6/17/18

SIGNED - 15th Round - C - Phil Capra - Wagner College

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LoHud –

Wagner College's switch-hitting catcher Phil Capra went to the Mets in the 15th round (440th overall). The North Salem graduate just hit .312 with a .551 slugging percentage, 12 homers and 58 RBI in 56 games played as a junior. As a sophomore, Capra hit .351.

SIlive –

            Capra, a North Salem, N.Y., resident, attracted the eyes of scouts the past season by batting .308 with 12 homers and 58 RBI in 55 games.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pounder helped lead Wagner to its best baseball record ever with a 38-18 overall mark.
Prior to the season, Capra was named to the 2018 Johnny Bench Award watch list as one of 97 top catchers across the country to watch.


NEW – SIGNED:  Tapinto –

Priding himself on hard work and dedication to baseball, North Salem product Phil Capra hit the jackpot when he was drafted to the New York Mets in the MLB draft last week.

“Seeing my name pop up at all is a dream come true,” said Capra, a 2015 North Salem graduate. “All of my hard work paid off.
There’s still a lot of work to do but getting drafted by a New York team is unbelievable. It’s always any kid’s dream to get drafted by their state’s team.”

The switch-hitting catcher flew down to Port Saint Lucie, Fla., on Friday morning to officially sign his contract and begin working with the organization.

“Honestly, I don’t really know what’s going to go on [upon arrival],” Capra said. “I have a few friends who were drafted by the Mets last year, so I’ll talk to them a little bit before I get down there.” 

Capra was selected in the 15th round (440th overall) on the afternoon of Wednesday, June 6, after completing his junior year at Wagner College on Staten Island.


“There’s definitely a lot of hard work that I put into it during high school and college,” Capra said of his baseball career. “It’s also a huge shout-out to the guys at Wagner who came before me, who put its name on the map. I don’t think it would have been possible for me to go [to the minor leagues] without them.”   

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SIGNED: Mets Pick #40 – RHP Brian Metoya – LSU Alexandia

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NYFS –     
     
RHP Brian Metoyer - R/R, 11/13/96 - Lousiana State U Alexandria
6'4", 160 lbs

Here’s the run down on the lanky righty. He walks a lot of guys but he also gets his strikeouts. He posted a pretty high, 5.60 ERA in a tough league but clearly the Mets think they can work with his stuff. He is the last pick of the day.

"We cannot express how excited we are to see Brian achieve his goal," said LSUA head coach Steven Adams, Jr. "To be drafted is a real honor and privilege and we can't wait to watch his journey in the pros unfold, and he knows this is where the work really begins for him. This is a great, history-making moment for our program and we are glad to just be along for the ride with Brian on this momentous day for him personally and LSUA baseball. While we will miss him next year, this is a great blessing for him and his family and we could not be happier."
Mets fans watching Metoyer as he comes up the ranks can expect him to immediately throw a 93-94 MPH fastball that can touch 97 MPH, a breaking ball that runs 79-81 MPH with good depth, and a change-up that ranges from 86-89 MPH. The scouts were also excited about the potential for continued growth by Metoyer, both physically and in the game of baseball.

Scouts who watched Metoyer throw described him as having a big, fast arm, which was key to drawing their interest. Mets fans watching Metoyer as he comes up the ranks can expect him to immediately throw a 93-94 MPH fastball that can touch 97 MPH, a breaking ball that runs 79-81 MPH with good depth, and a change-up that ranges from 86-89 MPH. The scouts were also excited about the potential for continued growth by Metoyer, both physically and in the game of baseball.

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SIGNED - Mets 31st Pick – RHP – Brendan Hardy – Harrison Central HS

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          Jeff Haegar -


Harrison Central’s Brendan Hardy (RD 31/PK 920) will be signing his minor league contract with the New York Mets tomorrow in Port St. Lucie, FL. He’ll be foregoing his original commitment with JCJC to chase the dream

  


NYFS –

              RHP Brendan Hardy - R/R, 12/15/99 - Harrison Central HS - 6'4", 190

Hardy played the infield in shortstop in high school but the Mets announced him as a pitcher. Hardy struck out 69 out of the 240 guys he faced on the mound. The Mets will likely need to go over slot to get a deal done with him.

