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Manzardo mashes first Clippers clout

No. 2 Guardians prospect takes a southpaw deep at Triple-A
September 9, 2023

For the first time since joining the Guardians' organization, Kyle Manzardo got a chance to show off the impactful power that's been part of his calling card in the Minors. MLB Pipeline's No. 58 overall prospect (Guardians' No. 2) hit his first home run with Triple-A Columbus in the sixth

RubberDucks inspired by pediatric cancer night

Annual tribute inclues patient-designed jersey, 'Home Run for Life'
September 4, 2023

Designing a baseball jersey is one of the things Minor League teams often treasure. But Double-A Akron takes that concept to the next level during its tribute to pediatric cancer patients and their families. The Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders Celebration, an annual tradition as long

Jim Clark calls 3,500th game for RubberDucks

Akron broadcaster has started every game for past 30 seasons
August 30, 2023

“Hello baseball fans everywhere." Double-A Akron RubberDucks broadcaster Jim Clark has started every game for the past 30 seasons with those four words. They serve as a tribute to longtime Cleveland broadcaster Jimmy Dudley, as well as evidence that Clark’s childhood dream has come true. “As a kid, probably age

Blind broadcaster Wylie joins Captains booth

Pursuing dream, local teen enjoying time with Guardians affiliate
August 14, 2023

This article is based on an interview with broadcaster Allan Wylie and Lake County Captains broadcast director Cole Liggett, for's "Show Before the Show" podcast. Listen to the full interview HERE. Wylie will be in the Lake County broadcast booth for three more games, Aug. 15-17, vs. the Peoria

DSL Guardians kick off season with 28-run barrage

Rookie-level squad rolls on Opening Day with 13-run frame, 24 hits
June 5, 2023

There is nothing like Opening Day, and the Rookie-level Guardians Blue had one for the ages in the Dominican Summer League on Monday. Cleveland’s DSL affiliate came out of the gate swinging in its inter-organizational opener against the DSL Guardians Red … and swinging, and swinging and swinging. When they

The best of the Guardians' Minor League ballparks

Prospects explore Virginia, get to know Ohio en route to Cleveland
June 5, 2023

The Minor League Ballpark Guides series presented by Wyndham brings all the most fun features of Minors ballparks across America (and one in Canada!) onto your desktop, tablet or mobile device, whether you're interested in taking a virtual tour from where you sit or planning a trip to catch some

Certified fresh: The RubberDucks of Akron

"All Out 90s" night celebrated in front of packed house
June 4, 2023

Now this is a story all about how the Akron RubberDucks were flipped-turned upside down, so please take a minute and sit right there and I’ll tell you how Akron honored “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." On Saturday night, Double-A Akron hosted “All Out 90s” night with a special appearance

Women thrive in front offices: ‘We just do the job’

Across all levels, nine women have general manager roles in 2023
May 18, 2023

Kristin Call’s approach to her job as Single-A Myrtle Beach general manager is relatable to the ethos of Minor League Baseball. “Everybody in this industry has somebody that they can influence,” Call said. “We've had [seasonal employees] that we've been trying to coach up. … ‘How can we best prepare

Naylor's two-homer night the wind in Clippers' sails

No. 4 Guardians prospect rips 2nd homer 452 ft. in comeback win
May 14, 2023

Triple-A Columbus was down 9-2 during the top of the sixth Saturday with Andrew Abbott, the Minors' strikeout leader, on the mound. With a 1-1 count with two on, Guardians No. 4 prospect (MLB No. 54) Bo Naylor swung at a high pitch. And it just kept going. “Pretty much

Can't touch this: Williams unhittable for Akron

Guardians' No. 2 prospect strikes out eight across five frames
April 20, 2023

Some might have considered Gavin Williams unhittable in the early going this season. That was an exaggeration coming into Thursday night's game. But it wasn't after the No. 37 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline didn't allow a hit while striking out eight and walking one over five innings in

The Road to The Show™: Guardians’ Bibee

No. 65 prospect earning attention in pitching-rich system
March 14, 2023

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at fifth-ranked Guardians prospect Tanner Bibee. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Finding a way to stand out in the Guardians’

Williams, Valera provide Cleveland starpower

Young Guardians proving to be up to the challenge at higher levels
October 27, 2022

Each offseason, goes position by position across each organization and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in each farm system. Next up in our 2022 Organization All-Stars series are the Cleveland Guardians.

A groundout that must be seen to believed

Cleveland farmhand delivers a highlight-reel at-bat for Columbus
August 17, 2022

Let's just say Ernie Clement is not a name earthworms and other dirt-loving creatures will speak fondly of. The play will go down as a "2-unassisted putout" in the scorebook, but his first at-bat groundout was anything but normal in Triple-A Columbus' 4-0 loss to Toledo. Leading off the home

The Road to The Show™: Guardians' Valera

No. 33 overall prospect finally able to put full talents on display
July 12, 2022

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken toward achieving his Major League dream. Here's a look at Guardians No. 2 prospect George Valera. For more stories about players on The Road to The Show, click here. Although it’s been five years since he first

Prospect Q&A: Guardians catcher Naylor

2018 first-rounder on finding consistency in turnaround season
June 16, 2022

In his second season with Double-A Akron, Bo Naylor seems to have turned a corner. The Guardians’ No. 15 prospect has shown a vast improvement in just about every aspect of his offensive game while remaining a terrific contributor behind the plate and working with one of the better rotations

The Show Before the Show: Episode 356

Guardians' Allen discusses Double-A return, road to Cleveland
May 6, 2022

Check out the latest episodes of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review on Apple Podcasts. The podcast is also available via Spotify, Stitcher and other

Scouting report: Guardians righty Williams

Patience seems to be paying off for Cleveland’s No. 7 prospect
April 19, 2022's Scouting Report series spotlights players who are just starting their professional careers, focusing on what the experts are projecting for these young phenoms. Here's a look at seventh-ranked Guardians prospect Gavin Williams. It took four years of college ball for Gavin Williams to fit his new mold and only

Allen, Curry ready for changing of the guard

Deep, well-balanced system poised to usher new era in Cleveland
November 8, 2021

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club. Cleveland experienced something of a transition year after trading one of its franchise

Copa de la Diversión an instant hit in new markets

Clubs flourish in first foray into MiLB’s Hispanic-outreach initiative
October 15, 2021

For the three clubs that debuted new identities in Copa de la Diversión this season, the success of the initiative was built upon the program’s core concept of community outreach. Minor League Baseball’s celebration of the Latinx community set records in participation and attendance that already figure to be broken

Naylor's walk-off secures Finals sweep for Akron

Cleveland's No. 6 prospect leads way to Double-A Northeast title
September 24, 2021

Bottom of the ninth. Bases loaded. Two outs. Game tied. The moment couldn’t have been any better scripted for Bo Naylor.

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