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Mets Daily Farm Report, July 18, 2014: Rosario debuts on SNY, Syndergaard struggles

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

Amed Rosario impressed last night - Chirs McShane
Amed Rosario impressed last night - Chirs McShane

*All results from games played on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (56-43)_______________________________________

LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 7 (Box)

  • CF Matt den Dekker: 2-3, R, 3B, RBI, BB, K
  • SS Matt Reynolds: 1-5, R, RBI, 2 K
  • 2B Wilmer Flores: 1-4, R, 3B, BB, 3 K
  • DH Andrew Brown: 1-4, R, BB
  • 3B Josh Satin: 2-4, 2 RBI
  • C Kevin Plawecki: 2-5, R, RBI, 2 K
  • LF Cory Vaughn: 0-3, BB, 2 K
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-4, RBI, 3 K
  • RHP Noah Syndergaard: 5 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 5 K; I really hope the thread today does not devolve into a list of excuses for Thor. Bad defense, getting squeezed, thin air, dry air, hot air, blah blah blah. He did not pitch well. He's a really good prospect but he's probably still got some things to sort out before he deserves a shot at the majors.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (59-38)_____________________________________

TRENTON 4, BINGHAMTON 8 (Box)

  • CF Brandon Nimmo: 0-3, R, 2 BB, K; I am probably irrationally excited about Nimmo at this point. He crushed High-A and has not been overmatched since his promotion to Double-A. The fact that his strikeout rate has stayed steady while maintaining a strong walk rate and improving his ISO (insert SSS caveat here) is really encouraging. Barring a trade, I expect Nimmo to play a role on the next Mets playoff team.
  • 2B Dilson Herrera: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, RBI; Ditto on Dilson, who just keeps hitting. The two of these guys have taken a leap forward this year in terms of their prospect status.
  • 1B Brian Burgamy: 0-2, R, 2 BB
  • OF Travis Taijeron: DNP
  • SS T.J. Rivera: 1-3, RBI
  • LF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-3, RBI, K
  • DH Jayce Boyd: 2-3, BB, K
  • C Xorge Carrillo: 1-4, R, 2B, K
  • RF Kyle Johnson: 1-4, R, K
  • LHP Steven Matz: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (16-8 / 56-37)_____________________________________

GAME ONE

BREVARD COUNTY 6, ST LUCIE 1 (Box)

  • 3B Jeff McNeil: 2-3
  • DH Phillip Evans: 1-3
  • 2B LJ Mazzilli: 0-3
  • LF Jared King: 0-3
  • SS Gavin Cecchini: 0-3
  • RF Eudy Pina: 1-2, R, HR, RBI
  • LHP John Lannan: 4 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 4 ER, BB, K; I'm not sure what John Lannan is working his way back from, but this guy was on the 25-man to start the season and he can't get High-A guys out.
  • RHP Seth Lugo: 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K; Seth Lugo is kind of impressive. He now has 80 strikeouts in 68.1 innings this season.

GAME TWO

BREVARD COUNTY 2, ST LUCIE 3 (Box)

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (17-10 / 61-32)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 7, ASHEVILLE 8 (Box) / 14 innings

14 innings is probably too long for a minor league baseball game. Ties should be considered after 10. Anyway, this one ended in dramatic fashion, with the Gnats scoring two in the top of the 14th only to concede three in the bottom half of the inning.

  • CF Champ Stuart: 2-6, 2 R, BB, 4 K
  • 1B Dom Smith: 1-6, BB, K
  • DH Matt Oberste: 3-7, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI; I would have given him star of the night consideration if he had hit his second homer about an hour earlier and ended this thing.
  • RHP Ricky Knapp: 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB, 7 K
  • RHP Akeel Morris: 2 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (15-17)__________________________________

BROOKLYN 6, CONNECTICUT 8 (Box) / 10 innings

This game was broadcast on SNY and thank goodness it was because holy crap I missed me some real baseball. Unfortunately, the product was, uh, not great. The Cyclones made a bunch of errors on extremely routine plays and ultimately succumbed in the 10th after upwards of four hours of baseball. On the bright side, Amed Rosario looked every bit of the prospect he's been hyped up to be, turning on a couple of fastballs and also punching a breaking ball the other way for a base hit. In the field he looked pretty fluid and comfortable at short. I don't have much context--especially given the players surrounding him--but he looked like someone worth keeping an eye on.

  • CF-LF Joe Tuschak: 2-5, 2 R, K
  • SS Amed Rosario: 4-5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, SB
  • 3B Jhoan Urena: 2-5, 2 RBI
  • 1B Michael Katz: 0-5, RBI, 2 K
  • 2B Tyler Moore: 0-4, 2 K
  • LF Jeff Diehl: 1-3, R, RBI, K
  • DH Tomas Nido: 0-4, K
  • RHP Casey Meisner: 2.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K; Worked mostly in the low 90's on the fastball and flashed a couple of offspeed pitches. To my eye (I was half paying attention at the time) it looked like the fastball has some movement but he couldn't command it at all.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (11-15)__________________________________

KINGSPORT 2, BRISTOL 5 (Box)

Rookie - GCL Mets (13-10)__________________________________

GCL CARDINALS 7, GCL METS 9 (Box)

  • CF John Mora: 5-5, 2 R, 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI; If this is what happens after we read an email on the podcast about GCL players, I suggest you all send in more emails about GCL players.
  • LF Emmanuel Zabala: 2-4, R, 2 RBI
  • 1B Dash Winningham: 1-3, BB, K
  • 2B Milton Ramos: 2-4, 2 R, 3B, 2 RBI, K
  • Rehab Alert RHP Jeremy Hefner: 2 IP, 2 H, R, ER, 0 BB, K; If Hefner is able to work his way back to form, I would love to see the Mets transition him to the bullpen in 2015. He's basically a replacement level starting pitcher so why not see if he can add value in the pen?
  • LHP Jose Medina: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, BB, 3 K; Tough day for the youngster.
  • RHP Tyler Badamo: 1 IP, H, 2 BB, K
Star of the Night

I have to go with John Mora. Prospect or not, he went 5-5 with a double, two triples, and three RBI. Very deserving of the star. Honorable mention to Amed Rosario who really impressed in his SNY debut. A second honorable mention to Michael Fulmer, who turned in one of his more encouraging performance of the season.

Goat of the Night

Noah Syndergaard.