The Scrapperbook: 7/13/2012-7/19/2012
By Andrew Zajac
July 20, 2012
Where We Stand in Week Five:
Overall Record: 15-15 (3-3 this week), Fourth place, 4.0 games behind Auburn.
Week Five Games:
13 @ Lowell, W 7-4 (WP: J. Martin; LP: M. Augliera; SV: L. Head)
14 @ Hudson Valley, L 3-6 (WP: B. Henderson; LP: G. Davenport)
15 @ Hudson Valley, Postponed: Rain
16 @ Hudson Valley, L 2-3 (WP: M. Jensen; LP: C. Penny)
16 @ Hudson Valley, W 10-6 (WP: L. DeJesus; LP: R. Lopez; SV: N. Pasquale)
17 vs. State College, W 7-3 (WP: J. Lee; LP: J. Cooper)
18 vs. State College, L 6-8 (WP: P. Ludwig; LP: L. Morel; SV: K. Haynes)
19 @ Jamestown, Suspended: Rain
(Completion on 7/20/12 at 5:00 PM)
Week Five Transactions:
7/14/2012: RHP Louis Head assigned to Lake County Captains from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
7/14/2012: Nicholas Pasquale assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from AZL Indians.
7/17/2012: 2B Andrew Campbell assigned to Mahoning Valley Scrappers from AZL Indians.
7/17/2012: Marcus Bradley assigned to Lake County Captains from Mahoning Valley Scrappers.
- 2B Joseph Wendle continues to impress. He hit .300 (6-20) this past week and for the season, he's hitting .333 (ranked fifth in the league), with a home run, 15 runs batted in, and 3 stolen bases. His OBP ranks sixth in the league at .410, his slugging percentage ranks him fifth at .529, and his OPS ranks him fourth at .939. Wendle is a clear cut early favorite for the All Star game in August.
- INF Joe Sever has also been great offensively. Through 14 games, he's hitting 333 with 0 HR, 8 RBI and a .789 OPS. He's an extremely versatile player who can be moved around the diamond and he has a solid approach at the plate. He's a player worth watching moving forward.
- C Jeremy Lucas has been seeing some time behind the plate as of late and has looked pretty good in both aspects of his game offensively and defensively. At the plate, he's hitting .308 with 0 HR, 3 RBI, SB, and a .740 OPS. He's not a guy who I had on my radar to start the year, but he's proven thus far that he clearly is worth watching.
- In his second season in Mahoning Valley, OF Aaron Siliga has taken major strides forward. His stats won't jump off the page, but at 19 years old, Siliga still has a lot of room to grow and develop as a player and he's taken great strides in doing so this season.
- RHP Jake Sisco had another solid outing this week going 6 strong innings, allowing 3 hits and an unearned run, while walking 3 and striking out 4. Sisco's biggest flaw, to this point, has been his command. Otherwise, Sisco has been shaping into the pitcher that we expected of him when we drafted him in the third round last year.
- RHP Luis DeJesus also turned in another solid start this week as well, going 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), while walking 1 and striking out 5. I've mentioned this time and time again, but DeJesus has really flourished in Mahoning Valley and may not have much more to prove to be called back up.
- As a team, the Scrappers are hitting .254 which ranks them fourth in the league, with a team OBP of .332 (third in the league).
- INF Erik Gonzalez has really been struggling at the plate. While he managed four hits this past week, he still has a long way to go. He turns 21 in August, so he's still extremely young and raw, but I haven't been overly impressed with his approach at the plate.
- OF Juan Romero is an interesting guy. On one hand, he has shown some production with 5 HR and 14 RBI. On the other hand, at times, you'd think he didn't have the ability to hit a beach ball. Ok, maybe a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the point. His walk to strikeout ratio is extremely alarming (3 BB/37K) and he's hitting only .181. He's been an all or nothing guy up to this point.
- 3B Robel Garcia is another interesting guy who really has two sides of a story to tell. Unlike Romero, his walk to strikeout ratio has been solid (12 BB/11 K) and he's shown an overall nice approach at the plate. For Garcia, however, the balls just aren't dropping and finding gaps. He's hitting .205 for the year and only has 3 extra base hits.
- Fielding. As a team, they committed 14 errors this week and went only one game without an error. Every other game, they committed two or more errors. While it's common for a young team to go through growing pains, 14 errors is unacceptable at any level and really forces pitchers to keep battling.
- C/1B Mitch Nilsson has also been a bit of a sloutch at the plate. He hasn't seen a whole lot of playing time this season, but when he has, he hasn't exactly lit the world on fire. a .206 batting average with 2 RBI.
- If the Scrappers want to be more successful and win games, they have to go back to some fundamentals. I mentioned fielding earlier and it's been a problem all season long. Giving the opposing team extra outs is never a formula for success.
- At the plate, pitch recognition has been a huge issue all season long as well. There have been numerous times where throughout the course of a game, I'd predict a certain pitch to be thrown and the location and it would be exactly that. Problem is, most hitters have been looking quite silly at times. This is an extremely young and raw team, so hopefully pitch recognition is something that'll improve as the season moves along.
- For the most part, the starters have done their job and kept this team in the ballgame. The bullpen has been fairly shaky to say the least, but I've been impressed as a whole with the starting rotation.
Looking Ahead to Week Six:
20 @ Jamestown, Suspended: Rain
(Completion of game suspended on 7/19/12)
20 @ Jamestown, 7:05 PM
21 vs. Jamestown, 7:05 PM
22 vs. Jamestown, 5:05 PM
23 @ Williamsport, 7:05 PM
24 @ Williamsport, 7:05 PM
25 vs. Staten Island, 7:05 PM
26 vs. Staten Island, 7:05 PM