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The San Francisco Giants and closer Mark Melancon have agreed to a deal pending a physical, reports Buster Olney of No financial details of yet, but believed to be a four year deal in the $60-65 million range.

Melancon is coming off one of the best seasons of his seven-year career. He appeared in 75 games in 2016, pitching to a stellar ERA of 1.64 with a WHIP of 0.90, while splitting time between the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals. He would end his season with 47 saves.

Melancon has fared best against left-handed batters in his career, holding them to a .196 batting average as opposed to the .237 that right-handed hitters have hit off of him. Overall he has done a great job against hitters on both sides of the dish.

The Washington Nationals were in hot pursuit of Melancon, but came up short in the end. Interesting to see who they turn to next.

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P.J. Conlon Wins MiLBY Best Starting Pitcher Award Fri, 28 Oct 2016 18:24:53 +0000 pj conlon

Mets prospect P.J. Conlon won the Best Starting Pitcher MiLBY Award as selected by the fans. Conlon won the award with a whopping 63% of the fan vote. The voting total impressed everyone, including Conlon:

Conlon was the Mets 2015 13th round draft pick out of the University of San Diego. Conlon split time between Columbia and St. Lucie, he made 24 starts and one relief appearance pitching 142.0 innings.

Colon would finish the year with a 12-2 record with a 1.65 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, and a 4.67 K/BB ratio. Conlon’s combined 1.65 ERA was the best ERA at any level of professional baseball for qualified starters. In the Mets minor league system, Conlon would finish first in WHIP and K/BB ratio.

Conlon was previously named the Mets Minors Pitcher of the Year, and he has been named as Mets Minors 28th best prospect.

Despite Conlon overwhelmingly winning the fan vote, and having better numbers than any other minor leaguer this year, the Staff Pick for Best Starting Pitcher was Dodgers prospect Brock Stewart.

Over the next week and a half, the winners of the other categories will be announced. The Mets have been nominated for multiple other awards including Amed Rosario for Breakout Athlete and Eric Campbell for Best Blooper.

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Mets Minors Breakout Player of the Year: Thomas Szapucki Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:05:00 +0000 Photo: Allen Greene, Kingsport Mets

Photo: Allen Greene, Kingsport Mets

Here at MMO/MMN, we have selected Thomas Szapucki as the 2016 breakout player of the year. We had already chosen David Roseboom our Reliever of the Year and Amed Rosario as Player of the Year.

Thomas Szapucki was born in New Jersey but his family moved down to Florida when he was young. He graduated from William Dwyer HS in West Palm Beach, FL. His senior year season, he went 5-2  with a 0.78 ERA across 53.1 IP with 89 K’s.

These numbers along with impressive stuff, got him drafted in the 5th round of 2015 draft. After putting up poor numbers last year in his first pro season(15.43 ERA in 2.1 IP) in a very small sample size, Szapucki wasn’t on many radar screens coming into the 2016 campaign.

This year, he was simply lights out across two levels, playing for the Kingsport Mets and the Brooklyn Cyclones. He started the season with the Kingsport Mets and instantly became the team’s ace. Szapucki was able to miss a lot of bats this year with his fastball sitting in the mid 90’s and a slider with great movement. With Kingsport, he had a 0.62 ERA across 29 IP with 47 K’s while allowing only 16 hits. As a result, the young lefty lefty was named the Mets Sterling Award winner for the Kingsport Mets.

After conquering the Appalachian League, he was promoted to Brooklyn where he continued to perform well. He had an ERA of 2.35 across 23 IP with 39 K’s. His ability to strikeout batters this year was nothing short of phenomenal. Across both leagues Szapucki was 4-3 with a 1.38 ERA across 52 IP with 86 K’s, a WHIP of 0.88 and held opponents to a .145 average between the Cyclones and the Kingsport Mets.

He had five games with double digit strikeouts including his last three starts of the year for the Cyclones which set a new team record. His season was so impressive, he had other teams asking about him at the trade deadline. Unfortunately, his season was cut short in mid-August due to severe back stiffness. The organization decided to take a cautious approach with the young flamethrower.

Photo: Ed Delany

Photo: Ed Delany

It was not an easy decision to select Szapucki as other players in the system also had breakout seasons. With that in mind, we have selected Tomas Nido as honorable mention. After struggling at the plate for most of his minor league career, Nido turned things around this year setting career highs in hits and home runs. He also set a career low in K percentage with 11.9%, a drop-off of from last year’s 25.7%.

The Florida State League, which he led in batting average, is notoriously known for being tough on hitters due to many of the deep baseball parks, as well as the competition from college players, who were selected in the top rounds.

Tomas Nido finished the year batting .320 with seven home runs, 46 RBI, and a OPS of .816. One thing that people never questioned about Nido was his defense, something he has prided himself on since Day 1. He continued his great defense behind the dish wielding a .987 fielding percentage and he threw out over 40% base runners attempting to steal a base.

This impressive season netted him the Mets Sterling Award for the St. Lucie Mets and the FSL batting title. Nido was drafted in the 8th round of 2012 draft out of Orangewood Christian School in Florida. As a result, he will be eligible for the Rule 5 draft this winter and the Mets would be prudent to add this guy to the 40-man roster.

Other names discussed were Binghamton Mets infielder Phillip Evans, GCL Mets catcher/first baseman Carlos Sanchez and right-handed starter Andrew Church.

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Jacob deGrom Will Have Elbow Surgery This Week Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:40:36 +0000 jacob-degrom

Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has opted for season-ending surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his right elbow. He will have the procedure this week, Terry Collins told reporters before Tuesday’s game with the Braves.

DeGrom, 28, was initially slated to pitch last Sunday, but after throwing a bullpen session Friday, he felt the recurring pain in his right elbow while tossing a ball during practice.

Doctors will move the ulnar nerve, which had been causing intermittent elbow discomfort as well as finger numbness over his last 5-6 starts. DeGrom went 7-8 this season with a 3.04 ERA in 24 starts.

Original Report – Sep 18

Jacob deGrom who was expected to rejoin the rotation and start on Sunday, is likely out for the season according to general manager Sandy Alderson who spoke to reporters at Citi Field before the game on Saturday.

After throwing a bullpen session on Saturday, deGrom felt a twinge and some pain in his elbow and team doctors determined he will need surgery to repair the ulnar nerve in his elbow.

