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Mets Daily Prospect Report 8/18/19: Mickey and the Luke

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Fog and rain shortened a few games, but the farm proceeded forward.

Chris McShane

*All results from games played on August 17, 2019

Triple-A: Syracuse Mets (63-61)

After yesterday’s game was rained out, Syracuse played Norfolk twice. They won both times.

GAME ONE: SYRACUSE 7, NORFOLK 1 (BOX)

The pitching staff is one of the spots you can still find players under 25 on this Syracuse club, and with the aid of a fleet of trusty veterans Harol Gonzalez was made a winner today in a seven-inning makeup game. He didn’t miss many bats, but the Tides seemed incapable or uninterested in squaring the 24 year old up. He’s outpaced his peripherals all the way to AAA and it wouldn’t be terrible to see that continue working. The offense came solely from the old guard today, and it carried into game two nicely.

GAME TWO: SYRACUSE, 4, NORFOLK 2 (BOX)

Another seven inning matchup washed down real smooth for the Mets against the Tides. The script was familiar, with veterans leading the way despite a few substitutions. Chris Flexon didn’t have his most biting stuff, but it was around the zone enough to avoid big innings.

ROSTER ALERT: The New York Mets have recalled right-handed pitcher Walker Lockett to the New York Mets as a response to sending Robert Gsellman to the 10-day IL.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (35-29/25-33)

HARTFORD 2, BINGHAMTON 1 (BOX)

The Rumble Ponies have held their opponents to three runs or fewer in five of their last six games. That’s typically a recipe for success, but they’re 1-6 in the past week since they’ve not tallied more than two runs in any of their games. A couple hits from Andres Gimenez are always nice to see, but the eight hits and four walks failed to line up for Binghamton tonight. It spoiled a dominant outing from the eternal MIckey Jannis.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (32-34/35-22)

CHARLOTTE 8, ST. LUCIE 1 (BOX)

A day after his first rehab appearance, Brandon Nimmo got a day off. That meant more time for the rest of the St. Lucie roster, who were unfortunately impotent against a trio of Rays farmhands led by RHP Tobias Myers. Hansel Moreno got tossed in this one, which is too bad because he made a very nice play in CF to rob the rehabbing Brandon Lowe of extra bases.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (24-42/25-30)

ROME 4, COLUMBIA 0 (BOX)

Despite a solid pitching performance from Daison Acosta, Columbia couldn’t string together offense when they needed. They were hurt by a day full of learning pains from Ronny Mauricio, who was caught stealing AND picked off at different junctures in addition to a throwing error on a potential inning-ending double play.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (32-27)

SUSPENDED DUE TO FOG - THRU FIVE INNINGS: BROOKLYN 0, TRI-CITY 0 (BOX)

This was a good start for recently-named NYPL All-Star Garrison Bryant, but his night ended early due to the fog. Luke Ritter provided the only offense to speak of for either team, and he’ll try to continue his sharp pro start tomorrow in a double-header when this game concludes.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (28-29)

KINGSPORT 9, PULASKI 8 (BOX)

This was a wild one. Kingsport opened and closed the game with three runs, the latter courtesy of an Anthony Dirocie three-run bomb. While Benito Garcia got lit up from go, the bullpen held things together reasonably with just two runs in 5.0 IP collectively, giving the offense a chance to storm back.

Rookie: GCL Mets (23-22)

GCL METS 7, GCL NATIONALS 5 (BOX)

Star of the Night

Mickey Jannis (or, if you prefer a bit more youth in your farm stars, Garrison Bryant)

Goat of the Night

Ronny Mauricio