D-Whit - It Was 45 Years Ago Today...Tuesday September 2nd 1969


September 2nd

Cledenon' 2 HR's pace Mets early, NY holds on to win 5-4
On a two game losing streak with time running short the Mets needed to get back on the winning side. They sent Gary Gentry to the hill to take on the Dodgers’ Don Sutton.  New York struck first on Donn Clendenon’s solo blast in the opening inning. In the 4th Clendenon rocketed his second homer of the game-11th of the season-to put New York up 2-0. 

Ron Swoboda’s double to left center tacked on two more runs in the 6th. A run-scoring single in the 8th off the bat of Ken Boswell drove in Clendenon with the team’s fifth run. Gentry entered the 9th in command and seemingly on his way to victory #10. A walk and single ended his hopes for a CG, but Ron Taylor came on to retire Ted Sizemore on a forceout at 2nd

Up comfortably, 5-1, with one out to go Taylor seemed on his way to preserving Gentry’s shutout with a save. Instead he wouldn't make it out of the inning. PH Jim LeFebvre’s RBI single cost Gentry his shutout and Andy Kosco’s 2- RBI single almost cost the Mets the game.  With the tying run on 3rd and the winning run on 1st Gil Hodges called on Tug McGraw to snuff out the Dodgers’ late rally-and he did. McGraw earned his 10th save by striking out Willie Davis. Mets 5 Dodgers 4

Meanwhile at Crosley Field, Ferguson Jenkins and the Cubs downed the Reds, 8-2. New York (77-55) remained 5 games back of Chicago (84-52).


MMs Top 25: #7 1B Dominic Smith


#7 1B Dominic Smith (LR: #9)
Bats: L Throws: L
Height: 6' 0" Weight: 185 lb
Age: 19
Acquired: 2013 Rule 4 Draft, 1st Round, Junipero Serra HS (Gardena, CA)

2014: (A) .271/.344/.338, 1 HR, 44 RBI, 5 SB (55%), 51 BB, 77 K
2013: (R) .301/.398/.439, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 2 SB (33%), 26 BB, 37 K
     Baseball America's "best pure prep hitter in the 2013 Draft class," has truly impressed Mets minor league followers in his 1st two years. As one of the youngest players in the South Atlantic League, Smith is amongst the Top 30 in batting average and doubles. He has also shown to be a solid defender converting 99.3% of the plays which he has been a part of.

      Critics will be quick to point out that Smith's power has been non-existant. While this is certainly the case, fans need to remember that Grayson Stadium, as well as, much of the SAL is a very difficult place to hit and carries many of the MLB's top pitching prospects. At only 185lbs, the young man also has at least 20 pounds on his frame to fill out as he gets older and grows stronger. As long as he can maintain his hand-eye coordination and advanced pitch-recognition skills, he should develop into someone who gets on base often, while still driving balls.

    Scouts and analysts, more advanced I, continue to jump onto Smith's bandwagon. MLB.com has pushed Dominic into their Top 100 Prospects listing, slotting him at #84. They have also named him the #1 1B prospect in all of baseball with the promotion of Jon Singleton. Scouts are confident he will provide enough offense to make him a solid Major Leaguer in time while providing excellent defense at 1B.

Ceiling: 20-25 HR, .290+ AVG, low K, high BB bat in the #3 spot (Joey Votto)
Floor: Makes the MLB, Good Bat/Defense but not enough power develops (Eric Hosmer)

Morning Report - September 2, 2014 - LAA/MET Trade - Projecting 2015 Rosters - Eric Campbell, Jacob deGrom


Sean Patrick Lallen -

I am a regular visitor of your website and I truly appreciate your work on this blog. May I ask a question regarding a trade speculation? Daniel Murphy, Jon Niese or Dillon Gee, Travis d'Arnaud or Kevin Plawecki for Corey Seager and Joc Pederson. Would the Mets be able to pry away those two expendable prospects from the Dodgers with such an offer? Could they obtain at least Seager for Murphy and Gee? Contending teams like the Dodgers may be enticed with seasoned veterans in the off-season and we have the supply to accommodate such demands. Thanks! LGM

Mack – First Sean, thank you for your following the blog and your email.
I love the trade, especially since it really only uses pieces of the Mets that are expendable.

