Mets Merized Online » Tommy John Surgery http://metsmerizedonline.com Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:14:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 Greg Holland To Put On Showcase, Mets Should Attend http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/greg-holland-to-put-on-showcase-mets-should-attend.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/11/greg-holland-to-put-on-showcase-mets-should-attend.html/#comments Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:30:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225687 greg holland

Former Royals closer Greg Holland, 30, is getting ready to make his return from Tommy John Surgery. Holland hasn’t thrown a pitch since 2015, but when he did throw pitches, most of them were pretty darn good.

In 2013 and 2014, Holland was easily one of the most dominant closers in the game, saving 93 games and pitching to a 1.32 ERA. In 129.1 innings he struck out 193 batters and pitched to an 0.889 WHIP. When his average fastball velocity took a downward turn in 2015, from over 96mph to 93.6mph, it was discovered that he had actually torn his ulnar collateral ligament late in the 2014 season, and it surely affected his performance.

Unknowingly pitching with a torn UCL in 2015, he saved 32 games while posting a 3.83 ERA before being shut down and replaced by Wade Davis. It will be 17 months since his surgery when 2017 spring training arrives, and I think the Mets should absolutely pursue him if they like what they see at the showcase. Agent Scott Boras claims his fastball is currently in the low 90s, and that velocity should increase as his arm strengthens.

Sandy Alderson has done a phenomenal job with buying low on former closers, i.e. Addison Reed. While many teams will surely be vying for Holland’s services this winter, there are some other big names out there on the free agent market that are more attractive. Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, and Mark Melancon are all slated to be free agents this offseason. While teams are clamoring over those men, Sandy could sneak by and strike a great deal with Holland. Addison Reed, Greg Holland, and Jeurys Familia would constitute a big road block for opponents trying to score late against the Mets.

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What Role Should Josh Smoker Have in 2017? http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/what-role-should-josh-smoker-have-in-2017.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/10/what-role-should-josh-smoker-have-in-2017.html/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:51:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=225350 josh smoker

Last November, the Mets added lefty reliever Josh Smoker to the 40-man roster less than a year after signing him to a minor league deal. The former Washington Nationals first round pick hadn’t thrown a pitch above A-ball and was coming off a season in the Frontier League when the Mets scooped him up.

In 2015, his first year with the Mets, Smoker pitched to a 3.12 ERA combined between the Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets and Binghamton Mets. He also struck out 60 batters in 49 innings compared to only 17 walks. Beyond those numbers it was the stuff that was enticing, lefties that throw 96/97 MPH don’t grow on trees. Add in a good split change and you have the makings of an effective reliever.

The strong lefty was sent to the Las Vegas 51s to start the 2016 season in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. He had a 4.11 ERA and 1.474 WHIP in 57 Triple-A innings for the 51s. He did allow 66 hits including five home runs but struck out a whopping 81 batters and walked 18.

Smoker pitched in his first major league game on August 19th against the San Francisco Giants, giving up two runs and recording only one out. He continued his struggles allowing three runs over his next three appearances before finally settling in. Over his final 16 big league games he gave up five runs in 12.1 innings (3.65 ERA) while holding opponents to a .227 average. He struck out 22 batters in that span and walked four.

He finished his first big league stint with an unimpressive 4.74 ERA and 1.303 WHIP. However, he did strike out 14.67 batters per nine innings, the fourth best mark in all of the majors for the 2016 season.

Smoker is still perfecting his slider and has actually been better against right-handed batters in the minors and majors since joining the Mets. So he’s not your prototypical LOOGY out of the pen.

The 2016 Mets bullpen had a good primary lefty reliever in Jerry Blevins but he is entering free agency. The other left-handed reliever on the Mets 40-man roster is Josh Edgin who struggled in his return from Tommy John Surgery despite good numbers against lefties. They also have Sean Gilmartin who pitched mainly as a starter in the minors this year and who’s 40-man spot could be in jeopardy.

Smoker came to the majors showing off a good fastball and a solid split change at times. He still needs refinement on his slider and keeping his fastball out of the heart of the plate. His role on the 2017 Mets could be greatly affected by whether or not Blevins re-signs.

What role should Josh Smoker play on the 2017 Mets?

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Mets Minors: Top 30 Prospects, #20-16 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-minors-top-30-prospects-20-16.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-minors-top-30-prospects-20-16.html/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2016 16:00:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=223049 david-thompson-ed-delany

This list is made from the Top 50 that we do over at MetsMinors.net and Max Wotell was our #20 prospect before he was traded, so we’re moving Phillip Evans into our list at #50, and the rest move up. Technically, Gregory Guerrero becomes our #20 prospect but since we already wrote about him in the last article we decided to highlight Evans who won the Eastern League batting title.

#50 Phillip Evans UTI

Ht: 5’9″  Wt: 220 Level: Double-A Binghamton

B/T: R/R  Age: 9/10/1992 (23)  Age Dif: -1.3

Acquired: Drafted in the 15th round in 2011 by the Mets out of La Costa Canyon HS

Preseason Rank: Unranked

2016 Statistics:  105 G, 389 AB, 125 H, 30 2B, 8 HR, 24 BB, 63 K, SB .321/.366/.460

Mets made a shocking move in 2011 in the later rounds, signing Evans for 650K, and making an effort to grab some highly touted talent. A more average-tool guy, who plays more hard-nosed more than anything. He underwhelmed for his first four seasons with the Mets as he slowly climbed the ladder, but grew into his own this season in Binghamton showing off his ability to put the bat to the ball.

Evans stings the ball, mostly to left field, with all but one of his home runs going to left, and 22 out of 30 doubles going that way as well. His swing is geared towards line drives that he clubs especially hard. He will not hit for more than gap power during his career, but that’s fine for his gameplay.

Evans can play any of the infield positions, with good hands, and a strong arm. As a stocky guy with average speed, he may be stretched at short, but at third base and second base, he can be more than solid. Evans projects as a utility type going forward, but a versatile guy is someone the Mets usually need.

#19 David Thompson 3B

Ht: 6’0″  Wt: 208  Level:  High-A St. Lucie

B/T: R/R  Age: 8/22/1993 (22) Age Dif: -.7

Acquired: Drafted by the Mets in Round 4 of the 2015 Draft out of The University Of Miami

Preseason Rank: #23

2016 Statistics:  116 G, 432 AB, 121 H, 34 2B, 2 3B, 11 HR, 29 BB, 90 K, .280/.333/.444

A Mets draftee in the fourth round last year, and the second 3rd baseman in a row taken in the fourth round by the team, Thompson underwhelmed offensively for the Cyclones. He’s bounced back this year hitting .294/.344/.474 in A-Level Columbia, and was moved up to St. Lucie in July.

In terms of describing Thompson, there’s really one word: Power. He’s got a lot of it, raw, especially. It hasn’t showed up in games in the way that we’ve expected of it yet, but it’s there, nonetheless. Thompson is a decent contact hitter, with some ability to get on base, and has struck out at a 18% clip. But, I wouldn’t expect too high of an average from him, or on-base percentage.

As for defense, he is an athlete, and can man third base really well in terms of lateral movement and ability to field. However, his arm is merely average, which is adequate for third, but not preferable for the position. He’s worked hard to improve his play and it’s shown lately. Overall the package, should he tap into his power more, he could be a viable piece either at first or third in the future.

#18 Marcos Molina RHP

Ht: 6’3″  Wt: 188  Level: None

B/T: R/R  Age: 3/8/1995 (21)  Age Dif: N/A

Acquired: Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012

Preseason Rank: #9

2016 Statistics:  Has not played.

Went down with Tommy John Surgery in September of last year, Molina is still a very interesting pitcher with some frontline rotation upside. In Brooklyn in 2014, he dominated the league, despite being much younger than the competition. However, in 2015, he was injury riddled, and then went down with surgery.

