RUMBLE PONIES GAME NOTES: Game #73 - Rumble Ponies (35-37) vs. Yard Goats (35-37) - 6:05 PM

(35-37), T-3rd Eastern Division, 8.0 GB
(New York Mets)
Hartford Yard Goats
(35-37), T-3rd Eastern Division, 8.0 GB
(Colorado Rockies)

Saturday, June 23, 2018  6:05 PM
NYSEG Stadium  Binghamton, NY
RHP Mickey Jannis (4-1, 4.40) vs. LHP Jack Wynkoop (2-6, 6.30)
Broadcast: NewsRadio 1290 AM WNBF, MiLB.TV

RAMOS & YARD GOATS GRAB SERIES OPENER: Roberto Ramos hit two home runs to help Hartford top Binghamton 6-1 Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. Justin Dunn tossed six innings in his third Double-A start, and was outlasted by Peter Lambert for the second time in a week. The Rumble Ponies lone tally was a Tim Tebow home run.

BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Mickey Jannis prepares for his 11th Eastern League start of 2018 and second in a row against Hartford. The knuckleballer gave up one run over six innings on June 17 in Binghamton’s 4-3 extra-inning loss at Dunkin Donuts Park. At the plate, Jannis finished 1-for-1 with a sacrifice bunt. 

TEBOW’S BLAST: Tim Tebow’s fifth home run of the season was sent over the left field wall on the first pitch of the third inning. It was his first longball since May 13 against Erie and all five have been hit at NYSEG Stadium.

GOT YOUR NUMBER: Hartford has beaten Binghamton in six straight games and has pulled into a tie with the Rumble Ponies for third place in the Eastern Division. Binghamton’s only win over Hartford was on May 7, the first meeting of the season.

PRESTINE ‘PEN: The Rumble Ponies relievers have not allowed a run over the last two games. They’ve tossed four innings, striking out six batters without issuing a walk. Tyler Bashlor pitched two scoreless innings in Friday’s loss.

THREE-WAY TIE: Binghamton, Hartford, and Reading are locked a the top of the Eastern League with 70 home runs this season. The Fightin Phils recent string of longballs has pushed them to a six-game winning streak, three games behind Binghamton and Hartford.

STOLEN BASES: The Yard Goats notched three stolen bases on Friday and lead the league with 96 thieves this season. Binghamton, meanwhile, is last in the league with just 21 stolen bases.

DÉJÀ VU PT. 2: For the second straight night, the pitching matchup features a pair of hurlers who met just six days prior. When RHP Mickey Jannis squared off against LHP Jack Wynkoop on June 17 in Hartford, neither Jannis nor Wynkoop earned a decision in the Yard Goats 4-3 extra-inning win. Both starters went six innings, allowed eight hits, and coughed up two runs.

FEED THE FANS: Binghamton’s last win at NYSEG Stadium came as part of a doubleheader sweep on June 3 against New Hampshire. Since then, the Rumble Ponies have posted an 0-4 mark at home and 4-8 on the road. Binghamton has just seven wins in June, fewest in the league. 

Fireflies Game Notes: June 23 vs. Lakewood (Game 70)


Columbia Fireflies (1-1, 35-34) vs. Lakewood BlueClaws (1-1, 42-29)

RHP Joe Cavallaro (7-1, 2.06) vs. LHP Damon Jones (5-2, 2.05)

Sat., June 23, 2018 — Spirit Communications Park — First Pitch 6:05 p.m. — Game 70

ABOUT LAST GAME: The Fireflies flipped the script on Friday and blasted the BlueClaws, 9-1 (a night after Lakewood had won, 8-1). Columbia tallied 15 hits—two shy of tying its season-high—and all nine batters in the order hit safely. Tony Dibrell dazzled as well on the mound and picked up his third win of the season after hurling 5.1 innings (the righty also struck out seven).

TERMINIX PEST PLAYER OF THE GAME: On Friday, it was catcher Scott Manea. The righty became the first Firefly this season to tally four hits in a game (he finished 4-for-4 with a walk). In fact, he’s the first Firefly to record four hits in a game since Luis Carpiodid so (4-for-5) on August 6, 2017 @ Augusta (a game that lasted 13 innings).

