*All results from games played on Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (59-67)
LAS VEGAS 8, ROUND ROCK 6 (Box)
Only Darin Gorski could get me back on this beat and up until one in the morning waiting for the Vegas game to finish. Muscle memory still works at least. It works for Michael Conforto, too, who paced the 51s’ offense in this one with a pair of doubles. Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini, Eric Camp...okay just most of the 51s’ lineup added multi-hit games, because it is the PCL, baby.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 2-4, R, RBI, BB
- LF Michael Conforto: 2-4, R, 2 2B, RBI, BB; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn9E5i7l-Eg
- 1B Eric Campbell: 2-4, 2 RBI, BB
- DH Johnny Monell: 2-4, RBI; Johnny Monell is gonna hit twenty home runs this year. Vegas, baby.
- C Kevin Plawecki: 0-3, R
- RF Travis Taijeron: 0-2, 2 R, 2 BB, K
- 3B Matt Reynolds: 2-4, R, 2B
- 2B L.J. Mazzilli: 0-2, RBI, BB, E
- P Darin Gorski: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K; Beats the bus from York to Bridgeport I bet.
- P Kevin McGowan: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
- P Jeff Walters: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
- P Jim Henderson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Double-A: Binghamton Mets (58-65)
BINGHAMTON 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2 (Box)
A Darin Gorski and a Rainy Lara start? It is like I never left. Lara was fine, until he wasn’t, but the B-Mets pen held down the fort in support of the bats. “The bats” are mostly just Phil Evans lately, but Amed Rosario, Matt Oberste, and Colton Plaia did add multi-hit games of their own.
- 3B Derrik Gibson: 1-5, R, K
- 2B Phillip Evans: 4-5, R, 2B, RBI; I always liked Phil Evans! Always in this case means 2011-2012. And I have no idea what the heck is going on here, as he looked like your standard Sunday starter in April.
- SS Amed Rosario: 2-4, RBI, BB, K; So at this point it is pretty safe to say that Rosario is a global top ten prospect, and I don’t just say this because for some foolish reason people now entrust me with significant influence over a national list.
- DH Dominic Smith: 1-4, BB, K
- 1B Matt Oberste: 2-5, RBI, 2 K
- CF Victor Cruzado: 0-4, BB
- LF Jayce Boyd: 1-3, R, 2B, BB, K
- C Colton Plaia: 2-4, K
- RF Stefan Sabol: 0-4, 2 K
- P Rainy Lara: 5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K; In a world where the Mets didn’t trade all their organizational starter depth last Summer, Lara might have gotten a shot in the pen where maybe the fastball/slider combo plays up enough to get him a couple stints as the seventh guy in a pen. But for now somebody has to throw innings in front of Rosario and Smith, or else they couldn’t play the games.
- P Luis Mateo: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- P Kyle Regnault: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- P Tim Peterson: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
- P David Roseboom: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K; Roseboom has been lights out for a couple months now, but the stuff is pretty much your standard LOOGy stuff.
Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (28-25 / 63-57)
FORT MYERS 1, ST. LUCIE 0 (Box)
A tough night at the office for the one Mets affiliate still in an actual playoff race (might be the only “Mets” still in a playoff race). St. Lucie dropped a half game behind Charlotte and Jupiter as Fernando Romero and the MiracLe bullpen held them to just six hits while striking out 13. The Mets staff shone as well, but a shaky fifth from newly-promoted fireballer Ty Bashlor provided all the scoring for the evening.
- CF Patrick Biondi: 2-3, 2B, K
- PH-LF Michael Katz: 0-0
- LF-RF Kevin Kaczmarski: 0-4, 4 K
- 3B David Thompson: 0-4, 2 K
- DH Kevin Taylor: 1-4, K
- RF-CF John Mora: 0-3, BB, K
- SS Luis Guillorme: 1-4
- 1B Jhoan Urena: 0-3, BB, 2 K
- 2B Vinny Siena: 1-3, K
- C Lednier Ricardo: 1-2, BB, K
- P Andrew Barbosa: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- P Tyler Bashlor: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K; I have no idea why Bashlor spent most of the year in Savannah, given his age and performance.
- P Domingo Tapia: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K; Once upon a time I had Tapia over Michael Fulmer as a prospect. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
- P Alex Palsha: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (19-34 / 55-68)
ASHEVILLE 10, COLUMBIA 3 (Box)
This one had the makings of a PCL special, with both teams throwing up a three-spot in the first, but then the Fireflies burned out, while the Tourists kept the line moving. Rockies top prospect Brendan Rodgers had a day, going 3-3 with two home runs, but there was plenty of thunder up and down the Asheville lineup. Dash Winningham added a bomb of his own, but the Columbia bats fell silent afterwards.
- CF Enmanuel Zabala: 1-3, 3B
- CF Tucker Tharp: 0-1, K, E
- 2B J.C. Rodriguez: 1-4, K
- DH Patrick Mazeika: 2-4, R
- 1B Dash Winningham: 1-4, R, HR, 2 RBI, K; I thought Dash would hit a bit more in A-ball than he has, but the power is still showing up some at least.
- LF Vicente Lupo: 2-4, R, 2B
- C Tyler Moore: 1-4, RBI, K
- RF Joe Tuschak: 0-4, K
- 3B Dale Burdick: 1-4, 2B, 3 K, E
- SS Milton Ramos: 0-3
- P Joe Shaw: 3.2 IP, 10 H, 9 R, 8 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; I think it is well-known around these parts that I am terrible at guessing minor league assignments, but even I was surprised that some of the older, polished Brooklyn arms like Harol Gonzalez and Nabil Crismatt didn’t start in the Sally over 2016 mid-round draftees like Shaw.