“I think we knew that it was something that was going to have to be done in the offseason, and we were trying to put it off until then. It’s definitely disappointing,” said deGrom.

Manager Terry Collins said that deGrom was very upset when learning his season was over because of continued pain in his elbow and forearm.

“I talked to him again this morning, and he’s still very upset at the fact he still feels it today. I just said ‘look, you’ve got to move forward and you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do.”

“We just have to prepare not to have him,” Collins continued. “It was hard. When he walked in, I could tell something was wrong. But again, you want to try to make sure. He was really down about it because he was so excited about coming back.”

Alderson said that the surgery is not as serious as Tommy John surgery, but that it’s still a significant procedure and an unfortunate loss for the club.

The likely recovery time for ulnar nerve surgery is anywhere between 4-6 months although each case is very different. DeGrom has already had Tommy John surgery on that elbow to repair the ulnar collateral ligament.

The 28-year old righty ends his season having made 24 starts for the Mets and posting a 3.04 ERA and 1.20 WHIP while striking out 143 batters in 148 innings pitched. DeGrom had a 7-8 record.

The Mets have now lost Matt HarveyZack Wheeler and deGrom for the season. All three are expected to be ready for spring training.

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Can Jay Bruce Save Mets From Becoming the Worst Team Ever With RISP? Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:08:42 +0000 Jay-Bruce

The New York Mets and their fans are hoping Jay Bruce‘s arrival to Citi Field is not posthumous for their season.  They enter play after last nights loss to the Yankees 7.5 Games back in the division and 2.5 out of the second wildcard spot.  They are further out of contention for a division crown then their opponents, who ironically were sellers at the deadline.

The Mets are also rapidly approaching the worst mark in Major League Baseball history while hitting with two outs and runners in scoring position.  Their anemic .170 average in such situations is alarmingly close to the 1965 Houston Astros .167 clip, the team that currently owns this notorious distinction.  The Mets failure to tack on more runs in the 6th inning of Monday’s subway series opener contributed to the problem further, as did James Loney being stranded in scoring position by three consecutive batters to end the game.

To review, heading into play against the Yankees on Tuesday, the Mets average with runners in scoring position was .205. If the season concluded today, this would rank the 2016 Mets as the second worst mark in the in the history of Major League Baseball.

That’s how bad the Mets have been as a situational hitting team this season, a team that had expectations to play deep into October.

.Jay Bruce arrives to hopefully be the panacea to what has plagued this floundering club; Hitting with runners in scoring position. Bruce is a .360 hitter with runners in scoring position this season, and leads the National League with 80 RBI.

The club’s epic struggles with runners in scoring position has been widely publicized and discussed throughout the 2016 season. Terry Collins has mentioned a need for his club’s situational hitting to improve as well, going further to comment during a post-game press conference after a loss to the Rockies that it is indeed possible said struggles are weighing on the hitters in run scoring situations.

How much would some production in these spots have helped thus far? Let me show you….

-30- The Proposition

For this proposition, let’s assume the Mets had 30 more hits with runners in scoring through their first 105 games and for every one of those hits they scored 1.25 runs on average, which could be a modest approximation but taking into account the variable being the number of runners on second and/or third in any one of those 30 opportunities.

Thirty more of these situational hits, bringing their season total to 184 with runners in scoring position, would make their average in such spots .245, which is still below the league average mark of .256, which coincidentally the Washington Nationals sit at exactly. .

These thirty hits, resulting in a conservatively estimated 1.25 runs per hit, would bring the Mets total runs scored up from 386 to 423, STILL 30 runs below the league average. And according to the Pythagorean expectation, the increased run differential would have improved their winning percentage from .514 to .561 to-date. Such a run differential, assuming all things are equal with the Nationals, would place them two games behind their rival in the loss column on the day after the trade deadline.

And it’s not such a drastic leap for the Mets to have taken.

These 30 additional hits with runners in scoring position equates to only 1 more hit every 3.5 games. Essentially, a little less than one hit with runners in scoring position per series would have changed the fortunes of the Mets dramatically to this point in the season.

But it’s for this reason alone, along with the Mets established championship-caliber pitching staff, why the injured and floundering Mets should in no way mail the season in just yet.

The ultimate randomness of their inability to succeed with runners in scoring position suggests they can only improve from here. The Mets owe it to the science of baseball to take their chances and acquire better run producers to counteract the injury plague on the basic ability to be better situational hitters, and a little luckier as well.

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Mets Monthy Review: More Than A June Swoon Sat, 02 Jul 2016 10:00:22 +0000 moah syndergaard

June is over, thankfully, and the Mets are rapidly approaching the half way mark of the season which they will eclipse after Sunday’s series finale with the Chicago Cubs.  It was quite the underwhelming month with very few positive story lines to highlight.

The offense continues to rank last or close to it in most categories.  Not only was the club last in the MLB in runs scored with 87, it was 13 runs behind the 29th place Milwaukee Brewers.  In other words, the team would have had to score 17% more runs last month just to NOT rank last.  Ouch.

The dearth of runs coincided with a lineup wide power outage.  The club slugged only 25 round-trippers, which was 15 less than they hit in May, good for a 38% decline.

Team ERA, despite pitchers battling various ailments was a respectable 3.61.  This continues to be the only thing that is keeping this club remotely releveant in the National League.  The Mets, however, are striking out fewer batters every start and yielding more hits, which could speak to the level of talent they are facing on a daily basis getting better.  The weak April and May schedule are a distant memory.


Team Record: 12-15

Offensive Rankings

Home Runs: 26th in MLB (25)

Runs Scored: DEAD LAST in MLB (86)

Base Hits: 28th in MLB (213)

Batting Average: 28th in MLB (.235) An actual .024 improvement from May!

On-Base Percentage:  29th in MLB (.301)

Strikeouts: 13th most in MLB (222, 8.2 Per Game) While this number is down over 1K per game, it is still eye poppingly bad.

Pitching Rankings:

Earned Run Average: 6th in MLB (3.61)

WHIP: Tied for 9th in MLB (1.28)

Strikeouts: 14th in MLB (218)

Stolen Bases Allowed: MOST IN MLB (27)

Batting Average Against: 12th in MLB (.258)

Please click here to see our exclusive MMO feature.  An interactive timeline that chronicles the entire month of June for the club.  Some changes have been made based on your comments and feedback last month.