BLOWOUT BY THE NUMBERS: All nine batters on Friday hit safely and that’s not the only intriguing statistic from the blowout:
· Four batters tallied multi-hit games
· For the first time all season, four different hitters each drove in 2 runs
· Columbia matched its largest margin of victory (eight runs)

NUGGET OF THE NIGHT: Not a single Columbia batter struck out on Friday. That’s the first time that’s occurred in franchise history (347 games).
June 22, 2018 vs. LWD - 0      May 15, 2016 vs. ASH (10 Inn.) - 3
April 21, 2017 vs. HIC - 2            April 16, 2017 @ AUG - 3
June 17, 2017 vs. LEX - 2            July 30, 2016 vs. ASH - 3
April 14, 2018 @ ASH - 3

RAPH-TASTIC: Outfielder Raphael Gladu smacked a pair of hits on Friday vs. Lakewood. The Canadian is now hitting .333 over his last 31 games (since May 9). He’s hit safely in 28 of those 31 games.

DOUBLE DOWNJeremy Vasquez doubled twice on Friday. It’s the second time this season (Last: April 24 @ Charleston) the team’s leader in doubles recorded a pair of two-baggers. In fact, that feat in general has only been accomplished three times this year (Gio Alfonzo - April 17 @ Greenville).

REINFORCEMENTS: Columbia’s bullpen has been extremely reliable over the last 12 games
· 37.2 IP, 32 H, 7 ER, 11 BB, 39 K … *1.67 ERA*

From The Desk Of...


Good morning.

1.    Both the Kingsport and GCL Mets season started this week. I am especially intrigued with the trio of DSL starters that will be playing for the GCL team. Malky Mena (21/yrs, 2017: 2.13), Miguel Ramirez (21/yrs. 2017: 1.76, and Willy Tavares (20/yrs. 2-17: 2.31) could all develop into prospect chips over the next couple of years. Frankly, I’ll take one.

2.    The GCL-Mets have one starter I want to keep my eyes on. Nelson Leon. He’s got patina (23/yrs. old), but he killed it last year for the DSL team (8-3, 2.06).

3.    Ken Rosenthal’s story in The Athletic Monday, which said that the Mets will begin to try and sell of the majority of their team (minus Nimmo, Conforto, Gsellman, Lugo, deGrom) gives us a new Mets development we can ‘follow’ this season. It’s sad to see Syndergaard name not on the list, but I guess you have to offer up some chip to get a couple back. I also wished I had saw Rosario on the list. I would keep him around at least until Gimenez matures. Seriously, I see this as no more that a typical arrogant, pompous Sandy move of putting a ‘For Sale’ sign out with your phone number on it and sitting back expecting the baseball world to knock your doors down with offers for your dumpster fire.

4.    Anthony DiComo - @AnthonyDiComo - Per Elias, lowest ERA through 15 starts of a season since 2000:  Randy Johnson 1.47 (2000), Jacob deGrom 1.51 (2018), Pedro Martinez 1.51 (2000), Roger Clemens 1.51 (2005), Tom Glavine 1.53 (2002).

5.    Jon Morosi - @jonmorosi – Red Sox interested in upgrading bullpen, but in order to acquire San Diego LHP Brad Hand, source says the Padres’ likely asking price would be a young everyday player, such as Rafael Devers.  (Familia for 2020 chip catcher Roldani Baldwin???)

6.    David Lennon - @DPLennon  -  Yankees pulled in 45,122 on a Tuesday night in June. Their attendance at year’s end is going to be huge.

7.    Mike Puma - @NYPost_Mets  -  Vargas pitching in Coors Field was probably only a slightly better concept than the Hindenburg.

8.    Some of you have expressed concern if minor league players with excellent stats are being moved properly. I decided to look at the St. Lucie pen and the stats that have been generated so far there when someone puts up a good stat line. The top three so far there this season have been Ryder Ryan (16-app., 1.77), who have moved on to Binghamton, Matt Blackham (17-app., 1.90), who has joined Matt in New York State, and Joseph Zanghi (17-app., 1.27), who is still pitching for Lucy. He needs to be moved post haste. 

9.    Chase Utley was activated on Friday in New York. It sure would have been nice if Thor was activated before this series started.

