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A+: Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 5, @ St. Lucie Mets 2?

Marcos Camarena slid into the St. Lucie starting rotation, in place of recently promoted Jacob deGrom and struggled: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 0 K, 1 HR. Camarena actually spent most of the second half of 2012 in the rotation for Savannah after guys like deGrom, Logan Verrett, Tyler Pill and Rafael Montero had been promoted. Now, he's marking time until LHP Alex Panteliodis is ready, or RHP Michael Fulmer is ready to return from his meniscus surgery.

21-year-old 3B Aderlin Rodriguez homered for the second straight night, his second of the year. He's now hitting .167/.176/.333 with more homers (2) and doubles (2) than walks (0) in 12 games. I really, really like Rodriguez's power, but that's pretty self-explanatory, no?

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Albert Cordero, Toby Hyde
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A+: Bradenton Marauders @ St. Lucie Mets - PPD

There will be a DH on Sunday to make up for this game.

Toby will be making a trip down to PSL this weekend. ?He should get a look at Zach Wheeler, Brandon Nimmo, and many others.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Ryan Fraser
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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 3, Asheville Tourists 2

- RF Rafael Fernandez drove home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh after the Tourists had tied the game at 2-2 with two runs off reliever Michael Hebert in the top of the inning. ?Fernandez poked an elevated 3-1 fastball the other way into left-center.

- SS Wilfredo Tovar reached base three times, doubling, walking and getting plunked. ?The little guy is up to .304/.393/.370 in 13 games in August which nearly matches his .319/.376/.385 June. ?The 19-year old's defense will keep him employed for a long time, but if he can get on base 38% of the time he's a big leaguer. ? ?His alert baserunning, tagging from second and going to third, helped produce a first inning run.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Savannah Sand Gnats, Taylor Whitenton, Wilfredo Tovar, Toby Hyde
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Asheville Tourists 5, Savannah Sand Gnats 4

It rained hard in Savannah Sunday afternoon so this game started 42 minutes late while we prepared the field for play. ?In this case, that meant putting down lots and lots of Turface (the absorbent kitty litter) on the warning track to sop up the standing water to make the field playable.

Once the game got going, the Tourists got to Ryan Fraser (7-8, 3.43) for four runs, three earned on three hits in 3.1 innings.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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Greenville Drive (BOS) 7, @ Savannah Sand Gnats 2

The Drive moved a game and a half behind the Gnats in the second half standings in a playoff race that means nothing to the Gnats who already won the first half.

The story here is Albert Cordero, who was 2-4 with a ground double just inside the first base bag to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games. He's hitting .513/.545/.769 with four doubles, two homers, four walks and zero strikeouts over his streak and is up to .363/.399/.507 in the second half. ?He's easily the most improved Gnat. ?It's not close.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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Savannah Sand Gnats @ Charleston RiverDogs (NYY) 3

Erik Goeddel?(pictured)?made a fairly triumphant return from the disabled list, tossing four shutout innings with one walk and one strike out while yielding five hits.? All in all, it was a successful return to the rotation for the 22-year who has been sidelined since May 23 with a right shoulder strain.

His return has pushed RHP Yohan Almonte, who actually earned the win Sunday in relief, and a rotation regular since Opening Day,? back to the bullpen.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Erik Goeddel, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 11, Greensboro Grasshoppers 4

The Gnats bats did their best to make up for a slow night in the system by knocking out a season-high 18 hits. ?C Albert Cordero (.250/.284/.333) led the charge going 5-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, four runs scored and two RBI. ?His hits included a single through the hole between first and second and a bunch of smashes down the third base line. ? The 21-year old's big night took him to .347/.396/.449 in 13 games after the All-Star Break compared to .219/.248/.297 in his first 45 games in the first half. ?That's .... very nice.

 

Tags: Albert Cordero, Toby Hyde
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It's time for part three of my review of my pre-season Top 41 prospect rankings.

Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is here. Each player's name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Brad Holt, Kyle Allen, Matt den Dekker, Robert Carson, Toby Hyde
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Savannah Sand Gnats 5, @ Rome Braves 3

The comebacks continue for the Gnats, who scored three runs in the ninth to beat the Braves. ?The Gnats have won five games in a row in the second half and taken the lead in the fifth-inning or later in every single one.

