AAA Pacific Coast League: Las Vegas 11/12/1 vs El Paso 4/9/2

8 Matt den Dekker 2 for 5, 2 runs, RBI (7), K, .265
7 Eric Campbell 0 for 5, 2 Ks, .306
9 Bobby Abreu 1 for 4, run, HR, 3 RBI, BB, K, .395
6 Wilmer Flores 1 for 2, 3 runs, 3 BBs, .258
3 Allan Dykstra 1 for 4, 2 runs, HR (2), 2 RBI (13), BB, K, .389
5 Zach Lutz 2 for 5, run, K, .299
2 Juan Centeno 0 for 3, run, RBI (6), BB, K, .324
4 Daniel Muno 4 for 4, run, HR (2), 4 RBI (7), .255
Jacob deGrom 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2/6 BB/K, 1.57 era, W (2-0), 75:46:29, 5:2:6
Buddy Carlyle 2 IP, K, 0.00 era
Zack Thorton 2 IP, 3 H, ER, K, HR, 4.50 era

*Numbers in parenthesis are MPHs Preseason Prospect Rankings.

Las Vegas 51s

(1)Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard is the Mets top prospect and is poised to make his major league debut in the middle of the 2014 season.

(4)Rafael Montero. Montero is MPHs #4 prospect, and is also pitching in AAA. He is ready right now to make his major league debut, and should do so sometime this season.

(13)Jacob deGrom. deGrom’s future home is likely in the bullpen as a late inning reliever, but so far in 2014, he has pitched arguably the best of the Vegas Trio. Featuring a fastball in the mid 90s and a slider, he should make his MLB debut sometime in the summer of 2014, likely out of the pen.

(39)Logan Verrett. Verrett has been pitching well in the Vegas’ rotation, but his future is also likely in the bullpen, likely a middle reliever. He will make his MLB debut no later than 2015.

Binghamton Mets

Most of the pitching prospects here will most likely end up middle relievers.

(40)Matt Bowman. Bowman’s one who has a shot to remain a starter, mostly due to his outstanding command, and solid 3 pitch mix (fastball, slider, changeup). He should make it to AAA this season, and be poised to make his MLB debut sometime in 2015.

Rainy Lara. Lara is likely ticketted for the bullpen, where his fastball/slider combo will play up. Look for him to make a push for a bullpen spot in 2015, but likely open in AAA that season.

Hansel Robles. Robles features a low 90s fastball, slider, and changeup. His changeup lags behind his other two pitches, and his future is likely a 7th inning reliever. Some people (notable among them Paul Depodesta) think there’s a #3SP in there. Either way, he’ll likely spend some time in Vegas this year, and open 2015 there, poised to make the jump to the majors that year.

(33)Darin Gorski. The velocity spike from Gorski’s breakout season has reversed itself, sadly, and with it, Gorski’s prospect status. Still, he’s got AA figured out, and should be first up in Vegas this season. Likely a reliever, he’s got reverse platoon splits and could make the majors this season.

St. Lucie Mets

(6)Steven Matz. Matz is a left hander who can run his fastball into the mid 90s, and reportedly touches higher. His changeup lags behind his breaking pitches, but he should finish this season in AA, and spend significant time in AAA in 2015. Likely a late season 2015/OD 2016 MLB candidate.

(9)Gabriel Ynoa. Ynoa doesn’t have the pure stuff of a Matz, but he has better command, think Rafael Montero vs Noah Syndergaard. Ynoa should be on a similar path as Matz, and Fulmer.

(8)Michael Fulmer. Fulmer’s struggled to right himself since tearing his meniscus last spring, and his first few starts this year have been downright ugly, but he’s still among our top pitching prospects. Featuring a low-to-mid 90s fastball, and curveball, Fulmer’s floor is a good reliever, but his ceiling is a mid rotation workhorse. He should end 2014 in Binghamton, and be poised to join the Mets sometime in 2015.

