The Weekend in Rookie Ball

Appalachian League
Saturday: Johnson City Cardinals 8, @ Kingsport Mets 1 
Sunday: Kingsport Mets 9, @ Bristol White Sox 0 

The K-Mets picked up their first win Sunday, improving to 1-3, behind a 12-hit effort that also capitalized on three Bristol errors.

After pinch-hitting Saturday to make his professional debut, speedy CF Champ Stuart started on Sunday and went 3-for-4 with a walk and a triple from the top of the order. He’s just 20 and very raw and very fast.

The good news: LF Bradley Marquez homered Sunday, his first as a professional. The bad news: it’s his only hit in three games (he’s 1-for-10). The good news: it’s still early.

No look at the KMets’ box score will be complete without checking in on SS Amed Rosario. I could call this “Daily Rosario” just as I’ve done for our “Daily Nimmo” in Savannah. However, I’d like a little more ring to this. Maybe “Amed Updates” or the “Rosario Report.” For now, we’ll roll with the Rosario Report.
The 18-year-old Rosario has played in all four of the KMets’ games and after one single Sunday and a hitless Saturday, is hitting .176 (3-for-17) with a walk and three strikeouts.

 

GCL
GCL Nationals 3, GCL Mets 2 

Dominic Smith was 2-for-4 with a strikeout in his professional debut Saturday. I hope they kept the ball from his first hit.

Saturday, Marcos Molina fanned nine batters and did not walk one while giving up two runs on three hits in 4.2 innings. The 18-year-old is 6’3″, 190 lbs. Last year, Baseball America wrote this about Molina:

Molina, a 17-year-old who signed for $100,000 from Ivan Noboa’s program, threw well in the DSL, where he had a 3.58 ERA with 40 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 55 1/3 innings. Molina signed at 6-foot-2, 170 pounds, but he quickly grew and got up to 6-foot-3, 195 pounds. The ball comes out of Molina’s hand smoothly and he repeats his delivery, which enables him to throw plenty of strikes. He has a short stride, throws his fastball 88-92 mph and has an above-average changeup. His curveball is his third-best pitch, but he lowered his slot a bit to give it more of a slider look. Molina earns high praise for his work ethic, as he’s known for beating coaches to the field.

They’ll be into Monday’s matinee by the time this is published.