FLASH - OF - Matt den Dekker

Matt de Dekker will join Las Vegas tomorrow.

Draft 14 – Trae Turner, Luke Weaver, Carlos Rodon, Mark Zagunis

6-24-13   -  SS: Trea Turner, North Carolina State - A repeat member of this squad, Turner impressed me as much with his rare insightfulness as with his special baseball ability. Sure, he’s an electrifying player, with game-changing speed, a lightning-quick bat and the ability to dazzle on occasion at shortstop. But UCLA coach John Savage rightfully gushed about Turner’s analytical skills after Turner broke down Nick Vander Tuig’s performance against the Wolfpack. So Turner gets the nod over three other players who were a joy to watch this year, LSU’s Alex Bregman, Texas A&M’s Mikey Reynolds and Cal State Fullerton’s Richy Pedroza. LINK

6-10-13 - Luke Weaver, RHP, Florida State - The Florida State righthander has managed to remain somewhat under the radar, but he has the ability to climb draft boards over the next year.  His fasball sits low 90′s and touches 94.  His change is an above average pitch and his breaking ball shows promise.  Weaver’s also shows very good command. LINK

6-13-13  -  2. Houston Astros — Carlos Rodon, LHP, North Carolina State - Rodon has pretty much everything you want in an ace. At 6’-2” and 230 pounds, the southpaw definitely has the size to carry the workload and his legs look like tree trunks. He has a five-pitch arsenal that includes a mid-90s heater, a power slider, a lethal cutter, an above-average curveball and a change-up with nice fade. He commands all of them well and is comfortable throwing any of them in any situation. Over 16 starts so far this year, he has a 3.19 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 161 K/40 BB over 110 innings. Opponents are hitting just .190 against him. His junior season should be full of ridiculousness. The only knock I have heard on him is his size and if he will be able to maintain that kind of velocity for the long haul. He also tends to get into control issues at times. LINK

6-10-13 - Mark Zagunis, C, Virginia Tech - Zagunis is a good athlete with good tools across the board.  He has a line drive swing and shows a good eye at the plate.  Zagunis is versatile in the field, showing the ability to play behind the plate or in the outfield. LINK

Draft 14 - An Early Look at RHPs - Tyler Beede

1.       Tyler Beede

5-23-13 - Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt - The only other player who has a chance to challenge Rodon for the top pick in next year’s MLB draft is Beede, who would be one hell of a consolation prize. The 6’-4” right-hander has three plus pitches of his own in a mid-90s fastball with great movement, a power curveball and a deceptive change-up. He doesn’t have quite the command that Rodon does, but he is just as unhittable. On the year, he is 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 20 K/9 BB over 18.2 innings, allowing just 12 hits for third-ranked Vandy. LINK


6-6-13 - Mike (Toronto) - are you more bearish on Tyler Beede than others? (your comment on his W/L record....) – Keith Law - No, I just don't see any argument that he was top three in the country this year.


6-6-13 - Draft 14 – Q and A with Vanderbilt RHP Tyler Beede

Mack – We’re especially excited here at www.bigleaguefutures.com to be talking to one of the projected top picks in the 2014 draft, soon to be junior RHP Tyler Beede. Hey Tyler, I assume you’re all College World Series consumed right now.

Tyler - Well actually we are preparing for Game one vs. a VERY good University of Louisville team. We have our hands full and really just focused on game 1 that is slated to start on Saturday.

Mack – It’s funny… I’m interviewing Nick Burdi at the same time. He says ‘hey’. (out of the interview… don’t let this interview get in  the way of your focus on the game… it will not post up until everything is over and I would update it based on how the team does). Putting the CWS aside, I don’t have to tell you how important next year is going to be to you as baseball player. Have you signed up for any showcases or summer leagues we can look forward to following you once the series is over?

Tyler - Nick is a good friend and fellow "VELOCITY" family member. Please tell him I said hello and will see him Friday. I have been blessed to have been asked to be on the College National Team for TEAM USA. This is truly a DREAM come true. Other than that I will prepare my body at Cressey Performance in Hudson Mass with Eric Cressey. Eric has been helping me since 2008 so I stick with him during the off season.

Mack – Nick also passes on his hellos to you. Your game seems quite complete right now, but will there be anything new you’ll be working on this summer or is it just some more pounding the zone?

Tyler - This summer , both during TEAM USA as well as off season, I will be working on commanding my fastball to both sides of the plate. I will break down video and make adjustments with Coach Bianco and Coach Brown. I have a lot of faith in what coaches see both live and on video.

