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#18 RHP Gabriel Ynoa

Ht: 6’2″  Wt: 205  Level: Triple-A Las Vegas 51s and New York Mets

B/T: R/R  Age: 05/26/1993 (23)  Age Dif: -3.7 (w/ Triple-A Las Vegas)

Acquired: Signed by the New York Mets as a international free agent on Nov. 19, 2009.

Last Year: #14

2016 Statistics: 25 G, 154.1 IP, 12-5 W-L, 3.97 ERA, 1.361 WHIP, .285 BAA, 78/40 K/BB, 15 HR (Triple A)

10 G, 3 GS, 18.1 IP, 1-0 W/L, 6.38 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, .333 BAA, 17/7 K/BB, 0 HR (MLB)

If it feels like you’ve heard the name Gabriel Ynoa for years now, you’re not mistaken. Ynoa was signed by the New York Mets as an international free agent from the Dominican Republic in November 2009. He burst onto the scene in his first professional season in 2010 with the Dominican Summer League Mets 2, leading the team in wins (5), innings pitched (72.1), and posting a sparkling 1.99 ERA, all while doing so at close to two years younger than the competition (-1.9).

While not a strikeout pitcher, averaging only 4.4 K/9 in his first professional season, what Ynoa set a precedent with was his pinpoint control, as he allowed only 1.0 BB/9 in the 14 games he pitched in ’10. In fact, Ynoa has kept up with that trend; for his minor league career, which accounts for 136 games (128 of them starts), Ynoa owns a 1.5 BB/9.

Ynoa sits in the low 90s with his fastball, but can ramp it up to 96 mph. Ynoa’s arsenal consists of a four-seam fastball, hard sinker, curve, slider, and changeup. Despite Ynoa’s low strikeout total, he limits the damage done against opponents by his low HR/9 and BB/9 numbers in the minor leagues.

Splitting time with the Kingsport Mets and GCL Mets in ’11 to auspicious results (3.21 ERA with 0.6 BB/9 over 56 IP), Ynoa took it to another level in ’12 with the Brooklyn Cyclones, where he posted a 5-2 record with a 2.23 ERA and 0.926 WHIP (12th in the NYPL). Ynoa also posted his best K/9 of his minor league career with the Cyclones at 7.5, while only allowing 10 walks in 76.2 innings pitched. The ’12 season also saw Ynoa get ranked as the No. 20 prospect in the Mets organization by Baseball America. Ynoa would be featured in the top 16 by Baseball America from 2013-15, and for 2017′s Top 10 Mets prospects, would place 9th on the list.

Ynoa would get the chance to pitch a full-season in ’13 with the former Savannah Sand Gnats (now Columbia Fireflies), where he was the clear ace of the staff, posting a 15-4 record (best among the Sand Gnats and the South Atlantic League), 2.72 ERA, 1.025 WHIP, and 1.1 BB/9 (3rd best in the league). His best two months were in June and August, where Ynoa combined to go 6-0 with a 1.71 ERA in eight starts.

After his successful campaign in Savannah, which saw him take home the Sterling Pitcher of the Year award, Ynoa spent the ’14 season splitting time between the Advanced A St. Lucie Mets, and the Double A Binghamton Mets. He struggled in April while with St. Lucie, posting a 6.93 ERA in five starts with an uncharacteristic nine walks in 24.2 innings pitched. He improved in May to a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings of work. Ynoa was promoted to Binghamton in early July, but pitched to rather pedestrian results: 3-2 record with a 4.23 ERA and a 1.303 WHIP. Combined, Ynoa allowed 10.3 H/9 between St. Lucie and Binghamton, a career worst. His 1.311 WHIP was also a career worst for the right-hander.

The Mets had Ynoa repeat his season in Binghamton in ’15, before he was assigned to Triple A Las Vegas for the ’16 season. He survived the dry air of Vegas in 25 starts for the most part, posting a 12-5 record with a 3.97 ERA, however, his BB/9 increased to 2.3, a career worst. Ynoa continued to struggle against left-handed hitters though, where they teed off to an OPS of .873, compared to his .686 OPS against righties. The last time Ynoa held left handed hitters to an OPS under .600 was in ’13, and has only registered an OPS under .600 against LHH twice in his career.

The big club was in need of a fresh arm in August, after the Logan Verrett fifth starter experiment failed after he went seven starts between July 9 and August 12, allowing 29 earned runs and 18 walks. Ynoa made his major league debut on August 13 (the same day as his promotion) and was the winning pitcher of record as he pitched a clean 11th inning of a 3-2 extra-innings Mets win against the San Diego Padres. Ynoa would go on to make three spot starts for the Mets in September and October, posting a 3.18  ERA in 11.1 innings pitched, striking out 11 while walking four.

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Ynoa averaged 94.3 MPH with his fastball in the big leagues and also threw his slider 28% of the time. With some more time with Dan Warthen to refine his slider and additional bullpen experience I believe he can be a viable option for the Mets as a reliever in 2017. The fastball played up in his relief appearances, and while they weren’t pretty (11.57 ERA), he had little to no experience as a reliever when the Mets (Terry Collins) thrust him into that role. Hopefully the Mets will use him in the pen this spring so he can become better adjusted to that role if that’s what he’s needed for.

The changeup is a pitch that has always been a positive for Ynoa, but he got away from using that during his big league stint and I believe that was part of his troubles during his first major league taste.

2017 Outlook:

Ynoa will likely be insurance for the Mets to begin the ’17 season. With the return of Harvey, deGrom, Wheeler, and Matz, not to mention Syndergaard, Lugo, and Gsellman, the Mets have a plethora of starting rotation options, which means it’s likely we see Wheeler and/or Lugo end up in the bullpen to begin the year. With that said, Ynoa should be pitching every fifth day for Las Vegas, where he’ll get consistent starts. Having a surplus of back end starting pitching is always a good thing, and there’s some that view Ynoa more favorably out of the pen, especially with the uptick in K/9 while with the Mets at the end of the year (8.3 K/9, a career high).


1. Amed Rosario, SS 

2. Dominic Smith, 1B 

3. Robert Gsellman, RHP 

4. Thomas Szapucki, LHP

5. Desmond Lindsay, OF

6. Justin Dunn, RHP 

7. Gavin Cecchini, INF 

8. Brandon Nimmo, OF

9. Andres Gimenez, SS 

10. Tomas Nido, C 

11. Wuilmer Becerra, OF 

12. Peter Alonso, 1B

13. Marcos Molina, RHP

14. Ali Sanchez, C

15. T.J. Rivera, INF

16. Luis Carpio, INF

17. Merandy Gonzalez, RHP

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Mets Minors: 2015 Savannah Sand Gnats Season Review Fri, 08 Jan 2016 15:00:35 +0000 Sand Gnats ok

With 2015 now behind us we will look at how each of the Mets affiliates fared last year. We start with the team that won the most games.

One of the biggest bright spots was the Savannah Sand Gnats who went 84-53 in the South Atlantic League. They had an 18-game winning streak, which was the longest in the last ten years of minor league baseball. The streak wasn’t ended by a loss but an extremely rare tie in baseball that was brought on heavy rain to an already suspended game.

Their season ended on September 12th after losing the rubber game in a best-of-3 series against the Asheville Tourists (Colorado Rockies) in the first round of the playoffs. They had the tying run at third base and the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the 9th inning when a groundout by Patrick Biondi ended the season. During the regular season the Gnats were led by South Atlantic League Most Valuable Player Luis Guillorme who hit .318/.391/.354 with 55 RBI and 18 stolen bases.

The Sand Gnats had a 3.12 team ERA which was the lowest in the league and the best among Mets full season teams. They also led the league with nine complete games and 14 shutouts. The pitching staff allowed the fewest amount of walks (342) while striking out the third most (1097) producing a 3.21 SO/W that led all of the Mets affiliates.

The Gnats offense held its own scoring 4.54 runs per game compared to the league average of 4.39 runs per game. They were third in the with a .335 on-base percentage but had the second fewest extra base hits with 328 as they played in the pitcher friendly Grayson Stadium.

