5/28/15

ROSTER MOVE - Savannah - Casey Delgado

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Please be advised of the following Sand Gnats roster move:

5/28 - RHP Casey Delgado added as a free agent

Positions:P
Proper Name:Casey Robert Delgado
Born:June 15, 1990 (24.347)
PlaceMiami, Florida
Height/Weight:5-10 / 170Bats/Throws:Right-Right
High School:Palmetto (Miami,FL)
College:Austin Peay State University , Columbia State Community College
Drafted:Not drafted

2011Columbia State CCNCAANCAAso21732.2613087.279442225581.198.110.002.575.952.32
2012Austin PeayOVCNCAA32jr22945.592017210103.0113696413436171.519.871.143.765.331.42
2013Austin PeayOVCNCAA21sr23935.14201610096.11076155113510561.4710.001.033.279.813.00
2014Traverse CityFrontierInd-24763.2519190000116.111562423311184101.268.900.232.409.133.81


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Tom Brennan – WHO’S HOT, WHO’S NOT – MINOR LEAGUE UPDATE

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Tom Brennan – WHO’S HOT, WHO’S NOT – MINORS UPDATE 

It's a short holiday week, so I'm going to shorten up my list this week. 

Shortened to my top 10 hottest guys.   

And then my next 10 hottest will be listed more briefly after that. 

1.     Steve Matz is 6-2, 1.99, leading the PCL in Ks with 68, and hitting .350.  He needs an address with a Queens zip code immediately. So he can get his feet wet in the majors this year and win the Cy Young award next year.  If there is a better pitcher in all of the minor leagues, can someone tell me?  

2.    Casey Meisner was brilliant again in his last start in Savannah.  St Lucie belongs in his near future.  He is, by the way, only 6'7". 

3.    Brad Wieck and his strikeout extravaganze roll on in Savannah.  52 in his last 34 innings for the Gnats as a starter is murderous.  He is 6'9" of nasty. 

4.    Robert Gsellman is 6-0 in 8 starts, with an ERA under 2 in St Lucie.  A shrimp at 6'4". 

5.    Akeel Morris recently allowed a few hits in relief.  That was awfully generous of him. The St Lucie closer may just decide no more hits for another month or two. Those baserunners can be mighty pesky. 

6.    Michael Conforto won player of the week in the FSL.  He has had a very solid, extra base hit filled season so far. I'm waiting for the Conforto Surge.  

7.    Jeff McNeil was hitting .194 in mid-April, and is up to .348, and it is not the end of May.  Off the top of my head, that means .400+ for the past 5 weeks. Ted Williams approves.  Low on extra baggers, though. 

8.    Luis Guillorme is (per Stubby) the Mets' best shortstop glove since Rey Ordonez.  I'm sticking with Stubby on this one. So can LG hit a little?  Dang tootin', with a .320 average and fine on base % with the Gnats. One extra base hit and counting, though. 

9.    Amed Rosario is up to a steadily improving .276, which from the perspective of him being 19 and doing it in St Lucie is amazing.   

10.  Dominic Smith - the still homerless 1B has surged of late, with lots of doubles and lots of RBIs.  My brother was at Citifield when Smith first signed, and watched him in BP smacking a bunch of 400+ foot shots into the seats, so there is power there, HRs should follow.  Please recall Ike Davis went over 300 at bats before socking his 1st minor league dinger.  Lucas Duda is telling everyone to be patient. 

That's my Top 10.

Now my honorable mention 2nd 10, with a few added notes: 

·       Duane Below (back to back 9 inning complete games in AAA)

·       Matt Reynolds (not so much lately after a scorching start)

·       Jayce Boyd - nice hitting streak under way

·       Paul Sewald - terrific reliever

·       Eudy Pina (.322 in AA).

·       Xorge Carillo - slow start, hit pretty well since

·       Rob Whelan - another low ERA year in progress for RW

·       Eudor Garcia - raking since added to Gnat roster

·       Colton Plaia - the catcher had 8 RBIs in 2 games, hitting .300 – there must be a “catch” there somewhere.

