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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/23/18: Hitting Kelenic

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

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Mets Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

*All results from games played on August 22, 2018

Triple-A: Las Vegas 51s (63-65)

LAS VEGAS 7. SALT LAKE 4 (Box)

The Bees took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Scott Copeland settled down thereafter and held the fort. This enabled Vegas to climb back into it, led by none other than Peter Alonso, who hit his 17th AAA home run (and minor league-leading 32nd on the season) to tie the game at one in the fourth. A Jose Lobaton homer game the 51s the lead in the fifth, and after the Bees tied it in the top of the sixth, Vegas plated two in the sixth and three in the seventh to put the game away. Jacob Rhame excelled at the smaller stakes AAA table to secure his 10th save of the season for Vegas.

ROSTER ALERT: Las Vegas 51s activated RHP Logan Taylor from the temporarily inactive list.

ROSTER ALERT: Las Vegas 51s placed RHP Cody Martin on the 7-day disabled list.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (60-68)

HARTFORD 4, BINGHAMTON 3 (Box)

The knuckleball is a fickle mistress, and it was dancing early for Mickey Jannis, but abandoned him late, as the Rumble Ponies squandered an early lead against the Yard Goats. Patrick Mazeika staked Jannis to an early lead with a fifth inning solo home run. Andres Gimenez continued his promising adjustment to AA with his first of two hits on the night, stealing second and coming around to score on a Will Toffey RBI double. Jannis was excellent early, but was unable to hold the lead, allowing two baserunners and a game tying three run home run in the seventh, then allowing the go-ahead home run in the eighth.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (27-40 / 24-33)

TAMPA 6, ST. LUCIE 3 (Box)

A rehabbing Jay 1Bruce staked St. Lucie to an early lead at home, with an RBI single in the bottom of the first, followed by a solo home run in the sixth to extend the lead to 3-1. However, Gabriel Llanes would tire in the seventh, allowing the Tarpons to creep to within 3-2, and the floodgates would open against Trey Cobb, as Tampa would tie the game the against the reliever in the eighth, then put up three more in the ninth for the victory.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (34-33 / 23-31)

NO GAME (SCHEDULE)

SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (34-29)

TRI-CITY 7, BROOKLYN 6 (Box)

A couple of late Cyclone rallies fell short against the ValleyCats last night, as Brooklyn dropped their third straight game, dropping them into a virtual tie with the Staten Island Yankees 0.5 games behind the Auburn Doubledays for the New York-Penn League Wild Card. The Cyclones put up a three spot in the first, led by all-stars Ross Adolph and Carlos Cortes, but struggling starter Joshua Walker gave that back quickly, putting Brooklyn in a 5-3 hole after two. The Cyclones would tie it with two in the top of the sixth, but Tri-City would answer back against Tylor Megill, going ahead to stay in the bottom of the frame.

ROSTER ALERT: SS L.A. Woodard assigned to Brooklyn Cyclones from Kingsport Mets.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (31-30)

GAME 1: KINGSPORT 7, BRISTOL 6 / 7 INNINGS (Box)

The Mets were down 4-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth in the opener of this doubleheader, but the potent Kingsport offense erupted for six runs in the bottom of the sixth to claim the opener. First round draft pick Jarred Kelenic opened up the frame with his fourth home run of the season, then prospect Shervyen Newton singled to get a rally going, as Kingsport would take advantage of four Bristol walks in the inning, adding three singles to take a 7-4 lead. Bristol would plate two in the top of the seventh thanks to a Ronny Mauricio error, but Brian Metoyer would hold the fort, allowing the Mets to claim the opener.

GAME 2 KINGSPORT 13, BRISTOL 6 (Box)

Jarred would continue his hitting Kelenic in the nightcap, reaching base in five out of six plate appearances as the Mets jumped out to an early 12-0 lead in the nightcap. Second round draft pick Simeon Woods Richardson continues to flash some promise, throwing three perfect innings, striking out five and extending his scoreless streak to start his minor league career to 14.1 innings. Bristol would put up six in the fourth inning after he left, but get no closer, as Kingsport swept the doubleheader, moving above .500 and keeping themselves in the playoff picture, four games behind the first place Elizabethton Twins, but two games up on Bristol for second place and a place in the playoffs.

Rookie - GCL Mets (23-29)

GAME CANCELLED (RAIN)

Star of the Night

Jarred Kelenic

Goat of the Night

Trey Cobb