Mets Merized Online » mets minors Mon, 20 Feb 2017 16:46:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Amazin’ Metscast: Michael Mayer, Trade Chips, and Mets Road Ahead Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:00:29 +0000 MetscastMAYER

The Amazin’ Metscast – Episode Three

In this week’s episode we are joined by Michael Mayer. We discuss the current state of the Mets farm system as well as the trade chips they may have down in the minors to use in the upcoming August 1st trading deadline.

We also take a look at the current state of the team and the road ahead as the Mets look to a playoff birth for the second consecutive year.


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Kirk Nieuwenhuis is Making the Most of His Latest Opportunity Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:48:16 +0000 kirk nieuwenhuis

One player who is really surprising me with his recent play is Kirk Nieuwenhuis. As I wrote last year on Mets Minors – Kirk was the forgotten man in the depth chart, a player whose star had fallen to the point where he didn’t even get a September call-up when the rosters expanded.

But here he is, back with the team since his exile in Las Vegas ended in June, and playing like the player we thought we had early in 2012. Since his recall, he’s appeared in 16 games, hitting .370 (10-for-27) with five doubles, one home run and five RBI. Yes, it’s a small sample size, but he doesn’t look lost like he did when he was with the major league team in 2013 and hit just .189 while striking out 32 times in 95 at-bats. He’s making a strong case for staying on the MLB roster as the fourth outfielder who won’t hurt you in the field and provides some left-handed punch off the bench.

He’s looking like a player who is realizing that his major league opportunity may pass him by if he doesn’t act now. He’ll be turning 27 next month and he’s at that age where the younger guys will pass right over him and he’ll be just another one of those career minor leaguers. In the last month, he’s making the most of that opportunity, and his stellar defensive play on Friday night to save a run with a throw to home plate was all hustle.

Despite being on the 40 man roster, Kirk wasn’t in the Mets plans last September. He didn’t make the opening day roster either as the Mets opted for Andrew Brown. It wasn’t until Juan Lagares went on the DL in mid-April that Kirk would get another big-league opportunity, but he was back in Vegas as soon as Lagares returned. When Eric Young, Jr. went on the DL in May, Kirk was bypassed in favor of Matt den Dekker.

However den Dekker batted just .156 in 49 plate appearances, and with Chris Young also struggling mightily, the Mets needed to get someone – anyone – that could help offensively. So on June 19th, den Dekker was demoted and a hot-hitting Nieuwenhuis got the call in what may be his very last opportunity to impress the Mets.

Here’s something impressive – the Mets are 9-0 when Nieuwenhuis is in the starting lineup.

A lot can happen between now and the end of the season, but for the time being, Kirk Nieuwenhuis is making a solid case to remain the fourth outfielder. One has to wonder – maybe he can become another key reserve outfielder like Danny Heep was, and man that fourth outfield spot for the Mets over the next several seasons. Time will tell.

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Mets Minors Week in Review: Smith and Rosario Earn Top Prospect Honors Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:12:35 +0000 german-ahmed-rosario-1

Well, with the Mets wrapping up their regular season schedule with a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers yesterday at Citi Field, it’s officially the off-season. In the last official week of the season, Wilfredo Tovar made his MLB debut, and immediately made an impact against the Phillies and Cliff Lee.

Meanwhile, Baseball America began rolling out their top prospect countdowns per league, and Dominic Smith was tabbed as the fourth-best prospect in the GCL. In addition, Jhoan Urena made his way onto BA’s top-ten sleeper list in the GCL. The two-week instructional league for selected prospects is in full swing, and you can catch the schedule and rosters right here.

In the Appalachian League prospect countdown, the K-Mets got a lot of love from Baseball America; Robert Whalen, Chris Flexen, and Amed Rosario all cracked the top 20, with Rosario being ranked number one.

At this point, Bobby Parnell is expected to be ready for 2014 spring training after recently having surgery. If he’s not, the PTBNL in the Marlon Byrd-John Buck trade with the Pirates, Vic Black, will be tabbed as the closer for the time being.

The Mets also awarded their organizational awards to minor leaguers this week. Kevin Plawecki and Allan Dykstra were named co-players of the year, while Gabriel Ynoa took home pitcher of the year.

While Jose Abreu was busy becoming an official MLB free agent, Terry Collins mentioned that pitchers Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, and Noah Syndergaard probably won’t be breaking spring training in the big leagues.

MMN Original Content:

Exclusive Interview with Dustin Lawley

Should Pedro Lopez Be Considered for MLB Managerial Openings in 2014?

Wilfredo Tovar Impresses in MLB Debut

Prospect Time Machine: Jason Tyner

Who Was Binghamton’s Most Valuable Pitcher in 2013?

Which B-Met Took the Biggest Step in Their Development This Year?

Exclusive: Talking with Aderlin Rodriguez About Life and his Future in Baseball

Who Was the Best Position Player for the B-Mets?

Let’s Talk About The Future

Prospect Face-Off: Dustin Lawley vs. Cesar Puello

Is Vic Black Our Future Closer?

Exclusive Interview with B-Mets Outfielder Travis Taijeron

Collins Should Play the Future Difference Makers

Q&A With Wally Murphy, Our Sand Gnats Beat Writer

Allan Dykstra: The Promotion Never Came

Prospect Review: Cesar Puello Shows His Potential in 2013

The Brooklyn Beat: End of the Year Q&A With Jim Mancari

The Mets Have Played .500 Baseball Since Wheeler’s MLB Debut

What Factors Engineered a Record-Breaking Season in Binghamton?

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Mets Second Base Prospect T.J. Rivera Is Doing It Quietly Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:45:03 +0000 t.j. rivera

While the St. Lucie Mets were one of the few minor league affiliates in New York’s system to not qualify for the playoffs in 2013, they came pretty damn close. It took until the last week of the season for them to get eliminated from playoff contention. There were quite a few players to have big seasons at Tradition Field this summer, the most notable one being Dustin Lawley, the 2013 Florida State League Player of the Year. However, second baseman T.J. Rivera also had a solid season.

Yesterday, Mets Minors posted a nice statistic about Rivera’s 2013 season:

Talk about doing it quietly! He was dependable this past season, getting a lot of time in at second base in his second full season of professional baseball. He split 2012 right down the middle between Savannah and St. Lucie, playing 64 games for each affiliate. In 516 combined at-bats, he hit .320/.372/.444 with nine home runs 66 RBIs, 73 runs scored, and 29 doubles. While this season’s home run totals were down compared to last year, he still displayed his ability to put the bat on the ball, as well as getting on base.

He will most likely be heading to Double-A Binghamton to start 2014, and I will be interested to see how he adjusts to life in the Eastern League. A lot has been made about the second base position with the New York Mets — from the major league team, all the way down through the organization. There is a need for organizational depth there and at shortstop, two crucial positions up the middle of the diamond. The selection of L.J. Mazzilli in the 2013 MLB draft, followed by the acquisition of Dilson Herrera from the Pirates have helped do just that at second base.

