Mets Merized Online » Aderlin Rodriguez Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:46:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Arizona Fall League Update: Robles Bests the Best Thu, 24 Oct 2013 02:47:22 +0000 afl

Hansel Robles pitched for the Scottsdale Scorpions today and gave up four hits while striking out one while keeping the league-best Mesa Solar Sox scoreless in four innings. Chasen Bradford pitched one scoreless inning, giving up one hit in the 8th. No other Mets played today for the Scorpions.

Stats for the Arizona Fall League Mets so far:

Cory Vaughn

9 Games 9 for 38 .237 avg 4R, 2 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 3/12 BB:K 2/1 SB/CS .310/.421/.731

Aderlin Rodriguez

8 Games, 6 for 31 .194 avg 2R, 1 2B, 0/8 BB:K .219/.226/.445

Cam Maron

7 games, 3 for 19 .158 avg 4R, 1 2B, 8/3 BB:K .407/.211/.618

Hansel Robles

0-1 3GS 3.38 era 8IP 8H, 3ER, 2/6 BB:K

Chasen Bradford

1-0 5G 0.00 era 5.1IP 2H, 1/3 BB:K 1 Save

Cody Satterwhite

5G 0.00 era 5IP 4H 3/5 BB:K 1 Save

Jeurys Familia

3G 12.00 era 3ip 3H 4ER 1HR 2/4 BB/K

My Take

As you can plainly see about our hitters: They are all struggling. Vaughn has done the best hitting 3 of his 9 hits for extra bases, but his nature to strike out has been exposed. Aderlin Rodriguez has been struggling, mostly to make contact, and hasn’t drawn a single walk. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt because he shaking off the cobwebs after missing half the year while facing against elite competition. Cam Maron has proven his tool of plate discipline drawing almost three times as many walks as he has struck out. There is obviously need for improvement, which will happen as our players adjust to the league.

On the center of the diamond, pitching has been mostly thriving. Hansel Robles has been steadily improving from letting two runs in his first appearance over an inning, to letting one run in 3 innings the following start, and then pitching spectacularly in his third start. Chasen Bradford has proved why he was sent to the AFL, tossing up zeroes in all five and a third innings, as has Cody Satterwhite. Jeurys Familia has been struggling since his first appearance to get himself back together after having surgery during the season. He has the chance to turn it around however.

Look for more updates during the next few weeks, and an interesting tool to use to keep track of the Met’s players in the winter leagues by clicking here.

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MMO Interviews Power-Hitting Prospect Aderlin Rodriguez Tue, 08 Oct 2013 14:22:08 +0000 Aderlin Rodriguez had a solid season in 2012, leading the organization in Batting

When looking back on the 2013 season in which the St. Lucie Mets were able to enjoy, its no wonder why they remained in contention most of the second half.  The team was made up of real good ball players, and if not for some injuries to key pitchers down the stretch, they may have stormed into the playoffs and taken it all.

I had the privilege of interviewing a few of their players like second basemen T.J. Rivera back in August and most recently, FSL Player of the Year Dustin Lawley, who both gave the Mets fans some real good insights into who they are and what they expect of their future.

This past week, I chatted with another one of the teams talented hitters, third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez. Aderlin, who has enjoyed a very good minor league career, was signed by the Mets in 2009 out of his native country of the Dominican Republic.

At the age of 17, his first stop was with the Gulf Coast Mets. In 17 games he batted .290.  In 2010, he batted .300 with 23 doubles, 14 home runs, and 59 runs batted in between Kingsport and Savannah. He remained with Single-A Savannah the following season and even though his average dropped below .300, his power numbers improved and in 131 games, he hit 23 doubles, 17 home runs and 78 runs batted in.

In 2012, he spent time between Savannah and St. Lucie and in 125 games he batted .263 with 26 doubles, 24 home runs, and 83 runs batted in. Due to a bone bruise and a sprain in his right wrist, he miss all of the second half this season and played in only 62 games with St. Lucie, hitting .260 with 9 home runs and 41 runs batted in.  But he has since recovered and is looking forward to playing at the Arizona Fall League and working on developing his game and taking it to another level.

This interview was originally conducted in Spanish, but I translated it for publication on MMO. Enjoy…

Aderlin Rodriguez

David – Is there anything about you that the Mets fans do not know, that you would like to share? Any hobbies or interests outside of baseball?

Aderlin - Well, when I am in the off-season, I like very much to spend time mainly with my family, go to church to give thanks to God for everything, and I like to go with my childhood friends to the baseball stadium and watch the younger players who are fighting for an opportunity to sign like I did.

David – What is your favorite food dish when you go home? Have you enjoyed any Spanish food while playing in the different cities?

Aderlin - My favorite food is rice with black beans and pork. And sometimes in some cities we are going to play in,  we find Latino restaurants and I enjoy eating my favorite dishes.

David – When the off-season arrives, what do you look forward to doing the most? Family time, friend’s time, or just rest?

Aderlin - Church first, family and then friends.

David – You recently got married, how did you meet your wife and is she a fan of baseball?

Aderlin - I met my wife through my brother; she is his wife’s cousin, and yes she likes baseball.

David – How old were you when the Mets signed you, and where did you play prior to playing professional baseball?

Aderlin - I was 16 years and 7 months when the Mets signed me.  I started to play baseball when I was 5 years old in a small playground close to where I lived and the team was called Luis Sports League.

David – Who was your favorite player growing up and did you model your game after him?

Aderlin - When I was growing up my favorite baseball player was Alex Rodriguez, but I never tried to do what he did, I like to have my own style.

David – Was it an easy transition for you to be able to adapt to living in the United States compared to living in Dominican Republic? Was it a culture shock?

Aderlin - The truth is at first it was very difficult because when I arrived in the states, I didn’t know any English, and I couldn’t communicate well. Also the culture was different, the food was the same, but with time little by little I started to adapt and I’m still getting better at adapting to living here.

David – When you signed with the Mets, who was the first person you told?

Aderlin - The first person I told was my mother.

David – How did your parents feel with you leaving home at such a young age to play professional baseball?

Aderlin - Well the truth is, it was hard for my mother because we were never separated before. We have always been together as a family and she still is a little sad. But at the same time she understands the path that I decided to take and its what I like to do.

David – Do you sometimes get home sick and what do you miss the most? 

Aderlin - Well the truth is the most I miss is my mother, my sister, my wife and going out with my friends that I know from my childhood, but I try my best not to think about it.

David – What was your experience playing baseball in your first full season of pro ball?

Aderlin - It was a very good experience, because for the first time I did not have a season like I expected. But I felt that I matured as a baseball player and also a person and I learned to make adjustments much faster. I kept following the instructions of my coaches more and more, but it was an incredible experience.

