Mets Minors Report 5/29: Nimmo Returns, Leathersich Slams The Door, Quintanilla’s Knocking
Last Night’s Quick Scores
- Las Vegas dropped to Reno, 6-5.
- Binghamton topped Altoona, 8-5.
- St. Lucie game was postponed due to rain.
- Savannah defeated Greenville, 8-3.
- Welcome back Brandon Nimmo! Nimmo finally returned from his stint on the disabled list, and was in the lineup for Savannah last night batting second, and playing center field. It was his first game back since April 29, and it showed. Nimmo was 0-for-5 at the plate, extending his hitless streak from before going on the DL to 0-for-25.
- Noah Syndergaard was perfect last night before the St. Lucie game was suspended by rain. The game will continue today but we’re not sure who will be pitching when the game resumes.
- First Base Watch: I noticed Ike Davis re-positioned his hands during last night’s game — he isn’t holding them over his head anymore, and they’re closer to his shoulders now (he must have read my piece on Fixing Ike Davis the other day). However, he is still dropping his hands way too low as he loads up his swing. This will take time to fix, as it’s all muscle memory, and he has to leave his comfort zone to re-train the muscles. In the meantime, two potential replacements for Davis, Josh Satin and Wilmer Flores, have been raking. Both had three hits in last night’s game. (By the way, MMO’s analysis is just as good as the stuff you see on TV from the “real analysts.” We had the Ike Davis fix a day before everyone else, and they basically repeated everything we said on ESPN and in the SNY booth.)
- In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Zack Wheeler alluded to the fact that he is ready. Wheeler said ”I’m just waiting on time. I think I’m ready, but it is really not my decision.” There is no doubt that Wheeler’s stuff is dynamite, and good enough right now to get major league hitters out. However, I’m still concerned about the command issues, which have reared their ugly heads again since his short trip to the DL.
- Jayce Boyd is still lighting up the SAL, has surpassed Kevin Plawecki in batting average, and he now leads the league in hitting (.354). Boyd has played the past ten games as a designated hitter due to a shoulder injury.
- Omar Quintanilla is not on the 40-man roster, but how much longer will the Mets allow Ruben Tejada to struggle while Quintanilla tears it up in Las Vegas? Quintanilla is hitting .328 for the year, and over his last ten games is hitting .483. I wonder if Tejada can hear the footsteps?
- Jack Leathersich has ice water in his veins. He inherited two runners in the eighth inning of last night’s game, allowing neither of them to score. He struck out five of the six batters he faced for his third save of the season. Awesome. Check out MMN for a Prospect Spotlight on Leathersich.
- Congratulations to MMN’s Pitcher of the Week, Matthew Bowman, and MMN’s Player of the Week, Josh Rodriguez.
- Bill Passanno gives you all the happenings down in St. Lucie, with his Lucie Logistics over at MMN.
- Angel Cuan was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week.
- Michael Fulmer threw an inning during an extended spring training game yesterday.
- Steven Matz was pulled from his start yesterday in the fourth inning, from what we were told was a blister and fingernail issue. Before being pulled, Matz allowed two runs on four hits.
- Be sure to check out this week’s Top Ten Prospect Tracker over at MMN today.
Stat Lines of the Day
Collin Cowgill: 3-for-5, 2 R
Josh Satin: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 R
Wilmer Flores: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R
Brandon Nimmo was activated from the seven-day DL.
Zach Lutz was placed on the DL with an oblique injury.
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About the Author: Mitch Petanick
MMO Player Analyst and prospect guru. Still lacing them up and flattening baseballs in the HVNABA. You can check out some more of my personal thoughts regarding Mets' Prospects at my personal blog www.metsprospects.com (but most of my stuff can be found right here on MMO). Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FirstPitchMitch
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