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According to Marc Carig, Noah Syndergaard will be scratched from tomorrow’s start due to strep throat. Sean Gilmartin will be starting in his place.

While this doesn’t have the same impact as Steven Matz being done for the year, Syndergaard having to miss a start is a blow to the Mets chances of claiming one of the two Wild Card spots. The impact could have far reaching implications as well.

Syndergaard was in line to pitch the Wild Card Game. The Mets hope Syndergaard will start next on Monday or Tuesday, meaning he will no longer be in line for the Wild Card Game. In that event, the Mets will likely look to Bartolo Colon or even Seth Lugo to make that start.

For his part, Gilmartin had not made a start since being called up from Las Vegas when the rosters were expanded. In 18 starts and one relief appearance for Las Vegas, Gilmartin was 9-7 with a 4.86 ERA and a 1.425 WHIP. Last year, he made only one start for the Mets taking the loss against the Phillies after allowing two runs over five innings.

Between Lugo’s five inning start and the Mets going into extra innings, Gabriel Ynoa pitching tonight, and Gilmartin going tomorrow, it appears as if the Mets bullpen is going to be taxed after this four game set.

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Gabriel Ynoa Strikes Out Eight in First Major League Start Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:00:52 +0000 gabriel-ynoa

With just a day’s notice, Gabriel Ynoa was placed onto the mound at Citi Field for his first major league start. Though he did not have much time to prepare for his matchup against the Minnesota Twins, he succeeded.

Ynoa went 4.2 innings while allowing four hits and just one run. He walked one batter on the day but had sat down eight by way of strikes. Ynoa was pulled just one out shy of being able to pick up the win as the Mets defeated the Twins by a score of 3-2.

“I accept the decision,’’ Ynoa said. “The team knows what they’re doing and I’m thankful for the opportunity.’’ (Newsday)

Ynoa became the third Met to make his first major league start this season, joining Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman. His eight strikeouts are tied for the fourth most by a Met in his first career start, trailing Matt Harvey (11 K on 7/26/12), Collin McHugh (9 K on 8/23/12) and Charlie Williams (9 K on 6/11/71).

It is not yet known if Ynoa will see another start with the possibility of Steven Matz returning to the rotation. Ynoa showed on Sunday he is much more comfortable starting a game than coming in as a reliever, something he has not really done in the minors.

The Mets continue to piece together a starting rotation that has exceeded all expectations at this point. The Giants were defeated by the Cardinals Sunday, putting the Mets alone at the top of the Wild Card standings by one game over San Francisco.

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Terry Collins‘ dubious decision to rest his veterans and go with his Replace-Mets in the heat of a pennant chase paid some dividends as the New York Mets completed a three-game sweep over the Minnesota Twins with a 3-2 win at Citi Field on Sunday.

New York now sits in the Wild Card driver’s seat with a one game lead over the not so gigantic San Francisco Giants.

Rookie right-hander Gabriel Ynoa, filling in for a grim Jacob deGrom, struck out eight in 4 2/3 solid innings of one run, one hit ball in his first major league start.

The Mets’ roughed up pitching rotation was dealt another blow on Friday with the news that deGrom will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury.

But, the resilient crew from Queens, who are also without the services of the ailing Steven Matz, keeps beating the odds and pulling rabbits out of their caps. It’s pretty amazing when you stop and think about it, and it has been one of the best storylines of pretty remarkable season.

Michael Conforto recovered from Saturday’s bases loaded whiff with a first inning two-run single with the bases juiced to give the Mets a lead they never relinquished.  Conforto had himself a 2-for-4 day while hitting in the cleanup spot, which will hopefully boost the confidence he’s been lacking.

It was another head-scratcher by Terry Collins that paid off handsomely for the Mets. It’s been one of many such “brilliantly quirky moves” as pointed out by Joe D. on Friday.

After breezing through the order in the top of the first, Ynoa ran into a bases loaded debacle in the second, leaving the mound in better shape than counterpart Kyle Gibson, surrendering only one run on a Ryan Murphy sac fly.

Collins made what seemed like another of his questionable moves when he replaced Ynoa in the fourth after giving up a two out single to Brian Dozier.  After Josh Edgin gave up a bloop hit he was given the hook for Erik Goeddel who then loaded the bases with a walk.

I could feel the fans disdain for Collins through my television screen, but Goedell got Kennys Vargas swinging to end the inning, and another episode of manager knows best prevailed.


Mets Bronx Bomber T.J. Rivera then continued his torrid plate appearances with a solo shot in the third for an insurance run that meant something when Kennys Vargas cut the lead to 3-2 with a home run off Fernando Salas in the top of the eighth.

Jerry Blevins gave Jeurys Familia some much-needed rest, recording the final four outs, including a game ending strikeout in the dirt to the dominant left-hand hitting Brian Dozier, who came to the plate with two out in the ninth. The crowd went wild and so did I.

Both Rivera and Conforto stepped up big while filling the cleats of Jose Reyes and the red hot Curtis Granderson, collecting two big hits each and providing the type of offense that will be needed by the Mets down the stretch.

Their remaining schedule on paper predicts a favorable outcome, but this won’t be a walk in the park as Mets face the pesky Atlanta Braves, who have given them all sorts of problems. However, the Mets are one of the hottest teams in the NL, winning 11 of their last 14 and they are 20-7 over their last 27 games. That’s a lot of momentum.

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Mets Announce Conforto, Plawecki, Kelly and Ynoa Will Join Team Tomorrow Wed, 31 Aug 2016 18:07:29 +0000 yoenis cespedes michael conforto

The New York Mets officially announced that Michael Conforto, Kevin Plawecki, Ty Kelly and Gabriel Ynoa will be among their first wave of September call-ups when rosters expand tomorrow.

Once the season ends for the Las Vegas 51s, a few more players are expected to be called up including T.J. Rivera, Rafael Montero and Erik Goeddel.

Original Report

Rosters expand September 1st and the Mets are ready to bring in some reinforcements as they attempt a run at a postseason berth for the second consecutive year.

Michael Conforto will be back up and “be in the mix” for some playing time as per Terry Collins. Joining Conforto will be Kevin Plawecki, Gabriel Ynoa and Ty Kelly.

Some much needed bodies for a team who continues to play short. As they enter the final four and a half weeks of the season, this will no longer be an issue.

Rosters cannot expand soon enough for this team. A second wave of call-ups are expected upon the conclusion of Las Vegas’ season.

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Baseball America’s Mid-Season Mets Top 10 Prospects Thu, 21 Jul 2016 19:17:13 +0000 brandon nimmo hr

Baseball America released their top ten Mets mid-season prospect list and it does present some surprises. Though it doesn’t appear to be because they actually scouted the players and simply went with their preseason list minus graduates.

  1. Amed Rosario
  2. Dominic Smith
  3. Brandon Nimmo
  4. Gavin Cecchini
  5. Desmond Lindsay
  6. Robert Gsellman
  7. Wuilmer Becerra
  8. Luis Guillorme
  9. Marcos Molina
  10. Gabriel Ynoa

The upper four of the list appears to be in concert with most other recent publications. The rest of the list is well, confusing at best.

