Mets Minor League Report: July 23, 2014


MMLR Player of the Day: Las Vegas SS Wilmer Flores.

Tacoma (51-53) topples Las Vegas (59- 47) 6-4.

Cory Mazzoni: (L, 1-1) 3.2 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 5 BB, 4 K.
Erik Goeddel: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, 2 K.
John Church: 2.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 2 K.

Matt den Dekker: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, R.
Wilmer Flores: 2-4, HR, BB, 3 RBI, R. (Is a call up in the cards?)
Allan Dykstra: 1-4, HR, BB, RBI, R.
Juan Centeno: 2-3, 2 BB.


Binghamton (61-42) belts Portland (66-38) 4-2.

Steven Matz: (W, 4-1) 7.0 IP, 2 R, 7 H, (HR) BB, 4 K.
Randy Fontanez: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 2 K.
Cody Satterwhite: (S, 9) 1.0 perfect innings 2 K.

Dilson Herrera: 2-5,R.
Brian Burgamy: 4-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R.


Tampa (50-52) tramples St. Lucie (57-42) 13-6.

Michael Fulmer: (L, 4-9) 3.1 IP, 7 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K.
Jake Kuebler: 1.0 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, K.
Robert Coles: 1.2 IP, 0 R, H, BB, K.
Tim Peterson: 2.0 IP, R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K.

Gilbert Gomez: 1-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R.
Gavin Cecchini: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, R.
Maikis De La Cruz: 2-4, BB.


Savannah (64-33) belts Augusta (48-53) 7-2.

Robert Whalen: (W, 5-0) 5.2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, (HR) 2 BB, 3 K.
John Mincone: 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB.
Miller Diaz: (S, 2) 3.0 IP, 0 R, H, BB, 3 K.

Patrick Biondi: 2-2, 2B, 3 BB, R.
Matt Oberste: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, R.
Victor Cruzado: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R.
Jonathan Johnson: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R.

Aberdeen (12-26) axes Brooklyn (18-21) 5-2.

Casey Meisner: (L, 0-3) ) 1.0 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, K.
Mike Hepple: 3.1 IP, R, 0 ER, 3 H, BB, 3 K.
Brad Wieck: 2.2 IP, R, H, 0 BB, K.
Edioglis Villasmil: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB.

Amed Rosario: 3-4, 3B, R.
Jhoan Urena: 1-4, 2 RBI.
Michael Conforto: 2-4. 2B.


Greeneville (15-17) klips Kingsport (15-16) 6-3.

Gaby Almonte: 7.0 IP, 2 R, 4 H, BB, 6 K.
Jimmy Duff: (BS, 1) (L, 1-1) 2.1 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 K.
Ty Williams: 0.2 IP, 0 R, H, BB.

Pedro Perez: 0-1, 3 BB, 2 R.
Wuilmer Becerra: 2-4, 2 2B, R. (Becerra had 2 of the Mets’ 3 hits.)


GCL Mets (15-14) slap GCL Nationals (15-14) 6-3. 

Jose Celas: 3.0 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K.
Gabriel Feliz: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, 2 K.
Brent McMinn: 1.0 IP, R, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, K.
Gabriel Lianes: (BS, 2) (W, 1-0) 1.2 IP, R, 2 H, BB.
Dan Hermann: 0.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB.
Alex Palsha: (S, 4) 1.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K.

Dash Winningham: 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, R.
Manuel Hilario: 1-4, BB, 3 R.
Alvin Maracaro: 2-3, RBI, 2 R.


DSL Mariners (19-26) nip DSL Mets1 (22-23) 2-1.

Luis Silva: 2.0 IP, perfecto! (3 K.)
Claudio Merilan: (L, 1-2) 3.0 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, K.
Jose Martinez: 3.0 IP, 0 R, H, BB, 4 K.

Nothing to write home about, offensively.
Luis Montero: 2-3, BB.



DSL Mets2 (20-25) stop DSL Yankees2 (24-21) 5-3. 

