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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/24/16: Shutouts and blowouts and comebacks, oh my!

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

Ricky Knapp - 2014 - Chris McShane
Ricky Knapp
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (61-70)


Darin Gorski had a bout of longballitis in the fourth inning, giving up back-to-back home runs to left fielder Stefen Romero and Korean slugger Dae-Ho Lee (who, incidentally, sure would’ve looked good in blue and orange this season with the absence of Lucas Duda) to put the Rainiers up 3-0. Outside of that one inning, Gorski was pretty solid. He pitched six innings, giving up four hits, walking three, and striking out six. No matter how good a pitcher is, if the rest of the team doesn’t score, he’s doomed, and that’s exactly what happened out in Washington last night. The 51s managed only three hits all night- singles by Gavin Cecchini and Eric Campbell in the fourth, and Travis Taijeron in the fifth- and a handful of walks.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (60-67)


The underrated and unheralded Ricky Knapp spun a gem, striking out ten in a complete game, 9-1 win. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits, walking two and striking out ten, good for a Game Score of 91. The Hartford Yard Goats aren’t exactly offensive world beaters, but they aren’t push overs, either- but even if they were push overs, the kind of dominant that Knapp was would still be impressive. The B-Mets offense was paced by the usual suspects: Amed Rosario logged three hits- two of which were doubles- and drove in three. Dom Smith logged three hits- one of which was a double- and drove in two. Xorge Carillo logged two hits- one of which was a double- and drove in one. Matt Oberste had two hits, one of which was his ninth home run of the season. Champ Stuart had two hits, was driven in twice, and stole his eleventh base.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (65-58 / 30-26)


St. Lucie scored a pair in the bottom of the first, but starter Greg Harris and relievers Casey Coleman and Nick Sawyer kept them off the board for the rest of the game. Casey Delgado was solid, allowing two runs, one in the third and one in the sixth to allow the Stone Crabs to tie things up at two apiece. In the top of the eighth, after recording the first out of the inning, Jonah Heim hit a homer to left to put Charlotte up 3-2. St. Lucie got a man into scoring position in the bottom of the eighth, but failed to drive him home, and went down 1-2-3 in the ninth to end the game.

Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (60-68 / 24-34)


They’re still hopelessly out of any kind of playoff play, but good for Columbia, winning a season-high five games in a row with a 5-0 shutout of the GreenJackets. Kevin Canelon got the Fireflies’ eighth shutout started, scattering two hits over seven innings. Nicco Blank finished it, pitching a scoreless eighth and ninth. Dash Winningham put the Colaflies on the board in the second, blasting a monster home run over the right field wall. They added another run in the third thanks to a couple of errors by shortstop Kyle Holder and a long sac fly off the bat of Eudor Garcia. They would go on to add a few insurance runs in the seventh, but the shutout would hold.

Short-A – Brooklyn Cyclones (32-31)


It took eleven innings, but the Cyclones beat the Scrappers to go up one game over .500. Mahoning Valley scored in the first and were held off the board for the rest of the night by Raul Jacobson and the assortment of relievers that followed him after his exit. The Cyclones were in risk of being shut out, but finally scored in the bottom of the seventh on a Franklin Correa single that scored Jay Jabs. Things stayed scored through regulation and into extra innings. In the bottom of the tenth, the ‘clones got a runner to third, but were unable to cash in. In the eleventh, they had no such issues, as consecutive singles from Jay Jabs and Dan Rizzie put men on the corners, allowing Anthony Dimino the opportunity to walk things off with a single into center.

Rookie – Kingsport Mets (20-39)



Kingsport took the lead in the second, but they really blew things open in the third, when they scored seven runs off of Johnson City starter David Oca and his replacement, Yeison Medina. Kingsport sent eleven men to the plate, not recording an out until a fielder’s choice six batters in thanks to various hits and errors. Despite the huge 9-1 lead they built up, Johnson City actually made it a game, coming back to dramatically walk-off against Kingsport in front of what must’ve been an excited Tuesday evening crowd at Howard Johnson Field. They scored two in the bottom of the third, four in the bottom of the fifth, one in the bottom of the sixth, and two in the bottom of the seventh.



Kingsport jumped out to another big lead in game two, but unlike hours earlier, they did not cough up the lead. It would have been impressive if they did, as they had a thirteen run lead over Johnson City going into the bottom of the seventh. Sixto Torres was cromulent over his five innings of work, allowing a run apiece in the third and fifth. Blake Taylor had his most successful outing of his abbreviated season, tossing two scoreless innings in relief, not allowing a single baserunner while striking out four.

Rookie – GCL Mets (22-27)


Star of the Night

Ricky Knapp

Goat of the Night

Kingsport bullpen