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On-Deck with the Captains: 4/12/12 - 4/18/12

On-Deck with the Captains: 4/12/12 - 4/18/12
April 19, 2012
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Record (Overall in parenthesis):

 0-7 (3-10)

Game Schedule & Results:

Thursday, April 12th – Bowling Green @ Lake County (L: Araujo)
Friday, April 13th - Bowling Green @ Lake County (L: Roberts)
Saturday, April 14th - Bowling Green @ Lake County (L: Colon)
Sunday, April 15th – Bowling Green @ Lake County (L: Blair)
Monday, April 16th – West Michigan @ Lake County (L: Valeria)
Tuesday, April 17th - West Michigan @ Lake County (L: Araujo)
Wednesday, April 18th - West Michigan @ Lake County (L: Johnson)

Transactions:

April 12th – Assigned Patric Tolentino to Lake County from Extended Spring Training
April 12th – Placed Xavier De Los Santos on the 7-Day Disabled List
April 13th – Shawn Armstrong and Jordan Cooper promoted to Carolina
April 13th – Grant Sides and Jeff Johnson received from Extended Spring Training

News on Offense:

After attending the game on Sunday, I can see why second baseman Robel Garcia is struggling. I believe Garcia swung at every pitch in the two at-bats that I saw (he might have taken one pitch). He was swinging at balls off the plate, in the dirt, you name it. Since he is off to a slow start, I believe he is starting to press a little in the box.

An MRI revealed that outfielder LeVon Washington has a torn labrum in his hip. That is a huge blow to the Captains lineup (as well as LeVon). Washington previously had surgery on his hip following the 2010 season. At the time of the injury, Washington was hitting .440 with eight runs scored and a RBI in just six games. Hopefully, this is just a minor set back in LeVon’s developmental path.

Hitter of the Week: Luigi Rodriguez

Rodriguez tore the cover off the ball this week going 11/28 (.393 AVG) and stealing four bases. When he gets on base, he makes good things happen for the Captains.

Weekly Batting Stats:

Player Name

 

AB

H

R

AVG

2B

3B

HR

RBI

SB

BB

K

Alex Lavisky

30

7

3

0.233

3

0

1

3

0

0

8

Alex Monsalve

28

6

4

0.214

1

0

1

3

0

3

2

Bryson Myles

26

8

3

0.308

1

0

1

5

2

1

6

Francisco Lindor

29

9

3

0.310

2

0

0

3

1

2

5

Jerrud Sabourin

24

7

2

0.292

2

0

0

1

0

1

5

Jordan Smith

18

6

5

0.333

0

3

1

2

0

1

1

Leonardo Castillo

22

2

0

0.091

0

0

0

1

0

0

4

LeVon Washington

0

0

0

######

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Luigi Rodriguez

28

11

4

0.393

3

1

0

3

4

3

5

Nick Bartolone

4

2

2

0.500

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

Patric Tolentino

1

1

1

1.000

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

Robel Garcia

27

5

1

0.185

0

0

0

2

0

1

5

Todd Hankins

10

2

0

0.200

0

1

0

2

0

1

4

TOTALS

247

66

28

0.267

12

5

5

28

7

13

46

News on Pitching:

A week after having a team ERA around three, the Captains pitching staff went into a tailspin this week. The pitching staff had a combined ERA of 7.29 (having a game where you give up 22 runs did not help matters). The bullpen’s ERA was 12.27, while the starters had a respectable 4.34. It appears when the starters hand the game over to the relievers, pandemonium breaks loose (with exception of maybe two players). Overall, the pitching needs to get better in order to win games and help build the confidence of these young prospects.

Two players in the bullpen had great weeks. Francisco Valeria and Kyle Petter were Mr. Reliable for the Captains; Valeria went five innings and gave up one earned run and struck out four. Petter was his usual self going two innings of scoreless/hitless ball and striking out three.

Sunday afternoon was a game to forget for the pitching staff. Cody Anderson, making his second professional start, pitched okay; he went five innings only giving up four earned runs (three of which came on homeruns). Kyle Blair relieved him and all madness broke out. Blair gave up 13 earned runs in only 3.1 innings. Blair also gave up three homeruns. In defense of the homeruns, the wind was blowing out toward center at roughly 15 mph, so anything that was hit into the wind stream carried. Jeff Johnson finished out the game with two thirds of and inning pitched and gave up five earned runs.

Pitcher of the Week: Will Roberts

Roberts was the only good thing to come out of the pitching staff this week. Even though he lost one game, he had a miniscule 2.13 ERA in 12 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out eight and walked only three.

Weekly Pitching Stats:

Player Name

 

W

L

S

ERA

R

ER

IP

H

HR

K

BB

HBP 

Cody Anderson

0

0

0

7.2

4

4

5

7

3

3

1

0

Cole Cook

0

0

0

8.44

5

5

5.33

7

1

5

4

0

Elvis Araujo

0

2

0

3.27

7

4

11

11

1

8

2

0

Felix Sterling

0

0

0

3.00

2

2

6

2

1

4

3

0

Francisco Valeria

0

1

0

1.80

1

1

5

6

0

4

2

1

Grant Sides

0

0

0

5.41

2

2

3.33

4

0

1

1

0

Jeff Johnson

0

1

0

33.71

10

10

2.67

10

0

4

3

1

Joseph Colon

0

1

0

16.85

6

5

2.67

6

1

1

2

1

Kyle Blair

0

1

0

35.14

13

13

3.33

10

3

2

2

1

Kyle Petter

0

0

0

0.00

0

0

2

0

0

3

4

0

Mason Radeke

0

0

0

4.50

2

2

4

4

1

3

1

0

Will Roberts

0

1

0

2.13

5

3

12.67

9

0

8

3

0

Xavier de los Santos

0

0

0

######

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

TOTALS

0

7

0

7.29

57

51

63

76

11

46

28

4

Upcoming Games:

Thursday, April 19th – Lake County @ Clinton
Friday, April 20th – Lake County @ Clinton
Saturday, April 21st – Lake County @ Clinton
Sunday, April 22nd – Lake County @ Kane County
Monday, April 23rd – Lake County @ Kane County
Tuesday, April 24th – Lake County @ Kane County
Wednesday, April 25th – Peoria @ Lake County

Facts Ahoy:

- Captains hitting coach Jim Rickon is an artist. Last season, he composed the Ted Kubiak 1,000 win lithograph that was given away to fans in attendance at Classic Park.

- Outfielder Bryson Myles’ younger brother, Candon Myles, is a player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.

- Infielder Nick Bartolone can sing and play guitar.

User Comments

Jim
April 21, 2012 - 10:39 AM EDT
Rough first outing, but sure it will balance out. The bullpen is a mess for the mudcats right now. Ironic, since they were lights out during the first full week...
Tony
April 19, 2012 - 9:34 PM EDT
Yeah, I felt that Petter should have opened in Carolina to begin with and he showed how he was too good for the Midwest League. He is a sleeper prospect, an interesting loogy type to watch going forward. I think he has a great chance once the bullpen settles some in Columbus/Akron to get to Akron and stick for a few months this season.
Jim
April 19, 2012 - 6:52 PM EDT
Glad to see Petter moving up to Carolina. Their pen has been a disaster since Allen left...

Not sure how big a prospect he ultimately turns into, but he's definitely a help...

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