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#5 Wuilmer Becerra RF

Ht: 6’4″  Wt: 200   Level: High-A St. Lucie Mets

B/T: R/R  Age: 10/1/1994 (Age 21)  Age Dif: -1.7

Acquired: With Travis d’ArnaudJohn Buck, and Noah Syndergaard in a trade for R.A. Dickey on 12/17/12

Preseason Rank: #6

2016 Statistics: 65 G, 263 PA, 243 AB, 77 H, 17 2B, HR, 34 RBI, 7 SB, 1 CS, 9 BB, 52 K .312/.341/.393

Profile:

Hate it or love it, Becerra has some serious upside. Acquired in the deal that brought back d’Arnaud, Buck, and Syndergaard in December of 2012, Becerra was considered the lottery ticket throw-in of the deal, and it looks like the Mets may be cashing in big time. Signed originally by the Toronto Blue Jays on July 4th, 2012 for 1.3 million out of Venezuela, he was considered a guy with considerable upside early on in the power-speed mold. Directly after signing (not common among players in this period), he joined the Gulf Coast League, and hit .250/.359/.375 in 11 games before being hit in the jaw with a wild pitch by Yankees pitcher Graham Stoneburner and missing the rest of the season.

After slashing .243/.351/.295 in the 2013 season, he finally broke out in Kingsport the following year with a .300/.351/.469 slash line with seven homers in 58 games. He followed it up with a fantastic 2015 season in which he hit .290/.342/.423 with nine homers in 119 games, playing half his games in what was the worst stadium for hitters in the Minor Leagues (Historic Grayson Stadium.

However, this year was uneven. Early on, there seemed to be something wrong, because he seemed to have issues hitting for power, but no problem hitting for average. He didn’t start in the field often, and instead played nearly exclusively as a designated hitter. After two months and 40 games, he only played 13 games in the field and had not homered once.

Turns out, Becerra had a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder, which occurred in Spring Training and possibly chose a wait-and-see approach with cortisone shots, to see if he could continue to play throughout the year, but it proved to be too much. He underwent surgery at the end of July, and figures to be at least rehabbing the shoulder by Spring Training of 2017, barring setbacks.

When healthy, Becerra draws rave reviews for professional makeup and ceiling. He figures to be a mid to high ceiling right fielder with above-average power and plus speed at the moment. His above-average bat speed from the right side allows him to make hard contact as he figures to hit many doubles, and the high teens in home runs, while drawing walks at a decent rate and hitting for a moderately good average.

In the field, his actions are plus, with a plus glove in right field and an accurate arm. Despite the setback, Becerra could have a very bright future ahead of him.

Brandon-Nimmo

#4 Brandon Nimmo OF

Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 205 Level: Triple-A Las Vegas 51′s

B/T: L/R   Age: 3/27/1993 (Age 23)  Age Dif: - 3.5 (AAA) & -5.3 (MLB)

Acquired: Drafted in 2011 in the First Round at #13

Preseason Rank: #6

2016 Statistics: 

AAA: 97 G, 444 PA, 392 AB, 138 H, 25 2B, 8 3B, 11 HR, 61 RBI, 7/8 SB/CS, 46/73 BB/K, .352/.423/.541

MLB: 20 G, 64 PA, 59 AB, 14 H, HR, 5 RBI, 4 BB/17 K, .237/.297/.288

Profile:

If you have prospect fatigue, I feel you. It seems like we’ve been hearing the likes of Nimmo on the top 10 prospect lists forever, and possibly that may be coming to a close. The first overall draft pick of the Alderson Regime in 2011, (I’ll be frank), Nimmo was draft far ahead of his pre-draft rankings at #13 overall. An athlete that came out of the baseball-starved state of Wyoming, with only American Legion Ball experience (close to equivalent of most high school ball), Nimmo seemed like a stretch of a pick, in terms of conventional experience. Nonetheless, at the time of the draft, he was pinned with a Paul O’Neill ceiling, and the results are mixed.

Nimmo after being drafted did not instill confidence with a .211/.318/.368 slash line with 14 strikeouts in 10 games, but then improved slightly to a .248/.372/.406 slash line with six homers as a 19-year old for the Brooklyn Cyclones.

In 2013, Nimmo had mixed results, in A-ball, with a .273/.397/.359 and a 27.3% strikeout rate, flaunting his ability to get on base at a very high clip, but striking out a lot, without hitting for power (though, once again, Historic Grayson was death to hitters). Finally with High-A St. Lucie, Nimmo started to hit better, posting a .322/.448/.458 with four homers in 62 games, and cutting down his strikeouts to an 18.4%. When he was promoted to Binghamton he hit for more power, launching six more homers in 65 games, but didn’t get on base much or hit very much in general with a .238/.339/.396 slash. He repeated Binghamton and sprained his ACL in May and missed a month.

After missing a month with a knee injury, it seemed like he was struggling a bit in Double-A with a .260/.340/.313 slash in 34 games before going to the very hitter-friendly Triple-A Las Vegas and hitting .264/.393/.418 in 32 games.

Prior to this year, Nimmo was known to struggle against lefties after having a lackluster .203/.320/.250 between Double-A and Triple-A in 2014-2015. This year, he had a total breakthrough, especially against left-handers, with a 19% Strikeout rate, and a higher OPS against them than RHP (.984 vs. 894). Some can assume that this could have been assisted greatly by the hitter’s paradise of the Pacific Coast League, but he earned a 20-game promotion to the Major Leagues because of it. He fell short of the batting title this year, finishing with his .352 average but did league the lead with his .423 on-base.

Nimmo’s main tool is his patience, which is pretty impressive. He knows the strike zone very well, and can control it well, which is good news for him in terms of value as an on-base machine. His left handed swing is smooth, but the bat speed isn’t above-average, and he can get beat by some good velocity up in the zone. In addition, he has some power in the teens, in terms of home runs, but still has yet to tap into his power fully in an environment other than Vegas.

Nimmo had above-average speed, but it regressed due to his knee injury to just solid-average. In the field, his range has not been great in center field, but both it and his above-average arm play well in left and right. In Vegas, the team has played him in center often, but when he was in the majors this year, they played him exclusively in the corners, not inspiring confidence that they believe he can be a center fielder. That’s a shame, because if he can’t play in center, and if he can’t hit for much power, his ceiling and upside drop dramatically. It drops to a fourth outfielder that can’t play center, or a Quad-A player if he can’t hit in the MLB. Despite this excellent year, that earned him the #4 placement, there is a lot of question marks on Nimmo’s ultimate upside in the major leagues.

