Pitching is an inherently difficult activity. It takes many years to master the art of hurling the baseball over home plate with consistency and accuracy. The minor league system provides opportunities for pitchers to hone their craft. For Dominic DeMasi of the High-A Lynchburg Hillcats, his journey through the Indians farm system has been about developing that consistency.
“When I got drafted I was actually more over the top mechanically,” said DeMasi. “I throw a sinker, cutter, and slider. I’m just trying to repeat the same stuff. The change from when I was drafted is now just getting repetition.”
A 6-4 loss to the South Bend Cubs on Sunday afternoon sent the Lake County Captains to a fourth straight defeat, a season high. It also dropped them to two games in back in the Midwest League Eastern Division in a rare stretch of the season that has not involved the Captains being in first place. Prior to falling out of first place with a loss on Saturday, Lake County had spent 40 straight days tied for or in sole possession of the top spot in the Eastern Division.
Lake County will look to avoid the four-game sweep on their home field at Classic Park on Monday. They will then hit the road for a brief three-game trip to Dayton to face the Dragons before returning home on Friday for a seven-game homestand with Fort Wayne and Bowling Green.
In other Captains news and notes:
The athletic Dominic DeMasi played two sports in college, football and baseball. He was successful in both sports during his college career, but eventually he was going to have to choose one of the other.
He chose baseball.
DeMasi, 21, is a big right-handed pitcher at 6 ‘3” 190 pounds. He was selected by the Indians in the 31st round of the First Year Player Draft. He opted to attend college out of high school instead of going straight to the draft. He attended Valdosta State University out of Valdosta, Georgia. During his time there he was able to refine his skills as a pitcher, and better prepare himself for playing professional baseball when his opportunity arose.