10.  There are a fair amount of players in the Mets affiliate chain that have talent, but, in my opinion, here are the ones currently standing out:

“Red” prospects – Nabil Crismatt, Justin Dunn, David Peterson, Jordan Humphreys, Thomas Szapucki, Anthony Kay, Drew Smith, Tyler Bashlor, Ryder Ryan, Jurgen Jimenez, Peter Alonso, Jeff McNeill, Ronny Mauricio, Andres Gimenez, Wagner Lagrange, Jarred Kelenic, and Adrian Hernandez

There are plenty more players that fall into the “blue” (secondary) category that could make it to Queens someday. McNeil wasn’t even a blue prospect before his bat caught on fire this season.

Still, the above list of 17 players show you that this team is far from devoid of prospect chips.

11.  Mike Puma  -  @NYPost_Mets  -  I asked Sandy Alderson in a text message if when he made the joke at the Winter Meetings about not needing Stanton because the Mets had Nimmo if he had any idea Nimmo would become this good. ... Alderson's response was a smiling face emoji.

12.  Good Fundies is short for Good Fundamentals - @goodfundies -

13.  It took a while but OF Brandon Nimmo finally has enough PAs to be added to the NL leaderboards. And boy, what an entry:  1st in ISO, wRC+, SLG%, and wOBA. Shame he isn’t on the All-Star ballot.

14.   Tim Healey - @timbhealey - Todd Frazier on the Mets front office's looming decisions: "In my mind, I think they want to keep this team together. It’s a good bunch of guys." 

(A good bunch of guys. Let me repeat that… ‘a good bunch of guys’. You got to be kidding me. We should keep this team together because they are a ‘good bunch of guys’. A good bunch of guys would work well around a Boy Scouts’ fire camp. Or maybe a local church choir. But this is a professional baseball team that has been taking it up the rear by just about every team in baseball. I don’t want a good bunch of guys. I want a good bunch of players.)

15.  Joe DeMayo - @PSLToFlushing - A bunch of #Mets draft pick signing bonuses have been finalized. 

10th SS Manny Rodriguez $10K
12th OF Ross Adolph $125K
13th RHP Christian Tripp $125K
15th C Phil Capra $75K
16th SS LA Woodard $125K
17th RHP Allan Winans $10K
18th 1B Chase Chambers $10K
24th C Hayden Senger $125K
25th OF David Miranda $10K
26th 3B Brian Sharp $100K
28th RHP Mitch Hickey $10K
29th C Nelson Mompierre $10K
30th 2B Chandler Avant $10K
40th RHP Brian Metoyer $40K

(two more from MMs reader

   5th Rd. RP Ryley Gilliam - $550K  (slot: $399,400)
   6th Rd. C Nick Meyer  $350K  (slot: $285,200)

        (here's some of your Kelenic unspent money)


A Message From Sandy



Reese Kaplan -- Building a Winner Vs. Building a Loser


There are many ways to build a team to compete for the World Series.  The most recent example, the Houston Astros, is a good combination of terrific drafting, judicious trading, smart free agent signings and shrewd waiver wire watching.  Let’s take a look at how their 2017 World Series team was assembled and compare that to the current Mets roster construction.

Perhaps the greatest difference between the two organizations is in how they go about drafting their players.  Now some will quickly point out that the Astros suffered some 100 loss seasons which resulted in high draft picks, but you have to remember that gems can be found at any spot in the draft order (as can duds).

The Astros’ homegrown talent includes All Stars Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, George Springer and Dallas Keuchel, plus Lance McCullers and Derek Fisher.

Now the Mets’ in-house talents include some good ones like Jacob deGrom, Jeurys Familia and Michael Conforto.  Some are showing signs of solid performance like Brandon Nimmo, Wilmer Flores, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and so far Tim Peterson.  Then there are the works in progress like Steven Matz, Amed Rosario, Dominic Smith, Luis Guillorme and Kevin Plawecki.

Then we have the trades that have been executed by the Astros.  Incoming players from that route include Justin Verlander, Brian McCann, Evan Gattis, Marwin Gonzalez, Chris Devinski, Ken Giles, Joe Musgrove and Brad Peacock.  Notice that real live major leaguers populate this list.

By contrast the Mets’ trade acquisitions tend to be the minor league prospect types who may or may not ever develop.  They would include just Zack Wheeler and newcomer Drew Smith.  There is one major league trade acquisition in a barter of bad contracts and underperformers – Devin Mesoraco – who the Reds paid down to match what the Mets were paying Matt Harvey.  That’s not exactly a game changing move like Verlander, McCann, Gonzalez, Gattis, et all. 

