2001 – The Cleveland Indians acquire the highly controversial John Rocker from the Atlanta Braves with a minor leaguer for relievers Steve Karsay and Steve Reed.
Just a few years after becoming a household name across the country for all …
A year ago, Justus Sheffield was a senior in high school, getting ready to turn the page toward his life beyond high school. Baseball was in his family (although him being the nephew of Gary Sheffield is a myth, his dad still played baseball in college and his mom played softball). He had played football and basketball in high school but decided baseball was going to be the sport for him to pursue in college. He was going to follow his brother, Jordan, and play baseball at Vanderbilt University for Tim Corbin, a two-time SEC Coach of the Year. He had just been the first baseball player from Tennessee to be named the Gatorade National Player of the Year. Things were looking pretty good for Sheffield.
Then, on Thursday, June 5, he got drafted.
“[The draft process] was easy,” Sheffield said. “I had watched my brother go through it a year before so I wasn’t too nervous. But, on draft day, you still get those butterflies.
“In the college selection process, you basically get to pick where you want to play. In drafting, you have no idea where you’re going to end up; it’s just whatever team wants you the most.”
The roster is riddled with familiar names, but not many because they’ve seen the grass of Classic Park before.
This season, the Lake County Captains roster boasts more than a few names that those who follow the Indians organization will recognize as up-and-coming prospects within the system. There are a few repeat names from last season but, as a whole, the 2015 Captains are a new, young team.
The 2014 Captains made their way to the Midwest League championship series last year, coming up short in the final series against the Kane County Cougars. However, most of the players who took the Captains that far last season have earned much-coveted promotions to the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats, giving the Captains a new group of players with which to work.
The roster is taking shape, the Major League positions are being filled, and now the Indians have assigned names to their player development roles throughout the organization. It’s one of the finishing winter steps and brings the organization that much closer to the start of the 2015 season.
This upcoming season, the Indians minor league and player development roles are filled by well-known names from the organization, including former Tribe players and managers from years past.