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#3 Justin Dunn RHP

Ht: 6’2″  Wt: 185   Level: Short-Season A Brooklyn Cyclones

B/T: R/R  Age: 9/22/1995 (20) Age Dif: -1.4

Acquired: Drafted in the First Round of the 2016 Draft, 19th overall.

Preseason Rank: Unranked

2016 Statistics:  11 G, 8 GS, 30 IP, 25 H, 5 ER, 10 BB/35 K, 1.50 ERA

Profile:

Another Long Island kid drafted by the Mets in the Alderson Regime, just like Steven MatzTyler Badamo before him, and Anthony Kay right after him. The Freeport resident was drafted 19th overall in the 2016 first year amateur draft out of Boston College. At 18, Dunn touched 92 as a starter at The Gunnery and went undrafted, before jumping in velocity at BC.

In his freshman year at BC, he pitched in seven games and started four.He went 12 innings allowing 10 earned runs, 11 walks, and 12 strikeouts. It was clear the stuff was there, but he had to work on his control. The next year he pitched in 20 games, and started three of them. He ended the year as the closer at BC, and his innings increased to 47.1.

As a reliever, his velocity up-ticked greatly, garnering interest by scouts, who subsequently requested to see him start more. In his draft year at BC, Dunn had statistically his best year, starting eight times in 18 appearances, and pitching to a 2.06 ERA in 65.2 innings. He struck out 72 in those 65.2 innings while thriving better as a starter.

Since Dunn pitched a career high amount of innings in college, the Mets decided to limit his innings as they placed him in Short Season-A Brooklyn. For his first three appearances, he was given two innings each in relief. For the next eight, he started the game, and pitched three innings each. He was pretty dominant for 30 innings, with a 1.50 ERA, and 35 strikeouts.

Why the Mets gave him the nod for the first selection of the Mets’ draft was pretty simple: he’s just oozing with potential and high ceiling stuff. With a lanky frame and a pretty loose delivery, his body type resembles former Met phenom, Dwight Gooden (This is not a comparison on potential, just body type). He has a pretty impressive arsenal also, tossing 92-95 and touching 97 at times (and touched 99 as a reliever), as well as a plus slider, an average curve and changeup.

His control right now isn’t great, slightly below average, but that can develop with time and refining mechanics. He has the potential to be a frontline starter, if everything goes right. Lucky for him, The Mets are usually pretty excellent at developing pitchers.

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#2 Dominic Smith 1B

Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 250  Level: Double-A Binghamton Mets

B/T: L/L  Age: 6/15/1995 (21)  Age Dif: -3.3

Acquired: Drafted in the First Round of the 2013 Draft

Preseason Rank: #3

2016 Statistics: 130 G, 542 PA, 484 AB, 146 H, 29 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 91 RBI, 50 BB/71 K, .302/.367/.457

Profile:

Drafted 11th overall from Junipero Serra High School from Gardena, CA in 2013, Dominic Smith was considered the most advanced high school bat in the draft. Dominic Smith had a monster 2016 season, hitting a career high in homers with 14, leading the team, and led as well in RBI’s. His strikeout percentage dropped by 1.4% to 13.7, and his isolated slugging reached a career high at .155.

Smith started slow, hitting .260/.311/.368 with four homers and nine doubles in his first 64 games. Before going on an absolute tear, hitting .343/.421/.545 with 10 homers, and 17 doubles for the remaining 66 games. During his hot final two months, he drew 32 walks and struck out 31 times.

Smith has always lived up to his billing as an advanced hitter, posting a .291/.358/.387 hitter in 1237 plate appearances from 2013 through 2015. In his first 51 games through the Gulf Coast League and Kingsport (three, to be exact), Smith started out very well, with a .301/.398/.439 slash line, including 13 doubles and three homers. He was jumped quickly over his previous first rounders, Brandon Nimmo, and Gavin Cecchini to Full Season-A Savannah, and like both, did not fare too well.

As we continue the trend of offensive death and Historic Grayson, it manifested with Dominic Smith as he homered only once, and slugged .338 in 126 games. Smith didn’t start out very well the next year in St. Lucie, with a .157/.231/.171 slash line through his first 19 games, before going on an absolute tear, pacing the league in doubles, 32 games later. By the end of the season, Smith doubled his previous career high of home runs, hit 33 doubles, and led the league in RBI, earning the league’s MVP Honors in a notorious pitching league. He carried his success into the Arizona Fall League with a .362/.483/.511 slash line in the league.

The book on Dominic has always been his hitting, as explained above. When he was drafted out of high school, they stated he was one of the best hitters in the draft, however, he didn’t hit for as much conventional power as a usual first baseman. In his first 1237 plate appearances, he hit ten homers between rookie ball, and two different A-ball leagues with notorious abilities to suppress power between them. As predicted, by switching to friendlier confines of the Eastern League with better parks he doubled his previous career high of six. It looks as though Dominic’s power is still developing as he comes up the ladder.

Usually in the cases of young hitters, the cliche goes that power is one of the last tools to develop, if it hasn’t already. It’s very likely that what you saw from Dominic this year is only the beginning so throw that James Loney comp out the window. In addition to his hitting, Smith has a gift in regards to driving in runners, as evidenced by high RBI totals. Smith is an excellent defender, and is fantastic with his feet and hands at first base. When I saw him on July 30th, he dug up quite a few balls in the dirt with ease. His arm, though not important for first base, is plus, and in high school he reached 92 miles per hour as a pitcher.

Now for some issues he must overcome: while he is an excellent hitter, with great hitting mechanics, his bat speed only grades out as average, so the limit to his power may be around the low 20-ish range in terms of homers, and a lot of doubles. Another thing to watch is his ability to hit left-handers, which started to show this year at AA. Prior to the season, Smith hit .300/.367/.410 against left-handers in 359 career plate appearances. However, this year, he hit .261/.333/.340 in 129 plate appearances, and as the pitching gets harder, his issues versus them may be exacerbated, or it may have been an aberration.

