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Posts By Laurel Wilder

Ballet in the City to Host “Guys Dance Too Night” with Akron RubberDucks Monday, May 9

May 8, 2016 |

When I was in school, my college’s slogan was “Unusual Combinations.” It spoke to the variety of major/minor choices that students made throughout their time at the school – a biology major with a theater minor, an English major with a minor in math. Not bad combinations, just ones that weren’t expected.

There are a lot of unusual combinations out there that, on paper, don’t make sense, but in reality, are good ideas. Peanut butter on a hot dog. A peanut butter and pickle sandwich. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Wearing black and navy together.

Another unusual combination? Baseball and ballet. Read More

Captains Leading the Midwest League after First Month of the Season

May 5, 2016 |

From the start of the season, it was evident that the Lake County Captains were a team with potential. Their roster boasted names of top prospects, players drafted only last year, and players who have performed well at other levels throughout the system. However, as Indians fans know quite well, names don’t always mean performance will follow.

The Captains, though, are so far proving that wrong. Read More

Francisco Mejia Continuing to Make an Impact with Captains

April 28, 2016 |

It’s still early in the season, but the Lake County Captains have been off to a hot start and currently lead the Midwest League with a 13-7 record. No guarantees can be made, of course, as to what this will bring as the season continues, but it certainly can’t be ignored. The team is fifth in the Midwest League in hitting with a team .263 batting average, and their pitchers are second in the league with 180 strikeouts thus far.

While this early success can’t be pinned to one player, one player is emerging as a player to watch who can make a big impact this season. Read More

Lefty Matt Whitehouse Looks to Rebound from 2014 Tommy John Surgery

April 21, 2016 |

Matt Whitehouse is 25 years old and in Low-A. For those who don’t know his story, this doesn’t seem like a smart career choice. Most of his teammates are born in 1994 or later. He’s the oldest on the roster, but for Whitehouse, this isn’t a problem.

This is his chance to reclaim his career.

It’s a chance Whitehouse almost didn’t get. Two years ago, during the 2014 season, the pitcher was on the mound in South Bend, Indiana, when the unthinkable happened. He threw his second pitch of his second inning of work. Read More

Lake County Captains Roster Boasts Familiar Faces, Highly-Touted Prospects for 2016 Season

April 7, 2016 |

As William Shakespeare almost once said, “It was the winter of our discontent in Eastlake, Ohio, now made glorious by the chill of April.”

Such is the call as another season of Lake County Captains baseball begins on the east side of Cleveland as a new host of young minor league ball players take the stage for, often, their maiden voyage into professional baseball, their hopes set on Progressive Field a mere 20 minutes down Route 2. Their journey will take them many more miles before culminating at the big league stage, for those who make it that far. Some may have their journeys stopped sooner, some may find themselves separated from the Indians in a few seasons. But now, at Classic Park, they are all young, all hopeful, and all ready to work as hard as possible to leave their marks on the Indians system. Read More

Frazier Thrives on Development, Shouldn’t Be Rushed Through System

March 24, 2016 |

The Cleveland Indians outfield is quickly becoming the main point of discussion as the season opening crawls closer and closer – and the minor league outfielders who are top prospects within the organization are getting some attention as their time to shine may be growing closer by the day. Among those prospects is the organization’s favorite redhead, the Georgia-native Clint Frazier. Frazier was drafted by the Indians out of Loganville High School in the 2013 Draft; he was the fifth overall pick and signed with the Tribe at age 18 to begin his professional baseball journey.

Primarily a center fielder, Frazier’s real draw has always been his hitting. He was known as a home run hitter while in high school and impressed teams with the 47 home runs he hit during his senior year of high school alone. He had a .485 average during that year and struck out eight times. Read More

Tribe Shouldn’t Rush Development of Dominant Youngster Justus Sheffield

March 19, 2016 | | One Comment

Justus Sheffield needed a big year. During the 2014-2015 offseason, Sheffield pleaded guilty to charges of underage drinking and criminal trespass in his home state of Tennessee. The then-18-year-old kept quiet about the incident, focusing on his season and, hopefully, giving people something else to talk about other than his record.

He achieved that goal tenfold.

