Lake County Captains
The Midwest League, home of the Lake County Captains, has announced its rosters for the 2018 Midwest League All-Star Game from Lansing, Michigan. Three members of the Lake County Captains have been selected to take part in the annual exhibition on June 19.
Pitchers Tommy DeJuneas and Kyle Nelson and outfielder Will Benson will represent the Captains in the 54th MWL All-Star Classic, set to take place at the home of the Lugnuts, Cooley Law School Stadium. Players selected were nominated and selected by the managers of the league.
A big outing from Lake County’s Zack Draper in his season debut earned him his first career Pitcher of the Week award from the home of the Captains, the Midwest League.
After spending extended time in Goodyear, Arizona, at the start of the regular season to work on some mechanics and his breaking ball, Draper got the call to the Captains on Tuesday and was thrust into action on short notice last Wednesday for a road start at Cooley Law School Stadium against the Lansing Lugnuts.
The Lake County Captains kicked off the 2018 Class-A season in the chilly weather of northeast Ohio last Thursday night, hosting some big names in the Cleveland Indians’ farm system and the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
The Captains made the opener a thriller, needing a three-run ninth inning after being held to just a hit through the first eight innings, getting a game-winning walk-off single from Jorma Rodriguez. Friday’s game was suspended by snow in the fourth inning and picked up over the weekend from Fort Wayne, where the Captains won Saturday’s and Sunday’s games, in addition to the completion of the suspended game, to start the year 4-0. In three of those four games against the TinCaps, the Captains incredibly drew eight walks.
Lake County dropped game one of four in Dayton on the second leg of their road trip by a tough 3-2 final.
Two former Cleveland Indians All-Stars will return to northeast Ohio this month to engage fans at special events hosted by a pair of Cleveland farm clubs.
Hall of Fame second baseman Roberto Alomar and 15-year Major League pitcher Bob Wickman will be the headliners for annual offseason fan events held by the Akron RubberDucks and the Lake County Captains, respectively. Both events are scheduled for early February.
While plenty of focus has been given to the big name free agents departing the Cleveland Indians organization this offseason, there has been plenty of movement down on the farm for the club’s minor league free agent class.
The names are nowhere near as big as Carlos Santana, Bryan Shaw, and Joe Smith, who have all signed lucrative contracts in Philadelphia, Colorado, and Houston, respectively, nor are they as big as Jay Bruce, who is still testing the free agent waters while waiting for the right deal, but the moves cut into some of the existing depth in the team’s minor league system.
The annual Winter Meetings wrapped up on Thursday from Orlando, Florida, with the completion of the Rule 5 draft.
Despite having an open 40-man roster spot, the Cleveland Indians did not make a selection during the Major League portion of the procedures, but the club did lose right-handed pitcher Jordan Milbrath to the Pittsburgh Pirates with the eighth pick in the draft.
During the minor league phase, the Indians selected left-handed pitcher R.C. Orlan from the Washington Nationals farm system during Round 1 of the Triple-A phase. The Tribe lost two more minor leaguers, when outfielder Junior Soto was nabbed by the New York Yankees several picks earlier in the round and shortstop Ivan Castillo was selected with the 41st pick by the Toronto Blue Jays in Round 3.
The Cleveland Indians’ season may be over and the World Series nearly half way complete, but competitive baseball continues to be played at spots across the globe.
Eight different Tribe prospects are in Glendale, Arizona, working in Arizona Fall League play. Four more have headed to South America to work in the Venezuelan Winter League, while nine more have taken up temporary residence in the Caribbean while participating in the Dominican Winter League.
Three different Tribe position prospects and six pitchers are scattered throughout the six-team Liga de Beisbol Dominicano.
Outfielder Conner Capel once again caught the eyes of those in the Midwest League with another solid week of play for the Lake County Captains. He was recognized by his league on Monday with his second Player of the Week award of the season.
The 20-year-old Capel has made good use of his playing time for Lake County this season, putting on a strong display of power for the Class-A Captains. In his first full season in the organization after being selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft by the Indians, the Katy, Texas, native is hitting .248 through 105 games with 20 doubles, six triples, 19 homers, and 52 RBI. His good week last week has continued on this week, as he has an eight-game hitting streak heading into action on Friday night.
That streak is his second longest of the season, trailing just a 10-gamer that ended earlier in the month.
Tanner Tully is a 6’0”, 200 lb. left-handed starter out of Elkhart, Indiana, selected by Cleveland Indians in the 26th round. He was the last of six Ohio State Buckeyes taken in 2016.
Growing up in Indiana, he developed an appreciation for hunting, fishing, and sports. These made up a rotation across the seasons that kept him engaged.
An impressive three-week tear at the plate by Lake County’s Conner Capel has captured the eyes of those in the Midwest League as the second-year outfielder was named the league’s Player of the Week for games played between May 29 through June 4.
The Lake County Captains put to bed a five-game losing streak during the week by ripping off three straight wins to take their series against the Great Lakes Loons before starting their homestand against West Michigan with a 4-3 win. …
It has been some tough sailing for the Lake County Captains over the last two weeks, but the offense took out some frustration on Saturday night, putting up 13 runs on 17 hits in a 13-3 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits. It evened the road series at one game each before Sunday’s 2:15 PM ET finale.
The win brought the Captains record up to 11-17. A team of streaks for much of April, they won five straight in the third week of the month before dropping nine of their last ten to conclude the first page of the regular season schedule. The Captains sit in the seventh spot in the eight-team Midwest League Eastern Division, seven and a half games out of first place.