On-Deck with the Captains: 7/31/13 - 8/6/13
The Captains returned home this past week, where they posted a 3-4 record. The offense seemed to generate some more hits, though these hits didn't necessarily come at the right times. Timely hitting has been an issue for the team all season, but a couple of home runs boosted the offense through a few games. Josh Tomlin joined the squad for some rehab work and his breaking pitches had some nice movement. With some of the starting pitching reduced to innings limits, the bullpen becomes even more imperative, though it has struggled during some important situations.
Richard Stock, C
4 G, .467 BA, .438 OBP, 1.188 OPS, 6-for-16, 3 R, 8 RBI, 2 HR, 1:2 K:BB
Richard Stock has had a monster month. He hit .431 in the month of July and is hitting .333 so far in August. He had a 15-game hit streak that finally came to a halt on Sunday. Of course, he picked up where he left off on Monday with a 2-for-5 day that included a huge home run and four RBI. Previously, it had seemed that Stock was a singles-only hitter but his three home runs in his past 10 games suggest otherwise. That said, only 13 of his 42 hits on the year have been for extra bases.
Ryan Merritt, SP
2 G, 2 GS, 0-0, 6 IP, 0.00 ERA, 5 H, 8:1 K:BB
Merritt’s been put on an innings limit for the remainder of the year, but he isn’t letting that lighten his focus. He looked sharp in his two starts this week, which is nice to see with a shaky bullpen. Merritt tends to give the team a high chance at winning when he’s on the mound – and when the relievers can offer him some help.
Josh Tomin, SP [MLB rehab assignment]
2 G, 0-0, 2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0 H, 1:0 K:BB
Tomlin’s trek back to the big leagues from Tommy John has been solid so far. He spent two games in the Arizona League before heading to Lake County, where his repertoire of pitches has looked strong. In his first outing, he tossed eight pitches: two fastballs, two change-ups, two curveballs and two cutters. His curveball had nice movement and he said he’s felt good on the mound. Tomlin also said his goal is to return to the big league squad by September regardless if he’s in a starting or relieving role.
Walking the Plank
James Stokes, RHP
2 G, 0-0, 2 IP, 18.00 ERA, 7 R (4 earned), 7 H, 3:1 K:BB
To be fair, Stokes’ outing on Saturday wasn’t bad as none of the three runs that crossed the dish were earned. It was Monday’s outing that was ugly as he allowed four runs, including a pair of home runs. Since joining the Captains, Stokes has had a rough time adjusting to the Midwest League, and it seems he has some control issues as his walks are on the high side (11).
Zack MacPhee, INF
7 G, .107 BA, .248 OBP, .355 OPS, 3-for-23, 1 R, 1 RBI, 3:4 K:BB
MacPhee continues to struggle offensively and it seems the Midwest League just doesn’t care for him. He manages to keep pretty fair leverage between his walks and strikeouts, but this still doesn’t make up for the lack of hits.
Taking On Water
Anthony Santander was officially placed on the 7-Day disabled list this week.
Infielder Leonardo Castillo was assigned to the short-season Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
Aaron Siliga was reactivated after missing time with a hand injury.
On the Horizon
The Captains hit the road for a brief three-game set against the Dayton Dragons on Thursday. Then, they'll return home for two series with the Bowling Green Hot Rods and South Bend Silver Hawks.
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.