Mets Merized Online » Travis Taijeron http://metsmerizedonline.com Fri, 02 Dec 2016 22:21:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.16 Mets Minors Recap: Conforto, Smith, Rosario All Homer http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-recap-conforto-smith-rosario-all-homer.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/08/mets-minors-recap-conforto-smith-rosario-all-homer.html/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:31:56 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=221164 Photo: Josh Holmberg, Las Vegas Review

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Las Vegas 51s (61-69) 5 vs. Tacoma Rainiers (74-55) 2 BOX SCORE

Michael Conforto his another home run, a solo shot in the eighth. His 2 for 5 day lowered his average from .427 to .426. Since returning to the 51s, Conforto has gone 22 for 40 (.550 avg) with four home runs and eight RBIs. Taijeron hit his 19th home run of the season, he is now tied for the team lead with Johnny Monell.

  • Gabriel Ynoa RHP: 8 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, W (11-5 4.18 ERA)
  • Josh Edgin LHP: 0.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K (2.76 ERA)
  • Paul Sewald RHP: Got the final out with the tying run at the plate for his 15th save (3.52 ERA)

It was Ynoa his first start back since he was send down. It was the first time since June the 18th that he did not allow an earned run for the 51s. Ynoa threw just 96 pitches to get through eight innings.

Before the game it was announced that Brandon Nimmo was named PCL player of the week and that Robert Gsellman was promoted.

Binghamton Mets (59-67) 6 vs. Hartford Yard Goats (70-56) 3 BOX SCORE

  • Amed Rosario SS: 2 for 3, HR, RBI, 3 R, BB, K, SB .319/.371/.469
  • Dominic Smith 1B: 3 for 3, HR, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 R .301/..365/.465

Rosario and Smith hit back-to-back homeruns in the third inning. It was Rosario his fifth overall and Smith hit number fourteen. Last week Eastern League Player of the week, Phillip Evans, went 0 for 4. Victor Cruzado was the other player in the lineup who drove in a run.

Rafael Montero needed to get out of Vegas badly as he has performed really well since joining the Binghamton Mets. Montero has allowed just one earned run in his last 16 innings.

Columbia Fireflies (59-68) 7 vs. Augusta GreenJackets (69-57) 5 BOX SCORE

The Fireflies got a 7-0 lead in the fourth and it was enough to beat the Augusta GreenJackets for the fourth straight day. J.C. Rodriguez hit his ninth home run of the season, a three-run blast in the second. Enmanuel Zabala had his second career five hit game. He had a five hit game with the DSL Mets2 on July the 29th, 2013.

Almonte did not record any strikeouts in the win. The right-hander has just 35 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched.

Lowell Spinners (37-25) 8 vs. Brooklyn Cyclones (31-31) 1 BOX SCORE

The Brooklyn Cyclones collected just six hits. Colby Woodmansee collected the only RBI.

Merandy Gonzalez was not able to get thru the first after he threw 33 pitches to get two outs. The Defense behind the Cyclones pitchers was awful as they made a franchise record six errors. (Woodmansee 2, Paez 2, Lindsay 1 and Sanchez 1)

Johnson City Cardinals (34-23) 5 vs. Kingsport Mets (19-38) 3 F/7 BOX SCORE

  • Ian Strom LF: 2 for 4, 2B, RBI, K .239/.329/.333
  • Santo Marte 2B: 1 for 3, 2B, RBI, R .222/.349/.361

The Kingsport Mets collected just five hits as there offensive struggles continue.

  • Chris Viall RHP: 3 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, L (0-2 6.75 ERA)
  • Joel Huertas LHP: 3 IP, H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K (5.93 ERA)

GCL Mets (22-26) 8 vs. GCL Marlins (20-28) 5 F/10 BOX SCORE

The GCL Mets hit three homers and the biggest one was the walk-off three run shot by Juan Uriarte with two outs in the bottom of the tenth. Kenny Hernandez hit his first career home run in the win.

Jose Geraldo was not helped by his defense as they made three errors which let to four unearned runs. Luis Carreno has not allowed a run with the GCL Mets this season, in 12.1 innings pitched he allowed just three hits and struck out 12. This year’s 12th round pick, Matt Cleveland has struggled so far in his pro career.

The DSL Mets1 game was suspended after the top of the sixth. The game was tied at one. Here is the BOX SCORE

The DSL Mets2 game was suspended after the top of the sixth. The game was tied at four. Here is the BOX SCORE

The second game for both the Kingsport Mets and DSL Mets2 were postponed. The St. Lucie Mets were off.

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Travis Taijeron Named Top Rookie In Mets Camp http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/travis-taijeron-named-top-rookie-in-mets-camp.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/travis-taijeron-named-top-rookie-in-mets-camp.html/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:03:45 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=208745 travis taijeron 2

Mets outfield prospect Travis Taijeron received the organization’s John J. Murphy Award, given annually to the team’s top rookie in major league spring training camp.

Taijeron batted .368 with a .432 OBP and .658 slugging percentage for the Mets with two home runs and team-high 11 RBIs in 38 at-bats.

Last year, Taijeron displayed the power scouts expected of him when he was drafted by the Mets in the 18th round in 2011.

The right-handed slugger hit a career-high 25 home runs for Triple-A Las Vegas and batted .274 with 22 doubles and 71 RBI. He led the Mets farm system with a .536 slugging percentage and .929 OPS.

Taijeron, 27, impressed a lot of people in Mets camp and could be called upon in case of injuries to provide a power bat off the bench for the Mets in 2016.

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Travis Taijeron Looks For His Chance http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/travis-taijeron-looks-for-his-chance.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2016/03/travis-taijeron-looks-for-his-chance.html/#comments Wed, 16 Mar 2016 13:00:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=207682 travis taijeron 2

For Major League clubs, depth is never a bad thing. Each year, teams look to shore up deficiencies and weaknesses on their roster, and look to add positional depth by stashing players in the upper minors in case of an injury.

It’s been widely reported that the injury to Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (out with a strained patella tendon in his left knee) wont be a major issue due to the team’s organizational depth at the position – even if he does miss the start of the season.

Which brings me to the signing of Alejandro De Aza. Back in late December, the Mets agreed to a one-year deal with De Aza for $5.75 million. At the time, Sandy Alderson admitted that he didn’t think Yoenis Cespedes was going to fall back into their laps at the dollars and years, they were willing to offer. So the logic was to have De Aza split time with Juan Lagares in center field, and use the matchups accordingly.

And while I understand that the Mets wanted to fill a void that was left with the surprise retirement of Michael Cuddyer, I wish the the money spent on De Aza could’ve been used to add another bullpen arm instead. Why didn’t the Mets need to go out and sign De Aza you might ask? They already had their backup depth in a slugging outfielder named Travis Taijeron.

Taijeron, 27, has been with the Mets organization since they drafted him the 11th round of the 2011 MLB Draft out of Cal Poly Pomona. Right away Taijeron put up big numbers, playing in 56 games with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2011 and putting up a slash line of .299/.387/.557 for an OPS of .943. He also smashed nine home runs, and drove in 44 runs. Of his 58 hits that season, 27 were for extra bases, which resulted in his monster slugging percentage.

In 2012, Taijeron began the year in Single-A Savannah, putting up a .949 OPS with 12 home runs and 44 RBIs in 64 games for the Sand Gnats. His hot start earned him a promotion to to play with the St. Lucie Mets. Taijeron’s slash line took a nose dive, as he posted a .677 OPS in 48 games, but still managed to add seven home runs to his overall total of 19 for the season. Taijeron did a complete 180 in 2013, starting the year with St. Lucie and slashing .303/.396/.564 for an OPS of .960. He finished the year with Binghamton, combining for a line of .271/.356/.531 for an OPS of .887 while increasing his home run total to a new career high 23 to go with 69 RBI.

Taijeron played the entire season in Binghamton in 2014, posting another year of .800 plus OPS, and double-digit home runs. Taijeron took a liking to the hitter friendly confines of Cashman Field and the Pacific Coast League, and hit career high 25 home runs, along with 71 RBIs in 2015. Taijeron’s numbers are a large enough sample size to garner a look with the big league club, a move I wish the Mets had thought of before jumping at signing De Aza.

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This is not an article to bash De Aza however. He does boast a solid resume, and has played in 680 Major League games in his career. He’s had success in Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, and San Francisco, and offers a career OPS of .756 against right-handers, which was to complement Lagares’ .753 OPS against lefties. However, it is worth noting that while Taijeron is a right-handed power hitter, his splits are worth taking a look at.

In 2015, Taijeron had 259 at-bats against right-handers, and hit 13 of his 25 home runs against them. He also posted an OBP of .380, slugging of .483, and an OPS of .863 against righties that year. You want to say that Vegas is a hitter’s haven, fair enough. Lets dive into his earlier numbers than as well.

While playing with Binghamton in 2014, Taijeron hit 7 of his 15 home runs against righties, drove in 33 runs, had an OBP of .351 and slugging of .418, for an OPS of .769 in 201 at bats. While the slugging and OPS numbers were down compared to 2015, a .769 OPS for a platoon player would be a welcome sight to pair with Lagares. The only time De Aza posted higher OPS numbers than .769 was in 2011 while playing with the White Sox in 54 games.

Taijeron posted an OPS of .864 against right-handers in 172 at-bats in 2013 with Binghamton. That’s over 600 at-bats with an average OPS of .832. Surely that’s worth a look if you’re the Mets, front office, and are still keeping an eye of finances and wanting to assemble the best roster for a reasonable cost.

The one issue Taijeron has is his range in center field, or should I say, lack there of. He’s a strong corner outfielder with a good arm, but based on scouting reports wouldn’t quite be able to handle center on a regular basis. But he wouldn’t embarrass them either, especially if the Mets employed defensive substitutions in the later innings. De Aza has had similar criticisms thrown his way as well; especially when you consider that he hasn’t played a consistent center field since 2013 with Chicago. That year, De Aza’s UZR/150 was -4.1, with an ARM (Outfield Arm Runs above average) of -2.3. De Aza posts substantially better numbers in the corner positions, leading us back to Taijeron.

If De Aza and Taijeron are on similar footing defensively, then I think the Mets should trade De Aza this Spring as some outlets are reporting. Taijeron is four years younger, offers more power, higher OBP, SLG, and OPS. And it would save the Mets roughly $5 million to use at their disposal.

