Mets Merized Online » Teddy Klein Mon, 25 Jul 2016 01:55:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Minors Recap: Dominic Smith Blasts 12th Home Run Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:00:40 +0000 Courtesy Binghamton Mets/Rick Nelson Photography

Courtesy Binghamton Mets/Rick Nelson Photography

Omaha Storm Chasers 8 (Kansas City, 43-53), Las Vegas 51s (49-47) 3 Box Score

Gavin Cecchini went 2 for 4 with a run knocked in but also made his 28th error at shortstop.

Rainy Lara was added to the roster before the game and got Raul Mondesi to pop as the only batter he faced. Infielder Niuman Romero was placed on the 7-day disabled list in the corresponding move.

Binghamton Mets 8 (44-51), Bowie Baysox 4 (Baltimore, 40-55) Box Score

This was Smith’s second homer (Click Here to view) in three games, but also snapped his multi-hit streak. Rosario hit his eighth double in his 23rd game after hitting ten in 66 High-A St. Lucie games.

Not even sure what to say about Montero anymore, he also hit a batter and threw 105 pitches with only 55 of them for strikes.

Tampa Yankees 6 (55-41), St. Lucie Mets 0 (50-43) Box Score

St. Lucie only mustered two hits, and they were both from Thompson.

Conlon has not skipped a beat since being promoted to High-A.

Hagerstown Suns 4 (Washington, 60-36), Columbia Fireflies 2 (42-53) Box Score

Brandon Brosher sustained a head injury in the first inning, we wish him luck. Zabala has been stellar defensively for Columbia.

Shaw allows a lot of hits, but somehow misses many bats as well as he has allowed 118 hits in 97.1 innings, and has struck out 99.

Minors Notes

For the rest of the minor league recap including Gregory Guerrero and Andres Gimenez now playing on the same team, head over to

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Mets Minors Recap: Dominic Smith is Scorching Hot Wed, 20 Jul 2016 13:30:27 +0000 CibTCZmWgAA6DRr-400x225

Omaha Storm Chasers 11 (Kansas City, 42-53), Las Vegas 51s 6 (49-46) Box Score

Nimmo has not skipped a beat since returning to Triple-A, going 3 for 9. Hey Mets front office, sooner or later you gotta try out Rivera, it really can’t hurt. Cecchini can still do some damage, even from the 8-hole.

Smoker has been a lot better in his last ten outings, allowing four runs in 13.1 innings. Beck Wheeler, not known for long relief, was left in to get hammered by the Storm Chasers as they tagged him for nine earned runs in 1.2 innings, and throwing 52 pitches before being taken out.

Binghamton Mets 3 (43-51), Bowie Baysox (Baltimore, 40-54) Box Score

Matt Oberste drove home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 11th on a fielder’s choice. Rosario’s 0 for 5 breaks Rosario’s 10-game hitting streak. Smith has had six straight multiple hit games.

McGowan has been stellar since moving to relief this year and boasts a 1.32 ERA in 28 games this year between High-A and Double-A.

Tampa Yankees 4 (54-41), St. Lucie Mets 3 (50-42) Box Score

After hitting .268/.347/.418 in Low-A, Kaczmarski is burning hot through his first seven games with St. Lucie.

Huchingson has moved from Gulf Coast League to St. Lucie for his rehab assignment. If you want to know what happened to him, please look up his manager in AAA.

Hudson Valley Renegades 3 (Tampa Bay, 14-18), Brooklyn Cyclones 2 (14-18) Box Score

Tiberi is 5 for his last 12 with a double.

Llanes has been solid so far as a 20 year old in the New York-Penn League.

To see all of tonight’s results, check out

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Mets Minors Recap: Conforto Triples, Church Twirls Gem Sun, 17 Jul 2016 13:00:41 +0000 DSC_0341-1-400x267

Las Vegas 51s 11 (48-44), Iowa Cubs 5 Box Score

Both of Conforto’s hits were down the right field line.

Gsellman is struggling thus far at Triple-A.

Hartford 4, Binghamton Mets (41-50) 2 Box Score

Victor Cruzado hit his fifth home run of the season in the ninth inning.

St. Lucie Mets (48-41) 8, Daytona 1 F/7 Box Score

Urena continues his strong second half but has been relegated to mostly first and DH duty with Thompson now on the team. Kaczmarski has an 8-game hitting streak in which he has gone 16 for 32 wit five walks.

  • Chris Flexen RHP 6 IP, 5 H. 0 ER, BB, 4 K, W (6-9, 3.64)

Columbia Fireflies (42-51) 4, Rome 0 Box Score

Lupo is hitting .304/.365/.482 in 56 at bats during the second half. He had been battling an injury that inhibited his play prior to this success.

Church moved to 3-0 with a 0.42 ERA in three starts for the Fireflies, and threw the first ever complete game shutout in Fireflies history. MMN as a whole, agree that he should be at High-A instead of Columbia.

Lowell Spinners 4, Brooklyn Cyclones 0 (13-16) Box Score

According to Teddy and Kevin, who were at the game, Woodmansee was impressive at shortstop and at the plate.

Crismatt threw a impressive breaking ball, according to the people at the game. Zanghi continues to overpower the New York-Penn League.

For the full night’s recap including video of 2015 third round pick Max Wotell head over to

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Mets Sign 31st Overall Pick LHP Anthony Kay Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:47:20 +0000 anthony kay

The Mets have signed the 31st overall pick Anthony Kay according to Jim Callis, he will receive a $1.1 signing bonus from the Mets which is significantly under the slot value of $1,972,100. It’s believed that there were some elbow issues in the left-hander’s physical which is part of the reason they were able to get the Long Island native $872,000 under slot.



The pick was was compensation for Daniel Murphy signing with the Washington Nationals during the offseason.

Here is the scouting report from Baseball America on the UCONN product:

A 29th round pick of the Mets out of high school, Kay was one of three promising Long Island prep arms, with Stephen Woods and Matt Vogel also showing promise. All three chose to go to college, and Kay has emerged as the best of the group. The ace of UConn’s staff, Kay throws three pitches for strikes. His fastball works in the low 90s and touches 95 early in his starts. Scouts see his changeup is an above-average or plus pitch; it shows both fade and tumble and generates swings and misses from righthanded hitters regularly. Kay has a tendency to throw his changeup from a slightly lower arm slot, giving scouts concerns that elite hitters will be able to see the pitch coming. He throws a breaking ball with slurvy shape. Kay usually throws the pitch against righthanded hitters, and has not thrown it with conviction this spring. Kay is on the shorter side, standing at 6-foot, but he has a wide, sturdy build.

Here is our initial report on the Mets drafting Kay over at According to his brother, He will not pitch this year, and will not appear in the Brooklyn rotation or bullpen.

Yesterday, the Mets signed right-handed prep school pitcher Cameron Planck and have reportedly given the 11th rounder a $1,000,001 bonus.

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Mets Minors Notes: Planck Signs for $1 Million, Sergakis Homers Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:00:39 +0000

Full Season Single-A

Delmarva Shorebirds 7 (Baltimore, 50-38), Columbia Fireflies 3 (41-48) Box Score

Lupo has been doing a lot better since returning to Columbia on June 24th, raising his line from .203/.314/.324 to .250/.345/.383. Ramos committed his 16th error of the season. Burdick has been a guy transferred up and down, after being a 40th round pick in 2014, but he is praised by coaches for his leadership qualities.

Beeler had two very good starts prior to this one, but was beaten up and had his ERA balloon to 2.74. Haggard has given up only two earned runs since returning from an injury on 6/2.

Short Season Single-A

Brooklyn Cyclones 6 (12-13), Aberdeen Ironbirds 1 (10-15) Box Score

Alonso broke the ice, doubling home Sergakis in the first inning. Sergakis broke the tie with a homer in the fifth inning.

Manoah bounced back after allowing nine runs last outing. Cyclones have won three in a row.

Rookie Complex League

DSL Indians 3 (16-16), DSL Mets 2 (15-17) Box Score

Guerrero is 0 for his last 11 with five strikeouts after collecting three singles and striking out four times in a 17 inning game on July 8th. Moreno has an 11 game hitting streak, going 19 for 48 with two triples.

Campusano received the tough luck loss.

DSL Phillies2 8 (17-15), DSL Mets2 6 (13-20) Box Score

Newton doubled for the second time in two days. Gimenez with his third extra base hit since returning from a multiple game hiatus, but committed his eighth and ninth errors. Valdez has eight outfield assists this year.

