In his first at-bat at advanced-A, C Kevin Plawecki announced his arrival in nearly the best way possible: a three-run homerun. He finished 2-for-5 with 4 RBI. After the game, Plawecki told MiLB.com, "I'm glad to get my first one out of the way," Plawecki said. "I was pretty nervous, just anxious, trying to get a pitch I could drive. It just happened to go out.
Batting in front of Plawecki in the #5 hole, 1B Jayce Boyd was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Not suprisingly, Plawecki likes having Boyd, who is always on base batting before of him, "Jayce and I have been batting back-to-back all season, so it was nice to have him tonight," Plawecki said. "It's nice to have him in front of me."
Plawecki, the Mets' supplemental finished up with SAL lead in doubles as part of a .314/.390/.494 line. He was the best prospect to move Thursday: he has more power than Boyd and plays a more premium position. Plawecki (pictured) was the SAL's best hitter in the first month of the season: from Opening Night on April 4 through May 14, he hit .375/.439/.654?with 27 XBH, 11 BB and 17 K in 36 games. Then he got a little colder: from May 15-June 16, Plawecki hit a much softer .239/.328/.294 in his last 29 games in the SAL with 4 XBH, 12 BB and 15 K. He insisted to me last week that he felt the same at the plate although he acknowledged that pitchers were working him differently recently. I thought, in terms of approach, that at times he got too aggressive in the last few weeks. Physically, he seemed off-balance as well perhaps from lunging or overstriding - I'm honestly not sure. Anyway, he's a fine receiver behind the plate who has pop, does not strike out and is a fine catching prospect. His arm is the weakest part of his game although he threw out 31% of opposing runners (16-for-51) in the SAL.
RHP Gabriel Ynoa rolled through five innings. He allowed just three singles, did not allow a runner to third or a walk and fanned six. The Mets had Ynoa (pictured), who turned 20 at the end of May, on a 80-85 pitch count, and he was lifted after finishing five innings at 76 pitches. I was told there is "no way" he will throw in the SAL All-Star game, to which he was elected, on Tuesday in Lakewood. So, the Mets limited his workload. Why? Does this portend a promotion to St. Lucie in short order, or is the team just starting to manage his workload already? I was told by a scout that Ynoa was 92-95 and sitting 93-94 in his previous start, last Monday, but did not get velo on Sunday's outing. That increase in velocity from a year ago, combined with a slider and changeup will bring him a whole lot more attention by season's end. Ynoa's last six starts: 41.1 IP, 30 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 32 K. That's a 1.52 ERA and a .194 opponents' batting average (30 H/155 AB).
?1B Jayce Boyd finished up a ridiculous series against Greenville by going 2-for-2 with three walks. The 22-year-old has hit safely in his last eight games, but in the four games against the Drive, he reached base safely in 17 of 19 plate appearances as part of a 11-for-13 binge, with a triple, two homers and six walks to boost his season line to 361/.441/.494 in 65 games in the SAL. I would be shocked in Jayce Boyd did not fly directly from the SAL All-Star Game Tuesday to the Florida State League on Wednesday.
The Mets and the South won the FSL All-Star Game. Noah Syndergaard scooped up the win for a scoreless fourth inning in which he allowed a double, but nothing more. TJ Rivera was 0-for-5 at secondbase while LF Dustin Lawley was 3-for-4 with two runs scored while playing leftfield.
Minor league All-Star games are like their big league cousins, a fun exhibition. There's no sense in putting any special weight on the results of the game. Noah Syndergaard is one of the Mets' best young arms in the minors - like Top two once Zack Wheeler makes his MLB debut - but that status does not change based on one scoreless inning in the FSL All-Star Game.
The Mets scored the go-ahead run in the ninth when CF Gilbert Gomez walked and scored on T.J. Rivera's single into right field.
The most notable thing in this box score was ugly as Domingo Tapia walked five. His line: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K. He induced four groundouts, but the bottom line is that he walked five of the 22 batters he faced. That's not good. Tapia has now walked 25 in 47.2 innings thus far and 12 in 15.1 since returning from his burned hand on May 24.
Hey, look, a Jenrry Mejia sighting. Mejia started, but was held two two innings by rain in Florida. His line: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3 groundouts, 0 fb outs. He also committed an error, on a pickoff. This outing was short enough that I suspect he will get another couple of cracks at advanced-A before heading west to Las Vegas. And by the time he gets to Vegas, will he be starting or relieving? My guess - by the time he's back in the big leagues, it will be out of the bullpen.
Tags: Jayce Boyd, Jenry Mejia, Kevin Plawecki, Toby Hyde
LF Dustin Lawley was 2-for-3 with a pair of homers and a walk to sink the Marauders. The 24-year old is now hitting .184/.244/.421 in 20 games with St. Lucie. He's a strong dude, and eight of his 14 hits have gone for extra bases. Still, this is a complicated swing that makes him unlikely to hit for enough average to provide value on the corners above AA.
After a lost 2012 (.194/.276/.270 in 76 games in Savannah) C Albert Cordero was 2-for-4 with a stolen base (! - he's not fast) to push his little hitting streak to five games and his batting line to .294/.333/.382 in nine games. Cordero is now 23, but is a fine defensive catcher with a strong arm. He just needs to hit a little bit to stay employed playing baseball for a long time.
The St. Lucie bullpen helped turn a 1-1 tie into a laugher. Domingo Tapia left in a 1-1 game in the sixth with a runner at third at two out. Wanel Mesa allowed that run to score and then the rout was on.
Tapia's line: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. 7 GB/2 AO. That's good if not great. His fastball will get him to the big leagues.
The suddenly red-hot 1B Jayce Boyd?(pictured)?led the way, going 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and four RBI. Boyd has homered in three straight games and hit safely in seven of his last eight improving from .214/.297/.310 in that span to his current line of .241/.327/.385. Nathan Weiss, who writes our gametime threads in the afternoon, reported that Boyd's homer was "quite a shot." Boyd is 21 right now, and should open next year as the starting first baseman in Savannah.
Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Jayce Boyd, Toby Hyde
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His college profile has a little video on it.
Here's some video from the Cape Cod League last year.