Mets Merized Online » Binghamton Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:08:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.13 Brandon Nimmo Has Partial Tear In Left Foot http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/brandon-nimmo-has-partial-tear-in-left-foot.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/brandon-nimmo-has-partial-tear-in-left-foot.html/#comments Fri, 29 Jan 2016 22:24:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205346 Photo by MiLB.com

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The Mets announced today that outfield prospect Brandon Nimmo has a partial tendon tear in his left foot. He will be in a walking boot for for 10 days then will be reevaluated. He also received an anti-inflammatory injection from team doctors.

Nimmo is coming off a rough 2015 season in which he battled a knee injury and was hit in the face with a ball while playing for the Las Vegas 51′s. He played in a combined 104 games between the St. Lucie Mets, Binghamton Mets, and the 51′s, hitting .269/.362/.372 overall. He hit 16 doubles, four triples, five homeruns, and knocked in 25 runs.

The Mets drafted Nimmo as the 13th player overall in the 2011 draft out of Cheyenne Wyoming. He has hit .268/.381/.391 in 420 minor league games. He was recently ranked as the Mets number five prospect according to Baseball America.

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Dominic Smith Named Third Best First Base Prospect http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/dominic-smith-named-third-best-first-base-prospect.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/dominic-smith-named-third-best-first-base-prospect.html/#comments Sat, 23 Jan 2016 19:02:03 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=204834 Dominic - Smith

Last night before all the craziness and joy of the Mets bringing back Yoenis CespedesMLB Pipeline announced their Top 10 first base prospects. Mets prospect Dominic Smith came in at #3 after the Astros A.J. Reed (former Mets draft pick) and the Pirates Josh Bell.

Smith is coming off a great season in which he was the Florida State League Most Valuable Player after hitting .305/.354/.417 with a league leading 33 doubles and 79 RBI.

Here is a quote from the article:

With his excellent hand-eye coordination and mature approach, he barrels balls repeatedly and shows promising power during batting practice.

Dominic was also recently named to the Minor League All-Defensive team by MLB Pipeline, he had a great regular season and Arizona Fall League season with the glove. The 20-year old will begin the 2016 season in AA with the Binghamton Mets where we should see more power from him in a better hitters league and park.

He ended the season as the #92 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline but I think he will be higher when they release the new top 100 on January 29th.

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Mets Invite Gavin Cecchini, Dominic Smith To Big League Camp http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-invite-gavin-cecchini-dominic-smith-to-big-league-camp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-invite-gavin-cecchini-dominic-smith-to-big-league-camp.html/#comments Fri, 15 Jan 2016 22:27:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=204365 Photo by PressConnects.com

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The Mets have announced that they have invited first round picks Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini to Major League camp for Spring Training. They also invited pitchers Paul Sewald, Chasen Bradford, and Zack Thornton. For position players they invited T.J. Rivera, Johnny Monell, Xorge Carrillo, and Travis Taijeron.

Smith had a breakout year for the St. Lucie Mets hitting .305/.354/.417 with six homeruns and a league leading 33 doubles. He also led the Florida State League with his 79 RBI and was the named the leagues Most Valuable Player. He also had a great showing in the Arizona Fall League hitting .362/.483/.511 in 14 games for the Salt River Rafters.

Cecchini had a great year at the dish for the Binghamton Mets hitting .317/.377/.442 with 26 doubles, four triples, seven homeruns, and knocked in 51 runs. He was an Eastern League All-Star and the leagues Rookie of the Year. Cecchini enjoyed success in the AFL too in limited at bats going 5 for 13 with five runs scored and four walks before being shutdown because of an injury.

Both Smith and Cecchini were their respective teams recipient of the Sterling Award for the most valuable Mets player at that level.

Everyone on the Mets 40-man roster automatically receives an invite to big league camp. Ty Kelly, Stolmy Pimentel, Jim Henderson, and the recently signed Nevin Ashley also received invitations to MLB camp when they signed with the Mets.

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Mets Minors: Gsellman and Lugo Lead Our All Star Rotation http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-minors-gsellman-and-lugo-lead-our-all-star-rotation.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-minors-gsellman-and-lugo-lead-our-all-star-rotation.html/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 20:57:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203532 tumblr_inline_nv38ewGYaK1r9qiw6_1280

This is the second part of our four part series in which we choose our best 25-man roster from the Mets minor leagues based on their 2015 statistics. This group took a major hit with the Mets trades during the deadline which included starters Michael FulmerLuis CessaRobert WhalenJohn Gant, and Miller Diaz.

Missing from the list is also Steven Matz (7-4, 2.19 ERA with 51’s) who didn’t pitch enough innings to qualify for the league leaders in Pacific Coast League. I left off Martires Arias (8-5, 2.29 ERA in A-ball) who is no longer part of the Mets system after becoming a free agent and signing with the San Diego Padres.

These selections are based on the statistics for each player and at what level/age they did them at. They are not an indication of how they would rank in a prospect list.

Here are my choices for the Top 5 Mets minor league starting pitchers in 2015:

1. Robert Gsellman – (Binghamton Mets) The 22-year old right-hander went 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA, 1.137 WHIP in 24 starts between the St. Lucie and Binghamton Mets. His ERA was second among Mets minor league full season qualified starters, his WHIP was third and the 13 wins were the most. He was named the Mets Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year and was also a Florida State League midseason All-Star.

2. Nicolas Debora – (DSL Mets) The Mets Sterling Award winner for the DSL Mets 2 had a great year going 5-2 with a 1.65 ERA and 0.943 WHIP in 15 appearances (10 starts) spanning 76.1 innings. The 21-year old right-handed pitcher also had a strong 5.38 BB and did not allow a home run the entire year. The Mets signed Nicolas out of the Dominican in 2012 for $115,000.

3. Nabil Crismatt – (GCL Mets) For the third straight year he pitched very well, this year for the Kingsport Mets in the Appalachian League going 6-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 1.032 WHIP. He allowed only 52 hits while striking out 63 in 62 innings spanning 12 appearances (8 starts). The right-hander from Barranquilla, Colombia turned 21-years old on Christmas.

4. Seth Lugo – (Las Vegas 51’s) The Mets 34th round pick in 2011 out of Centenary College of Louisiana made a name for himself this season pitching for the Binghamton Mets and 51’s. He finished going 8-7 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.250 WHIP (1.185 in Vegas). Lugo led all Mets minor league pitchers with the 127 batters he struck out in 136 innings spanning 24 starts. Here you can read my interview with Seth.

5. Casey Delgado – (Savannah Sand Gnats) The Mets signed the 25-year old righty out of the Frontier League on May 26th of this year and he made his debut just two days later throwing four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. He finished the year going 8-4 with a 3.17 ERA, 1.095 WHIP, and walked just 21 batters in 105 innings. His ERA was 4th among Mets full season starters and his WHIP was 2nd behind only Martires Arias.

Other starters that were considered are Merandy Gonzalez (2.56 ERA, 1.065 WHIP),  Ricky Knapp (3.05 ERA, 1.298 WHIP), Corey Oswalt (11 wins, 3.36 ERA), Scarlyn Reyes (12 wins, 0.4 HR/9), Thomas McIlraith (1.71 ERA, only 58 innings), and Adonis Uceta (3.08 ERA, 1.24 WHIP).

