Mets Merized Online » Josh Rodriguez http://metsmerizedonline.com Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:30:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.13 Allan Dykstra: A Sabermetrician’s Dream http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/allan-dykstra-a-sabermetricians-dream.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/01/allan-dykstra-a-sabermetricians-dream.html/#comments Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:15:35 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125663 DykstraAllan Dykstra was drafted in the first round of the 2008 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. He played his college ball at Wake Forest University, and the Demon Deacon was considered one of the top power threats in college baseball at the time.

Some considered Dykstra to be a better prospect than Ike Davis coming out of college, mainly because of his power and his ability to get on base. He was a sabermetrician’s dream player.

Maybe even Alderson believed this, which is why he went and traded for the first baseman that the Padres selected with their first round pick in 2008 while Alderson was the CEO of the team.

While some saw Dykstra’s potential, others considered him a guy whose game would not translate in the professional ranks.  He would have to undergo major swing overhauls if he was ever going to have success hitting with a wooden bat. Defensively, he would be limited to first base due to his size — 6 feet 5 inches tall and 240 lbs.

After a few lackluster years where Dykstra never batted over .270 in a season, he seems to be putting it together at 26 years old. In 2013, he had exceeded all of his offensive numbers from 2012 in fewer games played. Along with his 18 homeruns, he batted .274, and was getting on base over 40% of the time (.436 OBP). This was a breakout season for Dykstra.

His patience at the plate seems to be the difference in 2013, and one of his more impressive stats this year has to be that he walked as much as he has struck out. The combination of patience and power finally coming together has gotten Dykstra back on the radar.

It’s time to take Dykstra seriously—and why not, he played in his first professional All-Star game when he took the field with fellow Binghamton Mets players Cesar PuelloJosh RodriguezLogan Verrett and Jeff Walters during the Eastern League All-Star Game in New Britain, Connecticut on July 10.

Adam Rubin recently asked Dykstra if he thought he was back on the radar after his monster first-half of 2013. Dykstra replied, “I can’t personally say that. I hope that’s true. I’m having a great year. Personally, my confidence is back. I feel like I did when I got drafted, where I know what I’m doing with my swing. It’s not really up to me to decide if I’m back on the radar or not.”

Dykstra has definitely established himself as a prospect to keep an eye on moving forward. With first base wide open for the Mets, Dykstra’s performance in 2013 should not, and can not be overlooked. His winter league stint was cut short by a fractured fibula, but up until his injury, he hadn’t skipped a beat. Expect Dykstra to start the season in Triple-A Las Vegas, and put some pressure on the Mets regarding who their first baseman is for the next few seasons.

Check out Allan Dykstra’s exclusive interview with MMO’s Joe D. which you can read here.

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The Twelve Percent Solution? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/the-twelve-percent-solution.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/the-twelve-percent-solution.html/#comments Mon, 25 Nov 2013 13:00:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=133638 12 percentWith On-Base Percentage being highly coveted, I thought I’d take a look at the Mets minor league system to see who down on the farm was walking at a 12% rate this past season.

Why twelve percent?

Over the course of 502 plate appearances (the minimum number required to qualify for a MLB batting title), walking 12% of the time would yield 60 walks. Over 550 plate appearances, 66 walks. Over 600 appearances, 72 walks.

There were 25 players that walked at least 72 times in MLB in 2013. If a player can develop plate discipline at the minor league level to lay off bad pitches, does that translate to plate discipline in the majors to turn him into a productive Major Leaguer?

There were 18 players in the Mets farm system last year that achieved this 12% walk rate (I am not including 6 players who did this in the minors who spent time in the majors – Andrew Brown, Ike Davis, Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Josh Satin and Travis d’Arnaud – although I will note that Travis had a walk rate of 22.2% in 108 plate appearances between AA and AAA).

  1. Allan Dykstra – 20.9% walk rate. This is very interesting. Allan is an older prospect (26) that hasn’t played above AA. He also just broke his leg and his having surgery, but the numbers jump out. Allan walked 102 times at Binghamton to go with 21 HR, 22 Doubles, a .274 batting average and a .436 OBP. In his 6 seasons in the minors, his walk rate has been 18.3%. This combination of plate discipline and power suggest a major league future for this former first rounder, but will this first baseman get a chance?
  2. Champ Stuart – 18.1%. This 6th round pick in the 2013 draft just turned 21 and played in the outfield for the Kingsport Mets (Rookie) this past season. He only hit .240, but with his high walk rate, his OBP was .388. His 11 stolen bases in 43 games shows a running threat. He also struck out a lot – 58 times (30.9% of the time).
  3. Branden Kaupe – 17.9%. Second Baseman who will be turning 20 in April and a 2012 4th round pick that will be entering his 3rd season. With the Gulf Coast League Mets in 2013 (Rookie), he demonstrated an ability to walk to get on base. He ability to hit to get on base has been a bit more problematic. In two minor league seasons, he has hit just .194 – but has an OBP of .356 (the result of 20.0% walk rate over two years).
  4. Adrian Abreu – 17.8%. 22 year old Catcher who played for Kingsport in 2013 after three seasons in the Dominican Summer League. While he had a high walk rate, he only hit .182 in 31 games for Kingsport. When factoring in his time with the DSL Mets, his walk rate has been 15.4%.
  5. Chad Zurcher – 17.0%. 25 year old middle infielder who played 2013 with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A). The former 31st round pick in 2011 did not play in 2012, hasn’t hit a minor league home run, and only 13 of his 88 minor league hits have been for extra bases. His 15.1% walk rate over two minor league seasons translates to a career .401 OBP, but he’s a real long shot.
  6. Daniel Muno – 16.4%. This switch hitting middle infielder will be turning 25 before the start of the 2014 season. With AA Binghamton, he hit only .249 – but walked 92 times for a .384 OBP. In his 3 minor league seasons, he’s shown the ability to get on base with a .404 OBP and a career walk rate of 15.7%.
  7. Brandon Brosher – 16.2%. This 2013 36th round pick will be turning 19 in February and only appeared in 22 games in the Gulf Coast League, but he did walk 12 times in 74 appearances. He only hit .180 and 3 of his 11 base hits were home runs. Very small sample size to work with.
  8. Eric Campbell – 15.5%. Eric will be turning 27 at the beginning of the 2014 season and this 1B/3B/LF has consistently reached base over 6 minor league seasons (.376 career OBP). His plate discipline has improved and the 15.5% walk rate with AAA Las Vegas in 2013 is higher than his career 11.9% rate. His lack of power (only 40 minor league home runs) while playing a traditional power position has definitely hindered him.
  9. Zach Mathieu – 14.9%. 16th round pick in the 2013 draft. This 22 year old first baseman played for Kingsport in 2013 and walked more than he hit. He only hit .138 and had more walks (14) than base hits (11).
  10. Brandon Nimmo – 14.8%. The Mets 1st round pick in 2011 played for Savannah in 2013 and walked 71 times, batting .273 with a .397 OBP. In three minor league seasons, his walk rate is 14.6%.
  11. Josh Rodriguez – 13.4%. Josh really isn’t a prospect. He’ll be 29 before the 2014 season and he spent the entire 2013 season at AA Binghamton.
  12. Jared King – 13.3%. 5th round pick in the 2013 draft who spent 2013 with the Brooklyn Cyclones. The outfielder hit .266 with a .347 OBP.
  13. Jeff Glenn – 12.8%. This catcher was a 9th round pick in the 2009 draft and spent 2013 with Savannah. He hit .196 in 2013 and has hit .223 over 4 minor league seasons. Career walk rate of 11.1%.
  14. Victor Cruzado – 12.8%. Outfielder out of the Dominican Republic spent 2013 in Kingsport after the prior two years in the Dominican Summer League. He’ll still be 21 on opening day and hit .328 with a .421 OBP in 2013.
  15. Dominic Smith – 12.6%. The Mets first round pick in 2013 played for the Gulf Coast League Mets and Kingsport in 2013, batting a combined .301 with a .398 OBP. He hit. He got on base. He won’t be turning 19 until the middle of the 2014 season. We’ll see how he progresses.
  16. Patrick Biondi – 12.4%. Mets 9th round pick in 2013. He spent the 2013 season with the Cyclones and the outfielder hit .249 with a .348 OBP and stole 17 bases in 50 games.
  17. Greg Pron – 12.1% 42nd round pick in 2011 and an outfielder that hit .198 with just 1 HR for Savannah. Career .249 batter with 10 HR in three seasons.
  18. Ivan Wilson – 12.0%. 3rd round pick in 2013. This outfielder will turn 19 in May 2014 and played for the Gulf Coast League Mets in 2013. He hit .213 with a .321 OBP. He stole 13 bases in 47 games. We’ll have to see how he progresses.

Obviously, many of these players will not make it. But there are a few interesting players on here to keep an eye on. I’m curious to see what the next couple of seasons bring for Dykstra, Stuart, Muno, Nimmo, King, Cruzado, Smith, Biondi, and Wilson.