Nicolas Debora: 5.0 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K.
Jorge Celas: (W, 3-2) 3.0 IP, R, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K
Yrelvis Castillo: (S, 2) 1.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K.

Luis Crisostomo: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, R.


Binghamton 4 - Portland 2


Steven Matz tossed seven strong innings and the Binghamton Mets backed him with an eleven-hit attack in a 4-2 victory over the Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday night. Binghamton snapped their seven-game losing streak at Hadlock Field while avoiding a three-game sweep. The B-Mets moved to within 4.5 games of first place in the completion of their season series with Portland.
Portland got on the board in the second inning against Matz. Sean Coyle hit a 0-1 pitch over the left-center field wall to lead off the frame and give the home team a 1-0 advantage.
It didn’t take the B-Mets long to respond against Binghamton University product Mike Augliera. Rylan Sandoval started the top of the next frame with a home run to center field that tied the game at one. It was Sandoval’s first long ball of the year.
Binghamton took their first lead in the fourth. T.J. Rivera started the rally with a double and moved to third base on a ground out from Darrell Ceciliani. Jayce Boyd brought the runner home with a single up the middle to make the score 2-1.
That advantage grew in the fifth. Dilson Herrera laced a single down the left-field line with one out and stole second base. Brian Burgamy tallied his third hit of the game with a single to put runners on the corners fro Travis Taijeron. The slugger belted a double to the gap in left-center field to score Herrera. Rivera then skied a sacrifice fly to center field to plate Burgamy for the 4-1 lead.
Portland cut into the deficit in the sixth. Ryan Lavarnway, with the Sea Dogs on Major League rehab, singled and moved to second on a ground out to start the inning. He moved to third after Michael Almanzar singled. Dave Chester came through with a single of his own, Lavarnway crossed the plateon the play to cut the B-Met lead to 4-2.
Matz (4-1) improves to 2-0 against Portland this season. Augliera (4-8) tossed six frames and allowed four runs on eight hits. He finished the night with seven strikeouts. Randy Fontanez and Cody Satterwhite pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings to end the game. Satterwhite picked up his ninth save of the year.

POSTGAME NOTES: Sandoval’s home run was the league-leading 99th for the team on the season…Burgamy finished the game 4-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored…Portland won the season series over the B-Mets 11-9 - team press release

Yanks Sweep Mets


The Tampa Yankees completed a four-game sweep of the St. Lucie Mets by overcoming a 5-0 deficit in the first inning on Wednesday at Steinbrenner Field.

The Yankees scored seven runs in the fourth and five more in the fifth to run away with a 13-6 win.

The Mets looked sharp early. Jared King singled in a run in the first with the bases loaded and Aderlin Rodriguez plated a run with a ground out. Then Gavin Cecchini blasted a three-run homer to put the Mets up 5-0.

Mets starter Michael Fulmer cruised through the first three innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five.

But it all unraveled in the fourth. Greg Bird singled, Dante Bichette, Jr. reached on L.J. Mazzilli’s error and Fulmer hit Eric Jagielo on the foot on an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Fulmer threw a wild pitch that allowed Bird to score and then walked Aaron Judge to reload the bases. Angelo Gumbs then singled to make it 5-2.

With the bases reloaded again, Trent Garrison singled home two runs to cut the Mets lead to 5-4. Jose Rosario followed with an RBI single to tie the game.

After Danny Oh struck out and Cito Culver walked, Fulmer was replaced by Jake Kuebler. Bird came up for the second time in the inning and hit a sac fly to put the Yankees ahead. Bichette, Jr. followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5. Judge finally grounded out to end the fourth.

Kuebler stayed in to pitch the fifth but the Yankees got to him. Kuebler launched Rosario’s bunt attempt with two runners on over the head of Mazzilli covering first base to allow a run to score. Later in the frame Gilbert Gomez dropped a fly ball hit to center that allowed two more runs to score and the Yankees held a commanding 12-5 lead.

