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Morning Briefing: Wheels up!

July, 25, 2014
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FIRST PITCH: Zack Wheeler has allowed one run and completed at least six innings in each of his last four outings.

He looks to keep that production going and get the Mets back on track Friday at Miller Park. Wheeler (5-8, 3.78 ERA) opposes right-hander Yovani Gallardo (5-5, 3.79) at 8:10 p.m. ET.

Friday’s news reports:

• The Mets have told the Colorado Rockies they would want in if the club is willing to trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez, Joel Sherman reports in the Post.

Tulowitzki is owed $20 million a season through 2019 and $14 million in 2020. CarGo is signed for $16 million in 2015, $17 million in 2016 and $20 million in 2017.

Of course, John Harper in the Daily News had just written Wednesday why Tulowitzki will NOT be coming to the Mets or Yankees.

Dillon Gee surrendered six runs over the opening three innings and the Mets ultimately lost to the Brewers, 9-1, in Thursday’s series opener. Gee now has a 9.00 ERA in two starts since a prolonged layoff during the All-Star break.

The Mets are averaging 2.1 runs and 5.3 hits per game and have a .168 team batting average in seven games since returning from the All-Star break. Matt Garza, who had been knocked out by the Washington Nationals after recording only one out Saturday, limited the Mets to one run on two hits in eight innings. The lone damage came on a solo homer by Lucas Duda in the seventh.

Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed a pair of home runs in two relief innings and appeared to be injured when he reached the dugout after the seventh, but Terry Collins said postgame that he was unaware of any issue.

Read game recaps in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record, Newsday, Times and at MLB.com.

• Although Ruben Tejada felt fine a day after getting beaned with a 94 mph fastball from Taijuan Walker, the Mets promoted Wilmer Flores and started him at shortstop on Thursday. Kirk Nieuwenhuis was optioned to Las Vegas to clear the roster spot. Tejada should be back at shortstop Friday. Read more in the Journal, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday and at MLB.com.

Curtis Granderson returned to the lineup Thursday after missing two games with a flu-like illness.

• Colon Plaia’s ninth-inning solo homer lifted Savannah to a 2-1 win against Augusta. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings as Brooklyn beat Vermont, 7-2. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Tom Seaver tells the Daily News that Derek Jeter should be the first unanimous Hall of Fame selection.

BIRTHDAYS: Former Mets closer Billy Wagner turns 43.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Do you believe the Mets are serious contenders if the Rockies trade Troy Tulowitzki or Carlos Gonzalez?

Minors 7.24.14: Plaia homer lifts Gnats

July, 24, 2014
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TACOMA 5, LAS VEGAS 4: Danny Muno produced a ninth-inning sacrifice fly to pull the 51s within a run against Todd Coffey, but the Mets left pinch runner Cesar Puello on first base when Juan Centeno lined out. Brandon Allen's two-run homer in the fourth had staked Vegas to a 3-1 lead. The Rainiers scored four sixth-inning runs against starter Logan Verrett. Zack Thornton contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Jack Leathersich surrendered three seventh-inning runs as the Thunder overcame a two-run deficit. Starter Tyler Pill allowed three runs in six innings. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with two doubles in the loss. Jayce Boyd drove in two runs. T.J. Rivera finished 3-for-4. Rivera's RBI single in the top of the seventh had staked the B-Mets to a 5-3 lead. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.): The teams will play a 5:05 p.m. doubleheader Friday.

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SAVANNAH 2, AUGUSTA 1: Colton Plaia produced a one-out solo homer in the top of the ninth to break a 1-all tie. Akeel Morris pitched a perfect bottom half for his 10th save. The Gnats had pulled even in the sixth on Victor Cruzado's run-scoring triple. Starter Logan Taylor surrendered only a solo homer Tyler Horan in six innings in a no-decision. Dario Alvarez improved to 7-0 with two perfect relief innings that included three strikeouts. Gnats pitching coach Marc Valdes was ejected in the seventh inning by plate umpire Jon Felczak. Box

KINGSPORT 1, GREENEVILLE 0: Martires Arias limited the Astros to two hits and two walks in seven scoreless innings. He combined with Persio Reyes and David Roseboom on the shutout. The lone run came in the sixth inning on Ivan Wilson's one-out homer. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 2: The Cyclones took advantage of an error to take a first-inning lead against Vermont starter Jose Torres. Amed Rosario hit a routine groundball to first baseman John Nogowski, who misfired throwing to Torres covering first. Rosario wound up on second. He scored when Jhoan Urena singled. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Michael Bernal made it 2-0 with a solo homer in the second. In the third, Rosario tripled and Urena plated him with a sacrifice fly. Brooklyn starter Scarlyn Reyes did not allow a baserunner until the fourth inning. Vermont produced two runs against Reyes in his fifth and final inning, but the Cyclones took control with a four-run seventh. Tomas Nido walked and advanced to third on Bernal's single. Will Fulmer contributed a sacrifice fly. Adrian Abreu plated Bernal. After Vermont reliever Michael Fagan intentionally walked Urena, Tucker Tharp scored on a passed ball. Aggressive baserunning by the Cyclones allowed Abreu to score from third when the Lake Monsters attempted to pick off Urena at second. Josh Prevost, Kelly Secrest and Paul Paez combined for four scoreless relief innings. Box