Mack – Tyler, I want you to go back to the day you decided that baseball was going to be the sport that you concentrated your abilities on. How old were you then, was there a certain person that helped you with that position, and is he or she still helping you now?

Tyler - I played three sports growing up and into high school. I feel that both basketball and football really help my mental ability as to how I handled what I consider impact moments. Example of that would be as a Quarterback staying poised and composed in a huddle and leading teammates and within the game of basketball, learning how to slow the game down and work to execute game plans. I would say after my Sophomore year in high school is when I knew baseball would be my path in college although I would REALLY enjoy the opportunity of playing football at the college level.

As to a specific person that has helped me, there have been many. My father has been there for me since day one, but my biggest mentor would be Eric Cressey. He truly has taught me how to manage emotions and understand the strength and conditioning that it takes to play at the highest level. I have had outstanding youth coaches in my life, Mr. Tim Backlin and Mr. Doug Flink were my football coaches, Mr Jack Barry and Tim Cummins were my little league coaches that really taught me the game of baseball and Mr Bill McGuirk was my basketball coach. I would never be the athlete that I have become without these people. I have been blessed to have my academic life truly altered by Mr Chris Margraff. He is still to this day not only a former coach and advisor from my High School, Lawrence Academy, but a great trusted friend. Lawrence Academy altered my future and has allowed me to be a successful student at Vanderbilt University

Mack – (BTW, Dan Kirby, who just mocked you #1 in the 2014 draft, wishes you good luck next year). That’s awesome. Your father has done a heads up job touting you for the Golden Spikes Award. I’m going to leave it here and let the rest of the pundits ask all the same boring questions. I’ll check back with you before the 2014 draft and we’ll do this again, but, for now, is there anything you want to say to the readers of both Mack’s Mets and Big League Futures?

Tyler - Thank you very much for taking the time to interview me. I would simply like everyone to know that I am extremely grateful and blessed to have had the opportunity to attend and play at Vanderbilt University. It has truly helped me become a better man and more prepared for my future both within and out of the game of baseball. I will continue to work hard and what ever may happen in a year from now is up to GOD and many many baseball scouts and executives. My only focus over the next twelve months will be to get better each and every day in hopes of being  a better teammate and help Vanderbilt win a National Championship.

Mack – Class act!


6-9-13  -   4.Tyler Beede, RHP (Vanderbilt): Live fastball and a strong breaking ball, but needs to improve his walk rate. Has clean mechanics and already has the build for pro ball. http://www.minorleaguerundown.com/2013/06/09/2014-mlb-draft-top-30-prospects/


6-9-13  - 1. Miami Marlins — Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt - The 6’-4” right-hander is putting together one hell of a season for the top-ranked Commodores this year and is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes award. Over 16 starts, he is 14-0 with a 2.20 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 101 K/60 BB over 98.1 innings, allowing just 57 hits. He has an effortless delivery and the ball jumps out of his hand. He features a classic three-pitch mix with a mid-90s plus fastball with great movement, a plus power curveball and a deceptive change-up that freezes hitters. The one knock on him is his control, which can get wild at times, but once he harnesses that, hitters will have no chance of getting on base. I feel with his size, stuff and fluid delivery, he has the most upside of any college pitcher in the 2014 MLB draft. He gets bonus points for his high character and was named a member of Collegiate Team USA. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-mock-draft-1-0-no-time-like-the-present/34008#Vj5KQGPZZT1XUyhx.99


6-10-13 - Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt - The 2013 SEC Pitcher of the Year looks like a top 10 selection in next year’s draft.  Beede’s stuff is dominant.  His fastball sits 93-95 and he can touch 98.  His curve can be a plus pitch and he also throws a good change.  The key for Beede will be improvement of his command.  He has walked 60 in 98.1 IP this season and when he misses, he can miss big. http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/2013/06/10/2014-mlb-draft-early-college-names-to-know/


6-11-13 - 2. Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt: Beede, who didn't sign as a first-rounder in 2011, is a Golden Spikes Award finalist thanks to a 14-1 record, 2.32 ERA and .187 batting average against. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130611&content_id=50293726&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb&tcid=tw_article_50293726


