The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (10-9, 54-34) used a five run fifth inning to tie the ballgame and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth inning to defeat the Lake County Captains (9-10, 40-48) 11-8 on Wednesday night.
Low-A Lake County shortstop and unanimous #1 Indians prospect Francisco Lindor has had a very good first full professional season to date. He's lived up to all of the accolades bestowed upon him coming out the draft, and has impressed everyone from the fans to the Indians organization with his play this year. With two months left in the season, he wants to finish strong, continue to get better, and not let up.
The Lake County Captains (9-9, 39-47) overcame a late Bowling Green Hot Rods (10-8, 48-40) rally to win the series finale in extra innings. Lake County defeated Bowling Green 7-6 in 11 innings on Monday night. It was a right-handed matchup as Roberto Gomez started for the Hot Rods and Joe Colon toed the rubber for Lake County.
It's never easy to play from behind, which is exactly what the Captains did on Sunday. Though the team was able to make it interesting and nearly completed the comeback, which Mike Zavagno provides all the details on.
The Lake County Captains made the long bus ride from Comstock Park, MI. to Bowling Green, KY. after defeating the West Michigan Whitecaps 9-2 Friday night. The team knew it would be traveling without shortstop Francisco Lindor, who instead went to Kansas City to take part in the Futures Game. Unfortunately, the Captains also forgot their bats on the ride south.
The Lake County Captains sailed to a 9-2 victory on a trio of home runs and a total of 18 hits against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Friday night. Left-hander Shawn Morimando (3-2, 3.90) started for the Captains, besting West Michigan’s Jeff Ferrell (2-3, 5.40).
Low-A Lake County is loaded with lots of young talent that is very raw and has lots of upside. But there are also some other players like Jerrud Sabourin, Todd Hankins, Cody Anderson, Shawn Morimando and the recently departed Grant Sides that may not have had the notoriety coming into the season that have all had good seasons to date, and Tony recently sat down with manager Dave Wallace to discuss those players in depth as well as many other things.
The Lake County Captains (7-7, 38-45) could not muster close to any offense against the West Michigan Whitecaps (8-6, 44-40) as starter Marcelo Carreno (4-5, 3.32 ERA) shutout the Captains over seven innings and finished a 5-1 victory on Thursday night.
I hope everyone had a happy and safe holiday! The Captains started the holiday fireworks early in the week with a walk-off win and a 2012 draft pick getting his first professional win (both happened in the same game). Lianna Holub details the week that was for the Captains in her weekly notebook "On-Deck with the Captains".
In today’s piece Tony looks at the amazing turnaround by outfielder Nick Weglarz and what kind of future he may still have with the Indians, the emergence of promising lefty Ryan Merritt and how he is being developed, the growth of third baseman Jorge Martinez and the unlimited potential he has, comments from Ross Atkins on some players at Columbus, and lots of updates, insight, and scouting information on players like Eric Berger, Bryce Stowell, Mike Rayl, Jose Ramirez, Joe Wendle, Juan Herrera, and more.
The Lake County Captains shined in situational hitting on Wednesday as a couple of two-out hits propelled them past the West Michigan Whitecaps in a 6-1 victory. All-Star Joe Colon (7-8, 3.01) took the bump for the Captains against West Michigan lefty Thomas Collier (6-6, 2.50).
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. This week's report has over 20 players and features the likes of Cody Allen, Corey Kluber, Thomas Neal, Bryce Stowell, Jake Lowery, Shawn Armstrong, Jose Ramirez, Mason Radeke, Luis DeJesus, Jacob Lee, Dillon Howard, Matt Packer, and more.
Although things have not come easy for Jordan Casas, nobody can say that the Indians 40th-round selection in the 2010 MLB Draft is not prepared for his opportunity. In his time with the organization, the 5’11”, 180 pound outfielder, who attended Long Beach State University, has played everywhere from Mahoning Valley to Akron and each place in between. Mike Zavagno gives an update on the speedy outfielder...
The final game of the series between the Lake County Captains and Fort Wayne TinCaps was cut short due to rain for the second time in three days, giving Lake County the 2-1 win. Left-hander Elvis Araujo (2-6, 4.72) took the wheel for the Captains on the mound against Fort Wayne’s Ruben Mejia (1-2, 3.89).
In the past year since being drafted, rightfielder Jordan Smith has performed at a high level from the moment he first stepped on the field. After a very promising pro debut at short season Single-A Mahoning Valley last year, he is having another good season this year at Low-A Lake County and his value continues to rise.
A pair of base running blunders proved to be costly for the Lake County Captains as they fell to the Fort Wayne TinCaps 5-4 on Monday. Right-hander Mason Radeke (5-1, 2.96) took the bump for the Captains for the first time against Fort Wayne’s Cody Hebner (6-3, 4.13). Radeke was formerly a starter in the Lake County bullpen this season, though he started last season for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, where he went 2-0 in nine games.
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!