In the fourth and fifth innings, the Yankees scored 12 runs on nine hits and were helped out by four errors, a wild pitch and a passed ball. They sent 24 batters to the plate in the two frames.

The Mets committed five errors in the game.

Fulmer took the loss. He gave up seven runs, four earned, in 3 1/3 innings while striking out six.

Brady Lail, who gave up five runs and four hits in the first, ended up pitching six innings. After the first he didn’t allow any more runs and gave up just two singles.

The bottom three in the order for Tampa - Gumbs, Garrison and Rosario - combined to go 9 for 13 with seven runs scored and five RBIs.

Maikis De La Cruz and Mazzilli had two-hit games for the Mets. team press release


July 23rd 2014 -- Mets 3, Mariners 2

Wednesday afternoon in Seattle, Bartolo Colon retired the first 20 batters to face him until a Robinson Cano single, but behind the great outing the Mets beat the Mariners 3-2.  The Mets scored single runs in the 1st, 6th and 7th innings. Eric Young Jr. walked and then stole second (his 26th steal on the year) then Daniel Murphy brought in the first run in the first with an RBI double. In the 6th Juan Lagares hit a short sac-fly to center to score Lucas Duda from third. In the 7th David Wright added an RBI single.  Colon tired in the 8th allowing a walk and 2 hits include a RBI double by Brad Miller off the top of the right field wall. Colon came out after 100 pitches and was replaced by Jeurys Familia who after a the Mets won a contested ground out to short by Willie Bloomquist , which brought home the 2nd run, struck out Endy Chavez to keep the Met lead. Jenrry Mejia pitched out of trouble in the 9th and earned his 13th save. The Mets have now won 2 straight and are now 3-3 on this road swing. Colon gets his 9th win. He goes 7 2/3 allowing 3 hits 2 runs (both earned) he walked 1 and struck out 5.  Rookie Taijuan Walker takes the loss, he falls to 1-2.  The Mets are now 48-53 on the season and 23-30 on the road.  Next up the Mets start a 4 games set at Miller park in Milwaukee. Thursday night Dillon Gee (4-2 2.92)goes for the Mets,  Matt Garza (6-7  4.04) goes for the Brewers. 

2015 Draft Profile - OF - Daz Cameron - Eagle's Landing (GA) HS - UPDATED - 7-9-14


7-9-14  -  B/R - 1. Tampa Bay Rays Select Ga. HS OF Dazmon Cameron - Nick Gordon was the son of a former MLB player who captivated scouts with his tools in the 2014 draft. Next year it will be Dazmon Cameron, son of Mike Cameron, who will wear that crown.  The Eagles Landing High School star stands out for his natural all-around ability on the field. He's well-built already at 6'1" and 186 pounds with room to fill out and shows a very nice right-handed swing with more contact ability than his father and similar power. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2085268-mlb-mock-draft-2015-brs-official-early-predictions-for-next-years-top-10/page/2

7-3--14  -   
So. Daz Cameron over 31 G: .436 w/ 12 2B, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 18 SB, 18 BB/5 K, .549 OBP/.753 SLG.

6-20-14 -

6-10-14 - Daz Cameron, OF, Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, Georgia
The son of former MLB outfielder Mike Cameron, Daz is one of the impact bats in the 2015 class.  His tools stand out on the field and are all at least above average.  Entering the summer, he is viewed by many as the top player in the class.  Cameron’s has already been selected to the Under Armour All-America Game.  http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/2014/06/10/2015-players-take-the-stage-high-school-edition/

6-4-14 - Mack - Everybody has been waiting for this kid to come around.

Eagle's Landing (GA) HS OF Daz Cameron is the son of ex-Met Mike Cameron and has the same kind of skills his pop had when he was a prospect... excellent speed, a cannon for an arm, and outstanding instincts. He has explosive hand speed with projectable power

Defensively, he's projected to stick in centerfield. It's very hard right now to find much wrong with his emerging game.


