6. 2b LJ Mazzilli 1 for 3, BB, K, .167
7. ss Matt Reynolds 1 for 3, 2 runs, 3b (1), BB, 2 Ks, .111
Julian Hilario 2 IP, H, 2 Ks, 0.00 era, 28:23:5, 3:1:2

10/11 Link:
AFL Boxscore @ 330pm

AFL Gameday

Not going to report on the VWL guys.
2. lf Brandon Nimmo 2 for 4, K, .385

Today’s Link:
AFL Boxscore @ 930pm

AFL Gameday

The VWL kicks off today, I’ll update this post with relevant roster stuffs

2. lf Brandon Nimmo 1 for 4, 2b (2), 2 Ks, .333
3. 2b LJ Mazzilli 0 for 3, BB, K
8. ss Matt Reynolds 0 for 3, 2 Ks, .000

Tonight’s Link:
AFL Boxscore @ 330pm

AFL Gameday

VWL Roster Stuffs
ss Wilfredo Tovar (Margarita)
rp Ryan Reid (La Guaira)
1b Brandon Allen (Caribes)
2b Leon Canelon (Lara)
3b Jairo Perez (Lara)
of Vicente Lupo (Lara)
rp Miguel Socolovich (Caracas)
c Albert Cordero (Caracas)

2. lf Brandon Nimmo 2 for 5, 2 runs, 2b, K
8. ss Matt Reynolds 0 for 3, BB, K
Paul Sewald 1.1 IP, 3 H, 3 Ks, 0.00 era, 26:15:11, 0:0:3
Julian Hilario 2 IP, H, BB, K, 0.00 era, W (1-0), 37:22:15, 2:0:1
Dario Alvarez IP, H, ER, HR, 9 era, 11:8:3, 1:2:0

Tonight’s Link:
AFL Boxscore @ 930pm

AFL Gameday


Met prospects are on Scottsdale.

Edited gametime because I clearly cannot timezone :(
630 Mountain is 830 eastern, not 430. Sorry.

AFL Boxscore @ 830pm

AFL Gameday

The Mets contingent is: LHRP Dario Alvarez, RHRP Julian Hilario, RHRP Paul Sewald, RHSP Rob Whalen, IF LJ Mazzilli, IF Matt Reynolds, OF Brandon Nimmo

Little update on my top prospects list: I’ve got version 1 done, it’s just a matter of letting it sit and then coming back to it and making changes. On track for a November 4th-November 8th release.


In Depth Look at the 40-man roster, Rule V, etc…

roster from mets.com
Eligibles from the always incomparable Chris at TPGMets

Pitchers (22)
LHRP Dario Alvarez
RHRP Vic Black
RHRP Buddy Carlyle
RHSP Bartolo Colon
RHSP Jacob deGrom

LHRP Josh Edgin
LHRP Dana Eveland
RHRP Jeurys Familia
RHSP Dillon Gee
RHRP Gonzalez Germen

RHRP Erik Goeddel
RHSP Matt Harvey
RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka
LHSP Steven Matz
RHRP Jenrry Mejia

RHSP Rafael Montero
LHSP Jon Niese
RHRP Bobby Parnell
LHRP Scott Rice
RHRP Carlos Torres

RHRP Jeff Walters
RHSP Zack Wheeler

Catchers (3)
Juan Centeno
Travis d’Arnaud
Anthony Recker

Infielders (9)
Eric Campbell
Lucas Duda
Wilmer Flores
Dilson Herrera
Daniel Murphy
Josh Satin
Ruben Tejada
Wilfredo Tovar
David Wright

Outfielders (8)
Bobby Abreu
Andrew Brown
Matt den Dekker
Curtis Granderson
Juan Lagares
Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Cesar Puello
Eric Young Jr

Currently: 42 on the 40 man, counting 2 on the 60 day DL
Free Agents: Bobby Abreu, Buddy Carlyle

That leaves us at a 40 for 40 situation.
From this point forward, these will be my roster moves
Non tender: Eric Young Jr, Ruben Tejada
DFA: Scott Rice, Josh Satin, Andrew Brown, DiceK

Spots freed up: 6.

Protect: Noah Syndergaard, Cory Mazzoni, Jack Leathersich, Gabriel Ynoa, Akeel Morris

Six off, five on. One spot free at the moment.

