Highlighting the best GIF’s from the last week in Mets minor’s action.
May 20-26, 2016
T.J. Rivera extended his hitting streak to 13 games over the past week, with a .456/.500/.614 slash, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 18 RBI, and 8 K: 3 BB: 3 HBP in 64 PA. He also went deep Friday in Colorado Springs.
Ivan Wilson turned 21 this past week, and also added a pair of impressive blasts to his 2016 tally. He’s struck out in nearly 38% of his pro plate appearances to date, but the power, speed, and CF defense are there if those K’s ever get to a reasonable level. His 33.1% K-rate so far in 2016 is a solid step in the right direction, and his K-rate is actually under 30% against RHP’s to date, he’s just done absolutely nothing in 28 PA against LHP’s.
Wilson also had one of the four homerun’s that the Fireflies hit in support of Andrew Church’s great start Tuesday night. Luis Ortega, Dash Winningham, and Kevin Kaczmarski.
Victor Cruzado went deep for the fourth time this year, taking aim at a billboard beyond the CF wall in NYSEG. They haven’t been cheapos, but all of his homer’s have come at home as a left-handed batter.
J.C. Rodriguez had a nice week in the field for the Fireflies, showing off his rocket arm multiple times.
Let’s check in on the Matt Oberste at 3B experience. He committed his first error at 3B this past week, although he recovered to get the out on the play. Otherwise, he’s made all the plays you expect a third baseman to make, even with those first baseman’s hands.
Top Mets pitching prospect Robert Gsellman returned from the DL last week and made two mixed starts. He finished with 9 K: 1 BB and gave the B-Mets a chance to win both starts, but allowed 6 R on 15 H in 11.2 IP.
4 K’s from Saturday:
From Thursday (no other GIF's but full Pitch Log):
Tyler Bashlor has been sitting 92-96 MPH out of the Fireflies pen this year, and the heat held up for a pair of long relief appearances this past week. He threw 80 pitches over 5 innings this past week, with only 1 unearned run allowed on a pair of hits, and 6 K: 2 BB. At one point against Charleston he blew 4 straight heaters by a pair of River Dogs batters for swinging strikes.
3 K’s from Friday:
3 K’s from Wednesday:
Joe Shaw set a career high with 10 strikeouts over 7 innings Saturday night in Charleston. Shaw has 46 K: 8 BB in 40.2 IP this year, and 40 of those strikeouts have come on swinging strike 3, with Shaw’s nasty breaking ball his most common out pitch.
Chase Ingram took the loss Sunday after Charleston got to him for 3 runs in the 5th inning, but he still added 7 more strikeouts to his 2016 tally. Still just 21, Ingram has posted a 45 K: 16 BB ratio through his first 8 SAL starts (41 IP), with the nice K-rate accompanied by a 15% Swinging strike rate (!). Aside from his walk rate, Ingram has actually done better against lefties to date too.
P.J. Conlon turned in his longest and best outing of the season so far Monday against Augusta. He fell one out shy of 8 innings, and finished with 7 K: 0 BB on 98 pitches. The only mistake he allowed went for the first homer against Conlon as a pro, but worked around the other hits like an ace – he is the Fireflies ace. I don’t see why he’d need another start at this level, as his changeup is just too good for SAL righties, and he has barely been touched through 8 starts.
The Mets selected Andrew Church with their 2nd round pick in the 2013 draft because he was a raw project with a lot of upside. Due to eligibility rules, Church didn’t play for his high school team, instead pitching for a travel team that limited his experience. He’s spent the past 3 seasons pitching in rookie ball for the Mets, but he appears ready to be unleashed upon full season ball, and if Tuesday’s debut is a sign of things to come, watch out SAL!
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