The Mets have made it known that they aren’t actively shopping De Aza in a trade, but six teams are very interested in trading for him. De Aza is increasing his value though, currently hitting .438 with an OPS of 1.063 in sixteen spring at-bats. But Taijeron is having an equally impressive spring, invited as a non-roster invitee; Taijeron is hitting .385 with a .421 OBP and 1.087 OPS in 28 plate appearances.

For now, Taijeron will be neatly tucked away in minor league camp as he was reassigned by the Mets on Tuesday. But if the Mets do indeed deal De Aza, he’s only a phone call away, or they could just jog over to the other side of the complex and tell him to get back to Major League camp.

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Wilmer Flores Makes Winter Ball Debut Playing Second http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/wilmer-flores-make-winter-ball-debut-playing-second.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/wilmer-flores-make-winter-ball-debut-playing-second.html/#comments Fri, 27 Nov 2015 17:59:15 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=201125 25f549cc9d036cfb1d0f60fcc986bddb

Update: Flores left the game in the 8th inning last night after being hit on the ankle with a pitch. He is out of the lineup tonight and is considered day-to-day.

Mets infielder Wilmer Flores made his winter ball debut last night for the Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League. He played second base and batted third in the lineup going 1 for 4 with a hit by pitch and scored a run. Flores hit .322/.365/.556 with five homeruns and 18 RBI last winter for the Bravos in 24 games. He has been playing for Bravos since 2010.

The 24-yeard old Flores is coming off a season in which he saw his batting average, on-base, and slugging percentage increase for the second straight year with the Mets. His .703 OPS was actually the 7th best in Major League Baseball among qualified shortstops and his defense looked better in the postseason.

Here are the statistics for the rest of the Mets affiliated players that are playing in winter ball:

Puerto Rican League

  • T.J. Rivera: 7 for 22 (.318/.318/.364), double, three RBI, and two runs scored for Indios de Mayaguez.
  • Arnaldo Berrios: 1 for 5, four walks, two runs, and stolen base in nine games for Criollos de Caguas.
  • Johnny Monell: .389/.468/.593 with three doubles, triple, two homeruns, seven RBI, two stolen bases, and 11 runs scored in 54 at bats for the Criollos de Caguas.
  • Joel Huertas: 0-3 with 6.23 ERA, 1.96 WHIP, seven walks, 12 strikeouts in 8.2 innings (6 games) for Cangrejeros de Santurce.
  • Sixto Torres: Two runs allowed on four hits while striking out two in his only inning of work for Gigantes de Carolina.

Mexican League

  • Xorge Carrillo: .284/.342/.402 with six doubles, two homeruns, 14 RBI, and 18 runs in 102 at bats for Aguilas de Mexicali.
  • Octavio Acosta: 1-0 with 0.71 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, three walks, and seven strikeouts in 12.2 inninings (5 games) for the Charros de Jalisco.
  • Jose Carlos Medina: 0-1 with 19.64 ERA, 2.18 WHIP, walk and two strikeouts in 3.2 innings (4 games) and one start for Tomateros de Culiacan.

Venezuelan League

  • Travis Taijeron: .234/.339/.424 with three doubles, two homeruns, six RBI, and six runs scored with a 8/17 (BB/SO) in 15 games for the Caribes de Anzoategui.
  • Wuilmer Becerra: Made his debut on 11/22 going 1 for 4 while playing right field for Tigres de Aragua.
  • Adrian Almeida: 32.40 ERA, 5.40 WHIP in four games. Allowed six runs on three hits and six walks while striking out two in 1.2 innings for Bravos de Margarita.
  • Jose Celas: Has not given up a run in 1.2 innings but has allowed five hits and two walks while striking out two for Leones del Caracas.
  • Zack Thornton: 4.02 ERA, 1.28 WHIP in 17 games. Allowed seven runs on 12 hits, eight walks and struck out nine batters in 15.2 innings for the Navegantes del Magallanes.

Dominican League

  • Dario Alvarez: 1-0 with 5.40 ERA, 1.80 ERA, seven walks, eight strikeouts in 8.1 innings (13 games). Has split the season between Toros del Este and Aguilas Cibaenas.
  • Rainy Lara1-0 with 1.59 ERA, 0.88 WHIP in three games. Allowed one run on four hits and a walk while striking out two in 5.2 innings for Leones del Escogido.
  • Luis MateoHas allowed two runs on two hits (HR) with two strikeouts in two innings of work for the Leones del Escogido.
  • Jenrry MejiaMade six starts for Tigres del Licey going 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.45 WHIP in 29 innings. He has given up 13 earned runs on 34 hits and eight walks while striking out 17.
  • John Mora: Pinch ran in his only appearance for the Aguilas Cibaenas, has been playing in the parallel league where they don’t release stats for.
  • Yeixon Ruiz - Has just one at bat so far for the Estrellas de Oriente and did not reach base. He went 1 for 9 with a triple and RBI for the Dominican Republic in the Premier 12 tournament.

Juan Lagares was added to the weekly 40-man roster on Monday for the Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican League but has yet to make an appearance.

For more Mets winter league coverage and minor league info head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Mets Minors: Herrera, Smith, Cecchini Lead Our All Star Lineup http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/mets-minors-herrera-smith-cecchini-lead-our-all-star-lineup.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/11/mets-minors-herrera-smith-cecchini-lead-our-all-star-lineup.html/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:12:59 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=201012 Dominic_Smith_27nu1kzw_of4zataz

Here is our All Star Lineup featuring the top performers this season by position. These players are chosen strictly on their numbers and not on their prospect rankings. It’s the first of a four part series with the bench, starting rotation, and bullpen still to come.

Here is who we have chosen for the best player at each position in 2015:

CatcherPatrick Mazeika (Kingsport Mets) The Mets 2015 8th round pick tore up the Appalachian League hitting .354/.451/.540 while leading the league with 27 doubles in his first taste of pro ball. The 22-year old lefty hitter also played 11 games at first base this year and hails from Stetson University like Mets ace Jacob deGrom. He was the co-winner of the Mets Sterling Award for the Kingsport Mets and was a postseason all-star in the Appy.

First BaseDominic Smith (St. Lucie) The Florida State League Player of the Year led the league with 33 doubles and 79 RBI while slashing .305/.354/.417 in his breakout season. He was a FSL postseason All-Star and a the Mets Sterling Award winner for the St. Lucie Mets as well. According to a poll done by Baseball America he was also the best defensive first basemen in the league as voted by coaches and managers. He has continued his great year in the Arizona Fall League hitting .385/.519/.564 before his recent oblique injury.

Second Base - Dilson Herrera (Las Vegas) The Mets future cornerstone at second base crushed the ball at Triple-A this year batting .327/.382/.511 with 23 doubles, 11 homeruns and 50 RBI for Las Vegas. He did struggle a little slashing just .211/.311/.367 in only 90 at bats in the Majors this year for the Mets. However, his defense looked much better in his short stint in the big leagues.

ShortstopGavin Cecchini (Binghamton) It was a breakout offensive year for the former 2012 first round pick who hit .317/.377/.442 with 37 extra base hits while striking out only 55 times in 439 Double-A at-bats. He was named the Eastern League Rookie of the Year and played in the All-Star game too. Recently played in four games for the Rafters in the AFL going 5 for 13 with four walks before being scratched from the roster with a shoulder injury.

Third Base - Eudor Garcia (Savannah) The Mets drafted the 21-year old left-handed hitting Garcia in the 4th round in 2014. He slashed .296/.340/.442 with 23 doubles, four triples, nine homeruns, and 59 RBI in 398 at bats. He only walked 23 times all year but 13 of them came against lefties in 130 plate appearances.

Outfield - Wuilmer Becerra (Savannah) After the 2015 season everyone should know that Becerra was part of the tremendous haul that Sandy Alderson got from the Blue Jays in return for R.A. Dickey. Becerra had a great offensive season hitting .290/.342/.423 with 27 doubles, three triples, nine homeruns, 16 stolen bases, and knocked in 63 runs. The 21-year old right fielder had a .444 SLG at home in Grayson Stadium which is known fir being a tough place for power hitters.

OutfieldKevin Kaczmarski (Kingsport) The Mets 2015 9th round pick led the Appalachian League with his .355 average, 91 hits, and was second with his 20 stolen bases. The 23-year old left-handed hitting outfielder hit .355/.415/.512 with 18 doubles, five triples, four homeruns, and 34 RBI. He played 50 games in left field, 11 in center field, and two in right field. He was a postseason all-star as well as sharing the Mets Sterling Award for Kingsport with Mazeika.

OutfieldTravis Taijeron (Las Vegas) The 26-year old outfielder hit a career high 25 homeruns, 71 RBI, and 65 walks. He hit .274/.393/.536 in 478 plate appearances while playing ten game in left field and 112 games in right field this year in Triple-A. He was a mid-season all-star in the Pacific Coast League for the third time in his career (NYPL in 2011, SAL in 2012).

For more Mets minor league coverage including Winter Ball stats head over to MetsMinors.net.

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Mets Minors: Goeddel With Scoreless Inning, Taijeron Homers Twice http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-minors-goeddel-with-scoreless-inning-taijeron-homers-twice.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/08/mets-minors-goeddel-with-scoreless-inning-taijeron-homers-twice.html/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 13:40:52 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=190157 erik goeddel

 

Las Vegas (66-52) 7, El Paso 1

Veteran right-hander Tim Stauffer had his one-hit shutout bid snapped by the pinch hitting Jake Goebbert who led off the 9th inning with a solo homerun. Stauffer’s final line: 9 innings, 2 hits, R, 3 walks, HBP, and 5 strikeouts. He threw just 104 pitches with 70 of them going for strikes.

The 51′s offense was supported by solo homeruns from Brandon Allen (13th) and Travis Taijeron off former Astros outfielder Jason Lane. Travis went 2-4 with five RBI with his 18th and 19th homeruns of the season. He is now hitting .283/.403/.587 with 60 RBI and 125 strikeouts in 322 at bats.