David – You have played 1B and 3B in your pro career, which one are you most confident playing?

Aderlin - I feel much better playing third base, its the position that I played the longest, but I learned first base also.

David – Which part of your game do you think improved the most from 2012? What part do you feel you need to work on?

Aderlin – It was my defense that I feel that I made the most improvement on and my plate discipline. I learned to narrow the batting zone more.

David – What do you do each off-season to get ready for the regular season? Do you have a regular workout routine or do you follow the Mets workout regimen?

Aderlin - The Mets always give me a workout plan and I combine it with a more physical workout of my own.

David – Is there anything in your approach to the game that you feel you need to improve on?

Aderlin - In my game I think I should keep working on all aspects of the game defensively and offensively. Also understanding the mental part of the game and recognizing situations when I need to be more aggressive or when I should be more passive.

David – Is there a Mets coach or manager that has helped you in your development and growth?

Aderlin - Most of the coaches and managers that I had, have helped me to be a better baseball player and better person within and off the field also.

David – What teammate has impressed you the most this season, and who should Mets fans be most excited about seeing in the future?

Aderlin - T.J. Rivera and wait until they see me. I am not just a good baseball player, but a good citizen.

David – Your power number went down some from 2012 to 2013, what do you feel was the reason for the decline?

Aderlin - First of all, God has control over everything, another thing was I lost a lot of time with injuries, and it was something I could not control. But like I said only God knows why he allows things to happen, but the injury was what affected me the most.

David – Moving forward, what stands between you and the big leagues? What do you specifically need to work on as a player, and improve upon, in order to be ready to compete on the big stage?

Aderlin - First only God knows how far away the big leagues are for me, I would like it to be as soon as possible. I am working towards that, but that is a decision that is not in my hands, its first in God’s hands and then in the hands of the Mets. As far as I am concerned, I need to be more consistent defensively and also offensively. Then we will see when the time comes, and with God’s help that I will be able to compete in the major Leagues.

David – How will you prepare over the winter, can you describe your workout regimen? What do you hope to work on while playing in the Arizona Fall League?

Aderlin - I just try to put my body in the best position in order to give the best of me on the field. In the Arizona Fall League, I hope to continue improving the consistency of my game and to be more patient. I want to learn as much as possible from the coaches they have there.

David – Do you want to share anything with the Mets fans?

Aderlin - Only to say, I hope to soon be able help the big team win a World Series.

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Having the opportunity to share Aderlin’s story has been a privilege and in the future the Mets fans will be able to witness not just a very good ball player, but a player with a great attitude about the game and life itself.  As with many other international ball players, Aderlin was signed by the Mets at a young age and he left his home to pursue a journey that he hopes will lead him to eventually becoming a major league ball player one day. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to share Aderlin’s story with the Mets fans.

(Photo Credit: NJ Baseball)

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St. Lucie Reliever Cory Satterwhite Added to Arizona Fall League Roster Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:00:10 +0000 St. Lucie Mets reliever, Cody Satterwhite, will be extending his season according to the Arizona Fall League Twitter account:

The right-hander joins Chasen BradfordHansel RoblesCam MaronAderlin Rodriguez, and Cory Vaughn on the Scorpions. At the time of the initial announcement, the Mets said two additional pitchers would be added at a later date. Satterwhite is one of them, so we’re just waiting on the last hurler to be added to the roster before it’s complete for the Amazins.

Satterwhite, a 26-year-old from Jackson, Mississippi, was taken twice in the MLB draft before he signed. In 2005, the Cleveland Indians picked him in the 37th round out of Hillcrest Christian High School, but he opted to attend the University of Mississippi. That decision paid off; he was taken in the second round of the 2008 draft by the Detroit Tigers. His time in the Detroit organization was a rocky one, as he suffered multiple setbacks due to shoulder issues and a decrease in velocity. He didn’t play professional ball in 2012 following getting released by the Tigers in February of that year.

To start 2013, Satterwhite hooked on with Sioux City in Indy Ball, putting together a 2-1 record, 0.65 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 31 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched (19 appearances). He joined the Mets organization midway through the season, being assigned to High-A St. Lucie. He appeared in 16 more games for the Mets, going 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA, 1.63 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts in 22.2 innings pitched.

The 50.1 combined innings he’s thrown this season are the most in his professional career, and the most since he tossed 49.1 frames in 2009 with Double-A Erie in the Eastern League. I’ll be interested to see how he fares with some extra work before the winter officially hits and we’re forced to wait until spring for more baseball.

For the most comprehensive coverage of the Mets minor league system, be sure to visit!

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Top 5 Mets Power Prospects Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:34:53 +0000 Recently, the Mets top pitching prospects get the all the attention. With pitchers like Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, and Rafael Montero in the minors in 2013, the top hitting prospects have been overshadowed. While they don’t get as much publicity, the Mets do have some top power hitting prospects who have the potential to be key contributors in the future. Here are the top five.

aderlin rodriguez

5. Aderlin Rodriguez:

Even though Aderlin Rodriguez has a lot of flaws, he possesses immense raw power. Rodriguez had an impressive season last year for Savannah and St. Lucie driving in 83 runs and hitting 24 home runs in 125 games. What was impressive about his home run totals was that 16 of his home runs were with Savannah, which is one of the toughest places to hit home runs in the minors. He is having an up and down season in 2013 hitting .260 with 9 home runs and 41 RBI. However, Rodriguez is still only 21 years old, so it’s likely his power will increase as he gets older and stronger.

cory vaughn

4. Cory Vaughn:

Like his father, Gregg Vaughn, and his cousin, Mo Vaughn, Cory is strong and has impressive power. Last season, Vaughn finished second in the FSL in home runs with 23 and drove in 69 RBI in 123 games. This season, Vaughn was hitting .288 with 6 home runs and 31 RBI in 45 games in AA before landing on the DL with an elbow injury. However, the injury isn’t serious and he should return soon. While Vaughn’s power makes him a potential starter, there are some legitimate question marks surrounding him. There are concerns about whether he could hit for a high average at the major league level because of his high strikeout totals. And his age is also a concern because at 24 years old, he’s relatively old for AA.


3. Travis d’Arnaud:

Travis d’Arnaud was the centerpiece of the R.A Dickey trade last winter, and he was considered the Mets top prospect heading into the season. d’Arnaud had extremely impressive seasons in 2011 and 2012. He finished 3rd in the Eastern League in home runs and slugging percentage in 2011. In 2012, he hit 16 home runs and drove in 52 RBI’s in 67 games for Las Vegas. Recent injuries have tempered expectations for d’Arnaud somewhat, but he still has plenty of power potential and is still one the best catching prospects in the league.

