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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 6/3/18: Let’s play two!

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

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*All results from games played on Saturday, June 2, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (24-33)

LAS VEGAS 5, RENO 4 (BOX)

Todd Frazier played in his second rehab game for the 51s tonight, and played an important role in a three run seventh inning rally that would serve as the difference in a 5-4 Vegas win. Former Met Anthony Recker got things started with a solo home run in the first against Corey Oswalt, who dealt with a steady stream of baserunners and allowed three runs in 3.2 innings. The 51s would respond with a home run by Zach Borenstein in the top of the second, but they would find themselves trailing 4-2 heading to the 7th. However, former Rangers’ closer Neftali Feliz was not his old self on Saturday night, and the 51s were able to take advantage. They loaded the bases on a walk, a double, and a botched fielder’s choice, before Frazier drove in two of those runs with a single. Matt den Dekker was thrown out a third, but Dominic Smith came through nonetheless, plating Frazier and giving his team the lead.

Eric Hanhold recovered from his rough Triple-A debut and combined with Jacob Rhame for two scoreless innings of relief to nail down the win, while Kevin McGowan picked up the win.

ROSTER ALERT: Las Vegas 51s activated RHP Corey Oswalt from the 7-day disabled list, and placed RHP Matt Pobereyko on the 7-day disabled list.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (29-25)

GAME 1

BINGHAMTON 6, NEW HAMPSHIRE 5/ 7 (BOX)

The first game of Saturday’s doubleheader between the Rumble Ponies and Fisher Cats was a wild back-and-forth affair, ultimately ending on a walk-off single by Jeff McNeil in the bottom of the 7th. Binghamton trailed by a run when McNeil grounded one through the middle of the infield, plating Matt Oberste and Levi Michael, and sending the fans home happy. McNeil went 3-5 and drove in three runs in the win, continuing his impressive 2018 campaign in which he boasts an impressive 184 wRC+. Josh Prevost got the ball to start this game, and ran into trouble from the outset, allowing two runs in the first inning, and never truly finding a rhythm after that. Prevost allowed twelve baserunners in all, and struck out only four, but was able to keep the Rumble Ponies within striking distance in his 5.2 innings of work. The Seton Hall product has struggled all season, and now has an ugly ERA of 7.94. Joey Wong walked three times and Levi Michael scored three runs out of the ninth spot in the win.

GAME 2

NEW HAMPSHIRE 3, BINGHAMTON 0/ 7 (BOX)

The Binghamton bats would go silent in Game Two, and a first inning RBI double from Bo Bichette is all Fisher Cats starter TJ Zeuch would need, as he blanked the Rumble Ponies in a seven-inning complete game. New Hampshire would tack on two insurance runs in the fourth inning on an RBI single from Connor Panas, and a sacrifice fly from Patrick Cantwell. Marcos Molina got the start in this game, and struggled with his command, as he walked five batters and lasted just 4.1 innings as a result. Daniel Zamora allowed just one hit in 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, and John Mora collected two of the three Binghamton hits in the loss. The Rumble Ponies remain five games behind New Hampshire in the standings after splitting Saturday’s doubleheader.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (22-27)

GAME 1

FORT MYERS 5, ST. LUCIE 1/ 8 (BOX)

The Mets wasted an outstanding start from Harol Gonzalez in this game. Much like Jacob deGrom did with the big club, Gonzalez pitched seven brilliant innings, struck out six and allowed just a single run, only to see the bullpen and his offense let him down. The Miracle scored first on a home run by Mark Contreras, but in the bottom of the fourth, St. Lucie struck back on a bloop single by Luis Carpio which brought in Desmond Lindsay. The game remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the 8th inning, when Ryan Selmer, making his St. Lucie debut, was not up to the task. The Miracle killed Selmer with small-ball, as they picked up their four runs on three singles, a walk, two errors, and an RBI groundout. Two of the runs were unearned, but this was nevertheless a disappointing performance from the Maryland product.

GAME 2

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 1/ 7 (BOX)

Game Two of Saturday’s doubleheader saw the Mets waste yet another valiant starting pitching effort. Just days after his brief foray into the Double-A ranks, Christian James put up an impressive start, but received almost no help from those around him. James allowed just an unearned run over five innings, and left after throwing just 69 pitches with the game tied 1-1. Alex Palsha came on in relief and ran into trouble in the seventh, allowing back-to-back RBI doubles from Lewin Diaz and Caleb Hamilton. Fort Myers starter Andro Cutura pitched a seven inning complete game, with the only Mets run coming on a fourth inning sacrifice fly from Michael Paez. Andres Gimenez also picked up his 19th steal in the loss.

James, a fourteenth round pick in 2016, has been transitioning to a starting role over the past two seasons, after working out of the bullpen two seasons ago. He has been on a strict pitch limit as a result, and while he is not considered a top organizational prospect, his performance to this point makes him a name to watch in 2018.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Christian James assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Brooklyn Cyclones. RHP Ryan Selmer assigned to Kingsport Mets from St. Lucie Mets.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (28-25)

ROME 3, COLUMBIA 1 (BOX)

Picking up on the theme from St. Lucie, the Fireflies’ offense was dormant throughout a 3-1 loss against the Rome Braves, and the Colaflies were unable to muster enough run support for Columbia starter David Peterson. Peterson struck out eight Braves in seven dominant innings, allowing two runs and taking a hard luck loss to fall to 1-4. The Fireflies plated their lone run in the first inning as Wuilmer Becerra brought in Blake Tiberi with an RBI single, but they were shut out by Bruce Zimmermann and Kelvin Rodriguez the rest of the way. Scott Manaea picked up two hits in the loss for Columbia.

Peterson, meanwhile, boasts an outstanding 2.10 ERA (in 51.1 innings of work) that belies his 1-4 record, and he is a prime candidate for a midseason promotion to St. Lucie, or even Binghamton.

Hero of the Night

2B Jeff McNeil

Goats of the Night

The St. Lucie Mets’ offense and bullpen