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: Mauricio and Fermin Both Homer Twice

Syracuse Mets (24-48)

The Syracuse Mets beat the Railriders 10-8. Mark Payton made his Mets organization debut with a bang. Syracuse walked 11 times to help their offense score the 10 runs.

Mason Williams: 0 for 1, 3RBI, 2BB, R .293avg/.783OPS

Mark Payton: 2 for 4, 2RBI, 2R, BB .287avg/.787OPS

Wilfredo Tovar: 1 for 1, R, 4BB .291avg/.795OPS

Chance Sisco: 1 for 4, 2B, 2RBI, R .235avg/.818OPS

Drew Jackson: 2 for 3, 2R, BB .262avg/.833OPS

Vance Worley struggled in his start, allowing 6 runs over 3.2 innings. Kilome made his return with a scoreless inning. He last pitched June 4th.

Vance Worley: 3.2IP, 9H, 6ER, BB, K. 6.16ERA

Franklyn Kilome: IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K. 4.10ERA

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (27-43)

The Rumble Ponies lost to the Yard Goats 6-5, besides Vientos hitting his 18th homerun of the season.

Mark Vientos: 1 for 5, HR, 3RBI .266avg/.921OPS

Jose Butto made his second start at the AA level. He went 5 innings of 4 run ball. Winans got the loss allowing 2 runs over 2 innings.

Jose Butto: 5IP, 7H, 4ER, BB, 9K. 4.91ERA

Brooklyn Cyclones (28-42)

The Cyclones were showing the power in a 14-5 win against the BlueClaws. Mauricio and Fermin both hit 2, with Gonzalez and Vasquez hitting one homerun.

Ronny Mauricio: 2 for 4, 2HR, 2RBI, 3R, BB, K .247avg/.748OPS

Edgardo Fermin: 2 for 3, 2HR, 5RBI, 4R, 2BB .265avg/.905OPS

Francisco Alvarez: 2 for 4, 2RBI, R .224avg/.799OPS

Jeremy Vasquez: 1 for 5, HR, RBI .280avg/.898OPS

Luis Gonzalez: 2 for 5, HR, 2RBI .271avg/.730OPS

Jaison Vilera couldn’t get the win, allowing 5 runs over 4.2 innings pitched. The bullpen pitched great combining 4.1 scoreless innings.

Jaison Vilera: 4.2IP, 7H, 5ER, 0BB, 3K. 8.36ERA

St. Lucie Mets (39-34)

The St. Lucie Mets lost 7-2 to the Tortugas, besides Peroza extending his hitting streak with a homerun. Overall the St. Lucie Mets collected just 6 hits in the loss.

Jose Peroza: 2 for 4, HR, RBI, 2R .280avg/.850OPs

Luis Moreno had issues with his control, walking 5 batters in 5 innings.

Luis Moreno: 5IP, 3H, 3ER, 5BB, 4K. 5.94ERA (L, 2-3)

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Alex Ramirez Walks It Off After Impressive Comeback for St. Lucie

Syracuse Mets (23-45)

The Syracuse Mets lost 10-4 to the Buffalo Bisons. All Syracuse their runs came in the fifth, to take a 4-3 lead at the time.

Brandon Drury: 1 for 4, 2B, 2RBI .272avg/.826OPS

The Syracuse bullpen couldn’t hold a 4-3 lead in the eight, allowing 7 runs to score in that frame.

Adam Bostick: 5IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 4K. 6.21 ERA

Tom Windle: IP, 3H, 3ER, 0BB, K. 5.75 ERA

Bradley Roney: 0.2IP, 2H, 4ER, BB, K. 7.50 ERA

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (26-40)

The Rumble Ponies powered their way to a 6-4 win over the SeaWolves. David Rodriguez hit a grand Slam in the fourth, for the lead the Ponies held onto.

David Rodriguez: 1 for 3, HR, 4RBI .192avg/.796OPS

Carlos Cortes: 1 for 3, HR, RBI, 2R, BB .256avg/.820OPS

Dustin Beggs got his first win, pitching solid over 5.1 innings of work. Eric Orze collected his first AA save, as his strong showing continues.

Dustin Beggs: 5.1IP, 4H, 2ER, 2BB, 3K. 5.29ERA (W, 1-2)

Connor Grey: 3IP, 3H, 2R, ER, BB, 6K. 3.60ERA

Eric Orze: 0.2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, K. 2.16 ERA

Brooklyn Cyclones (25-42)

The Cyclones offense had themselves a field day, scoring 10 runs on 17 hits, beating the Blue Rocks 10-2. Big days from Antione Duplantis and Luis Gonzalez.