When healthy, Molina has plus control, and can sling a 90-96 mile per hour fastball in with movement and precision. In addition, he is very polished, and boasts an at least above-average slider and changeup. Unfortunately, his delivery is worrisome with little movement on his lower half, and very reliant on his elite arm-speed to garner his velocity. Next season will be a good test to see how he bounces back from Tommy John Surgery, but if all goes well, we could see another upside arm skyrocketing back up our prospect lists.

Molina will head to the instructional league in preparation for the Arizona Fall League.

#17 Gabriel Ynoa RHP

Ht: 6’2″  Wt: 160   Level:  MLB

B/T: R/R  Age: 5/26/1993 (22) Age Dif: -3.7

Acquired:  International Free Agent, 2009 out of the Dominican Republic

Preseason Rank: #14

2016 Statistics:

MILB: 25 GS, 12-5 W/L, 3.97 ERA, 25 GS, 154.1 IP, 170 H, 77 R, 68 ER, 40 BB, 78 K .285 BAA

MLB: 6 G, 1-0, 15.19 ERA, 5.1 IP, 9 H, 9 ER, 4 BB, 4 K .391 BAA

Ynoa is a curious case in general because there is such a strange profile for a pitcher at the higher levels. He was just called up to the MLB, and in his first outing, showed exactly what he was. His scouting report has been very consistent over the years: A 90-96 fastball that he commands very well from a three-quarters slot, but has very little movement on the fastball. His slider and curve are below average, and don’t really grade out much for out-pitches, which explains his lack of strikeouts, as well as his high rate of hits allowed. His changeup is nice, an above-average to plus offering.

He’s usually a guy holds velocity into the later innings, but starts to get tagged around the third time through the order. He may be better off being a reliever if he can’t develop that third pitch he desperately needs to strike out batters. The Mets currently have him in the bullpen, and he may stay that way for the rest of his career, barring the third pitch.

#16 Anthony Kay LHP

Ht: 5’11”  Wt: 186   Level:  None

B/T: L/L  Age: 3/21/1995 (21) Age Dif: N/A

Acquired:  Drafted in 2016 at 31st Overall By the Mets out of UCONN.

Preseason Rank: Unranked

2016 Statistics:  None

Mets apparently couldn’t let this Ward Melville lefty go, even after drafting him in 2013 in the 29th round. Signed for a way under slot 1,100,000 dollars as the 31st overall pick in the most recent draft, Kay is an upside arm who may not pitch for a while. When the Mets and Kay converged for the physical, the team found that his arm was very troubling, with some “fraying” in his UCL, and reworked their deal for 896,000 below slot value.

When healthy, Kay can throw low to mid-90’s from the left side, and has an above-average change. His slider, however, is below average and needs work. His command is above-average and he’s very crafty in how to set up his pitches for hitters to get over. We could see him next year, or the year after, depending on the extent of the injury for Kay. However, he projects as a mid-rotation starter that could move fast if healthy.

He will be a part of the Mets instructional league which released it’s roster yesterday.

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Mets Minors: Top 30 Prospects, #25-21 http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-minors-top-30-prospects-25-21.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/09/mets-minors-top-30-prospects-25-21.html/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:30:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=222978 andrew church

We continue our list working our way into the top 25 with some younger players who continue to excel at their level. There is an A-ball MVP, a high profile IFA, and a raw right-handed pitcher that hits 96 with his fastball.

#25 RHP Andrew Church

Ht: 6’2”  Wt: 200  Level: Low A Columbia Fireflies/St. Lucie Mets High-A

B/T: R/R  Age: 10/7/1994(22) Age Dif: -0.9

Acquired: Selected in the 2nd round of the 2013 MLB draft

Preseason Rank: #79

2016 Statistics:  7-4, 2.92 ERA, 1.06 WHIP,  95.2 IP, 76 H, 25 BB, 78 K

Profile: Hard throwing right-hander is as much a head scratcher today as he was when he was drafted in 2013 despite barely playing in front of scouts. He as been sitting low to mid nineties and his curveball has become a plus pitch yet the organization has him in Columbia. Though he has pitched in High A with some success, though not missing nearly as many bats as he did in Low A. He continued to dominate in the South Atlantic League (5-2, 2.22 ERA, 0.85 WHIP). While also making a spot start for Las Vegas at the end of the season.

What’s Next: Really anyone’s guess, his play suggests he should have finished the season in High A now competing for a spot in AA next spring. With how he has been handled, one could guess St. Lucie to start next year with a move to AA around the all-star break. He doesn’t need to be added to the 40 until after next season, so he has that going for him.

#24 SS Luis Guillorme

Ht: 5’9″  Wt: 190  Level: St. Lucie Mets High-A

B/T: L/R  Age: 9/27/1994(21) Age Dif: -1.7

Acquired: Selected in the 10th round of the 2013 Draft out of Coral Springs Charter HS

Preseason Rank: #16

2016 Statistics:  441 AB, 116 H, 16 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 46 RBI, 43 BB, 63 K, 4 SB, .263/.332/.313

Profile: Defense!!! Among the best defensive shortstop in the system (frequently debated among MMN writers) is as smooth as they come in the field. Everything from the routine to the amazing, he makes look effortless in the field. His arm probably falls just shy of a plus grade for the position (though still above average) that plays up with a very quick glove to hand transition. He moved over to second base to accommodate Amed Rosario in St Lucie to start the season, and did nothing to contradict reports (named best defensive 2B by leagues managers) that he has a major league ready glove.

While his offensive profile is improving, it is and always will be only that of a slap hitter. He shows a good feel for the barrel, making hard contact, but he doesn’t have any power to speak of and therefore does not drive the ball.  He did hit his first professional home run earlier this season, after 1200 PA. He has a solid approach at the plate, though with his profile he could be more aggressive early in the count.

His foot speed isn’t overly impressive, but he is a good base runner and will steal his share of bases. A heady baseball player who puts the work in, Guillorme recently made the BA Mets mid-season top 10 list. While he isn’t that, his defense will get him to the majors.

What’s Next: His growth will be behind Rosario from here on out, Binghamton next season.

#23 RHP Chris Flexen

Ht: 6’3”  Wt: 235  Level: St. Lucie Mets High-A

B/T: R/R  Age: 7/1/1994(22) Age Dif: -2.1

Acquired: Selected in the 14th round of the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft from Memorial HS

Preseason Rank: #17

2016 Statistics: 10-9, 3.56 ERA, 1.31 WHIP,  134 IP, 125 H, 51 BB, 95 K

Profile: In late 2015, Flexen returned from Tommy John Surgery with a fury, dominating opponents over his last six games posting a 1.87 ERA, with a 1.9 BB/9, and 8.8 k/9.  He was a favorite of many who pegged him as a breakout candidate with good reason. He returned with an improved velocity, where it was low 90s pre-TJS, it has been firmly mid 90s and touched 97 since his return. While he hasn’t taken off to be the next great Mets arm, like many predicted, he has pitched well. He has surpassed 100 innings for the first time in his professional career while pitching in Advanced A.

It was rumored that it was his medicals that held up the Jay Bruce trade. How serious that is remains to be seen as he’s had no issues at all this year with the arm.

What’s Next: Binghamton next on the schedule for 2017 and he will be in the conversation to add to the 40-man as he is eligible for the Rule 5 draft this offseason.

#22 RHP Merandy Gonzalez

Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 195  Level: Brooklyn Cyclones SS A-ball

B/T: R/R  Age: 10/9/1995(20)  Age Dif: -1.4

Acquired: Signed by the New York Mets as a non-drafted free agent on March 6, 2013

Preseason Rank: #67

2016 Statistics:  6-3, 2.87 ERA, 1.33 WHIP,  69 IP, 65 H, 27 BB, 71 K

Profile: An undersized RH pitcher who will have critics stuck on his size saying he needs to dominate to remain in the rotation. That is exactly what he has done. Since coming stateside he has dominated, including throwing a no-hitter last season for the GCL Mets. He features three above average pitches with a fastball that sits consistently in the mid-nineties, including hitting 96 in the later innings of work. His curveball has flashed plus with late break, and his changeup is a work in progress, but does show good arm action on it.

