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Cleveland Indians prospects, including Clint Frazier, start Arizona Fall League play Wednesday

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The Arizona Fall League (AFL) starts today with several Indians prospects on the roster. Our four pitchers, catcher, and three position players will join the Scottsdale Scorpions, made up of players from other MLB teams’ farm systems.

Our AFL representatives include:

Position players

Clint Frazier, the Tribe’s No. 2 ranked prospect, spent the season at Class A Advanced Lynchburg hitting .285 and recording 143H, 88R, 36 2B, 3 3B, 16HR, 72RBI, 68BB, 15 stolen bases, .377 OBP and.842 OPS. Frazier also took home Player of the Week honors twice in the 2015 season.

Yandy Diaz split time between Triple-A Columbus and Double-A Akron ending the season with a .309 avg., 153H, 62R, 15 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 56RBI, 78BB, 8 stolen bases and .403 OBP.

Todd Hankins played with Double-A Akron this season ending with a .261 avg., 116H, 56R, 20 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 31BB and 21 stolen bases.

Indians No. 1 prospect Bradley Zimmer was originally part of the AFL roster until he was sidelined with a hairline fracture in his right foot. Although he is no longer playing in the Fall League, Zimmer is expected to make a full recovery.


Jeremy Lucas spent the season at Double-A Akron hitting .239 with 57H, 25R, 11 2B, 2 HR, 22 RBI and 23 BB.


Perci Garner played with Class A Advanced Lynchburg this season going 3-1 with a 2.93 ERA in 18 games/one start. Garner recorded one save over 30.2IP with 27H, 12R/10ER, 12BB, 33SO and a .239 average against.

Jacob Lee spent the year at Double-A Akron going 5-3 with a 4.19 ERA, over 37 games. He had one save in 62.1IP with 73H, 33R/29ER, 19BB, 48SO and a .294 average against.

Antonio Romero split time between Triple-A Columbus and Class A Advanced Lynchburg. He went 1-1 with a  2.45 ERA, in 28 games/4 starts. Romero recorded 2 saves over 66.0IP with 52H, 19R/18ER, 24BB, 61SO and .220 average against.

Grant Sides spent parts of the season at Double-A Akron and Class A Advanced Lynchburg going 1-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 34 games. Sides recorded 8 saves over 49.2IP allowing 40H, 19R/18ER, 29BB, 48SO and .220 average against.

— TribeVibe contributors Angela Martin and Jerod Scheetz

Lindor, Maronde to play in Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars game on Saturday on MLB Network


Shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Nick Maronde have been named to the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game, set for Saturday at 8PM ET in Arizona.

Some of the game’s top prospects are participating in the AFL, considered a finishing school of sorts for promising young players. That group includes Josh Bell (Pittsburgh), Archie Bradley (Arizona), Byron Buxton (Minnesota), Corey Seager (Los Angeles) and more.

Tribe second baseman Jason Kipnis is a Fall Stars Game alumnus, having participated in 2010. The contest will be nationally televised by MLB Network and online via Paul Severino (play-by-play), Joe Magrane (game analyst) and John Manuel (game analyst) will call the game. The MLB Radio Network also will carry the game on Sirius/XM satellite radio. Mike Ferrin will offer play-by-play.


Keep tabs on young Tribe players in Arizona Fall League play


Francisco Lindor is hitting .250 through eight games in the Arizona Fall League, which continues through Nov. 13 in the Phoenix area and features some of the game’s top prospects in competition against each other.

Lindor, who started with a four-hit game in his team’s (Peoria Javelinas) opener, is 9-for-36 with five runs and five RBI.

Other Tribe farmhands participating are right fielder Jordan Smith, catcher Tony Wolters, and pitchers Nick Maronde, Grant Sides, Louis Head and Dylan Baker. Sides has pitched 4.1 innings in relief and struck out six without allowing a hit.

To keep tabs on the squad, check out this link.


Indians OF Tyler Naquin Named AFL Player of Week

The Arizona Fall League announced that Cleveland Indians prospect Tyler Naquin, 22, has been named as the circuit’s Player of the Week for Oct. 21-27 after going 8-for-20 (.400) with one double, 7 RBI, 2 runs and 2 steals over 5 games for the Surprise Saguaros (cactus species found throughout Arizona). That stretch extended Naquin’s season-opening hit streak to 13 consecutive games, as the outfielder has hit safely in 14 of 15 overall while batting .333 (21-63), with 2 doubles, 11 RBI and 9 runs over the first 3 weeks of AFL play. His 21 base hits lead the league, while he ranks 3rd in RBI. The left-handed batter is also carrying a .421 avg. (8-19) against southpaws.

Drafted 15th overall by Cleveland in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas A&M, Naquin ended the 2013 campaign at Double-A Akron. He will represent the Saguaros (and Indians) in Saturday’s Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium (7:10 p.m. ET on MLB Network).

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Indians prospects taking advantage of extended season in Arizona Fall League and elsewhere

Ronny Rodriguez has followed up a strong regular season by excelling in Arizona. – Photo by Ken Inness/

Update: Two Indians prospects, catcher Alex Monsalve and pitcher Trey Haley have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League’s Futures Game. The game will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00PM ET and will be broadcast live on MLB Network and

Although the Major League season ended Sunday night, many young players will continue to play through the winter as they aim to speed up their development by playing extended seasons. The Indians have a number of young players currently working on their game in the Arizona Fall League, while several others will be participating in Winter Leagues across Latin America.

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) began its 2012 season on October 9 and eight players from the Indians organization are taking part by representing the Scottsdale Scorpions in the extended season. Several players, such as shortstop Ronny Rodriguez and left-handed pitcher T.J. House, have excelled in the AFL as they look to improve on strong 2012 seasons in the minor leagues.

Rodriguez, 20, is rated the No. 5 prospect in the organization by after showing impressive power (19 HR and 66 RBI) with the Carolina Mudcats (Hi-A) in the 2012 regular season. He is hitting .273 through 11 games in the AFL, with six RBI and three stolen bases.

House is coming off a promising season in which he was promoted from Carolina to Double-A Akron, compiling a 10-5 record and 3.56 ERA between the two teams. He has built on his 2012 regular season campaign with several strong performances in Arizona, striking out 18 batters over 17 innings of work, and posting a 1.59 ERA.

Both Rodriguez and House hope to follow in the footsteps of a number of current Indians players who have spent time developing their game in the AFL in recent years.

Jason Kipnis excelled in the AFL in the fall of 2010, and Vinnie Pestano appeared in the league in 2009. Both players went on to make their Major League debuts the following season.

The Arizona Fall League schedule ends on November 15, but similar leagues in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico will take place throughout the fall and winter.

Notable current Indians have played in these leagues as well in recent years. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera played in the Venezuelan Winter League from 2007-2011, while catcher Carlos Santana and pitcher Rafael Perez each made appearances in the 2009 Dominican Winter League. Pitcher Esmil Rogers is expected to play in the Dominican this winter.

For more on the Indians prospects currently plying their trade in off-season leagues, read Tyler Emerick’s feature for

— TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom


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