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April 5, 2013 - Midwest League (MWL) Lake County Captains

Friday April 5th, 2013* 6:30 PM* Classic Park* Eastlake, OH* First Half* Game #2

Lake County Captains (1-0) vs. Lansing Lugnuts (0-1)

LHP Ryan Merritt (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Taylor Cole (0-0, 0.00)

Captains News and Notes:

LAST GAME-The Captains defeated the Lansing Lugnuts by a final of 5-4. Lanisng threw four wild pitches which resulted in two Lake County runs.

Luigi Leading- Luigi Rodriguez had two hits, two runs scored and knocked in a run to lead the way in the Captains win. Rodriguez is starting his 2nd full year with Lake County.

Hustling Haas- Eric Haas made his Captains debut in a big way. Haas tripled home a run, scored a run and threw a Lugnut out who was trying to advance to second base.

Streak- Lake County is currently riding a six game winning streak on opening day. The Captains have a record of 9-2 since coming to Eastlake. The only two losses came in the SAL in 2004, and 2007.

Top 30- Lake County will start the season with four of the Indians' top prospects. Dorssys Paulino is the #3 prospect, Mitch Brown ranks #6 and Luigi Rodriguez is #8. Dylan Brown checks in at #17, al of these ranking; are according to Baseball America.

Same Face, Same Place- Lake County returns nine players from the 2012 squad. 5 pitchers (Dejesus, Head, Pasquale, Sterling, Valera) and 4 position players (L. Rodriguez, Garcia, Castillo, Washington)

CAPTAINS STARTING PITCHER:

#23 Ryan Merritt: LHP (McLennan CC) 16th round ('11) '12 Clubs: M.V. AGE: 21

Pitch Selection: Fastball, Change- Up, Curveball

Last Game: /Last Win

Scoreless Streak:

Highs:

APR:

1st Batter/ Retired: IR/IRS: Last Save:

2013- First season with Lake County. The only lefty on the Captains roster.

2012- (3-4, 4.09) in 14 G, 14 GS, 66.0 IP, 17 BB, 40 K for the Scrappers.

2011- (0-0, 1.08) in 4 G, 1 SV, 8.1 IP, 2 BB, 10 K.

Averaged a strike out (88) per inning pitched (88.0) in his final season for the Highlanders.

Notable Alums from McLennan CC include Pat Listach, and Jay Buhner

PITCHING PROBABLES (Subject to Change)

CAPTAINS COACHING STAFF

MANAGER: Scooter Tucker - 1st season in Lake County

Tucker, 46, who's given name is Eddie, served as the Hitting Coach for the Carolina Mudcats last season in his first year as a coach in the Cleveland organization. Prior to joining the Indians, he was an associate scout with the New York Mets in 2010 and 2011. In 2007 and 2008, he was the Bench Coach for the Pensacola Pelicans of the independent American Association. Scooter played professionally for nine seasons from 1988-1996 and spent five seasons at the Triple-A level from 1992-96 in the San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Cleveland and Kansas City organizations He was drafted by the Giants in 1988 (5th round out of Delta State University) and later selected off waivers in 1991 by the Astros. He was a California League All-Star in 1990 at A San Jose and a Texas League All-Star at AA Shreveport the following season. He was a career .276 hitter in the minor leagues. Tucker appeared in 51 games over three Major League seasons with Houston (1992-93, 1995) and Cleveland (1995). Tucker concluded his playing career in 1996 at AAA Omaha in the Royals system. He was elected to the Delta State University Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and had his number retired.

PITCHING COACH: Steve Karsay - 1st season in Lake County

Karsay, 40, will handle the Captains pitching staff after spending the 2012 season as the Pitching Coach of the Arizona League Indians. This is his second season in the professional coaching ranks. Steve spent four seasons in the Cleveland bullpen from 1998- 2001 where he was 15-14 with a 3.23 ERA in 164 games (4GS, 223.0IP, 210H, 80ER, 191K). Overall, he spent 11 seasons in the big leagues from 1993-2006 with Oakland, Cleveland, Atlanta, New York (AL) and Texas. He had signed a letter of intent to play at LSU prior to being drafted by Toronto in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1990 draft. During his career, Karsay was traded to Oakland in 1993 for Rickey Henderson and in 2001 to Atlanta for John Rocker. Steve lives in Scottsdale, AZ and he graduated from Christ the King High School in Queens, NY in 1990.

