On-Deck with the Captains: Hendrix, Paulino heat up
The Lake County Captains are nearing the final stretch of the 2014 season. Last week, the team went 5-2, putting them 5 1/2 games out of first in the second half standings and 2 1/2 games behind the South Bend Silver Hawks.
The team is still 10 games away from elimintation, so the next two weeks will be incredibly interesting. Both the Captains and Silver Hawks have been winning as of late, the Captains posting a 7-3 record over their last 10 games and the Silver Hawks going 6-4.
Pitching has been solid as of late, an important piece to any playoff run. If the starters can continue to keep games close, the Captains may extend their season into September.
Paul Hendrix, INF
6 G, 11-for-27, .407 BA, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 7 R, 4:1 K:BB
Season: .283 BA, .367 OBP, .453 SLG, .820 OPS
Hendrix’s hot start to the season helped pad his average enough to lead the team, despite some mid-season struggles. Lately, he’s worked to finish strong, hitting .300 through his last 10 games. Hendrix strikes out a lot – he’s got 120 on the season – but that’s to be expected considering he’s also got some power. It’s nice to see Hendrix having a nice finish to the season, considering he certainly made a statement this year.
Mitch Brown, RHP
1 G, 1-0, 6 IP, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 5:2 K:BB
Season: 25 G, 6-8, 3.48 ERA, 112:55 K:BB
Brown has had an up-down season, but it’s safe to say he’s settled in. Last year, Brown didn’t last long in Lake County, something he said was largely due to nerves and inexperience. Now 20, Brown has a full season of low-A ball under his belt, an important season for players to overcome. The expectations were high for Brown, a 2nd-round pick, so it’ll be interesting to see if he starts to live up to them down the road.
Dorssys Paulino, OF
7 G, 10-for-27, .370 BA, 3 RBI, 3 R, 5:3 K:BB
Season: .248 BA, .316 OBP, .354 SLG, .669 OPS
Paulino’s hit .368 through his last 10 games and, like Hendrix, has had a roller coaster season. To be fair, he made a mid-season position change from shortstop to outfield, which hasn’t lightened his workload. While it’s obvious to the plain eye that Paulino has much to learn in the outfield, his swing remains sweet. The numbers don’t speak volumes, and Paulino has spent two straight season in low-A ball, so next season will be an important one.
Walking the Plank
Brian Ruiz, OF
6 G, 3-for-28, .107 BA, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R, 10:0 K:BB
Season: .258 BA, .307 OBP, .341 SLG, .648 OPS
The glaring stat in Ruiz’s line from last week is the strikeout-to-walks. Ruiz’s overall ratio isn’t pretty, at 85 to 13, but it’s clear his plate approach needs some work as he swings at bad pitches and doesn’t always work the count. A trip to Carolina seems to be the next step, so he’ll need to clean up his at-bats to handle the Carolina League.
Alexis Paredes, RHP
1 G, 0-0, 1.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 1:1 K:BB
Season: 33G, 3-4, 6.37 ERA, 40:28 K:BB
Paredes’ rough season continued last week as he surrendered three runs in his latest outing. The 22-year-old has been inconsistent and unreliable this year. To be fair, this is the first season he has had glaring struggles. He pitched well in the Arizona and New York-Penn Leagues the past two years, but the jump to full-season ball was not kind to him.
Taking On Water
No Captains were newly added to the disabled list. Reliever Kenny Mathews, Matt Whitehouse and James Stokes, as well as outfielder Anthony Santander, remain on the 7-day disabled list.
Catcher Sicnarf Loopstock was added to the Captains roster Aug. 14. Loopstock hit .467 through five games with the Arizona League Indians prior to joining the Captains.
Catcher Eric Haase was promoted to Carolina Aug. 14. Haase hit .270 with 16 home runs through 77 games with the Captains.
On the Horizon
The Captains host the Fort Wayne TinCaps for a three-game set through Saturday before their final road trip of the season. They’ll head to Lansing for three and continue to Great Lakes before finishing the season out at home.
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.