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#21 LHP Josh Smoker

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 250 Level: AAA & MLB

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

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

Last year: #27

2016 team:  New York Mets/Las Vegas 51s

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Outlook –

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

#22 OF Ricardo Cespedes

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

2016 Level: Rookie League Kingsport Mets

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

Last Year: #57

2016 team: Kingsport Mets

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

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

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

Mike M adds…

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

2017 Outlook -

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

#23 LHP P.J. Conlon

Ht: 5’11″ Wt: 190 Level: Single-A

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

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

Last year: #71

2016 team: Columbia Fireflies/St. Lucie Mets

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Outlook -

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


#24 3B David Thompson

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

2016 Level: Single-A

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

Last Year: #23

2016 team: Columbia Firelfies & St. Lucie Mets

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

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

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

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

Mike M adds…

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

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

2017 Outlook -

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

#25 RHP Harol Gonzalez

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

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

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

Last year: #43

2016 team: Brooklyn Cyclones

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

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

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

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

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

2017 Outlook -

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


1. Amed Rosario, SS

2. Dominic Smith, 1B

3. Robert Gsellman, RHP

4. Thomas Szapucki, LHP

5. Desmond Lindsay, OF

6. Justin Dunn, RHP

7. Gavin Cecchini, INF

8. Brandon Nimmo, OF

9. Andres Gimenez, SS

10. Tomas Nido, C

11. Wuilmer Becerra, OF

12. Peter Alonso, 1B

13. Marcos Molina, RHP

14. Ali Sanchez, C

15. T.J. Rivera, INF

16. Luis Carpio, INF

17. Merandy Gonzalez, RHP

18. Gabriel Ynoa, RHP

19. Gregory Guerrero, SS

20. Chris Flexen, RHP

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

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

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

#5 Merandy Gonzalez

2016 team:  Brooklyn Cyclones

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

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

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

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

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

#4 Chris Flexen

2016 team:  St. Lucie Mets

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

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

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

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

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#3 Marcos Molina

2016 team: Scottsdale Scorpions (AFL)

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

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

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

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

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

#2 Justin Dunn

2016 team:  Brooklyn Cyclones

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

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

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

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

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

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


#1 Robert Gsellman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Honorable Mention -

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

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

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2017 Top 30 Mets Prospects: No. 3 Robert Gsellman, SP Tue, 03 Jan 2017 15:30:28 +0000 robert-gsellman

#3 Robert Gsellman

Ht: 6’4″ Wt: 200 Level: Binghamton/Las Vegas/Mets

B/T: R/R Age: 7/18/1993 (23)

Acquired: Selected in the 13th round of the 2011 draft from Westchester HS, CA

Last Year: #10

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

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

Robert burst onto the Major League scene like a gazelle out of necessity from injuries to the Mets rotation.

The Mets 13th round pick in 2011 out of Westchester High School in Los Angeles, California put himself on everyone’s radar with a great 2016 campaign that included shining during his major league time.

Gsellman fits in with the rest of the Mets current starting pitchers who are all very good athletes, he was a two-sport star in high school. He was team captain on the basketball team his senior year and they also that won back-to-back State Championships. He can also swing the bat too, during his junior year he hit .649 with eight home runs in just 81 at bats. You can see his athleticism on the mound as well where he’s a good fielder and has a quick pick-off move to first base.

The Jacob deGrom look-alike had a fine season in 2015 when he went 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 143.1 innings between the St. Lucie and Binghamton Mets. Despite the success there were still some questions of future potential mostly in part due to his unimpressive 5.4 K/9.

Prior to 2016, the big strengths for Gsellman were his abilities to get ground balls (61% for St. Lucie & 54% for Binghamton in 2015) and keeping the ball in the park (0.4 HR/9 in MiLB career). Both of them stayed true in his big league debut too. He posted a 57% ground ball rate (would have been 2nd among ML qualified starters) and only gave up one home run in 44.2 innings.

The Mets promoted Gsellman when Steven Matz landed on the disabled list on August 22 and intended to use him out of the bullpen. His first big league action came the next day when Jon Niese retired only one batter before departing against the St. Louis Cardinals. Gsellman would pitch 3.2 scoreless innings while earning himself a start.

