One of the big surprises of the Florida leg of my trip is how much I’ve enjoyed watching GCL baseball. There’s a wonderful degree of intimacy, rawness and enthusiasm. I sit with the pitchers charting pitchers. They’re learning on the field, and learning to do that too. “Curveball?” one will query, “changeup,” another will answer. There was a Red Sox scout at the GCL game on Monday, the first third-party scout I’ve for GCL action. However, many of the Mets top-level instructors made the drive up to Vero to catch their youngsters in action.
On the hill, Jeurys Familia, a righthander with good size at 6’3” and the body type to fill out later, worked at 89, 90 mph with his fastball, touching 92 a few times. That velocity is down from earlier in the year when he sat a 93, 94 for a few starts and from last fall when he was chucking 94, 95 in instructs according to a scout.
RF Cesar Puello singled up the middle a few times.
SS Miguel Tejada had a classic game for a young shortstop. He had trouble with a one-hopper drilled right at him, but charged a few other balls well. He made a very slick play on a shot to his left, he took a step, snared the ball, spun, and unleashed a strike to first.
I continue to be impressed by Jefry Marte at the plate. In his first AB he drove a slider to the warning track in CF. In his second AB, he pulled a double down the leftfield line. He drew a walk in the ninth, which doesn't sound like much except that walks are relatively rare in GCL games with young, aggressive hitters.