Mets Merized Online » Domingo Tapia http://metsmerizedonline.com Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:58:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 Mets Minors: St. Lucie Season on Brink After Blowout Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-minors-st-lucie-season-on-brink-after-blowout-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-minors-st-lucie-season-on-brink-after-blowout-loss.html/#comments Wed, 07 Sep 2016 13:30:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222351 david thompson

The St. Lucie Mets played in their first playoff game since the 2012 season and dropped game one of the best-of three series to the Bradenton Marauders 11-6 in Port St. Lucie.

Chris Flexen got the start for the Mets but had a terrible first inning in which he allowed six runs on six hits. Flexen would settle down with three scoreless innings to follow and struck out seven in his four innings of work.

The game would remain 6-0 until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Mets rallied for three runs to make the game close in the short term. Patrick Biondi delivered a two-run single to get St. Lucie on the board and David Thompson knocked in the third run with a double.

Mets reliever Alex Palsha imploded in the seventh inning giving up five runs turning the game into a 11-3 score and the final nail in the coffin.

Thompson doubled in in another run in the bottom of the seventh but the Mets still trailed 11-4 with only six outs left to work with.

After an extremely impressive ninth inning by St. Lucie reliever Tyler Bashlor who struck out three of the four batters he faced with a blazing fastball.

Catcher and Florida State League batting champ Tomas Nido walked with the bases loaded in the bottom half of the 9th to make it 11-5. A run scoring groundout by John Mora made it 11-6 before Luis Guillorme lined out to end the game with two runners on.

Thompson continued his strong season with a 3 for 5 night with RBI. Leadoff man Patrick Biondi had two hits and scored half of the Mets runs.

Reliever Domingo Tapia pitched two scoreless innings with three strikeouts for St. Lucie after a strong finish to the regular season in which he allowed only three runs in his last 16.2 innings.

Outfielder Kevin Kaczmarski left in the fifth inning for a pinch hitter after jamming his shoulder on a head first slide into second base.

St. Lucie will now have to beat Bradenton two games in a row to save their season beginning tonight on the road at 6:30 PM ET with ace P.J. Conlon on the mound.

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Mets Minors: Nimmo, Nido Hold Batting Title Leads http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-minors-nimmo-nido-hold-batting-title-leads.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-minors-nimmo-nido-hold-batting-title-leads.html/#comments Sun, 04 Sep 2016 13:00:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222081 brandon nimmo hr

Las Vegas 51s (69-73) 11, Salt Lake Bees 2 Box Score

Rivera narrowed the gap for the PCL batting title with a great night as he trails Nimmo with two games left. Cecchini played his second career game at second base and had his 16 game errorless streak snapped. He committed a throwing error while trying to turn a 6-4-3 double play.

  • Darin Gorski LHP 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, ER, 4 BB, 7 K, W (6-4, 5.90)

Erie SeaWolves (61-78) 6 vs. Binghamton Mets (62-76) 3 BOX SCORE

Rosario had a multi-hit game but, did strikeout twice, he has struck out twelve times in his last six games. Cruzado hit his eight home run of the season, a two-run home run in the second. Evans is now at .329 as he chases Aneury Tavarez for the batting title who is now hitting .333 for Portland.

Rafael Montero was on a low pitch count because he is set to make a spot start on Tuesday for the Mets. Paul Paez allowed two runs as his struggles in Double-A continue.

St. Lucie Mets (74-60) 5 vs. Jupiter Hammerheads (67-69) 3 BOX SCORE

Tomas Nido collected four hits and leads the FSL with his .316 batting average. Nido missed a home run for the cycle and was the St. Lucie Mets lead off hitter to get as many plate appearances as possible. Urena is hitting .371 with ten RBI over his last ten games.

Casey Delgado pitched a solid game for his 12th win this season. He has eight with St. Lucie and four with Binghamton this season.

Columbia Fireflies (66-71) 5 vs. Charleston RiverDogs (74-62) 4 F/14 BOX SCORE

  • J.C. Rodriguez 2B: 2 for 5, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K .237/.302/.351
  • Patrick Mazeika C: 4 for 7, 2B, R, 2 K .303/.414/.402
  • Eudor Garcia 1B: 2 for 5, RBI .277/.330/.431

The Fireflies won on a walk-off error from the shortstop Hoy Jung Park on a Dash Winningham force out. J.C. Rodriguez hit his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth. Garcia is hitting .381 with 11 RBI in his last ten games.

The Fireflies bullpen was outstanding with nine scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and two walks. Bashlor struck out the side in the top of the 14th for the win.

Brooklyn Cyclones (37-37) 2 vs. Aberdeen IronBirds (30-43) 0 BOX SCORE

Woodmansee hit a two-run triple with two outs in the top of the sixth. Michael Paez was thrown out at the plate on that hit.

Jacobson has been very solid for the Cyclones. In 12 games (four starts), Jacobson has pitched to a 0.96 WHIP. Cornish now has a tremendous 44 strike outs compared to only three walks in his first pro season.

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Mets Minors Recap: Alonso Breaks Finger, Dunn Flashes Heat http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-recap-alonso-breaks-finger-dunn-flashes-heat.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-recap-alonso-breaks-finger-dunn-flashes-heat.html/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2016 13:00:14 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=220300 justin dunn 3

Bradenton Marauders (58-56) 10 vs. St. Lucie Mets (61-51) 7 BOX SCORE

The St. Lucie Mets scored five runs in the second to open the scoring. David Thompson extended his hitting streak to seven games, over those seven games he is 11-24 (.458) with four walks.

  • Chris Flexen RHP: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 5 K (3.67 ERA)
  • Domingo Tapia RHP: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, K, L (0-2 5.30 ERA)

Flexen and Tapia could not hold the 5-0 lead they got in the second. Combined they allowed nine runs (4 ER) in six innings. Flexen allowed five walks for the second time in his last ten starts. Tapia is having a tough time after his TJS, pitching to a 1.81 WHIP.

Columbia Fireflies (53-64) 8 vs. Greensboro Grasshoppers (62-55) 0 BOX SCORE

The Fireflies scored two in the second and six in the fourth. Eudor Garcia walked three times,to increase his OBP to .299.

  • Joe Shaw RHP: 6.2 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, W (7-8 4.14 ERA)
  • Tyler Bashlor RHP: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K (2.47 ERA)
  • Jimmy Duff RHP: IP, 0 H, 0 ER (2.51 ERA)

Joe Shaw followed his eight inning performance in his last start, with 6.2 shutout innings. In his last two starts, Shaw allowed just nine hits in 14.2 innings pitched, walking just three and striking out fourteen. Tyler Bashlor keeps running up the strikeouts, in his last two outings he has struck out nine in 3.1 innings. He has 62 strikeouts in 47.1 innings for the season.

