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Minors 7.23.14: Whalen wins in return

July, 24, 2014
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TACOMA 6, LAS VEGAS 4: Cory Mazzoni allowed six runs (four earned) on five hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings. Wilmer Flores and Allan Dykstra homered in a three-run third as the 51s took a 3-1 lead. Flores finished with three RBIs. With Vegas trailing by two runs, Danny Muno doubled with one out in the ninth and Juan Centeno singled. After Cesar Puello flied out, Matt den Dekker then walked to load the bases. However, Josh Satin flied out for the final out. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, PORTLAND 2: Steven Matz (4-1) limited the Sea Dogs to two runs on

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seven hits and a walk in seven innings and the B-Mets avoided a three-game sweep. Sean Coyle had a solo homer against Matz in the second inning, but the B-Mets responded a half-inning later against Binghamton University product Mike Augliera as Rylan Sandoval had a leadoff homer. It was Sandoval’s first long ball of the season. Binghamton took the lead in the fourth as T.J. Rivera doubled and eventually scored on Jayce Boyd's single. That advantage swelled to 4-1 in the fifth. Dilson Herrera singled and stole second. Brian Burgamy then singled to place runners on the corners. Travis Taijeron followed with a run-scoring double. Rivera skied a sacrifice fly to center to plate Burgamy. Portland cut the deficit to two runs in the sixth as rehabbing Ryan Lavarnway, Michael Almanzar and Dave Chester all singled. Randy Fontanez and Cody Satterwhite each contributed a scoreless frame in relief. Satterwhite notched his ninth save. Burgamy finished 4-for-5 with two doubles and a run scored. Portland won the season series over the B-Mets, 11-9. Box

TAMPA 13, ST. LUCIE 6: Gavin Cecchini blasted a three-run homer in a five-run first inning, but the Yankees overcame the deficit to complete a four-game sweep. Mets starter Michael Fulmer cruised through the first three innings, allowing one hit and striking out five. His outing unraveled in the fourth. Greg Bird singled, Dante Bichette Jr. reached on L.J. Mazzilli’s error and Fulmer hit Eric Jagielo on the foot with an 0-2 pitch to load the bases. Fulmer threw a wild pitch that allowed Bird to score and walked Aaron Judge to reload the bases. Angelo Gumbs then singled to make it 5-2. With the bases again loaded, Trent Garrison had a two-run single. Jose Rosario followed with an RBI single to even the score. After Danny Oh struck out and Cito Culver walked, Fulmer was replaced by Jake Kuebler. Bird came up for the second time in the inning and produced a sac fly to put the Yankees ahead. Bichette followed with an RBI single to make it 7-5. Judge finally grounded out to end the fourth. Kuebler stayed in to pitch the fifth, but the Yankees got to him. Kuebler fielded Rosario’s bunt attempt with two runners on but threw the ball over the head of Mazzilli covering first base to allow a run to score. Later in the frame, Gilbert Gomez dropped a fly ball hit to center that allowed two more runs to score as the Yankees took a 12-5 lead. The Mets committed five errors in the game. Fulmer was charged with seven runs (four earned) in 3 1/3 innings. Box

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SAVANNAH 7, AUGUSTA 2: Rob Whalen (5-0) limited Augusta to two runs in 5 2/3 innings in his first South Atlantic League start since May 1. He missed more than two months recovering from an infection in his pitching hand that needed to be surgically cleaned. Miller Diaz tossed three scoreless innings and was credited with his second save. Matt Oberste extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a ninth-inning solo homer. Jonathan Johnson had two RBIs. Victor Cruzado went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored. Box

GREENEVILLE 6, KINGSPORT 3 (10 innings): Jimmy Duff was charged with three runs (two earned) in the top of the 10th. Third baseman Eudor Garcia had a fielding error in the frame. Box

ABERDEEN 5, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Casey Meisner allowed three runs (two earned) in one inning. Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with a triple and Michael Conforto went 2-for-4 with a double in the loss. Jhoan Urena drove in two runs. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL NATIONALS 6: Dale Burdick's eighth-inning sacrifice fly broke a 6-all tie. Hengelbert Rojas added a two-run single in the ninth. John Mora, Arnaldo Berrios, Rojas and Burdick had two RBIs apiece. Box

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Morning Briefing: Now don't stumble!

July, 11, 2014
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Marc Serota/Getty ImagesMiami's Jose Fernandez (left) is recovering from Tommy John surgery, but the Marlins have won the last 10 games started by Henderson Alvarez (right).
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets portray themselves as still part of the NL East race.

If they want to validate a series win against the Atlanta Braves, then they better head into the All-Star break strongly by taking care of business against the Miami Marlins, too.

Zack Wheeler (4-8, 4.07 ERA) opposes right-hander Henderson Alvarez (6-3, 2.27) in Friday’s 7:10 p.m. series opener. The Marlins have won Alvarez’s past 10 starts. He is 4-0 with a 1.04 ERA since May 22.

Friday’s news reports:

Bartolo Colon allowed a pair of first-inning runs and that proved enough as the Atlanta Braves snapped the Mets’ season-high four-game winning streak with a 3-1 win Thursday at Citi Field. The Mets fell short of claiming their first four-game sweep against Atlanta in 25 years.

Colon has allowed 18 first-inning runs, trailing only Philadelphia’s Kyle Kendrick (23) in the majors this season. The total matches the most allowed by a Mets pitcher before the All-Star break in the past 40 years, according to STATS. Dwight Gooden in 1993 and Paul Wilson in 1996 also surrendered 18 first-inning runs.

Opponents are hitting .363 against Colon in the first inning this season, compared with .246 the remainder of his outings.

After limiting the Mets to one run in seven innings Thursday, Aaron Harang -- who finished last season with the Amazin’s -- now has held his former club to two runs and six hits in 20 innings this season.

With 70 games remaining, the Mets (42-50) trail the co-division-leading Braves and Nationals by eight games.

