New York Mets: Alex Machillanda

Arrested minor leaguer released by Mets

October, 18, 2013

Mike Janes/Associated Press/Four Seam ImagesThe Mets released catcher Alex Machillanda, who got into legal trouble this summer.

The Mets have released the minor leaguer who was arrested in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in July and charged with felony shoplifting.

Alex Luciano Machillanda Romero of the Gulf Coast League Mets was accused of stealing clothes from a local department store, punching the store officer who confronted him, fleeing the scene and yelling at and pulling away from the police officers who eventually apprehended him.

St. Lucie County court records show he paid a $568 fine on Sept. 11 to satisfy the terms of a plea deal. Machillanda was sentenced to the 12 days of jail time he already had served.

Machillanda, a catcher who turned 22 earlier this month, did not appear again with the GCL club after his arrest.

The Mets also released minor league left-hander Zach Dotson and second baseman Richie Rodriguez, according to Baseball America.

Rodriguez was the Mets' ninth-round pick in 2012. He hit .191 with Kingsport this season. Dotson was a 13th-round pick in 2009.

Farm report: Fuller takes to relief quickly

July, 24, 2013
In his first full season as a reliever, left-hander Jim Fuller put up gaudy numbers with Class A St. Lucie this year.

The 26-year-old southpaw posted a 0.84 ERA while allowing only 15 hits in 32 innings, albeit with 16 walks. Lefty batters in the Florida State League hit only .116 (5-for-43) against him and received only three of those walks.

Courtesy of New York MetsJim Fuller

“I was healthy there. I mixed it up. My arm felt good,” said Fuller, who made his Double-A Binghamton debut on June 20. “I just attacked the hitters there.”

Fuller missed the entire 2011 season recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He missed the early part of last season, too.

“It took a while,” he said about the rehab process. “I didn’t really start feeling good until this past offseason -- a year and a half after surgery. It takes a while, a lot of hard work rehabbing and stuff. But it’s paying off finally.”

A 21st-round pick in 2008, Fuller began his college career at Southern New Hampshire before bouncing to a junior college in Oklahoma and then Southern Connecticut State. The Marlborough, Mass., native earned the Mets’ attention while tossing 59 straight scoreless innings for Division II SCSU.

His fastball sits at 91-92 mph and tops out at 94. He also possesses a curveball and changeup.

Fuller actually landed on the B-Mets’ disabled list Tuesday with left biceps tendinitis, although the injury is not considered serious. He had a 9.64 ERA through seven Double-A appearances, which he just chalked up to an adjustment period to the higher level.

“That’s going to happen,” Fuller said. “I’m not too worried about that. I’ve had some good outings, too.”

As for the adjustment to the bullpen after being a starter throughout his pro career, Fuller said: “It didn’t go too bad. I adjusted right away. It’s just the whole point of getting up quicker. You’ve got to be ready in a batter or so. It caught me off guard at first, but I adjusted to it pretty well.”

Organization leaders

Average: Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, .345; Victor Cruzado, Kingsport, .338; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .332; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .320; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, .317; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .307; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .305; Jeff McNeil, Kingsport, .305; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .305; Jhoan Urena, GCL Mets, .299.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 20; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 18; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 17; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 16; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 12.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 77; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 74; Cesar Puello, 71; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 69; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, 67.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 23; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 23; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 17; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 13; Patrick Biondi, Brooklyn, 13.

ERA: Rob Whalen, Kingsport, 1.34; Chris Flexen, Kingsport, 1.93; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 2.16; Steven Matz, Savannah, 2.33; Miller Diaz, Brooklyn, 2.37; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.62; John Gant, Brooklyn, 2.76; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.82; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 2.86; Noah Syndergaard, Binghamton, 2.88.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 10; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 9; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 9; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 9.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 27; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 15; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 11; Bret Mitchell, St. Lucie, 10; Hamilton Bennett, Binghamton, 8.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 105; Noah Syndergaaard, Binghamton, 102; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 100; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 97; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 94.