Gsellman would then find himself in the rotation making seven starts with a 2.63 ERA and 8.8 K/9. That last number (albeit in small sample size) is a big reason why the long-term outlook has improved for Gsellman from being a 4/5th starter to a possible middle of the rotation guy.

Why where his strikeouts up? Gsellman averaged 94.6 MPH on his fastball and maxed out at 97. Prior to 2016, he was someone that sat in the 91-93 range while topping out at 95.

The other reason the boost in strikeouts is the refinement of his slider which was really just his third pitch coming into 2016. Gsellman credits Binghamton pitching coach Glenn Abbott with helping the transformation of his now strong slider. He threw the pitch 145 times in the majors according to FanGraphs and held opponents to a .460 OPS.

Jacob Resnick adds:

Gsellman’s minor league experience surely helped him jump right into the fire last season, and succeed in his role. Given that, he won’t be subjected to the growing pains in 2017, should his number be called again. As Mike noted above, he’s come a long way in terms of his makeup, and his ability to keep the ball in the park was crucial. He’s the only starter in Mets history to allow one home run or fewer in 40 or more innings pitched, in one season.

Spring Training should reveal, among other things, whether Zack Wheeler is given a spot in the rotation from the get go, or if Gsellman has earned the fifth starter job.

2017 Outlook: 

I’m sure the Mets will get a ton of calls on Gsellman this offseason, but Sandy would be smart to hold onto him as insurance with a large portion of the rotation coming off surgery. Gsellman is a good bet to be in the Mets rotation at some point for the aforementioned reason. Sandy also also mentioned using Gsellman out of the major league bullpen.


1. Amed Rosario, SS

2. Dominic Smith, 1B

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Don’t Sleep On Hansel Robles Mon, 19 Dec 2016 14:00:23 +0000 hansel robles

With many of the big relievers off the market, Jerry Blevins is left in a great position. At 33 years old, the lefty might just get the three year deal he’s been asking for. It remains to be seen, however, if the Mets will be the team that gives it to him as Sandy Alderson essentially abhors multi-year deals for relievers.

As of right now, the Mets have lefties Josh Smoker and Josh Edgin on their roster. It is a common notion that one puts in lefty pitchers to face lefty hitters, however in some cases, righties can be just as if not more effective. Below are 2016 splits of three Mets relievers against lefties:

Player A: .360/.448/.600 – 25 AB, 2 HR, 3 BB
Player B: .179/.287/.299 – 117 AB, 2 HR, 18 BB
Player C: .235/.300/.235 – 17 AB, 0 HR, 2 BB

If you guessed that Player B was righty Hansel Robles, you were right. Obviously the sample sizes for Edgin and Smoker are small, however the 135 plate appearances lefty batters had against Robles is a large enough sample size to say that he is effective against them.

Robles is as streaky a pitcher as Lucas Duda is a hitter. After posting a 1.69 ERA in April, he followed it up with a 5.11 ERA in May and 2.93 in June. He then didn’t allow an earned run in 11.2 July innings before posting a 9.00 ERA in 15 August innings. He then finished the year with a 0.75 ERA in 12 September innings (0 ER in 0.2 October innings).

The facts remain that he is young, cheap, and has a very powerful arm with a good slider and a developing changeup. He has shown flashes of greatness and it is entirely possible that he emerges as a go-to reliever in 2017. If the Mets do not bring back Jerry Blevins, which seems like what will happen, the Mets must also realize that Robles is a viable option against lefties if Edgin and/or Smoker can’t get it done.

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Cardinals Agree To Deal With Dexter Fowler Fri, 09 Dec 2016 01:35:11 +0000 dexter-fowler

Update, 9:15 p.m.

The deal has been agreed to, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The exact details are yet to come, but Heyman’s sources say it’s at least five years at $16 million per season ($80 million total).

Original Post, 8:35 p.m.

Free agent outfielder Dexter Fowler will be in St. Louis for a physical with the Cardinals tomorrow, indicating a deal is close, reports Frank Cusumano of KFNS 560 The Fan.  While no details of a contract are public, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Cardinals made an “over the top” offer to Fowler.

Fowler had one of his finest seasons of his nine-year career, slashing .276/.393/.447 with 13 home runs, 48 RBI, and 85 runs scored in 125 games played. Fowler set career highs in OBP, BB% (14.3), wRC+ (129), and fWAR (4.7). In terms of National League outfielders, Fowler ranked second on FanGraphs in fWAR behind only teammate Kris Bryant (ranked as both third baseman and outfielder).

