A-Ball Saturday: Thor Wins FSL All-Star Game; Jayce Boyd and Luis Cessa Are Really Hot

A+: FSL South All-Stars 8, North All-Stars 1

The Mets and the South won the FSL All-Star Game. Noah Syndergaard scooped up the win for a scoreless fourth inning in which he allowed a double, but nothing more. TJ Rivera was 0-for-5 at secondbase while LF Dustin Lawley was 3-for-4 with two runs scored while playing leftfield.

Minor league All-Star games are like their big league cousins, a fun exhibition. There’s no sense in putting any special weight on the results of the game. Noah Syndergaard is one of the Mets’ best young arms in the minors – like Top two once Zack Wheeler makes his MLB debut – but that status does not change based on one scoreless inning in the FSL All-Star Game.

 

A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 7, Greenville Drive 2 

Boyd underhands ball (Devyatkin)Speaking of All-Stars, 1B Jayce Boyd, one of five Gnats’ All-Stars, is enjoying what is likely his final week in Savannah. The 22-year-old 1B was 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBI Saturday. In three games against Greenville, Boyd (pictured) is 9-for-11 with three walks, a triple and two homers. After going 14 games coming into this stretch without an extra-base hit, Boyd is right back up to .356/.431/.490 with 32 walks against 32 strikeouts in 64 games. He will likely play in the SAL All-Star game on Tuesday in Lakewood, and then fly to Florida to join St. Lucie.

Boyd has a nice, easy swing and is comfortable going to right field or getting out and yanking a pitch over the leftfield wall. The issue he faces is simply the extremely high bar to be a productive MLB first baseman. He’s on the old side for a prospect in either the SAL or the FSL, and likely will not really face a age appropriate competition until Opening Day 2014 in AA when he will already be 23.

Luis Cessa had a nice outing for the Gnats: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. It was fourth-straight outing of six innings or longer for the 21-year-old from Mexico. On May 19, Cessa allowed six runs on 11 hits in Augusta. Since that start he has been very good: 27.1 IP, 22 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 31 K – 0.98 ERA. Cessa does not throw very hard – (I think he was sitting 90-91, but will have to double-check), but he throws strikes, and has feel for a changeup and can spin a breaking ball. That’s plenty of stuff to have success in a-ball. Ok, so apparently Cessa was 91-95 with his fastball Saturday night, while sitting 92-93. That’s a materially important difference from 90-91 where he had been last year and even early this year. Anyway, that, combined with his feel for his changeup makes him a lot more interesting. He calls his breaking ball, which can have an inconsistent shape, a slider.