Mets Junkies Game Recap: Megill & Castro sharp; Peterson loses to Cards

The game started off with Pete Alonso making a challenging play in foul territory, battling the sun and the turf to make the out. Alonso stated earlier in the spring that he plans to eventually walk away with a gold glove, as the slugger is known to have a hard worker’s ethic.

After the Cardinals put runners on first and third, Dylan Carlson hit a monster of shot over the left field wall. The outfielder, currently in his sophomore season, would give his Cardinals the 3-0 lead.

The bottom half of the second started off with an amazing interview with Mets manager Buck Showalter. It’s evident that the organization now has a leader to call the shots and make that tough call when need be, coming from what seems to be an extremely entertaining personality.

After a lead off walk from Alonso, then a single by Cahna, putting runners on first and third. James McCann would push an RBI single in the hole between second and first, an approach that McCann plans to make his way back to.

Paul Goldschmidt then lead the third inning off, drilling a shot over the left-center field gate. The home run, Goldschmidt’s first of the spring, gave the Card’s a 4-1 lead over the Mets.

Travis Jankowski, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania native and Stony Brook alumni, made a case to be the team’s fifth outfielder, as he made a stellar diving catch in the top of the fourth.

Francisco Lindor started off a phenomenal 6-4-5 double play with a backhanded stop in the hole, McNeil had the wherewithal to go to third for the second out of the play.

Megill also did an in-dugout interview after pitching three scoreless frames. The right-hander told Steve Gelbs that he is working on the command of his slider, his new cutter, as well as his curveball.

Megill spoke about adding a new pitch to his arsenal, “I definitely wanted to add another weapon… I wanted something hard and something that goes into lefties, so they can respect the four-seam.”

Miguel Castro threw a scoreless 7th as the right-hander’s stuff was looking electric. His fastball was getting up to around 98MPH, and a ton of movement on all of his pitches.

Daniel Palka, a 30 year old outfielder/ first baseman acquired from the White Sox, hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh, cutting the lead down to 4-3. Palka has approximately two seasons under his belt, and will likely be in Syracuse for most of the year.

Sean Reid-Foley gave up a couple of runs in the 8th, while I really like this right-hander, it looks like he’ll he starting 2022 in Syracuse.

Mets former second round pick and third base prospect Mark Vientos singled in a run in his only at-bat in the 8th inning, shaving the Cardinals lead down to 5-4.

The Mets gave up another run in the top part of the 9th, and would eventually drop the exhibition contest to the Cardinals, their second loss of the Spring.

The 2-0 Miami Marlins will host tomorrow’s exhibition game against the Mets as Max Scherzer is set to take the hill. Unfortunately, the game will not be televised.

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MetsJunkies Recap: Instrasquad Game

The Mets played the Mets on Friday in an intersquad game. SNY and the Mets were nice enough to broadcast the game on their social media outlets for us to watch the action from behind the plate.

Josh Rodriguez and Thomas Szapucki both made the start for the Mets and were both unscored upon. Szapucki did struggle with control but got 2 double plays in two innings of work.

The Mets offense was silent for the first 3 innings, with Robinson Cano collecting all 2 hits. On Cano second hit Nimmo tried to score and was gunned down by Carlos Cortes. In the later part of the 5 inning game, we saw the Mets with some power.

The power started with a Francisco Lindor 2 run homerun. The Mets shortstop crushed one to right field for a no doubt homerun.

It wasn’t the only Met, who is expected to be on the opening day roster with a homerun. JD Davis hit an impressive homerun, were he looked a little bit to early. Important for JD to show the power he had in 2019, to be a very good bat for the Mets.

It was the minor leaguers time after the regulars got theirs. Khalil Lee crushed one the opposite field and Baty went yard to deep center. Both showed impressive power. Francisco Alvarez also collected a hit and Cole Gordon pitched 2 scoreless frames in relief.

Tomorrow the Mets will face the Nationals at 6.05. The Game will be avaliable on the radio but won’t be televised. Josh Walker will start for the Mets against righty Josiah Gray.

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Who to Watch in the Minors? Part One

With the current MLB Lockout still in play, the odds are that the minor league season will start before the MLB season does. So which prospects should fans keep an eye on? Unfortunately the Mets 40 man roster Players aren’t allowed to play in the minors during the season.

The Obvious

The obvious prospects to keep an eye on are the top prospects in the Mets system. The Mets have a total of 4 prospects who have been mentioned in a several of the industry’s Top 100 MLB Prospect lists. Prospects such as Francisco Alvarez, Brett Baty, Ronny Mauricio and Mark Vientos. These 4 guys are all coming off of solid years in 2021 and look to continue to develop.

