The St. Lucie Mets pounded out 19 hits and clobbered the Fort Myers Miracle 15-9 at Hammond Stadium on Friday night.

The Mets erased a 4-0 first-inning deficit en route to their fifth win over the Miracle in five games. T.J. Rivera and Brandon Nimmo both had four-hit games and everyone in the Mets lineup scored a run.

Travis Harrison excited the home crowd with a three-run homer in the first to put the Miracle up 4-0 in the first, but the Miracle fans were silenced shortly after when Maikis De La Cruz hit a three-run homer to the same spot in the left field berm in the second to make it 4-3. T.J. Rivera tied the game with an RBI single three batters later.

The Mets made it a seven-run second inning when Cam Maron followed Aderlin Rodriguez’s two-run double with a run scoring single.

The Miracle tied the game 7-7 against Michael Fulmer in the bottom of the second, but the Mets quickly added two runs in the third on RBI base hits by Nimmo and Rivera.

Fort Myers inched closer with a sac fly in the third that made it 9-8, but reliever Seth Lugo settled the Mets down on the mound. Lugo pitched five innings of three-hit relief, allowing just one run.

Meanwhile, the Mets scored three runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth to pull away. In the fifth, Nimmo laced and RBI triple, Rivera notched his third RBI single and Rodriguez collected his third RBI with a single to make it 12-8.

Dilson Herrera extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a run-scoring single in the sixth. Brandon Allen blasted a two-run double later in the frame to make it 15-8.

Lugo earned the win while Steven Gruver took the loss. Gruver allowed five runs on seven hits in just 2 2/3 innings.

With his four hits, Rivera upped his batting average to .411 which is the best in the Florida State League. Brandon Nimmo is not far behind in second with a .407 average after his four-hit night.- team press release

Mets Minor League Report: April 18, 2014


MMLR Player of the Day: St. Lucie CF Brandon Nimmo

Las Vegas (12-3) trails Reno (6-9) 7-6 after 7 innings.

Rafael Montero only pitched 4.0 innings tonight. 4 R, 6 H, (HR) 3 BB, 6 K. Nights like this are to be expected in the PCL, even to the Monteros.
Ryan Reid: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, 2 BB.
Miguel Socolovich was finally scored upon: 1.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, (HR) 0 BB, 2 K.
Josh Edgin: 1.0 IP, R, 2H, 2 BB, K.

All stats are through 7 innings only.
Anthony Seratelli: 1-2, HR, 2 BB, RBI, 2 R.
Eric Campbell: 2-3, BB, R.
Taylor Teagarden: 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R.

New Hampshire (5-8) bests Binghamton (8-5) 6-3.

Darin Gorski was a victim of the gopher ball: 6.0 IP, 3 R, 6 H, (3 HR) BB, 6 K.
Cody Satterwhite followed Gorski pitching as the Mets tied the score: 2 IP, 0 R, H, BB.
Jon Velasquez (L, 0-1) came in for the 9th inning: 1.0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, BB, K.

Not a lot of offense for Bingo tonight. What a difference a day makes.
Kevin Plawecki: 2-4.
Cory Vaughn: 1-3, 2B, BB, R.

St. Lucie (8-6) scorches Fort Myers (8-6) 15-9.

Michael Fulmer was not his usual self: 2.1 IP, 8 R, 9 H, (HR) BB, 2 K.
Seth Lugo (W, 1-0) was effective following Fulmer: 5.0 IP, R, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K.
Beck Wheeler finished up with 1.2 perfect innings.

Unlike Binghamton, tons of offense here.
Dilson Herrera: 1-6, RBI, 3 R, SB.
Brandon Nimmo: 4-5, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 R.
T.J. Rivera: 4-6, 3 RBI, 2 R.
Brandon Allen: 2-3, 2B, 3 BB, 2 RBI, R.
Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-6, 2B, 3 RBI, R.
Cam Maron: 2-5, BB, RBI, R.
Phillip Evans: 2-5, 2B, 2 R.
Maikis De La Cruz: 2-4, HR, BB, 3 RBI, R.

Greenville (8-6) @ Savannah (9-5) postponed - rain.



