MLB News: Francisco Lindor now MLB.com’s 10th-best prospect

Francisco Lindor

Top Cleveland Indians prospect Francisco Lindor was named as the tenth-best prospect in Minor League Baseball entering the 2014 season, per MLB.com. The website released its top 100 rankings on Thursday night in an online show with their top prospect analysts. The full details and scouting reports are available at MLBPipeline.com. Other Indians listed were

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The Diff: Cleveland Indians prospect movement in 2013

The Diff

The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I shared five statistical thoughts about the Tribe’s outlook. Now, I’m catching up on prospects. This edition is my third installment of my monthly Indians prospect update within The

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MLB News: Danny Salazar throws five no-hit innings for Columbus

Cleveland Indians starting pitching prospect Danny Salazar delivered five near-perfect innings for Triple-A Columbus on Friday night against the Buffalo Bisons. After just 52 pitches (40 strikes) — as the organization continues to monitor his recovery post-Tommy John surgery — the 23-year-old right-hander struck out eight and retired 15 of the 16 batters he faced.

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Carlos Moncrief: Cleveland’s most surprising 2013 prospect

Akron Aeros outfielder Carlos Moncrief is not your typical prospect. At 24 years old, he’s a bit more, well, mature than the average Double-A Eastern League player. He’s listed as 6-foot and 219-lbs, which both seem to be moderately generous. And as a former pitcher, he doesn’t have quite that much professional experience as a

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Francisco Lindor’s Double-A debut is tonight: Are we ready?

Francisco Lindor MLB Futures Game

Francisco Lindor was born on Nov. 14, 1993. In relative terms, that was 16 weeks before Justin Bieber was born and 20 weeks before Jacobs Field hosted its first official game. That should provide some helpful context on the combination of elite skills and exciting youth for the 19-year-old Cleveland Indians prospect. After playing in Sunday’s

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MLB News: Indians to promote C.C. Lee, demote Danny Salazar

The Cleveland Indians are set to option Danny Salazar today back to Columbus and recall right-handed reliever Chen-Chang Lee. The team just announced the move on Twitter this afternoon. Tony Lastoria at Indians Baseball Insider broke the news last night. It’s certainly sad to see Salazar go after his sensational debut yesterday afternoon, but it makes

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WFNY Stats & Info: Six Indians prospects of note

Back on June 5, I wrote ad nauseam about the top prospects in the Cleveland Indians system. It was a helpful usage of The Diff and I plan to do that a few more times this baseball season. In the meanwhile, in between those opportunities, I’ll occasionally share some notes in my usual WFNY Stats

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Indians shoot for the stars with potential-laden Clint Frazier

clint frazier

Let’s get this out of the way: Georgia high school outfielder Clint Frazier is not the next Mike Trout. Of course, Trout was the No. 25 selection in 2009, a high-schooler out of New Jersey. The 6-foot-1, 220-lb.-monster of an athlete is an absolute star and posted one of the most dominant rookie seasons in

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The Diff: Update on top Cleveland Indians prospects

The Diff

The Diff is your weekly Wednesday WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. Amazingly, this is already the 20th one I’ve written here at the site. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, The Diff looked deep into the stats of Nerlens Noel as the likely No. 1 pick

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Akron Aeros to give away Jim Donovan bobblehead on June 8

For the last several months, in typical minor league baseball fashion, the Double-A Akron Aeros have been hosting a Media Madness nomination and voting contest online for fans to submit their favorites for a three-pack of media celebrity June bobblehead giveaways. On Friday afternoon, the Aeros announced the first winner in the TV category: Jim

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2013 MLB Draft: Indians look to buck trend with No. 5 pick

Are you excited for Thursday’s draft? Oh probably not, and that’s because MLB’s June draft is likely the least popular of any North American sport1. But alas, Thursday is the first round of the MLB Draft, which has since moved to primetime to try and attract a more solid viewership. For the Cleveland Indians, they’ll

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Lake Erie Crushers to wear superhero themed uniforms

Cushers Batman

The Lake Erie Crushers will be the next team to wear specialized Superhero themed uniforms on June 1st. The Crushers have worn special jerseys before, most notably their ‘Browns vs Steelers’ nights against teams from Pennsylvania, and ‘Buckeye night’ wearing the scarlet and gray uniforms against Traverse City. On June 1st, the Crushers will host

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How good of a starting prospect is Danny Salazar?

danny salazar

The Cleveland Indians must have seen something in Danny Salazar before everyone else — and their early belief has paid off in a big way. After the 2011 season, Cleveland’s organization surprised a lot of people by placing the 21-year-old right-hander on the official 40-man roster. Salazar actually had only made 15 starts in the

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The Diff: Baseball attendance in April, sellout streaks

The Diff

Last week’s version of The Diff was tremendous fun as we journeyed through the land of quality starts in baseball. With the Indians’ back-and-forth 5-7 start to the season, that post likely remains incredibly relevant. Now, we stick with the same sport but head to something more external: April attendance. Attendance is always a topical

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New look, ‘new ballgame’ for Akron Aeros and Canal Park

Akron aeros opening day

Everyone knows the clichés about first impressions. They last a lifetime, the first few seconds define a relationship, etc. But has anyone heard about using bubbles to make a second first impression? Bubbles were the item of choice for the new-look, “new ballgame” Akron Aeros on their Opening Day game on Thursday night. The glitz

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Majoring in the Minors

organizationofyear

The Indians started off their season with a win last night in Toronto. We know all about the new acquisitions and how the team was built. We also understand how the Clippers, Aeros and Lake County Captains fill out their rosters. But what about an independent league team like the Lake Erie Crushers? The Crushers

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An early look at Cleveland Indians prospect rankings

With Spring Training underway out in Arizona, there’s plenty of excitement back in Northeast Ohio about the Cleveland Indians. And although many of us will not see the Tribe play in person until Opening Day on April 8, there’s a whole lot of minor league news that’s worth unwrapping as well. And that’s where my

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Prospect ranking turnover shows that Indians might still be bad at drafting

Brad Grant, Indians Director of Amateur Scouting

For the last few years, since making the historic C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee trades, the Cleveland Indians have been banking on an improved minor league development system. This improved development had two key aspects: making the most out of the incoming prospects from those two mega-deals and drafting better than the early part of

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Like Jimmy Haslam III in Cleveland, Ken Babby is a Sign of Hope for Akron Aeros Fans

Ken Babby

Disclaimer: I worked for the Akron Aeros in various media capacities from 2008-2010. I maintained many close relationships with my former colleagues. This November, two candidates are hoping for your votes in the polls as they strive to change the American political scene. More likely, however, Ohioans and especially Northeast Ohio sports fans have been

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Ken Babby Emerging as Likely New Owner for Akron Aeros

In a rumor that’s been over a year in the making, Stephanie Storm of the Akron Beacon Journal had the latest on Saturday about a likely pending ownership change for the Double-A Aeros: Either Ken Babby happens to be the biggest Aeros fan known to minor-league baseball or he’s the new owner in waiting. What

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