Fowler also posted positive numbers in center field this season, the first time he’s done so over a full season, according to FanGraphs. Fowler posted a 1.0 UZR/150 while manning center, with one defensive run saved, and also posted a 2.7 defensive rating on FanGraphs as well, which was a career high.

Fowler was once thought to be the backup plan for the Mets before they re-signed Yoenis Cespedes to a four-year deal, which remains the biggest contract signed by a free agent this offseason.

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2016 Mets Report Cards: Hansel Robles, RHP Sun, 27 Nov 2016 19:04:29 +0000 hansel robles

Hansel Robles, RHP

Player Data: Age: 26, B/T: Right/Right, Free Agency: 2021

2016 Primary Stats: 6-4, 3.48 ERA, 77.2 IP, 36 BB, 1.352 WHIP, 85 K

2016 Review:

Hansel Robles‘ 2016 season got off to a spectacular start. It finally seemed as if Robles was going to maximize his potential and put it all together, but it was another up and down season overall.

Through the month of April, Robles had a 1.69 ERA in 10.2 innings pitched during 12 appearances. The Mets thought that Robles could finally be that reliable shut-down reliever during those critical 7th innings, but as the season went on, he just could not be trusted in big spots.

There have been too many times where Robles gave up the big hit that doomed the Mets. Whether that was him giving up a two-run homer to Tyler Saladino of the Chicago White Sox, blowing the lead to the Arizona Diamondbacks in August or having a complete meltdown against the Yankees, courtesy of Mark Teixeira.

The most frustrating thing about Robles is that he has the talent to be a dominant reliever, but it has not come to fruition yet. His greatest attribute is that he does not shy away from the bright lights and high-pressure situations, which is key for a reliever that wants to pitch late in the games.

Robles’ undoing is most definitely his inconsistency. One night he looks unhittable, hitting all of his targets and blowing away the oppositions. Then on other nights, he is reminiscent of Aaron Heilman, giving up the big hits at the most inopportune times due to a lack of command.

2016 Grade: C+

2017 Outlook:

I expect that he will have a similar role next season as he did this past season. Occasionally Robles will be asked to get big outs in big spots. I anticipate that sometimes he will and other times he won’t. Even before the disappointing news about Jeurys Familia it was widely reported and Sandy Alderson said himself that adding a late-inning reliever would be a top priority. That’s essentially a function of Robles not stepping up as the team had hoped.

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Wild Card Wednesday: Noah Syndergaard vs Giants Lineup Mon, 03 Oct 2016 18:01:31 +0000 noah syndergaard 2

In Wednesday’s Wild Card Game, Noah Syndergaard will have to be at his best because Madison Bumgarner is not only a great postseason pitcher, but he is also great against the Mets. In Bumgarner’s career, he has made six starts against the Mets going 5-0 with a 1.86 ERA and a 1.025 WHIP. In four starts at Citi Field, Bumgarner is 4-0 with a 0.62 ERA and a 0.828 WHIP.

The only time Syndergaard and Bumgarner have gone head-to-head was on May 1st of this year in a matchup that was best remembered by Mets fans as the day Michael Conforto began struggling. Bumgarner would get the better of that matchup earning the win over Syndergaard, who struggled in the wet weather.

In Syndergaard’s career, he has made three starts against the Giants going 1-2 with a 3.66 ERA and a 1.119 WHIP. He’s going to have to be better than that if the Mets are going to have a chance to win the Wild Card Game. Simply put, Syndergaard is going to have to be dominant against a Giants 40 man roster he has fared pretty well against in his career:

Presumed Starting Lineup:

  1. Denard Span 0-6, K
  2. Brandon Belt 0-6, RBI, 3 BB, 3 K
  3. Buster Posey 3-6, K
  4. Hunter Pence 1-5, HR, 2 RBI, K
  5. Brandon Crawford 2-8, K
  6. Angel Pagan 0-5, RBI, BB, K
  7. Joe Panik 2-6
  8. Conor Gillaspie – never faced
  9. Madison Bumgarner 0-2, K


Never Faced (2016 v. RHP):

Looking over the numbers, the only batter that scares you facing Syndergaard is Buster Posey. Other than Posey, and one bad pitch to Hunter Pence, Syndergaard has completely dominated this Giants team. Therefore, if Syndergaard goes out there and pitches against the Giants players like he always does, the Mets stand to have an excellent chance of outlasting Bumgarner and winning the Wild Card Game.