Since June was forgettable, I have chosen my “Rock Bottom Moment of the Month” for June as the Mets getting swept at Home on Father’s Day by the lowly Braves .  It was followed closely behind by a few other moments.  When you look back on this month, what moment stands out as the worst is was in June? Vote below!

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Week 15 Mets Pitching Review: Don’t Forget About deGrom Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:03:39 +0000 jacob degrom

A review of the latest turn through the Mets starting rotation:




Earned Runs





Quality Start

Matz (7-3)








No (13/8)

DeGrom (3-2)








Yes (13/10)

Colon (6-3)








Yes (15/9)

Syndergaard (8-3)








No (15/12)

Harvey (4-10)








No (16/7)

Verrett (3-4)

 5.0  4  2(2)  1  4 4.08  1.45

No (5/2)

Best Start: With all the arm problems on display over the past couple of days, it’s easy to forget about Jacob deGrom‘s masterpiece against Atlanta on Saturday opposite apparent Met-stopper Julio Teheran, who has a 2.68
ERA in nine games against the Amazin’s over the past three years.

DeGrom got out of trouble, getting double plays in second, third and fourth innings, then escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth by getting Adonis Garcia to ground out. Basically his MO all year – produce quality starts and give innings to a team that refuses to provide any offensive support.

Granted, every Mets starter is getting a substantial lack of run support. However Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post points out that deGrom is getting

Just 2.9 runs in support per nine innings, the third lowest among NL starters qualifying for the ERA title. That’s resulted in New York losing three of the 10 quality starts deGrom has provided this season and a large reason why he is projected to finish the season with a 9-8 record.

We’re just a year removed from deGrom being the unquestioned ace of this team and doing this:


With Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz dealing with ‘bone spurs’ and Matt Harvey still a lingering question, the Mets will need more performances like the eight innings from deGrom if they’re to ride out this latest hitting drought.

Worst Start: While both Syndergaard and Matz squandered unexpected run support (which is sadly what any run support looks like these days), Thor was the one who claimed his arm was fine after falling apart in the third inning against Washington.

While his velocity was fine. Bob Kkapisch of The Record notes that his fastball averaged 99 mph and the changeup was 92 mph, but the slider, “only induced four swings and misses of the 21 he threw.”

As always, it comes down to location and that he gave up a season-high three walks in three innings, the most free passes he’s given up in a start since a five-inning outing last July in Washington. But in that one he only allowed one run and one stolen base. He allowed FIVE stolen bases in one inning on Monday.

There’s clearly something wrong with our Norse god, but what is the answer? I’m somewhat disappointed that Terry Collins didn’t use more spot starts from Logan Verrett and Sean Gilmartin to allow his young pitchers some extra rest after last season. But would extra rest have prevented bone spurs?

Best of the Bullpen: It’s been a shaky couple of weeks for the pen, especially with the need for extra innings thanks to a few disappointing starts from the starters. Since allowing a two-run homer in the eighth to blow a loss for Harvey, Addison Reed has appears three times, picking up a win and striking out five in 3.2 innings.

Next Best Thing: This schedule doesn’t get any easier going forward with four games against the Chicago Cubs to start July with reigning Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta scheduled to face 2005 Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon on Saturday.

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MMO Game Thread: Reds vs Mets, 7:10 PM Mon, 25 Apr 2016 19:46:56 +0000 noah syndergaard

Monday, April 25, 2016 • 7:10 p.m.
Citi Field • Flushing, N.Y.
RHP Raisel Iglesias (1-1, 3.09) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 0.90)
SNY • WOR 710 AM • ESPN 1050 AM

The Mets are home! After a nine game road trip the Mets return to Citi Field for 9 games. The road was good to the Mets as they went 7-2 and smashed 23 homers over that stretch. Yesterday the Mets had to win without the long ball. They got a strong start from the returning Jacob deGrom and some situational hitting to put the score to win the game 3-2 and complete the sweep.

The Mets have won a franchise-record eight straight games vs. Cincinnati dating to September 7, 2014. The Mets went 7-0 vs. the Reds last year, including 3-0 at Citi Field.

Matt Harvey will receive his 2015 Players’ Choice Award for NL Comeback Player of the Year before Monday’s game vs. the Reds.

Mets Lineup (10-7)

  1. Curtis Granderson, RF
  2. David Wright, 3B
  3. Michael Conforto, LF
  4. Lucas Duda, 1B
  5. Neil Walker, 2B
  6. Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
  7. Alejandro De Aza, CF
  8. Travis d’Arnaud, C
  9. Noah Syndergaard, RHP

Reds Lineup (9-10)

  1. Zack Cozart, SS
  2. Eugenio Suarez, 3B
  3. Joey Votto, 1B
  4. Brandon Phillips, 2B
  5. Devin Mesoraco, C
  6. Adam Duvall, RF
  7. Scott Schebler, LF
  8. Raisel Iglesias, RHP
  9. Billy Hamilton, CF

Noah Syndergaard will make his 4th start of the season tonight. So far he is 2-0 over 20.0 innings of work while allowing 15 hits and 4 walks and striking out a whopping 29 batters. That’s a WHIP of 0.950 and he’s leading the league in FIP at 0.77 right now. Syndergaard is the first major league pitcher since Roger Clemens in 2005 to allow one run or fewer and strike out at least eight batters in each of three starts to begin a season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

He was 2-0 over two starts against the Reds last year logging 15.2 innings with a 1.72 ERA. During that time he allowed 10 hits and no walks while striking out 16 batters. The Reds have the following numbers against Noah:

  • Phillips 1-7
  • Bruce 1-6
  • Suarez 1-6
  • Votto 0-6
  • Barnhart 0-3
  • Duvall 0-3

The Reds will kick off the series with Raisel Iglesias who will be making his 5th start of the season. He’s 1-1 over 23.1 innings so far this year posting a 3.09 ERA while allowing 26 hits and 5 walks with 22 strikeouts. In 2015, his rookie season, he went 3-7 over 18 games, 16 starts over 95.1 innings with 1-4 strikeouts while posting a 4.15 ERA. He has never faced the Mets before but Neil Walker has seen him as a Pirate. Walker is 1-5 lifetime against Iglesias.

Let’s Go Mets!