2. Cesar Puello:

Puello has fantastic physical tools, and he is currently obliterating AA pitching. Puello is hitting .333 with 16 home runs, 21 doubles and 73 RBI in 90 games for AA Binghamton. A 50-game suspension for being linked to Biogenesis is already underway, and he will be ready to go come Spring Training. Don’t make the mistake of discrediting his value as a prospect because of that, scouts have raved over him since he was 16 and still do this season. Puello has never failed any tests, and he’s always had the ability to develop into an outstanding prospect that can hit for a lot of power. Puello is a great prospect, and he could be starting for the Mets at some point in 2014 after some seasoning in Las Vegas.

MLB: Spring Training-New York Mets at Detroit Tigers

1. Wilmer Flores:

Wilmer Flores ranks as the best power hitter in the system because he is crushing AAA pitching despite being one of the youngest players in the league. Flores is one of three hitters in the league that’s under the age of 22, yet he is one of the league’s best producers. Flores is ranked 4th in the league hits, 2nd in doubles, 10th in home runs, and is the league leader in RBI’s and total bases. This season cannot be written off as a fluke either, since he was one of the best producers in Double-A Binghamton last season and Advanced-A St. Lucie where he won the MVP.

A strong argument could be made for either d’Arnaud or Puello to be the top power hitting prospect, but I feel Flores offers the most power potential. His power will only continue to grow as he gets older, and if he can stick at second base, he will offer tremendous power and value from that position. For now, he’ll spell David Wright at third base.

Flores, Puello, and d’Arnaud can all make an impact in the major leagues in the near future. The Mets will most likely be looking for offensive upgrades from outside the organization this offseason, but it’s good to know the Mets have some internal solutions that can help offensively. While Vaughn and Rodriguez aren’t on the same level as the top three, they are intriguing prospects who possess a lot of power potential.

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Mets Minors Report 5/27: Montero and Bowman Spin Gems, Lutz Injures Oblique, Wheeler Starts Today Mon, 27 May 2013 14:52:42 +0000

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Rafael Montero killed it last night…again. The righty was absolutely dominant through six innings today – allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out eight batters. He allowed no earned runs and dropped his ERA in AA down to 3.08. He was touching 95 mph on the guns last night. #promotemontero
  • In case you missed the Prospect Spolight over at yesterday, Aderlin Rodriguez is having a month for the ages. Over the past thirty days, his stat line heading into last night’s game is a ridiculous: .321/.353/.571 with 6 HR & 30 RBI.
  • Sandy Alderson told reporters yesterday that the organization will limit top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler to 180 to 185 innings this season, likely meaning he will have to go through an end-of-season shutdown, similar to Matt Harvey last year.
  • When Zach Lutz was removed from the game in the fourth inning yesterday, speculation ran across Twitter that he was on his way to Flushing to spell the struggling Ike Davis. Unfortunately he was removed due to an oblique injury. With Andrew Brown recently injuring his oblique, Lutz looked to be the favorite. He has more corner infield experience, and currently resides on the Mets’ 40-man roster. Looks like it’s down to Josh Satin and Wilmer Flores as the primary call up possibilities right now — I give Satin the edge.
  • Every batter in the starting lineup reached base safely for the 51s last night, and six players had multi-hit games including Omar Quintanilla, who went 4-for-4 with a homer and a walk. If Tejada continues to struggle at the major league level, don’t be surprised if you see Quintanilla get called up to take some time away from him.
  • Matthew Bowman (3-0), a 13th-round selection in last year’s MLB Draft out of Princeton University, has worked at least six innings in all four of his starts since being promoted from Savannah earlier this month. Boasting an arsenal that already contains four quality pitches — the changeup being viewed as his primary out pitch — he painted the corners masterfully and sent down the first six Marauders batters he faced last night on during his solid seven inning outing. He struck out five batters and walked only one.

Stat Line of the Day

Omar Quintanilla: 4-for-4, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 RBI, 2 R




Happy Memorial Day from all of us at MMO and MMN.

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MMO Exclusive: A Look Inside The Mets Dominican Complex Fri, 24 May 2013 12:00:30 +0000 DSL Mets

The 2013 Dominican Summer League is starting on June 1st and the Mets have two teams there, as well as players that they have signed or might sign working out there. The reason that the Mets have two teams in the Dominican Summer League is that the second team is a replacement for their once Venezuelan League team. It was disbanded in favor of the second DSL team as tensions and violence grew in Venezuela.

In mid-July of 2008, when I was 18 years old, I was sent to get a look at the new Dominican Complex that the Mets had built in Boca Chica. After volunteering in a micro-credit foundation called Esperanza International, I had lived in several places in the Dominican Republic such as Quisqueya, a little village near San Pedro De Macrois for a week, a weekend in Santo Dominigo, and another week in Puerto Plata, before heading to the Academy. It had not achieved its inauguration until the day I was leaving the facility, but I had lived there among the players and coaches, and found myself immersed in Dominican Baseball.

This new complex, located in Boca Chica, stood tall among the trees, with beauty throughout. It had modern design, with glass-panes covering their center where the players would relax on their free time. It was state-of-the-art – it had TV’s with cable and many table games in the center. It also had its own locker room and a very large gym. There were 2 fields and one still being developed at the time. The main field where players would go was modeled after the dimensions of Citi Field, and the second field had its own, larger dimensions. The third field was being developed still at the time, and only had an infield to practice on.

I hung around with players from the Academy, and new signees such as Aderlin Rodriguez, and scouts such as Ismael Cruz. On some road games, I accompanied the players to games in other complexes on their buses. On other days, I sat and watched players work out as Cruz and other scouts watched from the bird’s nest that had been built to watch over all of the fields.

We would sit and watch the tryouts of these players, watch the guns, and test players for speed. I learned a few important lessons about scouting Dominican players. I learned about timing and approach, as well as the slide-step delivery. I also learned the difficult nature of scouting the players, such as age. I watched an 18-year-old hit 91 MPH on the gun and pointed it out to Ismael. He told me that his age might be wrong. That knowledge has been reflected in the recent discoveries about age falsifications surrounding some players. Lying about their age affects their signing bonus, and if they can hit 90 MPH at 16-18 years of age, it’s a bigger bonus.

I stayed at the Dominican Complex for a couple of weeks back in 2008 and have fond memories of my experience there that I would like to share. I also did some digging around the organization and  recently interviewed a front office official that has experience working at the complex. This official. who prefers to remain nameless, gave me some information as part of a look-in to the operations of the Dominican Complex.

During my interview, I asked him a few questions about operations down there, including schedules, what amateur level they can be compared to, and a few other things. This interview took place on May 10th.  Enjoy!

Are people already there at the Dominican academy?