This is Vilera’s debut after being signed this past spring.

Minor League Notes:

  • Triple-A, Double-A, High-A, Rookie Leagues Kingsport and Gulf Coast League Mets affiliates had the day off. The Las Vegas 51s and Binghamton Mets will reconvene on Thursday after their All-Star break. T.J. Rivera, Travis Taijeron and Gabriel Ynoa be participating in the Triple-A All-Star game tonight at 7 PM ET which will be on MLB Network.
  • 11th rounder Cameron Planck signed today for $1,000,001. Read about it here.
  • The deadline for players signing to drafting teams is on Thursday. Mets have $1,017,199 in their pool left to sign #31 pick Anthony Kay or go overpool as a penalty for not signing him and being overslot already.
  • Catcher Brandon Brosher was sent back to full season-A Columbia after homering twice in a game on Monday.
  • Outfield Prospect Desmond Lindsay reappeared in the Gulf Coast League on Monday and will be in Brooklyn shortly,


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Mets Minors: Conforto Homers, Rosario Now Hitting .424 Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:30:19 +0000 amed-rosario

Las Vegas 51′s 13 (46-40), Albuquerque Isotopes 6 (Colorado, 34-53Box Score

Herrera has three extra base hits in two games since returning from a hamstring injury. He has dealt with multiple injuries this year. Reynolds has played two games at short over Gavin Cecchini. Conforto’s home run was to the opposite field, which is a step in the right direction. His other two hits were ground balls to Center Field and Right Field.

Wheeler has thrown two scoreless innings since being promoted to Triple-A.

Binghamton Mets 5 (38-48), Hartford Yard Goats 2 (Colorado, 46-39) Box Score

Rosario celebrated his #15 Placement on the Baseball Prospectus’s Midseason top 50  and selection to the midseason Futures Game with a two-run triple in the first inning, and two other singles. Poor Evans’s two doubles were overshadowed by this development.

Herron bounces back after allowing eight earned runs in his first minor league outing since 2014. Henderson pitched his first scoreless inning for the BMets.

St. Lucie Mets 8 (43-38), Jupiter Hammerheads 5 (Miami, 38-45) Box Score

Thompson is still hitless in his promotion to Hi-A. Becerra continues to play from the DH position with an undisclosed Shoulder Injury.

Knapp was demoted after letting up three runs in seven innings in Double-A in his only start.

Augusta Greenjackets 3 (San Francisco, 45-40) Columbia Fireflies 2 (41-44) Box Score

Garcia hit his first extra base hit of the year. Zabala has been much more comfortable in Columbia than Brooklyn.

Almonte tossed a hard-luck complete game loss.

Brooklyn Cyclones had the day off. Infielder Dale Burdick was promoted to Columbia, and a corresponding move for Brooklyn is yet to be announced. (Writer’s note: We suspect it’s Pete Alonso, but do not hold it against us if we’re incorrect). Manager Tom Gamboa had nice things to say about Shortstop Colby Woodmansee

Johnson City 5, Kingsport 0 Box Score

Maria has hit in seven out of eight games played.

  • Jake Simon LHP 5 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 K 3.86 ERA

Simon allowed two walks and a single in the sixth inning before being replaced by Adrian Almeida. 2016 8th Rounder Placido Torres allowed a run in the seventh.

Kingsport Mets 6 (5-10), Johnson City (St. Louis, 9-6) Box Score

Cespedes still hasn’t hit an extra base hit, the 18-year old speedy outfielder was signed in 2013 for $725,000. Ramirez struggled in extended spring training, and has continued to struggle.

Viall is working towards starting with his first three-inning outing after two in the previous and one before that. The flamethrowing Stanford pitcher has a walk and seven K’s in six innings. Uceta has bounced back from his first two outings, where he allowed 10 earned runs in 9.1 innings.

Ted’s Prospect Extras

Amed Rosario was named “Amed” after a character his father liked on an Iranian Soap Opera.

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Mets Minors Recap: Herrera Homers In Return Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:30:45 +0000 dilson herrera

Salt Lake Bees 12 (Angels, 40-44), Las Vegas 51s 5 (45-40) Box Score

Herrera played 7 innings in his return from a hamstring injury, that kept him out of the lineup for the last 6 games. He has dealt with back and hamstring injuries often this year, unfortunately.

Montero has been disappointing and ineffective this year in Triple-A, despite reportedly regaining his velocity. Sewald gave up two homers in the 9th inning. Robert Gsellman will start on Saturday after battling a quad injury.

Binghamton Mets 11 (37-48), Hartford Yard Goats 5 (Colorado, 46-38) Box Score

Rosario hit his 10th triple of the season. Carrillo hit a grand slam to put Binghamton ahead in the third inning. Mazzilli has been hitting better since starting out at .232 in April, with a .299/.368/.429 since then. Smith had the day off, but pinch-hit for Pill in the 7th.

McGowan has done excellent in relief with an 1.98 ERA in 13.2 innings.

St. Lucie Mets 4 (42-38), Fort Myers Miracle 3 (Minnesota, 43-39) Box Score

Thompson made his debut at St. Lucie and made two good plays in the field.

Reyes has been horribly inconsistent this year, but is a talented arm that throws in the mid-90′s. Twice drafted Paez has looked excellent in relief for St. Lucie.

Columbia Fireflies 4 (41-43), Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees, 47-35) Box Score

Garcia recorded his first A-ball hit of the season.

Beeler has allowed only one run in 13.1 innings for the Fireflies after pitching seven hitless for the Cyclones out of the bullpen. Alex Palsha recorded his 14th save with a scoreless ninth.

Batavia Muckdogs 15 (Marlins, 5-15) Brooklyn Cyclones 2 (9-11) Box Score 

Sanchez is 6 for 13 since returning from a thumb injury which sidelined him for eight games. 4th Rounder SS/2B Michael Paez will join the team after he officially signs. He has agreed to sign for a slot bonus of $446,500. 2nd Rounder Pete Alonso is expected to join the team soon. Here’s a good article on 3rd Rounder Tiberi.

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Mets Minors Recap 7/5: Plawecki Homers in Win Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:15:48 +0000 kevin plawecki

Las Vegas 51s 10 (45-39), Salt Lake Bees 4 (Angels, 39-44) Box Score

Cecchini had his 27th error of  the year. Conforto continues to only pull the ball instead of using an all-fields approach.

Gorski has been solid since returning to the Mets on a minor league deal. This is Smoker’s fourth time pitching multiple innings.

This is a great article from Betsy Helfand on the Mets’ Effect on Foreign Players, and the effort to learn English for players coming from other countries. 

Hartford Yard Goats 11 (Colorado, 46-37) Binghamton Mets 3 (36-48) Box Score

Smith is on a ten-game on base streak. Rosario has recorded a hit in 13 out of 14 games since being promoted to Double-A.

Henderson has been abysmal in Double-A.

Fort Myers Miracle 14 (Minnesota, 43-38), St. Lucie 0 (41-38) Box Score

Taylor was named Florida State League Player of the Week after a 13 for 31 and two homers and two duubles, driving in 11 runs.

This is easily Flexen’s worst start of the season. Tapia has been 92-94 in relief starts after being 96-98 pre-Tommy John Surgery.

Columbia Fireflies 4 (40-43), Charleston Riverdogs 3 (Yankees, 47-34) Box Score

It’s Garcia’s full season debut after being suspended for 80 games for PED’s in the offseason. (Writer’s note) Go get em’ kid.

Bashlor has dominated the South Atlantic League.

Brooklyn Cyclones 5 (9-10), Batavia Muckdogs (Miami, 4-15) Box Score

Cyclones should be receiving Pete Alonso this week, and Michael Paez next week.

Crismatt made his starting debut with one run in four innings. Huertas had his best outing of the year. Justin Dunn appeared the night before and struck out two in two innings and sat 95-97. Merandy Gonzalez was in the 93-96 mile per hour range according to Brooklyn Beat Writer Stuart Johnson.

Greeneville Astros 10 (5-8), Kingsport Mets 3 (4-9) Box Score

Cespedes has hit well since starting the season 0-9.

Humphreys’ fastball was reportedly in the 91-94 range tonight.

GCL Mets 3 (6-4), GCL Cardinals 2 (5-6) Box Score

Lagrange is on fire, recording hits in eight of nine games. He was the DSL Sterling Award Winner last year.

