The Lake County Captains are 3-4 over their last seven games going back to Tuesday, August, 24th. It was a rollercoaster weekend, featuring blowouts, close wins, and everything in between. The tensions are high and so are the stakes as Lake County is fighting for a playoff spot, currently one game behind the Great Lakes Loons for first place in the High-A Central East.

Day-by-Day

8/24: L 6-17 vs. Great Lakes; W: Vargas; L: Coulter

8/25: L 3-4 vs. Great Lakes; W: Stone; L: Burns; SV: Belge

8/26: W 6-1 vs. Great Lakes; W: Curry; L: Choi; SV: Ramírez

8/27: W 5-0 vs. Great Lakes; W: Gaddis; L: Boyer

8/28: L 3-4 vs. Great Lakes; W: Lockhart; L: Espino; SV: Belge

8/29: L 2-10 vs. Great Lakes; W: Hernandez; L: Hickman

8/31:W 4-3 vs. South Bend; W: Ramírez; L: Correa

Player of the Week

1B/3B Jhonkensy Noel: 8-17, 1 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 4 K, 3 BB, 1 SB, 1 CS

Jhonkensy Noel offers an intriguing combination of skills and tools uncommon for big-framed righty/righty first basemen, especially ones that are 20 years old. Noel has repeatedly shown he is able to affect the game through multiple facets, and in his short time at High-A he has put that on display. The success he has had hitting for average this year has been remarkable and answers a lot of questions about the hit tool based on the statistical performance alone, even in a limited sample size. The massive raw power Noel possesses is the most important piece of the puzzle as he will play at first base for the majority of his career. Based on positional value, Noel has to hit for power in order to provide value if he makes it to the big leagues and he has legit 70-grade raw power. I believe Noel’s 90th percentile outcome is an MVP candidate first baseman.

Who’s Hot

INF Jose Tena: 5-18, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, 2 SO, 2 BB, 1 SB

Tena standing out amongst the talented group of infielders that played the majority of games together for Lake County this season is a feat in itself, but there is an argument to be made that Tena was the most important player on this team this year based on his consistency in the lineup and his ability to effect the outcome of the game in the batter’s box, on the basepaths, and with his glove. Do not worry if he is not put on the forty-man roster this offseason, because you can probably leave him unprotected based on his youth and lack of lengthy track record.

Who’s Not

1B Joe Naranjo: 2-19, 1 R, 8 SO, 2 BB

Naranjo has had a terrible season and has not performed much so far in his career so far, and it is odd to see a third-round pick struggle this much so far in their career but the game is the game. Naranjo has a decent ability to make contact but does not have the power needed to be a competent first baseman, as he has paltry extra-base hit #s. It will be interesting to see if Cleveland is betting on the frame-filling out along with teaching the lefty 1B how to get more power out the bat at the plate. Cleveland has a history of maximizing contact-oriented hitters so it will be interesting to see if this bet on the player development department and Joe Naranjo himself will pull through or go belly up.

Up Next

9/1: @ South Bend, 7:05 p.m. EST

9/2: @ South Bend, 7:05 p.m. EST

9/3: @ South Bend, 7:05 p.m. EST

9/4: @ South Bend, 7:05 p.m. EST

9/5: @ South Bend, 7:05 p.m. EST

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