7/28/15

HOW SOON? METS MINORS PITCHERS EDITION - Tom Brennan

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HOW SOON? METS MINORS PITCHERS EDITION - Tom Brennan

Last Tuesday, I started out with "A lot of folks clamor for Michael Conforto to be promoted to the Mets ASAP".  Well, our prayers were answered quickly. 
Now to the pitchers.  I love to see guys shoot up to the ranks right to the big leagues, like Jake deGrom, or even Michael Conforto.
But sometimes, you have to not ask “Why Not Yet?” and ask another question:  What is the weak spot so-and-so needs to improve upon before he gets promoted?
Let’s consider 10 pitcher type guys (stats mentioned are thru Saturday) - to be utterly arbitrary, how about 5 minor league starters and 5 relievers?
Sandy made it easier to pick from by making 2 great trades in recent days to gear up for a pennant run, while culling the prospect list of Corey Meisner, John Gant and Rob Whelan in those trades.  Neither Gant nor Whelan would have made my top 5 starters-in-waiting, but Meisner did - still, there are more than 5 very solid starter guys remaining, IMO.

 I wrote a Mack's article about a year ago on the Mets Minors incredible pitching surplus.  Since then, Matz and Thor have been promoted, the 3 guys above just got traded (as did Brad Weick), Wheeler and Molina went down with major elbow injuries, and Pill and Bowman have appeared more supect than prospect in 2015...and they still have starter prospect depth, not even including draftees in 2015.

Before I move on to our remaining guys, a few words on Meisner, Whelan and Gant.

    Casey Meisner - outstanding at a very young age as he has progressed thru all levels of A ball.  The 20 year old could have been a mid-2017 call up. Maybe he still will be - for the As.

  • Whelan is 21, a 12th rounder out of HS.  He was great before this year (143 IP, 99 H, 38 BB, 140 K, 30 earned runs), but this year in St Lucie, the WHIP and ERA jumped, although still at good levels; he allowed 38 runs in 83 innings.  Remains to be seen how good he'll be as major leaguer.  My projection is he'll be a 5th starter.
  • Gant was a 21st rounder, about to turn 23, and was terrific in 2013-15 in A ball (235 IP, 70 earned runs (plus 20 unearned), 243 Ks.  In AA, he hit headwinds - ERA up to 4.70, WHIP up too, lower K rate.  I also project him as # 5 starter.

I wish them all well - except down the road vs. the Mets.

I am leaving off Logan Verrett and Rafael Montero, since in my view, they've already successfully made it to the bigs, even if they are still in the minors as of right now. But those are two already.
Anyway...here goes:

Michael Fulmer - more and more he is looking like a #2 or #3 level starter, so perhaps he will be good enough to be good the Mets' 5th starter!  He has been fantastic in AA of late, and most importantly, has plus major league velocity.  The next month may dictate if he makes the Mets' rotation opening day 2016, but more likely he is a post Super 2 call up.

Gabe Ynoa - Ynoa was getting little love from me when he entered mid June with an ERA of nearly 6 with a very low strikeout rate.  So he promptly shut me up with an outstanding stretch of pitching over his last 9 starts.  Maybe ready to start in the bigs by mid-2016 as a #5. Walks no one, but needs to miss more bats.


Luis Cessa - part of the great Cyclone rotation in 2012 (Robles, Ynoa, Lara, Cessa, and rehabbing stud Luis Mateo - even Matt Bowman pitched there, mostly in relief). Luis has struggled against AAA hitters in the PCL so far (8.84 ERA in 19 innings), but pitched really well at AA earlier this year (2.56 ERA in 13 starts).  Still 23, throws hard, may be a solid bullpen piece, trade chip or ML starter.

Seth Lugo  in AA, also has turned heads. A hard throwing righty defying his 34th round 2011 draft slot odds, he has refined his slider to go with his curve, learned to mix his pitches better this year, and spots a 3.20 ERA with 8 Ks per 9 IP over 98 innings this season. Red hot of late, with just 1 earned run in his past 4 starts. A few more starts like his recent ones, and maybe he is a trade chip or 2016 pen guy. Can't rule out major league starter if he keeps refining his stuff.

Rainy Lara - Like Cessa, Lara recently made AAA. Like Cessa, he is finding out AAA is a super challenge. After posting a 5-3, 3.57 Mark in 12 AA starts, he is sputtering with a 7+ ERA in 24 AAA innings. Time will tell as to whether he is hitting his ceiling or can conquer AAA and make the majors in some capacity.

