For most players, the end of their playing career means the end of the line for their baseball career. But for some, they move into coaching, be it at the high school, college or even the professional level. One such person is Tony Mansolino who is in his third year of coaching with the Cleveland Indians and his first as hitting coach at Low-A Lake County. Tony recently sat down with him to talk about his transition into coaching and helping young Indians hitters.
After losing the first two games of the three game home series to the Loons, the Captains fell once again to the Loons on Friday night, 6-2. This brings their second half season record to 5-4, after starting out 5-1 on the road.
In today’s third edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the encouraging performance of short season Single-A Mahoning Valley infielder Claudio Bautista and what kind of prospect he truly is for the Indians. He also provides a ton of quotes and insight from Ross Atkins on several players at Double-A Akron like Ronny Rodriguez, Carlos Moncrief, Austin Adams and others, talks about the changes Will Roberts is working on, the injury to Luigi Rodriguez, and more.
The Great Lakes Loons (6-2, 33-45) used another great pitching performance to defeat the Lake County Captains (5-3, 28-47) on Thursday afternoon by a final score of 3-1. The Captains have lost two straight after sweeping Bowling Green earlier this week.
In today’s second edition of Minor Happenings for the week, Tony takes a look at the emergence of two high profile pitching prospects in Mahoning Valley with Caleb Hamrick and Luis Lugo. He also provides several comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina, the strides that Ronny Rodriguez continues to make, the prospect standing of Jerrud Sabourin, the injury concerns of Matt LaPorta, the inconsistency that Luis DeJesus is working through, the big pro debut of Clint Frazier and more.
Second-half turnarounds are commonly mentioned in baseball, and the case is no different for the Lake County Captains. Since the All-Star break, the team has posted a 5-1 record with some solid outings from the starting pitching staff. The offense has added a number of home runs as they hit eight this past week, so it seems things may be starting to come together for the 28-45 squad.
BOWLING GREEN, KY- The Lake County Captains (5-1, 28-45) used three run sixth and ninth innings to complete a three-game sweep of the Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-3, 42-33). The Captains won the Tuesday matinee 6-3.
In today’s special edition of Minor Happenings, Tony provides a ton of updates and comments from the Indians front office on the likes of Shawn Morimando, Eric Haase, Cody Penny, Louis Head, Caleb Hamrick, Luis Lugo and others, finds out what Clint Frazier is up to and when he will make his pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates on the likes of Alex Monsalve, LeVon Washington, Elvis Araujo, Shawn Armstrong and the whereabouts of Dillon Howard, and takes a look at the recent good play of Bryce Stowell and Yhoxian Median.
The Lake County Captains (3-1, 26-45) took advantage of two early Bowling Green errors to build an early lead and withheld a rally by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (3-1, 41-31) to win the series opener on Sunday evening 4-3.
DAYTON, OH- The Dayton Dragons (1-2, 29-43) tied the game in the bottom of the ninth and won it in the bottom of the tenth inning to defeat the Lake County Captains (2-1, 25-45) 6-5 to avoid the three-game sweep on Saturday night.
The Lake County Captains’ offense continued its tear through the second half of the season as they plated 11 runs in a victory over the Dayton Dragons on Friday night. Right-hander Luis DeJesus (2-7, 6.32) received the start for the Captains against Dayton righty Jackson Stephens (0-1, 6.75).
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