Infielder Jonathan Johnson, starting pitcher Casey Meisner (traded to A’s), and reliever David Roseboom were midseason All-Stars. The SAL post-season All-Star team included Gnats outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, manager Jose Leger, and Guillorme.

Offensive Leaders:

  • Homeruns – Eudor Garcia 9, Becerra 9, Vicente Lupo 8, Michael Katz 6, Tomas Nido 6
  • Triples – John Mora 12, Patrick Biondi 5, Jean Rodriguez 5, Garcia 4, Johnson 4
  • Doubles – Becerra 27, Garcia 23, Mora 22, Johnson 19, Lupo 18, Guillorme 16
  • AVG – Guillorme .318, Garcia .296, Becerra .290, Mora .278
  • OBP – Johnson .396, Guillorme .391, Mora .368, Becerra .342
  • SLG – Garcia .442, Mora .428, Becerra .423, Katz .395, Lupo .381
  • Stolen Bases – Biondi 38, Johnson 23, Guillorme 18, Rodriguez 17, Becerra 16
  • RBI – Becerra 63, Mora 60, Garcia 59, Guillorme 55, Rodriguez 44
  • Runs – Johnson 73, Becerra 67, Guillorme 67, Mora 65, Garcia 57

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The year was bittersweet though for the Gnats as it was also their last season as a Mets affiliate. The Mets new Class A team will be the Columbia Fireflies who will play at Spirit Communications Park in downtown Columbia, South Carolina. The Gnats have been a Mets affiliate since 2007 and won a league title in 2013.

For the Winter Ball Recap: T.J. Rivera Stays Hot, Asdrubal Cabrera Plays Short Again and more minor league information head over to

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Mets Minors Playoffs: Binghamton And Savannah Face Elimination Tonight Sat, 12 Sep 2015 15:23:36 +0000 becerra


The Binghamton Mets bats have chosen the wrong time of the season to go cold. They are missing the big bats of Gavin Cecchini, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo in their now veteran filled lineup. Those vets need to step up now to help them fight off elimination and win three straight games.

Last night the B’Mets mustered only three hits as they were shutout by Phillies prospects Jake Thompson who came over in the Cole Hamels deal from the Texas Rangers. They did manage to get the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 9th thanks to a L.J. Mazzilli double and Josh Rodriguez walk but Brock Peterson struck out on a 3-2 pitch to end the game. T.J. Rivera (1-4, 2B) and Amed Rosario (1-3) had the rest of the Binghamton hits on the night.

Center fielder Joe Benson went 0-3 but did throw a runner out at home trying to score and made one of the best diving catches I have seen all year. You can watch it here. Binghamton starter Robert Gsellmna struggled allowing two runs on nine hits while striking out five over 4.1 innings. Jeff Walters pitched 1.2 innings allowing a solo homerun to Nick Williams who also came over in Hamels deal.

Adam Kolarek, Jon Velasquez, and Akeel Morris each pitched a scoreless inning of relief to keep the Mets within striking distance. Velasquez was filthy striking out two and throwing 11 of his 12 pitches for strikes. Morris is on a roll, he ended the regular season allowing two runs with 30 strikeouts in his last 25 innings. Box Score

Binghamton trails Reading 0-2 in the five game series with Gabriel Ynoa (9-9, 3.90) starting in the must win game. Game starts at 7:05 in Reading who are throwing Ben Lively (8-7, 4.13).

Savannah did not wait around last night scoring seven runs and knocking Asheville starter out in the first inning. Both Jonathan Johnson (3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 2 BB) and Jean Rodriguez (2-4, 3 RBI, R) had a bases-clearing double in the first inning. The Sand Gnats would hold on to win 9-2 and force a game three.

Wuilmer Becerra went 2-4 with a double, walk, RBI, and run scored while playing right field and batting 3rd. Eudor Garcia was 2-4 with a walk, two runs scored, and a double out of the cleanup spot. SAL MVP Luis Guillorme was 1-4 with a sac bunt. Left fielder John Mora went 1-3 with a walk, RBI, and scored a run.

Sand Gnats starter Ricky Knapp was impressive going 7 innings allowing two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three. Luis Mateo and Alberto Baldonado each threw a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout. Box Score

The Savannah Sand Gnats play the final game of the three-game series tonight at 6:05 with Casey Delgado (8-4, 3.17) on the mound for what could be their last game at Grayson Stadium.

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Mets Minors Playoffs: Binghamton And Savannah Lose Game One Thu, 10 Sep 2015 12:29:21 +0000 mazzilli, LJ


As the big league club was putting the finishing touches on the sweep of the Nationals neither of the Mets two affiliates left playing were having the same success as they both dropped game one of their playoff series.

Reading 9, Binghamton 4 Game One (Best of 5)

The B’Mets found themselves in a big whole to start after Tyler Pill allowed four runs in the top of the first inning to the Fightin Phils. Vince Belnome (1-4) hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the second inning to put Binghamton down 4-1 and the closest they would be all night. Pill was a perfect 6-0 in the regular season but got crushed last night giving up seven runs on thirteen hits in 5 innings.

Eastern League Player of the Year Brock Stassi opened the game up in the 5th inning with a three-run blast making it 7-1. Phillies top prospect J.P. Crawford reached base five times going 3-4 with two walks with three runs scored. Nick Williams (#3 prospect who came over in Cole Hamels deal) was 2-6 out of leadoff spot.

Center fielder Joe Benson was the only B’Met to record multiple hits going 2-4 with a RBI and a run scored. Amed Rosario went 1-4 with a RBI single while playing shortstop and batting 8th. L.J. Mazzilli was 0-3 with two walks and a run scored out of the leadoff spot.

T.J. Rivera was 1-4 with a run scored as he played third base. Josh Rodriguez was 1-4 with a RBI and played left field as Pedro Lopez went with his best offensive lineup. Jeff McNeil didn’t get the start though he singled as a pinch hitter in the 6th inning. Recently promoted Victor Cruzado came off the bench as well striking out in his pinch hitting appearance.

Beck Wheeler struggled in his inning of relief allowing two hits and two walks that resulted in two runs for Reading. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless 7th inning with one strikeout. Josh Smoker struggled to end the regular season but pitched a scoreless inning in his first playoff appearance allowing just a walk. Akeel Morris loaded the bases in the 9th inning before getting a fly out to escape unscathed. Box Score

Binghamton will play again tonight at 6:35 PM at home with Robert Gsellman (7-7, 3.51) making the start. He will be opposed by the Phillies #2 prospect (also part of Hamels deal) righty Jake Thompson who was 5-1 with 1.80 ERA in seven starts for Reading.

Asheville 5, Savannah 1 Game One (Best of 3)

The Sand Gnats offense was stifled by Rockies prospect Jesus Tinoco who came to the organization in the Troy Tulowitzki trade in July. He allowed one run and struck out six in his 7.2 innings of work. Savannah starter Martires Arias did not fare as well going 5.1 innings giving up five runs on six hits (2 HR’s) while walking one and striking out five.

Savannah trailed 3-0 going into the top of the 6th inning when Eudor Garcia (2-4) got them on the board with a RBI double that scored South Atlantic League MVP Luis Guillorme who was also 2-4 on the night. Wuilmer Becerra was 1-4 with three strikeouts. Outfielders John Mora (1-4) and Patrick Biondi (1-3) picked up the other Sand Gnats hits. ‘

Relievers Ben Griset (0.2 innings), Tim Peterson (1.1 IP, 2 K’s) and Paul Paez (0.2 IP, K) combined to throw 2.2 scoreless to ssilence the Tourists bats. Box Score

Savannah will resume their series tomorrow in what could be the final game ever at Grayson Stadium at 7:05 PM with Ricky Knapp (8-3, 2.60) on the hill.

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Mets Minors: Playoff Previews For Binghamton & Savannah Wed, 09 Sep 2015 17:00:10 +0000 german-ahmed-rosario 1


The Binghamton Mets will look to win the Eastern League title for the second straight season with their run starting tonight at NYSEG Stadium against the Reading Fightin Phils. Last year the B’Mets ended their 20-year championship drought when they swept the Richmond Flying Squirrels that ended on a walk-off pinch-hit RBI double by Jayce Boyd. Steven Matz took a no-hitter into the 8th inning and struck out 11 over 7.1 innings.