April 19th 2014 -- Braves 6, Mets 0

Friday Night at Citi Field  Aaron Harang no hit the Mets for 7 innings  as the Braves beat the Mets 6-0. Harang was brilliant on the night leaving after 7 when he reached 121 pitches.  It was up to Luis Avialn and the Brave bullpen to keep the no-no, but with 2 outs in the 8th David Wright singled to left to break the curse. That hit, was all the Mets could muster. Jon Niese started for the Met and was terrific, but just not good enough on this night. Niese went 6 strong innings allowing 4 hits 1 run, earned he walked 3 and struck out 7. He takes the hard luck loss falling to 0-2. The only run off Niese, and the only run the Braves needed came in the top of the 1st thanks to an RBI double by Chris Johnson.  Carlos Torres pitched a scoreless 7th to keep the Mets close, but then the Braves got to Gonzalez Germen  and Scott Rice for 5 runs in the top of the eight to nail down the win.  In the top of the 9th Justin Upton got to Jeurys Familia for a sac fly to cap the scoring.  David Wright’s hit improved his hitting streak to 9 straight. The Braves ended up with 12 hits on the night, Johnson led the way going 3 for 4. Freddie Freeman had a two run homer of Germen in the 8th his 5th on the year. With the loss the Mets modest 3 game winning streak goes by the boards. The Mets now stand at 8-8 (2-5 at Citi Field). Saturday night it’s game 2 of the series. Ervin Santana (1-0  0.64) goes for the Braves, Bartolo Colon (1-2 6.00) goes for the Mets. 

A Quick Look - OF - Mike Papi - Virginia


           Mike Papi

6-9-13 -  25. Mike Papi, OF (Virginia): Strong on base skills and hit tool, though he needs to hit for more power to be a regular at a corner position. http://www.minorleaguerundown.com/2013/06/09/2014-mlb-draft-top-30-prospects/  

6-13-13  -  25. Pittsburgh Pirates — Mike Papi, OF, Virginia - The 6’-3”, 200 pound left-hander wasn’t even a starter until the 11th game of the season. Since then, he has been one of the best hitters in college, including leading the nation in OBP. Over 53 games, he hit .393 with 15 doubles, six home runs, 55 RBI and drew 43 walks to just 22 strikeouts for a .527 OBP/.625 SLG. With an advanced approach at the plate, and the size that suggests more power will come, Papi could erupt next season. He can also flash the leather in the outfield. http://beforeitsnews.com/sports/2013/06/2014-mlb-mock-draft-1-0-no-time-like-the-present-2513748.html?currentSplittedPage=2  

6-13-13 - Mike Papi, OF, University of Virginia: North Carolina's Colin Moran made a late push to be the #1-overall draft pick in 2013. Young for his level, he challenged Kris Bryant as the top college bat in the draft. Mike Papi vs. Trea Turner could have a similar situation in 2014. Though Turner is widely acknowledged as the best college bat in the draft right now, Papi had a uniformly better season this year. Turner's .378/.460/.571 sophomore campaign pales to Papi's .390/.524/.634. And unlike Bryant/Moran, who plied their trade on opposite coasts, Papi and Turner play in the same ACC. http://www.crawfishboxes.com/2013/6/28/4450674/the-way-too-early-2014-tcb-astros-draft-board  

8-14-13 – Through The Fence – Top 50 Prospects – 47. Mike Papi, OF, Virginia - The 6’-3”, 200-pound left-hander wasn’t even a starter until the 11th game of the season. From that point on, he was one of the best hitters in college and led the nation in OBP. Over 55 games, he hit .381/.517/.619 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and drew an impressive 45 walks to just 25 strikeouts. A very good athlete, he should be able to stick at a corner outfield position. He has a tough act to follow as a junior. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-top-50-prospects/36463#mwWwsFxSUZy7YC5V.99   

1-3-14 – TTF Baseball - 55. Baltimore Orioles — Mike Papi, OF, Virginia - The 6’-3”, 200 pound left-hander wasn’t even a starter until the 11th game of the season. From that point on, he was one of the best hitters in college and led the nation in OBP. Over 55 games, he hit .381/.517/.619 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and drew an impressive 45 walks to just 25 strikeouts. A very good athlete, he should be able to stick at a corner outfield position. He has a tough act to follow as a junior. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-2/40753#ppGUqI6CbWFvzsPf.99

Developing: Mets Trade 1B Ike Davis to Pirates


Jon Heyman is reporting via Twitter that the Mets and Pirates are working on a trade for Ike Davis before the game starts.

Chris Cotillo now confirms that the deal has been completed.

The team will receive 1 possibly 2 prospects in return. Possibly the same return as the Marlon Byrd deal.

Adam Rubin confirms that the team will get rhp zack thorton and a ptbnl.

