22-year-old Jared King (pictured), the Mets’ 5th round pick out of Kansas State this year popped his first professional homerun as part of a 3-for-6 game that took him to .261/.364/.348 overall in 53 games.
LJ Mazzilli, who will be 23 on September 6, popped his third of the year for Brooklyn in a 2-4 evening with a couple of walks to push his season line to .297/.347/.403. I would not be surprised in the slightest if the Mets followed the Danny Muno plan with Mazzilli and skipped him over Savannah straight to St. Lucie next year for his age 23 season.
Akeel Morris, who has been untouchable as a reliever was more wobbly as a starter: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. Amazin’ Avenue’s Jeff Paternostro had him 90-94 with a high 70s curveball that had “decent tilt, but can get sweepy.”
A string of relievers followed Morris, including this year’s 13th round pick, Kevin McGowan, who 92-94 with a slider at 83, according to Jeff. McGowan has not been particularly effective: 4.91 ERA, 24/7 K/BB ratio in 25.2 innings, but the velocity is interesting enough.
Probably the less said about this game, in which Kingsport was outhit 13-1 the better.