New York Mets: Branden Kaupe

Mets instructional league roster

September, 21, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Here is a list of players at the instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Games begin Tuesday and run through Oct 4.

Pitchers
Gaby Almonte
Eucebio Arias
Martires Arias
Tyler Bashlor
Andrew Church
Chris Flexen
Dawrin Frias
Daniel Herrmann
Ricky Jacquez
Ricky Knapp
Kevin McGowan
Jose Medina
Casey Meisner
Craig Missigman
Marcos Molina
Yoryi Nuez
Darwin Ramos
Persio Reyes
Scarlyn Reyes
Ismael Tijerina
Rob Whalen
Ty Williams

Catchers
Adrian Abreu
Brandon Brosher
Jose Garcia
Colton Plaia
Dioni Rodriguez

Infielders
Gavin Cecchini
Phillip Evans
Luis Guillorme
Dilson Herrera
Branden Kaupe
L.J. Mazzilli
Jeff McNeil
Matt Oberste
Pedro Perez
Alfredo Reyes
Amed Rosario
Yeixon Ruiz
Dominic Smith
Jhoan Urena

Outfielders
Wuilmer Becerra
Michael Bernal
Jared King
Vicente Lupo
Brandon Nimmo
Hengelbert Rojas
Champ Stuart
Ivan Wilson

Minors 8.16.13: Forsythe homer lifts B-Mets

August, 16, 2013
8/16/13
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 4: Zach Lutz's ninth-inning single against Cory Rasmus plated Eric Campbell with the tiebreaking run. Matt den Dekker then scored on a balk for a two-run cushion. John Church pitched a perfect bottom half for his third save save. Lutz also had produced a solo homer against Tommy Hanson in the second inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW BRITAIN 0: The B-Mets took one step closer to the postseason as Blake Forsythe delivered a solo homer and Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless

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innings. The B-Mets posted their fourth shutout win in August. Forsythe homered to lead off the third against Cole De Vries. It was his ninth long ball of the season, and his second in two games. Syndergaard dominanted the Rock Cats. He scattered three hits over five innings while earning his sixth B-Mets win. He faced no more than four batters in any inning and matched a career high with 10 strikeouts. In the sixth, Ryan Fraser entered and allowed a single and a walk with one out as New Britain put together its biggest threat of the night. Fraser escaped the jam by forcing Miguel Sano and Reynaldo Rodriguez to fly out. He followed with a scoreless seventh before handing the ball to Chasen Bradford. Bradford retired all three batters he faced, requiring only 10 pitches. Jeff Walters slammed the door with a perfect ninth to earn his 35th save. Box

JUPITER 7, ST. LUCIE 0: Hansel Robles allowed four runs in seven innings and the Mets mustered only four hits. Box

SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 11, BRISTOL 4: Jeyckol De Leon had four hits with a run scored, three RBIs

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and two doubles. Michael Bernal also drove in three runs, capped by a solo homer in the sixth that completed Kingsport's scoring. Eris Peguero had a triple and double. The K-Mets took control in the second inning, plating seven runs on seven hits while sending 13 men to the plate. Seven straight batters reached safely with two outs, a barrage that chased Bristol starter Robinson Leyer after 1 2/3 innings. In his first appearance since a promotion from the Gulf Coast League, Brandon Welch lasted six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Welch finished strongly, retiring the side in order in his last three innings. Edioglis Villasmil and Tyler Bashlor combined for three innings of scoreless relief. Kingsport (31-23) gained a game on division-leading Greeneville. The K-Mets now trail the Astros affiliate by 1.5 games in the West. The top two games in the Appalachian League make the playoffs. Kingsport is up 2.5 games for second place with 23 games remaining. Box

BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 4: James Roche went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while homering for the second straight game. After the Lake Monsters capitalized on a botched groundball by LJ Mazzilli to take an early 1-0 lead, Roche picked up his second baseman by connecting on a solo shot. Brooklyn then took the lead with a three-run third. Anthony Chavez singled and Patrick Biondi and Gavin Cecchini walked to load the bases for Mazzilli. He also walked, forcing in the tiebreaking run. Jared King then produced his first RBI since returning to the lineup following an oblique issue, on a sacrifice fly. Roche added an RBI single. Cyclones starter John Gant stumbled in the sixth as the Lake Monsters cut Brooklyn's lead to 5-4. Gant ultimately allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out seven. Gant added to his New York-Penn League-leading strikeout total (68). Later, reliever Johnny Magliozzi inherited in a tough spot, with the tying run at second base and go-ahead run at first in the eighth. He retired the next three batters to escape. Magliozzi also handled the ninth to record his fifth save. Cecchini extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The Cyclones' record is 17, by Lucas Duda in 2007. Box

GCL NATIONALS 5, GCL METS 2: Waldo Rodriguez surrendered four runs, none earned, in the seventh as the Nats overcame a 2-1 deficit. Second basmean Branden Kaupe had two errors. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.13.13: Campbell double lifts 51s

August, 14, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, NEW ORLEANS 3: Eric Campbell (2-for-2, walk) delivered a two-out double in the eighth to plate Francisco Pena and break a 3-all tie. Right-hander Jacob deGrom pitched six innings for the 51s and allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk. DeGrom also produced his first professional homer -- a solo shot in the sixth inning to break a scoreless tie. Robert Carson earned his 10th save after entering with two outs in the ninth and retiring pinch hitter Nick Green. John Church (2-0) earned the win in relief. Box

READING 7, BINGHAMTON 6: Reading scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth, including the game-winner on a wild pitch by Jeff Walters. It marked the second time this

