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Mets Minor League Players of the Week: Week Twenty Three

What minor league players put up the best numbers this past week, September 5 to September 10th?

MLB: AUG 23 Mets at Braves
Danny Mendick
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Danny Mendick

Week: 5 G, 20 AB, .550/.609/.700, 11 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 BB, 2 K, 1/2 SB (Triple-A)

2023 Season: 81 G, 329 AB, .283/.369/.429, 93 H, 16 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 39 BB, 55 K, 11/13 SB, .314 BABIP (Triple-A)/34 G, 63 AB, .191/.227/.286, 12 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 15 K, 0/0 SB, .234 BABIP (MLB)

In the WWE, it has always been an unwritten truism that you will be booked to lose when the show comes around to your hometown because Vince McMahon is/was a strange, vindictive man. Baseball doesn’t follow those rules, I guess. The Syracuse Mets didn’t play in Rochester this past week, but they did play the Rochester Red Wings, and they clearly brought out the best in Rochester native Danny Mendick. He is 24/73 against Rochester, a .329 batting average against them on the season.

The infielder has had a strange career in the limited number of major league at-bats he’s gotten since making his MLB debut in 2019. That year, he appeared in 16 games for the White Sox and hit .308/.325/.462 in 39 at-bats. In 2020, he appeared in 33 games for them and hit .243/.281/.383 in 107 at-bats. In 2021, he appeared in 71 games for them and hit .220/.303/.287 in 164 at-bats. In 2022, he appeared in 31 games for them and hit .289/.343/.443 in 97 at-bats. This season, with the Mets, he appeared in 34 games and hit .191/.227/.286 in 63 at-bats. At times, Mendick can look really good. Other times, he does not. Such is the life of a replacement-level player.

Joander Suarez

Week: 1 G (1 GS), 7.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (Double-A)

2023 Season: 21 G (19 GS), 90.1 IP, 83 H, 59 R, 51 ER (5.08 ERA), 45 BB, 118 K, .344 BABIP (High-A)/ 2 G (2 GS), 13.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, .000 BABIP (Double-A)

We love our Joander, don’t we folks? Such a nasty pitcher. He’s a fantastic guy…He took control of Hartford. And he really took control of it. Big, strong ballplayers, giants of men, they came to me crying and they said, “We can’t hit Joander’s fastball. We can’t hit Joander’s slider. We can’t hit Joander’s changeup”. He’s doing great things up in Binghamton, I’m telling you. All those Hartford Yard Goat batters, I’ve never seen anybody sweat like that. I’ve never seen people sweat- I have never seen people down water like they down water when Joander was pitching. They brought it in in buckets for this guy. What’s up with that, huh? Yard Goats. Yard Goats. Do they even have goats in Hartford? Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about Hartford, OK? So, I don’t know. I know nothing about Hartford.

When the dollars go down for tickets, more people are coming to Binghamton, frankly. People are going wild over the Rumble Ponies. They took the Eastern League Northeast back. Just like they’ll take the Eastern League championship. Every on-line poll, Baseball Prospectus, ESPN, Fangraphs, Baseball America, etc., has Binghamton winning the division. Thank you to Amazin’ Avenue for so reporting! I will totally accept the results of this great and historic playoff drive- if they win. And just thinking to myself right now, we should just cancel the playoffs and just give it to Binghamton, right? What are we even having it for? What are we having it for?

Players of the Week 2023

Week One (April 4-April 9): Ronny Mauricio/Jose Butto
Week Two (April 11-April 16): Ronny Mauricio/Joey Lucchesi
Week Three (April 18-April 23): Mark Vientos/Jordan Geber
Week Four (April 25-April 30): Mark Vientos/Nathan Lavender
Week Five (May 2-May 7): DJ Stewart/Mike Vasil
Week Six (May 9-May 14): Jose Peroza/Mike Vasil
Week Seven (May 16-May 21): Matt Rudick/David Peterson
Week Eight (May 23-May 28): DJ Stewart/Jose Chacin
Week Nine (May 29-June 4): Luke Ritter/Layonel Ovalles
Week Ten (June 5-June 11): Luke Ritter/Douglas Orellana
Week Eleven (June 12-June 18): Luke Voit/Joey Lucchesi
Week Twelve (June 19-June 25): Kevin Parada/Tyler Stuart
Week Thirteen (June 26-July 3): Jonathan Arauz/Blade Tidwell
Week Fourteen (July 4-July 9): Jefrey De Los Santos/Dominic Hamel
Week Fifteen (July 13-July 16): Abraham Almonte/Felipe De La Cruz
Week Sixteen (July 17-July 23): Stanley Consuegra/Christian Scott
Week Seventeen (July 24-July 30): Luke Voit/ Dominic Hamel
Week Eighteen (July 31-August 6): JT Schwartz/Tyler Stuart
Week Nineteen (August 7-August 13): Ronny Mauricio/Mike Vasil
Week Twenty (August 14-August 20): Jett Williams/Felipe De La Cruz
Week Twenty One (August 21-August 27): Ronny Mauricio/Tyler Stuart & Joander Suarez
Week Twenty Two (August 29-September 3): Daniel Palka/Douglas Orellana & Joander Suarez