The upside is there that you can look past the fact that Lindsay has missed more games than he has played as a professional. With the bump in velocity he has shown, Gsellman is among the top ten as well, especially being so close to the majors. Becerra has done a good job prioritizing contact, but there is no mention of his shoulder (and it’s possible correlation to his power outage) in the article.

That Matt Eddy apparently penalized Luis Carpio (his preseason #7) for season ending surgery, yet has Lindsay (#8) pass him and Molina dropped from #6 to #9 doesn’t seem to be very consistent.

While I am a huge fan of both Guillorme and Ynoa, (preseason #12 & 13 respectively) it appears as he took his preseason list and just moved them up, by-passing Jhoan Urena based on the stat line. Truth be told, Guillorme is a slick fielding slap hitter, and Ynoa a starting pitch without an out pitch, both potential major league players, just not top 10 prospects. (Except in the Angels or Marlins system, where they may be top 5.)

Andres GimenezAli SanchezTomas Nido, (leading FSL in batting and third among all catchers in minor league baseball, and second in SLG), and Thomas Szapucki (and his Chapman’esqe k rate) deserve to be a part of the conversation.

I expect more from Baseball America, it’s writers and journalists should be better than everyone else. The insight and analysis should be what other publications strive for.

For comprehensive (maybe slightly biased) Mets minor league coverage check out MetsMinors.Net where we will be unveiling our mid-season top 50 prospects, starting with numbers 50-41 on Friday morning.



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Matt Harvey Considering Season Ending Shoulder Surgery Fri, 08 Jul 2016 13:54:23 +0000 sandy alderson

Matt Harvey has been diagnosed with symptoms consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome and is considering season-ending surgery, general manager Sandy Alderson announced at Citi Field.

Harvey is deciding between the two options that doctors in St. Louis presented to him, shoulder surgery or a nerve block injection. If it is surgery, Alderson says it’s about a four month recovery.

Alderson said he is unsure how long Matt Harvey has been pitching with the issue, but that surgery is inevitable in all likelihood.

The team only became aware of Harvey’s shoulder discomfort after his last start. Terry Collins told reporters that after his last start Harvey told him he had no feeling and no energy in his right arm. “His arm just felt like he was dead,” Collins said.

Zack Wheeler is not a realistic option to replace Matt Harvey anytime soon, Alderson added, and they will not have a timetable for his return. He says he is confident but not certain Wheeler will return in 2016.

Collins added on Wheeler that he had a huge setback and there’s no telling if and when he’s coming back. I think he was referring to the earlier setback, but not sure.

The team officially announced that Logan Verrett will make the start against the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Our best wishes go out to Harvey for a speedy recovery.


Original Report July 6

Matt Harvey has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder discomfort, the New York Mets announced.

Harvey has been referred to Dr. Robert Thompson in St. Louis for an examination that will take place on Thursday, the team said. That’s the same doctor that treated Dillon Gee when he had the blood clot in his shoulder.

Update: Reports are now saying that Harvey is being checked for thoracic outlet syndrome or other blood flow disorders, which Dr. Thompson specializes in.

Harvey was in the midst of an up and down season and has a 4.86 ERA and 1.468 WHIP over 92.2 innings this season. He last pitched on July 4, lasting only 3.2 innings against the Miami Marlins who tagged him for six runs (five earned) on 11 hits.

Harvey was scheduled to pitch Saturday against the Washington Nationals.

Mike Puma of the NY Post was told last week that Gabriel Ynoa could get called up from Las Vegas the next time the Mets needed a starter. However, Adam Rubin speculates that Logan Verrett is likely to take Harvey’s scheduled start instead.

For now, Seth Lugo has been recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Harvey on the roster.

In case you’re wondering, Zack Wheeler is still 3-4 weeks away based on what assistant GM John Ricco said earlier in the week.

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MMO Top 30 Prospects: #13 Jhoan Urena, 3B Sat, 02 Apr 2016 00:00:14 +0000 Jhoan Urena

We’ve been running the redemption line between our number #14 prospect Gabriel Ynoa and this piece on Jhoan Urena, and likely going to write a few more on the “please don’t give up this guy just yet” lines for a few of our top prospects entering the top part of the MMN top 80. However, I am going to present to you one guy who I swear had a year to forget for my #13th best prospect on the MMN Top 80. I truly believe he has the potential to be a possible heir to David Wright. I had already written him up as a breakout candidate for 2016.

No. 13  Jhoan Urena, 3B

Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 200 Level: Gulf Coast League & St. Lucie A+ B/T: S/R Age: 9/1/1994 (21) Age Dif: -2.6

Acquired: International Free Agent, 2011 out of the Dominican Republic

Statistics: 69 G, 241 PA, 225 AB, 50 H, 6 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 3 SB, 15 BB, 40 K .222/.274/.302

A bonus baby from the Dominican Republic, Jhoan Urena is someone to really keep tabs this year despite a terrible showing last year. Before he got to High-A St. Lucie, Urena was starting to carve out an interesting career as an offensive 3rd Baseman.

As 17 year old in the Dominican Summer League, Urena hit .279/.330/.405 with 4 home runs in 64 games earning himself consideration to go stateside. His next year in Rookie League Gulf Coast, he hit .299/.351/.376 in 47 games with some gap power.

Where Urena really started to get noticed was when he played in Brooklyn as a 19 year old in 2014, playing every game (75) and hit .300/.356/.431 with five home runs. This earned him midseason honors to the all-star squad as one of the younger players in a league that usually exhibits players that come out of college. His performance and advanced bat earned him the consideration to jump a level from Short-Season A-ball to High-A St. Lucie.

However, poor Jhoan just didn’t have a good year. He started out pretty poorly, hitting .229/.265/.286 before breaking hamate bones in both of his hands, making him miss a month and a half and not doing well when he returned. When he returned back on July 10th to rehab in the Gulf Coast League, it looked like he was getting himself back on track, however things did not improve in his final 23 games in St. Lucie.

The thing about hamate bone breaks is that with one, it can significantly reduce the amount of strength a person can have in their hands, affecting a swing in a very adverse way. Such an issue can reduce someone’s output of power while playing in-game and would require surgery and multiple months of rehabilitation to gain strength in their hand. Urena broke hamate bones in both hands, ’nuff said.

In a regular year, Jhoan Urena would be able to show that he is a bat-first third baseman with considerable upside. He is a switch-hitter capable of making all sorts of hard contact to the gaps with a quick stroke. In general, he is a good aggressive contact hitter that could be capable of producing above-average batting averages. As for power, he is capable of average to above-average power, possibly in the high-teens to early 20’s in round-trippers. However, he has not shown himself capable of drawing too many walks as of yet.

On the defensive side, he is a little bit more raw. He doesn’t have excellent hands or lateral mobility, but his arm is plus and accurate, proving himself capable to stick at the hot corner, but he may never be more than average there. If he can’t stick there, he could possibly move to right field or first base.

Urena has a lot to prove in 2016, and he’ll be looking to get some redemption as he repeats in High-A St. Lucie, but if he finally proves what he is capable of: watch out.

