Short Season Weekend: Francisco Pena Returns, Erik Goeddel’s Debut

SSA: Friday: @ Williamsport Crosscutters 9, Brooklyn Cyclones 4
Saturday: Brooklyn Cyclones 4, @ Williamsport Crosscutters 2
Sunday: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Williamsport Crosscutters 1 (14 innings)

A 2-for-12 weekend with a triple and a walk brought Cory Vaughn down to .308/.399/.556.  He’s still third in the NYP in slugging and OPS.
Darrell Ceciliani (.364/.416/.535) was 1-7 on Sunday, but had multi-hit games in the other two.  He leads the NYP in average and total bases and is fourth in stolen bases (18), but has also been caught 10 times.
3B J.B. Brown sat Friday, but was 7-13 with a double on Saturday.  At 21, with a slash line of .309/.335/.434 and seven walks against 22 strikeouts in 42 games, he’s shown contact ability but not secondary skills – power and patience – that have fans rightfully excited about someone like Vaughn.
Saturday, Yohan Almonte (7-3, 1.73) tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and three walks.  Before you get all crazy about the sub-2.00 ERA, realize that he has 49 strikeouts in 72.2 innings pitched.
And if we learned anything in 14 innings on Sunday, it’s that the red-hot Cyclones don’t want to take the two days off Monday and Tuesday for the NYP League All-Star Break.
Well, that and Nelson Pereira, (0-0, 3.86) in his first start of the year threw nearly perfect innings with six strikeouts.  He did hit a batter.  He’s a 5’11, 180 pounder from El Salvado with 28 strikeouts and seven walks in 23.1 innings this year.

R – Kingsport
Friday: @ Elizabethton Twins 8, Kingsport Mets 0
Saturday: @ Elizabethton Twins 5, Kingsport Mets 2
Sunday: Bristol White Sox 5, @ Kingsport Mets 4

Friday, after the start of his life last week, Michael Hebert gave up five runs, four earned, on eight his in 4.2 innings runs.  He walked three and fanned five.
Saturday, 2B Ray Van Gurp (.263/.344/.380 – age 21) hit his first home run of the year in a 3-4 night.
Sunday, the Sox scored four times in the top of the ninth to hand the K-Mets their sixth loss in a row.  At least Aderlin Rodriguez (.299/.339/.559) was 3-4 with a double.  Nearly half (29 of 61) of his hits have gone for extra-bases.

No Javier Rodriguez.  Last weekend he had a wrist issue.

Saturday: @ GCL Mets 8, GCL Astros 5
Sunday: @ GCL Mets 4, GCL Marlins 3
Francisco Pena DHed Saturday and was 2-5.  He did the same Sunday and was 0-2 with a walk.  It’ll be interesting to see when he catches his first game – that’ll give us some more information on his timetable.  Remember, he broke his foot in spring training.
Erik Goeddel, the Mets 24th round pick, who the team went significantly overslot to sign, made his debut Saturday.  In one inning of work, he gave up a hit an a strikeout.  One of the reasons that the signing deadline should be moved up to July 15th instead of August 15th in the next CBA is that the July date would give nearly all draft picks an opportunity to play.

There are 6 comments

  1. richv


    I watched all three (3) Cyclone games in Williamsport this past weekend and Cory Vaughn was quite impressive as you state. J.B. Browns lack of defense and speed is going to hold hime back, but his bat looks quick and does hit line drives.

    Juan Nieves was horribly disappointing with the bat. At best he is a slap hitting oppo guy and there is way too much mustard on that hot dog for me. He thinks he’s Jose Reyes already.

    The other huge disappointment is Blake Forsythe. The Mets were taken in the 3rd round. Slow bat with major swing and miss tendencies plus an attitude he carries on the field defensively when his offense sputters.


  2. theperfectgame

    “Saturday, Yohan Almonte (7-3, 1.73) tossed seven shutout innings, giving up just two hits and three walks. Before you get all crazy about the sub-2.00 ERA, realize that he has 49 strikeouts in 72.2 innings pitched.”

    Fair enough, but he’s also surrendered just 14 walks, 55 hits, and 1 home run in those 72.2 innings with a good ground ball rate while healthily on the younger side of the league. This after success in both the GCL and Appy League last year as a teenager. There’s going crazy, and then there’s being interested enough to inquire further about his raw stuff, his makeup, etc. He looks really skinny and is listed at 6’1″ and just 150 lb, so it seems like there’s a fair bit of room to fill out there.

    Or are there other, non-stat reasons why he should be ignored (low velo? lousy secondary offerings? has just been getting lucky?)

    1. Bren

      Looks like a real odd year in the NY-Penn League. Just to throw something else out there for Almonte’s K total (I’d really like to know about his stuff too though!), Angel Cuan is leading the league with 55 K in 65.2 IP. Sounds real low to me, and Almonte is seventh…

      Apparently it’s either just a great year for the bats, a bad one for the big arms, or some of both…

    1. theperfectgame

      I’ve been wondering the same thing. But perhaps it’s because, while he’s obviously very fast, he just hasn’t developed the basestealing skill yet. I mean, he’s coming from high school and junior college, where his speed alone was probably more than enough to get by on. Now he’ll have to learn the finer points of the skill, such as reading pitchers and situations to get a better jump. Just a thought.

      1. josesthyroid

        You make a very good point. Stolen bases are rarely predicated on how fast you are. I know that sounds strange and probably is confusing to hear, but it’s the truth. Guys like Rickey Henderson were fast, yes, but there are faster guys out there that can’t steal bases as well as he did. He was the best at reading pitchers, taking leads and getting jumps. Being fast certainly helps stealing bases, but learning “HOW” to steal bases, especially as you move up the levels becomes more important.

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