6-13-13 - 1. Miami Marlins — Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt - The 6’-4” right-hander is putting together one hell of a season for the top-ranked Commodores this year and is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes award. Over 16 starts, he is 14-0 with a 2.20 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 101 K/60 BB over 98.1 innings, allowing just 57 hits. He has an effortless delivery and the ball jumps out of his hand. He features a classic three-pitch mix in a mid-90s plus fastball with great movement, a plus power curveball and a deceptive change-up that freezes hitters. The one knock on him is his control, which can get wild at times, but once he harnesses that, hitters will have no chance of getting on base. I feel with his size, stuff and fluid delivery, he has the most upside of any college pitcher in the 2014 MLB draft. He gets bonus points for his high character and was named a member of Collegiate Team USA. http://beforeitsnews.com/sports/2013/06/2014-mlb-mock-draft-1-0-no-time-like-the-present-2513748.html?currentSplittedPage=2


6-17-13  -  2. DP: Tyler Beede, RHP, Vanderbilt - Perkin said Beede (6-foot-4, 215), who declined to sign after Toronto drafted him in the first round in 2011, may benefit like Stanford's Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick last week whose stock improved after being drafted previously and turning down first-round money. Beede is "a smooth righty with top of the rotation stuff," Perkin said, noting "a 90-to-94 mph fastball that peaks at 95, a harsh 78-to-80 curve and a fall-off-the-table 82-to-84 changeup." http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/mlb/news/20130610/draft-prospects-carlos-rodon/#ixzz2WWk0FqzU


6-23-13  -  Player:  Tyler Beede  Position:  RHP  School:  Vanderbilt  Date of Birth:  5/23/1993  Height/Weight:  6’4/215  Bats/Throws:  R/R  2014 Class:  College Junior

Previously Drafted:  2011. 1st rd, Blue Jays  Scouting Report:  from Don Olsen on 6/18/2013  Tyler has the bulldog muscular athletic build, the frame and body to be that work horse to anchor a staff.  He has an easy delivery, safe three piece action that needs to refine extension and release point just a bit more to improve control.  Decent plane on his fastball shows some backspin elevation that could provide some swing and miss to the offering.  He works the offering both sides and changes eye levels with it and makes it tough to square up.  Long cruising speed 92-94 (95) mph. 2S has some tail and can provide another swing and miss wrinkle, good ground ball ability to LHH.  Good shape to curve, quality depth at its best, as release point refinement it should reach plus ability.  Change has two way action with impressive depth and a touch of arm side fade, offering shows deception.  Command and control are points for his progression, but shows an arsenal that can sit atop of the rotation.  Fields position well, very fast twitch reactions. http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/2013/06/23/2014-mlb-draft-profile-tyler-beede/

Binghamton Mets 2013 Game Notes

Binghamton Mets (49-29) vs. Trenton Thunder (41-39) (Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees)
RHP Noah Syndergaard (1-0, 3.00) vs. RHP Michael Pineda (1-0, 0.00)
Sunday, June 30, 2013  Game #81  Home Game #41
NYSEG Stadium  Binghamton, NY  1:05 PM

LAST GAME: The B-Mets split a doubleheader against the Thunder on Saturday. In the first game, the Thunder beat the B-Mets 4-2. Kyle Rollerhit a three-run home run in the first inning, and the Thunder never trailed. Logan Verrett was tagged with the loss, after allowing four runs in 6.2 innings.Danny Muno and Josh Rodriguez each hit solo home runs in the losing effort. In the nightcap, Binghamton won, 4-3. Mark Cohoon picked up his fourth win of the season, and Jeff Walters earned his league-leading 19th save after throwing a perfect seventh inning. Cesar Puello hit a go-ahead RBI double down the right field line in the bottom of the fifth inning.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Noah Syndergaard makes his second start of his Double-A career. In his debut on June 23 vs. Erie, he got the win after allowing two runs and five hits over six innings. He struck out seven in the win. Syndergaard was traded to the Mets this past offseason in the trade involving RHP R.A. Dickey. He began the season in St. Lucie (High-A), and went 3-3 in 12 starts with the Mets. He was named to the FSL All-Star Team, and picked up the victory in a scoreless inning of relief. Recently, Syndergaard was picked to represent the US Team in the 2013 All-Star Futures Game.
TRENTON STARTER: RHP Michael Pineda is making his second Major League rehab start for the Thunder. In his previous start, he threw six scoreless innings against Erie on June 25. He allowed just two base hits, and struck out four in the win. Pineda was traded to the Yankees in January 2012 from Seattle in exchange for C Jesus Montero and RHP Hector Noesion. He missed all of 2012 on the disabled list, and had season-ending shoulder surgery on May 1, 2012. Pineda first made it in the Majors with the Mariners in 2011, when he went 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA in 171.0 innings pitched.

