Mets Merized Online » Dylan Owen Sat, 06 Feb 2016 23:29:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rockies Sign Reliever Greg Burke To Minor League Deal Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:30:59 +0000 greg burke

Greg Burke has signed a minor league deal with the Colorado Rockies according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New YorkThe righthanded side-armer posted a 5.68 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in 31.2 innings pitched with the Mets last season.I prayed for another team to sign him yesterday and it actually happened…  :-)

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Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that 17 Mets minor leaguers are now free agents and can sign with any other organization. They are as follows:

Triple-A (11 Free Agents)

RHP Carlos Alvarado

RHP Greg Burke

RHP Matt Fox

RHP D.J. Mitchell

RHP Daryl Thompson

RHP Cory Wade

LHP Justin Hampson

Francisco Pena

SS Brian Bixler

SS Brandon Hicks

OF Jamie Hoffmann.

Double-A (6 Free Agents)

RHP Dylan Owen

RHP Armando Rodriguez

Jeyckol De Leon

SS Josh Rodriguez

1B Rhyne Hughes

3B Richard Lucas.

Almost all of these players were brought in from other organizations in the last two seasons when Sandy Alderson went on a minor league free agent spree to add some depth to the system.

The only players here that I could see coming back are 33-year old Justin Hampson, who has developed a good relationship with the team and is well liked. Hampson has been here twice before and was re-signed by the Mets both times.

It was already reported that the Mets may have some interest in bringing back reliever Greg Burke, but he has drawn interest from at least two other teams who may entice him with a major league deal rather than a minor league deal from the Mets.

Francisco Pena, who just turned 24 last month, could re-sign and return to the Mets. Given the scarcity of catching at the higher levels, the defensive-minded backstop is a good guy to have around as many of the Mets top pitching prospects make their way to Triple-A next season.

(Photo credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Torres Rocked For Nine Runs In 9-5 Vegas Loss Thu, 09 May 2013 06:01:17 +0000 58vegas


Round Rock 9, Las Vegas 5

I am not a mean-spirited guy when it comes to baseball, honestly, but why is Carlos Torres on our AAA team? He was lit up again on Wednesday night for a grand total of nine earned runs over 4+ innings and it was just a really rough performance. He allowed five of those runs in the top of the first alone, capped off by a three-run homer by Jim Adduci. Anyway you slice it, if you can’t get out of the fifth inning, and you leave your team with a 9-0 defecit at the time…you did not do your job.

The 51s closed the game with five unanswered runs in the final four innings – highlighted by a three run bomb by Zach Lutz in the bottom of the sixth and a solo shot from Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the bottom of the seventh. The 51s scored plated a run via a Brian Bixler RBI single in the bottom of the ninth and then loaded the bases with two out, but Wilmer Flores grounded out harmlessly to end the threat.

The 51s did manage to put up a five-spot overall, which is always nice to see. In terms of the box score, Dylan Owen, Sean Henn, and Armando Rodriguez combined to pitch the rest of the game scoreless, but Owen allowed the three inherited runners from Carlos Torres to score when he was brought on.

Yeesh. Shake it off and move on to the next game. If all stays the same, Chris Schwinden is scheduled to pitch for Las Vegas tomorrow.

Key Stats

Brian Bixler: 2-for-5, 1 RBI

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-for-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Wilmer Flores: 2-for-5, 1 3B

Zach Lutz: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Kai Gronauer: 2-for-4, 1 2B

Carlos Torres: 4.0 IP, 10 H, 1 HR, 3 BB, 9 ER, 4 K

Dylan Owen: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 2 K, 3-3 Inherited Runners Scored

Sean Henn: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 1 K

Armando Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 2 K

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Flores Drives Home Three In Las Vegas Defeat, 11-7 Sun, 05 May 2013 07:40:17 +0000 54vegas

Sacramento 11, Las Vegas 7

The Las Vegas 51s were defeated Saturday 11-7 at the Sacramento RiverCats, losing for the second straight day to open a four-game Pacific Coast League series. D.J. Mitchell took the mound for Las Vegas on Saturday night and was plagued by a pair of errors in the first frame, which led to seven runs crossing the plate against him in the first inning, but only three were earned. He settled down to last three more innings out there, but Vegas was playing from behind most of the evening.

