5/22/17

ROSTER MOVES - Binghamton

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Please note the following transactions involving the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

May 22:
  • RHP Mickey Jannis placed on Disabled List, retroactive to May 18
  • RHP Blake Beavan transferred from Las Vegas (AAA) to Binghamton (AA)
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Nabil Crismatt named FSL Pitcher of the Week

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The Florida State League announced on Monday that St. Lucie Mets pitcher Nabil Crismatt was selected as the League’s Pitcher of the Week.

On Friday, Crismatt threw seven shutout innings and earned the win in the Mets 4-0 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays at First Data Field. Crismatt matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts. He did not walk a batter and allowed just three singles. He threw 104 pitches.

Crimatt struck out the side in the sixth, then fanned the final two batters he faced in the seventh to complete his gem.

Crismatt, 22, is from Barranquilla, Colombia. He is in his first season with St. Lucie. He signed with the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in 2011.

Crismatt pitched for team Colombia in the World Baseball Classic in March. He started an elimination game against the Dominican Republic at Marlins Park and pitched three innings. He received a no-decision.

This is the first FSL Pitcher or Player of the Week award for the Mets this season.
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Tom Brennan - MINORS SPOTLIGHT - TOMAS NIDO

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Tom Brennan - MINORS SPOTLIGHT - TOMAS NIDO

Catcher has not been a spot Mets fans feel settled on, with no need to look down towards the minors for future help.  

Rene Rivera has exceeded all expectations so far, but is aging...Travis d'Arnaud is attempting to join the Guinness book for most injuries - catcher, and Kevin Plawecki never seems to break through as a hitter.


So...how about...Tomas Nido?

Tomas Nido made a splash in 2016 catching with St Lucie, winning the FSL battling title with a .320 average and a .459 slugging percentage, while gunning down a delightful 50 of 119 runners.


How would he do in AA?

In April he stunk, frankly.  Maybe it was the miserable northern weather, but he hit just .196 in April. When would he start looking like a batting champ again?


May.

In May, through may 20, he was hitting .327, and .368 over his most recent 10 games.  

He only has thrown out 4 of 21 in 2017, so there has been slippage there vs. 2016, but it is still early in the season.

This former 8th rounder, who just turned 23 in April, appears to be a real possibility for a major league career with the Mets, perhaps as a catching tandem with Pat Mazeika, a lefty hitting catcher who is tearing up AAA.  Nido hit .361 against lefties last year, while Pat is hitting .362 against righties this year.  Why not?  Defensive whiz Ali Sanchez will also be in the future catching mix going forward.

I can't wait to catch them at Citifield.
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Mack’s Morning Report – 5-22 – Harol Gonzalez, Neil Walker

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Good morning.


 Jeffrey Paternostro wrote a piece on the Columbia Fireflies for BP that included this on Harol Gonzalez

So the stuff has improved across the board. Gonzalez’s prior calling cards are still here too: advanced pitchability and the confidence to throw any of his pitchers in any count or game situation. There’s potentially four average or better offerings here now and plus makeup/mound smarts to help the arsenal play up.. Still, it’s a difficult profile: he’s a short, lean righty who has to make it as a starter to have a real major league role, as there isn’t an obvious bullpen fit for this profile. In the past I have pegged him as one of my acquire 3s, but that feels light now.

Mack – I’m a big fan of Harol. He got right behind the 8-ball on his first outing when he gave up five earned runs in 3.2 innings pitched (12.27-ERA). He’s been fighting back since then and came up with his best outing this week (7-IP, 1-ER, 8-K). 

He didn't pitch half bad yesterday either: 4-IP, 1-ER.

My hopes is he continues to improve and finishes his Columbia experience with an ERA below 4.00. Time will tell.


