Jose Reyes has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 left intercostal strain. Dilson Herrera was scratched from last night’s game for the Las Vegas 51’s. The easy conclusion to draw is that the New York Mets are about to put Reyes on the disabled list and recall Herrera to take his roster spot. The 22-year old Herrera, who has received 149 at-bats with the Mets over the last two years, appears to be on track to be the club’s second baseman next year. With Vegas this season, he ranks third on the team in three categories: hits with 96. home runs with 13 and RBI’s with 55.
On to other farm happenings within the organization.
Catcher Tomas Nido of the Class A St. Lucie Mets has been stinging the ball as of late. He has 17 hits in his last 45 at-bats, a .395 average with seven RBI’s and six runs scored. He leads St. Lucie in hitting at .317 and is tied for third in home runs with six. The 22-year old Nido was New York’s 8th round pick in the 2012 Draft out of Orangewood Christian School in Maitland, Florida. He has been an All-Star selection in each of the last two seasons and is on pace for his most productive season as a professional. Nido is not listed among MLB’s top 30 prospects in the Mets’s system but his numbers suggest otherwise. Only one catcher is in the organizational top 30, Ali Sanchez at #15 from the Brooklyn Cyclones. Nido deserves a spot as well.
If you are Matt Oberste, it is easy to get lost among the other Met prospects. He plays first base for Double A Binghamton, the same position and team that is home to Dominic Smith, New York’s top prospect according to MLB.com. He, like, Nido is not ranked in the top 30. However, that doesn’t mean that the 24-year old Oberste isn’t a productive player. Splitting time with Smith at first and designated hitter, his .291 batting average and 38 RBI’s are both second on the B-Mets and his .344 on-base percentage is tied with Smith for fourth. The right-handed hitting Oberste was a Post-Season All-Star in the Florida State League last season was named this year’s Top Star in the Eastern League All-Star Game with a 4 for 5, 4 RBI performance. He was New York’s 8th round selection in the 2013 Draft out of Oklahoma.
Despite struggling with a 13-19 record and in last place in the West division of the Appalachian League, the Kingsport Mets are only 3 1/2 games out of first place. 2015 fifth round selection Thomas Szapucki was outstanding for the Mets before being promoted to Brooklyn. The lefty allowed only two earned runs in 29 innings, a span covering five starts. As a team, Kingsport has good offensive numbers, ranking third in both on-base percentage at .342 and stolen bases with 41 and is sixth in batting average at .261. However, despite Szapucki’s dominance, the pitching staff has been less than average. Their WHIP (Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched) of 1.43 is ninth in the ten team league and their 4.71 ERA is eighth. The only solid number for the unit as a whole is strikeouts as they have compiled 298 of them, good for second.
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