4/20/15

St. Lucie Rained Out

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Due to inclement weather, Monday’s game between the St. Lucie Mets and Jupiter Hammerheads at Tradition Field has been postponed.

The teams will play a doubleheader at Tradition Field on Tuesday beginning at 4 p.m. Gates will open at 3:30 p.m. Each game is scheduled for seven innings.
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INJURED - RHRP - Vic Black

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Relief pitcher Vic Black has had his rehab assignment terminated in Binghamton and he has returned to New York. Reports are that there are 'complications' that could result in Tommy John Surgery.

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Conforto named FSL Player of the Week

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The Florida State League announced on Monday that St. Lucie Mets left fielder Michael Conforto has been named the Player of Week for the period of April 9-19.

Conforto has excelled through his first week-and-half with the Mets. In 11 games he has batted .366 with four home runs and 13 RBIs. He leads the FSL in homers, RBIs, total bases (29) and slugging percentage (.707).

He is fifth in batting average, second in OPS (1.167), third in walks (eight) and third in on-base percentage (.460).

Over the weekend Conforto hit home runs in back-to-back games against the Fort Myers Miracle. On Saturday and Sundayhe had three-hit games.

In the Mets 9-3 win over Brevard County on Wednesday at Historic Dodgertown he clubbed a grand slam.

Conforto is in his first year of full season baseball. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the first round (10th overall) out of Oregon State last summer.

MLB.com ranks Conforto as the Mets’ No. 5 prospect. He resides in Woodinville, Wash.

Mack - It will be interesting to see how the Mets handle Conforto before this year's Florida State League's All-Star game. Obviously, he is already showing signs of being well past this level of baseball. That being said, the Binghamton outfield is quite filled up with Brandon Nimmo, Jayce Boyd, Jared King, Eudy Pina, and Gilbert Gomez.


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Binghamton Mets 2015 Game Notes

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Binghamton Mets (6-5) vs.
Erie SeaWolves (6-5)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers)

RHP Seth Lugo (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Jeff Ferrell (0-0, 1.50)

Monday, April 20, 2015  Game #12  Home Game #5
NYSEG Stadium   Binghamton, NY  6:35 PM

LAST GAME: The B-Mets were dropped 10-2 against the Harrisburg Senators Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. Josh Rodriguez recorded three hits for the second straight game. But the B-Mets were held to seven hits and went 4-for-18 when batting with men on base. The Binghamton bullpen imploded late in the game, allowing 7 runs in the final two frames. Starter John Gant allowed two earned runs in 5.2 innings pitched to earn a no-decision. The Senators earned a series split after losing the first two games.
BINGHAMTON STARTERRHP Seth Lugo makes his second start of the season, both coming against the SeaWolves. The righty tossed six shutout innings at Jerry Uht Park in his first go around, allowing just three baserunners (all via hits), while striking out six. The B-Mets lost the game 2-1, giving Lugo a no-decision. The SeaWolves went 0-for-3 when batting with runners on base against Lugo. This will be his NYSEG Stadium debut.

ERIE STARTER: RHP Jeff Ferrell makes his second start against of the season, both against the B-Mets. The righty squared off against Lugo in the 2-1 SeaWolves win in Erie on April 14. Ferrell earned a no-decision in the game, allowing a run and six hits in six innings of work. He walked a batter and struck out six B-Mets. The 24-year-old spent 2014 with Erie, going 10-9 with a 5.54 ERA in 25 starts. He allowed 10 earned runs in 15.1 innings pitched at NYSEG Stadium last season.

ONE OF EACH: The B-Mets are 1-1-1 in their first three series of the season with the only loss coming against the SeaWolves.

NOT GOING THE DISTANCE: John Gant became the first B-Met starting pitcher to throw a pitch in the sixth inning in six games. None of the last six B-Met starters have been able to get through the sixth inning.

