Sunday in A-Ball: Robles Leads a St. Lucie Shutout; the Usual Suspects Hit for the Gnats

A+: St. Lucie Mets 1, Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 0 

RHP Hansel Robles had his best outing of 2013: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.

Four of St. Lucie’s six hits were doubles.

3B Aderlin Rodriguez had one of the doubles – his third of the year – in a 1-for-4 afternoon. The 21-year old is now hitting .156/.164/.344. Six of his 10 hits have gone for extra-bases and there’s nothing wrong with his isolated slugging percentage of .188. The issues: 1. no singles (well few: just four) and 2. no walks. Seriously. No walks. He’s played in 16 games and has zero walks and 15 strikeouts. We are officially putting Aderlin Rodriguez on a walk-watch. He’s too talented to do this.

Rodriguez does have a history of slow starts. In 2012 with Savannah, he hit .200/.266/.370 in April, but he did draw eight walks in the month, a mark he will be hard-pressed to replicate in 2013. Actually, his 2013 looks a whole lot like his April 2011 in Savannah when he put up a  .209/.236/.442 line with 10 extra-base hits, eight singles and two walks in 21 games in the month.

 

A: @ Lakewood Blue Claws 5, Savannah Sand Gnats 3

Ho-hum, more production from C Kevin Plawecki and 1B Jayce Boyd
Boyd (.388/.468/.537 – 17 gms) was 2-for-5 with a double. Plawecki (.381/.444/.667 – 16 gms) was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Daily Nimmo:
CF Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-3, but walked twice and stole a base, his second of the year. He’s only hitting .424/.513/.576, topping the SAL in average and on-base percentage and triples (3).

Logan Taylor finished four innings, but had his issues: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K.
Matt Koch followed, allowing one run on two hits in four innings with one strikeout and no walks. He throws hard, so it’s a little surprising that he does not miss more bats, especially in the SAL.

By going 0-for-3 with a strikeout, Philip Evans slipped to .179/.254/.214 in 16 games with the Gnats.