RubberDucks Notebook: Lavisky's adjustments are paying off
Week In Review
The RubberDucks (45-33) went 4-2 on their road trip last week, sweeping the Reading Fightin Phils and dropping two out of three games to the Harrisburg Senators. They split a two-game series with the Erie SeaWolves due to a postponed game on Tuesday night. The team currently sits one game back from the Richmond Flying Squirrels (45-31) for first place in the Eastern League West.
Last week, Burning Tread With The RubberDucks highlighted one Ohio native in Anthony Gallas, and this week it highlights the other one, Alex Lavisky.
Lavisky, a graduate of Cleveland St. Edward High School, was drafted in the eighth round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft.
After stints with the Arizona League, Mahoning Valley, and Lake County, he was promoted from High-A Carolina to Akron last season after 39 games with the Mudcats.
The 23-year-old catcher missed most of the 2013 season with a broken toe, but has made a great impact thus far with the RubberDucks this year. He is currently batting .306 with 34 hits in 32 games played, including three home runs, five doubles, and 13 RBI.
Before going 0-for-4 on Monday night, Lavisky was riding a six-game hitting streak. Manager David Wallace commented on his play this season.
“Alex has really done everything that we’ve asked as far as working hard, there have been some adjustments that he’s made offensively that we’re really seeing to pay off right now.”
Those adjustments have been evident, as the St. Ed’s product has had a stellar June, batting .341 with 15 hits and five RBI.
When I asked him about the catcher’s role being expanded in the future, he said that it’s definitely a possibility, “He’ll be ready when his opportunity comes for everyday at-bats and a chance to be behind the plate. We’ll let it play out as far as getting more time.”
Wally added that he doesn’t want to rush his development, “[Tony] Wolters is definitely getting the majority of the time behind the plate, but we want to make sure that Alex gets his opportunity as well.”
I followed up by asking if he would see more time as a designated hitter.
“He will see some DH some more, as he already has so far this year.”
Wally also noted that despite less playing time than others, Lavisky’s work ethic is great.
“He’s handled himself like a true professional and he’s a great teammate.”
Enosil Tejeda, RHP
3 G, 1 SV, 4 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 6 SO, 0 BB
The recently turned 25-year-old reliever has been lights-out for the RubberDucks this month. This past week he’s given up just two hits in four scoreless innings. He recorded a save and didn’t walk anybody.
Wallace likes what he’s seeing from him, “He’s been great his whole career as long as I’ve had him. He goes after guys, he’s not scared and keeps the ball down for the most part, which is a huge part of his success.”
Joseph Colon, RHP
2 GS, 2 W, 15 IP, 1.80 ERA, 3 R, 3 ER, 15 H, 8 SO, 0 BB
After he had a tough couple of starts his previous two outings, Colon bounced back nicely for Akron this past week, going deep into both of his starts. In his latest outing versus Erie, he struck out six batters and gave up one earned run on six hits to get the win for the RubberDucks.
Anthony Gallas, OF
6 G, 23 AB, .408 BA, .400 OBP, .540 SLG, .940 OPS, 8 H, 1 HR, 2 2B, 1 SB
The Strongsville native continued his stellar play in Akron. His most impressive game was on June 17th on the road at Reading where he hit two doubles and drove in four.
Cody Anderson, RHP
1 GS, 1 L, 3 IP, 12.00 ERA, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 HR, 2 SO, 3 BB
In four starts in June, Cody Anderson has posted an 8.10 ERA, allowing 15 earned runs in 16.2 IP.
The right-hander has been struggling with his control as he’s walked 10 batters, but he has also given up seven home runs this month.
Bryan LaHair, 1B
7 G, 27 AB, .084 BA, .209 OBP, .167 SLG, .375 OPS, 4 H, 1 HR, 1 2B, 4 RBI, 7 K
Despite an awesome May, LaHair has found himself struggling at the plate as of late. Although he drove in three on Monday against Erie, he has struck out seven times in the past week and drawn only one walk.
Toru Murata, RHP
2 GS, 1 W, 1 L, 6.2 IP, 13.50 ERA, 10 R, 10 ER, 14 H, 2 HR, 2 SO, 1 BB, 1 HBP
Cody Anderson isn't the only one who's had a rough month. Ever since a spot start in Columbus, Murata has not been himself. His ERA in June is 9.00 and he’s given up 18 earned runs in 18 innings pitched.
Ollie Linton, OF
The outfielder was sent back down to Carolina on Wednesday. Linton hit .267 in 14 games during his time in Akron.
Trey Haley, RHP
The team sent reliever Trey Haley to Arizona on a rehab assignment Wednesday afternoon.
Francisco Lindor, SS
Lindor took a funny hop off of his face on a grounder during Wednesday’s game against Erie. Akron’s skipper said the primary area of concern was the shortstop’s nose. Wallace claimed that he and his trainer didn’t believe that the injury was too serious, but there will be an update soon.
There's been no word on if it will impact his participation in the Future's Game during all-star weekend.
Matt Packer, RHP
The team cut ties with its all-time wins leader on June 20th.
The RubberDucks (45-33) start a four-game series tomorrow against Harrisburg (30-46) at home. Bryce Harper is scheduled to rehab with the Senators beginning Thursday night.
Spencer Davies is a student at the University of Akron studying Sports Management with a minor concentrating in Mass Communication. He has interned for the Cleveland Indians minor league affiliate Akron RubberDucks, IMG College, and has shadowed Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico. He currently is an on-air sports personality at WZIP-FM and works for the Akron Beacon Journal. Follow Spencer on Twitter @SpinDavies.