Showing posts with label Kevin Plawecki. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kevin Plawecki. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Plawecki, Tejada, C. Young, Granderson


Mets News and Notes:

Plawecki has Vertigo:
Catching prospect Kevin Plawecki, who has been out of the starting lineup at Triple-A Las Vegas since Thursday, has been diagnosed with a mild case of vertigo, assistant GM John Ricco said.

Plawecki, 23, is hitting .234 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 15 games since a promotion from Double-A Binghamton. He hit .326 with six homers and 43 RBIs in 224 at-bats to begin the season with the B-Mets.

Plawecki has experienced dizziness. Ricco suggested the issue typically resolves itself and there was no incident that precipitated it.

Tejada's Hand Swollen, No X-Rays:
Ruben Tejada did not require an X-ray on his swollen left hand after being struck with a fifth-inning pitch from Mariners starter Erasmo Ramirez on Tuesday, the shortstop said.

Tejada finished the game.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Wright's Cortisone Shot, Niese getting ready for second half, No Call Up for extra infielder, Prospects Showcase themselves at Future's Game


Mets News and Notes:


Syndergaard in 2014 Futures Game
Wright's Cortisone Shot
David Wright insisted he does not deserve to represent the Mets at Tuesday's All-Star Game. More candidly, the captain confessed Sunday morning, even if the National League needed a late replacement, he would be unable to perform.

Dogged by a bruised left rotator cuff and inflammation that recently sidelined him for a week, Wright told ESPNNewYork.com he will receive a cortisone injection in the shoulder after Sunday's first-half finale. He then will spend the All-Star break "out west," allowing the shot to take effect.

Niese getting ready for second half
Jon Niese threw 21 pitches in the home bullpen at Citi Field on Sunday morning, took a break to simulate a half-inning, then threw an additional 17 pitches. It was his first time working off a mound since a 12-pitch appearance on July 4, when he departed after getting struck with a line drive in his lower back.

Niese officially landed on the DL the following day with a left shoulder strain. An MRI last Monday revealed inflammation in the AC joint.

The Mets plan to activate Niese from the DL to face the Seattle Mariners on July 21, to open the second series after the All-Star break. The southpaw will throw another bullpen session when the Mets reconvene Friday in San Diego to affirm his readiness.

Niese is eligible to return from the DL next Sunday, on the final day in San Diego, but Terry Collins prefers having Niese wait until Seattle, where lefty-hitting Robinson Cano poses a big danger.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/26: Syndergaard Not Sharp, Plawecki Hits Homer in Vegas Debut


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/26:


Mets AAA - SACRAMENTO 7, LAS VEGAS 5 : The Las Vegas 51s were defeated 7-5 today in 11 innings at Sacramento when it surrendered a two-run home run to Sacramento’s Andy Parrino to end the game. Las Vegas forced extra innings on Kevin Plawecki’s solo home run (Vegas Debut) with two outs in the top of the ninth to tie the game at five. Andrew Brown hit his 14th home run of the season for Las Vegas, helping the 51s erase a 5-0 deficit after the initial four innings. Cory VaughnMatt den Dekker and Brown each had a pair of hits for Las Vegas. Noah Syndergaard allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in an 89-pitch effort spanning four innings. Box

Mets AA - ALTOONA 3, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets mustered three hits or fewer for the third time in four games. Altoona cracked the scoreboard without the aid of a hit in the first against Hansel Robles. A hit batter, walk and fielder’s choice put runners at the corners. Elias Diaz then sent a grounder to second baseman Brian Burgamy’s left. His spinning throw to second was off target, allowing Drew Maggi to scamper home with the opening run. The B-Mets evened the score at 1 in the second against Joely Rodriguez. Dustin Lawley walked, moved to third on consecutive groundouts and scored when Darrell Ceciliani beat out an infield single. Robles held Altoona hitless in its first nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. The streak came to an end with two outs in the fifth. With two aboard, Keon Broxton threaded an 0-2 pitch into right field to break the tie score and end Robles’ night. Reliever Ryan Fraser inherited runners at second and third and induced Willy Garcia to send a weak bouncer to third. Lawley hesitated before charging the grounder and fired late to first, allowing Diaz to score and giving the Curve a 3-1 lead. Ceciliani’s single proved to be the only blemish for Rodriguez. The southpaw closed his night by posting five scoreless innings. He retired the final 11 batters he faced. Binghamton mustered a threat against the Curve bullpen in the eighth. Following a single by Xorge Carrillo, Brandon Nimmo lined a double against Emmanuel de Leon, putting runners at second and third. With the tying run on second, de Leon struck out Dilson Herrera to end the threat and preserve Altoona’s two-run lead. Robles (5-5) walked three and struck out five over 4 2/3 innings in the loss. Tyler Pill, the originally scheduled B-Mets starting pitcher, was scratched due to illness. Box

Monday, June 23, 2014

Mets News: Mets Promoting Prospect Catcher Plawecki


Mets News:


According to ESPN, Mets Prospect catcher Kevin Plawecki is due to be promoted to Triple-A Vegas very shortly...

