New York Mets: Jesus Feliciano

Around the minors 7.2.12

July, 3, 2012
DURHAM 3, BUFFALO 2: Jordany Valdespin stole four bases and Josh Edgin and Manny Acosta tossed two scoreless relief innings apiece, but the Herd mustered only three hits and lost for the 15th time in 19 games. Valdespin became the first Bison to steal four bases in a game since Albert Hall achieved the feat on July 2, 1989 at Columbus. Edgin improved his scoreless-appearance streak to seven games, spanning 7 1/3 inning. After reaching by getting hit by a pitch in the first, Valdespin stole a pair of bases. He then scored on Fred Lewis' groundout. Buffalo used three walks and Josh Rodriguez's RBI single in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. That would be erased a half-inning later against left-hander Garrett Olson. With the bases loaded, former Bison Jesus Feliciano produced a sacrifice fly, plating Cole Figueroa to even the score at 2. After advancing to third on a steal, Rich Thompson gave the Bulls a 3-2 advantage on Chris Gimenez's sac fly. Olson (3-5) was charged with three runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. Box

ALTOONA 6, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets stranded 10 runners, including leaving the bases loaded in the ninth, while suffering their seventh straight loss. Binghamton matched a season high with four errors, resulting in three unearned runs. Wilmer Flores’ throwing error in the first set the table for a two-run frame. With two aboard, Matt Curry sent a slow roller to third. Flores’ throw skipped past Jefry Marte at first and rolled down the line, allowing a run to score. Roman Cabrera brought in the second run on a groundout. The Curve extended its lead in the third against B-Mets starter Gonzalez Germen as Brock Holt launched a solo homer. Binghamton took advantage of an Altoona error to plate its first run a half-inning later. Juan Centeno reached second when Curry failed to catch a throw from third baseman Stefan Welch. Juan Lagares plated Centeno with a two-out single against starter Gerrit Cole. Trailing 4-1, Eric Campbell led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and scored when Flores doubled. Cole recorded two more outs before being lifted for Nathan Baker, who completed the inning. Cole allowed two runs (one earned) on five hits and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. Two B-Mets errors led to another Curve run in the seventh, Germen’s final frame. Germen (4-6) surrendered five runs (three earned) and matched a season high with eight hits allowed. Ryan Fraser threw a scoreless eighth before Reese Havens’ error led to an unearned run in the ninth. Binghamton threatened against reliever Hunter Strickland in its final at-bat. With two outs, the B-Mets loaded the bases on two singles and a walk. The rally fizzled when Marte bounced out to end the game. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, FORT MYERS 2: Tyler Pill allowed two runs (one earned) in six innings and Hamilton Bennett and Adam Kolarek combined for three scoreless relief innings. Alonzo Harris Jr. went 4-for-5 with an RBI. Blake Forsythe drove in two runs. Box

AUGUSTA 5, SAVANNAH 4 (8 innings):
Second-round Matt Reynolds from the University of Arkansas had a two-run homer -- his first long ball as a professional -- in a five-run fifth and T.J. Chism recorded his 13th save in the opener. In Game 2, Augusta overcame a 4-0 deficit in the final frame against Randy Fontanez and Chasen Bradford after a two-out error by Reynolds allowed the tying run to score and forced extra innings. Augusta salvaged a doubleheader split an inning later when Jose Cuevas delivered an RBI single against Bradford (2-2). Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 5, GREENEVILLE 4: After Greeneville scratched across an unearned run in the top of the first, Kingsport answered with a four-spot in the bottom half. Consecutive singles by Gavin Cecchini and Jeyckol De Leon helped load the bases. Jeffrey Diehl then tripled. Joe Tuschak followed by singling home Diehl for a 4-1 lead. Greeneville pulled within a run before the K-Mets answered. Branden Kaupe walked to lead off the eighth and advanced to third base on a throwing error by Michael Dimock on a pickoff attempt. Maikis De La Cruz plated Kaupe with a sacrifice fly. The Astros again closed with a run on Ariel Ovando's one-out double in the ninth, but K-Mets reliever Luis Rengel struck out the next two batters for his first save. Corey Oswalt (1-0) picked up his first professional win. Steven Matz, the Mets' top pick in 2009, started and lasted until the third inning before having control problems. Matz walked three straight and four of five before Shane Bay replaced him. Catcher Tomas Nido manned the radar gun in the stands one night after getting knocked out of Sunday's game in a plate collision. De Leon, who played catcher, threw out two would-be stealers in the first inning. Box

BROOKLYN 7, HUDSON VALLEY 6 (11 innings): After Kevin Plawecki's homer tied the score at 6 in the bottom of the ninth, Jayce Boyd hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the 11th. In his Brooklyn debut, Boyd -- the sixth-round pick from Florida State -- went 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple a run scored and two RBIs. The 11th inning began with Plawecki being hit by a pitch. A bloop single by Cole Frenzel and a walk by Stefan Sabol loaded the bases, before Boyd’s game-winning sacrifice fly. Brooklyn reliever John Mincone earned the win. He pitched three innings, allowing two hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Box

SIGNING DAY: The Mets confirmed the signing of 16-year-old Dominican shortstop German Rosario to a $1.75 million contract, the highest international bonus ever paid by the organization, topping the $1.3 million handed to Fernando Martinez in 2005. The Mets also agreed to contracts with Dominican second baseman Franklin Correa and Venezuelan shortstop Miguel Patino. All three will report to the organization's Dominican Republic complex. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Rosario, who bats and throws right-handed, also will participate in the fall instructional league. Rosario participated in an MLB showcase in February. He went 4-for-7 with a double against Venezuela. “Rosario is extremely athletic, very instinctual and highly intelligent,” Paul DePodesta said. “He has the chance to impact the game offensively, defensively and off the field.” Correa, 16, is a right-handed batter who also throws right-handed. The 5-9, 176-pounder grew up in Santo Domingo. Patino, 16, also bats and throws right-handed. The 5-11, 155-pounder resides in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela. His brother Alfredo plays in the Royals minor league system.

