Mets Merized Online » Minor League Stuff Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:20:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Eric Campbell Making A Case For Mets Bench Spot Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:20:16 +0000 MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at Miami Marlins

The recent performance of 27-year old Eric Campbell (AKA “Soup”) in Las Vegas may be proving costly in Josh Satin’s future as bench player/platoon first basemen for the Mets. In limited at bats this year for the Mets, (14), Satin has batted .143 with six strikeouts to go along with a .294 OBP. His strikeout percent is up from 25% to 35% this year. Again, Satin has not been given much time on the field and his time will increase in the future now that Ike Davis out of the picture.

However, Mets prospect Eric Campbell has been tearing it up in Las Vegas so far this season. Through 19 games, Campbell has produced a .346/.430/.556 clip, including three home runs and 18 RBI’s. Campbell has also walked more times than he has struck out (11 BB,9K), a very healthy line thus far.

When comparing Satin and Campbell’s minor league stats in Las Vegas, they have both produced similar numbers. The clear advantage that Campbell has as a bench player is his ability to play multiple positions. Campbell has played every infield position this year in Las Vegas, including one games at shortstop, a position he hasn’t played since his early minor league years.

Additionally, Campbell has also played both corner outfield positions during his 2014 campaign. Campbell has yet to commit a fielding error this season, and has a career .981 fielding percentage in his seven-year minor league career. Campbell has proven to not be a liability at the multitude of positions he is capable of playing. While many players see their offensive production decline when they are learning and experimenting at different positions, Campbell has been able to keep a solid batting average and on-base percentage while playing his role as a gap-to-gap hitter in the middle of the 51’s lineup.

It would be interesting to see the set up of the Mets bench with Campbell on the team instead of Satin. Satin only plays first and third base for the Mets, while Campbell could be a viable backup at first base, second base, third base, and the corner outfield positions. I am not sold on him being able to act as a backup shortstop in the majors, but he can sure play there in a pinch.

With Campbell on the team, the Mets can send down an outfielder to make room for a higher upside bat, maybe a Wilmer Flores or a Kirk Nieuwenhuis (assuming he is sent down once Lagares returns). It is an interesting thing to consider reforming the Mets bench and giving them flexibility in late game situations.

I see Satin’s days on the big league squad dwindling if Campbell can continue his AAA production and provide an upside opportunity for the Mets bench.

Photo Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

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Mets Farm Report: Campbell Soups One Out, Nimmo Two More Knocks Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:09:25 +0000 eric campbell mmo

Las Vegas 5, El Paso 4 

Logan Verrett took the ball for the 51s and delivered a so-so start giving up four earned runs on eight hits in four innings pitched. He walked none and struck out five. Vic Black threw a rare clean inning, striking out two in the process and keeping his ERA spotless. Jeff Walter recorded his fifth save of the season but it was Miguel Socolovich who recorded the win with a great three inning outing, only giving up one hit and striking out four. Eric Campbell had a great night going 2 for 4 while slugging a double and home run and driving in two runs. Cesar Puello was assigned the leadoff spot for the night and delivered going two for four with a triple and a run.

Portland 7, Binghamton 4

Tyler Pill got beat up in this one as he allowed five earned runs on seven hits in 5.1 innings pitched and suffered his third loss of the season. T.J. Chism did not fair much better, giving up two earned runs in 1.2 innings of relief. On the bright side, Jack Leathersich threw a clean inning. Jayce Boyd had a two RBI night going 1 for 2 with two walks. Red Sox top prospect Henry Owens held off the B-Mets for most of his outing but eventually cracked in the 6th, giving up all three runs in that frame.

St. Lucie 5, Palm Beach 4

Luis Cessa tossed six innings, giving up four earned runs on six hits. His control was a little shaky as he surrendered three walks, while striking out two. Brandon Nimmo simply refuses to cool down, collecting another two hits and a walk, while driving in two runs. TJ Rivera continued his torrid start to the season as well collecting three hits in four at bats and contributing an RBI. Aderlin Rodriguez had the other two RBI’s with a double in three at-bats.

Savannah 10, Delmarva 5

Chris Flexen did not have the best outing as he gave up nine hits and three walks in just five innings pitched. However, he kept the runs to a minimum, only allowing three. Jared King stole the show in this one, collecting two hits and a walk in five at-bats. He clubbed a home run in the third and added a triple as well. Gavin Cecchini continued to struggle with the stick as he only collected a single and walk in five at-bats, while striking out twice. Dominic Smith, however, seemed to break out of his funk with two singles and two walks on the night. LJ Mazzilli drove in two with a 2 for 6 night as well. It was a good night all around for the Sand Gnats offense.

Player of the Night:

Eric Campbell: Campbell collected two steaks and hit his third home run of the season, while also adding a double.

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Andrew Brown Optioned To Make Room For Bobby Abreu Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:49:36 +0000 Bobby-Abreu

The Mets have added Bobby Abreu to the 25 man roster and he will be available for tonight’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Andrew Brown was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for him. Brown batted .185 with one home run and five RBI in 30 plate appearances this season.

The 40-year-old Abreu hasn’t played in the big leagues since 2012, when he played eight games for the Los Angeles Angels and then 92 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Abreu signed a minor-league contract with the Mets, and batted .395 in 15 games for Triple-A Las Vegas with four doubles and six RBI.

The Mets needed to make a decision on Abreu, who could have asked out of his contract if he wasn’t promoted by the end of this month.

It’s still unclear if this decision is just to add a bat to the bench, or a bigger role.

April 12

Mike Puma of the NY Post has learned that Bobby Abreu has an April 30 opt out clause on the deal he signed with the Mets.

“Don’t be surprised if he’s with the Mets by end of month,” Puma says.

April 11

When the Mets signed Bobby Abreu on March 31, I have to admit, I really didn’t understand that move, especially when the Mets have a crop of younger ball players ready to take their turn and become stars on the big club.  The move to bring in a 40 year old ball player past his prime didn’t really sit well with me.  My thinking was maybe they feel he still has something left in the tank, but in reality it could delay a top prospect for a what-if.

