Thursday, May 28, 2015

Mets Series in Review: vs. Phillies


Dates: May 25-27
Results: SWEEP!!!
Current Record: 27-21, 1.5 Games behind Washington

MVMet: Lucas Duda!! As if there were any doubts, Duda put the Mets on his back this week. MLB Player of the Week coming?
LVMet: Hansel Robles allowed two inherited runners to score, and then Philly took the lead against him with two more.

Statistics

Luis Puts a Cessa-tion to the B-Mets Losing Streak

Portland Sea Dogs @ Binghamton Mets


May 28, 2015



Teams
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

R
H
E
Portland
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

0
5
0
Binghamton
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
X

2
10
0
W: Cessa (4-3, 3.09 ERA); L: Haley (1-6, 5.70 ERA); S: Sewald (8, 1.52 ERA)


The Highlights:

Pitchers

Luis Cessa – 6 IP, 3 H, 5 SO, 4 GO: 5 FO
Chase Huchingson (H, 6, 5.55 ERA) – 2 IP, BB, 3 SO, HBP, 1 GO
Paul Sewald – 1 IP, 2 H, SO, 1 FO

Batters

Gavin Cecchini – 3-4, 2B (10)
Josh Rodriguez – 2-4, SO
Jayce Boyd – 1-4, R, 2B (16), GIDP
Dustin Lawley – 1-4, R, SO
Aderlin Rodriguez – 1-4, 2B (7), 2 RBI (23)
Eudy Pina – 1-3, BB, SO

Recap


            The B-Mets won a tight pitcher’s duel Tuesday after scratching out two runs against Portland starter Justin Haley in the 6th. Luis Cessa needed a lot of pitches early, but the Sea Dogs weren’t squaring him up, and he’d settle in for 6 strong innings with only the three hits allowed. Gavin Cecchini kept on raking, picking up three hits, although he just missed participating in the 6th inning rally. The Sea Dogs infield gifted Dustin Lawley a single in the 6th, and Aderlin Rodriguez made them pay when he drove a double into the left center field gap, which also brought home Jayce Boyd. Chase Huchingson was the first to come in from the pen, and had one of his better outings, although he was still a little wild. Reliable Paul Sewald converted his 8th save in the 9th, but he had to work around two singles allowed
            The B-Mets head to Altoona Friday night, short one Jayce Boyd, but plus one Robert Gsellman and two players yet to be announced (guessing Michael Conforto and Jeff McNeil). Michael Fulmer is scheduled to make the 6 PM start for Binghamton.


Scoring Highlights

Jayce Boyd Promoted to AAA, B-Mets to Get Two From St. Lucie

Check out this prospect pulse on Boyd from January, 2014


            Jayce Boyd started his Thursday by hitting a double with the Binghamton Mets, his Eastern League leading 16th double of the year, and will end it as a member of the Las Vegas 51s. After their win over Portland, the B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez announced that the Mets were promoting Boyd to Las Vegas, and that the B-Mets would be receiving two position players soon.

Mets Minor League Daily – May 28, 2015

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            Check out yesterday’s results here. I took a closer look at some unheralded pickups that are finding success in the Mets farm system.

            ICYMI, Robert Gsellman was promoted to AA, and John Gant is heading down to A+.

            BP evaluator Chris Mellen posted an eyewitness account of Rainy Lara, and he was not very high on him – not exactly breaking, but he does think his fastball/slider could work as a ROOGY.

            Mets101 looked at the rehabbing Mets.

            Jayce Boyd has been promoted to AAA!

            Cuban shortstop Alfredo Rodriguez has left the country, and reports suggest the Mets might be interested. He’s got gold glove quality defense, but Ben Badler suggests he’d be starting in A+.



