New York Mets: Brandon Brosher

ATLANTA -- 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini had his attention divided on June 1, as Savannah hosted Rome in a South Atlantic League game.

Once Dustin Pedroia was ejected from a Red Sox game against the Rays at Fenway Park, Cecchini’s 23-year-old brother Garin entered at third base in his major league debut.

“We had a game at the same time, and it was a day game,” Cecchini said. “I had the clubbie going in and out, checking the stats and seeing if my brother got in. And once we found out he got in, I told him, ‘Hey, let me know how he’s doing, the play-by-play of what’s going on.’ Pedroia actually got thrown out of the game, and that’s why Garin got to get in. Everything happens for a reason. It was awesome.


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“It helps me realize just keep working hard and you’ll be there soon. I can’t wait to get up there and help the Mets win championships.”

The 20-year-old Cecchini -- who was selected out of high school in Lake Charles, La., with the 12th overall pick two years ago -- hit .259 with three homers, 25 RBIs and seven steals in 228 at-bats for Savannah during the first half. He represented the Gnats in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, then received word he was promoted to St. Lucie as he prepared to meet up with his low-A team for the season’s second half.

“After the All-Star Game, me and my mom drove to Greenville,” Cecchini said. “We were out to eat and coming back to the hotel and my manager called me and told us. So we literally had to drive five and a half hours back to Savannah, get in my apartment, pack my car up and stuff, and I was up until like 5 a.m. packing. And I wake up at like 6, had to go to the field, pack all that up and then drive five and a half hours over here [to Port St. Lucie]. And I was playing shortstop and hitting leadoff on an hour and a half of sleep.”

Cecchini’s baseball skills come as much from his mother Raissa as his father Glenn.

Raissa helped out head coach Glenn at Barbe High School during the brothers’ prep playing days. He continues to coach there (and now with a Team USA squad as well), but she has mostly stepped away so that she can have more time to watch her sons’ pro careers.

Garin currently is playing for Triple-A Pawtucket. He appeared in just the one game during two call-ups to the Red Sox.

“My mom actually throws the same amount of BP as my dad does in the offseason to both me and my brother,” Cecchini said. “They’ve both been a huge part of my brother’s and my success throughout the years. They’ve taught us everything. They’re the reasons we’re the players we are today.”

Cecchini indicated one emphasis this season has been becoming more disciplined at the plate.

“This year I’m really trying, for the Mets’ hitting philosophy, to be selective,” Cecchini said. “I know right when I got drafted, and in high school all throughout my career, you could get away with swinging at pitches a little off the plate or on the corners and stuff. But now I’m really just trying to focus on getting my pitch. And if I don’t get my pitch and they’re not going to throw it to me, I’ll just take my walk. That’s one thing I’m really trying to work on, and I’ve been doing a way better job. And I’ll keep working hard and keep getting better and better every single day at it.”

Organization leaders

Average: John Mora, GCL Mets, .423; Emmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .375; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .362; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .358; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .338; Alfredo Reyes, GCL Mets, .324; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .312; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .312; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas; .310; Jhoan Urena, Brooklyn, .308.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 14; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 13; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 13; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 12.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 56; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 52; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 49; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 48; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 46.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 17; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 15; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 15; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 12; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 11.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 0.47; Logan Taylor, GCL Mets, 0.82; Martires Arias, Kingsport, 0.84; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.08; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.20; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.30; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.44; John Gant, Savannah, 2.57; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.80; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.91.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 8; John Gant, Savannah, 7; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 7; Greg Peavey, Vegas, 7.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Vic Black, Vegas, 7.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 87; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 78; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 77; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 75; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 74.

Short hops

• Right-hander Gabriel Ynoa will make his Double-A debut Thursday after receiving a promotion from St. Lucie. Ynoa, 21, had been 6-0 with 50 strikeouts and four walks in 57 1/3 innings since May 5 in the Florida State League.

Brandon Brosher, who got off to a torrid start at the plate with Kingsport while being converted to catcher, suffered a broken right fibula. A 36th-round pick in 2013 out of high school in Florida, Brosher was hitting .387 with four homers and eight RBIs in seven games with the K-Mets.

• Left-hander Joel Huertas, the Mets’ 16th-round pick out of high school in Puerto Rico, tweeted that he signed. That brings the total to at least 22 of 39 picks signed.

• The Mets have two candidates for batter of the month in the organization in June: Binghamton outfielder/third baseman Dustin Lawley hit .280 with seven homers and 18 RBIs for the month, then went deep twice more on July 1. St. Lucie outfielder Eudy Pina hit .375 with five homers and 21 RBIs in June, then drove in two more runs Tuesday.

• The B-Mets are 9-0 in the last nine appearances (eight starts) by right-hander Tyler Pill, after going 0-5 in his first five starts. Pill has a 2.73 ERA in his last 11 appearances. The brother of former San Francisco Giants infielder Brett Pill, Tyler can swing the bat, too. He has a four-game hitting streak. He is hitting .538 (7-for-13) with a double, homer and four RBIs this season. He had a pinch-hit single Saturday. Brett is tearing up the Korean Baseball Organization. He is hitting .320 with 13 homers and 40 RBIs in 178 at-bats with the Kia Tigers.

Matt Oberste has driven in 10 runs over his past three games with Savannah while serving as designated hitting. Oberste, 22, is a seventh-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Oklahoma.

Jhoan Urena has an 11-game hitting streak with Brooklyn. He became the second teenager in Cyclones history to have a double-digit-game hitting streak, joining Alhaji Turay (12 straight in 2002).

• Cyclones right-hander Marcos Molina has allowed one earned run in his first three starts, spanning 19 innings. He has limited opponents to seven hits and ranks third in the New York-Penn League with 20 strikeouts. Molina struck out the first seven batters he faced in Friday’s start against Staten Island.

• Infielder Robbie Shields quietly retired earlier this season. He was a third-round pick in 2009 out of Florida Southern College. He had a career .243 average in six minor-league seasons.

• Catcher Kevin Plawecki is 1-for-15, albeit with a homer, since getting promoted to Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS 7, SALT LAKE 3: Greg Peavey, promoted from Double-A before the game, carried a 7-1 lead into the eighth. Allan Dykstra and Brandon Allen homered in the win. Peavey recorded the victory with a season-high eight innings pitched. He allowed eight hits, three runs, issued no walks and struck out three in 99 pitches (67 strikes). It matched the longest outing by a Las Vegas pitcher this season (also Logan Verrett vs. Memphis, June 23). Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 3: Dustin Lawley launched his 11th homer and finished

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with four RBIs as Binghamton won its 17th in 20 games. Binghamton loaded the bases in the second against Taylor Rogers. Rylan Sandoval then plated Brandon Nimmo and Travis Taijeron with a two-run single. In the bottom half, Reynaldo Rodriguez blasted a solo homer against Rainy Lara. Binghamton stretched its 2-1 lead with two-out production in the seventh. After Kyle Johnson was plunked with two outs and Dilson Herrera walked on four pitches, New Britain dipped into its bullpen. Jayce Boyd greeted Adrian Salcedo with an RBI single and Lawley capped the inning by ripping a two-run double. Lawley capped the B-Mets night emphatically in the ninth. Following a four-pitch walk to Boyd, the cleanup hitter crushed an 0-1 pitch from Jim Fuller over the left-field wall. Lara (5-2) surrendered one run on five hits over six innings to earn his first victory since May 17. Three B-Mets relievers combined to allow two runs over the final three innings. Lawley’s production capped a month in which he launched seven homers and collected 18 RBIs. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, BRADENTON 2: Eudy Pina’s two-run triple in the fourth erased a 2-1 deficit.