·       Dave Roseboom - working his craft, looking to improve.  His rookie ball ERA in 2014 was 1.59 in 22.2 innings. In 2015, lowered to 1.57 in 23 innings, so the improvement is unmistakeable.  Kidding aside, the 6'3" Gnats lefty has a WHIP under 1.00, fine K rate, and is 3-0, with 3 saves. That qualifies as hot.  Not quite enough to crack my top 10, though. 

Other guys could easily have made that list, but those are mine.  

NOT HOT:

The guys who are not hot?  You guys know who you are. Keep your chins up. 

Have a great day.

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The Morning Report 5.28.2015 | No Place Like Home for Cuddyer, Vic Black Ready for Action, Minor League Promotions, 2015-2016 IFA Signings

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David Wright Injury Tracker | Diagnosed with Spinal Stenosis. In California to see specialist. 

Mike Puma | New York PostMichael Cuddyer is a giant homebody. The Mets outfielder continued his recent surge with a home run Wednesday in a 7-0 victory over the Phillies, raising his average to .381 over his last 12 games at Citi Field. “I like hitting at home, no matter where home is,” Cuddyer said. “You’re used to the background, you’re used to the surroundings, the confines, you’re used to everything. The more you play somewhere, the better off you are and if you look at my track record I have always hit better at home — no matter what my home was.” Overall, Cuddyer is hitting .322 with three homers and 15 RBIs at Citi Field this season. On the road, he is hitting .195 with two homers and seven RBIs.

(Chris Soto: When the Mets initially signed Cuddyer, the biggest concern was how his Coors induced home/away splits would translate moving to Citi Field. Oddly enough, that split has actually widened by coming to New York as shown by his road stats above. That said, he needs to start picking it up as those road stats aren't going to be acceptable going forward. While he does have an unfavorable BABIP of .240 on the road, it's not horribly bad. His 27.5% K rate on the road IS a bigger concern and is putting a ton of pressure on his average.)


David Hong | Metsmerized Online- Mets reliever Vic Black, who has been trying to come back from shoulder and neck issues, passed a significant hurdle last night. The right-hander has now pitched in back to back scoreless relief appearances with Double-A Binghamton and according to Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen, Black is now ready to come off the DL. “I think I’m ready,” Black told Lynn Worthy of the Press and Sun Bulletin. “I believe I am. It’s up to them. That’s just how this whole process goes.“I can get outs right now. I don’t care where you put me, I can get outs. I think that’s the biggest key outside of the back-to-back.”

(Chris Soto: Black will likely be activated in time for the Marlins series starting tomorrow with LHRP Jack Leathersich likely to be the guy who gets demoted for him. While it may not seem like much, having Black back in the fold is a big boost to the bullpen. While they won't immediately used him in high leverage spots, once he gets eased back in, he can provide better quality in the 8th inning than Carlos Torres. This has a trickle down effect...Black over C. Torres improves the 8th, C. Torres over A. Torres improves the 7th, which in turn reduces A. Torres' usage since Goeddel/Robles are pitching better than him anyway.)


Chris McShane | Amazin Avenue- The Mets have promoted right-handed pitching prospect Robert Gsellman from High-A St. Lucie to Double-A Binghamton and sent fellow right-handed pitching prospect John Gant down from Binghamton to St. Lucie. Gsellman is as solid a mid-tier pitching prospect as you're going to find. The 21-year-old prep product has filled out his sturdy, 6'4", 200 lbs frame nicely, adding a few ticks to a fastball that still works in the low-90s but now reaches 94 MPH without maxing out. His advanced command of that pitch, along with a surprisingly polished change-up allowed him to breeze through his first taste of full-season baseball.

(Chris Soto: Promotions have begun in Mets prospect land. Expect to see a number of player movements up and down at each level of the organization as clubs around the MLB begin prepping their short season minor league teams to start play over the next 3 weeks. With Kyle Johnson now manning CF for the 51's, they are short a corner OF so look for Jayce Boyd to be promoted soon with Conforto moving to Binghamton to join Nimmo and Cecchini.)