However, his most pressing issue has been his weight, that has been getting heavier and heavier since last year, and Keith Law stated in the Arizona Fall League that he looked “sloppy”. Smith does a lot of work during the offseason, and usually attends the Mets’ Barwis conditioning Camps when they are held, but it does seem that he may need to do more work on getting into shape. He may just have a high-maintenance body that absorbs fat quicker than others, and requires more work than what he’s been able to sustain so far.

While on the road, most places these teams stop at are not healthy alternatives, and instead fast food. It’s something I noticed on July 30th as a problem going forward, but it’s his issue, and his choice on how he will proceed. However, no matter what, his play is the ultimate need and not the worry of his weight. That’s really what matters to me, and likely to the Mets as well, so I’m not going to shame his weight, just point out there’s an issue he may have to address soon.

Ultimately, Dominic is viewed as the first baseman of the future by the team and that may be very soon.

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#1 Amed Rosario SS

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

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

Acquired: On July 2nd, 2012 out of the Dominican Republic.

Preseason Rank: #2

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

Profile:

Since this is my final article ever, I’ll admit that Rosario has been my favorite prospect since I reported on him in Spring Training, 2013. Signed in 2012 for a franchise-high (for 16 to 23 year olds in the International Free Agency) bonus of 1.75 Million out of the Dominican Republic. He is the son of a judge, who named him Amed after his favorite character in an Iranian Soap opera.

Amed completed his high school diploma before being signed on July 2nd, 2012, which is something not many players his age do before being signed to contracts in the IFA. Those aren’t the reasons why he’s the top prospect, however. Instead it’s because he’s a high-upside shortstop with plus ability to hit and defend, who took off in a big way this year offensively. Due to his high performance and plus tools, he was awarded high honors of #15#13#18, and #13 on four separate midseason prospect lists.

In 2013, the team decided to be aggressive with Rosario, putting him in the advanced rookie league, Kingsport. When he was there, he hit .241/.279/.348 in 58 games with three homers and 15 extra base hits overall. The next season he held his own as an 18-year old for Brooklyn in the advanced league with a .289/.337/.380 slash line and 17 extra base hits in 68 games. He got a cup of coffee with Savannah at the end of the year to get him some advanced exposure.

It seemingly impressed the Mets to jettison him up to High-A St. Lucie with his best friend, 3B Jhoan Urena. He struggled offensively hitting .257/.302/.335, with 20 doubles and 5 triples in 102 games as the youngest player in the league. He also battled a couple of wrist issues towards the middle of the year that hindered his performance. Those wrist issues lingered towards the end of the year, and kept him out of the Dominican Winter League, where he was drafted to the Aguilas of Cibao.

This year, things were different, he was finally healthy, and started the season with a bang: a walk-off home run to right-center. In April, he matched his career high of home runs, with three, and was running rampant on the Florida State League with 11 extra base hits and a .537 slugging percentage. During that time he raised his walk rate by 2.2% to 7.2%, and his strikeout rate cut to 12.4% from 17.5% the year before.

On June 23rd, after appearing in the FSL All-Star Game, and leading the league in hits and triples, Rosario earned the promotion to Binghamton and got even better. He hit for a higher average (.305 in St. Lucie to .341 in Binghamton), walked at a higher rate at 8%, and hit for even more power, with the same amount of extra base hits in 12 less games.

While he finished with a .341 average, he slowed down greatly after enduring a mild hamstring strain towards the end of July. When he came back, he started to strike out at a much higher frequency, which ballooned his strikeout percentage from 15.1% to 21.5% within one whole month. While he struck out more, he hit for a bit more power, with his first two homers in Double-A. Offensively, overall, it was his worst month with a .290/.337/.409. However, over his final 13 games, he hit .407/.458/.519.

When he was signed, Amed was not known for his shortstop defense, and there was question on whether or not he was going to stick there long term and instead land in the outfield. His bat, however, was suggested as a power bat, with the potential to hit up to 20 home runs in a single season. The trouble with projections for a 16-year old player is that they can sometimes drastically shift, and while he will not hit for 20-homer power, he will definitely stick at shortstop.

Rosario has plus bat speed from the right side, that can get to almost anything in the zone. He’ll be able to hit for a pretty good average in the future, and has been improving his plate discipline and ability to walk every year. He still needs some development in recognizing spin, and learning what hanger to hit and lay off. Rosario adjusts from at-bat to at-bat, so these walk and strikeout numbers shown above may change even more as his career progresses.

He has above-average raw power that may play just average for the future, if there is no further development, but he will hit many extra base hits to the gaps that will play up to his plus to possibly plus-plus speed. According to Baseball Prospectus, Rosario’s speed took a jump this year in scouting grades from a 60 to a 70 on the 20-80 scale. How that can happen so late in development may be attributed to conditioning programs and running coaches that changed his running mechanics. He hasn’t utilized it completely for base stealing, but I could see more than 30 steals in a season with his speed, and plenty of triples.

As for defense, despite 23 errors this year, Amed is an excellent defender, featuring plus range, getting balls deep in the hole, and a plus arm with some very good hands. If there’s anything that will make Rosario fit in easily in the MLB, it will be his defense. However, sometime he gets reliant on his arm and stays back in the hole. This could result in rushing throws, or a hesitancy to charge the ball. Rosario gets great praise for his makeup and effort, and loves to be on the field, even when he can’t, as he coached first base when he was sidelined with a hammy issue.

Now for a warning, as I did for each player on this list. This one is about hype. Rosario is a young and potentially explosive player, and has earned praise in all of his abilities, but some people put some lofty expectations of comparisons on him. I’ve seen requests for Carlos Correa, and people ask if he’ll be our next Jose Reyes. The answer is likely no on both, because players rarely become that. Reyes and Correa are/were extraordinary players, Correa especially, who has the potential to be a once in a generation type of player, who can hit for a high average, 30 homers, and stick at shortstop. Reyes, who was the Mets fans’ standard for “good shortstop” since leaving had top of the scale speed and base running ability, and provided an exciting leadoff option in his prime.

Rosario is likely closer to a .270/.340/.440 slash line with 12-15 homer potential as he progresses, while stealing 30 bases. He’s the shortstop of the future, and has high potential, but just let him be him, no comparisons. Between his ability and his personality (that you need to see on twitter, it’s just great, and it IS him), he’s a one of a kind guy…just not the talent you’re expecting. He may not make it, as regulating commenters state, “most prospects don’t”, but he’s the one guy I have a feeling has the ability to do great things in Orange and Blue, when he gets a little bit more development and the chance. You should see him mid-year in 2017, or sooner if Asdrubal Cabrera gets hurt.

