With the trade deadline now in the past and my vacation but a distant memory, it is time to get back into the swing of things with Minor Happenings as we head down the home stretch of the minor league season. Today, Tony provides updates on the departing Steven Wright and incoming Lars Anderson, the recent impressive performances from lefties T.J. House and Danny Jimenez, all sorts of goodies from Farm Director Ross Atkins on some pitchers in the system, an update on the health of Jeremie Tice, and more.
The Lake County Captains (20-17, 51-55) scored the winning run late in the seventh inning in a 3-2 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps (18-19, 54-53). Lake County won their fourth straight game in the process.
The Lake County Captains (19-17) swept the Dayton Dragons (13-23) out of Classic Park with a convincing 11-2 win on Monday night. Danny Jimenez (1-1, 3.38), making his first start of the season, set the tone for the Captains in five dominating innings.
The Indians organization prides itself on building around guys who bring a winning attitude to the ballpark each day. In the 13th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, the Tribe found itself another one of those players in the form of Arizona State second baseman/outfielder Zach MacPhee. Working through a position change and inconsistent playing time, he has had an interesting season to date, and Mike Zavagno recently sat down with him to discuss it all.
The Lake County Captains snagged their second-straight win from the Dayton Dragons with a 4-3 victory on Sunday afternoon. Left-hander Shawn Morimando (4-3, 3.51) took the wheel for the Captains as he started against Dayton righty Stalin Gerson (5-7, 4.27).
The Lake County Captains (17-17, 48-55) opened a three game series with the Dayton Dragons (13-21, 43-61) on Saturday night. Lake County used an offensive outburst early and avoided a near meltdown to win game one by a final score of 6-5.
Danny Jimenez was an all-star in short season Mahoning Valley in 2011. In 2012, he started the year on the DL after breaking his finger in the first game in spring training. He's back, feeling good, and hoping to return to the form that he showcased last season.
Roberto Hernandez made his return to the United States pitching for the Lake County Captains (16-16) on Thursday night. Behind a solid outing from the artist formerly known as Fausto Carmona, the Captains were able to pull out a 5-3 victory over the West Michigan Whitecaps (17-15).
Every winter, Tony Lastoria produces the preeminent Indians prospect rankings each winter. With the season in full swing, and our massive website being Tony's major focus, Jim Pete has modified the top 22, taking into account performance, the draft, and several other criteria over the course of the first 2/3rds of the season. You must have a subscription to view #2-7, #9-#14 and #16-#22, but the players residing at #1, #8 and #15 are free! Here's a look at #1 (and more), after the jump....
A lot of people think that being a minor league player or coach is a glamorous lifestyle, but that is far from the truth. The reality is that for those with families it requires a strong commitment from all parties involved while they deal with all of the travel, time apart, ever-changing living arrangements, and low pay. Tony recently sat down and talked to the the wives of Lake County coaches Dave Wallace and Jeff Harris to get their side of the minor league lifestyle.
The Lake County Captains fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernals 2-1 on Monday, despite a six-inning no-hit bid by starter Shawn Morimando. Morimando, a 5’11” lefty, took the bump for the Captains against Cedar Rapids lefty Eswarlin Jimenez, and was the hard-luck loser in Monday afternoon's ballgame.
The Lake County Captains were able to break free of a three game losing skid on Sunday afternoon with a 10-6 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Felix Sterling broke from his recent role as the long man in the Lake County bullpen to toe the rubber as manager Dave Wallace’s starting pitcher on the afternoon. Wallace’s decision to hand the pill to Sterling proved to be just what the doctor ordered for a Captains team that had been scuffling on this road swing.
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