Showing posts with label Matt den Dekker. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Matt den Dekker. Show all posts

Friday, August 30, 2013

Mets Stat Facts: Anthony Recker, Eric Young, Matt den Dekker, Top of the Order Domination


Mets Stat Facts:

Birthday Recker
Anthony Recker became the second Mets player to homer in his birthday on the last 10 seasons, and the first to do so since Carlos Beltran homered on his 31st birthday in 2008. The last to homer and reach base at least three times, as Recker did, was Jeromy Burnitz on his 34th birthday in 2003.

Top of the order domination
Each of the first three hitters in the Mets lineup on Thursday (Young, Daniel Murphy and Andrew Brown) had multiple hits and multiple RBIs. It's unusual for the Mets to get that kind of production out of each of their top three hitters. The multi-hit, multi-RBI combo had only been done three times previously, the last coming in 2006, also against the Phillies. The hitters that day were Jose Reyes, Paul Lo Duca and Beltran.

Elias Sports Bureau Stat of the Series
Eric Young surpassed 30 steals for the season for the first time this week. Eric's father had nine seasons of 30 or more steals. The Youngs are the fifth father-son pair to each swipe 30 bases in a season. The others are the Alomars (Sandy Sr. and Roberto), the Bonds (Bobby and Barry), the Cruz's (Jose Sr. and Jr.) and the Wills (Maury and Bump).

Obscure Stat of the Series
Matt den Dekker became the third player in Mets history to go 0-for-5 in his major-league debut, joining John Gibbons (1984) and Tito Navarro (1993). Den Dekker also became the first Met with a stolen base in his first major-league game since Josh Thole in 2009.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mets News: Mets will use Matt den Dekker in CF on Thursday


Mets News:


Terry Collins tells ESPN New York, he plans to get Matt den Dekker his first major league start in Thursday’s matinee.

Collins said den Dekker will play center field, his natural position. It is unresolved whether Juan Lagares will shift to right field for the series finale against the Philadelphia Phillies, or whether Andrew Brown will start there.

Make no mistake, though: den Dekker and Lagares will be starting together at times, with Lagares getting pushed to the corner.

“You’re going to see them out there together,” Collins said. “We’re talking about the possibility of doing that tomorrow. I’m not sure that’s going to happen tomorrow. But Matt’s going to play tomorrow. He’s going to play center field. I don’t think it’s really fair to Matt to play him in a game in a position he’s not comfortable in. So I’m going to put him in center field.”

Den Dekker, despite being known for his speed, also has some power. He hit 17 homers in 2011 in the minors, then duplicated that number against last year.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets send up three players, More moves on the way?


Mets Rumors:


The Mets have moved catcher Anthony Recker, outfielder Matt den Dekker and left-hander Robert Carson from Triple-A Las Vegas to New York to have players available should a trade or trades be consummated.

Now that the Mets have completed a trade for the Byrd/Buck tandem, I would not be surprised to see Feliciano Traded as well.

At least five Mets players are going through the waiver process and Feliciano's name has been mentioned by ESPN.

So the Mets can have another trade in the works.

The Mets have waived the white flag and they want to see what they got or they don't got... Keeping Byrd and Buck on the bench did not go in favor of the players...and they are on a better path that is in contention right now.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/20: Matt den Dekker's three run double in ninth helps Vegas in win


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Mets Minor League Roundup 8/20:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 3: Matt den Dekker produced a three-run double in a four-run ninth. Rafael Montero allowed two runs in five innings. Box

AA - BOWIE 4, BINGHAMTON 1: Bowie scored two in the eighth to take the lead for good. Starter Greg Peavey gave up one run over six. Allan Dykstra had the lone RBI for Binghamton. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 4, PALM BEACH 2 (suspended): Box

A - SAVANNAH 5, KANNAPOLIS 2: Starter Gabriel Ynoa threw seven innings of two-run ball to pick up the win. Savannah scored five in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds and Brandon Nimmo each had two RBIs. Box