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Pina then scored on L.J. Mazzilli’s two-out hit for a 4-2 lead. Pina also provided an insurance run with a single in the sixth that plated Maikis De La Cruz. Pina finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs. He batted.375 in June. On the mound, Kevin McGowan took over for John Lannan with two outs in the fourth. McGowan did not allow a run and finished out the last 5 2/3 innings of the game. He only gave up three hits. It was McGowan’s first relief appearance of the season. He started 10 games with Savannah and won his first Florida State League start last week. Lannan cruised until running into trouble in the fourth. He allowed three straight one-out hits, the last a two-run triple by Eric Wood that put the Marauders up 2-1. McGowan entered and struck out Walker Gourley and got a groundout from Taylor Lewis to prevent Wood from scoring. Pirates top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow had trouble with his command in his start. The fireballer needed 70 pitches to get through 2 2/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five. The Mets had their chances to pounce on Glasnow early, but the only run they managed against him came on Gilbert Gomez's solo homer in the third. De La Cruz went 1-for-3 and scored twice. Gomez went 2-for-5. Box

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SAVANNAH 8, ROME 1: Matt Oberste had his second straight big game for the Gnats. After going 4-for-4 with six RBIs and his first homer on Sunday, Oberste followed that up with a 3-for-3 game Monday that included long ball No. 2. Champ Stuart and Dominic Smith each reached base three times. Stuart singled twice and walked while Smith singled twice and doubled into the left-field corner. Dario Alvarez continued his strong season by blanking Rome for five innings. He earned his fifth win and lowered his ERA to 0.96, with 78 strikeouts against 12 walks. The Gnats improved to 14-2 against Rome this season. Box

KINGSPORT 7, JOHNSON CITY 4
JOHNSON CITY 3, KINGSPORT 2: In Game 1, Oswaldo Caraballo had a tiebreaking two-run homer in a three-run sixth. David Roseboom tossed 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to earn his first professional win. In the nightcap, K-Mets starter Andrew Massie allowed three runs in four innings. With Kingsport trailing 3-0, Luis Ortega had a two-run single in the fourth. Brandon Brosher is out with a broken fibula. Box 1, Box 2

GCL NATIONALS 3, GCL METS 2: Milton Ramos' single plated Darryl Knight to even the score at 2 in the top of the seventh, but the Nats retook the lead in the bottom half against Darwin Ramos. Former Pirates farmhand Blake Taylor allowed two unearned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He allowed no hits, but issued three walks. Box

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Farm report: L.J. Maz reflects on O's days

June, 25, 2014
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- L.J. Mazzilli was born on Sept. 6, 1990, the year after his father Lee Mazzilli’s major league career ended in the American League Championship Series with Toronto’s loss to Oakland.

Still, L.J. eventually did enjoy the benefits of his father being in a major league uniform. Lee managed the Baltimore Orioles during the 2004 and part of the ’05 seasons. So L.J., during his early teenage years, spent plenty of time in the clubhouse. He grew particularly close to then-Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts, who now is with the Yankees at the twilight of his career.

L.J., the Mets’ fourth-round pick out of UConn in 2013, was part of last week’s wave of promotions throughout the organization. He hit .292 with seven homers, 45 RBIs and 11 steals in 250 at-bats with Savannah and played in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. He since has moved on to St. Lucie, where he is hitting .286 through six games and slugged his second homer in six Florida State League games on Tuesday night.


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“That was the perfect year for any kid to be a manager’s son,” L.J. recalled about his days hanging out at Camden Yards. “I got there and I was bat boy and I lived with him for a year in Baltimore and I got to be around Brian Roberts, who is my favorite baseball player. He’s the coolest guy on earth. And I got to be around Miguel Tejada, Melvin Mora, who was a cool dude, Luis Matos, who I loved. I would be out there shagging with him as a little kid in center field. It was just really cool to experience.”

As for his particular affinity for Roberts, L.J. added: “He just took me under his wing. Every single day I would just hang out around him. He was an All-Star that year [’05]. And he was a little guy, a switch-hitting second baseman. And my dad gave him the starting nod for the first time in his career. He took him over Jerry Hairston Jr. that year and his hitting exploded.

“He and my dad had a really good connection. Every single day I would be around him. There would be days where my dad would have to go do something, because I was living with my dad, and he would just leave me with [Roberts], and I’d go to the field with him. He’d give me food and stuff like that. It was like he wasn’t a major league baseball player. He was just awesome.”

With Lee now a special advisor to Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost and around that ballclub, Roberts recently had the opportunity to ask for L.J.’s cell phone number.

“He sent me a text,” L.J. said. “He’s awesome.”

L.J., whose average was in the .220s with Savannah into mid-May, had received a piece of advice from Yogi Berra through Lee about that time this season: “If you see it, hit it. If you don’t see it, don’t hit it,” the 89-year-old Berra said.

The anecdote fanned through the media, even making a New York tabloid. L.J. said, in reality, the affect it had on his subsequent performance was considerably overblown.

“It was like headlines everywhere,” L.J. said. “But it did help, though, because I was struggling and I was thinking about a lot of things. And the fact that it simplified thinking about the process of hitting -- if you see it, hit it; if you don’t see it, don’t hit it -- it was like, ‘All right. It makes sense.’”

So what happened? L.J. suggested instruction from Savannah hitting coach Valentino Pascucci and one particular home run made all the difference.

“Something clicked. I hit a home run to dead-center in Savannah. It was the farthest ball I’ve ever hit. That’s a pretty far poke,” said L.J., referring to the 410-foot dimension in center at Historic Grayson Stadium, which also has a higher-than-average wall. “I didn’t really gear up for it or anything. It was a one-motion, smooth swing. It was on time and through it.

“Pascucci, he helped me so much. Basically what he stresses is being on time. And then, when you’re on time, just stay through it, no matter where it is, if it’s in your ‘box.’ I got a middle-in fastball and I was thinking away and I was on time and smooth through the ball and all of a sudden it just clicked from there -- that’s all it is, is being on time and staying through the baseball. If you’ve got two strikes, you’ve got to expand the zone a little bit. That was the big key.”

Lee has seen his son play twice this year, double-dipping on official Yankees business while playing dad, too. He was there for Savannah’s Opening Day and also a couple of weeks ago when the Gnats played at Charleston, the Yankees’ affiliate in the South Atlantic League.

A second baseman for the bulk of his pro career, L.J. also did appear in 14 games at shortstop during the first half with the Gnats.

“Just to expand my versatility out there,” he said. “I played short my whole life, until about my sophomore year of college. There was this kid Nick Ahmed [at UConn], who last year was the Gold Glove shortstop of all the minor leagues, so I had no chance in college then. But I definitely learned a lot from him.”

L.J. said one lesson he has learned as a pro is that while it’s a long year, every at-bat counts.

As L.J. spoke on Monday afternoon at Tradition Field, he was wearing a white bracelet on his left wrist that read: “Fred L. Mazzilli Foundation.” Named for Lee’s older brother, who passed away two years ago from lung cancer, the one-year-old foundation sponsors free screening tests for lung cancer at the New York Methodist Hospital.

“For just a first step it’s amazing,” L.J. said. “We’re trying to keep going with that into the future.”

Organization leaders

Average: Emmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .467; Dionis Rodriguez, GCL Mets, .444; Brandon Brosher, Kingsport, .421; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .359; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .359; Alfredo Reyes, GCL Mets, .353; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .350; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .340; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas; .326; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .319.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 13; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 10; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 10; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 10.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 52; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 51; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 49; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 46; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 46.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 16; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 15; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 15; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 11; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 10.

ERA: Kevin Canelon, GCL Mets, 0.00; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 0.00; Blake Taylor, GCL Mets, 0.00; Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 0.69; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 0.84; Martires Arias, Kingsport, 1.04; Yoryi Nuez, Kingsport, 1.69; Logan Taylor, GCL Mets, 1.80; John Gant, Savannah, 2.13; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.39.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 8; John Gant, Savannah, 7; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 7.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 79; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 70; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 68; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 67; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 66.

Short hops

Brandon Brosher is not letting a conversion to full-time catching affect his production at the plate. Brosher, an outfielder and first baseman in high school in Florida who did not begin catching until last fall's instructional league, has slugged four homers through his opening five games with Kingsport, although four of the starts have come as DH. He is hitting .421 with four homers and seven RBIs through 19 at-bats and was recognized as the season’s first Appalachian League Player of the Week. In his lone start at catcher so far, Brosher did have one passed ball, and Kingsport’s starter was charged with two wild pitches. The 19-year-old Brosher was a 36th-round pick in 2013. He had committed to Oral Roberts, but was enticed to go pro with a $167,500 signing bonus. The Mets believed he would grow into power, and it has come quicker than expected.

• Left-hander Blake Taylor, the player to be named in the Ike Davis deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, made his organization debut Tuesday. After Dillon Gee handled the first two innings in a rehab start, Taylor entered and tossed four scoreless innings. He limited the Gulf Coast League Marlins to one hit and three walks while striking out seven in four innings. Taylor, 18, was drafted by the Pirates in the second round last year out of high school in Dana Point, Calif.

Noah Syndergaard is not having an exceptional year for a top prospect. He is 6-4 with a 4.98 ERA in 13 starts for Las Vegas and twice has been injured. So why is he joining catcher Kevin Plawecki at the Futures Game at Target Field? A Mets official said Futures Game organizers select the players, not the individual clubs, although an organization can nix someone for health or other legitimate reasons. Plawecki, newly promoted, is due to join Las Vegas on Thursday.