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Francisco Alvarez

Alvarez is the main attraction on this loaded list of talent. He belted 24 homeruns with a OPS of .941 between St. Lucie and Brooklyn. The young backstop most likely starts the year in Binghamton, potentially eyeing an MLB debut this year. Alvarez just turned 20 and has some time to develop, however, a lot of fans can’t wait to see more of the young catcher.

Also Read: #MetsCrushMonday: Francisco Alvarez

Brett Baty

Baty is also coming off a strong year as he reached AA in his second professional season. Between Brooklyn and Binghamton, Baty combined to hit .292/.382/.473 with 12 homeruns and a .855 OPS. The young corner infielder is seen more as a doubles hitter that can drive the ball to all fields. After his previous minor league season, Baty went to the Arizona Fall League hitting at a .292/.373/.405. slash line.

I would like to see some more consistent power for Baty to make him a good enough hitter to play third base. He owns solid on base and bat to ball skills, so power should be his main focus with his defense.

Ronny Mauricio

Ronny Mauricio had the worst season of the four, but did show a lot more power. He gained muscle and belted 20 homeruns in 108 games played. Overall, his ability to get on base hurt him the most, collecting just a .296 on base percentage. However, Mauricio has shown more plate power alongside a solid glove at short to make him a valuable asset. He will most likely start the season with Double-A Binghamton, were he ended with his last 8 games in 2021.

Also Read: #MetsCrushMonday: Ronny Mauricio

Mark Vientos

Mark Vientos is a hitter that should be ready to be in a big league lineup. Vientos raked between AA and AAA thriving in hard hit rates and power. In just 83 games, Vientos belted 25 homeruns. His overall slash line was tremendous as he hit .281/.352/.581!! Look at that slugging percentage (wow).

Main issue with Vientos is defense. Vientos had a .898 fielding percentage in 400.1 innings at third. Now I don’t like to judge a player on fielding percentage, but that number is shockingly low.

If the Mets needed a DH, he probably is the main candidate. But right now the Mets have a lot in-house options (JD, Cano, Smith) to make Vientos the Mets DH. He likely needs to learn to play the field to make it to the majors or be a pinch hitter/DH. Look for Vientos to try and work hard on his defense, definitely something as fans who should keep an eye on.

That will conclude part one of our minor league preview. Next up will be our preview with prospects close to the minors that could help the big league squad in 2022.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Alvarez and Baty Homer.

Syracuse Mets (15-38)

The Syracuse Mets lost to the Railriders 8-3. Wilfredo Tovar and Cheslor Cuthbert both homered. J.D. Davis walks in all three of his at bats.

Thomas Szapucki made his return for Syracuse with 4 innings of 3 run ball. All three runs were unearned. Szapucki walked 4 and struck out 2. Marcel Renteria allowed 5 runs, while getting just 2 outs.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (19-34)

The Ponies won a close one against the Fisher Cats 3-2. Jake Mangum went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI. Nick Meyer also drove in a run.

Dustin Beggs, who just signed a MiLB deal on June 30th, pitched well over 4.1 innings of one run ball. Eric Orze was solid, going 2.1 innings of one run ball. He allowed just 2 hits (one homerun), while striking out 3. Riley Gilliam got the 2 inning save.

Brooklyn Cyclones (18-35)

The Cyclones lost 9-7 to the Renegades, besides homeruns from Alvarez, Baty and Ritter.

Jaison Vilera struggles to keep the ball in the yard continued. He allowed 5 runs over 4 innings. The righty has allowed 17 homeruns in 41.1 innings.

Both Montes de Oca and Ragan struggled in their outings. Montes the Oca got the loss.

St. Lucie Mets (29-26)

The St. Lucie Mets beat the Mighty Mussels 8-6. Jose Peroza and Brandon McIlwain drove in two. Jose Peroza and Jaylen Palmer both collected two hits.

Luis Moreno got the start, allowing 4 runs over 5 innings of work. He walked 4 and struck out 8. Luis Montas got his second save.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Drury Big Day Helps Syracuse to Win

Syracuse Mets (13-35)

The Syracuse Mets beat the Red Wings 9-5 behind a 3 for 3, 2RBI day for Brandon Drury. Drury and Tovar both homered in a 5 run first.

Nido went 1 for 4 in his first rehab game, Nimmo went 0 for 4 with a walk. Jeurys Familia pitched a 12 pitch perfect inning to open the game.

