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Stephanie | 22 | Cleveland
Recent graduate of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. Feature columnist and beat reporter for Indians Baseball Insider, covering the Lake County Captains and Akron Aeros. Fan of the New York Mets, Cleveland Cavs, and Ohio State Buckeyes. Caffeine addict, pro hot wing tester and future Bond girl. The things you’ll find here are my thoughts outside the press box. Enjoy.

2013 Lake County Captains Twitter List 

Below is a list of Twitter handles (that I’m aware of) for the 2013 Lake County Captains. Follow these guys both on Twitter and on the field. 

Dylan Baker: @dylanbaker30

DJ Brown: @GoDJthatsmyDJ22

Mitch Brown: @BrownieOutDaOv

Louis Head: @sweetlouuu832

Josh Martin: @uriah34

Nick Pasquale: @nickpasquale27

Michael Peoples: @m_peeps40

Jeremy Lucas: @jeremylucas32

Dorssys Paulino: @dorssys

Nellie Rodriguez: @25__Roddy

Joe Sever: @sever_joe

Anthony Santander: @roller_mvp

Logan Vick: @logan_vick

LeVon Washington: @L_Wash

Richard Stock: @richardstock

Anthony Santander: @roller_mvp

0   •   May 03rd, 2013

Rodriguez making strides during first full season 

(Originally published: Indians Baseball Insider)

Most seniors in high school think about summer, college and upcoming graduation parties as they’re getting fitted for their tux for senior prom. Lake County Captains’ first baseman Nelson Rodriguez learned he was drafted by the Cleveland Indians during his tux fitting at Men’s Warehouse.

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0   •   May 03rd, 2013

Lake County offers Sisco chance at new beginning 

(Originally published: Indians Baseball Insider)

The minor leagues are all about learning and development. New beginnings are a constant and for Cleveland Indians’ starter Jake Sisco, new beginnings are occurring both on and off the field.

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0   •   May 03rd, 2013

Lake County Captains 2013 Preview 

The Cleveland Indians have already kicked off their season in Toronto, but the Lake County Captains are braving the cold at home in Eastlake.

The Captains open up their season on Thursday night, and they’re preparing for the cold weather to come. Despite the unfavorable Cleveland chill, the team is warming up to the anticipated new season.

This year’s team has nine players returning, though some had a very brief stint with the Captains last year, such as LeVon Washington who was sidelined with a hip injury, and Luis DeJesus, who was sent to short-season Mahoning Valley. The pitching staff is youthful, but it’ll also be one of the most exciting aspects of the team this year. Youth also lies at the shortstop position again this year. Last season, it was 18-year-old Francisco Lindor. This time, it’s 18-year-old Dorssys Paulino.

Scouting reports and in-depth looks can be found in Tony’s annual prospect countdown on the site and in his book, but here’s a season preview of what to expect from the Captains, and who to look out for.

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0   •   Apr 04th, 2013
#cleveland   #indians   #lake county   #Captains   #milb   #mlb   #baseball   

Wendle excited for what’s in store 

Originally posted: February 8, 2013 via

One’s first season playing pro ball is full of adjustments, lessons and personal tests. Cleveland Indians infielder Joe Wendle understands the importance of learning everywhere, from between the foul lines to off the field.

Wendle, 22, was taken by the Indians in the 6th round of the 2012 Draft during his senior year at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. There, he and his teammates won the Division II National Championship, marking a memorable week for Wendle as he was drafted three days later. Wendle started the learning process of his pro career that week, as he had to learn about his new team.

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0   •   Mar 21st, 2013

Opportunities are infinite for Armstrong 

Originally published: February 2, 2013 via

Life in the pros consists of day-to-day opportunity. Each day a player treads across the dirt of the diamond, new opportunities surface. For Cleveland Indians’ right-hander Shawn Armstrong, opportunities lie in overlooked places.

The 6’2” reliever started last season with the low-A Lake County Captains, where he appeared in just two games before a quick promotion to the high-A Carolina MudCats. There, Armstrong pitched in 26 games, posting an ERA of 2.06 as he fanned 52 and walked 23. Armstrong had expected to advance to Carolina at some point, but not so soon.

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0   •   Mar 21st, 2013
#cleveland indians   #milb   #mlb   #shawn   #armstrong   #akron   #aeros   #baseball   

Washington focused on major comeback 

Originally published: December 29, 2012 via

Some people work to live, while others live to work. Cleveland Indians’ centerfielder LeVon Washington prefers the latter. After all, not many players kick off the offseason by stopping at Home Depot for a bottle of superglue.

Washington, 21, was drafted by the Indians during the second round of the 2010 amateur draft. In 2009, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round, but did not sign with the team.

After three seasons with the Indians organization, Washington has certainly accumulated a following. Since his first season, the Gainesville, Florida native has grown exponentially, despite a minor setback last season, which has him aiming for a major comeback.

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0   •   Mar 21st, 2013
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Offseason Spotlight: Jeremie Tice 

Originally published: December 1, 2012 via

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s the time of year to appreciate friends and family. With a newborn baby joining his family, Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Jeremie Tice is spending the season doing just that.

Tice, 26, spent last season between high-A Carolina and AA-Akron before an injury halted his season. The College of Charleston alumnus was taken by the Indians in the sixth round of the 2008 draft and posted a .276 average between Carolina and Akron last season within a total of 68 games.

Tice noted that the Carolina League is tough, but there are no excuses – not that he needed any. He hit .282 with the MudCats, which included 12 home runs, 47 RBIs, 20 walks and 44 strikeouts.

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0   •   Mar 21st, 2013
#cleveland indians   #milb   #mlb   #baseball   #jeremie   #tice   #carolina   #mudcats   

Offseason Spotlight: Anthony Gallas 

Originally published: November 26, 2012 via

Some Yankee they called Yogi Berra once said that baseball is 90% mental, the other half is physical.

Many more of the game’s greats acknowledge the cerebral fortitude required to be successful. Indians’ outfielder Anthony Gallas is also well-aware of it.

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0   •   Mar 21st, 2013
#cleveland indians   #cleveland   #milb   #mlb   #baseball   #anthony   #gallas   #carolina   #mudcats   

A Penny for this thoughts 

Originally published: September 8, 2012 via

Life rarely ends up like the movies, but Lake County Captains’ reliever Cody Penny is already part of a cinematic script.

Penny, a 21-year-old native of Sawmills, North Carolina, was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 16th round of the 2012 draft. The right-handed reliever is a 6’3”, 205-pound product of the University of North Carolina, where he was a dominant bullpen arm.

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0   •   Mar 21st, 2013