(28)Domingo Tapia. Tapia’s future home is likely in the bullpen, but the Mets will keep him starting for now, so he is likely on the same career trajectory as the others in St. Lucie. Figure at some point, likely in 2015, he will be converted to relief, and will make his MLB debut in that role that year.

(22)Luis Cessa. Cessa is, stop me if this is getting repetitive, likely a future reliever, featuring a fastball in the low to mid 90s and lackluster secondaries at the moment. He will likely move a bit slower than Tapia, probably spending all of 2014 in St. Lucie, before splitting 2015 in Binghamton and AAA. He’s poised for a 2016 arrival in the majors.

Matt Koch. Koch has always been hittable despite having a good reputed arsenal. Whether BABIP or otherwise, this has been the case throughout his amateur and pro career. His future home is also in the bullpen, and his MLB arrival is 2015, like Tapia.

Savannah Sand Gnats

(18)Chris Flexen. Flexen is a big bodied RHSP who can get his fastball into the mid 90s, but sits low 90s, with good secondaries. He should ascend to St. Lucie at some point this season, likely before his 20th birthday, before opening 2015 in Binghamton. A conservative guess would have him poised to make the majors in 2017, or mid 2016 if you want to be a bit aggressive.

(21)Rob Whalen. Whalen’s stuff, I feel, would play up in a relief role, and his groundball tendency would also play up, along with it. Still, the Mets are likely going to keep Whalen starting, and he will (or should) be on the same trajectory as Flexen. If all goes well here, there’s a mid rotation workhorse who can pitch deep into games due to groundball tendencies.

Ricky Knapp. Knapp is a polished college strike thrower, in the Dillon Gee mold, he could come quickly. Still, with this conservative regime, I don’t feel good projecting any less than half seasons spent per level. (deGrom was an exception due to injury). He’s more likely to see the majors in 2016 than the two prep pitchers listed above him.

Kevin McGowan. McGowan is likely a future reliever with a good fastball/changeup combo, he could move quickly once the Mets shift him into a relief role. I’ll be a bit bold here and say he’ll make his MLB debut in the first half of 2016 out of the bullpen, maybe even out of camp.

Akeel Morris. Morris is a hard thrower, but with erratic control. He dials his fastball into the mid to upper 90s and has a good curveball, but is so young, that the Mets will afford him plenty of time to learn his craft. He probably is a level per year guy, so bank on his MLB debut sometime in 2017/2018.

AAA Pacific Coast League: Las Vegas

Noah Syndergaard had a very very very rough outing tonight. 4 ip, 6 h, 6/4 r/er, 3/3 bb/k, hr, 86:51:35, 5:4:3

AA Eastern League: Binghamton 3/10/1 vs New Hampshire 2/4/0

Rainy Lara had a rather interesting start this afternoon, walking 3 in 6 innings, but only allowing 2 hits and an unearned run, he was in line for the win until John Church gave up a 7th inning run to blow the 2-1 lead. Chasen Bradford worked a scoreless 9th for the save, his 3rd. Offensively, Matt Reynolds went off with 4 singles, including a single in the 9th, he scored the winning run.

1. cf Darrell Ceciliani 0 for 4, K, .359
2. ss Matt Reynolds 4 for 4, run, RBI (3), .383
5. 1b Jayce Boyd 1 for 3, BB, K, .174
6. lf Dustin Lawley 2 for 4, run, 2b (3), K, .200
7. rf Cory Vaughn 0 for 4, 2 Ks, .093
9. 2b Wilfredo Tovar 1 for 3, .317
Rainy Lara 6 IP, 2 H, UER, 3/1 BB/K, 1.47 era, 91:58:33, 5:7:1
John Church 2 IP, H, ER, 1/2 BB/K, HR, 4 era, BS (1), W (1-0), 35:22:13, 2:1:2
Chasen Bradford IP, H, 5.06 era, SV (3), 13:9:4, 3:

A+ Florida State League: St. Lucie 0/4/2 @ Fort Myers 4/6/0

Domingo Tapia was horrid tonight, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits and 4 walks in 4 innings to take the loss.

