SSA: @ Tri-City ValleyVats 7, Brooklyn Cyclones 4
SS Danny Muno just keeps hitting: 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. The Mets eight-round pick out of Fresno State, the 22-year old Muno is sitting at .332/.434/.492, tops in the NYP in on-base percentage and third in slugging.
R – APP
Danville Braves 7, @ Kingsport Mets 5
LHP Juan Urbina, coming off one of his best outings of 2011 cruised through three innings, allowing just a single over the minimum before it fell apart on him in a six-run fourth inning. His final line: 4 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR.
@ GCL Mets 4, GCL Cardinals 2
SS Philip Evans, the Mets 15th round pick, who received the third-highest signing bonus in the Mets draft class, made his professional debut going 1-for-3 with a walk, a strikeout and two runs scored from the #3 spot in the batting order.
Hitting in front of Evans, CF Brandon Nimmo was 0-4 with three strikeouts. As people pointed out to me on both twitter and email, he’s now whiffed in seven of his last eight at bats. My response: chill. He’s played four games as a professional at age 18 without having played high school baseball.
Bob Gsellman, the Mets’ 13th rounder out of Santa Monica, made his first professional start, tossing three innings of one-run ball with no walks, two hits and a strikeout.
SS-A: Tri-City Valley Cats 6, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 2- (GAME NOT COMPLETE)
Game was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain. The game will be resumed on Monday with the Cyclones trailing 6-2.
SS-R: Burlington Royals 6, @ Kingsport Mets 2
Rafael Montero: 3 IP, 5 hits, 2 er, 4 bb, 2k.
Dustin Lawley: 2-4, HR(8), RBI. Hitting .304/.341/.527, with 8 HR, 38 RBI on the season.
SS-A: Tri-City Valley Cats 3, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 0
The Cyclones offense was non-existent as they were limited to just one hit in the loss to Tri-City. The Cyclones were held hitless through six innings. T.J. Rivera ended the no-hit bid with a single in the bottom of the seventh.
Jeff Walters (5 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 2 er, 4 bb, 2k) took the loss for the Cyclones.
Nick Carr made a relief appearance: 1 IP, hit, o runs, 2 bb.
SS-R: @ Kingsport Mets 17, Burlington Royals 14
The two teams combined for 31 runs, 31 hits, 9 walks, and 10 errors. What is more remarkable is the game only lasted 3 hours and 23 minutes.
With the win, Kingsport is now tied for the Wild Card with a 33-25 record.
The box score is something to behold:
SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 5, Jamestown Jammers (FLA) 2
1B Cole Frenzel (.250/.346/.328), this year’s seventh round pick out of Arizona was 3-4 with a double and an RBI. After a slow start to his professional career and a .215/.315/.291 line in 20 games in July, Frenzel is rolling along at .324/.409/.405 in August. He’s not hitting for much power yet, but at least he’s hitting for average.
Rain held Eduardo Aldama’s night to 2.2 so the bullpen had to pick up the slack. Tyler Pill, this year’s fourth-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton, tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts.
The Cyclones are now tied for the wild card lead (of course) and are three games out of first.
R- APP: @ Johnson City 1, Kingsport Mets 0
Yes. Domingo Tapia: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 WP.
Tapia’s three starts in August: 0.50 ERA (1 ER/18 IP), 12 H, 7 BB, 9 K.
R – GCL: @ GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Mets 1
Craig Missigman, this year’s 37th rounder out of HS in North Carolina: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
SS Chin-lung Hu had a couple of hits.
NYP: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 5, Jamestown Jammers 2
SS Danny Muno (.341/.448/.494) was 1-3 with a double and a walk. In 44 games, the 22-year old has extra-base hits in 9.8% of his plate appearances with exactly the same number of walks and strikeouts 32, a rate of 15.7%. He’s also rocking a .412 BABIP. Some of these things are sustainable, one is not.
3B Richard Lucas (.313/.404/.487) was 2-4. Mike wrote about the 22-year old Lucas yesterday and his desire to prove people wrong.
Meanwhile, out of the bullpen, Jack Leathersich struck out four and walked one in 1.2 innings pitched. In 8.2 innings pitched in Brooklyn, the Mets’ 2011 fifth-rounder faced 34 batters and fanned 20. That’s crazy good.
Also, I loved, the Cyclones Brooklyn Nite Jerseys with the image of the bridge, which you can see below.
APP: Kingsport Mets 6, @ Johnson City Cardinals 0
Probably the best thing to happen in the system Wednesday night: Juan Urbina put together his best professional start. He shutout Johnson City on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. In 17 innings in Augusta, he’s fanned 12 and walked four and run a 2.12 ERA. Whether you want to look at ERA, K/BB ratio, opponents’ batting average, Urbina has improved in every month of the 2011 season.
DH Cam Maron was 2-3. The 20-year old, the Mets 39th rounder in 2009, is hitting .309/.417/.383 in 46 games for Kingsport.
GCL: GCL Marlins 15, GCL Mets 6
Bunch of interesting notes here actually:
Chin-Lung Hu continues to rehab. In eight games in the GCL, he’s hit .138 (4-for-29) with seven walks and six strikeouts and zero extra-base hits. He also committed his second throwing error.
Zach Dotson made his second appearance since returning from a 50-game suspension and recorded one out: 0.1 iP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 K. Dotson, who received the second-largest bonus in the Mets 2009 draft class, despite being selected in the 13th round, has thrown 1 inning this year and 17.1 in the GCL since signing.
Robert Gsellman, this year’s 13th rounder, tossed two scoreless innings.