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season Binghamton lost on a walk-off wild pitch. The other instance: John Church on April 23 in the 10th inning at Portland. It was Walters’ first blown save since June 6 against Trenton and snapped a streak of 20 straight save conversions. Walters (3-2) suffered his third blown save of the season and first loss since May 24. The B-Mets had overcome an early deficit with a four-run rally with two outs in the seventh. The B-Mets handed a 6-5 lead to Walters in ninth. Pitching for the first time in five days, the righty recorded the first out on one pitch before surrendering a single to Matt Tolbert and a double to Sebastian Valle. Following an intentional walk to load the bases, Anthony Hewitt tied the score with an infield single. Walters spiked the next pitch past catcher Blake Forsythe, allowing Valle to score the game-winning run. Trailing 4-2, Binghamton saved its offensive magic for the seventh. Colby Shreve collected the first two outs, but then allowed two to reach. Cory Vaughn cut the deficit to one and ended Shreve’s night with an RBI single. Southpaw Austin Wright entered to face Allan Dykstra. After taking two out of the zone, Dykstra launched a towering drive over the right-field wall for a go-ahead three-run homer. The long ball was Dykstra’s 19th of the season and first since July 22. Dykstra matched his career high. He also had 19 homers in 2011 with the B-Mets. Box

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ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 4: Kevin Plawecki's two-run homer in the seventh lifted St. Lucie (64-49) out of a one-run deficit. Starter Rainy Lara allowed four runs in six innings. Cody Satterwhite (2-1) earned the win in relief. T.J. Chism notched his 16th save. He recorded the final five outs. Box

ROME 2, SAVANNAH 1: Rome broke a 1-all tie in the bottom of the eighth against Wanel Mesa. Starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed one run on three hits and no walks in six innings in a no-decision. The Gnats' lone run came in the fifth, when Jorge Rivero's single plated Nelfi Zapata. Box

PRINCETON 2, KINGSPORT 0
PRINCETON 6, KINGSPORT 2: Martires Arias (1-6) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in six innings in Game 1. Princeton jumped on Yoan Gonzalez for three first-inning runs in the nightcap to complete the sweep. Richie Rodriguez had a solo homer in the loss. Box 1, Box 2

GCL MARLINS 2, GCL METS 1: Casey Meisner suffered a tough-luck loss after allowing one run, unearned, on four hits and three walks in six innings. Trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Oswald Caraballo scored on a groundout by Luis Guillorme as the Mets (14-32) pulled within a run. With potential tying run Jose Garcia at third base, Branden Kaupe popped out to third base to end the game. Guillorme's two-out fielding error at shortstop in the second resulted in an unearned run when Christian Rivera followed with a double against Meisner. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 6.24.13: Ike homers again for 51s

June, 24, 2013
6/24/13
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 5: Ike Davis' two-out, two-run homer highlighted a five-run seventh. Davis has five homers in his past four games. He went 2-for-3 with a double and walk and is now hitting .333 in the Pacific Coast League. Justin Hampson surrendered three eighth-inning runs, but the 51s (40-36) held on. Box

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BINGHAMTON 3, PORTLAND 0: Erik Goeddel (7-2) tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Pedro Feliciano and Jeff Walters on a seven-hit shutout. Walters earned his 18th save. Feliciano has produced four scoreless appearances with Binghamton. The B-Mets (47-28) took a 1-0 lead in the second when Xorge Carrillo's two-out single plated Rhyne Hughes, who had doubled. An inning later, Cesar Puello's single drove in Danny Muno. Puello also had an RBI double in the eighth. Box

BRADENTON 6, ST. LUCIE 4 (12 innings): Randy Fontanez surrendered a two-run homer in the top of the 12th. In the bottom half, Dustin Lawley led off with a double and Robbie Shields walked with two outs, but pinch hitter Charley Thurber struck out to end the game. Tim Byrdak tossed a scoreless relief inning in his first Florida State League appearance since shoulder surgery. Dustin Lawley's two-run homer in the eighth had evened the score at 4. It was Lawley's 15th homer this season. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs in six innings. Box

AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 2: Eudy Pina struck out to end the game with the tying run on third base in the top of the ninth inning. Trailing 3-1 entering the final frame, Phillip Evans walked with two outs. Jeff Glenn then singled to put runners on the corners. Albert Cordero reached on a fielding error at second base that scored Evans and advanced pinch runner Yucarybert De La Cruz to third base, but Pina K'd. Gnats starter Jake Kuebler, in his return from the DL, allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings. Outfilder Maikis De La Cruz landed on the DL with a fractured right ring finger. Box

KINGSPORT 3, BRISTOL 1: Edioglis Villasmil (1-0) and Ricardo Jacquez (first save) combined for five no-hit relief innings. Jeff Diehl's fourth-inning homer evened the score at 1. Bradley Marquez delivered a go-ahead RBI double an inning later for the K-Mets (2-3). Box

BROOKLYN 3, HUDSON VALLEY 2: Gavin Cecchini's sacrifice fly scored Ismael Tijerina with the tiebreaking run in the top of the ninth. Box

GCL CARDINALS 6, GCL METS 0: Lenny Rosario surrendered five runs in 3 1/3 innings. Gaither Bumgardner, a 23rd-round pick from the University of South Carolina Upstate, tossed a scoreless relief inning in his pro debut. Third-round pick Ivan Wilson had two of the Mets' three hits. Branden Kaupe had the other. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 8.24.12