Yes, there are people there. We’ve had players work out there since Mid-April. We actually had some exhibition games yesterday. We have players here that we have signed that are getting work in for the season. We want to make sure to get in as much work as possible.

Can you compare them to any kind of league, high school or college?

Well, yes, probably college, but the developmental times are different between them. College guys are a bit more polished than these guys at this point. Honestly, the experience levels are different between these two levels, it’s like apples and oranges.

What happens on a regular day?

They usually start with breakfast in the cafeteria, then early work from 6:30-7:00. Then they have a morning meeting at 8:15. After that, they practice on the field until 10:00 when the game begins. Players tend to get a lot of work in the early, early morning. After games, we hold some players back after to get extra work in.

After the games, they eat, and have classes to learn English using Rosetta Stone. They also have teachers, as well as Continuing Education classes for players more advanced with their English.


What happens with players who tryout here?

The tryout players will come through and work out here, and we evaluate them. The ones we like, we sign. They work out and stay with us during the summer. Some International Free Agents have worked out here and signed with us or other teams.

Do you host the Dominican Prospect League?

We host the DPL’s, along with the rest of the league. We sometimes get more games due to the fact that we have a newer complex. (The Dominican Prospect League is for young players at 15-17 to show their ability to different professional organizations. They appear at every complex on the island, with different teams.)

How many fields do you have?

We have 3 full fields with a half-field for infield practice. There is plenty of room for each team, as well as the people working out at the complex.

How many people does the complex house?

Capacity was 90 players, and has staff housing as well. But a lot of staff live in a small renovated home on the complex that is not part of the main building.

I appreciate sharing this with all of you, my readers, and hope you appreciated this look into the Dominican Summer League Complex.


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Meija Strikes Out Six In Rehab Start But St. Lucie Loses 5-4 Sat, 18 May 2013 10:00:24 +0000 517stlucie

Bradenton 5, St. Lucie 4

Willy Garcia drilled a bases loaded walk-off single to right off of reliever T.J. Chism as the host Bradenton Marauders defeated the Mets 5-4 on Friday.

Jenrry Mejia allowed two runs and five hits over three innings with three walks and six strikeouts in his first start on a major league rehab assignment with St. Lucie. Mejia had originally been scheduled to make an earlier rehab start, and he did – where he pitched two innings, but it was rained out so the stats were a wash…no pun intended. Mejia threw 61 pitches, 41 for strikes.

Chism allowed a leadoff single to Benji Gonzalez in the ninth and then served up a double by Gregory Polanco. After an intentional walk to Jose Osuna, Chism struck out Dan Gamache. Garcia followed with a line-drive single to score Gonzalez with the winning run.

The Mets trailed 3-1 entering the eighth inning, but rallied for three runs with two outs. Matt Reynolds drew a four-pitch walk. Dustin Lawley ripped an RBI triple to center and scored the tying run on an errant throw into the dugout by shortstop Alen Hanson. Aderlin Rodriguez launched his seventh homer of the season, a go-ahead solo shot to right-center to give the Mets a 4-3 lead.

Garcia hit a game-tying home run to right off of Mets reliever Chasen Bradford in the eighth.

Jim Fuller allowed one run over three innings in relief and Bradford allowed one run over two innings.

Lawley had two hits and two RBIs, including a solo homer in the sixth.

The Mets will take on the Bradenton Marauders in the second game of the series on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Angel Cuan will make the start for the Mets.

Key Stats

Jenrry Mejia: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 6 K

Jim Fuller: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 2 K

Chasen Bradford: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 ER, 3 K

T.J. Chism : 0.1 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 1 K

Dustin Lawley: 2-for-4, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

(Team Report)

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St. Lucie Hurt By Five Errors, Lose In 4-3 Decision Thu, 16 May 2013 06:45:07 +0000 515stlucie

Brevard County 4, St. Lucie 3

Brevard County held off a Mets rally in the ninth for a 4-3 victory on Wednesday at Space Coast Stadium.

The Mets trailed 4-2 entering the ninth. Aderlin Rodriguez and Travis Taijeron had back-to-back singles to open up the inning. After Charley Thurber‘s sacrifice bunt, Cam Maron had an RBI groundout to cut the deficit to 4-3. With Taijeron at third and two outs, Seth Harvey struck out Gilbert Gomez to end the game.

The Mets committed five costly errors in the field, leading to two runs for the Manatees.

Alex Panteliodis suffered the loss despite allowing two earned runs in six innings and scattered seven hits while striking out six.

T.J. Rivera‘s RBI single to center scored Charley Thurber in the third inning to tie the score. The Manatees had a two-run fourth inning and an added a run in the fifth. Rodriguez ripped an RBI double to right-center to score Matt Reynolds from first to cut the deficit to 4-2 in the sixth. Wanel Mesa pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings while Carlos Vazquez retired two batters in the eighth and was able to escape a bases loaded jam.

The Mets will visit the Manatees on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. Noah Syndergaard will make the start for the Mets.

Key Stats

Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R

Cam Maron: 1-for-2, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 RBI

Charley Thurber: 1-for-3, 1 R

T.J. Rivera: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI

Alex Panteliodis: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 0 BB, 4 R, 2 ER, 6 K

Wanel Vasquez: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 2 K

Carlos Vazquez: 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

(Team Report)

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Robles Shaky, St. Lucie Can’t Complete Comeback In 6-5 Loss Tue, 14 May 2013 04:35:30 +0000 513Stlucie

Brevard County 6, St. Lucie 5

Hansel Robles did not look like himself out there at all for the St. Lucie Mets on Monday, but he was able to keep his posture and bend, not break over the course of five innings. He walked four batters, allowed four hits, and made an errant throw on a pick-off and he still allowed only two runs.

The Mets put a few runs on the board for Robles while he was on the mound, via an RBI triple by Dustin Lawley in the first and an Aderlin Rodriguez RBI single in the third.

Dustin Lawley and Travis Taijeron both went deep in the bottom of the fifth to give St. Lucie a temporary 4-2 lead. It all got shot to hell in the top of the seventh, however, where Chasen Bradford allowed four runs off five hits in the frame, with four of them going for extra bases.

St. Lucie did bang out twelve hits overall, though, including a last-ditch few in the ninth that led to a run.

Key Stats

Robbie Shields: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R

Dustin Lawley: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-for-5, 1 RBI

Travis Taijeron: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R

Rylan Sandoval: 3-for-5

Hansel Robles: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 2 ER, 5 K

Jim Fuller: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Chasen Bradford: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 K

Hamilton Bennett: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Carlos Vazquez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

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St. Lucie Bullpen Falters Behind Cuan, Mets Lose 7-3 Sat, 11 May 2013 06:53:58 +0000 510stl

Palm Beach 7, St. Lucie 3

St Lucie’s six game winning streak was snapped tonight by the Palm Beach Cardinals.  St Lucie’s starter Angel Cuan pitched six solid innings in the loss. Cuan allowed one unearned run in the second inning, and surrendered a solo home run to Stephen Piscotty in the fourth inning. St. Lucie was leading 3-2 in the seventh when Cuan exited the game. While Cuan was not dominant, he pitched effectively enough to deserve the win. Unfortunately, the St. Lucie bullpen couldn’t hold on to the lead.

