MML Players of the Day - Aug. 31: Savannah SP Luis Cessa and LF Stefan Sabol
At this time Las Vegas (80-61) leads Tucson (75-66) 8-5 after 7 innings.
Chris Schwinden doesn‘t get enough innings to qualify for a win: 4.2 IP, 4 R, 9 H, (HR) 0 BB, 4 K.
Ruben Tejada: 1-3, HR, RBI, R.
Mike Baxter: 2-2, 2B, 2 R.
Francisco Pena: 1-3, HR, RBI, R.
New Hampshire (67-71) @ Binghamton (85-54) postponed (rain).
Jupiter (68-68) @ St Lucie (70-60) postponed (rain).
Savannah (77-59) sweeps Greenville (49-87) second night in a row.
Game 1: Savannah trips Greenville 4-2.
Luis Cessa (W, 8-4) pitched a very strong complete game: 7.0 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K.
Stefan Sabol: 2-3, 3B, 2B, 3 RBI.
Cole Frenzel: 0-1, 2 BB, 2 R.
Game 2: Savannah tops Greenville 6-4.
Jake Kuebler (W, 3-6) picks up a win: 5.0 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K.
Beck Wheeler: (S, 19) 1.0 IP, R, 0 ER, H, BB, 2 K.
Eudy Pina: 2-3, 2 R.
Brandon Nimmo: 1-2, BB, 2 R.
Dilson Herrera: 1-3, 2 RBI, R.
Stefan Sabol: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI.
Aberdeen (36-32) blasts Brooklyn (37-34) 7-0.
Akeel Morris (L, 4-1) pitches another excellent game: 5.0 IP, R, 3 H, (HR) 2 BB, 7 K. Giving up 1 run in 5 innings raises Akeel’s ERA to 1.00. But you can’t win if your team doesn’t score.
Tomas Nido: 1-3, 2B, RBI.
Alex Sanchez: 1-4, 2B, R.
Kingsport @ Greeneville - Game 1 of Appy League Playoffs postponed (rain).
8-23-13 - Player: Cole Tucker Primary Position: SS Height/Weight: 6’3/175 Bats/Throws: S/R Home Town: Phoenix, AZ School: Mountain Pointe Class of: 2014 Committed To: Arizona Scouting Notes: 2013 Tournament of Stars notes from Don Olsen: Cole is a tall thin frame with a good deal of projection, very little lower half development with long arms, hands and feet big for frame, could continue to grow. He is a little noisy in the box from the left side, good bat speed, path with a bit of lift. Cole has gap power and ability to turn on velocity. Right side was a little more natural, path was similar, but more line drive path. Both sides show the bat speed and patience, works the ball to all fields. Cole displays above average to plus speed, could be a high doubles producing bat with developing power. Plus arm strength with carry, moves around well, first step burst, lateral range to both sides. His footwork around the bag is fluid, quality defensive player. http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/2013/08/22/2014-mlb-draft-profile-cole-tucker/
8-16-13 - 11th All-American Classic - Sean Reid-Foley | RHP | Sandalwood HS (Sandalwood, FL) - Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/208 pounds - B/T: R/R Draft Day Age: 18 years, 9 months Commitment: Florida State - istory: Reid-Foley’s solid PG National showing in June kicked off his summer, and he quickly followed up that performance with a Tournament of Stars showing that earned him an invite to the USA Baseball 18U Team Trials beginning today in Fullerton, California. Two weeks ago the Florida State commit sparkled in a three-inning outing in Syracuse, New York during the East Coast Pro Showcase, easily carving through the outing sitting 92-94 mph and showing two future plus offerings in a low-80s slider and mid-80s changeup. His follow-up outing in Long Beach at the Area Code Games last week involved a step back, as he struggled to find consistency in his offerings and left some evaluators wondering whether he was running on empty after a long summer schedule. - Development: This past weekend in San Diego, Reid-Foley was once again dominant—this time in a one-inning showing during the Perfect Game All-American Classic. His fastball sat in the 92-94 mph range, touching 95, and his slider was back to flashing plus with hard bite and tilt. It was an important outing in front of a lot of high-level decision makers, particularly after struggling in front a lot of the same faces last week in Long Beach. Reid-Foley has raised his stock greatly this summer and should enter the spring as one of the top righty arms in the class. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=21537
8-13-13 - The Perfect Game All-American Classic in San Diego - Rancho Bernardo’s Alex Jackson. Jackson was a bit more inconsistent over the weekend, but if you had to ask me which player I like better now, I’d take Jackson. He’s not a catcher, but he’s got the athleticism and arm strength to be a very good rightfielder, and the bat will certainly play there with plus bat speed and above-average power. There may not be as much upside in Jackson, but I think the overall package is just a little better. http://mlbdraftinsider.com/2013/08/thoughts-on-perfect-game-all-american-classic/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
