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#21 LHP Josh Smoker

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 250 Level: AAA & MLB

B/T: L/L  Age: 11/26/88 (28) Age Dif: 0.3 (AAA) & -0.9 (MLB)

Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent in 2015 (1st round draft pick by the Nats in 2007)

Last year: #27

2016 team:  New York Mets/Las Vegas 51s

2016 MILB Stats: 52 G, 3-2 W/L, 4.11 ERA, 57 IP, 66 H, 26 ER, 18 BB/81 K, 1.47 WHIP

2016 MLB Stats: 20 G, 3-0 W/L, 4.70 ERA, 15.1 IP, 16 H, 8 ER, 4 BB/25 K, 1.30 WHIP

The former first round pick made his Major League debut during the 2016 and showed how dominant his stuff can be. The lefty started the season in Vegas sporting a 12.8 strikeout per nine rate. After his promotion to the big leagues his strikeout per nine was even higher at 14.7. That stat alone tells you the talent there is in the left arm of Smoker.

Smoker, in his big league and minor league career, has better numbers against right-handed hitters than lefties. In his small sample size in the majors, Smoker allowed a .360 batting average against lefties and .200 against righties. A big reason for the reverse splits is his split-changeup that is tougher against righties.

Smoker’s fastball is his best pitch as he sits mostly between the 96-98 mph range. Smoker has been working hard this last year with Dan Warthen to add an effective slider to his repertoire to be tougher on lefties. In the Majors, batters went only 3 for 12 with eight strikeouts off his slider but two of the three hits were home runs.

2017 Outlook –

Smoker will need to improve his breaking stuff to be a weapon against both lefties and righties. Smoker will compete for an opening day bullpen spot this spring and is currently atop the depth chart to replace Jerry Blevins. I have no doubt we will see Smoker in the Mets pen at some point in 2017; in what role is the real question.

#22 OF Ricardo Cespedes

Ht: 6’1″  Wt: 200  B/T: L/L  Age: 8/24/1997 (19)  Age Dif: -2.5

2016 Level: Rookie League Kingsport Mets

Acquired: Signed by the New York Mets as an international free agent on August 2, 2013

Last Year: #57

2016 team: Kingsport Mets

2016 Statistics: 56 G, 227 AB, 30 R, 73 H, 4 2B, 3 3B, HR, 16 RBI, 9 BB/36 K, .322/.356/.379

Cespedes made a big leap since our Top 80 from last year and rightfully so. This year Cespedes showed that he’s not only a great defensive center fielder, but also realizing some of his offensive potential. Cespedes ended the 2016 season sixth in the Appalachian league in batting average; and don’t forget he started the season as an 18-year old.

As Cespedes still has room to grow, he has the potential to hit for a little more power, as he hit just eight extra base hits in 2016. Cespedes made an adjustment to his approach as he proved to be more patient and waited for his pitch more. He has a very fluent swing from the left side with quick hands. The big thing with Cespedes as a prospect is patience. He has a long way to go, but if eventually plays to his full potential it’s worth the wait.

Mike M adds…

The combination of great defense, plus arm, above average speed and developing offensive skills makes Cespedes one of the best outfield prospects in the Mets system.

2017 Outlook -

I hope to see Cespedes play for the Columbia Fireflies so we can see him play on It’s also possible given his age that the Mets send him to the Brooklyn Cyclones to start his 2017 season.

#23 LHP P.J. Conlon

Ht: 5’11″ Wt: 190 Level: Single-A

B/T: L/L  Age: 11/11/93 (23) Age Dif: 0.1 (Columbia) & -1.1 (St. Lucie)

Acquired: Drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 Amateur Draft from University of San Diego

Last year: #71

2016 team: Columbia Fireflies/St. Lucie Mets

2016 MILB Stats:  24 G, 12-2 W/L, 1.65 ERA, 24 GS, 142 IP, 115 H, 29 R, 26 ER, 24 BB/112 K, 0.97 WHIP (between the Columbia Fireflies and St. Lucie Mets)

Conlon has gone from our #71 prospect last season to our #23 this year. His big leap as a prospect didn’t go unnoticed as he won numerous awards after his great 2016 campaign. The numbers speak for themselves how dominant Conlon was in his first season as a starter.

Conlon was born in Belfast in the Northern Island and moved to California in his early years. After the Mets drafted Conlon in 2015 he pitched in the Brooklyn Cyclones bullpen. Conlon allowed just two unearned runs in 17 innings in Brooklyn during his pro debut.

Conlon started the season in Columbia as he went 8-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 78.1 innings pitched. His most memorable start was his 10 inning performance on June 4th, in which he allowed just four hits and one unearned run, a game I was lucky enough to catch on TV.

After his success in Columbia he got promoted to St. Lucie and went 4-1 with an even better ERA at 1.41 over 63.2 innings. Overall in 24 starts he pitched to a 1.65 which was the best ERA for qualified started in all levels off pro baseball. Conlon also led the Mets organization in WHIP and K/BB ratio.

Conlon is a control lefty pitcher who is not overpowering. He has a high 80’s fastball with a great change-up plus an average curve. Conlon uses a deceptive motion to make hitters more uncomfortable in the batters box. Conlon also keeps the ball in the park most of the time as he allowed just five home runs in his career.

Conlon won numerous award including Fans Choice Minor league Best pitcherMLB Pipeline Mets Prospect of the Year, MMN Starting Pitcher of the Year and a Sterling Award.

2017 Outlook -

This week Sandy Alderson told Adam Rubin of ESPN that Conlon will compete for a spot in the MLB bullpen as you can read about here. I still expect Conlon to start the year in the Binghamton Mets rotation.


#24 3B David Thompson

Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 220  B/T: R/R  Age: 8/28/1993 (23)  Age Dif: 0.6 with Columbia/ -0.7 with St. Lucie

2016 Level: Single-A

Acquired: Drafted in the 4th round of the 2015 Amateur Draft from University of Miami

Last Year: #23

2016 team: Columbia Firelfies & St. Lucie Mets

2016 Statistics: 116 G, 432 AB, 74 R, 121 H, 34 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 95 RBI, 29 BB, 90 K, .280/.333/.444

When the Mets drafted David Thompson he was a College star in Florida. Before he was drafted in 2015, Thompson led the college ranks with 19 home runs. After he was drafted Thompson played for the Brooklyn Cyclones, but did not fair well there hitting just .218/.268/.368.

Thompson turned it around this season as the Fireflies third baseman and showed his ability to drive in runs. With Vinny Siena and his .435 on base percentage in front of him, Thompson drove in 58 runs in 61 games for the Fireflies. Thompson was able to hit a whopping .372 with runners in scoring position, slashing .294/.344/.474 overall in Columbia with 22 of his 34 doubles.

Thompson got promoted to the St. Lucie Mets hitting .265/.321/.412 with six home runs and 37 runs driven in. The six home runs where fourth most of all St. Lucie hitters, while playing less than half a season for the St. Lucie Mets. To put in perspective Jhoan Urena lead the St. Lucie Mets with nine.

Mike M adds…

Coming into last season I heard from multiple people that Thompson may not be able to stick third because of lack of arm strength, he had surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome in his right arm in 2014 and tore his labrum in 2013. From what I saw last year he has enough arm to stay long-term at third, throws on the run well and has good lateral movement.

The biggest question is whether or not he will show the elite power he did in High School (his 55 home runs beat Prince Fielders Florida record). His power comes from strong wrist, but questions still remain whether his bat speed will be enough to put the ball in play at higher levels. I expect him to show plus power in the offensive neutral Eastern League.

2017 Outlook -

I expect Thompson to start in St. Lucie and move quickly to Binghamton if he continues to be productive the way he was in 2016.

#25 RHP Harol Gonzalez

Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 170 Level: Low-A Brooklyn Cyclones

B/T: R/R  Age: 3/2/95 (21) Age Dif: -0.4

Acquired: Signed as an international free agent out of the Dominican Republic in 2013

Last year: #43

2016 team: Brooklyn Cyclones

2016 MILB Stats:  14 G, 7-3 W/L, 2.01 ERA, 13 GS, 85 IP, 69 H, 20 R, 19 ER, 17 BB/88 K, 1.01 WHIP

2016 was a great season for the young righty out of the Dominican Republic. Harol Gonzalez led the New York-Penn League in ERA for qualified starters with 2.01 and strikeouts with 88. He was also third in the league in WHIP and second in innings pitched.

Gonzalez pitched in the DSL after he was signed, making his stateside debut in 2015 with the Kingsport Mets. He struggled in Kingsport pitching to a 4.96 ERA in 65.1 innings, but this year it was a whole different story.

Gonzalez was outstanding in a very talented Cyclones rotation. It included Justin DunnMerandy Gonzalez, and Gabriel Llanes as well as Thomas Szapucki who got promoted during the season. In this talented rotation Gonzalez still made a huge impression on me.

The 21-year old has great baseball instincts and knowledge for his age. He mostly sits around in high 80′s/low 90′s with his fastball, but when he needs it he can dial it up to 94. He mixes speeds very well with two change-ups, solid slider and a developing curveball. He has smooth mechanics. knows how to attack hitters and is comfortable pitching backwards.

2017 Outlook -

I expect Harol to start the season in the Columbia Fireflies rotation and continue to dominate the lower levels with his full arsenal of pitches.


1. Amed Rosario, SS

2. Dominic Smith, 1B

3. Robert Gsellman, RHP

4. Thomas Szapucki, LHP

5. Desmond Lindsay, OF

6. Justin Dunn, RHP

7. Gavin Cecchini, INF

8. Brandon Nimmo, OF

9. Andres Gimenez, SS

10. Tomas Nido, C

11. Wuilmer Becerra, OF

12. Peter Alonso, 1B

13. Marcos Molina, RHP

14. Ali Sanchez, C

15. T.J. Rivera, INF

16. Luis Carpio, INF

17. Merandy Gonzalez, RHP

18. Gabriel Ynoa, RHP

19. Gregory Guerrero, SS

20. Chris Flexen, RHP

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Mets Minors: Top 5 Right Handed Starting Pitching Prospects Sat, 07 Jan 2017 14:00:15 +0000 justin dunn 3

We have voted on our Top 5 Prospects for every position in the Mets minor league system. This time it’s the right-handed starting pitchers turn. We already did shortstopsthird basemancatcherssecond basemanfirst baseman and outfielders.