What’s Next:  Could start in Columbia next season, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they got aggressive and let him earn a St. Lucie rotation spot next spring.

#21 SS Gregory Guerrero

Ht: 6’1”  Wt: 180  Level: DSL

B/T:  R/R  Age: 1/20/1999 (17)  Age Dif: -1.2

Acquired: Signed as an International Free Agent in 2015 for $1.5M

Preseason Rank: #31

2016 Statistics:  247 AB, 61 H, 10 2B, 20 RBI, 28 BB, 51 K, 10 SB, .247/.324/.287

Profile: The high profile international free agent signing from the 2015-2016 signing period from the Guerrero Academy in Dominican Republic, is the latest from the Guerrero family to play pro baseball. The instincts and game knowledge are what you would expect from a player who spent his entire childhood around the ball field.

He has plus bat speed and an advanced approach at the plate with a knack for barreling balls. He has shown better game speed than anticipated. His arm is plus and he has good lateral movement so he could stay at shortstop, though there is some who predict that he will move off as he fills out.

What’s Next:  I expect a GCL assignment next season. I fully expect him to be a level behind another fellow 2015 IFA SS Andres Gimenez signing and his assignment will be dependent on how aggressive they are with him.

Both photos courtesy of Ed Delany

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Mets Minors Recap : Taijeron Homers In Rout http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-minors-recap-617-taijeron-homers-in-rout.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-minors-recap-617-taijeron-homers-in-rout.html/#comments Fri, 17 Jun 2016 14:00:47 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=215127 travis taijeron

Las Vegas 51s 9 (34-32), Reno Aces 1 (35-31, Arizona) Box Score

Nimmo continued his hitting streak to a 10th game with an infield single in the first. Cecchini has four extra base hits in his last three games. Taijeron has homered in his second straight game.

Sewald, who started out the year very effective, has allowed three runs in his last 2.2 innings. Lugo has allowed a run in five innings since converting to relief. Verrett’s control struggles continue. Vegas split their series.

Binghamton Mets 3 (28-36), Richmond Flying Squirrels 1 (26-40, San Francisco) Box Score

Evans walked for the first time this season. Smith doubled for the first time since June 1st.

It’s the third time Lara has reached seven innings pitched, and second time in three starts that he threw seven scoreless innings. Peterson has allowed only one run in 6.1 innings pitched since giving up six in his first AA appearance on 5/25.

St. Lucie Mets 0 (33-31), Jupiter Hammerheads 0 (30-35, Miami)

St. Lucie Mets’ final game against the Jupiter Hammerheads was cancelled due to inclement weather in the bottom of the third inning. Amed Rosario was 1 for 1 with a double. Ricky Knapp threw three scoreless innings. This is the last St. Lucie game of the All-Star Game.

 Columbia Fireflies 10 (35-32), Asheville Tourists 6 (32-34, Colorado) Box Score

Fireflies hit six extra base hits, including four doubles. Ramos Replaced David Thompson in the bottom of the first inning.

This should be Conlon’s last start in the South Atlantic League. Bashlor has been dominant in the South Atlantic League. The flamethrower has tossed 30 innings in 17 appearances since returning from Tommy John Surgery.

Brooklyn Cyclones start tonight with right-hander Gabriel Llanes on the mound.

 DSL Cubs1 10 (5-6), DSL Mets1 8 (5-6), 12 innings Box Score

Guerrero has a 5/5 BB/K ratio in 11 games.

All four pitchers who made an appearance gave up two runs or more.

DSL Rays2 5 (1-10), DSL Mets2 4 (4-7) Box Score

Gimenez has a hit in eight out of nine games and has six extra base hits.

Campos opens his career with four shutout innings.

Check out our Draft Signings Tracker on Metsminors.net to see progress for 2016 Draft Picks.

 

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Mets Minor League Recap: Rosario With Three More Hits http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-minor-league-recap-rosario-with-three-more-hits.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-minor-league-recap-rosario-with-three-more-hits.html/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:00:17 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=214935 sean-gilmartin-e1443724210431

Las Vegas 51′s 2 (33-31), Reno 1 (34-30) Box Score

Cecchini came in for an injured Rivera and was immediately picked off. Nimmo’s double was a few feet from clearing a home run. Rivera is likely to land on the DL with a Hamstring Injury.

Gilmartin allowed a double to get knocked out of the game with an out to go. The game ended when Zach Borenstein was thrown out at home on a relay throw by Krauss.

Richmond Flying Squirrels 6 (25-39, San Francisco), Binghamton 1 (27-35) Box Score

Evans has been burning hot as of late, hitting .419/.409/.558 in June.

  • Mickey Jannis RHP 5 ip, 7 H, 6 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, L 5.57 ERA
  • Kevin McGowan RHP 2 ip, BB, 5 K 1.80 ERA
  • Logan Taylor RHP IP, 2 H, 2 ER, BB, 3 K 3.29 ERA

McGowan has struck out six in three innings since being promoted to Binghamton. Taylor has allowed five runs in his last four appearances.

St. Lucie Mets 2 (32-31), Tampa Bay Yankees 0 (40-24) Box Score

Rosario is hitting .380/.426/.540 in June with six extra base hits in 12 games, including two doubles against Yankees top prospect Ian Clarkin.

Church bounced back greatly after giving up four runs and walking seven in his last start on 6/9. Those seven walks are still the only of his full season league career. Tapia has struck out three in ten outs since returning from Tommy John Surgery.

Columbia Fireflies 6 (33-32), Rome Braves 2 (26-38) Box Score

Thompson is still pacing the league in RBI’s with 48, and is third in the league for Doubles.

Shaw has been inconsistent this year, but has struck out 67 in 64.1 innings.

DSL Rangers1 9 (5-4), DSL Mets1 4 (5-4) Box Score

Tulio Garcia has 11 strikeouts in 14 at bats. Luis Lebron walked twice.

  • Luis Silva RHP 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, BB, 2 K, L, 7.36 ERA
  • Nelmerson Xavier Angela LHP 2 IP, H, ER, 2 BB, K 3.00 ERA

DSL Rangers2 10 (5-3), DSL Mets2 2 (4-5) Box Score

Gimenez went hitless in a game for the first time this year. Also 3rd multi-hit game for Valdez this year.

 

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Mets Minors Report: Nimmo Blasts Two Homers, Herrera and Rosario With Four Hits http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-minors-report-nimmo-blasts-two-homers-herrera-and-rosario-with-four-hits.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/mets-minors-report-nimmo-blasts-two-homers-herrera-and-rosario-with-four-hits.html/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2016 12:28:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=214590 Nimmo3-400x266

Las Vegas 51s (32-27) 17, Albuquerque 7

The 51s busted out with 23 hits and blew the game open with a six-run fourth inning in part thanks to a bases-clearing double by Sean Gilmartin. They knocked out the Rockies top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman after only 2.1 innings.

  • Dilson Herrera 2B – 4 for 6, HR (1oth), 4 RBI, 3 R, 2B, .295/.336/.516
  • Brandon Nimmo CF – 3 for 5, 2 HR, BB, 2 R, 4 RBI, 2B, .325/.403/.521
  • T.J. Rivera 3B – 2 for 4, HR, 2 BB, 2 R, .362/.400/.529
  • Gavin Cecchini SS – 2 for 6, RBI, R, 3 errors (15), .327/.392/.407
  • Travis Taijeron RF – 4 for 6, HR, 2B (21, leads league), 4 R, 2 RBI, .305/.387/.562
  • Sean Gilmartin SP – 3 for 3, 4 RBI, 2B, R, (6 for 15)

Nimmo now has three homers in his last two games after hitting only five all of last year. One of the blast last night was off a lefty to raise his slash line to .327/.353/.571 against them this year.