8-14-13 – Through The Fence – Top 50 Prospects – 28. Ryan Castellani, RHP, Brophy Prep HS (AZ) - The 6’-4”, 200-pound right-hander has an advanced feel for the mound and can dial his fastball up to 92 mph with late, downward life. He adds a mid-70s curve and a change-up that sits in the 79-83 mph range and both project to above-average pitches down the road. He has good command of his stuff and there is still room for projection due to his size and easy mechanics. Committed to UCLA. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-top-50-prospects/36463#mwWwsFxSUZy7YC5V.99
2013 East Coast Pro Showcase Top 50 Prospects - 24. Bryan Dobzanski – RHP, Delsea Regional (NJ) - 6’4, 225 RHP sat 91-93. All state wrestler who has big time potential on the mound. http://www.ninebaseball.org/Wordpress/sullys-top-50-ecp-prospects/
Binghamton Mets (85-54) vs. New Hampshire Fisher Cats (67-71) (Double-A Affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays)
RHP Greg Peavey (2-2, 3.00) vs. RHP Marcus Walden (6-13, 3.74)
Saturday, August 31, 2013 • Game #140 • Home Game #71
NYSEG Stadium • Binghamton, NY • 7:05 PM
LAST GAME: The B-Mets shut out the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, 3-0 in the first game of a four-game series on Friday night at NYSEG Stadium. Darin Gorski only gave up two hits and faced one over the minimum in seven shutout frames. He struck out five and picked up his sixth win of the season. Offensively, Binghamton packed all of their offense into the sixth. With runners at second and third, Deck McGuire sent an intentional ball to the backstop allowing Binghamton to score their first run. Travis Taijeron followed with the B-Mets’ first hit of the game, a two-run double down the left field line. Frank Francisco and Jeff Walters each threw a scoreless inning of relief to preserve the shutout.
BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Greg Peavey makes his sixth start of the season for the B-Mets and first against New Hampshire. He lost his last start after allowing six runs in six innings against the Akron Aeros. The righty has thrown exactly 6.0 innings in each of his last four starts. In 33.0 innings, Peavey has 24 strikeouts and has posted a .229 batting average against. Peavey began the 2013 season with Las Vegas (AAA), and threw 38 games out of their bullpen. He went 4-3 with a 6.00 ERA during his time in the Pacific Coast League. In 2012, Peavey went 9-8 with a 5.06 ERA as a member of the B-Met starting rotation. Against New Hampshire, Peavey went 1-3 with a 7.36 ERA in five starts. The Mets drafted the righty in the sixth round of the 2010 raft out of Oregon State University.
NEW HAMPSHIRE STARTER: RHP Marcus Walden makes his 26th start of the season for the Fisher Cats and third against the B-Mets. Walden has lost four straight decisions, and has only one win since June 23. He got a no-decision in his last start on August 26 against Portland. He allowed five runs over 6.2 innings in a game Portland would win, 10-5. In 156.1 innings pitched, he has 87 strikeouts and a .285 batting average against. He was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 9th round of the 2007 draft out of Fresno City College.
FRANCHISE RECORD: The 2013 Binghamton Mets have a franchise record 85 wins. Their previous high was 82 victories, set in 1994, 1998, and 2000. The B-Mets have clinched a playoff spot for the first time since 2004, and clinched the regular season division title for the first time since 2000.
TWO HITS? NO PROBLEM: Last night was the first B-Met win with two hits or fewer since July 13,2012 when Binghamton beat Erie, 2-0. This season the B-Mets have six wins when they have tallied fewer than five base hits.
SHUT OUT: Last night’s win was the 13th shutout victory for the B-Mets this season, and third against the Fisher Cats. They are 13-7 in shutouts, and have the third-most shutouts in the Eastern League.
WALTERS NOTCHES ANOTHER SAVE: Jeff Walters threw a scoreless ninth inning last night to pick up his 38th save of the season. He is 38-42 in save chances, and hold the Binghamton franchise record in saves. He has 12 more saves than anybody else in the league, and is ranked second in Eastern League history in saves in one season. Bryce Stentz recorded 43 saves for New Britain in 1998.
