New York Mets: Luis Mateo

Minors 7.19.14: Evans lifts St. Lucie

July, 19, 2014
Jul 19
First-round pick Michael Conforto reacts after going 1-for-4 in his professional debut Saturday as the DH with Brooklyn.

LAS VEGAS 6, SALT LAKE 2: Andrew Brown's three-run homer with two outs in the eighth gave the 51s a 3-2 lead after an error prolonged the inning. Matt Reynolds and Wilmer Flores added RBI singles in the ninth and Brown had a run-scoring groundout to cap the scoring. Flores' ninth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 20 games. Box

TRENTON 6, BINGHAMTON 1: Starter Matt Bowman allowed five runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings in his return after two starts in Triple-A. Binghamton had briefly owned a 1-0 lead on T.J. Rivera's first-inning RBI single. Box

ST. LUCIE 8, BREVARD COUNTY 6: With the bases loaded and the Mets down to their final out and trailing by a run in the top of the ninth, Phillip Evans lofted a shallow fly ball

that dropped between left fielder Victor Roache and shortstop Brandon Macias, clearing the bases to give the Mets an 8-6 lead. Roache initially broke backward and eventually raced in and slid on the failed attempt. Gavin Cecchini had reached on a one-out single. Gilbert Gomez flied out for the second out. Stephen Peterson then got ahead of Maikis De La Cruz 1-2, but De La Cruz singled to keep the Mets alive. Jeff McNeil followed with an infield single to load the bases for Evans. Beck Wheeler pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half for his seventh save. The Mets fell behind 4-0 in the second and trailed 6-3 in the third, but the bullpen kept the Mets in the game. Jake Kuebler contributed three scoreless innings. Tim Peterson (2-0) retired all six batters he faced. Kuebler, Peterson and Wheeler combined to retire the last 14 Manatees hitters. McNeil finished 3-for-5 with an RBI double, three-run homer and four RBIs. Mets starter Matt Koch gave up nine hits, all singles, and six runs in three innings. McNeil gave the Mets life by hitting a three-run homer, his first with St. Lucie, in the third to make it 4-3. The Manatees scored two more against Koch in the bottom half. Box

LEXINGTON at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The teams will play a noon doubleheader Sunday.

KINGSPORT 3, PRINCETON 0: Yoryi Nuez tossed six scoreless innings and combined with David Roseboom and Ramon Estevez on a six-hit shutout. The K-Mets scored three third-inning runs, on consecutive RBI singles by Oswald Caraballo, Eudor Garcia and Luis Ortega. Box

BROOKLYN 8, WILLIAMSPORT 4: First-round pick Michael Conforto went 1-for-4 with a run scored in his professional debut and Octavio Acosta allowed one run (unearned) in eight innings as the Cyclones snapped an eight-game losing streak. The lone run against Acosta came after shortstop Amed Rosario allowed Robinson Torres to reach on a sixth-inning error. Torres stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Chase Harris' single as Williamsport opened the scoring. Adrian Abreu had a three-run homer in a six-run bottom half as the Cyclones grabbed a 6-1 lead. Luis Mateo allowed three runs in the ninth. Box

GCL CARDINALS 5, GCL METS 3 (11 innings): After recording two outs in the 11th, Mets reliever Waldo Rodriguez surrendered four straight singles, then hit a batter to force in a run in a two-run frame for the Cardinals. The Mets had pulled even at 3 on Dionis Rodriguez's sacrifice fly and Milton Ramos' RBI single in the seventh. Starter Darwin Ramos limited the Cardinals to two unearned runs in five innings. Box

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Minors 6.28.14: Pina launches walk-off HR

June, 28, 2014
Jun 28
SACRAMENTO 7, LAS VEGAS 6 (10 innnings): Zack Thornton surrendered a walk-off RBI double to Nick Buss in the bottom of the 10th. Allan Dykstra's ninth-inning solo homer with one out had sent the game to extra innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 7: The B-Mets surrendered six runs in a disastrous seventh inning and nearly blew a seven-lead, but held on for their 15th win in 18 games. Steven

Matz struck out nine over six scoreless innings to collect his first Double-A victory. Dilson Herrera had a career-high five RBIs. Kyle Johnson singled to open the game, moved to third on Herrera's single and scored when Zack Dodson balked. Binghamton took a 2-0 lead in the third when Xorge Carrillo singled, advanced to second on a sac bunt, took third on a groundout and scored when Herrera beat out an infield single. Herrera added a two-run homer in the fifth. His first Double-A long ball gave Binghamton a five-run lead. In six scoreless innings, Matz stranded seven runners while holding the Curve hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

