Mets Merized Online » Gavin Cecchini http://metsmerizedonline.com Tue, 09 Feb 2016 19:46:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.13 Featured Post: Jim Callis Talks Mets Prospects With MMO http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/featured-post-jim-callis-talks-mets-prospects-with-mmo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/featured-post-jim-callis-talks-mets-prospects-with-mmo.html/#comments Sat, 06 Feb 2016 18:35:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205244 mets batter silhouette hitter netting

Update: MLB Pipeline released their Top 100 Prospects last night with four Mets on the list: Gavin Cecchini #87, Amed Rosario #79, Dominic Smith #51, and Steven Matz at #15. Full write up to come. 

The following is an interview I conducted with the great Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline who you can follow on Twitter at @JimCallisMLB. Jim was kind enough to answer a number of questions about the Mets minor league system and many of our top prospects and sleepers. Please enjoy.

Mike – Would you say this years rookie class in MLB that included Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard was the best you have ever seen?

Jim – I would say that based on the talent of the rookies and how well so many of them performed in the big leagues. Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, Corey Seager, Francisco Lindor, Miguel Sano, Kyle Schwarber and on and on and on.

MikeGavin Cecchini had a breakout season with the bat this year but struggled in the field, is he someone who surprised you this year? Can you see him as an everyday MLB shortstop?

Jim – The Mets have pushed him pretty aggressively, and it seemed like he finally caught his breath in 2015 and started to hit. I think he is an everyday shortstop, though the floor still jumps out at me more than the ceiling. Solid defender, should hit for some average with a little bit of power and a few walks.

Mike – The Mets graduated and traded away a bunch of prospect talent in 2015, where would you rank their current system as a whole?

Jim – Though the system did get thinned out with graduations and trades, there’s still some intriguing talent, particularly with position players like Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario and Cecchini. Technically, Matz still counts as a prospect until he gets another 15 big league innings. I haven’t stacked up all the farm systems against each other yet, but I’d expect that when I do the Mets will fall in the 11-20 range somewhere.

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Mike – The R.A. Dickey trades seems to be the gift that keeps on giving with Wuilmer Becerra. Is he close to being a Top 100 prospect?

Jim – He’s not close to being a Top 100 guy yet, but he does have that kind of upside, just needs to polish up his tools. He fits the right field profile nicely. That trade keeps looking better and better for the Mets. Syndergaard alone would have been a sweet return.

Mike – Who is one Mets prospect that we won’t see on any Top 10 lists but you really like?

Jim – The system has lost some of its depth, so I don’t know if I’d say I “really like” anyone outside the consensus Top 10. But I am intrigued by Milton Ramos, who has a chance to be a very good defender. We’ll see how he hits.

Mike – I got to watch Robert Gsellman numerous times this year and was impressed with this ability to stay away from barrel contact despite low strikeout numbers. What do you see his potential as?

Jim – No. 5 starter at best. I’m not a big fan of guys who lack a plus pitch and don’t miss bats. Gsellman deserves credit for succeeding in Double-A but I’m skeptical as to how his stuff will play in the big leagues.

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MikeDominic Smith had six home runs this year but led the Florida State League with 33 doubles. Do you think he can be a 15-20 home run guy in the big leagues?

Jim – Definitely. I saw him in the Arizona Fall League and thought he was one of the best hitters there. He has power, you can see it in batting practice, but he’s focusing on developing as a hitter. It’s an easy swing with an up-the-middle approach, and he’ll hit homers as he gets more comfortable and aggressive about turning on pitches.

Mike – Who has a better chance of becoming a MLB starter: Gabriel Ynoa, Seth Lugo, or Mickey Jannis?

Jim – I’ll say Lugo because he misses more bats. Don’t see any of them as big league starters though.

Mike – Is Amed Rosario finally the answer to all the Mets hopes at shortstop?

Jim – Yes. Good defender, plus runner, chance to do some damage offensively once he gets stronger. Cecchini is a safer bet and will get their first but Rosario should be the better player.

MikeLuis Guillorme had an MVP season in the South Atlantic League, any chance he hits enough to be an everyday player?

Jim – Sure. He had an impressive 2015, and while he won’t hit for much power, he makes contact and controls the strike zone. That said, I don’t see him pushing Rosario off shortstop in New York.

Mike – The Mets went heavy on lefty pitchers in the 2015 draft? Which one do you think has the brightest future?

Jim – I like Thomas Szapucki the best, based on reports I heard on him versus Max Wotell, though Wotell went higher and had a better brief pro debut.

Mike – Who has the best raw power in the Mets farm system?

Jim – They don’t have a guy who really jumps out. In terms of usable power, I bet it’s Dominic Smith in the long run.

Great to hear Jim reconfirm what many of us think about Rosario, that he will be the Mets future shortstop and hopefully there for a long-time. As you can tell the Mets have built themselves some serious depth at the shortstop position with talents like Rosario, Cecchini, Ramos, and Guillorme.

That is without mentioning middle infielder Luis Carpio who had a great 2015 season and is jumping up prospect lists. The Mets also spent big on the infield in the 2015 international free agent period getting two of the best shortstop prospects in Gregory Guerrero and Andres Gimenez.

The Mets farm system has certainly taken a hit from graduations and trades but I think the Mets had a very good draft last year while supplementing that with the two talents I mentioned above. They also have a slew of intriguing toolsy young players in the lower levels including Carpio, catcher Ali Sanchez, outfielder Ricardo Cespedes, and pitcher Ronald Guedez.

I want to thank Jim for taking the time to answer some questions for our readers. For more on the minors be sure to check out MMO partner site MetsMinors.net.

MLB Pipeline recently released their Top 10 first base prospects with Smith coming in at number three. They also did their Top 10 left-handed pitchers and they had Matz at number three behind Julio Urias and Blake Snell.

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Mets Minors: Luis Guillorme Leads Our All Star Bench http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-minors-luis-guillorme-leads-our-all-star-bench.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-minors-luis-guillorme-leads-our-all-star-bench.html/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:33:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=204704 maxresdefault

This is part three of our series recognizing the Mets minor leaguers that had the best statistical years during the 2015 season. These players were chosen on the numbers and not their prospect value. The eight position players chosen as the starters on this 25-man all-star team were Patrick MazeikaDominic SmithDilson HerreraGavin CecchiniEudor GarciaWuilmer BecerraKevin Kaczmarski, and Travis Taijeron.

Shortstop - Luis Guillorme (Savannah Sand Gnats) The 21-year old was named the South Atlantic League Most Valuable Player for the 2015 season after hitting .318/.391/.354 in 122 games for the Sand Gnats.  His batting average was second among Mets full season hitters and in the SAL. His .391 OBP was third among Mets minors and fourth in the league. The left-handed hitter also had 18 steals, 55 RBI, and 67 runs scored (6th in system) while striking out only 70 times compared to 54 walks. The Mets picked Guillorme in the 10th round of the 2013 draft as a player known for his strong defensive abilities. He was the Mets Sterling Award winner for Savannah.

Utility Infielder - T.J. Rivera (B’Mets & 51′s) He led all the Mets full season hitters with his .325 average (.341 with Binghamton), his .364 OBP was 8th, and his .449 slugging percentage was fourth. The right-handed hitting Rivera also had 27 doubles, seven homeruns, 48 RBI, and 63 runs scored. Rivera was a tough man to strike out during the 2015 season doing so only 47 times in 403 at bats. The Bronx native finished the season reaching base safely in 16 straight games.

Outfielder - Wagner Lagrange (DSL Mets) The 20-year old outfielder was the Mets Sterling Award winner for the Dominican Summer League I after hitting .347/.404/.417 in 59 games. He also hit 10 doubles, two triples, and a homerun in his professional debut. The right-handed hitter struck out only 28 times and walked 20 in 242 at bats. He finished the season on a 10-game hitting streak and reached base safely in his last 17 games.

First Base - Matt Oberste (St. Lucie Mets) The first baseman had a career year hitting .301 (6th among full season), got on at a .359 clip (9th), and slugged .430 (7th). The 24-year old knocked in a career high 64 which was 6th among all Mets minor leaguers and his six triples were tied for 4th in the whole system. The Mets 7th round pick in 2013 added six homeruns, 24 doubles, and scored 52 runs. He was also named a post-season all-star by the Florida State League.

Utility - Jeff McNeil (St. Lucie Mets) The left-handed hitting super utility guy played five different positions during the 2015 season with 58 games at second base, 34 at shortstop, 28 at third, two at first, and one in center field. He finished with a .312 batting average ranking him second in the Florida State League and his .373 OBP led the entire league. Overall for the season he hit .308/.369/.377 that includes a cameo with the Binghamton Mets (4 games) at the end of the year. the midseason and post-season all-star led the Mets farm system with 149 hits.

Catcher - Juan Uriarte (DSL Mets) The right handed hitter made his professional debut in 2015 as a 17-year old who hit .267/.374/.395 in 52 combined games between DSL Mets I and DSL Mets II. His 34 RBI were the fourth most among short season Mets hitters and his .770 OPS was second among catchers in the entire system. He batted .339/.487/.492 in 20 games for the Dominican Summer League Mets II.

Part One: Position Players Led By Cecchini, Smith

Part Two: Starting Pitchers Anchored By Robert Gsellman

For more Mets minor league coverage head over to MetsMinors.net where we covered the Mets signing minor league veteran Niuman Romero.

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Dominic Smith Returns To Arizona Fall League Action http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/dominic-smith-returns-to-arizona-league-action.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/dominic-smith-returns-to-arizona-league-action.html/#comments Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:40:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=200363 Photo by MLB.com

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The Salt River Rafters beat the Mesa Solar Sox 4-2 to stay within a game and a half of the first place Scottsdale Scorpions with two games left. The Rafters and Scorpions do play on the last day of the regular season.

Mets first base prospect Dominic Smith returned to the lineup for the first time since November 2nd, he was out with a strained oblique. Smith batted third and was the designated hitter as he went 2 for 4 with a run batted in. He is now batting .395/.518/.558 with four doubles, homerun, and 12 walks in 13 games this fall.