Short hops

Pedro Feliciano is about to get tested to see if he is MLB worthy. After 14 relief appearances with Binghamton, Feliciano has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Feliciano had a 1.26 ERA with the B-Mets. Lefties hit .167 and righties hit .192 against him in 14 1/3 innings. However, Feliciano did not use his fastball much in the Eastern League. He instead deceived the less-sophisticated Double-A hitters primarily with a slider-changeup combo. His lesser-used fastball did top out at 85 mph, but was far more frequently in the low-80s.

Feliciano’s promotion was part of a flurry of roster moves in the upper minors Tuesday. With Greg Burke and Feliciano joining Las Vegas, and with Jenrry Mejia due to start Friday in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Nationals, Greg Peavey and Armando Rodriguez were shifted from the 51s to Binghamton. They were due to report to the B-Mets on Tuesday, but their connecting flight was canceled and they were stranded in Detroit overnight.

• Left fielder Cory Vaughn, who was having a solid season with Binghamton (.288, 6 HR, 31 RBIs in 170 at-bats) before a right elbow strain landed him on the DL, appears fully healed. After appearing in nine Gulf Coast League games, Vaughn was activated from the DL on Tuesday and joined Class A St. Lucie.

• Outfielder Dustin Lawley continues to tear up the Florida State League. Lawley was named the league’s player of the week after hitting .444 with one homer and six RBIs in five games during the week ending Sunday. Lawley, a 19th-round pick in 2011 from the University of West Florida, has an FSL-leading 20 homers.

Jordany Valdespin may have further cemented himself in management’s doghouse for his demotion reaction in Pittsburgh, but solid production since reporting to Las Vegas at least is tempering things. Through six games, Valdespin has 10 hits in his first 25 at-bats, for a .400 average. He has produced two homers and 13 RBIs. Five of Valdespin’s six starts have come at second base, since Wilmer Flores has been on the DL with an ankle injury. The other start came in right field, and Valdespin committed an error. Flores was activated Tuesday, although he recently continues to see more action at first base than second base.

• Gulf Coast League catcher Alex Machillanda was arrested Sunday for felony shoplifting, battery and resisting arrest, the St. Lucie Police Department announced. Machillanda, 21, had appeared in eight Gulf Coast League games. He is a native Venezuelan.

Travis d’Arnaud, returning from a broken left foot, should appear in a Gulf Coast League game no later than Thursday.

• Binghamton outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, a former New York-Penn League batting champ, has a 16-game hitting streak with Binghamton.

• B-Mets closer Jeff Walters has an Eastern League-leading 27 saves. His next save will match Jerrod Riggan for the Binghamton record. Riggan had 28 saves in 2000 with the B-Mets.

Mets minor leaguer arrested in St. Lucie

July, 23, 2013
[+] EnlargeAlex Machillanda
AP Photo/Mike Janes/Four Seam ImagesAlex Machillanda has played sparingly this season.
NEW YORK -- A Mets minor leaguer was arrested Sunday for felony shoplifting, resisting a merchant, battery and resisting an officer without violence.

Alex Luciano Machillanda Romero, 21, of the Gulf Coast League Mets, is accused of stealing clothes from a St. Lucie, Fla., department store, punching the store officer who confronted him and slamming his head to the concrete, fleeing the scene and yelling at and pulling away from the police officers who eventually apprehended him.

The stolen property was found in Machillanda's backpack.

A spokesman for the Mets said the team does not comment on legal matters.

Machillanda, a native of Venezuela, has played in eight games for the GCL Mets this season, seven at catcher and one at DH. He was batting .357 (10-for-28) with no homers and two RBIs.