The B-Mets tacked on two runs against Jason Townsend in the seventh. After loading the bases on three straight singles, including one from pinch-hitter Tyler Pill, Binghamton scored on a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice by Herrera. Binghamton nearly threw away its 7-0 lead in the seventh. Reliever Randy Fontanez allowed the first two batters to reach before rebounding with consecutive groundouts. The final out of the inning proved elusive. By the time Adam Kolarek entered, Altoona had cut Binghamton’s lead to 6-4. Following an infield single, Jarek Cunningham then shot a grounder to third baseman Brian Burgamy. Burgamy, who moved to third as part of a double-switch, booted it, allowing a run to score. Kolarek settled down to record the inning's final out, preserving a one-run lead. Altoona resumed its pressure in the eighth with back-to-back one-out singles. With the tying run on third, Cody Satterwhite entered. Stetson Allie chopped his first pitch for an inning-ending double play. With the benefit of an insurance run produced by Burgamy in the ninth, Satterwhite returned for the final inning. He loaded the bases before allowing a run-scoring fielder’s choice to Alen Hanson. Satterwhite survived by striking out Kelson Brown looking to secure his fifth save. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina has been swinging a hot bat in June, but no hit was bigger than Saturday's walk-off homer inside the left-field foul pole. Pina’s rocket came

on a full-count pitch from Robby Rowland to lead off the half-inning. The Marauders protested the homer, arguing it hooked foul. Plate umpire Adam MacKay maintained his original call. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first on Aderlin Rodriguez’s two-out single that scored Jairo Perez. Bradenton answered in the second when Jordan Steranka led off with a solo homer against Gabriel Ynoa. Ynoa otherwise cruised through seven innings. He allowed one run on seven hits, did not walk a batter and struck out five in a 98-pitch effort. The Mets had two great chances to blow the game open but could not come up with a big hit. They loaded the bases against John Kuchno in the sixth but only scored one run, when Maikis De La Cruz grounded into a double play. With runners at second and third and no outs in the seventh, Ryan Hafner threw a wild pitch that allowed Gilbert Gomez to score, which put the Mets up 3-1. L.J. Mazzilli advanced to third with none out but was stranded. Ynoa was in line for his sixth win in his last six starts. However, Josh Bell doubled home Max Moroff in the eighth and later scored on a groundout to tie the score 3. T.J. Chism took over for Robert Coles with runners on first and second and induced an inning-ending double play. Paul Sewald pitched a scoreless ninth and was credited with the win after Pina's heroics. Pina is hitting .370 with five homers and 18 RBIs this month. Box

SAVANNAH 4, ROME 3: With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Jorge Rivero

stroked a one-out line drive into the left-center gap to plate Champ Stuart with the winning run. Stuart began the Gnats’ ninth-inning rally with a walk. The Braves had tied the score with two outs in the top half. With runners on the corners, Savannah reliever Hunter Carnevale struck out Edison Sanchez on a breaking ball in the dirt. The ball kicked away from catcher Jeff Glenn, allowing Sanchez to sprint safely to first and Johan Camargo to score the tying run. To that point, the Gnats had thrown out Braves baserunners at the plate in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to preserve a 3-2 lead. The most impressive was Stuart’s throw from center to cut down Gerald Chin, which kept the Braves off the scoreboard in the seventh. Box

JOHNSON CITY 8, KINGSPORT 1 (suspended): The game was suspended after three innings. K-Mets starter Yoryi Nuez allowed seven runs (four earned) in 2 1/3 innings. Box

STATEN ISLAND 11, BROOKLYN 5: Starter Carlos Valdez was knocked out with two outs in the first inning. He surrendered five runs. Gaither Bumgardner surrendered another five runs in four innings of relief. Trailing 10-2, Michael Bernal produced a three-run homer for the Cyclones in the seventh. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL CARDINALS 2: Eighth-round pick Dash Winningham produced his first professional homer -- a two-run shot -- and finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Adrian Almeida earned the win with three no-hit relief innings, albeit walking four while striking out six. Luis Mateo completed the game with two scoreless innings in his third appearance since returning from Tommy John surgery. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes also drove in two runs. Box

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Morning Briefing: Kaz in Queens looms

June, 22, 2014
Jun 22

Ben Margot/Associated PressScott Kazmir is coming to town this week with the Oakland Athletics.

FIRST PITCH: The Mets will not be home for long, but they will get to head to NYC for a few days after completing a series at Marlins Park on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.

Jonathon Niese (3-4, 2.67 ERA) opposes rookie right-hander/New Jersey native Anthony DeSclafani (1-1, 5.60).

The Mets are off Monday, then host the Oakland Athletics in a two-game series.

Scott Kazmir will pitch in Queens on Wednesday for the first time since he infamously was traded away by the Mets on July 30, 2004. He will be opposite Zack Wheeler.

Those two pitchers actually lined up last September in Cleveland, in Kazmir’s first-ever matchup against the Mets. Kazmir tossed six scoreless innings that day, striking out 12 in an 8-1 win by the Indians.

After the two-game series against the A’s at Citi Field, the Mets ship out to Pittsburgh and Atlanta to complete a stretch in which they will have played 25 of 33 on the road.