Binghamton finished the regular season going 77-64 in second place behind Reading who was 80-71 with the Phils going 4-3 against the Mets this year. Reading’s roster is loaded with talent including the EL MVP Brock Stassi (.863 OPS, 90 RBI), Manager of the Year Dusty Wathan, and three of the Phils top prospects SS J.P. Crawford, OF Nick Williams and pitcher Jake Thompson. The Phils led the league with 101 homeruns, RBI, doubles, hits, runs and OPS at .744 for the year.

  • Game 1 today in Binghamton at 6:35 PM
  • Game 2 in Binghamton on September 10 at 6:35 PM
  • Game 3 at Reading on September 11 at 7:05 PM
  • Game 4 at Reading on September 12 at 6:35 PM (if necessary)
  • Game 5 at Reading on September 13 at 6:05 PM (if necessary)

The game one pitching matchup in the best-of-five series has Tyler Pill (6-0, 2.08 w/Binghamton) facing Reading starter Zach Eflin (8-6, 3.69 w/Phils). The B’Mets will be without Eastern League Rookie of the Year Gavin Cecchini who is out for the rest of the season with his hip impingement injury. Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario was called up on Sunday to take his roster spot.

Utility guy Josh Rodriguez has been sent back down to Binghamton today to help with the playoff run, he was second in EL with 19 homeruns and 76 RBI. The B’Mets are anchored by a great bullpen led by closer Paul Sewald who has dominated this year with a 1.75 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 24 saves. Also have Jon Velasquez (18 saves, 0.76 WHIP), Josh Smoker (3.00 ERA, 26 K’s in 21 innings) and Akeel Morris (1.09 WHIP, 35 K’s in 29.1 IP).


The Savannah Sand Gnats won the South Atlantic League Southern division titles in the first and second half finishing 84-53 for the year. Savannah has been the Mets A-ball affiliate since 2007 and played their last season at Grayson Stadium before they move to Columbia, South Carolina next year. They will face the defending champion Asheville Tourists who swept Savannah out of the playoffs last year in the first round. However, Savannah took the season series this year 13-7 over the Tourists.

  • Game 1 today at Asheville at 7:05 PM
  • Game 2 home on September 11 at 7:05 PM
  • Game 3 home on September 12 at 6:05 PM

The 2013 SAL champion Savannah Sand Gnats finished the season going 27-5-1 in their last 33 games including a 18-game winning streak in August. They have been carried by their pitching staff that had a league best 3.12 ERA, 9 complete games, 14 shutouts, and gave up a league low 342 walks.

Shortstop and Most Valuable Player Luis Guillorme drove the Sand Gnats offense finishing second in the league with his .318 average. 142 hits and fourth with his .391 OBP. Postseason All-Star Wuilmer Becerra finished the season hitting .290/.342/.423 with 27 doubles, three triples, nine homeruns, 63 RBI, 67 runs and 16 stolen bases.

Corey Oswalt led the team in wins going 11-5 with a 3.36 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 23 starts for Savannah. Ricky Knapp (8-3, 2.60), Casey Delgado (8-4, 3.17), Josh Prevost (6-4, 3.75), Chris Flexen (4-0, 1.87) and Martires Arias (7-5, 2.43) round out the rest of the Sand Gnats rotation. Arias will get the game one start against Rockies prospect Jesus Tinoco (7-6, 2.97) tonight.

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Mets Minors: Matz One Step Closer, Black Blows Lead Fri, 21 Aug 2015 14:45:41 +0000 steven matz

Omaha 5, Las Vegas (68-58) 4

Vic Black had a night he would like to forget as he blew a 3-1 lead in the 9th inning as the 51′s lost and fell out of first place for the first time since April 28th. He allowed three runs on four hits and two walks while striking out two. He threw 25 pitches with only 13 of them as strikes.

John Church saved Black from having an even worse night by striking out a batter with three of Vics’ runners on. Dillon Gee settled down after giving up a run in each of the first two innings to go 7 innings allowing two runs on seven hits. He walked nobody and struck out two on 97 pitches with 64 of them for strikes.

Las Vegas lineup produced only five hits with the big hit coming from Kirk Nieuwenhuis who doubled home two to take the lead with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Travis Taijeron started off the inning with his 20th homerun of the year which you can see here. Brandon Nimmo went 0-4 but did have two outfield assists while playing right field.

Dilson Herrera, Kevin Plawecki, and Matt Reynolds combined to go 0-11 while the first two each had a walk. Box Score

St. Lucie (62-61) 5, Palm Beach 2

Steven Matz made his second rehab start going 2.2 innings allowing one run on four hits and a walk with one strikeout. He threw 41 pitches with 25 for strikes, with 7 of his last 9 being balls as he started to tire some. He was hitting 92/93 with his fastball on a gun that is generally a little slow. Probably more like 93/94 which is fine for this time in his rehab.

He also threw a couple of very sharp curveballs including one that got his only strikeout of the night. Got a swing and miss on the one changeup he threw. His next rehab start will be on Tuesday with Binghamton with a pitch count at/around 60 in his 3rd outing on his way back.

David Wright had a planned night off for St. Lucie. Jeff McNeil went 3-4 with a double, RBI, and run scored lifting his average to .315. Dominic Smith was 1-4 with his now league leading 73 RBI. Amed Rosario was 0-2 with a run scored and two walks including an impressive one that came after falling behind 0-2 to load the bases.

Jake Kuebler got the win throwing 4.1 scoreless innings of relief allowing two hits and striking out four. He is now 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 22 innings for the Mets. Box Score

Savannah (73-48) 6, Kannapolis 2

Sand Gnats scored four in the third and two in the fourth inning helping propel them to their 16th straight win which is currently the longest streak in the Minor Leagues. Casey Delgado pitched well going 7 innings giving up two runs on seven hits and seven strikeouts. He improved his record to 7-3 while lowering his ERA to 3.26 and WHIP to 1.11 in 14 games.

Paul Paez pitched a perfect 8th inning to bring his ERA down to 1.60 for Savannah. Luis Mateo continues to pitch well throwing a perfect 9th with a strikeout. Has allowed just nine hits and three runs in 18.1 innings this year coming back from injury.

Luis Guillorme was 3-4 with three RBI, run scored, and his 13th double. He is batting .415/.473/.508 with six doubles in August and leads the South Atlantic League with 130 hits. Wuilmer Becerra was 3-4 with two RBI, 14th stolen base, and two run scored. He has hit safely in 9 of 10 and has 16 hits during that span to go along with nine RBI.  Eudor Garcia was 1-4 with his 53rd RBI extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Box Score

Brooklyn (27-30) 4, Lowell 3 F/11

With nobody out and the bases loaded reserve outfielder Pedro Perez came up with a chance to win it for the Cyclones and he did getting plunked to bring Hengelbert Rojas home as the winning run in the walk-off victory. Brooklyn scored two runs to put the game into extra inning in the 9th inning on a rally started by a David Thompson leadoff double.

Perez finished the night 2-3 with an RBI and Thompson was 1-5 with his 8th double. Brandon Brosher was 2-5 with a double, two runs scored, and struck out three times. Vinny Siena went 0-5 with two strikeouts lowering his average to .282 on the year.

Kevin Canelon pitch 8 good innings allowing two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out four. Alex Palsha pitched a scoreless 10th with two strikeouts lowering his ERA to 0.42 with the league batting .143 against him. Box Score

Kingsport (30-25) 8, Bluefield 0

The Mets victory and a loss by Elizabethton puts them back into a tie for first place in the Western Division in the Appalachian League. Two 2015 draftees, Thomas McIlraith (20th RD) and Seth Davis (29th RD) combined to throw a four hit shutout with ten strikeouts. McIlraith went 7 shutout innings allowing a HBP and four hits while striking out five to move to 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in 10 games (7 starts). Davis faced six batters and struck out five of them with all of them coming swinging.

