Short-Season Monday: First Rounders Hit

SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 7, @ State College Spikes (PIT) 4 

CF Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-5 with a double (his sixth), a walk and a strikeout. It was his fourth-straight multi hit game. He’s up to .351/.442/.486 in his last 10 games with four extra-base hits and six walks against 12 strikeouts. He’s up to .250/.397/.396 in 27 games in Brooklyn.

Both LF Stefan Sabol (.292/.422/.416 – 25 games) and 1B Jayce Boyd (.275/.333/.451 – 13 games) picked up two hits each.


 

R: Kingsport Mets 1, @ Johnson City Cardinals 0 (7 innings)
@ Johnson City Cardinals 4, Kingsport Mets 1 (7 innings) 

Hey, not one, but two whole games for the K-Mets.
Game one was clean: John Gant pitched well and DH Julio Concepcion homered for the only run.

Gant (pictured): 5.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
Gant’s dad told me on Twitter the other day that he’s been 90-92 with his fastball, with a changeup at 81 and a curve at 78 mph. That’s actually consistent with his scouting report at Baseball America last year which had him at 87-91, touching 93 with an “athletic, projectable frame” and a “solid-average breaking ball.” The Mets went overslot ($185K) to sign Gant, a 21st round pick away from LIU.

SS Gavin Cecchini was 3-for-5 with a double and a walk across the two games. The Mets 2012 first round pick is hitting a very solid .280/.345/.373 in his first 21 games in the Appalachian League as an 18-year old.