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Wild Card Wednesday: Mets Batters vs Madison Bumgarner Mon, 03 Oct 2016 16:38:25 +0000 091215-mlb-madison-bumgarner

As we head to the Wild Card Game, we already know that we are going to see an epic pitching matchup between Madison Bumgarner and Noah Syndergaard. Presumably, this game is going to be won and lost on which pitcher blinks first and allows a run. It is going to be a daunting task for both offenses.

In Bumgarner’s career, he has made six starts against the Mets going 5-0 with a 1.86 ERA and a 1.025 WHIP. In four starts at Citi Field, Bumgarner is 4-0 with a 0.62 ERA and a 0.828 WHIP. Bumgarner faced the Mets twice this year with very different results.

On a May 1st game at Citi Field, Bumgarner earned the win pitching six shutout innings allowing six hits and three walks while striking out seven. On an August 18th game at AT&T Park, in what was supposed to be a pitcher’s duel against Jacob deGrom, both pitchers struggled. Bumgarner still got the win despite allowing six hits, four runs, four earned, and three walks with six strikeouts over just five innings.

With that in mind, looking at the recent history, the Mets do have something to build their confidence against Bumgarner as they head into Wednesday’s game. There’s reason for confidence because the healthy Mets on the 40 man roster have actually fared well against Bumgarner:

Presumable Starting Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes 3-9
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera 3-7, 2 RBI, K
  3. Yoenis Cespedes 3-10, 2B, RBI, 3 BB, 3 K
  4. Curtis Granderson 0-3, BB, K
  5. Jay Bruce 3-23, HR, 4 RBI, 6 K
  6. T.J. Rivera 2-3
  7. Lucas Duda 0-1
  8. Rene Rivera 2-3, 2B, HR, 5 RBI
  9. Noah Syndergaard 0-2, K


Have Never Faced Bumgarner (2016 against LHP):

Look, anytime you face Bumgarner in an elimination game, you should not feel comfortable. In the 2014 Wild Card Game, Bumgarner pitched a complete game, four hit, one walk, 10 strikeout shutout. In Game 7 of the 2014 World Series, Bumgarner came out of the bullpen on two days rest to throw five shutout innings to give the Giants their third World Series title in five years.

Once again, this is an even numbered year, and the Giants are once again sending Bumgarner out to the mound to begin the run to another World Series. Standing in his way is one of the league’s top young arms in Noah Syndergaard, and a collection of Mets bats that have hit Bumgarner pretty well. The Mets have a very good chance to win this game.

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

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

#15 RHP Seth Lugo

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

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

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

Preseason Rank: #12

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

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

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

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

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

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

#14 C Tomas Nido

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

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

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

Preseason Rank: #74

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

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

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

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

#13 1B Peter Alonso

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

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

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

Preseason Rank: Drafted this season.

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

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

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

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

#12 SS Luis Carpio

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

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

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

Preseason Rank: #8

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

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

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

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

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

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

#11 C Ali Sanchez

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

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

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

Preseason Rank: #15

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

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

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

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

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

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Mets Minors: Top 30 Prospects, #20-16 Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:00:24 +0000 david-thompson-ed-delany

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

#50 Phillip Evans UTI

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

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

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

Preseason Rank: Unranked

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

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

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

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

#19 David Thompson 3B

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

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

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

Preseason Rank: #23

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

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

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

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

#18 Marcos Molina RHP

Ht: 6’3″  Wt: 188  Level: None

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

Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012

Preseason Rank: #9

2016 Statistics:  Has not played.

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

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

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

#17 Gabriel Ynoa RHP

Ht: 6’2″  Wt: 160   Level:  MLB

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

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

Preseason Rank: #14

2016 Statistics:

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

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

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

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

#16 Anthony Kay LHP

Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 186   Level:  None

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

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

Preseason Rank: Unranked

2016 Statistics:  None

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

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

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

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MMO Game Thread: Nationals vs Mets – ESPN Sunday Night Baseball Sun, 04 Sep 2016 20:32:47 +0000 seth lugo

Sunday, September 4, 2016 • 8:08 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Reynaldo Lopez (2-2, 5.33) vs. RHP Seth Lugo (2-2, 2.60)
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The Mets won a close one last night and now find themselves only a game behind the Cardinals for that second Wild Card spot, as they continue their series with Washington. The Mets have won 10 of their last 14 games and are 6-3 so far on this homestand which concludes tonight.

