Short-Season Friday: More Rain and More GCL Rehabs (Frank Frank!)

SSA: @ Auburn Doubledays (TOR) 4, Brooklyn Cyclones 3 

Still no Gavin Cecchini – he’s on the DL with an ankle sprain.

C Tomas Nido was 2-for-3 to get his average up to .200/.238/.250 in 11 games. I’m not surprised at all that he’s struggled early in the NYP season. Now, can he adjust?

Robert Gsellman: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. It would have been worse: Gsellman left the bases loaded for John Mincone, in his second year as a Cyclone, and he stranded all three runners.


R (App): Rained out.


R (GCL): GCL Nationals 7, @ GCL Mets 0 

1B Dominic Smith left Friday’s game after one AB with “dehydration” according to the team. He is not playing Saturday.

Cory Vaughn DHed and was 1-for-4. He’s playing left in Saturday morning’s game.

Also on the rehab front: Frank Francisco (remember him?) made his first rehab assignment in the GCL. He gave up a run and a hit.

Short Season Thursday: Cory Vaughn Begins Rehab Assignment

@ Auburn Doubledays (TOR) 7, Brooklyn Cyclones 0
Brooklyn Cyclones 4, @ Auburn Doubledays 3 (7 innings) 

In game one, the completion of Wednesday’s suspended game, the Cyclones had four hits, all singles to go with three errors. That’s not a good ratio. The offense rapped out 13 hits in a game two win.


R (APP): Kingsport – ppd by rain

They’ll play two on Friday.


GCL Cardinals 7, @ GCL Mets 6 
@ GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Mets 3 

Well, lookee here, a Cory Vaughn rehab appearance in game two. Vaughn, who has been on the shelf in AA with an elbow strain since June 2, was 0-for-4 as the DH.

CF Ivan Wilson had a couple of hits in game two. I had a Mets’ person praise the team’s third-rounder’s size and strength to me on Thursday. He’s listed at 6’3″, 220 lbs.

Short-Season Wednesday: Ty Bashlor’s Professional Debut Did No Go Well

Man, there are a lot of minor league games in the system these days.

SSS: @ Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL) 3, Brooklyn Cyclones 0 

Rain curtailed this game to seven and a half innings on a night when the Cyclones’ offense drew five walks, but collected just one hit.

John Gant: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 HBP. Interesting line. He was in the strike zone which is nice.


R (APP): @ Greeneville Astros 5, Kingsport Mets 3 

Welcome to professional baseball, Ty Bashlor: 0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 HR, infinite ERA. The Mets paid Bashlor, their 11th round pick out of South Georgia College $550,000 to sign, a record bonus after the 10th round under the new CBA.

On the other hand, Rob Whalen was effective: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 8 K, 1 HR. Whalen, the Mets’ 12th round pick a year ago out of high school in Florida, is a big-bodied 6’2″, 200 lbs. He threw one inning in the Appy League last year and is off to a very good start this year: 14 K/1 BB and 8 H allowed in 11.1 innings.

Rosario Report
18-year-old Amed Rosario was 1-for-4 and is hitting .160 (4-for-25) in his first six professional games.


R (GCL): Ppd by rain. 

They got through four innings yesterday, and will try to finish the thing off today.

(edit: both games they were planning to play today were postponed by rain)

The Weekend in Brooklyn: Lets Play Extras

Saturday: Aberdeen Ironbirds 5, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4 (10 innings)
Sunday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Hudson Valley Renegades 3 (13 innings)

cycloneslogoSS Gavin Cecchini has gotten going, putting up three-straight games with two hits each. He added a double, Sunday, his first extra-base hit in his sixth game so that he’s hitting .292/.346/.333 in his first six games as a 19-year-old.

CF Patrick Biondi, a senior sign from Michigan, is off to a single-heavy start for the Cyclones. He’s hit safely in each of his four games collecting seven hits, all singles as part of a (7-for-19) .368 line through four games.

23-year-old Jacob Lugo started on Saturday. 24-year-old Dario Alvarez, a Phillies’ cast-off started on Sunday. These guys would be old for “prospects” in advanced-A.

Short-Season Thursday: John Gants Pitches Cyclones to Win

SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL) 0 

John Gant was solid: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.

The Cyclones had six hits and no one had more than one. Two outfielders from the 2013 draft class made their professional debuts: CF Patrick Biondi (who singled and stole a base) and LF Jared King (who doubled and walked).

SS Gavin Cecchini was 1-for-3 with a walk, his first hit of the year in his third game.


A: Johnson City Cardinals 9, Kingsport Mets 3

Amed Rosario was 0-for-5 with a strikeout in his professional debut.

CF Bradley Marquez was 0-for-4 at the bottom of the order too.

A-Ball and Below Wednesday: Rainy Lara Wins; Matt Oberste Homers for Brooklyn

A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 5, Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 4 

Rainy Lara (1-2, 2.59): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, WP. Solid enough, but not special.

Rehabbing CF Matt den Dekker was 0-for-3 with an RBI and a strikeout in his third game and is now 1-for-11.

No Aderlin Rodriguez since June 12. Hmm. Time to make a phone call.

This team will be reinforced on Thursday with some of the top Sand Gnats from the first half-winning Gnats.