2015-2016 International Free Agent Signing Period (MLBPipeline.com)

  • One important date that is sneaking up on us is June 1st. This is the official date that clubs may no longer sign international free agents against their '14-'15 budgets, After a 30 day rest period, clubs can begin signing this year's crop of 16 yr old talent from other countries. In the Mets case, generally they sign 1 high impact youngster and spread out the rest of the funds so lesser known "wild cards." However this year, it looks like they are having a bit of a strategy change. The Mets are rumored to have $1.0M+ agreements already in place for both the #12 and #14 overall international free agents. With a '15-'16 budget of only $2,531,300, the club may have blown through their entire allowance on just these two guys. So who are they?
  • #12 SS Andres Gimenez- Scouts love what they see in Gimenez, who is 5-foot-11 and nearly 160 pounds. They also love that he makes the game look easy because of his natural abilities. He's smooth. Overall, Gimenez is lean, athletic and full of energy. The middle infielder has also shown the type of speed that could land him at the top of the order one day. He has a good hitting approach and is considered a line-drive hitter. He has some power and has displayed the ability to hit the ball into the gaps on a consistent basis. On defense, Gimenez profiles as an everyday shortstop if he continues to develop as expected. He has smooth defensive actions and an arm strong enough to keep him at the position.
  • #14 SS Gregory Guerrero- The nephew of former Major League star Vladimir Guerrero and the cousin of fellow top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Gregory Guerrero has a famous last name, but he's also making a name for himself. Known for his strong arm and quick feet, Guerrero has opened eyes with his easy actions on defense. He's a fluid defender and has a knack for making plays look easy. His tools and athletic ability will likely keep him at the position as he grows into his body and develops as a player. On offense, the teen is not as strong as his cousin Vlad Jr., but Gregory has shown some raw power and the ability to hit home runs. He's a decent runner and has been working on stealing bases.
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Mets Minor League Games - 5-27-15

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If you weren't playing in Georgia, it was a bad night.


Minor League Player of The Night - Casey Meisner with another stellar start.


Honorable Mention - Jon/Jean night iin Savannah, with Jonathan Johnson and Jean Rodriguez both collecting 3 hits. Heck,let's add in surging Dominic Smiith, with a single, double, and 2 RBIs.


AAA - Colorado Springs -  (17-28) 11 - Las Vegas (29-18) 1

    RHSP Tyler Pill - 4.0-IP, 12-H, 7-R, 2-K, 1-BB, 7.04

    1B-LF Brandon Allen -  2-3, .305

Allen has quietly climbed above .300, as Travis Taijeron strikes out both ABs, slipping to .322.

Tyler Pill kept Vegas in the game until the first opposng battter stepped into the batter's box.  2015 has been unkind to Pill.  Scott Rice and Chase Bradford also gave up 3 runs and a bunch of hits. Add in 3 Vegas errors - ugly.


AA - Portland (21-26) 3  -  Binghamton  (24-22) 2

    RHSP Dillon Gee - 6.1-IP, 5-H, 3-R, 4-K, 2-BB, 2.84

        Mack - This is supposedly Gee's last rehab assignment before returning to the Mets 25-man squad and return to the team for the Miami series.Will rejoin the rotation in the San Diego series.

    RHRP Paul Sewald - 1.0-IP, 0-H, 0-R, 0-K, 0-BB, 1.59

    RF Eudy Pina -  1-2, 1-R, double, 1-RBI, .322

Pina is quietly hitting very well for the AA affiliate.  Boyd walked twice but his hit streak ends.  One Dillon Gee run was unearned.  Sewald almost always excellent. Last nite too.


A+ - Lakeland (22-23) 4  -  St. Lucie  (22-24) 1

    RHSP Logan Taylor -  6.0-IP, 5-H, 4-R, 2-K, 4-BB, 5.79

    C Travis d'Arnaud -   0-3, .000

        Mack - this is the first rehab game for d'Arnaud, who is expected to play a few here and then move on to Binghamton for a few more, before returning to Queens and the 25-man roster

    1B Dominic Smith  -  2-3, double, .244

Smith has raised his average 100 points in a very short period of time.