Minors 6.25.13: Fulmer 6 scoreless in GCL

June, 25, 2013
SALT LAKE 10, LAS VEGAS 4: Robert Carson was charged with six ninth-inning runs as Salt Lake broke a 4-all tie in the final frame. 51s starter Rafael Montero lasted only three innings. He allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in a 74-pitch effort. Ike Davis went 0-for-4 with an intentional walk and a strikeout. Wilmer Flores had a first-inning solo homer against Barry Enright and finished with two RBIs. Box

BINGHAMTON 0, PORTLAND 0 (suspended): The B-Mets and Sea Dogs completed two scoreless innings before heavy rain, lightning and thunder suspended play at Hadlock Field. The contest will resume with the B-Mets set to hit in the top of third inning Wednesday night and will be scheduled for nine innings. First pitch is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday's regularly scheduled contest will follow and be set for seven innings. In his fourth start of the season, Portland’s Keith Couch worked around two walks in two shutout innings. Darin Gorski walked one over two scoreless frames in his third start since returning from the disabled list. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 0: Rainy Lara pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out

eight. Lara allowed five hits while issuing two walks and picked up his second win. The Mets (40-33) had a three-run first inning. Dustin Lawley’s infield single scored T.J. Rivera. Kevin Plawecki’s infield single then plated Matt den Dekker. Cam Maron ripped a ground-rule double to plate Lawley. The Mets pushed across the final run in the seventh on Jayce Boyd's double, which scored den Dekker from first. Plawecki, Maron, den Dekker and Charley Thurber had two hits apiece. Bret Mitchell induced a groundout to strand two runners in the sixth. Mitchell walked three consecutive batters with two outs in the seventh before Hamilton Bennett struck out Willy Garcia with the bases loaded to escape the jam. Bennett pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings while giving up one hit and a walk and striking out three. He earned his sixth save. Box


BRISTOL 9, KINGSPORT 7: K-Mets starter Martires Arias surrendered eight runs (seven earned) in four innings as Kingsport (2-4) fell in an 8-0 hole. A three-run ninth, highlighted by a two-run triple from Jeff McNeil, pulled Kingsport within 9-7. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 6, BROOKLYN 5 (10 innings): Shane Bay surrendered a walk-off, bases-loaded, two-out single to James Harris in the 10th. The Cyclones (4-4) had taken a 5-0 lead after a half-inning. The first inning outburst included a three-run double by Matt Oberste. Brooklyn starter Miller Diaz ultimately surrendered five runs in five innings. Juan Urbina and rehabbing Shawn Teufel each contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL CARDINALS 1: Michael Fulmer, who underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus during spring training, tossed six scoreless innings. Jhoan Urena and Alex Machillanda each went 3-for-4. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 6.30.12

July, 1, 2012
DURHAM 12, BUFFALO 6: Jenrry Mejia got back on track with two scoreless relief innings after a tumultuous transition to the bullpen, but the Bulls scored nine times in the fifth inning against Mark Cohoon and Jack Egbert to grab a 12-0 lead. The big blow came on a three-run homer by ex-Bison Chris Gimenez against Cohoon. Durham starter Alex Torres carried a no-hit bid one out into the fifth, when Brad Emaus doubled. In the fourth, Buffalo's Fred Lewis stole two bases, giving him a team-leading 14. He also walked three times and scored a run. It is the most stolen bases for any Bisons player since the 2007 season, when Ben Francisco had 22 and Trent Durington had 15. Box

ALTOONA 8, BINGHAMTON 2: Zack Wheeler allowed a career-high seven runs on nine hits and the B-Mets lost their season-high fifth straight. Things started well as Wheeler faced one over the minimum through four scoreless innings and Reese Havens blasted a leadoff homer in the fourth against Tim Alderson. But the Curve scored three runs in the fifth against Wheeler (7-4). Altoona loaded the bases with three straight singles and evened the score on Drew Maggi's sacrifice fly. Brock Holt gave Altoona the lead for good with a two-run single. Wheeler helped his own cause and cut the deficit to one in the fifth. With two outs and Wilfredo Tovar at second, Wheeler doubled for his first career hit and RBI. It would be the last highlight for the highly touted prospect. Wheeler allowed two more runs in the sixth and was chased from the game when Matt Curry stroked a two-run double down the first-base line in the seventh. Altoona added another run in the eighth against relievers Brad Holt and Adrian Rosario. Wilmer Flores started his first professional game at first base. Box