Plawecki, 23, is hitting .329 with six homers and 43 RBIs in 222 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton. He also has a .376 on-base percentage.

Plawecki was the 35th overall pick in the 2012 draft, out of Purdue. The Mets received that extra pick as compensation for losing Jose Reyes to the Miami Marlins.

This will cause some new problems at the catcher position in all levels because Plawecki will have the priority for playing time once he is promoted to Las Vegas. So assuming Anthony Recker is optioned to Triple-A once Travis d'Arnaud is promoted, Recker would go from a major leaguer to a backup in the Pacific Coast League. If it's Taylor Teagarden the Mets drop, that is one more reason for Teagarden to opt out rather than report to Vegas.

Juan Centeno, a 40-man roster member, will be penalized, too. If Plawecki and Recker are in Triple-A, Centeno could be pushed down a level. If it's Teagarden who is dropped from the major league team and is claimed off waivers or opts out, Centeno still recedes to the backup with Las Vegas.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/24: Plawecki Homers for third straight day, Ynoa Pitches Great Game for St.Lucie - Nimmo 2 for 5, Mazzilli Homers for Savannah


Mets Minor League Roundup 5/24:


Mets AAA - SACRAMENTO 5, LAS VEGAS 2: Joel Carreno and Erik Goeddel combined to surrender five runs as Sacramento built a 5-0 lead. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 6: Kevin Plawecki homered for the third straight game and reached base in all five plate appearances. He is hitting .395 with four homers and 21 RBIs in May. The Rock Cats jumped on B-Mets starter Hansel Robles for four runs in the first three innings. Corey Wimberly put New Britain on the board with an RBI single in the second and Tony Thomas delivered a three-run double in the third. Plawecki answered with a solo homer against Tyler Duffey in the third. An inning later, Dustin Lawley and Darrell Ceciliani had consecutive singles. With two outs, Kyle Johnson doubled to plate both runners and cut the deficit to one. Matt Reynolds singled home Johnson to tie the score at 4. The Rock Cats retook the lead in the fifth. Nate Hanson doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Reynaldo Rodriguez's sacrifice fly. New Britain's lead grew in the sixth. Reliever Hamilton Bennett replaced Robles with a runner on first and two outs. Wimberly then tripled to give the Rock Cats a 6-4 lead. Binghamton responded in the bottom half. Travis Taijeron led off with a homer. Later in the frame, Reynolds worked a two-out walk and stole second. Plawecki doubled home Reynolds to tie the score at 6. Binghamton completed its comeback against Adrian Salcedo in the seventh when Ceciliani ripped a two-run single. John Church and Adam Kolarek combined to post a scoreless eighth. Chasen Bradford handled the ninth for his 10th save. Reynolds extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Box

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/13: Vegas Rallies in 10th, Plawecki Extends Hitting Streak


Mets Minor League Roundup 5/13:


Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 5, TACOMA 4 (10 innings): Designated hitter Allan Dykstra and third baseman Zach Lutz drove in runs as the 51s rallied in the bottom of the 10th inning to beat the Rainiers. Tacoma had tied the game in the ninth inning off Vic Black (who walked two in the inning), and the Rainiers took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 10th on a Jesus Montero single off Jeff Walters. Las Vegas starter Logan Verrett only two unearned runs in 7 1/3 innings. Center fielder Matt den Dekker homered for the 51s. Box.

Mets AA - ALTOONA 10, BINGHAMTON 3: Starter Hansel Robles allowed seven runs and didn't make it out of the third inning for the B-Mets. Robles allowed three home runs, all in the third inning, as the Curve batted around. Dustin Lawley homered for Binghamton. Lawley, Matt Reynolds and Travis Taijeron each had two hits. Kevin Plawecki extended his hitting streak to nine games. Box.

Mets High A - TAMPA 7, ST. LUCIE 2: Down 2-1 with two out in the ninth, the Tampa Yankees rallied for six runs to beat the Mets. St. Lucie closer Beck Wheeler, who walked four, allowed three hits and threw a wild pitch, was charged with all six runs. Wheeler entered the game with a 12-inning scoreless streak. The Mets scored their two runs on a wild pitch and an error. First baseman Jairo Perez had three of the Mets' seven hits. Starter Steven Matz allowed one run in five innings, and Seth Lugo contributed three scoreless innings before it all fell apart in the ninth. Box.