HITTING COACH: Tony Mansolino - 1st Season in Lake County

Mansolino, 30, joins the Captains after being the Hitting Coach at Mahoning Valley the last two seasons. He retired as a player in 2010 after playing professionally for six seasons as an infielder from 2005-10. He was selected in the 26th round of the 2005 Draft by Pittsburgh out of Vanderbilt, finishing with a career minor league average of .231 with 19 HR and 173 RBI in 457 games He was in the Pittsburgh system from 2005-08 and briefly in the Phillies system in 2008 before playing independent ball in 2009-10. Tony resides in Nashville, TN and he graduated with a degree in Human and Organizational Development while playing 4 years of baseball at Vanderbilt.

Lake County Captains Managerial History:

2013: Scooter Tucker - (1-0 1 season)

2012: David Wallace (71-68, 1 season) Currently: Manages the Carolina Mudcats (High A of CLE).

2010-2011: Ted Kubiak (130-148, 2 Seasons) Currently: Kubiak manages Mahoning Valley (Short Season A of CLE).

2008-2009: Aaron Holbert (156-131, 2 seasons) Currently: Holbert manages the Mississippi Braves (AA of ATL).

2007: Chris Tremie (64-74, 1 season) Currently: Tremie manages the Columbus Clippers (AAA of Cleveland).

2006: Lee May (64-74,1 season) Currently: May is the minor league Hitting Coordinator for the Seattle Mariners.

2005: Mike Sarbaugh (72-66, 1 season) Currently: Sarbaugh is the first base/ infield coach for the Cleveland Indians.

2003-2004: Luis Rivera (170-109, 2 seasons)*** Rivera is the All-Time Captains Win's Leader. His #2 is the only number retired by the Captains. Currently: Rivera Is the Third Base Coach for the Toronto Blue Jays***

LAKE COUNTY CAPTAINS All-Time Records:

10 Seasons: (717-670) .560 Win % in 10 Seasons in Eastlake.

South Atlantic League: 2003-2009 (516-454). 532 Win %

Midwest League: 2010-2012 (201-216) .482 Win % *2010 MWL Champions*

Lake County's Position Players

#6 Logan Vick: OF (Baylor University) 11th rd. (`12) `12 Clubs: M.V. AGE: 22

LAST GAME: 0/1... 4/4 vs. LAN

STREAK:

Highs:

APR:

2012- .181, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 0 3B, 3 2B in 22 G, 15 K, 11 BB, 3/3 SB/ ATT

2011- First Team Academic All-Big 12

College Career: .329, 12 HR, 45 RBI, 21 2B, 5 3B, 91 BB, 83 K, 17/24 SB/ ATT

2010- Set a school record by walking 59 times for the Bears.

Logan was a two-sport athlete in high school, besides baseball he also played three years of football as a receiver and place kicker.

#7 LeVon Washington: OF (Chipola JC (FL)) 2nd rd. (`10) `12 Clubs: AZL/ LC/ CAR AGE: 21

LAST GAME: 0/3, R, BB, K... 4/4 vs. LAN

STREAK: H:0 EXBH: 0 OB: 1(4/4-

Highs: R, BB, K

APR:

2012- Missed most of the season after undergoing hip surgery on April 30th.

Played in a total of 13 G with 16 H, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 8 BB, 13 K, 1/4 SB/ ATT

2011- .218 BA in 79 G, 65 H, 9 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 15 SB

Hit an inside the park homerun at Classic Park on August 11th

2010- .444 BA in 3 games, 4 H, 3 RBI in the AZL

2009- Drafted in the first round 30th overall by Tampa Bay but did not sign.

Represented by Scott Boras.

#8 Erik Gonzalez: INF, ND FA ('08) `12 Clubs: MV, LC AGE: 21

LAST GAME:

STREAK: HIT: 0 EXBH: 0 OB: 1 (4/4- Highs:

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2012- .220, 2 HR, 18 RBI in 60 G for the Scrappers.

2011- .258, 2 HR, 14 RBI in 41 games in the AZL league.

2010- Ranked 3rd in the Dominican Summer League in Hits (83) and 4th in average (.346)

2010-2009: Spent two seasons in the DSL hitting 1 HR and 54 RBI in 125 GP

#9 Jorge Martinez: INF, ND FA (`09) `12 Clubs: AZL/ M.V. AGE: 20

LAST GAME: 1/4, RBI, K... 4/4 vs. LAN

STREAK: H: 1 (4/4- EXBH: 0 OB: 1(4/4- Highs: H, RBI

APR:

2012- .347, 7 HR, 39 RBI in the Arizona League. Jorge tallied 14 2B and 3 3B. In Mahoning Valley, Martinez hit .188, 1 HR, 6 RBI in just nine games.

