Showing posts with label Jordany Valdespin. Show all posts
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Thursday, August 02, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Bay to Fish?, Wheeler, Inning Cap, Dickey, Francisco, Valdespin

Bell Back to Mets?
Mets News and Notes:

The Mets discussed sending Jason Bay to the Miami Marlins for closer Heath Bell and catcher John Buck, Ken Rosenthal reports.

Bay is owed $16 million next season, plus a $3 million buyout of a vesting option for 2014. That option only kicks in at $17 million if Bay has 600 plate appearances next season, which will not occur.

The ex-Met Bell is owed a combined $18 million in 2013 and 2014. Buck is owed $6 million next season.

Rosenthal added: "The deal never was close, sources said. But it would have enabled both clubs to purge players who are flopping miserably this season."

Highly regarded pitching prospect Zack Wheeler has been promoted to Triple-A Buffalo. He is scheduled to start Sunday for the Bisons against Syracuse, confirming Monday's report.

Wheeler, 22, went 10-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 starts with Double-A Binghamton. He allowed 92 hits, 43 walks and two homers while hitting 11 and striking out 117 in 116 innings.

General manager Sandy Alderson estimated Zack Wheeler likely will be capped at about 150 innings, while Matt Harvey can go 165 or 170 innings this season in the majors.  

Terry Collins said on his weekly radio show that it was likely R.A. Dickey would begin pitching on short rest once the Mets return home next week. That would afford extra rest for Johan Santana and Chris Young between starts. Each is returning from surgery to a repair torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder and has slowed of late.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Mets Game Notes: Road Runs, Valdespin, Tejada, Torres, Thole, Pitching Notes, Bullpen

Mets Game Notes:

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets have lost a season-high five straight games...The last time the Mets had a longer losing streak was a six game skid from September 10-15, 2011...New York is 3-7 in its last 10 games...New York suffered its fifth walkoff loss of the year last night and its second this season at Washington (Also, June 5 in a 7-6, 12-inning setback)...The Mets are 1-3 in extra innings this year.

ON THE ROAD: New York is 20-24 on the road this year...The Mets are 0-4 on their current six-game road trip and 7-7 in their last 14 games away from Citi Field...David Wright leads the majors with a .378 road batting average...The Mets are 6-8 in road series this season and 13-14-2 in overall series.

ROAD RUNS: The Mets have scored 223 runs in 44 road games, for an average of 5.07 runs per road game, the highest in the majors...New York has a .268 road batting average, the highest in the National League and the fourth-highest in the majors...New York has allowed 226 runs on the road, for an average of 5.14, the fourth most in the majors.

JORDANY VALDESPIN: Hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the ninth inning last night...Valdespin has three pinch-hits in his brief career, all have been home runs...According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only three other players who began their career since 1960, have had their first three pinch-hits all go for home runs: Brant Alyea, Bo Jackson and Matt Mieske...Valdespin is the only hitter in the majors this season with two go-ahead pinch-hit home runs in the ninth inning or later...Also, the last time the Mets were down 2-0 in the ninth inning and got a three-run home run to go ahead was Mike Piazza on September 16, 1998 at Houston...Research courtesy of ESPN.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Mets Game Notes: Second Half , Wright, Tejada, Valdespin, Murphy, Davis, Two-Out Runs

METS AT A GLANCE: The Mets are 6-4 in their last 10 games...The Mets are 13-15 in the first game of a series this year, including 5-8 on the road.

ON THE ROAD: New York is 20-20 on the road this year...The Mets have won four of their last five road contests and are 7-3 in their last 10 games away from Citi Field...David Wright leads the majors with a
.392 road batting average...The Mets are 6-7 in road series this season and 13-13-2 in overall series.

SECOND-HALF : The Mets open the second-half of the season tonight in Atlanta...Below are the second-half records over the last five years.

2011 31-40
2010 31-43
2009 28-47
2008 38-29
2007 40-35

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Valdespin, Nieuwenhuis, Bay, Alderson, K-Rod Reunion?

Mets News and Notes:

Jordany Valdespin appears headed back to the Mets and Kirk Nieuwenhuis will go on the DL. Valdespin homered Tuesday for Triple-A Buffalo, a day after producing a four-steal game with the Bisons.  

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after suffering a bruised right hand during batting practice. Andres Torres instead started in center field.

Jason Bay hit indoors and ran at Citi Field on Tuesday. He expected to head to the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Thursday and potentially be activated from the disabled list in nine days, when the Mets reassemble after the All-Star break in Atlanta for the July 13 second-half opener.

In support of Wright, Sandy Alderson took to Twitter for a second time in three days to take a jab at the selection of Pablo Sandoval as the NL's starting third baseman in the All-Star Game.

Alderson tweeted on Tuesday: ASG election of "Kung Fu Panda" shows the value of a cute nickname. Surprised Giants fans didn't elect a "ball dude" to start at 3B.

That followed a Sunday tweet in which Alderson wrote: Wright vs.Sandoval: A city of 8 million was outvoted by a city of 800,000.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Happy Recap: Game 29 - Mets at Phillies - What a Valdespin! , Mets Win!

