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20-year-old Tena wins AFL batting title

November 19, 2021

MESA, Ariz. -- On the same day that the Cleveland organization officially received its new name, Jose Tena ushered in the Guardians era by winning the Arizona Fall League batting title. Tena, 20, finished his time with the Scottsdale Scorpions sporting a .387 batting average across 17 games. He collected

The latest on Cleveland's up-and-comers

@MandyBell02
October 18, 2021

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland had a stretch of success over the last few years calling up young players like Francisco Lindor, José Ramírez, Shane Bieber, Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale from the Minors. So, who could be the next big name to come out of their system? Cleveland had a difficult

No. 3 prospect Nolan Jones has surgery

Procedure went as expected for the 3B/OF, who could be ready for Spring Training
@MandyBell02
September 26, 2021

CLEVELAND -- The road to recovery for Indians No. 3 prospect Nolan Jones begins now. Jones was placed on Triple-A Columbus’ 7-day injured list on Sept. 1 with an ankle injury that later resulted in surgery. According to Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti, Jones officially underwent a procedure

González 'ready' for Major League moment

High-A Lake County catcher joins Indians; Childhood Cancer Awareness Day on tap
@MandyBell02
August 31, 2021

KANSAS CITY -- As players age throughout their Minor League careers, the dream of reaching the Majors becomes more difficult to attain. Indians catcher Gianpaul González was selected in the 20th round of the 2014 MLB Draft and has spent the majority of this season with High-A Lake County. As

Indians have new No. 1 prospect in Freeman

Cleveland well-represented in updated Top 100 list
@MandyBell02
August 20, 2021

CLEVELAND -- For the first time since 2017, the Indians have a top prospect whose name isn’t Triston McKenzie or Nolan Jones. MLB Pipeline released updated midseason prospect rankings on Thursday and named shortstop Tyler Freeman the top prospect in Cleveland's organization. Although Freeman was shut down for the year

Pilkington comes to Tribe for Hernandez

@MandyBell02
July 29, 2021

CLEVELAND -- The Indians and the White Sox finalized a deal that sent second baseman Cesar Hernandez to Chicago in exchange for Double-A left-hander Konnor Pilkington on Thursday. Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti explained that it was a limited market for second basemen. The team was in contact

Draftees welcomed: 'It made it more real'

@MandyBell02
July 25, 2021

CLEVELAND -- If you hear your name called in the MLB Draft, it makes your dreams of becoming a pro baseball player come true. But that’s rarely the moment when the concept of being a professional athlete sets in. That didn't come until Cleveland manager Terry Francona and general manager

Cleveland inks top pick among 21 signings

@MandyBell02
July 24, 2021

CLEVELAND -- The one thing that Cleveland’s director of amateur scouting Scott Barnsby was confident in at the conclusion of the 2021 MLB Draft was being able to sign as many of its 21 picks as possible. On Saturday, the club announced it had signed 20 of those draftees along

'You're joking, right?': Indians draft Gators trio

@MandyBell02
July 13, 2021

When Indians’ fans hear the phrase, “The Streak,” they’re mentally teleported back to 2017 with moments from Cleveland’s incredible 22-game winning streak flooding through their minds. But for players like Tommy Mace from the University of Florida, that phrase has a completely different meaning. • 2021 Draft Central The Florida

Nikhazy among Indians' Day 2 pitching haul

@MandyBell02
July 12, 2021

The Indians started a trend on Sunday night that held strong through the entirety of the second day of the 2021 MLB Draft on Monday.

