley — there’s no doubt about that. He put up career-bests in almost every category imaginable, which helped him finish as the seventh-best player in fantasy Before 2014, Brantley was known as a safe pick who was more...
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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 626: 2015 Season Preview Series: Cleveland Indians by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma

Ben and Sam preview the Indians` season with Bryan Joiner, and Sahadev talks to Indians beat writer Jordan Bastian (at 25:36).
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Cleveland Indians: Limited roster spots available in Spring Training

With Spring Training underway and Cactus League play right around the corner, the Cleveland Indians will open up preseason play on Tuesday against the Reds with a limited number of roster spots available. Barring injuries, trades, or anything of the sort, most of the Tribe’s 25-man opening day roster is presumably set in stone. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at who...
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Indians to host watch parties for Spring Training opener

Cleveland, OH -- Fans can join the Cleveland Indians on location to check out the team's Spring Training Opener on Tuesday, March 3-€“ and enter to win a chance to win two Opening Day tickets and tour the newly renovated Right Field District before Opening Day. Indians mascots and staff will be at Melt Lakewood, Barrio's downtown Cleveland location and Sweet Moses in Gordon Square...
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Potential 25 Man Roster 3/3 Update

Keeping things updated as training progresses, the latest group looks a lot like the original published last month. While the expected starters haven’t generally changed, there have been quite a few more contenders added including a large group of minor leaguers already within the system who have garnered invites and a few more free agent signings. New additions and changes are...
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The Numbers Game: Finding the Next Corey Kluber (Part Two)

The day of reckoning is upon us. You could even say that today is judgment day. The pitching machine known as the Klubot didn't feel pity, or remorse, or even elbow pain en route to 269 hitter terminations via the strikeout last season and earning the '14 Cy Young Award to take into the future. But the question remains, "Why was Terminator Salvation even made?" Wait a second, wrong...
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Tribe comes out glowing in Grantland’s MLB preview

Can a team that fell short of the playoffs and didn’t make many headlines in the offseason actually be among the favorites heading in to the next year? If you ask Grantland’s Jonah Keri, that answer is a resounding ‘Yes’ as the Cleveland Indians are ranked fifth in his 2015 MLB Preview. Keri makes sure to let readers know that last year’s results do not matter; it’s a...
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Corey Kluber Foremost Among Pitcher Extension Candidates

Contract extensions for younger players have been on the rise in recent years. Over the past three springs, 38 players with under six years of service have signed extensions buying out free agent years. Twenty-four of those 38 contract extensions were signed by players who had yet to reach arbitration. Eight contract extensions have gone […]
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All-Time Indians: Tony Horton

Name: Anthony Darrin Horton Position: First Base Tribe Time: 1967-1970 Number: 11 Accolades: Top 27 MVP (1970) DOB: 12/06/1944 Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS OBP SLG AVG OPS Best Season (1969) 159 625 77 174 25 4 27 93 37 91 3 3 .319 .461 .278 .780 Career 513 1878 217 506 86 14 68 255 119 253 12 6 .316 .439 .269 .755 Tony Horton played half of his career short, astounding...
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White Sox Mourn Minnie Minoso

A little over a month ago, the north side of Chicago was mourning the loss of Mr Cub, the legendary Ernie Banks. This weekend, southsiders were grieving the passing of one of their own, the great Minnie Minoso. Born in Cuba, Minoso became baseball’s first Black Latin American star. Minoso was brought to the majors by legendary owner Bill Veeck, making his debut for Veeck’s...
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