RK - KINGSPORT 1, BURLINGTON 0: Kingsport won a tight one as starter Chris Flexen threw a complete-game shutout, yielding just two hits. Amed Rosario drove in the lone run, in the second inning. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: First baseman Matthew Oberste knocked in a pair in the seventh to lead Brooklyn to the win. Starter Dario Alvarez threw five scoreless innings, walking six and was saddled with a no-decision. Box

RK - GCL METS 13, GCL CARDINALS 10: The GCL Mets blew a 10-2 lead but scored three in the 12th to win. The Mets received seven RBIs from third basemen Jhoan Urena and Leon Canelon. Box

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/19: Matt den Dekker has big night for Vegas


Mets Minor League Roundup 8/19:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 14, SALT LAKE 8: Matt den Dekker went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two homers. Zach Lutz had a three-run homer. 51s starter Matt Fox allowed eight runs in four innings. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 3, BOWIE 2 (10 innings): After manning catcher and right field, Blake Forsythe blasted a walk-off homer leading off the bottom of the 10th. The victory reduced Binghamton's magic number to win the Eastern Division to two. Forysthe homered for the third time in his past four games. Wilfredo Tovar departed the game after sliding into second base in the third inning, prompting outfielder Alonzo Harris to play second base for the first time in more than a year. One inning later, Cory Vaughn left the game after being hit in the back of the helmet by a pitch from Devin Jones. The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported Tovar had X-rays on a wrist, while Vaughn passed a concussion test. After Vaughn’s exit, Forsythe went from behind the plate to right field. By the fifth inning, only two of Binghamton’s eight starting position players were in their original positions. Binghamton opened the scoring in the sixth. Daniel Muno singled against Jones with one out. He advanced to third base one batter later. Josh Rodriguez hit a bouncer to shortstop Niuman Romero, but his throw skipped into the outfield to place runners on the corners. Xorge Carrillo then delivered a sacrifice fly. Bowie responded a half-inning later against Darin Gorski. Josh Horton doubled, moved to third on a bunt and scored on Luis Martinez's sac fly. Gorski’s night ended after seven innings. He allowed one run.

The B-Mets retook the lead on Richard Lucas' two-out solo homer in the bottom of the seventh. Adam Kolarek held the 2-1 lead with a scoreless eighth. Closer Jeff Walters was unable to convert the save chance in the ninth. He eventually walked Buck Britton with the bases loaded to force in the tying run. With the bases still loaded, Walters retired Lew Ford to send the game into extra innings. Chasen Bradford worked around two base hits in the top of the 10th to keep the score tied, setting up Forsythe's shot against Marcel Prado. The blast provided Binghamton (80-48) its second walk-off homer this season. Joe Bonfe also beat the Baysox, on June 16. Forsythe played one game in the outfield for St. Lucie in 2012. Bradford has not allowed an earned run since his Double-A debut (15 games). Box

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/29: Matt den Dekker goes 4 for 6 in Double Header, Lucas Duda goes 1 for 4 for St.Lucie, Cyclones win fifth straight


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/29:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 8, SACRAMENTO 3
LAS VEGAS 10, SACRAMENTO 4 (7 innings): Starter Matt Fox allowed one run in five innings in Game 1. Matt den Dekker went 2-for-3 with a triple, three RBIs and two runs scored. In game 2, The 51's had 14 hits including a Jordany Valdespin's 3-run HR. Jamie Hoffman lead the way with 3 hits (2 doubles) and two RBI's. Greg Burke got the win (2-1). Matt den Dekker went 2 for 3 with a RBI. Den dekker has raised his Average to .271 Box 1, Box 2

A+ - ST. LUCIE 5, TAMPA 4: Rob Refsnyder’s throwing error allowed two runs to score with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as the Mets rallied past Tampa. Jayce Boyd had a one-out single. After Gilbert Gomez pinch-ran, Kevin Plawecki doubled to put runners at second and third. Matt Reynolds received an intentional walk and Robbie Shields struck out. Then, with the bases loaded and two outs, Kyle Johnson ripped a 2-2 pitch to second. Refsynder knocked it down before throwing the ball away, toward the Yankees dugout, to allow Gomez and Plawecki to score. Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with an RBI double and played left field in his first game with Class A St. Lucie on a rehab assignment. Johnson went 1-for-5 with a double and a run scored. T.J. Rivera had two hits and an RBI double. Shields added a double and a run scored. Rainy Lara received a no-decision despite throwing seven innings and allowing two runs and eight hits with no walks. T.J. Chism allowed two runs with two outs in the top of the ninth as the Yankees took a 4-3 lead. Cody Satterwhite recorded the final out of that half-inning to earn his first win. Box