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Rockies Sign Reliever Greg Burke To Minor League Deal http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/rockies-sign-reliever-greg-burke.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/11/rockies-sign-reliever-greg-burke.html/#comments Wed, 06 Nov 2013 20:30:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=132299 greg burke

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

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

Triple-A (11 Free Agents)

RHP Carlos Alvarado

RHP Greg Burke

RHP Matt Fox

RHP D.J. Mitchell

RHP Daryl Thompson

RHP Cory Wade

LHP Justin Hampson

Francisco Pena

SS Brian Bixler

SS Brandon Hicks

OF Jamie Hoffmann.

Double-A (6 Free Agents)

RHP Dylan Owen

RHP Armando Rodriguez

Jeyckol De Leon

SS Josh Rodriguez

1B Rhyne Hughes

3B Richard Lucas.

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

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

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

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

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B-Mets Eliminated In A Game Marred By Critical Blown Calls From Umpires http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/b-mets-eliminated-in-a-game-marred-by-critical-blown-calls-from-umpires.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/b-mets-eliminated-in-a-game-marred-by-critical-blown-calls-from-umpires.html/#comments Sat, 07 Sep 2013 15:30:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128744 It was the only game of the year with a four man umpiring crew the entire season in Binghamton. By the end of the night, Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez and his B-Met baseball team and some 4,000 Binghamton fans pined for the return of a three-man crew, or perhaps the two-man officiating teams used to arbitrate a college game, or even the one-man in blue who called a game in yesteryear. As much as the players on either team, the men in blue played a huge role in the outcome of Trenton’s 3-0 victory eliminating the home team from the Eastern League play-offs.

Three umpire decisions, all going against Binghamton, weighed heavily on the outcome of Friday’s game and stirred passions to an almost riotous pitch. The pivotal Eastern League contest rolled along through four innings as a classic pitching duel.

Binghamton’s Logan Verrett and Trenton’s Shane Greene matched zeroes without a baserunner from either team reaching third base during that span. As the zeroes mounted the importance of scoring the game’s first run for each team multiplied.

The controversy began during Trenton’s at bat in the fifth, and as they have all series, it was the bottom of the Thunder batting order kicking up the dust. The inning started innocently with Verrett fanning Mason Williams and getting Reggie Corona on a fly out to right field. It was Ali Castillo, the Thunder shortstop and number nine batter of the line-up card who would stir up a hornet’s nest. Corona laced a double off the left-field wall setting the stage for some baseball madness that would help cut the B-Met season short.

Ramon Flores, Trenton’s designated hitter, followed with a four pitch base-on-balls bringing left-fielder, Zolio Almonte, to the plate. Almonte, a left-handed batter slapped line drive just a whisker over a leaping B-Met shortstop Wilfredo Tovar’s glove into left field. Travis Taijeron charged, played the ball cleanly, and against what seemed like impossible odds, uncorked a remarkable throw toward home plate. It was a breath-stopping race between man and ball with the Trenton runner getting a huge head start. As Taijeron fielded the ball, the Binghamton outfielder may have been the only person in the park thinking he had a chance to throw out Castillo at the plate. But Taijeron rocketed the ball home, almost skimming the Trenton runner’s helmet and arriving in B-Met catcher Xorge Carrillo’s mitt a nanosecond before Castillo arrived.

Castillo, without sliding, bowled over Carrilo, crashing his upper body high into the Binghamton backstop. The pair tumbled in a heap on the plate with Carrilo somehow holding tight to the ball and the Binghamton crowd erupting in glee believing Flores was out at home plate. Not so. The home plate umpire called Castillo safe.

I wish I had an opportunity to hear the umpires explanation of his call. Logic dictates that when a ball and baserunner arrive at home plate simultaneously, but the ball arrives a slit second ahead of the runner, and the runner does not slide but runs over the catcher, the runner should be out. The only explanation I can conjure is the umpire ruled the B-Met catcher had not stepped forward on the third base side of home plate leaving a corner of the plate unprotected before the contact was made.

B-Met manager Pedro Lopez argued vociferously to no avail. Lost in all the drama at home plate was the fact that Flores moved to third and Almonte to second in the implosion at home plate. That setup the next umpiring decision that would help the Thunder take the series.

The score stood at 1-0 with runners on third and second and runs at a premium, making it crucial the B-Mets limit the damage to only Almonte’s run. Trenton second baseman Jose Pirela stepped in the box and grounded a slow roller toward the hole between third and second. Somehow, Binghamton shortstop Wilfredo Tovar got behind the ball then rifled a bullet to first with the ball whizzing slightly to the right field side of the bag. B-Met first baseman, Rhyne Hughes stretched in a full leg split snagging the throw ahead of the runner and once again the Binghamton faithful erupted in joy with the apparent end of the inning. Not so. The first base umpire ruled that Hughes’s foot had come off the bag as he stretched forward to field the throw.

This call was difficult to fathom, especially for an already irritated B-Met manager Pedro Lopez. Lopez argued long and loud, finally convincing the ‘blue crew’ to huddle to see if one of the four might have caught a clearer look at the stretch than the first base ump. The call stood and Trenton led, 2-0.

Trenton added their final run in the top of the seventh. Reggie Corona led off the inning slicing a double into the right-field corner. Verrett lost his concentration when Castillo chopped a soft tap on the infield grass off first base fielded by Hughes, but the B-Met pitcher failed to cover. Verrett, who pitched admirably, was replaced by Jim Fuller who got Flores on a 4U-3 double play with Corona scoring the final tally of the game. Call three came in Binghamton’s at bat in the seventh and precipitated a tumultuous baseball fracas. B-Met catcher Xorge Carrillo led off the inning with a broke bat infield single. Danny Muno sent a ground ball up the middle with Trenton second baseman Pirela diving and getting enough leather on the ball to keep it from going through for an infield single leaving men on second and first.

When Wilfredo Tovar followed tapping a soft ground ball toward second, the rumpus began. Muno had already passed Pirela when the Trenton second baseman fielded the ball, but Pirela spun and fired to second attempting to start a 4-6-3 double play. Muno went into second sliding hard, too hard in the eyes of the second base umpire who called Muno out for baserunner interference and Tovar out at first base because, in his judgment, Muno prevented the Trenton shortstop from making a throw to first to attempt the doubleplay.

Muno erupted. Lopez exploded. In fact, the third pivotal verdict against his team was simply too much to take for Lopez. The B-Met manager was tossed. I’m not sure what happened next, whether a Trenton infielder baited Lopez after he was ejected, but conditions turned unruly, both benches cleared and a gigantic skirmish ensued. It took some twenty minutes, with the usually even-tempered Binghamton crowd standing, booing and chanting the entire time, to restore order and sift out who would leave and who would remain in the game. For Binghamton Muno and Tovar joined Lopez in the clubhouse.

“That’s uncalled for,” Lopez said. “It was a really good series. It was a really good ballgame until that point. I felt like the benches were cleared because of the call at second base. That was a clean slide. Even (Trenton’s) first-base coach said that he blew that call. It’s just sad that this series had to end the way it did.”

After calm had finally been restored, things ignited again, when play resumed and Carrillo, who was on second base and had advanced to third on the double play attempt was ordered back to second when play resumed. Apparently, the interference call resulted in a dead ball with any lead runners required to return to their original bases, a nuance beyond comprehension to an already slighted Binghamton crowd. That decision proved decisive when Josh Rodriquez grounded a single into center field, with Carrillo holding up at third then stranded when Allan Dykstra watched a called strike three.

Flawed umpire decisions or not, give Trenton their due. The Thunder got the big hit, were daring on the base paths, made big pitches in pressure spots and made pivotal defensive plays all night long. And, the B-Mets had their chances. Binghamton left ten men on base without scoring a run from the sixth inning forward. Binghamton left the bases loaded in the sixth with Darrell Cecilani going down swinging for the third out, left first and third in the seventh with Dykstra caught looking, left the bases loaded in the eighth with Alonso Harris looking at a third strike and ended their season with runners on first and second on a Travis Taijeron called strike three. Binghamton outhit Trenton 11-10, but 12 B-Met batters fanned in the game.

The season ending loss marked the first time Binghamton has been swept in a series all season. But congratulations to the B-Mets regardless, for a truly dominating and historic season for the franchise.

Daniel Muno, 2 for 4
Josh Rodriguez, 2 for 5
Rhyne Hughes, 3 for 5
Xorge Carrillo, 2 for 3
Logan Verrett, 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, BB, 5 K’s
Jim Fuller, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s
Chasen Bradford, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Frank Francisco, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

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B-Mets Suffer Tough Walk-Off Loss In Game One, 6-5 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/b-mets-suffer-tough-walk-off-loss-in-game-one-6-5.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/b-mets-suffer-tough-walk-off-loss-in-game-one-6-5.html/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 03:31:26 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128589 94bng

Trenton 6, Binghamton 5

Oh, this sucks…Last night, the Kingsport Mets lost when they had a lead with one out to go…and the Binghamton Mets unfortunately suffered the same fate.