Mike Hepple pitched a perfect 7th inning to pick up his 2nd hold of the fall for the Rafters. Over 8.1 innings Mike has a 3.24 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP in seven games. Jeff McNeil made an appearance as a pinch runner late in the game for Smith.

Here are the stats for the the Mets Fall League participants:

  • Kyle Regnault - 7 innings, 3 hits, earned run, walk, ten strikeouts with 1.29 ERA and 0.57 WHIP in seven games.
  • Mickey Jannis - 29 innings, 26 hits, eight earned runs, 13 walks, 17 strikeouts with 2.48 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in six starts. Here you can see video from his last start.
  • Beck Wheeler - 8 innings, eight hits, two runs, three walks, ten strikeouts with a 2.25 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in six games.
  • Gavin Cecchini - 5 for 13 with four walks and five runs scored in four games before injuring his shoulder.
  • L.J. Mazzilli - 4 for 27, two doubles, three walks, stolen base, .148/.233/.222 in nine games.
  • McNeil – 13 for 53, ten runs, double, seven RBI, four stolen bases, .245/.333/.264 in 18 games. He has played shortstop, second base, third base, and left field in the AFL.

For more Mets minor league coverage head over to MetsMinors.net where we have started naming our prospect All-Star team.

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Gavin Cecchini Scratched From Team USA Roster With Injury http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/gavin-cecchini-scratched-from-team-usa-roster-with-injury.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/gavin-cecchini-scratched-from-team-usa-roster-with-injury.html/#comments Mon, 09 Nov 2015 20:10:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=199611 Photo via twitter.com/ZacharyLucy

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Mets shortstop prospect Gavin Cecchini was scheduled to play for Team USA in the first annual Premier 12 Tournament taking place in Asia. The tournament actually started yesterday but USA doesn’t have its first game until tomorrow against the Dominican Republic. Cecchini was on the preliminary roster before being scratched last week according to a source. Today Adam Rubin tweeted that he was removed because of a shoulder injury without any information about severity.

Cecchini was playing in the Arizona Fall League and was hitting .385/.529/.462 in four games before suffering the injury. He last played for the Salt River Rafters on October 20th and has been removed from their roster as well.

Gavin is coming off a breakout year in which he batted .317/.377/.442 for the AA Binghamton Mets while being named the Eastern League Rookie of the Year as well as playing in the leagues all-star game.

First base prospect Dominic Smith was scratched from the Arizona Fall Stars roster this weekend with what they are calling a minor leg injury. He is batting .385/.519/.564 with four doubles, homerun, five RBI and 12 walks in 12 games for the Rafters so far. My #3 Mets prospect was the Florida State League MVP after hitting .305/.354/.417 with a league leading 33 doubles and 79 RBI for the St. Lucie Mets.

Both Smith and Cecchini won the Mets Sterling Award for being the most valuable players on their teams during the 2015 season.

For more Mets minor league coverage head over to MetsMinors.net where we just interviewed Mets 2015 8th round pick Patrick Mazeika.

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Gavin Cecchini Among Four Mets On USA Premier Roster http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/gavin-cecchini-among-four-mets-on-usa-premier-roster.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/gavin-cecchini-among-four-mets-on-usa-premier-roster.html/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 22:15:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=197655 Photo via twitter.com/ZacharyLucy

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The Mets announced that four Mets prospects will join Team USA that is heading to Taipei to play in the WBSC Premier 12 Tournament that starts on November 10th against the Dominican Republic. The roster is headlined by shortstop prospect Gavin Cecchini who is listed as Mets #4 prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

Cecchini hit .317/.377/.442 this year for the Binghamton Mets while being named the Eastern League Rookie of the Year and playing in the All-Star game. He is currently playing in the Arizona Fall League for the Salt River Rafters and is off to a fast start going 5 for 13 with four walks and five runs scored in four games. Gavin has already seen success on the global level being a part of Team USA’s under-18 gold medal team at the 2011 Junior Pan Am Championships in Colombia.

He is joined on the roster by relievers John Church, Cody Satterwhite and catcher Dan Rohlfing who all played for the Las Vegas 51′s this season. Church had a 3.93 ERA and 1.197 WHIP along with seven saves in 71 innings out of the pen. Satterwhite is currently pitching in the Venezuelan Winter League after having a 4.38 ERA and 1.431 WHIP for the 51′s this year. The Mets traded for the defensive minded catcher Rohlfing this season and he hit .230/.280/.366 in 161 at bats for Las Vegas.

The U.S. team will play Canada three times in an exhibition warmup in Phoenix, Arizona starting on October 30th. The tournament field also includes Cuba, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Netherlands, Chinese Taipei, Japan, and Venezuela. The team will be coached by two former Mets staffers, Willie Randolph is the manager with Rick Peterson as the pitching coach.

Any player that is on a Major League teams 40-man roster is ineligible to play in this tournament. This is the first annual WBSC Premier as it is replacing the long running Baseball World Cup that ended in 2011.

For more Mets Minor League news and Winter League recaps head over to MetsMinors.net

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Mets Sterling Award Winners Include Smith, Cecchini And Gsellman http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-sterling-award-winners-include-smith-cecchini-and-gsellman.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-sterling-award-winners-include-smith-cecchini-and-gsellman.html/#comments Tue, 22 Sep 2015 13:30:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=194014 Photo By Mets.com

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Every year the Mets give out the Sterling Awards to recognize the most valuable player at each Minor League level while giving one to the best hitter and pitcher overall as well. Here are this years winners:

  • Minor League pitcher of the year –  RHP Robert Gsellman was a Florida State League All-Star going 7-7 with a 3.51 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and allowed just 5 homeruns in 143.1 innings combined for St. Lucie and Binghamton.
  • Minor League position player of the year – OF Michael Conforto was also a FSL All-Star and Futures Game participant while hitting .297/.372/.482 with 24 doubles, three triples, 12 homeruns, 54 RBI and 46 runs in 91 games between St. Lucie and Binghamton.
  • Las Vegas – OF Travis Taijeron led the Mets minor leagues with his career high 25 homeruns and hit .274/.393/.536 with 147 strikeouts in 127 games for the Las Vegas 51′s.
  • Binghamton – SS Gavin Cecchini racked up the accolades this year thanks to a breakout offensive year in which he hit .317/.377/.442 with 26 doubles, four triples, seven homeruns, 51 RBI, 64 runs and had a 42/55 BB/SO in 109 AA games. He was a midseason and postseason Eastern League All-Star, EL player of the month for July and was also the EL Rookie of the Year.
  • St. Lucie – 1B Dominic Smith had a breakout year of his own being named the Florida State League Player of the Year after leading the league with 33 doubles and 79 RBI. In 118 games for the St. Lucie Mets he slashed an impressive .305/.354/.417 and will be only 20 years old still when the 2016 season starts. He also scored 64 runs, hit six homeruns, and played gold glove caliber defense at first base.
  • Savannah – SS Luis Guillorme was the South Atlantic League Most Valuable Player this year after finishing second with his .318 average and 142 hits to go along with his .391 OBP which was 4th. He knocked in 55 runs despite having only 11 extra base hits thanks to his .353/.416/.383 with runners in scoring position. He is another gold glove caliber defender.
  • Brooklyn – Closer Alex Palsha allowed one run on ten hits and nine walks in 24.2 innings while striking out 34. He was 13-14 in save opportunities for the Cylcones before getting a cup of coffee (1.2 IP) with Savannah at the of the year.
  • Kingsport – OF Kevin Kaczmarski was the Mets 2015 9th round pick and led the Appalachian League with his .355 average. He final slash line was .355/.415/.512 with 18 doubles, five triples, four homeruns, 47 runs, 34 RBI and stolen 20 bases. The lefty hitter played all three outfield positions with the majority (50 games) coming in left field. 1B/C Patrick Mazeika was the Mets 2015 8th round pick, he led the APPL with 27 doubles and his .451 on-base percentage. He hit .354/.451/.540 with five homeruns, 48 RBI and a 24/26 BB/SO ratio. The lefty hitter played 31 games behind the plate and 11 at first base. Both him and Kevin were named postseason All-Stars.
  • Gulf Coast League – RHP Adonis Uceta pitched to a 3.07 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 13 games (10 starts) for the GCL Mets (one start for Kingsport). He allowed only one homerun in 67.1 innings and had a 52/11 SO/BB ratio this season.
  • Dominican Summer League – OF Wagner Lagrange hit .347/.404/.417  in his first taste of pro ball. RHP Nicolas Debora went 5-2 with a 1.65 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in 15 games (10 starts).

Steven Matz won pitcher of the year last season while Dilson Herrera was the position player of the year. Here is the full list of last years winners.

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Gavin Cecchini And Dominic Smith Added To AFL Roster http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/gavin-cecchini-and-dominic-smith-added-to-afl-roster.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/gavin-cecchini-and-dominic-smith-added-to-afl-roster.html/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 11:55:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=193841 Photo by PressConnects.com

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First round picks Gavin Cecchini (2012) and Dominic Smith (2013) have been added to the Mets contingent that will play in the Arizona Fall League. They will be joining infielder Jeff McNeil. knuckleballer Mickey Jannis and Binghamton reliever Beck Wheeler who were previously announced. Also being added to the roster will be St. Lucie relievers and former Indy ball pitchers Mike Hepple and Kyle Regnault.

Cecchini was the Eastern League Rookie of the Year after hitting .317/.377/.422 with 37 extra base hits and 51 RBI in 109 games for the Binghamton Mets. He did commit 28 errors at shortstop and had his season end prematurely with a hip injury in August.

Smith broke out offensively this year hitting .305/.354/.417 with six homeruns while leading the league with his 33 doubles and 79 RBI. He also had a stellar year with the glove on his way to being named the Florida State League Player of the Year. His season was cut short as well with what is being called a minor shoulder injury.

Hepple was a Florida State League All-Star this year for the St. Lucie Mets after going 3-2 with a 2.51 ERA and allowed only 46 hits in 57.1 innings. He did struggle with walks issuing 28 compared to only 35 strikeouts. It was his second year in the Mets farm system after starting his pro career in 2013 in the Frontier League.