Here you can read the top eight position players that were already chosen for the All-Star team including Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini.

For more Mets minor league coverage and last night’s Winter League Recap head over to MetsMinors.net.

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B-Mets Sale Completed, New Owner Pledges To Stay In Binghamton http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/b-mets-sale-completed-new-owner-pledges-to-stay-in-binghamton.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/b-mets-sale-completed-new-owner-pledges-to-stay-in-binghamton.html/#comments Mon, 28 Dec 2015 21:09:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203228 NYSEG Stadium

Broadcaster Tim Heiman is reporting that Evans Street Baseball Inc., headed by John Hughes, have completed the purchase of the Binghamton Mets from the Binghamton Mets Baseball Club, Inc.

According to Heiman, the new ownership has pledged to keep the team in Binghamton and expand the B-Mets’ experience for families, students, businesses, and the New York Mets.

The Mets Double-A affiliate has been based in Binghamton, New York, for 24 years and have a silver anniversary celebration coming up in 2016.

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Jeff McNeil, Patrick Mazeika Are Mets Prospects To Watch In 2016 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/jeff-mcneil-patrick-mazeika-are-mets-prospects-to-watch-in-2016.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/jeff-mcneil-patrick-mazeika-are-mets-prospects-to-watch-in-2016.html/#comments Fri, 04 Dec 2015 16:47:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=201579 #11 for the K-Mets dives safely back into first. Photo by ned Jilton II

The guys over at 27 Outs Baseball released their list of the Top 27 hitting and pitching prospects to watch in the 2016 season. The list included two Mets prospects, utility player Jeff McNeil and catcher/first baseman Patrick Mazeika.

McNeil was a Florida State League mid-season and post-season all-star in 2015 after being a mid-season All-Star in the South Atlantic League in 2014. He hit .312/.372/.383 with 16 stolen bases and 80 runs scored in 119 games for the St. Lucie Mets this season before receiving a cup of coffee (4 games, 3-15 at plate) with the Binghamton Mets.

Jeff also played in the Arizona Fall League this year and while he struggled with the bat (.230/.309/.246 with 4 stolen bases), he did show off versatility playing shortstop, second base, third base, and left field.

The Mets selected the left-handed hitting Mazeika this June in the 8th round out of Stetson University. He started hitting the day he stepped on the field for the Kingsport Mets batting .354/.451/.540 with a league leading 27 doubles. He also had five homeruns and was 2nd in league with 48 RBI behind teammate Dash Winningham who had 51.

Patrick shared the Mets Sterling Award for Kingsport with teammate Kevin Kaczmarski who was drafted the round after him. He was also the Player of the Month for August in the Appalachian League and was a post-season all-star too. He caught 31 games this season while playing eleven at first base.

For more Mets minor league coverage including the Winter Ball Recap from last night with Wilmer Flores collecting two hits head over to MetsMinors.net.

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MMO Exclusive: Talkin’ Baseball With Mets Pitching Prospect Seth Lugo http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/mmo-exclusive-talkin-baseball-with-mets-pitching-prospect-seth-lugo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/mmo-exclusive-talkin-baseball-with-mets-pitching-prospect-seth-lugo.html/#comments Sun, 22 Nov 2015 14:00:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=200657 SethLugo_Binghamton_7j2ycxo1_r39gro0z

Yesterday the Mets added four players to their 40-man roster to protect them from the December 10th Rule 5 draft and one of them was starting pitcher Seth Lugo. The right-hander started a career high 24 games this year combined between the Binghamton Mets and Las Vegas 51′s.

He went 8-7 with 3.84 ERA and 1.250 WHIP while leading all Mets minor league pitchers with 127 strikeouts in 136 innings. His 8.01 K/9 in AA was good for fifth in the Eastern League for starting pitchers with at least 100 innings and he got even better with a 10.0 K/9 in AAA (27 innings).

The Mets drafted Lugo in the 34th round of the 2011 draft from the Centenary College of Louisiana. He caught the eye of Mets associate scout Jimmy Nelson who suggested Lugo to Tommy Jackson who is the Mets amateur scout in the deep south area. Jackson was able to see Lugo who struggled during his senior year (3-7, 5.57 ERA) two weeks before the draft according to an interview done by Mets beat writer Mike Vorkunov.

He had a solid pro debut with the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League making 11 appearances (10 starts) pitching to a 3.66 ERA when the league run average was 5.21. That offseason his career took a turn for the worse when he found out after numerous MRI’s that he had spondylolisthesis which is the forward displacement of a vertebra.

Doctors told Seth that he might never pitch again he underwent a lumbar fusion and surgery that lasted nearly ten hours. The surgery took him out of the entire 2012 season as he stayed bedridden for three months.

Somehow he beat the long odds to return to the mound in 2013 making 12 starts between the Brooklyn Cyclones and Savannah Sand Gnats. In 2014, Lugo pitched a career high 105 innings in 27 games including four starts and picked up three saves.

This year when I saw Lugo pitch in person I was struck by hhis ability to get batters out without the necessity of a blazing fastball. All the contact against him was weak, the opposing hitters were unable to square up any of his pitches. I talked to two American League scouts the day after his start and they both said they liked Lugos’ pitchability. They also both said they had him labeled with 4/5 starter potential in the big leagues.

MMO – First off just want to thank you for taking the time to answer some questions and congrats on being added to the Mets 40-man roster.

Seth – Thank you.

MMO - What was it like to make it to AAA this year and play for a manager like Wally?

Seth - It was pretty awesome. It was great to play with a bunch of older guys with a ton of experience. I felt like everyday I was able to bring in some new information and just see the game a little differently. Play for Wally was pretty cool. I could definitely tell he was an old school type coach and it made me feel more mature and professional playing for a guy like that. Wally was great.

MMO - For people that haven’t seen you pitch before can you tell me a little bit about what you throw and how you like to attack hitters/lineup?

Seth - Well I think I’m a lot different than a lot of pitchers. I like to try to induce a lot of early contact with a 2 seamer and my slider/change up. If I do get ahead in the count, I like to turn my stuff up a notch and bring my 4 seamer about 4-7 mph faster than my 2 seamer and I mix my curveball in for a swing and miss in the dirt or freeze them with it in the zone. I’ve always relied on my curveball in the dirt and my fastball up out of the zone for strikeout situations.

MMO - The first time I saw you (in Portland) I was impressed with your ability to stay away from the barrel of bats. And you weren’t afraid to throw any pitch in any count. What do you think you need to improve on to be able to pitch at the Major League level?

Seth - That’s come with maturity and my control of mechanics. I think I need to just keep perfecting my mechanics and work on my control with my secondary pitches. Also, I plan to really work on my 2 seamer movement this offseason… I’m really hitting the gym hard this offseason so hopefully I can bring in a little more velocity next year. Confidence is always a must so I also have to just keep my head up and stay confident that everything I’m doing is going to put me in the position I want to be in.

MMO - You are participating in the Barwis program, is it your first time?

Seth – Yes, I am in Florida right now for the program.

MMO - What is a normal day like in the program, do you have a specialized workout being a pitcher?

