The aspiring Savannah Sand Gnats, the A-ballers dropped an 11-1 decision to the Marlins in Jupiter. The Marlins ran hard-throwing 19-year old Jose Fernandez, one of their top prospects out on the hill.
RHP Logan Verrett started for the Mets, yielding two runs over five innings. Thanks to this wonderful game report from Carson Cistulli at Fangraphs, Verrett was throwing a fastball at 88-92 mpg, a slider at 82-84 mph and a changeup. Carson has some interesting observations about the way Verrett changed the look on his slider – he liked the one that had mostly vertical break. I suspect however, that what he called the slider with gloveside run was actually a changeup.
Tyler Pill, who was scheduled for 5 IP, went 4.1 and allowed seven runs before hitting his pitch count. Pill was the Mets’ 4th round pick last year while Verrett was the third-rounder.
It was not a great day for the bats who collectively struck out 14 times against Fernandez and friends.
DH Eddie Rohan, last year’s 50th round pick, was 2-2, with a double as the DH. Rojan, who will be 22 on Opening Day, is fighting to break camp as the Sand Gnats’ third catcher.
In Tuesday’s intra-squad game, group 3 (advanced-A) beat group 4 (A) 3-1 behind a good outing from Domingo Tapia.