Mets Minors Series Preview: New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Binghamton Mets | Astromets Mind

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mets Minors Series Preview: New Hampshire Fisher Cats @ Binghamton Mets

B-Mets get some home cookin' this week

Dates: May 1-3, 2015
Current Record: 12-8, 1 GB of New Britain


All times are EST

Friday at 7:05 PM
Matt Boyd (1-1, 1.31 ERA, 1.76 FIP, 38.5 K%: 10.3 BB%, 0 HR/9)
@ Gabriel Ynoa (1-1, 4.86 ERA, 5.66 FIP, 9.1 K%: 10.4 BB%, 1.08 HR/9)
Saturday at 1:05 PM
Taylor Cole (0-2, 6.52 ERA, 4.90 FIP, 22.7 K%: 5.7 BB%, 1.86 HR/9)
@ Luis Cessa (1-1, 2.25 ERA, 2.19 FIP, 22.4 K%: 4.5 BB%, 0 HR/9)
Sunday at 1:05 PM
Casey Lawrence (1-3, 3.75 ERA, 3.75 FIP, 15.7 K%: 8.3 BB%, 0.38 HR/9)
@ Michael Fulmer

Last series for B-Mets

Sweep Portland: W 11-7, W 7-1, W 8-3

Top prospects for the Toronto Blue Jays with New Hampshire

Organizational rankings are from the 2015 Baseball America Prospect Handbook

Dwight Smith Jr., LHH OF, 22
Ranked #14, BA Grade: 45, Medium risk

            Although he has played some CF early in his career, scouts expect him to move to the corner in time due to his average speed, and LF specifically due to a weak arm – he’s only played LF so far in 2015. He doesn’t have any true plus physical tools, but makes up for it with an advanced approach at the plate, stroking line drives all over the field, and displaying above average K: BB rates. He’s more of a doubles threat than a homerun threat, but his ‘quick, compact and direct stroke’ makes him a real threat.

A.J. Jimenez, RH C, 24
Ranked #23, BA Grade: 45, High risk

            Jimenez is old for the league due to injuries setting him back throughout his career, specifically a Tommy John Surgery in 2012. He made the Blue Jays top-30 because of his excellent defense behind the plate, which should open the door to the majors for him some day. He doesn’t offer much offensively though, so his role will likely be backup at the highest level. He’s only 2-21 with 6 SO to start 2015.

Matt Boyd, LH SP, 24
Ranked #29, BA Grade: 45, High risk

            Boyd throws the standard four pitches, with his fastball sitting 88-91 (topping out at 93 MPH), and his secondaries considered average offerings coming into the season. Of the three, his changeup shows swing-and-miss potential, as it has late fade.

Recent Injuries/Transactions

            The B-Mets got a scare when Brandon Nimmo came up lame at 2B during Wednesday night’s game, but it turned out to nothing serious, just an awkward step onto the bag. T.J. Rivera has already missed 8 games for the B-Mets, but he may be close to returning, as he was spotted taking batting and fielding practice during Binghamton’s recent series in Portland. Gavin Cecchini came back from his sore groin during the Portland series, and it was like he never left, as he went 4-12 with a double.


            It was announced this week that the Mets front office wouldn’t be surprised if Michael Conforto finishes the 2015 season in AAA, which means he’ll likely be promoted to Binghamton at some point during May, so the clock is ticking on an announcement. Conforto needs to get out of A+, where he has drawn 5 intentional walks, which is 4 more than all other Mets minor leaguers combined (!), and tied for most across all levels of the minor leagues. Although some have argued that the game situations called for intentional walks to any lineup’s number 3-hitter, this is A+-level minor league baseball, let the kids play! The “Whose Line is it Anyway?” slogan comes to mind – “The game where the points don’t matter” – because the primary purpose of the minor league team (A+-level especially) is to develop prospects, not win games. Yes, a winning environment is always a secondary goal, but not pitching to Conforto likely extended two games into extra innings, and they’d end up playing 28 innings over two nights. 

            These two teams are matching up for the second straight weekend, and they’ll be crossing their fingers for warmer weather in Binghamton. The Fisher Cats took the first 3 games of the series before the B-Mets bounced back to win Sunday, and rode the momentum from that win into a series sweep over the Sea Dogs in Portland. The Fisher Cats lead the Eastern League with 20 homeruns hit, although Binghamton is second with 16 (Akron is last with 4 through 20 games). Matt Boyd has been a strikeout machine early for New Hampshire.

            After looking good in Spring Training, Gabriel Ynoa has been very ineffective early for the B-Mets, and it’s starting to get concerning. John Gant had his best start yet last time out against these Fisher Cats, with his normal 3 pitches looking as good as they have all season, and his breaking ball showing two looks. Brandon Nimmo is 9-15 on a 6-game hitting streak, with two doubles and a triple. Jared King is 10-25 with 2 doubles and 2 homeruns during a 6-game hitting streak. Eudy Pina is 11-31 with a double during an 8-game hitting streak – he hasn’t hit for much power yet, but he had at least one hit in all but 3 games during April. Luis Cessa has been one of the best surprises in the Mets farm system early, and he’s near the top of the league in K% and BB% (see below). Jayce Boyd is still looking for his first homerun, but he went 17-50 over the final two weeks of April, with 6 doubles and 11 RBI. Dustin Lawley had a 7-game hit streak snapped Wednesday, he had gone 9-23 with 3 doubles and 2 bombs over that week.

UPDATE: It has been announced Michael Fulmer will be making his first AA start of 2015.

League Leaders

R: Gavin Cecchini, t-7th (12); Jared King, t-7th (12)
2B: Jayce Boyd, t-4th (6); Dustin Lawley, t-4th (6)
HR: Josh Rodriguez, t-5th (3); Dustin Lawley, t-5th (3); Aderlin Rodriguez, t-5th (3)
BB: Josh Rodriguez, t-6th (11)
AVG: Eudy Pina, 7th (.327)
OBP: Josh Rodriguez, 7th (.414)
ISO: Dustin Lawley,  7th (.231)
wRC+: Josh Rodriguez, 6th (166)

Saves: Jon Velasquez, 2nd (5)
K%: Luis Cessa, 9th (22.4%)
BB%: Matthew Koch, 7th (4.4%); Luis Cessa, 8th (4.5%)

FIP: Luis Cessa, 2nd (2.19)

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