I have one big problem with it and that’s it is hard for me to believe that the Dodgers will trade Pederson for anyone at this point in his career. I expect him to be in the LA starting lineup on opening day next spring.
As for your second idea, both Gee and Murphy would only be desired by the Dodgers if they intended to sign them to 3-5 year deals. We both know they aren’t afraid to spend the money for what they want and it’s just hard for me to believe that the Mets have players anyone wants anymore. They already have Dee Gordon who is under team control through 2018 so I can’t see why the Bums would pay Murphy what he’s worth.

This then takes us down to the nitty gritty of your trade… the SS prospect Seager. You get his for the one thing the Dodgers will always trade for… young, healthy, power pitchers.

The only change of a one-on-one trade here is Noah Syndergaard.
Any other, like Jacob deGrom, would have to have another pitcher added to the offer, like one of your power relievers (Jeurys Famila) or a secondary starter with an unblemished minor league history (Matt Bowman or Logan Vettett). Steven Matz, Rafael Montero, and Corey Mazzoni have too much medical baggage.

Sean, you can get Seager from the Dodgers. Stay targeted on that trade chip.

Why not Syndergaard and Plawecki? Only projected loss at this point for both teams, but the Mets could have their future star SS to play next to Dilson Herrera for the rest of the decade.


I want to take you through the process that some teams do when they set up their roster baords at the end of each season.

I'm not saying that the Mets do it this way. I'm also not saying YOU would do it this way and please, offer up your opinions here if you thing certain players should be at different levels. They just may wind up there anyway, but, for now, my initial concern is to line them up by age. I know that if I had a player at the GCL level, that was 23 years old and only got 40 at-bats, that he should probably be somewhere other than Binghamton or St. Lucie next year; however, I first want to put down on paper where he should be by age alone. We can adjust it from there.

The biggest obstacle here is there is always a gap between the past year's high school senors that were signed (average 18-19 years old) and the college juniors that join the organization three years older. There's nothing we can do about that, but we can still line them up properly by their age and... again... get a first peek at what we have.

For now, we have the 2014 GCL Mets to work with. There season is over and, frankly, most of the players earned themselves another year with the organization.

However, every team has some players that may not get an invite back and I have a few I have left off this graph. They are: SP Audry German, RPs Jose Medina Waldo Rodriguez, and Dan Hermann, C Manuel Hilario, 1B Elvis Sanchez, and 2Bmen Santo Marte and Dale Burdick. The Mets may disagree with me on some of these choices, but my guess is all of these names will be left on the side of the War Room board that breaks out who goes where in 2015. Decisions on who to draft in June or who to sign internationally in the off-season will not be based on this list.

So, now I begin to place the names on the board, with a few general rules...

    1. I've got five players returning to the GCL Mets simply because they are still young enough and played very little in 2014.

    2. The Kingsport team will be dominated with the 18 and 19-year olds.

    3. 20 and 21-years old are place in Brooklyn

    4. And the college kids, that range from 22-24, are placed in Savannah

There is one exception I've already listed. RP Flabio Ortega will pitch 2015 as a 25-year old, so I put him on the St. Lucie list, even though there is no way he's going to get promoted from the GCL team four levels in one off-season. We will have to come back to this.

St. Lucie Savannah Brooklyn Kingsport GCL
Adrian Almeida - 20 Darwin Ramos - 19
Tyler Baldamo - 23 Kevin Canelon - 21 Erik Manoah - 19
RP Flabio Ortega - 25 Jose Celas - 24 Nabil Crismatt - 20 Joel Huertas - 19 Jose Medina - 19
Gabriel Feliz - 22 Eucebio Arias - 20  Kurtis Horne - 19 Gabriel Llanes - 19
Brent McMinn - 24 Adonis Uceta - 21
Derreck Benard - 23 Alex Durham - 18
CL Alex Palsha - 23
C Darryl Knight - 22  Dionis Rodriguez - 20
Natanael Ramos - 22
1B Manuel Hilario - 23  Dash Winningham - 19
2B Franklin Correa - 19 
SS Milton Ramos - 19 
3B Gregory Valencia - 22
Alvin Maracaro - 22 
OF John Mora - 22 Emmanuel Zabala - 20 Arnaldo Berrios - 19
Hengelbert Rojas - 21 Rafael Ramirez - 19

As I said, these are not etched in stone.

