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Farm report: Mazzoni finally Vegas-bound

July, 16, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Right-hander Cory Mazzoni was slated to be part of a standout Triple-A rotation to open the season with Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom.

Instead, the honor of starting the Grapefruit League finale on getaway day for the Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla., became a major setback for the 2011 second-round pick out of NC State.

With the Mets wanting to avoid using Bartolo Colon against the Nationals since he also was due to face them in his first regular-season outing, Mazzoni took the March 27 start at Tradition Field. He was forced to leave the game against Washington in the second inning because of what eventually was diagnosed as a right lat-muscle strain.


Courtesy of New York MetsCory Mazzoni


Only now is the 24-year-old Mazzoni due to head to Las Vegas.

In what was expected to be his final tune-up before joining the 51s, Mazzoni tossed seven innings for Binghamton at Erie on Saturday. That was his fourth minor-league appearance as he gets back into pitching shape.

“I thought it was going to be a couple-of-week thing,” Mazzoni said. “It was tough being out that long, seeing all of your friends pitching well and stuff in Double-A and Triple-A. It’s definitely tough to watch.

“You see what deGrom did in Triple-A and now he’s in the big leagues, pitching really well. Obviously everything gets pushed back a little bit now. But you still have to keep the same mindset and you can’t dwell on that.”

Mazzoni went 5-3 with a 4.36 ERA in 13 appearances (12 starts) with Binghamton in 2013 before requiring season-ending surgery on Aug. 2 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Mazzoni’s fastball sits at 92-94 mph. He also throws a slider and changeup. He is projected to pitch in relief in the majors.

“He’s come with some high recommendations from the people in the organization that this kid can be an absolute late-in-the-game kind of bullpen guy, because he’s got three quality pitches,” Terry Collins has said.

Said Mazzoni: “I can always work on fastball command. I’m still developing my splitter. It needs to be a little bit more consistent. But my arm feels good, and I feel like my stuff is pretty good. It’s just refining and tweaking it a little more.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .350; John Mora, GCL Mets, .338; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .336; Enmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .329; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .323; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .312; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .312; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .312; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .308.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 16; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 15; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 15; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 12; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 12.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 59; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 58; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 53; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 53; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, 53.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 19; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 17; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 15.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 0.94; Rob Whalen, GCL Mets, 1.67; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.86; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.14; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.41; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.89; John Gant, Savannah, 2.97; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 3.16; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 3.43; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 3.51.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 10; John Gant, Savannah, 9.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 8.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 96; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 89; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 87; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 85; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 82.

Short hops

• First-round pick Michael Conforto is due to head to Los Angeles for Thursday’s Golden Spikes Award. Conforto, who officially signed on Friday after a standout career as an outfielder at Oregon State, is one of three finalists for the award, which goes to the nation’s top amateur player. The winner will be revealed on “SportsCenter.” The other finalists are LSU right-hander Aaron Nola (selected seventh overall by Philadelphia) and Kentucky left-hander/infielder A.J. Reed (a second-round pick by Houston). Conforto is due to rejoin the Brooklyn Cyclones on Friday and should make his professional debut shortly thereafter.

Matt Reynolds has continued his offensive surge since a promotion to Triple-A. In 24 Pacific Coast League games, the former second-round pick out of Arkansas is hitting .337/.389/.453. Not known for being accomplished defensively, Mets personnel nonetheless say he is showing better range at shortstop than Ruben Tejada and Omar Quintanilla possess. That’s not a terribly high bar, but suggests he may be viable at the position in the majors.

Allan Dykstra, who won Monday’s Triple-A Home Run Derby in Durham, N.C., topped a familiar face in the finals. Former Mets minor-league teammate Francisco Pena finished as the runner-up.

Pena, a catcher like his All-Star father Tony Pena, left the Mets last offseason as a minor-league free agent and signed with Kansas City. The 24-year-old Pena made his major league debut on May 20, catching the final inning, but was returned to Triple-A Omaha without a plate appearance. He did throw out the first would-be base stealer against him. His father formerly managed the Royals and his brother Tony Jr. played there. He is hitting .254 with a career-high 18 homers and 40 RBIs in 205 PCL at-bats this season.

Dykstra will serve as the PCL’s DH for Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game.

• The Eastern League All-Star Game also will be played Wednesday night. Representing Binghamton at Altoona, Pa.: infielder Brian Burgamy, outfielder Kyle Johnson and right-handers Cody Satterwhite and Jon Velasquez.

• Left-hander Blake Taylor, the player-to-be-named acquired from Pittsburgh with Zack Thornton in the April 18 trade for Ike Davis, has been promoted from the Gulf Coast League to Kingsport. Taylor, who turns 19 on Aug. 17, made three GCL appearances. In 10 2/3 innings, he allowed two unearned runs and one hit while walking seven and hitting a batter. In his K-Mets debut Monday, Taylor was pulled one out into the third inning. He was charged with four earned runs on six hits and two walks.

• Binghamton right fielder Travis Taijeron has been named Eastern League Player of the Week. For the week ending Sunday, the 25-year-old Taijeron hit .400 (8-for-20) with three homers and 10 RBIs and had a league-leading .900 slugging percentage. The former 18th-round pick out of Cal Poly Pomona is hitting .251 with 11 homers and 46 RBIs in 227 at-bats this season with the B-Mets.

• Binghamton reliever Hamilton Bennett, 26, was released by the organization last week. The former 29th-round pick in 2010 out of Tennessee Wesleyan College had produced a 3.38 ERA in 10 appearances with Double-A Binghamton this season. A Mets official said the release came at Bennett’s request.

• Montero is nearing a return to Vegas. He tossed four scoreless innings for Class A St. Lucie on Monday. Five days earlier he had logged two innings in the Gulf Coast League. Montero had been sidelined since leaving a Triple-A start on June 14 after only five pitches with a strained left oblique.

• Catcher Ali Sanchez, right-hander Adonis Uceta and infielder/catcher Victor Moscote represent the Mets on the Dominican Summer League All-Star team.