2012- Martinez was second in the organization with a .324 Batting Average between the two levels. He also ranked fourth in the AZL in hits with 66.

2011- .256, 4 HR, 30 RBI in 45 G in the AZL. Jorge also had 10 2B and 2 3B along with four stolen bases in seven attempts.

2010- .216, 2 HR, 21 RBI in his first season of professional baseball in the AZL (46 G). He walked 10 times and fanned 41 times, to go along with five doubles and three stolen bases.

#10 Luigi Rodriguez: OF, ND FA (`09) `12 Clubs: LCO AGE: 20

LAST GAME: 2/4, 2R, RBI, K...4/4 vs. LAN

STREAK: H: 1 (4/4- EXBH: 0 OB: 1(4/4- Highs: 2H, 2 R, RBI, K

APR:

2013- Enters the season as the #8 prospect in the Cleveland Organization according to Baseball America. Rated as the fastest base runner in the organization by the publication Best Tools Survey.

2012- Entered the season as the #5 prospect in the Indians Organization according to Baseball America. Named Indians Minor league Player of the Week for April 23-29th.

2012- .268, 11 HR, 48 RBI, 124 H, 117 G, 50 BB, 133 K, 24/33 SB/ATT.

Finished second on the team in Homeruns (11).

#11 Joe Sever: INF (Pepperdine University) 21st rd (`12) `12 Clubs: M.V. AGE: 22

LAST GAME:

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2012- .274, 1 HR, 20 RBI in 46 G with MV. Sever also connected for 10 2B,1 3B

2012- Joe was named a New York Penn League All-Star.

In his junior year in college, Joe was named the West Coast Conference "Player of the Year" and was a first team All- WCC Selection.

2011- Played summer ball for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod league.

2010- Played summer ball for the Willmar Minnesota Stingers of the Northwoods League. Willmar, MN is the hometown of former Captain Jordan Smith.

Joe is the Nephew of NFL HOF John Elway

#13 Eric Haase: C, (HS (MI) 7th Round ('11) `12 Clubs: AZL, MV AGE: 20

LAST GAME: 1/4, R, RBI, 3B... 4/4 vs. LAN

STREAK: H: 1 (4/4- EXBH: 1 (4/4- OB: 1 (4/4- Highs: R, RBI, 3B, H

APR:

2012- Spent most of the season (28 G) in the Arizona League.

(.282, 3 HR, 22 RBI) along with 11 2B and 2 3B. Hasse also fanned 29 times compared to just drawing five walks.

In Mahoning Valley he just played three games, and got one hit.

2011- Played three games in the AZL accounting for three hits and 2 RBI.

#15 Leonardo Castillo: INF, ND FA ('10) `12 Clubs: LCO AGE: 19

LAST GAME:

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2012- (.216, 4 HR, 48 RBI). Castillo had five triples and 21 doubles on the season.

2012- Castillo batted .250 in the second half of the year. He hit .184 in the first half.

2011- .303 BA, 49 G, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 3 SB in the AZL

2010- .269 BA, 59 G, 53 H, 16 RBI for the DSL Indians

#17 Dorssys Paulino: INF, ND FA (`11) `12 Clubs: AZL/ M.V. AGE: 18

LAST GAME: 0/4, BB, K... 4/4 vs. LAN

STREAK: H: 0 EXBH: 0 OB: 1 (4/4- Highs: BB, K

APR:

2013- Enters the season as the #3 Prospect in the Cleveland Organization according to Baseball America. Ranked as the 56th best Prospect in all of baseball in Keith Law's top 100.

2012- Led the Indians Player Development System in batting average (.333).

Ranked second in the AZL in average (.355), third in slugging percentage (.610), fourth in extra base hits (26), tied for fourth in runs scored (42), fifth in total bases (105) and was tied for 1st in intentional walks. Named the 5th best prospect in the Arizona League according to Baseball America.

2012- .355, 6 HR, 30 RBI, 14 2B, 6 3B, 41 G, 15 BB, 31 K, 9/10 SB/ ATT in AZL. .271, 1 HR, 5 2B, 8 RBI, 3 BB, 14 K, 2/3 SB/ATT,15 G for Mahoning Valley.

Youngest Lake County Captain Ever (previous Francisco Lindor) He won't turn 19 until 11/21/13. Lindor was 18 all of the 2012 season with the Captains but turned 19 on 11/14 of last year.