A - Savannah (21-25) 7  -  Asheville (19-27) 2

    RHSP Casey Meisner -  7.0-IP, 4-H, 2-R, 5-K, 2-BB, 2.02

    2B Jean Rodriguez -  3-3, 2-R,  1-HR (2), 2-RBI, .285

    DH Jonathan Johnson  -  3-4, 2-R, double, 1-RBI, .333

Casey's 2.02 ERA shows it has been a scintillating season for him so far.  After a miserable start, Savannah has been winning more than the other 3 affiliates the past few weeks. The addition of Johnson and Eudor Garcia has sparked the Gnats' offense.

GOAT: Las Vegas, led by Pill, to a 10 run margin of loss.

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5/27/15

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St. Lucie RHSP Marcus Molina is being evaluated to have Tommy John Surgery on his elbow, per Adam Rubin..


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May 27th 2015 -- Mets 7, Phils 0

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Wednesday afternoon in Flushing, the Mets and Noah Syndergaard brought the power on the mound and at the plate as the Mets complete a 3 game sweep of the Phillies with a 7-0 win.

 The Mets brought the lumber in this one crushing 4 long balls. In the top of the 1st they took a 1-0 lead off the Phils and starter Sean O’Sullivan when Lucas Duda hit a long solo home run to right, his 7th homer on the year.  In the 3rd Duda doubled and was singled home by sizzling Daniel Murphy and it was 2-0.  Murphy was brought home when Michael Cuddyer launched a bomb to the 2nd deck in left, his 5th on the year and a 4-0 Met lead.

Syndergaard who was dominate on the mound, then opened eyes in the 4th when he hit a long home run just left of center (Syndergaard bats left) and the Mets had a 5-0 lead.  In the 5th, Duda continued to mash, hitting his 2nd homer on the day, his 8th on the year for a 6-0 lead.  In the sixth the Mets loaded the bases as Daniel Muno walked, Kevin Plawecki was hit by a pitch and Syndergaard notched his 3rd hit on the day, a line single to right. Curtis Granderson’s sac-fly made it 7-0.

On the hill Syndergaard was spotless going 7 1/3 allowing 6 hits while striking out 6. He gets the win improving to 2-2. His ERA drops to 2.55.

At bat, Syndergaard was also spotless going 3 for 3 with the home run. O’Sullivan had a nightmare of a day for the Phils going 5 2/3 allowing 11 hits all 7 runs (earned) walking 1 and striking out 2 while allowing all 4 home runs.

Sean Gilmartin and Erik Goeddel finished up for the Mets. Syndergaard, Murph and Duda each had 3 hits apiece; Cuddyer added 2 as the Mets assembled a 12 hit attack.

With the win the Mets improve to 27-21 on the season and are a stellar 20-6 at home. They pull to 1 game with the Nats in the NL east.  If the Nats lose to the Cubs the Mets will trail by a ½ game.

 The Mets have a travel day on Thursday, Friday night, its Harvey day as the Mets open a 3 game weekend series in Miami. Matt Harvey (5-2 2.91) goes for the Mets, Dan Haren (4-2 3.09) goes for the fish.
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TRADE - OF - Kirk Nieuwenhuis

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The New York Mets traded OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Los Angeles Angels for cash.

Mack - This leaves Las Vegas with four outfielders... Cory Vaughn, Alex Castellanos (also plays 1B and 3B), Travis Taijeron, and Kyle Johnson.

Jayce Boyd (AA: 155-AB, .310) looks to be 'next up'. 
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FLASH: Kirk Nieuwenhuis Traded to Los Angeles Angels

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     According to ESPN's Adam Rubin via Twitter, the New York Mets have traded CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis to the Los Angeles Angels for cash considerations.


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Mack - Wild Card Rooting

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I know it's early (I took down the graphic I had on the right side of the site), but we still can stay aware of what's going around us and who we should be rooting for weekly to do what.

1.  The easiest way to make the playoffs is to win most of the games you play.  You win 70% of the games still left to play this season and that translates to around 106 wins. 60% translates to around 94 wins.