Minors 6.27.14: B-Mets' Johnson plates 3

June, 28, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 4, SACRAMENTO 1: Giancarlo Alvarado limited the River Cats to one run in 5 2/3 innings and Chasen Bradford and Buddy Carlyle provided scoreless relief. Wilmer Flores, who started at third base, went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 2: Every B-Mets starter, including pitcher Tyler Pill, collected at least one hit in the club’s 14th win in 17 games. Kyle Johnson had three hits and three

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RBIs and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Johnson greeted starter Adrian Sampson by lining the game's second pitch for a single. He moved to third on Dilson Herrera’s single and scored on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Binghamton then used a two-out push to break through in the fourth. Darrell Ceciliani doubled, Xorge Carillo walked and Pill loaded the bases on an infield single. Johnson plated all three with a triple for a 4-0 lead. Pill sailed through his first four innings without allowing a run, requiring only 48 pitches. Altoona got to the righty in the fifth. Andy Vasquez tripled and scored on Jarek Cunningham's groundout. Binghamton broke the game open and chased Sampson in the seventh. Following Pill’s leadoff single, Herrera and Burgamy had RBI doubles. Dustin Lawley greeted reliever Quinton Miller with a two-run homer. Lawley's 10th long ball of the season gave Binghamton an 8-1 lead. Pill (6-5) ultimately allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He issued no walks and struck six while extending his unbeaten streak to nine games. Josh Satin remains the only B-Met in franchise history to hit for the cycle (June 24, 2011 at Bowie). Jon Velasquez and Hamilton Bennett combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.): The teams will resume Thursday's suspended game and also make up Friday's postponement in August.

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SAVANNAH 4, ROME 2: The Gnats took a 3-2 lead on Champ Stuart’s two-run single through the left side in the fourth inning. Stuart also walked twice. After the Gnats took the lead, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis retired 10 batters in a row. Overall, Panteliodis allowed two unearned runs in 7 2/3 innings to earn his first South Atlantic League win of the season. The Gnats added a run in the eighth. Colton Plaia doubled to plate Jorge Rivero. Rome's unearned runs resulted from a pair of fielding errors by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 3: Miguel Leal drove in all three runs in the loss. Matt Blackham, the organization's 29th-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State, surrendered two runs in two relief innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: The Cyclones scored the game's lone runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. The Yankees issued four walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball in the frame. Brooklyn starter Marcos Molina tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay on a five-hit shutout. Box

GCL CARDINALS 7, GCL METS 3: After starter Logan Taylor tossed six scoreless innings for the Mets, the Cardinals overcame a 3-0 deficit with a seven-run eighth against Derrick Bernard and Nabil Crismatt. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes' throwing error to open the inning meant six of the runs ultimately were unearned. Box

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Minors 6.10.14: Ceciliani homers twice

June, 10, 2014
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LAS VEGAS at COLORADO SPRINGS: Giancarlo Alvarado took a no-hit bid two outs into the sixth before Rafael Ynoa singled. Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-5 with five RBIs and finished a single shy of the cycle. Travis d'Arnaud made his first start since a demotion to Triple-A and went 2-for-4 with a walk. Danny Muno was ejected by plate umpire Adam Schwarz in the first inning after being called out on strikes. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, AKRON 1
BINGHAMTON 10, AKRON 5: In Game 1, Angel Cuan tossed a seven-inning complete

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game, limiting Akron to five hits. Kyle Johnson had a first-inning homer and Darrell Ceciliani went deep twice in a three-RBI game. Second baseman Brian Burgamy was ejected in the first inning for arguing a called third strike. Dustin Lawley also drove in three runs. In Game 2, spot starter Hamilton Bennett allowed three first-inning runs in his first professional start, but the B-Mets roared back, scoring 10 unanswered runs. Lawley and Xorge Carrillo homered. The B-Mets turned a 3-all game into a blowout with seven runs in the fifth inning. After a leadoff walk to Rylan Sandoval, Burgamy chased starter Matt Packer with a single. Kevin Plawecki greeted reliever Adam Miller by punching a two-run single into right, giving Binghamton the lead for good. Binghamton hung five more runs on Miller, highlighted by an RBI double by Travis Taijeron and a two-run homer by Carrillo, his first long ball of the season. T.J. Chism (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings to earn his first career Double-A victory. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 6, JUPITER 3: Jairo Perez lined a two-out, two-run homer in the

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first against Josh Hodges and St. Lucie led wire to wire en route to snapping a three-game skid. In the fourth, the Mets increased their lead to 4-0. Maikis De La Cruz singled home Cam Maron and Eudy Pina hit a sac fly that plated Aderlin Rodriguez. Mets starter Luis Cessa cruised through three scoreless innings, but he ran into trouble in the fourth. Terrence Dayleg drove in Matt Juengel with a single and Dayleg later scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-2. Cessa got a fielder's choice groundout with the bases loaded to end the threat. The Mets got one run back in the fifth when Gilbert Gomez doubled and scored on T.J. Rivera’s single. Jupiter tried to rally again in the fifth. Viosergy Rosa singled in a run to make it 5-3. Cessa again loaded the bases, but struck out Noah Perio to finish the inning. Cessa surrendered three runs and seven hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked three. Yeixon Ruiz added an RBI single in the sixth to complete the scoring. Jake Kuebler pitched two scoreless relief innings. Randy Fontanez pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn his team-leading ninth save. Maron and Rivera had three hits apiece. With the win, the Mets kept pace with Fort Myers, which won its game against Charlotte. The Mets trail the Miracle by 1.5 games in the Florida State League South Division. Five games remain in the first half. Box

SAVANNAH 3, KANNAPOLIS 2: Trailing 1-0, the Gnats got a game-tying run in the eighth when Amed Rosario tripled and scored on Colton Plaia's single. The Gnats then grabbed a 3-1 lead in the top of the ninth on a throwing error and fielder's choice. Jeff McNeil had walked to open the inning and moved to second on L.J. Mazzilli's single. Both then advanced on Dominic Smith's sacrifice bunt. In the bottom half, Robert Coles surrendered a two-out RBI single to Tyler Shyrock that advanced the tying run to third base. Coles then struck out Trey Michalczewski looking to end the game and notch his 11th save. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed one run on five hits and three walks in seven innings. Dawrin Frias (4-0) tossed a scoreless eighth. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 6.3.14: McGowan tames Tourists

June, 4, 2014
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RENO 6 LAS VEGAS 5: Rafael Montero allowed three runs on six hits and four walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings in his return to Vegas. He threw 99 pitches (63 strikes). Kai Gronauer's sac fly in the bottom of the ninth pulled Vegas within a run, but the tying run was stranded on first base when Zach Lutz flied out. Box

BINGHAMTON 15, ALTOONA 6: Matt Clark and Kevin Plawecki had four hits apiece as the B-Mets hammered out a season-high 19 hits and snapped an eight-game road losing