MLB Trade Rumors  had this on the Mets yesterday morning –

The Mets have not resumed contract extension talks with second baseman Neil Walker, and it’s doubtful they will before the offseason, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (video link). New York would rather enter the winter with flexibility at various positions than commit to Walker, with whom it discussed a three-year deal in the $40MM range before tabling talks in February. Walker, 31, is on a $17.2MM salary after accepting a qualifying offer last fall, and has returned from a season-ending back injury in 2016 to post a decent .255/.327/.423 line in 168 plate appearances this year.


Mack – I think this is a smart move at this point of a season that could go in either position. Walker runs hot and cold with a bat in his hands and is always one play away from a future stint on the disabled list. Add to this the fact that Gavin Cecchini is major league ready in Las Vegas (yes, he’s only hitting around .250 but he is playing excellent defense at second). Cecchini is 23-years old and is ready to join Dominic Smith, Amed Rosario, Wilmer Flores, and T.J. Murphy in the ‘next’ Mets infield.



A follow-up on Cuban OF prospect Luis Robert, Baseball America came out Friday with the list of team favorites to sign him… St. Louis and the Chicago White Sox.

And now, as I understand it, he is finalizing a deal with Chicago.

                         https://youtu.be/Ew54lxdJw9U


There are 133 service days left to avoid Super 2


Carlos Collazo‏  @CarlosACollazo  -   2018 LHP and Wake Forest commit Brennen Oxford managed his fourth-straight no-hitter Thursday night.


Eudor Garcia has reported to Mets extended spring training.


On the Mets medical  mess
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5/21/17

Mack - Writing For Mack's Mets

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Morning folks.

Before we get back to reporting on the Mets and the draft, I wanted to reach out to the readers here and ask some of you to join the writers staff here on Mack's Mets.

All of the writers here started out as readers which shows the high intelligent level of the people that read this blog.

The rules here are pretty simple... there are none.

You write what you want for as long as you want (a perfect post is in the 400-1000 word range). We never change your content and only edit your spelling if you ask us to.

Most of the posts are about the Mets but some are just general baseball related (I particularly love them).

You write as often as you want, park the post in draft form, and email me when it it is ready to schedule. I will take it from there.

Simple, huh?

Email me at: macksmets@gmail and I'll send you an email that will invite you into the site as a writer. We can talk online then.

I hope to here from the next Kevin Kernan out there...

Mack
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2018 MLB Draft – Top 8 Projected Players in Draft

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As of Saturday night, the Mets would qualify for the 7th pick in the 2018 draft.

You might want to start getting used to these eight names. I’ll be writing about them throughout the year –

The college juniors:



Brady Singer                       RHP    6'5"    190     Florida
So far this season, Singer has gone 13-starts, 6-3, 2.58, 90.2-IP, 81-K for Florida as their SP2 behind ace Alex Faedo. His fastball touches 96. - 6-5, 200 – I would love to see this kid in a Mets uniform.




Luken Baker                        1B       6'4"    265     TCU   
Baker suffered a hairline fracture, ligament damage, and slight muscle tear in his left arm last week, but it shouldn’t diminish his draft status (he’s expected back by this year’s playoff run). Up until that, his 2017 stat line is 47-games, .317/.454/.528, 8-HR, 41-RBI. He also has a pitching past with a 95 mile per hour fastball. 6-4, 190 frame. A one dimension everyday player that could easily be repackaged by a major league team as a starter.

Colton Eastman                 RHP    6'3"    200     Cal State Fullerton
Most of the 2017 season has been lost to Eastman due to an elbow/forearm strain. So far, his stat line is 4-G, 3-starts, 0-0, 2.38, 11.1-IP, 14-K. Still, he is projected as a top 10 pick in next year’s draft. Louisville Slugger named him the Freshman Pitcher Of The Year in 2016.

Seth Beer          OF       6'2"    195     Clemson

Beer has been the odds-on favorite for the first overall pick since the beginning of the 2016 season; however, he really hasn’t had the kind of great season this year (.293, 13-HR, 47-RBI) as he did in 2016. Still, Beer remains as the favorite for the first pick. He’s a brute with a bat in his hands, who really projects out as a major league first baseman because of his limited range in the outfield. Still, it’s going to hard not to send this kid’s name up to the podium.