Estarlin Morel entered the game in relief of Cuan with a man on base and quickly yielded a RBI double to the first batter he faced. However, Morel was able to escape the inning without allowing any more runs.

The Palm Beach Cardinals took the lead in the eighth off St Lucie reliever Randy Fontanez.  Fontanez allowed three runs in the inning, which put the game out of reach for St. Lucie.

Offensivley, Dustin Lawley was St. Lucie’s lone producer. In the fourth inning, Lawley put St Lucie on the board with a RBI triple off the centerfield wall. In his next AB, Lawley crushed a two-run home run to left field that put the Mets up 3-2.  Lawley finished only a double short of the cycle.  The rest of St. Lucie’s lineup went a combined 2-for-26.

Key Stats

Angel Cuan: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 0 BB, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 K

Estarlin Morel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1-1 Inherited runners scored

Randy Fontanez: 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 K

Wanel Vasquez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 ER

Dustin Lawley: 3-for-4, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Gilbert Gomez: 1-for-2, 1 BB, 1 R

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Mets Minors Report 5/9: (Updated) Brandon Nimmo Headed To DL Thu, 09 May 2013 20:15:17 +0000

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Injury and Health News

After being called a hand contusion and nothing serious, it seems that Brandon Nimmo will be headed to the disabled list after all.

We have our Savannah Beat Writer Wally Murphy at the game right now and he will give us the official report later this evening with his game recap.

Yesterday, Joe D. posted the following in our Mets Minors Report:

Brandon Nimmo still has not returned to the lineup since April 29 because of a hand contusion. The Mets now consider it more serious than initially thought and will have him seen by team doctors with a possible MRI as well. DL stint looming.

According to freelance journalist Robert Brender, Mets catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud is due to be examined in New York on May 17 and currently remains in a walking boot.

“I’m in a boot that I’ve been wearing all the time, except when I sleep,” d’Arnaud said.

“It’s really frustrating. I just want to be out there playing and some freak injury happens and I can’t do anything about it. It just takes away time from playing and being on the field. I was feeling really good and was having fun playing (before the injury). I think just not being able to play is the worst part about it.”

“I already had the last half of last year not playing and now this happens. I just want to get back on the field playing again.”

Baseball’s top ranked catching prospect suffered a fractured first metatarsal in his left foot with Triple-A Las Vegas last month. Depending on how the examination goes, he may be able to begin an injury rehab at the Mets complex in Port St. Lucie sometime this month. He was originally expected to return to games around mid-June.

Prospect Pipeline

  • Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Luis Mateo, and Domingo Tapia are all in the Mets farm system, yet Logan Verrett has pitched the game of the year for the Mets minor leagues, just coming off of one of the more impressive starts I’ve seen in a long time from Montero. As Satish Ram said in the Binghamton Game recap, “Verrett went ahead on Wednesday and tossed perhaps the best game of his career – as he nearly finished the game with a complete game victory. He was taken out of the game after 99 pitches, which perhaps was pitch count related, before he could achieve the final out. At that point, he had allowed just the one earned run in the bottom of the fourth, and was utterly dominant throughout the entire game. His nine strikeouts were demonstrative of that fact.”
  • Verrett is flying under the radar this season, but he has been pitching very well. He now has five wins on the year, which is good for tops in the Mets organization, and also tops the Eastern League. He also leads the EL in innings pitched (47.1). Verret is also ranked third in the organization in opposing hitter’s batting average (,207), and fourth in the organization, fifth in the EL, in WHIP (0.97). Pretty impressive. After last night’s performance, it’s safe to say that Verrett is no longer flying under the radar.
  • Cesar Puello: All he does is hit home runs? He extended his hit streak to 15 games in grand fashion again by crushing another two home runs last night, one of which was an absolute bomb. His last three hits are now home runs. He’s showing off that power we all have heard so much about and is now batting.296/.360/.531 in 24 games.
  • Aderlin Rodriguez has been smoking the ball over the past three games. In that span, he is 7-for-14 with four doubles, two home runs, and eight RBIs. He now leads the Mets organization with six home runs on the year, and he had the walk-off hit to plate T.J. Rivera in the tenth inning of last night’s victory.
  • Here is what the Trenton Thunder pitching coach, Tommy Phelps, had to say about Montero after his start on Tuesday night: “Our guys were talking about facing Montero last year in the Florida State League and were very impressed with him…He’s got real good stuff.”
  • I’m not sure how many caught this in the transactions section yesterday, but the Mets promoted catcher Xorge Carrillo from Brooklyn, to St. Lucie. This was a major head scratcher here. Kevin Plawecki has earned a promotion at this point, absolutely dominating and overpowering the Low-A pitching in the SAL. What would prompt the Mets to promote a player in Carrillo, who has had 26 hits in 39 professional games? Plawecki has 44 hits alone this season, and showing no signs of slowing down. It’s either the snub of the year, or like I predicted, there serves no point in skipping Plawecki to High-A ball, because the level of competition is not much different. When Plawecki is ready, he will be in Binghamton.
  • Adam Rubin reported yesterday that Collin Cowgill and Kirk Nieuwenhuis would both be seeing time in centerfield with Las Vegas this year. Things are going to get real crowded out there once Matt den Dekker returns from his wrist injury.
  • Juan Lagares and Andrew Brown were dominating at the Triple-A level, but have looked lost against big league pitchers. The question I raised when I heard they were promoting the two outfielders, was why the Mets would promote offensive players, coming from a “hitter’s league,” when their numbers were inflated, and seemingly ignore the pitchers, because their numbers are deflated due to the same reason. When looking at the PCL players, you have to take the offensive and pitching statistics with a grain of salt, and rely more on good old fashioned scouting when judging whether a player is ready or not.
  • I have but one thing to add to this report. Remember back in February when I said that signing Carlos Torres was a useless move that will only create a logjam and keep pitchers at lower levels because of the trickle down effect? Pitchers like Jacob deGrom and Rainy Lara paid the price because they were squeezed into lower levels that would present no challenge to them and that’s exactly what happened. Torres has allowed 23 earned runs in 27.0 innings for a 7.39 ERA. The other two have proven that they should have started at higher levels and one (deGrom) already has been promoted. Lara will be promoted soon as well. Carlos Torres? A 30-year-old flop who was released twice by teams desperately starving for starting pitching? Are you freaking kidding me? (Joe D.)

