New York Minor League Report 6-15-16

Things have not been going well lately for both New York baseball teams. Both the Mets and Yankees are in the midst of three-game losing streaks that are pushing them a bit farther away from playoff contention. Mind you, the Mets are in a much better position than their crosstown rivals but if they continue to be futile offensively, they might be viewing the postseason from home. So let’s move on to happier things, shall we? We can always find happy things going on in the Minor Leagues. Here is a look at one player and one team from each organization that had the best week.

credit: Bruce Adler of the Binghamton Mets

credit: Bruce Adler of the Binghamton Mets

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The Mets

Last week, third baseman T.J. Rivera from the Triple A Las Vegas 51’s was named the Pacific Coast Player of the Month for May. The Bronx native banged out 47 hits and 31 RBI’s during the month, both tops in the PCL. He has kept it going in June. The 27-year old Rivera has eight hits over his last 20 at-bats to raise his batting average to .363, second best among all hitters. He is also tied for second in RBI’s with 52 and is tenth in on-base percentage at .402. Rivera is listed as a shortstop but has primarily seen time at third base. He has also played a total of 25 games between first, second and left.

The St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League went 5-2 over the past week, punctuated by back-to-back shutouts of the league-leading Tampa Yankees. They also scored 27 runs in taking three out of four from the Dunedin Blue Jays. The Mets enter play today with a record 32-31, two games behind the South-leading Bradenton Marauders. The first half of the season in FSL will be finished next week with the second half of play to begin shortly afterwards.

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The Yankees

We stay in the Florida State League for the Yankees as Chance Adams was named the FSL Pitcher of the Week. On Friday, June 10th, the 21-year old right-hander threw five no-hit innings and struck out a career-best ten batters as Tampa defeated Bradenton by a score of 3-2. Adams, the club’s fifth round pick last season, has struck out 73 hitters in 57 2/3 innings, a span covering 12 starts. Opponents have hit only .196 off him and his WHIP (Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched) is 0.96. Adams’ stellar campaign in Tampa earned him a promotion to Double A Trenton this past Monday.

The Charleston River Dogs captured the first half title of the Southern Division in the Class A South Atlantic League. It represents the first playoff appearance for Charleston in 11 years. They currently own a record of 39-25, a game off the best overall record in the league which is owned by the Hagerstown Suns. The River Dogs went 5-3 over this past week including back-to-back 3-0 shutouts of the Asheville Tourists. The main reason why Charleston won the first half crown was their pitching staff which owns league bests in ERA (2.88 only team under 3.00) and WHIP (1.13).

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