Vientos homers for third time in two games

May 13th, 2022

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Vientos homers for third time in two games (May 12)
Mark Vientos got off to a slow start this season, but he’s been heating up as of late. The No. 4 prospect smacked a dinger for the third time in two games in Triple-A Syracuse’s 4-0 win.

Fresh off a multihomer game, the utility man put the icing on the cake in the 8th inning. Vientos turned on a 1-2 pitch from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre righty Vinny Nittoli and deposited it over the fence in left field for his fifth long ball of the season. In his past 10 games, the 22-year-old is slashing .290/.450/.710 with five extra-base hits, nine RBIs and nine walks. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Baty, Mauricio set tone with three-hit days at Double-A (May 11)
Middle-of-the-order duos in Double-A don’t come much more fearsome than Brett Baty and Ronny Mauricio. New Hampshire starter Nick Fraze found that out the hard way in Binghamton’s eventual 9-2 victory.

After top prospect Francisco Álvarez set the tone with a one-out single in the first, Baty cranked his second homer of the season to center field, staking the Rumble Ponies to a lead. After fouling the first pitch of his at-bat off, Mauricio followed up with a homer of his own to center, giving the second- and third-ranked Mets prospects back-to-back homers in their first turn through the order.

Yet both were far from done. 

Baty ripped a double in the fifth, which was followed up by an infield single from Mauricio, as both men came around to score later in the frame. The duo walked in lockstep their next time up in the sixth, before Baty socked his 11th double of the season in the eighth. Mauricio plated his left side of the infield partner, before their combined six-hit, four-RBI day came to a conclusion on the shortstop being thrown out chugging for an extra base.

Through 27 games, Baty has slashed .283/.372/.455 with an Eastern League-high 11 doubles. In 25 contests, Mauricio has delivered an .806 OPS with 13 of his 29 hits going for extra bases. -- Jesse Borek

Vientos, Plummer combine on 3 homers, 7 RBIs (May 11)
Mark Vientos and Nick Plummer supplied the power to lift Triple-A Syracuse over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 8-7, at PNC Field. The pair combined for six hits -- including three home runs -- and seven RBIs.

Vientos, the fourth-ranked Mets prospect, clubbed a pair of dingers and finished with three knocks and three runs scored. The 22-year-old smacked solo shots in the second and fourth innings, adding a single in the fifth and coming around to score in the inning. Vientos has four homers in 24 games this season.

Plummer, the No. 8 Mets prospect, was a sparkplug all game from the top of the lineup, banging a bases-clearing double in the fourth, a solo shot to center in the sixth and an RBI double to left in the eighth to match his career high with five RBIs. The 25-year-old has nine extra-base hits and 17 RBIs on the year for the Mets. -- Rob Terranova

Ramirez collects 3 hits for second straight game (May 7)
Alex Ramirez has been a non-stop presence through his first 23 games of 2022, and his performance in St. Lucie’s 13-9 loss to Palm Beach was no exception. The No. 6 prospect recorded three hits for the second straight day and mashed his second homer of the year.

The 19-year-old drove in a run with each of his three knocks, starting with an RBI double to center in the fifth that tied the game at 2. In the next frame, he once again plated the equalizing run with a single to left on an 0-2 pitch. In the ninth, he parked a 1-0 pitch over the wall in left-center for his third hit and third RBI of the game. It’s his fourth multihit game in his past five contests, and Ramirez is batting .380/.421/.590 with 14 extra-base hits and 13 RBIs. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Alex Ramirez is third in the Florida State League with a .380 average.Gordon Donovan/MiLB.com

Ramirez puts together four-hit night (May 3)
Alex Ramirez is quietly putting together one of the hottest starts in the Minors. The No. 6 Mets prospect recorded his second four-hit game of the season, singling three times and stroking his seventh double to help lead Single-A St. Lucie to a 3-1 win over Palm Beach.

Ramirez has hit safely in 17 of 19 games with seven multihit efforts. The 19-year-old is batting .358/.482/.531 with 10 extra-base hits, 10 RBIs and 10 runs. His 29 hits are tied for second among Single-A players. -- Michael Avallone

Ziegler fans nine in stellar start (April 29)
No. 11 prospect Calvin Ziegler had the best outing of his young career Friday with St. Lucie.

The right-handed pitcher struck out a career-high nine batters over 4 1/3 innings, pitching a no-hitter through four before giving up a single and a stolen base in the fifth.

Through four starts, Ziegler has pitched 14 2/3 innings, striking out 26 batters while allowing five runs for an ERA of 3.07.