Then there is free agency.  Houston has used this tool as well.  The Astros acquired some top tier talent in Carlos Beltran, Josh Reddick, a reliever with a strong track record in Luke Gregerson, a Cuban free agent in Yuri Gurriel and a key pitcher in Charlie Morton.

The Mets have embraced the free agent route but not with nearly as much foresight and success.  They have inked Jose Reyes, Asdrubal Cabrera, Todd Frazier, Anthony Swarzak, Jason Vargas and Jerry Blevins.  Though mired in a horrific slump, only Cabrera has been a net positive of that bunch. 

Finally there’s the scrap heap picking of other teams’ castoffs.  The Astros unearthed former Met and Rockie Collin McHugh, reliever Will Harris and outfielder Cameron Maybin.

Sandy Alderson picked up career 5.94 ERA pitcher Chris Beck and 37 year old Jose Bautista.  How much are they contributing to the problem?

So what have we learned here?  Well, for starters, the Mets have very little clue about identifying young talent.  When they got lucky, it was converted infielder Jacob deGrom, failed starter Jeurys Familia, and injury desperation promotion Michael Conforto. 

We also see that the Mets are seemingly too cowardly to make trades for major league players (or even close to major league ready prospects). 

On the free agent front the Mets tend to avoid the top tier players (yes, I know they spent foolishly on Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce who are both currently on the shelf).  They take on pitchers like Swarzak with no track record rather than proven ones like Gregerson.  I can’t fault them on Jerry Blevins who had been very good here in the past.  Asdrubal Cabrera was decent value.  Todd Frazier has yet to earn his keep.  However, the Jason Vargas signing after his horrific 2nd half and Jose Reyes made no sense whatsoever.

On the scrap heap picking, we saw and dispatched with Adrian Gonzalez and Buddy Baumann already, but still hang onto unproductive players that shouldn’t have been signed in the first place.  Is Sandy Alderson hoping to prove he was smart in making these deals and too proud to admit when he is wrong (which he apparently is nearly all of the time)?

One thing’s for sure, there are no Jose Altuves or Carlos Correas or George Springers or Alex Bregmans coming up through the Mets farm system.  How can one club be so consistently bad in drafting?


Reno 5 - Las Vegas 4

Press Release:

The Aces defeated the 51s, 5-4, in game two of the brief four-game homestand before a FIREWORKS Night crowd of 4,102 at Cashman Field.

Reno broke the 4-4 tie in the 9th inning on a triple by shortstop Ildemaro Vargas (1-for-5) and he later scored on a wild pitch.

Las Vegas rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to tie the game at 4-4.

Right fielder Patrick Kivlehan (3-for-4, two runs scored) hit a two-out, two-run inside-the-park home run off the center field fence (to tie the score at 4-4).

The last 51s player to hit an inside-the-park home run was Travis Taijeron vs. El Paso at Cashman Field on July 5, 2017.

51s right-hander Corey Oswalt pitched 5 innings in the no decision. He allowed 6 hits, 3 runs, walked 1 and struck out 5 on 97 pitches (59 strikes).

Columbia 9 - Lakewood 1


Press Release:

COLUMBIA, SC – Scott Manea became the first Firefly this season to tally four hits in a game and led the Fireflies to a blowout win over Lakewood on Friday, 9-1. The eight runs tied the largest margin of victory for Columbia this season.

Manea was “un-retirable” on Friday. In addition to the four singles, Manea also walked in the third inning. He reached base safely in all five plate appearances. The last Firefly to record four hits in a game was Luis Carpio on August 6, 2017.

The Fireflies offense as a whole was just as effective. All nine hitters reached base safely and four batters – Jeremy Vasquez, Matt Winaker, Raphael Gladu and Hansel Moreno – each finished with a pair of RBIs. In total, Columbia (1-1, 35-34) recorded 15 hits, two shy of its season high.

Ironically enough, the Fireflies fell behind 1-0 in the first frame. That proved to be the only run starter Tony Dibrell (W, 3-3) would allow in 5.1 innings. The right-hander punched out seven more batters on Friday and lowered his ERA to 3.51 (12 starts).

The home team sprang for two runs in the second. First, Vasquez began the inning with a double against Lakewood (1-1, 42-29) Spencer Howard (L, 3-7) and reached third when right fielder Jhailyn Ortiz fumbled the ball in the corner. Winaker drove his teammate in moments later with a sacrifice fly. Edgardo Fermin would later plate a run in the frame with a well-struck single into left field.