Before the game the Fireflies announced that Spirit Communications Park will host the 2017 SAL All-Star Game.

Brooklyn Cyclones (28-25) 7 vs. Vermont Lake Monsters (19-34) 4 BOX SCORE

  • Jose Reyes 3B: 0 for 1, R, 2 BB, 2 SB (Rehab Assignment)
  • Nick Sergakis 2B: 0 for 0, 4 BB, 2 R, RBI, SB .252/.353/.364
  • Blake Tiberi DH: 2 for 3, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 R, BB .235/.317/.286

The Cyclones collected just seven hits but walked twelve times in the victory. Reyes played five innings at third base.

  • Justin Dunn RHP: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 6 K (0.50 ERA)
  • Raul Jacobson RHP:  3.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (2.51 ERA)
  • Joseph Zanghi RHP: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, BB, 3 K, fourth save (1.69 ERA)

Justin Dunn keeps pitching really well in his first pro season. Dunn has allowed just 13 hits in 18 innings pitched, while striking out 19. The six strikeouts are a new career high for Dunn who reached 97 MPH on his fastball.

Injury note: According to our own Jacob Resnick who was at the game, Peter Alonso is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to a broken finger. Photo taken by Jacob as well. 

Yesterday we released our Mets Midseason Prospects #25-21 which you can read here.

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Mets Minors Recap: Smith Triples, Conforto in Right Field Again http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-recap-smith-triples-conforto-in-right-field-again.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/07/mets-minors-recap-smith-triples-conforto-in-right-field-again.html/#comments Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:10:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=217708 dominic smith

Vegas 51s(47-43) 3, Iowa 2 Box Score

The victory brought the 51s to 5.5 games out of first.

Plawecki and Eric Campbell drove in all three runs. Conforto played in right field for the third straight game while Matt Reynolds was in left.

Jim Henderson pitched a perfect ninth to get the save in his first rehab appearance for the 51s. Smoker now has 60 strikeouts this year in 40.1 innings.

Binghamton Mets (40-49) 7, Yard Goats 5 Box Score

Each one of the starting eight had a base hit as the teams combined for a total of 29 hits.The team came back as the bullpen closed the door for 3.2 innings after the Yard Goats got to starter Tyler Herron (1-1, 8.44) for all five runs.

The triple was Smith’s second of the season, which doubled his career total. Rosario scoring a run gave him 42 on the season, matching his career high. Phillip Evans hit a game-winning three run homer in the seventh inning.

Roseboom has converted all four save opportunities since being named the B-Mets closer.

St Lucie Mets (45-41) 5 Dayton 2  Box Score

Nido continues his torrid pace, hitting .390 over his last 10 games. Urena is hitting .284/.324/.448 since the AS break. Vinny Siena dropped to ninth in the order, was 2 for 3 with an RBI.

Delgado demoted to St. Lucie, quickly proving he should be back in Binghamton. Palsha earned the victory in his A+ debut.

Delmarva 8, Columbia Fireflies (41-50) 5 Box Score

Brosher got his first base hits since his promotion to Low A. JC Rodriguez hit his fifth HR of the season.

  • Joe Shaw RHP: 6.2 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 7 K
  • Jimmy Duff RHP: 2.1 IP, 3 ER, 4 K, L (0-1, 11.57)

In his return to Low A since being demoted, Duff continues his rough season.

Update: Andres Gimenez has been selected to play in the DSL All-Star Game. 

For the full recap head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Baseball America’s Top 31 Mets Prospects http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/baseball-americas-top-31-mets-prospects-oozing-with-upside.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/02/baseball-americas-top-31-mets-prospects-oozing-with-upside.html/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:57:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=147301 syndergaard

On Wednesday, Baseball America released their Top 31 Mets Prospects. Why 31? Why else, they have a man-crush on Mike Piazza, doesn’t everyone?

1. Noah Syndergaard, rhp

2. Travis d’Arnaud, c

3. Rafael Montero, rhp

4. Dominic Smith, 1b

5. Kevin Plawecki, c/1b

6. Wilmer Flores, 2b/3b

7. Amed Rosario, ss

8. Brandon Nimmo, of

9. Gavin Cecchini, ss

10. Jacob deGrom, rhp

11. Cesar Puello, of

12. Steven Matz, lhp

13. Dilson Herrera, 2b

14. Michael Fulmer, rhp

15. Gabriel Ynoa, rhp

16. Cory Mazzoni, rhp

17. Vic Black, rhp

18. Jeurys Familia, rhp

19. Domingo Tapia, rhp

20. Logan Verrett, rhp

21. Gonzalez Germen, rhp

22. Luis Mateo, rhp

23. Jack Leathersich, lhp

24. Matt Koch, rhp

25. Matt den Dekker, of

26. Dustin Lawley, of/3b

27. Robert Whalen, rhp

28. Juan Centeno, c

29. Wilfredo Tovar, ss

30. Jayce Boyd, 1b

31. Matt Reynolds, ss

No matter where you go for your top prospects fix, the first five all seem to mirror each other. As a matter of fact, without revealing too much, our MMO Top 25 had the same players in the top ten save two. We had Puello and Matz in there and Cecchini and deGrom just outside the ten best at 11 and 12.

I’m still shocked at how many are still so down on Puello and are all leaving them out of their Top 10, especially coming from three outlets who screamed loudly at the BBWAA for not voting in prominent players that never failed a drug test like Piazza, Bagwell, et al. I guess sanctimony is a two way street.

It was great to see Lawley on this list, but at 26 years old is den Dekker still considered a prospect? He struck out 23 times in 58 at-bats with the Mets before being shipped back to Las Vegas and has racked up 136 whiffs in 474 Triple-A at-bats.  

My sleepers on this list are Reynolds, Whalen and Koch. Look for all three to move to the teens by next year. Also, Chris Flexen is a huge omission here.

You compare these lists with 4-5 years ago and it’s amazing how many high ceiling prospects we now have in this organization. This group is oozing with upside.

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2014 Mets Top Prospects: No. 12 Jacob deGrom, RHP http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/2014-mets-top-prospects-no-12-jacob-degrom-rhp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/2014-mets-top-prospects-no-12-jacob-degrom-rhp.html/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 14:19:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=146231 Top 25 Prospects degrom 12

12. Jacob deGrom

Height: 6’4”
Weight: 185 lbs.
Age: 25
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Jacob deGrom, drafted in the 9th round of the 2010 draft out of Stetson University, is already 25 years old. That does not mean he cannot be considered a true prospect, however. He played shortstop in college so it probably took him longer than most to develop his tools as a pitcher. deGrom started only 6 games in rookie ball the year he was drafted and underwent Tommy John surgery the following season, which sort of explains why he’s a little behind.

