Thursday in A-Ball: Robert Gsellman Dazzles GreenJackets; Aderlin Goes Big Fly; Mejia Rehabs

A+: St. Lucie Mets 8, @ Dunedin Blue Jays 5 

Rodriguez Aderlin St. Lucie HeadTwo things and only two things matter from this box score: Jenrry Mejia’s rehab and another Aderlin Rodriguez homer.

Mejia: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. It was his second official rehab appearance. He should be headed back to the Las Vegas rotation soon.

Rodriguez (pictured) was 2-for-5 with a homer, his ninth of the year. The 21-year old is now hitting .329/.364/.634 with 13 extra-base hits, four walks and 12 strikeouts in 20 games in May. I give you permission to get excited about the bat.

 

A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 3, Augusta GreenJackets (SF) 1 

Robert Gsellman, who will not turn 20 until July gave up a run in the first and then nothing else. The 13th round pick retired 17 of 18 batters, interupted only by a walk. At one point, he set down 11 batters in a row without the ball so much as leaving the infield and yet he did not strike out a single one of the hitters. It was an unusual looking dominant performance: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K.

He did it by throwing his fastball for strikes and messing with batters’ timing with his changeup. He threw 42 of his 62 fastballs for strikes and much more remarkably 19 of his 25 (76% – !) changeups for strikes. He only threw four curveballs, two for strikes. He was basically a two-pitch guy – fastball and changeup. His fastball was 89-92 on Thursday. He has size (6’4″), poise, and feel for his fastball and changeup. All the same, his fastball is no better than average now, and his breaking ball is rudimentary.

It is certainly an uncommon profile when you mix his age and repertoire together. I want to see something else (more fastball velo, or more likely a more consistent breaking ball) before anointing him a big-time prospect, but he certainly has my full attention.

C Kevin Plawecki (.361/.441/.595 – 43 games) was 1-for-4 with a double to left-center, his 20th double of the year, to extend his consecutive games on-base streak to 33 straight games.

DH Jayce Boyd (.342/.431/.491 – 42 games) was 2-for-4 with a two-run double down the right field line and a clean single into right field. Boyd now has not played the field in 10 days, since May 13th while nursing a sore arm.

Boyd’s double sounded like this:

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