Mets Minor League Report: April 22, 2014


MMLR Players of the Day: Las Vegas 1B Allan Dykstra & CF Matt den Dekker.
With a 21 run, 21 hit attack, it is difficult to single out individual performances, but Dykstra’s and den Dekker’s almost identical nights stand above the rest.

In a squeeker, Las Vegas (15-5) edges El Paso (7-12) 21-9.

Dana Eveland (W, 2-0) got another start, albeit a shaky one: 5.0 IP, 4 R, 7 H, (2 HR) BB, 8 K.
Giancarlo Alvarado got an equally shaky hold: 3.0 IP, 4 R, 5 H, (HR) 3 BB, 2 K.
Josh Edgin, not to be outdone: 1.0 IP, R, 2 H, (HR) BB, 2 K.

Cesar Puello: 3-7, 4 R.
Eric Campbell: 4-5, 2 2B, BB, 3 RBI, 3 R.Wilmer Flores: 2-7, 2 RBI, 2 R.
Allan Dykstra: 4-5, HR, 2 2B, BB, 5 RBI, 4 R. Immediately following his selection as PCL Player of the Week, Dykstra goes even one up.
Matt den Dekker: 3-4, HR, 3B, 2 BB, 5 RBI, 4 R.
Dana Eveland: 1-3, BB, RBI, 2 R.



Portland (12-4) pops Binghamton (9-7) 5-3 in 11 innings.

Hansel Robles, uncharacteristically wild, was pulled after 4.2 innings: 3 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 7 BB, 5 K.
Cody Satterwhite got things back under control: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 BB, 4 K.
John Church pitched a perfect inning, striking out the side.
Chase Bradford was almost as good: 2.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, K.
Jon Velasquez (L, 0-2) made one mistake and paid for it: 1.0 IP, 2 R, 2 H, (HR)

Kyle Johnson: 2-5, 2B.
Kevin Plawecki: 2-5, RBI.
Jayce Boyd: 1-5, RBI.
Matt Clark: 1-4, 2B, BB, R.



Big come-from-behind win as St. Lucie (11-7) surprises Palm Beach (8-10) 6-5 in 12 innings.

Palm Beach got out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the 1st, and then added another before the Lucies were able to get on the board with a run in the 6th. The Mets mounted a big comeback with 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th, highlighted by a 2 run homer by Phillip Evans and a 2 run single by T.J. Rivera, to tie the score and send the game into extra innings. A 2 out RBI single by Phillip Evans in the bottom of the 12th, after Eudy Pina stole second, sent the fans home happy.

St. Lucie pitching was pretty solid.
Matthew Koch: 5.0 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K.
Bret Mitchell: 2.0 IP, R, 0 H, 2 BB, 2 K.
Julian Hilario: 2.0 IP, 0 R, H, BB, 3 K.
Beck Wheeler: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, K.
The bull pen held the fort until the cavalry could come to the rescue:
Randy Fontanez (W, 1-1) pitched a strong 12th. 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, BB, K.

Dilson Herrera: 3-6, R.
T.J. Rivera: 2-6, HR, 3 RBI, R.
Brandon Nimmo: 1-4, 2 BB, 2 SB.
Phillip Evans: 3-5, HR, BB, 3 RBI, R.



Delmarva (9-9) drops Savannah (10-6) 4-1.

Kevin McGowan (L, 0-1) was not sharp: 4.1 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 5 K.
Dario Alvarez, going the rest of the way, was: 3.2 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 6 K.

Minimal offense.
L.J. Mazilli: 2-5, SB.
Gavin Cecchini: 1-3, BB, R, SB.



April 22nd 2014 -- Cardinals 3, Mets 0

Tuesday night at Citi Field Adam Wainwright was dominant through 7 as the Cards blanked the Mets 3-0. Dillon Gee pitched well enough to win on any other night but was the victim of the shut out. Gee had a 10 inning scoreless streak snapped in the top of the 4th.  The Cardinals at one point had the bases loaded and no outs, but somehow Gee was able to get out of the inning only yielding a pair of runs on a 2 run single by Jon Jay.  Matt Holliday drove in the final run with an rbi single in the top of the ninth off Jose Valverde. Gee went 6 he allowed 6 hits 2 runs both earned, walked 2 and struck out 4.  The Mets only managed 4 hits on the night, all singles by Eric Young Jr., Lucas Duda, Daniel Murphy and Chris Young. David Wright had his 12 game hitting streak snapped.  Curtis Granderson went hitless in 3 at bats and is now hitless in his last 22 at bats.  Holliday led the way for the Cards going 3 for 4. Wainwright got the win improving to 4-1 while he did leave the game after only 79 pitches with a minor leg injury.  Gee took the loss he’s now 1-1.  The Mets are now back at .500 at 10-10. The own a 4-7 record at home. Wednesday night the Mets look to clinch at least a split of the 4 game series as Jon Niese (0-2  2.84) looks for his first win. Michael Wacha (2-1 1.73) goes for the Cards.  