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

• Columnist George Willis in the Post takes the position that it is best to trade Colon this month. Writes Willis:

Trading Colon and what’s left on his two-year contract worth $20 million should be a no-brainer, but now that the Mets fancy themselves as a contender, general manager Sandy Alderson might decide to wait until they have no chance of making the postseason or wait until a team becomes desperate enough to make him an offer for Colon that he can’t refuse.

Clearly, Collins seems reluctant to move one of his more dependable starters, especially now that Jon Niese is on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. Collins is not only battling to get into a pennant race, but also is trying to keep his job and probably isn’t concerned about the young prospects a Colon trade might bring in return.


Bruce Thorson/USA TODAY SportsFirst-round pick Michael Conforto appears headed to Brooklyn, pending a physical.


• First-round pick Michael Conforto’s long-awaited deal with the Mets is complete pending a physical, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. Conforto, who receives a $2.97 million signing bonus, is expected to be assigned to the Brooklyn Cyclones. The outfielder was a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year at Oregon State.

• The heavy dependence on a handful of core relievers may be using up all of their bullets and leave the Mets in trouble down the stretch. This week, Jeurys Familia's velocity sagged in one outing. Then he had trouble loosening up for his next appearance, although the fastball zip returned. Writes Jared Diamond in the Journal about the relief workload:

Entering Thursday's series finale against the Atlanta Braves, Familia had appeared in 35 games since May 1, the most of any pitcher during that span. He worked more than one inning in 10 of those outings, giving him 46 total innings on the year -- fourth-most among National League relievers. (Famila threw 19 2/3 innings between the majors and minors in 2013 as he recovered from elbow surgery.)

Even more alarming, the leader in that category also plays for the Mets: Carlos Torres, the 31-year-old righty who entered Thursday with 57 1/3 innings out of the bullpen, the most of any reliever in baseball.

David Wright’s jersey is the eighth-most popular in the majors in terms of sales via MLB.com since Opening Day.

• Lloyd Carroll at Latino Sports reviews Sandy Alderson’s press conference from earlier this homestand.

• The Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka has a partially torn UCL in his pitching elbow, but will try to rehab rather than undergo Tommy John surgery. That should sound familiar to Mets fans, who watched Matt Harvey deliberate for two months before ultimately undergoing the procedure. Of course, all partial ligament tears are not created equal, and Tanaka’s tear reportedly is considered small. Read about Harvey’s advice for Tanaka in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

• Although Terry Collins pinch-hit for Ruben Tejada in the eighth inning -- leading Eric Campbell to play his first major league inning at shortstop in the ninth -- Tejada has been producing, Michael J. Fensom writes in the Star-Ledger.

• Colon batted eighth for the first time in his career, Mike Puma noted in the Post. Colon ended up coming to the plate, and striking out, with two runners aboard to end the second inning. Previously, Collins had only used pitchers Jacob deGrom and Jonathon Niese in the No. 8 slot (three times apiece).

• Starter Tyler Pill allowed four runs in the fifth inning in his Triple-A debut on Thursday, but Las Vegas already had staked him to a seven-run lead by that point en route to a 9-4 win against Reno. Brandon Allen homered and produced five RBIs in the 51s win. Travis Taijeron had a three-run homer and Darrell Ceciliani and Xorge Carrillo each had two hits and two RBIs as Binghamton beat Portland, 13-3.

John Lannan allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings, but St. Lucie lost at Bradenton, 4-1. Ricky Knapp was credited with a rain-shortened, seven-inning complete game as Savannah beat Charleston, 4-1. Starter Yoan Gonzalez allowed three runs (two earned) in four innings as Kingsport lost to Elizabethton, 4-2.

Casey Meisner allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings as Brooklyn lost at State College, 4-1. Kevin Canelon allowed two runs in the 12th inning as the GCL Mets lost to the GCL Nats, 7-5. Dash Winningham had two extra-base hits and two RBIs in the defeat.

Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Citi Field is hosting the “Bacon and Beer Classic” on July 26, while the Mets are on the road. Read more here.

• Evan Drellich in the Houston Chronicle writes that the Houston Astros and Nationals are making progress toward becoming spring-training neighbors of the Mets in a shared complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., come 2017.

• Right-hander Kevin McGowan, the Mets’ 13th-round pick in 2013 out of Franklin Pierce University, is featured in The Telegraph of Nashua, N.H.

From the bloggers … Blogging Mets says the Mets must find a way to keep Campbell in the lineup.

BIRTHDAYS: Blaine Boyer turns 33 today. … Minor-league right-hander Greg Peavey is 26. … 11th-round pick Connor Buchmann is 21. ... Donne Wall was born on this date in 1967.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Can the Mets actually make a run in the NL East?

Minors 7.10.14: Allen, den Dekker dominate

July, 11, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 9, RENO 4: Left fielder Brandon Allen hit his 11th home run of the season and drove in five runs for the 51s. Allen and Matt den Dekker each had three of the 12 Las Vegas hits. Starter Tyler Pill allowed four runs in 4 2/3 innings, but the 51s bullpen was much better. Gonzalez Germen, just sent down on Tuesday, pitched two scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Box

BINGHAMTON 13, PORTLAND 3: Designated hitter Travis Taijeron hit a three-run home run and a run-scoring single for the B-Mets, who completed a four-game sweep. Center fielder Darrell Ceciliani tripled and singled. Starter Steven Matz allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BRADENTON 4, ST. LUCIE 1: John Lannan allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings to lower his ERA to 7.50. L.J. Mazzilli had two hits and drove in a run for the Mets, who committed six errors and were swept in the three-game series in Bradenton. Box

SAVANNAH 4, CHARLESTON 1 (8 inn.): Ricky Knapp allowed one run in seven innings to give the Sand Gnats a rain-shortened win. Third baseman Cole Frenzel went 3-for-3, while catcher Colton Plaia had a two-run single. Box

ELIZABETHTON 4, KINGSPORT 2: Third baseman Pedro Perez hit a two-run home run in the top of the first, but that was it for the Mets. Starter Yoan Gonzalez allowed three runs in four innings and took the loss. Box

