RF Cesar Puello: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 2 K. Puello in July: .330/.435/.432 with 13 walks and 23 strikeouts in 25 games. Puello before July: 15 walks and 56 strikeouts in 63 games. Sure, he’s only hit one home run in the month, but he’s run a .435 on-base percentage. His development this year has been the best position player story in the Mets system. For the first time, his strength turned into big time in-game power. Then in the last month, he has improved his plate discipline dramatically on his way to becoming a more well-rounded hitter.
Closer Jeff Walters: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K. Walters moved his ERA under 2 to 1.97. Walters has fanned 50 of the 180 batters (28%) he has faced this year. With a mid-90s fastball and a slider, he’s making a strong case to be included on the Mets’ 40-man roster this coming off-season with every outing.
LF Lucas Duda – 0-for-4, 2 K. It was Duda’s second game in advanced-A. He’s now 1-for-21 (.048/.167/.095) in his six games between the GCL and the FSL.
RF Cory Vaughn – 0-for-3, BB
Doing What he Does
C Kevin Plawecki: 1-for-3, BB, RBI. For some reason, despite hitting .309/.411/.409 in 33 games in the FSL, Plawecki hit seventh in the St. Lucie batting order.
Should be Better
Domingo Tapia: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, HBP
CF Brandon Nimmo doubled to begin a four-run eighth that ignited a Sand Gnats comeback. Nimmo was 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and an RBI. He’s hit .297/.422/.405 in his last 10 games.
SS Philip Evans: 0-for-3. After a nice start to the second half, Evans is 0-for-12 in his last four games and back down to .271/.344/.388 in the half and .211/.277/.276 overall in 92 games.