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Indians Acquire Jay Bruce for Wild Card Prospect

The Indians and injury-ravaged Mets got together for a rather big trade – with likely minimal regular season impact – in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Cleveland acquired three-time All-Star – and impending free agent – Jay Bruce for former UNC two-way player Ryder Ryan, a move precipitated by Michael Brantley’s return to the…

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The 2017 Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: Described by Michael Salfino of The Wall Street Journal and Yahoo! Sports as “an insightful and often contrarian viewpoint to prospect rankings,” The 2017 Prospect Digest Handbook is now on sale! Check it out here!  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   1. Francisco Mejia, C                    Born: 10/27/95 Age: 21 Bats: B Top CALs: John Ryan Murphy, Travis D’Arnaud, Angel…

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How will the Indians Fare in 2016?

Announcement: After peaking as the #3 book among all baseball books on Amazon last year, my new book, The 2016 Prospect Digest Handbook, is on sale! Check it out here!   _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   What a year a difference makes, eh? Rolling into Opening Day last season the Indians became the trendy pick among pundits, fans, and analysts…

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The 2016 Cleveland Indians Top 10 Prospects

Announcement: After peaking as the #3 book among all baseball books on Amazon last year, my new book, The 2016 Prospect Digest Handbook, is on sale! Check it out here! And for those wondering what CALs are, here’s an article on the Comparison And Likeness program I designed. _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________   1. Clint Frazier, CF/RF                                                       Born: 09/06/94 Age: 21…

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Breaking Down the Indians Risky First Round Pick

For much of the Mark Shapiro-led era the Indians have been highly predictable – and equally unsuccessful – when it comes to the organization’s draft track record. From Shapiro’s first draft as GM, 2002, through his final year at the helm, 2010, Cleveland went the collegiate route early and often; 10 of the club’s 14…

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Predicting Matt LaPorta’s Failures

It was a deal that was supposed to pave the way back to the playoff promise land. Left-hander C.C. Sabathia, fresh off his Cy Young campaign and just months left under team control, was poised for a massive un-Cleveland-like payday. And with the Indians lingering at the bottom of the Central Division, the front office…

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Trevor Bauer’s Back

Note: Check out my interview with Andre Thornton   It was the type of shrewd move that could have helped propel Cleveland back into relevancy, a perfect storm of sorts created by Arizona’s willingness to sell low on a top prospect and the Indians’ readiness to move on from one of its core members whose…