Patrick Mazeika was 2-5 with two runs scored, his league leading 25th double, and boosted his leading average up to .368 for the year. Yet another 2015 draft pick Kevin Kaczmarski had a good night going 2-4 with two runs scored, two RBI, walk, 17th steal, and his fourth triple. Now second in league in hitting at .354 and second in runs scored as well with 40. Luis Carpio was 2-4 with two RBI, he is hitting .305/.371/.374 in 33 games.

Milton Ramos was 1-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, hitting .333 with ten RBI in his last 9 games. Dash Winningham was 1-4 with a walk, now hitting .269/.314/.505 for the season. Arnaldo Berrios was 3-5 with a run scored and two doubles. Box Score

GCL Nationals 4, GCL Mets (25-27) 3

The took a 3-1 lead headed to the top of the 9th inning as they looked to snap a 7-game losing streak but closer Alejandro Castro gave up three runs including a two-out two-run single for the game winner. Ali Sanchez (2-4, BB) led off the the bottom of the inning with a single before Dionis Paulino came into pinch run for him and was caught trying to steal second.

Joel Huertas pitched 5.2 innings giving up one run on fives hits while striking out seven and was in line for the victory. Mets 3rd round pick Max Wotell pitched a career high 2.1 innings, he did not allow a run on a walk, HBP, and two strikeouts. Over 9.1 innings to start his career he has allowed just two run on two hits and struck out thirteen.

Fellow 2015 draftee Desmond Lindsay had a good day as well going 2-4 with a run scored and his 2nd triple. Now hitting a cool .321/.406/.500 in 17 pro games. Franklin Correa and Luis Crisostomo each had two hits. Box Score

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Mets Minors: Wright Walks Three Times, Molina Back On DL Wed, 19 Aug 2015 13:45:28 +0000 Marcos Molina (Photo: Bryan Green)

Marcos Molina (Photo: Bryan Green)


Las Vegas (68-56) 6, Iowa 5 Walk-Off

For the second straight night the 51′s beat the Cubs in walk-off fashion after Danny Muno hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the 12th inning on Monday night. Dan Rohlfing was hit by the pitch as a pinch hitter with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th to end the game last night. The win holds the 51′s lead in the Pacific Southern division at 1.5 games over El Paso.

Jacob Lugo (Seth) was solid in his second AAA start of the year going 6 innings allowing three runs on eight hits walking none and striking out four. Alex Torres retired the two batters he face striking out one, he as walked none and allowed one run in 3 AAA innings so far. John Church picked up his 2nd win in as many nights pitching a scoreless top of the 9th inning.

Dilson Herrera was 3-4 with a walk, RBI, 23rd double, and two runs scored. Dilson is hitting .421 over his last ten games. Matt Reynolds was 2-5 with a run scored and his 58th RBI of the season. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-4 with a walk in his second game back with Las Vegas (1-4 on Monday). Kevin Plawecki went 1-4 with a double while catching and batting 7th.

Jayce Boyd made a rare start in left field going 2-4 before being lifted for a pinch runner. Brandon Nimmo sat against a lefty start, riding the pine for the 2nd time in three nights. He struck out as a pinch hitter in the 6th inning. Box Score

Binghamton had their game rained out and will play a doubleheader starting at 5:35 ET tomorrow. They are currently in second place in the division but are 4 games up on the Trenton Thunder for a playoff spot.

Bradenton 5, St. Lucie (60-61) 2

The big news on the field was that David Wright played all 9 innings in the field and went 0-1 with three walks at the dish. He didn’t get many pitches to hit all night and seemed a little anxious in his last at bat when he struck out swinging. He made a throwing error in the 4th inning that led to four unearned runs.

However, the announcer clearly said that Dominic Smith got the errant throw and came back to the bag before the runner got there meaning the ump missed the call. Wright also made a nice play towards the line on the backhand and threw the runner out at first. After the game the Captain said this: “Didn’t expect to be where I am five games into my rehab.”

The big news off the field was not positive as the St. Lucie Mets placed starting pitcher Marcos Molina back on the disabled list after two appearances with the same elbow soreness that put him on the shelf originally. Molina had a rough outing on Monday giving up five runs in 4 innings in what unfortunately could be his last start in awhile. Hope for the best, but there were whispers of TJS the first time and it sounds like he was unable to pitch through whatever the Mets saw in the initial prognosis.

Amed Rosario went 1-3 with a walk, RBI, and his 12th stolen base of the year. Smith had his 11-game hitting streak snapped going 0-3 with a walk while lowering his average to .310 for the year. Kyle Johnson continued to struggle in his rehab assignment going 1-5 with two strikeouts. Box Score

Savannah (72-48) 1, Augusta 0 F/6

The Sand Gnats won their 15th straight game behind fantastic pitching by Ricky Knapp who pitched a complete game shutout with eight strikeouts and allowed just three singles. He moved his record to 7-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.43 for the year. Michael Katz was 1-3 while knocking in the only run of the game in the first inning.

Wuilmer Becerra went 1-3 and scored the only run of the game, he is now hitting an even .300 in 101 games this year. Luis Guillorme was 1-2 with a walk and his .308 average is 5th in the South Atlantic League. Eudor Garcia had his 10-game hitting streak snapped going 0-2 with a walk. Oswald Caraballo was 1-2, he is 3-9 with a walk since being promoted from Brooklyn. Box Score

Princeton 10, Kingsport (29-25) 5

Dash Winningham continues to crush the ball going 3-5 with his league leading 12th homerun and adding to RBI to that league leading total of 45. Patrick Mazeika went 2-4 with a walk and his 43rd RBI (2nd in league) raising his league leading average to .367.

Kevin Kaczmarski was 2-4 with his 3rd triple, walk, and two runs scored. He is now 2nd in the league in runs scored at 68 and 2nd in average at .351. Ivan Wilson was 3-4 with a walk, 7th stolen base, and his 6th double. He is 11-30 in his last eight games while not striking out in his last two. Milton Ramos was 1-4 with a RBI, he has hit .341 with 9 RBI over his last ten games. Box Score

GCL Marlins 10, GCL Mets (25-25) 4 

Mets 2015 2nd round pick Desmond Lindsay went 1-3 with a walk and his first professional homerun, a solo shot to left field in the 9th inning. He is now hitting .313/.411/.479 ins 15 games but has also struck out 16 times. Anthony Dimino went 3-4 with a run scored and his 2nd stolen base of the year, his hitting .310/.405/.366 for the year. Box Score

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Mets Minors: Savannah Scores 20, Black Gets Save, Molina Returns Wed, 05 Aug 2015 15:00:24 +0000 vic black

Injury Update

Mets pitching prospect Marcos Molina is making his return to the mound today at 12 PM for the GCL Mets as the starting pitcher. He has been out with “elbow soreness” since May 13th with most believing he would end up needing TJS.  He was MMO’s #9 rated prospect prior to this season and with Michael Fulmer gone is clearly the best Mets pitching prospect if healthy.

In his first rehab appearance for the GCL Mets today Molina pitched 3 perfect innings with three strikeouts.

Las Vegas (62-49) 5, Tacoma 2

The 51′s offense struck early getting three runs in the first inning against former Yankee Chien-Ming Wang who then held them scoreless for the next 6 innings. Brandon Allen hit a two-run homerun in the bottom of the 8th inning to give Las Vegas some insurance runs. Allen was 2-4 with his 12th HR, 2nd triple, two runs scored, and three RBI. Here is video of the homer.

Dilson Herrera was 2-4 with his 19th double and has now had multiple hits in four straight games. Darrell Ceciliani went 2-4 extending his hitting streak to ten games, he is hitting .436 over that span but has also struck out seven times. Brandon Nimmo was 2-4 with his third stolen base in just seven games while playing the while game in right field.

Darin Gorski struck out seven but lasted only 4.2 innings giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks, he left the game with the bases loaded. Chase Bradford got out of the bases loaded jam without any damage and stayed in to pitch 2.1 scoreless to pick up his 5th win of the season.

