MetsJunkies Recap: Alvarez Goes Beast Mode

The Mets beat the Marlins 9-3 yesterday behind some powerfully offense. The power started in the first when Mark Canha and Francisco Lindor went back-to-back. It ended with a bomb by top prospect Francisco Alvarez in the eight.

Lindor had a solid game going 2 for 3 with that homerun and double. The star shortstop drove in two in the win.

Arguably the biggest hit came of the bat from J.D. Davis. Davis cleared the bases with a three run double, an at bat after he got hit in the knee by a pitch. Eduardo Escobar also had a solid game going 3 for 3 with a RBI.

Arguably the most exciting moment was Francisco Alvarez crushing a homerun off the scoreboard in left field. It showed the amazing pop Francisco Alvarez has. He is going to be exciting.

With the Mets expecting a rainy evening, they went with relief pitchers and had Bassitt and Carrasco work in the minor league Instrasquad game earlier on the day. The bullpen game went well as Diaz, Castro, Orze, Shreve, Holderman, Lugo and Mitchell all had a scoreless frame. Sean Reid-Foley walked 3, allowing just one run and Josh Walker allowed 2 (1 earned) in his inning.

Castro did got some help by some sparkling defense behind him. Jeff McNeil made a terrific play for and out and Brandon Nimmo followed with a nice catch in CF.

Bassitt and Carrasco got their work in on the minor league site. Bassitt went 5 innings allowing just one hit with 5 strikeouts. Carlos Carrasco however, struggled in his outing allowing 5 runs on 6 hits over 3.1 innings. He allowed homeruns to Jose Peroza and Thomas Nido. Drew Smith also pitched, he went a perfect inning.

Today the Mets face the Astros at 6.10pm with Tylor Megill making the start. The Game is not 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.

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: Carrasco Rebounds in Latest Rehab Start

Syracuse Mets (23-48)

The Syracuse Mets lost a close one to the Buffalo Bisons 3-2. Drew Jackson drove in the two runs with a 2 run double.

Drew Jackson: 1 for 4, 2B, 2RBI .256avg/.823OPS

Wilfredo Tovar: 2 for 3, R, BB .287avg/.776OPS

Carlos Carrasco was strong in his rehab start, after struggling last time out. The righty pitched 3 scoreless innings, with 6 strikeouts. He was followed by Jesus Reyes who threw 4 hitless innings, but did allow a run. Roel Ramirez, who the Mets just claimed of waivers, got the loss.

Carlos Carrasco: 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 6K (38 pitches-32 Strikes) 9.64 ERA

Jesus Reyes: 4IP, 0H, 1ER, 3BB, 4K. 6.52ERA

Roel Ramirez: IP, 2H, 2ER, 0BB, 2K. 4.80 ERA (L, 0-2)

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (27-42)

The Rumble Ponies lost to the SeaWolves besides hitting 4 homeruns in the loss. Carlos Rincon hit his first in the Mets organization since the Mets got him for McKinney.

Carlos Rincon: 1 for 5, HR, RBI .231avg/.747OPS

Wagner Lagrange: 1 for 5, HR, RBI .283avg/.785OPS

Matt Winaker: 2 for 4, R .276avg/.730OPS

Nick Conti: 1 for 4, HR, 3RBI .220avg/.661OPS

Manny Rodriguez: 2 for 4, HR, RBI .217avg/.640OPS

Oscar de la Cruz struggled in his start allowing 7 runs. Josh Hejka, who has moved all over the Mets organization, pitched 2 scoreless innings.

Oscar de la Cruz: 5IP, 8H, 7R, 6ER, 0BB, 2K. 6.98ERA (L, 1-4)

Josh Hejka: 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K. 5.06ERA

Brooklyn Cyclones (28-42)

The Cyclones beat the Blue Rocks 5-4 after a walk off infield single from Luis Gonzalez in the bottom of the ninth. Gonzalez is 10 for his last 19.

Antoine Duplantis: 3 for 5, 3B, 2B, R .272avg/.739OPS

Francisco Alvarez: 1 for 5, 2B, RBI, R, 3K .216avg/.791OPS

Jeremy Vasquez: 1 for 3, RBI, R, 2BB, 2K .286avg/.890OPS

Luis Gonzalez: 3 for 5, RBI .262avg/.679OPS

Luc Rennie pitched well in his first outing since his demotion to Brooklyn. He allowed just 2 runs over 4 innings of work. Willy Taveras got the win with 2 scoreless frames.

Luc Rennie: 4IP, 5H, 2ER, 3BB, 5K. 4.50ERA

Willy Taveras: 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K. 3.60ERA (W, 2-0)

St. Lucie Mets (39-33)

The St. Lucie Mets clobbered the Maraunders 15-0. Warren Saunders and Tanner Murphy homered in a 7 run seventh innings to blow the game open.