Sheffield came into the Indians organization as a young pitcher straight out of high school. He had committed to play at Vanderbilt University where his brother, Jordan, played for two-time SEC Coach of the Year Tim Corbin, but chose instead to sign with the Indians after being drafted in the first round. He signed for a $1.6 million signing bonus, along with eight semesters of tuition to Vanderbilt. Read More

Tribe has Another Young, Standout Pitcher in 2015 Draft Pick Triston McKenzie

March 13, 2016 |

In past years, the Cleveland Indians have walked away from the MLB First Year Player Draft with questionable results. Their drafting hasn’t blown anyone away, but it hasn’t been as wretched as it could be.

Recently, the tides seem to be turning, with the Indians coming away with players such as Bradley Zimmer, Clint Frazier, and Bobby Bradley – names that carry weight in the baseball world, and names that make other squads jealous. Hopefully, last year’s draft can carry that same weight.

One of the most notable names to come out of the 2015 draft is that of Triston McKenzie, a right-handed pitcher out of Royal Palm Beach High School in Florida. McKenzie, drafted 42nd overall in the first round of the 2015 draft, had previously committed to play baseball at Vanderbilt, the defending College World Series champ, which made the decision to play in pro ball or at the collegiate level a difficult one. He told the Sun Sentinel in June that he didn’t plan on making a decision right away, and that he would weigh all his options – including not being eligible for the draft again until his junior year of college should he forgo the opportunity to sign this time around. McKenzie didn’t take too much time, however, as he knew by the end of the month that he was going to sign with the Tribe to the tune of a $2,302,500 signing bonus. Read More

On Lindor’s Heels, Erik Gonzalez Looks for a Hole to Fill

March 10, 2016 |

It might be a sin to talk about a shortstop other than Francisco Lindor right now – the youngster, who was in the running for Rookie of the Year last season, was all Indians fans could talk about for what seemed like years as they wondered when he would be ready, when the organization would push him up to the big leagues, and when he could replace the likes of Asdrubal Cabrera or another fill-in shortstop. Now, Lindor has made his mark on the team and is well on his way to becoming one of the most liked players on the team in years. His career is, quite literally, just beginning, which makes speculation about any other shortstop almost a moot point.

That shouldn’t prevent us from talking about Erik Gonzalez, however. Read More

A Smart, Savvy Catcher who Knows the Game: Francisco Mejia

March 6, 2016 |

From the beginning of his tenure with the Indians organization, Francisco Mejia has been a highly-touted prospect with a strong set of skills behind – and at – the plate. When he was signed by the Indians in 2013 as a 17-year-old, Mejia skipped right over the DSL Rookie League team to debut with the Arizona League Indians.

The young catcher has been on the fast-track to success ever since. He spent 2014 with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, where he hit .282 in 66 games, knocking in 36 runs on 70 hits, 17 doubles, four triples and two home runs. Mejia got his first taste of full season ball in 2015, when he spent the season in Lake County with the Captains. He hit .243 in 109 games with the Low-A squad, including nine home runs. He was tied for third on the team with Yu-Cheng Chang in home runs, trailing Anthony Santander, who had 10, and Bobby Bradley, with a near impossible to beat 27 homers on the season. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 43: Josh Tomlin

February 21, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 43 days

Every team has their strengths and, without a doubt, one of the Indians’ biggest – if not the biggest – strengths is the depth of their starting rotation. While four of the five spots are locked down with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, and Trevor Bauer leading the way, there is still one spot open for the Tribe’s starting five. Last year, Cody Anderson and Josh Tomlin seemed to be the anchors of that fifth spot after it was a rotating door of difficulty early on. Of those, perhaps the most interesting candidate is also the oldest of the group – Tomlin, the Texas cowboy who stunned fans early in his career before his progress was derailed with Tommy John and, last season, shoulder surgeries that put the pitcher on a new track. Read More

Countdown to Indians’ Opening Day – 51: Shawn Armstrong

February 13, 2016 |

As Did The Tribe Win Last Night helps fans count down the days until the Indians retake the field in an official Major League game, we look back at some of the players who wore the Cleveland jersey with pride.

Countdown to Opening Day – 51 days

Last year was finally the year.

After coming into the Indians organization in 2011 when he was drafted in the 18th round, pitcher Shawn Armstrong seemed to be destined for a sky-rocketing ascent through the system. At age 21, Armstrong had a powerful arm, threw for strikes, and had the dominance to fly through the lower levels of the Indians minor leagues. He played one game in Mahoning Valley in 2011, followed by two games in Lake County the following season, 26 in High-A Carolina, and 17 in Double-A Akron, where he closed out his 2012 season. The big leagues seemed to be beckoning at some point the following season. Armstrong was poised to have it all before many other guys his age even found their first full-time job. Read More