- P Witt Haggard: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
- P Nicco Blank: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 0 K
- P Bryce Beeler: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K; I comped Beeler to a not-quite-as-good Logan Verrett earlier this Summer. I did actually mean it as a complement at the time.
SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (31-27)
BROOKLYN 7, STATEN ISLAND 5 (Box)
Well, I suppose we can say Brooklyn is in a playoff race now too, as they cut their bridge-and-tunnel rivals wild card lead to just 2.5 games with a come-from-behind victory on the island. First-rounder Justin Dunn was touched up a bit, but the Cyclones bullpen held down the fort and Brooklyn clawed their way back in the usual manner of a Penn League game, via passed balls, wild pitches, and fielding errors.
- RF Gene Cone: 1-5, R, RBI, 2 K
- SS Michael Paez: 0-5, K
- CF Desmond Lindsay: 1-4, 2 R, K; I wrote about Lindsay (and most of the other Cyclones here over at BP in two parts. That is a convenient time saver.
- DH Colby Woodmansee: 1-3, R, BB, K
- 3B Blake Tiberi: 1-4, RBI
- 1B Darryl Knight: 0-2, R, 2 BB; Last year when I got to Kingsport I apparently missed, by a day, Knight hitting two of the longest home runs ever in Johnson City, or maybe Greeneville, I can’t remember. Well, I did get to catch him hit one about as far as I’ve seen at Coney a few weeks ago. I think he has inherited the biggest disparity between hit tool and raw power in the system from the retired Ivan Wilson.
- 2B Jay Jabs: 2-4, R, 2 RBI, E
- C Dan Rizzie: 0-4
- LF Hengelbert Rojas: 0-3, R, BB, 2 K
- P Justin Dunn: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K; I didn’t write about Dunn there. I did see him, and I did write about him. He is tough to write about though, as he has now been pitching for six months straight and just seems to be getting his work in. Next Spring will tell us a lot more. Or Steve Sypa will chime in below. He saw him last night.
- P Raul Jacobson: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- P Adam Atkins: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
- P Joseph Zanghi: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Rookie: Kingsport Mets (19-35)
PRINCETON 3, KINGSPORT 2 (11) (Box)
The K-Mets continue to play out the string, falling in extras to the Rays Appy League representatives. Jordan Humphreys made his best start of the year, and Blake Taylor was excellent as he works his way back from Tommy John, but there weren’t many runs to be had for Kingsport, despite multi-hit games from Ricardo Cespedes and the non-pseudonymous Reed Gamache.
- CF Ricardo Cespedes: 2-5, R
- DH Anthony Dimino: 0-5, K
- 3B Reed Gamache: 2-5, R, K
- 1B Jeremy Wolf: 1-4, 2B, BB, 2 K
- RF Jose Miguel Medina: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K; J.M. Medina has gotten a little buzz lately as he is young and has shown a bit of pop. I don’t like making grand proclamations off one-game looks (thanks Tennesee weather), but the stance is wide open and the swing is very unorthodox, and I do wonder how that works against better arms.
- 2B Walter Rasquin: 0-4, 3 K
- PH-2B Franklin Correa: 0-0
- C Scott Manea: 0-5, K
- SS Yeffry De Aza: 0-3, 3 K
- LF Ian Strom: 0-4, 3 K
- P Jordan Humphreys: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
- P Blake Taylor: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
- P Jose Carlos Medina: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K; J.C. Medina is another reminder not to even bother looking at DSL stats. He dominated the league as a 16-year-old to the tune of a 0.35 ERA and a 41:6 K:BB ratio. He also tops out at 86 with so-so command.
Rookie - GCL Mets (19-25)
GCL NATS 15, GCL METS 7 (Box)
Ah, there is your PCL game, and in one of the few venues less pleasant than Vegas to play a three-hour slog, noontime in Eastern Florida in August.
- SS Oliver Pascual: 1-3, 2 R, RBI, 2 BB
- 2B Miguel Patino: 2-5, R, K
- DH Luis Carpio: 3-5, R, RBI, K; Carpio is hitting .348/.400/.478 his first week back from shoulder surgery. He is also striking out a third of the time, but consider he had almost no Spring and also, uh, shoulder surgery. He’s still a top ten prospect in the system for me. (I actually considered making a joke on Twitter that I’d still rank him over Dom, but too many people take me very seriously nowadays)
- LF Wagner Lagrange: 0-5, R, RBI, 2 K
- 1B Carlos Sanchez: 0-2, R, 3 BB, K
- 3B Rigoberto Terrazas: 2-5, RBI, 2 K
- C Juan Uriarte: 2-5, 2 RBI, 2 K
- RF Kenneth Bautista: 1-4, R, 2B, 2 K
- CF Ranfy Adon: 0-4, 2 K
- P Nicolas Debora: 1.2 IP, 5 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
- P Enmanuel Berihuete: 2.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- P Eric Villanueva: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
- P Yeudy Colon: 1.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- P Matt Cleveland: 0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; This is the part after the semi-colon where I should give you a detailed report on Cleveland because he went to high school five minutes from my office. But I had a busy Spring, so all I can tell you is reports were down this Spring and the delivery is going to need a lot of work.
- P Richard Reina: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
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