Mike Papi Virginia .347/.484/.571, 3-HR, 13-RBI
Posted by Mack Ade at 4:00 PM
Grant Heyman Southern Nevada .342/.441/.553, 1-HR, 15-RBI
Mike Papi Virginia .347/.484/.571, 3-HR, 13-RBI
J.D. Davis CSF .288/.406/.509 3-HR, 9-RBI
Sam Travis (3B) Indiana .320/.426/.420, 0-HR, 11-RBI
Kevin Cron TCU .264/.418/.434, 1-HR, 11-RBI
Sikes Orvis Ole Miss .327/.450/.490, 2-HR, 7-RBI
Richard Prigatano Long Beach State .313/.459/.396, 0-HR, 13-RBI
Brian Anderson Arkansas .353/.421/.490, 1-HR, 10-RBI
Ross Kivett Kansas State .277/.452/.383, 1-HR, 7-RBI
Trea Turner NC State .357/.433/.375, 0-HR, 7-RBI
Matt Chapman CSF .309/.409/.509, 2-HR, 11-RBI
Alex Blandino Stanford .365/.443/.519, 1-HR, 12-RBI
Joey Pankake South Carolina .255/.381/.376, 1-HR, 6-RBI
Casey Turgeon Florida .300/.408/.367, 0-HR, 8-RBI
Taylor Sparks UC Irvine .340/.409/.509, 0-HR, 11-RBI
Jack Flaherty Notre Dame (disabled list)
Austin Davidson Pepperdine .238/.279/.302, 0-HR, 3-RBI
Dustin DeMuth Indiana .317/.404/.341, 0-HR, 1-RBI
Austin Slator Stanford .340/.377/.426, 0-HR, 12-RBI
Max Pentacost Kennesaw State .320/.398/.427, 1-HR, 10-RBI
Kyle Schwarber Indiana .333/.429/.593, 2-HR, 7-RBI
Grayson Greiner South Carolina .373/.467/.609, 3-HR, 19-RBI
Max Zagunis Virginia Tech .167/.281/.229, 0-HR, 8-RBI
Aramis Garcia Florida International .424/.521/.763, 5-HR, 21-RBI
Derek Fisher Virginia .333/.393/.451, 0-HR, 7-RBI
Brad Zimmer San Francisco .393/.439/.639, 3-HR, 12-RBI
Michael Conforto Oregon State .373/.541/.529, 0-HR, 24-RBI
Dylan Davis Oregon State .220/.314/.356, 2-HR, 16-RBI
Mike Papi Virginia .347/.484/.571, 3-HR, 13-RBI
Posted by Mack Ade at 2:00 PM
-Just to keep everybody in the loop regarding the quality pitching that will be coming out of this system, here is your projected 2014 rotation and who ‘graduates’ either from TJS surgery or through the normal elevation process from affiliates:
2014 – Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Bartolo Colon, Jenrry Mejia, John Lannan, Daisuke Matsuzaka
2015 – Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom, Jeremy Hefner
2016 – Darin Gorski, Rainy Lara, Matt Bowman, Hansel Robles
2017 – Steven Matz, Michael Fulmer, Gabriel Ynoa, Luis Mateo
2018 – Chris Flexen, Robert Whelan, Robert Gsellman, Miller Diaz, John Gant
2019 – Jose Medina, Marcos Molina
-Other projected ‘prospect’ graduations:
2014 – RF Cesar Puello, UT Eric Campbell
2015 – RP Jeff Walters, RP Adam Kolarek, RP John Church, 2B Danny Muno, C Kevin Plawecki, OF Dustin Lawley, OF Cory Vaughn
2016 – RP Hamilton Bennett, RP T.J. Chism, OF Brandon Nimmo
2017 – RP John Magliozzi, RP Beck Wheeler,1B Jayce Boyd, 2B L.J. Mazzilli, SS Amed Rosario
2018 – RP Akeel Morris, 1B Dominic Smith, 2B Dilson Herrera, SS Cecchini, 3B Pedro Perez, OF Wuilmer Beccera
2019 – SS Luis Guillorme, 3B Jhoan Urena, C Ali Sancez, OF Ricardo Cespedes, OF Oswald Caraballo
It’s impossible to project which one of these players will be ‘da bomb’, but my educated guess on who will excel as a New York Met, and beginning when, are:
2014 – SP Zack Wheeler, 3B David Wright, C Travis d’Arnaud, RP Jenrry Mejia, RP Bobby Parnell, RP Jeurys Familia and LF Curtis Granderson are long term keepers.