Per tweet, around 88 w/ Fastball, and breaker in the mid to high 70s. - Tickled 90 at one Perfect Game event

Hardy says he will make his decision today - "Hardy previously signed to play collegiately at Jones County JC, said he's "50/50" on whether or not he will sign to play professionally, and will make a decision by Thursday. However, the former Red Rebel is grateful to even be considering a professional baseball career."


WIS TV –

            "I just want to thank God, especially," Hardy said. "Thank God and my parents. (Also) my teammates played a big part in it because they were just like family. That was my second family. I'm an only child, so they were my brothers, and they just always supported me no matter what."

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Hagerstown 12 - Columbia 6

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HAGERSTOWN, MD – On Saturday, Hansel Moreno homered and Edgardo Fermin tallied a pair of hits – one of which a double. The duo’s offensive spark wasn’t enough and Columbia fell to Hagerstown, 12-6.

Moreno’s solo home run was his first of the year and eighth of his five-year minor league career. The blast put the home team on the board in the third, but Columbia (33-33) was already down 8-0 at that point. Moreno’s long ball was one of five home runs blasted on Saturday (four for the Suns).

Fermin was also explosive at the plate with a pair of hits and RBIs. SAL All-Star Scott Manea also finished with a pair of hits and two RBIs as well against Hagerstown (27-40).

The Fireflies trailed 12-1 at one point before the offense came to life late in the game with a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth frames and one more score in the ninth.

All-Stars Trey Cobb and Stephen Villines each hurled scoreless innings of work in the late innings.
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Hartford 6 - Binghamton 4

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BINGHAMTON, NY – One fielding error and a baserunning mistake helped Hartford get past Binghamton, 6-4, Saturday night at Dunkin Donuts Park. The loss sends the Rumble Ponies to their fifth straight loss, matching a season-high. Binghamton’s opponent scored first and never trailed for the fourth straight contest. 

Trailing 1-0 entering the sixth inning, Binghamton would rally to tie the game, but at the same time commit a costly baserunning gaffe. John Mora began the frame with a single, Binghamton’s third hit of the game at the time. After Josh Allen followed with a single, pushing Mora to second, Patrick Mazeika flew out to left field. With runners on first and second, Joey Terdoslavich’s groundball to first was booted by Brian Mundell. The Yard Goats first baseman attempted to recollect and get the out at first, but his throw went awry, allowing Mora to score and tie the game. The play continued with Terdoslavich initially stuck in a pickle between first and second, but Allen simultaneously was caught off of third. Allen would be thrown out trying to get back to the bag, effectively ending the Rumble Ponies rally. 

The tie didn’t last long – the Yard Goats responded with three runs in the next half inning. A one out double by Brian Mundell set up Mylz Jones with a man in scoring position against Binghamton starter Justin Dunn. Jones groundball was collected by Dunn, who darted for Mundell stuck between second and third. Levi Michael received Dunn’s throw but then dropped the baseball chasing down Mundell. The error resulted in runners on second and third with still just one out. After an intentional walk to Nelson Molina loaded the bases, Dunn walked Rogers, pushing home a Yard Goats run. After Chris Rabago made it a 3-1 game with a run-scoring groundout, Peter Lambert, Hartford’s starting pitcher, lined one through the left side for an RBI single. Seven Yard Goats came to the plate – they scored three runs on two hits with the Michael blunder. 
Dunn (1-1) was done after the sixth, allowing four runs (one earned). In his second Double-A start, he struck out three and walked four.

Lambert (6-2) went one inning deeper than Dunn, but not before allowing a solo home run to Matt Oberste. The right-hander struck out six Rumble Ponies and issued just one walk.

Binghamton showed late-inning resolve for the second straight night. Wes Rogers’ misplay on Patrick Mazeika’s eight-inning drive earned the Ponies catcher a double and scored Josh Allen to make it 4-3.

But again, the Yard Goats punched back in the next half inning. They greeted Ryder Ryan with a Mylz Jones single, Nelson Molina home run, and Rogers double. The two-run eighth propelled Hartford to a 6-3 advantage.