He has an ideal build for a pitcher with a 6’4”, 185 lb. frame. Using his height to his advantage, he throws a two seam and four seam fastball in the low 90’s consistently with the ability to reach the mid 90’s at times. As his strength increases, he should be able to add a few more ticks to his velocity. His changeup, already average, has the potential to be an above average major league pitch. His slider needs some work but has a chance to be an above average pitch as well. Although his control needs much improvement, his three pitch mix should allow him to stick as a starter. Across three levels last season (A+, AA, and AAA), deGrom registered a 4.51 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 120:46 K:BB ratio in 147.2 IP.

Outlook: deGrom’s inconsistent control last season is somewhat of a head-scratcher because the season before it was 0.997 in 111.1 IP. It could have possibly been injury related, due to fatigue, or just pure regression. Who knows? Nevertheless, as he builds up strength to control his lanky body, his command should improve anyway. deGrom, like Syndergaard and Montero, will likely start the season in AAA with the chance to be called up midseason or earlier in the case of an injury. If he’s called up around the same time as Montero and Syndergaard, he’ll most likely have to prove himself in the bullpen but if he refines his control and secondary pitches in AAA, he definitely has the ability to start and should be given that chance one way or another.

MMO TOP 25 PROSPECTS

25. Wilfredo Tovar, SS

24. Juan Centeno, C

23. Cory Mazzoni, RHP

22. Jeff Walters, RHP

21. Jack Leathersich, LHP

20. Luis Mateo, RHP

19. Jayce Boyd, 1B

18. Domingo Tapia, RHP

17. Gabriel Ynoa, RHP

16. Vic Black, RHP

15. Michael Fulmer, RHP

14. Jeurys Familia, RHP

13. Dilson Herrera, 2B

12. Jake deGrom, RHP

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2014 Mets Top Prospects: No. 18 Domingo Tapia, RHP http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/2014-mets-top-prospects-no-18-domingo-tapia-rhp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/2014-mets-top-prospects-no-18-domingo-tapia-rhp.html/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 16:15:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=139757 Top 25 Prospects Tapia 18

18. Domingo Tapia

Height: 6’4”
Weight: 186 lbs.
Age: 22
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

This kid’s arm strength is off the charts. Domingo Tapia consistently throws in the high 90’s with the ability to hit triple digits at times which is why he finds himself high on this list. Both his fastball and changeup have sink that help him induce a good amount of groundballs. His curveball lags behind the other two pitches but should develop into an average offering when all is said and done. Up until last season in St. Lucie, Tapia had put up good BB/9 numbers but last year was his worst with 5.09. He also put up his highest WHIP (1.48) since playing professional ball. Because he was putting so many runners on base, his ERA ballooned to 4.62. This could have been due to the burned hand incident but we won’t know that until we see him perform this season.

Hopefully his lackluster control was just an aberration and he can improve it this upcoming season where he could start in St. Lucie again or move up a rank to Binghamton. His ceiling is sky high but if he is not able to keep the walks down, he’ll have trouble reaching the majors.

Outlook: Some scouts see Tapia as a future starting pitcher. I on the other hand, think he is best suited in the bullpen because the human body is not designed to throw that hard for multiple innings on every fifth day and his two pitch mix fits better there. His shaky control and slow delivery to the plate could forcibly land him there anyway. As he fills out his large frame and adds more strength he should have an easier time taming that ferocious fastball and serving it over the dish more. Once his changeup and curveball develop a little further, he could project in a rotation but more likely as a dominant bullpen arm. It’s only a matter of time before this kid starts to shoot up prospect lists because of his true plus potential.

MMO TOP 25 PROSPECTS

25. Wilfredo Tovar, SS

24. Juan Centeno, C

23. Cory Mazzoni, RHP

22. Jeff Walters, RHP

21. Jack Leathersich, LHP

20. Luis Mateo, RHP

19. Jayce Boyd, 1B

18. Domingo Tapia, RHP

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Who Are The Mets’ Top 5 Closer Prospects? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/who-are-the-mets-top-5-closer-prospects.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/who-are-the-mets-top-5-closer-prospects.html/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 17:41:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=137635 Vic - Black

We received an MMO Mailbag question from JetsMets13 asking for our top five prospects who could potentially close games in the future.

Here are my top five choices for players who could become future closers.

5. Luis Mateo

Mateo might be higher on this list had he not underwent Tommy John last season. Before he went under the knife, he had a solid fastball with a promising curve and probably the most devastating slider in the system. With already solid control and a developing changeup, he very well could end up a starter but due to his injury history, he’s probably destined for the back of the bullpen.

4. Jack Leathersich

Leathersich offers an above average fastball with movement that induces groundballs and a great number of strikeouts. Also in his repertoire are a solid curve and below average changeup. He struggles with control but with his existing strikeout rate some and some command improvements he could end up a solid closer or dominant set-up man.

3. Domingo Tapia

Tapia is just 22 years old, yet he throws triple digits fairly consistently. He also does it with acceptable control. If his solid average sinking changeup and slow curve develop a little further he could end up a promising starting pitcher prospect. However, the human body is not designed to throw that hard for multiple innings on every fifth day. To preserve his health, he’s probably better suited as a future closer.

2. Vic Black

Vic Black might not have the same quality stuff as Tapia or Mateo but he will start the season with the big club so he is the closest out of all of these names to get a shot at the closer job. In fact, he had an opportunity last season with Parnell out and impressed. He throws a borderline plus fastball with an average hard slider. In both the minors and majors, Black has struggled with control a bit. However, he is most likely next in line to get a shot to close if Parnell falters this upcoming season which is why he is so high on this list. If Parnell is as good this season as he was last, then Black will most likely be the set-up man and backup closer.

1. Jeurys Familia

Familia throws in the mid 90’s and can dial it up when he needs to. His fastball also has some nice sink and lateral movement on it, which is absolutely lethal considering he still throws that hard. He currently offers an above average slider and average changeup as well. He has struggled with control in the past but his K:BB ratio has looked good so far in winter ball. If and when Familia learns how to command his pitches, he is the closest thing the Mets have to a future elite closer.

