@ Tri-City Valley Cats 3, Brooklyn Cyclones 1
Tri-City scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning off reliever Christian Chivellli to eliminate the Cyclones from playoff contention. Aberdeen, who won on Monday, leads Brooklyn by 2.5 games with two games to play in the New York Penn League season.
The Cyclones collected just three hits, all singles.
In past years, the Mets have tried brought some of the more promising prospects from Kingsport to help Savannah at the end of the year while Brooklyn chased the playoffs, or earned a berth. With the Cyclones missing out this year, and Kingsport in the playoffs, the Mets might well choose to fortify the Savannah roster with some players from Brooklyn.
Obvious candidates include the three Cyclones’ leaders in OPS: SS Gavin Cecchini (.274/.320/.316), LF Jared King (.271/.373/.355), and 2B L.J. Mazzilli (.286/.334/.391). I doubt Mazzilli would displace Dilson Herrera, but perhaps the Mets would find a spot for him or King at DH or on the bench for a pinch-hitting assignment. Edit: As Nate pointed out in the comment section, on September 1, the Cyclones’ game notes claimed that 2013 third round pick Ivan Wilson was heading to the Brooklyn roster. It does not appear he has been added on any of the MiLB.com sites at this writing. Adding Wilson seems to make it more likely that King could join Savannah.
On the pitching side, Robert Gsellman, Akeel Morris and Miller Diaz have all been very good. It would be simple to fit the pitchers either into the bullpen or, in Gsellman’s case as the fourth starter, in game one or two of the championship series, if the Gnats get that far.