Sunday’s news reports:

• In his eighth major league start, rookie Jacob deGrom finally earned his first career win. DeGrom tossed seven scoreless innings and combined with Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia as the Mets shut out the Marlins, 4-0. David Wright went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and two runs scored. Lucas Duda added a two-run homer in the ninth.

Wright has a six-game hitting streak and has driven in a run in five straight games. He is hitting .435 (10-for-23) with two homers during the mini-spurt. Mets pitchers have a 1.27 ERA in the past five games.

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

• Read more on Wright in the Daily News.

Koji Sasahara/Associated PressWould the Mets actually fork over big money for Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas? That remains to be seen.

• Will the Mets open up their wallets and pursue Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas? Writes Mike Puma in the Post:

General manager Sandy Alderson said it’s too early to say if he will pursue Cuban defector Yasmani Tomas. But Alderson clearly seems intrigued by the 23-year-old.

“A corner outfielder with power?” Alderson said, smiling.

Tomas must establish legal residency and clear hurdles with the State Department before he can sign with a club, according to Alderson.

• Terry Collins has heard that MLB will institute a must-slide rule on contested plays at the plate next season. Read more on plate collisions and the Mets’ Friday dispute in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Juan Lagares (side muscle) played a full game in center field and went 0-for-4 in his second rehab appearance in the Gulf Coast League.

Jeremy Hefner plans to throw breaking balls off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery as well as increase his fastball velocity to near-normal levels during a throwing session Sunday at Marlins Park. Hefner, who underwent the procedure last Aug. 28, expects to be available to pitch in the majors this season. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

• Kaja Whitehouse in the Post wonders if embattled Mets minority owner Steve Cohen will be forced to sell his investment in the club.

• “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” on HBO will do a segment featuring Darryl Strawberry on Tuesday at 10 p.m. The program visits Strawberry and his wife Tracy Boulware Strawberry in St. Louis.

The 52-year-old Strawberry is now an ordained minister and founder of a recovery center for substance-abuse users. He discusses losing his entire baseball earnings, drug addiction, two bouts with colon cancer and jail time.

Strawberry tells the program he became a heroin user after his playing career.

“It was like I was completely out of my mind, sittin' there for four or five days, smokin' crack,” he says. “Doesn't matter if you Darryl Strawberry or, you know, you the richest man on earth. When -- if you're addicted, it will take you to places that you could never imagine.”

Strawberry and his future wife met at a Narcotics Anonymous convention, according to the program. She had her demons in check. He did not.

“The clothes are just hanging off of his body. He's sitting in a chair and he's like part of the fabric in the chair. He looks like the walking dead,” Mrs. Strawberry now says. “He told me not to get involved with him. ‘Girl, you have no idea what you're gettin' yourself into.’ He said, ‘You stay with me and I'm gonna take you through.’

“There were several times where he would go out to use and he would call me on the phone and just say, ‘I’m done. I can't do it anymore. I can't get well. I just -- there's no hope for a person like me. I’m tryin’ everything. Nothin’s enough. Love is not enough.’ He said, ‘I’m gonna use tonight until I die.’

“I’m running out and I’m banging down crack-house doors and I’m pulling him outta places that I used to be in.”

The future Mrs. Strawberry resolved at that point to leave Florida and head to her native St. Louis. Recalling how she told her parents, she said: “I call them halfway into the drive, ‘Mom and Dad, I'm coming home.’ And they're ecstatic. They're happy. They're crying. And, ‘By the way … I’m bringing Darryl Strawberry with me.’”

• Noah Syndergaard allowed two homers and five runs in 6 2/3 innings with Las Vegas. Steven Matz allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut, but the B-Mets rallied for a 7-6 win against Bowie. Michael Fulmer was struck with a line drive on the left forearm and departed after three pitches in Game 1 of a doubleheader. St. Lucie lost the opener, but rebounded for a 2-0 win against Fort Myers in Game 2 behind Matt Koch’s 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

Champ Stuart stole the show in the 11th as Savannah beat Greenville, 7-6. Brandon Brosher had two homers in Kingsport’s 9-5 win against Danville.

Cory Mazzoni (lat) and Luis Mateo (elbow) both pitched in their first official games since suffering injuries as the GCL Mets were blanked by the GCL Nats, 8-0. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Outfielder Luke Bonfield, the Mets’ 21st-round pick, tweeted he will attend the University of Arkansas rather than sign with the Mets. Dale Burdick, the 40th-round pick, tweeted he will sign with the Mets. Fifteenth-round pick Gabriel Llanes, a prep right-hander from California, signed entering the weekend, he tweeted.

Burdick, a high school shortstop selected in the final round, will receive a $150,000 signing bonus to lure him away from attending Mississippi State, Chip Cirillo writes in the Tennessean. Burdick told the newspaper the Mets originally offered $100,000, but decided to give him an extra $50,000 since they had the sum remaining after agreeing to the monetary terms with first-round pick Michael Conforto. An agreement with Conforto has not yet been announced.