VS. ERIE: The B-Mets went 13-9 against the SeaWolves in 2014, including 4-3 in series openers. Binghamton was 6-6 vs. Erie at NYSEG Stadium, winning each of the first four games. The SeaWolves are 2-1 against the B-Mets this season, with the lone Binghamton win coming in the series opener. Binghamton has won the season series each year since 2009.

BACK-TO-BACK: Josh Rodriguez has recorded three hits in back-to-back games for the first time since May 8-10, 2014, when he totaled seven hits in two games with New Orleans (AAA). Rodriguez has registered multiple hits in each of his three starts.

ERRORS: After going four games without committing an error, the B-Mets have since committed one in six straight games. Binghamton has eight total errors in the six games, committing multiple in each of the last two games against Harrisburg.

NOT RELIEVING: The Binghamton bullpen has pitched to a  7.56 ERA in 33.1 innings pitched. They have issued 22  walks in that span (6 BB/9 IP). The pen has allowed runs in each of the last three games and possess three of the B-Mets five losses.

WALK THIS WAY: The B-Mets have issued 20 walks in their last three games. The total is the most over a three game span since walking 26 batters over three games from July 20-22, 2012 against Bowie.

OUT WEST: The B-Mets continue their swing against the Western division to begin the season. Binghamton is in a stretch of 14 straight games against the West , before visiting New Hampshire Thursday.

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4.18.2015 Binghamton Scouting Report

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This past Saturday was the 1st of 6 games this season I will attending at NYSEG Stadium. April 18th saw the Binghamton Mets against the Harrisburg Senators (Washinton Nationals affiliate). Here are my takeaways.


  • SP Luis Cessa- Cessa is not exactly seen as a premium prospect in this organization right now but after seeing him this weekend...IMO...we need to start giving him some more respect. Past scouting reports had his fastball in the 90-92 mph range but in this start, Cessa was pounding the strike zone with four-seamers that were clocking in between 94-96 mph. Cessa has always had plus control and average to plus fastball movement, but now, with he new found plus velocity, he has a legitimate case to become and eventual MLB contributor. He mixed the fastball with an excellent advanced movement change-up that certainly could be an MLB pitch as well. His curveball on the other hand still needs some help. It looks more like a power velocity curve than anything else since it lacked depth in the vertical drop. 1 Senators batter immediately picked up on the spin and was able to wait back on it and drive it into left CF. 
  • 3B/LF Dustin Lawley- Lawley is a BIG man....you can tell he carries a ton of power around with him. The sound of the wind moving when he swings is just different than the other guys on the team. It has authority behind it. However, defensively, he is a mess. While he was at 3B, he committed 2 throwing errors and made a terrible read on a pop up that he thought was going foul but stayed in play.
  • 3B/1B Aderlin Rodriguez- Another guy who you can tell just has a ton of power. However, the difference between him and Lawley is that Lawley has a smoother/cleaner swing. Aderlin's is just a mess. He looked foolish on a bunch of pitches down in the zone but when the pitch was left up he mashed it. In addition, he looked...Unnatural at 1B. His movements were stiff and his glovework was a bit questionable. 
  • SS Gavin Cecchini- Could be a major alert here, it could be nothing.....While I CANNOT confirm this, I think Cecchini is hurt. Cecchini was not in the starting line-up for this game after going 1 for 3 with 3 runs scored the previous day. Naturally, you figure it was just a normal day of rest. After SS T.J. Rivera left the game with a hamstring pull you naturally thought Cecchini would come in to replace. However, C Albert Cordero made an interesting comment to Coach Pedro Lopez while the trainer was looking at TJ..."Wait who's gonna come in? We don't have any infielders left." No infielders left? Cecchini is sitting right there! Lo and behold, Jayce Boyd came into the game at 1B, Aderlin moved to 3B, and Dustin Lawley moved to 2B. Lawley had never played 2B before. Further adding fuel to this theory....Cecchini did not play in Sunday's game either.
  • RHRP Domingo Tapia- Something is very wrong with Tapia. First off, his velocity was WAY down from what we have seen in the past. I was telling some fans behind me that while he has a ton of control issues....that's what will happen when he throws 100mph. He then proceeded to make me look silly by throwing 89-91 mph. That 95-97 mph slider that he's shown in the past? Clocked in at 83-85 mph. Reduced velocity and he still couldn't hit the strike zone.....very concerning (Sure enough Tapia is heading for an MRI on his elbow now.)
  • RHRP Vic Black- I was excited to see where Black was in regards to his rehab assignment. However, I came away very disappointed. Don't get me wrong, the movement on his pitches actually looked pretty good, but, the velocity on his fastball was just not there. I logged each pitch...89, 89, 88, 90, 89, 91, 90, 87...there was no zip on the ball. Could it have been a slow stadium gun? Couldn't have been...it had Cessa at 96mph. Something is wrong here too.
  • OF Brandon Nimmo- I'll finish on some good news. Nimmo looks excellent! He looks bigger, stronger, faster, and more mature. His AB in the 5th inning with Jared Kind on 1st and Paul Sewald on 3rd was probably the most professional AB by anyone that afternoon. He worked the count into his favor and pulled the pitch he wanted into RF to score a run. Patience goes both ways in this game though.....In the bottom of the 9th, with men on 1st and 2nd, Nimmo used the same approach but found himself in an early 0-2 count. He fought back and got the count to 2-2 but ended up swinging through the 3rd strike. Again a very professional AB, but just like with Lucas Duda, he needs to find that balance between patience and being TOO patient. Very excited to see what the future holds here!
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Minor League Recap - 4-19-15

