Sandy Alderson acquired another treasure from the Pirates

BN-NL495_NYMETS_P_20160407170035When Sandy Alderson became the General Manager of the Mets, he had the tough task of rebuilding the farm system, letting players develop, and try to make the Mets competitive as soon as possible. One of the teams that Alderson has negotiated with over his tenure has been the Pittsburgh Pirates. Out of the three trades with the Pirates that we will talk about, it has been interesting considering Alderson’s approach, as his most recent deal with Pittsburgh benefitted both teams in the present, while his other trades focused on long-term value.

Some of the trades are still not decisive to see who really benefitted, but it seems as if Alderson has gotten the most value after these trades.

August 27, 2013: The New York Mets trade C John Buck, OF Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 2B Dilson Herrera and RP Vic Black

The Mets were in their rebuilding era, and Alderson struck gold by signing the veteran Byrd. In 117 games, Byrd hit .285 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs. 2013 was a bounce back year, and he ended up rewarding the Pirates, as he had a productive 30 games towards the end of the season, hitting .318 with 3 homers and 17 RBIs. In the playoffs, he got them past the Wild Card round, hitting a homer against Cincinnati.

As for Buck, he provided insurance behind Russell Martin, and saw limited action while in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates won the NL Wild Card game, but lost in the NLDS to the St. Louis Cardinals. Both Buck and Byrd left the team in the offseason.

Meanwhile, the Mets got Herrera, who is currently playing in Triple-A Las Vegas, and was considered to be the second baseman of the future. His speed, quick bat and good glove could be a key contributor for the Mets in years to come.

Vic Black was also a promising arm the Mets got in this deal, and he had success in the big leagues in 2013, and was a fixture in the Mets bullpen during the 2014 season, pitching in 41 games with a 2.60 ERA. Injuries took a toll on Black who was fighting his way back to the big league roster last year, when the Mets decided that they had enough arms, and was outrighted off the roster.

This deal was fair to both teams, as the Pirates benefitted in the short-term, while the Mets got good value in the long-term. Most of this trade depends on what Herrera is going to do at the big league level, but the Mets certainly got a lot from this trade.

June 15, 2014: Mets send 1B Ike Davis to Pittsburgh for P Blake Taylor and P Zack Thornton

Ike Davis was one of the promising sluggers in the Mets organization, and had some success in the big leagues. In his rookie year, Davis hit .261 with 19 homers and 71 RBIs. He ended up finishing 7th in Rookie of the Year voting. The following year, Davis was battling injuries, and only played in 36 games. The next year featured a slow start, but resulted in Davis hitting .227 with 32 homers and 90 RBIs. 2013 was down year for Davis, as fans hoped he would show the power off, but it never came as he finished with nine homers. Early in the 2014 season, the Mets and Pirates agreed to this deal, as the Mets would get a promising prospect in Taylor, and a solid arm in Thornton

Davis did not find his old stroke in Pittsburgh, as he hit 10 homers while hitting .235. The next season, he went to Oakland.

The Mets got two arms in this deal, as Thornton never reached the big leagues with the Mets, although he put together some nice campaigns during his minor league career. Currently he is in Triple-A Las Vegas.

Taylor was ranked as the 19th best prospect in the Mets system last year, and this year was not on the list, which could be attributed to him getting Tommy John surgery.

This trade is similar to the previous one, as the Mets got long-term value while the Pirates got short-term value. Taylor looks to have quite some time in the minors, but he still is young at 20 years old.

December 9, 2015: The New York Mets Trade SP Jon Niese to the Pittsburgh Pirates for 2B Neil Walker

It looked as if the Mets were going to go with a younger player to start at second base throughout this year, whether it would be Dilson Herrera or Wilmer Flores. The organization knew that Daniel Murphy was not going to be a long-term solution, and did not want to lock up their NLCS hero for multiple years. There was going to be a new second baseman on the Mets, one who would look to provide some offense, but mostly solid defensive skills up the middle.