OTHER GUYS OF NOTE: I've listed 5 guys above, plus Montero and Verrett - that is still a lot of "inventory."  But there are more "down under".

Other notables are: Matt Bowman, who is trying to slay the AAA Dragon that has been flummoxing him badly for most of this year; Marcos Molina, who may be a top tier major league starter if he fully recovers from his elbow issues; Scarlyn Reyes, having gone 10-4, 3.40 in Savannah, and just promoted to St Lucie, and...

Martirez Arias, who got rolling late (he actually was in the system for 2009-12 very unimpressively, but in Kingsport rookie ball in 2014 as a 23 year old, flipped the switch: he has been fine in rookie and A ball this year and last: (11-4, ERA around 2.00, strikeout per inning, including a recent great first start for St Lucie). Some really tall guys like him take a while.

NOW FOR THE 5 RELIEVERS: righties except for Alvarez and Secrest:

1. Paul Sewald - not the hardest thrower, but simply tremendous in his 175 innings since being the Mets' 2012 10th round selection (204 Ks, 1.79 ERA).  Should be a solid bullpen piece in Queens in 2016.

2. Dario Alvarez - since June 1, 15 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 22 Ks.  Bullpen lefty in Queens in 2016. Just promoted to AAA, where he threw a pefect 0.2 innings to get the win Sunday.

3. Akeel Morris - before he was called up to Queens for one lousy relief outing, he was invincible.  Since then, spotty.  I believe he will rebound and be a bullpen piece some time in 2016 in Queens.

4. Christian Montgomery - one bad outing so far in 2015, a lot of great ones. Hard throwing righty who may show up in Queens by 2017, IMO.

5. Kelly Secrest - been a very solid reliever since he was drafted in 2014.  The lefty, now in St Lucie and 6-2 there, is 9-3, 2.34 and a K per inning since turning pro.

There are plenty of other good relievers in the system, some recently drafted, who could be pushing their way onto the list in the future. One guy I hold out hope for is Luis Mateo, getting back on track after essentially ax2 year Tommy John hiatus.  

Good times in Sandy's minor league pitcher production factory.

Who knows? A few more may depart as trade chips this week. Sandy's doing some deep sea fishing these days and needs plenty of bait...

So stay tuned. 
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The Morning Report 7.28.2015 | MORE TRADES!

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Evaluating The Trade: Troy Tulowitzki | Chris Soto

  • Let's just get right to it shall we? At 12:14AM EST this morning, the Colorado Rockies traded SS Troy Tulowitzki and RP LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for SP Jeff Hoffman, CL Roberto Osuna, SS Jose Reyes, and SP Jesus Tinoco. This deal was straight up with no money exchanging hands. So of course people are going to ask, "What is the equivalent trade for the Mets?" Well....there is none.....at least not a complete one. I'll do my best to re-create it though
    • SP Jeff Hoffman- The Blue Jays top right handed pitching prospect is a potential ace with 2 plus pitches in his upper 90's fastball and his power curveball. His 3rd pitch is a an above average change-up that keeps lefty hitters off balanced.
      • Mets Equivalent- Noah Syndergaard
    • RP Miguel Castro- Despite only being 20 years old, he displaced Brett Cecil from the closer's role early in the season but giving it up himself to another 20 yr old flame thrower in Osuna. With his mid 90's fastball and a devastating change-up, Castro could develop into one of the better closers for the next 2 decades. 
      • Mets Equivalent- Akeel Morris
    • SS Jose Reyes- The Rockies do not feel that prospect Trevor Story is ready for the MLB so essentially Jose Reyes is a SS replacement for Tulo. On top of bringing 30 SB wheels, Reyes still has some solid pop in his bat and could be a legitimate threat to hit 15 HRs out of Coors Field. Getting away from the punishing turf field should also work wonders for his legs.  
      • Mets Equivalent- .....ummm....I got nothing....Wilmer Flores?? just for the replacement part
    • SP Jesus Tinoco- A 2011 Venezuelan bonus baby, the 6' 4" 20 yr old has a ton of projectability. He already has a plus sinker that generates a ton of ground ball outs as well as swings and misses. He still needs to work on improving the breaking stuff and his change-up but if both of those pitches come around, the Rockies could have a potential #3/#4 guy here
      • Mets Equivalent- Casey Meisner
  • As you can see, the Blue Jays paid a HEAVY price to grab Tulo. A potential top starter, a potential top closer, a significant wild card piece, AND an MLB starting caliber player.

