4/30/13

Draft 13 – Kyle McGowin, Brandon Trinkwon, Rob Kaminsky, Kris Bryant

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Kyle McGowin, RHP, Savannah State - The 6’-4” right-hander is second in the nation in strikeouts this season and is one of the best control pitchers around. Over 10 starts, he is 9-0 with a 1.70 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 95 K/14 BB over 79.1 innings. His 10.8 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 ratios show the kind of power/control pitcher he is. He ranked sixth in the nation in K/BB as  a sophomore with a 6.5 mark, and currently sits 6.8 this season. link


Aaron Fitt‏  @aaronfitt

UCSB preseason A-A Brandon Trinkwon has been rock solid at SS this year, but I agree w/ scouts who say his below-avg arm will move him to 2B


Dan Kirby  @DanMKirby

St. Joseph HS (NJ) LHP Rob Kaminsky: 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 10 K. Now 5-0 over 5 starts w/ 64 K/4 BB over 33 scoreless IP (17.5 K/9)


San Diego 3B Kris Bryant has 8 HR, 11 BB and a .424/.578/1.212 line over his last 9 games. Leads nation in HR (21) and walks (50
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TTF - Mock 2013 MLB draft 9.0

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1. Houston Astros — Jonathan Gray, RHP, Oklahoma
The 6’-4” right-hander, whose fastball can reach triple-digits, also features a plus slider and solid change-up. He has been the best pitcher in college this season, showing the stuff and stamina to be an ace at the next level. Over his last eight starts, he has a 0.58 ERA, 0.61 WHIP and 79 K/8 BB over 62 innings.
2. Chicago Cubs — Mark Appel, RHP, Stanford
The 6’-5” right-hander hasn’t been as dominant of late as he had been earlier in the season, but he still can get by on his pure stuff alone. Over his last nine starts, he has a 1.35 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 90 K/12 BB over 73.2 innings. He features a mid-90s fastball, and both his slider and change-up are plus pitches.
3. Colorado Rockies — Kris Bryant, 3B, San Diego
The 6’-5” right-hander leads the nation in home runs (21) and walks (50), showing a great power/patience combo that would be something to watch in Coors. Over his last eight games, he has hit seven home runs and has drawn 11 walks. He is the best college bat in the 2013 MLB draft and, with his athleticism, has a good shot at remaining at third base.
4. Minnesota Twins — Clint Frazier, OF, Loganville HS (GA)
Maybe the most exciting player to watch in the 2013 MLB draft, the 6’-1” right-hander is built like a linebacker and plays the game as aggressive as Ray Lewis played football. He has the best bat speed in the 2013 MLB draft and some of the best power. Over 26 games, he has 14 home runs and 17 stolen bases.
5. Cleveland Indians — Sean Manaea, LHP, Indiana State
The 6’-5” left-hander hasn’t been as dominant as many expected after abusing hitters at the Cape Cod League over the summer, striking out 87 to seven walks over 52.2 innings. Still, a 1.57 ERA and 1.03 WHIP over nine starts is pretty dominant. He has also added 72 K/20 BB over 57.1 innings for a 11.3 K/9 ratio. He has one of the best sliders in the 2013 MLB draft and can dial his fastball up to 96 mph. A recent hip injury could cause him to slip if it turns out serious, but we’ll hold off on that for now.
6. Miami Marlins — Kohl Stewart, RHP, St. Pius X HS (TX)
The 6’-3” right-hander is back to flashing his mid-90s fastball and mid-80s, plus slider that made him the top prep pitcher in the country before an arm injury prolonged his start to the season. He also adds a solid change-up and curveball, giving him four quality pitches. He could have the most upside of any pitcher in the 2013 MLB draft.
7. Boston Red Sox — Austin Meadows, OF, Grayson HS (GA)
The 6’-3” left-hander has the talent to go first overall in the 2013 MLB draft, including plus speed, excellent bat speed and power to all fields from the left side. This is a very difficult draft to figure out, but I can’t see him dropping any farther than here. Over 24 games, he is hitting .557 with 12 doubles, four home runs, 18 stolen bases and a .662 OBP/.984 SLG. All four of his home runs have gone to center field.
8. Kansas City Royals — Ryne Stanek, RHP, Arkansas
The 6’-4” right-hander has been dealing over his last five games, thrusting himself right back in talks for the top 5-10 picks in the 2013 MLB draft. The stuff has been there all season, he just had issues commanding his stuff and he also had to deal with having his start days messed around with. Over his last six starts, he has a 0.67 ERA, 0.92 WHIP and 35 K/11 BB over 40.1 innings. His mid-90s fastball and plus slider shouldn’t last past the Royals.
9. Pittsburgh Pirates* — Jon Denney, C, Yukon HS (OK)
The best hitting catcher in the 2013 MLB draft, the 6’-2” right-hander also has the defensive tools to stick behind the plate at the next level. He has tremendous power to all fields and a good approach at the plate, showing the ability to wait for a pitch to crush. Over 32 games, he is hitting .548 with 11 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 51 RBI and has drawn 36 walks for a .694 OBP/1.191 SLG.
10. Toronto Blue Jays — J.P. Crawford, SS, Lakewood HS (CA)
The strong-armed, slick-fielding shortstop projects to a high-average hitter with above-average speed at the next level. Over his last seven games, he is 14-for-23 (.609) with three doubles, three walks and six stolen bases. He has a great approach at the plate and is one of the few true shortstops in the 2013 MLB draft.
11. New York Mets — Reese McGuire, C, Kentwood HS (WA)
A polished player who is a two-time gold medal winner for U18 Team USA, McGuire is a left-handed hitting catcher with great instincts behind the plate. His strong arm and footwork will allow him to remain at his current position. Over 19 games, he is hitting .450 with nine doubles, four triples, two home runs and has stolen nine bases. He has also drawn 15 walks to just two strikeouts, showing an advanced approach at the plate. A terrific athlete with a high baseball IQ.