Antoine Duplantis: 4 for 5, HR, 3RBI’s, 2R .266avg/.725OPS

Cody Bohanek: 1 for 4, HR, RBI .203avg/.698OPS

Ronny Mauricio: 2 for 5, 2B, HR, RBI .251avg/.742OPS

Luis Gonzalez: 4 for 4, 2B, 3R, BB .212avg/.601OPS

It’s was more than enough offense for Justin Lasko, who was terrific over 7 scoreless innings.

Justin Lasko: 7IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 8K. 2.89ERA

St. Lucie Mets (37-32)

The St. Lucie Mets scored 4 runs in the bottom of the ninth and one in the tenth to best the Maraunders 6-5. Big hits from Alex Ramirez and Matt Dyer in the ninth, with Ramirez collecting another huge hit in the tenth to win it!

Alex Ramirez: 2 for 5, 3RBI .256avg/.697OPS

Jaylen Palmer: 2 for 5, 2B, 3R .284avg/.776OPS

Omar de los Santos: 2 for 5, RBI, R .333avg/.689OPS

Oscar Rojas struggled in his start, allowing 4 runs over 4.2 innings. However, the bullpen came thru with 5.1 innings of one run ball.

Oscar Rojas: 4.2IP, 9H, 4ER, BB, 4K .3.38ERA

Drake Nightengale: 2.1IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K . 4.96ERA

Sammy Taveras: IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K. 7.94ERA

Brailin Gonzalez: IP, 2H, ER, BB. 6.48ERA

Reyson Santos: IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K. 6.65ERA (W, 3-2)

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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: 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.D. Davis Goes Yard Again

Syracuse Mets (21-41)

The Syracuse Mets split a Doubleheader against the Red Wings on Wednesday.

Game one:

Syracuse lost the opener 9-4 besides homeruns from Chance Sisco and J.D. Davis. Overall Syracuse collected just 5 hits without any multi hit games.

Jesus Reyes dropped to 0-8 after allowing 5 runs over 6 innings of work.

Game two:

Game two went to Syracuse on a 7-5 win. Cheslor Cuthbert was the big man going 2 for 2 with 2 homeruns and 3 RBI’s.

Cameron Maybin had a 3 hits game, driving in one run and Orlando Calixte drove in two with a 2 run double.

Nick Tropeano got the start allowing just one run in 3.1 innings. Hartlieb struggled allowing 3 runs and Roney got the blown save allowing another run in a 4 run 5th. After the offense got the lead back, Nogosek saved it in the seventh.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (22-37)

The Rumble Ponies lost to the Altoona Curve 10-3. Jake Mangum doubled twice and drove in a run. Baty collected a double in his AA debut.

Carlos Cortes homered in the loss. It was Cortes his 10th of the season. In some bad news, Vientos left the game after he got hit on the left hand.

Dustin Beggs allowed 6 runs in 5.2 innings, allowing 10 hits. Hackimer didn’t fair better as he allowed 4 runs in 2.1 innings.

Brooklyn Cyclones (20-40)

The Cyclones lost to the BlueClaws 3-2. Ronny Mauricio drove in both runs with a double, going 2 for 3 on the day. The Cyclones collected just 4 total hits.

Jose Butto was strong going 5.2 innings, allowing just 2 runs on 3 hits. He allowed just 1 walk, while striking out 4.

St. Lucie Mets (33-29)

The St. Lucie Mets swept a Doubleheader against Palm Beach Cardinals.

Game one:

St. Lucie Mets got game one with a 6-3 win. Warren Saunders and Branden Fryman both collected two hits and a RBI.

The St. Lucie Mets went with a bullpen day in game one. Strong outings from Austin Faith, Colin Holderman and Reyson Santos were important after Luis Moreno struggled.

Game two:

St. Lucie won game two 4-2 after a big 3 run homerun from Matt O’Neil in the sixth to give St. Lucie the lead.

Alex Ramirez went 2 for 3 and Omar de los Santos went 2 for 3 with a RBI in his debut for St. Lucie.

Junior Santos pitched well over 6 innings of two run ball. He allowed 7 hits and 4 walks, but was able to limit the damage.

Luis Montas got the save with a scoreless seventh.

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MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Mauricio Hits Ninth Homer

Syracuse Mets (16-39)

The Syracuse Mets split a Doubleheader against the Railriders.

Game one:

Syracuse lost game one 3-2, as they collect only 3 hits. However two of the three went out of the park as Brandon Drury and Chance Sisco went yard.

Albert Almora had the other hit, a double and was able to gun down a runner at the plate.

Jesus Reyes dropped to 0-7 after allowing 3 runs over 4.2 innings.

Game two:

Syracuse won game two 5-0 in a rain shortened 6 inning game. Patrick Maizeka went 3 for 4 with an RBI. Maybin drove in two and Khalil Lee doubled home a run.