STATE COLLEGE 4, BROOKLYN 1: Tyler Moore and Tomas Nido had the only two hits for the Cyclones. Starter Casey Meisner gave up three runs in 4 2/3 innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 6, GCL METS 4: Starter Audry German allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings. Designated hitter Darryl Knight had two of the Mets' six hits and drove in two runs. Box

Minors 6.26.14: Noah struggles with 51s

June, 26, 2014
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SACRAMENTO 7 , LAS VEGAS 5 (11 innings): Noah Syndergaard allowed five runs on five hits and three walks in an 89-pitch effort spanning four innings. His batterymate, Kevin Plawecki, had a solo homer with two outs in the top of the ninth in his Triple-A debut to send the game to extra innings. Wilmer Flores started at second base and went hitless in five at-bats before being replaced by Omar Quintanilla. Buddy Carlyle surrendered a walk-off two-run homer to Andy Parrino. Box

ALTOONA 3, BINGHAMTON 1: The B-Mets mustered three hits or fewer for the third time in four games. Altoona cracked the scoreboard without the aid of a hit in the first against Hansel Robles. A hit batter, walk and fielder’s choice put runners at the corners. Elias Diaz then sent a grounder to second baseman Brian Burgamy’s left. His spinning throw to second was off target, allowing Drew Maggi to scamper home with the opening run. The B-Mets evened the score at 1 in the second against Joely Rodriguez. Dustin Lawley walked, moved to third on consecutive groundouts and scored when Darrell Ceciliani beat out an infield single. Robles held Altoona hitless in its first nine at-bats with runners in scoring position. The streak came to an end with two outs in the fifth. With two aboard, Keon Broxton threaded an 0-2 pitch into right field to break the tie score and end Robles’ night. Reliever Ryan Fraser inherited runners at second and third and induced Willy Garcia to send a weak bouncer to third. Lawley hesitated before charging the grounder and fired late to first, allowing Diaz to score and giving the Curve a 3-1 lead. Ceciliani’s single proved to be the only blemish for Rodriguez. The southpaw closed his night by posting five scoreless innings. He retired the final 11 batters he faced. Binghamton mustered a threat against the Curve bullpen in the eighth. Following a single by Xorge Carrillo, Brandon Nimmo lined a double against Emmanuel de Leon, putting runners at second and third. With the tying run on second, de Leon struck out Dilson Herrera to end the threat and preserve Altoona’s two-run lead. Robles (5-5) walked three and struck out five over 4 2/3 innings in the loss. Tyler Pill, the originally scheduled B-Mets starting pitcher, was scratched due to illness. Box

FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 2 (suspended): The game was suspended in the fifth inning inning due to thunderstorms. It will be resume at 5:05 p.m. Friday. Cory Mazzoni, in his second minor-league appearance since suffering a side-muscle strain in the Grapefruit League finale, allowed three runs in four innings. The Mets got on the board in the second inning. Gavin Cecchini doubled against Tim Shibuya and moved to the third on Maikis De La Cruz's flyout. With two outs, Eudy Pina then grounded to third baseman Tyler Grimes. He threw off line to first, allowing Cecchini to score. The Miracle answered in the bottom half. With the bases loaded against Mazzoni and none out, Grimes grounded into a fielder's choice that evened the score at 1. Aderling Mejia followed with a run-scoring double, although Grimes was thrown out at the plate on Cecchini’s relay throw to Cam Maron. Mejia advanced to third on the throw home and scored on Niko Goodrum’s infield single for a 3-1 lead. Pina got a run back in the fifth with his sixth homer of the season. After Gilbert Gomez struck out, L.J. Mazzilli came to the plate and had a 1-2 count when the game was delayed. Box

CHARLESTON 9, SAVANNAH 0: Starter John Gant allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks in five innings. Savannah was held hitless until Nelfi Zapata's leadoff single in the fifth. The Gnats' lone other hit came on Patrick Biondi's eighth-inning single. Box

KINGSPORT 5, PRINCETON 4 (17 innings): Luis Guillorme had a two-run double in the top of the 17th and the K-Mets held on. In the bottom half, Manny Sanchez struck out to lead off but reached second on a throwing error by catcher Jose Garcia. Sanchez eventually scored to pull Princeton with one, but reliever Jim Duff struck out Emmanuel Paulino swinging to strand the tying run at third base. Duff, a Long Island native, earned the win in his professional debut. Box

BROOKLYN 6, ABERDEEN 2: Aberdeen committed five errors and Tucker Tharp, Michael Katz and Jeff Diehl had two hits apiece. Starter Casey Meisner allowed two solo homers but no other damage in six innings. Mike Hepple (2-0) and Brad Wieck combined for three no-hit relief innings. With the score tied at 2 in the seventh, the Cyclones jumped on reliever Brady Adamek. Tharp had a leadoff double. Amed Rosario then hit a grounder up the middle that Aberdeen second baseman Steve Wilkerson snared. However, Wilkerson overthrew first base. The error allowed Tharp to round third and score the tiebreaking run. Aberdeen imploded later in the inning. Michael Bernal was hit by a pitch to place runners on first and second. Tomas Nido then singled to drive in Katz and move Bernal to third. Shortly after, Diehl sent a grounder to third base. Another error allowed a third run to score in the inning for a 5-2 lead. Box

GCL CARDINALS 3, GCL METS 0: After four scoreless innings from starter Audry German, Jose Medina (0-1) allowed three runs in two innings. Erik Manoah, the Mets' 13th-round pick this month, pitched a scoreless inning in his professional debut. Box

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LAS VEGAS 5, NASHVILLE 4: Travis d'Arnaud singled to open what became a four-run bottom of the ninth as Las Vegas stormed back for the walk-off win. Trailing 4-1 after

