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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 7/9/18: Big innings and big arms

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

Jose Medina
Steve Sypa

*All results from games played on July 8, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (42-48)


ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets optioned RHP Drew Smith to Las Vegas 51s.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets recalled RHP Chris Flexen from Las Vegas 51s.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (43-44)


The SeaWolves touched up Justin Dunn for four runs early, and given the state of the Binghamton Rumble Pony roster, that could’ve easily been it. The Ponies rallied in the fifth, scoring five and taking the lead. Tomas Nido led off the inning with a home run and ended it with a force out at second. In-between his two at-bats, eight other men came to the plate, with Andrew Ely, Levi Michael, Kevin Taylor, and Joey Terdoslavich all driving in runs. Binghamton would add two more runs in the sixth, which would prove fortuitous, as Daniel Zamora and Corey Taylor combined to allow two runs in the eighth. Even if those runs had tied the games, Kevin Taylor added another run to the Rumble Ponies’ ledger in the bottom of the inning, which would have guaranteed them the ballgame, as Erie went down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (27-40/6-10)



The Dunedin Blue Jays put up a three-spot in the third inning, but St. Lucie got right back into things in the fourth, when Anthony Dimino drove in two with a line drive into center. They stayed within reaching distance until the seventh, when Dunedin added to their lead. Trey Cobb loaded up the bases to start the inning and ended up allowing a pair of runs to score.



The Blue Jays took the second half of yesterday’s double-header as well, winning the make-up game from July 6. St. Lucie took the initial lead, with Anthony Dimino plating another run, but the Blue Jays tied things in the fourth. In the seventh, they plated the go-ahead run, and that was that. For what it’s worth, the game could’ve been a blowout, as starter Gabby Llanes allowed eleven hits over his seven innings of work.

ROSTER ALERT: Trey Cobb assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Columbia Fireflies.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/7-10)


Luc Rennie traded zeroes with Rony Garcia in his first start, but faltered in the fifth, allowing the first run of the ballgame. The RiverDogs scored a second run in the sixth, but the Colaflies responded in a big way, plating four runs in the bottom of the inning. Nine batters came to the plate that inning, with Edgardo Fermin, Jeremy Vasquez, and Quinn Brodey all driving in runs. Joshua Payne replaced Rennie in the eighth and coughed up a pair of runs, tying the game at 4-4, but momentum in the see-saw game changed again in the bottom of the inning as Columbia retook the lead 5-4. Without Stephen Villines and Trey Cobb to turn to to close out his games, manager Pedro Lopez called on Carlos Hernandez to lock down the save. Coming into the afternoon, he owned a shiny 1.19 ERA in 30.1 innings. The right-hander was unable to get the job done, leading off the inning giving up a double and allowing the runner to score. After loading up the bases, home plate manager Harley Acosta blew a huge call, calling a foul ball fair, resulting in a grand slam. The call would loom large, as the Hansel Moreno was able to come home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the inning. What should’ve been another game-tying run instead became a meaningless run, as Columbia couldn’t make up the rest of that considerable deficit.

ROSTER ALERT: Trent Johnson assigned to Columbia Fireflies from Brooklyn Cyclones.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (12-11)


For one inning, Thor looked mortal. In his first rehab start, he allowed a lead off walk to Staten Island Yankees center fielder Alex Junior, allowed him to steal second, gave up a single that allowed him to move over to third, and then uncorked a wild pitch that him to score. The top half of the first took roughly ten minutes or so, and after that, Thor had regained his immortality. The right-hander would allow just one more hit, a Frederick Cuevas single in the fourth, and would end his afternoon throwing five innings of two-hit, one-run baseball. Brooklyn tied the game in the third on a Jose Medina double, and things stayed tied until the eighth, when Medina lined a ground ball back up the middle for a single, scoring Nick Meyer. With the win, the Cyclones snapped their five-game losing streak.

ROSTER ALERT: Anthony Dirocie assigned to Brooklyn Cyclones from Kingsport Mets.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets sent RHP Noah Syndergaard on a rehab assignment to Brooklyn Cyclones.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (10-7)


Kingsport got on the board first, as Guillermo Granadillo took one for the team and got hit by a pitch with bases loaded, but the Mets did not make the most of the one out, bases loaded opportunity, as Shervyen Newton grounded into a double play to end the inning one batter later. Sure enough, Garrison Bryant allowed a run in the bottom of the inning, tying things at 1-1 apiece. Two innings later, Kingsport loaded up the bases once again, but this time they capitalized on it, exploding for four runs. After a three-run fifth, the Kingsport Bats turned it on once again, sending twelve men to the plate and scouring eight runs in the sixth. Suffice to say, the Mets put the hurt on the Blue Jays. The team logged twelve hits, walked ten times, and five players were hit by a pitch.

Rookie: GCL Mets (11-7)


The GCL Mets had some trouble with situational hitting, whereas the GCL Astros did not, resulting in a 3-0 Astros win despite the fact both teams logged four hits and drew multiple walks. Walter Rasquin, in the GCL after serving his drug suspension, missed a catch in the first, allowing a run to score and putting the GCL Mets in an early hole. Michel Otanez would wind up allowing a pair of earned runs in the fourth, widening the gap between the two teams, and the offense would prove unable to close it.

DSL Check-In

RHP David Marcano, 16 (Venezuela): 6 G/4 GS, 7.36 ERA, 11.0 IP, 13 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 9 BB, 12 K, 3 HB, .317 AVG

RHP Junior Santos, 16 (Dominican Republic): 7 G/7 GS, 2.79 ERA, 29.0 IP, 26 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 4 BB, 25 K, 4 HB, .2848 AVG

LHP Daniel Guzman, 20 (Venezuela): 9 G/0 GS, 3.46 ERA, 13.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 9 BB, 4 K, 1 HB, .200 AVG

C Andres Regnault, 19 (Venezuela): 26 G, 97 AB, .340/.430/.608, 33 H, 9 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 13 BB, 19 K, 1/2 SB

C Alejandro Medina, 18 (Venezuela): 14 G, 43 AB, .140/.275/.209, 6 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 7 BB, 13 K, 0/1 SB

C Alexis Marquez, 19 (Venezuela): 15 G, 45 AB, .133/.204/.200, 6 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 BB, 9 K, 2/2 SB

C Wilfred Astudillo, 18 (Venezuela): 2 G, 64 AB, .281/.395/.406, 18 H, 5 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 10 BB, 7 K, 2/2 SB

1B Wilmy Valdez, 20 (Dominican Republic): 19 G, 65 AB, .154/.214/.215, 10 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 3 BB, 18 K, 3/6 SB

SS Federico Polanco, 17 (Dominican Republic): 27 G, 106 AB, .217/.284/.283, 23 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 10 BB, 28 K, 7/8 SB

OF Eduardo Salazar, 17 (Venezuela): 14 G, 41 AB, .195/.292/.195, 8 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 6 BB, 12 K, 0/2 SB

OF Adrian Hernandez, 17 (Dominican Republic): 24 G, 96 AB, .250/.357/.344, 24 H, 7 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 8 BB, 5 K, 6/8 SB

OF Ezequiel Pena, 19 (Boston):17 G, 40 AB, .150/.358/.250, 5 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 7 BB, 19 K, 0/2 SB

OF Jean Carlos Soto, 18(Dominican Republic): 16 G, 62 AB, .242/.288/.387, 15 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 6 K, 3/3 SB

OF Tulio Garcia: No appearances in 2018

Star of the Night

Jose Medina

Goat of the Night

Harley Acosta