Something common: Cesar Puello (.338/.407/.616 – 58 games) hit. The 22-year-old was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Something uncommon: he played centerfield for the second straight night and the third time this year. In part, Puello has played center because the B-Mets’ other two options Alonzo Harris (concussion) and Darrell Ceciliani (unclear) missed the last two games. Puello has mostly played right in his minor league career, but played center about a third of the time in 2012 in advanced-A St. Lucie. Obviously, his value goes up if he can handle centerfield, even in a fill-in role.
What is Puello doing in AA? My theory is that 1. the Mets are allowing him to consolidate his skill gains and 2. allowing him to participate in the Double-A All Star Game. The All-Star Game is July 10. Puello deserves to start in the game. In the last few years, the Mets have rewarded their players who earn All-Star Game recognition, and then, when circumstances allow, promoted them after the game. I suspect that this will be the case with Puello.
RHP Erik Goeddel (7-2, 3.72) was really good: 7 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. His four starts in June have been excellent: 1.08 ERA in 28.2 IP, 20 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 25 K. A few more starts, and it’s probably time for a trip to Sin City.
Rehabbing Pedro Feliciano: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, o ER, 0 BB, 0 K. He’s allowed just one hit in 4.1 innings in AA in four appearances in the last 10 days.