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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 5/14/21: Just keep swimming

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

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*All results from games played on Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Triple-A: Syracuse Mets (2-7)

WORCHESTER 7, SYRACUSE 4 (BOX)

Starter Thomas Szapucki had an uneven outing in this one, and that really was the difference for the Mets, as they fell to 2-7 on the year. He gave up an RBI single in the first, but settled in until the middle innings after that. A three-run home run by David Thompson put the Mets up 3-1 in the second inning, and a solo shot by Jake Hager, who is off to a torrid start this season, made it 4-1 in the third, and Syracuse looked set up well to win their third game of the season. However, Szapucki ran into trouble into the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. An RBI single in the fourth made it 4-2 Mets, and a two-run home run tied it up in the fifth for Worchester. A double in the sixth would chase Szapucki from the game, and Sam McWilliams came in to relieve him. Old friend Cesar Puello put Worchester ahead, reaching on an error by Mason Williams. Jarred Duran took McWilliams deep for a two-run shot in the seventh to make it 7-4, putting the game out of reach.

The big news in this one saw Brandon Nimmo make his first rehab appearance, going 0-3 before being replaced in the fourth, easing him back into game action.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets sent CF Brandon Nimmo on a rehab assignment to Syracuse Mets.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (0-8)

ALTOONA: 9, BINGHAMTON 6 / 10 INNINGS (BOX)

This was an unfortunate loss in a myriad of ways. For one, it dropped Binghamton to a hard-to-look-at 0-8 on the year, and they also led 6-3 going into the ninth inning.

Before that implosion, they looked solid. Adam Oller gave up an unearned run in the first inning, though it was his own error that chased the run home. Binghamton erased that deficit in the third, when Carlos Cortes tied the game with a single and Sebastian Elizalde chased him home with a double. Altoon quickly tied it up with a cheap single over the head of Luis Carpio in the fourth, but the Rumble Ponies answered back yet again. Yoel Romero put Bing back on top with an RBI single in the bottom of the frame, and an Eliizalde ground out and a Wagner Lagrange single in the fifth put them ahead 5-2. Jeremy Vasquez added another one in the seventh, making it 6-2 on an RBI single. That is when the comeback began for Altoona.

Yeizo Campos came in the eighth inning, and gave up two singles and an RBI ground out to make it 6-3. A quiet bottom of the frame saw Campos in to finish out the first win of Binghamton’s season. He quickly gave up two singles, with a strikeout in between, and promptly surrendered a huge home run to tie the game up, and Binghamton soon ushered Jared Robinson into the game. Robinson loaded the bases, but back to back strikeouts gave Binghamton a chance to walk it off. Instead? Vazquez, David Rodrguez and Will Toffey struck out to get the game to the 10th. Robinson really struggled in his second inning of work, surrendering a single, a triple, and another single to suddenly put Binghamton behind 9-6. Cole Gordon came in to get out of the inning, but three strikeouts by Romero, Nick Meyer, and Cortes kept the Rumble Ponies season winless.

High-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (4-4)

GREENVILLE 8, BROOKLYN 2 (BOX)

Brooklyn had a rough go of it all around in this loss, as their offense was held scoreless until the eighth inning, and they faced a deficit from the first inning on.

Oscar Rojas had an uneven start, giving up a solo home run in the first, and a three-run homer in the fourth, the latter chasing him from the game. Eric Orze, Allan Winans, Josh Hejka and Michel Otanez combined for the final 4.1 innings, and mostly struggled. Winans struck out two in a scoreless inning, with the other three getting hit for four runs and nine hits.

Offensively, the Cyclones were busy on the basepaths, totally six hits and and four walks, leaving eight on base. Their only runs came off a line drive two-run home run by Jake Mangum, his first as a professional in 57 career games.

Low-A: St. Lucie Mets (6-3)

GAME ONE: DAYTON 15, ST. LUCIE 2 (BOX)

Well. This did not go well.

St. Lucie was never in this one, as the score suggests. Garrison Bryant started and was tagged with the loss, which is unfair to him. He certainly was not astounding — giving up two runs on three hits over two innings, but the bullpen behind him was the real issue.

Franklin Parra had to wear this one, giving up a whopping 10 runs on seven hits, putting game one of the early season double header to bed by the fifth inning. A bases loaded walk by Jose Colina in the eighth and a Warren Saunders ground out in the ninth put the Mets two runs on the board, but it was way too late.

On top of the blowout loss, top prospect Francisco Alvarez came out of the game early after a collusion at home plate.

GAME TWO:

ST LUCIE 2, DAYTON 0 / 8 INNINGS (BOX)

Game two of the doubleheader was about as different from game one as possible. The game featured excellent pitching on both sides, with exactly zero earned runs scored between the two teams, with St. Lucie edging out Daytona 2-0 in extras to salvage the double header.

The trio of Junior Santos, Austin Faith and Reyson Santos combined for eight scoreless innings, surrendering just three hits (Santos surrendering all three), walking just one batter, and striking out 10. They were simply dominant after the pitching staff got shellacked mere hours before.

Offensively, St. Lucie scattered hits and walks in the first, third, and fifth innings, but excellent work by the Dayton staff countered the offense, as we went 0-0 into the eighth (which was extra innings, due to the double header).

The top of the eighth was an adventure. Jose Peroza, starting on second due to the extra inning rule, was bunted over to third by Ranfy Adon. LT Struble followed that up with a walk, which is where the fun began. Struble stole second, with Peroza dashing home on the play. A throwing error by the second baseman allowed Struble to scamper home on the play, putting the Mets up 2-0. That would prove to be all they needed, as Reyson Santos struck out the first batter an induced two ground outs to put the finishing touches on an excellent pitching performance.

ROSTER ALERT: St. Lucie Mets placed CF Pete Crow-Armstrong on the 7-day injured list retroactive to May 12, 2021.

Star of the Night

Junior Santos

Goat of the Night

Franklin Parra