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streak. Plawecki launched his sixth homer and collected four RBIs. The Curve did tag Tyler Pill for three first-inning runs. Meanwhile, Altoona starter Zack Dodson kept the B-Mets in check before unraveling in the fifth. A throwing error by third baseman Jarek Cunningham started the frame. Darrell Ceciliani followed by launching his second homer of the season, cutting Altoona’s lead to 3-2. Two batters later, Matt Reynolds -- returning from a five-game absence for a back issue -- started a hit barrage. Reynolds singled and Plawecki, Dustin Lawley and Cory Vaughn followed with consecutive run-producing hits. Vaughn’s RBI single ended Dodson’s night. Joan Montero took over and allowed both inherited runners to score. Pill put his rocky first inning in the rearview mirror and cruised through his final five innings. Following his two-out walk in the opening frame, he retired 15 of the final 17 batters he faced, including 11 straight at one point. Clark and Plawecki collected RBI singles against Montero in the sixth. Brian Burgamy added a run-scoring single in the seventh against Matt Benedict. Vaughn had an RBI double in the eighth. After Pill departed, Hamilton Bennett tossed a scoreless seventh. The lefty surrendered a three-run homer in the eighth following an inning-extending error by Reynolds at shortstop. The B-Mets teed off against outfielder Andy Vasquez in the ninth after the he was summoned to pitch. Plawecki launched a two-run homer and Vaughn crushed his third homer of the season. Pill (3-5) allowed three runs on four hits over six innings. It was the most runs the B-Mets have scored since they plated 15 against New Hampshire on April 21, 2013. Lawley had been activated from the DL before the game. Box

DAYTONA 6, ST. LUCIE 5: Domingo Tapia walked five while lasting 2 1/3 innings and the Mets issued 10 walks as a staff. Four of the walks issued by Tapia scored. The Mets churned out 11 hits but could never come up with a big inning. In the fourth, the Mets stranded the bases loaded when Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera both popped out. In the eighth, Rivera popped out to the pitcher with the Mets trailing 6-5, two outs and the tying run on second. Tapia walked Pin-Chieh Chen to start the game. Chen came in to score on Dan Vogelbach’s two-out single. The Mets responded in their half when Nimmo doubled and Jairo Perez singled to plate him. All seven batters Tapia faced in the third reached -- four on walks and three on singles. Tapia was lifted for Julian Hilario, who walked Rock Shoulders with the bases loaded to force home Vogelbach. Hilario settled down to get a fly out and a strikeout and get out of the inning down 5-1. Perez drove in Dilson Herrera in the bottom of the third to cut the deficit to 5-2. In the fourth, Herrera made it 5-3 when he singled against Austin Kirk to drive in Phillip Evans. Vogelbach led off the fifth with a double against Hilario. After a groundout moved him to third, he scored on Jeimer Candelario’s grounder to put the Cubs in front 6-3. Eudy Pina belted a solo homer against Starling Peralta in sixth to make it 6-4. Nimmo drove in Pina in the eighth with a two-out single for the final margin. Hunter Carnevale and Chase Huchingson each pitched two innings of scoreless, no-hit relief. Nimmo went 3-for-5. Perez went 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

SAVANNAH 3, ASHEVILLE 2: On the day he was selected to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game, Savannah right-hander Kevin McGowan baffled Asheville over 8 1/3 innings.

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The victory pushed the Gnats’ lead over the Tourists for first place to six games with 14 games to play for the Gnats and 13 for Asheville. McGowan retired the first 14 batters, until Jordan Patterson doubled. McGowan held the Tourists scoreless until the sixth, when a single run cut the Gnats’ advantage to 2-1. He struck out three and walked one. The Gnats (38-17) scored their first two runs in the first inning. Gavin Cecchini walked and Jeff McNeil doubled to put two in scoring position. L.J. Mazzilli then sent a chopper to third base that Ryan McMahon threw away, allowing Cecchini and McNeil to score. The Gnats extended their lead to 3-1 in the bottom of the eighth, again with the help of an error. This time Mazzilli reached when first baseman Corelle Prime kicked a grounder. Mazzilli came around to score on Jorge Rivero’s single. McGowan began the ninth by giving up a single to Cesar Galvez. He then struck out Ramiel Tapia. At that point, with Galvez at second, McGowan reached his pitch limit and gave way to Akeel Morris. The right-hander induced a pair of groundouts, the first of which scored Galvez, who had gone to third on defensive indifference. Morris picked up his second save. Mazzilli went 0-for-4 to lose a 12-game hitting streak. Box

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Minors 5.21.14: Herrera paces St. Lucie

May, 21, 2014
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FRESNO 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out six and surrendered a pair of homers in an 83-pitch performance. The 51s squandered a 4-3 lead in the eighth when Miguel Socolovich (1-2) surrendered two runs. Omar Quintanilla had a solo homer and Kirk Nieuwenhuis contributed a two-run shot. Box

PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 1
PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 5: In a span of nine pitches to open Game 1, Darrell Ceciliani doubled, took third on Matt Reynolds' single and scored on Kevin Plawecki's

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fielder’s choice. However, the lead evaporated quickly in B-Mets starter Luis Cessa's Double-A debut. Former Mets farmhand Stefan Welch produced a three-run homer in the bottom of the first. Travis Shaw added a solo homer in the third. Cessa (0-1) ultimately was tagged for five runs on seven hits, including five extra-base hits, in 3 2/3 innings. Hamilton Bennett contributed 2 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Binghamton built a 5-0 lead after two innings in Game 2 as Kyle Johnson contributed an RBI single and Matt Clark added a two-run double. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman’s fortunes took a turn for the worse in the fifth when Portland loaded the bases with one out, trailing 5-1. Welch dumped a two-run single into center. Bowman then exited after walking Heiker Meneses to reload the bases. Mike Brenly greeted reliever Chasen Bradford by threading an RBI single past Reynolds at shortstop. Peter Hissey followed by pulling Bradford’s next pitch into right for a two-run single, giving Portland a 6-5 lead. Bowman (3-2) allowed six runs on six hits over 4 2/3 innings in the defeat. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, CLEARWATER 2: Dilson Herrera broke a 1-all tie with a ground-rule double that plated Eudy Pina. Brandon Nimmo followed with an RBI single and Jairo Perez brought home another run on a double play to make it 4-1 in the fifth.

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Herrera launched his third homer of the season, a solo shot, in the seventh to put the Mets ahead by the final margin of 5-2. Herrera finished 3-for-4. He did not come to the plate again with a chance to triple and complete the cycle. Hunter Carnevale picked up his first win this season. He allowed one run in two innings of middle relief. Ryan Fraser pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth. Randy Fontanez pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save. Mets starter Domingo Tapia labored through four innings. The Threshers only had one hit against Tapia, but in the second inning he walked the bases loaded and threw a wild pitch to give Clearwater a 1-0 lead. Tapia struck out five. T.J. Rivera tied the score in the third. He lifted a bases-loaded sacrifice fly against Ethan Stewart. Stewart walked seven hitters in four innings. He gave up four hits and four runs. Nimmo went 1-for-2 with an RBI and two walks. He leads the Florida State League with 45 free passes. Box

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DePo: Few prospects to 40-man roster

November, 7, 2013
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The Mets, like all teams, need to add prospects eligible for the Rule 5 draft to the 40-man roster by Nov. 20 in order to protect them.

