The minor league season may be over, but there is no end in sight for Minor Happenings or the minor league coverage here on the IPI. In this week’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the emergence of Low-A Lake County second baseman Jose Ramirez and what kind of prospect he really is, the strong finish from Lake County catcher Jake Lowery, and the good year but unfortunate injury to short season Single-A Mahoning Valley lefty Geoff Davenport. As always, he has lots of quotes on players like Matt Langwell, Carlos Moncrief, Matt Packer and others provided by the front office, and lots more.
The Lake County Captains clung to a one-run lead on Wednesday as reliever Nick Pasquale pitched the Captains to a 5-4 win over the Bowling Green Hot Rods. Right-hander Cody Anderson (4-7, 3.20) took the bump for the Captains to counter Bowling Green's Parker Markel (11-5, 3.53), who has been the Hot Rods most formidable starter during the second half of the season.
The 2012 Minor League Baseball playoffs get underway tonight, and two Indians’ affiliates Low-A Lake County and Double-A Akron are a part of the postseason fun this year. Tony provides a brief preview for Lake County and Akron with the pitching probables for each series, the game schedule for the duration of the playoffs for both teams, some recent additions to both rosters, and more.
The Lake County Captains (37-29, 68-67) scored four runs in the second inning and five runs in the fifth inning to open up a 10 run lead as they defeated the Bowling Green Hot Rods (40-26, 78-58) by a final score of 11-4 on Thursday night. With the Captains win, their magic number for clinching a playoff spot is down to two.
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony looks at the very strong season that High-A Carolina third baseman Giovanny Urshela has had and the jump he has made as a prospect. He also touches on the season that Carolina right-handed pitcher Jordan Cooper has had and what it may mean for his future, provides lots of comments from Ross Atkins on some of their rising young Latin American stars, and provides injury updates and more on players like Lars Anderson, Adam Abraham, Carlos Moncrief, Tyler Naquin, and others.t
The Lake County Captains took the first of a three-game series against the Bowling Green Hot Rods with a 7-2 win on Wednesday, due to another long ball from Alex Lavisky and another solid relief effort from Nick Pasquale. Right-handed All-Star Cody Anderson (4-7, 3.30) took the bump for the Captains to counter Bowling Green lefty Ryan Carpenter (11-7, 4.13).
The Lake County Captains dropped the final showing of a four-game series against the Great Lakes Loons on Tuesday with a 6-5 loss, despite a three-run shot from Alex Lavisky. Left-hander Elvis Aruajo took the bump for the Captains to face Great Lakes’ right-hander Raydel Sanchez (3-8, 4.61).
The Lake County Captains (35-28, 66-66) defeated the Great Lakes Loons (26-37, 62-71) by a final of 4-3. In the top of the ninth inning, Jose Ramirez lined a two out three-ball two- strike pitch down the left field line and motored into second base. His double scored Luigi Rodriguez to tie the game and Zach MacPhee scored from first to give the Captains the one run lead. Lake County held on for the 4-3 win.
The Great Lakes Loons took an early 3-0 lead and make it stick in a 4-2 win over the Lake County Captains on Sunday afternoon at Dow Diamond. Lake County dropped their second straight ballgame. The Captains left nine men on base for a total of 20 in the two games in the series.
The Great Lakes Loons held the Lake County Captains to six hits, all singles in the series opener on Saturday night. Lake County left 11 runners on base throughout the game. Lake County is still tied with Fort Wayne for the first wild-card position.
Eastlake, OH - The Lake County Captains (34-26, 65-64) used a walk-off two run homerun from the Milk Man Jordan Smith to defeat the South Bend Silver Hawks (30-30, 65-64) by a final of 7-5 in 10 innings. In the tenth, Francisco Lindor walked with one out to bring up Jordan Smith, and Smith won the ballgame, with his eighth homerun of the season, to right field.
The 2013 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!