Mets A - SAVANNAH 8, CHARLESTON 4: Down 4-0 after six innings, the Sand Gnats rallied to take the lead with a five-run seventh and then added three more in the eighth. Colton Plaia had a two-run single in the seventh, and Savannah benefitted from five walks, two wild pitches and an error in those two innings alone. Patrick Biondi had three of Savannah's eight hits. The big rally took Savannah starter Ricky Knapp off the hook for a loss. Knapp allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Robert Coles got the final eight outs for his eighth save. Box.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/11: Vegas Splits Double Header, Plawecki Throws Out Three


Mets Minor League Roundup 5/11:


Mets AAA - TACOMA 6, LAS VEGAS 5  - LAS VEGAS 8, TACOMA 3: In the resumption of Saturday's suspended game, the Rainiers scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth on an RBI single by Jesus Montero against Vic Black. Black surrendered two hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings as his ERA climbed to a still-modest 1.23. In the regularly scheduled game, Las Vegas -- no-hit through five innings -- scored eight runs in the sixth to break a scoreless tie. Shortstop Rylan Sandoval had a two-run double, first baseman Brandon Allen a two-run triple and catcher Juan Centeno a two-run double in the frame. Left-hander Dana Eveland tossed five scoreless innings in a no-decision. He allowed five hits, walked three and struck out four. Tacoma right-hander Jordan Pries pitched 5 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, but walked four, was charged with one run and suffered the loss. Box 1, Box 2

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 2, HARRISBURG 1: Kevin Plawecki threw out three attempted base stealers and contributed an RBI double and Tyler Pill struck out a season-high seven over 5 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his first win since April 18, 2013. Against Harrisburg starter A.J. Cole, Kyle Johnson doubled and Plawecki extended his hitting streak to eight games and gave the B-Mets a 1-0 lead with a third-inning double as well. Pill opened his sixth start of the season with two scoreless frames. He then used a pair of strikeouts to work around a one-out single in the third. Plawecki erased Cutter Dykstra’s single in the fourth by throwing him out at second on an attempted steal. Pill posted a perfect fifth before running into trouble in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Quincy Latimore opened the frame with a single, but was nabbed by Plawecki when he tried to steal second as Michael Taylor struck out. Pill’s day ended after hitting Caleb Ramsey with a 1-2 pitch. T.J. Chism took over with two outs to face Dykstra -- the son of ex-Met Lenny Dykstra -- but never needed to retire him. Ramsey was thrown out by Plawecki while trying to swipe second, ending the inning. Binghamton doubled its lead in the sixth against reliever James Simmons. Dustin Lawley doubled and took third on Cory Vaughn's single. Darrell Ceciliani then plated Lawley with a sac fly. Harrisburg got on the board without a hit in the seventh. After Adam Kolarek walked Matt Skole with one out, Justin Bloxom hit a potential inning-ending double-play ball to third. Lawley fielded it cleanly, but fired wide of second, putting runners at the corners. Ricky Hague cut Binghamton’s lead to 2-1 with a sac fly. Brian Jeroloman chased Kolarek with a leadoff single in the eighth, but Jon Velasquez entered and retired three straight. Chasen Bradford inherited the one-run lead in the ninth. After a leadoff walk and a two-out single put the tying run in scoring position, the right-hander induced Jason Martinson to chop into a game-ending fielder’s choice. Pill (1-5) allowed four hits and issued no walks. He has a 1.15 ERA in his last three starts (2 ER, 15.2 IP). Bradford earned his sixth save. Plawecki is hitting .406 (13-for-32) with five multi-hit games during his eight-game hitting streak. Box

Mets A - CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 1: Chris Flexen suffered his team-high fourth loss as the Gnats' five-game winning streak ended. Flexen allowed three earned runs on six hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. The Gnats (24-10) scored in the first inning when Jared King singled home Jeff McNeil with what turned out to be an unearned run charged to Charleston starter Brady Lail. The RiverDogs righty proceeded to hold the Gnats scoreless over the next five frames to earn his fourth consecutive win. Charleston (19-16) tied the score in the third with two outs when Tyler Wade tripled and came home on Mikeson Oliberto's double. The RiverDogs tacked on two more runs in the fifth -- on an RBI single by Wade and then a sacrifice fly from Oliberto. After Flexen departed, Tim Peterson tossed 2 1/3 perfect innings. Box

Recaps Provided From ESPN

Monday, March 10, 2014

Mets News: Bartolo Colon and Jenrry Mejia expected to start in Vegas this weekend


Mets News:


The Mets are expected to start Bartolo Colon on Saturday and Jenrry Mejia on Sunday in Las Vegas, when they play a pair of split-squad exhibition games against the Chicago Cubs.

David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Bobby Parnell, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Omar Quintanilla, Jacob deGrom, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Kevin Plawecki, Anthony Seratelli and Eric Campbell are among the other players expected to make the trip.

The Mets are partly playing in Vegas to support their Triple-A affiliate, although the primary reason is the big-league club is turning a profit on the trip.

The remainder of the Mets will remain in Florida for split-squad games Saturday against the Twins in Port St. Lucie and Sunday against the Cardinals in Jupiter.