But I have to admit, at least for now that I will have to eat my words, because not only has Abreu been hitting, but he has actually solidified himself in the lineup and has started to be a guy to count on to produce.

On the season so far he is 10 for 19, batting .526/.591/684, with three doubles, has only struck out twice and has hit safely in seven of the eight games he has played with the 51′s.  He also has three multi hit games in that stretch.

Wally Backman has seen his share of great hitters and he tells the Las Vegas Journal-Review that Abreu still has it, “He turned on a 98 mph fastball with the bases loaded, so I’d say he can still hit.”

I can’t say that Abreu is the answer to the Mets offensive woes, but if he continues to hit and produce, the Mets may need to make some decisions and possibly see if he is actually someone who can bring something to the table for the team – assuming he continues to smash Triple A pitching. It could make for a good story line.

(Photo Credit: Josh Holmberg/Las Vegas Review Journal)


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Mets Farm Report: Abreu Homers In Final Triple-A Tuneup Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:05:28 +0000 Bobby-Abreu

Las Vegas 11, El Paso 4 

Jacob deGrom took the mound for the 51′s on Sunday and came away with the win. The 6’4 right-hander went just five innings, allowed three runs, walked a pair and struck out six. The 26-year old righty, now has a 1.57 ERA with a 0.957 WHIP in four starts with 21 strikeouts in 23.0 innings pitched.

The Las Vegas offense exploded in the fifth inning for six runs, highlighted by homers off the bats of Daniel Muno and soon-to-be Met Bobby Abreu. Muno finished the game going 4-for-4 at the dish with four RBI.

Abreu ends his time with Las Vegas batting .395 in 15 games with a .500 on-base, one home run, four doubles and six RBI in 45 plate appearances.

Former Met Jeff Francoeur pitched a scoreless inning of relief after El Paso had exhausted all their available arms in their bullpen.

Allan Dykstra would add a longball in the 6th inning as the 51′s would cruise to an easy victory.

Player Of The Night

Second baseman Danny Muno earned player of the night honors by going 4-for-4 with a homer and four RBI for the first place 51′s.

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Mets Minors: Syndergaard Has Shortest Outing of the Season Sun, 20 Apr 2014 11:53:23 +0000 Noah_Syndergaard1

2014 Triple-A:  4 GS, 20 IP, 4.95 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 6.8 K/9

As time has gone by, all of us have been guilty of putting too much pressure on a prospect to succeed.  There have been high hopes surrounding Noah Syndergaard ever since the Mets acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays, and we are all excited to see what he can bring to Queens when the time comes.  Well it may not be as soon as we hoped as Syndergaard could benefit from more time in Triple-A.

Saturday night against the El Paso Chihuahuas, Syndergaard or “Thor” as he is more affectionately known around Mets world lasted just four innings in his shortest outing of the season.  The Chihuahuas would nip at Syndergaard and tag him for six runs (four earned) on six hits while walking three.  The three walks allowed was the most so far this season, while his three strikeouts were the second fewest.

The game started out poorly as Syndergaard walked Rico Noel right out of the gate.  Noel would swipe his third base of the season putting him immediately in scoring position.  It would take long for the Chihuahuas to get on the board.  Reymond Fuentes would single home Noel before stealing a base of his own and scoring on a fielding error by Daniel Muno.  El Paso would get one more run in the first inning when Syndergaard would throw a wild pitch allowing Cameron Maybin to score.

Noah would settle down in the second inning as he just faced four batters.  It appeared as if the bleeding was going to stop.  Cody Decker thought differently in the third inning as he would send a Syndergaard pitch over the left field fence for a three-run home run.  Syndergaard would come back out for the fourth inning and would make quick work of the Chihuahuas setting them down in order.

After battling through 86 pitches, Syndergaard’s final line of the night was: 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.  This is one of those starts to forget and go out and get them next time which could potentially be on Thursday against Tacoma.

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Mets Farm Report: Montero and Fulmer Falter, Nimmo and Rivera Rake Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:42:35 +0000 Montero_Rafael


Rafael Montero had his shortest outing of the season, and the Las Vegas bullpen falters in extra innings as the Reno Aces take down the 51′s 10-7 in eleven innings in the final game of the four-game series.  Montero lasted just four innings giving up four runs on six hits while walking three.  He did add six punchouts en route to the no-decision.  The 51′s pitching staff was having a hard time keeping the Aces off the bases allowing 17 hits and walking 10.  Jeff Walters would come in to pitch the eleventh inning without recording an out.  After allowing singles to the first two batters he faced, Walters served up a walk-off three-run home run to Didi Gregorius over the right field fence ending the 51′s six-game win streak.  Las Vegas did have some offense to speak of with three players having multi-hit games including Anthony Seratelli who went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season.  Las Vegas starts a four-game series with the El Paso Chihuahuas on Saturday.


After fighting back from a 3-run deficit, the Binghamton Mets dropped the second game of the series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.  The B-Mets were trailing 3-0 until a sloppy inning by New Hampshire got them back into the game.  They would eventually lose after a poor outing by relief pitcher Jon Velasquez.  Velasquez allowed three runs on three hits and also walked a batter in his one inning of work when he came in in the ninth inning.  Darin Gorski was moderately effective going six innings but was subject to the long ball by New Hampshire as they got him for three home runs.  Cody Satterwhite came in and threw two solid innings in relief before the wheels came off in the ninth.  Kevin Plawecki had a decent night at the plate going 2-for-4, but it was Matt Clark and Wilfredo Tovar who would get the B-Mets on the board.  Tomorrow is another day and both teams will be back at it Saturday at NYSEG Stadium. (box score)


