Trio of Fireflies Promoted to St. Lucie, Dunn Placed on DL

By Jacob Resnick

August 17, 2017 4 Comments

(Jacob Resnick/Mets Minors)

The St. Lucie Mets announced a bevy of roster moves Thursday, ultimately adding three players and subtracting two. The team promoted 2B Jeff McNeil to Triple-A Las Vegas, received RHP Harol Gonzalez, SS Colby Woodmansee, and OF Jacob Zanon from Low-A Columbia, and placed RHP Justin Dunn on the disabled list with an undisclosed injury.

McNeil, the Mets’ 12th-round pick in 2013, has endured various injuries over the last two seasons, but he has hit .324 with three home runs through 30 games in St. Lucie. With Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds promoted to the major league club from Las Vegas as injury replacements, McNeil was clearly deserving of the call to step in.

After leading the New-York Penn League in strikeouts in 2016, Gonzalez got off to a rocky start in Columbia, although he’s been much better since the All-Star break. In his last nine starts, the 22-year-old is 5-4 with a 2.97 ERA. Gonzalez’s 91 strikeouts this season rank fourth in the Mets’ system.

Woodmansee played two games with St. Lucie at the beginning of the season, before a core muscle tear suffered in spring training forced him out of action. Upon returning, he joined Columbia, where he hit .132 in 32 games.

Zanon has continued to be a perpetual stolen base threat with Columbia, as his 29 bags swiped are second most in the system. Across his first two professional seasons since being selected in the 15th round from Lewis-Clark State, Zanon is 49-54 in stolen base attempts.

While it’s tough say for sure at this point, the injury to Dunn may be responsible for his struggles in his sophomore season. The 2016 first-round pick owns an even 5.00 ERA through 20 appearances (16 starts), and has only 75 strikeouts over 95.1 innings. The move could also be a way for the organization to simply limit his innings over the final few weeks of the season.