• Lynn Worthy in the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin explains how B-Mets manager Pedro Lopez will attempt to juggle his overcrowded roster with the addition of five highly regarded prospects from St. Lucie.

• The St. Lucie Mets have been awarded the 2015 Florida State League All-Star Game. It will be played on June 20 at Tradition Field.

• Terry Collins explained why umpire Gary Cederstrom laughed before ejecting the manager on June 11 at Citi Field.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear decides it could do without most of the current Mets. ... Faith and Fear also noticed the arrival of summer coincided with deGrom's arrival in the win column.

BIRTHDAYS: Former catcher Ron Hodges turns 65. ... Ex-Mets outfielder Willie Harris is 36. ... Binghamton outfielder Darrell Ceciliani, who is just returning from a concussion, is 24. ... Savannah right-hander Miller Diaz (5-1, 2.40 ERA) is 22.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Is a must-slide rule at the plate sensible in Major League Baseball?

Minors 6.21.14: K-Mets' Brosher two homers

June, 21, 2014
Jun 21
LAS VEGAS 11, MEMPHIS 5: Noah Syndergaard surrendered a two-run homer to Xavier Scruggs in a three-run first by the Redbirds. Syndergaard dominated for a while after Scruggs' longball, retiring the next 16 batters as Vegas raced to an 8-3 lead. However, Stephen Piscotty singled to open the seventh and Pete Kozma launched a two-run homer with one out in the frame. So Syndergaard ultimately was charged with five runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking none in 6 2/3 innings. Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI and is hitting .453 in Triple-A. Anthony Seratelli had a three-run homer in a five-run third. Cesar Puello finished 2-for-3 with a homer, five RBIs and a walk. Ex-Met Pedro Feliciano tossed two scoreless innings in relief for the Redbirds. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, BOWIE 6: Left-hander Steven Matz allowed five runs on seven hits and

two walks in 5 2/3 innings in his Double-A debut. Relievers Ryan Fraser, Adam Kolarek and Cody Satterwhite then limited Bowie to one run the rest of the way as the B-Mets rallied for their 11th win in 12 games. Trailing 5-3, Binghamton took the lead with a three-run seventh against Anthony Vasquez. Kevin Plawecki deposited an RBI double into the right-field corner, cutting Bowie’s lead to one. Jayce Boyd followed by plating Plawecki with the tying run on a double. Three batters later, Boyd scampered home with the go-ahead run when reliever Steven Hensley uncorked a wild pitch. The B-Mets tacked on a much-needed insurance run in the eighth. Pinch-hitter Kyle Johnson reached safely with a two-out double when his innocent popup behind second fell to the outfield turf. Plawecki brought him home by threading a single into left field. Bowie had one last gasp offensively in the eighth. Rehabbing Oriole Nolan Reimold doubled against Kolarek and his pinch-runner, Johnny Ruettiger, scored on consecutive groundouts to trim Binghamton’s lead to one. Satterwhite took the reins in the ninth and posted a perfect inning, fanning Garabez Rosa to lock down his third save. Fraser (1-0) retired all four Baysox he faced after replacing Matz in the sixth to pick up his first win. Box

ST. LUCIE 2, FORT MYERS 0: Game 1 starter Michael Fulmer took a line drive off the forearm on his left, glove hand on his third pitch of the game. The baseball was hit so hard

by Jorge Polanco that it ricocheted into right field. Fulmer did not suffer a fracture, Paul DePodesta said. Julian Hilario took over. Polanco, who was safe at first on the single, scored on Lance Ray’s sac fly later in the inning. Adam Brett Walker scored Fort Myers’ second run on a wild pitch by Jake Kuebler in the fourth. Ray added a two-out RBI double against Kuebler in the fifth. In Game 2, Matt Koch pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and combined with recently demoted T.J. Chism as well as Paul Sewald on a four-hit shutout. Koch (7-2) surrendered a leadoff single in the first inning and issued a one-out walk. He then got Walker to ground into an inning-ending double play. That started a streak of 15 straight batters retired. The Mets scored their opening run in the second inning against Steven Gruver. With one out and runners on the corners, Maikis De La Cruz bunted back to Gruver, who tried to throw home to retire Gilbert Gomez. Instead, Gomez slid in safely. Jairo Perez drove in the second run when his fifth-inning infield single with two outs plated Eudy Pina. Koch ran into trouble in the sixth when he gave up back-to-back hits with one out. He induced Aderling Mejia to fly out. Chism then recorded the final out of the sixth when Nate Roberts grounded out. Sewald pitched around a two-out single in the seventh to earn his first save. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 7, GREENVILLE 6 (11 innings): Champ Stuart walked, stole second, advanced to third on a flyout and scored the go-ahead run on Victor Cruzado's single in the top of the 11th. Akeel Morris issued a two-out walk, then completed a scoreless bottom half to record his fourth save. Nelfi Zapata, Stefan Sabol and Jeff Glenn each went 3-for-5. Glenn drove in four runs. Zapata had three doubles. Starter Alex Panteliodis allowed four runs on 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT 9, DANVILLE 5: Brandon Brosher, a 36th-round pick out of high school in Florida in 2013, had a pair of two-run homers and finished 3-for-4. Eudor Garcia, the Mets' fourth-round pick out of junior college in Texas this month, went 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored. Starter Yoan Gonzalez limited Danville to two runs on five hits and three walks in seven innings. Box