This Top 5 includes a pitcher who made his Major League debut this season, the Mets 2016 first round draft pick, two pitchers who where added to the 40-man roster. This is a talented group of pitchers that will all be featured in the Top 30 of our prospects countdown.

#5 Merandy Gonzalez

2016 team:  Brooklyn Cyclones

2016 Stats: 14 G, 6-3 W/L, 2.87 ERA, 14 GS, 69 IP, 65 H, 27 BB, 71 K 1.33 WHIP, 9.3 SO/9, 8.5 H/9

Merandy had a solid season in the talented Cyclones rotation that also included Harol Gonzalez, Thomas Szapucki and Justin Dunn. Gonzalez followed up his great stateside debut season going 6-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 14 starts for the Cyclones. In his minor league career, the 20-year old has pitched to a 17-10 record with a 2.93 ERA in 236.1 innings.

Gonzalez limited his walks in 2016 and showed his potential with a fastball which mostly sits the 92-94 MPH range. His fastball was even been clocked at 97 during this season.

Gonzalez also throws a curveball and a change-up. His change needs the most work and maybe with help from Dan Warthen he can learn a slider to go with it. If he reaches his potential, especially with his secondary stuff, he could be another good arm in the Mets system. If his secondary stuff stays inconsistent he can still become a two pitch pitcher and turn into a successful reliever.

We expect to see Merandy make his full season debut in 2017, likely in the Columbia Fireflies rotation.

#4 Chris Flexen

2016 team:  St. Lucie Mets

2016 Stats: 25 G, 10-9 W/L, 3.56 ERA, 25 GS, 134 IP, 125 H, 51 BB, 95 K 1.31 WHIP, 6.4 SO/9, 8.4 H/9

It was an up and down season for Flexen in so many aspects for the 22-year old. Major plus this season was that Flexen showed he was healthy and he was able to pitch a full season. It was the first season that Flexen pitched more than 100 innings in a season. It was also his first full season after he underwent TJS. Flexen had TJS in 2014 and was outstanding in his comeback in 2015 with a 2.42 ERA in 52 innings.

There is still a lot of potential for the Flexen who has a mid-high 90’s fastball with late life to it to go with a very solid curveball. He also features a change-up and slider, but both pitches are below average at the moment.

Flexen was added to the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft in December showing how the Mets still believe in his upside. Another arm with lots of potential in the Mets system that needs to work on his secondary stuff and should start the 2017 season in Binghamton.

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#3 Marcos Molina

2016 team: Scottsdale Scorpions (AFL)

2016 stats: 7 G (2 starts), 3.78 ERA, 16.2 IP, 16 H, 7 BB, 8 K, 1.38 WHIP

Molina didn’t pitch during the 2016 regular season, but we have not forgotten the just turned 21-year old right-hander out of the Dominican. Molina made his return to the mound during the Arizona Fall League after being out since August of 2015 from Tommy John surgery.

In the AFL, Molina showed some small changes in his delivery, which could be huge. Molina, before the surgery, had one of the worst deliveries I’ve seen. He hardly used his lower half, putting a lot of pressure on his arm which could have been a reason for his TJS at such a young age. Molina made changes in his delivery to use his lower half better having, a bigger stride to home plate and improving his arm path.

We got some more good news out of the AFL as Molina had his fastball clocked between 87-95 mph. Before the surgery Molina mostly sat between the 90-94 mph. He also provides a sharp slider and solid curve to go with a good change-up.

The most important for Molina in 2017 staying healthy while continuing to improve his mechanics. I guess he will be part of a very talented St. Lucie Mets rotation with an innings cap for his 2017 season.

#2 Justin Dunn

2016 team:  Brooklyn Cyclones

2016 Stats: 11 G, 1-1 W/L, 1.50 ERA, 8 GS, 30 IP, 25 H, 5 ER, 10 BB, 35 K, 1.16 WHIP

The Mets made a surprise pick in the first round of the 2016 Draft when they took a pitcher while many (including me) expected the Mets to take a position player. The Mets took right-hander Justin Dunn out of Boston College with the 19th overall pick of the draft. Dunn, started the season in the bullpen for Boston College and was later moved to the rotation were he had a lot of success.

When the Mets drafted Dunn, they wanted to ease his innings as he already threw 20 innings more than he did in his 2015 campaign. The Mets let Dunn make eight three-inning starts to go with three short relief outings. Dunn did show his potential in his brief time in the Mets organization, he struck out 10.5 per nine innings and pitched to a 1.50 ERA in eleven games.

Dunn possesses a mid 90’s fastball that reached 99 when he was coming out of the bullpen for Boston College. He also has a slider in the mid 80’s as his best secondary pitch. His slider has a sharp break and is seen as a plus pitch. He also throws a looping curve and a change-up but both pitches are inconsistent and need work.

Dunn also needs work on his stamina as he showed a drop of velocity in the later innings in his outings. Dunn still needs time to adjust back into a starters role, but he has a lot of upside as another power arm in the Mets system.

I expect Dunn to be part of the St. Lucie pitching staff and expect the Mets will keep an eye on his innings in his first full season of pro ball.


#1 Robert Gsellman

2016 team:  New York Mets/Las Vegas 51s/Binghamton Mets

2016 MILB Stats:  20 G, 4-9 W/L, 3.99 ERA, 20 GS, 115 IP, 113 H, 58 R, 51 ER, 31 BB, 88 K 1.25 WHIP (between Triple-A Las Vegas and Double-A Binghamton)

2016 MLB Stats:  8 G, 4-2 W/L, 2.42 ERA, 7 GS, 44.2 IP, 42 H, 12 R, 12 ER, 15 BB, 42 K 1.27 WHIP

What a year it was for Robert Gsellman. He started the season dominating in the Eastern League as he pitched to a 2.71 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 66.1 innings before his well earned promotion to the Las Vegas 51s. Not surprisingly Gsellman struggled in the PCL to start his Triple-a career.

Most pitchers have a tough time in that hitters friendly league so for me it was nothing to worry about yet. Most important for me was how would Gsellman adjust to the league and he did that very good. After his early struggles, Gsellman had a very solid 3.72 ERA in his last six Las Vegas starts with 35 strikeouts in 38.2 innings during that span.

In the majors, Gsellman was even better going 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA as the Mets had developed another quality arm through the minors.

The biggest difference for Gsellman was that he had more velocity in his fastball. In 2015, Gsellman was mostly throwing a sinking fastball in the low 90’s while in 2016 he was mostly between 93-95 with the same movement. He even topped out at 98 MPH this season.

Another plus for Gsellman was that he developed an above average slider with the help of Binghamton Mets pitching coach Glenn Abbott and Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen.

I see Gsellman as a big part of the Mets club in 2017 as he improved from a potential middle of the rotation starter to a potential top of the rotation starter with his added velocity and slider that already proved to be a big weapon for him.

Honorable Mention -

The Mets have a very good group of right-handed pitching prospects in the system right now even after trading John Gant, Robert Whalen, Michael Fulmer, Matt Koch and Luis Cessa. We could have easily made this list go to 10 pitchers and still had good quality arms.

The group of guys we talked about for the end of this list were Harol Gonzalez, Andrew Church, Nabil Crismatt, Ricky Knapp, Cameron Planck and Jordan Humphreys. For the purpose of our voting on each position we have Gabriel Ynoa as a reliever because that is where is he best served in near future at the big league level.

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2017 Top 30 Mets Prospects: No. 1 Amed Rosario, SS Sun, 01 Jan 2017 15:30:06 +0000 amed-rosario

This offseason we went a different way with our New York Mets Top Prospect list. We are starting with our #1 and ending with our #30 prospect here on MMO and #100 on

Overall in 2016, the Mets system had a great year when it comes to developing young talent, drafted players you will see in the Top 30, and a few guys that had breakout seasons placing them in our countdown.

So we will start of with our #1 prospect and to nobody’s surprise it’s shortstop Amed Rosario.

#1 Amed Rosario

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 170 Level: Hi-A St. Lucie Mets & Double-A Binghamton Mets

B/T: R/R  Age: 11/20/95 (21) Age Dif: -4.3

Acquired: Signed July 2nd, 2012 out of the Dominican Republic for a $1.75 million signing bonus.

Last Year: #2

2016 Statistics: 120 G, 479 AB, 65 R, 155 H, 24 2B, 13 3B, 5 HR, 71 RBI, 19 SB, .324/.374/.459

When the Mets signed Amed Rosario to a franchise record $1.75 million signing bonus, they knew they had something special and challenged him right away by assigning their new Dominican prospect stateside to begin his professional career. At just 17 years old,

Rosario held his own with the Kingsport Mets (RL) in 2013, where the average player was 3.5 years older than him. He batted .241/.279/.358 in 58 games for the K-Mets while collecting eight doubles, four triples and three homers and driving in 23 runs. It was a solid debut for their new teenage sensation who was wowing scouts with his defensive prowess at shortstop.

In 2014, Rosario continued his growth with the Brooklyn Cyclones (SS). Now 18, he saw his batting line grow to an impressive .289/.337/.380 in 68 games while playing mostly against other team’s top draft picks. He also showed off better base running skills with seven stolen bases while getting caught three times after only two steals and six caught stealing during his pro debut. Rosario was learning to steal and to recognize the strike zone, as his walks were up as well.

The Mets were so impressed by their young shortstop that they decided to have Rosario begin the 2015 season with the St. Lucie Mets (Adv-A) despite spending only a week at Low-A the previous season. He played 103 games for St. Lucie in his first full season as a pro and posted a decent stat line of .257/.307/.335 in the pitching friendly Florida State League. Rosario collected 20 doubles and five triples without hitting a home run and would also make his Double-A debut after a surprising late-season promotion, going 3-for-20 in five games including three in the playoffs. The average player at Binghamton was 5-5 years older than Rosario.