With Matt Pierpont on the bump in the ninth inning for the second straight night, the Rumble Ponies did not go down without a fight. John Mora’s bases loaded walk pushed home Tim Tebow to make it a 6-4 deficit. With one out and the bases still loaded, Josh Allen struck out, before Patrick Mazeika grounded out, ending the game. 

POSTGAME NOTES: The Rumble Ponies finished the game 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position…Binghamton’s second five-game losing streak (April 9 – 14)…Rumble Ponies pitching has allowed at least 10 hits in five straight games for the first time since at least 2006…Matt Oberste’s home run was his first since May 31 at Erie
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6/16/18

Tom Brennan: DRASTIC MEASURES NEEDED

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Tom Brennan: DRASTIC MEASURES NEEDED

As I write this, the Mets, who were 10 games up at 11-1, are 10 games down at 28-38.

Drastically bad.  

Other than the 11-1 and 5-1 streaks this year, the Mets are 12-36 (.250).  The 1962 Mets were 40-120 (.250).  

Draw your own conclusions.  I've drawn mine.

In the minors, it is so bad, the Mets have been bringing in more journeyman-burn-out pitchers, hitters, and Indy Ball players than Germany is taking in Syrian migrants.

Champagne corks are popped when Las Vegas allows under 10 runs (no cork-popping Friday night, though, when the 51s allowed 15 runs).

Have you ever seen anything like all of this refugee influx into Metsland?  I haven't.  

And the 4 top Mets minors teams that played last night all lost by a collective 28-8, which is, sadly, representative, and Brooklyn was no hit for 6 innings by the opposing starter in their season debut, before finishing with 3 hits, raising some concerns as to front office player selection again in my mind.

It is clearly time to hold try outs at Citifield; there must be some weekend warriors out there that can out-perform, like Tim Tebow who, like him or not, has been one of the Mets' minors 10-15 best hitters this season due to insufficient competition.

I give this team (as I write this Saturday morning) one more week to turn it around.  

Who knows?  Flores could return on fire.

Cesepedes could return, too, with or without a walker.  Heck, Kirk Gibson played hurt worse, and things happened.

Then, assuming the turnaround doesn't happen (and c'mon, why would it?), all you Front Office Dudes:

It's time to get DRASTIC.

DRASTIC - AS IN: Calling up McNeil and Alonso.  

As in next week.

A week in AAA ball is enough of a tune up for the two of them when the hitting drought in Queens has reached biblical proportions.

Maybe, just maybe, they will succeed.

DRASTIC - AS IN: Release Joey Hole-in-Bats and Jose Reyes forthwith, if not already gone when this posts, and call up reasonably hot and competent Kevin Kaczmarski, too.

What is the worst that can happen?  This version of the Youth Movement turning out to be premature, and the team continuing to spiral and we get the number 1 pick next year?

DRASTIC - AS IN: Get ready to deal big before this trading deadline.

Make Mack happy and trade for Seth Beer, who might hit more homers than all the guys the Mets drafted this go-round.  Next time there is a Seth Beer, draft him.  Then celebrate with a beer if you'd like.

DUDES, again: Let's get DRASTIC! 
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Mack’s Apples - Fangraphs Top 131 Prospects, Hunter Barco, Justin Dunn, Seth Lugo, Famous Fathers and Sons

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Fangraphs   Top 131 Prospects –

          
#73 – 1B Peter Alonso
           #96 – OF Jarred Kelenic
#103 – SS Andres Gimenez    

     … that’s all folks


2019 Top Prospects -

Hunter Barco          LHP/OF         The Bolles School          
   
           PG Grade: 10 - Hunter Barco is a 2019 LHP/OF/1B with a 6-4 190 lb. frame from Jacksonville, FL who attends The Bolles HS. Large, slender frame with a ton of projection left on the body. Recorded a 60-yard dash time of 7.32. Worked out in the outfield and at first base. Very good arm strength and was recorded at 91 mph on throws from the outfield. Fluid arm with good glove skills and throws with good carry. Sound fielding ability at first base with clean transfers. Arm is full through the back and throws got good carry. Showed impressive power from the left side of the plate. Good bat speed and turned in a very loud batting practice. The ball jumps off the bat and looks to drive the ball with power to the pull side of the field. Named to the 2016 Main Event Showcase Top Prospect List. Verbally committed to Virginia. excellent student.




