Minor League Week Recap: Cecchini, Guillorme Tearing It Up

By Tim Ryder

March 5, 2018 11 Comments

Photo by Ed Delany

This week was a big week for the New York Mets farm system. A very large handful of Mets’ minor leaguers were productive.

Right off of the bat we have to mention Gavin Cecchini, who racked up two two-run home runs this week, as well as a couple more hits and RBI. He;s now slashing .455/.571/1.091 this spring with five RBI.

Luis Guillorme also had himself a big week at the plate with a three-RBI night on Friday night against the Astros in a split-squad contest. He has gone 4 for 11 with five RBI, four runs scored, home run, double and two walks this spring.

Phillip Evans hit a long home run to deep left-center during Thursday’s matchup against the Marlins in Port St. Lucie.

Arnaldo Berrios also chipped in a home run this week, two-run game winner in the ninth inning on Wednesday. David Thompson is also having a nice spring, hitting .313 with two walks.

Even Tim Tebow got in on the action with a hard-hit double in Friday’s loss to the Nationals. Ty Kelly, who is fighting for an Opening Day roster spot, had himself a couple of big hits, including an RBI double on Sunday.

On the mound this week, Mets’ minor leaguers had a number of standout performances. Jacob Rhame had two terrific outings, hitting 97 mph on the radar gun on a few occasions. Except for the two earned runs he gave up on Wednesday, the 24-year-old has been outstanding.

Corey Taylor had two solid performances this week, both coming against the Nats, he has yet to allow a run in 4.2 innings this spring.

Left-handed reliever P.J. Conlon has really wowed this week, including pitching three scoreless innings in the loss to Washington on Sunday. He has a 2.70 ERA and seven strikeouts in 6.2 innings thus far.

Chris Flexen had a nice outing on Saturday versus Miami, throwing two scoreless innings, and Drew Smith threw a perfect ninth in Friday afternoon’s loss to the Nats.

Gerson Bautista has allowed one run in 4.2 spring innings while striking out six and showed off a sharp combo of fastball/slider in his outing on Friday night.

Lefty Matt Purke finally made his Mets debut this week, he would throw two scoreless innings overall with only one baserunner allowed.

The only really tough week suffered by a Mets minor leaguer on the mound was Kevin McGowan, who got beat up in both of his appearances.