Read more athttp://throughthefencebaseball.com/mock-2013-mlb-draft-9-0/31912/#HCVw2ulMUhQ88J0p.99

 
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Binghamton Mets 2013 Game Notes

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Binghamton Mets (13-11) vs.
Erie SeaWolves (12-10)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers)

LHP Mark Cohoon (2-0, 7.11) vs. LHP Matt Crouse (2-1, 3.68)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013  Game #26  Home Game #12
NYSEG Stadium  Binghamton, NY  6:35 PM

LAST GAME: Cesar Puello’s two-run double down the first base line capped a four-run eighth inning in Binghamton’s 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Erie SeaWolves last night. After getting handcuffed for seven innings by Erie starter Warwick Saupold, the B-Mets broke through against the SeaWolves bullpen. Trailing by three and facing reliever Michael Morrison, Binghamton loaded the bases on an error, a single and a walk. A throwing by catcher James McCann allowed Binghamton’s first run to score and Allan Dykstra cut the deficit to one with an RBI double, setting the stage for Puello. The SeaWolves had taken the lead after tagging B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel for three runs on eight hits. Chase Huchingson pitched a perfect eighth to earn his first win and Jeff Walters collected his league-leading seventh save with a shutout ninth.

BINGHAMTON STARTING PITCHER: LHP Mark Cohoon makes a spot-start for the B-Mets, his first of the year. The southpaw from Burleson, Texas started the season in the bullpen, allowing five runs over 6.1 innings in four relief appearances. Cohoon was Binghamton’s Pitcher of the Year last season after going 8-11 with a 3.62 ERA over 23 starts. He led the team with 146.2 innings and turned in 13 quality starts. He was selected in the 12th round of the 2008 draft out of North Central Texas College.

ERIE STARTING PITCHER: LHP Matt Crouse gets the ball for the SeaWolves for his eighth appearance and second start in 2013. The southpaw last pitched against the Altoona Curve on April 26, earning a save with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief. He started against the Reading Fightin Phils on April 14 and suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits over 2.2 innings. Crouse was selected by the Tigers in the 24th round of the 2011 draft out of Ole Miss. He spent last season with the Lakeland Flying Tigers (High-A) and went 8-2 with six saves and a 1.91 ERA in 38 relief outings. He makes his first appearance against the B-Mets.

COMEBACK CITY: Last night’s B-Mets victory was their first of the season when trailing after seven innings. Binghamton had been 0-9 in that situation. It was the first time the B-Mets overcame a deficit of two runs or more in their final turn at bat since they score three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader in a 9-8 win over the New Britain Rock Cats on 8/7/12.

DYKSTRA KEEPS IT UP: B-Mets first baseman Allan Dykstra collected two doubles yesterday, extending his hitting streak to ten games, matching Alonzo Harris for the longest by a B-Met in 2013. It is the longest hitting streak of his professional career. Dykstra is hitting .353 (12-for-34) during the streak.

NO STEALING: Last night was the first time in six games the B-Mets did not steal nor attempt to steal a base. Binghamton had stolen at least one base in nine of their last ten games entering last night’s action. The B-Mets lead the league with 34 stolen bases and have gone 19-for-21 in their last eleven games.

WALTERS SHUTS THE DOOR: B-Met closer Jeff Walters posted a perfect ninth to earn his league-leading seventh save of the season last night. The total is already a career-high in a single-season for the righty. He has earned a save in each of his last six games.

