Showing posts with label Travis D'Arnaud. Show all posts
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/21: Syndergaard Wins for Vegas, d'Arnaud helps the cause


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/21:


Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 11, MEMPHIS 5: Noah Syndergaard surrendered a two-run homer to Xavier Scruggs in a three-run first by the Redbirds. Syndergaard dominated for a while after Scruggs' longball, retiring the next 16 batters as Vegas raced to an 8-3 lead. However, Stephen Piscotty singled to open the seventh and Pete Kozma launched a two-run homer with one out in the frame. So Syndergaard ultimately was charged with five runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking none in 6 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI and is hitting .453 in Triple-A. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a five-run third. Cesar Puello finished 2-for-3 with a homer, five RBIs and a walk. Ex-Met Pedro Feliciano tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Redbirds. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 7, BOWIE 6: Left-hander Steven Matz allowed five runs on seven hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut. Relievers Ryan Fraser, Adam Kolarek and Cody Satterwhite then limited Bowie to one run the rest of the way as the B-Mets rallied for their 11th win in 12 games. Trailing 5-3, Binghamton took the lead with a three-run seventh against Anthony Vasquez. Kevin Plawecki deposited an RBI double into the right-field corner, cutting Bowie’s lead to one. Jayce Boyd followed by plating Plawecki with the tying run on a double. Three batters later, Boyd scampered home with the go-ahead run when reliever Steven Hensley uncorked a wild pitch. The B-Mets tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Kyle Johnson reached safely with a two-out double when his innocent popup behind second fell to the outfield turf. Plawecki brought him home by threading a single into left field. Bowie had one last gasp offensively in the eighth. Rehabbing Oriole Nolan Reimold doubled against Kolarek and his pinch-runner, Johnny Ruettiger, scored on consecutive groundouts to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Satterwhite took the reins in the ninth and posted a perfect inning, fanning Garabez Rosa to lock down his third save. Fraser (1-0) retired all four Baysox he faced after replacing Matz in the sixth to pick up his first win. Box

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/19: d'Arnaud has another big day for Vegas, Pill tosses eight scoreless for Binghamton


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/19:

Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 6, NASHVILLE 2: Travis d'Arnaud's torrid production since his demotion continued. D'Arnaud homered for the sixth time in 11 Triple-A games. He finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. D'Arnaud is hitting .432. Matt den Dekker started in center field and led off and went 2-for-5 with a double in his return to the minors. Andrew Brown was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Darin Gorski limited Nashville to two runs (one earned) while striking out 11 in 6 1/3 innings. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 6, RICHMOND 0: Tyler Pill fired eight scoreless innings and backed his own effort with three hits, including a home run. Pill drove in four runs and finished a triple shy of the cycle in his longest career outing. The victory, Binghamton’s ninth in its last 10 games, secured a three-game sweep. On a night the B-Mets welcomed five newcomers from St. Lucie, Pill stole the show. He put Binghamton on the board in the third with a solo homer. He became the first pitcher to go deep for the B-Mets since Justin Brunette in 2001. In his Double-A debut, Brandon Nimmo (0-for-2, two walks) worked a one-out walk in the fourth and scored on Dustin Lawley's double for a 2-0. The score stayed that way until the sixth, when the B-Mets blew the game open against reliever Phil McCormick. Lawley and a pair of fellow newly promoted players -- T.J. Rivera and Dilson Herrera -- each singled to load the bases with none out. Pill then smacked a three-run double down the right-field line. Kyle Johnson doubled to plate Pill for a 6-0 advantage. Pill (5-5) allowed four hits and retired 12 straight batters at one point. He struck out a season-high nine in his fifth straight win. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless ninth. Pill has four of the B-Mets pitchers’ seven hits this season. Herrera went 2-for-4 in his Double-A debut. Rivera went 1-for-3 with a walk. Left-hander Steven Matz's Double-A debut comes Saturday at Bowie. The final player promoted from St. Lucie, reliever Randy Fontanez, did not appear Thursday. Box

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud to return against A's, Nieuwenhuis back with big club


Mets News and Notes:


d'Arnaud Return
The Mets tentatively plan to promote Travis d'Arnaud to the major league club during next week's June 24-25 series against the Oakland Athletics at Citi Field, according to ESPN.