However, both of those second baseman will probably start the season no higher than High-A in 2014. Players like Rivera and Daniel Muno provide the Mets with some organizational depth at second base in the upper minors, as they continue to figure out whether or not they should hold on to or try trading either Daniel Murphy or Wilmer Flores. It’s nice to have some reinforcements in the minors, just in case.

As I mentioned before, Rivera’s home run total was down this season from 2012, but that doesn’t concern me. He’s still hitting at a high clip, and put together his second-straight 20-double season. Home run power is nice, but if he’s hitting doubles and driving in runs, I’m cool with it. With a career minor league batting average of .304, he’s hardly a person that should be disregarded moving forward.

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Mets Minors: The Week in Review – Congrats To The Sand Gnats! Mon, 16 Sep 2013 04:57:26 +0000 nimmo reynolds sand gnats

The best news to come out of this past week in the Mets minor league system was the Savannah Sand Gnats capturing their first SAL Championship since 1996. The only bad news about that? Mets Minors has officially closed the book on the 2013 season, looking ahead to 2014. Don’t worry though, we’ll be rolling out some solid and constant content to keep you occupied on MMN while the weather starts to get a little colder and snow starts to fall.

Here’s the news that came up this week from the Mets’ affiliates in the minors:

Las Vegas 51s

The 51s watched their first playoff run since 2002 end prematurely, but the season continued for Las Vegas shortstop, Ruben Tejada. Mike Baxter, Aaron Harang, and Juan Centeno were the first round of call-ups following the end of their seasons in the PCL last Monday. The club waited to re-call Tejada until last Tuesday to delay his free agency another year. He doesn’t look to be a big part of the future, but if a couple days can buy the organization another year of control…why not, right?

Rafael Montero was also named to Baseball America’s MiLB All-Star team.

Binghamton Mets

The B-Mets ran into the Trenton Thunder at the wrong time, as their divisional foe went undefeated in the postseason on their way to an Eastern League title. Closer Jeff Walters spent a small amount of time with Las Vegas to bolster their ‘pen for the rest of the playoffs. However, manager Pedro Lopez got his first call to the Show, joining the MLB staff for the remainder of the season. Wally Backman‘s invite never came.

St. Lucie Mets

St. Lucie already has Hansel Robles, Cam Maron, and Aderlin Rodriguez heading to the Arizona Fall League, but one more pitcher will be on his way. Reliever Cody Satterwhite will be joining them soon on the Scottsdale Scorpions. A former draft pick of the Detroit Tigers, Satterwhite spent time in Indy Ball this season before signing with the Mets.

Savannah Sand Gnats

Obviously, the biggest news coming out of Savannah was their championship victory against the Hagerstown Suns. After Jacob Lugo evened the series at one game a piece on the road, the Gnats leaned on two great pitching performances from Gabriel Ynoa (recap here) and Steven Matz (recap here) to close the deal.

MMN Original Content:

Exclusive Interview with B-Mets Second Baseman Daniel Muno

Remembering September 11th: 12 Years Later

Player of the Week: Mike Baxter

Zach Lutz Getting a Chance to Show He Belongs in the Big Leagues

Photo Gallery: Savannah’s SAL Championship Win

Mets Should Consider Using Darin Gorski in the Big League Down the Stretch

Pitcher of the Week: Steven Matz

Trenton Thunder Claim EL Title; B-Mets Ran into Them at the Wrong Time

Featured Post: Wilfredo Tovar Shouldn’t be Overlooked at the Shortstop Position

Prospect Time Machine: Jeromy Burnitz

Pedro Lopez Joins MLB Staff; Wally Backman’s Invite Lost in the Mail

Matz Has Earned His Rule V Protection With Flying Colors

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Playoff Baseball On The Horizon For Mets Minors Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:38:21 +0000 Tonight is a big night for the 51s, the B-Mets, and the Savannah Sand Gnats!

Wally Backman and the Las Vegas 51s finished the season with an 81-62 record, good for second-best in all of the Pacific Coast League. The 51s are heading to the postseason for the first time since 2002, and considering the type of roster changes Backman had to deal with this season, it’s amazing he’s been able to keep his team focused and successful. They’ll first be facing off against the Salt Lake Bees to see who moves on to the next round. Matt Fox gets the festivities started in Utah tonight for Vegas.

In the Eastern League, Pedro Lopez and his Binghamton Mets finished the season with an 86-55 record, by far the best in the league, and the best in B-Mets history. To get their playoffs off on the right foot, they will be sending Noah Syndergaard to the mound to face the Trenton Thunder. He hasn’t pitched since allowed nine earned runs and nine hits against Bowie on August 26th, but I have a feeling he will be ready to rock once the first pitch is thrown tonight in Trenton.

The Savannah Sand Gnats struggled to a 34-35 second half record, but are also prepping for the postseason since they captured the first half championship. They put together a 43-26 record prior to the SAL All-Star break, and are 77-61 overall in 2013. They’ll be facing the Augusta Green Jackets, the SAL Southern Division second half champs, on the road in Augusta. The Gnats will also have their ace on the mound for Game 1, running out Gabriel Ynoa to the mound, the SAL pitcher of the year.

Needless to say, I’m pretty excited for the rest of our minor league affiliates to get their respective postseasons underway. With the big league team heading toward their fifth-straight losing season and not being in any type of playoff race since 2008, I’ve almost forgotten what it feels like to get some extra baseball after the regular season is done. The four minor league squads making the playoffs doesn’t mean the Mets will be doing the same in Flushing any time soon, but it’s gratifying to follow these teams so closely all season and watch them get rewarded for their solid play with a chance at a championship.

I think there is a legitimate chance we see more than one minor league team come away with a championship trophy. Who do you think comes away victorious over the next couple weeks (if any)?

Thoughts From Satish R.

Well, unfortunately, we saw Kingsport get eliminated in heart-breaking fashion last night, and you can read about that here. So those of you that follow me on Mets Minors know that I have a man-crush on Gabriel Ynoa and I think he’s one of the gems of our farm system. I think he’ll be quite the successful pitcher some day, so I’m glad to see him taking the mound for Savannah tonight.

The B-Mets probably have the best shot of winning a championship, as they have the most balanced team attack going into the EL playoffs. Syndergaard may be limited, but remember that before his last start, he was on a shutout streak. He should get the B-Mets started off on the right foot tonight.

Lastly, I wouldn’t underestimate the 51s at all. Wally Backman has done wonders with what he has had to work with, and a championship should skyrocket him to the Mets ’14 coaching staff. This should be the beginning of a fun couple weeks for us…

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Top 5 Underrated Mets Hitting Prospects Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:28:49 +0000 jayce-boyd-400x225


With the amount of promising prospects that have come up through the Mets system recently, many fans have become more focused on the minor leagues.  Many view the exciting crop of young players the Mets currently possess as a sign that the team will soon escape mediocrity, so the elite prospects have garnered a lot of attention.  However, the Mets also possess a lot of other solid prospects that are underrated by many fans and even some analysts. Here are the top five underrated position players in the Mets system.