Columbia distanced itself from the BlueClaws after a three-run third. The big hit in the inning came off of Vasquez’s bat when the lefty drove in two with a double. After reaching third base on a wild pitch, it was déjà vu all over again. Winaker, once more, knocked the first baseman in with a sac fly. The Fireflies were ahead, 5-1.

The offense would not stay quiet. Later on, in the sixth inning, Gladu plated a pair of runs with a bases-loaded single and then in the seventh Hansel Moreno made some noise. The lefty jolted a double down the left-field line with the bases full. Two scored, and Pedro Lopez’s club held a 9-1 advantage.

Behind Dibrell, Carlos Hernandez, Trey Cobb and Stephen Villines hurled 3.2 combined shut-out innings and struck out five batters.

NUGGET OF THE NIGHT: For the first time all season, not a single Columbia hitter struck out.

Columbia aims to win the series against Lakewood on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 ET and righty Joe Cavallaro (7-1, 2.06) will toe the rubber for the Fireflies. The BlueClaws will counter with southpaw Damon Jones (5-2, 2.05).

Hartford 6 - Binghamton 1


Press Release:

BINGHAMTON, NY – Roberto Ramos belted a pair of home runs for the second straight night, helping Hartford to a 6-1 win over Binghamton on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. Ramos’ two-homer effort comes in just his second Double-A game, earning the Yard Goats a sixth straight win over the Rumble Ponies. 

Ramos’ big night at the dish coincided with another stellar performance by Yard Goats starting pitcher Peter Lambert. Facing the Rumble Ponies for the second time in six days, Lambert’s only mistake came against Tim Tebow in the third inning.

Trailing 1-0, Binghamton’s left fielder tied the game on the first pitch of the frame. Tebow sent Lambert’s offer over the wall in left, picking up his fifth home run of the season and tying the game at 1-1. 

The tie, though, lasted mere minutes, as Ramos quickly countered Tebow’s blast with one of his own. The First baseman led off the fourth by taking Justin Dunn’s pitch and launching over the centerfield wall. The longball was Ramos’ third at Double-A in just six at bats and gave Hartford a 2-1 lead.

The flood gates opened up in Hartford’s four-run, four-hit fifth inning. Sam Hilliard provided the frame’s first run, singling home Omar Carrizales to stretch the lead to 3-1. With Brendan Rodgers batting, a wild pitch from Dunn allowed Chris Rabago to advance and score for third to make it 4-1. With Rodgers aboard, Ramos belted his second home run of the night, a towering opposite-field drive that cleared the left-center field wall. 
Dunn (1-2), tossed six innings in his third Double-A start and second straight against Hartford. He coughed up six runs on seven hits, while whiffing seven Yard Goats.

Lambert (7-2), meanwhile, beat Dunn and the Ponies for the second time in six days, twirling seven innings of two-hit baseball. He struck out five without allowing a walk, and  retired 15 straight Rumble Ponies after the Tebow home run. 

Tyler Bashlor kept it at a five-run deficit, firing two perfect innings with four strikeouts.

POSTGAME NOTES: All five of Tim Tebow’s home runs have come at NYSEG Stadium…Kevin Taylor and Josh Allen had their six-game hitting streaks snapped…The Rumble Ponies have failed to beat the Yard Goats since their first meeting of the season (May 7)…The Rumble Ponies have dropped 11 of the last 13 games

Lakeland 4 - St. Lucie 1


PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (June 22, 2018) – The Lakeland Flying Tigers beat the St. Lucie Mets 4-1 on Friday in the conclusion of a suspended game from Thursday.

The seven-inning game scheduled later for Friday evening was postponed due to inclement weather. The teams will play a doubleheader at First Data Field on Saturday to get the series back on track.

Game 1 on Saturday is set to begin at 4 p.m. and last seven innings. There will be a 30-minute break before the start of game 2.

Fans with tickets to Friday’s game can exchange those tickets for any other game this season with the exception of July 4th. For $1 fans can upgrade to a Saturday fireworks game.

On Friday, the teams picked up their suspended game with no score in the second inning. Lakeland’s Kenny Wilson quickly put the Flying Tigers up 1-0 on a solo home run.

The Mets answered with a run in the bottom of the third when Gene Cone lifted a sac fly to bring home J.J. Franco and tie the game 1-1.

