Mets Merized Online » T.J. Rivera http://metsmerizedonline.com Tue, 02 Feb 2016 15:20:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.12 Mets Minors: Luis Guillorme Leads Our All Star Bench http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-minors-luis-guillorme-leads-our-all-star-bench.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/mets-minors-luis-guillorme-leads-our-all-star-bench.html/#comments Fri, 22 Jan 2016 20:33:41 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=204704 maxresdefault

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Part One: Position Players Led By Cecchini, Smith

Part Two: Starting Pitchers Anchored By Robert Gsellman

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

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Wuilmer Becerra Continues To Sizzle in Venezuelan Playoffs http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/wuilmer-becerra-continues-to-sizzle-in-venezuelan-playoffs.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/01/wuilmer-becerra-continues-to-sizzle-in-venezuelan-playoffs.html/#comments Sun, 03 Jan 2016 21:38:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=203450 wuilmer becerra

Mets outfield prospect Wuilmer Becerra hit .405 during the Venezuelan Winter League regular season and started off the postseason going 2 for 4 last night with a run scored. He had worked himself up to third in the lineup during the last week of the regular season but was moved down the nine spot in his first playoff action. His team, Tigres de Aragua, lost 7-5 after going to the 9th inning with a 5-4 lead. They are now down 1-0 in the best-of-7 series.

Asdrubal Cabrera continued his winter ball struggles going 0 for 4 last night in his first playoff game. He was just 3 for 19 during regular season play for the Leones del Caracas. Leones lost 8-1 in game one of the Venezuelan playoffs.

In game five of the Round Robin playoffs in the Dominican League the Tigres del Licey beat Toros del Este by a score of 16-5. Alejandro De Aza was in the initial lineup for the Toros but was a late scratch and did not appear in the game. Jenrry Mejia made his first appearance of the postseason allowing one run on two walks and a hit in his one inning of action.

Xorge Carrillo went 1 for 3 with a run scored last night for the Aguilas de Mexicali in their 5-2 victory giving them a 2-0 series lead in the first round of the Mexican League playoffs. Carrillo was 2 for 3 with the game-winning RBI double in game one.

In the first game of the Puerto Rican League playoffs the Criollos de Caguas beat the Indios de Mayaguez 2-1 in ten innings. Mets minor leaguer Johnny Monell was 3 for 5 as the catcher for the Criollos. The offensive for the Indios was paced by Mets minor league utility guy T.J. Rivera who went 3 for 5 while playing third base.

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Lagares Extends Hitting Streak, Montero Throws Bullpen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/lagares-extends-hitting-streak-montero-throws-bullpen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/lagares-extends-hitting-streak-montero-throws-bullpen.html/#comments Sat, 19 Dec 2015 17:27:38 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=202818 JUAN LAGARES 690

Wuilmer Becerra had his hitting streak snapped at seven games last night but extended his RBI streak to five games after going 0 for 3 with a sacrifice fly. He did get moved up to the seventh spot in the lineup for the game after hitting out of the eighth and ninth hole most of the winter ball season for the Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan League. He is now hitting .405/.409/.500 with seven RBI and nine runs scored in 42 at bats.

Juan Lagares returned to the lineup for the first time in a week because of the Dominican League all-star break and a sore foot. He batted fifth and played center field for the Aguilas Cibaenas going 2 for 4 with a run scored. He extended his hitting streak to seven games and is 12 for 28 with four RBI and six runs scored during that span. Overall he is hitting .294 with four walks and eight strikeouts in 14 games including going 7 for 13 off lefties.

The rest of the Winter League action last night:

  • Xorge Carrillo - 0 for 4 with two strikeouts (.299/.356/.401 with 13 walks, 24 strikeouts in 147 at bats in Mexican League).
  • Johnny Monell - 0 for 3, (.296/.400/.480 with seven doubles, three homeruns, 15 walks, 17 strikeouts in 98 at bats in Puerto Rican League).
  • T.J. Rivera - 0 for 3, walk, two runs scored (.318/.392/.409 with eight runs, eight RBI, eight walks, six strikeouts in 66 at bats in Puerto Rican League).
  • Joel Huertas - One clean scoreless inning (0-3 with 5.25 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, and 17 strikeouts in 12 innings in Puerto Rican League).
  • Dario Alvarez - 0.1 innings, hit (4.50 ERA, 1.86 WHIP over 10 innings in the Dominican League).
  • Chase Huchingson - Struck out only batter faced (one run allowed with three strikeouts in 2.1 innings in the Dominican League).

Rafael Montero was suppose to make his winter ball debut on Thursday in the Parallel League (minors) for the Leones del Escogido in the Dominican League but it got rained out. Tried again on Friday to have it rained out, so he threw a bullpen session instead. He could make an appearance next week when the playoffs start according to a source.

For more winter ball coverage and minor league news like Scott Rice signing with the Diamondbacks head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Wuilmer Becerra On Fire In Venezuelan League http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/wuilmer-becerra-on-fire-in-venezuelan-league.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/wuilmer-becerra-on-fire-in-venezuelan-league.html/#comments Thu, 17 Dec 2015 15:48:34 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=202718 CUkEvohUYAAOH_D-400x223

Mets outfield prospect Wuilmer Becerra has finally started getting regular playing time for the Tigres de Aragua and it has paid off tremendously. Last night Wuilmer had his second straight three-hit game going 3 for 5 with a double, two RBI, and three runs scored.

During his six-game hitting streak the 21-year old has gone 10 for 20 with a homerun, four RBI, and seven runs scored. Overall for the Tigres in the Venezuelan League he is hitting .444/.444/.556 in 36 at bats spanning 11 games.

He has played a few games in left field this winter, a position he hasn’t played in the Mets farm system yet. For his career he has played 212 games in right field and five in left field (all with GCL Blue Jays in 2012).

Another Met minor leaguer on a hot streak in the Caribbean League is catcher Xorge Carrillo who was 3 for 3 with a RBI last night for the Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Winter League. He now has an eight game hitting streak and is 15 for 29 with a homerun and five RBI in that span.

He has played in 44 games for the Aguilas hitting .308/.365/.413 with three homeruns, 19 RBI, and 21 runs scored in 143 at bats. The 26-year old played the entire 2015 season with the AA Binghamton Mets as their everyday catcher setting career highs with 10 homeruns, 40 RBI, 78 hits, and 38 runs scored.

Johnny Monell has cooled off lately, last night he was 0 for 3 with a strikeout for the Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Overall he is batting .305/.405/.495 with seven doubles, triple, three homeruns, and four stolen bases in 25 games. He was the DH last night as former Mets Juan Centeno caught the entire game.

You know by now that T.J. Rivera just simply hits no matter where he is and that hasn’t changed during winter ball action for the Indios de Mayaguez of the Puerto Rican League. He was 1 for 4 with a double last night and his hitting .333/.391/.429 with six walks compared to six strikeouts in 63 at bats.

Jenrry Mejia made a relief appearance last night for Tigres del Licey and after a scoreless first inning of work it didn’t go as well when he came back out. After an error by the shortstop he walked two straight batters (including former Met farmhand Matt Clark) and uncorked a wild pitch before being taken out.