A - ASHEVILLE 5, SAVANNAH 4: Hunter Carnevale allowed a pair of seventh-inning runs as Asheville overcame a 4-3 deficit. Box

RK - KINGSPORT 4, ELIZABETHTON 0: Martires Arias tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Luis Rengel and Ricky Jacquez on the shutout. Leadoff hitter Yeixon Ruiz scored three runs. Jeff McNeil went 3-for-3. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Carlos Valdez tossed six scoreless innings as the Cyclones won their fifth straight. It marked the second time this season Valdez went six innings without allowing an earned run. This time, he allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three before handing the ball to Akeel Morris. Morris tossed three shutout innings to continue his spectacular season. Through 25 innings, Morris has yet to allow an earned run. He has struck out 31. Matthew Oberste got the Cyclones on the board with a long ball. The homer was Oberste’s second of the season. The other came June 19 against Staten Island. After hitting only four homers through the first 36 games of the season, the Cyclones have now gone deep four times in their last four games. Oberste finished 2-for-3 with a walk. Brooklyn scored two more runs in the fourth. Oberste was involved again, leading off with a walk. Alex Sanchez followed with a double that put two runners in scoring position. James Roche took advantage, producing a two-run double. Roche has 11 doubles, tied for the team lead with Jared King. The Cyclones tallied their final run in the fifth, on a groundball that should have gotten the Renegades out of the inning. With two outs, Sanchez hit a grounder to shortstop Julian Morillo. Morillo intended to get Oberste out on the force at second, but bobbled it as King scored from third. Box

RK - GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 2: With the score tied at 2, Gaither Bumgardner (0-2) was charged with three runs on four hits and four walks in 1 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud caught four innings and went 0-for-3. Vicente Lupo homered in the loss. Box

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/10: Den Dekker Hits 2-run HR, Lawley Hits Grand Slam (19th) for St. Lucie


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/10:


AAA - SALT LAKE 7, LAS VEGAS 4: Starter Matt Fox allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings. The 51s (47-44) scored four ninth-inning runs, highlighted by Matt den Dekker's two-run homer. Jamie Hoffmann flied out with the bases loaded as the comeback bid ended. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 9, CHARLOTTE 4: Dustin Lawley hit a grand slam in the seventh for his league-leading 19th homer to secure the win for the Mets (46-40). After an intentional walk to Jayce Boyd loaded the bases, Lawley crushed a pitch from Lenny Linsky over the left-field fence for a five-run lead. Lawley, who also leads the league in extra-base hits and total bases, is now tied for the league lead with 67 RBIs. Kevin Plawecki had two hits and two RBIs and reached base three times. Matt Reynolds finished with two hits and an RBI. Kyle Johnson had two hits and two runs scored. Boyd had an RBI double and walk. Randy Fontanez earned the victory in relief with 1 2/3 scoreless innings and three strikeouts. Fontanez pitched in relief in the fifth and helped the Mets escape a jam with runners at first and third to protect a 5-4 lead. Tim Byrdak retired the side in order in the seventh with one strikeout. T.J. Chism retired all six batters he faced with two strikeouts to close the game. Hansel Robles received a no-decision. He allowed four runs and 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings while issuing one walk and striking out three. Box

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/1: Montero loses, Matt den Dekker 0 for 5 in Vegas debut, Ike goes 0 for 5, Tejada 2-4 in GCL


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/1:

FRESNO 14, LAS VEGAS 6: Matt den Dekker went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his Las Vegas debut after recovering from a fractured right wrist suffered during spring training. Starter Rafael Montero (0-2) allowed four runs in five innings. D.J. Mitchell then surrendered nine runs (six earned) in the sixth as Fresno took a 13-1 lead.  Ike Davis did play, going  0-5 with 3 K's Box