FIGHTING TO AVOID .500: The B-Mets record has not been at .500 or below at any point in 2013. The B-Mets have been one game above .500 eight times this season and won their next game.

COHOON CAREER: LHP Mark Cohoon will make his 46th career start with the B-Mets tonight. He ranks sixth in franchise history in games started and has gone 14-18 in his four years in Binghamton.

NEXT GAME PREVIEW: The B-Mets continue their series against the SeaWolves tomorrow night at 6:35 PM. RHP Rafael Montero gets the ball for Binghamton against RHP Victor Larez.
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Q and A - Some Talent Evaluations

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Good morning Mack, I'll try and keep the questions coming. After seeing what guys like Verritt and Lara did y/day and add them to Mateo, Fulmer, Mazzoni, Syndergaard, Leatherstich and others and knowing their just a few of our pitching propects how would you rate their chances of major league success at this point? Also your thoughts on two other guys who haven't gotten much press recently Ceciliani and Muno and one who did but has kinda cooled lately in Wilmer Flores.  Thanks and have a great Sunday, Gary Seagren

Mack:  Thanks for the questions, Gary.

Right now, there is only one pitcher that has a 100% chance of making it in the majors. That’s Zack Wheeler, and, that’s still only a chance. Shit happens in this sport. Arms go dead, arms get hurt and batters hit balls thrown by dead arms. Still, I think we can count on Wheeler beginning in 2014.

My 75% guys are Rafael Montero, Jack Leathersich, and Noah Syndergaard. Montero is a little ahead of the curve, being as dominant as he has been in AA (a prospect league), but he still has to carry his weight at AAA (an ex-MLB league). Big difference. You have to be able to get ballplayers out at have already had some success at the top, rather than striking out the guy you faced in school. I expect Montero and Leather will get their shot out of ST 2014 with Thor joining them on opening day 2015.
Other than that, steak knives at this point in growth.

Jake deGrom, Logan Verrett, Domingo Tapia, Michael Fulmer, Hansel Robles, Luis Mateo, and Cory Mazzoni all show snippets of MLB talent, but it’s far too early. Put it this way… none of these guys can dominate talent wise like the top four names.

Cecilliani and Muno have become secondary players in the system. DC seems a little more talented than Muno, but he's far too streaky with the bat. He also has a long term history of injuries.

Flores just may be the first baseball player that no one cares about.



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Reese Kaplan - A Shake-Up SHOULD be Forthcoming, But Won’t

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A Shake-Up SHOULD be Forthcoming, But Won’t

With the Mets ahead of schedule for their post All-Star-Break collapse, it seems like a rational organization would try to change some things in order to jumpstart the moribund offense and the laughingstock pitching beyond “Harvey and Niese, then watch winning cease” is living up to that slogan.  The bullpen is being overworked due to the inferior starting and it’s ironic to me that the 14 year journeyman Scott Rice is becoming the sole dependable non-closing arm out there.  I feel bad for Parnell because now that he’s seemingly turned the corner there are no closing opportunities for him to save. 

Ike Davis is looking as he did last season.  For some reason a two-week cold stretch by Lucas Duda warranted him a ticket to Buffalo, but Davis got a free pass.  He did eventually turn it around power-wise, though finishing with a Kingman-esque average.  Perhaps that’s what he will be, though before his season ending ankle contusion he was hitting line drives and earning his spot in the batting order.  For just the same reason the Mets are loathe to send pitchers to Las Vegas for fear of what it will do to their confidence, they should be ready to send underperforming hitters there where they should have a great chance to rebound with offensive prowess.  If the team did so with Davis they have the hot hitting Josh Satin who could step in for him at 1B temporarily. 

Daniel Murphy is simply ice cold right now.  It’s not a long term trend like Ike Davis.  You ride it out, perhaps occasionally penciling in Justin Turner for an occasional start.  He’ll come back.

Ruben Tejada may have lost the mojo with his glove, but this past week he was one of the only positive notes with the bat.  He always seems to work deep counts and fouls off a great many pitches.  According to what we’re told, that’s the formula that Dave Hudgens is preaching to everyone. 

David Wright is performing like an All-Star.  Considering what’s around him in the lineup I’m surprised he’s even getting a single strike per at-bat.

Lucas Duda may be taking that whole Hudgens philosophy a little too much to heart.  If I’m an opposing pitcher, I throw the first pitch right down the middle for a giveaway strike because he never swings at it.  That being said, it’s good to see the high OBP as a result of his good eye and patience.  That refusal to swing at pitches out of the zone may be why he’s driving the ball with more authority this year than in 2012.

Then you have the first of three clown cars arriving – the rest of the outfield.  Sandy Alderson’s “What outfield?” jokes are not so funny now.  He did nothing to improve the team in that regard and it shows. 