Evaluating The Trade: Tyler Clippard | Chris Soto

  • Now that the Tulo evaluation is out of the way....lets turn our attention to the Mets trade yesterday. Sandy Alderson agreed to send SP prospect Casey Meisner to Oakland in exchange for CL Tyler Clippard + cash. The deal utilizes the Mets current SP depth in the lower minors to not only bolster the MLB bullpen, but also provides Terry Collins with a solid weapon against left handed hitters.
    • SP Casey Meisner- Meisner is a very RAW prospect who could has some significant upside. When he was drafted out of high school his FB only clocked in at 86-88 mph, but he has since improved it to 92-94mph. He combines this with an ok curveball that flashes promise of being a plus pitch and a change-up that still needs some work but could potentially be an MLB average pitch. Meisner is the definition of the long term project as he still needs significant time to develop his "stuff." If he does improve he could have a solid ceiling as an 200+ inning #3 starter in the big leagues
    • RP Tyler Clippard- The former Nationals set-up man, is a battle hardened veteran with 2 years of high leverage bullpen experience in the playoffs. During his 8 seasons with the Nationals and A's, Clippard has a career 2.69 ERA supported by a 10.2 K/9 rate. His superb change-up makes him particularly dangerous against left handed hitters. In his career, lefties are only hitting .183 AVG with a miniscule .571 OPS. 
  • Clippard should immediately step into his familiar role as a set-up man in the NL East and knows the Nationals extremely well. He is going to a ridiculously strong weapon for the Mets who suddenly have 4 closer quality arms in the bullpen.
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DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 7-27-15

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DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 7-27-15

 STAR OF THE DAY: Martires Arias, Witt Haggard

HONORABLE MENTION: Alberto Baldonado, Josh Smoker



 SCORES:


Las Vegas  (58-45) 0 - Reno 3

Binghamton  (55-46) 1 - New Britain 4

St Lucie (50-50) 2  - Daytona 1

Savannah  (53-47) 9 - Greensboro 0

Brooklyn  - DNP

Kingsport  - TWIN BILL:

- Game 1 LOST 4-1

- Game 2 WON 2-1

GCL Mets (17-14) 8  - Nats 1

DSL METS 1 (25-24) 1 - Rojos 6

DSL METS 2 (29-20) 2 - Braves  6  


AND NOW THE SCOOP:
 
Las Vegas sent Comrade Gorski to the hill against the Reno front. He got no support from his L 51 bombers in this one, as Vegas got shut out on 5 hits (2 by Comrade Ceciliani). Thru 6 innings, Gorski allowed 5 hits, 6 walks and 3 runs.. Cody Satterwhite, subject of a recent Steve Guilbert article, pitched 2 perfect innings in relief, fanning 2. Nice.

 
Binghamton's Gabe Ynoa came into action having allowed just 9 earned runs and 2 walks in his last 7 starts. Not quite as sharp tonight (6 IP, 3 R). Excellent relief, of late and tonight, from the hot Josh Smoker, who K'd 4 in 2 IP, and has fanned 47 in 37 innings for the year.

Cecchini 2-4 and d'Arnaud 1-3 on a quiet night for B Met bats. Most excitingly, d'Arnaud picked a guy off 2B, a good sign that the arm is healthy.
 

St Lucie's Kevin McGowan returned to the mound after his 12 run disaster last start, and the Lucies hoped to get to 50-50 in game # 100. Mission accomplished, as McGowan tossed 7 innings of 3 hit, one run ball.

Three Daytona pitchers fashioned a tidy 15 hitter, only allowing 2 runs somehow. Three hits each by Champ Stuart (.183) and Colton Plaia, and 2 hits each by the red hot Phil Evans and Yeixon Ruiz, pushing both up to .243, a long way from where both were very recently. Kudos to Jeff McNeil, who had a walk off single in the 9th.

 
Savannah's excellent pitching Martirez Arias took the start vs. lowly Greensboro. The tall righty was excellent again for 6 shutout innings, with Alberto Baldonado (somehow 0-6) finishing off the shutout with 3 fine innings to drop his ERA to 1.77.

14 hits evenly spread about the line up, with Michael Katz dropping another 33 run bomb and SAL player of the week continuing to streak with a 2-4 night.  Nido, Moore, Biondi, Becerra and Garcia added 2 hits apiece.