JUPITER 14, ST. LUCIE 2: Right fielder Adam Loewen went 1-for-4 with a double in his first minor league game since suffering a stress fracture in his right foot in April with Buffalo. Starter Erik Goeddel allowed seven runs (six earned) on nine hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings. Relievers Jack Leathersich and Kyle Allen combined to allow seven additional runs. Box

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 0: Alex Panteliodis tossed three scoreless innings in his return after a three-week absence and combined with Jim Fuller (1-1), Randy Fontanez and Chasen Bradford on the shutout. Yucarybert De La Cruz had an RBI single and Dustin Lawley contributed a sacrifice fly in a two-run third. Box

KINGSPORT 13, BLUEFIELD 9: In a game in which the teams committed a combined 10 errors, the K-Mets took the lead for good in the third inning, scoring seven unearned runs to erase a 2-0 deficit. Michael Bernal, who had played sparingly in the first 11 games, doubled twice and drove in three runs as part of a 3-for-4 performance. He also scored twice while serving as DH. Joe Tuschak had three RBIs while going 2-for-5 with a run scored. K-Mets starter Robert Gsellman allowed five runs (four earned) on four hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Andres Perez completed the fourth inning, inducing an inning-ending flyout against the lone batter he faced. Christian Chivilli then took over and came within an out of finishing the game. Chivilli was pulled after surrendering a two-run homer to Bluefield's Dwight Smith Jr. in the ninth. None of Kingsport's six errors were more bizarre than the one by catcher Alex Machillanda, who whiffed on his routine throw back to Chivilli after a sixth-inning pitch, allowing Chris Peters to score. Anthony Chavez notched first homer as a K-Met. Yeixon Ruiz drove in two runs. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 2: 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo's seventh-inning grand slam lifted the Cyclones in the rubber match. Gabriel Ynoa allowed two runs and three hits in six innings while striking out a career-high six batters. Right-hander Tim Peterson, the Mets' 20th-round pick from Kentucky, made his professional debut with two perfect innings to earn the win. Dimas Ponce and Phillip Evans singled with one out in the first to get things started. Kevin Plawecki then walked to load the bases for Cole Frenzel. He reached on a fielder’s choice that allowed Ponce to score. Stefan Sabol singled, plating Evans and extending his hitting streak to six games as Brooklyn took a 2-0 lead. The IronBirds answered in the third on Roderick Bernadina's two-out, two-run double. Ynoa limited the damage by striking out Creede Simpson. In the sixth, Evans led off by doubling, and Plawecki and Frenzel grounded out. With Evans at third, Sabol and Nelfi Zapata walked to load the bases for Nimmo. He became the first Cyclone to produce a grand slam this season as he delivered his first 2012 homer. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

June, 20, 2012
Organization leaders

Average: Eris Peguero, Kingsport, .500; Alexander Sanchez, Brooklyn, .444; Phillip Evans, Brooklyn, .429; Jeffrey Diehl, Kingsport, .333; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .333; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .333; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, .332; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .313; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .300; Cam Maron, Savannah, .296.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 13; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 12; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 12; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 11.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 44; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 44; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 41; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 41; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, 37.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 12; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, 12; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 12.

ERA: Matt Budgell, Kingsport, 0.00; Dawrin Frias, Brooklyn, 0.00; John Mincone, Brooklyn, 0.00; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 0.00; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 1.59; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.96; Shane Bay, Kingsport, 2.45; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 2.52; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.55; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 2.71.

Wins: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 6; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 6; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 6; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 6; Yohan Almonte, St. Lucie, 6; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 6.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 15; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 13; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 12; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 10.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 81; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 70; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 70; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 65; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 62.