Writer’s note: This is it, final article. Wanted to thank the fans, for all your support and encouragement. Wanted to thank Joe D. for being so awesome for having me here the last three years, even though the only thing I really wanted to do initially was to do a fan shot. And Michael Mayer for keeping MetsMinors.net up and running, and getting me to write more regularly. These people are brilliant, please keep reading them and giving your support. Thanks, Satish Ram, I met you on the site, and you’re my best friend, best man, and little bro. Also, thanks Omar, you’re an inspiration.

Also wanted to thank my family, my dad for his support, not easy living in his shadows, but I found a niche somewhere, for a short time. My wife as well, for inspiration and insight. My mother, sister, friends for cheering me on, and especially the ones that don’t know baseball giving it a try on my articles nonetheless. 

Just now, I have to focus on my career outside of prospects. Focus on grad school and MSW. Maybe one day, there may be something between them with enough effort and connection.

Thanks,

Teddy

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This list is made from the Top 50 that we do over at MetsMinors.net and Max Wotell was our #20 prospect before he was traded, so we’re moving Phillip Evans into our list at #50, and the rest move up. Technically, Gregory Guerrero becomes our #20 prospect but since we already wrote about him in the last article we decided to highlight Evans who won the Eastern League batting title.

#50 Phillip Evans UTI

Ht: 5’9″  Wt: 220 Level: Double-A Binghamton

B/T: R/R  Age: 9/10/1992 (23)  Age Dif: -1.3

Acquired: Drafted in the 15th round in 2011 by the Mets out of La Costa Canyon HS

Preseason Rank: Unranked

2016 Statistics:  105 G, 389 AB, 125 H, 30 2B, 8 HR, 24 BB, 63 K, SB .321/.366/.460

Mets made a shocking move in 2011 in the later rounds, signing Evans for 650K, and making an effort to grab some highly touted talent. A more average-tool guy, who plays more hard-nosed more than anything. He underwhelmed for his first four seasons with the Mets as he slowly climbed the ladder, but grew into his own this season in Binghamton showing off his ability to put the bat to the ball.

Evans stings the ball, mostly to left field, with all but one of his home runs going to left, and 22 out of 30 doubles going that way as well. His swing is geared towards line drives that he clubs especially hard. He will not hit for more than gap power during his career, but that’s fine for his gameplay.

Evans can play any of the infield positions, with good hands, and a strong arm. As a stocky guy with average speed, he may be stretched at short, but at third base and second base, he can be more than solid. Evans projects as a utility type going forward, but a versatile guy is someone the Mets usually need.

#19 David Thompson 3B

Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 208  Level:  High-A St. Lucie

B/T: R/R  Age: 8/22/1993 (22) Age Dif: -.7

Acquired: Drafted by the Mets in Round 4 of the 2015 Draft out of The University Of Miami

Preseason Rank: #23

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

A Mets draftee in the fourth round last year, and the second 3rd baseman in a row taken in the fourth round by the team, Thompson underwhelmed offensively for the Cyclones. He’s bounced back this year hitting .294/.344/.474 in A-Level Columbia, and was moved up to St. Lucie in July.

In terms of describing Thompson, there’s really one word: Power. He’s got a lot of it, raw, especially. It hasn’t showed up in games in the way that we’ve expected of it yet, but it’s there, nonetheless. Thompson is a decent contact hitter, with some ability to get on base, and has struck out at a 18% clip. But, I wouldn’t expect too high of an average from him, or on-base percentage.

As for defense, he is an athlete, and can man third base really well in terms of lateral movement and ability to field. However, his arm is merely average, which is adequate for third, but not preferable for the position. He’s worked hard to improve his play and it’s shown lately. Overall the package, should he tap into his power more, he could be a viable piece either at first or third in the future.

#18 Marcos Molina RHP

Ht: 6’3″  Wt: 188  Level: None

B/T: R/R  Age: 3/8/1995 (21)  Age Dif: N/A

Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012

Preseason Rank: #9

2016 Statistics:  Has not played.

Went down with Tommy John Surgery in September of last year, Molina is still a very interesting pitcher with some frontline rotation upside. In Brooklyn in 2014, he dominated the league, despite being much younger than the competition. However, in 2015, he was injury riddled, and then went down with surgery.

When healthy, Molina has plus control, and can sling a 90-96 mile per hour fastball in with movement and precision. In addition, he is very polished, and boasts an at least above-average slider and changeup. Unfortunately, his delivery is worrisome with little movement on his lower half, and very reliant on his elite arm-speed to garner his velocity. Next season will be a good test to see how he bounces back from Tommy John Surgery, but if all goes well, we could see another upside arm skyrocketing back up our prospect lists.

Molina will head to the instructional league in preparation for the Arizona Fall League.

#17 Gabriel Ynoa RHP

Ht: 6’2″  Wt: 160   Level:  MLB

B/T: R/R  Age: 5/26/1993 (22) Age Dif: -3.7

Acquired:  International Free Agent, 2009 out of the Dominican Republic

Preseason Rank: #14

2016 Statistics:

MILB: 25 GS, 12-5 W/L, 3.97 ERA, 25 GS, 154.1 IP, 170 H, 77 R, 68 ER, 40 BB, 78 K .285 BAA

MLB: 6 G, 1-0, 15.19 ERA, 5.1 IP, 9 H, 9 ER, 4 BB, 4 K .391 BAA

Ynoa is a curious case in general because there is such a strange profile for a pitcher at the higher levels. He was just called up to the MLB, and in his first outing, showed exactly what he was. His scouting report has been very consistent over the years: A 90-96 fastball that he commands very well from a three-quarters slot, but has very little movement on the fastball. His slider and curve are below average, and don’t really grade out much for out-pitches, which explains his lack of strikeouts, as well as his high rate of hits allowed. His changeup is nice, an above-average to plus offering.

He’s usually a guy holds velocity into the later innings, but starts to get tagged around the third time through the order. He may be better off being a reliever if he can’t develop that third pitch he desperately needs to strike out batters. The Mets currently have him in the bullpen, and he may stay that way for the rest of his career, barring the third pitch.

#16 Anthony Kay LHP

Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 186   Level:  None

B/T: L/L  Age: 3/21/1995 (21) Age Dif: N/A

Acquired:  Drafted in 2016 at 31st Overall By the Mets out of UCONN.

