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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

May 19, 2014   (0 comments)
The IBI Hot List: Milbrath is working through first struggles
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 Jordan Milbrath, Giovanny Urshela, Todd Hankins, Robbie Aviles, Eric Haase, Cody Anderson and many others.
May 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County outclassed by West Michigan, 9-3
The West Michigan Whitecaps (25-18) pulled away from the Lake County Captains (13-30) with a five-run sixth inning winning 9-3 on Sunday afternoon. The Whitecaps broke the Captains two-game winning streak, and managed a split of the four-game series.
May 18, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: Plutko's performance paces the organization
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the hitters last week, today we focus on the pitchers. It is still early enough that there is some noise in the numbers, but at this point in the season, we are starting to see some interesting trends emerge. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including Adam Plutko's dominance of the Midwest League, a look at some straggling RubberDucks, and much more.
May 17, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains deflate West Michigan Whitecaps, 5-2
The Lake County Captains (13-29) deflated the sails of the West Michigan Whitecaps (24-18) in a 5-2 win May 17. Dace Kime (0-6, 7.82) received the start for the Captains opposite Whitecaps’ righty Jonathon Crawford (1-1, 2.73). Both squads went scoreless through the first two innings until the Captains struck first. Centerfielder Clint Frazier led off the inning with a walk and reached third on a single by shortstop Paul Hendrix. With one out, designated Anthony Santander singled to right to plate Frazier, giving the Captains the early 1-0 lead.
May 17, 2014   (1 comments)
Confident Aviles is making strides in Lake County
It’s been four years since Robbie Aviles was drafted, but his confidence is at an all-time high. He suffered an elbow injury right before the 2010 draft, and now with a repaired elbow he is set out to repair his status as a prospect arm. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the talented righty to talk about his success so far this season and maintaining it.
May 17, 2014   (3 comments)
Around The Farm: May 16, 2014
An All-Star in 2012, Bryan LaHair should be in Columbus as he works his way back toward the major leagues. Circumstances have him playing in Akron, however, which was a good thing for the RubberDucks Friday night. The first baseman led the RubberDucks to a win in extra innings in addition to headlining the night on the farm. Join Arthur Kinney as he analyzes LaHair's night and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 16, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Who is this Hendrix guy?
In this week’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the impressive showing this month from Low-A Lake County infielder Paul Hendrix and provides some insight and information as to what kind of prospect he is, where his strengths lie, and whether he can keep up his torrid play. He also takes a look at Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Adam Plutko who is having an exceptional pro debut, provides a ton of injury updates with some news of some prospects who could be on the move today, and a lot of information on players such as Justin Sellers, Tyler Sturdevant, Torsten Boss, Eric Haase and others!
May 16, 2014   (19 comments)
Around the Farm: May 15, 2014
Sometimes baseball can be a vicious, what have you done for me lately business. You can ask Scott Barnes about that side of the game. The left-hander was one of the top prospects in the system as recently as last season, but Barnes' struggles in 2013 left him dropping in the rankings and in the major league pecking order. The talent is still there for Barnes, however, as he showed Thursday. Join Jim Piascik as he details Barnes' dominant showing, Matt Carson hitting the ball well, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 15, 2014   (0 comments)
Whitecaps Down Captains 5-2, skid reaches five
Raph Rymes singled home Harold Castro to add an insurance run in the eighth inning, and the Whitecaps defeated the Captains 5-2 on Thursday. Lake County has now dropped five-straight games, and their record on the road fell to 2-18.
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!

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