New York Mets: Jean Luc Blaquiere

Around the minors 6.5.12

June, 6, 2012
COLUMBUS 21, BUFFALO 3: The 21 runs scored were one shy of the modern-era record for a Bisons opponent. Oklahoma City defeated the Herd 22-6 on April 21, 1987. The last time an opponent reached the 20-run plateau against Buffalo was a 20-7 loss to Louisville on May 3, 2010. Bisons pitchers had allowed just 20 combined runs in the nine previous games. All three of Buffalo's runs were driven in by Valentino Pascucci, giving him a team-high 40 RBIs. The loss went to Dylan Owen, who was charged with 13 runs as his ERA swelled from 2.95 to 5.32. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere allowed three runs in the ninth and became the first position player to pitch for the Herd since infielder Trent Durrington in 2007. Ruben Tejada removed himself from the game after two innings with right quadriceps tightness. Columbus touched Buffalo pitching for five homers. The 21 runs were a record for the Clippers' ballpark, which debuted in 2009. Jared Goedert had two homers and drove in nine runs -- two more RBIs than any opponent had ever produced against the Bisons in a single game. Clipper Ezequiel Carrera, a former Mets farmhand, became the first opponent to score five times in a game in the modern era. The outfielder, who was shipped out by the Mets in the J.J. Putz deal, went 4-for-5 with a homer. Box

HARRISBURG 9, BINGHAMTON 6: The B-Mets took a one-run lead into the seventh inning, but relievers Brandon Moore and Brad Holt combined to allow two runs on two walks, one hit and a hit batter in the decisive inning. Manny Mayorson delivered the big hit -- a two-run single against Holt. The B-Mets jumped on Harrisburg starter Paul Demny in the first inning. Josh Rodriguez laced a one-out double. Jefry Marte followed by blasting a two-run homer -- his fourth long ball of the season. Matt den Dekker added to the lead with an RBI single in the second. The Senators countered against B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon in the third. Chris McConnell singled and scored on a hit by Eury Perez. After Perez was picked off and Mayorson singled, Jesus Valdez ripped a two-run homer to knot the score at 3. After Devin Ivany scored on a wild pitch to give the Senators their first lead in the fourth, the B-Mets answered in the fifth. Den Dekker scored from first on Reese Havens’ double. Valdez broke the tie by bouncing a solo homer off the left-field foul pole to lead off the sixth. It was the final frame for Cohoon. The lefty allowed five runs on seven hits over six innings in a no-decision. Trailing 5-4, the B-Mets refused to go quietly in the seventh. Harrisburg reliever Cameron Selik recorded one out in his Double-A debut, but left due to injury with a 3-2 count on pinch hitter Rylan Sandoval. Pat McCoy came on in emergency relief and completed the walk to Sandoval. After consecutive singles loaded the bases, Jefry Marte ripped a two-run double to give Binghamton a 6-5 lead. It did not stand for long. Moore took the mound in the seventh and issued two walks and hit a batter before being lifted for Holt. Mayorson greeted the righty by smashing a two-run single. Harrisburg tacked on two more runs against Holt in the eighth. The B-Mets failed to muster any threats against the back end of the Harrisburg bullpen. Moore (0-1) was dealt his first loss, while Holt experienced his second blown save. The B-Mets (26-28) continue their series against the Senators on Wednesday, with Collin McHugh getting the start. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, CLEARWATER 2: Right fielder Jonathan Clark ripped a walk-off single to center to score ZeErika McQueen in the bottom of the ninth. Clark, playing in his first Florida State League game, went 2-for-4 with a steal. Tyler Pill also made his St. Lucie debut and allowed two runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings with one walk and two strikeouts. Jason Bay went 0-for-3 with a walk in his third and final game on a major league rehab assignment. Alonzo Harris Jr. launched his first homer of the season, a leadoff shot over the left-field fence in the first inning. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double in the third inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Wilmer Flores. Hamilton Bennett pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit while walking two and striking out a pair of batters. John Church tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Ryan Fraser picked up the victory in relief with a scoreless ninth. Box

ASHEVILLE at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The teams are now scheduled to play a doubleheader on Thursday, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.9.12