The 51s scored three times in the top of the first inning on a two-run double from Wilmer Flores and an RBI single from Eric Campbell. They managed to tie the game with a pair of runs in each of the third and fourth innings, but Sacramento scored the final four runs to win. Each of Dylan Owen, Armando Rodriguez, and Greg Burke allowed at least an earned run – with Burke allowing two of them.

Key Stats

Collin Cowgill: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 BB

Josh Satin: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R

Wilmer Flores: 2-for-5, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 1 R

Eric Campbell: 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI

D.J. Mitchell: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 1 HR, 3 BB, 7 R, 3 ER, 5 K

Dylan Owen: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 HR, 1 ER, 1 K

Armando Rodriguez: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 ER, 2 K

Greg Burke: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 ER

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Nieuwenhuis Scores Only Run As Vegas Loses A 10-1 Blowout Sat, 27 Apr 2013 09:00:25 +0000 426Vegas

Tacoma 10, Las Vegas 1

The Las Vegas 51s managed just four hits Friday against visiting Tacoma in a 10-1 loss at Cashman Field.

The 51s allowed double-digit runs for the second straight game and dropped their third straight overall. Partially responsible for that huge run total was starter Carlos Torres, who was rocked for six earned runs over five innings. Dylan Owen struggled as well, allowing three earned runs over his two innings of work. Unfortunately for Las Vegas, Tacoma only failed to score in two innings while they were being no-hit for most of this game.

Josh Satin, Andrew Brown and Kirk Nieuwenhuis were the only men who picked up hits for Vegas in this one, with Josh Satin responsible for two of the combined four. The recently demoted Nieuwenhuis led off the ninth inning with a double, and was sent home via a Josh Satin RBI single.

Vegas will continue the series with the third game out of four on Saturday evening, at 10:05 PM.

Key Stats

Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 R

Josh Satin: 2-for-4, 1 RBI

Andrew Brown: 1-for-4

Carlos Torres: 5.0 IP, 9 H, 1 BB, 6 ER, 4 K

Darin Gorski: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 ER

Dylan Owen: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 ER, 1 K

Sean Henn: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER

(I wonder how Wally Backman feels managing against Ho-Jo. Howard Johnson is the hitting coach for Tacoma, if I remembered correctly.)

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Collin McHugh Solid, Hot Hitting From Juan Lagares Not Enough For Las Vegas Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:54:15 +0000


Las Vegas 1, Sacramento 2

The night did not start out so well for Collin McHugh, but the young righty buckled down and got out of a tough jam in the first inning. He gave up a leadoff single, followed by an error from Wilmer Flores, and an RBI single that gave the River Rats a 1-0 lead with runners on the corners and nobody out. McHugh, battled back and got the next three batters out, starting with a strikeout, a shallow fly out, followed by another strikeout to end the inning. McHugh then fired four scoreless frames before being lifted after a two out walk in the top of the sixth inning.

Gonzalez Germen relieved McHugh in the sixth and came out unscathed, but gave up an RBI single to relinquish the lead in the seventh. Reliever Dylan Owen dodged in and out of trouble in the ninth, as he loaded the bases, but got back-to-back strikeouts to end the inning without any runs scoring.

Offensively, the bats were mostly silent in Las Vegas, as they were only able to muster up five hits on Tuesday night. The 51s got on the board in the fourth inning, when a leadoff single by Juan Lagares led to an RBI single by Wilmer Flores. Lagares was the table setter last night, getting three hits, scoring one run, and raising his batting average to .375.

