MMN Recap: Tebow, Urena, Alonso All Homer in St. Lucie Win

By Dilip Sridhar

July 30, 2017 9 Comments

Las Vegas 51s (39-68) 3, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (63-41) 0 Box Score

Rosario tied his career high in steals with 19. Plawecki has been elevating the ball more and might get a shot soon. Smith continues to dominate the league.

Well, Albalajedo could be the 51s best pitcher right now. Good outing for the journeyman minor leaguer. McGowan stumbled but recovered.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (59-44) 7, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (42-64) 2 Box Score

Good signs for Nido. His home run was his sixth and has a .705 OPS since the break. Nice to see a big game from Thompson who had been slumping a little bit.

Another start for Reyes, perhaps in place of Chris Flexen. The MLB rotation will likely impact who pitches next time through the rotation.

St. Lucie Mets (48-56) 10, Charlotte Stone Crabs (49-54) 3 Box Score

The Peter Alonso show continued. His overall numbers are very good now especially considering how bad they were to begin the year. Tebow time continues, he .298/.381/.510 at St. Lucie now.

Good start for Church, who has had two nice starts since his brief Binghamton appearance. Church has shown good command through out this season.

Columbia Fireflies (55-47) 3, Augusta Greenjackets (37-63) 0 Box Score

The Fireflies manufactured three runs despite only five base runners. Their best offensive player, Andres Gimenez was absent from the lineup.

Harol Gonzalez has a 2.71 ERA his last ten starts which spans 71 innings. He has only walked 15 batters in those 71 innings.

Lowell Spinners (16-21) 10, Brooklyn Cyclones (12-26) 7 Box Score

Stajuduhar has hit well this season when he’s played. He has a .737 OPS on the year and was ranked a top 500 draft prospect. It will be interesting to see if he can stay at third long term.

  • RHP Nicolas Debora (0-3, 3.22 ERA): 3 IP, 6 H, ER, BB, 4 K
  • RHP Gregorix Estevez (2-1, 4.91 ERA): 1 IP, 2 H, ER, 3 K
  • LHP Jake Simon (0-3, 7.76 ERA): 3 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, K
  • RHP Conner O’Neil (0-1, 3.38 ERA): 1 IP, 2 H, ER, BB, 3 K

Debora gave up five unearned runs which proved to be the difference in the game.

GCL Mets (9-19) 9, GCL Astros (16-12) 3 Box Score

  • Gregory Guerrero 2B: 2 or 6, 2B, 2 RBI, K
  • Mark Vientos SS: 1 for 4, Run, 2B, RBI, K
  • Matthew Foley DH: 2 for 4, Run, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K

Mark Vientos has struggled lately but had a good game yesterday which hopefully sparks something for him.

  • RHP Dedniel Nunez (1-1, 5.40 ERA): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 10 K
  • LHP Placido Torres (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 1 IP, K
  • RHP Matt Cleveland (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 1.1 IP, H, BB, K

Nunez really had his A+ stuff in this game. Good to see both Torres and Cleveland back after missing time to injury earlier on.

DSL Mets2 (33-15) 6, DSL Cubs2 (21-26) 4 Box Score

The DSL Mets scored four in the eighth and ninth to secure victory. Had a .832 OPS going into this game.

Pinedo is having a very nice year, his only issue is command. Escorcha is very young and has shown a lot this season.

Kingsport Mets (15-21) 5, Burlington Royals (16-21) 4 Box Score

  • Raphael Gladu LF: 2 for 4, Run
  • Juan Uriate C: 1 for 3, Run, 2 K
  • Anthony Dirocie CF: 1 for 3, Run, HR, 2 RBI

Dirocie had four home runs his entire minor league career before this one. He has seven already with still another month to go. This new found power could make him an interesting prospect going forward.


  • rickh

    Alonso on fire. Oberste will move Vegas. Alonso to :Ponies. Nice to see Holderman rehab.

  • MDonaldWilpon

    Dirocie is hitting .213 with 51 Ks in 120 ABS at 20 in Kingsport. That’s called roster-fill…not an intriguing prospect.

  • Ernest Dove Jr.

    Not for nuthin but last night I literally witnessed saved hits/runs from Amed Rosario and Dominic Smith in the field……. but you know Sandy doesn’t care about defense and Terry doesn’t care about rookies sooooooooo

  • Nessim Toledano

    I think Kevin Taylor would get promoted before Oberste does. Its probably not a coincidence that Taylor’s been playing 1st base again lately.
    At this point, it seems like Obie is viewed more as filler than prospect. So If they want to promote Alonso, Oberste will not block him. There’s still the DH, and Oberste can also play a little 3B.
    Worth noting, however, that the Mets haven’t made a lot of August merit promotions since Levin and Morgan took over after DePo left.

  • Nessim Toledano

    Save it for next week. Sometimes administrative decisions take precedence over baseball decisions. This is one of those times. The team has thrown in the towel on 2017 anyway. The need right now is to let the vets play now while the scouts are watching them. Once the trade deadline has passed and the roster spots open up, the prospects can come in and take center stage. Another week won’t alter the career trajectories of guys like Smith and Rosario.

  • Ernest Dove Jr.

    Fine with me. Gave me a chance to see Dom and Rosario LIVE one last time. Can’t wait to see them succeed in the majors now.

  • Nessim Toledano

    One more week. My guess is that Sandy calls them up for the homestand that starts next Friday.
    (And BTW, its not a given that they will succeed right out of the gate. There could be some growing pains).

  • Jason Mercado

    Good observation. Alonso I think is a week or two away from a AA call up. Shame he likely lacks athleticism for 3rd base. Tebow continues to be a delightful surprise.

  • Nessim Toledano

    What Tim Tebow has done is absolutely meaningless at this juncture. Because he’s only done it for 4 weeks or so. It can take about 6 weeks for the league to figure out a new player and learn how to shut or slow him down. If Tebow blows past that time frame without missing a beat, then it starts to mean something. Or, if they slow him down and he makes the adjustments quickly (under two weeks), and breaks out again, then it starts to mean something. But right now, it means nothing. Its is anybody’s guess as to whether this little hot streak is a sign of things to come or just a flash in the pan that many, many players exhibit at times.
    And for the record, he has slowed down over the past week. Outside of the homer, he has not been driving the ball. Too early to say if this is a trend or just a blip/aberration in his progress. But its bears watching closely over the next few weeks to see if a trend (or which trend) emerges.