CF Joe Tuschak, this year’s sixth rounder, was 2-3 with two walks to push his batting average back over .200 and up to .205/.333/.229.
SS-A: NL All-Stars 7, AL All-Stars 3
I will have more on this game later in the day.
SS-R: @ Kingsport Mets 7, Johnson City Cardinals 4
Jacob Lugo struck out six over 5 1/3 innings to lead Kingsport to the victory. Lugo gave up three earned runs on six hits.
Brian Valenzuela came on to pitch 3 2/3 perfect innings for his first save of the season.
Yucarybert De La Cruz (2-3, HR, RBI) hit his first home run of the season, a solo shot in the 7th.
SS-R: @ GCL Astros 3, GCL Mets 2
Nick Carr made his second rehab appearance for the GCL Mets. He pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit, a walk, and striking out one.
The GCL Mets will soon be the talk of the town once Brandon Nimmo and Phillip Evans suit up. I would suspect they will play in a handful of games before the end of the season.
SS-A: Friday: Brooklyn Cyclones 10, @ Mahoning Valley Scrappers 6
Saturday: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1
The Cyclones (32-24) win a pair over the weekend, and now find themselves in a three-way tie for the Wild Card lead in the NYPL. The Cyclones have now won seven out of their last nine games.
SS-R: Friday: Kingsport Mets 6, @ Princeton Rays 5
Saturday: Kingsport Mets 5, @ Princeton Rays 3
Sunday: Kingsport Mets 7, @ Princeton Rays 2
The Kingsport Mets are hot right now. Over the weekend, they swept the Princeton Rays and now have enjoyed a 10-3 month of August.
Akeel Morris on Friday: 1/3 IP, 1 hit, 5 runs, 2 er, 4 bb, k.
Over the last 10 games:
Greg Pron: .400/.442/.575, 4 doubles, HR, 8 RBI
Dustin Lawley: .378/.404/.600, 5 doubles, 3B, HR, 5 RBI
Both Pron (42nd round) and Lawley (pictured) (19th round) were drafted this year out of the University of West Florida.
SS-R: Saturday: @ GCL Mets 4, GCL Cardinals 2
Sunday: GCL Nationals 12, @ GCL Mets 10- Game 1
GCL Mets 7, @ GCL Cardinals 1- Game 2
Zach Dotson, the Mets 13th round pick in 2009, made his first appearance of the 2011 season on Saturday. Dotson faced seven hitters, retiring two of them while issuing three walks, two hits, a wild pitch, and two runs.
It’s good to see Dotson finally returning to the mound after serving a 50-game suspension by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned substance. Toby profiled Dotson here in his Top 41, and last year Dotson received high praise from then Mets Minor League pitching coordinator Rick Waits.
Michael Fulmer‘s second pro start was cut short due to rain on Sunday. He gave up a hit then recorded an out before the rains came down and ended Fulmer’s day.
@ Kingsport Mets 2, Pulaski Mariners 1
Kingsport starter Jacob Lugo allowed just one run and four hits over six innings. Lugo (pictured) walked none and struck out five.
Chase Bradford (2 IP, hit, 4K) and Jared West (SV(5), 1 IP, h) combined on three scoreless innings of relief.
Dustin Lawley led the Kingsport offense with three singles and an RBI. Lawley, the Mets 19th round pick, is currently enjoying a 13-game hitting streak, where he is hitting .333 (19-57).
SS-A: @ Vermont Lake Monsters 1, Brooklyn Cyclones 0
Not much happening here.
TJ Chism was impressive in relief: 2 1/3 IP, bb, 6k.
SS-R: Bluefield Blue Jays 4, @ Kingsport Mets 3
The Kingsport offense banged out 15 hits, but was 3 for 21 with runners in scoring position.
Camden Maron (2-4, HR(2), RBI) hit his second home run of the season, and is now hitting .306/.404/.372. The 20-year old Maron (pictured), a Huntington, New York native, has been a pleasant surprise, but his .179/.324/.179 effort versus lefties is not encouraging.
SS-R: @ GCL Mets 4, GCL Astros 3- 13 innings
Erik Goeddel, who is making his third rehab start for the GCL Mets, is getting closer to returning to Savannah. Goeddel pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just two singles. He did not walk or strikeout a batter.
Matthew Budgell, 10th round pick, was dominant in his relief stint. He pitched three hitless innings, allowing just one baserunner on an error. Budgell faced 10 hitters and struck out five of them.
SS-A: @Brooklyn Cyclones 2, Connecticut Tigers 0
A two-run eighth inning double by Brian Harrison (2-4, 2B, 2RBI) lifted the Cyclones past Connecticut 2-0.
Marcos Camarena: 6 IP, 4 hits, bb, 7K.
Eric Beaulac: 2 IP, K
SS-R: @ Greenville Astros 13, Kingsport Mets 7
Domingo Tapia failed to get out of the first inning for the second time this season, but this time it was not because of an injury. Tapia recorded only two outs on the night, giving up six hits and five earned runs. He also walked one and struck out one.
Tapia’s season totals: 2-4, 6.23 ERA, 26 IP, 33 hits, 7 bb, 15 k.
I saw Tapia throw in spring training and was impressed with his arm strength, but was concerned with the lack of a solid breaking ball. Even with a big fastball, Tapia has failed to miss bats this season, leading me to believe his secondaries need to be refined.
Good thing for Tapia is that he will not turn 20 until December.
The Kingsport defense didn’t exactly help the cause, as they committed six errors.
SS-R: @ GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Mets 1