Preseason Rank: Unranked

2016 Statistics:  None

Mets apparently couldn’t let this Ward Melville lefty go, even after drafting him in 2013 in the 29th round. Signed for a way under slot 1,100,000 dollars as the 31st overall pick in the most recent draft, Kay is an upside arm who may not pitch for a while. When the Mets and Kay converged for the physical, the team found that his arm was very troubling, with some “fraying” in his UCL, and reworked their deal for 896,000 below slot value.

When healthy, Kay can throw low to mid-90’s from the left side, and has an above-average change. His slider, however, is below average and needs work. His command is above-average and he’s very crafty in how to set up his pitches for hitters to get over. We could see him next year, or the year after, depending on the extent of the injury for Kay. However, he projects as a mid-rotation starter that could move fast if healthy.

He will be a part of the Mets instructional league which released it’s roster yesterday.

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Mets Minors: 51s Eliminated From Playoff Contention http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-minors-51s-eliminated-from-playoff-contention.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-minors-51s-eliminated-from-playoff-contention.html/#comments Thu, 01 Sep 2016 14:00:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221857 t.j. rivera

El Paso Chihuahuas 5 (San Diego), Las Vegas 51s 0 (66-73) Box Score

As you can see, there are a couple of pieces missing from the lineup. Rivera isn’t playing 3rd base like he has been. The 51s were officially eliminated from playoff contention. Cecchini will play in the Arizona Fall League as he starts to learn some second base. Nimmo continues to lead the PCL in hitting with Rivera his closest competitor.

Altoona Curve 9 (Pittsburgh), Binghamton Mets 4 (62-73) Box Score

Rosario had a rough August (for his standards), with a hamstring injury, and a .290/.337/.409 slash with 27 strikeouts in 23 games. Smith on the other hand had a great August, with a .379/.463/.534, including 10 doubles, 2 homers, and a 17/10 BB/K ratio. Champ Stuart swiped his 39th base of the year.

Those looking for Dickey 2.0 in Jannis may have to wait a bit longer. Paez, who dominated the Florida State League, has been struggling horribly in Double-A.

Columbia Fireflies 5 (64-71), West Virginia Power 4 (Pittsburgh) Box Score

Burdick is hitting .342 in his last 10 games and delivered the walk-off double. Garcia is still hitting for some intriguing power down in Low-A, and hit .316/.373/.480 in August

What a year for De Los Santos, he started in the DSL, then pitched in the Gulf Coast League, and has gotten three appearances at Low-A. Nice job.

Brooklyn Cyclones 9 (35-36), Auburn Doubledays 2 (Washington) Box Score

Dimino has filled in pretty well for the injured Peter Alonso. The team has nothing but rave reviews for the 23 year old catcher/first baseman. Lindsay has some of the best upside in the Mets system, and you’ll see it a bit in the next year.

Gonzalez needs 11 more strikeouts to tie Brad Holt for Cyclones single-season record, set back in 2008. Our own Jacob Resnick broke the news that the Mets were trading Brooklyn starter Erik Manoah to the Angels which the Mets announced later was for reliever Fernando Salas.

Kingsport Mets 2 (26-41), Bristol Pirates 1 Box Score

Maria provided a lot of the pop and most of the offense for the K-Mets, and hit a walk-off single in the 10th.

Uceta has gone into the eighth and has struck out eight twice in his last three starts.

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Mets Minors: Conforto, Nimmo Homer Off Lefty http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-conforto-nimmo-homer-off-lefty.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-conforto-nimmo-homer-off-lefty.html/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2016 13:30:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221765 Photo: Josh Holmberg, Las Vegas Review

Photo: Josh Holmberg, Las Vegas Review

El Paso Chihuahuas 6, Las Vegas 51s  (66-72) 5 Box Score

Nimmo hit his 11th home run of the season setting a new career high in that department and it was off a lefty. He continues to lead the PCL in hitting. All three of Conforto’s hits came off a left-handed pitch in what should be his last minor league game, hopefully ever.

Church was promoted from Columbia before the game to take the spot of Logan Verrett but his flight was delayed and didn’t arrive until the third inning. Vegas beat writer Betsy Helfand reports that Kevin Plawecki, Michael Conforto, Gabriel Ynoa and Ty Kelly will join the Mets on Thursday.

Binghamton Mets 3 (62-72), Altoona Curve 1 (Pittsburgh) Box Score

Oberste is an underrated corner guy, and has hit for on base and average wherever he’s been with the Mets. If he can stick at third, it would be very good for his value. Rosario is more consistent after the leg injury slowed him down, but still is striking out at a 20% pace after only 12.4% in High-A. Champ Stuart covered a ton of ground to make this nice running catch.

Roseboom has been dominant as the B-Mets closer. Nabil Crismatt is going to get a start for Binghamton later this week.

West Virginia Power 7 (Pittsburgh), Columbia Fireflies 6 (63-71) Box Score

Winningham has been hitting for much more power in August, with four doubles and four homers. Mazeika has been scorching hot in August,

Blank fared much better than Canelon, but Tyler Bashlor (who had been sent from St. Lucie to Columbia), lost the game in the 10th.

Auburn Doubledays 5 (Washington), Brooklyn Cyclones 0 (34-36) Box Score

Paez has not fared well in his first season, but has a quick swing. Sanchez is 5 for his last 16. Cyclones bats did not wake up to salvage the season as they were eliminated from playoff contention today.

Dunn mowed down the Doubledays in his maximum three innings. However, Manoah didn’t fare as well and took the loss. Look for Manoah next year in Columbia’s rotation.

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Mets Minors: Rosario, Smith Collect Three Hits in B-Mets Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-rosario-smith-collect-three-hits-in-b-mets-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-rosario-smith-collect-three-hits-in-b-mets-win.html/#comments Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:30:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221212 dominic smith

Tacoma Rainiers 4 (Seattle), Las Vegas 51s 0 (61-70) Box Score

Rainiers lefties mowed down the 51′s. (Side Note: Mets, please acquire Pat Venditte from the Mariners, I’ve always wanted a switch pitcher).

Binghamton Mets 9 (60-67), Hartford Yard Goats 1 (Colorado) Box Score

That was Oberste’s 9th home run of the year, Rosario’s 21st and 22nd double, and Dominic Smith‘s 27th double of the year. Champ Stuart, and Xorge Carrillo also recorded multi hit games.