BROOKLYN 3, ABERDEEN 1 (11 innings): Marcos Molina, Edioglis Villasmil and Juan Urbina combined to toss a two-hit shutout with no walks through 10 innings as the game remained scoreless. In the top of the 11th, Brooklyn (7-2) took a 1-0 lead on Stefan Crichton's wild pitch, which plated Tucker Tharp. Michael Bernal had an RBI single and Tyler Moore scored on Jhoan Urena's bunt to complete the three-run frame. Shane Bay surrendered two singles and a sac fly to open the bottom half but nonetheless recorded his third save. Rehabbing Oriole Dylan Bundy, the fourth overall pick in 2011, started for Aberdeen. He limited the Cyclones to two hits and a walk while striking out nine in five innings. Box

GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 0: Cory Mazzoni, who suffered a strained right lat muscle

in the final Grapefruit League game, appeared in an official game for the first time since suffering the injury as the Mets were prepared to break camp. The former second-round pick out of NC State allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out seven in four innings. Luis Mateo, a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, relieved Mazzoni and was charged with five runs (one earned) in 1 1/3 innings in his first official game action since the elbow procedure. Juan Lagares went 0-for-4 and played a full game in center field in his second rehab appearance. The Mets produced only three hits -- singles by John Mora, Dionis Rodriguez and Enmanuel Zabala. Box

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Farm report: LSU's Moore catching on

June, 18, 2014
Jun 18
NEW YORK -- Tyler Moore split duties at LSU between catcher, first base and third base. He will have a singular focus as a professional.

The Mets, who have assigned Moore to the Brooklyn Cyclones, have resolved to solely use the sixth-round pick behind the plate. And that’s just fine with the 21-year-old native of Baton Rouge, La.

Moore made his pro debut Saturday, going 1-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored as the DH in the Cyclones’ season-opening 8-2 win against Staten Island. He started at catcher for the first time Monday.

Courtesy of Brooklyn CyclonesTyler Moore

“I’m definitely looking forward to that -- just really to be precise in catching, really be great at it,” Moore said. “Instead of having to work at multiple positions, now I can just focus on one. It will give me the opportunity to get even better at that position.

“I think my whole life it’s really been something that I loved, even though I didn’t do it all the time. In high school it became a primary position for me. That’s really the first time I was a catcher.”

As for which skills he most wants to hone behind the plate, Moore added: “I think the biggest thing is throwing. Moving into pro ball, calling your own games and getting to know the pitchers as well -- just building some bonds with the pitchers and getting to know their tendencies and what they want.”

Moore grew up less than 15 minutes from the LSU campus and rarely missed a home football game, even before enrolling there. He joked that a big difference in New York for him is no swamps or alligators. (No, he did not grow up on a bayou.)

“I’m not used to taking the subway to the field, stuff like that,” he said. “It’s fun. It’s a new experience.”

Moore had a major role in Stony Brook’s first-ever College World Series berth. In the opening game of that best-of-three Super Regional in Baton Rouge in 2012, Moore -- a freshman -- homered in the bottom of the 10th inning to re-tie the score in what became a 12-inning win for the SEC powerhouse. Stony Brook went on to win the Super Regional in three games.

“It was a school that wasn’t supposed to be there,” Moore recalled. “They just came over there and they acted like it was their stadium and it was their ballgame. That was probably the biggest thing about the Super Regional. They came in with confidence and they played their game and they just flat-out beat us.”

As for his game-tying extra-inning homer, Moore added: “That was definitely one of the best experiences of my college career. It’s definitely up there in the top two or three. It helped my confidence going forward, knowing that I came through in the late innings, and knowing that I could do it in the future.”

Moore had enrolled at LSU after going undrafted out of high school.

“A lot of scouts knew that LSU was in my backyard and I had grown up watching it,” Moore said. “The biggest dream of mine is to play in the big leagues, but another dream was to play at LSU. I talked to a few scouts and told them I wanted to go to school unless the opportunity was there to play pro ball. It would have had to have been a pretty good opportunity to pass up LSU. I’m definitely glad I went there. It was an awesome experience. Now I’m glad that I’m getting my chance and I’m in pro ball.”