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First Rounder Dominic Smith More Advanced Than Expected http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/first-rounder-dominic-smith-more-advanced-than-expected.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/12/first-rounder-dominic-smith-more-advanced-than-expected.html/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 20:50:01 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=135760 dominic smith

The analysts over at Fangraphs compiled their 2014 Top 10 Prospects in the Mets farm system. They took a good look at each player listed and included an in-depth individual assessment of their choices.

They ranked the prospects in order:

#10 — Wilmer Flores (3B)

#9 — Gavin Cecchini (SS)

#8 — Steven Matz (P)

#7 — Jacob deGrom (P)

#6 — Kevin Plawecki (C)

#5 — Rafael Montero (P)

#4 — Amed Rosario (SS)

#3 — Dominic Smith (1B)

#2 — Travis d’Arnaud (C)

#1 — Noah Syndergaard (SP)

It was interesting to see Dominic Smith placed so far up in the order after only his first season as a professional. The young first baseman is only 18-years-old, and Fangraphs was extremely impressed with the mentality and abilities he displayed this season. Smith spent most of his time this season with the GCL Mets hitting .287/.384/.407, before being moved to Kingsport for three games. However, Fangraphs believes this is only the beginning of his rapid ascent.

The Scouting Report: Smith was even more advanced at the plate than expected. He should hit for average and power while also getting on-base at a healthy clip. His power is generated by quick bat speed and he doesn’t have to pull the ball to hit it out of the park. Like many young hitters, he has work to do against same-handed pitchers. At first base, he could develop into on of the best fielder in the game at his position thanks to his athleticism around the bag and soft hands.

The Year Ahead: Smith is advanced and mature enough to handle a jump to full-season ball in his first full pro season. He could move fairly quickly for such a young player and could reach the Majors in late 2016.

The Career Outlook: Smith has a chance to be an impact player both as a middle-of-the-order hitter and as a defensive whiz at first base.

Fangraphs also included a short briefing on the five players who just missed the list. These names included Dilson HerreraMichael FulmerDomingo TapiaBrandon Nimmo and Vic Black.

Over at MetsMinors, we have compiled our own prospect ranking. You can find our list of the top 25 prospects here.

(Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Mets Top 10 Prospect Tracker http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-top-10-prospect-tracker.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/mets-top-10-prospect-tracker.html/#comments Sat, 20 Jul 2013 12:44:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125399 prospect tracker copy

1. Zack Wheeler, RHP

Status: Hot

The MMN top prospect heading into 2013 enjoyed his most dominant start of his young MLB career on July 10th against the San Francisco Giants. He was in control for most of the game, throwing plenty of first pitch strikes, using his fastball wisely, and keeping his pitch count down.Wheeler went a career-high seven innings, allowing one run on three hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. In five big league starts, he’s 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA. He’s been enjoying the All-Star break, and will commence his season today at home against the Philadelphia Phillies. (Matt M.)

2. Travis d’Arnaud, C

Status: Injured

d’Arnaud is still rehabbing in Port St. Lucie, and according to manager Terry Collins last week, the top catching prospect is doing everything except playing in games. He’s throwing, hitting some batting practice, and catching bullpens. He’s due to be evaluated by doctors on Monday, hopefully getting the news that he’s cleared to start playing in minor league games again. In 36 at-bats with Las Vegas before getting injured, d’Arnaud was hitting .250/.429/.472 with one home run and eight RBIs this season. (Matt M.)

3. Noah Syndergaard, RHP

Status: Neutral

Well, it was bound to happen. In his first start back with Binghamton following his appearance in the MLB Futures Game over the weekend, Syndergaard struggled with his control a little bit. After walking just four hitters in his first 20 innings pitched in the Eastern League, Noah walked three Flying Squirrels in five innings pitched Wednesday at NYSEG Stadium. He earned the no decision and remains undefeated since getting promoted, but allowed three runs and seven hits (two homers), along with five strikeouts. (Matt M.)

4. Rafael Montero, RHP

Status: Neutral

With the Triple-A AS break timed with the MLB one, Montero hasn’t had a chance to pitch against this week. He did, however, toss a scoreless inning in the Futures Game and did so effortlessly. I’m really not fond of Montero pitching in the PCL or in Las Vegas itself, but I’ll have to deal with it because there is no need to add him to the 40-man roster yet and the Mets want to prevent his clock from starting.

5. Wilmer Flores, INF

Status: Injured/Neutral

Similar to Montero, Wilmer Flores hasn’t had much time on the field again this week because of the Triple-A AS break. Flores was slated to the start the game at second base, but had to pass on the chance to let an ankle injury heal up. The injury is considered minor, so Flores should return to raking soon. He went into the break leading the PCL with 75 RBIs.

6. Brandon Nimmo, OF

Status: Cold

Oh, how bad I want to say something positive about Nimmo — I couldn’t explain in words. I’m waiting for the form we saw earlier in the season; I’m waiting to see him tear it up again. But ever since he returned from injury, he’s been a different player. Even with a two-hit game Thursday night, he still has only six hits in his last 32 at-bats, giving him a .188 average over that span. He still has only one home run on the year as well, which is tough. It’s beginning to look like Joe D. was right back in January when he said there’s no way Nimmo doesn’t stay in Savanna for the entire season.

7. Domingo Tapia, RHP

Status: Cold

Just when I thought Tapia had turned a corner with regard to harnessing his control of the strike zone, he makes a fool out of me. He put together a decent performance on July 9th. Despite getting the loss, he only walked one and struck out seven over 6.2 innings pitched. His next appearance came on July 15th, and he reverted back to the Tapia we’ve mostly seen in 2013. He allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, four walks, and one strikeout in 1.2 innings pitched. It was the sixth time he’s walked three or more hitters in his last 10 starts.

8. Michael Fulmer, RHP

Status: Warming up

The weather has prevented the St. Lucie rotation from getting into any kind of rhythm. Fulmer made his second start in High-A on July 14th, but it was obviously cut short because of the rain. He allowed one run on one hit (a homer), one walk, and one strikeout in three innings pitched against Dunedin. He’s tossed eight innings since completing his rehab in the GCL, and owns a 4.50 ERA heading into his next start.

9. Gavin Cecchini, SS

Status: Injured

He’s still working his way back from the ankle injury that sidelined him earlier this month. He did get the walking boot removed off his foot yesterday, though.

10. Jack Leathersich, LHP

Status: Neutral

Leathersich has been on shaky ground recently. The strikeouts are there in abundance, as always, but six earned runs in his last eight-and-two-thirds innings is pretty bad for a reliever. As I tried to note earlier this week, the PCL and Las Vegas pose perhaps the worst possible environment for the young fireballer, so don’t get too down on him.