In his third full season as a pro, Rosario had his breakout offensive season in 2016. He started the season with the St. Lucie Mets, playing 66 games in High-A before he was promoted to Double-A again in June.

In St. Lucie, Rosario hit .309/.359/.442 with three home runs and 40 runs batted in. Rosario batted third and thrived in that role. In Double-A, Rosario had even more success, hitting .341/.392/.481 with the Binghamton Mets and he teamed up with fellow top prospect Dominic Smith to form a lethal 3-4 combination in the lineup. Rosario posted career highs in all major categories in 2016 and saw his stock rise in all the major prospect rankings.

This season was an exciting one for Rosario who began to tap into his vast potential. We saw the power in his bat as he hit five home runs, 24 doubles and tied for the minor league lead with 13 triples. Rosario has a quick swing, strong wrists and excellent hand-eye coordination which helps him hit the ball to all fields with authority. He learned to pull the ball for more power as four of his five home runs went to the pull side.

The only blip on the radar for Rosario this season, was the rise in his strikeout totals as the season drew to an end, striking out 34 times in his last 28 games. But in his defense, Rosario was the youngest player in the league and was now seeing a much better caliber of breaking stuff than he had at any point in his young career.

On the defensive side, Rosario has always had the talent to be a plus defender. He has quick hands, superb instincts and a great arm as he plays a near flawless shortstop.

Mike Mayer says:

Two biggest holes I see in Rosario’s game right now is staying back on ground balls and relying on his arm to throw runners out, that won’t fly all the time in the majors or even Triple-A. On the offensive side, he still gets a little long with his swing which is the reason for the high strikeout rate towards the end of the season.

These flaws for Rosario are minimal and won’t hold him back from being the Mets shortstop of the future long-term and possibly in the near future. With Asdrubal Cabrera playing in the WBC, we should get to see Rosario a fair amount with the major league club during spring training.

2017 Outlook:

Rosario is the total package and a great prospect for Mets fans to look forward to. He could start in Binghamton, but I hope he will start in Las Vegas as the 51s every day shortstop. The Mets have said that Rosario could play some third to improve his versatility. It’s possible we will see the first glimpse of him in Citi Field during the 2017 season when rosters expand in September.

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Mets Minors: Top 5 Third Base Prospects Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:00:58 +0000 philip-evans

We have voted on our Top 5 prospects at each position in the Mets minor league system and today we look at third base. We have already covered shortstopsecond base, and catcher.

Third base is a thin part of the Mets farm system despite breakout seasons from our #5 and #1 prospects on this list.

#5 Phillip Evans

Ht: 5’9”     Wt: 220 lb     B/T: R/R    Age: 9/10/92 (24)

2016 Level: Binghamton Mets/St. Lucie Mets

Stats: 105 games, 389 AB, 53 runs, 125 hits, 30 doubles, 8 HR, 41 RBI, 24 BB, 60 K, 1 SB (1 CS) .321/.366/.460

Evans won the batting title on the final day of the Eastern League season in 2016. He had a solid season for the Binghamton Mets hitting .335/.374/.485 in 96 of his 105 games this season.

The 24-year old, had a good season hitting wise, but still struggled to  In 105 games he walked just 24 times.

In his career Evans, is a .255 hitter with a .318 on base percentage which is not great. This season in Binghamton was a breakout season for Evans, as he hit over .300 for the first time in his career (over a full season). Personally I don’t think this approach will be successful on the long run for Evans, but would like to see him proving me wrong.

I expected him to be a part of the talented Las Vegas 51s infield that could include Amed RosarioDominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini.

#4 Blake Tiberi

Ht: 5’11”     Wt: 205 lb     B/T: L/R    Age: 2/16/95 (21)

2016 Level: Brooklyn Cyclones

Stats: 56 games, 196 AB, 21 runs, 46 hits, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, 24 RBI, 22 BB, 32 K, 2 SB (6 CS) .235/.316/.316

The Mets drafted the third baseman in the third round (100th overall) of this years draft out of the University of Louisville. When the Mets drafted Tiberi BA editor John Manuel said this:

The main thing for him is he’s a left-handed power bat, and you’re really buying the bat, and it’s a matter of, do you think he can play third base? I guess it’s more of an all-field bat than a power bat. He hit in the Cape (Cod League) last summer, and he has enough home run power, you wonder if those type of guys will develop more home run power over the course of their career. He’s a bigger guy. You wonder if he has the requisite athleticism and agility for big league third base. 

Tiberi struggled to start his pro career with the Cyclones this season. After 17 games with the Cyclones Tiberi was hitting just .177 and didn’t hit his first home run until his 41st game with the Cyclones.

Overall, Tiberi had an up and down season as he hit just .160 in June, .261 in July, .218 in August and .333 in four games in September. Biggest surprise to me was his ability to hit lefties as he hit .333 against the southpaws.

I don’t think we have seen the best of Tiberi and expect his bat to be much better in his second year in the organization. I expect Tiberi to play third with the Columbia Fireflies in 2017.

#3 Eudor Garcia

Ht: 6’0”     Wt: 240 lb     B/T: L/R    Age: 5/17/94 (22)

2016 Level: Columbia Fireflies/GCL Mets

Stats: 57 games, 211 AB, 27 runs, 59 hits, 14 doubles, 1 triple, 5 HR, 32 RBI, 18 BB, 45 K, 1 SB (0 CS) .280/.335/.427

Garcia missed the first 80 games due to a PED suspension. He came back playing most of his games for the Columbia Fireflies this season and showed off his good bat in 2016.

He didn’t put up the same power numbers as 2015 but he still showed decent power with 20 of his 59 hits for extra bases. The big third baseman played 31 of his 57 games at third. He also played some first and designated hitter to get his bat in the lineup.

Garcia won’t impress you in the field and he showed that with a .932 fielding percentage in 29 games with the Fireflies. Garcia doesn’t have good range or smooth hands at third base which could get him eventually shifted to first base.

His bat on the other hand is promising. His quick swing and ability to hit for power and average is a promising tool for the young third baseman. I expect him to play for the St. Lucie Mets in 2017. Garcia his biggest issue is his lack of walks and high amount of strikeouts. He needs to work on that to become a better all-around hitter.


#2 Jhoan Urena

Ht: 6’1”     Wt: 230 lb     B/T: S/R    Age: 9/1/94 (22)

2016 Level: St. Lucie Mets

Stats: 115 games, 383 AB, 52 runs, 86 hits, 17 doubles, 2 triples, 9 HR, 53 RBI, 42 BB, 75 K, 0 SB (1 CS) .225/.301/.350

Urena had his second straight down season, but we still have him at second in our list. Urena played the entire season for the St. Lucie Mets. He started the season as the regular third baseman then moved to first when David Thompson got promoted to the St. Lucie.

Urena struggled in the first half hitting just .197/.266/.303 to go with four home runs and 18 RBI in 61 games. He was much better in the second half .257/.340/.406 with five home runs and 35 RBI.

Urena hit nine home runs in 2016, the team leader for St. Lucie. in a very tough hitters league. Urena ended the season strong as he posted a .380 on base percentage in August.

The talent is there for Urena now he needs to show it. Urena was rushed to High-A ball after his All-Star season with the Cyclones in 2014. Don’t give up on Urena just yet, as he is still just 22 years of age and still has some raw talent.

#1 David Thompson

Ht: 6’0”     Wt: 220 lb     B/T: R/R    Age: 8/28/93 (23)

2016 Level: Columbia Fireflies/St. Lucie Mets

Stats: 116 games, 432 AB, 74 runs, 121 hits, 34 doubles, 2 triples, 11 HR, 95 RBI, 29 BB, 90 K, 6 SB (0 CS) .280/.333/.444

It was a breakout season for the 23-year old. The former fourth round pick of the 2014 draft proved himself as an RBI machine this season. Thompson drove in 95 runs in 116 games. To put that in perspective, that’s a 132 RBI season over 162 games.

Most of his damage Thompson did was with the Fireflies where he drove in 58 in 61 games before his promotion to the Florida State League.

Thompson is seen as a powerful third baseman with a good idea at the plate. This year in 55 games in St. Lucie he hit six home runs. and had 34 doubles overall this year.

Thompson excelled when the pressure was one. He hit .296/.358/.507 with runners in scoring position. To put in perspective, Thompson hit .229 with the bases empty. This is the main reason why he had so many runs batted in, plus he had Vinny Siena in front of him in Columbia. In Columbia, Siena had a .435 on base percentage.

It’s interesting to see where Urena and Thompson will start the 2017 season and if they will both play third base? For now it seems like the Mets prefer Thompson at third and given his age the Mets could be aggressive and start him in Binghamton.

Honorable mention:

Jeff McNeil, 24, was also mentioned but made our top 5 list at second base. McNeil was limited to just three games with Binghamton this season hitting .250/.357/.583 before going down. McNeil had a great 2015 season were he hit .308/.369/.377 between the St. Lucie Mets and Binghamton Mets.

Other players we discussed were Kenny Hernandez (GCL Mets, Hansel Moreno (DSL Mets), Franklin Correa (Brooklyn Cyclones) and Reed Gamache (Kingsport Mets).

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Mets Minors: Top 5 Catcher Prospects Sat, 26 Nov 2016 15:00:09 +0000 tomas nido

We have voted for the Top 5 Mets catcher prospects here at MMO/MMN. This is the second position we’ve ranked after doing so with shortstops previously.

In the higher levels (Triple-A & Double-A) the Mets didn’t have a big catching prospect on their roster. In the lower levels their are a few catchers that stand out, but overall it’s a very thin position in the minor league system.

This year in the draft the Mets drafted three catchers, one of the three signed with the Mets. It was the Mets 13th round pick Dan Rizzie who played with the Cyclones about being drafted. In the last four drafts the highest drafted catcher was Tyler Moore in 2014. He was drafted in the sixth round and played for the Columbia Fireflies last season.