DOUBLEHEADER SPLIT: The B-Mets have played in three doubleheaders in 2013, and they have split all three of them. In each instance, Binghamton has lost the opening game before winning the nightcap. They have three more doubleheaders scheduled this season.

20 OVER .500: Binghamton currently has the best record in the Eastern League. They are 49-29, which matches the most games over .500 for the team this season. A win on Sunday would be the first time Binghamton is 21 games over .500 since August 13, 2004.

WEEKEND SUCCESS: On Saturdays and Sundays this season, Binghamton is 20-6. They are 10-3 on each day, which is their best winning percentage of any day of the week. During weekdays, the team is 29-13.

DOUBLEDIP: Saturday will be the third doubleheader for the B-Mets in 2013. They have split each of the first two, May 12 (v HAR) and June 19 (@ RIC).

BULLPEN NUMBERS:  The B-Mets bullpen has not allowed a run in 17 of their last 25 games, a stretch spanning 68.1 innings. They have compiled a 1.59 ERA during that span, lowering their overall season ERA to 3.06. Pedro Feliciano has allowed no runs and one hit in his five appearances. Jeff Walters leads the league with 19 saves in 21 chances. Adam Kolarek has only allowed one run in his last 15 appearances, and has a 1.51 ERA this season.

B-METS IN JUNE: In 23 games in June, Binghamton is 18-5. If the B-Mets win on Sunday, it would be the first time in franchise history the team has 50 wins before July 1. Five losses would match the least amount of losses in a full month in franchise history. Binghamton went 22-5 in July of 2006, and 18-5 in April 1994..

NEXT GAME PREVIEW: Binghamton starts a three-game series against the Altoona Curve on Monday. RHP Erik Goeddel gets the ball for the B-Mets against RHP Nick Kingham for the Curve. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM.

Renegades 9 - Cyclones 0

The Cyclones lost 9-0 on Saturday, in a game that the Hudson Valley Renegades controlled from the start. The Cyclones starting staff had a 2.93 ERA before entering Saturday’s game, but LHP Dario Alvarez struggled with his command in his 4.2 innings of work, allowing five runs on five hits with four walks.

The Cyclones had a difficult time scoring runs against Renegades starter Aaron Griffin, a day after they set a season high in runs with seven in a win over Hudson Valley. Griffin finished with 4.0 IP, allowing no runs and striking out four. Gavin Cecchini proved to be the bright spot in the Cyclones lineup, going 3-4, including a double into left field. Cecchini’s three hits marked the first three hit game of his Cyclones career. Cecchini is now 5-9 in his last two games.

The Renegades struck early for a pair of runs coming the first inning. Ariel Soriano drove in the first run of the game for Hudson Valley on a triple hit over the head of center fielder Patrick Biondi, scoring Patrick Blair from second. Ariel Soriano then scored on a fielder’s choice hit by DH Oscar Hernandez, making it 2-0 Renegades. Hernandez finished 2-5 on the day with 2 RBI.

The Renegades tacked on three more runs in the fifth all which were charged to Alvarez. The Renegades made it 5-0 on a double steal by Hernandez and Ryan McChesney, when catcher Tomas Nido overthrew third baseman Juan Gamboa, allowing Hernandez to score. The Renegades would go on to score a run in both the sixth and seventh innings, and two in the ninth to make it 9-0.

The Cyclones had their best chance to make something happen in the bottom of the sixth. After back-to-back infield singles from Jared King and Matt Oberste, DH Alex Sanchez walked up to the plate with the bases loaded and two out, trailing 6-0. However, Sanchez flied out to right to end the inning, and a chance for a rally.  - press release

B-Mets Split Doubleheader with Thunder

The Binghamton Mets lost to the Trenton Thunder 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader, but got their revenge in the nightcap with a 4-3 victory to salvage a doubleheader split on Saturday at NYSEG Stadium.


The B-Mets could not recover from an early 3-0 deficit, as they fell to the Thunder 4-2 in the first game of the day.

Kyle Roller provided the big hit for the Thunder in the top of the first inning against Logan Verrett. After the first two batters of the game singled, Roller snuck a line drive over the right field wall for a three-run home run.

Danny Muno began the comeback effort in the home half of the first inning with a leadoff solo home run to right field against Shane Greene. In the third inning, Josh Rodriguez joined the home run parade with a solo home run of his own over the left-centerfield wall.