Edgin has yet to allow a run in 9.1 innings this year for Vegas and has 12 strikeouts in that span.

Binghamton Mets 3 (25-33), Trenton 2 (35-24) F/12

Xorge Carrillo ended the game with a run scoring single in the bottom of the 12th inning, it was the B-Mets first hit of the night with runners in scoring position.

Evans extended his hitting streak to nine games but still has not walked in 92 at bats for the B-Mets.

Bullpen combined for 4.1 innings of one-hit ball with Peterson getting his first Double-A win.

St Lucie Mets 10 (28-30), Dunedin 6 (27-32) F/10

The Mets scored four runs in the top of the 10th to get the victory after they scored three runs in the 8th to tie the game.

Wuilmer Becerra was out of the lineup again, he has been since June 2nd without an injury given. Would have to assume it’s the same shoulder injury that kept him out of action earlier in the season. Team combined for 17 hits, Jhoan Urena was the only hitless player and he also committed his 13th error.

Church struggled with his control, allowing 11 baserunners in his St. Lucie debut. Tapia was pitching for the first time since April 18th, 2015 after undergoing Tommy John Surgery

Columbia Fireflies 11 (30-30), West Virginia 2 (30-29)

The Fireflies scored three runs in the first inning and would never relinquish the early lead. They went 6 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

  • Vinny Siena 2B – 2 for 4, 2 R, BB, SB, .292/.430/.380
  • Kevin Kaczmarski LF – 2 for 4, R, RBI, SB, .250/.331/.400
  • J.C. Rodriguez SS – 3 for 5, 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, .270/.329/.403
  • David Thompson 3B – 3 for 5, 3 RBI, R, .294/.353/.489
  • Dash Winningham 1B – 2 for 4, RBI, R, .239/.312/.370

Thompson took back the RBI lead with 45 on the season while Siena is second in the league with 46 runs scored.

Ingram snapped a personal three-game losing streak, picking up his first win since May 9th. Davis has not allowed an earned run in his last 10.2 innings with 14 strikeouts in that time.

Roster Note: RHP Gaby Almonte was added to the roster from Brooklyn with the Fireflies needing a starter.

For more on the Mets minor leagues and the draft go to MetsMinors.net.

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Josh Edgin Having Elbow Examined http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/josh-edgin-having-elbow-examined.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/06/josh-edgin-having-elbow-examined.html/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2016 13:14:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=213778 josh edgin

Las Vegas 51s reliever Josh Edgin has been sent to New York to have his left elbow examined after complaining of some soreness according to Betsy Halfand of the Review-Journal.

During the game, Vegas broadcaster Russ Langer said it wasn’t thought to be anything serious and more of a precaution.

Edgin has been working his way back from Tommy John Surgery that he had last year in March. He started his rehab stint on April 10th this season with the St. Lucie Mets and struck out seven in 4.1 innings for them while allowing only one run on two hits.

He’s been even better since joining the 51s on May 2nd, and in 8.2 innings he has yet to allow a run on three hits and four walks while striking out 11. Righties have gone 0 for 13 against him in the Pacific Coast League and he was successful in his only save opportunity.

His slider has been great so far but the concern has been with his fastball that’s been sitting in the 87-91 MPH range which is low for him. He last pitched on May 29th when he struck out one in a perfect inning.

In other 51s news, Dilson Herrera was not in the lineup last night without any injury or rest indication. It’s possible he could be on a flight to Miami as the Mets wait to see if David Wright can avoid a DL stint.

Head over to MetsMinors.net for a recap of last night’s action including another good night by Brandon Nimmo.

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Boras Chimes In On Harvey’s Struggles http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/boras-chimes-in-on-harveys-struggles.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/05/boras-chimes-in-on-harveys-struggles.html/#comments Wed, 04 May 2016 22:48:55 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=211111 matt harvey 2

Another start, and still fans and media alike are startled by the lack of progress Matt Harvey is making in his starts in 2016.

Harvey has been the tale of two pitchers so far this season, as his stats in innings 1-3 stand at a 2.00 ERA, 17 strikeouts, two walks, and holding opponents to a .583 OPS. Which lines up with how he pitched in those first three innings in 2015, where he posted a 2.28 ERA, had close to a 5-1 strikeouts to walk ratio, and held opponents to a .584 OPS.

Counter that to innings 4-6, where Harvey’s ERA nearly quadruples to 7.88, has more walks than strikeouts (nine to eight), and his opponents OPS sits at .998, or to put it another way, about what Michael Conforto is slashing in the OPS department thus far.

After last night’s 3-0 loss to the lowly Atlanta Braves, Terry Collins talked about the struggles Harvey has endured so far, and whether the amount of innings Harvey exerted last season has had some sort of holdover effect.

“I don’t have all the answers, except not everybody is going to be good every night,” Collins said after Harvey worked 5 ²/₃ innings — the third time in six starts he failed to complete six innings.

“As it starts to get nicer and a little bit warmer, maybe then we’ll make a determination if the arm strength is going to come back or if it’s going to be one of those years where, due to all the innings last year, we’re going to see the effects of it.” (New York Post)

As soon as Collins brought up the infamous “innings” word from last season, one had to expect that Harvey’s super-agent Scott Boras would have a thing or two to say about that matter.

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It was Boras who famously chimed in late last year when Harvey was on the verge of hitting his projected innings limit for the season. When the Mets made the strong push into playoff contention, that innings restriction seemed to soften, as the Mets knew they were going to need Harvey to be one of their aces in the postseason.

Boras stuck by the medical opinions by various surgeons, including Dr. James Andrews who performed the Tommy John surgery on Harvey in October 2013. The Mets contended that the initial 180-inning limit was a “soft” number to shoot for, and not necessarily the end all be all.

“Expert opinion by medical practitioners is not a soft number,” Boras countered. “There are no soft numbers. These are medical practitioners providing opinions about when a pitcher is at risk, and when a pitcher isn’t at risk.” (SI.com)

Including the postseason, Harvey would go on to pitch in 216 innings in 2015, a record for a pitcher coming off of Tommy John surgery.

Which made spring training important to see whether Harvey would suffer any setbacks with the increased workload, and whether he’d bounce back with the same tenacity he had for most of the 2015 season.

And as it goes, Harvey had mixed results in spring. Early on his velocity looked good, and the talk was about how his slider was back to near 2013 form, with a sharp bite that drove hitter’s mad. But then Harvey had trouble with his command, and then had to deal with the blood clot near the end of spring. And then transitioned into three tough losses in a row to start the year.

Which brings us back to the talk of Harvey and what seems to be troubling him after the first month of the season. Boras didn’t have much of an answer, other than to say he didn’t feel like Harvey had anything physically wrong.

“There’s something unknown that we’re looking at. There’s an unknown here that’s operating. We’re figuring it out as we go. I’m very confident that Matt is physically healthy and very confident that adjustments will be made.”

Time will tell whether Harvey can return to his old form. Clearly Harvey’s velocity hasn’t been where he normally lives, averaging 94.1 miles-per-hour according to Fangraphs, down almost two miles-per-hour from 2015. And Harvey’s renewed slider that many thought he had rediscovered in spring is also down about 1.5 miles-per-hour less than last season, averaging 87.9 miles-per-hour.

Delving deeper into how often Harvey is getting hit, Fangraphs’ plate disciple stats show Harvey is getting hit more than he ever has both inside and outside the strike zone. On the year, Harvey’s O-Contact%, or percentage of time batter’s make contact on pitches outside the strike zone is currently at 69.1%, his career high before this season was in his rookie campaign where he was at 63.1%.

And the same applies for Harvey’s Z-Contact%, the percentage of times batters make contact at pitches thrown inside the strike zone. Harvey registers at 87.4%, also a career high. Before the season, 2013 was is high, at 84.5%. However, Harvey could get away with that then, because his swinging strike percentage was at its highest registered, at 12.6%. Counter that to his 9.5% this season, and it’s no wonder that Harvey is having trouble-putting hitters away.