A Quick Look - RHP - Jeff Hoffman - East Carolia


   Jeff Hoffman

6-9-13  -  16.Jeff Hoffman, RHP (East Carolina): The righty has shown a strong low-to-mid 90s fastball, and two potentially-plus off-speed pitches. Doesn’t strikeout as many as the other big college arms though (7.06 K/9 IP). http://www.minorleaguerundown.com/2013/06/09/2014-mlb-draft-top-30-prospects/

6-9-13  - 10. Seattle Mariners — Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina - The 6’-4”, 190-pound right-hander is a workhorse who could have a Jonathan Gray-like rise next season with continued development on his curveball and change-up, both of which are solid offerings right now. His fastball is a plus pitch already and touches 97 mph. Over 15 starts this season, he had a 3.20 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 84 K/39 BB over 109.2 innings. His 7.3 innings-per-start show the kind of stamina he has, and he maintains velocity deep in games. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-mock-draft-1-0-no-time-like-the-present/34008#Vj5KQGPZZT1XUyhx.99

6-10-13 -  Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina - Hoffman was one of the most impressive pitchers on the Cape last summer.  He has 3 pitches that all grade out above average.  His fastball gets above 95. http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/2013/06/10/2014-mlb-draft-early-college-names-to-know/

6-13-13  -  10. Seattle Mariners — Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina - The 6’-4”, 190 pound right-hander is a workhorse who could have a Jonathan Gray-like rise next season with continued development on his curveball and change-up, both of which are solid offering right now. His fastball is a plus pitch already and touches 97 mph. Over 15 starts this season, he had a 3.20 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 84 K/39 BB over 109.2 innings. His 7.3 innings-per-start show the kind of stamina he has and he maintains velocity deep in games. http://beforeitsnews.com/sports/2013/06/2014-mlb-mock-draft-1-0-no-time-like-the-present-2513748.html?currentSplittedPage=2

7-17-13 - Kiley McDaniel ‏@kileymcd  - Hyannis/East Carolina 2014 RHP Jeff Hoffman working 94-97 in the first inning in front of a loaded scouting section.
Jeff Hoffman is a 6’4″, 185 pound right-handed starter from Latham, NY. He plays collegiatly for the East Carolina Pirates and for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League. I have seen him pitch three times this season, the first of which was at beautiful Clark-LeClair Stadium in Greenville, NC when the ECU Pirates opposed the University of Central Florida Golden Knights. On 5/16/2013, Jeff threw 8 innings, surrendered 6 hits, walked 6, struck out 5, and allowed 2 runs. The next two outings were on 7/4/2013 and 7/17/2013 during some Cape Cod League Baseball action at McKeon Park in Barnstable, MA. On July 4th, Hoffman went 6 innings, allowed 2 earned runs, 5 hits, 1 walk, and struck-out 8. On July 17th, he was even more impressive. That day, his final line was 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1BB, and 11 K. http://bullpenbanter.com/jeff-hoffman-the-ace-of-the-cape/ e-up that is more of an out pitch. His command can be shaky at times as he is still learning how to be a pitcher instead of just running his overpowering fastball. Over 15 starts this year, he had a 4.25 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 109 K/48 BB over 95.1 innings. If he works on his command the way Jonathan Gray did this year, as well as refine his off-speed stuff, he could challenge Beede and Rodon for the top pick. http://beforeitsnews.com/sports/2013/06/2014-mlb-mock-draft-1-0-no-time-like-the-present-2513748.html?currentSplittedPage=2  

8-14-13 – Through The Fence – Top 50 Prospects – 5. Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina - The 6’-4”, 200-pound right-hander was dominate at the Cape Cod League this year. Over 24.1 innings, he had 33 K/5 BB and allowed 20 hits for Hyannis. His fastball can touch 98 mph, and both his curveball and change-up are solid offerings and getting better. Over 15 starts as a sophomore, he had a 3.20 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 84 K/39 BB over 109.2 innings. His 7.3 innings-per-start show the kind of stamina he has, and he maintains velocity deep in games. We all saw Jonathan Gray rocket up draft boards this past year, and Hoffman could enjoy the same ride.  http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-top-50-prospects/36463#mwWwsFxSUZy7YC5V.99

9-1-13 - Jim Callis – 2. Jeff Hoffman, rhp, East Carolina - Starred in Cape Cod League last two summers with mid-90s fastball, big-breaking curve.

9-4-13 – Mack’s Mock Draft v1.0 – 9 – Twins – RHP   Jeff Hoffman – East Carolina – 6-4 control finesse pitcher (7.06 K/9 IP) who simply gets the job done working the corners with his 92-95, 97 fastball and two + off-speed pitches. 84 K/39 BB over 109.2 innings last season.  Had a big summer in the Cape Cod League and a lot of scouts are predicting a Jonathan Gray-like rise in the rankings for him once the season starts. I already have him there.