Andrew Brown gave the 51s life when he worked a two out walk in the bottom of the ninth inning. Josh Satin hit a sharp grounder into the hole, but it was scooped up and Andrew Brown was forced out at second to end the game. Travis d’Arnaud was hitless on the night, but made solid contact and worked the counts in his at-bats.

Key Stats

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Mets Minors: Dylan Owen Gets Rocked For Five Runs In 51s Loss Mon, 08 Apr 2013 16:34:26 +0000 bapbap

Sacramento 8, Las Vegas 4 

The Las Vegas 51s(3-1) were handed their first loss of the season Sunday as they were unable to hold Sacramento in check in the seventh, falling in an 8-4 decision to the River Cats.

Carlos Torres got the nod for the 51s and put out a solid effort, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing two runs on five hits while walking three and striking out a trio, taking a no-decision. The name of the game for Torres was getting in and out of jams, as he allowed at least two baserunners in three of the six frames he pitched in, allowing a run to cross in the third and Dylan Owen allowed an inherited runner to score in the sixth.

In the third, the RiverCats drew first blood on a Grant Green RBI double that scored Jemile Weeks from first. In the sixth, Torres left with two out and a runner on for Owen, who gave up a double to the first batter he faced to give Sacramento a 2-0 lead.

The 51s rallied in the seventh to tie the game at that point with two runs, and they also dropped a two-spot in the eighth. In the seventh, Andrew Brown came home on a fly ball off the bat of Zach Lutz, then Josh Satin scored on a Brian Bixler RBI single. The eighth was the same story, except Reese Havens had the sac fly and Wilmer Flores had an RBI single to score Omar Quintanilla and Juan Lagares respectively.

However, despite the late offensive outburst by Las Vegas, the turning point of this game was in the bottom of the seventh when Dylan Owen came on for a second inning of work. After allowing three of the first four batters to reach base and load the bases, Michael Choice dug in and served up a grand slam, putting Sacramento up 6-2. Owen would stay in to face Michael Taylor, who also took him deep, which led to him taking the loss after allowing five runs in just 2/3 of an inning of work. Armando Rodriguez relieved Owen and retired the side, but not before allowing the third jack of the inning to Stephen Vogt to make it an 8-2 ballgame.

The 51s start a series with the Fresno Grizzlies tonight at 10:05 ET with Darin Gorski taking the mound for Las Vegas.

Key Stats

  • Josh Satin - 2 for 4, 2B, R (.412 average to begin season)
  • Wilmer Flores - 1 for 4, RBI
  • Juan Lagares - 2 for 4, 2B, R
  • Carlos Torres - 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 3 K
  • Dylan Owen - 0.2 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 ER, L


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Wheeler Tosses Gem As Bisons Split Doubleheader Mon, 27 Aug 2012 12:03:55 +0000 Zack Wheeler spun a gem for the Herd in Game 1 of the Sunday doubleheader.

The Bisons played two yesterday in Buffalo. In the first, Zack Wheeler tossed a gem, with the Bisons coming away with a 1-0 win. In the second, it was a sloppy slugfest that the Bisons lost 11-9.

Game 1: Bisons 1, Red Wings 0

Zack Wheeler was on in yesterday’s ballgame. It was certainly a pitching duel. Esmerling Vasquez allowed only one run, so it was up to Wheeler to keep the Red Wings scoreless, which he did. Being a doubleheader, the teams played two seven-inning games. Wheeler pitched the entire game and was absolutely dominating the Rochester lineup. He held them scoreless, allowing only three hits and two walks. He struck out nine and threw 65 of 98 pitches for strikes.

The lone run for Buffalo came in the fourth off Vasquez. With Adam Loewen on third with one out, Matt den Dekker hit a fly ball to right. It was caught, but Loewen tagged up and scored on the play, giving Buffalo a 1-0 lead. That would end up being the only run of the game.

Game 2: Red Wings 11, Bisons 9

The second game was a much different story for both teams. Unlike the first, where each team’s pitcher was dominant, this one was a slugfest. Each team was using their longman as a starter, so the bullpens would be in use pretty quickly. That’s exactly what happened.