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d'Arnaud's leadoff single against Donovan Hand, Andrew Brown doubled. Pinch hitter Danny Muno then singled, too, to plate d'Arnaud and place runners on the corners. Josh Satin had an RBI double to pull the 51s within a run. After Cesar Puello walked and Anthony Seratelli struck out, Nashville inserted reliever Brent Leach. He walked Brandon Allen to forced in the tying run. With the bases still loaded, one out and Matt den Dekker batting, a throwing error by Leach on a pickoff attempt allowed Satin to score the winning run. D'Arnaud finished 3-for-4 to up his average to .458 in 12 games since a demotion to Triple-A. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, BOWIE 4: The B-Mets scored six runs in the first two innings and six more in the final two frames en route to their 10th win in 11 games. Against Bowie starter

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Jake Pettit in the first, Brian Burgamy extended his hitting streak to seven games with a one-out double. Matt Clark followed with an RBI single. Bowie responded against Hansel Robles in the bottom half. After a one-out walk to Niuman Romero, rehabbing Nolan Reimold smoked an RBI double to even the score at 1. The B-Mets responded emphatically in the second after Pettit opened the door by walking the first two batters. Xorge Carrillo and Dilson Herrera had RBI singles. Following Kyle Johnson's sacrifice fly, T.J. Rivera chased Pettit by stroking a run-scoring single. Clark greeted reliever Jason Gurka with an RBI groundout, capping the five-run inning. Reimold had a two-run homer against Robles in the third to trim the B-Mets' lead to 6-3. After needing 72 pitches to navigate the first three frames, Robles made himself eligible for the win by retiring the final seven batters he faced. Bowie took one more chip out of Binghamton’s lead in the seventh against reliever Randy Fontanez. After tossing a scoreless sixth in his Double-A debut, the righty surrendered a triple to K.D. Kang and a run-producing groundout to Romero. Fontanez walked Reimold, but escaped the inning by inducing a groundout. With their lead whittled to two, the B-Mets answered in the eighth against Chris Petrini. Lawley ripped his eighth homer and Carrillo added a two-run shot. Binghamton capped its night with three runs in the ninth against Juan Morillo. Herrera finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Carrillo drove in a season-high four runs. Left-hander Steven Matz makes his Double-A debut Saturday. Box

FORT MYERS at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The teams will play a 4 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.

GREENVILLE 21, SAVANNAH 1: Starter John Gant allowed 11 runs, but only one earned, on 11 hits and three walks in four innings. Relievers Tyler Vanderheiden and John Mincone were charged with five earned runs apiece. Gnats third baseman Jon Leroux committed four errors. Greenville's Teddy Stankiewicz, who was drafted by the Mets in the second round in 2012 but did not sign, limited Savannah to one unearned run in six innings. He subsequently was drafted by the Red Sox in the second round in 2013 and signed. Box

DANVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 2: The K-Mets were held hitless until Branden Kaupe's one-out RBI double in the sixth. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box

BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 6: Michael Katz's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth plated Tomas Nido with the tiebreaking run. Shane Bay surrendered a walk in a scoreless bottom half for his second save. The Cyclones had pulled even with a two-run eighth that included RBI singles by Tyler Moore and Tucker Tharp. Michael Bernal finished 4-for-5 with a double, two triples and three RBIs. Starter Casey Meisner allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL NATIONALS 1: In the Gulf Coast League opener, starter Logan Taylor (1-0) limited the Nats to one run on five hits while striking out six in five innings. Jose Medina and Nabil Crismatt followed with two scoreless innings apiece. Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 and played seven innings in center field in his first rehab game. Enmanuel Zabala went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs. First baseman Dash Winningham, the Mets' eighth-round pick out of high school in Florida, went 1-for-4 with an RBI and two strikeouts in his professional debut. 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.


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“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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Morning Briefing: A reprieve at Busch?

June, 16, 2014
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Jared Wickerham/Getty ImagesThe Mets won't be facing the real hook from hell -- Adam Wainwright's -- on Monday.
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FIRST PITCH: The Mets get a reprieve Monday when they open a series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Maybe.

Adam Wainwright, the originally scheduled starter, will have his turn skipped because of tendinitis in the back of his pitching elbow. Right-hander Carlos Martinez and his 97 mph fastball instead will make his second career major league start in the opener.

“We’re not going to get Wainwright, although Martinez isn’t a party,” Terry Collins said.

Jacob deGrom makes his seventh major league start, still in search of his first victory.

In Port St. Lucie, Fla., Dillon Gee is due to throw off the slope of a mound Monday for the first time since landing on the disabled list. He could be in a rehab game early next week.

Monday’s news reports:

Daisuke Matsuzaka had to depart after one inning with intense stomach pain, but Carlos Torres stepped up to toss four innings as the Mets won Sunday’s rubber game against the San Diego Padres, 3-1, at Citi Field. Vic Black and Jenrry Mejia added two scoreless innings apiece. Mejia’s appearance marked his first action since getting pulled from Thursday’s game with lower-back discomfort. Curtis Granderson, batting leadoff for the first time this season, homered and finished 2-for-3 with two walks after being out of the starting lineup the previous three games with a left-calf injury.


Kathy Willens/Associated PressBig contributors Jenrry Mejia and Curtis Granderson celebrate Sunday's win.


“I just tried to get myself on base and try to get the team going,” Granderson told reporters. “I’ve done it plenty of times in my career. I just didn’t know it was going to be today.”

Still, Collins lamented wasted chances, including leaving baserunners on second and third in a two-run first inning despite having them in scoring position with none out.

“We had opportunities to blow this game open, and we’ve got to start blowing some games open, because it’s going to take a lot of pressure off a lot of people,” Collins said.

Writes columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post:

This could have been the ugliest of Father’s Days for the Mets, who badly needed a victory to close out their homestand at 3-3 after losing nine of their previous 11 games. Instead, they hit their gross-out apex when starting pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka puked up his breakfast in the bullpen and responded to the crisis when the right-hander checked out after just one inning.

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

• On batting Granderson leadoff, columnist David Lennon in Newsday writes:

Terry Collins first brought up the idea of hitting leadoff to Curtis Granderson on the dugout bench during Saturday's embarrassing two-hit loss to the Padres. The manager described the chat as a conversation, a way to gauge Granderson's feelings on the subject, "to see if he had any problems" with the assignment.