D'Arnaud is hitting .410 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 39 at-bats since his June 7 demotion.

By keeping d'Arnaud in the minors less than 20 days, d'Arnaud's option will be rescinded -- meaning he will retain the option to be used during the 2015 season or beyond, if the club desires to demote him again.

D'Arnaud was hitting .180 with three homers and nine RBIs in 128 at-bats when he was dispatched to Las Vegas.

Nieuwenhuis back with big club
The Mets demoted Matt den Dekker to Triple-A Las Vegas after Wednesday's series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals. Fellow lefty-hitting outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis will join the Mets for Thursday's series opener in Miami.

Den Dekker batted .156 (7-for-45) with one RBI in 17 games.

Nieuwenhuis is hitting .272 with 10 homers and 28 RBIs in 180 at-bats with Vegas. He has produced four multi-hit games in his past five starts with the Pacific Coast League club.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/17: d'Arnaud wins it for Vegas


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/17:


Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 8, NASHVILLE 7: Cesar Puello had a game-tying RBI double and Cory Vaughn plated Travis d'Arnaud with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth. Nashville had taken a 7-6 lead in the top half on Hunter Morris' leadoff homer against Buddy Carlyle. D'Arnaud finished 2-for-5 with a double. He is hitting .395 since his demotion. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 5, RICHMOND 1: Reigning Eastern League Player of the Week Brian Burgamy launched a grand slam and Matt Bowman fired six scoreless innings. In his last six games, Burgamy has produced 13 hits, including four homers, and 13 RBIs. Burgamy kick-started the B-Mets with a one-out double in the first against Ty Blach. He moved to third on Matt Reynolds' single. Kevin Plawecki then put Binghamton on the board with a sac fly, for his 41st RBI. Bowman retired the first eight batters he faced and allowed three hits in six scoreless innings. His biggest challenge came in the sixth when Richmond loaded the bases with two outs. Bowman (5-4) escaped by inducing Devin Harris to bounce back to the mound. The B-Mets came alive in the bottom half, loading the bases against Andrew Carignan. With two outs, Burgamy greeted new reliever Josh Osich by hammering the lefty’s first pitch into the rail yard beyond the left-field wall. His team-leading 11th homer gave Binghamton a 5-0 lead. After Chase Huchingson and Ryan Fraser each tossed a scoreless inning, Jack Leathersich was touched for one run in the ninth. Burgamy’s grand slam was the first by a B-Met since Richard Lucas against Trenton on July 26, 2013. Box

Monday, June 16, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/15: d'Arnaud HR's again for Vegas, Cyclones Split Double Header with SI Yankees


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/15:


Mets AAA - OKLAHOMA CITY 13, LAS VEGAS 9: Travis d'Arnaud slugged a three-run homer and now has five long balls in 29 at-bats since a demotion from the major league club. He finished 2-for-5 as the DH and is hitting .414 with Vegas. Oklahoma City had already built an 11-1 lead before d'Arnaud's shot. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed eight runs in four innings. Reliever Erik Goeddel allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis slugged his 10th homer with the 51s this season during a 2-for-4, two-RBI game. Box

Mets AA - ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 3: Binghamton went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and had a six-game winning streak snapped. Eric Young Jr. was 0-for-3 but walked and scored in his third rehab game with the B-Mets. With two outs in the top of the first, Devon Travis doubled against B-Mets starter Angel Cuan. Ramon Cabrera then grounded to second baseman Brian Burgamy, whose throw was low and scooted away from first baseman Matt Clark. Travis scored from first. Binghamton answered in the bottom half against Wilsen Palacios. Young walked to lead off and moved to second on Burgamy's single. Young moved to third on Matt Reynolds' flyout and scored on Clark's sacrifice fly. The SeaWolves quickly retook the lead. Francisco Martinez had a leadoff double in the second. Aaron Westlake then singled to put Erie ahead, 2-1. In the bottom of the second, Dustin Lawley smashed his seventh homer to even the score at 2. The tie again was short-lived. Erie scored in the next half-inning to take the lead for good. After Travis worked a one-out walk, Ramon Cabrera homered for a 4-2 lead. In the seventh, T.J. Chism surrendered a one-out double to Dixon Machado. After Machado moved to third on a flyout, Jason Krizan blooped an RBI single, kicking Erie’s lead to three runs. The B-Mets inched closer in the bottom half. With Slade Smith pitching, Burgamy doubled and Reynolds singled to cut the deficit to 5-3. It was the only hit with a runner in scoring position for the B-Mets. Binghamton had one last threat in the eighth, putting two aboard with one out. Jose Valdez entered and struck out Travis Taijeron and induced Kyle Johnson to bounce into a fielder’s choice. Box

