Manuel's comment in part:
Manuel's comment in part:
PlaweckiThe Mets started the 22-year-old Plawecki, their supplemental first round pick in the 2012 draft in Savannah, where he hit a loud .314/.390/.494 in a pitcher's park in 65 games to earn a promotion to advanced-A after the Gnats clinched a first half title. By late May, it was clear, to those inside and outside the system, that he was ready to move. The Mets allowed him for finish the first half in Savannah and attend the SAL All-Star Game in Lakewood before departing for advanced-A and the Florida State League. In the FSL he dealt with various minor injuries including a back and usual catcher maladies like balls that hit him in places that hurt. He hit .294/.391/.392 in advanced-A, with his on-base percentage sustained by 14 HBP in 60 contests.
Kevin Plawecki was hitting .291/.388/.386 in 55 games for St. Lucie after hitting .314/.390/.494 in 65 games for the Sand Gnats to start the year at age 22. In the FSL, he had drawn 19 walks (8.6%) and fanned just 20 times (9.1%) in his 220 plate appearances. Plawecki was my #11 prospect preseason, and was in line for a move into the Top 10 this year. A scout who had seen him in both the FSL and SAL recently told me that his throwing, the weakest part of his game, now looked better too.
Mets catching prospect Kevin Plawecki leaves game 1 of DH with hand injury. Took foul tip off hand. #mets
Kevin Plawecki just keeps on hitting. After going 2-for-4 with two RBI he's up to .321/.424/.410 in 40 games in Advanced-A with nine doubles, a homerun, 14 walks and 15 strikeouts. The batting average and on-base percentage are great, but note that Plawecki has hit for significantly less power in the FSL than the SAL as his isolated slugging percentage has dropped from .180 to .089. Whether that's fatigue, or adjusting to a new level, or just a hint of the kind of hitter Plawecki will be a the higher levels, it's something to watch for the duration of this year and to begin 2014. Again, MLB catchers as a group are hitting .248/.312/.388, with a .140 isolated slugging.
Matt Bowman, eh: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
1. Michael FulmerThe big righty was not good on Sunday: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 5 gb outs/2 fly outs. It was just his third start of the year at age 20 in advanced-A. Watch his walks: he's issued six in 12.1 innings.
2. Kevin Plawecki's ApproachWhen he was promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie, C Kevin Plawecki went 11 games without drawing a walk, at which point he was hitting .318/.318/.477. He's an aggressive hitter, but I was surprised and a little disappointed he was being so hacker-ish. Since that first walk, he has hit .349/.500/.395 in his last 14 games with eight walks and six strikeouts. He's sitting at .333/.420/.437 overall. Plawecki has also played five games at first and 18 at catcher. I really don't think his bat plays at first, but it does behind the plate. Even so, there's nothing wrong with working him a little at first to keep his bat in the linup and cut down on the wear and tear on his body (he missed a few days with a lower back problem) and give him a little extra versatility. It's worth pointing out too that this is Plawecki's first full season, and his longest ever. I thought he was fatigued in Brooklyn in 2012, so I will be curious to see what happens with his power numbers for the duration of this summer.
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."
The Mets scored five times in the final two innings, but it was not enough to overcome an early 7-0 deficit. Why were the Mets down big? Domingo Tapia was wild in his return from the DL with a burned (non) pitching hand: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, HBP. Just yuck. It was his first game in 19 days, but that's not good.
At the plate, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (.261/.287/.484 - 45 games) was 3-for-5 with an RBI. The 21-year old is bopping along at .345/.376/.632 in 21 games in May.
Coming off a relatively undistinguished .250/.345/.384 performance with 15 extra-base hits and 25 walks against 24 strikeouts in 61 games in Brooklyn, the Mets chose to start their 2012 supplemental first round pick in the South Atlantic League. The 22-year-old has responded by performing as one of the league's best hitters through the first third of the season.
The 22-year old is hitting .361/.441/.595 with 20 doubles, a triple, five homers and 16 walks against 20 strikeouts in 186 PA over 43 games and has reached base in each of his last 33 contests. That's an 8.6% walk rate, a 10.7% strikeout rate and a 14% extra-base hit rate. He's leading the SAL in average, on-base percentage and doubles, and is tied for the lead in extra-base hits while sitting fourth in slugging. He's tied for second in Fangraphs wRC+?at 184 where 100 is league average.
In all three of the innings in which the Jays scored against Syndergaard, they stole at least one base off Syndergaard and Cam Maron. Maron has thrown out 24% of opposing base stealers this year (12 of 50), which is a major improvement over last year's 12.5% (10 of 80). Anyway, this was Thor's shortest outing and most runs he has allowed in over a month, since he gave up seven runs in three innings against Fort Myers on April 18. What me worried? Not at all. Fun fact, after walking 10 batters in 25 innings in April, he's walked just five in 25.1 innings in May.
RHP Matt Bowman and LHP TJ Chism combined the one-hit shutout for St. Lucie in this matinee. Bowman made his second start for St. Lucie and was excellent: 7 iP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.
Bowman, who was Savannah's Opening Night starter, told MiLB.com:
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.
St. Lucie went 1-for-2 on Wednesday - finishing their regularly scheduled game from Tuesday, but not Wednesday's game. This was the game that Domingo Tapia started and threw one inning. Other than that, there were few performances of note.
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 Miracle improved to 14-1 by knocking around Mets' pitching for 14 runs on 18 hits and six (!) homeruns. Angel Cuan took much of the abuse: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1BB, 2 K, 4 HR.
3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 0-for-4 to snap his streak of three straight games with a homer.
- Nice profile of 38 year old LHP CJ Nitkowski, in the USA Today, who is in Buffalo after dropping down to sidearm, and dealing with a rotator cuff problem last year. He learned sidearm throwing to his wife, Megan. That's cool.
- Adam Rubin caught up with Cyclones' catcher, and this year's supplemental first rounder Kevin Plawecki in his weekly Farm Report at ESPNNY. ?Apparently, his roommate Brandon Nimmo coaxed him into a NYC adventure, "He conned me into going to the Museum of Natural History on one of the last couple off-days. I was actually glad we did it. It was kind of neat to go out and see something different," Plawecki says.
CF Brandon Nimmo?(pictured) was 2-for-4 with a strikeout. He's up to .258/.377/.409. A four-game hitting streak over which time he is 10-for-19 with three doubles and a homer, has raised his batting average 37 points, his on-base percentage 17 points, and his slugging percentage 59 points. The 19-year old is now fourth in the New York-Penn League in extra-base hits (17) and remains second in walks (27). Again, for context, the NYP is hitting .247/.323/.348 and MCU Park is tough on left-handed power.
Nimmo, in my eyes, is pretty clearly the top position player prospect in the system. He's years away and all, but I just don't see another player who matches his potential.
His manager, Rich Donnelly diagnosed a case of nerves. "He was so nervous," Donnelly said. "I don't care, Big 10, my [rear]. I mean these guys all play in these tournaments and stuff, but they get here and it's a different program. I had to yell out to get his attention, and I was screaming at him. He says, "I didn't even know. What's going on?" He's fine. He's going to be alright. It's like throwing 'em in the water, man. They gotta swim and they don't have no life preservers. This is his first pro game and we're going to break all of these guys in. He's going to do fine."
On the other hand, pitching coach Marc Valdes liked the way Plawecki caught Luis Mateo. "Plawecki, he did an outstanding job, catching him," Valdes said. "He's not an easy guy to catch."