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The Scrapperbook: 7/27/2012-8/2/2012

The Scrapperbook: 7/27/2012-8/2/2012
August 3, 2012
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Where We Stand in Week Seven:

Overall Record: 22-21 (3-3 this week), Fourth place, 5.0 games behind Auburn.

Week Seven Games:

27 vs. Staten Island, W 5-3 (WP: J. Sisco; LP: E. Rutckyj; SV: R. Aviles)
27 vs. Staten Island, Cancelled: Rain
28 vs. Brooklyn, W 3-2 (WP: S. Peoples; LP: D. Wynn; SV: C. Penny)
29 vs. Brooklyn, L 5-10 (WP: B. Wheeler; LP: R. Merritt)
30 vs. Brooklyn, L 1-5 (WP: R. Lara; LP: L. Morel)
1 @ Vermont, W 6-1 (WP: G. Davenport; LP: M. Ynoa) 
2 @ Vermont, L 5-7 (WP: N. Eppley; LP: J. Strokes; SV: A. House)

The Transactions:

7/28/2012: Nicholas Pasquale assigned to Lake County Captains from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

The Good:

  • After hitting a bit of a rough patch, CF Tyler Naquin has began to swing the bat well again. In his last 10 games, he's hitting .310 with 7 2B and 3 RBI. During that time span, he also has posted a .356 OBP, .476 SLG, and .832 OPS. Overall, some fans might be slightly disappointed with Naquin's performance to this point in the season. As of now though, I wouldn't panic and I'd still rank him within our top three prospects in the organization.
  • C Charlie Valerio has really made a name for himself this season and is primed for an appearance in the All Star game. I'll be shocked if he doesn't get selected. In his past ten games, he's hitting .316 with 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, and 7 RBI. Looking deeper into the stats, during those 10 games, he has a .381 OBP, .579 SLG, and .960 OPS. 
  • In what little action C/1B Richard Stock has seen this season, he's performed as well as anyone has expected of him. He's only seen action in nine games this season, but has at least one hit in seven of those nine games. He also has four multi-hit games. While Stock isn't going to be a big time prospect to watch in seasons to come, he's done everything asked of him and more.
  • It almost seems somewhat repetive to put RHP Luis DeJesus here because every week, he finds himself in this column. He wasn't dominant by any means this week, but in his start, he pitched six strong innings, allowing only five hits and two earned runs, while striking out two. Don't be surprised to see DeJesus at the All Star game, either.
  • LHP Geoffrey Davenport pitched a solid four innings this week allowing only two hits and a walk, while striking out three. He's had an inconsistent season to this point, but this outing was a step in the right direction.
  • Another frequent name that appears here often is 2B Joseph Wendle, who had another fine week. He hit .294 with a double and a run batted in. I've really been impressed with Wendle's game and is a prospect worth watching.

The Bad:

  • OF Logan Vick was a bit of a sleeper in terms of this draft class. However, his performance has said otherwise. Since being activated, he's hitting .091 (1-11). By no means should we throw in the towel on Vick, but his slow start is something to keep an eye on.
  • LHP Ryan Merritt got roughed up in his start this week, going just 0.2 IP, allowing 2 hits, 3 earned runs (1 home run) and a walk. All of a sudden, Merritt has an ERA of 4.00 with a BAA of .320.
  • RHP James Strokes has been unreliable coming out of the bullpen. In his two appearances this week, he went a combined 3.2 IP, allowing 8 H, 4 ER (1 HR), BB, and 4 K. For the season, he's 0-1 with a 8.31 ERA and a .326 BAA.
  • RHP Luis Morel also had a rough outing this week. In his one start, he pitched 4.1 innings, allowing 4 H, 2 ER/4 R, 3 BB, and 3 K. 
  • Defense continues to be an ongoing concern with this team, as they committed 6 errors this week (one in every game). What's remarkable is that's an improvement over previous weeks. This improvement probably should be considered a good thing, but until they cut the number of errors down even more, this will continue to be a bad attribute. 
  • Consistency. With any young team, consistency is always going to be an issue. With this team, it's no different. While I already mentioned their defensive problems, one night they may have lights out pitching and can't generate any offense and the next night they have hot bats and can't stay off the pitching mound either. (Sound familiar... Cleveland, anyone?) Sure, in baseball you'll go through growing pains like these, consistency is a major reason why this team has floated around .500 all season long.

Team Leaders - Offense:

  • AVG: 2B Joseph Wendle, .310
  • HR: OF Juan Romero, 6
  • RBI: C Charlie Valerio, 27
  • OBP: CF Tyler Naquin, .384
  • SLG: 2B Joseph Wendle, .488

Team Leaders - Pitching:

  • ERA: RHP Luis DeJesus, 1.64
  • WHIP: RHP Luis DeJesus, 0.93
  • Wins: RHP Jacob Lee, 4
  • SO: RHP Jacob Lee, 33
  • SV: RHP Louis Head, 3 (Note: Now in Lake County)

Looking Ahead:

3 @ Vermont, 7:05 PM
4 @ Tri-City, 7:00 PM
5 @ Tri-City, 5:00 PM
6 @ Tri-City, 11:00 AM
7 vs. Williamsport, 7:05 PM
8 vs. Williamsport, 7:05 PM
9 @ Batavia, 7:05 PM

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