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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 5/8/21: A night of firsts

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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 Friday, May 07, 2021

Triple-A: Syracuse Mets (1-3)


Thomas Szapucki was originally slated to make the start, but the team elected to have him pitch in relief in case the rain that was coming down at game time got harder and delayed the game. Instead, Daniel Zamora got the start, the second in his career and and first since 2018, when he was pitching with Binghamton. The left-hander unfortunately didn’t fare too well. Obviously, as a reliever, he would not pitch deep into the game, but Scranton/Wilkes-Barre touched him up over the two-plus innings he was on the mound, scoring six runs. Thomas Szapucki made his 2021 debut in relief of the southpaw in the third and allowed one of his inherited runners to score, but he got out of the inning without making things worse and then got into a groove, tossing three more scoreless innings. In the middle of the sixth, after Scranton/Wilkes-Barre went down 1-2-3, the umpiring crew made the wise decision to delay and eventually call the game.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (0-4)


Rain delayed the start of the ballgame for a bit, but when the game finally started, the RubberDucks got right back to work teeing off of Binghamton’s pitchers. Making his first start as a Met, Adam Oller gave up three runs in the first. The Rumble Ponies got back two of those runs in the top of the second, but Oller gave them right back up in the bottom of the frame. Bingo got one of those runs back in the fifth, but the Akron bullpen held tight in those late innings, while the Rumble Pony bullpen unfortunately sprung a few leaks.

ROSTER ALERT: SS Yoel Romero assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from St. Lucie Mets.

High-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (1-3)


Brett Baty drove in a run in the top of the first to give the Cyclones a quick 1-0 lead, but Jaison Vilera gave that run back and then some in the bottom of the frame, allowing the Tourists to score four runs. In the second, he gave up three more- not what you want to see. You know what we do like to see, though? Ronny Mauricio home runs, such as the one he hit in the top of the third, a fat pitch right down Broadway that he jumped on and deposited over the right center wall. Vilera’s disastrous start to the season continued in the third, as he gave up two more runs in the third, but he was mercifully pulled after the inning ended. His replacements weren’t much better, as Mitch Ragan and Eric Orze combined to allow four more runs- Andrew Edwards was the only Cyclones pitcher to go unscored upon, throwing a scoreless inning-plus in the seventh and eighth. Brooklyn managed a handful of late runs, but the hole they found themselves in turned out to be insurmountable.

Low-A: St. Lucie Mets (3-1)


Junior Santos’ first pitch of the night was a bit outside the zone. His second was right down Broadway and Hammerhead DH Javeon Cody did not miss the juicy offering, swatting a triple down the third base line and setting up what would be a two-run inning for Jupiter. In the bottom of the inning, his batterymate slugged his first homer of the season over the left field wall, cutting the deficit in half. Santos put up a goose egg in the second and in the bottom of the inning, St. Lucie tied it up at 2-2 when LT Struble drove in Jose Peroza. A few at-bats prior, Peroza had been called out on a close play at first, but manager Reid Brignac argued with the umpire and the call was reversed, much to the benefit of St. Lucie. The game stayed tied at 2-2 until the bottom of the fifth, when Brandon Fryman turned on a pitch middle-in for his first professional homer, giving St. Lucie a 4-2 lead. It would not last long unfortunately, as Justin Lasko gave up a two-run homer of his own in the fifth, tying things back up. The pendulum of momentum would shift yet again in the seventh, in St. Lucie’s favor and this time, they would be able to hold it.

Star of the Night

Branden Fryman

Goat of the Night

Jaison Vilera