Mets News: Mets cut 15 players to minor league camp


Mets News:


The Mets started to make their cuts down to minor league camp....

Left-handed reliever Josh Edgin was the most notable name dispatched to minor-league camp in the first round of cuts.

Edgin, who made 34 relief appearances for the Mets last season, was registering only in the upper-80s with his fastball.

Others sent to minor league camp: infielder Wilfredo Tovar, left-handers Steven Matz and Adam Kolarek, right-handers Erik Goeddel, Logan Verrett and Chasen Bradford, catcher Kevin Plawecki, infielder Daniel Muno, infielder/outfielder Dustin Lawley, and outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Cory Vaughn, outfielder Cesar Puello, left-hander Jack Leathersich and right-hander John Church.

The Mets sent 15 players overall to the minor-league side. That leaves 49 players still in big-league camp.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Video / Scouting Report: C Kevin Plawecki, #5 Mets Prospect




Scouting Report:


Kevin Plawecki / C, NYM
Born 2/26/1991 (23 yrs old)
Carmel, IN, USA
School: Purdue
Height 6-2
Weight 215
Bats/Throws R/R

Catcher Kevin Plawecki, was a perfect fit for the Mets in 2012, as the 35th pick overall in the amateur draft. Plawecki struck out just eight times in 223 at-bats during his junior season at Purdue, and 29 times over his three-year college career -- a span of 638 at-bats. He also walked 26 times as a junior, matching his total for the previous two years combined.

The result for Plawecki was a .359 average with seven home runs and 47 RBIs in 59 games, showcasing some of the power that the Mets believe will continue to develop throughout his professional career. The Indiana native was named the Big Ten Player of the Year and the conference tournament's Most Outstanding Player, and is currently one of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, given annually to the NCAA's top Division I catcher.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Mets News: Mets Announce Organization Awards - Dykstra, Plawecki, Ynoa get top honors


Mets News:


The Mets have announced their organization awards, they named first baseman Allan Dykstra and catcher Kevin Plawecki as their co-minor league players of the year. Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa has been named the organization's top pitching performer. Dykstra hit 21 HR's and drove in 82 RBI's, Ynoa won 17 games including two post-season games and had a ERA of 2.72 with 106 K's in 135 innings. Plawecki batted .305 with 80 RBI's.

Those prospects, along with individual level award winners, will be honored during a pregame ceremony at Citi Field on Friday night.

The individual level Sterling Award winners:

• Right-hander Rafael Montero (Las Vegas)

• Right-handers Noah Syndergaard and Jeff Walters (Binghamton)

• Outfielder/third baseman Dustin Lawley (St. Lucie)

• First baseman Jayce Boyd (Savannah)

• Right-hander Robert Whalen (Kingsport)

• Right-hander Robert Gsellman (Brooklyn)

• First baseman Dominic Smith (Gulf Coast League)

• Outfielder John Mora and left-hander Jose Medina (Dominican Summer League)

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Mets News: Catcher Kevin Plawecki and Shortstop Matt Reynolds promoted to Double-A Binghamton


Mets News:


After Class A St. Lucie completed its season Sunday, catcher Kevin Plawecki and shortstop Matt Reynolds were promoted to Double-A Binghamton in time for the Eastern League playoffs, which begin Wednesday with Noah Syndergaard starting Game 1.

Plawecki, a supplemental first-round pick in 2012 from Purdue, hit .294 with two homers and 37 RBIs in 204 at-bats with St. Lucie after spending the season's first half at low-A Savannah.

Reynolds, a second-round pick last year from the University of Arkansas, hit .226 with five homers and 49 RBIs in 433 at-bats with the Florida State League club.

Source: ESPN NY

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/30: Gorski tosses seven shutout innings for Binghamton, Plawecki hit in head, Savannah sweeps double dip, Dominic Smith still hitting for Kingsport


Mets Minor League Roundup 8/30:


AAA - TUCSON 3 LAS VEGAS 1: Justin Hampson suffered the blown save. He allowed three ninth-inning runs, including a two-run homer to Mike Wilson. Rafael Montero tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out eight. With second-place Sacramento's loss, Las Vegas' magic number nonetheless was sliced to one with three games remaining. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 3, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Darin Gorski tossed seven shutout innings and allowed only two hits. The southpaw faced one over the minimum in his 13th start this season with the B-Mets. The only frame he faced more than three hitters was the first, when Adam Loewen produced a two-out double. The only other hit Gorski allowed was a leadoff single by Andy Burns in the fourth. Two batters later, Gorski erased Burns with an inning-ending double play. New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire no-hit the B-Mets through five innings. The B-Mets then produced a five-run sixth. Joe Bonfe led off by bouncing a ball to third base. The throw from Burns went wide and pulled Kevin Ahrens off first base. Alonzo Harris followed with his second walk of the night. Daniel Muno bunted both runners ahead. Josh Rodriguez then got ahead in the count, 3-0. After the third ball, catcher Chris Schaeffer elected to intentionally walk Rodriguez to load the bases. Ball four, however, sailed over Schaeffer’s head, allowing Bonfe to score. One batter later, Travis Taijeron delivered Binghamton’s first hit. He lined a 2-1 pitch down the left-field line to score both runners. Gorski struck out five over seven innings. Rehabbing Frank Francisco threw a scoreless eighth. Jeff Walters tossed a scoreless ninth to pick up his franchise-record 38th save. Binghamton won despite producing only two hits -- by Wilfredo Tovar and Taijeron. The B-Mets' last win with two hits or fewer came on July 13, 2012, in a 2-0 victory against Erie. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 6, JUPITER 3: A day after being eliminated from postseason contention, St. Lucie broke a 3-all tie in the sixth as Charley Thurber doubled and scored on Cam Maron's single. An inning later, Kevin Plawecki was hit by a pitch in the head with two outs and departed as a precaution. The Mets opened a three-run lead in the eighth on Gilbert Gomez's two-run single. T.J. Chism earned his 20th save with a scoreless ninth. Box

Friday, August 23, 2013

2013 Mets Top 20 Prospects (Updated)


Here are the 2013 Mets Top 20 Prospects.

To be eligible to be on the list, a player must have rookie eligibility. To qualify for rookie status, a player must not have exceeded 130 at-bats or 50 innings pitched in the Major Leagues, or accumulated more than 45 days on the active roster of a Major League club or clubs during the 25-player limit period, excluding time on the disabled list or in military service.

*Players are graded on a 2-8 scale for both present and future tools. 2-3 is well below average, 4 is below average, 5 is average, 6 is above average and 7-8 is plus.


1) Noah Syndergaard - RHP - Binghamton Mets (AA)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Fastball: 6/7 | Curveball: 4/5 | Changeup: 5/6 | Control: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6

Syndergaard had a very successful full-season debut where he made the All-Star team, held hitters to a .212 average and struck out 10.6 per nine innings. He uses his height well, throwing downhill with some movement. Though his fastball is plus, thrown up to 96 mph consistently, he’s more than just a thrower. His power curve has improved as he’s added velocity to it and it could be an above-average breaking ball in the future. He has a power changeup as well, which is still a work in progress, but could give him a third above-average offering. Despite his size, he has an easy delivery and he throws strikes. His combination of stuff, pitchability and aggressiveness on the mound point to a possible future as a frontline starter.

2) Travis d'Arnaud - C - New York Mets

Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 5/6 | Power: 5/6 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 5/6 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6

If it hadn’t been for some injuries, talk about d’Arnaud as a prospect would have long been a thing of the past and the buzz would be about him as one of the bright young catching stars in the big leagues. In 2012, he was tearing up the Pacific Coast League when he tore the PCL in his left knee. During the offseason, he was traded for an ace for the second time in his career. Initially a Phillies prospect, he was dealt to Toronto in the Roy Halladay deal. This time, he was the key part of a package sent from the Blue Jays to the Mets for R.A. Dickey. When healthy, he has the tools to be a top-flight all-around backstop. He’s agile and athletic with a good arm and has worked hard to improve his throwing. He has the ability to hit for both average and power and is a natural leader behind the plate, skills he should be able to show off in New York soon.

3) Rafael Montero - RHP - Las Vegas 51's (AAA)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): FB: 6/7 | Curve: 4/5 | Slider: 5/5 | Changeup: 4/5 | Control: 5/6 | Overall: 5/6

Since signing out of the Dominican Republic, a bit older than most international prospects, Montero has been on a bit of a fast track. He made three stops during his debut summer in 2011, then kept on going in 2012, pitching at both full-season A-ball affiliates while finishing fourth in the organization in ERA and batting average against. He's not the biggest guy in the world, but there aren't concerns about durability. Montero has a real feel for pitching, often pitching backwards with his slider and quality fading changeup. That doesn't mean he doesn't have a fastball. He can touch 95 mph with a ton of life. He can throw all of them for strikes, which bodes well for his future as a member of a big league rotation.

4) Wilmer Flores - 2B/INF - New York Mets

Scouting Grades (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 6/6 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 4/5

The 2012 season was a big one for the Mets infield prospect. Still very young, Flores made impressive progress at the plate, moving up to Double-A for the first time. He has a knack for making contact and is extremely tough to strike out. His overall approach at the plate improved and that helped him tap into his raw power more consistently. Initially a shortstop, Flores moved around the infield in 2012, spending more time at third than anywhere else, and that's a much better home for him given his lack of quickness. He has good hands and a strong arm, but the lack of range might continue to be an issue. Flores' bat might be ready to contribute soon, regardless of his position.

