Lake County Captains
By Mike Brandyberry
You don’t always choose the path on which you travel.Sometimes the path chooses you. All of that is a little true for Indians’ prospect Bryson Myles.
Myles is a 5-11, 230-pound speedy outfielder at Lake County looking to transition and develop from an exciting college stint to a long-lasting professional career with the Indians. He currently is hitting .259, with a home run and 15 RBI during an injury-riddled first half of the season.
But before the Cleveland Indians had their eyes on Miles as a prospect, the TCU Horned Frogs had their sights set on him with a different role in mind. Miles was a devout football player in high school with hopes to play linebacker at the collegiate level.
“I committed there my junior year of high school. Things just didn’t work out,” Myles said. “They wanted me to steer away from baseball my senior year of high school and I wasn’t ready to do that.”
Myles informed TCU’s football staff that he still intended to play baseball. TCU feared that Myles would be drafted if he continued to play. Afraid that Myles would sign professionally after high school and TCU would have wasted a scholarship, the school pulled its offer.
By Sean Tuttle
The Indians announced Mason Radeke as their Minor League Player of the Week after the righty didn’t allow a single run in his last two outings (8.1IP, 4H, BB, 13K).
Radeke was originally drafted in 2004 by the Chicago White Sox in the 41st round of the amateur draft out of Santa Barbara High School. He decided to try his luck at California Polytechnic State University, in San Luis Obispo, CA. After three years, he was drafted in the 35th round of the 2011 amateur draft by the Tribe.
Radeke started all nine games he appeared in last season with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (A-). He held a 2-0 record while boasting a 4.53 ERA. In 43.2 innings of work he gave up 44 hits, allowed 23 runs of which 22 were earned, gave up six home runs, walked 15 batters while striking out 30.
By Christian Petrila
Not even a week after the 2012 MLB First Year Draft, Indians fans should be excited about the 2011 draft. With the eighth overall pick, the Indians took a 17-year old shortstop out o fMontverde Academy in Florida. His name is Francisco Lindor, and in just his first full professional season, the now 18-year old is not disappointing.
Entering Sunday, Lindor is hitting .271 with four home runs and 22 RBI through 53 games at Lake County. He has also swiped 14 bases. His performance has even landed him a spot in the Midwest League All-Star Game. However, despite the early accolade, Lindor still has his sights set higher.
“To be honest, I didn’t come here to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game,” Lindor said. “Sure, it’s awesome, but I came here to make it to the bigs.”
Lake County Captains manager, David Wallace, had his fair share of expectations entering the season.
By Sean Tuttle
Jeremie Tice, age 25, was first drafted in the 2006 amateur draft by the Florida Marlins in the 38th round, but decided to go back to college. In 2008, the Cleveland Indians drafted Tice in the the sixth round of the amateur draft out of the College of Charleston.
In the five seasons Tice has been in the Tribe organization, he has seen action at third base, first base and in the outfield. This year he has spent the majority of his time operating as the Carolina Mudcats designated hitter.
In 171 plate appearances this season, Tice has 45 hits, 16 doubles, and has accounted for 29 runs. He is first in the Carolina League in RBI’s with 45, first in slugging (.639), tied for second in extra base hits with 27, and first in home runs with 11. He has drawn 17 walks as compared to 35 strikeouts. His current batting average holds at .306 through 43 games.
By Sean Tuttle
In only his second season as a member of the Cleveland Indians organization, infielder Francisco Lindor, has been making waves at the plate and in the media. Lindor, 18, was drafted by the Tribe in the first round (8th pick overall) of last year’s June amateur draft out of Montverde Academy High School in Florida. The Puerto Rico native originally committed to Florida State, but made his debut in single-A Mahoning Valley last year.
In only 46 games this season, Lindor, is batting a .286 average. He has produced 30 runs, has 57 hits which include nine doubles, three triples, and four home runs. Lindor has 84 total bases to go along with 19 RBI’s. He has drawn 13 walks, and has struck out 30 times. He has also stolen 11 bases, and only been caught four times.
By Sean Tuttle
With the recent comments of Tribe closer, Chris Perez, about the poor attendance at Progressive Field this season and the fact that the Indians have the worst attendance in the MLB, some may wonder how a first place team can accomplish this feat. Others may raise the question, “How does their minor league system bring in fans?”
Some may blame the lack of attendance on a number of reasons such as expense of going to the ballpark, not wanting to get too excited this early in the season, or maybe other events are going on in the daily lives of fans.
When considering cost to attend a single game, researchers often look at the Fan Cost Index. The Fan Cost Index comprises the prices of four adult average-price tickets, two small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two least expensive, adult-size adjustable caps. Based on a study done in April of 2011, the Cleveland Indians ranked below the average in MLB and 13th lowest overall. The MLB average ticket price was $26.91 with a Fan Cost Index of $197.35. The Indians average ticket price was $18.49 with a Fan Cost Index of $170.96.
By Sean Tuttle
The tallest player in the minors is now coming out of the Akron Aeros bullpen. On May 5, the Cleveland Indians acquired, Ludovicus Jacobus Maria van Mil a.k.a. Loek Van Mil, from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in an outright trade for future considerations. The Indians immediately assigned Van Mil to the Akron Aeros.
Van Mil, 27, was born in Oss, Netherlands. At a height of seven feet, one inch he is currently the tallest player in the minor leagues.
He has pitched for the Netherlands national baseball team, appeared in the 2007 Baseball World Cup, and was selected to appear in the 2008 Summer Olympics, but missed the tournament because of injury.
Every clubhouse has one: The guy who loves to make people laugh.
For the Lake County Captains, that guy is pitcher Cole Cook.
Cook, 23, was a fifth round selection by the Indians in 2010. This was a few years removed from when he was a 36th round selection of the Seattle Mariners.
Cook is in his second year with the Captains. A starter last season, Cook has been moved to the bullpen for the 2012 season.
So far in 2012, he is 1-1 with a 4.18 ERA in 23.2 innings. His first two professional saves have both come since May 3.
By Sean Tuttle
After the first week in May Tribe fans are experiencing a few unexpected realities. First, the Tribe is in first place. Most fans will say that was not expected, but with the moves the Detroit Tigers made this offseason, it is hard to argue that they are not still the favorite to take the Central. The second is the production of first baseman Matt LaPorta. Sure he is producing in Triple-A, but many scouts will tell you that the leap from Triple-A to the big leagues is a significant one. Minor league statistics do not necessarily transfer to major league success.
LaPorta is currently in his fourth season as a member of the Tribe. He was drafted in the first round by the Milwaukee Brewers, seventh overall, in the 2007 amateur draft. He became an Indian in July 2008 when he was traded with Rob Bryson, Zach Jackson, and later Michael Brantley for starting pitcher, CC Sabathia.
By Sean Tuttle
It isn’t often you see a player progress through the minor league system at the rapid speed of which Cody Allen has done in the Tribe’s farm system. It is even rarer for a pitcher to do so. In the short month of April alone, Allen has gone from Single-A Carolina, to Double-A Akron, and all the way up to top tier Triple-A Columbus.
The 23-year old righty, was born in Orlando,Florida, and was drafted by the Indians not once, but twice, first in the 16th round of the 2010 MLB June amateur draft, and again in the 23rd round last June.
Last year, Allen climbed the ranks after spending 14 games in Mahoning Valley, had a record of 3-1 an ERA of 2.14 in 33.2 innings of work, struck out 42 batters and only allowed one home run. He spent seven games in Lake County going 2-0 with no ERA, struck out 28, and only allowed ten hits. He then spent one game apiece in Kinston and Akron before the season came to a close.
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.