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Minors 6.23.14: Taijeron HR paces B-Mets

June, 24, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, MEMPHIS 5 (10 innings): Matt den Dekker produced a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Cesar Puello and den Dekker had raced home on the same wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as Vegas tied the score at 5 and sent the game to extra innings. After inheriting a runner on first and a one-run lead from starter Logan Verrett in the top of the inning, Scott Rice ultimately surrendered a three-run homer to Scott Moore as Memphis took a 5-3 lead. Travis d'Arnaud flied out in his lone at-bat before being informed he was being called up. Juan Centeno entered for d'Arnaud as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning. A walk to Josh Satin with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth -- the fourth walk of the inning by Memphis -- had given Vegas a 3-2 lead. Satin's fourth-inning throwing error had allowed Randal Grichuk to reach base. Oscar Taveras followed with a run-scoring double against 51s starter Logan Verrett. Trailing 2-0, Vegas evened the score in the sixth on Brandon Allen's two-run single. Verrett limited Memphis to three runs (two earned) on five hits in eight-plus innings. That included one run surrendered by Rice on the homer. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, READING 8: Travis Taijeron launched a three-run homer in a six-run first inning, Brian Burgamy homered twice to increase his team-leading total to 13 and

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Dustin Lawley contributed a solo shot. The B-Mets scored in each of the first six innings en route to their sixth win in seven games. Rehabbing Juan Lagares played all nine innings in center field and went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. Reading scratched out an early lead against Binghamton starter Rainy Lara. Peter Lavin hit a 1-1 pitch over right-field wall to make the score 1-0. The next batter, Aaron Altherr, doubled and scored on a single by Jake Fox to put the Fightin Phils on top, 2-0. Binghamton cashed in on Jesse Biddle’s wildness in the bottom half. After the southpaw walked three of the first four batters of the frame, Jayce Boyd blooped an RBI single and Darrell Ceciliani threaded a run-producing hit to the right side. Following Lawley's sac fly, Taijeron hammered a pitch to left field to make it a 6-2 ballgame. The B-Mets picked up where they left off in the second inning. Lagares singled to start things off and moved to third on a throwing error by Biddle. Dilson Herrera doubled to plate Lagares. The next batter, Burgamy, hit a two-run shot to extend the lead to 9-2. Lara went 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs on six hits in his first game back from the disabled list. Biddle (3-9) gave up 10 runs in three innings and walked three in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, JUPITER 4: Jupiter put the first two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism, but the Brian Schneider-managed Hammerheads opted not to

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have Colin Moran bunt. Instead, Moran flied out to center. Paul Sewald entered and induced Blake Barber to fly out. Sharif Othman then grounded out to shortstop Gavin Cecchini to strand the tying run at second base. The Mets, now winners of nine of their last 10 games, trailed 3-1 in the sixth. Cam Maron blasted a two-run double against Matt Milroy to even the score. Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a two-run single. The Hammerheads scored an unearned run against Tim Peterson in the bottom half to move within a run. Peterson recovered by striking out Terrence Dayleg with the bases loaded to end the inning. Robert Coles pitched a scoreless seventh and recorded two outs in the eighth. Chism came on and got the final out of the frame by striking out Viosergy Rosa with the tying run at third. Kevin McGowan earned the victory in his St. Lucie debut. He gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings. All three runs came in the fifth. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second on Gilbert Gomez's sac fly. That score held until the fifth. Rehabbing Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich drove in Noah Perio to tie the score at 1. Three batters later, Matt Juengel gave the Hammerheads a 3-1 lead with a two-run triple. Maron extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Sewald recorded his second save in two outings. Box

SAVANNAH at CHARLESTON (ppd.)

BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Church allowed four runs on 10 hits, a walk and two hit batters in four innings. Reliever Ruben Reyes allowed three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He surrendered one hit -- a homer -- one walk and hit one batter. Brandon Brosher had a two-run homer -- his fourth long ball in 15 at-bats this season with Kingsport. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (10 innings): Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out eight, but the Cyclones fell in extra innings. In the top of the 10th, with Scarlyn Reyes pitching his third inning in relief, Coty Blanchard singled with two outs and stole second. Clayton Henning then doubled to left-center to plate the game's lone run. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 3: Starter Adrian Almeida tossed three scoreless innings. Waldo Rodriguez earned the win with a scoreless fourth. Bret Mitchell completed the game with two no-hit innings. Alfredo Reyes, Manuel Hilario and Gregory Valencia had two RBIs apiece. Box

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Morning Briefing: A day to exhale

June, 23, 2014
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PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.

FIRST PITCH: The Mets exhale Monday with a day off before opening a brief two-game homestand against the American League West-leading Oakland Athletics (47-29).

The Mets originally lined up to draw Sonny Gray in Tuesday’s 7:10 p.m. opener. Instead, the A’s will delay the 24-year-old Gray’s next start until Saturday in Miami to conserve his innings.

So Scott Kazmir will pitch for the first time in Queens on Tuesday, opposite Bartolo Colon. Kazmir was signed by Oakland for two years, $22 million after Colon departed for a two-year, $20 million deal with the Mets.

Zack Wheeler now faces left-hander Brad Mills on Wednesday. The Mets then head out again for a trip to Pittsburgh and Atlanta.

Monday’s news reports:

• Seven Mets starters had multi-hit games and Jonathon Niese, with unaccustomed run support, won his first game in a month as the Mets beat the Marlins, 11-5, on Sunday. The Mets, who even pulled off a successful suicide squeeze on Niese’s bunt, won three of four games in the series.

Mets players have been celebrating hits by waving towels in the dugout. And the practice has been picking up steam. The team had a season-high-matching 17 hits Sunday.

“We started thinking about it, and it popped right from my memory of the Bulls and their three-peat championship -- Cliff Levingston or Stacey King out there waving a towel all the time,” Curtis Granderson told reporters postgame. “It just popped in my head, and we’ll do that when we get a hit. We started doing it and then a couple other guys did it and now we just needed the guy on the base to do it back. Then it got a little bigger. Now we’ve seen the guys in the bullpen doing it and some of the fans in the stands are doing it.”

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• The San Diego Padres fired GM Josh Byrnes, and elevated Omar Minaya to an interim position helping lead the baseball-operations department. Read the news story at ESPN.com.

Juan Lagares is due to play with Double-A Binghamton on Monday as his rehab assignment continues. Lagares is expected to be activated later this week.

Travis d'Arnaud, who is expected to be promoted during the Oakland series, struck out as a pinch hitter and Zack Thornton surrendered two runs in the 11th as Las Vegas lost to Memphis, 7-5. Eudy Pina and L.J. Mazzilli had two doubles apiece as St. Lucie beat Jupiter, 10-6, in a rain-shortened game. Brandon Brosher and Ivan Wilson homered in Kingsport’s 5-2 win against Bluefield. Gaither Burmgardner tossed four scoreless relief innings to earn a save as Brooklyn beat Aberdeen, 2-1. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• A team insider told ESPNNewYork.com that team officials were still weighing which catcher -- Anthony Recker or Taylor Teagarden -- would be dropped once d’Arnaud is promoted. Read more in the Daily News.

• Zach Braziller in the Post reviews Nelson Cruz’s accomplishments since the Mets did not sign him this offseason.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear advises taking things one game, one inning and one pitch at a time.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Juan Castillo, who made his only two major league starts for the Mets, was born in Venezuela, on this date in 1970.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Have you forgiven the Mets for trading Scott Kazmir?

Minors 6.22.14: Pina, Maz double doubles

June, 22, 2014
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MEMPHIS 7, LAS VEGAS 5 (11 innings): Randal Grichuk produced a tiebreaking two-run double against Zack Thornton in the top of the 11th. The 51s had rallied from a 5-0 deficit, tying the score with a four-run seventh that was capped by Josh Satin's RBI double. Satin finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three doubles. Recently promoted Matt Reynolds finished 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI. Travis d'Arnaud struck out as a pinch hitter in the 11th, dipping his Triple-A batting average to .444. Starter Joel Carreno pitched five innings in a no-decision. He allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out two. Box