AUGUST WINS: Binghamton has 18 wins in August, which is the most in the Eastern League. Their best month came in June, when the team won 20 games. 18 victories are tied for the third-highest win total in August in franchise history. Binghamton has five shutouts in August.
AGAINST THE FISHER CATS: Saturday night will be the 18th game of the season against New Hampshire. Binghamton is 10-7 against them. Binghamton has scored at least 14 runs three different times this season against the Double-A Blue Jays.
NEXT GAME PREVIEW: Binghamton continues the final series of the regular season on Sunday night against the Fisher Cats. First pitch is at 6:35 PM from NYSEG Stadium. That will be the final night game of the regular season.
39th RHP - Grant Hockin
6-13-13 - 22. Baltimore Orioles — Grant Hockin, RHP, Damien HS (CA) - Hockin is an athletic 6’-4” right-hander whose fastball has touched 95 mph with late life. He also adds two solid secondary offerings in a curveball and change-up and he locates his pitches well. He repeats his delivery well and still has some projection left. He is the grandson of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. http://beforeitsnews.com/sports/2013/06/2014-mlb-mock-draft-1-0-no-time-like-the-present-2513748.html?currentSplittedPage=2
7-15-13 – 2013 Tournament of Stars notes from Don Olsen: - Grant Hockin is a highly projectable with a loose arm and present arm speed. He has a nice frame, little sloped narrowness to it similar to Trevor Williams at the same age, looks to fill out similarly as well. FB was 87-90 (91) mph and showed solid command with the a little ability to work it and change eye levels, something to monitor as he progresses. His 2S was 87-89 showed run with enough tail to drop in on the RHH and away from the LHH. His curve, 80-81 mph, had good average depth and rotation on it to project. The CH showed a bit of fade at 78-79 mph, providing a third offering that projects. Good three pitch mix with arm speed. http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/2013/07/15/2014-mlb-draft-profile-grant-hockin/
8-2-13 - Elite Baseball @EliteBaseball - Grant Hockin Futures Game RHP is Legit! pic.twitter.com/nw73yj8xyK
8-14-13 – Through The Fence – Top 50 Prospects – 38. Grant Hockin, RHP, Damien HS (CA) - Hockin is an athletic 6’-2” right-hander whose fastball has touched 95 mph with late life and sits in the 89-92 mph range. He also adds two solid secondary offerings in a curveball and change-up, and he locates his pitches well. He repeats his delivery well and still has some projection left. He is the grandson of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-top-50-prospects/36463#mwWwsFxSUZy7YC5V.99
LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas 51s professional baseball team, in their 31st season as a member of the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced today the 2013 season awards for the players.
51s President/COO Don Logan announced the following awards: Mayor’s Trophy: Infielder Wilmer Flores; Most Valuable Player: Infielder/Outfielder Eric Campbell; Most Valuable Pitcher: Left-hander Justin Hampson; Community Service Award: Catcher Kai Gronauer.
The Mayor’s Trophy has been given annually since 1983 and is voted on by the fans. The previous winners of the Mayor’s Trophy:
1983: Harry Dunlop, manager
1984: Rick Lancellotti, OF
1985: John Kruk, 1B/OF - PCL batting champion
1986: Tim Pyznarksi, INF
1987: Steve Garcia, INF
1988: Joey Cora, INF
1989: Jerald Clark, OF
1990: Joey Cora, INF
1991: Jose Mota, INF
1992: Jim Vatcher, OF
1993: Brian Johnson, C
1994: Luis Lopez, INF
1995: Ira Smith, OF
1996: Rico Rossy, INF
1997: Doug Dascenzo, OF
Wilmer Flores (Mayor’s Trophy):Flores appeared in 107 games at Triple-A Las Vegas and batted .321 (136-for-424) and leads the team in doubles (36), home runs (15), RBI (86), runs scored (69), multiple-hit games (37) and extra-base hits (55). He compiled a season-high 13-game hitting streak (June 19 – July 2) and batted .368 (21-for-57) over that stretch and was a season-best 5-for-6, two doubles, RBI vs. Fresno on July 2 and was 4-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI vs. Tucson on July 11. He was named to the PCL all-Star Team on July 2 and was promoted to the Mets on August 6. Flores recorded his first Major League hit against Colorado on August 7 (2-for-4, double, 3 RBI) and his first Major League home run was at Arizona on August 11 (2-for-4). He has appeared in 18 games for the Mets and is batting .250 (16-for-64) with three doubles, home run and 11 RBI.
