Monday, September 5, 2016

Minor League Season in Review

Well, the regular season is now over for all minor league teams.  The playoffs start for those that made it that far.   So let's take a look at how the Indians did (my prediction in parentheses)

Columbus 82-62 - 1st place IL West (70-74) (PLAYOFF TEAM)
Akron 77-64 - 1st place EL West (80-64) (PLAYOFF TEAM)
Lynchburg 84-66 - 1st place both halves of Carolina League North Division (PLAYOFF TEAM)
Lake County - 72-68 (76-68) - missed playoffs because finished one game back in MWL East
Mahoning Valley - 37-38 (32-44)
AZL Indians - 31-25 (33-23) 1st place in 1st half in AZL Central Div. (PLAYOFF TEAM) - Lost in playoffs to AZL Reds

Final overall minor league record: 383-323 for a winning pct. of .542.

Four of the 6 minor league teams made the playoffs.  If Lake County had won one more game in the first half they would have been in the playoffs, too.

Five of the 6 teams finished with winning records.  If MV had won only one of the games they lost this season all 6 teams would have had winning records, something that I don't think has happened to the Indians in their recent history.  Although winning isn't worth much in the minors it is good to win, nevertheless.

Most of the Indians' top prospects had seasons that will keep them in that top prospect category.  Only James Ramsey (lost to waivers), Dylan Baker (injuries) and Luke Wakamatsu (injuries) did not perform at a level that would keep them at that status.   Besides those 3 guys only Mitch Brown and Dorssys Paulino hurt their prospect status and many guys increased their worth by having good minor league seasons or making their ML debuts.   Two (Frazier and Sheffeld) were traded and one guy who would have moved up the prospect rankings (Ben Heller) was traded, too. 

All-in-all, a good season by the Indians minor leaguers, maybe the best in recent memory.   Now on to the minor league playoffs!  

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