METS MINORS MASTERS by Tom Brennan
Mentioned a few Mets minors standouts yesterday, I'll mention a few today as well, with some overlap because some guys have been hot enough of late to get multiple mentions.
SS Gavin Cecchini is one of those multiples...he has exploded the last 3 games, going 11 for 14, and climbing to .329, placing him 3rd in the PCL batting race.
Who are the #1 and #2 hitters? Both Mets. Brandon Nimmo at .348 and TJ Rivera at .347. Impressive trio. Cecchini continues his drastic reduction in errors over his past 40 + games, too.
RP Paul Sewald, unlike everyone else, is finding pitching in Vegas to be relatively easy, sitting at 5-3, 3.39 with 17 of 21 saves and 78 K in 64 IP. In August and July, in 20 games, he has a 2.42 ERA, 26 IP, 16 H, 33 K. Let the chant begin: Call up Paul, call up Paul.
Lefty giant Andrew Barbosa has battled a lat injury this year, but he was dazzling on a restricted pitch count for St Lucie last night, tossing 7 no hit innings in 85 pitches, walking 1 and fanning 11. He has thrown 64 innings this year, 1.70 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and slightly more than a K per inning. Besides injuries that have set him back in his career, he has had control issues, but not this year, with just 17 walks in those 64 IP. He is 28-19, 3.34 career with 489 Ks in 409 IP. he has pitched as high as AAA. Why not call him up to the Mets for the stretch drive? Last night was quite a sales "pitch".
Brooklyn righty reliever Gary Cornish is not pitching like a recent 19th round pick for the Mets. Last night, in 3 IP, the 22 year old allowed just 1 hit while striking out 6. Not a fluke game, as Gary for the season sports a 2.45 ERA over 13 games, and in 22 IP, has an incredible 37-2 strikeout to walk ratio. 16 Ks in his last 3 outings spanning 8 IP. Wow.
Kingsport OF Ricardo Cespedes went 4 for 4 yesterday, making him 19 for his last 41 over 10 games and boosting his average to .324...not bad for a guy who just turned 19.
Short and sweet - some highlights to make a Mets fan smile.