(Remember. the next Top 10 Tracker will  reflect our updated Midseason Top-25 Prospects as we continue to roll that out on MetsMinors.net and them Metsmerized Online, so keep an eye out for that!)

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Which Young Arm Do The Mets Trade For A Bat? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/which-young-arm-do-the-mets-trade-for-a-bat.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/which-young-arm-do-the-mets-trade-for-a-bat.html/#comments Fri, 14 Jun 2013 18:45:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=122024 In response to which young arm or arms the Mets should trade for a bat this trade deadline or offseason…

I actually believe that Rafael Montero is the least likely to be traded among all pitching prospects in the organization right now, at least as long as this front office is in place.

There´s a pretty obvious pattern. The front office wants pitchers who throw a lot of strikes and control the strike-zone. They want hitters who only swing at strikes and control the strike-zone.

That (and an emphasis on coachability / work ethic – however you want to measure that) has been a common theme for them when targeting prospects.

Montero is the biggest strike thrower of them all – though it seems that Matthew Bowman and Matt Koch also have pretty good control, even if their stuff isn´t as crisp as Montero´s and their command not as good (yet) either.

Noah Syndergaard & Michael Fulmer actually fit that mold too. They have posted unusually low walk rates for very young pitching prospects.

More likely trade bait could be someone like Domingo Tapia or Cory Mazzoni or even – eventually – Zack Wheeler if he doesn´t improve his control in a similar fashion like Matt Harvey has from the minors to the majors.

That´s the mantra – for pitchers: “Throw Strikes and good things will happen” ; for hitters: “Don´t swing at Balls and good things will happen”.

And I´d assume that this will also be an assumption as part of trades – unless an organization is really willing to pay a high price. If the Rockies want Montero and are willing to give up Dexter Fowler, sure, he´s gone. But all things equal, the Mets would try to use Tapia or DeGrom or Mazzoni or even two of them instead of Montero, I´m quite sure.

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Mets Minors Report 6/2: Wheeler/Montero Shine, den Dekker Still Recovering, DSL Began Yesterday http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-62-wheelermontero-shine-den-dekker-still-recovering-dsl-began-yesterday.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-62-wheelermontero-shine-den-dekker-still-recovering-dsl-began-yesterday.html/#comments Sun, 02 Jun 2013 14:15:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120592 zack-wheeler 1

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • A trio of top pitching prospects took the mound for the Mets organization yesterday: Zack Wheeler, Rafael Montero, and Domingo Tapia. The good news is that they all pitched well, and two of them were trying to rebound from less than impressive return starts from injuries. Let’s start the talk with Zack Wheeler, who tossed six effective innings against Fresno. He allowed just three hits, one walk, and one earned run while striking out six. His strike:ball ratio was solid as well — at 62:33 for the evening. His fastball sat at 92-96 MPH. He touched 99 MPH in the second once, and he ripped a double later on in the game. All three of his hits allowed were singles, too.
  • Then you have Rafael Montero, who dominated on his way to seven shutout innings. Perhaps no prospect in the system has advanced his stock as far this year alone in the way that Montero has, as his success just continues no matter where or when he is pitching. He allowed just five hits and a walk, while striking out four. Quotable numbers from MiLB.com: “In two outings since that cameo appearance at Triple-A, Montero (6-3) has fanned 12 over 13 scoreless innings to bring his ERA down to 2.72, good for sixth in the Eastern League. One of the keys for the native of the Dominican Republic has been how infrequently he’s issued walks. He’s given up only nine free passes while striking out 66 over 59 2/3 innings for the B-Mets.”
  • Don’t sleep on Domingo Tapia either, who made his second start back from the DL yesterday after burning his non-pitching hand. He looked much better than his rough last start, going five innings and allowing just one run. He struck out only four as his low strikeout numbers continue to befuddle everyone.
  • Adam Rubin reported that Matt den Dekker is still some time away from returning to the field. He is currently swinging with only one hand, his left hand, as he looks to recover from a right wrist fracture.
  • Cory Vaughn homered last night and will likely see some time with the Mets in September since he’ll need to be added to the 40.
  • Andrew Brown has started swinging a bat and could return to the 51s within the week.
  • Chase Huchingson is having a quietly successful year. He tossed two scoreless innings in relief of Rafael Montero yesterday and lowered his ERA to 2.10 over 30.0 innings.
  • Cesar Puello was a late scratch in yesterday’s game, but it was a minor issue, according to Adam Rubin.
  • St. Lucie will give the double-header another go today, with the first game scheduled to start at 3:05 PM.
  • Oh, for those of you wondering, G. Rosario, the international SS prospect we signed, will likely play in the GCL – not the DSL, which started yesterday.

Stat Line of the Day

Rafael Montero: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 4 K

Transactions

No transactions to report.

Quote of the Day

Today’s Quote of the Day is brought to you by a Johnathan Raymond piece for MiLB.com, which highlights Montero’s recent success statistically and highlights his impressive command.

“He’s done a nice job of very consistently this year locating in and out,” said Binghamton pitching coach Glenn Abbott, who had an 11-year career in the big leagues with the A’s, Mariners and Tigers. “I think he’s ahead of his years. He’s only been in the States here for three years and he pays good attention, has a great idea of what’s going on. Still learning all the time.”

Photo of the Day

Courtesy of @MetsFarmReport, here’s a snapshot from opening day in the DSL.

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Mets Minors Report 5/25: Tapia Gets Lit Up, Puello Stays Hot, Bowman And Verrett Go Today http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-report-525-tapia-gets-lit-up-puello-stays-hot-bowman-and-verrett-go-today.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-report-525-tapia-gets-lit-up-puello-stays-hot-bowman-and-verrett-go-today.html/#comments Sat, 25 May 2013 15:30:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=119811 kevin-plawecki

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Domingo Tapia could not even make it out of the first inning yesterday and struggled mightily in his return from the DL. His velocity was still there in bounds, touching 96 MPH with ease frequently in the first, but he was unable to find his command. Perhaps he left it on the DL and forgot to bring it back with him. Tapia walked four batters and looked very uncomfortable on the mound. For those of you who were worried, he hit the DL with a burn to his non pitching hand, so this was likely not injury related.
  • Cesar Puello homered again last night, number seven on the year, and continues to absolutely tear it up this year. I’m beginning to think we might want to promote him to AAA really soon. He has a bad eye at the plate, so the people going crazy about his stats this year need to step back from hoping he’s going to be called up to the MLB team. If he was called up right this second, he would be overmatched.
  • After Kevin Plawecki seemed to fall into a mini slump, he hit his twentieth double last night, while slamming a home run and driving in four runs in last night’s game. It looks like he’s trying to get promoted…again. Jayce Boyd also had two hits, and could also be promoted by midseason. A slump for Plawecki was not banging out two hits a game, mind you, as he has reached base in 34 straight games.
  • Although Aderlin Rodriguez may never hit for average, the power is admirable, and he’s making conscious efforts to try and improve his plate discipline. He banged out three hits in last night’s game.
  • Matthew Bowman and Logan Verrett are two Mets prospects who both have found their stock rising tremendously this year – and both are on the mound later today.
  • Infielder-turned-pitcher Jake Kuebler will be making a start for Savannah later. He was previously working out of the bullpen. Also, since I call him out all the time, kudos to Carlos Torres for an exceptional start in Las Vegas last night.

