Oh, Domingo Tapia: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. That’s now 39 walks in 73 innings, a walk rate of 12.4%.
Kevin Plawecki (.365/.427/.486 – 21 gms; A+) caught game one and played first in game two.
The Greenville Drive scored in the top of the ninth off Jake Kuebler to win game one. I wasn’t on air (waiting for Hannity to finish on the terrestrial station), so I sat behind home plate for the first few innings of the resumption, six through eight. Kuebler was throwing 91-92 and touching 93. He was using his changeup (at 83) as his primary offspeed weapon. A converted infielder, he’s a big guy with an average arm and not much breaking ball at age 23. It’s sort of generic. Not generic? Francellis Montas who finished the game for the Drive. He has an electric arm. He was 94-98 mph with his fastball with a slider at 85-87. His line: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. Listed at 6’2″, he has a sturdy frame and a big arm. Color me impressed.
Game two was odd. The Gnats were no-hit through five innings, and then took the lead with a three-run sixth before adding runs in the seventh and eighth.
The story for me however was Luis Cessa: 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. All three runs he allowed came in the third inning that began with a bouncing ball over 1B Cole Frenzel’s shoulder for a hit and a bloop just beyond Philip Evans’ reach at short stop. Cessa (pictured) then got himself in trouble by fielding a bunt and throwing late, and wildly down the first base line for an error to allow an extra baserunner and a run to score. On another night, there are two outs and nobody on in the inning, and no runs score. Cessa was sitting 92-93 and held his velocity all the way into the seventh. He has feel for both a slider and a changeup. The fact that he’s the third-best prospect in the Gnats’ starting rotation right now, behind Steven Matz (who is LHP, and sitting 92-94) and Gabriel Ynoa (who is 20, and has a little more velocity than Cessa), speaks more to the other two’s strengths than anything else. The 21-year-old Cessa’s last eight starts: 53.2 innings, a 1.68 ERA and 54 strikeouts against eight walks and just one home run allowed while allowing a .232/.262/.288 opponents’ batting line.
CF Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his return from the Futures Game. The first three AB were against a LHP. He hit one ball sharply, to near 2B, that Drive 2B kicked for an error.