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Farm report: Walters notches saves record

August, 14, 2013
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Right-hander Jeff Walters has produced 33 saves this season, breaking the Double-A Binghamton single-season record, which previously had been set by Jerrod Riggan with 28 in 2000.

Next up for Walters: The all-time B-Mets saves record. Tim Lavigne notched 36 saves with the B-Mets while spending parts of five seasons with the Eastern League club, from 2002 to 2008.

Walters’ save total is the most in all of minor league baseball. The runner-up, Chris Hatcher, has 29 with Triple-A New Orleans (Marlins).


Courtesy of New York MetsJeff Walters


“It’s been really cool,” said Walters, a seventh-round pick in 2010 from the University of Georgia. “I didn’t think that our team would be doing this well, either, you know? When you win 75 games this early in the season, hopefully you get a couple of cracks at some saves. But I’ve been fortunate to be put in that situation. We’ve had some tight games.”

Walters actually had a streak of 20 straight save conversions snapped Tuesday night with only his third blown save of the season. He issued a walk-off wild pitch. It was his first time working in five days. The organization had backed off his usage because of a shoulder issue.

Walters’ fastball sits at 93-95 mph. He has registered 97 mph a couple of times this season, but generally tops out with an occasional 96 mph. He also sports a slider (83-86 mph) and changeup (82-84 mph).

He originally served as a starting pitcher in the minors, including 14 starts for Brooklyn in 2011. He shifted to the bullpen with Savannah and St. Lucie last season, and emerged as Binghamton’s closer this year.

Walters, 25, had familiarity with the relief role. He served in that capacity during most of his junior year with Georgia, before stepping in as a starter at NCAA regional time. He then settled into to a Saturday starting role his senior year with the Southeastern Conference program.

“I’d be in that situation in JUCO as well, before I had gotten to Georgia,” Walters said. “I’ve been back and forth to both spots and am comfortable either way.”

Walters has an unusual distinction. He was drafted five times before signing with the Mets.

He was selected out of high school in Orlando, Fla., by the Giants in the 24th round in 2006, by the Nationals in the 47th round out of St. Petersburg College in ’07, by the Indians in the 30th round in ’08 out of the same junior college, then by the Orioles in the 17th round in ’09 as a junior at Georgia. With no more college eligibility, he signed with the Mets after being drafted in the seventh round his senior year.

As atypical as that is, Walters had a mentor who went through the same experience. His high school pitching coach, Randy O’Neal, also was drafted five times. O’Neal eventually signed with the Tigers as a first-round pick in 1981 out of the University of Florida.

O’Neal went on to make 142 major league appearances (46 starts) over seven major league seasons, with the Tigers, Braves, Cardinals, Phillies and Giants.

“It was awesome,” Walters said about having O’Neal as a coach in high school. “I got to the point where I was learning more about the game than actual mechanics. Most of it at this point [in Double-A] for a lot of pitchers is not mechanical anymore. It’s being able to understand the mental game -- what to do, when to do it, and how to accept defeat as well as how to accept when you do good. I was taught that from very early, and he has helped me with that a lot.”

Next up for Walters, aside from an appearance with the B-Mets in the Eastern League playoffs? Because he was drafted in 2010 as a college senior, Walters needs to be added to the 40-man roster this offseason in order to be protected from Rule 5 draft eligibility.

The recent shoulder issue may have given the Mets too much pause for a September call-up, although it’s not entirely out of the question. Pitchers who clearly should be with the Mets after rosters expand are Greg Burke, Robert Carson and mostly likely Tim Byrdak.

“I can only take care of what I do on the field,” Walters said. “That’s all I’m concentrating on right now is trying to finish out the season strong with this last month, and then hopefully with us going to the playoffs. And then whatever happens in the offseason happens. I’ll take it whatever it is and prepare and come back next year and hopefully get a chance next year.”

Organization leaders

Average: Victor Cruzado, Kingsport, .336; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, .329; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .326; Yeixon Ruiz, Kingsport, .321; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .321; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, .317; Jeff McNeil, Kingsport, .314; LJ Mazzilli, Brooklyn, .303; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .298; Jhoan Urena, GCL Mets, .296.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 24; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 20; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 19; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 16; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 15.

RBI: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 88; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 86; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, 76; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, 74.

Steals: Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 28; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 24; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 22; Eudy Pina, Savannah, 18.

ERA: Rob Whalen, Kingsport, 1.72; Octavio Acosta, GCL Mets, 2.28; John Gant, Brooklyn, 2.36; Chris Flexen, Kingsport, 2.39; Noah Syndergaard, Binghamton, 2.54; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 2.55; Carlos Valdez, Brooklyn, 2.58; Miller Diaz, Brooklyn, 2.68; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 2.69; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.71.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 13; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 11; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 10; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 10; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 9.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 33; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 16; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 15; Robert Carson, Vegas,10; Bret Mitchell, St. Lucie, 10.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 126; Noah Syndergaaard, Binghamton, 118; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 117.

