April 18, 2014 (14 comments)
In Adam Plutko's first start, he had the run prevention without the dominance. In his second start, he had the strikeouts, but not the run prevention. So what happened in Plutko's third start Thursday night? The 2013 11th round draft pick and College World Series champion put it all together. Join Jim Piascik as he looks at Plutko's overall brilliance, a few notable season debuts (including Clint Frazier day), and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 18, 2014 (0 comments)
Lake County left fielder Cody Ferrell tallied three hits, including a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning, as the Captains beat the Burlington Bees by a final of 6-3. Ferrell now has eight RBI’s on the season. The Captains snapped an eight-game losing streak with the win.
April 17, 2014 (10 comments)
It is the first Minor Happenings of the year! The IBI's Tony Lastoria dives right into things with tons of information on Indians prospects throughout the system. He talks about Jesus Aguilar's start and how the Indians are experimenting with him a little to potentially add more versatility, provides some insight and thoughts on recent pickup Duke von Schamann, provide lots of injury details on all of the walking wounded throughout the system, provides a bevy of comments from the front office on the likes of Kyle Crockett and others, and also tons of insight into players like Trevor Bauer, Giovanny Urshela, Erik Gonzalez, Nellie Rodriguez and more.
April 17, 2014 (32 comments)
Thanks to some bad weather Tuesday night, Akron, Carolina, and Lake County had doubleheaders Wednesday. With seven games on the slate throughout the system, there was plenty of action on the minor league front. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down, including yet another dominant Trevor Bauer start, Ryan Merritt continuing to put up strong outings, and much more as he takes you on a lengthy trip Around the Farm.
April 16, 2014 (0 comments)
A doubleheader led to two more losses for the Lake County Captains Wednesday night. The Captains, who have now lost eight consecutive games, fell to the Peoria Chiefs, 4-0, two times in a row. The offense simply never got going for Lake County, as the team totaled seven hits over 14 innings of play.
April 16, 2014 (5 comments)
The Lake County Captains are currently stuck in a six-game losing streak. Since the season's start, the team's arms have struggled as they've allowed more runs than any team in the Midwest League. The bright side rests within the bats, where power has proved to be beneficial. IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the Captains' first 11 games.
April 15, 2014 (0 comments)
After multiple rain delays, the Lake County Captains lost to the Peoria Chiefs in a 15-run game. The final score of 9-6 was displayed along side a box score that tallied just five hits with eight errors for the Captains. Five errors from shortstop Dorssys Paulino contributed to an overall forgettable night for the Lake County defense.
April 14, 2014 (5 comments)
The IBI Hot List returns this week with the first edition recapping the hot performances to date in the Indians system. This listing is a quick rundown through the hottest and some of the coldest players in the Indians system over the past seven days with news and insight into their performances. The IBI's Tony Lastoria ranks the performances of them all, including names like Aguilar, Bauer, Myles, Merritt, Lucas, Head, Ferrell and more!
April 12, 2014 (0 comments)
A comeback attempt fell short for The Lake County Captains as they lost to the Kane County Cougers 9-8 Saturday. Adam Plutko lasted less than five innings, giving up five runs, while Juan Panigua tossed four two-hit innings for Kane County. The Lake County offense was hot at times, but not enough to overcome five extra-base hits from the Cougars.
April 11, 2014 (0 comments)
The Kane County Cougars (5-3) fought back to take an early lead and they held on to a 6-4 win over the Lake County Captains (4-4) despite two homers from Nellie Rodriguez. The Captains have dropped three straight games after a 4-1 start to the season.
April 11, 2014 (17 comments)
As a soon-to-be 24-year-old just now debuting at Double-A, Joe Wendle is bound to have some questions about his future. So far in 2014, Wendle is doing what he does best to answer those questions -- hitting -- and Thursday night was no different. Joining Wendle is a catcher in Lake County continuing his development, some rough pitching performances throughout the system, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 10, 2014 (0 comments)
The Clinton LumberKings (4-3) roughed up the Lake County Captains (4-3) pitching staff to the tune of 12 runs on 14 hits to take the series finale and rubber match on Thursday night. The Lumberkings won the game in a landslide 12-2, and also took the series 2-1.
April 10, 2014 (3 comments)
Trevor Frank prefers to spend his free time surfing, but the waves of Lake Erie may not produce a swell large enough for shortboards. Frank doesn’t mind, however, because he’s spending his summer toeing the rubber rather than rails of a surfboard. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the Low-A Lake County reliever and talks about his ascent up the pro ranks...
April 10, 2014 (19 comments)
Death, taxes (which Jim Piascik finished last night), and #WashTime making noise on the field. Anyone familiar with Cleveland's minor league system knows to expect great things when LeVon Washington is on the field and Wednesday was no exception. Joining Washington is a Lake County pitcher showing some surprising swing and miss in his game, a pair of organizational debuts with the RubberDucks, and more. Join Jim as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 9, 2014 (0 comments)
After going down 4-0, the Lake County Captains couldn't make a late comeback, losing to the Clinton Lumberkings, 4-1. The Captainssent Luis Lugo to the mound, but he lasted less than four innings before being removed from the game. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Captains.
April 9, 2014 (1 comments)
The Lake County Captains (4-1) jumped out to a 6-1 lead and held off a late Clinton LumberKings (2-3) surge in a 6-5 win on the road at Ashford University Field. The Captains have won four straight games after dropping the season opener.
April 6, 2014 (0 comments)
Lake County (3-1) scored their only two runs of the game in the eighth inning, but it was just enough to top the Lansing Lugnuts 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Classic Park. Lake County won the four game series with the victory on Sunday.
April 5, 2014 (1 comments)
Lake County Captains manager Mark Budzinski led his team to its first two wins of the season, and the first two if his professional career. Jordan Milbrath pitched a complete-game shutout in game two after the Captains came back from a big deficit to win game one. Both contests were shortened to seven innings, but that's all Lake County needed to finish the day unscathed.
April 5, 2014 (0 comments)
Carlos Ramirez tripled home D.J. Davis in the top half of the fourth inning to add an insurance run en route to a 8-2 Lugnuts victory. Ramirez later scored in the inning on a ground out. Lansing led 7-1 after four innings.
April 3, 2014 (3 comments)
It is opening day in the minor leagues. Tonight three of the Indians full season affiliates Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina will open while Low-A Lake County opens up their season on Friday. In our annual preview of the Indians minor league system, several IBI writers share their thoughts on what to watch this season, who can breakout, and so much more.