In other words, a cry for help.

Collins basically told Granderson he had no one else. To which we say, "What the heck took you so long, Terry?"

• The Mets completed their trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday, acquiring left-hander Blake Taylor as the player to be named in the April 18 deal for Ike Davis. Taylor was drafted out of high school by the Pirates in the second round in 2013. Read more in the Post and Star-Ledger.

Eric Young Jr. went 0-for-3 with a walk and played seven innings in left field for Double-A Binghamton on Sunday in what appeared to be his final rehab game. Collins said he expected E.Y. Jr. (hamstring) to rejoin the Mets on Monday. “I feel ready to go and help out the big club,” he told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin’s Lynn Worthy (tweet). Read more in the Post.

Rafael Montero has been diagnosed with a left-oblique strain. He left Saturday’s start for Triple-A Las Vegas after five pitches. Meanwhile, Noah Syndergaard, who injured his left shoulder in a June 5 collision while covering the plate on a wild pitch, is due to return from the disabled list to start Monday’s game for the 51s. He will be capped at about 75 pitches.

• First-round pick Michael Conforto is “getting close” to being officially signed, an insider told ESPNNewYork.com.

David Wright leads for the second straight week in NL All-Star balloting at third base, but old voting nemesis Pablo Sandoval is making a charge. Read more at MLB.com.

• Jeff Roberts in the Record profiles the relationship between Wright and his father Rhon, a retired Norfolk, Va., assistant police chief. "He lost all his credibility with me in baseball when he started playing me in the outfield in Little League," Wright quipped to Roberts.

Travis d’Arnaud homered for the fifth time in a week in the Pacific Coast League, but Las Vegas lost to Oklahoma City, 13-9. Brooklyn split a doubleheader with Staten Island as heralded Casey Meisner and Marcos Molina made their Cyclones debuts as the starting pitchers. Read the full minor-league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Former reliever Calvin Schiraldi turns 52.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should Curtis Granderson remain the leadoff hitter?

Minors 6.15.14: d'Arnaud again homers

June, 15, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY 13, LAS VEGAS 9: Travis d'Arnaud slugged a three-run homer and now has five long balls in 29 at-bats since a demotion from the major league club. He finished 2-for-5 as the DH and is hitting .414 with Vegas. Oklahoma City had already built an 11-1 lead before d'Arnaud's shot. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed eight runs in four innings. Reliever Erik Goeddel allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis slugged his 10th homer with the 51s this season during a 2-for-4, two-RBI game. Box

ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 3: Binghamton went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and had a six-game winning streak snapped. Eric Young Jr. was 0-for-3 but walked and scored in his third rehab game with the B-Mets. With two outs in the top of the first, Devon Travis doubled against B-Mets starter Angel Cuan. Ramon Cabrera then grounded to second baseman Brian Burgamy, whose throw was low and scooted away from first baseman Matt Clark. Travis scored from first. Binghamton answered in the bottom half against Wilsen Palacios. Young walked to lead off and moved to second on Burgamy's single. Young moved to third on Matt Reynolds' flyout and scored on Clark's sacrifice fly. The SeaWolves quickly retook the lead. Francisco Martinez had a leadoff double in the second. Aaron Westlake then singled to put Erie ahead, 2-1. In the bottom of the second, Dustin Lawley smashed his seventh homer to even the score at 2. The tie again was short-lived. Erie scored in the next half-inning to take the lead for good. After Travis worked a one-out walk, Ramon Cabrera homered for a 4-2 lead. In the seventh, T.J. Chism surrendered a one-out double to Dixon Machado. After Machado moved to third on a flyout, Jason Krizan blooped an RBI single, kicking Erie’s lead to three runs. The B-Mets inched closer in the bottom half. With Slade Smith pitching, Burgamy doubled and Reynolds singled to cut the deficit to 5-3. It was the only hit with a runner in scoring position for the B-Mets. Binghamton had one last threat in the eighth, putting two aboard with one out. Jose Valdez entered and struck out Travis Taijeron and induced Kyle Johnson to bounce into a fielder’s choice. Box

AUGUSTA 4, SAVANNAH 2: Augusta scored three unearned runs against Ricky Knapp over the final three innings to overcome a one-run deficit. Knapp had a one-out fielding error in a two-run seventh. Second baseman Jorge Rivero had an error in the eighth as Augusta tacked on a run. All four Augusta runs on the afternoon were unearned thanks to four Gnats errors. Box

STATEN ISLAND 2, BROOKLYN 1 (9 innings)
BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2: 2013 third-round pick Casey Meisner limited Staten Island to one unearned run in 4 1/3 innings in his Cyclones debut in a no-decision in Game 1. Edioglis Villasmil issued four walks in the bottom of the ninth, forcing in the winning run with a free pass to Ty McFarland. In Game 2, the Cyclones broke a 2-all tie in the sixth on Michael Bernal's RBI double. Marcos Molina limited the Yankees to two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in six innings and earned the win. Juan Urbina, son of former major league reliever Ugueth Urbina, earned his first save with a scoreless seventh. Amed Rosario went 4-for-9 in the doubleheader. Box 1, Box 2

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Farm report: Reynolds surges with B-Mets

June, 11, 2014
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NEW YORK -- One year certainly has made a dramatic difference for 23-year-old middle infielder Matt Reynolds, the Mets’ second-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Arkansas.

A year ago, in his first full professional season, Reynolds hit only .226 in 433 at-bats with Class A St. Lucie.

This season, he has a .361 average in 194 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton. Add in 27 walks and Reynolds has a .437 on-base percentage. The batting average is tied for second in all of minor league baseball.

Reynolds indicated his offseason work with Rick Strickland in St. Louis paid big dividends.


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Reynolds’ agent, Jason Wood, sent him to work with Strickland. Another client, the Phillies’ Cody Asche, also had success working with the part-time Mets scout and former Yankees minor leaguer.

“Luis Rivera, our [Binghamton] hitting coach, has been huge with me, too,” Reynolds added. “We’ve just been working on staying through the middle, having a confident approach at the plate, and really just getting a good pitch to drive. And if they don’t give it to me, and I get to two strikes, just battle and find a way to get on base.