  • Travis Taijeron:   While Taijeron has usually been an older prospect for his level, he possesses impressive power potential. Taijeron dominated Florida State League pitching this season , hitting .303 with nine home runs, 20 doubles and 27 RBI in 188 at bats.  His average has dropped considerably since being promoted to Double-A, but he is still hitting for a lot of power. Taijeron has 13 home runs, 16 doubles, 39 RBI and has a .486 slugging percentage in 62 games for AA Binghamton. Although there are legitimate concerns surrounding Taijeron, he provides the Mets with a powerful righthanded bat with some upside.
  • Darrell Ceciliani: Ceciliani is an athletic centerfielder with an enticing combination of speed and power.  Ceciliani has been a catalyst at the top of Binghamton’s lineup this season, hitting .273 while scoring 61 runs in and stealing 31 bases in 110 games.  Ceciliani’s hasn’t hit for a lot of power yet, but at 6’1” 220 pounds he has the potential to hit for more power in the future. Cecelliani is regarded as solid defender in centerfield, and he is a severely underrated prospect.
  • Wilfredo Tovar:  With the lack of options the Mets have at SS, Wilfredo Tovar is a potential dark horse candidate to become the the starting shortstop sometime in the future.  Tovar doesn’t have much power offensively, but he is a solid contact hitter and he rarely strikeouts. He has struggled to adjust to Double-A pitching, but in recent months he is starting to figure it out.  The 21 year old shortstop is hitting .282/.352/.387 for Binghamton since the beginning of June, and he has four home runs and 44 runs scored in his last 238 at-bats. Defensively, Tovar projects to be a standout defender at short.  Tovar has a strong and precise arm, and he has terrific range. A lot of people believe Tovar’s offense will prevent him from making an impact in the majors, but I believe he is a solid prospect because he’s an excellent defensive shortstop that has the ability to make consistent contact.
  • Matt den Dekker:   Many people seem to think that Den Dekker only has value because of his glove, but he does carry some offensive upside.  In addition to his elite defense in center field, Den Dekker possesses great combination of power and speed. He hit 17 home runs in less than 140 games in 2012 and 2011, and also stole over 20 bases both seasons.  While there are some questions about his offense, there are no questions surrounding his defense.  He has fantastic range, and he makes incredibly difficult catches look routine.  If he performs well in September for the Mets this season, a platoon with him and Juan Lagares is definitely something the Mets should consider next season.
  • Jayce Boyd:  Jayce Boyd ranks as the most underrated prospect in the system because he’s had a phenomenal season for St. Lucie and Savannah, yet he doesn’t seem to receive a lot of recognition.  Overall, Boyd is hitting .325 with 9 home runs, 80 RBI and a .405 on base percentage in 119 games this season. Even though Boyd has hit only nine home runs this year, he does possess plenty of power potential. Boyd stands at 6’3” 185 pounds, and he is someone scouts always thought can hit for a lot of power.  Not only is Boyd a serious threat with the bat, but he also plays superior defense at first base.  Boyd was rated as the best defensive first baseman in the South Atlantic League by Baseball America this season, and he was regarded as an excellent defender coming out of college. A shoulder injury has slowed Boyd down recently, but he is an intriguing prospect that has a very bright future in the Mets organization.

While all these prospects have some flaws, they deserve a lot more recognition going forward because of their potential and their performances this season. All of these players aren’t far away from the majors, so they all could potentially be up here relatively soon.

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Checking In On Our Top Ten Prospects Sat, 24 Aug 2013 22:20:47 +0000

Here’s our weekly look at our Mid-Season Top 10 Prospects as presented to you by Matt Musico of Mets Each week we summarize how each player as performed and update their status for the week. If you love the Mets Minors and still haven’t checked them out yet, maybe now’s the time. :-)

1. Noah Syndergaard, RHP

Status: Hot

I’m not sure if “hot” is the right way to categorize the way Noah Syndergaard has been performing of late. With a shutdown possibly looming due to an innings limit, the Mets have decided to monitor his innings so he can hopefully continue pitching for Binghamton into the Eastern League playoffs. He’s been limited to just five innings of work in his last three starts, but has shut out the opposition each time. His last start came on August 16th against New Britain; he allowed three hits, no walks, and 10 strikeouts in five innings. In 10 Double-A starts, he’s now 6-0 with a 1.59 ERA, allowing just 10 walks against 64 strikeouts in 51 innings pitched.

2. Rafael Montero, RHP

Status: Warming up

Montero’s last start wasn’t like his last four, but he still pitched pretty well. On August 20th against Salt Lake, he allowed two runs on eight hits, two walks, and three strikeouts in five innings pitched. He’s also getting close to an innings limit, and will be on 90-pitch limits through the rest of the season. After a bumpy start in Triple-A, Montero has settled in nicely with the 51s. He’s now 5-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 14 starts. In four August starts, he’s 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA, four walks, and 24 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched.

3. Travis d’Arnaud, C

Status: Warming up

It took Travis until the last at-bat in his fourth MLB game to get his first hit, but now that he’s broken through the seal, I think he’s about to get hot. He put a sweet swing on a pitch against Atlanta in the eighth inning on August 20th for a line drive double. D’Arnaud is only hitting .091 through his first 11 at-bats, but he’s drawn six walks since being promoted, giving him a .412 on-base percentage. He’ll be taking most of the playing time down the stretch, with John Buckbeing the backup.

4. Wilmer Flores, 2B

Status: Warming up

Sidelined for a few days with an ankle injury, Flores has re-entered the lineup and has continued producing at the rate he was before his minor injury. He’s been holding his own so far against major league pitching. He’s had three multi-hit games in his last 10 appearances, and is hitting .286 over that span of time. On the season in the big leagues, Flores is hitting .261/.300/.391 with one home run and 11 RBIs.

5. Cesar Puello, OF

Status: Suspended

Puello’s received a 50-game suspension this week for his involvement in the Biogenesis clinic. Thankfully, these 50 games can all be applied to this season since he’s on the 40-man roster. The outfielder was enjoying a breakout season in Binghamton, hitting .328/.405/.550 with 16 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 24 stolen bases.

6. Dominic Smith, 1B

Status: Hot

Smith continues to impress at the plate even though he’s only 18-years-old and getting his first taste of professional baseball. He’s currently on a nine game hitting streak, which includes three multi-hit games. He’s hitting .395/.452/.526 over his last ten games, including three walks and six strikeouts. His .345 August batting average has helped raise his season numbers to .280/.380/.400.

7. Brandon Nimmo, OF

Status: Hot

It looks like months that start with the letter “A” are the ones Nimmo likes the most. He’s enjoying his best month since April, hitting at a .382 clip. He’s hitting .414 over his last 10 games, and has registered a hit in five of his last seven games (four multi-hit performances). I think it’s clear his hand and back injuries truly hindered his performance throughout the middle of the season. Now that he’s back to full strength, he’s been a wrecking machine. He’s now hitting .282/.401/.372 for the season.