Stat Line of the Day

Kevin Plawecki: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 1 BB, 4 RBI, 1 R

Transactions

Domingo Tapia was activated from 7-day DL in St. Lucie.

Albert Cordero was activated from 7-day DL in St. Lucie.

Wanel Vasquez (Mesa) was demoted from St. Lucie to Brooklyn.

Edward Rohan was demoted from St. Lucie to Brooklyn.

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Mets Minors Report 5/24: Lara Promoted, Mejia Strong In Rehab, Tapia Returns From DL http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-report-524-lara-promoted-mejia-strong-in-rehab-tapia-returns-from-dl.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-report-524-lara-promoted-mejia-strong-in-rehab-tapia-returns-from-dl.html/#comments Fri, 24 May 2013 15:40:04 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=119740

Mejia looked sharp last night, hitting 96 MPH.

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Jenrry Mejia made his second rehab start last night in St. Lucie and impressed with eight strikeouts over five innings. We were all curious as to how he would come back in terms of velocity, command, and the break on his pitches. Six of his eight strikeouts were swinging, he walked merely one batter, and he touched 96 MPH in the first inning when he struck out two batters. I think it’s safe to say he’s definitely on his way back. He’s expected to get a chance to start either in AA or AAA later this season.
  • Speaking of getting a chance to start, Rainy Lara found himself promoted to St. Lucie yesterday. The right-hander posted a glistening 1.42 ERA over 50.2 innings (eight starts) with the Sand Gnats. He also continued to showcase sterling command, recording 51 strikeouts to just six walks, and now owns a 0.97 WHIP during his brief professional career. The Mets have yet to determine when he makes his first start with them. (Bill P.)
  • A high-ranking team official told the NY Post on Thursday that barring a setback, Zack Wheeler is expected to make 2-3 more starts for Triple-A Las Vegas and then join the Mets. If Wheeler remains on normal rest, that would put his Mets debut somewhere in the June 6-11 range. (Joe D.)
  • Domingo Tapia returns from the DL after his hand burning incident to make a start for St. Lucie today. Cory Mazzoni
  • Mark Cohoon pitched brilliantly in defeat yesterday – going eight innings and allowing just one earned run. Robert Gsellman had a stellar performance in victory – where he allowed just one earned run over seven innings.
  • Kevin Plawecki hit double # 20 last night for Savannah. #Promotethismannow
  • Baseball America’s most recent mock has the Mets taking Ryne Stanek after they suggested D.J. Peterson in the first one. I’ll have a post up on MetsMinors.Net in a little while about that.

Stat Line of the Day

Mark Cohoon: 8.0 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 ER, 7 K

Transactions

RHP Rainy Lara was promoted to St. Lucie from Savannah.

RHP Hansel Robles was placed on the 7-Day DL.

RHP Marcos Camarena was demoted to Savannah from St. Lucie.

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Mets Minors Report 5/12: Wheeler’s Ready, Plawecki Stays Hot, Flores Picking It Up http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-report-512-wheelers-ready-plawecki-stays-hot-flores-picking-it-up.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-report-512-wheelers-ready-plawecki-stays-hot-flores-picking-it-up.html/#comments Sun, 12 May 2013 12:00:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118495 Wheeler's starting to look like the real deal. (Photo: Michael Baron)

Wheeler’s starting to look like the real deal. (Photo: Michael Baron)

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Well…he did it again. I’ve been hesistant with Zack Wheeler since the beginning of the 2013 season, but I can hold nothing else against the young man. He is pitching like an ace – with veteran like poise on the mound and in a hitter’s league, no less. I had high expectations for him and he is beginning to get there. I still don’t think we’ll see him promoted until past the Super Two date, but hey, a little more practice never hurt anyone. Except maybe Allen Iverson.
  • I make this statement, of course, because Wheeler is coming off yet another good start for the 51s last night. His line was solid, as he allowed two runs over seven-and-a-third innings pitched, while striking out seven batters. Perhaps the most important thing to take away is that for the third straight start – he walked only one batter. Something to note, via my buddy Mitch Petanick… “In his final strikeout in the eighth inning, he was still hitting 96 mph on the radar gun…wow.”
  • It was his third straight quality start in a row. Is it conceivable that the mechanical change and removal of his blister actually were the final things needed to flip the switch for Zack Wheeler? Honest to god, I have no idea, but I will take the performances he is providing as of late. The Harvey and Wheeler show might be coming to a wreck of a team near you within a month…
  • Speaking of AAA pitching, our current rotation after Wheeler includes Carlos Torres, Chris Schwinden, and D.J. Mitchell – with Collin McHugh being the last man. I know Meija will eventually be back in that mix too, but wow, it is not inconceivable to understand why Buffalo decided not to renew with the Mets. By the way, wouldn’t Collin McHugh be better out there than Shawn Marcum at this point? Honestly. McHugh could get called up if Familia hits the DL, but Greg Burke is also a likely candidate.
  • Rainy Lara really needs to be promoted soon. His domination of the league continued Friday with seven strong innings, where he allowed just one earned run and set down eight men via strikeout. His ERA at this point STILL stands at under 1.50 and he really needs a challenge. He does not have dominant stuff and he needs to learn how to work against hitters who won’t be overmatched against his pitches. I see a path for Lara to the MLB in terms of success however, as he could end up being a versatile Jeremy Hefner type guy down the line with better control at the worst. You could make the case for the promotion of Rafael Montero, Rainy Lara, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler… what a problem to have, right?
  • And on the topic of promotions, I need to start counting the days until they jump Kevin Plawecki to AA. As a player with some college polish, AA should at least serve as a challenge for him – as he is clearly too advaced for A ball. His skillset is shining through, however, and he continued to demonstrate his gap power with a double in last night’s game, his second straight game with a two-bagger. It was his 19th on the year, and he has now reached base in 22 straight games.
  • Wilmer Flores is looking like he might be beginning to break out this season, as he slammed his second home run in three games last night in support of Wheeler. Flores has hit all three of his home runs at home so far this season. He is in the midst of a so-so campaign, but is still very ripe at just 21 years of age.
  • Seeing Captain Kirk settle down nicely in the PCL with the 51s and bang out a three-hit game on Friday, I can’t help but worry that he is going to end up as one of those AAAA outfielder types. I always saw potential for more from him.
  • Danny Muno may have hit a home run on Friday evening – but someone needs to tell him that his twitter was hacked and it sends out spam DMs.
  • The Mets played like an MiLB team yesterday, so I should probably give them a mention. There’s a part of me that hopes Matt Harvey drills someone today to show a little support for JV1 out there.