Both runners were allowed to scored by Eduard Santos and another error at shortstop by Taylor Featherston. Las Vegas 51′s reliever Chase Huchingson came in and allowed a two-run single to Steven Moya to extend the inning. Mejia ended up pitching one inning allowing three runs (two earned) on three walks and a hit. He now has a 4.50 ERA in 34 innings pitched, with this being his first relief appearance.

Juan Lagares was out of the Aguilas Cibaenas lineup last night in the Dominican League with what the team is calling foot/lower leg discomfort and is considered day-to-day. He does currently have a six-game hitting streak in which he has gone 12 for 24 during.

For more winter ball coverage and a profile on one of the newest Mets Andrew Barbosa head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Wilmer Flores Homers In Return To Winter Ball Action http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/wilmer-flores-homers-in-return-to-winter-ball-action.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/wilmer-flores-homers-in-return-to-winter-ball-action.html/#comments Thu, 03 Dec 2015 15:30:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=201486 Photo by Liderendeportes.com

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Last Thursday Wilmer Flores was hit by a pitch on his left heel and was out of the lineup until last night for the Bravos de Margarita. In game one of Venezuelan League action, Flores played second base and batted fifth. He crushed a solo home run to left field in his first at bat which you can watch here.

He finished the first game going 1 for 3 with the homer and struck out against former Mets farmhand Deolis Guerra. He was part of two double plays turned on defense and fielded the other two ground ball chances he had cleanly.

Flores was at second base again in the second game but was slid up to the cleanup spot in the lineup. He went 0-2 with a walk and is now 2 for 9 in his first three games.

Here is the rest of the Mets players in action last night in winter ball:

Puerto Rican League

Criollos de Caguas

Johnny Monell - 0 for 5, walk, two strikeouts (.319/.417/.486 in 72 at bats).

Arnaldo Berrios - 1 for 6, walk, two runs, three strikeouts (4 for 17 with six walks in 13 games).

Indios de Mayaguez

T.J. Rivera - 0 for 2 with a walk (.361/.425/.500 with five RBI in 36 at bats).

Mexican League

Aguilas de Mexicali

Xorge Carrillo - 0 for 3 with strikeout (.268/.331/.380 in 108 at bats).

Dominican League

Aguilas Cibaenas

Juan Lagares - 0 for 3 with walk and strikeout (3 for 17, two walks, five strikeouts).

Dilson Herrera is playing winter ball in the Colombian League for the Toros de Sincelejo and he hit his first homerun on Tuesday night. He was 5 for 13 with a double and stolen base before the game Tuesday.

Jeremy Hefner is a free agent but was always a well liked Met and last night he made his first pro start since August 6th, 2014. He pitched four scoreless innings for the Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican League. He made his return to the mound last week pitching  1.2 scoreless innings.

The Estrellas de Oriente announced yesterday that new Met Stolmy Pimentel has bicep tendinitis in his throwing arm and could miss the rest of the winter ball season. He was 0-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 5.2 innings for the Estrellas before the injury.

For more winter league and Mets minor league coverage head over to MetsMinors.net including Gavin Cecchini being ranked 14th on the KATOH Top 100 prospects list which you can read here.

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Mets Minors: B’Mets Clinch Playoff Spot, 51′s Lead Shrinks http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minor-bmets-clinch-playoff-spot-51s-lead-shrinks.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/mets-minor-bmets-clinch-playoff-spot-51s-lead-shrinks.html/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:45:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=192315 Photo by MiLB.com

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El Paso 2, Las Vegas (75-64) 1 F/11

The 51′s came into the four games series against the Chihuahuas with 1.5 game division lead but have seen it dwindle down to half a game after losing two of three. They play the last game of the series tonight with Seth Lugo on the mound for Las Vegas at 10:05 ET. Then they play a four game set at home vs. Tacoma to finish out the regular season.

El Paso scored a run in the top of the 11th on a solo homerun by Jason Hagerty off Chasen Bradford who took his fourth loss of the year. Las Vegas went down 1-2-3 in the bottom half of the inning with Dilson Herrera grounding out to the game. The 51′s offense was non-existent as they collected only three hits with the big one being Travis Taijeron hitting his 25th homerun of the season. Here is video of the homerun.

Brandon Nimmo was 0-4 while playing center field and batting eighth, he is hitting just .138 in his last ten games. Matt Reynolds was 0-3 with a walk lowering his average for the year to .265. Herrera went 0-5 out of the leadoff spot.

Tim Stauffer made another great start going 7 innings allowing one run on eight hits and struck out three. He now has a 2.10 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 51.1 innings for Las Vegas. Vic Black pitched a scoreless 9th inning allowing a walk and striking out one. Dario Alvarez faced two batters, allowed a single and recorded a strikeout. Scott Rice lowered his ERA to 1.86 with scoreless inning. Box Score

Binghamton (75-61) 16, Reading 4

The B’Mets took care of business winning and dropping their magic number to one before waiting to see the outcome of the Trenton Thunder game which went extra innings. Trenton lost 6-5 to New Britain in 12 innings later in the night which clinched a playoff spot for the defending champion Binghamton Mets.

Binghamton pounded out 21 hits and walked five times as well as going 11-25 with runners in scoring position. Everyone in the Mets lineup had at least one hit and RBI. Xorge Carrillo was 4-6 with three runs scored, three RBI, and two homeruns. Here is video of the second homerun. L.J. Mazzilli went 4-5 with a walk, two RBI, two runs scored, and his 18th double.

Joe Benson was 1-3 with three walks, three walks, and his 4th homerun for Binghamton. Josh Rodriguez was 1-4 with a run scored and two sac flies giving him 76 RBI on the year. T.J. Rivera was 2-6 with a RBI, he has five straight multi-hit games and has hit in 13 straight.

Starting pitched Tyler Pill helped himself going 3-5 with a double, RBI, and two runs scored. He now has a .458/.462/.542 slash line this year in 24 at bats after hitting .400/.400/.650 in 20 at bats last season. He also moved to 6-0 with the B’Mets this year after going 7 innings allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks. He struck out three and lowered his ERA to 2.08 in AA.

Josh Smoker pitched a scoreless 8th inning issuing a walk, he has walked six and allowed three runs over last 5.2 innings. Some fatigue may be setting in for Smoker who has thrown just 28 innings last season after missing all of 2013.  Akeel Morris struck out the side in the 9th inning. Over his last 20 innings he has allowed one run on eight hits while striking out 22. Box Score

Savannah Sand Gnats had their final regular season game at historic Grayson Stadium rained out but they will return there on September 11th for game two of the first round of playoffs.

Brooklyn (32-38) 7, Connecticut 1 Game One

Desmond Lindsay (1-3, two RBI) got the Cyclones on the board in the 4th inning with a two-out two-run single which would be all the offense starter Edioglis Villasmil needed to pick up his first Brooklyn win. Villasmil went 6 innings allowing one run on six hits. P.J. Conlon pitched a scoreless innings giving up a single and struck out two. He has not allowed a run in 16 pro innings with 24 strikeouts.