8. Michael Fulmer, RHP

Status: Injured

Fulmer took the mound on August 18th against Jupiter, but his outing was cut short at 3.1 innings because of a comebacker hitting him. He’s been diagnosed with biceps tendonitis, but was heading to New York to get himself checked out. In seven starts and 34 innings pitched for St. Lucie this season, Fulmer is 2-2 with a 3.44 ERA, 18 walks, 29 strikeouts, and .198 opponent batting average.

9. Gavin Cecchini, SS

Status: Neutral

Cecchini has cooled off since his 16-game hitting streak was snapped, and it wasn’t expected for him to continue tearing up opposing pitchers at the rate he was. He was 0-for-11 after the streak ended before getting in the hit column last night for the first time since August 18th. He’s enjoyed his best month of the season, hitting .351. He’s raised his season marks to .285/.317/.331 with seven doubles and 11 RBIs.

10. Jack Leathersich, LHP

Status: Neutral

The left-handed reliever appeared in two games this week; one didn’t go very well, and the other one did, leading to his neutral status. He threw 3.2 total innings this week, allowing four runs on four hits, four walks, and four strikeouts. While his strikeout numbers are still high (44 Ks in 27 IP), he’s almost walking a batter an inning (25 BBs in AAA). He’ll need to get his walks under control before making the next step.

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Mets Minors: Flores Looks Towards The Show, Nimmo Goes Deep, Cessa Shines Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:00:54 +0000 wilmer flores ready

It was a quieter night in the world of Mets Minors purely because Binghamton, St. Lucie, Brooklyn, and Kingsport did not play a game — but as you’ve heard by now, there was definitely some points to talk about…

  • Well, the sweet swing of Wilmer Flores will be in a Citi Field near you soon…and spoiler alert: There’s only one Citi Field where this Flores will be rocketing hits off his bat. I’m obviously very excited about his promotion to the major leagues — I mentioned on Twitter last night that I’ve been talking about Wilmer Flores for so many years that it feels like he must be 30. Alas, he’s barely 22 — happy birthday, Wilmer! — and harnesses loads of potential. He should fill in at third base for at least a few starts while David Wright is on the DL. They had to have brought the kid up to play… You cannot begin to imagine the rage that I will have if they brought Flores up to sit his potent bat on the bench.
  • Not to be forgotten among our top position player prospects is Brandon Nimmo, who put together a great night last night. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, two RBI and a run scored .The long ball was his first since April 15th as he tries to salvage a season held back because of injury. Remember that he’s 20 years old and you’ll probably run his leash as far as the end of next year, at least.
  • Luis Cessa had his best start of the year for Savannah last night as he mowed down the Charleston lineup with ease. He went eight innings and allowed just four hits and no walks — while striking out a gaudy 12. Cessa has sprinkled in a number of excellent starts this year with a respectable ERA (3.12) and a healthy strikeout rate (8.4 K/9).
  • It would be unfair not to drop a little note of encouragement to Ivan Wilson, our third round draft pick this year, who had a great game with three hits, including a triple, in three trips to the plate. He scored twice and drove in a run for good measure. Wilson’s a huge favorite of myself and Teddy, so we’re expecting big things from him eventually.

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Thoughts On Trading D’Arnaud, Plawecki’s Projectability, and Targeting Corey Hart Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:09:42 +0000 plawecki

Thoughts from Joe D.

I wanted to chime in on a post that appeared here yesterday. It was an excellent discussion about the possibility of trading Travis d’Arnaud for Jurickson Profar, where Kevin Plawecki would fit in, and the possibility of taking a flyer on the currently injured Corey Hart who becomes a free agent after this season.

First, I disagree that a lot needs to fall in place for Plawecki to be a solid major league catcher. He already has a leg up on D’Arnaud defensively and that’s not even a debate. Plawecki is also a better contact hitter, understands the strike zone, and doesn’t have a noisy swing like D’Arnaud. His swing has a natural upper cut as it moves across the plate which may suggest a power spike in his future. His 38 doubles and 14 home runs in 550 pro at-bats is an indicator of his power potential. What strikes me and a scout I spoke to most about Plawecki, is his mean streak and toughness behind the plate. He’s had three collisions at the plate that not only saw him make the out, but also being able to shake the dust off, rise up and sneer at the runner. I like that.

Second, D’Arnaud’s stock in trade has tumbled, while Profar’s has risen. No way they make an even swap and the second piece we give back has to be a top-level prospect as well.

So would I try and trade for Profar? Absolutely, but it would take more than D’Arnaud who is 25 already next season. We have nothing on the horizon at shortstop and Ruben Tejada is still just a stopgap. But I certainly wouldn’t keep from trading D’Arnaud to improve the team because of concerns about Plawecki. It’s not his fault he in St. Lucie and most feel he should have been in Triple-A by now. Problem is Mets have logjams at first base and catcher and too many prospects are playing at levels that are not even a challenge to them.

Finally, as for Hart. I don’t see the fascination other than rolling the dice on another player looking to establish value. If the player breaks out the Mets let him walks like all the others, if he flops he’s released by Memorial Day. It’s time for this team to stop thinking little picture with these scrap heap stopgaps, and instead acquire players for the purpose of adding to our longer term success.

Original Post 7/24

In an effort to be a little more interactive with the readers, since I’m not usually around during the day to respond to comments frequently, I grabbed two comments that I thought were great discussion starters off MetsMinors…

Dave in Spain commented…

Satish — Ideally this would be great. I wonder if the Mets would take a look at Corey Hart on a short-term, incentive based deal this offseason. He hasn’t played this year due to injury, but he´s a monster power threat. If the Mets are ready to move on from Davis and Duda, he might be an option.

Good thinking here, Dave…

Corey Hart would fit nicely into our line-up as a right-handed power threat and could play not only first base, but the corner outfield spots. However, I think his history of consistent play beforehand may put him in a place to command more money than we’d be willing to give him. In addition to that, the Mets seem to be grooming Wilmer Flores to play first base, and if so, he could fit in nicely as a right-handed power threat. I’m pretty high on Flores, who has basically shown improvement offensively and defensively in each of the last few years, so I’d actually be comfortable with that. I still haven’t given up on Ike Davis yet, by the way, although my hope for him has severely diminished.

Don’t be afraid to throw Allan Dykstra‘s name into the conversation at first base as well…

BadBadLeroyBrown commented…

Hey Satish,

Interesting question or scenario…It was said by Sandy that he attempted to trade RA Dickey to the Rangers for a package[after investigating rumors] that presumably included Mike Olt and Martin Perez or Justin Grimm and he was rejected… But after acquiring d’Arnaud for Dickey Rangers were offering the same package (Olt & Perez or Grimm) straight up for d’Arnaud.

Joe D. mentions it here in this article as well.

And what brings more credence to this rumor, the Blue Jays and the Rangers were really the only two teams at the forefront that were seriously after Dickey. Not to mention the fact that the Rangers GM Jon Daniels was already reported to be hot for d’Arnaud that offseason before the RA Dickey trade went down as you can read here. So there was a connection between these 3 teams and said players….

