Monday, SS Gavin Cecchini was officially placed on the Brooklyn Cyclones' disabled list with a left ankle sprain. One of the reasons I dislike holding players back to play in short-season ball is that a common, minor injury like an ankle sprain or hamstring or quad strain could well mean a player would miss 1/6-1/3 of the season by sitting out for two weeks to a month.
Hard-throwing Miller Diaz made his best start of the year: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 8 K. Diaz was a thick 6'1" 210 lbs in spring training and had some hope of breaking camp with the full-season Sand Gnats (for whom he made a spot start at the end of 2012). Now 21, he's struck out 23 in 19.1 innings in Brooklyn.
MondaySomething nice: LF Jared King (.270/.365/.365 - 17 games) was 2-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. King, this year's 5th round pick, is 7-for-14 with three doubles in his last four games to lift his batting average 44 points.
Something unpleasant: starter John Gant, who has been the Cyclones' best pitcher, walked five batters in six inning. His line: 6 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 7 K.
King and Cyclones' manager Rich Donnelly talked about his nice day here:
Sunday in game two: RHP Chris Flexen: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR. The Mets have had him stop throwing his cutter to focus on fastball command. He's working mostly with fastball, curveball and changeup these days, and a little bit of slider. Even though he's repeating Kingsport, I like the arm.
Monday, 22-year-old Martires Arias made his best start (7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3K, 1 HR) but still took his fourth loss in four outings.
Rehabbing Scott Atchison made his second rehab appearance in Monday's second game, allowing a run on two hits and fanning two.
SS Luis Guillorme was 3-for-4 in game one, and added two hits and a double, his first career extra-base hit in game two. The Mets' 10th round pick, who the team went overslot to sign, the 19-year-old Guillorme is 8-for-25 (.320/.393/.360) with three walks, two strikeouts and a stolen base in eight games.
First rounder Dominic Smith (.227/.300/.364 - 12 games) was 0-for-3 in game one and had game two off.
18-year-old Wuilmer Becerra was 0-for-3 in game one, but 2-for-2 with two RBI and his first stolen base in game two. He's hitting .306/.375/.347 in 14 games, but is just 1-for-5 stealing bases.
The Mets went $100k overslot to sign 20th round pick Dan Herrmann. Making his third appearance in game two, he allowed four runs, three earned on four hits and two walks against one strikeout in two innings. Each of his first two outings lasted just .1 of an inning. It's a long way from HS to pro ball.