Seth - Well, we start with a pretty intense warm up and by the time were finished with it, everyone is sweating heavily and out of breath. Then we go into our workout, and yes the pitchers have a separate routine than the position players. It usual lasts about an hour and a half and its full of heavy lifting, explosive movements, and then core/flexibility/balance exercises, in a superset order. We’re constantly moving and there are no breaks until we’re finished. It is definitely the most rigorous workout I’ve ever been put through. After we finish with the weight and resistance stuff we go into sprints for about 10 minutes which is the most exhausting part in my opinion. It usually takes us about 3 hours nonstop to complete the workouts.

MMO - When the Mets drafted you were you surprised?

Seth - I was actually pretty confident that I would get drafted. My head coach hooked me up with a workout for a Mets scout and I knew that I threw very well when I went to it so I had a little bit of a chip on my shoulder as the draft was going on.

MMO - When you found out about the severe nature of your back injury do you think you could have thrown a baseball for the last time and what was it like for you to have to experience something like that early in your career?

Seth – It was rough for me. The doctors and trainers told me that the odds coming back from the surgery weren’t the greatest but other people had come back from it and had full careers. After that I didn’t care about odds, I knew I could do it if someone else already had. It was very hard mentally on me though, not being able to play and having to basically lay around doing nothing for a few months. But at the same time I think it helped drive me and pushed me to come back better than ever. Do I think the surgery set me back some? Yea I do but it also showed me what it was like to miss a season and watch everyone else progress while I sat at home. So I think in the long run, having the surgery at an early point in my career helped me more than it hurt me.

MMO - How close did you follow the Mets playoff run and have you talked to any of those guys to congratulate them?

Seth - Oh, I was watching every pitch of it. No I haven’t talked to any of the guys. I figured everyone they’ve ever known has been trying to get in touch with them. If I was in their shoes I think I’d like some peace and quiet so I figured I’d wait until I see them in spring training to congratulate their season.

MMO – Who were your favorite teams/players to watch when your were growing up?

Seth - It’s funny, I never caught once in my life but Pudge was always my favorite player. I grew up going to Rangers games and watching him so I was always a big Rangers and Ivan Rodriguez fan.

MMO - Thank you for answering my questions and hope to see you at Citi Field soon!

Seth - You’re welcome and thank you very much.

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Dilson Herrera Flexes Some Muscle, Shows Why He’s Mets Future At 2B http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/dilson-herrera-flexes-some-muscle-shows-why-hes-mets-future-at-2b.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/dilson-herrera-flexes-some-muscle-shows-why-hes-mets-future-at-2b.html/#comments Mon, 28 Sep 2015 17:24:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=194895 dilson hererra hr

On Sunday, the Mets put out their post-clinching lineup and the biggest star to shine was that of Dilson Herrera who went 3-for-4 with a double and a two-run homer, coming a triple short of the cycle.

mmo feature original footerIt was Dilson’s first start since June 27th and he gave Mets fans a good glimpse of what he is capable of as a hitter. He has now hit six home runs in just 146 Major League at-bats despite currently being the 4th youngest player (21) in the National League.

Herrera came to the Mets on August 27th, 2013, when Sandy Alderson shipped out veterans Marlon Byrd and John Buck for Dilson and Vic Black. At the time Herrera was a 19-year old prospect who batted .265/.330/.421 in the South Atlantic League for the Priates and he was deemed a “offense oriented second baseman” by Baseball America’s Matt Eddy.

It didn’t take long for Herrera to impress the his new team, hitting .323/.379/.479 with 33 doubles, five triples, 13 homeruns, 71 RBI and 23 stolen bases combined for the St. Lucie and Binghamton Mets in his first full season with the organization. He showed enough (combined with Daniel Murphy injury) to get a shocking promotion on August 29th, 2014 to make his debut as the youngest player in the National League.

Herrera was able to hold his own in his first 66 MLB plate appearances hitting .220/.303/.407 with three homeruns, a triple, eleven RBI and a 7/17 BB/SO. Not bad for a 20-year old kid considering the average for a MLB second baseman in 2014 was .250/.307/.352 with a .113 ISO compared to Herrera’s isolated slugging of .186.

Herrera was sent to Las Vegas to start the 2015 season and picked up right where he left off hitting .327/.381/.511 for the 51′s in 327 at-bats. However, he has struggled with the bat this year in the big leagues with a slash line of .218/.320/.379 in 87 AB that covers three different stints.

It was not all bad for Herrera who lowered his K% from 25.8% last year in the bigs to 22% this year and raised in BB% from 10.6% to 11.0% this year.

He has also looked more comfortable in the field this year while turning some great double plays and proving to be more sure-handed at second. According to FanGraphs last year he made 92% of routine plays and this year he has made 97%.

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He received some glowing compliments from Keith Hernandez during the game yesterday who said this about Dilson:

“He is a little guy that is very strong, and I like this guy alot. He has had his struggles at the big league level but he’s got some pop, he is a scrappy little player who is a excellent second base who can turn an excellent double play.”

The second base position has been somewhat of a revolving door this year for the Mets because of injuries and playing match-ups. Kelly Johnson, Juan Uribe, Wilmer Flores, Ruben Tejada, Daniel Muno, Murphy, and Herrera have all seen time at second base this year for the Mets.

I don’t expect Murphy to be back next year and they’ve shown no inclination to give him a contract extension . I like both Johnson and Uribe, but I would be surprised if they weren’t offered more money and playing time elsewhere. Which really brings us to Flores and Herrera as the two most likely candidates to play second base for the Mets next season.

Personally, I think it will be Herrera who wins the job next Spring, mostly because he is a better defender and also has the potential to hit at the top of the order. Meanwhile, Flores could get plenty of playing time filling a super utility role with the team.

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Mets Minors Playoffs: Binghamton And Savannah Face Elimination Tonight http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minors-playoffs-binghamton-and-savannah-face-elimination-tonight.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minors-playoffs-binghamton-and-savannah-face-elimination-tonight.html/#comments Sat, 12 Sep 2015 15:23:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=193387 becerra

 

The Binghamton Mets bats have chosen the wrong time of the season to go cold. They are missing the big bats of Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo in their now veteran filled lineup. Those vets need to step up now to help them fight off elimination and win three straight games.

Last night the B’Mets mustered only three hits as they were shutout by Phillies prospects Jake Thompson who came over in the Cole Hamels deal from the Texas Rangers. They did manage to get the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th thanks to a L.J. Mazzilli double and Josh Rodriguez walk but Brock Peterson struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the game. T.J. Rivera (1-4, 2B) and Amed Rosario (1-3) had the rest of the Binghamton hits on the night.

Center fielder Joe Benson went 0-3 but did throw a runner out at home trying to score and made one of the best diving catches I have seen all year. You can watch it here. Binghamton starter Robert Gsellmna struggled allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out five over 4.1 innings. Jeff Walters pitched 1.2 innings allowing a solo homerun to Nick Williams who also came over in Hamels deal.

Adam Kolarek, Jon Velasquez, and Akeel Morris each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to keep the Mets within striking distance. Velasquez was filthy striking out two and throwing 11 of his 12 pitches for strikes. Morris is on a roll, he ended the regular season allowing two runs with 30 strikeouts in his last 25 innings. Box Score

Binghamton trails Reading 0-2 in the five game series with Gabriel Ynoa (9-9, 3.90) starting in the must win game. Game starts at 7:05 in Reading who are throwing Ben Lively (8-7, 4.13).

