MMN Recap: Guillorme Slugs Game-Winning Homer, Amazes With Glove

By Dilip Sridhar

August 6, 2017 12 Comments

Photo by Ed Delany

Oklahoma City Dodgers (59-52) 6, Las Vegas 51s (43-70) 5 Box Score

Cruzado had a big game coming in for Matt Reynolds early in the game. Reynolds and Pedro Lopez both got ejected. The 51s were trailing 5-2 late but Cody Decker came off the bench to smack a three-run home run to tie the game.

Taylor made his first appearance since being attacked by a homeless man. Edgin also made his first appearance since being DFA’d. His second inning did not go all that well.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (63-46) 7, Harrisburg Senators (46-65) 4 Box Score

Guillorme had his first home run of the season and just the second of his professional career. Lagares played all nine innings in center while going 0 for 4. Guillorme also made this ridiculous play –

Molina gave up a grand slam in the sixth inning with two outs. Molina is still building up his pitch count. He pitched better than his stat line would show despite recording only one strikeout.

St. Lucie Mets (50-60) 4, Tampa Yankees (65-46) 3 Box Score

Peter Alonso might not be Barry Bonds but he is certainly hitting like him and how is getting pitched like him. Alonso’s OPS would rank second in the FSL if he qualified. This is someone who had a .564 OPS in the first half.

Reyes moved down from Binghamton for this start. Nogosek fired two scoreless frames. His first inning was a lot smoother than his second inning.

Augusta Greenjackets (41-66) 8, Columbia Fireflies (56-53) 0 Box Score

The Fireflies had just four baserunners the whole game. Definitely correlates to their lack of scoring in this one.

  • LHP Martin Anderson (0-2, 11.05 ERA): 3.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R (5 ER), 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Keaton Aldridge (0-1, 4.76 ERA): 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, K
  • RHP Matt Blackham (4-2, 1.76 ERA): 1 IP, 2 K

Anderson made his second start for the Fireflies and neither have gone all that well. Blackham’s dominance continues as he has been working back from Tommy John Surgery.

Augusta Greenjackets (40-66) 3, Columbia Fireflies (56-52) 2 Box Score

The Fireflies had their chances but only went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position. They had left 11 baserunners on.

  • RHP Chase Ingram (1-3, 2.95 ERA): 6 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

Ingram went the full six due to double header. Despite a low ERA, Ingram has walked 21 in 28 innings across three levels of the minors this year.

Lowell Spinners (20-24) 3, Brooklyn Cyclones (14-31) 2 Box Score

Vasquez got promoted today. He absolutely destroyed the Appalachian League with some surprising power. His eye is off the charts.

  • RHP Colin Holderman (0-0, 7.20 ERA): 3 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Trent Johnson (2-4, 5.44 ERA): 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Tony Dibrell (0-0, 6.75 ERA): 1 IP, 3 BB

Holderman continued his rehab in this one. Dibrell’s control issues have continued to be there for him as evidenced by his 1.78 WHIP.

Kingsport Mets (18-24) 11, Bristol Pirates (9-34) 8 Box Score

Huge offensive outburst for the K-Mets. Anthony Dirocie had his 12th double of the year in the win. He has a .520 slugging percentage, over 100 points higher than last year.

Olivo was not good again for the Kingsport Mets and Colon had a vintage Rafael Montero performance. Oxford settled the game down and German shut the door on the game.

GCL Mets (11-20) 6, GCL Marlins (15-18) 5 Box Score

Kenneth Bautista scored the game tying run in the sixth and drove in the walk-off run in the seventh. Vientos appears to be transitioning his way to third base now.

Cleveland had his longest outing of the season. The 2016 overslot righty has been good this year with his share of walks though.

GCL Marlins (16-17) 3, GCL Mets (10-21) 1 Box Score

Vientos played third base in both games today. He will likely need to transition there going forward and the Mets could just be speeding that process up this year.