Paul DePodesta tells ESPNNewYork.com that the Mets likely will not add more than a handful of additional prospects. The 40-man roster currently is at 36. DePodesta did note that the Mets already added center fielder Matt den Dekker and catcher Juan Centeno late in the season, who otherwise would have been eligible.

So who gets added?

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Right-handers Jacob deGrom and Jeff Walters would appear no-brainers.

DeGrom figures to be in spring training competing for a rotation spot, although a midseason call-up appears far more likely. Walters, who set Binghamton's single-season and career saves records with 38 this past season, should be a Mets bullpen factor in 2014.

Beyond that, there do not appear to be clear-cut choices.

The most interesting debate may be left-hander Steven Matz, the Mets' top pick in 2009, out of Ward Melville High School on Long Island.

Matz's career basically stalled for two full seasons after signing because of a long recovery from Tommy John surgery. So Matz only competed at Savannah this past year, despite turning 22 early in the season.

Would another team really keep Matz on the big league roster for a full year off a season at low-A?

Remember, the object is to protect as few people are possible, so that the Mets maximize 40-man maneuverability in-season. Of course, they have to weigh the risk of losing someone, and how painful that loss would be.

Among the others eligible who would appear to merit consideration for being added to the 40-man roster: outfielder Cory Vaughn (currently in the Arizona Fall League), left-hander Chase Huchingson, left-hander Adam Kolarek, right-hander Erik Goeddel, outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez and left-hander Hamilton Bennett.

There is an interesting twist with Huchingson, a reliever who was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Central Arkansas in 2010. The southpaw was slapped with a 50-game suspension on Aug. 26 for a second violation involving a drug of abuse. If he were to be added to the 40-man roster, that minor league suspension would disappear -- well, at least not need to be served until Huchingson at some point ended up bounced from the 40-man roster later in his career.

Players are eligible for the Rule 5 draft for the first time:

• If they were 18 or younger on the June 5 preceding their signing and this is the fifth Rule 5 draft upcoming, or

• If they were 19 or older on the June 5 preceding their signing and this is fourth Rule 5 draft upcoming.

That very roughly translates to players drafted out of college in 2010, and anyone else who signed in 2009.

Minors 9.6.13: Matz dominant in clincher

September, 6, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 3, SALT LAKE 2: Cory Wade inherited runners on the corners with one out in

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the eighth from Chris Schwinden and ultimately recorded the final five outs without surrendering a run as the 51s avoided elimination. Salt Lake now leads the best-of-five series two games to one. Aaron Harang starts for Las Vegas on Saturday in Game 4. Dustin Lawley, the Florida State League home run champ, broke a 1-all tie in the sixth with a solo homer. Ruben Tejada's RBI single gave the 51s a two-run lead later in the frame. Hamilton Bennett stranded an inherited runner in scoring position in the top half of the sixth in his Triple-A debut after replacing promoted Sean Henn on the roster. Lawley finished 3-for-4. Box

TRENTON 3, BINGHAMTON 0: The B-Mets were swept in the best-of-five series in their first playoff appearance since 2004. Danny Muno, Wilfredo Tovar and manager Pedro Lopez were ejected in the seventh inning, after Muno was called for an interference call at second base. Frank Francisco tossed a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts. Binghamton, which produced 11 hits, loaded the bases in the eighth, but Alonzo Harris struck out looking to end the threat. Starter Logan Verrett allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings. The B-Mets (86-55) had set their franchise's regular-season record for wins. Box

SAVANNAH 5, AUGUSTA 0: Behind seven scoreless innings from Steven Matz, the Gnats blanked Augusta at Historic Grayson Stadium to sweep the best-of-three Southern Division

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Championship Series. Savannah outscored Augusta, 15-2, in the two games. Savannah pitchers recorded 19 strikeouts and issued one walk. Matz retired 21 of the 22 batters he faced. He threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of 22 opposing hitters, struck out eight and did not issue a walk. Paul Sewald worked around an infield single in the eighth and Beck Wheeler retired the side in order in the ninth. The Gnats took a 1-0 lead in the third, when Eudy Pina tripled and scored on Maikis De La Cruz's fielder’s choice. Savannah broke the game open with a three-run fourth. With two outs and the bases loaded, Brandon Nimmo triple into the right-center gap. Nimmo finished the series 4-for-7 with four RBIs. Pina, who was 2-for-3, reached base three times for the second straight game from the leadoff spot. In the seventh, De La Cruz’s triple to left-center scored Pina for a 5-0 lead. Four of the Gnats’ seven hits Friday went for extra-bases, including three triples. The Gnats will begin the South Atlantic League Championship Series at the home of the Northern Division champ -- West Virginia or Hagerstown -- on Monday. Box

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Minors 9.2.13: Harang debuts with Vegas

September, 2, 2013
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TUCSON 5, LAS VEGAS 4: The 51s (81-63) completed the regular season with the second-best record in the 16-team Pacific Coast League, only a game behind Oklahoma City. In the regular-season finale, Tucson rallied for two runs in the ninth against Cory Wade (0-3), who suffered the blown save. Pitching in relief in his organization debut, Aaron Harang allowed a two-run homer to Cody Decker but no other damage in four innings. Harang surrendered seven hits and one walk while striking out five. Las Vegas will open the PCL Conference Championship Series in Salt Lake City on Wednesday. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 8, BINGHAMTON 1: Despite the loss, the B-Mets finished the regular season with a franchise-record 86 wins. They will take on Trenton on Wednesday in the first round of the Eastern League postseason. The Fisher Cats scored the game's opening run against Mark Cohoon (9-5) in the third. After Lance Zawadzki singled, Jonathan Jones plated him with a two-out hit. New Hampshire added to its lead in the fourth with another two-out RBI single. Ryan Schimpf delivered the run-producing knock to give the Fisher Cats a 2-0 lead. Cohoon’s day ended after five innings. In the sixth, Armando Rodriguez surrendered two runs. Kevin Nolan hit an RBI single into right field and Schimpf followed with a sacrifice fly. Long Island native Marcus Stroman baffled Binghamton's hitters. He did not allow a baserunner until the fifth, and only allowed two base hits over eight innings. The only time Binghamton got on the scoreboard against the righty came in the sixth. Richard Lucas led off with a double and scored two batters later on Alonzo Harris' sacrifice fly. In a 4-1 game, New Hampshire added insurance against Ryan Fraser in the seventh. Andy Burns delivered an RBI single. Nolan brought home two more on a single. Hamilton Bennett tossed a perfect eighth. Chasen Bradford gave up one unearned run in the ninth. The B-Mets (86-55) begin postseason play at Trenton on Wednesday. Binghamton will send right-hander Noah Syndergaard to the mound opposite Bryan Mitchell. Binghamton has not played in the postseason since 2004. The B-Mets have been held to three hits or fewer in three of their past seven games. Box

