The Zephyrs came into August with hopes of getting momentum to carry them in a second half push. However, the push never came as the club has floundered this month, losing 11 of 12 games including seven consecutive games to the Iowa Cubs in a rare home-and-home eight-game series. The Z’s ended the week by dropping the first four games in a five-game set against the Albuquerque Isotopes.
Andy Green: 15-28, 4 HR, 10 RBI, 7 R, 2B, BB, SB
In 46 games with the club since his release from the Louisville Bats, Green has been red hot and a valued contributor. Last week, he notched five 3-hit games and homered in three consecutive games. He owns a .984 OPS in his time with the Zephyrs and is a .338 hitter with runners on base.
Jonathon Niese: Win, 6 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 3 K, BB
Though Niese surrendered four earned runs for the second straight time out, he is hanging tough in his outings by inducing a solid groundball ratio and keeping his hits-to-inning ratio around one. Pacific Coast League right-handers are hitting just .228 of Niese. However, left-handers have tested him as they have hit him at a .310 clip.
The B-Mets roster has been significantly altered by promotions in recent weeks, but nonetheless the club continues to press on in impressive fashion. Despite the loss of a lot of production the order and the club’s top two starters, the B-Mets have won seven of their last ten games thanks to clutch performances by the pitching staff. The order has struggled to scratch runs as of late, but new faces in the rotation have helped off-set any lull in offensive production.
Dillon Gee: 2-0, 13 IP, 2 ER, 10 H, 11 K, 3 BB
The second-year right-hander got the call to Binghamton two weeks ago so far appears to not have lost a step. He has gone at least six innings in each of three Double-A starts without giving up more than one earned run in each of his starts. He dished out three walks in his start last Sunday, but combined with St. Lucie, it was just the third time this season he has walked at least three batters. Double-A opposition is hitting .206 off Gee in 20 innings pitched. Both of his starts last week were against the Bowie Bay Sox.
Dylan Owen: Win, 6 IP, ER, 6 H, 5 K, 2 BB
The “other” Dylan also received a promotion from St. Lucie last week, making his Double-A debut on Wednesday night against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats. Like Gee, Owen was able to go six strong innings limiting damage while generating nearly four groundballs for every fly ball. Owen, who does not throw a particularly hard fastball, will be one to watch in his final starts to see how his repertoire corresponds to the next level.
For the second time in two months, the Mets lost a large chuck of their schedule to the weather has they had four games washed out last week. The rainouts have certainly put a damper on the club’s push for a second-half division title as St. Lucie is four games back of the Jupiter Hammerheads entering Sunday.
Greg Veloz: 7-19, 2 R, RBI, BB
In a week where the team starved for runs, St. Lucie’s recently promoted second baseman continues to provide the spark sought in a lead-off man while continuing the upward trend that began in Savannah. In 12 games with the Mets, Veloz is hitting .313 [15-for-48] with six multi-hit games in his last ten.
After beginning the second half of the South Atlantic League season on a high note, the dog days of August got the best of the Sandgnats. They have lost 11 of their last 12 games and are 4-13 for the month. The Sandgnats at one time four games back of first place in their division, have now dropped to last place in the Sally League South with a 24-33 second half record.
John Holdzkom: 7 IP, 2 H, 9 K, 3 BB
The big right-hander had his best start since his move to Savannah this season. Holdzkom shifted into the rotation on July 30 and his seven innings and nine strikeouts on Saturday night were both season highs. Despite a groundball ratio that nears two and a .246 opponent’s batting average, walks continue to be a hotspot for Holdzkom who has issued nearly one walk for every innings pitched. He walked twelve batters combined in his two previous starts.
Maikel Cleto: Win, 6 IP, ER, 3 H, 8 K
The 19-year-old hard-throwing right-hander has endured a tough season in his first crack outside the Gulf Coast League, but provided one of his finer starts of the season on Saturday in the second game of the double-header. It was his first outing without a walk since June 29 and his eight strikeouts tied a season-high. Consistency over the summer has avoided Cleto as he owns a 3-5 record and 6.02 ERA in eight starts since July 1, after posting a 3.58 ERA through June.
The overall success in the standings by this year’s Cyclones club may not match last year’s version, but the effort and results provided by the starting rotation is matching that of their predecessors. Brooklyn’s week was broken up by the NYPL All-Star game but the club bookended that event with three one-run games and a 2-0 victory, carried by the fantastic work done by the rotation.
Scott Shaw: Win, 6 2/3 IP, H, 10 K
The Mets’ 13th round pick and deepest pitcher on the Brooklyn staff stood out with his best start of his young career. He recorded his first double-digit strikeout effort as he allowed just a single, shutting down the Lowell Spinners for the second time in two weeks. His 66 strikeouts rank him fourth in the NYPL and his 0.97 WHIP is good for second.
Brad Holt: 7 IP, 3 H, 10 K, BB
Double-digit strikeout performances are nothing new to Holt as he recorded his third in his last eight starts. He has allowed five hits only once in his last ten outings as the opposition is hitting for a miniscule .172 batting average. It was the eighth time he allowed one earned run or less in that same time span. His 1.75 ERA, 79 strikeouts, and 1.05 WHIP rank third, first and third respectively in the league.
Jenrry Mejia: 6 IP, H, 6 K, BB
The youngest pitcher on the Cyclones staff turned in another fine outing as he tossed shutout innings for the second time in Brooklyn. It was the second time this he went six innings and the first shutout performance since July 20. With a good power fastball and budding curveball, he generating success by inducing a high groundball ratio while the opposition hits .217 off him.
After so much success in July, the K-Mets endured their own August swoon as they have dropped six of their last seven games behind an inconsistent offense. On Sunday, the club enters its final series of the season as they travel to take on the Greeneville Astros. Catcher Dock Doyle was promoted to Brooklyn on August 23.
Michael Olmsted: Win, 6 IP, 2 H, 3 K, 2 BB
Injury delayed the 6-foot-6 right-hander’s season debut until well into the short-season schedule, but in four starts with the K-Mets [following two starts in the GCL] Olmsted has allowed four earned runs in 19.2 innings pitched. Coming off his previous start on August 13 in which he fanned 10 batters, he recorded his second scoreless outing of the season. Left-handers are just 2-for-23 against Olmsted.
Kyle Suire: 9-27, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R, 5 2B, BB
Suire, who earned the Appalachian League Player of the Week award at the end of July, continues to pound the ball. His .909 OPS ranks seventh in the league as he pushes his batting average close to .300. He enters Sunday with a nine-game hit streak, scoring runs and smacking doubles in seven of those games.
The rookie-league Mets, like their St. Lucie brethren, had their schedule chopped up by the weather but when the games did happen, they responded by sweeping all three games played last week. They club was tested but came out on top of two one-run games in a doubleheader against the GCL Dodgers by a combined 7-5 score.
Alonzo Harris: 3-9, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R, 2B, 2 BB, SB
The 19-year-old second baseman continues to show growth as his rookie season rolls on. August has been his best month as he is hitting for his highest average [.333] with four of his five home runs and five of his six doubles this month.