Eric Campbell (Most Valuable Player): The infielder/outfielder has appeared in 116 games and is batting .307 (101-for-329) with 23 doubles, 3 triples, 8 home runs, 63 RBI and leads the team in games played, walks (64), stolen bases (12-for-16), HBP (10) and leads the PCL in On Base Percentage (.430).
Campbell has compiled 30 multiple-hit games and recorded a season-high 9-game hitting streak (July 12-25) and batted .520 (13-for-25) over that stretch. He has played 24 games at first base, 28 games at third base and 54 games in the outfield. He has provided many clutch hits throughout the season and delivered two walk-off hits in extra innings over a three-day span against Fresno on August 21 and 23 at Cashman Field.
He batted .538 (7-for-13), four doubles against New Orleans (August 12-15); batted .556 (5-for-9) vs. Tucson (July 11-13) and batted .500 (5-for-10) vs. Reno (July 22-25). He was 3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI vs. Round Rock on May 10; 3-for-3, 2 RBI at Omaha (May 16); 3-for-4, walk, three-run HR at Fresno (June 3) and 2-for-4, double, 4 RBI at Tucson (June 19).
Justin Hampson (Most Valuable Pitcher): Hampson leads the PCL in appearances (62) and has been one of the most consistent pitchers on the staff. He has posted a 6-3 record with a 3.29 ERA and has recorded two saves (vs. Fresno, July 3 & at Colorado Springs, August 26). He has allowed 75 hits and struck out 56 batters in 65.2 innings pitched. He has posted victories against Fresno (April 8), Albuquerque (May 11), Colorado Springs (June 15), Tucson (July 11), Sacramento (July 27) and SaltLake (August 20).
Kai Gronauer (Community Service Award): Gronauer is the recipient of the community service award. He has participated in various kids events, school visits, team autograph sessions, charity functions and pre-game events throughout the season.
Gronauer has appeared in 16 games for Triple-A Las Vegas and is batting .265 (9-for-34) with three doubles, home run and 4 RBI. He belted his first Triple-A home run (two-run HR) at Tacoma on June 28 and was 1-for-2, walk, RBI double off left-hander Dontrelle Willis at SaltLake on August 18. He was also 2-for-4, double vs. Round Rock on May 8.
The most valuable player and most valuable pitcher were chosen by the 51s coaching staff and the community service award was chosen by the 51s front office.
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"Naturally, I felt terrible for the kid. He’s got such a bright future. But at the same time, all I could think of was how it just goes to show how all this babying of pitchers — pitch counts and innings limits — is a bunch of nonsense. You can’t predict these things, and there’s really not a whole lot you can do to prevent them other than refining your mechanics as (’60s and ’70s Mets pitching coach) Rube Walker did with us. But one way I know doesn’t do anything to prevent them is babying these kids like they do."
Mack – I couldn’t agree more.
Pitchers were put on the mound to do one thing and one thing only and they were taught early on that the more you through, the stronger your arm became. Sure, there were exercises for your legs and other parts of your bodies, but it was your am that got you to the mound and it would be your arm that kept you there.
Everybody that has ever thrown 100 baseballs at full speed has some kind of arm soreness two days later. You can translate this into curling five reps of 50 pounds in the weight room. Trust me, you’ll feel it two days later.
It would be interesting is baseball lined up their entire pitching staff on the day after the season ended and had them take an MRI. You’d probably find, what they call, a shit load of ‘tears’ in your ulnar collateral ligament.
Joe D over at http://metsmerizedonline.com/2013/08/could-an-april-1st-return-be-possible-for-harvey.html wrote an interesting piece on comments Keith Law made regarding this. He brought up a treatment that Tiger Woods, Kobe Bryant and Rafael Nadal used with something called PRP. Give it a read… it’s quite interesting.
Look, there isn’t a ‘partial’ tear in the world that you won’t find two doctors having two different opinions on this issue. Harvey himself said he has felt this ‘soreness’ for quite a while so we have no idea when this ‘tear’ happened? Could it be last year? What about the year he pitched 150+ pitches in college?
All I know is he was ranked second in ERA with all these ‘problems’ and his velo never went down.
My vote is for some down time, the PRP treatment, and a return to Extended Camp in January.
