A-Ball Monday: Cesar Puello’s Return; The Gnats Split

A+: St. Lucie Mets 5, @ Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 2 

CF Cesar Puello returned from the disabled list where he landed with a broken hammate bone for his first action since May 24. He was 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Given the nature of hand and wrist injuries which tend to sap a player’s power even after he has returned to action, Puello’s second half will be a little more difficult to evaluate statistically. Instead, focus on the plate discipline numbers. After 34 games, he has a 33/3 K/BB ratio. That simply must improve.

DH Alonzo Harris, who has played nearly everyday while Puello and Darrell Ceciliani have dealt with their maladies this year, and figures to sacrifice some laying time with Puello’s return, was 4-fo5-5 with a double.  The 23-year old Harris is hitting .278/.348/.423 and is 16-for-21 stealing bases.

Tyler Pill (1-1, 2.51) had one of his better advanced-A outings: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K.

 

A: Savannah Sand Gnats 6, @ Augusta GreenJackets (SF) 3 (7 innings)
@ Augusta GreenJackets 5, Savannah Sand Gnats 4 (8 innings) 

Mets’ second round pick Matt Reynolds had a busy day, both good and bad. He lifted a two-run home run in the Gnats’ win in game  one, and he kicked a ball with two outs that Billy Blyler in the Augusta Chronicle described as “routine” in the bottom of the seventh that allowed the Jackets to tie up the nightcap before winning the game in extras. I’m heading back to Savannah, so I’ll get my first look at Reynolds starting Wednesday.

Reynolds’ error and a bullpen meltdown ruined a prospect-friendly game two dominated by Domingo Tapia. His line: 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 10/2 groundball outs/flyouts. Both hits he allowed were singles and one was an infield grounder. Something tells me he had his sinker working. This was Tapia’s second start since his four week rest period at the end of the first half, so I strongly suspect his pitch count was a little more restrictive than it was back in May or will be in a few weeks once he’s fully stretched out again.

At the plate, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a homer in game two and a knock in game one. His 13 jacks are tied for third in the SAL while playing his home games in one of the most hostile parks for power in minor league baseball. In fact, he’s at .211/.289/.406 in 35 games at home and crushing at .313/.367/.531 in 40 games on the road. Overall, as a 20-year old, he’s up to .267/.332/.476 with 33 extra-base hits, 27 walks and 65 strikeouts in 75 games.

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