BOWIE 2, BINGHAMTON 0: Zach Davies tossed seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets mustered three hits as their five-game winning streak ended. Kyle Johnson doubled on the second pitch of the game. He took third on a groundout, but was stranded after Kevin Plawecki lined out and Matt Clark bounced out. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman stumbled in the third. David Adams singled and K.D. Kang walked with two outs. Niuman Romero then produced an RBI single. Following Johnson’s double, Davies retired 10 straight B-Mets. Binghamton threatened to break through against Davies in the fourth. Plawecki reached after getting hit by a pitch and Clark walked. With two on and one out, though, Jayce Boyd sent a line drive to the right side. First baseman Christian Walker snared the drive in the air and fired to second to double off Plawecki, ending the inning. Kang jumped on the first pitch he saw from Bowman in the fifth and cleared the right-field wall for his sixth homer and a 2-0 lead. Davies did not allow another hit after Johnson’s first-inning double. In fact, he prevented the B-Mets from hitting any balls out of the infield. Binghamton had a final threat in the ninth. Brian Burgamy had a leadoff double against Oliver Drake and Plawecki singled. Drake struck out the next two hitters and induced Darrell Ceciliani to ground out to end the game. Bowman (5-5) allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, JUPITER 6 (8 innings): St. Lucie clubbed 19 hits, one shy of its season high, and won the rain-shortened game. Eudy Pina and L.J. Mazzilli laced two doubles apiece. Pina, Gavin Cecchini and Maikis De La Cruz had three-hit games. Jairo Perez had three RBIs. The Mets tagged Jake Esch for four runs in the second inning. Gilbert Gomez, Pina and Cecchini lined run-scoring doubles in the frame. Jupiter snapped a 39-inning scoreless drought when Domingo Tapia threw a wild pitch that allowed Matt Juengel to score in the second. The Hammerheads cut their deficit to 4-2 on Noah Perio's RBI groundout later in the frame. In the third, De La Cruz put the Mets up 5-2 with his second RBI single. Mazzilli doubled to plate Pina in the fourth and Perez followed with a sac fly to make it 7-2. Mazzilli collected his second RBI double in the eighth, against Brad Mincey. Perez then singled home two runs to put the Mets up 10-4. Colin Moran cut the Hammerheads deficit to four runs with a two-run homer against Seth Lugo in the eighth, but a severe thunderstorm ended any rally chance. Jupiter lost its ninth consecutive game. Tapia (3-6) surrendered three runs on seven hits in five innings. Box

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 3: Chris Flexen allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings and Paul Paez surrendered four runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Colton Plaia went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in the loss. Plaia and Nelfi Zapata each had errors as Greenville posted a combined six runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BLUEFIELD 2: Brandon Brosher and Ivan Wilson each had solo homers in a three-run third inning as Kingsport took a 5-0 lead. Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed one run on one hit and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, ABERDEEN 1: Michael Bernal's solo homer in the fourth broke a 1-all tie. Starter Carlos Valdez allowed one run in five innings. Gaither Bumgardner handled the final four innings, blanking Aberdeen while allowing one hit and one walk and striking out five. Box

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Morning Briefing: Kaz in Queens looms

June, 22, 2014
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Ben Margot/Associated PressScott Kazmir is coming to town this week with the Oakland Athletics.
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets will not be home for long, but they will get to head to NYC for a few days after completing a series at Marlins Park on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67 ERA) opposes rookie right-hander/New Jersey native Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60).

The Mets are off Monday, then host the Oakland Athletics in a two-game series.

Scott Kazmir will pitch in Queens on Wednesday for the first time since he infamously was traded away by the Mets on July 30, 2004. He will be opposite Zack Wheeler.

Those two pitchers actually lined up last September in Cleveland, in Kazmir’s first-ever matchup against the Mets. Kazmir tossed six scoreless innings that day, striking out 12 in an 8-1 win by the Indians.

After the two-game series against the A’s at Citi Field, the Mets ship out to Pittsburgh and Atlanta to complete a stretch in which they will have played 25 of 33 on the road.

Sunday’s news reports:

• In his eighth major league start, rookie Jacob deGrom finally earned his first career win. DeGrom tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia as the Mets shut out the Marlins, 4-0. David Wright went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Lucas Duda added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Wright has a six-game hitting streak and has driven in a run in five straight games. He is hitting .435 (10-for-23) with two homers during the mini-spurt. Mets pitchers have a 1.27 ERA in the past five games.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Times, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• Read more on Wright in the Daily News.


Koji Sasahara/Associated PressWould the Mets actually fork over big money for Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas? That remains to be seen.


• Will the Mets open up their wallets and pursue Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas? Writes Mike Puma in the Post:

General manager Sandy Alderson said it’s too early to say if he will pursue Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas. But Alderson clearly seems intrigued by the 23-year-old.

“A corner outfielder with power?” Alderson said, smiling.

Tomas must establish legal residency and clear hurdles with the State Department before he can sign with a club, according to Alderson.

• Terry Collins has heard that MLB will institute a must-slide rule on contested plays at the plate next season. Read more on plate collisions and the Mets’ Friday dispute in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Juan Lagares (side muscle) played a full game in center field and went 0-for-4 in his second rehab appearance in the Gulf Coast League.

Jeremy Hefner plans to throw breaking balls off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery as well as increase his fastball velocity to near-normal levels during a throwing session Sunday at Marlins Park. Hefner, who underwent the procedure last Aug. 28, expects to be available to pitch in the majors this season. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Kaja Whitehouse in the Post wonders if embattled Mets minority owner Steve Cohen will be forced to sell his investment in the club.

• “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO will do a segment featuring Darryl Strawberry on Tuesday at 10 p.m. The program visits Strawberry and his wife Tracy Boulware Strawberry in St. Louis.

The 52-year-old Strawberry is now an ordained minister and founder of a recovery center for substance-abuse users. He discusses losing his entire baseball earnings, drug addiction, two bouts with colon cancer and jail time.

Strawberry tells the program he became a heroin user after his playing career.

“It was like I was completely out of my mind, sittin' there for four or five days, smokin' crack,” he says. “Doesn't matter if you Darryl Strawberry or, you know, you the richest man on earth. When -- if you're addicted, it will take you to places that you could never imagine.”

Strawberry and his future wife met at a Narcotics Anonymous convention, according to the program. She had her demons in check. He did not.

“The clothes are just hanging off of his body. He's sitting in a chair and he's like part of the fabric in the chair. He looks like the walking dead,” Mrs. Strawberry now says. “He told me not to get involved with him. ‘Girl, you have no idea what you're gettin' yourself into.’ He said, ‘You stay with me and I'm gonna take you through.’

“There were several times where he would go out to use and he would call me on the phone and just say, ‘I’m done. I can't do it anymore. I can't get well. I just -- there's no hope for a person like me. I’m tryin’ everything. Nothin’s enough. Love is not enough.’ He said, ‘I’m gonna use tonight until I die.’

“I’m running out and I’m banging down crack-house doors and I’m pulling him outta places that I used to be in.”

The future Mrs. Strawberry resolved at that point to leave Florida and head to her native St. Louis. Recalling how she told her parents, she said: “I call them halfway into the drive, ‘Mom and Dad, I'm coming home.’ And they're ecstatic. They're happy. They're crying. And, ‘By the way … I’m bringing Darryl Strawberry with me.’”

• Noah Syndergaard allowed two homers and five runs in 6 2/3 innings with Las Vegas. Steven Matz allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut, but the B-Mets rallied for a 7-6 win against Bowie. Michael Fulmer was struck with a line drive on the left forearm and departed after three pitches in Game 1 of a doubleheader. St. Lucie lost the opener, but rebounded for a 2-0 win against Fort Myers in Game 2 behind Matt Koch’s 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

Champ Stuart stole the show in the 11th as Savannah beat Greenville, 7-6. Brandon Brosher had two homers in Kingsport’s 9-5 win against Danville.

Cory Mazzoni (lat) and Luis Mateo (elbow) both pitched in their first official games since suffering injuries as the GCL Mets were blanked by the GCL Nats, 8-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Outfielder Luke Bonfield, the Mets’ 21st-round pick, tweeted he will attend the University of Arkansas rather than sign with the Mets. Dale Burdick, the 40th-round pick, tweeted he will sign with the Mets. Fifteenth-round pick Gabriel Llanes, a prep right-hander from California, signed entering the weekend, he tweeted.

Burdick, a high school shortstop selected in the final round, will receive a $150,000 signing bonus to lure him away from attending Mississippi State, Chip Cirillo writes in the Tennessean. Burdick told the newspaper the Mets originally offered $100,000, but decided to give him an extra $50,000 since they had the sum remaining after agreeing to the monetary terms with first-round pick Michael Conforto. An agreement with Conforto has not yet been announced.

• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin explains how B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez will attempt to juggle his overcrowded roster with the addition of five highly regarded prospects from St. Lucie.

• The St. Lucie Mets have been awarded the 2015 Florida State League All-Star Game. It will be played on June 20 at Tradition Field.

• Terry Collins explained why umpire Gary Cederstrom laughed before ejecting the manager on June 11 at Citi Field.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear decides it could do without most of the current Mets. ... Faith and Fear also noticed the arrival of summer coincided with deGrom's arrival in the win column.

BIRTHDAYS: Former catcher Ron Hodges turns 65. ... Ex-Mets outfielder Willie Harris is 36. ... Binghamton outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, who is just returning from a concussion, is 24. ... Savannah right-hander Miller Diaz (5-1, 2.40 ERA) is 22.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Is a must-slide rule at the plate sensible in Major League Baseball?

