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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/20/18: Peter Alonso shows his wheels, Tony DiBrell dominates

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

Chris McShane

*All results from games played on July 19, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (46-52)

LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 4 (Box)

Chris Flexen had a great outing, putting together seven strong innings of work against Salt Lake. The only two blemishes on his line were a pair of home runs, the first in the fourth inning and the second in the fifth inning. The 51s offense did more than enough to give Flexen a much deserved win. They took a short-lived 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth, on the back of a Jeff McNeil sacrifice fly and a Phillip Evans single. Las Vegas took the lead permanently after a Peter Alonso (inside-the-park!) home run in the top of the sixth. They tacked on insurance runs with RBI singles from Kevin Kaczmarski and Christian Colon, making it 6-2 at that point. Kyle Regnault would give two runs back in the bottom of the frame (though one was a throwing error on a steal of third). That would be all for the Salt Lake offense, however, as Paul Sewald shut the door in the ninth.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (46-50)

BINGHAMTON 3, TRENTON 2 (Box)

All of the action in this one came in the first two innings. Starter Andrew Knapp gave up two runs in his only inning of work, as a two run double put Trenton up 2-0 in the top of the first. The Rumble Ponies answered immediately, as a Kevin Taylor RBI triple and a Tomas Nido single tied the game up at two apiece. The Rumble Ponies would finish the scoring when Tim Tebow scored on a passed ball in the bottom of the second. The Rumble Ponies was lights out, as they allowed just five base runners in eight innings of work.

Tim Tebow left the game due to a hand/wrist injury after the seventh inning.

ROSTER ALERT: 2B J.J. Franco assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from St. Lucie Mets.

ROSTER ALERT: Binghamton Rumble Ponies placed CF Champ Stuart on the 7-day disabled list.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (37-56/10-17)

PALM BEACH 3, ST. LUCIE 1 (Box)

Both Palm Beach and St. Lucie’s pitching staff did a great job limiting the offense in this one. Palm Beach took an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single in the third. St. Lucie answered back when Raphael Gladu forced home a run on a double play in the top of the fifth. That was the last of the scoring until Adam Atkins served up a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth (in his return from the disabled list, no less) — that would be the nail in the coffin for St. Lucie.

ROSTER ALERT: 2B Blake Tiberi assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Columbia Fireflies.

ROSTER ALERT: 2B J.J. Franco assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from St. Lucie Mets

ROSTER ALERT: St. Lucie Mets activated RHP Adam Atkins from the 7-day disabled list.

ROSTER ALERT: St. Lucie Mets placed RHP Gary Cornish on the 7-day disabled list.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/12-14)

COLUMBIA 5, AUGUSTA 2 (Box)

Tony Dibrell was excellent in this outing. He struck out ten over seven innings, and scattered seven hits through his start. The two blemishes on his line were due to two RBI singles, one in the top of the first, and one in the sixth. The Fireflies offense came on an Edgardo Fermin home run in the first, a bases loaded walk for Zach Rheams in the bottom of the sixth, and a Scott Manea three-run home run in the seventh inning that put Columbia ahead for good.

ROSTER ALERT: 2B Blake Tiberi assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Columbia Fireflies.

ROSTER ALERT: Columbia Fireflies activated 3B Rigoberto Terrazas from the 7-day disabled list.

SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (18-15)

TRI-CITY 7, BROOKLYN 3 (Box)

While the final score was a little lopsided, much of this game was spent by Brooklyn and Tri-City trading leads back and forth. A Carlos Cortes single got them out to an early first inning lead, which was promptly given up with a game-tying RBI in the third, and a go-ahead RBI in the fourth. Carlos Cortes struck again for the Cyclones, tying it up with a solo home run in the fifth inning, making it 2-2. Nick Meyer put the Cyclones ahead for a short time with an RBI force out, making it 3-2 in the sixth inning, but the wheels quickly fell off from there. The bullpen gave up five runs after that, as Tri-City took a 3-2 deficit and turned it into a 7-3 lead before the eighth inning ended.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (15-12)

PRINCETON 6, KINGSPORT 4 (Box)

The Kingsport offense was put into an early hole, as two runs in the first and a run in the third saw them go down 3-0 early. They made a valiant effort to get back into it—and even scored three runs in the seventh—but the bullpen could not keep it close.

Outside of Luis Santana, who had a great game at the dish, the individual performances for Kingsport were not there on offense.

Rookie: GCL Mets (16-11)

GCL METS 6, GCL MARLINS 5 (Box)

The GCL Mets won their first game after Yoenis Cespedes finished off his rehab assignment with the team, and did so in comeback fashion. Bryce Hutchinson and Yadiel Flores got them into a 4-0 hole in their three combined innings of work. The offense battled back and scored all six of their runs from the fourth inning on—including one in the top of the ninth to win it.

Jorge Cespedes threw six innings of excellent ball in relief, allowing just three base runners and an unearned run. Ronny Mauricio continued his strong play this season, and Jaylen Palmer, Edison Valdez, Jose Mena, and Sebastian Espino all had big games in the comeback win.

Star of the Night

Tony Dibrell

Goat of the Night

Mac Lozer