9-10-13 – Top Arms in 2013 Cape Cod League - Jeff Hoffman 6-4/183, Hyannis Harborhawks 24.1 IP, 33K, 3.70 ERA: FB 93-97 CB 78-82 CH 86-89-  Hoffman has put himself in the discussion of top 5 picks for next year’s draft. His FB is thrown with downward plane and flashes late bore. His CB is tight with depth in the zone and late break. His CH is firm but has run. Other than one outing, he dominated CCBL line-ups. http://bullpenbanter.com/2013-all-cape-team-pitchers/  

9-27-13 - Jim Callis - The 2014 Draft is a solid group that impresses scouts more than the 2012 and 2013 talent pools. College pitching is always a prized commodity, and there's plenty behind Rodon, starting with right-handers Jeff Hoffman (East Carolina) and Tyler Beede (Vanderbilt). There's more velocity this year in the high school ranks, with righty Tyler Kolek (Shepherd, Texas, HS) leading the way with a consistent upper-90s fastball. The pitchers stand out more than the position players, though there are plenty of intriguing bats. Catcher/outfielder Alex Jackson (Rancho Bernardo HS, San Diego) and shortstop Jacob Gatewood (Clovis, Calif., HS) offer plenty of power, while Trea Turner (North Carolina State) has uncommon speed and is a rare collegian who should be able to play shortstop in the Majors. http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130927&content_id=61864804&c_id=

9-29-13 – XMLBScout – 10.)RHP, Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina, 6'4 190, nice easy delivery with fb that reaches 95, most are 91-92 with life and boring action in on RHH, cb and change still coming along, both could be used to get outs in pro ball currently but need improvement at the ML level to be effective, appears to have enough stamina and strength to be a starter but has a loose enough arm that he could be effective best out of the bullpen. Definite one to watch for 2014, 1-3 round projection, for me 4-7 round seems fair. http://xmlbscout.angelfire.com/ 

9-30-13 – TTF Mock 2.0 - 4. Chicago Cubs — Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina   With Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Jorge Soler leading the way, the Cubs have some outstanding offensive potential coming through the system at a rapid pace. By selecting Hoffman here, they can hopefully add that ace in the rotation they so desperately need. The 6’-4”, 200-pound right-hander was dominate at the Cape Cod League this year. Over 24.1 innings, he had 33 K/5 BB and allowed 20 hits for Hyannis. His fastball can touch 98 mph, and both his curveball and change-up are solid offerings and getting better. Over 15 starts as a sophomore, he had a 3.20 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 84 K/39 BB over 109.2 innings. His 7.3 innings-per-start show the kind of stamina he has, and he maintains velocity deep in games. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-mock-draft-2-0-draft-order-set/38280#5E3F5j1jWOgE69bJ.99 

10-6-13 – Kendall Rogers/PG – College Prospects - 2. Jeff Hoffman, rhp,  East Carolina (Drafted: Never) - There’s always that prospect who takes a massive step forward during the summer. Last summer, it was Mississippi State outfielder Hunter Renfroe, who parlayed a strong summer and spring into a Padres first-round pick. Now, it’s likely Hoffman, who elevated his status at the Cape Cod League by sitting 94-97, and up to 98, with his fastball, which had exploding life. Hoffman also showed a good 80-82 curveball throughout the summer. If Hoffman is consistent in the spring, it’s not out of the question that he could be the first overall pick in the MLB draft. http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=9081

10-9-13 – Early Pick for Cubs - Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina - Carlos Rodon is left off the 2014 MLB draft list because the only way he falls out of the top three is if he has an injury or decides to give up the sport altogether — neither of which I hope happens. Jeff Hoffman, a 6’-4” right-hander, impressed some scouts so much in the Cape Cod League that some have put him in the discussion for 1-1 with Rodon. With more than 24.1 innings, he had 33 K/5 BB and showed off his great stuff, headlined by a mid-90s fastball and the makings of a plus curveball that sits in the 80-84 mph range. Hoffman also adds an above-average change-up and solid slider, giving him a quality four-pitch mix. His command still needs to be a little more consistent but he shows a smooth, effortless delivery so the mechanics are there. At 185 pounds, there is still projection left and he could actually gain more velocity as he fills out. It is no secret that the Cubs organization lacks starting pitching depth and, if Hoffman is still on the board for the 2014 MLB draft, he could be a huge addition to one of the best farm systems in baseball. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-early-targets-chicago-cubs-fourth-overall-pick/38723

10-16-13 – Kevin Gallo on Jeff Hoffman - Fastball: Has a plus FB that sits in the mid-90s with excellent tailing action. Secondary Pitches: Hoffman has an above average to plus Curveball closer to plus. CB sits around 80mph with a 1 to 7 hard biting break. He looks to be an out pitch at the Major League Level. Change up: His Changeup is average but doesn’t use it very much. It sits in the high 80s but shows good tailing and arm action. I have been told his Changeup has improved but I can only go off what I have seen. Command: He works good command of his FB and CB but didn’t see enough of his CU to get an idea of it.  Summary: Hoffman as show the tools to be the #1 pick in next year’s draft but Rondon is going to be difficult to overtake. He also has room to gain muscle and develop. He has the pieces to be a pure #1 and if his changeup has improved he could become an elite pitcher http://www.chicagonow.com/cubs-den/2013/10/guest-post-scouting-report-on-jeff-hoffman/

10-15-13 – Baseball America - 2. Jeff Hoffman, rhp, East Carolina: His stuff isn’t far off from Rodon’s, but he hasn’t performed to a comparable level (6.8 K/9 in two seasons). http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/2014-draft-top-50-october-2013-carlos-rodon/

10-18-13 – Matt Garroich – Jeff Hoffman of East Carolina is a righty that has frontline potential and three plus pitch potential. He would be the kind of guy who would be in discussions for the top pick in any draft, so he should be in this draft as well, even with Rodon in it. I don't want to oversell Hoffman at this point because his stuff has always been better than his results but his summer on Cape Cod was simply dominant. http://www.minorleagueball.com/2013/10/18/4851030/2014-mlb-draft-atlantic-region-college-discussion