Organization leaders

Average: Joe Tuschak, Brooklyn, .375; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .365; Matt Reynolds, Binghamton, .356; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .341; Jeff McNeil, Savannah, .332; Kevin Plawecki, Binghamton, .329; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, .322; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, .307; Matt Clark, Binghamton, .307; Brandon Allen, Vegas, .297.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 13; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 11; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 10; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 10; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 10.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 48; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 47; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 45; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 44; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 44.

Steals: Jeff McNeil, Savannah, 15; Dilson Herrera, St. Lucie, 14; Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 14; L.J. Mazzilli, Savannah, 11; Brandon Nimmo, St. Lucie, 9.

ERA: Gaither Bumgardner, Brooklyn, 0.00; Casey Meisner, Brooklyn, 0.00; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 0.00; Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.50; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.93; John Gant, Savannah, 2.12; Kevin McGowan, Savannah, 2.14; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 2.21; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.90; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 3.63.

Wins: John Gant, Savannah, 7; Gabriel Ynoa, St. Lucie, 7; Matt Koch, St. Lucie, 6.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Binghamton, 11; Robert Coles, Savannah, 11; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 10; Vic Black, Vegas, 7; Jeff Walters, Vegas, 6; Beck Wheeler, St. Lucie, 6.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 67; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 65; Steven Matz, St. Lucie, 62; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 60; Miller Diaz, Savannah, 59.

Short hops

• With St. Lucie’s first half due to be completed Wednesday, promotions to Binghamton are imminent. Outfielder Brandon Nimmo and left-hander Steven Matz should be on the move to Double-A as soon as the end of the week. St. Lucie would win its first-half title in the Florida State League with a win and Fort Myers loss.

• After considering the rehab route, Jeff Walters underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday for the torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Walters, a member of the 40-man roster, set Binghamton’s single-season and career records with 38 saves in 2013.

• The prolonged absence of Dillon Gee demonstrates side-muscle injuries can take a while, but Rafael Montero’s left oblique strain “doesn’t appear substantial,” a team official said. Montero left his last start with Las Vegas after five pitches.

• Outfielder Bradley Marquez will not be joining the Mets this summer. The Texas Tech wide receiver, who was splitting time between the Mets and college football, will remain in Lubbock and take classes this summer, although the Mets have not been informed he officially is giving up on baseball. Marquez, 21, was selected in the 11th round in 2011. He hit .250 with one homer, nine RBIs and three steals in 84 at-bats last season with Kingsport. He has one more season of college football eligibility. (See college football bio here.)

• Brooklyn manager Tom Gamboa offered high praise for two Cyclones standouts:

On 18-year-old Amed Rosario, who signed with the organization two summers ago out of the Dominican Republic for a franchise-record $1.75 million, Gamboa said: “He’s a five-tool player at shortstop. … It’s kind of ironic that his favorite player is Hanley Ramirez, because by the time he’s 21 or 22, that’s probably the type of player that his skill set is going to be. … I was with the Angels twice. In my first tenure I got to manage Erick Aybar at the Double-A level. In my second go-around I managed Jean Segura. And I love both of those guys. And they’re both not only in the big leagues, Segura has already been an All-Star. But Rosario has as much or more talent than both of those guys. And he’s only 18.”

On right-hander Casey Meisner, the Mets’ third-round pick out of high school in Texas last year, Gamboa said: “He couldn’t have possibly had a better spring down in Florida. He’s a young kid, one year removed from high school, but he throws 93 mph. He’s got a very good changeup. And in the spring he developed a pretty good curveball to go with it. So he’s got two real good pitches, and he’s developing the third. And for a youngster he’s got pretty good feel for the strike zone and dominant stuff.

“He reminds me a lot of a pitcher we had in my tenure with Kansas City -- he made the All-Star team one year, a guy name Mike MacDougal. They’re both tall, lanky, red-haired, freckle-faced guys that are blessed with God-given ability. But, fortunately, Meisner has better control than MacDougal ever did.”

• Kingsport opens its season Thursday. The roster is highlighted by 19-year-old Wuilmer Becerra, the outfielder acquired from Toronto with Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard in the R.A. Dickey trade. Becerra hit .243 with one homer and 25 RBIs in 173 at-bats in the Gulf Coast League in 2013. Players assigned to Kingsport from this month’s draft include power-hitting third baseman Eudor Garcia (fourth round) and right-handers Jim Duff (20th) and Matt Blackham (29th).

