Brooklyn Friday: Gavin Cecchini Extends Hitting Streak to 14 games

SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 6, Vermont Lake Monsters (A’s) 4 

Cecchini Cyclones HeadSS Gavin Cecchini: 1-for-4, BB to run his hitting streak to 14 straight games. He’s hitting .379/.403/.448 in those 14 games with four doubles, three walks, and eight strikeouts. Overall, he’s now hitting .289/.321/.344 in 33 games in the NYP as a 19-year-old.

John Gant was solid, but dealt with 10 baserunners in six innings: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Video: Cyclones Sunday

This is from Sunday’s Brooklyn game in which 2B LJ Mazzilli was 4-for-5 with two RBI.

More importantly, SS Gavin Cecchini was 2-for-5 with a double, to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight games. He’s hit .383/.408/.468 (18-for-47) with four doubles, two walks and five whiffs in those 11 games. In 30 games overall, the 19-year-old has hit .282/.315/.342 with six walks and 19 whiffs for the Cyclones.

Wednesday Cyclones game

A-Sh: Connecticut Tigers (21-27) @ Brooklyn Cyclones (23-24) Listen
Wednesday 11:00 AM – RHP Chase Edwards (0-0, 2.87) vs. RHP Robert Gsellman (2-2, 2.09)

Robert Gsellman has won his last two starts, one a 7 IP shutout effort, and then finally some run support for him as he allowed 4 runs (3 ER) on 7 hits over 6 IP but picked up the W in his last start. The NYPL continues their early Wednesday mid-series schedule, I’m not sure why.

The GCL squad is scheduled for 7 PM, in a rare night game.

In case you missed it, Toby posted a new Mostly Mets podcast yesterday evening

Short-Season Monday: Brooklyn and Kingsport Toss Shutouts

SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Hudson Valley Renegades 0 

The Cyclones won their fifth straight behind strong pitching from 22-year-old Carlos Valdez and 20-year-old Akeel Morris. Morris finished off the last three innings with a walk, two hits and two strikeouts. Despite a pair of unearned runs, he has not allowed an earned run in his 25 innings pitched while fanning 31 and walking 12. At 20-20, the Cyclones are two games out in both the Division and the Wild Card races. Otherwise you know, it looks like Morris is ready for a few SAL innings.

SS Gavin Cecchini (.227/.268/.273): 0-for-4. He’s 1-for-12 since returning from the disabled list with an ankle sprain.


R (APP): Kingsport Mets 4, @ Elizabethton Twins 0 

22-year-old Marires Arias: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 HR, 2 BB, 7 K. Arias is spending his second year in Kingsport after working out of the bullpen in 2012 and pitching in the GCL in 2011.

The guy I’m more interested in is reliever Ricky Jacquez. The little guy (5’9″) can run it up to 94 and has been untouchable in Kingsport: 13.1 iP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 23 K. He’s fanned 49% of the opposing hitters. He’s too good for the league and would likely be an asset to Savannah, and would certainly help Brooklyn.


R (GCL): @ GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Mets 2  

1B Dominic Smith went 0-for-3 with two walks to snap his 10-game hitting streak.

Rehabbing Travis d’Arnaud was 0-for-3.

Short-Season Sunday: Everybody Wins

SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Hudson Valley Renegades (TB) 2 

The Cyclones won their fourth straight behind John Gant. Gant, who will be 21 next month, has been the Cyclones’ ace, working to a 2.56 ERA in 38.2 innings with 49 strikeouts against 14 walks. At the end of last year, he was 89-91 in his one start for Savannah. Gant’s had a really nice season, but until he does it in full-season ball, or shows a plus pitch or two, I won’t start to believe.

A pair of guys I know relatively little about, 22-year old 1B Alex Sanchez (.206/.225/.270 – 33 games) and 20-year-old Anthony Chavez (.205/.262/.308 – 33 games) each homered.

2013 5th round pick Jared King was 2-for-4 with a double, his second two-hit game in a row to lift his season line to .287/.382/.377 in 34 contests.

SS Gavin Cecchini (.242/.284/.290 – 17 gms): 0-for-4, K.


R (App): Kingsport Mets 9, @ Bristol White Sox 2 

Tuschak KMets HeadLF Joe Tuschak continued his recent run of solid swings with a 3-for-5 performance that included a double and a triple. Drafted in in the sixth round in 2011, Tuschak is taking his second hack at Appalachian League pitching and performing well (.309/.350/.482 – 10 XBH, 7 BB, 27 K – 30 games) as a 20-year old. A scout told me he like Tuschak’s swing. There’s a little something here, but I’m still a little concerned about his profile (power) and approach (27/7 K/BB).