“I’m trying to keep a positive attitude, even when things are going bad. So far things really haven’t gone too bad. So it’s pretty easy to keep a positive mental state. But even when things start going bad, just to stay positive and keep working.”

Reynolds missed six days last week with a back issue, but he has come back on fire. He is 11-for-24 in five games since returning.

“It was just muscle tightness,” Reynolds said. “They never really said specifically what it was, but they said if I kept having pain to take time off until I was better. I think I took four days off and felt 100 percent. I feel a lot better now.”

Reynolds “definitely” continues to aspire to be a shortstop, although deficiencies may result in him playing elsewhere. He also sees roughly two games a week at second base with the B-Mets.

“I only played a couple of games in college at second, but I worked there a lot and practiced and everything,” Reynolds said. “I actually played summer ball at second. So I have a little background at second. I just had to get used to it again after playing third and short in college and everything. It’s nothing different to me -- just another position to help my value and to get better.”

Asked what he wanted to still polish in the minors, Reynolds added: “I really want to improve on being able to pull the ball a little bit better, and my defense, obviously. I want to stay at shortstop or even at second base. And I know there are a lot of things that I need to work on, like my hands and footwork, to be able to stay at that position. I know that may not come today or tomorrow, but eventually I feel like I’ll be able to get everything I need to do to play at those positions.”

Reynolds is athletic. A point guard in high school, he indicated he had invitations to walk on to basketball programs at Iowa State, Furman and Butler.

“After my sophomore year [of high school], I was almost for sure that I was going to play basketball in college,” Reynolds said. “I was close to playing basketball in college. And then I had a good junior year. And in the summer of my junior year I was talking to some professional scouts and they said I really had a chance of being a good player in baseball. I sat down with my parents and decided that baseball was probably my best route to go -- better than basketball – because I was a 6-foot guy trying to make it in an NBA where the point guards are 6-8 now. So it would be have been tough for me.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .361; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .353; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .351; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .344; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .341; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .327; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .313; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, .304; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .302; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, .299.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 9; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 9; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 9.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 46; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 45; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 43; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, 40; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 39.

Steals: Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 14; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 14; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 13; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 9.

ERA: Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.13; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.14; John Gant, Savannah, 2.36; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.81; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 3.24; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 3.45; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.99; Luis Cessa, St. Lucie, 4.08; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 4.44; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4.47.

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

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 11; Robert Coles, Savannah, 11; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 9; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 64; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 59; Dana Eveland, Vegas, 58; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 58; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 57.

Short hops

Sandy Alderson indicated the Mets are within days of signing first-round pick Michael Conforto, an outfielder from Oregon State. The GM added that third-round pick Milton Ramos, a prep shortstop from Florida, is even closer to being signed. Other picks already in or en route to Port St. Lucie include Eudor Garcia (fourth round), Josh Prevost (fifth), Dash Winningham (eighth), Erik Manoah (13th), Darryl Knight (14th), David Roseboom (17th), Tyler Badamo (24th) and Matt Blackham (29th).

• Discussing his rationale for the first time for demoting Travis d’Arnaud, Alderson said: “He needs to go down without the pressure of playing every day at the major league level, get his swing back, get his confidence back, and I would expect that he’ll be back -- hopefully -- relatively soon. It’s not unusual. Sometimes we expect that guys will come up and everything will click immediately with a young player and it’s nothing but an upward trajectory. And that doesn’t always happen. I think we have to recognize that and be a little patient. As far as we’re concerned, there’s no reason Travis can’t come back and be a very productive player for us.”

• After seven weeks mysteriously away from the organization, John Lannan threw roughly 45 pitches off a mound at the Mets’ Florida complex on Tuesday morning. In a post-throwing-session interview with the St. Lucie News Tribune’s Jon Santucci, Lannan declined to disclose his whereabouts during his absence. The Mets have labeled it a personal/family matter. Lannan will work as a starter in the minors. He will pitch in the Gulf Coast League or Florida State League to ramp up before being dispatched to Las Vegas.

“Let’s call it a mini-spring training -- just stretch out and see how it goes,” Lannan told Santucci. “I’ve been throwing, so now I’m just going to get back in the swing of things, face some batters and get my pitch count up. My arm feels good. I just have to get back on a five-day rotation and get my pitch count going.”

• Shortstop Amed Rosario, temporarily with Savannah, is expected to highlight the roster of the Brooklyn Cyclones, who open play Friday at Staten Island. The 18-year-old Rosario signed two years ago for $1.75 million, a franchise record for an international teenager. The Cyclones also will include 2013 third-round pick Casey Meisner, a right-hander out of high school in Texas, as well as infielder Jhoan Urena, catcher Tomas Nido, outfielder Joe Tuschak and right-handers Marcos Molina, Corey Oswalt and Brandon Welch.

Kingsport opens play June 19, with the Gulf Coast League season beginning the following day.

• Vegas reliever Jeff Walters, a 40-man roster member, is debating whether to proceed with Tommy John surgery or to try to rehab after being diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow. Walters unwittingly had been pitching through the tear this season. He produced an 8.86 ERA in 23 Pacific Coast League relief appearances. He had 38 saves last season with Binghamton.

• 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo remains sidelined since getting struck with a pitch in the right wrist Friday by Dunedin’s Matt Boyd. X-rays were negative, but the wrist remains tender and Nimmo is unable to swing. Also injured with St. Lucie, reliever Beck Wheeler and shortstop Phillip Evans have landed on the DL with right-knee strains.

