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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Syracuse Mets (22-41)

The Syracuse Mets just held a big lead, beating the Red Wings 14-12. Syracuse got a big third inning, scoring nine runs.

A lot of good offensive performances as Syracuse collected 14 hits with 4 homeruns. Albert Almora, Khalil Lee, Patrick Mazeika and Drew Jackson homered. Jackson homer was in grand style as he hit a grand slam in the third.

Drew Jackson: 1 for 5, HR, 4RBI .253avg/.846OPS

Albert Almora: 2 for 5, HR, 2RBI .232avg/.721OPS

Travis Blankenhorn: 2 for 3, 2 2B, 2BB .250avg/.949OPS

Brandon Drury: 3 for 4, 2B .271avg/.814OPS

Patrick Mazeika: 1 for 4, HR, 3RBI .309avg/.847OPS

Khalil Lee: 2 for 3, HR, 2RBI .276avg/.918OPS

Wilfredo Tovar: 2 for 4, 2RBI .271avg/.741OPS

Three of the Syracuse pitchers had awful outings as Cobb and Nogosek combined to allow 9 runs over 2 innings. Banda pitched 4 allowing 3 runs (2 earned) in relief.

Binghamton Rumble Ponies (23-37)

The Rumble Ponies beat the Altoona Curve 4-3, after a 3 run eight got the Ponies the lead.

Wagner Lagrange: 2 for 4 .266avg/.719OPS

Nick Conti: 2 for 4, 2B, 2R, 2RBI .261avg/.697OPS

Adam Oller was strong and Allen Winans collected a 6 out save. Winans is unscored upon over 7 innings since his promotion to AA.

Adam Oller: 7IP, 6H, 3ER, 0BB, 6K. 5.12 ERA (W 4-3)

Allen Winans: 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K. 0.00 ERA (second save)

Brooklyn Cyclones (20-41)

The Cyclones got crushed 13-3 after getting 2 scoreless frames from Carlos Carrasco in his first rehab stint. The Cyclones offense wasn’t able to keep up with the BlueClaws offense.

Antione Duplantis: 2 for 5, RBI .255avg/.685OPS

Cody Bohanek: 1 for 4, 2B, 2RBI .205avg/.692OPS

After Carrasco was strong, the Cyclones bullpen struggled. Bryce Montes de Oca had the only scoreless outing out of the pen.

Carlos Carrasco: 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K. 0.00 ERA

Bryce Montes de Oca: 1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 1BB, 1K. 3.15ERA

St. Lucie Mets (33-30)

The St. Lucie Mets lost a close one to the Palm Beach Cardinals, who walked it off in the ninth 5-4.

Alex Ramirez: 0 for 5, 4K .248avg/.671OPS

Warren Saunders: 3 for 5, RBI, R .299avg/.731OPS

Oscar Rojas struggled with his control over 4.1 innings of work. Nolan Clenney got the loss, allowing the walk off run to score.

Oscar Rojas: 4.1IP, 5H, 3ER, 5BB, 5K. 2.91ERA

Nolan Clenney: 1.1IP, 2H, 1ER, 1BB, 2K. 2.70ERA (L 0-1)

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Rule 5 Draft Minors Phase

For information on the Mets pick on the MLB phase please see Rule 5 Draft MLB Phase. Most team participated in the first two rounds of the AAA draft. By the third round there were just 8 teams picking. The Mets were one of two teams to select in the 4th and the 5th round. The Reds were the only team to pick in the 6th round of the draft. I do not know the full details of how the minor rule 5 phase works, but I do understand that there is no roster restrictions. The Mets selecting as deep into the 5th round makes a lot of sense as they needed to add depth to their AAA team since most of the valuable farm pieces have yet to make it pass AA baseball. They had their eyes on depth as they selected 4/5 players who are age 27 and older.

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The following are the results of the 2020 Rule 5 Minors phase for the Mets:

Round 1 – 8th overall Mets selected Andrew Ferguson, CF from the Astros. Mets Lost Sebastian Espino, SS to the Blue Jays with the 15th overall pick.

