Mets Minors Recap: Nolan McLean Hits First Double-A Homer (2024)

Mets Minors Recap: Nolan McLean Hits First Double-A Homer (1)

Nolan McLean, Photo by Ed Delany of Mets Minors

The Syracuse Mets’ and Buffalo Bisons’ game was cut short due to a very scary scene. Bisons’ catcher Payton Henry required medical assistance after being hit with a swing follow-through in the bottom of the seventh inning. Henry was transported to a local Syracuse hospital, where he was alert and responsive.

In Binghamton, two-way prospect Nolan McLean hit his first Double-A home run.


Buffalo Bisons (29-26) 2, Syracuse Mets (33-21) 4 In 7 Innings


  • CF Luisangel Acuña: 1-for-3, R, BB (.672 OPS)
  • SS Rylan Bannon: 2-for-4, RBI (33) (.884 OPS)
  • DH Ji-Man Choi: 1-for-4, R, HR (4), RBI (12), BB, K (.674 OPS)
  • 1B Mike Brosseau1-for-3, RBI (16), BB (.841 OPS)

The Syracuse Mets and Buffalo Bisons concluded in the seventh inning after a head injury to the Bisons’ catcher, Payton Henry. A Pablo Reyes backswing hit Henry in the back of his facemask and was promptly attended to by trainers from both teams. After being strapped to a backboard, Henry was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Bisons announced Friday night that Henry was “alert and appropriately responsive.”

Syracuse quickly fell behind in the opening frame after Spencer Horwitz and Orelvis Martinez‘s RBI knocks. The Mets would score four unanswered runs, led by Ji-Man Choi’s solo home run in the fifth inning.

  • RHPDom Hamel (6.91 ERA) 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K (83 pitches/55 strikes)
  • RHP Drew Smith (9.00 ERA) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Yacksel Rios (3.18 ERA) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K

Hamel took a step in the right direction in his outing Friday night. After allowing two early runs, Hamel settled in and managed trouble the rest of his time on the mound. While his walks are still high and strikeouts are low, the Dallas Baptist alum will continue to limit runs while dealing with baserunners.

Drew Smith threw a perfect inning in his fourth rehab (fifth total) start with Syracuse.


Binghamton Rumble Ponies (25-22) 2, Harrisburg Senators (29-20) 7


  • DH Nolan McLean 2-for-4, R, HR (1), 2B, 2 RBI (4) (.667 OPS)
  • LF Matt Rudick: 1-for-4, R (.808 OPS)

The Rumble Ponies were dominated in their Friday night matchup against Harrisburg. The offense managed only three hits, two of which from Nolan McLean. McLean drove in the Ponies’ only runs of the night, the second being his first home run in Double-A.

FIRST DOUBLE A HR FOR @nolanmclean11

— Binghamton Rumble Ponies (@RumblePoniesBB) June 1, 2024

  • RHPTyler Stuart(3.80 ERA) 5 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 6 K (90 pitches/ 55 strikes)
  • RHPJunior Santos(4.34 ERA) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Trey McLoughlin(1.13 ERA) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Paul Gervase(5.40 ERA) 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K
  • RHP Carlos Guzman(9.75 ERA) 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K

Binghamton’s pitchers did not have much run support, making the score look much worse than the actual gameplay. Before Gervase entered in the ninth, the collection of Stuart, Santos, and McLoughlin allowed three runs and seven hits, giving Binghamton a chance in the game.

Trey McLoughlin has given up only two earned runs the entire season, the last being on April 19th.


Jersey Shore BlueClaws (27-22) 7, Brooklyn Cyclones (26-23) 2


  • RF Stanley Consuegra 1-for-4, R, HR (6), 2 RBI (21), 3 K (.717 OPS)
  • SS Wilfredo Lara 1-for-3, BB (.575 OPS)
  • LF Christopher Suero1-for-4, 2 K (.631 OPS)
  • 1B Nick Lorusso0-for-3, BB, SB (3), 2 K (.892 OPS)

Brooklyn’s offense faltered against Jersey Shore Friday evening – the Cyclones’ only offense came from Stanley Consuegra‘s two-run homer, his third in the past seven games. The rest of the Cyclones combined for four hits and three walks.

  • RHP Douglas Orellana (1.49 ERA) 2 1/3 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K (41 pitches/ 26 strikes)
  • RHPVictor Castaneda(5.64 ERA) 2 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K
  • RHPJustin Lawson(3.33 ERA) 2 1/3 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K
  • LHP Julian Smith(0.00 ERA) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K

Orellana was restricted to only 41 pitches Friday night, similar to Jonah Tong‘s last start, but he did not have his usual stuff. He allowed three BlueClaws runs (one unearned) and only struck one Jersey Shore batter out. It was his first time giving up two or more earned runs since his April 18th start against the same Jersey Shore team.


Dunedin Blue Jays (25-24) 4, St. Lucie Mets (15-34) 5


  • SS Boston Baro 3-for-5, 3B, 2B, 2 RBI (19), K (.799 OPS)
  • 2B Kevin Villavicencio: 2-for-4, R, 3B, RBI (6) (.635 OPS)
  • 3B Colin Houck 1-for-4, 2B, RBI (14), K (.583 OPS)

St. Lucie’s offense was carried by Boston Baro, who collected three extra-base hits. Colin Houck hit the game-winning RBI double in the top of the eighth inning.

  • LHPFranklin Gomez(4.15 ERA) 5 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 4 K (89 pitches/ 52 strikes)
  • RHP Nick Bautista III(9.00 ERA) 1 2/3 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, K
  • RHP Ryan Ammons(2.70 ERA) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Franklin Gomez was solid for St. Lucie yet again, going five strong innings and only allowing two earned runs.

Florida Complex League

FCL-Cardinals (10-11) 4, FCL-Mets (10-9) 14


  • SS Jeremy Rodriguez 2-for-6, R, 3B, BB, K (.982 OPS)
  • 2B A.J. Ewing 2-for-4, 3 R, 2 2B, 2 BB, 2 K (1.008 OPS)
  • CF Simon Juan 4-for-4, 3 R, HR (3), 3 RBI (13), 2 BB (.826 OPS)
  • 1B Jake Zitella3-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI (10), 2 K (.884 OPS)

The rookie-ball Mets offense exploded against FCL-Cardinals. Huge days from the scorching hot A.J. Ewing and Simon Juan led the team to 19 hits, ten walks, and 14 runs.

After just one month into his professional career, A.J. Ewing has emerged as a standout prospect to follow. With an OPS above 1.000, Ewing has left league pitchers looking silly, evident in his impressive five-game extra-base hit streak.

  • RHP Irving Cota (6.00 ERA) 4 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 9 K
  • RHP Andinson Ferrer (4,91 ERA) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Irving Cota struck out nine batters while allowing two hits and two runs in his four innings in his second U.S. appearance.

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