  • Sixto Torres LHP 5 IP, H, 6 K 2.00 ERA
  • Christian James RHP 1.2 IP, K 0.00 ERA
  • Dariel Rivera RHP IP, H, K 0.00 ERA

Torres had his second start since 6/29, and the best start of his career.

DSL Mets1 5 (12-14), DSL Pirates 2 (9-18) Box Score

Guerrero has been hitting .359 in his last 10 games.

  • Ramon Laguere RHP 5.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 3 BB, 2 K 2.20 ERA

DSL Mets2 8 (8-19), DSL Astros Orange 2 (14-12) Box Score

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First Rounder Justin Dunn Tosses Two Scoreless Innings In Pro Debut Tue, 05 Jul 2016 19:26:12 +0000 tulane-ncaa-regional-justin-dunn

Mets first-round pick Justin Dunn made his professional debut with the Brooklyn Cyclones on Monday, throwing two scoreless innings in relief and allowing two hits while striking out a pair.

The Mets selected Dunn with their first pick (19th overall) in the 2016 draft out of Boston College. The Freeport, NY native started the season as a closer for BC, but finished in the rotation where his stock soared. In 18 games, including eight starts, Dunn was 4-2 with a 2.06 ERA. In 65.2 innings pitched, he struck out 72 and posted a 1.07 WHIP.

The right-hander has a four pitch arsenal, with two grading out as plus offerings. His four seamer sits in the mid 90’s and touches 97, and he throws a slider that sits in the high 80s. His curveball is below average, but his changeup has flashed plus potential.

Dunn will work out of the Cyclones’ bullpen given his workload this season as well as his postseason appearances.

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Mets Minors: Becerra Doubles Twice, Gonzalez Fans Ten Wed, 29 Jun 2016 12:00:32 +0000
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Sacramento River Cats 14, Las Vegas 51′s 10

Herrera is 2 for his last 25. Conforto’s two hits and walk were off a lefthander. He has not hit for extra bases yet for Vegas. Nevin Ashley drove in five and had a homer.

  • Gabriel Ynoa RHP 5 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 6 ER, 2 K, Loss (9-3) 3.77 ERA

Ynoa has a 6.14 ERA in six June Starts.

INF Daniel Muno was released prior to the game starting to make room for INF T.J. Rivera

Altoona Curve 8, Binghamton Mets 7

Reyes played six innings before being replaced by Matt Oberste at third base. Rosario hit his third double in five games, and is 9 for 21 since being promoted to Double-A. However, he has struck out five times in four full games.  Smith continues his power surge with his third homer in five games, however he is hitting just .241/.323/.386 in June. He and Dilson Herrera will play in the Futures Game next month.

Zeid continues to be an inadequate replacement for Robert Gsellman. Righthander Beck Wheeler allowed two runs in the bottom of the ninth to allow the Curve to Walk Off

Charlotte Stone Crabs 11, St. Lucie Mets 9

Becerra has four extra base hits in his last two games (3 2B, HR). However, he has not played Right Field since May. Urena is 7 for his last 10, boosting his batting average 23 points. SS Luis Guillorme committed two errors.

Church had easily his worst start since joining pro ball, and did not gain momentum after pitching a complete game loss last time out. Three usually excellent cogs in the St. Lucie bullpen in RHP Ben Griset, LHP Paul Paez, and RHP Corey Taylor combined to give up six runs.

Hickory Crawdads 4, Columbia Fireflies 1 – Game 1

Joe Tuschak had his sixth homer for the Fireflies only run. Fireflies faced Ranger’s 2015 first Rounder Dillon Tate.

Almonte has been incredibly lucky this year, allowing 30 hits in 21.2 innings.

Fireflies 10, Crawdads 9 – Game 2

  • Kaczmarski RF 1 for 5, 2B, K .260/.340/.400
  • David Thompson 3B 2 for 4, HR, 2B, SF, 5 RBI,  2K .292/.345/.483
  • Winningham DH 4 for 5, 2B, 2 RBI, K .246/.305/.386
  • Milton Ramos SS 1 for 5, 2B, .237/.307/.298

Thompson returned to the diamond in style with a homer and a double. It was his first game since 6/16.

  • Joe Shaw RHP 5.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 6 ER, BB, 5 K 4.80 ERA

Shaw has struck out 79 in 75 innings, but has allowed 85 hits in 75 innings. Palsha recorded his 12th save.

In case you missed it, 2013 3rd Rounder Ivan Wilson Retired to pursue a career in Football.

Brooklyn Cyclones 6, State College Spikes 2

Even with the additions of Colby Woodmansee, and Tiberi, the Cyclones are only hitting .205 as a team.

Gonzalez has been excellent, allowing nine hits and striking out 21 in 17.2 IP.

Kingsport Mets 6, Pulaski Yankees 4 – Game 1

Cespedes has some contact issues to work out. the 18 year old has struck out 9 times in 17 at bats.

Wotell was effectively wild in his first start of the year. 2016 8th rounder LHP Placido Torres gave up two runs in his relief appearance.

Pulaski Yankees 7, Kingsport Mets 1 – Game 2

SS Yeffry De Aza has struggled in Kingsport, not recording a hit in 13 at bats, and committing four errors, including three in this game.

  • Darwin Ramos RHP 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K 2.25 ERA

Kingsport pitchers struck out 10 in a seven inning game.

GCL Marlins 9, GCL Mets 2

Hernandez is 5 for 8 in his last two games after being 0 for 8 to start the year. Juan Uriarte had a rough day at the plate with 3 K.

  • Eric Villanueva RHP, 0 IP, 4 R, ER, 2 BB, -.– ERA
  • Christian James RHP IP, H

It was Villanueva and James’s pro debuts after being drafted in the 30th and 14th rounds.

DSL Mets1 4, DSL Cubs1 3

Guerrero has not hit for much power, with only two doubles to show for it. Martinez has three homers this year. In the continued Tulio Garcia Strikeout watch, it’s 22 in 37 At Bats.

DSL Rays2 6,  DSL Mets2 5

Gimenez continues to be awesome with his fourth stolen base, however he has committed his sixth error. Beracierta has hit .417 in his last 10.

Please check out our Draft Tracker for new signings from the 2016 draft. Mets also signed Indy Leaguer Tyler Herron. Check out his profile here.

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Mets Minors Recap : Taijeron Homers In Rout Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:00:47 +0000 travis taijeron

Las Vegas 51s 9 (34-32), Reno Aces 1 (35-31, Arizona) Box Score

Nimmo continued his hitting streak to a 10th game with an infield single in the first. Cecchini has four extra base hits in his last three games. Taijeron has homered in his second straight game.

Sewald, who started out the year very effective, has allowed three runs in his last 2.2 innings. Lugo has allowed a run in five innings since converting to relief. Verrett’s control struggles continue. Vegas split their series.

Binghamton Mets 3 (28-36), Richmond Flying Squirrels 1 (26-40, San Francisco) Box Score

Evans walked for the first time this season. Smith doubled for the first time since June 1st.

It’s the third time Lara has reached seven innings pitched, and second time in three starts that he threw seven scoreless innings. Peterson has allowed only one run in 6.1 innings pitched since giving up six in his first AA appearance on 5/25.

St. Lucie Mets 0 (33-31), Jupiter Hammerheads 0 (30-35, Miami)

St. Lucie Mets’ final game against the Jupiter Hammerheads was cancelled due to inclement weather in the bottom of the third inning. Amed Rosario was 1 for 1 with a double. Ricky Knapp threw three scoreless innings. This is the last St. Lucie game of the All-Star Game.

 Columbia Fireflies 10 (35-32), Asheville Tourists 6 (32-34, Colorado) Box Score

Fireflies hit six extra base hits, including four doubles. Ramos Replaced David Thompson in the bottom of the first inning.

This should be Conlon’s last start in the South Atlantic League. Bashlor has been dominant in the South Atlantic League. The flamethrower has tossed 30 innings in 17 appearances since returning from Tommy John Surgery.

Brooklyn Cyclones start tonight with right-hander Gabriel Llanes on the mound.

 DSL Cubs1 10 (5-6), DSL Mets1 8 (5-6), 12 innings Box Score

Guerrero has a 5/5 BB/K ratio in 11 games.

All four pitchers who made an appearance gave up two runs or more.

DSL Rays2 5 (1-10), DSL Mets2 4 (4-7) Box Score

Gimenez has a hit in eight out of nine games and has six extra base hits.