Short hops

• Attempting to close out a victory for the NL in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, Brooklyn Cyclones left-hander John Mincone surrendered two ninth-inning runs and the AL won, 4-3, in walk-off fashion. Playing in his home state, LJ Mazzilli came off the bench and went 0-for-1 with a run scored in the game at Norwich, Conn. Starter Miller Diaz allowed one run in one inning. Robert Gsellman tossed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit and striking out two.

• A pair of Mets farmhands were named their leagues’ pitchers of the week.

B-Mets left-hander Mark Cohoon earned the Eastern League honor after going 2-0 and allowing one earned run in 13 innings over two starts. Cohoon, a 12th-round pick in 2008, owns the B-Mets’ record for most career innings pitched (371 1/3).

Savannah right-hander Seth Lugo, a 34th-round pick in 2011 out of Centenary College in Shreveport, La., earned the South Atlantic League honor. Lugo, 23, appeared in 11 games (10 starts) after the draft with Kingsport, but did not pitch last year. He missed significant time with a back injury.

• The Mets have not yet named their Arizona Fall League contingent, but team officials indicated players who missed chunks of time during the season because of injury would be prime candidates. Fitting that criteria: Binghamton outfielder Cory Vaughn as well as right-handers Cory Mazzoni, Michael Fulmer and Hansel Robles.

Noah Syndergaard is 5-0 with a 1.76 ERA in nine starts since a promotion to Binghamton. He has allowed 34 hits and 10 walks while striking out 54 in 46 innings.

• 2011 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini took an 11-game hitting streak into the New York-Penn League All-Star break. Cecchini lifted his season average from .214 to .282 with the surge.

Lucas Duda’s last three starts have come at first base with Las Vegas. Duda is hitting .200 (5-for-25) with one RBI and six walks in eight games since joining the 51s.

Minors 7.26.13: Walters breaks saves record

July, 27, 2013
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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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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

Morning Briefing: Byrd migration to Texas?

July, 25, 2013
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FIRST PITCH: Zack Wheeler, who tossed six scoreless innings in his major league debut at Turner Field in Atlanta, albeit with five walks, gets another crack at the Braves in an early start this afternoon.

Wheeler (3-1, 3.58 ERA) opposes rookie left-hander Alex Wood (0-2, 2.45) as the Mets look to salvage a split of the four-game series. First pitch: 12:10 p.m.


Tom Lynn/Getty ImagesZack Wheeler pitches on turn, despite recently dealing with a blister issue.


The Mets earlier this week debated delaying Wheeler’s start a day to allow a blister to further heal, but ultimately decided it was a nonissue and kept him on regular rest. Wheeler has dealt with blister issues throughout his pro career -- both as a San Francisco Giants farmhand and with the Mets.

Wood steps in for fellow southpaw Paul Maholm, who landed on the disabled list on the eve of the series with a bruised wrist.

With the Mets facing a left-hander, Josh Satin should start at first base and Juan Lagares in center field. Justin Turner also is due for his first start since returning from the disabled list.

Terry Collins planned for Turner to be used at a middle-infield position, but Turner might start at third base if David Wright needs a day for a sore back/neck. Wright inadvertently hit himself with the shattered bat during his own swing in the fourth inning Wednesday night.

Thursday’s news reports:

• The Texas Rangers are scouting Marlon Byrd among a bevy of outfield options, writes CBSSports.com. Alex Rios of the Chicago White Sox appears Texas’ primary target, according to the report. Writes Jon Heyman:

Ideally, Texas would have loved to make a run at young Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton, Hunter Pence (a local, being a U-T Arlington product) or perhaps Michael Cuddyer, but with those three apparently unavailable at the moment, the Rangers are surveying a market that's heavy on far lesser talents. Pence would seem to have the best chance to be traded of those three, and Texas would target him if he becomes free. Nolan Ryan is said to be a fan.

Seattle, which has Raul Ibanez, Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse, isn't ready to trade anybody yet. And most believe they'll ultimately keep at least Ibanez and Morales now that they are showing decent signs of life. …

The Rangers reportedly have looked at Norichika Aoki, as well, and Danny Knobler reported they are scouting Marlon Byrd, their former player. Other outfielders who could go in trades include Justin Ruggiano, Chris Denorfia, Nate Schierholtz and Alejandro De Aza.

• Tim Hudson suffered a gruesome fracture of his right ankle when he was stepped on while covering first base by runner Eric Young Jr. on Wednesday night. Hudson had taken a scoreless effort into the eighth inning when the injury occurred.