Stat Line of the Day

Zack Wheeler: 7.1 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 ER, 7 K

Tweet of the Day

Transactions

Chad Zurcher, Savannah’s shortstop, was placed on the 7-day DL yesterday. Robert Gsellman was added to their roster and was effective.

Domingo Tapia was placed on the 7-Day DL on Friday for the St. Lucie Mets with a burnt hand, and Carlos Vazquez of the Brooklyn Cyclones was called upon to take his place in a corresponding move. Jennry Meija was later added in place of him, to start his rehab assignment. Angel Cuan made the start in Tapia’s place on Friday. For the record, Tapia burned his non-pitching hand.

Mark Cohoon will be starting the first game of a double-header for Binghamton tomorrow as they return a six-man rotation with Cory Mazzoni returning from injury. However, Tyler Pill has been shutdown after being diagnosed with a right shoulder capsule injury. You can thank Lynn Worthy for that little tidbit.

According to Adam Rubin, Terry Collins told him that Frank Francisco was supposed to throw a side session yesterday, and did not.

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Tapia Continues To Roll, Six Shutout Innings In 1-0 St. Lucie Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/tapia-continues-to-roll-six-shutout-innings-in-1-0-st-lucie-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/tapia-continues-to-roll-six-shutout-innings-in-1-0-st-lucie-win.html/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 10:00:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=117693 55stlucie

St. Lucie 1, Daytona 0

If you like good pitching as much as I do, then you can understand why I have little reason to dislike Domingo Tapia. The young hurler was dominant again on Sunday, where he tossed six shutout frames while allowing just two hits. He walked three and struck out four in what can only be looked at as yet another step in the right direction for the young man. Of course, I would love to see a few less free passes from Tapia as he improves.

He bounced back from a tough first inning where his catcher Albert Cordero bailed him out a little – with a great throw to catch Tim Saunders trying to steal second and an even better one to pick off Javier Baez to end the inning.

Tapia induced six groundouts in contrast to his four flyouts and four strikeouts, which is common for him in a good start. I’d like to say he is making strides in defining his breaking pitch this year, which is excellent news. He was removed after reaching his pitch count, right around 90 pitches, but he could definitely have gone another inning with the momentum that he picked up. Frank Francisco, Jim Fuller, and Chasen Bradford combined with Tapia for a team shutout. Francisco looked pretty good and his velocity looked to be in the low nineties out there, so he might be ready to blow a save in New York soon.

Unfortunately for Tapia’s win total, the St. Lucie offense was stifled by opposing starter Yeiper Castillo and the Mets did not manage to score a run while he was on the mound. They did pull out the win, however, on a walk-off RBI single by Matt Reynolds.

Key Stats

Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB

Travis Taijeron: 2-for-2, 2 2B

Matt Reynolds: 1-for-1, RBI

Domingo Tapia: 6.0 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 4 K

Frank Francisco: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 2 K

Jim Fuller: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 K

Chasen Bradford: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K

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St. Lucie Mets Battered In Tampa, Fall In Makeup Game 7-3 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/st-lucie-mets-battered-in-tampa-fall-in-makeup-game-7-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/st-lucie-mets-battered-in-tampa-fall-in-makeup-game-7-3.html/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 10:26:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=117139 st.lucie

Tampa 7, St. Lucie 3

Continuing a suspended game from last night, the St. Lucie Mets started the game down a run and never came back, losing to the Tampa Yankees by a final score of 7-3.

Domingo Tapia had the start yesterday, however after pitching one inning, the game was called due to rain and lightning. His day officially ended with the Mets prospect surrendering one run on no hits while walking one. He would take a tough loss in this one, but he technically had a no-hitter going? Yeah…no.

Marcos Camarena came on in relief, or rather to start the suspended game, and had a meltdown in an inning. After allowing five of his six batters to reach base, he was lifted for Estarlin Morel who, after walking in a run, retired the side. In the fourth, Morel was less effective as he served up a two-run bomb to Mason Williams to make it a 6-1 game. Gary Sanchez came up to bat in the seventh against Wanel Vasquez and doubled home the Yankees’ seventh and final run of the ballgame. Not a great day for St. Lucie pitching all around.

The offense wasn’t much too write home about either with the exception of a few moments. Native New Yorker Cam Maron drove home the first St. Lucie run on a two out knock in the fourth. In the top of the sixth, Rylan Sandoval scored from third on a Dustin Lawley RBI groundout. Finally, in the ninth, in a futile attempt at a late inning rally, T.J. Rivera reached on a fielding error with two outs to score Maron and make it 7-3, but that would be all she wrote.

The other game of Wednesday’s double-header and series finale with the Tampa Yankees was postponed.

Key Stats

Rylan Sandoval: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB

Dustin Lawley: 1-for-4, 1 RBI

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

Travis Taijeron: 2-for-4, 1 2B

Domingo Tapia: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 1 K

Marcos Camarena: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 ER, 1 K

Estarlin Morel: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 ER, 3 K

Wanel Vasquez: 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 2 K

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Mets Minors: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-minors-whos-hot-whos-not.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-minors-whos-hot-whos-not.html/#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2013 14:50:08 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=116619

Welcome to the first post in a weekly series called “Who’s Hot, Who’s Not,” in which we look at the hottest and coldest players in the Mets’ minor league system from the past week. Here’s a look back at the week that was. NOTE: Stats are from April 20 through April 27.

