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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 9/1/14: St. Lucie climbs the mountain, but the promised land is just out of reach

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

Cesar Puello
Cesar Puello
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (80-63)_______________________________________

LAS VEGAS 10, ALBERQUERQUE 11 / 11 (Box)

Well, that was gross, and if I weren't already feeling nauseous as I type this, I would be because of this game. After Las Vegas took a "there's no way they blow this" kind of lead early on, they blew it. After building up an 8-0 lead, the combined efforts of Matt Bowman and Zack Thornton almost ruined everything, as the pair allowed six runs in the bottom of the 6th. The 51s plated two runs in the 8th, stretching their lead to 10-6, but those plucky Isotopes, would have none of it. Miguel Socolovich pitched to three batters and could get none out, necessitating Jack Leathersich to be brought in to calm things down. The lefty did the opposite of getting out of the jam, giving up a game-tying two-run homer to pinch hitter Griff Erickson, the first batter he faced. Las Vegas pushed the go-ahead run across in the top of the 9th thanks to a super clutch Cory Vaughn solo home run, but Chase Bradford blew the save in the bottom of the 9th, erasing any such clutchiness that Vaughn had minutes before. So, into extra innings we went. Both teams were silent in the 10th, but one scored in the 11th. Unfortunately, it was not the 51s. After Ryan Reid walked Jamie Romak and hit Alex Guerrero, bases were eventually loaded to guarantee an out anywhere, playing for the double play. Roger Bernadina stymied Wally's plan by hitting a fly ball into left that Brandon Allen had no shot at making a play at the plate with. Roger Bernadina hates the Mets and their affiliates.

ROSTER ALERT:

  • Josh Satin has been promoted to the New York Mets
  • Erik Goeddel has been promoted to the New York Mets

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (83-58)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 0, RICHMOND 1 (Box)

Gabriel Ynoa has been considerably less impressive this season than he was last year, but the Dominican right-hander showed yesterday while, despite that, he is still a top arm in the system and arguably a Top 10 prospect, blanking the Richmond Flying Squirrels for seven innings. Admittedly, it's not that hard to dominate the Flying Squirrels, as the team has the third lowest combined OPS in the Eastern League, behind only New Hampshire and Reading, but that shouldn't take away from Ynoa's farewell to the 2014 regular season on the penultimate game of the schedule. He scattered three hits, two singles and a double, stymieing the Richmond line-up all afternoon. Unfortunately, Ty Blach, the Flying Squirrel starter matched Ynoa inning after inning, throwing seven shutout innings himself. With both men facing high pitch counts, both were removed in the 8th, Ynoa for Jon Velasquez and Blach for Edwin Quirarte. While Quirarte had a 1-2-3 top of the inning, Velasquez ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, the Bronx native allowed an RBI single to center fielder Elliott Blair before getting the necessary last out to end the inning, giving Richmond a 1-0 lead with the B-Mets having only three more outs to work with. Steven Okert came in to pitch the 9th, and he held Binghamton off the board, working around a Jayce Boyd single.

ROSTER ALERT

  • Juan Centeno has been promoted to the New York Mets
  • Dario Alvarez has been promoted to the New York Mets

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (36-33 / 76-62)_____________________________________

PALM BEACH 2, ST. LUCIE 4 (Box)

A week or so ago, St. Lucie's playoff hopes were really nothing more than a pipe dream. And yet, here we were, on the precipice of playoff contention thanks to a stretch this past week that saw the good guys win five of their last seven. In order to advance into the postseason, in addition to St. Lucie beating Palm Beach, they also needed the Fort Myers Miracle to beat Jupiter and for the Charlotte StoneCrabs to sweep their doubleheader with the Bradenton Marauders.

