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Mets Daily Prospect Report, 6/21/21: Long live the streak

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

Luke Ritter
Steve Sypa

*All results from games played on Sunday, June 20, 2021

Triple-A: Syracuse Mets (11-30)

SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 4, SYRACUSE 3 (BOX)

Coming into the game, the Syracuse Mets were mired in a 13-game losing streak. They hadn’t won a game since June 5th and were 3-13 in the month of June. Facing off against Deivi Garcia, the Yankees’ top prospects and one of the better prospects in all of Major League Baseball, pulling off a win seemed a pretty tall task. Unbelievably, they jumped out to an early lead on a pair of line drives off the bats of Travis Blankenhorn and Orlando Calixte in the first, giving them a 3-0 lead before starter Jesús Reyes even took the ball. He wasn’t great, but he was good enough, putting up zero after zero in the first few innings of the game. He finally ran out of steam in the sixth, allowing a two-run homer and putting two more men on base before being relieved by Tom Windle. The southpaw walked the bases loaded and then walked in the tying run, resetting the score at 3-3. Both bullpens were solid in the seventh and eighth, combining to allow just two walks. In the ninth, Trey Cobb had Hoy Jun Park in a full count and served up a nice meatball that he deposited over the right field wall for a game winning home run. The streak continues at 14.

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

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets optioned RHP Yennsy Diaz to Syracuse Mets.

ROSTER ALERT: New York Mets selected the contract of RHP Jerad Eickhoff from Syracuse Mets.

Double-A: Binghamton Rumble Ponies (12-28)

BINGHAMTON 7, PORTLAND 2 (BOX)

Coming into yesterday afternoon’s game, the Rumble Ponies were mired in a six-game losing streak. Portland took an early lead, scoring a run off of Luc Rennie in the top of the first but Carlos Cortes tied things up at 1-1 with a solo homer- his seventh of the year- in the bottom of the inning. The offense then broke out in the third, plating four runs. Mark Vientos added a run on a solo shot in the seventh and Hayden Senger added another with a solo shot in the eighth, but the Sea Dogs were unable to rally, scoring a run in the ninth off of Connor Grey but nothing more.

High-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (13-26)

BROOKLYN 13, WILMINGTON 1 (BOX)

The Cyclones split their series against the Blue Rocks with a decisive victory, with the offense slugging a franchise-record five home runs. Fransisco Alvarez put Brooklyn on the board with a solo shot in the second, but the lead didn’t last too long, as Justin Lasko allowed an RBI double that evened things up. With the game tied 1-1 in the top of the sixth inning, Luke Ritter hit a two-run shot to give Brooklyn the lead. Joe Genord went yard right after, and Jose Mena hit a solo shot right after that, giving the Cyclones back-to-back-to-back long balls for a 5-1 lead. One inning later, Ritter hit another home run, this one a grand slam to make it 9-1, his second grand slam in as many days. Brett Baty added a pair of runs on an RBI triple(!) in the eighth and LT Struble and Antoine Duplantis two more in the ninth to make it 13-1, but at that point, Wilmington had already checked out. Every starter logged at least one hit except for Cody Bohanek, but he got hit by a pitch in the ninth and at least got on base.

What a difference a week makes. Ronny Mauricio went 0-17 with three walks in that series against the Renegades two weeks ago and went 10-26 with 2 doubles, a triple, a home run, 2 walks and 1 strikeout this week.

Brett Baty went 2-18 with a homer, a walk and 5 strikeouts against the Renegades and went 7-23 with a double, a triple, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts this week.

Francisco Alvarez went 3-16 with a double, a homer, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts against the Renegades and went 8-22 with 3 doubles, a homer, 4 walks and 6 strikeouts this week.

ROSTER ALERT: Conner O’Neil assigned to Brooklyn Cyclones from Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

Low-A: St. Lucie Mets (23-19)

ST. LUCIE 6, JUPITER HAMMERHEADS 4 (BOX)

J.T. Ginn made his fourth start of the season, and I’m not gonna say that he threw a clunker, but he was more hittable than he had been in his prior starts- most likely because this was his second consecutive start against the Hammerheads. The right-hander went five innings and allowed three runs on four hits, a walk, and a hit by pitch while striking out four. His fastball sat around 91 and topped out at 93.6 MPH on the afternoon. He struck out two batters with it, one swinging and one looking, and then got his other two strikeouts on a slider and a curve, both of which were swinging. He’s been incorporating his changeup into his mix more as he’s gotten his legs back under him and he’s been getting a lot of swings-and-misses with it. His changeup, while lagging behind his slider in terms of effectiveness, is still probably a more advanced pitch than anything most Low-A hitters have faced.

Matt O’Neill got St. Lucie on the board in the second with an RBI single and then Warren Saunders and Brandon McIlwain added to the lead in the third with an RBI single and three-run homer, respectively. The Hammerheads chipped away, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third, one in the bottom of the fifth and one in the bottom of the seventh to come within a run, but Matt Dyer gave St. Lucie some insurance with a solo shot in the top of the eighth and reliever Luis Montas held fast to shut the door in the bottom of the eighth and ninth.

Star of the Night

Luke Ritter

Goat of the Night

Trey Cobb