The 20-year-old was drafted this past year in the second round with the 46th overall pick. -- Ethan Sands

Rentería injured in brawl (April 26)
Double-A pitcher Marcel Rentería tore the ACL in his right knee during Binghamton’s benches-clearing melee in Portland last week, according to multiple sources. Rentería will undergo surgery to repair the tear.

Video shows Rentería exchanging words with Sea Dogs designated hitter Tyreque Reed after hitting him on the hand with a pitch. Reed subsequently rushed the mound and punched Rentería, who escaped that portion only to be thrown to the ground by others. At some point during the melee, he tore a knee ligament. The team placed Rentería on the Minor League injured list, where he will stay until he is healed.

The Mets’ sixth-round Draft pick in 2017, Rentería made it to Triple-A Syracuse last season, but he allowed 21 runs (19 earned) in 19 innings at that level. He began this year back at Binghamton.

Unrelatedly, a source also confirmed that side-arming right-hander Thomas Hackimer will miss the entire 2022 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. -- Anthony DiComo

Mauricio triples up on doubles for Binghamton (April 19)
Ronny Mauricio is doing his best to warm up the chilly springs of upstate New York. The No. 3 Mets prospect stroked three doubles and drove in a run for Double-A Binghamton, which dropped a 6-5 decision to Portland.

The 21-year-old has hit safely in six of his first eight games, notching multihit performances in four of them. It was the first time in Mauricio's professional career he doubled three times in one game. He opened the scoring in the top of the first with an opposite-field two-bagger to right, doubled to left in the second and went back to right field in the fifth.

Spending a majority of 2021 with High-A Brooklyn, Mauricio batted .248/.296/.449 and set career highs in extra-base hits (40), homers (20) and RBIs (64). He's off to a .324/.361/.588 start with seven extra-base hits and six RBIs in 34 at-bats to begin the year. -- Michael Avallone

Álvarez continues torrid start with HR, double (April 17)
In his first taste of Double-A baseball this season, Francisco Álvarez hasn’t missed a beat. The Mets’ top prospect added two more extra-base hits to his ledger with his fourth home run and third double in six games.

MLB’s 10th-ranked prospect put the bow on a four-run inning that got the Rumble Ponies back within a run, using every ounce of his 5-foot-10, 233-pound frame to muscle a two-run dinger over the right-field fence. With the game tied in the seventh, Álvarez doubled to center to lead off the inning and came around to plate the go-ahead run en route to a 9-6 victory over Bowie. The 20-year-old catcher homered in his first three games of the season and is now batting an insane .375/.429/1.000 with 10 RBIs and seven of his nine hits going for extra bases. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Ramirez dials up four hits for St. Lucie (April 13)
He may not garner as much attention as the Mets' more heralded prospects, but Alex Ramirez is showing he's one of the organization's best for a reason. The club's sixth-ranked prospect has 12 hits through Single-A St. Lucie's first five games after doubling twice during the first four-hit performance of his professional career.

Ramirez drove in a pair of runs and scored once during his club's 9-3 win over visiting Clearwater. Playing in just his 81st game as a pro, Ramirez upped his average to .571 (12-for-21) with four extra-base hits, five runs and four RBIs in the season's first week. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound outfielder returned to the Florida State League after batting .258/.326/.384 with 16 stolen bases in 76 games for St. Lucie.

Meanwhile, one of the aforementioned Mets top prospects continued his hot hitting. Brett Baty doubled home a run duriing his second consecutive three-hit effort in Double-A Binghamton's 4-3 loss to Bowie. Baseball's No. 27 overall prospect is off to a 11-for-23 (.478) start to the 2022 campaign, including four doubles, seven runs and four multihit performances in his first five games.

Mets' terrific trio lights it up offensively (April 12)
The Mets could get used to seeing what their vaunted trio of prospects did for Double-A Binghamton. The club's top three prospects -- Francisco Álvarez, Brett Baty and Ronny Mauricio -- combined for seven hits, three doubles, two homers and six RBIs to lead the Rumble Ponies' offense in a 9-4 win.

Mauricio opened the scoring with a two-run double and Binghamton never looked back. The No. 3 Mets prospect added his first homer of the year, an opposite-field shot to left in his next at-bat and also swiped a base. Mauricio is off to strong start, hitting .316 with a .895 OPS, four RBIs and three extra-base hits.

After missing out on a homer by mere feet in his first at-bat, Álvarez left no doubt with his three-run shot in the seventh, which helped put the game away. New York's top prospect is batting .538/.571/1.385 with a homer in each of his first three games and seven RBIs.

Although Baty did not get in on the long ball party, the No. 2 Mets prospect contributed three hits, including a pair of doubles, for his third multihit effort in four games. Baty is off to a .421/.421/.737 start to the season with four extra-base hits. -- Michael Avallone