Previous prospects in the top 30:

#14 Gabriel Ynoa#15 Ali Sanchez#16 Luis Guillorme#17 Chris Flexen, #18 Max Wotell#19 Milton Ramos#20 Akeel Morris

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #30-26

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #25-21

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MMO Top 30 Prospects: No. 14 Gabriel Ynoa, RHP Sat, 26 Mar 2016 23:58:32 +0000 gabe ynoa

We’re chugging along and going into the final 14 of our very very long prospect list, and have come across a very old name that has been a top prospect since 2012. Gabriel Ynoa continues to take the long approach for our consideration as a top prospect, and we are very close to seeing the fruits of his labor. He is our #14.

No.14 Gabriel Ynoa, RHP

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 160 B/T: R/R

Age: 5/26/1993 (22) Age Dif: -2.6

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

Statistics AA - 25 G, 24 GS, 152.1 IP, 3.90 ERA, 157 H, 31 BB/82 K, .265 BAA

If you could describe Gabriel Ynoa with one word, it would be control. No, I don’t mean political control, or that remote you use to surf your channels. I’m talking true precision and control. Ynoa knows exactly where he wants the ball to go and then he just locates it there, no questions asked. In his career in the minor leagues, he has had a rate of 1.3 walks per 9 innings, which compared to any other of our other starters is truly incredible.

Signed in 2009 at the age of 16, and despite dominating the Dominican Summer League in 2010 with a 1.99 ERA, and doing well in Kingsport and Gulf Coast League in 2011, Ynoa burst onto the scene truly in Brooklyn in 2012 when he had a 2.23 ERA in 13 starts as a 19 year old. Armed with a fastball already in the low 90’s Ynoa was a hot commodity when he reached full season ball in Savannah and took full advantage of Old Grayson’s cavernous surroundings, posting a 2.72 ERA.

However, when he arrived to St. Lucie in 2014 he started to give up hits a-plenty, giving up 10.3 per 9 innings which in a pitcher’s league like the Florida State isn’t good. When he was promoted after 14 starts, he did a little worse, giving up a similar amount of hits and more runs. In 2015, he did a little better, giving up less hits and less earned runs but he struck out even less.

Gabriel Ynoa pitches now in the low to mid 90’s and bumps 96 at times. However, while the fastball will find any quadrant, it has found itself to be hittable. At times his changeup has graded out as plus, but it does not garner the swing and misses you’d like to see enough, nor do his curve or slider.

Ynoa has a lot to prove in general, posting mediocre ERA’s and giving up too many hits as of late. Not missing many bats either with it dwindling to 4.8 strikeouts in 9 innings. As that continues to drop, which it very well might when he takes his turn in Vegas’s dry heat, he might be not be viable for a starting role anymore despite the Mets’ insistence. However, if he can find his way to strike out more guys, he could keep his starting status and be one heck of a replacement for one of the big five should one go down for injury.

Ynoa had a good showing this spring in big league camp with a breaking ball that had more tilt on it than during the 2015 season. Maybe the mastermind Dan Warthen finally got to work with the young pitcher.

Previous prospects in the top 30:

#15 Ali Sanchez#16 Luis Guillorme#17 Chris Flexen, #18 Max Wotell#19 Milton Ramos#20 Akeel Morris

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #30-26

MMO Top 30 Prospects: #25-21

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Herrera, Smith, Cecchini, Gsellman Among Second Wave Of Spring Training Cuts Tue, 15 Mar 2016 14:08:31 +0000 robert gsellman

The New York Mets announced their second round of cuts from their major league spring training roster this morning.

Optioned to minor league camp were second baseman Dilson Herrera, LHP Josh Smoker, outfielder Brandon Nimmo, RHP Robert Gsellman, RHP Seth Lugo, RHP Gabriel Ynoa, and RHP Jeff Walters.

Reassigned to minor league camp were first baseman Dominic Smith, LHP Duane Below, RHP Stolmy Pimentel, shortstop Gavin Cecchini, infielder Marc Krauss, and outfielder Travis Taijeron.

There are now 39 players left in major league camp.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Marlins, 1:05 PM (WOR) Sun, 13 Mar 2016 14:17:25 +0000 matt harvey tall

The New York Mets travel to Jupiter, Florida to take on the Miami Marlins on Sunday. RHP Matt Harvey makes his second start of the Grapefruit League season for the Amazins and will oppose RHP Tom Koehler for the Fish in a 1:05 PM showdown at Roger Dean Stadium.

Also pitching for the Mets this afternoon are LHP Duane Below, RHP Hansel Robles, and RHP Addison Reed.

New York Mets

  1. Alejandro De Aza, LF
  2. Juan Lagares, CF
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, DH
  4. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  5. Dominic Smith, 1B
  6. Roger Bernadina, RF
  7. Eric Campbell, 3B
  8. Ruben Tejada, 2B
  9. Matt Reynolds, SS

Miami Marlins

  1. Dee Gordon, 2B
  2. Marcell Ozuna, CF
  3. Christian Yelich, LF
  4. Giancarlo Stanton, DH
  5. Justin Bour, 1B
  6. Martin Prado, 3B
  7. J.T. Realmuto, C
  8. Ichiro Suzuki, RF
  9. Adeiny Hechavarria, SS

Let’s Go Mets!

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MMO Game Thread: Cardinals vs Mets, 1:10 PM (WPIX, WOR) Sat, 12 Mar 2016 14:48:56 +0000 bartolo colon

Veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon makes his second Grapefruit League start as the New York Mets take on the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday at 1:10 PM at Tradition Field. Left-hander Tyler Lyons will get the start for the Cardinals.

Also pitching for the Mets this afternoon are LHP Josh Smoker, RHP Jeurys Familia, and RHP Gabriel Ynoa.

New York Mets

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. Neil Walker, 2B
  3. Yoenis Cespedes, CF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Wilmer Flores, SS
  6. Travis d’Arnaud, DH
  7. Michael Conforto, LF
  8. Eric Campbell, 3B
  9. Kevin Plawecki, C

St. Louis Cardinals

  1. Kolten Wong 2B
  2. Stephen Piscotty RF
  3. Randal Grichuk CF
  4. Brandon Moss 1B
  5. Jedd Gyorko SS
  6. Brayan Pena C
  7. Anthony Garcia LF
  8. Jacob Wilson 3B
  9. Carson Kelly DH

Let’s Go Mets!

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Mets Minors Playoffs: Binghamton And Savannah Face Elimination Tonight Sat, 12 Sep 2015 15:23:36 +0000 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 Midseason Top Prospects 15-11 Led By Gabriel Ynoa Thu, 27 Aug 2015 16:20:30 +0000 Photo by

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#15 Ali Sanchez
Preseason: Unranked
Age: 18 – January 20th, 1997
Signed: 7/2/2013
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

The 6 foot, 180 pound catcher was signed out of Venezuela for $690,000 and was ranked by Baseball America as the 25th best international prospect for that July 2nd signing period. He was ranked as the #2 catcher in that class behind Jose Herrera who is also currently playing in rookie level ball for Arizona.

Sanchez started his Mets career off last year playing in the Dominican Summer League and hitting .303/.406/.394 in 50 games. He hit seven doubles, three homeruns, twenty-four RBI, and stole six bases to go along with a 27/31 BB/SO ratio. He also threw out 51% (3rd in league) of base stealers (37 of 72) in 39 games behind the plate. He was awarded the Sterling Award (MVP) for the DSL Mets #1.

