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Mets Daily Prospect Report: 4/29/15, Viva Las Vegas

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

Wilfredo Tovar refuses to be known as a glove-first player
Wilfredo Tovar refuses to be known as a glove-first player
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*All results from games played on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (12-8)_______________________________________


The streaking 51s made it six wins in a row, sweeping the four game series against the Isotopes. Early on, it didn't look like the good guys would pull out a win, as Springfield's favorite team plated four runs against Tyler Pill in the 2nd, putting them in a 4-0 hole early on. Las Vegas slowly chipped away at their lead, with Dilson Herrera plating a run in the 3rd with an RBI double and Alex Castellanos scoring two more runs with his team-leading seventh home run in the 5th. Pill allowed one more run in the top of the 6th, but Las Vegas quickly got it back in the 7th thanks to the recently signed Brooks Conrad, who hit a ground ball back up the middle to score Dilson Herrera and keep it a one run game.

Going in the bottom of the 9th, the 51s were still down by one with closer Jairo Diaz on the mound. Johnny Monell immediately led off the inning against with a double, and was moved over to third in exchange for an out when Brooks Conrad made a ground ball out. Brandon Allen popped up for the second out of the inning, but Kyle Johnson walked, keeping hope alive. With runners on the corners, up came Wilfredo Tovar. After taking two balls, little ‘Fredo was beaten by a good pitch in and belt high. Diaz threw another pitch in almost the same exact location, but this time Tovar was ready. The slick fielding utility infielder whacked a line drive into center, scoring Monell from third and Johnson from first.

The 51s have today off, but will start a four game series with Reno on Thursday. Of note, both Johnny Monell and Alex Castellanos are former Isotopes, with the former playing for the team in 2014 and the latter in 2012. The duo were en fuego during the series, with Monell going 6-13 with two doubles and four RBI, and Castellanos going 7-14 with a double, a triple, two home runs, and five RBI.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (11-8)_____________________________________



This game actually began on Monday, but was postponed until yesterday afternoon because of rain up in Maine. The game resumed tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 2nd, but the Sea Dogs scored a run off of Matt Koch (charged to Seth Lugo) almost immediately upon recommencing, giving them a 3-2 edge. The Binghamton bats returned the favor, and in spades, plating five runs against Portland pitcher Jonathan Aro in the top of the 3rd and added insult to injury with two more in the top of the 4th. The Sea Dogs plated a run in the bottom of the 4th, and both teams scored two in the 6th, giving the B-Mets a four run lead that they would not relinquish.



After winning their first contest, the B-Mets won the second scheduled match-up between the two 2014 Eastern Division Championship Series teams, sweeping the doubleheader and making it four wins in a row. The B-Mets jumped out to an early lead and made it stick, scoring four runs in the 1st inning and three more in the 2nd.

Gavin Cecchini led the game off with a double off of Mike Augliera and was driven in by Aderlin Rodriguez for the first run of the game. Dustin Lawley hammered Augliera's next pitch over the big left field wall for his third home run of the season, plating two more, and Jairo Perez hit a double of his own down the third base line to bring Eudy Pina home. In the 2nd, with Gilbert Gomez.on third and Cecchini at first, Jared King dunked a flyball into shallow right to plate Gomez. Two batters later, Aderlin hit a line drive double that plated Cecchini and Dustin Lawley followed that with a sac fly that scored King.

Jake Kuebler, making his first start since 2013, was on cruise control for most of his time on the mound, allowing one hit and walking one in four innings of work. The Sea Dogs scratched out their only run of the game in the bottom of the 6th, and that was mostly due to Binghamton defensive issues than their own offensive prowess. Beck Wheeler walked Reed Gragnani, who advanced to third on Albert Cordero's first passed ball of the season and then scored when Wheeler let loose a wild pitch. Chase Huchingson, who replaced Wheeler, got the remaining four outs with minimal trouble.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (10-10)_____________________________________


Jupiter got on the board first, plating a run in the 2nd, but St. Lucie got that run right back in the top of the 3rd. One inning later, the Hammerheads scored a pair of unanswered runs thanks to a Miller Diaz wild pitch and subsequent missed catch when he was covering the plate from battery mate Adrian Abreu. From that inning on, Jupiter starter Scott Lyman was on point, allowing only two more St. Lucie base runners. The Hammerheads tacked on one more run in the 7th just in case, but relievers Tyler Kinley and Juancito Martinez locked down the 8th and 9th, and St. Lucie fell back to .500 with their loss, losing their second series to the sub-.500 Hammerheads.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (6-12)__________________________________


Rain caused the ballgame to end after five innings, but that was probably for the best since the Sand Gnats were being handed a major drubbing by the Shorebirds. They really only had themselves to blame, though- in five innings, Luis Guillorme, Wuilmer Becerra, Pedro Perez, and Tyler Moore combined for five errors, while Carlos Valdez uncorked three wild pitches. All in all, it is best forgotten that this game was even played.

Star of the Night

Wilfredo Tovar

Goat of the Night

The Sand Gnats defense