Tuesday in A-Ball: BIG Bats… Aderlin, Taijeron and Eudy Pina

A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 13, Daytona Cubs 3

RHP Matt Bowman picked up plenty of support in his advanced-A debut. Bowman was fine: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. He held the Cubs off the scoreboard through the first four innings, so perhaps they started to figure him out in the fifth.

On a night when the Mets scored 13 and bopped three homers, there were plenty of strong offensive performances. The most important to me is 3B Aderlin Rodriguez who was 2-for-5 with a homer, his fifth. His nice night pulled him up to .218/.250/.437 for the year. He ended Tuesday with a- .687 OPS his highest since the second day of the season. Again, the power is real.

DH Travis Taijeron continued his latest torrid streak, going 2-for-5 with dinger as well. Taijeron, the reigning FSL player of the week is hitting .419/.538/.839 in his last 10 games with seven doubles and a couple of homers. He’s now 24 in the FSL so this more or less falls into the category of an older guy beating up on younger players.

 

A: Savannah Sand Gnats 9, @ Hickory Crawdads 6 

CF Eudy Pina, hitting in the leadoff spot had a monster day, becoming the first Gnat to hit two homers in a game this year, going 3-for-5 with a double, two homers and four RBI. The 22-year old Pina is heating up after a slow start and is up to .265/.374/.439. He plays a strong right field, and takes the most aggressive hacks at the plate of any Gnat.

SS Philip Evans was 3-for-4 with a homer, his first of the year. Four hits in his last two games have lifted his average back over .200 to .224/.313/.296. At .175/.256/.213 with nine errors in 23 games in April, he had one of the most disappointing first months in the system, but he’s off to a better start in May.

RHP Gabriel Ynoa was homer-prone: 5 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 4 HR (!) as his ERA rose to 4.32.

It’s almost like the wind was blowing out….

Daily Nimmo
No Nimmo. Still sidelined (left hand). He has not played since April 29.