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Mets Daily Farm Report, May 26, 2014: Finding Nimmo’s Power

Catch up on all of yesterday’s minor league action from around the Mets farm system!

Brandon Nimmo
Brandon Nimmo
Bryan Green

*All results from games played on Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (32-18)_______________________________________


Not much to see here. Giancarlo Alvarado got blasted in his five innings of work, and in the 8th inning, Miguel Socolovich was greeted with a rude awakening as well. Offensively, the 51s were a mess. River Cats starter Josh Lindblom didn't completely run roughshod through the Las Vegas line-up, as he did allow five hits in five plus innings, but Allan Dykstra was the only one able to make his hit worth anything, clubbing his eighth home run of the season in the bottom of the 6th for the 51s' only run.

This has certainly been Las Vegas' worst stretch of baseball this season. Since May 18th, when they blew that 7-0 lead to the El Paso Chihuahuas, the 51s have lost seven of eight games. Greg Peavy will be on the mound today, as Las Vegas looks to avoid the sweep. Regardless of the outcome, they start a series against El Paso themselves tomorrow, so win or lose today, maybe they'll be able to start exorcizing some demons tomorrow.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (27-21)_____________________________________


Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki in the same line-up? I can dig it- especially when d'Arnaud goes yard. Making his first rehab since suffering a concussion a few weeks ago, the young catcher launched a tie breaking two run homer in the bottom of the 3rd, in addition to catching for five innings without any adverse effect. Angel Cuan was much more effective in this start, as opposed to his last one, giving up only a single run to the Rock Cats. The bullpen held down the lead once Cuan was pulled from the game, with Jack Leathersich being particularly impressive, striking out five of the seven total hitters he faced.

Winners of three games in a row, the B-Mets will conclude the four game set against the Rock Cats this afternoon, with Darin Gorski getting the start.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (30-20)________________________________________


Steven Matz didn't have a great afternoon yesterday, but he pitched better than his stat line suggests. The two walks and three strikeouts are a little discouraging, but the young left-hander was throwing easy 94, 95 right out of the gates; even if the results aren't there on any particular outing, the potential still is. Matz could've pitched like Sandy Koufax and probably still would have lost, since the St. Lucie offense was nowhere to be found. Palm Beach starter Nick Petree was pitching a shutout until Brandon Nimmo hit a solo home run in the 8h inning solo, on his 99th pitch of the afternoon, knocking him out of the game. Matz was matching Petree scoreless inning after scoreless inning until the 5th. With a man on and one out, he attempted to start a double play on a Charlie Tilson groundball hit right back to him. His throw to Dilson Herrera was a bit high, and the second baseman wasn't able to snag the throw. The lead runner scored on the play, and a few batters later, the trailing runner scored, giving Palm Beach a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

With St. Lucie's six game winning streak snapped, they'll take today off to barbeque, but it'll be back to the grind on Tuesday, when they take on the Brevard County Manatees.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (33-15)__________________________________


The Gnats took three of four from the Legend, ending the series with Lexington on a high note, scoring eleven runs on sixteen hits. Jorge Rivero and Stefan Sabol had the best days at the plate, with the Cuban going 4-5 with a home run and the Californian going 3-4 with a double, a walk, and a home run. Victor Cruzado added a home run of his own, and shortstop prospect Gavin Cecchini went 2-5 with a double. Suffice to say, the Lexington pitching trio of Luis Rico, Crawford Simmons, and Andrew Edwards didn't exactly have the best games yesterday. On Savannah's side of the pitching ledger, Chris Flexen turned in six strong innings, scattering two runs on five hits, arguably his best start of the season. He was taken out in the 7th and Dario Alvarez brought in to pitch. The older lefty gave up a pair of runs in the 7th and another pair in the 9th, but as is the quirk with the save statistic, got his first save with the Sand Gnats.

Their next stop is Augusta, Georgia, where the fifth place GreenJackets wait.

Star of the Night

I was thinking of giving this to Nimmo or d'Arnaud, just based on name value, but that really wouldn't be fair. Of everyone in the system, Jorge Rivero performed the best, and he deserves Star of the Night.

Goat of the Night

Really aren't too many candidates other than Giancarlo Alvarado. It's not like Alvarado isn't deserving of the horns, though.