Minors 6.21.14: K-Mets' Brosher two homers

June, 21, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 11, MEMPHIS 5: Noah Syndergaard surrendered a two-run homer to Xavier Scruggs in a three-run first by the Redbirds. Syndergaard dominated for a while after Scruggs' longball, retiring the next 16 batters as Vegas raced to an 8-3 lead. However, Stephen Piscotty singled to open the seventh and Pete Kozma launched a two-run homer with one out in the frame. So Syndergaard ultimately was charged with five runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking none in 6 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI and is hitting .453 in Triple-A. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a five-run third. Cesar Puello finished 2-for-3 with a homer, five RBIs and a walk. Ex-Met Pedro Feliciano tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Redbirds. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, BOWIE 6: Left-hander Steven Matz allowed five runs on seven hits and

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two walks in 5 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut. Relievers Ryan Fraser, Adam Kolarek and Cody Satterwhite then limited Bowie to one run the rest of the way as the B-Mets rallied for their 11th win in 12 games. Trailing 5-3, Binghamton took the lead with a three-run seventh against Anthony Vasquez. Kevin Plawecki deposited an RBI double into the right-field corner, cutting Bowie’s lead to one. Jayce Boyd followed by plating Plawecki with the tying run on a double. Three batters later, Boyd scampered home with the go-ahead run when reliever Steven Hensley uncorked a wild pitch. The B-Mets tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Kyle Johnson reached safely with a two-out double when his innocent popup behind second fell to the outfield turf. Plawecki brought him home by threading a single into left field. Bowie had one last gasp offensively in the eighth. Rehabbing Oriole Nolan Reimold doubled against Kolarek and his pinch-runner, Johnny Ruettiger, scored on consecutive groundouts to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Satterwhite took the reins in the ninth and posted a perfect inning, fanning Garabez Rosa to lock down his third save. Fraser (1-0) retired all four Baysox he faced after replacing Matz in the sixth to pick up his first win. Box

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 0: Game 1 starter Michael Fulmer took a line drive off the forearm on his left, glove hand on his third pitch of the game. The baseball was hit so hard

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by Jorge Polanco that it ricocheted into right field. Fulmer did not suffer a fracture, Paul DePodesta said. Julian Hilario took over. Polanco, who was safe at first on the single, scored on Lance Ray’s sac fly later in the inning. Adam Brett Walker scored Fort Myers’ second run on a wild pitch by Jake Kuebler in the fourth. Ray added a two-out RBI double against Kuebler in the fifth. In Game 2, Matt Koch pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and combined with recently demoted T.J. Chism as well as Paul Sewald on a four-hit shutout. Koch (7-2) surrendered a leadoff single in the first inning and issued a one-out walk. He then got Walker to ground into an inning-ending double play. That started a streak of 15 straight batters retired. The Mets scored their opening run in the second inning against Steven Gruver. With one out and runners on the corners, Maikis De La Cruz bunted back to Gruver, who tried to throw home to retire Gilbert Gomez. Instead, Gomez slid in safely. Jairo Perez drove in the second run when his fifth-inning infield single with two outs plated Eudy Pina. Koch ran into trouble in the sixth when he gave up back-to-back hits with one out. He induced Aderling Mejia to fly out. Chism then recorded the final out of the sixth when Nate Roberts grounded out. Sewald pitched around a two-out single in the seventh to earn his first save. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 7, GREENVILLE 6 (11 innings): Champ Stuart walked, stole second, advanced to third on a flyout and scored the go-ahead run on Victor Cruzado's single in the top of the 11th. Akeel Morris issued a two-out walk, then completed a scoreless bottom half to record his fourth save. Nelfi Zapata, Stefan Sabol and Jeff Glenn each went 3-for-5. Glenn drove in four runs. Zapata had three doubles. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs on 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Box

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KINGSPORT 9, DANVILLE 5: Brandon Brosher, a 36th-round pick out of high school in Florida in 2013, had a pair of two-run homers and finished 3-for-4. Eudor Garcia, the Mets' fourth-round pick out of junior college in Texas this month, went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Starter Yoan Gonzalez limited Danville to two runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings. Box

BROOKLYN 3, ABERDEEN 1 (11 innings): Marcos Molina, Edioglis Villasmil and Juan Urbina combined to toss a two-hit shutout with no walks through 10 innings as the game remained scoreless. In the top of the 11th, Brooklyn (7-2) took a 1-0 lead on Stefan Crichton's wild pitch, which plated Tucker Tharp. Michael Bernal had an RBI single and Tyler Moore scored on Jhoan Urena's bunt to complete the three-run frame. Shane Bay surrendered two singles and a sac fly to open the bottom half but nonetheless recorded his third save. Rehabbing Oriole Dylan Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011, started for Aberdeen. He limited the Cyclones to two hits and a walk while striking out nine in five innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 0: Cory Mazzoni, who suffered a strained right lat muscle

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in the final Grapefruit League game, appeared in an official game for the first time since suffering the injury as the Mets were prepared to break camp. The former second-round pick out of NC State allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in four innings. Luis Mateo, a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, relieved Mazzoni and was charged with five runs (one earned) in 1 1/3 innings in his first official game action since the elbow procedure. Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 and played a full game in center field in his second rehab appearance. The Mets produced only three hits -- singles by John Mora, Dionis Rodriguez and Enmanuel Zabala. Box

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Farm report: LSU's Moore catching on

June, 18, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Tyler Moore split duties at LSU between catcher, first base and third base. He will have a singular focus as a professional.

The Mets, who have assigned Moore to the Brooklyn Cyclones, have resolved to solely use the sixth-round pick behind the plate. And that’s just fine with the 21-year-old native of Baton Rouge, La.

Moore made his pro debut Saturday, going 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored as the DH in the Cyclones’ season-opening 8-2 win against Staten Island. He started at catcher for the first time Monday.


Courtesy of Brooklyn CyclonesTyler Moore


“I’m definitely looking forward to that -- just really to be precise in catching, really be great at it,” Moore said. “Instead of having to work at multiple positions, now I can just focus on one. It will give me the opportunity to get even better at that position.

“I think my whole life it’s really been something that I loved, even though I didn’t do it all the time. In high school it became a primary position for me. That’s really the first time I was a catcher.”

As for which skills he most wants to hone behind the plate, Moore added: “I think the biggest thing is throwing. Moving into pro ball, calling your own games and getting to know the pitchers as well -- just building some bonds with the pitchers and getting to know their tendencies and what they want.”

Moore grew up less than 15 minutes from the LSU campus and rarely missed a home football game, even before enrolling there. He joked that a big difference in New York for him is no swamps or alligators. (No, he did not grow up on a bayou.)

“I’m not used to taking the subway to the field, stuff like that,” he said. “It’s fun. It’s a new experience.”

Moore had a major role in Stony Brook’s first-ever College World Series berth. In the opening game of that best-of-three Super Regional in Baton Rouge in 2012, Moore -- a freshman -- homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to re-tie the score in what became a 12-inning win for the SEC powerhouse. Stony Brook went on to win the Super Regional in three games.

“It was a school that wasn’t supposed to be there,” Moore recalled. “They just came over there and they acted like it was their stadium and it was their ballgame. That was probably the biggest thing about the Super Regional. They came in with confidence and they played their game and they just flat-out beat us.”

As for his game-tying extra-inning homer, Moore added: “That was definitely one of the best experiences of my college career. It’s definitely up there in the top two or three. It helped my confidence going forward, knowing that I came through in the late innings, and knowing that I could do it in the future.”

Moore had enrolled at LSU after going undrafted out of high school.

“A lot of scouts knew that LSU was in my backyard and I had grown up watching it,” Moore said. “The biggest dream of mine is to play in the big leagues, but another dream was to play at LSU. I talked to a few scouts and told them I wanted to go to school unless the opportunity was there to play pro ball. It would have had to have been a pretty good opportunity to pass up LSU. I’m definitely glad I went there. It was an awesome experience. Now I’m glad that I’m getting my chance and I’m in pro ball.”

Organization leaders

Average: Joe Tuschak, Brooklyn, .375; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .365; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .356; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .341; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .332; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .329; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .322; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .307; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .307; Brandon Allen, Vegas, .297.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 11; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 10; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 10; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 10.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 48; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 47; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 45; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 44; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 44.

Steals: Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 15; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 14; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 14; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 9.

ERA: Gaither Bumgardner, Brooklyn, 0.00; Casey Meisner, Brooklyn, 0.00; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 0.00; Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.50; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.93; John Gant, Savannah, 2.12; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.14; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.21; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.90; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 3.63.