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Week Three Mets Pitching Review: Matz and Bastardo Shined Bright Thu, 21 Apr 2016 20:11:03 +0000 steven matz day

A review of the latest turn through the Mets’ starting rotation:

Name Innings Hits Runs (Earned Runs) Strikeouts Walks ERA (Season) WHIP (Season)
Matt Harvey (0-3) 5.2 6 5(5) 4 3 5.71 1.56
Steven Matz (1-1) 7.0 3 0(0) 9 2 7.27 1.50
Noah Syndergaard (2-0) 7.0 5 1(1) 8 2 0.90 0.95
Logan Verrett (0-0) 6.0 6 0(0) 4 1 0.69 1.08
Bartolo Colon (1-1) 6.0 4 3(3) 4 1 2.89 1.07

Best Start: I seemingly could write about Thor here every week, especially after another outstanding performance. But this week, we should salute Steven Matz and a reminder why everyone was in on this local kid.

From ESPN/Associated Press – “He showed what he can do when he commands his pitches,” Mets manager Terry Collins said. “He was outstanding.”

When the Stony Brook, NY native can control his 95-MPH fastball, mix in offspeed stuff and the occasional curve, he can put up similar numbers against any team in the league. In the recent past, he’s had trouble pitching out of the stretch. It was something noted by the Daily News’ Kristie Ackert in spring training, but against the Indians in the second inning, he pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam by getting former Met Juan Uribe to ground into a fielder’s choice.

He didn’t have much more trouble after that and I’m curious to see the next time he’s actually in a pressure situation. But if we can get anything resembling this going into the summer, we’ll be in great shape when Zack Wheeler returns.

Worst Start: What is wrong with the Dark Knight? I’ve listened to Howie Rose and Josh Lewin describe his last two starts, so Friday will be the first time I’ll actually get to see him pitch. But the numbers don’t lie – right now, he’s just not very good.

New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro writes about the four batters than ruined his latest start, one that started with him retiring the first 13 batters he faced. Then a walk to Carlos Santana and two batters later, Alejandro De Aza is watching a fly ball from Jose Ramirez go over his head.

“Just have to start over,” Harvey said after the Mets’ 7-5 loss. “Flush this and the last couple of games and keep my head down and keep going.”

But going where? There are no reports of injury issues, but the most glaring stat is his increased WHIP. In his first three professional seasons, Harvey amassed a career WHIP of 1.00 (333 hits +94 walks / 427 innings pitched). This year, he’s walked seven in just 17.1 innings, something he’s never been prone to do and his 1.56 WHIP is abnormally high.

“It’s early,” is a saying that can only be said for so long. At some point, the real Matt Harvey will need to stand up. Here’s hoping it’s this Friday against the Braves.

Best of the Bullpen: The nine men that have relieved for the Mets thus far have compiled a respectable 3.18 ERA with just 14 walks in 39.2 innings. Hansel Robles has a 1.35 ERA with a staff-high 11 strikeouts, but the best this week is Antonio Bastardo, who’s rebounded back from a shaky spring to retire 13 of the last 15 men he’s faced, including two shut down innings in last night’s extra-inning loss to the Phillies.

Next Big Thing: In three starts, Harvey has a career 2.75 ERA against the Braves with 21 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. Let’s hope he can set the table on Friday for the return of Jacob ‘New Daddy’ deGrom on Sunday.

Who do you think will have the better start – Harvey or deGrom?


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Mets Minors: Gsellman and Lugo Lead Our All Star Rotation Mon, 04 Jan 2016 20:57:11 +0000 tumblr_inline_nv38ewGYaK1r9qiw6_1280

This is the second part of our four part series in which we choose our best 25-man roster from the Mets minor leagues based on their 2015 statistics. This group took a major hit with the Mets trades during the deadline which included starters Michael FulmerLuis CessaRobert WhalenJohn Gant, and Miller Diaz.

Missing from the list is also Steven Matz (7-4, 2.19 ERA with 51’s) who didn’t pitch enough innings to qualify for the league leaders in Pacific Coast League. I left off Martires Arias (8-5, 2.29 ERA in A-ball) who is no longer part of the Mets system after becoming a free agent and signing with the San Diego Padres.

These selections are based on the statistics for each player and at what level/age they did them at. They are not an indication of how they would rank in a prospect list.

Here are my choices for the Top 5 Mets minor league starting pitchers in 2015:

1. Robert Gsellman – (Binghamton Mets) The 22-year old right-hander went 13-7 with a 2.89 ERA, 1.137 WHIP in 24 starts between the St. Lucie and Binghamton Mets. His ERA was second among Mets minor league full season qualified starters, his WHIP was third and the 13 wins were the most. He was named the Mets Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year and was also a Florida State League midseason All-Star.

2. Nicolas Debora – (DSL Mets) The Mets Sterling Award winner for the DSL Mets 2 had a great year going 5-2 with a 1.65 ERA and 0.943 WHIP in 15 appearances (10 starts) spanning 76.1 innings. The 21-year old right-handed pitcher also had a strong 5.38 BB and did not allow a home run the entire year. The Mets signed Nicolas out of the Dominican in 2012 for $115,000.

3. Nabil Crismatt – (GCL Mets) For the third straight year he pitched very well, this year for the Kingsport Mets in the Appalachian League going 6-1 with a 2.90 ERA and 1.032 WHIP. He allowed only 52 hits while striking out 63 in 62 innings spanning 12 appearances (8 starts). The right-hander from Barranquilla, Colombia turned 21-years old on Christmas.

4. Seth Lugo – (Las Vegas 51’s) The Mets 34th round pick in 2011 out of Centenary College of Louisiana made a name for himself this season pitching for the Binghamton Mets and 51’s. He finished going 8-7 with a 3.84 ERA and 1.250 WHIP (1.185 in Vegas). Lugo led all Mets minor league pitchers with the 127 batters he struck out in 136 innings spanning 24 starts. Here you can read my interview with Seth.

5. Casey Delgado – (Savannah Sand Gnats) The Mets signed the 25-year old righty out of the Frontier League on May 26th of this year and he made his debut just two days later throwing four scoreless innings with seven strikeouts. He finished the year going 8-4 with a 3.17 ERA, 1.095 WHIP, and walked just 21 batters in 105 innings. His ERA was 4th among Mets full season starters and his WHIP was 2nd behind only Martires Arias.

Other starters that were considered are Merandy Gonzalez (2.56 ERA, 1.065 WHIP),  Ricky Knapp (3.05 ERA, 1.298 WHIP), Corey Oswalt (11 wins, 3.36 ERA), Scarlyn Reyes (12 wins, 0.4 HR/9), Thomas McIlraith (1.71 ERA, only 58 innings), and Adonis Uceta (3.08 ERA, 1.24 WHIP).