If you were hoping for a classic battle between pitchers, Hammond Stadium was not the place.  The St. Lucie Mets and Fort Myers slugged it out scoring a combined 24 runs on 31 hits.  When the dust settled and home plate got a rest from being stepped on so much, the Mets came out on top.  Falling behind 4-0 early, the Mets would send 12 batters to the plate in the second inning scoring seven runs to take the lead 7-4.  Fort Myers would come back within one until two consecutive 3-run innings by the Mets would seal the deal.  Michael Fulmer who was coming off a solid outing six days ago, lasted just two innings giving up eight runs on nine hits.  The Mets were going to need some innings eaten up since Fulmer didn’t last long, and they got them from Seth Lugo.  Lugo gave St. Lucie five solid picking up his first win of the season.  Seven Mets hitters would have multi-hit games including a 4-for-6, 3 RBI night from T.J. Rivera.Center fielder Brandon Nimmo had another huge night going 4-for-5 with a walk, triple, two RBI, and three runs scored. Saturday will wrap up the three-game series between these two teams.


The game between the Sand Gnats and the Drive has been postponed due to rain.  As of right now there is no reported makeup date.


Having a game that was a slugfest like the St.Lucie/Fort Myers game it is a bit easier choosing a player of the night. We’ll go with T.J. Rivera and his 4-for-6, 3 RBI game.

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Mets Want More “Attitude” From Syndergaard Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:31:23 +0000 Noah_Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard has a major league fastball and curveball, but the Mets would like to see a little more “attitude” from their top pitching prospect according to what team sources told the New York Post.

According to club sources, the stud right-hander disappointed organizational officials with his approach in his first two starts for Triple-A Las Vegas, but looked better on Monday after he was challenged by manager Wally Backman to bring more of a presence to the mound.

“Backman told him to be more aggressive and asked him who he wants to become,” said a person with knowledge of the conversation. “Does he want to become a middle-of-the-road starter or top-of-the-line starter? Syndergaard said he wanted to be a No. 1. He went out with a little more of an attitude on Monday.”

Syndergaard pitched five innings in his last start, allowing two runs on five hits. Overall he is 2-1 with a 3.94 ERA in three starts for Las Vegas.

The Mets are following the road map they used with Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler before him which means Syndergaard will stay at Triple-A until at least late June to help keep the clock from starting on his Super-2 arbitration status.

Rafael Montero has been light’s out in Vegas, and will most likely get the call to the majors first. Many in the organization feel he is currently major league ready, and some felt that way at the end of last season.

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Mets Farm Report: Bowman Strikes Out 11, Dykstra Homers In Vegas Rout Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:21:33 +0000 matt-bowman


Veteran southpaw Dana Eveland took the ball for the 51′s on Thursday night as they topped the Aces. The 30-year old lasted just five innings, but held his opponents scoreless while striking out six and walking a couple. Las Vegas took the lead in the fourth inning thanks to a two-run double off the bat of Wilmer Flores, followed immediately by a two-run shot by Allan Dykstra that cleared the center field wall. The 51′s would tack on another run in the inning on a Juan Centeno single. Flores would add an RBI triple in the seventh frame. Matt den Dekker and Eric Campbell combined for five hits. Dykstra is now batting .429 for the season.


Matthew Bowman was absolutely brilliant on Thursday, pitching seven scoreless innings and only surrendering four hits. He also struck out 11 Fisher Cats and walked only one on his way to a victory. Through two starts, the 22-year old righty is now 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA. Offensively,Darrell Ceciliani led the charge, going 3 for 5 from the leadoff spot with a double and two runs scored. Matt Reynolds also pitched in with three hits of his own, while Matt Clark drove in two.


Not to be outdone by Bowman, lefty Steve Matz also went seven innings for the win for St. Lucie. The New York native struck out six batters and walked one, while scattering just two hits. The offense finally broke through in support of Matz in the 6th inning, when catcher Cam Maron hit a two-run single that scored Brandon Nimmo and Brandon AllenT.J. Rivera notched two hits on the night, including a double. No other Met had more than one hit, while Nimmo was held hitless.


Robert Gsellman pitched fairly well, but it wasn’t enough as the Sand Gnats were shut out by the Drive. Gsellman pitched five innings, limiting the damage to just one run despite walking three batters. He also struck out five in the losing effort. The SAL Pitcher of the Week Akeel Morris came on in relief of Gsellman, tossing two scoreless frames while striking out a pair, but walking three. The Savannah offense was nowhere to be found, mustering just five hits in total– and not a single extra base hit. Two of those hits came off the bat of third basemen Jeff McNeil, while Jared King and Stephan Sabol each contributed a hit. Dominic Smith‘s struggles continued as he went 0 for 3 and struck out twice. His batting average has now dropped to .154 on the season. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini, who has been hot of lately, also failed to reach base in four attempts.


For what may have been the most dominant pitching performance by a Mets prospect this season, former 13th round pick Matthew Bowman has earned player of the night honors. Bowman has been brilliant thus far in 2014, pitching to a sub-1.00 ERA and sporting a 15 to 2 strikeout to walk ratio.

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MMO Prospect Pulse: Steven Matz Takes a No-Hitter into the Sixth Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:03:43 +0000 steve matz

Lefthander Steven Matz turned in another stellar performance on Thursday as St. Lucie beat Fort Myers by the score of 6-1.

Matz carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning that ended with a two-out bunt single. He ended the night with seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out six.

“My command was there. I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes,” Matz said after the game. “My fastball and changeup and the contrast between the two was really working for me, and I was able to keep them down and in the zone.”

Ranked as the 10th best Mets prospect by MMO, when he wasn’t striking hitters out, Matz was inducing groundball outs including seven consecutive grounders from the first inning through the third.

“I was pretty annoyed” Matz admitted when he was asked about losing his no-hit bid on a bunt. “It was only a 2-0 game then, so you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Looking on the bright side, I was getting a little tired and it gave me a little adrenaline kick.”