From here, things to assess: Cesar Puello and Wilmer Flores are out of options, as is, I believe, Kirk Nieuwenhuis. Kirk and Wilmer will likely be in the majors in 2015, but Puello will likely be passed through waivers, and a team like the Astros will likely claim him, freeing up one more spot on the 40 man. (2)

I believe Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee will both be traded this winter, one to free up spots on the 40, and the other, and most important reason to our destitute, criminal, corrupt, broke owners: Saving $16m. (4)

Daniel Murphy is also likely to be traded this winter so Wilmer Flores will be your OD 2b. (5)

That opens up 4 more spots on the 40 man, bringing the total to five open spots. One goes to Michael Cuddyer, and the other, in my opinion, goes to Jed Lowrie. Rafael Montero will be the 5th starter so that Noah can be held back in AAA until 4/21 at least.

So we’ll enter 2015 with 37 on the 40 man, in my opinion. Keep in mind one of those spots will likely end up going to Brandon Nimmo at some point during the season. As well as any 2011 HSer/2012 college guy you want in the majors. So guys like Kevin Plawecki, Matt Bowman.

Looking forward, the following will be eligible NEXT Rule V (as in, the 2015 Rule V): Kevin Plawecki, Matt Reynolds, Matt Bowman, Brandon Nimmo, Michael Fulmer

This concludes the regularly scheduled posting season in 2014 on MPH. You guys know the drill. The next post will likely be sometime in early to mid November when I unveil my top 40 (45… 50… whatever number it ends up being) prospects.

Thanks to everyone for reading the site this year, it’s much appreciated. For Eddie, Andrea, Nick and David, I’m Tejesh. Have a good winter, and may your winter teams (Jets, Giants, Knicks, Nets, whatever) bring you some joy.


Beyond the Boxscore recently (September 11th) ran an article detailing a fictional expansion draft, and the #1-1 pick in that draft was Lucas Duda, with Vic Black being taken at the end of Round 2. I found it curious that they had the Mets leaving both of those players unprotected in this hypothetical, and decided to throw together my own protection list for the Mets in such a situation. I’ll use the same rules they used, which are as follows:

Each team would pick 35 players (over three rounds), with each team having the same number of choices in each round. During each round, the existing major league teams could protect a certain number of players — it starts with 15 protected players in Round 1, and then teams could protect three additional players in Round 2, and three more in Round 3. By the end of the draft, each existing MLB franchise would be out two or three players, and our expansion teams would have 40-man rosters of 35 players.


The protection lists for all teams before Round 1 are HERE
They had the Mets protecting the following: Wright, Lagares, Niese, Murphy, Harvey, Wheeler, d’Arnaud, Gee, Syndergaard, Montero, Nimmo, Flores, deGrom, Mejia, Herrera, Matz, Familia, Puello, Ynoa, Mazzoni, Leathersich.

Needless to say, I differ on several of these choices. Let me first throw together my list of 15, and then I can discuss the whys/why nots.

Tej’s 15 protectees:
1. Harvey
2. Wheeler
3. deGrom
4. d’Arnaud
5. Duda
6. Herrera
7. Wright
8. Lagares
9. Mejia
10. Familia
11. Black
12. Syndergaard
13. Matz
14. Nimmo
15. Plawecki

So we differ on the following: Niese, Murphy, Gee, Montero, Flores, Puello, Ynoa, Mazzoni, Leathersich

Honestly I can’t fault them for that one bit. They likely went off mlb.com’s prospect rankings, obviously not having the borderline obsessive knowledge of the system as I do. I protected Plawecki because as a near ML ready bat behind the plate, he would be gone within the first 5 picks, IMO. Mazzoni missed half the season this year, and while he does offer upside as a reliever right away, he isn’t proven, even as much as Vic Black is. Leathersich is a control mess right now.

Why no Niese/Gee: Sure they can step right into an expansion team’s rotation and be solid contributors and also have decent trade value, but, in my opinion, neither has a future here. And we have options to replace them if they’re taken. (Noah, Bowman)

Why no Murphy: Same reasoning. Matt Reynolds, Wilmer Flores and eventually Dilson Herrera are all capable 2b replacements for Murph.

I chose to protect Duda and Black where they left both unprotected. Power is at a premium in the game right now – 30 HR guys don’t grow on needles anymore. Duda’s had two periods of utter uselessness and STILL has 28 HRs. He’s a must protect, or as happened in the BtBS draft, he would be a 1-1 pick. Vic Black dials it up to the mid/upper 90s with a wipeout curve. When he’s throwing strikes, he’s untouchable. For a team that’s still got one eye on 2016+, you have to protect upside like this. Especially with years of team control left. I can leave Mazzoni/Leathersich unprotected, let an expansion team take shots on them if they want.