SSA: @ Staten Island Yankees 5, Brooklyn Cyclones 2 

1B Matt Oberste had the best night on the Cyclones, going 3-for-4 with a homer, and 2 RBI.

SS Gavin Cecchini was 0-for-4 with a strikeout and so he’s now 0-for-7 with three whiffs in his first two games as a Cyclone.

19-year-old C Tomas Nido was 0-for-3 in his Cyclones debut.

RHP Miller Diaz, who turns 21 this weekend could not escape an error behind him. He has a good arm, but has struggled with his control in years’ past. Wednesday: 4.2 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

A-Ball and Below Monday: Matt den Dekker’s Return; Bowman Beastly; Cyclones Opener

A+: St. Lucie Mets 3, Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 0 

CF Matt den Dekker reappeared in a game for the first time since breaking his right wrist in spring training. The 25-year-old was 0-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.

RHP Matt Bowman was really strong again for St. Lucie: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Bowman’s results in the FSL are at least as good as those in the SAL. His strikeout rate is up from 20.9% to 25.8% while his walk rate is up from 3.2% to 5.3%. Bowman is a 6’0, 165 lb righty from Princeton. His fastball was 89-91 in the SAL and he works with a curve, a slider and a split-finger fastball that he uses as a changeup. He throws his off-speed stuff a whole lot. Bowman’s fastball will leave him little margin for error against more advanced hitters, but his strong control will give him a chance to keep moving up as a starter. His ceiling is as a backend starter.


A: Savannah Sand Gnats – Off. All-Star Break. 


SSA: @ Staten Island Yankees 2, Brooklyn Cyclones 1 

Robert Gsellman took the ball for the Cyclones on Opening Night and was fine, if undone by his defense: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.

Akeel Morris, who has struggled with his control in years past, walked one and gave up a hit while striking out two in the eighth. Morris has a decent arm, but is very raw and walked 22 34 batters in 38.1 innings in Kingsport last year. A little more on Morris: he made six starts for Kingsport before moving to the bullpen. As a starter, he walked 10.6% of the batters he faced (12 BB/113 TBF) which increased to 15% (10 BB/66 TBF) out of the bullpen.

2B L.J. Mazzilli was 2-for-4 in his professional Brooklyn debut.

Rough Brooklyn debut for SS Gavin Cecchini who was 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

A Brief Look At the Cyclones Opening Day Roster

cycloneslogoThe short-season Brooklyn Cyclones begin their 2013 season tonight.

As a general rule, the Cyclones get way too much attention because they are: 1. based in Brooklyn, 2. the games are great fun, 3. they usually win while 4. the players are years from the big leagues. That does not mean things that happen at MCU Park do not matter.

The Cyclones’ roster will be an evolving document as many of the 2013 draftees have not joined Brooklyn yet. The full roster is here in pdf and html.

Top Prospect
SS Gavin Cecchini – The Mets first round pick in 2012, at #12 overall. A shortstop who the Mets think will be an average defender who will hit at the top of the order, Cecchini was my #7 ranked prospect pre-season. He hit an unexceptional .246/.311/.330 in 53 games last year for the Kingsport Mets in the Appalachian League. When I saw him briefly in 2012, I recall liking Cecchini’s swing more than I expected to, but thinking that he needed to get stronger. He says he got stronger all winter. I was expecting to see a little more pure speed out of Cecchini and when I saw him in the Appy League, on a wet track, he was at best an average runner. I’m curious how his footspeed looks in Brooklyn.

The Starting Rotation
RHP Robert Gsellman
RHP Miller Diaz
RHP John Gant
LHP Carlos Valdez
RHP Seth Lugo
LHP Dario Alvarez

The 19-year-old Gsellman, who gets the Opening Day nod, held his own in Savannah, working 88-92 with a changeup. His breaking ball is rudimentary.
Miller Diaz throws hard, but is pretty raw. I missed him in Kingsport last year.
John Gant was a 21st round pick in 2011 out of high school when he was throwing 85-87 mph. At 6’4″, 200lbs, he has a nice frame and has added a little velocity. I’m curious about what it looks like in games coming off a 2012 when he ran a 4.55 ERA with a 47/19 K/BB in 55.1 innings in the Appy League.
Alvarez, who is 24, is a cast-off from the Phillies system.
Lugo has been going by Jake Lugo and was a late (34th) round pick out of Centenary in 2011.

The Infield
Cecchini’s double-play partner will be L.J. Mazzilli. He’s a fun story for the Mets’ ties, and I expect him to hit a little in the NYP, but as one of the oldest players in the 2013 draft, who will turn 23 in September, he’s more name than prospect for now.

Eventually, 7th round pick Matt Oberste will play first for this unit.

The Outfield
At the moment, the outfield is all 23- or 24-year olds waiting for the 2013 draftees to sign. In particular, 5th round Jared King (who has not signed yet) and 9th rounder Patrick Biondi who has signed (for an undisclosed bonus) will make this group much more interesting.

The Catchers
Tomas Nido is the name here. Last year’s eighth round pick out of high school in Florida, the Mets paid him $250,000 to sign, $113 overslot to skip a committment to Florida State. He’s a young 19. There’s some power in his swing and enough arm to catch although his receiving is raw. He hit .242/.307/.339 in the Appy League last year with a 12/23 K/BB ratio in 38 games.