AA: On All-Star Day, Cesar Puello Has Two Hits

AA: Richmond Flying Squirrels 9, @ B-Mets 3

Cesar Puello AFL HeadThe Double-A Binghamton Mets were the only affiliate to complete a game on All-Star Tuesday and they lost LHP Angel Cuan’s AA debut. Cuan was ok: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. If he’s flown under your radar, well, that’s no surprise and even as it should be. At 24, he’s a little soft-tossing lefty (listed at 5’11”, but probably smaller) with a breaking ball and a changeup. He pitches with smarts and guts, but there’s just not enough stuff to see him in the big leagues.

Cesar Puello (.331/.395/.560 – 75 games), who was 2-for-4 with an double and an RBI, was the only B-Met with two hits. His power production has dropped in July. After 15 extra-base hits in 18 games in June, he has just one in 12 games in July as part of a .313/.365/.333 line. After a three-walk June, he’s equaled that mark in two thirds as many games in July. Progress on plate discipline, or small sample size nonsense?

An 0-for-4 dropped LF Travis Taijeron to .250/.320/.528 overall. After hitting four home runs in his first seven games in AA, Taijeron has four in his next 22 as part of a .205/.289/.385 line with 28 strikeouts in 90 PA over 22 games.

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