“I saw them get tangled up,” Dan Uggla told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I was just hoping he Charley-horsed him or something. I didn’t see the extent of it. Once I saw Huddy’s reaction, I was like, ‘Oh, no. This isn’t good.’ …

“He was kind of in disbelief, obviously in a lot of pain. You could see just the thoughts going through his head, ‘This can’t be happening. … This is unbelievable.’ That sort of thing. I know he was in a lot of pain.”

Young expressed remorse for what happened.

"I'm hustling down the line like I always do, going for the base," Young said. "I saw his foot, as I'm going for the base, right there in the middle, as I came down, I knew I didn't get any of the base. I know I got all of his foot. I pretty much knew it was probably broke right as I did it, and that's why I sprinted right back to him and tried to console him as much as I could and apologize.

"I was able to see Tim before they took him to the hospital. He told me it wasn't my fault, just one of those freak plays that happened."

Read more on the injury and reaction in the Post and Daily News.

Evan Gattis, Uggla and Andrelton Simmons all homered against Jeremy Hefner as the Braves beat the Mets, 8-2 at Citi Field. Hefner surrendered six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings. He became the first Mets pitcher to allow three homers in a home game this season. Hefner has allowed 13 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings over his past two starts. Daniel Murphy had two doubles, but also committed two errors.

Columnist John Harper in the Daily News summarizes the night.

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

• Read more on Wright’s status after getting struck with his own bat in the Star-Ledger and Daily News.

Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud returned to game action for the first time Wednesday, in the same Gulf Coast League game. D’Arnaud went 1-for-3 and caught five innings in his first official action since fracturing the first metatarsal in his left foot on April 17 with Triple-A Las Vegas.

Duda, who landed on the DL with an intercostal muscle strain on his left side after a June 21 game, went 0-for-2 with a walk. He played five innings in left field. It would have been far more noteworthy because of the implications for Ike Davis if Duda had played first base, but that was not the case. Read more in the Post.

Jonathon Niese, on the DL with a shoulder issue, is ready to pitch in a Gulf Coast League game this weekend or shortly thereafter. He likely will need multiple rehab starts before returning, so rejoining the Mets in mid-August is most likely. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

Jenrry Mejia joined the Mets in advance of Friday’s start opposite Jordan Zimmermann in Game 1 of a doubleheader at Nationals Park. Matt Harvey opposes Ross Ohlendorf in the nightcap that day. The other matchups that series: Dillon Gee versus Dan Haren on Saturday and Carlos Torres versus Taylor Jordan on Sunday.


Adam RubinThe San Francisco Giants annually host a sleepover for fans on the night of a day game at AT&T Park.


Mejia told Jorge Castillo in the Star-Ledger that he has bone spurs in his right elbow that will need to be surgically removed during the offseason. Doctors proposed removing them during spring training when the issue first flared up, but Mejia preferred taking anti-inflammatory medication to get through the discomfort and to deal with it after the season. Read more in the Journal and Record.

• Matching an event annually staged at San Francisco’s A&T Park, the Mets will host a sleepover for fans at Citi Field on Aug. 10. Unlike with the Giants, it will not occur the night of a home day game. Tickets, which range $175-$200 per person and include admission to the Sept. 28 game against the Milwaukee Brewers, go on sale at 10 a.m. today at Mets.com/sleepover. The Mets also announced PR man Jay Horwitz bobblehead day will be held Aug. 23. There’s also a Third Eye Blind concert after that game against the Detroit Tigers.

• Columnist Larry Brooks in the Post suggests the Mets are laying the groundwork for a brighter future.

• Mark Cohoon became the all-time innings-pitched leader in Binghamton history and closer Jeff Walters matched Jerrod Riggan’s B-Mets single-season record with save No. 28 in a 6-3 win against Reading. Read the minor league recap here.

BIRTHDAYS: Billy Wagner, now spending time with his alpacas, turns 42. … Where’s Mota? Guillermo Mota is celebrating his 40th birthday.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets hold onto Marlon Byrd unless overwhelmed by a trade offer?

Farm report: Fuller takes to relief quickly

July, 24, 2013
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In his first full season as a reliever, left-hander Jim Fuller put up gaudy numbers with Class A St. Lucie this year.

The 26-year-old southpaw posted a 0.84 ERA while allowing only 15 hits in 32 innings, albeit with 16 walks. Lefty batters in the Florida State League hit only .116 (5-for-43) against him and received only three of those walks.


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“I was healthy there. I mixed it up. My arm felt good,” said Fuller, who made his Double-A Binghamton debut on June 20. “I just attacked the hitters there.”

Fuller missed the entire 2011 season recovering from shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. He missed the early part of last season, too.

“It took a while,” he said about the rehab process. “I didn’t really start feeling good until this past offseason -- a year and a half after surgery. It takes a while, a lot of hard work rehabbing and stuff. But it’s paying off finally.”

