Posted by Thomas Brennan at 8:00 AM
Tom Brennan - METS MINORS: WHO'S HOT, WHO'S HOT
The Mets lost 4 excruciatingly painful games through Sunday. Their pitchers are COLD. So, for solace, we look to the Mets Minors.
Sometimes, we evaluating fans can look only at a hitter or pitcher's full season stats to assess their relative standing and value amongst their minor league peers.
But sometimes, guys can be recovering from an unusual glacial stretch and looking at what they've done lately becomes more meaningful.
Conversely a guy could start out read hot, and once he is figured out by his opponents, his true colors show.
I'm not interested in who is cold - I want to know who is hot in the METS MINORS? Let someone else cover the frigids.
AMED ROSARIO - IF - LV 51S: .355/.395/.483 - 'nuff said.
DOMINIC SMITH - 1B - LV 51S: .324/.376/.483 - 'nuff said.
DESMOND JENNINGS - OF - LV 51S: Should the Mets jettison Grandy and call up the 30 year old JENNINGS? DESMOND is 19 for 50 (.380) with 5 homers over the past few weeks. I would say yes...shake this Mets team up! Jennings has plenty of big league experience, pop, and speed...get younger with a hot bat.
TYLER PILL - SP - LV 51S: 3-1. 0.81 in 7 starts - 'nuff said.
AL BALDONADO - LHRP - LV 51S: 20 IP, 0.90 ERA, lots of Ks. his only 2 runs were in his first of 2 Vegas outings, in which he walked none and gave up just 1 hit in 1.2 IP. Al is a red hot reliever.
PJ CONLON - LHSP - BINGHAMTON: back to back brilliant starts in which he went 15 IP and allowed 1 run, 6 hits, a walk and fanned 15. 3-2, 2.88 in 7 starts, K per inning.
LUIS GUILLORME - SS - BINGHAMTON: 0 for 8 in his last 2 games, but .316 on the season - stellar D. Winner.
TIM PETERSON - RP - BINGHAMTON: unscored on in 12 relief outings. Compares well to the Mets' major league pen, I'd say.
LUIS MATEO - RP - BINGHAMTON: terrible start to the season, but in his last 2 outings, 3.1 scoreless with 6 Ks.
KYLE REGNAULT - RP - BINGHAMTON: 3-0, 1,35 ERA, with 16 K in 13 IP.
JOHN MORA - OF - ST LUCIE METS: He was 4 for 40 through April 15, presumably because he had to file his taxes. He owed a buck fifty, so not to worry, Mr. Mora.
John is 32 for 107 since (.300) and 16 for his last 34 - from frigid to decent to scalding. Scalding is truly preferable.
PAT MAZEIKA - C - ST LUCIE METS: As if he wasn't hot enough, he's gone 16 for 38, 2 HR and 9 RBI in his last 10 games with 4 walks and just 3 Ks. Scalding. And .372 with 27 RBI for the season now. I'd hazard a guess that he is good...real good.
ANTHONY DIMINO - C - ST LUCIE METS: 21 games, .406, .488 OBP...of course the DL interrupts his scalding season.
TYLER BASHLOR - RP - ST LUCIE METS: In 2 games, he gave up a total of 5 runs, but none in his other 10 games, including his last 5, in which he fanned 9 in 4.2 IP. Nice to have a power pen arm in Bashlor.
AUSTIN MCGEORGE - RP - ST LUCIE METS: already 21.2 IP, which I can guarantee you Terry Collins has noticed. Just 4 earned runs, 27 Ks.
JORDAN HUMPHREYS - SP - COLUMBIA: let's put it this way - if he had a year more experience, he might be heading to Queens. 6-0, Ks, great ERA and WHIP. HOT. (Last night, a 2 run first, followed by 5 innings of 1 hit shutout ball, but it was enough for him to lose 2-1. Still great, though).
MERANDY GONZALEZ - SP - COLUMBIA: 5 awesome starts one shaky one, 5-1, HOT!
MICHAEL PAEZ - IF - COLUMBIA: Paez hit under .200 for Brooklyn in 2016. Not hot. First 13 games of 2017? A powerless .209...not hot. Since then? HOT! Paez has gone 21 for 68 (.309) with 14 extra base hits, climbing his BA up to .270. Keep it up, Michael.
ALI SANCHEZ - C - COLUMBIA: another guy who hit poorly last year. He had 3 hits in his first game, then went 3 for 43. PPP-UUU!
But since? HOT! 11 for 32, pulling him up from .128 to .215. I expected it from a guy who has fanned only 6 times in over 80 plate appearances. Contact creates hits.
GABE LLANES - SP - COLUMBIA: Only 2 earned runs in his last 4 starts spanning 26 IP. HOT!
DASH WINNINGHAM - 1B - COLUMBIA: hitting a paltry .196 on May 7, his last 4 games have been HOT! As in 8 for 16, 3 homers, 9 RBIs, leaving him at .237 and climbing.
TIM TEBOW - OF - COLUMBIA: 18 for his last 58 is HOT, but 13 K in his last 9 games is a cautionary note
MATT BLACKHAM AND MAX KUHNS - RP'S - COLUMBIA: 2 HOT relief pitchers virtually the entire season. Both like to strike out tons of hitters. Keep it up!
HOT stuff, ladies and gents. A nice diversion from the team in Queens that has won just 9 of its last 26.