GCL METS 5, GCL MARLINS 3: Enmanuel Zabala had a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh and Dash Winningham followed with an RBI single to cap the scoring. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 7.12.14: Mazzilli scores winner in 10

July, 13, 2014
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ALBUQUERQUE 6, LAS VEGAS 5: The Isotopes scored three eighth-inning runs against John Church for the comeback win. Jamie Romak hit a solo homer to lead off the inning. Albuquerque tied the score on a wild pitch. Brian Cavazos-Galvez then hit a pinch-hit, two-out solo homer for the lead. Cory Vaughn finished 3-for-5 with a double and RBI in the loss. Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to a 17 games. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 3: Jayce Boyd led the B-Mets with three RBIs and notched his fourth homer of the season. The B-Mets opened the scoring with a two-run third against

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Ryan Robowski. Kai Gronauer homered and Dustin Lawley produced an RBI single later in the inning. An inning later, Boyd's solo homer -- his first long ball since June 7 -- upped Binghamton’s lead to 3-0. After retiring 11 of the first 12 batters he faced, B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni opened the door for a SeaWolves comeback with back-to-back two-out walks in the fourth. Corey Jones made him pay with a two-run double, slicing Binghamton’s lead to one. The lead disappeared in the fifth. Francisco Martinez singled off Mazzoni’s mitt and stole second. Marcus Lemon brought him home by lining a two-out single. Binghamton responded with a string of hits against reliever Slade Smith in the sixth. Travis Taijeron ultimately singled to plate Darrell Ceciliani with the go-ahead run. Binghamton turned a one-run game into a blowout by hanging five runs on reliever Jose Valdez in the ninth, highlighted by Boyd's two-run single. Mazzoni (2-0) struck out nine while allowing three runs and five hits over seven innings. Jack Leathersich and Cody Satterwhite each tossed a scoreless relief inning. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, LAKELAND 4 (10 innings): Lakeland’s Austin Green launched a game-tying solo homer against T.J. Chism with two outs and two strikes in the ninth, but the Mets

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recovered to snap their four-game losing streak. L.J. Mazzilli doubled to lead off the bottom of the 10th against Nate Fury and moved to third on Cam Maron’s single. Jared King struck out for the first out of the inning. Fury’s first pitch to Phillip Evans then bounced away from Green, the catcher, and Mazzilli slid safely into home to give the Mets a walk-off victory. Paul Sewald pitched a perfect top of the 10th to earn the win. Maikis De La Cruz had put the Mets ahead, 1-0, in the third with a single. Maron followed later that inning with a two-out, two-run single to make it 3-0. Evans belted his third homer of the season in the sixth to put the Mets up by four runs. Mets starter Luis Cessa cruised for most of the night. After Andy Dirks led off the game with a single, Cessa only allowed one more baserunner until the top of the seventh. In the seventh, Chad Wright led off with a single. Cessa rebounded to get a pop out and a strikeout, but Green extended the inning with a single. That brought up James Robbins, who launched a three-run homer to cut the Mets’ lead to 4-3. Cessa escaped further damage when Maron threw out Jared Reaves trying to steal second. Cessa struck out eight in seven innings. He allowed five hits and one walk. Beck Wheeler struck out three in 1 1/3 relief innings. Mazzilli’s leadoff double in the 10th extended his hitting streak to nine games. Box

CHARLESTON 4, SAVANNAH 1: The Dogs scored a pair of first-inning runs against Savannah starter Robert Gsellman and never looked back. Mike Ford drove in the opening run with a double and eventually scored on second baseman Jorge Rivero's error. Charleston produced its third run, and the second unearned run against Gsellman, in the third on a fielding error by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. The Gnats committed four errors in the game. Charleston completed its scoring with a bases-loaded walk in the fourth -- one of the four walks issued by Gsellman in four innings. The Gnats scored their lone run in the third as Champ Stuart plated Ruiz with a hard-hit single to third base. Matt Oberste extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a second-inning double. Box