Catcher Jose Garcia was 1-3 with two RBI, two runs scored, and his 6th double raising his season average to .304 for Brooklyn. David Thompson went 1-4 with two runs scored and Vinny Siena was 1-3 with a run scored and a sacrifice fly. Box Score

Connecticut 2, Brooklyn (32-39) 1 Game Two Walk-off

Brooklyn lost on a two-out walk-off single by the Tigers first basemen Will Allen. Jeffrey Diehl supplied the offense for the Cyclones going 2-3 with his 5th homerun. Lindsay was 1-1 with a walk extending his hitting streak to five games. Nicco Blank fell to 0-5 giving up one run in 3.2 innings of relief. Box Score

Update: both Siena (2015 14th rounder) and Diehl have been promoted to St. Lucie who have four games left in the season.

Kingsport Mets start their playoff run tonight vs the Greeneville Astros at 7:00 ET.

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Mets Minor League Recap: Reynolds With Two 2B’s, Nimmo Plays, Ynoa Strikes Out 8 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-minor-league-recap-reynolds-with-two-2bs-nimmo-plays-ynoa-strikes-out-8.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-minor-league-recap-reynolds-with-two-2bs-nimmo-plays-ynoa-strikes-out-8.html/#comments Sat, 02 May 2015 15:52:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=180532 gabriel ynoa

Las Vegas (14-8) 4, Reno 3

Las Vegas was able to secure its 8th straight win behind a solid pitching performance from Matt Bowman who went 5 innings allowing one run on two hits and two walks striking out one. Bowman’s sinking fastball was on its A game last night as he recorded ten outs via the ground ball. Lefty Duane Below worked 2.1 scoreless innings in relief dropping his ERA to 1.64 on the season as he looks to be the 51′s long man. Chasen Bradford came in with two runners on and stranded both in his 0.2 innings of work and has yet to give up a run this year in 10 innings. Newly promoted Binghamton closer Jon Velasquez got thrown right into the fire in the 9th inning with a 4-1 lead. He gave up a two-run two out HR before striking out Jamie Romak to end the game and get his first AAA save. Matt Reynolds went 2-4 with two doubles giving him 11 on the season. He also scored a run and his now hitting .326/.384/.547 with 21 RBI’s on the season. Johnny Monell added three single and a RBI and is now hitting .407 on the year to go with 15 RBI. Alex Castellanos extended his hit streak to 6 games going 1-3 with a BB, R, RBI, and his 3rd stolen base of the season while playing left field and batting 4th. Box ScoreThorsday is upon us again as he pitches against Reno at 10:05 ET tonight with Las Vegas going for their 9th straight win.

Binghamton (13-8) 2, New Hampshire 1

After giving up a first inning solo homerun to Ryan Shimpf 21 year old Gabriel Ynoa settled down to thrown 6 good innings to get his 2nd win of the season. Ynoa did walk four hitters which is unusual for him but was able to limit the damage thanks to 8 strike outs and two double plays turned behind him. Ynoa had troubling locating his fastball although he did touch 96 MPH in the 4th inning and relied more on his improving slider and already good changeup. With Velasquez gone Paul Sewald got the save chance and pitched perfect inning with two K’s to pick up his 3rd save and extend his scoreless streak to start the season to 13 innings. Brandon Nimmo was in the lineup two days after being removed from a game with a “pinch” in his knee. Nimmo went 1-4 on the night and has now reached base in 18 straight games after failing to do so in the first 2 games of the year. The big hit of the night came from Gavin Cecchini who broke a 1-1 game in the 6th inning with a RBI single that proved to be the game winner. Cecchini is now hitting .333 on the year with 11 RBI and has a hit in all four games since returning from his groin injury. Dustin Lawley had another good night at the plate going 2-4 with his 7th 2B, 11th RBI, and stole his 5th base of the year. Box ScoreLuis Cessa will be on the mound today for the B’Mets as they take on New Hampshire at 1:05 and look to win their 6th straight game.

In Binghamton injury news T.J. Rivera is expected to come off the DL today and Jayce Boyd has missed the last three games with tightness in his back. Michael Fulmer has been promoted and will make the start on Sunday, Jon Velasquez has been promoted to Las Vegas in the corresponding move with Matt Koch going to the bullpen.

Bradenton 12, St. Lucie (11-11) 1

Not a crisp game for St. Lucie as they made four errors including Jhoan Urena‘s 10th of the year, three wild pitches, and allowed 20 base runners. Logan Taylor got the start and lasted only 3.2 innings allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks while he struck out three. Robert Coles allowed six runs (three earned) in his bad inning of work while on the bright side Julian Hilario and Kelly Secrest combined to pitch 3.1 innings of scoreless baseball. The offensive star of the night was Amed Rosario who had two hits including his first triple of the year. Rosario is now up a .250 average on the season after his modest 5 game hit streak. Matt Oberste followed up his monster 6 RBI night with two singles and has a season slash line of .273/.300/.470 now. Michael Conforto went 0-4 with two strikeouts and is now batting under .300 after going 2-18 in his last four games. Box ScoreRobert Whalen looks to get his first win of the year despite a cool 1.93 ERA tonight at 6;30 vs. Bradenton.

Lakewood 2, Savannah (7-14) 1

The Sand Gnats and the BlueClaws were tied 1-1 going into the 8th until Alberto Baldonado let the eventual winning run score on a wild pitch. Casey Meisner got the start for Savannah and looked good going 6.1 innings giving up only the lone run on eight hits and one walk. The Gnats could only eek out three hits on the night with Wuilmer Becerra getting the biggest one an RBI double in the 6th inning to tie the game. Luis Guillorme reached base twice with a single and a walk and now has a .434 OBP in the early going. Box ScoreStruggling Josh Prevost (0-3, 6.75 ERA) will be on the mound at Grayson Stadium at 6:05 as the Sand Gnats host Lakewood.

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Undrafted Prospect T.J. Rivera Impressing Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/undrafted-prospect-t-j-rivera-impressing-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/04/undrafted-prospect-t-j-rivera-impressing-mets.html/#comments Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:54:13 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=178517 t.j. rivera

Mets prospect and Bronx native T.J. Rivera was undrafted out of Troy University in Alabama. But so far in the minor leagues, he is making the Mets notice writes Adam Rubin of ESPN.

Last season at Class-A St Lucie and Double-A Binghamton combined, he hit .349 with 5 home runs and 75 RBIs in 453 at bats and helped Binghamton win the Eastern League title for the first time in 20 years.

This season, he will start with the Double-A club, playing all 4 infield positions, grooming him into a potential utility role in the majors. But he might even see some limited time in the outfield, according to Mets vice president, Paul DePodesta.

“I think he has an interesting skill set and what a National League club might need,” DePodesta said.

Rivera played for Lehman High School in the Bronx and played  for former Met, Mackey Sasser in junior college at Alabama. He also played winter ball at Puerto Rico and his fiancee also lives in Alabama. So he couldn’t spend much time in NY this winter.

“I figured it was going to be a little harder for me to move up the rankings.” said Rivera on trying to reach the majors after being undrafted. “I knew that coming in, so I was expecting I had to prove myself over and over. Hopefully I’ve been able to do so after last year. And I’m hoping to do the same thing this year and go out there and prove myself again.”

“He’s on equal footing,” said DePodesta. “He’s done nothing put perform since Day 1. He has a real knack for hitting the ball on the barrel. He’s shown that from the beginning.”

If Rivera continues to hit like he did last season, it wouldn’t be long before he sees the majors.

