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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/31/16: One last look at the farm system before the trade deadline

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*All results from games played on Saturday, July 30, 2016

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (53-54)__________________________________

EL PASO 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (Box)

There’s a lot of minor league filler on the Las Vegas 51s this season, as most of the talent in the system is concentrated near the bottom with a handful of exceptions, but there also are and were some pretty good players on Wally Backman’s ball club. I can’t say I expected the team to be below .500- albeit, just one game, but still- as the dog days of summer begin. The 51s took the lead early, but the recently promoted Rickey Knapp was unable to keep the Chihuahuas at bay. After allowing a respectable three runs over five-plus innings, the right-hander allowed a two-run homer, making it a 5-2 ballgame. Las Vegas got back a run immediately, in the bottom of the sixth, but El Paso got that run right back in the eighth. Down to their last three outs, Las Vegas made a valiant effort, but their comeback bid came up just short. T.J. Rivera doubled in two runs, and Travis Taijeron got on base as the winning run, but Kevin Quackenbush got Kevin Plakecki and Gavin Cecchini to fly out to right and foul territory, respectively, ending the game with a poof rather than a bang.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (49-56)____________________________

BINGHAMTON 2, PORTLAND 1 (Box)

With a Game Score of 68, Rafael Montero has, for the first time since late 2014, pitched two back-to-back games with a Game Score of 65 or higher. The right-hander, who just never has been the same since suffering a shoulder injury early in 2015, held the Sea Dogs to one run over six-plus innings, allowing five hits, walking three, and striking out nine. Binghamton got on the board first, scoring a Reyes run in the third when Champ Stuart worked a leadoff walk, advanced to second on a wild pitch, and came around to score on a Derrik Gibson grounder up the middle. Yoan Moncada tied the game in the fifth, but the B-Mets took the lead once again in the bottom of the inning, when Phil Evans doubled in Gibson, who chugged home all the way from first.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (55-47 / 20-15)_______________________________

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 3 (Box)

Making his first start since a quick stint on the DL, P.J. Conlon blanked the Flying Tigers for four innings. The Irish southpaw looked solid as he was eased back into the swing of things, allowing just one hit and throwing 31 of 45 pitches for strikes. Paul Paez blanked Lakeland as well, but Ben Griset had a harder time of things, allowing three runs in the top of the eighth. Things looked dire, but St. Lucie would not be denied. In the bottom of the inning, they plated six runs, with David Thompson tying things on a single up the middle and Tomas Nido putting St. Lucie on top with a mammoth three-run blast. Corey Taylor saved his sixteenth game of the year, and with the win, St. Lucie gained a game in the standings and now trail the Jupiter Hammerheads by only a half game.

Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (48-56 / 12-22)________________________________

COLUMBIA 3, ASHEVILLE 2 (Box)

The Colaflies scored a few runs early, and they would stand, as Gabby Almonte tossed a solid seven innings, and Craig Missigman and Jimmy Duff finished things in the eighth and ninth. Columbia’s first run came in the bottom of the first, a Vicente Lupo single that scored Patrick Mazeika. Their second run came in the bottom of the second, when Enmanuel Zabala plated Luis Ortega on a line drive into center. They scored once more in the fourth, a single off the bat of Zabala once more. Almonte allowed the Tourists to get on the board in the sixth, and Missigman in the eighth. Jimmy Duff made things interesting in the ninth, putting runners on the corners, but wiggled out of danger with his first save with Columbia.

Short-A – Brooklyn Cyclones (21-20)__________________________________

VERMONT 7, BROOKLYN 1 (Box)

In recent days, Brooklyn surged up the standings thanks to an almost week long winning streak, but that streak is now over. Justin Dunn, making his second start, allowed four runs over three innings, though none were earned thanks to a throwing error by Jay Jabs in the first and a fielding error by Colby Woodmansee in the second. In the top of the fourth, Woodmansee scored on a wild pitch, putting Brooklyn on the board, but the run would end up the only one they would score. Nabil Crismatt, who piggybacked Dunn last week, once again did so, and while he did not strike out eleven this time, he blanked the Lake Monsters over four innings. Alejandro Castro and Dillon Becker had a harder time, as Castro loaded the bases and allowed a run, and Becker walked in a run and allowed a run to score on a wild pitch- both charged to Castro.

Rookie – Kingsport Mets (14-23)__________________________________

JOHNSON CITY 4, KINGSPORT 1 (Box)

Jordan Humphreys was a bit hittable, but he was successfully balancing the rope, keeping Johnson City limited to just two run over five innings. In the sixth, three more singles and a Jose Medina fielding error out in right saw two more runs score, giving the Johnson City Cardinals a 4-1 lead. Kingsport was able to manage a run in the third off of Ian Oxnevad on a Reed Gamache dunker into center, but he and relievers Ross Vance and Levi MaVorhis kept Kingsport off the board for the rest of the game.

Rookie – GCL Mets (12-17)__________________________________

GCL METS 4, GCL CARDINALS 3 / 11 (Box)

When the GCL Cardinals jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first thanks to a couple of hits, and starter Alvaro Seijas set down GCL Met after GCL Met, things weren’t looking too good for the home team. Once Seijas was removed from the game, the GCL Mets started cooking. In the sixth, reliever Silas Bohannan allowed three consecutive singles, Carlos Sanchez’ last line drive plating a run and making it a 2-1 ballgame. In the eighth, Rigoberto Terrazas lined a single into right off of Jonathan Mulford that scored Anthony Dirocie and tied the game. The game stayed tied into tenth, when the Cards scored a run and retook the lead. Not to be outdone, the GCL Mets scored in the bottom of the tenth, re-tying the game, and then walked off in the eleventh.

Star of the Night

Rafael Montero

Goat of the Night

Alejandro Castro