He came stateside to play baseball for the first time this year for the GCL Mets and started off with a bang hitting .373/.427/.413 in his first 20 games. He has slowed down in the last 21 games and is hitting .279/.342/.305 with four doubles, sixteen RBI, two stolen bases and a 11/24 BB/SO over that span. He is throwing out 47% (23 of 48) runners trying to steal this year. Ali has been clutch in his short career hitting .367/.436/.531 with twenty RBI in 49 AB’s with two outs and runners in scoring position.

He has been noted by several publications as a great receiver behind the plate that has a quick release and good accuracy that is combined with a solid arm. He is also a good athlete for a catcher which should make it easy to stick at the position. Ali has an advanced contact approach at the plate allowing him keep his strikeout numbers down for an 18-year old. Scouts question his ability to hit for power in the future but he uses the whole field well already which could help him develop gap power. Video on Sanchez by

#14 Eudor Garcia
Preseason: Unranked
Age: 21 – May 17th, 1994
Drafted: 4th round in 2014
Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Eudor made his Mets debut last year in the Appalachian League with the Kingsport Mets after he was drafted out of El Paso Community College in the fourth round. n his first 202 professional at bats he struggled some hitting .262/.327/.347 with nine doubles, triple, two homeruns, and twenty-eight RBI. He had twelve errors in 42 games playing exclusively at third base.

This year has been a different story offensively for Garcia who has shown off the his potential the Mets hoped for hitting .293/.330/.446 with twenty-one doubles, two triples, nine homeruns, and fifty-three RBI. All while playing in Grayson Stadium which is notoriously tough place for hitters especially left-handers. He has scored fifty runs and stole his first four bases of his career.

Finding a left-handed power hitting third basemen is pretty rare and Eudor has held his own against lefties this year batting .284/.360/.363 in 102 at bats. His strikeout numbers have jumped significantly this year though going from 14.2% last to 23.4% in 2015 while having his walks dropped 2.8%. He has improved ion his defense going from a .889 fielding % in 2014 to .928% this year.

Scouts still wonder if his fringe arm strength and below average agility at third base will make him potentially move to left field/first base. I don’t see him having the foot speed to be able to play left everyday. He has worked on using the whole field more this year which would ultimately help him count down on the strikeouts. Video of an opposite field double.

#13 Milton Ramos
Preseason: #15
Age: 19 – December 26th, 1995
Drafted: 3rd round in 2014
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

The Mets drafted Milton out of American Heritage High School in Florida last year when they were shocked that possibly the best defender in the entire draft dropped to the 3rd round. He has not disappointed with the glove showing off his great range, plus hands, and a solid accurate arm. He did impress some with his offensive debut in the Gulf Coast League while being almost two years younger than the rest of the league.

In his pro debut he hit .241/.299/.355 with nine doubles, five triples, twenty-nine RBI, and six stolen bases with a 14/34 BB/SO ratio. Milton started this year on fire for Kingsport hitting .341/.370/.455 in his first 11 games before being demoted back to GCL Mets for what has been rumored to be an “immaturity” issue (source is not Sal Licata). He hit just .194/.256/.222 in 11 games in the GCL before heading back to Kingsport.

He has played in 21 games since returning to the Appalachian League and continued has struggled hitting .247/.275/.329 with twenty strikeouts. Ramos has picked it back up lately though hitting .315/.316/.370 with twelve RBI in his last 13 games and his slash line in Kingsport is now .279/.307/.372.

Milton is ranked here more on the potential he has with an already plus glove in the middle infield with the quick hands and athleticism that could help develop him into an asset with the bat as well. He already has some good bat speed and swings pretty level but needs to learn to lay-off off-speed pitches. He has played eleven games at second base this year in part because of the emergence off Luis Carpio. Here is video of swing and defense in 2013.

#12 Jhoan Urena
Preseason: #10
Age: 20 – September 1st. 1994
Signed: September 8th, 2011
Bats/Throws: Switch/Right

The Mets decided they were going to be aggressive with some of their top prospects this year including Jhoan Urena who great 2014 campaign pushed him passed Savannah and right to St. Lucie. Last year in 75 games for Brooklyn the young switch hitting third basemen hit .300/.356/.431 with twenty double, triple, five homeruns, forty-seven RBI, and seven stolen bases. He did go 2-7 with a walk in two playoff games for the Sand Gnats as well.

He was a New York-Penn League All-Star as he led the league in games played, hits, at bats, and finished second in RBI, third in total bases, third in doubles. He has not had the same success in the Florida State League this year hitting only .220/.263/.273 in 61 games for St. Lucie. His bad year was compounded by a wrist injury that had him out from May 20th to July 10th.

The injury came at a bad time as he was starting to turn his season around at the plate batting .283/.317/.300 in his last 17 games before hitting the disabled list. He played in just five rehab games and looked rusty as he returned to St. Lucie going 0-18 in his first six games back. Since then he has hit .277/.320/.340 while having to work around the David Wright rehab tour.

He has shown the ability to hit from both sides of the plate as a very young player and has the raw power to be an above average offensive third basemen. He has a good arm. strong hands, and has surprised many evaluators with his agility at third given his atypical body build for the position. Here is video of him hitting in PSL this year.

#11 Gabriel Ynoa
Preseason: #12
Age: 22 – May 26th, 1993
Signed: November 19th, 2009
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Gabriel Ynoa is highly regarded for his ability to limit walks and keep balls in the ballpark which impressed the Mets enough to add him to the 40-man roster this offseason. In 2013 he was named the Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year after leading the entire Minor Leagues with 17 wins including two in the postseason for the Savannah Sand Gnats.

Last year in split time between St. Lucie and Binghamton he went 11-4 with a 4.07 ERA and a 1.311 while allowing only 25 walks in 148 innings. He was 3-2 (plus a win in the playoffs) with 4.21 ERA allowing 74 hits and 12 walks while striking out 42 in 66.1 innings in AA for the B’Mets. Before this season Baseball America said he had the best control in the Mets farm system.

This season has been one of ups and downs for Gabriel who started the season off poorly going 2-3 in April and May with ERA’s of 4.86 and 4.65 respectively. Then came a stretch from June 16th to July 27th when he was flat out awesome over 58.1 innings that he had a 1.84 ERA and held the league to a .193/.212/.269 slash line. He had three straight complete games in that stretch and was named Eastern League Pitcher of the week on July 6th.

Overall this season Gabriel is 9-8 with 3.88 ERA, 1.216 WHIP, and only eleven homeruns in 139 innings. His strikeouts have gone down to only 4.7 K/9 with the walks going up slightly in AA from 1.6 BB/9 to 1.7 BB/9. He has lowered both his hits per nine innings and homeruns per nine this year though.

When I saw him this year he was sitting at 93/94 MPH with his fastball with the high being 96. He has a great changeup, is a very slick fielder off the mound, and his delivery is as clean and crisp as it gets. He has struggled to develop his slider that he can’t control at times. He has started working on a curveball which has yet to be an effective pitch. One of the two breaking balls needs to be average for him to take the next step.

I talked to multiple scouts about Ynoa and most were on the same page that they believed he would be a fine 4/5 starter in the big leagues with potential to be a #3 if he can hone a breaking ball. Here is video of strikeout against the Erie SeaWolves.

