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Posts By Laurel Wilder

Future Could be Bright for Tribe, Prospects

June 27, 2015 |

In the midst of a week of Tribe blasts from the past, starting with the ‘95 Tribe Reunion weekend, coupled with a Jason Kipnis reminiscent of his 2013 All-Star season and Chris Perez once again violating MLB’s drug use policy, the future is looking bright for the Cleveland Indians. No, I don’t mean the immediate future, but rather the organization down the line. Between the recent promotion of Francisco Lindor and the strong prospects in the Tribe’s farm system, the future of the Tribe looks a little brighter than their present state.

One of the most prominent moments this week that emphasizes the Tribe’s bright future is the naming of Bradley Zimmer to the MLB Future’s Game roster. Zimmer was a 2014 draft pick out of the University of San Francisco and signed with the Indians for PRICE. He spent his inaugural season with the Tribe as a member of the Mahoning Valley Scrappers before appearing with the Lake County Captains for only three games. He hit an overall .302 in 2014 with six home runs and 32 RBI in 48 total games. The Indians spent no time holding Zimmer back, as he started 2015 with the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats, where he is hitting .300 in 65 games with nine home runs. That the outfielder hasn’t been promoted to Akron yet is almost surprising, though the call can’t be far off. Read More

All-Star Game Win Sends Captains, Manager Larkin into Second Half

June 25, 2015 |

If Tuesday night’s Midwest League All-Star Game was any indication, the Lake County Captains are in for an exciting second half of their season.

Led by Captains Manager Shaun Larkin, the Eastern Division team stole the show with a 5-0 victory over the Western Division. Although neither Captain representative started for the name, pitcher Justus Sheffield and infielder Claudio Bautista each had their chance to play in the big game for their regular coaching staff. Read More

First-Round Pick Aiken Signs with Tribe: A Look at Other First-Round Picks in Tribe History

June 20, 2015 |

On Friday, the Indians signed their first-round pick of the 2015 draft in left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken, who famously was 2014’s number one all-around draftee choice of the Houston Astros, but did not sign after failing to come to terms with the Astros last year, and then undergoing Tommy John surgery this past March. Despite his health concerns, the Indians still took a chance on Aiken, who last year became the first number one pick not to sign since Tim Belcher in 1983.

According to reports, Aiken is already in Arizona rehabbing his elbow at the time of his signing.

Last year, Aiken was reportedly offered $6.5 million to sign with the Astros, but tensions grew high when doctors discovered an “irregularity in the ulnar collateral ligament” in Aiken’s throwing arm, according to Sports Illustrated. The Astros came back offering less money, which Aiken turned down, instead deciding to see how he would fair in this year’s draft. Read More

Bradley and Brady Propel Captains to Midseason Success

June 18, 2015 |

The water poured down with no signs of stopping. On any normal day, the game would more than likely have been called. But, playoffs were on the line. The team was going to do everything in their power to make sure a game happened.

Despite their best efforts, however, Monday night’s game against the Kane County Cougars was cancelled. Playoffs in the immediate future or not, the rain was too much and washed away the Captains last home game before the Midwest League All-Star break next week. The team had won six games in a row prior to Monday night’s rainout.

For the second year in a row, the Lake County Captains have clawed their way into a playoff berth as the first half of the season draws to a close. The team is 34-28 on the season and is two games out of first place in their division. It’s a little surprising, as it seems to be in many recent years, for the Captains to have such a shot at the Midwest League playoffs. Read More

Marcum Quietly Excelling in Fifth Rotation Spot

June 13, 2015 |

To talk about the Indians this season is to talk about spotty play and trying to figure out ways to make the current roster pop. You talk about inconsistent offense and, at times, horrible defense, and you talk about being strapped by huge contracts for players who aren’t really producing. You talk about a shaky bullpen.

You also talk about phenomenal starting pitching.

The Indians have what you can call the Big Four – four of the best starting pitchers in the game of baseball in Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, and Danny Salazar. Although their records don’t necessarily reflect it, these four pitchers are some of the best on the mound. They can compile strikes and hold opposing batters to minimal offense based on their skill alone, although the defense that is behind them can often try to paint a different picture. More often than not, the runs scored off these pitchers are the result of sloppy play in the field, and not their actual talent. Read More

Is Paulino’s Third Time in Eastlake a Hit or Miss?

June 11, 2015 |

There’s an old saying in baseball about three’s. You may have heard it.

Three strikes, you’re out.

You’ve had three chances, three opportunities for success. If you fail that third time, you’re done.

Dorssys Paulino is on his third chance. He’s hoping, more so than ever, that he doesn’t strike out. Read More

Are the Kids Alright?