Minor Games

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Gee Thing the Wrong One for Binghamton

Portland Sea Dogs @ Binghamton Mets


May 27, 2015



Teams
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

R
H
E
Portland
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
0

3
8
1
Binghamton
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0

2
3
2
W: Cuevas (6-2, 3.02 ERA); L: Gee (0-1, 2.84 ERA); S: Marban (2, 0.00 ERA)


The Highlights:

Pitchers

Dillon Gee – 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 4 SO, 96 Pitches (67 Strikes), 7 GO: 5 FO
Matt Koch (3.41 ERA) – 1.2 IP, 3 H, SO, 2 GO: 1 FO, 1 IR – 1 S
Paul Sewald (1.59 ERA) – 1 IP, 1 GO: 2 FO

Batters

Eudy Pina – 1-2, R, 2B (4), RBI (6), BB, SF, SB (6), SO
Gilbert Gomez – 1-3, RBI (7), BB, SO

Recap


            Dillon Gee continued his 2015-rehab tour of the Mets minor league farm system with a start for Binghamton Wednesday night. He turned in a quality start, but took the loss behind an offense that had to have him feeling like he was back in Queens. Portland starter Cuevas was effectively wild, as advertised, and the B-Mets bats couldn’t come to life against the pen either, which has been their specialty this year. Eudy Pina had a nice night at the plate after his move to the 7-spot in the lineup, adding another XBH and walk, although he also added another strikeout. Check out the ‘scoring highlights’ from this game below.

Robert Gsellman Promoted to AA, John Gant to A+



            The Mets have promoted pitching prospect Robert Gsellman to AA Binghamton, and are sending John Gant from the Binghamton rotation to the St. Lucie rotation. They were both scheduled to pitch this weekend, so neither should have to skip a start. This comes after news earlier in the day that top pitching prospect Marcos Molina may need TJS.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Mets Finding Success with Previously Overlooked Prospects



All but one of these guys had to prove themselves in the Independent Leagues at some point, but their hard work is paying off as they progress through the Mets farm system.

            Since taking over as GM for the Mets, Sandy Alderson has been improving the franchise from the bottom up, and he’s used every resource available to him to do so. Most, if not all, teams spend a lot of time and effort on the draft, and many are increasing their international reach, but Sandy Alderson doesn’t stop there. Alderson has had his scouts keeping an eye on the Indy Leagues too, keeping track of those players cast aside and deemed unworthy of even a spot in the minors.
These leagues are a mix of former minor and major leaguers who are trying to revive their careers after injuries and/or poor production, and college guys who went undrafted/unsigned after 4 years. When former big leaguers play for an Indy Ball league, it makes the news, like Jose Canseco’s adventures in the North American league a few years ago, but mostly, these leagues draw little attention behind MLB, MiLB, College ball, NPB, HS ball…
But sometimes, players find that extra notch that made them interesting once, or a new notch that makes them interesting now. Sometimes, players keep out-producing expectations, suggesting they can be better than the sum of their parts. It’s not common, but sometimes teams find major league quality players.
Below are 5 Indy League pickups (+1 undrafted signee) from Sandy & Co.’s tenure that are currently finding success at different levels of the minor leagues. These players don’t project to be starters in the major leagues, but several of them are looking like they could make an impact off the bench or in the bullpen at the highest level. If nothing else, these guys are contributing to the team success of the Mets minor league affiliates, which is something this front office has stressed the importance of.

2015 stats listed are as of 5/27/2015, per Fangraphs

Mets Minor League Daily – May 27, 2015

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            Check out yesterday’s results here.

If you submit questions to @StLucieMets on twitter, he’ll answer them during the game. I asked him about Jhoan Urena, and he said that Urena had to leave the game Friday night after taking a swing during his first AB and injuring his left wrist. He noted that Urena hasn’t been placed on the DL yet, and is still with the team, so things are likely not considered to be that bad.

Here’s an interview with Las Vegas 51s president Don Logan and Manager Wally Backman about the state of the team.

After successfully pitching on consecutive nights, Dan Warthen said Vic Black is ready to be activated.

Adam Rubin’s weekly Farm Report focuses on Robert Whalen, who has been working on his changeup so far this year, although his curve has apparently looked masterful at times.

As feared, it sounds like Marcos Molina may need TJS in the next few weeks. :(

Expect Travis d’Arnaud rehab updates throughout the week, as he’s expected in a game for PSL on Wednesday.