Victor Cruzado, who plays left and right was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. He’s 21, and making the jump from the DSL to the Appy League and handling it well: .352/.440/.473. He has a good approach (13 BB/14 K) but again, like Tuschak before him, does he profile in an outfield corner at 5’11″?

Rob Whalen (2-1, 1.36) did fine work again: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K.

Exciting CF Champ Stuart has not played since July 24.



Around the System Saturday: Gavin Cecchini Returns

AA – Rained Out

A+: @ Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) 13, St. Lucie Mets 1 

Alex Panteliodis (5-4, 4.46), who had not allowed a run in his previous two starts, covering 14.1 innings threw up a stinker: 2 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 HR, 0 BB, 1 k

Kevin Plawecki: 2-for-2, 2B, 2 HBP. Now up to .317/.410/.416 with seven HBP combining with nine walks and just 12 strikeouts to support his on-base percentage in 30 games in the Florida State League.


SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 3, @ Staten Island Yankees 2 
Friday: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Staten Island Yankees 0 

Cecchini Cyclones HeadThe news here is that Gavin Cecchini, who missed a little over three weeks with an ankle sprain, returned to the lineup on Saturday. The Mets’ first round pick in 2012 was 1-for-4. He’s played in just 16 games and has hit .259/.302/.310.

Saturday, Miller Diaz, was pretty good: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K. He has a good arm, and the strikeout numbers are coming along: he’s fanned 32 batters in his last 22 innings.

Friday, Robert Gsellman (1-2, 1.74) dazzled the New York Penn League again: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Gsellman’s a funny prospect. He held his own in Savannah, working off an averagish fastball at 90-92 and a whole bunch of changeups. He used his raw breaking ball very infrequently. Developmentally, he could have stayed in the SAL, but the Mets moved him to the New York Penn League to be the ace of the Cyclones’ staff. Meanwhile Marcos Camarena is starting for Savannah. The other fun thing is that Gsellman provides a stark illustration about the differing level of play between the SAL and New York Penn League as his ERA dropped from 3.72 in 29 innings in the SAL to 1.74 in 41.1 innings in the NYP. Meanwhile, his strikeout rate has climbed from 11.5% to 19.8% while his hit rate has fallen from 10.9 H/9 to 7.4 H/9.


R (App): Kingsport Mets 7, @ Bristol White Sox 5
Friday: Kingsport Mets 7, @ Bristol White Sox 0 

Chris Flexen Saturday: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR. He’s thrown seven innings in each of his last three starts. His combined three start line: 21 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 24 K. See you in Savannah.
Friday, Yoan Gonzalez: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 5 K.
I saw the 22-year-old Gonzalez sitting at 89 mph and touching 92 when I saw him in Kingsport in early July.

Short Season Ball Wednesday: Travis d’Arnaud Rehab Begins in GCL

Travis d'Arnaud Easily the most important thing to happen in the Mets system on Wednesday, and that includes the big league team’s loss was catcher of the future (and we mean near-future, like September) Travis d’Arnaud’s return to game action in game one of a Gulf Coast League doubleheader. d’Arnaud, rehabbing a broken foot, was 1-for-3 and played five innings defensively.

Out in leftfield in the same game, Lucas Duda was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Both guys will have a few more GCL games to get back to playing nine innings. Then their schedules will diverge as the Mets will go slower with d’Arnaud, who is headed back to Vegas for a little bit before a trip to New York. The fact that Duda played left certainly suggests that the Ike Satin/Josh Davis platoon has first has more time to prove itself – perhaps, if not likely through the end of the 2013 season.

1B Dom Smith was 1-for-2 in the first game to extend his hitting streak to a career-best eight games. He’s up to .357/.474/.571 in his last 10 games and .256/.365/.410 in 24 games in the GCL as an 18-year-old.

Third round pick Casey Meisner had his best outing as a professional in game two: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. At 6’7″, there is literally a lot to work with.


SSA (NYP): Brooklyn Cyclones 3, @ Lowell Spinners 2 

RHP Dario Alvarez punched out 12 in six shutout innings, the most whiffs for a Cyclones’ pitcher since Collin McHugh in 2009. His line: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K. Alvarez, at 24 years old is way old for the New York Penn League. His stuff sounds, well average, per a tweet from Al Skorupa who writes at Fangraphs and Bullpen Banter, “Brooklyn pitcher Dario Alvarez pretty tough at 91-92. Plus two plane slider at 80. Split change 84. Old for level but move fast stuff.” I’m skeptical that the slider was truly plus. Remember, anything that looks even averagish, will stand out and look plus in the NYP and 80 mph is average MLB velo for the offering.

