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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/26/16: Yespedes

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

Ricardo Cespedes - Gordon Donovan - 2015 Licensed
Ricardo Cespedes
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on Thursday, August 25, 2016

Triple-A - Las Vegas 51s (63-71)


LAS VEGAS 10, SALT LAKE 5 / 7 (Box)

I was never really too big of a Tim Lincecum fan, since the Giants are one of my least favorite teams (New York, San Francisco, and the Yomiuri Shimbun-owned squad in Tokyo), but it is a bit sad to see former Cy Young Tim Lincecum pitch like a shadow of a shadow of himself. It is also wild that Lincecum is 32-year-old now. Emotions aside, Las Vegas pummeled him for eight runs (five earned) in four innings. Things didn’t get better for the Bees in the fifth, when Cody Ege replaced him, as Michael Conforto went yard to score himself and Brandon Nimmo for another two runs. Logan Verrett, meanwhile, was cromulent in his first start since returning to Triple-A. The right-hander gave up two runs on six hits over six innings, walking three and striking out three.


SALT LAKE 3, LAS VEGAS 0 / 7 (Box)

Kyle Kendrick had a much better time against Las Vegas than his teammate did, hurling four scoreless innings. Andrew Bailey- another blast from the past- logged a scoreless inning himself, as did Keynan Middleton, and suddenly, the game is over, 3-0, Salt Lake threw a shutout against the 51s. Tyler Pill was a bit hittable in his five innings of work, but the defense behind him kept the score limited to just 1-0 when he was removed from the game. Josh Edgin did not have the same kind of luck, allowing a run in both innings he pitched.

Double-A - Binghamton Mets (61-68)


It wasn’t a high scoring affair, but the B-Mets mashed out fourteen hits last night. Matt Oberste was the odd man out, but other than him, every Binghamton hitter logged at least one hit. Phil Evans and Dom Smith, two of the hottest hitters on the team, each had three hits. While Smiths hits resulted in two runs being driven in, Evans’ hits were more important. He raised his batting average to .333, and in just 46 more plate appearances, will qualify for the Eastern League leaderboard, of which a .333 would make him the Eastern League batting champion. Starter Tyler Herron allowed two runs in three innings, and Tim Peterson allowed two runs in the eighth, making this ballgame much closer than it should have been. As has been the case since July, David Roseboom was there when Binghamton needed him. He finished out Peterson’s inning, and then pitched a clean ninth to save things for the B-Mets, earning his thirteenth save.

Advanced-A - St. Lucie Mets (67-58 / 32-26)


St. Lucie won the series against Charlotte in convincing fashion, utterly dominating the Stone Crabs 13-0. Most of the damage St. Lucie did to Charlotte was charged to starter Chris Pike, who was tagged for nine runs on eleven hits in three plus innings. All nine Mets batters logged at least one hit, recording seventeen total. Jonathan Johnson, Kevin Taylor, and Jhoan Urena all logged three hits, while Kevin Kaczmarski and Luis Guillorme logged two. Chris Flexen was solid through the first five innings, and when he tagged out, Tyler Bashlor and Mike Hepple got things done and completed the shut out.

Low-A - Columbia Fireflies (61-69 / 25-35)


A pair of three-run innings, one early and one late, gave the Colaflies the edge over the Charleston RiverDogs. In the second, Columbia sent eight men to the plate and scored three runs on RBI hits by Joe Tuschak, Milton Ramos, and Patrick Mazeika. Mazeika added another run in the fourth, and then Columbia broke out again in the eighth, plating three more. In the eighth, Dash Winningham drew a walk with bases loaded to force in a run, and Dale Burdick hit a line drive into left to plate two more. Joe Shaw, the starting pitcher for Columbia, was shaky, but did not allow the house of cards to fall. Craig Missigman and Jimmy Duff, in relief, were much more solid, and picked up Shaw when he seemed to be fading, blanking the RiverDogs for four innings.

Short-A – Brooklyn Cyclones (32-33)


Erik Manoah was fairly shaky in his start, and as a result, the Brooklyn Cyclones have fallen below .500 for the first time since early August. A three-run fourth inning did Manoah- and the Cyclones- in. Andrew Calica had an amazing game, going 3-3 with a walk, a triple and a home run, and almost single-handedly beat the ‘clones. Emmanuel Tapia also had a great game, going 4-5. The same cannot be said of any Cyclones. Gene Cone and Franklin Correa had the best trips to the plate for Brooklyn, going 2-5 and 2-4, respectively.

Rookie – Kingsport Mets (22-39)


Kingsport blew out the Princeton Rays, and Ricardo Cespedes was a big reason why. The center fielder went 4-5, blasting his first career home run, a shot to right field. He was not the only Kingsport Met to have a good game, as the team collectively went 10-35 with three walks, and five extra base hits. As the bats came alive, Jake Simon locked things down on the mound, allowing two runs on eight hits over seven innings. With the win, Kingsport has now positioned themselves for their first series sweep of the season, needing to win their game against Princeton tonight to do so.

Rookie – GCL Mets (23-27)


Star of the Night

Ricardo Cespedes

Goat of the Night

Erik Manoah