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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/1/18: Cavallaro continues to impress, Vegas has a field day

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

Josh Prevost
Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Saturday, June 30th.

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (38-44)

LAS VEGAS 15, SALT LAKE 2 (BOX)

The Vegas offense had a field day against Salt Lake on Saturday night, putting up six runs in the third and never looking back as they posted four crooked numbers and won 15-2. Four different 51s hitters left the yard in this game, including Cody Asche, who belted a grand slam in the third inning that made it 7-0 Vegas and blew the game open. Luis Guillorme, Johnny Monell, and Zach Borenstein also went deep in the laugher, while Ezequiel Carrera picked up three hits out of the leadoff spot and scored three runs.

Josh Prevost took the mound in this game, and allowed just an unearned run over five innings of excellent work. This is a very encouraging sign for Prevost, who struggled in his last start, getting knocked around by Tacoma in his Vegas debut.

The 51s have won ten of their last twelve games, and they will look to extend their hot streak tomorrow evening when they send PJ Conlon to the mound.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (38-41)

PORTLAND 8, BINGHAMTON 2 (BOX)

After pitching seven brilliant innings in his last start, Scott Copeland could not find a rhythm on Saturday, allowing thirteen baserunners in just 4 23 innings and taking the loss. The SeaDogs only left the yard once on a second inning home run, but they were able to put a snowman on the board against Copeland and three Binghamton relievers. Stephen Nogosek struggled in his debut for the Rumble Ponies, allowing two runs in an inning of work. Two Binghamton runs would score in the fourth inning, but they were only meaningful insofar as the Rumble Ponies were trying to avoid a shutout.

Marcos Molina will get the ball in Sunday’s game, looking to improve on his 1-9 record, while the Rumble Ponies try to take the rubber game of the series.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Joe Zanghi assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from St. Lucie Mets.

ROSTER ALERT: Binghamton Rumble Ponies placed CF Champ Stuart on the 7-Day disabled list, retroactive to June 29th, 2018.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (27-40/3-5)

ST. LUCIE 3, CLEARWATER 2 (BOX)

Blake Taylor put up three solid innings in his return from the disabled list, and the back end of the St. Lucie bullpen combined to allow only one hit across three more innings, allowing the Mets to make a late-inning comeback. St. Lucie struck quickly in this game, as Desmond Lindsay brought in the first run of the game, plating Andres Gimenez with an RBI single. That would be quickly answered with an RBI double from Clearwater’s Kyle Martin, and Arquimedes Gamboa would give the Threshers the lead with a solo home run in the sixth.

The score stood at 2-1 heading to the eighth inning, when Ian Strom was hit by a pitch. The Mets moved him over on a sacrifice bunt, and he scored on a game-tying single from Gimenez just moments later. Then, in the ninth, Michael Paez doubled to lead off the frame, moved over to third on a wild pitch, and scored the winning run on yet another wayward offering after Luis Carpio drew a walk. Adam Atkins pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save of the season, while Seth Davis earned the win in relief.

Also of note: three St. Lucie baserunners were gunned down attempting to steal in the win.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/5-4)

COLUMBIA 3, AUGUSTA 2 (BOX)

Joe Cavallaro, who has taken over as Columbia’s ace after David Peterson’s promotion, was not the dominant starter he can be on Saturday, but he managed to put together a good start and earn a well-deserved win nevertheless. Cavallaro allowed a two-run double in the second, but nothing after that, and Dionis Paulino hit a home run in the sixth inning that put Columbia ahead for good. Paulino went 4-4 with two doubles in just his twelfth game with the Colaflies.

The Fireflies would tie the game in the fifth inning on a run-scoring groundout from Raphael Gladu and a sacrifice fly from Matt Winaker, which would set the stage for Paulino’s blast. Darwin Ramos and Fireflies’ Closer Trey Cobb combined to work three innings of hitless relief and nail down the win.

Cavallaro now boasts an impressive 2.09 ERA on the season, and both he and Cobb remain top candidates to join Peterson in St. Lucie.

Short Season: Brooklyn Cyclones (10-5)

VERMONT 7, BROOKLYN 3 (BOX)

Cyclones starter Jaison Vilera was unable to find his command, hitting a batter and piling up four walks as a high pitch count forced him out in the third inning. Vilera would allow just one run, and Ezequiel Zabaleta, who took the loss in this game, allowed just an unearned run. Then, with the Cyclones behind 2-1, the control problems returned. Tylor Megill threw four wild pitches, walked three batters, and was ultimately charged with four runs despite not allowing a single ball in play. Trent Johnson came in to relieve the wild Arizona product, and promptly gave up a single to right field, with an error by Jose Miguel Medina allowing three runs to score. All of those runs were charged to Megill, and the game was out of reach.

Jose Brizuela was the only Cyclones hitter to collect more than one hit in the loss. Brooklyn will remain one game behind first place Hudson Valley as both teams fell on Saturday evening.

Rookie-Advanced: Kingsport Mets (7-3)

JOHNSON CITY 12, KINGSPORT 6 (BOX)

After a good start in his season debut, Noah Nunez was roughed up in his second start against Johnson City, allowing eight runs, and digging a hole from which the K-Mets could not climb out. Nunez was facing the Cardinals in his second consecutive start, which may explain his struggles, but Nelson Leon did not help matters, either, giving up four more runs in relief.

Luis Santana stayed hot in Kingsport’s second consecutive loss, picking up two hits including his first home run of the season, and scoring three runs. He has posted an impressive 1.122 OPS through ten games.

Rookie: GCL Mets (7-4)

GCL NATIONALS 3, GCL METS 1 (BOX)

The GCL Mets were done in by their defense on Saturday afternoon, committing four errors, and allowing two unearned runs to score which would ultimately be the difference in the game. Despite the defensive miscues behind him, starter Willy Taveras has been excellent to begin the shortened season, sporting a minuscule 0.60 ERA through three starts. Jarred Kelenic stayed hot in the loss, picking up two hits, although his batting average would actually fall to a gaudy .579 mark.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson assigned to GCL Mets.

Heroes of the Night:

DH Dionis Paulino and RHP Josh Prevost

Goat of the Night:

RHP Noah Nunez