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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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: 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: 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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