5) Brandon Nimmo - OF - Savannah Sand Gnats (A Full)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/6 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 4/5 | Overall: 5/6

When evaluating where Nimmo is on the development path, it's important to note that Brooklyn is not a very nice place to hit. Just ask Ike Davis, who hit zero homers in the New York-Penn League at age 21. Nimmo, the Wyoming native who didn't have a high school baseball team, hit six as a raw teenager. There's a lot of raw power to tap into for Nimmo and as he continues to refine his approach, he should have at least above-average pop in games. He does understand the strike zone quite well, so he should hit for average as well. A solid average runner, Nimmo has a good arm and while he has work to do to stay in center field, should be an average defender across the board. The Mets knew it might take Nimmo some time to develop given his experience, but in many ways he's ahead of the curve.

6) Cesar Puello - OF - Binghamton Mets (AA)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 3/6 | Power: 5/6 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 6/6 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/6

In terms of pure raw tools, no one stands ahead of Puello in the Mets' organization. The 2013 season looked like the one where he would translate those tools into consistent performance, until he was suspended for 50 games for PED use in the wake of the Biogenesis investigation. Puello still has a good deal of raw power and the bat speed to be a good all-around hitter. He needs to continue to refine his approach at the plate so he can tap into that power, something that started to come in 2013. He has good speed and a very strong arm from the outfield, with the chance to be an above-average defender, either in center or right field. He'll need to prove to everyone that his breakout wasn't drug-enhanced after he returns from his suspension.

7) Dominic Smith - 1B/OF - GCL Mets (RK)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 4/4 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/5

For the third year in a row, the Mets took a high school position player with their first pick in the Draft and this time it was Smith, whom many thought to be the best pure prep hitter in the 2013 Draft class. The SoCal first baseman has the chance to be an above-average hitter and should add more power as he develops. While he's a quality defender at first, he is limited to that position, so how much pop he does add will determine just how well he profiles at the corner infield spot. Most are confident, however, that his bat should carry him to the big leagues.

8) Gavin Cecchini - SS - Brooklyn Cyclones (A Short)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 4/6 | Power: 2/4 | Run: 5/5 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 5/6
If Cecchini needs advice about the travails of Minor League life, he can ask his older brother, Garin, who was a fourth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010. Of course his father, who doubled as his high school coach, well-prepared him for the path ahead. Gavin is a scrappy middle infielder who should be able to play shortstop long-term thanks to good range, a solid arm and plus instincts. Those instincts also helps his solid average speed play up on the basepaths. He projects to be a good all-around hitter with the ability to make consistent contact, even if it’s not with that much power. He plays the game the right way and that plus makeup should help him move up the organizational ladder.

9) Kevin Plawecki - C - St. Lucie Mets (A Adv)

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Hit: 3/5 | Power: 4/5 | Run: 3/3 | Arm: 5/5 | Field: 5/6 | Overall: 4/5

The 2012 Draft class wasn't a great one in terms of catching depth, especially from the college ranks, so Plawecki was able to ride a strong junior season at Purdue into the supplemental first round. At Purdue, he was a contact-first, offensive-minded catcher, but he has some obvious strength and should hit for more power in the future (he did hit seven homers, including four at home in Brooklyn -- a tough park for hitters). He may not wow anyone with his skills behind the plate, but he's a solid receiver who works well with pitchers and with an arm that was strong and accurate enough to throw out 32 percent of would-be basestealers during his pro debut. There isn't much catching depth in the Mets' system and Plawecki rises right to the top of that class.

10) Jeurys Familia - RHP - Rehab Assignment

Scouting Grades* (present/future): Fastball: 7/7 | Slider: 5/6 | Changeup: 4/5 | Control: 3/4 | Overall: 5/6

There has never been any question about Familia’s arm strength and his ability to generate swings and misses, with his strikeout rate of nearly a batter per inning throughout his Minor League career. He can maintain his mid-90s velocity throughout his starts with good sink. His slider with short bite gives him a very good breaking ball to complement his fastball, and it has a cutter-type action. He shows some feel for a sinking changeup, though he doesn’t throw it much, especially when he’s coming out of the bullpen. His lack of command and the lack of a consistent third pitch makes most thinking a relief role makes the most sense, with the potential to be a future closer.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/13: Campbell delivers two out double to plate go ahead run in eighth for Vegas, Plawecki's hits 2 Run-HR for St.Lucie


Mets Minor League Roundup 8/13:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 4, NEW ORLEANS 3: Eric Campbell (2-for-2, walk) delivered a two-out double in the eighth to plate Francisco Pena and break a 3-all tie. Right-hander Jacob deGrom pitched six innings for the 51s and allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk. DeGrom also produced his first professional homer -- a solo shot in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie. Robert Carson earned his 10th save after entering with two outs in the ninth and retiring pinch hitter Nick Green. John Church (2-0) earned the win in relief. Box

