Showing posts with label Michael Conforto. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michael Conforto. Show all posts

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/19: Cyclones win - Conforto goes 1 for 4, Flores Extends Hitting Streak to 20 Games for Vegas


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/19:


Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 2: Andrew Brown's three-run homer with two outs in the eighth gave the 51s a 3-2 lead after an error prolonged the inning. Matt Reynolds and Wilmer Flores added RBI singles in the ninth and Brown had a run-scoring groundout to cap the scoring. Flores' ninth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 20 games. Box

Mets AA - TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 1: Starter Matthew Bowman allowed five runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in his return after two starts in Triple-A. Binghamton had briefly owned a 1-0 lead on T.J. Rivera's first-inning RBI single. Box

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 8, BREVARD COUNTY 6: With the bases loaded and the Mets down to their final out and trailing by a run in the top of the ninth, Phillip Evans lofted a shallow fly ball that dropped between left fielder Victor Roache and shortstop Brandon Macias, clearing the bases to give the Mets an 8-6 lead. Roache initially broke backward and eventually raced in and slid on the failed attempt. Gavin Cecchini had reached on a one-out single. Gilbert Gomez flied out for the second out. Stephen Peterson then got ahead of Maikis De La Cruz 1-2, but De La Cruz singled to keep the Mets alive. Jeff McNeil followed with an infield single to load the bases for Evans. Beck Wheeler pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half for his seventh save. The Mets fell behind 4-0 in the second and trailed 6-3 in the third, but the bullpen kept the Mets in the game. Jake Kuebler contributed three scoreless innings. Tim Peterson (2-0) retired all six batters he faced. Kuebler, Peterson and Wheeler combined to retire the last 14 Manatees hitters. McNeil finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double, three-run homer and four RBIs. Mets starter Matt Koch gave up nine hits, all singles, and six runs in three innings. McNeil gave the Mets life by hitting a three-run homer, his first with St. Lucie, in the third to make it 4-3. The Manatees scored two more against Koch in the bottom half. Box

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Conforto Debuts Saturday, Niese Throws Bullpen Session, Dice-K in bullpen, No Trade Talks Yet with Mets


Mets News and Notes:


First Round Pick Conforto makes debut Saturday:
First-round pick Michael Conforto will make his professional debut as the DH for the Brooklyn Cyclones on Saturday.

Conforto, the 10th overall pick in the draft, officially signed a week ago. The Oregon State outfielder attended the Golden Spikes Award ceremony on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was one of three finalists, but did not win the award.

Keith Law rates Conforto as the No. 32 prospect in MLB. Law writes about the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year:

Conforto was the most advanced college bat in the draft class this year, leading Division I in OBP despite playing in a major conference (Pac-12, for Oregon State), while showing above-average power and adequate defense in left field. He doesn't have huge upside, but he's very close to major league ready and should be at least an above-average regular with a higher ceiling if the power exceeds expectations. The Mets should fast-track him if his performance warrants it.

Niese Throw Bullpen Session:
Jon Niese threw a pregame bullpen session Friday at Petco Park and pronounced himself ready to come off the disabled list on Monday to face the Seattle Mariners.

Niese has been on the DL with a strained left hamstring since June 22.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Teagarden, Hefner, Conforto, Harvey, Rice


Mets News and Notes:


Teagarden in Rehab:
Taylor Teagarden began a rehab assignment Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Teagarden is serving as the designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Mets. He has been on the disabled list since June 22 with a strained left hamstring.

That signals the Mets may need to make a decision out of the All-Star break about which catcher to keep at the major league level. Anthony Recker has an option remaining. Teagarden is out of options, so he would need to clear waivers and, even then, also would need to accept an assignment to Triple-A.

Teagarden, 30, hit .143 (4-for-28) with one homer, five RBIs and two walks in nine major league games this season before landing on the DL.

Hefner Pitches a inning:
Jeremy Hefner tossed a 1-2-3 inning for the Gulf Coast League Mets on Saturday morning in Port St. Lucie, Fla. It marked his first time pitching in a game since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013.

Hefner aims to pitch in the majors this season.

Conforto Introduced:
First-round pick Michael Conforto officially was introduced at Citi Field on Friday. He is due to begin his pro career with the Brooklyn Cyclones, although he will be eased into games and actually will travel to Los Angeles next week because he is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award.

Boras says slow down Harvey:
Agent Scott Boras appears to favor a more conservative rehab plan for Matt Harvey than even Sandy Alderson and the Mets. The agent said the optimal rehab time following Tommy John surgery before entering a game is 14 to 16 months.

Scott Rice Spur:
Left-hander Scott Rice, who has been sidelined since June 23 at Triple-A Las Vegas, has been diagnosed with a bone spur in his pitching elbow, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

Rice likely will wait several days and then determine if he can tolerate pitching through the spur. If he cannot, he could proceed with surgery to remove it.

That is not a significant procedure, but it could knock out Rice for much of the remainder of this season.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mets News: First Round Pick Conforto Agrees to Terms on Contract with Mets


Mets News:


First-round pick OF Michael Conforto has agreed to the terms of a contract with the Mets, according to ESPN.

Conforto, a Scott Boras client, will sign for $2,970,800, which is the precise MLB recommendation for the 10th overall pick, according to MLB's Jim Callis.

Conforto is the two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year.

He hit .345 with seven homers and 56 RBIs in 203 at-bats with Oregon State during his junior season and produced a .504 on-base percentage. He set a single-season school record with 55 walks.

Sandy Alderson has said Conforto is close to having a completed deal with the club.

Friday, June 06, 2014

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Mets News: The Mets select OF Michael Conforto as their first round pick




Mets News:


In the first round, the Mets have selected two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year Michael Conforto, a power-hitting outfielder from Oregon State. He was the 10th pick overall in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft.

That halts a pattern of three straight years under Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta of taking a high school position player with the organization's top pick (Brandon Nimmo, Gavin Cecchini and Dominic Smith).

Conforto, 21, had been projected to be a top-three pick by ESPN's Keith Law.

He hit .345 with seven homers and 56 RBIs in 203 at-bats with Oregon State during his junior season and produced a .504 on-base percentage. He set a single-season school record with 55 walks.

He has played internationally for Team USA in Japan and Cuba.

Mets executives say Conforto's combination of patience and power ideally fit the Mets' philosophy. They added that the draft pool pushed them in the direction of a college player and then the outfielder Conforto when he remained available, refuting any suggestion the pick was based on need.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Conforto hails from Woodinville, Wash. His father Mike played linebacker at Penn State under Joe Paterno. His mother Tracie Ruiz-Conforto won two gold medals in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles in synchronized swimming, then a silver four years later in Seoul, South Korea.

Conforto was recruited to play college football and baseball by some Division I schools, and football only at some Ivy League schools, but went exclusively in the baseball direction in part because of the toll football took on his father, who needs double-knee replacement surgery and is having difficulty walking.

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