Lake County Captains
By Sean Tuttle
David Huff appeared in a rehabilitation start on April 20 with the Akron Aeros. Huff is recovering from a right hamstring strain that he suffered on March 29 while pitching against the Arizona Diamondbacks during spring training.
Huff pitched four shutout innings against the Reading Phillies. He gave up one hit, allowed one walk, and struck out 3 batters. The efforts of Huff were in vain on Friday, as the Aeros gave up a 3-0 lead losing in the bottom of the 10th inning, 4-3.
Progressing to the big leagues is not easy task, but for minor leaguer Nick Weglarz, staying healthy may be his biggest obstacle.
Weglarz is entering his seventh season within the Indians minor league system, and his fourth as a member of the Akron Aeros. The 24-year old, left handed, outfielder was selected in the 2005 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians in the third round, 94th overall.
Prior to the draft, Weglarz attended Lakeshore Catholic High School in Port Colborne, Ontario. As a Canadian, Weglarz had the opportunity to be part of Team Canada’s baseball team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. During his run in the Olympics, Weglarz hit .400 in the preliminary games, and .450 in the Olympic qualifier against Taiwan.
Weglarz’s made his largest advancement in 2010 when he was called up to Triple-A Columbus for fifty games. During that time he maintained a batting average of .286 with 50 hits, six home runs, and 20 RBI’s. He also drew 28 walks and struck out 43 times.
By Stephanie Metzger
The Lake County Captains will kick off the 2012 season in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but on Tuesday, the team congregated at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio for practice and team media day.
Last year, the team ended the season with a 53-86 record, but the numbers don’t necessarily speak for the outcomes. The team was promising in terms of development and now that some core players have accumulated experience, things are looking up.
By Sean Tuttle
One of the best ballparks in all of the minor leagues is the Lake County Captains, Classic Park which opened up in 2003. With a capacity of under 10,000, there is no bad seat in the house. With tickets under $10 per ticket a night at Classic Park is a perfect way to enjoy an evening with the family and friends.
If these facts alone don’t entice you to come out to Classic Park this season, here is a list of some of the up coming promotions.
Fireworks!!!! – If it is a Friday or Saturday night game and the Captains are home, you can guarantee that there will be fireworks after the game.
By Sean Tuttle
New this year to DTTWLN will be my coverage of the minor league systems within the Indians organization, any big name prospects coming to visit, and of any news on the rehabilitation journeys that may occur throughout the season.
Every Thursday, followers can expect updates on injured players, comments from their managers, and interviews with young talents that are hopeful to play for the Tribe in the near future.