With the Mets’ depth of pitching, Sandy Alderson pulled off a trade that may be among his best trades as General Manager of the Mets. Jon Niese for Neil Walker would set the Mets up with a veteran presence for at least one more year, giving Herrera some time to start consistently in the minor leagues.

As of April, the Mets have emerged as big winners in this trade, as Walker has been relentless, hitting 9 homers with 19 RBIs, and a .307 average in April. Walker is tied for third in homers, and has been one of the most productive offensive players in the big leagues.

For the Pirates, Niese’s record of 3-0 is good, but his peripherals are not too impressive. Out of five starts, he has allowed three or more runs in four starts, has a 1.48 WHIP and a 5.08 ERA. The southpaw may have some adjusting to do, but the Mets look to be the winner of this trade.

One of the main concerns people had with Walker was his struggles against left-handed pitching. Last season, he hit.237 with zero homers against lefties in 93 at-bats. However, this season has been a revitalizing period for Walker from the right side of the plate. Kevin Long and Walker worked together to get rid of his toe tap, which has propelled him to success. In April, this adjustment worked awfully well, as he hit .421 with 3 homers and 5 RBIs in 19 at-bats. Although it is a small sample size, the improvement from last year’s number is already evident, and should be a promising sign for the Mets offense.

After the Niese for Walker trade, it seems apparent that Sandy Alderson has once again put a solid trade together with the Pirates. Granted the young players acquired have some time before they make contributions at the big league level, but Alderson has benefitted quite a bit from doing these trades.

Dogs Split Doubleheader with Delmarva to Wrap Up Six-Game Road Trip

Kendall Coleman (Jerry Coli)

SALISBURY, MD- Kendall Coleman slugged two home runs and the Charleston RiverDogs powered past Delmarva, 7-2, in game two to split a doubleheader with the Delmarva Shorebirds on Monday night at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium.

After dropping a 5-0 decision to the Shorebirds in game one of the pair of scheduled seven-inning contests, Coleman’s five RBI night propelled the RiverDogs (17-6) to victory and finish their six-game road trip with a 4-2 record.

The RiverDogs remain atop the Southern Division standings after finishing tied with Hagerstown for the best record in the South Atlantic League after a 16-6 month of April.

RiverDogs Blanked in Game One

Domingo Acevedo (2-1) worked from the stretch for much of his sixth outing of the season and pitched with baserunners on in each of his five innings of work to open the evening’s doubleheader. The 6’7” righty out of Villa Los Almacigos, Dominican Republic left a runner in scoring position stranded in each of his first two innings of work before giving up a one out triple to Delmarva centerfielder Cedric Mullins in the third followed by an RBI base knock by Ricardo Andujar that made it 1-0 Shorebirds.

In the fourth, Acevedo played with fire once again, loading up the bases with two outs with Mullins standing in. The switch-hitting outfielder ripped a single to right to score two, and a bobbled play in right by Jhalan Jackson allowed another two to score on a wild play that cleared that bases and made it 5-0 Delmarva in a flash.

Acevedo finished the night logging five innings allowing five runs (three earned) on eight hits while walking one and striking out five to pick up his first loss of the year. Delmarva lefty Brian Gonzalez (3-0) worked around a pair of walks and two hit batters to finish with six scoreless innings on four hits while striking out three.

David Palladino had an excellent bounce back performance, striking out the side in the sixth in his one inning of relief.

Dogs Slug Past Delmarva in Game Two

After being shutout and held to just four hits, all singles, in game one, Charleston’s bats came alive in game two, as they outhit Delmarva, 8-3, to back a solid one-two punch from Cody Carroll and Simon De la Rosa (1-1) on the mound.

Coleman rocked the first of his two long balls to the right field corner in the second after fellow Texan, Chris Gittens, led off the inning with a walk, to put the RiverDogs on top 2-0.