Regnault sparkled in his first year of affiliated ball for the Mets going 4-4 with 7 saves, a 1.99 ERA and a 1.057 WHIP while allowing only 43 hits in 58.2 innings. I interviewed the lefty before the season which you can read here.

The Mets players will be part of the Salt River Rafters team which will also include players from the Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals and the Colorado Rockies. The Binghamton Mets pitching coach Marc Valdes with be a part of the River Rafters coaching staff. They will play there first game on October 13th.

Last years the Mets sent Brandon Nimmo, Matt Reynolds, L.J. Mazzilli, Paul Sewald, Cory Mazzoni, Robert Whalen, Dario Alvarez and Julian Hilario to play for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the AFL.

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Mets Midseason Prospects 5-1: Matz Atop The Class http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-midseason-prospects-5-1-matz-atop-the-class.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-midseason-prospects-5-1-matz-atop-the-class.html/#comments Fri, 11 Sep 2015 18:00:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=193141 michael Conforto

 

#5 Gavin Cecchini
Preseason: #12
Age: 21 – December 22, 1993
Drafted: First Round (12th overall) 2012
Bats/Throw: Right/Right

Cecchini had the breakout year offensively that the Mets have been waiting for being awarded as the Rookie of the Year in the Eastern League, he was also a midseason and postseason All-Star. He was named the EL player of the month for July after hitting .387/.453/.532 with six doubles, three triples, two homeruns and more RBI (18) than strikeouts (17).

Gavin finished this season hitting 26 doubles, four triples, seven homeruns, 51 RBI and slashed .317/.377/.442 while taking only three at bats against pitchers younger than him. His average was 2nd in league, OBP 4th, doubles were 9th, and his .819 OPS was 5th. All while playing the season over three years younger than the league average age.

Gavin was coming off a year combined for Savannah and St. Lucie that he hit .247/.328/.378 with 27 doubles, five triples, eight homeruns, 56 RBI, ten stolen bases and a 57/82 BB/SO. He also got a cup of coffee with the Binghamton Mets going 2-5 including 1-2 with a run scored in the playoffs.

His biggest obstacle this year has been his errors, 28 of them although a large majority came from errant throws. I watched Cecchini over 50 times this year (including 12 in person) and think that his throwing issue is both mental and mechanical. He has little problem throwing when he comes in on the ball or when ranging up the middle. He starts getting wild when sits back on balls and when he does a glove tap before he throws (something we have seen with Wilmer Flores). Both of these situations allow his footwork to get sloppy and ahead of his arm resulting in airmail throws.

Some scouts question his ability to stick at shortstop but I think that is overstated, he has the range and arm strength to play an average defensive shortstop. He comes in on the ball well, goes to backhand fairly well, and covers some ground going up the middle. He needs to get rid of the glove tap and learn when to eat the ball on plays he doesn’t have a chance. I think a Ruben Tejada with more athleticism is a fair comparison defensively.

On the offensive side of the ball there is very little not to like with Cecchini, he has a compact swing that allows him to hit the ball to all fields. He also has good plate discipline, only 55 strikeouts compared to 42 walks this year. This year he showed a propensity to hit in big spots with 46 RBI and a .957 OPS with runners in scoring position including batting .441 with 2 outs. He is never going to be a 15 homerun guy but his line drive swing would fit in nicely in the Citi Field gaps.

His season did end premature on August 19th when he suffered what they are calling a hip impingement. Video of homerun in July.

#4 Dominic Smith
Preseason: #11
Age: 20 – June 15, 1995
Drafted: First Round (11th overall) 2013
Bats/Throws: Left/Left

As much of you know by now Dominic Smith swung his way out of the prospect purgatory that some fans/gurus had put him in prematurely. Smith was batting .143/.194/.159 with three RBI on May 7th before going on a 101 game tear that produced a .332/.380/.459 slash line.

He led the Florida State League in doubles with 33, RBI with 79, 3rd in OPS at .771, 4th in average at .305 and 4th in the league with his .417 slugging percentage. Not bad for a kid who took two at bats all year against a pitcher younger than him.

Smith racked up the accolades this year winning FSL player of the month for June, player of the week for June 1st, postseason All-Star, and was named the 2015 Florida State League Player of the Year. He had a .918 OPS with runners in scoring position and fared well against lefties with a .314 albeit without a homerun.  Coming a year after he hit .271/.344/.338 for Savannah in the South Atlantic League which is a notoriously tough place for power numbers.

Smith finished with six homeruns in 2015 over 456 at bats which some will say still worries them but he showed great gap power this year which I think will translate into more long balls as he gets older. Getting out of the lower level minor leagues with ballparks and conditions that favor pitching will help as well.

He already hits the ball to the opposite field very well though he needs to show the ability to pull with authority when he gets his pitch. Smith has great hand-eye coordination and a solid knowledge of the strike zone (does like to argue quite a bit with homeplate ump). His defense is about as good as you can imagine for a 20-year old at first base, has great range and can really pick it. He was named the best defensive 1B in the league by the managers in the FSL.

You don’t see players come around everyday that have his all-around potential which is why Sandy drafted him. Smith had his season cut short with a non-serious shoulder injury that had him miss the final week. Here is video of him taking batting practice last year.

#3 Amed Rosario
Preseason: #6
Age: 19 – November 20, 1995
Signed: July 2nd, 2012 (Mets record $1.75 M)
Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Amed perhaps has the most raw potential of any player in the Mets farm system but he struggled to stay on the field this year battling nagging injuries that limited him to 105 games. The Mets decided that Rosario had shown enough in 2014 after hitting a combined .274/.320/.372 between the Brooklyn Cyclones and Savannah Sand Gnats (30 AB’s) to push him aggressively right to the St. Lucie Mets to start the 2015 campaign.

The season started rough for Rosario who hit only .238/.265/.300 with 16 strikeouts compared to just one walk in April for St. Lucie. He would then explode for an incredible May hitting .318/.370/.455 with nine RBI and a 8/21 BB/SO before slumping again in June.

Overall this year in 103 games in A-ball he hit .257/.307/.335 with 20 doubles, five triples, 25 RBI and 12 stolen bases. The league average slash line in FSL was .248/.313/.337 with the hitters average age being 22.6 years old.

He was promoted to Binghamton last week and has gone 2-14 with two RBI and a stolen base in three games (one playoff). I was surprised and happy at the same time to see Rosario head to the B’Mets. He needed to get some more at bats and playoff exposure can only help his development.

In talking with two people who watch Rosario on a daily basis all they did was rave about how smooth talented of a defensive player he is. I talked to a scout who didn’t like the length of his swing but loved the amount of hard contact he made when he wasn’t chasing pitches out of the zone. He has a rocket for an arm and has above average speed too that he has been unable to harness into base stealing yet. He has already shown that he can hit the ball to right field with some consistency.

He has climbed up to the #87 spot on MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 prospect list ahead of Cecchini (#95) and Smith (#97). He was also voted as the best defensive shortstop in the FSL in recent pole Baseball America took. He was the #5 overall pick in the recent Dominican Winter League rookie draft.  Here is video of him last year in New York-Penn All-Star Game.

 

#2 Michael Conforto
Preseason: #7
Age: 22 – March 1, 1993
Drafted: First round (10th overall) 2014
Bats/Throws: Left/Right

Yes, Michael Conforto is still considered a prospect although not for much longer as he is approaching the 130 at bats (at 111) needed to qualify as a rookie in MLB. I don’t think I need the long drawn out overview of his season either as I’m sure most of you have been following it this year.

It took the Florida State League pitchers about two weeks to realize that they were not going to let Conforto beat them. They started pitching around him including the Fort Myers Miracle who intentionally walked him three times on April 24th. For the month of April he ended up hitting .313/.396/.566 with six homeruns and 19 RBI. He struggled in May with pitchers making other hitters in the lineup beat them, he hit .255 with just one homerun in 27 games.

Michael was promoted to Binghamton and made his debut for them on May 30th going 0-2 with three walks, he would reach base safely in 20 straight games to start B’Mets career. He was extremely impressive in his 45 games with the B’Mets hitting .312/.396/.503 with 12 doubles, three triples, five homeruns and 26 RBI. He also had four outfield assist giving up him nine on the season overall.

Michael was a midseason All-Star in the FSL, was selected to play in the 2015 Futures Game and showed off why he is such a talent offensively and defensively. He was also a three time player of the week this year receiving it twice in the FSL and once with Binghamton.

Conforto has exceeded my expectations at the plate and most definitely in the field in his short time with the Mets so far. He is hitting .278/.356/.522 with ten doubles, six homeruns, 20 RBI, and 24 runs scored in his first 37 big league games. He also has four outfield assists while making every play in left field. The highest OPS Michael had in a month this year was August with the Mets and a whopping 1.009. Here is video of his first Binghamton homerun.

 

#1 Steven Matz
Preseason: #2
Age: 24 – May 29, 1991
Drafted: Second round 2009
Bats/Throws: Right/Left

The Mets drafted Steven Matz on June 10th, 2009 although he didn’t throw his first pitch in a Mets uniform until June 20th, 2012 for Kingsport in the Appalachian League. He allowed only five runs in 29 innings that year and his career has taken off since then.

Last year he went 10-9 with a 2.25 ERA between St. Lucie and Binghamton. He lost a no-hitter in the 8th inning of the B’Mets EL Championship clinching game and finished with 11 strikeouts in 7.1 innings. He was also given the Mets Sterling Pitcher of the Year award for the entire Minors.

Matz impressed the Mets brass with a solid spring and then dominated the hitters heaven that is the Pacific Coast League. He was 7-4 with a 2.19 ERA and 1.11 WHIP, both would lead the league if he still had enough innings to qualify. He was also 7-23 with three RBI with the bat for the Las Vegas 51′s this year.

All he has done since being promoted to the big leagues is go 2-0 while allowing less runs (4) to the opposition than he has driven in (5) for the Mets. He has given up only 11 hits and struck out 20 compared to seven walks. His 3.3 B/9 inning in the big leagues (SSS) is his highest since 2013 with Savannah which gives him something he needs to work on.

