Short-Season Thursday: Corey Oswalt’s 2013 Debut

SSA: @ Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL) 7, Brooklyn Cyclones 5 

Cecchini and SeligWe’ve seen this story before. The Cyclones built a 5-1 lead after three innings but could not hold it thanks to a five-run Aberdeen fifth inning.

SS Gavin Cecchini was 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI and his third error of the year. He’s hit .250/.295/.300 in his first 10 games as a Cyclone with two doubles, three walks and eight strikeouts. That seems like a reasonable first week and a half for the 19-year-old. Remove his season-opening 0-for-7 and he’s hitting .303 (10-for-33) and now we’re into Small Sample Size Silliness.

1B Matt Oberste, this year’s 7th round pick out of Oklahoma was 2-for-4 with a double, his second in 10 games. He’s hit .194/.256/.333 in his first 10 games as a professional as a 21-year-old.

Starter LHP Carlos Valdez allowed four runs on six hits in 4.1 innings with two walks and four whiffs. He’s 22 in the GCL. Unless someone tells me otherwise, I doubt he’s worth focusing on.

On the other hand, Akeel Morris came out of the bulllpen and was really good again: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 eR, 0 BB, 4 K. Just 20, he’s fanned 13 of the 25 batters he’s faced for a Leathersichian 52% strikeout rate. Just as importantly for a really, really raw pitcher, he’s walked two for a mundane 8% walk rate. He was low 90s last year, so I’m curious to see what he’s doing this year.

 

R (App): @ Greenville Astros 8, Kingsport Mets 0 

The K-Mets had two hits. That’s usually not enough to win.

Corey Oswalt made his 2013 debut out of the K-Mets’ bullpen. The right-hander from San Diego lasted four innings, yielding a run on one hit, no walks and three strikeouts. He’s 19, and listed at 6’4″ and 200 pounds. I had Oswalt ranked #34 among Mets’ prospects pre-season. At the time I wrote:

Why Ranked Here: Money and projection. The Mets drafted Corey Oswalt in the seventh round and paid him like a late-second/early third round pick. That’s enough more or less to slide into the rankings here. He’s tall and projectable with an average-ish fastball.

 

R (GCL): GCL Nationals at GCL Mets

After being rained out yesterday the GCL Mets are in action this afternoon in a contest that includes Hansel Robles and Ruben Tejada.

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