In the fourth, Gittens roped a double to the wall in right-center to lead off the frame and Coleman walked to put the Texas two-step on the base paths once again. Kyle Holder shot a base hit to right that scored Gittens, but Coleman was tagged out at the plate coming in right behind Gittens on a heave from Shorebirds right fielder Natanael Delgado, pushing the RiverDogs’ lead to instead just 3-0.

Delmarva made Carroll work in the fourth when three straight Shorebirds reached to lead off the inning and load up the bases. After a force out at the plate on a fielder’s choice ground out by Shorebirds catcher Yermin Mercedes, Ryan Mountcastle hit a blopper into no man’s land in left center field that would have landed for at least a two RBI base hit had it not been for the diving effort of Charleston centerfielder Jeff Hendrix who laid out for a web gem to keep it at a sacrifice fly and a 3-1 Charleston advantage.

After a pair of walks to lead off the sixth by Hoy Jun Park and Gittens, Coleman left no doubt with a three-run bomb to the same spot and then some over the right field wall that put the RiverDogs up 6-1. The two long balls from Coleman were his first two of the season, and his second and third extra-base hits of the year that all came in the series in Delmarva.

After back-to-back singles by Audie Afenir and Carlos Vidal, each their first hits of the season and their first as RiverDogs, in the seventh, Hendrix drove in the seventh run of the ballgame on an RBI fielder’s choice ground out to short.

The Shorebirds answered back with a run of their own off of Andrew Schwaab in the bottom half, but the RiverDogs would close out the 7-2 victory.

De la Rosa was superb in his two innings of relief, retiring all six batters he faced in order and fanning four in a row to pick up his first win of the season. Carroll held steady despite the bases loaded conundrum, finishing with just one run allowed on one hit with three walks and a pair of strikeouts.

The RiverDogs are back in action at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park on Wednesday, May 4 for a 7:05pm start against the West Virginia Power, the Single-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, to start a seven-game homestand. Join the RiverDogs and the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association as they help recognize individuals in the local service industry. Service industry employees, who show proof with a pay stub, will receive 30 percent off of their game ticket and food. It’s also a “Wine Down Wednesday,” presented by WEZL, as 50 lucky fans will be given free wine glasses and discounts in the Wine Garden from 6-7pm. There will be numerous in-game contests that spotlight our service industry members. It’ll also be Senior Wednesday as seniors who enter the stadium before 7pm will receive a free hot dog, chips and a drink.

Fans can tune in for every pitch of the RiverDogs season on WTMA 1250 AM in the tri-county area and online at riverdogs.com.  Ticket information for any of the RiverDogs’ remaining home games this season may be secured by contacting the box office at (843)577-DOGS (3647) or online at www.riverdogs.com.

 

–RIVERDOGS–

 

Bullpen Woes Sink Thunder in Akron

Catcher Kyle Higashioka had the only Trenton RBI in a Monday night loss. (Photo by Martin Griff)

AKRON, OH – The Trenton Thunder broke through for the game’s first run in the top of the 7th inning off Akron RubberDucks starter Adam Plutko, but a two-run bottom half of the inning sealed the fate of the Thunder in a 2-1 loss Monday night.

Starting pitcher Cale Coshow was dominant for the Thunder, allowing a hit to the second batter of the game and then not allowing one over his final 5.2 innings pitched. At the end of his night, he exited with a 1-0 lead and allowed one hit and three walks with four strikeouts over 6.0 shutout innings. He received a no-decision to keep his record at 0-1, but his season ERA lowered to 2.89.

The lone run of the game for the Thunder was manufactured in the top of the 7th inning. Tyler Austin was retired by Plutko to begin the frame before Lane Adams doubled to left-centerfield with one out. Dante Bichette Jr. followed with a strikeout, but Kyle Higashioka hooked a ball into the leftfield corner for a double and a 1-0 Thunder lead. Adam Plutko was lifted following the double and finished in-line for a loss after 6.2 innings with five hits, no walks, six strikeouts  and one run.