Knapp has been very good overall this year going 13-5 with a 2.50 ERA and 1.14 WHIP over three levels.

Charlotte Stone Crabs 3 (Tampa Bay), St. Lucie Mets 2 (65-58) Box Score

Nido is 0 for his last 10, and is not playing as often to conserve his health.

High-A is more Delgado’s speed.

Columbia Fireflies 5 (60-68), Charleston RiverDogs 0 (Yankees) Box Score

Winningham hit his 10th homer. The Fireflies struck out 12 times.

  • Kevin Canelon LHP 7 IP, 2 H, 5 K 3.32 ERA

Canelon has been solid for the Fireflies, with a fastball in the high-80′s to low 90′s.

Brooklyn Cyclones 2 (32-31), Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1 (Cincinatti) Box Score

Dimino hit a walk-off single in the 11th. Lindsay has a 15/16 BB/K ratio this season.

The 24-year old Jacobson has pitched 11 scoreless innings and has struck out 12 in two starts in Brooklyn.

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MMO Prospect Pulse: Tomas Nido Sees His Stock Rising http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mmo-prospect-pulse-tomas-nido-sees-his-stock-rising.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mmo-prospect-pulse-tomas-nido-sees-his-stock-rising.html/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2016 15:12:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221024 Photo: MiLB.com

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I’m not sure about any of you, but I believe but Tomas Nido has been one of the biggest Mets surprises on the farm in the 2016 season. Drafted out of Orangewood Christian School in the 8th round of the 2012 Draft, Tomas Nido was known for his power, and was the battery mate on his travel team with now-major leaguer Robert Whalen (I can’t stop saying this, I’m too proud).

At draft time, his scouting report from Baseball America went like this:

Nido isn’t quite a one-tool player; the Florida State signee has average arm strength. But his calling card is plus-plus raw power, as he has strength and takes a big, powerful swing, generating above-average bat speed. He’s a slow-twitch athlete, and it may be a stretch for him to stay behind the plate. He has a tendency to sell out for power, even though he doesn’t need to with his strength. Nido had late helium and was doing some individual workouts for teams, and if he puts on a power display with wood, he could be drafted highly.

Baseball America was very correct on him selling out for power, which wasn’t a very wise approach, slashing a .246/.286/.336 in his first 218 games with 32 doubles, 2 triples, and 10 homers, and having to play in Brooklyn in both his age 19 and 20 years. In addition, his catching was not very good to start, so he needed to work on that, especially with the arm strength that started out as just average as the above scouting report notes.  The underwhelming performance offensively and defensively caused many to lose faith in him as he entered his age-22 year in St. Lucie.

Photo: Ed Delany

Photo: Ed Delany

Michael Mayer and I disagreed on whether to add Nido to our Top 80 prospects, I wanted him on, while he wanted him off. I won, and we placed him at No. 74, citing his ceiling, though he had underwhelmed so far. Apparently I wasn’t alone, as MLB’s Jonathan Mayo and Mets Farm Director Ian Levin both stated they were high on him, citing a strong showing in spring training. Now even with a strong spring training a player can underwhelm, such as Angel Manzanarez has, so it means barely anything. However, Nido didn’t stop clubbing after joining High-A St. Lucie.

This year in his age 22 season, Nido is hitting .320/.351/.470 in High-A with 7 homers and 22 doubles. He has set career highs in hits and home runs, and a career low with a 11.9% strikeout percentage, 11.9%, a significant drop-off from last year’s 25.7%. The Florida State League, which he leads in batting average, is notoriously known for being harsh on offense.

Also, on defense, Nido has gone above and beyond, throwing out an excellent 40% of base runners and being a smooth receiver behind the dish. It looks like Nido has turned a corner, and has impressed many, including Baseball Prospectus, who wrote this updated scouting report about him. (FYI, the scale is a 20-80 sliding scale, and they vary in what they indicate, but usually a 50 is above average.)

A report like that is very encouraging, especially since it projects a pretty above-average catcher offensively and defensively, and this coming from an outlet that pulls no punches. So take that for what it’s worth.

Nido abandoned selling out for power and instead opted for contact and trusting his natural strength. His isolated slugging is up to .150, which was .060 up from his previous four year average, and climbing. With his natural power, it may get better as he develops and possibly evolve into 15+ homers, which is superlative for a catcher.

Should Nido continue down this road and hit well in Binghamton, watch his stock rise as he works himself onto the Mets radar. The front office will have a big decision to make as they may have to protect Nido from this upcoming Rule 5 draft. I’m sure the team will also consider sending Nido to the Arizona Fall League, come October.

If Nido’s tools continue to improve and polish up, there may be a better heir to the Mets catching position than what Travis d’Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki are indicating right now.

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Mets Minors: Conforto Keeps Crushing the Ball http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-conforto-keeps-crushing-the-ball.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-conforto-keeps-crushing-the-ball.html/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2016 13:30:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220906 DSC_0527-e1471055778444-400x314

Las Vegas 51s (59-67) 8, Round Rock Express (62-64) 6 Box Score

Eric CampbellJohnny Monell and Matt Reynolds each had two hits on the night. Conforto is now 15 for 23 with two homers, six RBI and nine runs since being sent back down to Vegas.

Binghamton Mets 3 (58-65), New Hampshire Fisher Cats 2 (Toronto, 59-65) Box Score

I speculated yesterday Rosario was playing hurt, and someone at the game suggested he looked hurt. Looks like he hasn’t fully recovered from his injury yet. Evans has been on fire hitting .513 with eight RBI and ten runs scored over his last ten games.

Roseboom has been utterly dominant this year in Binghamton after having a rough start.

Fort Myers Miracle 1 (Minnesota, 62-61), St. Lucie Mets 0 (63-57) Box Score

The day after I say Kaczmarski is raking, he strikes out four times.

Barbosa is rehabbing and will likely join the B-Mets rotation soon. This was Bashlor’s debut in High-A.

Asheville Tourists 10 (Colorado, 61-60), Columbia Fireflies 3 (55-68) Box Score

Winningham hasn’t hit well, nor got on base at a solid clip but is second on the team in homers.

Great name. The Fireflies gave up two homers to Colorado’s top prospect Brendan Rodgers.

