Monday in Short-Season Ball: Cecchini’s Hit Streak Ends

SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Staten Island Yankees 2 (7 innings)
Staten Island Yankees 5, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 2 (7 innings)

 

SS Gavin Cecchini’s 16-game hitting streak came to an end with an 0-for-3 in game one, leaving him one shy of Lucas Duda’s Cyclones’ team record. It amuses me for some reason that Duda holds this record. Duda hit safely in 17 straight games as a 21-year-old in 2007, while Cecchini hit safely in 16 straight as a 19-year-old.

Hard-throwing RHP Akeel Morris got his first start of the year in game one, and it went swimmingly: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 HBP, 3 BB, 5 K. He now owns a 0.47 ERA and 52 strikeouts agains 17 walks and 23 hits in 38.1 IP in Brooklyn this year. Morris, out of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, is essentially learning to pitch as a professional. His strikeout rate of 34% shows he’s learned well.

 

R (APP): @ Kingsport Mets 6, Burlington Royals 5

SS Amed Rosario, who’s all of 17 years old, was 1-for-4 with a triple Thursday. He’s hitting .249/.281/.378 with 14 extra-base hits, nine walks and 38 K in 48 games in his first exposure to professional baseball. That’s just fine. He is years, and years away at best.

I got a question about whether 22 year-old utility-man Yeixon Ruiz, who’s 22, can become a “legit” prospect. He’s played nine games at second, 16 games at third, 9 at short and 8 in the outfield, some leftfield and some center while hitting .318/.375/.364 in 43 games. He runs well, and he’s a decent enough athlete – that’s the good stuff. The bad: he’s 22 in the Appalachian League, beating up on younger opponents. That’s pretty much the end of the story, as far as I’m concerned. He’ll be 23 next year before he gets a shot at a full-season team. So, the answer is no: generally big leaguers are not 22 while repeating the Appalachian League.

The guys that matter most to me among position players in Kingsport are Rosario, and Champ Stuart. Stuart, the 20-year-old sixth round draftee has hit .220/.380/.322 in 34 games this year, dragged down by a slow August (.156/.235/.200 in 12 games). He’s an impressive athlete in centerfield as a plus runner with a plus arm.

 

R (GCL): GCL Cardinals 7, @ GCL Mets 1 

Mets’ second-round pick Andrew Church went five innings or longer for his third straight start, that’s the good stuff. The less good: he gave up 12 hits and six runs. He’s now allowed 23 runs on 41 hits for a 6.43 ERA in 28 innings in the GCL.

Monday GCL game

R: GCL Cardinals (21-29) @ GCL Mets (16-34)
Monday 12:00 ET – TBA vs. RHP Octavio Acosta (1-2, 2.28) RHP Andrew Church (2-2, 6.04)

Andrew Church allowed 7 runs (6 ER) on 9 hits over 5.1 IP in his last outing, facing the Nationals for the 7th time in a row.
Octavio Acosta has been promoted to the St. Lucie Mets, taking the roster spot of Matt Bowman who was placed on the DL.  Thats a huge jump for the 23 year old Acosta who had struck out just about as many (40) as he had put on base (31 H, 8 BB).

 

Both Savannah and Brooklyn are scheduled to play two tonight, they begin the evening action at 5:30.

 

A+: St. Lucie Mets (28-23) off

After being swept by Jupiter the FSL Mets are 1.5 games behind Charlotte for the second half division lead.  They head to Palm Beach (28-26) for a three game set and then Fort Myers (26-27) for a 4 game/3 day series.  That’s a 7 game road trip against the two teams just behind them in the standings. These games will go a long way in determining if St. Lucie is going to challenge for a playoff spot down the stretch.

Saturday GCL game

R: GCL Nationals (42-7) @ GCL Mets (15-34)
Saturday 10:00 ET – TBA vs. RHP Andrew Church (2-2, 6.04)

Andrew Church draws the Nationals for the 8 game in a row. He allowed 7 runs (6 ER) on 9 hits over 5.1 IP in his last outing.

 

The rest of the affiliates will be in action this evening, beginning at 5:30

Friday GCL game

R: GCL Mets (15-33) @ GCL Nationals (41-7)
Friday 12:00 ET – RHP Gaby Almonte (2-2, 2.55) vs. TBA

In his last start Gaby Almonte allowed the Cardinals 4 runs on 6 hits over 4 IP striking out 1 and walking 1.
The Nationals lost yesterday, their first loss since July 26th.

 

The evening action kicks off at 5:30 with Savannah scheduled for two in Augusta.

Tuesday GCL game

R: GCL Marlins (18-27) @ GCL Mets (14-31)
Tuesday 12:00 ET – TBA vs. RHP Casey Meisner (1-2, 3.93)

Casey Meisner faced the Marlins in his last start, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits over 5 IP. He struck out 7 and walked none, and has 15 K with no walks over his last three outings. After starting the year with 3 K and 5 BB in his first 7.1 IP this is a nice development. Being that Meisner is 6’7″ consistency of mechanics will be of high importance.

 

The later action starts at 5:00 with Kingsport trying to play two to make up for last nights rain out.

Monday GCL games

R: GCL Mets (14-30) @ GCL Marlins (17-27)
Monday 12:00 ET – RHP Octavio Acosta (1-1, 2.17) vs. TBA

Octavio Acosta faced the GCL Marlins in his last start, allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk over 6 IP, striking out 4. In his last three starts he’s allowed 9 hits and 2 walks while striking out 17 over 19 IP.

It will be a slow night on the farm as three of the teams are off, but St. Lucie gets things started at 6:30

Saturday GCL game

R: GCL Mets (14-28) @ GCL Nationals (35-6)
Saturday 10:00 AM – RHP Yoryi Nuez (1-1, 5.26) vs. TBA

Yoryi Nuez got knocked around for 6 runs on 7 hits in 1 inning against the GCL Nationals a week ago. He has walked 19 and struck out 16 over 25.2 IP.

The rest of the teams are scheduled this evening, beginning with a few games at 6.

Friday GCL game

R: GCL Nationals (34-6) @ GCL Mets (14-28)
Friday 12:00 ET – TBA vs. RHP Andrew Church (2-1, 4.76)

Andrew Church continues to draw the tough assignment that is the Nats. He’s faced them in 16 of his 17 IP, allowing 17 hits, 5 walks, and striking out 10 over those 16 IP. The GCL Nats have not lost since Church and the Mets beat them on July 26th. Earlier this week the GCL Mets were eliminated from the postseason with over 20 games to go.

The evening action starts off at 5 tonight with Binghamton playing two (sorta) in Erie.