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MILB.com Names Indians’ Organizational All-Star Team

October 22, 2016 |

While the focus right now may be on the Cleveland Indians’ Major League roster, things are going well throughout the Tribe’s farm system as well.

The importance on drafting strong and developing stronger is no more apparent than at the Major League level for the Indians. The current playoff roster is well-balanced between guys drafted/signed internationally and developed solely by the club (Jason Kipnis, Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Lonnie Chisenhall, and Cody Allen to name a few), others acquired via trades and developed on the farm (Corey Kluber, Carlos Santana, and other absentee names like Carlos Carrasco, Michael Brantley, and Yan Gomes), and other veterans still who were added via big trades or free agent moves (Andrew Miller, Mike Napoli, Rajai Davis, Brandon Guyer, and Coco Crisp).

The names that compose the roster now all worked their way up through the minor league system, whether in the Indians organization or elsewhere. The names of the future are doing the same and some standout performers were recognized this week when MILB.com announced its picks for Cleveland’s organizational All-Stars. Read More

Getting to Know Brock Hartson

September 22, 2016 |

Growing up in Pearland, Texas, a suburb south of Houston, Brock Hartson was naturally a fan of the Astros and their famous Killer B’s lineup. In fact, he played baseball against the sons of Craig Biggio.

“I really liked Biggio. He went about the game the right way,” said Hartson. “Playing against his sons, I had a pretty good understanding of who he was as a person and who he was as a player.”

The 6’3”, 195 lb. pitcher was drafted in the 21st round of 2015 out of the University of Texas-San Antonio. He won 22 games in three seasons as a starter in college, never getting a chance to pitch out of the bullpen. Read More

Shane Ends Strong, Calica’s First Captains Homer, and More in the Captains’ Log

September 5, 2016 |

The Lake County Captains are playing out the string as they finish their 2016 regular season on the outside of the Midwest League’s playoff picture.

A tough series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods from August 22 to 25 effectively spelled the end of the run for the Captains (71-68), who dropped five in a row in the series. They bounced back with three straight wins against Lansing before dropping the finale with the Lugnuts and went on the road to Dayton, winning the first game of the series before dropping the final two contests. They have split a pair with Lansing in the final games of the season, with a 1:00 PM start on Monday marking the final game on the 2016 calendar for the Captains.

In other news and notes from the Captains’ log: Read More

Calica Promoted, McKenzie Wins Second Straight, and More in the Captains’ Log

August 29, 2016 |

Despite winning the first three games of their four-game set with the Lansing Lugnuts, any dreams of a division crown fizzled out for the Lake County Captains this week after getting stomped in five straight games in a four-day span by Bowling Green to start an eight-game homestand at Classic Park in Eastlake.

The season is winding down in the Midwest League, as the Captains (29-34 in the second half) have seven games left on their regular season schedule while clinging to a slight chance of a postseason trip. They trail the Great Lakes Loons by three and a half games for the final Eastern Division second half qualifying spot. Lake County has a game against Lansing on Monday night before heading to Dayton for a three-game series to wrap up the road schedule from Wednesday to Friday. They will then return home to host the final three games of their season as they face the Lugnuts again on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

In other scribblings in the Captains’ log: Read More

Marabell Named to Midwest League’s Postseason All-Star Squad

August 24, 2016 |

Despite a strong first half, Cleveland Indians’ minor league outfielder Connor Marabell was left out of the Midwest League’s midseason All-Star Game in June while four other members of his Lake County Captains club traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for the annual festivities.

That slight may have been righted some as the Lynchburg Hillcats prospect was selected by his former league as one of its postseason All-Stars on Tuesday. Read More

McKenzie Wins First, Ison’s Big Week, and More in the Captains’ Log

August 22, 2016 |

With the season winding down to its final two weeks, the Lake County Captains are staring down elimination from the postseason picture while working their way back to the .500 mark on the year.

The Captains (26-29) took both of their series over the last week, sweeping four straight from the West Michigan Whitecaps before taking two of three in Fort Wayne from the TinCaps. In winning six of their last seven and seven of their last ten, they have pulled their record within three games of reaching the even mark while tying the Great Lakes Loons for fourth place in the Midwest League Eastern Division. They will host five games in the next four days against Bowling Green before welcoming in Lansing for four home games over the weekend.

In other news and notes from the Captains’ log: Read More

New Face Foss Settles In, Cervenka Streaking, and More in the Captains’ Log

August 16, 2016 |

The Lake County Captains chased perfection on Monday, and while the club came up short in their pursuit of history, they did come away with a 2-1 win over West Michigan in the series opener from Classic Park. Over the previous seven days, the results had been mixed for the Indians’ Class-A affiliate, who took three of four at home against Dayton before hitting the road to face Great Lakes, where they promptly dropped three of four.

At 21-28 in the second half of the Midwest League season, the Captains are on the verge of elimination, trailing the South Bend Cubs by 11.5 games from the sixth spot in the Eastern Division. A combination of Cubs’ wins and Captains’ losses equaling eleven games will spell elimination for the young Indians farm club. While they have played well in front of the home crowd in the second half, posting a 12-9 record, they have been lost and have lost on the road a lot, earning a 9-19 record away from Eastlake.