May, 10, 2012
BUFFALO 4, GWINNETT 1: Zach Lutz's two-out single plated two runs to cap the scoring in a three-run seventh that broke a 1-all tie. The Bisons have taken the first three of a four-game set with the G-Braves. Oswaldo Navarro and Jean Luc Blaquiere singled to start the decisive inning and advanced on a balk. The bases were loaded when Fred Lewis' single scored Blaquiere. Lutz followed with the exclamation point. Buffalo starter Jeurys Familia allowed one run in six innings, the lone damage coming courtesy of Stefan Gartrell's RBI single in the first inning. Familia (3-1, 4.41 ERA) allowed four hits and struck out six. For the G-Braves, starting pitcher Yohan Flande gave up eight hits but was able to avoid trouble until the seventh. Flande struck out six batters as well, and allowed three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 innings. After the Bisons took the three-run lead in the top of the seventh, the bullpen stepped in to preserve the lead. Justin Hampson pitched a sound seventh but found some trouble in the eighth, allowing singles to Jose Constanza and Gartrell. But with runners on first and second and one out, Elvin Ramirez relieved Hampson and struck out consecutive batters to end the inning. Ramirez retired the side in order in the ninth to earn his first Triple-A save. Lewis went 3-for-5 with an RBI on the night. Box

NEW BRITAIN 5, BINGHAMTON 1: Jefry Marte’s fielding error in the eighth set the table for a four-run inning as the Rock Cats completed a two-game series sweep. With the game tied at 1, Marte booted Joe Benson’s groundball to third to start the eighth. The Rock Cats tagged reliever Erik Turgeon for four hits, including three doubles, and scored four unearned runs to take the lead for good. For the second straight game, the B-Mets grabbed the lead first. In the second, Binghamton collected three consecutive singles against starter Steve Hirschfeld to get on the board. Marte and Raul Reyes started the rally with hits and Juan Lagares gave Binghamton a 1-0 lead with a single. The disastrous eighth overshadowed another strong pitching performance from B-Mets starter Collin McHugh. The right-hander allowed one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out four. His only blemish was Wilkin Ramirez's solo homer in the seventh. Turgeon (1-3) took over for McHugh in the eighth when things came unglued. Deibinson Romero and Danny Lehmann supplied RBI doubles and James Beresford supplied a run-scoring single. After getting on the board in the second, the B-Mets offense went silent. Binghamton had three hits after the third inning. The B-Mets (14-17) now head to Manchester to start a four-game series against the Fisher Cats on Thursday. Zack Wheeler is due to return from the disabled list for a fingernail issue in the opener. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BREVARD COUNTY 2: Jenrry Mejia pitched five solid innings in his first minor league start since before Tommy John surgery on May 16, 2011 and the Mets pushed across the go-ahead run in the eighth inning. Mejia allowed two runs on four hits with two walks and one strikeout. Mejia pitched five games with Triple-A Buffalo last season before the injury. Angel Cuan (3-1) tossed three scoreless innings in relief to pick up the victory. Cuan allowed one hit and struck out two. Adrian Rosario pitched a scoreless ninth inning and recorded a pair of strikeouts for his ninth save. The Mets took their first lead in the eighth. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double. Danny Muno reached on a bunt single and Robbie Shields followed with a walk to load the bases with no outs. Wilmer Flores grounded into a double play as Tovar scored the go-ahead run. In the ninth, Cesar Puello tripled and scored on an errant throw past third base. The Mets trailed 1-0 entering the third inning, before pushing across a run to even the score. Alonzo Harris singled and reached second on a balk. Tovar delivered an RBI double. In the fourth, Rafael Fernandez ripped his first homer of the season, a game-tying solo blast over the right-field fence. Chris Young is due to throw 75 pitches for St. Lucie at Brevard County on Thursday. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 5.2.12

May, 2, 2012
BUFFALO 5, SYRACUSE 2: A 23-minute rain delay may have shortened Matt Harvey's second home start, but it didn't come early enough to slow down the Herd attack. The delay came in the bottom of the fourth inning, after the Bisons rallied from an early 2-0 deficit. The Buffalo lineup jumped on first-pitch deliveries from Chiefs starter Erik Arnesen. Rob Johnson led off the third inning with a single and Omar Quintanilla followed with a first-pitch triple to get the Herd on the board. Harvey followed with a 390-foot sacrifice fly to tie the score at 2. It was his fourth RBI this season. Buffalo then struck for three runs in the fourth. Dustin Martin gave the Bisons the lead with an RBI single. Johnson then hit a first-pitch triple for a 4-2 lead. Once the rain delay knocked Harvey from the game, pinch hitter Josh Satin hit the first pitch he saw for an RBI groundout. Harvey struck out three batters over his four innings. While the Bisons had the lead before the rain delay, the righty did not pitch long enough to qualify for his third consecutive win. New Mets minor league policy mandates any starter being removed if he has logged two innings and there is a rain delay. Justin Hampson earned the victory with three scoreless innings. Fernando Cabrera worked the ninth inning for his fifth save. Johnson was activated from the disabled list before the game. He missed five games with a left knee strain. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere was transferred from the roster. Vinny Rottino extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a second-inning triple. Box