So it leads me to this….My whole point for this post….

Would you consider calling up the Rangers and starting talks to swap players????

Travis d’Arnaud for Jurickson Profar?

Obviously my opinion is YES!!! Profar the younger player higher upside both play premium positions with offense to go with it…

At the very least it is worth investigating on Aldersons part…And it makes sense for both teams.

Sign me up if the Rangers were interested — but I doubt they are. Trading TDA would be putting faith in Kevin Plawecki as the catcher of the future, which most people have mixed feelings about, including me. Do not get me wrong here, I think Plawecki is a very talented young catcher who could turn into a good major league catcher, but there’s a lot that needs to fall into place for that to happen.

In addition, Here’s the issue with trading d’Arnaud at this point — his trade value is as low as it can get. His highest value is likely with us and that means we’re going to have to ride or die with the young man. This is not as bad as it seems at all, because d’Arnaud still embodies the potential to become a future all-star and provide above-average offense as a premium position. However, it is extremely unlikely the Rangers would jump on that offer, perhaps even more-so after emptying some of their farm for Matt Garza.

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We’re Talking Mets Minors On The Radio — LIVE! Fri, 07 Jun 2013 04:15:47 +0000 We’ve got something special going on this morning!

John Bernhardt, one of our esteemed writers at MetsMinors.Net, co-hosts a radio show called “Tip Off” every Friday morning at 8:00 AM.

John comments on the site under the moniker “B-Mets Fan” and always provides great insight – and you might also know him for his excellent work charting some of our pitching prospects in AA this season.

His guest this week is none other than myself… That’s right, I’m jumping on the show to talk about the world of blogging, my own life, and most importantly – Mets Minors…

You can tune in through many avenues to check out what looks to be a fun exchange between John, his co-host Dawg, and myself. I’ll be on from 8:15 – 9:00 AM for you early birds out there who want to give it a listen.

  • You can stream the show live by going here or here. John recommends the second link.
  • For those of you who want to catch it later on in the day, you can use a free service on this website to have it recorded and sent to your email for your listening convenience.
  • And for those of you in the Binghamton area, you can tune in to 91.3 FM WIOX Radio.

Hope you tune in…

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Mets Minors Report 4/23: Montgomery Suspended 50 Games For Violating Drug Policy, Lagares Joins Mets Tue, 23 Apr 2013 20:55:46 +0000 Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline (Morsels From The Minor League Staff)

  • BREAKING: RHP Christian Montgomery of the Advanced-A St. Lucie Mets, was suspended 50 games for a second positive test of a banned substance. ”My job is not done and my goals aren’t reached yet, but I’m striving and dedicated to be where I wanna be,” he said to fans via Twitter.
  • NEW: RHP Tyler Pill makes his fourth start of the year with the B-Mets. He got his first win of 2013 in his last start, a 4-3 victory over New Hampshire. He threw 6.0 innings, gave up three runs on seven hits, and struck out six batters. On the season, he has struck out 14, and walked four. Opponents are hitting .338 overall against the righthander, and are hitting .438 (7-for-16) against him with runners in scoring position. Pill was ranked the #25 prospect in the Mets organization by Baseball America  prior to the 2013 season. He was drafted by the Mets in the fourth round of the 2011 draft out of Cal State Fullerton.
  • So resident psychic Joe D. gave Juan Lagares a well-deserved shout-out yesterday – and lo and behold, the story broke that he might be making his MLB debut with the Mets ASAP. As for my opinion on the matter, Joe and I are sharing a brain. I know that some people argue that Lagares may be experiencing a little statistical inflation, but I think Lagares has always had the potential to become a successful MLB player. More importantly, he has the tools to do it in CF, where the Mets are desperate for any kind of talent. You never know when a rookie can come up and light a fire under a team with some hard-nosed play, so I wish Lagares the best.
  • Wally Backman gave his Lagares a sweet send-off. ”He’s a kid who can play all three outfield positions and he’s got speed. He’s a good outfielder. He throws to the right bases. He has a knack for getting the barrel on the ball. He looks like he’s a real good hitter. I mean, if you just watch him, you say, ‘This kid is going to be able to hit.” It’s almost as if it was taken straight out of my Prospect Spotlight on Lagares. (Joe D.)
  • Speaking of sharing a brain, Mitch and I both have high hopes for T.J. Rivera – and he is definitely a feel good story. Rivera added two more hits and RBIs to his stat sheet for the 2013 season last night and is continuing to turn heads. Rivera can flat out hit and it may not be long before he is raking in a Binghamton uniform soon.
  • Jacob deGrom was a hard luck loser in his first AA start a couple days back, and he ran into some more bad luck on Monday night as the B-Mets had a ton of defensive issues behind him. His final line was tough, as he somehow lasted five innings, but allowed seven hits and four walks. He was on the hook for six runs, but only one of them was earned. The Jake deGrom that you should expect to see going forward is a lot more like the young man we saw in his first AA start – where he lasted eight innings and allowed only three hits and one earned run.
  • Jim Callis recently wrote about a piece about a 25-man prospect roster taking at most one player from each team. He chose Zack Wheeler from NY, but he mentioned that he could have easily gone with D’Arnaud. He also answered a direct question about Rainy Lara, where he stated “He’s also old for low Class A at 22, and unless he adds velocity or develops a quality second pitch, he’s looking at a ceiling as a middle reliever.” Lara, as Callis also mentioned, has gained some respect because of the effectiveness of his sinker, which sits at 89-92 MPH. Lara may not be the sexy prospect right now, but I would advise that you keep an eye on him until he gives you a reason not to. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 16.2 innings pitched so far this season, with a 3:15 BB:K ratio.
  • Aderlin Rodriguez may have three home runs and three doubles in 68 at-bats, but he is struggling mightily to keep his batting average anywhere near respectable – it fell to .162 last night.
  • Shout-out to T.J. Chism, who picked up his second save of the season for St. Lucie and has a 1.59 ERA so far this season.
  • Adam Rubin tweeted on Monday that his next farm report would feature Steven Matz…a fun fact? The Mets, as an organization, have only five left handed starting pitchers listed in contrast to 22 right handed starting pitchers according to their organizational depth chart. Jon Niese and Aaron Laffey make up two of them. Angel Cuan, Darin Gorski, and Steven Matz are the other three. Matz’s 1.29 ERA through 14 innings is tops in the Mets Minors right now.
  • It’s no fun when Savannah has an off-day and you’re all ready to gush about Kevin Plawecki and Brandon Nimmo. For all the talk about Las Vegas inflating offensive numbers, the top three batting averages in the Mets Minors belong to three Savannah players: Nimmo’s .424, Boyd’s .388 and Plawecki’s .381 who all play at one of the toughest places to hit – Historic Grayson Stadium..
  • T.J. Rivera is a well-oiled, finely tuned hitting machine at the plate. After another two-hit game, he’s now swinging a .310/.383/.394 slash and at 24, you’ll soon be seeing him at a Bingo hall near you and I’d be shocked if he doesn’t make it to Sin City and even to that other Citi for a September cup of coffee. (Joe D.)
  • You know how I’m always harping on Zack Wheeler‘s command? If only he could put up strikeout to walk ratios like Jake deGrom 21:3, Rafael Montero 27:1, Steven Matz 18:4. Then you’ll know you really have a can’t miss prospect. Wheeler’s K/BB ratio is 21:12 if you want to know how that would translate in the Majors, take a look at Oliver Perez‘s career. I still maintain that Montero is more MLB-ready than Wheeler is (not so crazy now, huh?), but it won’t stop the frenzied fanbase from forcing Wheeler up based solely on his heightened legendary-status that’s being driven by SNY –  who happens to be owned by Fred. Once attends shrivels up some more, you’ll see Wheeler in Flushing – ready or not. Hopefully it won’t lead to his unravelling. (Joe D.)
  • The executive producer of SNY told me last week that 99% of Mets fans only care about Wheeler, Nimmo and D’Arnaud, and that nobody cares about Montero, Flores or Lagares. I was asking him why they only cover the same 4-5 prospects day after day and ignore 3-4 dozen other great names and rattled off the three I mentioned. Toby Hyde jumped into our conversation and said, “Bingo!” Whose Minor League coverage would you rather read after seeing a mindset like that? (Joe D.)

