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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 4/5/19: Opening day!

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

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets
Travis Taijeron
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*All results from games played on April 4, 2019

Triple-A: Syracuse Mets (0-1)

PAWTUCKET 6, SYRACUSE 3 (BOX)

On a cool Syracuse afternoon, 2015 MLB All-Star Hector Santiago made the very first start for the Syracuse Mets. The right-hander was solid in his season debut, allowing a pair of runs over five innings, both of which came in his last inning of work when Mike Miller smacked a two-run homer. Syracuse got one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning, when David Thompson drove in Adeiny Hechavamania, and then took the lead for the first time in franchise history in the 6th, when Travis Taijeron drove in two with a double. Red Sox top prospect Michael Chavis tied things up at 3-3 apiece in the top of the 8th when led off the inning with a homer and the game stayed tied into extra innings. In the top of the 10th, Ryan O’Rourke imploded, loading up the bases and then allowing a bases-clearing double to Tony Renda to give the Red Sox a 6-3 lead. Jenrry Mejia came in to pitch the bottom of the inning and tossed a 1-2-3 inning, earning his first save since 2015 and handing the Syracuse Mets their first loss.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (1-0)

BINGHAMTON 5, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2 (BOX)

The Rumble Ponies scored a pair of runs in the top of the second and added another in the third to take an early lead on opening day. The Fisher Cats got one of those runs back in the third, when Andres Gimenez committed a fielding error, and another in the seventh, when Patrick Mazeika committed an error, but at no point did Binghamton look not in control. Anthony Kay looked perfectly cromulent in his season debut, as did the bullpen arms of Joshua Torres, Ryder Ryan, Joe Zanghi, and Stephen Villines, but Binghamton is going to need more than cromulance from all of those men. Of note, Villines walked a batter while en route to saving his first game of the year, and with that walk is 50% to the total he walked in 11.1 innings with Binghamton last season.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (0-1)

BRADENTON 1, ST. LUCIE 0 (BOX)

It was a quick, crisp game down in St. Lucie last night, but St. Lucie unfortunately wound up the losers. Domingo Robles and Kevin Smith were both solid in their 2019 debuts, the former tossing six scoreless innings and the latter tossing four-plus of one-run ball. That one run would prove all that Bradenton needed to pull out a win.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (0-1)

CHARLESTON 2, COLUMBIA 1 (BOX)

The Columbia Fireflies may be missing Sheryven Newton, who is starting the season on the IL with a shoulder injury, but that is still a stacked line-up. Roansy Contreras and Aaron McGarity were able to silence it on opening day, limiting Columbia’s big names to 2-12 for the night. Columbia starter Simeon Woods-Richardson was not as effective. Limited to around 40 pitches, the right-hander gave up a pair of runs on three hits, walking none and striking out four. His fastball had zip and his curveball was sharp when he had command of it. Down 2-1, Columbia nearly tied things up in the bottom of the ninth with Chase Chambers at third, but Wagner Lagrange was thrown out by a fraction of a second after hitting a slow dribbler down the third base line.

Star of the Night

Travis Taijeron

Goat of the Night

Ryan O’Rourke