AKRON 3, BINGHAMTON 1: Akron starter Giovanni Soto struck out nine over seven innings to extend the B-Mets' losing streak to a season-high three games. The Aeros took advantage of an early B-Mets defensive miscue. Davis Stoneburner led off the bottom of the first by shooting a groundball to Rylan Sandoval. Sandoval, in his first game of the season at shortstop, bounced his throw to first base, past Oswaldo Navarro, advancing Stoneburner to second. He moved to third on a wild pitch by B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon and scored on Ryan Rohlinger’s groundout. Akron added to its lead in the fourth. Adam Abraham doubled and scored one batter later on Thomas Neal's double. Kyle Bellows drove Neal home by singling. Given a three-run lead, Soto cruised to his third victory. Cohoon’s night ended after five innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and struck out three. He was replaced by Armando Rodriguez, who supplied three perfect innings. Binghamton got on the board in the sixth. Navarro followed Matt den Dekker’s leadoff walk with a single. Reese Havens collected his third RBI of the season with another single. Soto escaped further damage by striking out Jefry Marte and turning a line drive back to the mound into a double play by doubling off Havens. Nursing a 3-1 lead, Kyle Landis entered from the pen and worked around a walk and a single to post a scoreless eighth. Eric Campbell led off the ninth with a double, but the rally fell short as Landis retired three straight. The win was Akron’s eighth straight. Cohoon (2-3) had his two-game winning streak snapped. The B-Mets (12-13) wrap up their weeklong trip Thursday. Right-hander Collin McHugh opposes right-hander Mason Radeke. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, JUPITER 2: Right-hander Erik Goeddel pitched five scoreless innings and Cesar Puello went 2-for-4 with an RBI as the Mets won their sixth straight game. Goeddel allowed one hit and worked around five walks while striking out five. The Mets (22-4) pushed across a pair of runs in the third inning to take the lead. Wilfredo Tovar hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Robbie Shields delivered a go-ahead single to plate Tovar. Puello hit a two-out infield single to score Shields and make it 2-0. The Mets extended the lead to 3-0 in the sixth. Danny Muno drilled a two-out single to plate Rafael Fernandez. The Mets had all nine starters record at least one hit. Cory Vaughn finished 2-for-2 with a walk. Taylor Whitenton pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief and allowed one run on two hits with two walks and a strikeout. Adam Kolarek tossed 1 1/3 innings and gave up one hit with a walk and struck out one. Adrian Rosario pitched the ninth inning for his sixth save. Rosario allowed a leadoff home run to Marcell Ozuna, but battled back to secure the victory. The Mets will look to complete a three-game sweep Thursday with Angel Cuan taking the mound. Box

SAVANNAH 7, DELMARVA 1: Savannah (15-11) opened the scoring in the second. With one out, Brian Harrison doubled. After DH Charley Thurber was hit by a pitch, Albert Cordero singled to score Harrison. The Gnats added to their lead in the fourth on Travis Taijeron’s seventh homer. In the sixth, Aderlin Rodriguez doubled and scored on Cordero’s sacrifice fly to put Savannah ahead, 3-0. Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis shut out Delmarva on two hits and two walks through six innings to earn his third win and lower his ERA to 0.68 (2 ER/26.1 IP). Delmarva (13-12) scored its lone run in the seventh against reliever Carlos Vazquez, on Mychal Givens' RBI groundout. The Gnats added four runs in the seventh, during an inning in which the Shorebirds walked four and committed an error. Cordero drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. He finished 1-for-1 with a walk, two sacrifice flies and three RBIs. T.J. Rivera singled to begin the frame to extend his hitting streak to eight games. The Gnats send right-hander Domingo Tapia (3-1, 0.68) to the mound Thursday against right-hander Parker Bridwell (2-0, 4.05). Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 4.23.12

