Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Cecchini, Nimmo, Mejia, Harvey, Beato, Scouts Say


Today's Mets News and Notes:

The Brooklyn Cyclones open play Monday against Staten Island, with Kingsport beginning its schedule the following day. Farmhands generally will break camp from Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Friday -- with high school prospects more likely to head to the Appalachian League and the college players to Coney Island.

First-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a prep shortstop from Louisiana, will play for manager Jose Leger with the K-Mets.

2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo has been expected to be sent to Brooklyn, while 2009 top pick Steven Matz was expected to end up in Kingsport.

After making seven starts across three levels of the minors, Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to make his bullpen debut with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday or Friday. The script calls for Mejia to face different types of situations -- mid-inning, back-to-back days -- over a two-week span. After that, Mejia could find himself in the major league bullpen.


Observers continue to express concern about the lack of development of a changeup with 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey. In his most recent outing, Friday at Columbus with a bevy of scouts on hand, Harvey opened the first inning by throwing a changeup. He then served up a homer to former Mets farmhand Ezequiel Carrera later in the at-bat on that pitch. Afterward, Harvey threw the changeup only once or twice more the remainder of his 90-pitch, four-inning outing.  



Pedro Beato, who entered Tuesday having retired 17 straight batters in Triple-A, saw that streak end but nonetheless continued his dominance at Buffalo. Beato surrendered a hit but faced the minimum while recording five outs, three via strikeout. He has not allowed a run in his past 12 1/3 innings spanning seven games. Beato did not appear in a major league game during a cameo with the Mets last week. He was demoted to clear room for the return of Chris Young from paternity leave.

A scout who recently watched Binghamton said there were three definite major leaguers on the Double-A team -- prized pitching prospect Zack Wheeler, Matt den Dekker (who just was promoted to Buffalo) and right-hander Collin McHugh. McHugh (5-4, 2.48 ERA) was described as a “Dillon Gee type.” Said the scout: “He’s going to pitch in the big leagues. For sure.”

Josh Satin, Manny Acosta and Jack Egbert -- all of whom cleared waivers after being removed from the 40-man roster -- have rejoined Buffalo.
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