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Captains Notebook: Kime's streaky season continues

Captains Notebook: Kime's streaky season continues
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The inclement weather doused the Captains week, but the team managed to pick up a trio of wins. It dropped two to the Wiscosin Timber Rattlers and one to the West Michigan Whitecaps, but managed to split with the Beloit Snappers as one game was cancelled due to rain. The Captains now sit 6.5 games back in the second half standings with a 45-62 overall record, the third worst in the Midwest League. A walkoff home run by Dorssys Paulino and a nice outing by Mitch Brown were among the week's high points. Here's a recap of what happened:

Smooth Sailing

Dace Kime, RHP
1 G, 0-0, 6 IP, 1.50 ERA, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 5:1 K:BB

Kime’s streaky season continues, but his July 30 starts was a positive point. Coming off one of his worst starts of the season, Kime crafted a solid outing to give his team a chance. Though the bullpen surrendered a run, the team managed to withstand the West Michigan Whitecaps to seal Kime’s 6th win of the season. Kime tends to toss a string of nice outings before hitting a (very large) wall, but it’s nice to see things are starting to come along for him.

Richard Stock, C
3 G, 10 AB, 4 H, .361 BA, .361 OBP, .810 SLG, 1.167 OPS, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2:0 K:BB

Stock doesn’t play every day as he platoons the catcher position with Eric Haase, who is more of a catching prospect anyway, but when Stock does find his way into the lineup, he makes the most of it. Stock has hit for average his past two seasons, though he’s hitting .255 this year. He’s also in his second year in Lake County, so it would be interesting to see how he fares a challenge at a higher level.

Brian Ruiz, OF
4 G, 12 AB, 7 H, .625 BA, .625 OBP, .771 SLG, 1.400 OPS, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2:1 K:BB

Ruiz has been on a tear this month, crafting a .324 average for July. He’s boosted his season average to .272, though his strikeout-to-walk ratio is a bit unbalanced at 67:10. Ruiz is still only 21, so he’s fit in well at the low-A level and has pleasantly surprised this year.

Walking the Plank

Claudio Bautista, INF
5 G, 21 AB, 1 H, .050 BA, .050 OBP, .050 SLG, .100 OPS, 1 R, 1 RBI, 4:0 K:BB

Bautista has hit a sudden skid after hitting .309 in June. The infielder has had a nice season and certainly established himself as a useful infielder capable of playing several positions. His defense has been solid and he’s showed some timely hits, though he’s obviously well-behind some other infielder prospects.

Luis Lugo, LHP
1 G, 0-1, 1.2 IP, 27.00 ERA, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 H, 5:1 K:BB

His last time out, I said Lugo is a guy that gets hit, yet also racks up the strikeouts. This wasn’t the case July 24, when Lugo logged his shortest outing of the season. He walked five, a reflection of his July struggles where he’s had trouble locating his fastball. Lugo’s still a young guy with good stuff, so one bad year certainly won’t be make or break for him.

Alexis Paredes, RHP
1 G, 0-1, 3 IP, 12.00 ERA, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 HR, 0:0 K:BB

Paredes has had a rough year. Unfortunately, he’s become the gas can of the bullpen as opponents are hitting .306 off of him. He’s walked 25 compared to the 34 he’s struck out and ranks second in home runs allowed, not a good stat for a reliever. It’s also doesn’t look promising that Paredes is in his fifth year in the organization and has yet to see above the low-A level.

Leaving Port

Reliever Justin Garcia was reassigned to short-season Mahoning Valley July 25. Garcia logged a 4.15 ERA through 8.2 innings of work with the Captains.

Outfielder Jorge Martinez was released July 27. Martinez hit .128 through 26 games with the Captains and .283 through 12 games with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He signed with the Indians as a non-drafted free agent in 2010.

Boarding Ship

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

Taking On Water

Lefties Kenny Mathews and Matt Whitehouse remain one the 7-day disabled list. Outfielder Anthony Santanderalso remains on the list.

Back On Board

Robbie Aviles was activated from the disabled list July 25 after ailing some shoulder issues. Aviles hadn’t pitched since June 12. He tossed one flawless inning July 28.

Torsten Boss was reactivated July 27.

On the Horizon

The Captains host the Bowling Green Hot Rods for three games before the West Michigan Whitecaps come to town Aug. 4.

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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