August, 24, 2012
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SCRANTON/WILKES-BARRE 6, BUFFALO 4: The first six batters of the game reached against Jeurys Familia in a four-run first inning, while ex-Met John Maine limited his former organization to two unearned runs in six innings. Chris Dickerson singled and Corban Joseph hit a two-run homer against Familia in the opening frame. Eduardo Nunez followed with a double and later scored on a wild pitch. Two more singles and an error gave the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had four more consecutive hits to open the second, with Dickerson scoring. Familia did rally. He allowed one hit over his final four innings, but ultimately was charged with five runs on 10 hits in six innings. The Herd scored a pair of runs in the third inning to get on the board. Fred Lewis came around on a throwing error by Maine. Valentino Pascucci later doubled home Lucas Duda for his team leading 58th RBI. Pascucci scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. Before the game, reliever Drew Carpenter joined the Bisons from Binghamton. He pitched an inning of scoreless relief. Armando Rodriguez returned to the B-Mets. Familia struck out seven batters to take over the team lead, with 119. Box

PORTLAND 4, BINGHAMTON 3: Wilmer Flores’ two-run homer in the ninth was not enough as the B-Mets’ comeback bid fell short. Sea Dogs starter Brandon Workman baffled the B-Mets, allowing one run over seven innings. Portland broke a scoreless tie in the third against starter Gonzalez Germen. With a runner on first, Jeremy Hazelbaker smacked an RBI triple over Juan Lagares’ head in center. Bryce Brentz followed with a run-scoring single. Workman cruised through five innings, facing one over the minimum. After surrendering a single to Eric Campbell in the second, he retired 13 straight B-Mets. Binghamton scratched out a run in the sixth, a rally ignited by a one-out triple by Pedro Zapata. Lagares then pushed an RBI bunt single down the third-base line. Lagares, representing the tying run, advanced to third on a stolen base and groundout, but was stranded. After allowing six hits over his first three innings, Germen no-hit the Sea Dogs over his next four frames. He got two quick outs in the eighth before allowing back-to-back homers, to Travis Shaw and Xander Bogaerts. Brad Holt entered and recorded the final out of the inning. The cushion factored in heavily. Workman tossed a scoreless seventh before handing a one-run lead to the bullpen. Caleb Clay tossed a perfect eighth, but nearly blew a three-run lead in the ninth. After Lagares singled, Flores blasted a two-run homer. Raul Reyes reached on a two-out single, but Jefry Marte struck out looking to end the game. Germen (7-11) suffered his fifth loss in his last six B-Mets starts. He allowed four runs on nine hits while collecting seven strikeouts. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 5: Cory Vaughn hit his 22nd homer and drove in two runs as the Mets held off Charlotte. Darrell Ceciliani went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Richard Lucas finished 1-for-3 with an RBI. Aderlin Rodriguez also had a hit and drove in a run. Jacob deGrom picked up the victory, tossing 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out three. Adrian Rosario pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up an unearned run with one walk and one strikeout. Taylor Whitenton tossed 1 2/3 innings and gave up three hits and one run with four strikeouts. Adam Kolarek recorded the final out to preserve the win for his 17th save. Box

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 2: Cam Maron delivered a three-run homer in the first. He finished 2-for-3 with two walks and four RBIs. Carlos Vazquez (6-2) earned the win with four scoreless relief innings. Box

KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 4: Tomas Nido produced a two-run homer in the first inning. Nido then broke a 4-all tie in the fifth when he was hit by a pitch, advanced on another hit by pitch and walk, and scored on a wild pitch. The K-Mets opened a three-run lead an inning later when Branden Kaupe tripled and scored on Gavin Cecchini's single. Cecchini scored on a triple by Joe Tuschak. Nido departed the inning after being struck with the pitch. Juan Urbina (1-0) and Matt Budgell combined for five scoreless relief innings. Budgell earned his first professional save. Box

STATEN ISLAND 5, BROOKLYN 1: A late-inning meltdown wasted a stellar performance from Brooklyn starter Luis Mateo, who tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out six. The Cyclones scored their lone run in the fifth. Eudy Pina and Brandon Nimmo singled. A swinging bunt from Phillip Evans eventually put runners on second and third with two outs. Kevin Plawecki then smashed a line drive too hot for Staten Island third baseman Matt Duran to handle, allowing Pina to score for a 1-0 lead. In the eighth, Craig Hansen failed to record an out. He walked the first batter he faced, then hit a batter before allowing a single to Exicardo Cayones to load the bases with none out. Hansen then also plunked Ravel Santana to force in a run and even the score. Beck Wheeler, who was tagged with Thursday's loss after allowing an 11th-inning homer, once again fell victim to the long ball. Duran greeted him with a grand slam. Despite the loss, the Cyclones remain three games ahead of Batavia in the wild-card race. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.27.12

July, 28, 2012
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LOUISVILLE 3, BUFFALO 1: Mike Baxter went 1-for-4 and played nine innings in left field. Neftali Soto delivered a tiebreaking two-run homer against Dylan Owen after a two-hour, five-minute rain delay. Before the stoppage, Lucas Duda singled to lead off the fifth and advanced to second on Valentino Pascucci's walk. Bats starter Tim Gustafson then threw away Matt Tuiasosopo's bunt attempt, allowing Duda to score. Owen suffered the defeat, allowing two runs in two innings. Newly promoted Robert Carson made his Triple-A debut with two innings of scoreless relief. Starter Garrett Olson allowed an unearned run in four innings, but departed with the delay. Mike Nickeas went 0-for-3 in his first game with the Bisons this season. He is the only player to have appeared in a game in all four years of the club's affiliation with the Mets. Duda went 1-for-4 in his second game with the club this year. Before the game, right-hander Gonzalez Germen was returned to Binghamton and catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere was placed on the disabled list. Box