Baseball America - Highest Draft Bonuses of All-Time


RankPlayer, Pos.Team, Year (Pick)Bonus
1Gerrit Cole, rhpPirates, 2011 (No. 1)$8,000,000
T-2Stephen Strasburg, rhpNationals, 2009 (No. 1)*$7,500,000
T-2Bubba Starling, ofRoyals, 2011 (No. 5)**$7,500,000
4Kris Bryant, 3bCubs, 2013 (No. 2)$6,708,400
5Carlos Rodon, lhpWhite Sox, 2014 (No. 3)$6,582,000
6Jameson Taillon, rhpPirates, 2010 (No. 2)$6,500,000
T-7Danny Hultzen, lhpMariners, 2011 (No. 2)*$6,350,000
T-7Mark Appel, rhpAstros, 2013 (No. 1)$6,350,000
T-9Donavan Tate, ofPadres, 2009 (No. 3)**$6,250,000
T-9Bryce Harper, ofNationals, 2010 (No. 1)*$6,250,000
11Buster Posey, cGiants, 2008 (No. 5)$6,200,000
12Tim Beckham, ssRays, 2008 (No. 1)**$6,150,000
13Justin Upton, ssDiamondbacks, 2005 (No. 1)**$6,100,000
T-14Matt Wieters, cOrioles, 2007 (No. 5)$6,000,000
T-14Pedro Alvarez, 3bPirates, 2008 (No. 2)*$6,000,000
T-14Eric Hosmer, 1bRoyals, 2008 (No. 3)$6,000,000
T-14Dustin Ackley, ofMariners, 2009 (No. 2)*$6,000,000
T-14Anthony Rendon, 3bNationals, 2011 (No. 6)*$6,000,000
T-14Byron Buxton, ofTwins, 2012 (No. 2)$6,000,000
T-14Tyler Kolek, rhpMarlins, 2014 (No. 2)$6,000,000
21David Price, lhpRays, 2007 (No. 1)*$5,600,000
22Joe Borcahrd, ofWhite Sox, 2000 (No. 12)$5,300,000
T-23Manny Machado, ssOrioles, 2010 (No. 3)$5,250,000
T-23Zach Lee, rhpDodgers, 2010 (No. 28)**$5,250,000
25Joe Mauer, cTwins, 2001 (No. 1)$5,150,000
T-26Archie Bradley, rhpDiamondbacks, 2011 (No. 7)$5,000,000
T-26Josh Bell, ofPirates, 2011 (2nd Rd, No. 61)$5,000,000
*Part of major league contract.
**Bonus spread over multiple years under MLB provisions for two-sport athletes.


Stephen Guilbert- Why Infield Defense Matters

This is an article on infield defense but this is important and loosely related and relative so check it: Despite two stints on the DL and having played in only two-thirds of the games of his counterparts, Juan Lagares now officially ranks as the best statistical defensive center fielder in baseball, passing the Reds' Billy Hamilton this week. 

I am interrupting my series on "shortstoptions" to point out why having a defensively sound infield is paramount to the success of both the current Met ball club and the squad that will finish out the decade.

The reason this is so relevant now is this: The Mets would not have won yesterday's game with a poor defensive infield. Include Juan Lagares and the importance of up-the-middle defense and it would not really have been close either. David Wright, Ruben Tejada, and Juan Lagares saved, by my count, either two or three runs in one game alone, depending on the variations of how the innings would have ended. Even Daniel Murphy, who had a poor game on both sides of the ball also turned a couple key double plays, one of which ended the game.

If you read back on my series about which shortstops the Mets should pursue or avoid, notice that I always talk about defense. I spend more than half the articles doing so. It is the main component I look for in a shortstop. If we had a bunch of starting pitchers who are league average guys with fly ball tendencies and we were building a murderer's row in the batting order, I would not care so much. Heck, probably not at all.

That is not what this team is doing. In fact, Sandy Alderson and his crew of bright baseball minds have constructed a team of should-be dominant starters who induce weak contact. Weak contact typically means ground balls. The assumption is that those ground balls will turn into outs.

