Mets Merized Online » Mark Cohoon Sun, 04 Dec 2016 04:58:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mets Add Matz, Walters, deGrom and Goeddel to 40-Man Roster Thu, 21 Nov 2013 02:07:22 +0000 Update: The Mets added Steven Matz, Jeff Walters, Jake deGrom and Erik Goeddel to the 40-man roster. Kolarek, Dykstra and Gorski are at risk of being selected by another team. We’ll see…

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At midnight tonight, every team in the MLB is required to have their 40-man roster set, positioning themselves  for next month’s Rule 5 draft.

Players 18-and-under who signed their first professional contract in 2009 and players 19-and-over who signed their first professional contract in 2010 are eligible for the draft. This means that we are likely to find many high school and international players who signed in 2009 or before and college players who signed in 2010 or before filling this years’ draft class.The Rule 5 draft will take place on Thursday, December 12.

With 36 men on the roster prior to the deadline, the Mets have a fair amount of room for movement. The only “extremely likely protections” were pitchers Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz. In addition, Baseball America named outfielders Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani and RHP Jeff Walters as “possible protections.”

DeGrom will probably be ready to help the Mets in some role in 2014. Matz is a tougher decision, as the oft-injured 2009 second-rounder hasn’t made it out of low Class A, but he showed plus stuff and some feel for pitching.

Outfielders Vaughn and Cecilliani don’t have the profile of a typical Rule 5 pick, so the Mets could likely gamble and leave them unprotected.

Joe D. shared his thoughts yesterday, and believes the Mets are in great shape heading into decision day.

With four spots currently open, that’s just enough to protect Steven MatzJeff Walters and Jacob deGrom with room to spare. They could also cut Omar Quintanilla and Scott Atchison to open up two more spots.

I’d like to see the Mets use those additional spots to protect Allan DykstraDarin Gorski and Adam Kolarek.

The likelihood of any of the other unprotected players lasting on an MLB roster for an entire year are slim to none, so they should all survive the purging. Those players include:

Triple-A Las Vegas 51s

Hamilton Bennett
Eric Campbell
John Church
Reese Havens
Rylan Sandoval
Chris Schwinden

Double-A Binghamton Mets

Joe Bonfe
Darrell Ceciliani
Mark Cohoon
Blake Forsythe
Ryan Fraser
Jim Fuller
Erik Goeddel
Chase Huchingson
Greg Peavey
Cory Vaughn

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Watching The B-Mets Clinch Their First Postseason In Nine Years Mon, 19 Aug 2013 14:20:39 +0000 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.


(Photo Credit: Gordon Donovan)

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Mets Minors: Taijeron Is Definitely Hot, Cohoon Not So Much… Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:45:39 +0000

Who’s Hot

  • Cesar Puello, OF (BIN): If you haven’t heard by now, Puello enjoyed perhaps the best week of his MiLB career last week when he crushed six home runs in just 25 at-bats. He posted a .600 average, going 15-for-25, with three doubles, six home runs, and 15 RBIs. He also stole three bases. Puello’s recent hot hitting has catapulted him to the front of our outfield prospect corps — with some fans even calling for his MLB call-up before the year is over. I wouldn’t be so quick to rush him to the majors, but he’s definitely got 20/20 potential.
  • Travis Taijeron, OF (BIN): Not to be outdone, Taijeron’s .450/.522/1.250 slash line fell slightly behind Puello’s god-like week. Taijeron went 9-for-20 with a double, five home runs, and six RBIs. Perhaps what was most impressive is that he was promoted to Binghamton to replace Cory Vaughn in the middle of his hot streak and did not miss a single beat.
  • Carlos Torres, RHP (LV): Torres spun a beauty in the best minor league pitching performance I have seen to date last week — 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 11 K. I was on his case often early in the season but he has really pulled a complete 180 and been the most consistent performer for the 51s staff recently. Yes, even more consistent than Zack Wheeler

Honorable Mention: Gabriel Ynoa and Rafael Montero, who both pitched superbly in the past week. Ynoa tossed a complete game and allowed just five hits and one earned run, while Montero tossed seven scoreless in his most recent start. 

