Except for poor Binghamton which has experienced 2 weather cancellations already (got love upper New England for baseball in early April), the  Mets Minor League season for its 4 full season teams is now two games old.

Already some interesting observations. At least to me.

They're not wasting any time, folks.  

Columbia has hit like crazy so far, scoring 21 runs in two games. Speedy Jacob Zanon, who stole a lot of bases in 2016 even though he had trouble getting on base, had a single, double, triple, walk and a steal yesterday.

Tim Tebow (has anybody heard of this guy?  His name makes me think "pigskin for some reason) is 2 for 10 with a homer.   Both hits were his first at bat, so stay alert, Tim.

Dash Winningham has an amazing 7 RBI in two games. 

Several Columbians have on base % of .400 or higher in the 2 games, as these guys have gotten on constantly.  

Keep it up, fellas.  Your pitchers will love you.  So will Sandy.

Unlike the parent club, they already have several steals.  Footloose and fancy free.

Columbia's 20 year old fireballer Jordan Humphrey moved himself right into the Mets minors pitching elite, in my opinion, with a fantastic performance last night:

5 2/3 innings, three hits, no runs, great control, nine Ks. 

My guess? Rising star.  And rising fast.

Joe Zanghi relieved for an inning and struck out the side giving him 48 strikeouts in 30 career endings. Wow.

In Las Vegas, now 1-1 despite just 5 runs in 2 games, poor Matt Reynolds is 0 for 8 with six strikeouts.

Righty Ricky Knapp threw his hat into the "I'm the next starting pitcher ready to come up to the Mets" sweepstakes with six innings of one-run ball against Reese Kaplan's hometown El Paso hombres.

Veteran returnee Josh Rodriguez hit a game-winning two-run homer in the 9th for Vegas.

Travis Taijeron is off to a good two game start with a homer last night to boot. Dom Smith singled and doubled last night, too.

St Lucie has hit poorly over two games except for Pat Mazelka, who ought to have a huge year.  Andrew Church pitched well in defeat last night.

Quick recap.  That's it.


Peter Hyatt said...

As critics complain that Tim Tebow is taking a spot from a kid, the Mets are selling more tickets and judging by statements made by both Collins and Alderson, I won't be surprised if the Mets eventually offer him a position in player development, ie, keeping kids out of trouble!

Interesting post,


Thomas Brennan said...

Peter, it is funny that I thought Columbia would get off to the worst start, because they picked up several Brooklyn guys who hit quite poorly in 2016...but they are getting on base a lot the first few games, that's for sure...inspired by Tebow? Stranger things have happened!

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