Wednesday in AA: Cesar Puello Returns. And Keeps Hitting

AA: @ Richmond Flying Squirrels 3, Binghamton Mets  2 (8 innings)
Binghamton Mets 8, Richmond Flying Squirrels 1 (7 innings)

Cesar Puello AFL HeadThere were games. And the B-Mets split ‘em, losing in walkoff fashion in game one before rallying in game two. However, the most important thing: RF Cesar Puello’s return to the B-Mets’ lineup. Puello missed seven days after hurting his finger on a stolen base attempt in Trenton on June 11. In the two games on the day of his return he combined to go 4-for-7 with two doubles, four runs scored, two RBI, a strikeout and of course, a HBP (his 11th this year). In 55 games in AA at age 22, Puello is raking at .338/.410/.613. He’s third in the Eastern League in batting average, second in slugging percentage, tied for second in homers and third in stolen bases. According to Baseball Reference, Puello has had only four plate appearances against pitchers who are younger than he is.

Other things:
RHP Erik Goeddel (6-2, 4.09) had a nice start in game one: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 BB, 6 K. Goeddel’s last three starts has been his best trio of the season: 18 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 18 K – 1.50 ERA. His walk rate by month: April – 9.3%; May – 10.8%; June – 5.6%. If his improvement in command is real, he becomes more likely to stick at the big league level.
LHP Darin Gorski (1-0, 2.00 – 2 starts) made his second start since returning from the AA DL in game two. He was fine: 5 iP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K.

LHP Pedro Feliciano made his second appearance in AA in game one, and gave the B-Mets 1.1 scoreless innings.

1B Allan Dykstra homered in both ends of the double-dip to lift his season line to .322/.471/.617 in 58 games. Now 26-years-old, he’s leading the Eastern League in both on-base and slugging percentage. Last year, Dykstra homered seven times in 62 games in AA on his way to a .157 isolated slugging percentage. He owns a .295 isolated slugging percentage and 12 homers in 2013. His improvement is impressive on its own merits even if I do not think it portends a big MLB future. Oddly, Dykstra is now blocked from AAA by, yes, Ike Davis.

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