11-3-13 – Baseball America - East Carolina’s scout day was held Friday night, which gave in-state scouts a look at righthander Jeff Hoffman, who ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Cape Cod League this summer. Hoffman dominated with Cape with sharpened stuff that produced 12 strikeouts per nine and a 6.6 strikeout-walk ratio. Hoffman sat 93-96 mph with his fastball through two innings and did not throw a fastball below 94 in his second inning. He has a loose, easy arm action and the ball jumps out of his hand with downhill plane and minimal effort from a three-quarters slot. Hoffman largely pitched off his fastball. http://www.baseballamerica.com/college/east-carolina-scout-day-jeff-hoffman/

11-4-13 – MLB Draft Insider - Top 14 for ’14: College Pitchers - 2. Jeff Hoffman / RHP / East Carolina – He doesn’t have Rodon’s track record, but Hoffman was as good — if not better — than any collegiate pitcher this summer, occasionally hitting 97 on the gun with a plus-plus curve and a change that also flashed plus. http://mlbdraftinsider.com/2013/11/top-14-for-14-college-pitchers/

   11-27-13 – Big League Futures Top 25 Poll –  3 Jeff Hoffman    RHP East Carolina http://bigleaguefutures.net/1/2013/11/26/mlb-draft-top-25-prospects-poll/

B/R – 11-21-13 - 2. Miami Marlins: Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina - A 6’4”, 183-pound right-hander, Jeff Hoffman has a very projectable frame that will allow him to add considerable strength, especially to his lower half, as he develops. Throwing on a consistent downhill plane, Hoffman will usually sit in the 92-97 mph range with his fastball and more toward the high end of that range when he’s at his best. While he does a decent job of working the pitch to both sides of the plate, his overall command leaves room for improvement. In terms of his secondary arsenal, Hoffman features a plus curveball in the 78-83 mph range with tight, top-to-bottom rotation and late downer bite. The offering has plus-plus potential at maturity. Hoffman also throws a mid-80s slider that already grades as at least an average offering when on, though it’s less consistent than the true curveball. The right-hander has a changeup with average fading action that should develop into another weapon during his rise to the major leagues. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1860341-2014-mlb-mock-draft-early-first-round-projections-for-all-30-teams/page/10

12-9-13 – Pine Tar Press  -  6- RHP Tyler Beede Vanderbilt 5/23/93- He turned down the Blue Jays (21st overall) out of HS and has become a dominant collegiate for Vandy winning 14 games as a sophomore. He has 3 solid pitches with a 92-94 fastball and a very good curve and change. He still has question marks with overall command. (Cubs @ 4) http://pinetarpress.com/early-look-2014-mlb-draft/

1-3-14 – TTF Baseball - 3. Chicago Whit Sox — Jeff Hoffman, RHP, East Carolina - Since Kenny Williams took over in 2000, the White Sox have selected a college player in the first round 13 of 17 times. Eight of those have been pitchers. He would have his pick of a couple here but I say he would go with Hoffman, a 6’-4”, 200 pound right-hander who has been rocketing up draft boards since dominating the Cape Cod League. Over 24.1 innings, he had 33 K/5 BB and allowed 20 hits for Hyannis. His fastball can touch 98 mph, and both his curveball and change-up are solid offerings, and getting better. Over 15 starts as a sophomore, he had a 3.20 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 84 K/39 BB over 109.2 innings. His 7.2 innings-per-start show the kind of stamina he has, and he maintains velocity deep in games. A strong showing his junior season could propel him in talks for the number-one spot. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-2/40753#ppGUqI6CbWFvzsPf.99

1-20-14 – PG Preseason College All-Americans - Starting Pitcher - Jeff Hoffman, East Carolina - 2013 Stats: 3.20 ERA, 109 2/3 IP, 84 K, 39 BB, .243 OPP BA - Though it remains a long shot in the eyes of many, Hoffman is one pitcher who could unseat Rodon as the top overall pick in next summer’s MLB draft. Hoffman, a 6-foot-4, 192-pounder, has elite stuff, and coach Billy Godwin feels like he has a chance to put all the puzzle pieces together once and for all this spring. Hoffman has a fastball anywhere from 94-97, with the ability to touch 98, while he possesses a good low-80s curveball and developing low-80s changeup. Perhaps no pitcher includes as much intrigue entering the spring as Hoffman. http://www.perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=9294


Jeff Hoffman, Aramis Garcia, Skyler Ewing, Sean Reid-Foley, Alex Jackson


2-21-14 – Project Insider - Jeff Hoffman, RHP — East Carolina - Hoffman, who was solid yet unspectacular last Friday, will be tested versus a strong Virginia lineup that includes potential first-round pick Derek Fisher, as well as Day 2 and 3 prospects Mike Papi, Nick Howard, Branden Cogswell and Brandon Downes. Let’s see how well Fisher, a left-handed bat, can handle Hoffman, whose changeup needs work and is an offering he hasn’t used a lot just yet. Hoffman will use the fastball up in the zone to get swings and misses, however, so Fisher will need to lay off and force Hoffman to throw him strikes. This is a terrific test for Fisher, who is adept at using the left-center field gap. http://prospectinsider.com/draft-prospect-watch-hoffman-vs-fisher