In other news and notes from the Captains’ log: Read More

McKenzie Impressive in Debut, Shane and Chiang Sharp, and More in the Captains’ Log

August 9, 2016 |

After ending July on a four-game losing streak, things have gotten a little bit better for the Lake County Captains over the course of the first week of the final full month of the Class-A regular season.

They wrapped up their series with West Michigan to start the month of August, splitting a pair after dropping the first two games of the four-game set. On the second leg of their road trip, they won the opener against Great Lakes, 8-2, but fell 12-3 and 5-2 in the final two games on Thursday and Friday. They came home to Eastlake on Saturday to start a four-game series with Dayton, losing the opener 7-2 before returning the favor by the same score on Sunday night. They clinched at least a series split with a 5-1 win on Monday.

The Captains (18-25), in seventh place in the eight-team Midwest League Eastern Division, will finish their series with Dayton on Tuesday night before returning to Great Lakes for four more beginning Thursday night. They will come back to Classic Park on Monday to host West Michigan before returning to the road once again.

In other notes from the Captains log: Read More

Castro’s Four-Hit Game, Upcoming Promotions Highlight the Captains’ Log

August 2, 2016 |

The Lake County Captains (15-21) ended the month of July in disappointing fashion, dropping each of their final four games after a three-game winning streak earlier in the week. They got back into the win column with an extra inning victory on Monday night.

After taking their road series with Wisconsin with consecutive 6-2 wins last Sunday and Monday, they returned home to host the first place South Bend Cubs. After a 5-4 win in the opener, the Cubs won 3-0 and 11-7 to win the series. The Captains then headed on the road for four with West Michigan and dropped each of the first two games to close out the month. They needed 12 innings to steal a win on Monday as Jose Medina‘s solo homer gave the Captains a 2-1 win.

The Captains will continue their mini-road trip with a final game at West Michigan on Tuesday before moving on to Midland, Michigan, for three games against Great Lakes. Lake County will return home to Eastlake from August 6 to 9 when they host the Dayton Dragons.

In other news and notes from the Captains’ log: Read More

Cervenka Having Big July, Armendariz Clutch, and More in the Captains’ Log

July 26, 2016 |

The Lake County Captains had a short week since the last Captains’ log as the club went out on the road for a three-game series in Beloit before a three-gamer at Wisconsin.

Coming in with two days of rest after off days on Monday and Tuesday, Brock Hartson led the club to a 4-2 win on Wednesday. Thursday’s game was rained out, leading to a doubleheader split on Friday, with the Captains winning the first game 9-1 before dropping the nightcap, 7-0. In Appleton, a four-run ninth gave the Captains an 8-7 lead, but a two-run home run by Isan Diaz sent Wisconsin to a walk-off win. Lake County recovered from the defeat with wins on Sunday and Monday by 6-2 finals.

After Monday’s game, the Captains remain in the middle of the Midwest League’s Eastern Division with a 13-17 record, a half dozen games behind the front running South Bend Cubs while sitting in fifth place. Following an off day on Tuesday, the club returns home briefly for a three-game set against the Cubs before hitting the road for a seven-game trip with stops at West Michigan and Great Lakes.

In other news from the Captains’ log: Read More

Pannone Promoted, Marabell’s Streak Ends, Lukes Walks Off, and More in the Captains’ Log

July 18, 2016 |

The Lake County Captains have two days off to rest on Monday and Tuesday and it could not have come at a better time for the scuffling farm club.

The Captains were stuck in the loss column for nearly two weeks until they won game one of a doubleheader against Quad Cities from Classic Park on Saturday afternoon. It ended a drought dating back to July 4, when Lake County defeated the Hot Rods in Bowling Green. Nine straight losses followed (and a pair of rainouts in Bowling Green) as the team was swept in four straight in Lansing and at home in three straight against Cedar Rapids to start a six-game homestand. They won a 2-1 contest in game one of the doubleheader on Saturday over the River Bandits before dropping a tough 2-0 loss in the nightcap. They rode six shutout innings from Matt Esparza and six RBI from Willi Castro (including his first pro grand slam) in Sunday’s 9-4 win to win the series.

Lake County (9-15) had crashed to the bottom of the Midwest League’s Eastern Division with its play of late. The club is 2-9 away from Classic Park in the second half and just 7-6 at home. They are tied for fifth place in the league and trail the South Bend Cubs by seven games after Sunday’s finals. The Captains will resume their schedule from Beloit on Wednesday, when they start a six-game road trip there and against Wisconsin next weekend. They have just three home games scheduled (July 27-29) the rest of the month.

In other notes from the Captains log: Read More

Brantley and Perez Return to Lake County on Rehab Tour

July 14, 2016 |

There may not have been any Major League games played on Wednesday, but a pair of Cleveland Indians suited up and played in meaningful professional games.

Fans of the Cleveland Indians got some good news as two of their own took the field at Classic Park in their ongoing efforts to return from the disabled list as left fielder Michael Brantley and catcher Roberto Perez donned Lake County jerseys and participated in their rehab assignments in Eastlake as the Captains fell 8-4 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Read More