Captains have had four make it to big leagues so far in 2013
They have had four ex-players make their first appearance in the majors this season, ahead of three for all of 2012. Here's a look at how they've fared so far (special thanks to the Captains' Craig Deas for his help):
-- Hector Rondon, a Rule 5 draftee of the Cubs, has made 12 relief appearances for Chicago since April 3. He has a 3.68 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 12 appearances. Photo: Rondon, right, and catcher Welington Castillo on May 4. (Nam Y. Huh/Associated Press)
-- T.J. McFarland, also taken in the Rule 5 draft, has made nine relief appearances for the Orioles since April 6. He has a 2.95 ERA in 18 1/3 innings.
-- Steven Wright debuted with the Red Sox on April 23. The knuckle baller gave up five runs on six hits in 3 2/3 innings before being optioned to Class AAA Pawtucket.
-- Vidal Nuno debuted with Yankees on April 29. Indians fans are more aware of his second start, in which he pitched five scoreless innings in the second game of a doubleheader on May 13 at Progressive Field. He has since been sent to Triple-A Scranton.
The sample size isn't enough for a full-on indictment of the Indians' minor-league system. But it's worth noting the last six Captains to make to the majors have done so with other teams. The last ex-Lake County player to make it with the Tribe was Cody Allen on July 20, 2012.
- Howard Primer