The Lake County Captains (A Full Season, Midwest League), located at Eastlake, a suburb of Cleveland at Lake Erie and the Cleveland Indians have extended their player devolopement contract with two years through the 2018 season.
The two clubs are affiliated since 1991, when the minor league team was located in Columbus GA and was operated under the names Indians (1991) and RedStixx (1992-2002).
“The Captains are excited and proud to extend our Player Development Agreement with the Cleveland Indians. Everyone we work with at the Indians from the front office to the field staff are outstanding and everyone is working toward the same common goal of prepping the players both on and off the field for life in the big leagues. We take great pride in our role of providing an environment, ballpark and playing field that will help the players reach their full potential as members of the Cleveland Indians organization”, said Neil Stein, GM of the Captains.
Carter Hawkins, Director of Player Development for the Indians stated that the Indians are pleased to be extending our relationship with the Captains and the city of Eastlake. “With the support this partnership has provided, our players and staff continue to thrive, and a steady stream of former Captains have become contributors to our Major League team. We look forward to the continuation of this mutually beneficial affiliation.”
Since 2003 61 former Lake County players have made it to the Major League level, including 11 current Indians that include Cody Allen, Josh Tomlin, Jose Ramirez, Danny Salazar and Francisco Lindor.
Since moving to Eastlake, the Captains reached the post season four times (2003, 2008, 2010 and 2012). In 2010 the team moved from the South Atlantic League to the Midwest League and immediately clinched the Midwest League championship.
The Lake County Captains play in Classic Park, which opened its doors in 2003.