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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/17/18: Drama in Brooklyn, and offense in Binghamton

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

Jhoan Urena
Steve Sypa

*All results from games played on Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (61-62)

EL PASO 3, LAS VEGAS 2 (Box)

Scott Copeland was a bit of a hard-luck loser in this game, as he threw six quality innings against El Paso. He gave up a run in the bottom of the first, and two in the bottom of the sixth, his last inning of work. He struck out eight through those innings, and scattered six hits.

The offense was incredibly quiet until the final few innings. They did all their damage with the long ball, as Patrick Kivlehan put the 51s on the board with a solo homer in the seventh, and Jose Lobaton hit a pinch-hit, solo homer run in the top of the ninth to bring Las Vegas within one run. They did not have enough punch to tie the game though, as Matt den Dekker lined out to the center fielder in the next at bat to end the game.

ROSTER MOVE: New York Mets recalled Jacob Rhame from Las Vegas 51s.

ROSTER MOVE: New York Mets optioned RHP Tim Peterson to Las Vegas 51s.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (57-65)

BINGHAMTON 10, AKRON 1

Binghamton’s offense was on fire, putting together the best game of any of the minor league offenses in their 10-1 win. They were held scoreless through the first three innings but broke through in the fourth, on a Jhoan Urena RBI double. Their big inning came in the fifth, as they chased five runs home in the frame. Andres Gimenez drove in the first two with a double, and Tomas Nido added one with a single. Two bases loaded walks, one issued to Urena and the other to J.J. Franco, forced home the fourth and fifth runs of the inning. A pair of singles by Gimenez and Joey Terdoslavich would push their lead to 8-0 in the seventh, and a RBI ground-out by Andrew Ely would make it 9-0. Urena capped the scoring with a home run in the bottom of the eighth.

The pitching was just as good as the hitting, as Mickey Jannis threw six excellent innings. The bullpen followed suit, as an RBI single in the top of the eigth proved to be the only blemish on the night for the pitching staff.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (27-40/22-30)

FLORIDA 4, ST. LUCIE 0 (Box)

David Wright continued his long journey back to Queens with another rehab start in St. Lucie, and it was a similar result to his previous ones. The captain went hitless again, adding a pair of strikeouts to the ledger as well. The results have been unimpressive since he began the assignment, but he really has not played much baseball in the last two years.

The rest of his teammates managed to string together ten hits, but went 0-13 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. They only hit three doubles despite reaching double-digit hits. Despite being on the basepaths often, they simply could not get a run across.

All the damage by the Fire Frogs was done against starter Blake Taylor. He has a rather forgettable outing, allowing ten base runners in 5.2 innings, and surrendering all four runs. The first on a single in the third, the second on a wild pitch in the fourth, and the final two on a single in the sixth, with the latter chasing him from the game. The bullpen shut out the Fire Frogs, but the offense was not there to mount a comeback.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33/21-30)

WEST VIRGINIA 3, COLUMBIA 2 (Box)

The Fireflies were kept off the board for the first three innings before putting two runs up in the fourth inning. Matt Winaker broke the 0-0 tie with a solo shot to lead off the fourth, and singles by Jose Brizuela and Edgardo Fermin had them threatening. A double by Giovanny Alfonzo made it 2-0, and finished off the scoring for the Fireflies.

Marcel Renteria gave a run right back in the bottom on the fifth, as the Power made it 2-1 on a RBI ground-out. Renteria stayed clean until the eighth inning, when he surrendered back-to-back doubles in that frame to tie it at two. He ended up getting lifted shortly after that, and Aaron Ford gave up the run Renteria left on second, giving the lead — and, eventually the game — to the Power.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (32-25)

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 1 / 10 innings (Box)

To say the offense in this game was at a premium in this game would be an incredible understatement. The game was scoreless through nine innings, as both Vermont and Brooklyn matched zero for zero. Joshua Walker started the game strong, surrendering just three hits through five innings, and Tylor Megill added four strong innings behind him to get them to extra innings. Andrew Mitchell came in for the tenth inning, and immediately gave up a double to score the runner that was placed on second base due to the game being in extra innings. He gave up another hit, but he limited the damage to just one run.

The Cyclones ended up squeaking out a win due to some poor play in the field by Vermont. Nick Meyer led off the inning by reaching on an error by the third baseman, Jonah Bride. Chandler Avant then attempted to bunt the runner placed on second (Anthony Dirocie), and Nick Meyer over, but a second error by Bride chased the tying and winning runs home for the Cyclones.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (28-26)

PULASKI 7, KINGSPORT 2 (Box)

The Mets offense was rather subdued in this game. They did all of their damage in the fourth inning, as they scored both of their runs on a throwing error. Outside of that, they scattered six hits and struggled to challenge the Pulaski pitching staff.

The pitching had its fair share of warts. Daison Acosta struck out eight, but still surrendered five runs — two on a home run in the second, two on a single in the fourth, and the final was a runner he was responsible for after he came out of the game. Liam McCall was tremendously wild walking five and throwing four wild pitches. He surrendered a run of his own (on a single in the sixth), and also added a run to Acosta’s total in relief of him. Jose Moreno forced in a run after throwing a wild pitch in the eighth, capping off an ugly night.

Rookie: GCL Mets (22-27)

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 2 (Box)

The Mets were behind the eight ball early, as starter Max Kuhns gave up two runs in the first, his only inning of work. Ramon Guzman came in to relieve him, and threw two scoreless innings before surrendering three runs in the fourth — he was not helped out by his defense, though, as the runs were unearned. The rest of the bullpen was spotless, keeping the Cardinals at five runs from the fourth inning on.

The Mets offense was quiet until a two-out, two RBI hit by Ronny Mauricio put them on the board. That was all the offense the Mets would muster in the 5-2 loss.

ROSTER MOVE: C Andres Regnault assigned to GCL Mets from DSL Mets1.

ROSTER MOVE: GCL Mets placed RHP Jurgen Jimenez on the 60-day disabled list.

Star of the Night

Jhoan Urena

Goat of the Night

Daison Acosta