R: GCL Nationals (24-5) @ GCL Mets (8-22)
Friday 12:00 ET – TBA vs. RHP Andrew Church (1-1, 7.88)
Andrew Church has pitched his last 7 innings against these Nationals over 3 games, allowing 11 hits, 2 BB and 4 K
The evening action starts up at 5 tonight with St. Lucie and Binghamton each playing two.
R: GCL Mets (7-22) @ GCL Marlins (12-17)
Thursday 12:00 ET – RHP Gaby Almonte (0-1, 2.70) vs. LHP Brad Hand (rehab)
Marlins AAA starter Brad Hand provides a more experience arm for Duda and d’Arnaud to face. He is making his second start on rehab.
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.
R: GCL Mets (6-20) @ GCL Cardinals (14-12)
Tuesday 12:00 ET – RHP Octavio Acosta (0-1, 3.93) vs. TBA
Octavio Acosta struck out 7 and walked none over 6 IP in his last start. He’s struck out 17 and walked 5 over 18.1 IP.
R: Kingsport Mets (16-13) @ Princeton Rays (6-23)
Monday 11:05 AM – RHP Andres E. Perez (0-0, 3.27) vs. RHP Luis Cabrera (0-3, 4.50)
After two double headers with Danville last week the K-Mets are short on starters. Andres Perez has worked 11 innings of relief, striking out 9, walking 2 and allowing 9 hits.
Corey Oswalt has not pitched since the 10th, while Carlos Gomez has not pitched since the 7th. Both may be sidelined to have that long off, but with all the rain outs and rescheduling someone has to get bumped back.
R: GCL Cardinals (13-12) @ GCL Mets (6-19)
Monday 12:00 ET – TBA vs. RHP Yoryi Nuez (1-0, 3.78)
Yoryi Nuez has struck out 11 and walked 10 over his 16.2 IP, while holding batters to a .211 BAA.
R: GCL Nationals (18-5) @ GCL Mets (6-18)
Saturday 10:00 AM – RHP Lucas Giolito (0-0, 1.69) vs. RHP Andrew Church (1-1, 9.00)
Lucas Giolito is making his 4th start this year after making just one pro appearance last year.
Andrew Church gets his first pro start after pitching 5 innings over 3 relief outings.
R: GCL Mets (6-17) @ GCL Nationals (17-5)
Friday 12:00 ET – RHP Gaby Almonte (0-1, 1.69) vs. TBA
Gaby Almonte has faced these Nationals three of his four games, striking out 9 and walking 7 while allowing 13 hits over 14 IP against them.
R: GCL Cardinals (12-10) @ GCL Mets (5-17)
Tuesday 12:00 ET – TBA vs. RHP Marcos Molina (0-2, 7.36)
Marcos Molina has struck out 18 and walked 7 over 14.2 IP. The GCL Mets are hitting a collective .234/.305/.297 for a league worst .602 OPS while the pitchers are 4th from last with a 1.42 whip despite some help from Mike Fulmer.
Kingsport will try two again tonight beginning at 5 PM, check back later.
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.
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.
DH Justin Turner: 0-for-4, BB, 2 K
LF Cory Vaughn: 2-for-4