Rubin has indicated that the PTBNL is going to be a "significant" 2013 draftee thus the player cannot be named until June 7th.


Draft 14 – Kyle Freeland, Matt Chapman, Daniel Mengden, J.J. Schwarz, Mike Papi


2-21-14 – Project Insider -  Kyle Freeland, LHP — Evansville - Like Newcomb, Kyle Freeland will not face a lot of strong lineups, but he got off to a decent start last weekend firing five solid innings at Lipscomb. http://prospectinsider.com/draft-prospect-watch-hoffman-vs-fisher

3-25-14 – MLB Draft Insider Mock –  23  Matt Chapman  3B           Cal-State Fullerton  -  Chapman’s bat has really let him down over the last few weeks, but there’s plus raw power in his right-handed bat and there’s also a non-zero chance that someone’s going to give him a chance to play shortstop. http://mlbdraftinsider.com/2014/03/the-board-2014-volume-ii/    

2-23-14 – Daniel Mengden - With a unique over-the-head arm movement prior to his delivery, it gives him some deception. He has a simple, repeatbale delivery and works fast. His fastball gets on hitters fast and has good arm side run and sink. He has a hard 12-6 breaking ball that is a plus offering. It could be an out pitch in pro ball. Excellent change flashes plus as well. Mid rotation arm with potential to be a #2 or impact bullpen arm. http://mlbdraftprospects.com/daniel-mengden/

2-11-14 – PG/Florida HS Dream Team – Best Hitter For Power: J.J. Schwarz, Sr. Palm Beach Gardens - Schwarz has shown the ability to impact a game on both sides of the ball, with his bat possibly being the loudest tool throughout the course of the game. He shows very good strength in his righthanded swing with major power and loud contact off the barrel. He is able to generate pull-side power and has also shown the ability to sting the ball to the opposite way. Even as a 2015, Brendan Rodgers garnered consideration for this category, showing easy power off of the highest level pitching. http://perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=9372

1-3-14 – TTF Baseball - 55. Baltimore Orioles — Mike Papi, OF, Virginia - The 6’-3”, 200 pound left-hander wasn’t even a starter until the 11th game of the season. From that point on, he was one of the best hitters in college and led the nation in OBP. Over 55 games, he hit .381/.517/.619 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and drew an impressive 45 walks to just 25 strikeouts. A very good athlete, he should be able to stick at a corner outfield position. He has a tough act to follow as a junior. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-2/40753#ppGUqI6CbWFvzsPf.99

Binghamton Mets 2014 Game Notes


Binghamton Mets (8-4) vs.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats (4-8)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)

LHP Darin Gorski (1-0 0.93) vs. RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-1, 3.29)

Friday, April 18, 2014  Game #13  Home Game #8
NYSEG Stadium  Binghamton, NY  7:05 PM

LAST GAME: Matt Bowman matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts over seven shutout innings to lead the Binghamton Mets past the New Hampshire Fisher Cats by a 4-1 score on Thursday night at NYSEG Stadium. The righty allowed just four singles and retired 15 straight at one point to earn his second win in as many starts. The B-Mets scratched and clawed to provide offensive support. Darrell Ceciliani scored in the first on a groundout to put Binghamton on the board. In the second, Matt Reynoldswent from first to third on a passed ball and raced home on catcher Yusuf Carter’s errant throw to third base. Travis Taijeron scored later in the inning on a wild pitch. It was plenty of support for Bowman who sat down 15 in a row after allowing a one-out single in the second. During his four consecutive perfect innings he threw just 36 pitches. John Church posted a perfect eighth and Chasen Bradford was touched for a one run on a pair of two-out doubles before closing the door in the ninth.

BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Darin Gorski makes his third start of the season and second straight against the Fisher Cats. The southpaw struck out a Double-A career-high 10 batters over six innings to earn his first win of the season against New Hampshire last Thursday at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium. He allowed one unearned run and surrendered just four hits. Selected in the 7th round of the 2009 draft by the Mets out of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, he is in his third season as a B-Met.

NEW HAMPSHIRE STARTER: RHP Aaron Sanchez makes his fourth start of 2014 and second straight against the B-Mets. The righty comes off one of the shakiest performances of his career. In 3.2 innings versus the B-Mets last Sunday, he walked four, hit three batters, and was tagged for three runs on four hits in his first career Double-A loss. Selected as the 34th overall pick in the 2010 draft out of Barstow HS (CA), Sanchez is in his first year at Double-A. He spent all of the 2013 season with Dunedin (High-A) going 4-5 with 3.34 ERA.

