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Single-A
35300 Vine Street
Eastlake, OH 44095
Phone: 440-975-8085

Manager: Mark Budzinski
Pitching Coach: Rigo Beltran
Hitting Coach: Shuan Larkin

May 15, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Rodriguez is slowly coming around
The Lake County Captains picked up a pair of wins last week before the team was plagued by a four-game losing skid. The pitching staff struggled, despite the offense's attempts to produce more runs, except for a shutout May 13. Now posting an 11-28 overall record, the Captains sit in the bottom of the Midwest League standings, 12 games out of first place. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the week that was for the Captains and checks in on how Nellie Rodriguez is adjusting to his second year at Lake County.
May 15, 2014   (25 comments)
Around the Farm: May 14, 2014
No matter how often we see that April stats have little predictive use for the rest of the season, it is hard not to react to someone's extreme highs or lows out of the gate. Following about as bad of an April as you can see, it was easy to pile on Ronny Rodriguez. But Rodriguez's recent hot stretch is yet another reason why we cannot make any profound judgment on April stats. Join Jim Piascik as he writes about Rodriguez's powerful day, Tyler Naquin hitting the ball hard, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 14, 2014   (2 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Lake County manager Mark Budzinski
In today's debut Coach's Corner piece of the season, the IBI's Tony Lastoria sat down with Low-A Lake County manager Mark Budzinski and talked about several things pertaining to his roster. They discussed Anthony Santander’s role and why he is only DHing, the emergence of Jordan Milbrath, the good start by Adam Plutko, what Dace Kime is working on, what has changed for Robbie Aviles, the new piggyback philosophy and lots more.
May 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains lose rain-shortened game to Fort Wayne, 8-6
The Lake County Captains scored four runs through the first two innings before losing, 8-6, to the Fort Wayne TinCaps Wednesday. Lake County struck twice in each of the first two, but Fort Wayne bounced back to scored five runs in the third. Captains started Adam Plutko took the loss after giving up seven runs on 11 hits in four innings of work. The game ended early due to rain.
May 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains shutout, fall to Tincaps
The Fort Wayne Tincaps (16-21) shutout the Lake County Captains (11-27) 7-0 in the rainy, middle game of the three-game series on Tuesday evening. The game featured a 77-minute rain delay in the middle of the fourth inning. Lake County has dropped three-straight games.
May 13, 2014   (7 comments)
The IBI Hot List: Plutko is pitching his way to a promotion
The IBI Hot List showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today’s listing includes 20 players and over 2500 words, and highlights players such as Adam Plutko, Paul Hendrix, Anthony Gallas, Joe Wendle, Cody Anderson, Torsten Boss, Jeremy Lucas and many others.
May 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains lose early lead, game to Fort Wayne, 10-5
The Lake County Captains dropped their second straight game by losing to the Fort Wayne TinCaps, 10-5, Monday. Lake County held a 3-0 lead early, but gave it up before coming back to tie the game at five. Fort Wayne ended up scoring once in the fifth and four times in the sixth to post the winning margin. Dace Kime fell to 0-6 on the year, giving up 10 hits and six runs in five innings of work.
May 11, 2014   (3 comments)
The WAR Room: Lindor leading the way
For the first time this season, The WAR Room is bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. Now that we have about five weeks of the season in the books, the numbers are starting to look like something we can use. This week Jim Piascik takes a look at the hitters throughout the system, including Francisco Lindor's torrid start with the RubberDucks, Jesus Aguilar's powerful surge in Columbus, and much more.
May 11, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains fall to Hot Rods, 6-3
The Lake County Captains couldn’t maintain a one-run lead over the Bowling Green Hot Rods as they fell 6-3. Right-hander Robbie Aviles (0-1, 1.47) crafted another solid start for the Captains opposite Bowling Green lefty Blake Snell (2-2, 2.54), who punched out nine hitters through six innings.
May 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains win with walk-off balk in 11th inning against Bowling Green
After posting 10 runs through six innings, the Lake County Captains allowed the Bowling Green Hot Rods to storm back form a nine-run deficit to tie the game. Neither team scored in the ninth or tenth before the Captains scored off a Bowling Green balk in the 11th. Clint Frazier, Anthony Santander, Grant Fink and Brian Ruiz each tallied two hits while Claudio Bautista scored the winning run.
May 9, 2014   (9 comments)
Minor Happenings: When will Aguilar come to Cleveland?
