On-Deck with the Captains: 5/8/13 - 5/14/13
The Lake County Captains went 2-4 since last Wednesday with one rainout, and the offense is still attempting to heat up. Of course, facing Taylor Guerrieri, the Tampa Bay Rays’ first-round pick of 2011, didn’t exactly give them much of a chance to hit on Sunday. The Captains managed just one hit off Guerrieri as they struck out 10 times, making it one of their worst offense showings of the season.
Dylan Baker, SP
1 G, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 H, 4:1 K:BB
Baker’s last two outings have been vastly different from his first few starts. The fifth-round pick seems to have found some of the pieces and Captains’ pitching coach Steve Karsay noted that the weather may have been a factor in Baker’s rough start. Baker has struck out 11 and walked just two through his last two starts, and he’s pitched through the sixth inning in both. He’s currently leading the team in strikeouts and has the fewest number of walks among the starters, which is a significant indicator of his control.
Jeremy Lucas, C
4 G, .500 BA, .542 OBP, 1,104 OPS, 7-for-14, 3 R, 3 RBI, 2:1 K:BB
Lucas has had a strong showing through nine games with the Captains this season as he’s hitting .333 with the team. He manages to get some timely hits, which is important given the team’s struggling offense.
Walking the Plank
Ryan Merritt, SP
1 G, 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 6 H, 2:6 K:BB
It wasn’t one of Merritt’s prettier outings, though it’s probably nothing to be concerned about, considering his previous outing was his best of the year. Control was Merritt’s Achilles on Monday, as he issues six walks through five innings. Merritt ties Mitch Brown for most walks allowed this season with 11, but he’s gone deeper into games than any other starter as he currently leads in innings pitched.
Claudio Bautista, 2B
5 G, .053 BA, .118 OBP, .180 OPS, 1-for-16, 1 RBI, 6:1 K:BB
Bautista joined the team last week and so far, he’s not fared very well. He’s only reached base twice in 16 at-bats and already has two errors. To be fair, Bautista made simply need to adjust to the league, as he spent last year with the Arizona League Indians, where he hit fairly well.
Jorge Martinez, 3B/OF
4 G, .063 BA, .063 OBP, .313 OPS, 1-for-13, 1 R, 3 RBI, 5:0 K:BB
Martinez didn’t perform much better than Bautista this past week, and he hasn’t performed through the season in its entirety. What stands out most about Martinez is his strikeout-to-walk ratio, which is presently 26:3 for the season. Through his last 10 games, he hasn’t drawn a single walk at all.
12: The number of errors committed by Dorssys Paulino. While Paulino’s claim to fame is his bat, it’s tough to overlook his defense deficiencies. His 12 errors lead the team, with Leo Castillo trailing just behind at 11.
.232: The team’s batting average. This puts them at the bottom of the Midwest League, tied with Great Lakes. The lack of offense has obviously been troublesome and minimal run support has certainly hurt some of the starters.
4: The number of team saves. This goes hand-in-hand with the lack of run support, as there haven’t been many save situations.
Taking On Water
Mitch Brown remains on the 7-day disabled list and did not pitch this past week.
Reliever Francisco Valera was assigned to AAA-Columbus on Monday.
Reliever Nick Pasquale was assigned to high-A Carolina.
Second baseman Robel Garcia was assigned to the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers roster. This probably isn’t a good sign for Garcia, as this is the second time he’s been sent down to Mahoning Valley.
Claudio Bautista took Garcia’s place on the roster as a second baseman. He was assigned from the Arizona League Indians.
Richard Stock also joined the team last Wednesday, making him the third catcher on the roster. Stock has hit well through his first and only two games, which makes the squad of catchers (Eric Haase, Jeremy Lucas and Stock) as one of the more potent components of the team offense.
On the Horizon
The 12-23 Captains continue their current three-game series with the Lansing Lugnuts before the Fort Wayne TinCaps come to town for a four-game series. The TinCaps are presently two games back from first in the Eastern division of the MidWest League with a 22-14 overall record while the Captains are 11.5 games back.
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.