For his part, Boras seemed to imply when speaking with The Post’s Ken Davidoff that the extra innings Harvey threw might still be the lingering factor in his rough start this season.

“For the sequencing of a great player, you’d always like it to be ideal,” Boras said. “The playoffs demand a player to be a great teammate, and Matt Harvey’s intentions always were to be a great teammate. The sequencing of his development from his surgery is something that was not ideal. There is a lot of unknowns that come from that interruption.”

In Collins post game press conference on Monday Tuesday night, he hoped that the warmer weather would help determine if Harvey’s arm strength would return to the same form fans have been accustomed to. Harvey has pitched well in colder months for his career. In April of last year, he was 4-0 with a 3.04 ERA. In 2013, Harvey’s April was also 4-0 with a miniscule 1.56 ERA. Needless to say, Harvey isn’t used to such a slow start to his season.

I also think Harvey shouldn’t have pitched last night if he truly wasn’t feeling well. Why put him out there if he’s under the weather? He had to receive fluids from the team to get him ready to pitch last night. Even against one of the worst offenses in the league in the Braves, why would you put a guy that is already under the microscope this year out in the line of fire? They could’ve turned to Logan Verrett to make yet another spot start for them, who ended up coming into the game yesterday in the ninth.

Thankfully the rest of the rotation has been rounding into form, with Steven Matz pitching phenomenally Wednesday, his fourth straight win on the season. Syndergaard and deGrom have been solid, and Colon has been his usual reliable self. For now, the rest of the rotation has made up for the poor start to Harvey’s season. However, Harvey remains a staple in this rotation, and will need to perform to his standards, or face the ever mounting questions on his once golden arm.

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Mets Minors Recap: Siena Rakes, Knapp Mows Down Jupiter http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-siena-rakes-knapp-mows-down-jupiter.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/04/mets-minors-recap-siena-rakes-knapp-mows-down-jupiter.html/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2016 04:59:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=209397 vinny siena

New Hampshire 8, Binghamton 1

Tyler Pill went five innings and gave up four runs, striking out four. Beck Wheeler, David Roseboom, and Luis Mateo combined to give up four more runs in the next three innings. Mateo makes his return back to Binghamton after Tommy John Surgery in 2013.

DH Matt Oberste went 2 for 4 with a double and the only B-Mets RBI of the game. Dominic Smith finally recorded his first Double-A hit and subsequently a run on Oberste’s double. L.J. Mazzilli made his first ever pro start at third base.

St. Lucie 4, Jupiter 3

Josh Edgin started the game on Rehab Assignment, and went .2 innings, giving up a run, and striking out one before being replaced by Ricky Knapp. Knapp subsequently tossed 5.1 innings, giving up four hits, and striking out four. Alberto Baldonaldo gained redemption from his first game on April 8th by holding down the Hammerheads with a scoreless inning and two strikeouts. Robert Coles however made the game interesting giving up a 2-run shot to the cleanup hitter Taylor Ard.

On the offensive side, Lednier Ricardo, 2 for 4, and Kevin Taylor, 3 for 4, led the team on offense. As well, top prospect Amed Rosario went 2 for 5 with his second stolen base. He is now hitting .300 on the year. Luis Guillorme had a bad day at the plate with an 0 for 5, and is hitting .167 out of the two-hole.

Charleston 6, Columbia 5

Left-hander Kevin Canelon cruised through the first three innings before running into some trouble in the fourth. He gave up two runs on five hits, while striking out six and walking two. Seth Davis followed with two innings of his own as well as two runs given up and four strikeouts. The Fireflies were leading the RiverDogs up until the bottom of the 9th, but Witt Haggard walked the bases loaded and gave up a two-run single to Thairo Estrada.

Vinny Siena went 3 for 5 with a double. The former 2015 14th rounder from UConn is currently hitting .462 after 4 games. Left Fielder Joe Tuschak went 2 for 4 with 2 doubles and scored twice. David Thompson drove in one with a triple, and scored on an error. The 2015 4th rounder from University of Miami is hitting .357.

The was the Fireflies third loss of the season with each one coming on a walk-off, their only win of the season came on Saturday when they threw a combined no-hitter.

Note: Both of Las Vegas’s games were rained out Sunday and will be played in August.

For the more in-depth recap head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Zack Wheeler Hungry To Join Rotation http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/zack-wheeler-hungry-to-join-rotation.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/zack-wheeler-hungry-to-join-rotation.html/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2016 12:30:02 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207948 New York Mets Spring Training wheeler

Zack Wheeler understands that injuries and the rise of the other four members of the starting staff have pushed his status down a peg. With a July return in sight, Wheeler is looking to change that mind set.

Speaking with Mike Puma of the NY Post,, Wheeler, 25, says he understands that his pitching brethren have been the talk of the town, however, he’s excited to return to this dynamic rotation and prove he belongs in the same category as them.

“I have Twitter, TV, so I do see everything,” Wheeler said after a workout this week. “I’m not one of those guys who gets jealous. I couldn’t care less about what people say or think about me, but at the same time it motivates me to have a little chip on my shoulder, which is fine.”

Wheeler is working his way back from Tommy John surgery and repairing a torn tendon. He joins Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, and Steven Matz as Mets pitchers who have all undergone the procedure, so it’s an encouraging sign to know that his fellow starters have come back strong from their own surgeries. Matz and deGrom had their surgeries performed by Dr. David Altchek, the same doctor that performed the most recent one on Wheeler. That allows for commonality between the pitchers to share how they worked their way back.

“Harvey was with Andrews, so it was a different surgery,” Wheeler said. “I look at these guys a little more because it’s the same surgery. But even with Harvey, it’s reassuring they are out there.”

Wheeler has pitched two seasons with the Mets, compiling a record of 18-16, 3.50 ERA in 49 games. Wheeler saw big gains in his second year with the team, starting 32 games that year, along with a lower FIP (4.17 in ’13 to 3.55 in ’14), lower walks per 9 (4.1 to 3.8), and an increase in strikeouts per nine (7.6 to 9.1).

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The Mets have taken a similar approach with Wheeler’s return to action as they did with Harvey, having him rehab for 15 months and taking small steps to pitching on a mound. Wheeler threw off the mound this past Tuesday in Florida for the first time since undergoing his surgery, almost a full year. The next steps would consist of throwing to a catcher with a batter in the box, then live batting practice and simulated games.

The Mets re-signed fan favorite Bartolo Colon to hold the fifth spot until Wheeler returns sometime in July. Wheeler will be monitored for innings, just as Harvey was last year. The Mets will employ spot starters throughout the year to help keep their starters fresh.

Adding Wheeler back to a rotation that is already considered one of the best in the game without him is pretty scary. Wheeler has spoken about how he has tweaked his mechanics to avoid any lingering elbow issues, and learned from deGrom to get his elbow up sooner in his delivery to take pressure off it.

It’s been a welcome sight seeing Wheeler working out and interacting with his teammates this spring. Wheeler knows that his time is coming close to return, and has already been mapping out a time frame of where his progression will take him.

“I’ve been thinking about it a lot more as it’s getting closer. In three months I’ll probably pitch in [minor league] games and in four months I’ll be hopefully back up there, so it’s coming up quick.”

Wheeler showcased a lot of promise and intrigue since his arrival to the Mets in 2011, in a trade with the San Francisco Giants that included the departure of Carlos Beltran. With the surgery behind him, improved mechanics, and a “chip on his shoulder”, look for Wheeler to bring the Mets yet another hard throwing, top of the rotation starter for fans to enjoy every fifth day.

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Noah Syndergaard Hopes To Prevent Elbow Surgery http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/noah-syndergaard-hopes-to-avoid-elbow-surgery.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/noah-syndergaard-hopes-to-avoid-elbow-surgery.html/#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:00:43 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=206999 noah syndergaard

Tommy John surgery has become something of an epidemic in this decade. In 2014 alone, 98 players underwent the infamous surgery. While modern medicine and technology have reduced recovery time and enhanced rehab programs, it is still a 12-16 month ordeal after surgery.