Jaylen Palmer: 1 for 4, RBI, BB, 3R .284avg/.772OPS

Jose Peroza: 2 for 5, RBI, 2R .275avg/.833OPS

Warren Saunders: 3 for 5, HR, 3RBI, 2R .274avg/.694OPS

Tanner Murphy: 1 for 4, HR, 4RBI, 2R, 2BB .217avg/.755OPS

Brandon McIlwain: 3 for 5, 2B, 2RBI .218avg/.710OPS

It was more than enough for Jose Chacin (who made his first start for St Lucie) and the St. Lucie bullpen, who shut out the Maraunders offense.

Jose Chacin: 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K. 0.00 ERA (W, 1-0)

Luis Montas: 1.1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K. 0.73ERA

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Alvarez Homers in Cyclones Win

Syracuse Mets (23-44)

The Syracuse Mets lost to the Bisons 5-3. All of Syracuse runs got driven in by Albert Almora Jr, who hit his fifth homerun

Albert Almora Jr: 2 for 5, HR, 3RBI .284avg/.888 OPS

Vance Worley pitched well allowing just one earned run over 5 innings of work. Andrew Mitchell allowed his first rubs since joining Syracuse.

Vance Worley: 5IP, 4H, 3R, 1ER, 4BB, 2K. 5.24ERA

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (25-40)

The Rumble Ponies walk it off on a walk off hit by pitch on a 3-0 pitch. Luis Carpio got hit to bring home the winning run in the tenth.

Luis Carpio: 2 for 4, RBI .257avg/.709OPS

Nick Senger: 3 for 4 .313avg/.844OPS

Manny Rodriguez: 1 for 3, HR, RBI .212avg/.617OPS

Jose Butto was strong in his AA debut, striking out 8 in 6 innings of work.

Jose Butto: 6IP, 5H, 2ER, 1BB, 8K. 3.00 ERA

Yeizo Campos: 3IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K. 3.64ERA

Jared Robinson: Scoreless inning for the win

Brooklyn Cyclones (24-42)

The Cyclones beat the Blue Rocks 5-3 after scoring 2 runs in the bottom of the eight.

Francisco Alvarez: 1 for 4, HR, 3RBI, 3K .221avg/.813OPS

Antoine Duplantis: 2 for 4, 2B, RBI .254avg/.695OPS

Ronny Mauricio: 2 for 4 .248avg/.723OPS

Cam Opp pitched well in his start, allowing no earned runs in 4.2 innings pitched. Willy Taveras struggled but got the win and Bryce Montes de Oca saved it.

Cam Opp: 4.2IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 2BB, 3K. 7.20ERA

Bryce Montes de Oca: IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K. 2.86 ERA

St. Lucie Mets (36-32)

The St. Lucie Mets beat the Maraunders 5-4 after scoring the go ahead run in the eight.

Jaylen Palmer: 2 for 4 .282avg/.771OPS

Jose Peroza: 4 for 4, 2B, 2RBI .268avg/.817OPS

Junior Santos allowed eight hits over 6 innings, allowing 4 runs. The bullpen held it right there to get the win.

Junior Santos: 6IP, 8H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K. 5.37 ERA

Luis Montas: 2.2IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 3K. 0.77ERA (W, 5-0)

Liam McCall got the final out for the save.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Carrasco Struggles in Rehab Outing

Syracuse Mets (23-43)

The Syracuse Mets got clobbered by the Bisons 14-1. The only run came on Albert Almora his solo homerun. Syracuse collected just 3 hits in the blow out loss.

Albert Almora: 1 for 4, HR, RBI .275avg/.852OPS

Carrasco got the start and struggled. He allowed 3 homeruns, allowing 5 runs total in 1.2 innings. Carrasco threw 41 pitches, just 23 strikes. After Jesus Reyes got the bulk out of the pen, position player Drew Jackson got an inning and allowed 4 runs.

Carlos Carrasco: 1.2IP, 3H, 5ER, 3BB, 1K. 27.00 ERA (L, 0-1)

Jesus Reyes: 5.1IP, 7H, 5ER, 4BB, 8K. 6.75 ERA

Drew Jackson: IP, 4H, 4ER, 1BB. 18.00 ERA

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (24-40)

The Rumble Ponies couldn’t overcome an eight run third inning in a 13-7 loss to the SeaWolves.

Wagner Lagrange: 2 for 5, HR, RBI .277avg/.744OPS

Carlos Cortes: 1 for 5, HR, 3RBI .256avg/.815OPS

Matt Winaker: 2 for 4, 2B, RBI .265avg/.733OPS

Luc Rennie and Riley Gilliam struggled in the early innings. Tommy Wilson, Andrew Edwards and Tom Hackimer combined for 5 hitless innings.

Luc Rennie: 2.2IP, 8H, 7ER, 0BB, 5K. 9.91 ERA (L, 1-6)

Riley Gilliam: 1.1IP, 4H, 5ER, 0BB, 2K. 9.88 ERA

Tommy Wilson: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K. 4.50 ERA

Andrew Edwards: 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K. 0.00 ERA

Tom Hackimer: 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K. 3.46 ERA

Brooklyn Cyclones (23-42)

The Cyclones beat the Blue Rocks 8-6, making their hits count as the Cyclones collected just 5 hits.