Ground balls have the lowest run correlation of any batted ball. The Mets have a lot of ground ball pitchers. Here are 2014's numbers, before play started on Tuesday (keep in mind, league average is typically about 44-45%):

Dillon Gee is right near that league average mark so anyone above that has ground ball tendencies.

Look at Zack Wheeler, Familia, Niese, Black, Mejia. All are between "ground ball pitchers" and "extreme ground ball pitchers". In fact, over his career, Mejia has one of the highest ground ball rates of any active pitcher.

Jacob deGrom's sample size is still small and he had a ground ball rate of 44.4% in the minors, so even his number is a bit low. With the sinking action on his cutter, he is a ground ball pitcher in my book as well. At minimum he is league average. Dillon Gee is league average as well. Niese and Wheeler are extreme ground ball pitchers. Colon and Dice-K have no future with the Mets past 2015 (and most likely much sooner). Their replacements?

Noah Syndergaard- 47.6%
Matt Harvey- 44.4% (and even higher in the minors)

So, come 2015, the most likely starting rotation of Matt Harvey, Jon Niese, Zack Wheeler, Dillon Gee, and Noah Syndergaard (or Jacob deGrom) includes 3-4 league average and 2 extreme ground ball pitchers. Your 8th inning reliever is an extreme ground ball pitcher. Your closer is as ground ball happy as you can get. Your 7th inning guy is a ground ball pitcher. Your long man is a ground ball pitcher. All of your lefties have ground ball tendencies. Some are extreme.

Fly balls have a run-per-out value or 0.13. Ground balls have a run-per-out value of .05. A lot of elite pitchers get their outs on the ground and the Mets have assembled a staff made up of these pitchers. All of them. Some more than others, but all of them get somewhere around half of their outs on the ground.

Per FanGraphs and the same method used to evaluate Juan Lagares in the caption under his photo above, Ruben Tejada has been the 10th most valuable defensive shortstop in baseball this year and 6th in the NL, despite, like Lagares, playing fewer innings than his colleagues. 

It is insane--let me be clear: Not just illogical, not something to consider, not merely a "bad idea"--it is insane to build a team around ground ball pitchers and play poor defenders behind them in the infield. Absolutely insane. That is why Nick Franklin, Starlin Castro, Javier Baez, Wilmer Flores, and Asdrubal Cabrera are terrible options for the Mets at shortstop. If you replace Ruben Tejada, a very strong defender, you better damn well do it with one who will make as many putouts per attempt as he does.

Required reading: http://www.fangraphs.com/library/offense/batted-ball/

Sandy Alderson and company have built this team around pitching and defense. They have a gem of a center fielder in Lagares. They have a catcher who looks a tad raw but has enormous defensive potential behind the plate. They have a very strong defensive shortstop. They have a terrible defensive second baseman. Most of the up-the-middle construction is there. If you have to play Murphy for his bat, which is reasoning I can understand, you absolutely cannot have anything other than well above average defenders at the other up-the-middle positions to compensate.

This is a bit of a spoiler, but my research on "Shortstoptions" is complete and Ruben Tejada is the shortstop I most want on this team for the next contending Met squad and, despite my affinity for his awesome walk rate and OBP, it's mainly because of how good his glove is.

Yesterday's game was the best time to say all of this because with anything less than what we have, defensively, the Mets lose their 4th straight. Pitching and defense. All day every day. That's how the Mets will win.

Stop with the nonsense of bringing bad defenders to this team. Especially at shortstop.


Reese Kaplan - The Mets' OTHER Black Hole

With all of the talk about upgrading the shortstop position precious little has been written about improving left field.  Thus far this year we’ve seen Andrew Brown, Chris Young, Eric Young, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Bobby Abreu, Eric Campbell and probably a game or so from Matt den Dekker, too.  None has staked a claim to the position, though at .330 a case could be made for giving Campbell an extended look.  His strength, however, appears to be positional versatility, replacing Justin Turner in that role on the roster.