Noah Syndergaard had a chance to redeem himself after a bad start by starting Game One of the playoffs for the Binghamton Mets. Thor delivered, firing six innings and allowing three runs, while striking out eight batters. Tyler Austin ripped a two-run double off Thor and was responsible for two out his seven hits permitted. Syndergaard was allowed to throw 97 pitches — 65 of them for strikes — in this solid outing. He put the B-Mets in a great position to win

See, over the course of Syndergaard’s six innings, the B-Mets had given him three runs of support. The first one crossed on a double play, in the first inning, off the bat of Rhyne Hughes. Wilfredo Tovar knocked in a run in the top of the fourth and was quickly chased home by a Daniel Muno RBI double. After Syndergaard gave up a run in the bottom of the fourth, the score stood deadlocked at 3-3. Chasen Bradford and Frank Francisco — yeah, that Francisco — provided a combined three shutout innings to keep the score the same.

The game would remain at a standpoint until the top of the tenth inning, when Wilfredo Tovar came through again. This time, it was a sacrifice fly that was followed up by a Josh Rodriguez RBI single. The B-Mets went into the bottom of the tenth up two runs, and Jeff Walters came in for the save.

Walters got the first two outs without any problems…and then the Trenton Thunder put together five consecutive hits against him to score three runs. And just like that, the game was over…

If I remember correctly, Darin Gorski will get the start in Game Two for the B-Mets as they look to even the series.

Key Stats

Daniel Muno: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 2 BB, 1 R

Josh Rodriguez: 2-for-6, 1 RBI

Wilfredo Tovar: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 R

Noah Syndergaard: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 ER, 8 K

Frank Francisco: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

Chasen Bradford: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 3 K

Jeff Walters: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 ER, 1 K

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Watching The B-Mets Clinch Their First Postseason In Nine Years http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/watching-the-b-mets-clinch-their-first-postseason-in-nine-years.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/watching-the-b-mets-clinch-their-first-postseason-in-nine-years.html/#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:20:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127434 At 1:47 PM I left my house to begin the journey to NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, NY, home of the Binghamton Mets. I arrived nearly two hours later with over two hours to spare until the gates opened. I used this time to tour the campus of SUNY Binghamton University, my mother’s alma mater, and to sit down for a late lunch/early dinner meal at the Lost Dog Cafe. If you’re in the area, check it out, it’s a wonderful spot just down the block from the stadium.

I got to the stadium at 5:30 with a half hour to go. I passed the time by 1) buying tickets 2) waiting in line and 3) walking around the exterior. My first impression of the stadium was eh. I know it’s a minor league stadium, but I wouldn’t expect a Double-A stadium to look as old as it did. But, you can’t judge a book by it’s cover and I didn’t, which payed off. I saw groundskeepers pass time buy playing an intense game of basketball just beyond the right field fence, and two young boys in Yankees attire tossing a ball around outside Gate 1.

You can’t judge a book, by looking at its cover, ooh…

When the gates finally opened at 5:59 PM, I was greeted by a friendly woman who scanned my ticket and handed me my Baseball Bingo sheet which I furiously filled out throughout the night. I dashed through the concourse, but didn’t fail to notice the stats/standings board which included Major League and Eastern League info, the NYSEG Stadium Hall of Fame, or the beams decorated with pictures of Mets stars such as Matt Harvey, David Wright, and Ike Davis who used to call this place home.

I ran up the steps to section three and stopped to take in the surroundings. My very first reaction to the inside was, “Wow, this looks A LOT like Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie”. And that’s a good thing, because Tradition Field is probably my favorite Minor League ballpark of the ones I’ve been to.

I noticed some Rock Cats pitchers walking from the left field bullpen to the third base dugout, so I headed down there to see if I could snag some signatures. I heard a man call out “D.J.!”, and knew that it was 2012 Twins draft pick D.J. Baxendale. I saw the back of his jersey and the number confirmed it was him. I had him sign the roster sheet that came in the Mets program.

D.J. Baxendale was kind enough to sign my roster sheet.

After that there was tons of time where there was no player in sight. During this time I flipped through the program and read some very intriguing stories including one about a fan who has sat in the same seat in section 12 since 1992, the team’s inaugural year, and has had wild encounters with a lot of the players to stop at the Double A level.

I decided to wander down near the Rock Cats dugout and see what players happened to be sitting inside it. I couldn’t recognize any of the players but when outfielder Daniel Ortiz walked out of the dugout, he pointed me out and handed me a broken bat of his that was taped up so it was was still intact. Awesome! That was the first bat I had ever gotten at a professional baseball game and I didn’t even have to ask.

After that, a few Mets players began to exit the dugout, including the night’s battery, Mark Cohoon and Blake Forsythe, along with Alonzo Harris who wasn’t even penciled into the lineup. I would have been on that side, but the Rock Cats players were beginning to warm up and I, just like a handful of other fans, wanted to snag Twins top prospect Miguel Sano‘s autograph.

After some light stretching and an intense stretching out of Sano (it makes sense. A Miguel Sano injury = a training staff likely to be fired), he came over and signed my roster sheet right next to Baxendale’s John Hancock. Score! It was now time to get some Mets to sign which is what I really wanted. Unfortunately, by this time only three players remained. Josh Rodriguez and Allan Dykstra were the last pair to throw, as they ended with some pretty nasty knuckleballs, and Ryne Hughes was stretching and taking a few dry cuts before running off into the dugout. When Rodriguez and Dykstra were finished, they both took the time to sign the Mets side of my roster sheet.

Now it was time for the Mets relievers to make the walk to the right field bullpen. I recognized a few of them, such as Chase Huchingson and Jeff Walters but not all. One of them, who sported Rec-Specs and a funky mustache, was wearing the pink backpack so a number on his jersey was not visible. He was taking to an older man with facial hair not unlike the player he spoke to for a solid 30 seconds before they embraced and the player walked off with his teammates.

I asked the man who he spoke to and I found out that not only was the player Hamilton Bennett, but I was speaking to Hamilton Bennett’s father. We talked for about as long as he talked with his son, during which I told him I saw his son pitch during a spring training game against the Cardinals. Jeremy Hefner was hit in the arm by a line drive off the bat of Carlos Beltran, forcing him to leave early and the Mets to borrow some pitchers from minor league camp. I told him how impressed I was by his son. Our conversation ended with me saying “Best of luck.” To which he responded, “it’s on him not me”, before walking away. Cool guy. I crossed paths with him again throughout the night.

After my encounter with Mr. Bennett, I headed over to the home plate end of the Mets dugout, which was right by our seats, to see if any bench players were willing to sign. The National Anthem provided a minute long interruption, but once the song was through, backup catcher Xorge Carrillo was more than glad to sign my roster sheet.

The game was now underway and boy was it an interesting one. Only needing one game to clinch their first playoff birth since 2004, the B-Mets couldn’t muster a single hit through five innings. Mark Cohoon was knocked around early, including an absolute bomb on the first pitch of the second inning, courtesy of Miguel Sano. And let me tell you, Miguel Sano is 6-3, 195, but he looks 6-6, 240. The guy looks like a big leaguer and all evidence points to him being a real good one. The Rock Cats ended up with three runs after that inning and made it four in the fifth.

Miguel Sano: This kid is going to be a star one day.

Speaking of the fifth inning, The Mets secured a number in the hit column that inning with a RBI single courtesy of Josh Rodriguez after two men had reached via the walk. After loading the bases off of reliever Ryan O’Rourke, Allan Dykstra punched one into left to make it a 4-2 ballgame. Cory Vaughn added to the excitement, driving in another run off of the third pitcher of the inning, Cole Johnson, and paving way for Travis Taijeron to pull the Mets ahead with an RBI double just past the third baseman, Sano. A very peculiar inning which saw the B-Mets go from being no hit, to putting up a five spot.

Luis Natera Photo by Petey Pete

In the midst of the fifth, I called out to Mets hitting coach Luis Natera who happened to be the closest person in uniform to where I was sitting. When he turned around I said, “Nice game you guys got!” In response he smiled and gave me the thumbs up. If only I could have that conversation with Dave Hudgens at Citi Field…

I love minor league ballparks. Because they are so small, they give fans the opportunity to interact with the players and get close to the action, a nice alternative to either shelling out the cash at a big league stadium, or having connections. I enjoyed being able to get fist bumps from Wilfredo Tovar, and Ryne Hughes. I enjoyed being able to hear manager Pedro Lopez and pitching coach Glenn Abbott communicate with catcher Blake Forsythe. I enjoyed watching Alonzo Harris and Richard Lucas make their teammates (and the fans) laugh. But most of all, I enjoyed being able to watch the beautiful sunset fall over the wilderness just beyond left field. To me, that’s what baseball is all about.

Chase Huchingson came in to relieve Cohoon in the seventh and pitched two innings. Huchingson struck out four batters and got his fastball up to 89 mph, which was enough to baffle the hitters. He also mixed in a slider that came around 78. It was on to the ninth with the score still 5-4 Mets in front. And now it was time for – you guessed it – Jeff Walters. But no! Walters was nowhere to be seen – except for coaching first base, sharing the duties with Richard Lucas. Apparently he was unavailable which was disappointing for me, and most of the other fans who would have liked to see Walters add to his more than impressive save total. And wouldn’t it have been symbolic for him to get the save to send the team to the playoffs?