Mets Midseason Prospects 25-21

Mets Midseason Prospects 20-16

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Mets Minor League Recap: Amed Rosario Delivers Game Winning Hit Tue, 16 Jun 2015 14:00:35 +0000 amed

Las Vegas (36-29) 6, Salt Lake 4

Darin Gorski had a quality start going 6 innings giving up three runs on six hits, zero walks, and struck out six helping him to his 4th win of the year. Chase Huchingson relieved him and threw a perfect inning with one strikeout in his 2nd AAA appearance (0.1 scoreless on Saturday) after pitching at Binghamton this year. Zack Thornton had two rough outings in a row giving up 5 runs in 2.1 innings but rebounded last night to pitch a scoreless inning allowing just a walk and striking out one. Scott Rice started the 9th getting two outs and walked a batter that would come around to score off Jon Velasquez who got the final out despite giving up two hits to out winning run at the plate.

Left fielder Brandon Allen was 3-4 with two doubles (13), scored a run, and knocked in three giving him 32 RBI on the year. Alex Castellanos was 2-4 with his 20th double while scoring two runs, he is now hitting 12-30 (.400) with 6 RBI over his last 10 games. Wilfredo Tovar was 2-4 giving him a .325 (13-40) average with seven stolen bases and a 6/3 BB/K over his last 10 games. Travis Taijeron was 1-2 with a walk, run scored, and knocked in his 32 run of the year. Jayce Boyd was 1-4 with a two-run double and now leads the Mets minor leagues with 22 two-baggers on the season. Johnny Monell was just 1-4 lowering his average to .371 but extending his hit streak to 11 games. Matt Reynolds came into the game hot but cooled down with an 0-4 night while playing shortstop. Box Score

Las Vegas is hosting Salt Lake again tonight at 10:05 ET with Rainy Lara (4-2, 3.57) listed on the game notes as the starter despite being shown still on the Binghamton roster.

Binghamton was off last night but are back at it tonight with Gabriel Ynoa (2-4, 5.72) getting the start vs. Portland at 7:00.

St. Lucie (33-31) 3, Clearwater 2 F/11

Right hander Michael Gibbons made his Mets and pro debut and was absolutely fantastic pitching 7 scoreless innings allowing only two singles and a HBP all night never letting a runner touch 2nd base. He struck out four and was hitting 93-94 MPH with his fastball that he showed great command of. He only needed to face 23 hitters to retire 21 batters on the night and was scheduled to be a spot start with him going to Brooklyn next week but he could have changed some minds. Gibbons left with a 2-0 lead and Kelly Secrest was the first man out of the bullpen for St. Lucie to pitch the 8th inning. Secrest gave up a run on two hits while striking out one raising his ERA to 3.51 on the year. Without Akeel Morris on the roster lefty Josh Smoker was given the save opportunity, he quickly gave up the lead with the 2nd batter hitting a game tying double after the first singled. Smoker would rebound to get three outs sending the game to extra innings. The Mets did nothing in the top of the 10th and Smoker held Clearwater off the board to force the game into the 11th. The game remained scoreless through the 11th and 12th with Mike Hepple pitching those innings for the Mets,

Stefan Sabol led off the top of the 13th with his 5th double since being promoted to St. Lucie and Amed Rosario promptly followed with single to left field to score the game-winning run. Kyle Regnault pitched a quick and easy 1-2-3 13th with two strikeouts to pick up his first save. Rosario was 2-5 with his 16th double, walk, and his 16th RBI of the year breaking out of his June long slump and raising his average to .263 for the year. Yeixon Ruiz and Maikis De La Cruz were both 2-6 with a stolen base on the night. Dominic Smith had a rough birthday going 0-6 failing to reach base. Jeff McNeil and the rehabbing Brandon Nimmo each went 0-5 with a walk while Nimmo also scored a run. Box Score

John Gant (0-0, 2.75) takes the mound tonight for St. Lucie as they play Clearwater at 7:00.

Hickory 4, Savannah (34-30) 1

Casey Meisner failed to pick up his 5th straight win as he struggled with the long ball giving up two in his 6.2 innings. All four of the runs came on the to HR’s as Meisner only gave up five hits and one walk while striking out five. It was just his 2nd loss of the year and raised him ERA to 2.12 on the year. James Duff pitched 1.1 scoreless innings allowing a hit and that is it, his ERA is now 2.90 for the year.

The Sand Gnats collected only five hits on the night while going hitless (0-5) with runners in scoring position stranding seven runners on base. Eudor Garcia was the only Gnat with multiple hits going 2-4 with his 9th double and scoring the only Savannah run. Tomas Nido was 1-4 with his 9th double and has now hit safely in 7 of the last 10 games. Luis Guillorme was 1-4, he has now hit safe;y in 8 of his last 10 games. Jon Leoux was 0-3 with a walk and knocked in the only Savannah run of the night. Wuilmer Becerra went 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts to lower his season average to .284. Box Score

The Sand Gnats host Asheville tonight at 7:05 with Casey Delgado (3-0, 2.65) getting the start.

Roster News

St. Lucie added right handed pitcher Michael Rollins to their active roster yesterday, he pitched for Wheaton College in Massachusetts and graduated in 2014. In his senior year he pitched 12 games (9 starts) going 4-1 with a 1.89 ERA in 57 innings while collecting 37 strikeouts but got 11.84 groundouts per game. Last summer he pitched in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League going 4-2 with 59 strikeouts in 50.2 innings while holding opponents to a .240 average. Gibbons is 22 years old and listed at 6’3.  Catcher Tyler Moore was reactivated Sunday for Savannah after being out since May 31st. Alfredo Reyes was sent down to Brooklyn in the corresponding move to make room for Moore. Take all these probable starting pitchers with a grain of salt because there is frequent roster movement going on making tough to nail down what is actually going to happen until the lineups come out.

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Mets Minor League Recap: Delgado Moves To 3-0, Conforto Hitting .382 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 15:04:22 +0000 michael conforto 2

Las Vegas had the night off but they will be back at it tonight with Steven Matz (6-4, 1.94) on the hill against vs. Reno at 10:05. This game will be available via, might be your last chance to catch Matz wearing a 51′s jersey.

Bowie 9, Binghamton (28-30) 4

In a game of spurts 12 of the games 13 runs were scored in three consecutive teams at bat with Binghamton getting all four of their runs in Top of 3rd and Bowie scoring four times in the 2nd and 3rd innings. Unfortunately Gabriel Ynoa continued what has been an awful year for himself lasting just 3 innings giving up eight runs on seven hits and a walk. He is now 2-5 with a 5.72 ERA and has already walked 18 in 56 innings after walking just 13 in 82 innings last year. Matt Koch followed with two scoreless innings of relief, he has now allowed only one run in 21 innings since being moved to the bullpen. His ERA overall is down to 2.95 with his WHIP at 1.13 while only walking four hitters in 42.2 innings all year. Adam Kolarek pitched the 6th inning striking out the three hitters he faced.

