Once again, a few issues by affiliate.
1. Michael Fulmer
The big righty was not good on Sunday: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 5 gb outs/2 fly outs. It was just his third start of the year at age 20 in advanced-A. Watch his walks: he’s issued six in 12.1 innings.
2. Kevin Plawecki’s Approach
When he was promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie, C Kevin Plawecki went 11 games without drawing a walk, at which point he was hitting .318/.318/.477. He’s an aggressive hitter, but I was surprised and a little disappointed he was being so hacker-ish. Since that first walk, he has hit .349/.500/.395 in his last 14 games with eight walks and six strikeouts. He’s sitting at .333/.420/.437 overall. Plawecki has also played five games at first and 18 at catcher. I really don’t think his bat plays at first, but it does behind the plate. Even so, there’s nothing wrong with working him a little at first to keep his bat in the linup and cut down on the wear and tear on his body (he missed a few days with a lower back problem) and give him a little extra versatility. It’s worth pointing out too that this is Plawecki’s first full season, and his longest ever. I thought he was fatigued in Brooklyn in 2012, so I will be curious to see what happens with his power numbers for the duration of this summer.
3. Jayce Boyd – DH
After a homerun on Sunday, and three doubles in his last four games, Jayce Boyd is holding on at .313/.364/.535 in 26 games in the FSL. After a hot start on the circuit, he’s hit .245/.344/.453 in 15 games in July. More importantly, he has not played in the field since June 28th. I did not think his shoulder was right based on his throwing in Savannah.
St. Lucie is just 1.5 games behind the Palm Beach Cardinals, in third place in the FSL South.