Anyway, no worries as Chasen Bradford came in to save the day and the game. Bradford was brought in and pitched a perfect ninth to lower his ERA to 0.48 and to earn his first save of the season.

Let the celebration begin, and it did!

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The team rushed out onto the field and celebrated with one another. It was truly a great moment and I am glad I was there to witness it. Pedro Lopez was interviewed after the game, and despite the fact that his mic didn’t work, the stadium gave him a nice standing ovation.

All in all, a great night at the ballpark, and I sure will “bee” back in the future.

LGM

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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A Word of Thanks To Gordon Donovan and Kelly Madden http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/a-word-of-thanks-to-gordon-donovan-and-kelly-madden.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/a-word-of-thanks-to-gordon-donovan-and-kelly-madden.html/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 04:45:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=127375 kelly madden kid baseball

I wanted to post some amazing photographs taken by Kelly Madden and Gordon Donovan who were at last night’s game at NYSEG Stadium where a dominant performance by Noah Syndergaard propelled Binghamton to a 5-4 win over the New Britain Rock Cats. That first shot you see there, was taken by Kelly last night. What a great shot…

In this stunning photo taken by Gordon Donovan, Syndergaard is ready to fire away and deliver a strike. It was one of many as the young righthander struck out ten batters in his five scoreless innings of work.

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Underrated third baseman Josh Rodriguez has a .387 on-base and 27 doubles to go along with his 71 runs scored this season for the first place Binghamton Mets. Photo by Kelly Madden.

Binghamton closer Jeff Walters notched his league leading 35th save of the season last night and has already broken the franchise record for the most saves in a season. We may see Walters in Citi Field come September after the minor league postseason. Photo by Gordon Donovan.

I’ve always been a great admirer of art and photography. And while my own talents lie mostly in graphic design, I have a profound appreciation for great baseball photography. These are just four photographs taken last night by two amazing Met fans whose photos we are privileged to share from time to time in many of our minor league posts.

I just wanted to give them both a shout-out and thank them for allowing us to showcase their wonderful work both on MMO and MetsMinors.net.

You can follow Gordon Donovan at Twitter at @gordonovan and also visit his site here.

You can follow Kelly Madden on Twitter at kmadden27_and also visit her site here.

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Syndergaard Earns Third Win In Binghamton With Seven-K Performance http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/syndergaard-earns-third-win-in-binghamton-with-seven-k-performance.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/syndergaard-earns-third-win-in-binghamton-with-seven-k-performance.html/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 06:56:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=125657

The Binghamton Mets scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on the rest of the way to defeat the Reading Fightin Phils, 6-3 on Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Noah Syndergaard earned his third win of the season, and Binghamton is now back up to their high-water mark of 25 games over .500.

Top-rated Phillies prospect Jesse Biddle started the game for the Reading, but couldn’t find his groove on the hill. The lefty faced just eight batters and threw 42 pitches before being removed from the game with two outs in the first inning. Binghamton got the scoring started against the lefty with a two-run double from Josh RodriguezBlake Forsythe singled up the middle to make it a 3-0 game, and Biddle was replaced by Brody Colvin with the bases loaded and two outs in the first.

Colvin’s first batter was Syndergaard, and he walked him on five pitches to bring home the fourth run of the inning. Once Colvin got out of the first, he settled in nicely and shut down the B-Met offense. Meanwhile Reading began to chip away at the four-run Binghamton lead. In the top of the third Syndergaard uncorked a wild pitch with runners at the corners for the first run, and Maikel Franco knocked an RBI single into right field to cut the B-Met lead to 4-2.

Those were the only runs scored against Syndergaard in his sixth start as a B-Met this season. He threw 96 pitches, and struck out seven before handing the ball over to the bullpen. The B-mets ‘pen would go on to preserve the win for Syndergaard, with Jeff Walters picking up his league-leading 27th save of the year.

Overall, Syndergaard’s line was 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 ER, 7 K.

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

(Compiled from team report)

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Highlights From The Eastern League All-Star Game http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/highlights-from-the-eastern-league-all-star-game.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/07/highlights-from-the-eastern-league-all-star-game.html/#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:12:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=124561

I’m sitting two rows behind the home dugout on the first base side on Autograph Session and Home Run Derby day, the day before the Eastern League All-Star game in New Britain, Connecticut.  A near 90-degree sun is beating down on a glorious summer day.  A huge throng of fans snake from the hallway below the stands, up a stairwell in left field and then back down in front of the third base dugouts waiting to procure autographs from the Eastern League Stars seated behind tables along the skinned dirt track running from dugout to dugout.  The line proves far too long for these old legs to navigate.

Five B-Mets are among the All-Stars, two, Cesar Puello and Allan Dykstra, who will be participating in the Home Run Extravaganza. Here’s the Program description of each B-Met All-Star.

Cesar Puello:  OF has been having a breakout season in 2013.  Puello has all the tools you look for in a major prospect and has been displaying them all season.  The La Romana, Dominican Republic native is the #14 prospect in the Mets system according to mlb.com.

Allan Dykstra:  IB  The San Diego California native and former Wake Forest Demon Deacon was a 1st round pick of the Padres in 2008.  Dykstra spent 3years in the minors with San Diego before being traded to the Mets in 2011.  He was previously drafted by the Boston Red Sox before choosing to attend WakeForest.

Josh Rodriguez:   INF  The Houston, Texas native and former Rice Owl was a 2nd round pick of the Cleveland Indians in the 2006 MLB Draft.  Rodriguez signed with the Mets in December of 2012.  He has been previously selected to the California League All-Star team and is making his second appearance in the Eastern League All-Star classic.

Logan Verrett:  RHP  The Corpus Christi native and former Baylor Bear was drafted by the Mets in the 3rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft.  Verrett has moved quickly through the Mets system reaching the Double-A level in only his second professional season.

Jeff Walters:   RHP  Walters is in his first season at the Double-A level.  The Orlando, Florida native and former Georgia Bulldog was drafted by the Mets in the 7th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

In many ways the Homerun Derby was more like a Contact Hitting Derby.  Sandwich boards with large 10’s, 20’s, and 30’s were stationed one behind the other beginning just beyond the infield grass in each outfield position.  A ball hit in the air landing beyond the 10 board but before the 20 earned 10 points and so on and so on.  Balls that cleared the outfield wall scored 50.

The scoring arrangement worked against the B-Met power guys Puello and Dykstra.  Both were more in tune for a HR Derby where only HR totals were tallied.  Puello was the first Eastern League slugger to put a buzz in the crowd blasting a shot that slammed the scoreboard in deep left-center that temporarily knocked out the posted point total readings.

Puello was the first legitimate Double-A star to hit earning 180 points, a rather pedestrian total.  Dykstra followed closely behind netting 200.

Caleb Joseph, a catcher on the Bowie Baysox was the eventual winner running up a very impressive score of 310.  Steven Sousa Jr. from the Harrisburg Senators, the final Eastern League slugger to hit, provided some competitive excitement.  With one swing to go, Sousa had 270 points needing a homerun to win the title.  His blast to straight-away-centerfield climbed three-quarters of the way up the 25 foot high wall earning 30 points and leaving him 10 shy of Joseph.

I especially enjoyed watching nearly 50 young baseball enthusiasts stretched across the outfield shagging the fly balls.  Some of the kids couldn’t have been more than third graders. Swarms of kids navigated beneath the moon balls that rocketed off the sluggers’ bats.   Line shots sometimes ripped the gloves off the kids’ hands and left me with a lump in my throat, but everyone seemed to escape without serious injury.

Tuesday’s grand weather was no so grand on All-Star Wednesday.  Intermittent rains splattered a capacity crowd (8,633) throughout much of the contest.  But, the game had all the pageantry of a summer classic, incredible singers, zany promotions and some dazzling defensive baseball.  It was tough times for the home-standing Eastern squad including our B-Met heroes.

Puello, Dykstra and Rodriguez all started in the 5-0 loss but went a combined 0-for-7 with only Puello reaching base when he was hit by a pitch.  Puello made a defensive gem in the visitor’s fourth uncorking a rocket launcher from right field throwing out Altoona’s Jake Cunningham at the plate.  Cunningham looked to be over half way between third and home when Puello released the ball.  In fact, Cunningham was so certain of scoring, he didn’t slide.  Puello’s cannon stunned Cunningham and equally amazed a roaring 8,000 plus.

The Western offensive damage was done with the first three batters of the game.  Hard throwing Eastern starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo had command issues walking Brian Goodwin and Numan Romero, the first two hitters he faced.  Javier Herrera crushed the first pitch he saw driving a shot over the mammoth green wall in straight-away center field for three Western runs.

The West also got to our Logan Verrett touching the B-Met righty for their final two runs in the fourth. Verrett surrendered four hits in the inning, but profited from teammate Puello’s run saving throw to the plate. B-Met closer Jeff Walters pitched a scoreless ninth inning for East.

