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How did the 2015 Cleveland Indians acquire their top minor league players?

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No link to Jerry Dybzinski here, but there is a Victor Martinez connection.

Victor Martinez has this groups longest lineage.
Victor Martinez has this groups longest lineage.
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Thursday we reviewed how each member of the Indians was acquired, a series of transactions that dates back nearly 40 years. tToday we look at the Columbus Clippers, Akron RubberDucks, and Lynchburg Hillcats players.

We say hello to a new three-chain member in Rob Kaminsky, picked up in the Brandon Moss deal. Moss was picked up for Joe Wendle, who was just a single-chain player. We did lose one five-chain player in Josh Outman.

You can see a lot of minor league free agents here. This is very common, especially in AAA. I did want to give a shout out to Ryan Rohlinger though, who has been an organizational "soldier" since 2012. I don't suspect he'll be back in 2016 however.

Notes: I have included compensation draft picks as being more than one degree as the Indians obtained that pick based on a player they formally held rights to. Also, when I have identified a free agent year, it is the year they signed for (i.e. December 11 would be 2012). Additionally, whenever I could not find confirmation of an amateur free agent signing, the year defaults to their first appearance. [aFA = amateur free agent, mFA = minor league free agent]

All data is through Sunday, September 6. The final entry of this series will look at the Lake County Captains, Mahoning Valley Scrappers, and Arizona and Dominican Rookie League rosters.

Columbus Clippers (AAA - International League)

Players on the roster

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

Draft 2008: Trey Haley (2)

Draft 2009: Joseph Colon (12); Tyler Sturdevant (27)

Draft 2010: Jordan Cooper (9); Tyler Holt (10)

Draft 2011: Will Roberts (5); Ryan Merritt (16)

Draft 2012: Tyler Naquin (1)

aFA 2008: Jesus Aguilar

aFA 2009: Chen-Chang Lee; Erik Gonzalez

aFA 2010: Anthony Gallas

aFA 2014: Yandy Diaz

mFA 2012: Ryan Rohlinger (originally drafted 6 by Giants in 2006)

mFA 2014: Shaun Marcum (originally drafted 3 by Blue Jays in 2003); Audy Ciriaco (originally aFA by Tigers in 2005)

mFA 2015: Jarrett Grube (originally drafted 10 by Rockies in 2004); Carlos Marmol (originally aFA by Cubs in 1999); Dustin Molleken (originally drafted 15 by Pirates in 2003); Michael Roth (originally drafted 9 by Angels in 2012); Brett Hayes (originally drafted 2 by Marlins in 2005); Adam Moore (originally drafted 6 by Mariners in 2006)

FA 2010: Toru Murata

Purchase 2015: Michael Choice [from TEX] (originally drafted 1 by Athletics in 2010)

Two Degrees

Bryan Price (originally drafted 1 by Red Sox in 2008)

  • 1.  Trade 2009 Red Sox with Justin Masterson and Nick Hagadone for Victor Martinez
  • 2.  Martinez - aFA 1996

Three Degrees

Zach Walters (originally drafted 9 by Diamondbacks in 2010)

  • 1.  Trade 2014 Nationals for Asdrubal Cabrera
  • 2.  Cabrera - Trade 2006 Mariners for Eduardo Perez
  • 3.  Perez - FA 2006

James Ramsey (originally drafted 9 by Diamondbacks in 2010)

  • 1.  Trade 2014 Cardinals for Justin Masterson
  • 2 to 3.  See Price details 1 thru 2

Players who have moved on

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

mFA 2013: Matt Capps [retired]; David Cooper [Independent]; Matt Carson [LAD-AAA]

mFA 2014: Gabriel Arias [AZD-AAA]; Kyle Davies [NYY-AAA]; Mark Lowe [TOR-MLB]; J.C. Ramirez [SEA-AAA]; Luke Carlin [CHC-AAA]; Dusty Brown [retired]; Elliot Johnson [LAD-AAA]

mFA 2015 : Jhoulys Chacin [AZD-MLB]; Bruce Chen [retired]; Anthony Swarzak [Korea]

Waivers 2014: Tyler Cloyd [Korea]

Purchase 2014: Justin Sellers [CHW-AAA]

Two Degrees

Scott Barnes (sold to Orioles-2014) [TOR-AAA]; Chris Wallace [Independent]

