*All results from games played on Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (80-61)_______________________________________
ALBUQUERQUE 10, LAS VEGAS 5 (Box)
- 2B Danny Muno: 1-4 HR (14), R, 2 RBI, K; Muno has been buried a bit by the emergence of Herrera and Reynolds this year, but I expect he will log some major league time. Not bad for an eighth-round senior sign.
- SS Matt Reynolds: 1-5, 2B, 2 K, E (9); Reynolds is more major-league ready than Herrera, if not as sexy a prospect. Herrera is up because he has to be added to the 40-man this offseason anyway and Reynolds doesn't. Still wouldn't be surprised if Reynolds breaks camp as a utility infielder on the 2015 Mets, but that 40 spot is needed this offseason with a roster crunch looming.
- 3B Josh Satin: 2-4, 2B, R; See you soon, old buddy
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-4
- PH-RF Cesar Puello: 0-1, K
- RHP Rafael Montero: L, 6 IP, 11 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, WP; Montero is going to be a fun guy to rank this offseason. I still think there will eventually be enough command there to be a back end starter, but I was maybe too quick to dismiss the lack of an out pitch in his repertoire.
Double-A - Binghamton Mets (83-55)_____________________________________
NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 3 (Box)
I mean, some stuff happened in this game, but Dilson Herrera got called up, so that is probably all you really care about.
Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (34-32 / 74-61)_____________________________________
ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 0 (Box)
I can't claim to know the ins and outs of the weird A-ball playoff tiebreakers, but I gather that St. Lucie is still in it if they finish with the second best overall record and Fort Myers also wins the second half. I assume this helped.
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 0-3, R, BB, K; Though the numbers don't jump off the page, this has been a productive season for Cecchini. I'm still lukewarm on him in a few respects (still don't really buy into the bat), but he looked more like a future major leaguer in 2014 than he did in 2013, and up-the-middle major leaguers have value.
- 2B L.J. Mazzilli: 2-4, R, E (11)
- RF Jared King: 1-4, RBI, K; Throughout this past offseason I pegged King as one of my 2014 sleepers. The numbers haven't been terrible, and he was felled by a pretty serious foot injury, but looked more like a tweener to me this season.
- 3B Jeff McNeil: 0-3, BB
- C Cam Maron: 0-4
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 1-4, 2B, K
- RHP Luis Cessa: W, 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; Cessa is an enigmatic prospect, especially since it has been since 2012 since I have seen him pitch. The stuff was always intriguing, and a 40:6 K:BB rate over his last seven starts just adds to the fascination. He probably makes my 2015 Top 25.
Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (39-27 / 83-49)__________________________________
- SS Yeixon Ruiz: 1-3, K, E (27)
- CF Champ Stuart: 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
- DH Dominic Smith: 1-3, 2B, BB, K
- DH Matt Oberste: 1-4
- RF Victor Cruzado: 1-2, 2B, R, 2 BB, K
- RHP Robert Gsellman: 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, HBP; Still odd to me that Gsellman didn't get a promotion to St. Lucie at some point. Though you could say the same of Gant, Diaz and others. Mets had a bit of an A-ball logjam this year. The reports on the curve are good, and combined with a solid-average fastball and a potentially solid-average change, it's a nice little #4 starter package. Still a bit underrated as a pitching prospect, and an easy Top 20 guy for me going into 2015.
SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 0 (Box)
A strong start from Robert Gsellman stopped a losing skid for the Sand Gnats as they play out the string, awaiting the Asheville Tourists in the Sally league playoffs.
Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (40-32)__________________________________
TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 3 (Box)
A sloppy walk-off loss for the Cyclones that featured five errors, but didn't do any damage to their playoff hopes as Connecticut fell as well.
- DH Amed Rosario: 1-5, 2B, RBI, K; You can copy and paste my blurb on Cecchini from above for Rosario. I still don't buy that there were 1.75 million in tools here, but that is spent money, and Rosario is a legitimate prospect.
- 3B Jhoan Urena: 2-4, RBI, E (17)
- LF Michael Conforto: 1-5, E (6); I've gotten two less-than-ideal looks at Conforto. The swing can get long, and there were some other issues I saw that were touched on in more detail by Toby Hyde. He's hit in Brooklyn, but he should hit well in Brooklyn, and 2015 will be a better test of how good the bat will really be.
- 1B Pedro Perez: 0-4, 3 K
Rookie - Kingsport Mets (33-34)__________________________________
ELIZABETHTON 13, KINGSPORT 6 (Box)
Kingsport had a 6-0 lead. In the sixth. This stuff will happen in the Appalachian League sometimes.
- SS Luis Guillorme: 2-5, R, E (15); The best defensive shortstop I have personally seen live.
- 2B Branden Kaupe: 4-5, RBI
- CF Ivan Wilson: 0-5, 3 K; I know, I know, I am behind on the Kingsport write-ups. My computer is slowly dying. But Wilson is going to be a tough write-up, the rare 2/7/6/6/6 profile.
- RHP Jimmy Duff: 5 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; I liked Duff a lot when I saw him. If you want a 2015 sleeper, there ya go. Even if Alex Nelson already beat me to it.
Rookie - GCL Mets (33-27)__________________________________
GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 3 (10) (Box)
The GCL Mets wrapped up their 2014 season in style as Raphael Ramirez (literally) stole the show on the back fields of St. Lucie yesterday morning. With the game tied in the bottom of the tenth, Ramirez reached on a bunt single, stole second, stole third, and then walked home on a throwing error from the Marlins catcher. Now this motley crew will get a few weeks off before instructs.
- CF Raphael Ramirez: 2-5, 3B, R, RBI, K. 2 SB (18)
- 1B Dash Winningham: 0-2, R
- DH Milton Ramos: 1-1, R, BB
- DH Franklin Correa: 0-2, K; I had missed that Correa got his a stateside cup of coffee this week. He was a six-figure IFA in 2012 as a second baseman.
- LHP Jose Medina: 1 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, WP; Ah, the rare four-strikeout inning.
- RHP Gabriel Llanes: W, 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; Nice outing for the 15th round pick. A guy I will definitely have my eye on in 2015.
Star of the Night
Dilson Herrera, on multiple levels
Goat of the Night
Tough to choose between the Brooklyn Cyclones defense and the Kingsport bullpen.