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On-Deck with the Captains: 4/24/13 - 4/30/13

On-Deck with the Captains: 4/24/13 - 4/30/13
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The Lake County Captains posted a 3-5 record since last Wednesday, but things are looking better as the offense is starting to come alive and the bullpen has provided some good outings.

The warmer climate seems to be helping the starting pitchers a bit too, as the rotation crafted some better outings. The bullpen, however, hasn’t been able to hold opponents back as too many leads have been blown by the relievers.

Smooth Sailing

LeVon Washington, CF
4 G, .521 BA, .688 OBP, 1.529 OPS, 9-for-13, 9 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 1:22 K:BB

When Washington suffered an injury that required his surgery last season, he said it was a “minor setback for a major comeback.” So far, he’s staying true to his word. It’s pretty tough to ignore someone who hits 5-for-5 one day and 3-for-4 the next.

Washington has some ground to gain on the other outfielders who have advanced during his time out,  but so far, it’s clear that time missed hasn’t stopped him.

Erik Gonzalez, INF
6 G, .392 BA, .628 OBP, .878 OPS, 9-for-22, 5 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 5:1 KK:BB

Gonzalez put together a great week as he’s slowly lifted his overall average to .256. Despite six errors on the season, he’s looking better defensively, especially for a guy who plays all over the infield. He’s listed as a first baseman, but he’s spent time at shortstop and second base as well.

Nick Pasquale, RHP
2 G, 0.00 ERA, 6 IP, 2 H, 5:3 K:BB

Overall, Pasquale’s only had one rocky outing through seven appearances this season. He continues to be one of the team’s best long-relievers and can give the remainder of the bullpen a rest when needed. Pasquale’s pitches have looked good, as he’s keeping within the zone and refuses to issue many walks.

Walking the Plank

Felix Sterling, RHP
3 G, 0-2, 15.00 ERA, 3 IP, 11 H, 5 ER, 4:1 K:BB

Things have reached the point where those who know Sterling groan when they see him warming in the pen. My nickname for him, “King Felix”  seems to have backfired as he isn’t even worthy of being deemed “Prince Felix.”

Sterling has an overall 11.57 ERA this season and he seems to unleash damage more than he stops it. On Saturday, Sterling blew the Captains’  lead in the eighth inning and started a six-run rally for the Clinton LumberKings in the ninth. Tuesday was also a rough night as he couldn’t work out of a jam and surrendered a home run.

Nellie Rodriguez, 1B
6 G, .181 BA, .262 OBP, .536 OPS, 3-for-20, 0 R, 1 RBI, 7:4 K:BB

Before, Rodriguez wasn’t in hot water, because the weather was cold and he was drawing a lot of walks. Now that the offense is warming up with the weather, Rodriguez remains cold. Overall, he’s hitting .190 on the season and still has yet to hit a home run, despite being known for his power.  Though he leads the team in walks (19), he also leads the team in strikeouts (29).

Dorssys Paulino, SS
6 G, .139 BA, .233 OBP, .372 OPS, 3-for-21, 4 R, 3 RBI, 2:3 K:BB

About the only positive to be said about Paulino’s past week is that he cut down on the costly errors. That said, watching him solidifies the murmurs of his shaky defense, as he doesn’t quite handle himself as well as his predecessor, Francisco Lindor, did. Paulino clearly has some basic skills to learn, such as when to take control on a pop-up and call the other infielders off.  As far as his offense goes, his bat still has yet to heat up. He’s struck out more than he’s walked, but he can often be counted on to make contact.

Notable Numbers

0: The number of hitters in the Lake County lineup ranked in top 20 batting average in the Midwest League. Compare this to the four Carolina MudCats in the top 20 of the tough Carolina League, and it becomes clear that he Lake County offense isn’t very productive.

205: The number of team offensive strikeouts. This leads the Midwest League, but to be fair, the Captains have also played more games than all but one other team (which is hard to believe considering all the rainouts).

110: The number of earned runs allowed. This also leads the league and Luis DeJesus leads the team with 18 allowed.

Taking on Water

No Captains were placed on the Disabled List this week.

Leaving Port

Starter Joe Colon was reassigned to the Carolina MudCats on Monday. Colon made two starts with the Captains as he went 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA.

Back on Board

Catcher Jeremy Lucas was assigned to the Captains from the Akron Aeros. Lucas had a huge hit on Monday as he hit a walk-off single in the first game of a double-header.

Reliever Jack Wagoner was reactivated in conjunction with Colon’s departure on Monday.

On the Horizon

The Captains hit the road next, starting with a three game series in Peoria. Over the weekend, they’ll be in Burlington for another trio of games before returning home for a short three-game set with South Bend.

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.

User Comments

May 1, 2013 - 11:11 PM EDT
Great updates, Stephanie. I never liked seeing Paulino compared to Lindor, nobody will ever look good in that comparison. I'm much quicker to give Rodriguez a pass than Sterling. Rodriguez is young enough to learn, Sterling is old enough to know better. Glad there is another year to find out if Washington needs to be rostered.

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