The bullpens factored into the game after Alex Smith entered in the bottom of the 7th for Coshow. Smith allowed a leadoff home run to begin the frame to Bradley Zimmer to tie the game, for Zimmer’s fourth homer of the season. A few batters later, runners were at first and third base with one out when Alex Monsalve connected on a sacrifice fly to center field to score Bryson Myles for what would be the game-winning run.

In the 9th inning, the Thunder loaded the bases off closer J.P. Feyereisen with one out. Dustin Fowler legged out an infield single on a simple groundball to the second baseman, Todd Hankins. That was followed by walks to Lane Adams and Dante Bichette Jr. to put in position to tie the game with the potential tying run just 90 feet away. The next two batters each struck out for the Thunder, snapping a four-game win streak.

The Thunder and RubberDucks return to action Tuesday night at Canal Park with a scheduled 6:35 p.m. first pitch. Pregame coverage begins at 6:20 p.m. on 91.7 FM and online at www.trentonthunder.com

Brody Koerner Starting Off Strong in 2016

Brody Koerner was superb for the RiverDogs (Jerry Coli)

Brody Koerner may not have been a big prospect in the 2015 draft, but so far, he’s pitching as if he were. Picked in the 17th round out of Clemson, Koerner has started 2016 strong with the Charleston RiverDogs. Strong enough to earn him a promotion to the Tampa Yankees, in the wake of the injury to James Kaprielian.

In three starts with the RiverDogs, Koerner has pitched 20 and 2/3 innings, striking out 21 and walking only three batters. His ERA checks in at 1.74.

Koerner’s success lies in constantly pounding the strike zone with a wide array of pitches. He features a mid-90s fastball, a hard sinker, curveball, slider and changeup.

“I just want to go out and throw strikes and I’m trying to stay in the zone, I want to be around 70% strikes, I think that’s a good number to have with all my pitches. That’s honestly the goal. Being a sinker ball guy, I want to get contact early, I want people to roll over stuff. That’s the plan, to pound the zone and go from there,” Koerner said.

How he chooses to mix those pitches up depends on how the opponents react to his pitches and how well he’s throwing pitches that day. “It just depends on what’s working that day. You just gotta make adjustments. There’s times where you read hitter’s swings and kind of see that didn’t see that very well or they saw this. And just watching video too to see what they did against other people and what the tendencies are in their swings. At the end of the day, you’re going to pitch to your strengths. If you can see small things that help you, you take advantage of them,” Koerner said.

The more he sees a hitter, the more of an advantage Koerner feels he has. “You start playing people again and again, you obviously have more video on them to see what their doing,” Koerner explained.

Koerner works constantly on his control when throwing between starts. “I work on it everyday, even in flat ground stuff playing catch, and with a couple out of the stretch and a couple out of the windup, keep that consistent release point and stay there,” Koerner said.

One of the areas Koerner feels he needs to work on is when runners are on base and keeping the ball down in the zone. “Out of the stretch, I’m working on holding the ball a little better and then staying back. Sometimes I get ahead of myself and rush, the ball flattens out and that’s not what I want being a sinker ball guy.”

Being on a strong pitching staff with Charleston has aided Koerner and also his teammates. “We’re pretty good about talking to each other and figuring things out. ‘Hey, I saw you do this.’ Even if it’s just something in playing catch. ‘Hey, you released it back here.’ Even if it’s just somethings like that helps and it goes a long way.”

The staff’s success creates an atmosphere of healthy competition. “I know after (Josh) Rogers went with his 7 and 2/3 against Columbia, I came up to him after I finished mine (7 and 2/3 innings performance) and told him we were tied.”

Moving up to Tampa, Koerner has fit well into a pitching staff that has been pretty successful in their own right.  So far he has appeared in 1 game for the Yankees Florida State League affiliate, allowing just 1 run over 6 innings of work while striking out 4 batters in his High-A debut against the Dunedin Blue Jays.

Gut Reaction: Mets 4 Braves 1 (5/2/16)

The Mets cracked three homeruns in the first inning, then put the game on cruise control for a matter-of-fact 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves.

