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Where Does Lonnie Fit In?

Of all the Indians’ young players, no one’s future is more uncertain than Lonnie Chisenhall’s. Despite coming off of a very productive 2014 season in which he hit .280/.343/.427, 13 home runs and drove in 59 RBI for a 121 wRC+, Chisenhall has found himself in a situation where 2015 could be his last as the Indians’ starting third baseman. The Indians’ defense over the...
Via Burning River Baseball
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Spring Training Notes: Tomlin, House audition for starting role with the Tribe

The Cleveland Indians added another Spring Training contest to their 2015 resume. Here’s a look at the last 24 (or so) hours of Tribe baseball. Giddyup: Josh Tomlin got the start on Wednesday and T.J. House received his first innings of the year. Michael Bourn, Ryan Raburn, and Francisco Lindor also made their 2015 debuts. The Little Cowboy is another year removed from Tommy John...
Via Waiting For Next Year
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The Indians’ “All-Time” Spring Training Hall of Fame: Inaugural Class

With most of the Tribe’s roster pretty well set for 2015, some fans will look at this month’s slate of Spring Training games as a mere prelude to the “ones that count,” or as an outdated, needlessly long series of stretching exercises for guys who already train year-round anyway. For these fans, March marches on interminably. But for some of us, these pup days of spring are...
Via Waiting For Next Year
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Holt Could Eventually Be Cleveland’s Utility Outfielder

Tyler Holt does not have the speed of a healthy Michael Bourn. He does not have the power of a Brandon Moss. He doesn’t, nor do many baseball players, have the overall game of a Michael Brantley. In short, the 25-year-old outfielder is never going to supplant any of the above as an every day player in what is projected to be Tribe’s outfield on most days. However, he may be just...

Player Profile #19: Corey Kluber | SP | CLE

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide and Draft Pack, with two great draft day tools, are here! Get your copies today! When you think of Felix Hernandez or Clayton Kershaw or David Price or any of the other unquestioned aces in baseball, an image of their dominance probably forms in your mind. For many, myself included, that doesn’t exactly happen with Corey Kluber. So, let’s...
Via Baseball Professor
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New Look Cleveland Indians Have Their Eyes on October

The AL Central is shaping up to be one of the toughest divisions in all of baseball, and this offseason has only cemented that notion. While Jeff Samardzija went from the north to the south side of the Windy City to join the Chicago White Sox, Melky Cabrera joined him in the less-famous pinstriped uniforms. The Royals are coming off a storybook season and playoff run; and though...
Via Hot Stove MLB
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Can Jason Kipnis Bounce Back In 2015?

Baseball has returned to Cleveland. After acquiring Brandon Moss, the Indians have at the least become contenders in the American League Central. Michael Brantley and Corey Kluber emerged last season as the faces of the franchise after enjoying career years and other players on the squad are falling into place. It is funny to think that just a year ago, the young Jason Kipnis was...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
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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...
Via Baseball Essential
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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...
Via Razzball
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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...
Via Athlon Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Burning River Baseball
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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...
Via Waiting For Next Year
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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...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Burning River Baseball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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 […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Following Cy Young season, Kluber more driven during spring training

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Two hours after throwing his first live batting practice session of spring training on Sunday, Corey Kluber was pulling a sled outside the weight room. If anyone had any notions that the Indians reigning American League Cy Young Award winner would ease his way into preparations for the upcoming season, Kluber might be even more intense. "He is relaxed and zoned...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Could 2015 Be the Season Armstrong has been Waiting for?

Shawn Armstrong had been compared to Cody Allen, expected to rise through the Indians’ system with the same speed and talent. Progressive Field was Armstrong’s goal in 2013, though injury deterred him. In 2014, Armstrong and Kyle Crockett were the Akron RubberDuck’s go-to relievers at the start of the season, though Crockett received the coveted promotion to the big leagues...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Trevor Bauer and the Lost Screwball

Trevor Bauer is a lot of things – former first round pick, pupil of Ron Wolforth’s unique coaching style, permanent breakout candidate, and now part of a rotation in Cleveland that many predict will be one of this year’s best. Bauer is a part of the current and future plans for Cleveland, but he’s also […]
Via Fangraphs
7 days ago  |  Discuss

What should the Cleveland Indians expect from Nick Swisher in 2015?

Nick Swisher will try to prove that he can still be productive for the Indians in 2015 When the Nick Swisher era began in Cleveland, the Ohio native was looked at as someone who could provide the Indians with a cornerstone piece for future success. Now on the comeback trail, he must prove to the Indians fans and front office that his hefty contract won’t go to waste. Christmas...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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