2015 – SP Matt Harvey, SP Noah Syndergaard, SP Rafael Montero, RF Cesar Puello
2016 – CF Brandon Nimmo
2017 – LHSP Steven Matz, SS Amed Rosario
2018 – 1B Dominic Smith, 2B Dilson Herrera
(note… many of these players could be placed on a faster track than this, but, when it comes to the Mets, I’ll believe it when I see it)
This only represents 16 players, but it does project a complete starting 2018 lineup on the field (OF – Grandy, Puello, Nimmo… IF: Smith, Herrera, Rosario, Wright) plus four starters and three relief pitchers.
Posted by Christopher Soto at 12:21 PM
Steven Matz, Erik Goeddel and Adam Kolarek were 1st 3 guys sent to minor-league camp. Mets will announce all at end of day. More coming.
Posted by Craig Mitchell at 12:00 PM
Being a Met fan is easy. If you grow up on Long Island, It’s super easy. In the 70’s, The Mets were popular and almost every road and home game was on free television, WOR-TV 9 (with Ralph, Bob and Lindsay) It was great. Most of the games were played during summer vacation. My favorite time of the year was in July and August when the Mets traveled to the west coast. There was no school, so I could stay up and watch the Mets take on the Dodgers, Giants or Padres at 10:30 pm est. It was summer, who cares if I was up till 1:30 in the morning. It was GREAT.
Shea Stadium was very close. By train, it was a ride on the LIRR to Woodside and then the 7 train right to Shea Stadium. By car it was almost as easy and about 20 minutes with no traffic. The first trips to Shea were with my Dad, or with my Aunt and Uncle and cousins. I remember in the summer of 1975, I went to Shea via train with my friend Tom DeSantis and watched a double header. No chaperone needed. Shea was local, close and safe. I really miss those days. After I got my driver’s license I went to games at the last minute at will and whenever I had time. General Admission tickets ranged from $1.50 to $7.50 during that time (I believe.) Man, I miss those days more than you know.
I live in Los Angeles now. I have since 2001. I’m still a Met fan and thanks to innovations I still see just about every Met game so fandom continues. Whether getting the MLB monthly ticket on satellite TV or on Cable I have always been able to catch the Mets. Now with the advent of MLB.TV I can watch both home and away feeds on my big screen with Keith, Ron and Gary, anywhere! I’m not doing a commercial for these services, I’m just pointing out how today, I can live 3,000 miles away and still be the same rabid, daily fan I was when I was 18 miles from Shea. But, there is just something missing.
I’m alone. I am an fan on a Mets island to myself. Sure I go to games. I go to Dodger stadium at least every year and see the Mets play once or twice. I go to Petco and see them take on the Padres and I’ve been to Anaheim when they played the Angels. It’s great to see the team and great to support them, but it’s rough to root for you team when they are visiting. It just is.
To be honest, the fans in San Diego and in Anaheim are pretty damn tolerant. In 2008 I was in Petco and one of the field cameras focused on me and an unrelated lady sitting next to me. It went on the stadium diamond vision. She had her Padres hat on and she got some nice applause, I was in the shot, and I threw on my Met hat and gave a thumbs up and can honestly say it was the first and only time I heard a whole stadium boo me. Such is the price of being a Met fan on the road.