Savannah did not wait around last night scoring seven runs and knocking Asheville starter out in the first inning. Both Jonathan Johnson (3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB) and Jean Rodriguez (2-4, 3 RBI, R) had a bases-clearing double in the first inning. The Sand Gnats would hold on to win 9-2 and force a game three.

Wuilmer Becerra went 2-4 with a double, walk, RBI, and run scored while playing right field and batting 3rd. Eudor Garcia was 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and a double out of the cleanup spot. SAL MVP Luis Guillorme was 1-4 with a sac bunt. Left fielder John Mora went 1-3 with a walk, RBI, and scored a run.

Sand Gnats starter Ricky Knapp was impressive going 7 innings allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three. Luis Mateo and Alberto Baldonado each threw a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout. Box Score

The Savannah Sand Gnats play the final game of the three-game series tonight at 6:05 with Casey Delgado (8-4, 3.17) on the mound for what could be their last game at Grayson Stadium.

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Mets Minors Playoffs: Binghamton And Savannah Lose Game One http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minors-playoffs-binghamton-and-savannah-lose-game-one.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minors-playoffs-binghamton-and-savannah-lose-game-one.html/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:29:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=193128 mazzilli, LJ

 

As the big league club was putting the finishing touches on the sweep of the Nationals neither of the Mets two affiliates left playing were having the same success as they both dropped game one of their playoff series.

Reading 9, Binghamton 4 Game One (Best of 5)

The B’Mets found themselves in a big whole to start after Tyler Pill allowed four runs in the top of the first inning to the Fightin Phils. Vince Belnome (1-4) hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the second inning to put Binghamton down 4-1 and the closest they would be all night. Pill was a perfect 6-0 in the regular season but got crushed last night giving up seven runs on thirteen hits in 5 innings.

Eastern League Player of the Year Brock Stassi opened the game up in the 5th inning with a three-run blast making it 7-1. Phillies top prospect J.P. Crawford reached base five times going 3-4 with two walks with three runs scored. Nick Williams (#3 prospect who came over in Cole Hamels deal) was 2-6 out of leadoff spot.

Center fielder Joe Benson was the only B’Met to record multiple hits going 2-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Amed Rosario went 1-4 with a RBI single while playing shortstop and batting 8th. L.J. Mazzilli was 0-3 with two walks and a run scored out of the leadoff spot.

T.J. Rivera was 1-4 with a run scored as he played third base. Josh Rodriguez was 1-4 with a RBI and played left field as Pedro Lopez went with his best offensive lineup. Jeff McNeil didn’t get the start though he singled as a pinch hitter in the 6th inning. Recently promoted Victor Cruzado came off the bench as well striking out in his pinch hitting appearance.

Beck Wheeler struggled in his inning of relief allowing two hits and two walks that resulted in two runs for Reading. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless 7th inning with one strikeout. Josh Smoker struggled to end the regular season but pitched a scoreless inning in his first playoff appearance allowing just a walk. Akeel Morris loaded the bases in the 9th inning before getting a fly out to escape unscathed. Box Score

Binghamton will play again tonight at 6:35 PM at home with Robert Gsellman (7-7, 3.51) making the start. He will be opposed by the Phillies #2 prospect (also part of Hamels deal) righty Jake Thompson who was 5-1 with 1.80 ERA in seven starts for Reading.

Asheville 5, Savannah 1 Game One (Best of 3)

The Sand Gnats offense was stifled by Rockies prospect Jesus Tinoco who came to the organization in the Troy Tulowitzki trade in July. He allowed one run and struck out six in his 7.2 innings of work. Savannah starter Martires Arias did not fare as well going 5.1 innings giving up five runs on six hits (2 HR’s) while walking one and striking out five.

Savannah trailed 3-0 going into the top of the 6th inning when Eudor Garcia (2-4) got them on the board with a RBI double that scored South Atlantic League MVP Luis Guillorme who was also 2-4 on the night. Wuilmer Becerra was 1-4 with three strikeouts. Outfielders John Mora (1-4) and Patrick Biondi (1-3) picked up the other Sand Gnats hits. ‘

Relievers Ben Griset (0.2 innings), Tim Peterson (1.1 IP, 2 K’s) and Paul Paez (0.2 IP, K) combined to throw 2.2 scoreless to ssilence the Tourists bats. Box Score

Savannah will resume their series tomorrow in what could be the final game ever at Grayson Stadium at 7:05 PM with Ricky Knapp (8-3, 2.60) on the hill.

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Mets Minors: Playoff Previews For Binghamton & Savannah http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minors-playoff-previews-for-binghamton-savannah.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minors-playoff-previews-for-binghamton-savannah.html/#comments Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:00:10 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=193014 german-ahmed-rosario 1

 

The Binghamton Mets will look to win the Eastern League title for the second straight season with their run starting tonight at NYSEG Stadium against the Reading Fightin Phils. Last year the B’Mets ended their 20-year championship drought when they swept the Richmond Flying Squirrels that ended on a walk-off pinch-hit RBI double by Jayce Boyd. Steven Matz took a no-hitter into the 8th inning and struck out 11 over 7.1 innings.

Binghamton finished the regular season going 77-64 in second place behind Reading who was 80-71 with the Phils going 4-3 against the Mets this year. Reading’s roster is loaded with talent including the EL MVP Brock Stassi (.863 OPS, 90 RBI), Manager of the Year Dusty Wathan, and three of the Phils top prospects SS J.P. Crawford, OF Nick Williams and pitcher Jake Thompson. The Phils led the league with 101 homeruns, RBI, doubles, hits, runs and OPS at .744 for the year.

  • Game 1 today in Binghamton at 6:35 PM
  • Game 2 in Binghamton on September 10 at 6:35 PM
  • Game 3 at Reading on September 11 at 7:05 PM
  • Game 4 at Reading on September 12 at 6:35 PM (if necessary)
  • Game 5 at Reading on September 13 at 6:05 PM (if necessary)

The game one pitching matchup in the best-of-five series has Tyler Pill (6-0, 2.08 w/Binghamton) facing Reading starter Zach Eflin (8-6, 3.69 w/Phils). The B’Mets will be without Eastern League Rookie of the Year Gavin Cecchini who is out for the rest of the season with his hip impingement injury. Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario was called up on Sunday to take his roster spot.

Utility guy Josh Rodriguez has been sent back down to Binghamton today to help with the playoff run, he was second in EL with 19 homeruns and 76 RBI. The B’Mets are anchored by a great bullpen led by closer Paul Sewald who has dominated this year with a 1.75 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 24 saves. Also have Jon Velasquez (18 saves, 0.76 WHIP), Josh Smoker (3.00 ERA, 26 K’s in 21 innings) and Akeel Morris (1.09 WHIP, 35 K’s in 29.1 IP).

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The Savannah Sand Gnats won the South Atlantic League Southern division titles in the first and second half finishing 84-53 for the year. Savannah has been the Mets A-ball affiliate since 2007 and played their last season at Grayson Stadium before they move to Columbia, South Carolina next year. They will face the defending champion Asheville Tourists who swept Savannah out of the playoffs last year in the first round. However, Savannah took the season series this year 13-7 over the Tourists.