Five Degrees

Josh Outman [ATL-AAA]

Akron RubberDucks (AA - Eastern League)

Players on the roster

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

Draft 2009: Carlos Moncrief (14)

Draft 2010: Tony Wolters (3); Alexander Lavisky (8)

Draft 2011: Jake Lowery (4); Bryson Myles (6); Jordan Smith (9); Jeff Johnson (10); Todd Hankins (15); Shawn Morimando (19)

Draft 2012: Jacob Lee (9); Josh Martin (10); Jeremy Lucas (12); Nellie Rodriguez (15); Louis Head (18); DJ Brown (39)

Draft 2013: Adam Plutko (11); Ben Heller (22)

Draft 2014: Bradley Zimmer (1); Bobby Ison (21)

aFA 2008: Justin Toole

aFA 2010: Enosil Tejeda

aFA 2011: Ronny Rodriguez

mFA 2015: Charles Brewer (originally drafted 12 by Diamondbacks in 2009); Zach Nuding (originally drafted 30 by Yankees in 2010); Casey Weathers (originally drafted 1 by Rockies in 2007); Ryan Ortiz (originally drafted 6 by Athletics in 2009)

Purchase 2014: Nick Maronde (LAA) (originally drafted 3 by Angels in 2011)

Two Degrees

Michael Clevenger (originally drafted 4 by Angels in 2011)

  • 1.  Trade Angels 2014 for Vinnie Pestano
  • 2.  Berger - Draft 2006 (20)

Duke von Schamann - (originally drafted 15 by Dodgers in 2012)

  • 1.  Trade Dodgers 2014 for Colt Hynes
  • 2.  Hynes - Waivers Padres 2013

Erik Stamets - (originally drafted 6 by Angels in 2012)

  • 1.  Trade Dodgers 2015 for David Murphy
  • 2.  Murphy - FA 2014

Players who have moved on

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

Draft 2008: Tim Fedroff (7) [retired]; Clayton Cook (9) [ATL-A+]; Adam Abraham (13) [retired]; Benny Suarez (36) [Independent]

Draft 2012: Joe Wendle (6) [2015 trade for Brandon Moss; OAK-AAA]

aFA 2008: Elvis Araujo [PHI-MLB]

mFA 2014: Adam Miller [PIT-AAA]; Bryan LaHair [retired]; Jaime Pedroza [Mexican]); Ollie Linton ([Independent]

mFA 2015: Destin Hood [PHI-AAA]

Lynchburg Hillcats (A+ - Carolina League)

Players on the roster

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

Draft 2010: LeVon Washington (2); Robert Aviles (7)

Draft 2011: Eric Haase (7); Grant Sides (12); Yhoxian Medina (38)

Draft 2012: Mitch Brown (2); Dylan Baker (5); Michael Peoples (14); Joe Sever (21)

Draft 2013: Clint Frazier (1); Dace Kime (3); Trevor Frank (8); Sicnarf Loopstok (13); Paul Hendrix (18)

Draft 2014: Mike Papi (1); Bobby Bradley (3); Greg Allen (6); J.P. Feyereisen (16);

Draft 2015: Daniel Salters (13)

aFA 2009: Alex Monsalve

aFA 2010: Luigi Rodriguez

aFA 2011: Luis Lugo; Claudio Bautista

aFA 2012: Ivan Castillo; Dorssys Paulino

aFA 2014: Justin Brantley; Antonio Romero (international)

mFA 2015: Perci Garner (originally drafted 2 by Phillies in 2010)

Purchase 2015: Jayson Aquino [from PIT] (originally aFA by Rockies in 2010)

Three Degrees

Rob Kaminsky (originally drafted 1 by Cardinals in 2013)

  • 1.  Trade Cardinals 2015 for Brandon Moss
  • 2.  Moss - Trade 2015 with Athletics for Joe Wendle
  • 3. Wendle - Draft 2012 (6)

Players who have moved on

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

Draft 2009: Mike Rayl (15)

Draft 2011: Mason Radeke (35); Rob Nixon (46) [Independent]

Draft 2012: Logan Vick (11) [Independent]

Draft 2013: James Roberts (15) [MIA-A+]; Cole Sulser (25)

aFA 2010: Ryan Battaglia

aFA 2011: Jerrud Sabourin [Independent]

Two Degrees

Torsten Boss