Mets Minors Recap: Dunn Tosses Gem, McNeil Homers Again

Justin Dunn (Photo by Ed Delany/MMO

Salt Lake (45-40) 14, Las Vegas (40-45) 12   Box Score

Las Vegas came out on the short end of a long slugfest in this one. McNeil continued his ridiculous breakout season with a homer in the first, and he now has a 15-game hitting streak. In addition to den Dekker, Borenstein, and McNeil, Luis Guillorme and Ty Kelly both had multiple RBIs. Christian Colon also hit a single and a double and drove in a run. McNeil drove in another run in the seventh with his first triple as a 51. Kelly also hit a triple, driving in two runs in the third. Borenstein added his team-leading 19th home run, a two-run blast with tied the game at 12 in the eighth.

  • RHP Cody Martin (2-2, 7.42 ERA): 2.0 IP, 9 H, 9 R, BB, K
  • LHP Kyle Regnault (2-1, 5.77 ERA): 3.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Ian Krol (1-0, 2.56 ERA): 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Matt Purke (2-0, 4.93 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, R, 2 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Kevin McGowan (4-1, 4.39 ERA): 1.0 IP, H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Jacob Rhame (L, 1-2, 3.86 ERA): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, K

Martin was ineffective from the beginning, with the first four batters he faced all getting hits. A two-out three-run homer capped the five run first inning.

Krol, who has been only so-so with the 51s after posting a 1.71 ERA for the Bees, faced his former team and worked around two walks for a scoreless frame. Purke has been gradually turning things around as the season has progressed but his control problems returned in this outing, throwing only 12 of his 26 pitches for strikes while walking two. Rhame, who has been dominating in the minors since early May, finally showed some humanity by giving up a tiebreaking solo homer in the ninth and then giving up an insurance run-scoring double to former Met and 51 Eric Young Jr.

Binghamton (40-42) 2, Portland  (31-51) 1 Box Score

The Rumble Ponies offense scratched out just enough offense for them to win. Levi Michael has been a nice surprise but there was not much to expect from him. In the eighth inning, Tomas Nido drove home Josh Allen to give the Rumble Ponies a 2-1 lead. A lead they held for good. He has hit .310 over his last 10 games. Tim Tebow went 1-for-4.

It has been a nice beginning to Dunn’s career in Double-A. He looks like a new pitcher this season. Mike Mayer was at the game. He had Dunn throwing 92-95 on his fastball and still managed to hit 95 into the seventh inning. He had 13 swings and misses from Dunn while also praising his slider. Dunn has looked really good this season and his strikeouts have returned after going missing last year. Dunn will likely finish the season out in Binghamton and then begin the 2019 season with the Syracuse Chiefs.

St. Lucie (32-46) 4, Daytona (43-34) 1 Box Score

The St. Lucie Mets were trailing 1-0 heading into the eighth inning. In the eighth, Dan Rizzie tied it up with a homer. They scored three in the 11th. They were aided by a throwing error on the pitcher and “the runner starts on second” rule. After a multi-hit performance last night, Gimenez reached base twice. He is close to breaking out of his funk.

  • RHP Gabriel Llanes (2-8, 5.61 ERA): 5.1 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 8 K
  • RHP Matt Pobereyko (2-2, 2.32 ERA): 1.2 IP, 2 H, BB, K
  • LHP Seth Davis (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 1.2 IP, H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHP Stephen Villines (1-0, 1.50 ERA): 2.1 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K

Overall, the pitching staff got it done despite the six walks. Pobereyko has been pretty good aside from a bad stint in Vegas. The former indy ball pitcher has been a nice surprise for the Mets. Villines picked up his first save as a St. Lucie Met. The sidearmer has eight strikeouts in 5.2 innings pitched this year.

Columbia (41-38) 2, Augusta (41-40) 1 Box Score

The two Stanford Cardinals supplied all the offense in the game for the Fireflies. It has been a struggle for Brodey but at least he his able to hit for some power in a pitchers league. Winaker has been much better, and that too after a dreadful April. He hit .220/.327/.305 in April but now his OPS is all the way up to .756.

This was a classic Viall start. Walk a lot of guys and strikeout a lot of guys. He walked 20% of the guy and struck out 50% of the guys he faced tonight which just seems crazy. Hernandez recently converted to the pen and has had success. The Mets might be trying the “Adonis Uceta” method with him.