Zack Thornton got two outs in the 8th inning, over his last 10.1 innings he has a 1.74 ERA with 12 strikeouts. For the year he has a 3.54 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, while holding opponents to a .218 average, and is someone I think we will see in September. Dario Alvarez came into face a lefty and struck him out, he now has seven K’s in 3.1 AAA innings.

Vic Black got his first save of the season in his typical fashion allowing a double and walk but getting his 2nd strikeout to end the game. He has given up only one run in his last 8 innings pitched. Box Score

Binghamton (60-48) 8, Bowie 2

Josh Rodriguez was 2-4 with two runs scored and a grand slam for his league leading 17th homerun of the season. Here is video of J-Rod’s 2nd slam of the year. Jonathan Galvez was 2-4 with two runs scored and his first homerun for the B’Mets, he is 11-29 with seven RBI over his last 8 games. Jared King was 2-3 with a walk, two runs scored, and his 4th homerun (the first of his career right-handed).

Gavin Cecchini went 1-5 and is now 19-44 over his last ten games. Brock Peterson was 1-3 with a walk, 12th double, and his 38th RBI in just 52 games with Binghamton.

Tyler Pill got the win in his return to return to AA going 5.1 innings allowing one run on five hits and two walks while striking out three. Jeff Walters came in with two runners on getting two outs stranding the runners. Walters gave up a run in his 2nd inning of work in part because of a triple that should have been caught. It was the first run Jeff has allowed in his last 10.2 innings. Box Score

St. Lucie (55-52) 7, Fort Myers 2

St. Lucie offense was led by Dominic Smith who was 3-4 with a run scored and his 64th RBI of the season. Matt Oberste also had three hits to go with a run scored and two RBI, he is hitting .424 over his last ten games. Yeixon Ruiz was 3-5 with two runs scored and a RBI, he is batting .405 with 11 runs scored in his last ten games.

Jhoan Urena went 2-4 with a run scored and is 4-12 in his last three games after going hit-less in the prior seven. Jeff McNeil went 1-4 with a run scored, RBI, and his 6th double of the year as he continues to play shortstop with Amed Rosario on the disabled list.

Scarlyn Reyes struggled in his 2nd advanced-A start lasting only 4.1 innings giving up three runs (two runs) on five hits and three walks. Robert Coles moved to 4-2 in relief pitching 2.2 innings allowing a run on two hits with two strikeouts. Mike Hepple pitched two scoreless innings to secure his 2nd save of the year. Box Score

Savannah (59-48) 20, Rome 3

The Sand Gnats put the game away early scoring eight runs in the 2nd, four in the third, and three in the fourth to take a 15-0 lead. Savannah ended with 33 runners with 24 coming via hits, 5 walks, and 4 HBP. Patrick Biondi was the star going 5-7 with six RBI, three runs scored, and his 2nd homerun of the season. Here is video of the homerun.

Wuilmer Becerra went 3-7 with two doubles, three run scored, and four RBI giving him 45 for the season. He is slashing .299/.348/.452 for the season. Here is the video of one of the doubles. Luis Guillorme was 4-7 with three runs scored and his 44th RBI. Eudor Garcia was hit by a pitch on the knee in the 2nd inning and was immediately removed for a pinch runner. John Mora reached five times with two hits and three walks.

Corey Oswalt improved his record to 8-4 going 5 scoreless innings with five hits and a walk while striking out eight batters. Box Score

Lowell 5, Brooklyn (23-20) 1

The Cyclones outhit Lowell 8-4 but went 1-11 with runners in scoring position that stranded twelve runners. Michael Bernal went 2-4 with a walk and a run scored boosting his slash line to .273/.347/.484 for the year. David Thompson was 1-2 with a HBP and his 16th RBI on a sacrifice fly. Vinny Siena was 1-5 and saw his average dip below .300 for the first time since the second game of the year.

Tyler Badamo fell to 2-5 despite having a 3.10 ERA because he lasted only 2.2 innings giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits while striking out six. Ruben Reyes, Ty Williams, Nicco Blank, and Carlos Valdez combined to throw 5.1 innings of relief allowing only three unearned runs. Box Score

Bristol 10, Kingsport (19-21) 8 F/10

The Mets scored a run in the bottom of the 9th to force extras and had Dash Winningham up as the tying run in the 10th but he flew out to end the game. Patrick Mazeika was 4-5 with two doubles, run scored, three RBI, and now is tied for league lead in doubles (18) & RBI (31). Winningham finished 1-4 with run scored and his 31st RBI as well.

Kevin Kaczmarski went 1-3 with two walks, two runs scored, walk, and and two stolen bases out of the leadoff spot. Dale Burdick was 1-4 with two walks and his 2nd homerun of the year. Darryl Knight went 1-3 with a walk and his 4th homer.

Joe Shaw, 12th round, pitched 1.2 perfect innings in relief with two strikeouts. Chase Ingram, 6th round, suffered his second loss giving up two unearned runs while striking out two. Box Score

GCL Nationals 5, GCL Mets (20-17) 1

Jake Kuebler pitched a scoreless first inning in his first rehab appearance. Adonis Uceta went 5 innings allowing two runs on four hits and struck out six. Jake Simon, 11th round, gave up his first pro run on two walks in one inning of relief. Yeffry De Aza extended his hitting streak to 11 games going 2-4 with double and a run scored.

Cecilio Aybar was 1-3 with his first triple and his 3rd RBI of the year. Ali Sanchez was 0-4 dropping average down to .314 but did throw out 19 base stealer compared to 12 who have been successful. Desmond Lindsay got the day off. Box Score

News and Notes

Scott Rice was placed in the 7-day disabled list for Las Vegas. Joe Tuschak was placed on the DL for Savannah with Chris Flexen activated to take his place on the Sand Gnats roster.

The Mets announced that the Savannah Sand Gnats who are being relocated to South Carolina will be known as the Columbia Fireflies.

Michael Fulmer made his Tigers system debut last night pitching for the AA Erie SeaWolves going 6.2 scoreless allowing two hits and two walks while striking out six to pick up the win.

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Prospect Pulse: Dominic Smith’s Power Will Come Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:00:27 +0000 Dominic - Smith

Heading into the 2014 season, Dominic Smith was considered one of the best position players in the Mets minor league system. Baseball America rated him as the Mets’ 4th best prospect, and the 92nd prospect overall in MLB. Smith was selected by New York in the first round of the 2013 draft, and quickly got off to a hot start early in his career. He batted .303 with an impressive .398 on base percentage in 173 at-bats at the rookie level during his first professional season. After this encouraging performance, the Mets aggressively promoted Smith to Single-A Savannah where he played for the entire 2014 season.

The most discussed topic about Smith this year has been his extremely low power numbers. Over 461 at-bats for Savannah, Smith has hit just one home run along with 26 doubles. While these stats appear problematic, they are not much of a concern when they are put into context. Smith played his home games at Historic Grayson Park, which is considered to be one of the toughest places to hit for power in the minors. Over the past several years, Grayson Park has yielded the least amount of home runs throughout the entire minor leagues.

In addition to playing half of his games in an extreme pitcher’s park, Smith is one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League at just 19 years old. The average player in the league is close to 22 years old, making Smith is about three years younger than the competition.  Since Smith is far less experienced than the pitchers he has faced, he should not be judged harshly based off his numbers this season. Power is often the last skill that develops for prospects, so it is likely that he will hit for more power as he get gets older and stronger.

Despite his underwhelming power stats, there are a few positives worth noting this season. Smith posted a respectable .271 average and a .344 OBP. He also showed a good eye at the plate and an ability to hit for contact with 51 walks and just 77 strikeouts. While these numbers are not excellent, they are promising signs that he could develop into a solid hitter in the future.

It would have been nice to see Smith produce more in his first full season, but the Mets need to remain patient with him. He is obviously some time away from the majors, but his upside is still tremendous. He has the potential to hit for average and power while also playing a solid defense at first base. Smith clearly has the tools to eventually advance to the majors, and it is only a matter of time before his power begins to manifest itself.