I love his fastball, tough to square up and even harder to lift as you can tell by the measly 17 homeruns he has given up in 399.2 career innings. His curveball has improved over the last year or so getting more depth on the break while being able to keep in down in the zone. If he can improve his command of the fastball and the consistency of his changeup he has the opportunity to become the fourth ace on this Mets pitching staff. Video from his second MLB game. Matz is listed as the #16 prospect in baseball by MLB Pipeline.

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Mets Minors: Cecchini Rookie Of Year, Kingsport Clinches Division Title http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-minors-cecchini-rookie-of-year-kingsport-clinches-division-title.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-minors-cecchini-rookie-of-year-kingsport-clinches-division-title.html/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:30:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=191960 brandon nimmo

 

Las Vegas (74-62) was swept this weekend by Round Rock Express cutting their division lead of El Paso to a game and a half with a four game series against the Chihuahuas starting today.

  • Friday: Round Rock 4, Las Vegas 1 Box Score Brandon Nimmo returned coming in to play defense in the 6th inning after Darrell Ceciliani looked to suffer a hamstring injury. Ceciliani was placed on the 7-day disabled list the following day. Kevin Plawecki hit his .first homerun of the year for the 51′s which you can see here. Vic Black and Alex Torres combined to walk five hitters in one inning.
  • Saturday: Round Rock 4, Las Vegas 1 Box Score Nimmo was 2-3 while playing right field and batting 9th, it was released that he was hit in face with ball during batting practice which is why he had been out of the lineup. Eric Young Jr was 1-2 with two walks and a stolen base.
  • Sunday: Round Rock 5, Las Vegas 3 Box Score Travis Taijeron was 2-4 with a two-run homerun for his 24th of the season. EY was 2-4 with a walk while playing center field and leading off. Dillon Gee allowed two earned runs in 6 innings and struck out ten.

Binghamton (73-60) 2-1 this weekend in their series vs. New Hampshire and have lowered their magic number for a playoff spot down to five with the Trenton Thunder trailing them for second place.

  • Friday: B’Mets 1, NH 0 F/11 Box Score Jared King won the game with a walk-off sac fly scoring pinch runner Gilbert Gomez to end the game. L.J. Mazzilli was 2-4 with a walk. Matt Koch pitched seven scoreless innings in his last appearance in Mets organization before being traded for Addison Reed. Paul Sewald pitch two scoreless lowering his ERA to 1.68 for the year.
  • Saturday: B’Mets 6, NH 3 Box Score Brock Peterson had three hits and three RBI out of the four spot in the lineup. Mazzilli reached was 2-4 with a walk, triple, and run scored. Josh Smoker gave up a run on a hit and walk in his inning of work.
  • Sunday: NH 5, B’Mets 3 Box Score Robert Gsellman pitched 6 innings allowing one earned run on seven hits while striking out two and walking no one. He the 83 pitches with 54 strike and lowered his AA ERA to 3.02. Akeel Morris pitched two scoreless inning with three strikeouts, he has now allowed only two runs on eleven hits in his last 23 innings. Jeff Walters pitched a scoreless inning and has now struck out 16 and given up three runs in 15.1 IP for Binghamton.
  • Gavin Cecchini was named the Eastern League Rookie of The Year as well as being named to the end of year All-Star Roster. Josh Rodriguez and former B’Met Michael Fulmer were also named to the All-Star team. Fulmer was also named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Year.

St. Lucie (66-65) split two games against Palm Beach and had their third on Sunday rained out. They will play a doubleheader today starting at 4:00 PM.

  • Friday: Palm Beach 5, Mets 2 Box Score Dominic Smith was 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and his 33rd double of the season. Jeff McNeil was 1-3 with a walk.
  • Saturday: Mets 3, Palm Beach 2 Box Score Matt Oberste ended the game with a walk-off single scoring Champ Stuart. Smith was 2-3 with a walk and his league leading 79th RBI of the year. McNeil went 1-4 with his 39th RBI and is currently 2nd in Florida State League with his .316 average. Reliever Kyle Regnault pitched two perfect inning with three strikeouts to pick up the win and lower his ERA to 1.98 for St. Lucie

Savannah (79-49) won two games this weekend to move to 22-1-1 since August 2nd. They already clinched a playoff birth after winning first half division and have lowered their magic number to four to win the divioson again in second half.

  • Friday: Sand Gnats 6, Asheville 4 Box Score Josh Prevost pitched 7 innings giving up three runs to pick up his 6th win and lower his ERA to 3.76 for the year. Eudor Garcia was 2-4 and Wuilmer Becerra was 1-5 with a double and his 57th RBI
  • Saturday: Sand Gnats 2, Augusta 0 F/5 Box Score Martires Arias pitched a rain-shortened complete game shutout allowing two hits and a walk while striking out six. He moved to 8-5 with a 2.29 ERA overall this year. Becerra was 2-3 with his 58th RBI and is now hitting .298/.352/.438 for the season.

Brooklyn (31-36) lost two of three games this weekend to fall four games out of first place and see their elimination number hit four.

  • Friday: Aberdeen 5, Cyclones 2 Box Score Reliever P.J. Conlon pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts to extend his scoreless streak to 15 innings to start his pro career. David Thompson was 1-4 and Vinny Siena was 0-2 with two walks and a run scored. Desmond Lindsay went 0-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Saturday: Cyclones 10, Aberdeen 2 Box Score Tyler Badamo picked up his fourth in going 6 innings allowing one earned run on five hits while striking out three and lowering his ERA to 3.21 for the year. Zach Mathieu was 3-4 with two runs scored, three RBI, double and his 3rd homerun. Siena was 3-4 with a run scored and Thompson was 0-3 with a sac fly. Brandon Brosher went 2-4 with two RBI, two runs scored, and a RBI. Lindsay was 0-3 with a walk and run scored.
  • Sunday: Tri City 13, Cyclones 4 Box Score Mathieu was 2-4 with three RBI, double, and his fourth homerun. Thompson was 1-3 with a RBI, run scored, and his 10th double. Lindsay was 1-4 and is batting just .118 to start his career with Brooklyn

Kingsport (39-27) clinched the Western Division title on Friday night with a 9-6 victory in 10 innings over Elizabethton and went 3-0 over the weekend

Milton Ramos was 5-9 with two RBI over the weekend and has 12 hits in his last five games. Patrick Mazeika was 1-3 with three walks, RBI, and two runs scored before getting Saturday and Sunday off. Kevin Kaczmarski was 3-8 with three runs scored and his 4th pro homerun while extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Dash Winningham went 3-10 and got a breather on Saturday. Luis Carpio was 2-8 with two walks.

GCL Mets (27-32) had their season end on Friday with a 5-2 loss to the Nationals.

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Mets Minors: Smith Pulls Homerun, Cecchini Has Hip Injury http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-minors-smith-pulls-homerun-cecchini-out-with-hip-injury.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-minors-smith-pulls-homerun-cecchini-out-with-hip-injury.html/#comments Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:00:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=191679 dominic smith

 

Las Vegas (74-59) 2, Round Rock 0

Brandon Nimmo continued to find his name out of the lineup for the third straight game and 4 out of 5. Haven’t heard any indication from the Mets or anyone that covers them that it is injury related yet. Talked to Adam Rubin today who said he spoke to someone on MLB staff and they had no idea what the situation with Nimmo was.

Tim Stauffer hurled another gem going 8.1 scoreless innings allowing four hits and striking out five without walking anyone. He held Joey Gallo to a single and two strikeouts. Stauffer moved to 4-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in four starts since coming to Las Vegas.

Dario Alvarez came in and got the only batter he faced, has allowed one run in last 24.2 innings pitched. John Church struck out the final batter of the game to pick up his 5th save of the year.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis had the big hit for the 51′s in the 4th inning with a two-run homerun that ended up being all the offense Las Vegas needed to take a 3.5 game lead over El Paso with 12 games remaining. Eric Campbell was 1-3 with a walk and run scored, he has reached base ten times in the last three games.

Dilson Herrera was 1-4, he has cooled off going 2-17 in last four games. Kevin Plawecki had the night off after going 5-14 with three runs scored in his last four games played. Box Score

Binghamton (71-59) 9, New Hampshire 5

Shortstop Gavin Cecchini has been out for the last week and was looked at by doctors in New York yesterday that said he has a hip impingement. He is feeling better according to B’Mets writer Lynn Worthy but is still partaking in limited activity and is considered day-to-day.

The B’Mets offense blasted the game open with six runs in the 5th inning that helped move Tyler Pill to 5-0 since returning to Binghamton. Erik Goeddel got the first two batters he faced out including a strikeout and hit 96 MPH with his fastball during that at bat. He ended up giving up two runs with two-outs on a walk and three soft singles. He came out and got another out in the next inning going 1.1 innings for the first time during his rehab stint.

Josh Smoker faced two batters and walked one while striking out the other to lower his AA ERA to an even 2.00. Paul Sewald pitched a perfect 9th inning with two strikeouts, he now has a fantastic 1.75 ERA and 0.84 WHIP this year.

Josh Rodriguez was 1-5 and knocked in two runs to give him 73 RBI on the year which is good for second in the Eastern League behind Brock Stassi who has 88 for Reading. Xorge Carrillo was 1-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and a two-run shot for his 8th of the season. Here is video of the blast. T.J. Rivera was 2-4 with RBI, walk, and run scored extending his hitting streak to 7 games. Box Score

The B’Mets magic number for clinching a playoff spot is down to 10.

Palm Beach 8, St. Lucie (65-64) 6

Dominic Smith was 2-5 with three RBI and his 6th homerun of the year, a moonshot that he pulled to right field. He now has 78 which leads the Florida State League as well as the 3rd best slugging percentage at .411. Matt Oberste was 3-5 with a run scored and his 21st double of the year. He is now slashing .301/.360/.423 for the year in 385 at bats.

Victor Cruzado was 3-5 with a triple, RBI, and two runs scored out of the the leadoff spot. He is hitting .271/.365/.446 in the second half of the season. Jeff McNeil, Stefan Sabol, and Phillip Evans each had two hits on the night. Amed Rosario had a rough night going 0-5 with three strikeouts. Box Score

Savannah (77-49) 11, Asheville 5

On Wednesday night the Sand Gnats lost for the first time since August 2nd, going 18-0-1 in that span. Last night they bounced back, pounding out 18 hits and scoring eight runs in the last four innings. The offense was led by Jonathan Johnson who was 4-5 with a walk, two runs scored, two doubles, four RBI, and his 4th homerun of the year.