BRISTOL 9, KINGSPORT 8: Bristol scored five first-inning runs and chased Andrew Church before he recorded an out in the second inning. Eudor Garcia went 2-for-3 with four RBIs in the loss. The K-Mets pulled within 9-8 with a two-run eighth, but they stranded the tying run in scoring position when pinch hitter Jean Rodriguez struck out. Box

CONNECTICUT 4, BROOKLYN 3: Josh Prevost issued a bases-loaded walk to Garrett Mattlage with two outs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off loss. Michael Bernal's RBI single had given Brooklyn a 1-0 lead in the first. An inning later, Jeff Diehl doubled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored ahead of a throw to the plate on Joe Tuschak's groundball for a 2-0 lead. Cyclones starter Octavio Acosta retired the first 10 batters. He eventually surrendered a sacrifice fly to Joey Pankake in the fourth. The Tigers tied the score at 2 against Acosta in the seventh on consecutive doubles from Ross Kivett and Pankake. Brooklyn regained the lead in the eighth. Jhoan Urena singled and advanced to second when left fielder Rashad Brown bobbled the ball. With one out, Bernal hit a soft groundball through the right side that seemed like it would be enough to score Urena, but right fielder Ben Verlander showed that his brother isn’t the only one in the family with a strong arm. He uncorked a laser throw to the plate to retire Urena and keep the score tied. Bernal did advance to second on the throw, though. After an intentional walk to Tyler Moore, Diehl produced a go-ahead RBI single.

The 3-2 lead would be short-lived. Cyclones reliever Brad Wieck struck out the first two batters he faced, but then walked two batters and uncorked a wild pitch that placed runners on the corners. Wieck then coaxed Pankake to hit a routine grounder to third. However, Urena bounced a throw to first base, allowing the tying run to score. The Cyclones seemed prime to take the lead back in the top of the ninth, placing runners on first and third with one out. But Urena and Michael Katz struck out. Prevost retired the first batter he faced in the bottom half, but then walked two and surrendered a single to load the bases with two outs for Mattlage, who leads the New York-Penn League in walks. Box

GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3
GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3: Jeremy Hefner tossed a perfect inning in the regularly scheduled game in his first game action since Tommy John surgery. The Nats then overcame a 3-0 deficit with a four-run eighth against Alex Durham and Dan Hermann. Taylor Teagarden went 0-for-1 with a walk as a DH and was replaced by a pinch runner. Meanwhile, in the resumption of Friday's game, which had been suspended with the score tied at 3, Brent McMinn's balk plated the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the sixth. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled with team reports

Minors 6.19.14: Holdover Pill shines

June, 20, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 6, NASHVILLE 2: Travis d'Arnaud's torrid production since his demotion continued. D'Arnaud homered for the sixth time in 11 Triple-A games. He finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored. D'Arnaud is hitting .432. Matt den Dekker started in center field and led off and went 2-for-5 with a double in his return to the minors. Andrew Brown was 2-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Darin Gorski limited Nashville to two runs (one earned) while striking out 11 in 6 1/3 innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, RICHMOND 0: Tyler Pill fired eight scoreless innings and backed his own effort with three hits, including a home run. Pill drove in four runs and finished a triple

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shy of the cycle in his longest career outing. The victory, Binghamton’s ninth in its last 10 games, secured a three-game sweep. On a night the B-Mets welcomed five newcomers from St. Lucie, Pill stole the show. He put Binghamton on the board in the third with a solo homer. He became the first pitcher to go deep for the B-Mets since Justin Brunette in 2001. In his Double-A debut, Brandon Nimmo (0-for-2, two walks) worked a one-out walk in the fourth and scored on Dustin Lawley's double for a 2-0. The score stayed that way until the sixth, when the B-Mets blew the game open against reliever Phil McCormick. Lawley and a pair of fellow newly promoted players -- T.J. Rivera and Dilson Herrera -- each singled to load the bases with none out. Pill then smacked a three-run double down the right-field line. Kyle Johnson doubled to plate Pill for a 6-0 advantage. Pill (5-5) allowed four hits and retired 12 straight batters at one point. He struck out a season-high nine in his fifth straight win. Adam Kolarek pitched a scoreless ninth. Pill has four of the B-Mets pitchers’ seven hits this season. Herrera went 2-for-4 in his Double-A debut. Rivera went 1-for-3 with a walk. Left-hander Steven Matz's Double-A debut comes Saturday at Bowie. The final player promoted from St. Lucie, reliever Randy Fontanez, did not appear Thursday. Box

ST. LUCIE 7, FORT MYERS 4: New-look St. Lucie won its sixth straight game despite graduating five players to Binghamton and adding six players from Savannah. Four of those