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Winter Ball Update: Flores Stays Hot, Carrillo Has Big Week http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/winter-ball-update-flores-stays-hot-carrillo-has-big-week.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/12/winter-ball-update-flores-stays-hot-carrillo-has-big-week.html/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 00:31:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=171729 Wilmer-Flores

Here’s how the Mets have fared at Winter Ball over the last week:

Wilmer Flores had a nice week going 7-21 with a homer, 4 RBI and 3 stolen bases. He played SS in all five games and batted cleanup in four of them. He’s batting .310/.370/.452 for the season in 42 at-bats.

Gonzalez Germen got into two games and pitched 2 scoreless innings. Have to wonder is he loses his 40 spot when the Mayberry signing becomes official.

Johnny Monell was 1-6 with a solo HR and 3 walks.

Jon Velasquez made only one appearance but pitched a clean inning for the save.

T.J. Rivera is apparently human after all as he was only 2-14  with 3 RBI this week.

Xorge Carrillo continued his great season going 5-14 with a HR and 3 RBI.

Cesar Puello can’t seem to get playing time and only pinch ran twice this week but did steal a base.

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40 Man Roster Updates: Mets Reinstate Harvey and Parnell, Outright Four To Triple-A http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/40-man-roster-updates-mets-reinstate-harvey-and-parnell-outright-four-to-triple-a.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/10/40-man-roster-updates-mets-reinstate-harvey-and-parnell-outright-four-to-triple-a.html/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:52:46 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=168883 The Mets did some housekeeping today and outrighted relievers Scott Rice, Dana Eveland and Buddy Carlyle, and infielder Josh Satin to Triple-A Las Vegas. They also reinstated Bobby Parnell and Matt Harvey from the 60-day disabled list.

This now puts the  Mets 40-man roster now stands at 34.

October 30

MLB Trade Rumors posted their projected arbitration awards for nine eligible Mets players.

Arbitration Eligible Salary Projections

That totals $30.5 million in arbitration eligible players. They project that Buddy CarlyleRuben Tejada and Eric Young Jr. will be non-tendered this winter. If that happens each will become a free agent and be able to sign with a new team or re-sign with the Mets for less money. Everyone but Parnell, who will likely earn the same salary after spending the season on the disabled list, is getting a sizable raise with Murphy topping the list.

One important date to note, and one that will have significant bearing on who gets tendered or not, is November 20. On that day, the Mets have to lock in their 40 man roster and try to protect what prospects they can from the Rule 5 Draft.

The Mets will have to add Matt Harvey and Bobby Parnell to the 40 man roster and reinstate them from the 60 day disabled list. That won’t be a problem as they’ll simply replace Daisuke Matsuzaka and Bobby Abreu.

However, Noah Syndergaard will certainly need to be added to the 40, while pitchers Cory Mazzoni, Logan Verrett and Akeel Morris will get heavy consideration too. Among hitting prospects, T.J. RiveraDaniel Muno, and Dustin Lawley are just a few names the Mets may have to consider.

Remember that anyone selected in the Rule 5 Draft must remain on the new team’s 25 man roster all year or be returned to the original team. So the strategy is to try and protect those players who could help an MLB team right now.

Here is the full list of Rule 5 eligible players as comprised by Chris Walendin of TGP Mets.

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T.J. Rivera Is One Of The Good Guys http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/t-j-rivera-is-one-of-the-good-guys.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/t-j-rivera-is-one-of-the-good-guys.html/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:03:07 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=166043 t.j. rivera homers

One was a 10 year old boy. One was a professional athlete. Baseball was the common denominator that allowed their paths to unexpectedly intersect last winter. The result is something special.

Willem Rathgeber is a boy who loves baseball. A student at Homer Brink Elementary School, in the summer Willem is a Maine-Endwell baseball All-Star. Looking to improve his performance on the diamond, Willem, who was 10 years old at the time, signed up to receive hitting instruction last winter at The Edge, a baseball training facility located in Vestal, New York.

T.J. Rivera is a man who loves baseball. A professional baseball player in the New York Met minor league system, T.J. had completed a successful summer playing Class-A baseball for the Mets. A pure contact hitter, Rivera was drawing some attention in baseball circles for his batting prowess. Dedicated to improving his game, as part of his winter off-season training program, Rivera scheduled a baseball workout regimen at The Edge, the same baseball training facility where Willem worked out in Vestal.

It was at The Edge where Willem and T.J.‘s paths first crossed, two baseball players looking to put in the work, looking to put in the time that comes with improving their baseball games.

It’s a funny thing about baseball and baseball players. From 5 to 105 years of age, those who love and play the game share a common bond. People bitten by the baseball bug speak a common language and relish the chance to swap stories and share what they know about the grand old game.

As he worked out at the edge, T.J. took note of the ‘little man’ working hard to improve his game. A social guy by nature, it wasn’t long before Rivera introduced himself to Willem and offered the baseball novice some batting tips. And, it wasn’t long before a friendship built around baseball took root.

“T.J. was incredible with Willen, the young lad’s Mom told me at a recent Binghamton Met game. “He’s a great guy and was so patient and encouraging helping Willem with his batting. We just loved him.”

They seem to linger forever but winters eventually fade away in Binghamton. The snows melt, at some point the daffodils pop out of the ground, and its time to toss the baseball around in the yard outside. Willem and T.J.’s lives, both still centered on baseball, took divergent routes. T.J. was off to Florida to jump start another professional baseball season, and Willem readied for another campaign in the Maine-Endwell youth baseball program.

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But, Willem and T.J’s paths would cross again. T.J.’s season at Class-A Port St. Lucie got off with a bang with the St. Lucie Met putting up flashy offensive numbers. By mid-season, T.J. had earned a promotion and was asked to take his game to the Double-A Binghamton Mets.

One of the features of the B-Met baseball campaign is a youth baseball camp. B-Met skipper Pedro Lopez runs the camp, and his B-Met players help man the instructional stations.

During the summers, NYSEG Stadium becomes a home away from home for Willem. He and his parents catch B-Mets games whenever they can. And, Willem signed up to attend the B-Met Youth Baseball Camp.

Working as an instructor at the camp, it didn’t take long for T.J. to spot Willem. T.J. took Willem under his wing encouraging his protege to become an infielder and sharing some of the infield basics with his eager baseball student.

“T.J. plays shortstop and second base, so he taught me the basics,” Willem remembered when speaking about his time at the B-Met baseball camp. “He showed me that you have to take some baby steps before you’re trying to do the fancy stuff.”

And, Rivera emphasized to Willem the fact that if he wants to be a baseball player he has to put in the time. He has to play more. Willem got the message. “T.J. plays second base and he got here. I’m going to play second base and play and train and practice as much as I possibly can, so I can get here, too.”

When Rivera took the field at NYSEG Stadium this summer he had vocal and passionate support from the Rathgebers. They call him ‘Bronx’ and shout their encouragement loud and proud. T.J. didn’t disappoint the Rathgebers or any fans who follow B-Met baseball. The B-Met infielder, who played second base, shortstop and third base as situations dictated down the homestretch of this summer’s campaign, was a batting sensation in Binghamton. Rivera finished has regular season B-Met campaign leading the team in hitting, batting .358.