Dilson Herrera was 3-5 and now has 16 hits in his last ten games. Brandon Nimmo was 1-3 with a run scored and walk, hitting out of the 8th spot in the lineup while playing center field. Matt Reynolds was 0-4 with a strikeout. Box Score

Altoona 5, Binghamton (63-52) 2

Gavin Cecchini had a rough night going 0-4 with a walk while committing two errors in the field (both fielding), with the second leading to a three unearned runs. L.J. Mazzilli had an error in the 4th inning as well but went 2-3 with a walk at the dish. Robert Gsellman fell to 6-6 going 5 innings allowing four runs (one earned) on three hits, two walks, and struck out two.

Over his last 36.1 innings Gsellman has allowed only three earned runs on 21 hits and the league is slashing an incredibly low .160/.203/.186 against him. His sinker is incredibly hard to lift as shown by the fact he has given up 21 extra base hits all year in 469 at bats.

Akeel Morris pitched a scoreless 6th inning giving up one single and striking out one. In his last 15.1 innings the Eastern League is batting .185/.254/.296 with 15 strikeouts against him. He has given up one run in that span and hasn’t allowed a run in his last 11.1 innings.

Jeff Walters got four outs before allowing a double and two walks in his second inning of work. Josh Smoker came in with the bases loaded and limited the damage allowing one inherited runner to score before ending the inning with a groundout. In 14.1 AA innings he has struck out 20 and held opponents to a .212 batting average.

T.J. Rivera has his power surge continue hitting his third homerun in two days with a solo shot in his first at bat last night. Here is video of the homerun. Jared King was 2-4 and is hitting .385 over his last ten games. Vince Belnome was 1-3 with a RBI, he is hitting .306/.381/.389 in 12 games since signing with the B’Mets. Box Score

Fort Myers 1, St. Lucie (59-56) 0

The Mets outhit the Miracle 9-6 but went 1-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine baserunners. Kevin McGowan was the tough luck loser pitching 7 innings giving up one run on four hits. The rehabbing Erik Goeddel pitched a scoreless 8th inning with one strikeout and gave up a single. He also produced two ground ball outs.

Dominic Smith stretched his hitting streak to six games with a 1-4 night. Catcher Colton Plaia was 2-2 with his 10th double and a sac bunt. Matt Oberste was 1-4 and has now reached base safely in 17 straight games. Las Vegas outfielder Kyle Johnson continued his rehab assignment and went 1-4 with two strikeouts. Amed Rosario was 0-3 with a sac bunt and his 15th error. Box Score

Savannah (66-48) 12, Rome 3

The Sand Gnats scored all 12 runs in the first five innings including seven in the 5th that was helped by five straight walks. Wuilmer Becerra was 2-5 with a run scored, his 24th double, 12th stolen base, and 47th RBI of the season. Tomas Nido went 1-1 with a walk, sacrifice fly, and his 6th homerun of the year off Braves recent acquisition Touki Toussaint.

Luis Guillorme went 1-5 with two runs scored and two RBI out of the leadoff spot, extended his hitting streak to ten games. Jean Rodriguez was 1-3 with a walk, two runs, and his 12th double of the year as he extended his own hitting streak to thirteen games. Eudor Garcia was 1-4 with a walk, run scored, and his 19th double. John Mora was 1-4  with a walk, 19th double, and 56th RBI.

Ricky Knapp moved to 6-2 with a 2.60 ERA after going 6 innings allowing one run on nine hits and three walks while striking out three. Luis Mateo worked around a double and a HBP to pitch a scoreless 9th with one strikeout. Box Score

State College 7, Brooklyn (25-26) 6 

The Cyclones scored two runs in the bottom of the 9th on a wild pitch that the catcher threw away trying to get the first runner. Tyler Badamo struggled giving up six runs on seven hits (HR) and struck out six in 5.1 innings. His record dropped to 2-6 with a 3.75 ERA and has won just once in his last seven starts.

Catcher Jose Garcia was the only Brooklyn player with more than one hit going 2-4 with his 5th RBI of the year. Enmanuel Zabala was 1-4 with two RBI while playing center field. David Thompson went 0-3 with a walk, HBP, and two runs scored. Vinny Siena was 1-5 with a run scored, slash line fell to .298/.362/.330 though. Box Score

Kingsport (25-23) 7, Burlington 4

Kevin Kaczmarski led the Mets offensive charge going 3-4 with two runs scored and a three-run homerun. He is now fourth in the league with his .337 average after going 20-44 over his last ten games. Shortstop Luis Carpio went 3-5 with a double, run scored, and two stolen bases. Patrick Mazeika was 2-3 with a walk and his league leading 22nd double, now hitting .361 on the year.

Milton Ramos had his second straight two-hit game and stole his third base of the year for Kingsport. Dash Winningham was 1-5 with a run scored and a two-run double. Ivan Wilson went 1-4 and scored a run, he also struck out twice giving up 51 in 36 games to start the year.

Nabil Crismatt improved his record to 4-1 after going 7 innings allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out five. The 20-year old right-handed pitcher lowered his ERA to 2.28 and WHIP to a measly 0.98 in 43.1 innings. Box Score

GCL Marlins 4, GCL Mets (25-20) 0

The Mets had as many hits as errors (3) last night with Jose Miguel Medina, Will Barring, and Franklin Correa each having one hit. Ali Sanchez went 0-4 with three strikeouts while batting third and serving as the DH. Desmond Lindsay has not played in the last two games.

Edwin German took the loss allowing three unearned runs in four innings on six his and a walk. Box Score

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Mets Minors: Herrera Homers, Lugo Shines Again http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minors-herrera-homers-lugo-shines-again.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minors-herrera-homers-lugo-shines-again.html/#comments Mon, 27 Jul 2015 13:00:00 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=188282 Dilson, Herrera

 

Las Vegas (58-44) 15, Reno 9

The 51′s offense exploded for nine runs in the 5th inning to take a commanding 14-6 lead that the bullpen would hold on to. Dilson Herrera had a great game going 3-4 with a walk, four RBI, three runs scored, and his 3rd homerun in AAA while moving to the 3rd slot in the lineup. Darrell Ceciliani returned to the lineup after coming off the disable list going 3-5 with a double and scored two runs.

Danny Muno was 3-5 with a walk, two RBI, stolen base, and scored three runs. Johnny Monell, Travis Taijeron, and Wilfredo Tovar each had two hits and combined to knock in five runs while scoring four. Taijeron is now hitting .321 with eleven walks and five RBI over his last ten games.

Matt Bowman struggled going only 3.1 innings giving up six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks while seeing his ERA to go to 5.32 for the year. Making his AAA debut Dario Alvarez relieved Bowman getting two outs to stranding a runner. Alvarez was promoted  earlier in the weekend after allowing just one hit in his last 8.2 innings for Binghamton. Vic Black pitched a scoreless 9th inning allowing just a walk, he threw 15 pitches with 7 for strikes. He is now scoreless in four of his last five appearances. Box Score

Binghamton (55-45) 8, Trenton 0

Seth Lugo continued his breakout season throwing 7 shutout innings allowing four hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. He moved to 6-4 with a 3.20 ERA on the season, he has now given up just one earned run in his last 25 innings. Lugo was hitting 88-94 MPH with his fastball while mixing in his good curveball and changeup as he pounded the strike zone getting lots of weak contact. Here is video of his last strikeout. 

Jeff Walters made his return to Binghamton where he set the team record with 38 saves in 2013 going one scoreless inning allowing two singles. He was hitting 94/95 MPH on the radar gun and has now thrown 12 innings with 14 strikeouts on his comeback trail. Akeel Morris pitched a scoreless 9th inning, he has given up only one run over his last seven innings for Binghamton.

Outfielder Joe Benson led the B’Mets offesne going 2-4 with four RBI, two runs, and his 2nd Binghamton homerun. Travis d’Arnaud was 2-5 with a run scored while hitting 2nd and hitting in the DH slot. Brandon Nimmo was 2-5 with a run scored hitting in the 3 hole and playing center field. Gavin Cecchini was 1-4 with a walk, run scored, 20th double, and his 43rd RBI of the season. Box Score

Dayton 16, St. Lucie (49-50) 4

Casey Meisner struggled for the first time since being promoted lasting only 5 innings giving up seven runs (three earned) on nine hits (two HR’s) and four walks while striking out only one. His record fell to 2-3 with his ERA going to 2.83 for St. Lucie and 2.35 overall for the 2015 season. In his 2nd St. Lucie appearance Paul Paez gave up seven runs (four earned) in just two innings in relief. Kyle Regnault pitched the last 1.2 scoreless lowering his ERA to 1.77, he has given up just one run in last 13.2 innings.

Yeixon Ruiz was 4-5 with RBI, run scored, and his 3rd triple of the season. Phillip Evans was 2-3 with RBI, BB, two run scored, and his 11th double of the year but has three errors in the field. Dominic Smith and Jeff McNeil combined to go 0-9 on the night. Box Score

Savannah (52-47) 6, Greensboro 5

Michael Katz was 3-4 with four RBI, his third homerun for the Sand Gnats and his second in as many days. John Mora was 3-5 with run scored, 16th double,two stolen bases, and 50th RBI of the season, now slashing .276/.366/.430 with 45/58 BB/SO for the year. Wuilmer Becerra was 2-4 with a walk, run scored, and his 11th stolen base. Eudor Garcia was 1-5 with run scored extending his hitting streak to 8 games.

Casey Delgado moved to 4-3 with 3.90 ERA after going 5.2 innings giving up two runs on eight hits, three walks and two strikeouts. James Duff picked up his 12th save of the season despite giving up a two-out two-run homerun in the 9th inning to let the Grasshoppers shrink the lead to a single run. Box Score

Mahoning Valley 6, Brooklyn (19-16) 2

David Thompson was the offensive leader for the Cyclones who had only five hits and went 0-5 with RISP, he was 1-4 with his 4th double while knocking in his 10th run of the season. Vinny Siena was 1-4 with a run scored while William Fulmer was 1-3 with walk and run scored.

Andrew Church made the start and had his first rough outing of the year pitching 4.1 innings allowing four runs on nine hits and walking three with just two strikeouts. Luis Mateo made his 6th rehab appearance pitching two innings giving up his first run of the year on a hit and walk. In 10 innings he has given up just four hits and two walks compared to ten strikeouts. P.J. Conlon pitched a scoreless 8th inning with two strikeouts to extend his shutout streak to eight innings  to start his career. Box Score

Kingsport (16-15) 8, Elizabethtown 4

Patrick Mazeika was 2-4 with his 24th RBI (2nd in APP), three runs scored, and his league leading 12 double of the season. Dash Winningham went 2-4 with a run scored, he is hitting .280/.331/.483 on the season. Ivan Wilson was 1-4 with a double and run scored without striking out for the 2nd straight game. Kevin Kaczmarski was 0-5 ending his hitting streak at 16 games. Gregory Valencia was 2-4 with a run scored and three RBI, he has now hit safely in 9 of 10 games.