April, 23, 2012
BUFFALO 5, LEHIGH VALLEY 1: Dylan Owen made a spot start for the temporarily promoted Jeremy Hefner. Before the Herd's game against the IronPigs was half over, Owen found himself back in the bullpen ... as a hitter. Owen became the first Buffalo pitcher in more than 17 years to homer. While he didn't earn the victory on the mound, his work at the plate ignited Buffalo's fifth win in seven games. It has been almost two decades and two affiliations ago since a Bisons pitcher went deep. In the final season of the Bisons' affiliation with the Pittsburgh Pirates, John Hope homered on Aug. 6, 1994. Of course, pitchers rarely hit during the club's partnership with the American League's Cleveland Indians. Owen got his chance to swing against the Philadelphia Phillies' affiliate on Monday because Hefner was recalled by the Mets hours before their first pitch. With Buffalo trailing 1-0, Owen pulled a 1-2 offering from former Bison Pat Misch to left field for his first career homer. The long ball was no cheepy and would've been out of most parks -- if not all -- in the International League. The home run was the sixth career hit for Owen. He went 0-for-10 at the plate last season for Buffalo. In another bit of irony, Misch was the Bisons' best-hitting pitcher a season ago, with two doubles and a modern-era-record four RBIs. Owen's homer got the Bisons going. Valentino Pascucci followed with an RBI double later in the fifth. Vinny Rottino closed out the inning with a run-scoring single. After that, the Herd never trailed. The only downside to the night was that Owen didn't earn the win. Despite retiring the first nine batters he faced, Owen isn't stretched out enough to go deep into games. He did work 4 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits. The win went to Josh Edgin (1-0) in his Triple-A debut. The southpaw was promoted Monday from Binghamton and struck out three of the five batters he faced. It's been a good hitting road trip for Bisons pitchers. Matt Harvey had two hits and an RBI on Friday night in Syracuse. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere made his 2012 Bisons debut and fly out as a pinch hitter. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, FORT MYERS 6: Andres Torres went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and played six innings in center field in his first game on a major league rehab assignment, and the Mets rallied for a victory. The Mets won their 10th consecutive game and improved to 15-2 on the season. Left fielder Cory Vaughn went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs. Vaughn hit an inside-the-park homer in the eighth. The Mets used a three-run seventh to pull out the victory. With the score tied at 6, Cesar Puello hit a go-ahead RBI double to center to score Wilmer Flores. Blake Forsythe drilled a two-run double to make it 9-6. Vaughn had hit a two-run single in the first inning to give the Mets a 2-0 lead. Fort Myers chased Mets pitcher Gonzalez Germen from the game after scoring a pair of runs in the fourth and three more runs in the fifth. Germen allowed five earned runs on five hits and walked four batters in 3 1/3 innings. The Mets trailed 6-3, but rallied with a three-run sixth. Richard Lucas hit an RBI single to cut the deficit to 6-4. Forsythe lined an RBI single to center to plate Puello and cut the deficit to a run. Torres added an RBI groundout to tie the score. D.J. Carrasco, also beginning a major league rehab assignment, retired the side in order in the first inning with one strikeout. Kyle Allen, making his first appearance of the season, picked up the victory by tossing 2 2/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Adam Kolarek tossed two scoreless innings with five strikeouts to earn his third save. Puello went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Lucas went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI. Forsythe had two hits, a run scored, and three RBIs. Chase Huchingson faces Fort Myers on Tuesday. Box

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 4.14.12

April, 14, 2012
PAWTUCKET 9, BUFFALO 6: Given new life in the fifth inning, the Red Sox scored five unearned runs to hand Buffalo its third straight loss and fifth in six games. The Herd was nursing a 2-1 advantage until Pawtucket loaded the bases with walks to Alex Hassan and Daniel Nava and an intentional free pass to Ryan Lavarnway. Two batters later, Lars Anderson hit a sharp grounder that made it through Herd first baseman Zach Lutz. The error allowed two runners to score as Pawtucket regained the lead. Two pitches later, top Red Sox prospect Will Middlebrook made the miscue really hurt with a three-run homer off reliever Jeff Stevens. After the Bisons cut the PawSox lead to 6-4, Pawtucket pulled away with three seventh-inning runs. All four hits in that rally were grounders that found their way through the infield. In defeat, Bobby Scales collected four hits for Buffalo and finished a triple away from the cycle. The veteran had a two-run homer in the seventh, during a failed comeback bid. Scales now leads all International League hitters with a .567 on-base percentage. Garrett Olson, who suffered the loss, was charged with four runs (one earned) in 4 1/3 innings. The Bisons bullpen allowed five runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings. Prior to the game, the Bisons activated catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere. Buffalo had a roster spot as infielder Josh Satin was placed on the Mets' 24-hour taxi-squad list. New in 2012, major league teams can place minor league players on a taxi squad for 24 hours as part of consideration for a promotion. That way, minor league teams can replace that player and play their game at full strength. Chuck James threw two scoreless relief innings to increase his season total to five scoreless frames spanning four appearances. Box