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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 8.13.13: 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

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Minors 7.11.13: Wilmer homers twice

July, 12, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 11, TUCSON 3: Wilmer Flores went 4-for-5 with two homers, a double and four RBIs. He has a PCL-leading 74 RBIs. Rafael Montero tossed two scoreless innings before being pulled to allow him to pitch in the Futures Game. Matt den Dekker and Zach Lutz also homered. Den Dekker has gone deep in two straight games. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 5
BINGHAMTON 4, PORTLAND 0: The B-Mets and Sea Dogs resumed the opener in the third inning, with Binghamton acting as the visiting team. The game remained scoreless until

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Allan Dykstra blasted a two-run homer in the fourth. Cory Mazzoni started the resumed game, but exited after 1 1/3 innings. With a 3-2 count on Garin Cecchini, Mazzoni departed with a lower body injury. The Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported Mazzoni heard a pop in the knee. Jim Fuller took over and surrendered an RBI single to Travis Shaw, making it 2-1. In the fifth, the offense built the lead back up with RBI singles by Danny Muno and Josh Rodriguez. The final B-Mets scoring came in the seventh against Noe Ramirez. Cesar Puello singled home Wilfredo Tovar and Richard Lucas hit a sacrifice fly to give Binghamton a 6-1 lead. In the bottom half, Portland mounted a comeback. After three runs scored against Fuller in the inning, he was yanked for Chasen Bradford, who made his Double-A debut. Bradford surrendered back-to-back RBI doubles to Shannon Wilkerson and Tony Thomas as Portland pulled within 6-5. He escaped the jam by striking out Cecchini. Bradford settled down and tossed a scoreless eighth inning. Closer Jeff Walters threw a perfect ninth for his 23rd save.

In Game 2, Noah Syndergaard started and allowed one hit in two innings. His workload was capped to preserve his Futures Game availability. Against Portland pitcher Mike McCarthy, Puello had an RBI single to put Binghamton ahead 1-0. The hit was the third consecutive single to start the game for the B-Mets. In the fifth, Muno, Rodriguez and Puello each singled to begin the inning. Puello’s single brought home Muno to give Binghamton a 2-0 lead. Ryan Fraser tossed three scoreless innings after replacing Syndergaard to earn his first Double-A win this season. Chase Huchingson and Scott Atchison each threw a perfect inning of relief. Atchison (groin) is expected to be activated from the DL by the Mets after the All-Star break. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 7, CHARLOTTE 6: Matt Bowman allowed three runs (two earned) in five innings and improved to 5-2. Hamilton Bennett surrendered three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but T.J. Chism entered with the tying run at second base and one out and recorded two outs for his 12th save. Kevin Plawecki went 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Kyle Johnson's two-run homer in the fourth staked St. Lucie to a 5-3 lead. Box

AUGUSTA 9, SAVANNAH 1: The GreenJackets used a seven-run second inning to cruise to a win. Savannah starter Matt Koch had his shortest start of the year. He was charged with seven runs (three earned) on six hits while recording only five outs. The Gnats (9-11/52-37) committed two errors in the frame, by Cole Frenzel and Maikis De La Cruz. Koch, who had not hit a batter in his first 70 2/3 innings this season, plunked two in the second. The Gnats scored their only run in the third when De La Cruz plated Jeff Glenn. The GreenJackets completed the game’s scoring with two runs in the fourth against reliever Julian Hilario. Box

KINGSPORT at DANVILLE (ppd.)

AUBURN 7, BROOKLYN 0
BROOKLYN 4, AUBURN 3: Game 1 picked it up in the fourth inning after play was suspended Wednesday due to rain. The Cyclones were no-hit into the seventh inning, when LJ Mazzilli singled. Brooklyn’s offense got off to a hot start in Game 2, loading the bases in the second inning when James Roche singled to advance Matt Oberste and Julio Concepcion. With the bases loaded and nobody out, Eddie Rohan then drove in his first run of the season, singling for a 1-0 Cyclones lead. An inning later, Ismael Tijerina led off with a single. Two batters later, Jared King doubled, putting runners at second and third. Oberste then had an RBI single. Concepcion drove in the second run of the inning on a double. Playing in the place of injured shortstop Gavin Cecchini (ankle), Tijerina finished with three to lift his average to .308. Tijerina helped add another run in the fourth, when his single scored Anthony Chavez, who had doubled. Tijerina, Oberste, Concepcion and Roche all had multi-hit games. With the Cyclones up 4-0 in the fourth, the Doubledays began to claw back. Dario Alvarez allowed just one hit through three innings, but gave up two runs in the fourth and one in the fifth as the Cyclones' lead was trimmed to 4-3. Alvarez ultimately pitched well enough to get his first win of the season. He tossed five innings, allowing three runs on six hits. Dawrin Frias replaced Alvarez in the sixth and recorded his first save by pitching two scoreless innings and striking out five. Box 1, Box 2

GCL CARDINALS 7, GCL METS 6
GCL CARDINALS 4, GCL METS 3: In the resumption of a July 2 game, the Cards scored two runs in the top of the ninth against Casey Meisner to break a 5-all tie. Dominic Smith and Ivan Wilson committed errors in the frame. Wilson had a two-out triple in the bottom half, but was stranded at third base when Leon Canelon popped out. In the regularly scheduled game, the Cards scored two ninth-inning runs against Octavio Acosta for the walk-off win. Box 1, Box 2

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Minors 7.6.13: Matz complete-game shutout

July, 7, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 5, TUCSON 2: Starter Rafael Montero limited Tucson to two runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings to earn his first Triple-A victory. Zach Lutz and Mike Baxter homered against Anthony Bass. Ruben Tejada was 0-for-4 with a walk. Matt den Dekker got his first PCL hit and is now 1-for-22 since joining the team. Box

BINGHAMTON 14, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: The B-Mets launched a season-high five homers and Darrell Ceciliani drove in a career-high five runs. Josh Rodriguez stroked Ryan Tepera’s fifth pitch for a two-run homer. Travis Taijeron followed with a homer, too -- the

