Former major-league catcher Luke Carlin will manage the Lake County Captains this coming season, the team announced Wednesday.
This will be Carlin’s third season coaching in the Cleveland Indians organization, after he managed the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers to a 44-29 overall record and a playoff berth last year, and was on the coaching staff of the Double-A Akron RubberDucks in 2016.
Carlin played professionally for 14 years, from 2002 to 2015. He played in 56 MLB games, for the San Diego Padres, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and the Indians. He also played in the Midwest League, batting .221 with 16 RBI in 44 games with the 2003-04 Fort Wayne Wizards.*
Joe Torres is the new Captains pitching coach, after he served in that same role for Cleveland’s Arizona League team last year. The southpaw pitched professionally from 2000 to 2013. As an Angels farmhand, he appeared in 49 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels (four in 2001, 25 in 2002, and 20 in 2005). In his only full season in the Midwest League, Torres went 11-8 with a 3.52 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 66 walks in 133 innings/25 starts.
Pete Lauritson is Lake County’s new hitting coach. He served in that same role for Mahoning Valley in 2017, and was an assistant coach for his alma mater, the Iowa Hawkeyes, in 2016.
Kyle Hudson will be the new Captains bench coach this year, after making his professional coaching debut as a bench coach for the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats in 2017, and serving as an assistant coach for his alma mater, the University of Illinois, in 2016. The former outfielder played professionally from 2008 to 2015, and appeared in 14 MLB games with the Baltimore Orioles in 2011.
*A couple names popped out at me as I scanned the roster of the 2004 Wizards. Future MLB pitcher and author Dirk Hayhurst went 9-4 with a 2.66 ERA, 106 strikeouts and 19 walks in 118.1 innings (26 games/17 starts) for Fort Wayne. The team’s first baseman was Fernando Valenzuela Jr. (son of former Los Angeles Dodgers pitching great Fernando Valenzuela), who led the Wizards with 148 hits while batting .295 with 11 HR and 81 RBI in 135 games. He did not reach the major leagues.