Thursday in A-Ball: NIMMO.

A+: @ Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 5, St. Lucie Mets 3 

Kevin Plawecki just keeps on hitting. After going 2-for-4 with two RBI he’s up to .321/.424/.410 in 40 games in Advanced-A with nine doubles, a homerun, 14 walks and 15 strikeouts. The batting average and on-base percentage are great, but note that Plawecki has hit for significantly less power in the FSL than the SAL as his isolated slugging percentage has dropped from .180 to .089. Whether that’s fatigue, or adjusting to a new level, or just a hint of the kind of hitter Plawecki will be a the higher levels, it’s something to watch for the duration of this year and to begin 2014. Again, MLB catchers as a group are hitting .248/.312/.388, with a .140 isolated slugging.

Matt Bowman, eh: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

 

A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 6, Hickory Crawdads (TEX) 3 

Nimmo Gnats HeadTwo things/players are worth talking about in this game, one more important than the other.

First, CF Brandon Nimmo was 3-for-5 for the second straight night. Facing another lefty in the eighth, he lined a single to right-centerfield. Nimmo is now hot. He’s 9-for-17 (.529) on the Gnats’ homestand with two doubles and a homer.

Even better, much of the damage has come against lefties; he’s 6-for-9 on the homestand with a pair of doubles. For the year, he’s up to .269/.383/.364 in 84 games and .240/.345/.280 in 87 PA vs. LHP. He just looks different against the southpaws he’s seen this week. He’s tracking the ball much better and waiting longer to make his swing/no swing decision.

 

Second, Julian Hilario, making his second start as a Gnat was solid: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. He mostly threw the fastball, but tried his change (his primary off-speed offering) and slider. He has a solid arm, working low 90s and up to 94, although I still think he’s a middle reliever in the end, it was a nice start.