On the mound, Verrett was dialed in after giving up the first inning home run. He retired 18 of the next 19 batters, allowing an infield single by Jose Pirela in the fifth inning.

The B-Met offense could not find the big hit they needed against Greene. In the game, Binghamton went 1-for-10 with RISP while stranding seven men on base.

Greene (2-1) earned the win on the mound, and Verrett (8-3) was tagged with the loss. That was the second consecutive game that Verrett has lost on the mound. Tommy Kahnle entered the game in the seventh and worked around a leadoff walk to earn his 10th save of the year.


The B-Met fell behind early for the second consecutive game, but came back to beat the Thunder, 4-3 in the nightcap.

Ramon Flores put Trenton on the board in the first inning against Mark Cohoon when he scored on a passed ball by Xorge Carrillo. That proved to be the only offense by either team in the first three innings, as both Cohoon and Mikey O’Brien were very effective on the hill.

Binghamton busted through against O’Brien in the bottom of the fourth. Cesar Puello got the first B-Met hit of the game with a leadoff infield single, and Allan Dykstra followed by lacing a line drive into right field. With two men on base, Rhyne Hughes tied the game with a bloop single into right field. In the frame, Binghamton loaded the bases but was unable to take the lead.

They picked things up however in the bottom of the fifth. The first three batters of the inning reached against O’Brien, and Puello gave Binghamton a 2-1 lead with an RBI double down the right field line. Dykstra followed with a sacrifice fly, and that was the end of the night for O’Brien. He handed things off to Fred Lewis, who surrendered an RBI single by Travis Taijeron to put the B-Mets ahead 4-1.

In the sixth, Trenton made a comeback effort when Reegie Corona blasted a two-run home run off of Cohoon to cut the lead to 4-3. Chase Huchingson was then called upon and he retired all three hitters he faced to end the threat. Closer Jeff Walters came in the seventh inning and slammed the door to seal the victory.

Cohoon (4-3) earned the win on the mound; it was his first victory since May 5th @ Harrisburg. O’Brien (5-3) got the loss, and is now 1-2 against Binghamton this season. Walters pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning as he picked up his league-leading 19th save of the year.

Binghamton (49-29) concludes their four-game series against the Thunder (41-39) on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is set for 1:05 PM as RHP Noah Syndergaard takes the ball for Binghamton against RHP Michael Pineda for the Thunder. The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show begins at 12:50 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.

POSTGAME NOTES: The B-Mets have now split all three doubleheaders this season…a win on Sunday would give Binghamton their 10th straight series win…Joe Bonfe was ejected from Game 2 in the bottom of the fourth inning by home plate umpire Luke Hamilton = press release

Mack Ade – AM Report – 6-30-13 – Carlos Torres, Matt Harvey, Ike Davis, Gavin Cecchini, Jenrry Mejia

Rehab Saturday

                                Bet you thought I’d lead here about Ruben Tejada?

We will eventually, but guess who started the GCL Mets game on Saturday? It was our old friend Jenrry Mejia, who threatens us at least twice a year of becoming a major league pitcher.

Don’t get excited yet. He did throw 1.2 innings of scoreless ball … err… I take that back. He gave up two runs. But they were both unearned. You know me, I still count them as runs you’ve given up. He struck out one, walked one, and, most importantly, didn’t get hurt again.

There was no announcement about this so I have no idea what his next step is.

Oh yeah, Tejada does continue his journey back, though he did go hitless in three at bats.

Lastly, Tim Byrdak continued his rehab with St'. Lucie: 0.2-IP, 2-R, 2-H

We probably need to revisit Carlos Torres after Saturday’s game.

Remember now, he isn’t supposed to be here. Torres was considered a run of the mill organizational pitcher that probably would have finished his career at the AAA level. Instead, he forced the powers to be in Queens when he executed a clause in his contract that said the Mets had to call him up or cut him loose.

The Mets had signed him to a minor league contract that had a n opt-out clause on June 12th. Up to then, he started 12 games and was 6-3, 3.89 for Vegas. According toTorres, both the Giants and Rockies had interest in him. Did they? Who the hell knows, but what has happened is a new arm has been added to the Mets pen and so far so good: 6-G, 9.0-IP, 1-ER, 1.00-ERA, 9-K, 2-BB.

TC mentioned he wants to keep Torres as the emergency starters. If this is true, you may want to stop using him one inning at a time. If you’re going to pitch him in the 7th, then pitch him in the 8th also.

