A month of 2016 is now in the books for the Mets' minors lads, spanning early April through early May.  

So what's cooking in our latest episode of: 


Last week, the bats of Wuilmer Becerra and T J Rivera were too hot for anyone but those 2 individuals to touch.  

In this past week, Becerra continued his thermonuclear hit pace, and T J?  Stayed hot as well.  But he always stays hot.

So how are some guys doing?  Let's lift the hood and look at last week's Monday thru Sunday fun and games.


Lots of guys hit well.  Let’s pick 6 of them.

2B Dilson Herrera erupted this week going 11 with 3 bombs. Sweet.

IF Gavin Cecchini shakes off early offensive doldrums win a 15 for 30 streak in his last 9 games, leaving him flirting with .300.  Excellent.

OF Wuilmer Becerra: Yes, Star of the Week again.  Willie B erupted to .415, with a 20 for 37 explosion in his last 10 games.  Actually, he is an astounding 35 for his last 75. Very, very remarkable. Even more remarkable was him going 2 for 3 Monday, with a HBP and sac fly, to rise further to .424.  But see Ty Kelly below.

SS Amed Rosario: made a fine campaign even finer with his 5 games this past week – 9 hits and 3 walks, boosting the 20 year old budding star up to .328/.370/.526 with 20 RBIs.  Better than his league?  Appears so.  Much better than his 2015 St Lucie #’s: .257/.307/.335.


 Thompson has a terrific 8 RBIs in his last 5 games, and 35 RBIs in 31 games.  Hitting .303.  15 extra base hits.  Keep banging.

Siena has a ridiculous .366/.496/.495 line in 29 games.  On base 7 times in his last 2 games.  Amazing.

After last night, I add a 7th STAR to the list: Ty Kelly went 4 for 4 Monday night for Vegas and is hitting .427.  FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY SEVEN, FOLKS!


Vegas hit squad hitting on all cylinders, climbing nearly 30 points in 2 weeks to .280:  

2B Dilson Herrera – co Star of the Week – see above

Gavin Cecchini – co Star of the Week – see above

OF Ty Kelly sits at .394/.494/.521. Amazing. (But see above)

IF TJ Rivera - over his last 22 games, only 2 games without a hit...one in which he only pinch hit, the other where he went 0-1, with a HBP and sac fly.  Hitting a consistent .352.  We should all be so consistent.

Brandon Nimmo
has hit .357 over his last 10 games to climb to .262.  Just 6 doubles and a homer so far in the Pop Dept, though.


Pitching?  The Sean and Gabe Show rolls on. 

Sean Gilmartin is 4-1, 2.48 after 6 starts, and added a couple of hits in his last outing.  Trying to be the Big Sexy, Vegas style.

Gabe Ynoa has been quietly special, at 3-0, 1.91 after 6 starts with 19 K IN 37 IP.  We should all be so quiet.  Clearly doing a lot right.

Chase Bradford sports a spiffy 0.73 ERA after 9 relief outings.  Chase those bums outa the box! 

Rafael Montero? Sorry, lousy. 6.50 ERA. 10 runs in 9 innings in last two.  (PHEW...5.2 innings of shutout ball last night. Awesome.)

Paul Sewald – always doing well. Nothing ever changes.  In another season, he'd be pitching in Queens.

Dario Alvarez - Dario has K'd 23 in 11.1 IP, with a 7.15 ERA. Cool. I guess.


B Mets hitting just .248.  But that is good for FOURTH in the low offense Eastern League.

Dominic Smith has climbed to 5th in the Eastern League at.295, with a team-leading 23 RBIs in 27 games.  Only 3 Ks in his last 10 contests.

Matt Oberste
 has been keeping pace with Smith average-wise, as he did last season.  Matt is hitting .287 with 12 ribbies. 


Rob Gsellman has a 1.77 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 6 starts.  

Rainy Lara 2-3, 3.38, last 2 starts very solid.

Tyler Pill?  2-2, 4.25 after 5 starts, the last 3 of which were solid.

The Pen:

Big Logan Taylor 3-0, 1.72, 19 K in 15.2 IP. IMPRESSIVE.

Akeel Morris has strung together 5 straight scoreless relief outings.


Some young offensive stars leading the way: 

OF Wuilmer Becerra - see above. My co-star of the week. 

SS Amed Rosario - see above. My co-star of the week. 

Pitchers?  Slow week:

Casey Delgado sat at 4-0, 2.67 with his last start on May 1.  

Remaining really impressive out of the St Lucie pen are Tim PetersonKevin McGowan, Al Baldonado, and Ben Griset.


Two hitting stars that show up every week here:

a.  IF Vinny Siena: see Stars of the Week above

b.  3B David Thompson: see Stars of the Week above


1B Dash Winningham and OF Ivan Wilson – neither were blistering last week, but both continue to show promise.  Ivan has gone 19 for 73 (.260) with 12 walks and “just” 24 Ks in his last 23 games, a terrific step forward for the toolsy outfielder from past years’ struggles.

Fire Flies' hurlers struggled a bit this past week, but not one guy.

P J Conlon (4-0, 1.50, 30 IP, 3 BB).  31 H in 30 IP is an area to focus. 

Lots of great stories.

I was excited this week.

I suspect I'll be excited next week too. 

What say you, reader?


Adam Smith said...

Some very encouraging starts to the season. Rosario will be Bingo-bound in a couple of weeks, I think. If he can master that level by the end of the season, he certainly starts looking like the legit heir to Cabrera. Becerra will stick around Florida until at least the all-star break, but getting him to Bingo at anytime this season, at 21 years old off of a blistering partial season in A+ would be fantastic. David Thompson might just be playing himself into true prospect status (I like the XBH ability). We shall see.

The starting pitching, meanwhile, looks thin. A few guys who might possibly make it as end of rotation starters, maybe one or two with ceilings somewhat above that if all goes right. The possibility exists that one or more of the lower level guys breaks through, but if I'm the Mets, I'm looking at a high ceiling arm with one of those two high draft picks. Fortunately, we should have a couple of years before we're in need of much more than fill in starts from below.

Thomas Brennan said...

Adam, good points.

The minors' starters are thin...and with Strasburg extending for 7 years and $175 million, it is time to work on guys to replace some of our elite pitchers in the upcoming years as they collectively get super-pricy.

Thomas Brennan said...

A Tyler Pill Shout Out: Tyler Pill lost despite 12 Ks in 7+ last night, but the dude had a 2 run single - I seriously just wonder what he'd be like as a hitter? He is a good pitcher, but may not be major league caliber, but can he hit? YES

You see offensive guys all the time who, when played sporadically, can't find a hitting groove - but this guy goes months without hitting, yet always gets productive hits when they have non-DH games. He was a big hitter in college. In his minor league career, he is 20 for 48 (.417) with TWO STRIKEOUTS.

Bob Sugar said...

Brandon Nimmo, practically the forgotten man

Thomas Brennan said...

Bob, Nimmo has been hitting better of late, but you want a corner OF with power...his career slugging % is under .400. I'd trade him at the right time.

Bob Sugar said...


Ty Kelly hitting 427 but he is not mentioned in the same light as the prospects. Is he just a AAAA player or?

Thomas Brennan said...

Bob, my take on Ty Kelly is a very competent AAAA player. He turns 28 in July, and coincidentally, his minors career #'s (.279/.382/.379) very closely mirror Brandon Nimmo (.268/.378/.388).

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