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Talking Nimmo, Plawecki, Boyd, Wheeler, Ynoa With Our Sand Gnats Beat Writer Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:17:56 +0000 plawecki

Hey everyone, enjoy this interview session with our Savannah Sand Gnats beat writer, Wally Murphy, who attended every single Savannah home game for us this year… Thanks, Wally… Joe D. 

The Sand Gnats had a tremendous first half, which led them to clinching the playoffs. After Plawecki and Boyd were promoted and left holes in the lineup, did you think they still had a chance to win the championship?

When Kevin Plawecki and Jayce Boyd were promoted to St. Lucie, I did not believe the Savannah Sand Gnats would win the SAL Championship. My friends who attend the games did not believe it would happen either. It was incredible to see their success this season — which seemed to come against all odds.


There have been a lot of opinions (some negative, some positive) about Brandon Nimmo’s season. What are your thoughts on his 2013 performance and his development moving forward?

During the first half of the season, Brandon Nimmo, was injured which impeded his progress. He improved the second half of the season. He played in 110 games and hit .273. Nimmo led the team in strikeouts with 131.  The second half of the season, pitchers adjusted and got Nimmo out numerous times on curve balls. He did a good job tracking down fly balls at spacious center field at Grayson Stadium. He is young and has time to work on his hitting.

Savannah’s pitching staff was dominant all season…what aspect of their dominance impressed you the most?

Savannah’s pitching was dominant all season. What was impressive was how consistently they pitched giving their team an opportunity to stay close and win a game.


Who would you tab as the most valuable position player? Why?

The most valuable position player was first baseman Jayce Boyd.  He appeared in 65 games during the first half and batted .361. It seemed every game he played, he picked 1-3 throws in the dirt helping the infielders avoid throwing errors. Boyd told me he practices fielding balls in the dirt. I definitely noticed the results throughout the season.

Which player do you feel took the biggest step forward in their development?

A player making great strides, Maikis De La Cruz. He played all three outfield positions and only made three errors. In 96 games, he batted .261. He impressed quite a few people with his athleticism.

Which player took the biggest step back in their development?

One starter who had a rough season was shortstop Phillip Evans. He batted .203 in 106 games and led the team with the most errors with 26. Evans did miss games with an injury, but he really struggled all throughout the year.

Gabe Ynoa

Who is your most valuable pitcher? Why?

Without question, the most valuable pitcher was Gabriel Ynoa who won 15 games and lost just four. In 135.2 innings pitched, Ynoa struck out 108 and his ERA was 2.72.  He started two playoff games and won both and his ERA was 1.23. He was the most impressive pitcher on the staff this year.

Which player do you think had the best season while flying under the radar?

Reliever Beck Wheeler had the best season flying under the radar. In 50.1 innings pitched, he struck out 74. The closer had 19 saves. His ERA was 2.32 all year and he anchored the bullpen for the Sand Gnats.

What are you going to miss the most from this year’s team?

While the pitching was dominant, the team hitting was inconsistent. Fans did not know if the team would get a few hits or 16 hits like they did in a playoff game against Augusta. However, this led to more excitement than anything else because Savannah pulled off a lot of unlikely victories. It was an exciting season following the Savannah Sand Gnats and I was thoroughly entertained.

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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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Kershaw Says Harvey Should Start All-Star Game Sun, 14 Jul 2013 14:23:07 +0000 matt-harvey

Sandy Alderson told reporters before Saturday’s game that the decision to skip his start yesterday was based largely on reducing his workload.

“He would pitch in the All-Star Game whether he pitched today or not,” the Mets’ GM said. “That wasn’t the reason we made the decision. We made the decision on his projected workload over the course of the season. His blister was a factor and the ability for him to pitch a side (session) and get ready to come in and open the second half strong.”

Harvey has tossed 130 innings this season and was on pace for 249 innings. Considering he pitched a combined 169 innings between the majors and minors last season, increasing his workload by 80 innings would have been sheer insanity for the 24-year old righthander.

Harvey has averaged more than 6.2 innings per start and will be capped somewhere between 200-210 innings in 2013, according to Alderson.

The undisputed ace of the team, Harvey is 7-2 with a 2.35 ERA and a 0.915 WHIP. He’s racked up 147 strikeouts while walking only 28 batters this season.

The starting pitcher for the National League has yet to be announced by manager Bruce Bochy. But Harvey’s main competition, Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, gave Bochy the all-clear on picking Matt Harvey.

“Harvey should start,” Kershaw told FOX Sports ”There’s no reason, especially if it’s in New York, that he shouldn’t start. That’s what the fans will want. I’ve got no problem with that.”

Kershaw is 8-6 on the season, but leads the National League with in ERA (1.98), WHIP (0.908), ERA+ (181), and shutouts (2).

Classy move by Kershaw… Now the next move belongs to Bochy…

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Jayce Boyd Is Now Menacing Florida State League Pitching Mon, 24 Jun 2013 18:11:43 +0000 Jayce-Boyd

Jayce Boyd finally got that long waited promotion to Advanced-A, right after the SAL All Star Game as I had speculated. But don’t think for a moment that the better class of pitching has slowed him down any… It hasn’t.

The right-handed first-bagger has a four game hitting streak and has nine hits in his first 17 FSL at-bats with a home run on Sunday and five RBIs in his first week.


Before his promotion to Advanced-A St. Lucie, Boyd was among the top ten in many offensive categories the South Atlantic League:

  • .361 Batting Average (1st)
  • .441 On-Base Percentage (1st)
  • 46 RBIs (9th)
  • 123 Total Bases (9th)
  • 35 Walks (8th)

Matt Musico, the executive editor for, wrote the following about Boyd last week shortly before his promotion:

Jayce Boyd was a sixth-round draft pick by the New York Mets in last year’s MLB Draft, and has certainly made people within the organization take notice with his performance with the Savannah Sand Gnats through 62 games this season.

After signing with New York, the Florida State University product joined the Cyclones in Brooklyn for 54 games and 201 at-bats. He put together decent numbers in his first professional season (.239/.320/.368), but certainly nothing eye-popping. In 2013, he’s turned into a force at the plate, with last night’s 4-for-4 performance (including a triple, home run, and three RBIs) against Greenville as the team’s cleanup hitter as another reminder.

His patience at the plate has been the most notable part of his approach since joining the Mets organization. In Brooklyn, he walked 25 times compared to 30 strikeouts. The same trend is appearing this year with Savannah, as he’s drawn 35 free passes, compared to only 32 strikeouts.

While Boyd is hitting well in just about every scenario thrown his way this season, he’s especially killing southpaws when they take the mound. Only 36 of his 240 at-bats have come against left-handers, but he’s put together a ridiculous .472/.568/.611 line, good for a 1.179 OPS.

I’ve said this before and I will continue saying it until he proves me wrong, but Boyd could end up being the first baseman of the future for the Mets.

I still believe that if they can rebuild Ike Davis‘ value, he will be shopped and likely traded this offseason.

As most of the readers here know, I said the same thing last year and yet they brought him back and gave him a huge raise while avoiding arbitration. I suspect they strongly regret that now and I’d bet that won’t happen again this Winter.

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Prospect Spotlight: Jayce Boyd Leads League In Batting and On-Base Mon, 17 Jun 2013 14:59:50 +0000 jayce-boyd

Jayce Boyd was a sixth-round draft pick by the New York Mets in last year’s MLB Draft, and has certainly made people within the organization take notice with his performance with the Savannah Sand Gnats through 62 games this season.

After signing with New York, the Florida State University product joined the Cyclones in Brooklyn for 54 games and 201 at-bats. He put together decent numbers in his first professional season (.239/.320/.368), but certainly nothing eye-popping. In 2013, he’s turned into a force at the plate, with last night’s 4-for-4 performance (including a triple, home run, and three RBIs) against Greenville as the team’s cleanup hitter as another reminder.

After the first half of the season in the South Atlantic League, Boyd is among the league leaders in numerous offensive categories:

  • .361 Batting Average (1st)
  • .441 On-Base Percentage (1st)
  • .494 Slugging Percentage (13th)
  • 46 RBIs (9th)
  • 123 Total Bases (9th)
  • 35 Walks (8th)

His patience at the plate has been the most notable part of his approach since joining the Mets organization. In Brooklyn, he walked 25 times compared to 30 strikeouts. The same trend is appearing this year with Savannah, as he’s drawn 35 free passes, compared to only 32 strikeouts.

