Short-Season Saturday: Gsellman the Genius (Sorry GZA)

SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Vermont Lake Monsters 0 

Gsellman Bklyn HeadRobert Gsellman was outstanding: 8 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 13 K.

Amazin’ Avenue’s Jeff Paternostro was there and wrote:

Mixing his fastball, change-up, and breaking ball, Gsellman struck out 13 Lake Monsters and induced a lot of week contact otherwise. Fastball sat 90-92, but touched 94-95. He commands it well for a Penn League guy. Change is already a close to average offering, and the curve showed some potential (though he had issues staying on top of it as the game went on, not that it mattered). …  Gsellman’s legit.

That sounds a tick better velocity wise than I had Gsellman when I saw him in the SAL when I had him mostly 89-91 touching 92 or 93. I certainly liked the changeup. However, Gsellman barely used the curveball in the SAL, and I thought the pitch was very raw. It sounds like it too has come along.

I think Gsellman has improved over the course of the summer, but the difference in level between the SAL, where he made five starts, and the NYP, where he has made 11, is important too, and perhaps exaggerates his progress.

 

                     ERA       R/9             K%             BB%
SAL              3.72      5.3             11.5            4.9
NYP             1.60      2.5              21.8           3.7

 

R (APP): @ Bluefield Blue Jays 6, Kingsport Mets 1 

Eeesh: Persio Reyes: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

 

R (GCL): @ GCL Nationals 2, GCL Mets 0

Hey, 1B Dom Smith had a single in a 1-for-4 day, one of just four hits for the GCL team. He’s hitting .317/.386/.413 in 17 games in August and .272/.372/.386 in 46 games overall.