#22 Robel Garcia: INF, ND FA ('10) `12 Clubs: MV, LC AGE: 20

LAST GAME: 1/3, R, BB, K... 4/4 vs. LAN

STREAK: H: 1(4/4- EXBH: 0 OB: 1 (4/4- Highs: H, BB, K

APR:

2012- Split time between Short Season Mahoning Valley and Lake County. .227, 0 HR, 16 RBI for the Scrappers and .210, 3 HR, 23 RBI for the Captains.

2011- .284 BA, 45 G, 48 H, 6 HR, 24 XBH, 24 RBI, 7 SB

Ranked T-3 in the Arizona League in Triples with (8), T-5 Extra Base Hits (24), T-6 in HR (6), and T-8 in Slugging % (.544)

2010- .164 BA in 43 G 1 HR, 20 RBI in the Arizona League.

#25 Nellie Rodriguez: INF (George Wash. HS (NY)) 15th Rd ('12) `12 Clubs: AZL AGE: 18

LAST GAME: 0/2, 2BB, K... 4/4 vs. LAN

STREAK: H: 0 EXBH: 0 OB: 1(4/4- Highs: 2BB, K

APR:

2012- .229, 4 HR, 17 RBI in 32 G. Nelson also hit 7 2B, 3 3B

.468, 3 HR, 38 RBI and 14 2B in his senior season for the Trojans

Attended the same high school as Manny Ramirez

Won the Perfect Game All-American Classic HR Derby at Petco Park with a total of 4 HR.

#28 Martin Cervenka: C, ND FA ('09) `12 Clubs: AZL AGE: 20

LAST GAME: 2/4, 2K... 4/4 vs. LAN

STREAK: H: 1(4/4- EXBH: 0 OB: 1 (4/4- Highs: 2H, 2 K

APR:

2012- .240, 0 HR, 12 RBI in 26 G. Martin also hit 3 2B,14 BB.

2011- .164, 0 HR, 1 RBI in 17 G. 9 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 5 BB, 14 K in his first season of professional baseball with the AZL Indians.

Hails from Prague, Czech Republic

Lake County's Relief Pitchers

#24 Louis Head: RHP (Texas State) 18th round ('12) 2012 Clubs: MV/LC AGE: 22

Pitch Selection: Fastball, Slider, Change-Up

Last Game: 1.0 IP, 2K... 4/4 vs. LAN /Last Win

Scoreless Streak: 1.0 (4/4- Highs: 2 K

APR:

1st Batter/ Retired: 1/1 IR/IRS: Last Save:

2012- Began his pro career in Mahoning Valley. 7 G, 3 SV, 13.1 IP, 15 K, 1 BB

(2-0, 3.78) in 15 G with the Captains. Head twirled 33.1 innings, fanning 28 and walking seven.

Louis played two seasons at Texas Tech before transferring to Texas State for his junior season.

Paul Goldschmidt, Scott Linebrink and Marcus Thames are the notable alums of the Bobcat's baseball program.

#29 Luis Morel: RHP ND FA ('10), '12 Clubs: MV/AZL AGE: 20

Pitch Selection: Fastball, Change- Up, Curveball

Last Game: /Last Win

Scoreless Streak:

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1st Batter/ Retired: IR/IRS: Last Save:

2012- (1-1, 3.07) 4 G, 3 GS, 14.2 IP, 3 BB, 19 K in the AZL

2012- (2-6, 4.89) 12 G, 9 GS, 49.2 IP, 28 BB, 49 K @MV.

2011- (0-1, 3.60) 9 G, 3 GS, 25.0 IP, 16 BB, 22 K in the AZL.

2010- (0-1, 5.40) 5 G, 4 GS, 18.1 IP, 17 H, 7 BB, 21 K in the AZL at the age of 18 in the DSL Morel went (1-1, 2.08) 3 G, 3 GS, 13.0 IP, 5 H, 10 BB, 13 K.

#32 Nick Pasquale: RHP (Diablo Valley CC (CA)) 20th rd. ('12) '12 Clubs: AZL, MV, LC AGE: 22

Pitch Selection: Fastball, Slider, Change-Up, Curveball

Last Game: /Last Win

Scoreless Streak:

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1st Batter/ Retired: IR/IRS: Last Save:

2012- (4-1,3.58) in 17 G in the Indians Organization (AZL, MV, LCO)

Pasquale started four games and had 1 save in 50.1 IP. Pasquale walked just five hitters and fanned 32 & Nick gave up two homers.