Compiled from team reports

Around the minors 7.1.12

July, 1, 2012
DURHAM 12, BUFFALO 6: Jeurys Familia allowed seven runs (six earned) on five hits, three walks and a hit batter in 3 1/3 innings as Bisons pitching allowed 12 runs for the second straight day. Reliever Elvin Ramirez allowed five runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings. Jordany Valdespin and Josh Rodriguez committed errors. Pedro Beato did contribute three scoreless relief innings, although Terry Collins said the length of the appearance was not an indication of an organization plan to stretch out the reliever for starting duty. Ex-Met Jesus Feliciano contributed an RBI single in the fourth inning against his former club. Josh Satin had a two-run homer in the seventh and Rodriguez had a pair of hits and scored twice. Matt den Dekker provided another extra-base hit for the Herd, with an RBI double in the third. Since his promotion from Binghamton, 11 of den Dekker's 16 hits have been for extra bases. Box

ALTOONA 7, BINGHAMTON 4: Ex-Mets farmhand Stefan Welch collected four hits, including a pair of two-run homers, as Binghamton lost its sixth straight. B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni was tagged for six runs on nine hits in four innings. After Ramon Cabrera singled to drive in a run in the second inning, Welch blasted his first homer to give Altoona a three-run lead. Welch hit his second long ball in the fourth, part of a three-run inning. Forced to play catchup, Binghamton plated three runs in the fourth against starter Matt McSwain. Eric Campbell and Allan Dykstra singled and Travis Ozga got Binghamton on the scoreboard on a fielder’s choice. Wilfredo Tovar plated another run with a double. Pinch hitter Dustin Martin capped the inning with an RBI groundout. Erik Turgeon took over for Mazzoni in the fifth and posted a scoreless inning before allowing a run in the sixth. Jeff Stevens held the deficit at four with a scoreless seventh. The B-Mets inched closer with a run in the seventh against reliever Jeff Inman. Juan Lagares singled, moved to third on a single and double play and scored on a wild pitch. Binghamton threatened in the eighth and ninth to no avail. Lagares struck out against Vic Black while representing the tying run in the eighth. Ozga lined into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded to cap Binghamton’s eighth straight home loss. Box

FORT MYERS 4, ST. LUCIE 2: Angel Cuan allowed four runs on nine hits and a walk in six innings. St. Lucie had built a 2-0 lead on Joe Bonfe's second-inning RBI single and a fourth-inning run from Juan Torres, after Torres led off the inning by doubling. Adam Loewen went 1-for-3 with two walks and played another full game in right field in his second game since returning from a stress fracture in his right foot. Box


GREENEVILLE 12, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Akeel Morris fell to 0-3 with an 8.31 ERA after allowing four runs in six innings. Reliever Miller Diaz allowed eight runs (six earned) while recording only three outs. The K-Mets mustered only three hits. Box

BROOKLYN 3, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Luis Mateo (3-0) tossed six scoreless innings to continue his New York-Penn League dominance and combined with David Wynn and Tyler Vanderheiden on Brooklyn's third shutout this season. Cole Frenzel opened the second by homering against Renegades southpaw Matt Spann. The lefty-hitting Frenzel had only four hits in 26 at-bats against southpaws last season with the Cyclones, but is hitting .538 (7-for-13) against lefties this season. An inning later, the lead swelled to 3-0 thanks to two errors by Hudson Valley third baseman Felix Gonzalez. Dimas Ponce reached on the first error of the frame. A Phillip Evans walk and plunking of Frenzel loaded the bases. Stefan Sabol then hit a hard grounder that was misplayed by Gonzalez, allowing a pair of runs to score. Brooklyn did not produce a hit after the second inning, but Mateo made it stand up. The 22-year-old right-hander scattered three hits while striking out six. He has allowed one run and seven hits while walking two and striking out 22 in 17 2/3 innings this season. Wynn pitched two perfect innings, striking out three. The Renegades loaded the bases with nobody out in the ninth against Vanderheiden, but the sidearmer worked his way out of the jam unscathed for his league-leading fourth save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: Havens delayed, not deterred

August, 31, 2011
Reese Havens has learned baseball skills as a professional, including the transition to second base from shortstop, the position he played at the University of South Carolina. The 24-year-old Havens also has learned of the need for patience, after injuries have slowed his path to the majors.

Havens was the 22nd overall selection in 2008, four slots after the Mets used their other first-round pick on Ike Davis out of Arizona State that year.

Fourteen of the top 17 college picks from that draft class now have appeared in the majors. The exceptions: Josh Fields (Mariners/University of Georgia), Havens and Allan Dykstra (Padres/Wake Forest). Dykstra is now Havens’ teammate with Double-A Binghamton, after being acquired during spring training for reliever Eddie Kunz.

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Reese Havens

“It’s tough to stay patient,” Havens said. “It’s definitely tough, because you always want to be on the fast track. You have former teammates and friends up there. It’s awesome playing in the big leagues, and that’s the goal from when you’re 5 years old.

“I’ve had the opportunities. That’s for sure. It’s been wide open for me to make an impact and get my foot in the door and get up there. It hasn’t happened that way. The only thing I can do is keep working and try to make the best out of getting up there as soon as possible.”

Havens is hitting .292 with six homers and 25 RBIs in 192 at-bats and has a .373 on-base percentage with Binghamton.

The injuries may finally be behind him.

Havens was limited to 32 games last season because of what was suspected to be oblique trouble. It turned out that a second opinion from outside the organization during the offseason revealed a different root cause -- one rib grating on another. Havens underwent surgery to remove an inch of a rib. The procedure was performed at Dr. James Andrews’ clinic in Birmingham, Ala., by colleague Dr. William Clancy. The issue is labeled “rib tip syndrome.”

