Former Major League infielder Andy Marte died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. He was 33 years old.
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Yordano Ventura was 25. He had one of baseball's fiercest fastballs. He was a little guy with big stuff, big confidence and big dreams. He died in a car accident early Inconceivably, former top prospect Andy Marte, too, died in a separate Dominican car crash early Sunday.
Last year, Francisco Lindor began talking to the people from Major League Baseball who stage Play Ball events and expressed an interest in hosting an event at Montverde Academy, where he attended high school after arriving to the United states from Puerto Rico.
Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic on Sunday. The tragic news was confirmed by his agency, ISE Baseball, and the Royals. Ventura was 25 years old.
A handful of jewels from within the Indians' farm system will be in camp with the big league club when the reigning American League champions report to Spring Training. Outfielder Bradley Zimmer, Cleveland's top prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, will be among them.
Stay on top of all the offseason moves with the MLB.com Hot Stove Tracker, which updates with the latest free-agent signings and trades.
If the baseball world was a little surprised by the Indians landing the big bat of Edwin Encarnacion, manager Terry Francona has come to expect the unexpected from his resourceful front office.
Leading up to the release of the 2017 Top 100 Prospects list, MLBPipeline.com looks at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position. Here are baseball's best 10 first base prospects.
Pitchers and catchers will report to Spring Training for the Indians less than a month from now, renewing the team's quest to win a World Series crown. Before the players head to Arizona, they will make a stop in Cleveland for the team's annual Tribe Fest.
A nationwide audience got to know the Indians better throughout the team's memorable October run to the World Series last fall. That trend will continue for the reigning American League champions this season, when at least five of the team's games will be broadcast nationally.
There is no denying that Manny Ramirez was one of the most fearsome hitters of his era and one of the best right-handed sluggers the game has seen. In light of Wednesday's voting results for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, however, it seems clear that the controversy surrounding the end of Ramirez's career currently overshadows the impressive statistics he piled up over 19 years in the Majors.
Who do the Indians have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Cleveland's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
Leading up to the release of the 2017 Top 100 Prospects list, MLBPipeline.com looks at baseball's top 10 prospects at each position. Here are baseball's best 10 catching prospects.
Brandon Guyer came close to becoming forever linked to Indians lore. The Indians showed their appreciation for Guyer's skillset on Wednesday, announcing that they have signed the outfielder to a two-year extension that includes a team option for the 2019 campaign.
The Indians announced their 2017 staffing for their player development department, which includes some changes to the farm system's managerial structure. Chris Tremie will return for his fifth season as the manager for Triple-A Columbus, but four affiliates will have new managers for the upcoming season.
Brad and Kyle Zimmer have talked about it plenty of times. Someday, and perhaps not too far off in the future, the brothers might get to face each other in the Majors. Brad is a fast-rising outfield prospect in the Indians' system, while Kyle is working his way up the Royals' organizational ladder.
With a depleted pitching staff down the stretch and in the postseason, the Indians relied heavily on their bullpen. Cleveland will do so again this year -- and with a relief corps that will cost more than the team's talented starting rotation.
The Indians added a pair of arms to the Spring Training mix on Friday, signing right-handers Steve Delabar and Travis Banwart to Minor League contracts that include invitations to attend camp with the Major League club.
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The Indians added an impact bat to their offense with the signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion. The first baseman has also joined the planned lineup for Tribe Fest later this month.
With a roster built to not only contend right now, but for the next few years, the Indians' ownership opted to step outside its comfort zone in an effort to seize the franchise's momentum. The signing of Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million deal marked the largest free-agent deal in club history, increased the Tribe's payroll dramatically, and served as a statement that Cleveland will put its foot on the accelerator in an opportunistic environment.
A little more than one month remains until the Indians officially renew their quest for World Series glory. When Spring Training does arrive, Cleveland will see the World Series champion Cubs twice within its Cactus League slate, with both games scheduled to be televised. On Tuesday, the Indians announced their TV and radio plans for the spring, noting that eight games are set to air on SportsTime Ohio as part of the preseason coverage.
Cleveland's financial resources now appear to be tapped out for major additions, but the team could still use help for the outfield. Maybe that will lend itself to this bold prediction: Top prospect Bradley Zimmer will make the Opening Day roster.
Despite the frigid temperatures throughout many big league cities, Major League Baseball's announcement Tuesday of the first workout dates of Spring Training should be enough to warm the hearts of baseball fans everywhere.
There was a point last year when Yandy Diaz nearly got the call to Cleveland. With one vacancy on the roster and a month to play in the regular season, the Indians were discussing whether to add the prospect for the push to the playoffs.
Former Rangers pitcher Jackie Brown, who was known as the "Oklahoma Curveballer" and later became a Major League pitching coach for three organizations, has passed away after a long illness. He was 73.
Edwin Encarnacion is a rare breed of power hitter. Not only can the newest member of the Indians launch home runs at a high rate, but he has also shown the ability to control the strike zone well enough to avoid the feast-or-famine streaks that often plague sluggers.
The Indians will try to follow in the footsteps of the Royals and Cubs, who won the last two World Series one season after coming up just short.
It is being described as the perfect fit. The Indians craved right-handed power, and Edwin Encarnacion offered that in surplus. Encarnacion wants to win, and he watched Cleveland take down his former Blue Jays last October to clinch a spot in the World Series.
The signing of Edwin Encarnacion to a three-year, $60 million contract on Thursday likely brings an end to any lucrative free-agent additions for the Tribe. That means that Cleveland is counting heavily on a healthy return from left fielder Michael Brantley.
The term Indians team president Chris Antonetti used to describe the $60 million investment that the ownership made in Edwin Encarnacion was "leap of faith." Perhaps, because this press conference was almost immediately followed by another -- the one announcing that Billy Joel will be playing Progressive Field this summer -- "A Matter of Trust" would have been more apt.
Larry Doby Jr. was once tasked with the job of helping rock legend Billy Joel warm up for a show. The son of the Indians great put on a baseball glove and the two played catch, preparing Joel for a ceremonial first pitch in front of Tribe fans at Progressive Field.
What are the Indians' outfield options without Rajai Davis? Is Michael Brantley's injury worse than the Tribe is saying? Beat reporter Jordan Bastian answers these questions and more in the latest Inbox.