Senior Year at Diablo Valley CC- 16 GS, (12-3, 1.88) 75 K, 16 BB, 1 HRA, 110.1 IP

#34 Josh Martin: RHP (Samford University) 10th round ('12) '12 Clubs: MV/ CAR AGE: 23

Pitch Selection: Fastball, Change-Up, Slurve

Last Game: /Last Win

Scoreless Streak:

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1st Batter/ Retired: IR/IRS: Last Save:

2012- (4-1, 4.14) 14 G, 45.2 IP, 21 ER, 5 HRA, 5 HB, 15 BB, 41K for MV. (0-1, 5.06) 3 G, 5.1 IP,3 ER, 2 HRA, 1 BB, 4 K for Carolina.

2012- (12-2, 3.35) 34 BB, 95 K for the Bulldogs. In his Senior Season.

2011- Drafted in the 25th Round by the Pittsburgh Pirates but did not sign.

Besides playing baseball, Josh was a Captain on his football team for Enterprise high school in Alabama.

#36 Jack Wagoner: RHP (Florida Gulf Coast University) 33rd Rd ('11) '12 Clubs: MV AGE: 23

Pitch Selection: Fastball, Curveball, Change - Up

Last Game: (W) 1.2 IP, 2 H, /Last Win

Scoreless Streak: 1.2 (4/4- Highs: 2 H, 1.2 IP

APR:

1st Batter/ Retired: 1/0 IR/IRS: 2/2 Last Save:

2012- (3-5, 4.36) 24 G, 2 SV, 16 BB, 34 K, 33.0 IP

2011- (1-0, 1.13) 6 G, 6 BB, 6 K, 8.0 IP for Mahoning Valley.

2011- As a senior with the Eagles, Jack made the transition early from a reliever to the starting rotation. Jack was tied for the team lead in wins with a (5-3) mark and a (4-1) mark in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Wagoner had 53 strikeouts and 21 walks his senor season.

2010- As a Junior, set a school record for number of saves in a season with nine. Jack finished second All-Time in school history in saves.

2008- Played one season of baseball at Sacred Heart University.

#37 Michael Peoples: RHP (Western Oklahoma State) 14th rd. ('12) '12 Clubs: MV AGE: 21

Pitch Selection: Fastball, Slider, Change - Up, Curveball

Last Game: /Last Win

Scoreless Streak:

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1st Batter/ Retired: IR/IRS: Last Save:

2012- (1-1, 2.28) 16 G, 23.2 IP, 17 H, 21 K, 8 BB for Mahoning Valley.

2011- (6-1, 5.89) 24 G, 1 SV, 55K, 24 BB in his Freshman season with the Pioneers.

2011- Part of the NJCAA National Champions with a record of 51-16.

Given Name is Scott Michael Peoples

Andrelton Simmons (SS- ATL) also attended Western Oklahoma State College.

#39 Francisco Valera: RHP ND FA ('07), '12 Clubs: LC AGE: 23

Pitch Selection: Fastball, Slider, Curve

Last Game: /Last Win

Scoreless Streak:

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1st Batter/ Retired: IR/IRS: Last Save:

2012- (6-3, 5.35) 41 G, 75.2 IP, 28 BB, 58 K for the Captains

2011- (0-0) 2.25 ERA in three games for the Indians.

2010- Missed the entire season after undergoing right elbow reconstruction.

2009- (4-2, 4.81) 17 G, 39.1 IP, 24 BB, 35 K in the Arizona League

2008- (6-4, 3.16) 14 G, 14 GS, 68.1 IP, 19 BB, 50 K in the Dominican Summer League.

#45 Felix Sterling: RHP, ND FA ('09) '12 Clubs: AZL, LCO AGE: 20

Pitch Selection: Fastball, Slider, Change-up

Last Game: (SV) 1.0 IP, 3 K, H /Last Win

Scoreless Streak: 1.0 (4/4- Highs: 3K, 1.0 IP

APR:

1st Batter/ Retired: 1/0 IR/IRS: Last Save: 1 (4/4 vs. LAN)

2012- (4-8, 6.58) 24 G, 18 GS, 1 SV, 93.0 IP, 40 BB, 71 K, 10 WP (LC).

2012- (3-0, 1.66) 6 G, 0 GS, 2 SV, 21.2 IP, 7 BB, 31K, 3 WP (AZL).

2011- (2-3) 4.14 ERA, 41.1 IP, 35 K, 25 BB for the Captains in 2011.

(2-3) 4.10 ERA, 26.1 IP, 31 K, 9 BB for the AZL Indians

2010- spent the season in the Arizona League and ranked 5th among Farmhands in ERA (3.16).

Finished 8th in the Arizona League in ERA (3.16) and was 3rd in fewest BR/ 9 IP (10.80), Finished 4th in both BAA (.225) and K/9 IP (10.06)

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