Mets Minors Players of the Week: Winningham On Fire

By Michael Mayer

April 25, 2016 1 Comment

(Dash Winningham via Al Rabon/@firefliesman)

(Dash Winningham via Al Rabon/@firefliesman)

The team of he week in the Mets system was the Columbia Fireflies who went 5-2 including beating the Greenville Drive, who are considered on of the top team in A-Ball, three times. They scored a whopping 46 runs in the seven games with two 13 run performances.

Offensive Player of the Week – Dash Winningham (Columbia Fireflies)

The powerful left-handed hitting first baseman has yet to hit his first homer of 2016 but boy was he on first last week. He went 11 for 23 which produced a slash line of .478/.538/.609 in six games. He hit three doubles and knocked in six runs while striking out only one time. The 2014 8th rounder is now hitting an even .300 for the season.

Honorable Mention – Amed Rosario (STL) & Vinny Siena (COL)

It was a good week for this middle infield duo including the Mets number one prospect Rosario who hit .308/.355/.615 four extra base hits and seven runs knocked in. Siena has been hitting since Opening Night but he was especially good this week slashing .435/.548/.565 with eight runs scored, seven walks and five RBI. He has reached base in all 18 Fireflies games this season.

Starting Pitcher of the WeekCasey Delgado (St. Lucie Mets)

The former Indy Ball pitcher won both of his starts this week and is 3-0 overall to begin his 2016 campaign. In those two starts he went a combined 15 innings allowing four runs on 11 hits. He struck out 11 compared and issues just one walk this over the past week. For the season is his ERA is 1.71 and has held opponents to a .181 batting average.

Honorable Mention – Gabriel Ynoa (LV) & P.J. Conlon (COL)

Ynoa made his third start of the year for the 51s and went 6.1 scoreless innings lowering his season ERA to 1.53. He gave up only two hits and two walks while striking out three. The lefty Conlon tossed six scoreless innings with six strikeouts and didn’t walk a batter. He has walked only one all year in 16.2 innings.

Relief Pitcher of the WeekKevin McGowan (St. Lucie Mets)

This year has been a revelation for the right-hander who has excelled since the switch from starting last year to the bullpen this year. He has shown added velocity and a great breaking ball, this week he picked up two saves in 4.2 innings. He allowed only one baserunner (BB) and struck out four, giving him 17 K’s in 11.1 innings this year.

Honorable Mention – Tyler Bashlor (COL) & Tim Peterson (STL)

The hard throwing Bashlor has settled into the Fireflies closing role , he pitched three scoreless inning this week and picked up his second save. He struck out five, walked one, allowed one hit and now has a 1.12 ERA for the season. Peterson threw three more scoreless innings this week ( six total in 2016) but gave up his first two hits. He struck out three and now has 13 on the season compared to only one walk.

Defensive Player of the WeekPatrick Biondi (St. Lucie Mets)

The St. Lucie right fielder has taken the playing time opportunity  (Wuilmer Becerra sore shoulder) and has been great defensively. Multiple people I have talked to praised his athletic ability in the field and one said he was the Mets best defensive outfielder in the entire system.

Honorable Mention – Matt Reynolds (LV)

Reynolds has played short, second and some games back at third where he spent his college playing days. He has looked very comfortable at third, making a handful of nice plays coming in on balls.

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