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Minor League Player of The Night - Steven Matz


Honorable Mention - Michael Conforto


AAA - Las Vegas (6-5) 10 - Fresno (7-4) 5

    LF Brandon Allen -  1-3, 1-R, 1-HR (2), 2-RBI, .320

    DH Matt Reynolds - 3-5, 1-R, 4-RBI, .348

    2B Dilson Herrera - 2-5, 1-R, 2-RBI, .333

        Mack - the 21-year old Herrera seems to be settling in very nicely into AAA ball

    LHP Steven Matz - 5.0-IP, 3-H, 1-R, 5-K, 3-BB, 2.93

        Mack - worked the back end of a piggy with Montero... 

    RHSP Rafael Montero -  2.2-IP, 2-H, 1-ER, 3-K, 1-BB, 3.38, 50-pitches

        Mack - Montero was on a strict 50 pitch count, thus, he was pulled with two outs in the third when he hit 50. 



AA -  Harrisburg (5-6) 10  -  Binghamton (6-5) 2

    SS Josh Rodriguez - 3-4, 1-RBI, .357

    RHRP Beck Wheeler - 1.1-IP, 0-H, 0-R, 2-K, 1-BB, 4.26

    LHRP Dario Alvarez - 1.0-IP, 2-H, 4-R, 3-K, 2-BB, 9.00    

        Mack - Alvarez has had a very unimpressive 'start' in AA relief ball this spring... 

    RHSP John Gant -     5.2-IP, 6-H, 3-R, 4-K, 3-BB, 7.71

        Mack - So far this young season, Gant has not been successful making the jump from Savannah (2014: 11-5, 2.56) directly to Binghamton. AA baseball is tough enough for pitchers, no less ones that don't throw a single ball at the A+ level.



A+ -    Ft. Myers (5-6) 3  -  St. Lucie (6-5)  2

    RHSP Rob Whelan -  5.0-IP, 3-H, 0-ER, 3-K, 1-BB, 1.64

    DH Maikis De La Cruz - 4-5, 1-RBI, .400

        Mack - the 24-year old is playing two levels below where he should be...

    LF Michael Conforto -   3-5, 1-R, 1-HR (4),  1-RBI, .366

        Mack - text from scout to Adam Rubin:  "Conforto just hit another bomb. Get him out of this league. The kid has been incredible." 



