Short Season Weekend: Francisco Pena Returns, Erik Goeddel’s Debut

SSA: Friday: @ Williamsport Crosscutters 9, Brooklyn Cyclones 4
Saturday: Brooklyn Cyclones 4, @ Williamsport Crosscutters 2
Sunday: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Williamsport Crosscutters 1 (14 innings)

A 2-for-12 weekend with a triple and a walk brought Cory Vaughn down to .308/.399/.556.  He’s still third in the NYP in slugging and OPS.
Darrell Ceciliani (.364/.416/.535) was 1-7 on Sunday, but had multi-hit games in the other two.  He leads the NYP in average and total bases and is fourth in stolen bases (18), but has also been caught 10 times.
3B J.B. Brown sat Friday, but was 7-13 with a double on Saturday.  At 21, with a slash line of .309/.335/.434 and seven walks against 22 strikeouts in 42 games, he’s shown contact ability but not secondary skills – power and patience – that have fans rightfully excited about someone like Vaughn.
Saturday, Yohan Almonte (7-3, 1.73) tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and three walks.  Before you get all crazy about the sub-2.00 ERA, realize that he has 49 strikeouts in 72.2 innings pitched.
And if we learned anything in 14 innings on Sunday, it’s that the red-hot Cyclones don’t want to take the two days off Monday and Tuesday for the NYP League All-Star Break.
Well, that and Nelson Pereira, (0-0, 3.86) in his first start of the year threw nearly perfect innings with six strikeouts.  He did hit a batter.  He’s a 5’11, 180 pounder from El Salvado with 28 strikeouts and seven walks in 23.1 innings this year.

R – Kingsport
Friday: @ Elizabethton Twins 8, Kingsport Mets 0
Saturday: @ Elizabethton Twins 5, Kingsport Mets 2
Sunday: Bristol White Sox 5, @ Kingsport Mets 4

Friday, after the start of his life last week, Michael Hebert gave up five runs, four earned, on eight his in 4.2 innings runs.  He walked three and fanned five.
Saturday, 2B Ray Van Gurp (.263/.344/.380 – age 21) hit his first home run of the year in a 3-4 night.
Sunday, the Sox scored four times in the top of the ninth to hand the K-Mets their sixth loss in a row.  At least Aderlin Rodriguez (.299/.339/.559) was 3-4 with a double.  Nearly half (29 of 61) of his hits have gone for extra-bases.

No Javier Rodriguez.  Last weekend he had a wrist issue.

R – GCL
Saturday: @ GCL Mets 8, GCL Astros 5
Sunday: @ GCL Mets 4, GCL Marlins 3
Francisco Pena DHed Saturday and was 2-5.  He did the same Sunday and was 0-2 with a walk.  It’ll be interesting to see when he catches his first game – that’ll give us some more information on his timetable.  Remember, he broke his foot in spring training.
Erik Goeddel, the Mets 24th round pick, who the team went significantly overslot to sign, made his debut Saturday.  In one inning of work, he gave up a hit an a strikeout.  One of the reasons that the signing deadline should be moved up to July 15th instead of August 15th in the next CBA is that the July date would give nearly all draft picks an opportunity to play.