Fishing for Mudcats: 4/23/14 - 4/29/14
The Carolina Mudcats found an opponent they could not defeat this week: Mother Nature. Four of the team’s seven games were either postponed or cancelled due to rain.
Otherwise, Carolina managed a .500 record for the week, earning one win against both Wilmington and Frederick, while also dropping a contest to both clubs.
Star of the Week
Logan Vick (OF): 5-15, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 1 K, 1 SB
Vick has had an awful start to the season as he is still only batting .175 through 19 games he has played. However, Vick has really started to turn his season around in the past 10 games and over the last week especially. Being able to get on base nine times during the week and scoring a run in three games has helped both Vick’s season individually and the team’s.
Erik Gonzalez (SS): 6-18, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 5 K
Gonzalez had his 16-game hit streak snapped, but still was one of the team leaders on offense, continuing his hot stretch to start the season. In four games played for the week, Gonzalez collected multiple hits in two of them.
Shawn Morimando (LHP): 1-0, 1 GS, 6.2 IP, 1 R (0 ER), 2 K, 1 BB
Morimando continues to show great improvement during his second season in Zebulon. On the week, Morimando allowed only one unearned run over 6.2 innings. Over five starts, Morimando is 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA and shows no signs of slowing down.
Luigi Rodriguez (OF): 3-9, 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K
Rodriguez had no trouble getting on base in three games on the week, reaching a grand total of 7 times in 13 plate appearances. He also cracked his first double and triple of the season and also drove in his first run of 2014. Rodriguez has found himself in the leadoff position and seems to be adjusting to his new place in the lineup nicely.
Jeremy Lucas (C): 4-17, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
Lucas is quickly becoming an offensive leader for the team. With three RBIs during the week, Lucas became the team leader with 14 on the season and is second to Anthony Gallas with two home runs. While he needs to figure out how to get on base more often, Lucas does know how to produce runs which is something every team will accept.
On the Hook
Michael Peoples (RHP): 0-1, 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 5 K
Peoples has made four starts this season and has given up at least three runs in all of them. For the second consecutive outing, Peoples could not make it to the fourth inning against the Frederick Keys. After being shut down early in 2013 with a shoulder injury, you are forced to wonder if the shoulder is fully healed.
Todd Hankins (IF/OF): 0-11, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Going a week without collecting a hit is never a good thing. Hankins played in three games and couldn’t manage to get a hit in any of them, even going 0-4 with four strikeouts in one game. Hankins’ week lowered his batting average to just .149 on the season.
Carlos Melo (RHP): 1 G, 0.0 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
You can see a lot of potential in the young Dominican, but any fan has to wonder when the fire-baller will learn how to control his pitches. Though Melo only played in one game for the week, he got pulled after allowing all four batters he faced to reach base and gave up three runs without recording an out.
Fish Swimming Around
Carolina received first baseman Jerrud Sabourin from Double-A Akron on April 26. The first, and at this point only, game Sabourin played in he went 4-4 with a double and a run scored. In a corresponding move, catcher Ryan Battaglia was sent to Mahoning Valley.
Fish on the Line
Zachary is a senior at NC State where he is majoring in communication-media, with minors in journalism and theatre. You can follow him on Twitter @RealZachFrancis.