The high school seniors:

           
Kumar Rocker                     RHP    6'4"    235     North Oconee HS (GA)
You are going to have to play really bad this year to get your hands on this guy. He’s currently projected as one of the top three picks in the draft and the top high school righty. Over the head delivery. Fastball currently tops at 94 but he is projected to increase that in the future. 78-slider.

           
Jarred Kelenic                     OF       6'1"    190     Waukesha West HS (WI)
Kelenic is also a LHP but he will be drafted for his bat, which is a big one. Outstanding raw bat speed from the left side. Ball explodes off the barrel. Good speed and range and is projected to play center. He is verbally committed to Louisville but that just isn’t going to happen in this day and age of big early first round bonus slots.
           




Joe Gray Jr                           OF       6'3"    195     Hattiesburg HS (MS)

6-2, 185 RHH – Think Dominic Smith at the plate. 2016/17 stat line: 36-GP, .477, 7-HR, 34-RBI – Runs a 6.6 60 – throw from CF was clocked at 94-mph – has played short but will stick in the outfield.


                       
Brice Turang                       SS        6'1"    165     Santiago HS (CA)

Turang will definitely be the first middle infielder chosen in the draft.-  6-0, 155 – evaluators have Turang sticking at short. He’s not a bad hitter, but Turang will be drafted first for his glove.

                        
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Mack – Looking Ahead At The Mets 1st Round Pick

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Good morning.

The Mets pick 20th in the first round of the draft in June.

The Untouchables

It’s impossible to predict exactly who the Mets will pick, but it’s not impossible to eliminate some of the names out there, simply because they will be long gone when the 20th pick comes around.

They, and the position they play, are:

RHP (5) – Vanderbilt’s Kyle Wright, Florida’s Alex Faedo, North Carolina’s JB Bukauskas, Notre Dame HS (CA) Hunter Greene, and Concordia Lutheran (TX) HS Shane Baz.

            LHP (2) – Louisville’s Brandan McKay, Whiteville (NC) HS MacKenzie Gore

            1B (1) – Virginia’s Pavin Smith

            SS (1) – J Serra (CA) HS Royce Lewis

            OF (4) – Vanderbilt’s Jeren Kendall, Virginia’s Adam Haseley, North Davidson (NC) HS’s Austin Beck, and Ballard (LA) HS’s Jordan Adell.

That’s 13 draft picks, leaving six more before the Mets get to pick. 

Oh… by the way… if I’m wrong and one of the above names are still left on the board, send the name up to the Commissioner and let the party begin.

The Wild Card

Every draft has at least one player picked in the first round that have all of us running to our Baseball America material to try to find out just who the hell is this guy. Tampa Bay’s 13th overall pick  of 3B Josh Lowe out of Bowling Green was like this in the last draft.

That would mean that one pick will come out of nowhere, leaving five more before the Mets pick.

The Candidates (stats through 5-16)

RHSP Tanner Houck/Missouri – 13-G, 4-7, 2.89, 90.1-IP, 91-K – 6-5, 220 – three season total of 3.13, 288/60-K-BB. Fastball has been clocked up to 98. Got off to a very rough start this season but is finishing strong. His best pitch is a slider.

            RHSP Griffin Canning/UCLA – 14-G, 5-3, 2.51, 93.1-IP, 114-K – fastball                   only sits in low 90s but he gets most of his k’s from a ++ curve and slider.6-1,            165-pounds.

RHSP Alex Lange/LSU – 13-G, 6-5,2.92, 83.1-IP, 100-K – Classic 6-4, 200-pounds – fastball tops out at 96 – also + breaking ball – MLB.com give both pitches a 60 grade

            RHSP Hans Crouse/Dana Hills (CA) HS – fast ball ranges 93-95 but does hit             97… slider is 74-78 with late bite… could use some meat on his 6-5, 195-lb                frame.