The 22-year old Long Island native finished strong, pitching a perfect seventh and striking out the last batter he faced. “It was a good feeling to get that last punchout to finish the outing,” Matz said.

The hard-throwing lefty has been coming on strong since losing two seasons to Tommy John surgery after being selected in the second round of the 2009 draft. He went 5-6 with a 2.62 ERA in 21 starts last summer.

It’s exciting to see how Matz has evolved after the many setbacks he has endured. His velocity is actually higher now than it was prior to the elbow surgery and the ball just explodes out of his hand.

Surprisingly, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen compared Matz to Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw last week, in an interview with MetsBlog contributor Robert Brender. “There is no doubt in my mind,” Warthen said. “I hate to make those comparisons, but I just did.”

Maybe I’m wrong, but it’s one thing when analysts and writers make over-the-top comparisons like that, but that this came from our own pitching coach bothered me. At 22, Kershaw was on his way to the first of two Cy Young awards and three straight ERA titles, not pitching in the Florida State League.

I’ve always believed that these far-fetched comparisons are very unfair and puts undeserved pressure on prospects who rarely – if ever – live up to that kind of hype. If anything, shouldn’t Warthen be the one charged with protecting Matz from expectations like that?

Anyway, the great news is that we have ourselves a tremendous pitching prospect who could develop into something very special for us in the very near future.

I would expect Matz to make his way to Double-A Binghamton within the next 3-4 weeks. We should all look forward to his continued development and even more dazzling performances along the way, like the one on Thursday night.

For more on Matz, MMO minor league analyst David Conde was at the game and has a complete write-up on

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Mets Farm Report: Walters Earns 4th Save, Whalen Delivers Strong Performance Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:36:22 +0000 Jeff_Walters


The 51’s tagged young phenom Archie Bradley for four earned runs on seven hits and handed him his second loss of the season. Allan Dykstra had a nice night, going 2 for 3 with three RBI’s. Wilmer Flores went 1 for 4, striking out twice but scoring two runs. Zach Lutz scored a run and had two hits in four at-bats, including a triple. Cesar Puello also had a hit and an RBI in four at-bats. Logan Verrett turned in a gutsy performance to earn the win, allowing ten base runners in five innings. In tossing five innings, he allowed two earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out five. Jeff Walters sealed the deal with a perfect ninth to notch his fourth save of the season.

BINGHAMTON, PORTLAND – Postponed (Wet Grounds)

The match-up between the Binghamton Mets and Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday night was postponed due to wet grounds. Matthew Bowman is scheduled to start today at home against New Hampshire.


Gabriel Ynoa was roughed up by Jupiter in this one. He allowed six earned runs on eight hits in 2.2 innings while walking three and striking out one. Ynoa looked solid in his first two starts of the season but after this one, his ERA ballooned to 5.79 on the season. Aderlin Rodriguezhad a 2 for 5 night including a triple. He scored a run and drove in two. Dilson Herrera scored two runs and had three hits in five at-bats batting in the lead-off spot. His average is now up to .364 on the season. Who else but Brandon Nimmo had another two hits, adding a walk, a run and an RBI. That’s Nimmo’s sixth multi-hit game in his last seven contests now. His batting average now sits at a gaudy .400. Cam Maron and T.J. Rivera also picked up an RBI apiece.Steven Matz will look to earn his first win of the season as he takes the hill in Fort Myers tonight.


Savannah was in cruise control in this one as Robert Whalen spun five beautiful innings only allowing two hits and one unearned run, while striking out six. He improved to 2-0 as his ERA is now 1.00 for the season. Gavin Cecchini is starting to sizzle as he scored two runs and picked up another two hits Wednesday night out of the lead-off spot. Cecchini has now hit safely in six of his last seven games, raising his average to .265. He has even started showing some pop, hitting two doubles in four games. Jeff McNeil, Stefan Sabol and Jared King all picked up RBI’s last night. Dominic Smith went 0 for 4 with a strikeout as his average fell to .163. Robert Gsellman will get the ball tonight.


Robert Whalen of the Savannah Sand Gnats turned in a fantastic performance on Wednesday night, going five innings, only allowing two hits. He struck out six and earned his second win of the season on top of that.

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(Photo Credit: Steve Bisson/Savannah Morning News )

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Mets Farm Report: DeGrom Spectacular Again, Herrera and Cecchini Go Deep Wed, 16 Apr 2014 14:48:09 +0000 jake degrom


Jacob deGrom pitched spectacularly, keeping the Aces hitless through the first four innings. He pitched seven innings, giving up three hits, no runs and striking out four. DeGrom is having an incredible season and currently sports a 0.50 ERA with a 0.778 in 18.0 innings with 4 walks and 15 strikeouts. According to Adam Rubin, scouts who have seen him have been raving about him. Wilmer Flores hit well, going  2-4 with a double, home run and three RBIs. Reno battled back scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth off  Ryan Reid and Josh Edgin, but the 51s managed to stop the bleeding just in time.


The Binghamton-Portland matchup for Tuesday was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, May 21.


The St. Lucie Mets came out swinging after Matt Koch gave up two runs in the first inning, tagging on two of their own in the second inning off a Phillip Evans double. They added two more runs in the third when Dilson Herrera and T.J. Rivera each homered. Jupiter notched two more of their own in the sixth, one off Koch and the other off relief pitcher Beck Wheeler, before scoring their final run in the ninth. Rivera had a fantastic day, finishing 3-for-5, with a double, home run and two RBIs, in addition Eudy Pina, finished 3-for-4, with a triple and two RBIs.


The Sand Gnats took a win in the continuation of last night’s postponed match-up. It was a close one going into Tuesday afternoon, with each team remaining scoreless through the first four innings. Augusta added a run in the bottom of the fifth off a single by Randy Ortiz, but the Gnats battled back with a two-run sixth inning that was spurred by a Gavin Cecchini home run and a L.J. Mazzilli double. Dario Alvarez pitched great, giving up just two hits while striking out six in 4.2 innings pitched.


