MMN Recap: Big Game by Mark Vientos in GCL Mets 10-5 Win

By John Flanigan

August 18, 2017 12 Comments

Las Vegas 51s (49-76) 6, Fresno Grizzles (69-56) 0 Box Score

The 51s shutout the Grizzlies on Thursday night. Luis Mateo tossed three innings, allowed two hits and struck out five in a spot start. Recently signed Wagner was making his Mets system debut and lowered Triple-A earned run average to 2.93 this year.

Travis Snider played in his second 51s game since being traded for, and he picked up three hits including an RBI double. Infielder Jeff McNeil went 2 for 4 with two runs scored and s stolen base in his 51s debut.

St. Lucie Mets (56-66) 6, Clearwater Threshers (62-62) 4 F/10 Box Score

Harol Gonzalez pitched three scoreless innings in his FSL debut. He allowed two hits, issued an intentional walk, and struck out one. Gerson Bautista secured his second save with a scoreless tenth and has walked only one batter in 8.1 since being traded to the Mets.

Jhoan Urena opened the scoring with his eleventh home run of the season, a three-run shot in the top of the first. Despite picking up thirteen hits on the night, the Mets offense was held in check after the homer. Finally in the ninth the Mets broke threw to extend the game to extras as Michael Paez lined a double, and then scored two batters later on a wild pitch. In the tenth, the Mets added two runs to take the lead as Wuilmer Becerra and J.C. Rodriguez smacked RBI singles.

Columbia Fireflies (62-58) 5, Augusta Fireflies (45-72) 0 Box Score

  • LHP Jose Carlos Medina (0.00) 6.0 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 4 K
  • RHP Matt Pobereyko (W, 2-1, 2.81) 2.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Cameron Griffin (4.02) 1.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 K

Jose Carlos Medina pitched wonderfully in his Fireflies debut, however a lack of run support cost him a chance for a win. Matt Pobereyko pitched a pair of scoreless innings, and picked up his second win of the season. Cameron Griffin struck out one in a scoreless ninth inning.

The Fireflies put up all five runs in a big eighth inning rally. Dan Rizzie walked, Reed Gamache reached on an error, Jay Jabs singled home a run, then Andres Gimenez singled to load the bases for the Fireflies. J.J. Franco brought them all home with one swing of the bat, smacking a bases clearing three run double. A batter later, Franco scored on a two out RBI single off the bat of Dash Winningham.

Aberdeen Ironbirds (32-23) 5, Brooklyn Cyclones (15-39) 0 Box Score

  • RHP Chris Viall (L, 0-1, 4.05) 4.0 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 4 K
  • LHP Jake Simon (8.04) 1.2 IP, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 1 K
  • RHP Gregorix Estevez (3.65) 2.1 IP, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Cannon Chadwick (0.92) 1.0 IP, 0 R, 1 K

Chris Viall suffered his first loss of the season despite allowing only one run on two hits over four innings. Gregorix Estevez pithed 2.1 innings behind Simon, and allowed only an unearned run. Cannon Chadwick continued his strong season with a scoreless ninth inning, the 9th round pick this year has 28 strikeouts in 19.2 innings.

  • Jose Miguel Medina RF 2 for 2, BB .272/.339/.348
  • Quinn Brodey CF 1 for 4, 2B .244/.295/.330
  • Carl Stajduhar 3B 0 for 3, 3 K .152/.258/.286

The Cyclones offense was nonexistent Thursday night. They were only able to manage a total of six baserunners as they picked up four hits and two walks. Jose Miguel Medina was the lone bright spot as he reached base all three times he was up with a pair of singles and a walk. Quinn Brodey lined his seventh double of the season. Carl Stajduhar struck out in all three of his plate appearances.

Kingsport Mets (24-28) 1, Danville Braves (27-27) 0 Box Score

The Mets had just two hits in the game and two walks.

GCL Mets (15-28) 10, GCL Cardinals (23-19) 5 Box Score

  • Mark Vientos SS: 4 for 5, 2 R, HR (3rd), .254/.323/.380
  • Kenneth Bautista LF: 3 for 4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 2 R, .256/.385/.419

The GCL Mets went 5 for 11 with runners in scoring position.

  • Ernest Dove

    Loving these Gimenez stats. Him and even younger Vientos can be very interesting going forward.

  • MetsNextYear

    I wonder if a 3-4 years form now we could have an infield of
    1B- Dom
    2B- Gimenez
    SS- Rosario
    3B- Vientos.

  • missthemets

    Vientos only 17 years old
    Thankfully when he’s a Met
    TC will long have been gone
    Dump SA and TC

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  • Nessim Toledano

    Maybe, but 3-4 years is optimistic. Vientos was just drafted 6 minutes ago and is posting a .680 OPS with a very high strike out rate. Gimenez holding his own at full-A at his age is very commendable. But its still a long way from there to the majors.

  • Nessim Toledano

    THANK YOU! for framing this in a sensible and reasonable way, rather than rushing these kids to the majors 9 minutes after they’ve had one good month in single-A.

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  • MetsNextYear

    I don’t think 4 years from A to MLB is a rush. It would be a rush for Vientos, but it’s something that has happened before, and it wouldn’t be insane.
    Next year Gimenez will be at High-A , likely promoted late in the season.
    2019 he will start in AA
    2020 start in AAA
    That’s a normal trajectory from where he is now, assuming he does decently.

  • Jason Mercado

    It’s a nice thought. I think Gimenez shows more extra base power once he’s in a more hitter friendly environment and develops more. Vientos is still getting his feet wet and still has a couple of years to fill out and hopefully develop some power and adjusts to better pitching.

  • Jason Mercado

    Yeah ideally 3-4 years if Vientos hits better than well in all of his stops and how management wants to push him. Heck if he comes up in 5 years as a polished 22 year old there’s no harm in that. Gimenez got skipped and has hit pretty well and held his own.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Thats a straw man argument. I was referring to your statement in its entirely. You said “3-4 years” for Gimenez AND Vientos. If either one of them does not make it in that time frame, then the statement proves to be wrong. Both of them getting to NY in 4 years (let alone 3 to 4) is optimistic. I stand by that, and your response indicates that you agree with me.
    As for the normal trajectory, not so. A level a year is not a normal time frame. It is a very good one. The vast majority of players wind up needing a year-and-a-half at one level or another. Occasionally, an exceptional player will balance that by passing thru 2 levels in one year. But those guys are very, very rare. Rarer still are the guys who go from AAA to the majors and stick on their first call-up. Most go up and down for a year or two (if not longer) before sticking. Maybe Gimemez is one of those rare exceptions, maybe he isn’t. The road from full-A to the majors is simply too long to even waste time with projections.

  • Nessim Toledano

    You’re right – Vientos taking 5, or even 6 years to get to the majors is absolutely fine. I’m just saying that 3-4 years is pushing it unless he’s an extremely exceptional player. Gimenez may get here in that time frame. But even that assumes he doesn’t level off or hit a wall somewhere.