RHSP Wil Crowe/South Carolina – 13-G, 5-4, 3.50, 79.2-IP, 72-K – Crowe struggled through 2015 and eventually went down with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and went under the knife for TJS. He’s come back fully healed this season. 6-2, 235 – mid-90s fastball and 4-pitch mix. I know his well and he’d be an asset on any team

LHSP DL Hall/Houston County (GA) HS – 6-1, 180 – Fastball is in the 90-94 range and does hit 96. He does project to have possible more velocity to come. Also has an excellent curve and what many draft experts thing is the best high school breaking ball in the draft.

            LHSP Trevor Rogers/Carlsbad (NM) HS – 6-6 with a giant wingspan… ¾                   arm angle with a high leg kick… mid-90s fastball that hits 96 (with late life)

LHSP David Peterson/Oregon – 13-G, 10-3, 2.29, 86.1-IP, 122-K, 12-BB – My favorite, though there is a good chance he will be gone due to laye season K9 success. Check this out again… 122-Ks… 12-BBs. K-BB ration leads D1 baseball. Awesome frame… 6-6, 240 – A broken fibula ended his basketball career but actually turned him to baseball -

            1B/LHP Nick Pratto/Huntington Beach (CA) HS – a really good pitcher                     (fastball only touches 90) but most consider him the top bat in the draft… 6-               2, 195…

SS Logan Warmoth/UNC – 51-G, .344/.418/.578, 9-HR, 39-RBI – a great hitter, a better fielder… has moved quickly up the mock drafts in the past two months… considered one of the safest picks in the draft

            3B Jake Burger/Missouri State – 50-G, .345/.459/.706, 20-HR, 56-RBI – I                       think this is the college home run leader. For that reason alone he should               be considered.

            OF Bubba Thompson/McGill-Toolin Catholic (AL) HS - Thompson is anall-             state high school football quarterback that has dropped football to commit to            play baseball at Alabama but he may find it hard not to sign on draft day.                   Compared to Deion Sanders
           


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Tom Brennan - MINORS SPOTLIGHT: NABIL CRISMATT

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Tom Brennan - MINORS SPOTLIGHT: NABIL CRISMATT


In April, I thought I had this guy wrong.

You see, I expected big things in 2017 from Colombian Nabil Crismatt, after a promising start to his career through 2016, including a sub 1.00 WHIP.   

He even got a single start cameo in AA, tossing 6 innings of 1 run ball and fanning 7 in 2016, truly impressive as he had otherwise had less than 30 innings in Columbia as his career high point through 2016.

Would he dominate in St Lucie in 2017, as I expected, or vice versa?

"Vice versa" certainly won out in back to back starts on April 21 and April 27, in which he went just 9 innings and surrendered 12 runs and a ghastly 20 hits.  I figured I must've had him wrong.

Nah, Tom, you can't jump ship over a few bad starts. 

My conclusion?  He just must not like pitching on those days.  His request evermore should be:  Don't start me on April 21 and April 27, thank you very much.

Fast forward to his last 3 starts in May, and we see him (as I expected) dominating for St Lucie.

Crismatt surrendered just 1 earned run and 13 hits in 18 innings in those 3 starts, with 18 Ks, topped off by a gem on May 19: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 11 K.  Looks like a vintage Tom Seaver line.

The 22 year old's career stats?

18-12, 2.74 ERA in 95 games (23 starts), 266 IP, 281 K, 1.02 WHIP.  Very. Very. Impressive. Believe me.

Mr. Crismatt joins PJ Conlon, Chris Flexen, Merandy Gonzalez, and Jordan Humphreys as my starters to watch going forward in the Mets minors. (I am not sure whether to include Justin Dunn, as he was used in relief in his last outing, after struggles as a starter this year.)

