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Mets Daily Prospect Report: 4/24/15, Welcome to April in the Eastern League

Catch up on all of the Mets prospects in yesterday’s minor league action!

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*All results from games played on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (7-8)_______________________________________


Your standard PCL slugfest here. Rafael Montero got the start as the organization continues to stretch him out, and he was solid enough. No walks is nice to see at least. A pair of big dongs from Johnny Monell and Travis Taijeron helped stake the 51s to a big lead. Reno chipped away, but Chasen Bradford managed the rare two-inning save to preserve the win.

  • OF Darrell Ceciliani: 0-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
  • 2B Dilson Herrera: 2-5, BB, K, SB (3)
  • 3B Wilfredo Tovar: 2-5, SB (4); Wilfreo Tovar, every day third baseman is one of the weirder things amongst the affiliates so far.
  • SS Matt Reynolds: 0-5, 2 K; After a bit of a slow start, is looking very Matt Renyoldsy
  • RHP Noah Syndergaard: Will miss his start this weekend with an illness. Probably nothing, but it has been a rough six weeks for the Mets best prospect.
  • RHP Rafael Montero: 5 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 R, 0 BB, 4 K; Threw 74 pitches, so should be on target for his spot start next week.
  • RHP Chasen Bradford: 2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (8-6)_____________________________________


A little wet snow at first pitch did not delay this game, although it was rather unpleasant for your author. The game itself was rather uneventful, both starters were solid enough and hurt by some poor defense behind them. The B-Mets took the lead in the tenth on the most obvious balk in the history of balks that still resulted in a five-minute argument from the New Hampshire manager (it appeared he got tossed between innings, at least someone in the Fisher Cats dugout did). But Jon Velasquez could not hold the one-run lead. After getting the first two outs, the Fisher Cats went 2B, 1B, IBB, 1B to walk if off on fireworks night.

  • LF Jayce Boyd: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI; Boyd has the big hit of the game for the B-Mets, one that also teased me with getting out of there before all my joints were frozen. It's also the first pitch I have seen him authoritatively pull in a long while.
  • 3B Dustin Lawley: 1-4, 2 K, CS
  • 1B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4; Aderlin's BP session was fun. The in-game at-bats? Less fun.
  • CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-3, R, 2 BB, K; I can put together quite the video supercut of Brandon Nimmo taking pitches now.
  • LF Jared King: 0-5, K
  • SS Gavin Cecchini: DNP; Still nursing a sore groin. Sounds like he might be back for the weekend, but given the weather forecast I would be surprised to see him before Sunday.
  • C Xorge Carillo: 0-4, K
  • RHP Rainy Lara: 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K; This was every Rainy Lara start I have ever seen (and I have seen a few, mind you). Actually the velo was down a tick early, because it was cold as balls, but otherwise the same bunch of sliders, the same loss of stuff and command around 60 pitches. I am a little surprised they haven't transitioned him to relief, where he at least has an outside chance of a MLB paycheck as the last guy in a pen.
  • LHP Dario Alvarez: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

    Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (7-8)_____________________________________

    FORT MYERS 4, ST. LUCIE 2  (Box)

    The St. Lucie defense hasn't done Marcos Molina any favors so far in this young season. Jhoan Urena and Amed Rosario both made errors behind him, leading to an unearned run. Molina missed plenty of bats, but the St. Lucie offense missed plenty of balls. Hey, at least Champ Stuart went deep again.

  • CF Champ Stuart: 2-4, HR (2), R, RBI, K, SB (8)
  • LF Michael Conforto: 1-4, K, CS
  • RF Victor Cruzado: 0-3
  • 2B Jeff McNeil: 1-4, R, K
  • SS Amed Rosario: 0-4, K, E(3)
  • 3B Jhoan Urena 0-3, 2 K, E (6); Rosario and Urena are both starting to scuffle a bit. This is not particularly surprising or worrying yet.
  • RHP Marcos Molina: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K; 18 K and 5 BB in his first 16 Florida State League innings. Mets want to get him to Binghamton this year, and he is doing his part.
Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (5-8)__________________________________


Savannah could only manage a pair of solo home runs off River Dogs pitchers, and despite 11 strikeouts from the twin towers of Brad Wieck and Jimmy Duff, Charleston scraped enough runs together to win this one.
  • RF Wuilmer Becerra: 2-4, HR (3), R, RBI; Okay, it's thirteen games, but the power is there, the Ks haven't been egregious, and the tools are loud. So far so good in the jump to full-season ball. Beard needs work though.
  • SS Luis Guillorme: 2-4; I've gushed plenty about the glove on my official 2015 sleeper, but I have to admit that even I am surprised he is hitting this well so far.
  • 1B Pedro Perez: 0-4, 2 K
  • C Tomas Nido: 2-4, HR (1), R, RBI
  • LHP Brad Wieck: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
  • RHP Jimmy Duff: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; Yes, he lags behind the Savannah rotation in terms of bonus dollars and stuff, but I think he has a case to at least be piggybacking with somebody.
  • Star of the Night

    Travis Taijeron has been wearing out PCL pitching so far in 2015. His 3-5 night featured his fifth home run of the young season and upped his line to .341/.391/.756

    Goat of the Night

    Jon Velasquez