A-Ball Friday: Jacob deGrom Throws a Lot of Strikes; Nimmo and Plawecki are the Savannah Offense

A+: St. Lucie Mets 6, Bradenton Marauders 5 (12 innings)

St. Lucie kept Bradenton winless with by putting together three straight singles from OF Charley Thurber, Travis Taijeron and Gilbert Gomez in the top of the 12th.

deGrom WarmUp PSL

Taijeron, who was 4-for-5 with a double and triple, doubled his hit total from the first seven games in one night to lift his batting average to .214 (6-for-28).

Jacob deGrom: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR. DeGrom faced one batter over the minimum through three innings, but was hurt by a three-run fourth and then a solo homer in the sixth. He threw 74% of his pitches for strikes (69 of 93), which is outstanding. I think the arm is absolutely legit. In 12 innings, he’s now fanned 13 and walked just two.

deGrom photo courtesy Coren J. Meeks.


A: @ Rome Braves 5, Savannah Sand Gnats 2

CF Brandon Nimmo:
2-for-3, BB, R. The 20-year old is hitting .406/.500/.500 in his first eight games in the SAL with five walks. He’s fifth in the SAL in batting average and tied for third in on-base percentage and hits (13). It’s a long season, but that’s a tremendous start for the youngster.

C Kevin Plawecki: 3-for-4 with 2 2B, and an RBI, driving home Nimmo from first base in the first inning. Plawecki now has six doubles in his last three games and is hitting a strong .484/.528/.774 in his eight games in the SAL as a 22-year old. He’s #1 in the SAL in batting average, hits (15), and slugging and #2 in on-base percentage, doubles (6) and extra-base hits (7).

RHP Gabriel Ynoa pitched to four batters in the fifth without retiring any. His line: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K.

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