Campos opens his career with four shutout innings.

Check out our Draft Signings Tracker on to see progress for 2016 Draft Picks.


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Mets Minor League Recap: Rosario With Three More Hits Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:00:17 +0000 sean-gilmartin-e1443724210431

Las Vegas 51′s 2 (33-31), Reno 1 (34-30) Box Score

Cecchini came in for an injured Rivera and was immediately picked off. Nimmo’s double was a few feet from clearing a home run. Rivera is likely to land on the DL with a Hamstring Injury.

Gilmartin allowed a double to get knocked out of the game with an out to go. The game ended when Zach Borenstein was thrown out at home on a relay throw by Krauss.

Richmond Flying Squirrels 6 (25-39, San Francisco), Binghamton 1 (27-35) Box Score

Evans has been burning hot as of late, hitting .419/.409/.558 in June.

  • Mickey Jannis RHP 5 ip, 7 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, L 5.57 ERA
  • Kevin McGowan RHP 2 ip, BB, 5 K 1.80 ERA
  • Logan Taylor RHP IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K 3.29 ERA

McGowan has struck out six in three innings since being promoted to Binghamton. Taylor has allowed five runs in his last four appearances.

St. Lucie Mets 2 (32-31), Tampa Bay Yankees 0 (40-24) Box Score

Rosario is hitting .380/.426/.540 in June with six extra base hits in 12 games, including two doubles against Yankees top prospect Ian Clarkin.

Church bounced back greatly after giving up four runs and walking seven in his last start on 6/9. Those seven walks are still the only of his full season league career. Tapia has struck out three in ten outs since returning from Tommy John Surgery.

Columbia Fireflies 6 (33-32), Rome Braves 2 (26-38) Box Score

Thompson is still pacing the league in RBI’s with 48, and is third in the league for Doubles.

Shaw has been inconsistent this year, but has struck out 67 in 64.1 innings.

DSL Rangers1 9 (5-4), DSL Mets1 4 (5-4) Box Score

Tulio Garcia has 11 strikeouts in 14 at bats. Luis Lebron walked twice.

  • Luis Silva RHP 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 K, L, 7.36 ERA
  • Nelmerson Xavier Angela LHP 2 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, K 3.00 ERA

DSL Rangers2 10 (5-3), DSL Mets2 2 (4-5) Box Score

Gimenez went hitless in a game for the first time this year. Also 3rd multi-hit game for Valdez this year.



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2016 MLB First Year Player Draft Primer Thu, 09 Jun 2016 21:11:59 +0000 2014 draft day studio secaucus

The Rule Four MLB Draft is one of the most exciting times of the year for us at MetsMinors.Net and Metsmerized Online. Every year all thirty teams get together and choose Baseball’s Best amateur talent in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

To Be Eligible According to, You Must Be:

  • High school players, if they have graduated from high school and have not yet attended college or junior college;
  • College players, from four-year colleges who have either completed their junior or senior years or are at least 21 years old
  • Junior college players, regardless of how many years of school they have completed

It is different from drafts from sports such as the NHL, NBA, and NFL who do not have minor league systems and instead often use drafted players automatically. As well, other pro sports do not draft high school players.

The draft starts on Thursday June 9th, 2016, with the first pick at 7:00 PM. From 7:00 to 10:00, the first 77 picks will be selected, which are the first round, the compensation round, the lottery round A, Second Round, and Lottery Round B. The broadcast coverage beings at 6 PM ET on MLB Network and

On Friday, June 10th, the draft will continue with the third round to the tenth round, starting at 1:00 PM. On Saturday June 11th, the remaining 30 round selections will occur, starting at 1:00 PM.

We will be covering the first and second rounds on MMO, and then rounds 3-40 will be covered on with scouting reports for all players if/when we find them. We also will have Clayton Collier representing us at the MLB Draft in New Jersey

The Mets have four picks in the top 100 picks including #19 in the first round, #31 in the Compensation round, #64 in the Second Round, and #100 in the third round, and then every 30 picks after that.

They will have $7,578,000 to spend across a possible 41 picks. Teams are instructed to stick close to Slot Values for each pick they select. Check out MLB Trade Rumor’s Breakdown of the Draft Slot Rules.

The Slot Values for each Mets pick (Picks 1 through 10)

  1. Round 1, Pick 19 $2,378,800
  2. Round 1a, Pick 31 $1,972,100
  3. Round 2, Pick 64 $1,009,200
  4. Round 3, Pick 100 $596,600
  5. Round 4, Pick 130 $446,500
  6. Round 5, Pick 160 $334,500
  7. Round 6, Pick 190 $250,500
  8. Round 7, Pick 220 $187,800
  9. Round 8, Pick 250 $$175,400
  10. Round 9, Pick 280 $163,700
  11. Round 10, Pick 310 $156,600

Since January 1st, I have made a tally of who the mock drafts believe the Mets will Pick. During that time, players have risen and fallen, so many on these lists will likely not be either at #19 or multiple players with better ability may have knocked the player down to a lower draft standing.

Mock Draft Tally from 1/1 to Today


3B/1B Will Craig 29, C Zack Collins 6, OF Alex Kirilloff 6,  3B Nolan Jones 6, 3B/RHP Josh Lowe 5, C Matt Thaiss 5, RHP Connor Jones 4, SS/3B Drew Mendoza 3, OF Blake Rutherford 2, RHP Austin Bergner 2, 3B Nick Senzel 2, RHP Cal Quantrill 2,  3B Bobby Dalbec 2, 1B/OF Will Benson 2, RHP Kevin Gowdy 2, RHP Daulton Jeffries 2, RHP Matt Manning 2, RHP Alex Speas 1, LHP Jeff Belge 1, RHP Ian Anderson 1,  C Chris Okey 1, OF Kyle Mercer 1, RHP Kyle Funkhouser 1, OF Nick Banks 1, OF Avery Tuck 1,   RHP Alec Hansen 1,  OF Bryan Reynolds 1,  OF Buddy Reed 1,  LHP Anthony Kay 1, OF Taylor Trammell 1, RHP Forest Whitley 1, SS Gavin Lux 1


C Chris Okey 8, LHP Eric Lauer 7, OF Bryan Reynolds 5, LHP Jesus Luzardo 4, RHP Kevin Gowdy 4, OF Taylor Trammell 4, LHP Anthony Kay 4, 3B/1B Will Craig 3, 3B Drew Mendoza 3, OF Buddy Reed 3, SS Gavin Lux 3, 3B/SS Carter Kieboom 3, OF Nick Banks 2, OF Will Benson 2, RHP Logan Shore 2, LHP Joey Wentz 2, LHP Kyle Muller 2,  RHP Robert Tyler 2, RHP Zach Jackson 2, RHP Kyle Funkhouser 1,  3B/RHP David Lowe 1,  RHP Alex Speas 1, RHP Zach Bergner 1, LHP Braxton Garrett 1, OF Heath Quinn 1, RHP Ian Anderson 1,  RHP Zack Burdi 1, RHP Jordan Sheffield 1,  RHP Justin Dunn 1, C Sean Murphy 1, RHP Cody Sedlock 1, RHP Cal Quantrill 1


OF Heath Quinn 6, SS Luis Curbelo 4, C Ben Rortvedt 2, RHP Drake Fellows 2,  SS Grant Bodison 1, RHP Wil Crowe 1, SS Errol Robinson 1, RHP Ian Hamilton 1, RHP Nick Banks 1, LHP Matt Krook 1

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Round 1, No. 19 – RHP Justin Dunn, Boston College

Baseball America #22 out of 500

In 2015, Chris Shaw became the fifth first-rounder drafted out of Boston College. This year, Dunn could be the sixth. The athletic righthander began the season pitching out of the bullpen, but his lightning quick arm and promising offspeed pitches forced him into the Eagles’ rotation. Dunn is slight in stature, with some scouts questioning his listed 6-foot-2, 184-pound frame. While he is short physically, his stuff isn’t. He pitches consistently at 92-95 and touching as high as 97 at times with his fastball. His best secondary pitch is his slider, thrown with tight spin, vertical shape and mid-80s velocity. He throws a curveball that has similar shape to his slider, but breaks more loosely and grades out as a below-average pitch, though its presence can disrupt hitters’ timing. Dunn has shown feel for a changeup at times, showing the ability to locate the pitch at hitters’ knees. His performance as a starter has encouraged teams that he can start long term, as he has held velocity well deep into his outings. #29

At the start of the spring, Dunn was an interesting college reliever with arm strength, albeit one with a four-pitch mix many scouts were intrigued to see as a starter. They got their wish as Dunn became a part of Boston College’s weekend rotation in April and saw his Draft stock take off.

