Photo credit: Tim Phillis/TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

With Fort Wayne (San Diego) having a down year in the Midwest League, Lake County took advantage with a 4-2 roadtrip against the Tin Caps. Despite the fact they lost their ace, Gavin Williams, to a promotion (finally), they received Rodney Boone, who made a solid first start in High-A and got their usual solid pitching. A few different bats have started to come alive for the Captains and they continue to get solid relief pitching. They even wrapped up the weekend in Fort Wayne with a comeback being no-hit for eight innings with a win, before coming home and winning the first game of the home stand with the Beloit Sky Carp (Miami).

Week in Review

6/7/22: W, 3-2 at. Fort Wayne
6/8/22: W, 5-2 at Fort Wayne
6/9/22: L, 5-4 at Fort Wayne
6/10/22: L, 2-1 at Fort Wayne
6/11/22: W, 4-0 at Fort Wayne
6/12/22: W, 5-3 at Fort Wayne
6/14/22: W, 9-4 vs. Beloit

Prospect of the Week

LHP Doug Nikhazy: 6.2IP, H, HBP, BB, 10K

A career best outing for Doug Nikhazy. It’s been rough sailing for the Ole Miss product in his first pro season. It was the first time in his career he worked into the seventh inning, his most strikeouts, the second time he’s allowed just one hit, and the third time he’s walked just one this year (he doesn’t have a no-walk game yet in his career). He sat around 89-93 and hit 95 with a sharp curveball. It was really encouraging to see this kind of Doug Day for the first time in his career.

Who’s Hot

RHP Aaron Davenport: 5.1IP, 2H, BB, 9K

Davenport had a bit of a clunker recently after having a very solid 2022 campaign. After lasting just three innings in his previous start, this was the longest start of his career to date in the Captains 5-2 win.

LHP Rodney Boone: 5IP, 4H, ER, 2BB, 8K

Not a bad High-A debut for Rodney Boone. He tossed 85 pitches and allowed just a run but didn’t get the win as the Captains only eeked out just one run.

RHP Cade Smith: 3IP, 5K

Cade Smith continues to be as solid as a rock at the back of the Captains bullpen. He didn’t pitch up any saves this week but he threw three innings in two games and fanned five in those perfect innings. Hard to ask anything more.

RF Jhonkensy Noel: 5-20, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 9K/1BB

It wasn’t a big week for Noel other than his three homers, and they were big ones. He still struck out quite a bit, didn’t walk or hit for average, just the dingers. And it looked like we’re calling him a right fielder now…

OF Alexfri Planez: 5-19, 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, SB

Over his last seven games, Planez has three homers and 10 RBI. We’ve been waiting for him to get the bat going and he has recently, finally. He’s another impatient hitter, but one with a lot of talent. He may be the only hitter on the planet to walk less than Oscar Gonzalez…

Who’s Not

INF Aaron Bracho: 1-8, RBI

It’s hard to believe that Bracho came in the same international free agency class as Noel, Valera and Rocchio and was paid more than all of them. He’s really fighting for at bats at High-A now and nothing seems to be going his way, unfortunately.

RHP Zach Hart: 2IP, 4H, 3ER, HR, K

I saw Hart for the first time in person last week and he struck out the first hitter he faced and I thought he looked like he had good relief stuff. Then things kind of blew up on him. He really had just a rough outing, but he seems to have the ability to get guys out with good stuff, but then just gets hit hard other times. It’s confounding.

Transactions

06/14/22: 3B Raynel Delgado assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Lake County Captains

06/13/22: SS Milan Tolentino assigned to Lake County Captains from Lynchburg Hillcats

06/11/22: Lake County Captains placed SS Christian Cairo on the 7-day injured list

06/07/22: Lake County Captains sent RHP Jack DeGroat on a rehab assignment to ACL Guardians.

06/07/22: RHP Trey Benton assigned to Lake County Captains from Lynchburg Hillcats

06/07/22: RHP Davis Sharpe assigned to Lake County Captains from Lynchburg Hillcats

06/07/22: LHP Matt Turner assigned to ACL Guardians from Lake County Captains

06/07/22: RHP Damon Casetta-Stubbs assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from Lake County Captains

06/07/22: LHP Rodney Boone assigned to Lake County Captains from Lynchburg Hillcats

06/06/22: RHP Gavin Williams assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Lake County Captains

On Deck

6/15-6/19 HOME vs. Beloit

6/21-6/26 AT Dayton

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