Mets Minors Peak Performers: Vientos Continues Power Surge

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Las Vegas – Peter Alonso, 1B

Age: 23
Season Stats: .278/.397/.543, 21 2B, 3B, 26 HR, 95 RBI
Week Stats: .300/.391/.750, 3 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBI

Whether it was the challenge of playing alongside Dominic Smith, who is on a power tear himself, or just adjusting to a higher league, Alonso finally looks like the guy he was earlier this year in Binghamton.  He is not just destroying baseballs, but he is also drawing walks and getting on base.  If he keeps this up, even if the organization has been lockstep in not wanting to do it, he may eventually force his way to the majors this year.

Binghamton – Andres Gimenez, SS

Age: 19
Season Stats: .285/.356/.427, 24 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 36 RBI, 31 SB, 11 CS
Week Stats: .316/.435/.421, 2 2B, RBI

After first struggling when he was first called up to Double-A, Gimenez is once again putting up terrific numbers, which are all the more impressive when you consider he’s 5.3 years younger than league average.  Like the future top of the order hitter he is, Gimenez is getting on base at a high rate.  With the way he is playing, he could be in Flushing much sooner than anticipated.

St. Lucie – Joe Cavallaro, RHP

Age: 23
Season Stats: 10-3, 3.25 ERA, 108.0 IP, 1.148 WHIP, 9.8 K/9
Week Stats: 1-0, 2.38 ERA, 11.1 IP, 1.147 WHIP, 13.5 K/9

In continuing this week’s theme, Cavallaro has adjusted to the higher level, and this week, he has started putting up similar numbers to what he was putting up with Columbia.  His first of the two starts this week was the more impressive with him allowing no earned runs while allowing just three hits and walking two in six innings.  In both starts, he put up big strikeout numbers striking out 17 batters in his 11.1 innings pitched.

Columbia – Tony Dibrell, RHP

Age: 22
Season Stats: 4-5, 3.16 ERA, 102.2 IP, 1.266 WHIP, 10.5 K/9
Week Stats: 0-0, 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 0.500 WHIP, 15.0 K/9

Clearly, something has clicked with Dibrell.  After walking 4.8 batters per nine over his first 14 starts with a 2.2 K/BB ratio, Dibrell has drastically cut down on the free passes.  Over his last four starts, Dibrell has walked just four batters over 25.0 innings while striking out 30 batters.  That includes his start this past week where he struck out 10 and walked two in six innings pitched.  There’s a term for the way Dibrell is pitching – dominance.

Brooklyn – Carlos Cortes, 2B

Age: 21
Season Stats: .277/.348/.396, 2 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 12 RBI, SB
Week Stats: .381/.435/.571, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

The Mets are apparently big believers in Cortes with the team having drafted him twice and having given him an overslot bonus to entice him to forego his senior year of college.  This past week shows exactly why the Mets were so high on him.  He’s a middle infielder who can not only really hit, but he’s also a baseball rat who will do anything to get better as a player. This includes the naturally left-handed Cortes learning how to field right-handed so he could play second base.

Kingsport – Mark Vientos, 3B

Age: 18
Season Stats: .297/.368/.538, 8 2B, 9 HR, 36 RBI, SB
Week Stats: .478/.520/.913, 2B, 3 HR, 8 RBI, SB

Sometimes things are coincidences, but those coincidences are awfully difficult to ignore.  By July 9th, Vientos was struggling at the plate hitting .275/.362/.392 and really showing none of the power which made the Mets so high on him when they drafted him in the second round last year.  Well, once Jarred Kelenic was called-up, Vientos has taken off hitting .309/.371/.617 with five doubles, eight homers, and 27 RBI.  Suddenly, a guy who was nowhere the top 10 in any offensive category is fourth in homers and third in RBI.

Gulf Coast – Jaylen Palmer, INF

Age: 18
Season Stats: .314/.364/.333, 2B, 6 RBI, 2 SB
Week Stats: .364/.417/.455, 2B, 3 RBI, SB

Palmer is a Flushing native and this year’s 22nd round draft pick.  He is a bit raw with a ton of potential, and this past week, he seemed to put some of it together with this easily being his best stretch as a professional.  Ultimately, Palmer has the talent to get this stretch going and to hopefully earn a promotion late in the season.

DSL – Eduardo Salazar, OF

Age: 17
Season Stats: .291/.385/.337, 2 2B, 3B, 8 RBI
Week Stats: .556/.625/.556, 2 RBI

Salazar was given the fourth highest bonus ($125,000) among the Mets 2017 international free agents.  In his first professional season, one thing that is standing out is his patience and eye at the plate with him drawing a walk in 14.9 percent of his plate appearances.

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