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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/23/15: Time Machine

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

Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (55-42)_______________________________________


Double-A - Binghamton Mets (53-43)_____________________________________


With a combination of great pitching and a season-high three home runs, the B-Mets beat New Britain for the third time in a row, extending their current winning streak to six games. Binghamton got on the board first, plating two runs in the second on a Xorge Carrillo two-run homer, and two more in the third on a Josh Rodriguez two-run homer. In the sixth, the B-Mets exploded for five more runs, most of them coming on a Jared King pinch-hit grand slam.

King replaced Michael Fulmer, whose renaissance season continued yesterday afternoon. The right-hander allowed six hits and walked a batter over five innings, tying a season high nine strikeouts. Fifty-eight of his eighty-two pitches were for strikes, and of those strikes, he induced fourteen swinging strikes. With his scoreless outing, the right-hander's ERA shrunk to 2.02, second in the Eastern League.

The only bad thing about King's grand slam was that Fulmer was removed from the game. New Britain immediately took advantage of that, scoring three runs off of Beck Wheeler in the bottom of the sixth. Solo home runs off of Akeel Morris and Adam Kolarek in the seventh and eighth, respectively, allowed the Rock Cats to creep closer, but Josh Smoker shut them down in the ninth to end the ballgame. With their sweep of the Rock Cats, Binghamton is now in first place in the Eastern League Eastern Division.

"Fulmer was very impressive in his start yesterday afternoon. He generated a ton of swinging strikes, and eight of his nine strikeouts were of the swinging variety. He used his slider frequently, but it was a weapon for him almost every time he was ahead in the count. Nine strikeouts and one walk made for an impressive outing, and he certainly could have racked up more strikeouts if the Mets weren't at the point of the season at which they usually manage workloads for starting pitchers.

"He only gave up a couple of hard hits in the game, and he did work his way out of a couple of jams without much of an issue. He's been very good this year, and if yesterday afternoon was any indication, he's definitely a guy to watch going forward."

"As for the other notable prospects who played in the game, Michael Conforto hit a couple of very hard singles. Gavin Cecchini had himself a day at the plate, the highlight of which was his triple. One of his three singles was a bloop. He did make a throwing error, though, after waiting on a ball he could have charged and then rushing the throw and nearly sending the ball into the stands. Brandon Nimmo went without a hit on the day, reaching base once on a walk. And Josh Smoker pitched a one-two-three ninth inning, striking out the first batter he faced and generating a couple of easy outs. The stadium gun wasn't working, but it's safe to assume he was throwing his fastball hard. He also didn't rely solely on that pitch, working in his breaking stuff quite a bit in the brief outing." -Chris McShane

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (48-48 /13-13)_____________________________________


Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (49-46 / 10-15)__________________________________


The long ball got the best of Michael Gibbons, and the Suns got the drop on the Sand Gnats in the first game of their three-game series. A two-run double by Dale Carey in the first inning put the Suns on top, but Savannah was quick to respond. John Mora drove in Eudor Garcia in the second and Luis Guillorme drove in Patrick Biondi in the third to tie the game at 2-2. Hagerstown broke the tie in the bottom of the third with a Jose Marmolejos-Diaz solo home run and added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth with a Jeff Gardner solo shot. The Sand Gnats recouped one of those runs in the fifth, but were unable to get the tying run across the plate.

SS-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (18-13)_______________________________________


Matt Blackham just did not have it at all in Brooklyn's 8-1 loss to West Virginia. Some shoddy defense did not help matters, either. The only real redeeming moment this game had was when Luis Mateo made his triumphant return to the place where it all began.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (13-14)__________________________


Going into the ninth, Kingsport had a narrow two-run lead. Harol Gonzalez was solid in his start, and Merandy Gonzalez had been as well. After allowing a run to score and putting runners on, Gonzalez was replaced by Chase Ingram. Ingram had difficulties like his predecessor, and allowed a few more runs to score, giving the Pulaski Mariners a 6-5 edge. Kingsport wasn't able to make the most of their three outs in the bottom of the inning, and that was that.

Rookie - GCL Mets (16-11)__________________________


Star of the Night

Michael Fulmer

Goat of the Night

Merandy Gonzalez/Chase Ingram