While Boyd is hitting well in just about every scenario thrown his way this season, he’s especially killing southpaws when they take the mound. Only 36 of his 240 at-bats have come against left-handers, but he’s put together a ridiculous .472/.568/.611 line, good for a 1.179 OPS.

Now that he was able to participate in spring training this season and comfortably start the season with Savannah, Boyd has been pleased with how he’s been hitting, sending a clear message to the organization that he wants to be taken seriously.

In an article on, Boyd spoke to Jonathon Raymond about his approach at the plate:

I feel pretty comfortable at the plate, but you always go through ups and downs, no matter what. It’s about minimizing the downs and maximizing the ups, and I’ve been trying to do that all season. Tonight I had a good night, and hopefully I’ll keep it going from there. I just want to keep as even-keeled as possible. You try not to get too low when things are going bad and not get too high when things are going great. Stay there in the middle with what you can control, and good things usually happen when you have that plan and that process.

Spoken like a true ballplayer trying to get better each day. I love the approach, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the second half of the season will bring Jayce, especially since it should be at the next level.

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Lower Minors: Plawecki Smacks Two More Doubles, DeGrom Ks 7, Taijeron Rips Erupts With Four Hits Sat, 13 Apr 2013 14:01:59 +0000 412StLucie

St. Lucie 6, Bradenton 5

Jacob DeGrom started the game strong for St. Lucie by retiring the first eight batters that he faced, but he ran into trouble in the fourth inning.  DeGrom gave up three runs off four hits in the frame. He then gave up a home run to Willy Garcia in the sixth that put St. Lucie behind 4-3.

However, the Mets were able to retake the lead due to some sloppy defense by the Bradenton Marauders. Travis Taijeron scored the tying run in the seventh on a fielding error. Then, in the ninth, Cam Maron reached base on an error, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, and then scored on a dropped fly ball by the second baseman to put St. Lucie ahead. The Marauders committed six errors in the game.

Unfortunately, St. Lucie quickly gave back the lead in the bottom of the ninth.  T.J Chism recorded the first two outs of the inning, but gave up a fly ball that was just out of the reach of second baseman T.J Rivera that tied the game.

In the 12th, St. Lucie went ahead for good. Charles Thurber scored the winning run on a force out, and Hamilton Bennett picked up the save in the bottom of the inning.

Player Notes:

Jacob DeGrom pitched better than his line showed since many of the hits he gave up weren’t hit very hard.

T.J Rivera crushed a three run double off the CF wall for the first runs of the game, but he failed to come through twice with runners on third with less than 2 outs later in the game.

Aderlin Rodriguez had a rough night at the plate going 0-6 with 2 K’s.

Key Stats

Jacob DeGrom: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K,  1HR
T.J Rivera: 2-for-7, 2B, 3 RBI
Travis Taijeron: 4-for-5, 3B, 2B,  1 R, 1 BB


Rome 5, Savannah 2

Savannah (4-4) jumped out to an early lead on a Kevin Plawecki‘s RBI double in the top of the first. Rome (5-3) got the run right back in the bottom half of the first through an RBI single by Carlos Franco. They took the lead in the second after an error by SS Phillips Evans with the bases loaded. Not to be outdone, the Sand Gnats evened the score in the top of the fourth on a double play with the bases loaded, which scored Kevin Plawecki. Plawecki had led off the inning with a double, one of two on the evening.

Rome took the lead for good with a three spot in the bottom of the fifth inning off Gnats starter Gabriel Ynoa, who failed to record an out in the fifth before being lifted. Ynoa would go four innings, allowing five runs, four of them earned, on eight hits and two walks. He did strike out four. The Gnats were kept in the game with stellar relief work by Bret Mitchell who pitched two perfect innings and they got a perfect inning each from Beck Wheeler and Tim Peterson.

Key Stats

Brandon Nimmo: 2-for-3, 1 BB, 1 R
Kevin Plawecki: 3-for-4, 2 2B, 1 R, 1 RBI
Gabriel Ynoa: 4.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 4 K

(Recaps by Vinny B. and Fonzie13)

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Mets Minors Confidential: Wheeler Gets MRI, Flores Is Slumping Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:00:05 +0000 mm confidential

Las Vegas 51s

For those of you with weak constitutions, you might want to go away now as I talk about blisters…more specifically, the one that Zack Wheeler apparently had on his throwing hand. It unfortunately burst during the Tuesday night start against the Fresno Grizzlies and the Mets were concerned enough to send him for an MRI.

He had been dealing with the blister throughout both of his two starts in 2013, so the question now arises of how or if the blister threw Zack off his game. Sources have stated that the pain was so bad that Wheeler actually was unable to throw his slider.

His stat line might be underwhelming to begin the season, but the intangibles are there and I cannot stress enough the amount of potential that this young man radiates with.

Outside of Zack Wheeler news, Josh Satin hit another moonshot and Andrew Brown continues to impress so far. Wilmer Flores, after starting the year 3-for-3, has gone 1-for-18 since…he is logging some time at second base, however.

Binghamton Mets

The rains came down in Binghamton and their game with Erie was suspended yesterday and pushed to August 9th. The B-Mets were leading 1-0 at the time of the suspension.

St. Lucie Mets

Although St. Lucie dropped their first decision of the 2013 season last night, it was a 1-0 final result. What does that mean? Their pitching continues to be superhuman.

Savannah Sand Gnats

So Savannah came through for themselves on Guaranteed Win Wednesday – so no free tickets are being handed out down there. A converted infielder, Jake Kuebler, was able to pitch his way to earning his first professional save last night. Nice job!

Kevin Plawecki continued his hot hitting, going 3-5 with 3 doubles and raising his batting average to .444 on the season.

I am really starting to like what I see from Matthew Bowman. He was strong against yesterday en rout to the aforementioned Sand Gnats win.

Pitcher Paul Sewald was placed on the DL for Savannah yesterday – and Beck Wheeler will get pushed up from Brooklyn to take his place.

Tweet Of The Day


For those of you that follow the minors extensively, Cubs prospect Jorge Soler is in for some trouble after he grabbed a bat and charged at the opposing dugout.

Have a good day!

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Mets Minors: Plawecki Slams Three Doubles, Matt Bowman Shuts Down Opposition In Savannah Win Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:05:49 +0000 410Savannah

Savannah Sand Gnats 7, Augusta GreenJackets 0

The Savannah Sand Gnats swatted a new season-high 14 hits against the Augusta GreenJackets on their way to a 7-0 win Wednesday night at Historic Grayson Stadium. The Gnats (4-3) have won two straight games for the first time in 2013.

Opening Night starter Matthew Bowman delivered a strong start for Savannah, scattering four hits over six shutout innings for his first win of the year. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Jake Kuebler, a converted infielder, working as a full-time pitcher in 2013, took care of the final three innings to earn his first professional save.

The Gnats scored in four straight innings, from the second through the fifth.

The GreenJackets (4-3) finished 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Savannah scored their first run in the second. LF Stefan Sabol walked, stole second and came home on DH Gregory Pron‘s single into right. Sabol completed the game’s scoring by launching a two-run homer down the left field line in the fifth to cap a three-run inning.

Savannah made it 4-0 in the fourth. With two outs and the bases empty, 2B Yucarybert De La Cruz doubled. RF Eudy Pina followed by tripling up the right-center field gap. As he went hard into third base, Augusta 3B Mitch Delfino could not handle the one-hopped throw. As the ball bounced back towards the infield, Pina hopped up and raced home.

Gnats’ catcher Kevin Plawecki doubled home a run in the bottom of the fifth. It was the first of three doubles for Plawecki who lifted his batting average to .444 (12 H/27 AB) through seven games.

The Gnats play in Rome Thursday and Friday evening. Also, with their win during Wednesday’s game, they did not have to give out free tickets to everyone in attendance.