Michael Conforto was in the thick of the B’Mets four run rally hitting his 5th double to knock in Gavin Cecchini for his 9th RBI in 10 games for Binghamton. Conforto would score on Josh Rodrgiuez’s 2-run triple later in the inning. Everyone in the B’Mets lineup besides Dustin Lawley had a base hit but they couldn’t get the big hit going 3-14 with runners in scoring position. Conforto finished the game 1-3 with the RBI double, run scored, walking for the 10th time, and also stole his first base of the season. Conforto in 10 games with Binghamton is now hitting .382/.523/.676 while facing 7 lefty starting pitchers in that span. Cecchini was 2-5 with his 14th double and is now 7th in the Eastern League in hitting at .324 for the year. L.J. Mazzilli was 1-4 with his 2nd double while hitting in the 2nd spot for the 2nd straight game. Box Score

Binghamton finishes their series in Bowie tonight (thankfully because they offer no MiLB TV options) at 6:35 with Luis Cessa (4-4, 2.81) on the mound.

St. Lucie had their game postponed, it will be made up today as part of a doubleheader. The first game will be at 5:05 with John Gant (0-0, 1.93) facing off against former St. Johns basketball player Amir Garrett. In the 2nd game the Mets have Miller Diaz (4-3, 3.47) taking the mound.

Savannah (32-27) 8, West Virginia 6

The Sand Gnats were tied 1-1 heading into the top of the 3rd when the offense exploded for 7 runs in the inning with Wuilmer Becerra, Luis Guillorme, Jon Leroux, Tomas Nido, and Jean Rodriguez all knocking in runs. Becerra started the inning by striking out but reached base when the catcher couldn’t handle the pitch, he would come around to score the 1st run of the inning. Becerra would cap the rally off later in the inning with a 2-run single giving Savannah a 8-1 lead. It was his only hit in five at bats, he did steal his 7th base of the season as well. Luis Guillorme was 3-5 with two doubles, run scored, and two RBI’s giving him 26 on the year. All-Star Jonathan Johnson extended his hitting streak to 6-games going 1-3 with his 10th double, two walks, and scoring two runs too. Tomas Nido, John Mora, and Vicente Lupo all collected two hits on the night. Eudor Garcia followed up his monster night (2 HR’s, 4 RBI’s) by going 1-5 with a run scored.

Three weeks ago Casey Delgado was pitching in the Frontier League and now he is a perfect 3-0 in his first three affiliated ball appearances. Making his 2nd start Delgado was solid going 7 innings giving up three runs on six hits and zero walks while striking out five. In 17 innings for Savannah he has allowed just five runs on thirteen hits and three walks while striking out sixteen. I recently did an interview with Delgado and hope to have it up later today. Ricky Knapp followed him making things interesting by giving up two runs in the 8th then another in the 9th. All-Star David Roseboom came in with the tying run at the plate, he struck out the batter for the final out to pick up his 5th save. The Sand Gnats have now won 8 straight and are still tied for first place. Box Score

The Sand Gnats go for their 9th straight win with Martires Arias (3-3, 3.55) making the start.

DSL Twins 7, DSL Mets1 (5-5) 4 Box Score

DSL Mets2 (7-3) 4, DSL Red Sox2 3 Box Score

Mets $1 million bonus SS prospect Kenny Hernandez was 2-4, scored a run while picking up his first triple and RBI of his Mets career.

News and Notes 

MLB Pipeline Top 100 prospects had two players recently graduate the list and the Mets SS prospect Amed Rosario slid into the #99 slot. These current rankings don’t use any up to the date stats, meaning this decision was made before Rosario playing well in St. Lucie while being only 19 years old. I have a feeling when the mid-season rankings come out he will be closer to the 70-75 range in all of baseball.

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Mets Minor League Recap: Smiths’ Streak To 15, Conforto 3 RBI’s Wed, 03 Jun 2015 15:00:50 +0000 gavin cecchini

Memphis 6, Las Vegas (29-24) 0

The 51′s have now lost their last 7 games and have scored just seven runs over that span. Matthew Bowman got the start going 5 innings giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits (HR) and three walks. Bowman struck out just two but did induced 9 groundball outs. Zack Thornton threw a scoreless 6th and has now thrown 9.1 innings without allowing a run. Chase Bradford pitched a scoreless inning while Jon Velasquez gave up two unearned runs in his inning of work.

The bats were quiet for Las Vegas who could only manage four hits and two walks while having only one AB all night with a runner in scoring position. Johnny Monell was the offensive bright spot for the 51′s going 2-3 with a walk. Matt Reynolds and Travis Taijeron collected the other two hits. T.J. Rivera got the night off after going 0-21 in his last 6 games, he did fly out in the 8th inning as a pinch hitter. Alex Castellanos was 0-4 with two errors at 3rd base and is just 6-38 in his last 10 games. Box Score

Logan Verrett (1-0, 1.93) is making his first start of the year for Las Vegas at 8:05 against Memphis.

Trenton 6, Binghamton (26-25) 4

Binghamton came from behind on three different occasions to tie the game, only to see the Thunder score two runs in the 8th inning to go ahead 6-4. Adam Kolarek had a rough 8th inning giving up the two go ahead runs on a hit and three walks. Rainy Lara got the start for the B’Mets going 5.2 innings giving up four runs on seven hits, two walks, while striking out six. Lara’s line would have looked better had Chase Huchingson not allowed both inherited runners score. Vic Black pitched the 7th inning getting a groundout to 2B, flyout to RF, and then a strikeout swinging on a 96 MPH fastball. He also hit 95 MPH on the gun and had a good curveball despite having 2 full counts (fairly normal for Black who is a little wild).

Michael Conforto was 2-5 with his 1st AA double and three RBI’s with all of them tying the game for Binghamton. Conforto is now 3-10 with four walks and four RBI’s in his first 3 games for the B’Mets. Gavin Cecchini was 3-4 with a walk and his 11th double of the year giving him 5 straight games with multiple hits. Cecchini is now hitting .331/.387/.490 on the year and has the same amount of extra base hits as strikeouts (16). Aderlin Rodriguez was hot in May hitting .273/.341/.494 and has continued that trend now collecting two hits in both games in June. Yeixon Ruiz played 2nd and batted lead off going 2-5 scoring two runs, getting his 1st AA steal. Jared King was 2-3 with a walk and knocking in his 22nd run of the year. Box Score

The B’Mets host Trenton again with Gabriel Ynoa (2-3, 4.72) on the mound at 6:35.

St. Lucie (27-25) 7, Bradenton 6

The St. Lucie Mets were trailing 4-2 heading into the 5th inning when they exploded for five runs that gave them a 7-4 lead that they were narrowly able to hold on too. Dominic Smith wasted no time extending his hitting streak to 15 games with a double down the LF line in the 2nd inning. Smith finished 2-5 with two runs scored, his 27th RBI, and two doubles giving him a FSL leading 18 on the season. Smiths’ batting line now is a very respectable .271/.311/.406 after batting .400 over his last 10 games. Champ Stuart got another shot out of the leadoff spot going 2-4 with a walk and his 13th steal of the season. He also struck out two times extending his strikeout streak to 25 games. L.J. Mazzilli was 1-4 with a walk and a run scored in his 2nd game back from his suspension. Stefan Sabol had only one hit on the night but it was the eventual game winner in the 5th inning when he stroked a 2-run single with two outs. Amed Rosario had an off night going 0-3 and was the only Met not to reach base on the night.

