The Lake County Captains celebrated a 6-3 victory on Wednesday night as center fielder Luigi Rodriguez went 3-for-4 in the team’s return home for a three-game series against the Peoria Chiefs. Right-hander Cody Anderson (1-0, 3.00 ERA) took the bump for the Captains for his third start of the season as lefty Gerardo Concepcion (0-0, 0.00 ERA) made his season debut for Peoria. Concepcion was signed by the Chicago Cubs in March 2011, inking a five-year, $3 million deal with a $3 million signing bonus.
Time to unveil a new weekly premium feature on the IPI, the "Stock Watch". In this weekly report, four to six players at each level in the Indians system will be graded on their currently standing (stock) in the organization and whether their stock is way up, trending up, neutral, trending down, or way down. Insight gained from scouts and evaluators will be used in this report.
The Lake County Captains (5-14) attempted a rally in the ninth inning of the series finale but were unable to score the go-ahead run against the Kane County Cougars (10-9) and fell 6-5. Kane County drew first blood with two outs in the third inning off of Captains’ starter Joe Colon (1-2, 4.26 ERA). Third baseman Michael Antonio reached on a single and then stole second and advanced to third on an error by catcher Alex Monsalve. Right fielder Jorge Bonifacio doubled home Antonio, and then center fielder Lane Adams singled to center to score Bonifacio. The Cougars led 2-0 after three innings.
In today's Minor Happenings, Tony gets us caught up on how Tim Fedroff is performing and what he is working on, marvels at the performance of Chris Seddon in his last start, gives injury updates on Jordan Smith, Levon Washington and others, provides lots of comments on players from Mudcats manager Edwin Rodriguez, breaks down Roberto Perez's slow start, talks about the emergence of Kyle Petter, and lots more!
The Lake County Captains (5-13) engaged in a late inning slugfest with the Kane County Cougars (9-9) and defeated the Cougars 11-8 on Monday afternoon. Captains’ starter Will Roberts and Cougars’ starter Kellen Moen continued the pitcher’s duel from Sunday with two and a half perfect innings to start the ballgame. Kane County capitalized on some fielding mistakes to take an early lead in the third.
In this season's first "Three Up, Three Down" report - a new premium feature on the IPI, Tony takes a look at some of the notable good and bad performances from the past week in the Indians' minor league system. He breaks down the performance of six players: Cody Anderson, Kyle Bellows, Cole Cook, Cord Phelps, Bryce Stowell, and Tony Wolters.
GENEVA, IL- The Lake County Captains (4-13) opened a three game series at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark and fell victim to a 1-0 loss to the Kane County Cougars (9-8) on Sunday. The Captains started left-hander Elvis Araujo to face the Cougars. He allowed a single in the first inning to second baseman Daniel Mateo but was able to get an inning ending double play off the bat of third baseman Michael Antonio.
The Captains’ bullpen struggles continued on Saturday night as the Captains (4-12) dropped the rubber match 8-5 to the LumberKings (5-11). The LumberKings started the game with two runs in the first inning off of Captains starter Felix Sterling. Centerfielder Jamal Austin led off the game with a single and then stole second. Designated hitter Jabari Blash took a one out walk and then first baseman Ramon Morla singled to load the bases.
After suffering through a 10-game losing streak, the Lake County Captains finally set sail with a 7-0 win over the Clinton LumberJacks on Friday. All systems were go for the Captains as they were anchored by another quality start, while the offense caught fire and the bullpen found its niche.
After dropping nine straight games, seven of which were at home, the Lake County Captains looked to change their luck as they hit the road to take on the Clinton LumberKings on Thursday night. The change in venue did not help as the Captains lost their tenth straight game, falling to Clinton by a score of 2-1. Starting for Lake County was Joe Colon, who had a rough outing in his previous start on Saturday when he surrendered six runs in 2.2 innings of work. This time around Colon was locked in as he provided the Captains with a stellar start allowing one run in six innings.
It's time for another edition of the Happenings in the Cleveland Indians farm system. Today Tony talks about the hot hitting Jared Goedert and what he needs to do get a big league opportunity, has lots of quotes from Ross Atkins on the Low-A Lake County roster, gives an update on the health of LeVon Washington and others, and discusses lots of other players like House, Barnes, Diaz, Chisenhall, Tice, Sterling, Stowell and more!
The Captains are taking on water fast and sinking quickly during a current 9-game losing streak. The offense and pitching are in a funk where on the recent homestand they allowed 57 runs and scored only 23 runs in 7 games. Lianna Holub sorts it all out in her weekly review of the Lake County Captains.
The West Michigan Whitecaps defeated the Lake County Captains 8-5 on Wednesday afternoon in Eastlake. The big inning was the ninth inning. The Whitecaps scored four runs in the ninth. The big hit in the inning was a one out double by Brandon Loy that gave West Michigan the lead 6-5. The Whitecaps tacked on two more and took the game 8-5. During the seven game home stand (all losses by the Captains) Lake County gave up twenty runs in the final frame.
A new feature to (finally) debut on the IPI today, "The Radar Report". This is a self-explanatory report that will provide low, high, and average fastball velocities on a weekly basis for several prospects in the Indians' system. This week's report has radar information on close to two dozen players.
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!