Stat Line of the Day

T.J. Rivera: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Tweet Of The Day

I thought we had the market cornered here at MetsMerized with pictures of hot farm hands… We may now have some competition. This tweet had some competition from @JohnStrubel, who noted that Jason Bay flew out to Fernando Martinez to end an inning – right before Oliver Perez entered the game…


  • Pedro Feliciano was placed on the temporary inactive list down in St. Lucie. Feliciano left the team to deal with a personal issue in Puerto Rico.
  • Darwin Frias was called up to St. Lucie from Brooklyn.
  • Shaun Marcum threw 52 pitches over 5.0 innings in an extended spring training game for St. Lucie yesterday. He is scheduled to be promoted to the Mets and start Saturday against the Phillies.
  • Mets announced they have signed RHP D.J. Mitchell, who was released by the Seattle Mariners. He’s only made one start for Tacoma (AAA) this year and allowed three runs in four innings. He was assigned to Mets extended spring training camp.

Comment Of The Day

Buddy3 asked… “Do you see Matt Reynolds and TJ Rivera jumping over Tovar and Muno at some point this year or next at the double play combo? Seems like Reynolds is going to push Tejada, not Tovar.”

I love this question. First off, remember not to count Phillip Evans out – the Mets have invested a lot in him financially and he is pretty talented. Now, although Matthew Reynolds always profiled defensively as a third baseman, it was unlikely that his offensive capabilities would progress to match the expectations for that position – so the move to short should benefit him in the long run.

Reynolds may have a good glove, but Wilfredo Tovar has an elite glove…so although Reynolds will likely work out to be a better offensive contributor than Tovar, he is fighting an uphill battle. Rivera can flat-out hit and that statement will be said so many times this year that it will be drilled into most readers’ minds. I actually do believe T.J. Rivera will eventually overtake Daniel Muno when projecting the future, but Tovar’s defensive wizardry will likely keep him in the conversation over Reynolds for now.

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Mets Minors Report 4/18: T.J. Leads System In RBI, Charting DeGrom’s Performance, The Wheeler Debate Thu, 18 Apr 2013 15:49:36 +0000 Wheeler & D'Arnaud: Is the Mets future tandem nearing their debuts?

Wheeler & D’Arnaud: Is the Mets future tandem nearing their debuts?

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Brandon Nimmo had another two hits in yesterday’s game. He now has had a multi-hit game ten times this season.
  • Travis d’Arnaud was pulled from last night’s game after being struck with a ball on the ankle while he was behind the plate. The ankle is probably one of the most painful spots to get hit with a ball, as the ankle bone is pretty much completely exposed. This sounded precautionary as there were no reports of d’Arnaud being sent for X-rays.
  • Newly promoted Jacob deGrom got the nod for Binghamton last night. Like I said yesterday, many had him penciled into the Binghamton rotation at the start of 2013, so it was really only a matter of time before he got the call. He could not have pitched a better game. So good, in fact, that Binghamton head coach, Pedro Lopez, announced after the game that deGrom would be joining the B-Mets staff, and they would likely move to a six-man rotation once Cory Mazzoni is back from his injury.
  • Sandy Alderson commented on what would determine when top prospect Zack Wheeler is called up to Flushing. He stated while the Super Two status is taken into consideration, Wheeler’s performance will ultimately determine when it’s his time. With the Mets backend of the rotation struggling the way it is, it won’t take many more solid starts before they go with Wheeler. I wouldn’t be surprised if Collin McHugh and Wheeler are both called up within the next month if the Mets rotation continues to falter. I would expect Rafael Montero to get called up to Las Vegas if, and when, Wheeler, McHugh, or both guys join the Mets during the next few weeks.
  • Andy Martino, of the Daily News, commented on the Wheeler situation in his post this morning:

    Wheeler is 0-1 for Triple-A Las Vegas this season, with a 3.86 ERA. In 14 innings, he has allowed 17 hits and six walks while striking out 17.  You can throw out his first two starts, mediocre because of a since-popped blister on his pitching hand — but while Wheeler’s third game was much better, he still allowed three earned runs in 5.1 innings.

    The stuff was excellent, say people who were there, but his line didn’t scream “promote me now!” Plus, that was Wheeler’s first healthy game of the season. Little soon to be buzzing about the big leagues, don’t ya think?

    I agree that his first two starts may have been less than stellar due to the blister. However, I totally disagree with the fact that his stat line has to scream “promote me now!” If this was the determining factor, where would Matt Harvey be right now? Don’t get me wrong, stats do play a part when determining if a player is ready, but it goes way deeper than that. It’s not too soon to be buzzing about the big leagues. Two or three more solid starts, and Wheeler will join the Mets. There isn’t much more developing that is necessary. I would estimate that if Wheeler were called up right now he would be better than 80% of major league pitchers based on his stuff alone. With some added fine tuning at the major league level, he will be in the top 10% of pitchers in the league.

  • Wilmer Flores is quietly having a solid year with Las Vegas. He is batting .288 with five doubles and only struck out three times in fourteen games. He has also played the majority of games at second base this season and has done a solid job defensively.
  • After a quick chat with B-Mets beat writer Lynn Worthy, I learned that the reason DeGrom did not start season in Double-A as I initially projected, was because he showed up to spring training with a fractured finger that took time to fully heal. As Lynn told me, “Jake broke it while working for a friend’s cattle company. Apparently he had a bad day when he got kicked in the hand by a calf. True story. (Joe D.)
  • I am looking forward to seeing Jeurys Familia work out of the Mets bullpen, after a small taste of the majors last year, I think he now knows what he’s up against and I expect great results. The fact he now knows that his ticket to the big time will depend on embracing his role as a reliever, and his solid work out of the bullpen for Las Vegas will prove instrumental toward achieving success. (Joe D.)
  • While players like Josh Satin, Kevin Plawecki and Brandon Nimmo are getting most of the ink these days, the one player who leads the Mets Minors in RBI is T..J. Rivera who has driven in 13 for St. Lucie. Jack Leathersich had this to say about Rivera in an interview I did with him. “He’s the real deal. I’ve never been around a kid who prepares as well as he does. He just really loves the game and it seems like everytime I see him he’s out on the field working on something. Rivera plays hard and is completely balls to the wall – he’ll do anything to make sure we win.” (Joe D.)

