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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Mets Minor League Daily – June 22, 2017

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            Check out yesterday’s results here.

            I didn’t recap any games during the 51s series in Reno, so I put together a series box score.

            I also did a first-half stat review for the Columbia Fireflies here. You can find a link to all 38 first-half recaps (plus the SAL All-Star Game) at the bottom of the page. Michael Paez, Jordan Humphreys, and Merandy Gonzalez have been promoted to St. Lucie.

            Betsy Helfand says the 51s rotation is currently just 3-men, so help is on the way. One source of help she wasn’t aware of yet was coming from the Independent League, as the Mets announced the signing of former Major League pitcher Mitch Atkins yesterday, and he’s supposed to be reporting to Triple-A.

            Per Lou Bezjak of The State, Columbia will hold an ‘Eclipse Game’ on 8/21 against Rome. The game is scheduled to start at 1:05 PM and they will pause it at 2:41 PM so fans can marvel at it through their protective glasses (which will be provided). Sounds awesome!



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Columbia Fireflies Stats at the Half

Michael Paez (left), Jordan Humphreys (center), and Adonis Uceta (right)

Reviewing the first-half of the Columbia Fireflies



            The Columbia Fireflies started the season with a five-game win streak, but then spent most of the next six weeks hovering just above .500. Then everything started clicking on both sides of the ball for Columbia and the team went on a ridiculous run to the top of the division, only to finish a half-game shy of the playoff spot they would’ve clinched. The team was 5.5 games out of first on 5/26 and then went on a 16-4 streak to leap frog into 1st place. They ran out of magic during the final weekend in Charleston, but they gave anyone following along an exciting finish to the half. Also, if this had been the Majors, there would be countless posts about how ump’s arguably cost the Fireflies the opening game against Greenville earlier that week, as the Drive were the team the ended up winning the division by a half-game.
There were some inconsistent performances and injuries early on in the season, as some players were adjusting to playing full season ball for the first time, and the two returning players (Dash Winningham and Milton Ramos) got off to slow starts at the plate. But the team had two guaranteed wins nearly every turn through the rotation, as they went 20-2 with Merandy Gonzalez and Jordan Humphreys on the mound, so they were able to avoid any long losing streaks. Also, Gene Cone was a consistent on-base presence at the top of the lineup, with Michael Paez and Dash Winningham taking turns driving him in. Those two finished with 40+ RBI’s apiece and Paez collected 31 XBH in the first half, so he was often in scoring position for Dash too.
As for the top-two position player prospects on the team, 18-year old Andres Gimenez has been a sparkplug at times, always batting in the two-spot, while playing very good defense at shortstop. 20-year old Desmond Lindsay took awhile to get going, but he was really showing off his tools by the end of the half, and his range in center field has looked very nice.
Records reset for the second half Thursday, and the Fireflies are likely to lose “3-4 players” to promotion, per Manager Jose Leger, so the second half will be a new challenge for Columbia. The most obvious candidates for promotion are Jordan Humphreys, Merandy Gonzalez, and Michael Paez, but a few relievers merit consideration too (see the Fireman award comment). Dash and Gene Cone are probably ready for a promotion too, but there might not really be room for them in St. Lucie.


UPDATE: Paez, Humphreys and Merandy to St. Lucie has been confirmed.


First-half

MVP: Michael Paez. One of the top hitters in the SAL this year and a consistent force from the 3-spot in Columbia’s offense.

Cy: Jordan Humphreys. Merandy’s been a co-Ace for Columbia this year, but the stats favor Humphreys in almost every category – I don’t just mean the stats favor Humphreys over Merandy, I mean the stats favor Humphreys over the rest of the SAL.

Fireman: Adonis Uceta. Matt Blackham and Max Kuhns have been lights out this year too, so this was the only tough decision of the three.



Starting Pitchers

Las Vegas 51s Series In Review: @Reno Aces


The Las Vegas 51s dropped 3 of 4 in Reno



            The Las Vegas 51s spent the third full week of June playing four games in Reno against the PCL’s best team and things did not go well. The Aces have the best record in the league thanks in large part to a league-best .852 team OPS and their top-notch offense was on display in this series, as they scored 28 runs on 45 hits during the four game series. Two of the guys initially scheduled to start in this series were promoted to the Mets before their turn came up – Rafael Montero and Tyler Pill – so the 51s had to rely on reliever Logan Taylor to make two spot starts during the four game series.