Who’s Not

  • Mark Cohoon, LHP (BIN): Cohoon was rocked in his most recent start, on the hook for eight runs (six of them earned) over just five innings of work. He allowed ten hits and two walks in that game as he really struggled to find himself at all. Hopefully he can bounce back for his start later today.
  • Matt Fox, RHP (LV): Fox was obliterated in his two starts last week, getting rocked for 11 hits and ten earned runs in 10.0 innings. Fox was recently added to the Las Vegas staff through waivers to fill space — and he might have gotten hurt by the general PCL atmosphere, but he just didn’t have it last week.
  • Blake Forsythe, C (BIN): Forsythe failed to get a hit all week, going 0-for-17, and reaching base only once on a walk. That’s just a tough week no matter what way you slice it.

*NOTE: Stats are 6/2 to 6/8

(photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

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Mets Minors Report 5/24: Lara Promoted, Mejia Strong In Rehab, Tapia Returns From DL Fri, 24 May 2013 15:40:04 +0000

Mejia looked sharp last night, hitting 96 MPH.

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

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

Stat Line of the Day

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


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

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

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

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Cohoon Effective, But B-Mets Struggle Offensively In 3-1 Loss Mon, 13 May 2013 07:35:05 +0000 512bing1


Harrisburg 3, Binghamton 1

Mark Cohoon didn’t have his best stuff yet turned in a gritty performance which was good enough to win, but good fortune simply didn’t come his way. Cohoon is a thinking pitcher who maximizes his stuff to out smart opposing hitters. Pitch location is a huge part of the winning Cohoon pitching formula, but the B-Met lefty had difficulty spotting his pitches early in the contest. Even so, Cohoon carried a shutout into the Harrisburg fifth.

Senator shortstop Ricky Hague led off the fifth working a 7-pitch at bat lining the final pitch, a 2-2 off speed delivery, just inside the right field foul line into the corner for a triple. Jerad Head pinch hit and lofted a lazy fly to B-Met rightfielder Cesar Puello, which was not deep enough to plate Hogue. The Senators took a 1-0 lead when Brian Goodman grounded a single just past the B-Met infield. In what turned out to be a critical defensive lapse, Cohoon had Goodman picked off, but the B-Mets allowed him to escape a rundown and reach second base. Unnerved, Cohoon caught Sean Nicol looking on a 73 mph curve for the second out.

Lopez used a double switch, lifting Cohoon, who had thrown 92 pitches, in favor of reliever John Church. Anthony Rendon, the Senator’s second baseman, took Church’s third pitch out of the park for a two run dinger that would prove to be the game winner.

Binghamton scored their only run of the game when Richard Lucas, who had entered the game in the double switch, led off the fifth with a double. He later scored on Danny Muno’s infield ground out, the RBI a team leading 19th for the B-Met second baseman. The B-Mets slammed four doubles in the contest with Josh Rodriguez getting two and Francisco Pena and Lucas one apiece.

Check out Cohoon’s pitching stats: 4.2 IP, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K

  • Batters Faced: 20    
  • First Pitch Strikes: 14 of 20 – 70%
  • Ahead After Three Pitches: 12 of 19 63%
  • Total Pitches: 92    Strikes: 57 – 62%     Balls: 35 – 38%
  • Strike Breakdown:  Called: 24 – 42%  Fouled: 14 – 25%  Missed: 7 – 12%  In Play: 12 – 21%
  • Full Windup: Total Pitches: 55   Strikes: 35 – 64%    Balls: 20 – 36%
  • Stretch:  Total Pitches:  37     Strikes: 22 – 57%    Balls: 15 – 43%

Cohoon is more difficult to chart. His fastball range was 86-90 mph, but he only touched 90 on one pitch. Cohoon’s curve ball bites in the low 70′s. He delivers another off-speed pitch the registers in the low 80′s either a change-up or perhaps a slider. With a small differential between this pitch and his fastball, sometimes it makes me think Mark is simply varying the speed of his fastball. The pitch appears to tail at times, but I’m not exactly sure what it is.

I love watching Cohoon pitch. When he’s locked in he delivers pitches with a surgeon’s precision moving knee high pitches along the corners on both sides of the plate.