Let’s just slow down a little here on the ‘Wilmer Flores for second base’ train and take another look at Daniel Murphy. Is Flores ever going to hit more than .280? Is Flores ever going to hit more clutch hits than Murphy? And is Flores ever going to make less errors than Murphy? It seems to me that the only thing going for Flores right now is his age, which may mean nothing now that Dilson Herrera is in the organization. If Herrera is everything everyone says he is, keeping Murphy and David Wright 2-3 in the lineup for the next couple of years won’t be the worst thing this team ever decides to do. We are working with a small sample, but, so far, our kiddie corp of superstars (Flores-d’Arnaud- Den Decker)are 19-97. For me, Flores is young enough to withstand a utility role in 2014, playing 1B, 2B, and 3B behind Davis (whomever), Murphy, Wright, and hitting DH in the AL games. I’m sure Mike… Terry Collins can work out 200+ at bats for him. I’m like the Mets to concentrate their available dollars on shortstop and the outfield. That’s where the most need is.
MetsBlog - The Mets have discussed giving Gonzalez Germen a few road opportunities this September to be the team’s closer, Andy Martino reports for the Daily News.
First of all, you always have to be careful about what Andy Martino writes. A conversation with him could easily be:
Martino – can you see using Germen in September as a closer?
Someone in the range of a Mets official to the ticket guy – sure, anything could happen
Thus, the headline
The fact is the Mets must plan on Bobby Parnell not being ready on opening day 2014. I’ve had herniated discs so I assume the reason no surgery has taken place let is they are still determining if the shots and treatments can help enough. If not, he will go under the knife late and could be lost for the entire season.
Either way, you have to now start putting a bullpen to paper and, on mine, are the names David Aardsma, Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia, Vic Black, Germen, and Carlos Torres. I’m not big on old guys and I would hope that Sandy Alderson can find at least one more good lefty burner for this pen.
I would also go into spring training and tell pitchers like Darin Gorski, Logan Verrett, and Jake deGrom that there is one more pen slot open and it’s their job to secure it.
Based on all this, Black would be my closer, my LOOGY would be Edgin and my ROOGY would be Germen.
Las Vegas SP Jake deGrom has been benched with ‘mild shoulder tightness’. I assume we have seen the last of him and he will not pitch in the Vegas playoffs, nor should we see him in Queens this month. He was close to his innings limit (COUGH… pussies… COUGH) and was going to be shut down anyway.
Linda Ronstadt –
The first thing to know about Linda Ronstadt is that if you ring the bell at her home here, on a sedate street with views of the ocean, she’ll answer the door herself. At least she did on a recent Monday morning. “I can’t do it, because of my health,” Ms. Ronstadt said. “I have Parkinson’s.” (The news was first reported in the AARP Magazine online on Aug. 23.) She held out a slightly trembling hand. Her vocal cords are also affected. “I can’t sing at all,” she said, matter-of-factly. “I’m truly not able. I can’t sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ really.Every time Emmy comes to town, I wish I could get up on stage with her,” Ms. Ronstadt said. “I know I’d be allowed to, but I can’t do it.” Instead she will sit in the audience “and think the notes I’d be singing” in earlier times.“I have no choice,” she added, withheld passion at last surging to the surface, just as it does in the songs she made her own. “If there was something I could work on, I’d work on it till I could get it back. If there was a drug I could take to get it back, I would take the drug. I’d take napalm. But I’m never going to sing again.” http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/01/arts/music/linda-ronstadt-discusses-her-memoir-and-parkinsons.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&smid=tw-nytimes
Mack – The most beautiful voice of my generation
Tucson Padres (75-66) 3, Las Vegas 51s (80-61) 1 August 30, 2013
|Team ER: off Tucson 1, off Las Vegas 3. BB: off O'Sullivan 2 (Campbell, Centeno), off Montero (Decker). SO: by O'Sullivan 3 (Lutz, Z, Lawley, Hicks), Boxberger 3 (Campbell, Hoffmann, Hicks), by Montero 8 (Decker, Robertson, Blanks, Allen, Petit, G, Moore, S, Moore, S, Decker), Byrdak (Allen), Burke (O'Sullivan). HB: Lawley (by O'Sullivan). Pitches-strikes: O'Sullivan 99-65, Boxberger 13-9, Montero 88-59, Byrdak 11-7, Burke 8-6, Hampson 16-10. Umpires: HP: Joel Hospodka. 1B: Tom Woodring. 3B: Gerard Ascani. Official Scorer: Jim Gemma. Weather: 88 degrees, cloudy. Wind: 5 mph, R to L. T: 2:26. Att: 8,190. Venue: Cashman Field. August 30, 2013|
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