Baseball America prospects hot sheet –

         
  Justin Dunn, RHP, Mets - Team: Double-A Binghamton (Eastern)

Age: 22

Why He’s Here: 1-0, 0.00, 14 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 19 SO, 5 BB, 0 HR

The Scoop: After finishing his high Class A career with a 10-strikeout dazzler, the Mets saw fit to move Dunn to Double-A, where a circus was waiting. He made his Binghamton debut in Trenton, where he joined Tim Tebow and a rehabbing Yoenis Cespedes. Dunn had no problem shutting out the raucous crowds—not to mention the opposition—and opened his turn at the new level with nine strikeouts, one shy of the season high he’d set in his previous start. (JN)



       
    
          After throwing his curveball at 16.6% and 17.4% rates in each of the previous two years, Seth Lugo threw his curveball 32% of the time on Sunday night, nearly in line with his 31.2% rate on the season. It worked. While it’s not Hill-level usage, a 100% increase in pitch usage is notable. In his second start of the year against the vaunted Yankee lineup, Lugo allowed just two hits over six shutout innings striking out eight and allowing no walks.





Famous fathers , slugging sons: Vlad Jr., Bichette and Biggio –

       
    Three players on his New Hampshire roster this summer have surnames that ring a bell. Third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr., the son of the newly minted Hall of Fame outfielder, is widely regarded as baseball's top prospect now that the Atlanta Braves have summoned Ronald Acuna Jr. from the minors. Shortstop Bo Bichette, Dante's boy, is a baseball rat who is tearing it up after a slow start. And second baseman Cavan Biggio, son of Craig, is moving up the prospect charts as a left-handed power bat.

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Tom Brennan – METS MINORS FIELDING OBSERVATIONS

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Tom Brennan – METS MINORS FIELDING OBSERVATIONS

When we write about prospects, we almost always focus on how they hit.
Today, though, let’s look at raw, basic fielding stats for guys, by position.

Stats are from last week, but fielding stats don't normally fluctuate like hitting ones.
My criteria for players' inclusion in this list are at least one of the following 4 points:
  1. Hitting well this year
  2. High draft pick
  3. More likely than not to make the majors at some point
  4. Not a journeyman

FIRST BASE

AAA - Dominic Smith: 1 error in 46 G (plus no errors in 5 OF games)
Gold Glove Caliber - a Vacuum Cleaner: let's rename him HENRY.

AA - Peter Alonso: 6 errors in 46 G (major progress, but still a bit high)

A - Jeremy Vasquez: 4 errors in 52 G


SECOND BASE

AAA – Gavin Cecchini: 3 errors in 18 G (plus 0 errors in 11 games at shortstop) – much improved

AA – Jeff McNeil: 5 errors in 41 G (plus 3 errors in 12 games at 3B and SS).  Historically fields better.


THIRD BASE

AAA – David Thompson: 3 errors in 21 G

A - Michael Paez: 8 errors in 44 G; 2 errorless games at 2B.  Has played SS also as a pro.

A – Blake Tiberi: 7 errors in 45 G


SHORTSTOP

A – Andres Gimenez: 8 errors in 50 G (plus 0 in 2 games at 3B)


CATCHER

AA – Pat Mazeika: 2 errors in 40 G; 15 of 41 caught stealing

AA – Tomas Nido: 1 error in 31 G (18 with Mets); 9 of 24 caught stealing

A – Anthony Dimino: 1 error in 13 G; 5 of 26 caught stealing; nine passed balls - learning.

A – Scott Manea: 2 errors in 25 G; 16 of 27 caught stealing!!!

A – Ali Sanchez: 2 errors in 26 G; 14 of 32 caught stealing !


OUTFIELD

AAA – Kevin Kaczmarski: 1 error in 20 G

AA – Tim Tebow: 1 error in 35 G; 2 assists (I'm surprised at this).

AA – Kevin Taylor: 1 error in 33 G; 6 assists.  Plus two errors in 7G at 1B.

AA – Jhoan Urena: 3 errors in 41 G; 5 assists.  Plus 2 errors in 5 games at 3B.