In the nightcap, the Gnats lost a tight one on an eighth inning single by Ryder JonesRicky Knapp pitched well, throwing 7.1 innings, giving up five hits and two runs while striking out eight. It was a tough day offensively for Savannah; the bats just didn’t seem to connect except for Jeff McNeil‘s, who brought in the team’s lone run off a fourth inning single and he also added a sixth inning double. Since it was the second game of the night, this  was considered regulation after only 7 innings of play.


Jacob deGrom pitched superbly in Reno Tuesday night, tossing seven full innings and giving up only three hits, allowing a walk, while striking out four. He kept Reno hitless through the first four innings and looked spectacular all night.

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Mets Farm Report: Syndergaard Solid Again, Nimmo Stays Red Hot Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:24:57 +0000 Rob Foldy Getty Images noah syndergaard

Las Vegas 5, Fresno 2

Noah Syndergaard picked up the win in this one to improve to 2-1 on the season. Thor allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks, while punching out five batters. Syndergaard pitched much better than the numbers would indicate and his only real blemish was a first inning home run by Fresno slugger Adam Duvall. The young righthander was clocked in the 96-98 mph range all night and hit 100 in his fifth and final inning. Joel Carreno, Josh Edgin and Jeff Walters combined to throw four innings of scoreless relief. Edgin and Walters had been struggling up to this point so this was encouraging to see. On the offensive side, Allan Dykstra picked up two RBI’s on a base hit. He also added two walks to his line. Wilmer Flores, Zach Lutz, and Matt den Dekker each contributed an RBI as well. Chris Young followed up his 5-for-5 night on Sunday by going 2-for-3 with 2 singles, 2 walks, 2 runs scored, and a stolen base. Jacob DeGrom will look to record his first win of the season tonight at 6:35 pm in Reno despite some very encouraging performances.

Portland 9, Binghamton 4 

Greg Peavey took the loss in this one going up against Red Sox top prospect Henry Owens.  Peavey gave up five earned runs in five innings. He only allowed two hits but his control proved to be his ultimate demise as he gave up four free passes. It is worth noting he recorded seven strikeouts, however. Matt Clark continued his strong start to the season going 3 for 4 with two RBI’s and drilling his fourth home run of the season. Brian Burgamy also had two RBI’s on the night and hit his fourth home run of the season as well. Dustin Lawley and Corey Vaughn each went 0 for 4 to continue their struggles this season. Matthew Bowman will start on Tuesday for the B-Mets at Portland.

Jupiter 12, St. Lucie 3

The St. Lucie Mets went into this one trying to win their seventh contest in a row but ran into trouble early as Luis Cessa got off to a rocky start. He gave up two earned runs in the first inning but through four scoreless after that one. He walked two and struck out two to receive a no-decision. Aderlin Rodriguez and Maikis De La Cruz each went 2 for 4 with an RBI. De La Cruz hit his first home run of the season hitting in the 9th spot as well. Brandon Nimmo remained scorching hot as he had another multi-hit game, going 2 for 5 in this tilt. His average is up to .384 on the season and he has recorded multi-hit performances in four out of his last five games. Matthew Koch will get the ball on Tuesday at 6:35 pm.

Savannah 0, Augusta 0

Tonight’s matchup between Savannah and Augusta was rescheduled to Tuesday night due to rain. This was an unfortunate circumstance as the Gnats’ Kevin McGowan and GreenJackets’ Christian Jones were locked in a pitcher’s duel going into the fifth inning. These two teams will resume tomorrow at 5:30 pm.

Player of the Night

Matt Clark raised his batting average to .394 on the season with a 3 for 4 performance. He drove in two runs and clubbed a single, double and a home run on the night; his fourth of the season.

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Backed By Two Chris Young Homers, Montero Stellar Again Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:49:50 +0000 Montero_Rafael

Rafael Montero rebounded from a not so typical start last week, and delivered a dazzling 6.1 inning performance on Sunday afternoon as the Las Vegas 51s beat the Fresno Grizzlies 10-4 at Chukchansi Park.

Staked to a 1-0 lead courtesy of a first inning home run off the bat of rehabbing outfielder Chris Young, the 23-year old righthander went straight to business and fired off five straight innings of no-hit ball until he was finally greeted by a leadoff double to begin the sixth.

Montero would eventually get tagged for a home run in the seventh before giving way to the bullpen. The Mets’ control-artist finished with a solid performance, allowing two runs on two hits and two walks while striking out four. Of his 87 pitches, 57 of them went for strikes.

One other notable highlight from this game was the performance of Chris Young who went 5-for-5 with two home runs, a double and five RBIs.

It’s going to be interesting to see what happens when Young is activated from the disabled list on Friday when the Mets return to Citi Field to begin a ten-game homestand against the Atlanta Braves.

What are the odds Terry Collins makes the right decision? What is the right decision?

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Mets Farm Report: Dice-K Throws Seven Scoreless, Nimmo Stays Hot Sun, 13 Apr 2014 13:48:59 +0000 Brad Barr USA TODAY Sports dice-k matsuzaka

Las Vegas 1, Fresno 0

Kirk Nieuwenhuis home run to lead off the 10th inning was the only offense needed as the Las Vegas 51′s defeated the Fresno Grizzlies 1-0.  Daisuke Matsuzaka went seven impressive innings not giving up a run and striking out eight en route to a no decision.  The 51′s bullpen finished what Matsuzaka started and continued to stifle the Grizzlies the rest of the way securing the win.  Josh Edgin picked up his third win of the season and Vic Black recorded his first save for Las Vegas.  The 51′s are in first place by a game and a half, and will look to continue their winning ways on Sunday.  Rafael Montero will make his third start of the season and will look to rebound from his last start.

