New York Mets: Erik Manoah

Minors 8.27.14: Cyclones get walk-off win

August, 28, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, ROUND ROCK 3: Noah Syndergaard pitched 6 2/3 strong innings, allowing one run on seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts. Syndergaard lowered his ERA to 4.67. Catcher Kevin Plawecki hit two home runs. Box

NEW BRITAIN 11, BINGHAMTON 7 (11 innings): Closer Cody Satterwhite gave up two game-tying runs in the ninth inning, and Adam Kolarek allowed five in the 11th. First baseman Jayce Boyd had a big night for the B-Mets, falling a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. Center fielder Brandon Nimmo and right fielder Travis Taijeron also had three hits apiece. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, CHARLOTTE 3: The Mets scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth on a routine ground ball that should have ended the game. L.J. Mazzilli hit the grounder to third base, where it went between Patrick Leonard's legs and ended up in left field, allowing both runs to score. An earlier error by Mazzilli had allowed the Stone Crabs to tie the game in the sixth inning. Shortstop Gavin Cecchini had three hits for the Mets. Box

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 4: The Sand Gnats lost their seventh straight game, despite a four-run rally in the eighth inning. Shortstop Yeixon Ruiz had three hits, but also committed his 26th error of the season. Box

ELIZABETHTON 9, KINGSPORT 8 (10 innings): Third baseman Eudor Garcia's throwing error allowed the winning run to score in the 10th, after Kingsport had tied the game with four unearned runs in the ninth. Right fielder Wuilmer Becerra tied the game with a two-run triple, then was thrown out trying to steal home to end the inning. Box

BROOKLYN 3, STATEN ISLAND 2 (11 innings): Amed Rosario was hit by a Matt Wotherspoon pitch with the bases loaded to force in the winning run. First-round draft pick Michael Conforto had two doubles and two singles to raise his average to .338. Starter Scarlyn Reyes allowed just one earned run on three hits in seven innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL MARLINS 5: Center fielder Raphael Ramirez and right fielder Enmanuel Zabala had three hits apiece. The Mets had 12 hits, all singles. Starter Erik Manoah allowed just one hit in five shutout innings, with nine strikeouts. 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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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.


Courtesy of New York MetsMatt Reynolds


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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Draft Day 3: Mets complete selections

June, 7, 2014
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Courtesy of Embry-Riddle, Dowling and USC UpstateThe Mets' Day 3 draft picks included (l to r) Embry-Riddle's Darryl Knight, Dowling's Tyler Badamo and USC Upstate's David Roseboom.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets complete their 2014 draft on Saturday with their final 30 picks.

Here's the list of players the Mets drafted on Saturday:

Rd. 11 (325th overall), Connor Buchmann, RHP, Oklahoma U., college bio

Rd. 12 (355), Alex Durham, RHP, Southern Alamance (N.C.) HS

Rd. 13 (385), Erik Manoah, RHP, South Dade (Fla.) HS

Rd. 14 (415), Darryl Knight, C, Embry-Riddle U., college bio

Rd. 15 (445), Gabriel Llanes, RHP, Downey (Calif.) HS

Rd. 16 (475), Joel Huertas, LHP, Carmen Sol (Puerto Rico) HS

Rd. 17 (505), David Roseboom, LHP, U. South Carolina Upstate, college bio

Rd. 18 (535), Raphael Ramirez, CF, Pace Academy (Ga.) HS

Rd. 19 (565), Bryce Beeler, RHP, U. Memphis, college bio

Rd. 20 (595), Jim Duff, RHP, Stonehill (Mass.) College, college bio

Rd. 21 (625), Luke Bonfield, OF, The Pendleton School (Fla.) HS

Rd. 22 (655), Will Fulmer, 2B, U. Montevallo (Ala.), college bio

Rd. 23 (685), Richard Moesker, RHP, Trinity Christian Academy (Fla.) HS

Rd. 24 (715), Tyler Badamo, RHP, Dowling (N.Y.) College, college bio

Rd. 25 (745), Nicco Blank, RHP, Central Arizona College, college bio

Rd. 26 (775), Tommy Pincin, C, Upland (Calif.) HS

Rd. 27 (805), Alex Palsha, RHP, Sacramento State U., college bio

Rd. 28 (835), Keaton McKinney, RHP, Akeny Centennial (Iowa) HS

Rd. 29 (865), Matt Blackham, RHP, Middle Tennessee State U., college bio

Rd. 30 (895), Tucker Tharp, OF, U. of Kansas, college bio

Rd. 31 (925), Kurtis Horne, LHP, Edward Milne (British Columbia) HS

Rd. 32 (955), Chris Glover, RHP, Rockwall (Texas) HS

Rd. 33 (985), Brady Puckett, RHP, Riverdale (Tenn.) HS

Rd. 34, (1,015), Jordan Hand, C, Shadow Ridge (Nev.) HS

Rd. 35 (1,045), Jonathan Teaney, RHP, Quartz Hill (Calif.) HS

Rd. 36 (1,075), Garett King, RHP, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) HS

Rd. 37 (1,105), Tristan Gray, SS, Elkins (Texas) HS

Rd. 38 (1,135), Kyle Dunster, RHP, Greenwich (Conn.) HS

Rd. 39 (1,165), Arnaldo Berrios, CF, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico) HS

Rd. 40 (1,195), Dale Burdick, SS, Summit (Tenn.) HS

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187