Here you can read the top eight position players that were already chosen for the All-Star team including Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini.

For more Mets minor league coverage and last night’s Winter League Recap head over to

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Sporting News Names Matt Harvey NL Comeback Player of the Year Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:10:23 +0000 matt harvey

New York Mets right-hander Matt Harvey has been named the Sporting News NL Comeback Player of the Year.

The award was voted on by MLB players, who had Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez finishing in second place.

1. Matt Harvey, Mets — 72

2. Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies — 66

3. Joey Votto, Reds — 25

4. Michael Wacha, Cardinals — 13

5. Andre Ethier, Dodgers — 3

6. A.J. Burnett, Pirates — 2

7. Others — 17

Harvey missed the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery and after a lengthy recovery process, he returned this season to make 29 starts for the NL East-winning Mets, going 13-8 with 188 strikeouts and a 4.3 WAR. His 2.71 ERA was good for sixth in the NL.

“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Matt and what he has accomplished this year, and coming back from that surgery, pitching as much as he has, as well as he has, and his determination to pitch in the postseason,” Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Sporting News.

Awesome… Congratulations to the Dark Knight…

October 2 – Harvey Deserves Comeback Player of the Year Award

Matt Harvey has been nominated for the comeback player of the year award in the National League along with Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies and Joey Votto of the Reds. (CBS New York)

Harvey, who missed all of 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, has been excellent in his first year back from injury.

His record stands at 13-7, and he has an impressive 2.80 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in 183 innings pitched. He’s undoubtedly been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year as his numbers rank towards the top of the charts in most categories. Harvey is 10th in the MLB in ERA, 8th in WHIP and has the 11th best strikeout to walk rate at 4.78.

However, Harvey will face some tough competition to win the award as Gonzalez and Votto have both had strong bounce back seasons. Gonzalez has crushed 40 home runs and 96 RBI for Colorado and has been almost unstoppable after the all-star break with a .643 slugging percentage and  .978 OPS.

Meanwhile, Votto has returned to his MVP from with a .317 average, 27 home runs and 79 RBI. He also leads the MLB in walks with 142 and has a tremendous 1.012 OPS.

Still, I think Harvey comes out on top. He’s faced so much more adversity than the other two candidates as he worked his way back from surgery and even had to deal with the intense media spotlight of New York. He overcame all of these issues and still pitched like an ace.

Gonzalez and Votto have certainly been great, but Harvey is more deserving of the award.

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Collins Believes Mets Rotation Will Soon Be The Talk Of Baseball Tue, 28 Jul 2015 17:55:37 +0000 harvey-degrom-2

According to Steven Marcus of Newsday, Terry Collins says that it’s only matter of time before the team’s rotation becomes the envy of the league.

“There’ll be a lot of talk about ‘well, we’ve got to face the Mets,’ ” Collins said Sunday. “When our young pitching — when they’re all healthy — there’s going to be a lot of compliments being handed out. In the big picture of things, for the fan base of the New York Mets, it’s going to be pretty fun to watch here in the very near future.”

Curtis Granderson says he’s already hearing praise from opposing players about the team’s promising rotation.

“I’ve heard other players from other teams say it already,” he said. “When I get to first base and talk to guys, when I get to second and talk to the second baseman and shortstop. It’s been a conversation that’s been happening.”

The Mets starters rank sixth in the majors in ERA, seventh in strikeouts and third in the league in WHIP.

The rotation is currently headlined by three excellent young starters in Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, but this is a staff that is just scratching the surface of their potential.

Once Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler return from the disabled list, New York will have five power pitchers who all have the ability to become front line starters.

Matz was ranked as the 33rd best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, and he had 2-0 record with a 1.38 ERA in two starts in the majors this year.  Wheeler, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery posted a 3.55 ERA and 187 strikeouts during 185 innings last season.


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Who’s Hot, Who’s Not: Las Vegas and Binghamton Mon, 06 Jul 2015 18:37:52 +0000 Boyd Jayce

Who’s Hot:

Jayce Boyd, Las Vegas – Boyd was riding a 6-game hitting streak entering into action on July 5th, batting .381 (8 for 21) with 3 doubles and 4 RBI over that span.

Alex Castellanos, Las Vegas – The Vegas outfielder has hit safely in 5 of his last 6 games through July 4th with 5 multi-hit games. Over this stretch, he’s hit .440 (11 for 25) with 5 runs scored, 4 doubles, 2 HR, and 5 RBI as well as 2 walks.

Darin Gorski, Las Vegas – In his last 2 starts, the 7th round pick of the 2009 draft has gone 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA. In 12.2 innings, he’s allowed 12 hits while walking 4 and striking out 7.

Chase Huchingson, Las Vegas – Since being promoted from Binghamton, Huchingson hasn’t allowed an earned run in 9 appearances. In Vegas, he’s pitched 10 innings while allowing 5 hits, 5 walks, and striking out 10.

Dario Alvarez, Binghamton – In Alvarez’s last 9 appearances, he hasn’t allowed an earned run. Over this span, he’s pitched 10 innings while allowing just 2 hits, 3 walks, and striking out 14.

Michael Fulmer, Binghamton – In Fulmer’s last 5 starts for Bingo, he has a record of 2-1 with an ERA of 0.59 in 30.1 innings. Over this stretch, he’s allowed 19 hits while walking 5 and striking out 34 with a WHIP of 0.79.

Who’s Not:

Dillon Gee, Las Vegas – Gee has fallen hard in the desert. In two starts for Vegas, he’s 1-1 with an ERA of 13.50. In 9.1 innings, he’s allowed 20 hits while walking 3 and striking out 8.

Brandon Nimmo, Binghamton – Over Nimmo’s last nine games, he’s managed just 3 singles, hitting .091 (3 for 33) while striking out 13 times.


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Reynolds, Cessa, Satterwhite Top This Week’s Hot List Sat, 13 Jun 2015 14:09:25 +0000 matt reynolds

Who’s Hot:

Matt Reynolds, Las Vegas: Reynolds has hit safely in 9 of his last 10 games, going 15 for 40 (.375 batting average) with 9 runs score, 9 RBI, 4 doubles and 1 HR.

