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Captains Notebook: Kime continues to work through struggles

Captains Notebook: Kime continues to work through struggles
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The Captains have fallen victim to a seven-game losing skid, a tough 180 flip from the six-game winning streak the team crafted just two weeks ago. The team remains the worst-hitting squad in the league with a collective .239 average, but they lead the Midwest League in home runs with 85. Players like Nellie Rodriguez and Clint Frazier hit for power, so a lot of swings and misses can be expected, but it's tough to believe the team will make a playoff push when guys aren't carrying their weight. Here's the week in review for the Captains.

Smooth Sailing

Dorssys Paulino, INF
5 G, 16 AB, .383 BA, .470 OBP, .500 SLG, .970 OPS, 2 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 R, 0 RBI, 3:2 K:BB

Paulino has had a steadier 10 games, logging a .281 average during that time. Paulino’s bat hasn’t produced the results that many expectations set for him, but scouts and opposing teams have been overheard praising his swing. Paulino’s shift to outfield from shortstop has been an interesting project. Paulino certainly doesn’t look like a natural outfielder yet, and he still makes some questionable plays, but he seems to be coming along.

Trevor Frank, RHP
2 G, 3 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 H, 3:1 K:BB

Frank was nearly flawless last week, a statement that can be extended through his past five appearances, Through those five, Frank has not allowed a run and has only surrendered one hit. The one walk he permitted July 21 was the only walk he’s yielded his last 10 games compared to the 16 strikeouts he’s logged.

Anderson Polanco, LHP
2 G, 6 IP, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 R, 4 H, 8:0 K:BB

Polanco has quietly crafted a nice season, logging a 1.77 ERA on the year. His walks have been a bit high for a reliever, so the past week was a nice change as he didn’t allow any. Polanco’s been around a few years -- since 2011 -- and this season has been a tipping point in the right direction. Polanco spent a brief portion of 2013 with the Captains and did not pitch well, so perhaps he’s figuring things out this season.

Walking the Plank

Dace Kime, RHP
2 G, 8.2 IP, 0-2, 10.77 ERA, 11 R, 10 ER, 14 H, 1 HR, 6:6 K:BB

Kime had about six games where he pitched well between June and July, but things have started to unravel again. In June, Kime picked up four wins and logged a 2.65 ERA. Through July, he has a 6.41 ERA. Kime is still relatively young at age 22, but he’s a guy one would like to see move up to high-A next year. So far, he hasn’t been able to prove he’s consistent enough for low-A ball.

Mike Papi, DH
6 G, 17 AB, .059 BA, 1 H, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 6:5 K:BB

It’s not fair to draw many conclusions from just six games, as that’s all Papi has seen of low-A ball so far. It’s all not fair to ignore the fact that Papi is in his first professional season fresh off a College World Series bid. The five walks Papi has drawn has been a small high point, as was the home run he hit in his second game, so hopefully he settles in soon and starts hitting.

Leaving Port

No Captains were reassigned to other teams this week.

Boarding Ship

No new players were added to the Captains roster this week.

Taking On Water

No Captains were added to the disabled list last week. Robbie AvilesKenny MathewsMatt WhitehouseAnthony Santander and Torsten Boss all remain on the 7-day disabled list.

On the Horizon

The Captains will continue their current homestand as they complete a three-game series with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers July 25. The Beloit Snappers come to town July 26 for three games before the Captains head to West Michigan.

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.

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