Nabil Crismatt picked up his 2nd win of the season pitching 5 innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts. Taylor Henry, 22nd round, pitched 1.2 scoreless innings in relief to pick up his first pro hold. Box Score

Over The Weekend

Mets 2nd round pick Desmond Lindsay made his professional debut on Saturday going 1-3 with a walk including a single in his first at bat. Matt Reynolds was also in the original lineup before the game was suspended in the 1st inning before he could bat and he was pinch hit for when the game resumed.

Las Vegas lost 8-5 on Saturday despite Travis Taijeron hitting two homeruns giving him 17 on the season for the 51′s. Here is the video of the second homerun.

Binghamton lost 3-0 on Saturday when the offense could muster only two hits with Gavin Cecchini and TDA producing a single each. Rainy Lara pitched a complete game giving up three runs.

Brooklyn Cylones won 2-1 with only two hits from the offense while Gaby Almonte picked up with the win with 6 scoreless innings. Alex Palsha picked up his 7th save of the season, he has not allowed a run in 14 innings this season.

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Mets Minor League Recap: Cecchini Stays Hot, Thompson With Four Hits http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minor-league-recap-14.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/07/mets-minor-league-recap-14.html/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 15:30:24 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=186588 gavin cecchini

Las Vegas (49-38) 10, Salt Lake 5

The Las Vegas offense was an extra base hit machine producing nine of them on the night incuding two doubles a piece by Dilson Herrera, Cory Vaughn, and Dan Rohlfing. Travis Taijeron had two extra base hits as well, his 11th double and 15th homerun of the season. Unfortunately Rainy Lara did not stick around long enough to pick up his first AAA win in five chances.

Herrera finished with three hits, two RBI, run scored, and his 5th stolen base of the year while continuing to hit out of the leadoff spot for the 51′s. Anthony Recker was 1-2 with three walks and played first base for the second time in Las Vegas since being demoted. In 15 games since being demoted Recker is hitting .315/.413/.722 with seven homeruns and sixteen RBI. Both Alex Castellanos and Jayce Boyd were 1-5 on the night with this being only the second game Boyd has played since June 20th. Wilfredo Tovar was 1-3 with a run scored, RBI, sac bunt, his 22nd stolen base of the year, and his 30th RBI.

Lara continued his struggles at the AAA level lasting only 4 innings giving up four runs on seven hits, two walks, and two strikeouts. He now has a 7.13 ERA and has allowed 48 baserunners in 24 innings for the 51′s. John Church gave up a run on two hits (HR to Gary Brown) while striking out two and picking up his fourth win on the season. Scott Rice pitched a perfect 7th inning with two strikeouts, ERA down to 2.59 but has also walked 20 batters in 24.1 innings. Vic Black came into pitch the 9th throwing a scoreless inning allowing just a single while striking out. Maybe more importantly is the fact he threw 16 pitches with 11 strikes. Prior to the game Matt Reynolds was finally placed on the DL with his elbow issue. Box Score

New Britain 3, Binghamton (42-42) 2

Gabriel Ynoa became the first pitcher in B’Mets history to throw 8 innings in three consecutive starts since 2007 but is just 1-2 in those games as Binghamton is only 17-16 in one-run games this year. The B’Mets offense started off strong scoring twice in the first inning thanks to doubles by Gavin Cecchini and L.J. Mazzilli before the bats went cold the rest of the game going 2-11 with runners in scoring position.

Ynoa pitched 8 innings allowing three runs on seven hits and zero walks while striking out two hitters, he needed just 78 pitches (51 strikes) to complete his outing. Over his last 38.2 innings Ynoa has givev up just 24 hits and 2 walks while holding opponents to a .452 OPS. He has lowered his season ERA to 4.06 and WHIP to 1.18 but his record fell to 5-6 with the loss. Jon Velasquez pitched a perfect 9th with one strikeout.

Gavin finished with his 2nd straight three hit game that extended his hitting streak to 9 games including his 17th double, a walk, and scored the B’Mets first run. Cecchini is hitting .366/.409/.463 during the streak and is now hitting .292/.345/.423 overall for the year. On the bad news side for Cecchini he committed his 19th error of the year with another of the throwing variety. This error was very similar to all the throwing ones he has had this year, a high throw pulling the first basemen off the bag. The error came on a fairly routine groundball right at him, to me it looks like he is rushing his throws which is breaking down his mechanics and getting under the ball with his elbow too low.

Michael Conforto returned to the lineup after getting a day off going 1-5 with a single and struck out swinging to start the bottom of the 9th inning to see his average drop down to .308 for Binghamtn. Brandon Nimmo was 2-4 with a walk before striking out to end the game, he has reached base seven times in last three games. Josh Rodriguez was 2-4 with his 14th double and his 54th RBI (2nd in EL). Box Score

St. Lucie (42-43) 3, Charlotte 2 Walk-off

Earlier in the day Dominic Smith was named the Florida State League player of the month for June and went out did the heavy lifting for the Mets offense hitting a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first for his third of the year. He also hit his league leading 26th double of the season and was intentionally walked in the bottom of the 9th with the tying run on second base. Jairo Perez made Charlotte pay by delivering a walk-off single to score Jeff McNeil who doubled to lead off the inning.

Casey Meisner was making his third start for St.Lucie and struggled a little bit giving up two runs over 6.1 innings but allowed 11 runners to reach (8 hits, 3 walks) while striking out only one. His ERA stayed right at 2.84 however and minimized the damage to keep in team in the game. Mike Hepple stranded two inherited runners and pitched 1.2 scoreless allowing a hit while striking out one. Kyle Regnault pitched a scoreless 9th to pick up his 3rd win of the year and lower his ERA to 2.04 with the league hitting .224 against him.

Smith finished 2-3 with a walk and two RBI giving him 51 on the season tying him for first in the Florida State League. McNeil was 2-4 with his 12th double and scored two runs, his league leading average up to .321 for the year. Champ Stuart was 1-3 with a walk but was caught stealing twice and still hitting only .199 for the year. Amed Rosario was still out of the lineup. Box Score

Lexington 2, Savannah (43-40) 1 Walk-off

The Sand Gnats were on the wrong side of a walk-off when Savannah closer James Duff gave up a single with two outs to Luis Valenzuela to end the game. Savannah had Eudor Garcia as the go-ahead run on third base with two outs in the top of the 9th but Tomas Nido struck out swinging to end the threat.

Savannah collected five hits on the night with none of them coming with runners in scoring position as they went 0-8 stranding 6 men on base in that situation. The offense was led by Luis Guillorme who was 2-3 with his 7th double of the season lifting his slash line to .304/.378/.329 for the year. John Mora, Jean Rodriguez, and Garcia all singled on the night while Vicente Lupo drove in the only run on a groundball out.

Martires Arias went 6 strong innings allowing one run on four hits, three walks, and three strikeouts while inducing 10 groundball outs. He lowered his ERA to 3.08 and hasn’t given up more than three runs in a start since May 29th when he gave up four. He has allowed only 61 hits in 79 innings but has hit 11 batters and struck out 76 in that time. Lefty Paul Paez pitched two scoreless innings before Duff came on giving up the winning run on two hits and a walk. Box Score

Brooklyn (13-5) 5, Hudson Valley 3

Mets 4th round pick David Thompson continued his strong offensive year going 4-5 on the night while playing 3rd base and hitting in the cleanup spot, now hitting .349 in his first 12 pro games. Michael Bernal was 3-5 with two runs scored, he is hitting a robust .347/.431/.694 for the Cyclones this year. Vinny Siena was 0-4 with a walk, he has reached base in all but one game to start his career.

Gaby Almonte picked up his 2nd win of the season going 5.1 innings giving up three runs (one earned) on six hits and two strikeouts without issuing a walk. P.J. Conlon, 13th round, pitched a perfect 8th inning with a strikeout to move his scoreless streak to four innings to start his career. Alex Palsha picked up his fourth save of the season throwing a perfect 9th inning, he is unscored upon in 10.1 innings for Brooklyn this year. Box Score

Kingsport (9-7) 8, Elizabethton 2

Luis Carpio had his 2nd straight three hit game with a walk and his 7th RBI of the season, he is hitting .341 over his last ten games. Luis Ortega also had three hits with a run and RBI giving him six hit and three RBI over his last three games. Dash Winningham was 2-4 with a walk and his 14th RBI which is 3rd in the Appalachian League. Kevin Kaczmarski was 1-3 with a walk, RBI, and two runs scored.

Harol Gonzalez got the win going 7 innings allowing two runs on four baserunners and struck out five. Mets 29th rounder Seth Davis pitched a scoreless 8th with a walk and strikeout, has 3.1 scoreless to start career. Dillon Becker, 16th rounder, pitched a scoreless 9th allowing a hit but striking out three. Box Score

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Mets (7-5) 5 Game One

Ali Sanchez was 1-2 with a walk, HBP, and two RBI keeping his average right at .500 for the years but did allow two runners to steal on him. Ivan Wilson was 3-4 with two doubles and two RBI. Mets 11th round pick Jake Simon (but 4th highest slot bonus) pitched in his 2nd career game, one cleaning with zeroes across the board. Box Score

GCL Cardnials 9, GCL Mest (7-6) 2 Game Two

Kenneth Bautista and Sanchez combined to go 0-7 with three strikeouts. Victor Moscote, Walter Rasquin, and Anthony Dimino each had two hits in the game. Box Score

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Mets Minor League Recap: Gsellman With A Gem, Mets Sign Cuban Catcher Lednier Ricardo http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-minor-league-recap-gsellman-with-a-gem-mets-sign-cuban-catcher-lednier-ricardo.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2015/05/mets-minor-league-recap-gsellman-with-a-gem-mets-sign-cuban-catcher-lednier-ricardo.html/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 16:40:53 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=181912 Akeel Morris

Tacoma 5, Las Vegas (25-14) 4

Darin Gorski gave up runs in only one inning but the 5 spot Tacoma put in the 3rd inning was all they needed as the 51′s collected just 6 hits with only 1 after the 5th inning. Brooks Conrad singled with one out in the top of the 9th giving the 51′s two at bats with the winning run at the plate for Brandon Allen And Travis Taijeron who both popped out to 2nd base to end the game. Before getting promoted Darrell Ceciliani went 1-4 with his 3rd triple of the season and came around to score on a T.J. Rivera single in the 3rd inning. Allen and Taijeron both went 1-4 with a double and scored a run the 51′s three-run 5th inning. Matt Reynolds and Alex Castellanos both went 0-4 lowering their batting averages to .291 and .301 respectively. Here is video of Ceciliani’s triple.