Kevin Kernan on Matt Harvey

Harvey’s record remained at 7-1. His ERA dropped to 2.00. His 11 strikeouts came on everything from an 85-mph back-door changeup to 98-mph heat. He was untouchable. His 0.85 WHIP is the best in the majors for a starting pitcher, and he leads the league with 132 strikeouts. LINK

Bruce Bochy (San Francico Giants manager and manager of the NL all-star team) couldn’t possibly not name him to be the opening day pitcher at his home field of CitiField, could he? Isn’t this all about public relations? We did trade them both Carlos Beltran and Angel Pagan. Please don’t make this night a boo-fest. Please.

Adam G of MetsOnline ‏- Ike Davis is now 1-for-12 in his last three games and is now hitting .281, league avg for the hitter-friendly Triple-A Pacific Coast League

                Didn’t Josh Satin have three hits on Friday night?

Seriously, you have to bring this guy back to Queens and let him work out his problems there. I’m not sold on him long term anymore, but I would like to have his trade value increased and that isn’t going to happen under any condition playing on the moon.

It’s going to be very interesting to watch what TC does when Lucas Duda is healed and Davis is promoted. Which two guys who are currently performing do you demote? One, Jordany Valdespin, is easy, but he’s an infielder first and you sort of need him around until either Ruben Tejada or Justin Turner come off the DL.

Sending Satin and someone like Andrew Brown down would be close to criminal.

Mike Puma

The Mets have more organizational depth at the position, highlighted by 2012 first-rounder Gavin Cecchini, one of the team’s top position prospects, although he is several years away from contributing in Queens. The 19-year-old, playing every day for the short-season Brooklyn Cyclones, is described as having an advanced approach at the plate and pat fundamentals in the field. But he’s a line-drive hitter without pop, for now, slugging .318 through his first 68 games in the minors. LINK

This was basically an article that outlined that neither the Mets or the Yankees have anyone below Derek Jeter or Ruben Tejada to fill the role of shortstop in the majors. Puma’s comments about Cecchini are frankly, kind, though he has begun to hit a little more than he has his entire young professional career. Others were mentioned in this story, but the fact remains is that he is correct. The Mets need a real shortstop and I’m not sure Tejada fills that bill anymore. My plan would be to give him the rest of the year to prove me wrong, give him back his starting position, and, if that doesn’t work, find someone in the offseason.  It may be a lot easier fining only two outfielder and adding a SS to our shopping list.

Mets Minor League Report – June 29

Las Vegas (42-38) topples Tacoma (48-35) 4-1.
A gem by starter Jacob deGrom: 7.0 IP, 1 R, 3 H, BB, 4 K.
Greg Burke followed deGrom and allowed only 1 H in his 1.1 innings of work.
Jack Leathersich was called upon with 1 out in the 9th, striking out the only batter he faced. No surprise there. Gonzalez German (S, 2) followed suit, doing the same.
Wilmer Flores: 1-4, HR, BB, 2 RBI, R.
Rylan Sandoval: 2-4, HR, RBI, R.
Ike Davis was 1-2.

Trenton (41-38) takes Binghamton (48-29) 4-2 in Game 1.
Logan Verritt: (L, 8-4) 6.2 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K.
Pedro Feliciano, (0.1 IP, K) called upon to get the final out, gets his man.
Josh Rodriguez: 1-4, HR, RBI, R.
Travis Taijeron: 2-3.
Danny Muno: 1-3, HR, BB, RBI, R.

Binghamton (49-29) edges Trenton (41-39) 4-3 in Nightcap.
Mark Cohoon: (W, 4-3) 5.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, (HR) BB, 5 K.
Chase Hutchingson and Jeff Walters (S, 19) were both perfect, each pitching an inning. Both Hutch (ERA 2.09) and Jeff (ERA 2.43) have been stellar coming out of the pen for Binghamton this year.
Cesar Puello: 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R.  Puello has been keeping the heat on, hitting .333.

Fort Myers (49-27) crushes St Lucie (41-36) 12-2.
After scoring 2 runs in the 1st inning to take the early lead, St. Lucie watched Rome come back with 12 unanswered runs to trample the Lucies.
Pants (Alex Panteliodis) (L, 2-3) got a swift kick in the pants, lasting only 3.2 innings: 8 R, 8 H, 2 BB, K.
Three additional St. Lucie pitchers, including Tim Byrdak, did not fare much better.
Matt den Dekker: 3-4, R.

