Upper Levels Monday: Cesar Puello Doubles Twice

AAA: Las Vegas @ Iowa – ppd by rain
Rafael Montero’s AAA debut will have to wait until Tuesday afternoon.

 

AA: Binghamton Mets 6, @ New Britain Rock Cats 3 

RF Cesar Puello: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI. One of the doubles went off the right-field wall. The 22-year old Puello is now hitting .320/.385/.533 in 34 games. He’s in the midst of a monstrous May in which he has hit .347/.405/.611 with nine extra-base hits, three walks and just 11 strikeouts in 19 games. This is the encouraging part. However, even in that binge, he’s walked in under 4% of his plate appearances while his on-base percentage has been supported by four hit-by-pitches in the month.

At Baseball America, Ben Badler wrote about Puello:

Early in his career, Puello struggled with his hitting approach and to generate loft in his swing to be able to tap into his raw power. This year he’s shown a more selective hitting approach and his swing plane has continued to evolve to help him drive the ball out of the park… This might just be the breakout the Mets have been waiting for.

Puello’s walk rate has climbed from 2.8% last year in St. Lucie to 6.2% overall so far this year. Celebrate that progress, but recognize that he still must become more patient. 

 

Logan Verrett (6-1, 3.28): 6 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 1 HR. That’s a funny-looking line. According to Amazin’ Avenue’s Jeff Paternostro, who was at the game, he was throwing his slider and his changeup a lot and the off-speed stuff looked good. At 90 mph, as Jeff pointed out, Verrett has almost zero margin for error for a miss: he’s now given up one homerun in eight of his last nine starts. 

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