Friday intrasquad recap, box

February, 22, 2013
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Infield prospect Wilmer Flores belted a three-run homer in a five-run third inning against LaTroy Hawkins as the Mets opened game action with a five-inning intrasquad affair Friday at Tradition Field. Flores finished with four RBIs in the 6-2 final.

Like Hawkins, Brandon Lyon had a rude welcome to the Mets bullpen. The first batter he faced, Jordany Valdespin, went deep to right field.

Catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 in his quasi-Mets debut, striking out on five pitches against Collin McHugh in his first at-bat.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis, getting the first audition in the leadoff spot, walked to open the bottom of the first against Gonzalez Germen. Nieuwenhuis then fouled off multiple two-strike pitches before striking out to leave the bases loaded in his second at-bat. He finished 0-for-2.

Nieuwenhuis, playing center field, also threw out opposing catcher Juan Ceteno attempting to go first to third on a single -- although, Collins noted, the Mets were purposely trying to be aggressive on the base paths and Centeno would not normally be sent in that situation.

Mike Baxter was plunked by pitches in his first two plate appearances.

Collins offered these impressions afterward:

• The manager called the 25-year-old Germen, who allowed an RBI double to Brandon Hicks in the first inning, “lights out” with his changeup. Collins added that Germen mostly needs to work on command. Germen primarily pitched at Double-A Binghamton last season. He went 8-12 with a 4.59 ERA in 20 appearances (19 starts) as a B-Met in 2012.

• Collins said left-hander Scott Rice, a competitor to Pedro Feliciano as a second left-hander in the bullpen, had “great movement.”

• He described submariner Greg Burke, who is on the 40-man roster, as “very interesting.”

• On Nieuwenhuis’ propensity for strikeouts, Collins noted Michael Bourn also Ks plenty. He said Nieuwenhuis still is a “usable” piece if he can hit 16-plus homers and run the bases well.

Collins said he was happy Nieuwenhuis had a shorter swing today after it got “long” last season in the majors.

• Collins said Andrew Brown appeared to have a “quick bat.”


Player AB-R-H-RBI
Juan Lagares, lf 3-1-1-1
Matt den Dekker, cf 3-0-1-0
Mike Baxter, rf 1-2-1-0
Zach Lutz, 3b 3-1-2-1
Wilmer Flores, 2b 2-1-1-4
Josh Satin, 1b 3-1-1-0
Travis d’Arnaud, dh 3-0-0-0
Juan Centeno, c 2-0-2-1
Wilfredo Tovar, ss 2-0-1-0

Pitcher IP-H-R-ER-BB-K
Gonzalez Germen 2-3-1-1-2-2
Brandon Lyon 1-1-1-1-0-0
Scott Rice 1-0-0-0-0-0
Elvin Ramirez 1-1-0-0-0-0

2B: Baxter
HR: Flores
SB: Lutz
HBP: Baxter 2
SF: Flores

Player AB-R-H-RBI
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf 2-0-0-0
Jordany Valdespin, 2b 3-2-2-1
Collin Cowgill, dh 3-0-0-0
Brandon Hicks, 1b 2-0-1-1
Brian Bixler, 3b 2-0-0-0
Andrew Brown, lf 2-0-1-0
Omar Quintanilla, ss 2-0-1-0
Cesar Puello, rf 1-0-0-0
Anthony Recker, c 1-0-0-0
Landon Powell, c 1-0-0-0

Pitcher IP-H-R-ER-BB-K
Collin McHugh 1.2-3-0-0-0-3
LaTroy Hawkins 0.2-5-5-5-0-0
Robert Carson 1-0-0-0-0-1
Greg Burke 1-2-1-1-0-0

2B: Hicks
HR: Valdespin
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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