(Photo credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Puello and Verrett Lead B-Mets Contingent Named to Eastern League All-Star Team http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/puello-and-verrett-lead-b-mets-contingent-named-to-eastern-league-all-star-team.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/puello-and-verrett-lead-b-mets-contingent-named-to-eastern-league-all-star-team.html/#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:40:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=123174

According to Lynn Worthy via twitter, Cesar Puello, Allan Dykstra, Josh Rodriguez, Jeff Walters, and Logan Verrett will be headed to the Eastern League All-Star team. This comes as no surprise, as the B-Mets, at 47-28, have an 8.5 game lead over the Trenton Thunder in the EAS Eastern Division, and have the best record overall in the league. With a high-performing team comes a lot of All-Star nods.

I just talked about how well Puello has been performing this year earlier today, so I won’t repeat everything I just said. However, his .313/.407/.616 line is rather impressive and worth repeating. He leads the Eastern League in slugging percentage, is second in home runs, and third in RBIs.

Dykstra has come out of nowhere to have a career year in Binghamton. The first baseman owns a .321/.477/.607 line with 12 home runs, 50 RBIs, and 20 doubles on the season. He barely trails Puello in the major offensive categories, but leads the league in on-base percentage by a large margin. The next closest player is Henry Urrutia of Bowie, coming in at .433.

Rodriguez has made it a habit of enjoying long hitting streaks this season, and has used those long stretches to hit .303/.429/.434 in 2013. That line includes four home runs, 29 RBIs, 47 runs scored, and almost as many walks (49) as strikeouts (55).

Walters is the league leader in saves, successfully closing the door 18 times for the B-Mets. He’s appeared in 29 games overall (32.1 innings pitched) and has compiled a 4-2 record, 2.51 ERA, 34 strikeouts, and 11 walks.

Verrett, like Puello, was a virtual lock for the All-Star team; his eight wins are tops in the Eastern League, and his 93 innings pitched are fourth among his fellow hurlers. In 14 starts, he’s 8-3 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 77 strikeouts, and 21 walks for Binghamton.

Congratulations to all five guys on this honor! The game will be played in New Britain on July 10th at 7:00 PM.

(Photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

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Matt den Dekker Ready To Start Playing In Games http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/matt-den-dekker-ready-to-start-playing-in-games.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/matt-den-dekker-ready-to-start-playing-in-games.html/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 14:51:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121038

Center fielder Matt den Dekker, who suffered a fractured right wrist during a March 24 Grapefruit League game, is ready to get into games according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Den Dekker was scheduled to DH in a back-field game in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Thursday until heavy rains forced a postponement. Den Dekker should be in the lineup today.

Here is a video of Den Dekker who talks about what it was like for him on Draft Day when the Mets selected him.

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Featured Post: Managing The Mets 40 Man Roster http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/featured-post-managing-the-mets-40-man-roster.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/featured-post-managing-the-mets-40-man-roster.html/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 19:21:06 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120557 Sandy Alderson 2As part of the ongoing discussion on who should play for the Mets and who should be sent down, brought up, or traded for, one constant requirement remains: creating enough space on the 40 man roster to permit all these maneuvers to take place. For those needing a refresher, a team’s 40 man (or “expanded”) roster consists of all players on the major league team (generally 25 except for a temporary bump to 26 for day/night doubleheaders), plus 15 more players with the slots divided between minor leaguers and those on the 15-day disabled list. Players on the 60-day DL do not count toward the 40, thus moving a player from the 15-day DL to the 60-day will create a space. This was the case recently when Frank Francisco was moved to the 60-day to open a space for Omar Quintanilla. After a player has been in any team’s minor league system long enough (four or five years depending on their age when signed), they must be placed on the 40 if the team wishes to protect them from being  taken by another organization during the Rule 5 draft.

As we look forward to the eventual arrival of promising talent from the Mets’ farm system, there are those that contend the major league club would benefit from an immediate infusion. However, they may not have considered the ramifications of these proposed moves due to the requirements of getting players onto the 40 before they can be called up. Josh Satin, for instance, who many have lobbied to install as at least a platoon partner if not outright replacement for Ike Davis, does not presently have a place on the 40. If management were to make a move to bring him up from Las Vegas, he would have to be added and someone would have to be removed as the Mets presently have a full slate of players already occupying those slots (plus 3 more on the 60-day DL).

Removing a player from the 40 requires that they be designated for assignment (DFA’d) and the team then has 10 days to trade, release, or send them to the minors provided they clear waivers. Without going into undue detail over the waiver process, suffice it to say that if a team doesn’t want to risk losing a player altogether, they will strive to avoid exposing them. This was the concern recently with the promotion of Quintanilla as, out of options, he will have to clear waivers if the Mets want to return him to Vegas when Ruben Tejada is ready to return to active duty.

Judicious management of the 40 is a crucial element to a GM seeking to provide his field manager with the tools needed to compete.  Often hard choices must be made- when deciding to protect a player in the farm system who may still be years away from contributing at the major league level, a degree of flexibility with the active roster is surrendered.  To some extent, this can be pointed to as an issue with the current Mets team.

A look at the current state of the Mets’ 40 reveals how certain players are regarded within the organization and, to a degree, by baseball insiders. The 15 players beyond the active roster include those who have previously appeared on it this year (Atchison, Familia, Tejada, Brown, Cowgill, Edgin and Nieuwenhuis), and a mixed bag of prospects consisting of infielders Zach Lutz, Wilmer Flores,  and Wilfredo Tovar, catcher Travis d’Arnaud, outfielder Cesar Puello, and pitchers Zack Wheeler, Hansel Robles, and Gonzalez Germen.  Aside from Atchison, Tejada and Familia who are currently on the 15-day DL, the bulk of these players consist of fringe major league talent (or “AAAA” players) who can provide coverage in the event of injuries, and legitimate prospects who the front office clearly needs to protect.

This list says as much about those who are not on it as it does about those it includes. As mentioned before, Josh Satin did not rate a slot, and the front office is apparently content to keep him as AAA roster filler or allow him to leave next year as a six-year free agent. They have not worried about another organization drafting him, so that should tell you something about how he is regarded by the other 29 MLB clubs as well. Still, you never know, someone may yet give him a shot as a role player somewhere.

I do have some questions with respect to some of the other players who have been allotted space here. Lutz turns 27 this month, a bit old for a “legitimate” prospect, and is kept around apparently to provide insurance in the event of an injury to David Wright. He has been fairly consistent in his level of play as he has made his way up the ladder and projects as someone who would hit about .250-.260 with maybe 15-20 HR’s over a full season while providing less than stellar defense. Assuming, of course, he could stay healthy himself, something that has been a bit of an issue in the past.  In other words, he could be a decent fill-in but not a player you would tag for stardom. His place on the roster is to provide depth and were Ike Davis to be demoted, he would be the likely call-up despite a relative lack of experience at first base. His ability to play third probably gets him the edge on the roster over Satin despite the latter’s somewhat better numbers over the past few years.

The other players holding down slots that might raise an eyebrow are Tovar and Germen. Tovar, despite his youth and ability to play a key position (shortstop), apparently projects at best as a utility guy according to scouting reports. If the team is simply trying to provide depth at the position, they might have considered going with Tovar’s Binghamton teammate Josh Rodriguez, a more veteran player at age 28 who has shown flashes of power throughout his minor league career. As of this writing, Rodriguez leads the B-Mets in hits and has an OBP of .439, numbers that greatly overshadow those of Tovar to this point. Germen is a 25-year old middle reliever with decent if somewhat unspectacular numbers at Las Vegas. He has put up some nice K/9 and hits per innings numbers in the past though, and pitchers can develop later than position players so I’m willing to assume they know what they are doing with him. Still, if Jack Leathersich is bumped up to AAA at the season’s mid-point and continues to blow away the opposition like he’s been doing so far, I’m sure we would all like to see a September call-up and somebody will have to make space on the 40. In addition, Chase Huchingson’s performance out of the same bullpen has put him in the picture as a lefty relief option as well.

Clearly roster management is an inexact science that involves some guesswork. Like many, I’ll be watching the shuffling that is due to occur ahead of the Rule 5 in December.  Let’s hope for some wise decisions and for some player performances that help make those decisions easier to make.

