Mets strike deal with Athletics

The New York Mets and Oakland Athletics have agreed on a deal that would bring starting pitcher Chris Bassitt to Queens. In return, the Mets would send highly regarded prospect J.T. Ginn alongside mid level prospect Adam Oller.

Also Read: #MetsCrushMonday: J.T. Ginn

While Oller is a lot older at 27 years old, Ginn would be the prize prospect in this deal for the Athletics, as he was the Mets fifth best prospect before the deal.

As of today, Bassitt, a sinker-ball pitcher, will slot into the number three spot of the rotation right behind Max Scherzer. The right hander also possesses a fastball, cutter, slider, change up, and curve, in his arsenal on the hill.

Last season, the right hander went 12-4 with a 3.15 ERA in 157.1 innings pitched while earning an appearance at the All-Star Game.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Cyclones Win in Ginn Strong Debut

Syracuse Mets (23-46)

Syracuse struggles against the Bisons continued in a 10-6 loss. Mason Williams and Ceasar Puello both homered in the loss. Syracuse did score 3 runs in innings of Anthony Kay.

Mason Williams: 2 for 3, HR, RBI, 2BB, 3R .302avg/.808OPS

Ceasar Puello: 2 for 4, HR, 2RBI .238avg/.670OPS

Josh Walker, who went from Brooklyn to Syracuse this year, struggled in his first AAA start. He allowed 8 runs over 4.1 innings. His season ERA increased to 3.49

Josh Walker: 4.1IP, 8H, 8ER, 2BB, 3K. 16.62ERA (L, 0-1)

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (26-41)

The Rumble Ponies lost to the SeaWolves after getting a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the eight. The SeaWolves responded with 3 in the ninth to beat the Rumble Ponies 3-1. Only 4 hits for the Ponies in the loss, but Mark Vientos did homer for the 17th time this year.

Mark Vientos: 1 for 4, HR, RBI .269avg/.929OPS

Adam Oller pitched 4.2 no hit innings before leaving it to the pen. After allowing just one hit over the first eight, Hackimer allowed 3 runs in the ninth.

Adam Oller: 4.2IP, 0H, 0R, 3BB, 8K. 4.74ERA

Allen Winans: 2.1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K. 0.00ERA

Brooklyn Cyclones (26-42)

The Cyclones beat the Blue Rocks 5-4. Luis Gonzalez had another big day, collecting 3 hits and 2 RBI’s, after his four hit day yesterday.

Luis Gonzalez: 3 for 4, 2B, 2RBI, R .250avg/.681OPS

J.T. Ginn was terrific in his Cyclones debut, going 5.2 innings of one run ball. He lowered his season ERA to 2.44

JT Ginn: 5.2IP, 5H, ER, 0BB, 6K. 1.59ERA (W, 1-0)

St. Lucie Mets (37-33)

The St. Lucie Mets lost to the Maraunders 8-3. St. Lucie collected just 7 hits, but two went out of the ballpark.

Jose Peroza: 2 for 5, HR, RBI .273avg/.834OPS

Jose Colina: 1 for 2, HR, RBI .171avg/.542OPS

Franklyn Parra allowed 4 runs over 4.2 innings for the loss.

Franklyn Parra: 4.2IP, 9H, 4ER, 3BB, 2K. 5.29 ERA

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Mauricio Goes Yard to Provide Offense for Strong Lasko

Syracuse Mets Postponed

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (24-38)

The Rumble Ponies lost to the Altoona Curve 9-2. Baty and Winaker both collected 2 hits and Vientos had the only RBI for the Ponies.

Cole Gordon struggled allowing 4 runs (3 earned) over 2.2 innings. Edwards and Robinson pitched tremendous combining for 4 scoreless with 8 strikeouts.

Brooklyn Cyclones (22-41)

The Cyclones beat the BlueClaws 6-1. Vasquez and Mauricio both drove in three runs.

Ronny Mauricio RBI’S came on a sixth innings three run homerun, his tenth of the year.

Justin Lasko pitched tremendous, going 6 scoreless innings on just 3 hits. He recorded no walks, while striking out 8. Lasko lowered his ERA to 3.33.

St. Lucie Mets (34-31)

The St. Lucie Mets beat the Palm Beach Cardinals behind another strong showing from Jaylen Palmer. Palmer went 3 for 5 with a run scored and three stolen bases in the win. Jose Peroza drove in three, going 2 for 4 with a triple.

JT Ginn was solid again throwing 6 innings of three run ball. One run he allowed was unearned. The righty allowed just 3 hits and two walks while striking out 4. His ERA now stands at 2.54.

Luis Montas kept his strong season going with 2 scoreless innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.87.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: J.T. Ginn Shines in St. Lucie Win.

Syracuse Mets (18-40)

The Syracuse Mets split a Doubleheader against the RailRiders

Game one:

The Syracuse Mets won game one 6-5 after 8 innings. Cervenka double play scored the winning run in the eight.

