Tony chimes in with a new edition of the IPI Hot List, a piece that will become a weekly staple next season and ranks the top 20 performances in the Indians' system from the past seven days. In no way does it rank or list players based on value; it is simply a snapshot of the top 20 performances from the past week without any discrimination regarding whether a player is a prospect or not. In this week's list Tony provides insight and updates on players like Cord Phelps, Danny Salazar, Dorssys Paulino, Mitch Brown, Mason Radeke, Rob Nixon, Ronny Rodriguez, David Huff, Anthony Santander, and lots of others.
Danny Jimenez led the Lake County Captains to a 6-0 shutout victory on Tuesday over the Lansing Lugnuts to take three of four to close out the series. Jimenez (2-3, 5.24) toed the rubber for his sixth start for the Captains to counter Lansing’s Noah Syndergaard (7-5, 2.88).
The Lansing Lugnuts (29-25, 76-47) took an early 4-0 lead after the first inning and added to it while the pitching staff two-hit the Lake County Captains (30-25, 61-63) for a 10-0 win on Monday night. With the loss, Lake County snapped a three game winning streak.
In this week’s second edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at the outstanding season to date from shortstop Dorssys Paulino and ponders if he should be the Indians #1 rated prospect. In addition to that he runs down a gauntlet of injuries in the system with updates on LeVon Washington, Clayton Cook, Hector Rondon and others, plus a look at Matt LaPorta’s fade, Giovanny Urshela’s improved power, Matt Lawson’s future, the overlooked but impressive debut of Anthony Santander, and lots more!
The Lake County Captains (27-24, 58-62) fell to the Dayton Dragons (22-28, 52-68) by a final of 12-6 at Fifth Third Field on Thursday night. Lake County committed five errors on the night, a season high. Lake County also threw one wild pitch in the second game of a three game series in Dayton.
The Lake County Captains (27-23, 58-61) came right out of the gates with six runs in the first four innings and the pitching staff threw a five hit shutout to back the offense up in a 7-0 win over the Dayton Dragons (21-28, 51-68) on Wednesday night.
In this week’s first edition of Minor Happenings, Tony takes a look at Tyler Sturdevant's return to form, where he is at in his recovery from injury, and his Major League potential in the near future. He also looks at the progress being made by promising young lefty Luis Lugo in Arizona, why Giovanni Soto was shut down, provides lots of comments from Ross Atkins on the trade deadline decision-making process, plus updates and information on players like Matt Langwell, Chun Chen, Ronny Rodriguez, Jose Ramirez, Robbie Aviles, Claudio Bautista, and more.
Jake Lowery led the Lake County Captains over the South Bend Silver Hawks as he hit his sixth home run of the season to carry the Captains to a 10-6 victory on Sunday. Elvis Araujo (6-9, 5.21) received the win for the Captains as he countered South Bend’s 6’8” lefty Andrew Barbosa (2-3, 3.89).
The South Bend Silver Hawks used a three run sixth inning to pull away from the Lake County Captains and fly to a 7-2 win on Saturday night. Lake County has lost three straight games and is now tied with South Bend for the last playoff spot.
Low-A Lake County catcher Jake Lowery's season to date has not gone as he hoped it would at the outset. After starting the season at High-A Carolina, he ran into some struggles and was reassigned to Lake County in July. With just a few weeks left in the season he wants to finish strong and give himself something to build on for next year. Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with him to discuss how things are going.
After five and one half innings of play between the Lake County Captains and the Great Lakes Loons on Friday night, both teams could only sit and watch as Mother Nature began joined the contest as an uninvited third party.
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