The Bisons started Dlan Owen, who didn’t allow a hit but struggled with his control and allowed three runs. However, thanks to some sloppy defense by Rochester, Buffalo still had a 4-3 lead when Owen left the game after an inning and a third. In the bottom of the third, Valentino Pascucci homered to extend the lead to 5-3. From then on, though, it was all Red Wings.

C.J. Nitkowski entered to start the fourth and got rocked. He allowed three runs in that inning and was then sent back out again. In the fifth, he was knocked around again, allowing four more runs. Eventually, Nitkowski was taken out after allowing seven runs on seven hits while recording just four outs. With a big lead, the Bisons couldn’t come back despite two-run homers by Fred Lewis and Zach Lutz.

Herd Rumblings: The good start from Wheeler in the first game was certainly a good sign. He had struggled his previous two starts, allowing eight earned runs in 10.1 total innings. The high points on offense included Matt Tuiasosopo, who was 3-for-7 in the two games, driving in two runs. Valentino Pascucci was in the middle of everything, scoring three runs and hitting a home run. Zach Lutz also had a good day at the plate,  going 2-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored. The Bisons take on the Red Wings again tonight at 7:05. The game will be televised on SNY.

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Danny Muno and Collin McHugh Head This Week’s Who’s Hot List! Tue, 21 Aug 2012 17:32:26 +0000

Welcome to Who’s Hot, Who’s Not! Every Tuesday, we take a look at the hottest and coldest players from St. Lucie, Binghamton, and Buffalo. Here we go…

Who’s Hot

  • Collin McHugh P, Buffalo – McHugh had a rough first couple of starts for Buffalo, but has bounced back and been tremendous for the Bisons since. Over his last ten starts, he has a 2.59 ERA. On top of that, he was named International League Pitcher of the Week for his two performances against Pawtucket. In his first, he hallowed just one run on three hits over 5.2 innings. Then on Saturday night, he shut down the PawSox at Fenway, tossing seven shutout innings, allowing just five hits.
  • Danny Muno SS, St. Lucie – After hitting just .229 in the month of July, Danny Muno has come roaring back for St. Lucie. Over his last ten games, he is hitting a stellar .417 with one home run and six RBI. Over that span, he has also stolen three bases.
  • Richard Lucas 3B, St. Lucie – Lucas, after hitting under .200 in July, had a decent July, but is having an amazing August. He is hitting .379 this month, including .382 over his last ten games with six RBI. He has also stolen five bases this month, a higher total than any other month this season for Lucas.

Honorable Mention: Wilmer Flores INF, Binghamton- Flores is on another one of his big hotstreaks. He hit just .245 in July, but is hitting over .300 this month and .366 over his last ten games.

Who’s Not

  • Josh Satin INF, Buffalo – Satin has had another great season for the Bisons, showing some power and a knack for getting on base. However, the last week or so has been really rough for him. Over his last ten games, Satin is batting .103 and has a .256 on-base percentage.
  • Jefry Marte INF, Binghamton – Marte has been very streaky this season, and is in another slump right now. This month, he has a .183 average. His on-base percentage this month is just .243. Hopefully Marte will be able to turn it around and earn a spot on the Buffalo roster next April.
  • Dylan Owen P, Buffalo – The Mets’ 20th round pick in 2007, Dylen Owen is having one of the roughest stretches of his career so far. Over his last ten outings, Owen has a 9.53 ERA, allowing 18 earned runs over just 17 innings.Over that span, Owen has struck out just eight and walked 14.
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Bisons Lose In Lopsided Game, 15-1 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:43:23 +0000 Mets Minors 4.12.2011

PAWTUCKET 15, BUFFALO 1: The Buffalo Bisons fell to 2-3 on the season after getting beat 15-1 by the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate.

Dylan Owen, recently promoted from Double-A, gave up a three-run home run in the fifth inning. The PawSox went on the score six more runs in the sixth inning.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis broke up the shutout in the seventh inning with a double and run scored.