Key Stats

Josh Rodriguez: 2-for-3, 2 2B

Francisco Pena: 1-for-3, 1 2B

Daniel Muno: 0-for-3, 1 RBI

Richard Lucas: 1-for-1, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 BB

Mark Cohoon: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 ER, 5 K

John Church: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 ER, 1 K

Shawn Teufel: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K

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Muno Propels B-Mets To Victory With Three Hits, Two Steals Wed, 01 May 2013 04:58:09 +0000 430Bing


Binghamton 6, Erie 5

The Binghamton Mets blew a pair of two-run leads, but prevailed on Tuesday night, defeating the Erie SeaWolves, 6-5, at NYSEG Stadium. Danny Muno capped a three-hit game with a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth inning.

For the second straight night, the B-Mets plated the eventual game-winning run in their last turn at bat. Blake Forsythe started the rally by blasting a leadoff double to right against reliever Blaine Hardy. Muno brought him home and broke the tie game by bouncing a sinking line drive single in front of Luis Castillo in right field.

Given a one-run advantage for the second time in as many nights, Jeffrey Walters retired all three SeaWolves he faced in the ninth to collect his league-leading eighth save.

In a contest that pitted a pair of spot-starting southpaws, the B-Mets drew first blood against Erie starter Matt Crouse. With two aboard, Wilfredo Tovar got Binghamton on the board with an RBI single and Alonzo Harris doubled the lead on a sac fly.

B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon made the lead stand through four innings. Making his first start of the season and pitching in his first game since April 14, the lefty faced just one over the minimum over four shutout innings.

Erie scratched out their first run in the fifth against reliever Shawn Teufel. Tyler Collins reached on a fielding error by Wilfredo Tovar and took second on an errant pickoff throw by Teufel. James Robbins brought him in with an RBI single to right.

After Binghamton returned serve with a run on a David Kopp wild pitch in the fifth, the SeaWolves tied the game in the sixth against Jack Leathersich. A leadoff walk came back to bite the lefty when Collins threaded a game-tying two-run homer over the left field wall.

Forsythe offered a quick rebuttal in the bottom half of the frame. The B-Mets catcher tattooed a 2-2 offering from Kopp over the left field fence to break the tie. Joe Bonfe extended the lead with a sac fly later in the frame.

The two-run lead did not last for long as Leathersich fell into more trouble in the seventh. The SeaWolves loaded the bases on two singles and hit batsman. Hernan Perez provided a sac fly and Ramon Cabrera capped a nine-pitch at bat with a game-tying RBI single up the middle.

Chase Huchingson (2-0) entered in the eighth and worked around a two-out double to preserve the tie. The southpaw racked up his second consecutive win after the B-Mets took the lead on Muno’s hit. Hardy (0-1) suffered the loss in his SeaWolves debut.

The B-Mets (14-11) continue their series against the SeaWolves (12-11) Wednesday night at 6:35 PM. RHP Rafael Montero (3-1, 1.95) gets the nod for Binghamton against RHP Victor Larez (3-0, 3.43).

Key Stats

Blake Forsythe: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 R

Cesar Puello: 1-for-4, 1 R

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

Joe Bonfe: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 R

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

Mark Cohoon: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 3 K

Shawn Teufel: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 K

Jack Leathersich: 2.0 IP, 4 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 4 ER, 3 K

Chase Huchingson: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 1 K

Jeffrey Walters: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 ER, 1 K

(Team Report)

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Rafael Montero Goes Five Strong, Cory Vaughn Rips Three-Run Shot In Binghamton Victory Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:52:47 +0000 414Bing

Binghamton 6, New Hampshire 3

The B-Mets used the support of two home runs, including a three-run shot from Cory Vaughn, to beat the New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6-3 at NYSEG Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Binghamton got the offense started right away against RHP Austin Bibens-Dirkx. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the first, Allan Dykstra hit a sacrifice fly to centerfield, scoring Darrell Ceciliani.

Blake Forsythe tallied another run the second as he hit a solo home run, his first of the year, over the right field wall. New Hampshire got into the scoring column in the top of the third with an RBI single by Kevin Pillar, but the Binghamton offense was back at it in the bottom half. Cory Vaughn‘s three-run blast to left field put the B-Mets up 5-1. Both teams picked up single runs in the fifth inning; Brad Glenn hit a solo home run for New Hampshire, but Cesar Puello got the run back with an RBI single.