Stat Line of the Night

Jacob deGrom: 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 K

The statistics are even more impressive when you break them down. Take a look at this from MMO contributor John B. who charted the game from behind homeplate:

  • Total Pitches: 102, Strikes: 71 – 69% Balls 31
  • Full Windup: Pitches: 90, Strikes: 62 – 70% Balls: 28
  • Fastballs: Pitches: 66 Strikes: 46 – 70% Balls 20
  • Off-Speed Pitches: 24 Strikes: 16 – 67% Balls 8
  • Stretch: Pitches: 12 Strikes: 9 – 75% Balls 3
  • Fastballs: Pitches: 7 Strikes: 4 -57% Balls 4
  • Off-Speed Pitches 5 Strikes 5 – 100%

Tweet of the Day


  • Jeurys Familia was called up to the Mets and Greg Burke was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas.
  • RHP Cory Mazzoni who missed his scheduled start Monday with inflammation in his right elbow and landed on the disabled list, will be heading to New York today to be examined by Mets doctors. Also joining him will be RHP Luis Mateo, who left Monday’s game because of discomfort in his right forearm/elbow area. Both prospects will get an MRI today, so keep your fingers crossed.
  • Wednesday night at Tradition Field, Pedro Feliciano and Frank Francisco each threw a scoreless inning of relief for Single-A St. Lucie. Feliciano allowed no hits and recorded two strikeouts, while Francisco pitched a perfect inning. Both pitchers have shown increased velocity from the beginning of spring training and could be very close to being ready.

Prospect Audio/Video

Mike Newman of headed to Historic Grayson Stadium, home of the Savannah Sand Gnats, and provides some fresh scouting on hot-hitting Brandon Nimmo including this video footage:

He says that as Nimmo continues to learn how to identify pitches to drive, his power should uptick as well. Early in the season, his strikeout and walk percentages have both decreased. While one might dismiss this as small sample size, Nimmo’s controlled aggression is a sign of growth from a scouting standpoint.

If this holds true, then Nimmo is bound to put baseballs in play at a higher rate than last season, resulting in the accumulation of extra base hits…By the end of the 2013 season, don’t be surprised if Nimmo has overtaken Wilmer Flores as the best position prospect in the organization, assuming Travis D’Arnaud loses eligibility later in the season.

Holly Madison tosses out the first pitch. Wally Backman said she had great form.

Holly Madison tosses out the first pitch for Vegas 51s. Wally Backman said she had great form. I agree. (Joe D.)

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Mets Minors: Familia Earns First Pro Save, Wheeler and Montero Both Take The Hill Tonight Tue, 09 Apr 2013 20:15:08 +0000 mm confidential

Notes, Quotes, Tweets, and other assorted Mets Minors news from scouring the web…

Las Vegas 51s

Officially installed as the team’s closer, Jeurys Familia picked up his first professional save in Las Vegas’ 4-3 win at Fresno on Monday night.

The big news today is that Zack Wheeler makes his second start for Las Vegas tonight at 10:05 ET as he looks to bounce back from a rough season debut. He will be opposing former Met prospect Yusmeiro Petit.

Travis d’Arnaud continues to rake, but so is John Buck for the Mets. This is going to be interesting to watch.

Binghamton Mets

After a slow offensive start, the B-Mets rallied to score seven unanswered runs to defeat Erie, 7-2, in the series opener. RHP Rafael Montero will make his second start of the season tonight after a brilliant performance on Opening Day against Akron. Montero struck out eight batters without walking any in 5.2 innings.

RHP Erik Goeddel logged the second quality start of the season by a B-Met starting pitcher as he threw 6.0 innings and gave up two runs in last night’s win. RHP Logan Verrett also went 6.0 innings in his first start of the season. So far, every Binghamton starting pitcher has gone at least 5.0 innings on the mound.

St. Lucie Mets

The Lucie rotation has been as good as advertised and keep throwing up goose eggs.

Savannah Sand Gnats

Logan Taylor tossed five scoreless innings in his Savannah debut last night, but the Gnats lost to Augusta, 6-5. Savannah’s 2-3-4 hitters Brandon Nimmo , Kevin Plawecki, and Jayce Boyd are a combined 26-56 (.464) with 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 homer, 12 RBI, and 12 bases on balls.

The Gnats send RHP Luis Cessa (NR) to the mound against RHP Jose Reyes in game two of the three-game series Tuesday at 7:05 pm.

Mike Newman says: After scouting Nimmo, he understood the comparison in terms of size and projection. However, Nimmo’s baseball movements are more fluid and easy. When he barrels the baseball, it’s one of the prettier prospect swings scouted in person. His contact skills and present power have me thinking there’s more in the tank as he fills out too.

Newman also took some footage of Plawecki yesterday:


Brooklyn Cyclones

Monday night’s Cyclones Alum of the went to Josh Satin who went 3-for-4 for Las Vegas as the 51s beat Fresno.

The 600 box seats they put on sale for $1.50 in a promotion to honor the birthday of Ebbets Field sold out in less than three minutes. Happy Birthday Ebbets Field!

Tweet Nothings…

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Mets Minors: More Thoughts On Rosario, Nimmo Turns 20, Verrett Solid Wed, 27 Mar 2013 19:43:25 +0000 german-ahmed-rosario 1Teddy Klein, fellow Minor League Analyst here at MMO, did an excellent piece on German Ahmed Rosario earlier today. I did a review of some footage on Rosario, and wanted to share some thoughts I had on the exciting prospect. The first thing I noticed was that Rosario is very raw at the plate. He seems very aggressive, and his stride in the batter’s box is a tell-tale sign of it. His stride is quite long, and he seems to be out on the front leg quite a bit.

This causes concern for two reasons. The first reason being the length of his stride. When a hitter has a long stride, it changes their eye level significantly, which could cause issues at higher levels in the organization. The second reason being out on his front foot. If I were a pitcher, and saw his aggressiveness at the plate (being out on the front foot) I would never throw him a fastball. He would get a steady diet of off-speed stuff to take advantage of his aggressiveness.

An easy fix for his stride length would be to have Rosario start with a wider stance. With regards to being overly agressive at the plate, there are some drills that the hitting coach can have Rosario do which can help him keep his weight back. He will have to learn how to become a complete hitter, and accept the principles that are taught to him, then execute them. His pitch recognition will develop in time.

