Cyclones Weekend: Brandon Nimmo’s Grand Slam; Luis Mateo’s Dominance and Walks.

Friday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 5, Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL) 2 
Saturday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 6, Aberdeen Ironbirds 2
Sunday: Brooklyn Cyclones 3, @ Hudston Valley Renegades (TB) 0 

Remember, in the past, the one constant every year in the Mets system was that Brooklyn must win.


Nimmo’s Slam
CF Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-4 with a grand slam Saturday, his first slam as a professional, and his first two-hit game of the year. The 19-year old was 0-for-4 on Sunday. In 13 games, the team’s first round pick in 2011 is hitting .182/.379/.295 with 13 walks, 11 strikeouts and three extra-base hits. Both MCU Park, Nimmo’s home this year, and Savannah’s Historic Grayson Stadium, his likely home next year, are very, very hostile to left-handed power hitters, so Nimmo’s numbers are unlikely to look great. Ask Ike Davis who hit .256/.326/.326 in 58 games as a Cyclone in 2008 with zero home runs as a 21-year old. Approach and physical skills, that is, how a guy produces his numbers is much more important than pure results in the New York-Penn League for Nimmo, and really all players.

Nimmo shot in the dugout following the grand slam courtesy John Vittas. 


Luis Mateo Would Like to Go to Savannah Now
Sunday: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K.
Pick your favorite thing from his three start line: 0.51 ERA, 17.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 HPB, 2 BB, 22 K.

He showed a plus fastball on the second night of the New York Penn League season, with plenty of slider to handle South Atlantic League hitters. If Logan Verrett were to earn a ticket to St. Lucie with a few good starts for the Gnats, Mateo could easily slide right into that spot in the Gnats’ rotation.


The More Walks than Strikeouts Club

In addition to Brandon Nimmo, this normally exclusive locale, counts five other Cyclones as members.
Philip Evans: .264/.381/.491 – 9 BB, 6 K – 14 games
Kevin Plawecki: .156/.289/.250 – 4 BB, 2 K – 9 games
Stefan Sabol: .316/.447/.395 – 7 BB, 5 K – 11 games
Cole Frenzel: .415/.500/.585 – 6 BB, 1 K – 12 games
Jonathan Clark: .188/.417/.188 – 7 BB, 4 K – 8 games

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