In Anaheim the coolest thing is, the big A is actually very similar to Shea stadium. It’s been renovated but you can tell it’s cut out of the same jib, so it’s very nostalgic in many ways. Angel fans were very polite; I was there the same week that Willie Randolph was fired as Met manager in 2008, June 17th 2008. The fans were mostly pro Willie. I got a lot of conciliatory remarks when the Angel fans encountered me and my Met hat. They knew his neck was on the line. The Angels beat the pants off of the Mets that day 6-1. Despite Willie’s awesome baseball wide reputation, he was toast. I was there to see Willie’s last stand.
But, without a doubt, my closest venue is the most difficult. Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers have a bunch of local; no nonsense fans that cut you ZERO slack. I’ve seen the Mets get pounded there; I’ve seen them win there with ease. The two games that come to mind are my first game, and one of the more recent games. On May 5th 2002 I had 1st baseline seats to see Jeff D’Amico blank the Dodgers two nothing. D’Amico looked like the pickup of the year, going 9 allowing 2 hits and just walking 2 and striking out 8. I even got to see Mo Vaughn club a home run. I was surrounded mostly by Dodger fans, but there was a smattering of Met fans that made the experience acceptable. Then on June 29th 2012, I went to the game with a Dodger fan/friend of mine Dave Griffin. Much to my delight, behind Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, the Mets beat up on the Dodges 9-0. By far my most satisfying game at Dodger Stadium. I got to see 8 strong innings by Dickey as he struck out 10 and allowed just 3 hits. He improved to 12-1. I spent the time waiting for fireworks to begin, (Every Friday game in the summer was a fireworks night), in sweet afterglow with my FREE Dodgers snuggie.
Bracketed between those two experiences was an experience when I learned a very hard lesson. I got cocky and thought that I was free to express my fandom in any way I choose. I was wrong. I remember the game. It was July 23rd 2010. I had upper deck seats to see the Mets /Dodgers. The Mets won 6-1. It was Johan Santana vs. Vincente Padilla and his floater pitch. Santana got his 8th win and I got to see Ike Davis launch a titanic homer off Padilla’s floater to center. I was busting with pride. Now, all that would have been fine, but as the picture shows, I went to the game with my friends Duane, Tyler and Joe dressed in my Mets jersey and Met hat. Never, EVER dress in an opposing team colors in the upper decks of Dodger stadium. Throughout most of the game I was pelted with popcorn, empty cups, NOT so empty cups of beer, coffee, soda, Ice cream, hot dogs, garlic fries…..you name it. I was enemy number one and the Mets winning just made it worse. One on trip to the men’s room I got so barraged with refuse that I was afraid to come back out. But I had no other shirt or t-shirt so I had to get pelted and barraged all the way back to my seats where my friends were supportive, but eventually moved to different seats to avoid getting hit with shrapnel. Since then, I will not and have not worn my Met gear to a Dodger game. Now, I’m not saying I felt in danger of my safety, but it certainly wasn’t pleasant feeling peanuts and ice cream covered spoons bounce off my head as I’m trying to enjoy the game. Lesson learned.
So, what I’m missing, I won’t feel again till I get my ass to Citi Field and see the Mets play with a bunch of fellow Met fans. I miss that explosion of cheers when the Mets do something amazing. The flurry of random high fives to people in front of you haven’t said a word to all game but you celebrate together when the Mets take the lead or hit a three run homer. In 2009, I was in New York in September, and I had tickets to a game at Shea. It was the swan song month for Shea and the game was the night before I was flying back to Los Angeles. But sadly the game was rained out. I still have the tickets; they have to serve as my good bye to Shea. But I will be back someday. I know I will. I have a brick alongside Citi Field with my name and my Mother’s name on it. That was a no brainer. I may be far away…but I’m right there. And no matter how far away I move. I will ALWAYS be a Met fan in my heart.
Posted by Christopher Soto at 10:00 AM
With a week's worth of Grapefruit League games now complete; lets take a look at the status of the positional battles in camp.Read more...