PORTLAND 5, BINGHAMTON 3: The Sea Dogs took advantage of seven walks -- three in the decisive sixth inning, during which Portland scored three runs and broke a tie. B-Mets starter Darin Gorski cruised through three innings. However, the southpaw ran into trouble in the fourth. Following a leadoff walk to Juan Carlos Linares and a wild pitch, Bryce Brentz laced an RBI double. Brentz scored on Oscar Tejeda’s double, giving Portland a 2-0 lead. Binghamton answered against Portland starter Billy Buckner in the fifth. Buckner walked Josh Rodriguez and Juan Centeno singled. Sean Kazmar then lined a two-run double off the left-center wall. The B-Mets nearly cracked a half-inning later. After Heiker Meneses was hit by Gorski, Derrik Gibson pushed a bunt up the third-base line. Gorski cleanly fielded the roller, but his throw to first tailed toward the runner. Gibson ran into Allan Dykstra’s left arm and the ball rolled down the line. When the dust settled, Portland had runners at second and third, Dykstra was pulled from the game and Gorski’s day was done. The southpaw struck out five while allowing two runs over four innings in a no-decision. Kevin Mulvey entered and escaped unscathed. After recording a strikeout, he walked Linares intentionally to load the bases. The gamble paid off when Brentz flied out and Reynaldo Rodriguez grounded out to end the inning. Binghamton threatened in the top of the sixth, but failed to come through against reliever Will Latimer. The lefty allowed the first two batters to reach, and move to second and third, but Latimer battled back to strand both. Mulvey (0-1) then walked the first three batters he faced on 14 pitches to load the bases in the bottom of the sixth. Edgar Ramirez entered and allowed a two-run double to Gibson to break the tie game. In the eighth, Juan Lagares greeted Josh Fields with a double and scored on Oswaldo Navarro’s single to cut Portland’s lead to two. The B-Mets loaded the bases with two outs in the ninth, but Fields caught Eric Campbell looking to end the game. The B-Mets (3-5) look for the series split Sunday. Greg Peavey gets the nod for Binghamton against right-hander Chris Balcom-Miller. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, PALM BEACH 1: Yohan Almonte limited Palm Beach to one run in 5 1/3 innings, while relievers Taylor Whitenton and Jeffrey Kaplan combined to strike out six and yield one hit the rest of the way. Wilmer Flores' sacrifice fly in the fifth broke a 1-all tie. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 0: Domingo Tapia tossed seven scoreless innings and Marcos Camarena had two no-hit relief innings as the Gnats shut out Augusta for the second straight day. Savannah had a six-run fourth inning that included a two-run triple by T.J. Rivera as well as five walks, a passed ball and two wild pitches. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets morning briefing 3.21.12

March, 21, 2012
Johan Santana will attempt to up his pitch count to 80 in his fourth Grapefruit League start as the Mets travel down I-95 to Jupiter to take on the Cardinals this afternoon. Also scheduled to pitch: Miguel Batista, Bobby Parnell and Manny Acosta. Jake Westbrook starts for St. Louis. Bullpen catcher Eric Langill, after serving a team-imposed seven-day suspension following a DUI arrest, is listed for the trip, according to the Record.

Wednesday's news reports:

Jeff Wilpon golfed with Terry Collins on Monday and was visible at the Mets' spring training complex Tuesday, but Sandy Alderson spoke to the media on behalf of the organization. Alderson suggested the owners' settlement of the Bernard Madoff-related lawsuit resembled clouds parting over the organization. The GM said the Mets were on much firmer footing with the clawback lawsuit resolved and with a $240 million infusion of capital from minority investors. While Alderson said the Mets still primarily will focus on their farm system, the GM noted the positive financial developments will make it easier to have the option to pursue free agents. Alderson added that the developments do not materially change how the organization will deal with David Wright as free-agency eligibility approaches. Alderson also did not promise the payroll would rise next season from this year's roughly $91 million. Listen to a podcast of Alderson's comments here. Read more in the Post, Journal, Times, Record, Newsday, Daily News and Star-Ledger.

• The Mets formally announced the sale of 12 ownership shares at $20 million apiece, although they did not identify the investors. Fred Wilpon previously has acknowledged SportsNet New York would buy four of the shares. Jeff Wilpon and Saul Katz, who is Fred Wilpon's brother-in-law, purchased two others. The Times reported three of the shares are actually going to family members and that only five shares -- worth $100 million -- are from outside investors. The Wall Street Journal outed two investors who combined to purchase part of one 4 percent, $20 million block -- Bob Pittman and Kenneth Lerer. The infusion allowed the Mets to pay off a $25 million emergency loan from Major League Baseball as well as a $40 million bridge loan from Bank of America, the team announced.

Andres Torres departed after two innings on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals after suffering a strained left calf muscle. With Scott Hairston (oblique) still sidelined, Collins resolved to take a look at left fielder Jason Bay and infielder Jordany Valdespin in center field. Torres hopes he is day-to-day and the injury is not longer term. Hairston started to work out with teammates Tuesday, but is not yet swinging a bat and is iffy for Opening Day. Read more in the Daily News, Record, Post and Newsday.