Rafael Montero finished his day after five innings of two-run baseball. The right-hander gave up three hits and struck out six, before handing the ball to Mark Cohoon. Cohoon threw a scoreless sixth and seventh, but ran into trouble in the eighth inning. After giving up one run on two doubles, Jack Leathersich was called upon to end the threat. He retired the side without any further damage. In the ninth, Jeffrey Walters tossed a scoreless frame to record his second save of the season. Montero was awarded his second win in three starts.

The B-Mets (6-4) open up a three-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs at NYSEG Stadium on Monday. RHP Cory Mazzoni (0-0, 0.00) has the ball for Binghamton against RHP Anthony Ranaudo (0-0, 1.80) for Portland.

Key Stats

Rafael Montero: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 ER, 6 K

Cory Vaughn: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

Rhyne Hughes: 2-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB

Blake Forsythe: 1-for-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB

(Team Report)

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Upper Minors: Torres Ineffective In Vegas 6-1 Loss, Vaughn Explodes In B-Mets 15-7 Win Sat, 13 Apr 2013 13:11:47 +0000

Colorado Springs 6, Las Vegas 1

Fans who attended Opening Night at Cashman Field Friday were treated to a dominant performance — just not from the home team.

Behind seven strikeouts and only one earned run from former second-round pick Tyler Chatwood, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox downed the Las Vegas 51s, 6-1, in the team’s home opener.

The 51s’ bats were non-existent for most of the night, including the first four innings. It wasn’t until they had one out left in the fifth inning that the 51s notched an extra-base hit.

Left fielder Jamie Hoffman doubled and pinch hitter Reese Havens drove him in with a line drive to center field. The 51s offense once again fizzled after that.

Las Vegas’ four most ballyhooed hitters — catcher Travis d’Arnaud, first baseman Josh Satin, second baseman Wilmer Flores and third baseman Zach Lutz — went a combined 1-for-15.

The Sky Sox set the tone with three runs in the first-inning. Third baseman Nolan Arenado, the top prospect in the Colorado Rockies organization according to Baseball America, doubled and drove in a run in his first at-bat.

Colorado Springs scored one run in three of the next four innings, including a solo home run from ex-Chicago Cub Tyler Colvin in the fifth.

A crowd of 9,247 fans watched as Las Vegas fell to 5-4 on the year while Colorado Springs improved to 5-3. The 51s host the Sky Sox for the next three days in a row to complete the series.

Key Stats

Omar Quintanilla: 2-for-4

Carlos Torres: 3 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 HR

Greg Peavey: 2 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 R

Binghamton 15, New Hampshire 7

The B-Mets tied a franchise record by scoring 11 times in the fourth inning en route to a 15-7 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats Friday night at NYSEG Stadium.

Trailing 5-1 entering the bottom of the fourth, Rhyne Hughes got the inning started by launching his first home run of the season over the left field wall. Hughes was the first of nine consecutive batters to reach base safely to start the inning. They also all eventually came around to score. Binghamton scored eleven times, collected seven hits, and used the help of five walks and two Fisher Cat fielding errors in the decisive inning.

New Hampshire had their way offensively as well. They began the game with three consecutive hits, and scored twice in the first inning. On the night they finished with seven runs on eighteen hits, however they left 16 men on base.

Binghamton’s first run was scored in the bottom of the second inning, as Cory Vaughn doubled home Juan Centeno. Both Centeno and Vaughn finished with three hits and three runs apiece, with Vaughn tallying four RBI as well. As a team Binghamton collected 14 base hits by seven different players, and 14 RBI by eight different players.

Mark Cohoon (2-0) got the win in relief. He pitched two innings after replacing starter Tyler Pill, and gave up one run on four hits.

Key Stats

Alonzo Harris: 2-for-6, 3 RBI, 1 R,

Juan Centeno: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI

Cory Vaughn: 3-for-4, 3 R, 4 RBI, 1 BB

Tyler Pill: 4 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

(Team Reports)

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Mets Minors: Dropped Popup Opens Door for B-Mets 2-1 Victory Sat, 06 Apr 2013 14:03:05 +0000 The Binghamton Mets scored the game-winning run without the aid of a hit and the bullpen provided four shutout innings of relief in a 2-1 victory over the Akron Aeros Friday night at Canal Park.

With the game tied and the bases loaded on two walks and a hit batsman in the top of the seventh, Wilfredo Tovar lifted a weak popup behind first base. Jose Ramirez raced over from second, but dropped it, allowing Cory Vaughn to score the go-ahead run.

