April 19, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lake County Captains record fell to 5-11 after falling to the Burlington Bees, 6-1, Saturday. The Bees struck twice in the second, fourth and fifth innings while Lake County managed its solo run in the fifth. Captains starter Luis Lugo gave up six runs in less than five innings, but was spelled by Robbie Aviles, who turned in a promising set of 4.1 shutout innings.
April 16, 2014 (5 comments)
The Lake County Captains are currently stuck in a six-game losing streak. Since the season's start, the team's arms have struggled as they've allowed more runs than any team in the Midwest League. The bright side rests within the bats, where power has proved to be beneficial. IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps the Captains' first 11 games.
April 12, 2014 (0 comments)
A comeback attempt fell short for The Lake County Captains as they lost to the Kane County Cougers 9-8 Saturday. Adam Plutko lasted less than five innings, giving up five runs, while Juan Panigua tossed four two-hit innings for Kane County. The Lake County offense was hot at times, but not enough to overcome five extra-base hits from the Cougars.
April 10, 2014 (3 comments)
Trevor Frank prefers to spend his free time surfing, but the waves of Lake Erie may not produce a swell large enough for shortboards. Frank doesn’t mind, however, because he’s spending his summer toeing the rubber rather than rails of a surfboard. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the Low-A Lake County reliever and talks about his ascent up the pro ranks...
April 5, 2014 (1 comments)
Lake County Captains manager Mark Budzinski led his team to its first two wins of the season, and the first two if his professional career. Jordan Milbrath pitched a complete-game shutout in game two after the Captains came back from a big deficit to win game one. Both contests were shortened to seven innings, but that's all Lake County needed to finish the day unscathed.
April 2, 2014 (8 comments)
The Lake County Captains kicked off the 2014 season with an exhibition game against the double-A Akron RubberDucks April 1, but their regular season starts April 4. The 2013 squad finished with a 54-83 record, and the 2014 team looks to improve upon its predecessor. With a new coaching staff and new crop of prospects, the IBI's Stephanie Metzger previews the 2014 Captains.
February 22, 2014 (0 comments)
The 2014 Winter Olympics have featured the world’s greatest hockey players, including Team Canada, who defeated both women’s and men’s U.S. hockey teams on Thursday and Friday. Rob Nixon loves hockey, but it was America’s past time that led to his career in baseball with the Cleveland Indians. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him...
February 13, 2014 (9 comments)
Early camp for minor leaguers kicks off on February 25th. One of those who will be attending is right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown who is coming off an inconsistent 2013 campaign and looking to put that behind him for good with the start of a new season. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with him to see how he is doing as spring training nears and get his thoughts on what went wrong last year.
January 19, 2014 (0 comments)
It’s been said that life begins outside one’s comfort zone, but Cody Anderson knows better than to get too comfortable while toeing the rubber. After huge strides in 2013 with his continued transition from a reliever in college to a starter in the pros and gaining confidence in his secondary pitches, he looks primed for a big year in 2014. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with Anderson and discusses how his transition to the pros has gone to date.
January 13, 2014 (13 comments)
Indians outfield prospect Bryson Myles suffered a shoulder injury early in the 2013 season. The setback was frustrating and certainly a diversion, but it led to some soul-searching that may have turned his season and even career around. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with to discuss his 2013 season and everything you took from it.
January 2, 2014 (6 comments)
Cole Sulser has always valued baseball and education. He starred at Dartmouth College were he majored in mechanical engineering, but has already constructed a formidable reputation as a professional on the baseball diamond. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently caught up with Sulser to see how his first year as a pro went and what he is doing to prepare for 2014.
December 27, 2013 (0 comments)
There are more than two million Little League baseball players in the United States. Of that two million, 25,000 will play at the collegiate level and 1,500 will be drafted. The odds of breaking into professional ball are slim. The odds of becoming a professional ballplayer and a published author are even slimmer. Somehow, Justin Toole has managed both before the age of 30. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recently sat down with the Indians prospect to get his thoughts on his new book and his 2013 season.
September 30, 2013 (2 comments)
Six years ago, Cleveland received the taste of a bittersweet October. Now, Cleveland can simply savor the taste of champagne. The Indians defeated the Twins 5-1 in the final game of the 2013 regular season on Sunday afternoon. Their 92nd win was on the loom but more importantly, the title of the number one AL Wild Card slot was up for grabs. Join the IBI's Stephanie Metzger as she recaps the Tribe's 10th straight win!
September 28, 2013 (3 comments)
The Cleveland Indians surpassed the 90-game win mark on Saturday as they topped the Minnesota Twins 5-1. Scott Kazmir received the start for the Indians, and the lefty tossed six innings of stellar ball as the Indians clinched at least a tie for the wildcard and ensure that their season cannot end on Sunday.
September 21, 2013 (0 comments)
Postseason ticket sales started for the Cleveland Indians on Friday morning, and the team offered fans another reason to invest on Friday night. The Indians moved into a playoff position with a 2-1 win on Friday night, thanks to some Houston Astros errors and some inclement weather.
September 18, 2013 (2 comments)
The Cleveland Indians crafted some late-inning bat magic as they rallied a comeback 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. Michael Bourn was the late inning firestarter as his 7th inning triple set up the tying runs and his 9th inning homer gave the Indians the cushion they needed.
September 17, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians’ offense could not craft more than one run on Monday night as the team fell to the Kansas City Royals 7-1. Lefty Scott Kazmir picked his way through five innings of work as he fought to keep Cleveland in the game against Kansas City right-hander James Shields, but the Royals were sharp in all facets of the game and came away with a victory in game one of the series.
September 4, 2013 (0 comments)
Development was the anchor for the Lake County Captains this year. The team certainly had its ups and downs as it finished 54-83 overall. Each element of the team had its holes, from struggling starters to a handful of ugly errors, but the team undoubtedly showed progress, which is the name of the game in the minors. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger chimes in with her final notebook and recaps the season that was for the Captains.
September 3, 2013 (5 comments)
Three months ago, Kyle Crockett was treading the ball field at the University of Virginia. He was a junior ending his collegiate career with hopes of playing professional baseball. He’d spent the past three years converting holds and saves and on June 7, he converted his dream into a reality. Fast-forward to today, and he's already on the Major League doorstep and considered an option for the Indians in the bullpen in the very near future.
September 2, 2013 (0 comments)
The Lake County Captains fell to the Bowling Green Hot Rods 10-2 in their final game of the 2013 season on Monday afternoon.