Citizens Bank Park (Philadelphia, Pa.)

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W: T. Byrdak (1-0) L: J. Papelbon (0-1)
S: F. Francisco (8)
HR: NYM - J. Valdespin (1)   PHI - None

These are the games the Mets usually lose in Philadelphia, but it did not happen that way.

Jordany Valdespin, called up from the minors before the game, pinch hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning Monday night to lift the New York Mets to a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game series.

The 24-year-old Valdespin's first MLB hit came off Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon and capped a Mets comeback from a 2-0 deficit in the last four innings.

Roy Halladay struck out seven in seven innings for the Philles, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, but remained winless in his last four starts as the Phillies opened an eight-game homestand.

The Mets have won three of four games against the Phillies this season.

Valdespin was an unlikely hero after coming up from Triple-A Buffalo on Monday when shortstop Ruben Tejada was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained right quad.

He had six at-bats in seven previous games this season but no hits until his go-ahead blast into the right field seats off Papelbon with two outs.

Papelbon (0-1) hadn't pitched since last Tuesday in Atlanta. He struck out two batters but gave up a walk to Ike Davis and a double off the left field wall to Mike Nickeas and took his first decision of any kind in a Phillies uniform.

"He might have been a little rusty," said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel.

Halladay had only one tough inning -- New York's two-run sixth -- coming off a bad outing last week in Atlanta, when he was knocked around for eight runs and 12 hits in 5 1/3 frames.

Mets starter Jon Niese, who beat the Phillies last month, threw 101 pitches in five innings and gave up two runs but didn't factor in the decision after the Mets tied the game at 2-2 in the sixth.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Mets activate DJ Carrasco off the disabled list, Option Valdespin instead of Rottino

Miguel Batista was available out of the bullpen for the final time on Saturday as he prepares for his start on Tuesday.

As a result, the Mets brought in another reliever after their 4-3 win over the D-backs, activating D.J. Carrasco from the disabled list and optioning infielder Jordany Valdespin to Triple-A Buffalo.

Carrasco was the logical choice, given his contract status -- he is in the final season of a two-year, $2.4 million deal -- and recent run of success.

The right-hander fired two shutout innings for Triple-A Buffalo on Friday night, allowing just one run over a nine-inning rehab assignment split between Buffalo and Class A St. Lucie. He struck out five during that assignment and walked one.

Carrasco, who posted a 6.02 ERA in 42 appearances last season and spent a portion of the summer in the Minors, had been sidelined since mid-March with a sprained right ankle.

The Mets had debated Carrasco in favor of a second left-hander to complement Tim Byrdak in the bullpen. But given the lack of obvious options at Buffalo and Carrasco's strong form, they went the conventional route instead.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Mets will use Taxi-Squad of Valdespin and Hefner, Cedeno expected to Hit DL

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY,  Ronny Cedeno is expected to land on the disabled list before today's doubleheader.

Middle infielder (and now center fielder) Jordany Valdespin as well as right-hander Jeremy Hefner are due to be at Citi Field as part of a taxi squad. They are allowed to be with the team for 24 hours without being activated.

The expectation is Hefner would be activated to back up Miguel Batista. Then the Mets can add Valdespin in that spot after getting through the doubleheader.

The taxi squad is new under the collective bargaining agreement. Josh Satin similarly was brought to Philly last road trip without being activated because of uncertainty about David Wright's pinkie. No injury uncertainty needs to exist, though. Any taxi squad player just needs to leave the following day if he's not joining the 25-man roster.

Valdespin, 24, was hitting .276 with two homers and seven RBIs in 76 at-bats with Triple-A Buffalo. He has appeared in center field -- a new position for him in the Mets organization -- in 14 of his 17 games.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mets resolve position battles, optioned six players

According to the NY Times, Infielder Jordany Valdespin was optioned to the minor leagues with five other players - LHP Garrett Olson, outfielders Adam Loewen and Matt den Dekker, and catchers Lucas May and Rob Johnson — were reassigned to minor league camp.

The moves helped resolve a number of positional battles as well.

Manager Terry Collins said outfielder Mike Baxter would be the Mets’ left-handed bat off the bench, assuming no one is added from outside their current camp. Collins also said Mike Nickeas would be the backup catcher.

Finally, the Mets are watching reliever Tim Byrdak closely to see whether he can recover from surgery on his right knee to be ready for opening day. If not, of the two left-handed relievers remaining in camp, Daniel Herrera would be the likely candidate to fill in over Josh Edgin.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

With Andres Torres Injury, Mets scurrying for center field help

Jason Bay could see some CF Action
A new injury to Andres Torres has the Mets reanalyzing their options in center field, with Opening Day nearly two weeks away.

Torres left Tuesday's game against the Nationals in the second inning with a left calf strain, leaving the Mets uncertain of his status going forward. But they do know they have options. Minutes after the game ended, regular left fielder Jason Bay approached manager Terry Collins to offer his services in center field. Collins accepted, with plans to play Bay there later this week.

In addition to Bay, Collins also plans to use Mike Baxter, Adam Loewen and infield prospect Jordany Valdespin in center in the coming days, all to deduce who might be a realistic option at the position come April. None of the four are natural center fielders.

