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Friday, November 18, 2011
Mets add 7 prospects to 40-man roster

By Adam Rubin

The Mets added seven prospects to their 40-man roster, which now stands at 38. Friday was the deadline to protect minor leaguers with too much service time from the Rule 5 draft.

Here is the press release:

The New York Mets today announced the team added lefthanded pitcher Robert Carson, righthanded pitcher Jeurys Familia, infielder Wilmer Flores, infielder Reese Havens, outfielder Juan Lagares, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and outfielder Cesar Puello to the 40-man roster.  The club’s 40-man roster stands at 38.

Carson, 22, spent last season with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League, going 4-11 with a 5.05 ERA (72 earned runs/128.1 innings) in 25 games, 24 starts. The 6-4, 230-pound lefty won the Sterling Award for Savannah (A) of the South Atlantic League in 2009.

Familia, 22, won the Sterling Award for Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League this season after finishing 4-4 with a 3.49 ERA (34 earned runs/87.2 innings) in 17 starts for the BMets. The 6-3, 186-pound righthander, who won the 2009 Sterling Organizational Pitcher of the Year award and was an Eastern League All-Star this season, also went 1-1 with a 1.49 ERA (six earned runs/36.1 innings) in six starts for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League.

Flores, 20, hit .269 (139-516) with nine home runs and 81 RBI in 133 games for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League.  The 6-3, 175-pound infielder finished fifth in the FSL in RBI.

Havens, 25, spent the majority of last season with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League, hitting .289 (61-211) with six home runs and 26 RBI in 58 games. The 6-1, 195-pound infielder was a Florida State League All-Star in 2009.

Lagares, 22, split the season between Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League and St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League, hitting a combined .349 (164-470) with nine home runs and 71 RBI.  The 6-2, 190-pound outfielder was an All-Star in 2010 for Savannah.

Nieuwenhuis, 24, hit .298 (56-188) with six home runs and 14 RBI in 53 games for Buffalo (AAA) of the International League last season.  The 6-3, 215-pound outfielder participated in his first major league Spring Training in 2011.

Puello, 20, appeared in 117 games for St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League and finished with a .258 (114-441) batting average, 10 home runs and 50 RBI.  The 6-2, 195-pound outfielder won the Sterling Award for Savannah in 2010.