Vance Worley got the bulk outing after Familia, allowing 5 runs over 6 innings.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (16-31)

The Rumble Ponies beat the McNeils (Aka Flying Squirrels) 5-2. Mark Vientos red hot June continued with a 3 for 3 day. Yoel Romero hit a bases clearing three run double.

Troy Miller pitched very well over 5 innings of 2 run ball (1 earned). He didn’t walk anyone and struck out 8. Hackimer and Mitchell closed out the game with 2 scoreless a piece.

Brooklyn Cyclones (16-29)

The Cyclones lost 7-3 to the IronBirds. Luke Ritter drove in all the Cyclones runs with a 3 run homerun. Baty collected three hits.

Alec Kisena struggled over 3 innings of 5 run (4 earned) ball.

Photo by: Syracuse Mets Twitter (Video)

MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Baty and Alvarez go Back-to-Back

Syracuse Mets (12-34)

The Syracuse Mets lost to the Bisons 5-3 in Robert Stock Organizational debut. Stock went 6 innings of 2 run ball in his first start for Syracuse. Nogosek had a bounce back outing, with 2 scoreless innings. Yennsy Diaz struggled for the loss as he allowed 3 runs in the tenth.

Brandon Nimmo went 1 for 4. Khalil Lee and Ceasar Puello collected two hits.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (14-31)

The Ponies clobbered the Fightin Phils 13-6. Binghamton collected 14 hits. Carlos Cortes went 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 4 runs batted in. Jake Mangum homered in a 3 for 6 day, driving in three.

Oscar de la Cruz was solid over 4 innings of two run ball. Campos got the win but struggled doing so. Andrew Mitchell closed out the Ponies victory.

Brooklyn Cyclones (16-28)

The Cyclones beat the BlueClaws after 4 runs in the eight, highlighted by Alvarez and Baty back to back homeruns. It was Baty his first pro game in the outfield.

Joe Genord drove in two in the Cyclones 8-5 victory. Mauricio made a sparkling play in the field.

Connor Grey was solid over 5 innings of 2 run ball. He allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out 6. Michel Otanez was electric, striking out 5 in 2.1 innings of one run ball.

St. Lucie Mets (25-22)

The St. Lucie Mets lost to Dunedin 7-5. Brandon McIlwain homered in a 2 hit/2 RBI day. Suozzi, Saunders and Peroza collected 2 hits.

JT Ginn allowed 3 runs over 5 innings of work. His ERA now stands at an even 3.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Luke Ritter Shows the Power

Syracuse Mets (11-30)

The Syracuse Mets struggles continue after they blew a 3-0 lead. The lost on a walk off 4-3 to the Railriders. Brandon Nimmo went 1 for 2 in his first rehab game.

Michael Conforto also got closer to returning, playing the whole game in RF. Conforto went 1 for 4 at the plate, with a double and run scored. Travis Blankenhorn drove in two in the loss.

Jesus Reyes allowed 3 runs in 5.1 innings of work. The bullpen was able to keep the game tied until Cobb allowed the walk off in the ninth.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (12-28)

The Rumble Ponies got their elusive 12th win after a 7-2 victory over the Sea Dogs. Carlos Cortes, Mark Vientos and Nick Senger all homered in the victory.

Yoel Romero collected two hits and two RBIs in the victory. It was enough for Luc Rennie and the Ponies pen. Rennie allowed just one run over 6 strong innings.

Brooklyn Cyclones (13-26)

The Cyclones clobbered the Blue Rocks behind a red hot Luke Ritter. Ritter had his second straight game with a grand Slam, in a multi homer performance. Overall Ritter hit two homeruns with 6 RBI’S.

The big Mets prospects also had terrific games.

Brett Baty: 2 for 5, 2RBI, 3B, BB .320avg .955OPS

Francisco Alvarez: 2 for 4, HR, 2B, 3R, RBI .278avg .918 OPS

Ronny Mauricio: 3 for 6, 2B, 2R .253avg .776OPS

Justin Lasko got a lot of runs support and pitched well to earn himself his first win. Lasko pitched 6 innings of one run ball, lowering his ERA to 3.57. Eric Orze struck out the side in the ninth.

St. Lucie Mets (23-19)

The St. Lucie Mets beat the Hammerheads 6-4. After 2 homers in yesterday’s game, Matt Dyer hit another one today. The biggest homerun was for Brandon McIlwain, who went 2 for 4 with a 3 run homerun.