The B-Mets were forced to play catch-up after the Aeros used the bottom of their order to strike in the second. Roberto Perez started the rally with a two-out double to left-center. B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni allowed a single and issued a walk to load the bases, but worked ahead of nine-hitter Delvi Cid to an 0-2 count.

Cid waved at a low breaking ball, but the third strike kicked away from B-Mets catcher Juan Centeno, rolling fifteen feet from home plate. Centeno failed to cleanly bare-hand the ball, allowing Perez to score from third.
After being kept in check by Aeros starter T.J. House for five innings, Binghamton broke through in the sixth. Back-to-back singles from Wilfredo Tovar and Alonzo Harris chased the southpaw from the game. Fabio Martinez entered from the pen and uncorked a wild pitch on his first offering, pushing both runners up a bag. Daniel Muno tied the game with an RBI ground out to second.

Taken off the hook, Mazzoni exited after five innings. The righty saved his best for last; retiring the final six batters he faced, including four straight strikeouts.

With the game tied at one, Mark Cohoon made his first relief appearance since July 2008. The southpaw worked around a double and a walk to put up a scoreless sixth.

In the seventh, Martinez handed out a walk and hit Puello before being replaced by Kyle Landis. Pena was intentionally walked after a sac bunt from Juan Centeno, setting the stage for Wilfredo Tovar’s run-producing popup.

Chase Huchingson made the lead stand with two scoreless innings of relief and Jack Leathersich stranded a pair of runners in the ninth to secure the win. Cohoon (1-0) collected the victory while Leathersich earned his first save. Martinez (0-1) suffered the first blown save in the losing effort.

The B-Mets (2-0) look to secure the series victory Saturday afternoon at 2:05 PM. RHP Logan Verrett makes his Double-A debut against LHP Matt Packer. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show starts at 1:50 PM.

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Projecting Triple-A Las Vegas Rotation: Are Gorski and Familia Officially Out? Thu, 28 Mar 2013 14:12:23 +0000 DARIN GORSKI: Is he officially a reliever now?

DARIN GORSKI: Is he officially a reliever now?

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York took to Twitter a short while ago and began posting his projections for the Mets Triple-A roster.

Included in his Las Vegas 51′s rotation he has: Zack Wheeler, Aaron Laffey, Collin McHugh, Chris Schwinden and Carlos Torres.

A month ago I projected the rotation as follows:

  1. Zack Wheeler
  2. Collin McHugh
  3. Mark Cohoon
  4. Darin Gorski
  5. Aaron Laffey

That was what I had once I removed Mejia, who has been shutdown for at least a month, and Hefner who won a job in the Mets rotation. The biggest difference between what I project and Rubin is that he has Carlos Torres in the rotation and Darin Gorski is nowhere to be seen.

When I posted my projection back on February 21, I did speculate that both Familia and Gorski may not even make the cut and could be relegated to the bullpen because of a numbers crunch:

Jeurys Familia is looking more and more like a reliever now and even Darin Gorski is beginning to trend in that direction lately.

I’m not that surprised that Schwinden makes Rubin’s cut even though I personally saw him as a numbers casualty as well, but the Torres thing surprises me.

The Mets signed the 30-year old free agent back in November and I remember thinking at the time how confusing an addition it was – even as minor league fodder.

Last season, Torres made 31 appearances for the Colorado Rockies and posted a 5.25 ERA and 1.415 WHIP in 53 innings pitched. All of his appearances were in relief. He’s having an awful spring for the Mets, posting a 8.54 ERA in 5.1 innings with nine hits allowed and five runs. I don’t see the value in pushing aside a younger pitcher with higher upside just to give Torres a job. It makes little sense to me.

I would also think that Mark Cohoon was more deserving of a spot on the Vegas rotation, especially after his solid season in Binghamton where he posted a 3.62 ERA and 1.207 WHIP in 23 starts, 18 of them quality starts.

And while I did speculate Gorski would go to the pen, my thinking at the time was because he’d be squeezed out because of the numbers crunch and not because a determination would be made that he was finished as a starter.

If we can give Gorski another season in the rotation, I’d be all for it. I would most rather see that than to push him aside because of someone like Torres.

Update: Right after I posted this Adam Rubin DMed me and said that yes, Familia is now officially a reliever.