There’s Marlon Byrd, he of the hot spring who’s fallen hard back to earth when playing nearly every day.  Maybe his PEDs really did help.

Collin Cowgill was similarly anointed the everyday centerfielder.  That proclamation lasted two whole games.  After a couple of early long balls, the diminutive centerfielder hasn’t really done much of anything.  He’s rapidly descending down the Kirk Nieuwenhuis path. 

Mike Baxter has played some shabby defense, but continues to get on base via the walk if not the hit.  Maybe there’s a reason he’s never been a starter.

Jordany Valdespin seems to hit when the game is on the line or when given the chance to start regularly but this past week he’s been as bad as everyone else. 

Juan Lagares was having a terrific start to his season in AAA, so they promote him to sit on the bench in order to start some combination of the aforementioned underachievers ahead of him.  To be fair, he’s not gotten a hit in his 10 ABs, but then again how is someone expected to develop rhythm if he doesn’t play?

The second clown car contains the bullpen.  Again, perhaps there is truth to the old notion that spring training stats are meaningless since Greg Burke looked unhittable and even Aaron Laffey seemed like a good bet.  Thus far the Mets are trailing every other team’s bullpen and getting nothing out of anyone other than Bobby Parnell and Scott Rice.  I will give credit to Alderson for at least trying to improve here. 

The third clown car is the starting rotation.  First he signs an injured Shaun Marcum.  Then he believes that the scotch tape and Krazy Glue holding together Johan Santana’s shoulder and arm will somehow miraculously hold.  You could afford a Dillon Gee if he was fully recovered with a starting four that, if healthy, included the aforementioned names.

However, the club left spring training with a two-man rotation plus Gee, Jeremy Hefner and Laffey.  Remember, Hefner couldn’t even stay on the Mets own 40-man roster and Laffey was already a cast-off from four other teams by age 28. 

As the season started they pitched as you might have expected – gasoline on the fire.  Gee was something of a wildcard in that he had shown himself to be 5th starter capable when healthy, but maybe losing the beard damned his chances at success.  He was pitching nearly as badly as the other two.

What did Sandy Alderson do to remedy the situation?  The usual – nothing!  Remember that old definition of insanity about doing the same things over and over again yet expecting a different result?  That’s Alderson in a nutshell. 

So what can the club do to try to change its fortunes? 

Clear up the outfield logjam and get some infielders.  Right now unless you consider Valdespin a viable 2nd baseman or shortstop Justin Turner is your sole infield backup player.  At the very least consider Zach Lutz or Josh Satin in place of one of the 7 outfielders on the roster.  That way you could spell Ike Davis if you’re not inclined to send him down. 

Man-up and make a trade for a viable outfielder.  You have to give something to get something.  The obvious somethings at the major league level are Jordany Valdespin and Daniel Murphy.  The one remaining in town plays second base and the other hopefully brings back someone worthwhile for the outfield – not the next Ryan Braun but this team would actually improve with the addition of the next Ryan Raburn!  That’s how pathetic the outfield is right now.

Consider a trade of Ike Davis and a swap of Lucas Duda to 1st base.  Yes, you’ll sacrifice some defense there though likely not nearly as much as you do in left field.  Unfortunately this trade is something of robbing Peter to pay Paul because then you create three outfield vacancies instead of two.  However, Davis should fetch something fairly decent on the open market because he hit 30+ home runs last year.  There are teams for whom Davis would represent an upgrade at 1st base and perhaps have outfielders to spare. 

There’s not much else you can do on the big club with Travis d’Arnaud injured.  That takes any John Buck trades off the table until he’s healthy.

Now comes the part that requires guts and rolling of the dice.  The Mets have a number of pitchers in the minors who appear they will have a bright future.  Other clubs have position players with bright futures in the minors.  Maybe it’s time to trade stud prospect for stud prospect.  The Royals did so with Wil Myers.  Even d’Arnaud was traded twice before reaching the majors. 

If nothing changes, then we simply have to wait for 2014 when there’s money to spend (not that it will be).  Without some changes it appears 2015 is the earliest the club can contend. 

Maybe getting swept by the lowly Marlins will shame them out of their inertia.
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B-Mets 4, SeaWolves 3

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B-Mets Come Alive Late in Comeback Win, 4-3

BINGHAMTON, NY – Cesar Puello’s two-run double down the first base line capped a four-run eighth inning in the Binghamton Mets 4-3 come-from-behind win over the Erie SeaWolves on Monday night at NYSEG Stadium. The B-Mets used three hits and two Erie errors in the decisive inning in the series-opening win.