• Wright said he is purposefully taking "baby steps" in returning from his abdominal muscle tear. Collins hoped to have the third baseman in a game this weekend, or no later than early next week. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• The Mets snapped a nine-game winless streak in Grapefruit League play with a 2-0 victory against the Nats on Tuesday night at Digital Domain Park. Dillon Gee contributed 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Lucas Duda had an opposite-field solo homer against phenom Stephen Strasburg. Ruben Tejada played five innings in his first game action in nine days and turned a pair of double plays with Daniel Murphy. The Mets are now 4-11-1 in the Grapefruit League.

• 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey allowed three earned runs in six innings for Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday. Jean Luc Blaquiere had a two-run homer in the Bisons' 4-4 tie with the Miami Marlins' top affiliate. Read the minor league recap here.

• A team official said the Mets do not intend to sign any of the left-handers on the market -- C.J. Nitkowski (who auditioned in Port St. Lucie), Hong-Chih Kuo, Scott Kazmir or Dontrelle Willis. Willis actually is headed to the Baltimore Orioles,'s Jerry Crasnick reports.

Ken Belson in the Times notes the trustee recovering funds for victims of Madoff's Ponzi scheme and the Wilpons are now allies. That's because every dollar trustee Irving Picard collects on behalf of victims helps defray the $162 million settlement amount to which the Wilpons agreed. The Wilpons are entitled to apply to recover $178 million in losses, which will lessen their settlement burden. "In a sense, we’re now partners,” Picard's chief counsel, David Sheehan, said according to Belson. “They have an interest in us getting 100 percent recovery and they should be supportive, and we will be supportive by trying to collect all those funds.”

• Columnist Harvey Araton in the Times says there is no secret method to energize a fan base and give it hope: Just spend money. That will continue to be easier said than done with the Mets. Writes Araton:

Winning apparently clears the slate and cleanses the soul. Wilpon could spend the next few years climbing trees, saving cats and parking fans’ cars. They won’t stick with him if his team can’t play. Fans in the 21st century, often feeling like victims of another kind of Ponzi scheme, are just willfully blind that way.

TRIVIA: Which player in Mets major league camp was selected with the earliest pick in the draft?

Tuesday's answer: Bubba Bell led Triple-A Buffalo in stolen bases in 2011 with nine.

Around the minors 3.20.12

March, 20, 2012
BUFFALO 4, NEW ORLEANS 4: The Bisons tied Miami's Triple-A affiliate in a game called after nine and a half innings. Right-hander Matt Harvey started for the Bisons and allowed three earned runs over six innings. The 23-year-old was the Mets' first-round selection in the 2010 draft and enters the 2012 season as New York’s No. 2 prospect, according to Baseball America. Last season, Harvey was a combined 13-5 in 26 starts between Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. Catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere hit a two-run homer for the Bisons, while infielder Allan Dykstra was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Infielders Zach Lutz and Valentino Pascucci both went 1-for-3.

JACKSONVILLE 8, BINGHAMTON 3: The B-Mets pounded out 10 hits, including three from Darrell Ceciliani, but could not stop the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins. Gonzalez Germen, a 25-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, made the start for the B-Mets and racked up five strikeouts. Germen went 7-7 with a 3.93 ERA in 21 starts with low-A Savannah last year. Germen got the hook in the bottom of the third inning with two runners aboard. Right-hander Taylor Whitenton took over and allowed a three-run homer, giving the Suns the lead for good. Ceciliani led the way at the plate with a 3-for-5 day. He finished a homer shy of the cycle, the third time that has happened for a B-Met this spring. Fellow outfielder Cory Vaughn kept his hot start going with his second home run of the spring. The B-Mets hit the road Wednesday to take on the Springfield Cardinals in Jupiter, Fla.

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: Vaughn sticks to baseball

August, 3, 2011
Cory Vaughn’s athletic interests have their limits.

While his father Greg played 15 seasons in the majors, the other competitive athletes in Vaughn’s family these days are his mother Michele and 17-year-old sister Genay, an aspiring Olympian. They are involved in equestrian, operating Starr Vaughn Equestrian Center in Elk Grove, Calif., and competing internationally in countries such as Germany.

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Cory Vaughn

You will not find the 22-year-old outfielder Vaughn on horseback with them.

“Oh, definitely not,” Vaughn said. “Those horses are so big. I was so big when I was little, I felt like I was 20 feet in the air on top of the horse. I shied away from that and stuck to baseball.”

Baseball is working out nicely for Vaughn, a fourth-round pick last year out of Tony Gwynn’s San Diego State program.

After last year’s draft, Vaughn hit .307 with 14 homers in 72 games for the Brooklyn Cyclones and was named a New York-Penn League All-Star. This season, he hit .286 with four homers and had a .405 on-base percentage in 68 games with Savannah while again earning an All-Star selection.