OFFENSE WON’T STOP: Thursday’s 11-hit performance by the B-Mets marked their ninth consecutive game attaining eight hits or more. They have hit .290 (88-for-303) during that span with 22 doubles, one triple and nine home runs. Thursday was the fifth time in 12 games in which the B-Mets have reached double-figures in hits.

STREAKING RIGHT ALONG: Darrell Ceciliani extended his season-opening hitting streak to eight games with a 3-for-5 performance on Thursday. It was his fifth multiple-hit game this season and  first three-hit contest. Wilfredo Tovar followed in his footsteps, singling in the eighth inning, his final at-bat, to stretch his current hitting streak to eight games. Tovar is hitting .270 (10-for-37) during the stretch.

AND THE WHIFF: Matt Bowman’s 11 strikeouts on Thursday night were the most by a B-Met starter since  Logan Verrett fanned 11 Erie SeaWolves in a losing effort on June 21, 2013. Bowman had previously struck out 11 Dunedin Blue Jays as a member of the St. Lucie Mets on May 20, 2013.

RACKING UP THE K’S: In five meetings with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats the B-Mets pitching staff has collected 51 strikeouts over 44.0 innings (10.43 K/9 IP). Two different starters have reached double-figures in strikeouts. The B-Mets staff has a 2.05 ERA against New Hampshire this season. Binghamton leads the league with 9.88 K/9 IP ratio.

SCORE FIRST, GO HOME HAPPY: For the eighth time this season, the B-Mets were the first team on the board on Thursday night. They have gone 7-1 when cracking the scoreboard first. It was fourth time this season they’ve plated a run in the first inning.

Friday’s game between the Greenville Drive and the Savannah Sand Gnats at Historic Grayson Stadium has been officially rained out. The game will be made up on Thursday, May 15, as a part of a double header at 5:35 p.m. Tickets purchased for Friday’s game can be exchanged for any regular season game at the Sand Gnats box office subject to availability.

Righthander John Michael Gant (2-0, 2.77) is set to set to take the mound tomorrowSaturday, April 19, opposing righthander Mario Alcantara (0-1, 9.00) for Greenville.

UPDATE - 2B - Dilson Herrera - Featured By BASEBALL AMERICA

7. Dilson Herrera, 2b, Mets
Dilson Herrera
Team: high Class A St. Lucie (Florida State)

Age: 20

Why He’s Here: .438/.457/.625 (14-for-32), 3 2B, 1 HR, 9 R, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 4 SO, 1-for-1 SB

The Scoop: The Pirates’ decision to part with Herrera (and righthander Vic Black) last year to acquire Marlon Byrd and John Buck made sense as Pittsburgh made a postseason push and had plenty of depth in the system. In a few years, the Mets could see a major payoff from that deal, as Herrera has the chance to develop into an offensive-oriented second baseman. He’s spent time at shortstop this year, where he’s stretched thin defensively, but he’s riding a nine-game hitting streak with six multi-hit games in that stretch.

John Sickles - Top Washington Nationals Prospects


1) Lucas Giolito, RHP, Grade A-: Has the stuff to be a number one starter but I want to see how he holds up to a full workload coming back from Tommy John and how his changeup develops before going with a straight A. Even with a few questions to answer, he ranks among the very elite and with a good season he could be the top pitching prospect in baseball six months from now. Let's give him some time first.

2) A.J. Cole, RHP, Grade B:
Borderline B+. Could wind up with B+ depending on how I want to slot him on the Top 50 pitching prospect list, so I should have a final grade here next week. Still some concerns about breaking ball consistency but he’s made a lot of progress over the last year and could develop into a number two starter.

3) Brian Goodwin, OF, Grade B:
Excellent tools but baseball skills remain erratic/inconsistent, particularly with his swing mechanics. If a time traveler told me Goodwin became an All-Star, I’d believe it. I’d also believe it if they told me he became a fifth outfielder.

4) Matt Skole, 1B-3B, Grade B-:
Power/patience hitter not likely to produce a high average in my opinion but should be productive in OBP and SLG. Needs to shake off rust after missing almost all of 2013 with wrist/elbow injuries suffered in a harsh collision.

5) Drew Ward, 3B, Grade B-:
Another high ceiling power/patience bat, third round pick last year out of rural Oklahoma, has the arm to remain at third base and his hitting skills have looked surprisingly polished so far given his background. 

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