On-Deck with the Captains: 4/17/14 - 4/23/14
The arrival of first-rounder Clint Frazier highlighted the Captains’ week, though the team’s winning woes remained. They posted a 1-5 record last week as they managed to avoid a home sweep by the Burlington Bees, but their trip up north to Lansing, Mich. didn’t end well. The team now posts a 5-14 overall record. Here’s what happened last week.
Cody Ferrell, OF
5 G, 16 AB, .267 BA, .547 OBP, .763 OPS, 5 H, 3 RBI, 5:3 K:BB
Ferrell leads the team in a handful of offensive categories. Most notable is his overall average at .327 and 1.021 OPS, though three home runs for a relatively small guy is also a plus. Ferrell plays hard, similar to Tyler Holt, and has produced in pressure situations. He’s hitting .333 in 12 opportunities with runners in scoring position, which has resulted in five RBIs.
Paul Hendrix, INF
4 G, 14 AB, .433 BA, .538 OBP, 1.138 OPS, 6 H, 2 R, 2:3 K:BB
Hendrix hit well in all four games played this past week and boosted his season average to .294, third among teammates. Hendrix is listed as a second baseman but also plays third, making for an interesting mix with the also hot-hitting Grant Fink.
Jordan Milbrath, SP
1 G, 0-0, 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 6:1 K:BB
Another impressive outing for Milbrath keeps him in the Smooth Sailing category. His previous outing on April 16 was his worst of the year so far, but he rebounded well, shutting out Lansing April 22. Milbrath doesn’t seem to overpower guys but he keeps hitters off balance and mixes his pitches effectively.
Walking the Plank
4 G, 17 AB, .050 BA, .050 OBP, .200 OPS, 1 H, 1 RBI, 8:0 K:BB
Santander’s woes continue and it still remains unclear if his injury is to blame. According to Captains’ managerMark Budzinski, it isn’t. Budzinski said Santander’s shoulder is not hindered at all when it comes to swinging the bat, though the outfielder has yet to begin throwing. To be fair, Santander has had some hard-hit balls, but the fact he isn’t walking isn’t a good sign.
Mitch Brown, SP
1 G, 1 GS, 0-1, 4.1 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, 4:4 K:BB
On paper, this appears to be Brown’s worst start, but the fact he only gave up four hits is a definite positive. That said, the four walks he issued were a season-high. The reason Brown is walking the plank is because it appears his struggles from last season may have carried over. He didn’t last long when he was assigned to start 2013 in Lake County, and his Arizona League numbers weren’t exactly sparkling.
32: The number of team errors. This leads the Midwest League ahead of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.
0.79: Robbie Aviles’ ERA. Aviles has had a tremendous season so far. He’s fallen under the radar as a pitching prospect, so if he keeps this up, he may resurrect some of the previous high remarks regarding his talent.
.261: Clint Frazier's batting average so far. He went hitless two straight days April 21-22, but has made solid contact and boosted his average with two hits April 23.
Clint Frazier made his low-A debut April 17. He hit 1-for-5 with an RBI.
Jorge Martinez was reassigned to the Mahoning Valley Scrappers roster April 17 to make room for Frazier.
On the Horizon:
The Captains will complete a four-game series with the Lansing Lugnuts April 24 before boarding the bus to South Bend for three.
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.
Would like to see Frazier start lighting it up. Has a lot of potential, so would like to see that realized a bit more.
The cool weather has probably played havoc with a lot of what is being seen so far, especially the fielding. That ball is a lot harder coming out of the freezer .