Tyler Moore had his best night for the year going 5-5 with three runs scored raising his average to .181 for the year. John Mora went 2-6 with his 22nd double and drove in two giving him 60 RBI for the season. Wuilmer Becerra was 1-6 with a run scored, he has hit just .265 over last ten games but with a 7/7 BB/SO. Eudor Garcia was 1-3 with three walks, he is hitting .351 with 7 RBI in last ten games.

Chris Flexen gave up five runs (three earned) in the first inning before settling down to throw four scoreless following the rough start. He gave up six hits and a walk while striking out three as he moved to 3-0 with the Sand Gnats. Paul Paez pitched 3 scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts. Tim Peterson pitched a perfect 9th inning with two punchouts lowering his ERA to 1.86. Box Score

Aberdeen 5, Brooklyn (30-34) 0

Desmond Lindsay was promoted to the Cyclones on Wednesday after hitting .304/.400/.464 in 21 games for the GCL Mets to start his pro career. His first game he went 0-4 with two strikeouts but picked up his first Brooklyn hit last night going 1-2 with a walk. David Thompson was 1-4, he has been battling a sore wrist and missed three games prior to returning for the last two. Box Score

Kingsports (36-27) 6, Elizabethton 3

The Mets scored three runs in the 9th inning to help propel them to the win and lower their magic number for clinching the division title down to 1. Luis Ortega was 2-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, and his first long ball of the season. Luis Carpio was 3-5 with two RBI boosting the 18-year old’s average to .311 for the year.

Milton Ramos went 2-4 with two doubles and has hit .343 with only four strikeouts over his last ten games. Rare night when neither of the leagues top two RBI guys Dash Winningham or Patrick Mazeika knock in a run. Dash was 0-5 while Patrick was 1-5 with a run scored.

Gabriel Llanes was strong through 7 innings before hitting a wall in the 8th giving up two runs. Still had a solid outing going 7.2 innings allowing three runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six. Taylor Henry, 21st rounder, pitched 1.1 perfect innings with two strikeouts to pick up his first pro win. Box Score

GCL Mets (27-31) 13,  GCL Marlins 3

Yeffry De Aza went 2-3 with two walks and four RBI, now .326 for the year. Anthony Dimino went 4-6 with two runs scored and a RBI out of the leadoff spot. Walter Rasquin was 2-4 with a double, two walks, and three runs scored lifting his average to .301 for the season. Box Score

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Mets Minors: Goeddel With Scoreless Frame For B’Mets, Black Takes Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-minors-3.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-minors-3.html/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 14:00:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190532 Photo by PressConnects.com

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Iowa 4, Las Vegas (66-56) 3

Vic Black struck out Mike Baxter to start the 9th inning before allowing a double that right fielder Travis Taijeron misplayed allowing the hitter to go to third. Matt Szczur successfully executed the squeeze play to knock in the winning run. Black would then strike out Javier Baez and get a groundout to end the inning.

Kevin Plawecki went 0-4 but the big story was him making his first appearance of the year at first base. He played one game there last year for Las Vegas and 17 at 1B for St. Lucie in 2013. He didn’t have any balls hit to him at first and caught every ball thrown to him. Kevin also played some first base when he was in college at Purdue. Another way to get him and Travis d’Arnaud in the same lineup.

Dilson Herrera was 2-5 with two doubles, two RBI, and a run scored. Matt Reynolds was 1-4 with his 12th stolen base, two strikeouts, and his 11th error of the season at shortstop. Brandon Nimmo didn’t start the game and popped up while pinch hitting in the 7th inning.

Lefty Chase Huchingson pitched two perfect innings of relief with three strikeouts lowering his ERA to 1.82 but has walked 17 hitters in 24.2 innings. Scott Rice gave up one hit while striking out two and lowering his ERA to 1.95, however he has walked 24 batters in 32.1 innings. Box Score

Binghamton (64-54) 3, New Britain 0

Tyler Pill moved to 3-0 since being sent down from Las Vegas to help out the B’Mets rotation. He pitched 6 scoreless innings allowing four hits and a walk while striking out two. Tyler helped himself with the bat as well going 3-4 with a RBI. L.J. Mazzilli had a big night with the bat going 4-5 with a double, run scored, and two RBI.

Erik Goeddel made his return to Binghamton where he started 25 games back in 2013 with a scoreless 7th inning allowing a double and striking out two. He threw 16 pitches with 12 of them being for strikes. Jon Velasquez pitched a perfect 8th to lower his AA ERA to 1.64 in 33 innings with the league hitting only .167 against him. Paul Sewald struck out two in the 9th to pick up his 20th save of the year.

Gavin Cecchini was 1-2 with three walks, he now leads the league with his .316 average and his 191 total bases. His .818 OPS ranks him 5th in the Eastern League, he has scored 61 times which ties him for 2nd, and his .441 slugging puts him in 7th and .014 points above Pirates 1B prospect Josh Bell. Box Score

St. Lucie (60-59) 5, Bradenton 3

Rafael Montero made the start going three inning allowing one run on two hit, two walks, and struck out one. He threw 46 pitches with only 25 of them for strikes. Jake Kuebler pitched three innings in relief with two strikeouts and gave up one run to pick up his third win of the year and lower his ERA to 1.53.

James Duff pitched two scoreless with two strikeouts to pick up his first hold with St. Lucie, he has a 2.84 ERA in 6.1 innings since being promoted from Savannah. Robert Coles pitched a scoreless 9th inning allowing one hit and striking out one to collect his 4th save of the season.

Dominic Smith went 2-4 with his 2nd stolen base, his league leading 32nd double, and two RBI to give him 72 on the year which ranks second in the Florida State League. He is also tied for 2nd in total bases with 177 behind Pirates outfield prospect Austin Meadows who has 183.

Jeff McNeil was 2-5 with his 16th stolen base, 35th RBI, and his league leading 74th run scored. Amed Rosario went 1-3 with a walk, 19th double, and scored a run. Las Vegas outfielder Kyle Johnson was 1-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored in his 5th rehab game with St. Lucie. Box Score

Savannah (70-48) 4, Greensboro 0

Michael Gibbons was promoted before the game to make the start and pitched 5 scoreless innings allowing five baserunners while striking out two leading the Sand Gnats to their 13th straight win. He improved to 2-3 with the Sand Gnats (4-4 overall) and lowered his season ERA to 3.24 over four different levels. Outfielder Oswald Caraballo was also promoted from Brooklyn with Savannah placing closer Cameron Griffin and outfielder John Mora on the DL.

Ben Griset struck out two in his scoreless 6th inning of work, he now has 39 strikeouts in 35.1 innings this year. Tim Peterson pitched two scoreless and struck out five while allowing three hits and a walk. Luis Mateo pitched a perfect 9th inning with two strikeouts, he has now allowed three runs on nine hits in 17.1 innings this year returning from TJS.

Sand Gnats produced only four hit but walked seven times in 1.1 innings against the Grasshoppers starter Enderson Franco. Catcher Tyler Moore was 1-3 with a walk and a solo homerun for his second of the season. Luis Guillorme had his hitting streak snapped at 13 games going 0-1 with two walks and a sac bunt.

Wuilmer Becerra was 0-2 with two walks and saw his 7 game hitting streak come to and end. Eudor Garcia was 1-4 extending his own hitting streak to 9 games and is hitting .395 over that span. Patrick Biondi went 1-4 and stole tow bases giving him 33 for the season. Box Score

Hudson Valley 3, Brooklyn (25-30) 2 F/11

Cyclones blew an early 2-0 lead by giving up a run in the 7th, 9th, and 11th innings to lose their sixth straight game. Andrew Church made a fantastic start pitching 6.2 innings allowing only and unearned run on two hits with three strikeouts. He the 78 pitches (57 strikes) and the run was walked in by reliever Craig Missigman.

Corey Taylor pitched a perfect 8th inning with one strikeout, he has allowed one earned run in his first 16 pro innings. Cyclones closer Alex Palsha blew his first save of the year and had his scoreless streak end at 19.2 innings when he allowed a run in the 9th.

David Thompson was 1-3 with two walks and has reached base six time in his last three games after going hitless in his previous 12 at bats. Enmanuel Zabala was 2-4 with Brooklyn’s only RBI on the night. Brandon Brosher went 0-4 with a walk and four strikeouts. Box Score

Kingsport (28-24) 8, Princeton 5

Dash Winningham went 2-4 with his 15th double, scored a run and had two RBI giving him 43 and the Appalachian League lead. Patrick Mazeika was also 2-4 with his league leading 24th double, run scored, and two RBI giving him 41 on the year. Patrick is leading the league with his .367 average and 2nd in the league with his 1.046 OPS.

Dash had himself a monster weekend going 5-13 with three homeruns and eight RBI including two homeruns and five RBI in a 7-6 Mets victory on Saturday.

Kevin Kaczmarski was 2-4 with a walk, double, two runs scored, and his 15th steal of the year while raising his average to .340. Milton Ramos was 2-4 with two RBI, he is hitting .324 with nine RBI over his last ten games. Ivan Wilson was 1-3 with a walk, RBI, and double. Luis Carpio went 1-5 with a RBI and run scored lowering his average to .306 for the year.

Gabriel Llanes got the win despite giving up five runs on then hits with three strikeouts in 6 innings. Dillon Becker got a ground ball out to end the game with the bases loaded to pick up his first professional save. Box Score

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Mets Minors: Wright Goes 1-3, Montero Throws Two Innings http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-minors-2.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-minors-2.html/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 14:50:36 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190075 rafael montero

 

El Paso 9, Las Vegas (65-52) 8 F/10 Walk-Off

Matt Reynolds (2-5, 4 RBI) came up with a clutch two-run single in the the top of the 9th to tie the game for the 51′s. However, Chase Bradford gave up a walk-off sacrifice fly to Ramiro Pena in the bottom of the 10th to waste Reynolds heroics.