As of now, Noah Syndergaard, 23, is the only member of the “Fab 5″ to avoid the surgery. Matt Harvey (26), Jacob deGrom (27), Steven Matz (24), and Zack Wheeler (25) have all undergone Tommy John Surgery.

Talking to the Bergen Record’s Bob Klapisch, Syndergaard says he’s unconcerned about being the next one to go under the knife.

“Everyone is afraid of it. You don’t want to lose a whole season, but a part of me wants to believe Tommy John surgery can be prevented.” There are countless reasons why a pitcher may need elbow surgery, but many people associate the procedure with hard throwers.

Syndergaard broke many radar guns last season, averaging 97.1 mph on his fastball, the highest in baseball among starting pitchers. While his massive stature has certainly earned him the nickname ‘Thor’, that is not the only reason why he throws so hard. He has phenomenal mechanics to go along with his phenomenal hair, which allows him to dominate as he does every five days.

Sports Illustrated‘s Tom Verducci isn’t convinced that Syndergaard will avoid Tommy John Surgery and in fact pegs him as one of five pitchers most at risk of the ‘Year After Effect,’ saying there is a strong possibility he will have elbow issues after an increased workload last season. I wholeheartedly disagree.

As Verducci mentioned, Syndergaard maintained his velocity the entire season, pointing out it actually increased in October, throwing his fastest pitch all season at 101.3 mph. Proof that he can maintain his velocity in a seven-month season (including October) at 23. Couple that with his stellar mechanics and physical prowess, and all are legitimate reasons to relax all this Tommy John talk.

There are many, many reasons why pitchers have elbow issues, but most of the time, it is mechanics. Still, manager Terry Collins offers a different paradigm. “I’ve had some of the greatest surgeons tell me, ‘If they’re going to break, they’re going to break. You do what you can, but some things just aren’t in your control.”

The bottom line is, I think Noah Syndergaard will be fine. I am a college pitcher and experienced pitching coach, so I am confident in saying that his mechanics are exceptional. Proof of that lies with his late-inning velocity and solid command of the strike zone. So, no, I do not think he is at risk of the ‘year after effect.’ It is entirely possible he could have elbow issues, as it is with any pitcher. But there are many ways to prevent it, including having a strong body, a focused and targeted conditioning program, and of course good mechanics, all of which Syndergaard possesses.

In his rookie season, Syndergaard went 9-7 with a 3.24 ERA, striking out 166 batters in 150 innings. In four postseason appearances, he went 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 19 innings.

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Mets Minors: Top 5 Right-Handed Pitching Prospects http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-minors-top-5-right-handed-pitching-prospects.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-minors-top-5-right-handed-pitching-prospects.html/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 23:00:28 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=206485 marcos molina

After the Mets promoted Steven Matz and Noah Syndergaard, the two final pieces of the Mets amazing major league  rotation, fans probably believe the organization took a hit in premium talent. However, MMN is going to reveal there are still some interesting top prospects in our top 5 right-handed pitchers.

1. Marcos Molina

Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 188  Level: GCL & St. Lucie Mets  B/T:R/R  Age: 3/8/1995 (20)  Age Dif: -2.9

Statistics: 44.1 IP, 9 games, 8 games started, 4.26 ERA, 49 hits, 11 BB/36 K

Profile: An athletic pitcher, Marcos Molina took the New York-Penn League by storm in 2014 as a teenager. However this year was a different story, being skipped to High-A, but struggling with an elbow injury and was ultimately shut down and then underwent Tommy John Surgery. At his best, Molina has a 92-94 mile per hour fastball that touches 96 that he pounds the zone with that is joined by a plus changeup and an above-average slider.

Molina’s delivery however is a worry since it relies on arm-speed and has little movement in his bottom half, which might create arm strain with overuse. We’ll see if he’ll hold together after Tommy John Surgery and reach his potential of a front-line starter.

Level: Rehabbing from Tommy John Surgery

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2. Robert Gsellman    

Ht: 6’4″  Wt: 200 Level: St. Lucie & B’Mets  B/T: R/R  Age: 7/18/1993 (22) Age Dif:-3.1

Statistics: 143.1 IP, 24 games, 2.89 ERA, 126 Hits, 37BB/86K, .237 BAA

Profile: Drafted in 2011 in the 13th round, Gsellman was touted as a “projectable arm”, with the Mets knowing very well they could mold him in to an excellent pitcher with some good stuff. They have taught him how to use his 91-93 mile per hour fastball with good movement on it to get a ton of groudb ball outs. Along with that, he has developed an excellent 12-6 curveball that works as a good out pitch, and a changeup that needs a little work, but in time will become an average pitch. He does not get many swings and misses, which is something he definitely needs to work on next season.

Next year: He will Repeat at AA for a few starts and then proceed to AAA

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3. Logan Verrett

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 190  Level: AAA & MLB B/T: R/R  Age:6/19/1990 (25) Age Dif: -3.4

Acquired: 2011 Draft, 3rd Round.

Statistics: 

AAA 18 G, 11 GS, 64.2 IP, 4.59 ERA, 69 H, 19 BB, 53K

MLB 18 G, 4 GS, 47.2 IP, 3.59 ERA, 34 H, 15 BB, 39 K

Profile: A pitcher who has performed at every level since entering the Mets system in 2011, he finally got his chance to get his feet wet in the majors. In December 2014, Verrett was selected by the Orioles in the Rule 5 draft, but underperformed in Spring training, so they waived him to try to work out a deal to keep him. However, the Texas Rangers had other plans, nabbing him, and trying him out.

He didn’t work out in Texas either, so they designated him for assignment, which sent him back to the Mets. He went up and down from Vegas to New York and back with the Mets and played 18 games at Vegas. In New York he pitched in 14 games, including 4 starts, Verrett pitched well with a 3.03 earned run average.

A fourth starter or middle relief profile, Verrett throws in the low 90’s with good control and command. Attached are an average curve, above-average slider and an average change. Altogether, Verrett is an excellent asset for the Mets team should he continue to be effective, either as the long guy, or a rubber arm.

Level: Major League Bullpen or Las Vegas rotation

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4. Seth Lugo   

Ht: 6’4″  Wt: 185  Level: Binghamton & Las Vegas 51’s  B/T: R/R Age: 11/17/1989 (26) Age Dif: 0

Acquired: 2011 Draft, 34th Round, Centenary College of Louisiana

Statistics: 24 GS, 136 IP, 3.84 ERA, 135 H, 35 BB, 127 K, .254 BAA

Profile: An older arm with some good stuff sounds familiar doesn’t it? Seth Lugo, the 26-year old righty should not be overlooked. As a starter, Lugo can dial it into the mid-90’s getting up to 95. He mixes in an above-average curveball and  average changeup. Last year in Double-A he did okay, with a 3.80 era in 19 starts, and a .254 batting average against. He then pitched well in 27 AAA innings with a 1.19 WHIP while striking out 30 batters.

He’ll get another crack at Las Vegas and will be consideration for the rotation in case one of the 4 horseman or Bartolo goes down.

Level: Will Stay in the Las Vegas Rotation

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5. Gabriel Ynoa 

Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 160 Level: B’Mets B/T: R/R Age: 5/26/1993 (22) Age Dif: -2.6

Acquired: International Free Agent, 2009 out of The Dominican Republic

Statistics: 25 G, 24 GS, 152.1 IP, 3.90 ERA, 157 H, 31 BB, 82 K,  .265 BAA

Profile: A true control artist, Ynoa has a Career BB/9 of 1.3 in the Minor leagues. Coupled with that, Ynoa pounds the zone, sometimes too much, with a mid-90’s fastball that gets up to 96 at time. While he has a plus changeup, and an above-average curveball, he gives up more hits than innings, and does not strike out more than a 4.8 K/9.

