It was Savannah’s turn to get rained out last night, but the other three teams were in action as we begin to the post-Ike Davis era. More on the players coming back in the trade later, for now, here are last night’s games:
Reno 10, Las Vegas 7 (11 innings)
Rafael Montero was off, giving up 4 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings, walking 3 and striking out 6. Vic Black threw 3 shutout innings in relief despite 2 hits and 3 walks, but Jeff Walters gave up a 3-run homer in the bottom of the 11th to Didi Gregorious. Old friend Nick Evans homered twice for Reno. Eric Campbell was 3 for 5. Anthony Seratelli and Taylor Teagarden both homered.
New Hampshire 6, Binghamton 3
Darin Gorski allowed 3 runs in 6 innings, all on solo homers. The B-Mets got him off the hook and Cody Satterwhite threw 2 scoreless innings, but Jon Velasquez gave up 3 runs in the top of the 9th. Kevin Plawecki had 2 hits. Cory Vaughn doubled.
St. Lucie 15, Fort Myers 9
Michael Fulmer got chased early for the second time in 3 starts. He lasted just 2.1 innings, giving up 8 runs on 9 hits. Seth Lugo followed for 5 innings, allowing just 1 run and allowing the Lucies to get back in the game. Brandon was 4 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBI’s. T.J. Rivera was 4 for 6 with 3 RBI’s. Brandon Allen doubled, walked thrice, and drove in 2 runs. Aderlin Rodriguez was 2 for 6 with a double and 2 RBI’s. Phillip Evans was 2 for 5 with a double. Maikis De La Cruz hit a 3-run homer.
As for the Ike trade, the player we know is coming to the Mets is right-handed reliever Zack Thornton. He’s off to a nice start pitching out of the bullpen in triple-A and has always had high strike out numbers despite his velocity being average at best. He also has had big splits and had trouble with lefties, due in large part to a ¾ arm angle. Someone familiar with the Pirates who’s seen him pitched a few times called him “a decent bullpen arm” but not nearly the prospect that Vic Black is (who the Mets also got from the Pirates). His ceiling probably isn’t any higher than middle reliever who can be real tough on righties.
As for the player to be named later, the fact that it’s a PTBNL makes me think the player it a 2013 draft pick who can’t be traded until June. Rumors that it’s a “significant” prospect have me think it’s either outfielder JaCoby Jones, Pittsburgh’s 3rd round pick last year, or lefty Cody Dickson, their 4th round pick last year, as they’re significant prospects, but not top-10 caliber prospects. Of course, that’s just my educated guess, so we shall see.