Coming off his shortest outing of the year, one where he was removed after a 41-pitch second inning, Corey Oswalt rebounded with six shutout innings for Double-A Binghamton Saturday night. It was the ninth time in his last 13 outings that Oswalt has limited the opposition to fewer than two runs and he has a 1.57 ERA in that stretch. For the season, he’s second in the Eastern League with a 2.26 ERA.
Oswalt missed half of the 2016 season with a shoulder injury but when he returned he performed well at Hi-A St. Lucie, going 4-2 with 68 Ks and 18 BB in 67.2 IP. His season continued in the Arizona Fall League, where he went 4-1 with a 3.33 ERA, competing against the top prospects in baseball.
Originally a seventh-round pick in the 2012 Draft, Oswalt received an above-slot bonus. He put up strong back-to-back seasons, first at Brooklyn (6-2, 2.26 ERA) and then in Savannah (11-5, 3.36 ERA) in 2014-15 but questions remained because of the pitcher-friendly nature of those parks. But moving up in levels, as well as to more neutral parks has not slowed him down. At 6’5, 245 pounds, Oswalt has an ideal pitcher frame. He touches the mid-90s with his heater and throws both a slider and a change. The development of his offspeed pitches will determine his future role.
In his last nine games, SS Amed Rosario is batting .415 with a .968 OPS and has fanned just three times in 44 PA. But he hasn’t played for the 51s since 7/6. Instead, Rosario found himself playing in the Futures Game on Sunday in Miami and on Wednesday, he’ll be the starting shortstop for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All Star Game… 1B Dominic Smith has hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games. Baseball America named him the 50th-best prospect in the game in its midseason prospect list… Since being returned to the minors, C Kevin Plawecki has a .336/.380/.558 line in 121 PA… RHP Hansel Robles has had a rough go of it since being sent down but he’s notched four consecutive scoreless appearances, with 5 Ks in 5 IP.
The hits are falling in for 2B/SS Luis Guillorme, who is considered the top defensive middle infielder in the system. Guillorme has 23 hits in his last 15 games. While he has very little power, he does have 14 BB in this stretch, too… 3B David Thompson has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. Since April 30 he has a .293/.378/.473 line in 238 PA, with a 16.4 K%… On Wednesday, RHP Chris Flexen won for the fourth time in five appearances since his promotion to Double-A. He has 3 BB and 34 Ks in 33.2 IP for the Rumble Ponies.
3B Jhoan Urena has hit safely in eight of his last nine games and has six doubles in that stretch… After notching 16 XBH in his first 117 PA this year, C Patrick Mazeika has just eight in his last 199 trips to the plate. He has a .238/.357/.310 line in his last 47 games… In 13 games since his promotion, OF Tim Tebow is batting .315 with a .951 OPS. Those numbers were .220 and .648, respectively, in Lo-A… RHP Merandy Gonzalez has given up fewer than 2 ER in all three of his starts since his promotion and has 16 Ks in 17.2 IP.
OF Desmond Lindsay returned to action after missing nearly a month with an undisclosed injury. He’s hit safely in all four games since his return… SS Andres Gimenez is struggling, going hitless in his last 18 ABs… OF Jay Jabs has hit safely in five of six games this month, with 4 XBH in 22 ABs… LHP Thomas Szapucki left Thursday’s start in the first inning due to pain in his pitching forearm.
SS Edgardo Fermin, making his U.S. debut this year, had three multi-hit games this week for Kingsport. He was signed out of Venezuela as a 16 year old back in 2014… SS Mark Vientos, the club’s second-round pick in the 2017 Draft, hit his first professional HR Sunday. He also doubled in the game… OF Quinn Brodey, the Mets’ third-round pick in the 2017 Draft, is batting .286 for Brooklyn after 12 games… 2B Gregory Guerrero had a good weekend, going 2-4 with a double and 2 RBIs on Saturday and he followed that up with a 3-hit game with a double and 3 runs on Sunday. Guerrero and Gimenez were the club’s two big signees among the 2015 International Free Agent class.
Three other notes to pass along. The Mets signed 2017 first-round pick David Peterson to a slot-level deal. The 20th overall pick of the draft will receive $2,994,500.
On Thursday the Mets announced that RHP Cameron Planck, an 11th-round pick in the 2016 Draft who signed for $1 million and 1 dollars, will undergo shoulder surgery. He will not pitch this season after sitting out last year to protect his arm.
Earlier in the week, the Mets traded SS Milton Ramos, a third-round pick from the 2014 Draft, to the Orioles for $1 million in international bonus pool money. Ramos was considered an excellent defensive shortstop when signed but has not hit this year or last at Lo-A. Meanwhile, the Mets had a bumper international class this year, signing three of Baseball America’s top 40 players, including SS Ronny Mauricio, ranked third overall in the class. Mauricio received $2.1 million, a record for the Mets with an international signee.