A-Ball Friday: St. Lucie’s Big Bats and Tyler Pill Sets a New High

A+: St. Lucie Mets 11, @ Brevard County Manatees (MIL) 2

St. Lucie turned a good pitching matchup of 2011 draftees Taylor Jungmann and Cory Mazzoni into a blowout late with nine runs in the final two innings against the Manatees’ bullpen. The bottom of the order did much of the damage.

Once again, SS Wilfredo Tovar was 2-for-4 with a walk to push his line to .290/.356/.411 in 31 games. The tiny 20-year old has walked nine times and struck out just 10 times, making him the fifth-toughest player to strikeout in the Florida State League and gone 5-for-5 stealing bases.

The Milwaukee Brewers selected Jungmann with the 12th overall selection, in 2011, one spot in front of the Mets who plucked OF Brandon Nimmo. And on this night, the second-round pick Mazzoni and Jungmann put up nearly identical lines.

Mazzoni: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP
Jungmann: 5.1 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K,  2 HBP

After going 0-for-5, Cory Vaughn’s hitless streak has reached five, as he’s now 0-for-20 in those five. His skid has pulled his overall line down to .241/.328/.500 in 30 games.


A: @ Hickory Crawdads (TEX) 3, Savannah Sand Gnats 1

Tyler Pill: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. The 10 whiffs are a new season and career high. His ERA rose to 1.89. In 33.1 IP, he’s yielded 35 hits, while running a K/BB ratio of 5.3 (37 K/7 BB). With Logan Verrett working his way back from a right shoulder issue, Pill could well be the first Savannah starter promoted to advanced-A St. Lucie.

After two games out of the lineup, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez returned in an 0-for-3 effort. The 20-year old is hitting .187/.259/.333 in 31 games. In fact, the bottom four hitters in the Gnats lineup all were hitting under .200 at the conclusion of the game.

At the top of the order, 2B TJ Rivera (.362/.457/.543 – 33 G) continues to rake. The 23-year old was 2-for-3 with a homer, his fifth. However, he has also wrested the team’s error lead away from Rodriguez by a count of eight to seven.

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