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 Lake County Captains were washed away by the Fort Wayne TinCaps 4-0 in a six-inning game cut short due to the rain on Sunday. Left-hander Shawn Morimando (2-1, 3.67) took the bump for the Captains after receiving a no decision in his last start in Dayton. From the other dugout, righty Matt Wisler (2-4, 2.74) started for the TinCaps after receiving a loss in his last decision.
The Lake County Captains used an offensive attack and great pitching to defeat the West Michigan Whitecaps on Saturday night to win the series, 7-4. Second baseman Jose Ramirez paced the Captains with a five-hit attack, and catcher Alex Monsalve blasted his career high sixth home run to lead the Captains to the win.
The Lake County Captains (4-4) could not provide a precursor to Friday night’s fireworks at Classic Park. The club continued its offensive struggles, mustering just two runs in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the West Michigan Whitecaps (4-4).
In today's week ending edition of Minor Happenings, Tony touches on the power binge that Double-A Akron outfielder Thomas Neal has been on and what that may mean as far as value and a promotion is concerned. In addition to that he provides some recent comments from Ross Atkins on some big league pitching options at Triple-A Columbus, and provides updates on several players at each level from Triple-A Columbus to rookie level Arizona, namely Tim Fedroff, Jeremie Tice, Jesus Aguilar, Rob Nixon, Juan Romero, Jorge Martinez, and more.
An ugly baseball game ended beautifully for first baseman Jerrud Sabourin and the Captains on Thursday night. Sabourin’s walk-off, opposite field three run home run that landed in the left field bleachers propelled Lake County (4-3, second half) to a 9-7 win over West Michigan (4-3).
The Dayton Dragons (1-5, 31-45) used a nine run bottom of the third inning to defeat the Lake County Captains (3-3, 34-41) by a final of 10-3. Dayton sent 13 men to the plate and scored nine times. In the inning Dayton hit for the cycle as a team including two triples, two doubles and a three run homer by the number nine hitter, Yovan Gonzalez.
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!