Wins: John Gant, Savannah, 7; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 7; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 11; Robert Coles, Savannah, 11; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 10; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 67; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 65; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 62; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 60; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 59.

Short hops

• With St. Lucie’s first half due to be completed Wednesday, promotions to Binghamton are imminent. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo and left-hander Steven Matz should be on the move to Double-A as soon as the end of the week. St. Lucie would win its first-half title in the Florida State League with a win and Fort Myers loss.

• After considering the rehab route, Jeff Walters underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday for the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Walters, a member of the 40-man roster, set Binghamton’s single-season and career records with 38 saves in 2013.

• The prolonged absence of Dillon Gee demonstrates side-muscle injuries can take a while, but Rafael Montero’s left oblique strain “doesn’t appear substantial,” a team official said. Montero left his last start with Las Vegas after five pitches.

• Outfielder Bradley Marquez will not be joining the Mets this summer. The Texas Tech wide receiver, who was splitting time between the Mets and college football, will remain in Lubbock and take classes this summer, although the Mets have not been informed he officially is giving up on baseball. Marquez, 21, was selected in the 11th round in 2011. He hit .250 with one homer, nine RBIs and three steals in 84 at-bats last season with Kingsport. He has one more season of college football eligibility. (See college football bio here.)

• Brooklyn manager Tom Gamboa offered high praise for two Cyclones standouts:

On 18-year-old Amed Rosario, who signed with the organization two summers ago out of the Dominican Republic for a franchise-record $1.75 million, Gamboa said: “He’s a five-tool player at shortstop. … It’s kind of ironic that his favorite player is Hanley Ramirez, because by the time he’s 21 or 22, that’s probably the type of player that his skill set is going to be. … I was with the Angels twice. In my first tenure I got to manage Erick Aybar at the Double-A level. In my second go-around I managed Jean Segura. And I love both of those guys. And they’re both not only in the big leagues, Segura has already been an All-Star. But Rosario has as much or more talent than both of those guys. And he’s only 18.”

On right-hander Casey Meisner, the Mets’ third-round pick out of high school in Texas last year, Gamboa said: “He couldn’t have possibly had a better spring down in Florida. He’s a young kid, one year removed from high school, but he throws 93 mph. He’s got a very good changeup. And in the spring he developed a pretty good curveball to go with it. So he’s got two real good pitches, and he’s developing the third. And for a youngster he’s got pretty good feel for the strike zone and dominant stuff.

“He reminds me a lot of a pitcher we had in my tenure with Kansas City -- he made the All-Star team one year, a guy name Mike MacDougal. They’re both tall, lanky, red-haired, freckle-faced guys that are blessed with God-given ability. But, fortunately, Meisner has better control than MacDougal ever did.”

• Kingsport opens its season Thursday. The roster is highlighted by 19-year-old Wuilmer Becerra, the outfielder acquired from Toronto with Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard in the R.A. Dickey trade. Becerra hit .243 with one homer and 25 RBIs in 173 at-bats in the Gulf Coast League in 2013. Players assigned to Kingsport from this month’s draft include power-hitting third baseman Eudor Garcia (fourth round) and right-handers Jim Duff (20th) and Matt Blackham (29th).

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Farm report: Satterwhite back on radar

May, 14, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Within a year of being drafted in the second round by the Detroit Tigers out of Ole Miss in 2008, right-hander Cody Satterwhite had risen to Double-A.

Five years, two shoulder surgeries and a stop in independent ball later, he is back in the Eastern League, this time with the Binghamton Mets.

More of a pitcher this time around because of maturity and somewhat diminished velocity, the 27-year-old Satterwhite opened the season with 10 straight scoreless relief appearances spanning 16 2/3 innings for the B-Mets.

He currently is 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA (2 ER, 20.1 IP) through 13 appearances. Opponents are hitting .169 against him. He has allowed 11 hits, 10 walks and hit one batter while striking out 18.


Courtesy of New York MetsCody Satterwhite


“It is gratifying, just because of the path I took with two surgeries and then having to go to indy ball,” Satterwhite said. “… The whole process, it’s helped me in the long run.”

The Mets, like other organizations, scout the independent leagues for talent. Still, Satterwhite believes his teammate with the Sioux City X’s in the independent American Association last season, Wally Backman Jr., put a good word in to his father -- Triple-A manager Wally Backman -- and got him on the Mets’ radar.

After producing a 0.65 ERA and one save in 27 2/3 innings last season with Sioux City, the Mets purchased his rights. Satterwhite finished the year with St. Lucie, producing a 2-2 record and 2.78 ERA in 22 2/3 innings.

“I got hurt at the end of the year, had shoulder problems,” Satterwhite recalled about his Double-A season in 2009 with Erie. “I went to big-league camp [the next spring training] and just fell apart in big-league camp, trying to do too much, not telling anybody I was hurt. I ended up having labrum surgery in 2010. I didn’t have the surgery until July 2010. I missed that season.

“I came back in July [2011]. It was one year from my surgery. I missed that season. By then it had been two years. From the surgery, my arm just kind of stayed tight. I would throw, and then I’d have to sit out a couple of days, being too sore. Finally, in 2012, I ended up having another surgery to clean up the scar tissue in the shoulder. That’s when the Tigers released me.

“I told myself, if the surgery works, I’ll give it another try. If it’s meant to be, then I’ll continue to play baseball. If I can’t come back from it, then at least I can function in the everyday world. I had the surgery and my arm felt great. After the surgery I was throwing within one month. I was on the mound in a couple of months. I was taking it real slow to make sure I was ready to go back and show teams.

“That offseason, I threw in front of some teams. With the track history -- I hadn’t thrown [competitively] in three years – all of them said you’d have to show us that you’re healthy, that you can throw back-to-back days and put up some numbers.

“The best bet was to go to indy ball. I got picked up by Sioux City. I had a guy that I played with, with the Tigers, Josh Rainwater, was actually on the team. He put in a word for me and they picked me up and I was in Sioux City in 2013.”

Before the shoulder surgeries ever arose, Satterwhite’s fastball used to register 96-98 mph. Now he sits at 91-95 mph, with a slider and split-finger.

“I’ve been able to pitch better,” Satterwhite said. “As a hard thrower, you get into a rhythm of relying on it. I was in this league at 22. I was throwing very hard and I just relied on that to get me through. Some days I would do very well, and I’d get hit around the other games. Being able to pitch and know how to set up guys and know your role, and being able to throw back-to-back days and being healthy, I think that’s helped me a lot.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .392; Eric Campbell, Vegas, .355; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .333; Wilfredo Tovar, Binghamton, .333; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .329; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, .317; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .316; Zach Lutz, Vegas, .315; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .307; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .307.

Homers: Taylor Teagarden, Vegas, 8; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 7; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 6; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 6.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 36; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 33; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 31; Zach Lutz, Vegas, 30; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 27.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 9; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 8; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 7.

ERA: Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.09; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.25; John Gant, Savannah, 2.31; Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 2.58; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 2.88; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 3.03; Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 3.16; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.41; Rainy Lara, Binghamton, 3.48; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 3.67.

Wins: Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 4; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 4; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 4; John Gant, Savannah, 4; Rob Whalen, Savannah, 4.

Saves: Robert Coles, Savannah, 8; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 6; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 5; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie; 5.

Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 46; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 41; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 36; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 36; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 34.

Short hops

• Left-hander Josh Edgin (3-0, 4.97 ERA) has landed on the temporary inactive list with Las Vegas for a joyous reason. His wife gave birth Tuesday morning.

• Right-hander Tyler Bashlor, an 11th-round pick in 2013 out of South Georgia College, underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday.

• Savannah right-hander Rob Whalen (4-0, 1.80 ERA), who required a minor surgical procedure for an infection on his pitching hand, was due to get the stitches removed Wednesday morning.

• With Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero promoted, Vegas’ rotation needs an infusion. Giancarlo Alvarado will fill one rotation spot. The other is to be determined. Joel Carreño took a spot turn Monday in place of deGrom and was able to contribute a 72-pitch effort (3 ER in 5.2 IP). John Lannan still has not reported to the Triple-A club due to what Mets officials have labeled a family matter. Alvarado went 5-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 12 starts for Vegas last season after being added out of the Mexican League.

Vic Black’s control continues to be inconsistent. He has walked a combined five batters and issued a pair of wild pitches during his past two relief appearances. Despite a 1.74 ERA this season with the 51s, Black has walked 15 (one intentional) and hit a batter in 15 2/3 innings.

Cory Mazzoni should throw off a mound this weekend for the first time since leaving a spring-training game with what subsequently was diagnosed as a lat-muscle injury.

• Binghamton Right-hander Greg Peavey has been named Eastern League Pitcher of Week. Peavey, 25, has limited opponents to one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out 10 in 15 innings over his past two starts.