A – Desmond Lindsay: 1 error in 40 G; 5 assists.

A – Quinn Brodey: 2 errors in 50 G; 6 assists.

A – Raphael Gladu: 2 errors in 46 G; 5 assists.

A – Matt Winaker: 1 error in 41 G; 2 assists.

A – Wuilmer Becerra: 1 error in 12 G.


Overall, these guys collectively seem to really minimize errors.  Nice.
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Reese Kaplan -- Father Time and the Mets

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When you look at the Mets over the current sad regime something jumps out at you right away and that’s the age of the people involved in the team.  Now, being 57 years old myself, I’m not here to bash folks for getting older, but I am cognizant of what I must do in order to stay relevant.  I am in a high tech profession and continually seek to find new ways to improve, analyze data and bring innovation to the table.

Contrast that with the Sandy Alderson hiring decision to bring Terry Collins to lead the team.  He was thought to be “old school”, “traditional” or “experienced” depending on your perspective.  What he proved to be was hopelessly out of touch with the modern game and the players he was paid to lead.


Then there’s Alderson himself.  Yes, he was there when the whole Moneyball thing.  Michael Lewis quoted a baseball psychologist named Harvey Dorfman in his book in which he said, “Sandy didn’t know shit about baseball.  He was a neophyte.  But he was a progressive thinker.  And he wanted to understand how the game worked. He also had the capacity to install fear in others.” 


In doing his OBP and slugging percentage research, Alderson quickly eschewed the stolen base, the bunt and the hit & run as counterproductive.  Back in those days he was a strong drafter, including both Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco, Terry Steinbach, Walt Weiss and others.  He executed shrewd player acquisitions via trades and free agency, including Dave Stewart, Rickey Henderson, Dave Henderson, Bob Welch, Dennis Eckersley, etc.


So what changed?  Well, for one thing he did have much more control back then that he does now from the meddling Wilpons.  The A’s were one of the youngest teams in baseball.  The Mets are one of the oldest – 3rd oldest according to a recent broadcast report (though that may have changed since they gave Adrian Gonzalez his farewell magnum of Geritol). 

In fact, if you peruse the top ten in terms of youngest teams, you find playoff contenders like the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies.  On the other end of the spectrum you find teams like the Mets, the Rangers and the Blue Jays. 

In this week’s lineup the Braves featured starting players like Ozzie Albies (age 21), Johan Camargo (age 24), Dansby Swanson (age 24), Mike Soroka (age 20) and also have starting outfielder Ronald Acuna, Jr. (age 20).  The Mets roster, by contrast, included Jose Bautista (37), Jay Bruce (31), Asdrubal Cabrera (32), Jason Vargas (35) and Anthony Swarzak (32).  Their best hitting prospects are Jeff McNeil (26) and Peter Alonso (23) who are deemed not ready for the majors.  In case you haven’t noticed, the Braves are in 1st place while the Mets are battling the Marlins for last…one of these things is not like the other. 


The formula for “success” over the past many years has been to acquire band-aid veterans to fill holes in the lineup, rotation or bullpen while doing everything possible to set up your own young players for failure (or simply not using them at all).  How’s that working out for ya?

Did anyone see elder statesman Jose Bautista flailing helplessly in each of his ABs on Thursday night?  Jose Reyes is apparently in the witness protection program as his manager hasn't used him in 15 days and counting...not that anyone is complaining, but if you're not using him then why is he on the roster?  This week the Mets went scrap heap picking again for reliever Chris Beck of the White Sox who owns a 5.94 ERA for his three year career and demoted rookie reliever Tim Peterson with a 2.08 ERA to make room for him.  Huh????????????

This approach is not new.  It failed miserably under Steve Phillips who never met an over-30 washed up veteran he didn't like.  Do the names Mo Vaughan, Pedro Astacio, Jeromy Burnitz and Roberto Alomar ring a bell?  It didn't work then and it's not working again now.  


The entire Mets organization could use a fountain of or injection of youth from top to bottom.  They are not one or two players away.  They are structurally unsound, have no foundation and no leadership.  I’m in the blow it up and start all over school of thinking.  Failing in that, how about starting up a GoFundMe page to hire a hacker to put Fred and Jeff's names in Michael Cohen's client roster.  Who’s with me?