After the Gnats clinched the first half, Vaughn was promoted to high-A St. Lucie. His average exceeded .313 just 10 days ago in the Florida State League, but has dipped to .250 through 35 games with a 4-for-36 rut. Vaughn has played right field with St. Lucie. That’s the position he played his freshman year at San Diego State before moving to center field.

“I feel like I almost saw guys throw harder down in Savannah, but here they have a better idea of how to approach you and get you out,” Vaughn said.

Vaughn’s healthy on-base percentage comes from walks as well as getting hit 19 times this season -- tied for fifth most in minor league baseball. He also was hit in the All-Star Game, so the actual total is 20.

“I’m not even standing on the plate,” he said. “I’m trying to have good at-bats. You’re not going to get on base every single game. You’re not going to have hits every single game. But I’ve been trying to go up there with a plan and approach, just try to work the counts a little bit, trying not to do too much -- just play the game the right way. Any way it takes I’m going to try to get on base.”

While he might have preferred to be promoted to St. Lucie earlier, Vaughn remained in low-A until fellow 2010 draft pick Matt den Dekker moved from St. Lucie to Binghamton -- and until Savannah clinched the first-half title in its South Atlantic League division. That allowed Vaughn to participate in the SAL All-Star Game in Salisbury, Md., where he homered off Roman Mendez of the Rangers organization with Vaughn’s father on hand as a spectator. His father primarily played for Milwaukee, San Diego and Tampa Bay during a major league career that spanned 1989 to 2003.

“The coach went out there and talked to him because he was a little wild,” Vaughn said about the opposing pitcher in the All-Star Game. “He was throwing probably about 96, 97ish mph. First of all, in an All-Star game, you’re not trying to get cheated at all. I go up there, and the first pitch as soon as the coach is done talking to him, a fastball up in the zone, I just took a good swing. It worked out for me that it got over the fence.”

As for his father being in attendance for the game, Vaughn added: “He tries to make it to as many as he can, but my sister is in high school in Sacramento. And my mom is doing her business with equestrian and horses. Whenever he has a chance he tries to make it out. I mean, I talk to him every night. He tries to give me my own space.”

Vaughn’s Twitter handle, by the way, is @sugarfreecv. It’s a reference to Vaughn dealing with juvenile diabetes since his youth.

Organization leaders

Average: Juan Lagares, Binghamton, .348; Richard Lucas, Brooklyn, .340; Danny Muno, Brooklyn, .333; Josh Satin, Buffalo, .329; Julio Concepcion, Kingsport, .318; Pedro Zapata, St. Lucie, .317; Greg Pron, Kingsport, .315; Cam Maron, Kingsport, .306; Luis Figueroa, Buffalo, .305; Charley Thurber, Brooklyn, .302.

Homers: Brahiam Maldonado, Binghamton, 19; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 16; Jordany Valdespin, Binghamton, 15; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 14.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 75; Josh Satin, Buffalo, 70; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 67; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 65; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 56.

Steals: Jordany Valdespin, Binghamton, 31; Pedro Zapata, St. Lucie, 28; Matt den Dekker, Binghamton, 19; Darrell Ceciliani, Savannah, 16.

ERA: Rafael Montero, GCL Mets, 1.45; Darin Gorski, St. Lucie, 2.20; Todd Weldon, Brooklyn, 2.56; Erik Goeddel, GCL Mets, 2.57; Gabriel Ynoa, GCL Mets, 2.83; Bret Mitchell, Kingsport, 2.95; Jeurys Familia, Binghamton, 2.97; Angel Cuan, Savannah, 3.00; Matt Harvey, Binghamton, 3.32; Carlos Vazquez, Brooklyn, 3.38.

Wins: Darin Gorski, St. Lucie, 10; Greg Peavey, St. Lucie, 10; Angel Cuan, Savannah, 9; Matt Harvey, Binghamton, 8; Brandon Moore, Binghamton, 8.

Saves: Josh Edgin, St. Lucie, 21; Dale Thayer, Buffalo, 14; Jeffrey Kaplan, St. Lucie, 10; Hamilton Bennett, Savannah, 10.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Binghamton, 130; Darin Gorski, St. Lucie, 115; Chris Schwinden, Buffalo, 112; Jeurys Familia, Binghamton, 104; Gonzalez Germen, Savannah, 101.

Short hops

• Right-hander Zack Wheeler allowed three first-inning runs, and four runs in four innings, on Monday in his Mets debut, with Class A St. Lucie. Wheeler did not issue a walk. He reverted to his high school mechanics for his final two starts in the Giants organization, and that resulted in issuing only two walks in 11 1/3 innings. Through 76 2/3 innings with San Jose, Wheeler had walked 45.