BINGHAMTON 0, ALTOONA 0 (suspended): The game was suspended in the bottom of the first inning due to inclement weather. The B-Mets and Curve will resume the contest on Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. Torrential rain forced the scoreless game to be halted with two outs and the bases clear. The suspended game is scheduled to last nine innings. Tuesday’s regularly scheduled game then is set for seven innings. Following a 30-minute delay, Erik Goeddel made it through a scoreless top of the first. The Curve threatened however, loading the bases with the aid of a hit-by-pitch, error and walk. In the bottom half, Daniel Muno led off with a hard-hit ball over the center fielder’s head. He attempted a triple, but slid past third base and was tagged out. Josh Rodriguez then struck out and the umpires pulled the teams off the field amid heavy rain. Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.)

HICKORY 5, SAVANNAH 0: Luis Parra blanked the Gnats (5-6/48-32) through eight innings, allowing only three hits and two walks. Parra no-hit the Gnats through 4 1/3 innings, until Nelfi Zapata lined a single into left field. The Crawdads scored the game's opening two runs in the third against Savannah starter Jake Kuebler. Nick Williams tripled. After a walk to Nick Vickerson, Ronald Guzman bounced an RBI single into right field. Vickerson scored later in the inning on an error by third baseman Cole Frenzel. Kuebler lasted five innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and was charged with the loss to fall to 2-4. Hickory added an unearned run in the seventh against Savannah reliever Tyler Vanderheiden. A two-run homer from Guzman, his third of the year, in the ninth completed the game's scoring. The Gnats' offense collected just three hits -- all singles. Box

ELIZABETHTON 8, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Martires Arias fell to 0-3 after surrendering four runs on three hits and five walks in three innings. Jonathan Leroux went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the K-Mets (3-9). Box

STATEN ISLAND 8, BROOKLYN 7 (12 innings): In the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader at MCU Park, the game was scheduled to go just seven innings, but lasted 12. In the top of the 12th, Daniel Lopez hit a solo homer over the left-field wall off of Ismael Tijerina to give the Yankees the decisive lead. Tijerina started the game at shortstop, but moved to pitcher after left-hander Juan Urbina got into trouble in the top of the 11th. Lopez’s homer was in response to a game-tying two-RBI double from James Roche in the bottom of the 11th, which had evened the score at 7. The Cyclones ended their streak of the 23 consecutive scoreless innings, connecting for seven runs and 17 hits. Due to the length of the game and a league curfew, the teams were not able to get the second game started. Box

GCL CARDINALS 4, GCL METS 2: Michael Fulmer allowed four runs on six hits in six innings. Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with an RBI and played a full game at shortstop. Wuilmer Becerra's sacrifice fly scored Tejada in the first inning. Box

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Mets News: Injury Updates for Turner, Duda, Tejada, d'Arnaud, den Dekker


Mets News:


Here are updates of injured/rehabbing Mets:

Justin Turner (left intercostal strain) is playing catch but not yet swinging a bat, signaling he is at least a couple of weeks away from returning.

Lucas Duda (left intercostal strain) is still limited to getting treatment.

Ruben Tejada (right quadriceps strain) played seven innings in a Gulf Coast League game Saturday. After playing nine innings, he may be ready to move to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Travis d'Arnaud (broken left foot) had some discomfort while running on flat ground, but that is to be expected during his rehab, according to Mets personnel.

Matt den Dekker (fractured right wrist) has regularly been playing in Class A St. Lucie games. He's still gaining wrist strength after having it immobilized for so long, will be reporting to play for Las Vegas Monday..

Mets News: Matt den Dekker going to play with Vegas


Mets News:


Center-field prospect Matt den Dekker, who suffered a fractured right wrist in a March 24 Grapefruit League game, is set to join Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday.

Den Dekker went 1-for-3 with a double and RBI in Class A St. Lucie's rain-shortened 4-1 loss to Fort Myers on Sunday. In 14 games with the Florida State League club since returning from the fracture, den Dekker hit .276 (16-for-58) with two doubles, four RBIs, three walks and a stolen base.

