Showing posts with label Rafael Montero. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rafael Montero. Show all posts

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 4/18: Nimmo has four hits in St.Lucie win, Montero goes 4 innings in Vegas Loss


Mets Minor League Roundup 4/18:


Mets AAA - RENO 10, LAS VEGAS 7 (11): Rafael Montero started and went four innings, giving up four runs on six hits (including one home run), with six strikeouts and three walks. Vic Black pitched a scoreless eighth, ninth and 10th innings, but Jeff Walters surrendered a three-run homer to Didi Gregorious in the bottom of the 11th to end the ballgame. Eric Campbell went 3-for-5 and Taylor Teagarden and Anthony Seratelli hit home runs for the 51s. Bobby Abreu went 1-for-5 with a double and a walk. Box

Mets AA - NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, BINGHAMTON 3: The Fisher Cats broke open a 3-3 tie with three runs in the top of the ninth off B-Mets relief pitcher Jon Velasquez, who took the loss. Darin Gorski started for Binghamton and went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits (including three home runs), with six strikeouts and one walk. Kevin Plawecki had a team-high two hits for the B-Mets. Box

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE 15, FORT MYERS 9: Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera had four hits apiece for St. Lucie, and Maikis De La Cruz hit a home run. Starting pitcher Michael Fulmer lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits. Seth Lugo, who came in and gave up just one run on three hits in five innings of work, picked up the win. Box

Mets A - GREENVILLE at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a May 15 doubleheader.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mets Rumors: Mets have to figure if either Franklin, Gregorius, or Drew is worth the price at shortstop


Mets Rumors:


The Mets are looking into several alternatives at shortstop instead of Ruben Tejada. Tejada has looked mediocre at best, only having 3 hits in 25 AB's this spring with lackluster defense.. Yeah, he went to a special clinic in the winter, but it has not translated on the field as the Mets had hoped.

The problem is, at what price do the Mets get another shortstop?

Do the Mets forfeit another draft pick and cave in to the demands of Scott Boras to sign Stephen Drew?
The Mets have been willing only to go 1 year at this point, but Drew and Boras want more. The Mets are only offering $9.5 Million, but Boras has indicated that they could look towards the $14 Million mark.

For this to work, the Mets would have to give Drew a multiyear deal. The problem is the Mets most likely will go shopping for a shortstop via free agency in 2015. The big names will be J.J. Hardy, Hanley Ramirez, Jed Lowrie, and Asdrubal Cabrera.

Second Scenario: The Mets can go out and try to trade for a shortstop. The Mariners and D'Backs have shortstops available, but the Mets have to find out if the price is right.

The Mariners have infielder Nick Franklin available, who has been on the Mets radar for some time. The Mets have sent scouts to see if Franklin can handle the position at short. The Rays and Orioles have reported some interest, but see him as a logical fit at second base. Franklin hit 12 HR's a year ago and definitely give the Mets some much added pop to the lineup. Franklin is batting .235 this spring.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mets News: Mets send Syndergaard, Montero, and others to minor league camp


Mets News:


If you did not know, the Mets made some more cuts on Tuesday, Noah Syndergaard headlined the list of players.... The others: right-handers Rafael Montero, Cory Mazzoni, Ryan Reid, Joel CarreƱo and Miguel Socolovich, catcher Juan Centeno and first basemen Brandon Allen and Matt Clark. Allen is in a walking boot because of a calf injury.

The Mets Big League camp Roster is down to 38 with Jeremy Hefner and Matt Harvey on the shelf because of injuries.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Mets News: Mets Revise Friday's Pitching Rotation with Thursday's Rainout


Mets News:


The Mets got rained out Thursday in Kissimmee and pitching coach Dan Warthen has pushed three pitchers back for Friday game.

Originally the Mets were supposed to have John Lannan, Rafael Montero, and Steven Matz pitch Thursday against the Astros, but now they will all pitch Friday against the Cardinals along with Daisuke Matsuzaka.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Mets News: Upcoming Pitching Schedule


Mets News:


The upcoming pitching schedule:

Friday vs. Nationals
Rafael Montero
Jacob deGrom
Logan Verrett
Miguel Socolovich
Adam Kolarek
Gonzalez Germen
Jeff Walters

Saturday vs. Marlins
John Lannan
Kyle Farnsworth
Vic Black
Scott Rice
Josh Edgin
Ryan Reid
John Church
Jack Leathersich
Cory Mazzoni

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Mets News: ESPN: Warthen says Rafael Montero is "Smooth"


Mets News:


From ESPN NY:

While watching right-hander Rafael Montero throwing live batting practice Tuesday, Dan Warthen uttered two words to the bullpen catcher standing next to him.

