Friday, August 17, 2012
Santana (.658) entered the season with the third-highest winning percentage among active major league pitchers with at least 125 starts -- trailing only Jon Lester (.691) and Roy Halladay (.671). With Santana's career winning percentage having slipped to .644, Jered Weaver, Tim Hudson, CC Sabathia and Justin Verlander now have overtaken him, too.
Sandy Alderson told Brian Costa in the Journal the past two seasons under the GM's direction have been beneficial in terms of information gathering. Writes Costa:
No one expected the Mets to be a legitimate contender this season. But nearly six years after their last playoff appearance, it is hard to say when such an expectation will be reasonable again. How close are the Mets to competing for a championship? "It's a very difficult question to answer," general manager Sandy Alderson said. Alderson views the benefit of this season largely in terms of collecting information. Some of it has been good. Some of it hasn't. Ruben Tejada, for example, has established himself as a solid everyday player at shortstop. Zack Wheeler has emerged as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. But the struggles of Lucas Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis and the continued deterioration of Jason Bay leave the Mets devoid of everyday outfielders going into 2013. And Ike Davis hasn't come close to resembling the All-Star he likely would have been before an injury wrecked his 2011 season.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
But that means the Mets still need to clear room for Harvey's activation Tuesday. There have been strong indications Lucas Duda could be that casualty.
Acosta tossed two scoreless innings Monday night for Buffalo against Charlotte. In seven weeks in Triple-A, he had a 2.28 ERA in 17 appearances spanning 28 innings.
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Jeremy Hefner was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Pedro Beato will join the Mets on Thursday.
Beato is 3-2 with a 1.12 ERA in 16 relief appearances with Buffalo this season. He has allowed 15 hits and walked nine (three intentionally) while striking out 18 in 24 innings.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis avoided landing on the disabled list before Wednesday's game despite a right hand injury, but Jordany Valdespin officially was promoted anyway.
Valdespin took the roster spot of left-hander Justin Hampson, who was designated for assignment. The Mets apparently will go with six relievers, and only one lefty, in the bullpen for the remainder of the first half.
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
First-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a prep shortstop from Louisiana, will play for manager Jose Leger with the K-Mets.
2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo has been expected to be sent to Brooklyn, while 2009 top pick Steven Matz was expected to end up in Kingsport.
After making seven starts across three levels of the minors, Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to make his bullpen debut with Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday or Friday. The script calls for Mejia to face different types of situations -- mid-inning, back-to-back days -- over a two-week span. After that, Mejia could find himself in the major league bullpen.
Observers continue to express concern about the lack of development of a changeup with 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey. In his most recent outing, Friday at Columbus with a bevy of scouts on hand, Harvey opened the first inning by throwing a changeup. He then served up a homer to former Mets farmhand Ezequiel Carrera later in the at-bat on that pitch. Afterward, Harvey threw the changeup only once or twice more the remainder of his 90-pitch, four-inning outing.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Mets News and Notes: Ramirez, Rauch, Bay, Hairston, Young, Beato, Satin, Quintanilla, Tejada, Cedeno
Rookie Elvin Ramirez could not limit the damage after Santana departed. Ramirez, making his third major league appearance, walked four and was charged with three runs in 1 2/3 innings. The Mets' lone run came with two outs in the ninth inning against ex-teammate Ryota Igarashi.
Jon Rauch rejoined the Mets bullpen after skipping the series in D.C. to allow the inflammation in his "debris"-littered right elbow to calm. He entered with the Mets trailing by nine runs in the eighth and tossed a scoreless frame that included one bloop hit. Rauch said he took anti-inflammatory medication while remaining behind in New York. He assigned the root of the issue to bones grating with each other and irritating a nerve. He told reporters surgery will not be necessary.
Jason Bay, scratched from Thursday's lineup because of nausea he blamed on antibiotics being taken for a sinus infection, made his first appearance with the Mets since April 23 in the series opener. Bay started in left field and batted seventh. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Lucas Duda served as the DH.
Scott Hairston, who entered Wednesday's starting lineup after Bay was scratched, started a second straight game against a right-hander over odd-man-out Andres Torres. The current outfield crunch is not as severe as it will be next Friday, when the Mets return to National League play at home against Cincinnati and lose the DH. At that point, Duda could shift to first base and Ike Davis could be vulnerable. Davis went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in the opener against the Yankees.
Former hitting coach Howard Johnson (@20Hojo) tweeted about Davis: "Ike's reputation of questioning umpires on every strike is coming back to haunt him...anything close goes against him..."
Wednesday, June 06, 2012
The Mets placed Chris Young on paternity leave to temporarily free one roster spot between his starts. Josh Satin also has been designated for assignment to clear room.
Satin now will be exposed to waivers and must clear in order to be sent to Triple-A Buffalo. Beato needed that 40-man roster spot, since he did not count against it while on the 60-day DL.