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Hartford 6 - Binghamton 1

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BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Rumble Ponies dropped their fourth straight game on Friday at Dunkin Donuts Park, suffering a 6-3 loss to the Hartford Yard Goats. The Ponies opponent got on the board first and led wire-to-wire for the third straight game, sending Binghamton to their sixth loss in the last seven games. 

After tossing two scoreless innings to kick off the game, Rumble Ponies starter Nabil Crismatt worked into third inning trouble. The rally began with a single from Yard Goats pitcher Jesus Tinoco, his first professional hit in nine career tries. After Forrest Wall’s double moved Tinoco to third, Mylz Jones’ sacrifice fly scored Tinoco to break the seal. Hartford’s second and final run of the frame crossed on a routine groundball to shortstop that was dropped by first baseman Joey Terdoslavich.

The Yard Goats offense continued to pour it on just two innings later in the fifth. The first five Yard Goats reached via a hit – the first four being extra base hits. Wall began the frame with a solo shot before three consecutive doubles from Jones, Hilliard, and Mundell. By the time the inning wrapped up, seven Yard Goats came to the plate, four scored on five hits.

Crismatt (7-4) lost back-to-back starts for the first time this season. He went five innings, allowed 10 hits, and six runs (five earned). The Colombian had five strikeouts and issued two walks. 

The Rumble Ponies offense, meanwhile, continued to struggle after plating just seven runs in their three-game series against Altoona. Binghamton entered the top of the sixth inning with no runs and just two hits, working against Yard Goats  starter Jesus Tinoco. The Binghamton bats came alive though, collecting four straight singles, but scoring just one run. Matt Oberste’s two-out single plated Tomas Nido, cutting it to 6-1.
Tinoco (5-5) twirled six strong innings, allowing just the sixth-inning run. He struck out three Rumble Ponies and walked two. 

Matt Blackham and Tyler Bashlor combined to toss the final three innings scoreless for Binghamton.

The Rumble Ponies valiantly pushed a pair of runs home in the ninth inning, after trailing 6-1 for three innings. Following singles from Mora and Oberste, Jhoan Urena drew a walk to load the bases with one out. Kevin Taylor’s poke into left field, plated two, cutting the deficit to 6-3. Matt Pierpont would induce a line out of the bat of Josh Allen to end the game. 

POSTGAME NOTES: Binghamton’s first four-game losing streak since May 8-10…Tomas Nido caught all four would-be base stealers…Josh Allen finished 1-for-3 with a walk in his first game in affiliated baseball…Joey Terdoslavich went 1-for-4 in his Rumble Ponies debut 
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Columbia 3 - Hagerstown 2

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HAGERSTOWN, MD – Zac Grotz returned to affiliated baseball on Friday and hurled 7.2 splendid innings of work. He and the Fireflies fell to Hagerstown, though, 3-2 in 10 innings.

Grotz was signed by the Mets this week after most of this season and 2017 pitching in independent leagues. The right-hander from California didn’t walk a batter and wound up striking out eight on Friday. He allowed just two earned runs before he was relieved with two outs in the eighth.

The game was tied, 2-2, into the 10th inning. Columbia (33-32) did not score in the top half and Armond Upshaw’s safety squeeze bunt in the home half scored the game-winning run (Jayner Baez) from third for Hagerstown (26-40). Aaron Ford (L, 2-1) took the loss and Steven Fuentes (W, 2-1) picked up the win.
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6/15/18

From The Desk...

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Good morning.

1.     I know this is easily one of the worst Mets seasons since 1962, but one thing that has seemed to settle down (even after Zack Wheeler’s bad outing on Wednesday) is starting pitchers. Through Wednesday, five pitchers (Wheeler, Lugo, deGrom, Vargas, Matz) have only given up 18-ER in 60.2-IP. Eight of those runs were by Wheeler in 18.2-IP, so, other than him, the other four have given up only 10 runs in 48 innings.

2.    Texas Tech OF Zach Reams (27th round) is the remaining Mets draft pick that is still participating in the College World Series. Catch his team this weekend on ESPN and ESPN2.

