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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/21/16: All I am saying is give Nimmo a chance

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

MLB: Chicago Cubs at New York Mets
Brandon Nimmo
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*All results from games played on Saturday, August 20, 2016

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (60-68)

LAS VEGAS 4, TACOMA 3 (Box)

The Rainiers took the lead thanks to a pair of solo home runs by D.J. Peterson and Dan Vogelbach in the second and third, and an RBI single off the bat of Vogelbach in the fourth, and the 51s quickly found themselves down 3-0 early. Things changed in the fifth, when Las Vegas tied the game with a three run inning. Top prospects Brandon Nimmo and Gavin Cecchini did all the damage themselves, with Nimmo plating a run on a triple into center and Cecchini plating two on a double into center as well. In the seventh, the 51s took the lead when Nimmo doubled into right and plated Matt Reynolds. Beck Wheeler threw a scoreless seventh, Jeff Walters a scoreless eighth, and Paul Sewald ended things with a scoreless ninth, notching his fourteenth save. Of note, Brandon Nimmo is now hitting .346/.419/.541. Sure, that is a PCL batting line, but plus numbers are much better to see than pitiful ones. More interesting are his platoon splits. After hitting .242/.349/.264 against lefties in 91 at-bats against Double-A and Triple-A pitchers, Nimmo is hitting .340/.400/.540 against them in 100 at-bats against Triple-A and MLB pitchers. Does it mean anything, especially when I don’t know of any particular changes in his approach against them that would indicate a step forward? I don’t know, but again, I’d prefer to see good numbers rather than poor ones.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (58-67)

PORTLAND 10, BINGHAMTON 8 (Box)

Not sure if Eastern League or PCL. The two teams combined for eighteen runs on a whopping thirty hits, with not a single home run. Every time Portland scored, Binghamton scored. Every time Binghamton scored, Portland scored. Ultimately, Portland scored two more runs, but details. Of note, Xorge Carrillo went 4-4, the 12th four-hit game by a B-Met this season, and Phil Evans went 3-5, and is batting .696 over his last five games.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (65-57 / 30-25)

ST. LUCIE 3, PALM BEACH 1 (Box)

After six scoreless innings on both sides, St. Lucie scored the first runs of the game in the seventh, when Daniel Bard- remember him- had a meltdown, hitting Luis Guillorme, walking Jhoan Urena, walking Jonathan Johnson and hitting Patrick Biondi to force in a run. His replacement, Blake McKnight, walked Kevin Kaczmarski, forcing in another run. St. Lucie would score one more in the inning before making three outs, giving them a 3-0 lead. Palm Beach scored in the bottom of the inning to at least get on the board, but could muster no more runs on the night.

Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (57-68 / 21-34)

GAME ONE

COLUMBIA 5, AUGUSTA 1 (Box)

The Colaflies only scored in the third, but the five runs they plated that inning would be more than enough to take the first game of the evening doubleheader. Nabil Crismatt took over in the second inning of the resumed game and tossed eight innings, allowing just one run on four hits.

GAME TWO

COLUMBIA 2, AUGUSTA 0 / 7 (Box)

Columbia completed the doubleheader sweep with a 2-0 shutout victory. Neither Seth Davis nor Craig Missigman were spectacular, per se, but they got the job done during their respective time on the mound. The Colaflies scored both of their runs in the bottom of the first, when Dash Winningham homered into right-center to drive in Patrick Mazeika and himself. My bro, Johnny Magliozzi, pitched the ninth and shut the door, earning his fourth save.

Short-A – Brooklyn Cyclones (31-29)

LOWELL 4, BROOKLYN 1 (Box)

Brooklyn’s post-All-Star Game funk continues, this time with an embarrassing 4-1 loss to the Spinners. The score itself was not necessarily embarrassing, but the circumstances leading up to the game were: with the game scheduled to begin at 5:05, the team bus arrived in Lowell late, leaving the team with hardly any time to warm-up and prepare. The game was delayed for roughly ten minutes, but the lack of preparation seemingly showed, as Harol Gonzalez got into immediate trouble, surrendering a run in the bottom of the first. He ended up pitching five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, with two walks and three strikeouts, bumping his ERA up from 1.57 to 1.72. The lone run Brooklyn scored came in the sixth, when Michael Paez lofted a looper into shallow center, scoring newcomer Anthony Dimino. In happier news, Ali Sanchez put on a defensive clinic, throwing out all three runners that attempted to steal off of him and Harol.

Rookie – Kingsport Mets (19-37)

PRINCETON 1, KINGSPORT 0 / 10 (Box)

Adonis Uceta and Hector Lopez both had great starts, and we had ourselves a pitching duel down in Hunnicutt Field. Lopez pitched six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and walking one while striking out seven. Uceta pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out eight. The game went into extra innings scoreless, but Princeton scored a run in the bottom of the tenth off of eighth-round draftee Placido Torres to walk off for the second time in their four game sweep of the Kingsport Mets.

Rookie – GCL Mets (21-26)

GCL METS 7, GCL ASTROS 2 (Box)

Star of the Night

Brandon Nimmo

Goat of the Night

Placido Torres