I met the Rathgebers at the first B-Met post season game against Portland during the opening series of the playoffs. Willem and his Mom and Dad sat in the row directly behind me, and it was obvious who was their favorite B-Met.

T.J. didn’t disappoint. The B-Met second sacker ripped four hits in that opener, including two doubles and a two-out, three run, ninth inning, walk off home run. None of that was lost on Willem. “I felt very proud watching T.J. for what he did tonight because he’s my teacher, and I had a very good baseball teacher that just hit that home run.”

Charles Barkley once said professional athletes are not role models. I understand the point Barkley was trying to make. According to the basketball great, it’s a child’s parents, their teachers, their coaches, their community leaders, the people inside their personal circles, who need to be their real role models. It would be hard to argue that point.

But, sitting in the stands and seeing Willem Rathgeber’s eyes light up when T.J. Rivera approaches the batter’s box and steps up to the plate, it would be hard to minimize the positive impact a professional athlete can have on a young person.

Chase your dream, Willem.

And, continue to make yourself available to the young folks who are eager to learn our wonderful game, T.J. You’re one of the good guys.

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Peavey Leads B-Mets To Dominating 5-1 Victory http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/peavey-leads-b-mets-to-dominating-5-1-victory.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/09/peavey-leads-b-mets-to-dominating-5-1-victory.html/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 04:29:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=165465 Greg-Peavey

All season long he’s been the Binghamton Met pitching ace.  Wednesday in Richmond Greg Peavey delivered his biggest outing of the year, seven innings of 1 run ball, helping the B-Mets down Richmond, 5-1, in the Eastern League finals.  The victory marks the fourth straight Binghamton road win and sends the B-Mets back home to NYSEG Stadium needing just one win to become the Eastern League Champion.

The longer he worked, the stronger Peavey performed against Richmond.  The B-Met ace retired the final 8 Flying Squirrels in order and fanned 5 of the last 6 batters he faced.  Peavey allowed 5 hits while striking out 9 without walking a batter.

The B-Mets continue to get offensive contributions from top to bottom in their batting order.  Wednesday it was catcher Xorge Carrillo who wore the hero’s laurel.  After Dustin Lawley opened the second with a walk, Carrillo ripped a shot over the leftfield wall to put Binghamton ahead, 2-0.

Back-to-back Mario Lisson and Devin Harris doubles to lead off the home second plated the only Richmond run of the game.  Angel Villalona followed with a ground single to leftfield, but with no one out the Flying Squirrels opted to hold Harris at third.  Peavey recovered to get Tyler Horan to pop out to Dustin Lawley at third, struck out Tyler LaTorre on a called strike three, and retired Adalberto Mejia on a comebacker to the mound.

That was the last threat against Peavey who allowed only LaTorre to reach first the rest of the way on a one out single in the 5th.

The score remained 2-1 until the visitor’s eighth when the B-Mets scored three more times to break the game open.  The rally started when Brandon Nimmo worked a one out base-on-balls.  T.J. Rivera grounded out shortstop to first with Nimmo advancing to second.  Richmond chose to walk Brian Burgamy intentionally, and Travis Taijeron made them pay, slamming a three run dinger over the leftfield fence.

Randy Fontanez pitched a scoreless eighth inning helped by a B-Met double play.  Cody Satterwhite was perfect in relief in the ninth striking out the first two batters he faced and securing a game ending double play.

The four straight post season victories is a first in Binghamton history.  The B-Mets will send Steven Matz to the NYSEG mound on Friday in a bid to close out a series sweep and win their first Eastern League title since 1994.

(Photo: B-Mets)

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Mets Minors Recap: Vaughn Homers Again, Rivera On A Tear With B-Mets http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mets-minors-recap-vaughn-homers-again-rivera-on-a-tear-with-b-mets.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mets-minors-recap-vaughn-homers-again-rivera-on-a-tear-with-b-mets.html/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:28:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=164202 vaughn

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Minor League Notes

  • Cory Mazzoni is now 5-1, after tossing 7 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out eight for the victory.
  • Chasen Bradford saved his fifth game for Vegas, tossing 1.1 scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.  Bradford has not given up a run in four straight appearances.
  • Cory Vaughn homered in his second straight game and finished 2 for 3, with two runs scored and three RBI’s. He also has nine RBI’s in his las five games.
  • Matt Reynolds had a single in four at bats and has hit safely in eight of his last ten games batting .366 (15 for 41) in the span.
  • Steven Matz won his sixth game for the B-Mets tossing five scoreless innings, allowing three hits, walking none, striking out six and lowered his ERA to 2.17.
  • Brandon Nimmo had one double in four at bats and extended his hitting streak to five games.
  • Dilson Herrera had one single in three at bats and extended his hitting streak to six games.
  • T.J. Rivera went 3 for 4 and has five multi-hit games in his last five games batting .650 (13 for 20) in that span.
  • Kevin McGowan won his third game for St. Lucie tossing 6.1 innings, allowing one run in three hits, no walks and striking out two batters.
  • Gavin Cecchini was 2 for 4, with a double.
  • Yeixon Ruiz had one single in four at bats and has hit safely in nine of his last ten games.
  • Marcos Molina won his seventh game against just two losses, by throwing 6.2 innings and allowing one run on one hit, walking five, striking out eight and lowered his ERA to 1.56.
  • Michael Conforto was 2 for 5, with two runs scored and three RBI’s and now batting .307 for the Cyclones.
  • John Mora was 3 for 4, with three runs scored and extended his hitting streak to six games with Brooklyn.
  • Vicente Lupo was 2 for 4 and extended his hitting streak to eight games.

Organizational Offensive Leaders

OBP

1 Allan Dykstra LV .424
2 Matt Reynolds LV .413
3 John Mora BRK .410
4 Matt den Dekker LV .407
5 Brandon Nimmo BIN .405

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Mets Minors Recap: Herrera Belts Ninth Double-A Home Run http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mets-minors-recap-herrera-belts-ninth-double-a-home-run.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mets-minors-recap-herrera-belts-ninth-double-a-home-run.html/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:00:31 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=163853 dilson herrera

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Minor League Notes

  • Daniel Muno enjoyed his second straight game with three hits finishing 3 for 4.
  • Matt Reynolds singled to extend his hitting streak to five games, batting .444 (8 for 18) in that span.
  • Kevin Plawecki singled to extend his hitting streak to six games.
  • Gabriel Ynoa pitched seven innings allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four, picking up his third win and first in over a month for Binghamton.
  • Dilson Herrera belted his ninth home run and went 3-for-4 in Binghamton’s 8-5 win over Erie. Herrera has six hits in his last three games, and has 71 in his 53 games.
  • Another player having continued success at the Double-A level is T.J. Rivera. He also went 3-for-4 on Monday night raising his average to .344. Rivera has seven hits in his last three to one-up Herrera.
  • With his 3-for-4 night, Darrell Ceciliani extended his current hitting streak to nine games.  He has registered at least one hit in 21 of his last 23 games.
  • Matt Koch picked up his eighth win of the season in the 6-2 St. Lucie win. Koch went seven solid which was his longest outing since May 17th.  It was his third time this season notching six punch-outs during his body of work.
  • L.J. Mazzilli posted a 2-for-4 night extending his current hitting streak to seven games.  He has 12 hits during that stretch.
  • Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 on Monday night and has hit safely in five out of his last six games.  He is now batting .318 in his first professional season.
  • Brooklyn’s pitching staff allowed nine walks as a unit in the 14-4 drubbing against the Yankees.
  • Tomas Nido went 1-for-3 and extended his hitting streak to nine games.  He has 14 hits during that time frame.