GREENVILLE 1, SAVANNAH 0: The first-half-champion Gnats open the Southern Division playoffs on Wednesday at Augusta against the second-half-champion GreenJackets. In the regular-season finale, Greenville (29-40/51-87) scored the game’s lone run in the second inning. With one out, Savannah starter Marco Camarena plunked Keaton Briscoe. He advanced to third on Boss Moanaroa’s single. Leonel Escobar then grounded out to first. Brian Harrison stepped on the bag, but could not throw to second in time to nab Moanaroa for a double play, allowing Briscoe to score. Camarena finished six innings with six strikeouts. Greenville starter Sergio Gomez threw six scoreless innings to earn his first South Atlantic League win. The Gnats (34-35/77-61) went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. All three Savannah hits were singles. The upcoming playoff series shifts to Savannah for Game 2 on Friday. Game 3, if necessary, in the best-of-three first round will be Saturday. Box

GREENEVILLE 7, KINGSPORT 2: A winner-take-all Game 3 will be played Wednesday to determine the Appy League divisional pennant. Greeneville grabbed a 4-0 lead in the third against K-Mets starter Carlos Gomez. Yeixon Ruiz homered in the fifth and Jeyckol De Leon homered in the sixth to pull the K-Mets within 5-2, but they got no closer. Box

TRI-CITY 3, BROOKLYN 1: The Cyclones (37-36) lost their fourth straight and were eliminated from postseason contention. Brooklyn had taken a 1-0 lead in the second. Singles from Jared King and Alex Sanchez started the rally, and Juan Gamboa’s two-out single plated King. But Tri-City right fielder Ronnie Mitchell gunned down Sanchez at the plate for the final out of the inning. Brooklyn starter Dawrin Frias cruised through three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth. Consecutive singles from Tyler White and Conrad Gregor put runners on the corners with nobody out. Mitchell produced a game-tying sacrifice fly. That score held until the eighth. Cyclones reliever Cristian Chivilli instantly found himself in trouble. A leadoff single from Ryan Dineen, a wild pitch and a booming double from White broke the 1-all tie. Mitchell’s second sac fly of the game pushed the ValleyCats' advantage to 3-1. The Cyclones close the regular season with two more games at Bruno Stadium against the ValleyCats. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.24.13: Gsellman K's career-high 13

August, 24, 2013
8/24/13
10:52
PM ET
LAS VEGAS 2, FRESNO 1: The 51s won their sixth straight game to open a three-game division lead over Sacramento. Matt Fox limited Fresno to one run on six hits and no walks while striking out a season-high nine in seven innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a sacrifice fly and Zach Lutz produced an RBI double in a two-run third inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 10, AKRON 2: Darin Gorski faced one over the minimum through seven innings and Cory Vaughn and Xorge Carrillo each drove in three runs as the B-Mets

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Gorski
matched a franchise record with win No. 82. Gorski surrendered a one-out single to Tyler Holt in the second, then retired 17 straight Aeros. He struck out seven and required 10 or fewer pitches in four different innings. He needed only 70 pitches for seven scoreless frames. Binghamton gave Gorski a three-run lead before he took the mound. Facing rehabbing major leaguer Brett Myers, the B-Mets benefited from shaky Akron fielding. Second baseman Ronny Rodriguez booted the first ball in play, allowing Danny Muno to reach. Josh Rodriguez and Vaughn then singled, giving the B-Mets a 1-0 lead. Allan Dykstra's single loaded the bases for Travis Taijeron, who produced a run-scoring groundout. Vaughn scored the B-Mets’ third run when shortstop Jose Ramirez threw away Carrillo’s grounder. Reliever Enosil Tejeda replaced Myers after the second misplay and induced Wilfredo Tovar to bounce into an inning-ending double play. The B-Mets tacked on a run in the second against Will Roberts. Following a walk to Muno, Josh Rodriguez tripled.

Binghamton blew the game open with a six-run sixth, highlighted by two-run singles from Vaughn and Carrillo. Gorski walked Holt to open the eighth. After a single and a two-out walk, Ramirez ended Gorski’s night with a two-run single. Hamilton Bennett took over and fanned Ronny Rodriguez to end the inning. Bennett tossed a perfect ninth. Gorksi (5-1) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. Myers (1-2) was charged with three runs (one earned). He threw only 16 pitches to six batters in the loss. Gorski has gone seven innings or more in five of his last six starts. Dykstra notched his 100th walk, reaching triple-digits for the second time in his career (also 104, Fort Wayne Tin Caps, 2009). Muno scored three times, upping his league-leading total to 84. Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.)

WEST VIRGINIA 6, SAVANNAH 3 (9 innings)
SAVANNAH 6, WEST VIRGINIA 1: In Game 1, the Power scored three runs in the top of the ninth against Beck Wheeler (1-6). Jake Kuebler had tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Tim Peterson. Catcher Albert Cordero threw out four baserunners -- two on stolen-base attempts and two on pickoffs at first base. In Game 2, Steven Matz took a scoreless effort into the sixth. He ultimately was charged with one run on four hits and two walks while striking out seven in 5 1/3 innings. Brandon Nimmo had a two-run double in the sixth. Box 1, Box 2

BLUEFIELD 6, KINGSPORT 1: Starter Persio Reyes allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, VERMONT 0: Robert Gsellman struck out a career-high 13 over eight

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Gsellman
scoreless innings. The strikeout total matched the third most in franchise history, and marked the most by a Brooklyn pitcher since Brad Holt tied the franchise mark with 14 punchouts on July 24, 2008, also against Vermont. After pounding out a season-high 10 runs on Friday night, the Brooklyn bats picked up where they left off. In the first, Gavin Cecchini singled and L.J. Mazzilli produced his second homer of the season for a 2-0 lead. In the bottom half, Gsellman surrendered a leadoff bunt single, then retired the next 12 batters he faced. The 20-year-old did not allow a runner to reach second base all game. He allowed three baserunners during his outing. Johnny Magliozzi pitched a scoreless ninth to collect his seventh save. With the win, the Cyclones (33-31) moved within a half-game of Aberdeen for the McNamara Division lead with 11 games remaining. Box

GCL NATIONALS 2, GCL METS 0: Starter Yoryi Nuez (2-2) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out nine in six innings. The Mets mustered only four hits. Box

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Minors 8.15.13: B-Mets nearing playoff berth

