On-Deck with the Captains: 4/24/14 - 4/30/14
The Lake County Captains may not be winning, but the past week had some undeniable high points as a few players seem to be putting things together. The team posted a 2-5 record and is 7-19 overall, ranking them dead last in the Midwest League. Past teams have made the playoffs after an ugly first half, such as the 2012 squad, and perhaps some warm May weather will help the team find the win column.
Anthony Santander, DH
7 G, 27 AB, .367 BA, .429 OBP, .967 OPS, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R, 7:3 K:BB
Baseball works in strange ways, and Anthony Santander’s previous week is a nice reflection of that. A week ago, Santander was Walking the Plank as he was hitting .050 on the year. Since April 24, Santander has boosted his season batting average to .188, a significant contrast to the rest of the month. Santander has an ailing shoulder injury that’s confined him to a designated hitter’s role, and word has it he won’t be throwing for a while, but it’s certainly refreshing to see his bat producing.
Robbie Aviles, RHP
2 G, 0-1, 6.1 IP, 1.04 ERA, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 5:0 K:BB
Aviles has had a phenomenal start to the season, which is a nice rebound from a tough 2013. Most notable is that he has yet to issue a walk all season. He posts a team-best 1.02 ERA and also has yet to serve up any home runs. He also hasn’t allowed more than one run per outing. Aviles’ numbers are a stark contrast to past seasons, and it’s nice to see him finally pitch as well as initial reports suggested.
Caleb Hamrick, RHP
1 G, 0-0, 5.2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 3 H, 5:4 K:BB
Hamrick’s longest outing of the season was also his best. In four previous outings, he went four innings, but it seems he was given an extra 1.2 innings April 27 due to his strong performance. Though he walked four, the most he’s walked in an outing this year, he also struck out more batters than any previous outings. Hamrick had success in short-season ball last year, so it will be interesting to see if he continues to make adjustments to the low-A Midwest League to remain consistent.
Walking the Plank
Josh McAdams, OF
5 G, 18 AB, .040 BA, .080 OBP, .120 OPS, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 0 R, 11:0 K:BB
McAdams has not performed well since joining the Captains, which is not an uplifting sign considering he hasn’t hit well the past two years. He’s struck out 22 times this season and drawn just three walks, which does not complement his .146 season average.
Cody Ferrell, OF
5 G, 16 AB, .066 BA, .120 OBP, .186 OPS, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 R, 3:2 K:BB
Ferrell is another example of the highs and lows that accompany baseball. A week ago, he was named the Captains Player of the Week as he posted a .327 batting average. Add the recent week in, and his average has dipped to .261, which still ranks the second-highest on the team behind Grant Fink.
5: Eric Haase’s home runs. This ties Cedar Rapids’ Mitch Garver for most in the Midwest League.
.220: The collective team batting average. This is dead last in the league. Consequently, the team also leads the league in strikeouts with 271.
11: The team’s stolen bases. This is also last in the league, a significant contrast to league leader Great Lakes’ 65 stolen bags.
Boarding Ship/Leaving Port
No new Captains joined or left the team last week.
Taking On Water
No players were added to the disabled list last week.
On the Horizon
The team will complete a four-game series with the West Michigan Whitecaps Thursday before hosting the Dayton Dragons for three. Lake County and West Michigan will be reunited when the Captains head to Comstock Park, Mich. May 5.
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.