MiLB.com Photo Of The Week

Brooklyn Cyclones Tucker Tharp‘s diving catch was highlighted as a Photo of the Week for August 13, 2014 by MiLB. (Photo Credit: Rick Nelson)

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Mets Minors Report: Molina Earns Pitcher Of The Week, Plawecki Heating Up In Vegas http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mets-minors-report-molina-earns-pitcher-of-the-week-plawecki-heating-up-in-vegas.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/08/mets-minors-report-molina-earns-pitcher-of-the-week-plawecki-heating-up-in-vegas.html/#comments Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:00:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=163724 marcos molina

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Minor League Notes

  • Matt Reynolds was 2 for 5, with three RBI’s and is batting .326 in his last ten games with seven runs, two home runs and nine RBI’s.
  • Kevin Plawecki had two singles in four at bats and is now batting .265 for Vegas on the season. He also have a four game hitting streak with three of the four multi-hit games.
  • Cesar Puello hit his 17th double on the season and finished 1 for 3, with two runs scored.
  • Greg Peavey won his 10th game on the season, against three losses by tossing 5.1 innings and allowing three runs on eight hits, walking one and striking out five.
  • Jayce Boyd hit his seventh home run on the season and was 3 for 4, with three runs scored and an RBI.
  • Travis Taijeron capped off his night at the plate with a three run shot in the ninth inning, and finished 4 for 5, with two runs scored, a double and five RBI’s.
  • T.J. Rivera was 3 for 5 and is batting .333 on the season with the B-Mets.
  • Maikis De La Cruz hit his fifth home run on the season and finished 3 for 4, with a double and an RBI in St. Lucie’s loss.
  • L.J. Mazzilli hit his 18th double on the season in four at bats and now has a five game hitting streak and batting .368 in his last ten games.

Players of The Week on The Farm

MiLB named their players and pitchers of the week and two Mets farmhands were awarded with the honors.

New York-Penn League
Marcos Molina, Brooklyn Cyclones
On August 15th – 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 12 K
On Aug. 2 Molina, the Mets #16 Prospect, struck out nine batters, on Aug. 9 he fanned 11 more before recording a career-high 12 strikeouts against the Vermont Lake Monsters on Friday night. In 10 starts in Brooklyn, the 19 year old is 6-2 with a 1.58 ERA. In 62.2 innings, he has , Molina has 73 strikeouts, has walked just 12 batters, hasn’t allowed a home run, and has held NYPL batters ti a .177 batting average.

Appalachian League
Vicente Lupo, Kingsport Mets
August 11 -17 – .444/.630/1.000, 6 G, 8-for-18, 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 8 R, 9 BB, 3 K, 2 SB
On Tuesday, Lupo homered in two at bats and the very next night he went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBIs. The 20-year-old Venezuela native struggled early on in the season, but August has been a hot month for him as he is batting .333, with 3 home runs and 11 RBI’s and 13 walks and has a .497 OBP and a .667 Slug.

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Giants and Nationals Have Expressed Interest In Murphy http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/giants-and-nationals-have-expressed-interest-in-murphy.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/07/giants-and-nationals-have-expressed-interest-in-murphy.html/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:26:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=162224 MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at New York Mets

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Washington Nationals have expressed interest in Daniel Murphy, but he calls the likelihood of any deal a longshot.

SiriusXM host and former GM Jim Duquette also had a source tell him that the Giants are still very interested in acquiring Murphy.

In all likelihood, Murphy isn;t going anywhere. Sandy Alderson will want much to move him and his value to the Mets may be higher than anything another team would offer to pry him away.

This is the kind of move the Mets would wait until the offseason to make.

(Joe D.)

July 30

In using humor to deflect a question about the Mets capacity to pay top or near top shelf salaries for three players on their roster, Sandy Alderson sent clear signals the financial situation for the New York Mets has not been resolved. Posture and position as he might, the reality is Alderson does not have the payroll flexibility of bringing a third top flight offensive player to Flushing.

With that in mind, it’s important for Alderson to consider the packaging of Met assets to build a Met offense, that matched with our young pitching cadre increases our possibilities of fielding a competitive baseball team. Such maneuvering involves risk, daring and keen baseball insights.

In all likelihood, that packaging will need to include Daniel Murphy. Accepting the reality that in trying to improve their roster, the Mets will likely need to move Murphy is a tough pill for me to swallow. When Murphy was in Binghamton with the Double-A Mets, I fell in love with his unpredictable, gritty, passionate style of baseball and I’ve followed his career closely ever since. Murphy has a work ethic second to none and through the force of hard work and a strong will has made himself an accomplished major league baseball hitter, the major reason why Murphy is one of the Met assets that make him a probable trading piece. Coupled with a top shelf Met pitching prospect, a trade involving Murphy might add a solid major leaguer to fill one of the position holes in left field or at shortstop on our current roster.

I understand the angst of Met fans who argue that in trading Murphy the Mets would simply trade one roster gap for a newly formed crevice at second base. They’re right. But, working to improve a roster takes the capacity to hedge bets and take risks. And, the status or our current crop of minor league position players builds a solid case that successfully filling a vacancy in Flushing at second base with prospects already in our system is far more probable than filling vacancies at other field positions.

Why? Because, the Mets have a nucleus of promising middle infielder contenders in the minor leagues. The probability is good that from that young group the Mets can find an everyday second baseman.

Who are the contenders? It’s a group of diverse baseball talent that places Murphy in the crosshairs of possibly being moved this off-season, especially knowing the Mets will need to dig considerably deeper into their pockets should they elect to stay with their current second baseman.

Wilmer Flores has to be the leading candidate to fill a future major league second base void in Flushing. Given a chance to play regularly, the 22-year old Flores has shined at whatever level he has played. There is little argument that it’s Flores’s bat that is his ticket to the major leagues. Solid batting fundamentals and home run power are an asset for Flores as well as his ability in an emergency to play almost any infield slot. And, although he may lack range defensively, Flores has proven he is sure handed and consistent, both qualities of a solid fielding second baseman.

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From there a pack of minor league middle infielders is nipping at Flores’ heels, all part of the Mets safety net should they move Murphy. In my opinion, Dilson Herrera has a slight edge on the rest of the pack. Getting an extended opportunity to watch Herrera in Binghamton has been a baseball bonus this summer. Met fans are simply going to love this toolsy middle infielder.

Of course it’s only a small sample but if first impressions count, Herrera has been a B-Met sensation, In 35 games covering 142 at bats, Herrera is batting .345 with 10 doubles, 2 triples and 6 home runs. The B-Met second baseman has hit in the clutch already knocking home 32 RBI’s in his short Binghamton stay. Herrera’s .407 on-base-percentage is the best on the current B-Met roster only trailing Matt Reynolds who posted a .430 OBP before his elevation to Las Vegas. Herrera’s .579 slugging percentage is nearly 75 percentage points higher than the nearest B-Met. Herrera is quick of foot, with great hands, a middle infield prospect who has Met fans who have watched him play thinking big.

