Posted by Mack Ade at 7:00 AM
Minor League Player of The Night - Casey Meisner with a stellar, dominant start for the Sand Gnats.
Honorable Mention - Alex Castellanos in his first AB after missing several games? A Grand Slam, naturally.
And Wuilmer Becerra, with a homer, triple, and single for the suddenly hot Gnats. He seems to be heating up.
AAA - Las Vegas - (20-9) 6 - El Paso (18 -11) 10
RHSP Darin Gorski - 1.1-IP, 5-H, 7-R, 1-K, 5-BB, 6.58
1B Alex Castellanos - 1-HR (8), .355, 4 RBIs.
Vegas looked like it was on its way to a 15th straight win with 5 in the first. But the 51s were outscored 10-1 the rest of the game and the streak went by the boards. Gorski got hammered.
AA - Binghamton (17-11) 4 - Akron (12-16) 3
RHSP Luis Cessa - 6.0-IP, 8-H, 3-R, 3-K, 1-BB, 2.67
RF Jared King - 3-5, 1-R, 1-RBI, .252
SS Gavin Cecchini - 2-3, 1-R, double, BB, .329
All the scoring in the first 3 innings. Cecchini is having a fine season and dispelling doubts.
A+ - Charlotte (19-10) 4 - St. Lucie (13-16) 1
RHSP Rob Whalen - 7.0-IP, 7-H, 3-R, 6-K, 1-BB, 2.10
Mack - Whalen is one of those famous mid-round (2012-12th) picks that Sandy & Company are getting famous for... high ceiling high school pitchers that can be signed on the cheap. Whalens fastball hits 94 and he has a ++ curve and killer two-seamer. Right now, he projects out in the SP4-5 range, which could get even better as the 21-year old gets more outings. So far, only 31 (28-starts) in parts of four seasons and going into this game: 12-5, 1.90, 0.98. ETA: Opening day 2018
2B Jeff McNeil - 2-4, 1-R, .317
A - Savannah (11-16) 5 - Greenville (15-13) 1
RHSP Casey Meisner - 7.0-IP, 2-H, 1-R, 9-K, 0-BB, 1.78
Mack - Meisner came into this game with four starts and a 1.93 ERA. He's starting to establish himself with the Sally League scouts as the pitching ace of this team and a possible true prospect of the game. And remember... he's only 19 years old!
RF Wuilmer Beccera - 3-4, 1-R, 1-HR (4), 2-RBI, .275
C Tomas Nido - 2-4, 1-R, .243
3B Eudor Garcia has been a timely and explosive shot in the arm for this team, going 8 for 13 and a walk in his first 3 Sand Gnat games.