The BlueClaws and Asheville Tourists finish their three-game series tonight at FirstEnergy Park with a very good pitching match-up lined up. Lakewood LHP Yoel Mecias, a top 25 prospect in their system per Baseball America that has allowed two runs in 15 innings with Lakewood this year, opposes Asheville LHP Kyle Freeland, the 8th overall pick in this year’s draft from Evansville.
Game Notes / Listen Live
Last Game…Jose Mayorga broke a 5-5 tie with an 8th inning RBI single as the BlueClaws topped Asheville 6-5 on Monday night at FirstEnergy Park…Aaron Baker threw three scoreless innings of relief, and pitched around the tying run at second base with nobody out in the 9th inning to preserve the win…Malquin Canelo had a two-run double for the BlueClaws.
Hello Tourists…The BlueClaws welcome in Asheville for a three-game series, their lone meetings in Lakewood this year…The two teams split four games in Asheville April 30 – May 3…Asheville came to Lakewood in 2012 and prior to that, their last visit was in 2007.
Yo, Yoel…Yoel Mecias starts for Lakewood today making his 4th start with the BlueClaws after making four appearances with the GCL Phillies, beginning his rehab following Tommy John Surgery from July, 2013…Mecias began last year with Lakewood and had a 2.53 ERA in 42.2 innings beginning May 1st before his injury, which was in his first start following an apperance in the SAL All-Star Game.
About Asheville’s Starter…Kyle Freeland (Evansvaille) was the 8th overall pick in this year’s draft, taken one after the Phillies drafted Aaron Nola (LSU)…The Phillies drafted Freeland in the 35th round out of high school (2011) but Freeland elected to go to Evansville.
Ted Willians…Willians Astudillo has three straight multi-hit games and has 30 2+ hit games on the season, most on the team…When he stuck out twice on Wednesday, it was the first time he struck out twice in a game all year…He has struck out 17 times in 355 at bats and once every 22.3 plate appearances, the best ratio in the league.
Tocci Them All…It took Carlos Tocci 862 at bats to hit his first professional home run (7/16 at Hickory) and then just 62 more to hit his second, which he hit on Sunday vs Asheville…Tocci is hitting .282 (40-142) since June 29th (was hitting .231 prior) when he moved into the lead-off spot (he has led off all but one game since then – Sunday vs Asheville)…He will turn 19 on August 23rd.
Go Green…Zach Green had three hits in the loss to Ashveille on Sunday, his 16th multi-hit game since re-joining the BlueClaws on 6/11…After going 11-59 with Lakewood in April, he is 54-181 (.298) since returning with 4 HRs and 28 RBIs in 46 games…He was a 3rd round pick of the Phillies in 2012 from Jesuit High School in Sacramento, where he was a teammate of BlueClaws reliever Dan Child.
Going, Going, Gone…Carlos Tocci (2nd) homered on Sunday vs Asheville while Samuel Hiciano (9th) and Mitch Walding (4th) each homered for the BlueClaws on Friday night at Delmarva…The BlueClaws now have 26 home runs in the second half, led by Dylan Cozens’ six and four each from Zach Green and Andrew Knapp…The BlueClaws have hit 61 home runs (12 more than last year) this season (22 at home/39 on the road, 38 solo shots).
Lakewood – Yoel Mecias
About: 20 year old, 6-2, 160 pound LHP from Miranda, Venezuela
How Acquired: Amateur Free Agent, signed 2010
Stats: 2014 (LAK) – 3 st, 2-0, 15 IP, 9 H, 2 R/ER, 5 BB, 11 K…2013 (LAK) – 4-3, 3.79 ERA, 57 IP, 53 H, 25 BB, 70 K
News & Notes: Makes his 4th start with Lakewood this year after going 0-1, 4.76 in four rehab starts with the GCL Phillies…Has thrown five innings in all three starts with Lakewood, and has allowed just two earned runs combined…Last time out, gave up one run in five innings against Kannapolis on Tuesday…Phillies #24 prospect per Baseball America entering season…Went 4-3, 3.79 with Lakewood last year and pitched in SAL All-Star Game before getting hurt and having Tommy John Surgery.
Season Highs…IP (5.2, 7/9 at GCL Ya)…Rs (4, 6/28 at GCL Ti)…ERs (3, 2x last 7/3 at GCL Br)…Ks (5, 6/23 vs GCL Yan)…BBs (4, 6/28 at GCL Ti)
Last Three Appearances: 7/29 vs KAN (W): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R/ER, 2 BB, 3 K…7/24 vs GRE: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K…7/15 at HIC (W): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 7 K
Asheville – Kyle Freeland
About: 21 year old, 6-3, 170 pound LHP from Denver, Colorado
How Acquired: 1st round pick (8th overall), 2014 draft from Evansville
Stats: 2014 (Grand Junction) – 5 st, 1-0, 1.56 ERA, 17.1 IP, 16 H, 2 BB, 15 K
News & Notes: Makes his first start with Asheville after going 1-0, 1.56 in 17.1 innings with Grand Junction in the Pioneer League…Threw a season-long five innings last time out on Thursday, allowing no runs on three hits while striking out five against Idaho Falls…8th overall pick in this year’s draft…Led Cape Cod League in strikeouts, with 2.25 ERA, in 2013…Drafted by Phillies in 35th round out of high school in 2011 but did not sign.