Rome (39-40) throttles Savannah (47-31) 6-2.
Like big sister St. Lucie, after scoring 2 in the 1st inning to take the lead, Savannah saw Rome come back with 6 unanswered runs to win the game.
Staven Matz (L, 2-4) pitched 8.0 solid innings, (3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 5 K) but still took the loss.
Brandon Nimmo: 1-3, BB, R.

Brooklyn (5-7) scorched by Hudson Valley (9-4) 9-0.
Dario Alvarez: (L, 0-1) 4.2 IP, 5 R, 5 H, 4 BB, 5 K.
Gavin Cecchini: 3-4, 2B.  Gavin has his AVG up to .295.

Kingsport (3-7) in a comeback wuin over Elizabethton (8-2) 5-4.
Carlos Gomez (no, not that Carlos Gomez) pitched great for 6.2 innings, 0 R, 3 H, BB, K, but came away with a no decision.
Flabio Ortega: (W, 1-0) 1.2 IP, 0 R, H, BB, K.
Jonathan Leroux: 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI.
Jeff Diehl: 1-4, 2B, 2 R.

GCL Nationals (7-1) edge GCL Mets (1-5) 5-4.
Jenrry Mejia coming back from surgery, pitches only 1.2 innings: 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, BB, K.
Marcos Molina (L, 0-1) (3.2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K) took the loss. He was followed by Octavio Acosta, who was perfect for 2.1 innings.
Ruben Tejada, continuing his rehab assignment: 0-3, with 2 K.
CF Ivan Wilson 2-4, with 2 R.

DSL Yankees (12-11) blast DSL Mets1 (11-12) 8-4.
Adonis Uceta: (L, 1-1) 4.2 IP, 5R, 9 H, (HR) 2 BB, 3 K.
Frank Frias: 3-5, HR, RBI, R.
Allison Reyes: 4-5, 3B, 2B, RBI, R.
Allen Valario: 2-4, 2 2B, R.
Greidy Encarnacion: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R.

DSL Rangers (20-5) trim DSL Mets2 (15-10) 2-1.
Kevin Canelon: (6.0 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, K) pitches well enough, but comes away with a bo-decision.
Miguel Guttierez: (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) (6.0 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, K) promptly blows the save, and then, adding insult to injury, takes the loss.
Alvin Maracaro: 3-4.


Draft 14 - Karsten Whitson, Sean Newcomb, A J Murray, Luke Weaver

6-10-13 - Karsten Whitson, RHP, Florida - Whitson was a first round pick (9th overall, Padres) coming out of high school and was seen as a likely first round selection before undergoing a shoulder procedure and missing his junior year.  Assuming that he does not come to terms with the Nationals, they drafted him in the 37th round, Whitson will be one of the wildcards for 2014.  When right, he has easy velocity, touching 95 with good movement, a plus slider, and a nice change. LINK

6-13-13  -  8. Los Angeles Dodgers — Sean Newcomb, LHP, Hartford - The 6’-5”, 240 pound southpaw was among the leaders in K/9 with a 11.5 mark this season thanks to a fastball that can touch 95 mph. Over 13 starts, he had a 3.75 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 92 K/37 BB over 72 innings while holding hitters to a .213 batting average. With increased improvement on his command, as well as secondary stuff, he should be a big name to watch next year. lINK

from Don Olson 6/18/2013 - AJ Murray has a compact athletic build with some muscular development, good development through the wrists, should round out into a solid 225-230 athlete.  His Footwork around 1st needs work, looks a bit lost, but new to position that repetitions could smooth it out.  He did show the chops to play behind the plate as prep player.  AJ should be the catch full time next spring and value could soar.  At the plate, AJ shows a good quite setup, but a bit heavy lift and load.  He has mainly a compact swing that routinely finds the inner half of the ball, but it can get a tad long through the zone. He has the bat speed to keep the barrel on a solid line drive path, so the drop is negligent at this stage.  Shows gap power to all fields and with project-ability and strength left it could be power to all fields.  He really rides well with outside fastballs, and shows the ability to stay back and drive sliders. LINK

6-27-14  -  Player:  Luke Weaver   Position:  RHP   School:  Florida State   Date of Birth:  8/21/1993   Height/Weight:  6’2/170   Bats/Throws:  R/R   2014 Class:  College Junior   Previously Drafted:  2011, 19th rd, Blue Jays  Scouting Report:  He throws from a ¾ to low ¾ arm slot and gives off a Bret Saberhagen type vibe.  The slot shows a bit of wrap, but decent three piece delivery.  Fastball was 91-94 (95).  Offering shows natural good hand side action on the 2S, some even off the 4S grip.  He works it around and shows solid command of the offering, attacks the lower half of the strike zone.  Luke’s change up has a solid amount of deception, shows depth and fades at times, looks to sit above average.  Slider has bite, can sweep at times, nice horizontal action glove side when throwing away at the RHH, will attack LHH inside with it. LINK