Game one was Star Wars night

            Taylor made his first start opposite Aaron Laffey during game one, and while he and Kyle Regnault were great, the next two guys out of the 51s pen struggled. The game was tied at zero through five, but then Reno scored eight runs over the next two innings against the combination of Ben Rowen and Tim Peterson to take control of the game. Las Vegas managed just five hits in the game, and a Phil Evans double was the only extra base hit.
            Game two was Wilfredo Boscan’s turn for Las Vegas, and he just didn’t have his best stuff. Boscan allowed five runs on seven hits, four of which went for extra bases (three doubles, one homer). The 51s offense came alive for ten hits and seven walks in this game, but they went just 1-11 with RISP in a 7-3 loss. The 51s made it a 5-3 game when Jio Mier went deep in the 6th, but then Hansel Robles took over in relief of Boscan and gave those two runs right back.
            The 51s finally held a lead during game three, but it did not last long. Phil Evans connected for an RBI double and scored in the 1st to put Las Vegas up 2-0, but Reno had taken control at 6-3 by the end of the 4th. Ricky Knapp was fairly effective over the first three innings, although he had still allowed a pair of runs on a pair of triples as Reno tied things up. The 51s got one run out of a bases loaded, one out situation in the 4th to temporarily re-take the lead, but then the Reno offense came up and showed Las Vegas how to get things done. They scored six runs on eight hits, including two doubles and two homers, over the next two innings, with all of the runs coming against Knapp. Amed Rosario played third and committed an error in the game on a pop out that he appeared to lose in the stadium lights – he saw it last minute but couldn’t even get his glove on it. Zach Borenstein fell a double shy of his third career cycle.
            Taylor started again in the final game of the series and this time he got some run support. Las Vegas jumped ahead 6-2 with him on the mound for the first two innings and then he connected for a double to CF before handing the ball off to Kyle Regnault again. The offense exploded for eight runs on fourteen hits without Amed Rosario in the lineup, because he was given a game off before the scheduled off-day Wednesday. The break appears to have come at an ideal time for Rosario, who hit his first mini-slump during the series – per 51s broadcaster Russ Langer, this was the first time Rosario had an 0-fer reach ten AB’s all season.
            After dropping three of four against the top team in the PCL, the 51s return home to host the division leading Salt Lake Bees for four. Las Vegas is currently eleven games behind first in their division, so this will be a great opportunity to make up some ground. Thursday’s matchup features a pair of former Major Leaguer’s, as Donovan Hand (1-2, 5.40 ERA) is scheduled to take the ball for Las Vegas opposite Doug Fister (1-0, 4.02 ERA). Below are the team’s stats from this series, with highlights included where appropriate.


Starters


Rare Blowup From Ponies Pen Leads To A Rumble Ponies Loss

Bowie Baysox @ Binghamton Rumble Ponies


June 21, 2017



Teams
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

R
H
E
Bowie
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
7
3

13
15
1
Binghamton
0
0
1
1
2
2
0
1
0

7
14
0
W: Cleavinger (2-3, 6.51 ERA); L: Burns (0-2, 7.98 ERA)


The Highlights:

Pitchers

P.J. Conlon (3.56 ERA) – 7 IP, 7 H, 3 R (3 ER), 2 2B, 1 HR, 12 TB, 2 BB, 3 K (2 K/Sw), 1 GIDP, 14 GB: 5 FB: 3 LD: 2 PU, 91 Pitches (65 Strikes), 6 Swinging, 22 Called, 6.6% SwStr, 14% Whiff/Swing, 13 Pitches/IP, 29 BF
Cory Burns (BS, 2)(L, 0-2, 7.98 ERA) – 1 IP, 5 H, 7 R (7 ER), 1 2B, 6 TB, 1 BB, 7 GB: 1 LD, 29 Pitches (21 Strikes), 3 Swinging, 5 Called, 10.3% SwStr, 18.8% Whiff/Swing, 29 Pitches/IP, 9 BF
Scarlyn Reyes (7.13 ERA) – 0.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 2B, 4 TB, 2 BB, 1 GB: 1 FB: 2 LD, 24 Pitches (13 Strikes), 2 Swinging, 2 Called, 8.3% SwStr, 18.2% Whiff/Swing, 72 Pitches/IP, 6 BF
Ben Griset (2.91 ERA) – 0.2 IP, 1 R (1 ER), 1 GB: 1 FB, 6 Pitches (4 Strikes), 1 Called, 9 Pitches/IP, 2 BF

