Mets Merized Online » Camden Maron Thu, 24 Apr 2014 21:14:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Montero and Nimmo Cop MMO Minor League Players of the Week Honors Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:50:47 +0000 As the first week of the Mets minor league comes to an end we’ve seen some great performances at every level. It’s been a feast for the eyes for those of you lucky enough to watch the games on MiLB TV this week and choosing one top pitcher and hitter was no easy task. But given the enormous pressure and high expectations for two of these players, I gave the nod to RHP Rafael Montero and CF Brandon Nimmo.

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Montero has been the picture of poise, command and sheer dominance on the mound for Double-A Binghamton to begin the season. The most notable stat that jumps out at you? No walks and 16 strikeouts. He deserved a second win but his team got shutout in a 1-0 loss on Tuesday.

This kid is the real deal, and he’s skyrocketing up the system faster than a speeding bullet. He’s coming soon to a Rotunda near you.

Honorable Mentions

Rainy Lara, Matthew Bowman and Luis Cessa all came up big for Savannah. Jacob deGrom, Luis Mateo and Noah Syndergaard have yet to give up a run for St. Lucie… Cory Mazzoni hasn’t allowed a run yet either this season.




For all of you worry warts who were already to write this kid off, RELAX…  Brandon Nimmo is still one of the youngest players in his league and is now showing all the tools that compelled the mets to take him with their top pick in the 2011 Draft.

Nimmo burst out of the gate with 11 hits in his first 29 at-bats translating into a .379/.471/483 slash with 8 runs scored and 4 RBI. Throw in a double, triple and a stolen base for good measure. This is the Brandon Nimmo we’ve all been waiting for.

Check out the following video taken this week from notable scout Mike Newman who launched a great new site;

Honorable Mentions

Nimmo’s teammate Kevin Plawecki (.500) and Jayce Boyd (.440) are also off to torrid starts at the plate. This was a big week for Josh Satin (.480) who has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Las Vegas 51s with three homers already in the bank. Shortstop Matt Reynolds is lighting up the scoreboard for St. Lucie and catcher Camden Maron is right behind him. Josh Rodriguez and Alonzo Harris are tearing it up in Bingo.

See you next Thursday…

I can't get enough of these Mets farm hands.

I can’t get enough of these Mets farm hands.

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Featured Post: Where Does The Mets Minor League System Rank? Sun, 17 Mar 2013 18:16:47 +0000 brandon-nimmo-brooklyn

BRANDON NIMMO: The future is coming his way.

The Mets currently boast a minor league system that ranks in the top half amongst the other organizations in the league. This ranking is primarily due to a crop of promising young right-handed pitchers.

In the most recent edition of Baseball America, they gave their 2013 rankings for pitching prospects. They separated it into three categories: Right-Handed Pitchers, Left-Handed Pitchers and Relief Pitchers. The Mets had five right-handed pitchers ranked in the top 75 right-handed pitchers in the minors. They are Zack Wheeler (5), Noah Syndergaard (19), Luis Mateo (65), Rafael Montero (66) and Michael Fulmer (75).

There were very few teams who had as many, or more, right-handed pitching prospects listed in their top 75. After looking at that list, it’s hard to fathom that the Mets aren’t ranked in the top ten, or even top five minor league systems. However, it’s when you look at the rest of the positions that you get a better idea of why the Mets are sitting just outside the top ten, and probably closer to the middle of the pack.

Baseball America goes on to rank the top 50 left-handed pitching prospects, and no Mets’ prospects cracked their top 50. Not even Jack Leathersich (ranked No. 16 on MMO’s Top Prospect List) or Darin Gorski made the list. On Baseball America’s top 35 relief pitcher rankings, Jeurys Familia came in ranked at No. 15.

When you do the math, Baseball America ranked a total of 160 pitchers. The Mets had six players ranked, good for about 4% of the pitchers ranked.

The minor league system is carried by that crop of right-handed power pitchers, two of which cracked the top ten on’s rankings (Wheeler and Syndergaard). Travis d’Arnaud and Wilmer Flores lead the pack of position players, but once you get past those names, the system really starts to thin out. The system is very top-heavy, but that doesn’t mean that some of the other guys won’t step this year to help boost the Mets system to new heights. The talent is there, these guys just have to start performing.