Havens has had setbacks this year. Irritation from suspected scar tissue forced a late start to the season. And he landed on the DL with back trouble this year, although Havens believes that may be related to the original issue, since his offseason was spent idle and then rehabbing without any baseball activity.

Now, though, he has been back with Binghamton for more than a month and issue-free.

“Dr. Andrews and Dr. Clancy did the surgery on me. I was real confident in their opinion and what they thought the problem was,” Havens said. “I was also confident that it fixed it because I could tell pretty immediate results once I got all the inflammation out of there and started working out again. Everybody knows that scar tissue is part of surgery. That’s what got me in spring training. I didn’t work out this past (offseason). All I did was rehab to get back to where I didn’t feel the side, and started doing some baseball stuff once I got down to Florida. So I definitely think it’s what it was. But I don’t feel it at all now. It’s gone.”

After the regular season’s completion, Havens will make up for lost time as part of the Mets’ Arizona Fall League contingent. It’s actually Havens’ second trip to the AFL. He was teammates with Davis two years ago in that showcase for top prospects. Havens lived with Davis in the first baseman’s Scottsdale home that time, and they commuted the 45 minutes to Surprise, Ariz.

Actually, Havens was selected in ’09 for the taxi squad, which allowed for two AFL games per week while practicing with the team. Before arriving in the AFL two years ago, Havens exclusively had been a shortstop.

Mets instructor Kevin Morgan worked with him during that period on the transition to second base. His AFL teammate, Daniel Descalso, who is now with the St. Louis Cardinals, also gave Havens some tips.

“I don’t even know if I took a groundball over there (at second base) before I went to the Fall League,” Havens said. “I had about a week to just work a little bit before they threw me in there. I kind of learned as I went along. I kind of got thrown in the mix and learned along the way, but it was fun that way, too.”

Havens said it now feels like a natural position.

“I love it over there,” Havens said. “I’m comfortable over there. I’m constantly working on footwork around second base.”

Organization leaders

Average: Juan Lagares, Binghamton, .356; Danny Muno, Brooklyn, .337; Josh Satin, Buffalo, .322; Cam Maron; Kingsport, .318; Greg Pron, Kingsport, .318; Travis Taijeron, Brooklyn, .311; Julio Concepcion, Kingsport, .299; Jordany Valdespin, Buffalo, .296; Pedro Zapata, St. Lucie, .294; Luis Figueroa, Buffalo, .292.

Homers: Brahiam Maldonado, Binghamton, 27; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 21.

RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 91; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 77; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 76; Josh Satin, Buffalo, 76; Brahiam Maldonado, Binghamton, 72.

Steals: Jordany Valdespin, Buffalo, 36; Pedro Zapata, St. Lucie, 33; Darrell Ceciliani, Savannah, 25; Matt den Dekker, Binghamton, 22; Rafael Fernandez, Savannah, 21.

ERA: Darin Gorski, St. Lucie, 2.08; Taylor Whitenton, Savannah, 2.51; Jeurys Familia, Binghamton, 2.92; Marcos Camarena, Brooklyn, 3.13; Matt Harvey, Binghamton, 3.19; Gabriel Ynoa, Kingsport, 3.21; Carlos Vazquez, Brooklyn, 3.31; Jeff Walters, Brooklyn, 3.45; Greg Peavey, St. Lucie, 3.51; Ryan Fraser, Savannah, 3.62.

Wins: Matt Harvey, Binghamton, 13; Greg Peavey, St. Lucie, 11; Darin Gorski, St. Lucie, 11; Angel Cuan, Savannah, 10; Brandon Moore, Binghamton, 10.

Saves: Josh Edgin, St. Lucie, 26; Dale Thayer, Buffalo, 21; Hamilton Bennett, Savannah, 13; Jeff Kaplan, St. Lucie, 12.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Binghamton, 154; Darin Gorski, St. Lucie, 140; Chris Schwinden, Buffalo, 134; Collin McHugh, Binghamton, 128; Jeurys Familia, Binghamton, 124.

Short hops

• The Mets will send left-hander Robert Carson, right-handers Collin McHugh, Brandon Moore and Taylor Whitenton, catcher Juan Centeno, second baseman Reese Havens, third baseman Jefry Marte and outfielder Juan Lagares to the Arizona Fall League. St. Lucie skipper Pedro Lopez will serve as the manager for the Peoria Javelinas, which will include prospects from the Brewers, Cardinals, Mariners and Padres in addition to the Mets. The Mets also will be able to add a catcher and another pitcher. Lagares is on the taxi squad, making him eligible to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays and otherwise practice with the team.

• With one regular-season start remaining, Savannah’s Whitenton (2.51) narrowly trails Augusta’s Shawn Sanford (2.47) for the ERA title in the South Atlantic League.

• St. Lucie left-hander Darin Gorski, who tossed five scoreless innings Tuesday against Fort Myers in a no-decision, has been named Florida State League pitcher of the year. The 23-year-old Gorski is a seventh-round pick in 2009 out of Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Gorski’s 2.08 ERA is a half-run better than FSL runner-up Nestor Molina’s 2.58 ERA with Dunedin. Gorski ranks third in the league in strikeouts with 140, trailing Clearwater pitchers Trevor May (203) and Julio Rodriguez (160).

• Hicksville, L.I., native Cam Maron was named to the Appalachian League postseason All-Star team. The 20-year-old catcher, who went 4-for-4 Tuesday, ranks second in the league with a .434 on-base percentage.

• Outfielder Jesus Feliciano has amassed 369 hits in three seasons with Buffalo. That trails only Bill Selby (378) and Greg Tubbs (370) on the Buffalo modern-era hit list. The Bisons have seven games remaining this season, giving Feliciano a legitimate shot at that record. Feliciano made his major league debut last season at age 31 with the Mets. After four straight seasons hitting .308 in Triple-A with the Mets, through stops in New Orleans and Buffalo, Feliciano’s average has slipped to a still-respectable .272 this season.

