On-Deck with the Captains: 5/22/13 - 5/28/13
It was a painful week for the Lake County Captains as they went winless since last Wednesday. After getting swept in Lansing, they were also swept by West Michigan before the first of a three game series against Bowling Green was postponed due to rain.
The Captains’ offensive woes continue and their starting pitching screams of inconsistency. The team’s youth has made itself clear and once the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers’ season starts, some of the current roster may take a trip to Niles, Ohio for some fine-tuning.
Anthony Santander, OF
5 G, .383 BA, .417 OBP, 1.050 OPS, 7-for-18, 4 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB, 6:1 K:BB
Santander has made an impact since joining the Captains as he’s lifted his batting average to a respectable .290 through the 19 games he’s played. His plate discipline needs some work as he’s walked just three times and averages a strikeout per game, but he’s showed some nice bits of power and speed.
Leo Castillo, INF
4 G, .375 BA, .375 OBP, 1.000 OPS, 5-for-14, 1 HR, 2 R, 1 RBI, 4:0 K:BB
Castillo has not been an offensive player over his past two seasons with the Captains, but this may be the year things start to click for him. He may only be hitting .227 on the year but his bat has heated up lately and he’s already three-quarters of the way to matching his home run total for last season.
Jorge Martinez, OF
4 G, .354 BA, .375 OBP, .729 OPS, 5-for-14, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2:1 K:BB
Like Castillo, Martinez has not hit well this season, until lately. Though he’s barely above Mendoza at .214, and though he strikes out considerably, things seem to be falling into place for him as well. He seems to be putting better swings on the ball and finding deeper counts, and his number of errors has tailed off.
Walking the Plank
Logan Vick, OF
4 G, .083 BA, .288 OBP, .538 OPS, 1-for-12, 1 RBI, 5:4 K:BB
Vick remains cold since last week and he hasn’t been driving the ball much at all. He’s hit just two doubles and one triple through his last 10 games. That said, he’s still maintaining good discipline at the plate as he leads the team in walks.
Eric Haase, C
3 G, .111 BA, .200 OBP, .311 OPS, 1-for-10, 6:2 K:BB
Haase’s hot start has also fizzled off, but it’s tough to be overly critical on a guy who doesn’t receive consistent playing time. The Captains currently have a trio of capable catchers with Haase, Richard Stock and Jeremy Lucas. All three of these guys have shown they hit well, so it’s been tough to keep them in the line-up consistently.
Luis DeJesus, SP
1 G, 0-1, 4 IP, 6.40 ERA, 7 H, 6 ER, 8:2 K:BB, 2 HR
DeJesus continues to have a questionable season, a stark contrast from last year. He hasn’t pitched for much depth as he averages about five innings per start and the home runs have been a huge problem. He leads the Midwest League in home runs allowed at 10 and he’s third in earned runs allowed with one of the worst ERAs among starters.
23: The number of multi-error games the Captains have recorded. Shortstop Dorssys Paulino accredits for 16 of these. This says a lot about the team in general, as they are young and some of these guys are playing positions that are new to them.
2: The Captains’ longest win streak. The team still can’t string more than two straight wins together, which is an accurate reflection of their season in general.
4.37: The team’s ERA. This is the second-worst in the Midwest League, and is the product of an inconsistent starting rotation.
Taking on Water
Robbie Aviles was moved to the 7-Day Disabled List with a blister that occurred during his start on Saturday.
Francisco Valera was reassigned to the Columbus Clippers’ roster. Michael Peoples was promoted to the high-A Carolina Mudcats on Monday. Claudio Bautista was reassigned to Arizona and replaced with Yhoxian Medina, who spent some time with the Captains last year.
On the Horizon
The Captains are now 15-32 on the year, sitting in the basement of the entire Midwest League. They’ll complete a three-game series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods on Thursday, which will be a tough series as Bowling Green has one of the best pitching rotations in the league. The Captains will kick off the month of June in Dayton for a four-game set and head to South Bend before returning home on June 8.
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.