A-Ball Thursday: Hey Position Player Prospects…. Aderlin Rodriguez Goes Deep Twice in St. Lucie.

A+: Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 9, @ St. Lucie Mets 0 (7 innings)
@ St. Lucie Mets 8, Jupiter Hammerheads 1 (7 innings)

 

Lets skip past game one to game two, where 3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 3-for-3 with two homers and 3 RBI. In 15 games in August, the 20-year old  is hitting .298/.344/.632 with six homers. That’ll play. He’s up to 24 homers this year as part of a .266/.326/.492 in 117 games between Savannah and St. Lucie playing his home games in two places that are tough to hit homeruns. Rodriguez has struck out less in the FSL – 18% – than he did in either of his two periods of play with Savannah. There are plenty of questions here, but the man has tremendous power. If the Mets were willing to put Wilmer Flores on the 40-man roster last winter, Rodriguez should go on this year. In fact, I think you could make the argument that Rodriguez at the end of 2012 is closer to the big leagues than Flores at the end of 2011.

Cesar Puello homered in game two as part of a 1-for-3 night with two strikeouts and no walks. He’s been playing a lot of right field, but played center in game one. The 21-year old is having a nice August (.304/.385/.543 with seven extra-base hits) but has a 15/1 K/BB ratio. His on-base percentage in the month is supported by five hit by pitches. I’m not sure he has played well enough, long enough with enough plate discipline to earn his way to AA for Opening Day 2013.

Also, in the outfield, CF/LF Alonzo Harris keeps raking and running. A hit in game one, and two in game two, took him to .370/.400/.593 in 19 games and .293/.363/.449 in 108 games. The 23-year old has clearly punched his ticket to Binghamton for the Opening Day 2013 and raised his status significantly. Harris also stole three bases in game two and one in game one and is now up to 39-for-49 this year. He leads the Mets organization in steals by a lot – by 15 over Fred Lewis and 10 over Juan Lagares.

In game two, Logan Verrett had a very nice outing: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. His 0.94 FSL WHIP is even better than his SAL mark, which was a smidge above one. In the FSL, he’s walked 1.1 batter per nine, but, and it’s a big but, his strikeout rate is down to 6.3 K/9. That control is pretty outstanding, but the strikeout rate slip is a red flag.

 

Savannah: Ppd by Rain
It poured for along time Thursday. The Gnats and Rome Braves will make up Thursday’s game in a double-dip Saturday.