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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/23/18: Anthony Kay’s first win, and other less exciting Mets tales

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

Anthony Kay
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on April 22, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (5-13)

EL PASO 9, LAS VEGAS 6 (BOX)

Going into the bottom of the ninth, the game looked like a near runaway for the Chihuahuas. In his first ever Triple-A start, Marcos Molina gave up four runs in four-plus innings of work, struggling with his command and throwing only 57 of his 92 pitches on the afternoon for strikes. Corey Taylor, Kyle Regnault, Tim Peterson, and Hansel Robles all pitched in relief and all got tagged for at least one run. Chihuahua right-hander T.J. Weir was brought in to pitch the ninth and complete El Paso’s sweep of Las Vegas, but the fourteenth-round pick out of Ball State University almost let the 51s come back from behind and win it. With one out, he walked Bryce Brentz and Zach Borenstein, leading Tony DeFrancesco to call the light-hitting Patrick Biondi for a pinch-hit assignment. Biondi rocketed a line drive double into right, scoring Brentz and putting himself and Borenstein in scoring position at second and third, respectively. Matthew den Dekker strode to the plate and launched his second home run of the season- he hit his first in the fourth inning- over the left field wall, plating three runs and cutting the Las Vegas deficit to only three runs. Unfortunately, Weir collected himself back up and got the next two outs to secure the win.

ROSTER ALERT: Las Vegas 51s placed RHP Jamie Callahan on the 7-day disabled list.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Marcos Molina assigned to Las Vegas 51s from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (6-8)

ERIE 7, BINGHAMTON 3 (BOX)

Michael Gibbons was promoted from St. Lucie and tasked with making a last-minute spot start after Marcos Molina was moved to Triple-A Las Vegas and while the right-hander didn’t exactly dominate, he didn’t fare too poorly either. He would likely have been able to complete at least three innings had Jeff McNeil not made a costly fielding error in the third. His replacement, Johnny Magliozzi, got smacked around a bit and also had to deal with a McNeil error- this time, a throwing error. When everything was said and done and the inning ended, the SeaWolves had a 5-0 edge over the Ponies. Binghamton didn’t let things get out of hand and plated a pair of runs in the sixth and another in the eighth to make it a 5-3 ballgame, but Adonis Uceta struggled in his second inning of work in the ninth and gave up two more runs.

ROSTER ALERT: Binghamton Rumble Ponies placed SS Andrew Ely on the 7-day disabled list.

ROSTER ALERT: Binghamton Rumble Ponies activated 2B Nick Sergakis from the 7-day disabled list.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Michael Gibbons assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from St. Lucie Mets.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (7-9)

JUPITER 1, ST. LUCIE 0 / 5 (BOX)

St. Lucie got shut out for the first time this season, but this was a cheap one, as the game ended in the fifth thanks to rain. Things weren’t looking good for St. Lucie even if mother nature hadn’t forced the game to end in the fifth after a half-hour rain delay, as Marlins “ace?” Wei-Yin Chen was on the mound making his second rehab start. The Taiwanese lefty was on his game, scattering two hits and throwing 60 of his 73 pitches for strikes. Briam Campusano, the Mets’ starter, wasn’t bad, but he allowed an early run and the offense simply wasn’t given enough time to even the score back up.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Briam Campusano assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Brooklyn Cyclones.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (11-6)

COLUMBIA 5, HICKORY 0 (BOX)

Anthony Kay earned his first professional win- hopefully the first of hundreds more- as the Colaflies threw their first shutout of the young 2018 season. The Columbia bats are tops in the entire South Atlantic League in OPS, and the Pedro Lopez’s line-up showed it, quickly scoring two runs in the bottom of the first. They would score two more off of Reid Anderson and one off of reliever Alex Speas in the seventh, for five runs in total. The Crawdads, meanwhile, had trouble squaring up against Kay, who allowed three hits and a walk over six innings, and relievers Carlos Hernandez and Trey Cobb. With the win, Columbia split the series with Hickory and took sole possession of first place thanks to a rainout down in Rome that prevented the GreenJackets from playing.

Star of the Night

Anthony Kay

Goat of the Night

Corey Taylor