Batters

LF - Champ Stuart - 1-5, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 19.4% SwStr, 46.2% Whiff/Swing, 5.17 Pitches/PA
SS - Luis Guillorme - 2-5, 3 R, 1 BB, 2 K, 5.9% SwStr, 14.3% Whiff/Swing, 2.83 Pitches/PA
DH - Kevin Taylor - 2-4, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 10.5% SwStr, 33.3% Whiff/Swing, 3.8 Pitches/PA
1B - Matt Oberste - 3-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 3 Pitches/PA
C - Tomas Nido - 1-4, 1 RBI, 1 SF, 1.8 Pitches/PA
3B - David Thompson - 2-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K, 10% SwStr, 16.7% Whiff/Swing, 4 Pitches/PA
RF - Kevin Kaczmarski - 0-2, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 3.8% SwStr, 25% Whiff/Swing, 5.2 Pitches/PA
2B - Dale Burdick - 2-5, 1 R, 2 K, 20.8% SwStr, 31.2% Whiff/Swing, 4.8 Pitches/PA
CF - Patrick Biondi - 1-4, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 CS, 8% SwStr, 20% Whiff/Swing, 5 Pitches/PA


Recapish


            Another strong start from P.J. Conlon took a sudden cliff dive for the Rumble Ponies in the 8th, as Bowie exploded for ten runs over the final two innings to take game two of this series 13-7. The Rumble Ponies had been 30-0 when leading after five innings thanks to the great work of their bullpen, but Cory Burns was brought into a tough situation during the 8th and the floodgates opened for Bowie. The Binghamton offense connected for fourteen hits Wednesday night – only one of those went for extra bases – and every batter reached base at least twice except Tomas Nido, who finished with a single and sac fly.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Mets Minor League Daily – June 21, 2017

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            Check out yesterday’s results here.

            The Cyclones posted an interesting piece on tonight’s starter Thomas McIlraith. They say he’s been out with a strained oblique in the article, and that his pitch repertoire is: fastball, slider, changeup, splitter.

            The Kingsport Mets released their initial roster today and I’ll try to have something up about who the players are and how they ended up with the Mets tomorrow.

            Per WBNG, the Rumble Ponies are 30-0 when leading after 5 innings this year. Also from WBNG, top Mets third base prospect David Thompson says a more selective approach has been paying dividends for him lately.

            Per WICZ, the Rumble Ponies started a stretch of 21 games in 20 days yesterday.





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Fireflies Glow Bright In SAL All-Star Game


Dash Winningham was named the games MVP


            The Columbia Fireflies hosted the SAL All-Star Game at Spirit Communications Park Tuesday night and the hometown players stole the show. The game ended early in a 3-3 tie due to rain, but that’s fine since no one really cares about the outcome of a minor league All-Star Game anyway. The threat of rain kept some fans away, which is too bad, because there was a lot of good pitching talent on display in this one. After the game was called due to rain in the 8th, Dash Winningham was awarded with the MVP award for his performance at the plate and in the field.
            Columbia officially had six players named as All-Stars this year: Jordan Humphreys, Merandy Gonzalez, Michael Paez, Dash Winningham, Max Kuhns, and Adonis Uceta. In addition, Manager Jose Leger, pitching coach Jonathan Hurst, and strength coach Tanner Miracle were named to the coaching staff. Four of the Columbia players participated in the contest Tuesday night, but Jordan Humphreys and Max Kuhns were unavailable.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mets Minor League Daily – June 20, 2017

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            Check out yesterday’s results here.

            2nd round pick Mark Vientos has signed with the Mets! The Mets have also signed their 4th, 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 25th, 33rd, 36th, 37th, 38th, and 39th round picks (21 of 40).



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Mets Minor League Daily – June 19, 2017

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            Check out yesterday’s results here.

            I compiled the first-half stats for St. Lucie here, with added splits and commentary throughout. Eudor Garcia has been added to the roster for tonight's game!

            I also took a look at Brooklyn Cyclones initial roster release and reviewed how those prospects ended up with the Mets.

            Gershon Rabinowitz talked to new Cyclones Manager Edgardo Alfonzo about his decision to manage the club this year and more.

            You can check out the SAL HR derby tonight for free on MiLB.tv – check the Fireflies twitter for a link if I haven’t linked anything here. Merandy Gonzalez has been named the SAL All-Star starter for tomorrow’s game and Adonis Uceta has been added to the roster in place of the injured Max Kuhns.