“[Expletive] smooth!” the pitching coach excitedly said.

Warthen repeatedly has said this spring training that the 23-year-old Montero possesses as close to a perfect delivery as any in the game.

His fastball generally resides in the low-90s, but he has more in the tank when required.

“I talk to guys on other teams, like in Triple-A,” said Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who faced Montero in Tuesday’s batting practice. “Come August and September, they’re just like, ‘That guy has an extra gear. His fastball has got an extra gear I can’t get to right now.’”

Said Juan Lagares, who also batted against Montero on Tuesday: “He always tries to keep the ball down and he throws a lot of strikes. It’s not too easy to hit against him, because always he keeps it down in the strike zone. He doesn’t miss too much up.”

Nieuwenhuis, a lefty hitter, said Montero can be particularly tough on those batters.

“He must have long fingers or something, because when it comes out, for a lefty it kind of looks like it’s going to sneak in on you,” Nieuwenhuis said, adding that two-seamer eventually darts back over the plate.

SNY Video on Montero:

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Mets News: Rafael Montero will open the Grapefruit League on Friday


Mets News:


According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NY, Rafael Montero will throw the first pitch of the Mets' Grapefruit League schedule, on Friday at 1:10 p.m. against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Field.

Montero, 23, went a combined 12-7 with a 2.78 ERA in 27 starts between Double-A Binghamton and Triple-A Las Vegas last season. He allowed 136 hits and walked 35 while striking out 150 in 155 1/3 innings.

He also started for the international team in the Futures Games at Citi Field during the All-Star festivities.

The upcoming starting-pitching schedule also includes ...

Saturday vs. Marlins: John Lannan

March 2 at Cardinals: Daisuke Matsuzaka

March 3 at Braves: Noah Syndergaard

March 4 vs. Astros: Jonathon Niese

March 5 (split squad) vs. Marlins: Bartolo Colon

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mets News: ESPN Keith Law - Mets have the 6th Best Farm System


Best 1B Prospect?

Mets News:


ESPN.com’s Keith Law puts five Mets in his list of the top 100 prospects in baseball, with Noah Syndergaard the highest ranked at No. 24.

Travis d'Arnaud (36), Dominic Smith (37), Rafael Montero (60) and Brandon Nimmo (92) round out the list.

Dominic Smith is the highest ranked first baseman on Law’s list and the only first baseman to appear in the top 50.

On Tuesday, Law said the Mets have the sixth-best farm system in MLB.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Video / Scouting Report: RHP Rafael Montero, Number Three Mets Prospect




Scouting Report:

Rafael Montero, rhp, Mets
Team: Triple-A Las Vegas (Maybe Mets 5th starter)
Age: 22
(Hat Tip Scouting Book)

The Scoop: The Mets signed him in January 2011 when he was 20—an age that makes him practically ancient in the world of international scouting—but he’s skyrocketed from the Dominican Summer League to Triple-A in just two seasons thanks to his impressive command of a solid arsenal. Little has fazed Montero on that journey, including the hitter-friendly conditions of Las Vegas.

Sunday, December 08, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets will enter Winter Meetings dangling Ike Davis or Lucas Duda and others for spare parts


Good Bye Ike?

Mets Rumors:


The Mets will enter 2014 Winter meetings with needs and will look to upgrade at SS with a possibility of another outfielder, and starting pitcher. They also have a glaring need for a setup guy with the departure of with  LaTroy Hawkins..

The Mets will dangle Ike Davis and Lucas Duda with a slight possibility of Daniel Murphy for a large return. They can creative and add Rafael Montero to any package to grant themselves a big player ... maybe David Price?

Sandy Alderson has said he will not Trade SP Prospect Noah Syndergaard under any circumstances from WFAN report with Mike Francesa. But I never heard anyone say Rafael Montero  was not available if the right situation arises..

The Mets match up well with the Tampa Bay Rays. They like SS Yunel Escobar and Of Matt Joyce from multiple reports.. But could it get bigger?? The Rays need a first basemen so lets see what happens.