 
Brooklyn DNP


 Kingsport. - the Gonzalez boys - Merandy and Harol - got today's twin bill starts. Merandy has struggled in two appearances wish the K Mets.  Prior to that, in 2 of his 4 GCL outings, he allowed No Hits (as in ZERO) in 12 innings. Today, Merandy pitched quite well, and got a 4 out, 4 K relief effort from Witt Haggard.  Dale Burdick drove in both the first run and the winning run.

In the first game, Harol pitched well until 2 late homers cost him the game.

IVAN WILSON: he has not struck out in 4 straight games, and had 2 hits tonight. Terrific for him.

GCL Mets welcomed back rehabbers  Cesar Puello (0-3) and slick Matty Reynolds (1-2, BB), but it was the guys several years younger that got the deal done today. Desmond Lindsay went 2-4 (.429) with 2 RBIs and Ali Sanchez (.349) added a hit and an RBI (12). 

18 year old Jake Simon (2-0, 0.00) tossed 2 scoreless for the win.


 DSL METS 1: the Mets got rolled by the Rojos.


 DSL METS 2: Nick Debora's ERA dropped to 0.84 because his 4 runs were all unearned.  Life in the DSL - more boots than a Thom McCann factory.


GOAT: B Mets hitters.


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Troy Tulowitzki to Colorado for Jose Reyes & LaTroy Hawkins

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This late night stunner was about the money.  Reyes at $22 million per year actually makes more than Tulowitzki at $20 million, but his contract is shorter, so the deal saves Colorado quite a bit of money.  There are unnamed minor leaguers coming back to Colorado as well, but at first glance it seems like Toronto got the better end of this deal.

Did Toronto really need to add another slugger in addition to Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion?
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7/27/15

ROSTER MOVES - Savannah

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Please be advised of the following Sand Gnat roster moves:

7/27 - Scarlyn Reyes transferred to St. Lucie Mets
7/27 - Natanael Ramos activated from Disabled List
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FLASH: Mets Complete Trade for Oakland A's RP Tyler Clippard

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The deal has been made official. The Mets will send SP prospect Casey Meisner to Oakland in exchange for RHRP Tyler Clippard.


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According to multiple sources, the Mets and the Athletics are close to a potential deal that would sent right handed RP Tyler Clippard to Flushing. 

In 38.2 IP this season, Clippard has held opponents to a .175 average resulting in a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves for the last place A's. he is particularly difficult against left handed hitters. During 2015, lefties are only 7 for 70 with a 21% K rate against Clippard.

According to Joel Sherman, the Mets would be parting with a minor league SP prospect in exchange. It is believed that the Mets could also be interested in OF Josh Reddick as well but currently he is not rumored to be part of this deal.

UPDATES

  • According to sources, the Mets primary competition for Clippard is the Washington Nationals. The club not only sees him as a strong playoff piece, but also as a large late inning threat should the Mets get their hands on him.
  • According to Jon Heyman, the New York Yankees were also in on Tyler Clippard but have since bailed out.
  • General chatter on A's blogger Jason Wojciechowski Twitter handle suggest that the Oakland A's could be interested in SP Robert Gsellman. Gsellman is currently listed as Binghamton's starter this Wednesday. We will keep an eye on the situation.
  • According to multiple sources, the Oakland A's want to trade Clippard no later than TONIGHT. A's and Mets are still in talks over finalizing a potential deal but the Nationals remain in play.
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John Mora Named SAL Player of the Week

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The South Atlantic League office announced today that Outfielder John Mora has been named Player of the Week for the week of July 20-26. Mora is the third different Sand Gnat to be named POTW this season.

Mora, 22, appeared in six games during the week and registered at-least one hit in each game. The native of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic had a .522 batting average (12-for-23) with four doubles, a triple, a home run, and eight RBI. Along with his six-game hitting streak, the outfielder has also reached base safely in nine straight games since July 17th.
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Lugo Named League Pitcher of the Week

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Binghamton Mets starter Seth Lugo was recognized on Monday as the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week. In two starts during the week, Lugo logged 14 innings in two wins, allowed one total run and compiled a pair of eight-strikeout performances.
Lugo, 25, started his terrific week with seven strong innings against the New Britain Rock Cats on July 20. A solo home run allowed in the first inning proved to be the only blemish as Lugo matched a Double-A career high with eight strikeouts. He capped his strong performance by fanning the final three batters he faced. Lugo followed up with another stellar performance on Sunday against the Trenton Thunder, going seven scoreless innings while collecting eight more strikeouts.
In his last four starts, Lugo has gone 4-0, compiled a 0.36 ERA and racked up 26 strikeouts over 25.0 innings.
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The Morning Report 7.27.2015 | TRADES, TRADES, TRADES!!!!