Gorski kept his team in the game by throwing 4 scoreless inning besides his rough 3rd that saw him give up a three-run HR and a two-run HR. In his 5 innings he gave up five runs on five hits, two walks, striking out four giving him his 3rd loss and raising his ERA to 6.08. John Church threw two perfect innings striking out two and has known given up just one run in his last 13.2 innings lowering his ERA to 3.09 and WHIP to 1.11. Zack Thornton pitched a perfect 8th inning, he has now allowed only two runs over his last 10 innings. Box ScoreDuane Below (2-2, 3.47) will make the start for Vegas today at 2:35 ET against Tacoma

Binghamton had the day off but are back at it today at 6:30 with Rainy Lara (3-1, 2.51) pitching against Harrisburg

St. Lucie (17-21) 4, Tampa 1

Robert Gsellman continued what has been a fantastic for him with 7 innings of one-run ball that moved his record to 5-0. Gsellman had thrown 6 scoreless innings until Carson Kelly hit a solo HR to start the bottom of the 7th off a hanging breaking ball. His final line was 7 innings, 6 hits, 1 R, 2 walks, 5 K’s while inducing three ground ball double plays. He hovered around 90-92 with his heavy sinking fastball, broke off several good curveballs, and even got some bad swings on his changeup. Recently promoted former 1st round pick of the Nationals Josh Smoker pitched a perfect 8th inning needing only 7 pitches to get a ground out and two strikeouts. Akeel Morris came in for the save getting the first outs quickly before walking two straight bringing the tying run to the plate. Morris struck out Kelly to end the game and pick up his 5th save of the year.

Dominic Smith was 2-4 with a run scored, his 5th double, and knocked in his 13th run of the season. Smith is now 11-34 over his last 9 games and has 10 RBI’s over his last 7 games that has seen his average go from .143 to .206. Michael Conforto was 1-3 with a run scored and was hit by a pitch twice including one that hit him in the back of the helmet. Conforto seemed unfazed by getting hit in the head as he went down to 1st base by himself staying in to play the rest of the game. Jhoan Urena and Matt Oberste both went 2-4 with a run scored while Amed Rosario had his 6-game hit streak snapped with an 0-4 day. Box ScoreMiller Diaz (1-2, 3.00) pitches for the Mets as they take on Palm Beach at 6:35.

Savannah 4, Augusta 3

The Sand Gnats were down 3-0 heading to the bottom of the 5th when they scored 4 runs to take lead with John Mora walking with the bases loaded to force home the eventual winning run. Wuilmer Becerra singled to start the rally that included 5 walks and a two-run single by Johnathan Johnson that tied the game at 3-3. Eudor Garcia was 1-2 with two walks, scored a run and picked up his first stolen base of the year. Johnson had two of the Sand Gnats four hits on the day while Vicente Lupo went 0-3 with 3 strikeouts lowering his average to .161 on the year.

Scarlyn Reyes picked up his 3rd win going 7 strong innings giving up three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four. Ricky Knapp pitched a clean 8th inning bridging the gap to lefty David Roseboom who pitched a scoreless 9th inning to pick up his 2nd save. Roseboom has a 1.86 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, and .159 average against him while striking out 22 batters over his 19.1 innings. Box ScoreSavannah plays tonight at 7:05 with Corey Oswalt (3-0, 4.98) on the hill against Augusta.

In injury news Brandon Nimmo was in New York yesterday finding out he has an ACL sprain in his left knee.

The Mets have also announced they have signed 27-year old Cuban catcher Lednier Ricardo who hit .256 with 26 HR’s and 136 RBI in 1,190 at bats in the Cuban National Series from 2007-2012. Ricardo has been scouted by MLB teams since July 2014 when he held a private workout in the Dominican Republic.

 

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B-Mets Eliminated In A Game Marred By Critical Blown Calls From Umpires http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/b-mets-eliminated-in-a-game-marred-by-critical-blown-calls-from-umpires.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/09/b-mets-eliminated-in-a-game-marred-by-critical-blown-calls-from-umpires.html/#comments Sat, 07 Sep 2013 15:30:32 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128744 It was the only game of the year with a four man umpiring crew the entire season in Binghamton. By the end of the night, Binghamton manager Pedro Lopez and his B-Met baseball team and some 4,000 Binghamton fans pined for the return of a three-man crew, or perhaps the two-man officiating teams used to arbitrate a college game, or even the one-man in blue who called a game in yesteryear. As much as the players on either team, the men in blue played a huge role in the outcome of Trenton’s 3-0 victory eliminating the home team from the Eastern League play-offs.

Three umpire decisions, all going against Binghamton, weighed heavily on the outcome of Friday’s game and stirred passions to an almost riotous pitch. The pivotal Eastern League contest rolled along through four innings as a classic pitching duel.

Binghamton’s Logan Verrett and Trenton’s Shane Greene matched zeroes without a baserunner from either team reaching third base during that span. As the zeroes mounted the importance of scoring the game’s first run for each team multiplied.

The controversy began during Trenton’s at bat in the fifth, and as they have all series, it was the bottom of the Thunder batting order kicking up the dust. The inning started innocently with Verrett fanning Mason Williams and getting Reggie Corona on a fly out to right field. It was Ali Castillo, the Thunder shortstop and number nine batter of the line-up card who would stir up a hornet’s nest. Corona laced a double off the left-field wall setting the stage for some baseball madness that would help cut the B-Met season short.

Ramon Flores, Trenton’s designated hitter, followed with a four pitch base-on-balls bringing left-fielder, Zolio Almonte, to the plate. Almonte, a left-handed batter slapped line drive just a whisker over a leaping B-Met shortstop Wilfredo Tovar’s glove into left field. Travis Taijeron charged, played the ball cleanly, and against what seemed like impossible odds, uncorked a remarkable throw toward home plate. It was a breath-stopping race between man and ball with the Trenton runner getting a huge head start. As Taijeron fielded the ball, the Binghamton outfielder may have been the only person in the park thinking he had a chance to throw out Castillo at the plate. But Taijeron rocketed the ball home, almost skimming the Trenton runner’s helmet and arriving in B-Met catcher Xorge Carrillo’s mitt a nanosecond before Castillo arrived.

Castillo, without sliding, bowled over Carrilo, crashing his upper body high into the Binghamton backstop. The pair tumbled in a heap on the plate with Carrilo somehow holding tight to the ball and the Binghamton crowd erupting in glee believing Flores was out at home plate. Not so. The home plate umpire called Castillo safe.

I wish I had an opportunity to hear the umpires explanation of his call. Logic dictates that when a ball and baserunner arrive at home plate simultaneously, but the ball arrives a slit second ahead of the runner, and the runner does not slide but runs over the catcher, the runner should be out. The only explanation I can conjure is the umpire ruled the B-Met catcher had not stepped forward on the third base side of home plate leaving a corner of the plate unprotected before the contact was made.

B-Met manager Pedro Lopez argued vociferously to no avail. Lost in all the drama at home plate was the fact that Flores moved to third and Almonte to second in the implosion at home plate. That setup the next umpiring decision that would help the Thunder take the series.

The score stood at 1-0 with runners on third and second and runs at a premium, making it crucial the B-Mets limit the damage to only Almonte’s run. Trenton second baseman Jose Pirela stepped in the box and grounded a slow roller toward the hole between third and second. Somehow, Binghamton shortstop Wilfredo Tovar got behind the ball then rifled a bullet to first with the ball whizzing slightly to the right field side of the bag. B-Met first baseman, Rhyne Hughes stretched in a full leg split snagging the throw ahead of the runner and once again the Binghamton faithful erupted in joy with the apparent end of the inning. Not so. The first base umpire ruled that Hughes’s foot had come off the bag as he stretched forward to field the throw.

This call was difficult to fathom, especially for an already irritated B-Met manager Pedro Lopez. Lopez argued long and loud, finally convincing the ‘blue crew’ to huddle to see if one of the four might have caught a clearer look at the stretch than the first base ump. The call stood and Trenton led, 2-0.

Trenton added their final run in the top of the seventh. Reggie Corona led off the inning slicing a double into the right-field corner. Verrett lost his concentration when Castillo chopped a soft tap on the infield grass off first base fielded by Hughes, but the B-Met pitcher failed to cover. Verrett, who pitched admirably, was replaced by Jim Fuller who got Flores on a 4U-3 double play with Corona scoring the final tally of the game. Call three came in Binghamton’s at bat in the seventh and precipitated a tumultuous baseball fracas. B-Met catcher Xorge Carrillo led off the inning with a broke bat infield single. Danny Muno sent a ground ball up the middle with Trenton second baseman Pirela diving and getting enough leather on the ball to keep it from going through for an infield single leaving men on second and first.

When Wilfredo Tovar followed tapping a soft ground ball toward second, the rumpus began. Muno had already passed Pirela when the Trenton second baseman fielded the ball, but Pirela spun and fired to second attempting to start a 4-6-3 double play. Muno went into second sliding hard, too hard in the eyes of the second base umpire who called Muno out for baserunner interference and Tovar out at first base because, in his judgment, Muno prevented the Trenton shortstop from making a throw to first to attempt the doubleplay.

Muno erupted. Lopez exploded. In fact, the third pivotal verdict against his team was simply too much to take for Lopez. The B-Met manager was tossed. I’m not sure what happened next, whether a Trenton infielder baited Lopez after he was ejected, but conditions turned unruly, both benches cleared and a gigantic skirmish ensued. It took some twenty minutes, with the usually even-tempered Binghamton crowd standing, booing and chanting the entire time, to restore order and sift out who would leave and who would remain in the game. For Binghamton Muno and Tovar joined Lopez in the clubhouse.