J.D. Davis homered in the first, his second of his rehab assignment. Tovar and Drury went 2 for 4 with a RBI.

Vance Worley went 5.2 innings, allowing 5 runs. Trey Cobb followed with 2 scoreless and Windle got the last out with a strikeout.

Game Two:

Syracuse got shutout in game two losing 1-0. Both team collected just 3 hits. Tovar, Puello and Jackson collected the only hits.

Adam Bostick was solid over 5 innings of one run ball, but got the loss. He did allow 7 baserunners over the 5 innings.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (22-35)

The Rumble Ponies won 6-3 against the Fisher Cats. Mark Vientos went 2 for 3 with 2 RBI’s, hitting his 14th homerun of the year (off Simeon Woods-Richardson).

Walter Lagrange went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Yoel Romero drove in 2.

Oscar de la Cruz pitched 5 innings of 3 run ball for the win. Eric Orze kept his strong showing in AA going with 3 hitless frames, collecting 5 strikeouts.

Brooklyn Cyclones (18-39)

The Cyclones got swept in the Doubleheader, getting dominated by Renegades pitching.

Game One:

The Cyclones lost game one 7-1. Luis Gonzalez hit his first homerun of the year for the only run. Vasquez and Mauricio had the other hits. Mauricio his OPS is down to .676.

Connor Grey allowed 5 runs (3 earned) over 5 innings of work for the loss.

Game Two:

The Cyclones offense was even worse in game two as they got no hit in a 5-0 loss.

Justin Lasko pitched 5.1 innings, allowing 5 runs. Three homeruns cost the righty, who struck out 6.

St. Lucie Mets (31-28)

The St. Lucie Mets beat the Mighty Mussels 2-1 with help from Johneswhy Fargas his third homerun. Fargas hit a 2 run shot in the first, which was enough for Ginn and the bullpen.

JT Ginn has his best start in pro ball, throwing 6 scoreless innings. The righty allowed just 4 hits and a walk, while striking out 10. He lowered his season ERA to 2.48. The St. Lucie bullpen allowed just a run in 3 innings, keeping the slim lead.

Photo by: Ernest Dove

MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Good Pitching, Bad Offense

Syracuse Mets (14-37)

The Syracuse Mets lost to the Red Wings 4-1. Drew Jackson drove in the only run with a solo homerun. Villar went 0 for 3 in his rehab game and JD Davis 1 for 3.

Alex Sanabia made his debut after coming over from Indy Ball. He was solid allowing just 1 run over 4.1 innings. Windle and Bostick were good in relief but Roney allowed 3 in the ninth for the loss.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (18-33)

The Rumble Ponies lost to the Flying Squirrels 2-1. Nick Meyer collected 2 of the Ponies 3 total hits. Luis Carpio had the other, a RBI Single.

Oscar De la Cruz pitched well, going 5.1 innings of one run ball. He struck out 6 in that span.

Brooklyn Cyclones (18-33)

The Cyclones lost to the IronBirds after they couldn’t hold a 3-0 lead in the bottom if the ninth. 4 unearned runs came home after Joe Genord error. It was followed by a sac fly (which should have been the third out) and two hits to score four runs.

The Cyclones scored three in the seventh to open the score. LT Struble drove in two with a base hit.

Justin Lasko was terrific, going 6 shutout innings. Lasko allowed just 4 hits and 2 walks, with 5 strikeouts.

St. Lucie Mets (28-25)

The St. Lucie Mets lost 2-1 to the Threshers, besides a strong outing from JT Ginn.

Ginn allowed just two runs on 4 hits in 5.2 innings of work. The top pitching prospect struck out 4. His ERA now stands at 3.04.

Nolan Clenney was terrific in his season debut, as he went 2.1 perfect innings with 4 strikeouts.

However the offense couldn’t do enough getting just one run across. Cole Kleszcz drove in the only run with a bases loaded walk, scoring Alex Ramirez.

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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: Bohanek and Lasko Helps Cyclones to Win, Alex Ramirez Hits First Pro HR

Syracuse Mets (11-26)

The Syracuse Mets collapsed in the later innings, as they couldn’t hold a 6-1 lead. After allowing three runs in the seventh, the Railriders scored 7 in the eight. Final score 12-6.

Jeff McNeil and Albert Almora both collected a hit. Travis Blankenhorn drove in 4, including a first inning 3 run homerun.

Adam Bostick pitched well over 5.2 innings of two run ball, but Stephen Tarpley allowed 3 runs and Nogosek allowed 7 runs in the eight. Nogosek second straight horrendous outing, after a great start to the year.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (11-25)

The Rumble Ponies lost 9-4 to the Sea Dogs. The Ponies got two hit/one RBI days from Nick Senger, Mark Vientos, Quinn Brodey and Luis Carpio. Carlos Cortes also collected two hits.

