Monday in Short-Season Ball: Nice Outings from Rainy Lara and Bob Gsellman

SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL) 1 

The Cyclones stayed 2.5 games up on the Batavia Muckdogs with a win in which they picked up four hits Monday.

The star was RHP Rainy Lara. The 21-year old tossed six shutout innings with three hits, a walk and four strikeouts. In 61 innings, he now has a 6.9 K/BB ratio (69 K/10 BB). That’s good. At times this year, he has sat at 93 mph, so there’s some velocity in this 6’4″ package. I missed seeing Lara this summer, and I’m still fuzzy on what he can be.

1B Jayce Boyd was 1-for-3 with a homer, his third of the year, and a walk. The sixth rounder from Florida State has hit .230/.317/.339 with 22 walks against 27 strikeouts in 45 games.


R: Pulaski Mariners 5, @ Kingsport Mets 4

So, the Kingsport Mets played their penultimate game of their 2012 season Monday.

Robert Gsellman, a 13th round pick from 2011, finished with his best outing of the year: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He’s a 6’4″ projectable RHP from Southern California.