On-Deck with the Captains: 8/7/13 - 8/13/13
The Lake County Captains strung together a handful of wins last week, including a three-game sweep of the Bowling Green Hot Rods. The sweep was huge, especially against one of the better pitching staffs in the Midwest League, and will hopefully give the Captains a boost as they continue to make a push for the playoffs in the remaining weeks of the season.
Robbie Aviles, SP
2 G, 2 GS, 0-0, 11 IP, 1.50 ERA, 2 R, 9 H, 6:2 K:BB
Aviles has been placed in a strange set of roles this season. He’s primarily been a starter and so far he’s had a decent year in his third season since undergoing Tommy John surgery. The organization seems to have put a limit on his outings, as he hadn’t pitched more than five innings until Monday. Last week, Aviles pieced a pair of solid starts together, in which a couple of big hits were the only mistake.
Jeremy Lucas, C
5 G, .317 BA, .440 OBP, 1.011 OPS, 5-for-17, 2 R, 2 RBI, 4:4 K:BB
Lucas has been one of the team’s better hitters, making it difficult to keep him out of the line-up with the team’s trio of catchers. This past week, Lucas was the hero as he hit a two-run walk-off double on Monday, despite the team being no-hit through seven innings.
Walking the Plank
Jake Sisco, SP
1 G, 1 GS, 0-1, 4.2 IP, 11.57 ERA, 8 R, 6 ER, 7 H, 1:2 K:BB
After a decent rebound outing, Sisco had another rough start. Things haven’t been as pretty for Sisco over his last 10 games, but perhaps the wear of the season has gotten to him, considering this is his first full season of professional ball.
Jorge Martinez, OF
6 G, .111 BA, .236 OBP, .681 OPS, 2-for-28, 2 R, 5 RBI, 9:3 K:BB
Martinez has had anything but a good year, but in his defense, it’s been a tough transition for him. He made the shift from an infielder to the outfield, where he’s had some struggles to adjust. Even more to his defense, they’ve had him move from both left field to right field. On the offensive end, what stands out most are the 97 strikeouts he has compared to just 18 walks.
Zack MacPhee, INF
6 G, .125 BA, .308 OBP, .433 OPS, 3-for-19, 3 R, 1 RBI, 4:4 K:BB
After making last week’s hot list, MacPhee has hit a downward slide. This is more representative of his career thus far as hit bat remains unreliable and lacks much power.
Taking On Water
Reliever Cody Penny was placed on the 7-day disabled list this week. Penny last pitched on Tuesday, August 6.
Outfielder Logan Vick was recently promoted to high-A Carolina Monday night. Vick had been hitting .281 with five home runs and 45 RBI through 107 games with the Captains. Utility man Todd Hankins was also promoted to Carolina, where he started the year.
Infielder Leo Castillo was reassigned to the Captains from the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. Pitcher Anderson Polanco joined the team from the AZL Indians and outfielder Cody Ferrell was promoted from the Scrappers to replace Vick.
On the Horizon
The Captains continue their homestand with a three-game series with the South Bend Silver Hawks before they hit the road for four games in Lansing.
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.