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new additions -- Gavin Cecchini, L.J. Mazzilli, Jeff McNeil and Robert Coles -- played crucial roles in the victory. Mazzilli smashed a three-run homer, Cecchini drove in two runs, McNeil walked and scored and Coles picked up the final four outs to earn the save. Holdover Eudy Pina went 4-for-4 with two RBIs, two runs scored and finished a homer shy of the cycle. The Mets, who finished one game behind Fort Myers for first place in the first half, improved to 6-1 against the Miracle this season. The Mets jumped to 4-0 lead in the third. Pina greeted B.J. Hermsen with a single and stole second base. Cecchini drove him in with a double. After McNeil walked, Mazzilli clobbered a pitch over the left-field wall for a three-run homer. Adam Brett Walker put the Miracle on the board in the fourth with a sac fly. The Mets extended their lead to 7-1 in the sixth. Albert Cordero and Maikis De La Cruz singled against Alex Wimmers with one out. Pina brought both runners in with a triple. Cecchini knocked Pina in with a sac fly. The Miracle scored three runs with two outs in the seventh against Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa to make it 7-4. Jake Kuebler entered to get the final out, then induced a double-play ball in the eighth. Coles got the final out of that frame. After giving up a leadoff walk and a single in the ninth, he struck out Jorge Polanco and Travis Harrison. The game ended when Lance Ray grounded out. Ynoa improved to 8-2. Box

SAVANNAH 6, GREENVILLE 3: Jon Leroux and Jorge Rivero each scored twice and Colton Plaia drove in two runs as Savannah built a 6-1 lead. Right fielder Patrick Biondi departed in the fifth inning. Box

DANVILLE 8, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Christian Montgomery surrendered seven runs (six earned) on five hits and five walks in 1 1/3 innings as the K-Mets lost their season debut. Martires Arias limited Danville to one run in 5 2/3 relief innings. Fourth-round pick Eudor Garcia went 0-for-1 off the bench in his professional debut. Box

BROOKLYN 4, HUDSON VALLEY 0: Octavio Acosta tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Josh Prevost, Brad Wieck and Edioglis Villasmil on a seven-hit shutout. The Cyclones broke a scoreless tie with a three-run sixth that included Luis Arrizurieta's RBI triple. Box

Compiled with team reports

Video: Cyclones media day interviews

June, 13, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Brooklyn Cyclones open play in the New York-Penn League on Friday night at Staten Island. Right-hander Octavio Acosta draws the start in the opener.

Here are media day interviews (via 1495Sports):


Manager Tom Gamboa


Seton Hall right-hander/fifth-round pick Josh Prevost


LSU catcher/sixth-round pick Tyler Moore


University of Kansas outfielder/30th-round pick Tucker Tharp

Farm report: Reynolds surges with B-Mets

June, 11, 2014
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NEW YORK -- One year certainly has made a dramatic difference for 23-year-old middle infielder Matt Reynolds, the Mets’ second-round pick in 2012 out of the University of Arkansas.

A year ago, in his first full professional season, Reynolds hit only .226 in 433 at-bats with Class A St. Lucie.

This season, he has a .361 average in 194 at-bats with Double-A Binghamton. Add in 27 walks and Reynolds has a .437 on-base percentage. The batting average is tied for second in all of minor league baseball.

Reynolds indicated his offseason work with Rick Strickland in St. Louis paid big dividends.


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Reynolds’ agent, Jason Wood, sent him to work with Strickland. Another client, the Phillies’ Cody Asche, also had success working with the part-time Mets scout and former Yankees minor leaguer.

“Luis Rivera, our [Binghamton] hitting coach, has been huge with me, too,” Reynolds added. “We’ve just been working on staying through the middle, having a confident approach at the plate, and really just getting a good pitch to drive. And if they don’t give it to me, and I get to two strikes, just battle and find a way to get on base.

“I’m trying to keep a positive attitude, even when things are going bad. So far things really haven’t gone too bad. So it’s pretty easy to keep a positive mental state. But even when things start going bad, just to stay positive and keep working.”

Reynolds missed six days last week with a back issue, but he has come back on fire. He is 11-for-24 in five games since returning.

“It was just muscle tightness,” Reynolds said. “They never really said specifically what it was, but they said if I kept having pain to take time off until I was better. I think I took four days off and felt 100 percent. I feel a lot better now.”

Reynolds “definitely” continues to aspire to be a shortstop, although deficiencies may result in him playing elsewhere. He also sees roughly two games a week at second base with the B-Mets.

“I only played a couple of games in college at second, but I worked there a lot and practiced and everything,” Reynolds said. “I actually played summer ball at second. So I have a little background at second. I just had to get used to it again after playing third and short in college and everything. It’s nothing different to me -- just another position to help my value and to get better.”

