The power is beginning to come for Jayce Boyd. His patience is paying off, too.
The leftfielder was promoted to Mets Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas on May 29 and went 6-for-24 (.250) with no extra-base hits and two walks in his first eight games.
But Boyd is 6-for-19 (.315) with three doubles and five walks in his last seven games, including going 1-for-4 with a double in Monday's 6-4 win over Salt Lake. The 51s are 36-29 and in first place in the Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern.
The righthanded-hitting Boyd was a sixth-round pick in 2012. He is a career .298 hitter with a .379 on-base percentage and 23 home runs in four seasons.
The 24-year-old was exclusively a first baseman until switching to left field this season. Lucas Duda is entrenched at first at the major league level, and catcher Kevin Plawecki's ability to play first gives the Mets some depth at the position. The Mets are far less rich in productive corner outfielders at the upper levels of the minors, with 2014 first-round pick Michael Conforto and 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo playing at Double-A Binghamton and likely at least a year away from a major league promotion.
Elsewhere in the minor leagues
(32-30, 4th place in Eastern League Eastern, 3 games back)
The Mets were off.
SINGLE-A ADVANCED ST. LUCIE
(33-31, 2nd place in Florida State League South, 10.5 games back)
Shortstop Amed Rosario's one-out single in the top of the 13th scored leftfielder Stefan Sabol from second with the go-ahead run in a 3-2 Mets win over Clearwater.
Centerfielder Brandon Nimmo, playing in his second game since injuring his knee on May 15 with Double-A Binghamton, was 0-for-5 with a walk. First baseman Dominic Smith went 0-for-6 and failed to reach base via a hit or walk for just the third time in the last 27 games. Righthander Michael Gibbons struck out four in seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits.
(34-30, 2nd place in South Atlantic League Southern, 1 game back)
Third baseman Eudor Garcia was 2-for-4 with a double and catcher Tomas Nido went 1-for-4 with a double, but the Sand Gnats fell to Hickory, 4-1.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 1
(7-7, 4th place in DSL Boca Chica South, 2.5 games back)
Centerfielder Anthony Dirocie was 2-for-6 with a home run, catcher Juan Uriarte went 3-for-5 with a double and shortstop Edgardo Fermin was 1-for-2 with a double, three walks and a stolen base as the Mets beat the DSL Rojos, 15-8.
ROOKIE - DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE METS 2
(9-5, T-4th place in DSL Boca Chica North, 1 game back)
Righthander Ronald Guedez (2-0, 0.64 ERA) struck out six in five innings, allowing three hits and one run in a 6-4 win over the DSL Braves. First baseman Rigoberto Terrazas was 3-for-4 with a triple and second baseman Angel Manzanarez went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.