In the midst of trades and injuries, the Mets announced 5 participants for the Arizona Fall League yesterday. They will be Cory Vaughn, Cam Maron, Aderlin Rodriguez, Chasen Bradford, and Hansel Robles. Now onto last night’s games and the minor league playoff chase, and at the end will be my thoughts on the John Buck and Marlon Byrd trade:
Colorado Springs 13, Las Vegas 12
Giancarlo Alvarado gave up 6 runs in 6 innings. Jack Leathersich, who moved to Binghamton and then back to Vegas within a couple days, allowed 3 runs in 1 inning. D.J. Mitchell gave up the final 4 runs and took the loss. Mike Baxter was 2 for 4 with a 3-run homer. Ruben Tejada was 3 for 5. Brandon Hicks had 4 hits. Francisco Pena doubled twice. Despite the loss, Vegas still has a 2.5 game lead in the division and a magic number of 5.
Binghamton 3, Bowie 2
Logan Verrett won his 12th game of the season, allowing 1 run over 5 innings. Chasen Bradford, Adam Kolarek, and Jeff Alters combined for the final 4 innings; Walters now has 37 saves on the season. Josh Rodriguez, Richard Lucas, and Wilfredo Tovar had 2 hits each. Lucas, Tovar, and Blake Forsythe all had doubles.
St. Lucie 4, Charlotte 2
Angel Cuan threw 6 innings, allowing just 2 runs. Cody Satterwhite threw 2 shutout innings and T.J. Chism notched his 19th save of the season. Jayce Boyd was 2 for 4. Boyd, T.J. Rivers, Kevin Plawecki, and Rylan Sandoval all drove in a run.
Rome 14, Savannah 1
Marcos Camarena got knocked around for 8 runs in 4 innings, and Wanel Mesa gave up 6 more in 2 innings. Position player Dimas Ponce pitched the final inning. Brandon Nimmo was 1 for 4; he had 1 of the Gnats’ 5 hits.
Tri-City 5, Brooklyn 3 (16 innings)
The Cyclones lost a heartbreaker in 16 innings. Dawrin Frias struck out 11 while allowing 3 runs over 6 innings. Paul Paez threw 4 shutout innings n relief, and Johnny Magliozzi and Tyler Vanderheiden each threw 2 shutout innings. Gavin Cecchini was 2 for 6 with a double, RBI, and 2 walks. Matt Oberste was 3 for 6. L.J. Mazilli struck out 5 times, but also homered. Aberdeen also lost, so the Cyclones remain a half game back with a lot of baseball left to play.
Kingsport 5, Pulaski 3
Yoan Gonzalez let up 3 runs over 6 innings, and the bullpen took it the rest of the way to secure the win for the K-Mets. Jeff McNeil, Victor Cruzado, Joe Tuschak, and Pedro Perez had 2 hits each. Perez tripled; after turning 19 mid-season, he’s hitting .260/.315/.356. The K-Mets are a half game out of first place and 2 games up for the final playoff spot with 3 games to play.
GCL Cardinals 11, GCL Mets 6
Frank Francisco made another start, giving up 2 hits and striking out 1 in a scoreless inning. Casey Meisner followed for 6 innings, allowing 3 runs on 5 hits. Ramon Estevez and Gaither Bumgardner both allowed 4 runs each. Jean Rodriguez, Jose Garcia, and Branden Kaupe had 2 hits each. Dom Smith was 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s.
With regard to the Buck and Byrd trade, I like it. They’ve been great for the Mets this year, but keeping them another month isn’t going to do anybody any good. More importantly, Sandy didn’t let them go for nothing. Dilson Herrera is a legitimate prospect who was on the cusp of the top 10 in a real good Pirates farm system, and he’ll likely be a top-10 prospect on almost every single Mets prospect ranking this winter. He’s a second baseman, he runs pretty well, he hits for a solid average, he’s shown some power, and he’s been called the best defensive second baseman in the South Atlantic League. He’s only 19 and he’s spent all season in the South Atlantic League. For reference, he’s exactly a year young than Brandon Nimmo, who also spent all season in the South Atlantic League. Also like Nimmo, Herrera played in the Futures Game this year. He’ll need at least two more full seasons, maybe three, but he’s a legitimate prospect and well worth going without Byrd and Buck for a month. There’s also a player to be named later, so we’ll see what comes of that.