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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/23/18: Cool Hand Luc

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

Luc Rennie
Steve Sypa

*All results from games played on July 22, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (48-53)

LAS VEGAS 15, RENO 6 (BOX)

This was a true Pacific Coast League game, with Colton Plaia, Phil Evans, Peter Alonso and Zach Borenstein all going yard for the 51s and Christian Recker and Anthony Decker doing yard for the Aces. With the win, Las Vegas took this portion of the Silver State Diamond Challenge.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Bobby Wahl assigned to Las Vegas 51s.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (47-52)

TRENTON 9, BINGHAMTON 2 (BOX)

The knuckleball is a fickle mistress. On some days, it has the ability to flummox hitters like no other pitch can. On other days, well, it doesn’t do much. Jannis had his flutterball working early on, but Trenton figured it out by mid-game. After the Rumble Ponies took the lead in the third on a pair of RBI doubles off the bats of Levi Michael and Patrick Mazeika, Trenton tied things up with two runs of their own in the fourth. The Yankees’ Double-A affiliate plated another pair in the fifth, putting them up 4-2. When Luis Rojas went to the bullpen in the seventh, things went from bad to worse. Matt Blackham pitched the seventh and gave up a pair of runs, making it 6-2. Stephen Nogosek pitched the eighth and ninth, and gave up three runs, making it 9-2.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (27-40/11-17)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/13-16)

COLUMBIA 2, AUGUSTA 1 (BOX)

It was easy to miss the Mets’ signing of Luc Rennie. After posting a 2.31 ERA in 62.1 innings for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League, the Mets inked him to a deal in early July and assigned him to the Colaflies. With Luc Rennie right there in front of you, it was easy to miss Luc Rennie. I saw him on July 16th when he pitched against the Lakewood BlueClaws and he was eminently forgettable- his fastball sat 88-91 and he liked to work up-and-down with it, his curveball sat 77-79 and was more get-me-over without very much break, and he worked fast. Yesterday was a day where the unassuming Luc Rennie commanded respect and attention. The right-hander took the trip to the mound seven times, giving up four hits, walking none, and striking out fourteen, breaking the Columbia Fireflies single-game record of 12 strikeouts, held by Jordan Humphreys and Chris Viall. Zach Rheams broke up the 0-0 tie in the seventh to put Rennie in line for the win, but Jeffry Parra hit a home run off of Conner O’Neil to tie things up. Jay Jabs came through in the clutch, leading off the bottom of the eighth with a double and coming home to score on an Edgardo Fermin sac fly, giving Columbia the lead. Having already given up a run, O’Neil shut down the GreenJackets in order in the top of the ninth, sealing the victory.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (20-16)

GAME ONE

BROOKLYN 3, LOWELL 2 (BOX)

The game began on Saturday, but was delayed because of all the rain that passed through the area Saturday night. Before the game got called, the Spinners were up 2-1 in the third, with Briam Campusano on the mound. When it resumed yesterday afternoon, Billy Oxford, Yeudy Colon, and Ryley Gilliam combined to throw six scoreless innings. The Lowell relievers, on the other hand, were not so lucky, as Nick Meyer tied the game in the fifth and Ross Adolph gave Brooklyn the lead in the sixth.

GAME TWO

BROOKLYN 4, LOWELL 0 / 7 (BOX)

Much as they did in game one, the Cyclones offense took an inning or two to get primed up. Walter Rasquin scored the first run of the game in the third, a passed ball by Spinners catcher Alberto Schmidt allowed Chandler Avant to score in the fourth, and Rasquin and Wagner Lagrange both plated runs in the fifth.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (16-14)

KINGSPORT 8, BRISTOL (BOX)

It was a back-and-forth game early on. Bristol scored first, but Mark Vientos tied the game with a home run in the second, his third of the year. Bristol took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the second, but Gavin Garay tied things up with an RBI single. Kingsport broke away in the eighth inning, with Garay driving in two more, and added four additional insurance runs in the ninth. Those insurance runs would prove very important, as the Bristol Pirates ended up scoring two runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Rookie: GCL Mets (17-12)

GCL METS 4, GCL CARDINALS 3 (BOX)

The GCL Mets got on the board first, and kept the pressure on, plating one in the second, two in the third, and one in the fourth. Ramon Guzman and Ronny Taylor had a shutout going through seven, but Saul Gonzalez gave up a home run to his very first batter to break it up. The GCL Cardinals scored two more off of Gonzalez before he was lifted for Malky Mena, who finished off the inning. Simeon Woods-Richardson made his professional debut in the ninth, tossing a clean inning for his very first career save.

DSL Check-In

RHP David Marcano, 16 (Venezuela): 8 G/6 GS, 10.54 ERA, 13.2 IP, 17 H, 19 R, 16 ER, 15 BB, 14 K, 3 HB, .315 AVG

RHP Junior Santos, 16 (Dominican Republic): 9 G/9 GS, 2.08 ERA, 39.0 IP, 29 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 5 BB, 33 K, 4 HB, .212 AVG

LHP Daniel Guzman, 20 (Venezuela): 12 G/0 GS, 2.41 ERA, 18.2 IP, 11 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 13 BB, 6 K, 1 HB, .183 AVG

C Andres Regnault, 19 (Venezuela): 35 G, 127 AB, .323/.404/.567, 41 H, 11 2B, 1 3B, 6 HR, 14 BB, 25 K, 3/5 SB

C Alejandro Medina, 18 (Venezuela): 17 G, 50 AB, .140/.283/.200, 7 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 8 BB, 16 K, 0/1 SB

C Alexis Marquez, 19 (Venezuela): 17 G, 52 AB, .135/.196/.192, 7 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 BB, 13 K, 2/2 SB

1B Wilmy Valdez, 20 (Dominican Republic): 25 G, 83 AB, .193/.244/.253, 16 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 4 BB, 19 K, 3/6 SB

SS Federico Polanco, 17 (Dominican Republic): 38 G, 147 AB, .224/.283/.299, 33 H, 5 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 12 BB, 34 K, 7/8 SB

OF Eduardo Salazar, 17 (Venezuela): 18 G, 50 AB, .160/.271/.160, 8 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 8 BB, 15 K, 0/2 SB

OF Adrian Hernandez, 17 (Dominican Republic): 34 G, 132 AB, .235/.327/.326, 31 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 9 BB, 31 K, 7/9 SB

OF Ezequiel Pena, 19 (Boston):22 G, 52 AB, .173/.377/.250, 9 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 9 BB, 25 K, 0/3 SB

OF Jean Carlos Soto, 18 (Dominican Republic): 27 G, 98 AB, .194/.269/.286, 19 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 10 BB, 14 K, 4/4 SB

OF Tulio Garcia: No appearances in 2018

Star of the Night

Luc Rennie

Goat of the Night

Matt Blackham & Stephen Nogosek