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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 6/23/19: Bullpains

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

Jose Moreno
Steve Sypa

*All results from games played on Saturday, June 22, 2019

Triple-A: Syracuse Mets (36-38)

GWENETT 2, SYRACUSE 0 (BOX)

Ervin Santana logged another solid start for Syracuse, but he was outpitched by Bryse Wilson and the Stripers bullpen, who combined to throw a shutout. Santana’s lone blemish came in the sixth, when Andres Blanco hit a solo home run. Ryley Gilliam had a hiccup in the eighth, allowing a second run, but ultimately it wouldn’t really matter as, Syracuse wouldn’t be able to win without scoring a run, one run or two.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (34-29/2-2)

RICHMOND 4, BINGHAMTON 2 (BOX)

Gio Brusa led off the first inning with a solo homer, setting the tone for the rest of the game. The Flying Squirrels would score another run off of Church in the frame, but the recently unretired right-hander settled down and fired four scoreless frames to follow. Richmond plated another two runs in the sixth, but the Rumble Ponies got them right back in the bottom of the inning on a Patrick Mazeika two-run homer. That would end up the final runs scored in the ballgame, causing Binghamton to fall back to .500 in the second half.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (32-34/5-1)

ST. LUCIE 6, FLORIDA 4 (BOX)

Kyle Wilson didn’t have a good day. He walked a few batters, allowed a few extra base hits, uncorked a wild pitch, and as a cherry on top, was ejected from the ballgame in the top of the third. Marcel Renteria allowed a run in relief, giving the Fire Frogs a narrow 2-0 edge going into late innings. After being gifted a run when Lukas Young walked in a run with bases loaded, Jacob Zanon tied the game and gave St. Lucie the lead with a two-RBI single, and Carlos Cortes extended it to 4-2 with another RBI single. Florida scored a run in the bottom of the inning, but St. Lucie plated two more in the top of the eighth. The Fire Frogs got one of those runs back in the eighth, but Joe Cavallaro was more effective in the ninth, getting three quick outs to end the ballgame.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets sent LHP Luis Avilan on a rehab assignment to St. Lucie Mets.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (24-42/1-2)

ASHEVILLE 6, COLUMBIA 5 (BOX)

Christian James wasn’t fooling any Asheville batters last night, giving up a run in the first and another three in the second, putting Columbia in a big hole early. Improbably, as they have been a pretty listless team as of late, the Colaflies fought back. In the third, Taylor Lane doubled to put Columbia on the board. In the fourth, Wagner Lagrange and Hayden Senger combined to drive in three runs, tying the game at 4-4 apiece, and a few innings later, Senger hit a solo homer to give them the lead. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t last very long, as Jose Moreno gave up a run in the bottom of the eighth to let the Tourists tie things up and then in the bottom of the ninth to let them walk off.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Danny Hrbek assigned to Columbia Fireflies.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Chris Viall retired.

Drafted in 2016, Viall has shown tantalizing potential with a plus fastball and power curveball combination, but has been held back by mechanical inconsistencies in his delivery affecting his control, and more recently, injuries. Last season, he had his season end early due to snapping tricep syndrome, an uncommon condition caused when the tricep subluxates over the medial epicondyle during the flexion and extension of the elbow, leading to pain. Returning to Columbia this season, but now as a bullpen arm, the right-hander just didn’t seem himself. His fastball, which had sat 94-97 MPH, lost its edge, now sitting 91-94, and his curve lost its bite.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (4-4)

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 2 (BOX)

The latest installment of the Battle of the Bridge started out as a back-and-forth affair, but in the end, Staten Island came out on top. The Cyclones took an early lead in the bottom of the first, but it didn’t last long as the Staten Island Yanks got it back in the bottom of the second. The Cyclones took the lead in the third, but for a second time, Staten Island quickly got it back, plating a second run in the bottom of the fourth. In the sixth, they then took the lead, and added some insurance in the seventh. Brooklyn went down meekly in the eighth and ninth, with five of the seven batters that went to the plate striking out.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (4-1)

KINGSPORT 5, ELIZABETHTON 1 (BOX)

Elizabethton took an early lead, scoring a run off of Benito Garcia in the top of the first, but Kingsport got those runs back and then some in the bottom of the second, when Gregory Guerrero doubled in a pair of runs. One inning later, Matt O’Neill plated a pair of runs on a groundball back up the middle that center fielder Willie Joe Garry Jr. tossed away. The pitching staff handled things, shutting out the Twins for the rest of the game, so Andres Regnault’s RBI single in the eighth was not needed, but given that it gave him a Appalachian League-leading ten RBI, it was certainly welcome.

Star of the Night

Gregory Guerrero

Goat of the Night

Jose Moreno