Latest on Mets' top prospects: Dylan Bundy ejected for using sticky substance, Ronny Mauricio picks up two more hits
Here's the latest on how the Mets' top prospects are performing in the minors...
May 17, 10:10 p.m.
Veteran RHP Dylan Bundy had an interesting evening with Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. He went three innings before he was ejected for having sticky substance on his glove. Bundy, who was signed by the Mets in March, has made six starts with Syracuse. He's 0-2 with a 10.08 ERA and a 1.96 WHIP.
His final line on Wednesday: 3 IP, four hits, two runs, two walks and two strikeouts.
Ronny Mauricio went 2-for-4 with a double. His average stays at .358 and he has a 1.010 OPS. Gary Sanchez, who may be called up soon, went 1-for-2 with a strikeout.
May 14, 5:10 p.m.
Another day, another Mark Vientos highlight.
The slugger crushed his 12th home run of the season in Syracuse’s 9-3 loss to the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday afternoon. Vientos finished the day 1-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI.
He’s now hitting .331 on the season with a team-leading 35 RBI and a 1.092 OPS.
Ronny Mauricio also doubled twice to extend his hitting streak to seven games. He's hitting .353 with 17 doubles and a 1.011 OPS through 39 games.
May 13, 5:23 p.m.
Ronny Mauricio and Mark Vientos continue to force the Mets' hand with their production at the plate for Triple-A Syracuse as the duo had another excellent combined day in an 8-7 walk-off loss to the Buffalo Bisons.
Batting second, Mauricio got things started in the top of the first inning with a solo shot – his seventh of the season – that gave Syracuse an early 1-0 lead. Vientos followed with a double in the No. 3 slot in the lineup for his 11th two-bagger of the season.
In the top of the third, Mauricio and Vientos had back-to-back hits once again – this time singles – and both came around to score in the inning as Syracuse put up a four-spot.
Mauricio hit his 15th double to lead off the ninth inning and was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored and added a stolen base as he raised his average to .349 with a .999 OPS. As for Vientos, with his 2-for-5 performance, his average now sits at .333 with a 1.087 OPS.
Defensively, Mauricio and Vientos hooked up for a 5-4-3 double play in the fifth inning with Vientos getting the start at third base and Mauricio once again playing second base. Mauricio started another double play in the eighth inning after catching a line drive and doubling up the runner at first.
Vientos did have an error in the third inning that cost Syracuse a run. With runners on first and second, Buffalo attempted a double steal and catcher Gary Sanchez tried throwing out the lead runner at third base, but Vientos couldn’t hold on to the ball which allowed the runner to score.
May 9, 10:50 p.m.
Mark Vientos continued to swing a hot bat for Triple-A Syracuse, taking a 3-2 pitch deep to left-center field for a two-run homer with one out in the fifth inning on Tuesday night. Vientos has now homered in back-to-back games.
The first baseman also walked and was hit by a pitch. Vientos is now batting .339 on the year with a 1.144 OPS, 11 home runs, 21 extra-base hits and 29 RBI.
Ronny Mauricio, hitting right in front of Vientos and playing second base, added two hits in five times up. Mauricio ripped a two-out double down the right-field line in the seventh before leading off the ninth with a single. His average is now .336 with a .953 OPS.
May 6, 10:50 a.m.
On the same day GM Billy Eppler said a promotion to the Mets is definitely on the radar for Ronny Mauricio, the top prospect continued his hot start to the season in Triple-A.
Mauricio went 3-for-5 with a two-run triple, two singles, a walk, and a stolen base in Syracuse's 10-9 extra-inning win over the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
He's now hitting a team-high .353 on the season with six home runs, ten doubles, two triples, 19 RBI, five stolen bases, and a .982 OPS.
Mark Vientos has hit a bit of a cold stretch of late, going a combined 0-for-8 over the past two games.
May 4, 9:51 p.m.
Playing second base and batting second, Ronny Mauricio continued his stellar start with Triple-A on Thursday night, going 2-for-3 with an RBI (17) and stolen base (5). He raised his average to .342 and has a .982 OPS.
Mark Vientos had a rare off night, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout and a throwing error at third base -- one of three errors the Mets made on the night. However, the 23-year-old still leads the team in batting average (.354) and OPS (1.148).
Making his first start since his demotion from the big league club, David Peterson went five innings but gave up four earned runs on seven hits and five walks. The lefty struck out four and allowed a home run on 93 pitches (49 strikes) and took the loss.
April 22, 4:45 p.m.
The Syracuse Mets took a 7-4 loss to the Durham Bulls Saturday afternoon, but it was another productive day at the plate for prospects Mark Vientos and Ronny Mauricio.