A - Savannah - game was suspended after 6.5 innings due to rain

    RHSP Josh Prevost -  5.1-IP, 8-H, 5-R, 7-K, 1-BB, 7.15




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The Morning Report 4.20.2015 | Injury Updates, Familia's the Closer, Wally Backman in Miami?

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Injury Updates- One day after I reported that Vic Black's velocity was severely down in his relief appearance for the Binghamton Mets, The Mets announced that he was being sent out for additional MRI testing due to soreness in his neck and shoulder areas. With Travis d'Arnaud and Jerry Blevins on their way to the 15 day DL for at least the next 6-8 weeks, the Mets are calling up top prospect C Kevin Plawecki as well as RHRP Hansel Robles to take their places. We all know Plawecki's story....but what about Robles? Well...ever since he converted full-time to the bullpen, he has been flat out dominant. In 12 (2014) appearances, Robles held opponents to a .159 AVG, posted a 1.80 ERA, and K'd 10.8 per 9 IP. So far in 5 (2015) appearances, Robles continues to roll on, holding batters to a .207 AVG having not given up a run this season and K'ing 11.7 batters per 9 IP.


Joe Trezza | MLB.com- 
Jeurys Familia has impressed Mets manager Terry Collins enough to remain in the closer's role, at least initially, when Bobby Parnell and Vic Black return from rehab assignments. "If Bobby Parnell and Vic Black show up tomorrow, Jeurys Familia will still close," Collins said. "Again, it's been a year since Bobby's been out there. If when he shows up, he shows the same stuff he showed us a year ago, we will try to get him back in the role that he's comfortable with."

(Chris Soto: Familia has been PHENOMENAL as the closer so far this season. Mets front office executives always felt that Familia had the best stuff between him, Parnell, and Mejia and that he would emerge as the closer of the future and so far they are right. He is tied for the league lead in saves, is holding batters to a paltry .160 AVG including a whopping 0! hits in 12 plate appearances against left handers, and made Giancarlo Stanton look silly trying to swing at his slider and sinker. We have the makings of a star here folks.)


Clark Spencer | Miami Herald- Reeling from a four-game sweep to the New York Mets that left the Marlins with the second-worst record in the majors at 3-10, manager Mike Redmond's job may be in jeopardy as the team heads to Philadelphia for a series with the Phillies that could dictate his fate. According to sources who have heard rumblings, Redmond is on the hot seat and the the organization is already bouncing around possible replacements. One possibility: Wally Backman, the Mets' Triple A manager.

(Chris Soto: KEEP YOUR HANDS OFF OUR GUYS! The Miami Marlins were the popular pick to win one of the wild card spots all off-season long. However, as Brian Mangan and I pointed out multiple times....Miami has NO pitching! It doesn't matter how good your offense is if your pitching continues to give up multiple runs a game. Just look at this 4 game series.....Not a single Marlins starter went more than 5 IP. That kind of inefficiency has a ripple effect. It directly affects your bullpen as they get overworked....and it affects your offense's confidence as they press to come back all the time.)


Off Day Today! Get Some Rest Boys!
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Ft. Myers 3 - St. Lucie 2

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Aderlin Mejia knocked a pinch hit single off the glove of Amed Rosario to drive in the winning run as the Fort Myers Miracle edged the St. Lucie Mets 3-2 in 11 innings on Sunday.

The Mets took a 2-1 lead to the top of the ninth but Nikko Goodrum hit a sac fly off of Robby Coles with the bases loaded to tie the game.

The Mets loaded the bases with no one out in the 10th, but Todd Van Steensel recovered to strike out Colton Plaia, Victor Cruzado and Champ Stuart to keep the game tied 2-2.

In the 11th, Jason Kanzler started the Miracle rally with a one-out bunt single. He moved to third on Engelb Vielma’s single. Kyle Regnault intentionally walked Goodrum to load the bases and create a force play at every base. However, Mejia came off the bench and drove a sharp liner from Ricky Knapp of Rosario’s glove. The ball trickled into left and Kanzler jogged home for the game winner.