3-25-14 – 5. Aramis Garcia, Florida International Height 6'2", Weight: 200 DOB: 1/12/1993 R/R - Big time riser, here is his bio, here is a riser article and here is BA raving.  He has plus arm strength, decent speed for a catcher, great intangible sixth tool, can communicate well with pitchers.  He might go pretty well.  The Cardinals drafted him before, and those guys are never wrong about anything.  And as the guy has great pop times that would stick in pro ball right now, they might just be right. http://www.yougottalikethesekids.com/2014/03/ten-catchers-in-2014-mlb-draft.html

2-27-14 – TTF - 10 college players on the rise - Skyler Ewing, 1B/C, Rice (NR) - The 6’-1”, 220 pound right-hander hit just .226/.347/.342 over 57 games as a sophomore. He did show a good approach at the plate, however, drawing 23 walks to 30 strikeouts. After making some adjustments to his swing, he was impressive at the Cape Cod League, hitting .287/.374/.496 over 34 games for Hyannis with 14 extra-base hits. He then led the team in nearly every offensive category this fall and was set for a big year. Through his first eight games, he has been a monster for the Owls. He has gone 16-for-33 (.485) with two doubles, three home runs and 17 RBI. He has drawn four walks to three strikeouts, showing a continued progression in his approach while being more aggressive at the plate. He is most likely relegated to first base, putting a lot of pressure on his bat to produce, although he can fill in at catcher if needed. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2014-mlb-draft-10-college-players-rise-2/41299#ldBBF8hRKzmaiy5H.99

2-11-14 – PG/Florida HS Dream Team – P – Sean Reid-Foley, Sr. Sandalwood - Reid-Foley had a strong summer, throwing well at most of the major events this year. Of the six events he threw at this summer, he touched at least 93 mph at five of them, topping at 95 at the East Coast Pro. On top of the big velocity, the fastball shows heavy arm-side run action, and it is his off-speed that sets him apart from some of the other power arms in this year's class. He works his slider into the mid-80s, a true slider with late bite, and he also owns a fading changeup which he can bring in on righthanded hitters, a devastating pitch against hitters at this level. When everything is working, Reid-Foley dominates the opposition and gets many empty swings. http://perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=9372

3-2-14 - I saw [Alex] Jackson in person twice this summer and way more than that on TV/video. With the everlasting caveat that I’m not a scout, I walked away each time surprised — well, surprised the first time and more confused thereafter — that everybody had hyped up his bat while downplaying his glove. Not doing the Charlie Contrarian shtick, but I was more impressed with his glove than I thought and not really wowed by the bat. It’s still a really impressive, first round quality stick, especially since I think he could stick at catcher, but not the Bryce Harper (not a comparison, just mentioning him as the most recent high profile catcher to outfielder conversion) kind of hit/power/approach combination that makes you want to rush him to the big leagues as a right fielder. I’d draft him with high confidence as a mid-first round pick — could rise to top ten, easily — as a catcher, obviously a little bit lower as an outfielder (where there’s way more competition in this draft class, both prep and college). Lots of rumblings that he wants to move to the outfield ASAP to speed up his developmental timeline. That’s a fun twist on the usual team-first approach to that kind of thing. http://baseballdraftreport.com/2014/02/27/emails/

Binghamton Mets 2014 Game Notes


Binghamton Mets (9-6) vs.
Portland Sea Dogs (11-4)
(Double-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox)

RHP Hansel Robles (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Mike McCarthy (0-2, 10.61)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014  Game #16  Home Game #11
NYSEG Stadium  Binghamton, NY  6:35 PM

LAST GAME: The Portland Sea Dogs collected 11 hits, including a pair of home runs, to defeat the Binghamton Mets, 7-4, at NYSEG Stadium on Monday night. The Sea Dogs tagged Tyler Pill for five runs on seven hits over 5.1 innings in his third loss of the season. Travis Shaw ripped a solo home run in the third and Shannon Wilkerson sealed the game with a two-run blast in the seventh. Binghamton’s offense awoke in the sixth. They scored three runs off eventual winning pitcher Henry OwensBrian Burgamy ripped an RBI double off the left-field wall and Jayce Boyd laced a two-run double to the right-field alley. Kyle Johnson capped Binghamton’s run with an RBI double in the seventh. Noe Ramirez retired the final five he faced and Miguel Celestinoearned his first save with a perfect ninth.

BINGHAMTON STARTER: RHP Hansel Robles makes his third start of the season and first against the Portland Sea Dogs. Robles has not allowed a run in ten innings on the mound. He tossed five shutout frames and struck out six to earn his first Double-A win in his most recent start against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on April 13 on the road. Robles scattered four hits, walked two and escaped a pair of bases-loaded situations. Signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Mets out of Bonao, Dominican Republic in August 2008, he is in his sixth season in the Mets organization.

PORTLAND STARTER: RHP Mike McCarthy takes the mound for his third start of the year and first against the B-Mets. McCarthy last threw in relief on Saturday against the New Britain Rock Cats. The righty took over for Mike Augliera and faced three batters, registering one strikeout and allowing one hit. McCarthy’s last start came against the Rock Cats on April 13 when he allowed three runs on five hits over five innings in a loss. The Brentwood, CA was selected by the Red Sox in the 14th round in 2011 out of Cal-State Bakersfield.