Binghamton Mets 2013 Game Notes

Binghamton Mets (48-28) vs. Trenton Thunder (40-38) (Double-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees)
G1:RHP Logan Verrett (8-3, 3.97) vs. RHP Shane Greene (1-1, 6.30)
G2: LHP Mark Cohoon (3-3, 4.92) vs. RHP Mikey O’Brien (5-2, 3.42)

Saturday, June 29, 2013 Game #79 & #80 Home Game #39 & #40
NYSEG Stadium Binghamton, NY 5:05 PM

LAST GAME: The B-Mets topped the Trenton Thunder, 7-3 Friday night. The game started after a 29-minute rain delay, and the offense sparked right away. They scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning against Zach Nuding. Trenton responded with three runs on four hits in the second inning, but that was the only damage they did to Cory Mazzoni. The B-Mets tied the game in the bottom of the second, and took the lead for good in the third on a Travis Taijeron two-run home run. Mazzoni struck out 10 in six innings and picked up his fourth win of the year

G1: RHP Logan Verrett makes his 15th start of the season for the B-Mets, and his second against Trenton. The righty threw 8.2 innings and allowed one hit as he picked up the win over the Thunder on May 8. Verrett leads the league with eight wins, and was recently named to the All-Star team. He has thrown at least five innings in all 14 of his starts, and is ranked third in the league with 93.0 innings pitched. In his last start, June 21 vs. Erie, Verrett struck out a season-high 11 batters but was tagged with the loss.

G2: LHP Mark Cohoon makes his 10th start of the season for the B-Mets, and his second against Trenton. He allowed a season-high eight runs and 10 hits in a loss back on June 5. Today’s start will be Cohoon’s 55th career start as a B-Met, tying him for the second most in franchise history. As a starter, Cohoon is 1-3 with a 4.63 ERA in nine starts. He has lost his last three decisions.


G1: RHP Shane Greene makes his third start of the season with the Thunder. Green was promoted on June 17 from Tampa (High-A) where he went 4-6 with a 3.60 ERA in 13 starts. In his last start, June 24 vs. Erie, he lost after allowing six runs on five hits over 5.0 innings. Greene was drafted by the Yankees in the 15th round of the 2009 draft out of Daytona Beach CC.

G2: RHP Mikey O’Brien makes his 10th start of the season for the Thunder, and his third against the B-Mets. In two previous starts, he is 1-1 against Binghamton and has allowed 10 runs in 9.0 innings. He is fresh off of a win on June 22 vs. Portland after allowing one run and five hits in 6.0 innings. In June, he is 2-2 with a 4.71 ERA in four starts. O’Brien was drafted in the ninth round of the 2008 draft by the Yankees out of Hidden Valley HS (VA).

20 OVER .500: Binghamton currently has the best record in the Eastern League. They are 48-28, and are 20 games over .500 for the first time since August 14, 2004 (70-50). The B-Mets were last 21 games over .500 on 8/13/04 (70-49) and were 22 games over .500 on 8/11/04 (70-48).

DOUBLEDIP: Saturday will be the third doubleheader for the B-Mets in 2013. They have split each of the first two, May 12 (v HAR) and June 19 (@ RIC).

BULLPEN NUMBERS:  The B-Mets bullpen has not allowed a run in 15 of their last 23 games, a stretch spanning 66.0 innings. They have compiled a 1.64 ERA during that span, lowering their overall season ERA to 3.10. Pedro Feliciano has allowed no runs and one hit in his four appearances. Jeff Walters leads the league with 18 saves in 20 chances. Adam Kolarek has only allowed one run in his last 15 appearances, and has a 1.51 ERA this season.

B-METS IN JUNE: In 21 games in June, Binghamton is 17-4. If the B-Mets win two of their next three games, it would be the first time in franchise history the team has 50 wins before July 1. Four losses would be the least amount of losses in a full month in franchise history. Binghamton went 22-5 in July of 2006.

NEXT GAME PREVIEW: Binghamton concludes their four-game series against the Thunder on Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 PM as RHP Noah Syndergaard takes the ball for the B-Mets against RHP Michael Pineda for the Thunder.