St. Lucie did their part, beating Palm Beach. Matt Koch wasn't exactly dominant, but he came up big for the team, throwing seven innings of one-run ball. The lone run he allowed came in the top of the 4th, on an RBI single by third baseman Cesar Valera. That made the score 4-1, as St. Lucie came alive in the bottom of the 3rd to plate four runs. Gilbert Gomez , L.J. Mazzilli, and Jared King all drove men in with RBI doubles, Gomez and King scoring one apiece and Mazzilli scoring two.  The Cardinals inched closer to a come back in the top of the 8th, as second baseman Mason Katz hit a solo home run off of Jake Kuebler, but the right-hander recovered his composure and ended the inning without further damage and went on to pitch a scoreless 9th as well.

St. Lucie did their part, but what about everybody else? The Miracle crushed Jupiter 14-1, so it all came down to the Bradenton/Charlotte doubleheader. Unfortunately, Bradenton won Game One 3-2 over Charlotte, dashing St. Lucie's hopes. Still, the fact that they made it this far with their hopes alive, literally down to the last day of the season, is impressive. They end the Second Half with a record of 36-33, and finish the 2014 season with a combined 76-62 record.

ROSTER ALERT

  • L.J. Mazzilli has been promoted to AAA-Las Vegas
  • Gavin Cecchini has been promoted to AA-Binghamton
  • Cam Maron has been promoted to AA-Binghamton
  • Tim Peterson has been promoted to AA-Binghamton

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (40-29 / 84-51)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 3, ROME 4 (Box)

The Sand Gnats broke through first, scoring a run in the top of the 3rd on a Champ Stuart line drive into center that plated Stefan Sabol. In the bottom of the 4th, Alex Panteliodis gave up three runs on a variety of singles, sacrifices, and bunts, giving Rome a 3-1 edge. They scored again in the 7th, Panteliodis' last inning of work, making it a 4-1 ballgame. Savannah did not roll over weakly, as they scored a pair of runs in the top of the 9th, but their rally ultimately came short. Nelfi Zapata started that 9th with a questionable strikeout that led to his ejection, and Jorge Rivero followed that up with a weak groundout to second, but Savannah got the ball rolling with two outs. Colton Plaia singled and Patrick Biondi followed that up with his second home run of the year, making it a 4-3 game. Stefan Sabol singled, putting the tying run on base, but pinch hitter Victor Cruzado struck out against relief pitcher Zach Jadofsky to end the game.

Short-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (41-34)__________________________________

STATEN ISLAND 3, BROOKLYN 11 (BOX)

With the season on the line, Brooklyn won a crucial game against cross-boro rivals. The offensive explosion began in the bottom of the 1st, and lasted nearly the entire ballgame. Capitalizing on some Staten Island defensive miscues, the Cyclones scored two runs in the 1st. In the 2nd, Brooklyn plated another two thanks to some poor defense. In the 3rd,  Jhoan Urena hit a double off the wall in left that scored Michael Conforto, and a few batters later, Adrian Abreu blasted a moon shot over the left field wall that scored three more, giving Brooklyn an 8-0 lead. Staten Island got on the board in the 4th with a run off of Alberto Baldonado, and would score two more against reliever Carlos Valdez in the 6th, but that would be all they managed- Brooklyn scored three more runs in the bottom of the 7th to negate those runs, anyway.

The Connecticut Tigers beat the Lowell Spinners 5-3, so Brooklyn and Connecticut still find themselves tied in the Wild Card race, with one more game to go. Whichever team wins their respective game tomorrow gets a playoff berth. Should the season end with both teams still being tied, the Tigers would advance because of the Tigers' better record against the Cyclones.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (34-34)__________________________________

SEASON ENDED

FINAL STATS

Appalachian League
West Division

Team Record
Elizabethton Twins 38-30
Johnson City Cardinals 37-31
Kingsport Mets 34-34
Greeneville Astros 32-34
Bristol Pirates 22-46

Rookie - GCL Mets (33-27)__________________________________

SEASON ENDED

FINAL STATS

Gulf Coast League
East Division

Team Record
GCL Cardinals 37-23
GCL Mets 33-27
GCL Nationals 25-35
GCL Marlins 25-35