– Have a day Travis Taijeron. The LF/RF combined to go 3-for-5 with three homers, and two walks.
The 24-year-old is raking at .455/.474/.939 (!) with four homers in his last 10 games to push his season line to .303/.398/.562 in 52 games. Taijeron (pictured) had a fairly miserable April (.228/.347/.380 with 1 homer) but turned it on in May and is off to a loud start in June. He’s also second in the FSL with 20 doubles. He’s not going anywhere for a little while. The room ahead of him – the AA outfield – is full with Cesar Puello, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani and Alonzo Harris sharing playing time and rotating through the DH spots. Both Vaughn and Puello are younger than Taijeron so he will need either a promotion or an injury to open a hole ahead of him. Taijeron, in his first exposure to the FSL last year, hit only .203/.304/.373 in the second half with 52 strikeouts in 48 games. He used to use an arm-bar to begin his swing which helped his power, but made him susceptible to fastballs in.
– Aderlin Rodriguez, who had two hits and a walk, his seventh of the year, in game one, played both ends of the double-dip at first. The 21-year-old hit hitting .264/.292/.458. Rodriguez has one more home run than Taijeron, six fewer doubles, and four more singles, but has walked 16 times fewer giving Taijeron a healthy advantage in all three slash categories.
– RHP Matt Bowman, who was off to a fast start in the FSL put together a more pedestrian effort Sunday: 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 2 HR.
– RHP Luis Mateo made his second rehab appearance with St. Lucie, and it did not go well. Mateo threw on Thursday, so he was appearing on two days’ rest. The line was ugly: 1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 K. With extended spring training shut down this week, it makes sense to get Mateo into games as part of his rehab. The surprise to me is that he’s not doing so on a starter’s schedule and working every five days with a bullpen and a side in between.
Gabriel Ynoa is getting the hang of this South Atlantic League thing becoming the first pitcher in the League to throw a nine-inning complete game this year: 9 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. Since giving up six homers in a two-start span in early May, Ynoa has learned to keep the ball down and been excellent: 29.1 IP, 19 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 HR, 3 BB, 23 K. That a 1.23 ERA and a 7.7 K/BB ratio for those of you playing along at home. Ynoa just turned 20, and sits 91-92 with a developing slider. At a lean 6’2″, he is certainly a name and arm to watch.
CF Brandon Nimmo (.304/.396/.409 – 29 games) was 2-for-5 with a double, his second game in a row with a two-bagger. The strikeouts were numbers 32 and 33 in 29 games and push his strikeout rate to 25% so far this year. It’s an issue. On the other hand, he’s walking at a 10% clip, which is very nice.