After getting handcuffed for seven innings by Erie starter Warwick Saupold, the B-Mets broke through against the Erie bullpen. Facing reliever Michael Morrison and trailing 3-0, Alonzo Harris started the comeback by reaching on Corey Jones’ fielding error at third. Darrell Ceciliani followed with a single and Josh Rodriguez walked to load the bases.

With Allan Dykstra at the plate, catcher James McCann fired to third in attempt to nab Harris, but his throw skipped into left field, allowing Harris to score. Dykstra followed by hammering an RBI double to left, cutting Erie’s lead to one. Puello capped the comeback by bouncing a two-run, go-ahead double down the first baseline, plating Rodriguez and Dykstra.

The SeaWolves had jumped out to an early lead by tagging B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel for three runs in the first four innings. Daniel Field homered in the first, James McCann collected an RBI single in the third and Luis Castillo added a run-scoring double in the fourth.

Erie’s run in the fourth proved to be their last. Goeddel battled to complete five innings and handed the reins to Josh Edgin in the sixth. The lefty allowed two hits, but no runs thanks to Cory Vaughn’s strong throw to the plate, retiring Castillo to end the inning. Edgin returned for the seventh and posted a perfect frame.

Chase Huchingson (1-0) retired all three batters he faced in the eighth and became the winner after Binghamton’s four-run eighth inning. Jeff Walters racked up his league-leading seventh save with a shutout ninth. Morrison (1-1) suffered the loss.

Saupold settled for the no-decision after tossing seven shutout innings. The righty surrendered just four hits and allowed only one runner to reach third base. Goeddel was taken off the hook thanks to Binghamton’s comeback after giving up three runs on eight hits.

The B-Mets (13-11) continue their four-game set against the SeaWolves (12-10) Tuesday night at 6:35 PM. LHP Mark Cohoon (2-0, 7.11) fills in for Binghamton against LHP Matt Crouse (2-1, 3.68). The Horizons Federal Credit Union Pregame Show begins at 6:20 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.

POSTGAME NOTES: It was Binghamton’s first win in 2013 when trailing after seven innings…Edgin made his 2013 B-Mets debut after pitching in 11 games with the New York Mets to start the season…Dykstra extended his hitting streak to ten games
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West Virginia Power 10 Savannah Sand Gnats 1

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The final game of the four game series between the Savannah Sand Gnats and the West Virginia Power was played in front of 1,388 fans Monday evening at Grayson Stadium.
The Power bats were hot as they banged out 17 hits and won  the game 10-1.
In the 3rd inning, West Virginia scored 3 runs on a 3-run home run by DH Stetson Allie over the left field fence. Allie hit his second home run in the game, a 2-run shot over the right field fence in the 7th inning. Allie now has 8 home runs tying him for the lead in homers in the South Atlantic League.
Savannah scored their run in the 8th when lf Stefan Sabol singled and scored on a double by 2b Chad Zurcher.
Luis Cessa (L, 2-1) started for Savannah, pitched  5 2/3innings, allowed 6 runs on 11 hits, 0 BB, and struck out 6.
Savannah played great this homestand, winning 6 out of 7 games.
The next home game is Wednesday at 7;05 pm against the Kannapolis Intimidators at Grayson Stadium.
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Mack Ade – Morning Report – 4-30-13

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-Sorry for the absence, but shit happens, right?

-I’m not up to spin on all the events these past few days, but it doesn’t look like anyone (except Noah Syndergaard) is setting the world on fire in Met-land. The Las Vegas pitchers continue to turn ERA into a lost equation, while Jake deGrom (3-starts, 4.91) is starting to realize that it’s going to take more than an emergency start (his first) to impress AA hitters. As I understand, both Darin Gorski and Hansel Robles are now on the DL, so this list of injured starters continue to grow. Don’t expect any surprise movements of payers here. The Mets pitching heads will not sacrifice the future by rushing the few healthy arms they have left. For now, target on the good news, SP wise:

                -Zack Wheeler is striking out 27% of the batters he has faced at AAA

                -After five AA outings, Rafael  Montero has a 1.95, 0.80, 27.2-IP, 35-K, 3-BB stat line

                -After five AA outings, Logan Verrett has a 4-0, 2.48,,0.98 stat line

                -After five A+ outings, Domingo Tapia has a 2.49, 1.07, 25.1-IP, 23-K stat line

                -After five A+ outings, Noah Syndergaard has a 1-0, 3.24, 25.0-IP, 26-K stat line

These are the names we keep writing about as being part of the future 2014-2016 Mets rotations. They remain the top prospects and they remain healthy.


SP Robert Gsellman was promoted directly from Extended Camp to St. Lucie to fill the slot left open when Robles went on the DL. He started last night. He pitched at Kingsport (1-3, 3.92, 11-G, 5-starts) last year and the GCL Mets (0-0, 4.15) in 2011. He did the job he was asked to do: 4.0-IP, 0-ER, 2-H, 2-K, 2-BB.