  • Game 1 today at Asheville at 7:05 PM
  • Game 2 home on September 11 at 7:05 PM
  • Game 3 home on September 12 at 6:05 PM

The 2013 SAL champion Savannah Sand Gnats finished the season going 27-5-1 in their last 33 games including a 18-game winning streak in August. They have been carried by their pitching staff that had a league best 3.12 ERA, 9 complete games, 14 shutouts, and gave up a league low 342 walks.

Shortstop and Most Valuable Player Luis Guillorme drove the Sand Gnats offense finishing second in the league with his .318 average. 142 hits and fourth with his .391 OBP. Postseason All-Star Wuilmer Becerra finished the season hitting .290/.342/.423 with 27 doubles, three triples, nine homeruns, 63 RBI, 67 runs and 16 stolen bases.

Corey Oswalt led the team in wins going 11-5 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 23 starts for Savannah. Ricky Knapp (8-3, 2.60), Casey Delgado (8-4, 3.17), Josh Prevost (6-4, 3.75), Chris Flexen (4-0, 1.87) and Martires Arias (7-5, 2.43) round out the rest of the Sand Gnats rotation. Arias will get the game one start against Rockies prospect Jesus Tinoco (7-6, 2.97) tonight.

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Mets Minors: B’Mets Clinch Playoff Spot, 51′s Lead Shrinks http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minor-bmets-clinch-playoff-spot-51s-lead-shrinks.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minor-bmets-clinch-playoff-spot-51s-lead-shrinks.html/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:45:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=192315 Photo by MiLB.com

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El Paso 2, Las Vegas (75-64) 1 F/11

The 51′s came into the four games series against the Chihuahuas with 1.5 game division lead but have seen it dwindle down to half a game after losing two of three. They play the last game of the series tonight with Seth Lugo on the mound for Las Vegas at 10:05 ET. Then they play a four game set at home vs. Tacoma to finish out the regular season.

El Paso scored a run in the top of the 11th on a solo homerun by Jason Hagerty off Chasen Bradford who took his fourth loss of the year. Las Vegas went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning with Dilson Herrera grounding out to the game. The 51′s offense was non-existent as they collected only three hits with the big one being Travis Taijeron hitting his 25th homerun of the season. Here is video of the homerun.

Brandon Nimmo was 0-4 while playing center field and batting eighth, he is hitting just .138 in his last ten games. Matt Reynolds was 0-3 with a walk lowering his average for the year to .265. Herrera went 0-5 out of the leadoff spot.

Tim Stauffer made another great start going 7 innings allowing one run on eight hits and struck out three. He now has a 2.10 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 51.1 innings for Las Vegas. Vic Black pitched a scoreless 9th inning allowing a walk and striking out one. Dario Alvarez faced two batters, allowed a single and recorded a strikeout. Scott Rice lowered his ERA to 1.86 with scoreless inning. Box Score

Binghamton (75-61) 16, Reading 4

The B’Mets took care of business winning and dropping their magic number to one before waiting to see the outcome of the Trenton Thunder game which went extra innings. Trenton lost 6-5 to New Britain in 12 innings later in the night which clinched a playoff spot for the defending champion Binghamton Mets.

Binghamton pounded out 21 hits and walked five times as well as going 11-25 with runners in scoring position. Everyone in the Mets lineup had at least one hit and RBI. Xorge Carrillo was 4-6 with three runs scored, three RBI, and two homeruns. Here is video of the second homerun. L.J. Mazzilli went 4-5 with a walk, two RBI, two runs scored, and his 18th double.

Joe Benson was 1-3 with three walks, three walks, and his 4th homerun for Binghamton. Josh Rodriguez was 1-4 with a run scored and two sac flies giving him 76 RBI on the year. T.J. Rivera was 2-6 with a RBI, he has five straight multi-hit games and has hit in 13 straight.

Starting pitched Tyler Pill helped himself going 3-5 with a double, RBI, and two runs scored. He now has a .458/.462/.542 slash line this year in 24 at bats after hitting .400/.400/.650 in 20 at bats last season. He also moved to 6-0 with the B’Mets this year after going 7 innings allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out three and lowered his ERA to 2.08 in AA.

Josh Smoker pitched a scoreless 8th inning issuing a walk, he has walked six and allowed three runs over last 5.2 innings. Some fatigue may be setting in for Smoker who has thrown just 28 innings last season after missing all of 2013.  Akeel Morris struck out the side in the 9th inning. Over his last 20 innings he has allowed one run on eight hits while striking out 22. Box Score

Savannah Sand Gnats had their final regular season game at historic Grayson Stadium rained out but they will return there on September 11th for game two of the first round of playoffs.

Brooklyn (32-38) 7, Connecticut 1 Game One

Desmond Lindsay (1-3, two RBI) got the Cyclones on the board in the 4th inning with a two-out two-run single which would be all the offense starter Edioglis Villasmil needed to pick up his first Brooklyn win. Villasmil went 6 innings allowing one run on six hits. P.J. Conlon pitched a scoreless innings giving up a single and struck out two. He has not allowed a run in 16 pro innings with 24 strikeouts.

Catcher Jose Garcia was 1-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, and his 6th double raising his season average to .304 for Brooklyn. David Thompson went 1-4 with two runs scored and Vinny Siena was 1-3 with a run scored and a sacrifice fly. Box Score

Connecticut 2, Brooklyn (32-39) 1 Game Two Walk-off

Brooklyn lost on a two-out walk-off single by the Tigers first basemen Will Allen. Jeffrey Diehl supplied the offense for the Cyclones going 2-3 with his 5th homerun. Lindsay was 1-1 with a walk extending his hitting streak to five games. Nicco Blank fell to 0-5 giving up one run in 3.2 innings of relief. Box Score

Update: both Siena (2015 14th rounder) and Diehl have been promoted to St. Lucie who have four games left in the season.

Kingsport Mets start their playoff run tonight vs the Greeneville Astros at 7:00 ET.

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Mets Minors: Mets Are Sending Three Players To The AFL http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minors-mets-are-sending-three-players-to-the-afl.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minors-mets-are-sending-three-players-to-the-afl.html/#comments Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:55:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=192178 afl arizona

No pun intended, but here’s a minor note for those of you who were interested in Mets players ticketed for the Arizona Fall League. The Mets official website notes that three players are headed to the AFL once the Minor League seasons end: Jeff McNeil, Beck Wheeler, and Mickey Jannis.

The Mets will name four additional players at a later date.

McNeil is a 23-year old infielder who has spent the majority of his time playing second and third base and has even thrown in some time at shortstop for good measure. He owns a .317/.376/.765 slash line in A+ ball (St. Lucie), and leads the FSL in runs scored with 78. His 146 hits on the year are second-best in the league. This is his third season in the Mets organization after being drafted in the 12th round of the 2013 draft.

A 26-year old reliever, Wheeler is in his fifth year with the Mets organization, and has spent the entirety of the 2015 season in AA with the B-Mets. So far, he has appeared in 40 games and posted a 3.69 ERA in 53.2 innings. Over his last ten appearances in Binghamton, Wheeler has only allowed one earned run.

