Thursday GCL game

R: GCL Marlins (25-33) @ GCL Mets (19-40)
Thursday 10:00 AM – TBA vs. RHP Marcos Molina (1-3, 2.76) or TBA

The GCL regular season wraps up today.  Marcos Molina has allowed 13 hits and 5 walks over his last 9.2 IP. As an 18 year old in his first year stateside its understandable that he’s running down a bit.  We could see a number of arms in shorter outings, Molina was skipped yesterday.

Wednesday early games

Have some baseball with your coffee.

A: Savannah Sand Gnats (29-32) @ Rome Braves (34-30) Listen
Wednesday 10:30 AM – RHP Julian Hilario (7-6, 3.67) vs. RHP Wes Parsons (6-7, 2.92)

Julian Hilario lost in Rome on Aug 15th, allowing 4 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk over 5.1 IP. As a starter Hilario’s BAA has jumped up 40 points and his K rate has dropped off considerably.
Wes Parsons shutout Savannah for 6 IP on June 30th.  He’s struck out 90 and walked 21 over 98.2 IP.

 

R: GCL Mets (19-39) @ GCL Marlins (24-33)
Wednesday 10:00 AM – RHP Craig Missigman (0-3, 3.63) vs. TBA

Craig Missigman has struck out 19 and walked 5 over 22.1 IP

Monday GCL game

R: GCL Mets (18-38) @ GCL Cardinals (23-33)
Monday 12:00 ET – RHP Andrew Church (2-3, 6.43) vs. TBA

Andrew Church allowed the GCL Cardinals 12 hits over 5.2 IP in his last start, walking 1 and striking out 2. He’s walking 5.4% of batters and striking out 11.6%, while allowing batters to hit .345 against him.

After striking out all four times last Saturday Ivan Wilson has struck out 3 times and walked 3 times in 19 PAs over his last five games.  He is also 6-for-12 over his last four games.  Looks like progress.

Saturday GCL game

R: GCL Mets (18-37) @ GCL Nationals (46-9)
Saturday 10:00 AM – RHP Yoryi Nuez (2-1, 4.18) or RHP Dan Herrmann (0-4, 9.60) vs. TBA

Yoryi Nuez followed Herrmann last Saturday, but gets the start today.  It is his 4th game in a row against the GCL Nats, for the season he has struck out 23 and walked 20 over 32.1 IP.
Dan Herrmann has walked 19 and struck out 8, while allowing 18 hits over 15 IP on the season.  He’s faced these Nationals in each of his last five outings, and six of his nine overall appearances.  The GCL Nats have gone 16-3 against the GCL Mets this year.  They have actually been better against the GCL Marlins.

 

The rest of the affiliates are in action this evening, starting at 5:00

Friday GCL game

R: GCL Nationals (46-8) @ GCL Mets (17-37)
Friday 12:00 ET – TBA vs. RHP Gaby Almonte (2-2, 2.43)

In his last start Gaby Almonte allowed the Nationals 1 run on 4 hits and 3 walks over 5.1 IP striking out 4.
The Nationals are 6 games away from completing a season with single digit losses. They don’t play football…

Short-Season Wednesday: Dominic Smith Has Eight Game Hitting Streak

SSA: @ Staten Island Yankees 5, Brooklyn Cyclones 3 

Hitting streaks are funny things. After hitting safely in 16 straight games, SS Gavin Cecchini (.286/.318/.333 – 39 gms) has now taken the collar in three straight, going 0-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout Wednesday. In 39 games this year, the 19-year-old has eight walks and 25 strikeouts. That’s just a walk rate of 5% after 8.2% a year ago. All young hitters work on approach and swing mechanics at the same time. Cecchinini, for all the baseball in his family, is no different.

 

R (GCL): GCL Marlins 10, @ GCL Mets 3 

1B Dominic Smith: 3-for-4, 2B.

The Mets’ first round pick in 2013 has hit .277/.371/.399 in his pro debut with nine doubles, three homeruns and 21 walks against 36 strikeouts in 43 games. He’s hit in eight straight games and 11 of his last 12 games and is up to .340/.386/.453 in 14 games in August. As a 1B only, it’s always going to be very heavily about the bat for Smith and this is a nice start with a 12% walk rate and a 20.5% strikeout rate.

Wait, wait, wait: Frank Francisco is pitching again. Wednesday: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. It’s his third appearance this year for the GCL team, and his first since July 21.

Short-Season Tuesday: Flexen Flexes

R (APP): @ Kingsport Mets 1, Burlington Royals 0 

Flexen K-Mets HeadRHP Chris Flexen (7-1, 2.14) turned was the performance of the night in the short-season realm, if not the system as a whole: 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 11 K. After a couple of wobbly starts to begin the year, Flexen has been really strong in his last eight contests: 1.64 ERA in 55 innings with 47 strikeouts against nine walks. My preseason #32 prospect, I saw Flexen at his most raw, in his first professional start in 2012. His ranking will certainly rise this year.

Flexen told MiLB.com about his night:

“I felt really good today — a complete-game shutout, can’t complain there. The defense picked me up on all the plays, the offense put up enough.

“Everything was on, my command was very good. I was able to spot up pitches and mix it up well,” said Flexen, who throws four- and two-seam fastballs, a curveball at two different speeds and a changeup.”

The win moved Kingsport within a half game of first. The top two teams in each Appy League division make the playoffs, and the K-Mets hold a 1.5 game lead over Elizabethton for second with nine games to play.

 

R (GCL): GCL Mets 13, GCL Cardinals 10   (12 innings)

This one went 12 innings, but 1B Dom Smith did not, as Elvis Sanchez pinch-hit for the 2013 first-rounder in the seventh inning.

RF Wuilmer Becerra (.235/.347/.289 – 45 games), the outfielder who was part of the R.A. Dickey package was 3-for-6 with a homer, his first of the year.

On the mound, third round pick Casey Meisner put together one of his best outings as a professional: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Meisner, a 6’7″ Texan, has now gone five innings or more in each of his last three starts.

 

SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 2, Staten Island Yankees 0

This is creative: RHP Dario Alvarez: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 6 K. Alvarez is 24 in the New York Penn League. Those are the most salient facts.

Tuesday GCL game

R: GCL Mets (16-35) @ GCL Cardinals (22-29)
Tuesday 12:00 ET – RHP Casey Meisner (1-3, 2.96) vs. TBA

Casey Meisner has struck out 4 and walked 2 while allowing just 3 hits over the 8 IP (3 G) he has against the GCL Cardinals

In 124 plate appearances Branden Kaupe has yet to have an extra base hit.  With a slash of .202/.317/.202 there haven’t been many singles either…