Draft And Follow 7-5-09
- The GCL Marlins beat the GCL Mets 7-2 Saturday. Manager Julio Franco's club is now 5-5 in 3rd place in the GCL East. 4 players drafted this June took part. Big Nelf, Nelfi Zapata the catcher out of Boston, hit his 1st professional home run in the 4th inning. He also walked, finishing 1 for 2 and is now batting .400 in 8 games this season. RF Kurt Steinhauer was 0 for 4 with 2 strikeouts. Travis Ozga pinch hit in the 7th inning, striking out. He stayed in the game at 1B but that was his only plate appearance. ZeErika Hall pinch hit in the 9th and also struck out. Follow these links for the box score and recap.
- The Kingsport Mets beat the Burlington Royals 8-3 Saturday. Manager Mike DiFelice's club is currently 4-8, in 4th place in the West Division. 5 members of the 2009 draft class took part, led by Darrell Ceciliani. The OF from Oregon had by far his best game as a professional. Ceciliani played RF and batted 2nd, and went 3 for 4 with a walk plus his 1st double and 1st homer of the season. He also stole 2 bases and scored 4 runs. Perhaps the comparison to Jacoby Ellsbury is related to more than just Oregon roots. 3B Joseph Bonfe was 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored and is batting .349 in 11 games. CF Ronald Harris was 1 for 5 with a 3rd inning RBI single. C John Freeman was 2 for 5 highlighted by a 3-run double in the 7th inning. LF John Semel was 2 for 4 and stole his 1st base of the year. For more info see the box score and recap.
- The Brooklyn Cyclones are now 13-2 after defeating the Tri-City ValleyCats 2-1 in 10 innings on the Fourth of July. Manager Pedro Lopez has the 'clones in 1st place in the McNamara Division, 7 games up on the 2nd place Staten Island Yankees. It was a quiet night for 2009 draftees. 1B Sam Honeck went 1 for 3, LF Nick Santomauro was 0 for 3, and 2B James Ewing struck out in his 10th inning pinch hit appearance. See the WNYT game story or the Troy Record game story, and the box score and recap for more.
- The Savannah Sand Gnats defeated the Greenville Drive 4-2 Saturday. Manager Edgar Alfonzo has the Gnats in 6th place at 5-5 so far in the 2nd half of the season in the Southern Division. LF Joseph August led off and went 1 for 4 with a 3rd inning RBI single to drive in Jefry Marte, and a walk. August was caught stealing 2nd later that inning, and also had his 1st fielding error in the game. OurSportsCentral has the game story, and also see the box score and recap.