A-Ball Thursday: Rehabapalooza in St. Lucie and Domingo Tapia’s No-Hit Bid

A+: St. Lucie Mets 4, @ Brevard County Manatees  (MIL) 3 

SS Ronny Cedeno: 0-for-4, played all nine innings.
RHP Chris Young: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

I find the amount of attention and hope surrounding Young sort of comical. Look, I hope for the Mets’ and Chris Young’s sake that at age 33, he comes back, pitches well and stays healthy. However, the odds are decidedly against that. He made four starts in each of 2010 and 2011. In 2009, he ran a 5.21 ERA over 14 starts while calling Petco home with a 1.25 K/BB ratio (50 K/40 BB). He has not had an ERA+ better than 100 since 2008. I get that the question is not whether he’s good or even league average, but really: is he a better option than Miguel Batista/Jeremy Hefner/Chris Schwinden.

LHP Adam Kolarek gave up his first two runs of the season in his 18th inning of work. He still owns a 28/3 K/BB ratio in 18.1 innings. Kolarek was the subject of Adam Rubin’s profile at ESPNNY this week.

CF Cesar Puello was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, numbers nine and 10. The 21-year old is now up to .297/.343/.436 (good) with a 25/3 K/BB ratio (bad).

RF Cory Vaughn (.252/.336/.523) returned after missing two games with a bruised butt from sliding and was 0-for-4.


A: Savannah Sand Gnats 7, @ Hickory Crawdads (TEX) 2 
Domingo Tapia: 5.2 IP, 0 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP, 1 HBP. All three walks he issued came in the sixth inning, when he admitted after the game that he was “gassed” as he approached 90 pitches.

Gnats’ manager Luis Rojas blamed the team’s rally in the top of the sixth “Before the sixth inning, we thought that he would actually go out in the seventh. He was only at 63 pitches. But we scored three runs in the top of the sixth and he was sat down for a good 30 minutes. When he came out, he didn’t have the same feel.”

Tapia has a K/BB of 4.1 (29 K/7 BB) in 32 innings. And again, is sitting 95-98 mph with his sinker. Tapia is easily the player in my pre-season Top 41, who has increased the stock the most so far in 2012.

CF Travis Taijeron was 2-for-4 with a double to run his season line to .321/.444/.606 in 31 games as a 23-year old.

The Gnats’ five doubles and five errors were both season-highs.

I did not think much of it when 3B Aderlin Rodriguez left Monday’s game in the ninth inning after popping out in the bottom of the eighth. However, he sat in the Gnats’ finale against Lakewood on Tuesday, and did not play Thursday. I am reasonably certain he took batting practice with the team on Tuesday. Hmm.

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