David Wright, Yoenis Cespedes and Lucas Duda all homered, sandwiched around a Michael Conforto single off Atlanta starter Mike Foltynewicz. Those were all the runs starter Bartolo Colon would need. Colon was his usual imperturbable self, pitching eight easy innings, scattering seven hits and striking out seven. Colon was so much on his game that he didn’t go to a three-ball count on anyone until facing leadoff man Nick Markakis in the eighth inning. He was helped a bit by some sparkling infield defense from Asdrubal Cabrera, who made a beautiful catch with his back to the plate on a popup by Erick Aybar and from Lucas Duda, who made a great diving stop to rob Mallex Smith — “possibly the fastest man in the National League,” according to Gary Cohen — of a base hit. Jeurys Familia came on for the ninth, surrendering a leadoff double to Adonis Garcia, and a two-out single to Aybar for the lone Braves blemish on this game.

The Mets and Washington Nationals will be in a dogfight all year. It is quite possible that the NL East will be determined by who has a better record against these woeful Braves.

Matt Harvey faces Matt Wisler tomorrow night.

RailRiders Buffaloed by Bisons

Donovan Solano had a pair of hits in Monday night's RailRiders loss (Photo by Martin Griff).

BUFFALO, NY –  The SWB RailRiders (Triple-A/New York Yankees) fell to the host Buffalo Bisons (Toronto Blue Jays) on a chilly Monday evening, 5-3. The RailRiders (12-13) have lost nine of their last 13 while Bisons (11-13) have won four of the clubs’ five meetings on the young year.

The damage came from unexpected sources. Buffalo’s bottom four hitters entered the game hitting .163, .172, .196 and .158. The foursome went a combined 4-for-12 with three run-scoring extra-base hits, three walks and two runs scored.

Buffalo got on the board in the second when Junior Lake, the six-hole hitter, worked a one-out walk. A.J. Jimenez and former RailRider/New York Yankee David Adams followed with an RBI triple and RBI double respectively. An inning later, Andy Burns hit a leadoff double and later scored on a two-out fielding error by Pete Kozma.

SWB found the scoreboard in the fifth when Donovan Solano and Aaron Judge smacked back-to-back doubles off starter Wade LeBlanc. In the sixth,Rob Refsnyder hammered a double to left-center and two batters later came around thanks to Eddy Rodriguez’s second home run of the year for a 3-3 draw that prompted a pitching change.

Dustin Antolin relieved LeBlanc and retired the first seven he faced before issuing consecutive walks to Cesar Puello and Rodriguez with two outs in the eighth. Rodriguez’s walk came with a pitch-timer violation was called upon Antolin with a 3-2 count.

The Bisons summoned former RailRider and switch-pitcher Pat Venditte out of the bullpen, whom got a fly-out to deep center from Kozma to end the threat.

Buffalo began the eighth with a walk by SWB/NYY alumnus Jesus Montero and a single by Casey Kotchman against reliever Dan Camarena. Alexi Casilla entered to pinch run for Montero and Tyler Webb entered out of the bullpen. Lake grounded out to third, but advanced the runners. Jimenez delivered a sac fly and Adams bashed a first-pitch double to left for the 5-3 score that would go final.

Venditte (1-0) got the win while Camarena (0-1) suffered the loss.

The three-game series continues at 6:05 p.m. on Tuesday. SWB is scheduled to toss Chad Green (0-3, 1.44) against fellow right-hander Roberto Hernandez (0-0, 0.00).

The RailRiders return home for a nine-game homestand on Saturday, May 7. It starts with a two-game renewal of the IronRail Series against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies). The first 1,000 kids in attendance will receive a CHAMP bank courtesy of the Times Leader. It will also be Fit Track Day, a community outreach initiative that helps promote physical activity, healthy eating choices and a good night’s rest for kids. Participating children from area schools will be recognized on the field for their Fit Track efforts. For tickets or more information, please call 570-969-BALL (2255) or visit swbrailriders.com. 