AA - READING 7, BINGHAMTON 6: Reading scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, including the game-winner on a wild pitch by Jeff Walters. It marked the second time this season Binghamton lost on a walk-off wild pitch. The other instance: John Church on April 23 in the 10th inning at Portland. It was Walters’ first blown save since June 6 against Trenton and snapped a streak of 20 straight save conversions. Walters (3-2) suffered his third blown save of the season and first loss since May 24. The B-Mets had overcome an early deficit with a four-run rally with two outs in the seventh. The B-Mets handed a 6-5 lead to Walters in ninth. Pitching for the first time in five days, the righty recorded the first out on one pitch before surrendering a single to Matt Tolbert and a double to Sebastian Valle. Following an intentional walk to load the bases, Anthony Hewitt tied the score with an infield single. Walters spiked the next pitch past catcher Blake Forsythe, allowing Valle to score the game-winning run. Trailing 4-2, Binghamton saved its offensive magic for the seventh. Colby Shreve collected the first two outs, but then allowed two to reach. Cory Vaughn cut the deficit to one and ended Shreve’s night with an RBI single. Southpaw Austin Wright entered to face Allan Dykstra. After taking two out of the zone, Dykstra launched a towering drive over the right-field wall for a go-ahead three-run homer. The long ball was Dykstra’s 19th of the season and first since July 22. Dykstra matched his career high. He also had 19 homers in 2011 with the B-Mets. Box

Friday, June 28, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/27: Nimmo starts the comeback for Savannah, Plawecki forced to leave game with injury


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/27:


AAA - TACOMA 2, LAS VEGAS 0: Vegas was shut out by Tacoma Pitcher Danny Hultzen.. Ike Davis went 0-4 with 1 strikeout, his Average dropped to .283..The 51's only had 3 hits to muster. Box

AA - TRENTON at BINGHAMTON (ppd): Thursday night’s game between the B-Mets and Thunder was postponed due to inclement weather. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Rain has affected four straight B-Mets games. Monday at Portland started with an 84-minute delay. Tuesday’s game was suspended after two innings. Wednesday’s game was postponed before it began.

A+ - PALM BEACH 10, ST. LUCIE 6: Catcher Kevin Plawecki was forced to leave the game after shifting over for a breaking pitch in the dirt while catching. He appeared to be in pain, possibly in the hip area. Palm Beach built a 10-1 lead. Starter Angel Cuan was charged with nine runs (six earned) on nine hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings. Jayce Boyd produced a three-run homer in the seventh. Dustin Lawley went 3-for-5. Box

A - SAVANNAH 10, ROME 3: Savannah starter Logan Taylor left the game after 1 2/3 innings, accompanied by the team trainer. Julian Hilario gave the Gnats 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, his longest outing of the year, to take the team's pitching staff through the fifth inning. The Gnats (3-4/46-30) broke a 1-1 tied with a five-run sixth. Brandon Nimmo began the frame with a single. After Greg Pron walked, Cole Frenzel rolled a single into right field to score Nimmo from second with the go-ahead run. Nelfi Zapata followed with a line-drive single to plate Pron. Albert Cordero's single and Phillip Evans' double each scored a run. Cordero trotted home with the final run of the inning on a wild pitch for a 6-1 lead. The Braves picked up two runs in the seventh against eventual winning pitcher Tyler Vanderheiden. Vanderheiden left the bases loaded for Hunter Carnevale. Carnevale forced home the second run of the inning with a walk to make the score 6-3, but recovered to strike out Chris Edmonson and leave the bases loaded. Savannah added three runs in the seventh, keyed by a two-run double from Evans. Evans finished 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Box

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/24: Plawecki hits 3-run HR in Gnats win


Mets Minor League Roundup 5/24:


LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 5: Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Josh Satin homered for the 51s. David Aardsma picked up his first Las Vegas save with a scoreless ninth. Box

PORTLAND 10, BINGHAMTON 9: Jeff Walters surrendered a triple, run-scoring wild pitch and RBI double in the top of the ninth as Portland took a 10-8 lead. Josh Rodriguez doubled in the bottom half to plate Wilfredo Tovar and pull the B-Mets (26-22) within a run, but Cesar Puello lined out to center field to end the game. Binghamton overcame 5-0 and 7-2 deficits to pull even at 8, buoyed by seventh-inning homers from Puello and Blake Forsythe. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed five runs on five hits and four walks in four innings. Dylan Owen, after a demotion from Las Vegas, surrendered three runs (two earned) in two innings in his first Double-A appearance since 2011. Box