August, 15, 2013
8/15/13
11:33
PM ET
LAS VEGAS 3, NEW ORLEANS 2: Rafael Montero (5-3) tossed seven scoreless innings. He allowed four hits, issued no walks and struck out eight in a 99-pitch effort that included 65 strikes. Montero retired 14 straight batters from the first through the sixth innings. "Easy 94-96 mph with filthy changeup that makes the fastball play even better," a scout in attendance said. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, READING 3: The B-Mets trimmed their magic number to two to clinch their first playoff appearance since 2004. Binghamton is a franchise-record 30 games over

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Peavey
.500. Greg Peavey, Hamilton Bennett and Armando Rodriguez combined to retire 18 of the final 19 Reading batters. The B-Mets scored five runs in the seventh. Reading had jumped on Peavey for two first-inning runs. Zach Collier homered. After consecutive singles put two aboard, Anthony Hewitt then hit a sharp groundball to third. Richard Lucas’ throw to second sailed high and allowed Maikel Franco to score, giving Reading a 2-0 lead. Lucas made amends by leading off the next half-inning with a double against rehabbing major leaguer Jonathan Pettibone. Wilfredo Tovar followed with a single. Xorge Carrillo put the B-Mets on the board with a run-producing groundout. Alonzo Harris tied the score with an RBI double. Hewitt pushed Reading ahead with an RBI single in the fourth, but the B-Mets responded against Pettibone in the fifth, in his final inning. Carrillo singled, advanced to third when Harris bounced a single off Pettibone’s foot, and came home on Danny Muno's sacrifice fly. Binghamton (77-47) unloaded against Juan Sosa in the seventh. Carrillo doubled. Following a single by Harris, Allan Dykstra lined a pinch-hit, go-ahead single that plated Carrillo. Muno added a bunt single to third and Darrell Ceciliani kicked the lead to two with a sac fly. Travis Taijeron delivered the final blow against Sosa by lining a two-run single. After Tyler Knigge entered, Tovar capped the inning with an RBI single. Bennett tossed a perfect seventh, then added a quiet eighth after Ceciliani rounded out Binghamton’s scoring with an RBI triple in the top of the inning. Peavey (2-1) departed for a pinch-hitter in Binghamton’s five-run seventh. After allowing Hewitt’s RBI single in the fourth, the righty retired the final nine batters he faced. Box

FORT MYERS 5, ST. LUCIE 3: Fort Myers produced a four-run fifth against Matt Bowman and snapped St. Lucie’s five-game winning streak. The Mets had runners at first and second with two outs in the ninth, but Zach Jones struck out Rylan Sandoval to end the game. The Mets pushed across two runs in the first. Kevin Plawecki singled to score Kyle Johnson and Dustin Lawley had a sacrifice fly to plate T.J. Rivera. Charley Thurber’s RBI single scored Robbie Shields in the second to make it 3-0. Shields finished 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk. Rivera and Jayce Boyd each had two hits. Bowman allowed five runs on seven hits while walking three and striking out four in 4 2/3 innings. Cody Satterwhite pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Angel Cuan tossed three scoreless innings with one walk and three strikeouts. Box

ROME 4, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Julian Hilario allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings. The Gnats charged back with three eighth-inning runs, but Eudy Pina struck out with the potential tying run on third base to end the threat. Box

BRISTOL 4, KINGSPORT 2: Rob Whalen allowed only one unearned run in a tough-luck loss. The K-Mets nonetheless have a three-game lead over Johnson City for second place in the West Division. The top two teams in each division reach the Appalachian League playoffs. Whalen, the league's WHIP leader, allowed seven hits and struck out seven. Two Kingsport errors in the game resulted in three unearned runs. Reliever Alberto Baldonado allowed only a two-out single in the ninth, marring what was otherwise a flawless two-inning stint. Patrick Palmeiro, the son of former MLB player Rafael Palmeiro, had a hit and two runs scored for Bristol. Thaddius Lowry allowed the first four Kingsport batters in the game to reach base. He retired nine straight after that. A double by Jeff Diehl in the fourth was the only other hit he allowed. Kingsport worked quickly against Lowry, with Yeixon Ruiz legging out a leadoff double. He reached third on a bunt single by Jeff McNeil and scored on Joe Tuschak's base hit. An error on Jeyckol De Leon's grounder helped McNeil score from second. The K-Mets didn't threaten again, leaving five men on base the rest of the way and hitting into double plays to end the eighth and ninth innings. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 6, BROOKLYN 4: Dawrin Frias made his first professional start since 2009, going six innings and allowing two runs on three hits. Brooklyn opened the scoring in the first. Ismael Tijerina and Gavin Cecchini singled, with Cecchini extending his hitting streak to 13 games. Tomas Nido then hit a grounder to second baseman Ariel Soriano, who tossed the ball to shortstop Darryl George covering second. George dropped the ball and all runners were safe. With one out and the bases loaded, James Roche hit a comebacker to pitcher Chris Kirsch. He threw the ball away, allowing Tijerina and Cecchini to score and giving the Cyclones a 2-0 lead. Frias didn’t allow a hit until the fifth, when Hudson Valley came back to tie the score. Reliever Kevin McGowan entered for the seventh and Hudson Valley put up four runs in the inning. James Roche's late two-run homer pulled Brooklyn back within two runs. Box

GCL CARDINALS 12, GCL METS 2: Reliever Christian Montgomery allowed seven runs (five earned) in one inning. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.31.13: Ynoa notches 12th win

August, 1, 2013
8/01/13
12:03
AM ET
NASHVILLE 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Greg Burke surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Eugenio Velez a half-inning after the 51s had evened the score. Jamie Hoffmann's leadoff homer in the top of the ninth had made it 2-2. Hoffmann homered twice off the bench after pinch-hitting for Juan Centeno. Box

ALTOONA 3, BINGHAMTON 2: The Curve scored two runs in the eighth as Adam Kolarek failed to preserve a one-run lead. Kolarek surrendered three hits, including a go-ahead RBI

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d'Arnaud
single to Alex Dickerson. Binghamton had been 57-0 when leading after seven innings. The damage against Kolarek became the first earned runs allowed by the B-Mets bullpen since July 20 -- a span of 10 games. Travis d'Arnaud went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his first game with the B-Mets. With the B-Mets leading 2-1, Alen Hanson narrowly beat Kolarek to the bag for an infield single. Adalberto Santos tied the score with a double. Dickerson gave Altoona the lead by punching a run-producing single through the left side. Santos scored from second, beating left fielder Travis Taijeron’s throw. In the fourth, B-Mets starter Darin Gorski walked Gregory Polanco. Polanco stole second and moved to third when d’Arnaud’s throw skipped into center. Mel Rojas Jr. executed a suicide squeeze with a bunt up the first-base line, plating Polanco with the game’s first run. Altoona starter Jameson Taillon had a scoreless effort end in the fifth. Wilfredo Tovar singled and stole second. With two outs, Alonzo Harris singled to plate Tovar. Binghamton used more two-out offense to grab the lead in the seventh. Reliever Zack Thornton walked Allan Dykstra to start the inning, then uncorked a wild pitch. Richard Lucas ultimately lined a two-out single, plating Dykstra for a 2-1 B-Mets lead. Gorski struck out a season-high eight and exited after seven innings with the lead. He allowed one unearned run on four hits. Kolarek (2-2) was tagged with his first loss since April 28. Box

