5-4-12 - Daily Mets Minors Report


Date: 5-4-12

 There’s a lesson to be learned over the Mario Rivera mess.

Life is short, and quality of life is even shorter. Sports stars start special in grade school and continue on until the foundation gives out and they must find a purpose elsewhere. Some, like Magic Johnson, flourish. Others, like Junior Seau, don’t.

Mr. Rivera needs to heal and return for a proper exit. He’s the best there ever was at what he does and the video on ESPN should not be the last one we ever see of him.


C Rob Johnson has raised his BA around 100 points in the past few weeks. Johnson was a 4th rounder in 2004 by Seattle, who he played seven seasons for. He’s playing at 33-yrs old and has a career .193 major league average over five years. An excellent defensive catcher with very little pop.Was the opening day catcher for Seattle in 2009.  

P Chuck James to DL… C Jean Luc Blaquiere and RP Elvin Ramirez promoted to Buffalo 

C-OF Vinnie Rottino was promoted to Queens and SP Chris Schwinden was returned to Buffalo.

Jeremy Hefner‏@JeremyHefner17 - Congrats to Vinny! He deserves everything coming his way.. Best of luck! #greatteammate #mets 

Buffalo scored five runs in the second, which included an RBI by Hefner… Omar Quintanilla sent a rocket into the RF berm in the 4th the Mets needed a starter to step up and it sure looks like Hefner did tonight…  (7IP, 0R, 2H, 3K, BB. 78/52 strikes)

3B Matt Tuiasosopo got busy… 4-hits, 2-HRs, 3-R, 2-RBI…   Josh Satin up to .290…


We need to take a deeper look at 20-year old 3B Jefry Marte.

His stat line this season is impressive: .321/.378/.420/.798… yes, he has only 6-BB, but he also has only 12-K in 81-AB. He’s hitting .476 against lefties, but holing his own at .267 against righties. And all this and hitting only .143 so far in May.

The real good news is only two errors in the field. This is an incredible improvement on other years in the organization and my Mack hat is tipped to him and whoever has been working with him.

Now, the future… third base is pretty full right now. David Wright is in Queens, Zach Lutz is in Buffalo, and Wilmer Flores is right behind Jefry in Florida

We all know too much about this kid because of the amount of work done by Mets minor league blogger. Before the internet, he would just be some kid hitting well somewhere. Now, we all know the blood type of these guys.

But, call up a team and tell then you have a 20-year old third baseman hitting in the top 10 of a AA league… and… he only has two errors… and… he’s available.

Oh… btw… the number you want to watch is slugging %:  2009-A: .338, 2010-A: .401, 2011-A+: .346, 2012-AA: .420

SP Gonzalez Germen was promoted from St. Lucie to fill the slot opened when Zack Wheeler was placed on the 15-day DL. Harrisburg welcomed him to AA ball by scoring five runs in the second inning…  

INF Joe Bonfe transferred from Brooklyn (SS-A) to Binghamton (AA) 

C Juan Centeno continues to hit… he went 3-3 and raised his BA to .317.

A+ - St. Lucie: -   

We talk so much about the success in the organization. Let’s go in the other direction and discuss St. Lucie catching.

Frankie Pena (.184) and Blake Forsythe (.174) share the duties. They have combined for 17 hits this season.

Both received decent signing money and both were thought of as the future starter in Queens. Now, they can’t even get out of a platoon in A+ ball.

It’s so hard to find a great catcher in baseball. High school coaches are talking kids out of putting on the equipment. Why crouch until the knees so south when you can stand on first base or DH?

We had a great catcher in high school here in South Carolina a couple of years ago. 6-3 who could throw a ball to second base 90+. Yup, you guessed it. He became a pitcher in his junior year.

And the best to come out of high school in 20-years now plays in the Washington Nationals’ outfield.

Cory Vaughn is  #2 on BA's Prospect Hot Sheet… Kevin Goldstein on Vaughn - Cory Vaughn, OF, Mets (High-A St. Lucie): 1-for-4, HR (7), R, RBI. Five home runs in last seven games and up to .293/.381/.587 overall; the tools are certainly there. 

How does St. Lucie get off not playing baseball on a Friday night?

A – Savannah:

RP Jack Leathersich has 24 strikeouts in 15.0 innings pitches. Last year, for Brooklyn he had 26 strikeouts in 12.2 innings pitched.

That’s a combined 50 strikeouts in 27.2 innings pitched.


The Gnats got out of the gate early with four runs in the first…  it included a two-run double by LF Dustin LawleyTyler Pill was masterful: 6.0-IP, 0-R, 8-K, 1.65…

Jack Leathersich is just sick… ERA hit a low of 0.53… WTF!


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