Mets Minors Recap: Merandy Gonzalez Goes 6 Strong in St. Lucie Debut

By Dilip Sridhar

June 25, 2017 No comments

(Jacob Resnick/Mets Minors)

Las Vegas 51s (29-46) 6, Salt Lake Bees (41-34) 3 Box Score

Centerfielder, Matt Reynolds, had a huge game and has homered in 3 of his last 4 games. Smith hit his eighth homer on the season. He has an .839 OPS, almost identical to Rosario’s .838 OPS.

  • RHP Ricky Knapp (3-9, 6.24 ERA): 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, BB, K
  • RHP Hansel Robles (0-0, 7.53 ERA): 2 IP, H, K
  • Knapp was solid over 7 strong innings. He hasn’t had a good pitching line this year however his command has still been very good. Robles finished up the game and got the save.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (39-30) 2, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (30-43) 0 Box Score

The Rumble Ponies scored one in the second and one in the seventh and that was all they needed to win. Kevin Kaczmarski now has a .380 OBP this season but only slugged .368.  

Reyes made a spot-start after relieving all year. His start was necessary due to the double-header. Griset and Burns did a good job of replacing Reyes and helped complete the shutout.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (38-30) 4, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (30-42) 3 Box Score

In game 1 of their double header, the Rumble Ponies won 4-3 thanks to an overall solid offensive day. Luis Guillorme now has his OBP at .350. David Thompson continues to play well after the slow start.

Delgado allowed 12 baserunners in five innings and only gave up two runs amazingly enough. Peterson earned the multi-inning save.

Charlotte Stone Crabs (33-38) 6, St. Lucie Mets (34-37) 1 Box Score

Not much offense in this one for St. Lucie. They only managed seven baserunners the entire game. Their only run came on a sac-fly in the eighth inning by Alonso who has really been hitting well since returning from the DL.

Merandy Gonzalez made his St. Lucie debut and was very sharp over 6 innings. The 22 year old continued to show what made him effective this year. He will only keep rising the prospect ladder if he continues to grow.

Columbia Fireflies (41-30) 4, Kannapolis Intimidators (41-30) 3 Box Score

It was an exciting win for the Fireflies. They only had two hits and six walks on the game. They were down 3-2 in the ninth before walks to Dash Winningham and Jay Jabs put the tying and go-ahead runs on. Milton Ramos bunted them over and Tim Tebow drove in the tying run. A wild pitch later scored the winning run.

Llanes was solid again for Columbia as he has been all season. Atkins, Blackham, and Uceta all combined for 2.1 scoreless innings. They along with Max Kuhns and Joseph Zanghi have formed a very good Fireflies bullpen.

Hudson Valley Renegades (3-2) 10, Brooklyn Cyclones (2-3) 4 Box Score

Stajduhar and Snypes made their pro-debuts in this one. Rasquin is coming off two good years and has a career .384 OBP in the Minors.

Both Kines and Napolitano did a lot of pitching but neither fared all that well. Napolitano gave up 2 two-run homers in the eighth inning which made his line ugly. Kines is a 2015 Marlins draft pick who signed with the Mets recently.

DSL Phillies Red (8-10) 2, DSL Mets (10-9) 0 Box Score

Not much offense for the DSL Mets. They only had seven baserunners all game.

  • RHP Melky Mena (1-1, 2.25 ERA): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 5 K
  • RHP Jasson Pena (0-1, 3.12 ERA): 3 IP, K

Mena and Pena pitched well but they had no run support. Mena has done well in his first professional season.