Age matters. It really matters. I cannot repeat this point enough.
19-year old Luis Cessa (pictured) held the ‘Cats to one run on six hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three. Why do you care? Cessa is young and has nice size for a pitcher at 6’3″. The 20-year old is the second-youngest member of the Cyclones’ rotation behind only Gabriel Ynoa. That alone should make you care. The fact that Cessa that a MLB average or better fastball, sitting 91-92 and mixing in 93 and 94 makes him awfully interesting. He has a four-pitch mix, and while none of the secondary pitches are average yet, they could all get there. Cessa has had a nice if not dominant year for the Cyclones (2.50 ERA, 57.2 IP, 12 BB, 38 K).
Cessa has a pretty good chance to land in the back half of the top 41.
In game one, Chris Flexen had his best outing as a professional: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K. I really like Flexen, who received the sixth-highest bonus of the Mets’ 2012 draft class. His arm is legit. I saw him with plus heat (92-94) with a chance for a plus slider (which he called a cutter). He’s 6’3″ and 18 years old. He too will surely be in the off-season Top 41.
In game one, DH Gavin Cecchini was 2-for-4. He walked and struck out in an 0-for-2 in game two. The 18-year old is hitting .252/.326/.344 with 18 walks against 39 whiffs in 47 games in the Appalachian League at an age where most of his peers are in the GCL. He missed 11 days with a broken finger and has DHed exclusively since his return.