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How the Cleveland Indians acquire their top minor league players in 2016

Yesterday, we reviewed how the Tribe franchise had been acquired for the major league roster and the noted departures in the past year. Today we look extend a look to the upper level of the minors, with the Columbus Clippers, Akron RubberDucks and Lynchburg Hillcats players.

As noted earlier this week, the Clippers have made the International League playoffs for the second year in a row. This is pretty fascinating to me based on the sheer volume of players who have suited up for the Clippers this year: 61, including 39 pitchers.

My personal favorite on the team, who likely will not make the Tribe's 40 man roster is Yhoxian Medina. The 38th-round pick from 2011 has had an ok year but is still sorely lacking any power or on-base skills. He had a .257/.298/.365 slash. If he had a decent year I was hoping for a non-roster invite in the spring, but at 26, my best guess is that he gets released this offseason.

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 Tuesday, September 6. Tomorrow will be 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: T.J. House (16)

aFA 2008: Jesus Aguilar; Giovanny Urshela

Draft 2009: Austin Adams (5)

aFA 2010: Enosil Tejeda

FA 2010: Toru Murata

Draft 2011: Jeff Johnson (10); Ryan Merritt (16); Todd Hankins (15); Shawn Morimando (19); Yhoxian Medina (38)

aFA 2011: Ordomar Valdez

Draft 2012: Josh Martin (10); Jeremy Lucas (12)

Draft 2013: Adam Plutko (11)

Draft 2014: Bradley Zimmer (1)

aFA 2014: Yandy Diaz

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

Purchase 2015: Michael Choice [from TEX] (originally drafted 1 by Athletics in 2010); Collin Cowgill [from LAA] (originally drafted 5 by Diamondbacks in 2008)

Waivers 2015: Joey Butler [TBR] (originally drafted 15 by Rangers in 2008)

mFA 2016: Shawn Haviland (originally drafted 33 by A's in 2008); Craig Stammen (originally drafted 12 by Nationals in 2005); Guillermo Quiroz (originally aFA by Blue Jays in 1998)

Waivers 2016: Tyler Olson [KCR] (originally drafted 7 by Mariners in 2013)

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

Players who have moved on

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

Draft 2008: Trey Haley (2) [PIT-AA]

Draft 2009: Tyler Sturdevant (27) [TBR-MLB]

aFA 2009: Chen-Chang Lee [Japan]

Draft 2010: Alexander Lavisky (8); Jordan Cooper (9) [Independent -€” American Assoc]; Tyler Holt (10) [2015 waivers; CIN-MLB]

aFA 2010: Anthony Gallas[Independent -€” American Assoc]

Draft 2011: Bryson Myles (6) [Independent -€” American Assoc]

mFA 2012: Ryan Rohlinger

Draft 2013: Clint Frazier (1) [2016 trade for Andrew Miller; NYY-AAA]; Ben Heller (22) [2016 trade for Andrew Miller; NYY-MLB]

mFA 2014: Shaun Marcum [retired]; Audy Ciriaco

mFA 2015: Jarrett Grube [SEA-AAA]; Carlos Marmol [BOS/released]; Dustin Molleken [DET-AAA/MLB]; Michael Roth [TEX-AAA/MLB]; Brett Hayes [CHW/AZ-AAA]

mFA 2016: Felipe Paulino (originally aFA by Astors in 2001) [Japan]; Joe Thatcher (twice) (originally purchase by Brewers from Independent in 2005); Anthony Recker (originally drafted 18 by A's in 2005) [sold 2016; ATL-MLB]; Robbie Grossman (originally drafted 6 by Pirates in 2008) [MIN-MLB]

Three Degrees

Zach Walters [sold 2015; LAD-MLB/AAA]

1.  Trade 2014 Nationals for Asdrubal Cabrera

2.  Cabrera - Trade 2006 Mariners for Eduardo Perez

3.  Perez - FA 2006

James Ramsey [sold 2015; LAD-AAA; SEA-AAA]

1.  Trade 2014 Cardinals for Justin Masterson

2 to 3.  See Price details 1 thru 2

Akron RubberDucks (AA - Eastern League)

Players on the roster

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

aFA 2009: Alex Monsalve; Justin Toole

Draft 2010: Robert Aviles (7)

aFA 2010: Luigi Rodriguez

Draft 2011: Will Roberts (5); Eric Haase (7); Jordan Smith (9); Grant Sides (12)

Draft 2012: Dylan Baker (5); Jacob Lee (9); Michael Peoples (14); Nellie Rodriguez (15); Louis Head (18); Joe Sever (21); DJ Brown (39)

aFA 2012: Ivan Castillo

Draft 2013: Cole Sulser (25); Jordan Milbrath (35)

Draft 2014: Mike Papi (1); Julian Merryweather (5); Greg Allen (6); Cameron Hill (17); Argenis Angulo (19); David Speer (27)

Draft 2015: Mark Mathias (3); Daniel Salters (13)

mFA 2015: Casey Weathers (originally drafted 1 by Rockies in 2007)

Two Degrees

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

1.  Trade Dodgers 2015 for David Murphy

2.  Murphy - FA 2014

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 2008: Carlos Moncrief (14) [SFG-AA]

Draft 2010: LeVon Washington (2) [Independent -€” American Assoc]; Tony Wolters (3) [2015 waiver claim; COL-MLB]

Draft 2011: Jake Lowery (4) [WAS-AA]

Draft 2014: J.P. Feyereisen (16) [2016 trade for Andrew Miller; NYY-AA]

aFA 2014: Justin Brantley; Antonio Romero (international)

mFA 2015: Charles Brewer [AZ-AA]; Zach Nuding [LAA-AAA]; Ryan Ortiz

mFA 2016: Lendy Castillo [DET-AA]

Purchase 2016: Coly Hynes [2016 trade for Coco Crisp; OAK-AAA]

Two Degrees

Duke von Schamann - [Independent -€” American Assoc]

1.  Trade Dodgers 2014 for Colt Hynes

2.  Hynes - Waivers Padres 2013

Lynchburg Hillcats (A+ - Carolina League)

Players on the roster

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

aFA 2011: Luis Lugo; Anderson Polanco; Claudio Bautista; Yonathan Mendoza

Draft 2012: Mitch Brown (2)

aFA 2012: Francisco Mejia (international); Anthony Santander; Dorssys Paulino

Draft 2013: Sean Brady (5); Trevor Frank (8); Thomas Pannone (9); Sicnarf Loopstok (13); Matt Whitehouse (19); Justin Garcia (38)

aFA 2013: Yu-Cheng Chang (international); Willi Castro (international)

Draft 2014: Bobby Bradley (3); Jared Robinson (11); Luke Eubank (15); Taylor Murphy (18); Dominic DeMasi (31)

aFA 2014: Leandro Linares (international)

Draft 2015: Tyler Krieger (4); Billy Strode (10); Matt Esparza (14); Brock Hartson (21); Connor Marabell (25)

Players who have moved on

One Degree (drafted or signed by the Indians)

Purchase 2015: Jayson Aquino [from PIT] [BAL-AAA]

Draft 2014: Justus Sheffield (1) [2016 trade for Andrew Miller; NYY-AA]

Draft 2015: Nathan Lukes (7) [2016 trade for Brandon Guyer; TB-A+]