Dilson Herrera was 1-4 with a walk, two RBI, 8th stolen base, and three runs scored. Darrell Ceciliani went 1-3 with two walks, a double, RBI, 13th stolen base, and run scored. Brandon Nimmo was 0-3 with a walk, HBP, two runs scored, and is now hitting .297/.413/.405 in 37 AAA at bats.

Alex Torres made his Las Vegas debut giving up a hit but getting one out to strand an inherited runner (both lefty hitters). Dario Alvarez pitched a scoreless 8th inning with a walk, hit, and strikeout to extend his scoreless streak to 20.1 innings. In 6.1 AAA innings he has allowed three hits and a walk while striking out three. Box Score

Binghamton (63-51) 13, Altoona 6

T.J. Rivera had his best night of the year going 4-6 with two homeruns, double, three RBI, and three runs scored. Here is video of the the second homerun. Gavin Cecchini also had four hits with two RBI and a run scored. He is now 2nd in the league with .320 average and 9th with 51 RBI. Brock Peterson was 3-5 with his 200th homerun as a pro.

Seth Lugo had a rough start lasting only five innings giving up five earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out six. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless inning to get his second win, he has allowed only one run in last 11.1 innings. Beck Wheeler pitched a perfect 8th inning with two strikeouts, has struck out 15 over his last 14,1 innings. Box Score

St. Lucie Mets (59-55) 3, Fort Myers 1

David Wright went 1-3 with a strikeout and pop out as he returned to playing third base last night for the Mets playing six innings defensively. He fielded three balls including a bunt single, sac bunt that he got the out at first, and a slow roller that he barehanded but it went for an infield hit.

Rafael Montero started for St. Lucie going 2 innings giving up a run on three hits and walk without a strikeout. He threw 44 pitches with 26 for strikes and got three ground ball outs.

Marcos Molina made his return to St. Lucie for the first time since May 11th after just one rehab appearance for the GCL Mets last week going 3 perfect innings. Last night he went 4.2 scoreless allowing fours hits and a walk while striking out one.

Kyle Regnault pitched a perfect 9th inning with two strikeouts to pick up his 4th save and lower his ERA to 1.97 and WHIP to 1.12 for the season.

Dominic Smith was 2-4 with his league leading 31st double and scored a run, he is now hitting .311/353/.426 for the year. Over his last ten games he is hitting .400 with ten RBI. Jhoan Urena came in for Wright and got a triple while scoring a run in his only at bat. Amed Rosario was 0-2 with a walk and has reached base in all three games since returning from injury. Box Score

Savannah (65-48) 3, Rome 0

Sand Gnats pitchers Corey Oswalt, Paul Paez, and Cameron Griffin combined to throw a two-hitter and faced only one hitter over the minimum. The starter Oswalt went five innings allowing two hits while striking out six and moving to 9-4 with a 3.51 ERA. Perez pitched three perfect innings collecting four strikeouts. Closer Griffin picked up his 7th save with perfect 9th with a strikeout.

Luis Guillorme was 2-3 with a walk, he is 17-36 with nine runs scored in his last nine games. Eudor Garcia went 2-4 with a run scored while playing third base and batting fourth. Jean Rodriguez was 2-3 with his 40th RBI extending his hitting streak to 12 games. Wuilmer Becerra went 1-4, he has hit safely 8 of the last 10 games. Box Score

Staten Island 10, Brooklyn (25-25) 7 F/12

First basemen Zach Mathieu had a breakout night going 2-6 with his 2nd homerun, 7th double, and a career high five RBI. Vinny Siena was 3-6 with two RBI and his 8th stolen base of the season. David Thompson went 0-5 with a walk and the golden sombrero lowering his average to .236.

Andrew Church struggled through his start allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits with two strikeouts in five innings. Corey Taylor, 7th round, pitched a perfect inning and has now allowed just one earned run in 15 innings. Alex Palsha pitched a perfect inning, he now has 19.2 scoreless innings with 23 strikeouts to start the year. Box Score

Kingsport (24-23) 10, Burlington 4

Milton Ramos had a big night going 2-5 with a run scored, his 5th double, and had a career high four RBI. He is now 10-26 with 12 runs and 12 RBI with runners in scoring position this year. Kevin Kaczmarski is now hitting .328 for the year after going 3-5 with two RBI and his 13th stolen base. Patrick Mazeika was 2-3 with a run scored and is now 2nd in league with .355 batting average.

Ivan Wilson struck out two more times but had two hits, a run scored, and his 6th stolen base of the year. Dash Winningham went 0-5, he is hitting .143 with twelve strikeouts over his last ten games. Luis Carpio went 0-2 with two walks, two RBI, his 5th stolen base, and a run scored.

Gabriel Llanes picked up his first win for Kingsport pitching 7 innings giving up three runs on five hits while striking out six and walking nobody. Box Score

GCL Mets (25-19) 8, GCL Marlins 4

Ricardo Cespedes who is just 17-years old was 2-5 with a walk, stolen base, two runs scored, two RBI, and his second triple of the season. Anthony Dimino went 2-4 with two walks, RBI, and a run scored raising his average to .308 for the year. Ali Sanchez was 1-2 with three walks and his team leading 16th RBI.

Outfielder Jose Miguel Medina went 1-4 with a walk, run scored, 3rd stolen base, and 8th RBI of the year. Jose Carlos Medina started for the Mets going 4 innings allowing an unearned run on five hits and struck out two. Gregorix Estevez picked up the win going 5 innings in relief allowgin two runs while striking out four. Box Score

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mets Minors: Reynolds Returns To Vegas, Black Has Scoreless Outing http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minors-reynolds-returns-to-vegas-black-has-scoreless-outing.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minors-reynolds-returns-to-vegas-black-has-scoreless-outing.html/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:29:16 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188909 vic black

 

Sacramento 4, Las Vegas (59-47) 2

Matt Reynolds made his return from an injured elbow after going 2-5 with RBI and walk in two rehab games with the GCL Mets. He was 1-4 with his 24th double and two strikeouts in his return while playing all 9 innings at shortstop. Brandon Nimmo was 1-4 with his first AAA double, he played center field and batted 5th. Dilson Herrera was 0-4 out of the leadoff spot.

Luis Cessa made his 5th start for Las Vegas and fell to 0-3 going 5 innings allowing four runs on eight hits but walked no one while striking out seven. Cody Satterwhite and Zack Thornton combined to throw two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Vic Black pitched the 9th inning giving up a single and striking out one batter. He has allowed only one run over last 6 innings. Box Score

Binghamton (58-46) 11, Richmond 3

The B’Mets headed to the top of the 6th inning trailing 2-1 before the bats exploded to score two in the 6th, four in the 7th, and topped it off with four more in the 9th. Gavin Cecchini was once again the star of the night picking up a career high 5 hits including his 22nd double and 47th RBI.

During his current 6-game hitting streak Gavin is 8-19 with five RBI and is 20-47 with only five strikeouts over his last ten games. Jonathan Galvez was 3-5 with three RBI, two runs, double, and a triple. Jared King was 2-5 with three RBI, two runs scored, double, and a triple. In his first start for B’Mets Vince Belnome was 2-4 with two RBI, two runs scored, walk, and a triple while hitting cleanup and playing first base. L.J. Mazzilli went 2-5 with a run scored as he returned to the top of the order.

Rainy Lara struggled despite giving up only one hit in five innings but he walked four and hit two batters resulting in two runs. Josh Smoker pitched 1.1 scoreless with two strikeouts and he has now struck out 15 in 10.2 AA innings. Jeff Walters pitched a scoreless inning for the third straight time for Binghamton. Box Score

St. Lucie had their game rained out and will play a doubleheader today starting at 4 PM.

Savannah (55-47) 3, Asheville 2

The Sand Gnats got a big hit from Luis Guillorme who singled in the game-winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning. Guillorme was 2-4 with his 41st RBI raising his average for the year to .297. John Mora was 2-4 extending his hitting streak to 9 games, he is 17-36 with 10 runs scored, 10 RBI, and nine extra base hits in that span.

Wuilmer Becerra was 1-4 and has now hit safely in 8 of his last 10 games. Jonathan Johnson was 2-3 with a walk, RBI, and his 19th stolen base of the season.

Edioglis Villasmil pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win while Tim Peterson picked up his first save for the Sand Gnats. Box Score

Brooklyn (21-17) 7, Hudson Valley 1

The Cyclones would scored six times in the first three innings and that is all they would need as the pitching combined to give up juts four hits. Tyler Badamo pitched a gem throwing 7 scoreless giving up two hits and four walks while striking out six. He moved to 2-4 on the year and lowered his ERA to 3.08 with the league batting just .185 against him for the year.

Fresh off hitting his first pro homerun the night before Tucker Tharp went 3-4 with a double and run scored out of the leadoff spot. David Thompson was 1-4 with a two-run double and scored a run. Michael Bernal was 1-3 with run scored, RBI, 9th double, and he is 11-34 with six RBI over last 9 games. Catcher Manuel Hilario was 1-3 with two-run homerun. Box Score

Pulaski 4, Kingsport (18-18) 2

Kevin Kaczmarksi lead the offense going 3-5 with his 13th RBI and 7th stolen base of the season. He is now 8-19 with three stolen bases over his last four games and his hitting .320/.387/.422 on the season. Patrick Mazeika was 1-3 with a walk while Dash Winningham was 0-4 with a walk. Ivan Wilson was 1-4 with three strikeouts.

Darwin Ramos went 5 innings giving up two runs on five hits and three walks with seven strikeouts.  Box Score

GCL Mets (19-14) 2, GCL Cardinals 0

The Mets had three of the lefties they drafted pitched yesterday and they combined to go three scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Max Wotell (3rd), Thomas Szapucki (5th), and Sixto Torres (17th) each pitched a scoreless frame to pick up a hold. Wotell has now struck out 10 batters in 5.2 while allowing one hit.

Ricardo Cespedes and Dionis Paulino each had two hits, Desmond Lindsay got the day off. Box Score

Roster Moves

Cory Vaughn was placed on the 7-day DL on the 28th to make room for Nimmo on the roster. Tyler Pill was demoted to Binghamton to slide into John Gant‘s spot in the rotation.

