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

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

June 24, 2014   (7 comments)
Seven Up: Indians prospects who have improved their stock
As we are at the unofficial halfway point of the minor league season with the Single-A second half underway, short season ball having started and the Double-A and Triple-A All Star games looming, now is a good time to focus in on the Indians prospects who have really improved their stock to the industry not just with their performance but more importantly their development this season. The IBI's Tony Lastoria has talked to lots of Indians personnel and scouts from other teams and in those conversations came up with seven players who have really jumped up in value this season.
June 22, 2014   (0 comments)
Haase, Captains knock off Silver Hawks, 6-3
The Lake County Captains (3-1) defeated the South Bend Silver Hawks (1-3) by the final score of 6-3 Sunday afternoon. The victory gave the Captains the series win over the Silver Hawks.
June 22, 2014   (1 comments)
The WAR Room: Aguilar, Ramirez stay hot in Columbus
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. After looking at the pitchers last week, today we focus on the hitters, in particular Jesus Aguilar and Jose Ramirez pushing to make it back to the majors. Though limited roster spots in Cleveland (and injury in the case of Ramirez) may keep the pair in Triple-A, neither is being held back by their performance. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the hitters throughout the system and takes you into The WAR Room.
June 22, 2014   (7 comments)
Around The Farm:  June 21, 2014
When it comes to prospects, sometimes the divide between one who makes it and one who does not just comes down to health. Roberto Perez and LeVon Washington are both examples of this, as they are both in the midst of big years after injury-riddled 2013 seasons. Now that both are healthy, Perez and Washington are raking, as they did Saturday. Join Arthur Kinney as he writes about Perez and his future, Washington and his potential rise, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 22, 2014   (0 comments)
Rodriguez, Captains walk-off winners in extras
Nellie Rodriguez singled home Ivan Castillo in the bottom of the 11th inning and the Captains beat South Bend 5-4. The Captains won a total of 20 games at Classic Park. Of the 20 wins, eight have come via the walk-off. Lake County will go for the series win on Sunday.
June 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains struggle against Silver Hawks, lose 8-1
The Lake County Captains (28-44) were defeated by the South Bend Silver Hawks (41-30) Friday evening by the score of 8-1. The Captains were unable to muster any offense against Silver Hawk starter John Omahen (2-2, 4.30) throughout the night.
June 20, 2014   (2 comments)
Minor Happenings: Naquin, Lugo continue to shine
After a two week hiatus because of the insane amount of time spent on the draft there past two weeks here at the IBI, the Happenings are back! In today’s report, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the season that outfielder Tyler Naquin has had and the significant adjustment he has made which has led to a major improvement in an area of greatest weakness. He also looks at the sensational season that lefty Luis Lugo is having, provides tons of comments from Ross Atkins and Ted Kubiak on several players and roster issues - including some absolutely glowing comments on catcher Francisco Mejia - and provides an update on Jose Ramirez, Bryson Myles, Adam Miller, Giovanny Urshela and much more.
June 20, 2014   (12 comments)
Around the Farm: June 19, 2014
The night after only the Akron RubberDucks were in action, the Cleveland system had seven games going on thanks to the combination of two doubleheaders and the end of the All-Star break for Carolina and Lake County. Two RubberDucks still headlined the night, however, with Will Roberts putting together his best start of the season and Francisco Lindor showing off some power. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks down the busy night in the system and takes you Around the Farm.
June 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Coach's Corner '14: Lake County hitting coach Shaun Larkin
With the Single-A second half set to kickoff tonight, I figured it was a good time to unveil another Coach’s Corner piece, so today we have a Q&A with Low-A Lake County hitting coach Shaun Larkin. The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently sat down with Larkin and talked about several players in the Lake County lineup. They discussed players such as Paul Hendrix, Nellie Rodriguez, Eric Haase, Anthony Santander, Clint Frazier, Josh McAdams, Grant Fink and more.
June 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Kime, Heller help Lake County Captains to 5-3 win against South Bend
The Lake County Captains got to hit the showers after the top of the ninth inning as they beat the South Bend Silver Hawks, 5-3. Lake County had three errors in the game, but used a home run from Dorssys Paulino and two RBIs from Grant Fink to take the victory. Dace Kime picked up the W with eight strikeouts in five innings while Ben Heller got the save after fanning all three batters he faced.
