On the field, Gabriel Ynoa (pictured) was dominant: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. I saw Ynoa on Opening Night in Brookly, when he was mostly 90-91 with his fastball and touched 93. He had a below average slider, that he could spin up to the plate for a strike and showed a changeup. He has a sharp 6.4 K/BB ratio (45 K/7 BB) in nine starts in which he’s allowed just 39 hits in 55 innings. At this point, Ynoa seems like a safe bet for the back half of my off-season Top 41 Mets prospects.
Paul Sewald followed Ynoa with two shutout innings in which he struck out three batters. The Mets’ 10th round pick out of the University of San Diego, Sewald has eye-popping numbers: 19.2 IP, 12 H, 2 BB, 21 K. Again, college arms should dominate the New York Penn League. He’s a right-hander who works in the upper 80s.
The offense came from 6th rounder Jace Boyd, who’s had a quiet (.238/.322/.346 – 34 games) professional debut out of Florida State. he was 2-for-4 with a homer, his second of the year. Still, he’s shown good strike zone control with 17 walks against 19 strikeouts in 34 games.