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BA releases its top-31 Mets prospects

February, 5, 2014
Feb 5
Baseball America unveiled its full top-31 prospect rankings for the Mets organization. Here's the list:

1. Noah Syndergaard, rhp
2. Travis d'Arnaud, c
3. Rafael Montero, rhp
4. Dominic Smith, 1b
5. Kevin Plawecki, c/1b
6. Wilmer Flores, 2b/3b
7. Amed Rosario, ss
8. Brandon Nimmo, of
9. Gavin Cecchini, ss
10. Jacob deGrom, rhp
11. Cesar Puello, of
12. Steven Matz, lhp
13. Dilson Herrera, 2b
14. Michael Fulmer, rhp
15. Gabriel Ynoa, rhp
16. Cory Mazzoni, rhp
17. Vic Black, rhp
18. Jeurys Familia, rhp
19. Domingo Tapia, rhp
20. Logan Verrett, rhp
21. Gonzalez Germen, rhp
22. Luis Mateo, rhp
23. Jack Leathersich, lhp
24. Matt Koch, rhp
25. Matt den Dekker, of
26. Dustin Lawley, of/3b
27. Rob Whalen, rhp
28. Juan Centeno, c
29. Wilfredo Tovar, ss
30. Jayce Boyd, 1b
31. Matt Reynolds, ss

Morning Briefing: 0-9. Ouch.

June, 20, 2013

FIRST PITCH: The day after the Matt Harvey-Zack Wheeler doubleheader, it was back to reality for the Mets.

Only three more days until Harvey pitches again, Sunday in Philly.

Now, on to the rubber game of the five-game series against the Atlanta Braves tonight.

Jonathon Niese (3-6, 4.15 ERA) opposes left-hander Mike Minor (8-2, 2.68) at 7:10 p.m.

Thursday’s news reports:

Shaun Marcum surrendered five runs in 4 2/3 innings and dropped to 0-9 as the Mets lost to the Braves, 5-3, Wednesday night at Turner Field. Terry Collins said the Mets will go from a six- to five-man rotation at some point in the near future, and no later than when play resumes after the All-Star break. Marcum offered no concern about whether his rotation spot is in jeopardy.

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

Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesEric Young Jr. went 1-for-4 in his Mets debut last night.

Eric Young Jr. started in center field and batted leadoff in his Mets debut Wednesday. He went 1-for-4. Collins said Young will start “quite often.”

Writes Jared Diamond in the Journal:

Not coincidentally, teams that struggle in that [leadoff] spot often struggle to win: Since 1921, the 112 squads that auditioned at least 10 different starting leadoff hitters combined to compile a .459 winning percentage. The Mets, who joined that club when they tried Young in the leadoff hole, will probably make things worse.

Read more on Young in the Daily News, Record, Star-Ledger and

• Harvey reportedly threatened to beat up then-teammate Jon Rauch last season after the then-rookie was the victim of a hazing incident. Read more at Yahoo!, the Post, Newsday, Star-Ledger and Daily News.

• Columnist John Harper in the Daily News advocates Collins returning to manage the Mets next season, asserting he deserves a chance with a better roster. “It’ll never, ever be about me,’’ Collins told Harper. “This game is about the players. Do I want to be here next year? Sure I do. But it’s not something I worry about, because you preach and you preach and you preach [to players] to only worry about what you can control, and that’s what I do.”

• Allan Dykstra homered twice and Cesar Puello returned from a weeklong absence caused by a finger injury as Binghamton split a doubleheader at Richmond. Robbie Shields homered in a five-run fourth as St. Lucie beat Charlotte, 5-4. Seventh-round pick Matt Oberste had his first professional homer, but Brooklyn lost to Staten Island, 5-2. Read the full minor league recap here.

• First-round pick Dominic Smith began working out Wednesday in Port St. Lucie in advance of the Gulf Coast League season, which begins today. The Mets confirmed they had signed their top 14 picks.

Scott Atchison (groin) landed on the DL before Wednesday’s game to cap a flurry of moves in a 24-hour period. That included acquiring Young for Collin McHugh, promoting Andrew Brown, designating for assignment Collin Cowgill, placing Justin Turner (side) on the DL and temporarily demoting Wheeler to Las Vegas until Tuesday’s scheduled start at the Chicago White Sox. Read more in the Star-Ledger and Newsday.

Brian McCann told that Wheeler is a future ace, while Chipper Jones tweeted he prefers retirement to having to face Harvey and Wheeler.

Courtesy of Wheeler familyZack Wheeler pitched at East Paulding (Ga.) High. His high school coach attended his major league debut.

Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post visited Dallas, Ga., the day after Wheeler’s start and talks to the phenom’s high school coach, Tony Boyd. Writes Vaccaro;

Yesterday, the town was buzzing about its favorite son. A mother pointed to the scoreboard beyond left field, which Wheeler donated, and a couple of older men in VFW hats and folding chairs talked about listening to the game on the radio Tuesday night.

And Tony Boyd basked in the memory of the one who takes his breath away, still, four years after he last threw a fastball for him. He hadn’t bothered Wheeler after the game, didn’t want to add to the crush of people around him, so he texted him a simple message: “I was there last night. You were great.”

“Coach,” Wheeler responded, “thanks for coming.”

If only the kid knew: that’s exactly what the old coach has been thinking for the last seven years. Savoring every second.