Savannah's Luis Cessa had his first shit outing last night (5.2-IP, 11-H, 6-R). Let's make a mental note five days from now to see how he comes out on the next outing. Everybody has one of these. Two is a problem...


Hey!  Josh Edgin pitched a scoreless inning! Plus, he struck out two while walking none. He’s back at Binghamton and maybe the rest of the year there and in Vegas is  good thing. I haven’t given up on him though he is currently not on my projected 2014 team.


-I’m going to continue to remind everyone that this was never going to be a great season for the Mets. We all agreed that a .500 percentage was a reachable goal to set and, as best I can tell, nothing has changed. There are highlights:

                David Wright is 16th in the league in BA (.309), 4th on OBP (.436) and 10th in OBP (.942).

                Daniel Murphy is 21st in the league in BA (.300).

                Lucas Duda is 5th in the league in OBP (.429), 17th in the league in slugging percentage (.531), and 7th in OBP (.960).

                John Buck is 8th in the league in slugging percentage (.575)


This is far more production than we expected from this team, though both Duda and Buck have started to tail off some.

Pitching wise, we all know that the only two starters that have a future (past 2014) on this team is Mike Harvey and Jonathan Niese. Forget what the rest of them doing. We’re just playing through the schedule this season and we’re making the decision to sell off some pieces easier.

No one is going to man the phones yet, but players like John Buck, Shaun Marcum, Frank Francisco, Scott Rice, Jordany Valdepin, and Wilmer Flores will be put into play at the all-start break.


2014 will begin to line up:

                Starters:  Harvey, Niese, Wheeler, Montero, Gee

                Pen:  Parnell, Leathersich, Familia, Mejia

                Field – d’Arnaud, Davis, Murphy, Tejada, Wright, Duda

                                                                                10 to go…
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Mets Minor League Report – April 29

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West Virginia (10-15) tramples Savannah (15-9) 10-1
Starter Luis Cessa: Was bombed: 5.2 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 11 H. The bull pen didn’t fare much better.

St Lucie (16-8) slams Tampa (10-14) 7-1
Robert Gsellman pitches 4 scoreless innings in his debut, allowing only 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K.
Pedro Feliciano: a scoreless inning with 1 H.
Rylan Sandoval: 3-5, HR, 5 RBI, R.
T.J. Rivera: 2-5, 2 R.

Binghamton (13-11) edges Erie (12-10) 4-3
Eric Goeddel: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 6 K.
The bull pen held Erie in check for 4 scoreless innings on 2 hits with no walks and 6 strikeouts.
Allan Dykstra:  2-3, 2 2B, RBI, R.
Cesar Puello: 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI.

Las Vegas (11-12) over Reno (8-17) 9-5
D.J. Mitchell:  (W, 1-0) gets his first win. 5.1 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-5, 3B, RBI, R.
Wilmer Flores: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI.
Andrew Brown: 2-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R.
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4/29/13

Roster Moves

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Please note the following transactions involving the Binghamton Mets.

April 29:
  • RHP Adrian Rosario transferred from Binghamton (AA) to Extended Spring Training
  • INF Joe Bonfe transferred from St. Lucie (High-A) to Binghamton (AA)
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Binghamton Mets 2013 Game Notes

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Binghamton Mets 2013 Game Notes

Binghamton Mets (12-11) vs.
Erie SeaWolves (12-9)

(Double-A Affiliate of the Detroit Tigers)
RHP Erik Goeddel (1-2, 5.79) vs. RHP Warwick Saupold (1-1, 3.13)
Monday, April 29, 2013  Game #25  Home Game #11
NYSEG Stadium  Binghamton, NY  6:35 PM

LAST GAME: The Akron Aeros slugged four home runs to defeat the Binghamton Mets, 7-5, at NYSEG Stadium on Sunday afternoon in the rubber match of a three-game series. B-Mets starter Jacob deGrom was tagged for five runs on seven hits, including back-to-back home runs by Jesus Aguilar and Carlos Moncrief in the no-decision. Trailing 5-1 in the sixth, the B-Mets plated four runs in the sixth on a pair of two-run homers by Josh Rodriguez and Cory VaughnJose Ramirez broke the tie with a solo homer in the seventh off losing pitcher Adam KolarekQuincy Latimore added an insurance run with another solo bomb in the eighth off Shawn TeufelKyle Landisearned the win and Bryce Stowell collected his first save.