Stat Lines of the Day

Logan Verrett: 8.2 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 9 K

Cesar Puello: 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R

Aderlin Rodriguez: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R (game winning, walk-off hit)

Organizational Leaders

Sounding Off

B-Mets pitching coach Glenn Abbott talks about Rafael Montero’s last start and sheds light on the rest of his dominating pitching staff.

Quote of the Day

Today’s quote of the day comes from the Star-Ledger regarding if Jeremy Hefner is hearing Zack Wheeler‘s footsteps:

“If it was right now, if he came up today, then yeah I would probably be the one that gets sent down,” Hefner, 27, said Tuesday. “I’m realistic enough to know that, but I can’t control that.”

“I came up early and then it was all the talk about, ‘When’s Matt coming up?”’ Hefner said. “And much like Zack, they deserve all that press because they’re that good. What it comes down to is I can only control what I can control. If the effort I give every fifth day is good enough to stick, then it’s good enough to stick. And if it’s not, I have stuff I need to work on. If Zack comes up for me, that’s not going to make me hate Zack Wheeler.”

Photo of the Day

After a long day on the farm, I like to chill out with my MMO Minors Report.

After a long hot day on the farm, I like to chill out with my MMO Mets Minors Report.

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Ad-Rod Stays Hot With Walkoff Hit In 6-5 St. Lucie Win Thu, 09 May 2013 09:08:32 +0000 58stlucie


St. Lucie 6, Daytona 5

Aderlin Rodriguez drilled a two out, walk-off single to center to score T.J. Rivera with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th as the Mets completed a four-game sweep of the Daytona Cubs with a 6-5 victory on Wednesday.

Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the fifth and finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Rivera had two hits and two runs scored while Dustin Lawley added two hits.

Matt Reynolds ripped his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the third. Robbie Shields hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Alex Panteliodis pitched five innings and allowed two runs and two hits with one walk and four strikeouts.

Wanel Mesa gave up one run and two hits and struck out two.

The Cubs tied the game in the eighth on a bases loaded two-run single to left by Dustin Geiger off of Mets reliever Hamilton Bennett.

Frank Francisco walked the first two batters on eight pitches in the ninth, before striking out two hitters with runners at second and third to escape the jam.

Randy Fontanez worked around a hit in the tenth and earned his third victory in relief.

The Mets will host the Palm Beach Cardinals in the opener of a three-game series on Thursday. The game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and gates open at 5:30 p.m. Noah Syndergaard will be on the mound for the Mets.

Key Stats

T.J. Rivera: 2-for-3, 2 R

Matt Reynolds: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Dustin Lawley: 2-for-5, 1 2B

Aderlin Rodriguez: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Robbie Shields: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Alex Panteliodis: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 ER, 4 K

Wanel Vasquez: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 K

Hamilton Bennett: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 2 K

Frank Francisco: 1.0 IP, 2 BB, 2 K

Randy Fontanez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 ER

(Team Report)

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Bowman’s FSL Debut Goes Without A Hitch In 13-3 St. Lucie Win Wed, 08 May 2013 09:50:20 +0000 57stlucie

St. Lucie 13, Daytona 3

Matthew Bowman pitched six innings and struck out seven to earn his first win in his Florida State League debut as the Mets defeated the Daytona Cubs 13-3 on Tuesday.

The Mets(20-11) won their fourth straight game and have won the first three games of the series between the two teams.

Bowman allowed three runs and six hits and issued just one walk.

The Mets jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. Dustin Lawley hit a solo home run to left to make it 1-0. Travis Taijeron lined a home run to right to extend the lead to 2-0. Charley Thurber ripped an RBI triple to right to extend the lead.

Aderlin Rodriguez drilled his fifth home run of the season, a two-run shot to left in the fifth.

The Mets pulled away with an eight-run seventh inning, highlighted by Thurber’s bases clearing three-run double.

The Mets will host the Cubs(16-15) on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in the series finale. Alex Panteliodis will make his second start with the Mets.

Key Stats

Dustin Lawley: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB

Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Travis Taijeron: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Charley Thurber: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 R

Matthew Bowman: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 ER, 7 K

Estarlin Morel: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Chasen Bradford: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 1 K

(Team Report)

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Robles Goes Five Strong To Fuel St. Lucie 6-2 Win Tue, 07 May 2013 10:00:40 +0000 56stlucie

St. Lucie 6, Daytona 2

It was a good day for Hansel Robles, who retired the 12 Cubs that he faced en route to his third victory of the 2013 campaign. Robles went five solid innings and allowed just two hits over that span, striking out five and walking none. He struck out the side to open the game. The only run he allowed crossed the plate in the fifth, where allowed a triple to Jorge Soler and he scored on a sacrifice fly.

Outside of Angel Cuan allowing a solo home run in the top of the seventh, the St. Lucie bullpen combined to close out the rest of the game relatively uneventfully. You can thank Cuan himself, along with Frank Francisco and Randy Fontanez for that much. Francisco pitched in his second straight game and the velocity/movement on his pitches all seemed to be there. It is safe to say that he is nearing his return to the MLB.

On offense, Rylan Sandoval was the spark plug in the fourth, as he doubled home a run and was eventually brought around to score himself on a Charles Thurber grounder. The St. Lucie Mets ripped five straight hits to open up the bottom of the fifth, capped off by Aderlin Rodriguez‘s bases loaded double, which plated three men. Dustin Lawley had provided an RBI single right before that.

T.J. Rivera had a ridiculous five-hit afternoon – and two of them went for doubles.

Key Stats

T.J. Rivera: 5-for-5, 2 2B, 1 R

Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Dustin Lawley: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Rylan Sandoval: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 SB

Hansel Robles: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 1 ER, 5 K

Angel Cuan: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 1 ER, 4 K

Frank Francisco: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER

Randy Fontanez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

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Panteliodis Solid In Debut, But St. Lucie Still Loses 3-2 Fri, 03 May 2013 04:30:50 +0000 52Stlucie


Fort Myers 3, St. Lucie 2

The Fort Myers Miracle edged out the St. Lucie Mets on Thursday, on a night where Alex Panteliodis made his FSL debut. Pants was able to provide five effective innings in his season debut and first start off the DL, where he allowed an earned run off just four hits and a walk. His only blemish was allowing a solo home run in the fourth inning, and otherwise, Panteliodis looked pretty much in control during his time on the mound. He rocked an even 5:5 GB/FB ratio.

At the time of his departure, the St. Lucie Mets had alloted him a 2-1 lead, via a Dustin Lawley RBI double in the first and an Aderlin Rodriguez sacrifice fly in the fifth. Fort Myers was able to hold St. Lucie scoreless the rest of the way.

