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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 8/27/19: Thicc catcher SZN

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

Francisco Alvarez
Francisco Alvarez
Ken Lavin

*All results from games played on August 26, 2019

Triple-A: Syracuse Mets (71-62)

GAME 1: SYRACUSE 8, LEHIGH VALLEY 2 (BOX)

Syracuse topped the Iron Pigs in their first game of the day, a completion of a game suspended on the 22nd. Jeff McNeil technically appeared in this game, getting hit by a pitch and stealing second. Walker Lockett tossed six innings of one run ball, striking out seven, while recent Indy Ball acquisition Nick Rumbelow gave up a run in two inning sof work. Braxton lee and Sam Haggerty led the offense from the bottom of the lineup, going a combined 5-for-8 with four runs and a pair of walks.

GAME 2: SYRACUSE 3, LEHIGH VALLEY 1 / 7 (BOX)

Syracuse topped the Iron Pigs again in their second game thanks to a strong pitching performance from a quartet of relievers. Chris Flexen got the start and allowed only an unearned run over four innings, striking out four before Brooks Pounders, Stephen Nogosek, and Tyler Bashlor retired the final nine Iron Pigs in order. Offensively, Danny Espinosa made up for his error with his 19th home run of the year, while Chris Flexen helped his own cause with an RBI single.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (35-29/28-39)

PORTLAND 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (BOX)

This was a sloppy affair, with five total errors, but Binghamton came out on the short end in a 3-2 loss. Quinn Brodey, Cody Bohanek, and David Thompson all committed errors, though the trio of errors led to only one unearned run. Thomas Szapucki was the pitcher on the short end of the defensive performance, as he struck out four in four innings but gave up the unearned run. Offensively, most of the Rumble Ponies struggled, though Andres Gimenez went 3-for-5 with his 26th steal of the year.

Advanced-A: St. Lucie Mets (32-34/35-29)

DAYTONA 11, ST. LUCIE 8 (BOX)

St. Lucie suffered one of the most brutal bullpen blowups you’ll ever see, coughing up eight runs in the eighth to blow a five run lead. Ezequiel Zabaleta and Darwin Ramos were the two pitchers at fault, as they combined to give up six hits and pair of walks that in their sole inning of work. The poor pitching performance wasted a strong offensive effort, one that included a grand slam from Carlos Cortes and hits from all but one member of the starting lineup. Unfortunately, the one hitless player was the rehabbing Jed Lowrie, who went hitless in three at bats and played second base.

Low-A: Columbia Fireflies (24-42/27-35)

HICKORY 4, COLUMBIA 2 (BOX)

Columbia’s offense remained stagnant in a 4-2 loss to the Crawdads. While the Fireflies managed eight hits, they left five men on base, had two runners get caught stealing, and only had three total at bats with RISP. Chase Chambers provided the only offense with a two-run home run in the third. The weak offensive effort left a quartet of Firefly pitchers out to dry, thought it was Cole Gordon who was saddled with the loss.

Short-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (39-29)

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 0 (BOX)

Garrison Bryant’s brilliant start paved the way for a 2-0, shutout win over Vermont. Bryant tossed 6.1 scoreless innings, striking out nine and allowing only two hits, and Jared Biddy and Josh Heika worked in tandem to bring the shutout home. The offense was mostly quiet - the 4-8 hitters went hitless with eight strikeouts - but RBIs from Antoine Duplantis and Wilmer Reyes in the sixth were enough to secure the win.

Rookie: Kingsport Mets (34-32)

KINGSPORT 15, JOHNSON CITY 6 (BOX)

KIngsport demolished the Johnson City Cardinals, bashing out 20 hits and 15 runs in a decisive win. Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez led the way; the former had four hits and a walk, and the latter launched his fifth home run of the year as part of a three hit, three RBI day. Scott Ota and Andres Regnault also had three hits in the win, and three other Mets had two hits. Christofer Dominguez was the beneficiary of the offensive outburst, as his team got him off the hook after a 4.1 inning, five run start.

Rookie: GCL Mets (29-23)

GCL METS 3, GCL MARLINS 2 / 7 (BOX)

Star of the Night

Francisco Alvarez

Goat of the Night

Ezequiel Zabaleta