MMN Recap: Lindsay Homers In Fireflies’ Loss

By Daniel Muras

July 15, 2017 11 Comments

(Jacob Resnick/Mets Minors)

Albuquerque Isotopes (46-45) , Las Vegas 51s (35-57) 2 Box Score

Dominic Smith got the night off.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (48-38) 2, Reading Fightin Phils (51-38) 1  Box Score

The Rumble Ponies struggled to get much going offensively, scoring just two runs. Both runs came in the third inning. The pitcher, Jannis, who had two hits in the game, scored on a passed ball, and Matt Oberste drove in a run on a single.

Jannis was excellent in this game, needing just 97 pitches to make it through seven innings. He gave up a single run, which came on a sixth inning solo home run. Peterson pitched two scoreless innings to close out the game.

St. Lucie Mets (41-48) 8, Daytona Tortugas (35-51) 5  Box Score

St. Lucie offense had an excellent game, scoring eight runs on eleven hits. Paez hit a grand slam home run in the fourth inning. McNeil has been excellent when healthy, but has played in just 12 games since the start of 2016. Peter Alonso continued his hot hitting with three singles.

Merandy was not at his best in this game, but still able to work around trouble and limit the opposing team to three earned runs. It was the first time that he has given up more that two earned runs in a game since May 3. Smoker made his third rehab appearance with St. Lucie and should be activated from the disabled list sometime over the next few days.

Greensboro Grasshoppers (47-41) 6, Columbia Fireflies (48-41) 2  Box Score

The Fireflies’ offense was held to just two runs and five hits in the game. Lindsay continued to show some impressive power, hitting his eighth home run of the season and his second in the last four games. However, strikeouts continue to be a concern for him, as he has now struck out 73 times in only 233 plate appearances, an alarming 31.3% rate.

After a disastrous start in which he gave up eleven runs in just 3.1 innings, Taylor was only slightly better in this game. In his last two starts, Taylor has given up 16 earned runs in just 8.1 innings. Zanghi and Pobereyko combined to pitch four scoreless innings with eight strikeouts in relief.

State College Spikes (14-10) 4, Brooklyn Cyclones (6-18) 3  Box Score

  • Walter Rasquin 2B: 2 for 5, 2B, RBI, 2 K, .276/.311/.345
  • Jose Miguel Medina RF: 1 for 5, 3B, 2 K, .259/.322/.358
  • Dylan Snypes DH: 1 for 3, 2 R, BB, K, .150/.320/.150

Rasquin extended his hitting streak to 14 games with his multi-hit game.

Anderson made his first start for the Cyclones and struggled with his control. In his four innings of work, he walked three batters and hit two more, running his pitch count up to 84 by the end of the fourth inning. Viall made his first appearance of the season and hit 96 MPH.

Pulaski Yankees (16-6) 9, Kinsport Mets (8-12) 5  Box Score

The Mets scored five runs on twelve hits. Vazquez has gotten off to an extremely hot start to his minor league career. He has an OPS just under 1.100 and has walked more than he has struck out.

  • RHP Garrison Bryant (0-4, 9.33 ERA) 2.1 IP, 4 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Yeudy Colon (0-0, 3.18 ERA) 2.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Ronald Sanchez (0-1, 4.38 ERA) 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 K

Bryant’s second season in the Mets organization has gotten off to a rough start and he had his worst outing of the season in this game, getting knocked out of the game in the third inning. Colon came in and made matters worse by allowing two inherited runners to score, as well as giving up two more runs. Sanchez pitched three scoreless innings.

GCL Astros (7-8) 11, GCL Mets (5-10) 2  Box Score

The Mets struggled offensively in this game, scoring just two runs on six hits. Their first run came in the third inning when Hansel Moreno walked to drive in a run. Hernandez singled home the Mets’ second run in the fifth inning.

  • RHP Yeizo Campos (1-2, 4.03 ERA) 6.0 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
  • RHP Yadiel Flores (0-0, 27.00 ERA) 0.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER
  • RHP Noah Nunez (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 1.0 IP, BB, K

Flores (20th round draft pick this June) and Nunez (39th round) made their professional debuts in this game.

DSL Mets1 (25-11) 7, DSL Cardinals (14-21) 5  Box Score

The Mets scored seven runs while smacking fourteen hits in the game. Every player in the starting lineup except for Wilmer Reyes had a hit.

Jimenez had been excellent in each of his previous appearances this season, but poor defense led to him being knocked out of the game early with four runs allowed. The Mets bullpen would combine for seven innings while giving up only one run.

DSL Mets2 (25-10) 14, DSL Tigers (13-23) 3  Box Score

The Mets had a huge game offensively, scoring fourteen runs on eighteen hits. Six players in the starting lineup had at least two hits in the game.

  • RHP Willy Taveras (3-2, 2.87 ERA) 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, ER, 5 K
  • RHP Jose Butto (1-0, 1.27 ERA) 2.0 IP, 5 H, ER, BB
  • LHP Luis Pena (0-0, 1.04 ERA) 1.0 IP, 2 K

Mets pitchers were solid in this game, giving up just two earned runs and eight hits.

  • Sweeper5

    The 51s are a horrendous baseball team. And can you imagine how much worse they’d be if Rosario and Smith had been called up?
    Their pitching is nightmarish…even considering where they play.

  • Ernest Dove Jr.

    sure hope Lindsay keeps hitting rest of year.
    and I swear every time I give up on Becerra he has a random multi hit game.

  • lightningboynine

    Upper level prospects looking thin. Double AA looks worse then AAA

  • Ernest Dove Jr.

    I’m hoping for high expectations on Flexen career. I also would’ve wanted David Thompson to have dominated the entire year at AA but he’s hitting now. And Corey Oswalt looking good. Still a few to keep eye on.

  • danielm – LGM

    I’m not ready to give up on Becerra yet. Hoping that it’s just taking a while to get back to full strength from his shoulder surgery. But, yeah, he’s been really disappointing so far this season.

  • Jason Mercado

    Paez looks similar to Dustin Pedroia with his surprising pop for his size. I like him, he could be less than 2 yrs away.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Actually, he’s not hitting much now. He hit well from late May till about June 20. Since then he’s leveled off and been hitting in the .250’s. Still hitting doubles at a fairly good rate. But very light on the HR power and the RBI.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Too optimistic. Expectations are too high too soon. He’s only in adv-A, and he’s had only 21 games there, at that. He’s hitting .237 since moving there. He’s done some nice things and is worth watching. He appears to have broken out of his recent slump in a very short time, so thats a very good sign. But let the guy play a couple of full years before you hang expectations on him. Its a very rare prospect who goes from that to the majors in “less than 2 yrs”. Rarer still for a (late) 4th-rounder. Ceciliani, Nieuwenhuis, and den Dekker were all 4th rounders, all did well thru AA, and all turned out to be journeyman-level talents. We really have no clue what the time frame is until they reach the upper level.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Yeah, the pitching is a shambles. Overloaded with washouts, journeymen, and soon-to-be washouts like Beck Wheeler. I’m hoping that once the Mets give up on the season, they also release a bunch of these lugs and move the AA bullpen (and a couple of starters) up for the last month of the season. I’d also like to see Kevin Taylor and Luis Guillorme get bumped up at some point soon, as well.

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  • Jason Mercado

    You’re right on that. I’m being an Optimistic Olivia (opposite of Negative Nancy) on him bc I did scrappy hitters.