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On-Deck with the Captains: 6/12/13 - 6/18/13

On-Deck with the Captains: 6/12/13 - 6/18/13
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The first half of the Lake County Captains 2013 season is officially in the books and so far, it’s been a tough go for the guys. The team posted a 23-44 record in the first half, the worst in the Midwest League. The three-day All-Star break may be much needed for the team, with the exception of Logan Vick and Louis Head, who were nominated to the All-Star Team and headed to Dayton on Tuesday.

Here’s a look back at the first half of the season, reviewing which Captains have managed to navigate the rough waters and which ones are sinking ship. To be eligible for this review, position players had to appear in a minimum of 30 games and pitchers needed 20 innings of work.

Smooth Sailing

Logan Vick, OF
60 G, .262 BA, .379 OBP, .771 OPS, 50-for-191, 29 R, 26 RBI, 12 SB, 2 HR, 44:38 K:BB

Though his numbers don’t leap off the page, Logan Vick has been one of the most potent players on the Lake County roster so far. He started off strong and has tailed off, but he remains one of the team’s most valuable position players. Vick’s proven himself as a solid defender with just three errors and he’s also proved himself to be an everyday player with a good eye at the plate and tough work ethic.

Joe Sever, INF
36 G, .281 BA, .354 OBP, .715 OPS, 36-for-128, 9 R, 19 RBI, 1 SB, 1 HR, 25:10 K:BB

Like Vick, Joe Sever’s stats aren’t striking, but he’s proven himself as a hitter among a squad of offensive deficiency. He also spent some time with the high-A Carolina Mudcats, where he hit .316 through 21 games.

Jake Sisco, SP
12 G, 11 GS, 3-5, 61 IP, 3.25 ERA, 52 H, 30 R, 22 ER, 7 HR, 41:28 K:BB

Jake Sisco has been the most reliable and consistent starter of the squad, and the numbers show it when compared to the other starters. He leads the team in walks issued, but he pitches well during jams and always keeps the team well-within games to win.

Louis Head, RHP
22 G, 0-1, 26.1 IP, 1.37 ERA, 20 H, 12 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 4 SV, 20:8 K:BB

Louis Head has quietly been the most effective reliever on the team and his nomination to the All-Star Team was more than well-deserved. Lefties stand no chance against him and right-handers don’t fare much better. Head hasn’t been able to convert many saves considering the team doesn’t generate many save situations in the first place (they fall behind early), but whenever he’s called on, he finishes the job.

Walking the Plank

Jorge Martinez, LF
55 G, .181 BA, .216 OBP, .496 OPS, 33-for-182, 15 R, 20 RBI, 3 SB, 1 HR, 48:8 K:BB

Jorge Martinez hasn’t really performed well in any aspect. He could receive a bit more slack on the defensive end of things though, as he is a newly-converted outfielder. That said, his offense has been excruciating to witness. Martinez is still young as he’s just 20 and he hit exceptionally well in the Arizona League last year, so he may just be in over his head and in need of some time down with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

Luis DeJesus, SP
13 G, 13 GS, 1-7, 66.1 IP, 6.38 ERA, 75 H, 55 R, 47 ER, 14 HR, 40:22 K:BB

After a solid 2012 season in Mahoning Valley, Luis DeJesus has been a bit of a disappointment in Lake County. It seems every week, he’s mentioned for the home runs he surrenders, but his performance with runners on base is also an issue. This may simply suggest DeJesus gets rattled when he gets into trouble, but whatever the reason, DeJesus has some things to work on before he sees a new level.

Dorssys Paulino, SS
58 G, .222 BA, .273 OBP, .585 OPS, 49-for-221, 30 R, 20 RBI, 1 HR, 7 SB, 37:14 K:BB

It’s tough to be hard on Paulino, considering all the hype that surrounds him and considering how young he is. That said, he hasn’t lived up to the hype and seems to be in over his head like Martinez. Paulino’s team-leading 26 errors have been problematic and painful to watch, but even though he’s struggled offensively his bat seems to be finding new life. Captains’ manager Scooter Tucker said Paulino has been working on connecting with the ball farther in front through his swing, which seems to be working for him. Over the past few weeks, Paulino has made better contact and seems to be driving the ball much more.

Taking on Water

After a rough start to his season, Mitch Brown was moved to the 7-Day disabled list in early May. He’s been working in Arizona in extended spring training.

LeVon Washington’s comeback after an early-season hamstring issue was strong – until he was hit with the flu in May. Washington has suffered from dehydration in the past and he has undergone tests to figure out the source of the dehydration problems. Through 22 games, Washington was hitting .351 with nine stole bases. He’s expected to return soon after the All-Star break.

Leaving Port

Michael PeoplesFrancisco Valera and Nick Pasquale started their seasons in Lake County before receiving promotions to high-A Carolina. All were formidable relievers in the Captains pen, capable of long relief and damage control.

Outfielder Luigi Rodriguez was also promoted to Carolina in May, where he’s hitting well after 29 games.

Claudio BautistaNellie RodriguezMartin Cervenka and Robel Garcia were all removed from the Captains roster and are presently with the short-season Scrappers.

Boarding Ship

Since the first month of the season, Robbie AvilesD.J. BrownBenny Suarez and Cody Penny have all joined the Captains’ pitching staff from extended spring training.

Infielder Yhoxian Medina joined the team from Carolina in May and catcher Richard Stock and outfielder Anthony Santander also came from extended spring training.

On the Horizon

The All-Star break ends Thursday as the Captains head to Dayton for a three-game set followed by another three at Bowling Green. They’ll return home to Eastlake next Wednesday for an eight-game home stand that starting with the Great Lakes Loons.

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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