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The Gnats took three of four from Greenville over the weekend to finish up a road trip to Asheville and Greenville at 5-2.

Top ProspectBrandon Nimmo had a hitless weekend, going 0-for-10 Friday-Sunday with seven strikeouts Saturday and Sunday, but he drew four walks Friday and one Saturday to get on base five times. The 20-year-old is now hitting .249/.367/.332 with an eye-popping 108 strikeouts in 80 games. The strikeouts have really become a problem in the second half: he fanned 48 times in 42 games in the first half, but 60 times (against 26 walks) as part of a .187/.323/.230 line in 38 games in the second half.

Ok, this is pretty bizarre. The official box score from Sunday's game shows Nimmo 0-for-5 with 4 K. The game video from Greenville clearly has him going 1-for-3 with a strikeout and two walks. The single was a liner into center. I do not have the slightest clue how that could happen.

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A: @ Savannah Sand Gnats 3, Augusta GreenJackets 2 (7 innings)?@ Savannah Sand Gnats 3, Augusta GreenJackets 1 (7 innings)

Matt Koch had a great Saturday night, but was three outs from perfect. Pitching the second game of the doubleheader, he retired the first 18 GreenJackets in a row. However, leading off the top of the seventh, on a full count fastball, Koch's first three-ball count all night, Augusta LF Rashawn Payne tripled up the left-centerfield gap on an elevated heater to halt Koch's effort at a perfect game. Koch then retired the next three batters in a row on a sac fly, a groundout and a fly out to face one over the minimum 21 for the seven inning game.

His reaction after recording the final out, and coming oh so close to a perfect game was classic. As the final out settled in third baseman Jeff Reynolds' glove, Koch walked off the mound towards catcher Albert Cordero and gave a big shrug with his hands skyward.

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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 7, Trenton Thunder (NYY) 3?

Cory Mazzoni: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K. Mazzoni's last five starts: 31.2 innings, 27 H, 18 R, 12 ER, 8 BB, 44 K and a 3.41 ERA. Opponents hitting are hitting .233/.282/.362 against him with a 35% strikeout rate and a 6.3% walk rate. Why has the strikeout rate risen so dramatically? I do not know, yet.

Cesar Puello (1-for-5) slid back to right field, while Darrell Ceciliani (1-for-4) who has been nursing a strained grain returned to play center.

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A+: St. Lucie @ Jupiter - ppd by rain.

They'll play two Saturday with a little Domingo Tapia action.

 

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A+: Off

The FSL was kind enough to give their teams the day off for Mother's Day.

 

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Daytona Cubs 2

It's taken a while (like a month) but it looks like 3B Aderlin Rodriguez is starting to get going. Monday, he was 2-for-4 with a two doubles and three RBI. Four of his six hits in May have gone for extra-bases. In his last 10 games, the 21-year-old hitting like he should in the FSL: .282/.341/.513 with four walks and six strikeouts. All told, 14 of his 24 hits this year have gone for extra-bases, but he's still hitting just .211/.244/.404 this year in 29 games. His bat is going to have to carry him, but there's reason to believe in the bat: he has the best power in the system.

Hansel Robles?(pictured) returned from a two-week hiatus with one of his better outings of the year: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. In 26.2 innings, while facing 104 total batters, he's walked six (6% walk rate) and fanned 21 (20% k rate).

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After getting burned going ga-ga over Brad Holt in Brooklyn a few years ago, I?ve become very conservative about ranking a pitching prospect coming out of the short-season league without a plus pitch or two.

 

#41 - RHP Matt Koch

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With the third round pick, the Mets selected RHP Matt Koch from Louisville.

MLB.com said:

The lean, wiry and strong right-hander will throw his fastball up to 94 mph, sitting comfortably a tick below that. There's some good life to the heater as well, and he commands it well. He also throws strikes with a hard slider that has good bite and depth. ...Two Major League average or better power pitches with good command should be enough to get Koch drafted early and should help him move up the ladder quickly.
His professional role was the subject of some discussion on the MLB.com stream immediately after his selection.

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