June 8, 2015 | | One Comment

It’s the old dog you’re not supposed to be able to teach new tricks; youngsters are supposed to be the easily moldable. Yet, for the Cleveland Indians, it seems that the younger members of the team are the ones that are struggling to rise to the occasion and revamp their performances to be big league worthy.

Last year, there was an idea that the young members within the organization would rise to the challenge and become the backbone of the team. Zach Walters and Jose Ramirez would act as precursors to the greatness that would be Francisco Lindor, and Kyle Crockett would be the first 22 year old to make a huge impact on a Major League  bullpen.

This year, however, paints a different story. Read More

Third Time’s A Charm for Claudio Bautista

June 4, 2015 |

They say the third time’s a charm. In baseball, however, making a third appearance with the same minor league team isn’t necessarily something to be excited about. Luckily, for Claudio Bautista, his third rendezvous with the Lake County Captains is proving to be the best one yet; he even went on record to say that his 2015 home opener was his favorite of his career.

At 21, Bautista is finally having his moment in the Indians minor leagues. He was signed as a minor league free agent in May 2011 and spent his first two seasons in the Dominican Summer League and with the Arizona League Indians. In 2013, Bautista got his first real taste of the minors as he opened his season with the Captains. However, in 16 games, he was hitting .157 with eight hits, a performance that cleared the way for his reassignment to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. With the short season team, Bautista fared far better, hitting .272 in 65 games with 68 hits, 16 doubles, four triples, and four home runs. It was clear that Bautista hadn’t yet been ready for Low-A pitchers, instead needing to find himself on the professional stage at a lower level. Read More

#OddYearRaburn

May 30, 2015 |

Throughout recent seasons, there have been quite a few endearing hashtags that fans have used to show their interest in the Indians good, bad, and bizarre happenings. From player nicknames such as “#Slamtana” to “#CyKluber” or “#Klubot,” to team taglines like “#TribeTime” or “#windians,” Twitter has been populated with recurring phrases throughout nearly every game. This year is no exception, and has brought about a hashtag that is really the only way to explain one of the bizarre, yet welcomed, strong player performances happening this season:

#OddYearRaburn. Read More

Joe Haden to Return to Classic Park

May 28, 2015 |

The Captains may not be home on Saturday, June 6, but Classic Park will still be full of eager fans watching professional athletes. Even though they’ll have a bat and a ball, however, these athletes aren’t professional baseball players. No, on June 6 fans will  be treated to a different performance on the field as Joe Haden hosts his second annual Joe Haden and Friends Celebrity Softball Tournament.

Haden, a cornerback for the Cleveland Browns, will be joined  by a number of other professional football players, both his teammates and his friends from around the league, as they partake in a friendly softball competition and home run derby in Eastlake, Ohio. Haden started this tradition last year, though is ready to take the event to the next level this season.

“I got involved last minute [last year], so I didn’t have enough time to reach out to my guys and tell my friends that I was having [the softball game],” Haden said. “This year, I’m going to make it better. If I put my name on something, I want it to be special.” Read More

Not Good, Just Better

May 23, 2015 | | One Comment

I won’t call it a comeback, as a four-game winning streak does not a playoff run make. The Indians still have a long way to go until they can be deemed to be even close to the team that fans and the media expected them to be to start the season. However, they seem to have at least turned some corner, no matter how small of a turn that may be. What exactly has been working for the Indians this past week that has finally given them some Ws?

The Indians have always had a dominant starting rotation but, this past week finally saw the rotation get some wins. Ironically, Cy Young winner Corey Kluber is still only at 1-5 this season after nine starts, though, as has been said before, the reason for the lack of wins is not entirely his fault. Kluber lost out on a win on Monday night when the Indians fell to the White Sox 2-1 in ten innings. It wasn’t poor pitching by Kluber that kept the game tied 1-1 into extra innings, but rather a lack offense that kept the Indians off the board to maintain a higher score throughout the game. Read More

Third Baseman Taylor Murphy Adapting to New Surroundings

May 21, 2015 |

If there’s one thing the Indians have an abundance of, it’s outfielders. Fans know it, big league players seem to have taken notice, and 22 year-old Taylor Murphy knew it.

Murphy played in the outfield last year for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers, and spent much of his collegiate career in the outfield, as well. He didn’t do poorly in the outfield, either. In 46 games last season, Murphy committed just three errors with 74 putouts. However, he knew that even a good performance in the outfield might not be enough to keep him with an organization that already had a logjam of outfielders, including some who have the potential to be flat-out excellent.

“An opportunity presented itself at the end of last year at the Instructional League in Arizona,” Murphy said. “I ended up following through with it this offseason at the strength and conditioning camp in January at the facility in Arizona and carried it through. Now, here we are, working at it every day.” Read More