Mets pitchers are dropping like, well, like Mets pitchers drop.
A season that has been defined by injury and frustration saw more injury and frustration through the minor league system this week. First, with Cameron Planck announced he would be having shoulder surgery that would keep him out until next spring training, and next came a worrisome injury to top prospect Thomas Szapucki.
Planck, an 11th-round draft pick out of high school in Kentucky last year whom the Mets splurged on to keep him from the University of Louisville, has yet to throw a professional inning, instead throwing extended spring games before he was set to make his minor league debut this year.
“This is only the beginning to a long journey that will have many ups and downs,” the 19-year-old righty with a mid-90s fastball wrote on Twitter. “I can’t wait to be back on the field.”
All part of God's plan. pic.twitter.com/3jZxl1iXgc
— Cam Planck (@CamRC23) July 6, 2017
Szapucki, a southpaw whom MLB.com lists as the team’s fourth-best prospect, left his start with Single-A Columbia on Thursday after two outs and 13 pitches. According to the team’s radio broadcasters, he had discomfort in his left forearm. The Mets have not released any updates about Szapucki.
Szapucki, 21, began his year late, having dealt with a shoulder impingement. In six starts with Columbia, he has pitched to a 2.79 ERA with 27 strikeouts in 29 innings.
Domingo Acevedo and Estevan Florial will be the two Yankees representing the team in the Futures Game on Sunday in Miami.
Acevedo, a tall, 6-foot-7 right-hander listed as their 12th-best prospect, has shot all the way up from High-A Tampa to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre this season. The 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic has struck out 107 in 99 innings this year, pitching to a 3.09 ERA.
Florial, the 15th-ranked youngster, is a speedy 19-year-old outfielder from Haiti. Playing with Single-A Charleston this year, he has slashed .300/.383/.502 with 15 steals in 74 games.