Mets prospect Brandon Nimmo doubled for the second straight game, notching the only extra-base hit for Scottsdale, which fell to Salt River, 6-3, in the Arizona Fall League on Wednesday.
Nimmo, batting second and playing leftfield, was 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Shortstop Matt Reynolds and second baseman L.J. Mazzilli (Lee's son), both of which played with the Mets' Triple-A affiliate in 2014, each were 0-for-3, though Mazzilli drew a walk.
First baseman Greg Bird and rightfielder Tyler Austin each were 1-for-4. Bird and Austin played together for the Yankees' Double-A affiliate last season.
Kyle Haynes, Caleb Cotham and Alex Smith, a trio of righthanders from the Yankees' system, pitched in relief for Scottsdale. Haynes walked two in 1.2 hitless innings, striking out one. Cotham allowed two earned runs, two hits and a walk in two innings, striking out three. Smith took the loss after allowing a run and two hits in 2/3 innings, striking out one. All six of Haynes', Cotham's and Smith's outs on balls in play came on groundouts.
The Yankees and Mets have 15 players on the Scorpions roster. Yet to see action is Mets pitcher Rob Whalen, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, Yankees catcher Kyle Higashioka and Yankees third baseman Dante Bichette Jr.
Teams send several of their top minor-league players to the Arizona Fall League each year for additional experience against high-level competition.
NOTES: Peter O'Brien, a prospect in Arizona's system, was 1-for-2 with two walks and a home run off Cotham. It was O'Brien's second home run in two AFL games. O'Brien was sent to the Diamondbacks in the July trade that netted the Yankees infielder/outfielder Martin Prado. The major knock on O'Brien has been his defense. Initially a catcher, the Yankees had tried him at first base and in right field before shipping him to the Diamondbacks. Arizona, it seems, is also trying to figure out which position best suits O'Brien. He played catcher in the AFL opener on Tuesday and was at first base on Wednesday.