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/14: Rafael Montero Injured, Gorski Picks Up Win, d'Arnaud hits HR


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/14:


Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 7, OKLAHOMA CITY 1: Rafael Montero departed after only five pitches after a visit from the trainer with an injury to his left side. Travis d'Arnaud produced a two-run homer in the third inning that staked Vegas to a 2-1 lead. D'Arnaud finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored. He now has four homers in 24 at-bats since his demotion and is hitting .417. Darin Gorski took over for Montero in the first and limited the RedHawks to one run on five hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings. Ryan Reid completed the game with two scoreless relief innings. The ex-Pirate Reid, an offseason waiver claim by the Mets, upped his streak without allowing an earned run to 22 2/3 innings. Box

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 4, ERIE 2 - BINGHAMTON 6, ERIE 0: Hansel Robles tossed a seven-inning shutout in the nightcap. He limited Erie to three hits and one walk while striking out five. Brian Burgamy, Matt Reynolds, Matt Clark and Travis Taijeron all homered for the B-Mets in Game 2. Burgamy finished the doubleheader 5-for-6. In Game 1, Binghamton overcame a 2-1 deficit with a three-run fourth. Taijeron had a go-ahead two-run single and Kyle Johnson followed with a sacrifice fly. Adam Kolarek recorded the final four outs for his second save. Starter Tyler Pill (4-5) allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Box 1, Box 2

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mets Minor League Roundup 6/11: d'Arnaud hits two HR's for Vegas


Mets Minor League Roundup 6/11:


Mets AAA - LAS VEGAS 14, COLORADO SPRINGS 7: Travis d'Arnaud homered twice for the 51s, in the third game since his demotion from the Mets. D'Arnaud is now 6-for-10 for Las Vegas, after batting just .180 in 39 games for the Mets. Daniel Muno, Allan Dykstra, Brandon Allen and Kai Gronauer also homered for Las Vegas, and d'Arnaud, Muno and Allen each had three hits. Ryan Reid pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and got credit for the win. Box.

Mets AA - BINGHAMTON 12, AKRON 6: Brian Burgamy hit two three-run home runs to lead the B-Mets past the RubberDucks. Burgamy also had a single and a bases-loaded walk, and finished with seven RBIs. Travis Taijeron also homered for the B-Mets, who have nine home runs in the first four games of their five-game series in Akron. Matthew Bowman allowed just two runs in seven innings for his first win since April 26. The two runs Bowman allowed both scored on a double by ex-Yankee Nick Swisher, in Akron on a rehab assignment. Box.

Mets High A - ST. LUCIE at JUPITER, ppd.: The two teams will play a doubleheader Thursday afternoon.

Mets A - SAVANNAH at KANNAPOLIS, ppd.: The Sand Gnats didn't play, but they did celebrate. The rainout took a game off their schedule and meant that they clinched the first-half title in the South Atlantic League's Southern Division. It's the fourth time in five years that Savannah has won the first-half title.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Mets News: Travis d'Arnaud sent back to minors, Teagarden sent up


Mets News:


Rookie Travis d'Arnaud has demoted to Triple-A Las Vegas late Saturday.

D'Arnaud had been 3-for-26 since his return from the disabled list for a concussion. He is hitting .180 with three homers and nine RBIs in 128 at-bats this season.