1. dh Dilson Herrera 1 for 3, .338
2. cf Brandon Nimmo 0 for 4, .381
5. 3b Aderlin Rodriguez 1 for 4, .217
8. ss Phillip Evans 0 for 2, BB, K, .280
Domingo Tapia 4 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 4 BBs, 1.93 era, L (1-2), 6:4:0
Paul Sewald 2 IP, H, UER, BB, K, 0.00 era, 2:1:1
Julian Hilario 2 IP, 2 H, ER, 1/2 BB/K, 20.57 era, 2:1:2

A South Atlantic League: Savannah 3/7/0 vs Greenville 3/9/0, SUSPENDED bottom 6

Noah, Lara (6 ip, 2 h, uer, 3/1 bb/k, 91:58:33, 5:7:1) Tapia, Gant

Las Vegas Gameday @ 10pm
Binghamton Gameday 2-2 bottom 8
St. Lucie Gameday @ 6pm
Savannah Gameday @ 6pm
Las Vegas Boxscore
Binghamton Boxscore
St. Lucie Boxscore
Savannah Boxscore

Las Vegas

Rafael Montero had his first rough start of the year going only 4 IP and giving up 4 runs.

Binghamton 3/7/10 vs New Hampshire 6/10/0

Darin Gorski started this game and gave a quality start but the Binghamton bats had a rough night against Blue Jays top prospect Aaron Sanchez. The game was tied in the 9th but Jon Velasquez gave up 3 runs in relief.

C Plawecki- 2-4,K,.286
3B Lawley- 1-4,R,.171
LF Vaughn- 1-3,2B,R,BB,.103

LHP Gorski- 6 IP,3 ER,6 H,3 HR,BB,6 K,91 Pitches/65 strikes,2.30 ERA,

St Luice 15/19/0 @ Fort Myers 9/12/2

Brandon Nimmo continued his hot start going 4-5 with a triple to raise his average to .407. Michael Fulmer started this game but got rocked for 8 runs in 2.1 IP. With this win,St Lucie improves their record to 9-6

CF Nimmo-4-5,BB,3B,2 RBI,3 R,.407
2B Herrerra-1-6,1 RBI,3 R,.338

RHP Lugo (In Relief)-5 IP,1 ER,3 H,2 BB,3 K,W,2.08 ERA


4/18 Links

Montero, Gorski, Fulmer tonight. Savannah rained out
**All Games @ 7pm unless noted**
Las Vegas Gameday @ 930pm
Binghamton Gameday
St. Lucie Gameday
Las Vegas Boxscore
Binghamton Boxscore
St. Lucie Boxscore

I’m so sorry I’m getting this up so late but here’s today’s (yesterday’s?) Minor League Recap. I’m happy to be back for my first full season writing for MPH and I’m sure we’ve got some great Metsy things coming your way but for now enjoy my first MLR of the season!

Low A South Atlantic League: Greenville 4/6/1 @ Savannah 0/5/3

The Sand Gnats just couldn’t string the hits together to push the runs across today despite the strong performance by Gsellsman.

Robert Gsellsman 5 IP, 3 H, 3BB, 5 K, R, ER
Akeel Morris 2 IP, 3 BB, 2 K
Dawrin Frias IP, H, 3 R, ER, BB, 2 K
John Mincone IP, 2 H

SS Gavin Cecchini-fielding error, throwing error (5)
2B LJ Mazzilli-fielding error (3)

SS Gavin Cecchini-0 for 4, 2 K, .245
3B Jeff McNeil-2 for 4, .298
2B LJ Mazzilli-0 for 4, K, .204
1B Dominic Smith-0 for 3, 2 K, .154

High A Florida State League: St. Lucie 6/9/0 @ Ft. Meyers 1/4/4

All the bats showed up today for Saint Lucie, everyone in the lineup but Aderlin Rodriguez and Brandon Nimmo recorded a hit and Matz had another great start.