Dunn has always had a plus fastball and he maintained it in his early starts, lighting radar guns up to 98-99 mph and sitting in the 92-95 mph range. He utilizes two breaking balls, both of which are Major League average: a three-quarters curve and a solid hard slider. His changeup will also flash average, though he didn’t need it much as a reliever. His command is fringy at present, but his outstanding stuff helps make up for it.

Many teams feel Dunn has a very good chance to start as a Yordano Ventura type athletic, yet slightly undersized, right-hander. As a result, he was flying up boards, with some feeling he could be gone by the end of the first round.

Round 1 Comp, No. 31 – LHP Anthony Kay, Uconn

Baseball America #35 out of 500

A 29th round pick of the Mets out of high school, Kay was one of three promising Long Island prep arms, with Stephen Woods and Matt Vogel also showing promise. All three chose to go to college, and Kay has emerged as the best of the group. The ace of UConn’s staff, Kay throws three pitches for strikes. His fastball works in the low 90s and touches 95 early in his starts. Scouts see his changeup is an above-average or plus pitch; it shows both fade and tumble and generates swings and misses from righthanded hitters regularly. Kay has a tendency to throw his changeup from a slightly lower arm slot, giving scouts concerns that elite hitters will be able to see the pitch coming. He throws a breaking ball with slurvy shape. Kay usually throws the pitch against righthanded hitters, and has not thrown it with conviction this spring. Kay is on the shorter side, standing at 6-foot, but he has a wide, sturdy build. #43

The University of Connecticut has produced some excellent pro talent, headlined by George Springer, Nick Ahmed and Matt Barnes. Kay, the Huskies’ Friday night starter, could be the next in line.

Kay fits the mold of the advanced pitchability college lefty, one with a track record of success, not only at UConn, but also in the Cape Cod League in 2014 and with Team USA in 2015. Kay succeeds by filling the strike zone and keeping hitters guessing, albeit with the lack of a true out pitch. He’ll top out at 94-95 mph with his fastball, though he pitches more effectively at around 91 mph. He has a consistently reliable changeup, though he telegraphs it at times by lowering his arm slot. His breaking ball is fringy.

College performers like Kay tend to do well on Draft day. He could be seen as a poor man’s Mark Buehrle type, one who could perhaps add a cutter at the next level to give him a four-pitch mix, helping him to be a quick to the big leagues back-end starter.

Round 2, No. 64 – Peter Alonso, University Of Florida #64

As a high school third baseman at Plant High School in Tampa, Alonso went undrafted. After three years at the University of Florida, that won’t happen again, as he was swinging a hot bat at the right time as the Draft approached.

Alonso was making consistent, hard contact for the Gators as his junior season progressed. He’s always had raw power, but didn’t always look like he could tap into it consistently. Lately, however, he’s shortened his swing and begun to use the whole field more effectively, showing extra-base pop to the opposite field. Much of his success stems from a more open stance which has helped him get his hips through more consistently. He’s a first baseman only with well below-average speed, though his hands and footwork at the corner infield position should be adequate.

As a right-right first baseman, the bat is really going to have to play. Offensive college performers tend to do well in the Draft, and Alonso’s raw natural power was giving him some helium as the spring progressed.

BA #139 out of 500

Injuries have dogged Alonso the last two seasons–he missed 30 games in 2015 with a broken foot and later broke his nose, and in May 2016 he missed time with a broken left hand. He nevertheless has been the Gators’ most consistent power bat in that span and was leading the ’16 Gators in batting and homers when he got hurt. Alonso didn’t show much power in the Cape Cod League last summer with Bourne after hitting 18 the previous summer during an MVP turn in the Northwoods League. Alonso has plus raw power, hitting the first-ever home run to center field at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha during the 2015 College World Series. At 6-foot-3, 225 pounds, Alonso does it with strength rather than bat speed and is a poor runner who likely will be limited to first base, but his righthanded power is his carrying tool.


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Baseball America Raises Eyebrows With Latest Mock Thu, 09 Jun 2016 17:00:26 +0000 br1

Baseball America changed their Shock…er…Mock draft today for their fifth attempt at projecting the first 34 picks of the draft. In this one, previously named #1 Pick, Jersey lefty Jason Groome dropped to 14th overall in the draft, and Puerto Rican Shortstop Delvin Perez drops completely out of the first round after being in the top-10 overall for the last six months. Flame-throwing Matt Manning drops to #29, and has the Mets picking outfielder Blake Rutherford at #19.

For those who don’t know, Rutherford, a high school outfielder with five bonafide tools, has been a foregone conclusion to be selected among the top ten overall picks. In fact, of all the mocks I’ve surveyed, Rutherford has not been mocked to the Mets once, prior to this. When you see the tally I’ve accrued, you’ll check out the last name on the #19 pick, and that’s Rutherford. That’s how certain Mock Draftees were about Rutherford not leaving the top 10.

What they said:

19. METS: Rumors are fast and furious for the Mets after weeks of them being tied to Will Craig. They appear to be the team most tied to Rutherford and may be the team to block the Phillies from floating him all the way to their second selection. PICK: Blake Rutherford, of

Anyway, my turn…

#19 OF Blake Rutherford, Chaminade (Calif.) College Prep

Outfielder Rutherford is more of a known quantity in the prospect circles for scouts, especially because he’s older than most prep players, and has been in the USA 18U Squad the last two years. Turning 19 in May, Rutherford is more mature in body type, with less projection, but that doesn’t stop him from being a top caliber player in this draft. He is an above-average to plus hitter from the left side, with above-average power to possibly plus if he can make some adjustments to tap into it more.

His swing is geared towards line drives all over the field, with the power going the same way. According to two reports this spring, he has been inconsistent and has not been able to tap into that power so far, but that can come with more experience. His swing reminds some of Grady Sizemore, and Scouts in general compare him to Jim Edmonds.

In the field and on the base paths, Rutherford is a plus runner. He doesn’t take the prettiest routes in the field defensively, but he’s definitely able to track down balls in his area. His arm is above-average for the position, and should he slow down for any reason, the arm will work fine in right field with time. Rutherford is committed to UCLA, and apparently is asking for a $3,000,000 bonus to buy him out of his commitment.

In case you’re wondering, the Mets have a $2,378,800 slot at #19, so they would have to go $621,200 over-slot. I’m not sure what would drop Rutherford other than his age, but if the Mets are going to grab someone with great upside, it should be him. This is the pizzazz/sexy pick you’d hope for with a chance to move quicker to the majors than usual.

#31 LHP Anthony Kay, Uconn

If the Mets take Rutherford at 19 overall, they’ll try to handcuff him with a safe-bet collegian, and they have confidence in the pitchability of Lauer and UConn’s Anthony Kay. PICK: Anthony Kay, lhp

If you’re familiar with the name of Anthony Kay, i’ll remind you why: He was a Mets’ 26th rounder in the 2013 draft out of Ward Melville High School in Long Island (same HS as Steve Matz), who didn’t sign. During the time of being drafted previous and Thursday, he has upped his consideration to  possibly the supplemental round.  Kay seems like a safe-ish type of guy to get for a lower price at the 31st pick and limited upside.

The book on Kay is that he is a polished arm with above-average control from the left side. A smallish, but sturdy-built guy that sits at 91, he can touch 94 or 95. He also has an above-average to possibly plus changeup that he can use to induce a swing and miss, but requires him to drop his arm slot, which will make him susceptible to being figured out at higher levels. He also has a breaking ball, in which he calls a slider, but has not defined itself yet.

Kay should be easy to sign as he’s getting a raise in his payday from what he was likely offered in 2013. He may have to sign an additional form to state he was re-drafted by the same team as before. He’s a safe pick with the upside of a mid-rotation starter, but likely will drop from the 8.39 K-rate he had before, unless he finds another pitch for is arsenal.

Other Draft Notes: 

Top Puerto Rican shortstop possible draftee Delvin Perez has failed a Pre-draft toxicology for an undisclosed performance enhancing drug according to Baseball AmericaJon Heyman, and Keith Law. This will likely cause him to drop, but not past the first round, according to JJ Cooper.