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Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – Upper Minors Tue, 14 Aug 2012 17:59:06 +0000

Mark Cohoon

Welcome to the second edition of Who’s Hot, Who’s Not – Upper Minors. Today we take a look once again at the hottest and coldest players from St. Lucie, Binghamton, and Buffalo.

Who’s Hot

  • Alonzo Harris LFSt. Lucie – Harris is making a name for himself with an incredible stretch for St. Lucie. Harris is hitting .419 over his last ten games with two home runs and seven runs batted in. He also has a .457 on-base percentage and .674 slugging percentage.
  • Wilmer Flores INF, Binghamton – Flores is catching fire once again. His adjustment period to Double-A seems to be over,  as he is catching fire once again. He is batting .359 over his last ten games to go along with a .405 on-base percentage and .513 slugging percentage. Flores, 21, is on track to be in Buffalo sooner rather than later with the way he’s been hitting.
  • Mark Cohoon P, Binghamton – Cohoon hasn’t gotten the attention he deserves for the way he’s been pitching in Binghamton this season. On the year, he has a 3.44 ERA in 120.1 innings with the B-Mets, and had his best outing of the season on Friday, throwing a two-hit shutout against Harrisbugh. He was recognized this week by the Eastern League as the pitcher of the week.

Who’s Not 

  • Pedro Beato P, Buffalo – After pitching very well earlier in the season for Buffalo, Beato has struggled recently. Over his last three outings, he has allowed ten runs in five innings.
  • Jefry Marte 3B, Binghamton – Marte was having a good season with the B-Mets up until a few weeks ago, when he started slumping. Over his last ten games, he has just a .194 batting average and has only walked once during that span. Hopefully, Marte can turn it around and earn himself a Triple-A roster spot for next season.
  • Eric Campbell 3B, Binghamton – After a fantastic first half, in which he hit well over .300 and earned himself All-Star honors, Eric Cambell has cooled down lately. Campbell is batting .219 over his last ten games and .211 in the month of August.
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Mets Farm Report 4/10: St. Lucie The Only Affiliate to Win Wed, 11 Apr 2012 02:57:58 +0000 METS FARM REPORT 4/10


Matt Harvey made his second Triple-A start of the season in difficult weather conditions. Harvey battled for five innings, allowed seven hits, two runs (both earned) and struck out four and issued one walk. His ERA in two starts is 5.79. Harvey exited the game after five with a 3-2 lead, but Jeff Stevens allowed three runs (zero earned) in the bottom of the sixth inning. Red Wings left fielder Brian Dinkleman hit a three-run homer to right field. Valentino Pascucci went 1-for-4 but drove in two runs. Jordany Valdespin, who continues to bat leadoff and get work in center field, went 1-for-5. Buffalo (3-3) opens at home Wednesday at 2:05 p.m. against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. BOX SCORE


After mashing 11 hits last night, the B-Mets were held to just three hits and one run Tuesday. Sea Wolves starting pitcher James Avery (1-0) went five innings, allowing three hits, struck out three hitters, walked three and gave up zero runs. Mark Cohoon (0-1) started for the B-Mets. Cohoon went five innings and gave up three hits, two runs and had three strikeouts. Erie third baseman Bryan Pounds went 2-for-3, including two home runs. He drove in three runs. Matt den Dekker went 1-for-4 for the B-Mets and had a stolen base. Bingamton went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The B-Mets (2-3) continue their three-game series against Erie 6:35 p.m. Wednesday. BOX SCORE


Cory Vaughn went 2-for-4 for the St. Lucie Mets (4-1) to defeat Charlotte, 6-2. St. Lucie exploded for four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to stretch its lead to five runs. Charlotte scored a consolation run in the top of the ninth inning. Daniel Muno led the inning off with a double and then stole third base. Robbie Shields drew a walk and then Vaughn mashed a double to center field, plating two runs. Angel Cuan (1-0) picked up the win for the Mets. In seven innings of work, Cuan allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out four batters. Wilmer Flores went 2-for-3. St. Lucie continues its three-game series with Charlotte 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. BOX SCORE


Rome starting pitcher Rafael Briceno (1-0) went 5.2 innings, allowing just two hits and struck out two batters. The game was scoreless until the fifth inning. In the top of the fifth, the Braves had back-to-back doubles. Left fielder Chase Larsson hit a double and then scored when Felix Marte hit a two-bagger to right field. The Sand Gnats scored their only run in the bottom of the seventh inning when Gregory Pron stole third base and then stole home as Albert Cordero struck out swinging. Second baseman T.J. Rivera went 2-for-4. Savannah (3-3) continues its series with Rome 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. BOX SCORE

Compiled from team reports.