Mickey Jannis* is the owner of a really interesting backstory that involves being drafted by the Rays, pitching for an Australian team in Brisbane, and then pitching for the Long Island Ducks. The Mets plucked him out of the Atlantic League earlier this year, and the 27-year old made seven starts for St. Lucie to the tune of a 2.98 ERA. He recently made his first start in Binghamton. Jannis’ best pitch happens to be a hard knuckleball, and he cites Tim Wakefield and more recently, R.A. Dickey as inspirations for his use of the pitch.

Also worth mentioning is that Marc Valdes, the Binghamton Mets pitching coach, will perform the same duties for the Salt River Rafters. The Rafters are composed of players from the Mets, Blue Jays, Nationals, Rockies, and Diamondbacks. The Rafters play their first game on October 13th.

*The Mets release has Jannis’ first name listed as Ricky, but I believe that is incorrect.

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Gavin Cecchini Makes BA’s July All-Prospect Team http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/gavin-cecchini-makes-bas-july-all-prospect-team.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/gavin-cecchini-makes-bas-july-all-prospect-team.html/#comments Thu, 06 Aug 2015 19:57:22 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=189711 gavin Cecchini

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Gavin Cecchini has had a breakout year with the bat for the Binghamton Mets that has put him on the prospect map including ranking #69 on John Sickels mid-season top 75 prospect list. Baseball America recently chose a 13 player All-Prospect team for July including eight position players and five pitchers with Cecchini being their selection at shortstop.

The Mets drafted him in the first round (12th overall) in 2012 and have been waiting for him to have a year just like this. He has struggled a little bit in the field with 25 errors with a majority of them coming from high throws but only has one in his last 13 games.

Gavin accomplished his best month in July after battling through what was his worst in June batting just .208/.260/.302 with only seven extra base hits. For the month of July he hit .378/.453/.532 with six doubles, three triples, two homeruns, 21 runs, and 18 RBI with a 15/17 BB/SO. His 48 hits led all minor league players and his .453 OBP was first among shortstops in full season ball.

In July he had 12 multi-hit games, 4 four-hit games, and a career-high five hits on the 30th against Richmond. He had a four RBI game and walked seven times in a four game series vs. the Portland Sea Dogs.

When I first saw Gavin in person this year I was impressed with his ability to hit the ball to all fields. What also struck me was his short and compact swing that allows him to make lots of solid contact without big strikeouts numbers. This year he has struck out only 47 times in 391 at bats compared to 35 walks.

Overall for the season Gavin is hitting .312/.370/.442 with 22 doubles, 4 triples, 7 homeruns, 56 run scored, and 49 RBI while playing 97 games. He has been clutch this season hitting .438/.478/.531 with 26 RBI in 64 at bats with runners in scoring position with two outs. Gavin is still only 21-years old and has taken just three at bats this year against a pitcher younger than him.

As I am typing this the Eastern League announced that Cecchini was named the player of the month for the league in July as well. Seems like everything is coming up Mets lately.

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Brandon Nimmo Promoted To AAA Las Vegas http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/brandon-nimmo-promoted-to-aaa-las-vegas.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/brandon-nimmo-promoted-to-aaa-las-vegas.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 20:12:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188513 brandon nimmo

 

Binghamton Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo was promoted to the Las Vegas 51′s this afternoon. The 13th overall pick from the 2011 draft would probably have been in Vegas already if not for a knee injury that cost him three weeks.

Nimmo was an Eastern League All-Star this year, it was his third All-Star game appearance in a row for the 22-year old. This year for the B’Mets he was hitting .279/.354/.368 with twelve doubles, three triples, two homeruns and 16 RBI in 68 games in Binghamton. He has struggled a bit since coming back from injury hitting only .260/.340/.313 over 34 games.

The Mets are hoping he can get back into his pre-injury form when he hit .333 /.387/.421 during the last 13 games before his DL stint. He has continued to play mostly center field this season but got his first taste of right field in pro ball playing 10 games their earl this season. He also played one game in left field where he spent a majority of his time (17 games) during the Arizona Fall League last year.

Baseball America ranked Nimmo #48 on their Midseason Top 50 prospects list after having him listed at #45 prior to the 2015 season. MLB Pipeline currently has him listed as the Mets #3 prospect behind Steven Matz and Michael Conforto.

 

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Mets Minors: Reynolds and Puello Play, TDA Closer To Returning http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minors-reynolds-and-puello-play-tda-closer-to-returning.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minors-reynolds-and-puello-play-tda-closer-to-returning.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:00:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188404 matt reynolds

 

Reno 3, Las Vegas (58-45) 0

The 51′s bats were extremely quiet collecting only five hits and going 0-9 with runners in scoring position stranding nine runners. Darrell Ceciliani went 2-4 while playing center field and batting second. Travis Taijeron went 1-2 with two walks and his 15th double of the season. Dilson Herrera and Johnny Monell each went 0-4 on the night.

Weird start for for Darin Gorski who went 6 innings giving up three runs on six walks and fives hits with four strikeouts. Cody Satterwhite pitched two perfect innings in relief with two strikeouts. Box Score

New Britain 4, Binghamton (55-46) 1

Travis d’Arnaud played 7 innings behind the plate going 1-3 and picked off another runner on the bases. Gavin Cecchini was 2-4, he now slashing an awesome .358/.433/.491 in the month of July. Brandon Nimmo went 0-3 with a walk while L.J. Mazzilli was 1-4 and knocked in the only B’Mets run.

Gabriel Ynoa had his 9th quality start in his last 10 games going 6 innings giving up three runs on eight hits and a walk while he struck out six batters. He fell to 7-7 on the season but has an impressive 1.14 WHIP and holding hitters to a .249 average. Beck Wheeler pitched a perfect 7th inning with one strikeout.

Josh Smoker pitched the final two innings and was impressive once again striking out four while hitting 96/97 MPH with his fastball. He did allow an earned run in the the 9th inning, he has given up just one earned in 9.1 innings in AA. Box score

St. Lucie (50-50) 2, Daytona 1 Walk-Off Win

Florida State League leading hitter Jeff McNeil ended the game with a single that scored Champ Stuart who reached on a single. Stuart and Colton Plaia each had three hits on the night while Dominic Smith was 1-4.

Robert Coles picked up the win pitching two scoreless innings in relief, he is now 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA for the season. Kevin McGowan made a nice start going 7 innings giving up one run on three hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Box Score

Savannah (53-47) 9, Greensboro 0

Michael Katz hit a three-run homerun in the 9th inning to give him a long ball in three straight games. Jonathan Johnson was 1-5 with his third homerun of the season. Eudor Garcia was 2-5 with his 17th double of the season, he extended his hitting streak to nine games. Garcia is hitting .386 over his last ten which has boosted his slash line to .286/.319/.452 for the year.

Wuilmer Becerra was 2-5 with two runs scored, now hitting .293/.344/.450 as a 20-year old in a tough ballpark to be successful offensively. Patrick Biondi was 2-4 with his first homerun of the season.

