The Lake County Captains (Low Class A; Midwest League) and the Cleveland Indians extended their player-development contract (PDC) through the 2016 season.
The Lake County franchise has been affiliated with the Indians since 1991, when the club was located in Columbus, Georgia. The franchise was known as the Columbus Indians in 1991, the Columbus Red Stixx from 1992 through 2002 and moved to Eastlake to become the Captains in 2003.
“We are very pleased to continue our association with Cleveland as we enter our 13th year in Lake County. It has been a terrific partnership and we look forward to continuing it for many years to come,” Captains Vice President and General Manager Brad Seymour said. “It is great for the fans of the Indians to be able to see the players beginning their careers at our level and then follow them to the big leagues.”
Fifty-kne former Lake County players have gone on to play at the Major League level, including 11 current Indians that include Cody Allen, Josh Tomlin, Jose Ramirez, T.J. House and Danny Salazar.
“For over a decade, the Captains have been an outstanding partner in the development of our players,” said Ross Atkins, Vice President, Player Development for the Cleveland Indians. “With the support that the city of Eastlake, the Captains leadership, and the Captains fans provide our players and staff, it’s no surprise to see the Major League success of our homegrown players that once called Lake County their home. We look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial relationship and couldn’t be happier having such a quality affiliate right in our back yard.”
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