"I'm just trying to figure out what my best fits are," Collins said.

All of that, of course, will become moot if Torres recovers quickly. To that end, the Mets will watch their starting center fielder closely over the next few days, knowing how much time Torres missed last season due to various injuries with the Giants. Torres felt a pull in his left calf while fielding Brett Carroll's line drive in the second inning Tuesday, leading to his early departure.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Future Star: Jordany Valdespin could possibly win the 2B job this spring

Remember the name Jordany Valdespin, He was on the Mets 40 man roster in 2011 and invited to shared some time with the team last spring. He started his season in Binghamton with Wally Backman and moved his way to the Triple-A level with Tim Teufel , who now is the Mets 3rd base coach..

Valdespin could be the answer the Mets are looking for at second base. The Mets also have Justin Turner and Daniel Murphy, who could get a shot playing there everyday or might get the 3rd baseman job by default, if David Wright is traded this off-season.

There a couple of reasons to like Valdespin.. For One, The kid hits and hits for power.  Valdespin big lefty swing had 17 HRs with 32 doubles and 3 triples last year combined between Binghamton and Buffalo... He also hit .294. combined with a .333 OBP. (which should improve over time). Valdespin also has some speed, as he swiped 37 bases (Combined).. His speed can compensate the loss of Jose Reyes, which so far looks like a reality coming to the Mets..

Jordany Valdespin right now is playing for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League where he only batting .220 in 59 AB's, but has time to improve that since the league ends 12/21/11...

2011 Season
2011 Offseason Leagues

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mets Promote 2B Jordany Valdespin to AAA Buffalo

When the Mets recalled Tejada this week to replace the injured Reyes, they also promoted Jordany Valdespin from Double-A Binghamton to replace Tejada.

In his first two games with Buffalo, Valdespin hit in the leadoff spot and went a combined 3-for-8 with a double, including the game-tying RBI in Thursday's 3-2 win over Syracuse.

Valdespin's initial success with the Bisons is a continuation of what has been a breakout season for the 23-year-old from the Dominican Republic.

Valdespin hit .297 with 15 homers, 51 RBIs, 33 stolen bases and 62 runs scored in 107 games with Binghamton this year, and played in the Eastern League All-Star Game.

Valdespin entered the season as the Mets' No. 25 overall prospect, according to Baseball America, after the publication ranked him No. 30 last year.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Could Jordany Valdespin Be the Answer at 2B?

Despite their extra-innings tie, it was great to see some New York Mets baseball today.

The Mets came from behind to tie the Atlanta Braves, 5-5, in their opening spring training game at Digital Domain Park in Port St. Lucie.

While the scores really mean nothing in spring training, it's the performance of players on the cusp that really makes a difference.

Some of today's positives include Fernando Martinez's two-run homer in the fifth, Chin-Lung Hu's perfectly executed hit-and-run in the ninth and Willie Harris' opposite field two-run homer in the tenth.

However, one of the things that might get overlooked in this game was the performance of 23-year old second baseman Jordany Valdespin.

Valdespin ripped an RBI double in the ninth inning to tie the game. He also showed great range on a few plays at second base.

With all the hype over who will play second base this season, Valdespin's name has taken a back seat. He likely isn't in the competition for this season, but he could be one of the possible long-term solutions.

Then again, so could Brad Emaus, Daniel Murphy, Reese Havens or a player currently outside the organization.

Valdespin hit .289 with six home runs and 13 stolen bases in 65 games for the High Single-A St. Lucie Mets.

He is said to have a fiery personality and has clashed with his managers on several occasions.

He will need to put together a full season of productive baseball and controlling his attitude to get any consideration for a full-time gig at some point in the future.

Just based on the limited sample from today, Valdespin has all the tools to be an all-around second baseman: good speed, good range, good arm, good swing and even a little pop.

It's too early to deem him the future at second base, but a good year in the minors, coupled with inconsistent play from whoever plays second base this year, may propel Valdespin into the conversation.

At the very least, a good year from Valdespin may open another team's eyes to his talent. The Mets could then use him as a trade chip, assuming they are content with who is playing second base.

Valdespin will be someone the organization will keep a close eye in the minors this season. He should start at Double-A, with Justin Turner likely to get the majority of the playing time at Buffalo.

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Originally featured at Mets Merized Online.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Mets add four to 40 man roster

The day before the midnight deadline to protect players for the Rule 5 draft, the Mets added four players to their 40-man roster: RHP John Stinson, RHP Armando Rodriguez, 3B Zach Lutz, IF Jordany Valdespin. The roster now stands at 37.

Stinson, 22, posted a 4.24 ERA at Class A Port St. Lucie last season. In Double A, he allowed eight runs in four starts. Rodriguez, 22, went 8-9 with a 3.08 ERA in 27 starts with Class-A Savannah.

Lutz, 24, compiled a .967 OPS in Double A, hitting 17 homers in 61 games. Valdespin, a 22-year-old who just returned from a stint in the Arizona Fall League, hit .272 with a .300 OBP in Class A and Double A last season.
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