New Hampshire 9, Binghamton 4

The Fisher Cats got to Binghamton starter Tyler Pill (0-2, 10.38) early and never looked back getting their first win of this four-game set.  Pill was taken out after giving up seven runs on 10 hits in just 4.2 innings.  The Mets never really stood a chance on Saturday night as they struggled to figure out New Hampshire’s pitching.  With his third home run of the season in the top of the seventh inning, B-Mets first baseman Matt Clark extended his hit streak to five games.  It was also the second game in a row that Clark went yard for Binghamton.  His average now sits a a balmy .345.  Kevin Plawecki and Kyle Johnson drove in the other two runs for the Mets.  Hansel Robles (0-0, 0.00) will get his second start of the season in the final game of this series.

St. Lucie 5, Fort Myers 4

Cam Maron’s walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning gave the St. Lucie Mets their 4th win in a row, bringing their record to 5-4 in the Florida State League.  Michael Fulmer was solid in his start tonight allowing one run in seven innings of work.  After a bad outing his first time on the mound this season, Fulmer was in line for his first win until Mets bullpen let him down.  Beck Wheeler recorded his first blown save of the season after allowing three runs on two hits in his one inning of work.  Paul Sewald would come in and shut down the Miracle in two innings of relief, despite walking three batters.   Brandon Nimmo would score the game-winning run and would record his third multi-hit game in a row.  Nimmo has now brought his average to .406 in 9 games.  Domingo Tapia (0-1, 1.80) will start on Sunday for St. Lucie.

Savannah 4, Rome 3

The Savannah Sand Gnat are now tied for first place in the South Atlantic League’s Southern Division thanks to an eighth inning home run by catcher Colton Plaia.  It was Plaia’s first professional home run and only his fourth hit this season.  John Gant (2-0, 2.77) threw seven effective innings picking up his second win of the season while Tim Peterson would record his first save of the season after two superb innings out of the bullpen.  Victor Cruzado went 3-for-5 scoring two of the Sand Gnats four runs.  Savannah is looking for their fourth win in a row on Sunday with Chris Flexen (0-1, 9.64) on the bump.

Player of the Night

The Mets were just one game away from a organizational sweep for the second night in a row.  Decent pitching performances and timely hits were key to the success on Saturday.  Brandon Nimmo is the player of the night with his 3-for-5 performance and his game-winning run for the St. Lucie Mets.  Daisuke Matsuzaka and Kirk Nieuwenhuis with honorable mentions.

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Mets Farm Report: Nimmo Lifts Average To .370, Lara Sparkles Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:13:57 +0000 brandon-nimmo

Fresno 5, Las Vegas 1

The Las Vegas 51′s couldn’t complete the minor league sweep Friday night, and also denied starting pitcher Logan Verrett his first Triple-A win, as the Fresno Grizzlies defeat the 51′s 5-1.  Verrett (0-1, 3.97) lasted just 5.1 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits in the loss.  Las Vegas only mustered four hits against Fresno’s Jason Berken and the Grizzlies bullpen shutdown the 51′s offense allowing just one base runner in three innings of work.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis drove in the lone run and has a hit in 6-of-7 games so far this season.  Las Vegas will look to rebound tonight against Fresno with veteran starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka (0-0, 5.40) on the hill. (box score)

Binghamton 7, New Hampshire 0

Brian Burgamy‘s solo home run in the fourth inning was all the Binghamton Mets needed, as they improve to 6-2 and move into first place by a half game in the Eastern Division, over the Reading Fightin Phils who were rained out Friday night.  Burgamy would add a second home run in the 8th inning with the game pretty much already out of hand thanks to a 4-run seventh.  Rainy Lara (2-0, 2.19) made his second start for the Mets and was superb.  Three hits was the only blemish on Lara’s line as he went seven scoreless while striking out three.  It should also be noted that the Mets’ pitchers faced one over the minimum last night.  Tyler Pill (0-1, 6.75) is the scheduled starter today for Binghamton as these two teams face-off again. (box score)

St. Lucie 6, Fort Myers 3

Thanks to a tie-breaking three-run eighth inning, the St. Lucie Mets downed the For Myers Miracle 6-3 at Tradition Field.  Steven Matz (0-1, 3.27) started the game for the Mets and got a no-decision in his second start of the season.  Matz went six innings giving up three runs (two earned) on five hits but added six strikeouts.  Bret Mitchell came in and picked up the win in relief throwing two more scoreless innings, bringing his season total to 5.2 in three appearances.  Randy Fontanez would pick up his first save of the season.  Outfielder Brandon Nimmo drove in two of the Mets runs on two hits all while bringing his season average up to .370.  Three more Mets would have multi-hit games.  Michael Fulmer (0-1, 17.18) is the scheduled starter for St. Lucie today. (box score)

Savannah 4, Rome 1

For the second night in a row, Stefan Sabol would get the Sand Gnats on the board in the first inning.  The difference is last night it stayed in the yard and was a 2-run double, not a 3-run home run like Thursday night.  Savannah’s pitching would make that hold up behind a decent performance by starting pitcher Robert Gsellman.  Gsellman (1-1, 1.46) lasted seven innings allowing just one run on six hits while striking out six.  Darwin Frias and Robert Coles would come in and shut the door for good allowing one hit and no runs over two innings.  Victor Cruzado‘s two-run triple in the third inning would round out the scoring for the Sand Gnats who improve to 5-3.  John Gant (1-0, 1.50) is the scheduled to get the start today for Savannah. (box score)

Player of the Night

With the exception of the Las Vegas game, it was a good night for the New York Mets minor league teams.  Rainy Lara was exceptional in his start and many others contributed in their respective teams victories, but it is Brian Burgamy who will take the player of the night honors.  Burgamy was 2-for-3 with two home runs, two RBI, and two runs scored.


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Backman Says Tempo Was Issue During Syndergaard’s Start Thu, 10 Apr 2014 17:43:33 +0000 Noah Syndergaard

1:30 PM

Just a quick update on this as Noah Syndergaard and manager Wally Backman both commented to the Las Vegas Review-Journal about last night’s performance.


