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Minors 6.22.14: Pina, Maz double doubles

June, 22, 2014
Jun 22
MEMPHIS 7, LAS VEGAS 5 (11 innings): Randal Grichuk produced a tiebreaking two-run double against Zack Thornton in the top of the 11th. The 51s had rallied from a 5-0 deficit, tying the score with a four-run seventh that was capped by Josh Satin's RBI double. Satin finished 3-for-4 with a walk and three doubles. Recently promoted Matt Reynolds finished 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI. Travis d'Arnaud struck out as a pinch hitter in the 11th, dipping his Triple-A batting average to .444. Starter Joel Carreno pitched five innings in a no-decision. He allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out two. Box

BOWIE 2, BINGHAMTON 0: Zach Davies tossed seven scoreless innings and the B-Mets mustered three hits as their five-game winning streak ended. Kyle Johnson doubled on the second pitch of the game. He took third on a groundout, but was stranded after Kevin Plawecki lined out and Matt Clark bounced out. B-Mets starter Matt Bowman stumbled in the third. David Adams singled and K.D. Kang walked with two outs. Niuman Romero then produced an RBI single. Following Johnson’s double, Davies retired 10 straight B-Mets. Binghamton threatened to break through against Davies in the fourth. Plawecki reached after getting hit by a pitch and Clark walked. With two on and one out, though, Jayce Boyd sent a line drive to the right side. First baseman Christian Walker snared the drive in the air and fired to second to double off Plawecki, ending the inning. Kang jumped on the first pitch he saw from Bowman in the fifth and cleared the right-field wall for his sixth homer and a 2-0 lead. Davies did not allow another hit after Johnson’s first-inning double. In fact, he prevented the B-Mets from hitting any balls out of the infield. Binghamton had a final threat in the ninth. Brian Burgamy had a leadoff double against Oliver Drake and Plawecki singled. Drake struck out the next two hitters and induced Darrell Ceciliani to ground out to end the game. Bowman (5-5) allowed two runs on eight hits in seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, JUPITER 6 (8 innings): St. Lucie clubbed 19 hits, one shy of its season high, and won the rain-shortened game. Eudy Pina and L.J. Mazzilli laced two doubles apiece. Pina, Gavin Cecchini and Maikis De La Cruz had three-hit games. Jairo Perez had three RBIs. The Mets tagged Jake Esch for four runs in the second inning. Gilbert Gomez, Pina and Cecchini lined run-scoring doubles in the frame. Jupiter snapped a 39-inning scoreless drought when Domingo Tapia threw a wild pitch that allowed Matt Juengel to score in the second. The Hammerheads cut their deficit to 4-2 on Noah Perio's RBI groundout later in the frame. In the third, De La Cruz put the Mets up 5-2 with his second RBI single. Mazzilli doubled to plate Pina in the fourth and Perez followed with a sac fly to make it 7-2. Mazzilli collected his second RBI double in the eighth, against Brad Mincey. Perez then singled home two runs to put the Mets up 10-4. Colin Moran cut the Hammerheads deficit to four runs with a two-run homer against Seth Lugo in the eighth, but a severe thunderstorm ended any rally chance. Jupiter lost its ninth consecutive game. Tapia (3-6) surrendered three runs on seven hits in five innings. Box

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 3: Chris Flexen allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings and Paul Paez surrendered four runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Colton Plaia went 3-for-4 with a double and RBI in the loss. Plaia and Nelfi Zapata each had errors as Greenville posted a combined six runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BLUEFIELD 2: Brandon Brosher and Ivan Wilson each had solo homers in a three-run third inning as Kingsport took a 5-0 lead. Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed one run on one hit and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, ABERDEEN 1: Michael Bernal's solo homer in the fourth broke a 1-all tie. Starter Carlos Valdez allowed one run in five innings. Gaither Bumgardner handled the final four innings, blanking Aberdeen while allowing one hit and one walk and striking out five. Box

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Morning Briefing: Friday the 13th edition

June, 13, 2014
Jun 13

FIRST PITCH: Two struggling teams meet this weekend at Citi Field.

San Diego arrives in Queens after having been swept in Philly. The Padres (28-38) have lost of eight of their last 10. They have scored an MLB-low 200 runs.

The Mets have lost eight of their last nine games and have dropped a season-worst eight games under .500.

Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.31 ERA) opposes right-hander Andrew Cashner (2-5, 2.13) in the Friday the 13th series opener at 7:10 p.m.

Friday’s news reports:

Carlos Torres was charged with four runs in the 13th inning and the Mets lost Thursday’s rubber game to the Brewers, 5-1, at Citi Field. Torres was seen punching himself in his towel-draped head in the dugout after the appearance. (See video here.)

Frank Franklin II/Associated PressCarlos Torres trudges off the mound in the 13th.

The Mets (29-37) had loaded the bases with one out in the 11th (with Zack Wheeler the pinch runner at first base). That opportunity ended up going for naught. Wilmer Flores’ grounder forced out David Wright at the plate and Anthony Recker struck out looking. Recker then was ejected by plate umpire Angel Hernandez over objections to the strike zone. Terry Collins called Recker’s actions inexcusable because the only remaining position player on the bench at that point was backup catcher Taylor Teagarden.

The Mets used a season-high-matching 21 players in the four-hour, eight-minute game. It was the Mets’ eighth game of at least four hours this season, a major league high.

Jonathon Niese and Kyle Lohse had dueled to a 1-all draw through most of regulation. The Mets’ lone run came when center fielder Carlos Gomez had a two-base error on Daniel Murphy’s fourth-inning single and Bobby Abreu followed with a sacrifice fly. Niese was pulled with his pitch count at 97 in the eighth after Gomez’s two-out single. Niese was visibly upset with the hook and mouthed a profanity. Collins reasoned that ensuing batter Aramis Ramirez is solid against southpaws and already had homered against Niese in the second inning.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday and at

Jenrry Mejia was pulled from the game with back tightness and “a little bit of pain” after taking the mound for the 11th. Read more in the Star-Ledger and at

Curtis Granderson was held out of the starting lineup Thursday with a sore left calf. He did pinch hit in the 11th and was intentionally walked to load the bases for Flores. Wheeler pinch ran for Granderson. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at

• With Flores and not Ruben Tejada in the lineup, Murphy batted leadoff for the first time this season and 12th time in his career.

• The Mets and Houston Astros are tied for the longest active streak of consecutive losing seasons at five. Ken Davidoff in the Post asserts the Astros’ approach during their lean years -- a full teardown, as opposed to the Mets’ try-to-make-it-look-good tact -- has left Houston in a better position going forward. Writes Davidoff:

From Opening Day 2009 through the present, the Astros own a 343-535 record, a .391 winning percentage. In the same time period, the Mets are 403-473, .460. The Astros selected first overall in last week’s amateur draft, a record third straight year they had earned such a dishonor. In this span, the Mets gave their fans such treats as Dickey’s 2012 National League Cy Young Award, Jose Reyes’ 2011 NL batting title and Matt Harvey’s 2013 surge that culminated in him starting the All-Star Game at Citi Field.

Yet those peaks seemed to only increase the trust deficit between the Mets’ fans and their owners; Reyes and Dickey are gone and Harvey injured. Though the Mets continue to struggle to put together a quality team, the Astros look like a rising stock. They went 15-14 in May to post their first winning month since Luhnow took over baseball operations.

“I don’t think there are many teams in recent history that have tried to do what Houston’s done,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Thursday. “In baseball, it’s usually not a recipe for success, but in this case, that’s a strategy they’ve pursued. It appears they’ve gotten through the worst of it. I applaud them for carving a strategy and sticking with it.”

• Tyler Kepner in the Times writes about the Mets’ reliance on prospects:

When you hit on almost all your top prospects, you get the San Francisco Giants, with four first-round draft picks in a seven-year span -- Madison Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum and Buster Posey -- becoming major contributors to multiple championship teams. But the Giants are the outlier.

The strong chance is that some of the players anointed as Met saviors will not help the team very much. The Mets must make better decisions on the major leaguers they acquire, and hope for the best from the farm, recognizing that immediate, sustained success is the exception.

• Columnist Anthony Rieber in Newsday writes that the Mets look like trading-deadline sellers.

Matt Harvey was elected by his teammates as the Mets player representative for union matters. Read more in the Daily News.

Eric Young Jr., on the disabled list with a strained right hamstring, played his first rehab game Thursday. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored in a seven-inning game with Class A St. Lucie. Young’s rehab assignment is due to continue with Double-A Binghamton on Friday.

Eliot J. Schechter/MLB PhotosFlorida State League All-Star Brandon Nimmo returned to St. Lucie's lineup on Thursday.

• 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo, who had been sidelined since last Friday with a right wrist injury after getting hit by a pitch, returned to St. Lucie’s lineup Thursday. He manned center field in both games of a doubleheader. St. Lucie now heads into the Florida State League All-Star break. Nimmo is due to be one of the team’s seven St. Lucie representatives in Saturday’s All-Star Game in Bradenton, Fla.

• The Tom Gamboa-managed Brooklyn Cyclones open their season at 7 p.m. Friday at Staten Island. See the full roster here. Andrew Beaton in the Journal profiles the two managers: Gamboa and Baby Bombers skipper Mario Garza.

Joel Carreno limited Colorado Springs to one run on three hits and three walks in seven innings and newly demoted Scott Rice tossed 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings as Las Vegas won, 3-1. Kyle Johnson, Xorge Carrillo and Rylan Sandoval each had three-hit games as Binghamton used an eight-run seventh to beat Akron, 11-3. St. Lucie swept a doubleheader against Jupiter. Cam Maron, Jairo Perez and Cole Frenzel homered in Game 1 and Aderlin Rodriguez went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs and Eudy Pina homered twice in the nightcap. Savannah swept a doubleheader from Augusta. Jonathan Leroux had a walk-off RBI double in the opener. John Gant had a seven-inning shutout in Game 2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Marc Carig in Newsday warns against writing off Travis d’Arnaud too quickly. Carig pointed to Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy as an example of a catcher who took time to hit his stride in the majors.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger catches up with the ex-Met Gomez.

• Marty Noble at places Murphy’s paternity leave and White House visit in a historical context.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear thought the Mets played a late-September game in the middle of June.

BIRTHDAYS: Mets minor-league left-hander Angel Cuan turns 23.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: What can the Mets do to halt their freefall?

Minors 6.12.14: B-Mets beat RubberDucks

June, 13, 2014
Jun 13
LAS VEGAS 3, COLORADO SPRINGS 1: Joel Carreno allowed just one run on three hits in seven innings for the 51s. Kirk Nieuwenhuis led off the game with a triple and scored the game's first run. Scott Rice pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in his 51s debut. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, AKRON 3: Kyle Johnson, Xorge Carrillo and Rylan Sandoval had three hits apiece, and the B-Mets scored eight times in the seventh inning to break open a close game with the RubberDucks. Greg Peavey allowed two runs in six innings and got credit for his fourth win. Box

Dilson Herrera went 4-for-4 as the Mets pounded the Hammerheads in the first game of a doubleheader. 2011 first-round draft pick Brandon Nimmo (wrist) returned to the lineup for the first time since last Friday. Eric Young Jr. had a hit and a walk as he began his minor-league rehabilitation assignment. Cam Maron, Jairo Perez and Cole Frenzel hit home runs. Gabriel Ynoa got credit for the win, despite allowing seven runs in 5 2/3 innings. In Game 2, Eudy Pina went 4-for-4 with a double and two home runs as the Mets completed their doubleheader sweep. Aderlin Rodriguez was 4-for-5 with two doubles and a triple. Jairo Perez had two doubles for the Mets, who scored eight times in the first inning. The Mets have won three in a row, heading into the Florida State League's All-Star break. St. Lucie has seven players heading to Bradenton for Saturday's All-Star Game. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 3, AUGUSTA 2 (8 innings)
Jonathan Leroux's walk-off double in the eighth inning gave the Sand Gnats a win in a game scheduled for seven innings as the first game of a doubleheader. Savannah had tied the game in the sixth with a run that scored on an error, in a rally started by a Gavin Cecchini double. Cecchini also tripled and scored the first Savannah run. Robert Gsellman allowed two runs in eight innings for a complete-game win. John Gant then threw a seven-inning, six-hit shutout to give the Gnats a sweep of the doubleheader. Gant got out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh to preserve the shutout, lowering his ERA to a league-leading 2.12. Patrick Biondi had two of Savannah's nine hits, and L.J. Mazzilli drove in two runs. Box 1, Box 2

Minors 6.7.14: Gnat Gant blanks RiverDogs

June, 7, 2014
Jun 7
FRESNO 7, LAS VEGAS 2: Right-hander Joel Carreno suffered the loss. He pitched six innings and allowed six runs. Allan Dykstra went 3-for-3 with a homer in the loss. Box

NEW BRITAIN 6, BINGHAMTON 4: The B-Mets have lost four straight and seven of their last eight games. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey surrendered a game-opening double to Sam Fuld and a single to Eddie Rosario. Nate Hanson drove Fuld in with a single. Two batters later, Reynaldo Rodriguez produced a sacrifice fly for a 2-0 lead. Binghamton got on the board in the second against Pat Dean. Jayce Boyd blasted a 2-0 pitch over the left-center wall to cut the deficit to 2-1. It was his first home run since May 8. In the fourth, Boyd reached on a fielder’s choice and Darrell Ceciliani singled to put two on with one out for Travis Taijeron. He doubled to plate both runners and give the B-Mets a 3-2 lead. After a groundout, Kyle Johnson tripled to extend Binghamton’s lead to 4-2. New Britain came right back in the fifth. Jairo Rodriguez singled. That brought up Rosario, who tied the score at 4 with a two-run blast. The Rock Cats took a two-run lead in the seventh against Jack Leathersich. Kennys Vargas worked a two-out walk and moved to second on Reynaldo Rodriguez's single. Brad Boyer then tripled. Leathersich (1-2) allowed two runs on four hits over 2 1/3 innings, matching his longest appearance of the season. Peavey was tagged for four runs on nine hits over 4 2/3 innings. Box

DUNEDIN 4, ST. LUCIE 2: K.C. Hobson broke a 2-all tie in the third when he doubled against Steven Matz to score Dalton Pompey and Marcus Knecht. Dunedin's Chad Girado pitched out a jam in the sixth when he loaded the bases with one out. He fell behind Cole Frenzel 3-1, but rallied for a strikeout. Girardo then got Eudy Pina to ground out. Matz surrendered four runs and eight hits in six innings. It was the first start in which Matz allowed more than two earned runs this season. Dunedin struck for two runs in the first inning. Knecht grounded out to score Dwight Smith Jr. from third. Hobson followed with an RBI single. The Mets answered with a run in the second. Frenzel doubled to score Jairo Perez, who had tripled. Cam Maron briefly tied the score at 2 in the third when he doubled to plate Maikis De La Cruz. The Mets went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Perez went 2-for-4 in the loss. He has multi-hit performances in four straight games and has upped his league-leading average to .360. Gonzalez Germen allowed a hit and two walks in a scoreless inning in his latest rehab appearance. Box

SAVANNAH 4, CHARLESTON 0: John Gant limited Charleston to three hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings. Gant (6-2, 2.36 ERA) combined with Tim Peterson and Robert Coles on the shutout. L.J. Mazzilli went 3-for-5 with a walk and two RBIs. Patrick Biondi and Jeff McNeil each went 2-for-5 with an RBI. McNeil is now hitting .346. Dominic Smith also had two hits for the Gnats, who improved to 40-19. Box

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EL PASO 7, LAS VEGAS 4: Starter Joel Carreno allowed two runs on six hits and four walks in five innings. John Church surrendered three sixth-inning runs as the Chihuahuas opened a 5-1 lead. Josh Satin and Andrew Brown homered in the loss. Omar Quintanilla went 3-for-5 with two doubles. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: Brian Burgamy ripped a two-run homer during a three-hit game to lift Binghamton to the series win. New Hampshire opened the scoring

against Hansel Robles in the second when Hector Gimenez produced a solo homer. The Fisher Cats loaded the bases an inning later, but Robles escaped with a strikeout and a groundout. Robles (3-2) allowed one run over 6 2/3 innings in his longest start of the season. He struck out five and held the Fisher Cats hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position. Aaron Sanchez held Binghamton to one hit through three innings. In the fourth, Burgamy and Kevin Plawecki opened the inning with singles. With Matt Clark at the plate, Sanchez threw a wild pitch that allowed Burgamy to score. Clark followed with an RBI double. Three batters later, Travis Taijeron also doubled, giving the B-Mets a 3-1 lead. In the fifth, Nelfi Zapata singled and scored on Darrell Ceciliani's double. With two outs, Clark singled to plate Ceciliani for a 5-1 lead. After a leadoff walk to Ceciliani in the seventh, Sanchez was pulled. Burgamy greeted reliever Austin Bibens-Dirkx with a two-run homer, his seventh long ball of the season. Jack Leathersich took over for Robles in the seventh and retired all four batters he faced. Cody Satterwhite allowed one run in the ninth. Zapata played third base for the first time in his career. Plawecki’s fourth-inning single extended his hitting streak to eight games. Box

BREVARD COUNTY 9, ST. LUCIE 1: Tyler Wagner tossed eight innings and limited St. Lucie to a fifth-inning solo homer by Phillip Evans. With the Manatees already leading 2-1, Seth Lugo surrendered a two-out, two-run double to Tyrone Taylor in the seventh. Brevard County then sent 10 batters to the plate against Lugo and Beck Wheeler in the eighth, scoring five runs on six hits. Mike Garza, Jose Sermo, Orlando Arcia and Taylor all had run-scoring hits in the frame. Luis Cessa took the loss, although he did not pitch poorly. The first four batters of the game reached -- on three doubles and a single -- and two scored. Cessa settled down to strand runners at second and third. He did not allow another run. Cessa struck out five and gave up seven hits in six innings. The Mets only had six hits. Half came from Jairo Perez, who went 3-for-4 for the second straight game. Box

SAVANNAH 3, ROME 2 (12 innings): L.J. Mazzilli plated Patrick Biondi with a walk-off

single in the bottom of the 12th as the Gnats (35-15) moved 20 games over .500. Starter Ricky Knapp allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings. Akeel Morris, Robert Coles, John Mincone and Tim Peterson (3-0) combined for 5 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Amed Rosario, the 18-year-old signed for $1.75 million out of the Dominican Republic, went 0-for-5 with five strikeouts as the DH in his first official 2014 minor-league game. Rosario, who had been playing in extended spring training, is briefly with Savannah before joining Brooklyn for its season, which begins June 13. Rosario hit .241 with three homers in 212 at-bats last season with short-season Kingsport. Box

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NEW YORK -- Jeff McNeil grew up on a par-three golf course. As a high-school-age golfer, he qualified for the United States Junior Amateur -- “which is kind of like the U.S. Open for anyone under 18,” he noted. He remains a scratch golfer.

So McNeil was looking forward to golfing in college, until his athletic trajectory changed the summer before his senior year of high school in California. In fact, before ever playing in a high school game, McNeil received an offer to play Division I baseball.

McNeil had decided to play scout baseball during the summer before his senior year of high school on a team with his younger brother Ryan, who was entering his sophomore year.

Courtesy of New York MetsJeff McNeil

“Just the way it worked out, I ended up getting seen by a scout from Cal State Northridge,” McNeil said.

McNeil chose to play baseball over golf during his senior year. He graduated and began playing baseball at Long Beach State, because the Northridge coach was dismissed and he was let out of his commitment. McNeil hit .271 as a freshman and .258 as a sophomore in utility roles. He then hit .348 with a .398 on-base percentage his junior season with Long Beach State and was selected by the Mets in the 12th round last year.

Through 42 games with low-A Savannah this season, the 22-year-old McNeil is hitting .329 with two homers and 23 RBIs in 164 at-bats. He has a .403 on-base percentage. He regularly has played third base, after manning second base last year at short-season Kingsport following the draft.

“I was playing national golf tournaments and all that stuff,” McNeil said. “I didn’t really think anything of baseball. It’s just funny how things work out like that and I started playing baseball again and ended up doing extremely well.”

McNeil went homerless through three seasons in college and his first season as a pro. His Savannah teammates were aware. So they razzed him when he finally went deep for the first time since high school with two outs in the ninth inning on April 13 at Rome, Ga.

“I was a little bit in shock -- ‘Hey, it went out,’” McNeil said. “I was pretty excited. My teammates gave me a hard time. They were aware. Two games earlier I hit one off the top of the wall.

“It’s been a while. We play at one of the biggest fields in the nation in Long Beach, so I’ve hit some balls that should have gone out some places. It’s real difficult to hit it out at Long Beach.”

At Long Beach State, McNeil played a lot of second base and left field his first two seasons. His junior year he mostly played center field and right field. He also filled in at shortstop for an injured starter.

“At Long Beach, every game I didn’t know where I was going to play,” McNeil said.

Although two years younger, brother Ryan beat McNeil to professional baseball by a year. Ryan, a right-handed pitcher, was drafted in the third round by the Cubs in 2012. Ryan just passed the one-year anniversary of his May 17, 2013 Tommy John surgery. He is in the Cubs’ extended-spring-training program right now and should break camp with a short-season team within weeks.

As for McNeil’s golf game, he still has occasion to play, including with teammates during spring training. As a scratch golfer, he puts on a show.

“I’ve had some good rounds in spring training,” he said.

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .361; Andrew Brown, Vegas, .355; Eric Campbell, Vegas, .355; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .351; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .340; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .336; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .329; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .323; Zach Lutz, Vegas, .317; Wilfredo Tovar, Binghamton, .313.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 10; Taylor Teagarden, Vegas, 8; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 8; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 8.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 42; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 42.

Steals: Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 12; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 11; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 8; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 7.

ERA: Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 1.57; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 1.95; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 2.22; John Gant, Savannah, 2.49; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 2.83; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.12; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 3.67; Dana Eveland, Vegas, 3.91; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4.02.

Wins: Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 5; John Gant, Savannah, 5; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 5.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 10; Robert Coles, Savannah, 9; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Dana Eveland, Vegas, 58; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 57; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 54; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 47; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 47.

Short hops

• Shortstop Amed Rosario was slated to make his Savannah debut on Tuesday, but the game was washed away. The 18-year-old Rosario, who tore up extended spring training, is ticketed for Brooklyn, but is making a cameo in the South Atlantic League en route. He signed for $1.75 million out of the Dominican Republic, a franchise record for an international teenager.

• 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo (.340, 4 HR, 23 RBIs, .468 OBP) departed Tuesday’s St. Lucie game in the third inning with what the team labeled a sprained left ankle.

• With Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero in the majors, Noah Syndergaard now sidelined at least briefly with a forearm issue that requires shoulder strengthening and Cory Mazzoni out since spring training with a lat-muscle issue, the Las Vegas rotation is in flux. After tossing a nine-inning shutout with Binghamton, left-hander Darin Gorski has been promoted to the 51s, swapping spots with Greg Peavey. Also in the rotation at the moment: Logan Verrett, Giancarlo Alvarado, Joel Carreno and Dana Eveland. Las Vegas (33-19) snapped a season-high six-game losing streak Tuesday.

• St. Lucie’s Dilson Herrera, acquired from the Pirates last August with Vic Black, leads all of the minors with 71 hits. Teammate T.J. Rivera, a Bronx native, is runner-up with 70.

• Triple-A catcher Taylor Teagarden (.295, 8 HR, 19 RBIs, .411 OBP) has a June 15 out in his contract if he is not promoted to the majors by that date. The Padres recruited Teagarden heavily last offseason, so that may be an option if he declares free agency.

• Las Vegas outfielder Cesar Puello started Tuesday for the first time in five days. He has dealt with a little soreness, but was healthy enough to play. The decision to hold him out was made by manager Wally Backman, who preferred other outfield options. Although Puello is hitting .264 with one homer and 10 RBIs in 125 at-bats, a team insider said in explaining the playing time: “Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Matt den Dekker and Andrew Brown are better. Brandon Allen and Allan Dykstra are better. Puello stats don’t even do justice to how bad he has been. Lots of broken bats. Lots of infield hits. His hits have been against bad pitchers. He is overmatched.”

• Binghamton catcher Kevin Plawecki has been unstoppable this month. If you include his still-unofficial stats from Tuesday’s 2-for-2, five-RBI performance in a game that was suspended in the second inning, the Purdue product is hitting .407 (35-for-86) with 10 doubles, five homers and 27 RBIs in May. A workhorse, he has played without a day off for 14 straight days (12 days of catching and two days at DH with Travis d’Arnaud rehabbing with the B-Mets -- albeit with two games off in the nightcap of doubleheaders).

• Left-hander Alex Panteliodis, a ninth-round pick from the University of Florida in 2011, was activated off the St. Lucie DL and earned a win over Clearwater in his first start of the season. He went 6 1/3 innings and allowed two runs.

• Before going hitless in three at-bats Tuesday, St. Lucie catcher Cam Maron had been hitting .429 in a seven-game span to lift his average to .281. The Hicksville, Long Island, native went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and was a home run short of the cycle Saturday.

• Left-handed reliever Chase Huchingson has looked rusty in two appearances since returning from a 50-game suspension for violations involving a drug of abuse. He surrendered three hits and two runs in an inning Thursday, then allowed a run in one inning Saturday.

• Right-hander Kevin McGowan, a 13th-round pick last year from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, has tossed 33 2/3 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run with Savannah. Another lengthy streak ended this week with the Gnats. Virgin Islands native Akeel Morris allowed his first run Saturday after opening the season with 24 1/3 scoreless innings.

Minors 5.24.14: Hicksville's Maron plates 4

May, 25, 2014
May 25
SACRAMENTO 5, LAS VEGAS 2: Joel Carreno and Erik Goeddel combined to surrender five runs as Sacramento built a 5-0 lead. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 6: Kevin Plawecki homered for the third straight game and reached base in all five plate appearances. He is hitting .395 with four homers and 21

RBIs in May. The Rock Cats jumped on B-Mets starter Hansel Robles for four runs in the first three innings. Corey Wimberly put New Britain on the board with an RBI single in the second and Tony Thomas delivered a three-run double in the third. Plawecki answered with a solo homer against Tyler Duffey in the third. An inning later, Dustin Lawley and Darrell Ceciliani had consecutive singles. With two outs, Kyle Johnson doubled to plate both runners and cut the deficit to one. Matt Reynolds singled home Johnson to tie the score at 4. The Rock Cats retook the lead in the fifth. Nate Hanson doubled, moved to third on a groundout and scored on Reynaldo Rodriguez's sacrifice fly. New Britain's lead grew in the sixth. Reliever Hamilton Bennett replaced Robles with a runner on first and two outs. Wimberly then tripled to give the Rock Cats a 6-4 lead. Binghamton responded in the bottom half. Travis Taijeron led off with a homer. Later in the frame, Reynolds worked a two-out walk and stole second. Plawecki doubled home Reynolds to tie the score at 6. Binghamton completed its comeback against Adrian Salcedo in the seventh when Ceciliani ripped a two-run single. John Church and Adam Kolarek combined to post a scoreless eighth. Chasen Bradford handled the ninth for his 10th save. Reynolds extended his hitting streak to 11 games. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 2: Gabriel Ynoa produced his best start of the season and Cam Maron provided nearly all of the offense as St. Lucie (30-19) won its season-high sixth

straight. Ynoa allowed one unearned run and struck out a season-high seven in seven innings. The Cardinals only managed six singles -- three of which never left the infield. Maron -- who is from Hicksville, Long Island -- went 4-for-5 with four RBIs and fell a home run shy of the cycle. He put the Mets in front 2-1 with a two-run single in the fourth. The Mets got breathing room in the ninth. Jairo Perez lifted a sac fly to make it 3-1. Maron added a two-out, two-run double. Maron also tripled in the sixth. Ryan Fraser gave up a run in the ninth, but logged two innings without major issue to earn his first save. Perez went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 1: John Gant tossed seven scoreless innings to trim his ERA to 2.49. Virgin Islands native Akeel Morris had a streak of 24 1/3 scoreless innings to open the season snapped by allowing an eighth-inning run in relief. Victor Cruzado went 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. L.J. Mazzilli had a solo homer. Box

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Minors 5.18.14: Reynolds nets RBI in 14th

May, 18, 2014
May 18
EL PASO 10, LAS VEGAS 9: Jace Peterson produced a game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh against Joel Carreno and Jake Goebbert capped the scoring by homering against Miguel Socolovich later in the inning as Las Vegas dropped to 31-12 on the season. Trailing by a run in the ninth, Andrew Brown had a leadoff double, but Kirk Nieuwenhuis grounded out and Brown was also caught on the play advancing to third. Omar Quintanilla then had a game-ending groundout. Allan Dykstra, Quintanilla and Brown all had homered as the 51s built a 7-0 lead in the fifth. Zach Lutz's two-run homer in the seventh had staked Vegas to a 9-8 lead. Brown finished 4-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Logan Verrett surrendered six runs in five innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, NEW HAMPSHIRE 8 (14 innings): Kyle Johnson had a one-out double

and scored on Matt Reynolds' single two batters later as Binghamton took the lead in the top of the 14th. Johnson had advanced to third base on Brian Burgamy's single. John Church tossed a perfect bottom half with two strikeouts for his first save of the season. The Mets had squandered a 7-0 lead. Starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs on six hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. He also tossed two wild pitches. Reliever T.J. Chism was charged with five runs while recording only one out. Binghamton did take an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the eighth, but Jack Leathersich surrendered a run. Reynolds and Jayce Boyd each finished 4-for-7. Darrell Ceciliani contributed a two-run homer in the third inning. Box

LAKELAND 3, ST. LUCIE 2: Lance Durham drove in the go-ahead run with an eighth-inning double against St. Lucie reliever Paul Sewald. With Chad Wright at second base and two outs, Durhman lined Sewald's offering into to left field. Maikis De La Cruz initially broke in, but the ball was hit deep. By the time De La Cruz recovered, it went just beyond his glove and to the wall to score the tiebreaking run. Lakeland reliever Jade Todd had inherited runners on the corners with one out in the seventh in a 2-all game. He struck out Brandon Nimmo and got T.J. Rivera to ground out to preserve the tie. Gabriel Ynoa made his best start of the season for the Mets. He pitched a season-high seven innings and struck out five. Ynoa allowed seven hits and two runs in a no-decision. The Flying Tigers opened the scoring in the third. Wright, Curt Powell and Jeff McVaney all singled against Ynoa with two outs. McVaney’s hit scored Wright to make it 1-0. Dilson Herrera tied the score at 1 in the fourth with a leadoff homer, his second long ball of the year. Eudy Pina gave the Mets a brief 2-1 lead with a two-out RBI single later in the frame. The Flying Tigers tied the score at 2 in the fifth. McVaney lined a full-count pitch from Ynoa off the left-field wall to plate Tyler Hanover. Drew Longley tried to score from first on the play, but the throws from De La Cruz to Phillip Evans and on to catcher Albert Cordero beat him to end the inning. Herrera and Nimmo finished with two hits apiece. Box

CHARLESTON 10, SAVANNAH 3: Charleston third baseman Miguel Andujar homered twice to hand the Gnats a three-game losing streak for the first time this season. The RiverDogs scored the game’s opening run in the third on Mike Ford's double against Savannah starter Chris Flexen. Andujar’s three-run homer against Flexen in the fifth staked Charleston to a 4-0 lead. Trailing 5-0, the Gnats (28-14) scored their lone runs in the sixth. Two walks and a single loaded the bases for Dominic Smith, who produced a two-run single through the hole on the right side. The hit snapped the Gnats’ 0-for-20 streak with runners in scoring position in the two games against Charleston. Victor Cruzado followed with an RBI single as the Gnats pulled within 5-3. Andujar hooked a two-run homer down the left-field line against reliever Dawrin Frias in the seventh for a 7-3 lead. The Dogs added three runs against Savannah closer Robert Coles in the ninth, snapping Coles’ scoreless streak at 18 2/3 innings to begin the season. Jeff McNeil went 2-for-3 with a double to extend his hitting streak to 11 straight games. Box

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Farm report: Satterwhite back on radar

May, 14, 2014
May 14
NEW YORK -- Within a year of being drafted in the second round by the Detroit Tigers out of Ole Miss in 2008, right-hander Cody Satterwhite had risen to Double-A.

Five years, two shoulder surgeries and a stop in independent ball later, he is back in the Eastern League, this time with the Binghamton Mets.

More of a pitcher this time around because of maturity and somewhat diminished velocity, the 27-year-old Satterwhite opened the season with 10 straight scoreless relief appearances spanning 16 2/3 innings for the B-Mets.

He currently is 1-0 with a 0.89 ERA (2 ER, 20.1 IP) through 13 appearances. Opponents are hitting .169 against him. He has allowed 11 hits, 10 walks and hit one batter while striking out 18.

Courtesy of New York MetsCody Satterwhite

“It is gratifying, just because of the path I took with two surgeries and then having to go to indy ball,” Satterwhite said. “… The whole process, it’s helped me in the long run.”

The Mets, like other organizations, scout the independent leagues for talent. Still, Satterwhite believes his teammate with the Sioux City X’s in the independent American Association last season, Wally Backman Jr., put a good word in to his father -- Triple-A manager Wally Backman -- and got him on the Mets’ radar.

After producing a 0.65 ERA and one save in 27 2/3 innings last season with Sioux City, the Mets purchased his rights. Satterwhite finished the year with St. Lucie, producing a 2-2 record and 2.78 ERA in 22 2/3 innings.

“I got hurt at the end of the year, had shoulder problems,” Satterwhite recalled about his Double-A season in 2009 with Erie. “I went to big-league camp [the next spring training] and just fell apart in big-league camp, trying to do too much, not telling anybody I was hurt. I ended up having labrum surgery in 2010. I didn’t have the surgery until July 2010. I missed that season.

“I came back in July [2011]. It was one year from my surgery. I missed that season. By then it had been two years. From the surgery, my arm just kind of stayed tight. I would throw, and then I’d have to sit out a couple of days, being too sore. Finally, in 2012, I ended up having another surgery to clean up the scar tissue in the shoulder. That’s when the Tigers released me.

“I told myself, if the surgery works, I’ll give it another try. If it’s meant to be, then I’ll continue to play baseball. If I can’t come back from it, then at least I can function in the everyday world. I had the surgery and my arm felt great. After the surgery I was throwing within one month. I was on the mound in a couple of months. I was taking it real slow to make sure I was ready to go back and show teams.

“That offseason, I threw in front of some teams. With the track history -- I hadn’t thrown [competitively] in three years – all of them said you’d have to show us that you’re healthy, that you can throw back-to-back days and put up some numbers.

“The best bet was to go to indy ball. I got picked up by Sioux City. I had a guy that I played with, with the Tigers, Josh Rainwater, was actually on the team. He put in a word for me and they picked me up and I was in Sioux City in 2013.”

Before the shoulder surgeries ever arose, Satterwhite’s fastball used to register 96-98 mph. Now he sits at 91-95 mph, with a slider and split-finger.

“I’ve been able to pitch better,” Satterwhite said. “As a hard thrower, you get into a rhythm of relying on it. I was in this league at 22. I was throwing very hard and I just relied on that to get me through. Some days I would do very well, and I’d get hit around the other games. Being able to pitch and know how to set up guys and know your role, and being able to throw back-to-back days and being healthy, I think that’s helped me a lot.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .392; Eric Campbell, Vegas, .355; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .333; Wilfredo Tovar, Binghamton, .333; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .329; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, .317; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .316; Zach Lutz, Vegas, .315; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, .307; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .307.

Homers: Taylor Teagarden, Vegas, 8; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 7; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 6; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 6.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 36; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 33; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 31; Zach Lutz, Vegas, 30; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 27.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 9; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 8; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 7.

ERA: Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.09; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.25; John Gant, Savannah, 2.31; Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 2.58; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 2.88; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 3.03; Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 3.16; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.41; Rainy Lara, Binghamton, 3.48; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 3.67.

Wins: Jacob deGrom, Vegas, 4; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 4; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 4; John Gant, Savannah, 4; Rob Whalen, Savannah, 4.

Saves: Robert Coles, Savannah, 8; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 6; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 5; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie; 5.

Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 46; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 41; Darin Gorski, Binghamton, 36; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 36; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 34.

Short hops

• Left-hander Josh Edgin (3-0, 4.97 ERA) has landed on the temporary inactive list with Las Vegas for a joyous reason. His wife gave birth Tuesday morning.

• Right-hander Tyler Bashlor, an 11th-round pick in 2013 out of South Georgia College, underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday.

• Savannah right-hander Rob Whalen (4-0, 1.80 ERA), who required a minor surgical procedure for an infection on his pitching hand, was due to get the stitches removed Wednesday morning.

• With Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero promoted, Vegas’ rotation needs an infusion. Giancarlo Alvarado will fill one rotation spot. The other is to be determined. Joel Carreño took a spot turn Monday in place of deGrom and was able to contribute a 72-pitch effort (3 ER in 5.2 IP). John Lannan still has not reported to the Triple-A club due to what Mets officials have labeled a family matter. Alvarado went 5-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 12 starts for Vegas last season after being added out of the Mexican League.

Vic Black’s control continues to be inconsistent. He has walked a combined five batters and issued a pair of wild pitches during his past two relief appearances. Despite a 1.74 ERA this season with the 51s, Black has walked 15 (one intentional) and hit a batter in 15 2/3 innings.

Cory Mazzoni should throw off a mound this weekend for the first time since leaving a spring-training game with what subsequently was diagnosed as a lat-muscle injury.

• Binghamton Right-hander Greg Peavey has been named Eastern League Pitcher of Week. Peavey, 25, has limited opponents to one run on eight hits and two walks while striking out 10 in 15 innings over his past two starts.

Amed Rosario, the 18-year-old shortstop given the organization’s largest-ever signing bonus for an international teenager ($1.75 million), is opening eyes at the team’s Florida complex. Rosario has a .385 average, .437 on-base percentage and 1.150 OPS in extended spring training games and may end up ticketed for Brooklyn, which opens play June 13 at Staten Island. Also getting positive reviews in extended spring training: Brandon Brosher, who has been converted from outfielder to catcher. Brosher, 19, is a 36th-round pick last year out of high school in Spring Hill, Fla. Even David Wright reportedly was impressed with Brosher’s power after taking batting practice with him in Port St. Lucie early this year.

Matt Koch, whose season prematurely ended last year when he was struck in the head with a line drive with Savannah, has tossed 11 2/3 scoreless innings in his last two starts with St. Lucie. While the third-round pick in 2012 out of Louisville does not have “overwhelming” stuff, he does throw strikes and does not surrender “hard contact,” according to one observer. Koch has walked only 16 batters in 140 professional innings.

• Because Las Vegas has Allan Dykstra and Brandon Allen also capable of playing first base, Josh Satin may end up playing more second base than he has of late. In two games since his demotion, Satin has started a game apiece at first base and second base. Outfield is not a priority, but there’s a chance he could dabble there occasionally.

• Virgin Islands native Akeel Morris continues to dominate out of Savannah’s bullpen. The 21-year-old right-hander is 3-0, has struck out 34 and has not allowed a run in 20 2/3 innings this season. Morris’ team-high strikeout total leads runner-up John Gant by 3 Ks despite Morris tossing 15 fewer innings. Morris had mixed results as a starter earlier in his career, and is being given multi-inning outings out of the bullpen to allow for continued development. He still needs to throw more strikes, having walked 10, hit a batter and thrown two wild pitches.

• Binghamton catcher Kevin Plawecki has hit safely in a season-high nine straight games. He is batting .389 (14-for-36) during the stretch, with five multi-hit games.

• After posting a 9.64 ERA in his first three starts, right-hander Tyler Pill has a 1.15 ERA (2 ER, 15.2 IP) in his last three games. He's received the worst offensive support among Binghamton's starters (1.7 runs per game, including three shutout losses).

Minors 5.12.14: Evans RBI sinks Yanks

May, 13, 2014
May 13
LAS VEGAS 9, TACOMA 4: Joel Carreno, starting in place of the now-promoted Jacob deGrom, allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Matt den Dekker and Allan Dykstra homered in a five-run second inning for Vegas. Omar Quintanilla went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Josh Satin started at second base and was 2-for-4 with a walk. Cesar Puello went 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Box

ST. LUCIE 3, TAMPA 2: With the Mets trailing 2-1 in the seventh, Eudy Pina tripled to plate Aderlin Rodriguez and tie the score. The next batter, Phillip Evans, drove a pitch from

Dietrich Enns into center field for a base hit to score Pina. Jake Kuebler stranded the tying run on third in the eighth by striking out Angelo Gumbs and Zach Wilson. Randy Fontanez struck out the side in the ninth to earn his fifth save in six chances. Mets pitchers struck out 12 batters, including the final five to finish off the Yankees in the opener of the four-game series. The Mets (22-15) have won four in a row and occupy first place in the Florida State League South Division. St. Lucie had a chance to blow the game open early but could not come up with the big hit. Dilson Herrera, Brandon Nimmo and T.J. Rivera all singled to open the bottom of the first against Conner Kendrick. Rivera’s single scored Herrera and gave the Mets a 1-0 lead. However, the inning ended when Cam Maron grounded into a double play. Kendrick induced four double-play balls in his six innings. Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa struck out six in five innings. His one mistake was giving up a two-out, two-run double to Eric Jagielo in the third that put the Yankees in front, 2-1. Both runs were unearned because Rodriguez made a throwing error at third base to start the inning. Ryan Fraser pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings to earn his first win. Herrera, Rivera and Pina had two hits apiece. Evans extended his hitting streak to seven games. He has six RBIs in his last six contests. Box

CHARLESTON 1, SAVANNAH 0 (10 innings): A bases-loaded walk issued by John Mincone in the bottom of the 10th resulted in the game's lone run. Jose Rosario produced a two-out double. Mincone then intentionally walked Aaron Judge and unintentionally walked Mike Ford to load the bases. Next, Mincone battled to a 3-2 full count with Charleston RBI leader Michael O’Neal, only to surrender the winning run on a called ball-four at the inside corner. RiverDogs starter Jaron Long was electric over seven innings, allowing three hits while striking out five. Gnats starter Kevin McGowan matched Long over his six innings, also allowing three hits, while fanning six. McGowan has allowed three hits or fewer in four of his six starts. Savannah reliever Akeel Morris added another two scoreless innings, striking out four. Opponents are now hitting .104 against Morris this season. Third baseman Jeff McNeil was the lone thorn in Charleston’s side, finishing 3-for-4 while improving his team-high batting average to .313. Box

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Minors 5.2.14: Peavey, Diaz earn wins

May, 2, 2014
May 2
TACOMA 6, LAS VEGAS 4: A half-inning after Las Vegas broke a 1-all tie with two runs in the top of the eighth, Joel Carreno and Zack Thornton combined to surrender five runs in the bottom half. Wilmer Flores homered twice in the loss. Flores (4-for-5, three runs scored) started at shortstop for the first time since jamming a finger on his throwing hand on Sunday. Starter Logan Verrett limited Tacoma to one run on five hits and two walks in seven innings in a no-decision. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 1: Greg Peavey allowed one run over six innings and the B-Mets supported him with five unanswered runs. Peavey, pitching for the third straight time

against the Sea Dogs, stranded five runners in scoring position to earn his first win of the season. The lone damage came in the first inning on consecutive doubles by Deven Marrero and Travis Shaw. In the third, Kyle Johnson (2-for-3, 2 RBIs) singled to start a rally against Portland starter and former Binghamton University Bearcat Mike Augliera. After a single by Wilfredo Tovar, Darrell Ceciliani advanced both runners with a sacrifice bunt. Brian Burgamy tied the score with a sacrifice fly. An inning later, with Kevin Plawecki and Jayce Boyd on base, Dustin Lawley sent a bouncer back to the mound. Augliera fielded it cleanly, but fired erratically to second, allowing Plawecki to score the go-ahead run. Johnson added an RBI single. Tovar made it a three-run cushion by legging out a run-scoring fielder’s choice. With two outs in the fifth, Portland loaded the bases against Peavey on a double and two walks. Peavey (1-1) avoided harm by inducing Shaw to ground out. The righty worked around a one-out single by Blake Swihart and capped his night with a scoreless sixth. Cody Satterwhite took over in the seventh with a 5-1 lead and posted two scoreless innings. Jon Velasquez worked around two hits in a scoreless ninth. Satterwhite hasn’t allowed a run in nine appearances this season spanning 14 2/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE at BRADENTON (ppd.): The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

SAVANNAH 2, ROME 1: The Gnats improved to a season-high 10 games over .500. Miller Diaz (2-0) held the Braves to one unearned run in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out six and did

not walk a batter. In the first, Gavin Cecchini tripled and scored on a balk. With the bases loaded in the sixth, Jeff McNeil was hit by a pitch to force home Colton Plaia for a 2-0 lead. The Gnats had three bases-loaded opportunities and scored one run in those chances. The Braves picked up an unearned run against Diaz in the seventh. He turned the game over to the bullpen with the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second. Reliever Dawrin Frias struck out one and induced a groundout to end the threat. Robert Coles worked a 1-2-3 ninth with two strikeouts for his fourth save. Cecchini went 3-for-4 with a walk. He has hit safely in five straight games. Box

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Minors 4.3.14: Rivera slam lifts St. Lucie

April, 3, 2014
Apr 3
LAS VEGAS 9, FRESNO 2: Rafael Montero tossed six scoreless innings in his season debut. He allowed four hits and no walks while striking out five in a 79-pitch effort. Eric Campbell opened the scoring with a two-run single in the fifth. Kirk Nieuwenhuis had a solo homer an inning later. Nieuwenhuis finished 4-for-4. Bobby Abreu joined the 51s on Thursday and delivered a pinch-hit single in the seventh. He is expected to DH against AL affiliates and pinch-hit against NL affiliates like Fresno, the Giants' top farm club. Joel Carreño surrendered a two-run homer to Adam Duvall in the seventh as Fresno pulled within 3-2. Zach Lutz had a grand slam a half-inning later to open a six-run lead. Vic Black, who allowed 24 baserunners in 9 1/3 Grapefruit League innings, continued to struggle with his control. Working with a large lead in the eighth, Black walked two batters and hit another. Erik Goeddel, moving to a bullpen role like he had at UCLA, tossed a scoreless ninth. Noah Syndergaard makes his Triple-A debut Friday for the 51s. Box

AKRON 7, BINGHAMTON 1: Five Binghamton pitchers combined to issue 11 walks while the B-Mets mustered four hits. Akron's Giovanny Urshela had four RBIs. Starter Darin Gorski missed the strike zone on his first six pitches and walked three in the first. The

RubberDucks failed to cash in that frame, but broke through in the second on two bloop singles and Gorski’s fielding error on Tyler Holt’s sacrifice bunt. The unearned run was the first of seven unanswered runs by the RubberDucks following Binghamton’s first-inning run. Darrell Ceciliani had led off the bottom of the first against Cody Anderson by tripling over center fielder Tyler Naquin’s head. Brian Burgamy's groundout scored Ceciliani. Urshela broke the 1-all tie with a homer to lead off the fourth. Gorski departed two batters later after reaching 85 pitches. Cody Satterwhite made his B-Mets debut in relief and collected the final out of the frame, but not before issuing back-to-back walks. Satterwhite worked around two more walks in the fifth before handing off to T.J. Chism. The southpaw worked a scoreless sixth in his Double-A debut, but surrendered a game-sealing two-out, two-run double to Urshela in the seventh. Anderson settled in after the first inning. The right-hander cruised through five more innings, never facing more than four batters in any frame. Jack Leathersich provided a bright spot for the B-Mets by striking out three in the eighth. Akron produced three ninth-inning runs against John Church. Gorski (0-1) was tagged for two runs (one earned) on three walks and four hits in 3 2/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, PALM BEACH 5: T.J. Rivera broke a 2-all tie in the fifth with a grand slam that put the Mets ahead for good. The Cardinals answered with three runs in the sixth, but

Randy Fontanez contributed a scoreless seventh and eighth while Beck Wheeler closed out the game in the ninth. Gabriel Ynoa earned the win in his Florida State League debut. He scattered eight hits and allowed three runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Palm Beach jumped to a 2-0 lead on Jacob Wilson's sac fly in the first and an RBI single by Starlin Rodriguez in the third. Palm Beach starter Michael Mayers was cruising until Brandon Nimmo and Rivera greeted him with back-to-back doubles in the fourth to make it 2-1. Jairo Perez tied the score with a two-out single later in the frame. In the fifth, Mayers walked Maikis De La Cruz, gave up a single to Eudy Pina and walked Nimmo to load the bases. Corey Baker entered in relief and surrendered the grand slam to Rivera. The Cardinals rallied with three runs in the sixth. They had a chance to tie it in the ninth, but a leaping catch at the wall by De La Cruz in left robbed Anthony Garcia of a run-scoring extra-base hit. Wheeler later struck out Casey Rasmus to end the game. Rivera finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs. Nimmo collected two hits, a walk and two runs scored in his FSL debut. Box

LAKEWOOD 6, SAVANNAH 3: Patrick Biondi delivered a three-run homer for his first professional long ball in the bottom of the ninth to account for the Gnats' lone scoring. The former Michigan Wolverine finished 3-for-4 in his Sand Gnats debut. The BlueClaws plated the game’s opening run in the fourth inning against Savannah starter Robert Gsellman as Andrew Pullin doubled and scored on Larry Greene Jr.’s infield single. Greene finished 3-for-4 with a triple, a run scored and four RBIs. He tripled down the right-field line to drive in three runs and cap a four-run eighth that put Lakewood ahead 6-0. Lakewood chased Gsellman in the sixth. Two singles and a walk plated a run to put the BlueClaws up 2-0. Then Greene singled to center to load the bases, ending Gsellman’s night. Reliever Tim Peterson entered with one out and escaped further trouble by striking out two batters. Peterson worked a scoreless seventh. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, making his Savannah debut, went 2-for-5. 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith was 1-for-4. Biondi’s homer was the only Sand Gnats’ extra-base hit. The Gnats had chances to score early in the game, but left three runners at third in the game’s first four innings. Box

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Mets split games with Nats, Braves

March, 23, 2014
Mar 23
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Curtis Granderson produced a tiebreaking two-run homer in the seventh inning against Drew Storen and the Mets beat the Washington Nationals, 3-1, Sunday in a split-squad game at Tradition Field.

Jeurys Familia and Bobby Parnell each tossed scoreless innings.

The Mets dropped their other game, 4-1, to the Atlanta Braves at ESPN Wide World of Sports.

In that game, Carlos Torres allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four in four innings. Minor leaguers Joel Carreño and Cody Satterwhite gave up single runs. The Mets’ lone run came in the fourth against Freddy Garcia, when Juan Lagares walked and eventually scored on a groundout.

What’s next: Daisuke Matsuzaka tries to sew up the fifth-starter’s role when he faces the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. Monday at Tradition Field (SNY). Matsuzaka opposes right-hander Shelby Miller.

Morning Briefing: Mets closed Wednesday

March, 19, 2014
Mar 19

FIRST PITCH: The Mets have their lone off-day of spring training Wednesday -- major and minor leaguers -- then gear up for a relatively intense final stretch before breaking camp.

Terry Collins said priority No. 1 is getting his first basemen on the field, with the manager pledging either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda would start Thursday’s Grapefruit League game against the Atlanta Braves.

With camp now down to 38 players, including rehabbing Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner, Collins said starters will get more time and relievers will begin to get action with in-season roles in mind.

The Mets break camp in eight days. They then head to Montreal for a pair of exhibition games against the Toronto Blue Jays before Opening Day on March 31 against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.

“You bet it’s the critical part of the spring,” Collins said. “We’re going to tighten some things up around here. … It’s time to play like we’re getting ready for the season.”

Wednesday’s news reports:

Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesNoah Syndergaard was dispatched to minor-league camp Tuesday.

• Noah Syndergaard headlined the list of players sent to minor-league camp Tuesday. The others: right-handers Rafael Montero, Cory Mazzoni, Ryan Reid, Joel Carreño and Miguel Socolovich, catcher Juan Centeno and first basemen Brandon Allen and Matt Clark. Allen is in a walking boot because of a calf injury.

“We don’t want to keep preaching patience, but there’s some real light at the end of the tunnel here,” Collins said Tuesday. “[Syndergaard] wasn’t the only guy sent down today who is going to pitch in the big leagues, and pitch for a long time in the big leagues. Montero is going to do it. Mazzoni is going to do it.”

The Mets likely will be tight with Syndergaard’s early season pitch counts so he has innings left in the majors during the second half. Syndergaard logged only 124 2/3 innings last season including the Eastern League playoffs and Futures Game, so 155 innings is a rough approximation for 2014. The Mets likely will consider a promotion for Syndergaard sometime in mid-June or beyond, after delaying his arbitration eligibility.

“He ain’t coming out after the fifth up here,” Collins said about pitch limits.

Syndergaard, meanwhile, surrendered one hit but walked four in four innings in a minor-league intrasquad game hours after receiving his demotion news.

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• Harvey remains determined to return to the Mets in August, only 10 months after Tommy John surgery. He said he is undeterred by Atlanta’s Kris Medlen and Oakland’s Jarrod Parker recently learning they required that procedure for a second time. Harvey also remains adamant he wants to rehab primarily in New York and be around the team, which is his right under the collective bargaining agreement, even if the team disagrees. He dislikes the team’s attempts to muzzle him from speaking with the media and tweeting, too. Read more in the Daily News, Star-Ledger, Newsday and

• Three Arizona Diamondbacks scouts, including special assistant Todd Greene, quietly watched Mets minor leaguers in an intrasquad game Tuesday, furthering speculation that the Mets ultimately could acquire one of their shortstops: Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings. Seattle Mariners scout Joe McIlvaine also was in attendance for an intrasquad game that included Logan Verrett pitching and Kevin Plawecki catching. The Mariners are likely to trade Nick Franklin.

On Franklin, FanGraphs tackles the topic about whether he can be a passable shortstop.

Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesSandy Alderson has resumed speaking with teams about Ike Davis, a source told

• Sandy Alderson has started reengaging teams who expressed interest in Davis during the offseason, a source told

Jenrry Mejia still appears ticketed for Las Vegas to open the season. So does Wilmer Flores, who should see some serious action at shortstop with the 51s in April.

Jonathon Niese returned to camp Tuesday and expressed relief that his second spring-training scare turned out to be only inflammation of the left elbow, with no structural damage. Niese said he does not have an ego about starting Opening Day.

Having him open the season on the DL and making his season debut April 6 against the Cincinnati Reds continues to seem the most viable option. The Mets insist they have not yet reset their rotation now that Niese is likely to miss Opening Day, beyond knowing that Bartolo Colon and Dillon Gee will start during the season-opening three-game series against the Nats.

Read more on Niese in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger and Newsday.

• The Mets have arranged their starting pitchers for the next week of spring training, beginning with Zack Wheeler facing the Braves on Thursday at Tradition Field.

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed two homers, including a shot by Miguel Cabrera, but the Mets rallied for a 5-4 win against the Detroit Tigers on Andrew Brown’s walk-off RBI single. Read more at

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets minor-league catcher Landon Powell, now a volunteer assistant coach at Furman University, turns 32. ... Prospect Yeixon Ruiz, who hit .304 at Kingsport last season, is 23.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Would you prefer Didi Gregorius, Chris Owings, Nick Frankin, Stephen Drew, Ruben Tejada or Wilmer Flores as the Opening Day shortstop?

Demoted Syndergaard knew fate inevitable

March, 18, 2014
Mar 18
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Top prospect Noah Syndergaard knew it was inevitable. But it still stung somewhat Tuesday morning when he officially learned he had been demoted to minor-league camp.

“It’s always disappointing when you get a taste of being in the big-league clubhouse, getting the treatment like a big leaguer gets, and then you’ve got to go back over to the minor-league side where things aren’t so glamorous. So that’s kind of disappointing,” Syndergaard said. “But I kind of knew it was coming. I think no matter how well I threw during spring training, if I struck out everybody, if I didn’t allow any runs whatsoever, I think I still was going to go over to the minor-league side regardless. There’s a business standpoint to it. And I know there’s other things I have to work on.”

Syndergaard headlined a list of cuts that included Rafael Montero, who also is headed for Triple-A Las Vegas’ rotation. Right-handers Cory Mazzoni, Ryan Reid and Joel Carreño, catcher Juan Centeno and first basemen Brandon Allen and Matt Clark also were dispatched to the minors.

Adam RubinNoah Syndergaard speaks about his demotion after learning his fate Tuesday morning.
With the six subtractions, the Mets currently are at 39 in big-league camp, including rehabbing Matt Harvey and Jeremy Hefner.

Syndergaard officially had a 5.19 ERA in 8 2/3 innings, but that was misleading. Eric Young Jr. had failed to make a relatively routine play against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, which cost Syndergaard a couple of earned runs on his ledger. In reality, Syndergaard received rave reviews.

Syndergaard said the highlight was the first inning of his debut against the Atlanta Braves at ESPN Wide World of Sports -- particularly a strikeout of the first batter he ever faced in the Grapefruit League, Jason Heyward, on a 98 mph fastball.

“Just that my stuff can play out on the field. I mean, I can get big-league hitters out,” the 21-year-old Syndergaard added about what he took away from camp. “Just playing against guys I watched growing up, just being able to get them out as well.

“There’s a sense of relief just knowing that my repertoire of pitches, my demeanor on the mound, opens eyes up in the big leagues, opens eyes of the big-league hitters. It’s just a lot of confidence going into minor-league camp knowing that I had some pretty great success in big-league camp.”

Syndergaard now should form a stellar Triple-A rotation with Montero, Jacob deGrom and potentially Jenrry Mejia. Logan Verrett and/or Mazzoni, also highly regarded, likely will round out the 51s’ rotation.

“I think we’re going to be one of probably the best rotations in baseball, if you can add those names to that list,” Syndergaard said.

Syndergaard acknowledged he has work to do to polish his repertoire. He needs to hone his changeup. He also needs to make his “hook-from-hell” changeup, as Terry Collins labeled it, more consistent.

Syndergaard said Harvey was particularly helpful in camp, especially telling him to take things slowly. That is somewhat ironic, given Harvey has been the epitome of a pedal-to-the-metal mentality. Zack Wheeler’s insights to Syndergaard were fewer and farther between.

“Matt’s been pretty helpful, because he’s been around it a little bit longer,” Syndergaard said. “I mean, Zack just broke into the big leagues last year. Matt was just coming up to me during spring training, just telling me to take it easy. He sees him in the weight room, he just doesn’t want me to get hurt, just kind of tells me to slow down a little bit.”

Syndergaard’s teammates embraced him. Early on, they taped a picture of Ivan Drago from the Rocky IV to his locker with the slogan, “I must break you,” because of the fictional boxer’s physical resemblance to Syndergaard. The sign remained on Syndergaard's locker throughout camp.

“I thought it was really cool that they saw me like that, and they saw me as one of the guys, not just the younger kid in camp,” Syndergaard said. “They saw me as a future teammate.”

The likelihood is Syndergaard will not be promoted until at least mid-June, which would delay his arbitration eligibility by a year.

As for what the Mets’ brain trust told him in the meeting informing him of his demotion Tuesday morning, Syndergaard indicated it was succinct.

“The message was: ‘We’ll see you soon,’ basically,” Syndergaard said. “That’s all they said. It’s a good thing to hear.”



Bartolo Colon
14 4.02 143 190
BAD. Murphy .295
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 81
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .821
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173