#5 Carlos Sanchez

Ht: 6’0”   Wt: 210 lb   B/T: R/R    Age: 6/6/96 (20)

2016 Level: GCL Mets

Stats: 38 games, 142 AB, 16 runs, 45 hits, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 12 BB, 23 K, 2 SB (1 CS) .317/.382/.444

The 20-year old Venezuelan had a very good season with the bat in 2016 hitting 317 for the year. If he had enough at bats that would have been in third in the Gulf Coast League.

He played 16 of his 38 games behind the plate. He is seen as a first baseman/catcher in the minors. As a catcher he allowed six stolen bases, while throwing out seven trying to steal. His arm indicates that he could stay at the catching position.

He also showed some power as 14 of his 45 hits were for extra bases. It was Sanchez first season stateside having played three seasons in the DSL. In the DSL, Sanchez batted .233/.300/.302 over 507 at bats.

We have to see if he can keep up hitting like this season in the next couple of years before we have him higher in the list. I expect him to play in Kingsport or possibly even Brooklyn next year in his second season in the states.

#4 Juan Uriarte

Ht: 6’3”   Wt: 180 lb   B/T: R/R    Age: 9/17/96 (19)

2016 Level: GCL Mets

Stats: 37 games, 123 AB, 9 runs, 29 hits, 5 doubles, 0 triples, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 7 BB, 29 K, 3 SB (0 CS) .236/.304/.301

Uriarte just turned 19 in September and played his first season stateside. He split time with Sanchez as the GCL Mets catcher in 2016. It was a tough season offensively for the young catcher hitting just .236 in 37 games with the GCL Mets.

Uriarte caught 40% would-be base stealers as he allowed 37 stolen bases and threw out 25 of them. In 282.1 innings behind the plate he did not make a single error and he allowed four passed balls.

Uriarte had a solid hitting season in his first pro year in 2015. He batted .267/.374/.395 with eleven doubles, one triple and three home runs between the two DSL Mets squads. I expect him to play in Kingsport next season as their starting catcher in his third pro season.

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#3 Patrick Mazeika

Ht: 6’3”   Wt: 210 lb     B/T: L/R    Age: 10/14/93 (23)

2016 Level: Columbia Fireflies

Stats: 70 games, 239 AB, 34 runs, 73 hits, 14 doubles, 0 triples, 3 HR, 35 RBI, 38 BB, 39 K, 2 SB (0 CS) .305/.414/.402

Another solid season for the 23-year old Mazeika, who was drafted out of the same university as Jacob deGrom (Stetson University). Mazeika played all of his games as a catcher, but could end up at first base. There is a lot of doubt that Mazeika can stay at catcher because of his build. He is a tall guy that has trouble moving behind the plate. Mazeika threw out just 29% would-be base stealers and allowed 56 stolen bases in 2016.

He hit for less power this season, but it was still a successful hitting season for Mazeika. He started the season hitting just .244 in the first half then rebounded in the second half hitting .342.

Mazeika is an interesting prospect as he hits for a high average and gets on base. He doesn’t strikeout with only 65 in 465 career at-bats. If he could improve defensively and stick at catcher he will have good long-term value. If he has to move to first the lack of power is something to be concerned about.

I expect Mazeika to become the St. Lucie Mets everyday catcher in 2017.

#2 Ali Sanchez

Ht: 6’1”   Wt: 200 lb   B/T: R/R    Age: 1/20/97 (19)

2016 Level: Brooklyn Cyclones

Stats: 46 games, 171 AB, 15 runs, 37 hits, 10 doubles, 0 triples, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 10 BB, 26 K, 2 SB (0 CS) .216/.260/.275

The 19-year old Sanchez was the every day catcher for the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2016. Sanchez had a hard time in the batters box hitting just .216/.260/.275 and is a career .264/.335/.326 hitter in three career seasons.

Why is he ranked second by us then? It’s his amazing defensive skills and his potential. He played in a tough hitters league in the NYPL. At the moment Sanchez is mostly a singles hitter, though he should provide more power when he gets older.

His main skill is his defense. Sanchez moves well behind the plate, works good with the pitchers and has great mechanics on his throws. His arm is not the strongest, yet he was still able to get 48% of the would-be base stealers in 2016.

A great defensive catcher who we think will develop solid offensive skills. I expect to see Sanchez as the starting Fireflies catcher in 2017 and hope to see an improvement in his hitting to go with his stellar defense.

#1 Tomas Nido

Ht: 6’0”   Wt: 205 lb   B/T: R/R    Age: 4/12/94 (22)

2016 Level: St. Lucie Mets

Stats: 90 games, 344 AB, 38 runs, 110 hits, 23 doubles, 2 triples, 7 HR, 46 RBI, 19 BB, 42 K, 0 SB (1 CS) .320/.357/.459

It was a break out season in every way for the 22-year old Nido. He was rewarded with the Mets adding him to the 40-man roster to protect him for the Rule 5 draft last week.

Nido was the Florida State League batting champion hitting .320, beating out his closest competitor by 15 points.

Nido had career highs in almost every main category. When the Mets drafted Nido he was seen as a power bat, but he has developed into a hitter with a level swing and low strikeout numbers to with that power.

On the defensive side, Nido had a great season as well. Nido has worked hard on his throwing and it paid dividends. Before this season he had trouble throwing out base stealers. He had a career high 25% in 2014 before improving this season to 42%, a major improvement.

The Mets needed a catching prospect to step up and Nido that just that this season. He will be the Binghamton Mets catcher and I look forward to see him develop more in 2017.

Honorable Mention:

Another catcher who got a vote for the Top 5 was Brandon Brosher. He played for the Cyclones this season and struggled batting just .183/.287/.324. Brosher does provide some pop from the right side as he hit six home runs in 145 at-bats.

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Mets Minors: Top 5 Shortstop Prospects Sat, 19 Nov 2016 18:00:57 +0000 amed+rosario1_1435890584555_20724978_ver1.0_640_480

We have voted on our Top 5 prospects at each position in the Mets minor league system. The first position we’re going to cover is shortstop, one that is becoming a strength in the Mets system.

In recent years the Mets have drafted and signed players to strengthen their middle infield depth. Last year, the Mets signed two big international prospects in Andres Gimenez and Gregory Guerrero. The 2016 draft featured two college shortstops in the first five rounds, Colby Woodmansee in the fifth and Michael Paez in the fourth. Paez is seen as a second baseman, but he played short for the College World Series winners Coastal Carolina.

Other shortstops the Mets drafted in recent years are Gavin Cecchini (2012), Milton Ramos (2014)and Luis Guillorme (2013) and they shifted Matt Reynolds (2012) to short after he was a third baseman in college. The Mets also signed Luis CarpioYeffry De Aza and Kenny Hernandez as international free agents. We believe Carpio will end up at second base which is the reason he’s not on this list.

Their biggest international signing was Amed Rosario who is becoming a top prospect in all of baseball.

#5 Luis Guillorme

Ht: 5’9”     Wt: 190 lb     B/T: L/R    Age: 9/27/94 (22)

2016 Level: St. Lucie Mets

Stats: 123 games, 441 AB, 47 runs, 116 hits, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 1 HR, 46 RBI, 43 BB, 63 K, 4 SB (2 CS) .263/.332/.315

The defensive wizard played a full season with the St. Lucie Mets. He started the season as the St. Lucie second baseman and moved back to his best position of shortstop after Rosario was promoted to Double-A. After a great 2015 campaign where he hit .318 and was the South Atlantic League MVP, Guillorme struggled a bit in High-A as he hit just .263.

Guillorme, who is not known for his power at all, hit his first pro home run this season and collected his first career triples as he hit two in 2016. He also played for Spain in the WBC Qualifier and European Championship. I was able to watch him play a lot in the European Championship and was very impressed with his range and arm at short.

# 4 Gregory Guerrero

Ht: 6’1”     Wt: 180 lb     B/T: R/R    Age: 1/20/99 (17)

2016 Level: DSL Mets1

Stats: 64 games, 247 AB, 32 runs, 61 hits, 10 doubles, 0 triples, 0 HR, 20 RBI, 28 BB, 51 K, 10 SB (2 CS) .247/.324/.287

The 17-year old shortstop made his pro debut in 2016. The nephew of former MLB star Vladimir Guerrero got a $1.5 mil signing bonus in 2015. Before the Mets signed him scouts raved about his baseball IQ and his arm. Although the scouts didn’t see Guerrero as a speedster he did steal ten bases.

We expect to see the raw talent of Guerrero stateside next season probably starting in the GCL. Guerrero also played 14 games at third base in his debut.

#3 Andres Gimenez

Ht: 6’0”     Wt: 165 lb     B/T: L/R    Age: 9/4/98 (18)

2016 Level: DSL Mets1 & DSL Mets2

Stats: 62 games, 214 AB, 52 runs, 75 hits, 20 doubles, 4 triples, 3 HR, 38 RBI, 46 BB, 22 K, 13 SB (8 CS) .350/.469/.523

What a great debut season for the young shortstop. Gimenez was second in the DSL with his .350 batting average, third in slugging percantage, first in OBP and second in doubles in 2016.

In his first game, Gimenez welcomed himself with a grand slam. The left handed hitting shortstop kept on going in the DSL as he reached base safely in his first 13 games. Overall in his 62 games, Gimenez collected 20 multi-hit games, one of them a four hit game.

The Mets received great early results on the $1.2 million bonus they gave Gimenez in 2015. My guess is the Kingsport Mets for Gimenez.


#2 Gavin Cecchini

Ht: 6’2”     Wt: 200 lb     B/T: R/R    Age: 12/22/93 (22)

2016 Level: Las Vegas 51s and New York Mets

Stats: 117 games, 446 AB, 71 runs, 145 hits, 27 doubles, 2 triples, 8 HR, 55 RBI, 48 BB, 55 K, 4 SB (1 CS) .325/.390/.448 with the 51s (2 for 6 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI in MLB)

Cecchini had a very solid season with the Las Vegas 51s as he was third in the PCL in batting behind teammates Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera.

