Outfielder Conner Capel once again caught the eyes of those in the Midwest League with another solid week of play for the Lake County Captains. He was recognized by his league on Monday with his second Player of the Week award of the season.
The 20-year-old Capel has made good use of his playing time for Lake County this season, putting on a strong display of power for the Class-A Captains. In his first full season in the organization after being selected in the fifth round of the 2016 draft by the Indians, the Katy, Texas, native is hitting .248 through 105 games with 20 doubles, six triples, 19 homers, and 52 RBI. His good week last week has continued on this week, as he has an eight-game hitting streak heading into action on Friday night.
That streak is his second longest of the season, trailing just a 10-gamer that ended earlier in the month.
He started last week with an 0-for-4 against West Michigan, drawing a walk in the 9-5 loss to the Whitecaps. He wrapped up the series on a much better note, tallying two singles in five trips while scoring a run in the series finale at Classic Park, a 15-7 defeat.
The Captains hit the road for Lansing after an off day on Wednesday to take on the Lugnuts and Capel’s bat was on display in the four-game series. He went 10-for-18 (.555) in the set with a double, a triple, a homer, and eight RBI against the host team while increasing his season batting average from .227 to .243. He drove in at least one run and scored at least one run in every game.
He had three singles, an RBI, and a run scored in the series opener on August 10. He drove in one of two fifth inning runs for the Captains on the way to a 7-1 victory, knocking the Lugnuts back to the .500 mark.
Capel provided the Captains with his third straight multi-hit game of the week and his second consecutive three-hit game on Friday. He fell just the elusive triple short of the cycle, hitting a double and a homer while driving in four runs and scoring twice. He put Lake County on the board in the fourth inning, giving the Captains a 1-0 on his two-out RBI double to score Mitch Longo. His three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning broke a 2-2 tie and the Captains would hold on for a 6-5 win.
He would get that missing triple on Saturday for his lone hit in the contest to extend his hitting streak to four straight games. He added a sacrifice fly, a run batted in, and another run scored in the 7-6 walk-off loss as the Lugnuts loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth before the game-winning base hit. His sacrifice fly gave the Captains a 5-3 lead in the seventh, but they were unable to protect the lead and hold off the Lugnuts.
In Sunday’s series finale in Lansing, Capel was at it again with his third three-hit game of the series as the Captains took the four-gamer with a 7-0 shutout. This time, all three hits were singles and helped him drive in a pair and score another run. He drove in the first run of the game in the first and it would prove to be the only run Lake County would need. He drove in another run, the Captains’ third of the contest, in the third.
For the week, Capel hit .444 in six games with 12 hits in 29 total trips. He provided the Captains with a double, a triple, a homer, eight RBI, and a sacrifice fly.
He has continued his tear during the current week, going 5-for-12 (.417) at Bowling Green against the Hot Rods, hitting a pair of doubles while scoring in all three games to extend his streak of crossing the plate successfully to eight straight ball games.
Capel was previously named a league player of the week on June 4. He is the only Captains player to receive the weekly award this season.
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