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Evaluating The Trade | Chris Soto- After getting a ton of flack about not making any moves during the Mets horrendous offensive stretch, Sandy Alderson proofed, once again, that patience wins out at the end of the day. The Mets traded RHP Robert Whalen and RHP Jon Gant to the Atlanta Braves for UT Kelly Johnson, 3B Juan Uribe, and $500k of salary coverage. From the prospects standpoint, neither Whalen, nor Gant, had a future with the Mets with the way the team is currently constructed. No SP spots are going to open up on this team until at least after the 2018 season. Quite frankly, I'm not sure how either of them can fit into the Braves future rotation plans. In exchange for them, the Mets pick up a strong bat off the bench in Johnson who has the ability to play multiple positions. Basically they acquired Ben Zobrist without the Ben Zobrist price tag. They also picked up a starting caliber 3B in Juan Uribe. Folks, this is the same Juan Uribe who at age 35 hit .311 AVG with a .777 OPS last season for the LA Dodgers. He may not bring much in terms of power, but the old guy can still hit. This is another solid SOLID trade for the Alderson regime and from the sounds of it....they aren't done yet.


Ernie Palladino | CBS New York- Terry Collins was never a buffoon of a manager. He just lacked options. Sandy Alderson gave him some with the trade for Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson.
Now, for really the first time this year, the front office can get a clear picture of whether Collins is the guy to lead the Mets beyond 2015. That’s a future issue, of course. The immediate business involves staying on the NL East-leading Nationals’ tail, a position that seems nothing short of miraculous considering the horrendous way the Mets started the second half of the schedule. Regardless of their offensive explosion Saturday and an extra-innings win Sunday, it remains quite amazing that they have hung off Washington’s shoulder during a 4-6 stagger out of the All-Star break.

(Chris Soto: Well, I wouldn't say he's a buffoon....but TC is still not that great of a manager. Irregardless though, the Mets struggles over the past month certainly weren't his fault. Palladino is right, he had nothing to work with. While Uribe and Johnson certainly aren't guys who can push this team into a playoff race, it's a step in the right direction and it's a step that is already paying dividends.


Bob Klapisch | Newsday- Clearly, the Mets are in a run-scoring crisis. It’s a certainty Michael Cuddyer will be placed on the disabled list as early as today. Michael Conforto, the franchise’s best hitting prospect, will be summoned from Class AA. It’s the logical move and it’ll placate the ticket buyers who are teetering toward open rebellion. But the timing of Conforto’s promotion speaks to upper management’s clumsiness and lack of vision. Conforto is being sent to war against Kershaw? Against Greinke? In his major league debut? Collins can’t possibly sacrifice a rookie like that. No kid, regardless of his genetic blessings, is ready for such a buzz saw. The smarter move would’ve been to put Cuddyer on the DL on Monday and let Conforto debut against the Nationals’ Joe Ross, himself a rookie, and Jordan

(Chris Soto: Wow...I did not think about this at all. When you look at the timing of Conforto's currently unreported promotion, this is a suicide job by them. Sandy Alderson is quickly losing the support of the "sensible" fan base due to his lack of inactivity amidst the team's overall poor play. With such a dominate pitching staff, there is clearly a window of opportunity for the Mets to break through and become successful. Even a league average offense, could result in almost 7 additional wins than what the Mets have gotten so far this season.) 



Kevin Alonzo | Bleacher Report- Far too often this season, dazzling performances from New York Mets starting pitchers have gone to waste due to the team's incompetence with a bat in their hands. Aware of the team's deficiencies offensively, general manager Sandy Alderson has initiated his attempt to overhaul the lineup. On Friday, he called up 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto from Double-A. Later that day, Alderson acquired Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Atlanta Braves for two lower-level minor league pitchers, John Gant and Rob Whalen. This is a low-cost move that immediately makes the Mets better. Nobody is suggesting these three players alone will carry New York's offense—the Mets scored just three runs again on Sunday—but there's no doubt the team is improved from last Thursday.

