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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 6/22/15: And your 2015 South Atlantic League First Half Champions are…

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

Casey Meisner
Casey Meisner
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51's (40-31)_______________________________________


Rainy Lara turned in a solid outing, but was his own worst enemy. The right-hander issued five walks in five innings, upping his pitch count to 83 over that span, necessitating an early exit from the game. Interestingly enough, none of those walks actually came back to hurt him. The two runs that he allowed came from hits off the bats of Robbie Grossman, Tyler Heineman, and Tony Kemp. His counterpart, Asher Wojciechowski was a bit better, scattering six hits over seven innings. James Hoyt pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Jason Stoffel replaced him in the ninth. After Alex Castellanos struck out for the first out, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Anthony Recker walked, putting the tying runs on base for Las Vegas. Brandon Allen stuck out for the second out, but Travis Taijeron was hit by a pitch, bringing Wilfredo Tovar up to the plate with bases loaded. Wally Backman chose to pinch hit for his light-hitting middle infielder and found lightning in a bottle. Brooks Conrad knocked a grand slam over the right field wall to give the 51s a 4- lead, their first lead of the ballgame. Chase Bradford, in his second inning of work, worked around a one out hit, and just like that, the 51s snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (35-32)_____________________________________



Team W L GB
New Britain Rock Cats 38 31 ---
Trenton Thunder 37 32 1
Reading Fightin’ Phils 36 32 1.5
Binghamton Mets 35 32 2
New Hampshire Fisher Cats 31 36 6
Portland Sea Dogs 26 43 12

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (34-33)_____________________________________


Team W L GB
Charlotte Stone Crabs 44 23 ---
Fort Myers Miracle 35 32 9
St. Lucie Mets 34 33 10
Jupiter Hammerheads 33 34 11
Palm Beach Cardinals 32 35 12
Bradenton Marauders 30 37 14

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (39-31)__________________________________


And it all came down to this. Coming into the last game of the first half, the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Greenville Drive were tied for first place in the division, with identical 38-31 records. Earlier in the year, when Savannah had a sub-.500 record, who would've even thought that this scenario would've been possible? But, after a rough April, Savannah went on a hot streak at the end of May and beginning of June that coincided with a Greenville losing streak.

Fortuitously for the good guys, the Sand Gnats had Casey Meisner toeing the bump for them. Meisner, deemed the Mets' seventeenth best prospect by myself and twenty-first by our Amazin' Avenue aggregate list, has had some helium in the first half, posting a 2.15 ERA in 71 innings with a 7.6 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9 (though, admittedly, his sterling ERA is lowered by a .256 BABIP; His FIP is still a respectable 3.77, however). Opposing Meisner was Sam Conrood, a 22-year-old right-hander from Carrolton, Illinois. Selected in the 5th round of the 2014 MLB Draft from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, the righty has been impressive, posting a 2.51 ERA in 61 innings with a 9.9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9.

On the last day of the half, we were getting an ace-vs-ace showdown.

The Sand Gnats came out of the box pumped up. Jonathan Johnson and Luis Guillorme both drew walks to start the game, and Coonrod threw away John Mora's sacrifice bunt, Savannah had bases loaded with no outs. After Eudor Garcia plated a run with a sac fly, Wuilmer Becerra laced a line drive into right to score another run. In the second, Coonrod had some more issues keeping the ball over the plate. After Joe Tuschak singled, Adrian Abreu and Jonathan Johnson both walked, loading the bases once again. After Luis Guillorme drew his second walk in as many innings- this one scoring a run- Coonrod was pulled from the game.

Casey Meisner, meanwhile, was cruising. Over the first four innings, he allowed a single in the first and a walk in the second. In the fifth, Dylan Davis and the GreenJackets played some small ball, scoring a run on a single, stolen base, and two ground outs for their first run of the game. Meisner was not laboring or showing any difficulties after the run scored, but Jose Leger elected to play it safe by bringing in a fresh arm for the sixth. Cameron Griffin pitched a scoreless sixth. Dawrin Frias pitched a scoreless seventh. Ben Griset gave up a run in the eighth, making it a 3-2 ballgame.

With the pressure on, the Savannah offense responded. In the ninth, the Sand Gnats plated five more runs, making it an 8-2 ballgame. It's a good thing they had a flurry of offense in the top of the inning, because Paul Paez gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning. Augusta tried to come back, but their attempt failed, and with it, Savannah went a perfect 6-0 against them in the first half.


Of course, none of that really mattered. Greenville's game started in the early afternoon game, and by 2:30, the Drive were trailing and were down 8-2. They lost to the Blue Claws 9-3 before the Sand Gnat game even began.

SS-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (1-1)_______________________________________


The Cyclones won their first series of the season, hanging on to beat their cross-boro rivals 6-4. After building up a 5-0 lead, Nicco Blank almost blew the lead. The reliever allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth, and then allowed two of his own, making it a 5-4 ballgame. In the eigth, Jeff Diehl homered over the left field wall- not always an easy task, given the weird wind patterns at Richmond County Bank Ballpark- to give Brooklyn an extra insurance run, and Alex Palsha shut down the Baby Bombers in the ninth for his first save.

Select DSL Check-Ins

Name Position Games Innings Pitched ERA Hits Walks Strikeouts
Jhoander Chourio RHP --- --- --- --- --- ---
Daniel Guzman LHP 5 (2 GS) 16.1 3.86 16 6 11
Joel Romero RHP 4 (1 GS) 9.2 3.72 12 6 8

Name Position Games At-Bats Average OBP Slugging HR BB K SB
Edgardo Fermin SS 16 56 .232 .348 .304 1 9 13 4/5
Tulio Garcia OF 13 43 .186 .286 .209 0 5 20 0/0
Kenny Hernandez SS 14 48 .104 .193 .146 0 4 13 2/2
Yoel Romero SS 13 40 .025 .133 .025 0 3 12 0/2
Juan Uriarte C 19 67 .299 .347 .403 1 4 6 0/2

Star of the Night

Brooks Conrad

Goat of the Night

The Las Vegas offense