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Mets Minors Report 6/1: Hoffmann Belts Grand Slam, Leathersich Untouchable, Verrett Rocked http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-report-61-hoffmann-belts-grand-slam-leathersich-untouchable-verrett-rocked.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-report-61-hoffmann-belts-grand-slam-leathersich-untouchable-verrett-rocked.html/#comments Sat, 01 Jun 2013 14:07:58 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120526

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Welcome to June, everybody! One man who really wanted it to stay May forever was Jack Leathersich, who had an absolutely amazing month statistically. I’m sure it did wonders for his confidence, and Joe D. keeps comparing him to Billy Wagner, which is looking more realistic by the day. Anyway, Leathersich made ten appearances in May that spanned 12.1 IP. He recorded two saves, allowed just five hits for a .116 BA against, and rocked a 3/27 BB/K ratio. Yeah…if my math is right, that turns out to be a 20.15 K/9 rate. Talk about making a name for yourself…
  • Jamie Hoffmann had a grand slam in the fifth inning of last night’s 7-0 win for the Las Vegas 51′s. The 26-year old outfielder is batting .303 with a .369 on-base and four stolen bases.
  • Beck Wheeler and Bret Mitchell are both having excellent seasons with ERAs under 1.20 for both of them (1.19 and 1.13, respectively.) Mitchell also had an impressive month of May, as he made ten appearances that spanned 11.2 innings with allowing a single earned run. He recorded seven saves, allowed just five hits for a .125 BA against, and struck out 17.
  • Logan Verrett struggled yesterday for the first time in a long time – and allowed eight runs over 5+ innings, including a go-ahead grand slam. Should you be worried? No, not really. Everyone is allowed a bad start here and there and Verrett is still having a great year.
  • Jenrry Mejia suffered another setback in his rehab, according to Mike Puma of the NYP. We last saw Mejia look to work his way back to AAA as a starter by rehabbing in St. Lucie.
  • Jeurys Familia also had to deal with a setback in his rehab, while Scott Atchison may need season ending surgery. The door is open for a mix of relievers from our minor leagues that might range from David Aardsma to Leather Rocket.
  • Kevin Plawecki stole a base last night
  • Brandon Nimmo added another hit in a 1-for-4 performance and is looking to get back on track from his minor injuries.
  • Wilmer Flores was named as a honorable mention to BA’s Hot Sheet with a .406/.406/.625 slash over the past week. He was also discussed in Mitch P.’s Prospect Spotlight here.
  • Maikis De La Cruz had a nice game for Savannah yesterday, as he had three hits, including a home run. He also drove home three runs.
  • Rylan Sandoval was promoted to Las Vegas (AAA) to replace Omar Quintanilla. This was surprising considering Josh Rodriguez, who doubled again last night to increase his ongoing hitting streak to 17. As Matt M. mentioned in his post yesterday, it could just be a matter of age.
  • Domingo Tapia takes the mound for St. Lucie today after the rainout last night – and Rafael Montero takes the mound for Binghamton later as well.

Stat Line of the Day

Jamie Hoffmann: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R

Transactions

INF Reese Havens was added to the 7-Day DL in Las Vegas.

IF Rylan Sandoval was promoted to the Las Vegas 51s from the St. Lucie Mets.

RHP Ryan Fraser will be on the Binghamton roster while Luis Mateo rehabs in St. Lucie.

Quote of the Day

Today’s quote is from a new reader on MetsMinors.net who left this comment:

Thanks, Walt!

(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Mets Minors Report 5/31: Lara Solid In FSL Debut, Satin Homers Again, Mazzoni Does It All http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-report-531-lara-solid-in-debut-satin-raking-mazzoni-does-it-all.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-report-531-lara-solid-in-debut-satin-raking-mazzoni-does-it-all.html/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 15:00:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120394 Satin Is Ready To Hit In The Bigs

Satin Is Ready To Hit In The Bigs

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • First Base Watch: Josh Satin had another stellar night at the plate going 2-for-4 with a home run. Wilmer Flores is also heating up,  as he was 2-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.
  • Rainy Lara made his debut for St. Lucie last night and pitched eight solid innings, but picked up the loss. He scattered four hits and three runs while striking out four.
  • Cory Mazzoni did it all in yesterday morning’s game against Altoona. Mazzoni pitched six solid innings, stiking out nine on his way to a no decision. Cory Mazzoni has now struck out 29 batters while only walking eight in 31 innings of work. Mazzoni was also 2-for-2 with a double at the plate.
  • Luis Mateo pitched one inning of relief for St. Lucie last night. He gave up two hits but did not allow any runs.
  • Brandon Nimmo broke out of his 0-for-27 slump, going 2-for-5 at the plate last night, raising his average to .304.
  • Cesar Puello’s two RBI’s were his 30th and 31st tying him with Allan Dykstra for the team lead. Cory Vaughn follows closely behind with 29 and Josh Rodriguez has knocked home 27. (John B.)
  • The B-Met outfielders continue to show great speed on the base paths. Two stolen bases push Cesar Puello’s total to a team leading 14.  Puello leads outfield comrades Alonzo Harris and Darrell Ceciliani who have both pilfered 13. Cory Vaughn, the remaining B-Met outfielder has 8. (John B.)
  • A 3-for-5 day at the plate improves Josh Rodriguez’s batting average to a team leading .315. Two Cesar Puello hits elevated the outfielder’s average to .300. (John B.)
  • After a slow start, Darrell Ceciliani continues to make progress at the plate. His three hits today, including a bunt single, increased his average 9 points to .258. (John B.)
  • Jeff Walters has 13 saves in 14 chances, striking out over 1 batter per inning with an ERA of  2.74. (John B.)
  • Juan Centeno returned to the Las Vegas lineup after spending some time on the DL. He was 2-for-3 with two RBI in Las Vegas’ blowout victory last night.

Stat Line of the Day

Stefan Sabol: 4-for-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

Transactions

Las Vegas 51s activated C Kai Gronauer from the 7-day disabled list.

Quote of the Day

Wally Backman on Zack Wheeler from Long Island Newsday:

“Once that blister went away, we’ve really seen what Zack is really all about. He threw four starts in a row where it looked like a big-league guy throwing to high school kids at times. I can remember Matt last year coming into the office when he threw two or three great starts and saying, ‘When the [heck] am I going to the big leagues?’ I said, ‘Hey, just keep putting up zeros and they’ve gotta make a decision.’ It was an everyday thing with him. Zack’s a little more laid-back than Matt, but the competitiveness is definitely there.”

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Mets Minors Report 5/29: Nimmo Returns, Leathersich Slams The Door, Quintanilla’s Knocking http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-report-529-nimmo-returns-leathersich-shuts-the-door-quintanillas-knocking.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-report-529-nimmo-returns-leathersich-shuts-the-door-quintanillas-knocking.html/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 15:00:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120128 Brandon_Nimmo_Sn

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Welcome back Brandon Nimmo! Nimmo finally returned from his stint on the disabled list, and was in the lineup for Savannah last night batting second, and playing center field. It was his first game back since April 29, and it showed. Nimmo was 0-for-5 at the plate, extending his hitless streak from before going on the DL to 0-for-25.
  • Noah Syndergaard was perfect last night before the St. Lucie game was suspended by rain. The game will continue today but we’re not sure who will be pitching when the game resumes.
  • First Base Watch: I noticed Ike Davis re-positioned his hands during last night’s game — he isn’t holding them over his head anymore, and they’re closer to his shoulders now (he must have read my piece on Fixing Ike Davis the other day). However, he is still dropping his hands way too low as he loads up his swing. This will take time to fix, as it’s all muscle memory, and he has to leave his comfort zone to re-train the muscles. In the meantime, two potential replacements for Davis, Josh Satin and Wilmer Flores, have been raking. Both had three hits in last night’s game. (By the way, MMO’s analysis is just as good as the stuff you see on TV from the “real analysts.” We had the Ike Davis fix a day before everyone else, and they basically repeated everything we said on ESPN and in the SNY booth.)
  • In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Monday, Zack Wheeler alluded to the fact that he is ready. Wheeler said ”I’m just waiting on time. I think I’m ready, but it is really not my decision.” There is no doubt that Wheeler’s stuff is dynamite, and good enough right now to get major league hitters out. However, I’m still concerned about the command issues, which have reared their ugly heads again since his short trip to the DL.
  • Jayce Boyd is still lighting up the SAL, has surpassed Kevin Plawecki in batting average, and he now leads the league in hitting (.354). Boyd has played the past ten games as a designated hitter due to a shoulder injury.
  • Omar Quintanilla is not on the 40-man roster, but how much longer will the Mets allow Ruben Tejada to struggle while Quintanilla tears it up in Las Vegas? Quintanilla is hitting .328 for the year, and over his last ten games is hitting .483. I wonder if Tejada can hear the footsteps?
  • Jack Leathersich has ice water in his veins. He inherited two runners in the eighth inning of last night’s game, allowing neither of them to score. He struck out five of the six batters he faced for his third save of the season. Awesome. Check out MMN for a Prospect Spotlight on Leathersich.
  • Congratulations to MMN’s Pitcher of the Week, Matthew Bowman, and MMN’s Player of the Week, Josh Rodriguez.
  • Bill Passanno gives you all the happenings down in St. Lucie, with his Lucie Logistics over at MMN.
  • Angel Cuan was named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week.
  • Michael Fulmer threw an inning during an extended spring training game yesterday.
  • Steven Matz was pulled from his start yesterday in the fourth inning, from what we were told was a blister and fingernail issue. Before being pulled, Matz allowed two runs on four hits.
  • Be sure to check out this week’s Top Ten Prospect Tracker over at MMN today.

Stat Lines of the Day

Collin Cowgill: 3-for-5, 2 R

Josh Satin: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 R

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

Transactions

Brandon Nimmo was activated from the seven-day DL.

Zach Lutz was placed on the DL with an oblique injury.