The Brewers, Astros also have been mentioned to links to Ike Davis. SS Jed Lowrie has been mentioned to rumors,  but the A's have also said they have no intentions to move him.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets will be active and aggressive this off-season


Mets Rumors:


Recap on Mets Off-season Playbook:

1. They are not likely to sign free-agent outfielders Shin-Soo Choo or Jacoby Ellsbury.

2. They are shopping Ike Davis, who they feel needs a change of scenery.

3. They like free-agent SS Jhonny Peralta, who will not cost a draft pick.

4. They have quality pitching to trade.

5. They’ll be in the market for roster depth, including a back-up catcher, one innings-eating and at least one late-inning reliever.


Matthew Cerrone of Metsblog.com says the Mets will be aggressive and go after Jhonny Peralta to set the tone for the off-season.

He thinks the Mets will gauge the value of their players and can make a meaningful move by offering a combination of Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy, Wilmer Flores, Dillon Gee, Rafael Montero. The Mets could look to the A's, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels for offensive help.

If the Mets like a player like Aoki, they may strike quick, for reasons Joel Sherman pointed out in his article...save them money and solve the lead-off problem. Cerrone says New York Post columnist Joel Sherman talked to Mets officials, outside officials and agents over the past few days to better get a sense of where the Mets are heading and how he based his predictions for the 2014...

The Hot Stove is just beginning.....  Lets Go Mets

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)

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.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/15: Rafael Montero Strikes Out Eight for Vegas


Mets Minor League Roundup 8/15:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 3, NEW ORLEANS 2: Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Eric Campbell lead the charge with two hits a piece.  Rafael Montero got the win (5-3), pitching 7 innings, giving up 4 hits and striking out 8. John Church pitched the last  2/3 innings in the 9th to pick up his second save. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 9, READING 3: The B-Mets trimmed their magic number to two to clinch their first playoff appearance since 2004. Binghamton is a franchise-record 30 games over .500. Greg Peavey, Hamilton Bennett and Armando Rodriguez combined to retire 18 of the final 19 Reading batters. The B-Mets scored five runs in the seventh. Reading had jumped on Peavey for two first-inning runs. Zach Collier homered. After consecutive singles put two aboard, Anthony Hewitt then hit a sharp groundball to third. Richard Lucas throw to second sailed high and allowed Maikel Franco to score, giving Reading a 2-0 lead. Lucas made amends by leading off the next half-inning with a double against rehabbing major leaguer Jonathan Pettibone. Wilfredo Tovar followed with a single. Xorge Carrillo put the B-Mets on the board with a run-producing groundout. Alonzo Harris tied the score with an RBI double. Hewitt pushed Reading ahead with an RBI single in the fourth, but the B-Mets responded against Pettibone in the fifth, in his final inning. Carrillo singled, advanced to third when Harris bounced a single off Pettibone’s foot, and came home on Daniel Muno's sacrifice fly. Binghamton (77-47) unloaded against Juan Sosa in the seventh. Carrillo doubled. Following a single by Harris, Allan Dykstra lined a pinch-hit, go-ahead single that plated Carrillo. Muno added a bunt single to third and Darrell Ceciliani kicked the lead to two with a sac fly. Travis Taijeron delivered the final blow against Sosa by lining a two-run single. After Tyler Knigge entered, Tovar capped the inning with an RBI single. Bennett tossed a perfect seventh, then added a quiet eighth after Ceciliani rounded out Binghamton’s scoring with an RBI triple in the top of the inning. Peavey (2-1) departed for a pinch-hitter in Binghamton’s five-run seventh. After allowing Hewitt’s RBI single in the fourth, the righty retired the final nine batters he faced. Box

A+ - FORT MYERS 5, ST. LUCIE 3: Fort Myers produced a four-run fifth against Matthew Bowman and snapped St. Lucie’s five-game winning streak. The Mets had runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth, but Zach Jones struck out Rylan Sandoval to end the game. The Mets pushed across two runs in the first. Kevin Plawecki singled to score Kyle Johnson and Dustin Lawley had a sacrifice fly to plate T.J. Rivera. Charley Thurber’s RBI single scored Robbie Shields in the second to make it 3-0. Shields finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. Rivera and Jayce Boyd each had two hits. Bowman allowed five runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings. Cody Satterwhite pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Angel Cuan tossed three scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Box

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/10: Rafael Montero shines for Vegas, d'Arnaud goes 2 for 3 with 2 doubles