Staten Island (6-12) 5, Brooklyn (11-7) 1 Box Score

  • Carlos Cortes 2B: 0-for-4, 2 K
  • Chase Chambers 1B: 0-for-4, 2 K, .345/.433/.448
  • Brian Sharp 3B: 1-for-3, Run, HR, RBI, K, .207/.324/.414

Cortes went hitless and did not reach base in professional debut. The Cyclones only had five baserunners the whole game and their only run was courtesy of a solo homer by Brian Sharp. Chambers is having a very nice beginning to his professional career but probably belongs in Columbia at this point.

  • LHP Kevin Smith (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 3 IP, H, BB, 5 K
  • LHP Joel Huertas (0-1, 20.25 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, 5 ER, 2 BB
  • RHP Trent Johnson (0-1, 6.75 ERA): 2 IP, 2 H, 2 K
  • RHP Tommy Wilson (0-0, 0.00 ERA): 2 IP, K

Smith was making his first professional start. The tall lefty has a decent fastball that can reach 94 MPH and has a very high spin rate on his slider. There is hope he can be a left handed reliever at the very least, if not something more. Wilson (Biff’s son) made his professional debut in this one.

Pulaski Yankees (6-8) 5, Kingsport Mets (8-5) 2 Box Score

  • Luis Santana 2B: 0-for-3, BB, K, .327/.404/.469
  • Anthony Dirocie CF: 0-for-3, BB, 2 K, .452/.520/.857
  • L.A. Woodard DH: 2-for-3, BB, K, .385/.385/.615

A rare off night for the Kingsport offense. Woodard has not played a ton but has shown some promise when able to play. His speed was raved about when drafted. Dirocie really needs to be moved up. He hit for a ton of power in Kinsport last season and is finally combining that will a great all around slash line.

  • RHP Daison Acosta (0-1, 5.40 ERA): 3 IP, H, 2 BB, 6 K
  • LHP Joshua Walker (1-0, 0.00 ERA): 3 IP, 3 H, 4 K
  • RHP Liam McCall (0-1, 9.00 ERA): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K
  • RHP Nelson Leon (1-0, 10.80 ERA): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 K

McCall blew a 2-0 lead in the seventh inning while Leon poured gasoline on the flames. McCall was a 29th round draft pick from 2017. He has given up six runs in his last two outings.

GCL Mets (8-5) 5, GCL Astros (3-10) 1 Box Score

  • Ronny Mauricio SS: 1-for-5, Run, RBI, .345/.322/.509
  • Jarred Kelenic CF: 1-for-5, 2 Runs, 3B, RBI, 2 K, .464/.500/.643

These two are an exciting duo to keep track of. Both are very advanced for their current league. Kelenic really has no business still being in this league. Mauricio might have a case to move up too but he is still very young and playing time for middle infielders is tough right now in Kingsport.

Guzman was only recently promoted from the DSL. He is a lanky but older pitcher but does not miss a ton of bats. Taylor has been solid this season out of the bullpen. He has worked as a swingman and has not allowed many baserunners to reach.

DSL Mets1 (16-11) 2, DSL Yankees (13-14) 1 Box Score

The DSL Mets1 were trailing 1-0 heading into the ninth inning. Malvin Nunez tied the game up with a double. Adrian Hernandez walked it off right after him. He had a rough stretch of games recently but has had a nice couple of games which hopefully means he is back on track.

  • LHP Cesar Loaiza (3-0, 1.05 ERA): 5 IP, H, 2 BB, 10 K
  • LHP Nixon Silva (2-0, 1.42 ERA): 4 IP, ER, BB, 3 K

Both of these guys started their professional career later than others have but both have performed well. They are still teenagers and could see some action in the GCL soon, Loazia especially.

DSL Mets2 (14-13) 8, DSL Rangers2 (16-9) 5 Box Score

The youngster hit his first two homers of his professional career. Overall, the offense went 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position in this one. Solid day for them.

  • RHP Andres German (2-0, 2.38 ERA): 3 IP, 3 H 3 R (1 ER), 4 BB, 6 K
  • RHP Antonio Villalba (1-1, 2.35 ERA): 1.1 IP, H, 2 R (both unearned), 2 BB
  • LHP Jefferson Escorcha (1-2, 1.64 ERA): 3.2 IP, H, 5 K
  • RHP Juan Martinez (2-1, 2.08 ERA): 1 IP, BB, K

Escorcha has been pretty good this season but this is also his second go-around of the league. The Mets should move him up soon so they can get a better look at what he is.

Las Vegas portion of recap done by Mojo Hill.

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