It was one of the few bad outings of the year for Josh Walker, who allowed 5 runs over 5.2 innings of work.

Brooklyn Cyclones (11-23)

The Cyclones beat the Blue Rocks 3-1 behind Cody Bohanek and Justin Lasko.

Bohanek collected three extra base hits, going 3 for 3 with two doubles, triple and a stolen base. The left fielder is hitting .289 with a .1004 OPS.

Justin Lasko pitched extremely well over 6 innings of 1 run ball. Lasko allowed just 3 hits, without recording a walk. Brian Metoyer and Andrew Edwards closed out the low scoring affair.

St. Lucie Mets (20-17)

The St. Lucie Mets lost a close one to the Hammerheads 6-5, after Taveras allowed the walk off two run double in the bottom of the ninth.

Joe Suozzi kept hitting with another 2 for 5 game, scoring two runs. Alex Ramirez hit his first pro career homerun!

JT Ginn had another great outing allowing just one hit over 4 scoreless innings. Ginn struck out 5, lowering his ERA to 0.82. The bullpen couldn’t hold the lead allowing a combined 6 runs over 5 innings.

Photo by: Andrew Gold

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.

Photo by: Andrew Gold

Mets 2021 Farm System Rankings According to The Athletic and Baseball America

The Rankings

Today Keith Law and Baseball America both revealed their 2021 MLB Farm system rankings but do not get too excited! According to Keith Law from the Athletic, the Mets farm system ranked 19th overall. Law also expressed that, had the Mets not traded away so many prospects (mainly Jarred Kelenic for Cano and Diaz) they may have been a top-10 farm system. Baseball America ranked the Mets farm system 23rd overall also mirroring what Law said about the Mets system being thin due to all of the previous trades in the last three seasons.

Why so low?

The Mets have a very weak farm system at the advance (AA and AAA) levels which caused them to fall back. While they do have a very talented pool of low minor players, we have not yet seen what they are capable of doing just yet. There is lot of raw talent in the low minors with high ceiling and I expect by this time next year, the Mets will be ranked much higher (12-15 range).

Notable Prospects traded from 2018 – Present

  • December 3, 2018 – RHP Justin Dunn and OF Jarred Kelenic to SEA for Cano and Diaz
  • January 5, 2019- RHP Adam Hill to MIL for Keon Broxton
  • July 28, 2019- LHP Anthony Kay and RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson to TOR for Stroman
  • December 5, 2019- LHP Blake Taylor and OF Kenedy Corona to HOU for Marisnick
  • August 2, 2020- RHP Jordan Humphreys to SF for Billy Hamilton
  • August 5, 2020- RHP Steven Villines to TEX for Ariel Jurado
  • August 31, 2020- RHP Ryder Ryan to TEX for Frazier
  • August 31, 2020- LHP Kevin Smith to BAL for Castro
  • January 7, 2020- RHP Josh Wolf and OF Isaiah Greene to CLE for Lindor and Carrasco

Mets top 10 right now (Baseball America rankings)

  1. C Francisco Alvarez ETA 2023
  2. SS Ronny Mauricio ETA 2022
  3. RHP Matt Allan ETA 2023
  4. OF Pete Crow-Armstrong ETA 2023
  5. 3B Brett Baty ETA 2022
  6. 3B Mark Vientos ETA 2022
  7. RHP JT Ginn ETA 2023
  8. LHP David Peterson in MLB
  9. RHP Junior Santos ETA 2022
  10. OF Alex Ramirez ETA 2024

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#MetsCrushMonday: J.T. Ginn

This right-hander is only 21 years old and is already ranked as the Mets 6th best prospect, the second best pitching prospect behind Matthew Allan. Ginn was drafted by the Mets in the second round of the MLB June Amateur Draft in 2020.

He was drafted by the Dodgers just two years prior, however the Dodgers refused to meet his asking price and now he’s in the Mets organization.

He was projected to be a first rounder of the 2020 draft, but after an elbow injury that required TJS, he was pushed back to the second round. Ginn could’ve chosen to re-enter the drafter however the Mets offered the righty a $2.9M signing bonus to seal the deal.

Ginn has a fastball that tops out at 97 MPH but will probably sit regularly at somewhere between 93 MPH and 95 MPH. His fastball will definitely be his go-to pitch to start out at-bats, but his nasty slider will be the go-to pitch towards the end of at-bats.

His third pitch is a change-up that has a decent drop to it. While all of his pitches have movement to them, he still manages to find the strike zone. In his final year in college, he walked 21 in 89.1 innings, while only giving up one home run.

He has an ETA of 2023 and that seems right if all goes accordingly. While he could easily be used as a trade chip, it would be wise to hold on to this young arm. Especially considering that he’s slated to make his Major League debut at 23 years old.

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