• 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey has won five straight starts. He has a 2.67 ERA and .210 opponent batting average during that span.

• In five starts since joining the organization in a trade that sent Carlos Beltran to San Francisco, right-hander Zack Wheeler is 2-2 with a 2.16 ERA with Class A St. Lucie. Wheeler has allowed 23 hits while walking five, hitting two batters and striking out 26 in 25 innings.

• Buffalo infielder Josh Satin was named to the Eastern League postseason All-Star team for his body of work with Double-A Binghamton before a promotion. Satin actually was held hitless in consecutive games Sunday and Monday for the first time since joining the Bisons. He has a hit in 30 of his 38 Triple-A games. Satin has made six straight starts at third base. The overall breakdown with Buffalo: 10 games at first base, seven games at second base and 20 games at third base.

• Lagares has a 19-game hitting streak with Binghamton. After leading the Florida State League at the time of his promotion, Lagares is now hitting .397 with two homers and 21 RBIs in 136 at-bats in the Eastern League.

• Fifth-round pick Jack Leathersich may have lost the no-hit bid in the eighth inning at Lowell that was started by Carlos Vazquez, but the Brooklyn southpaw nonetheless had a triumphant return to the city where he played college ball for UMass-Lowell. Leathersich struck out four in two scoreless innings. He has struck out 26 in 12 2/3 professional innings in the New York-Penn League, and has a 0.71 ERA.

• Buffalo corner infielder Zach Lutz is in a 4-for-23 rut that has dropped his average below .300 for the first time since the season’s opening week. Lutz nonetheless has six homers and 16 RBIs in his past 20 games while regularly playing since returning from the disabled list for a second concussion Aug. 6.

• Middle infielder Jordany Valdespin has a seven-game hitting streak with the Bisons. Since beginning his Triple-A career 8-for-38 in his first 10 games, Valdespin is hitting .382 (16-for-42) in his last 10.

• Bisons closer Dale Thayer converted saves on three straight days to up his total to 21. That is the most by a Bisons pitcher since Jake Robbins had 23 in 2005, when the team was affiliated with the Cleveland Indians. Thayer is one of five players in modern Buffalo history with 20-plus saves. Thayer’s career high is 27 saves, which he achieved in consecutive years with Double-A Mobile as a Padres farmhand, in 2005 and ’06.

• Center fielder Brandon Nimmo (first round) and shortstop Phillip Evans (15th) moved to Kingsport for the end of that season after the Gulf Coast League completed play Saturday. Nimmo is 1-for-9 with three walks through three games. Evans is 4-for-11 with two doubles, three RBIs and a walk.

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

Farm report: Ratliff dealing with eye injury

April, 20, 2011
The moment a foul liner struck Sean Ratliff in his right eye while he stood in the on-deck circle on a back field in Jupiter, Fla., late in spring training -- nearly fully detaching his retina and breaking six facial bones -- the Mets’ outfield prospect thought about the incident a few weeks earlier, when Braves minor league manager Luis Salazar was struck by a foul ball in the dugout and ultimately lost his left eye.

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Sean Ratliff suffered a nearly fully detached retina and six facial fractures when struck by a foul ball late in spring training.

“I’m very blessed that it didn’t happen that way,” says Ratliff, a fourth-round pick in 2008 out of Stanford. “That was the first thing that went through my mind. I wasn’t knocked out or anything. I was on the ground. I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me, this is going to happen to me too?'

"You don’t wish something like what happened to Luis Salazar happening to anybody. I was scared for a little while there that I wasn’t going to be able to see, or I wasn’t going to play again. I’m still not completely out of the woods yet with returning, or being able to play. But God has blessed me with hopefully a second chance here.”

Ratliff has undergone two surgeries so far. The first laser procedure did not hold because the retina was nearly fully torn. The second, more invasive procedure was performed last Tuesday at the University of Miami’s renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, where the 24-year-old Ratliff now travels once a week. For now, his right eye isn’t functional for everyday activities, in part because the lens has been removed in order to try to secure the retina back in place.

“My right eye is pretty cloudy,” Ratliff said. “I couldn’t do anything with it right now. I can’t drive. I can’t really do anything. It’s basically because there’s no lens on my eye. They put me completely under. I think they took the lens off my eye and went in and took all the vitreous fluid out of my eye and put in like silicon oil and some other stuff. They lasered it down again to make sure the retina held flat with my eye. It’s a far more invasive form of the same procedure, just to get my retina to stay flat.

“They’re saying it’ll come back along further through the rehab. Just given time, it will get back to as good as it can. In six months I go back in and have another surgery.”

That means this baseball season is over before it started.

“That’s more or less what it sounds like -- this year is kind of toast,” Ratliff said. “They sounded pretty hopeful when I talked to them [Monday] that everything would be back to normal, or good-enough eyesight, to where I can hopefully keep playing. My vision in my right eye was at 20/60 [Monday], which was better than when they saw me after the surgery. So just hopefully it keeps progressing.”

Before the incident, Ratliff had 20/15 vision in the eye while using a contact lens. He hopes once the prosthetic lens is inserted later this year, and with the help of a contact lens, he can get there again, although there is no guarantee.

“From what [the doctor] has told me, it’s one of those things where it was a pretty severe injury,” said Ratliff, who hit .317 with 16 homers and 50 RBIs in 281 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton after a mid-year promotion from Class A St. Lucie last year. “It’s rare to have in guys my age because it’s usually trauma-related. It’s usually a heavy impact type of injury. … If everything goes the way it’s supposed to, it’ll go back to as close to normal as they can get it.”

As for the facial fractures, doctors originally contemplated inserting plates. They opted against it, which turned out to be a good thing, according to Ratliff. It would have complicated the second surgery. The belief is that the bones will eventually heal on their own because of the high blood flow in that area of the body.

The ball that struck Ratliff came off the bat of Buffalo third baseman Zach Lutz.

