Mets MiLB Roundup
Catching Up With Jayce Boyd
First baseman Jayce Boyd began this season with the Binghamton Mets in his second year of professional baseball. Much like teammate Brandon Nimmo (see link below), Boyd has made a quick path to the more advanced level of the minors.
He's hitting .279 on the season, with 46 RBI, 6 home runs, and 42 walks. While the numbers haven't increased by a lot from month to month, he's shown solid contact and is displaying a patient approach. He's currently third on the team with 42 walks. In 2013, he had tremendous success finishing .330/.410/.461. combined between Florida State and South Atlantic Leagues, and was named a Mets Organizational All-Star.
Here's what he said last week.
On Advancing To Double-A
It’s definitely been an adjustment, especially coming off of last year. You always hold high expectations for yourself, but you know you’re going to be coming in and facing more difficult competition, older guys, guys that know the game. Those are difficult challenges in itself. It’s about staying grounded in your approach whether you’re failing or succeeding, and not making too many drastic changes. Then when you are hitting well, figure out why you’re doing good and repeat that over and over. I’ve made improvements even game to game this year.
Getting keys within yourself. Knowing where to set up, in box where youw ant to me. Get as much info as you can. At BP you’re preparing for the guy you’re facing that night, not just taking BP. Am I facing a right or lefty today? You try to wrok out on that approach then translate to the game. Stay ahead of the game, that slows it down.
On Recovering From Surgery
I had surgery this off-season. I had Thoracic outlet syndrome. So I’ve been building strength back up. You deal with it as the season goes on. I’m looking forward to during off-season, and getting back to one-hundred percent.
Just being physically prepared to play every day. I don’t want to be prepared twelve out of fifteen at-bats. I want to be prepared every time I’m in the box.
Brandon Nimmo Talks to Minor League Ball
Last week, top Mets prospect Brandon Nimmo talked to Minor League Ball about the Mets plan for him and how he's developed his plate approach.
Report on Gabriel Ynoa
In 2012, Gabriel Ynoa made his short-season debut and proceeded to dominate the league. As part of the quadruple-threat Brooklyn Cyclones rotation, with Hansel Robles, Rainy Lara and Luis Mateo, Ynoa finished with the 3rd lowest WHIP of those four (0.93) and 7th highest in strikeouts (64) through 13 starts and 76.2 innings pitched. He followed that with an outstanding 2013 season. In 135.2 innings, he struck out 106, allowing just 16 walks for the Savannah Sand Gnats.
The righty started 2014 in St. Lucie, making 14 starts, and going 8-2 with a 3.95 ERA, and 64 strikeouts before being promoted to Double-A Binghamton. Through 28 innings he’s got a 4.08 ERA with 19 strikeouts. In four starts in July, he’s allowed 13 earned runs, with a particularly rough outing to start the month in which he allowed 5 runs and 2 walks in 5 innings. The following start he struck out 9, without allowing a run. That was his 2nd most strikeouts for the season, with an 11 K start for St. Lucie already in the books. The results show some ups and downs, a mixture of what he’s capable of and is improving.
In a July 27th start against the Trenton Thunder, the sink of Ynoa’s fastball was impressive, as was his willingness to attack the zone in any count. He struggled with command in the 1st inning, with a tendency to go low and inside, but the Thunder lineup ate that up. Then, with a pitch to Ben Gamel he elevated the ball in the middle of the plate, and Gamel singled. By contrast, when he faced Peter O’Brien, he got him to swing late on a high fastball that had good movement.
He threw first pitch strikes, but had a hard time staying ahead of hitters. He changed eye levels with varying success, flashing off-speed stuff that he needed to rely on a bit more, as his curveball had nice drop. He threw what looked like a mid-90’s fastball, as has been reported throughout his career. The other issue with the start was a high-pitch count. He wasn’t economical often, fatiguing his arm early. In his second worst start since July 4th, he allowed 4 earned runs, 8 hits, walked 2, and surrendered a home run.
For all the mistakes, there was just a lot to like about him, as there was in New York Penn League. If he can develop more consistent command and more bite in his curveball, and continue to use his changeup, he could be a huge asset to the Mets future. The fearlessness to go after hitters has always been another of his impressive qualities. But he also needs to allow his defense to play. He sometimes appeared to be going for the big strike.
Ynoa has progressed at a healthy pace, but as he faces more advanced hitters, he’ll need to polish his command and pitch deeper into games more effectively.