Amed Rosario, the 18-year-old shortstop given the organization’s largest-ever signing bonus for an international teenager ($1.75 million), is opening eyes at the team’s Florida complex. Rosario has a .385 average, .437 on-base percentage and 1.150 OPS in extended spring training games and may end up ticketed for Brooklyn, which opens play June 13 at Staten Island. Also getting positive reviews in extended spring training: Brandon Brosher, who has been converted from outfielder to catcher. Brosher, 19, is a 36th-round pick last year out of high school in Spring Hill, Fla. Even David Wright reportedly was impressed with Brosher’s power after taking batting practice with him in Port St. Lucie early this year.

Matt Koch, whose season prematurely ended last year when he was struck in the head with a line drive with Savannah, has tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings in his last two starts with St. Lucie. While the third-round pick in 2012 out of Louisville does not have “overwhelming” stuff, he does throw strikes and does not surrender “hard contact,” according to one observer. Koch has walked only 16 batters in 140 professional innings.

• Because Las Vegas has Allan Dykstra and Brandon Allen also capable of playing first base, Josh Satin may end up playing more second base than he has of late. In two games since his demotion, Satin has started a game apiece at first base and second base. Outfield is not a priority, but there’s a chance he could dabble there occasionally.

• Virgin Islands native Akeel Morris continues to dominate out of Savannah’s bullpen. The 21-year-old right-hander is 3-0, has struck out 34 and has not allowed a run in 20 2/3 innings this season. Morris’ team-high strikeout total leads runner-up John Gant by 3 Ks despite Morris tossing 15 fewer innings. Morris had mixed results as a starter earlier in his career, and is being given multi-inning outings out of the bullpen to allow for continued development. He still needs to throw more strikes, having walked 10, hit a batter and thrown two wild pitches.

• Binghamton catcher Kevin Plawecki has hit safely in a season-high nine straight games. He is batting .389 (14-for-36) during the stretch, with five multi-hit games.

• After posting a 9.64 ERA in his first three starts, right-hander Tyler Pill has a 1.15 ERA (2 ER, 15.2 IP) in his last three games. He's received the worst offensive support among Binghamton's starters (1.7 runs per game, including three shutout losses).

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 8.3.13: Glenn's homer lifts Gnats

August, 3, 2013
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MEMPHIS 4, LAS VEGAS 3: With the score tied at 3, Sean Henn issued a leadoff walk in the bottom of the eighth and departed. John Church then surrendered a single to Jamie Romak and sacrifice fly to Chad Huffman. Brian Bixler had a leadoff single in the ninth and advanced to second on Juan Centeno's sac bunt, but Francisco Pena and Kirk Nieuwenhuis consecutively were retired to end the game. The 51s had tied the score at 3 in the top of the eighth when Ruben Tejada walked, advanced to third on Wilmer Flores' single and scored on Zach Lutz's groundout. Flores manned third base for the second time this season. Jamie Hoffmann had a seventh-inning solo homer to pull Las Vegas (60-53) within 3-2. Jordany Valdespin completed serving a three-game suspension. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 2: Facing Nathan Karns, Danny Muno opened the game with a single and Travis d’Arnaud blasted a two-run homer. In the third, Muno walked and

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d’Arnaud doubled to put two runners in scoring position. Josh Rodriguez followed with a sacrifice fly for a 3-0 lead. Logan Verrett won his 10th game. He faced the minimum through 4 2/3 innings and struck out seven of the first 14 batters he faced. That streak ended when Jerad Head reached on a swinging bunt with two outs in the fifth. Brian Jeroloman followed with a line drive deep to left-center. Darrell Ceciliani and Alonzo Harris dove for it. They collided and Jeroloman ended up with an RBI triple. Destin Hood made it three hits in a row against Verrett when he hit a line drive down the left-field line. Ceciliani made another diving attempt, but it tipped off of his glove and Hood sprinted to third base for an RBI triple. Verrett escaped further damage by forcing Karns to fly out and departed the game in line for the victory. Chasen Bradford worked around two singles in a scoreless sixth. He returned in the seventh and worked a 1-2-3 frame. Chase Huchingson retired the first two batters in the eighth before allowing back-to-back singles. With the tying run in scoring position, he got Carlos Rivero to fly out. Jeff Walters posted his 32nd save. Box

ST. LUCIE 11, CLEARWATER 3: Cam Maron and Jayce Boyd had three RBIs apiece. Lucas Duda went 1-for-4 with a walk and scored twice and played seven innings in left field. Starter Michael Fulmer (1-2) earned his first Florida State League victory. He allowed three runs in six innings. Angel Cuan and T.J. Chism combined for three scoreless relief innings. Box

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SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 3: The Gnats overcame a one-run deficit over the final two frames. They evened the score at 3 in the eighth when Dimas Ponce doubled and Jorge Rivero plated him with a triple. Jeff Glenn then blasted a three-run homer in the ninth. Beck Wheeler tossed a perfect bottom half for his 13th save. Starter Steven Matz allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings. Box

JOHNSON CITY 5, KINGSPORT 3: Vaughn Bryan's two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth against Robert Coles accounted for the decisive runs, a half-inning after the K-Mets had tied the score at 3 with a pair of runs. Kingsport (25-17), which won 21 games in July, has lost two straight for the first time since June 30 and July 1. Kingsport struck first with back-to-back singles by Yeixon Ruiz and Victor Cruzado followed by a fielder's choice grounder by Jeyckol De Leon in the first. Johnson City answered in the fifth, with Steve Bean and Devante Lacy tallying back-to-back run-scoring hits against K-Mets starter Rob Whalen for a 2-1 lead. Justin Ringo produced a solo homer in the eighth against Coles to give Johnson City a two-run lead. The K-Mets evened the score at 3 in the bottom half on RBI doubles by Joe Tuschak and Michael Bernal. In the ninth, Johnson City loaded the bases with one out. After Coles then fanned pinch hitter J.J. Altobelli, Bryan hit a flare into right field that bounced past the diving Cruzado for a double. Whalen entered leading the Appalachian League in WHIP (0.88) and ranked third in ERA (1.36). He allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings in a no-decision. Box

BROOKLYN 7, JAMESTOWN 4: For the first time in nearly six weeks, the Cyclones (23-22) climbed above .500. John Gant allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks in five innings and earned the win. Gavin Cecchini went 4-for-5. Eddie Rohan had a two-run homer in the second. After Gant surrendered a run in the bottom half, Brooklyn responded with two runs in the third. Patrick Biondi and Cecchini singled and LJ Mazzilli grounded into a run-scoring double play. Alex Sanchez produced a run-scoring double to give Brooklyn a 4-1 lead. Jamestown struck for another run in the sixth because of an error by Gant. In a three-run seventh, Biondi had an RBI single. Cecchini then doubled, advancing Biondi to third. Mazzilli followed with a two-out, two-RBI single to give Brooklyn a 7-2 lead. The Jammers produced two runs in the eighth against John Mincone. Box

GCL NATIONALS 9, GCL METS 5 (6 innings): Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed six runs in one-plus innings in the rain-shortened game. Brandon Brosher had a two-run homer in the loss. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: Dykstra nails All-Star bid

July, 3, 2013
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Sandy Alderson and Paul DePodesta presided over the Padres when they drafted first baseman Allan Dykstra with the 23rd overall pick in the 2008 draft out of Wake Forest.

Having relocated to New York, they then acquired Dykstra at the end of spring training two years ago in a change-of-scenery deal with San Diego for reliever Eddie Kunz, the Mets’ top pick (42nd overall) in 2007.


Courtesy of New York MetsAllan Dykstra


Kunz now is out of baseball. Dykstra, meanwhile, is reestablishing himself with an All-Star season with Double-A Binghamton.

The 26-year-old first baseman is hitting .316 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs and has a .478 on-base percentage through 68 games. He will join B-Mets teammates Cesar Puello, Josh Rodriguez, Logan Verrett and Jeff Walters at the July 10 Eastern League All-Star Game in New Britain, Conn.

Asked if he feels back on the radar, Dykstra said: “I can’t personally say that. I hope that’s true. I’m having a great year. Personally, my confidence is back. I feel like I did when I got drafted, where I know what I’m doing with my swing. It’s not really up to me to decide if I’m back on the radar or not.”

Dykstra grew up a Padres fan in San Diego. He even attended the 1998 World Series in which his hometown team was swept by the Yankees.

When the March 29, 2011 trade occurred, though, Dykstra welcomed the change of scenery to jumpstart his career. Dykstra acknowledged he had been outplayed by a trio of other first-base farmhands with the Padres -- Nate Freiman (now a major leaguer with the A’s), Cody Decker and Matt Clark.