Speaking of Matt Reynolds, the former University of Arkansas Razorback has exploded on the Met baseball scene this spring. After compiling modest production in A-ball in 2012 and 2013 at Savannah and St. Lucie, Reynolds has been a hitting machine in Binghamton and Las Vegas this spring and summer. Alternating in Binghamton on a day-to-day basis between second and short, Reynolds led the Eastern League in batting at .355 when he was called up to Vegas. Good plate discipline has to elevate Reynolds’s standing with Met brass.

After initially tearing up the Pacific Coast League in Vegas, Reynolds cooled, but has recently rediscovered his hitting stroke, hitting safely in his last four games going 8-for-17, scoring a run in each game, slamming two home runs and driving in 6 runs. Although he is not flashy with the leather, Reynolds has solid defensive skills and projects well at second base.

A dark horse contender, don’t count Wilfredo Tovar out. A thumb injury and surgery has almost erased the gritty Tovar out of consideration by most Met fans. But, Tovar is by far the best middle infield defensive option for the Mets, the Met minor league defensive player of the year for four years running. And since the Eastern League All-Star game in 2013, the tough B-Met infielder has raked at the plate. Before his thumb injury, Tovar was having a career season in Binghamton from the last slot in the B-Met batting order with a .313/.377/.373 stat line including 21 RBI’s in 150 at-bats. And, prior to his injury, Tovar drew more walks than he struck out. At present Tovar has returned to the diamond in Port St. Lucie where Tovar has played in 4 games including 14 at bats and is hitting .357.

Not highly recruited but highly productive, T.J. Rivera should also be part of the middle infield conversation. All Rivera does wherever he goes is hit. Rivera, who is currently playing shortstop for the B-Mets hit .341 in St. Lucie before his elevation to Double-A ball where he is batting .340 in Binghamton.

Although he probably doesn’t register on the radar, I’d wager if you asked Las Vegas manager Wally Backman, he’d say his Las Vegas second baseman Danny Muno deserves some consideration. That’s because Muno plays the same hard-nosed, hustle at all costs, dirt-on-the-uniform style of play at second base for the 51’s Backman used to play for the Mets. In both Binghamton and Vegas, Muno has profiled as a .250 stick at the plate with all the intangibles managers love in a middle infielder. Like he did in Binghamton, Muno hits in the clutch. His 46 RBI’s rank fourth on the 51 roster behind Allan Dykstra (62), Wilmer Flores (57) and Andrew Brown (52).

In the best of all worlds, I’d love to see the Mets use free agency to add the pieces to complement our promising young pitching to see us elevate our standing in major league baseball circles. But, for our Mets, financially, that best of all worlds simply does not exist. So, rather then gnash my already seriously compromised teeth (from all that anxiety night time grinding that comes with rooting for the Mets) fantasizing about what we can’t have, maybe it’s time to cobble together some intelligent baseball moves, risky as they might be, that might help get us what we want. One of the biggest risks of all might be moving Daniel Murphy.

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Nimmo, Matz, Cecchini Among 14 Mets Prospects Selected To FSL & SAL All Star Teams http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/nimmo-matz-cecchini-among-14-mets-prospects-selected-to-fsl-sal-all-star-teams.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/06/nimmo-matz-cecchini-among-14-mets-prospects-selected-to-fsl-sal-all-star-teams.html/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:00:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=157631 brandon nimmo

The Florida State League and the South Atlantic League announced the rosters for their respective All Star games and the Mets are well represented in each game.

In the FSL, the St. Lucie Mets will send infielders T.J. Rivera and Dilson Herrera, outfielder Brandon Nimmo, catcher Cam Maron, and pitchers Randy Fontanez, Matt Koch, and Steven Matz.

The South will face the North in the All Star Game at McKechnie Field in Bradenton, Fla., on Saturday, June 14 at 7:05 p.m.

In the SAL, the Savannah Sand Gnats will be represented by infielders Jeff McNeil and Gavin Cecchini and pitchers Dario Alvarez, Robert Coles, Miller Diaz, Kevin McGowan and Akeel Morris.

Also, Sand Gnats manager Luis Rojas will join the mix and lead the SAL Southern Division all star team.

The SAL All-Star Game will be held on Monday, June 16 at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, N.C.,- the home of the Hickory Crawdads.

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Mets Minor League Batting Leaders http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mets-minor-league-batting-leaders.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mets-minor-league-batting-leaders.html/#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2014 12:45:05 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=154255 TJ Rivera Batting

Mets prospects have put up some tremendous offensive numbers so far this season with a few standouts having the best starts of their minor league careers.

Allan Dykstra, has been nothing short of amazing. He just continues to hit and produce and if Lucas Duda happens to falter at all, the Mets have to pull the trigger and give Dykstra his opportunity to shine on the big club.  Only an injury kept him from showcasing his skills at big league camp this Spring . But he is proving that his 2013 Eastern League MVP award, was not a fluke, and that is evident by how he is tearing through Triple A pitchers this season. And it doesn’t look like he is going to cool off any time soon. Dykstra leads the organization with a .417 batting average, .548 OBP and .792 Slug.  He also is in the top five in home runs and RBI’s.

T.J. Rivera, the reigning Florida State League hits champion, is at it again, putting the ball in play and producing key hits to lead a potent St. Lucie offense. Rivera, who leads the organization with 21 RBI’s and is second in hits with 29, is also in the top five in batting average, home runs and slugging. It’s obvious that he should have started in Double A this season as we had projected, but if he continues to hit like this, the Mets will need to do the right thing and reward him with a promotion.

Eric Campbell continues to prove that he may be ready to make the jump to the big club a lot sooner than most have thought. Soup, as he is commonly known, leads the organization in hits with 30, is third in home runs with three, second in RBI’s with 20, fourth with a .449 OBP and fifth with a .560 Slug. He, along with Dykstra and a surging Zach Lutz, have vaulted Las Vegas to first place with a sizzling 17-5 record in the Pacific Coast League.

Matt Clark, who the Mets signed in the off season, has been the most consistent hitter aside of the surging Matt Reynolds, for Double-A Binghamton this season. He leads the organization with five home runs, and is in the top five in batting average, OBP and Slug. He currently has hit safely in nine out of the last 10 games, which included his organization leading fifth home run on Thursday night.

Here are the rest of the organizational leaders in each of the following categories: Batting Average, Hits, Home Runs, RBI’s, OBP and Slug.

