The Brooklyn Cyclones won their fourth straight, but remained one half game out of first place behind the Aberdeen Ironbirds for first place in the New York Penn League McNamara Division.
Six different Cyclones had at least two hits including SS Gavin Cecchini, who was 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. The 19-year-old is up to .290/.331/.333 in 43 games. That’s an awfully impressive batting average given his age, in the New York Penn League. He’s fanned just 27 times in 43 games, a 15% strikeout rate. His BABIP is .343, on the high side, but not extreme.
Dario Alvarez: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Well-played Chris Flexen (8-1, 2.09): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R,1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. The 19-year-old has nice size at 6’3″, 215 lbs and a low 90s fastball that can touch the mid-90s. The Mets took away his cutter this year to have him focus on improving his fastball command and the results have been very promising, including a 5.2 K/BB ratio. He is on pace to break camp with the Gnats in 2014 for his first taste of full-season ball.
Every single team in the Appalachian League West Division, including the K-Mets won last night. As such, Kingsport remains 0.5 game out of first and two games ahead of Johnson City for the Division’s final playoff spot with four games to play.
R (GCL): GCL Mets 18, GCL Cardinals 3
This is a fun box score.
Dominic Smith: 4-for-5, 3B, BB, 2 RBI, 5 R. The Mets’ first round pick in 2013 is hitting .288/.387/.411 with 24 walks against 36 strikeouts in 47 games. Yes, it’s just the GCL, but he’s 18. He’s bopping along at .353/.421/.471 in 18 games in August. That is a nice start.
Second round pick Andrew Church (3-3, 5.91): 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. This was his longest outing as a professional and fourth time in five starts that he has finished five innings, which in the GCL is some kind of accomplishment. I was told recently that his development priority is… fastball command.