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Mets Minors: Bowman and Montero Top Our Hot List http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-bowman-and-montero-top-our-hot-list.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mets-minors-bowman-and-montero-top-our-hot-list.html/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 14:48:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120065 matt-bowman

Who’s Hot (5/19-5/26)

  • Matthew Bowman, RHP (STL): Bowman had an excellent week, posting a 2.57 ERA in two starts. He tossed 14 innings and allowed four runs on 14 hits. Most impressive, however, were his 17/2 strikeout to walk ratio. Bowman has quietly had a very good season and was one of the first players to earn a promotion this season after posting a 2.64 ERA in 30.2 innings in Savannah. So far in St. Lucie, he has a 2.33 ERA in 27 innings.
  • Rafael Montero, RHP (BIN): Montero has had an incredible season and had an incredible two starts this week. After being called up to make a spot start for Las Vegas, Montero shut down the Iowa Cubs, limiting them to two runs on four hits in seven innings. Going back to Binghamton later in the week didn’t phase him one bit, as he tossed six shutout frames against the Portland Sea Dogs, striking out eight and walking two. In all, Montero pitched 13 innings this week and struck out 13 batters while walking just three.
  • Josh Rodriguez, SS (BIN): Rodriguez probably had the best week at the plate in the Mets organization. Rodriguez, 28, hit .538 this week with one home run, four runs batted in, and seven walks, putting his OPS at an astounding 1.405 for the week.

Honorable MentionFrancisco Pena, C (LAS): Pena has been on fire since his promotion to Triple-A Las Vegas last week. Since getting bumped up, he is hitting .384 with two home runs. He is driving the ball well, tripling his career line drave rate. If he can keep this up, Anthony Recker‘s backup catcher spot may be in danger by the end of the year.

Who’s Not

  • D.J. Mitchell, RHP (LAS): Mitchell has had a very tough week. The former Yankees farmhand, who was picked up by the Mets earlier this year, has had two straight bad starts for Las Vegas. In his last outing, he lasted just 2.2 innings and allowed four runs on five hits before being pulled. Before that, he lasted just four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits.
  • Cory Vaughn, OF (BIN): Vaughn has been impressive for most of the season, but this past week, he struggled. He hit just .207 with ten strikeouts in 31 plate appearances. Luckily, Vaughn is still hitting .287 on the year with a .814 OPS and .383 wOBA to go along with his five homers. This week was just a minor setback in what has been a breakout year.
  • Gilbert Gomez, OF (STL): Gomez has had a really difficult time adjusting to his first taste of major playing time in the Florida State League. He is hitting just .224 on the season with a concerning 61.3% ground ball rate. Gomez has seen his line drive rate fall below 10% this season as well. This week, he hit .087 with eight strikeouts in 27 trips to the plate.

MMN BANNER 500

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Verrett Continues Impressive Campaign In 7-3 B-Mets Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/verrett-continues-impressive-campaign-in-7-3-b-mets-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/verrett-continues-impressive-campaign-in-7-3-b-mets-win.html/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 06:40:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118877 514bing

Binghamton 7, Akron 3

Many times you can gauge a pitcher’s demeanor, their grit and persistence, when they don’t have their best stuff.  That was the case at Binghamton’s NYSEG Stadium for B-Met starter Logan Verrett in the early going of last nights 7-3 victory over Akron.

Verrett has been a mainstay of the Binghamton staff so far this spring starting 8 games with a 5-1 record and a 3:15 ERA.  A pinpoint command of the strike zone has helped Verrett log an impressive 0.99 WHIP in the young season.

Verrett struggled commanding his fastball in the first two innings of Tuesday’s contest.  The usually accurate right hander walked three batters and delivered 40 pitches during the first two innings.  In fact, only double play balls to end each frame prevented Verrett from disaster.

You can learn a lot about a pitcher when they labor on the hill.  Such moments are gut checks that speak to the character of a pitcher.  Will they remain poised and centered?  Will they alter their mechanics?  Will they begin to work too fast or too slow?  Will they continue to challenge batters with their signature pitch even if when they can’t locate that pitch as they would like?   Will they show grit and resolve in working through their troubles.

The character side of Verrett’s pitching report card was glowing last night.

Trouble presented itself almost immediately.  Akron’s speedy centerfielder Tyler Holt, the second batter in the game, laced a line drive toward the gap in right-center field.  B-Met right fielder Cesar Puello elected to attempt a diving catch but couldn’t complete the play with the ball going all the way to the wall, and Holt racing to third with a one out triple.  Verrett walked Carlos Moncrief who stole second to set the table for Chun-Hsiu Chen.  Chen, batting a sparkling .331, ripped a single up the middle scoring both runners and giving Akron a 2-0 lead.  Quincy Lattimore sent a wicked line drive to the mound that Verrett played in the air, then doubled up Chen to end the inning.

Verrett’s troubles continued in the Akron second.  The B-Met ace opened the frame by walking Roberto Perez and yielding a single to Giovanny Urshela.  After striking out Kyle Bellas, Verrett walked the number nine batter Justin Toole to load the bases.  Verrett was clearly struggling.

A hard grounder ripped to short was played perfectly, Wilfredo Tovar to Josh Rodriguez to Allan Dykstra for a 6-4-3 double play to get Verrett out of the jam.

The second B-Met DP was a turning point for their young pitcher.  Verrett settled in finding his customary command of the strike zone and dominated for the remainder of his outting.  The DP started a string of 8 consecutive outs for Verrett.

The string was broken in the sixth when Bellas led off by slamming a Verrett curveball over the left field wall for a home run extending Akron’s advantage to 3-0.  Verrett was unfazed putting the next 8 batters down in order before allowing an Ursela single with two down in the seventh.  A look at Verrett’s pitching statistics show just how effectively he pitched after the first two innings. . All 3 Verrett walks and 3 of the 5 hits he allowed were surrendered during the first two innings.

Here was Verrett’s line on the evening: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 ER, 5 K

Total Batters Faced: 27

First Pitch Strikes: 19 – 70%

Ahead After Three Pitches:  8 – 30%

Total Pitches: 97  Strikes:  61 – 63%  Balls:  36 – 37%

Strike Breakdown: Called: 26 – 43%   Fouled:  7 – 11%   Missed:  9 – 15%  In Play:  19 – 31%

Full Windup:  Total Pitches: 66  Strikes:  44 – 67%     Balls:  22 – 33%

Stretch: Total Pitches:  31  Strikes: 17 – 55%  Balls:  14 – 45%

Verrett’s fastball ranged from 86 to 94 mph.  Only two pitches touched 94 both thrown in the first inning.  It appeared as if Verrett was attempting more curve balls than the previous time I had watched him pitch.  The triple and home run both came on curveballs.

The B-Met hitters struggled with Akron starting pitcher Paolo Espino‘s slow breaking curve ball in the early innings.  Espino carried a shutout into the fifth inning when Binghamton scored three times to knot the score at 3-3.  Cory Vaughn saw his first fastball on the fourth pitch and grounded a single to left to lead off the inning.  Vaughn drew several pick off attempts with Espino finally throwing the ball past the first baseman and allowing the B-Met leftfielder to advance to second.  After two infield pop-ups, Alonzo Harris worked a walk.  Wilfredo Tovar laced a single to left field plating Vaughn and moved into scoring position when the leftfielders throw to third base attempting to get Harris sailed off line.

That brought the B-Met second baseman Danny Muno to the plate.  Muno has been a clutch hitter for Binghamton this year, and he came through once again, lining a shot over off the centerfield wall to plate Harris and Tovar.  Muno is batting just .228 but has knocked in a team high 21 RBI’s.

Binghamton caught some huge breaks in busting the game open in the home eighth.  Tovar greeted relief pitcher Trey Haley with a ground single over the third base bag but was thrown out trying to leg it into a double.  Haley, a fire throwing righthander, lost the plate throwing 11 consecutive balls, walking Muno and Josh Rodriguez and going 3-0 on Cesar Puello.  Puello took two strikes before ball four loaded the bases.

With the infield in, Allan Dykstra tapped a soft ground ball to first baseman Chun-Hsiu Chen.  Chen played the ball but double clutched without looking to throw home, changing his mind and attempting to get Dykstra at first.  His throw was late  with the B-Mets scoring the game winner.  Vaughn followed with a broken bat flare that got past Haley for another infield hit and a second run.  Two wild pitches completed the 4 run rally.

I finally got to see Jack Leathersich work the mound in relief and the lefty didn’t disappoint.  Leathersich worked a scoreless eighth and ninth allowing a single hit while striking out 4 and walking only 1.  He has a nasty breaking ball that freezes lefthanded hitters, a deceptive delivery, and fires some 90+ heat.  Leathersich has struck out 33 batters in 17.2 innings.

Key Stats

Daniel Muno: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 RBI, 1 R

Josh Rodriguez: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 1 R

Allan Dykstra: 1-for-4, 1 RBI

Cory Vaughn: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 R

Wilfredo Tovar: 2-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R

Logan Verrett: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 HR, 3 BB, 3 ER, 5 K

Jack Leathersich: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K

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Montero Looks Sharp Again In 5-2 B-Mets Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/montero-looks-sharp-again-in-5-2-b-mets-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/montero-looks-sharp-again-in-5-2-b-mets-win.html/#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 09:00:12 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118774 513Bing

Binghamton 5, Akron 2

The Binghamton Mets matched a season-high 14 hits in a 5-2 victory over the Akron Aeros Monday night at NYSEG Stadium.