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Mets Farm Report: June 17th, 2011 Sat, 18 Jun 2011 12:47:48 +0000 Buffalo Bisons 0 Norfolk Tide 9

This was very close to being a great start for Mark Cohoon, and considering the results of his last few starts, this game has to be considered a success. The only real trouble that Cohoon faced the whole game was in the 4th inning. His command fell apart in the inning, he walked two men, and then gave up a two-out single for the first run of the ball game. It was a two batter sequence in the 6th inning that left the bad mark on his night. He faced two batters in the inning and gave up a single and home run before being pulled. Then things went downhill from that point forward with the bullpen.

My favorite unsuccessful pitcher in baseball, Rick ‘The Dutch Hammer’ Vandenhurk, was too much for the depleted Bisons offense to handle. Nick Evans was the only batter with multiple hits and picked up the only extra base hit of the game. Michael Fisher (walk and single) was the only other member of the offense to reach base safely twice.

Stars of the Game: 1. Nick Evans (2-for-2, 2B, 2 BB) (22pts) 2. Michael Fisher (1-for-3, BB, K) (23pts) 3. Mark Cohoon (L, 5 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 BB, SO) (1pt)

Binghamton Mets 10 Trenton Thunder 4

It is pretty impressive to see Robert Carson out duel a prospect of Manny Banuelos’s level. Carson was actually perfect the first time through the order with six strikeouts. He faced just three batters in the 4th thanks to a caught stealing, but it was the 5th when he seemed to tire out and gave up a pair of home runs. Understandable considering it was his first game pitching since May 31st. With Carson’s return Collin McHugh was regulated to bullpen duties and earned the “save” by pitching four innings and giving up just one hit, a solo home run.

Brahiam Maldonado has Banuelos’s number, eh? This is the second time in a week that Maldonado has taken Banuelos deep. Valdespin picked up two more hits and is now sitting at a pretty .280 on the year. A crazy stat that every man in the lineup scored a run in the game. Josh Satin only got on base three more times today and has a .300/.400/.500 line as a second baseman. He really must have slept with someone’s daughter not to get a promotion yet. It just boggles my mind.

Stars of the Game: 1. Eric Campbell (1-for-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB) (17pts) 2. Josh Satin (2-for-4, 2B, R, BB) (51pts) 3. Robert Carson (W, 5 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 7 SO) (10pts)

St. Lucie Mets (OFF)

Savannah Sand Gnats 0 Greenville Drive 5

This was easily the worst start of the year from Yohan Almonte. Almonte failed to strikeout anyone in five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits. Almonte gave up two home runs today and is up to seven on the year. For someone who is supposed to be a groundball pitcher that is a bit concerning. With his fastball/slider I think he would be best in the bullpen and the man who took over for him in this game should be in the rotation. Chase Huchingson was dazzling yet again. He allowed just a single in his three innings of work and struckout five. Huchingson has yet to give up a run in June.

Another meager performance from the offense. While the offense as a whole has underperformed the last few days, Wilfredo Tovar has been scorching. Two more hits has him at .471 over his last 10 games with seven runs scored and just two strikeouts. Aderlin Rodriguez committed his 22nd error of the season! Wowsers.

Stars of the Game: 1. Wilfredo Tovar (2-for-4, HBP, K) (14pts) 2. Joe Bonfe (3-for-4, 2B, K) (2pts) 3. Chase Huchingson (3 IP, H, 5 SO) (12pts)

Brooklyn Cyclones 5 Staten Island Yankees 3

A big win over the rival on opening day.

Eduardo Aldama was a bit wild in this start, but I expect bigger things from him for the rest of the season. I didn’t really get a good look at him this time around so hopefully I’ll get another chance to see him soon. Hunter Carnevale had some interesting mechanics with an extreme over the top delivery that caught my eye.