The bat was not the issue for Cecchini, as he made 33 errors at short in 2016. At the end of the year the Mets moved Cecchini to second for a couple of games and his future with the Mets might be at second instead of short. In five minor league seasons, Cecchini has sported a .944 fielding percentage which, makes a transition to second logical.

On the offensive side Cecchini shows a level swing and a ability to consistently make solid contact. Could we see a future short/second base combo of Rosario/Cecchini? Maybe that will be the case.

Cecchini could be in the race for the second base job next spring. I think he will start the season with the 51s to work on playing second base before giving him the every day job (if he is not traded).

#1 Amed Rosario

Ht: 6’2”     Wt: 190 lb     B/T: R/R    Age: 11/20/95 (20)

2016 Level: St. Lucie Mets and Binghamton Mets

Stats: 120 games, 479 AB, 65 runs, 155 hits, 24 doubles, 13 triples, 5 HR, 71 RBI, 40 BB, 87 K, 19 SB (8 CS) .324/.374/.459

Rosario had a breakout offensive season in 2016. He started the season with the St. Lucie Mets playing 66 games in High-A before he got promoted to Double-A.

In Double-A, Rosario had the most success, hitting .341/.392/.481 with the Binghamton Mets and proved to be a great 3-4 combo in the line-up with Dominic Smith. Rosario posted career highs in all major categories in 2016.

Rosario was the youngest player in the Eastern league, but he did not let that bother him. On the defensive end Rosario, has the capability to be an above average defender with a good arm and solid range.

He’s not only the best shortstop prospect, but unquestionably the Mets best prospect. He is expected to be the Mets everyday shortstop somewhere in the near future.

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Cecchini Continues Strong AFL Season in Scorpions Win Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:00:47 +0000 gavin-cecchini

The Scottsdale Scorpions won their third game in a row on Wednesday as they defeated the Surprise Saguaros 6-5.

Gavin Cecchini got the start at short and went 2 for 4 with two runs scored in the victory. Cecchini helped the Scorpions with a single and a run scored in the first as the Scorpions scored four. In the last two games, the Scorpions have 14 runs combined in the first inning.

After grounding in a double play in the second, Cecchini singled and scored again in the fifth. Cecchini raised his slash line to .286/.362/.429 in the Arizona Fall League over 49 at-bats.

The only other Mets player in the starting line-up was Tim Tebow. Tebow went 0-3 in the win, he reached on an error in the fourth and lined out in the sixth. Tebow is now 7 for 48 with 13 strikeouts and four walks in the AFL.

On the pitching side the Scorpions gave the ball to Corey Oswalt to start. Oswalt struggled in the first allowing three runs and getting out of the inning thanks to an outfield assist. After the three-run first Oswalt did not allow a run in his next three innings. Overall, Oswalt went four innings allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three as his ERA increased to 3.68. Oswalt got the win improving to 3-1 in the AFL.

David Roseboom shined out of the pen as he struck out the side in the eighth. Roseboom lowered his ERA to 0.93 and has now struck out 15 in 9.2 innings pitched in the AFL.

On Thursday, the Scorpions have an early game as they will play the Javelinas at 2:35pm ET.

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Mets Minors: Molina, Oswalt Pitch Well in Scorpions Loss Fri, 04 Nov 2016 12:30:47 +0000 marcos molina

The Scottsdale Scorpions lost 2-1 on Thursday against the Glendale Desert Dogs as they dropped their season record to 7-14.

The Scorpions got great pitching from two Mets minor league pitchers. Corey Oswalt got the start as he went five innings allowing two unearned runs on three hits while walking one and striking out three. Oswalt got the tough luck loss as he dropped to 2-1 in the AFL.

In the fifth, Oswalt allowed two unearned runs. He got the first two outs before allowing two singles and a walk to loaded the bases. With the bases loaded the third baseman Miguel Andujar made a throwing error that scored two.

Oswalt lowered his fall league ERA to 3.00 and has not allowed an earned run in his last three starts that spans 13 innings. Overall, Oswalt has pitched 18 innings allowing 16 hits and eight walks, while striking out 15.

Oswalt was replaced by Marcos Molina, who went three scoreless. Molina allowed just two hits and a walk, without recording a strikeout. Molina lowered his ERA to 4.26 in 12.2 innings pitched.

On the offensive side the Mets prospects were quiet. Tim Tebow played his first game since injuring his knee on a failed stolen base attempt. Tebow was the DH and went 0-3 and is now batting .135 (5-37). In the seventh Tebow came to bat with the bases loaded and two outs. He could not come through as he grounded out end the inning.

Matt Oberste went 0-2 as he is now 0-25 in the AFL. Oberste did reach base for the first time as he walked in the seventh.

Gavin Cecchini went 0-4 with a strikeout as the third hitter in the lineup. Cecchini is hitting .250/.347/.400 in eleven games for the Scottsdale Scorpions.

Scottsdale will welcome the Mesa Solar Sox at 9:35pm ET on Friday.

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Mets Minors: MMO All-Star Bench Led by Cecchini Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:30:52 +0000 gavin-cecchini

We are releasing the players we’ve chosen as part of a group voting for the Mets roster of the best 25 minor leaguers this season. These players are chosen strictly on their numbers and not on their prospect rankings. It’s going to be a four part series with the position players already posted and the starting rotation already posted with the bullpen still to come. Here is who we have chosen for the bench in our All-Star team:

SS/2B: Gavin Cecchini (Las Vegas 51s/Mets) – The former Mets first round pick had his second straight season were he hit above .300 and finished third in the PCL in hitting. He hit .325/.390/.448 in his first season in Triple-A with eight homeruns, two triples, 27 doubles as he drove in 55 for the 51s. Cecchini showed his skills to make contact as he struck out just 55 times in 446 at-bats. The Mets will let Cecchini play second base in he AFL to see if he can learn that position to play it good enough in the majors.

SS/2B: Andres Gimenez (DSL Mets1 & 2) – The 18-year old Gimenez was outstanding in his first pro season with the Mets. Gimenez showed the ability to hit for a high average and power in the Dominican Summer League. His short swing and mature approach helped him to hit .350/.469/.523 to go with 27 extra base hits. He walked 46 times compared to only 22 strikeouts on the season. Gimenez has the talent to stay at short but also played some second this season. He was the Mets Sterling Award winner for the DSL Mets2.

C/1B: Patrick Mazeika (Columbia Fireflies) – Mazeika was one of the bright spots in the inaugural season for the Columbia Fireflies as he hit .305/.414/.402 in 70 games. Mazeika showed his ability to make consistent contact as he struck out just 39 times while walking 38. Mazeika turned it on in the second half hitting .342/.465/.456 to end his season with an impressive stat line.

2B/3B/SS: Phillip Evans (Binghamton Mets/St. Lucie Mets) – The Eastern League batting champ hit .335/.374/.485 with eight home runs, 30 doubles and drove in 39 runs. Evans started the season with the St. Lucie Mets and hit just .143/.273/.143 in nine games. His performance in the Eastern League was impressive as he won the Eastern League batting title with a 4 for 6 final game. He shared the Mets Sterling Award for Binghamton with Dominic Smith.

OF: Raul Beracierta (DSL Mets1 & 2) – The 17-year old outfielder played every outfield position in his first pro season. Not only did he play a very solid outfield he also had a good season with the bat. Beracierta hit .327/.397/.403 combined between the DSL Mets1 & 2. He hit his first pro home run on the 11th of July. To go with his home run he also hit three triples and seven doubles while driving in 23 runs. A solid season all around for the young outfielder. He was the Mets Sterling Award winner for the DSL Mets1.

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Mets Minors Rookie of the Year: Andres Gimenez Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:30:19 +0000 gimenez-1-e1474552940274-384x400

There was some great new talent in the Mets system this season highlighted by our MMO/MMN Rookie of the Year, Andres Gimenez. Gimenez, who just turned 18 on the fourth of September, was outstanding in the Dominican Summer League in his first pro season.

The 2015 international free agent signing showed why he got a $1.2 million signing bonus in 2015 as he hit .350/.469/.523 between the DSL Mets1 & 2. Not only did the young shortstop hit for a solid average, he drove the ball often with 27 extra base hits (three home runs, four triples and 20 doubles). Gimenez started his pro career with a bang as he hit a grand slam in his first game. Over 62 games, Gimenez drove in 38 runs.

The impressive infielder was named to the DSL All-Star team and also won the Mets Sterling Award (MVP) for the DSL Mets2. He finished his rookie campaign with more walks (46) than strikeouts (22).

Our own John Sasso said this about Gimenez in our Top 50 Prospect list where he was 10th:

In regards to Gimenez, I am fully on board the bandwagon. His numbers have backed up the original scouting reports of an advanced approach, with good bat speed, and the athleticism to stick at shortstop. When looking at the numbers, the extra base hits and the walks compared to strikeouts stand out.

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Not only did the Mets acquire some new talent in the international free agent pool, they also drafted a ton of talented players that had great seasons. The Mets had some early success out of their first and second round picks in 2016 with both Justin Dunn and Peter Alonso having good pro debuts with the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Justin Dunn, who did not pitch more then three innings per outing, showed his dominant stuff in the NY Penn league. Dunn pitched to a 1.50 ERA in 30 innings pitched. Over those 30 innings Dunn struck out 35 and allowed just one home run.

Peter Alonso had his season was cut shot thanks to a broken finger, but he performed on a high level before his injury. On my Top 15-10 midseason prospect piece I said this about Alonso:

Alonso showed why he was the most powerful hitter on one of the best college teams before the Mets drafted him. Alonso’s .587 slugging percentage would have lead the NYPL, if he had enough at bats to qualify. Alonso shows the ability to hit for power to all fields, he showed a quick bat and made consistent hard contact in Brooklyn before his injury. Alonso raw power from the right side is a very interesting tool to keep an eye on.