Wally Backman:

“His tempo was way too slow tonight, especially early in the game. He got better as the game went on but there were times he was 20-plus seconds in between pitches. His stuff was there, but everything you hear about in baseball is rhythm and timing and it wasn’t there tonight for him.”

Noah Syndergaard:

“I could’ve sped my tempo up a little bit better. It’s something that’s kind of hard to pick up for myself. It’s something I kind of have to be told. I felt like I did pretty well. I feel like the stat line really doesn’t do it justice. I felt I made some pretty good pitches. They just got the barrel on the ball and got them over the infielder’s head. … My arm felt a lot better and my body felt better than my first start, but my results weren’t near as good.”

7:00 AM

All things considered, it wasn’t an awful performance for Noah Syndergaard, who made his start for the Las Vegas 51s on Wednesday night.

Over five innings, Syndergaard gave up six hits, four runs (three earned), walked two, and struck out two while throwing 91 pitches – 61 of them for strikes. The ground outs to fly outs ratio was a nice sight at 8:3 and he was able to limit the damage stranding 11 River Cats.

When Syndergaard struggled, it looked like he struggled pretty hard. He began the game giving up a leadoff double which he later allowed to score on a single with two outs. The following inning, a Wilmer Flores error at SS was sandwiched between two walks. The run would soon come into score on a double play started by Flores.

Thor didn’t get into trouble again until his 5th and final inning (which he went into with 74 pitches).  After the 51s tied up the game on a Bobby Abreu single and an Eric Campbell homer, Syndergaard promptly surrendered the lead again. He started the 5th inning giving up a single and double before getting an out, and then gave up back-to-back singles to put the River Cats ahead by two again. The bleeding was stopped after Syndergaard induced a double play.

It definitely wasn’t Syndergaard’s best showing, and it was almost made a little more unsettling after Rafael Montero‘s “mortal” five inning effort the day before. Obviously, there were a ton of things that Montero couldn’t personally control about last night, and the same goes for Syndergaard in this game.

While Flores’ glove and range had a significant negative impact during Montero’s outing last night, it didn’t really have much bearing on Syndergaard’s start. It was only one run. The two batters Syndergaard walked, were well earned. He couldn’t find the plate and his second walk was on four pitches. Clearly, control was a bit of an issue in the 2nd inning.

Personally, it could just be a catching issue. I’m not sure I’m a fan of Taylor Teagarden behind the plate. Anyway, while Thor’s performance was far from horrible, it’s probably going to worry some fans regardless.

But keep in mind that even the best pitchers in the game can have a rough outing or days when they don’t have their best stuff – it’s how they rebound from those starts that makes them so good.

I look forward to watching how Thor responds the next time he’s on the hill, and I’d bet that he comes thundering back – hammer in hand.

(Photo: Howard Simmons/NY Daily News)

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Mets Farm Report: Campbell’s Blast Seals Victory For Las Vegas Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:32:56 +0000 eric campbell mmo


Las Vegas won a tight one after they took off with three runs in the second, starting with a two-run double from Allan Dykstra and an RBI double from Daniel MunoRafael Montero threw five innings giving up five hits and three runs which came in the third. The 51s took the lead in the fifth scoring two runs off a Wilmer Flores single in the bottom of the fifth. They rallied again scoring twice more in the seventh on an Eric Campbell home run.


Greg Peavey pitched well after giving up two runs in the very first inning, going on to pitch four innings and striking out three. Cody SatterwhiteAdam Kolarek and Jon Velasquez each pitched shutout baseball in relief. Darrell Ceciliani hit well, going 2 for 5, with two doubles and  three RBIs. Matt Clark also added three hits with two singles and a home run.


It was a tough day for the St. Lucie Mets, and things were going well when Luis Cessa tossed six inning only giving up two runs. But  Beck Wheeler gave up three runs in the seventh andJulian Hilario let in sixth in the eighth. And they struggled just as much offensively. Aderlin Rodriguez was the only Mets who had any form of a successful day, going 2 for 3,  with two singles and a walk.


Game one of the double -header was tight, as the Sand Gnats sacrificed three runs in the third.Kevin McGowan pitched well, giving up just three earned runs in five innings while striking out five. Stephan Sabol was three for three with a sixth inning game-tying home run.


The Sand Gnats came out hot, scoring two runs off of a two-out single from L.J. Mazzilli and adding one more in the fourth after Jeff McNeil drew a bases loaded walk. Dario Alvarezpitched four innings off scoreless baseball, giving up only three hits and striking out five. Tim Peterson gave up one run in two innings of relief  and Robert Coles finished the GreenJackets off striking out two in the save.


In a good day for minor league baseball, Eric Campbell earns the nod for Player Of The Night. Campbell’s big two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh put the 51′s up by two and eventually led them to a win over Sacramento.

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Mets Farm Report: Puello Keys Walk-Off Win For Vegas Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:40:35 +0000 cesar puello


The only game played in the Mets minors yesterday, this one was certainly a battle of the bats as both teams went back and forth the entire game.  Daisuke Matsuzaka gave up five hits and three earned runs in five innings, walking four and striking out four, but the Mets eventually won the game on a Matt den Dekker walk off single in the bottom of the ninth.  Cesar Puello walked with the bases empty with two outs and swiped second base to give den Dekker the opportunity.  Puello finished the game with two hits, a walk, and a strikeout in five at-bats raising his average to .350 on the year.  Rafael Montero will get the ball on Tuesday at 7:05 as the 51’s look to win their third contest in a row.


Monday night’s game between the B-Mets and Erie SeaWolves was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, June 14th with game one scheduled to start at 6:05 PM.


The St. Lucie Mets were off on Monday night and are back in action today when they travel to Jupiter to play the Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium at 6:05 pm. Mets starter has yet to be announced.