BINGHAMTON 2, PORTLAND 1
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Dustin Martin launched a three-run homer in the sixth to cap a five-hit day and secure Binghamton’s doubleheader sweep. In the opener, Binghamton grabbed the lead in the third against Portland starter Drake Britton (2-4). Juan Lagares tripled and scored when Reese Havens singled past third baseman Marquez Smith. In the fourth, Jefry Marte doubled and scored when Martin threaded a bouncer up the middle. Pitching for the first time since returning from the DL, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni (4-3) put together six solid innings, allowing one run on four singles while striking out five and walking two. Mazzoni walked two in the sixth, but ended the threat and capped his night by inducing Peter Hissey to pop out. Frank Francisco took over in the seventh in his second rehab appearance with Binghamton. He allowed a double to Ronald Bermudez to start the inning, but retired three straight to secure the save. B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin that Francisco will remain with the Eastern League club for one more rehab appearance Saturday. Through the first five innings of the nightcap, the B-Mets collected six hits and walked six times against starter Mike MacDonald but failed to score. Binghamton bounced into three double plays and had two players thrown out attempting steals. Meanwhile, the Sea Dogs scored their lone run against Darin Gorski (6-5) on Bryce Brentz's second-inning homer. Gorski retired 14 of the final 16 batters he faced. With two on base in the sixth, reliever Chris Balcom-Miller entered and recorded two outs before falling behind in the count to Martin with two balls. Martin blasted the next offering inside the right-field pole for his second Double-A homer. Ryan Fraser took over for Gorski in the ninth and worked around a walk and single to earn his first B-Mets save. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, LAKELAND 5: T.J. Rivera had three hits and three RBIs and Aderlin Rodriguez hit his second Florida State League homer. A three-run second staked St. Lucie to a 3-2 lead as Kai Gronauer and Rivera had RBI doubles and Cory Vaughn followed with a run-scoring single. Rodriguez ripped a solo homer in the fifth to give the Mets a 4-3 advantage. With the score tied in the sixth, Rivera singled to plate Gronauer and Robbie Shields and give the Mets a 6-4 lead. Jack Leathersich earned his first St. Lucie save. He retired James Robbins on a groundout to first with the tying run at second base in the ninth. Leathersich gave up one run on two hits in two innings and walked two. Angel Cuan tossed 5 1/3 innings and allowed three earned runs on seven hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Taylor Whitenton picked up the victory in relief. He tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Box

ROME 13, SAVANNAH 3: Gnats starter Jim Fuller surrendered 11 runs (nine earned) in three innings. Box

BRISTOL 3, KINGSPORT 1: Eric Grabe and Juan Ramirez produced their first homers of the Appalachian League season to break a 1-all tie and hand reliever Andrew Massie the loss. K-Mets starter John Gant, who entered with a 7.94 ERA, allowed one run while scattering six hits and three walks over five innings. Grabe broke the tie in the eighth, taking a 1-0 offering from Massie over the left-field wall. The K-Mets scored their lone run in the first inning, when Gavin Cecchini's triple off the right-field wall plated Branden Kaupe. Bristol held the K-Mets hitless for the final six frames. The K-Mets sent outfielder Julio Concepcion to Brooklyn before the game and activated Bradley Marquez from the disabled list. Box

BATAVIA 2, BROOKLYN 0: Luis Cessa allowed one run on six hits in five innings in a hard-luck loss. The Cyclones mustered only three hits and walked twice. Batavia's Alex Mejia opened the game with a single and scored on a one-out double by Garrett Wittels. Tyler Vanderheiden entered in the eighth, trying to hold the deficit at 1-0. After Wittels grounded out to first baseman Jayce Boyd, Patrick Wilson reached on an infield single to third baseman Jeff Reynolds. Vanderheiden then struck out Jesus Montero for the second out. David Washington followed with a double, scoring Wilson. It was the first run Vanderheiden surrendered this season. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.2.12

July, 3, 2012
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DURHAM 3, BUFFALO 2: Jordany Valdespin stole four bases and Josh Edgin and Manny Acosta tossed two scoreless relief innings apiece, but the Herd mustered only three hits and lost for the 15th time in 19 games. Valdespin became the first Bison to steal four bases in a game since Albert Hall achieved the feat on July 2, 1989 at Columbus. Edgin improved his scoreless-appearance streak to seven games, spanning 7 1/3 inning. After reaching by getting hit by a pitch in the first, Valdespin stole a pair of bases. He then scored on Fred Lewis' groundout. Buffalo used three walks and Josh Rodriguez's RBI single in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. That would be erased a half-inning later against left-hander Garrett Olson. With the bases loaded, former Bison Jesus Feliciano produced a sacrifice fly, plating Cole Figueroa to even the score at 2. After advancing to third on a steal, Rich Thompson gave the Bulls a 3-2 advantage on Chris Gimenez's sac fly. Olson (3-5) was charged with three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. Box

