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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 6/17/21: Imploding worse than the 2007/2008 Mets

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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, June 16, 2021

Triple-A: Syracuse Mets (11-27)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 10, Syracuse 7 / 10 (BOX)

This one was a battle. Both teams plated two runs apiece in the first, but Syracuse took the initial lead in the fifth when Travis Blankenhorn and Orlando Calixte both homered, Blankenhorn a two-run shot and Calixte a solo blast. The RailRiders rallied in the bottom of the inning, tying things up and then taking the lead, but their lead would be short lived as Cesar Puello and the rehabbing Jeff McNeil both drove in runs, making it a 7-6 ballgame. That lead held into the bottom of the ninth, when Yennsy Díaz allowed a run to score, tying things up at 7-7 and forcing the game into extra innings. Syracuse failed to drive their phantom runner in in the top of the tenth. Rob Brantley hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Win some, lose some I guess. Actually, scratch that.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets sent RF Michael Conforto on a rehab assignment to Syracuse Mets.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (11-26)

PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 4 / 10 (BOX)

The Ponies scored a pair of runs against Met-prospect-for-a-minute Josh Winckowski in the first, but Portland got the runs back and then some in the top of the third to make it a 3-2 ballgame. In the bottom of the inning, Mark Vientos took the right-hander yard, plating two runs and giving the Ponies a 4-2 lead. The score would stay 4-3 until the ninth, when Ryan Fitzgerald tied things up with a towering fly ball that floated over the right-center wall for a home run. Portland scored a run in the top of the tenth while Binghamton didn’t, and that was that.

ROSTER ALERT: Binghamton Rumble Ponies placed RHP Tony Dibrell on the 7-day injured list retroactive to June 14, 2021.

ROSTER ALERT: Binghamton Rumble Ponies placed RHP Thomas McIlraith on the 7-day injured list retroactive to June 14, 2021.

ROSTER ALERT: RHP Josh Hejka assigned to Binghamton Rumble Ponies from Syracuse Mets.

High-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (11-24)

WILMINGTON 5, BROOKLYN 2 (BOX)

Jaison Vilera was on his game early, blanking the Wilmington Blue Rocks inning after inning. Unfortunately for the Cyclones, the Blue Rocks pitchers were just as ready to dismantle Brooklyn’s hitters, putting up zero after zero of their own. Ronny Mauricio broke up the 0-0 tie in the sixth by launching a pitch high and tight for a two-run homer. Given the lead, Vilera finally stumbled, allowing a pair of singles to lead off the inning. His replacement, Eric Orze, loaded up the bases and allowed those runners to score and then some, ultimately letting the Blue Rocks plate five runs. The scoring was quiet after that, and if you’re sensing a theme here, yeah. Sigh.

Low-A: St. Lucie Mets (20-18)

JUPITER 8, ST. LUCIE 4 / 8 (BOX)

St. Lucie and Jupiter played a back-and-forth game until the seventh, when the Hammerheads put up a five-run inning. Making a rehab appearance, Dellin Betances immediately ran into trouble. He ended up recording just a single out while allowing a single out. While on the mound, he allowed three runs to score and his replacement, Jeffrey Colon allowed another two that were charged to his ledger. The big right-hander threw 23 pitches total, only 12 for strikes. His fastball sat 91-94, an improvement from his one inning earlier in the season but still a shade of his peak years.

Maybe St. Lucie might’ve come back in the ninth inning, maybe they might not have. Either way, the weather caused the game to get banged an inning early, and we’ll never know. With the loss, St. Lucie fell out of sole possession of first place for the first time in weeks. They are still at the top of the Low-A Southeast East, but they now are tied with the Hammerheads.

Star of the Night

Mark Vientos

Goat of the Night

Relief pitchers