Robert Whalen gave up a season high four runs in just four innings on six hits and an uncharacteristic five walks. Whalen had trouble finding the plat all night throwing 91 pitches with only 45 of them for strikes. Edioglis Villasmil made his season debut on the same day he was added to the roster pitching one inning giving up and earned run without allowing a hit. Kelly “the Vulture” Secrest pitched 2 innings giving up one run on three hits picking up his 5th win in relief on the year. Shutdown closer Akeel Morris pitched perfect frames in the 8th and 9th innings with three strikeouts to pick up his 9th save of the year. Box Score

St. Lucie looks to make it 6 straight wins with Kevin McGowan (4-3, 4.68) making the start vs. Bradenton at 6:30.

Savannah (25-27) 4, Asheville 1

Casey Meisner had a very efficient night needing only 90 pitches (60 strikes) to get through 8.1 innings allowing just one run on eight hits and two walks. Meisner struck out three and induced two groundball double plays. Meisner picked up his 5th win lowering his ERA to 1.88 and his WHIP to 1.06 while the league is hitting just .217 against him. David Roseboom came in to relieve Meisner in the 9th with a runner on and got the final two hitters out to secure his 4th save of the year. Boom has been fantastic this year sporting a 1.46 ERA, a miniscule 0.89 WHIP, and a .169 average against him.

Wuilmer Becerra had a monster night going 3-4 with his 6th HR and two doubles giving 13 on the season. He also scored two runs, knocked in his 24th, and is now hitting .280/.324/.491 on the season. Vicente Lupo was 2-3 with just his 2nd homerun of the year and is still batting only .185. Jon Leroux had his third straight multi-hit game going 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI, he has hit safely in 7 of the last 9 games, Luis Guillorme and John Mora each went 1-4 on the night while Eudor Garcia went 0-4 with three strikeouts. Box Score

The Sand Gnats play in Asheville tonight at 7:05 without a starter listed.

DSL Pirates 7, DSL Mets2 (1-2) 6 Box Score

DSL Mets1 (3-0) 4, DSL Yankees1 3 F/12 Box Score

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It’s Tulo Time For The Mets Thu, 21 May 2015 03:55:32 +0000 tulowitzki

Not at all lost amidst the Mets strong start to the 2015 season is the inconsistent play from Wilmer Flores. Wilmer has been good with the bat, but his nine errors in the field are second only to the enigmatic Ian Desmond.

As the Mets inch closer and closer to legitimate title contention, it is becoming more apparent every day that this team needs a viable shortstop. Matt Reynolds may be able to out-field Flores, but still short is not his natural position and he will likely offer decreased production at the plate.

Troy Tulowitzki, offensively and defensively, would represent a huge upgrade for the Mets and would be worth the cost in terms of salary and prospects.

Consider the possibility of the post-trade infield. Daniel Murphy could stay at third until Wright returns, Tulo would slot in at short, Flores could move to second, Duda would anchor first, and Plawecki would grace the tools of ignorance before moving to the bench after Travis d’Arnaud rehabs.

If each player performs to their potential, the Mets would have five legitimate major league ballplayers at each infield position. There would be no significant weaknesses, defensively or offensively, and I would not be surprised if each position provided the offense with at least 20 home runs. And make no mistake, this team needs more offense.

We all know already the strength of Tulo’s bat. The real questions regard his health, contract, and his cost to the Mets farm system. Still, I think the tantalizing infield potential Tulo brings more than outweighs his flaws.

In a recent article for ESPN insiders, Jim Bowden proposed the Amazin’s deal Steven Matz, Kevin Plawecki, and Rafael Montero for Tulo. It’s not a bad suggestion, but I don’t think the Mets would pull the trigger on such a deal.

Few catchers are durable enough to outlast a full season, and d’Arnaud has a checkered injury past. Thus, if I were the Mets, I would try to convince the Rockies to take Dilson Herrera instead of Plawecki. That may not work straight up though, as catcher is a premium position while second base is not, so let’s say the Mets’ add Double-A RHP Gabriel Ynoa to the deal.

Here’s my proposal, in its full form. Mets get: Troy Tulowitzki, 25MM (to aid salary issues). Rockies get: Matz, Montero, Herrera, Ynoa.

That’s quite a large haul for Colorado. They get a potential top of the rotation starter in Matz and another rotation piece with promise in Montero. Herrera should succeed offensively in the thin air at Coors. Ynoa adds intrigue with the chance to develop into a number three of four starter down the road.

Pitching is Colorado’s biggest need. And with this deal, the Rockies  add three young pitching prospects to their arsenal as well as a promising second baseman to offset the loss of Tulowitzki.

On the Mets side, the rationale behind making this trade is clear. They get arguably best shortstop in the game for four players who have not proven themselves at the major league level and the Mets are dealing from their depth. Matz has dominated in Vegas, but the Mets are loaded at starting pitching. Montero may have a future as a starter, but the Mets have treated him as a swing man thus far; plus New York has more talented options than Montero both in the ‘pen and in the rotation. He will not be missed. Herrera could develop into an all-star soon enough, but with Matt Reynolds and Wilmer Flores, the Mets currently have enough depth to sustain his loss. Ynoa has showed promise with a steady ascent through the system, but he is probably a major league relief pitcher unless he can refine his off-speed pitches.

I understand that it is difficult to fathom trading some of our top young talent for a ballplayer whose best days might be behind him. But remember, our playoff hopes are already hinged to David Wright, a player of very much a similar mold as Tulo and who’s not getting any younger at 32. It makes sense to try to surround him with as much win-now talent as possible. Furthermore, Tulo will not be unplayable in the final year of his deal. Derek Jeter (2009) and Jimmie Rollins (2014), .871 and .717 OPS, respectively, both have proven that 35-year-olds can still be strong contributors in a starting role.

In short, Tulowitzki would be the perfect player to push the Mets over the top. He certainly comes with question marks, but if he was a perfect player the Mets would have no chance of acquiring him.

Trading a blue-chip lefty like Matz is a tough pill to swallow, especially when accompanied by other prospects, but you have to give to get. Tulo is a great player right now and he has proven to be a major league all-star when healthy. I am not interested in gambling another half-season on an inexperienced and out-of-place shortstop like Flores or Reynolds or waiting for Gavin Cecchini and Amed Rosario to develop.

The rotation is undoubtedly one of the best in baseball and is built to win right now, but the current infield and lineup structure leave a lot to be desired. By trading for Tulo, the Mets could shift Flores to second and sport an elite offensive and solid defense group in the infield. And even after relinquishing Matz, Montero, and Ynoa, the Mets can still sport an insanely rich rotation headed by Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, with even more live arms in the pipeline.

The Mets are ready to contend this season. The future is now for our New York Mets. Our captain isn’t getting any younger, but our shortstop situation keeps getting worse day by day. It’s Tulo time.

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MMO Game Thread: Mets vs Nationals, 5:05 PM Thu, 05 Mar 2015 20:44:17 +0000 bartolo colon 2

Bartolo Colon makes his 2015 Grapefruit League debut today as the Mets take on the Washington Nationals in Viera. Colon will oppose Max Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract in the offseason to join an already talented Washington rotation.

Other Mets pitchers that are expected to get some work in today’s contest include Gabriel Ynoa, Cory Mazzoni and Josh Edgin.