Mets Lineup

  1. Jose Reyes – 3B
  2. Asdrubal Cabrera – SS
  3. Yoenis Cespedes – LF
  4. Curtis Granderson – CF
  5. Wilmer Flores – 2B
  6. Jay Bruce – RF
  7. James Loney – 1B
  8. Rene Rivera – C
  9. Seth Lugo – RHP

Nationals Lineup

  1. Trea Turner – CF
  2. Jayson Werth – LF
  3. Daniel Murphy – 2B
  4. Bryce Harper – RF
  5. Anthony Rendon – 3B
  6. Wilson Ramos – C
  7. Ryan Zimmerman – 1B
  8. Danny Espinosa – SS
  9. Reynaldo Lopez – RHP

The Mets will turn to Seth Lugo who is 2-2 over 12 games and 3 starts this year pitching 34.2 innings with a 2.60 ERA while striking out 28. As a starter, he has allowed only 5 runs over 17.2 innings with a 2.55 ERA while striking out 12. He has also faced Washington earlier this season pitching 2.0 innings in relief walking 2 and allowing no hits, the Nationals have the following numbers against him:

  • Espinonsa 0-0, BB
  • Haper 0-1
  • Murphy 0-1, K
  • Ramos 0-1
  • Rendon 0-1
  • Robinson 0-1
  • Werth 0-0, BB

The Mets bats will get to face a Rookie tonight also. Reynaldo Lopez is 2-2 over his first 5 games and starts as a major league pitcher allowing 18 runs, 15 earned over 25.1 innings (5.33 ERA). That really makes it seem worse than it is. Lopez had a rough major league debut against the Dodgers and a rough game against Baltimore before going down to the minors in late August waiting for roster expansion. His starts in between were mostly fine. He has never faced the Mets or anyone on the Mets roster.

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Mets Minors: Rosario, Smith Collect Three Hits in B-Mets Win Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:30:12 +0000 dominic smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

High-A is more Delgado’s speed.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mets Minors: Midseason Top Prospects #30-26 Wed, 17 Aug 2016 18:15:34 +0000 Photo courtesy of Al Rabon/Midland Sports

Photo courtesy of Al Rabon/Midland Sports

A few weeks ago we started our Mets midseason prospects countdown at and we are happy to bring you the Top 30 here at MMO. We covered 50 Mets minor leaguers overall and you can read the rest from the links at the bottom.

#30 SS Milton Ramos

HT: 5’11 WT: 180 Level: Low-A Columbia

B/T: R/R Age: 8/26/1995 (20) Age Dif: -1.4

Acquired: Selected in the third round of the 2014 MLB Draft from American Heritage HS (FL).

Preseason Rank: #19

2016 Statistics: 322 AB, 71 H, 13 2B, 2 3B, 32 RBI, 28 BB, 78 K, 3 SB, .220/.292/.273

Profile: Nobody expected Ramos’ bat to outshine his glove coming out of high school, but he has put together a brutal season at the plate in 2016, his first above rookie ball. The Mets chose to have Ramos skip Brooklyn after he hit .317 in Kingsport last season, but his average has since plummeted. However, his walk rate has gone up, leaving hope that he may eventually get on base at a somewhat decent clip.

In the field, Ramos’ glove has been as advertised and is what carries his prospect value. The defense may not be hurting him, but the question on Ramos is how far it will take him. The offensive struggles led to an 11 spot drop in our rankings.

What’s Next: Ramos may be called to repeat Columbia next year, or St. Lucie if he finishes the year strong.

#29 2B/SS Michael Paez

HT: 5’8″ WT: 175 Level: Short-Season A Brooklyn

B/T: R/R Age: 12/8/1994 (21) Age Dif: 0.0

Acquired: Selected in the fourth round of the 2016 MLB Draft from Coastal Carolina.

