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 20 players and features the likes of David Huff, Tim Fedroff, Trevor Crowe, Kyle Bellows, Steven Wright, Bryce Stowell, Jeremie Tice, Jake Lowery, Will Roberts, Jordan Smith, Grant Sides, Shawn Morimando and others.
The Lake County Captains snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night as they beat the South Bend Silver Hawks 9-6, thanks to a pair of home runs. Lake County sent left-hander Shawn Morimando (1-1, 4.22) to the bump against South Bend’s Jesse Darrah (5-2, 3.77), a righty whom the Captains hit hard back in May.
A bit of a catch-up posting today in Minor Happenings as this bi-weekly column was absent last week due to the insane amount of draft coverage on the site. In today’s Happenings, Tony takes a look at the recent hot performances from right-hander Mason Radeke and designated hitter Jeremie Tice, gets some more post-draft comments from Brad Grant, and provides some updates on players like Tyler Holt, Shawn Morimando, Nick Weglarz, and others.
The Lansing Lugnuts sent the Lake County Captains packing after a three-game sweep as Lake County failed to overcome a rough start by Cody Anderson and a trio of errors in a 7-1 loss. Starting for the Captains was All-Star Cody Anderson (4-3, 2.91) against Lansing’s Justin Nicolino (2-0, 1.47). This time, though, Anderson struggled to keep the Lugnuts from stealing an early lead.
After a short hiatus due to the Memorial Day holiday and last week’s MLB Draft, it is time for another Monday edition of “3 Up, 3 Down”. This is a weekly premium feature on the site that focuses in on a few of the good and not so good performances from the past week in the Indians’ minor league system. Insight gathered from talking with scouts, coaches and executives inside and outside the organization are used when talking about each of these players. Today's featured players are Ezequiel Carrera, David Huff, Mason Radeke, Jerrud Sabourin, Giovanny Urshela, and Nick Weglarz,
Lake County (29-33) was unable to come up with base hits in the clutch on Sunday afternoon, falling to the Lansing Lugnuts (43-19) by a score of 4-1. The Captains certainly did not struggle to put runners on base, netting 11 hits and walking twice. However, the team went 1-8 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men stranded on the afternoon. Lake County did not help their cause by striking out 13 times.
The first-place Lansing Lugnuts (42-19) defeated the Lake County Captains (29-32) by a score of 6-5 on Saturday night at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing. The win clinched the first half championship of the Midwest League’s Eastern Division for the Lugnuts. Lansing scored all six of their runs in the bottom of the first inning of off Captains’ starter Elvis Araujo (2-5, 3.88) and relied on their bullpen to hold the lead in the late innings.
The Lake County Captains (29-31) scored ten runs in the late innings to defeat the Dayton Dragons (25-36) by a score of 14-6 and avoid the sweep on Friday night at Fifth Third Field. The win leaves Lake County 3.5 games out of the wild-card spot with nine games left.
The Dayton Dragons (25-35) used a late rally to walk-off in the eleventh inning against the Lake County Captains (28-31) on Thursday night. The loss dropped the Captains 3.5 games out of the wild-card spot with nine games left. Lake County drew first blood in the first inning off of Dragons’ starter Stalin Gerson. Centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez laced a leadoff triple to right field. Shortstop Francisco Lindor singled to plate Rodriguez for the first run of the game.
Congratulations are in order to Francisco Lindor, Cody Anderson, and Joe Colon on being named to the Midwest League's All-Star Team and Jordan Smith also had a week to remember. Lianna Holub touches on these players and more in her weekly notebook "On-Deck with the Captains".
The Dayton Dragons (24-35) used a four run fourth inning to propel them to a 5-2 victory over the Lake County Captains (28-30) on Wednesday night at Fifth Third Field. The Captains struck for two runs in the first off of Dragons’ starter Tanner Robles (4-3, 4.45 ERA).
Low-A Lake County right-handed reliever Jeff Johnson got off to a very slow start, but after a few tough outings he has been on quite a roll and has settled in as the closer for the team. A year removed from the draft and an injury scare, he is back pitching as good as he ever has. Stephanie Metzger talked to him this week and provides the details on his season to date.
The draw on Monday night at Lake County was Indians catcher Carlos Santana, who was making a rehab start with the Captains. Santana is coming off the new 7-day concussion disabled list. However, the fans who stuck around after Santana left the game saw a great minor league baseball game. Lake County (28-29) needed thirteen innings, but won Monday night’s rubber match with Fort Wayne (27-31) in walk off fashion.
The Midwest League has announced their mid-season All Star teams and the Lake County Captains have three representatives on the Eastern Division squad. Francisco Lindor will be the starting shortstop on the squad and he will be joined by starting pitchers Cody Anderson and Joe Colon at the All Star game on June 19 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva, IL which is the home of the Kane County Cougars.
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!