September 24, 2014 (0 comments)
Originally born in Mexico, Rigo Beltran moved to the San Diego area at about six years old and it was there that his baseball dream started. He grew up with “Fernando Mania” as he idolized Fernando Valenzuela when he pitched for the Dodgers in the 1980s and found some success himself as a pitcher pitching 16 seasons in pro baseball from 1991-2006 before retiring to become a coach in 2007. He latched on with the Indians this past season and was the pitching coach at Low-A Lake County, and the IBI's Tony Lastoria recently had a chance to talk about his career path and love for coaching.
September 21, 2014 (3 comments)
The WAR Room is back again, bringing you the 2014 advanced stats for every Cleveland minor leaguer. With the minor league seasons at an end, we continue bringing you seasons in review, with today's featuring the 2014 Lake County Captains. This week Jim Piascik focuses on the Captains' pitchers, including their strong trio of starting pitchers in Mitch Brown, Adam Plutko, and Luis Lugo. Join Jim as he recaps the 2014 Captains pitchers and takes you into The WAR Room.
September 18, 2014 (30 comments)
In today's Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the astounding rise of Tony Wolters into a legit Major League catcher. He provides lots of insight into his improvements defensively and why there should not be too much focus on his offense right now. He also goes into detail about Giovanny Urshela and his rise to legitimacy in the organization, what he improved on this season and how he fits into things going forward, looks at the outfield transition for Dorssys Paulino, Bradley Zimmer's excellent approach to hitting, notes some players that are heading to winter ball, and more.
September 14, 2014 (0 comments)
The Kane County Cougars showed that they were the top team in the Midwest League on Saturday night. They swept the Lake County Captains in three games by a final score of 7-2 to become the 2014 Midwest League Champions.
September 12, 2014 (7 comments)
The Lake County Captains continued to slide in the Midwest League finals Thursday, falling 6-0 to the Kane County Cougars in Game #2. The loss leaves the Captains down 2-0 in the series and has them facing elimination when the action picks back up Saturday at Classic Park. Thursday's loss was an all-around effort, with rough performances across the board. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps it all and takes you Around the Farm.
September 12, 2014 (0 comments)
The Kane County Cougars shutout the Captains 6-0 on Thursday night to take a commanding 2-0 series lead in the best of five series. The series will shift to Lake County on Saturday where the Captains will look to extend the series.
September 11, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lake County Captains got their second taste of champagne on Sept. 7 after sweeping the Fort Wayne TinCaps to advance to the championship round of the Midwest League playoffs. Unfortunately for the Captains, the offense was absent in Game 1 of the championship series in Kane County. Championship action continues this week and the team will return home on Sept. 13 for Game 3. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps what happened the past week...
September 11, 2014 (27 comments)
The Midwest League finals started Wednesday night, with the Lake County Captains losing for the first time in the playoffs. Despite dropping Game #1 4-3 to the Kane County Cougars, there were still a few performances that stand out. One came from Bradley Zimmer, who is doing his best to show the organization he is ready to move quickly through the system. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps Zimmer's night and the rest of the action in the series opener as he takes you Around the Farm.
September 10, 2014 (5 comments)
The Kane County Cougars (1-0) took the lead in the bottom of the second and made it stick behind a great outing by Jen-Ho Tseng. The Cougars took game one from the Lake County Captains (0-1) 4-3 on Wednesday night.
September 10, 2014 (7 comments)
In today’s edition of Minor Happenings, the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at the tremendous second half from Low-A Lake County right-handed pitcher Mitch Brown and first baseman Nellie Rodriguez. They were the big keys to the team’s second half turnaround, and he looks into their improvement not only in their performance but as prospects as well. He also provides several comments from the front office on recently called up players Jesus Aguilar, Austin Adams, Bryan Price as well as some thoughts on the rookie level AZL Indians championship season along with some interesting comments and comps on some key players there.
September 7, 2014 (0 comments)
Nellie Rodriguez scored on an error in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Captains went on to beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 5-4 to clinch a spot in the Midwest League Championship series. The Captains will be playing in their second MWL Championship Series in team history. The Captains won the title in 2010.
September 6, 2014 (1 comments)
The Lake County Captains (1-0) fell behind 1-0 in the first inning but did not let that scare them. They scored five unanswered runs in the next two innings to go along with a stellar pitching performance by lefty Luis Lugo. The Captains took game one of the Eastern Division Championship Series from the Fort Wayne Tincaps (0-1) 5-1 on Saturday night.
September 5, 2014 (2 comments)
In today’s Minor Happenings piece, the IBI's Tony Lastoria looks at the outstanding finish to the season for Short-A Mahoning Valley second baseman Steven Patterson and looks at what kind of prospect he is for the Indians. He also breaks down Low-A Lake County left-handed pitcher Luis Lugo’s season and prospect standing, and provides tons of interesting comments from the front office on things like Francisco Lindor’s timeline, the growth of Erik Gonzalez into a legit shortstop prospect, Danny Salazar’s recovery from an early season setback and more.
September 5, 2014 (17 comments)
The Akron RubberDucks and Columbus Clippers reversed fortunes Thursday, with both teams ending the night with their series tied 1-1 after a RubberDucks win and a Clippers loss. The Lake County Captains stayed consistent, however, winning their second game in a row to advance to the next round of the playoffs. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the playoff action, including Nellie Rodriguez powering the Captains to victory, as he takes you Around the Farm.
September 4, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lake County Captains (2-0) scored seven runs to take the lead and they made it stick as they took game 2 on Thursday night 7-2. The Captains swept the South Bend Silver Hawks in two games to punch their ticket to the Eastern Division Finals.
September 4, 2014 (2 comments)
This weekly feature piece here at the IBI specifically looks at some of the prospects that have maybe not had as much attention they deserve for a variety of reasons but who are interesting or are coming onto the scene. This week the IBI's Tony Lastoria takes a look at right-handed reliever Trevor Frank, a backend arm who has had a lot of success early in his pro career and a key member of the Low-A Lake County pitching staff this season. What kind of prospect is he? What does he throw? What kind of future does he have? Tony provides all the details...
September 4, 2014 (2 comments)
Only one game truly mattered this past week and the Lake County Captains made it count. On Wednesday, the team sealed the first of a three-game series against the South Bend Silver Hawks to gain an edge in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs. The IBI's Stephanie Metzger recaps what happened over the final week of the Captains’ regular season and the first game of the playoffs.
September 4, 2014 (20 comments)
The playoffs started Wednesday night for the Columbus Clippers, Akron RubberDucks, and Lake County Captains, with two of the three teams ending the night with a win. Though it was obviously more than a one-person effort, the Clippers and Captains used big nights from an outfielder to find victory (James Ramsey and Clint Frazier, respectively), while Duke von Schamann did his best for the RubberDucks in a loss. Join Jim Piascik as he recaps all of the playoff action and takes you Around the Farm.
September 3, 2014 (0 comments)
The Lake County Captains (1-0) pounded out 14 hits in the series opener and got a stellar start from Mitch Brown to take a 1-0 lead in the Midwest League Eastern Division Semifinals over the South Bend Silver Hawks (0-1), 6-2.
September 2, 2014 (0 comments)
Jamodrick McGruder hit a three-run home run in the top of the third inning, to cap a six run frame and Dayton went on to beat the Captains 13-4.