Den Dekker, a fifth-round pick in 2010 from the University of Florida, hit .220 in 295 second-half at-bats with Triple-A Buffalo last season.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/20: Ike Davis goes 3 for 5 with 2 HR's for Vegas, Matt den Dekker goes 2 for 4 for St. Lucie, Brooklyn wins first


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/20:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 7, TUCSON 5:  A day after reaching base five times against Triple-A Tucson, Ike Davis homered twice and finished 3-for-5 with three runs scored Thursday night as Las Vegas beat the Sidewinders, 7-5. Davis has increased his Pacific Coast League average to .306 through 10 games.  Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 4, RICHMOND 3: The B-Mets scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh as Phil McCormick’s free pass to Allan Dykstra plated Alonzo Harris. Binghamton (44-27) has won eight straight series. Trailing 1-0, the B-Mets clawed back against Richmond starter Chris Gloor in the third. Cory Mazzoni singled. Josh Rodriguez followed with a double and Dykstra walked to load the bases. With two outs, Richard Lucas drove in two runs. An inning later, Blake Forsythe reached when third baseman Adam Duvall failed to field a chopper. Forysthe ultimately scored on Gloor’s balk. Richmond took advantage of a B-Mets misplay to tie the score at 3 in the fourth. With two outs and a runner on second, Ryan Lollis rolled a grounder to shortstop Daniel Muno. The throw bounced past Dykstra at first base, allowing an unearned run to score. Richmond then tied the score on Mark Wagner's RBI single. In the seventh, Harris bunted for a single. Representing the go-ahead run, the speedy outfielder stole second. A parade of walks followed. Gloor was pulled after issuing a free pass to Muno. Scott Shuman entered and fanned Rodriguez before walking Travis Taijeron to load the bases. McCormick entered to face Dykstra and missed the outside corner on a 3-1 pitch, forcing in the go-ahead run. Mazzoni (3-2) struck out eight while allowing three runs (one earned) in six innings. He collected his first win since May 19. Jim Fuller made his Double-A debut, working around a one-out walk in a scoreless seventh. The southpaw also struck out Jarrett Parker to begin the eighth. Jeff Walters earned his league-leading 17th save. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 8, PALM BEACH 6: Newly promoted Kevin Plawecki belted a three-run homer in his first Florida State League at-bat and finished 2-for-5 with four RBIs. Jayce Boyd also went 2-for-5 and drove in a run in his FSL debut. St. Lucie starter Domingo Tapia allowed six runs on 11 hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Trailing 6-5, Matt den Dekker scored on an error and Plawecki delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the seventh. Den Dekker went 2-for-4 with a walk and scored twice in his fourth game since returning from a broken wrist. Box

A - SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: Maikis De La Cruz drove in the tying run in the fifth with an RBI single. He then scored on an errant throw while stealing third as the Gnats improved to 44-26. Savannah starter Logan Taylor (1-1) allowed one run on three hits and two walks while striking out nine in six innings. Hunter Carnevale and Beck Wheeler combined for three scoreless relief innings. Box

R - JOHNSON CITY 9, KINGSPORT 3: K-Mets starter Martires Arias allowed five runs (three earned) in 1 2/3 innings as Kingsport lost its season opener. Jeffrey Diehl went 3-for-5 with an RBI in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 3, ABERDEEN 0: John Gant limited Aberdeen to three hits and two walks while striking out six batters in five scoreless innings as the Cyclones (1-2) notched their first 2013 win. Gavin Cecchini walked with one out in the third and stole second base. L.J. Mazzilli drew a walk to put men on first and second. Jared King then doubled, scoring Cecchini and moving Mazzilli to third. Matthew Oberste grounded back to the pitcher and Mazzilli was thrown out at the plate for the second out. With two outs, Julio Concepcion hit a fly ball that was dropped by right fielder Manny Hernandez, scoring King for a 2-0 lead. Box

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mets News and Notes: OF Matt den Dekker returns to game action, Travis d'Arnaud starts to run, Justin Turner going to DL?


Mets News and Notes:


Matt den Dekker, who suffered a fractured right wrist during a March 24 Grapefruit League game, has returned to game action.

