The Lake County Captains (26-29) fell by a score of 3-1 to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (27-29) on Cleveland Sports History Night at Classic Park. For the second consecutive night, post-game fireworks were cancelled due to windy conditions. However, on Saturday, Lake County failed to provide the in-game fireworks to replace those cancelled after the contest.
It took one of the wackiest games of the season for Lake County (26-28) to finally end its five-game losing skid, defeating West Michigan (25-30) 8-7 to avoid the sweep. As the old adage goes, you never know what you are going to get in baseball. That was the case in the eighth inning of Friday night’s contest at Classic Park.
Tony recently sat down with Carter Hawkins in the Indians Player Development Department and discussed how things look in the system as the quarter pole in the minor league season was recently passed. They discussed over 16 players with how they are doing and what strides they are making, namely Cord Phelps, Corey Kluber, Bryan Price, Jeremie Tice, Carlos Moncrief, Shawn Armstrong, Jeff Johnson, Grant Sides, Dorsyss Paulino and more.
The West Michigan Whitecaps (25-29) used a four-run ninth inning to steal a victory from Lake County (25-28) on Thursday afternoon at Classic Park. It was the fifth consecutive loss for the Captains, who fall to 0-6 against West Michigan at home this season.
This week in Minor Happenings, Tony talks about the continued resurgence of left-handed pitching prospect T.J. House and the surprising good play of late of first baseman Jerrud Sabourin. Also, comments from the Indians front office are provided on several infielders in the system, and he provides an update on several players like Ezequiel Carrera, Bryce Stowell, Steven Wright, Carlos Moncrief, Grant Sides and more.
After starting the week 3-0, the Captains went into a tailspin and finished the week at 3-4. The hitting improved from late week but the pitching was not very good and has struggled some of late. Lianna Holub takes a look at the week that was for the Captains in her weekly notebook "On-Deck with the Captains".
The Lake County Captains fell short in the first of a three-game series as Tommy Collier tossed a complete game 1-0 shutout for the West Michigan Whitecaps. Right-hander Joe Colon (5-4, 2.93) took the bump for the Captains against West Michigan righty Tommy Collier (2-4, 3.04). Colon was coming off a strong six-inning showing, during which he allowed just five hits and two runs at West Michigan.
It is Wednesday, which means it is time to take stock on some of the players in the Indians’ minor league system that are increasing their value and others that are dropping in value. In today's premium feature, Tony provides info on potential callups and prospect stock tips on 20 players including Matt LaPorta, Scott Barnes, Matt Lawson, T.J. McFarland, Rob Bryson, Adam Abraham, Jeremie Tice, Tyler Holt, Kyle Blair, Shawn Armstrong, Jerrud Sabourin, Luis DeJesus, Jordan Smith and more!
Here is the (heavily delayed) transaction rundown with a look back at a week that began with shuffling in the minor league rosters marked by the return to health of hot corner prospects Lonnie Chisenhall and Giovanny Urshela, and ended with Zach McAllister's return to Columbus to make room for Juan Diaz in Cleveland and Matt Lawson's return to competitive baseball from extended spring training.
The Lansing Lugnuts (37-14) used another big inning to beat the Lake County Captains (25-26) for the third consecutive game, 10-9. Lansing outscored Lake County 37-21 in the four game series. It was a left-handed starting matchup for the series finale with the Captains sending Elvis Araujo to face David Rollins for Lansing.
The Lake County Captains (25-25) were lit up again by the Lansing Lugnuts (36-14) offense for the second night in the row. Lansing had 19 hits on the night, which provided plenty of fireworks for Memorial Day. Felix Sterling (2-4, 5.90) came to Cooley Law School Stadium on Monday thinking he would move past his last outing of 12 runs in less than three innings against West Michigan.
In today's Q&A session, Tony sits down and talks with Low-A Lake County pitching coach Jeff Harris about an assortment of pitchers on the current roster and discusses how they are doing, some of the adjustments they are making this season, how their development is coming along, and lots more.
Sunday was a forgettable afternoon for the Captains, who dropped the second game of a four-game series to the Lansing Lugnuts 10-1. It was a rough day for every pitcher who took the mound for Lake County, starting with Shawn Morimando (1-1, 4.50). Morimando lasted just three innings, surrendering five runs on seven hits and two walks. Only four of the runs were earned
Dave Wallace was a catcher in the Indians minor league system a few years ago, and his best season as a player came during a short stop during Low-A Lake County's inaugural season in 2003. Since then he had not been back to Lake County until this year when he returned as the manager and with a whole new perspective.
The 2014 Cleveland Indians Baseball Insider book featuring the Indians' Top 100 Prospects and more is now available. Also, previous editions from 2008-2012 are also available at a discounted rate. Just click on the book image for more information. Thanks again for all the support!