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The Scrapperbook: 8/24/2012-8/30/2012

The Scrapperbook: 8/24/2012-8/30/2012
August 31, 2012
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Where We Stand in Week Eleven:

Overall Record: 30-39 (3-4 this week), Fifth place, eliminated from the playoff race.

Week Eleven Games:

24 @ Auburn, W 3-2 (WP: J. Martin; LP: E. Waterman)
25 @ Auburn, W 7-3 (WP: J. Wagoner; LP: G. Mendez)
26 @ Auburn, L 0-4 (WP: B. Mooneyham; LP: L. Morel)
27 vs. Batavia, Postponed: Rain
28 vs. Batavia, L 2-6 (WP: J. Cuda; LP: J. Sisco)
28 vs. Batavia, L 0-1 (WP: B. O'Shea; LP: L. DeJesus; SV: B. Creath) 
29 vs. Batavia, L 2-5 (WP: K. Jacob; LP: J. Lee; SV: D. Nuernberg)
30 vs. Auburn, W 8-6 (WP: R. Homblert; LP: B. Harper; SV: J. Wagoner)

The Transactions:

8/28/2012: Alexis Paredes assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from AZL Indians.
8/28/2012: Eric Haase assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from AZL Indians.
8/28/2012: Jorge Martinez assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from AZL Indians.
8/29/2012: C Charlie Valerio assigned to Lake County Captains from Mahoning Valley Scrappers. 

The Good:

  • On Tuesday night, RHP Luis DeJesus was masterful yet again. While he was charged with the loss in the game, he had one of the strongest outings of the season. He pitched 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 earned run, and one walk and also striking out 5. He's 4-2 this season posting a 1.93 ERA. In 13 games started, he's pitched 74.2 innings, allowing 52 hits, 16 ER/19 R, 4 HR, and 15 walks, while striking out 50. He's also held oppositing hitters to a .195 average. 
  • Since being called up, young SS Dorssys Paulino has been nothing short of spectacular. For only being a seventeen, a casual fan would never know. Since being called up, he's hit .294 (10-34), with 3 doubles and 4 runs batted in. 
  • INF Joe Wendle hasn't skipped a beat this season, hitting .333 in his past ten games, with a double, and three runs batted in. Over that time frame, he's posted a .357 OBP, .359 SLG, and .716 OPS.
  • Reliever Jack Wagoner had two solid outings this past week, pitching 2.1 innings on Saturday allowing a hit and a walk, while striking out 4 and picking up the win. Then on Thursday, he came on for an inning and walked two, but picked up the save.

The Bad:

  • Tuesday was a day to forget for RHP Jake Sisco. He was only pitched 4 innings, allowing 6 hits, 6 earned runs, a home run, and surrendering 2 walks, while striking out 3. He's experienced an up and down season of inconsistency. At times, he's shown the ability to be a solid starter. His command has been somewhat of an issue for him this season and is something he'll need to work on going forward.
  • All season long, RHP Jacob Lee has been one of the anchors of what's been a fairly good starting rotation for Mahoning Valley. Unfortunately, Lee had one of his shortest outings of the season on Wednesday, going just 3 innings, allowing 6 hits, 5 earned runs, and walking one while striking out 2. His overall numbers for the season are still impressive. He's sporting a 4-2 record with a 3.12 ERA. In 16 appearances (8 starts), he's pitched 43.1 innings, allowing 36 hits, 15 ER/18 R, one home run, and surrendering 12 walks, while striking out 47. He's held opposing hitters to a .221 average against him.
  • While Joe Sever struck gold in the clutch on Thursday evening, overall he's been really struggling since the All Star break. Since the All Star break, he's only hitting .241 and in his past ten games he's hitting .216. As is the case with many young players making their first splash into professional baseball, the length of a full season begins to really take a toll towards season's end and this may be the case here.
  • Once a name that looked like he might have took some strides forward, OF Aaron Siliga has really cooled off and may be in danger of his roster spot between now and the start of next season. He's hitting only .108 in his past ten games and .203 for the season. For his career now, he's posted a .203 average. Great guy to have around the clubhouse, but you have to wonder how much longer he'll be sticking around.

Random Notes:

  • As Tony noted in Minor Happenings the other day, CF Tyler Naquin is progressing well in his rehab from a lower back strain. I wouldn't expect him to play any games for the Scrappers for the remainder of the season, but he should be good to go for the Instructional League starting in mid-September.
  • The youth movement is on if it wasn't already. Within the past week to ten days, the Scrappers have activated a number of young players, including Jorge Martinez, Eric Haase, and most notably, Dorssys Paulino.

Looking Ahead:

31 vs. Auburn, 7:05 PM
1 vs. Auburn, 7:05 PM
2 @ Jamestown, 4:00 PM
3 @ Jamestown, 1:00 PM
4 @ State College, 7:05 PM
5 @ State College, 7:05 PM

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