This is perhaps the most intriguing depth piece added by the Mets. 28 year old CF Andrew Ferguson spent 6 years in the minors, where he slashed .293/.394/.440. He also has flashes of having some power and speed combo as he hit 11HR and 27SB (in 34 attempts) in 402 AB for the AAA Astro club, Round Rock Express. Good emergency piece if something happens to Nimmo (and/or Springer?!).

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In his three season with the Mets, 20 year old Sebastian Espino did not get a chance to play outside of the Appalachian league but that did not stop the Blue Jays from giving him a chance at AAA. He has a minor league slash line of .289/.322/.384 and only played 166 games. It appears like his glove is his most dominate tool as of right now, but he’s still developing so maybe he will add more pop to his 6’2 176lb frame. Blue Jays have great talent and depth at SS and 2B, so I do not expect Espino make a leap to the MLB.

Round 2 – 31st overall: Mets selected Justin Dillon, RHP from the Blue Jays. Mets lost Wilfred Astudillo, C to the Reds with the 35th overall pick and Ezequiel Zabaleta, RHP to the Rays with the 43nd overall pick.

27 year old Dillon has a combined ERA of 3.94 1.21 WHIP with 66 BB and 189 K in 124 IP in his minor league career. Here’s what Baseball America has to say about his scouting report in 2017.

The Hornets’ ace led them to the WAC tournament title as the club’s ace. A Tommy John surgery alumnus (2013) who missed much of 2016 with a groin injury, Dillon is a big-bodied 6-foot-3, 225-pounder who is more pitcher than power. He pitches off an 86-90 mph fastball that he commands to all parts of the strike zone, and he know how to use his slider, curveball and changeup. Nothing grades as plus as a pitch, but his command helps the four-pitch mix play up.

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19 year old Astudillo is another player who has not played passed the Appalachian league and will make a jump to the Reds AAA team. In his three season in the minors, he slashed .274/.323/.373 in 127 G with 434 AB 6 HR 53 RBI. He is also the younger brother of Twins fan favorite catcher William Astudillo.

23 year old Colombian RHO Zabaleta has played 4 years in the Mets minors system not exceeding HiA level. He is a bullpen arm with the following minor league totals: 186 IP 3.97 ERA 7.45 SO/9 2.52 BB/9 1.23 WHIP.

Round 3 – 47th overall: Mets selected Drew Jackson, 2B from the Dodgers. Mets lost Mitchell Tolman, 2B to the Giants with the 48th overall pick.

27 year old Jackson had a cup of coffee in the MLB in 2019 for the Orioles as he only made 4 PA with no hits and 1 walk. In his 4 years in the minors, he has a .259/.351/.387. In AAA he has 273 AB, 6 HR, 28 RBI, and 9 SB (in 14 attempts) logged.

26 year old Tolman was a free agent before being signed by the Mets in 2020 to a minor league contract and spring training invitation. While nothing major pops out in his minor league career he does appear to be a consistent bat throughout his career with a .266/.364/.378 slash line but only 26 HR in 1756 AB.

Round 4 – 54th overall: Mets selected Jesus Reyes, RHP from the Reds.

27 year old Reyes, is another player who had a cup of coffee at the MLB level. In 2018 he logged 5.2 innings with a 3.18 ERA and gave up 4 H 4R (2 which are ER) 1 HR 2 BB and 2 SO. His 4 year minor league totals are 436 IP, 3.67 ERA, 196 BB, 348 K.

Round 5- 54th overall: Mets selected Jose Zorilla, LHP from the Reds.

The only player under 27 year old made by the Mets. The 22 year old has had a rough career in the minors. He has not made it pitched above the Appalachian league and logs a career 5.0 ERA in 108 IP with 45 BB and 102 K. Mets will give him a chance at a AAA jump. Maybe the Mets can bring something out of him to turn him into a decent bullpen arm? If not, no harm is done as he does not take up a 40man slot.

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