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.
Taijeron, a left fielder, is 9-for-his-last-22 with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBI.
In his last two starts, Cessa pitched 14 1/3 innings, allowing only one earned run, while striking out 17 and walking only two.
Tags: Luis Cesa, Travis Taijeron, Andrew Vazzano
Big Noah Syndergaard bounced back nicely after allowing seven runs in three innings in his last start. Tuesday: 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K. Of his non-strikeout outs, he picked up eight on the ground and four in the air. In 18 innings, Syndergaard has fanned 19 (good), and walked nine (not so good).
SS Matt Reynolds and 1B Aderlin Rodriguez were each 1-for-4 with a double. Rodriguez has now played first in three of his last four games. He neither walked nor struck out so the 21-year-old is 18 games into the 2013 season with 16 strikeouts and zero walks as part of a .167/.173/.347 start in 18 games.
Tags: Chris Flexen, Gavin Cecchini, Luis Cesa, Toby Hyde
We'll get to the position guys in a second post.
Something IntriguingLuis Cessa: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. I saw Cessa a year ago in the GCL, and the now-20 year old has made nice progress. He was sitting 91-92 with his fastball on Monday, with some 93 and 94 mixed in. He showed a curveball at 74-75 mph. When he rushed it, it came out slurvily at 77 mph. Both his slider and changeup were in the 81 mph range. He mixed all four pitches nicely through the first three innings, but got himself into a fastball rut in the fourth. He faced the minimum through three innings thanks to a a first-inning caught stealing and a double-play by way of second in the second. A double, two walks, and an infield hit helped produce two runs against him in the fourth inning. His curve and change could become average pitches.
Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Juan Urbina, Luis Cesa, Toby Hyde
In his second professional game, first round pick Brandon Nimmo?(pictured) made his first start in center field. ?He was strangely unchallenged defensively, as he fielded just one routine single in front of him.
At the plate, he was 2-5 with a single pulled in the hole at first, and one right up the middle off the second base bag. ?We'll have video here of most of his swings from Sunday.