The big boy, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez launched a pair of homeruns to give him 20 this year. The 20-year old leads all Mets minor leaguers, and is tied with Ike Davis for the organizational lead. Nine of his 19 hits in 22 games in advanced-A have gone for extra-bases.
RF Cory Vaughn nearly kept pace, going 2-for-4 with his 18th homerun of the year. The 23-year old is hitting .241/.352/.452. His 18 bombs are second in the organization, and his 16 stolen bases are fifth.
RHP Tyler Pill (pictured) put together his best start of the year: 7.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. The 10 strikeouts matched his Savannah high set back on May 11. Pill’s numbers in his last seven starts are sensational: 1.04 ERA, 43.1 IP, 29 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 1 HR, 3 HB, 9 BB, 44 K, .191 opponents’ average. I’m pleasantly surprised by his FSL success, but double-A should be a much tougher test. Pill pitched 51.2 innings for Savannah and he’s up to 59.1 innings in St. Lucie. He told MiLB.com, “I mixed up the game plan and pitching patterns.” The B-Mets rotation currently includes RHP Gonzalez Germen, LHP Darin Gorski, RHP Greg Peavey, LHP Mark Cohoon and RHP Cory Mazzoni with Armando Rodriguez scheduled to make a spot start on Saturday in a double-header.
By the way, Twins 2011 first round pick, SS Levi Michael, who’s hitting just .237/.330/.305 as a 21-year old in the FSL, left this game in the fourth inning after getting plunked in the first.
The Gnats couldn’t turn a double-play on a groundball in the eighth, which helped produce two runs, only one of which was earned, against RHP Domingo Tapia in the frame. His line: 7.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 2 HBP.
Signs of life from second-rounder Matt Reynolds? He was 2-for-3 with a double to extend a modest hit streak to four games. He’s hit safely in eight of his last nine however, and is hitting .344 (11 H/32 AB) in that time with two doubles and five walks. All told, he’s hitting .236/.325/.311 in 29 games with the Gnats.