Overall, the 21-year old first baseman hit .321/.382/.587. I look forward seeing Alonso playing a full season in the Mets system as he has a chance to move quickly through the organization.

Two other names worth mentioning are Gary Cornish (2.16 ERA, 15.8 K/9) and Joseph Zanghi (1.23 ERA, 13.8 K/9), who both pitched great out of the bullpen for the Brooklyn Cyclones in their first taste of pro ball.

Previous MMN Season Awards: Player of the YearReliever of the YearBreakout Player,Defensive Player

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Mets Minors: Top 30 Prospects, #15-11 Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:00:55 +0000 seth lugo

We continue our look into the Mets top prospects with some promising position players and a starter that has stepped up to help the big league club tremendously.

#15 RHP Seth Lugo

Ht: 6’4”  Wt: 225  Level: Triple-A Las Vegas 51s/New York Mets

B/T: R/R  Age: 11/17/1989(26) Age Dif: -0.7

Acquired: Selected in the 34th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Centanary College of Louisiana

Preseason Rank: #12

2016 Statistics:  3-4, 6.50 ERA, 21 games (14 starts), 73.1 IP, 103 H, 63 R, 53 ER, 20 BB, 63 K, 1.67 WHIP (with Vegas)

2016 MLB Stats: 4-2, 2.40 ERA, 10 games (5 starts), 48.2 IP, 36 H, 13 ER, 12 BB, 37 K, 0.99 WHIP

Profile: The right-hander made his major league debut out of the bullpen with the Mets. Lugo started the 2016 season in the Vegas rotation, but struggled like many other pitchers in Vegas. Out of the bullpen, Lugo showed an increase in velocity, which helped him preform better. As a starter Lugo pitched to a 3-4 record with a 6.93 ERA, allowing 88 hits in 69.1 innings pitched. Since joining the 51s bullpen Lugo pitched much better, with a 4.09 ERA in 11 innings out of the pen.

Lugo made his MLB debut against the Cubs on July the first and showed his good arsenal of pitches right away.  Lugo uses a four seam fastball that reaches 96 MPH to go with a two-seam fastball which is around the 90 MPH mark. His best pitch is his curve ball. If you remember Lugo striking out Anthony Rizzo on a pitch that hit his foot you know what I’m talking about. His curve has great 12-6 movement and was named the best curve in the Mets system before the season (by Baseball America).

Lugo made his first MLB start on Friday the 19th of August. He pitched really well going 6.2 innings allowing just three runs on seven hits. He threw only 69 pitches to get thru 6.2 innings and hit 96 MPH late in his outing.

What’s Next: Lugo has shown that he can be a viable option as a major league starter, the question is how will he finish the season and how will he fit into the Mets plans next year. After Lugo pitches 1.1 innings tonight he will no longer be eligible for this list.

#14 C Tomas Nido

Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 205  Level: St. Lucie Mets High-A

B/T: R/R  Age: 4/12/1994(22) Age Dif: -0.7

Acquired: Selected in the 8th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Orangewood Christian HS (Maitland, FL)

Preseason Rank: #74

2016 Statistics:  344 AB, 38 R, 110 H, 23 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 46 RBI, 19 BB, 42 K .320/.357/.459

Profile: From our #74 to #14 in half of a season shows what kind of break out season the 22-year old catcher had. Plus Nido has done it behind the plate and at the plate. Nido has shown a gap-to-gap pop with a fluid line drive swing. Nido has a new career high in home runs (7), hits (110), doubles (23), and RBIs (46) Behind the plate Nido also made significant strides, gunning down 42% of the would-be basestealers. Before this season his career high was 25%.

In a recent scouting report from scout Thomas Desmidt, Nido was profiled as an all field line drive hitter, who makes consistent hard contact. On the defensive end Desmidt wrote, Nido is a good receiver with an above average arm.

What’s Next:  Nido will start next season with the Double-A Binghamton Mets. He is a prospect to keep an eye on after his break out season. He has the tools to be an above average catcher in the big leagues.

#13 1B Peter Alonso

Ht: 6’3”  Wt: 225  Level: Low-A Brooklyn Cyclones

B/T: R/R  Age: 12/7/1994(21) Age Dif: -0.1

Acquired: Selected in the 2nd round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft out of University of Florida (Gainsville, FL)

Preseason Rank: Drafted this season.

2016 Statistics: 109 AB, 20 R,  35 H, 12 2B, 3B, 5 HR, 21 RBI, 11 BB, 22 K .321/.382/.587

Profile: Unfortunately we got the news that he will miss the remainder of the season with a broken finger. Alonso was showing why he was the most powerful hitter on one of the best college teams before the Mets drafted him. Alonso his .587 slugging % would be leading the NYPL, if he had enough at bats to qualify. Alonso shows the ability to hit for power to all fields, he showed a quick bat and made consistent hard contact in Brooklyn before his injury. Alonso raw power from the right side is a very interesting tool to keep an eye on.

Baseball Prospectus said in a scouting report (before he was drafted) that Alonso has a pretty long swing, which could result in a lower batting average in the higher levels, but his power will be his main tool.

What’s Next: The 21-year old could be on the fast track through the Mets system. I expect him to play with the Columbia Fireflies or even the St. Lucie Mets to start his first full season as a pro next year.

#12 SS Luis Carpio

Ht: 6’0”  Wt: 165  Level: GCL Mets Rookie League

B/T: R/R  Age: 7/11/1997(19)  Age Dif: -1.5

Acquired: Signed by the New York Mets as an international free agent in 2013 for $300,000

Preseason Rank: #8

2015 Statistics:  181 AB, 31 R, 55 H, 10 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 22 RBI, 17 BB, 34 K, 9 SB, .304/.372/.359 (in 2015 with Kingsport)

2016 Statistics: 74 AB, 7 R, 9 H, 3 2B, 3B, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 9 BB, 21 K, .203/.314/.270 (only as the DH)

Profile: The young shortstop has lost four places on the list mostly due to a shoulder injury that kept him out most of the season and limited him to being the DH when he returned.  After a very impressive season as a 17-year old in Kingsport last year, Carpio is still one of the best middle infield prospect the Mets have. In 2015 Carpio hit .304 which is very impressive knowing it was his first season playing state side.

Scouts see Carpio as a small hitter with a short stroke and the ability to hit to all fields (up the middle approach). As a young middle infielder, Carpio is still small build and uses that to his advantage with his approach at the plate. Scouts raved about his Baseball IQ which shows in his solid on base percentage at .372 and helps him as a defender.

Carpio has average speed, excellent instincts, good first step and a good approach for a top of the order hitter. He is expected to become a second baseman rather than a short stop because he lacks the arm strength. At just 19 years old he could develop a better arm that could keep him at short, but it seems like second will work better for the young middle infielder.

What’s Next:  He should start the 2017 season with the Columbia Fireflies.

#11 C Ali Sanchez

Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 200  Level: Low-A Brooklyn Cyclones

B/T:  R/R  Age: 1/20/1997 (19)  Age Dif: -2.1

Acquired: Signed as an International Free-Agent in 2013 for $690,000

Preseason Rank: #15

2016 Statistics:  171 AB, 15 R,  37 H, 10 2B, 0 HR, 11 RBI, 10 BB, 26 K, 2 SB .216/.260/.275

Profile: Although the young catcher is not having a great season with the Brooklyn Cyclones, he is still named our top catching prospect in the minors. Being only 19 years old and already playing in NYPL is not a surprise to see him struggle a little bit facing other teams top draft picks from this season.

The biggest plus on the game of Sanchez is his great defense as a back stop. Scouts have raved about the defensive skills, even before the Mets signed him.  Ben Badler of Baseball America touted his arm and high IQ in his original report, along with his receiving skills, framing pitches and handling balls in the dirt. This season Sanchez has thrown out 48% would-be base stealers and has a 50% caught stealing rate in his career.

As a hitter Sanchez is seen as a high contact kind of hitter without much power. He hit three home runs in the DSL and none since that. This season Sanchez had ten extra base hits, all doubles. Scouts don’t expect Sanchez to become a power hitter when he gets older. He has a promising future as a great defensive backstop with a solid contact bat.

What’s Next: I think Sanchez should be able to play his first full season as a pro and start the 2017 season with the Columbia Fireflies.

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Mets Minors: Nimmo, Nido Hold Batting Title Leads Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:00:06 +0000 brandon nimmo hr

Las Vegas 51s (69-73) 11, Salt Lake Bees 2 Box Score

Rivera narrowed the gap for the PCL batting title with a great night as he trails Nimmo with two games left. Cecchini played his second career game at second base and had his 16 game errorless streak snapped. He committed a throwing error while trying to turn a 6-4-3 double play.

  • Darin Gorski LHP 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, 4 BB, 7 K, W (6-4, 5.90)

Erie SeaWolves (61-78) 6 vs. Binghamton Mets (62-76) 3 BOX SCORE

Rosario had a multi-hit game but, did strikeout twice, he has struck out twelve times in his last six games. Cruzado hit his eight home run of the season, a two-run home run in the second. Evans is now at .329 as he chases Aneury Tavarez for the batting title who is now hitting .333 for Portland.

Rafael Montero was on a low pitch count because he is set to make a spot start on Tuesday for the Mets. Paul Paez allowed two runs as his struggles in Double-A continue.

St. Lucie Mets (74-60) 5 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (67-69) 3 BOX SCORE

Tomas Nido collected four hits and leads the FSL with his .316 batting average. Nido missed a home run for the cycle and was the St. Lucie Mets lead off hitter to get as many plate appearances as possible. Urena is hitting .371 with ten RBI over his last ten games.

Casey Delgado pitched a solid game for his 12th win this season. He has eight with St. Lucie and four with Binghamton this season.