Of course, I would like to have included Tom Szapucki, but his shoulder impingement has caused him to miss the first 40 games of the season, with no identified return date that I am aware of. And I am still hoping that Harol Gonzalez (rocky season but great in his last start for Columbia) is pulling a "Crismatt" and turning the corner too.



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5/20/17

Tom Brennan - PAUL SEWALD TIME

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Tom Brennan - PAUL SEWALD TIME

Paul Sewald has arguably been the Mets' best reliever in May....10.2 IP, 2 runs in May, and 14 Ks in 12 innings so far this year. 

"CAN ANYONE AROUND HERE
PLAY THIS HERE GAME?" 

"THE NEW GUY CAN, SIR!"

He has been throwing so well that, with Addison Reed used early in the Wednesday extra innings game with the D Backs, if the Mets had ever gotten the late lead, Sewald would have been brought in to try to close it out. 

Montero lost the game, though, so that never closer situation happened for Paul, but it shows increased organizational respect for Sewald.

Looking back on his minor league record, it is (like with TJ Rivera) surprising (to me, at least) that his talent did not get him called up to the Mets sooner.

In his minor league career as a reliever, he is 17-8, 2.19, with 70 of 77 saves and 319 Ks in 266 IP & a 1.03 WHIP. WOW.

But the big test for any aspiring Mets pitching farmhand is surviving pitching in Vegas...and he like many others experienced some adjustments in this hitter's paradise. 

He was cruising along until late May with a 1.71 ERA, then had the one spasm of his entire minor league career - he surrendered 21 runs (15 earned) in 21.1 IP from May 23 through July 15. 

Was it all finally catching up to Paul?  Nope, he's smart and was making adjustments. 

In his last 21.1 IP that AAA season, and the first 8.2 IP in AAA this year, he allowed just 7 earned runs in 31 IP with 41 Ks.  He had, to my mind's eye, conquered the pitching nightmare that is Las Vegas and the PCL.

Paul is not a high 90s guy, but I saw him hit 94 on one fastball the other day that moved like Greg Maddox had thrown it.  We've seen guys who threw arrow-straight 97 MPH fastballs like Manny Acosta did in 2012, where in 47 IP he pitched to a 6.47 ERA.  High speed ain't everything, son.

Sewald pounds the zone and strikes out plenty.  And he certainly seems durable.

Guys can be potentially great, but many don't stay healthy - Paul is ready whenever he is asked to take the ball, symbolized by a Saturday night and Sunday game on May 6 and 7 against the Marlins that he pitched in where the short reliever threw an amazing 84 pitches and allowed just 1 run over 5.1 IP and fanned 6.  Talk about impressing the boss.

I hope Mr. Sewald continues to be a bright light, and continues to impress the boss, in what so far has been a treacherous season for the NY Mets, and also does it for future seasons yet to come. 


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Reese Kaplan -- NL Central Trade Targets (Part 2 of 6)

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St. Louis Cardinals


The high quality Redbirds are once again atop their division.  They’re doing it with a combination of almost no power and almost no speed (this latter result very surprising considering teams of the past).  Jedd Gyorko is the leading run producer with 7 HRs, 18 RBIs to go along with a .333 AVG.  After that the numbers get pretty average.  So what’s the secret to their success?  Well, Mike Leake, Lance Lynn and Michael Wacha have been terrific all year.  Carlos Martinez has been solid.  Surprisingly the weak link in the rotation is Adam Wainwright who has been pitching only a tick better than Matt Harvey.  Ouch!  In the bullpen closer Seung Hwan Oh is picking right up where he left off last year and is close to automatic in save situations.  He’s buttressed by former closer Trevor Rosenthal (1.88 ERA), Sandy Alderson Rule V mistake Matt Bowman, Sam Tuivailala, and Tyler Lyons.  Any of those four would be worth trying to pry away from the Cardinals.  They need offense in a big way and could probably benefit from a Neil Walker or a Lucas Duda on their roster.  Rosenthal had one bad year to accompany 5 very good ones.  He has closing experience and would probably slot in nicely in that role for the Mets with Addison Reed bumped back to his familiar 8th inning position.  