NEW DIGS: Three different B-Mets made their debuts at different spots in the batting order last night. Kevin Plawecki hit cleanup for the first time in 2014 while Darrell Ceciliani hit sixth and Dustin Lawley was dropped to seventh.

NEVER A LOSING STREAK: The B-Mets have lost six times this season, but they have yet to lose back-to-back games. They are 5-0 following losses in 2014. Binghamton’s longest losing streak last year was just three games in length.

DOUBLES PARTY: Four of Binghamton’s five hits last night went for doubles. It was the fifth time this season they’ve collected four doubles in a game. 26% of their hits this season (33 of 126) have gone as two-baggers. The B-Mets rank third in the league with 33 doubles and sit third with a .397 slugging percentage.

STREAKING: B-Mets DH/1B Matt Clark is currently working on a nine-game hitting streak. He is hitting .417 (15-for-36) during the stretch with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI. The streak also includes a game against the Fisher Cats in which he walked five times and never registered an at-bat.

REYNOLDS KEEPS ROLLING: B-Mets middle infielder Matt Reynolds extended his hitting streak to eight games with a single in the first inning on Monday night. He has hit .533 (16-for-30) during the stretch and collected four multiple-hit games. He has raised his batting average to .380 to open the season, the fifth-highest average in the Eastern League.

THAT’S DIFFERENT: B-Mets reliever Jack Leathersich used three groundouts to post a perfect eighth inning. It was just the second time in his career the lefty has thrown an inning or more and not recorded a strikeout. Leathersich last did that as a B-Met against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on April 12, 2013.

NEXT GAME PREVIEW: The B-Mets continue their four-game series against the Portland Sea Dogs on Wednesday night at 6:35 PM. RHP Greg Peavey takes the hill for the third time this season against RHP Keith Couch.

Baseball America - College Top 100 Hitters

Trea Turner, ss, North Carolina State162.301.389.44413.143.308201612.3%9.9%0.80
Michael Conforto, of, Oregon State160.395.538.5461.151.446321820.0%11.3%0.56
Bradley Zimmer, of, San Francisco168.415.488.66715.252.46615248.9%14.3%1.60
Derek Fisher, of, Virginia56.333.393.4511.118.386477.1%12.5%1.75
Matt Chapman, 3b/rhp, Cal State Fullerton133.275.376.4594.184.27711158.3%11.3%1.36
Kyle Schwarber, c/1b, Indiana158.356.462.6064.250.369231514.6%9.5%0.65
Max Pentecost, c, Kennesaw State187.380.435.57211.192.39715188.0%9.6%1.20
Taylor Sparks, 3b/1b, UC Irvine164.314.393.5553.241.22016389.8%23.2%2.38
J.D. Davis, 1b/3b/rhp, Cal State Fullerton146.339.445.5215.182.413222715.1%18.5%1.23
Dylan Davis, of/rhp, Oregon State152.296.368.4372.141.322162010.5%13.2%1.25
Grayson Greiner, c, South Carolina141.311.393.4620.151.330171912.1%13.5%1.12
Casey Gillaspie, 1b, Wichita State166.393.500.6743.281.382291717.5%10.2%0.59
Alex Blandino, 3b, Stanford125.317.411.4902.173.315141111.2%8.8%0.79
Brian Anderson, 2b/3b/of, Arkansas169.321.407.4714.150.35913267.7%15.4%2.00
Greg Allen, of, San Diego State172.326.432.38320.057.359241714.0%9.9%0.71
Mike Papi, of/1b, Virginia166.319.482.5212.202.330342220.5%13.3%0.65
Joey Pankake, 3b/rhp, South Carolina149.325.409.4444.119.339151410.1%9.4%0.93
Ross Kivett, 2b, Kansas State180.326.449.45413.128.358262214.4%12.2%0.85
Austin Byler, 3b/1b, Nevada153.297.395.5785.281.330162810.5%18.3%1.75
Aramis Garcia, c, Florida International163.359.436.5953.236.353221713.5%10.4%0.77
Branden Cogswell, ss, Virginia171.299.398.3285.029.299201111.7%6.4%0.55
Sam Travis, 1b, Indiana153.368.431.5596.191.37812137.8%8.5%1.08
Michael Suchy, of, Florida Gulf Coast167.288.329.42510.137.3287304.2%18.0%4.29
Brandon Downes, of, Virginia149.238.356.3935.155.258202313.4%15.4%1.15
Connor Joe, c/1b, San Diego183.388.475.6322.244.425211911.5%10.4%0.90
Chris Marconcini, 1b/of, Duke175.264.360.4666.202.274192710.9%15.4%1.42
Mark Laird, of, Louisiana State145.278.393.3485.070.296211414.5%9.7%0.67
Boo Vazquez, of, Pittsburgh156.231.316.3772.146.229172410.9%15.4%1.41
Rhys Hoskins, of, Sacramento State141.364.454.6362.272.387192013.5%14.2%1.05
Hunter Cole, of, Georgia173.322.416.4502.128.426213912.1%22.5%1.86
Nick Torres, of, Cal Poly162.331.389.4934.162.3449175.6%10.5%1.89
Dante Flores, 2b/of, Southern California148.238.326.3523.114.25514239.5%15.5%1.64
Mason Robbins, of, Southern Mississippi165.222.273.3660.144.24210236.1%13.9%2.30
A.J. Reed, lhp/1b, Kentucky169.363.485.7630.400.365242614.2%15.4%1.08
Brett Austin, c, North Carolina State156.341.412.4526.111.385172110.9%13.5%1.24
Chris Mariscal, 3b/ss, Fresno State164.306.383.3966.090.37813297.9%17.7%2.23
Aaron Brown, lhp/of, Pepperdine154.331.373.5923.261.3746303.9%19.5%5.00
Dustin DeMuth, 3b, Indiana131.389.462.5931.204.44810237.6%17.6%2.30
Austin Cousino, of, Kentucky179.335.388.47813.143.3595192.8%10.6%3.80
Kevin Cron, 1b, Texas Christian156.262.378.4461.184.29114249.0%15.4%1.71
Tanner English, of, South Carolina145.291.350.3868.095.37110356.9%24.1%3.50
Skyler Ewing, c/1b, Rice182.325.398.4740.149.341222312.1%12.6%1.05
Mark Zagunis, c, Virginia Tech222.344.430.51317.169.37021259.5%11.3%1.19
Garrett Boulware, c, Clemson160.316.388.4851.169.317181411.3%8.8%0.78
Mitch Gunsolus, 3b, Gonzaga163.320.447.4063.086.390272716.6%16.6%1.00
Ben Roberts, of, Washington State97.333.383.4145.081.4123173.1%17.5%5.67
Yale Rosen, 1b, Washington State141.376.479.5984.222.412171712.1%12.1%1.00
Jordan Luplow, of, Fresno State166.350.451.6067.256.360211912.7%11.4%0.90
Taylor Gushue, c, Florida161.338.375.5040.166.36110256.2%15.5%2.50
Mark Payton, of, Texas179.348.477.5007.152.359331218.4%6.7%0.36
Jeff Gardner, of, Louisville146.352.418.5550.203.38912198.2%13.0%1.58
Joey Epperson, of/1b, UC Santa Barbara144.451.528.60711.156.46016711.1%4.9%0.44