Who’s Hot

  • Jayce Boyd 1B (SAV)- Boyd has come out of nowhere this season, hitting .405/.490/.583 through his first 22 games with two homers and nine doubles, the same number he had in 54 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones last year. With Brooklyn, Boyd hit just .239/.320/.368 with five home runs. The 2012 sixth-round pick batted .500/.581/.769 with a home run and four doubles. 
  • Kevin Plawecki C (SAV)- Boyd and Plawecki have led the offensive charge for Savannah this season and are two big reasons why they have gotten off to such a hot start. The power-hitting Plawecki already hit four homers through his first 21 games, including one last week. Las week, Plawecki batted an impressive .440/.483/.680 with three doubles to go along with his home run.
  • Rafael Montero RHP (BIN)- Montero has been terrific thus far for Binghamton,putting up a 1.99 ERA in 27.2 innings and a ridiculous 11.6 K/9 rate, having some Mets fans calling for a promotion to the big leagues. While that is unlikely, Montero may soon earn a promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas. This past week, Montero, in two starts, allowed two runs in 11 innings while striking out 14 and walking just two.

Honorable Mention: Domingo Tapia RHP (STL)- It was almost a toss-up between Rafael Montero and Domingo Tapia. Both put up very impressive numbers this week. Tapia tossed 12.2 innings in two starts, allowed four runs (only two earned) and struck out 11. He has a 2.51 ERA in 25.1 innings over five starts.

Who’s Not

  • Brandon Nimmo OF (SAV)- After a very hot start, Nimmo has gone ice cold, hitting well under the Mendoza line at just .091 over the last week. His .286 On-Base Percentage and .182 Slugging Percentage are also far worse than what we saw earlier in the season from Nimmo. Hopefully he can turn it around soon.
  • Cam Maron C (STL)- Maron also started off the season well, hitting .286 through ten games but has struggled since. His batting average has now dropped below .240. This week, he hit .154/.1185/.154.
  • Collin McHugh RHP (LAS)- McHugh has allowed only one earned run through 18 innings this season before two bad starts this week. Over 12.1 innings, McHugh got walloped for 20 hits and nine runs allowed, striking out just seven. This kind of week happens to every Vegas pitcher, and isn’t something to be concerned about unless it carries on over his next few starts.
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BA Hot Sheet: Montero and Tapia in the Team Photo http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/ba-hot-sheet-montero-and-tapia-in-the-team-photo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/ba-hot-sheet-montero-and-tapia-in-the-team-photo.html/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 17:56:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=116428 This week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet included two Mets right-handers:

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Rafael Montero, rhp, Mets: The rules of the game allow for New York to put off a 40-man decision on the 22-year-old Montero until after the 2014 season. Necessity may dictate a callup this season, given the way that Montero has pitched at Double-A Binghamton. After dealing six shutout innings at New Hampshire on Saturday, Montero has allowed four runs in four starts, going 3-0, 1.59 with an incredible 27-1 K-BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings.

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Domingo Tapia, rhp, Mets: The strong-armed Tapia started striking batters out last season in the South Atlantic League, and he apparently remembered to pack those whiffs for his assignment to high Class A St. Lucie this season. The 21-year-old ranks third in the Florida State League with 23 punchouts after recording 11 in 12 2/3 innings this week and allowing two earned runs in two starts.

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Mets Minors: Gabe Ynoa Sizzling In Savannah, Moving Up The Mets Top Prospect Rankings http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-minors-gabe-ynoa-sizzling-in-savannah-moving-up-the-mets-top-prospect-rankings.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/mets-minors-gabe-ynoa-sizzling-in-savannah-moving-up-the-mets-top-prospect-rankings.html/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:40:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=116417 gabe ynoa gabriel

Mike Newman of ROTOscouting posted an article on FanGraphs regarding some of the Mets’ exciting Dominican arms who he says ranks among the top-15 prospects in the organization.

I mentioned one of them in our Minor League report today, Gabriel Ynoa, about whom he writes:

Against Savannah, Ynoa sat 91-92 with his fastball, touching 93 mph. With sink and a sling shot delivery, Ynoa is deceptive and his length gives the impression of the ball exploding on an opposing hitter. Plus, he’s not a max effort pitcher which speaks to durability and future health.

In Brooklyn, J.D. Sussman had Ynoa up to 95 mph, so expect even more from the young right-hander as the weather warms. Plus, his body lacks muscular development. As Ynoa fills out, the potential is there for him to add even more velocity… Ynoa is the gem of the Savannah pitching staff. Look for the 19-year old to vault up Mets mid-season prospect lists and into the top eight overall by season’s end.

Earlier today, and before Mike linked me this article, I wrote that while last season many of the scouts were already labeling Ynoa as a future reliever, I thought there was a lot more to him than that and called him a future ace in the making. Check out our always insightful Minor League Report from today for more on Ynoa.

While Jeurys FamiliaRafael MonteroLuis Mateo and Domingo Tapia get much of the ink, and deservedly so in their own rights, Gabe Ynoa and also Rainy Lara are two more names not to be ignored.

Newman says that by mid-season, Ynoa could crack the Mets Top 10.

Mike has a tremendous eye for scouting and check out his new site that I linked to above. He’s been kind enough to let us share many of his scouting videos on MMO.

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St. Lucie Offense Stifled, Unable To Back Up Tapia In 9-1 Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/st-lucie-offense-stifled-unable-to-back-up-tapia-in-9-1-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/04/st-lucie-offense-stifled-unable-to-back-up-tapia-in-9-1-loss.html/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 05:00:23 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=116395

Bradenton 9, St. Lucie 1

Did the scoreboard make you worry a little? Well, fear not, Domingo Tapia was the starting pitcher on the mound on Thursday night but he was not part of the six-run top of the sixth inning that led to St. Lucie’s 9-1 demise.

Tapia pitched an alright game, pitching into the sixth and getting two outs before being lifted with a man on base. When Wanel Vasquez came in to relieve him, he allowed the inherited runner to score and closed the book on Domingo Tapia at 5.2 innings pitched with two earned runs allowed. He gave up four hits and two walks, while striking out five. I’d like to see a little more from Tapia going forward, considering he has the ability to absolutely dominate.

Bradenton struck first in the top of the fourth, when Gregory Polanco doubled against Tapia to score a run – and his second run scored as an inherited runner, as mentioned before. Matt Reynolds would knock an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game at the time, but that would be almost all the St. Lucie offense could muster for the evening.

The huge damage came in that mess of a seventh inning, where Wanel Mesa and Chasen Bradford were rocked for six runs without giving up a single home run. Darwin Frias also pitched in this game, making his St. Lucie debut, and he was only able to record one out before allowing an earned run and being pulled from the ball game for Hamilton Bennett, who wrapped up the Mets’ pitching.

Key Stats

Matt Reynolds: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Dustin Lawley: 1-for-4, 1 SB, Outfield Assist

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

Domingo Tapia: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 ER, 5 K

Wanel Vasquez (Mesa) : 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 ER

Chasen Bradford: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 ER, 1 K

Darwin Frias: 0.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER

Hamilton Bennett: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 2 K

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