Asked what he wanted to still polish in the minors, Reynolds added: “I really want to improve on being able to pull the ball a little bit better, and my defense, obviously. I want to stay at shortstop or even at second base. And I know there are a lot of things that I need to work on, like my hands and footwork, to be able to stay at that position. I know that may not come today or tomorrow, but eventually I feel like I’ll be able to get everything I need to do to play at those positions.”

Reynolds is athletic. A point guard in high school, he indicated he had invitations to walk on to basketball programs at Iowa State, Furman and Butler.

“After my sophomore year [of high school], I was almost for sure that I was going to play basketball in college,” Reynolds said. “I was close to playing basketball in college. And then I had a good junior year. And in the summer of my junior year I was talking to some professional scouts and they said I really had a chance of being a good player in baseball. I sat down with my parents and decided that baseball was probably my best route to go -- better than basketball – because I was a 6-foot guy trying to make it in an NBA where the point guards are 6-8 now. So it would be have been tough for me.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .361; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .353; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .351; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .344; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .341; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .327; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .313; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, .304; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .302; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, .299.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 9; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 9; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 9.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 46; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 45; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 43; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, 40; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 39.

Steals: Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 14; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 14; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 13; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 9.

ERA: Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.13; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.14; John Gant, Savannah, 2.36; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.81; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 3.24; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 3.45; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.99; Luis Cessa, St. Lucie, 4.08; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 4.44; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 4.47.

Wins: Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6; John Gant, Savannah, 6; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 6.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 11; Robert Coles, Savannah, 11; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 9; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 64; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 59; Dana Eveland, Vegas, 58; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 58; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 57.

Short hops

Sandy Alderson indicated the Mets are within days of signing first-round pick Michael Conforto, an outfielder from Oregon State. The GM added that third-round pick Milton Ramos, a prep shortstop from Florida, is even closer to being signed. Other picks already in or en route to Port St. Lucie include Eudor Garcia (fourth round), Josh Prevost (fifth), Dash Winningham (eighth), Erik Manoah (13th), Darryl Knight (14th), David Roseboom (17th), Tyler Badamo (24th) and Matt Blackham (29th).

• Discussing his rationale for the first time for demoting Travis d’Arnaud, Alderson said: “He needs to go down without the pressure of playing every day at the major league level, get his swing back, get his confidence back, and I would expect that he’ll be back -- hopefully -- relatively soon. It’s not unusual. Sometimes we expect that guys will come up and everything will click immediately with a young player and it’s nothing but an upward trajectory. And that doesn’t always happen. I think we have to recognize that and be a little patient. As far as we’re concerned, there’s no reason Travis can’t come back and be a very productive player for us.”

• After seven weeks mysteriously away from the organization, John Lannan threw roughly 45 pitches off a mound at the Mets’ Florida complex on Tuesday morning. In a post-throwing-session interview with the St. Lucie News Tribune’s Jon Santucci, Lannan declined to disclose his whereabouts during his absence. The Mets have labeled it a personal/family matter. Lannan will work as a starter in the minors. He will pitch in the Gulf Coast League or Florida State League to ramp up before being dispatched to Las Vegas.

“Let’s call it a mini-spring training -- just stretch out and see how it goes,” Lannan told Santucci. “I’ve been throwing, so now I’m just going to get back in the swing of things, face some batters and get my pitch count up. My arm feels good. I just have to get back on a five-day rotation and get my pitch count going.”

• Shortstop Amed Rosario, temporarily with Savannah, is expected to highlight the roster of the Brooklyn Cyclones, who open play Friday at Staten Island. The 18-year-old Rosario signed two years ago for $1.75 million, a franchise record for an international teenager. The Cyclones also will include 2013 third-round pick Casey Meisner, a right-hander out of high school in Texas, as well as infielder Jhoan Urena, catcher Tomas Nido, outfielder Joe Tuschak and right-handers Marcos Molina, Corey Oswalt and Brandon Welch.

Kingsport opens play June 19, with the Gulf Coast League season beginning the following day.

• Vegas reliever Jeff Walters, a 40-man roster member, is debating whether to proceed with Tommy John surgery or to try to rehab after being diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament tear in his right elbow. Walters unwittingly had been pitching through the tear this season. He produced an 8.86 ERA in 23 Pacific Coast League relief appearances. He had 38 saves last season with Binghamton.

• 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo remains sidelined since getting struck with a pitch in the right wrist Friday by Dunedin’s Matt Boyd. X-rays were negative, but the wrist remains tender and Nimmo is unable to swing. Also injured with St. Lucie, reliever Beck Wheeler and shortstop Phillip Evans have landed on the DL with right-knee strains.

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Morning Briefing: Back to work

June, 10, 2014
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NEW YORK

FIRST PITCH: The Mets will attempt to avoid their first seven-game losing streak since the first month Terry Collins was on the job in 2011 when they host the National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday at 7:10 p.m.