Binghamton signed Vince Belnome on to take Nimmo roster spot, he has been released earlier this year by AAA Durham in the Rays organization. Gilbert Gomez was also activated off the disabled list.

Luis Mateo will continue his comeback from TJS as he moves up from Brooklyn to Savannah. To make room the Sand Gnats lost their closer James Duff to St. Lucie.

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Mets Minors: Cecchini With Four Hits, Winningham Blasts Two http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minors-cecchini-with-four-hits-winningham-blasts-two.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minors-cecchini-with-four-hits-winningham-blasts-two.html/#comments Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:29:51 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188761 pedro_lopez_480x270

 

Sacramento 4, Las Vegas (59-46) 2

Tyler Pill moved back into the rotation pitching 4 innings giving up two runs on six hits (2 HR’s) with three strikeouts. Chase Huchingson followed with two scoreless innings lowering his ERA with Las Vegas to 1.33 20.1 innings but he has walked 15 in that span.

Danny Muno was 2-4 with a run scored out of the leadoff spot and played second base with Dilson Herrera out of the lineup. Darrell Ceciliani was 1-4 with a RBI triple, he is now 9-20 since returning from the disabled list. Here is video of the triple. Brandon Nimmo was 0-4 while playing left field last night for the first time in awhile. Box Score

Binghamton (57-46) 11, New Britain 4

Congratulations to Pedro Lopez who won his 300th game as the Manager of the Binghamton Mets.

Brock Peterson powered the B’Mets offense going 2-3 with two walks and two homeruns giving him eight in 47 games with Binghamton. Here is video of 2nd homerun. Gavin Cecchini was a beast going 4-5 with three RBI, his 21st double, and 4th triple leaving him a homerun short of the cycle but he never got another at bat to go for it.

Josh Rodriguez was 3-5 with two runs scored and his league leading 16th homerun of the season. Travis d’Arnaud was 1-5 with a RBI double and caught the whole game.

Robert Gsellman pitched 5 innings giving up just two unearned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. He moved to 5-5 with a 3.21 ERA for Binghamton, he has won 3 of his last 4 starts giving up just two earned runs in that span. Gsellman was taken out after 68 pitches as the Mets will monitor his workload and the workload of Michael Fulmer the rest of the season.

Akeel Morris pitched a perfect 9th inning with two strikeouts and seems to settling back in after getting shellacked in the Big Leagues. Over his last 8 innings he has allowed one earned run while walking none and striking out eight. Box Score

Dunedin 7, St. Lucie (51-51) 2

Scarlyn Reyes made his St. Lucie debut after two of the teams starters were traded this week, he did not fare well lasting only 4.2 innings. Reyes allowed seven runs on ten hits and three walks while striking out five. David Roseboom pitched 2.1 perfect innings with three strikeouts in relief.

Dominic Smith got his average up to an even .300 after going 3-4 with his league leading 29th double of the season. Stefan Sabol was 1-2 with a walk and two RBI he has now hit safely in 9 of last 10 games. Jeff McNeil was 1-3 with a walk and a run scored as he continues to play SS with Amed Rosario. Box Score

Brooklyn (20-17) 6, Hudson Valley 3

Kevin Canelon was fantastic giving up just one run on four hits and a walk, struck out seven while lowering his ERA to 3.82. Luis Mateo made his third rehab appearance going one scoreless striking out one and giving up a single. He has now thrown 11 innings this year with only one earned run allowed and eleven strikeouts.

Jeffrey Diehl went 2-3 with a walk and a two-run homerun (4th) in the 8th inning to add some insurance runs. Tucker Tharp was 2-4 with two runs scored and his first professional homerun. Michael Bernal was 2-3 with a walk, run scored, two RBI, and his 3rd triple of the year. Vinny Siena went 1-4 with a run scored while David Thompson was 0-4 with a RBI. Box Score

Kingsport (18-17) 10, Pulaski 4

Dash Winningham continues to show off his impressive power going 3-4 with four RBI, three runs scored, his 10th double, and two homeruns. Dash is now hitting .296/.340/.548 for the season, he leads the Appalachian league with 29 RBI and 2nd in homeruns with eight.

Milton Ramos connected on his first career homerun extending his hitting streak to seven games. Ivan Wilson went 1-4 with his 2nd homerun of the season but struck out in his three other at bats. Kevin Kaczmarski was 2-5 with a run scored, his 6th stolen base, and 10th double. Patrick Mazeika was 2-4 with his 25th RBI and had his 7th passed ball of the season.

Joe Shaw, 12th round, was great in his 2.2 scoreless innings of relief striking out five and giving up only baserunner via hit by pitch. Box Score

GCL Mets (18-14) 4, GCL Nationals 1

Savannah starter Josh Prevost made his 2nd rehab start going three scoreless innings giving up two hits and walk, he struck out three batters. Matt Reynolds was 1-3 with RBI single while he played all nine innings at shortstop. Ali Sanchez and Desmond Lindsay were both 1-3 with a run scored. Box Score

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Mets Minors: A’s Front Office At B-Mets Game, Gee Gets Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minors-as-front-office-at-bmets-game-gee-gets-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minors-as-front-office-at-bmets-game-gee-gets-win.html/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:23:25 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188039 dillon gee

 

Las Vegas (57-42) 9, Fresno 4

Dillon Gee enjoyed some run support as the the 51′s offense hit three homeruns pushing him to his 4th win in five AAA starts. Gee went 5.1 innings allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out nine hitters. He threw 102 pitches (65 strikes) while lowering his Las Vegas ERA to 6.35.

Chase Huchingson, Zack Thornton, and Vic Black combined to throw 3.2 scoreless out of the bullpen. Black pitched the 9th inning giving up a double to start the inning but stranded the runner there getting flyout, popout, and then groundout to 2B to end the game. He threw only 13 pitches with 8 of them going for strikes.

Johnny Monell was 3-5 with his 6th homerun, four RBI, and two runs scored to lead the offensive charge. Here is video of the Monell homerun. Cory Vaughn was 1-3 with a walk and his 5th homerun of the season. Brandon Allen went 1-4 with his 11th homerun of the season, a two-run shot in the 5th inning. Allen was mentioned yesterday as someone the Mets would possibly call-up assuming Cuddyer goes on the disable list.

Dilson Herrera had a good game going 2-4 with a double, walk, RBI, and a run scored. T.J. Rivera was 2-4 with his 15th double and scored a run to break out of his mini 0-10 slump. Travis Taijeron was the only 51 without a hit going 0-2 with two walks and two strikeouts. Box Score

Trenton 7, Binghamton (53-44) 3

With the hot stove heating up yesterday and the Oakland A’s already making one deal they had their Director of Player Personnel Billy Owens in attendance at the game. Both the Mets and Yankees have shown interest in Ben Zobrist but Trenton is really void of prospects outside of outfielder Jake Cave. Leading me to believe Billy was there to watch some of the Binghamton bats.

In what some think will be Michael Conforto‘s last game in the minors possibly this year he struggled going 0-5 with a strikeout, groundout, two popouts, and a deep fly to the center fielder. Gavin Cecchini went 0-5 with a strikeout as well, also hit into a double play.

L.J. Mazzilli was a perfect 4-4 with a walk, run scored, and his 13th double of the season. Mazzilli is hitting .409 (18-44) with five RBI and six runs scored in his last ten games. Here is video of the double. Brandon Nimmo was 1-3 with a walk and a strikeout as he continues to play center field everyday.

John Gant struggled going 5.1 innings allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and a walk, he moves to 4-5 with 4.70 ERA in AA. Dario Alvarez let 1-2 inherited runners score but struck out two hitters in his 0.2 innings of work and gave up a hit snapping his 8-inning hitless streak. Akeel Morris pitched the last two innings, having a much needed positive outing giving up just one single while striking out one and hitting 96 MPH on the gun. Box Score

St. Lucie tried to start their doubleheader but it lasted only a half inning as the first game was suspended. Travis d’Arnaud was scheduled to play in Game two and will now have plenty of at bats available as St. Lucie will play a two games today with another two tomorrow.

Savannah (50-46) 10, Hagerstown 9

The Sand Gnats looked like they were headed to an easy victory until recently promoted Christian Montgomery gave up five runs in the bottom of the 9th inning. James Duff picked up his 11th save despite allowing all three inherited runners score. Scarlyn Reyes picked up his 10th win of the season pitching an uneven 5 innings giving up four runs on six hits and five walks. Alberto Baldonado pitched two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts lowering his ERA to 1.90 and WHIP to 1.05.

John Mora was 2-3 with his 14th double, his league leading 11th double, two walks, scored once, and knocked in three runs giving him 46 RBI for the year. Eudor Garcia was 2-5 with his 13th double and scored three times, he is now hitting .278/.311/.430 on the season. Tomas Nido was 2-4 with his 13th double while driving in two runs. Wuilmer Becerra was 0-4 with a walk and run scored. Box Score

 

West Virginia 8, Brooklyn (18-14) 3

The Brooklyn defense didn’t not help its pitchers committing three errors that lead to four unearned runs and the offense managed only one hit with runners in scoring position, any of this sounds familiar?

Manuel Hilario had the big hit launching a three-run homerun in the 5th inning pulling the Cyclones within two runs. Hengelbert Rojas was 2-3, he is 8-20 since being promoted from Kingsport. David Thompson and Vinny Siena were both 1-4 with two strikeouts.

Kevin Canelon got the loss moving him to 2-2 with a 4.33 ERA on the year after lasting just 4 innings giving up five runs (two runs) on six hits and two walks. Alex Palsha came in with two runners on in the 7th but retired the two hitters he face, he still has not given up a run in 13 innings to start the season. Box Score

Kingsport (14-14) 5, Pulaski 2

Thomas McIlraith got his 2nd straight start after making three relief appearances to start his career and his moved to 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA on the season. He pitched 5 innings allowing a run on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Erik Manoah piggybacked him pitching the final four innings giving up just a solo homerun to pick up his 2nd save of the year. He walked nobody and struck out four.