Who's the PTBNL? Reviewing 2013 Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Picks Round 1


The Mets finally solved the Ike Davis situation Friday night before hosting the Braves. It’s been a long time coming and despite the disappoint by the fanbase over Alderson’s inability to move the enigmatic slugger, this seems like a decent return for the Mets. Of course, the yet to be named player is supposedly the key to the deal so let’s take a look at who this mystery ballplayer could be. I’m focusing on top 2013 Pirate draftees since that is rumored to be the reason for the PTBNL. A team cannot trade a draftee until June of the following year. We'll start at the top and work our way down.

Austin Meadows -CF
 18 years old
 #9 pick 2013 MLB Draft

2013 Stats: A Gulf League/NYPenn 
.316-7-22 3SB .424/.554/.977

 What the experts say:

“A top prep hitter who’s been compared to Jay Bruce, he possesses a smooth swing, hits for average with the potential for above average power.” 

“Heading into the spring, Meadows was widely regarded as the nation’s top prep prospect—and with good reason. There’s legitimate concern that Meadows' contact-oriented swing and calm approach will prevent him tapping into his raw power, which in turn hurts his value if he’s forced to move from center field.”

“#4 Pirate prospect Meadows was selected ninth overall in the 2013 amateur draft. Just 18, he hit a combined .319 with a .977 OPS in 48 games. He flashed good power with seven home runs but also struck out 46 times.”
“The Scouting Report: Meadows has the potential to develop into a very good hitter. He shows a willingness to use the whole field and he improved his pitch recognition during his brief pro debut. He’s a little too aggressive at times, which is natural for a young hitter. Meadows doesn’t flash a ton of home run pop right now but he makes hard contact and should hit a ton of doubles while learning to clear the fences more consistently. Defensively, he’s a strong fielder and can currently play a solid centre but his modest range and so-so arm could eventually land him in left field. The young outfielder has a chance to be a special player — especially if the power develops and/or he sticks in center field.” http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/2014-top-10-prospects-pittsburgh-pirates/

MLB Player Comparison: Jay Bruce; Colby Rasmus
Projection: Above-average regular on a first-division team; occasional All-Star.
Scouting Grades: Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Run: 65 | Arm: 40 | Field: 60 | Overall: 60 (source: MLB.com)


Currently the Mets have Juan ‘the Wizard’ Lagares patrolling CF at Citi and Nimmo The Kid is tearin’ it up early in the state of Sunshine. But who wouldn’t want another blue-chip CF 1st rounder to add to the pipeline. If Meadows is the PTBNL it’s a huge coup for the Mets because it gives them two of the top prep hitters from last year’s draft. Nimmo-Dom Smith-Meadows has the potential to be a devastating middle of the order by 2018. If Meadows is the 2nd player in the Ike Davis deal then Alderson deserves a parade and Met fans everywhere Pirate GM Neal Huntington to their Christmas card list . The win now Pirates are set in the OF for the next decade: Marte-McCutcheon-Polanco and have highly regarded Harold Ramirez and Josh Bell behind them. Even with a loss Meadows the Pirates would be well stocked in the OF and the Pirates need a power hitting 1B in the present more than they need a highly regarded teenaged CF prospect of the future.

Why not?

