April 11, 2014 (0 comments)
The Kane County Cougars (5-3) fought back to take an early lead and they held on to a 6-4 win over the Lake County Captains (4-4) despite two homers from Nellie Rodriguez. The Captains have dropped three straight games after a 4-1 start to the season.
April 11, 2014 (17 comments)
As a soon-to-be 24-year-old just now debuting at Double-A, Joe Wendle is bound to have some questions about his future. So far in 2014, Wendle is doing what he does best to answer those questions -- hitting -- and Thursday night was no different. Joining Wendle is a catcher in Lake County continuing his development, some rough pitching performances throughout the system, and much more. Join Jim Piascik as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 10, 2014 (0 comments)
The Clinton LumberKings (4-3) roughed up the Lake County Captains (4-3) pitching staff to the tune of 12 runs on 14 hits to take the series finale and rubber match on Thursday night. The Lumberkings won the game in a landslide 12-2, and also took the series 2-1.
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 10, 2014 (19 comments)
Death, taxes (which Jim Piascik finished last night), and #WashTime making noise on the field. Anyone familiar with Cleveland's minor league system knows to expect great things when LeVon Washington is on the field and Wednesday was no exception. Joining Washington is a Lake County pitcher showing some surprising swing and miss in his game, a pair of organizational debuts with the RubberDucks, and more. Join Jim as he takes you Around the Farm.
April 9, 2014 (0 comments)
After going down 4-0, the Lake County Captains couldn't make a late comeback, losing to the Clinton Lumberkings, 4-1. The Captainssent Luis Lugo to the mound, but he lasted less than four innings before being removed from the game. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for the Captains.
April 9, 2014 (1 comments)
The Lake County Captains (4-1) jumped out to a 6-1 lead and held off a late Clinton LumberKings (2-3) surge in a 6-5 win on the road at Ashford University Field. The Captains have won four straight games after dropping the season opener.
April 6, 2014 (0 comments)
Lake County (3-1) scored their only two runs of the game in the eighth inning, but it was just enough to top the Lansing Lugnuts 2-1 on Sunday afternoon at Classic Park. Lake County won the four game series with the victory on Sunday.
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 5, 2014 (0 comments)
Carlos Ramirez tripled home D.J. Davis in the top half of the fourth inning to add an insurance run en route to a 8-2 Lugnuts victory. Ramirez later scored in the inning on a ground out. Lansing led 7-1 after four innings.
April 3, 2014 (3 comments)
It is opening day in the minor leagues. Tonight three of the Indians full season affiliates Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron and High-A Carolina will open while Low-A Lake County opens up their season on Friday. In our annual preview of the Indians minor league system, several IBI writers share their thoughts on what to watch this season, who can breakout, and so much more.
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.
April 1, 2014 (0 comments)
Baseball returned to Northeast Ohio Monday evening in fine fashion as it was big brother putting the hurt on little brother at Classic Park in Eastlake as the debut of the Akron RubberDucks handled the Lake County Captains 11-1 in exhibition play.
March 30, 2014 (15 comments)
Minor league camp wrapped up on Saturday and on Sunday all players arrived at their full season destinations. With that, a little over 100 minor league players are set to open the season on Thursday or Friday this week at Triple-A Columbus, Double-A Akron, High-A Carolina and Low-A Lake County. Here are the rosters!
March 23, 2014 (4 comments)
Last week we wrapped up the 2014 Top 50 prospect countdown, and today we unveil the beginning of our 2014 Positional Rankings by kicking off things with the first basemen in the Indians system. First base is a position where the Indians have some strength in the upper levels, but beyond that it is a position of great uncertainty and one of the weaker positions in the organization. Join Tony as he breaks down the first basemen in the system.
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.
February 11, 2014 (71 comments)
As spring training gets underway, here is an updated Cleveland Indians depth chart for the 2014 season and where players are "projected" to be assigned from Cleveland all the way down to extended spring training. We will continue to update this listing as moves are made this offseason, during spring training, and throughout the season with the addition, subtraction, promotion, demotion, etc of players. Happy pitchers and catchers day!
December 20, 2013 (0 comments)
The Cleveland Indians today announced the organizational staff alignment within the Player Development System for the upcoming season. Chris Tremie remains as manager in Columbus while Dave Wallace moves up to Akron and Scooter Tucker moves to Carolina. Edwin Rodriguez has moved into a special assistant role and the Indians also welcomed in several new coaches.
November 29, 2013 (3 comments)
On Wednesday the IBI's Tony Lastoria posted part one of his extensive interview with Indians minor league pitching coordinator Ruben Niebla. In that piece we discussed a lot of the strides made and some struggled encountered by a great many pitchers at the full season affiliates. In today's second part, he provides Niebla’s thoughts on a bevy of young arms at the short season levels, gets into several of the philosophical and mechanical changes the Indians implemented in 2013 with how they develop pitchers, and discussed a ton of velocity jumps made by a litany of pitchers this season.
November 27, 2013 (7 comments)
The IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to sit down with Indians minor league pitching coordinator Ruben Niebla and discussed the strides and sometimes the struggles for a great many pitchers at the full season affiliates this year. They talked about how Dylan Baker and Cody Anderson have separated themselves as prospects, the development of Shawn Morimando and Joe Colon, the rise of Will Roberts and Matt Packer, the work being done with Trevor Bauer, the resurgence of Bryan Price, and lots more.