 BINGHAMTON STARTING PITCHER: RHP Erik Goeddel takes the mound for his fifth start with the B-Mets and second this season against the Erie SeaWolves. The 24-year-old from California looks to go at least five innings for the first time in three starts. The righty allowed three runs on six hits in four innings of work in a no-decision against the Portland Sea Dogs in his last start on April 24. Goeddel defeated the SeaWolves on April 8, allowing two runs on eight hits in six innings of work. He was selected by the Mets in the 24th round of the 2010 draft out of UCLA.

 ERIE STARTING PITCHER: RHP Warwick Saupold makes his fifth start of the season and first against the B-Mets. The native Australian is fresh off his first career Double-A victory. He allowed three runs while walking five over five innings in a win over the Bowie Baysox on April 22. Saupold spent two seasons pitching for the Perth Heat of the Australian Baseball League before making his Minor League debut with the West Michigan Whitecaps (DET: Low-A) last season. He made one relief appearance with the Australia in this year’s World Baseball Classic.

THE LONG BALL: Josh Rodriguez and Cory Vaughn both blasted homers for the B-Mets yesterday. It was just the second time this season the B-Mets have gone deep multiple times in one game. Binghamton has hit 11 home runs as a team in 2013, the second-lowest total in the Eastern League. The Erie SeaWolves have launched seven this year.

DROPPING THE SERIES: The B-Mets’ loss yesterday was their second defeat in a rubber match this season. They have dropped two consecutive series and lost four of their last six games. Despite the skid, Binghamton’s record has not dropped to .500 or below at any point in 2013.

WELCOMING IN THE SEAWOLVES: Erie makes its first of two visits to the Southern Tier. Binghamton went 5-2 against the SeaWolves at home last year.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST END: Alonzo Harris’ ten-game hitting streak came to an end with his 0-for-4 performance yesterday. The B-Mets outfielder hit .341 (15-for-44) during the stretch. It was the longest streak for any B-Met and tied for the fifth-longest in the Eastern League.

STILL STREAKING: Allan Dykstra’s double in the sixth inning against the Aeros yesterday extended his season-best hitting streak to nine games. His longest hitting streak with the B-Mets last year was five games. During the streak Dykstra has hit .323 (10-for-31) with three doubles, one home run, nine walks, five runs scored and nine runs driven in.

BEST THIEVES IN THE LEAGUE: The B-Mets have swiped a league-best 34 bases this season, led my Alonzo Harris’ ten steals. In their last ten games, the B-Mets have gone 19-for-21 in steal attempts.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN: Alonzo Harris has gone a perfect 8-for-8 in his last steal attempted. Since getting nabbed on April 17, Darrell Ceciliani has been successful in his last seven stolen base attempts.

NEXT GAME PREVIEW: The B-Mets continue their four-game series against the Erie SeaWolves tomorrow night with first pitch set for 6:35 PM.
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Akron 7, Binghamton 5

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Aeros Take Rubber Match, 7-5

BINGHAMTON, NY – The Akron Aeros used the aid of four home runs to beat the Binghamton Mets, 7-5, Sunday afternoon at NYSEG Stadium.

After both teams were held scoreless for three innings, Akron cracked the scoreboard with two runs in the fourth inning against Jacob deGrom. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Danny Muno tripled home Cesar Puello to put the B-Mets on the board against Akron starter Paolo Espino.

In the top of the sixth, Akron responded with back-to-back home runs by Jesus Aguilar and Carlos Moncrief against deGrom, and his day ended after 5.1 innings. The righty gave up five runs on seven hits in his third Double-A start. Binghamton matched Akron’s long ball effort in the bottom half of the sixth. Josh Rodriguez blasted his second home run of the year, and Cory Vaughn followed suit with a two-run shot of his own to tie the game, 5-5.

The tie did not last however, as Adam Kolarek gave up a solo home run to Jose Ramirez to lead off the seventh inning. Quincy Latimore added another solo shot in the eighth against Shawn Teufel, and the Aero bullpen did the rest. Bryce Stowell threw a perfect ninth inning to earn his first save of the season.

The B-Mets now welcome in the Erie Seawolves for a four-game series, beginning Monday night at NYSEG Stadium. Binghamton will send RHP Erik Goeddel to the mound against RHP Warwick Sauwold. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM, with the Horizons Federal Credit Pregame Show beginning at 6:20 PM on Newsradio 1290 WNBF.


POSTGAME NOTES: Alonzo Harris went 0-for-4, ending his 10-game hit streak. Cory Vaughn hit his team-high fourth home run of the season. The B-Mets are 0-9 when trailing after seven innings.
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Roster Moves

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Please note the following transactions involving the Binghamton Mets.

