Syracuse Mets: Robinson Canó and Co. all make their way to Syracuse

MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 17: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets hits a double against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - MAY 17: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets hits a double against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on May 17, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Rehab assignments for Robinson Canó, Brandon Nimmo start Tuesday. Hyped prospect Anthony Kay catches the ride north as well for the Syracuse Mets.

In midst of a three-game losing streak, the Syracuse Mets will be getting current and future big league help as the Charlotte Knights head north.

The New York Mets announced Monday that three members of their Injured-List will be preparing to be in the lineup Tuesday night. Robinson Canó the eight-time All-Star will highlight the group that will be a boost for manager Tony DeFrancesco, even if it is for just a couple of days.

Canó was originally sidelined on May 23rd, with a left quad strain after sprinting out the box. This came just two days after Canó received criticism after not hustling out of the box after hitting a ball that ended up turning into a double play.

Canó returned for only a single game against the San Francisco Giants on June 5th before returning to the IL. Canó was a part of the Edwin Díaz trade that netted an All-Star closer and second basemen for New York during the off-season.

The first season back in New York City has been challenging so far for Canó whose slash line has been a disappointing .238/.284/.366 this year. Canó’s current injury is also a worrisome sign for New York as this will be the first season since 2007 Canó will not play in 150 games, excluding 2018 when he was suspended for a positive test of a performance-enhancing drug while a member of the Seattle Mariners.

Patrolling the outfield with be Brandon Nimmo.

Nimmo another Met position player that will also hope to regain some resemblance to past success while working to get back in Syracuse went on the IL with a stiff neck on May 22nd.

Nimmo, hitting right at .200 this season only has 10 extra base hits in 43-games this year. This lack of production is worrisome just one year after a breakout with 53 extra base hits in his first season seeing regular time at the Major League level.

The biggest thing to look at while Nimmo rehabs at Triple-A is the success the left-handed hitter has against right-handed pitchers. The lefty has seen success against southpaws with a 1.026 OPS in 32 plate appearances. The reverse is a dwindling .165 batting average against right-handers striking out 37% of the time. In 2018 Nimmo hit .275 with a 30% strikeout rate.

The third member of the rehab parade is a left-handed reliever, Justin Wilson.

Wilson experienced left elbow soreness giving him his took to the IL on May 11th. Wilson has been reasonably effective out of the bullpen this season giving up earned runs in 3 of his 10 outings this season, including his final appearance in San Diego on May 6th.

Wilson has only given up two hits to lefties this year which is something the New York Mets desperately want to be better yet as their relievers have posted the 6th highest wOBA (.345) to left-handed hitters this year by their bullpen.

A new face enters Central New York as well. Anthony Kay, the New York Mets 7th best prospect according to has been promoted to Syracuse after having a stellar start to the 2019 campaign in Binghamton.

The idea is that Kay will not be in Syracuse very long as some around the Mets organization have hinted towards the idea of him making to New York sometime this summer.

Kay a left-handed starting pitcher made 12 starts with the Rumble Ponies before his promotion. Averaging 5.5 innings per start while striking out 9.53 per 9IP. Kay has held the opposition to a .165 average while posting a sparkling 1.49 ERA.

Kay last appeared on June 8, which could set up a potential debut Thursday in the series finale with the Knights. With the depleted depth at the end of May, there was speculation here that Kay could see his time in Syracuse come sooner than later.

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Other Notes around Syracuse:

  • With the positive news for New York, Syracuse has taken a hit as Matt Kemp will reportedly miss a few days according to Anthony DiComo. Kemp has been suffering from a rib issue since early this season when he was a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ organization.
  • Luis Guillorme will not be active Tuesday as he will be in New York as the 26th man for the Metropolitan’s doubleheader with the Yankees.
  •  Syracuse is set to square up with the Knights for the first time in 2019. Charlotte is second in the International League South Division with a 35-27 record as Syracuse sits 3rd in the North after falling three games under .500.
  • Great promotions coming: Taco Tuesday, Winging it Wednesday, Dollar Thursday, Craft Beer and Fireworks Friday, Super Saturday, and Kids Eat Free Sunday all lined up for the home-stand through June 16.