Key Stats

  • Kevin Plawecki – 3 for 5, 3 2B, R, RBI
  • Stefan Sabol – 2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, SB
  • Eudy Pina – 3 for 4, 2B, 3B, RBI, R
  • Matt Bowman – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 4 K, 0 ER, W
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Mets Minors Confidential: Boyd and Satin Sizzling, St. Lucie Has A 0.57 ERA Wed, 10 Apr 2013 15:42:49 +0000 mm confidential

Las Vegas 51s

Zack Wheeler made his second start of the season last night for Las Vegas and lasted five-and-a-third innings, allowing four runs (one earned) off eight hits and three walks, while striking out six. A few things to note past that line? First off, Wheeler fields his position pretty well, which is always a positive. Another positive is the fact that his breaking ball looked really strong early and flashed real potential. He recorded 16 outs and 14 of them were via ground-out or strikeout. He still struggled with his command a little – but there’s no rush, Zack. You’ll get it down.

On the other side of the ball, Josh Satin continues to pummel the ball. He has a .480/.800/1.319 slash to begin the season, and he jacked his second home run of the season last night.

Adam Rubin says the Mets have pretty much settled on a position for former shortstop Wilmer Flores. Flores exclusively has manned second base for Vegas, except for one game at DH. A team official said Flores still may get a start at third base or first base “here and there.”

Binghamton Mets

Say what you want about Rafael Montero and I will probably ignore it as I drool over him. A pitcher with strong command and above-average stuff is always someone worth keeping tabs on, and Montero justifies the publicity he has been getting with another solid start last night. The important number? He did not walk a single batter again, putting his K/BB ratio at infinity right now (15:0) through his first two starts.

The B-Mets have gone 6-for-9 in stolen base attempts so far this season. Their six steals have them tied for third in the Eastern League. Daniel Muno and Cesar Puello each have two steals; Cory Vaughn and Josh Rodriguez both have one. Opponents have gone 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts against Binghamton pitchers.

St. Lucie Mets

Michael Fulmer is making progress from March 12 surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. He returns to throwing off a mound this week.

Hansel Robles, who was forced from his first start with St. Lucie with an apparent injury after a pickoff throw, is scheduled to start for the Class A club on turn tonight. Robles experienced a sore upper back.

Are you kidding me, St.Lucie? An 0.57 E.R.A. through your first five games? Is this a video game? I should calm down. It’s not like they’ve won their first five games right? …They have?

Wow. Nice job all around, guys. Kudos to Luis Mateo for a great start, who snagged the #10 ranking on our 2013 MMO Top 25 prospects. He’s going places.

Savannah Sand Gnats

Luis Cessa was strong in Savannah’s victory last night – and Jayce Boyd is absolutely on fire, batting .545 through the first six games of the Sand Gnats’ season.

Minor League promotions are always fun – and Savannah has a good one coming up tomorrow… Guaranteed Win Wednesday. If the Gnats do not win Wednesday, every ticket holder to Wednesday’s game will receive a free ticket to the Gnats’ game on Sunday, April 14th against the Rome Braves.

Organization Batting Leaders (ESPN)

Average: Jayce Boyd, Savannah, .545; Josh Satin, Vegas, .480; Brandon Nimmo, Savannah, .417; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, .409; Andrew Brown, Vegas, .381; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .378; Cam Maron, St. Lucie, .368; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .353; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, .346; Matt Reynolds, St. Lucie, .316.

Homers: Josh Satin, Vegas, 2; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 1; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 1; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, 1.

RBI: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 8; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, 6; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 6; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 5; Josh Satin, Vegas, 5.

Steals: Brian Bixler, Vegas, 2; Danny Muno, Binghamton, 2; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 2.

Prospect Talk

Our Mets prospects are always tweeting! Time to have a little fun and pick some out…

Anyone around here like fishing? Andrew Massie has something for you.

Or maybe you’re a Bob Dylan fan? Stefan Sabol has you covered.

But I really hope that like myself and John Mincone, you’re a Knicks fan…

Have a great day, everyone.

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Mets Minors: Jayce Boyd Continues On Torrid Pace In Savannah’s Win Wed, 10 Apr 2013 11:40:33 +0000 Savannah_4_9

Savannah 7, Augusta 2

Luis Cessa, in his first start of the year, held the Augusta Green Jackets in check into the seventh inning to help the Savannah Sand Gnats earn a 7-2 win Tuesday night at Historic Grayson Stadium. Cessa, who worked six and two thirds innings, became the first Savannah starter to pitch into the seventh inning in 2013.

The Gnats (3-3) broke a 1-1 tie with a single run in the second inning when 2B Chad Zurcher singled home LF Gregory Pron and never trailed again.

Savannah added two runs in the third inning to build a 4-1 advantage. 1B Jayce Boyd, who was 3-for-5, began the inning with a double to center field. He came home on SSPhilip Evans’ sacrifice fly. Later in the inning, 3B Cole Frenzel doubled home DH Kevin Plawecki.

Boyd finished 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. The Mets’ sixth round pick in the 2012 draft has hit safely in all six Gnats games, going 12-for-21 for a .545 batting average.

The Green Jackets (4-2) took a brief 1-0 lead in the top of the first when 3B Mitchell Delfino doubled home SS Matt Duffy.

The Gnats evened the game with a run in the bottom of the first. CF Brandon Nimmowas hit by a pitch, and came around to score on an RBI double up the right-centerfield gap by Plawecki.

Cessa settled in after allowing the first inning run to keep the Green Jackets off the board for the next five innings. He allowed an unearned run in the seventh on a Zurcher throwing error.

The Gnats picked up a run back in the bottom of the seventh and added two in the eighth to complete the game’s scoring.

The Gnats and Green Jackets play the deciding game of their three-game set Wednesday night at 7:05 at Historic Grayson Stadium. Savannah will send RHP Matt Bowman (0-0, 3.38) to the hill against Augusta RHP Martin Agosta (1-0, 0.00).

Key Stats:

  • Jayce Boyd: 3 for 5, 2B, R, RBI
  • Kevin Plawecki: 2 for 4, 2B, R, 2 RBI
  • Cole Frenzel: 2 for 4, 2 2B, R, RBI
  • Luis Cessa: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, BB, 5 Ks, W
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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: Rainy Lara Rocks In Gnats Victory Mon, 08 Apr 2013 06:50:15 +0000 bapture

Savannah Sand Gnats, 4 Rome Braves 0 

It was raining goose eggs in Rome all day Sunday as Sand Gnats righty Rainy Lara baffled Braves hitters with six innings of two-hit scoreless baseball, and the Gnats defeated the Rome Braves 4-0 to split the four game set to open the season.

Rainy Lara (1-0) handled the first six innings with absolute expertise as he allowed just two hits and a walk, while striking out six. He was relieved by Brett Mitchell, who redeemed himself after a shaky outing against Rome in the season opener by pitching two scoreless frames and yielded just a single. Hunter Carnevale spelled Mitchell with a perfect ninth punching out two. It was a display of pitching dominance for the Gnats overall.

Savannah (2-2) put up a three spot in the third inning, opening the inning with back to back singles by the red hot Brandon Nimmo and Phillip Evans. Jayce Boyd worked out a walk to load the bases for Kevin Plawecki, who promptly lined an RBI single to center that brought home Nimmo. With the bases still full of Gnats, Stephen Sabol followed Plawecki with a single to right, plating Evans and Boyd to give Savannah a 3-0 lead. Savannah added a run in the fourth after Brandon Nimmo drilled a two-bagger and Jayce Boyd pushed him across with a two-out single. This made the score 4-0, which stood as the final result.

Brandon Nimmo is hitting .471 so far in the young season, while Satish’s guy Kevin Plawecki rocks a .467 average to this point as well. The top three hitters in the lineup, Nimmo/Evans/Boyd, all had three hits in Sunday’s game.

Key Stats:

  • Brandon Nimmo – 3 for 4, 2B, 2 R, BB
  • Philip Evans – 3 for 5, R
  • Jayce Boyd – 3 for 4, 2B, R, RBI, BB
  • Rainy Lara – 6.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K, 0 ER, W

By Joe DiOrio

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