Reported bonus demands of first rounders including Rutherford:

  • RHP Matt Manning $5,000,000
  • LHP Joey Wentz $3,380,600+
  • RHP Jared Horn $3,000,000
  • 3B Drew Mendoza $3,000,000
  • OF Will Benson $4,000,000

Top Lefty Jason Groome is committed to Chipola Junior College instead of going to Vanderbilt.

Mock Draft Tally as of 6/7


3B/1B Will Craig 23, C Zack Collins 6, OF Alex Kirilloff 6,  3B Nolan Jones 6, 3B/RHP Josh Lowe 5, RHP Connor Jones 4,  C Matt Thaiss 4, SS/3B Drew Mendoza 3,  RHP Austin Bergner 2, 3B Nick Senzel 2, RHP Cal Quantrill 2,  3B Bobby Dalbec 2, 1B/OF Will Benson 2, RHP Kevin Gowdy 2, RHP Daulton Jeffries 2, RHP Alex Speas 1, LHP Jeff Belge 1, RHP Ian Anderson 1,  C Chris Okey 1, OF Kyle Mercer 1, RHP Kyle Funkhouser 1, OF Nick Banks 1, OF Avery Tuck 1,   RHP Alec Hansen 1,  OF Bryan Reynolds 1,  OF Buddy Reed 1, RHP Matt Manning 1, LHP Anthony Kay 1, OF Taylor Trammell 1, RHP Forest Whitley 1, OF Blake Rutherford 1 


LHP Eric Lauer 5, C Chris Okey 5, LHP Jesus Luzardo 4, RHP Kevin Gowdy 4, 3B/1B Will Craig 3, 3B Drew Mendoza 3, OF Taylor Trammell 3,  OF Buddy Reed 3, SS Gavin Lux 3, LHP Anthony Kay 3, 3B/SS Carter Kieboom 3, OF Nick Banks 2,  OF Bryan Reynolds 3, OF Will Benson 2, RHP Logan Shore 2, LHP Joey Wentz 2, LHP Kyle Muller 2,  RHP Robert Tyler 2, RHP Zach Jackson 2, RHP Kyle Funkhouser 1,   3B/RHP David Lowe 1,  RHP Alex Speas 1, RHP Zach Bergner 1, LHP Braxton Garrett 1, OF Heath Quinn 1, RHP Ian Anderson 1,  RHP Zack Burdi 1, RHP Jordan Sheffield 1,  RHP Justin Dunn 1, C Sean Murphy 1, RHP Cody Sedlock 1


SS Luis Curbelo 4, OF Heath Quinn 3, C Ben Rortvedt 2, RHP Drake Fellows 2,  SS Grant Bodison 1, RHP Wil Crowe 1, SS Errol Robinson 1, RHP Ian Hamilton 1, RHP Nick Banks 1, LHP Matt Krook 1

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Mets Minors Recap: Chris Flexen Impresses Again Thu, 09 Jun 2016 15:30:30 +0000

Trenton Thunder 5 (35-23, NYY), Binghamton Mets 2 (24-33) Box Score

Mazzilli is hitting .314 in his last ten games.

Roster Note: Robert Gsellman was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s from Binghamton. 

Dunedin Blue Jays 6 (27-31), St. Lucie Mets 2 Box Score

Rosario also reached base twice because of two errors. Travis d’Arnaud went 0 for 4 with a walk and two strikeouts.

Flexen struck out a season-high nine, including Toronto’s top prospect Alford three times. He touched 97 multiple times in the outing and was sitting 94. Hepple continues to struggle since being demoted from Double-A.

Augusta 7 (30-28, SF), Columbia (29-30) Box Score

It was Thompson’s 18th double of the year. Milton Ramos committed his ninth error.

DSL Indians 7, DSL Mets1 5 Box Score

This was Lebron’s 2nd home run in two games. RF Tulio Garcia has struck out in 6 out of 7 at bats to start the year.

Campusano gave up six runs in the second inning. None were earned because of two throwing errors that Campusano did.

DSL Mets1 3, DSL Indians 2 Box Score

Guerrero upped his average over the double-header with a 4 for 8 day from .111 to .294.

  • Nelmerson Xavier Angela LHP 4 IP, 5 H, ER, BB, 3K 2.25 ERA
  • Gregori Advincola RHP IP, 2 H, ER, BB, K 9.00 ERA
  • Luis Mateo RHP 2 IP, H, 3K, W (1-0) 0.00 ERA

 DSL Mets2 5, DSL Phillies2 2 Box Score

DSL Phillies2 8, DSL Mets2 Box Score

Reyes came in for Andres Gimenez in the second game for shortstop.

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2016 MLB Draft: Five Players The Mets Could Select Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:20:23 +0000 will craig WF2016Photo: Wake Forest

The First Year Player Draft is quickly approaching: three days, and thankfully dwindling. I’m getting antsy waiting to see who will be a new Mets Top Prospect, and there’s so much to look forward to as the Mets have 41 picks waiting to happen. Today however, we have a list of five guys we believe the Mets could pick with some of their selections.

19th Overall Pick

Will Craig, 1B/3B – Wake Forest, 6’3″, 235 lbs, R/R College Stats

The guy at this point is a consensus choice among all national mocks, and is going to get the longest explanation from me. Craig has been mocked to the Mets 14 times in 79 possible mocks, which is eight more than the next player. At this point it may be a foregone conclusion that the Mets are into the college BAT of Will Craig, who is likely one of the best pure hitters in college aside from Zack Collins and Kyle Lewis. A .392/.537/.766 hitter with 16 home runs, Craig oozes some nice bat speed and ability to put the bat on the ball from the right side of the plate.

As well, he is able to draw walks very easily, and produce some high On-Base-Percentages and doesn’t strike out very easily. The top knocks to watch for is his subpar performance in the Wood-Bat Cape League, and the fact that Wake Forest’s ballpark is a hitter’s park, likely juicing his numbers slightly. His bat could easily produce a .280 20+ home run season annually despite these issues.

The main issue for why Craig isn’t considered for higher than #19 is because of his body-type, and why I accentuated bat at the top. As noted in their report and I’ll repeat, “If he was body beautiful, he’d be the first player taken”.

Craig is a large guy in general, has a plus arm that he also uses when pitching as Wake Forest’s closer. This could be helpful as he has below-average speed, but  with legs like tree-trunks, giving him below-average speed, and limited lateral mobility. While displaying fine hands, the mobility is the main fear for many scouts. That could be a concern for him sticking at third base in the long run, and may sooner or later force a change to the other infield corner.

My Take: I’ve been on the fence about this pick, but it’s not in my hands, so i’ll try to see what I can do to change your mind, and mine. Craig is the most advanced and complete hitter in this draft, despite playing in a bandbox and hitting poorly in the Cape League, and that’s fantastic, but the questions about his defense are not favorable. When looking on the bright side of this potential pick, I need to note a few things:

  1. He’s a guy who works very hard on everything he has done, and when challenged by his coach, he has exceeded expectations. He changed his diet to try to make him more mobile, and able to play at third, and the Mets have Barwis doing workouts at their Port St. Lucie that assist at agility. It may not make him improve exponentially, but it could definitely improve with the workouts.
  2. Should Craig stay at third base, it may not be an idealized circumstance and be at the range of a Machado, Donaldson, or Arenado. However, Third base isn’t usually considered a primary defensive position like Shortstop, Middle Infield, and Catcher. In some circumstances, you can possibly trade some defense for offense, and especially with Mets’ current offensive woes, having a little sacrifice could help. Not every pick is going to be sexy or have pizzazz, or five tools, especially not a top college performer, but if he’s adequate, it could play.
  3. They may be using an under-slot pick to go after for more upside later. An under slot pick could indeed fetch a high-upside arm with a high-demanded bonus in a later round such as a Chris Flexen, or a more elusive player that got away like J.B. Woodman or Anthony Kay, or A.J. Reed.
  4. If he can’t stick at third, he or Dominic Smith can be used as a trade chip for something of need. That’s the beauty of prospects.

Either way, the Yankees, who pick before the Mets have been tied to Craig heavily as well, so let’s see what happens there. I must remind fans, we have no say in this pick, whatsoever, so let’s hope Scouting Director Tom Tanous and Farm Director Ian Levin know what they’re doing.