Martires Arias pitched 6 scoreless innings allowing three hits and a walk with six strikeouts, he should move to the St. Lucie rotation permanently with Meiser and Whalen gone. Alberto Baldonado pitched the final three innings without giving up a run with four strikeouts to pick up his 3rd save and lower ERA to 1.77. Box Score

Greeneville 4, Kingsport (16-16) 1 F/7 Game One

Dash Winningham was the only Met with multiple hits going 2-4, Luis Ortega, Gregory Valencia, and Ivan Wilson all had one hit each. Wilson didn’t strikeout for the third consecutive game after striking out 30 times in his first 18 games of the season.

Harol Gonzalez took his 2nd loss pitching 6 innings allowing four runs (three earned) without a walk and eight strikeouts. Box Score

Kingsport (17-16) 2, Greeneville 1

Dale Burdick drove in both Met runs including the game-winner in the last inning on a single that scored Luis Ortega. Winningham was 1-3 while Patrick Mazeika was 1-3 with his league leading 13th double of the season. Wilson went 1-2 with a sac bunt that setup the game winner, extended his strikeout free streak to four games.

Merandy Gonzalez had a solid start going 5.2 innings giving up one run on five hits and three walks while striking out six. Witt Haggard, 10th round, picked up his 2nd pro win striking out all four batters he faced. Box Score

GCL Mets (16-14) 8, GCL Nationals 1

Desmond Lindsay playing in his 2nd pro game went 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored while playing the whole game in center field. Matt Reynolds made his first rehab appearance going 1-2 with a walk and run scored while playing shortstop for 5 innings. Cesar Puello got into his first game action since Spring going 0-3 while playing the last five innings in right field.

Ali Sanchez was 1-4 with two runs scored and his 12th RBI of the season, now hitting .349/.398/.384 for the year. Sanchez also threw out his 16th runner trying to steal compared to 10 that have been successful. Milton Ramos was 1-2 with a walk and HBP while playing the whole game at 2B.

Gabriel Llanes pitched four innings giving up only an unearned run on fours hits, he walked no one and struck out one while lowering his ERA to 2.03 for the year. Jake Simon, 11th round, pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his 2nd pro win. He now has 7 scoreless innings to start his career. Box Score

Players Of The Week

The Mets farm system had three guys given player of the week awards with starter Matthew Bowman for Las Vegas, starter Seth Lugo for Binghamton, and outfielder John Mora for the Savannah Sand Gnats.

 

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B-Mets Prevail In 17-Inning Thriller To Stay In First Place http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/b-mets-prevail-in-17-inning-thriller-to-stay-in-first-place.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/b-mets-prevail-in-17-inning-thriller-to-stay-in-first-place.html/#comments Sat, 25 Jul 2015 04:19:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188135 brandon nimmo

They lost their best hitter when Michael Conforto was elevated to Citi Field, but the Binghamton Mets would not be deterred. In the longest game in franchise history, a contest that lasted 4 hours and 36 minutes, Binghamton outlasted Trenton, 2-1, in 17 innings. The win keeps the B-Mets in first place one-half game in front of Reading and one and one-half game up on Trenton.

The B-Mets got help from Trenton when pitcher Taylor Dugas walked both Josh Rodriguez and Brock Peterson then hit Brandon Nimmo to open the visitor’s 17th. Joe Benton’s line drive single would be the game winner plating Rodriguez with the decisive run.

Brock Peterson’s second inning home run was Binghamton’s only other run of the evening.
B-Met manager Pedro Lopez saved his closer until the 17th, and Jon Velasquez nailed down his 15th save in 16 chances. Velasquez struck out two in Trenton’s final at bat. Velasquez was the seventh Binghamton pitcher to work in the contest.

Robert Gsellman turned in a strong outing for the B-Mets logging 7.1 innings and allowing the only Trenton run on 4 hits while striking out 2 and walking 1. Josh Smoker, Paul Sewald, Matt Koch, Adam Kolarek, Beck Wheeler and Velasquez all had scoreless outings for Binghamton in relief.

Wheeler escaped serious trouble in the home sixteenth before picking up his fifth win of the season against just one loss. Danny Oh singled to lead off the inning. With one out Tony Renda doubled to centerfield sending Oh, the winning run, to third. Lopez choose to walk Mark Payton intentionally, a sound move as proven after Wheeler fanned Ali Castillo and Francisco Arcia to get out of the inning.

Binghamton would manage only 6 hits but with the B-Mets’ excellent pitching it would be all they would need. Nimmo had a two hit game for the winners.

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Mets Minors: Cecchini Has Four Hits, Fulmer Wins Another http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minor-league-recap-21.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minor-league-recap-21.html/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:00:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=187855 New York Mets

Fresno 12, Las Vegas (56-42) 4

Rough night for 51′s pitching with four pitchers combining to allow 19 baserunners while Scott Rice was the only Las Vegas arm to pitch a scoreless inning. Darin Gorski went 5 innings giving up seven runs on eight hits but did manage to strikeout eight. Chase Bradford and Zack Thornton each gave up one run, John Church gave up three on two homeruns.

Jayce Boyd played the field for the first time since July 4th and led the Las Vegas offense going 2-5 with two doubles and two RBI. Here is video of one of the doubles. Dilson Herrera went 1-4 with a walk, RBI and scored two runs while continuing to leadoff. Brandon Allen played 1B going 2-4 with his 19th double and scored a run. Johnny Monell, Zach Lutz, Travis Taijeron, and Wilfredo Tovar combined to go 0-14 with two walks. Box Score

Binghamton (53-43) 9, New Britain 5

Michael Fulmer just keeps boosting his possible trade value and yesterday was another step in the right direction pitching 5 shutout innings while pushing the B’Mets into first place. He was pitching out of trouble all day though thanks to six hits, walk, and three errors but Michael was up for the challenge as he held the Rock Cats to 0-9 with runners in scoring position. He threw only 82 pitches (58 strikes) while striking out nine and picking up his 5th win for Binghamton.

New Britain could not lay off Michael’s nasty slider with eight of their strikeouts being of the swinging variety. Fulmer is also trying to fit in his changeup more and even got a lefty to strikeout on the pitch. If he could turn the changeup into an average Major League pitch that would really boost his value to Mets and other teams. Michael finally accumulated enough innings to qualify for the league leaders and his 2.03 ERA in 2nd in the Eastern League.

The bullpen wasn’t as sharp as Beck Wheeler gave up three runs while Akeel Morris and Adam Kolarek each gave up solo homeruns. Josh Smoker came in to douse the fire though pitching a perfect 9th with one strikeout, he is yet to walk a batter compared to eight strikeouts in 6 innings for Binghamton.

Gavin Cecchini had a great day hitting the ball to all fields as he went 4-5 with his 3rd triple and scored a run. He now has the 6th best average in the league (.310) and the 10th best OPS at .819. He did however make his 24th error in the field and another of the throwing variety. L.J. Mazzilli was 0-5 failing to reach base for the first time in 21 games.

Michael Conforto had a good day at the plate going 2-4 with a walk and his 26th RBI for Binghamton, both hits were off a lefty. He is hitting .333/.414/.490 off lefties in AA after struggling to a .200/.290/.364 against them in St. Lucie. Brandon Nimmo went 0-4 with a walk and a run scored. Josh Rodriguez, Xorge Carrillo, and Jared King all hit homeruns for the B’Mets. Kings’ was a pinch hit and grand slam and you can see it here. Box Score

St. Lucie its game postponed and will play a double header today vs. Brevard County starting at 4 pm.