This was a fun exercise. Thanks to BtBS for a fun read. My next post should be on the 40 man roster and the Rule V. Look for it within the next few days.


AA Eastern League: Binghamton 2/8/0 vs Richmond 1/4/0

Jayce Boyd delivered the most dramatic hit in the last 20 years for Binghamton, a walkoff, bottom of the 9th single scoring pinch runner Gavin Cecchini, and giving the BMets their first title since 1994. Boyd’s walkoff with overshadow what was a tremendous, terrific, outstanding, career best start from Steven Matz, who took a no hitter into the 8th before allowing a pair of one out singles and departing. Hansel Robles came in and allowed one of those runs to score, so Matz took a very tough luck ND. Xorge Carrillo’s RBI single in the 4th stood up until that 8th inning. Boyd’s walkoff single won it.

7 Kyle Johnson 1 for 3, BB, .429
4 TJ Rivera 1 for 3, K, .324
3 Brian Burgamy 1 for 3, BB, .185
9 Travis Taijeron 1 for 4, run, .281
5 Dustin Lawley 0 for 4, 4 Ks, .148
8 Brandon Nimmo 1 for 4, 3 Ks, .324
2 Xorge Carrillo 1 for 3, RBI (4), K, .250
>>pr Gavin Cecchini WINNING RUN
6 Wilfredo Tovar 1 for 4, .310
Darrell Ceciliani BB, .364
Steven Matz 7.1 IP, 2 H, ER, 2/11 BB/K, 2.92 era, 106:72:34, 8:3:11
Hansel Robles 0.2 IP, H, K, 0.00 era, BS (1), 10:7:3, 0:0:1
Cody Satterwhite IP, H, K, 0.00 era, W (2-0), 15:11:4, 1:1:1

And so that does it for another season here on MPH. Thanks to all of you for reading, visiting, and letting us be a part of your baseball season. I know I speak for Eddie and Andrea when I say that.


Matz (0-0, 5.40)
Binghamton Gameday @ 7pm
Binghamton Boxscore

Matz vs Richmond in 2014:
1. 8/29 @Richmond: 5 ip, 5 h, 2 er, HBP, 10 Ks, 84:59:25

Blach vs Binghamton in 2014:
1. 6/17 @ Binghamton: 5 ip, 4 h, er, 4/1 bb/k, 92:55:37
2. 8/7 vs Binghamton: 7 ip, 5 h, 0 er, 4/5 bb/k, 98:60:38
3. 8/31 vs Binghamton: 7 ip, 2 h, 3/3 bb/k, 80:59:21


AA Eastern League: Binghamton

Greg Peavey’s two regular season starts this year against Richmond were excellent, so it was no surprise when he turned in a gem in Game 2 of the ELCS tonight. Peavey, who struggled mightily against Portland last week, had no such issues tonight, firing 7 very strong innings, allowing just a run on 5 hits while striking out 9 for his first playoff win of 2014. Xorge Carrillo (2 run, 2nd inning) and Travis Taijeron (3 run, 8th inning) homered for the BMets, who are now one win away from their first title since 1994. Cody Satterwhite struck out 2 in a perfect 9th. After a day off tomorrow, the series resumes in Binghamton on Friday with Steven Matz, who clinched Savannah’s title last year, on the hill looking to clinch Binghamton’s this year.

7,8 Brandon Nimmo 0 for 3, run, BB, 2 Ks, .333
4 TJ Rivera 1 for 4, .323
3 Brian Burgamy 0 for 2, run, 2 BBs, .167
9 Travis Taijeron 1 for 4, run, HR (1), 3 RBI (6), K, .286
8 Darrell Ceciliani 0 for 1, K, .364
>>7 Kyle Johnson 1 for 3, K, .500
5 Dustin Lawley 1 for 3, run, BB, .174
2 Xorge Carrillo 2 for 4, run, 2b (2), HR (1), 2 RBI (3), .238
6 Wilfredo Tovar 0 for 4, K, .320
Greg Peavey 7 IP, 5 H, ER, 9 Ks, 3.00 era, W (1-1), 105:79:26, 3:6:9
Randy Fontanez IP, H, K, 0.00 era, 15:11:4, 2:0:1
Cody Satterwhite IP, 2 Ks, 0.00 era, 15:10:5, 1:0:2