3.    UMass-Lowell RHP Andrew Ryan has signed on with the Mets. Baseball Draft Report said about Ryan: “RHP Andrew Ryan is a rock solid senior-sign who would fit in nicely in any pro bullpen tomorrow. His stuff (88-92 FB, good SL) and performance to date (6.82 career K/9) are both more good than great, but sharpened command and increased whiffs as a senior (9.18 K/9) suggest there may be more than first meets the eye. I like Ryan as a mid- to late-round depth piece. With similar stuff, RHP Nick Rand falls into the same category. With any non-premium mid-major non-senior talent there exists a strong possibility that he returns to school in 2019. If three straight hyphenated words isn’t a record, then I’ll just have to go for four next time. RHP Luke Tomczyk is a senior already, so it’s now or never for the big (6-5, 235) effectively wild (8.68 K/9 and 6.79 BB/9 career) hard thrower (up to 94, also mixes in a good cutter) from Chili, New York. He’s no lock to get picked with those walk rates, but 94 MPH is 94 MPH.”

4.    Jeff Diehl was released by the Mets on Wednesday. Both the Mets and Diehl did everything they could do to stay in this game, going from a right field to catcher and then a thrower. We wish Diehl success in whatever he choses to do with the rest of his life.  (through Wednesday)

5.    Per Michael Baron: “Mets have lost 10 of 11 games, averaging 1.36 runs and 4.3 hits per game during that span. They’ve scored 15 runs in those 11 games, been shutout thrice. K’d 105 times, walked 35 times. Hitting .137 as a team during that span.

6.    Per Christopher Soto: “DeGrom has a 0.87 ERA in his last 10 starts and Mets are three outs away from being 2-8 in this stretch.”

7.    The Mets have claimed RHP Chris Beck off waivers from the CWS. 2nd round pick in 2010 by Chicago, out of Georgian Southern. Was a starter through the 2015 season, but was converted to a reliver in 2016. Has not had good stats the past three years, which includes and MLB total stat line of 4-years, 97-G, 1-start, 4-4, 5.94, 1.70, only 81-Ks in 118.2-IP, a whopping 66-BB. Huh?

8.    Mickey Callaway’s message to Mets fans on Wednesday: "Stick with the guys. They’re going to come out of it. We’re going to be fine. We’re not going to give up. We always appreciate their support. They’re everywhere. They’re here. They deserve better than what we’ve been giving them." Huh, huh?

9.     One of our top international prospects, CF Adrian Hernandez (2017: $1.5mil bonus), worked his way back into the DSL-1 game on Wednesday. Up to then he played sporadically making many of us wonder if there was injury here. News out of Havana flows quicker than the DR so it was great to see him go 2-5 (.250 for the year).

10.  The Brooklyn roster was posted up on the site and I thought it could be a sleeper, There is one ‘red’ prospect there (OF Wagner Lagrange) and five ‘blue” prospects (SP Bryce Montes de Oca, SP Jaison Viera, C Juan Uriarte, 1B Dionis Pauline, SS Oscar Pasqual) which is a lot more talent than this team has had the past two seasons. I especially point out Viera. He could be the real deal.

11.  Joe DeMayo – official signing bonuses:   7th Rd LHP Kevin Smith: $222,300 (full slot)… 9th Rd. RHP Bryce Montes de Oca: $152,100 (full slot)… 23rd Rd. RHP Saul Gonzalez: $175K ($50K 0ff pool).

12.  Steve Gelbs - Jacob deGrom has a 1.16 ERA in his last 11 starts.

13.  The Mets promoted 1B Peter Alonso and 2B Jeff McNeil from AA-Binghamton to AAA-Las Vegas. IMO, this should have happened earler but I'll take it. Christian Colon will probably become the every day Vegas SS now and the Rumble Ponies have lost the majority of their punch in their lineup. Binghamton replaces McNeil with Frontier League Evansville Otters 2B Josh Allen. 2013 un-drafted out of the University of West Florida (Pensacola). Has played the last four seasons for Evansville and was hitting .310/.429/.510/.939, 15-HR last year. his year (2018) he was playing for St. Pall and was hitting .344/.439/.589/1.028, with 4-HR in 109-PA.

14.  The International signing period begins July 2nd. 

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