Brooklyn Cyclones 7 (31-27), Staten Island Yankees 5 (33-24) Box Score

One of our writers, Quinn Barry, assessed Woodmansee yesterday and came away unimpressed, citing a slow bat (evident with strikeouts). He also stated that Lindsay looked good in the field. Lindsay scored the tying run on a wild pitch, and Jabs knocked home the winning run. Jabs committed an error that led to two runs earlier in the game.

Dunn allowed a solo home run in the 2nd to Drew Bridges.

For the rest of last night’s recap head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Mets Minors: Conforto Collects Four Hits Against a Lefty http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-conforto-collects-four-hits-against-a-lefty.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-conforto-collects-four-hits-against-a-lefty.html/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2016 12:31:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220822 michael conforto

Round Rock Express (62-63) 10, Las Vegas 51s (58-67) 8 Box Score

All four hits came against a lefty last night for Conforto, just one night after going 3 for 4 with a homer against southpaws.

Gsellman had his streak of five straight quality starts snapped but did flash a 97 MPH fastball in his outing, including one to strikeout out the powerful Joey Gallo (who later tagged him for a two-run shot).

Binghamton Mets 9 (57-65), New Hampshire Fisher Cats 1 (Toronto, 59-64) Box Score

This was Johnson’s debut, and he’s older, but he can really hit. Speaking of hitting, Evans is locked in right now. Rosario is 1 for his last 21, which means either the league has adjusted, or his leg injury has lingered. Not sure which would surprise me more. Smith is hitting .393/.469/.554 in August, his second straight great month.

Knapp has been really good this year. He has an arm that is 87-93 with a few different breaking balls. According to reports, Baldonado hit 95 on the gun tonight.

St. Lucie Mets 6 (63-56), Fort Myers Miracle 3 (61-61) Box Score

Kaczmarski is tearing up the Florida State League. Nido has been excellent this year, and I have an article about how he’s still a prospect. Please please please check it out! Cabrera and Cespedes each played six innings in the field and are ready to rejoin the Mets.

This is Delgado’s comfort level of the minors. He didn’t do well in Double-A.

Asheville Tourists 7 (Colorado, 60-60), Columbia Fireflies 6 (55-67) Box Score

Garcia started his 7th career game at first base, which seems to be his likely home in the future.

Church hasn’t struggled with control much this year, walking 22 in 84.2 innings pitched. The bullpen gave up four runs in the bottom of the 9th including a walk-off wild pitch.

Staten Island Yankees 4 (33-23), Brooklyn Cyclones 3 (30-27) Box Score

Lindsay has a 16/15 BB/K in 21 games. Mets college draftees aside from Peter Alonso have been disappointing, but I don’t judge by the first year. Paez stole third.

According to one of our writers at the game, Gonzalez was throwing 93-95 with confidence in his curve, and aggressively goes after hitters.

For the rest of last night’s recap head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Mets Minors Recap: Rosario Paces B-Mets Offense in Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-recap-rosario-paces-b-mets-offense-in-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-recap-rosario-paces-b-mets-offense-in-victory.html/#comments Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:30:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220223 amed rosario

Albuquerque Isotopes (Rockies, 53-64) 8, Las Vegas 51s 7 (57-62) Box Score

The 51s scored four runs in the 7th and three more in the 8th but the comeback fell short as they went down 1-2-3 in the 9th inning.

It’s the first earned run that Smoker has allowed since July 8th.

Binghamton Mets 7 (54-61), Reading Fightin’ Phils 3 (77-39) Box Score

Fun fact about 2016 Rosario: High-A, 10 2B, 8 3B, 66 Games, Double-A, 10 2B, 4 3B, 31 games. Evans hit his 6th homer.

Montero was taken out after being hit with a come-backer in the third. He did bat in the bottom of the third but was taken out in the top of 4th, probably as a precaution. Paez allowed his first run in AA.

St. Lucie Mets 3 (61-50), Fort Myers Miracle 1 (Minnesota, 56-58) Box Score

Guillorme with a nice game. Thompson has nine extra base hits in 32 games at St. Lucie.

Reyes has allowed three runs and has struck out 19 in his last 18.1 innings pitched.

Second St. Lucie game was rained out.

Greenville Drive 7 (Boston, 60-55), Columbia Fireflies 3 (52-64) Box Score

Garcia isn’t getting on base much, but is hitting for power, with 12 extra base hits in 33 games.

Word from the stadium was that Church felt ill and was pulled for that reason. Blank is an undersized reliever who can throw up to 95.

Brooklyn Cyclones 5 (27-25), Vermont Lake Monsters 4 (Oakland, 19-33) Box Score

2016 10th rounder, Cone, has been underwhelming for Brooklyn this year. Lindsay has gone 6 for his last 14, including a home run and 3 walks. Brooklyn had a suicide-squeeze walk off to end the game.

Gonzalez was pulled after two innings, possibly for throwing a high amount of pitches in the second inning. Zanghi is a flamethrower that has been dominating the New York-Penn League.

For the rest of last night’s recap including Luis Carpio making his season debut head over to MetsMinors.net.

 

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Mets Minors Recap: T.J. Rivera Finally Gets Chance http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-recap-t-j-rivera-finally-gets-chance.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-recap-t-j-rivera-finally-gets-chance.html/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:30:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220165 t.j. rivera

Albuquerque Isotopes 7, Las Vegas 51s 0 Box Score

Rivera’s been called up!

  • Duane Below LHP 4.2 IP, 11 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K 5.04 ERA

Albuquerque Isotopes 4 (Colorado, 52-64), Las Vegas 51s 3 (57-61) Box Score

Taijeron has a team leading 17 home runs on the season and has 80 RBIs on the year.

This was Pill’s first Vegas start since July 29th of last year. He allowed two homers, and hit a double himself.

Reading Fightin’ Phils 8 (77-38), Binghamton Mets (53-61) 2 Box Score 

Rosario collects the golden sombrero for the first time this season, his first time striking out more than three times in a game since he struck out five times for Savannah on 5/29/2014. Evans has 21 doubles in 72 Double-A games.

I am totally baffled why Mateo was sent back down to Double-A after three scoreless innings in Triple-A. The B-Mets pitching staff faced probably the most powerful offensive team in the Minor Leagues.

St. Lucie Mets 1 (60-50), Fort Myers Miracle 0 (Minnesota, 56-57) Box Score

Nido has been excellent for St. Lucie, and is likely still there for the playoff stretch as their MVP. He has 21 doubles on the year.

