The main theme of the series has been a big inning putting the game away and the West Michigan Whitecaps (8-9) did just that. The Whitecaps scored seven runs in the sixth inning to defeat the Lake County Captains (6-13) by a final score of 10-1 Wednesday afternoon.
Most seniors in high school think about summer, college and upcoming graduation parties as they’re getting fitted for their tux for senior prom. Lake County Captains’ first baseman Nelson Rodriguez learned he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians during his tux fitting at Men’s Warehouse. Since being drafted and signing, he has been one of the most encouraging stories with the strides he has made to date.
Things are looking better for the Lake County Captains, though the offense still struggled this past week. The team went 3-5 since last Wednesday and the starting pitching has made significant strides. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was and provides all sorts of updates in her weekly Captains notebook...
COMSTOCK PARK, MI - Two ninth inning home runs helped lead the charge as the Lake County Captains (6-12) scored five runs in the last two innings to defeat the West Michigan Whitecaps (7-9) by a final score of 8-5.
We settle in with the first Tuesday edition of Minor Happenings of the season today, and with that comes a pretty large update on several players in the system. Tony breaks down the encouraging start to the season by lefty T.J. House, how he has looked, what he needs to work on, and what the rest of the season may hold for him. In addition to that he has several comments and insight from the front office on players such as Jerrud Sabourin, Joey Wendle, Shawn Morimando, Bryson Myles, Rob Whitenack and more as well as a litany of injury updates on players such as LeVon Washington, Mason Radeke, Alex Monsalve, and more.
It is Monday, and that means it is time to review some of the hot and some not so hot performances from the past week in the Indians' system. In this week's Hot List, Tony looks at a few starting pitching options in the upper levels of the system with the likes of Carlos Carrasco, Trevor Bauer, T.J. House and Danny Salazar that could soon be in Cleveland, the red hot bats of Logan Vick, Eric Haase, Giovanny Urshela, some concerns about Tyler Naquin, and much more.
The Lake County Captains fell victim to a Sunday sweep as they lost both games of a double-header against the Great Lakes Loons. Both games were shortened to seven innings apiece, and both games featured solid pitching match-ups.
MIDLAND – The Lake County Captains snagged the first game of a double-header against the Great Lakes Loons on Saturday afternoon, as the offense produced an 11-7 victory. Captains’ offense struggled in a 9-4 loss against the Loons in Game Two.
Thursday was a busy day Around The Farm, headlined by some offensive fireworks in Akron. The Aeros' offense was clicking on all cylinders, with players like Chris Wallace and Carlos Moncrief knocking the ball around the park. No one was bigger than Chun Chen, however, who finally answered the question everyone has been asking: where is the power? Join Arthur Kinney as he recaps the night in the minor leagues and checks in on the other affiliates, after the jump...
The Lake County Captains crumbled to the Dayton Dragons in a 7-3 extra-inning affair Thursday night, as a South Carolina native with Ohio ties tallied 12 strikeouts. Joe Colon, a former Captain and Carolina Mudcat, joined the team as he received the start against Dayton right-hander Drew Cisco (1-0, 1.38). Cisco is the grandson of Galen Cisco, who pitched in the New York Mets and Boston Red Sox organizations, coached in the major leagues, and was part of the 1957 national champion Ohio State University football team.
Today’s Happenings focus in on the hot start of High-A Carolina second baseman Joey Wendle and Triple-A Columbus right-handed pitcher Fernando Nieve. How much is Wendle rising up the prospect ranks? Could Nieve be an option in Cleveland? Tony touches on that and also looks at the impressive approach that Low-A Lake County first baseman Nellie Rodriguez is showing, the clutch performance of Double-A Akron first baseman Jesus Aguilar, and much more on players like Tim Fedroff, Chun Chen, Owen Dew, Ryan Merritt and more.
The Akron Aeros headlined the action down on the farm last night, as Tyler Holt, Giovanny Urshela, Jesus Aguilar, and friends headed an offensive charge that led to 10 runs and a win. The Lake County Captains also won, somehow scoring seven runs on five hits (only one of which went for extra bases). Columbus and Carolina lost thanks to some suspect pitching, but there were still encouraging performances to enjoy. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you through the good and the bad as he goes Around The Farm.
The Lake County Captains won their second-straight game on Wednesday night as they took advantage of a handful of wild pitches and some timely hits to tame the Dayton Dragons for a 7-3 win. It was a southpaw showdown as lefty Ryan Merritt (0-2, 2.00) received the nod to start for the Captains against Dayton lefty Ismael Guillon (0-1, 4.91). Guillon is currently on the Cincinnati Reds’ 40-man roster and is ranked the 9th best Reds prospect by Baseball America.
The "Radar Report" returns this week, and Tony shares almost three dozen radar readings from players in the Indians' system that he has recorded over the past few weeks. This is a premium site feature which will post about once a month and provide the fastball - and at times the secondary velocities - and in this report he has the readings on several players such as Cody Anderson, Dillon Howard, Dylan Baker, Jacob Lee, Mitch Brown, Shawn Armstrong, Trevor Bauer, and almost 30 others.
Week two of the Lake County Captains season is in the books and the results were similar to the first week. The Captains’ offense continued to struggle and errors proved costly as the pitching staff couldn’t put a stop to the bleeding. Join the IBI's Stephanie Metzger as she runs down and recaps another week that was for the Captains...
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