Although the Mets could have skipped Daisuke Matsuzaka’s start and used a four-man rotation this turn because of Monday’s off-day, the Amazin’s will proceed with Matsuzaka (2-0, 3.21 ERA) opening the series. He opposes right-hander Marco Estrada (5-2, 4.19).

Read the Mets-Brewers series preview here.

Tuesday’s news reports:


Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY SportsHow hot is Terry Collins' seat? It depends which publication you read.


• Mike Puma in the Post writes that Collins’ managerial seat is “sizzling,” while Kristie Ackert in the Daily News reports the manager is “not yet on the hot seat.”

Writes columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post:

My sense is the Mets, who begin a critical homestand Tuesday night against National League Central-leading Milwaukee, would rather keep Terry Collins at least through the duration of the 2014 season. Likewise, I don’t see the Mets players quitting on Collins. If anything, they’re trying too hard to alleviate the pressure.

Which is why it makes sense to give Collins more rope before removing him from his office.

Writes columnist Bill Madden in the Daily News:

You wonder what [Sandy] Alderson or anyone can do to make this team better and give Mets fans at least some hope.

They’ve already fired the hitting coach, which changed nothing. If the team continues to lose like this, Terry Collins’ job could be on the line -- although, that, too, would be nothing more than a “need-a-scapegoat” firing, unless you feel it’s fair to blame all the wild pitches, failure to turn double plays, baserunning blunders, etc. on the manager.

Daniel Murphy visited the White House on Monday’s off-day to take part in the Working Families Summit. Murphy had received talk-radio flak for going on paternity leave to be present for the birth of his first child. Read more in the Times and Star-Ledger.

David Wright has overtaken Nolan Arenado for first place among National League third basemen in the latest voting tally released by MLB for the 2014 All-Star Game. Wright has a 92,718-vote lead over the slick-fielding-but-injured Rockie. Read more in the Daily News and at MLB.com.

Travis d’Arnaud’s demotion resonated with Lucas Duda and Ruben Tejada, both of whom have suffered the same fate, writes Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger. "You go down there and it’s more like a humbling," Duda told Vorkunov. "It humbles you. You kind of -- not sulk -- but those first two, three days, you kind of feel bad for yourself. At least I did. ‘Poor me. Why?’ Then when you look at it, it kind of fuels you." Read more in the Daily News.

• Michael Salfino in the Journal writes that, statistically, things do not bode well for d’Arnaud having a bright career. Writes Salfino:

Since 1930, only eight catchers have seen their OPS after their age-25 season improve at least 100 points compared to before, according to Stats, LLC. (A minimum of 250 plate appearances were required through age 25 and 3,000 after, indicating sustained success.)

Of that group, the biggest gainer is familiar to Mets fans. Todd Hundley managed only a .626 OPS through age 25, then improved that by nearly 200 points for the balance of his career. That included a 41-homer season in 1996, one of four post-age-25 seasons for Hundley with at least 24 homers.

Jeremy Hefner plans to make roughly 15 throws off a mound on Tuesday. Those will mark his first tosses off a mound since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28, 2013.

• Marc Carig in Newsday details the Mets’ hitting woes during their six-game losing streak.

Gonzalez Germen inherited two runners with two outs in the sixth and coaxed a groundout from the lone batter he faced in what should be his final rehab appearance with Class A St. Lucie.

• Relief prospect Jeff Walters, who is on the 40-man roster, has a torn UCL in his pitching elbow.

• ESPN’s Keith Law breaks down NL teams’ drafts here (ESPN Insider content). In one part of his Mets review, Law writes:

Eudor Garcia-Pacheco (Round 4) is a third baseman out of El Paso Community College who just turned 20 a few weeks ago; he'll move to first in pro ball but has very quick, strong hands, and power from the left side. Righty Josh Prevost (Round 5) had just 73 innings pitched in total over his first three years at Seton Hall, but threw 116 this year and walked only 20 men, sitting 91-94 with some downhill plane (you'd hope so, since he's 6-foot-8) and an above-average slider in the 79-83 mph range. Tyler Moore (Round 6) of LSU is a solid college catcher but probably a backup in the majors. Dash Winningham (8th round) can't run, which is just a shame.

Their late flier was on Iowa righty Keaton McKinney (Round 28), a strong commit to Arkansas but well worth a seven-figure bonus if the Mets have room for it, and they should have some extra coin left over given the signable guys they took after round three.

Rafael Montero allowed six runs (one earned) in three innings in his second start since returning to Triple-A. Zach Lutz committed two errors behind him and also homered as the 51s lost to Colorado Springs, 11-5. Las Vegas has lost 17 of 22. Read the full minor-league recap here.