“I’ve kept in touch with Zach quite a bit,” Ratliff said. “He was pretty shaken up by the whole thing. I just kept telling him, ‘There’s nothing you can do about it. In baseball, it’s one of those accidents, you don’t ever want to see it, but at some point it’s bound to happen. There’s nothing you can do about it.’ He just needs to keep playing and keep swinging the bat and do what he has to do and I’ll get back on my horse when I get back on it.”

Organization leaders

Average: Sam Honeck, Savannah, .457; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Buffalo, .349; Zach Lutz, Buffalo, .333; Jefry Marte, St. Lucie, .318; Justin Turner, Buffalo, .300; Matt den Dekker, St. Lucie, .294; Cory Vaughn, Savannah, .286; Kai Gronauer, Binghamton, .280; Josh Satin, Binghamton, .270; Albert Cordero, Savannah, .258.

Homers: Brahiam Maldonado, Binghamton, 3; Jason Pridie, Buffalo, 3; Jason Bay, St. Lucie, 2; Javier Rodriguez, Savannah, 2; Josh Satin, Binghamton, 2.

RBI: Sam Honeck, Savannah, 11; Josh Satin, Binghamton, 8; Cory Vaughn, Savannah, 7; Stefan Welch, St. Lucie, 7.

Steals: Robbie Shields, Savannah, 5; Lorenzo Scott, Binghamton, 4; Jordany Valdespin, Binghamton, 4.

ERA: Matt Harvey, St. Lucie, 0.00; Brad Holt, Binghamton, 0.00; Jeurys Familia, St. Lucie, 0.48; Mark Cohoon, Binghamton, 0.75; Robert Carson, Binghamton, 0.90; Jenrry Mejia, Buffalo, 0.98; Taylor Whitenton, Savannah, 1.74; Ryan Fraser, Savannah, 2.08; Yohan Almonte, Savannah, 2.25; Scott Moviel, St. Lucie, 2.70.

Wins: Matt Harvey, St. Lucie, 3l; Nick Carr, St. Lucie, 2; Jose De La Torre, Buffalo, 2; Scott Moviel, St. Lucie, 2.

Saves: Jeffrey Kaplan, St. Lucie, 5; John Lujan, Binghamton, 3, Nick Carr, St. Lucie, 2; Josh Edgin, Savannah, 2.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, St. Lucie, 20; Jeurys Familia, St. Lucie, 17; Jenrry Mejia, Buffalo, 17; Greg Peavey, Savannah, 14; Chris Schwinden, Buffalo, 14.

Short hops

• Several Mets pitching prospects have continued their hot starts. That includes 2010 first-round pick Matt Harvey, who allowed an unearned run and no other damage while limiting Fort Myers to two hits in five innings Sunday. That performance ran Harvey’s streak without allowing an earned run to open his career to 16 innings, during which he has struck out 20. Harvey was named Florida State League Pitcher of the Week. Teammate Jeurys Familia also is putting up numbers, with two runs (one earned) and six hits allowed in 18 2/3 innings spanning three starts.

• Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lutz are off to quick starts at Triple-A Buffalo. A third-round pick in 2008 out of Azusa Pacific, Nieuwenhuis extended his hitting streak to nine games by going 3-for-6 in Tuesday’s doubleheader against Rochester. He is hitting .349, with a .451 on-base percentage. Lutz, a fifth-round pick in ’07 who played for his father at Alvernia (Pa.) College, actually lost a seven-game hitting streak in Game 2 of the doubleheader when he was retired as a pinch-hitter. He is hitting .333 in 36 at-bats.

• Buffalo catcher Dusty Ryan, who got a late start to the season because of a concussion suffered when he was hit by a pitch late in spring training, needs surgery to repair meniscus cartilage. Ryan has twice before undergone the knee procedure since 2009. He sustained the re-injury blocking a baseball and is expected to miss two months. For the very short term, Salomon Manriquez will back up Raul Chavez with Buffalo in place of Ryan. Ronny Paulino (anemia) is expected to soon take his rehab assignment from Class A St. Lucie to the Bisons before being activated from the disabled list Tuesday, when the Mets open a series at Washington. Once Paulino is activated with the Mets, Mike Nickeas should head to Buffalo and handle the primary catching responsibilities.

• Outfielder Fernando Martinez should return from a right hamstring strain soon. Martinez, who hit .313 in four games for Buffalo before being shut down with the injury, has resumed hitting and is ready to start running.

• Right-hander Chris Schwinden, a 22nd-round pick in 2008 from Fresno Pacific University, had a positive Triple-A debut. After logging three innings over two relief appearances with Double-A Binghamton, Schwinden was promoted to the Bisons, who were short arms with Pat Misch promoted and Boof Bonser requiring Tommy John surgery. Schwinden proceeded to limit Pawtucket to one run on two hits and three walks while striking out nine in five innings. He received a no-decision in a 2-1, 10-inning loss. Farm director Adam Wogan said Schwinden had been stretched out during spring training, with the expectation he would step into Binghamton’s rotation once Josh Stinson had a few starts in the Double-A rotation and was promoted to Buffalo. Stinson, it turned out, made his first 2011 start for Buffalo a day later to fill the other rotation void. He was charged with six runs in four innings and the loss at Pawtucket.

• Bonser underwent the ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow Tuesday in New York.

• Misch, who was designated for assignment after pitching two innings in relief of D.J. Carrasco in Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader in Atlanta, may find out if he has cleared waivers for a second time in three weeks on Wednesday. Misch has the right to declare free agency. But he already agreed once to report to Buffalo -- after failing to make the team out of spring training.

Michael Fisher took off at the plate during first baseman Allan Dykstra’s one-week stint on the disabled list for a sprained left ankle. A former sixth-round pick of the Atlanta Braves out of Georgia Tech who signed as a minor league free agent before the 2010 season, the 26-year-old Fisher stepped in at Double-A Binghamton and hit .389 with one homer and three RBIs in five games. Dykstra, acquired from the San Diego Padres at the end of spring training for right-handed reliever Eddie Kunz, returned from the DL on Monday. Fisher should still get at-bats, since he is capable of playing second base and even manned shortstop in college and early in his professional career.