This is just the beginning of the process that will show you how your current team stacks up going into the season of trades, Rule 5, the draft, International signings, and free agency. 

Talk away... and we'll re-visit this as each team closes their books on the season.

Why Eric Campbell should be playing LF now (and maybe next year too!) -         http://mets360.com/?p=22906     

 Jacob deGrom

Why I watched: He throws fast.
Game Watched 4/23 vs. Dodgers
Game Thoughts
• He throws gas. The 97 mph pitch ate up the Dodgers to begin with.
• I like his 4-seam fastball a lot more then his 2-seamer. It has a little release side cut when in the 94-95 mph range. He gets a 9.7 SwgStr% with the 4-seamer versus 6.5% with the 2-seamer.
• He seems to get a ton of foul balls on his heater. This is should not be a surprise since a faster fastball usually gets more foul balls than ones thrown at slower speeds.
• Works away.
• None of his non-fastballs seem elite by themselves. Not a ton of late sharp break. They are getting good results, but they are each working off the 95-mph fastball. The hitters are pretty much helpless if they are looking heater and he throws the curve.
• Additionlly, Eno recently broke down all of deGrom’s pitches and grips if you need more info on the pitcher.
Final thoughts: He established his fastball and then his other pitches just throw off the batter. If he can refine his breaking pitches, I actually could see him be an elite pitcher like Justin Verlander. The problem right now is if he can keep the high heat going. If he begins to lose velocity, I don’t think his other pitches are good enough (in their current state) for him to maintain his results.  


Mets Minor League Report: September 1, 2014.


Mets Minor League Player of the Day: Savannah RHSP Robert Whalen.
Honorable Mention: Brooklyn RHSP Casey Meisner.

Today is the last day of the regular minor league season. No games tomorrow, and the playoffs start Wednesday for Las Vegas, Binghamton, Savannah and Brooklyn.

Las Vegas (81- 63) subdues Albuquerque (62-80) 5-0.

Noah Syndergaard: 2.0 IP, 0 R, H, BB, K.
John Lannan: (W, 3-2) 3.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 2 K.
Giancarlo Alvarado: 2.2 IP, 0 R, H, 2 BB, 2 K.
Jack Leathersich: 0.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, BB.
Gonzalez Germen: (S, 6) 1.1 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB.

Taylor Teagarden: 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R.
Cesar Puello: 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R.



Richmond (79-63) routs Binghamton (83-59) 12-4.

Is this any way to prepare for the playoffs?
Tim Peterson: (L, 0-1) 0.1 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 H, BB.
Adam Kolarek: 2.0 IP, 5 R, 4 H, BB, K.
Randy Fontanez: 1.2 IP, R, 4 H, (HR) 0 BB, 2 K.
Hansel Robles: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB, 3 K.
Chase Hutchingson: 1.0 IP, 0 R, H, 0 BB.
Paul Sewald: 1.0 IP, R, H, 2 BB, K.
Cody Satterwhite: 1.0, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB.
Yes, it is, spreading the load and conserving pitchers arms.

Kyle Johnson: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R.



Savannah (85-51) sinks Rome (56-84) 4-1.

Robert Whalen (W, 9-1) has shown us that his outstanding 2013 was no fluke: 5.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, K.
Octavio Acosta: 4.0 IP, R, 3 H, (HR) BB, K.


Champ Stuart: 1-3, 3B, BB, 2 R.
Victor Cruzado: 1-4, 2 RBI.
Stefan Sabol: 2-4.
Luis Guillorme: 2-4, R.



Brooklyn (42-34) stifles Staten Island (37-38) 3-1.

Casey Meisner: (W, 5-3) 5.0 IP, 0 R, 3 H, BB, 3 K.
Brad Wieck: 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K.
Kelly Secrest: 1.0 IP, R, 2 H, 0 BB, K.
Shane Bay: (S, 15) 1.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB. 2 K.

