This week with the Yard Goats: Binghamton Rumble Ponies trot into Hartford
The Hartford Yards Goats will be back in Connecticut this week after another difficult road series in Bowie, Maryland, last week. The team is set to face the Binghamton Rumble Ponies, Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets, at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
Hartford (22-49) is coming off a shaky series against the Baysox, but did finish it off with a 13-run, 18-hit performance Sunday. The Rumble Ponies (27-42) are in fifth place in the Double-A Northeast Division, six games up on last-place Hartford.
Probable starters and promotions
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.: Hartford RHP Nate Harris vs. RHP Jose Butto
Promotion: The first 2,000 will receive a Brendan Rodgers bobblehead. There will also be baseball bingo.
Wednesday, 7:05 p.m.: Hartford RHP David Hill vs. RHP Connor Gray
Promotion: The first 1,000 kids will take home a Los Chivos de Hartford kids jersey.
Thursday, 7:05 p.m.: Hartford RHP Ryan Feltner vs. RHP Dustin Beggs
Promotion: Dino Day in Hartford. Trainers from Jurassic Quest will be at Dunkin’ Donuts Park with baby dinosaurs.
Friday, 7:05 p.m.: Hartford LHP Nick Bush vs. RHP Adam Oller
Promotion: The first 1,500 fans will receive a red Yard Goats hat.
Saturday, 6:05 p.m.: Hartford RHP Karl Kauffman vs. RHP Cole Gordon
Promotion: There will be a postgame fireworks show.
Sunday, 6:05 p.m.: Hartford RHP Matt Dennis vs. RHP Oscar De La Cruz
Promotion: Kids will be allowed to run the bases after the game.
How to watch/listen
For tickets and information: Visit yardgoatsbaseball.com .
Montero keeps on hitting
Elehuris Montero has torched Double-A the entire month of July, and this past week was no different. The infielder went 7 for 20 with four home runs in six games against Bowie, driving in eight runs on the week. Overall this month, the slugger has nine home runs with 21 RBIs while slashing .420/.488/.826. He has nine multihit games on the month, including three three-plus hit games. Montero has the third-most home runs in Double-A Northeast, tied with Dermis Garcia and Mark Vientos at 17. He is one of eight in the league with an OPS above .900 on the season.
Bouchard gets going
Despite some strikeout issues, UCLA product Sean Bouchard had a solid series against Bowie last week, going 7 for 23 with two homers in six games. He has the second-most extra-base hits in the league with 36, including 24 doubles — which is tied for second in the league. He has hit safely in eight of his last nine games.
Rumble Ponies’ prospects
While much of the Mets’ high-end prospect talent resides in High-A, the Rumble Ponies still have a solid group. Six of the Mets’ top-30 prospects, according to MLB.com , are in Binghamton. Two third basemen top that list with Brett Baty (No. 4) and Vientos (No. 8) playing in Binghamton. There’s also a number of solid organizational prospects there as well, including RHP Jose Butto (No. 15), RHP Ryley Gilliam (No. 16), utility player Carlos Cortes (No. 17), RHP Oscar De La Cruz (No. 23) and outfielder Jake Mangum (No. 30). Baty has struggled a bit in Double-A after tearing up High-A to start the season. He has played in just 10 games though, so it could just be growing pains. Vientos has been playing extremely well for Binghamton this year with 17 home runs and a .919 OPS in 56 games.
Why the Rumble Ponies?
The Rumble Ponies name was selected from a pool of six names in 2016, changing its name from the Binghamton Mets 24 years after the club was created. The name references Binghamton’s stature as the “carousel capital of the world.” The person who submitted the name, Binghamton resident Nicole Schneider, was awarded free season tickets for life .