Hagerstown 4, Savannah (49-46) 3 

Michael Gibbons had a rough start giving up ten hits (2 HR’s) over 5.1 innings allowing four runs (three earned) while moving to 0-3 for the Sand Gnats. John Mora gave Savannah a chance with a one-out single in the 9th inning but Michael Katz and Jean Rodriguez struck out to end the game.

Mora finished the game 2-4 with his 13th double and 43rd RBI of the season, he is hitting .279/.365/.395 with runners in scoring position. Luis Guillorme was 2-4 with two RBI and his 14th stolen base of the season. Eudor Garcia was 1-4 with his 3rd triple and a run scored. Wuilmer Becerra went 0-4 which lowered his season line to .294/.342/.461. Box Score

West Virginia 8, Brooklyn (18-13) 1

Jeffrey Diehl provided the only Cyclones offense with a solo homerun, his 3rd of the season. David Thompson was 1-3 while Vinny Siena got a day off. William Fulmer returned from the disabled list going 2-3 with his first double of the season.

Matt Blackham made the start and pitch only 1.1 innings giving up six runs (four earned) on seven hits, walk, and two wild pitches. Luis Mateo returned to Brooklyn on the comeback trail pitching three scoreless innings allowing only one hit while striking out three. P.J. Conlon, 13th round, pitched a clean 9th inning and has yet to allow a run in 7 pro innings. Box Score

Pulaski 6, Kingsport (13-14) 5

Merandy Gonzalez suffered the loss in relief combining with Chase Ingram to give up three runs in the 9th inning. Ivan Wilson walked in the bottom of the 9th to bring up Kevin Kaczmarski as the winning run but he struck out to end the game.

Patrick Mazeika was 1-3 with walk, HBP, and his 22nd RBI which ties him for the league lead. Dash Winningham was 2-5 with two doubles giving him nine for the season. Utility guy Luis Ortega was 3-3 with a walk, triple, two RBI, and two runs scored. Raphael Ramirez was 1-3 with walk, run scored, RBI,and his league leading 5th triple of the season. Box Score

GCL Mets (16-11) 7, GCL Nationals 4

The Mets were down 4-1 heading into the 9th inning when the offense erupted for six runs. Ali Sanchez was 2-4 with a run scored while extending his hitting streak to eight games. Milton Ramos started at shortstop going 2-4 with a stolen base and a run scored. Anthony Dimino was 1-3 with three RBI, run scored, and his first stolen base of the season.

Sixto Torres pitched a scoreless 8th with a walk and one strikeout to pick up his 2nd professional win. Alejandro Castro picked up his 3rd save of the season with a scoreless 9th inning. Box Score

DSL Mets1 lost 9-7 but 16-year old shortstop Kenny Hernandez was 2-5 with two RBI, he is hitting .381/.435/.524 since being moved from the DSL Mets2.

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Mets Minors: Pedro Lopez Has B-Mets Back In Playoff Mode http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mets-minors-pedro-lopez-has-b-mets-back-in-playoff-mode.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/mets-minors-pedro-lopez-has-b-mets-back-in-playoff-mode.html/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 15:18:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=185137 pedro_lopez_480x270

“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explode, and every sunset is different.” – John Steinbeck, The World of Our Discontent

In Binghamton over the last two seasons, the popularity of baseball has exploded as Pedro Lopez and his B-Mets have hit their stride putting together a run of winning baseball that earned back-to-back playoff appearances and an Eastern League Championship.

Can the Binghamton Mets find lightning in a bottle for the third straight season during the month of June?

 Year    April/May   Pct   June    Pct
 2013      31-25    .554   20-5   .800
 2014      30-24    .556   19-9   .679
 2015      27-25    .519    9-6   .600

As the chart clearly attests, the month of June has been a difference-maker during the past two Binghamton baseball seasons, a cornerstone in back-to-back Eastern League Championship runs.

After two months to observe, evaluate, and work with his ballclub, Pedro Lopez knows his squad pretty well and he knows how to push the buttons to reap productive baseball outputs.

Will that Lopez magic repeat itself, yet again, this June in Binghamton?

The recent play of Lopez’s B-Mets indicates they could be trending in the right direction once again during the month of June.

After losing five of their first six games during the current month, the B-Mets appear to have turned things around. Going into Friday’s game in New Hampshire, Binghamton had won seven games in a row to lift themselves back into the playoff picture.

Binghamton received good news during their three game series against the Portland’s Sea Dogs. Brandon Nimmo, out for several weeks with a leg injury, was back in the lineup during the final game of the Portland series ripping two doubles for Binghamton.

Michael Conforto continues to tear up Eastern League pitching. In his last ten games for the B-Mets, Conforto is hitting .405 including back-to-back three- hit games and an overall on-base-percentage of .500.

Binghamton baseball under Pedro Lopez – the best.

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Parnell Roughed Up For Five Runs http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/parnell-roughed-up-for-five-runs.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/parnell-roughed-up-for-five-runs.html/#comments Sun, 31 May 2015 04:27:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=182608 bobby parnell

Pitching on consecutive days, reliever Bobby Parnell was hammered in a rehab appearance for the Binghamton Mets on Saturday night.

Parnell was roughed up for five runs on five hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning for the B-Mets, who lost to Altoona 13-4.

May 29

Terry Collins told reporters on Friday that Bobby Parnell had his velocity up to 94-95 miles per hour during his last rehab outing and that he is close to returning.

“It was a huge step forward.”

Parnell is expected to pitch for Double-A Binghamton on Friday night.

As for Vic Black, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin says, “he’s not there yet.”

May 26

Two key pieces of the Mets bullpen, Bobby Parnell and Vic Black, are making progress in their rehabilitation processes.

Vic Black pitched the seventh inning for the Binghamton Mets on Monday, only his second appearance since beginning his rehab assignment.

He worked an easy 1-2-3 inning for the B-Mets with one strikeout. According to the stadium radar gun, Black was sitting around 92-94 MPH on his fastball. Black also pitched a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday when he made his first rehab appearance.

“When I got out there, it came together. I was able to throw some strikes, get guys to put it in play and get the (one) strikeout,” Black said in an interview with Lynn Worthy of PressConnects.

Black noted that he hopes to pitch on Tuesday which would be the first time pitching on back-to-back days in a game since last year.

“I’m not worried about my arm,” he said. “It’s healthy. I’m healthy. It’s all about competing now, the repetitions of getting in innings (and) getting in rhythm and some consistency.”

Bobby Parnell also pitched a scoreless inning of relief for the Binghamton Mets on Sunday. After striking out the leadoff man, Parnell then surrendered a double but was able to work around it and escape the jam.

“I think every time I’ve gone out, I have improved and learned something from my outings,” Parnell said to Worthy. ”Every step has been a good step in the right direction. I feel like every time has been an improvement.”

The big thing with both Black and Parnell, as was pointed out by Ron Darling on Monday, is getting them both back to pitching at their previous velocity. It appears each one is progressing of late.

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