Taylor Teagarden has been promoted to join Anthony Recker behind the plate. Teagarden, 30, had a June 15 out in his contract. He was hitting .279 with eight homers and 19 RBIs with Las Vegas. He had a .402 on-base percentage, but also 36 strikeouts in 104 at-bats.

"I've just got work to do," the 25-year-old d'Arnaud said in terse comments after receiving the news following the Mets' 5-4 walk-off loss to the San Francisco Giants. "I've got to find my swing."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Gee Not Returning Soon, D'Arnaud Coming Back, Syndergaard's MRI Clean


Mets News and Notes:


Gee Not Returning Soon
Dillon Gee's original, ambitious goal to return from the disabled list after missing only two starts has long been thrown out the window.

Gee is taking a more cautious approach that suggests Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom may be in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

Gee packed up his belongings after Tuesday's 4-2 win against the Pittsburgh Pirates and prepared to travel to the Mets' complex in Florida. He has been on the disabled list with a strained right lat muscle since May 11.

Gee said he threw two pitches on flat ground on Sunday with the intention of stepping onto a mound for the first time that day when he had to abort the session because he was uncomfortable.

Now, there is no set day he plans to attempt to step on a mound again. Gee said that's because he did "too much too quickly" and aggravated the lat muscle on Sunday.

d'Arnaud Coming Back
Travis d'Arnaud got in only two innings behind the plate on Tuesday before weather resulted in the suspension of Binghamton's game against New Hampshire.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Gee Setback?, den Dekker Up - Black Down, EY to DL? , d'Arnaud HR's for Binghamton


Mets News and Notes:


Gee Setback?
Injured Mets starter Dillon Gee did not throw a bullpen session on Sunday as planned, general manager Sandy Alderson revealed following the team's 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the nightcap of a doubleheader at Citi Field.

"Dillon Gee did not feel comfortable today throwing a 'pen," Alderson said. "It never got that far. So we’ll back him off a little bit."

Gee, off to a great start this season (3-1, 2.73 ERA), was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 14 with a strained right lat muscle. He told reporters Sunday morning that he did plan to throw Sunday, so something clearly changed.

Gee's setback means we'll likely see more of rookies Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, who both joined the starting rotation recently, replacing Gee and Jenrry Mejia (who is now the Mets' closer).

den Dekker Up - Black Down
Alderson also revealed that reliever Vic Black is headed back to Triple-A Las Vegas, and confirmed that outfielder Matt den Dekker is headed from Las Vegas to New York, with outfielder Eric Young Jr. likely headed to the disabled list with a hamstring injury (reported first by ESPNNewYork.com colleague Adam Rubin).

Black was called up as the Mets' extra man for Sunday's doubleheader but did not pitch in either game.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Mets News and Notes: Doubleheader Notes, Vic Black up, Dice-K to start, d'Arnaud making progress


Mets News and Notes: Doubleheader Notes, Vic Black up, Dice-K to start, d'Arnaud making progress:


As we all know by now, Friday's game between the Mets and D-backs was postponed in the middle of the fourth inning, with Arizona leading, 2-0. That score will be wiped from the record books, and the two teams will play a single-admission doubleheader on Sunday beginning at 1:10 p.m. ET at Citi Field.

Only fans holding tickets marked "Sunday, May 25 -- Game 27" will be admitted to the doubleheader. Banner Day will continue as scheduled, with registration beginning at 10 a.m. Family Sunday pregame activities at Mets Plaza will begin at 11 a.m. The Mr. Met postgame dash around the bases for kids will follow the second game.

Those holding a paid ticket for Friday's game can exchange it for a comparably priced ticket to another home game within 12 months, subject to availability.

With the Mets able to add a 26th player for Sunday's doubleheader, the club has selected right-handed reliever Vic Black for a promotion from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Black had produced a 3-0 record, 3.46 ERA and 1.154 WHIP in 15 late-season relief appearances with the Mets in 2013 after being acquired on Aug. 29 with minor-league second baseman Dilson Herrera for Marlon Byrd and John Buck.

