Future Subway Series: Binghamton Rumble Ponies vs. Somerset Patriots
This week at Mirabito Stadium, the Binghamton Rumble Ponies are facing off with the Somerset Patriots with a glance into the future of the New York Yankees and New York Mets Subway Series.
The Double-A affiliates of the Yankees and Mets are facing off this week here in Binghamton. And with the crosstown rivalry of the parent clubs, the series between the Rumble Ponies and Patriots is a look into the future of the Subway Series.
Two of the top prospects in minor league baseball are facing off against one another as well. Ronny Mauricio for the Rumble Ponies is the Mets' sixth ranked prospect and has hit very well since the departure of other Mets top prospects Brett Baty and Francisco Alvarez. This season Mauricio is slashing .261/.294/.481 for an OPS of .775 and in the month of August has raised his offensive output to .296/.309/.500 for an OPS of .809.
On the other side of the field, Yankees top prospect and the number five overall prospect in MLB.com's top 100 Anthony Volpe will try to outplay his Rumble Ponies counterpart. This season Volpe is slashing .252/.350/.470 for an OPS of .820 for the Somerset Patriots. The Patriots also have two more of the Yankees top five prospects with the team, catcher Austin Wells and outfielder Everson Pereira.
Mauricio got the edge in game one of the series, a 6-2 victory for the Rumble Ponies. He went 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Volpe struck out twice and had no hits in five at bats. With a number of top prospects on both sides eyeing Major League roster spots in the next few years, this should be a cool series for Binghamton baseball fans to get a glimpse of the future of the Subway Series.