ALTOONA 6, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets stranded 10 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the ninth, while suffering their seventh straight loss. Binghamton matched a season high with four errors, resulting in three unearned runs. Wilmer Flores’ throwing error in the first set the table for a two-run frame. With two aboard, Matt Curry sent a slow roller to third. Flores’ throw skipped past Jefry Marte at first and rolled down the line, allowing a run to score. Roman Cabrera brought in the second run on a groundout. The Curve extended its lead in the third against B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen as Brock Holt launched a solo homer. Binghamton took advantage of an Altoona error to plate its first run a half-inning later. Juan Centeno reached second when Curry failed to catch a throw from third baseman Stefan Welch. Juan Lagares plated Centeno with a two-out single against starter Gerrit Cole. Trailing 4-1, Eric Campbell led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and scored when Flores doubled. Cole recorded two more outs before being lifted for Nathan Baker, who completed the inning. Cole allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. Two B-Mets errors led to another Curve run in the seventh, Germen’s final frame. Germen (4-6) surrendered five runs (three earned) and matched a season high with eight hits allowed. Ryan Fraser threw a scoreless eighth before Reese Havens’ error led to an unearned run in the ninth. Binghamton threatened against reliever Hunter Strickland in its final at-bat. With two outs, the B-Mets loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. The rally fizzled when Marte bounced out to end the game. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 2: Tyler Pill allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings and Hamilton Bennett and Adam Kolarek combined for three scoreless relief innings. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Blake Forsythe drove in two runs. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 3
AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 4 (8 innings):
Second-round Matt Reynolds from the University of Arkansas had a two-run homer -- his first long ball as a professional -- in a five-run fifth and T.J. Chism recorded his 13th save in the opener. In Game 2, Augusta overcame a 4-0 deficit in the final frame against Randy Fontanez and Chasen Bradford after a two-out error by Reynolds allowed the tying run to score and forced extra innings. Augusta salvaged a doubleheader split an inning later when Jose Cuevas delivered an RBI single against Bradford (2-2). Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 5, GREENEVILLE 4: After Greeneville scratched across an unearned run in the top of the first, Kingsport answered with a four-spot in the bottom half. Consecutive singles by Gavin Cecchini and Jeyckol De Leon helped load the bases. Jeffrey Diehl then tripled. Joe Tuschak followed by singling home Diehl for a 4-1 lead. Greeneville pulled within a run before the K-Mets answered. Branden Kaupe walked to lead off the eighth and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Michael Dimock on a pickoff attempt. Maikis De La Cruz plated Kaupe with a sacrifice fly. The Astros again closed with a run on Ariel Ovando's one-out double in the ninth, but K-Mets reliever Luis Rengel struck out the next two batters for his first save. Corey Oswalt (1-0) picked up his first professional win. Steven Matz, the Mets' top pick in 2009, started and lasted until the third inning before having control problems. Matz walked three straight and four of five before Shane Bay replaced him. Catcher Tomas Nido manned the radar gun in the stands one night after getting knocked out of Sunday's game in a plate collision. De Leon, who played catcher, threw out two would-be stealers in the first inning. Box

BROOKLYN 7, HUDSON VALLEY 6 (11 innings): After Kevin Plawecki's homer tied the score at 6 in the bottom of the ninth, Jayce Boyd hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th. In his Brooklyn debut, Boyd -- the sixth-round pick from Florida State -- went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple a run scored and two RBIs. The 11th inning began with Plawecki being hit by a pitch. A bloop single by Cole Frenzel and a walk by Stefan Sabol loaded the bases, before Boyd’s game-winning sacrifice fly. Brooklyn reliever John Mincone earned the win. He pitched three innings, allowing two hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Box

SIGNING DAY: The Mets confirmed the signing of 16-year-old Dominican shortstop German Rosario to a $1.75 million contract, the highest international bonus ever paid by the organization, topping the $1.3 million handed to Fernando Martinez in 2005. The Mets also agreed to contracts with Dominican second baseman Franklin Correa and Venezuelan shortstop Miguel Patino. All three will report to the organization's Dominican Republic complex. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Rosario, who bats and throws right-handed, also will participate in the fall instructional league. Rosario participated in an MLB showcase in February. He went 4-for-7 with a double against Venezuela. “Rosario is extremely athletic, very instinctual and highly intelligent,” Paul DePodesta said. “He has the chance to impact the game offensively, defensively and off the field.” Correa, 16, is a right-handed batter who also throws right-handed. The 5-9, 176-pounder grew up in Santo Domingo. Patino, 16, also bats and throws right-handed. The 5-11, 155-pounder resides in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. His brother Alfredo plays in the Royals minor league system.

Compiled from team reports

Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

June, 20, 2012
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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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Mets confirm signings of 15 picks

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Samford University right-hander Tyler Vanderheiden (19th round) has signed and will begin his pro career in Brooklyn.
In addition to Louisiana high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini (12th overall pick) and Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki (35th overall), the Mets have confirmed the signings of 13 other selections from last week's draft.

The signings:

Rd. 3 (107), Matt Koch, RHP, Louisville
Rd. 4 (140), Branden Kaupe, SS, Baldwin (Hawaii) HS
Rd. 5 (170), Brandon Welch, RHP, Palm Beach State
Rd. 7 (230), Corey Oswalt, RHP, Madison (Calif.) HS
Rd. 8 (260), Tomas Nido, C, Orangewood Christian (Calif.) HS
Rd. 9 (290), Richie Rodriguez, 2B, Eastern Kentucky
Rd. 10 (320), Paul Sewald, RHP, San Diego
Rd. 12 (380), Rob Whalen, RHP, Haines City (Fla.) HS
Rd. 13 (410), Matt Bowman, RHP, Princeton
Rd. 17 (530), Stefan Sabol, C, Orange Coast CC
Rd. 19 (590), Tyler Vanderheiden, RHP, Samford U
Rd. 20 (620), Tim Peterson, RHP, Kentucky
Rd. 38 (1160), Jeff Reynolds, 3B, Harvard

Plawecki, Koch, Welch, Rodriguez, Sewald, Whalen, Bowman, Sabol, Vanderheiden, Peterson and Reynolds will play for Brooklyn, which opens play Monday. Cecchini, Kaupe, Oswalt and Nido will play for Kingsport, which begins play the following day.