Preseason Rank: N/A

2016 Statistics: 107 AB, 18 H, 6 2B, HR, 6 RBI, 12 BB, 128 K, 3 SB, .168/.262/.252

Profile: Only a select few can say they were NCAA national champions, but Paez brings that winning mentality with him to the organization. The Chanticleer shortstop has shifted over to second base with Brooklyn, and there has been nothing to complain about there so far. The turf field at MCU Park tends to give first year players fits, but the 21-year-old has been spotless.

When the Mets took Paez this year, the early comparisons were to Dilson Herrera, which is both accurate and familiar to Mets fans. At only 5’8″ Paez hit 15 long balls this year at Coastal Carolina, and like Herrera, uses a home run swing. As he improved his home run totals, Paez has struck out more, evidenced by his early returns with Brooklyn.

What’s Next: He’ll continue to get his feet wet with the Cyclones and head to Columbia in 2017.

#28 LHP PJ Conlon

Ht: 5’11” Wt: 190 Level: High-A St. Lucie Mets

B/T: L/L Age: 11/11/1993 (22) Age Dif: -1.1

Acquired: Selected in the 13th round of the 2015 MLB draft

Preseason Rank: #71

2016 Statistics: 11-2, 1.81 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 129.0 IP, 109 H, 18 BB, 99 K

Profile: The Belfast, Ireland born southpaw pitched out of the Brooklyn bullpen last season and did so with success. His move to the Columbia rotation to start the season surprised a few, but has been an outstanding move as the SAL All-Star was promoted to St. Lucie for the second half. Where he has continued to dominate.

He does it with the command of a veteran, (selected among the best in the system in the pre-season here at MMN) not a guy 13 months into his pro career. He can throw four pitches for strikes, (really five, since he will show you two different fastballs). His fastball will top out at 91-92 and sit consistently at 87-90, a changeup that grades as plus; bordering plus plus. An average slider with a curveball that is a little better than a show me pitch.

He has a much more advanced approach on the mound than most guys in the major leagues. In a recent interview with Fangraphs;

“I can take something away from an outing like that. Velocity isn’t necessarily what gets guys out. Guys get themselves out all the time. You can frustrate hitters. If they don’t know what’s coming, and they’re not getting what they like to see… like I said, I’m changing speeds and trying to keep hitters off balance.”

Adding “If I’m down on the count 2-0, I might throw my two-seam 86 and let him beat it into the ground. He’s looking fastball, so rather than humping up and trying to throw it by him, I’ll dial it down below the hitting speed and let him get himself out.”

He has been given a future LOOGY label, though it may be a bit premature, with his Colon like method throwing strikes (1.2 BB/9 in his career) he has been comped to Jamie Moyer.

What’s Next: As he has surpassed 120 innings on the season, I would expect him to finish the season in High-A with a spot waiting for him in the Binghamton rotation in 2017. He really won’t be tested until then as his command is just that much better than the competition.

(Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

(Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

#27 RHP Harol Gonzalez

HT: 6’0″ WT: 170 Level: Short-Season A Brooklyn

B/T: R/R Age: 3/2/1995 (21) Age Dif: -0.4

Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on March 26, 2014.

Preseason Rank: #45

2016 Statistics: 9 GS, 5-1, 1.57 ERA, 63.0 IP, 41 H, 11 R/11 ER, 74 K, 13 BB, 1 HR, .182 BAA, 0.86 WHIP

Profile: In a season that has seen the Cyclones stacked with top prospects, yet fail to see results, the one constant has been Gonzalez, who is 5-1 with a 1.57 ERA through 10 starts. He’s taken off this season, leading the New York-Penn League with 74 strikeouts, which is already a career high.

The slender right-hander’s fastball sits from 88-90 miles per hour, although he has been able to reach 94 at times. He mixes speeds with a plus changeup and a curveball, which is still developing. Gonzalez has been successful by putting a little extra velocity on his pitches when he needs to, and taking some off when the situation calls for it. He possesses uncanny instincts and knowledge for a pitcher his age, and should throw harder as his body fills out.

What’s Next: It would not be a shock to see Gonzalez earn a few starts in Columbia before the end of the season and start there next year.

#26 3B/1B Jhoan Urena

HT: 6’1″ WT: 230 Level: Hi-A St. Lucie

B/T: S/R Age: 9/1/1994 (21) Age Dif: -1.7

Acquired: Signed as a non-drafted free agent on September 8, 2011.