Binghamton tallied at least one base hit every inning against Akron pitching. The scoring started in the third inning against Matt Packer, as the B-Mets scored three times on three hits. They also took advantage of two Akron errors in the frame. With runners at the corners, Josh Rodriguez hit a potential double-play ball that went through the legs of third baseman Giovanny Urshela for the first run.

Binghamton kept their foot on the pedal, as Allan Dykstra followed with an RBI single down the right field line. Cory Vaughn capped the scoring in the third with an RBI fielder’s choice, as he beat out a potential double play ball.

The scoring continued in the fifth against Packer. With two men on and two outs, Vaughn laced an RBI single into centerfield for his second RBI of the night. Cesar Puello rounded out the scoring in the sixth with a solo blast off of the batter’s eye in centerfield. He now leads the team with five home runs.

On the mound Rafael Montero settled down after falling behind early. A one-out, first inning double by Carlos Moncrief gave Akron a 1-0 lead. They tacked on their final run in the third inning when Justin Toole hit a seeing-eye single past a diving Wilfredo Tovar into centerfield.

From there however, Montero held Akron scoreless. He scattered eight hits over six innings on the mound, and picked up his fourth win of the season. Chase Huchingson replaced Montero and threw two scoreless innings of relief. Closer Jeff Walters then came in and finished the game to earn his tenth save of the season.

The B-Mets (20-18) continue their three-game series with the Akron Aeros (19-19) on Tuesday night. RHP Logan Verrett (5-1, 3.04) takes the ball for Binghamton against RHP Paolo Espino (1-0, 4.46) for Akron.

Key Stats

Daniel Muno: 3-for-4, 2 R

Josh Rodriguez: 2-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

Cory Vaughn: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Cesar Puello: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R

Rafael Montero: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 6 K

Chase Huchingson: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 ER, 2 K

Jeff Walters: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K

(Team Report)

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Mazzoni Solid On Both Sides Of The Ball In B-Mets 9-3 Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mazzoni-solid-on-both-sides-of-the-ball-in-b-mets-9-3-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/mazzoni-solid-on-both-sides-of-the-ball-in-b-mets-9-3-victory.html/#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 08:00:20 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118591 512bing2

Binghamton 9, Harrisburg 3

An ominous gray sky and a persistent drizzle dampened my spirits as I started an excursion to Binghamton’s NYSEG Stadium for the second consecutive day.  Saturday’s sojourn was for naught, nearly four hours driving in the car and no baseball.  The prospects of a double washout loomed.

Halfway to Binghamton, the clouds almost evaporated in the sky giving way to sunshine, blue skies and baseball.  I couldn’t help but think that this sudden weather transformation might signal an omen, an abrupt change of fortunes for the better for our New York Mets as their young minor league pitching arms begin to find their way to the big squad.

This spring, Cory Mazzoni raised some eyebrows in Florida when he threw 8 innings in spring training raking up a 3.38 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP.  After a bout with elbow inflammation temporarily put Mazzoni on the sidelines, the power throwing righthander is back in the rotation at Binghamton. On Sunday afternoon, Mazzoni turned some heads logging an impressive outing as the B-Mets topped Harrisburg, 9-3, to earn a split in a doubleheader. On a strict pitch count, Mazzoni worked 5 2/3 innings and appeared headed for a shutout before Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez signaled that 80 total pitches was enough. Josh Edgin replaced Mazzoni with a runner on first and two outs but surrendered a two-run homerun to Josh Johnson on his second pitch.

Here are Mazzoni’s pitching numbers: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 K

  • Batter’s Faced:  19
  • First Pitch Strikes: 11 of 19  58%
  • Ahead After Three Pitches:  7 of 14  50%
  • Total Pitches:   80       Strikes:  52 – 65%     Balls:  28 – 35%
  • Strike Breakdown:   Called:  14-27%   Fouled:  16-31%    Miss:  8-15%   In Play  14-27%
  • Full Windup:  Total Pitches – 66     Strikes: 42 – 64%    Balls: 14 – 36%
  • FW Fastballs  Total Pitches -   52     Strikes: 34 -  65%   Balls:  18 – 35%
  • FW Curveballs Total Pitches -    4       Strikes:   3 – 75%    Balls:   1 – 25%
  • FW Sliders  Total Pitches -    5      Strikes:   2 – 40%    Balls:    3 – 60%
  • FW Change-ups  Total Pitches –   5      Strikes:   3 – 60%    Balls:   2 – 40% 
  • Stretch:  Total Pitches -  14       Strikes:   10 – 71%  Balls:  4 – 29%
  • St. Fastballs: Total Pitches -  10       Strikes:   6 – 60%    Balls:  4 – 40%
  • St. Curveballs: Total Pitches -    1       Strikes:  1 – 100%. 
  • St. Sliders:  Total Pitches -    3       Strikes:  3 – 100%
  • Fastball Range:  88-96 mph

Of Mazzoni’s 44 fastballs, all but 5 were 90+ mph and Mazzoni’s next to last pitch reached 96 mph. Mazzoni is a big guy with the good sized hips and the backside of many power pitchers.  His delivery is smooth and appears flawless. He works quickly and efficiently and had everything working well today. A huge early lead might have been comfort food for the B-Met starter. The B-Mets scored all 9 runs in the first two innings, plating 6 runners in the opening frame.

Wilfredo Tovar and Josh Rodriguez walked to open the Binghamton first. Tovar scored the games first run when Richard Lucas lined a single to left field that Senator outfielder Jose Lozado rushed and bobbled allowing the B-Met shortstop to score. After Alan Dykstra’s infield ground out advanced the B-Met runners to second and third, before the Senator’s shortstop misplayed Cory Vaughn‘s infield ground ball with Rodriguez scoring.

After Vaughn stole second, Blake Forsythe drew a base-on-balls to load the bases. Cesar Puello‘s ground single up the middle drove in Lucas and Vaughn putting the B-Mets in front 4-0.

Joe Bonfe‘s single to right held in the air just enough to slow down the B-Met baserunners loading the bases for Mazzoni. Mazzoni slammed an 0-1 fastball for what appeared to be a grand slam homerun. With Mazzoni in a homerun trot, the ball hit the top of the fence ending in a long, two-run single. Lopez argued that the ball had cleared the orange line striking an advertisement above the fence, the umpires huddled, but the long ball single stood.

Binghamton added three more runs in their second at bat, the big hits a pair of doubles by Forsythe and Bonfe with Bonfe’s blast knocking home two runs.

Bonfe, Forsythe and Mazzoni all had two hit games. Puello went 1-2, drew a walk, was hit by a pitch and scored 2 runs.

Josh Edgin struggled in relief pitching 1 1/3 innings and surrendering two earned runs on three hits and two base-on-balls.  Edgin closed the game leaving the bases loaded.

Key Stats

Cory Mazzoni: 5.2 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 5 K (2-for-3, 2 RBI)

Josh Edgin: 1.1 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 ER, 1 K

Joe Bonfe: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI

Cesar Puello: 1-for-2, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Blake Forsythe: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Cory Vaughn: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R

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Muno, Dykstra Homer In Rain Shortened 8-4 B-Mets Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/muno-dykstra-homer-in-rain-shortened-8-4-b-mets-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/muno-dykstra-homer-in-rain-shortened-8-4-b-mets-win.html/#comments Sat, 11 May 2013 09:30:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118328 510Bing

Binghamton 8, Harrisburg 4

One night after being no-hit, the Binghamton Mets scored eight runs in the first two innings en route to an 8-4, rain-shortened victory over the Harrisburg Senators Friday night at NYSEG Stadium.

After Harrisburg scored a run on an Anthony Rendon double in the top half of the first, Binghamton came out swinging against Harrisburg starter Caleb Clay. Darrell Ceciliani led off with a single, and Danny Muno followed with a two-run home run over the left field wall. Josh Rodriguez was then hit by a pitch, moved to third base on an Allan Dykstra single, and scored on a double play ball to put Binghamton on top, 3-1.

The bats remained hot in the second inning, as Binghamton batted around, scoring five times. Ceciliani continued his strong night with a two-run triple. After Rodriguez singled him home, Clay was relieved by Matt Swynenberg. He was welcomed into the game right away, as Dykstra smashed a two-run home run over the centerfield wall to push the lead to 8-1.

On the mound, Erik Goeddel ran into trouble in the fourth. He gave up back-to-back doubles by Ricky Hague and Swynenberg, Harrisburg cut the deficit to 8-4. Goeddel’s night was finished after five innings. He allowed four runs on six hits, and picked up his third victory of the season.

Adam Kolarek threw a perfect sixth inning, and Jack Leathersich had recorded two outs in the top of the seventh inning before the rain came and ended the game.

The B-Mets (18-17) and Senators (16-19) continue their four-game series Saturday afternoon at 1:05 PM. Cory Mazzoni (0-1, 2.25) will start for Binghamton against Taylor Jordan (0-0, –).

Key Stats

Darrell Ceciliani: 3-for-3, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Daniel Muno: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Allan Dykstra: 2-for-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R

Erik Goeddel: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 4 ER, 6 K

Adam Kolarek: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

Jack Leathersich: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

(Team Report)

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