John Lujan has converted consecutive saves for Binghamton after the bullpen blew four straight opportunities.

• Blocked by a logjam of outfielders in Triple-A, even with Martinez temporarily on the disabled list, 31-year-old Jesus Feliciano is making the best of everyday playing time with Binghamton. Feliciano, who hit .339 with Buffalo last season and appeared in 54 games for the Mets in 2010, has consecutive multi-hit games out of the leadoff spot for Wally Backman’s B-Mets.

• No offense to Paulino, but the development staff likely will not shed a tear when the catcher moves to Buffalo on his rehab tour, then the majors. Then, Francisco Pena and Juan Centeno will be able to get regular playing time again behind the plate with St. Lucie. Despite Paulino’s presence, the 21-year-old Centeno nonetheless recorded consecutive walk-off RBIs, on Friday and Saturday. A solid catch-and-throw guy who is listed at 5-foot-9, 172 pounds, Wogan describes Centeno as an “intelligent catcher who works great with pitchers.” Drafted in the 32nd round in 2007 out of Puerto Rico, Centeno finally took off offensively last year at Brooklyn, hitting .371 with one homer and 10 RBIs in 32 games. Pena, the son of former major league All-Star Tony Pena, should get the larger share of the starts at catcher for St. Lucie.

• St. Lucie’s nine-game winning streak, which was snapped Monday, matched the longest in that Florida State League club’s history.

• Tulane product Sam Honeck, who had a gruesome ankle injury last year in a plate collision while playing with Savannah, continues to tear up the South Atlantic League in his return to the Sand Gnats. The first baseman had a .500 average through 42 at-bats until finally being cooled off Tuesday, when Lexington held him hitless in four at-bats and snapped Honeck’s eight-game hitting streak. Honeck’s .457 average is tops in the SAL, leading runner-up Chris Wallace of Lexington (.409) and Bryce Massanari of Asheville (.405).

• Wogan suggested the numbers from sixth-round pick Greg Peavey’s Monday outing with Savannah were a little misleading because of infield hits, bunts and flairs. Peavey did not have pinpoint command and was charged with two runs on seven hits in four innings for Savannah against Greenville. Peavey is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in three professional starts.

• 2010 New York-Penn League batting champ Darrell Ceciliani should be reactivated from the disabled list within days. He suffered a right hamstring strain with Savannah while approaching first base last Tuesday. In the interim, Cory Vaughn shifted from left field to center field, where he manned 14 games last season with Brooklyn. That has afforded Alonzo Harris -- who is learning left field this season to take advantage of his speed after primarily being a second baseman -- to regularly play for the past week in the outfield. Joe Bonfe, who served as Brooklyn’s third baseman last season while hitting .326 in the New York-Penn League, got his first professional start in right field on Monday for the Sand Gnats.

Adam Rubin’s farm report appears Wednesdays during the season

Jesus Feliciano returns

February, 20, 2011

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Jesus Feliciano and Chris Shelton signed and will head directly to minor league camp.
The Mets have re-signed outfielder Jesus Feliciano to a minor league deal and also have added first baseman Chris Shelton and right-hander Kent Tsujimoto. All three will report directly to minor league camp.

Feliciano, 31, made his major league debut last season and hit .231 in 54 games with the Mets. He hit .339 at Triple-A Buffalo, and would presumably join a crowded Bisons outfield that also includes Fernando Martinez, Jason Pridie, Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda. (Duda will also see action at first base.)

Shelton, 30, primarily played for Round Rock in the Houston organization last season, hitting .249 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 285 at-bats at the Triple-A level. He last appeared in the majors with Seattle in nine games in 2009. Shelton began the '06 season with Detroit with five straight multi-hit games (14-for-20, five homers).

Tsujimoto, 22, pitched with Maui in the independent Golden League last season and may not arrive until late in camp. Newsday's David Lennon reports Tsujimoto was the youngest Japanese player ever to sign, at age 15, but back woes derailed his career there.

Jesus Feliciano weighing minor offers

January, 30, 2011

Jesus Feliciano

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New York Mets


2010 Season Stats
54 0 3 12 .276 .231
Jesus Feliciano, who became a free agent when the Mets outrighted him to Triple-A Buffalo in November after he cleared waivers, is weighing a couple of minor league offers, but has yet to decide on a landing spot.

Feliciano, 31, made his major league debut last season with the Mets. He hit .231 with three RBIs in 108 at-bats.

In four seasons at Triple-A with the Mets, through stops in New Orleans and Buffalo, he hit .315, .308, .311 and .339.

Mets drop 5 from 40-man roster

November, 4, 2010
Five players who had been on the Mets' 40-man roster have been removed and have been outrighted to Buffalo after clearing waivers: right-hander Eddie Kunz, left-hander Raul Valdes, catcher Omir Santos, infielder Mike Hessman and outfielder Jesus Feliciano. Coupled with the waiver claim of infielder Joaquin Arias by the Kansas City Royals, the Mets' roster now has 34 players.

Green, Feliciano too

September, 6, 2010
Reliever Sean Green and outfielder Jesus Feliciano will join Dillon Gee and left-hander Raul Valdes as call-ups.

Green made one appearance for the Mets in April before being placed on the disabled list. He originally was diagnosed with a rib-cage strain. When the injury didn't improve after Green resumed throwing in Port St. Lucie, Fla., Green requested an MRI, which revealed a fractured rib.

Green, 31, attributed the injury to dropping down to a full submarine delivery. He has since moved back to his low three-quarters arm slot.

Green went 1-1 with a 4.64 ERA in 17 relief appearances for Triple-A Buffalo spanning 21 1/3 innings. He is making $975,000 this season and is arbitration-eligible. He also has a minor league option remaining in 2011.

