Captains Notebook: Frazier, Kime starting to turn things around
The Lake County Captains recorded a 2-3 record last week, including a rainout on June 4. The team partook in some close games last week, including a one-run win and a one-run loss to the South Bend Silver Hawks. The offense remains the worst-hitting team in the Midwest League, but sits third in the home run rankings. As some of the arms in the rotation struggle with consistency, the offense has struggled to carry the team. Here’s the week in review for the Captains:
Clint Frazier, OF
5 G, 20 AB, 8 H, .383 BA, .500 OBP, .583 SLG, 1.080 OPS, 3 R, 3 RBI, 5:4 K:BB
Frazier rebounded nicely after previously Walking The Plank, proof that predictions are rather superficial when it comes to baseball. The only red flag here is that Frazier hasn’t had an extra-base hit in his last 12 games. Frazier has emphasized he isn’t trying to hit home runs every at-bat, but 11 of his 45 hits on the year have been for extra bases.
Dace Kime, RHP
1 G, 6 IP, 1.50 ERA, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 8:3 K:BB
It’s nice to write about Kime in the Smooth Sailing category, especially after he struggled early on. Things seem to be slowly, yet surely improving for him, especially looking at the tail end of May. Since May 17, Kime has tossed 21 innings through four appearances and recorded a 2.63 ERA. On June 1, he recorded a season-high eight strikeouts, which may be a nice indication that things are turning around for Kime.
Matt Whitehouse, LHP
1 G, 5 IP, 1.80 ERA, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 HR, 5:2 K:BB
Despite relinquishing a home run May 30, Whitehouse tossed five solid innings of relief. He’s had an inconsistent season, a problem that has plagued much of the pitching staff, but Whitehouse seems to record a disastrous outing followed by a decent outing on a routine basis. One thing that seems to work in his favor is Classic Park – his home ERA is 2.95 compared to his road ERA of 9.58.
Walking The Plank
Caleb Hamrick, RHP
1 G, 4 IP, 13.50 ERA, 6 R, 6 ER, 8 H, 1 HR, 1:2 K:BB
Hamrick’s woes continued last week, which marks three-straight subpar outings from him. Since May 18, Hamrick has thrown 7.2 innings through three appearances, posting a 21.00 ERA. His season strikeout-to-walk ratio is also a concern as he’s walked 22 and struck out 24.
Anthony Santander, DH
3 G, 11 AB, .000 BA, .067 OBP, .000 SLG, .067 OPS, 1 R, 1 RBI, 5:1 K:BB
Santander’s season has been less than desirable, though it would be unfair to fail to mention his shoulder issues. Though he’s been clear to swing a bat since the season started, he hasn’t thrown a ball yet. That said, for a guy whose role is specifically to hit, his performance has been underwhelming.
Nellie Rodriguez, 1B
4 G, 21 AB, .063 BA, .063 OBP, .125 SLG, .188 OPS, 1 H, 0 R, 0 RBI, 11:0 K:BB
At one point, it seemed as if Rodriguez was rebounding well after a rough time in Lake County last year. With mid-June on the loom, Rodriguez’s improvement since last year is evident, but his numbers still remain substandard.
Indians starter Zach McAllister will make a rehab appearance for the Captains June 5. The outing was originally scheduled for June 4, but was pushed back due to a rainout.
Catcher Shane Rowland was reassigned to the Captains roster June 1.
No Captains were reassigned to other teams last week.
Taking On Water
On the Horizon
The Captains continue a five-game home stand with the Fort Wayne TinCaps and Dayton Dragons before they head to South Bend to take on the Silver Hawks for three.
Stephanie is a crime and general assignment reporter for The Morning Journal in Lorain, Ohio. She’s an alumna of Cleveland State University with a degree in Journalism and Promotional Communication. You can follow her on Twitter @7thInningSteph.