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St. Lucie Mets Stats at the Half

Pat Mazeika (left), Nabil Crismatt (middle), and Kevin Canelon (right) were St. Lucie's top performer's in the first half

Checking in on the St. Lucie Mets at the FSL All-Star Break

            The St. Lucie Mets finished the first half with a 30-34 record and 8.5 games behind Palm Beach in the division. The Mets were middle of the pack offensively in the first half and finished with the third worst team ERA in the league, so the record fits. That’s not to say there weren’t a few first-half standouts, but for the most part, this team was either injured or under-performing. Below are the first half stats for all St. Lucie Mets players, with some comments discussing their splits and/or performances to date.


Since the first-half is like its own season in A-ball, let’s do some first-half awards.

MVP: Patrick Mazeika. Pete Alonso’s injury opened the door for Mazeika to get more starts at first in the first-half, which likely helped keep his bat fresher, and he finished the half tied for 7th in the FSL with a 151 wRC+.

Cy: Nabil Crismatt. Crismatt continues to get little attention while posting sometimes ridiculous numbers for St. Lucie. He finished the half with a 13 K: 0 BB complete game, and was at 46 K: 3 BB over his last 5 starts (36.2 IP, 23 H, 1.23 ERA).

Fireman: Kevin Canelon. Canelon wasn’t exclusively used as a starter in the first half, but he mowed down FSL batters regardless of the role he was used in.


UPDATE: It doesn't really change anything here, but technically the official second-half doesn't begin until Thursday, and St. Lucie has four games in three days before then.

NOTE: Pitch stats not available for all pitchers because pitch log’s are not available for most games in Lakeland. Players are listed in order of playing time.

Starting Pitchers

Fireflies Miss Chance To Clinch A Playoff Spot In Finale With Charleston

Columbia Fireflies @ Charleston River Dogs


June 18, 2017



Teams
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

R
H
E
Columbia
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

1
8
0
Charleston
0
0
0
0
0
2
2
1
X

5
11
1
W: Frawley (4-1, 1.45 ERA); L: Llanes (4-4, 2.93 ERA)


The Highlights:

Pitchers

Gabriel Llanes (2.93 ERA) – 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R (2 ER), 1 2B, 7 TB, 1 BB, 5 K (2 K/Sw), 5 GB: 4 FB: 8 LD: 1 PU, 78 Pitches (54 Strikes), 10 Swinging, 15 Called, 12.8% SwStr, 25.6% Whiff/Swing, 13 Pitches/IP, 24 BF
Matt Blackham (2.20 ERA) – 1.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (3 ER), 3 2B, 8 TB, 1 K (0 K/Sw), 4 GB: 1 FB: 3 LD, 30 Pitches (24 Strikes), 1 Swinging, 8 Called, 3.3% SwStr, 6.2% Whiff/Swing, 22.5 Pitches/IP, 9 BF
Cameron Griffin (1.42 ERA) – 0.2 IP, 1 BB, 1 K (0 K/Sw), 1 LD, 13 Pitches (8 Strikes), 2 Called, 19.5 Pitches/IP, 3 BF

Batters

CF - Gene Cone - 1-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 9.5% SwStr, 28.6% Whiff/Swing, 4.2 Pitches/PA
SS - Andres Gimenez - 1-3, 1 K, 8.3% SwStr, 16.7% Whiff/Swing, 4 Pitches/PA
PH - Milton Ramos - 0-2, 1 K, 4 Pitches/PA
3B - Michael Paez - 3-4, 1 CS, 2.5 Pitches/PA
1B - Dash Winningham - 0-3, 1 RBI, 1 SF, 3 K, 16.7% SwStr, 30.8% Whiff/Swing, 6 Pitches/PA
LF - Jay Jabs - 1-4, 3 K, 25% SwStr, 50% Whiff/Swing, 5 Pitches/PA
2B - Luis Carpio - 2-4, 3.25 Pitches/PA
C - Ali Sanchez - 0-2, 2 BB, 4.8% SwStr, 12.5% Whiff/Swing, 5.25 Pitches/PA
DH - Tim Tebow - 0-4, 3 K, 10.5% SwStr, 28.6% Whiff/Swing, 4.75 Pitches/PA
RF - Jose Miguel Medina - 0-4, 1 K, 18.8% SwStr, 27.3% Whiff/Swing, 4 Pitches/PA


Recapish


            The Columbia Fireflies run to the top of the division and a playoff spot came up one-half game short Sunday, as the Fireflies dropped the finale in Charleston 5-1 and the Greenville Drive beat Rome to leapfrog into first. The game was a tense pitcher’s duel for the first five innings, with Columbia holding a 1-0 lead from the first out of the game, but the Fireflies pitching staff, which has been extremely reliable all season, couldn’t hold the 1-0 lead.
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