A-Ball Friday: Nimmo, Plawecki and Matz Crush Crabs

A+: Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 14, @ St. Lucie Mets 1 

The Miracle improved to 14-1 by knocking around Mets’ pitching for 14 runs on 18 hits and six (!) homeruns. Angel Cuan took much of the abuse: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1BB, 2 K, 4 HR.

3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 0-for-4 to snap his streak of three straight games with a homer.


A: Savannah Sand Gnats 7, @ Lakewood Blue Claws 2 

Matz Gnats HeadCF Brandon Nimmo was 4-for-4 with a triple, that was a few feet shy of becoming a homerun on a windy night in New Jersey, and a walk. His base hits included a bunt, a liner to left, a liner to center and his almost homer/triple. The 20-year old is now hitting .450/.514/.583 with six walks and 12 strikeouts in 15 games with Savannah. He’s leading the SAL in batting average, on-base percentage, hits (27), runs (16) and is tied for fourth in total bases (35). Yeah that’s a good first two weeks.

C Kevin Plawecki was 3-for-4 with a homer, his second, a walk and 4 RBI. He’s hitting .382/.444/.691 four four walks and six strikeouts in 14 games. The 22-year old is  fourth in the SAL in batting average, third in RBI, #1 in extra-base hits (11), tied for second in doubles (8), second in slugging percentage (.691) and tied for third in hits (21). At 22, this is what it looks like when a well-decorated college hitter is too good for a-ball.

Steven Matz (pictured) was pretty good, or at least better than Lakewood: 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K with six groundouts against one flyout to lower his ERA to 1.29. According to AA’s Jeff Paternostro, he was 91-94 easy, with his fastball. Although the slider was “rough” and hung “too much” he snapped off a good one at 84 mph that offered reason for hope.

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