2B L.J. Mazzili had a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and the game-winning RBI in the ninth. The 22-year-old, who will be 23 in September, is hitting .307/.357/.357 in 35 games for Brooklyn.

C Tomas Nido, who got off to a slow start is starting to get going for Brooklyn. After going 2-for-3 with a double, walk and an RBI in the eighth inning that tied the game, he’s 7-for-24 (.292) in his last seven games with two walks and three strikeouts. He’s a young 19 with an April ’94 birthday, and an interesting project behind the plate for the Mets.


R (APP): @ Kingsport Mets 3, Elizabethton Twins 2 

Jeyckol De Leon, a day past his 23rd birthday drove home the game-winner with a single in the bottom of the ninth for the K-Mets.

CF Champ Stuart at the top of the lineup: 1-for-2, 2B, 3 BB. He’s drawn 22 walks and fanned 22 times in 20 games as part of a .277/.478/.431 line. For a guy who was supposed to be really raw, that’s impressive discipline.

Short-Season Sunday: Hits for Mazzilli and Strikeouts for Gant

SSA: @ Connecticut Tigers 6, Brooklyn Cyclones 4 

2B L.J. Mazzilli was 3-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. The 22-year-old is hitting .297/.368/.337 with a very Mets’ 12 walks against 19 strikeouts in 26 games.

An 0-for-4 dropped 19-year-old catcher Tomas Nido to .182/.217/.227 (1 walk, six strikeouts) in 12 games with Brooklyn. I expected he’d struggle, but thought he could get to a .240 or .250 batting average. Of course, the season is young, and he’s a hot streak away from the mark.

John Gant: 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. He’s up to 41 K/11 BB in 27.2 IP over five starts this year for the Cyclones.


R (App): Kingsport Mets 6, @ Burlington Royals 4 

Tuschak KMets HeadFor some reason they played this one at Wake Forest, in Winston-Salem, NC. Game two was rained out of course.

LF Joe Tuschak (.300/.338/.417) hit his first home run of the year. The 20-year-old is heating up (.325/.341/.450 in his last 10 games).

21-year-old Victor Cruzado had three hits to lift his line to .396/.448/.585 in 15 games.  At 21, he’s making the jump from the DSL straight to the Appy League, which he’ really too old for.

Persio Reyes: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR.

No Champ Stuart, who was plunked by a pitch a few days ago.

Monday early games

A-Sh: Brooklyn Cyclones (11-16) @ Connecticut Tigers (11-16) Listen
Monday 11:05 AM – LHP Carlos Valdez (0-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Jon Crawford (0-1, 1.74)

Carlos Valdez .. gave up 4 runs (3 ER) on 3 hits and 4 walks against Lowell in his last start.
Jonathon Crawford is the Tigers first round pick this year. He has yet to see a 4th inning as the Tigers are using short starts to acclimate their drafted pitchers to a pro routine.


R: GCL Mets (3-15) @ GCL Marlins (9-9)
Monday 10:00 AM – RHP Yoryi Nuez (0-0, 3.86) vs. TBA
Makeup of 7/9 ppd – LHP Lenny Rosario (0-1, 5.00) vs. TBA

The evening action will start at 5:00 today.

Short-Season Saturday: Miller Diaz Throws Well; Luis Guillorme is Hitting (Singles)

SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Connecticut Tigers 1 

Miller Diaz: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K, 2 WP. Interesting. Diaz has a good arm, and at one time was more or less penciled in to start the season in Savannah. He had a poor spring so the Mets held him back for Brooklyn. He just turned 21 and has fanned 30 and walked 12 in his 25.1 IP for the Cyclones so far. He can make a claim as the top pitching prospect on the Cyclones this year.


R (APP): Kingsport Mets @ Burlington Royals – ppd by rain


R (GCL): @ GCL Nationals 6, GCL Mets 4

SS Luis Guillorme: 2-for-2, 2 BB. The 18-year-old Guillorme had a reputation as a slick fielder with a more questionable bat. He’s hit .368/.455/.395 (14-for-38) with five walks and four strikeouts in his first 11 games in the GCL. Thirteen of his 14 hits have been singles.

Second-round pick Andrew Church: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K. He’s given up 10 hits in five innings of GCL work. This is probably a good time to remind you that GCL stat lines mean very little.

Rehab Brigade: 
DH Justin Turner: 0-for-4, BB, 2 K
LF Cory Vaughn: 2-for-4