Barajas claimed by Dodgers

August, 22, 2010
Rod Barajas has been claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jesus Feliciano will replace Barajas on the roster. Josh Thole is now locked in as the No. 1 catcher. More details here.

Mets confirm: Cora out, Feliciano down

August, 7, 2010

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Alex Cora (left) was released and Jesus Feliciano demoted on Saturday morning.

Alex Cora has been released and Jesus Feliciano has been demoted, the Mets have confirmed.

The moves pave the way for the promotions of Fernando Martinez and Ruben Tejada from Triple-A Buffalo.

Cora, 34, was considered a team leader and is widely seen as a future managerial candidate, but he had a .207 average with no homers and 20 RBIs in 169 at-bats. He had appeared in 62 games. His contract would have vested for $2 million for 2011 if he appeared in 80 games.

Martinez hit .176 (16-for-91) with one homer and eight RBIs in 29 games with New the Mets in 2009. He underwent season-ending right knee surgery on July 15 of last season to repair a torn meniscus.

Tejada has had two previous stints with the Mets this season. He batted .212 (22-for-104) with five RBIs in 35 games.

Bay officially on DL

July, 30, 2010
The Mets officially placed outfielder Jason Bay on the disabled list on Friday with continued headaches, a week after he hit the outfield wall at Dodger Stadium while making a catch. Jesus Feliciano was promoted from Triple-A Buffalo. More details here

Jesus returning?

July, 29, 2010
The Mets did not commit on Thursday to placing Jason Bay on the disabled list with a concussion, but the organization appears to be making contingencies in case Bay does land there. Jesus Feliciano was held out of Thursday's Triple-A Buffalo game, generally a sign he's the intended call-up if Bay is placed on the DL in the next day or so.

Feliciano made his major league debut with the Mets at age 31 on June 10. He hit .291 with two RBIs and a steal in 55 at-bats. The lefty-hitting outfielder was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo as the Mets entered the All-Star break to clear room for Carlos Beltran's activation.

Manuel: Bay is pressing

July, 11, 2010
Jerry Manuel noticed that Jason Bay was pressing a bit, so he gave him a day off on Sunday - the same day they handed out “Jason Bay” Bobbleheads at Citi Field.

“You’re going to go through some things and try harder than you’ve ever tried before,” Manuel said of Bay’s first season in New York. “What he needs to do is exhale and play Jason Bay baseball. I think the West Coast is a good start for him.”

Bay is hitless in his last ten at-bats and is batting just .184 (7-for-38) in his last 10 games.

He has just six home runs through the first half of the first season of a four-year $66 million contract. He hit 36 homers last season.

REST FOR REYES ON MONDAY: Injured shortstop Jose Reyes will rest on Monday and resume rehab activities on Tuesday. Reyes left Saturday's game in the seventh inning after aggravating his strained right oblique. He sat out of Sunday's game and has missed seven of the past 11 games with the injury.

Reyes swung left-handed for the second straight day on Sunday and said he felt "better" than he did on Saturday.

"I still feel it a little bit," said Reyes, whose injury has forced him to hit solely from the right side.

Reyes will travel to Anaheim for All-Star game festivities. He plans to receive treatment from the National League team's trainer. He will not play in the game.

"I’m disappointed because I want to play but I understand that I have a problem and I have to get ready for the second half to help this team to win," Reyes said. "So that’s the most important thing right now, to help the New York Mets."

Reyes was, however, optimistic about the prospect of returning to the lineup on Thursday against the Giants.

IKE HOMERS, WINS POOL: Ike Davis had a pretty good day on Sunday.

The rookie first baseman finished his first-half on a positive note by hitting a monster home run and won the team's World Cup pool.

Davis went 2-for-3 with a 420-foot solo homer to center field in the sixth to put the Mets up, 3-0.

"Getting a 'W' and hitting the ball up the middle hard is what I was trying to do," said Davis, who had World Cup champion Spain in the team's pool. "And now I can go into the break with a positive attitude (knowing) that I’ve made some adjustments."

Davis was just 8-for-39 in the last ten games prior to Sunday.

GLASS HALF FULL AFTER FIRST-HALF: The Mets (48-40) finished the first half with a 2-4 home stand against the Reds and the Braves - two first-place teams. They are four back of the Braves entering the All-Star Break and blew a chance to earn a share for first-place in the NL East by losing two of three to Atlanta this weekend.

Still, Manuel and Johan Santana were encouraged by the team's first half.

“We were hoping that when we got Carlos back we’d be at least .500 or at least in shouting distance but I think we’ve surpassed that,” Manuel said after Sunday's 3-0 win over Atlanta.

"We’re going to compete (in the second half)," added Santana, who threw seven shutout innings on Sunday to improve to 7-5. " That’s the way we have approached everything from the beginning. This is not going to change."

David Wright agrees, but sees room for improvement.

"We’ve had our ups and downs. We’re not satifisfied by any means being (four) games out," said Wright, who went 1-for-3 with a walk on Sunday and finished the first half hitting .314. "As far as I’m concerned our goal is to win the division."

The Mets begin the second half of the season with an 11-day, 11-game road trip.

BOBBY ON PAR: Bobby Parnell struck out Chipper Jones to open a what was a 1-2-3 eighth inning against the Braves on Sunday. Parnell has a 1.64 ERA in 12 appearances this season and is unscored upon in ten of those appearances.

Manuel was encouraged by Parnell's performance and the manager hinted that Parnell was a legitimte candidate for the team's eighth-inning role out of the pen, one that the team has been trying to fill all season.

Francisco Rodriguez finished with a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 21st save.

FIVE WALKS FOR PEREZ: Left-hander Oliver Perez walked five in five innngs on Sunday in a rehab start for Buffalo. Perez surrendered three hits and one earned run. Manuel said earlier this week that Perez would make one more start before returning to the big-league club. It's unclear what role Perez will play when he comes back to Queens.

RYOTA PITCHES IN: Ryota Igarashi tossed a scoreless eighth inning for Port St. Lucie in his first minor-league appearance. He struck out one. Igarashi (0-1, 7.91 ERA in the bigs) was sent down to make room for Nick Evans.

JESUS OUT: Jesus Feliciano will be demoted to make room for Carlos Beltran.

Key to first-half: Doing little things

July, 9, 2010
One of the keys to the first half of the season for the Mets has been that some of their players have done the little things well.

We're talking about the stuff that you might not see in the box score, the kind of stuff they'll need to do to beat the Braves this weekend and end the first half in strong fashion

Here's a review of a few of those elements, with help from the stats sections on Fangraphs and

Finishing when you're supposed to
The Mets have cashed in 57 percent of the time when a hitter comes up with a man on third and less than two outs. That's a very good rate.

The masters of that are probably not who you would expect:

Ruben Tejada (5-out-of-5 successfully cashed in)
Jeff Francoeur (19-out-of-26, 73 percent).

Smarts on the bases
Indicative of that, again is someone you wouldn't expect

Jason Bay's baserunning instincts have been very good. Not only is he 10-for-10 in stealing bases, but he leads the team in bases taken via fly balls, passed balls, wild pitches, balks, and defensive indifference, with 13.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, though the Mets are the major league leader in making outs on the bases, the Mets have only had four baserunners tagged out at the plate, tied for fewest in baseball, largely a credit to first-year third base coach Chip Hale.

Under Razor Shines last season, the Mets had 14 runners thrown out at the plate, tied for fifth-most in baseball

Put the ball in play and good things happen

Two newcomers have shown why they're capable hitters. Josh Thole has made some form of contact (in-play or a foul ball) on EVERY swing he's taken in his 13 plate appearances this season. Jesus Feliciano has made contact on 98.6 percent of his swings in his 55 turns.

That's why there figures to be some reluctance to send either guy back to Triple-A in the near-future.

For reference, the major league average in contact rate is 81 percent and the major league leader is Marco Scutaro, 95.4 percent.

Leaving opposing runners where they belong

Pedro Feliciano has stranded 21 of the 24 baserunners he's inherited this season. His strand rate of 87.5 percent ranks sixth-best in baseball, fourth-best in the National League, an upgrade from finishing 12th in the major leagues in that stat last season.

Making the tough plays

If you've noticed an improvement in David Wright's defense, you're not alone. Baseball Info Solutions does video analysis of defensive play, evaluating players in more than 80 categories.

This is not UZR, plus-minus, or runs saved. It's an evaluation based on plays that meet specific criteria, evaluated by former collegiate/pro players watching games. The plays fall into two categories -- "Good Fielding Plays" and "Misplays."

Wright leads the majors with 50 plays that are classified as "Good Fielding Plays." Think of those as diving stops, lunging catches, and other such "Web Gem Nominees."

That's already six more than he had all of last season, and an amazing 14 more than the player with the second-most in 2010 , Evan Longoria.

Additionally, the upgrade at first base from Daniel Murphy to Ike Davis has been hugely significant.

Murphy finished 2009 with the second-most "Misplays" at first base, with 32 in 101 games at first base (only Adam Dunn had more).

Davis has only nine so far, putting him on pace for FAR fewer than Murphy's total.

Symbolic of the little extra efforts that the Mets have made in areas is this Davis stat:

He's tied for the major league lead in a stat you thought was previously untrackable -- "reaching into the stands to catch a foul ball that could have gone into the crowd."

His total of five is matched only by Dodgers first baseman James Loney. But we're guessing that Davis leads the majors in railing sommersaults.

David's all Wright in June

July, 6, 2010
David Wright says he appreciates being named National League Player of the Month for June. But he doesn't look at the award as a barometer of success.

"I’ve never really looked at numbers as a success/failure-type grade," Wright said.

Even if he won't say it, it's safe to say Wright earned an 'A' for his hitting in June.

Wright led the NL with a .404 average (42-for-104) and 29 RBI.

He was second in slugging (.683) and on-base percentage (.447) and tied for third in doubles (11). He had eight three-hit games and was the first Met to finish a month hitting at least .400 with 25-or-more RBI.

Wright did allow that June was "right up there at the top" of the list of months in his career.

"As far as the team winning and the lineup clicking the way it has, it’s obviously going to be right up there at the top as far as the months I’ve been apart of with this team so far," he said.

Wright has two Player of the Month awards. He last won it in June 2006.

DAY OF REST: Manuel said before the game that he planned to give some regulars a day off on Wednesday against Reds starter Bronson Arroyo, which will be the 16th game in 16 days for the Mets. Manuel wants to couple Wednesday's day off with Thursday's scheduled off day to give some players a breather.

Manuel said C Josh Thole will start against Arroyo and he planned to give Ruben Tejada the day off with Alex Cora starting at second.

The Met manager insists he isn't concerned with Tejada's struggles at the plate of late. Tejada is 0-for-16 in his last five games ad just 4-for-30 in his last ten.

"He’s a young player and they’re going to have periods like that," Manuel said.

Manuel also said that he planned to sit either Jason Bay or Jeff Francoeur on Wednesday. He planned to use either Chris Carter or Jesus Feliciano to replace the veteran he decides to sit.

TAKAHASHI'S PEN PLANS: Manuel said lefty Hisanori Takahashi will be the No. 2 lefty out of the Mets' bullpen, likely to be used ahead of Pedro Feliciano. Manuel said he could use Takahashi out of the pen to face the heart of the Reds' order, which features two left-handed power hitters in Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, and right-handed power threat Scott Rolen.



Bartolo Colon
10 3.88 106 141
BAD. Murphy .292
HRL. Duda 18
RBIL. Duda 57
RD. Murphy 60
OPSL. Duda .856
ERAJ. Niese 3.23
SOZ. Wheeler 121