New York Mets: Johnny Magliozzi

Farm report: Taylor tuned out speculation

August, 27, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Mets shipped Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 18 for right-hander Zack Thornton. It took another two months, until the one-year anniversary of Blake Taylor’s signing after the draft, to learn that the southpaw was the player to be named heading to the Mets in the deal.

“There were rumors online and all that stuff. Everyone was saying it was between me or [Neil] Kozikowski or Cody Dickson. There were just a bunch of rumors,” Taylor said. “I was like, ‘I’m not going to believe everything I hear on the internet.’ Once I hear it from the Mets or Pirates organization, I’d believe. … I was just going to keep playing and keep going.


Courtesy of Allen Greene/Kingsport MetsBlake Taylor


“The day I found out, I was shocked. But I was like, ‘All right, I’ve got to pack my things. This is baseball. You’re going to play for a different team.’”

Taylor, who turned 19 on Aug. 17, was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2013 out of high school in Dana Point, Calif.

After joining the Mets organization in mid-June, Taylor made three appearances in the Gulf Coast League. He allowed two runs, neither earned, on one hit, seven walks and a hit batter while striking out 10 in 10 2/3 innings. He since has moved to the Appalachian League. In seven starts with Kingsport, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Taylor is 2-1 with a 5.16 ERA. He has allowed 39 hits and 22 walks in 29 2/3 innings.

Taylor’s fastball sits at 86-90 mph. He also possesses a changeup and curveball.

“I’m still getting better. I still have a lot more to learn with command and all that stuff,” Taylor said. “But I’ve been progressing this year and throwing my changeup for a strike more than I have been normally. It’s been a very, very educational year for me just to learn. This is my first full season.”

Said Mets VP Paul DePodesta: “We liked Blake a lot leading up to the 2013 draft. We felt he was an athletic left-hander with size and the makings of a plus breaking ball.”

Taylor had signed with the University of Hawaii out of high school, but being taken in the second round (along with a reported $750,000 signing bonus) prompted him to turn pro.

“Going into the draft, I didn’t really want to have high expectations,” Taylor said. “I wasn’t really known, so I kind of accepted the fact that I probably might go to college. It was a big surprise to go in the second round. So I was like, ‘Well, baseball has been my dream. Let me go do it.’”

He arrived with the Mets not knowing anyone beyond having played against Dominic Smith and Andrew Church in the Area Code Games. Still, Taylor said, his new teammates have been “welcoming me with open arms.”

Said Taylor: “Everyone has been really nice and cool and showing me the ropes. Baseball is a fraternity. You go anywhere and it’s the same group of guys, basically.”

Organization leaders

Average: T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .352; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .347; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .334; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .320; John Mora, Brooklyn, .319; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .310; Jean Rodriguez, Kingsport, .303; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, .297; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .295; Wuilmer Becerra, Kingsport, .294.

Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 23; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 20; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 19; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 16; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 15.

RBIs: L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 76; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 75; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 74; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 72; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 70.

Steals: Champ Stuart, Savannah, 27; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 23; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 23; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, 19.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.56; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.04; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.19; John Gant, Savannah, 2.59; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.67; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 2.88; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 3.63; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 3.98; Casey Meisner, Brooklyn, 4.08; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 4.19.

Wins: Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 12; Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 11; Logan Verrett, Vegas, 11.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 16; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 15; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 15; Shane Bay, Brooklyn, 14.

Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 135; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 124; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 121; Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 118; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 117.

Short hops

Manuel Hilario, who was unconscious and suffered a seizure in a second-base collision Friday with the Gulf Coast League Mets, was released from the hospital and is “recovering well,” according to the organization. Hilario, 22, is done for the season with the GCL season ending Thursday.

• The organization placed multiple players on year-end all-star teams. Already announced: Las Vegas’ Matt den Dekker in the Pacific Coast League, St. Lucie’s Cam Maron in the Florida State League and Kingsport’s Wuilmer Becerra in the Appalachian League.

• Several Mets affiliates are playoff-bound as minor-league regular seasons wrap up by Monday:

Triple-A Las Vegas (79-60) has won the PCL Pacific Southern Division.

Double-A Binghamton (83-53) has clinched no worse than a wild-card spot. The B-Mets trail Portland by two games for the division crown with five games remaining.

Low-A Savannah (82-48 overall) won its division in the first half in the South Atlantic League.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn (39-31) has a two-game lead on Connecticut for the New York-Penn League’s wild-card berth with six games remaining. And Kingsport is on the outside looking in right now. The K-Mets trail Johnson City by two games for the second wild-card spot with three games remaining.

• Outfielder Brandon Nimmo, middle infielder Matt Reynolds, right-handers Julian Hilario, Cory Mazzoni, Paul Sewald and Rob Whalen and one position player to be determined will represent the Mets in the Arizona Fall League. Valentino Pascucci, who received rave reviews in his first season as an instructor, will serve as a hitting coach.

Sewald received a promotion to Double-A on the eve of the Eastern League playoffs. The 24-year-old University of San Diego product had posted a 1.73 ERA and 1.038 WHIP in 40 relief appearances with St. Lucie.

• Right-hander Michael Fulmer, who was selected with the 44th overall pick in the 2011 draft out of high school in Oklahoma, went on Binghamton’s DL after making his Double-A debut. Fulmer has a bone spur in his pitching elbow. He needs to be evaluated by doctors to determine if the spur needs to be surgically removed.

• Left-handed reliever Paul Paez, a 38th-round pick in 2013 out of Rio Hondo College in California, was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. Paez allowed one hit and one walk and struck out nine batters in 6 1/3 innings with Savannah.

• Right-hander Johnny Magliozzi, a 17th-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Florida, underwent Tommy John surgery.

Minors 9.4.13: B-Mets drop heartbreaker

September, 4, 2013
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SALT LAKE 4 LAS VEGAS 3: Robert Carson surrendered a walk-off homer to Matt Long into the short right-field corner in the bottom of the ninth as Salt Lake won Game 1 of the best-of-five series. Carson had surrendered a game-tying single in the bottom of the eighth on a run charged to Sean Henn. Ruben Tejada had a misplay to set up that game-tying run. Las Vegas had built a 3-0 lead on Dustin Lawley's two-run single in the first and Eric Campbell's RBI single in the third. Las Vegas blew 20 saves during the regular season. Rafael Montero starts Thursday in Game 2. Box

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TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5 (10 innings): Jeff Walters, who set the Binghamton record for saves in a season and career, failed to protect a two-run lead in the bottom of the 10th. Walters allowed five straight two-out hits as the Thunder stunned the B-Mets in Game 1 of their Eastern League playoff series. Binghamton had grabbed a two-run lead in the top of the inning, on Wilfredo Tovar's sacrifice fly and Josh Rodriguez's RBI single. Noah Syndergaard allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out eight in six innings. He departed with the score tied at 3. Rehabbing Frank Francisco tossed a 1-2-3 seventh. The best-of-five series continues Thursday at Trenton. Darin Gorski starts for the B-Mets, who are in their first playoff series since 2004. Box

SAVANNAH 10, AUGUSTA 2: The Gnats used a six-run fifth to win Game 1 of the best-of-three Southern Division Championship Series. With two outs in the third, Eudy Pina singled,

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Brandon Nimmo walked and Maikis De La Cruz singled to plate Pina for the game's first run. Then, in the six-run fifth, Albert Cordero singled, and Phillip Evans and Pina walked to load the bases. Nimmo's groundout made it 2-0. De La Cruz then stroked an RBI single. After Dilson Herrera walked to reload the bases, Stefan Sabol produced a three-run double for a 6-0 lead. Jeff Reynolds' single scored Sabol to complete the inning's outburst. Gnats starter Gabriel Ynoa faced the minimum 12 batters through four innings. Ynoa blanked Augusta through six innings. He then allowed single runs in the seventh and eighth. He tossed 7 2/3 innings to earn the win. Evans' homer leading off the sixth made it 8-0. The Gnats added two runs, on RBI singles from Sabol and Cordero, in the ninth to complete the game's scoring. Sabol finished 3-for-5 with four RBIs and a run scored. De La Cruz was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Savannah looks for a two-game sweep Friday night at Historic Grayson Stadium. Left-hander Steven Matz (5-6, 2.62 ERA) opposes right-hander Kendry Flores (10-6, 2.73). Box

BROOKLYN 4, TRI-CITY 2: The Cyclones snapped a five-game losing streak in their season finale and avoided the first losing season in the club's 13-year history. Jeurys Familia, who underwent surgery on June 5 to clean out his right elbow, started and allowed one unearned run in one inning. Familia allowed a leadoff single to Jack Mayfield, who advanced to second on an error by Brooklyn second baseman L.J. Mazzilli. Familia retired the next two batters via groundout, but Mayfield came around to score. Miller Diaz took over for Familia in the second and Tri-City put together a two-out rally. Ernesto Genoves walked and Jon Kemmer singled to put runners on the corners. Ydarqui Marte then produced an RBI single for a 2-0 lead. After the first six Cyclones were retired, Juan Gamboa homered to open the third. Facing Tri-City reliever Randall Fant in the fifth, Matt Oberste, Gamboa and Eris Peguero walked to load the bases. Fant subsequently hit Colton Plaia with a pitch to force in the game-tying run. Krishawn Holley entered and retired the first batter he faced, but Ismael Tijerina then produced a run-scoring single. The lead swelled to 4-2 when Holley uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Peguero to score. Kevin McGowan and David Wynn combined for three scoreless relief innings. Johnny Magliozzi tossed a scoreless ninth for his ninth save. The Cyclones (38-37) failed to make the playoffs for only the fourth time in 13 seasons. Brooklyn is one of four teams in affiliated baseball to have posted at least 13 straight non-losing seasons, joining the Arizona League Giants, Elizabethton Twins and New York Yankees. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.24.13: Gsellman K's career-high 13

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

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

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

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

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.)

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

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

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

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

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

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.16.13: Forsythe homer lifts B-Mets

August, 16, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 4: Zach Lutz's ninth-inning single against Cory Rasmus plated Eric Campbell with the tiebreaking run. Matt den Dekker then scored on a balk for a two-run cushion. John Church pitched a perfect bottom half for his third save save. Lutz also had produced a solo homer against Tommy Hanson in the second inning. Box

BINGHAMTON 1, NEW BRITAIN 0: The B-Mets took one step closer to the postseason as Blake Forsythe delivered a solo homer and Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless

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innings. The B-Mets posted their fourth shutout win in August. Forsythe homered to lead off the third against Cole De Vries. It was his ninth long ball of the season, and his second in two games. Syndergaard dominanted the Rock Cats. He scattered three hits over five innings while earning his sixth B-Mets win. He faced no more than four batters in any inning and matched a career high with 10 strikeouts. In the sixth, Ryan Fraser entered and allowed a single and a walk with one out as New Britain put together its biggest threat of the night. Fraser escaped the jam by forcing Miguel Sano and Reynaldo Rodriguez to fly out. He followed with a scoreless seventh before handing the ball to Chasen Bradford. Bradford retired all three batters he faced, requiring only 10 pitches. Jeff Walters slammed the door with a perfect ninth to earn his 35th save. Box

JUPITER 7, ST. LUCIE 0: Hansel Robles allowed four runs in seven innings and the Mets mustered only four hits. Box

SAVANNAH at AUGUSTA (ppd.)

KINGSPORT 11, BRISTOL 4: Jeyckol De Leon had four hits with a run scored, three RBIs

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and two doubles. Michael Bernal also drove in three runs, capped by a solo homer in the sixth that completed Kingsport's scoring. Eris Peguero had a triple and double. The K-Mets took control in the second inning, plating seven runs on seven hits while sending 13 men to the plate. Seven straight batters reached safely with two outs, a barrage that chased Bristol starter Robinson Leyer after 1 2/3 innings. In his first appearance since a promotion from the Gulf Coast League, Brandon Welch lasted six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Welch finished strongly, retiring the side in order in his last three innings. Edioglis Villasmil and Tyler Bashlor combined for three innings of scoreless relief. Kingsport (31-23) gained a game on division-leading Greeneville. The K-Mets now trail the Astros affiliate by 1.5 games in the West. The top two games in the Appalachian League make the playoffs. Kingsport is up 2.5 games for second place with 23 games remaining. Box

BROOKLYN 6, VERMONT 4: James Roche went 2-for-4 with two RBIs while homering for the second straight game. After the Lake Monsters capitalized on a botched groundball by LJ Mazzilli to take an early 1-0 lead, Roche picked up his second baseman by connecting on a solo shot. Brooklyn then took the lead with a three-run third. Anthony Chavez singled and Patrick Biondi and Gavin Cecchini walked to load the bases for Mazzilli. He also walked, forcing in the tiebreaking run. Jared King then produced his first RBI since returning to the lineup following an oblique issue, on a sacrifice fly. Roche added an RBI single. Cyclones starter John Gant stumbled in the sixth as the Lake Monsters cut Brooklyn's lead to 5-4. Gant ultimately allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits while striking out seven. Gant added to his New York-Penn League-leading strikeout total (68). Later, reliever Johnny Magliozzi inherited in a tough spot, with the tying run at second base and go-ahead run at first in the eighth. He retired the next three batters to escape. Magliozzi also handled the ninth to record his fifth save. Cecchini extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The Cyclones' record is 17, by Lucas Duda in 2007. Box

GCL NATIONALS 5, GCL METS 2: Waldo Rodriguez surrendered four runs, none earned, in the seventh as the Nats overcame a 2-1 deficit. Second basmean Branden Kaupe had two errors. Starter Gaby Almonte allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.10.13: Montero, Noah toss gems

August, 11, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 4, OKLAHOMA CITY 1: Rafael Montero limited Oklahoma City to one run on two hits and two walks while striking out nine in seven innings. The only damage came on a first-inning homer by George Springer. Kirk Nieuwenhuis answered with a solo homer in the bottom half of the frame. Travis d'Arnaud, serving as the DH, went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored. Brandon Hicks delivered a two-run single in the sixth to break a 1-all tie. John Church earned his first Triple-A save. Box

ERIE 6, BINGHAMTON 4: Noah Syndergaard tossed five scoreless innings before being pulled to conserve his innings, and the B-Mets squandered a four-run lead. After being held

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to two hits through six innings, the SeaWolves plated six runs on five hits against reliever Armando Rodriguez. Rhyne Hughes had blasted the B-Mets onto the scoreboard in the second with a homer against Drew VerHagen. VerHagen walked Wilfredo Tovar and Alonzo Harris with two outs later in that inning. Danny Muno then delivered a two-run single, stretching Binghamton’s lead to three. Binghamton padded its lead against reliever David Kopp in the fifth. Tovar doubled and Josh Rodriguez plated him by squeaking a groundball single past shortstop Brandon Douglas. Syndergaard faced three over the minimum. He surrendered two hits, walked one and struck out five while throwing 41 of 56 pitches for strikes. Rodriguez took over and posted a perfect sixth before letting Binghamton’s four-run lead slip away in the seventh. The righty walked two to start the inning. Wade Gaynor then put the SeaWolves on the board with an RBI double. With two outs, James Robbins tied the score at 4 with a three-run homer. Against Rodriguez in the eighth, Daniel Fields led off with a single and Ramon Cabrera scorched a line drive to center field. Alonzo Harris misread the drive and had it sail over his head, allowing Fields to come home with the go-ahead run. Erie used a suicide squeeze to tack on another run. Rodriguez (1-1) allowed six runs on five hits over three innings in his first blown save. Box

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ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 4 (10 innings): Rylan Sandoval produced a walk-off infield single that scored Kevin Plawecki in the 10th. Sandoval delivered the game-winning hit on his 26th birthday, on a broken-bat slow grounder to second. Kyle Johnson had three hits and a run scored. Plawecki had two hits and an RBI. Dustin Lawley hit a three-run homer in the third. He now has 24 homers and 86 RBIs, both leading the Florida State League. Hansel Robles pitched six innings and allowed four runs and seven hits, with four walks and four strikeouts. Bret Mitchell pitched two scoreless innings and struck out four. T.J. Chism tossed two scoreless innings and struck out one to earn the victory. Box

SAVANNAH 2, HICKORY 0: Behind seven shutout innings from Seth Lugo in his second South Atlantic League start, the Gnats blanked Hickory. In his first two starts for Savannah, Lugo has struck out 21 batters without issuing a walk in 13 innings. Saturday, the 23-year-old Lugo struck out 11 batters. He retired 10 in a row early on before running into his only trouble in the fifth. That frame, a pair of singles and a sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third with one out. However, Lugo struck out the Nos. 8 and 9 batters, Taylor Wrenn and Luis Marte, to keep the game scoreless. Lugo finished strongly, fanning five batters over the sixth and seventh innings. The Gnats (25-20/68-46) scored the game’s opening run in the seventh. Jeff Reynolds doubled and Dimas Ponce walked. Jorge Rivero then lined a single into center field to score Reynolds. Savannah added a run in the eighth for a 2-0 lead. With two outs and the bases empty, Eudy Pina doubled and scored on Greg Pron’s single . The Crawdads (27-22/66-53) struck out 15 times and did not draw a walk against the combination of Lugo and reliever Paul Sewald. Sewald worked the eighth and ninth innings for his fifth save of the year, while Lugo won his first game as a Gnat. Box

GREENEVILLE 5, KINGSPORT 2: Edioglis Villasmil suffered the loss in relief after allowing three runs in 2 1/3 innings. Jeyckol De Leon went 3-for-4 and drove in both runs for the K-Mets (28-20). Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATE COLLEGE 1: John Gant did not allow a hit through 5 1/3 innings. He ultimately tossed six innings and allowed one run on two hits while striking out seven. The Cyclones got on the board right away. Leadoff batter Patrick Biondi hustled for a double on what looked like a routine single to center field. Gavin Cecchini then moved Biondi to third with a line-drive single. The single extended Cecchini’s hitting streak to 10 games. LJ Mazzilli followed with a sacrifice fly. The Cyclones struck again in the fourth. Ismael Tijerina reached base on a hit-by-pitch and Anthony Chavez walked. Cecchini's second hit of the night was an RBI single. Over his hitting streak, Cecchini is batting .381 (16-for-42). Leading 2-1 with the tying run on second base in the bottom of the sixth and two outs, Gant struck out Mason Katz to get out of the inning. John Mincone added two scoreless relief innings. Johnny Magliozzi then recorded his fourth save. Box

GCL NATIONALS 10, GCL METS 2: First-round pick Dominic Smith had a two-out solo homer in the first inning in the defeat. Starter Andrew Church took a 2-1 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but ultimately was charged with seven runs (six earned) in 5 1/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.15.13: Verrett goes 8 for 9th win

July, 15, 2013
7/15/13
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BINGHAMTON 7, RICHMOND 3: Logan Verrett fired eight strong innings and earned his league-leading ninth win. Binghamton is 25 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 3,

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2000. Justin Turner went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored in his first rehab game in Double-A. Verrett struck out nine in his first win in exactly a month. For the sixth straight game, the B-Mets (59-34) scored in the first inning. Against Richmond starter Taylor Rogers, Allan Dykstra blasted a two-run homer. It was Dykstra’s team-leading 16th long ball. Richmond's Jarrett Parker answered with a homer in the second against Verrett, but Binghamton plated four runs in the bottom half. Alonzo Harris had an infield single. Darrell Ceciliani followed with a single. And Turner poked a groundball into right field to make it 3-1. Josh Rodriguez followed with a two-run double. Before the inning's end, second baseman Mike Minicozzi booted a routine groundball, allowing Rodriguez to score Binghamton’s sixth run. After surrendering a leadoff single in the fifth, Verrett retired 11 straight batters. In the eighth, Verrett retired the first two batters, but then gave up a single, walk and a two-run double to Joe Panik to make it a 7-3 game. Chasen Bradford induced three straight groundballs in the ninth to secure the victory. Rodriguez and Ceciliani extended their hitting streaks to 10 games. Verrett has thrown at least eight innings three times this season. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 3
ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 2: In the resumption of a suspended game, St. Lucie scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the walk-off win. Yucarybert De La Cruz had a game-tying RBI double and Kyle Johnson contributed a game-ending sacrifice fly. Rainy Lara allowed two runs in four innings and earned the win. In Game 2, Domingo Tapia departed after 1 2/3 innings due to ineffectiveness. He allowed three hits and four walks. Tim Byrdak tossed a scoreless relief inning. T.J. Rivera went 3-for-4 and Johnson scored twice. Box 1, Box 2

GREENVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1
SAVANNAH 7, GREENVILLE 4:
In the resumption of a suspended game, Aneury Tavarez tripled up the left-center gap with one out in the ninth against Jake Kuebler to drive home David Chester with the go-ahead run. In Game 2, the Gnats overcame a 3-1 deficit with a three-run sixth. Jorge Rivero picked up the Gnats’ first hit of the game, leading off the inning with a single. After Brandon Nimmo reached on an error, Maikis De La Cruz singled home Rivero. Nimmo scored on a wild pitch to even the score. DH Eudy Pina brought home De La Cruz with a sacrifice fly. The Gnats added insurance runs in the seventh and eighth innings, while the Drive got a run back in their half of the eighth for the final margin. Savannah starter Luis Cessa allowed three runs (two earned) in seven innings. He struck out six and earned his fifth win. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 4, BURLINGTON 0
KINGSPORT 7, BURLINGTON 1: Chris Flexen tossed a seven-inning shutout, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out nine, in the opener. In Game 2, Andrew Massie earned his first professional win. He allowed one run on two hits and a walk in six innings. Pedro Perez and Jeyckol De Leon drove in two runs apiece. Box 1, Box 2

BROOKLYN 5, CONNECTICUT 4 (12 innings): After Connecticut rallied to erase a two-run deficit in the ninth, the Cyclones ultimately answered. Matt Oberste’s RBI double in the top of the 12th provided the winning margin. Jared King opened the frame with a walk and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Eris Peguero. Oberste then laced a double into center field. In the bottom half, right-hander Tim Peterson out of the University of Kentucky tossed a scoreless frame, issuing one walk, to collect his first save. Johnny Magliozzi had failed to hold the two-run lead in the ninth. After allowing a leadoff single and a walk, the ex-Florida Gator seemed like he would be able to wiggle free, recording two outs. But with a pair of runners in scoring position, Pat Leyland dropped a perfectly placed single into right field, allowing both runners to score to knot the score at 4. John Mincone and Connecticut reliever Tanner Bailey matched zeroes from that point until the 12th. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL MARLINS 2
GCL METS 3, GCL MARLINS 0: Frank Francisco struck out the side in one inning of work in Game 1. It was his second rehab appearance. Starter Yoryi Nuez (1-0) allowed two runs in five innings. In Game 2, Lenny Rosario, Dan Herrmann and Gaither Bumgardner combined on a two-hit shutout, although Rosario walked five in five innings. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled from team reports

Mets draft wrap up

June, 8, 2013
6/08/13
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NEW YORK -- The Mets finished the 2013 Draft on Saturday with their final 30 picks. Over the three-day draft, the Mets chose 18 high school players and 23 college players. The Mets used 24 selections on pitchers and 17 on position players.

Here's the list of players the Mets drafted on Saturday. You can read up on their first-round pick, second-round pick and the second-day choices.

Rd. 11 (326th overall), Tyler Bashlor, RHP, South Georgia College

Rd. 12 (356th overall), Jeff McNeil, SS, Cal St. Long Beach College bio

Rd. 13 (386th overall), Kevin McGowan, RHP, Franklin Pierce College bio

Rd. 14 (416th overall), J.D. Leckenby, RHP, Washington State College bio

Rd. 15 (446th overall), Colton Plaia, C, Loyola Marymount (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 16 (476th overall), Zach Mathieu, 1B, Franklin Pierce College bio

Rd. 17 (506th overall), Johnny Magliozzi, RHP, Florida College bio

Rd. 18 (536th overall), Brent McMinn, RHP, Nevada College bio

Rd. 19 (566th overall), Cody Crouse, RHP, Bloomingdale Sr. HS (Fla.)

Rd. 20 (596th overall), Dan Herrmann, RHP, Christian Brothers College HS (Miss.)

Rd. 21 (626th overall), Morgan Earman, RHP, Desert Christian Academy (Calif.)

Rd. 22 (656th overall), Daniel Procopio, RHP, Central Technical School (Canada)

Rd. 23 (686th overall), Gaither Bumgardner, RHP, South Carolina Upstate College bio

Rd. 24 (716th overall), Matt Brill, RHP, Moline HS (Ill.)

Rd. 25 (746th overall), Ricky Jacquez, RHP, Central Arizona College bio

Rd. 26 (776th overall), Owen Spiwak, C, Cawthra Park SS (Canada)

Rd. 27 (806th overall), Austin Coley, RHP, Belmont College bio

Rd. 28 (836th overall), Robert Coles, RHP, Florida State College bio

Rd. 29 (866th overall), Anthony Kay, LHP, Ward Melville HS (NY)

Rd. 30 (896th overall), David McKay, RHP, Viera HS (Fla.)

Rd. 31 (926th overall), Ben Hecht, RHP, St. Anthony School (Ill.)

Rd. 32 (956th overall), Juan Escarra, C, Mater Academy Charter (Fla.)

Rd. 33 (986th overall), Ryan Chapman, RHP, Santa Ana College (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 34 (1016th overall), Cameron Griffin, RHP, Santa Ana College (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 35 (1046th overall), Ty Williams, RHP, Seminole State (Okl.) College bio

Rd. 36 (1076th overall), Brandon Brosher, 1B, Springstead HS (Fla.)

Rd. 37 (1106th overall), Juan Avena, 1B, Compton CC (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 38 (1136th overall), Paul Paez, LHP, Rio Hondo College (Calif.) College bio

Rd. 39 (1166th overall), Logan Quimoyog, 1B, Mosley HS (Fla.)

Rd. 40 (1196th overall), J.B. Woodman, CF, Edgewater HS (Fla.)

SPONSORED HEADLINES

TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.301 9 53 73
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .834
WB. Colon 12
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.44
SOZ. Wheeler 155