The Flying Tigers took the lead for good on a two-out RBI single by Luke Burch in the fourth inning.

Lakeland plated two insurance runs on a sac fly and RBI single in the ninth inning to go up 4-1.

Eudis Idrogo limited the Mets to one run on four hits in seven innings to get the win. Evan Hill handled a perfect ninth for his first save.

Thomas McIlraith suffered the loss for the Mets. He took over for starter Josh Prevost and gave up two runs on four hits in three innings.

Adam Atkins tossed three scoreless and hitless innings.

Anthony Dimino went 2 for 4 with a double.

The Mets went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position.


Mike Freire - What Do We Have Here?


As I sit down to write this article, I see that there are quite a few pieces being produced this morning on our potential "budding star" Brandon Nimmo.  I guess that's what a big night in Coors Field will do for you, although this has been going on for a few weeks now.  I briefly alluded to his possible "break out" a couple of weeks ago as a side reference in a different article on who we should keep and who we should potentially trade.

Since the other articles about Brandon have done a great job documenting his development during the 2018 season, I wanted to take a different approach and ask the loyal readers on this blog to consider something that may seem a bit outlandish (at first).  I think Brandon MIGHT be on a similar career path as Bryce Harper.

OK, OK....I can hear people freaking out as they read that last sentence and checking to see if I took my meds.  I want to preface the rest of this piece by stating that I DO NOT think Brandon will be the "next Bryce Harper".  That would be foolish since he is a generational talent and he is poised to be the best player of all time (except for maybe Mike Trout).  Yes, that was a bit of sarcasm because perception and reality are not always the same thing.  Bryce is a wonderful ballplayer and I would love to have him on our team, but his hype is probably a bit outside of his actual production (fueled by his monster 2015 campaign).

So my statement that Brandon MIGHT be on a similar career arc sounds ludicrous when compared to the hype, but not so much if you look at the actual statistics.

Bryce Harper was born in October of 1992, so he is playing the 2018 season as a 25 year old, which so happens is the same age as Brandon Nimmo (who was born five months later then Bryce).  Both players are roughly 6-3 tall, but Bryce has a few pounds on Brandon (220 to 208).  They are both outfielders by trade, although I would argue that Brandon should be in left field on a regular basis and Bryce is where he belongs in right field.

Bryce has roughly 3,000 career plate appearances, which equates to approximately five full seasons of statistics (if we use 600 plate appearances as a "full season" for comparison's sake), so an "average" season would look something like this;

.279/.383/.511 (.895 OPS)

33.8 HR/92.8 RBI/13.6 SB and 109.6 Runs

5.34 WAR  (-0.7 dWAR)

The listed statistics are pretty impressive and I stand by my assertion that he is a wonderful player that any team would like to have in the lineup.  But, how does Brandon stack up to what Bryce has accomplished so far?

For one thing, Bryce made his debut in 2012 as a NINETEEN YEAR OLD so he has a few seasons under his belt. Brandon has been bounced around a bit, but seems to be here for good now (hopefully).  Due to the irregular playing time, he has only accumulated 474 career plate appearances (which is roughly 80% of one full season).  It may be a bit irresponsible to use such a small sample size for comparison purposes, but what the heck.  The rest of the Mets' season has been pretty dismal, so we can use some good news.

If we extrapolate Brandon's statistics across a full season (600 plate appearances), his "average season" to date would look like this;

.274/.380/.479 (.864 OPS)

22.8 HR/62.0 RBI/11.4 SB and 92 Runs

4.30 WAR  (-0.7 dWAR)

Pretty damn similar in a lot of areas, right?  Bryce has a bit more power (for now) and hits in a more advantageous position in the Nationals lineup which tends to score more runs then the Mets edition.  I was a bit surprised at how close the two stat lines actually were, which I think bodes well for Brandon's future.

OR, take a closer look at Bryce's first full season in 2012, which consisted of 597 plate appearances for a more realistic comparison;

.270/.340/.497 (.817 OPS)

22 HR/59 RBI/18 SB and 98 Runs

3.5 WAR (1.5 dWAR)

When you look at Bryce's first year, you realize how good of a player he was right out of the gate.  But, remember that Brandon hasn't even reached 600 career plate appearances yet and his statistics are are pretty close to Bryce's first year.

I think this is pretty heady stuff and I am excited to watch Brandon develop.

Do you think I am crazy?  

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