“That’s uncalled for,” Lopez said. “It was a really good series. It was a really good ballgame until that point. I felt like the benches were cleared because of the call at second base. That was a clean slide. Even (Trenton’s) first-base coach said that he blew that call. It’s just sad that this series had to end the way it did.”

After calm had finally been restored, things ignited again, when play resumed and Carrillo, who was on second base and had advanced to third on the double play attempt was ordered back to second when play resumed. Apparently, the interference call resulted in a dead ball with any lead runners required to return to their original bases, a nuance beyond comprehension to an already slighted Binghamton crowd. That decision proved decisive when Josh Rodriquez grounded a single into center field, with Carrillo holding up at third then stranded when Allan Dykstra watched a called strike three.

Flawed umpire decisions or not, give Trenton their due. The Thunder got the big hit, were daring on the base paths, made big pitches in pressure spots and made pivotal defensive plays all night long. And, the B-Mets had their chances. Binghamton left ten men on base without scoring a run from the sixth inning forward. Binghamton left the bases loaded in the sixth with Darrell Cecilani going down swinging for the third out, left first and third in the seventh with Dykstra caught looking, left the bases loaded in the eighth with Alonso Harris looking at a third strike and ended their season with runners on first and second on a Travis Taijeron called strike three. Binghamton outhit Trenton 11-10, but 12 B-Met batters fanned in the game.

The season ending loss marked the first time Binghamton has been swept in a series all season. But congratulations to the B-Mets regardless, for a truly dominating and historic season for the franchise.

Daniel Muno, 2 for 4
Josh Rodriguez, 2 for 5
Rhyne Hughes, 3 for 5
Xorge Carrillo, 2 for 3
Logan Verrett, 6 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, BB, 5 K’s
Jim Fuller, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K’s
Chasen Bradford, 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Frank Francisco, 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s

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Top 5 Underrated Mets Hitting Prospects http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/top-5-underrated-mets-hitting-prospects.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/top-5-underrated-mets-hitting-prospects.html/#comments Thu, 29 Aug 2013 15:28:49 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=128193 jayce-boyd-400x225

JAYCE BOYD TOPS THE LIST

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

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

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

To get the most comprehensive coverage of the Mets minor league system on the web, make sure to pay Mets Minors a visit!

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Mets Minors: Taijeron Is Definitely Hot, Cohoon Not So Much… http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-taijeron-is-definitely-hot-cohoon-not-so-much.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-taijeron-is-definitely-hot-cohoon-not-so-much.html/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 16:45:39 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121796

Who’s Hot

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

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

Who’s Not

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

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

(photo courtesy of Gordon Donovan)

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Montero and Puello Headline An Exciting Crop Of Prospects Knocking At The Door http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/montero-and-puello-headline-an-exciting-crop-of-prospects-knocking-at-the-door.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/montero-and-puello-headline-an-exciting-crop-of-prospects-knocking-at-the-door.html/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 14:05:37 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121660

Here is the rest of my interview with Lynn Worthy, who covers the Binghamton Mets as the regular beat writer for the Press & Sun Bulletin. Lynn provides some great insight on

Which player’s performance has impressed you the most thus far and do you believe it will eventually translate well in the majors?

The most impressive so far would have to be Rafael Montero because of the command he’s displayed. Cesar Puello’s recent play has made it a close call, but Montero has performed so well all season. While his stuff isn’t at the level of Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler, he has consistently demonstrated remarkable control beyond what I saw from either Harvey or Wheeler at this level.

It’s a very interesting question to consider how well Montero’s actual stuff translates to a major-league level. I’m not sure. I would tend to think his margin for error will be even smaller against those hitters. There could be a real possibility of him getting hit hard at times. This certainly isn’t an exact comparison, but Collin McHugh had tremendous success and command of multiple pitches in Binghamton and also pitched well at Triple-A. His first start in the big leagues was also stellar, but he has also been hit hard at times.

Montero’s command will be a big plus, and I do think he’s shown a strong ability to work through a lineup a second or third time and keep hitters off-balance. On several occasions he has racked up the majority of his strikeouts after the first time through the lineup. It will be interesting how he gets used if/when he does reach the big league level.

Joe D. – Sandy Alderson spoke very highly of Montero on Monday during his WFAN interview, and we may see him skip a Triple-A assignment and jump straight to the big league team.

“Montero went up and pitched one game at Triple-A, and pitched very well. He’s got 23 or 24 straight scoreless innings at Binghamton. There has been some conversation. Look, he won’t need to go to Triple-A, but very soon we’ll either decide to leave him at Binghamton or promote him to Las Vegas. If we decided to leave him at Binghamton, you could probably infer from that that he could join us directly from Binghamton.”

Is there a player you’re most excited to see promoted to Binghamton from the lower levels?

I’m very interested to see righthander Noah Syndergaard pitch. It looks like, based solely on statistics, that he is another strike-thrower. His strikeout to walk ratio seems impressive. He’s been a highly-touted prospect in both the Mets system and the Blue Jays system prior to the trade.

I’m also curious to see the power Aderlin Rodriguez has in person. I’m not sure how soon he’d be promoted. When it does happen, it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to Eastern League pitching. Specifically, can he make adjustments when pitchers get an idea of what his strengths and weaknesses are. The pitchers certainly make adjustments in the Eastern League.

Joe D. – Syndergaard has been making quite a name for himself since joining the Mets and more than one scout has told me he will ultimately be the prize from the Dickey trade and not Travis d’Arnaud. Syndergaard was the only pitcher from a very talented St. Lucie rotation to be named to the FSL All Star game.

With players like Puello, Leathersich, Montero, and Verrett getting a lot of attention, which B-Mets player is flying under the radar and impressing you with their play?

Darrell Ceciliani has really hit well as of late. He batted just .228 in April, but he was just under .300 in May and is hot lately. He is an exciting player at the plate because he has good speed and can blast balls into the gaps for doubles or triples. He has made some mistakes on the bases (getting picked off), and he does strike out. He is also just an energetic guy who definitely has fun playing the game.

Allan Dykstra has tremendous power as a left-handed hitter. He works counts well and draw a lot of walks. Though he’ll strike out a lot too. If he would go the other way once in a while, I think he’d be a nightmare.

Wilfredo Tovar’s defense has been eye-opening since he got here. His offense shows flashes at times, but those are flashes that come and go.

Satish - Wilfredo Tovar is quite the young player. He is the most talented defensive player in our system but has trouble mustering even below-average offensive skills. If he can find his way with the bat, he would immediately jump into real prospect status in my eyes. Otherwise, I can’t say that I’m that crazy about him right now. I’m also on the fence about Allan Dykstra, but in a bit more of a positive fashion because he has shown consistent flashes of talent. His ’11 season saw him slug 19 home runs and 22 doubles in 475 plate appearances, resulting in a .474 slugging percentage. His numbers this year have improved on that, with eight home runs and 17 doubles already through only 209 plate appearances. Although you usually hope for more power from a first baseman, prospects like Dykstra or Jayce Boyd could turn out to be solid stop-gaps until we get a player of that caliber.

Who was your favorite player that you’ve covered and do you maintain friendships with many of the players that you get to cover?

The players who have been here for multiple years or who have been here for an entire season usually get to be fairly friendly. In some cases, I may drop a line to via social media to the guys who have gone on. I’m not sure if I have a favorite guy, but there are several I’ve enjoyed just talking to about things that weren’t directly related to their own play.

I’d list Rob Carson, Greg Peavey, Erik Turgeon (now retired) and Reese Havens among those. Mark Cohoon is back here this season, and he’s a great guy to cover. McHugh was always good to talk baseball and pitching with. I’m sure I’m forgetting some.

Looks like Travis Taijeron is off to a nice start, but wow… Cesar Puello is on fire. What can you tell us about him?

Cesar Puello has been in one of those stretches where he hasn’t missed his pitch many times, if any. He had a three-game series here against Trenton where he went 7-for-12 with two doubles, four home runs, eight RBI, four runs scored, and only ONE strikeout.

He’s had several reporters like myself ask him about the reports that he could possibly face suspension because of Biogenesis, but he hasn’t let any of it distract him. He regularly talks about being faithful and reading the Bible. I believe one time I saw him carrying a Bible in the clubhouse.

He talked to me a few times about working on getting on top of the ball more instead of upper cutting, and allowing the strength in his legs and lower body to generate power.

He really seems locked in to the point where he is looking for a particular pitch or location, and he’s not giving in and chasing other pitches early in the count as he may have done earlier in the season.

Satish - Puello enjoyed perhaps the best week of his MiLB career last week when he crushed six home runs in just 25 at-bats. He posted a .600 average, going 15-for-25, with three doubles, six home runs, and 15 RBIs. He also stole three bases. Puello’s recent hot hitting has catapulted him to the front of our outfield prospect corps. By the way, Puello is day to day with a bruised finger after being removed from last night’s game in case you were wondering why he was pulled.

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I want to thank Lynn for taking some time to answer a few questions for us. Follow him on Twitter at @PSBLynn and make sure to read his daily coverage of the B-Mets at the Press & Sun Bulletin or PressConnects.com.

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Wheeler Says He’s Ready, How He Compares To Harvey http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/wheeler-says-hes-ready-how-he-compares-to-harvey.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/wheeler-says-hes-ready-how-he-compares-to-harvey.html/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 11:00:44 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121651 zack wheeler 2

Mark Hale of the New York Post spoke with Zack Wheeler who told him that he;s ready for the challenge that awaits him.

“Overall, I feel like I’m ready,” Wheeler said. “My past two starts, I haven’t been happy with my command, especially my last start. In the fifth inning I started to leave a lot of balls up. It happens. You just need to find the command and feel more comfortable with your mechanics.”

Ready or not, Wheeler is on his way and will finally make his debut on June 18th.

I reached out to Lynn Worthy of the Press & Sun Bulletin, who was kind enough to answer several questions for me about the Double-A Binghamton Mets who he does a great job covering. I’ll be posting his insights throughout the day along with some of my thoughts.

Oddly enough (not really), my first question to him was regarding a pair of former B-Mets… I think some you may have heard of them…

You were fortunate enough to see both Matt Harvey in 2011 and Zack Wheeler in 2012 pitch for the B-Mets. What are some of their similarities and differences? And based on your own observations how do they compare?

