Easily the most important thing to happen in the Mets system on Wednesday, and that includes the big league team’s loss was catcher of the future (and we mean near-future, like September) Travis d’Arnaud’s return to game action in game one of a Gulf Coast League doubleheader. d’Arnaud, rehabbing a broken foot, was 1-for-3 and played five innings defensively.
Out in leftfield in the same game, Lucas Duda was 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. Both guys will have a few more GCL games to get back to playing nine innings. Then their schedules will diverge as the Mets will go slower with d’Arnaud, who is headed back to Vegas for a little bit before a trip to New York. The fact that Duda played left certainly suggests that the Ike Satin/Josh Davis platoon has first has more time to prove itself – perhaps, if not likely through the end of the 2013 season.
1B Dom Smith was 1-for-2 in the first game to extend his hitting streak to a career-best eight games. He’s up to .357/.474/.571 in his last 10 games and .256/.365/.410 in 24 games in the GCL as an 18-year-old.
Third round pick Casey Meisner had his best outing as a professional in game two: 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. At 6’7″, there is literally a lot to work with.
SSA (NYP): Brooklyn Cyclones 3, @ Lowell Spinners 2
RHP Dario Alvarez punched out 12 in six shutout innings, the most whiffs for a Cyclones’ pitcher since Collin McHugh in 2009. His line: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 12 K. Alvarez, at 24 years old is way old for the New York Penn League. His stuff sounds, well average, per a tweet from Al Skorupa who writes at Fangraphs and Bullpen Banter, “Brooklyn pitcher Dario Alvarez pretty tough at 91-92. Plus two plane slider at 80. Split change 84. Old for level but move fast stuff.” I’m skeptical that the slider was truly plus. Remember, anything that looks even averagish, will stand out and look plus in the NYP and 80 mph is average MLB velo for the offering.
2B L.J. Mazzili had a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and the game-winning RBI in the ninth. The 22-year-old, who will be 23 in September, is hitting .307/.357/.357 in 35 games for Brooklyn.
C Tomas Nido, who got off to a slow start is starting to get going for Brooklyn. After going 2-for-3 with a double, walk and an RBI in the eighth inning that tied the game, he’s 7-for-24 (.292) in his last seven games with two walks and three strikeouts. He’s a young 19 with an April ’94 birthday, and an interesting project behind the plate for the Mets.
Jeyckol De Leon, a day past his 23rd birthday drove home the game-winner with a single in the bottom of the ninth for the K-Mets.
CF Champ Stuart at the top of the lineup: 1-for-2, 2B, 3 BB. He’s drawn 22 walks and fanned 22 times in 20 games as part of a .277/.478/.431 line. For a guy who was supposed to be really raw, that’s impressive discipline.