So far, Recker has done nothing wrong to warrant losing his spot on the 25 man roster. In 5 games he is hitting .375 with a HR and 2 RBI's against Teagarden's .273 AVG with 4 K's. Recker also has the advantage of already knowing the sequences that the rotation likes to use in games having been the back-up all of last year. In the later innings, Centeno has also seen some work and is hitting .400 with no extra base hits but he's walking in as a long-shot to begin with as it is expecting he will start 2014 in AAA.
First Base Starter
This battle has barely gotten off the ground as both guys have been sidelined with injuries so far early in camp. Davis has only 3 games under his belt and has hit a HR in 1 AB and struck out in practically all the rest of them. His swing still looks ugly as his hands continue to drop. We may be counting the days till he is cut from the team. Duda on the other hand looked fantastic in his 2 games launching a long HR and rocket for a 2B. Striking out 33% less than your competitor generally helps too.
Left Field Starter
Through 1 week so far and we have ourselves a dead heat for LF. While Chris Young hasn't done anything wrong in the field, his .211 AVG with only 1 extra base hit in 7 games leaves much to be desired. Meanwhile, EYJ missed 3 games with an early camp injury and its affected him early on. While he is hitting .273 in the 4 games he's played, he's generally been facing lower level talent (AA and AAA). He's also committed 2 blunders in the field that have cost the team some runs and was even caught stealing. This battle is going to come down all the way to the last AB of Spring.
Center Field Starter
So far this spring, Lagares has done everything right in order to break camp as the starting CF. He's hitting .353 through 6 games and has already made 3 fantastic plays in CF including an OF assist. I'm sure the club doesn't like the 5 K's but the SB is a welcome site. Meanwhile Chris Young has his hands full just competing with Eric Young Jr. that so far he hasn't challenged Lagares so far in camp. Adding Drew at SS or anybody who can lead off would help Lagares' cause substantially as it would put a major dent in Eric Young's chances.
Some interesting developments have occurred this week in terms of this position battle. What used to be a 3 person race between Matsuzaka, Lannan, and Mejia seems to have turned in a 2 man race due to serious shortfalls by Josh Edgin. So far Mejia and Matsuzaka seem to be on even footing. Even though Daisuke has the backing of Terry Collins, he's given up 8 hits in only 4 Innings Pitched and has struck out 3. Mejia on the other hand has those 3 K's in only 2 IP and has only allowed 1 hit. However he's also surrendered 2 BB's vs Daisuke's 0 BB. If Mejia can put together a 3 IP start with better control in his next start that will give him a much needed boost.
2nd Lefty in the Pen
The tide has really turned on Edgin so far in camp. In 3 IP so far he's given up 6 runs on 8 hits with only 1 K against mostly AA/AAA hitters. Not good at all. Meanwhile, Lannan has been almost exclusively facing MLB hitters and has only given up 2 runs thanks to an error while giving up 4 hits and K'ing 4 in 4 IP. While Lannan has certainly pitched well enough for considering in the #5 Starter battle he finds himself here because of just how bad Edgin has been.
Posted by Mack Ade at 7:54 AM
Coming Up –
10 am – Christopher Soto -- Position Battles Worth Watching- Week 1
12 noon – Craig Mitchell -- How to Live and Die in L.A. as a Met Fan
12 noon – Craig Mitchell -- How to Live and Die in L.A. as a Met Fan
2 pm – Mack – Projected Prospects
4 pm – D1 - Top Prospect Pitching Stats - Thru Games 11-9-14
6 pm - D1 - Top College Prospects Bats - Through 3-9-14
8 pm – A Quick Look - LHP - Forrest Griffin - The First Academy (FL)
Matt Harvey @MattHarvey33 - 2014 Harvey day will happen
Mack - Obviously, Harvey’s arm feels wonderful after his back-to-back throwing session. It’s also interesting that he sent this tweet on early Saturday which Mets Prospect Hub Chief Tej called ‘Thorsday’. There may be a little ego tug here by Harvey who is probably missing all the ‘Harvey Day references when he pitched last year.