JT Ginn had his longest outing as a pro, going 5 innings of 3 run ball. The rightly ERA raised to 2.25 after his outing. Luis Montas struck out three in the ninth for his first save of the year. He lowered his ERA to 1.54.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Walker Dominant, Baty Homers Again

Syracuse Mets (11-21)

The Syracuse Mets lost to the Worcester Red Sox 12-5, besides a 2 run homerun from Albert Almora Jr.

Drew Jackson drove in two with a double and Ceasar Puello collected his first hit and RBI since returning to the Mets organization.

Thomas Szapucki took a step back with a bad outing. He allowed 5 runs in 3.2 innings of work. In his outing, he allowed 6 hits and 3 walks. With the Mets playing a lot of games over the next three weeks, Szapucki is likely making his MLB debut soon.

After Renteria struggled, Windle, Diaz, Reid-Foley and position player Sebastián Elizalde had scoreless outings.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (10-21)

The Rumble Ponies beat the Baysox, who have a 22-8 record, 9-1. Carlos Cortes keeps hitting with a 2 for 4 day, driving in 1. Luis Carpio went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and Walter Lagrange also went 2 for 4, but he drove in two.

Josh Walker was great again going 7 innings of one run ball. Walker has been a pleasant surprise on the mound in the minors and majors. Between Brooklyn and Binghamton, the Mets 2017 31st round pick has pitched to a 2.77 ERA, 0.92WHIP and 44 strikeouts.

Brooklyn Cyclones (10-19)

The Cyclones split a Doubleheader on Wednesday against the Renegades.

Game one:

The Cyclones lost a close one in game one, losing 3-2. Cody Bohanek homered and is hitting .300 with a .1062 OPS. Luke Ritter collected 2 hits.

Justin Lasko wasn’t bad as he allowed 3 runs over 5.2 innings. He struck out 8 but allowed two homerun that accounted for all the runs allowed.

Game two:

The Cyclones best the Renegades 5-3 in game two. Brett Baty went 2 for 3 with yet another homerun, his fifth homerun in his last 8 games. Baty is hitting .367 with a .1090 OPS.

Gerson Molina hit a big homerun to give the Cyclones the lead in the fourth!

Hunter Parsons got the start allowing three runs in 3 innings of work. Eric Orze and Bryce Montes de Oca were dominant after Parsons. They both pitched two scoreless. Orze struck out 3 and de Oca 2.

St. Lucie Mets (19-13)

The St. Lucie Mets beat the Palm Beach Cardinals 5-3, behind a J.T. Ginn strong outing. Ginn pitched 4 inning of one run ball, allowing just 4 hits and walk, while striking out 2.

Jose Peroza (not Peraza) homered in a 2 for 2 day. He drove in 3 and was on base 4 times. Joe Suozzi kept hitting going 2 for 3, with a RBI. He is hitting .400 in 25 at bats.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Alvarez Collects 4 RBI’s, Baty Homers Again

Syracuse Mets (11-19)

The Syracuse Mets lost to the Bisons 5-2. Khalil Lee kept hitting going 2 for 4 with a RBI. The lefty hitting CFder is hitting .353 with a .1061 OPS. Orlando Calixte also went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Luis Guillorme played 5 innings at third, going 1 for 3 as he gets closer to returning.

The Syracuse got some bad news with David Thompson, who left the game after stealing a base. He reportedly grabbed the back of his right leg.

Jesus Reyes kept Syracuse in the game over 5.2 innings. He allowed 10 hits and 2 walks, but was able to limit the damage to just 3 runs. Former Met and one of my favorite players Dilson Herrera hit a RBI single off Jesus Reyes.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (9-20)

The Rumble Ponies won their 7th of their last 10 game with a 9-6 win over the Fisher Cats.

The Rumble Ponies scored 6 runs in the seventh on three 2 run homeruns. Will Toffey, Hayden Senger and Desmond Lindsay all went deep. Senger had a great game, going 3 for 5 with 3 RBI’s. The catcher is hitting .324/.364/.592 between High-A and AA.

Carlos Cortes stayed hot with a 2 for 3 day with 2 doubles. Manny Rodriguez homered as well.

Tony Dibrell had another solid outing allowing just 2 runs over 6 innings. He allowed two solo shots for the only runs allowed. He didn’t allow a walk, while striking out 5. Dibrell ERA stands at 3.20.

Brooklyn Cyclones (9-18)

The Cyclones lost 11-6 to the BlueClaws, besides 4 RBIs from Alvarez. Alvarez went 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs and a walk. Alvarez has hit .345/.486/.585 between St. Lucie and Brooklyn.

