In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the big month that outfielder Carlos Moncrief had and just what kind of prospect he is for the Indians. He also checks in on the progress that right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker is making this season, provides several comments from the front office on players in the upper levels like Bryan Price, Jose Ramirez, Jose Flores, Ronny Rodriguez, Enosil Tejeda and others, and offers up updates and insight into the development of Toru Murata, Shawn Morimando, Juan Romero, Anderson Polanco and more!
The Lake County Captains suffered a four-game losing streak this past week, but have rebounded over the last three days winning three straight. The offense still struggles to produce runs, but the batting averages have collectively jumped. The starting rotation stepped things up as only one start was rough this week and the bullpen has done its best to keep the team within games. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was for the Captains...
Eastlake, Ohio- The Lake County Captains (8-5, 31-49) used three RBI’s from Todd Hankins to defeat the Lansing Lugnuts (2-10, 34-47) on Tuesday night by a final score of 6-2. The Captains have won three straight games.
The Lake County Captains came back from a 3-0 deficit early to defeat the Fort Wayne Tincaps 6-3 on Monday night at Classic Park. The Captains won the final two games to win their eighth series of 2013.
The Indians got a sensational performance on the mound on Sunday from Low-A right-handed pitcher Dylan Baker, and he has really strung together some good starts of late. Tony touches on him and many other players that were in action on Sunday from Akron to Arizona.
After falling to The TinCaps on Saturday night, The Captains came out with an early run lead to take down Fort Wayne, 1-0. Sunday was also a dominating performance from starting right hander Dylan Baker.
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.
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