The obvious similarities were how hard they threw (hitting 96 miles per hour regularly), the fact that they were highly-touted prospects before they got here, and how after a few starts opposing hitters just started jumping on the first fastball they saw from each of them. For that matter, that all applies to Jeurys Familia when he was here too.

Harvey wasn’t as consistently dominant in Binghamton as Wheeler was. Remember Harvey came here during his first pro season, and he came after starting the season at St. Lucie. He made 12 starts in Binghamton, and in several starts he didn’t make it late into games because of his pitch count. He’d have rough innings where he would walk batters early in games because – as he even admitted – he would try to establish all his pitches right away.

Harvey actually only threw more than five complete innings twice with the B-Mets. He hit 10 strikeouts once. He didn’t record a win until his seventh start. He would have starts where he’d struggle a little early and then be overpowering an inning later.

He was very intense. I still recall talking to him after his final start – he went just three innings, gave up four runs and walked four – and he wanted no part of talking about the season as a whole. All he could do was boil over his last start.

Wheeler began the season here, and he was dominating almost right away. He made 19 starts here and went five innings or more in 16 of them. At times he struggled to command certain pitches, but he still seemed to find a way to get guys out. He rarely got hit hard. He only gave up two home runs, and one came in his last start in Binghamton.

It seems to me that Wheeler fluctuated more in sharpness and command of his off-speed pitches. He threw some curveballs and sliders that were absolutely nasty at times, and other starts they were just okay. However, he seemed to be able to adjust within the game and get through five, six, seven innings. Even on bad days, he jammed hitters and broke bats.

When you looked at Wheeler, he didn’t give off the intensity that Harvey did. However, Wheeler always seemed confident in his stuff even when he didn’t have his best.

I want to thank Lynn for taking some time to answer a few questions for us. Follow him on Twitter at @PSBLynn and make sure to read his daily coverage of the B-Mets at the Press & Sun Bulletin or PressConnects.com.

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Mets Minors: Montero Shines Again, Vaughn To DL With Elbow Strain http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-montero-shines-again-vaughn-to-dl-with-elbow-strain.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-montero-shines-again-vaughn-to-dl-with-elbow-strain.html/#comments Sun, 09 Jun 2013 03:15:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=121469 Rafael Montero was absolutely amazing today as he continued his stretch of dominance over the entire Eastern League. Montero breezed through his start against the Altoona Curve with seven more shutout innings, allowing just two hits and a walk over that span. He struck out six and dazzled anyone watching as he spun a gem.

Over his last three starts in AA, Montero has pitched a combined 20.o innings, allowed just eleven hits and four walks, and struck out eighteen. The most impressive thing, however, is that he has not allowed a single run over those twenty innings. Yes, Montero has not allowed a run since his May 21st start with the 51s and is basically knocking on the door for a promotion.

By the way, Cesar Puello continued his ridiculously hot play today — 3-for-5 with a home run, four RBIs, two runs — and is honestly starting to impress every person on the planet at this point.

Whether the Mets want him to skip Vegas or not is up to them, but Montero is just scary good at this point. He improved to 7-3 with the win today and lowered his AA ERA to 2.43. Montero is likely a candidate to replace Wheeler in the AAA rotation when he gets called up next week, so keep an eye on that one, folks…

More from Binghamton

OF Cory Vaughn was placed on the DL today with what Lynn Worthy has called a “right elbow strain.” Not much has been made about it, so I can only hope that the injury isn’t too serious and we will see him back in AA soon. In 192 ABs this season, Vaughn posted a .288/.370/.447 slash line with six home runs, seven doubles, one triple, and 31 RBI. He had also stolen eight bases.

To take his place on the roster, OF Travis Taijeron was called up from Single-A. Taijeron was rocking a .303/.396/.564 line in St. Lucie with 20 2Bs, nine homers, and a triple in 188 ABs. Taijeron enjoyed a very successful debut in AA today, going 3-for-5 with a double, home run, two RBI and three runs scored.

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Syndergaard, Lawley, Rivera Named To Florida State League All Star Team http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/syndergaard-lawley-rivera-named-to-florida-state-league-all-star-team.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/syndergaard-lawley-rivera-named-to-florida-state-league-all-star-team.html/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 06:28:19 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120924 noah syndergaard

Righthander Noah Syndergaard, second baseman T.J. Rivera and outfielder Dustin Lawley have been selected to represent the St. Lucie Mets for the Florida State League All-Star Game to be played on June 15 game at Dunedin.

TC Palm writes:

Syndergaard, 20, is 2-3 in 11 starts with a 2.81 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings. He was acquired by the Mets in the offseason in a trade involving Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.

Rivera, 24, is batting .297 with 13 doubles and 25 RBIs in 51 games. He hit a combined .320 with nine home runs and 66 RBIs in stints with St. Lucie and the South Atlantic League’s Savannah Sand Gnats last season.

Lawley, 24, is batting .242 with 11 home runs, 16 doubles and 40 RBIs in 54 games. Lawley ranks third in the FSL in home runs, fourth in RBIs, second in extra-base hits and fifth in total bases.

Rivera is fast becoming one of my favorite hitting prospects in the system. His gritty play and intensity is trumped only by his all-around talent and skill set.

Syndergaard is also making quite a name for himself since joining the Mets and I’ve even heard from more than few people who think that ultimately he will be the prize from the Dickey trade and not Travis d’Arnaud. Of course there’s a better than 50/50 chance that the Mets will trade some arms for an outfielder at the trade deadline and if that’s the case, Syndergaard could be the one to go. I hope not.

Can I just say that I’m baffled that Dustin Lawley got selected over Travis Taijeron? I don’t want to take anything away from Lawley, but Taijeron is batting .303/.399/.573 in 185 at-bats with 20 doubles and nine home runs. He leads the team with a .972 OPS which is over 150 points higher than Lawley. I guess the MLB All Star selection process isn’t the only one that’s flawed.

I also wanted to point out the excellent season by RHP Matthew Bowman. Matt kind of fell through the cracks because he’s only made five starts for St. Lucie since being promoted from Savannah. In those starts Bowman is 3-0 with a 2.81 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Overall the 22-year old righty is 7-0 with a 2.73 ERA. His strikeout to walk ratio is off the charts and in 62.2 innings he’s racked up 61 strikeouts while walking only 9 batters.

Okay, I’m done complaining. :-)

Congratulations to Syndergaard, Rivera and Lawley!

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Mets Minors Report 6/4: D’Arnaud Still In Boot, Mateo Back On DL, Torres Tosses Nine Scoreless http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-report-64-darnaud-still-in-boot-mateo-back-on-dl-torres-tosses-nine-scoreless.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-report-64-darnaud-still-in-boot-mateo-back-on-dl-torres-tosses-nine-scoreless.html/#comments Tue, 04 Jun 2013 15:00:27 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120791 travis_d_arnaud_480x270_vtrlloc3_issdia71Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • Travis d’Arnaud was seen yesterday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for follow up on his fractured toe. Travis was cleared to begin weight bearing rehabilitation, but will remain in a boot for the next week.
  • After only two rehab appearances, Mets prospect Luis Mateo has found himself back on the DL this evening. Mateo, since returning from the DL on May 30th, has made two appearances. He allowed two hits in a scoreless inning on the 30th, but he ran into some trouble in his last outing on June 2nd. He allowed four runs off four hits, including a home run, and a walk.
  • The unmistakable traits of Noah Syndergaard‘s blistering fastball were on display once again Monday — only the fourth time at Tradition Field — and his latest showcase for the St. Lucie Mets offered more promise for the future. Reaching a top speed of 96 mph, the prized prospect mixed his fastball with a devastating changeup for five strikeouts over five innings but his winless streak extended to four games during a 2-1 loss to visiting Lakeland. Syndergaard, hailed as the No. 3 prospect in the rapidly improving farm system by MMN, allowed six hits — five of them singles — and two runs as his record dropped to 2-3 on the year. For more on Syndergaard’s performance, check out Bill Passonno’s great recap on MMN.
  • Travis Taijeron is smoking hot. Last week’s Florida State League Player of The Week was 3-for-4 with another homerun last night. We did a Prospect Spotlight on Taijeron on MMN yesterday — you can check it out here.
  • Carlos Torres twirled a gem last night, going the distance and racking up 11 strikeouts as he thoroughly dominated the Fresno hitters. Torres needed just 107 pitches for the complete game, 72 of which were strikes. The righty gave up just three hits on the night, and allowed zero walks on his way to his fifth win of the season. His 11 strikeouts are a season high, and marks the third time this season he has had double digit strikeouts in a game.
  • Francisco Pena had another multi-hit game yesterday. He’s been raking since his call-up to Vegas.
  • Congratulations to Luis Cessa for being named the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Gabriel Ynoa picked up MMN’s Pitcher of the Week honors while Josh Satin got the nod as MMN’s Player of the Week.

Stat Lines of the Day

Carlos Torres: 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 11 K

Eric Campbell: 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 3 R, BB

Travis Taijeron: 3-for-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Transactions

RHP Luis Mateo is headed back to the DL.

3B Dimas Ponce assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Brooklyn Cyclones.

LHP Carlos Vazquez assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Brooklyn Cyclones.

Quote of the Day

“I’ve got to wear the boot still,” Travis d’Arnaud told The Post, adding that he’s unsure of a time frame for its removal.

“A couple of weeks ago when I found out it was still broken it was real tough to take,” d’Arnaud said. “But there was nothing I could do except go home and relax and make sure my foot healed, and that’s what I did.”

MMN Comment of the Day

Today’s comment comes from MMN reader “Dave In Spain,” who points out what the Mets should focus on in this year’s draft.