Milwaukee Brewers

This team is another offensive surprise with contributions from some non-household names.  Third baseman Travis Shaw is in the top five in RBIs this season.  Import Eric Thames is doing so well that some people are questioning if his production isn’t coming from more than just natural abilities.  The catching duo of Manny PiƱa and Jett Bandy are providing solid overall numbers.  2nd baseman Jonathan Villar is having a subpar season with a .222 average but he has driven in 21.  Then, of course, you have Ryan Braun and his usual outstanding play.   Starting pitching remains something of an Achilles heel, with only Chase Anderson and desperation ploy Matt Garza providing good innings.  Netafali Feliz has been a bust as closer.  They are getting very good results from Corey Knebel, Jared Hughes and Rob Scahill.  Of that trio, the one I’d covet is Hughes who has a career 2.81 ERA, so he’s not doing it with mirrors.  I’d also be interested in seeing what Jett Bandy could do on a regular basis.  He has 5 HRs and 11 RBIs in just 74 ABs.  His HR numbers are way up from the 8/25 in 209 ABs for the Angels last year.  He’s on a pace for 25-30 HRs.  I don’t know how he is defensively, but if he’s healthy then he might be worth consideration in place of d’Arnaud.  



Cincinnati Reds

They find themselves surprisingly a game over .500 and perhaps would be interested in Neil Walker as a major upgrade to play 2B for the remainder of the season.  The rest of the offense is pretty solid.  After Scott Feldman, their starting pitching is a total mess.  Their bullpen is very solid with four pitchers used regularly with ERAs under 2.00.  The remainder is at 2.16, 2.70 and 3.12.  I think there’s a surplus there that could come back in return for Neil Walker (assuming the Mets kick in a lot of his salary).  Main targets would include veteran Drew Storen or Michael Lorenzen.  With currently injured Tony Cingrani due back soon, they might part with an arm.  I would also inquire about center fielder Billy Hamilton to give the Mets the dimension of speed they're so sorely lacking.  



Chicago Cubs

Surprisingly they are struggling a bit offensively this year.  Kyle Schwarber, for example, is hitting just .179 but unlike Mets underachievers he has 5 HRs and 14 RBIs to accompany that poor batting average.  Anthony Rizzo is at just .213.  Addison Russell is at .226.Willson Contreras is at .226 as well.  Javier Baez is at .236.  Starting pitching has been adequate from their top 3 but Jason Arrietta and Brett Anderson were just awful so far.  Wade Davis has been virtually unhittable as their closer.  They currently sit under .500 and in 5th place in the NL Central.  Since they are defending World Champions, they probably expect their lineup to self-correct.  They might be looking for a 5th starter, but that’s not an area where the Mets can help.  Player to target – Koji Uehara.  



Pittsburgh Pirates

Having lost All Star center fielder Starling Marte to a PED violation, the Pirates have been reeling and currently sit at the bottom of the NL Central.  1st baseman Josh Bell has upped his power output considerably in his sophomore season, but Andrew McCutcheon is only hitting .212.  Josh Harrison is solid at 2nd base but everyone else is having a subpar season.  The top three starters – Gerritt Cole, Ivan Nova and Jameson Taillon are doing great work for the Bucs, but the other two starters have not.  In the bullpen they have had terrific production from Felipe Rivera, Wade Leblanc, Juan Nicasio and closer Tony Watson (who is rumored to be on the trading block).  Any of them would look good in a Mets uniform and with so many holes on the offensive side of the team there might be some traction.  Would Neil Walker be good returning to play 3B for the rest of the year with the Mets picking up most of his salary (that they are going to have to pay anyway) and get back Tony Watson?
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