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On-Deck with the Captains: 5/1/13 - 5/7/13

On-Deck with the Captains: 5/1/13 - 5/7/13
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It was an interesting week for the Lake County Captains as they were on the road in Peoria and Burlington last week. Peoria’s results were rare, as one game ended in a tie after it was suspended due to weather on Thursday and continued on Friday, and another game was cancelled.

The team picked up two wins in Burlington as the offense produced seven runs on Sunday and the pitching was untouchable on Monday.

Smooth Sailing:

Ryan Merritt, SP
1 G, 7 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 5:1 K:BB

Merritt rebounded from his previous start, which was a rough three-inning outing. On Monday, Merritt shut down the Burlington Bees. Though Burlington is the second-worst hitting team in the Midwest League, Merritt proved he has depth and resiliency as a starter.

Louis Head, RHP
1 G, 2.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 2 H, 1:1 K:BB

Though Head’s last outing wasn’t his best (which is really saying something, considering he still pitched well), it’s tough to ignore how solid he’s been this season. He doesn’t always receive the recognition he deserves, considering he has posted a season 0.79 ERA as he’s only surrendered one run through 10 innings this entire year. He seems to have found his niche as the Captains’ closer and has been a valuable asset as part of their bullpen.

Logan Vick, OF
5 G, .350 BA, .460 OBP, 1.06 OPS, 6-for-17, 5 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB, 4:4 K:BB

It seems Vick is a candidate for the Smooth Sailing category every week, which is a testament to the season he’s had. Though he doesn’t have a lot of power, he continues to hit consistently and has certainly been a huge contributor to the team offensively.

Walking the Plank:

Mitch Brown, SP
1 G, 2 IP, 27.00 ERA, 6 ER, 4 H, 2 HR, 3:1 K:BB

This was yet another rough start for Brown against Peoria on Wednesday, posting his current ERA at 11.49. It hasn’t been the season the second-round draft pick had expected, but there’s still plenty of time to turn things around. The four home runs he’s surrendered through 15 total innings isn’t pretty, but he’s still managing to strike guys out.  All that being said, Brown may have been impeded by an injury, considering he was placed on the seven-day disabled list the next day.

Robel Garcia, 2B
2 G, .250 BA, .450 OBP, .700 OPS, 1-for-6, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1:3 K:BB

Garcia’s last two games were actually decent, but his season overall has been dismal when it comes to offense. He’s presently hitting .174 on the year and though his defense has been fair, he hasn’t done much to produce runs for the team.

Notable Numbers:

.662: The team’s average OPS. This is the third-lowest in the league as Cedar Rapid leads the Midwest at .800.

20: The team’s total stolen bases. This is the lowest in the Midwest League, but perhaps it will increase the moreLeVon Washington plays.

246: The team’s total offensive strikeouts. This leads the league by four, and is a pretty accurate reflection of the offense. They aren’t producing or taking advantage of many opportunities and it’s keeping them from winning close games.

Taking on Water:

As mentioned earlier, Mitch Brown was placed on the seven-day disabled list on May 2, the day after his last start.

Leaving Port:

Second baseman Joe Sever was promoted to the high-A Carolina Mudcats on Tuesday. This was probably the result of Justin Toole’s promotion to AA-Akron, as Akron second baseman Jose Ramirez was placed on the DL.

Boarding Ship:

Right-handed pitcher D.J. Brown joined the team on Thursday. He made his Captains’  debut that same day, in which he pitched one scoreless inning and struck out one. Brown was the Indians’ 39th pick of the 2012 draft.

On the Horizon:

The Captains returned home on Tuesday and begin a quick, three-game home stand with the South Bend Silver Hawks on Wednesday. Nick Pasquale (0-0, 2.47) will make the start for the Captains.

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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