This season, he is 0-1 with a 1.45 ERA and has converted seven saves in eight chances with Vegas. He also has surrendered 12 hits, 17 walks (one intentional) and hit a batter in 18 2/3 innings.

With the Mets needing an extra starter on Sunday for a doubleheader, Daisuke Matsuzaka will step into the rotation for a spot start in Game 2. Rafael Montero will proceed in the 1:10 p.m. opener, as had been originally intended.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen suggested Matsuzaka will be capable of throwing 100 pitches on Sunday.

Travis d'Arnaud hit outdoors and was due to catch a bullpen session Friday as he works back from a concussion, although rain may interrupt the catching responsibility.

Terry Collins said d'Arnaud could be cleared by the team trainer and doctor later Friday to enter games. An MLB doctor then would need to review d'Arnaud's records and sign off.

Since d'Arnaud has not appeared in a game since getting struck on the top of the head 10 days ago, Collins said he expects the catcher will first go on a minor league rehab assignment, even if d'Arnaud needs only eight or 10 at-bats in the minors.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud Cleared, Mejia Clears Hurdle, Gee Rehab Start, The "Soup" will get playing time


Mets News and Notes:


D'Arnaud cleared
Travis d’Arnaud was cleared Thursday to begin baseball activities including running, throwing and hitting in a cage. The go-ahead came nine days after d’Arnaud suffered a concussion as the result of getting struck on the top of the head by Alfonso Soriano's backswing in the Bronx.

D’Arnaud still may be several days away from returning to the lineup. Terry Collins mentioned he would like d’Arnaud to get at-bats on a rehab assignment. Physicians will need to sign off before any game activity occurs.

D’Arnaud said he was symptom-free for the first time Wednesday. Previously, he was dealing with “a lot of headaches,” sensitivity to light and sound, and trouble sleeping.

D’Arnaud indicated he has now suffered three concussions during his professional career. One came on April 25, 2011, while he was playing in Double-A with the Toronto Blue Jays, when he was struck with consecutive foul balls and immediately became dizzy. He departed that game an inning later. The other came in 2008 on a play at the plate as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, when he took a foot to the face after discarding his mask.

Mejia Clears Hurdle
Jenrry Mejia cleared a psychological hurdle Thursday while notching his second career save.

Mejia worked back-to-back days for the first time since June 5-6, 2010 while completing the Mets’ 5-3 win against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Mejia has been leery about working on consecutive days because he feels the injury woes he suffered earlier in his career were linked to a bullpen-type workload rather than the consistency of starting.

Mejia is warming to closing, even though he staunchly has said he prefers starting.

Mejia’s light workload Wednesday -- eight pitches in a scoreless inning -- proved a perfect opportunity to get the emerging closer work for a second straight day.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud 7 Day, Mejia Closing, Edgin Official, ESPN Mock Draft


Mets News and Notes:

d'Arnaud 7 Day:
New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck on the top of the head with Alfonso Soriano's backswing in the ninth inning on Tuesday, has landed on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Juan Centeno has been promoted from Triple-A Las Vegas to take d'Arnaud's spot. Centeno caught right-hander Jacob deGrom's major league debut on Thursday night against the New York Yankees at Citi Field.

Centeno and Anthony Recker will form the Mets' catching duo for the next week.

Because d'Arnaud already has sat out Wednesday's game, he will be eligible to return next Wednesday, for the second game of a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field.

Mejia Closing:
The Mets plan to use Jenrry Mejia as the closer on Thursday night should they have a late and close lead. And Terry Collins believes over time Mejia will emerge as the regular closer.

Still, Collins said Mejia cannot be anointed to the role yet because the 24-year-old right-hander is not ready to pitch on consecutive days.

Mejia has not worked on back-to-back days at any professional level since June 5-6, 2010 -- his last time as a reliever in the majors.

Mejia is transitioning from a starting role to relief. He had a wonderful first appearance back in the bullpen, recording four outs at Yankee Stadium on Monday, hours after learning he had lost his rotation spot.