June 19, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Vick's struggles continue at Lake County
The Lake County Captains had a brief 3-1 week as the first half of the season came to a close. Overall, the first half has been tough for the squad as they post a league-worst 27-43 record and sit 14 games out of first place in the Eastern Division. Despite some severe offensive struggles, the team has boasted some bright spots, including a solid first half from pitcher Robbie Aviles and a breakout performance from infielder Paul Hendrix. Stephanie Metzger recaps the past week went for the Captains, who will regroup to begin the second half of the season June 19.
June 16, 2014   (1 comments)
IBI Hot List: Anderson's struggles continue into June
It’s been awhile since we last posted a Hot List. Such is the way things work once the draft season kicks in. The IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at all of the good and some not so good performances in the Indians minor league system so far in June and provides insight and information into the struggles for Cody Anderson, the hot hitting Tyler Naquin and Carlos Moncrief, the hot pitching of Luis Lugo and Ryan Merritt, and much more.
June 15, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains fall in extras 3-2, Dragons walk-off winners
The Dayton Dragons (36-32) avoided the sweep on the final day of the first half of the 2014 Midwest League season with a walk-off win over the Lake County Captains (27-43) 3-2 in 11 innings on Sunday. The Captains completed the first half with a 27-43 record and a 6-3 record in extra-innings.
June 15, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: Merritt continues to dominate in Carolina
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 Carolina left-hander Ryan Merritt continuing to dominate at the High-A level, Lake County left-hander Luis Lugo's slightly hidden greatness, and much more.
June 14, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains pitching tames Dragons, 5-1
The Lake County Captains (27-42) tamed the Dayton Dragons (35-32) with a 5-1 victory behind a solid pitching performance. Lefty Luis Lugo (4-4,4.56) countered Dayton right-hander Sal Romano (4-5, 3.42) for the start. Lugo, who had a rough start to his season, was coming off a trio of impressive previous starts. That remained the case on Saturday.
June 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Kime, Captains shutout Dragons, 5-0
The Lake County Captains (26-42) defeated the Dayton Dragons (35-31) Friday night at Fifth Third Field by the score of 5-0. After scoring early and often in the series finale Thursday night against the South Bend Silver Hawks, the Captains once again played from in front after they scored first in the top of the third inning.
June 13, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: June 12, 2014
Nights like Clint Frazier had on Thursday have not come as frequently as we would like for the center fielder so far in 2014, but while Frazier is struggling a bit this year, putting up big stats this season is not the real goal. It is more important right now for Frazier to learn about the grind that is the minor league season, just like another top prospect a few years ago with. Join Jim Piascik as he explains Frazier's situation in more detail, breaks down Carlos Moncrief's recent surge, and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
June 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains pile up 9-run 4th, beat South Bend, 13-6
The Lake County Captains piled on a season-high nine runs in the fourth inning on their way to a 13-6 victory against the South Bend Silver Hawks. South Bend managed 10 hits, but it was nowhere near enough to overcome the 15 hits and scoring parade from Lake County. The Captains overcame two errors in the field for their 25th win of the season.
June 12, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Brown is starting to come around
The Lake County Captains (24-42) split a 4-4 week, including a sweep of a rain makeup double-header June 5. The team managed to keep most games tight, except for June 6, which resulted in a 14-4 blowout loss. The team remains the worst-hitting squad in the league and the pitching sits among the bottom half of the Midwest League, but they're finding small ways to win. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the Captains' previous week.
June 12, 2014   (6 comments)
Around the Farm: June 11, 2014
Nick Swisher and the energy he brings to everything he does was back in Canal Park Wednesday for the second straight night as the first baseman continued his rehab assignment. After a bit of a down game Tuesday, Swisher looked the part of a major leaguer, lining two doubles and totaling three hits. Jim Piascik was there Wednesday and spoke with Swisher, along with other coaches and players, about the state of his knee and how ready the first baseman is to rejoin the big league roster. Join Jim as he details Swisher's night and recaps the rest of the action in the system as he takes you Around the Farm.

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