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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/29/15: Pitchers spitting super hot fire

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

Michael Fulmer
Michael Fulmer
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (59-45)_______________________________________

LAS VEGAS 14, SACRAMENTO 2 (Box)

Fourteen runs, and not a single home run. Go figure. In what might've been an exciting match-up in September 2010, Tommy Hanson and Dillon Gee squared off against each other. The cyborg malfunctioned, allowing eight runs (seven earned) over three plus innings, while Gee turned in his best performance since being sent down to Triple-A, tossing a complete game.

ROSTER ALERT: Brandon Nimmo has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (56-46)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 3, NEW BRITAIN 0 (Box)

Of all of the Amazin' Avenue prospect writers, I was most down on Michael Fulmer coming into the season. Jeff ranked him 17, Greg ranked him 19, Rob ranked him 21; I ranked him 25. I am happily eating crow, as the healthy and thriving Fulmer turned in another spectacular outing. An innings cap limited him to six innings, but he made the most of those six innings, striking out nine batters- the fifth time in his last six starts that he's struck out at least seven batters and his second consecutive game with nine strikeouts. With an addition six shutout innings, his ERA dropped below 2.00 for the season, to 1.88. It's hard to win ballgames without scoring- as all Mets fans are well aware- but thanks to some doubles off the bats of relative newcomers Joe Benson and Jonathan Galvez, the B-Mets plated three late inning runs to give Fulmer the win he deserved.

ROSTER ALERT: The Binghamton Mets added Vince Belnome to their roster. Belnome was drafted in the 28th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres out of West Virginia University. Primarily a middle infielder, the left-hander hit well in the upper levels of their minor league system, batting .273/.397/.436 with the High-A Lake Elsinore Storm in 2010, .333/.432/.603 with the Double-A San Antonio Missions in 2011 and .275/.380/.384 with the Triple-A Tucson Padres in 2012. That winter, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor leaguer Chris Rearick. Assigned to the Rays' Triple-A affiliate, the Durham Bulls, Belnome bat .300/.408/.446 in his first year with the team, but tailed off and hit only .245/.358/.383 in 2014 and .169/.293/.225 in 2015, leading to a loss of playing time and, eventually, his release on July 22.

ROSTER ALERT: Gilbert Gomez has been activated from the disabled list.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (51-50 /16-15)_____________________________________

ST. LUCIE 8, DAYTONA 4 (Box)

Knuckleball sensation taking the Mets world by storm Mickey Jannis won his first ballgame for St. Lucie last night, logging eight innings in their 8-4 win over the Tortugas. The Mets pounded out eleven hits, nine of them off of reigning FSL Pitcher of the Week Sal Romano. Dom Smith put St. Lucie on the board with an RBI single in the bottom of the first. The Tortugas tied things back up in the fourth, but the swingin' Samoan Stefan Sabol hit a solo shot to put St. Lucie back in the drivers seat; from that. After Daytona scored the game yet again in the fifth, St. Lucie put up a three spot to give them the lead; at no point for the rest of the ballgame did they tie or trail Daytona.

Low-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (54-47 / 15-16)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 8, GREENSBORO 6 (Box)

With their win over Greensboro in yesterday's early afternoon matinee, Savannah has won three in a row, sweeping the Grasshoppers and moving within a game of the .500 mark for the second half. The Sand Gnats unloaded on Grasshopper starter Gunnar Kines in the second inning, plating seven runs. Savannah batted around, with Wuilmer Becerra and Michael Katz doing the most damage. Becerra laced a line drive into left with bases loaded to plate two runs, and Katz slugged a laser over the right field wall for a three-run homer. Savannah starter Michael Gibbons wasn't that great, allowing eleven hits over six plus innings, but he limited the damage, allowing only two earned runs (plus two unearned runs thanks to a Tyler Moore passed ball and a Jean Rodriguez throwing error). Christian Montgomery was shaky in the eighth, allowing two more runs to score, but Cameron Griffin shut the door in the ninth to notch his fifth save of the season.

SS-A - Brooklyn Cyclones (19-17)_______________________________________

HUDSON VALLEY 4, BROOKLYN 3 / 10 (Box)

Chris Flexen needed almost 80 pitches to get through four-plus innings, but the young right-hander had his pitch count elevated more because of a high strikeout total, rather than opposing batters hammering him (though the six hits and three earned runs over that span isn't exactly optimal). Down by one going into the eighth, Vinny Siena continued his torrid hitting, this time hitting a comebacker up the middle that got past the pitcher and the infield to score Branden Kaupe and tie the game. Neither team scored in regulation and the game went into extra innings. While Brooklyn was unable to get anything much going in the top of the tenth, grounding out three times in a row, Hudson Valley was quick to strike. After getting himself in trouble, Carlos Valdez was forced to intentionally load the bases, setting the stage for either a double play or a Hudson Valley walk-off victory. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, the latter occurred.

In a strange statistical quirk, Brooklyn's loss, coupled with Hudson Valley's win, a loss by Staten Island, and win by Aberdeen, has resulted in the entire McNamara Division sporting identical 19-17 records.

Rookie - Kingsport Mets (17-17)__________________________

PULASKI 14, KINGSPORT 9 (Box)

Not sure if APPY or PCL. Kingsport put up a seven-spot in the second inning, and still lost the ballgame. How's that, you ask? The Kingsport Mets had a bullpen meltdown that would make the 2007/2008 Mets envious. Up 9-5, Chase Ingram, Dillon Becker, Adrian Almeida and Gabriel Feliz combined to give up nine runs, putting Pulaski up 14-9. Ingram started the inning but was replaced after walking the bases loaded. Becker recorded an out but allowed four runs to score. Almeida followed, and he allowed a run without even recording an out. Feliz replaced him, and he allowed three more runs to score. It must be noted that Patrick Mazeika had two passed balls, directly resulting in two runs scoring and allowing the trailing base runners to move up a base.

Rookie - GCL Mets (17-14)__________________________

POSTPONED (RAIN)

Star of the Night

Dillon Gee/Michael Fulmer/Mickey Jannis/

Goat of the Night

Chase Ingram/Dillon Becker/Adrian Almeida/Gabriel Feliz