Prevost nearly threw a minor league doubleheader complete game. He has allowed only two runs in 17.2 innings pitched since returning from the DL on July 26th.

St. Lucie should have played a second game of a doubleheader but it was rained out.

Greenville Drive 2 (Boston, 59-55), Columbia Fireflies 1 (52-63) Box Score

Zabala has slowed down a bit in terms of hitting, and strikes out a moderate amount. Winningham has sparks of brilliance at times, but has not hit for much power this year. 2017 may be a better year for Columbia in terms of prospects.

Almonte has been erratic for Columbia.

Brooklyn won 3-0, Jacob Resnick has the story.

For the rest of last night’s recap head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Mets Minors: Andrew Church Continues Great Season http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-church-continues-great-season.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-church-continues-great-season.html/#comments Fri, 05 Aug 2016 13:30:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219801 DSC_0341-1-400x267

Fresno Grizzlies (62-49) 6, Las Vegas 51 (55-57) 3 Box Score

The 51s took an early lead with three runs in the first inning but failed to score after that.

Las Vegas 51s (56-57) 9, Fresno Grizzlies (62-50) 4 Box Score

Travis Taijeron hit a grand slam for his 16th homer of the year but struck in his three other at bats to give him 134 in 368 at bats.

  • Seth Lugo RHP (started) 2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K (6.56)
  • Paul Sewald RHP Perfect inning, K (3.57)

Binghamton Mets 3 (51-59), Harrisburg Senators 2 (60-51) Box Score

Our love for Evans continues. I saw a very solid bat and a couple hard hit balls last Saturday.

Montero has been effectively wild in Double-A with a 14/25 BB/K ratio in 31.2 innings pitched. Roseboom has now stranded all 27 runners he’s inherited this year and is a perfect 9 for 9 since being named the teams closer.

Jupiter Hammerheads 3 (Miami, 54-54), St. Lucie 1 (56-50) Box Score

Mora has hit 19 extra base hits for St. Lucie this year. Thompson has stolen six bases this year.

Reyes, despite this nice start, should likely see some bullpen time soon with his live arm that touches 97.

Rome Braves 4, Columbia Fireflies 3 Box Score

Ramos committed his 17th and 18th errors during the game.

The 23-year old Almonte hasn’t missed many bats in full-season ball.

Columbia Fireflies 2 (50-60), Rome Braves 1 (48-61) Box Score

I can’t help but continue to list Zabala as my fascination grows for the talented CF.

Is there any reason Church shouldn’t be in St. Lucie?

Brooklyn Cyclones 6 (24-22), Hudson Valley Renegades 1 (Tampa Bay, 25-20) Box Score

Alonso continues to hammer the New York-Penn League. The Cyclones are 11-0 when Alonso has an RBI. Lindsay scored from second base on a wild pitch. Jacob Zanon has stolen a NYPL leading 20th base.

Gonzalez has been very effective on the NYPL utilizing that 93-96 fastball.

For the rest of last night’s recap including the return of Blake Taylor head over to MetsMinors.net. We also continued our countdown of the Mets Top 50 Midseason Prospects.

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Mets Minors: Smith With Three Hits, Alonso’s Blast Lifts Cyclones http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-smith-with-three-hits-alonsos-blast-lifts-cyclones.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-smith-with-three-hits-alonsos-blast-lifts-cyclones.html/#comments Thu, 04 Aug 2016 13:30:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=219731 peter alonso

Fresno Grizzlies 5 (Houston, 61-49), Las Vegas (55-56) 3 F/11 Box Score

Eric Campbell hit his fourth 51s home run of the year but also committed three errors at first base.

Harrisburg Senators 6 (Washington, 60-50), Binghamton 1 (50-59) Box Score

Smith hit his 20th double of the year and sixth three-hit game. Amed Rosario is now eligible to come off the disabled list.

Paez has struck out four in two scoreless innings since making his B-Mets debut on Tuesday.

Jupiter Hammerheads 2 (Marlins,53-54), St. Lucie Mets (56-49) Box Score

Taylor has been an effective force in the St. Lucie Lineup.

Prevost has only allowed two runs in his last 11 innings since returning from the disabled list on July 26th.

Augusta Greenjackets 2 (60-49), Columbia Fireflies 0 (49-59) Box Score

Zabala has hit .381 in his last 10 games.

Canelon has been solid in A-ball, with a low amount of walks and a moderate amount of strikeouts, and allowing 117 hits in 119 innings pitched.

Brooklyn Cyclones 3 (23-22), Hudson Valley Renegades 0 (Tampa Bay, 25-19) Box Score

Zanon’s 19 stolen bases lead the New York-Penn League. Blake Tiberi recorded the golden sombrero.

Despite not having a strikeout an inning tonight, Gonzalez leads the league in strikeouts with 67.

For the rest of last night’s recap head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Mets Minors Recap: Dominic Smith Blasts 12th Home Run http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-recap-dominic-smith-blasts-12th-home-run.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-recap-dominic-smith-blasts-12th-home-run.html/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:00:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=218231 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 MetsMinors.net.

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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 MetsMinors.net.

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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 MetsMinors.net.

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Mets Sign 31st Overall Pick LHP Anthony Kay http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-sign-31st-overall-pick-lhp-anthony-kay.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-sign-31st-overall-pick-lhp-anthony-kay.html/#comments Wed, 13 Jul 2016 18:47:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217547 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.

UPDATED: 5:17 PM

 

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 MetsMinors.net. 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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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 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-conforto-homers-rosario-stays-hot.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-conforto-homers-rosario-stays-hot.html/#comments Fri, 08 Jul 2016 12:30:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217099 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.

For the DSL recaps head over to MetsMinors.net

 

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Mets Minors Recap: Herrera Homers In Return http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-recap-herrera-homers-in-return.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-recap-herrera-homers-in-return.html/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2016 12:30:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216980 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 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-recap-75-plawecki-homers-in-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-recap-75-plawecki-homers-in-win.html/#comments Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:15:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216874 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 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/first-rounder-justin-dunn-tosses-two-scoreless-innings-in-pro-debut.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/first-rounder-justin-dunn-tosses-two-scoreless-innings-in-pro-debut.html/#comments Tue, 05 Jul 2016 19:26:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=216832 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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