Cody Satterwhite, Las Vegas: Satterwhite hasn’t been scored upon in 5 appearances out of the Vegas bullpen this June, pitching 6.1 innings, while striking out 6 to go with a 1.11 WHIP.

Luis Cessa, Binghamton: Over his last 3 starts, Cessa has allowed just one run over 19.2 innings, going 2-1 with a 0.46 ERA over that span. He’s also allowed just 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 15 with a 0.61 WHIP over that span.

Michael Conforto, Binghamton: Over his last 10 games, the 2014 first round pick has hit .400 (10 for 35) with 8 walks, 8 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 Home Run, and 9 RBI’s.

Matt Koch, Binghamton: Koch hasn’t been scored upon since May 13th. Over his last 8 appearances out of the Bingo bullpen, he’s pitched 12 innings with a 0.00 ERA, allowing 6 hits, 0 walks, 8 K’s, a WHIP of 0.50 with 2 wins.

Dominic Smith, St. Lucie: The 2013 first round pick has hit safely in 26 of his last 31 games dating back to May 9th, including a 16 game hitting streak from May 18th to June 3rd. Over this stretch, he’s hit .350 (43 for 123) including 14 multi-hit games while scoring 24 runs, 19 doubles, 2 HR, 30 RBI, and 7 walks.

Patrick Biondi, Savannah: Biondi was a 9th round pick in the 2013 draft. The Gnat outfielder has 5 multi-hit games since May 29th. Over his last 9 games, he’s hit .412 (14 for 34) with 6 runs scored, raising his average on the season to .317.

Casey Meisner, Savannah: The 6’7” third round pick in the 2013 draft is 4-0 over his last 4 starts dating back to May 21st. Over this stretch, he’s pitched 29.1 innings, allowing 19 hits, 8 walks, striking out 24 with a WHIP of 0.92.

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Who’s Not:

Brandon Allen, Las Vegas: Over his last 11 games dating back to May 28th, Allen is batting just .088 (3 for 34) with no extra base hits and 15 K’s.

Chasen Bradford, Las Vegas: Bradford has allowed 6 earned runs in his last three appearances out of the Vegas pen over 4.2 innings. Over this stretch, he’s pitched 4.2 innings with a 11.57 ERA, allowing 11 hits, two walks, and striking out six with a WHIP of 2.79.

Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton: Over Ynoa’s last four starts, he’s 0-3 with an ERA of 9.30 in 20.1 innings. Over this span, he’s allowed 21 runs, 29 hits and four walks while striking out six.

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Dillon Gee Out Of Rotation, Told He’s Now A Reliever Sat, 06 Jun 2015 23:13:22 +0000 dillon gee

Terry Collins told reporters that right-hander Dillon Gee has been pulled from the rotation and will now work out of the bullpen as a reliever.

Gee was clearly frustrated by the news, telling reporters, “I feel like if I had any value before, it’s now gone.”

“I almost don’t even care anymore. I’m done trying to figure this whole situation out.”

Gee struggled upon his return from the disabled list on Thursday, allowing eight hits and seven runs (four earned) in four innings pitched.

On Friday, Terry Collins announced that he was abandoning the six-man rotation and with the way Jon Niese pitched last night, it was apparent that Gee would be the odd man out.

Adam Rubin reports that Collins apologized to Gee for having him make that extra rehab start when it wasn’t necessary.

Collins also admitted that his own staff raised some concerns with his six-man rotation plan.

(Updated by Joe D.)

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During last night’s outing, Dillon Gee (0-3) allowed eight hits and seven runs (four earned) in four innings pitched. The disappointing start raised his ERA to 4.46 and WHIP to 1.46.

After the game, Terry Collins got defensive when asked if Gee will be skipped for his next start. (Mike Puma)

“If I say so, it’s a headline, so I’m not going to say so just yet,” Collins said.

Despite the rough game, Gee still has a positive outlook on the situation.

“I didn’t feel terrible tonight, but the end result wasn’t great,” Gee said. “It was a bad night. They squared up a lot of balls.”

“I will just get ready like I normally do and throw when they tell me to,” he said.

While it was only the first day of the six man rotation experiment, Collins sounded like he was ready to bail on it after the game. It was shocking how non-committal he was when pressed on Gee making his next start.

There were many wondering if the idea should be scrapped entirely while others called for adding top prospect Steven Matz to replace Gee or Jon Niese and going with our  best five or six.

Last night raised a few questions. It’s understandable that the Mets want to be cautious, but is limiting Matt Harvey or Jacob deGrom by four starts actually going to prevent injury?

Would Gee serve the team better as a long reliever out of the bullpen?

Is it counterproductive to give away precious starts to lesser pitchers at the expense of minimizing your top pitchers?

Was there ever a plan in place for how the younger pitchers would fit in knowing Syndergaard and Matz would be up by mid season as far back as spring training?

One thing seems clear, for a team with as many question marks as this one, it’s going to be hard to clinch a playoff spot without getting more innings out of their best arms.

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Mets Minors: Cecchini, Morris, Sewald Make This Week’s Hot List Tue, 02 Jun 2015 11:00:42 +0000 baseball grass spring training

Who’s Hot!

Duane Below – Las Vegas. In his last three outings, the 29 year old lefty is 2-1 with a 1.13 ERA and a WHIP of 0.88 in 24 innings. Two of his last three starts were complete games, including a shutout on May 25th.

Steven Matz – Las Vegas. Matz took the loss on 5/31 in a 1-0 game, but he still lowered his ERA on the season to a sparkling 1.98. Over his last two starts, he’s 1-1 with an ERA of 0.72 in 12 innings while allowing 6 hits, 3 walks, and 9 strikeouts with a WHIP of 0.75.

Gavin Cecchini – Binghamton. Entering Monday’s action, the 2012 first round pick had 4 straight multi-hit games, hitting .625 going (10 for 16) over that span.

Paul Sewald – Binghamton. Sewald hasn’t been scored upon in his last 5 outings dating back to May 19th. Over that span, he has 4 saves and allowed 4 hits with 1 walk and 5 K’s in 5 innings.

Jeff McNeil – St. Lucie. McNeil was riding an 8 game hitting streak entering Monday’s action during which he’s hitting (.444) 16 for 36 while scoring 9 runs with 3 doubles, 1 HR, and 3 walks.

Akeel Morris – St. Lucie. Morris may only be in A-ball, but he’s on the Mets 40-man roster and has continued his dominance. He hasn’t allowed a run in 10 appearances since May 2nd, a span of 12 innings, allowing just 3 hits, 5 walks, and striking out 14.

