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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/15/18: You win some and you lose some

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

P.J. Conlon
Gordon Donovan

*All results from games played on April 14, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (3-7)

EL PASO 11, LAS VEGAS 7 (BOX)

Early on, it looked like there was no way Las Vegas was losing this game. In the first, the team combined to score three runs, and in the second, they plated another four. The wheels started coming off in the bottom of the third, when P.J. Conlon coughed up four runs. He exited the game in the fourth after three more runs scored, tying the game- though, to be fair, Colton Plaia and Dom Smith both committed throwing errors, so it was not all the southpaw’s fault. Kevin McGowen and Matt Purke combined to allow another four runs, while the El Paso bullpen held the 51s in check.

ROSTER ALERT: Las Vegas 51s placed LHP Kelly Secrest on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to April 13, 2018.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Drew Smith assigned to Las Vegas 51s from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (3-5)

PORTLAND 3, BINGHAMTON 0 (BOX)

Binghamton’s freefall continued last night, as they last their fifth game in a row, getting shut out for the second time this season. Portland nickel-and-dimed the Rumble Ponies, combining to rack up eleven hits, all of them singles. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, they were able to plate a run against Nabil Crismatt and did not look back once. The Colombian right-hander worked in-and-out of trouble all afternoon, but was able to prevent the Sea Dogs from putting together a big inning. The relievers behind him did the same, as Eric Hanhold, David Roseboom, and Joshua Torres combined to allow two hits and five walks over 3.2 innings but were able to limit the damage to just one run. No amount of pitching would have helped, though, as Binghamton could just not figure out Mike Shawaryn or the two relievers that followed him. The team logged only three hits on the afternoon- singles off the bats of Levi Michael, Peter Alonso, and Tim Tebow.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (6-4)

ST. LUCIE 7, DUNEDIN 3 (BOX)

St. Lucie won their fifth in a row, clinching the series win against the Dunedin Blue Jays. Batting ninth, Michael Paez was the hero of the game, as the diminutive middle infielder homered not only once, but twice, driving in four of St. Lucie’s seven runs. After getting on the board first, Harol Gonzalez coughed the lead back up. In the bottom of the sixth, trailing 3-1, St. Lucie sent ten men to the plate, batting around. Anthony Dimino drove in two with a double that inning, Desmond Lindsay drove in one, and Paez drove in three with his second homer. Every St. Lucie batter got on base at least once, with Luis Carpio and Paez both getting on base three times.

ROSTER ALERT: St. Lucie Mets placed C Jose Garcia on the 7-day disabled list.

ROSTER ALERT: C Carlos Sanchez assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Brooklyn Cyclones.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (6-4)

COLUMBIA 7, ASHEVILLE 6 (BOX)

Columbia just barely hung on to beat the Tourists, rallying late to take the lead and staving off a surging Asheville club. Anthony Kay got the start and allowed three runs on four hits and a walk. The southpaw threw 58 of his 89 pitches for strikes, and hit as high as 96 MPH on the gun, which is right about where he topped out pre-Tommy John surgery. In the top of the eighth, the Colaflies tied the game at 4-4 when Rigoberto Terrazas scored from third on a double play ball, but Asheville quickly retook the lead in the bottom of the inning when Sean Bouchard hit his first homer of the season. Walter Rasquin led off the top of the ninth and reached on an error. Dan Rizzie followed that up by hitting a single up the middle, into center. Rasquin would have held at second, but center fielder Steven Linkous booted the ball, allowing the speedy Rasquin to not only advance to third, but advance all the way to home, tying the game back up. While Jay Jabs flied out, reliever Tommy Doyle uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Rizzie to move up to third and making it a productive out. Edgardo Fermin stepped to the plate next and smoked a triple- hit fouth, leading the South Atlantic League- into left-center, scoring Rizzie and giving the Colaflies the lead. He would tag up and score on a Rigoberto Terrazas sac fly, and that run would prove to be the game winning RBI as Trey Cobb allowed a solo homer run to Bret Boswell before slamming the door shut on the Tourists.

Star of the Night

Michael Paez

Goat of the Night

P.J. Conlon