A 21st-round pick in 2008, Fuller began his college career at Southern New Hampshire before bouncing to a junior college in Oklahoma and then Southern Connecticut State. The Marlborough, Mass., native earned the Mets’ attention while tossing 59 straight scoreless innings for Division II SCSU.

His fastball sits at 91-92 mph and tops out at 94. He also possesses a curveball and changeup.

Fuller actually landed on the B-Mets’ disabled list Tuesday with left biceps tendinitis, although the injury is not considered serious. He had a 9.64 ERA through seven Double-A appearances, which he just chalked up to an adjustment period to the higher level.

“That’s going to happen,” Fuller said. “I’m not too worried about that. I’ve had some good outings, too.”

As for the adjustment to the bullpen after being a starter throughout his pro career, Fuller said: “It didn’t go too bad. I adjusted right away. It’s just the whole point of getting up quicker. You’ve got to be ready in a batter or so. It caught me off guard at first, but I adjusted to it pretty well.”

Organization leaders

Average: Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, .345; Victor Cruzado, Kingsport, .338; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .332; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .320; Kevin Plawecki, St. Lucie, .317; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .307; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .305; Jeff McNeil, Kingsport, .305; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .305; Jhoan Urena, GCL Mets, .299.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 20; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 18; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 17; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 16; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 12.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 77; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 74; Cesar Puello, 71; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 69; Jayce Boyd, St. Lucie, 67.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 23; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 23; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 17; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 13; Patrick Biondi, Brooklyn, 13.

ERA: Rob Whalen, Kingsport, 1.34; Chris Flexen, Kingsport, 1.93; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 2.16; Steven Matz, Savannah, 2.33; Miller Diaz, Brooklyn, 2.37; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.62; John Gant, Brooklyn, 2.76; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.82; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 2.86; Noah Syndergaard, Binghamton, 2.88.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 10; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 9; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 9; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 9.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 27; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 15; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 11; Bret Mitchell, St. Lucie, 10; Hamilton Bennett, Binghamton, 8.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 105; Noah Syndergaaard, Binghamton, 102; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 100; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 97; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 94.

Short hops

Pedro Feliciano is about to get tested to see if he is MLB worthy. After 14 relief appearances with Binghamton, Feliciano has been promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas. Feliciano had a 1.26 ERA with the B-Mets. Lefties hit .167 and righties hit .192 against him in 14 1/3 innings. However, Feliciano did not use his fastball much in the Eastern League. He instead deceived the less-sophisticated Double-A hitters primarily with a slider-changeup combo. His lesser-used fastball did top out at 85 mph, but was far more frequently in the low-80s.

Feliciano’s promotion was part of a flurry of roster moves in the upper minors Tuesday. With Greg Burke and Feliciano joining Las Vegas, and with Jenrry Mejia due to start Friday in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Nationals, Greg Peavey and Armando Rodriguez were shifted from the 51s to Binghamton. They were due to report to the B-Mets on Tuesday, but their connecting flight was canceled and they were stranded in Detroit overnight.

• Left fielder Cory Vaughn, who was having a solid season with Binghamton (.288, 6 HR, 31 RBIs in 170 at-bats) before a right elbow strain landed him on the DL, appears fully healed. After appearing in nine Gulf Coast League games, Vaughn was activated from the DL on Tuesday and joined Class A St. Lucie.

• Outfielder Dustin Lawley continues to tear up the Florida State League. Lawley was named the league’s player of the week after hitting .444 with one homer and six RBIs in five games during the week ending Sunday. Lawley, a 19th-round pick in 2011 from the University of West Florida, has an FSL-leading 20 homers.

Jordany Valdespin may have further cemented himself in management’s doghouse for his demotion reaction in Pittsburgh, but solid production since reporting to Las Vegas at least is tempering things. Through six games, Valdespin has 10 hits in his first 25 at-bats, for a .400 average. He has produced two homers and 13 RBIs. Five of Valdespin’s six starts have come at second base, since Wilmer Flores has been on the DL with an ankle injury. The other start came in right field, and Valdespin committed an error. Flores was activated Tuesday, although he recently continues to see more action at first base than second base.

• Gulf Coast League catcher Alex Machillanda was arrested Sunday for felony shoplifting, battery and resisting arrest, the St. Lucie Police Department announced. Machillanda, 21, had appeared in eight Gulf Coast League games. He is a native Venezuelan.

Travis d’Arnaud, returning from a broken left foot, should appear in a Gulf Coast League game no later than Thursday.

• Binghamton outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, a former New York-Penn League batting champ, has a 16-game hitting streak with Binghamton.

• B-Mets closer Jeff Walters has an Eastern League-leading 27 saves. His next save will match Jerrod Riggan for the Binghamton record. Riggan had 28 saves in 2000 with the B-Mets.

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TEAM LEADERS

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