Beato began the season on the DL with shoulder discomfort suffered during spring training. He made nine rehab-assignment appearances, the final six with Buffalo. Overall, he allowed one run on seven hits and five walks while striking out 10 in 13 innings.
Young's wife Liz gave birth to the couple's third child, Grant Christopher, at 9:45 this morning. He weighed 9 pounds, 5 ounces.
Thursday, March 08, 2012
Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax was at Mets camp on Thursday morning. Koufax watched top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler in a minor league intrasquad game and also spoke with Mets relief pitcher Bobby Parnell about his delivery for a few minutes. .
Johan Santana threw a bullpen session Thursday and said he felt no discomfort after throwing two innings Tuesday. Santana is scheduled to pitch against the Marlins on Sunday. .
Relief pitcher Pedro Beato was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation and could start a light throwing program Friday. .
Center fielder Andres Torres has a tight right glute and did not play Thursday. .
Free agent pitcher C.J. Nitkowski, who has not pitched in the major leagues since 2005, worked out for the Mets on Thursday.
Friday, May 20, 2011
"I hate the Yankees," Beato said. "My family -- I can tell there are no Yankees fans. I think I know more than those guys, not the older guys obviously because they’ve been in this situation. I’ve been to games. I know how crazy the fans can be. As a player you shouldn’t let that get to you. I know it doesn’t get to me. I’d rather play in these situations than play in a game where there’s not that many fans. That’s the whole excitement of the game, how the fans get into the game, how they cheer their team, the loudness and craziness of the crowd."With a trillion dollar pay roll, its easy to hate the Yankees. I like the fact that Beato was truthful and upfront about his disgust for the Yankees and wasn't concerned about ruining any chances he had of playing for the Yankees one day like most of these players nowadays.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
The Mets initially kept Hu, a career .177 hitter, on the team for his superior defense. But Hu's struggles, along with Turner's strong play at several positions, forced them to reconsider his roster spot.
Poor performance was also the rationale behind outrighting Igarashi, the losing pitcher in Monday's game. Bouncing between New York and Buffalo throughout the past year, Igarashi allowed runs in each of his final two games with the Mets.
"I completely understand the decision," Igarashi said through an interpreter. "I've given up a lot of walks recently and I've given up some runs, so I understand the decision."
The Mets were eager to activate Beato, their most consistent reliever in April. Prior to landing on the disabled list with a bout of right elbow tendinitis, the rookie Beato had not allowed an earned run over his first 17 big league innings.
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Pedro Beato (elbow tendinitis) traveled to meet Triple-A Buffalo in Louisville to continue his rehab. Beato is eligible to return to the team this Tuesday.
Pitching for Buffalo, Bobby Parnell (blood clot in pitching hand) allowed inherited three runners to score. He also gave up a run of his own, thanks to two doubles.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
The move made Wednesday is retroactive to May 2. The Mets purchased the contract of left-hander Mike O'Connor from Triple-A Buffalo to take Beato's place in New York's bullpen.
A December Rule 5 draft pick out of the Orioles system, Beato has not allowed an earned run in 17 innings over 11 appearances this season. The 24-year-old rookie from New York pitched a career-high three innings Sunday against Philadelphia. He felt discomfort for the first time Tuesday.
His injury comes two days after the Mets learned top prospect Jenrry Mejia has a torn elbow ligament.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
- Jason Isringhausen told Mike Puma of The New York Post that he will not accept a minor league assignment if he does not make the Mets out of Spring Training.
- There's a possibility Izzy would go to Extended Spring Training if his swollen elbow isn't fully healed though.
- Rule 5 pick Brad Emaus has the Mets' second base job locked up "no matter whether they pretend there's still a competition ongoing."
- "There is a very good possibility we will keep both our Rule 5 picks" Alderson said, in regards to Pedro Beato and Brad Emaus.
- The GM said that Emaus' Rule 5 status was a major reason the team gave him every chance to win the second base job this spring. "If he was not a Rule 5 draftee, he wouldn’t have presented the immediacy that he does," Alderson said. "If he’s not the starting second baseman, I’m not sure how much he helps us in a bench role. At least at the outset, you’re going to give him every opportunity."
- Fan sentiment "came into play" in Luis Castillo's release, Alderson said. The Mets "became aware about the sentiment in New York for [Castillo and Oliver Perez]....It's difficult to overcome that, so you evaluate player performance against presumption in the minds of the fans." In Perez's case, Alderson said the southpaw just didn't pitch well enough to make the roster, so the fans' thoughts were moot.
- Alderson says if the Mets are in contention, the club will have the money available to add a player if necessary.
- Alderson thinks his team's farm system is underrated but he says the Mets "need to be more aggressive and successful in developing players out of the draft."
- If the Mets have a reduced payroll next season, they should still be able to re-sign Jose Reyes if they wish, given the number of contracts the team has coming off the books this winter.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Beato was the No. 32 pick in the 2006 draft, but his stock dropped since then and he was converted to relief. He was plucked from the Orioles in the second round of the Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a 2.11 ERA and 50/19 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings with Double-A Bowie last season. He could mop up innings as the last man in the Mets bullpen this season.