OFF THE RAILS:

Eddy Rodriguez’s second home run of the season was also his second in as many games played. He went deep off of Rochester’s Taylor Rogers in game two of Friday’s doubleheader at Frontier Field. Rodriguez finished Monday’s game 2-for-3 with a walk.

Donovan Solano went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored. 

Rob Refsnyder’s sixth-inning double was his third extra-base hit of the year and his first since April 12 at Pawtucket. Refsnyder finished the game 2-for-4 with a run scored. He has hit safely in seven straight including a 7-for-18 (.389) performance on the road trip with five runs scored.

Before the game, the New York Yankees announced that infielder Deibinson Romero had been activated off of the SWB disabled list and utility man Jose Rosario was sent to Double-A Trenton.

Buffalo pitching coach Bob Stanley was ejected by home-plate umpire Chris Segal in the eighth inning.

 

Game Chatter: Mike Foltynewicz vs Bartolo Colon (5/2/16)

Herrera Named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week

Ronald Herrera pitched 8 no-hit innings to earn the victory. (Martin Griff)

The Thunder and the Eastern League announced that RHP Ronald Herrera was named the Pitcher of the Week for the week of April 25th – May 1st.

Herrera’s recognition comes after he threw eight no-hit innings as part of the second nine-inning no-hitter in franchise history on Tuesday night. He allowed two walks, hit one batter, and struck out five against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in his lone start of the week.

The 20-year-old right-hander, acquired in the off-season by the Yankees in exchange for INF Jose Pirela, is 3-0 with a 1.29 ERA this season. He’s allowed seven hits and four walks in 21 innings with the Thunder this season, striking out 20 Eastern League batters.

Your Thunder open a four-game series with the Akron RubberDucks tonight at 6:35pm at Canal Park. RHP Cale Coshow (0-1) will go for the Thunder, RHP Adam Plutko (1-2) will start for Akron. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:20 on 91.3 WTSR and online at Trentonthunder.com.

 

–THUNDER–

Mets Minors: Amed Rosario earning his top prospect label

Amed RosarioAmed Rosario is only 20 years old and was born in the Domincan Republic.  The shortstop prospect was signed by the Mets for a staggering $1.75 Million in 2012 and he began his professional career as a seventeen year old in Kingsport.

One of the things that happens with the very young prospects is that when they look over-matched by the older and more experienced competition, scouts and fans sour on them.  Look at Wilmer Flores, Fernando Martinez, Lastings Milledge and Alex Escobar about how they went from storied prospects to backup players.  For these reasons, I predicted that 2016 would be a big year for Rosario.  He’d either earn that Top 10 Prospect billing he kept earning or he’d wind up falling out of favor with the fans.

Let’s look at his Met career:

  • 2013 – Kingsport: .241/.279/.358
  • 2014 - Brooklyn/Savannah: .274/.320/.372
  • 2015 - St. Lucie/Binghamton: .253/.302/.329

In 2016 he’s seen something of an up-tick in production (which is something of a complete understatement).  He’s hitting (29 hits in 95 at bats), He’s hitting for power (11 extra base hits, including: 3 doubles, 5 triples and 3 home runs) and he’s stealing bases (5 in his first 23 games).

If one must look for negatives, there are still flaws with his game.  He’s striking out too often (18 strikeouts) and he’s not walking nearly enough (5 walks) but his patience will hopefully improve with time.

One thing is sure, he’s earned his mid-season promotion in 2016 and will soon find himself playing in AA.

AAA: Las Vegas 51s

T.J. Rivera is a Hit Machine – He’s got 14 hits over his last 10 games and continues to make a case for himself as a future bench player.

Travis Taijeron has learned a new trick - He’s still got power and still strikes out too often but he’s also learned to walk a bit more often and that can be the difference between a 4th outfielder and being a AAA journeyman.

Matt Reynolds is consistent - It’s hard to read too much into the offensive numbers that come out of Las Vegas but Reynolds seems to have gotten into a groove.