I’ll just be here lusting over Steven Matz’ pitching, okay?
Steven Matz-7 IP, 2 H, BB, 6 K
Jake Kuebler-2 IP, 2 H, R, ER, BB, K

Saint Lucie 6/9/0, Fort Meyers 1/4/4
SS Dilson Herrera-1 for 4, R, H, RBI, .356
CF Brandon Nimmo-0 for 4, R, BB, K, .370
DH T.J. Rivera-2 for 5, RBI, .380
1B Brandon Allen-1 for 4, R, BB, .250
3B Aderlin Rodriguez-0 for 4, RBI, .203
C Cam Maron-1 for 4, 2 RBI, BB, K, .255
2B Robbie Shields-1 for 5, R, .333
RF Eudy Pina-1 for 4, R, .185
LF Maikis De La Cruz-2 for 4, R, .220

AA Eastern League: New Hampshire 1/6/1 @ Binghamton 4/11/0

Matt Bowman pitched sensationally, striking out 11 and lowering his ERA to a staggering 0.75 for the season and leading the B Mets to victory.

Matt Bowman-7 IP, 4 H, BB, 11 K
John Church-IP, K
Chasen Bradford-IP, 2 H, R, ER, K

CF Darrell Cecilliani-3 for 5, 2 R, K, .400
3B Brian Burgamy-2 for 2, 3 BB, .308
C Kevin Plawecki-0 for 3, 2 BB, K, .258
DH Matt Clark-1 for 3, 2 RBI, .389
2B Matt Reynolds-3 for 4, R, .333
RF Travis Taijeron-1 for 3, BB, K, .318
SS Wilfredo Tovar-1 for 4, K, .343

AAA Pacific Coast League: Las Vegas 6/14/2 @ Reno 0/5/1

Dana Eveland-5 IP, 3 H, 2 BB, 6 K
Buddy Carlyle-2 IP, H, 2 BB, 2 K
Joel Carreno-IP, K
Erik Goeddel-IP

1B Allan Dykstra-fielding error (2)
C Juan Centeno-fielding error (2)

2B Danny Muno-2 for 5, R, K, .190
LF-1B Erik Campbell-3 for 5, .328
SS Wilmer Flores-2 for 5, R, 2 RBI, K, .235
1B Allan Dykstra-2 for 4, HR, 2 RBI, .429
3B Zach Lutz-1 for 5, R, 2 K, .321
CF Matt den Dekker-2 for 5, .263
C Juan Centeno-2 for 4, .321


4/17 Links

Eveland, Bowman, Matz, Gsellman tonight
**All Games @ 7pm unless noted**
Las Vegas Gameday @ 930pm
Binghamton Gameday @ 630pm
St. Lucie Gameday
Savannah Gameday
Las Vegas Boxscore
Binghamton Boxscore
St. Lucie Boxscore
Savannah Boxscore

AAA Pacific Coast League: Las Vegas 4/10/0 @ Reno 2/10/1

4 Daniel Muno 0 for 5, 2 Ks, .162
7,3 Eric Campbell 1 for 4, run, BB, K, .302
6 Wilmer Flores 1 for 4, 2 runs, 2 Ks, .217
3 Allan Dykstra 2 for 3, run, 2b (5), 3 RBI (9), BB, .417
>>pr,7 Anthony Seratelli
5 Zach Lutz 2 for 4, run, 3b (1), .333
8 Matt den Dekker 1 for 4, 2 Ks, .250
2 Taylor Teagarden 1 for 3, 2b, BB, K, .280
9 Cesar Puello 1 for 4, RBI (4), .261
Logan Verrett 5 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 2/5 BB/K, 3.86 era, W (1-1), 88:51:37, 4:5:5
Miguel Socolovich 2 IP, H, K, 1.35 era
Vic Black IP, H, BB, K, 0.00 era, 17:9:8, 1:0:1
Jeff Walters IP, 2 Ks, 6.43 era, SV (4), 13:10:3, 1:0:2

