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

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

October 20, 2014   (13 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Biggest Breakthrough
Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Biggest Breakthrough in the minors. This award goes to the player who may not have been as highly touted coming into the season on prospect lists, but by the end of the season is definitely on the prospect map going into next season. The Indians had several players really breakthrough as prospects this season, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria talks about them all and picks his winner.
October 17, 2014   (13 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Biggest Disappointment
Today we continue with the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Biggest Disappointment in the minors. This is the one year-end award that no one wants to win and goes to the player who was a highly rated prospect coming into the season who performed poorly or suffered through an injury plagued season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues to hand out the postseason minor league hardware, though this is always the toughest one for him to hand out.
October 16, 2014   (3 comments)
Lake County Insider: 2014 season review - The pitchers
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will be providing year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's second part of his Lake County review, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the pitchers there such as Mitch Brown, Dace Kime, Luis Lugo, Anderson Polanco, Justin Brantley and many others...
October 16, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Defensive Player of the Year
If anyone watched the Cleveland Indians this season, they know that one of their biggest Achilles heels was their defense which was one of the worst units in the league. Thankfully, the Indians may have some defensive stalwarts ready to impact the big league roster and help them at some point next season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria continues his annual Tony Awards series with the unveiling of the Defensive Player of the Year.
October 15, 2014   (5 comments)
Lake County Insider: 2014 season review - The hitters
Over the next several weeks the IBI's Tony Lastoria will continue to provide year-end pieces like this for all of the Indians six minor league affiliates. With comments on 20-25 players for each team, these pieces are being broken up into two parts. In today's first part of his Lake County review, Tony had a chance to sit down with Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins to get the organization’s thoughts on the performance/development of some of the position players there such as Dorssys Paulino, Clint Frazier, Mike Papi, Eric Haase, Nellie Rodriguez and over a half a dozen others.
October 15, 2014   (11 comments)
2014 Tony Awards: Rookie of the Year
The Indians 2014 Draft class really impacted the system this season with a great many outstanding performances. They also got some nice pro debuts from some 2013 Draft picks and Latin American signings, and in all, had one of the more memorable years as far as pro debuts are concerned. The IBI's Tony Lastoria kicks off the annual Tony Awards and unveils his pick for Rookie of the Year....
October 13, 2014   (6 comments)
The 2014 IBI Awards: Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer
Welcome to the third annual edition of the IBI Awards! At the end of every year, we here at IBI vote on various categories relating to Cleveland baseball as we continue looking back on 2014 ahead of our 2015 offseason coverage. Today is the eighth and final installment of the IBI Awards, the Most Outstanding Minor Leaguer. Join Jim Piascik and the rest of IBI to find out which minor leaguers caught their eyes and who came out on top.
October 10, 2014   (9 comments)
Minor Happenings: Roberts is evolving into a big league arm
This is the final edition of Minor Happenings this season. In this piece the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at what kind of prospect right-handed pitcher Will Roberts is for the Indians and how seriously people should take him as one. He also looks at the good season from outfielder Clint Frazier, the combination of performance and development for lefty Ryan Merritt and provides lots of insight and information on players such as Bryson Myles, Joe Colon, Yonathan Mendoza, Anthony Vizcaya and others.
October 2, 2014   (38 comments)
Minor Happenings: Gonzalez's stock at shortstop is soaring
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the strides that shortstop Erik Gonzalez has made defensively and as a player overall and how he fits into things for the Indians long term. He also looks at the struggles that Cody Anderson went through this season, the problems that caused them and what he needs to do to correct them. In addition to that he looks at Sean Brady’s rise in the system and the next steps he needs to take to solidify his prospect status, some areas of concern with Francisco Lindor’s defense the Indians want to shore up, the emergence of Elvis Araujo as a left-handed relief option, and much more.