While he has posted adequate statistics at Binghamton, it’s a wonder how much longer he will stay a starter, considering his inability to miss bats. We’ll possibly see a conversion this year or next.

Level: Will get some time getting to know Las Vegas

Another arm to keep an eye on is our breakout candidate Chris Flexen.

For comprehensive coverage of the Mets minor league system, check us out at MetsMinors.net where we are in the middle of our Top 80 Prospects countdown. Here is #30-26 led by Jeff McNeil that was released today. 

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Mets 2016 Breakout Prospect: RHP Chris Flexen http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-2016-breakout-prospect-rhp-chris-flexen.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/02/mets-2016-breakout-prospect-rhp-chris-flexen.html/#comments Mon, 01 Feb 2016 23:26:57 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=205553 Chris-Flexen

 

Continuing our series of potential breakout prospects is right-handed pitcher Chris Flexen, a projectable righty drafted in 2012, who suffered a delay due to Tommy John Surgery. Our first two candidates in the series were third baseman David Thompson and Jhoan Urena.

Profile:

Chris Flexen was drafted out of Newark Memorial HS in California, during the 14th round. He was awarded an overslot bonus of $374,000. In an early draft report by Baseball America, he was called a “projectable arm” that could reach 93, with much more potential to fill out a skinny frame. BA also said he had the potential for a plus slider.

He, however has had an inconsistent career struggling initially in Kingsport before repeating and excelling. Then in 2014 he struggled with his control and recorded a 4.83 earned run average with 13 starts in Savannah, before undergoing Tommy John Surgery.  He returned on June 24th of this past year and pitched rehabilitation games in Gulf Coast League, and Brooklyn before returning to the Savannah Sand Gnats. In his final six games, he pitched much better, posting a 1.87 ERA, with a 1.9 BB/9, and nearly a strikeout per inning.

Why he may be a candidate:

According to recent scouting reports, Flexen’s fastball velocity has improved to the mid 90’s, and has touched 97. With an improving slider, and changeup he could have a serious arsenal in his future. He is finally healthy, which could lead to a great full season. One caveat is he has only pitched a maximum of 69 innings, so we’ll keep cautious about his future for now. We hope to see a bigger influx of innings as well.

Ted’s Prospect Extras

The Top 5 2012 Draft Picks

  1. Kevin Plawecki (1st Rd Supplemental, 35th overall)
  2. SS Gavin Cecchini (1st Rd, 12th overall)
  3. UT Matt Reynolds (2nd Rd, 71st overall)
  4. RHP Matthew Bowman (13th Rd, 410th overall)
  5. RHP Paul Sewald (10th Rd, 320th overall)

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Mets Announce Bartolo Colon Deal, DFA Johnny Monell http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/mets-announce-bartolo-colon-deal-dfa-johnny-monell.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/mets-announce-bartolo-colon-deal-dfa-johnny-monell.html/#comments Sat, 19 Dec 2015 01:50:40 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=202646 bartolo colon

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The Mets made their one-year deal with Colon official on Friday. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated Johnny Monell for assignment.

“I’ve had a great experience in New York,” Colon said in a statement Friday. “The fans are great, being part of the postseason was great. I’ll do anything Terry wants me to do this year, start or relieve. I just want to help us get back to the World Series.”

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Sources have told MMO’s Michael Mayer that veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon has passed his physical and is officially a New York Met.

Colon agreed to a one-year deal with the Mets worth $7.25 million on Wednesday, as first reported by Metsmerized Online.

Colon, 42, was 14-13 with a 4.16 ERA in 194.2 innings in the regular season and made seven relief appearances during the postseason, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out seven.

Look for an official announcement from the Mets sometime today.

Previous Report: December 16

According to MMO’s Michael Mayer, a Dominican News Source is reporting that the Mets have agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Bartolo Colon.

The news has since been confirmed by Ken Rosenthal who says the deal is worth $7.25 million and is pending a physical.

Colon had higher offers from the Braves and the Athletics according to what sources told MMO, but Colon chose the Mets because he has enjoyed his time with the organization and has become close friends with many of his teammates.

Colon, 42, was 14-13 with a 4.16 ERA in 194.2 innings in the regular season and made seven relief appearances during the postseason, allowing two runs and seven hits while striking out seven.

Assistant GM John Ricco made no secret he wanted the Big Sexy back. “His versatility and the success he had in the playoffs in that role, and where he is in his career, I think he could fit us on a number of levels. Everything I’ve heard, he would be open to that type of role,”

This is great news. Nice job by the Mets…

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Mets Working To Re-Sign Bartolo Colon http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/mets-working-to-re-sign-bartolo-colon.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/12/mets-working-to-re-sign-bartolo-colon.html/#comments Wed, 09 Dec 2015 21:43:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=202160 bartolo colon

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets have now “stepped up their efforts” to re-sign Bartolo Colon for the 2015 season. Meanwhile, a source told ESPN’s Adam Rubin that Colon is interested in returning to the Mets as well.

Colon would serve as the fifth starter in light of the Jon Niese trade this afternoon. Colon would presumably move to the bullpen (barring injuries) in the second half, once Zack Wheeler returns from Tommy John Surgery.

Colon, 42, has posted a 4.13 ERA (86 ERA+) in two seasons with the Mets. In both years, he proved durable, making 31 starts and pitching north of 190 innings. During this span, he has struck out 6.5 batters per nine innings, but limits walks to an outstanding 1.2 per nine innings.

Due to the shortening of the rotation, Colon pitched n relief during the postseason, making three appearances and allowing three runs (two earned) in 8.2 innings. However, in his search for work this winter, he has been explicit about his desire to remain a starter. And now that Niese is gone, the window has re-opened.

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Heyman: Boras Took Out Insurance Policy On Harvey’s Arm http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/heyman-harvey-took-out-insurance-policy-on-arm.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/10/heyman-harvey-took-out-insurance-policy-on-arm.html/#comments Mon, 19 Oct 2015 16:48:18 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=197209 matt harvey

In the midst of the Matt Harvey innings controversy, agent Scott Boras took out an insurance policy on Harvey’s arm, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

According to Heyman, Boras bought the policy at the end of the regular season, when it was becoming clear that Harvey was going to continue to pitch, possibly all the way through the postseason.

The policy, although the dollar figures are unknown, has two tiers: one for a drop in performance and one for an injury that ends Harvey’s career. The purchase perhaps gave Harvey some peace of mind about pitching late into the playoffs.

Despite never having thrown more than 179 innings in any season, Harvey is now at 202. If the Mets advance to the World Series and Harvey makes another three starts, that number could climb to over 220.

As Heyman notes, very few pitchers have done that coming off Tommy John Surgery, and all had experienced much higher workloads than Harvey in years prior.

From a business standpoint, the move surely makes sense, as Harvey is still three years away from free agency. If he can stay healthy for a few more seasons, he is in line to possibly make over $200 million. An injury now would cause him to lose out on a whole lot of money.

That being said, Boras, Harvey, and the Mets all appear to be on the same page now: If able to, Harvey will pitch.

“We were never about him not pitching in the postseason, and we never said Matt Harvey wasn’t going to pitch in the playoffs. Any question revolved around the management of innings,” Boras said.

“There’s an obligation — I should say mandate — to pitch. There’s an obligation to the integrity of the game, to his teammates and the fans. At no time did the player or I ever say he wasn’t going to pitch in the postseason.

“I understand Matt Harvey has to pitch,” Boras continued. “The only way not to is to have the team take the ball away from him. And I don’t think they’re doing it anytime soon.”