2.  Forget what the National do. If they want to take the time and start losing enough games for the Mets to catch up for the division title, so be it. It's not going to happen so just let's move on and deal with reality.

3. For now, the Mers' rivals are the Giants, Cubs (boy, I just love losing that four games series there), the Braves, and the Pirates (another series we let these guys get into contention). 

    Cubs - you need to root for the Nats tonight and the Kansas City Royals for the three game series that starts Friday night.

    Giants - they play tongiht for one more games against the Brewers and then, beginning on Thursday, have a four game series against the Braves. In a perfect world, we would like these two teams to split this series 2-2.

    Braves - One more game tonight against the Dodgers, and then that four game (hopefully, split series) series against the Giants

    Pirates - One more game against the Miami, and then a four game series against the Padres. I've love to see San Diego win three here.
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Reese Kaplan -- The Good Side of the PCL Effect

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I saw a comment written recently asking the rhetorical question why is it that whenever the Mets promote someone from the Las Vegas desert AAA franchise 51's who is on fire he can’t hit a lick when he gets to Queens?  While my initial response was a snarky, “It’s hard to get into a groove while sitting on the bench,” a’la Johnny Monell, there’s a good question being asked here.  Most of the hitters from the PCL have not fared too well, so I thought about flipping the question around and thought about the usefulness of that environment as trial-by-fire for the pitching staff.

Jacob de Grom was never considered a top prospect, and after missing a year for TJS, he’s somewhat fallen off the map.  In fact, in 2013 he combined in three leagues for a 7-7 record with a 4.51 ERA.  The following season he started out in the AAA starting rotation and compiled a 4-0 and a 2.51 ERA over 38 IP before making his May debut with the Mets and subsequently finishing as the NL Rookie of the Year. 

Noah Syndergaard had a bit of a rough Las Vegas debut in 2014 with a 9-7 record, a 4.60 ERA, and a rather ugly WHIP of 1.481.  Even though he was striking out nearly 10 batters per 9 IP, he was not finding the kind of success he’d experienced earlier in his minor league career.  Fast forward to 2015 and he was 3-0, a 1.82 ERA and a WHIP under 1.000 while his K-rate actually increased.  No wonder he’s looked so good in his first trial in the big leagues. 

Out of necessity, the Mets have promoted a couple of starters-turned-relievers from AAA and they too have pitched even better at the big league level than they did in the minors.  Erik Goeddel currently has a 2.60 ERA with a WHIP under 1.000 across 17 big league innings this season after a minor league career that showed little promised with a 20-20 record and 4.02 ERA over the course of five stops on his way to the majors.  His 2014 in Las Vegas was a particularly ugly 5.37 ERA with a 1.681 WHIP. 

Hansel Robles, in his ten games of big league work this year, sports a 2.89 ERA and an ungodly 0.750 WHIP after sputtering as a minor league starter.  During his transition year of 2014 he appeared in 30 games, starting 18 of them.  He finished with a 7-6 records, a 4.31 ERA and a WHIP of 1.355.  Nothing suggested the success he’s found thus far for the Mets. 

Of course, everyone is chomping at the bit to get a look at lefty Steve Matz in the orange and blue.  Even after his last less-than-stellar start he’s still off to a 5-2 record, a 2.24 ERA and a 1.101 WHIP while striking out better than a batter per inning.  Imagine how he might do when no longer in the thin air of the PCL. 

Of course, not everyone flourishes in that environment.  Lefty Darin Gorski has pitched to three year of sub 3.00 ERA in Binghamton but hasn’t been able to turn the corner.  Matt Bowman was on cruise control ascending level-by-level until crashing into a 2015 record of 2-5, 6.98 ERA, a 1.650 WHIP and giving up more than 11 hits per 9 IP.  

Still, wouldn’t it be nice if the team could actually develop a hitter?  No disrespect intended to Mssrs. Duda, Flores, Murphy and Lagares, but the team has not produced a relatively consistent All-Star batting talent since the all-too-frequently DL’d David Wright who debuted in 2004 on a team that included the likes of Mike Piazza, Cliff Floyd and Mike Cameron.  Yes, it’s been THAT long!
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