Dash Winningham went 1-4 with two RBI giving him 21 for the season. Patrick Mazeika was 1-3 with a walk, he has now reached base in 11 straight games. Kevin Kaczmarski was 1-4 with his 7th double that extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Box Score

GCL Mets had their game suspended in the 4th inning trailing 4-3, they will resume that game today and play another after.

 

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

Fresno 12, Las Vegas (56-42) 4

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

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

Binghamton (53-43) 9, New Britain 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hagerstown 4, Savannah (49-46) 3 

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

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

West Virginia 8, Brooklyn (18-13) 1

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

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

Pulaski 6, Kingsport (13-14) 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Las Vegas (56-41) 4, Fresno 0

Matthew Bowman made an absolutely amazing start when you consider all the circumstances, pitching at Cashman Field against Fresno who had scored 13 runs off him in their previous two meetings this year. Bowman went the distance pitching a complete game shutout allowing only two hits and three walks while striking out six.

Bowman threw 114 pitches with 76 for strikes and got some help behind him the defense turning three inning ending double plays. Bowman was pounding the strike all night getting weak contact that produced a whopping 16 groundball outs. Matt moved his record to 7-10 on the year and lowered his ERA to 5.05, he is 5-4 with 3.61 ERA over last ten games. Here is video of the final out.

Brooks Conrad produced all the offense the 51′s would need going 4-4 and coming to bat in the 8th inning needing only a single for the cycle but he hit a double! Conrad his his 6th homerun of the season and knocked in two runs. Wilfredo Tovar was 3-4 while Zach Lutz went 2-4 with a run scored. Dilson Herrera was hitless for 2nd straight game but put down two sacrifice bunts. Box Score

Binghamton (51-43) 4, New Britain 1

Gabriel Ynoa was strong again pitching past the 6 inning for the 7th straight start and giving up 3 runs or less for 8th time in 9 starts. Ynoa went 7 innings giving up one run on five hits and a walk while striking out five hitters. On June 10th his ERA was 5.72 and after last night it is 3.70 for the season. Ynoa has been working on a curveball in side sessions and has been throwing a couple every start to give him a 4th pitch. Ynoa has now thrown 109.1 innings this year which is the 6th most in the Eastern League.

Dario Alvarez struck out the side in the 8th inning, he has been flat out dominant allowing only one hit in his last 10 games. He has struck out 41 hitters in 30.1 innings and is holding lefties to a .098 average, oh by the way he is on the 40-man roster. Paul Sewald made his return from getting the silver medal with Team USA in the Pan Am Game, he struck out the side to pick up his 15th save.

Binghamton scored all the runs they would need in the first inning getting three runs despite Gavin Cecchini and Michael Conforto not chipping into the rally. L.J. Mazzilli was 2-5 with his 12th double and a run scored, he has now reached base safely in 20 straight games. Cecchini was 2-5 with his 19th double and 42nd RBI, he had another hit and RBI stole from him in his 4th at bat when the center fielder made a great diving catch. Cecchini made his own great play diving for a groundball up the middle and gettting up to throw to first for the out just in time.

Brandon Nimmo went 1-3 with his 3rd triple, walked, scored a run, and hit one to wall in his final at bat that the right fielder made a leaping catch to take away another extra base hit. Here is video of the triple. Conforto had a rough night going 0-4 with a walk, he hit two infield pop-ups, a comebacker to the pitcher, and a shallow fly ball to the outfield. Box Score

Charlotte 12, St. Lucie (48-48) 0

Rough game for the Mets who gave up 20 hits including 12 runs in the first four innings and could only muster four hits on offense. Kevin McGowan got rocked going 3.2 innings giving up 12 runs on 14 hits erupting his ERA up to 5.23 for the season. Kelly Screst, David Roseboom, and Robert Coles did combine to throw 4.1 scoreless innings of relief.

The Florida State league leading hitter Jeff McNeil had half of the St. Lucie hits going 2-3 raising the batting average to .320 for the year. Phillip Evans was 1-3 with a walk extending his hitting streak to 9 games, he is 14-32 over that span. Dominic Smith went 0-4 lowering his batting average to .297 on the season. Jhoan Urena returned to lineup after missing two games and went 0-3 while Amed Rosario missed his 3rd straight game. Box Score.

West Virginia 5, Brooklyn (18-12) 3

Mets 2015 4th round pick David Thompson blasted a line drive solo shot to left field for his first professional homerun. He also singled with one out in the 9th inning to bring the tying run up to the plate, he has 7 hits in last six games after going hitless in the previous four. Jose Garcia went 3-4 with a double and a run scored while Michael Bernal was 2-3 with his 8th double and 13th RBI. Vinny Siena was 0-4, failing to reach base for just the third time in 29 games to start his career.

Blake Taylor made the start pitching two scoreless innings giving up a hit and walk. Taylor has now walked only three in 12 innings this season after walking 30 in 41 innings last year. Chris Flexen struggled in his Brooklyn debut going 3.1 innings allowing four runs on five hits and two walks. Box Score

Kingsport (13-13) 5, Pulaski 2

Patrick Mazeika was 2-3 with a walk, run scored, and a two-run double in the first innings. His 10 doubles rank him 2nd in Appalachian League, his 21 RBI are 2nd in the league as well. Dash Winningham was 2-4 with a double and scored a run, he is now hitting .286/.339/.510 for the season. Ivan Wilson was 0-4 with two strikeouts, he has 24 of them in 16 games and his hitting only .196.

Yoryi Nuez pitched 3.1 scoreless innings in relief with three strikeouts to pick up his 2nd win of the season. Box Score

GCL Mets (15-11) 2, GCL Nationals 1

Mets 11th round pick Jake Simon threw two scoreless innings in relief to get his first professional win. The 18-year old lefty now has 5 scoreless innings to start his career with five strikeouts.

Ali Sanchez was 1-4 with his 9th RBI, first stolen base, and had his 13th runner caught stealing against him in 19 tries. Box Score

 

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Shortstop Prospect Gavin Cecchini Raking In Binghamton http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/shortstop-prospect-gavin-cecchini-raking-in-binghamton.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/shortstop-prospect-gavin-cecchini-raking-in-binghamton.html/#comments Mon, 20 Jul 2015 17:08:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=187625 New York Mets

One fan feature you have when attending a Binghamton Met baseball game is picking the Offensive Player of the Game. Before the game, B-Met fans can visit a station on the left field side of NYSEG Stadium and vote for the B-Met player they think will have the best offensive chops in the soon to be played game.

The names of fans who make the correct pick are placed in a hat and the person whose name is chosen wins a gift basket filled with enticing refreshments. Charting the recent play of the B-Mets, it’s a safe bet many Binghamton fans place their votes each day for Gavin Cecchini.

Cecchini shined once again on Sunday, selected for offensive honors for the second day in a row, rapping out a 4-hit game including his 7th home run of the year to spearhead a 9-3 B-Met win over first place Trenton. The win was Binghamton’s third straight over the Thunder putting the B-Mets in a second place tie with Reading, both teams trailing Trenton by 1/2 game.

The four-hit production left the B-Met shortstop at 8-for-13 in Binghamton’s three weekend wins over Trenton. Cecchini totaled 9-for 16 at the plate over the 4 game series raising his average for the season to .305. Cecchini also knocked home four runs giving him 41 for the season, second highest on the club.

In fact, a glance at Binghamton’s offensive numbers finds Cecchini near the top of almost every category. Cecchini is second in games played trailing Josh Rodriguez by two. His 319 at-bats lead all B-Mets as does his 97 base hits and 50 runs scored. Cecchini shares the lead with Rodriguez in doubles, and is second in RBI’s, total bases and bases-on-balls.

The B-Met shortstop trails only one regular, Michael Conforto in on-base-percentage. New teammate Joe Benson leads the team in that category, but Benson has only played in 7 games. Cecchini trails only regulars Conforto and Rodriquez in OPS.

One has to be impressed watching Cecchini on a day-to-day basis. The 2012 first round pick has a disciplined approach in the batter’s box, brings an intense focus and intensity to the plate, and has a mechanically sound swing.

As impressive as his home run on a 91 mph fastball in Sunday’s game was, the youngster skidding a 1-2 curve in the hole between first and second base to drive home a run in his final at-bat was equally as good. He’s becoming a solid run producer.

Some will note that Cecchini leads the B-Mets defensively in errors at shortstop. There is no denying that fact. Even so, there is also no denying Cecchini has decent range and an average or better arm. Often it appears to me Cecchini tries to force the action defensively rather than allowing the play to come his way.

However, with time and experience and this kid’s incredible work ethic, it’s my belief Gavin Cecchini will smooth things out defensively to round out his baseball profile.

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Four Mets’ Prospects Rank Inside Sickels’ Top 75 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/four-mets-prospects-rank-inside-sickels-top-75.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/four-mets-prospects-rank-inside-sickels-top-75.html/#comments Mon, 13 Jul 2015 19:14:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=187004 Conforto and Nimmo Futures Game

John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranks four Mets’ prospects inside his Midseason Top 75 list.

Michael Conforto (No. 15),  Brandon Nimmo (No. 52),  Amed Rosario (No. 65), and Gavin Cecchini (No. 69) all made the cut.

Sickels thinks it’s a close call between Conforto and Indians’ prospect Bradley Zimmer, but he gives a slight edge to Zimmer.

“Skills not as broad as Zimmer but has strong Double-A numbers on his resume and is actually a few months younger. You should look at this like 14-A and 14-B. Zimmer looks ready for Double-A so hopefully we can make a more direct comparison between the two in three months.”

While Sickels is optimistic about Nimmo, he says that Nimmo needs to starting hitting for more power. Nimmo has only two home runs in 56 games this season.

Sickels is also impressed by Rosario’s defense, even though his bat is nothing special as of yet. The 19-year old shortstop has a .263 average and no home runs in 78 games for High-A St. Lucie.

The most encouraging part about the list is the inclusion of Gavin Cecchini, who is having a solid season in Double-A.

He’s batting .295 with six home runs and has a .784 OPS in 76 games. It’s great to see him restore his value after a few disappointing seasons and get recognition that he deserves.

Both Conforto and Nimmo shined for the Mets at the Futures Game on Sunday.

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