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second straight game the B-Mets produced consecutive long balls. The B-Mets (53-31) again blasted away in the fifth. Blake Forsythe doubled, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Joe Bonfe plated him with a single. Wilfredo Tovar then stretched the lead to six runs by launching a two-run homer -- his first long ball as a B-Met. B-Mets starter Noah Syndergaard held the Fisher Cats scoreless into the sixth. The ex-Blue Jays farmhand's only blemish came when he surrendered a three-run homer in the sixth, which pulled New Hampshire within 6-3. But Ceciliani hit a wall-scraping two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Matt Wright. Binghamton also tattooed Dustin Antolin and Chorye Spoone in the eighth, to the tune of six runs on three hits and six walks. The B-Mets sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning, which was highlighted by a two-run blast from Danny Muno and a three-run triple from Ceciliani. Syndergaard worked out of a jam in the seventh to cap his night with a scoreless frame. John Church tossed a perfect eighth. Adam Kolarek worked around a walk and two singles in a scoreless ninth to seal Binghamton’s biggest win since a 15-2 victory over the Fisher Cats on April 21. Syndergaard (2-0) struck out seven while allowing eight hits and three runs (none earned) over seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 3: Charley Thurber, Jayce Boyd and Dustin Lawley all produced solo homers for St. Lucie (44-38). Boyd, Kevin Plawecki and Gilbert Gomez finished with two hits apiece. Thurber’s homer in the second gave the Mets a 3-2 lead. Boyd’s long ball an inning later extended the lead to two runs. Alex Panteliodis (3-3) allowed three runs and seven hits while issuing three walks and striking out one in five innings. Randy Fontanez retired all six batters he faced in relief. Tim Byrdak retired the side in order in the eighth. Hamilton Bennett pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save. Box

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GREENVILLE 3, SAVANNAH 1: Steven Matz tossed a three-hit, seven-inning shutout in Game 1. The Gnats had been held hitless after a game-opening single by Chad Zurcher until the seventh, when they exploded for three runs. Kyle Johnson had a run-scoring single with the bases loaded and Maikis De La Cruz and Stefan Sabol added sacrifice flies. Paul Sewald surrendered two runs in the sixth to break a 1-all tie as the Gnats (50-35) lost the nightcap. Box 1, Box 2

JOHNSON CITY 10, KINGSPORT 5: Starter Persio Reyes allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. Richie Rodriguez and Adrian Abreu had two RBIs apiece for the K-Mets (5-10) in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 5, ABERDEEN 3: Patrick Biondi laced a seventh-inning single that scored Jorge Rivero and Anthony Chavez, tying the score at 3. Biondi finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk. Matt Oberste delivered the game-deciding run later in the inning on a sac fly, which scored Biondi. Teammate Jared King finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. LJ Mazzilli produced an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Mazzilli singled to score Biondi from second. Biondi scored three of the Cyclones' five runs. In his fourth start with the Cyclones, Robert Gsellman allowed his first earned runs in the New York-Penn League. Gsellman allowed three runs in five innings. He struck out six and now has a 1.23 ERA. Reliever Paul Paez pitched an inning of scoreless relief to earn the win in his pro debut. John Mincone recorded his third save. Box

GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 2 (10 innings): With the score tied at 1, Mets reliever Casey Meisner departed in the top of the 10th after surrendering a one-out double to Bryan Mejia and walking Raudy Read. Cameron Griffin entered and issued a walk and had a strikeout. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jose Marmolejos-Diaz then produced a two-run single against Griffin. Adderling Ruiz followed with an RBI single for a three-run cushion. The Mets (2-10) scored one run in the bottom half, when Wuilmer Becerra was plunked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came home on Ivan Wilson's single. But with the bases loaded later in the frame, Nats reliever Jake Walsh entered and coaxed a game-ending double play from Leon Canelon. Box

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Mets have top 14 picks signed

June, 19, 2013
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ATLANTA -- First-round pick Dominic Smith began working out in Port St. Lucie, Fla., on Wednesday as the Mets confirmed they had signed their top 14 picks and 24 of 41 selections overall.

Rd. 1 (11th overall), Dominic Smith, 1B, Serra (Calif.) HS

Rd. 2 (48th), Andrew Church, RHP, Basic (Nev.) HS

Rd. 3 (76th), Ivan Wilson, CF, Ruston (La.) HS.

Rd. 3 (84th), Casey Meisner, RHP, Cypress Woods (Texas) HS.

Rd. 4 (116th), LJ Mazzilli, 2B, UConn.

Rd. 5 (146th), Jared King, LF, Kansas State

Rd. 6 (176), Champ Stuart, CF, Brevard (N.C.) College

Rd. 7 (206), Matt Oberste, 1B, University of Oklahoma

Rd. 8 (236), Ricky Knapp, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast

Rd. 9 (266), Patrick Biondi, CF, Michigan

Rd. 10 (296), Luis Guillorme, SS, Coral Springs (Fla.) Charter HS

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

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

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

Rd. 15 (446th), Colton Plaia, C, Loyola Marymount

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rd. 34 (1,016th), Cameron Griffin, RHP, Santa Ana College

Rd. 35 (1,046th), Ty Williams, RHP, Seminole State (Okla.)

Rd. 38 (1,136th), Paul Paez, LHP, Rio Hondo College (Calif.)

Mazz to Cyclones, Mets sign 11 other picks

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Associated PressDraft picks (l to r) LJ Mazzilli, Patrick Biondi and Colton Plaia are on board with the Mets.
NEW YORK -- LJ Mazzilli, the UConn product and son of ex-Met Lee Mazzilli, will man second base for the Brooklyn Cyclones, who open play Monday.

First-round pick Dominic Smith is expected to sign soon and be assigned to the Gulf Coast League.

Signings from the draft confirmed by the Mets:

Rd. 6 (176), Champ Stuart, CF, Brevard (N.C.) College

Rd. 8 (236), Ricky Knapp, RHP, Florida Gulf Coast

Rd. 9 (266), Patrick Biondi, CF, Michigan

Rd. 10 (296), Luis Guillorme, SS, Coral Springs (Fla.) Charter HS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mets also have signed third-round picks Ivan Wilson for $624,900 and Casey Meisner for $500,000 and 11th-round pick Ty Bashlor for $550,000, according to Baseball America. Seventh-round pick Matt Oberste has tweeted he has signed and will play with Brooklyn.

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RBIL. Duda 56
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OPSL. Duda .856
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