Rainy Lara

A+: St. Lucie Mets 4, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 0?

This one was delayed 23 minutes by rain on Tuesday morning before Rainy Lara could get going. Lara's performance lasted longer than the rain and was more impressive: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, WP. Lara's basically been the same guy he was in the SAL in the FSL. His his walk rate (from 3 to 4.7%) and hits allowed (20% to 22%) have both moved up, but barely. At the time he was promoted, I wrote this about the 22-year-old:

Lara mostly throws 90-91 from the right side although he will get to 92 once most nights and 93 on a better night, but he works at 90-91. He complements that with a slider and a changeup. The slider is below average now, but he has feel for it, and throws it a lot. Multiple scouts have told me they can see Lara pitching in the big leagues ? either in middle relief or at the back end of a rotation.
The only thing I will add here is that more scouts saw him as a middle reliever than as a back-end starter.

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A+: Jupiter Hammerheads 4, St. Lucie Mets 3 (10 innings)

Rainy Lara's advanced-A debut was very nice: 8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. One opposing manager in the SAL who I talked to thought Lara (pictured) could be a mid-rotation starter because of his strike-throwing ability, but that's a much more optimistic assessment than most scouts, the most optimistic of whom think he could be a back-end starter or middle reliever.

Both members of the left side of the St. Lucie infield 3B Aderlin Rodriguez and SS Matt Reynolds committed errors, their 10th and 9th respectively. Yeesh. On the more positive defensive side, LF Dustin Lawley ?threw out a pair of runners at the plate, which is cool.

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Rusty Wheels Zack Wheeler told the New York Post that "nothing" was working in his return to the mound after a two-week hiatus to calm an inflamed shoulder. His full comment:

?Honestly, nothing was working real well for me today. Taking 10 days off and missing a start this late in the season and coming back as sharp as you were is tough.?I left some pitches over the plate and paid for it. They hit a lot of balls hard. Later in the game, I started getting a little better feel. The last two innings I was getting my shoulder more squared to the plate and, as a result, I was more down in the zone.
An "evaluator" which could be a scout or a higher level front office type seemed more impressed by Wheeler than Wheeler:

"He pitched like 95-97 most of the time and then it was raining,? the evaluator said. ?When it started to rain harder his velocity came down a little bit, but he threw good."

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A+: Palm Beach Cardinals 7, @ St. Lucie Mets 3?

Angel Cuan started in place of RHP Domingo Tapia who was placed on the Disabled List earlier in the day with a burn on his non-pitching hand.

About the only notably good performance came from DH Dustin Lawley who was 3-for-4 with a triple, a homer (his seventh) and two RBI. The 24-year-old Lawley's hit .317/.356/.610 in his last 10 games to pull his season line to .238/.291/.485. There's some power and strength in here, but he's 24, in a-ball, and a left-fielder.

Tags: Rainy Lara, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucien Mets 10. @ Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 5?

St. Lucie handed the?juggernaut?Miracle (23-5) just their fifth loss of the season.

3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 3-for-5 with a double (his eighth) and a homer (his fourth). At age 21, Aderlin Rodriguez is hitting .206/.235/.393 with 12 extra-base hits and a .187 isolated slugging percentage in advanced-A. On the other side, Twins' top prospect Miguel Sano was 3-for-4 with a homer, his 10th (!!) of the year. Sano, who will turn 20 next week is hitting .377/.446/.755 with 19 (!) extra-base hits and a .378 isolated slugging percentage. That is crazy. Sano has drawn 12 walks to Aderlin's four. The one blemish on Sano's game: the 32 whiffs in 28 games. All the same, he's slugging .755 ing the FSL where there's no one else above .571.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Kevin Plawecki, Rainy Lara, Toby Hyde
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Mike Newman of Fangraphs saw Rainy Lara and Gabriel Ynoa last week and wrote about it. He really likes Ynoa.

His conclusion:

Lara is a decent pitching prospect, but Ynoa is the gem of the Savannah pitching staff. Look for the 19-year old to vault up Mets mid-season prospect lists and into the top eight overall by season?s end.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Gabriel Ynoa, Rainy Lara, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 13, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 5

Aderlin Rodriguez had his first three-hit game of the year, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a walk. He has more doubles (6) than walks (2) in his .193/.216/.373 start.

Marcos Camarena started and was hit arond for five runs on six hits and a homer in 3.2 innings.

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- Heading into the SAL off-day Monday, Savannah Sand Gnats' CF Brandon Nimmo is hitting .424/.513/.576 with five extra-base hits, 10 walks and 14 strikeouts in 80 plate appearances over 17 games. He's leading the SAL in average, on-base percentage, hits (28), is tied for the league lead in triples (3) and runs scored (18) and is fourth in total bases. It's a remarkable start for the 20-year old.

Nimmo told Adam Rubin at ESPNNY that he's just on a hot streak.

"It's baseball, so we're going to go through cold streaks and hot streaks," Nimmo said. "This is a hot streak right now. I'm going to go through a period where I'm not doing very well. We're just going to try to keep this going as long as possible, just be consistent. But, yeah, there's a reason people don't hit .400 in baseball."

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A: Rome Braves 2, @ Savannah Sand Gnats 1?

RHP Rainy Lara was perfect through four innings in this one before giving up a single leading off the fifth. He was also the perfect pitcher for a rainy afternoon in Savannah (ba-da-buh!). He was touched for two runs in the sixth when he tired. He made life hard for himself when he slipped on wet grass in front of home plate and threw a bunt attempt into centerfield trying to nail the lead runner at second. I didn't have a gun on Lara, but I would guess that his fastball was 90 ish or a little better. He throws his slider a lot by the standards of a-ball. He can bend it in for a strike, but it's soft and slurvy. The fact that he can throw it for a strike means he'll do fine in a-ball. He threw a few changeups as well. The 22-year old is big and a little intriguing.

SS Philip Evans had his best day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with three singles. He blooped one in along the right field line, and then shot harder hit balls up the middle and into right field. It was a particularly good sign that he proved that he was willing to go the other way with pitches.

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A+: St. Lucie Mets 1, @ Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 0

Noah Syndergaard's first start as a Met was nice, if short: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He induced five groundouts and two flyouts.

C Cam Maron doubled home Aderlin Rodrguez in the second inning to plate the game's only run. Rodriguez played thirdbase for the first time in 2013, as Rylan Sandoval flipped across the diamond to play first.

Tags: Noah Syndergaard, Rainy Lara, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Aberdeen Ironbirds (BAL) 1?

The Cyclones stayed 2.5 games up on the Batavia Muckdogs with a win in which they picked up four hits Monday.

The star was RHP Rainy Lara. The 21-year old tossed six shutout innings with three hits, a walk and four strikeouts. In 61 innings, he now has a 6.9 K/BB ratio (69 K/10 BB). That's good. At times this year, he has sat at 93 mph, so there's some velocity in this 6'4" package. I missed seeing Lara this summer, and I'm still fuzzy on what he can be.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Rainy Lara, Robert Gsellman, Toby Hyde
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