BRADENTON 8, ST. LUCIE 6: Domingo Tapia surrendered six runs on two hits, four walks and a hit batter and was knocked out after recording only one out in the first. His ERA rose from 2.23 to 3.86. Tapia, who had been sidelined after burning his non-pitching hand cooking, made his first Florida State League appearance in 19 days. Trailing 7-0, St. Lucie (26-20) mounted a late rally. Charley Thurber had a two-run double and Cam Maron and Matt Reynolds had RBI singles in a four-run eighth. Travis Taijeron's two-out RBI single in the ninth pulled the Mets within two runs. Jim Fuller, Chasen Bradford and Hamilton Bennett held Bradenton scoreless over the final five innings. St. Lucie placed right-hander Hansel Robles on the DL this week. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 5: Kevin Plawecki belted a three-run homer in the first inning. Savannah then overcame a 5-3 deficit with a three-run fifth that included a bases-loaded walk by Plawecki and two-run double from Stefan Sabol. Trying to protect a one-run lead in the ninth, Beck Wheeler loaded the bases with none out but escaped for his fourth save with two strikeouts and a lineout to center. Gnats starter Matt Koch was charged with five runs (four earned) on seven hits in five innings. Julian Hilario, Hunter Carnevale and Wheeler combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/4: Plawecki still on fire, Batting .416


Mets Minor League Roundup 5/4:

Class AAA - SACRAMENTO 11, LAS VEGAS 7: In his second 51s start, D.J. Mitchell surrendered seven first-inning runs, although only three were earned because of a one-out throwing error by third baseman Eric Campbell. Las Vegas rallied to tie the score at 7 in the fourth on an RBI double by Josh Satin and run-scoring single by Wilmer Flores. Dylan Owen suffered the loss in relief when he surrendered a tiebreaking solo homer to Scott Moore. Collin Cowgill went 1-for-4 with a walk and a throwing error in his Las Vegas debut. Cowgill started in left field, with Kirk Nieuwenhuis remaining in center. Flores finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Campbell had a pair of doubles and two RBIs in three at-bats. Box

Class AA - BINGHAMTON 8, HARRISBURG 2: The B-Mets broke a tie with a three-run fourth and four pitchers combined to retire the final 19 Senators hitters. Darrell Ceciliani had three hits, drove in three and scored three times. Richard Lucas had three hits and two RBIs. Facing Harrisburg starter Paul Demny, Alonzo Harris opened the game with a double and scored when Lucas singled. Binghamton took a 2-0 lead on Allan Dysktra's run-scoring groundout in the third. B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel sailed through a pair of innings before laboring through the third. The righty allowed two hits, walked two and surrendered a pair of runs in the 39-pitch frame. Anthony Rendon’s 11-pitch plate appearance ended with a walk and set the stage for Jerad Head’s game-tying two-run single. After Demny walked Goeddel with two outs in the fourth and Rendon misplayed Harris’ chopper, Ceciliani had a two-run single to give Binghamton the lead for good. Lucas tacked on with an RBI double. Head’s hit in the third proved to be Harrisburg’s final baserunner. Goeddel (2-2) retired the final 10 batters he faced. He allowed two runs on three hits and fanned four over six innings to end his four-game winless streak. Joe Bonfe delivered a pinch-hit run-scoring single in the eighth and Ceciliani crushed his first homer of the season, a solo shot, in the ninth. Cesar Puello added a run-producing fielder’s choice. Relievers Adam Kolarek, Josh Edgin and Jeff Walters contributed scoreless frames. The bullpen has retired the last 23 batters it has faced over the three games. Box

Friday, May 03, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 5/2: Plawecki Continues hot hitting


Mets Minor League Roundup 5/2:

Class AAA - RENO 5, LAS VEGAS 1: Collin McHugh surrendered four runs, including a two-run homer by Brad Snyder, in five innings. McHugh (2-2) allowed seven hits, walked two and struck out four as his ERA rose to 3.57 with his second straight loss. Josh Satin started in left field -- his first outfield action in his six pro seasons. The 51s' lone run came in the third on Wilmer Flores' single, which plated Satin to open the game's scoring. Box

Class AA - ERIE 9, BINGHAMTON 1: Erie starter Kyle Lobstein took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. The B-Mets were held to a season-low two hits. The SeaWolves grabbed an early lead, plating the first run of the game three batters in against B-Mets starter Logan Verrett. Daniel Fields singled, stole second and scored on a double from Ramon Cabrera. Erie put the game out of reach with five runs in the fifth. The first four batters singled. Marcus Lemon contributed an RBI single. Two runs came home when Cabrera beat a potential inning-ending double play with the bases loaded. Tyler Collins capped the inning with a two-run homer. Verrett (4-1) was tagged for six runs on eight hits and no walks in six innings in his first Double-A loss. He struck out one -- the fewest in any of his pro starts. Erie kept the offense going against reliever Josh Edgin in the seventh. Hernan Perez tripled and Cabrera walked. Collins then blasted his second homer of the game and fourth of the series to give Erie a 9-0 lead. Binghamton finally ended Lobstein's no-hit bid in the seventh. After a throwing error and a walk put two aboard, Cesar Puello dumped a two-out single into right field. The hit, which extended Puello’s hitting streak to nine games, plated Josh Rodriguez with Binghamton’s lone run. Outfielder Cory Vaughn remained sidelined. He should be out up to a week with elbow soreness. Box

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