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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/24/18: Rain, rain, go away!

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

Chris McShane

*All results from games played on Monday, July 23rd, 2018.

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

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets recalled RHP Corey Oswalt from Las Vegas 51s.

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

SUSPENDED (RAIN)

Will Toffey singled in his first at-bat as a Mets prospect, and the Rumble Ponies stranded five runners on base in the first two innings before rain ruined everyone’s day in Bowie. The game will resume on Tuesday as part of a single-admission doubleheader, with the first game going nine innings as scheduled, and a seven inning game to follow.

Scott Copeland threw just one inning on Monday night, and it remains to be seen whether or not he can pick up where he left off in Game 1 of the doubleheader. Also of note: Andres Gimenez made his Binghamton debut on this rain-shortened night, going hitless in his first two at-bats out of the leadoff spot.

ROSTER ALERT: Binghamton Rumble Ponies placed SS Joey Wong on the 7-Day disabled list.

ROSTER ALERT: SS Andres Gimenez assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from Las Vegas 51s.

ROSTER ALERT: Binghamton Rumble Ponies released 3B Nick Sergakis.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (27-40/11-18)

CLEARWATER 3, ST. LUCIE 0 (BOX)

Anthony Kay was on top of his game on Monday night, recording ten ground ball outs and allowing just an unearned run over six innings. That third inning Clearwater rally came and went as innocuously as possible, with a throwing error, a bunt single, a walk, and a sacrifice fly leading to the only run against Kay, but it was enough to do in the Mets. St. Lucie managed just four hits all night and only reached second base once, and when Trey Cobb let in two more runs in the eighth, it put the finishing touches on a frustrating evening at Tradition Field.

Kay, after some early season struggles with Columbia, has settled into a groove more recently. The 2016 UConn product has 13 13 consecutive scoreless innings under his belt, and he has a shiny 1.42 ERA ever since his promotion to St. Lucie.

ROSTER ALERT: CF Quinn Brodey assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Columbia Fireflies

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

POSTPONED (RAIN)

Stormy weather was a theme on the Mets farm over the weekend, and Monday evening was no different, as the scheduled game between Rome and Columbia was rained out. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon, with Chris Viall looking to bounce back from last week’s rough outing in Game 1.

ROSTER ALERT: 3B Jose Brizuela assigned to Columbia Fireflies from Brooklyn Cyclones.

Short Season: Brooklyn Cyclones (20-16)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

Rookie-Advanced: Kingsport Mets (16-15)

BRISTOL 7, KINGSPORT 6 (BOX)

After a see-saw battle in the early part of Monday night’s game, the K-Mets fell behind in the middle innings, only to mount a valiant comeback effort that fell just short. Down 7-2 at one point, Kingsport scored four runs in the top of the ninth to pull within a run, but stranded the tying and winning runs in scoring position as they left the bases loaded.

Daison Acosta got the start for the Mets, and he put in a good showing with seven strikeouts in five innings (with only four hits allowed), but he ran into some kryptonite in the form of Pirates left fielder Yondry Contreras. Contreras took Acosta deep twice, first with a two-run bomb in the second, and later, with a solo home run in the fourth. Raul Beracierta chipped in two run-scoring groundouts, but the K-Mets were still trailing 3-2 going into the sixth inning.

Joel Huertas relieved Acosta, and he ran into trouble immediately. After two walks, a stolen base, and a wild pitch moved two runners into scoring position, Contreras struck again. He hit a sharp grounder through the middle for a base hit, scoring Chase Lambert and Dean Lockery, and giving him five RBIs on the evening. After Bristol added two more runs on two more wild pitches and the score stood at 7-2 Pirates after seven innings, things looked bleak for Kingsport.

That all changed with two outs in the ninth, however. Kenny Hernandez walked to lead off the inning, and after Ranfy Adon and Guillermo Granadillo each reached on force outs, pinch hitter Yoel Romero kept the K-Mets alive with another walk. Shervyen Newton plated both Granadillo and Romero with a double, and the comeback effort was on. On the next pitch, Jarred Kelenic tripled into the left-center field gap, allowing Newton to score, and after Raul Beracierta drove in Kelenic with a single, just like that, it was 7-6.

Alec Rennard came in to replace the reeling Jacob Webb for Bristol, and he promptly walked Mark Vientos and Phil Capra. The bases were loaded, and the tying and winning runs were in scoring position, but with things looking more promising than ever, the comeback effort came to an abrupt end. Kenny Hernandez got a pitch right over the middle of the plate, but hit a fly ball to center field to end the game.

Newton, who was recognized as a “rising prospect” by Baseball Prospectus in their midseason organizational rankings last Friday, made his first start in the cleanup spot this season on Monday night. He continued to impress, picking up two hits, including an RBI double, and scoring a run. The nineteen-year-old shortstop came into the game with a gaudy .921 OPS, and he remains a name to watch in the second half of the season.

Rookie: GCL Mets (17-13)

GCL ASTROS 3, GCL METS 2 (BOX)

This game was a pitchers’ duel from the start. Oscar Rojas allowed just a solo home run over five solid innings, lowering his ERA to 2.67 across six starts. The Mets scratched out a single run in the sixth, and the game remained tied at 1-1 heading into the eighth inning, when Jender De Jesus, who has held opponents to .196 average this season, faltered. He allowed two runs to score, and although the Mets would draw within a run in the ninth, just like their friends from Kingsport, their comeback effort would fall short.

Star of the Night

LHP Anthony Kay

Goat of the Night

The rainy weather