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Lake County Captains Announce 2024 Opening Day Roster

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April 2, 2024 – Midwest League (MWL)
Lake County Captains News Release

EASTLAKE, OH – The Lake County Captains today announced their Opening Day roster for the 2024 season.

To begin its 21st season, the team’s roster will feature four of MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 Cleveland Guardians prospects.

OF Jake Fox (No. 19) returns for his second season with the Captains. The 2021 third-round pick led Lake County in hits (103), runs (61), doubles (23), triples (five), RBI (53), total bases (160), and at-bats (402) last season, while hitting .256 with eight home runs in 101 games. He is also Cleveland’s 24th-ranked prospect according to Baseball America.

INF Jose Devers (No. 20) was named a 2023 Carolina League All-Star with Single-A Lynchburg last season. The 20-year-old ranked among qualified Carolina League players in RBI (66, second), runs (65, tied for fourth), stolen bases (34, fifth), total bases (158, fifth), hits (100, tied for sixth), and OPS (.743, 10th). He is also the Guardians’ 20th-ranked prospect according to Baseball America.

INF Alex Mooney (No. 21) fared well in his professional debut last year. The 2023 seventh-round pick tallied 10 hits, four doubles, four RBI, and four stolen bases in 17 games with Single-A Lynchburg. He is also Cleveland’s 14th-ranked prospect according to The Athletic’s Keith Law.

LHP Parker Messick (No. 22) also returns for his second season with the Captains. After being promoted from Single-A Lynchburg on June 27 of last year, the 2022 second-round pick recorded two wins, 75 strikeouts, and three double-digit strikeout performances in 13 appearances (11 starts) with Lake County. He is also the Guardians’ 27th-ranked prospect by Baseball America, and 12th-ranked prospect by The Athletic’s Keith Law.

While not ranked by MLB Pipeline, INF C.J. Kayfus is Cleveland’s 19th-ranked prospect by The Athletic’s Keith Law. The 2023 third-round pick excelled in his first 17 career professional games with Single-A Lynchburg last year. From his debut through the end of the season, he led the team in home runs (four, tied), RBI (19, tied), and slugging percentage (.542), while hitting .271 with 16 hits, four doubles, 15 walks, five stolen bases, and a .971 OPS.

In all, 14 of the Captains’ 29-man Opening Day roster are returners from last season.

Along with Messick, pitchers Alaska Abney, Trenton Denholm, Magnus Ellerts, Steve Hajjar, Jake Miller, and Josh Wolf come back to Lake County to begin the 2024 campaign. Denholm tallied an impressive 1.14…

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