Brett Baty improved on his power surge as he homered for the fourth time in a week. He is hitting .369/.476/.595, as a promotion to AA should be close.

Unfortunately the pitching couldn’t take advantage of some good hitting performances. Jose Butto allowed 6 runs in 4 innings, mainly because he allowed 4 homeruns.

St. Lucie Mets (17-13)

The St. Lucie Mets won a rain shortened 6 inning game from the Mighty Mussels 2-0. The St. Lucie Mets got their runs on a Warren Saunders RBI Double and a Double Steal, were Alex Ramirez stole home. The struggling St. Lucie offense collected just 3 hits overall.

Oscar Rojas was tremendous, going 5 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hits without a walk and 2 strikeouts. The 22 year old righty from Mexico, has pitched 10 scoreless innings, since his demotion from Brooklyn.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Mets Top Prospects Show Power in Brooklyn

Syracuse Mets (10-18)

The Syracuse Mets played a Doubleheader on Friday after the Thursday postponed game. They split the twinbill with the Buffalo Bisons.

Game one:

Syracuse lost game one after failing to take the lead with the free runner in the top of the eight. Stephen Nogosek, who has been splendid, allowed the free runner to score on the walk off loss 5-4.

The Mets got a solid start from Thomas Szapucki, who got betrayed by his defense (error Guillorme). Szapucki allowed 3 runs (1 earned) in 5 innings. He allowed just 2 hits, but both went out of the yard. Positive note was that Szapucki allowed just one walk, with 7 strikeouts.

Guillorme went 1 for 1 with a walk as he tries to return. Mazeika kept hitting, going 2 for 4 with a double and a RBI. Khalil Lee also had a good game going 2 for 3 with a double and 2 runs batted in.

Game 2:

Two three run innings, with 2 two run homeruns got Syracuse a 6-3 win in game two. David Thompson hit his team leading 7th and Cheslot Cuthbert hit his first since joining the organization.

Tyler Megill made his AAA debut with 4 innings of 2 run ball. Oswalt and Renteria pitched well to combine for just 1 unearned run in 3 innings.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (8-19)

The Ponies won their 4th in a row, beating the Fisher Cats 11-4. Jake Mangum stayed red hot going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles, a RBI and a Walk. Nick Meyer also collected 3 hits and a RBI and Carlos Cortes kept his good hitting going with a 2 for 6 day. He raised his OPS to .862

Adam Oller got the win going 5 innings of 2 run ball in the victory.

Brooklyn Cyclones (9-16)

After the game got suspended in the fourth inning on Thurday, it got resumed on Friday, beating the BlueClaws 6-4.

Baty homered in the Thurday and the Friday part of the game (see clip of the Thurday in yesterday’s recap). Overall Baty went 3 for 4 with 2 homeruns and 4 RBIs in the game. Baty is now hitting .372 with a .1045 OPS (after the second game)

Mauricio returned to old form with a 3 for 5 game, with a homerun of his own.

Cam Opp struggled since his promotion continued, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) in three innings. The bullpen picked it up with good outings from Eric Orze (2.1 scoreless) and Bryce Montes de Oca (1.2 scoreless with 4K). Brian Metoyer got the save.

Game 2:

The Cyclones also had a regular scheduled game as they lost 5-4. The Cyclones collected just 2 hits. A 2 run single for Baty and a long bomb for Francisco Alvarez.

Jaison Vilera allowed 4 solo homeruns in 4.2 innings of work. Vilera has allowed a shocking 10 homeruns in just 21 innings of work this season.

The Cyclones bullpen couldn’t hold the lead after not one, but two catchers interferences in the sixth. A tough loss for Allen Winans who allowed an unearned run in that inning.

St. Lucie Mets (16-12)

The St. Lucie Mets offense keeps struggling since Alvarez his promotion and PCA his injury. St. Lucie collected just 4 hits in a 3-2 loss to the Mighty Mussels.

Joe Suozzi collected 2 of the 4 hits with a RBI.

Austin Faith allowed 2 runs in 3 innings. His ERA raised to 3.26. Luis Montas pitched three hitless innings, he is unscored upon in 5 innings so far. Matt Cleveland worked around to walks to keep his ERA at 0.00 in 9.1 innings of work so far. Willy Taveras got the loss allowing a run in his inning, his ERA raised to 2.53. Still having a good year with 13 strikeouts in 10.2 innings.

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