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The Road to The Show™: Triston McKenzie

Right-hander has Major potential after injury-stunted development
March 8, 2021

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Cleveland Indians right-hander Triston McKenzie. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here. After a professional career that constantly

Freeman among Cleveland non-roster invitees

No. 98 overall prospect headed to Major League camp in Arizona
February 4, 2021

Before he can say, "Hello, Cleveland," one of the Indians' top prospects is going to say, "Hello, Goodyear." No. 98 overall prospect Tyler Freeman headlined Cleveland's group of players receiving non-roster invitations to Major League Spring Training on Thursday. Pitchers Kyle Dowdy, Anthony Gose, DJ Johnson, Nick Sandlin and Bryan

2021 Prospect Projections: AL Central rookies

White Sox prepared to pounce again with a little prospect help
January 27, 2021

This is the third in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer 600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for

Cleveland nabs Wolf, Greene for Lindor, Carrasco

Indians acquire two prospects plus Gimenez, Rosario in blockbuster
January 7, 2021

On Thursday, the Mets pulled off a blockbuster worthy of the Big Apple. New York acquired All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor and former Cy Young contender Carlos Carrasco from Cleveland, sending prospects Josh Wolf and Isaiah Greene along with Major League infielders Andrés Giménez and Amed Rosario the other way. Wolf

State of the System: Cleveland Indians

Jones, middle infielders ready to make an impact in Cleveland
December 15, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlighting prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offering a peek at 2021. After the Indians' three-year playoff streak was snapped

The Road to The Show™: Nolan Jones

Top Tribe prospect excels with patient approach, strong work ethic
November 23, 2020

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Cleveland Indians third baseman Nolan Jones. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Toolshed: 10 most fun callups of 2020 season

Revisiting quick risers, late bloomers who made way to Majors
October 2, 2020

There were 210 Major League debuts (and perhaps still counting) during the 2020 season. This week, Toolshed looks back at the 10 most fun first callups of the 2020 season, listed in chronological order of debut date. To be clear, this isn't focused on how they did in their first

Toolshed: Tribe's Miller talks tools of trade

Infield prospect discusses place in Cleveland-San Diego blockbuster
September 11, 2020

Where do you begin when discussing a prospect trade in "these times?" Maybe start with the fact that the Trade Deadline was Aug. 31, one week before the Minor League season would have traditionally ended on Labor Day. Or maybe with the post-trade transition that consisted of two days of

McKenzie posts six zeros on board for Tribe

Club's No. 10 prospect notches first scoreless outing in third start
September 3, 2020

Remember the hype that surrounded Triston McKenzie a few years ago? The No. 42 pick in the 2015 Draft has been living up to it since arriving in The Show late last month. On Wednesday, McKenzie (2-0) posted his first scoreless outing in the Majors, allowing three hits over six

Trade roundup: Padres swap bounty for Clevinger

Cleveland grabs three top-20 prospects in deal for potential ace
September 1, 2020

The 2020 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is Monday at 4 p.m. ET. will round up the most notable prospect deals throughout the day in the space below. If anyone out there is selling, let it be known that Padres general manager A.J. Preller is buying. And buying big-time.

Tribe's Karinchak continues dominating in relief

Cleveland's No. 15 prospect fans two in sixth straight hitless outing
August 24, 2020

James Karinchak's outings out of the the Indians bullpen aren’t long, but they’re making baseball take notice. Cleveland’s No. 15 prospect continued his dominant work in relief, turning in his sixth straight scoreless outing and fanning a pair over one perfect frame Monday as the Tribe fell to the visiting

McKenzie shines in debut for Indians

No. 9 prospect strikes out 10, wins first outing in 723 days
August 23, 2020

It had been 723 days since Triston McKenzie pitched in a game that counted, but he made it worth the wait. Making his Major League debut, the ninth-ranked Indians prospect allowed a run on two hits and a walk and struck out 10 over six innings to lead Cleveland to

Prospects in the Indians' 2020 player pool

Young bunch will mostly play at alternate site in Lake County
July 10, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

2020 Draft recap: Cleveland Indians

Tribe adds pitching, hitting to young high-potential group
June 25, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives. The Indians may not boast a farm system as loaded with elite talent as other teams around the Majors, but they do excel in one area in particular:

Ready and waiting: Triston McKenzie

Indians No. 9 prospect fighting through latest test of patience
June 24, 2020

Players at all levels of the Minor Leagues missed significant playing time in 2019 due to injury only to have their return interrupted by the global pandemic. Each week, checks in on an elite prospect’s road back from injury. This week, we focus on Cleveland Indians right-hander Triston McKenzie.

New Tribe prospect Burns has the game in his blood

Competitive balance pick still learning baseball lessons from father
June 18, 2020

Tanner Burns always had advanced tools on the diamond. At one point, they were downright dangerous. “I remember one time he was playing shortstop and he ran out to center field to be the cutoff [man], and he cut it off, and the little boy was running full and all

Huffman goes berserk in batter's box

Indians farmhand hits three homers, plates 10 for Clippers
April 21, 2011

Chad Huffman last belted three home runs in a game approximately 13 years ago. He was wielding an aluminum "trampoline-like" bat back then. Huffman, who turns 26 next week, likes his power stroke with the wood handle and barrel, too.