MMN Recap: Ronny Mauricio Homers in Wild GCL Win

By Dilip Sridhar

July 26, 2018 No comments

Photo by Ed Delany, MMN

Las Vegas (49-54) 6, Nashville (50-52) 3 Box Score

Zach Borenstein hit a walk-off three-run homer in the 9th inning for Vegas. He also had a triple in the game. He has 22 homers and 74 RBI on the season, both lead the 51s.

Flexen has been terrific over his last four starts, with a 1.73 ERA in that span covering 26 innings.

Bowie (47-55) 10, Binghamton (48-54) 5 Box Score

Gimenez still hasn’t gotten a hit in his Binghamton but remember that he is only 19 and it has only been three games. Levi Michael continues to produce at Binghamton. He could be due for a promotion following an Asdrubal Cabrera trade. The former first rounder pick needs to show something at the level as opposed to just dominating Double-A. Nice day for Joey Terdoslavich who is filling in as a warm body for the Ponies.

Harol Gonzalez has not has the easiest of transitions out of the Florida State League. He does not throw particularly hard so he cannot get away with walking four guys. I still think he will be a bullpen guy down the line. Blackham walks a lot of guys and strikes out a lot of guys. He has given up 5 earned runs in his last two outings which has ballooned his ERA from 0.90 to 4.15.

Clearwater (51-49) 6, St. Lucie (39-59) 3 Box Score

The St. Lucie offense really isn’t that exciting without Andres Gimenez around anymore. Quinn Brodey was recently promoted and he went 1-for-4 with a walk in yesterday’s game. Jeremy Vasquez is hitting .236/.317/.291 in his early go-around.

It was a nice rebound for David Peterson. The lefty did not walk a batter and ground ball outs as he tends to do. He needed a step in the right direction like this and hopefully it gets his season back on track. McGeorge is probably too good for Single-A despite his struggles at Double-A. Today’s outing aside, Pobereyko should get a chance to move up. He is striking out a lot of guys and he’s 26, lets take the kid gloves off here.

Rome (55-47) 7, Columbia (48-51) 2 Box Score

The Fireflies went 1-for-10 with runners-in-scoring position which is less than ideal. Rheams has not been striking out a lot in Columbia surprisingly. Moreno is hitting .294 over his last 10 games which is a good sign for the athletic youngster. He’s been playing more in CF which is surprising since he predominantly played SS. Given his size though, he seemed destined to move off shortstop.

  • RHP Tony Dibrell (4-5, 3.17 ERA): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R (no earned), BB, 4 K
  • RHP Darwin Ramos (3-3, 4.91 ERA): 2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, K

Dibrell has a 2.65 ERA in his last 10 starts in Columbia. He has lowered his ERA from 4.23 to 3.17 in the process. In eight out of those last ten starts, he has given up less than two runs. He has a total of 110 strikeouts in 96.2 innings this season. I sound like a broken record but he probably should be moved up.

Mahoning Valley (24-12) 2, Brooklyn (20-18) 1 Box Score

Cortes is 6-for-16 in his last four games with a homer and only one strikeout. The results have been gradually improving for Cortes. He’s got a good ability to get the bat on the ball and hit for power too. I think he’s going to be someone to remember going forward. Lagrange has been solid in his second go-around of Brooklyn but hasn’t been as great as he was last year.

Kevin Smith has a high spin rate on his slider and has decent velocity to go with that. I really like him as a prospect more than I should. Hill has struck out 9-0f-18 batters he has faced this year. He will probably be a starter next year but he’s in the bullpen to limit his innings this year. Smith was the seventh round pick while Hill was picked in the fourth.

Danville (17-17) 7, Kingsport (17-16) 6 Box Score

It’s hard not to be in love with what Luis Santana has done so far in his Appy League debut. His bat control at such a young age is off the charts. Definitely someone who is very promising going forward. Vientos has been heating up lately. He has three homers in the last week and his bat speed is still remarkable to watch. Adon has been hitting a ton of extra-base hits but man does he strikeout a lot.

The Kingsport pitching staff is not as exciting as their lineup. Hickey had not given up a prior to this outing. Mitchell has been great but he is also very old for the league.

GCL Mets (18-14) 11, GCL Nationals (11-19) 10 Box Score

Ronny Mauricio is legit. He has power, he has speed, he can play shortstop, his bat control is improving, and he’s only 17. I expect him to sky rocket prospect lists at the beginning on 2019 because his tools are off the charts.

This list of pitchers isn’t too exciting aside from Hutchinson and Gonzalez. Hutchinson (6’6, 245) and Gonzalez (6’7, 235) are guys who the Mets went over-slot on in the last two drafts. Both have the size and build of pitchers. Hutchinson is improving after coming back from surgery.

DSL Mets1 (26-18) 3, DSL Rockies (18-26) 1 Box Score

The DSL Mets were held scoreless until the ninth. Andres Regnault hit a walk-off, two-run homer in the ninth to cap a three-run rally. Adrian Hernandez, whom the Mets signed for $1.5 million, went 2-for-4 with a double and had the game-tying hit.

  • RHP Adrian Aybar (0-3, 2.89 ERA): 4 IP, H, Run (none earned), 4 K
  • LHP Nixon Silva (4-0, 0.59 ERA): 5 IP, 4 H, BB, 3 K

Both of these guys are making their DSL debuts. Silva has just three walks in 30.1 innings as opposed to Aybar who has 13 walks in 28 innings.

DSL Mets2 (21-24) 7, DSL Tigers (20-25) 0 Box Score

Despite going 2-f0r-16 with RISP and leaving 12 on, the DSL Mets scored seven runs. Having 18 baserunners helps that. Endy Rodriguez is having a nice beginning to his career.

All these guys are relatively new to their careers. All walk a few too many guys and don’t strike out many either. It’s easy to get results in the DSL there with a poor process.