A+ Florida State League: St. Lucie 6/12/1 vs Jupiter 8/11/2 in 10 innings

This one was a back and forth affair from the getgo, after the Mets jumped Jupiter’s Jake Esch for 4 in the first, Jupiter responded by knocking St. Lucie’s Gabriel Ynoa out of the game in the 3rd inning. From there, the bullpens restored order, but single runs in the 4th and 9th sent the game to extra innings, where Randy Fontanez gave up 2 runs in the top of the 10th to lose the game. Ynoa got smoked, giving up 6 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in 2.2 innings. Paul Sewald, Julian Hilario and Bret Mitchell followed with 6.1 innings of hitless relief, walking 2 between them and giving the Mets ample opportunity to tie it, which they eventually did. However, following an intentional walk to TJ Rivera, Aderlin Rodriguez struck out and Cam Maron flew out to center, stranding the bases loaded in the bottom of the 9th, sending the game to extras.

Dilson Herrera and Brandon Nimmo have routinely been getting on base multiple times per game recently, and tonight was no exception, they combined to reach base 6 times, scoring three runs. Aderlin and Maron, the culprits in the failed walkoff attempt in the 9th, nonetheless were instrumental in the scoring, both grabbing 2 hits, and combining for 3 RBI.

1. ss Dilson Herrera 3 for 5, 2 runs, K, .364, SB (1)
2. cf Brandon Nimmo 2 for 4, run, RBI (7), BB, K, .400
4. 3b Aderlin Rodriguez 2 for 5, run, 3b (1), 2 RBI (9), K, .218
6. rf Eudy Pina 0 for 5, 3 Ks, .180
7. 2b Phillip Evams 1 for 5, .279
Gabriel Ynoa 2.2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 3/1 BB/K, HR, 5.79 era, 2:3:1
Paul Sewald 2.1 IP, BB, K, 0.00 era
Julian Hilario 2 IP, 2 Ks, 27 era
Bret Mitchell 2 IP, 1/2 BB/K, 5.40 era, 1:2:2
Randy Fontanez IP, 3 H, 2 ER, K, HR, 2.89 era, L (0-1)

Note: Gabriel Ynoa, who walked just 16 in 135.2 innings last year, has walked 6 in his first 14 innings this season.

A South Atlantic League: Savannah 4/5/1 @ Augusta 1/5/2

The combination of Rob Whalen (1 run in 5 innings) and Miller Diaz (no runs in 4 innings) held the GreenJackets at bay tonight, and Gavin Cecchini’s big day out of the leadoff spot (single, double, walk, 2 runs scored) propelled the Gnats to victory. Whalen got the start, his first in full season ball after relieving in his first SAL action 6 days ago, and he was magnificant, firing 5 innings and allowing just an UER on 2 hits while striking out 6 for the win. Miller Diaz allowed just 3 hits in 4 shutout innings for his first save of the season.

1. ss Gavin Cecchini 2 for 3, 2 runs, 2b (2), BB, K, .265
2. 3b Jeff McNeil 1 for 3, RBI (9), .279 (he reminds me of Justin Turner, he might end up a very good option off the bench in time)
3. 2b LJ Mazzilli 0 for 3, BB, .222
4. lf Jared King 1 for 3, run, 2b (2), RBI (12), BB, .317
6. rf Victor Cruzado 0 for 4, .195
7. 1b Dom Smith 0 for 4, K, .163
9. cf Patrick Biondi 0 for 3, run, BB, .262
Rob Whalen 5 IP, 2 H, UER, 6 Ks, 1.00 era, W (2-0), 7:2:6
Miller Diaz 4 IP, 3 H, 1/5 BB/K, 3.38 era, SV (1), 2:3:5


4/16 Links!

Verrett, —-, Ynoa, Diaz/Whalen
Las Vegas Gameday @ 930pm
St. Lucie Gameday @ 630pm
Savannah Gameday @ 7pm
Las Vegas Boxscore
St. Lucie Boxscore
Savannah Boxscore