Every winter, Tony Lastoria produces the preeminent Indians prospect rankings each winter. With the season in full swing, and our massive website being Tony's major focus, Jim Pete has modified the top 22, taking into account performance, the draft, and several other criteria over the course of the first 2/3rds of the season. You must have a subscription to view #2-7, #9-#14 and #16-#22, but the players residing at #1, #8 and #15 are free! Here's a look at #1 (and more), after the jump....
A lot of people think that being a minor league player or coach is a glamorous lifestyle, but that is far from the truth. The reality is that for those with families it requires a strong commitment from all parties involved while they deal with all of the travel, time apart, ever-changing living arrangements, and low pay. Tony recently sat down and talked to the the wives of Lake County coaches Dave Wallace and Jeff Harris to get their side of the minor league lifestyle.
The Lake County Captains fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernals 2-1 on Monday, despite a six-inning no-hit bid by starter Shawn Morimando. Morimando, a 5’11” lefty, took the bump for the Captains against Cedar Rapids lefty Eswarlin Jimenez, and was the hard-luck loser in Monday afternoon's ballgame.
The Lake County Captains were able to break free of a three game losing skid on Sunday afternoon with a 10-6 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Felix Sterling broke from his recent role as the long man in the Lake County bullpen to toe the rubber as manager Dave Wallace’s starting pitcher on the afternoon. Wallace’s decision to hand the pill to Sterling proved to be just what the doctor ordered for a Captains team that had been scuffling on this road swing.
A late-inning rally effort fell short for the Lake County Captains as they could not overcome the Cedar Rapids Kernals on Saturday night, resulting in a 4-3 loss. All-Star right-hander Cody Anderson graced the mound for the Captains against Cedar Rapids righty Dan Reynolds.
DAVENPORT, IA — The Quad Cities River Bandits (15-12, 50-46) took the lead in the fourth inning and the bullpen closed down the remainder of the game, earning a 5-3 win over the Lake County Captains (14-13, 45-51) on Friday.
The Captains are currently on a five-game winning streak and everything is clicking for them. Jordan Smith was named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week for the second time this season, and lots of other players on the roster have really played well of late. Lianna Holub checks in with her weekly notebook "On-Deck with the Captains" to recap the week that was...
In today’s Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the no-hitter by lefty Giovanni Soto and the development he has made this year as a prospect, the strides Jordan Smith has made both offensively and defensively, he runs through another infirmary report with several updates on some of the walking wounded in the system, talks with the Indians front office about players at several different levels in the system, and tons more.
The Lake County Captains (14-11, 45-49) jumped out to an early 5-0 lead and Shawn Morimando pitched six great innings to defeat the Quad Cities River Bandits (13-12, 48-46) on Thursday night. With the win Lake County matched a season high with five straight wins.
Low-A Lake County catcher Alex Lavisky has not performed up to expectations so far in his second full season as a professional, but he has the aptitude, the tools, and the drive to get better. There are few players in the system with more class and with as great a makeup as him, and he continues to work hard every day to get things right in the hope things eventually click and come together.
The Lake County Captains (13-11) swept the Beloit Snappers (10-14) out of Classic Park on Monday night in walk-off fashion by a score of 9-8. Pinch runner Todd Hankins came around to score the winning run on a wild pitch by Snapper reliever Corey Williams in the bottom of the ninth inning.
A new feature being tested out on the IPI today, one that ranks the top 20 performances in the Indians' entire farm system from the past week. Tony gives some thoughts and insight on those performances, a list that includes the likes of Giovanni Soto, Luigi Rodriguez, Jordan Smith, Jeanmar Gomez, Jake Sisco, Matt Packer, Steven Wright, Bo Greenwell and lots more.
The 2014 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!