Mets Minor League Roundup 8/10:


LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 1: Rafael Montero limited Oklahoma City to one run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine in seven innings. The only damage came on a first-inning homer by George Springer. Kirk Nieuwenhuis answered with a solo homer in the bottom half of the frame. Travis d'Arnaud, serving as the DH, went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored. Brandon Hicks delivered a two-run single in the sixth to break a 1-all tie. John Church earned his first Triple-A save. Box

ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 4: Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless innings before being pulled to conserve his innings, and the B-Mets squandered a four-run lead. After being held to two hits through six innings, the SeaWolves plated six runs on five hits against reliever Armando Rodriguez. Rhyne Hughes had blasted the B-Mets onto the scoreboard in the second with a homer against Drew VerHagen. VerHagen walked Wilfredo Tovar and Alonzo Harris with two outs later in that inning. Daniel Muno then delivered a two-run single, stretching Binghamton’s lead to three. Binghamton padded its lead against reliever David Kopp in the fifth. Tovar doubled and Josh Rodriguez plated him by squeaking a groundball single past shortstop Brandon Douglas. Syndergaard faced three over the minimum. He surrendered two hits, walked one and struck out five while throwing 41 of 56 pitches for strikes. Rodriguez took over and posted a perfect sixth before letting Binghamton’s four-run lead slip away in the seventh. The righty walked two to start the inning. Wade Gaynor then put the SeaWolves on the board with an RBI double. With two outs, James Robbins tied the score at 4 with a three-run homer. Against Rodriguez in the eighth, Daniel Fields led off with a single and Ramon Cabrera scorched a line drive to center field. Alonzo Harris misread the drive and had it sail over his head, allowing Fields to come home with the go-ahead run. Erie used a suicide squeeze to tack on another run. Rodriguez (1-1) allowed six runs on five hits over three innings in his first blown save. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 4 (10 innings): Rylan Sandoval produced a walk-off infield single that scored Kevin Plawecki in the 10th. Sandoval delivered the game-winning hit on his 26th birthday, on a broken-bat slow grounder to second. Kyle Johnson had three hits and a run scored. Plawecki had two hits and an RBI. Dustin Lawley hit a three-run homer in the third. He now has 24 homers and 86 RBIs, both leading the Florida State League. Hansel Robles pitched six innings and allowed four runs and seven hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. Bret Mitchell pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four. T.J. Chism tossed two scoreless innings and struck out one to earn the victory. Box

Sunday, August 04, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/4: Rafael Montero shuts down Memphis, Noah Syndergaard gets win for Binghamton


Montero and Syndergaard

Mets Minor League Roundup 8/4:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 4, MEMPHIS 2: Zach Lutz and Matt den Dekker each had RBIs to lead Las Vegas to the win. Starter Rafael Montero picked up the win (3-3) with eight innings of one-run ball. He gave up only 4 hits while striking-out 4. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 6, HARRISBURG 0: Binghamton pitched the shutout behind five shutout innings from Noah Syndergaard (5-0). Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 1.98. Daniel Muno hit a homer, and Rhyne Hughes had a pair of RBIs. Box

A+ - CLEARWATER 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 in St. Lucie's loss. Kevin Plawecki had the lone RBI. Starter Rainy Lara gave up four runs over seven innings. Box

A - GREENVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 6: Savannah blew a 6-3 lead entering the bottom of the eighth. Dimas Ponce went 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Starter Seth Lugo gave up two hits and one run in six innings. Box

RK - GREENEVILLE 17, KINGSPORT 1: A seven-run third inning led to the blowout win for Greeneville. Starter Martires Arias gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings. Michael Bernal had the lone RBI for Kingsport. Box

SS - JAMESTOWN 9, BROOKLYN 5: Brooklyn blew a 5-2 lead as Jamestown scored the final seven runs. L.J. Mazzilli hit his first homer as part of a 2-for-4 day with three RBIs. Mazzilli is batting .298 for the Cyclones.. Box

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/30: Rafael Montero takes the loss for Vegas, Brooklyn snaps 5 game winning streak, Travis d'Arnaud goes 1 for 4 in GCL action


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/30:


AAA - NASHVILLE 3, LAS VEGAS 1: Prospect Rafael Montero started the game going 6 innings, giving up six hits, 2 runs, walking 3, and striking out 7. He took the loss (2-3).  Zach Lutz went 2 for 4 in a losing effort. The only Vegas run came on a Kirk Nieuwenhuis pinch hit single in the eighth which scored Lutz. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 3, ALTOONA 2: Wilfredo Tovar and Blake Forsythe each provided run-scoring extra-base hits and three B-Mets relievers combined for 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Binghamton, which produced only five hits, pieced together a pair of singles and received some help from the Curve to get on the board in the first inning. Daniel Muno led off with a single against Altoona starter Nick Kingham. Cesar Puello followed by smoking a grounder to third. Adalberto Santos made a diving stop, but errantly fired to second, allowing Muno to move to third. Muno scampered home on a passed ball by Carlos Paulino. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon made the lead stand, posting five scoreless innings to begin his outing. The southpaw stranded the bases loaded in the fourth. Binghamton broke through in the sixth. Darrell Ceciliani had a leadoff single and scored on Tovar's triple. Forsythe added to the lead and ended Kingham’s night with an RBI double for a 3-0 lead. Cohoon (6-3) surrendered two singles to start the sixth and gave way to Ryan Fraser. Justin Howard greeted the righty with a pinch-hit RBI double. Paulino cut Binghamton’s lead to one with an RBI groundout. Fraser bounced back and stranded the tying run at second by retiring pinch hitter Andy Vasquez. Fraser fell back into trouble in the seventh, allowing a one-out double. Chase Huchingson stranded the inherited runner. Jeff Walters recorded the final four outs for his league-leading 30th save. Box

A+ - TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 1: The Yankees had a three-run first inning against Domingo Tapia and held the Mets to four hits. Kevin Plawecki singled to plate Cory Vaughn with the Mets' lone run, in the second inning. Kyle Johnson had a one-out double in the third, but was stranded. Matt Reynolds had a leadoff double in the seventh, but also was stranded. Lucas Duda went 0-for-4 and played left field in his second game with St. Lucie on a major league rehab assignment. Tapia allowed two hits and one walk and hit a batter while allowing three runs in the first. He settled down and allowed four runs on four hits in six innings with five strikeouts and two walks. Angel Cuan tossed two scoreless innings. Bret Mitchell struck out two and allowed one hit in a scoreless ninth. Box

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/25: Rafael Montero gets win for Vegas, Pedro Feliciano Saves it


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/25:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 5, RENO 3: Mike Baxter hit a solo HR to lead off the game, he ended up 2 for 5. Ruben Tejada was 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored. Eric Campbell and Jordany Valdespin also had two hits a piece while driving in a run each. Prospect RHP Rafael Montero got the win (2-2). Montero went six innings, while giving up 5 hits, 3 runs and striking out only 1. Rehabbing Pedro Feliciano got his first save pitching 2/3 innings. Box

AA - TRENTON 2, BINGHAMTON 0: Despite Darin Gorski's complete-game gem, the B-Mets produced only one hit and were blanked. Reegie Corona hit a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth. Binghamton was shut out for the fifth time this season. The B-Mets got on base with seven walks, three hit-by-pitches and one fielding error, but stranded 11. Their biggest threat came in the third. Trenton starter Nik Turley walked the bases loaded, but Richard Lucas bounced into an inning-ending double play. After Corona's homer, Gorski retired 10 of the final 11 batters. Turley departed after six innings. He struck out eight, walked five and threw 114 pitches. Closer Tommy Kahnle eventually entered with two outs in the eighth. Cesar Puello was in scoring position, but Darrell Ceciliani struck out to end the threat. Binghamton threatened again in the ninth. Alonzo Harris walked with two outs and moved to second on defensive indifference. Daniel Muno then hit a groundball that was booted by first baseman Andrew Clark, putting the tying run on first base. But Josh Rodriguez followed by flying out in foul territory to end the game. Gorski (3-1) had his longest career outing. Both B-Mets pitchers to throw complete games this season have lost. The other: Mark Cohoon, May 23 at New Britain. Ceciliani went 0-for-3, snapping his 17-game hitting streak. Box

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Mets Minor League Roundup 7/6: Montero picks up win for Vegas


Mets Minor League Roundup 7/6:


AAA - LAS VEGAS 5,  TUCSON 2:  Mike Baxter went 3 for 4 with two RBI's.. Zach Lutz, Wilmer Flores and Brian Bixler drove in one each.. Rafael Montero got the win (1-2), went 6 innings giving up 8 hits, striking out 3. His ERA is now 4.65 since joining Triple-A Vegas. Box