It was the 2010 draft picks that shined tonight. Danny Muno has the look of a good ball player. It was only one game, but he showed some good polish and I wouldn’t be shocked if he has a very good season for Brooklyn. Travis Taijeron was perfect at the plate picking up two hits and two walks. It is amazing the Cycloens were able to win.

Stars of the Game: 1. Travis Taijeron (2-for-2, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB) (3pts) 2. Danny Muno (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, HBP, K) (2pts) 3. Javier Rodriguez (1-for-3, 2 BB, K) (1pt)

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Mark Cohoon Hurls Third Consecutive Shutout Thu, 17 Jun 2010 13:35:27 +0000

Last week, I posted about Mets pitching prospect Mark Cohoon who currently heads the starting rotation for the Savannah Sand Gnats. At the time, Cohoon had thrown his second consecutive shutout allowing just three hits and a walk over nine innings while striking out five. I ended that post with the following,

Keep an eye on this one, because he is ripe for a promotion to Binghamton and could advance through the minors quickly.

At the beginning of this week he won his second consecutive “Player of the Week” award for the South Atlantic League.

So what does Cohoon do for an encore?

He throws another shutout as the Gnats topped the Rome Braves 7-1 last night.

That’s his third straight shutout, a 4-hit masterpiece in which he struck out seven and improved to 7-1 on the season with a league leading 1.30 ERA.

“I had my whole arsenal,” he said. “When I got in tight spots, I just trusted my two-seam fastball and threw it over the plate for ground balls. I was able to throw all my pitches for strikes, and when I got ahead of the count I put guys away with my curveball.”

Cohoon’s arsenal includes a two and four seam fastball, a plus curveball and a very effective circle-change, and he throws all of them for strikes.

He now has a 0.94 WHIP and has struck out 75 batters (third best in the Sally Lg.) while walking just 17 in 90.1 IP. Quite an impressive K/BB ratio, to say the least.

Cohoon has not allowed an earned run since May 22, nearly a month ago.

Making his achievements even more notable is that on May 5th, Cohoon threw nine shutout innings, but didn’t get the decision in a 12 inning 1-0 win for the Gnats. He could have very easily earned a shutout victory for this game as well.

No pitcher in any league, Majors or Minors, can boast three shutouts as of today.

Well done, Mark, well done indeed…

Last season, while pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, Cohoon also had a solid season season finishing with a 9-2 record and a 2.15 ERA and earned a nod on the All Star team. Batters hit just .210 against him and he had an impressive 20 BB to 70 K ratio.

He was selected in the 12th round of the 2008 draft out of North Central Texas College, and he has been nothing short of spectacular since signing with the organization.

It won’t be long until Cohoon gets promoted to Class-AA Binghamton where I expect him to continue to pitch at this level against some of the better prospects in the minors. Once that happens, you will see Cohoon begin to climb up those top prospects charts as more scouts take notice.

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Mark Cohoon Hurls Consecutive CG Shutouts Fri, 11 Jun 2010 14:09:19 +0000

Last night while Jon Niese was throwing a complete game shutout against the San Diego Padres, another young southpaw was doing the same thing for the Mets Single-A affiliate, the Savannah Sand Gnats.

Starting pitcher Mark Cohoon tossed his second consecutive complete game shutout on Thursday night to beat the Greensboro Grasshoppers 7-0.

Cohoon allowed just three hits and a walk over nine innings while striking out five.

He currently leads the SAL league with a 1.44 ERA and in 81 innings pitched this season, Cohoon has a 0.91 WHIP and has walked just 15 while striking out 68 batters, the third best mark in the league.

Just last week Cohoon was named the “Player of the Week” in the South Atlantic League for tossing the first of his back-to-back shutouts, and he could become the first player to win the honor in consecutive weeks. In that game, Cohoon struck out ten batters while walking one. Wow!

On May 5th, Cohoon threw nine shutout innings, but didn’t get the decision in a 12 inning 1-0 win for the Gnats.

Last season, while pitching for the Brooklyn Cyclones, Cohoon also had a solid season season finishing with a 9-2 record and a 2.15 ERA and earned a nod on the All Star team. Batters hit just .210 against him and he had an impressive 20 BB to 70 K ratio.

He was selected in the 12th round of the 2008 draft out of North Central Texas College, and he has been nothing short of impressive ever since signing with the organization.

Keep an eye on this one, because he is ripe for a promotion to Binghamton and could advance through the minors quickly.

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