The Syracuse pitching combined to throw 5.2 scoreless. Eickhoff went 2 and Banda went 3.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (20-34)

The Ponies beat the Fisher Cats 5-3. Carlos Cortes went 2 for 4 with 2 Doubles and 2 RBI’s. Luis Carpio hit a 2 run homerun. Mangum and Winaker collected two hits.

Adam Oller was solid over 5.1 innings, allowing just 3 runs (2 earned). Winans and Hackimer closed down the game for the victory.

Brooklyn Cyclones (18-36)

The Cyclones lost to the Renegades 3-2 after 10 innings. They collected just 4 hits, one of them a homer from Ronny Mauricio.

Jose Butto was solid allowing just 2 runs on 5 innings. He allowed just 5 hits without recording a walk and 6 strikeouts. Hejka got the loss allowing the ghost runner to score.

St. Lucie Mets (30-26)

The St. Lucie Mets beat the Mighty Mussels 6-2 with help from rehabbing Johneswhy Vargas, who went 1 for 4 with solo homerun. Matt Dyer and Joe Suozzi also homered in the victory.

Junior Santos was solid over 4.2 innings of 2 run ball. The bullpen was tremendous going 4.1 scoreless.

Photo by: Andrew Gold

MetsJunkies MiLB Recap: Saunders Has 4 RBI Day for St. Lucie

Syracuse Mets (Postponed)

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (17-31)

The Ponies beat the Flying Squirrels 6-2. Jake Mangum and Quinn Brodey collected 2 hits. Toffey drove in 2 in a 4 run third.

Adam Oller pitched well over 5 innings, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 8.

Yeizo Campos pitched 3 scoreless in relief. He didn’t allow a hit and struck out 3.

Brooklyn Cyclones (17-31)

The Cyclones split a Doubleheader against the IronBirds.

Game one:

The Cyclones lost the first game 2-1 against the IronBirds. Cody Bohanek homered for the only run. Francisco Alvarez had a 2 hit game in the loss.

Jose Butto was good in a 6 inning complete game. He allowed just 2 runs on 5 hits with 9 strikeouts. It was enough to beat him.

Game Two:

The Cyclones beat the same IronBirds 7-6 in game two. Ronny Mauricio homered in the fourth inning for a 2 run bomb. It’s the top prospect eight of the season.

Brett Baty went 2 for 2 with a walk. Ashford and Bohanek drove in a couple of runs.

Jaison Vilera collected his first win of the year with 5 innings of 3 run ball.

St. Lucie Mets (27-22)

The St. Lucie Mets clobbered the Threshers 13-4. A big 7 run second inning, with 3 run homeruns from Warren Saunders and Nic Gaddis got the St. Lucie Mets going. Saunders drove in 4.

Joe Suozzi kept his strong season going, driving in 3 of his own. Luis Moreno pitched 5.2 innings of 4 run ball, which was more than enough for the St. Lucie offense today.

Yesterday was announced that Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez will represent the Mets in the Futures Game.

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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: 19 Year Old Junior Santos Solid in St. Lucie Win

Syracuse Mets (11-28)

The Syracuse Mets struggles continue, losing their 10th straight game 4-2. Conforto went 0 for 4, Almora 2 for 5 and McNeil went 1 for 4 in their rehab games.

Travis Blankenhorn kept hitting going 2 for 4 and Cheslor Cuthbert drove in both runs with his 3rd homerun for Syracuse.

Corey Oswalt allowed 3 runs over 3.1 innings of work. He got hurt with 2 long balls against.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (11-27)

The Rumble Ponies lost their 5th in a row, losing 4-1 to the SeaDogs. Nick Senger and Yoel Romero collected 2 hits, Quinn Brodey drove in the only run in the ninth.

Cole Gordon pitched well again, allowing just one run in 6 innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.72 with a 1.10 WHIP.

Brooklyn Cyclones (11-25)

The Cyclones lost to the Blue Rocks 8-4. Ronny Mauricio went 3 for 4 with a triple and one of the other tip prospect Francisco Alvarez went 2 for 4 with a 2B. Baty was hitless in the loss.

Blake Tiberi and Cody Bohanek drove in two, to split the total RBIs in the game for the Cyclones.

After two great outings, Alec Kisena struggled over 3.1 innings. He allowed 6 runs on 9 hits. Hard throwing reliever Montes de Oca allowed 2 runs in 2 innings without a K and three walks.

St. Lucie Mets (21-18)

The St. Lucie Mets beat the Hammerheads 7-3. Jose Peroza drove in two. Palmer and McIlwain collected two hits. Alex Ramirez drove in a run.

19 year old Junior Sanchez pitched well over 6 innings of 2 run ball. Luis Montas and Reyson Santos combined for 3 innings of one run ball to shut down the Hammerheads.

Photo by: Ernest Dove