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Lawley
TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 1: Dustin Lawley hit his league-leading 21st homer -- a game-tying solo shot in the fourth. But Tampa answered with three runs the following half-inning against Matt Bowman (6-3). Peter O’Brien’s RBI single gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead in the fifth. Bowman allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three in five innings. Randy Fontanez pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three. Tim Byrdak walked four and struck out two while allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings. Hamilton Bennett recorded two outs in the ninth to escape a bases-loaded jam. Kevin Plawecki went 2-for-3. Rehabbing Lucas Duda served as the designated hitter and went 0-for-4 in his third game with St. Lucie. Box

SAVANNAH 5, ASHEVILLE 1: Gabriel Ynoa earned his organization-leading 12th win, limiting Asheville to one run in six innings. Tyler Vanderheiden, Shawn Teufel and Beck Wheeler combined for three no-hit relief innings. Eudy Pina went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Box

KINGSPORT 9, ELIZABETHTON 4: Pinch hitter Richie Rodriguez had a three-run double in a six-run fifth. Box

WILLIAMSPORT 8, BROOKLYN 6: In the eighth inning, a pair of doubles -- including a run-scoring two-bagger from LJ Mazzilli -- as well as a fielding error by Williamsport second baseman Sam Dove led to two runs and trimmed Williamsport's lead to 8-5. An inning later, James Roche doubled and Tomas Nido plated him with a single for his third RBI of the evening. But Ismael Tijerina and Patrick Biondi were both retired when they batted as the tying run as the comeback bid stalled. Box

GCL MARLINS 4, GCL METS 1: Starter Marcos Molina allowed four runs (three earned) in five innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.26.13: Walters breaks saves record

July, 27, 2013
7/27/13
12:20
AM ET
SACRAMENTO 9 LAS VEGAS 3: Jordany Valdespin went 4-for-4 and drove in all three Las Vegas runs. He is hitting .472 in nine games since a demotion to Triple-A. Box

TRENTON 4, BINGHAMTON 1
BINGHAMTON 4, TRENTON 1: Richard Lucas hit a game-deciding grand slam and Jeff Walters logged his B-Mets single-season record 29th save in the nightcap as the B-Mets

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Walters
earned a doubleheader split. In Game 1, Trenton scored three first-inning runs against Erik Goeddel. Ramon Flores doubled and scored when Goeddel tossed a wild pitch. Andrew Clark and Kyle Roller added RBI doubles. Binghamton responded with one run in the bottom half. Alonzo Harris blooped a double and scored on Cesar Puello's infield single. In the fifth, Goeddel walked Reegie Corona. With Corona later on third, Clark hit a groundball through the legs of first baseman Joe Bonfe. Goeddel (9-4) surrendered four runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Both starters, Mikey O’Brien and Greg Peavey, held their opponents hitless through three innings in the nightcap. Trenton then produced three hits against Peavey in the fourth, and Roller cracked the scoreboard with an RBI single. The B-Mets got to O'Brien in the fifth. Lucas blasted a grand slam to give Binghamton its first lead of the series. Peavey, who had been relieving with Triple-A Las Vegas, departed after four innings. He allowed one run and three hits in his first start this season. Armando Rodriguez, demoted with Peavey from the 51s, was credited with the win. He faced the minimum six hitters and struck out four in two innings. In the seventh, Binghamton handed the ball to Walters. After allowing two singles, he forced Casey Stevenson to ground out to end the game. It was Walters’ 29th save of the season, passing Jerrod Riggan for the most by a B-Met in a single year. Box 1, Box 2

ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 1
ST. LUCIE 2, LAKELAND 0 (9 innings): Matt Bowman tossed six scoreless innings in the opener. In a scoreless Game 2 in the top of the ninth, Cory Vaughn and Robbie Shields had RBI singles, making a winner of Hamilton Bennett (3-0). Hansel Robles, Tim Byrdak, Randy Fontanez and Bennett combined on the shutout. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 9, AUGUSTA 4: The Gnats (14-15/57-14) pounced for nine runs in the first three innings and starter Gabriel Ynoa won his South Atlantic League-leading 11th game. In the first, Maikis De La Cruz and Stefan Sabol each singled. They scored when Eudy Pina’s double traveled over Augusta center fielder Andrew Cain’s head. Then, with the bases loaded in the second, back-to-back two-run doubles from De La Cruz and Sabol put the Gnats up 6-0. Ynoa battled through five innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits. In the third, Phillip Evans and Brandon Nimmo each had run-scoring singles as the Gnats opened a 9-2 lead. Evans finished 3-for-5. Wanel Mesa tiptoed around four walks in three innings to earn his first save of 2013. Box

KINGSPORT 7, BRISTOL 0: Yoan Gonzalez tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Tyler Bashlor and Edioglis Villasmil on a five-hit shutout. Amed Rosario had a three-run homer. Joe Tuschak added a solo shot in the ninth and finished with two RBIs. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: Robert Gsellman lowered his ERA to 1.74 while earning his first New York-Penn League win this season. Both Cyclones runs came via catcher Eddie Rohan, on a homer and RBI double. Gsellman had not allowed an earned run in his first three Brooklyn starts, spanning 18 innings. Friday, he tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing no walks and two hits while striking out five. Ricky Knapp recorded his first save, with two scoreless relief innings. Rohan entered the game with only one RBI for the Cyclones. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL NATIONALS 4: Starter Andrew Church (2-1) tossed five scoreless innings. The Nats scored three runs in the top of the ninth againt Ty Williams, but Cameron Griffin entered with two outs and the tying run on second base and struck out Garrett Gordon to preserve the win. Shortstop Jean Rodriguez had three RBIs. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.18.13: Hughes single lifts B-Mets

July, 18, 2013
7/18/13
10:48
PM ET
LAS VEGAS 3, RENO 2: Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in his Las Vegas debut and started at second base. Jacob deGrom (3-1) allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Robert Carson earned the save. Wilmer Flores (ankle) was placed on the DL. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, NEW BRITAIN 3: The B-Mets scored three runs with two outs in the

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Hughes
ninth inning to rally for the win. Rhyne Hughes capped the furious comeback by lining a go-ahead, two-run single against Matt Hauser. Rehabbing Justin Turner started the rally by deliverying a two-out single. Josh Rodriguez followed with a walk and Allan Dykstra blooped an RBI single to left. After Wilfredo Tovar pinch-ran for Dykstra, Cesar Puello walked to load the bases. Hughes then hammered Hauser’s 2-1 offering through the hole and into right field. Rodriguez scored easily. Tovar dove headfirst, ahead of the throw from Evan Bigley with the game-deciding run.

