Past and Present Captains Hosting MLB The Show 20 Tourney
Bob Toth | On 06, Apr 2020
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Five young prospects with ties to the Lake County Captains organization will spend Monday fighting for baseball bragging rights in an MLB The Show 20 Tournament.
Former Captains Will Benson, Juan Hillman, and Triston McKenzie and current Captains Quentin Holmes and Angel Lopez will participate in the tournament with the first matchup set to take place at 5 PM on Monday night.
For those interested in watching others play video games, the games will be available for viewing live or archived on the Captains’ YouTube channel.
The first matchup of the evening will pit a pair of top prospects from the Cleveland Indians farm system, with McKenzie facing off with Benson at 5:00 PM. Injuries limited McKenzie in 2019, as he missed the entire minor league slate. He last pitched with Lake County in 2016. Benson, a 21-year-old former first round pick by the Indians in 2016, opened last season with the Captains in his second stint with the club before a midseason promotion to High-A Lynchburg.
The winner of the McKenzie-Benson bout will move on to face Holmes, a 20-year-old taken in the second round in 2017 by the Indians who spent the 2019 season in Eastlake with Lake County.
Lopez and Hillman will square off in the other half of the bracket. The former is a 23-year-old catcher out of Puerto Rico with three seasons of work at the minor league level, including his first 19 games with Lake County last year. The southpaw Hillman, 22, spent 2017 and 2018 with the Captains before moving on to Lynchburg last season in his fifth year in the organization. He was a second round pick in the 2015 draft.
The winner of Lopez-Hillman will move on to the finals to face either Benson, Holmes, or McKenzie.
The Captains also announced on Monday that they are working in partnership with the United Way of Lake County to help with COVID-19 relief efforts. The Captains will be selling a ticket package with $5 from each package purchased going to the United Way’s Lake County Relief Fund. For the price of $20, fans can purchase a United Way Ticket Package, which includes four tickets to any Captains 2020 home game, four ice cream vouchers, one Skipper foam head, and one Captains autograph book. Additionally, fans will receive one mystery bobblehead.
More details on the ticket deal can be found at MiLB.com/Lake-County.
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