Francisco Alvarez: 1 for 4, HR, 3RBI .220avg/.800OPS

Ronny Mauricio: 2 for 4, 3RBI .243avg/.719OPS

Jaison Vilera got the win, allowing 4 runs over 5 innings of work. Josh Hejika got the final out for the save.

Jaison Vilera: 5IP, 6H, 4R, 2BB, 3K. 8.24ERA (W, 2-5)

St. Lucie Mets (35-32)

The St. Lucie Mets lost 8-6 to the Maraunders, besides Jaylen Palmer first homerun of the year.

Jaylen Palmer: 1 for 5, HR, RBI .278avg/.767OPS

Omar de los Santos: 3 for 5 .333avg/.652OPS

Alex Ramirez: 2 for 4, 2 2B, RBI .257avg/.704OPS

Matt O’Neil: 1 for 2, 2RBI, 2BB .197avg/.699OPS

Luis Moreno got the start and was solid over 4 innings. The bullpen struggled besides Collin Holderman.

Luis Moreno: 4IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB, 2K. 6.00 ERA (L, 2-2)

Collin Holderman: 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K. 0.00 ERA

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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: 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: Syracuse Snap Losing Streak, Alvarez Homers

Syracuse Mets (12-33)

After 15 straight loses the Syracuse Mets finally won their 12th of the year. Brandon Drury hit a big 2 run homerun in the eight to give the Syracuse Mets a 9-8. Nick Tropeano got the win with 2 scoreless innings, getting the final out.

Drury went 3 for 5 overall, with 3 RBIs. Maybin and Puelo both drove in two. Cervenka homered.

Jesus Reyes allowed 3 runs over 5.2 innings, striking out 8 (Dilson Herrera got him on a Homer). Betances had a dreadful outing, allowing 3 runs on 2 walks and a HBP, getting just one out.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (13-31)

The Rumble Ponies couldn’t hold a 5-1 lead, after allowing 7 runs in the 7th. The Fightin Phils hold that 8-5 lead to beat the Ponies.

Mark Vientos kept his great June going with a 2 for 4 day. Vientos hit one double and drove in one run. Carlos Cortes and Manny Rodriguez homered.

Cole Gordon pitched well, but got into trouble in the seventh. He allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on just 2 hits. Dan Goggin couldn’t put out the fire allowing 4 runs, getting two outs to end the seventh.

Brooklyn Cyclones (15-28)

The Cyclones beat the BlueClaws 7-2 as Francisco Alvarez returned to the lineup. Alvarez celebrated his return with his 7th homerun of the year, a 2 run shot in the eight.

Jeremy Vasquez also had a big game with a homerun and three runs batted in.

LT Struble gave the Cyclones the lead in the third with a 2 run triple.

Cam Opp was solid allowing just 2 runs on 3 hits in 5.2 strong innings. Josh Hejika struck out 4 over 2.1 scoreless frames to prevail the lead.

St. Lucie Mets (25-21)

The St. Lucie Mets swept the Doubleheader against the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Game One:

Oscar Rojas shined in game one with a complete game 4 hit shutout. The 22 year old pitched 7 innings allowing just 1 walk, while striking out 9. He lowered his ERA to 0.98.

Jaylen Palmer kept on hitting going 2 for 2 with a triple and RBI. Brandon Fryman homered in the shutout victory.

Game Two:

In game two the St. Lucie Mets beat Dunedin 3-2 after Jose Peroza bases loaded walk in the sixth. Alex Ramirez tied the game with his second triple of the year in the fourth. Jose Peroza had two of the three RBI with the Bases Loaded walk in the sixth and RBI Double in the opening inning.

Franklyn Parra was solid over 4 innings of 2 run (1 earned) ball. Luis Montas got the win as his great year continued. He threw three hitless innings for the win.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Binghamton Throws No-No!

Syracuse Mets (Postponed)

Due to positive Covid Test from Syracuse Player

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (13-28)

The Rumble Ponies no hit the Fightin Phils in a 2-0 victory. Josh Walker and Andrew Mitchell combined to pitch the organizations 7th no hitter.

Josh Walker: 6IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 4K.

Andrew Mitchell: 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K

Josh Walker was amazing again, lowering his season ERA to 3.02 ERA. Mitchell is also having a strong year with a 2.42 ERA.

The Ponies got homeruns from Will Toffey and Mark Vientos. Vientos hit his eight of the year.

Brooklyn Cyclones (13-27)

The Cyclones lost to the BlueClaws 7-5 in a game were top prospect Alvarez left with an injury. He stayed in at first and hit a RBI Double, but eventually left the game.

Mauricio went 2 for 4 and Baty doubled in their performances. Jaison Vilera struggled again, allowing 7 runs over 2.2 innings. The bullpen kept the Cyclones in the game, but it wasn’t enough.

St. Lucie Mets (Postponed)

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