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 Lake County Captains (3-2, 34-40) rallied to tie the game in the ninth inning and defeated the Dayton Dragons (0-5, 30-45) in twelve innings 5-2 on Tuesday night. Lefthander Shawn Morimando took the mound for the Captains and right-hander Stalin Gerson started for the Dragons. This was the fourth matchup this year between these two pitchers.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the continued good performance of lefty T.J. McFarland and what his value may be going forward, shares tons of comments from the Indians front office on players up and down their minor league system, gives an update on the status of Jason Knapp, and provides all kinds of updates on other players like Kevin Slowey, Jeremie Tice, Russ Canzler, Loek Van Mil, Carlos Moncrief, Steven Wright, Anthony Gallas, Francisco Lindor, Ryan Merritt, Dorsyss Paulino and more.
The Lake County Captains drained the Dayton Dragons 8-3 on Monday as the Captains’ bats compiled 14 hits and took advantage of a trio of Dayton errors. All-Star Cody Anderson (4-4, 2.99) started for the Captains against Dayton’s Tanner Robles (4-5, 4.56), though Anderson did not pitch deep into the game.
The Mahoning Valley Scrappers got off to a quick start but failed to capitalize Saturday against the State-College Spikes. Geoffrey Davenport, who made his second start of the season, struggled again. The Scrappers failed to score more than two runs for the fifth straight game as they continue to try to figure out how to score and get on base.
The Indians made lots of moves up and down the system from rookie level Arizona to the big league team in Cleveland, and Arthur Kinney is here to recap it all in his latest rundown of the transactions here at the IPI.
The Fort Wayne Tincaps (2-0, 33-39) jumped to a four run lead early on the Lake County Captains (0-2, 31-40) and made it stick for a 4-0 win on Saturday night. Lake County sent lefthander Elvis Araujo (2-6, 4.67) to the mound and the Tincaps greeted him rudely with a four run first inning.
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