Den Dekker is making his first appearance with Class A St. Lucie, leading off and playing center field,  Monday night.

A week after being cleared to remove his protective boot, catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud was given the go-ahead Monday to begin a "running progression program."

D'Arnaud suffered a broken first metatarsal in his left foot while playing with Triple-A Las Vegas on April 17.

Terry Collins expects Justin Turner to land on the disabled list Tuesday with a strained intercostal muscle on his left side.

Turner stayed behind in New York when the Mets left for Atlanta on Sunday night. He underwent an MRI on Monday morning at the Hospital for Special Surgery. Collins said Turner had been bothered by the injury for a few days.

With the Mets allowed to carry 26 players on Tuesday for the doubleheader, Collins expected the Mets would place Turner on the DL, activate Zack Wheeler and Scott Atchison from the DL, and play a bench player down for the day.

Atchison has been on the DL since feeling numbness in the fingers on his pitching hand during a May 13 appearance at St. Louis. He pitched on back-to-back days with Double-A Binghamton to complete a rehab assignment.

Collins said Jordany Valdespin would serve as Omar Quintanilla's backup at shortstop.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Mets News: Matt den Dekker gets cast off, should be back in Early June


Mets News:

Center-field prospect Matt den Dekker, who suffered a fractured right wrist on an attempted catch in a March 24 Grapefruit League game, is progressing and should be back in games no later than early June -- and possibly sooner.

Den Dekker had the cast removed two weeks ago.

A fifth-round pick in 2010 out of the University of Florida, den Dekker hit a combined .274 with 17 homers, 76 RBIs and 21 steals last season between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Buffalo.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Tweet: Matt Den Dekker says he will not need surgery


Matt den Dekker         @UpperDekker
Best possible news no surgery just gotta wear this thing for a month  
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Mets News and Notes: Hicks Outrighted, D'Arnaud to Minors, den Dekker Injury, Murphy Gets AB's, Wright Swings


Mets News and Notes:

Brandon Hicks has been outrighted by the Mets.

Left unsaid but resulting from the decision: Omar Quintanilla has won the backup shortstop job and will replace Hicks on the 40-man roster.

Hicks hit .116 and committed four errors.

Also sent to minor league camp Sunday: Aaron Laffey, Andrew Brown, Brian Bixler and Jamie Hoffmann.

Laffey will serve as a starter with Triple-A Las Vegas, potentially making him the next call-up should another rotation vacancy arise. His departure from big league camp signals the Mets are confident Shaun Marcum will be OK. Marcum missed a start and received a cortisone shot in his pitching shoulder, but is slated to resume pitching in a game Thursday.

Top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud has been optioned to minor league camp.

D'Arnaud hit .343 with four RBIs in 35 Grapefruit League at-bats.

"He played very well," Sandy Alderson said. "He met all of our expectations, which I think for the organization and Mets fans were fairly high. He did a very nice job. We're hopeful he'll have a long career in New York. But we're happy with what John Buck has done. We've got an investment in him as well. I think our pitching staff and team overall will benefit overall from John Buck's presence, and ultimately Travis is going to be a very good player for us."

If d'Arnaud spends the first 20 days of the season in the minors, the Mets can delay his free agency from after 2018 season until after the 2019 season.

The Mets can delay d'Arnaud's first year of arbitration eligibility by a year if they ensure he is roughly not one of the top 22 percent of rookies called up this season. One major league executive estimated a call-up after June 15 probably would allow d'Arnaud to miss the "Super Two" designation. The same logic applies to Zack Wheeler.

"As I said, we've got a big investment in John Buck, too," Alderson said when asked about "Super Two" being a motivating factor with d'Arnaud. "I know people talk about control and 'Super Two' and all of that. If John Buck gets hurt tomorrow, Travis d'Arnaud is the front-line catcher."

Matt den Dekker suffered a broken right wrist on Sunday's attempted catch.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mets invite five to Spring Training


The Mets on Monday announced they have invited catcher Juan Centeno, infielder Josh Satin, outfielder Matt den Dekker and right-handed pitchers Rafael Montero and Cory Mazzoni to Major League Spring Training.