Vientos tallied three his in five plate appearances with a walk and a strikeout and scored two runs. The third baseman is now slashing .368/.457/.706 with a 1.163 OPS and six home runs and 17 RBI in 68 at-bats in 2023.
Mauricio, batting in the six-hole and playing second base for the second-straight game, had three hits in five at bats with a two-out RBI to his credit. The 2023 spring training phenom is now slashing .360/.407/.720 with a 1.127 OPS and six home runs and 15 RBI in 75 at-bats this campaign.
Dylan Bundy, the 30-year-old right-hander who is trying to work his way back to the big leagues, allowed four runs on 10 hits (including four homers) over five innings pitched in his second appearance for Triple-A Syracuse.
April 18, 10:30 p.m.
Mark Vientos was half the offense for the Syracuse Mets on Tuesday night.
The third baseman on this night went 2-for-3, including a home run, with four RBI and two walks in the team's 9-8 loss to the Durham Bulls. He's now hitting .364 with six homers, a team-leading 17 RBI, and a 1.210 OPS.
Vientos also made a nifty play in the ninth inning with the score still tied 8-8.
Ronny Mauricio also had a good day, going 2-for-5 but he did strike out three times. He his now hitting .355 with a 1.193 OPS.
April 14, 9:55 p.m.
Brett Baty had himself a game Friday night for Triple-A Syracuse. The third baseman went 2-for-4, including a grand slam. He drove in five runs and walked.
Baty has raised his minor league numbers to a .400 average and a 1.386 OPS.
Ronny Mauricio also hit well, going 4-for-5 including a solo homer. He has raised his average to .380 and a 1.316 OPS.
Mark Vientos was hitless on the day (0-for-5) with two strikeouts. He's now hitting .283 with a .930 OPS.
April 13, 8:55 p.m.
Brett Baty and Ronny Mauricio went yard once again Thursday night for Triple-A Syracuse in their 4-3 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.
Baty’s dinger came in the third inning with two runners on and broke the scoreless tie. It was his fourth home run of the season. He finished the game 3-for-4 and now has a .387 batting average and 1.325 OPS, both tops on the team.
However, in the field and on the base paths, Baty didn’t fare as well as the third baseman had a throwing error and was caught stealing.
Mauricio finished his night 1-for-4 as his solo home run, his fifth of the season, in the fourth inning proved to be the difference in the one-run win. He batted sixth and played all nine innings at shortstop.
Mark Vientos went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts after hitting a home run Wednesday.
April 12, 10:15 p.m.
Mark Vientos continued his torrid streak down in Triple-A on Wednesday. In the Syracuse Mets' 9-6 win over the RailRiders, Vientos went 2-for-4 including a three-run blast and a walk. Vientos is now hitting .351 with an OPS of 1.145.
Brett Baty went 0-for-4 with two walks and a run scored.
Ronny Mauricio drove in two with a single in the third inning. The infielder, who was the DH on Wednesday, finished 1-for-5.
April 11, 9:20 p.m.
Brett Baty and two other Mets prospects had themselves a day Tuesday against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Baty went 3-for-5 including an RBI double and a solo shot. Tuesday was Baty's second start back from injury and after the game, the third baseman is hitting .391 with a 1.351 OPS.
Mark Vientos had one hit, but that lone knock was a solo shot of his own. Ronny Mauricio was 2-for-2 with a walk and a home run as well.
April 9, 11:55 a.m.
Good news on the injury front, as Brett Baty is back in the Syracuse Mets starting lineup on Sunday afternoon for their game against Rochester.
Baty is hitting second and playing third base.
The third baseman left Syracuse's game on April 5 due to right thumb soreness, and imaging then showed some inflammation, which sidelined him for just a few days.
April 6, 9:19 p.m.
For the second game in a row, Ronny Mauricio went yard for Triple-A Syracuse, hitting a solo shot in the sixth inning while Mark Vientos also stayed hot at the plate, hitting a home run in the fourth inning of the Mets' 6-1 win over Rochester on Thursday night.
In addition to the home run, a two-run blast, Vientos added two singles and a walk and finished 3-for-3 to bump his batting average to .364. He has a 1.163 OPS.
Mauricio went 2-for-4 at the dish and is now batting .385 with a 1.253 OPS. He did, however, make a throwing error at shortstop in the ninth inning -- his second error of the season.
Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez were not in the lineup as Baty continues to recover from a hand injury and Alvarez gets set to be called up to the big league club for its home opener on Friday afternoon.
April 5, 2:25 p.m.
Francisco Alvarez and Ronny Mauricio both homered for Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. And Mauricio did it twice.
Alvarez's blast -- his second of the season -- was a two-run shot to center field in the first inning.
Mauricio hit a solo homer to center leading off the second -- his first of the year. He then added an opposite-field line drive homer to right-center in the sixth on what was an absolute bullet.