(Chris Soto: Exactly...don't look at these moves as the one that will get the Mets to the playoffs ....cause that's just not the case. This trade was foundation supporter, something that Alderson can build on but still improve the team incrementally by upgrading the Bench. This kind of move bumps the offense from 29th overall to maybe 24th overall, now Alderson needs to find the piece that pushes it up to 15th or better within the next 5 days.)



Joe D.  | Metsmerized Online- Beat reporter Anthony DiComo of MLB.com, continues to hear that the Mets continue to look at Cincinnati Reds outfielder Jay Bruce and that they are scouting him heavily. Having already shipped off Johnny Cueto to the Kansas City Royals, the Reds have made it known that they are looking to unload their big salaried players as they look to save as much money as they can. In addition to Jay Bruce, the Mets have been linked to Troy Tulowitzki, Yoenis Cespedes, Gerardo Parra, Ben Zobrist, Tyler Clippard, and Justin Upton.

(Chris Soto: Now that Johnson and Uribe have been acquired, you can probably cross Zobrist and Parra off the list. The club is probably now interested in acquiring "the big one," someone who can seriously improve the team's offense to the point where once Wright and d'Arnaud come back...it suddenly becomes a much more feared group. Reports indicated that Justin Upton talks were quite heavy over the weekend but the two teams couldn't agree on a deal, I would think that the clubs will revisit soon. In addition it was reported that the Mets have been seeking out Tulowitzki, but the Rockies don't seem too inclined to move him. Again we may see the two clubs revisit this during the week.)
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DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 7-26-15

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DOWN UNDER: Mets Minor League Results - 7-26-15

 STAR OF THE DAY: Seth Lugo; Vegas offense, especially Dilson Herrera

HONORABLE MENTION: Joe Benson, Yeixon Ruiz


 SCORES:

Las Vegas (58-44) 16 - Reno 9. 

Binghamton (55-45) 8 - Trenton 0

St Lucie (49-50) 4  - Daytona 16

Savannah (52-47) 6 - Greensboro 5

Brooklyn  (19-16) 2 - Mahoning Valley 6

Kingsport (16-15)  8 - Elizabethton 4

GCL Mets  - DNP

DSL METS 1.  DNP

DSL METS 2.   DNP

 
Las Vegas' Matt Bowman roughed up again. DDario Alvarez, promoted, relieved Matt and got two outs and the win.  Dilson Herrera homered, had 3 total hits and 4 RBIs.  Vegas had 24 base runners.  Muno and Ceciliani had 3 hits apiece, Monell 3 RBIs, and Taijeron got on base 4 times.

 
Binghamton's Seth Lugo has quietly put together a nice season, and today he...was...OUTSTANDING.  7 IP, 4 H, 8 Ks.  ERA of 3.20 and 89 Ks in 98 innings.

 Joe Benson had a HR and 4 RBIs.  Of most current interest, though, to Mets fans: Travis d'Anaud was 2-5 in his 2nd rehab game (he was the DH).  Akeel Morris and Jeff Walter with a scoreless inning apiece to complete the shutout.
 

St Lucie got hammered today.  16 runs.  Casey Meisner had his worst start of the season surrendering 7 runs, and Paul Paez allowed 7 runs more in a short outing. 

An ugly 8 of the 16 runs were unearned (Phil Evans (.237) made 3 errors, while getting on base 3 times).  SS Yeixon Ruiz was hitting .210 a few days ago, but 4 hits tonight have him at 8-13 the past 3 games, pushing him up to .239.

 
Savannah - Greensboro is 23 games below .500 and the Gnats took advantage of ineptitude like 4 unearned runs.

Casey Delgado had a solid start, but today, hitters like Michael Katz and John Mora did the deal, Mora with 3 hits (12 for his last 23) and Katz with 3 hits, including a HR & 4 RBIs. 

Two Gnats relievers almost coughed it up, allowing 3 runs, but the Gnats hung on for the W.

 
Brooklyn failed to score much again, with 2 runs and 5 hits.  A weak start from Andrew Church (4.1 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 4 R).  Luis Mateo allowed a run in 2 innings 1H, 1BB, 1 K).


 
Kingsport's Nabil Crismatt (2.59 ERA) was solid in the win and has struck out 30 in 24 innings in 2015.  Pat Mazelka (.331) had 2 hits and scored 3 runs and his 24th RBI. 3B Greg Valencia (.283) had 2 hits and 3 RBIs.

 
GCL Mets DNP



 DSL METS 1 DNP



 DSL METS 2 DNP 


 GOAT: Paul Paez, St Lucie defense.
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