April 27:
  • INF Rhyne Hughes placed on disabled list (left bicep tendinitis)
April 28:
  • LHP Josh Edgin had his option transferred from New York (NL) to Binghamton (AA)
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Quick Hits

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- How embarassing...getting swept at home by the Phillies.  Hopefully the FO takes notice and is ready to do what it takes to turn these Mets into a contender.  They have to sell off what they can for prospects (at least tradable assets even if they don't fill a specific need) and then acquire what's needed. We knew it would be painful and is it ever.

- Last night Thor (Noah Syndergaard) had another dominating outing, going 7 innings without allowing an earned run.  That included 1 BB and 7 K's.  I know it's a small sample size, but without his one meltdown against Fort Myers, he's at 22 innings, 2 ER (0.82 ERA), 24K, and 8BB.  If he continues dominating like this through June, I hope the FO gets aggressive with his development and challenges him at AA.

- I know, the bullpen is a mess.  Here are the bright spots:

   - Bobby Parnell has looked exception through his 10 appearances and looks like a pitcher that can be counted on.
   - After 2 awful appearances, Jeurys Familia has apparently shaken off the nerves and is settling in.

   - Jack Leathersich is striking out almost every batter he's been facing at AA and is currently sporting a 0.00 ERA.  He should be up sometime this season.

That's three potential long-term solutions to the pen that should be in place by the end of the season.  Cory Mazzoni should be back pitching soon and although he's currently starting, enough scouting reports have him eventually moving to the bullpen that I'm betting it'll be his eventual home...and he'll succeed.  Josh Edgin will hopefully get back his mojo with a break in the minors.  There are other minor league pitchers who could move quickly but won't have a home in the rotation.  By the end of the season, the Mets bullpen could be in considerably better shape, both currently and for the long haul.

- I've never understood all the love Dillon Gee gets from Mets fans.  Many bloggers and fans see him as a part of the team's future, but I'm not buying it.  He's a #4/#5 at best and it's what we're getting from him.  Given what a premium seems to be put on 'established' major league pitching, I hope the Mets can sell high on him at some point and wrangle a decent prospect from a desperate pitching-starved contender.  I think any one of the team's second-tier prospects (Verrett, deGrom, etc.) will be able to give the Mets the same or better production.

- I don't know about the rest of you, but as of now, the only current Mets hitter I have any confidence in is David Wright.  This lineup is going to need a major overhaul.  The organization is going to have to trade some of its young arms to do this, and I would expect everyone besides Matt Harvey and Jon Niese to be available.  It's impossible to know who's going, but arms are going to be dealt.  I wouldn't be surprised to see even Dillon Gee on the market, as well as BOTH Lucas Duda and Ike Davis at some point.
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Mack Ade - Morning Report - 4-29-13

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There is no morning report today due to a heath attack and a death in my family.
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Mets Minor League Report – April 28

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Savannah (15-8) shades West Virginia (9-15) 3-2
Starter Matthew Koch: 3.2 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 K
Tyler Vanderheiden (W, 1-0) pitched the 9th and got the win. His line: 0 R, H, BB, K.
Cole Frenzel (3-4) scored 1 of Savannah’s 3 runs and knocked in the other 2. The game ended with Frenzel’s walk off 2 out single  in the bottom of the 9th.
Kevin Plawecki (1-4) 2B, R.
The Gnats are in a bit of a funk these days, offensively, but they seem to be producing just enough to win.

St Lucie (15-8) wallops Tampa (10-13) 9-2
Noah Syndergaard (W, 1-0) lived up to his advance billing, going 7.0 innings, allowing only 1 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 7 K..
Robbie Shields: 4-5, 2 2B, 3 R.
Dustin Lawley: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R.
Travis Taijeron: 1-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI, R.

Akron (10-13) over Binghamton (12-11) 7-5
B-Met pitchers were homer prone tonight, and the long ball was their undoing. Akron scored their final 5 runs on a 2 run shot and 3 solo bombs. Binghamton tried to Match Akron with two 2 run homers in the bottom of the 6th, one by Josh Rodriguez and one by Cory Vaughn, to tie the score, but it just wasn’t enough.
Jacob deGrom 5.1 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, BB, 2 K, 2 HR.
Adam Kolarek (L, 0-1) 1.2 IP, 1 R, 2 H, BB, HR.
Shawn Teufel 2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, K, HR.
Danny Muno: 2-3, 2B, 3B, BB, RBI.
Cory Vaughn: 1-2, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI, R.

Tacoma (14-10) beats Las Vegas (10-12) 5-3
Chris Schwinden 5.0 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 4 K, HR. (yes, 5 BB in 5 innings)
Gonzalez Germen: (L, 1-2) 2.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 3 K.
Greg Burke: 2.0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K.
Andrew Brown: 1-2, 2B, BB, R.
No highlights here. Las Vegas’ 7 hits were spread among 7 players.
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