  • RHP Dedniel Nunez (1-2, 5.13 ERA): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 4 K
  • LHP Joshua Walker (1-0, 10.50 ERA): 1 IP, BB, K

Nunez gave up two earned and got the tough luck loss thanks to a poor offense. Walker has been better as of late after a disastrous outing in early July.

DSL Mets2 (39-15) 3, DSL Rojos (24-30) 1 Box Score

Newton continues to be a OBP machine and has a 36:38 BB-to-K ratio. Tulio Garcia had a sac fly in the sixth, which proved to be the winning run after the game ended early due to rain.

Butto has given up his share of hits but he has not been walking many. Just five in 37.1 innings, which is certainly encouraging at such a young age.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Its such a shame that Victor Cruzado is a minor league free agent this year. He’s only 25 and just entering his prime. And he is quietly having himself a solid, decent year and a good second half. His struggles against lefties are weighing down his overall numbers. But .291/.348/.430 against right handers and .314/.360/.443 since the all-star break should start opening some eyes.
    If the Mets can manage to purge all six of their outgoing free agents, I’m wondering if they might consider giving Cruzado (and Taijeron) a big-league look in September before deciding whether to let them walk. If the Mets don’t like ehat they see, they can always remove the player from the 40-man after the season.

  • Nessim Toledano

    While we all love what we’re seeing out of Alonso right now, its important to note that this tear [only] began on July 4. It may be another week or two before we know if its for real or if the league is going to figure him out and start slowing or shutting him down. If they don’t, I’m looking forward to seeing him help Binghamton in the playoffs.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Molina was lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the 7th with two outs and 2 runners on and the team trailing 4-2. It had nothing to do with pitch count. In fact, he threw more pitches (79 and 85) pitches in his previous two starts than in this one (72). So he was already built up beyond this level, anyway.
    Its plausible that they’ll be limiting him to 6 innings a start from now on due to him never having thrown this much before, and this being his first full year back from TJ surgery. He’s got 5 or 6 starts left in the season, and they may need him for a playoff start or two.

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  • Jason Mercado

    He didn’t pitch bad. Threw a bad pitch. He’s been up and down this year. I think next year he makes the case for himself to be in big league roster next season.

  • Jason Mercado

    Alonso has been on such a tear lately, some people are wondering about what he could be in majors. I agree, he’s going to slow down at some point and people will adjust to him. I really would like to see how he does in AA which then may have Mets brass thinking about what to do with him if he becomes Major League ready if Dom Smith is already entrenched in 1B.

  • Jason Mercado

    Seems fair to give them a shot. Taijeron has power but he’s the 3 outcome guy. Maybe he could be Power Bat off the bench, I think a big league club will give him a look for sure if he’s let go. I’d like to see that to at least figure out if these guys are worth that 40 spot.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Agree with all of that. But its all somewhere down the road. I suspect they will move him up to AA soon, simply to bolster that bench and roster for the playoffs. But it will be another week or two before that happens. Typically, a prospect doesn’t get moved up simply by hitting. He has to demonstrate that he either A) can/will not be shut down at this level, or B) can make the adjustments fairly quickly if he does get shut down. Alonso’s current streak isn’t quite long enough to determine that yet.

  • Nessim Toledano

    That 3-outcome label is a myth. He hits plenty of line drives for all different outcomes. He has 56 singles, 54 extra-base hits, and 55 walks (to go with his strike-outs). He’s 2nd in the league in doubles and in the top 10 or 12 in almost every offensive category. Yeah, the strikeouts are too high. But he’s been cutting down on them lately. 32% this year from 36/37 the past two seasons, and a shade below 30% since July 1st.
    It may be too little and too late. But I think it would do us some good to see how badly the K rate goes up against major league pitching (if at all), and whether or not the power is still there.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Not sure what you’re referring to. I never suggested that he pitched badly.
    That said, right now, he looks to be more than a year away from the majors. He’s been mediocre at AA this year. He’ll need to straighten that out, and have some success at AAA before going on. For a player to do that in less than one year is a fairly rare occurrence unless the team is decimated by injuries and forced into it.

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