Columbia Fireflies (66-71) 5 vs. Charleston RiverDogs (74-62) 4 F/14 BOX SCORE

  • J.C. Rodriguez 2B: 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K .237/.302/.351
  • Patrick Mazeika C: 4 for 7, 2B, R, 2 K .303/.414/.402
  • Eudor Garcia 1B: 2 for 5, RBI .277/.330/.431

The Fireflies won on a walk-off error from the shortstop Hoy Jung Park on a Dash Winningham force out. J.C. Rodriguez hit his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth. Garcia is hitting .381 with 11 RBI in his last ten games.

The Fireflies bullpen was outstanding with nine scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and two walks. Bashlor struck out the side in the top of the 14th for the win.

Brooklyn Cyclones (37-37) 2 vs. Aberdeen IronBirds (30-43) 0 BOX SCORE

Woodmansee hit a two-run triple with two outs in the top of the sixth. Michael Paez was thrown out at the plate on that hit.

Jacobson has been very solid for the Cyclones. In 12 games (four starts), Jacobson has pitched to a 0.96 WHIP. Cornish now has a tremendous 44 strike outs compared to only three walks in his first pro season.

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Mets Minors: Conforto Homers Off Lefty in Four Hit Night Fri, 26 Aug 2016 13:00:42 +0000 Photo: Josh Holmberg, Las Vegas Review

Photo: Josh Holmberg, Las Vegas Review

Las Vegas 51s (63-70) 10 vs. Salt Lake Bees (58-72) 5 F/7 BOX SCORE

The 51s scored eight runs (five earned) against Tim LincecumMichael Conforto homered again against a lefty, a two-run shot off lefty Cody Ege.

It was just the second outing in Triple-A this season for Verrett. He got the win in both starts, Verrett pitched six scoreless on June the 16th.

Salt Lake Bees (59-72) 3 vs. Las Vegas 51s (63-71) 0 F/7 BOX SCORE

The Las Vegas 51s collected just three hits in the second game of the doubleheader. Conforto collected another hit and is now 26 for 50 with five home runs since rejoining the 51s.

  • Tyler Pill RHP: 5 IP, 7 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K, L (1-1 6.30 ERA)
  • Josh Edgin LHP: 2 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 K (3.13 ERA)

Pill allowed ten baserunners but, just one lone run in five innings of work. Edgin has not been good since rejoining the 51s, in three innings of work he has allowed four runs.

 Binghamton (61-68) 6, Bowie Baysox 4 Box Score

Evans had his fifth three-hit game his last ten games and also had a four hit game during that span. Over those last ten games he’s hit .465. Evans would currently lead the Eastern League in batting but needs 46 plate appearances in the last 11 games to qualify. Dom Smith had hit fifth game in a row where he collected a RBI. Smith has a .412 batting average in his last ten games. Smith now has 28 doubles and 88 RBIs on the season. Amed Rosario had the night off.

Kyle Regnault pitched two scoreless innings in relief and Tim Peterson allowed two runs while recording just one out. David Roseboom got his 13th save of the season but, it did not come easy.

St. Lucie Mets (67-58) 13 vs. Charlotte Stone Crabs (62-65) 0 BOX SCORE

The St. Lucie Mets got another big win. Jupiter also won which means that they stayed tied for first place in the second half standings.

The St. Lucie Mets collected 17 hits. David Thompson drove in two to give him 89 RBIs in 107 games this season. Lednier Ricardo hit his second homerun of the season, a solo shot in the fourth. Jhoan Urena has been much better in the second half, hitting .260 and .320 in his last ten games.

Flexen pitched five or more innings for just the fifth time in his last ten games. It has been an up and down year for the hard throwing 22 year old. Tyler Bashlor made just his third appearance with the St. Lucie Mets, he has a 2.45 ERA combined with 65 strikeouts in 51.1 innings pitched this season.

Columbia Fireflies (61-69) 7 vs. Charleston RiverDogs (70-59) 1 BOX SCORE

The Fireflies collected 14 hits in the victory that was highlighted by Mazeika’s his second career four hit game. He also went 4 for 5 for the Kingsport Mets on August 4th of last season.

  • Joe Shaw RHP: 5.2 IP, 5 H, ER, 4 BB, 4 K, W (8-9 4.46 ERA)
  • Craig Missigman RHP: 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 K (H,6 3.02 ERA)

Joe Shaw bounced back with a solid start after allowing eight run in his last start. Jimmy Duff pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the deal for the Fireflies.

Mahoning Valley Scrappers (32-32) 5 vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (32-33) 1 BOX SCORE

The Cyclones were 1 for 8 with RISP and left 13 runners on base in the loss. Ali Sanchez andFranklin Correa both doubled. Desmond Lindsay has been terrific when he stays on the field.

  • Erik Manoah RHP: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, L (5-4 5.43 ERA)
  • Franklin Correa (Position Player): IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 2 K (0.00 ERA)

The best pitching performance of the day from the Cyclones was from second baseman Franklin Correa. He has pitched in two games, allowing just one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings.

Before the game it was announced that Thomas Szapucki will be shut down for the remainder of the season.

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Mets Minors Recap: Conforto, Smith, Rosario All Homer Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:31:56 +0000 Photo: Josh Holmberg, Las Vegas Review

Photo: Josh Holmberg, Las Vegas Review

Las Vegas 51s (61-69) 5 vs. Tacoma Rainiers (74-55) 2 BOX SCORE

Michael Conforto his another home run, a solo shot in the eighth. His 2 for 5 day lowered his average from .427 to .426. Since returning to the 51s, Conforto has gone 22 for 40 (.550 avg) with four home runs and eight RBIs. Taijeron hit his 19th home run of the season, he is now tied for the team lead with Johnny Monell.

  • Gabriel Ynoa RHP: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, W (11-5 4.18 ERA)
  • Josh Edgin LHP: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K (2.76 ERA)
  • Paul Sewald RHP: Got the final out with the tying run at the plate for his 15th save (3.52 ERA)

It was Ynoa his first start back since he was send down. It was the first time since June the 18th that he did not allow an earned run for the 51s. Ynoa threw just 96 pitches to get through eight innings.

Before the game it was announced that Brandon Nimmo was named PCL player of the week and that Robert Gsellman was promoted.

Binghamton Mets (59-67) 6 vs. Hartford Yard Goats (70-56) 3 BOX SCORE

  • Amed Rosario SS: 2 for 3, HR, RBI, 3 R, BB, K, SB .319/.371/.469
  • Dominic Smith 1B: 3 for 3, HR, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 R .301/..365/.465

Rosario and Smith hit back-to-back homeruns in the third inning. It was Rosario his fifth overall and Smith hit number fourteen. Last week Eastern League Player of the week, Phillip Evans, went 0 for 4. Victor Cruzado was the other player in the lineup who drove in a run.

Rafael Montero needed to get out of Vegas badly as he has performed really well since joining the Binghamton Mets. Montero has allowed just one earned run in his last 16 innings.

Columbia Fireflies (59-68) 7 vs. Augusta GreenJackets (69-57) 5 BOX SCORE

The Fireflies got a 7-0 lead in the fourth and it was enough to beat the Augusta GreenJackets for the fourth straight day. J.C. Rodriguez hit his ninth home run of the season, a three-run blast in the second. Enmanuel Zabala had his second career five hit game. He had a five hit game with the DSL Mets2 on July the 29th, 2013.

Almonte did not record any strikeouts in the win. The right-hander has just 35 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched.

Lowell Spinners (37-25) 8 vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (31-31) 1 BOX SCORE

The Brooklyn Cyclones collected just six hits. Colby Woodmansee collected the only RBI.

Merandy Gonzalez was not able to get thru the first after he threw 33 pitches to get two outs. The Defense behind the Cyclones pitchers was awful as they made a franchise record six errors. (Woodmansee 2, Paez 2, Lindsay 1 and Sanchez 1)

Johnson City Cardinals (34-23) 5 vs. Kingsport Mets (19-38) 3 F/7 BOX SCORE

  • Ian Strom LF: 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, K .239/.329/.333
  • Santo Marte 2B: 1 for 3, 2B, RBI, R .222/.349/.361

The Kingsport Mets collected just five hits as there offensive struggles continue.

  • Chris Viall RHP: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (0-2 6.75 ERA)
  • Joel Huertas LHP: 3 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (5.93 ERA)

GCL Mets (22-26) 8 vs. GCL Marlins (20-28) 5 F/10 BOX SCORE

The GCL Mets hit three homers and the biggest one was the walk-off three run shot by Juan Uriarte with two outs in the bottom of the tenth. Kenny Hernandez hit his first career home run in the win.

Jose Geraldo was not helped by his defense as they made three errors which let to four unearned runs. Luis Carreno has not allowed a run with the GCL Mets this season, in 12.1 innings pitched he allowed just three hits and struck out 12. This year’s 12th round pick, Matt Cleveland has struggled so far in his pro career.

The DSL Mets1 game was suspended after the top of the sixth. The game was tied at one. Here is the BOX SCORE

The DSL Mets2 game was suspended after the top of the sixth. The game was tied at four. Here is the BOX SCORE

The second game for both the Kingsport Mets and DSL Mets2 were postponed. The St. Lucie Mets were off.

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Mets Minors Recap: Nimmo, Conforto Combine For Three Homers Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:30:05 +0000 brandon nimmo

Las Vegas 51s (58-66) 7 vs. Round Rock Express (61-63) 5 F/12 BOX SCORE

Brandon Nimmo hit a walk-off two-run homer with two out in the twelfth, his second homer of the game. Both of Nimmo’s home runs came off a lefty. They were his 8th and 9th of the season with the 51s. Conforto had three hits off lefties including his home run.

Paul Sewald allowed three runs in the ninth inning for the blown save. Josh Smoker allowed his second run in his last fourteen outings. Sean Gilmartin made his second start since returning from injury, he pitched a very solid ballgame in a tough no decision.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (58-63) 4 vs. Binghamton Mets (56-64) 3 F/7 BOX SCORE

The Binghamton Mets collected just five hits in the first game of the doubleheader. Dominic Smith went 1 for 3 and Amed Rosario went 0 for 2 with walk and a run scored.