Montero, 22, notched an 11-5 record with a 2.36 ERA in his 20 starts for Class A Savannah of the South Atlantic League and Class A St. Lucie of the Florida State League. The 6-foot-2, 168-pound native of the Dominican Republic went 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA (20 earned runs in 71 1/3 innings) in 12 starts for the Sand Gnats and 5-2 with a 2.13 ERA (12 earned runs in 50 2/3 innings) for the St. Lucie club. The Mets signed the right-hander, ranked as the team's No. 11 prospect by MLB.com, as a non-drafted free agent in 2011.

Mazzoni, 23, played for St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton of the Eastern League last season. He combined for 26 starts and had a 10-6 record with a 3.93 ERA. The right-hander, selected by the Mets in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, is ranked as the team's No. 15 prospect by MLB.com.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Mets News and Notes: Cecchini, Plawecki, Den Dekker, Bay


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets' top two picks are now signed. The team confirmed the signing of first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a prep shortstop from Louisiana, last Friday for a reported $2.3 million.

Now, Jim Callis reports in Baseball America, the Mets' supplemental first-round pick (35th overall), also is on board. Purdue University catcher Kevin Plawecki signed for $1.4 million, according to the magazine. The commissioner's recommended amount for that slot was $1,467,400.

Center field prospect Matt den Dekker was named Eastern League Player of the Week and was promoted to Triple-A Buffalo on Monday. Den Dekker hit .340 with eight homers, 29 RBIs and 10 steals in 238 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton.

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.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Injury Updates: Scott Hairston getting better, Andres Torres is not


According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, Outfielder Scott Hairston, whose oblique strain once made an April stint on the disabled list seem inevitable, continues to improve, increasing the team’s hopes that he will be ready for Opening Day — but center fielder Andres Torres (calf) is not progressing.

The morning after testing his sore side by hitting off a tee, Hairston said he “felt good” on Saturday, and did the same. He hopes to take live batting practice on Sunday and Monday, and appear in a Grapefruit League game midweek.

If he proceeds without a setback, Hairston would help to settle the Mets’ center field situation. The team has been forced to recall Matt den Dekker from minor-league camp and audition infielder Jordany Valdespin at the position.

The organization is high on the 24-year-old den Dekker (one team official predicted “he’s going to be a Gold Glove center fielder, with power”). Still, he has not yet played in Triple-A, and the team would prefer to break camp with Torres and Hairston. Hairston’s status now seems more promising than Torres’.

“He’s not a whole lot better,” Terry Collins said of Torres. “Each day means more time off, as far as him coming back. It’s a pretty big piece of the puzzle. We got him to fill a big void for us, and him being out, out of the gate, and with Scott hurt, we’re going to scramble.”

Friday, March 23, 2012

Matt Den Dekker has a chance to make club with injuries to Torres and Hairston


Matt Den Dekker can see how quickly things can change in Mets camp. As he was transferred to Minor League camp eight days ago and then transferred back Friday, when injuries to center fielders Andres Torres (left calf strain) and Scott Hairston (strained oblique) left the position up in the air. He now has at least a chance to make the team out of Spring Training.

Mets manager Terry Collins is impressed by the fact that den Dekker hit 17 homers between Class A Port St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton last year. The organization believes he's capable of playing defense at the big league level right now, and will be watching closely to see how he progresses offensively. He didn't play against the Braves, but is slated to start Saturday against the Cardinals at Digital Domain Stadium.

If Torres and Hairston are unavailable for Opening Day, Collins said den Dekker is one of several options under consideration.

"He's in the mix," the manager said. "He's a legitimate consideration."

The 24-year-old is just happy to be back in big league camp.

"You want to make the most of your opportunities," den Dekker said. "Try to play the defense I know I can play and get my offensive game going. I've got a little bit of pop, and when I get to a ball, I can hit it out. But more of my game is getting on base. Last year I struck out a bunch [156 times in 539 at-bats], and I'd like to cut down on that a little bit this year. Try to get on base and let the other guys drive me in. Try to cut down my swing a little bit with two strikes. Put the ball in play and use my legs."

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