Photo credit: TCP Photography/Courtesy Lake County Captains

For the most part, the Lake County Captains pitching returned to form on their most recent series roadtrip at South Bend to face a good Cubs team and to start their season with the usually homer happy Great Lakes Loons. The Rodriguez’s, Johnathan and Gabriel have continued to power the offense, as has Alexfri Planez. The bullpen had a few tough games, but overall got big performances from Davis Sharpe, as expected. This is probably the roster it will roll with the rest of the year at this point, so it’s up to them to continue this good stretch. Angel Martinez also made it back from a short IL stint with a shoulder issue.

Week in Review

7/27/22: W 4-3 at South Bend
7/28/22: W 4-2 (10) at South Bend
7/29/22: L 7-6 (10) at South Bend
7/30/22: W 7-2 at South Bend
7/31/22: L 9-8 at South Bend
8/2/22: W 4-3 vs. Great Lakes

Prospect of the Week

OF Johnathan Rodriguez: 9-24, HR, 8 RBI, 7K/0BB, SB – .375/.375/.875

As good as Gabriel Rodriguez also was last week, this was a no brainer. He had two different sets of games in this series that he hit homers in back to back games in. In July, Johnathan Rodriguez hit nine of of his 16 homers. It’s still an all or nothing approach, not showing as much patience or working walks that we thought he would add. But the 2016 draft pick has at least put together a good second half in High-A this year.

Who’s Hot

3B Gabriel Rodriguez: 6-16, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 3K/2BB – .375/.444/.688

If you had to ask who is having the best offensive season at Lake County, Gabriel Rodriguez might be the answer, because it has been a complete season in terms of offensive production between contact, power, patience and defense. And he’s just 20 years old. He finished June and July continuing to break out offensively.

RHP Jordan Jones: 4.2IP (2 G), H, ER, 2BB, 6K

A few starting pitchers had solid games over the past week, but the bullpen really held things together many days for the Captains as a few starts had issues with giving up walks. Jones had one of his best weeks of the year, limiting runs and base runners in his two outings.

Who’s Not

RHP Aaron Davenport: 0.2IP, 3H, 5ER, 2BB, 1K

Davenport has had a couple of clunkers this year in an otherwise very solid season overall. But this was probably the toughest start he’s had as a pro. He had trouble getting ahead and throwing strikes, but when he did, they got hit. 

INF Aaron Bracho: 1-16, 9K/2BB

The last two weeks we thought that maybe Bracho was starting to come around and start hitting the way we thought he was capable of. But that faded at least this past week where he struck out nine times and came away with just one hit. The highest bonus in the 2017 international class, Bracho has really not had consistent success since his 2019 stint in short season Mahoning Valley.

Transactions

08/02/22 C Alan Romero assigned to ACL Guardians from Lake County Captains

07/30/22 Lake County Captains sent SS Christian Cairo on a rehab assignment to ACL Guardians

07/29/22 SS Wilfri Peralta assigned to Lynchburg Hillcats from Lake County Captains

07/27/22 Lake County Captains activated SS Angel Martinez from the 7-day injured list

On Deck

8/3-8/7 HOME vs Great Lakes

8/9-8/14 HOME vs Fort Wayne

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