C Albert Cordero was 2-4. ?He's up to .293/.354/.379 in 16 games in June. ?The changes, to my eyes are mostly one of approach. ?He's just being a little more patient at the plate and that's made all the difference.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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@ St. Lucie Mets 6, Charlotte Stone Crabs 3Cesar Puello was 2-4, but he was also caught stealing and picked off, so he had a rough night on the bases. ? After starting the season 2-for-18 (.111) with four strikeouts in his first four games, Puello is now 5-for-16 (.313) with three strikeouts and a walk in his last four games.? Silly, small sample sizes?? Of course.

Scott Moviel started, and gave up seven hits, two walks and three runs in five innings while striking out just one and throwing a pair of wild pitches.? The bullpen combination of John Church, Darin Gorski and Nick Carr finished with four scoreless frames.

A: Savannah Sand Gnats 6, @ Hickory Crawdads 1 The Gnats snapped a five-game losing streak by getting hits from eight out of nine starters.? C Albert Cordero led the way, going 3-4 with a home run, his first of the year.? They were Cordero's first three hits of the year.? Cordero also threw out two of the three runners who tried to steal a base against him.? I loved Cordero's defense when I saw him briefly in both Kingsport and Savannah last year. I think he'll hit enough too.? He and Blake Forsythe have been catching every other night for the Gnats and neither has DH'ed yet, with the DH spot used to spread AB around to the extra infielders and Alonzo Harris.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Cesar Puello, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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With the big leaguers over in Orlando taking on the Braves, the complex was all about the minor leaguers today. Mets CEO Fred Wilpon was cruising around the complex, being driven on a golf cart. Here are some of my notes from today's workouts:

- Albert Cordero had been battling an illness, but told me he is go to go today...

- Darrell Ceciliani is very talkative and always smiling, but is all business when he has a bat in his hands. He looks to be having a ton of fun. He had an impressive round of BP, spraying line drives to all fields.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Darrell Ceciliani, Francisco Pena, Juan Urbina, Matt Harvey, Robbie Shields, Scott Moviel
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I want to break down Friday night's game, in which the Greenville Drive beat the Savannah Sand Gnats 5-4, to sweep the Divisional Championship Series two game to none, on a much more detailed level than I treat most games and pull up some things you won't find in the box score.

The Gnats' troubles began in the top of the first when the Drive scored twice off RHP Taylor Whitenton (pictured).? The Drive, the most patient team in the league were a tough matchup for Whitenton, whose command was erratic.? Sure enough, Friday night, he walked the leadoff batter.? Whitenton was second in the SAL in the regular season with 68 walks issued.? The Drive are a Red Sox affiliate and led the SAL in walks drawn in the regular season with 485.? (Organizations like the A's and Red Sox both draft patient hitters and preach patience constantly.? For reference, the Gnats were 11th in the 14-team SAL with 377 walks.)? Whitenton then induced a hard-hit ball to shortstop that by all rights should have been a double-play.? However, the ball took a late bad hop over the shoulder of Robbie Shields at short.? I don't think there was anything? Shields should have done differently on the play.? The play was hit hard enough that he didn't really have time to charge it.? Instead of two outs and no one on, Whitenton had to work around first and second with no outs.? He struck out the third batter, 1B Reynaldo Rodriguez (more on him later) for the inning's first out.

Then we move on to another theme for Whitenton, which is related to command: finishing hitters.? The 22-year old went to an 0-2 count against the clean up man, lanky 6'5" Drive 3B Michael Almanzar. He tried to finish him off with a fastball up and in, which Almanzar will often chase.? However, Whitenton ran it too far inside and plunked Almanzar to load the bases with one out.? Then, with the bases full, he got ahead of Sox first-round pick Kolbrin Vitek 1-2, before losing him to a walk to force in the game's first run.? The next batter, speedy Drive CF Reymond Fuentes bounced one up the middle.? Shields fielded the ball behind the second base bag and shoveled it to 2B Luis Nieves, who caught it with his back to home plate, and then spun and fired the ball on one hop to first where 1B Travis Ozga made the pick.? The first-base umpire ruled Fuentes safe.? Ozga jumped up and down in disbelief.? Gnats manager Pedro Lopez argued briefly, but the call stood and the Drive had a 2-0 lead.? I thought Fuentes was out, but on this play, the reactions of Ozga who was at first, and his manager speak for themselves.? That extra run mattered in a game that came down to one run.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Albert Cordero, Cesar Puello, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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