  • Rafael Montero RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (3-2 1.99 ERA)

The Binghamton Mets made two errors behind Montero in the first. The Binghamton Mets could not overcome the four runs scored in the first. Montero got credit for the six inning complete game.

New Hampshire Fisher Cats (59-64) 5 vs. Binghamton Mets (56-65) 4 F/8 BOX SCORE

The Binghamton Mets got a 4-0 lead but, could not score in the later innings. Phillip Evans hit his seventh homerun with two outs in the first. Dominic Smith went 1 for 3 in both games of the doubleheader.

Roseboom allowed a home run in the seventh and eighth for his first blown save. Roseboom allowed his first runs since July 8th, he went 15.1 straight scoreless innings.

St. Lucie Mets (62-56) 8 vs. Fort Myers Miracle (61-60) 6 F/7 BOX SCORE

The St. Lucie Mets scored three in the second and five in the third.

  • Chris Flexen RHP: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W (8-9 3.85 ERA)

Chris Flexen stays inconsistent this season pitching to a 1.37 WHIP in 23 starts.

Fort Myers Miracle (61-60) 1 vs. St. Lucie Mets (62-56) 0 F/8 BOX SCORE

This was a makeup game from 8/8.

The St. Lucie Mets collected just four singles in the loss.

  • P.J. Conlon LHP: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K (1.78 ERA)
  • Corey Taylor RHP: 1.2 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 K, L (2-5 2.09 ERA)

Corey Taylor allowed a walk off singe in the eighth. P.J. Conlon keeps impressing for both the Fireflies and the St. Lucie Mets as he is combined 11-2 with a 1.81 ERA this season.

Asheville Tourists (59-60) 8 vs. Columbia Fireflies (55-66) 7 BOX SCORE

Vicente Lupo a grand slam in the sixth to give the Fireflies a 7-3 lead, he finished a triple shy of the cycle.

Jimmy Duff allowed the go-ahead two run single in the bottom of the eighth for his first blown save since joining the Fireflies.

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Mets Minors Recap: Conforto and Smith Both Homer Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:30:03 +0000 michael conforto

New Orleans Zephyrs (58-62) 8, Las Vegas 51s (57-65) 6 Box Score

Conforto started the day getting hits in his first three at bats against righties before striking out swinging vs a lefty in his final at bat.

Binghamton Mets (56-62) 6 vs. Harrisburg Senators (63-57) 2 BOX SCORE

The Binghamton Mets 4-5-6-7 hitters in the lineup combined to go 11 for 20 with the rest of the lineup going a combined 1-18. Dominic Smith hit his 13th homerun of the year. Smith also knocked in his 79th run of the year which ties is career high that he set last year.

Josh Zeid has been a solid pick for the Binghamton Mets, after the Mets got him out of independent ball. Zeid has pitched 49 innings, allowing just 40 hits. David Roseboom has not been scored upon in his last 15 outings out of the pen. In that span he lowered his ERA from 2.76 to 1.84.

Jupiter Hammerheads (59-59) 10 vs. St. Lucie Mets (61-54) 8 BOX SCORE

The St. Lucie Mets outhit the Hammerheads 14-11 but, it was not enough. St. Lucie scored two in the ninth but their comeback fell just short.

All St. Lucie Mets pitchers allowed at least one home run in their outing. Griset was impressive striking out seven over four relief innings. He now has 51 strikeouts in 49.2 innings pitched.

Columbia Fireflies (55-65) 3 vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers (63-57) 2 F/12 BOX SCORE

The Fireflies scored a run in the eight to tie and won it in the bottom of the twelfth. After the Fireflies made the first two outs, they collected three straight hits. J.C. Rodriguez and Dash Winningham singled before Tyler Moore hit the walk-off RBI single to send the fans home happy.

The Fireflies bullpen was tremendous today, going 6.2 scoreless innings combined. The Fireflies pitching staff allowed just six hits in twelve total innings.

Brooklyn Cyclones (30-26) 2 vs. West Virginia Black Bears (25-31) 1 BOX SCORE

The Brooklyn Cyclones collected just four hits as they scored two in the seventh. The Cyclones where 0-8 with RISP but, still managed to win the game.

It was the second time this season that Llanes had a start without giving up an earned run. He pitched six scoreless on the 8th of July. He is now 15th in the NYPL with his 2.92 ERA.

Greeneville Astros (26-25) 7 vs. Kingsport Mets (18-33) 3 BOX SCORE

  • Ricardo Cespedes CF: 2 for 4, 2B .283/.321/.302
  • Jose Miguel Medina RF: 2 for 4, HR, RBI, R, 2 K .272/.344/.399

Medina hit his fourth home run of the year as the Kingsport Mets took a 3-0 in the second. Kingsport could not get another runner across after the second inning.

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Mets Minors Recap: Alonso Breaks Finger, Dunn Flashes Heat Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:00:14 +0000 justin dunn 3

Bradenton Marauders (58-56) 10 vs. St. Lucie Mets (61-51) 7 BOX SCORE

The St. Lucie Mets scored five runs in the second to open the scoring. David Thompson extended his hitting streak to seven games, over those seven games he is 11-24 (.458) with four walks.

  • Chris Flexen RHP: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K (3.67 ERA)
  • Domingo Tapia RHP: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, L (0-2 5.30 ERA)

Flexen and Tapia could not hold the 5-0 lead they got in the second. Combined they allowed nine runs (4 ER) in six innings. Flexen allowed five walks for the second time in his last ten starts. Tapia is having a tough time after his TJS, pitching to a 1.81 WHIP.

Columbia Fireflies (53-64) 8 vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers (62-55) 0 BOX SCORE

The Fireflies scored two in the second and six in the fourth. Eudor Garcia walked three times,to increase his OBP to .299.

  • Joe Shaw RHP: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W (7-8 4.14 ERA)
  • Tyler Bashlor RHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K (2.47 ERA)
  • Jimmy Duff RHP: IP, 0 H, 0 ER (2.51 ERA)

Joe Shaw followed his eight inning performance in his last start, with 6.2 shutout innings. In his last two starts, Shaw allowed just nine hits in 14.2 innings pitched, walking just three and striking out fourteen. Tyler Bashlor keeps running up the strikeouts, in his last two outings he has struck out nine in 3.1 innings. He has 62 strikeouts in 47.1 innings for the season.

Before the game the Fireflies announced that Spirit Communications Park will host the 2017 SAL All-Star Game.

Brooklyn Cyclones (28-25) 7 vs. Vermont Lake Monsters (19-34) 4 BOX SCORE

  • Jose Reyes 3B: 0 for 1, R, 2 BB, 2 SB (Rehab Assignment)
  • Nick Sergakis 2B: 0 for 0, 4 BB, 2 R, RBI, SB .252/.353/.364
  • Blake Tiberi DH: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 R, BB .235/.317/.286

The Cyclones collected just seven hits but walked twelve times in the victory. Reyes played five innings at third base.

  • Justin Dunn RHP: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (0.50 ERA)
  • Raul Jacobson RHP:  3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (2.51 ERA)
  • Joseph Zanghi RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K, fourth save (1.69 ERA)

Justin Dunn keeps pitching really well in his first pro season. Dunn has allowed just 13 hits in 18 innings pitched, while striking out 19. The six strikeouts are a new career high for Dunn who reached 97 MPH on his fastball.

Injury note: According to our own Jacob Resnick who was at the game, Peter Alonso is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a broken finger. Photo taken by Jacob as well. 

Yesterday we released our Mets Midseason Prospects #25-21 which you can read here.

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Mets Minors Recap: Alonso Collects Four Hits in Cyclones Win Tue, 09 Aug 2016 13:51:15 +0000 peter alonso

(Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

Colombia Fireflies (52-62) 3 vs. Greenville Drive (58-55) 2 BOX SCORE

  • J.C. Rodriguez 2B: 2 for 4, 2B .234/.294/.341
  • Eudor Garcia DH: 3 for 4, 2 2B, RBI, R, K .252/.298/.409
  • Dash Winningham 1B: 1 for 4, RBI, K .234/.282/.371

Dash Winningham drove in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. Eudor Garcia collected two doubles and drove in RBI number thirteen with the Fireflies this season. Milton Ramos put on a show in the field with two sparkling plays at short.

  • Chase Ingram RHP: 6 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 5 K (4.69 ERA)
  • Tyler Bashlor RHP: 2 IP, 3 H, ER, BB, 6 K, third BS, W (3-1 2.54 ERA)
  • Jimmy Duff RHP: IP, 0 H, 0 ER, K, fourth save (2.70 ERA)

Chase Ingram has allowed just five runs in his last 25 innings pitched. Tyler Bashlor struck out six in two innings, he now has 53 strikeouts in 44 innings pitched. Jimmy Duff got his third save with the Fireflies since being sent down from St. Lucie.

Brooklyn Cyclones (25-25) 14 vs. Tri-City Valley Cats (28-22) 3 BOX SCORE

Peter Alonso hit his fifth homerun of the season and was a triple shy of the cycle. Alonso is now hitting .324 what would be fourth in the league if he had enough at bats. Ali Sanchez snapped an 0 for 18 stretch with a four hit game. Ai Sanchez also stole home on a double steal in the blow out victory.

  • Gabriel Llanes RHP: 6.2 IP, 11 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, W (3-5 3.28 ERA)

After a tough loss his last time out where he went eight innings of one run ball, Llanes got enough run support in this game. Taylor Henry pitched 1.1 hitless innings and Austin McGeorge increased his scoreless innings streak to 11.1 since being drafted by the Mets.

Before the game the NYPL announced that Peter Alonso, Colby Woodmansee and Harol Gonzalez were selected to the NYPL All-Star game. You can read more about the All-Stars here



The Las Vegas 51s game was postponed. They will play a doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 6.05 p.m. E.T.


The Binghamton Mets were off. They will start a three game series against Reading on Tuesday


The St. Lucie Mets game was postponed as well. They will also play a doubleheader on Tuesday, starting at 5.00 p.m. E.T..

Read the full minor league recap at Mets

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