Allan Dykstra is playing winter ball in Venezuela with the Magallanes Navigators and is tearing up the league batting .412/.512/.559 in his first 12 games of the season. He is currently on a seven-game hitting streak and has hit safely in all but one of his 12 games with two doubles and a home run. Fresh off winning the 2013 Sterling Player of the Year award, when he hit .274/.436/.503 with 21 HR’s and 82 RBI’s […]
When signing a young player from an international market, you never really know what you will get. They haven’t gotten a lot of fanfare like most of the players that come straight from the draft out of college and high school. Most fans do not hear much about international ballplayers until years later if they are lucky to establish themselves as legit prospects as they advance through the minor league system. So understanding the journey […]
As the 2013 season draws to a close for the New York Mets, what can be taken away from their fifth-straight losing season is the emergence of a number of young talents ranging from the pitching mound to the bullpen; from home plate, to centerfield. Met-Legend Edgardo Alfonzo was once an up-and-coming prospect himself, becoming a premiere bat and a defensive wonder during the Amazin’s turn-of-the-century stretch of October runs from 1999-2000. When I asked […]
After injuring his ankle in last night’s game, Terry Collins just said that Wilmer Flores’ right ankle is worse today than it was last night. Collins said they will wait a day or two before making a final decision, but Flores could be heading to the DL with a ‘twisted” ankle… He is day to day now and Flores is limping, but they will hope for the best… Unbelievable, we have the worst luck…. Original Post […]
Marlon Byrd checks in with MMO to talk about his experience playing for the Mets, how he’s bounced back from his 50-game PEDs suspension, his time in the Mexican League, if he thinks he’ll be traded and how to carry the momentum into the second half of the season. MMO: David mentioned before yesterday’s game that it’s been great having you on this team for your presence on and off the field, especially for the […]
ALL HAIL!!! After riding the pine for two games since the return of Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas, Josh Satin was inserted into Sunday’s lineup at the last minute after Brewers decided to start Tom Gorzelanny instead of their originally announced starter. Satin didn’t miss a beat and continued where he left off going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a single to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Bravo. Satin is now batting .382 with an […]
12:04pm: The Mets have made it official by announcing they’ve signed Yeffry de Aza for $475,000. Some scouts feel he’ll end up transitioning over to second base. Here’s what Badler has to say about the Dominican shortstop: He’s 6 feet, 170 pounds with average speed, solid hands and an average to above-average arm. He’s earned praise from scouts for being a hard-nosed, high-energy player. 11:31am: Ben Badler reports the Mets have also come to terms […]
The international signing period for MLB teams starts on July 2nd, which is this upcoming Tuesday. Once that day comes, teams will be able to sign 16-year-old international players they’ve been evaluating. Ben Badler of Baseball America breaks down the top 30 players today. He’s pinning the Mets as targeting catcher Ali Sanchez and shortstop Luis Carpio. Sanchez ranks as the 25th-best international prospect on this list, but Badler says he’s a solid second choice after Jose […]
Last month, I had the chance to conduct an email interview with John Sickels of the well-known minor league blog, Minor League Ball. Sickels worked for ESPN many years ago, where he had his own column about minor league baseball. Here is some of what we talked about: Q: Were the Mets too conservative with the Gavin Cecchini selection? A: I thought Cecchini was a slight overdraft but I didn’t really think that about Nimmo. By slight, […]
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