Moving forward, however, it wouldn’t appear that any of these players are long term solutions.  As we all know, Chris Young is mercifully on a one year deal, Eric Young has demonstrated the Peter Principle at work, Bobby Abreu’s fountain of youth is running dry, and Kirk Nieuwenhuis continues to strike out at a prodigious rate and has shown flashes in the past only to succumb to the almighty K.

Unfortunately there isn’t much help down on the farm either.  Cesar Puello has improved somewhat since his awful start, but he’s not making enough noise to deserve a promotion.  Matt den Dekker hasn’t had the chance to adjust to the next level, but he’s already 27 years old and still not playing in the big leagues.  Andrew Brown was on fire in AAA until he rode the pines for Terry Collins, but he’s not recaptured his stroke after returning to Las Vegas.  Brandon Allen is another AAAA type of player.  It would seem that until Brandon Nimmo is ready, the outfield cupboards are pretty bare. 

I’m not na├»ve enough to think that a Carlos Gonzalez or Giancarlo Stanton are realistic possibilities, but the Mets really should be targeting folks like Joc Pederson of the Dodgers who could likely provide a solution for the position for the foreseeable future.  The Mets should be dangling some of their available players – starting pitchers, pitching prospects, 2nd basemen – to see what they could do to gain a cost-controlled player who can man the position as they continue their quest for a winning record.  Yes, giving up a prospect like a Rafael Montero would hurt if he went onto a solid major league career, but the fact is that the team’s offense is its Achilles heel and they need to make strides to contend.   Solving the LF and SS dilemmas will go a long way in that regard.  

Morning Report – July 23rd – Shohei Otani, Mets Pitching ETAs, Colon


Coming Later Today –    

10 00 am - Reese KaplanThe Mets' OTHER Black Hole

12 noon - Stephen Guilbert- "Shortstoptions- Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor: The Unattainable" 

2 00 pm - Baseball America - Highest Draft Bonuses of All-Time

4 00 pm - 2015 Draft Profile - OF - Daz Cameron - Eagle's Landing (GA) HS - UPDATED -  7-9-14

Christopher Soto –

            In his first 19 games with the Savannah Sand Gnats, Dominic Smith hit .167 with 0 extra-base hits. However, since April 25, he has slashed .330/.388/.405 with 21 doubles and a VERY STRONG 8.7% BB rate and an equally strong 15.2% K rate. During that time he ranks 9th in the SAL in average and 7th in doubles.

This is a very important story to read this morning... http://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/la-sp-dodgers-20140723-story.html 
The Dodgers had a dreadful series against Pittsburgh and there never has been a better time to approach this team for a trade of one or two of your young pitchers for the services of  OF Joc Peterson.... SANDY... PLEASE READ THIS...

Jeremy Hefner pitched three more rehab innings for the GCL Mets... 1-R, 2-H, 1-K, 0-BB

Jason A. Churchill ‏@ProspectInsider  -

Just talked to a front office exec who thinks MLB-wide there will be more than a few 'major' deals between now and the July 31 deadline. Same exec believes there are a few desperate SELLERS. If I had speculate, Philly is 1 of the aggressive sellers. Arizona, San Diego, Colorado are three other possibilities.

Read about  21/yr old P/OF  Shohei Otani of the Nippon Ham Fighters in the Nippon Professional Baseball league

I follow Twitter most of the day looking for things to write about and this is the time of the year that many baseball people report that the stands are filled with scouts.

Like this…

Jerry Crasnick ‏@jcrasnick  -  #Tigers, #bluejays, #orioles,  #brewers, #angels,   #royals, #sfgiants. #Rangers, #dbacks and #pirates have scouts in Philly tonight.

The question is… how come I never see or hear of any Mets scouts going anywhere? Are they all having pizza together in Ozone Park? Not having your scouts in the field either means you’re not looking at obtaining the services of anyone or no other teams is offering the services of someone to you to take a look at.

Like I said, no scouts in the stands, no deals in the news.

