The Cleveland Indians announced today that Shaun Larkin will manage the Lake County Captains this year.
Larkin was Lake County’s hitting coach last year when the team batted .246 and finished 65-74 under manager Mark Budzinski. Larkin also played for the Captains, in 2003 when the team was part of the South Atlantic League. A third baseman, he batted .266 with 20 HR and 80 RBI in 128 games.
After one season at the helm of the Captains, Budzinski moves up to the Carolina League to manage Cleveland’s new High-A affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats. His predecessor, 2013 Captains manager Scooter Tucker, also has a new job in the Indians organization. After managing the Carolina Mudcats last year, Tucker now will serve as Cleveland’s catching coordinator in a roving capacity.
Tucker played in the Midwest League in 1989, batting .246 with 3 HR and 43 RBI in 126 games with the Clinton Giants.
Former Indians hurler Steve Karsay, who pitched in parts of 11 seasons in the major leagues, will be Lake County’s pitching coach this year. He was Lake County’s pitching coach in 2013, too.
The Indians did not announce a hitting coach for the Captains.