In this week's week-ending edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about the waiting game for Jesus Aguilar’s arrival in Cleveland and what the Indians are waiting for, provides lots of front office comments on some players at Double-A Akron, provides injury updates on several players including LeVon Washington and Bryan Price, and provides lots of insight and information on prospects such as Bryson Myles, Joe Wendle, Anthony Gallas, Dorssys Paulino and others!
May 9, 2014   (31 comments)
Around the Farm: May 8, 2014
Some nights, nothing of note happens on the Cleveland sports scene. Others go absolutely crazy (and I'm not just talking about the glorious arrival of Johnny Manziel). The big league team got a win Thursday, but the minor leagues were filled with great performances as well. Adam Plutko put together the best outing of his career, Francisco Lindor hit a huge grand slam, Trevor Bauer continued dealing, and that is just the beginning. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps it all and takes you Around the Farm.
May 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains, Plutko shine in 5-1 win, end 4-game skid
The Lake County Captains (10-24) broke their four-game losing streak with a dominant pitching performance and a couple of long balls on Thursday evening at Classic Park. The Captains took game one of the series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods (15-18) 5-1, snapping the Hot Rods’ six-game winning streak.
May 8, 2014   (2 comments)
On-Deck with the Captains: Hendrix takes over as shortstop
The Lake County Captains had an interesting week that consisted of an 18-inning game, position players pitching and the departure of Dorssys Paulino. Now 9-24, the team remains in the basement of the Midwest League. One player who isn't struggling is shortstop Paul Hendrix, who will look for more playing time with Paulino gone. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently spoke with Hendrix and recaps the Captains' previous week.
May 8, 2014   (20 comments)
Around the Farm: May 7, 2014
Following a down season at the plate in 2013, it seemed like Roberto Perez was hitting the wall. But the new season brought Perez health and a reinvigorated performance as the catcher is enjoying the best offensive season of his professional career. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Perez, the continued emergence of Jordan Milbrath, and the rest of the action Wednesday night in the minor leagues as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 7, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains lose early lead, fall to West Michigan, 4-1
After going up 1-0 in the top of the first inning, the Lake County Captains lost to the West Michigan Whitecaps, 4-1, Wednesday. Lake County was led by catcher Eric Haase, who went 2 for 4, but his run was the only score the Captains could muster. Jordan Milbrath took the loss, despite not giving up a single earned run. He pitched six innings and gave up five hits and three unearned runs to go with three strikeouts and two walked batters.
May 7, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains fall to West Michigan, 3-1
The Lake County Captains (9-23) could not hold on to a 1-0 early lead as the West Michigan Whitecaps (19-13) scored three unanswered runs to take the middle game of the series 3-1 on Tuesday night.
May 6, 2014   (11 comments)
Minor Happenings: Aviles is nearing his pre-draft form
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings which focuses on the pitching in the Indians organization, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the hot start by Robbie Aviles and why he has had more success this season. He also breaks down Trevor Bauer’s outstanding start to his season and the work he put in over the offseason to get where he is today, provides lots of comments and quotes from the front office on some key prospects at Triple-A Columbus, and provides insight and updates on players such as Austin Adams, Will Roberts, Cole Sulser, Kenny Mathews, T.J. House and more.
May 5, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains lose to West Michigan in 18-inning marathon
The Lake County Captains scored twice in the third inning to even the score before embarking on a wild ride Monday night. Neither team scored between the fourth and 16th innings, before both added a run in the 17th. Lake County was held scoreless in the top of the 18th before West Michigan finished it off. Outfielder Cody Ferrell got the loss and outfielder Brian Ruiz got a blown save as the Captains emptied the bull pen, and the dugout.
May 5, 2014   (3 comments)
The IBI Hot List: Lindor is finding his groove at Akron
It is Monday, which means it is time to recap all of the hot and cold performances in the Indians minor league system over the past week. The Hot List showcases the Top 15 performances from the previous seven days as well as the Bottom 5 performances over the past seven days, and includes insight, information and more on each player listed. Today’s listing includes 20 players and over 2500 words on players such as Francisco Lindor, Paul Hendrix, Anthony Santander, Kenny Mathews, Duke von Schamann, D.J. Brown and more.

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