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Mets Minors 6/3: Wheeler Close, Ynoa Tosses CG, Taijeron Blasts Three http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-63-ynoa-tosses-cg-taijeron-blasts-three-puello-keeps-raking.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/06/mets-minors-63-ynoa-tosses-cg-taijeron-blasts-three-puello-keeps-raking.html/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 13:45:09 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=120635 Gabe Ynoa

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect Pipeline

  • A day after Mets prospect Zack Wheeler rebounded with a solid performance for Las Vegas, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are considering a variety of factors in setting a date for Zack Wheeler’s major league debut and he could arrive on the next homestand.
  • Gabriel Ynoa tossed the South Atlantic League’s first 9-inning complete game this season, retiring 19 of the first 20 batters he faced and holding the Intimidators off the scoreboard until the eighth inning. Ynoa (7-2) earned his league-leading seventh win, allowing a run on five hits while striking out four and walking none. It’s the second-straight game the Sand Gnats did not walk a batter.
  • Travis Taijeron blasted three home runs in yesterday’s double header for St. Lucie. He has now lifted his season average over the .300-mark, going 15/33 with four home runs and 11 RBI over the last 10 games. His OPS over those ten games — an eye-popping 1.413. Head over to MMN to check out a Prospect Spotlight on Taijeron.
  • Cesar Puello keeps on keeping on. He smacked three more hits yesterday, two of which were for extra bases (home runs and double). This kid really looks like a viable outfield option for the Mets, and fans should start to get excited when they hear Puello’s name. Puello was the subject of a new feature over at MetsMinors.net called Boom or Bust? Boom or Bust is a feature on MMN where we ask our writers to sound off on whether or not they think a particular Mets prospect will be a boom…or a bust. “Where the MMN writers stop being polite…and start getting real…MMN’s Boom or Bust?” — check it out today!
  • Jack Leathersich pitched one inning yesterday and surprise, surprise, he struck out another hitter.
  • Brandon Nimmo had another multi-hit game yesterday. He now has a four game hitting streak.
  • Jayce Boyd = future first baseman of the New York Mets. The Mets have to speed this kid through the system. Coming out of a big-time college program, Florida State, where he raked, he should have started 2013 with St. Lucie at the least. He is an advanced college hitter, and I would push him straight to Binghamton. The guy is hitting .350 this year and through 56 games, has more walks than strike outs…wow.
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis has shown some signs of life, hitting five homers in his last ten games — but in 32 games with Las Vegas he is hitting a paltry .232 with 34 strikeouts.

Stat Lines of the Day

Gabriel Ynoa: 9.0 IP, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 ER, 4 K

Travis Taijeron: 3-for-5, 2 BB, 3 HR, 3 RBI

Cesar Puello: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB

Transactions

No transactions to report.

Quote of the Day

Zack Wheeler, the Mets’ top pitching prospect, is “getting close,” to making his major league debut, assistant general manager John Ricco said Sunday.

“We’ve talked about a lot of different dates, this window over the next couple of weeks,” said Ricco, who made the trip to Miami with the Mets. “I couldn’t rule out anything at this point. We’re kind of getting close, I would imagine.” “I haven’t talked to (Mets GM) Sandy (Alderson) yet, not sure, but it was a good outing,” Ricco said. “I don’t know what that means yet.” “I haven’t talked to (Mets GM) Sandy (Alderson) yet, not sure, but it was a good outing,” Ricco said. “I don’t know what that means yet.”

Tweet of the Day

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Mets Minors Report 5/14: (Update) Wheeler To Miss Next Start http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/wheeler-to-miss-next-start.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/wheeler-to-miss-next-start.html/#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 21:40:21 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118801   Rafael Montero Looks Intimidating (Photo by MMO Contributor Gordon Donovan)

Last Night’s Quick Scores

Injury News

The Wheeler Watch has taken a turn…hopefully not for the worst. Adam Rubin has reported that Zack Wheeler will miss his next start due to discomfort in his clavicle, and is flying to NY to meet with doctors.

I’m not an injury expert, but I do know that Zack Wheeler pitches using the “Inverted W,” which could put added stress on the anterior labrum ligament in the shoulder — it slowly loosens the ligament and can actually lead to tears. Hopefully this is not why Wheeler is suffering from shoulder discomfort. 

Prospect Pipeline

  • Wheeler Watch: Based on Sandy Alderson’s comments yesterday, it sounds like we will probably see him before the All-Star Break. It has to be good for both Wheeler and the team, meaning they won’t call up Wheeler until he is ready to face major league hitters (getting close, if not there already), and the team has holes to fill in the rotation (um, yes). It sounds to me as if Wheeler is on the cusp of making his major league debut. I’m not so much concerned with Wheeler getting called up as I am about how the fans will react when he does. Will they expect Matt Harvey-like success — because he was the exception, not the rule. He will now have the pressure of being the top prospect being called up, have to pitch in New York, and has to live up to Harvey’s success…tough.
  • The guy likely to get called up when Wheeler is promoted pitched last night in Binghamton. Rafael Montero pitched another six solid innings last night, striking out six and walking none. Montero is the type of pitcher that is going to give up some hits if his secondary pitches aren’t on point. His fastball isn’t overpowering, and when you are around the strike zone as much as Montero, the hitters are going to put the bat on the ball. Consider his control a gift and a curse at the same time, if his off-speed pitches aren’t working well for him. Montero isn’t going to give any teams free runs, but because of the type of pitcher he is, he isn’t going to hold many teams scoreless. Not for the time being anyway. If he can live on the corners, he may be the type of guy that eventually develops into a shutout threat every time he takes the hill.
  • Travis Taijeron is having a solid year for St. Lucie. Over the last ten games, Taijeron is hitting .371 with three home runs and a ridiculous .511 on base percentage.
  • It has been two games without a double from Dr. Doubles, Kevin Plawecki. He has 19 two-baggers so far this season.
  • Hansel Robles gave up four walks in four innings of work last night. He was pretty pedestrian, although he did manage to strike out five opposing hitters.
  • I have to admit that Wilmer Flores is not having the type of season I thought he would be having in a “hitter’s league.” I was hoping he would step up offensivley after Travis d’Arnaud went down with an injury, but I’m just not seeing it. I think most would agree that they expected to see more than a .264 batting average and three home runs from the second highest rated offensive prospect in the organization. The good news is, it’s only May, so Flores can still get on track.

Stat Lines of the Day

Travis Taijeron: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R

Dustin Lawley: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Transactions

Brandon Hicks assigned to St. Lucie Mets from Las Vegas 51s.

New York Mets optioned Andrew Brown to Las Vegas 51s.

Quote of the Day

Today’s quote of the day is from the interview that Sandy Alderson gave on WFAN yesterday afternoon, regarding Zack Wheeler:

“Bringing Zack Wheeler up here, does it create a second day out of five that fans would have a greater interest in watching us play?” Alderson told WFAN radio Monday. “Yeah, I think initially. But if he doesn’t have success, that won’t last very long.”

It sure sounds like Alderson is tip-toeing around this Wheeler call-up. It almost sounds like he is afraid that things are going to go bad, and then everyone is going to turn and point a finger at him demanding his job.

 

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Robles Shaky, St. Lucie Can’t Complete Comeback In 6-5 Loss http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/robles-shaky-st-lucie-cant-complete-comeback-in-6-5-loss.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/robles-shaky-st-lucie-cant-complete-comeback-in-6-5-loss.html/#comments Tue, 14 May 2013 04:35:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118720 513Stlucie

Brevard County 6, St. Lucie 5

Hansel Robles did not look like himself out there at all for the St. Lucie Mets on Monday, but he was able to keep his posture and bend, not break over the course of five innings. He walked four batters, allowed four hits, and made an errant throw on a pick-off and he still allowed only two runs.

The Mets put a few runs on the board for Robles while he was on the mound, via an RBI triple by Dustin Lawley in the first and an Aderlin Rodriguez RBI single in the third.

Dustin Lawley and Travis Taijeron both went deep in the bottom of the fifth to give St. Lucie a temporary 4-2 lead. It all got shot to hell in the top of the seventh, however, where Chasen Bradford allowed four runs off five hits in the frame, with four of them going for extra bases.

St. Lucie did bang out twelve hits overall, though, including a last-ditch few in the ninth that led to a run.

Key Stats

Robbie Shields: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 2 R

Dustin Lawley: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R

Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-for-5, 1 RBI

Travis Taijeron: 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 RBI, 1 R

Rylan Sandoval: 3-for-5

Hansel Robles: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 BB, 2 ER, 5 K

Jim Fuller: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Chasen Bradford: 1.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 K

Hamilton Bennett: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Carlos Vazquez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K

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Syndergaard Dominant, St. Lucie Obliterates Palm Beach In 17-1 Win http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/syndergaard-dominant-st-lucie-obliterates-palm-beach-in-17-1-win.html/ http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/05/syndergaard-dominant-st-lucie-obliterates-palm-beach-in-17-1-win.html/#comments Fri, 10 May 2013 10:00:30 +0000 http://metsmerizedonline.com/?p=118203 59stlucie

 

St. Lucie 17, Palm Beach 1

Do not be alarmed…you are not dreaming. This actually did happen. Noah Syndergaard was responsible for stifling the Palm Beach bats with some superb pitching while the St. Lucie offense combined for sixteen hits and a crooked seventeen runs.

So let’s give Syndergaard his time in the sun here. This young man seems to be pitching with a chip on his shoulder every time he takes the mound… I almost feel like he is angry at Toronto for trading him and he is setting out to be an ace-caliber pitcher – which is fine by me. He followed up a string of great starts with yet another dominating performance. He allowed just one run off four hits and a walk across seven innings, where he struck out seven and is quickly becoming one of my favorite prospects in our entire organization.

Syndergaard retired 15 consecutive batters after allowing a leadoff double in the first. He allowed just two runners on base through the first six innings. If you were to take away the seventh inning from this start, he would have allowed one hit and zero runs over six innings with six strikeouts to boot. If you’re not impressed by the Synder man’s recent stretch of pitching, you might need to try a new sport. This is his fourth consecutive start lasting at least six innings and allowing one run or less.

A pitcher always has an easier day with run support, though, so a lead that widened to 16-0 at one point must have helped his cause. Every starter except Aderlin Rodriguez (0-for-6, yeesh) had a hit, and all but two had an RBI. Matt Reynolds was a god of baseball war at the plate, where he had three hits and five RBIs. Cam Maron also had a nice day at the ballpark, calling a great game and driving home two runs. St. Lucie was 8-for-24 as a team with RISP.

Final tip of my hat here goes to T.J. Chism, who pitched the last two innings of the game for St. Lucie without allowing a run.

Key Stats

Robbie Shields: 3-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB

Matt Reynolds: 3-for-5, 2 2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 2 R

Dustin Lawley: 1-for-5, 2 RBI, 1 BB

Travis Taijeron: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 R, 1 BB

Cam Maron: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R

Gilbert Gomez: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB

Noah Syndergaard: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 7 K

T.J. Chism: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K

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