Eric Young Jr. (hamstring) will attempt to run the bases on Tuesday in Port St. Lucie, the Daily News reports.

San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy believes he knows why Zack Wheeler hit Hunter Pence with a pitch Sunday but would not reveal his logic, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Hank Schulman tweets.

John Lannan, who dealt with a personal matter for seven weeks, has rejoined the organization.

• Triple-A outfielder Cesar Puello is interviewed at MetsMinors.

• SNY announced it will televise a slate of “limited-commercial” games beginning Thursday.

BIRTHDAYS: Hofstra product/YES commentator Ken Singleton, who began his major league career with the Mets, turns 67. ... St. Lucie infielder Jairo Perez is 26.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets leave the manager and coaching staff intact?

Morning Briefing: Quiet bats draw Huddy

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Ben Margot/Associated PressBuster Posey strikes a pose after connecting on a game-deciding two-run homer against Carlos Torres on Friday.
SAN FRANCISCO

FIRST PITCH: The Mets will need a win against the pitcher with the top ERA in the majors to prevent their dive from reaching five Saturday.

Bartolo Colon (5-5, 4.52 ERA) opposes San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Hudson (6-2, 1.75) at 10:05 p.m. ET at AT&T Park.

Saturday’s news reports:

Carlos Torres surrendered a tiebreaking two-run homer to Buster Posey in the eighth and the Mets lost to the Giants, 4-2, Friday night.

Matt Cain no-hit the Mets into the sixth, but served up a go-ahead two-run homer to Daniel Murphy an inning later. Jonathon Niese allowed a game-tying RBI single to Brandon Crawford in the bottom of the seventh.

Travis d’Arnaud went 0-for-3 and grounded into two double plays as his average dropped to .180.

“I got to be better than this,” d’Arnaud told reporters. “This is unacceptable to me."

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

• Read more on d’Arnaud in the Star-Ledger.


John Korduner/Icon SMIThe Mets selected LSU catcher Tyler Moore with their sixth-round pick.


• On Day 2 of the draft, the Mets selected defensive whiz Milton Ramos, a high school shortstop from Florida, in the third round. They then selected slugging third baseman Eudor Garcia out of El Paso Community College, Seton Hall right-hander Josh Prevost and LSU catcher Tyler Moore. Read the recap of rounds 3-10 here and comments from amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous and VP Paul DePodesta here. The draft concludes Saturday with rounds 11 to 40.

Matt Ehalt in the Record profiles first-round pick Michael Conforto out of Oregon State. College coach Pat Casey compares Conforto favorably with fellow Beavers product Jacoby Ellsbury in terms of demeanor and bat.

Read more on the Mets draft in the Post, Times and Star-Ledger.

• Top prospect Noah Syndergaard again dodged a serious injury bullet. Syndergaard, who injured his left shoulder covering the plate after delivering a first-inning wild pitch Thursday with Las Vegas, was diagnosed with a sprained A/C joint in his left, non-throwing shoulder. An X-ray of the scapula was negative for a fracture. Syndergaard may resume tossing a baseball in five to seven days if he is comfortable. He watched Friday’s Las Vegas game from the stands wearing a sling. Read more in the Post, Daily News, Star-Ledger, Record and at MLB.com.

• Former Mets catcher Paul Lo Duca ripped into ex-GM Omar Minaya and the organization’s culture and mocked current the catchers, d’Arnaud and Anthony Recker, during a WFAN radio appearance Friday. On SNY, Lo Duca added: “The Mets need to go back to square one, go back to their roots, go to younger players. If that means to trade David [Wright], that means to trade David.”

Read more in the Post and Daily News.

• Columnist Kevin Kernan in the Post suggests the Mets can learn a lot by observing the Giants.

Johan Santana, who was nearing a return to the major leagues with the Baltimore Orioles after undergoing shoulder surgery for a second time, suffered a serious blow to his comeback bid. The 35-year-old Santana tore an Achilles tendon in an extended spring training game and will miss the remainder of the season. Read more in the Baltimore Sun.

Eric Young Jr. suffered tightness in his strained right hamstring while attempting to run and will be backed off his rehab. As a result, he will not return from the DL on Tuesday when eligible.

Dillon Gee (lat strain) has resumed tossing a baseball on flat ground, but will take a while to get back into game-ready shape.

• Gabriel Ynoa struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings as St. Lucie blanked Dunedin, 5-0. Brandon Nimmo left that game an inning after being struck in the right wrist/forearm by a pitch. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Mets shortstops are outperforming Yankees shortstops, Cody Deraspina writes in Newsday.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear offers a uniquely Metsian take on the legacy of Don Zimmer.

