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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

May 30, 2014   (5 comments)
Minor Happenings: Colon is showing rapid improvement
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the emergence of Joseph Colon as a starting pitching prospect for the Indians, the significant strides he has made with his stuff over the past year and what his future holds with the Indians. He also looks at the good play of Tyler Holt and his role in the organization, provides a ton of comments from the front office on players at High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County, and provides lots of insight, news and analysis on players such as Roberto Perez, D.J. Brown, Eric Haase, Cody Anderson, Ryan Merritt, Grant Fink and others.
May 30, 2014   (13 comments)
Around the Farm: May 29, 2014
It was a tale of two offensive explosions Thursday night. On one hand, the Akron RubberDucks erupted for 16 runs, led by a stellar performance from Bryson Myles. On the other hand, the Columbus Clippers allowed 18 runs, capped off by turning to Elliot Johnson to close out the game on the mound. Elsewhere, Adam Plutko made his Carolina League debut, Lake County *only* allowed eight runs (breaking the mold set by Akron and Columbus), and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down and takes you Around the Farm.
May 30, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains struggle, fall to Silver Hawks, 8-1
South Bend batted around and scored six runs in the top of the third inning and went on the beat Lake County 8-1. The Silver Hawks (34-19) batted around in the inning and used six hits to plate the six runs. Stryker Trahan hit a two run homer, which capped the inning. The Silver Hawks have won the first two games of the three game series against the Captains.
May 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Captains Notebook: Lugo, Bautista starting to heat up
The Lake County Captains posted a 2-5 week, but some close games at least kept the games interesting. The offense remains underwhelming as infielder Paul Hendrix is the only player hitting above .300. The team failed to produce any runs in three of its losses last week, and its two wins were one-run games. Here's the week that went down for the Captains.
May 29, 2014   (14 comments)
Around the Farm: May 28, 2014
With the month of June approaching, it is likely the time worthy players will start earning promotions to the next level. Adam Plutko started the process, moving from Lake County to Carolina, but a few others look primed to make jumps of their own. Lake County infielder Paul Hendrix is one, as he continues to rake, as is fellow Captain Jordan Milbrath. However, Wednesday's headliner, Cole Sulser, is not as close to a promotion as Hendrix or Milbrath, but the right-hander was impressive in his own right. Join Jim Piascik as he analyzes Sulser's turnaround and much more as he takes you Around the Farm.
May 29, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake Couny Captains outhit South Bend, 9-6, but lose 4-1
The Lake County Captains outhit the South Bend Silver Hawks, 9-6, but ended up losing by a score of 4-1 Wednesday. Captains starter Jordan Milbrath had a solid outing in the loss as he struck out seven Silver Hawks over 5.1 innings of work. Paul Hendrix continued his hot streak as he led Laky County by going three for four at the plate.
May 28, 2014   (7 comments)
IBI Stock Watch: Gonzalez, Head among many improving stock
Today is the first “stock watch” of the 2014 season for players in the Indians’ minor league system. This report is a snapshot of a few players up and down the system and how their value may be decreasing or increasing as prospects. The IBI's Tony Lastoria reviews over 20 performances to date from Columbus to Lake County and provides details as to whose prospect stock is falling, improving, or has not changed. Players reviewed include Roberto Perez, Giovanny Urshela, Austin Adams, Jordan Smith, Joseph Colon, Tyler Sturdevant, Ryan Merritt, Louis Head, Eric Haase, Robbie Aviles and many others.
May 27, 2014   (0 comments)
Fink, Captains walk off in tenth, avoid sweep by Loons
The Lake County Captains (18-34) broke a seven inning scoreless streak with a run in the tenth inning to avoid the sweep in the series finale on Tuesday night. The Captains defeated the Great Lakes Loons (25-27) 3-2 in ten innings courtesy of a RBI single by third baseman Grant Fink.
May 26, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains fall short against Great Lakes Loons, 1-0
The Lake County Captains and the Great Lakes Loons each managed just four hits on Memorial Day, but the Loons got the one that mattered as they won, 1-0. Paul Hendrix finished two for three, but couldn't bring any runners home as Lake County finished zero for five with runners in scoring position. Starter Robbie Aviles played well, giving up no runs on just two hits in six innings, but finished with a no decision.
May 26, 2014   (0 comments)
Loons conquer Captains 9-6
Great Lakes batted around and scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning and beat Lake County 9-6. In the seventh inning, the Loons used five hits, an error and a walk to plate four unearned runs. Great Lakes had a total of 16 hits in the ballgame, the most of any opponent against the Captains this season.