Monday’s game between the Sand Gnats and the Augusta GreenJackets was rained out. The game will be made up today as a part of a double header.  Right-hander Kevin McGowan is set to set to take the mound for game one and  lefthander Dario Alvarez will throw in game two.


Cesar Puello: Stealing second with two outs proved huge as he eventually scored on Matt den Dekker’s single.  He also contributed a single, double, and an RBI of his own.

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Mets Farm Report: Lutz Stays Hot, Robles Hurls Five Scoreless Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:50:57 +0000 M


Logan Verrett got the start for the 51′s, going six innings while giving up three runs (one earned) on eight hits. He struck out three and walked none. Jeff Walters, who came in in the ninth, gave up a run on two hits, increasing his ERA to 27.00 but was credited with the win when the 51′s rallied in the bottom of the ninth.  Eric Campbell led  the way at the dish going 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI. Zach Lutz won the game when he doubled home Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who had doubled just before him. Lutz leads the team with 9 RBI over his first four games. (box score)


Hansel Robles looked dominant in his debut for the Binghamton Mets. He pitched five scoreless innings, giving up just two hits, while striking out eight and walking one.  Jack Leathersich, who replaced Robles in the sixth,  didn’t look very sharp. He gave up two runs on two hits while walking two in just an inning and a third. First baseman Matt Clark had a nice day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI. Kevin Plawecki was solid as well, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored.  (box score )


Starter Domingo Tapia pitched well in his season debut for St. Lucie. Tapia gave up just one earned run over five innings. He allowed three hits, struck out three and walked two. It was an encouraging start to the year for Tapia who struggled with his control at times last year. The combo of Bret Mitchell and Randy Fontanez combined to go three scoreless the rest of the way. The offense didn’t do much against Palm Beach pitching, tallying just five hits. Brandon Nimmo  and Dilson Herrera each went 0 for 3. (box score)


The Sand Gnats and Blue Claws were rained out. The game will be made up as part of a double header later this month. The Gnats begin a series with Augusta on Monday April 7th. RHP  Kevin McGowan will get the nod for Savannah.


Player of the Night honors go to Binghamton starter Hansel Robles. Robles, making his AA debut, was dominant. He allowed just two hits while striking out eight and walking one over five solid innings. Robles, 23,  comes off a good year for St Lucie which saw him go 5-4 with a 3.72 ERA for the Mets’ A affiliate.

(Photo: Brooklyn Eagle)

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Mets Farm Report: deGrom Shines, Lutz Red Hot, Fulmer Pasted Sun, 06 Apr 2014 13:01:36 +0000 jacob degrom

Fresno 8, Las Vegas 6

After jumping out to a 6-1 lead to start the game, the Las Vegas 51′s bullpen couldn’t hold on for the win as the Fresno Grizzlies scored 7 runs in the top of the 9th inning to give the 51′s their first loss of the season.  Jacob deGrom was solid in his first outing of the season going six innings and allowing just one run while striking out 6.  The game seemed to be in hand until the ball was turned over to relief pitcher Josh Edgin.  Edgin lasted just two-thirds of an inning and allowed five runs.  It didn’t get any better once Erik Goeddel came in for Edgin.  The two runs he gave up were just too much for the 51′s to come back from.  Zach Lutz added another hit to raise his season average to .545 and also drove in two more runs.  Logan Verrett goes tomorrow for the 51′s who are hoping to get back on track. (box score)

Binghamton 6, Akron 3 Game 1

Rainy Lara goes 5.1 innings giving up three runs on eight hits and Jayce Boyd and Dustin Lawley each drove in a pair as the Binghamton Mets beat the Akron RubberDucks 6-2 in game one of the doubleheader.  Lara picked up his first win of the season doing just enough to get the job done.  Adam Kolarek finished off the sixth inning for Lara and Chase Bradford came in and closed the game out for the B-Mets who improve to 1-1 on the season. (box score)

Akron 3, Binghamton 0 Game 2

Tyler Pill lasted just four ineffective innings, as the Binghamton Mets lose the second game of the double header against Akron 3-2.  The Mets were unable to get anything going against Akron’s Toru Murata, getting just three hits off the 28-year old.  The bright spot for the Mets in the second game had to be the relief help from John Church and Jon Velasquez who threw three innings without giving up a hit while striking out four RubberDucks.  Tomorrow is the rubber game of the three-game set with Hansel Robles scheduled to go for Binghamton. (box score)

Palm Beach 8, St. Lucie 3

A 3-run first inning by the Palm Beach Cardinals was too much for the St. Lucie Mets to overcome as they fall to 1-2 on the season after an 8-3 drubbing in Florida State League Action.  Michael Fulmer went for the St. Lucie Mets and was pulled in the fourth inning after surrendering seven runs on 11 hits.  Seth Lugo came in for Fulmer and went the rest of the way for the Mets.  Gilbert Gomez had a nice day out of the ninth spot for the Mets on a rather dreary day, going 2-for-3 with a home run and a double.  Gomez also scored two of the three Mets’ runs.  St. Lucie looks to right the ship tomorrow against the Cardinals with Domingo Tapia getting the start. (box score)

Lakewood 6, Savannah 2

The Savannah SandGnats drop to 1-2 on the season after losing to the Lakewood BlueClaws 6-2.  SandGnats starter Chris Flexen got knocked around in his first start of the season lasting just 4.2 innings giving up five of the six Lakewood runs.  Victor Cruzado hit his first home run of the season for Savannah but it wasn’t nearly enough.  The BlueClaws pitching struck out 11 SandGnats total on the day, led by their starter Alejandro Arteaga who was responsible for six of them.  Savannah looks to get back to .500 tomorrow with Kevin McGowan on the bump. (box score)

Player of the Night

In a rather disappointing day for the New York Mets minor league system, Jacob deGrom is the player of the night with his outing against Fresno.  deGrom’s line 6 IP, 4 Hits, 1 Run, and 6 K.


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