BIRTHDAYS: Speedy outfielder Esix Snead, who appeared in 18 major league games with the club in 2002 and ’04, turns 38.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets consider demoting Travis d’Arnaud?

Mets officials dissect Day 2 picks

June, 6, 2014
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Mets VP Paul DePodesta and amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous addressed their Day 2 draft picks on Friday. Here's what they had to say:

Milton Ramos, SS, American Heritage (Fla.) HS, third round:

"Certainly he's known for defense. He's a lot stronger than people think. This is not a below-average bat by any means. I think sometimes when you talk about shortstops with superior gloves, people automatically think it's a non-offensive player. That's certainly not the case with Milton. Tremendous speed. Tremendous hands. He's going to be plenty strong enough to hit. So we're really excited about this type of player."


Courtesy of Seton Hall UniversityThe Mets selected Seton Hall right-hander Josh Prevost in the fifth round.


Eudor Garcia, 3B, El Paso (Texas) CC, fourth round:

"We went and worked him out," Tanous said. "He has massive power. A left-handed hitter. Has absolutely destroyed the junior-college division that he's played in. Most valuable player. Player of the year. He's definitely an offensive player. We feel like he'll be fine at third base. But when you draft this type of guy, you take him for his bat."

Josh Prevost, RHP, Seton Hall, fifth round:

"He's a really interesting player -- a 6-8 pitcher from Seton Hall," Tanous said. "The biggest surprise when you see him pitch is his actual command and control of his pitches. He's a fastball-slider-changeup pitcher. We've had him up to 94 mph. He probably pitches anywhere between 90-93 mph. Supreme strike-thrower. Tremendous competitor. He has a lot of the things that we look for and still, as a college player, has some upside."

Tyler Moore, C, LSU , sixth round:

"A left-handed hitting catcher. He does a lot of things that we like offensively," Tanous said. "He has an advanced approach. He has power. Grinds out at-bats. So we're really excited we were able to get him at the spot we ended up getting him. He didn't play every game, and then down the stretch he played quite a bit. Tommy Jackson and Max Semler, our scouts in that region, really did a terrific job staying on him and staying with him. If it wasn't for that, we probably wouldn't have been able to land a prospect like that. He's a catcher (as opposed to other positions he's played). He's really an advanced guy behind the plate. They kind of have a rotation there at LSU. There's nothing we can do about that. But this is a catcher. We drafted him for the purpose of being a catcher."

Brad Wieck, LHP, Oklahoma City U., seventh round, and Kelly Secrest, LHP, UNC Wilmington, 10th round:

DePodesta said it had been a "running joke" in the draft room that the Mets had avoided left-handed pitchers the three previous years.

"It really wasn't intentional," DePodesta added. "We always look for them throughout various drafts and just haven't had very many opportunities to take them, especially in the first 10 rounds. This year the opportunity presented itself twice in the top 10 rounds.

"The first one we took, Brad Wieck, from Oklahoma City ... he's a powerful left-hander. He's 6-foot-9. We had him at 94 mph with a good breaking ball. We do think he's got a chance to be a good one.

"And Kelly Secrest, our scout John Hendricks really liked him and was one of his target guys coming into the draft. We were happy to be able to get two left-handers we really like, and we felt we got them at good, value spots."
Video of third-round pick Milton Ramos, a high school shortstop in Florida.

SAN FRANCISCO -- Selections resumed Friday in the three-day MLB draft. Here is the final rundown of the day's activity. Rounds 11 through 40 will be selected Saturday. The Mets took Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto in the first round and did not have a second-round pick.

Rd. 3 (84th overall), Milton Ramos, SS, American Heritage (Fla.) HS.

Rd. 4 (115), Eudor Garcia, 3B, El Paso (Texas) CC.
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BA's Jim Callis says: "Love Eudor Garcia to Mets. One of the best hitters in the draft. Where he plays defensively, we'll see. But that dude rakes."
Read a feature story on the power-hitting Garcia in the El Paso Times.

Rd. 5 (145), Josh Prevost, RHP, Seton Hall
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BA's Jim Callis says: "Also a fan of Mets senior pickup in 5th round, RHP Josh Prevost. Actually thought he'd go out higher. Up to 94 w/heavy sink."
Read a feature story on the 6-foot-8 Belle Mead, N.J., native in the Post.

Rd. 6 (175), Tyler Moore, C, LSU
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Read a feature story on the utility player Moore in the Baton Rouge Advocate.

Rd. 7 (205), Brad Wieck, LHP, Oklahoma City Univ.
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Rd. 8 (235), Dash Winningham, 1B, Trinity Catholic (Fla.) HS

Rd. 9 (265), Michael Katz, OF, William & Mary
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Rd. 10 (295), Kelly Secrest, LHP, UNC Wilmington
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