Jim Callis of Baseball America re-ranks the Mets’ top-10 prospects this way, naming Wheeler the organization’s top farmhand, followed by Matt Harvey, 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo, Jeurys Familia, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Jenrry Mejia, Cesar Puello, 44th overall pick Michael Fulmer, Jordany Valdespin and Wilmer Flores. (Mejia is not eligible for Rookie of the Year consideration going forward because he spent a half-season in the majors as a reliever.)

• Fulmer, a prep right-hander from Oklahoma, should make his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League shortly after signing for a reported $937,500. Fourth-round pick Tyler Pill from Cal State-Fullerton made his Brooklyn debut on Tuesday with a scoreless inning after two appearances in the Gulf Coast League.

• Familia returned to Binghamton’s rotation Tuesday after missing three weeks with a shoulder impingement.

Dillon Gee will be enshrined in the Brooklyn Cyclones ring of honor in a ceremony before Thursday’s New York-Penn League game. His No. 20 will be displayed in the stadium, alongside the names/numbers of outfielder Angel Pagan, right-hander Brian Bannister and second baseman Danny Garcia, who was the first Cyclone to reach the majors. While the numbers are displayed at MCU Park, they are not retired.

• 2009 top pick Steve Matz, who is progressing slowly from Tommy John surgery performed 15 months ago, has yet to throw a professional pitch in a game and is unlikely to do so this season. The former standout at Ward Melville High School on Long Island has not resumed throwing following a shutdown for micro-sized muscle tears in the left elbow area. Matz is just preparing for an offseason, with an eye toward pitching in 2012.

• Infielder Josh Satin has a 10-game hitting streak and has upped his average to .354 with one homer and 10 RBIs in 12 games since a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo. Satin mostly will play third base with the Bisons, but also will see action at second base, with limited duty at first base.

• Outfielder Fernando Martinez (.254, 8 HR, 27 RBI, 189 at-bats) returned Saturday after missing two weeks with the Bisons with a hip injury.

• St. Lucie manager Pedro Lopez will manage the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. In addition to Mets prospects, the squad also will include farmhands from Milwaukee, St. Louis, Seattle and San Diego. The Mets will determine their player contingent later this month.

• Food poisoning struck the Brooklyn Cyclones, including fifth-round pick Jack Leathersich, who has not appeared since striking out the side in an inning on July 24.

• In his latest start, Harvey narrowly remained winless since a June 26 promotion to Double-A. Harvey limited Harrisburg to one run and four hits while walking two and striking out 10, including Nationals phenom Bryce Harper twice, in seven innings Thursday. However, Harvey received a no-decision.

• Buffalo third baseman Zach Lutz, who suffered a second concussion this season after again getting hit in the head with a pitch, has resumed hitting off a tee, throwing and running. He should return to games in the near future.

Mike Nickeas’ promotion to the majors resulted in a trickle up with catchers in the minors. Dusty Ryan, who missed substantial time this season to get a meniscus tear repaired, moved from Binghamton to Buffalo. Jean Luc Blaquiere was activated from the disabled list with the B-Mets.

Juan Lagares continues to sizzle since a promotion to Double-A. After consecutive multi-hit games, Lagares has lifted his average to .409 through 44 Eastern League at-bats while displaying solid bat speed and arm strength. Lagares suffered a gruesome ankle fracture with St. Lucie in late July last year and is still not in perfect form health-wise, so Mets brass is anxious to see how he performs in 2012 when healthier.

• Right-hander Taylor Whitenton (4-2, 2.61 ERA) successfully returned to Savannah’s rotation after missing two starts with a forearm strain. He was pulled after three scoreless innings to be cautious as he eases back into action.

• UCLA product Erik Goeddel’s next start should come with Savannah for the first time since May 23. The right-hander tossed three scoreless innings Monday in the Gulf Coast League as he works back from a shoulder strain.

• Brooklyn third baseman Richard Lucas has reached base in 24 straight games. Lucas, who ranks third in the New York-Penn League with a .340 average, is a fourth-round pick out of high school in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2007 and probably merits playing at a higher level. But the Mets valued getting him regular playing time at third base, and he would have been boxed out at higher levels by St. Lucie’s Jefry Marte and Savannah’s Aderlin Rodriguez. Lucas experienced shoulder soreness during spring training and when he was ready to play, it coincided with the start of Brooklyn’s season anyway.

• Outfielder Travis Taijeron, the organization’s 18th-round pick out of Cal Poly Pomona, had five homers in a 10-game span with Brooklyn.

Chin-lung Hu, who experienced throwing yips with Buffalo, is due to begin a rehab assignment shortly in the Gulf Coast League. Hu worked on switch-hitting while inactive, but it will be his call whether he takes that into games.

Adam Rubin’s farm report appears Wednesdays during the regular season



Bartolo Colon
15 4.09 151 202
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187