The bottom line here is that he intends on pitching sometime this year, which could create the Mets version of an Obama-Putin standoff (BTW… which one is Obama because that’s the one that will lose this battle).
Me? I really would like him to chill until pitchers/catchers in 2015.
There are a lot of Mets fans that are getting their first look at utility infield/outfielder Eric Campbell and they like what they see. Long time Mack’s Mets readers know that I have been high on this guy for years now and it’s great to see he’s finally getting himself some press.
The Boston College prospect was drafted in the 8th round of the 2008 draft and 2014 represents the 7th year as a Met (2,076-AB, .279/.376/.409/.785, 365-K, 292-BB). There’s little power here (40/HR), but frankly, he plays many positions (210x-1B, 188x-3B, 144x-LF, 74-CF, 41-RF, 2x-2B, 1x-P) well and doesn’t embarrass himself with a bat in his hand. The 6-3 bats right and, so far, is in the lead for a UT slot come spring.
Comment From Percy - Nick Franklin to __________________ for _______________?
Jason Collette: Tacoma , playing time
Comment From Wily Mo Money Mo Problems - In a dynasty league, keep 2 of Matt Adams, Everth Cabrera, Danny Salazar, Zach Wheeler. All are $1.
Jason Collette: Cabrera & Wheeler.
Comment From Detlef Shrempf - Owings or Gregorious – who is starting down in Zona?
Jason Collette: I was having this conversation the other day with someone. What is stopping the Mets or Pirates from calling up AZ and making a deal for Gregorius? AZ clearly likes Owings and needs another C behind Montero. Gregorius would enhance that Pitt infield defense and would be a big improvement for the Mets.
Jon Heyman @JonHeymanCBS - Grant Green having a very impressive camp for angels. @MikeDiGiovanna notes he's handling SS today.
Mack – could this be another possible candidate for short at Citi Field? LA already has Erick Aybar ($8.75mil/yr through2016) and Andrew Romine (MLB), Eric Stamets (2015), and Jose Rodon (2017) in system. The 25-yr. old hit .280 last year as a second baseman, but that now belongs to Howie Kendrick.
Mike DiGiovanna @MikeDiGiovanna - For those asking about #Angels: Green playing SS doesn't make Aybar expendable. Just means he's getting strong consideration for UTIL spot
Terry Collins mentioned on Saturday that he had no idea when either Lucas Duda or Ike Davis would be back in the lineup. Both are suffering from leg,calf, hammy problems, which just take time to heal. The process is quite frustrating (trust me... I've pulled my hammy multiple times). You think everything is healed and then you step into the batters box and try to put the proper weight on both your legs through your swing. It's just not there. And, in this case, this is professional baseball which has very little margin of error.
Let's put it another way... remember how shitty Davis looked last year when his hammy was fine? Well, try to imagine what it would be like now if a lefty through him a curve.
You just may be seeing Matt Clark on opening day in this position.
Posted by Mack Ade at 6:00 AM
Sunday Game Notes –
Zack Wheeler – three good innings…three hits, one run, three strike outs… his 0.00 spring ERA is intact and he moves closer to the SP1 spot.
It was nice to see the Mets have three hits in the same inning (Granderson, Clark, Allen). Let the first base battle begin!
Kyle Farnsworth had two scoreless innings, followed by one more from Jose Valverde… but it was Josh Edgin the screwed the pooch, giving up the tying run in the seventh.
I guess I should be excited about the seven runs the Mets scored in the 8th inning, but, once again, all the hitting was done by the AAA/AA players, against the AAA/AA opponent pitchers. Take away the scrub runs this spring and the stats are dismal.
The last piece of good news, though, is the fact that Bobby Parnell successfully threw his first scoreless inning.