Over the last year, the New York Mets have dipped into their Minor League system quite a bit. They have promoted promising outfielders Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo and have dealt away promising prospects such as Michael Fulmer in order to improve the Major League roster. It is safe to say other than the shuttling back and forth of relievers from Triple A Las Vegas, the Mets will not be touching players on the farm in order to swing more deals. In order to deal a prized player such as shortstop Amed Rosario, New York would be looking for a sizeable return that is under club control for at least the next two seasons.
The Las Vegas 51’s came into their All-Star Break with a record of 46-43, good for second place and 6 1/2 games behind the El Paso Chihuahuas. They dropped three consecutive games heading into the break and owned a mark of 4-6 in July. The 51’s are sending three players to the Triple A All-Star Game which will be played Wednesday night: third baseman T.J. Rivera, designated hitter Travis Taijeron and starting pitcher Gabriel Ynoa. Taijeron participated in the AAA Home Run Derby but was eliminated in the first round.
With a record of 39-49, the Double A Binghamton Mets haven’t had a lot to cheer for. One of the bright spots in the team is second baseman Derrik Gibson who was signed by the organization last November. In his last ten games, the 26-year old Gibson has 14 hits in 35 at-bats, a .400 average. He was originally selected in the second round of the 2008 Draft out of Seaford High School in Seaford, Delaware by the Boston Red Sox. The 26-year old Gibson spent seven seasons in their organization, rising as high as the Triple A level in 2014. For the B-Mets, the right-swinging Gibson is hitting .283 and owns a .366 on-base percentage with eight stolen bases, both club-highs.
Ricky Knapp of the St. Lucie Mets continues to shine in the Florida State League. His 2.08 ERA is second-best among all Sunshine State pitching and he also owns a 1.11 WHIP (Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched). The 24-year old Knapp, taken in the eighth round of the 2013 out of Florida Gulf Coast, is 7-4 in 90 2/3 innings over 14 total appearances, 13 of which were starts. The right-handed pitcher made one start for the B-Mets on July 2nd, hurling seven innings of two-run ball in a 9-2 Mets’ victory. In three of his 13 starts, Knapp has allowed zero runs, pitching a total of 22 innings in those outings.
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