Four different Mets have recorded saves this season: the newly dumped Kyle Farnsworth (three), Jose Valverde (two), Carlos Torres (one) and Daisuke Matsuzaka (one). Planned closer Bobby Parnell landed on the disabled list after Opening Day and subsequently underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Mets News and Notes: d'Arnaud Concussion DL?, Tejada Over Flores, EY Over Lagares, Super 2 Decision, Edgin on the way


Mets News and Notes:


 d'Arnaud Concussion DL?:
Wednesday, the New York Mets began to have concerns that it could be something more serious. And now there's a real chance that d'Arnaud could be heading for baseball's seven-day concussion disabled list.

d'Arnaud passed initial concussion tests Tuesday night, after Soriano inadvertently hit him on the helmet with his backswing in a ninth-inning at-bat. The Mets catcher even remained in the game to catch the final out.

But d'Arnaud was still feeling the effects of the hit Wednesday, and when he felt more symptoms after going through workouts at Citi Field, the Mets decided to administer further concussion tests. Manager Terry Collins said Wednesday night that d'Arnaud will have another test on Thursday.

The Mets have summoned catcher Juan Centeno from Triple-A Las Vegas. While Centeno has not yet been added to the roster, the Mets want him available in case d'Arnaud goes on the DL.

Tejada over Flores:
Collins gave a simple explanation for giving Ruben Tejada a fourth consecutive start at shortstop, after saying Tuesday that he expected Wilmer Flores to play.

"He's too hot to take out," Collins said.

Tejada lost his job a week ago when the Mets called up Flores from Triple-A Las Vegas, then got a reprieve when Flores got sick and had to miss Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Tejada has reached base seven times in three games since then, and has also impressed the Mets with his play at shortstop.

Monday, March 10, 2014

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


Mets News:


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

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

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

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

Sunday, February 23, 2014

More Pics From 2014 Mets Spring Training


More Pics from 2014 Mets Spring Training


Travis d'Arnaud getting some work behind the plate

The Captain David Wright

More Wright Signings.....

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.

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.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Mets News: Travis d'Arnaud to remain will big club, Recker Optioned to Triple-A


Mets News:


Travis d'Arnaud will remain with the major league club, the Mets announced after Monday's 6-1 win against the Minnesota Twins. Anthony Recker has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas, presumably until rosters expand Sept. 1.

The Mets needed to make the decision with John Buck set to return from a three-day paternity leave on Tuesday.

"In our opinion -- and this is Sandy [Alderson] and I and the coaches' opinion -- the only way this guy is going to improve is to be here," Terry Collins said. "He'll work with John Buck ... to learn from certainly that quality veteran."

D'Arnaud is 0-for-7 with five walks through three major league games.

"Even though he hasn't got a hit yet, he's been on four or five times because he works the count," Collins said. "So he brings a lot to the table."

While d'Arnaud is due to get the bulk of the playing time, Collins indicated Buck will not get buried on the bench.

"They're going to both play," Collins said. "... John Buck deserves some playing time, and he's going to get playing time. I'll discuss that when I get to see John."

Recker is hitting .193 with five homers and 16 RBIs through 109 at-bats this season.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mets News: Travis d'Arnaud will play Saturday, Buck will go on paternity leave


Mets News:


John Buck finally received word of his wife going into labor and departed before Friday's game against the San Diego Padres. Anthony Recker has replaced Buck in the No. 7 hole in the lineup for the Mets.

Top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud will be called up and play Saturday.

Paternity leave lasts three days, but Sandy Alderson said d'Arnaud may stay in the big leagues beyond that if he holds his own.

The Mets will not officially placed Buck on paternity leave and call up d'Arnaud until Saturday, since d'Arnaud would not be able to arrive from Salt Lake City until after 11:30 p.m. or midnight PT. That also means the paternity leave extends through Monday's game in Minnesota, so Buck does not need to rejoin the Mets until Tuesday's homestand opener in New York.

Terry Collins has indicated d'Arnaud will play while he is with the major league club. If d'Arnaud's stay lasts only three days, he would then return in September, once rosters expand.

“We’re realistic, and this just could be a three-day stint, although September is just around the corner,” Alderson said. “And I would certainly expect that even if he does go back to Vegas, he will be with us in September.”
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