Minor Games

Scheduled starters and start times (EST), game notes, and results as they come in

Matz Magnificent and 51s Cruise to Win Over Sky Sox

Colorado Springs Sky Sox @ Las Vegas 51s


May 26, 2015



Teams
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

R
H
E
Colorado
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0

1
5
0
Las Vegas
5
0
1
0
1
0
0
2
X

9
10
0
W: Matz (6-2, 1.99 ERA); L: Gagnon (1-6, 7.78 ERA)


The Highlights:

Pitchers

Steven Matz – 7 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 SO, HBP, 77 Pitches (52 Strikes), 12 GO
Logan Verrett (2.45 ERA) – 1 IP, 2 H, R, BB, 2 SO
Jon Velasquez (3.86 ERA) – 1 IP, 2 GO

Batters

Matt Reynolds – 1-5, R, SO
T.J. Rivera – 1-5, R, BB, SO
Brooks Conrad – 1-5, R, 2B (5), 2 RBI (17)
Johnny Monell – 1-5
Brandon Allen – 2-3, 3 R, 2B (9), 2 RBI (23), BB, SB (2), SO
Wilfredo Tovar – 2-4, 3 RBI (18), SB (11), GIDP
Steven Matz – 2-3, 2 RBI (3)

Recap


            Steven Matz was so good Tuesday for the Las Vegas 51s that Wally Backman had to remove him after only 77 pitches so he could get his bullpen some work. The bullpen was given a night off by Duane Below on Monday (his second straight complete game), and after only 12 pitches combined in the 6th/7th innings (full details below), Steven Matz was on pace to give the 51s back-to-back complete games. Logan Verrett was the first to replace Matz on the mound, and he’d allow a run in the 8th, but the game was well out of hand by then. After the 51s added a couple more runs in the bottom of the 8th (for good measure, and a better run differential), Jon Velasquez came in and worked a 1-2-3 9th.

Double Plays Stall Offense, and then Big 7th From Portland Dooms B-Mets

Portland Sea Dogs @ Binghamton Mets


May 26, 2015



Teams
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

R
H
E
Portland
0
0
3
0
0
0
5
0
0

8
12
0
Binghamton
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
2
0

5
15
0
W: Gunkel (2-0, 4.05 ERA); L: Ynoa (2-3, 4.72 ERA)


The Highlights:

Pitchers

Gabriel Ynoa – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 2 HR, 84 Pitches (55 Strikes), 5 GO: 8 FO
Adam Kolarek (5.96 ERA) – 0.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, BB, 2 SO, 2 IR – 2 S
Vic Black (0.00 ERA) – 1 IP, H, 1 GO: 1 FO
Bobby Parnell (0.00 ERA) – 1 IP, BB, SO, 1 GO

Batters

Gavin Cecchini – 1-4, RBI (20), SF, SO
Jared King – 1-4, BB, SO, GIDP
Josh Rodriguez – 3-5, R, HR (9), RBI (28), SO, GIDP
Jayce Boyd – 1-4, SO, GIDP
Dustin Lawley – 2-4, 2 R
Aderlin Rodriguez – 3-4, R, 2 2B (6), HR (4), 3 RBI (21), SO
Eudy Pina – 4-4, R, 3B (4)

Recap


            The Binghamton Mets ended four of their scoring threats with double plays Tuesday night, which is how a team scores only 5 runs on 15 hits, including 5 extra base hits (2 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR). Despite all of those wasted opportunities, the B-Mets might’ve won if not for a big 7th from Portland against starter Gabriel Ynoa and reliever Adam Kolarek, who had been Mr. Reliable the past 4 weeks. Kolarek came in with runners on the corners and one out, looking to keep it a 3-2 game, especially since the B-Mets had just broken through in the bottom of the 6th. Kolarek allowed an RBI single to the first batter he faced, but then struck out Marco Hernandez for the second out of the inning. Unfortunately, the next two batters would reach, as Portland built an 8-2 lead. The B-Mets would scratch out 3 runs over the 7th and 8th innings, and then Vic Black and Bobby Parnell kept Portland at bay in the 8th and 9th innings (see below for more details), but Portland’s 8-run total was out of reach.
            Check out more from the game below, including GIFs of the offense and details from the rehab assignments. This series continues Wednesday at 6:35 PM, with the B-Mets scheduled to send Dillon Gee to the mound.


Scoring Highlights