Gavin Cecchini is waking up - He started slowly but he’s starting to heat up and will attempt to parlay his OBP skills into a starting shortstop position somewhere.

Brandon Nimmo shows signs of life - He’s been very poor so far but he does have seven hits in his last four games.

Dilson Herrera following suit – It was a good week for Met AAA prospects as Herrera has 14 hits in his last 10 games.

Sean Gilmartin continues to impress – He walked four batters in his last outing but the results still look like a high caliber starter.

Rafael Montero back to starting - Hopefully the Mets will leave Montero in the minors until they need him to start or wish to commit to him relieving.

AA: Binghamton Mets

Dominic Smith starting to get going – He’s got 14 hits in his last 10 games and has his SLG over .400 thanks to his second homerun of the season.

Robert Gsellman shines without burning bright – Through 5 starts we’ve seen him last nearly 6.0 innings each time and nearly have more strikeouts than hits and walks combined.  With all these things, it’s hard to call Gsellman a “Top Prospect” as he just doesn’t have the stuff to maintain this success at higher levels.

Beck Wheeler is vying for MLB time – The reliever has been one of the few steady presences in the minors and seems poised to get the call at some point in 2016.

A+: Port St. Lucie Mets

Here comes Wuilmer BecerraAfter a rough start to the season he’s hitting .371 although the power and speed haven’t show up quite yet.

Tim Peterson is a pitcher to watch – He’s striking out lots of batters and stringing together quite a nice profile of relief appearances.

Josh Edgin’s rehab goes well - Edgin is through 4.1 innings of advanced A and should be onto Binghamton or Las Vegas soon.

A: Columbia Fireflies

Vinny Siena has a flaw - It’s hard to be upset with a player who has 14 hits over the last 10 games but Siena also has 12 strikeouts in that same span and that is too many for the second baseman to maintain.

David Thompson produces – He’s easily the power source for the Fireflies as he’s scored 8 runs and driven in 14  in the last 10 games.

Dash Winningham deserves a new nickname - Perhaps Dash Walkingham would be a better name for the first baseman.  He has 7 walks and only 2 strikeouts in his last 10 games.

P.J. Conlon hurls a beauty - 7.0 IP, 7 Hits, 0 Walks and 7 strikeouts is a very solid outing for the young lefty.

Chase Ingram stays on our good sides - Another week goes by and another solid pitching performance from a player I expect in the Top 20 of most prospect lists.

Gut Reaction: Giants 6, Mets 1 – 5/1/2016

Welp. You can’t win them all, right? The Mets dropped the final game of the series against the Giants on a soggy, miserable day at Citi Field 6-1, snapping their eight-game winning streak. There’s no shame in losing to Madison Bumgarner, even if he didn’t have his A game.

  • It was a pitching duel that mostly never was, as both Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard were off their game. Unfortunately, Thor was outperformed in this one. It was his shortest outing this season, as he went just 5.2 innings while giving up four earned runs with five hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. The book is out, and the opposing team once again ran essentially at will and went 3/3 in stolen bases against him. Although it ended up being moot in the end, this is something the team will need work on as the season progresses.
  • With the tough lefty on the mound, Terry Collins elected to sit both Curtis Granderson and Lucas Duda, in addition to giving Asdrubal Cabrera his first game off of the season. That left Eric Campbell at first, Wilmer Flores at shortstop, and Juan Lagares in right field to start the game. That sort of sounded like conceding the game before it even started against Bumgarner, huh? Well, Lagares had a nice day, going 2-4 with a double and continuing to make the most out of the opportunities he does get.
  • The red hot Michael Conforto got the nod, however, and had a rough go of it. He went 0-5 with three strikeouts and left five men on base. Let’s not overreact, Terry. Keep him in there against the lefties.
  • David Wright also had a nice day, going 2-4 and driving in the team’s only run.
  • The team once again struggled with RISP, going 1-8. They had chances to come back late, particularly in the seventh and eighth, but failed to capitalize. They left 12 runners on base.