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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/29/18: Rennie continues to impress, Frazier begins his rehab assignment

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

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*All results from games played on Saturday, July 28th, 2018.

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (51-55)

LAS VEGAS 9, MEMPHIS 5 (BOX)

The 51s jumped out to a quick start on Saturday evening, let Memphis back into the game during the middle innings, and then pulled away late for a win against the Redbirds. Christian Colon got the scoring started for Vegas with a two-run double in the bottom of the first, and one inning later, Levi Michael scored on a fielding error, and Peter Alonso matched Colon with a double of his own, plating Ty Kelly and Zach Borenstein.

In the fourth, however, 51s starter Cody Martin began to falter. Former Met Wilfredo Tovar added another two-run double to the pile, bringing in Carson Kelly and Edmundo Sosa and cutting the Vegas lead to 5-3. Tovar would come through again in the 6th, when, after a Carson Kelly RBI double, he tied the game with a run-scoring single. For Martin, the 2018 season has been a never-ending slog, as he has allowed at least three runs in ten of his thirteen starts, and Saturday was no exception. His ERA is now an ugly 6.99 mark.

Las Vegas would strike back in the seventh. Dom Smith doubled with one out, and moved up to third with a one-out single from Christian Colon, before scoring on an RBI groundout from Patrick Kivlehan. Then in the eighth, the 51s would add three more insurance runs: Colton Plaia went deep to lead off the inning, and after a walk and a hit batter, Zach Borenstein came through with yet another two-run double, the fourth of the game between the two teams. Borenstein would be thrown out at third, which would put a damper on the Vegas rally, but for Memphis, the damage was done.

Bobby Wahl pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the game; he combined with Chris Beck for three scoreless innings and five strikeouts in relief. Meanwhile, Levi Michael collected two hits in his Triple-A debut. His performance with Binghamton makes him an interesting name to watch on the fringes of the Mets system.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets recalled SS Luis Guillorme from Las Vegas 51s.

ROSTER ALERT: SS Levi Michael assigned to Las Vegas 51s from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

ROSTER ALERT: Las Vegas 51s sent RF Bryce Brentz on a rehab assignment to GCL Mets.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (49-56)

ALTOONA 10, BINGHAMTON 2 (BOX)

Justin Dunn had his first bad start in over a month, getting nickel-and-dimed to death by the Altoona Curve, and finally departing after five rough innings. A walk, seven singles, a hit batter, three doubles, two sacrifice flies, and an error all contributed to seven runs on Dunn’s ledger, all of which scored without a single ball leaving the ballpark. The Boston College product struck out just four batters on the evening, and saw his ERA spike up to 3.56, an increase of almost a full run. Stephen Nogosek’s struggles also continued in the loss, as he gave up a sixth inning home run to Cole Tucker.

Andres Gimenez piled up three hits in the loss, drove in a run, walked, and stole a base. The nineteen year old has six hits in his first twenty-three at bats with the Rumble Ponies.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets optioned RHP Franklyn Kilome to Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (27-40/13-21)

CHARLOTTE 9, ST. LUCIE 8 (BOX)

Todd Frazier began his rehab assignment with St. Lucie on Saturday, drawing a walk and driving in two runs with a double, before departing for a pinch runner in the fifth inning. Rehab news aside, however, this game was a wild see-saw affair that provided plenty of excitement for the fans at First Data Field.

Gabriel Llanes did not have his best stuff last night, and the Mets found themselves trailing by two before they even came to bat, but Luis Carpio answered immediately with a leadoff double, and he would come in to score on a Frazier groundout. Then, after a walk and a leadoff single to lead off the next inning, Quinn Brodey plated Jeremy Vasquez with an RBI single, and Dan Rizzie drove in his fellow catcher, Ali Sanchez, with a sacrifice fly. Unfortunately, though, Llanes was in trouble for the majority of the evening, and the Stone Crabs hurt him for three more runs in the fourth. Jesus Sanchez homered to lead off the inning, and Joey Roach and Kevin Padlo each chipped in with RBI singles.

The score stood at 6-3 when Gene Cone singled to lead off the St. Lucie fifth, and he would score on a double from Frazier, after advancing to second on a balk. The next batter, Michael Paez, went deep, and the game was tied.

