Captains Open Season With Hometown Heroes

By Lindsey Foltin

After the 2010 Lake County Captains won the Midwest League Championship, this year’s squad has some big shoes to fill. With only eight players returning this season, (some of which played only a few games with the Captains)the young team will have to come out full throttle to prove they’re still a threat to their competition.

Alex Lavisky

Although most of the roster is filled with new names and faces, there are two new additions that many will recognize. Strongsville native Anthony Gallas and Clevelander Alex Lavisky will both start the season with the Tribe’s Single-A affiliate Lake County Captains.

Gallas, who was picked up by the Tribe last year as a non-drafted free agent, comes from Strongsville High School where he helped lead the Mustangs to their first Division I state championship in 2006. After graduating high school on a high note, Gallas continued his baseball career at Kent State where he spent four solid years, leading the school in homeruns and RBI’s.

After going undrafted in 2010’s first-year player draft, Gallas was ecstatic to be picked up by the Indians as a free agent. “Being a part of the team that I idolized growing up makes it that much more special, I can’t even explain how happy I am”, said Gallas at Captains Media Day on Tuesday.

He went on to say he was even “starstruck” while working with Kenny Lofton, a team advisor, during Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona.

Gallas spent time with the Arizona League Indians and Mahoning Valley Scrappers last year, where he averaged .272 with 55 hits, 26 RBI’s and 21 runs between the two teams. He will start this season in left field for the Captains.

Another local hero expected to impress for the Captains this season is St. Edward’s graduate Alex Lavisky. Known for his athleticsm as a catcher, and an exceptional hitter, he batted .450 with nine doubles, 13 home runs and 40 RBI’s his senior year, where he helped lead his team to win the Division I state championship.

Days later, he was drafted by the Indians in the eighth round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Although Lavisky had already orally committed himself to Georgia Tech University, the Indians weren’t going to let him slip away, reportedly offering him a one million dollar signing bonus.

After the team officially signed Lavisky in August, he set out to Spring Training in Goodyear Arizona in March where he impressed the club enough to earn himself a full-season roster spot with the Lake County Captains. He will share time behind the plate with Alex Monsalve and Dwight Childs.

The Captains open up the season on the road this weekend against the Great Lakes Loons. They’ll head back to Lake County to open up the home season at Classic Park on Monday, April 11 at 6:30 PM against the Dayton Dragons, the Class A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

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