The Miracle would not afford the Mets the same courtesy, however, as they scored a run each in the eighth and ninth innings. Pedro Feliciano handled the sixth inning easily and Randy Fontanez provided a scoreless inning of his own before the trouble began.

An RBI single by Miguel Sano off Fontanez tied the game up in the eighth, and T.J. Chism walked home the game winning run in the ninth…after intentionally walking the previous batter to load the bases. Ouch. Chism is still in the middle of a solid year, as he was handed just his first loss and owns a 1.98 ERA.

Key Stats

Travis Taijeron: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB

Dustin Lawley: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-for-1, 1 RBI, 2 BB

Gilbert Gomez: 2-for-4

Alex Panteliodis: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 ER, 3 K

Pedro Feliciano: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 ER

Randy Fontanez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 1 ER, 1 K

T.J. Chism: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 ER

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Syndergaard Dominates, Allows Zero Earned Over Seven In 9-2 Win Mon, 29 Apr 2013 02:34:20 +0000 428Stlucie


St. Lucie 9, Tampa 2

Domination, thy name is Noah Syndergaard. When d’Arnaud went down with an injury, Syndergaard must have given himself a personal pep talk and told himself to step on – because he has been on his game through his last two starts. After tying his career high of six innings pitched in his previous start, the talented young hurler dominated the Tampa Yankees over seven innings and allowed a mere unearned run.

This is definitively his best start since joining the New York Mets organization and I really think we picked up a future stud in this kid. He scattered five hits and walked only one batter, while striking out seven batters. He looked most impressive in the second inning where he struck out the side. His only run crossed the plate after an error allowed a baserunner to advance to third base, and he allowed a sacrifice fly. The only other time he even looked like he was in a bit of trouble was in the seventh, where he walked and balked, but danced out of trouble.

He induced four fly outs and four ground balls – and of course, struck out seven batters. Hamilton Bennett finished up the game for him, allowing a run in the bottom of the ninth, but halting the rally at that.

St. Lucie had no problem backing him up offensively either, as Dustin Lawley continued his hot hitting in recent games by driving in three runs off two hits. Travis Taijeron added two RBI of his own. The Mets took a 3-1 lead after the top of the fourth and never once looked back, tacking on six more runs throughout the course of the game for the 9-2 final decision.

Key Stats

Robbie Shields: 4-for-5, 2 2B, 3 R

Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI

Dustin Lawley: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Travis Taijeron: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Joe Bonfe: 2-for-4, 1 2B

Noah Syndergaard: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 0 ER, 7 K

Hamilton Bennett: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 K

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Thurber’s 4-RBI Day Leads Charge In 13-5 St. Lucie Win Sun, 28 Apr 2013 09:00:43 +0000 427stlucie


St. Lucie 13, Bradenton 5

Marcos Camarena toed the rubber for St. Lucie on Saturday and ran into the equivalent of a brick wall when he couldn’t make it out of the fourth inning and allowed five earned runs. The good news, however, is that the St. Lucie bullpen and offense had his back – with five-and-a-third scoreless and 13 runs, respectively.

Camarena struggled right out of the gate, giving up a two-run single and an RBI groundout in the first. He allowed a solo home run to Gregory Polanco in the third – and allowed another run to pass in the fourth due to a wild pitch. He was removed from the game shortly after that in favor of Estarlin Morel, and this started a streak of some excellent work from the St. Lucie bullpen. Morel, Randy Fontanez, and Wanel Vasquez combined to pitch the rest of the game scoreless.

This went by the boards, however, because St. Lucie exploded offensively. Rylan Sandoval singled and drove home two in the bottom of the first, and Dustin Lawley followed him with an RBI grounder. Aderlin Rodriguez did his part to help the cause with an RBI double in the third. Charles Thurber, Gilbert Gomez, and Cam Maron would all do some damage in the six-run fifth inning – where St. Lucie batted around. Thurber came back to crush a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to make the game 13-5, which turned out to be the final result.

Key Stats

Cam Maron: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Matt Reynolds: 1-for-4, 1 BB, 2 R

Aderlin Rodriguez: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Rylan Sandoval: 2-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R

Dustin Lawley: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Charles Thurber: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Gilbert Gomez: 1-for-3, 2 RBI, 1 R

Marcos Camarena: 3.2 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 ER, 2 K

Estarlin Morel: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 2 K

Randy Fontanez: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 0 ER, 1 K

Wanel Vasquez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

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Wilmer Flores Named To Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet Fri, 19 Apr 2013 21:17:07 +0000 wilmer - flores

For the first two weeks of the minor league season, the Mets were represented with a prospect cracking the Baseball America Hot Sheet. Last week it was Rafael Montero. This week, it’s Wilmer Flores. Both players were listed “In The Team Photo,” which is basically considered an honorable mention.

As I stated in the Mets Minors Report earlier today, Flores is quietly having a nice season offensively. This fine hitting prospect seems like he has been overshadowed by Travis d’Arnaud and Zack Wheeler for these first couple of weeks. But Flores continues to put up solid numbers, and hit his first home run of the season last night, adding three RBI in the Las Vegas 51s victory.

For his efforts over the past week, he was selected to Baseball America’s Hot Sheet. Here’s what they had to say about him:

Wilmer Flores, 3b, Mets. Against the backdrop of Triple-A Las Vegas teammates Zack Wheeler (blister on middle finger) and Travis d’Arnaud (broken foot) dealing with injury woes, Flores just keeps hitting. The 21-year-old went 12-for-30 (.400) with a homer and four doubles this week, but more remarkably he has just three strikeouts in 15 games this season.

Baseball America has to update their files, Flores has been playing second base the majority of the year. But that is besides the point, and Flores is having an excellent season. With the news that d’Arnaud will not require surgery, he should be back in eight weeks or sooner. This could be a chance for Flores to pull himself out of the shadows again with a continued hot play.

I was kind of shocked to see no mention of Brandon Nimmo on the list. He has been virtually impossible to keep off the base paths this season, but it was most likely his power numbers that caused him to get snubbed. Out of all of his hits, he only has three for extra bases this year. Some players on the list had that many home runs alone this past week.

During the Hot Sheet Q&A session this afternoon, a couple of questions came up regarding some Mets prospects. I found one exchange very interesting, regarding Jacob deGrom, which is shared below:

  • John (Chicago): Might not be hot sheet worthy, but Jacob deGrom had an 8 ip, 3 h, 8 k, 1 bb line in his first AA start. He’s already 24 (missed a year to injury), but he looks like a major league starter in the making, no?
  • Matthew Eddy: Yes, deGrom has a great arm and *just missed* making the Mets Top 10. Some scouts who saw Savannah last year preferred him to Sand Gnats rotation-mates Michael Fulmer and Domingo Tapia. The area to watch for deGrom and all sinker-slider pitchers is the platoon split. Can he consistently retire lefthanded batters?