So while Rosario is a very exciting prospect, he is still quite raw, and has a few things he will have to work on in order to become a more complete hitter.

Other News and Notes:

  • The Triple-A affiliate of the Mets, the Las Vegas 51s, recently announced they were joining a new marketing strategy called Project Brand. They will be teaming up with 159 other minor league ball clubs in an attempt to sell the overall brand of Minor League Baseball to national advertisers.  Minor League Baseball has more than 40 million fans, and this would be a big step in gaining national recognition for teams that are usually just locally marketed.
  • The Mets’ minor league pitching prospects continue to put up solid efforts, and the latest one came yesterday from Logan Verrett. The right-hander was selected in the third round of the 2011 MLB draft, and spilt time between Savannah and St. Lucie in 2012. Verrett allowed two runs during the first inning of yesterday’s contest, but then finished strong and didn’t allow any runs over the next four innings of work. In 2012, he had a solid season going 5-2 with a 2.70 ERA.
  • Happy Birthday to Brandon Nimmo who turns twenty years old today!
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Prospect Pulse: Analyzing Mets Pitching Prospect Hansel Robles Mon, 11 Feb 2013 19:00:02 +0000 hansel robles

Hansel Robles, RHP

Bats: R  Throws: R
Height: 5’11″  Weight: 185 lb.
Position: Pitcher
Age: 22
MMO Top Prospect Ranking: 20 
ETA: 2014


Here is an excerpt from the recent MMO Top 25 Prospect list, where Robles was ranked No. 20:

Signed as an international free agent in August of 2008, Robles did everything in his power last season to dispel the idea that he projects to be a reliever. Arguably, Robles had the best season of any arm in the Mets system with an ERA of 1.11 over 72.2 innings, which led the New York Penn League. If you include his final start in the post season, he finished the year with 45 straight shutout innings, a WHIP of .784 (47 H/10 BB) and 0 home runs allowed. His 66 strikeouts were nothing to sneeze at, resulting in an 8.2 K/9 compared to an exceptional 1.2 BB/9 ratio. He can throw a fastball, slider, change-up, and an occasional curve ball.


Hansel Robles set the NY-Penn League on fire last year. He dominated hitters with a low-90s fastball, an average slider, and a below average change-up. Many project Robles to be a bullpen guy at the big league level, but he was used as a starter for the Brooklyn Cyclones last season. He was nothing short of spectacular, and blew everyone away with some impressive numbers. However, after breaking down his pitching mechanics, you will see that there is some cause for concern with regards to Robles ever being a pitcher that can withstand the rigors of being in a starting rotation. Check out the video below, where I break down his mechanics, and you will see what I mean.

As you see in the video, his mechanics lead me to believe that he will ultimately be utilized in the bullpen if, and when, he makes it to the big league level. The kid has a ton of potential, and if he can straighten out his mechanics, he will continue to dominate hitters as he moves up through the system. Right now, the velocity on his fastball varies from 90-95mph. The major reason for the huge discrepancy in speed is because of his mechanics. There also has to be concern that the strain he puts on his arm could potentially lead to future arm injuries, so it will be prudent to try and work out the kinks before that happens.

As I pointed out in the video, he uses his arm and upper body to generate his velocity. By using his lower half more, and driving towards the plate, he could generate more consistent velocity and save his arm a lot of stress. His incomplete follow through is also generating additional strain on his arm.

Aside from the mechanical deficiencies, Robles future seems bright. If you throw 94mph, you always have a bright future. He generates great velocity, and after improvements in his mechanics, he will not only improve the consistency of that velocity, but also have better command of his secondary pitches. With an arm as live as his, it wouldn’t be such a bad thing if he ended up in the bullpen, which is where I think he will eventually end up and flourish.

For more Mets minor league and prospect coverage, you can follow me on Twitter @FirstPitchMitch.

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From Left Field: In Mets’ History, Farm System Has Lacked Strong Hitting Thu, 20 Dec 2012 14:36:52 +0000 MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Atlanta Braves

After the trade sending R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, I started thinking that the Mets really have never developed a top-notch catcher out of their minor league system.

Todd Hundley is closest thing to being a productive home-grown catcher, which isn’t exactly saying much.

Of course, the most productive catchers in team history, Gary Carter and Mike Piazza, were acquired via trade.

Now that the Mets’ catching future in the hands of Travis d’Arnaud, hopefully he can change that trend. Though the Mets didn’t draft him, he will at some point make his Major League debut with the Amzain’s.

Then I also got to thinking: Not only have the Mets really never developed a strong catcher, but they also really have struggled in developing any sort of hitters from their system.

Scouts will say that pitching and defense win championships, but you have to score some runs as well.

The Mets have actually been known in their history to have all sorts of good pitching prospects but not much hitting.

Really the bulk of the Mets’ strong hitters have been acquired via trade or free agency: Piazza, Carter, Keith Hernandez, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Howard Johnson, Cliff Floyd, etc.

I looked back in Mets’ MLB Draft history to see if any of their offensive-minded draft picks ever made it big, and I came up with just two: Darryl Strawberry and David Wright.

That’s right, in all the years of drafting players, they’ve only developed two draft picks into superstar Major Leaguers.

Sure, they drafted role players like Lee Mazzilli, Mookie Wilson, Wally Backman and Lenny Dykstra, but I’m talking about face-of-the-franchise type players.

Now along the way, there have been players that have signed as minor league free agents that became good Major Leaguers, including Cleon Jones, Edgardo Alfonzo and Jose Reyes.

But even so, five players in the history of the franchise? That’s weak.

But on the pitching side, the Mets have been more successful. They drafted Nolan Ryan, Jim McAndrew, Jon Matlack, Dwight Gooden, Bobby J. Jones and Scott Kazmir.

Though not all these pitchers had their success with the Mets (especially Ryan), at least the Mets saw the talent in these arms.

And of course, the Mets signed and developed amateur free agents named Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman.

Currently, guys like Jon Niese and Matt Harvey can continue the trend of strong pitching prospects panning out, and Zack Wheeler (though acquired by the Giants) isn’t too far behind.

Maybe the problem with the Mets organization is that the team has focused so much on developing young pitching that the hitters have suffered. Or maybe the scouts are not taking the proper time to assess young hitters while breaking down pitchers.

Keep in mind, this is an organization that used first round draft picks on Lastings Milledge, Jason Tyner and Terrence Long. Not exactly offensive-minded players.

Maybe this trend will be put to rest if Ike Davis and d’Arnaud develop into the hitters that they are projected to be. But even so, it’s something to be considered.

As it stands, even if Mets’ pitching only allows one run per game, the Mets’ offense will struggle matching that.

You need hitters, especially a few power hitters, in this league, and that’s just something the Mets do not develop well in their minor league system.

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Bisons Lose In Lopsided Game, 15-1 Tue, 12 Apr 2011 17:43:23 +0000 Mets Minors 4.12.2011

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

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

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

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

For a box score of the game, click here.

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



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