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The Gotham Dark Slight http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/the-gotham-dark-slight.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/09/the-gotham-dark-slight.html/#comments Mon, 07 Sep 2015 02:44:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=192668 matt harvey

So if you had to guess what grand, world changing event that would bring me out of my self-induced absence from the world of blogging, you’d have a veritable topic du jour laid upon your table to choose from. Let’s see would it be the slow burning scandal that is Hillary Clinton’s email habits while serving as Secretary of State? Maybe it’s the allure surrounding Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and what consequences his candidacy could have for this country if not the world?

For some reason those topics, while I find them fascinating, haven’t done enough for me to shed my Obi-Wan Kenobi-esque writing exile. I guess we all find our muse’s in our own special ways and for me, it wasn’t something I was expecting in the least.

One of my escapes from the weightiness of the world has always been baseball, especially New York Mets baseball. When I heard that Matt Harvey, the Mets staff ace, said that he would stop pitching once he hit 180 innings pitched, I have to admit I thought it was a joke. Granted Harvey missed all of 2014, rehabbing from Tommy John surgery which replaced his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow.

However hearing Harvey, at the apparent behest and counsel of his agent, the infamous Scott Boras, suddenly come out and tell the press of all people, that he’s essentially done, took the wind out of every Met fan’s sails in a matter of seconds as I’m sure it didn’t earn him any favor from his teammates. Harvey has already clocked 166 innings this year and has been a huge reason the team is finally making a run at the postseason for the first time since 2006.

This is coming from the same guy who a few weeks ago was bemoaning the fact that the team was instituting a 6 man rotation, designed to lessen HIS workload. Not to mention the team planned skipping a few of his starts, causing Harvey to yet again throw a media conniption, with every start after his extended rest where he would complain that he was quote, “rusty” due to the rest. What I don’t understand is, if this was the plan all along, that his total would be 180 innings, then why not just start his season in late May? Silly me.

matt harvey dark knight Batman

The Dark Knight, as he’s been dubbed by fans and media, has a credibility issue, created by his own hand with a nudge by his agent Scott Boras. Boras is the uber-agent to the sports world. He’s reviled by many, especially those who write really, really big checks to pro athletes. Then you have those who love his tough as nails and bloodthirsty desire to get the maximum dollar amount for his clients

He’s the lawyer we all hear about and hate and wish never existed but would want to have on our side if we needed him. He’s the Johnny Cochrane of sports agents. I think he’s a cancer but just like cancer cells that reside in us all, there’s a part in each of us that would want Boras negotiating our next raise.

I can’t help but feel like Michael Corleone when he discovered that his brother Fredo had sold the family out to Johnny Ola and Hyman Roth. I can understand if Harvey is concerned about his future and his health. Let’s face it, the Mets don’t exactly have a stellar medical history with their players. But the only thing Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins haven’t done is personally carry Harvey out to the mound like Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra, fanning and feeding him grapes.

Everything Harvey said flies in the face of what he’s obviously “portraying” on the field. That’s the definition of a fraud and it kills me to say it All of a sudden the bloody nosed Dark Knight who “looks” menacing on the mound, is coming across more as a show off, bitching that he could’ve pitched last September knowing fully well that that would’ve never happened. A man full of not just himself but full of bravado. Not a good mix in the locker room.

Speaking of the locker room, as I was watching the Mets today take on the Florida Marlins the cameras paid close attention to Harvey in the dugout. And for what seemed like the majority of the game, no one was giving Matt the time of day with the exception of David Wright. The camera cut to both the captain and Harvey having quite a discussion, with Wright doing most of the talking and Harvey just nodding.

As Gary Cohen intimated, the conversation was probably not about the club scene in Miami, but probably the events that were unfolding. It speaks volumes that Harvey was an island onto himself in that dugout. I can’t blame them. If a nobody fan like me feels slighted imagine those guys?

Well needless to say just like a politician in need of corralling and controlling the message, Matt Harvey took to Derek Jeter’s The Players Tribune website to pen a brief but pointed statement essentially telling fans to forget everything that came out of his mouth over the past 24 hours, that he’ll pitch in the postseason.

That may be true but at this point the damage is done. The seeds have been sowed. I have no expectations that Matt Harvey will pitch this postseason if the Mets are lucky enough to get there, nor do I expect him to suit up and some point next next as well.

The world will not come to an end Mets fans if Matt Harvey ends up in another dugout next year. Just go ask Albert Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinal fans who felt like they lost an organ when Albert bolted for the left coast. How’s that working out for the redbirds by the way? Like I told a friend on Facebook, I’d rather have a team of Wilmer Flores’ than one faux Dark Knight anyday.

(Graphic by Joe Maracic @GrafixJoker)

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Zack Wheeler Throws For The First Time Since Surgery http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/zack-wheeler-throws-for-the-first-time-since-surgery.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/zack-wheeler-throws-for-the-first-time-since-surgery.html/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 16:19:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188341 zack wheeler whiff

Good news on the injury front for Metropolitan flamethrower Zack Wheeler, who threw for the first time since his Tommy John Surgery back on March 25th of this year.

The 25-year old is expected to return to the Mets sometime around the All-Star break in 2016.

Watch Wheeler throw here courtesy of JustMets.

Thoughts from Avery

It may never happen, but anything is possible. But thinking about the potential Metropolitan rotation for the second half of the 2016 season has me excited.

This is a rotation that could feature five stud, front-of-the-rotation types that throw heat.

The rotation is in a position to be dominant over the next few years (at least until Matt Harvey becomes a free agent). As I see it, a rotation of Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz would give the mets one of, if not the best starting five in the league.

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Bobby Parnell To Be Activated This Week, But Role Not Yet Clear http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/bobby-parnell-to-be-activated-this-week-but-role-not-yet-clear.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/06/bobby-parnell-to-be-activated-this-week-but-role-not-yet-clear.html/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 16:00:48 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=183808 bobby parnellBobby Parnell‘s 30-day rehab window to return from Tommy John Surgery is up this week, notes Marc Carig of Newsday. This means he will most likely have to return to the team.

However, with Parnell not yet reaching his old velocities, the Mets won’t put him back in the closer role.

“You don’t know until once he gets here,” Terry Collins said. “Again, he may amp it up and pitch at 95, 96 a little bit. So he might have it still. But we won’t know until he’s here.”

On Parnell’s role, Collins added, “I think I’ll just get him in there and let him get his feet wet again.”

Parnell will make one more rehab appearance in the minors before rejoining the team. In 14 minor league appearances this year, he has allowed 18 runs in 13 innings, allowing 22 hits and 13 walks while striking out only nine.

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Harvey Fine With Collins’ Decision To Pull Him In the 7th http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/harvey-fine-with-collins-decision-to-pull-him-in-the-7th.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/harvey-fine-with-collins-decision-to-pull-him-in-the-7th.html/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 15:14:42 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=181496 matt harvey 2

With the Mets dropping the first two games of the series against the Cubs, Matt Harvey responded by delivering an outstanding performance.

Harvey tossed seven shutout innings while allowing only three hits and striking out nine batters.

However, Harvey’s dominant effort wasn’t enough to win as the bullpen blew a 1-0 lead late in the game.

“Everybody wanted to win that game,” Harvey later said. “We’re going to put up runs. We’re in a little bit of a rut right now. Obviously everybody goes through that. Tomorrow is the first day to come out of it.”

Harvey was pulled from the game after throwing 100 pitches in the 7th inning, but he understood Terry Collins‘ decision to take him out.

“I was fine to stay in,” Harvey said. “I think the game plan going into the season was to keep everything around 100. I think if I had a quicker seventh, with a little bit less pitches, it might have been a different story. I think it’s one of those calls you need to make as a manager. Nine times out of 10 it’s going to work, and tonight it just didn’t.”

Thoughts:

Harvey deserved a better outcome last night, but his excellent beginning to the season is a fantastic sign.

Harvey has quieted all doubts about his ability following Tommy John Surgery. His stats through seven starts this season is almost identical to his incredible 2013 campaign. Harvey is 5-1 this year with a 2.31 ERA and 0.92 WHIP.

In 2013, Harvey was 9-5 with a 2.27 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.

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