Batting Average

  1. Allan Dykstra, Las Vegas  -  .417
  2. T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie –  .392
  3. Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie –  .364
  4. Matt Clark, Binghamton –  .358
  5. Eric Campbell, Las Vegas – .357

Hits

  1. Eric Campbell, Las Vegas – 30
  2. T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie  - 29
  3. Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie – 28
  4. Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie – 27
  5. Zach Lutz, Las Vegas – 23

Home Runs

  1. Matt Clark, Binghamton – 5
  2. Brian Burgamy, Binghamton – 4
  3. Eric Campbell, Las Vegas – 3
  4. Allan Dykstra, Las Vegas – 3
  5. T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie – 3

Runs Batted In

  1. T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie – 21
  2. Eric Campbell, Las Vegas – 20
  3. Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie – 19
  4. Allan Dykstra, Las Vegas – 19
  5. Stefan Sabol, Savannah – 15

On-Base Percentage

  1. Allan Dykstra, Las Vegas – .548
  2. Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie – .490
  3. Zach Lutz, Las Vegas – .466
  4. Eric Campbell, Las Vegas – .449
  5. Matt Clark, Binghamton – .444

Slugging Percentage

  1. Allan Dykstra, Las Vegas – .792
  2. Matt Clark, Binghamton – .736
  3. T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie – .595
  4. Jeff McNeil, Savannah  .580
  5. Eric Campbell, Las Vegas – .560

* All stats through games played on 4/24/2014

(Photo by David Conde)

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Mets Farm Report: Dykstra’s Bat Leads 21 Run Salute http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mets-farm-report-dykstras-bat-leads-21-run-salute.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mets-farm-report-dykstras-bat-leads-21-run-salute.html/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:30:11 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=154025 Allan-Dykstra

Las Vegas 21, El Paso 9

The 51′s scored in every inning Tuesday except their half of the 8th, as they take down the Chihuahua’s 21-9 in the series finale.  Las Vegas took 3-out-of -4 from El Paso and improve to 15-5 on the season.  Dana Eveland wasn’t spectacular but did what he needed to do, going five innings giving up four runs but striking out eight.  Las Vegas sent 12 batters to the plate in the first run and put seven on the board with nothing but walks and singles.  The 51′s were brutal against El Paso pitching all afternoon.  MMN Player of the Week Allan Dykstra continued his torrid pace going 4-for-5 with a homerun, two doubles, four runs scored, and five RBI.  Matt den Dekker would also have himself a good night driving in five runs of his own while hitting his first home run of the season.  Las Vegas is off Wednesday but will prepare to play hosts to Tacoma for a four-game series.

Portland 5, Binghamton 3

It would take extra innings, but Portland would score two runs in the top half of the 11th inning and beat the B-Mets 5-3.  Tied at 3-3 after the 6th inning, both teams were exchanging blows until Portland got the better of them to win the second game of the four-game series.  Hansel Robles would have his share of control problems during his short 4.2 inning outing.  Robles would end the night on the wrong side of the BB/K battle with 7 walks to 5 strikeouts.  He also gave up Portland’s three runs but ended with the no decision.  The B-Mets bullpen was great allowing just one hit in 5.1 innings until the wheels fell off for Jon Velasquez in the 11th. Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-5 and picked up one of the two Binghamton RBI.

St. Lucie 6, Palm Beach 5

Eudy Pina scores in the 12th inning on a Phillip Evans walk-off single as the St. Lucie Mets take down the Palm Beach Cardinals 6-5.  The Mets sweep the home portion of the home-and-home series against the Cardinals.  Matthew Koch would have a rough go of things early as he gave up four runs in his first inning of work.  The Mets bullpen kept them in the game withRandy Fontanez picking up his first win of the season with his one inning of work.  T.J. Riverahad a very nice day going 2-for-6 with his third home run of the season and would also drive in three runs.  Phillip Evans would also add a home run for the Mets to go along with his game-winning RBI single.  St. Lucie travels to Palm Beach on Wednesday for the final two games of this home-and-home series.

Delmarva 4, Savannah 1

Savannah falls to 10-6 on the season as the Delmarva Shorebirds take down the SandGnats 4-1.  Hunter Harvey would get the start for Delmarva and was baffling for four innings.  Control problems would end his day after four innings as he had walked five SandGnats.  Kevin McGowan had a rough go of things for Savannah giving up all four of the runs in 4.1 innings of work.  Dario Alvarez would come in for a lengthy relief appearance and was brilliant giving up just one hit in 3.2 innings while striking out six.  Savannah had no extra-base hits and would not record an RBI.  Gavin Cecchini scored the only run while going 1-for-3.  Savannah will look to rebound on Wednesday in the final game of the three-game series.

MMN Player of the Night

So I have decided to stay with the hot bat and select Allan Dykstra as the player of the night.  I probably could have picked anyone on Las Vegas but Dykstra’s 4-for-5 with 5 RBI takes the cake.

(Photo Credit: Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal)

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Mets Farm Report: Bowman Strikes Out 11, Dykstra Homers In Vegas Rout http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mets-farm-report-bowman-strikes-out-11-dykstra-homers-in-vegas-rout.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2014/04/mets-farm-report-bowman-strikes-out-11-dykstra-homers-in-vegas-rout.html/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:21:33 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=153619 matt-bowman

LAS VEGAS 6, RENO 0

Veteran southpaw Dana Eveland took the ball for the 51′s on Thursday night as they topped the Aces. The 30-year old lasted just five innings, but held his opponents scoreless while striking out six and walking a couple. Las Vegas took the lead in the fourth inning thanks to a two-run double off the bat of Wilmer Flores, followed immediately by a two-run shot by Allan Dykstra that cleared the center field wall. The 51′s would tack on another run in the inning on a Juan Centeno single. Flores would add an RBI triple in the seventh frame. Matt den Dekker and Eric Campbell combined for five hits. Dykstra is now batting .429 for the season.

NEW HAMPSHIRE 1, BINGHAMTON 4

Matthew Bowman was absolutely brilliant on Thursday, pitching seven scoreless innings and only surrendering four hits. He also struck out 11 Fisher Cats and walked only one on his way to a victory. Through two starts, the 22-year old righty is now 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA. Offensively,Darrell Ceciliani led the charge, going 3 for 5 from the leadoff spot with a double and two runs scored. Matt Reynolds also pitched in with three hits of his own, while Matt Clark drove in two.

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 1

Not to be outdone by Bowman, lefty Steve Matz also went seven innings for the win for St. Lucie. The New York native struck out six batters and walked one, while scattering just two hits. The offense finally broke through in support of Matz in the 6th inning, when catcher Cam Maron hit a two-run single that scored Brandon Nimmo and Brandon AllenT.J. Rivera notched two hits on the night, including a double. No other Met had more than one hit, while Nimmo was held hitless.

GREENVILLE 4, SAVANNAH 0

Robert Gsellman pitched fairly well, but it wasn’t enough as the Sand Gnats were shut out by the Drive. Gsellman pitched five innings, limiting the damage to just one run despite walking three batters. He also struck out five in the losing effort. The SAL Pitcher of the Week Akeel Morris came on in relief of Gsellman, tossing two scoreless frames while striking out a pair, but walking three. The Savannah offense was nowhere to be found, mustering just five hits in total– and not a single extra base hit. Two of those hits came off the bat of third basemen Jeff McNeil, while Jared King and Stephan Sabol each contributed a hit. Dominic Smith‘s struggles continued as he went 0 for 3 and struck out twice. His batting average has now dropped to .154 on the season. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini, who has been hot of lately, also failed to reach base in four attempts.

PLAYER OF THE NIGHT

For what may have been the most dominant pitching performance by a Mets prospect this season, former 13th round pick Matthew Bowman has earned player of the night honors. Bowman has been brilliant thus far in 2014, pitching to a sub-1.00 ERA and sporting a 15 to 2 strikeout to walk ratio.

Check out Mets Minors On Deck for Friday’s probable starters.

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