May 25, 2014   (4 comments)
The WAR Room: Lindor, Hendrix continue to impress
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. 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 down the continuing success of Francisco Lindor and Paul Hendrix, the Jose Ramirez experience in Columbus, and much more.
May 24, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains beat Bowling Green Hot Rods, 5-4
Other than the Indians themselves, the Lake County Captains were the only Cleveland affiliate to win Saturday, as they beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods, 5-4. Lake County starter Adam Plutko tossed 6.1 innings of six-hit baseball and struck out eight batters. Trevor Frank and Ben Heller tallied a hold and a save, respectively, after combining for 2.1 innings of no-hit ball while Frank struck out two.
May 23, 2014   (0 comments)
Hot Rods blank Captains 5-0, again
It was déjà vu for the Lake County Captains (16-32) and Bowling Green Hot Rods (22-25) on Friday night as the Hot Rods took game two of the series by a score of 5-0. Both games so far have gone to the Hot Rods 5-0. The game featured a pitcher’s duel until the Hot Rods pulled away in the bottom of the eighth.
May 23, 2014   (1 comments)
Minor Happenings: Naquin is quieting some of his naysayers
In today's massive-sized Minor Happenings that is well over 5000 words, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at how outfielder Tyler Naquin continues to improve every area of his game and really has just one question mark remaining and how he is working to answer that. He also provides a ton of quotes from Ross Atkins on players like Adam Plutko, Anthony Gallas, Francisco Lindor and others, takes a look at second baseman Claudio Bautista and why he is a prospect to keep an eye on, provides details into Robbie Aviles’ turnaround this season, and provides lots of news, insight and analysis on players like Frank Herrmann, Gabriel Arias, LeVon Washington, Dorssys Paulino and others.
May 23, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: May 22, 2014
The Columbus Clippers were on national television Thursday night, but the best story on the farm came from Ryan Merritt. The left-hander continued to impress in 2014 as he dominated in a unique way given the trends of today's game. In addition to Merritt, Lake County starter Dace Kime furthered his case that his early struggles are behind him, the Columbus bullpen essentially had open tryouts for the majors, Anthony Santander got two-thirds of Lake County's hits (not in a good way), and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down and takes you Around the Farm.
May 23, 2014   (0 comments)
Hot Rods blank Captains 5-0
The Lake County Captains (16-31) could not generate any offense and struck out fifteen times as they were shutout for the sixth time in 2014 by the Bowling Green Hot Rods (21-25) 5-0 on Thursday night. The loss snapped Lake County’s three-game winning streak and put the Captains fifteen games below .500 on the season.
May 22, 2014   (2 comments)
As expectations abound, Frazier's focus is to just be himself
Clint Frazier knows he has young, gifted talent. He also knows he has something unique -- his own identity. He is working through his first full season and managing all of the expectations that come when you are a first round pick, but through it all he is just focusing on being himself. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him to get his thoughts on several things related to his pro career to date.
May 22, 2014   (6 comments)
Captains Notebook: Hendrix, Aviles continue to lead the team
Perhaps it was the warm weather, or perhaps things are just starting to click, but last week seemed to be a nice improvement for the Lake County Captains. The team went 5-2, stringing together a three-game win streak the past three days. The bullpen has offered some nice outings and the offense has collectively picked itself up. Here's what happened during the Captains' previous week.
May 22, 2014   (4 comments)
Around the Farm: May 21, 2014
Things were not as crazy down on the farm Wednesday as they were at Progressive Field, but there were still plenty of interesting things goings on. Headlining the night was outfielder -- which is still a little weird to write -- Dorssys Paulino, who has returned to Lake County swinging well. He was joined by Tyler Naquin continuing his hot streak, Clayton Cook's first game in 25 months, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he breaks it all down and takes you Around the Farm.
May 21, 2014   (0 comments)
Lake County Captains pile it on in 10-3 win against Fort Wayne
Fort Wayne was sitting pretty just one run back heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Lake County Captains busted the game open in their half with three runs. Lake County piled on five more runs between the seventh and eighth innings to win, 10-3, Wednesday. Claudio Bautista, Dorssys Paulino and Paul Hendrix each had three hits as Lake County totaled 15 hits as a team. Pitcher Robbie Aviles tossed seven innings of six-hit, three-run ball and struck our four without walking a TinCaps batter.

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