This isn’t football where teams horse trade draft picks. it’s almost unheard of for a team to just trade away their #1 draft pick less than year later. Top prospects in MLB are gold, sometimes fools gold of course, still you don’t just spend all that time scouting, dissecting, and researching  over $3 million on a and then ship him out.  I did research and couldn’t find any example so if you please leave a comment if you’ve found an example of a team trading it’s 1st round pick less than a year later. Also, the Mets seem in pretty good shape outfield-wise throughout the system: Puello, Lawley,Vaughn, Taijeron,  Nimmo, King and others. Their more pressing need is SS and starting LHP. This combination is why I would think that Meadows is not the PTBNL in the Ike Davis trade.

Reese McGuire –C
19 years old
14th pick 2013 MLB Draft

2014 stats: Sal
.216-0-4 .275/.243/.518

2013 stats: A Gulf/NYPenn
.323-0-21 6 SB .380/.380/.760

What the experts say:

“When Austin Meadows fell to ninth overall, the Pirates opted to take the outfielder, hoping McGuire would be there with the 14th pick. They lucked out, as he fell to them, giving them two of the best prep position players in the draft. Most high school catchers have problems sticking behind the plate over the long-run due to their body or lack of defensive skills. That’s not the case with McGuire. He profiles as a future Gold Glove defender behind the plate, with a ton of great tools to work with. He’s a great receiver who blocks well, and has a plus arm.”

“Sound, balanced swing from the left side; works the ball from line to line thanks to improved barrel control and simplified stride; compact swing with present bat-to-ball ability; keeps upper body and head still throughout weight transfer and contact; hits the ball on the nose and generates plenty of loud contact; pitch recognition has improved as he’s become more comfortable going the other way. Average power potential.”

“#7 prospect McGuire’s glove was highly-coveted as a draft-eligible prospect in 2013 — and it helped make him a first round draft pick — but he had unexpected success with the bat during his pro debut. Playing in Rookie ball, the young backstop hit .330 and struck out just 18 times in 46 games. He earned a late-season promotion to the New York Penn League where he appeared in five games.”

“The Scouting Report: As mentioned above, McGuire’s defense is his meal ticket. He calls a strong game, is a natural leader and receives the ball well. He also has a strong arm and isn’t afraid to get dirty and block pitches. At the plate, he showed a better-than-expected approach with above-average contact. He still has room to improve his swing to generate more pop, although he may never be a home run hitter. McGuire needs more experience against good left-handed pitching. McGuire plays defense well enough to make the Majors on that alone so any offense, really, is icing on the cake. If the catcher keeps hitting, the Pirates could have something really special.”

MLB Player Comparison: Kurt Suzuki
Projection: Everyday MLB catcher for first-division team; multiple Gold Gloves.
Scouting Grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 50 | Run: 45 | Arm: 65 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55


Who wouldn’t want the first catcher taken in last year’s draft in their system?  Sure the Mets are seemingly set behind the plate with d’Arnaud manning the backstop at Citi and Piawecki getting experience in AA. They also have the highly regarded Cam Maron and others in A ball. But can you really have too much catching? Teams are always looking for catching help. It’s a demanding position and for every Buster Posey success there’s a Hank Conger or Jesus Montero-players who mashed minor league pitching but prove unable to replicate that success in the big leagues. McGuire is also far enough away from the majors for d’Arnaud or Piawecki to prove themselves so that if either both players fail there’s a potentially top option waiting in the wings.

The question is, “why would the Pirates trade the top catcher taken in last year’s draft?” Well, Russell Martin is only 31, a fan favorite and looks to have the catching position locked up for the next five or so years. Also, the Pirates have Jin-De-Jhang, a top Taiwanese prospect, behind the plate at full season A Bradenton after serving as backstop for Jamestown in NYPL last season. The Pirates would like to make a repeat playoff appearance in 2014 but the NL Central is a tough division featuring the pennant winning Cardinals, a resurgent Brewers squad and the dangerous Reds. They’re in a position where trading away a piece that could help you win in the future for a power hitting 1B to help you in the present is the pragmatic and correct one.  

Why not?

As stated above teams just don’t trade away their 1st round picks a year later. The Pirates have options at catcher but what if Martin ages quickly or Jhang  can’t cut it above A or AA. The Pirates thought at one time that 2012 2nd Round pick Wyatt Mathiesen was the future behind the dish at PNC but after struggling at the plate and behind it he’s been moved to 3B. What once a surplus for Pittsburgh would become very thin if they moved McGuire. Even though they are in a win-now mode that doesn’t mean they want a glaring weakness at catcher in 3-5 years.

The Mets having more pressing needs than catcher. d’Arnaud, Piawecki, Maron and even the seemingly forgotten Juan Centeno give them a lot of depth at the position. Adding McGuire brings in another talented youngster but his presence would be a bit superfluous. That being said I don’t think the Mets would turn down a toolsy player like McGuire but I also seriously doubt the Pirates would offer him in a trade either. 

If the Mets acquired one of the two 2014 Buc 1st rounders I’d go with Meadows because the Pirates have depth in the OF throughout the system and with the arrival of Polanco later this season seem to have their OF situation solved for many seasons to come.

Acquiring either one in the Ike Davis deal would be a major coup for Alderson. It's also about as likely as snow falling at Citi Field in July. 

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