A-Ball Thursday: Kevin Plawecki Doubles up on the Cardinals; Gabriel Ynoa Sharp Again in Savannah

A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 4 

C Kevin Plawecki broke a 4-4 tie with a two-run double into right feild, scoring Jayce Boyd and Dusting Lawley who had both singled. Plawecki finished 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles to raise his average to .387 (12-for-31) with four extra-base knocks in his first week in the FSL. He’s still looking for his first walk, against four strikeouts in A+.

The 24-year-old Lawley singled and homered, his fourth in his last 10 games and his 16th of the year. He’s mashing at a .395/.409/.767 clip in his last 10 games. Lawley’s a useful guy to have around because he can third or left field, or even center (his collegiate position) in a pinch. However, at his age, and his all-or-nothing swing, I just do not see it working in the big leagues. He’s earning his double-A look but is a poor April weighs down his overall line to .249/.302/.523.

Domingo Tapia: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, WP – 4.19 ERA. He continues to underperform his fastball velocity. Two things hurt him: lack of fastball command, and rudimentary breaking stuff as opponents can eliminate the changeup and creaking ball to sit on the power-sinker.

Rehabbers
Tim Byrdak took care of the ninth for his first save in the FSL this year, which is nice.

CF Matt den Dekker was 1-for-4 with a double, his first in 10 rehab games in advanced-A where he is hitting .262/.304/.286 with three walks, three strikeouts and one XBH.

 

A: Savannah Sand Gnats 5, Augusta GreenJackets (SF) 1 

Ynoa Delivery (Devyatkin)Gabriel Ynoa (9-2, 2.68): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. The 20-year-old’s last seven starts since May 14: 47.1 IP, 35 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 3 BB, 36 K. That’s a 1.52 ERA, a 12 K/BB ratio, an opponents’ batting average of .197, a strikeout percentage of 19.7% and a walk rate of 1.6%. He has not walked a batter in his last five starts. It’s amazing what you can get done by commanding a fastball a few ticks above average, and mixing a slider and a changeup for strikes. He’s probably the most overlooked pitching prospect the Mets have.

Daily Nimmo
CF Brandon Nimmo (.273/.373/.374 – 48 gms): 0-for-5, 2 K.