Jhoan Urena: 2-4, R.
Jean Rodriguez: 1-3, 2 RBI.


Richmond 12 - Binghamton 4


The Richmond Flying Squirrels used a pair of five-run innings to blowout the Binghamton Mets, 12-4, in the regular season finale at The Diamond on Monday afternoon. The Squirrels jumped on Tim Peterson with five runs in the first and never looked back en route to securing a four-game series sweep. The B-Mets stumble into the Eastern Division Championship series against the Portland Sea Dogs on a six-game losing streak, their longest of the season.

Spot-starter Peterson failed to escape the first inning in his Double-A debut. After a leadoff double by Skyler Stromsmoe, Elliott Blair lined an RBI double to right-center, putting Richmond on the board. Following a hit batter and a walk, Angel Villalona brought another home with a single to right.

The disastrous inning continued as the B-Mets defense failed to bail Peterson out. With one out and the bases still loaded, Jayce Boyd fielded a groundball by Tyler LaTorre, but his throw to the plate pulled Xorge Carrillo off the plate. Myles Schroder capped the five-run inning by zipping a two-run single to right-center.

Adam Kolarek took over and notched the final two outs of the frame before working a perfect second. His good fortune ended in the third when the first three batters reached. Clayton Blackburn cleared the bases by splitting the outfielders with a three-run double to the left-field alley. Stromsmoe ended Kolarek’s day with an RBI double and Blair greeted Randy Fontanez with another run-producing two-bagger. Villalona added to the lead with a solo homer in the fourth.
Blackburn kept the B-Mets in check through five scoreless innings, facing one over the minimum. Binghamton broke through in the sixth, loading the bases to start the inning. TJ Rivera pushed Binghamton’s first run across with a run-producing double play and Jayce Boyd lined an RBI single to left.

Four Binghamton relievers combined for the final four innings, allowing one run on three hits. Hansel Robles struck out three in a blank fifth, Chase Huchingson worked a scoreless sixth, Paul Sewald was tagged for a run in the seventh and Cody Satterwhite bounced back with a 1-2-3 eighth.

Binghamton hung two runs on the Squirrels bullpen. Rivera collected an RBI double in the eighth and Johnson threaded a run-producing single in to left in the ninth before Daniel Slania finally shut the door.

Blackburn (5-6) allowed two runs on three hits and struck out six over six innings in the win. Peterson (0-1) registered one out while allowing five runs (four earned) runs in the defeat.

POSTGAME NOTES: The six-game losing streak is the longest season-ending skid since Binghamton dropped their final nine games in 2004…Gavin Cecchini and Cam Maron collected hits in their Double-A debuts…Binghamton used seven pitchers, the most in a nine-inning game since at least 2008 - team press release


September 1st 2014 - Marlins 9, Mets 6

Monday In Miami, the Mets committed 6 errors as the Marlins beat the Mets 9-6. Actually the Mets kind of beat themselves.  The Marlins got off to a 2-0 lead via a solo homer by Giancarlo Stanton (34) in the first and an RBI triple by  Marcel Ozuna in the 2nd.  The Mets came roaring back scoring 4 times in the top of the third. Dilson Herrera clubbed his first major league homer to make it 2-1, David Wright then doubled home Wilmer Flores and Juan Lagares to make it 3-2, Curtis Granderson came home on a throwing error by Ozuna .  Zach Wheeler started for the Mets and struggled. In the 5th the Marlins knocked Wheeler out of the box scoring 3 times. A throwing error by David Wright got them going. Casey McGehee hit an RBI double, Garrett Jones followed with an RBI single knocking Wheeler out. Buddy Carlyle came on and allowed the 5th run to score on a single by Ozuna.  In the 6th Herrera hit a 2 run triple to give the Mets a 6-5 lead. However, in the 6th a throwing error by Herrera lead to the Marlins tying the game at 6.  The in the 8th, two throwing errors by Jeurys Familia another throwing error by Travis d’Arnaud  lead to 3 runs scoring for Miami, the final run being walked home by Eddie Goeddel.  Herrera had a breakout day at the plate going 2 for 4 with his first homer and triple and 3 RBI but added 2 throwing errors and now has 3 errors in his brief stint with the Mets.  d’Arnaud  had a pair of hits as well. Wheeler went 4 2/3 allowing 5 hits 5 runs (2 earned) he walked 2 and struck out 8.  He gets the no decision, Familia takes the loss falling to 2-4.  A.J. Ramos gets the win for Miami, Steve Cishek notched his 32nd save. The Mets fall to 64-74 on the year and are 31-39 on the road. Tuesday night is game two of this three game series. Jonathon Niese (7-10  3.48) goes for the Mets, Brad Penny (1-0  5.40) goes for the Marlins. 