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Matt Thaiss C – University Of Virginia, 5’11″, 197 lbs, L/R  College Stats

You’re going to ask why another college guy? According to national mocks, the Mets are only interested in college position players, and if Craig is taken, Matt Thaiss is possibly their next guy. Thaiss is another college top performer, this time at catcher, and is possibly the best catcher in the draft after Zack Collins, who will be selected before him in the top 10-15 picks. A college performer, but yet again, not a Cape League one, Thaiss is an excellent Left-Handed Bat, hitting .380/.474/.585 slash line, with 10 homers, and a 37/16 BB/K ratio in a home stadium designed for pitchers. He can hit line drives to all fields, and has average power. As an advanced bat with a patient approach, he has the ability hit and get on base for a good average and OBP.

The knock, as with most college position players with first round caliber that aren’t Kyle Lewis or Nick Senzel, is that they aren’t great defensively, and that continues here with Thaiss. Not a pretty receiver, he has some rough hands behind the plate. He’s allowed 12 passed balls behind the plate in 60 games this past season. One net positive is that he has an above-average arm behind the plate, and a decent release, but his hands are going to need a lot of work if he’s going to stay behind the bag. Should the Mets believe they can help clean up the hands behind the plate, he may be what they’re looking for in a catching prospect at #19

My Take: I’d be disappointed if he was the #19 pick, because if the Yankees don’t take him at 18, he wouldn’t be taken until the 30′s if the Mets passed. As well, it would prove the Mets pro-scouts haven’t learned their lesson about getting a catcher with subpar defense, which Rene Rivera proves is very essential. I’d hope that if Craig isn’t there, they go for a high school bat, preferably one that can take Wright’s mantle…

31st Overall Pick

Taylor Trammell, OF – Mount Paran Christian School, 6’3″, 195 lbs, L/L

As I wrote last week on Another double-plus runner, Trammell has at least four potential tools to work with, and the last one, his arm, he’s worked to improve.

With a quick left-handed swing, Trammell could probably hit for a decent average, should he hone some his raw nature. He is split between two sports, and has not completely worked out how to recognize off speed pitches and have a plan up at the plate. Should he choose one sport finally, he has a decent chance to hit, and hit well. He also has the potential for 15-20 homers annually, should he learn to tap into his power.

Because of his speed, he should be able to steal plenty of bases, and cover plenty of ground in center field. However, his arm is below average, but he has worked hard to improve it, and that has shown up as a positive development lately. He is definitely a high-upside pick the Mets would love to pick.

My Take: Trammell is a true boom-or-bust guy, considering his speed being close to top of the charts, and will allow him to stick in Center Field. As a left-handed hitter, he’s a raw player stuck between two sports, but one with upside, and no matter the consequence, upside’s a good choice.

Kevin Gowdy, RHP – Santa Barbara High School, 6’2″, 170 lbs, R/R 

Kevin Gowdy is definitely a high-upside high school arm with a lot of projection. A great sized pitcher with a commitment to UCLA along with elite draftees Mickey Moniak and Blake Rutherford, Gowdy sits in the low 90′s, touching 95, with room to fill in on his skinny frame. The delivery is easy and repeatable from over the top, and he has plenty of control along with it. He has performed well on the pro circuits, such as the Area Code Games, but at times his velocity became inconsistent and dropped to the high-80′s.

As well, he has a sweeping curveball that sits in the 70′s, which has plus potential, and a decent changeup that needs a bit more use and refinement, but can become above-average at times. With high potential and a great Commitment to a big baseball school like UCLA, he could be a tough signee.

My Take: This seems like another high upside pick to go after, and with the Organization always needing high-upside Arms, this could be a great guy to get, and could be a fast-moving arm. This is where the ability to go over-slot may come in handy.

64th Overall Pick – Second Round

Luis Curbelo, SS – Cocoa HS, 6’3″, 185 lbs, R/R

For people in the know, Curbelo should come as no surprise as he headed a Mets Scout-run Puerto Rican Prospect team that played in Jupiter, as well as Puerto Rico. Curbelo moved from the Puerto Rican Baseball Academy, Carlos Correa’s former High School, to Cocoa High School in Florida for his senior year.

This exciting shortstop has above-average bat speed from the right side, that produces some pretty loud contact, with power that is below-average right now, but could possibly get to above-average with some good coaching. As a fielder, he doesn’t have the greatest actions and he’s an average runner with an average arm, but he could move to the hot corner. He sounds like a guy that should be available in round 2 with some untapped potential.

With this pick Curbelo would be the highest ever draft of a Puerto Rican Native by the Mets. Javier Rodriguez was the prior highest at #68.

My Take: I need to make a few amendments to Curbelo’s scouting report. The arm is above-average, the bat speed is plus, and when I mean the greatest actions, I mean at shortstop, third base he can be above-average. I think he would be a great pick, and if he is selected by the Mets, they already know what they’re getting, and possibly can get him under-slot despite a commitment to University of Miami. A high pick from Puerto Rico wouldn’t surprise me either because of a lot of drafts by the Alderson Era with players like Joel Huertas, Arnaldo Berrios and Kenneth Bautista drafted in recent years.

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Mets Minors Recap: Rosario Triples Twice, Cecchini Three Hits Sat, 04 Jun 2016 14:00:23 +0000 Gavin Cecchini

Reno 9, Las Vegas 0 (28-25)

Cecchini accounted for half of the hits in the shutout. Herrera struck out three times in four at-bats.

Pimentel allowed 2 runs to score on a wild pitch after relieving Gilmartin. This is not a typo.

Altoona 7, Binghamton 4 (21-32)

Oberste played first base for the first time since May 17th. Mazzilli is hitting .438 in his last 10 games.

Taylor continues to excel in relief with 47 strikeouts in 33.1 innings.

Brevard County 6, St. Lucie 4 (26-28)

Rosario continues his extra base streak after doubling last night with two triples tonight. He overtakes the lead for triples in the Florida State League. Nido continues to hit well in the Florida State League.

Hepple has struggled after being demoted from Binghamton. Taylor has proved he isn’t un-hittable after two runs allowed, losing the game.

Hagerstown 6, Columbia 2 (28-27)

Ramos has been hitting much better as of late, with a .265 average in the last ten games to couple with his spectacular defense.

Ingram has had a pitching slump, allowing four or more runs in his last five starts. Davis continues his great pitching striking out seven out of 14 batters faced.

DSL Mets teams start today at 10:30 AM. You can check out my breakdown of the rosters that include Gregory Guerrero and Andres Gimenez here.

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Mets Minors Recap: Nimmo Homers, Cecchini Three Hits Wed, 01 Jun 2016 13:37:41 +0000 gavin Cecchini

Las Vegas 6 (27-24) at Reno 10 (Arizona)

Box Score

Nimmo hit a couple of balls hard, including the homer that went 410 feet, and another far into the warning track.

  • Seth Lugo RHP 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K 7.28 ERA
  • Zack Thornton RHP 1 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, BB 5.76 ERA, Blown Save, Loss
  • Stolmy Pimentel RHP 0 IP, 2 ER, 2BB 11.39 ERA, Pitched to two batters in 8th.
  • Paul Sewald RHP 1 IP, 2 H, ER, K 3.24 ERA

Lugo bounced back after giving up eight runs last outing. 51′s pitching gave up 15 hits, including 8 for extra bases. Sewald has given up four runs in his last five innings.

Binghamton 11 (20-30) at Erie 2 (Indians)

Box Score

The B-Mets offense backed up Gsellman very well with an 18-hit offensive explosion. Sabol and Oberste both launched home runs for the squad. Leadoff Hitter Gibson scored four of the eleven runs. Boyd made his season debut in the 3-hole for the B-Mets.

Gsellman continues to pitch very well, giving up only 2 runs. Taylor was excellent out of the bullpen yet again with a four-strikeout performance in two innings. It has been a night-and-day difference between April and May for Morris giving up eight runs in 10.1 innings in April, and only one in 12 innings in May.

St. Lucie 0 (25-26) at Fort Myers 4 (Minnesota)

Box Score

The St. Lucie Mets were 2-hit by Minnesota’s top prospect Tyler Jay through eight innings, while striking out eleven times.

Prevost and Coles didn’t fare very well. Taylor continues to excel in the Florida State League. Prevost was struck in the head by a line drive come-backer in the seventh inning which bounced off to Guillorme, who completed the play.

Columbia 4 (27-25) at Rome 3 (Braves)

Box Score

Kaczmarski hit a go-ahead bases-clearing double in the fifth inning.  Winningham hits his third career triple.