Next week is the trading week, so we all need to remind ourselves exactly how the pitching stacks up as of today.

You’re Sandy Alderson and teams want pitching:

           Current rotation:  Colon, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, deGrom
           Starter in reserve in bullpen:       Matsuzaka
           2015 ETA:     Harvey, Syndergaard, Montero
           2016 ETA:     Matz, Ynoa
           2017 ETA:     Fuller, Gsellman, Gant

There is plenty of room here to sell. Colon and Matsuzaka will not set the ‘win now’ brigade on fire, while selling two future chips like Syndergaard and Montero wouldn’t destroy the nucleus of a damn good rotation. There is plenty of excess pitching talent here to go get yourself the middle of the lineup bat you need to firm up the lineup.

14 quality starters.

BNS on Colon –

Colon was signed to a two-year deal worth $20 million this offseason. The 41 year-old right-hander owns an ERA that is nearly 1.5 runs higher, but his strikeout rate has increased from 15.2 percent to 18.0 percent, while his walk rate has dropped from 3.8 percent to 3.4 percent. His park-adjusted xFIP is 100, exactly the same as last season. For the most part, Colon has been the same pitcher, though Citi Field isn’t quite as spacious as the Coliseum. He throws his 89-90 mile per hour fastball over 80 percent of the time, and occasionally mixes in a slider or changeup. Colon won’t miss many bats, but walks are few and far between. Last year’s 2.65 ERA was an anomaly, but Colon is a pretty dependable No. 3 or No. 4 starting pitcher. That’s something the Mets don’t really need, as they aren’t in contention this year, and have a host of young starting pitchers that could be ready by next year.

Sports Illustrated on Mets –

Sellers - Trading All-Star Daniel Murphy (.289/.336/.410) is probably too radical, though general manager Sandy Alderson would do well to consider the move, given the combination of Murphy's remaining year of arbitration eligibility and the widespread need among contenders for a second base solution. More likely, Bartolo Colon (4.12 ERA, 3.58 FIP) will be on the go, Daisuke Matsuzaka (3.55 ERA) could even find a taker, and the team will give up an underachieving Young outfielder (Eric or Chris) to the first person who even dares to ask. http://www.si.com/mlb/2014/07/21/national-league-buyers-and-sellers-trade-deadline

Minor Moves –

            The GCL Mets 20-yr old Venezuelan LHP Leon Canelon was one of those 16-yr old bonus babies signed on July 8, 2010, the same day they signed OF Vincente Lupo. He has steadily worked his way up the DSL team (2011: 11-G, 1-ST, 7.08 - 2012: 14-ST, 2.96 – 2013: 14-ST, 2.86) and now started off this season in the GCL pen (5-G, 8.2-IP, 9-K, 2.08). Monday brought his first start of the season and, though it was short, it was impressive: 3.0-IP, 0-H, 0-R, 4-K, 0-BB, 1.54… Savannah RHP Chris Flexen had bone chips removed from his elbow and Tommy John surgery… C Taylor Teagarden is now rehabbing in AAA-Las Vegas and the Mets have until the end of July to decide what to do with him. He’s obviously not needed in Nevada what with Juan Centeno and Kevin Plawecki already fighting it out for at-bats… The B-Mets Dilson Herrera has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games… and there's nothing wrong with finding out right before you are going to bed that Vegas SP Noah Syndergaard threw up a killer 6.1 innings tonight...

Mets Minor League Report: July 22, 2014


MMLR Player of the Day: Las Vegas RHSP Noah Syndergaard.
Honorable Mention goes to Kingsport LHP Blake Taylor.


Game 1: Las Vegas (58- 45) smothers Tacoma (49-53) 4-0.
Noah Syndergaard: (W, 8-5) 6.1 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K. (Great to see Thor get back on track.)
Gonzalez Germen: 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB.

Matt den Dekker: 3-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI, R.
Josh Satin: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, R.