“When I got traded, I think it was more a fresh start,” Dykstra said. “I kind of felt like I was getting a little lost with the Padres. It wasn’t even really their fault. There were a bunch of guys they had playing first base -- a couple of them are in the big leagues now -- that were just outplaying me. I kind of got lost in the shuffle, and I wasn’t putting up the numbers that they thought I could and that I knew I could put up. Getting traded really opened a new opportunity for me.”

The lefty-hitting, righty-throwing Dykstra genuinely is looking forward to the Eastern League All-Star Game, even though the selection comes in his third year in the league. His 2012 season was stalled for a couple of months earlier in the year by a fractured left wrist, which he suffered reaching into the runner for a throw from pitcher Darin Gorski.

“This All-Star Game is awesome. It’s the first in my minor league career,” Dykstra said. “I’m really excited about attending this one. I just hope after that I will move up. That’s out of my control.”

Something will have to give with Dykstra soon if the Mets have any plans for him. He is eligible to be a minor league free agent after the season if he is not added to the 40-man roster.

“I would like to continue playing baseball hopefully with the Mets,” Dykstra said. “And if not, it’s just the way the game works. On a personal level, I would love Las Vegas and being close to my family. I’ve been on the East Coast playing for the last couple of years.”

As for the question he is most often asked: No, he is not related to Lenny Dykstra.

“Oh, man. My whole life I’ve been asked that a bunch,” the B-Met said. “I’m from California. Lenny Dykstra is from California. The first year I got traded over here, with Wally [Backman] being my manager, because Wally and Lenny were good friends and teammates, I think that was the most I’ve ever been asked. [Teammate] Mark Cohoon was telling me I think he gets it more than I do from people in the stands getting curious [while he is charting other starting pitchers]. I almost wanted to put it on the scoreboard to clarify and save some people some questions.”

Organization leaders

Average: Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, .366; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .331; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, .320; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .320; Jhoan Urena, GCL Mets, .320; Jeff Diehl, Kingsport, .319; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .316; Josh Satin, Vegas, .305; Jorge Rivero, Brooklyn, .302; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .300.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 16; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 15; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 15; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 12.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 64; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 60; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, 57; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 55.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 18; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 16; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 16; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 12; Danny Muno, Binghamton, 10.

ERA: Carlos Gomez, Kingsport, 0.00; Rob Whalen, Kingsport, 0.79; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 1.79; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.44; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 2.45; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.89; Michael Fulmer, GCL Mets, 3.00; Noah Syndergaard, Binghamton, 3.01; Luis Cessa, Savannah, 3.14; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 3.14.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 9; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 8; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 8; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 7; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 7.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 21; Bret Mitchell, St. Lucie, 10; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 9; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 6; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 96; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 87; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 84; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 82; Noah Syndergaaard, Binghamton, 80.

Short hops

Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero are expected to start opposite each other in the July 12 Futures Game at Citi Field. Of course, it helps that Mookie Wilson (USA) and Edgardo Alfonzo (World) will manage the squads. 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo also will be part of the game after being voted in by fans.

Wilmer Flores will represent Las Vegas and the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game, which will be held July 17 at Reno. Flores went 5-for-6 Tuesday to up his average to .320 with 10 homers and a league-leading 64 RBIs.

• Puello, the B-Mets outfielder, had a sizzling June. He hit .441 with eight homers and 24 RBIs in 17 games during the month. Puello currently has a 0.996 OPS for the season -- having just dipped under 1.000. Matt Wieters (2008) and Pedro Alvarez (’09) are the only players younger than 23 in the Eastern League since ’06 who had an OPS of at least 1.000 for a season while getting 250 plate appearances, according to the Mets.

• Walters, a seventh-round pick in 2010 from the University of Georgia, converted his 21st save in 23 chances Tuesday. He is the first B-Met to reach the 20-save plateau since Kunz had 27 in 2008. The Binghamton saves record is 28, by Jerrod Riggan in 2000.

Ruben Tejada, technically on a rehab assignment, joined Las Vegas on Tuesday. He had a pinch-hit RBI double in his debut and should start for the first time for the 51s today.

Terry Collins recently received a call from a friend in scouting offering a complimentary review of Double-A right-hander Cory Mazzoni, a second-round pick in 2011 from NC State. The scout projected Mazzoni (4-2, 4.04 ERA) as a reliever because he relies on two pitches -- a slider and sinker -- and throws 94 mph.

Mike Baxter left Las Vegas to be with his wife in New York on paternity leave. Baxter is hitting .217 with two homers and three RBIs in 16 games with the 51s since a demotion from the major league club.

Jacob deGrom, who opened the season in St. Lucie and has risen two levels, continues to shine for Las Vegas. Through three Pacific Coast League starts, the 25-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with a 0.96 ERA.

• First-round pick Dominic Smith is hitting .200 (5-for-25) with two RBIs and two walks through seven Gulf Coast League games.

Kyle Johnson, the 23-year-old outfielder acquired from the Angels for Collin Cowgill, fits the profile the Mets seek. He has a career .400 on-base percentage and nearly has as many walks (49) and strikeouts (62) through 431 professional plate appearances. Johnson also has 37 steals in 42 attempts in 105 games since leaving Washington State University as a 25th-round pick.

• The Mets signed 25th-round pick Brandon Brosher, a high school first baseman from Florida, for a reported $167,500. They have signed 25 of 41 draft picks. DePodesta said the Mets are “probably done” signing draft picks, but have another 10 days in case something changes.

Mets draft wrap up

June, 8, 2013
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NEW YORK -- The Mets finished the 2013 Draft on Saturday with their final 30 picks. Over the three-day draft, the Mets chose 18 high school players and 23 college players. The Mets used 24 selections on pitchers and 17 on position players.

Here's the list of players the Mets drafted on Saturday. You can read up on their first-round pick, second-round pick and the second-day choices.

Rd. 11 (326th overall), Tyler Bashlor, RHP, South Georgia College

Rd. 12 (356th overall), Jeff McNeil, SS, Cal St. Long Beach College bio

Rd. 13 (386th overall), Kevin McGowan, RHP, Franklin Pierce College bio

Rd. 14 (416th overall), J.D. Leckenby, RHP, Washington State College bio

Rd. 15 (446th overall), Colton Plaia, C, Loyola Marymount (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 16 (476th overall), Zach Mathieu, 1B, Franklin Pierce College bio

Rd. 17 (506th overall), Johnny Magliozzi, RHP, Florida College bio

Rd. 18 (536th overall), Brent McMinn, RHP, Nevada College bio

Rd. 19 (566th overall), Cody Crouse, RHP, Bloomingdale Sr. HS (Fla.)

Rd. 20 (596th overall), Dan Herrmann, RHP, Christian Brothers College HS (Miss.)

Rd. 21 (626th overall), Morgan Earman, RHP, Desert Christian Academy (Calif.)

Rd. 22 (656th overall), Daniel Procopio, RHP, Central Technical School (Canada)

Rd. 23 (686th overall), Gaither Bumgardner, RHP, South Carolina Upstate College bio

Rd. 24 (716th overall), Matt Brill, RHP, Moline HS (Ill.)

Rd. 25 (746th overall), Ricky Jacquez, RHP, Central Arizona College bio

Rd. 26 (776th overall), Owen Spiwak, C, Cawthra Park SS (Canada)

Rd. 27 (806th overall), Austin Coley, RHP, Belmont College bio

Rd. 28 (836th overall), Robert Coles, RHP, Florida State College bio

Rd. 29 (866th overall), Anthony Kay, LHP, Ward Melville HS (NY)

Rd. 30 (896th overall), David McKay, RHP, Viera HS (Fla.)

Rd. 31 (926th overall), Ben Hecht, RHP, St. Anthony School (Ill.)

Rd. 32 (956th overall), Juan Escarra, C, Mater Academy Charter (Fla.)

Rd. 33 (986th overall), Ryan Chapman, RHP, Santa Ana College (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 34 (1016th overall), Cameron Griffin, RHP, Santa Ana College (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 35 (1046th overall), Ty Williams, RHP, Seminole State (Okl.) College bio

Rd. 36 (1076th overall), Brandon Brosher, 1B, Springstead HS (Fla.)

Rd. 37 (1106th overall), Juan Avena, 1B, Compton CC (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 38 (1136th overall), Paul Paez, LHP, Rio Hondo College (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 39 (1166th overall), Logan Quimoyog, 1B, Mosley HS (Fla.)

Rd. 40 (1196th overall), J.B. Woodman, CF, Edgewater HS (Fla.)

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TEAM LEADERS

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Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
12 3.82 130 167
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .301
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .837
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.44
SOZ. Wheeler 155