Brooklyn Notes: Brandon Nimmo is Leading the NYP in Walks; Philip Evans is Hitting and Luis Mateo is Dominating

Monday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Hudson Valley Renegades (TB) 0 

Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-4 Monday, but reached on a hit-by-pitch, his first of the year. In his eight games as a Cyclone, he’s hitting .185/.421/.259 (5-for-27) with 10 walks and seven strikeouts. Nimmo is the only NYP League player with double-digit walks. Early in the year, manager Rich Donnelly raised the wanted Nimmo to attack more. Be that as it may, 10 walks against seven strikeouts is a fine week’s worth of work.

Monday, SS Philip Evans (pictured) was 2-for-4 with a triple, his first. The 19-year old has had about as good a first week in Brooklyn as anyone could reasonably expect. He’s 9-for-22 with a double, two homers, and seven walks against four strikeouts for a .310/.459/.586 line. The NYP League as a whole is hitting .248/.327/.344. The Mets went overslot to sign Evans, last year’s 15th round pick, for $650,000, the third-highest bonus of the team’s draft class.

RHP Luis Mato was dominant again Monday. In six innings, he allowed just two singles and a walk, while striking out seven. There’s something in his arm for sure. I saw him in the low-to-mid 90s in his first start of the year with a slider that he used a lot.  In two starts in the NYP, he’s given up four hits and one run, walked two and fanned 16 in 11.2 innings. He’s 22 and has showed stuff that would play in the South Atlantic League surely. Mateo pitched in the DSL last year, and most guys make a stop in the GCL before moving from the Dominican to the SAL. There’s no rush on Mateo, but if he keeps dominating, there’s also no reason not to give him a look against slightly more advanced SAL hitters.

RHP Tyler Vanderheiden worked a scoreless inning with a couple of strikeouts Monday. The Mets’ 19th round pick this year out of Samford, Vanderheiden works out of a sidearm slot that righties just do not see. He’s going to put up bonkers numbers in the low minors. So far, he’s fanned five and allowed just one hit in his four innings of work.

2012 supplemental first round pick Kevin Plawecki is off to a slow start, going 3-for-18 with a homer in his five games.


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