It was a pitcher’s duel early. Rob Whalen gave up one unearned run in five innings and twice stranded the bases loaded.

Michael Conforto tied the game in the sixth with a leadoff home run against Miracle starter Ryan Eades.

The Mets took their only lead of the game in the eighth. Matt Oberste drove a one-out triple to the right-center gap and scored on a Maikis De La Cruz single.

But the Mets couldn’t hold on. After Mike Hepple and Coles retired all nine batter faced in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, the Miracle mounted a ninth inning comeback. It culminated with Goodrum’s RBI sac fly.

The Mets ended up stranding 16 base runners.

Conforto went 3 for 5 with fourth home run of the season. De La Cruz recorded the first four-hit game for the Mets.

Regnault suffered the loss while J.T. Chargois got the victory.
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Savannah/Charleston game Sunday was suspended

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The final game of the four game series between the Savannah Sand Gnats and the Charleston RiverDogs was played Sunday afternoon at Grayson Stadium.
Sunday's game was suspended due to heavy rains and lighting with Charleston leading 8-3 in the top of the sixth inning.
Savannah scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning.
Charleston scored their first run in the 3rd inning.
In the 5th inning, Savannah scored a run for their 3rd run
The RiverDogs scored 7 runs in the top of the 6th to lead 8-3 when the game was stopped.
The game will resume April 23 in Charleston.
Savannah plays a 3 game series with  the Rome Braves starting at 7:05 pm Monday at Grayson Stadium.


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Harrisburg 10 - Binghamton 2

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The Harrisburg Senators used a dozen hits, including four from Pedro Severino, to thump the Binghamton Mets, 10-2, in the series finale on Sunday afternoon at NYSGE Stadium. The Senators hung seven runs on the B-Mets bullpen in the final two innings to secure the series split.

The B-Mets trailed 3-1 after seven innings when the wheels fell off. Dario Alvarez and Adam Kolarek combined to allow seven runs in the last two frames out of the bullpen as the Senators broke the game open. Offensively, the B-Mets were held to seven hits with their leading hitter T.J. Rivera on the disabled list. Binghamton struggled when they did get baserunners, going 4-for-18 when batting with men on.

Binghamton had a runner cut down at the plate in the second inning when left fielder Ricky Hague threw out Josh Rodriguez for his second outfield assist of the season. The B-Mets followed by stranding two men on in the fourth and eighth innings. They also left a runner in scoring position in the fifth inning and a man on base in each the seventh and ninth innings. In total, Binghamton stranded eight runners on base.

The Senators struck first, getting on the board in the second inning when a Jairo Perez error at second base allowed Pedro Severino to score. Caleb Ramsey would add to the Senator’s lead with a two-run single to centerfield in the fourth inning.

Binghamton responded in the bottom of the fifth, when Jared King got the B-Mets on the board with an RBI single to centerfield as well. But Binghamton wouldn’t score again until the eighth inning when they were helped out by an Adrian Sanchez error at short. The error extended the inning and allowed Josh Rodriguez to drive in a run with his sixth hit in the last two games. It was too little too late as the B-Mets already found themselves behind 7-2.

The Senators then closed things out with three ninth inning runs to complete the rout.
John Gant (0-1) took the loss, allowing two earned runs in 5.2 innings. Austin Voth (2-0) allowed a run in six innings pitched for his second consecutive win.

The B-Mets (6-5) welcome in the Erie SeaWolves for a three game series at NYSEG Stadium beginning Monday night at6:35. Binghamton RHP Seth Lugo (0-0, 0.00) gets the ball against RHP Jeff Ferrell (0-0, 1.50). 

POSTGAME NOTES: The B-Mets are now 1-1-1 in series this season…Josh Rodriguez has recorded three hits in each of his last two games…Binghamton’s bullpen has pitched to a 7.84 ERA in 33.1 innings this season…Binghamton has walked 20 batters, and hit another, in their last three games
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