Preseason Rank: #13

2016 Statistics: 338 AB, 73 H, 12 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 42 RBI, 37 BB, 64 K, .216/.293/.325

Profile: Big things were expected from Urena in 2016, but he hasn’t rebounded from an injury plagued 2015. He’s making less contact, striking out more, and has seen his average dip to an unsightly .216. On a positive note, Urena has already set his career high with seven home runs, so his strongest tool is still developing. At 21, Urena has always been younger than league average, and has plenty of time to return to his top prospect form like 2014, when he hit .300 with Brooklyn.

In the field, Urena has always been able to handle third base at the least, but he may be forced off the position if his range doesn’t improve. When the Mets promoted David Thompson to St. Lucie, Urena began to see some time at first base, so that may be an option for him going forward.

What’s Next: He likely won’t repeat St. Lucie a third time, but a strong finish will certainly help his case for a promotion to Binghamton.

Previous Rankings: 50-41, 40-31


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Mets Minors Recap: T.J. Rivera Finally Gets Chance Wed, 10 Aug 2016 13:30:35 +0000 t.j. rivera

Albuquerque Isotopes 7, Las Vegas 51s 0 Box Score

Rivera’s been called up!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Almonte has been erratic for Columbia.

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

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

(Jacob Resnick/MetsMinors.Net)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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


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

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Mets Minors Recap: Montero Twirls Gem For B-Mets Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:10:09 +0000 rafael montero

Reno Aces 3, Las Vegas 51s 2 (51-50) Box Score

Herrera ties his minor league season high with his 13th home run of the season.

This was Knapp’s AAA debut, and he did a great job. Sewald couldn’t hold the tie and allowed a home run in the top of the ninth inning.

Reading Fightin’ Phils 1, Binghamton Mets 0 (47-53) Box Score

Rosario is noticeably not in the lineup for the second time in three games. Not sure what the issue is there. Yes, Montero hit a triple.

  • Rafael Montero RHP 7 IP, 2 H, ER, 6 K 2.45 ERA (110 P, 69 S)
  • Logan Taylor RHP IP, BB 3.95 ERA

Montero’s best start of the year by far.

Columbia Fireflies 8 (45-55), Lexington Legends 2 Box Score

Winningham has homered in two straight games. Garcia has an extra base hit in his last three games.

  • Joe Shaw RHP 7 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 5 K 4.66 ERA

Shaw lost his no-hitter to the first batter of the 7th inning.

Brooklyn was Postponed

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Mets Minors Recap: Dominic Smith Blasts 12th Home Run Thu, 21 Jul 2016 13:00:40 +0000 Courtesy Binghamton Mets/Rick Nelson Photography

Courtesy Binghamton Mets/Rick Nelson Photography

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Minors Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tiberi is 5 for his last 12 with a double.

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

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

Full Season Single-A

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

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

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

Short Season Single-A

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

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

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

Rookie Complex League

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

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

Campusano received the tough luck loss.

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

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

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

Minor League Notes:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Henderson has been abysmal in Double-A.

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

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

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

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

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

Bashlor has dominated the South Atlantic League.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mets Minors Recap: Reyes Drives in Two, Becerra With Five Hits Thu, 30 Jun 2016 12:02:01 +0000 Jose-Reyes-20

Binghamton Mets 13, Altoona Curve 4

The Binghamton Mets won their fifth in their last six games. Binghamton had 19 hits and scored ten or more for the first time since May the 31st.

  • Jose Reyes 3B: 1 for 4, 2 RBIs, R, K (first hit since joining the Mets organization)
  • Juan Lagares CF: 2 for 6, 3B, 2 RBIs, 2 K (second game of his rehab stint)
  • Amed Rosario SS: 1 for 4, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 R .400/.464/.640
  • Dominic Smith 1B: 3 for 6, 2 2B, 2 R, RBI .264/.322/.402

Amed Rosario had his fifth extra base hit in seven game since joining the Binghamton Mets. Smith had one RBI, he has seven RBIs in his last six games. Smith has 50 RBIs this year which is fourth in the Eastern League. Jayce Boyd went 4 for 5 with a triple and 2 RBIs. Stefan Sabol went 3 for 5 with a RBI and a double in the Binghamton offensive outburst.

Knuckleballer Mickey Jannis got his second win in a row after he went winless twelve starts in a row. He walked five or more for the fifth time this season as he keeps struggling with commanding the knuckler.