Players To Watch For Next Week’s Hot Sheet

  • Watch out for Aderlin Rodriguez, who is on a tear, and has homered in his last three games.
  • Jacob deGrom could crack the list with another solid start on his next visit to the mound.
  • Rafael Montero is always a threat—the kid is the goods.
  • Kevin Plawecki, who started the season hot and hasn’t started to cool off yet.
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Syndergaard Lit Up In 11-8 St. Lucie Loss To Fort Myers Fri, 19 Apr 2013 05:03:10 +0000 Fort Myers 11, St. Lucie 8

It was not a good day for the R.A. Dickey trade all around, as on the heels of the news to the injury of Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard had a rough time pitching for St. Lucie on Thursday evening. Syndergaard was in consideration for a promotion to Binghamton when Luis Mateo was placed on the DL – but was passed over in favor of Jacob deGrom, who shined in his debut on Wednesday night.

noah sybdergaard michael baronSyndergaard was left to make his scheduled start down in St. Lucie, but unfortunately for the young prospect, he ran into a bit of a wall. He lasted only three innings and was on the hook for seven earned runs off eight hits and two walks, while striking out two. He allowed one home run – a two-run jack in the first inning and never really looked comfortable after that. He allowed a lead-off double to begin the game to Adam Pettersen, who scored on the aforementioned two-run home run with two outs in the first. He gave up two hits in the second, but induced a double play to get out of it.

The third inning brought trouble for him again, however, where he struggled to get the third out once again. After allowing a lead-off single to Adam Pettersen again, he got the next two men out, although Pettersen stole second base. Syndergaard then allowed a walk, triple, single, walk, and double…ouch. The whole fiasco resulted in a five-run third inning and closing the door on Syndergaard’s evening.

St. Lucie overcame the 7-2 deficit by scoring five runs in the third inning, with the big blow coming on a two-run homer by Matt Reynolds, his first of the season. St. Lucie then took an 8-7 the lead in the fourth when Aderlin Rodriguez launched his third homer of the season – a solo job. However, the bullpen failed to get it done. After three hitless innings of solid relief from Jim Fuller, the next four relievers Wanel MesaHamilton Bennett and Randy Fontanez combined to surrender four runs over the final three innings.

Key Stats

Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Dustin Lawley: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 R

Matt Reynolds: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 R, 3 RBI

Gilbert Gomez: 2-for-4, 3 RBI, 2 K

Charles Thurber: 1-for-2, 2 BB, 1 R, 1 RBI

Noah Syndergaard: 3.0 IP. 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 1 HR

Jim Fuller: 3.0 IP. 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Hamilton Bennett: 1.0 IP. 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K

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Aderlin Rodriguez Homers In 5-2 St. Lucie Loss Thu, 18 Apr 2013 13:17:46 +0000 417stlucie

Charlotte 5, St. Lucie 2

Starting off ugly and not getting much better, the St. Lucie Mets got hit hard out of the gate by the Charlotte Stone Crabs and were unable to bounce back, falling by a score of 5-2.

Marcos Camarena took the hill for his start for the St. Lucie Mets and made it one he will soon like to forget. In just five innings of work, Camarena surrenedered four runs on six hits while walking three and failing to punch out a batter. Jake Hager led the game off with a double and was bunted over to third by Taylor Motter, putting him 90 feet away for Drew Vettleson who drove him home with a liner to Travis Taijeron in right that when for a RBI single. Jeff Malm hit a two-bagger of his own in the second to make a 2-0 ballgame and was quickly driven in by Jake DePew who had a Rib-eye steak of his own to make it a three-run lead. Then in the third, Richie Shaffer served up a solo shot that went to left for a home run. Camarena settled down for his final two innings of work but the damage was done as his he takes his first loss of the season while his ERA ballooned to 8.31.

Pedro Feliciano and Frank Francisco each pitched an inning of scoreless relief for their rehab appearances. Feliciano clocked in at 82-83mph as he did all spring. Hopefully he will be able to get his velocity back to his pre-Yankee days.

The St. Lucie Mets on the other hand were baffled by the Stone Crab’s Jesse Hahn. Hahn went only three innings, however surrendered just one hit while striking out six. Jake Floethe took over duties and continued to hold the Mets off the board until the seventh. Aderlin Rodriguez started off the rally with a homer to left to make it a three run ballgame. Travis Taijeron hit a single then got himself into scoring position on a wild pitch. Albert Cordero would drive him in to make it a two-run game however it wouldn’t be enough as the Mets would go onto lose by a score of 5-2, falling to 9-4 on the season overall.

Key Stats

Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Albert Cordero: 2-for-3, 1 RBI

Travis Taijeron: 1-for-3, 1 R

Pedro Feliciano: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K (Fastball at 82-83 MPH)

Frank Francisco: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (Fastball at 90-92 MPH)

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Rodriguez And Lawley Homer, Robles Rocks In St. Lucie Win Wed, 17 Apr 2013 09:00:31 +0000 416St.Lucie


St. Lucie 13, Charlotte 3

Twas a good night for those following St. Lucie as the Met offense down south backed up some strong pitching from Hansel Robles for a commanding 13-3 victory.

Hansel Robles continued a string of solid work so far in St. Lucie with a good start on Tuesday night, going six innings while allowing three runs off  four hits and three walks. He struck out three batters and allowed a two-run home run in the sixth inning. His only run was allowed on a sacrifice fly in the fourth, right after he allowed a runner to advance due to a wild pitch. All in all, it was a good night for Robles – even if he met the bare minimum for a quality start.

The real story of the game, of course, was the St. Lucie offense. Cam Maron did the early damage with a two-run triple in the third inning, but the best was yet to come. A five-run fourth inning was sparked with a lead-off home run by Aderlin Rodriguez, and followed by RBIs from the likes of Cam Maron (again), Matt Reynolds, TJ Rivera, and Brian Harrison. Rivera walked home a run, Maron and Reynolds singled, and Harrison lifted a sacrifice fly.

The sixth inning was even huger for the Mets, which was capped off by a Dustin Lawley grand slam. St. Lucie banged out thirteen hits in this game overall, so it was a great night. Every starter picked up at least one hit.

Key Stats

Cam Maron: 3-for-5, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 R

Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-for-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Dustin Lawley: 1-for-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 R

Gilbert Gomez: 1-for-3, 2 R, 2 BB

Hansel Robles: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 ER, 3 K

Estarlin Morel: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 K, 0 ER

Wanel Mesa: 1.0 IP, 0 ER

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