Short hops

• Right-hander Collin McHugh, compared by scouts to Dillon Gee, had a misleading line in his Triple-A debut Monday. After two walks and a wild pitch in the first inning led to a Norfolk run on a sacrifice fly by veteran Miguel Tejada, McHugh put up zeroes until the sixth inning. That’s when McHugh -- an 18th-round pick in 2008 out of Berry College in Georgia -- allowed a pair of singles and a walk to open the frame and departed with Buffalo leading, 3-1. Left-hander Josh Edgin entered and allow all three inherited runners to score, so McHugh was charged with four runs on five hits and four walks in five-plus innings in his International League debut.

McHugh, who turned 25 on Tuesday, is only the second former Berry College pitcher to reach Triple-A. The other: right-hander Chuck Smith, who actually did so in 2006 with Norfolk, when the Tides were affiliated with the Mets organization.

• Reliever Jeff Stevens, a former Cub, was demoted to Binghamton to clear a Triple-A roster spot for McHugh.

• St. Lucie third baseman Wilmer Flores earned MVP honors at Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game. Flores went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk in a 6-3 South victory. The Mets had eight players appear in the game, including late addition Richard Lucas (0-for-3) to man first base. The others: outfielder Cory Vaughn (1-for-2), catcher Blake Forsythe (1-for-2), shortstop Wilfredo Tovar (0-for-2), left-hander Chase Huchingson (0 ER, 1 IP) , right-hander Cory Mazzoni (1 ER, 1 IP) and left-hander Adam Kolarek (0 ER, 1 IP).

• Mazzoni, the organization’s second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, is expected to be promoted to Double-A Binghamton today. He will be part of a six-man B-Mets rotation. Mazzoni went 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 12 starts with St. Lucie, allowing 64 hits and 16 walks while striking out 48 in 63 2/3 innings.

• Kingsport, including first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a high school shortstop from Louisiana, opened its season Tuesday night. The full roster:

Pitchers: Martires Arias, Alberto Baldonado, Shane Bay, Matt Budgell, Christian Chivilli, Miller Diaz, Zachary Dotson, Ramon Estevez, John Gant, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Christian Montgomery, Akeel Morris, Flabio Ortega, Andres Perez, Luis Rengel, Persio Reyes, Carlos Valdez, Edioglis Villasmil.

Catchers: Tyler Carpenter, Jeyckol Deleon, Alex Machillanda, Tomas Nido.

Infielders: Cecchini, Anthony Chavez, Jeffrey Diehl, Branden Kaupe, Pedro Perez, Yeixon Ruiz, Kevin Wiejgerste.

Outfielders: Michael Bernal, Maikis De La Cruz, Bradley Marquez, Eris Peguero, Joe Tuschak.

Cecchini went 0-for-3 with two walks, a caught stealing, run scored and throwing error in his pro debut.

• Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki, a supplemental first-round pick (35th overall), went 0-for-4, was hit by a pitch and had a passed ball Tuesday for Brooklyn in his pro debut.

• Prep right-hander Andrew Massie, the organization’s 24th-round pick, signed a contract Saturday to join the Mets, the Dyersburg (S.C.) State Gazette reported. Fourteenth-round pick Chris Flexen, a high school right-hander from California, reportedly is close to signing as well.

• Buffalo outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo snapped an 0-for-30 skid Saturday.

Jenrry Mejia made his third relief appearance since converting from starting Tuesday. He tossed two scoreless innings. Mejia rebounded from a woeful appearance Sunday, in which four of five batters reached -- via two hits, plus a walk and a hit batter. He has yet to enter mid-inning or inherit runners during a two-week program to ready him for major league consideration.

• With Tuesday’s loss, St. Lucie owns a 48-19 record with one game remaining in its first half. The club narrowly will fall shy of becoming the third team in Florida State League history to win 50 games in a half. The lone teams to accomplish the feat:

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