Mets morning briefing 6.16.12

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Dillon Gee surrendered a pair of homers -- one of the inside-the-park variety -- and the Mets lost Jason Bay to a suspected concussion in a 7-3 defeat against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night at Citi Field.

Saturday's news reports:

• Bay suffered the head injury making contact with the wall on a second-inning diving attempt during what became an inside-the-park homer for Jay Bruce. Terry Collins said Bay was woozy and was taken home by security personnel. The left fielder almost assuredly will land on the seven-day concussion disabled list. Justin Turner's rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo will be cut short after two games and eight at-bats, and the infielder should be activated to take Bay's roster spot.

Bay had been 2-for-25 since returning from a DL trip prompted by a fractured rib, which also was suffered attempting a diving outfield catch. This is not Bay's first concussion, which adds to the concern. He suffered a whiplash-induced concussion at Dodger Stadium on July 23, 2010. Bay then played two more games and did not return for the remainder of that season.


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Trainer Ray Ramirez escorts Jason Bay off the field in the second inning Friday night.


With Bay's loss, Collins said there still is enough outfield depth to get by with Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Scott Hairston and Andres Torres as well as Vinny Rottino and Jordany Valdespin -- hence Turner's early return and not the promotion of an outfielder.

The Mets face another four straight right-handers: Homer Bailey on Saturday (versus Jon Niese), Johnny Cueto on Sunday, then Baltimore's Jake Arrieta and Tommy Hunter the first two games of an interleague series at Citi Field. The next southpaw starter due to face the Mets is the Orioles' Brian Matusz on Wednesday.

As a result, it's logical for at least the next four games for Nieuwenhuis to continue to start in center and Duda in right field. As for left field, Collins was noncommittal postgame. Even though Torres is a switch-hitter, he -- like Hairston -- is much more effective against left-handed pitching. Although Valdespin could get a start, Hairston may see the most action. Collins chose to insert Hairston once Bay came out of Friday's game. And Hairston started consecutive games last week against right-handed pitching, including when Bay was scratched in D.C. with suspected ill effects of an antibiotic.

Turner, playing second base, and Ronny Cedeño at shortstop each went 1-for-4 in a rehab game Friday night with Triple-A Buffalo. It was only Turner's second rehab game. The plan originally was to have him stay with the Bisons through the weekend and see more pitching.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post suggests it's time to terminate Bay's career with the Mets, for the good of the team and the player. Writes Kernan:

No Met has struggled like Bay, but once again he put his body in jeopardy. The wall always wins. Just ask Mike Baxter, who made a catch for the ages on June 1 ago to save Johan Santana’s no-hitter. That is the only way Bay knows how to play, but the sad truth is Bay’s Mets career at this point is a total lost cause and he figures to be out a substantial amount of time again. He had just returned from a fractured rib which was caused by a dive for another fly ball. In late July of 2010, he suffered a terrible concussion slamming into the left-field wall at Dodger Stadium that finished his season. Bay has suffered three knockout punches and each time he was injured, the air was sucked out of the Mets. Bay’s four-year, $66 million contract that runs through next season may be the worst deal in Mets history. For his own good, and their own, the Mets have to find a new home for Bay, they have to eat what’s left of the deal and send him somewhere he can get a fresh start.

Columnist Tim Smith in the Daily News also writes about Bay's career and the expectations that came with a four-year, $66 million deal:

Bay’s injury history, lack of production and salary ($16 million this season) have worn on the patience of Mets fans, who consider him the biggest free agent bust since Ollie Perez and Luis Castillo left town. Bay is bringing up those old bad vibes, even in a feel-good season for the Mets. If his latest injury knocks Bay out for an extended period, he will go to the head of the class with Mo Vaughn and Bobby Bonilla as far as Mets free-agent busts go. Here is what the Mets have gotten on their $66 million investment so far: 22 home runs, 110 RBI, two concussions, a fractured rib and the reality of non-existent slugging prowess.

• Read game recaps/Bay injury coverage in the Star-Ledger, Journal, Newsday, Record, Daily News, Times and Post.

• The Mets' appeal in an attempt to credit R.A. Dickey with a no-hitter Wednesday at Tampa Bay has been denied by Joe Torre and Major League Baseball. Dickey described himself as "fairly relieved" at the resolution, since there would always have been an asterisk by the feat had B.J. Upton's first-inning infield single been changed to an error on third baseman David Wright, who was unable to cleanly barehand the ball. Jerry Koosman, whose franchise-record scoreless innings streak was topped with the knuckleballer's performance against the Rays, happened to be at Citi Field on Friday as part of a Mets alumni event. Dickey's streak ended at 32 2/3 innings with an unearned run in the ninth Wednesday. Koosman's former record, set in 1973, had been 31 2/3 innings. Read more in Newsday, the Post, Star-Ledger, Daily News and Record.

Dickey, by the way, will appear at the Yogi Berra Museum at Montclair State University on Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to sell signed copies of his memoir.

David Wright was grazed by his stomach with an eighth-inning pitch from Sean Marshall, which the third baseman believed was payback for Gee hitting Joey Votto in the back with a pitch five innings earlier. Still, Wright had no problem with the grazing. You may recall Wright being pulled against his will from a lopsided May 15 game against Milwaukee because Collins feared D.J. Carrasco's plunking of Ryan Braun would elicit retribution. Read more in the Post and Daily News.

