Appy League Friday: Oh, Appy League.

R (APP): Kingsport Mets 5, Johnson City Cardinals 3 

Oh, Appy League. This game turned in a four-run Kingsport Mets’ fourth that featured a three-run homer by C Jeyckol De Leon. The pitch sequence that led to the homer was inexplicable. Cardinals’ starter Luis Perdomo threw the 22-year-old De Leon a 1-1 slider. De Leon yanked it foul, 325 feet off the wall in left field. Rather than coming back with a fastball (ideally in), Perdomo tried another slider on the subsequent pitch, hung it, and De Leon banged it over the wall fair. De Leon will be 23 this summer and is in his fourth year between the GCL and the Appy League, so not really a name to remember.

20–year-old CF Champ Stuart is the guy who has stood out to me. Friday, he drilled a hanging slider up the right-centerfield gap for a double and muscled a single to left, walked twice and stole a base. He would have stolen another base, but for a foul at the plate that sent him back to first. His routes in center show his inexperience. The 2013 6th round pick arm is at least a 55, but he’s still learning how to use it. He’s hitting .297/.509/.486 with 15 walks and 14 strikeouts in 12 games. I did an interview with him that I will transcribe for next week.

Amed Rosario was 1-for-3 with a single up the middle and an error defensively. He showed off a good arm on a play, but on his error, charged a ball awkwardly, played it off to the side, and never got his glove down, so it skipped under his glove. It seemed like the type of mistake that can be coached through.

Pitching Notes
Oswalt K-Mets HeadCorey Oswalt, the Mets seventh round pick from the 2012 draft, a HS draftee from southern California started. The Mets paid him $475k, the fourth-largest bonus in the draft class and he is repeating the Appalachian League. I was unimpressed. He has a big (6’4″) sturdy-looking body with some bulk, and what looks like a clean delivery. The ball just does not come out of his hand with any pop however. He was sitting 87-88 most of the game, and by the third and fourth innings, the 19-year-old was mixing in some 84 and 85. He can turn some of his bulk into muscle, but he is no longer “projectable.” His curveball was 75 and the shape was poorly defined. He showed some changeups at 75-77 on which he really slowed down his arm losing deception. His slider, at 80 was slurvy. His line: 4 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. I had Oswalt ranked as the system’s #34 prospect entering this year, there’s no way, based on what I saw Friday, that he can hold that spot.

Yoan Gonzalez piggy-backed Oswalt. The 22-year-old Cuban LHP, tucks his front shoulder behind his leg in his delivery to create deception. Early on in his outing he was 89-92 with a fastball that looked pretty straight. He showed a slow curve with a big break at 73-74. His line: 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. His delivery will give him a chance out of the bullpen at higher levels.