John From Albany - Brooklyn in 3-way tie for first, Syracuse a half game out.


The final week of the Minor League season continues to be exciting for Syracuse and Brooklyn. 

PC - Mack
Yesterday, the Syracuse Mets (playing as the Salt Potatoes) knocked off Rochester Red Wings (playing as the Plates) 11-3.  Syracuse had 12 hits and 5 walks as every player except one reached base.  This includes Brandon Nimmo with a 3 for 4, 2 RBI day and Arismendy Alcantara with a triple and 3 RBIs.  Danny Espinosa added 2 more RBIs for the team lead of 77 and Corey Oswalt gave up 2 runs in 5.2 innings to bring his season record to 10-3 and 2.88 ERA.

At the same time, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lost to Lehigh Valley 6-2 which puts Syracuse at just a half game out of first place.

Syracuse starts a 5 game in 4 days series with the Phillies’ Leigh High Valley team starting with two tonight.   

Brooklyn also won big Sunday 12-3 over the A’s Vermont Short Season Single A team.  

PC - John Canary
5 Cyclone players had 2 hits each in Brooklyn’s 15 hit attack including Wilmer Reyes with 2 for 5 and 2 RBI’s, Jose Peroza with 2 for 5 with 1 RBI, Antoine Duplantis 2 for 4 with a triple and 2 RBI’s.  Matt Cleveland gave up 1 run in 4.1 innings and Christian Tripp, recently called up from Kingsport, threw two scoreless innings in relief. 

With the O’s Aberdeen team also winning and the Rays’ Hudson Valley team losing, there is now a three-way tie for first in the McNamara division.  This gets even tighter as the Staten Island Yankees split a double-header with Houston’s Tri-City Valley Cats putting them just 1.5 games from the first-place tie. 

Brooklyn has two more games at home against Vermont, then heads to Aberdeen for three there, before finishing up with the season in New York City with a home and home versus Staten Island. 

People can say that the minor league playoffs don’t mean anything.  They can say that all we should care about is developing the prospects.  For every prospect like Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Pete Alonso, and Jeff McNeil that turned out great there have been many more that did not turn out.  But tight pennant  races with a week to go, are fun.  I plan to enjoy it.  Will you?


Mack Ade said...

John -

The first step a minor league analyst begins his assignment is to see if the team they are evaluating is on the way to making the playoffs.

On the surface, two minor league franchises in one organization does not scream out as a top pipeline.

Many questioned Brodie's direction on stocking the 25-man with players that other teams had discarded as past their prime, but he decided the best thing needed in a first year affiliate was to fill the stands each night. Thus, beginning with Tim Tebow, began the squad building.

He also knew that there simply wasn't enough top level talent in their organization to field any other kind of team. Building up a franchise with a stocked minor league system always starts by three ways... 1) drafting in June 2) drafting in the International signing period... and 3) trading some of your established talent for multi-prospects

Our only options were the first two. We still had to trade OUR prospects to field a competent team in Queens first.

Reese Kaplan said...

There is precious little in AA and AAA

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