2015 Draft Profile - RHP - Walker Buehler - Vanderbilt - UPDATED 8-15-14


8-15-14 - 

7-27-14  -  In game two, Cuba jumped all over Team USA right from the get-go, scoring twice in the first frame and putting up a four-spot in the second before Walker Buehler (Vanderbilt) came out of the bullpen to settle things down. He would go on to throw 6.1 innings of relief while making his Collegiate National Team debut with Cuba managing just one unearned run on four hits against him during that time.

6-30-14 - 6-30-14 – Through The Fence – Early College Prospects - 6. Walker Buehler, RHP, Vanderbilt - A 6’-1”, 180 pound right-hander with a four-pitch mix, Buehler was simply dazzling this season. Over 16 starts, he had a 2.64 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 111 K/31 BB over 102.1 innings. His fastball sits 92-94 mph with late life and his curveball is an above-average offering with great depth and bite. He adds a slider and change-up and has great command off all four. He has great mound presence and never rattles. Will likely battle Carson Fulmer for the Friday night starter role next season, and Vanderbilt is loaded with first-round talent — as you will see. http://throughthefencebaseball.com/2015-mlb-draft-early-30-college-prospects/43327

6-23-14  -   
Vanderbilt swaps out a 2014 1st-rder (Tyler Beede) for a potential 2015 1st-rder (Walker Buehler), gives the soph the start tonight

6-3-14 - Mack - We're going to come back and take a look at this kid after the NCAA playoffs are over this season.

Walker Buehler has been living all season under the shadow of RHP Tyler Beede. The 6-1, 170 pound sophomore relies on a 92-94 fastball with, as one scount puts it 'late life'. He also throw a curve, change-up, and slider, all of which need work  Coaches love his attitude and credit him for never being rattled during a game.



Please note the following transactions involving the Binghamton Mets.

September 1:
  • C Juan Centeno recalled by New York (NL)
  • LHP Dario Alvarez contract selected by New York (NL)
  • RHP Tim Peterson transferred from St. Lucie (High-A) to Binghamton (AA)
  • C Cam Maron transferred from St. Lucie (High-A) to Binghamton (AA)
  • INF Gavin Cecchini transferred from St. Lucie (High-A) to Binghamton (AA)
RHP Tim Peterson will start today for Binghamton.

D-Whit - It Was 45 Years Ago Today...Monday September 1st 1969


September 1st

Agee goes 4-4 hits 23rd HR in losing effort
The final full month of the season opens with the Mets having an opportunity to gain a half game on the idle Cubs. Things started promising this Labor Day as New York plated two against Dodger starter Jim Bunning. Donn Clendenon continued his hot hitting driving in the first Met run and Ken Boswell followed one batter later with a run scoring double. Los Angeles answered, however, with seven runs in the first 2 innings. Starter Jerry Koosman faced five Dodger hitters, allowing 4 runs and reliever Cal Koonce was pounded for 10 hits and 5 runs over his 5 2/3 innings of work.   

Trailing 9-2, New York tried mounting a comeback. Duffy Dyer’s 2-run HR in the 6th made it 9-4 and Tommie Agee followed the next inning with his 23rd dinger, a solo shot, to cut the Dodger lead to four. Later in the 7th Art Shamsky’s triple drove in J.C. Martin, making it 9-6 for Ken Boswell, who walked, putting runners on the corners for Ron Swoboda. Dodger reliever Ray Lamb ended the threat by striking out Swoboda. The final: Dodgers 10 Mets 6. 

New York, now losers of two straight, were now 76-55 and trailed Chicago by 5 with 31 left to play.
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