Mets Minors Report 5/10: Syndergaard Can Almost Taste Bingo, Reynolds On The Rise

By Mitch Petanick

May 10, 2013 No comments

Keep it up, kid. You'll see AA soon...

Keep it up, kid….We’ll see you in Bingo very soon…

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Word on the street is that Zack Wheeler could be making his major league debut very soon…like in two more weeks. “Personally, I think if he has a couple of more starts like his last start he’ll be headed to the big leagues, and rightfully so,” Backman told Las Vegas’ ESPN radio affiliate. It starting to look like the Mets are looking for any excuse to promote Wheeler at this point. I recently stated that if Wheeler were called up, he would instantly be better than 80 percent of major league pitchers based on his stuff alone. The question was never about whether or not Wheeler’s pitches needed more development, but whether or not he can control the strike zone.
  • Here’s my prediction for what is going to go down with player movement based on the recent talk of Wheeler’s promotion. This is all dependent on Wheeler being promoted by the end of May. Up to fill Wheeler’s spot in Triple-A will be Rafael Montero, who has looked absolutely phenomenal all season aside from one bad start. Filling in for Montero with Binghamton will be Noah Syndergaard, who continues to dominate lower level hitters.
  • Speaking of Syndergaard, he keeps getting better with every start. This guy is clearly going to be the Mets’ No. 1 prospect sooner rather than later. When Wheeler gets promoted, Syndergaard will jump over Travis d’Arnaud as the team’s top prospect.
  • Binghamton getting no-hit last night also snapped Cesar Puello‘s 15 game hitting streak. It had been the longest in the minor leagues this year.
  • Matt Reynolds is quietly having a solid season. Another polished college hitter in the Mets organization, drafted out of the University of Arkansas, he skipped right past short-season A-ball and started his professional career with Savannah. The native of Tulsa, Okla. hit .259/.335/.367 in 42 games for the Sand Gnats after batting .323 with a .427 on-base percentage in his junior season with the Razorbacks. Reynolds was again rapidly advanced this off-season to the Florida State League, where after Thursday’s output, he now sports a .277/.356/.412 line in 31 games for St. Lucie. “I was recognizing pitches a lot better, my swing felt a lot shorter and quicker and more compact. Those are the things I’ve been working on,” he said. “I feel like that was one of my most complete games. I pulled a ball down the left-field line, hit a ball into left center, hit the triple to right center and lined out another time to right field, so I was using all the parts of the field. My swing felt great.”

Stat Lines of the Day

Noah Syndergaard: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 7 K

Matt Reynolds: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 2 R

Transactions

Maikis De La Cruz assigned to Savannah Sand Gnats from Brooklyn Cyclones as a result of Brandon Nimmo hitting the DL, which happened on Tuesday May 7th as we reported and not Thursday May 9th as was misreported.

Quote of the Day

Kevin Plawecki regarding his hot start:

“I’ve felt great since reporting to Spring Training after working out all offseason at Purdue,” Plawecki said. “I think the consistency has helped me as much as anything, just doing things over and over. I’ve been focusing on hitting balls in the zone and being consistent at the plate with my approach while making sure my hands and my feet are all working together.”

“Sometimes my hands can get a little too quick and I end up using my shoulders more than I should,” Plawecki said. “I’ve worked hard to make sure everything is working in synch. I’ve definitely been hitting the ball a lot better than I did last year, and it all gets back to being consistent.”

Photo of the Day

Happy Birthday to my daughter and assistant Alina, who turns two today!

Happy Birthday to my daughter and assistant Alina, who turns two today!