Here is a list of position players you should keep an eye on in 2013:

Brandon Nimmo, OF

Gavin Cecchini, SS

T.J. Rivera, 2B

Camden Maron, C

Vicente Lupo, OF

German Ahmed Rosario, SS

Phillip Evans, SS

Wuilmer Becerra, OF

Aderlin Rodriguez, 3B

Wilfredo Tovar, SS

As you can see from the list, there is no shortage of shortstops in the organization, and there are actually a few more that I left off this list. On’s position rankings, no Mets’ players rank in the top ten of their respective position aside from d’Arnaud and Flores. While some of the players listed above may never crack a top ten list on, they do have the potential to make some noise and boost the system’s prospect rankings. Keep an eye on those guys and look for some Prospect Pulse features on them in the near future.

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GAVIN CECCHINI: Brighter days lie ahead.

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Cam Maron and Steven Matz Remain Loyal To Their New York Roots Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:17:22 +0000 By Mike Stainkamp

LI natives stay loyal to roots preparing for Spring Training

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Baseball players have always been considered the “Boys of Summer.” But what happens when the final out of the World Series is recorded and the offseason begins?

For two Mets prospects and Long Island natives, Camden Maron and Steven Matz, the offseason means coming back to Long Island and making the most out of their offseason training program with some of the best trainers in the North East.

“I do my offseason strength and conditioning training at Professional Athletic Performance Center (PAPC) in Garden City under the instruction of head strength coach Dean Maddalone,” Maron said. “All of my baseball specific training is done at Performance Factory in Farmingdale under the instruction of head hitting instructor Joe Francisco.”

Maron, who is coming off a 2012 season that saw him win the Mets’ Sterling Award as the top performer with Kingsport, is looking to improve on a solid campaign.

Maron is looking to break camp with High-A St. Lucie this year, after spending last season with Class-A Savannah. He was promoted for the playoffs to St. Lucie and has his sights on returning to the Florida State League.

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“I also trained at PAPC,” Matz added. “I’d workout three times a week, also throwing indoors one day during the weekend. I felt it was a great offseason and feel a lot stronger and ready to go for this up coming season.”

Matz is coming off a 2012 season that saw him shut down due to shoulder soreness. He spent time unofficially with the Instructional League and was rehabbing in St. Lucie back in September.

Injuries have derailed this Ward Melville HS grad, but he’s looking to light up the radar gun once again. During his time in the Appalachian League, he consistently hid mid-90s with his fastball, reaching as high as 98. He finished with a 1.55 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 29 innings.

Offseason training in NY is no easy task

One of the challenges with training in the North East during the offseason is the lack of warm weather, which makes it very hard for baseball players to train outdoors. Other regions of the country allow players to train outdoors throughout out the offseason, possibly giving them an edge heading into Spring Training.

“Spending part of the year in the northeast, especially the offseason, requires a lot self-motivation and a good work ethic,” Maron said. “There are a lot of obstacles that are present in the North East that are not present in other parts of the country. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t make it because of where you come from. Just find the right situation and work your tail off and everything else will take care of itself.”

Maron and Matz were part of a group of players who trained at PAPC in the offseason.


“We have a pretty good group of guys over at PAPC and we really push each other. It’s really a great workout environment to be in,” Maron said. “I would never want to train anywhere else. Our group included Major Leaguers Jose Reyes (Toronto Blue Jays), Ruben Tejada, Pedro Beato (Boston Red Sox), and Adam Ottavino (Colorado Rockies). Minor Leaguers in our group included Steve Matz (Mets), Zach Dotson (Mets), Keith Couch (Red Sox), and Willie Carmona (Philadelphia Phillies). The baseball specific training at Performance Factory is all one-on-one with Joe Francisco, which really allows me to focus on certain smaller points of my swing.”

Words of wisdom from Maron and Matz

Both players emphasized getting involved with a camp that pushes the players to work hard.

“The best advice I can give to any player looking to make it to the next level is always work hard,” Maron said. “If you work hard and put yourself in the right environment, with the right trainers and specialists, and the right teammates, you can make it anywhere. Spending part of the year in the North East, especially the offseason, requires a lot self-motivation and a good work ethic. There are a lot of obstacles that are present in the northeast that are not present in other parts of the country. Do not let anyone tell you that you can’t make it because of where you come from. Just find the right situation and work your tail off and everything else will take care of itself.”

Matz added: “To all my fellow North East baseball players trying to make it to the next level, find a good place to workout during the offseason where you can lift, run and throw so you don’t miss a beat by the time you’re ready to get outside and play.”

This Fan Shot was contributed by Mike Stainkamp. Have something you want to say about the Mets? Share your opinions with over 15 thousand Mets fans who read this site daily. Send your Fan Shot to Or ask us about becoming a regular contributor.

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