Mets had a nice start to the Grapefruit League season yesterday when they trounced the Atlanta Braves 8-2. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a four-hit game will bat cleanup today. Matt den Dekker replaces Juan Lagares at leadoff in this one, Cesar Puello gets the start in right field.

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Lets Go Mets!

Mets Starting Lineup

  1. Matt den Dekker, CF
  2. Ruben Tejada, SS
  3. Eric Campbell, 1B
  4. Kirk Nieuwenhuis, DH
  5. John Mayberry Jr., LF
  6. Anthony Recker, C
  7. Alex Castellanos, 3B
  8. Cesar Puello, RF
  9. Wilfredo Tovar, 2B

Nationals Starting Lineup

  1. Denard Span, CF
  2. Anthony Rendon, 3B
  3. Bryce Harper, RF
  4. Ryan Zimmerman, 1B
  5. Wilson Ramos, C
  6. Ian Desmond, SS
  7. Yunel Escobar, 2B
  8. Tyler Moore, LF
  9. Kevin Frandsen, DH

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Projecting Double-A Binghamton Mets Roster Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:00:47 +0000 Now that we have taken a look at what the AAA Las Vegas roster could look like, lets see who the defending Champion Binghamton Mets might consist of. This will obviously change because of injuries and players that get released.

Starting Rotation

Gabriel Ynoa- One of my favorites and will see AAA soon enough.

Michael Fulmer- Numbers not great in Minors but still has tremendous stuff.

Tyler Pill- Breakout year with the arm and bat last year. Should see time in AAA.

Rainy Lara- Seems like he has been in organization forever but still only 23.

Luis Cessa- Solid year at St. Lucie, converted infielder.


Adam KolarekTerrible last year but performance in Winter Ball might have saved him.

Cody Satterwhite- Should be in AAA but tough to find him a spot. 15 saves and 1.103 WHIP last year.

Dario Alvarez- Tough to place, could be anywhere from AA to Majors. 

John Church- Getting old and wouldn’t be surprised to see cut to make room for someone younger.

Hansel Robles- Wild Card of the bunch, good showing in Spring could put him in Majors.

Jon Velasquez- Minor League veteran with closer experience.

Chase Huchingson- Would be 3rd straight year with Binghamton.


Xorge Carrillo- Breakout year but needs to play everyday.

Albert CorderoMets lost alot of catching depth in Moran and Centeno. Wouldn’t be shocked to see a Minor League Veteran signed to backup Carrillo.


Gavin Cecchini- Big year for Gavin, needs to show he can hit soon

Jayce Boyd- Should be in Vegas based on performance but I don’t see the room to start season.

Wilfredo TovarNeeds to start playing all over diamond to prepare for utility position.

Jeff McNeil- Mets depth at 3B is weak, could get a shot to start at AA

Jairo Perez- Minor League vet who can play 1B, 3B, OF.

Aderlin Rodriguez - Not good last year, only .650 OPS but still has great raw power.


Kyle JohnsonSolid all around player who will see time at AAA too.

Darrell Ceciliani- Should start in AAA but need to find room for him.

Eudy Pina- Nice year in A-ball should get a promotion but needs to play everyday too.

Travis Taijeron- Good power but no position and strikes out a lot.

Jared King- Mets will probably be aggressive with him since he is already 23.

This is a tough roster to figure out this early but it really speaks to the level of depth at the AAA and Major League level that a lot of guys might need to repeat in Binghamton. I could see Ceciliani, Boyd, Tovar, Robles, Satterwhite, Pill, among others all at AAA to start the year if they had room. I would like to see guys like Paul Sewald and Matt Koch start at AA and could happen if some guys are released. This Binghamton team won’t have the prospect star power of last years team but should still be very competitive.

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Who Will Be This Year’s Spring Training Surprise? Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:00:02 +0000 matt reynolds

There are a number of young prospects and fringe players who will be fighting for recognition this spring.  Every year, there’s usually one surprise performance that puts a previously unheralded name on the radar.  After all the action wraps up in the Grapefruit League, who will be the player to leave a lingering impression on the minds of Mets brass and fans?

Pitchers and catchers report February 19th and there are a lot of interesting names on that list.  Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz highlight the premier arms vying for a promotion, however, Rafael Montero could always reignite his stock value.  Other invites include Gabriel Ynoa and Dario Alvarez.  Ynoa has been discussed more recently by the front office as an emerging young star and Alvarez played well enough to earn himself a late season promotion from Double-A Binghamton last year.

The most interesting position players without major league experience are mostly non-roster invites.  Guys like Brandon Nimmo I’ve barely seen any live footage off, so seeing his name in a few lineup cards will be fun.  Kevin Plawecki will almost certainly get a healthy share of reps behind the plate and while I’m a fan of Travis d’Arnaud, it’s time the competition between these two heated up.  I think Plawecki has a great spring training and that’s a great problem for the Mets to have.

Gavin Cecchini and Matt Reynolds are two top infield prospects who will have their chances to showcase their middle infield talents .  Cecchini is an intriguing athlete with a ton of upside who, at times, has flashed the potential that made him a coveted draft pick.  Reynolds showed great offensive potential in Triple-A Las Vegas, regardless of the hitter friendly condition he was playing in.  He could very well grab himself a bench spot if he shows enough of an improvement from last year defensively.

If you had to choose one player to be this year’s Spring Training Cinderella, who’re you going with?

Lets! Go! Mets!


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Gabriel Ynoa Named Top Sleeper By Mayo Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:44:51 +0000 gabe ynoa gabriel

Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa has been ranked as a best sleeper prospect in baseball by Jonathan Mayo of Mayo is very confident in Ynoa’s talent, praising him for his control and maturity on the mound.

Mayo believes that the only way that Ynoa doesn’t appear on the top 100 list next year is if he advances to the majors and is no longer eligible as a prospect. Here is what Mayo had to say:

“There are other pitchers with better pure stuff than Ynoa, there’s no question of that. He does have plenty of fastball, sitting in the low-90s and touching 95 mph, but that’s not up where upper-echelon pitching prospects — like organization-mate Noah Syndergaard — live.”

“What Ynoa can do is throw strikes. He walked 1.5 per nine innings across two levels, reaching Double-A, in 2014. And that was a career high. It made Ynoa’s career walk rate skyrocket all the way up to 1.2.”

“He made 25 starts in 2014 and walked exactly that many batters, 25. In his Minor League career, Ynoa has issued 63 walks in 86 total games. Everyone realizes how insane that is, right?”

“Everything else works extremely well. Ynoa has a smooth and clean delivery that he repeats consistently well. His changeup is so effective because his arm speed never changes. If Ynoa can sharpen his breaking ball some to miss a few more bats, it could be a huge difference-maker.”

Mayo loves Ynoa’s plus makeup and mound presence. He says he doesn’t get flustered on the mound and he knows how to make adjustments.

He adds that Ynoa is the type of advanced arm that could move quickly to New York — or at the very least, “move quickly onto the Top 100.”

Ynoa had an 11-4 record last year with a 4.07 ERA during 148 innings for Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. He is usually overshadowed by the bigger name arms in the Mets farm system, but he does have the potential to one day develop into a solid pitcher at the major league level.


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