Canelon has had nine starts in a row with five or more innings and has pitched six innings or more, seven out of those 9 times. Palsha has given up only two runs in his last 10 appearances.

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Keith Law Tabs 1B/3B Will Craig For Mets At No. 19 Sun, 22 May 2016 23:42:51 +0000 will craig WF2016

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Earlier in the week, Keith Law of rolled out his first mock for the 2016 First Year Player Draft. He had a few shockers, such as the Phillies selecting University Of Florida LHP A.J. Puk with the No.1 overall pick, the Reds selecting outfielder Kyle Lewis second overall, and top lefty Jason Groome going third to the Braves.

More notably for Mets fans, Keith Law projects the team to pick Wake Forest’s Will Craig at No. 19. While Craig isn’t the most mocked player to the Mets at 19 like University of Miami Catcher Zack Collins (five by my count), he has been tabbed for the Mets in the most notable mocks – two from Baseball America and one from

Curiously, in three of the four mock drafts, including the one being covered, Craig is described as a first baseman rather than a third baseman which has been his primary position in college. It seems the possibly quick-moving Craig may be confined to the right corner of the diamond long term, which would not be ideal if the Mets are committed to top prospect Dominic Smith.

The preferred advantage would be to have Craig at third base to replace the quickly fading David Wright. His bat would fit right in at the hot corner for the Mets, and his projected production (.280, 20+ HR, high OBP) would make him a top ten MLB third-sacker.

Additionally, Law noted the Mets seem to be mostly focused on college bats, such as Craig, Zack Collins if he drops that low, Chris Okey and Matt Thaiss.

I profiled Collins in an earlier article. He who would also be a great pick and like Craig is one of the most polished bats in the class.


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At No. 31, Law has the Mets taking , LHP Eric Lauer of Kent State, who currently has a 0.81 ERA in 13 games. and 89.1 innings pitched.

The lefty throws in the low 90s touching 94 with some nice cutting action, and an above-average slider with two planes and some late movement. He also has an average curve that goes 11 to 5, and a nice changeup that needs some work on the arm speed to make it more difficult to pick up.

Lauer has a pretty smooth delivery with little awkward movement, and is very much repeatable. He is able to control every part of the strike zone with all four pitches. However, while he can throw all pitches for strikes, he doesn’t have a true strikeout pitch. As such, he doesn’t have more upside than a mid-rotation starter, unless he can get some consultation from the slider master Dan Warthen.

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Mets Minors Recap: Ty Kelly Homers, Average Up To .407 Fri, 20 May 2016 12:23:07 +0000 paul sewald

Las Vegas 7, Colorado Springs 6

Vegas held on to beat Colorado Springs as Rafael Montero didn’t fare well against the Milwaukee Triple-A squad. Montero was ineffective in five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while walking two and striking out five. Righthander Chase Bradford struck out one in a scoreless eighth, while Righty Paul Sewald notched his sixth save in a scoreless ninth. The thousand-dollar 10th rounder in 2013 Sewald has continued to be excellent, with a 1.80 ERA so far in Triple-A. We should have a profile on him up soon.

Rivera led the offense with a 4 for 5 night with a triple, two runs batted in, and a strikeout. Shortstop Niuman Romero, who was called up from Binghamton, had a 2 for 4 night while drawing a walk. Right Fielder Travis Taijeron hit a three run homer in the first inning en route to a 1 for 5 day. It was his Sixth Homer of the year. Third Baseman Ty Kelly also hit a homer in a 1 for 4 day, while walking once and striking out once.

Binghamton 5 , Altoona 4

Binghamton beat Pittsburgh’s Double-A affiliate by a close score of 5 to 4. Righty Tyler Pill threw six innings of two-run ball, while giving up five hits and two walks while striking out six in one of his better performances. The bullpen struggled and gave up two runs in the next three innings.

Carrillo went 3 for 3 with a walk and a double, raising his batting average to .280. Xorge Carrillo also allowed two steals. First Baseman Dominic Smith hit an RBI single and struck out in his 1 for 4 day. He is currently batting .280 on the season and his 31 RBI’s are second in the Eastern League, and his 42 hits are tied for third in the Eastern League.

Charleston 1, Columbia 0

Columbia falls to .500 for the year after a shutout by three Charleston pitchers. The Fireflies struck out 14 times against the Yankees Affiliate. Lefthander Kevin Canelon and did very well, but the offense did not back him up against Lefthander Nestor Cortes and two relievers. Canelon had a great outing against Charleston, recording six innings, while giving up a run on four hits and a walk. He struck out Six in these six innings, and currently sports an ERA of 3.00.

Jose Garcia had two singles and a strikeout in three at bats, raising his batting average on the year to .255. Right Fielder Kevin Kaczmarski was 1 for 4 with a strikeouts.  Designated Hitter Patrick Mazeika was 1 for 4 with two strikeouts, keeping his batting average at .250 on the very young year for him. Al Rabon has a full recap of the game on

Ted’s Prospect Extras:

DSL Extended Performances:

Shervyen Newton 1-4

Edison Valdez 1-4, 2K

Wilmi Valdez 2-4, 2B

Gregory Guerrero 1-1

Check out, your #1 source for Mets prospect news!

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Mets Minors Recap 5/9: St. Lucie Explodes For 14 Runs, Rosario With Three Hits Tue, 10 May 2016 11:44:00 +0000 Amed Rosario (Photo by Jim Mancari)

Las Vegas 1 (16-14), Sacramento 0 Box Score

Rafael Montero bounced back and the Vegas bullpen combined to avenge the Mets against Chris Heston with a shutout. Montero threw 5.2 innings, while giving up four hits and three walks while striking out six. Relief Prospects Josh Smoker, Jeff Walters and Paul Sewald kept Sacramento scoreless over the next 2.1 innings.

Ty Kelly continues his hot streak with a 4 for 4 day and is hitting .427 on the year. Matt Reynolds continues to man Shortstop as Gavin Cecchini sits out with a sore back and went 2 for 4 with a double and the only RBI of the game. CF Brandon Nimmo went 1 for 4 and stole his third base of the year.

Reading 5, Binghamton 3 (14-13) Box Score

1B Dominic Smith had the chance to win the game with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the ninth and failed to do so. He went 0 for 5 for the day with a strikeout and has a .282/.323/.427 triple slash on the year. Outfielders Jared King and Kyle Johnson both recorded doubles.

Tyler Pill struck out a career high 12 in 7.1 innings, but also gave up five runs and 10 hits. He also helped his own cause, driving in two runners on a single. Pill seems like a guy that is a candidate to be converted to a position player as he has a career .417/.420/.563 line in 48 at bats. LHP David Roseboom faced the two remaining batters and retired them both.

St. Lucie 14 (17-13), Jupiter 6 Box Score

St. Lucie had 18 hits as eight out of nine hitters had multiple hits. C Tomas Nido and 3B Jhoan Urena both hit a home run.  DH Wuilmer Becerra continued to hit with a 2 for 3 and two RBI including a sac fly, and was hit by a pitch, and scored once. SS Amed Rosario was 3 for 4 with a triple, and a walk, while driving in two and scoring three times. However, he committed his sixth error that led to a run, and was caught stealing in the first inning. He is now hitting .342/.386/.550 in 29 games and has walked 6 times in his last ten games. Seriously Mets, promote the guy.

RHP Chris Flexen didn’t fare as well as the lineup, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. He has given up four runs in three of his last four starts. RHP Kevin McGowan gave up an additional run in his inning pitched. LHP Alberto Baldonado and RHP Ben Griset shut down the Marlins affiliate for the remaining two innings.

Columbia 6 (17-14), Greenville 4 Box Score

Fireflies scored six on the Red Sox A-ball Affiliate, with five doubles hit by the team. SS Milton Ramos was 2 for 3 with two doubles and a walk and was caught stealing, and has improved his batting average to .222.  1B Dash Winningham scored two on a double in the third inning, and walked as well. He is hitting a strange .293/.371/.370 this year with 11 walks and 9 strikeouts. 3B David Thompson also collected a double and a strikeout. CF Kevin Kaczmarski was 1 for 3, and has gone 3 for 7 since returning from the Disabled List on Sunday.

RHP Chase Ingram had a start of fours, with five innings pitched but gave up four hits, four runs, and four walks, while striking out six. RHP Tyler Bashlor and RHP Alex Palsha kept the team scoreless for the next four innings while striking out six.

Be sure to check out for all your minor league news including our the full recap of last night’s action. 

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