Dominic Smith – St. Lucie. Entering Monday’s action, the 2013 first round pick had a 13 game hitting streak which started May 18th. Over this stretch, he was hitting .377 (20 for 53) while scoring 10 runs, smacking 10 doubles, 1 HR, and 14 RBI.

David Roseboom – Savannah. Roseboom was a 17th round pick in the 2014. The lefty has been unscored upon in his last 5 outing out of the Savannah pen. Over this span, he’s pitched 5.2 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 6.

Who’s Not!

Matt Bowman – Las Vegas. Bowman was a 13th round pick of the Mets in the 2012 draft. Over his last 4 starts, he’s 0-3 with a 6.33 ERA and an WHIP of 1.69 in 21.1 innings while allowing 8 walks and striking out 7.

Brooks Conrad – Las Vegas. The 35 year old infielder appeared in 13 games for the San Diego Padres last season. He’s struggled at the plate for the 51s this season and has been cold of late, hitless in his last 5 games since May 27th, going 0-14 over that span with 1 walk and 5 K’s.

T.J. Rivera – Las Vegas. After a hot start following his promotion to AAA, Rivera’s bat has cooled off. Entering Monday’s action, he was hitless in 5 straight games, going 0-15 with 1 walk.

Gabriel Ynoa – Binghamton. Ynoa’s 0-2 in his last two starts, allowing 13 hits (2 home runs) while walking out 3 and striking out just 3 batters in 11.1 innings, pitching to an ERA of 7.94 and a WHIP of 1.41.

Darwin Frias – Savannah. Entering play on Monday, Frias allowed runs in 4 straight appearances out of the Sand Gnats pen. In 4.1 innings over this span, he pitched to an ERA of 16.62, allowing 11 hits, walking 4, and striking out 3.

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Mets Minors: Conforto, Rivera, Smith, Morris Are Red Hot Tue, 26 May 2015 15:52:45 +0000 t.j. rivera homers

Who’s Hot:

John Church – Las Vegas. The 23rd round pick of the Mets in the 2009 draft may no longer be considered a “prospect” at age 28, but he’s putting together a very solid season in the Vegas pen. Entering Monday’s action, he hasn’t been scored upon in his last 6 appearances, and in his last 11 appearances dating back to April 28th, he has a record of 2-0 with an ERA of 0.59 in 15.1 innings with a WHIP of 0.72 with 4 walks and 11 K’s.

T.J. Rivera – Las Vegas. Since being promoted to Las Vegas, Rivera has appeared in 8 games through May 24th, hitting .414 (12 for 29). Prior to his promotion, he was hitting .318 at Binghamton in 22 games.

Jayce Boyd – Binghamton. Boyd was a 6th round pick of the Mets in the 2012 draft and is currently riding an 11 game hitting streak over which he’s hitting .386 (17 for 44) with 8 runs scored with 4 doubles and 1 HR.

Beck Wheeler – Binghamton. The Bingo reliever hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last 5 outings. Since May 15th, he’s pitched 5 innings, allowing 2 hits, no walks, and 5 K’s and a WHIP of 0.40.

Michael Conforto – St. Lucie. Last year’s first round pick is on an 8 game hitting streak and has hit in 11 of the last 12 games, hitting .340 over that stretch (17 for 50). Over this span, he’s scored 9 runs with 8 doubles.

Akeel Morris – St. Lucie. Morris was a 10th round pick in the 2010 draft and has been outstanding over the last three minor league seasons. In 2014, he posted a 0.63 ERA while striking out 89 batters in 57 innings for Savannah. The 22 year old righty has allowed just 6 hits in 22 innings on the season. Over his last 8 games dating back to May 4th, he’s pitched 9.2 innings, allowing 2 hits, 4 walks, and striking out 11 to a WHIP of 0.62 and an ERA of 0.00.

Amed Rosario – St. Lucie. The 19 year old Dominican shortstop is on a 6 game hitting stream and has hit in 12 of his last 13 games, batting .360 (18 for 50) over that span while scoring 9 runs.

Dominic Smith – St. Lucie. The 19 year old first round pick of the 2013 draft is riding a 7 game hitting stream over which he’s hitting .370 (10 for 27) with 5 doubles.

Patrick Biondi – Savannah. Biondi was a 9th round pick in the 2013 draft. Through May 24th, Biondi had hit in 9 of the previous 10 games batting .419 (13 for 31) including 4 multi-hit games.

Who’s Not:

Kyle Johnson – Las Vegas. The 25 year old Vegas outfielder hasn’t had a hit or a walk since May 15th entering Monday’s action. He’s 0 for his last 15 with 5 K’s.

David Cooper – Binghamton. Cooper was a former 1st round pick of the Blue Jays who appeared in 72 major league games for Toronto in 2011-12. He was playing in the Independent Atlantic League earlier this season before being picked up by the Mets. In his last 7 games dating back to May 17th, he’s hitting .083 (2 for 24) while playing first base.

Julian Hilario – Binghamton. Hilario has struggled since being promoted from St. Lucie. In his four appearances since being promoted, he’s had an ERA of 13.50, allowing 6 earned runs in 4 innings, allowing 11 hits, walking 4 with a WHIP of 3.75 and opposing batters hitting .524 off him.

Darwin Frias – Savannah. The 23 year old Dominican pitcher has been scored upon in his last three appearances entering Monday’s action, allowing 5 earned runs in 2.2 innings while yielding 6 hits and 4 walks. Over his last three appearances dating back to May 17th, he’s pitched to an ERA of 16.88 and a WHIP of 3.75.

Jon Leroux – Savannah. The 24 year old infielder was hitting .197 on the season entering Monday’s action. Over his last 7 games dating back to May 15th, he’s hitting just .043 (1 for 23) with 9 strikeouts.

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Akeel Morris Is On The Fast Track Fri, 09 Jan 2015 14:34:49 +0000 Morris - Akeel

Mets farmhand Akeel Morris is someone you should keep a lookout for. After a rocky season at Kingsport where he went 0-6 and posted a 7.98 ERA in 38.1 innings, the 2010 10th round pick rebounded extremely well and was lights-out in 2013 and again in 2014.