St. Lucie Mets 13 , Charlotte Stone Crabs 2

The St. Lucie Mets scored 13 runs on 18 hits in the win. Over the last three games the St. Lucie Mets have scored 39 runs.

Urena had his third straight three-hit game and is 10 for his last 14 with nine runs batted in. In those four games Urena has raised his batting average from .190 to .218. Becerra is 10 for his last 15, over that stretch Becerra has hit four doubles and a homerun. Katz joined the hit parade this time after he went 0 for 6 with six strikeouts in his last game against Jupiter. Everybody in the lineup got a hit except Tomas Nido who went 0 for 6.

P.J. Conlon picked up where he left off in the Florida State League pitching to a 2.45 ERA in three starts. This year combined with the St. Lucie Mets and Columbia Fireflies he is 9-1 with a 1.94 ERA.

Columbia Fireflies 10, Hickory Crawdads 1

The Fireflies scored ten runs for the second game in a row. They got 13 hits and six walks in the 10-1 victory. The Fireflies scored six in the seventh to break a 1-1 tie.

  • J.C. Rodriguez 2B: 2 for 5, 3B, 2 R, 2 K .250/.313/.369
  • David Thompson 3B: 2 for 4, 2 RBIs, 2 R .296/.346/.484
  • Jeff Diehl DH: 3 for 3, HR, 4 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 R .236/.333/.412
  • Patrick Mazeika C: 3 for 4, HR, 4 RBIs, BB, R .271/.352/.383

After two runs scored in the seventh Mazieka broke the game open with a grand slam. Mazieka has hit .314 in his last ten games. Jeff Diehl put the icing on the cake with his eighth homerun of the season, a two run shot in the ninth. He is tied for 10th in the SAL with those eight homeruns. When on the field Thompson has showed that he is a RBI machine. He added two to his league leading RBI total which stands at 56. Don’t forget he missed some time with injuries which makes it even more impressive that he leads the league.

Chase Ingram has been up and down so far this season. He made a solid start this time around allowing just a run for the third time in the last four games. The other game he started he allowed eleven earned. Ingram has pitched to a 1.51 WHIP. Witt Haggard has not allowed a run in his last seven outings, he’s pitched 10.1 scoreless innings in that span.

State College Spikes 10, Brooklyn Cyclones 9 F/11 

For the fifth time this season the Brooklyn Cyclones went to extra innings. Of those five games the Cyclones lost four. The Cyclones outhit the Spikes 14-13. It was not enough as their three-game winning streak was snapped.

Jay Jabs hit his first career triple, he has reached base safely in all nine games he has played. Colby Woodmansee had another multi-hit day, his fifth in his first eight games. Brandon Brosher hit his first home run of the year and his eleventh of his career.

Merandy Gonzalez had his first bad start of the season after allowing just one earned run in 11.1 innings. Over his minor league career Gonzalez is 12-8 with a 2.99 ERA. Austin McGeorge has not allowed a run since signing with the Mets. Sidearmer Alejandro Castro allowed the walk-off on a bases loaded hit by pitch.

Bluefield Blue Jays 5, Kingsport Mets 2

After going hitless in his first 24 at bats between the Brooklyn Cyclones and Kingsport Mets, De Aza went 4 for 4 in the loss.

Thomas Szapucki has allowed just four hits in 10.2 innings this season. He struck out 19 in those 10.2 innings pitched. Adrian Almeida allowed runs for the first time since joining the Kingsport Mets. He allowed his first career home run in 140.2 career innings.

GCL Nationals 6, GCL Mets 1

Ranfy Adon lead off the game with a solo homerun which accounted for all the runs the GCL Mets scored. The Mets collected just four hits and two walks in the loss.

Ranfy Adon hit his sixth career home run and his first in the United States. Terrazas had his first hit in 14 at bats this season.

  • Sixto Torres LHP: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, L (0-1 4.50 ERA)

Sixto Torres made his season debut in his second year with the Kingsport Mets. Last years 17th-round pick has gone 2-2 with a 3.24 in eleven career outings. It was the first start in his pro career. Richard Reina and Ronald Sanchez both allowed two runs in two innings.

The Las Vegas 51s were off on Wednesday. They start a four game series against Tacoma on Thursday.

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