Indians select hard-throwing righty at No. 23

@MandyBell02
July 12, 2021

The Indians have been known for their tremendous pitching development, however the club hasn’t seen a lot of hard-throwing starters come up through its system. That’s about to change. On Sunday night, the Indians selected right-hander Gavin Williams out of East Carolina University in the first round (23rd overall) of

Naylors share 'amazing moment' for Bo

@MandyBell02
July 7, 2021

Cleveland’s No. 3 prospect Bo Naylor was at home, taking care of older brother and Indians right fielder Josh, when his phone rang. Bo and Josh live together in the Cleveland area, as Bo just has a short drive down the road to his Double-A team in Akron. Josh usually

Indians recall Bradley, designate Bauers

@MandyBell02
June 5, 2021

BALTIMORE -- It’s time for the Indians to give first baseman Bobby Bradley a chance to prove what he can do at the Major League level. The club announced Saturday afternoon it had recalled Bradley and reliever Blake Parker. In corresponding moves, Cleveland designated first baseman Jake Bauers and optioned

Owen Miller makes debut with Cleveland

@MandyBell02
May 23, 2021

CLEVELAND -- Owen Miller’s family was expecting to attend his younger brother Noah’s high school graduation on Sunday afternoon, but when he called Saturday night to let them know he was going to be making his MLB debut on Sunday, the family quickly altered its plans. Miller, 24, had just

Hentges struggles; rotation issues persist

@MandyBell02
May 18, 2021

The one thing no one has been used to over the last few years: Cleveland's rotation struggling. And now, all eyes will move to Zach Plesac, who has been red-hot of late, to help pull the team out of the hole it’s dug itself. Another short outing from a Cleveland

Miller raking in Triple-A, knocking on door

@MandyBell02
May 16, 2021

For a moment on Sunday morning, Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti was concerned that something had happened to infield prospect Owen Miller the night before. “Someone asked me this morning, ‘Hey, is Owen Miller OK?’” Antonetti said. “I’m like, ‘I think so. Why, what happened?’ They said, ‘He

These 5 AL Central prospects ready for bigs

@anne__rogers
May 6, 2021

The Minor League season is off and running, giving teams a wide pool of prospects who are vying for an opportunity at the Major League level at some point. Some are knocking on the door already, while others could use this season to force their way onto big league rosters

Where CLE Top 30 prospects are starting '21

May 3, 2021

With the Minor League season opening on May 4, here's where the Indians' Top 30 Prospects are projected to start:

  1. Nolan Jones (MLB No. 30), 3B -- Columbus (Triple-A)
  2. Tyler Freeman (MLB No. 85), SS -- Akron (Double-A)
  3. Bo Naylor, C (MLB No. 99) -- Akron (Double-A)

Notes: Sandlin called up; Hentges to rotation

@garciamegan_
April 30, 2021

There’s a renewed excitement surrounding the Cleveland bullpen. Nick Sandlin, Cleveland's No. 30 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and his unique sidearm delivery will help bolster an already dominant bullpen after earning his Major League callup a couple of days ago. Following the Indians' 10-2 loss to the Twins on Wednesday,

Indians Minor League Spring Training report

@JimCallisMLB
April 30, 2021

The Indians have a farm system on the rise, and its greatest strength is its collection of advanced young hitters. Four of their best will play at High A Lake County this year, despite possessing six games of full-season experience between them. Outfielder George Valera and middle infielders Brayan Rocchio,

These farm systems could jump in 2021

@SamDykstraMiLB
April 28, 2021

The 2021 Minor League season begins at last next Tuesday, and that is cause for many celebrations. Among the reasons for joy is the fact that wide-ranging prospect evaluations will no longer be static. Games against actual competition will give us the best looks at Minor Leaguers' skills that we've

Fun facts for every Low-A East team

Explore a sprawling league that includes Augusta, Zebulon and plenty in-between
@BensBiz
April 26, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the ninth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Fun facts for all 12 High-A Central teams

A dozen teams, six states and plenty of interesting nuggets from America's heartland
@BensBiz
April 14, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the sixth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Clase's closer case; Rosario adapting to OF

@MandyBell02
April 10, 2021

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland reliever Emmanuel Clase entered Spring Training determined to win the club’s closing job. The hard-throwing righty missed the entire 2020 season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, but he didn’t want that to hinder his opportunities for ‘21. Cleveland was more familiar with James Karinchak and his

Fun facts for all 12 Double-A Northeast teams

Explore a league populated by iconic logos, slick-fielding announcers and scenic coasters
@BensBiz
April 7, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the fourth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact