New York Mets: Jonathan Murphy

Morning Briefing: Halftime nears end

July, 16, 2014

FIRST PITCH: And now the rest of the story …

With the All-Star Game in the books, the Mets prepare to open the second half Friday at San Diego. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) will oppose right-hander Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47) in the series opener at Petco Park.

The Amazin’s, who won eight of 10 on their first-half-closing homestand, nonetheless are 45-50 and trail division co-leaders Washington and Atlanta by seven games.

Wednesday’s news reports:

• In his lone at-bat, Daniel Murphy struck out against Seattle’s Fernando Rodney to strand two runners in the eighth and the NL lost to the AL, 5-3, in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Minneapolis.

Elsa/Getty ImagesDaniel Murphy bats during the eighth inninng of Tuesday's All-Star Game.

"I had a blast," Murphy told "I had a lot of fun. I felt like I was able to take a step back and soak it in as much as I could. It was really a lot of fun. And David [Wright] was right. It went by quick. I feel like the two days have flown by, but I had a lot of fun. I would love to do this again sometime."

Murphy’s brother Jonathan is an outfielder in the Twins system, who had an off-day Tuesday and was only a four-hour drive away from Minneapolis. But Murphy told his younger brother not to come to the All-Star Game.

“I talked him out of it,” Murphy told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “I know how precious off-days can be in the minor leagues. They really jam that 140-game season into five months. I told him, ‘Just stay there with your wife. Enjoy the off day.’”

Read more on Murphy at

• Don Burke in the Post reminisces with David Wright and former teammates about the captain’s rookie season. Monday is the 10-year anniversary of Wright’s major league debut.

“I had no idea what the dress code was,” Wright told Burke. “I knew that I had to have a sports coat. I had suit pants, but I had a coat that didn’t match the suit pants. So I always carried the coat so no one would notice.But once I got to Montreal you had to wear nice shoes, nice jeans and a collared shirt. I had the collared shirts, but I was wearing flip-flops. I went to the first game and everyone looked at me.”

Columnist Joel Sherman in the Post wonders if the Mets have wasted the 31-year-old Wright’s best years. “But by no means am I in decline,” Wright said. “I feel like I am going to produce at a high level. I have plenty of belief that I have plenty left.”

• Michael Salfino in the Journal charts other rookie pitchers who historically have had the type of first-half success that Jacob deGrom enjoyed. The impressive list includes Jose Fernandez, Dwight Gooden and Kerry Wood.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record asks five questions for the second half and gives his midseason report card.

• Rob Whalen tossed four scoreless innings as the GCL Mets won a rain-shortened game against the GCL Marlins, 1-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• The Triple-A and Eastern League All-Star Games will be played on Wednesday night. Allan Dykstra, who won Monday’s Home Run Derby, will represent Las Vegas and the Pacific Coast League as the DH in Durham, N.C. Infielder Brian Burgamy, outfielder Kyle Johnson and right-handers Cody Satterwhite and Jon Velasquez represent Binghamton at Altoona, Pa.

Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin profiles the B-Mets’ selections.

• The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals saluted Citi Field as vegetarian-friendly.

• A potential LIRR strike next week would make the 7 Line stop at Citi Field pretty crowded, Sonja Sharp writes in the Journal.

BIRTHDAYS: Left-hander Shawn Teufel, a former minor-league pitcher with the Mets and son of Tim Teufel, turns 28. ... Norm Sherry, a catcher for the '63 Mets, was born on this date in 1931.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: How many wins will the Mets finish with this season?

Minors 4.11.14: Lara, Burgamy fuel B-Mets

April, 12, 2014
FRESNO 5, LAS VEGAS 1: Logan Verrett surrendered four runs on eight hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings. Vic Black pitched a scoreless inning with a walk and two strikeouts in his return from the disabled list for a pinched nerve in his neck. The lone Vegas run came on Kirk Nieuwenhuis' first-inning single, which plated Matt den Dekker. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 0: Rainy Lara faced one over the minimum in seven scoreless innings, Brian Burgamy homered twice and Matt Clark also went deep as the B-Mets won their fifth straight. Binghamton broke a scoreless tie in the fourth against Scott Copeland on the first of Burgamy's two long balls. Kenny Wilson became the first player to

reach against Lara with a single to open the fourth, but he was erased when Lara picked him off. Ryan Schimpf followed with a two-out shot off the right-field wall, but was gunned down by Cory Vaughn trying to stretch the hit into a double. The B-Mets broke the game open in the seventh against the Fisher Cats bullpen. Clark greeted reliever Tony Davis with a leadoff homer in the seventh. After a pair of walks, Xorge Carrillo produced an RBI single, Wilfredo Tovar had a sac fly and Darrell Ceciliani capped the inning with a run-scoring single. After surrendering two hits in the fourth, Lara retired seven straight. Jon Berti reached on an infield single in the seventh, but was left on second when Lara (2-0) induced a pair of flyouts. Burgamy struck again in the eighth, against Wil Browning. The third baseman launched his third homer of the series. Cody Satterwhite and Chasen Bradford each tossed an inning of scoreless relief. Lara allowed three hits, struck out three and issued no walks. Burgamy’s two-homer night was the first by a B-Met since Tovar went deep twice against Altoona on Aug. 7, 2013. Binghamton’s 6-2 start is its best since opening the 2006 season 7-1. Ceciliani extended his season-opening hitting streak to six games with an RBI single in the eighth. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 3: Cam Maron broke a 3-all tie with one out in the eighth when he belted a 3-1 pitch from Matt Tomshaw into center field to score Aderlin Rodriguez from second base. The Mets added a pair of insurance runs later in the frame. Levi Michael’s throw home from second was wild and Maron scored. Maikis De La Cruz then hit a sac fly to plate Eudy Pina. The Mets (4-4) have now won three straight. Randy Fontanez worked a perfect ninth with a pair of strikeouts to earn his first save. Bret Mitchell pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth to earn the win. Starter Steven Matz allowed three runs (two earned) in six innings. He struck out six, walked one and surrendered five hits. Dilson Herrera led off the bottom of the first with a double and Brandon Nimmo followed with a run-scoring single. The 1-0 lead lasted until the fourth. The Miracle loaded the bases with no outs. Matz nearly escaped unscathed. He got Adam Brett Walker to fly out. Stuart Turner then grounded to third, but Rodriguez successfully threw home to record an out and preserve the Mets' lead. However, Niko Goodrum followed by belting a two-out, two-run single to put the Miracle up, 2-1. The Miracle added another run in the fifth, when Jonathan Murphy -- the brother of Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy -- reached on an error and later stole home. The Mets tied the score in their half of the fifth. Nimmo singled in Phillip Evans to make it 3-2. Then, with two outs, Jairo Perez grounded a ball to third that Goodrum kicked into center field, allowing Nimmo to score. Herrera, Nimmo, Rivera and Evans had two hits apiece. Rivera now has four multihit games in seven games this season. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 1: Robert Gsellman limited Rome to one unearned run on six hits and a walk in seven innings. Robert Coles handled the final four outs for his second save. He inherited two runners in scoring position in the eighth and produced a strikeout to maintain a three-run lead. Stefan Sabol and Victor Cruzado had two RBIs apiece. Sabol had opened the scoring in the first with a two-run single. Cruzado had a two-run triple in the third that plated Sabol and Dominic Smith. Box

Compiled with team reports

Mets morning briefing 6.7.12

June, 7, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Daniel Murphy committed the first of his two errors ahead of a three-run homer surrendered by Jeremy Hefner to Adam LaRoche and the Mets ultimately lost to Washingtion, 5-3, at Nationals Park on Wednesday. Three outs from claiming first place only two days, the Mets now occupy fourth place in the congested NL East, with the Subway Series looming this weekend.

The Mets now send R.A. Dickey (8-1, 2.38 ERA) to the mound in the matinee series finale, trying to salvage a game. Dickey opposes right-hander Chien-Ming Wang (1-1, 6.43), who like Johan Santana and Chris Young has returned from the surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder.

Thursday's news reports:

• Murphy, who also missed an opportunity to turn a double play in the first game of the series, which contributed to a costly run scoring, described second base as a work in progress.

Jason Bay was activated from the DL on Wednesday. Pedro Beato rejoined the Mets as well, after holding opponents scoreless in his final 8 2/3 innings with Triple-A Buffalo. Neither appeared in last night's game. To clear room, Chris Young was placed on paternity leave. That frees a roster spot for three days between starts. Josh Satin was designated for assignment to clear both 25- and 40-man roster spots, the latter of which Beato required. Satin must clear waivers to be returned to Buffalo. Bay will start Thursday's series finale in D.C. Read more in the Post, Star-Ledger, Daily News, Newsday and Record.

• Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record and Times.

Ike Davis reached base three times Wednesday -- on two walks and an opposite-field double. It was timely production, since Terry Collins offered no assurances the first base job is Davis' for the long haul. “I know I am a good baseball player. Everybody goes through tough times -- maybe not as hard as I am, but everybody [slumps]," Davis told Wayne Coffey in the Daily News. "It’s going to get better. I know I’m not going to play like this my entire career. I just keep working at it, treating every day like it’s a new day.”

• Savannah right-hander Logan Verrett, the Mets' third-round pick last year from Baylor, took a no-hit bid one out into the sixth inning before surrendering a bunt single. With Buffalo, Jeurys Familia tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings. Zack Wheeler pitches for Binghamton tonight. Read Wednesday's full minor league recap here.

• MLB completed the draft with Rounds 16 through 40 on Wednesday afternoon. View the Mets' final-day selections here. Murphy's brother Jonathan, also a product of Jacksonville University, was drafted in the 19th round by the Minnesota Twins. Read more in Newsday.

Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) was headed back to New York on Wednesday to again be examined by team doctors, a day after pulling himself from a rehab start with Buffalo.

• The weekend Subway Series matchups in the Bronx ...

Friday: Santana (3-2, 2.38) vs. RHP Hiroki Kuroda (4-6, 3.82)
Saturday: Dillon Gee (4-3, 4.48) vs. RHP Phil Hughes (5-5, 4.96)
Sunday: Jon Niese (4-2, 4.11) vs. LHP Andy Pettitte (3-2, 2.78)

Mike Nickeas, who as a minor leaguer caught Dickey in Texas when both were with that organization, told Jeff Bradley in the Star-Ledger: “He was nothing like what he is now. It’s hard to describe what I saw, but it was inspiring and painstaking, the amount of work he put into honing his craft. And it’s not like he’s stopped working. Even now, as good as he throws it, he’s still working on it.”

Writes Brian Costa in the Journal regarding Dickey:

He has just completed a calendar year of pitching that puts him among the league's elite arms. Since the start of June 2011, Dickey is 14-8. His 2.72 ERA over that span is the sixth lowest in the N.L., and his 214 2/3 innings are tied for the seventh most. The pitchers he was tied with (entering Wednesday): Roy Halladay and Madison Bumgarner. The pitcher with the closest ERA to Dickey's over that span: Cole Hamels. "If you take the name out from the statistic and ask 10 people, 'Whose numbers are whose?' See if they can tell you," Dickey said. The first pitcher that comes to mind is probably not the bearded, 37-year-old knuckleballer in Flushing. But that may change if Dickey keeps pitching this way.

Costa adds that Dickey is being paid below market value. By one sabermetric calculator, the knuckleballer already has been worth $6.1 million this year, while his 2012 salary is $4.25 million.

Jeff Roberts in the Record talks with Dwight Gooden about competing in the Subway Series.

• The Mets visited wounded servicemen at the Bethesda Naval Hospital on Wednesday morning. Regarding that visit, columnist Kevin Kernan writes in the Post:

Collins told the story of a soldier who was an IED (improvised explosive device) sweeper. “He said he swept a school that wasn’t very big and said he found 47 IEDs that they had put in the school. The next day he was set to head out on another assignment and one little kid walked up to him and thanked him so that he could go back to school.’’ The wounded soldier told Collins he would go back and do it all over again. That soldier, Collins said, “was shot through the side, has had over 25 surgeries and was put in a three-week medically induced coma so he could get through the surgeries. We have no idea.’’ No, we don’t.

TRIVIA: Whom did the Mets acquire when they traded Armando Benitez to the Yankees?

Wednesday's answer: Young played baseball and basketball at Princeton.

Mets Draft Day 3 tracker

June, 6, 2012

Melina Vastola/US Presswire
The Mets selected Samford University right-hander Tyler Vanderheiden in the 19th round.
Here are the final results from Day 3 of the draft:

Rd. 16 (500th overall), Myles Smith, RHP, Miami Dade CC, College Bio
Rd. 17 (530), Stefan Sabol, C, Orange Coast CC
Rd. 18 (560), Paul Paez, LHP, Rio Hondo College
Rd. 19 (590), Tyler Vanderheiden, RHP, Samford U, College Bio
Rd. 20 (620), Tim Peterson, RHP, Kentucky, College Bio
Rd. 21 (650), Gary Ward, LHP, Bethel U., College Bio
Rd. 22 (680), Tejay Antone, RHP, Legacy (Texas) HS
Rd. 23 (710), Connor Baits, RHP, Point Loma (Calif,) HS
Rd. 24 (740), Andrew Massie, RHP, Dyer County (Tenn.) HS
Rd. 25 (770), Leon Byrd, 2B, Cypress Ranch (Texas) HS
Rd. 26 (800), Chris Shaw, 1B, Lexington (Mass.) HS
Rd. 27 (830), Zach Arnold, C, Franklin County (Ky.) HS
Rd. 28 (860), Jacob Marks, RHP, St. Clair SS
Rd. 29 (890), Austin Barr, C, Camas (Wash.) HS
Rd. 30 (920), Dustin Cook, RHP, Hargrave (Texas) HS
Rd. 31 (950), Vance Vizcaino, SS, Wakefield (N.C.) HS
Rd. 32 (980), Jon Leroux, 1B/C, Northeastern, College Bio
Rd. 33 (1010), Jared Price, RHP, Twin Valley (Pa.) HS
Rd. 34 (1040), Mikey White, SS, Spain Park (Ala.) HS
Rd. 35 (1070), Brad Markey, RHP, Sante Fe (Fla.) CC, College Bio
Rd. 36 (1100), Donovan Walton, Bishop Kelly (Okla.) HS
Rd. 37 (1130), Ben Distefano, C, Lawrence E. Elkins (Texas) HS
Rd. 38 (1160), Jeff Reynolds, 3B, Harvard, College Bio
Rd. 39 (1190), Patrick Ervin, 2B, Pace (Fla.) HS
Rd. 40 (1220), David Gonzalez, RHP, Gainesville (Ga.) HS

Jonathan Murphy, the brother of the Mets' Daniel Murphy, was selected in the 19th round by the Minnesota Twins. Like his brother, the younger Murphy has played multiple positions and also is a Jacksonville University product.

Daniel Murphy expected his brother to report to the Appalachian League in Elizabethton, Tenn.

"He's better than me," Murph said. "Athletic. He's much more athletic than I ever dreamed out. I think he was second in the nation in stolen bases this year. He's probably a 6.5, 6.6 [second] runner [in the 60-yard dash] when he's right. He can play center field. I think I square the ball up just a little bit more than he does, but he's got more juice, he's got more power, has got a better arm, runs better. Pretty much anything out on a baseball field he does it better than I do."

Distefano -- who is expected to enroll in college rather than sign -- is the son of the St. Lucie Mets' hitting coach, Benny Distefano. The elder Distefano played five seasons in the majors.



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