Lucas Duda, recently sent down from the Mets via the option Sunday night, went 0-for-4 at the plate and reached on a fielding error.

For a box score of the game, click here.

For more minor league notes, read Adam Rubin’s Around the Minors blog.



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Dylan Owen Follows Up No-Hitter With Six Shutout Innings Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:19:27 +0000 Mets prospect RHP Dylan Owen is on a major roll as he continues to dominate in the Puerto Rican Winter League. After pitching seven hitless innings in a combined no-hitter in his last start for Criollos de Caguas, Owen came right back with another strong performance on Friday.

Owen did not give up a hit in the first two innings of his next start essentially giving him nine consecutive no-hit innings over his last two starts. He ended up allowing a 2-out single in the third and another one in the sixth, but ended the day with six innings of shutout ball in a 4-0 win for Caguas. Making this all the more impressive is that both starts were playoff wins as the Criollos try to win this season’s Caribbean World Series.

By the way, two of the four runs scored by Caguas were on sacrifice flies by ex-Met Alex Cora.

In 2010, Owen went 4-4 with a 3.94 ERA over 82 1/3 innings for the B-Mets in 26 appearances that included 10 starts. He struggled mightily after a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo where he was 3-4 with a 7.11 ERA in 44 innings pitched.

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Thursday Mets Intelligence Briefing Thu, 12 Mar 2009 13:29:58 +0000
A new daily feature that will keep you fully briefed on the current state of the Mets. One post with all you need to know until tomorrow.

Domestic Affairs

Now that the Dominican Republic has been eliminated from the WBC, shortstop Jose Reyes and left fielder Fernando Tatis are flying back to St. Lucie and will be in uniform on Saturday. Reyes actually did all he could to make his team win by drawing a walk and scoring a run to put DR ahead 1-0 in the top of the 11th inning, but the Netherlands scored two in the bottom half of the inning and won the game.

Matthew Cerrone has a great video in which he interviews Mets prospects Brad Holt, Ike Davis, Reese Havens and Dylan Owen. Like a fine wine, Matt continues to get better with age and this latest video proves it.

Johan Santana makes his long anticipated spring training debut tonight when he takes the mound against the pesky Florida Marlins in St. Lucie. Santana continues to insist that he will pitch on Opening Day, so maybe now that he finally gets a start the media will stop pestering him about it and stop making us fans worry so much. Bart Hubbuch of the NY Post… I’m talking to you!

K-Rod got the save last night as Venezuela beat the United States 5-3 in the World Baseball Classic. His setup man J.J. Putz shut up the doubters when he hit 95 MPH on the radar gun and said he’s still building his velocity and isn’t really crank it it up just yet. Nice!

“I feel pretty rusty” is what Mike Pelfrey said yesterday after his side session on Wednesday. He also said the stiffness in his left leg has not completely faded, but insisted he’ll pitch Saturday against the Nationals.He believes that another two days of treatment will take care of it.

Outfielder Angel Pagan had successful arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from his right elbow. He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. Marlon Anderson looks like a good bet that he’ll make the team.

Lefthander Jon Niese, is considered by many to be a longshot to make the rotation, but in my opinion he has done more to win the job than anyone else. Yesterday he pitched four hitless innings against Mets minor leaguers and his fastball was clocked at 88-90 mph. John Franco has been working with him on his changeup which looked much improved yesterday.

Foreign Relations

Jonathan Papelbon called Manny Ramirez a cancer in an interview that will be released in the latest edition of Esquire Magazine.

C.C. Sabathia was tagged for five runs yesterday in 1 2/3 innings against the Tigers. The performance was characterized by Craig Carton of WFAN as follows: “That fat bastard looked terrible out there.”

The Los Angeles Dodgers have suddenly become interested in Pedro Martinez, and a homecoming may be in the works. Pedro began his career with the Dodgers who then traded him to the Expos for Delino Deshields. Ouch!

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