September 28, 2014   (3 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Lake County hitters season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Lake County Captains. After focusing on the Captains' pitchers last week, join Jim Piascik as this week he focuses on their hitters, including Eric Haase, Nellie Rodriguez, and Clint Frazier.
September 26, 2014   (7 comments)
Minor Happenings: It starts from the top with Allen
In today’s Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a long look at outfielder Greg Allen and really dissects his game and the future he has as a prospect for the Indians. He also provides insights from the front office on why Lindor, Urshela and others were not called up, looks at where Joe Wendle disappointed but also shined and why he is not far off from a bounce back, and provides insights into the developments of players such as Shawn Armstrong, Carlos Moncrief, Francisco Mejia, J.P. Feyereisen, Luis DeJesus and more…
September 24, 2014   (0 comments)
Q&A with Lake County Captains pitching coach Rigo Beltran
Originally born in Mexico, Rigo Beltran moved to the San Diego area at about six years old and it was there that his baseball dream started. He grew up with “Fernando Mania” as he idolized Fernando Valenzuela when he pitched for the Dodgers in the 1980s and found some success himself as a pitcher pitching 16 seasons in pro baseball from 1991-2006 before retiring to become a coach in 2007. He latched on with the Indians this past season and was the pitching coach at Low-A Lake County, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to talk about his career path and love for coaching.
September 21, 2014   (3 comments)
The WAR Room: 2014 Lake County pitchers season in review
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Lake County Captains. This week Jim Piascik focuses on the Captains' pitchers, including their strong trio of starting pitchers in Mitch Brown, Adam Plutko, and Luis Lugo. Join Jim as he recaps the 2014 Captains pitchers and takes you into The WAR Room.
September 18, 2014   (30 comments)
Minor Happenings: Wolters is ready to help the Indians in 2015
In today's Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the astounding rise of Tony Wolters into a legit Major League catcher. He provides lots of insight into his improvements defensively and why there should not be too much focus on his offense right now. He also goes into detail about Giovanny Urshela and his rise to legitimacy in the organization, what he improved on this season and how he fits into things going forward, looks at the outfield transition for Dorssys Paulino, Bradley Zimmer's excellent approach to hitting, notes some players that are heading to winter ball, and more.
September 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Cougars sweep Captains to win Midwest League crown
The Kane County Cougars showed that they were the top team in the Midwest League on Saturday night. They swept the Lake County Captains in three games by a final score of 7-2 to become the 2014 Midwest League Champions.
September 12, 2014   (7 comments)
Around the Farm: September 11, 2014
The Lake County Captains continued to slide in the Midwest League finals Thursday, falling 6-0 to the Kane County Cougars in Game #2. The loss leaves the Captains down 2-0 in the series and has them facing elimination when the action picks back up Saturday at Classic Park. Thursday's loss was an all-around effort, with rough performances across the board. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps it all and takes you Around the Farm.
September 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Cougars blank Captains 6-0, take commanding 2-0 series lead
The Kane County Cougars shutout the Captains 6-0 on Thursday night to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the best of five series. The series will shift to Lake County on Saturday where the Captains will look to extend the series.
September 11, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Captains off to rocky start in finals
The Lake County Captains got their second taste of champagne on Sept. 7 after sweeping the Fort Wayne TinCaps to advance to the championship round of the Midwest League playoffs. Unfortunately for the Captains, the offense was absent in Game 1 of the championship series in Kane County. Championship action continues this week and the team will return home on Sept. 13 for Game 3. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps what happened the past week...
September 11, 2014   (27 comments)
Around the Farm: September 10, 2014
The Midwest League finals started Wednesday night, with the Lake County Captains losing for the first time in the playoffs. Despite dropping Game #1 4-3 to the Kane County Cougars, there were still a few performances that stand out. One came from Bradley Zimmer, who is doing his best to show the organization he is ready to move quickly through the system. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Zimmer's night and the rest of the action in the series opener as he takes you Around the Farm.
September 10, 2014   (5 comments)
Captains fall in championship series opener, 4-3
The Kane County Cougars (1-0) took the lead in the bottom of the second and made it stick behind a great outing by Jen-Ho Tseng. The Cougars took game one from the Lake County Captains (0-1) 4-3 on Wednesday night.

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