Game 2: Tacoma (49-53) leads Las Vegas (58- 45) 3-1 after 4 innings.
Giancarlo Alvarado: 3.0 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K.
Miguel Socolovich: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB.

Danny Muno (1-1, BB) scored the 51's only run so far, on an RBI single by Anthony Seratelli. (1-2)


Portland (66-37) pops Binghamton (60-42) 6-4.
Rainy Lara: 5.1 IP, 3 R, 6 H, (HR) BB, 4 K.
Chase Hutchingson: 1.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 BB, 2 K.
Jon Velasquez: (L, 4-3) 1.2 IP, R, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K.

Dilson Herrera: 3-4, HR, 3B, RBI, R.
Travis Taijeron: 2-3, HR,RBI, 2 R.


Tampa (49-52) nips St. Lucie (57-41) 3-2.
John Lannan: (L, 0-3) 5.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, BB, 6 K.
Seth Lugo: 2.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K.

Jared King: 2-3, BB, R.
Cam Maron, 2-3, BB.


Savannah (63-33) not scheduled.

Aberdeen (11-26) edges Brooklyn (18-20) 7-6.
Brandon Welch: 3.0 IP, 2 R, 4 H, (HR) BB, 3 K.
Alberto Baldinado: (L, 0-3) ) 1.1 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 2 K.
Cameron Griffin: 1.2 IP, R, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 3 K.
Luis Rengel: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, K.
Juan Urbina: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 2 K.

Adrian Abreu: 2-5, 2B, 2 R.
Amed Rosario: 2-5, 2 RBI.


Kingsport (15-15) stifles Greeneville (14-17) 5-0.
Blake Taylor (W, 1-0) was outstanding: 6.0 IP, 0 R, H, 2 BB, K.
Christian Montgomery: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, 4 BB, K. (Montgomery walked the first 2 batters in the 8th inning without getting an out, before being removed.)
David Roseboom: 1.0 IP, perfect. (2 K)
Nicco Blank: 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, 2 K.

Oswaldo Caraballo: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R.
Wuilmer Becerra: 3-4, HR, 3 RBI, R, SB.


GCL Nationals (15-13) top GCL Mets (14-14) 5-1.
Another rehab start for Jeremy Hefner: 3.0 IP, R, 2 H, 0 BB, K.
Audry German: (L, 2-2) 5.0 IP, 4 R, 6 H, BB, 3 K.
Alex Durham: 0.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB.
Gabriel Feliz: 0.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB, K.

Top hitters, John Mora and Enmanuel Zabala had 0’fers in 4 AB’s each.
Hengelbert Rojas: 3-4, HR, RBI, R.


DSL Yankees1 (26-18) topple DSL Mets1 (22-22) 4-1.
Miguel Gutierrez: (L, 1-4) 3.0 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, (HR) 2 BB, 2 K.
Aneury Olivo: 2.0 IP, 2 R, 0 ER, 3 H, BB, 2 K.
Harol Gonzalez: 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K. (WOW! A stellar relief stint.)

Nothing to write home about, offensively.
Luis Montero: 2-3.



DSL Mets2 (19-25) pulverize DSL Astros Orange (16-28) 18-7.

Carlos Hernandez: 3.0 IP, R, 2 H, 3 BB, K.
Richard Reina: 2.0 IP, 0 R, H, 2 BB, 5 K.
Brian Batista: 0.0 IP, 4 R, 2 H, (HR) 4 BB.
Randinson Suazo: (W, 3-0) 3.0 IP, R, 0 ER, 2 H, BB, 2 K
Luis Mateo: 1.0 IP, R, 2 H, BB, 2 K.

Just about every starter deserves mention in the offensive highlights.
Cecilio Aybar: 1-6, 3B, BB, 3 RBI, 3 R.
Luis Carpio: 2-5, RBI, 2 R.
Hanser Ortiz: 2-5, 2 RBI, R.
Alejandro Diaz: 3-4, 2 BB, 3 RBI, 2 R.
Edwin Diaz: 3-4, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R.

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