In his first at-bat at advanced-A, C Kevin Plawecki announced his arrival in nearly the best way possible: a three-run homerun. He finished 2-for-5 with 4 RBI. After the game, Plawecki told MiLB.com, “I’m glad to get my first one out of the way,” Plawecki said. “I was pretty nervous, just anxious, trying to get a pitch I could drive. It just happened to go out.
Batting in front of Plawecki in the #5 hole, 1B Jayce Boyd was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Not suprisingly, Plawecki likes having Boyd, who is always on base batting before of him, “Jayce and I have been batting back-to-back all season, so it was nice to have him tonight,” Plawecki said. “It’s nice to have him in front of me.”
Rehabbing CF Matt den Dekker was 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored from the leadoff spot.
The dangers of pitching prospects part 8,510,926: Domingo Tapia, staked to a five-run lead, gave it all back in a five-run third inning. His line: 5.1 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. I think his sinker which is regularly 96 mph, and can touch 98 is worth more than a 4.08 ERA in the FSL, but he has walked 12% of the batters he has faced (12 of 224).
Cam Maron, working as the DH, was ejected in the sixth inning. He has good reason to be grumpy after hitting .228/.333/.302 in his first 53 games, he is about to lose almost all of his playing time to Plawecki.
No Aderlin Rodriguez who was placed on the disabled list with a strained right thumb sustained a week ago on a tag play. It sounds like he’s still at least a few days out, as he is not taking batting practice yet.
Logan Taylor is big (6’5″, 205+) and he throws hard and that is plenty in the South Atlantic League. His line: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. He’s allowed one run in 12 innings over his last two starts to drop his ERA to 2.83 ERA for the year. Taylor lasted four innings in two of his first three outings this year, so he has improved markedly. Like many Sand Gnats in the last two years, he has developed, and fairly quickly, under Frank Viola.
LF Stefan Sabol powered the Gnats’ offense, going 2-for-5 with a triple, two RBI and three strikeouts. Sabol is strong and has shown some range out in left field, but he is hitting just .219/.311/.362 with 65 whiffs in 59 games as a 21-year-old in the SAL.
Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-5 with two strikeouts, his 49th and 50th of the year in his 43rd game. Why is Nimmo still in Savannah and not St. Lucie with Boyd and Plawecki? Because the 20-year-old belongs in the SAL. He missed a month of time dealing with his hand bruise. Overall, he has struck out in 25% of his SAL plate appearances and is at 28% since his return to the lineup on May 28. Recently pitchers have been giving him fits working him inside. He knows it, and is working on getting to the pitch.