Jenrry Mejia tossed a scoreless inning as his two-week preparation in Buffalo for major league bullpen duty began, and Matt den Dekker delivered his first Triple-A homer, but the Bisons lost to Pawtucket, 8-3. Mejia coaxed three groundouts and a surrendered a single in a 19-pitch frame. According to the Buffalo News' Mike Harrington, the final pitch -- at 95 mph -- shattered a bat. Read Friday's full minor league recap here. Read more on the Bisons' recent slide in the Buffalo News.

Anthony M. Destefano in Newsday has details of the revitalization plans for the land adjacent to Citi Field, which currently mostly houses auto-repair businesses. Writes Destefano:

The plans announced Thursday call for the environmental remediation of 23 acres of contaminated land east of Citi Field. The project was approved by the city in 2008, but faced unsuccessful legal challenges from property owners. [Mayor Mike] Bloomberg said about 95 percent of the land in the eastern zone has been acquired by the city through purchases. The latest proposal, which requires zoning changes, environmental review and approval by the City Council, adds some new elements, notably a Willets West project for an area immediately west of Citi Field. Willets West will convert current stadium parking into a 1-million-square-foot retail and entertainment center, with more than 200 retail stores of all sizes, movie theaters, restaurants, entertainment venues, a parking structure and surface parking for 2,500 cars, the city said.

The first redevelopment phase, an area east of Citi Field, calls for construction of retail, hotel and commercial space. Some 2,500 housing units are also provided for later, with 875 units labeled "affordable."

• The Brooklyn Cyclones, who open their New York-Penn League season Monday against the Staten Island Yankees at Coney Island, officially announced their roster. It includes 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo, a high school outfielder from Wyoming, who had been participating in extended spring training. It also includes Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki, the 35th overall pick in the draft, who signed for a reported $1.47 million. The local angles include left-hander John Mincone, who is a product of Half Hollow Hills East and Suffolk Community College West on Long Island, as well as 12th-round pick Rob Whalen, whose entire family hails from Queens. Whalen as an 8-year-old won the "Tom Seaver Most Outstanding Pitcher Award" at a Mets-sponsored camp at Long Neck, N.Y.

The full Cyclones roster:

Pitchers: Matt Bowman, Luis Cessa, Darwin Frias, Jeremy Gould, Julian Hilario, Matt Koch, Rainy Lara, Luis Mateo, Mincone, Hansel Robles, Richard Ruff, Paul Sewald, Juan Urbina, Tyler Vandenheinden, Brandon Welch, Whalen, Beck Wheeler, David Wynn, Ernesto Yanez, Gabriel Ynoa.

Catchers: Xorge Carrillo, Jeff Glenn, Plawecki, Nelfi Zapata.

Infielders: Cole Frenzel, Alex Sanchez, Richie Rodriguez, Jorge Rivero, Jeff Reynolds, Dimas Ponce, Juan Gamboa, Phillip Evans, Yucarybert De La Cruz.

Outfielders: Jonathan Clark, Julio Concepcion, Nimmo, Eudy Pina, Stefan Sabol.

Read more in the Cyclones in the Post.

• 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini and Plawecki took batting practice at Citi Field before Friday's game and met with the New York media. Cecchini, a high school shortstop from Louisiana and the 12th overall pick, is ticketed for Class A Kingsport. He chose to wear No. 2 out of respect for favorite player Derek Jeter. Read more in Newsday.

• Fourth-round pick Branden Kaupe, a speedy switch-hitting infielder from Hawaii, has agreed to sign for $225,000 -- below the commissioner's recommendation of $323,900 for that slot, according to Baseball America's Jim Callis.

Cody Derespina in Newsday talks to players who transitioned from infield to outfield.

TRIVIA: Who has the Mets' last inside-the-park homer?

Friday's answer: Benny Agbayani went on the radio with Howard Stern before the 2000 Subway Series and lightheartedly predicted the Mets would win the World Series.

Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

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Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .327; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, .314; Matt den Dekker, Binghamton, .310; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .304; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, .294; Jefry Marte, Binghamton, .293; Matt Tuiasosopo, Buffalo, .284; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, .284; Danny Muno, St. Luice, .283; Omar Quintanilla, Buffalo, .282.

Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 12; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 11; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 10; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 10; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 10.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 40; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 40; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 37; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 35; Matt Tuiasosopo, Buffalo, 31.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 12; Luis Nieves, Savannah, 11; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, 11; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 10; Cesar Puello, St. Lucie, 10.

ERA: Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.88; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 2.17; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.40; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 2.43; Chris Schwinden, Buffalo, 2.59; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.68; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 3.02; Cory Mazzoni, St. Lucie, 3.09; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 3.69; Mark Cohoon, Binghamton, 3.92.

Wins: Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 5; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 5; Chase Huchingson, St. Lucie, 5; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 5, Yohan Almonte, St. Lucie, 5.

Saves: Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 12; Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 12; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 9; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 8.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 61; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 60; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 57; Tyler Pill, Savannah, 56; Jack Leathersich, St. Lucie, 54.

Short hops

Zack Wheeler has won five straight starts with Double-A Binghamton. In his past two outings, the ex-Giants farmhand combined to limit New Britain and Reading to two runs and five hits while striking out 15 and walking two in 15 innings. “That’s probably the best-pitched game against us this year,” Reading manager Dusty Wathan told Mike Drago in the Reading Eagle. “Obviously he’s got an overpowering fastball, and he can command the ball to both sides of the plate. Tonight he threw the ball where he wanted to, and he did what he was supposed to do against us. You’ve gotta give him a lot of credit. … He looks like a big leaguer to me. For sure.”