By lights out, of course, I mean absolutely dominant. In 2013, pitching for the Short Season Brooklyn Cyclones, he went 4-1 while posting a 1.00 ERA. In 45 innings he allowed just 29 hits and struck out 60 batters. He started 3 games before he was moved to the bullpen, where he was extremely effective, finishing 7 games and saving one.

As impressive as the 1.00 ERA and the 12 K/9 are, his 2014 season was worlds better. He pitched for Single-A Savannah, and once again went 4-1. However, this time around, he posted an inhuman 0.63 ERA. In 57 innings, he allowed a mere 19 hits and struck out 89. He walked 22 batters, which brings his WHIP to a minuscule 0.719. This season, he didn’t start any games, coming in from the ‘pen exclusively in 41 games. He finished 28 of them and saved 16.

With all of these huge power arms we’ve been hearing so much about, such as Syndergaard, Montero, and Matz among others, it’s easy for some to get lost in the fray. We have a surplus of young potential closers on the team; Mejia, Parnell, Black, and Familia, but there is another one waiting in the wings. Morris is already on the 40-man roster as a 22-year old, and if he can continue to be this dominant, it shouldn’t be long until we see him pitching at Citi Field.


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Mets Considering Re-Signing LHP Dana Eveland Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:32:02 +0000 dana-eveland-mlb-philadelphia-phillies-new-york-mets-850x560

Yesterday we learned the Mets were interested in bringing back right-handed reliever Buddy Carlyle, which you can read here.

Today, Adam Rubin of ESPN NY reports that Sandy Alderson also has interest in re-signing left-hander Dana Eveland.

Eveland, 31, had a 2.63 ERA in 30 relief appearances for the Mets, striking out 27 and walking six in 27.1 innings pitched. Eveland had a career best 1.09 WHIP after last pitching in the majors in 2012. Over nine major league seasons his WHIP is 1.629 with a 5.27 ERA.

It’s not known how Eveland has progressed since after being shutdown with inflammation in his pitching elbow in early September and being subsequently released after the season. If healthy, he’s worth bringing back on a one year deal.

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Familia Might Be The Most Lethal Weapon In Mets Bullpen Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:18:26 +0000 jeurys familia

Terry Collins says he’s getting ready to lock in the seven pitchers who will comprise the Mets’ Opening Day bullpen. “Nine guys vying for those seven spots, and they’re going to be getting a lot of pitching,” Collins said. “It’s time to play it like we’re getting ready for the season.”

In my opinion one reliever who has locked onto one of those spots is young righthander Jeurys Familia, who is quickly establishing himself as the most lethal weapon the Mets will have in the pen this season. While Bobby Parnell and Vic Black get most of the limelight, trust me, the rising star in this bunch is Familia.

The hard-throwing 24-year old came into camp fresh off a dominating performance in Winter Ball that had more than one scout raving about his 103 MPH fastball. And only a a week after pitchers and catchers reported, Collins got a glimpse of Familia when he tossed his first bullpen.

Familia is an imposing presence on the mound. When he hurls his 6-foot-4, 230 pound frame towards home plate and that ball flies out of his hand it’s a daunting task for opposing hitters to square up against him.

In early February, Mets VP of player development Paul DePodesta said Familia was the player he was most excited to see this spring. “We expect him to have a breakout year,” DePodesta said. “Now that he’s healthy, I am excited to see him in camp.”

As Spring Training comes to a close, Familia has let his pitching do all the talking. He’s unscored upon in six innings and has allowed just two hits and walk while striking out five.

The best relievers in the game all have that unmistakable swagger, it’s something that grows with experience. Familia’s got that.

What makes Familia stand out to me is how he is already oozing with confidence and pitches so fearlessly.

“I am confident, healthy and I trust my stuff,” said Familia. “When I see a hitter step into the batter’s box, it’s time for me to get serious and go after them.”

It’s going to be fun watching Familia dominate the NL East late in games this season. And my hunch is that by this time next year, he’ll be entering 2015 as the Mets closer.

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Mets Pitching Prospects Strutting Their Stuff Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:55:14 +0000 Jeff Roberson Associated Press  steven matz

It’s nothing more than a glimpse of hope, a promise that the talk of better days ahead might just be more reality than simply talk. They have only thrown an inning here and an inning there over the Mets first ten spring training games, but collectively the young pitching prospects the Mets have compiled in Port St. Lucie are leaving Met fans shaking their heads with wonder.

To date twelve Met pitchers flash perfect 0.00 ERA’s and ten pitchers have WHIP’s of 1.00 or less. Jacob deGrom has been all about making a good first impression with the Mets. In three games he has pitched 6 innings averaging a strikeout per inning.

Since day one Zack Wheeler has indicated he would love to be the Opening Day pitcher . So far Wheeler has provided solid evidence for that argument throwing two scoreless three inning outings and matching deGrom’s strikeout average.

Noted for his pinpoint command, Rafael Montero has been spot on over his first four innings facing major league batters with a speck of a WHIP at 0.25, only slightly besting a big righthanded kid hoping to win a spot in the Met bullpen, Jeurys Familia with a WHIP of 0.33.

Then there is Steven Matz, with his rebuilt left arm, firing fastballs in the mid 90’s and looking like he’s simply having a blast on the mound. Matz has only appeared twice so far this spring, one inning each time, but the kid has already chalked up 5 strikeouts.

And, of course, the ground seems to tremble every time the ‘Thunder God’ steps on the diamond in St. Lucie. His numbers might not match those of the aforementioned but his inaugural appearances with the Mets have been a media sensation. With expectations soaring skyward, Noah Syndergaard has arrived.

This list in not all inclusive. Vic Black has nasty stuff when he gets it over the plate. Jeff Walters shows glimpses of why people in Binghamton were so excited last season when Pedro Lopez handed him the ball to close games for the B-Mets. And, Joel Carreno is acting like he would at least like to be considered as part of the Met pitching conversation.

Everyone knows spring training can be relaxed and casual. The numbers a pitcher puts in the books can be short lived, casual, almost fleeting. Experienced pitchers are not generally concerned with actual outputs, toying with their stuff by adding a new pitch or tinkering with their mechanics.

Yet, every time a pitcher is handed the ball his purpose on the mound is to get batters out without allowing runs to cross the plate. Against that standard, the Met cadre of young arms in St. Lucie has been tantalizing, an alluring blend of baseball slight-of-hand that entices this beguiled Met fan to awaken each morning with only one baseball thought on my mind, ‘What young Met arm will be handed the ball and asked to pitch today?’

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