Nonetheless, Llanes was relieved by Matt Pobereyko, who would provide very little in the way of actual relief for Mets fans. After recording two outs in the sixth, the righty allowed five straight batters to reach base, and three runs to score, as Charlotte regained a 9-6 lead. Dan Rizzie belted a two run blast in the bottom of the inning, which cut the Stone Crabs’ lead to one run, but St. Lucie managed just one hit after that.

Stephen Villines recorded an out in the ninth for the Mets, extending his scoreless streak to twelve innings.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets sent 3B Todd Frazier on a rehab assignment to St. Lucie Mets.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/15-20)

COLUMBIA 5, AUGUSTA 1 (BOX)

Luc Rennie turned in yet another dominant pitching performance, and the Fireflies used a five-run second inning to snap a three game losing streak on Saturday. Rennie scattered six hits and three walks across six solid innings, striking out nine Augusta hitters and allowing just an unearned run in the process. The right-hander, signed out of the independent Frontier League, is a fringe prospect at best due to his advanced age, but a 0.65 ERA and strikeout rate of 12.03 are surely very encouraging signs.

The five-run second inning for the Colaflies was highlighted by an inside-the-park home run by Hansel Moreno, the first inside-the-park round tripper in Columbia team history. Giovanny Alfonzo and Dionis Paulino got the rally started with consecutive one-out singles, and after a walk loaded the bases, Carlos Sanchez brought in the game’s first run with a sacrifice fly. Edgardo Fermin kept the line moving with an RBI single, and that set the stage for Moreno, who hustled all around the bases for the most exciting of home runs.

Carlos Hernandez and Taylor Henry combined for three scoreless relief innings to finish the game for the Fireflies.

ROSTER ALERT: Columbia Fireflies sent RHP Max Kuhns on a rehab assignment to GCL Mets.

Short Season: Brooklyn Cyclones (22-19)

WEST VIRGINIA 5, BROOKLYN 2 (BOX)

Briam Campusano got the start for Brooklyn on Saturday, and he struggled with his command from the get-go. The righty walked five batters on the night, ultimately giving up three runs across 5 23 shaky innings. The Cyclones saw a brief glimmer of hope after Chase Chambers cut the deficit to 3-2 with a sacrifice fly in the seventh, but in the bottom of the eighth, that hope was quickly extinguished. After giving up a walk and a single with one out, Tommy Wilson was relieved by Billy Oxford, who would only end up fanning the flames of the Black Bears’ rally. Daniel Amaral and Luke Mangieri each singled in runs for West Virginia to make it 5-2, and put the game out of reach.

With the loss, the Cyclones slipped into third place in the NYPL McNamara Division standings.

Rookie-Advanced: Kingsport Mets (18-18)

BURLINGTON 4, KINGSPORT 3 (BOX)

Kingsport jumped out to an early advantage on Saturday, only to see that lead evaporate in a matter of three pitches in the fourth inning, a momentary lapse from which they would not recover.

The K-Mets got the scoring started with two runs in the top of the second: Luis Santana singled to open the inning, stole second, and scored on a double by Mark Vientos. Two batters later, Kenny Hernandez singled to right, driving in Vientos, and extending the lead to a promising 2-0 tally. In the fourth inning, however, that lead would evaporate as quickly as possible. With the K-Mets leading 2-1, Rhett Aplin worked out a two-out walk for Burlington. Bhret Bewley hit the next pitch into the right-center field gap for a triple, the next batter, Chris Hudgins, hit the first pitch out of the ballpark. Three Burlington runs had scored in the span of three pitches, ruining an otherwise solid evening from Kingsport starter Matt Cleveland.

Shervyen Newton cut the deficit to 4-3 with an RBI single in the fifth, but after his timely hitting, the K-Mets would not manage a single hit for the remainder of the game.

Rookie: GCL Mets (19-15)

GCL ASTROS 3, GCL METS 2 (BOX)

Logan Taylor pitched two hitless innings as he continues to rehab, and the 51s righty has yet to allow a hit in three innings during his GCL assignment. However, Ramon Guzman, who typically works as a starter, came out of the bullpen and suffered a rare lapse in the sixth inning, which would be the difference in the game for the GCL Mets.

The Mets put two runs on the board in the bottom of the ninth, but it was not enough. Ronny Mauricio drove in a run in the loss; the impressive young shortstop now has 27 RBIs on the season to go along with a 0.885 OPS.

Stars of the Night

SS Andres Gimenez and RHP Luc Rennie

Goat of the Night

RHP Justin Dunn