• Right-hander Rob Whalen, drafted by the Mets in the 12th round Tuesday out of high school in Haines City, Fla., actually has serious Mets ties. His entire family hails from Queens and are big Mets fans. Whalen lived in Pennsylvania until moving south for high school to maximize his chance of becoming a professional ballplayer. Whalen won The Tom Seaver Most Outstanding Pitcher award as an 8-year-old at a Mets-sponsored camp at Long Neck, N.Y., and recalled playing catch with then-Mets reliever Scott Strickland during the event. (View visual proof here.)

Paul DePodesta offered high praise for Princeton right-hander Matt Bowman, the organization’s 13th-round pick, who had wowed team officials at a pre-draft Mets workout. “He has a Tim Lincecum delivery,” DePodesta said. “He’s also a position player for Princeton. He’s very athletic, a very good strike thrower. At our workout he actually was up to 95 mph, but pitching mainly 93-94 with plus life on his fastball. We like the athletic package and think he has some upside there when he concentrates on pitching full time. … He was a guy ever since he came to our workout that we’ve targeted. We were just trying to figure out the best time to call his name. He’s a guy we were pretty intent on taking somewhere.”

• Amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous watched Hawaii prep shortstop Branden Kaupe (fourth round) hit an inside-the-park homer while scouting one game. Tanous praised Kaupe’s speed and said he can play anywhere in the infield, including the left side because of a strong arm.

• The Mets have raided the University of Arkansas for four high-round selections the past two drafts. The Mets’ top two picks last year, Brandon Nimmo and Michael Fulmer, were Arkansas commitments. Tuesday the Mets drafted Razorbacks third baseman Matt Reynolds in the second round and grabbed Hogs commitment Teddy Stankiewicz, a high school right-hander from Fort Worth, with their other pick in that round. “We’re thinking about hiring their recruiting coordinator. We love their players,” DePodesta quipped, before adding: “Purely coincidence.”

• Reliever Jack Egbert officially was designated for assignment Tuesday by the Mets to clear a 40-man roster spot for Chris Young, forcing the Rutgers product to be exposed to waivers. Still, Terry Collins believes the organization has a valuable piece provided Egbert clears and is able to return to Triple-A Buffalo’s bullpen. “Two years ago, this guy, he almost made this team,” Collins said about Egbert, who hails from Rutherford, N.J. “Then he hurt his elbow. I’m very impressed with his sinker. His arm strength is continuing to get better [post 2009 Tommy John surgery]. And Wally [Backman] told me, he said, ‘Look, this guy can get groundballs.’ I know we didn’t use him very much, but there’s a good chance he’s going to be back.”

• Right-hander Brandon Moore, who returned from a 50-game suspension resulting from being flagged for a “drug of abuse,” has settled into Binghamton’s bullpen after working as a starter pre-ban. Likely rusty, Moore has walked five, hit a batter and thrown a wild pitch while being charged with four runs in two appearances spanning 1 1/3 innings. He has a sharp slider and quality sinker when on. There is no room for Moore at this point in the B-Mets’ rotation, which already has six members. Fellow right-hander Scott Moviel, who also returned from a 50-game suspension, remains in extended spring training. Catcher Dock Doyle, the third player to receive that ban late last year, has been released, a team official said. Doyle was a fifth-round pick in 2008 from Coastal Carolina.

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Mets Draft Day 2 tracker

June, 5, 2012
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Associated PressArkansas third baseman Matt Reynolds, Louisville right-hander Matt Koch and Florida State first baseman Jayce Boyd were among the Day 2 selections by the Mets.
After taking Louisiana high school shortstop Gavin Cecchini 12th overall and Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki with the 35th pick on the opening night of the draft, the Mets continued their selections Tuesday.

The Mets' selections at Nos. 35 and 71 overall came as compensation for losing Jose Reyes to the Marlins.

Here are the complete results from Day 2:

Rd. 2 (71st overall), Matt Reynolds, 3B, Arkansas, College Bio
Rd. 2 (75), Teddy Stankiewicz, RHP, Fort Worth (Texas) Christian School
Rd. 3 (107), Matt Koch, RHP, Louisville, College Bio
Rd. 4 (140), Branden Kaupe, SS, Baldwin (Hawaii) HS
Rd. 5 (170), Brandon Welch, RHP, Palm Beach State, College Bio, Video
Rd. 6 (200), Jayce Boyd, 1B, Florida State, College Bio
Rd. 7 (230), Corey Oswalt, RHP, Madison (Calif.) HS
Rd. 8 (260), Tomas Nido, C, Orangewood Christian (Calif.) HS
Rd. 9 (290), Richie Rodriguez, 2B, Eastern Kentucky, College Bio
Rd. 10 (320), Paul Sewald, RHP, San Diego, College Bio
Rd. 11 (350), Logan Taylor, RHP, Eastern Oklahoma State JC, College Bio
Rd. 12 (380), Rob Whalen, RHP, Haines City (Fla.) HS
Rd. 13 (410), Matt Bowman, RHP, Princeton, College Bio
Rd. 14 (440), Chris Flexen, RHP, Newark Memorial (Calif.) HS
Rd. 15 (470), Nick Grant, RHP, Milford (Del.) HS

The draft will resume Wednesday with Rounds 16-40.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Carlos Torres
WINS ERA SO IP
2 1.54 14 11
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Wright .316
HRL. Duda 3
RBID. Wright 11
RE. Young Jr. 15
OPSL. Duda .817
ERAJ. Niese 2.84
SOZ. Wheeler 21

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