AA - BINGHAMTON 14, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: The B-Mets launched a season-high five homers and Darrell Ceciliani drove in a career-high five runs. Josh Rodriguez stroked Ryan Tepera’s fifth pitch for a two-run homer. Travis Taijeron followed with a homer, too -- the second straight game the B-Mets produced consecutive long balls. The B-Mets (53-31) again blasted away in the fifth. Blake Forsythe doubled, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Joe Bonfe plated him with a single. Wilfredo Tovar then stretched the lead to six runs by launching a two-run homer -- his first long ball as a B-Met. B-Mets starter Noah Syndergaard held the Fisher Cats scoreless into the sixth. The ex-Blue Jays farmhand's only blemish came when he surrendered a three-run homer in the sixth, which pulled New Hampshire within 6-3. But Ceciliani hit a wall-scraping two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Matt Wright. Binghamton also tattooed Dustin Antolin and Chorye Spoone in the eighth, to the tune of six runs on three hits and six walks. The B-Mets sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning, which was highlighted by a two-run blast from Daniel Muno and a three-run triple from Ceciliani. Syndergaard worked out of a jam in the seventh to cap his night with a scoreless frame. John Church tossed a perfect eighth. Adam Kolarek worked around a walk and two singles in a scoreless ninth to seal Binghamton’s biggest win since a 15-2 victory over the Fisher Cats on April 21. Syndergaard (2-0) struck out seven while allowing eight hits and three runs (none earned) over seven innings. Box

A+ - ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 3: Charley Thurber, Jayce Boyd and Dustin Lawley all produced solo homers for St. Lucie (44-38). Boyd, Kevin Plawecki and Gilbert Gomez finished with two hits apiece. Thurber’s homer in the second gave the Mets a 3-2 lead. Boyd’s long ball an inning later extended the lead to two runs. Alex Panteliodis (3-3) allowed three runs and seven hits while issuing three walks and striking out one in five innings. Randy Fontanez retired all six batters he faced in relief. Tim Byrdak retired the side in order in the eighth. Hamilton Bennett pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save. Box

A - SAVANNAH 3, GREENVILLE 0
GREENVILLE 3, SAVANNAH 1: Steven Matz tossed a three-hit, seven-inning shutout in Game 1. The Gnats had been held hitless after a game-opening single by Chad Zurcher until the seventh, when they exploded for three runs. Kyle Johnson had a run-scoring single with the bases loaded and Maikis De La Cruz and Stefan Sabol added sacrifice flies. Paul Sewald surrendered two runs in the sixth to break a 1-all tie as the Gnats (50-35) lost the nightcap. Box 1, Box 2

RK - JOHNSON CITY 10, KINGSPORT 5: Starter Persio Reyes allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. Richie Rodriguez and Adrian Abreu had two RBIs apiece for the K-Mets (5-10) in the loss. Box

SS - BROOKLYN 5, ABERDEEN 3: Patrick Biondi laced a seventh-inning single that scored Jorge Rivero and Anthony Chavez, tying the score at 3. Biondi finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk. Matthew Oberste delivered the game-deciding run later in the inning on a sac fly, which scored Biondi. Teammate Jared King finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. L.J. Mazzilli produced an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Mazzilli singled to score Biondi from second. Biondi scored three of the Cyclones' five runs. In his fourth start with the Cyclones, Robert Gsellman allowed his first earned runs in the New York-Penn League. Gsellman allowed three runs in five innings. He struck out six and now has a 1.23 ERA. Reliever Paul C. Paez pitched an inning of scoreless relief to earn the win in his pro debut. John Mincone recorded his third save. Box

RK - GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 2 (10 innings): With the score tied at 1, Mets reliever Casey Meisner departed in the top of the 10th after surrendering a one-out double to Bryan Mejia and walking Raudy Read. Cameron Griffin entered and issued a walk and had a strikeout. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jose Marmolejos-Diaz then produced a two-run single against Griffin. Adderling Ruiz followed with an RBI single for a three-run cushion. The Mets (2-10) scored one run in the bottom half, when Wuilmer Becerra was plunked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came home on Ivan Wilson's single. But with the bases loaded later in the frame, Nats reliever Jake Walsh entered and coaxed a game-ending double play from Leon Canelon. Box
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