Jeff Walters then notched his league-leading 25th save. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon dealt with only one baserunner through three innings, on a fielding error by Turner at shortstop. Eddie Rosario put New Britain on the board with a solo homer on Cohoon’s first pitch of the fourth. New Britain pounded out three more hits in the inning, but the B-Mets defense shined to prevent the Rock Cats from adding to their lead. Bigley was thrown out at home by Alonzo Harris when he tried to score on Josmil Pinto’s single. Darrell Ceciliani followed by making a diving catch in the left-field corner, robbing Miguel Sano of an extra-base hit. Binghamton capped the inning by nabbing Pinto at the plate after Nate Hanson laced a double to the right-field alley. Ex-big leaguer Nick Blackburn kept the B-Mets in check through five scoreless innings. In the sixth, Ceciliani started a rally with a double. He advanced on a sac bunt and tied the score at 1 on Danny Muno’s sac fly. Cohoon preserved the tie by posting zeroes from the fifth through seventh innings. The Rock Cats broke the tie in the eighth against Cohoon on Rosario's RBI single. Chasen Bradford took over for Cohoon and allowed one inherited runner to score. Bradford (1-1) earned his first Double-A victory thanks to Binghamton’s comeback. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 3, ST. LUCIE 2 (10 innings): Nick Ramirez had a walk-off single against reliever Tim Byrdak in the 10th inning to snap the Mets' six-game winning streak. Jayce Boyd's doubled had plated Kyle Johnson and T.J. Rivera to give St. Lucie (51-41) a 2-0 first-inning lead. The Mets had four of their six hits in the first inning. Dustin Lawley had a two-out single in the sixth to snap a streak of 16 straight retired by Manatees pitchers. Gilbert Gomez had a leadoff single in the eighth, but was stranded at third. Matt Bowman allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits in seven innings while issuing two walks and striking out four. Hamilton Bennett pitched 1 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Box

WEST VIRGINIA 5, SAVANNAH 3: Marco Camarena (4-1) allowed four runs (two earned) in six innings. Box

KINGSPORT 12, DANVILLE 2
KINGSPORT 8, DANVILLE 5: In Game 1, Rob Whalen earned his first professional victory. Whalen limited Danville to two runs, neither earned, on three hits and a walk in six innings. Jeyckol De Leon, Jonathan Leroux and Richie Rodriguez homered. Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. A five-run sixth lifted the K-Mets to a comeback victory in Game 2. Joe Tuschak produced a two-run homer in that frame. Bradley Marquez added an RBI double. Box 1, Box 2

MAHONING VALLEY 6, BROOKLYN 2: Dario Alvarez struggled through five innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks. James Roche's RBI double in the fifth had pulled Brooklyn within 2-1, but Mahoning Valley scored three runs the following half-inning. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL CARDINALS 1 (7 innings): Mets starter Marcos Molina went the distance in the seven-inning, rain-shortened game. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk while striking out one. Dominic Smith went 1-for-1 with a walk and two RBIs. Luis Guillorme walked twice and scored two runs. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.13.13: Mejia 5 scoreless for B-Mets

July, 14, 2013
7/14/13
12:48
AM ET
LAS VEGAS 6, TUCSON 2: Wilmer Flores left the game after one inning with an ankle injury. Giancarlo Alvarado allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings after departing his previous start in the second inning with a hamstring injury. The Triple-A All-Star break will take place from Sunday through Wednesday. Flores had been due to represent the Mets in the game. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 2
BINGHAMTON 6, PORTLAND 0:
Jenrry Mejia threw five scoreless innings in his first

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Mejia
Double-A outing as part of a rehab assignment and combined with newly promoted Hamilton Bennett on a four-hit shutout in Game 2. Mejia allowed three hits and two walks while striking out one. Travis Taijeron delivered a broken-bat, two-run single as Binghamton took a 3-0 lead in the first. The final three runs scored in the fourth. After Taijeron's leadoff double, Richard Lucas lined an RBI double. Darrell Ceciliani added a two-run homer. Mejia departed with his pitch count at 83. Bennett threw a perfect sixth, then worked around two baserunners in the seventh. In Game 1, the B-Mets scored five runs in the first inning and were backed by a strong pitching performance by Darin Gorski. Wilfredo Tovar had a three-run double. Gorski tossed a season-high six innings and earned his third Double-A win of the season. Jeff Walters recorded his league-leading 24th save. Box 1, Box 2

DUNEDIN at ST. LUCIE (ppd.)

SAVANNAH 1, GREENVILLE 1 (suspended): After three weather-related delays, the water

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Matz
won when the game was suspended because of unplayable field conditions with the score tied at 1 after five innings. The game will resume Sunday at noon with the Drive batting in the top of the sixth. Sunday’s regularly scheduled game will follow and will be nine innings. The Drive scored the game’s opening run in the second. With one out, Aneury Tavarez bounced a single down the right-field line against Steven Matz. After two walks loaded the bases, Dreily Guerrero lifted a sacrifice fly. The Gnats evened the score in the fourth. Luis Diaz retired the first 11 batters of the game. The Gnats’ next hitter, Maikis De La Cruz, reached on an error. He stole second and scored on Stefan Sabol’s line-drive single into center field. Matz struck out eight and allowed two hits in five innings. Box

KINGSPORT at BURLINGTON (ppd.)

BROOKLYN 2, CONNECTICUT 1: Anthony Chavez's RBI double in the top of the ninth lifted the Cyclones to the victory. His sixth double of the season scored James Roche from first. Roche pinch-ran for Eris Peguero. Peguero had produced a one-out single. John Mincone then earned his fourth save. Miller Diaz had his second consecutive exceptional start. After striking out a season-high eight-batters in five innings in his previous start, Diaz fanned seven Connecticut batters. He tossed six innings, allowing two hits and one earned run. His ERA dropped to 2.84. The Cyclones got off to quick a start with a game-opening triple by Patrick Biondi. Juan Gamboa plated him with a groundout. Diaz surrendered his lone run in the third inning. Reliever Cristian Chivilli (3-0) tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts. Mincone replaced Chivilli and struck out the only two batters he faced. Box

GCL NATIONALS 6, GCL METS 4: Justin Turner went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and a walk as the DH in his first rehab game. Dominic Smith pinch hit and struck out a day after leaving with dehydration. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.11.13: Wilmer homers twice

July, 12, 2013
7/12/13
12:01
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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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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187