Beato, who threw a live batting practice session Wednesday, was throwing hard enough and well enough to impress manager Terry Collins, the Bergen Record reports.
As a Rule 5 pick, the Mets have to keep Beato on the roster the entire season or put him through waivers and offer him back to the O's.
Beato will be given every chance to stick as a power arm out of the pen.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
"I see an outstanding arm with a better breaking ball than I heard he had," said manager Terry Collins. "It comes out of his hand pretty easy. I can see why the reports were pretty glowing."
In terms of a roster spot, Beato's advantage comes from the fact that if he does not make the team, the Mets must offer him back to the Orioles for a $25,000 fee.
Also impressing Collins early in camp is Jason Isringhausen, who may win not only a roster spot, but also a job at the back end of the bullpen.
"Never rule out Isringhausen with what he's been doing," Collins said. "His experience alone, you've got to put that in the mix."
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Sunday, January 09, 2011
New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson stated this in an e-mail to fans earlier today, and he could very well be projecting the future.
With not much for Mets fans to look forward to this upcoming season, there is always a chance that a proven or unproven player can surprise fans enough to keep their butts in Citi Field.
R.A. Dickey was our success story in 2010, and now we take a look at eight players who could surprise us this season.
Coming off two, yes… TWO, Tommy John surgeries, Chris Capuano has something to prove not only to the Mets and their fan base, but also to himself.
The former All-Star and 18-game winner for the Milwaukee Brewers told reporters that he is feeling back to 100 percent and has his eyes on a starting rotation spot on the Mets, which could establish something good for Capuano and the Mets in 2011.
Whether from the bullpen or in the starting rotation, Dillon Gee has the potential to become a bigger ‘out-of-nowhere’ success than Dickey.
The former 21st rounder, as opposed to R.A.’s 18th round, Gee was on no ones radar a few years back, and now he has seemed to crack the Mets 25-man roster.
He has shown that he can handle the pressures of the big leagues and if he remains healthy, he can become an integral part of the 2011 Mets rotation.
Another arm on the Mets to have undergone surgery is newly acquired reliever Taylor Buchholz.
After missing all of 2009 because of elbow surgery, Buchholz split last year between the Blue Jays and Rockies and glimmered with hope, going 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in nine appearances as a reliever.
If Buchholz can get back to his 2008 form when he appeared in 68 games for the Rockies striking out 56 with a 2.17 ERA, he can be the low-risk/high-reward player the Mets hoped for when they signed him.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Beato was actually drafted by the Mets in the 17th round in 2005 but did not sign. The following year, the Orioles selected him with the 32nd overall pick and were able to sign him.
The Mets brought in D.J. Carrasco for some bullpen help at the Winter Meetings. They also signed Boof Bonser, but he will provide insurance at AAA. Pat Misch and Manny Acosta are still in house and will be competing for spots.
While some scouts say Beato is not quite ready for the bigs, his 2010 numbers for the AA Bowie Baysox
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Emaus, 24, hit a combined .290 with 15 homers and 75 RBIs between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Las Vegas last season.
"He's a second baseman/third baseman," GM Sandy Alderson said. "We're very high on his potential as an everyday player out of the Toronto organization. [Former Jays GM] J.P. [Ricciardi], [and new Mets scouts from Toronto] Roy Smith and Jim D'Aloia, Paul [DePodesta] know him pretty well and felt strongly about him. So we're very pleased that he was there."
Beato, 24, hails from Xaverian High School in Brooklyn and was originally drafted by the Mets in the 17th round of the 2005 draft but was a year removed from Tommy John surgery and did not sign. He went in the first round the following year to the Orioles. Beato went 4-0 with a 2.11 in 43 relief appearances for Double-A Bowie last season. Alderson expects him to compete for a bullpen spot.
"Actually, we were surpised that he was available to us in the second round," the GM said. "A power arm, probably out of the bullpen, and somebody who can compete for an everyday job. So we're happy with that."
Ramirez, 23, spent the bulk of last season at Class A St. Lucie and has walked 163 in 306 2/3 career minor league innings. Still, he has been registering 97 mph in the Dominican winter league and has shown better control.
"He throws hard, has had some command issues in the past, is having a good season so far in the Dominican winter league over 20 innings," Alderson said. "There's always a risk with a Single-A pitcher who doesn't see a lot of higher-level competition but has good stuff. So we'll see where that goes."
A Rule 5 selection costs $50,000 and must remain on the major league roster the entire season in order to become the new team's property. Otherwise, he must clear waivers and then be offered back to his former team for $25,000.
The Mets did not lose any players in the minor league phases of the draft. They selected right-handers Ronny Morla and Richard Brooks in the Triple-A round and outfielder Quintin Berry in the Double-A round.