A-Ball Thursday: Cory Vaughn Homers Again. Alex Panteliodis’ Turnaround

A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2 

RF Cory Vaughn launched his 17th home run of the year in a 2-for-4 effort. He’s tied with teammate Aderlin Rodriguez for the Mets’ organization lead. That’s the good news. The bad is that the 23-year old is hitting just .243/.352/.457 in 95 games with 90 strikeouts in 95 games. Scouts remain concerned that his complicated swing will prevent him from making consistent enough contact to hit for enough average.

RHP Erik Goeddel put together a solid start: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. I’ve had some nice reports on Goeddel, but the results have laged behind this year.  He’s given up over a hit an inning (84 in 76.1 IP) with a K/BB of two (66 K/33 BB).


A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 4, Kannapolis Intimidators 2

This was the first game I watched last night before the Matt Harvey show.

One game after striking out a season and career-high 10 batters, LHP Alex Panteliodis put together his second good start in a row: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. His velocity is back up to the low 90s after living in the upper 80s early this year. He used his curveball some on Thursday, but did not, to my eyes, throw a lot of sliders. Basically, his success comes from a tick up in velocity, and more strikes. Why this happens is hard to explain.

The Kannapolis hitters had big trouble with the Gnats’ fastballs in this series.

On the offensive side, DH Matt Reynolds dropped a two-run single into rightfield to put the Gnats ahead in the bottom of the eighth. The Mets’ second fourn pick out of Arkansas this year, Reynolds has not played the field since last Saturday. Gnats manager Luis Rojas said his arm is a little “fatigued,” but expects him back in the field in short order. The Mets want to keep him fresh for the final month in Savannah and for instructs in the fall. I wrote about the plan for him here.