Neil Best in Newsday reports SNY had a season-high 3.23 percent of New York area homes tune in for Wheeler’s debut. The network had been averaging less than 2.0 percent this season. Harvey last year had a 3.46 percent rating for his debut.

Writes columnist Joel Sherman in the Post about Super Tuesday:

It is amazin’ what a little bit of hope can do. The Mets, even with a doubleheader win [Tuesday], are tied for the fourth-worst record in the majors. Yet, just having the combo of Harvey/Wheeler pitch, and pitch well, makes the whole atmosphere around the club at least a little brighter.

If you are a Met fan, you can dream that June 18, 2013 was a beachhead, a day when the organization began going in a better direction. It was a day when both Harvey and Wheeler earned victories, and a fan base felt like winners again -- at least for 24 hours.

Look, the Mets are still not good enough. There are just too many holes in the lineup and bullpen, too much negative karma still to reverse. But there always has to be a start to something good, and in baseball that start usually begins with talent. And we already knew about Harvey’s talent and now we have glimpsed the skill of Wheeler and it no longer is some far-off blueprint about them uniting.

Jorge Castillo in the Star-Ledger breaks down Wheeler’s pitch selection in his debut.

Ruben Tejada, on the DL with a right quadriceps strain, is not progressing well.

• Prospect Luis Mateo underwent Tommy John surgery last week.

• WTOC in Savannah catches up with 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo here.

From the bloggers … Faith and Fear examines the "ordeal" of yet another Marcum defeat.

BIRTHDAYS: No one to play for the Mets was born on this date, but Nicole Kidman and Lionel Richie celebrate birthdays today.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Should the Mets pull the trigger now and make it a five-man rotation?

Prospect Mateo undergoes Tommy John

June, 19, 2013
ATLANTA -- Pitching prospect Luis Mateo underwent Tommy John surgery last week.

Mateo, a 23-year-old right-hander, made a combined four early season appearances with Class A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton before being shut down with elbow inflammation.

Since his pro debut in 2011, he is 11-8 with a 2.55 ERA in 29 appearances (27 starts).

Minors 6.2.13: Taijeron 3 HRs in twinbill

June, 2, 2013
LAS VEGAS 3, FRESNO 2 (10 innings): Jamie Hoffmann's double scored Josh Satin in the top of the 10th with the decisive run. Las Vegas (29-26) had pulled even at 2 in the ninth on Brian Bixler's two-out double, which plated Rylan Sandoval. Bixler's solo homer in the fifth had pulled the 51s within 2-1. Las Vegas starter Matt Fox allowed two runs on three hits and no walks in six innings. Gonzalez Germen picked up the win. David Aardsma earned his third save. Box

BINGHAMTON 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 2: The Fisher Cats broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when Clint Robinson doubled, moved to third on a sac bunt and scored on Adam Loewen’s single against Jacob deGrom. But after being kept off the scoreboard for four innings

against Sean Nolin, the B-Mets (33-24) broke through with a five-run fifth. With two runners aboard, Danny Muno tied the score with a single. Following a flyout by Josh Rodriguez, Cesar Puello gave Binghamton the lead with a run-scoring bloop double. After the Fisher Cats intentionally walked Cory Vaughn to load the bases, Darrell Ceciliani tripled. The three-bagger, his team-leading fourth, gave the B-Mets a 5-1 lead. DeGrom settled down. He retired six straight before surrendering a solo homer to Robinson in the sixth. With Binghamton nursing a three-run lead, Adam Kolarek entered after a deGrom walk and retired both batters he faced to end the frame. Kolarek also tossed a perfect seventh. New Hampshire reliever Dustin Antolin surrendered a solo homer to Puello in the seventh. Binghamton tacked on a run on a triple from Richard Lucas and a wild pitch by reliever Scott Gracey in the eighth. Jack Leathersich tossed a perfect eighth. Jeff Walters worked around a pair of singles in a scoreless ninth. DeGrom (2-5) allowed two runs on four hits over 5 1/3 innings. Nolin (2-1) suffered his first regular-season loss in the minors since August 2011. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 3: Travis Taijeron had three homers in the doubleheader and T.J. Rivera's go-ahead RBI single in the seventh helped St. Lucie (30-24) gain a

doubleheader split. In Game 1, the Stone Crabs scored four runs in the sixth against Luis Mateo, on a two-run double from Drew Vettleson and a two-run homer from Jeff Malm. Albert Cordero's RBI groundout cut the deficit to 7-4 in the seventh. The Mets loaded the bases with two outs before Lenny Linsky struck out Charley Thurber to end the game. Thurber and Taijeron had back-to-back homers in the fourth. Angel Cuan pitched five innings and allowed three runs. In Game 2, Taijeron had two solo homers. Matt Bowman pitched five innings and allowed three runs with one walk and two strikeouts. Estarlin Morel retired all four batters in relief to pick up his third win. Hamilton Bennett recorded the final two outs for his third save. Box 1, Box 2

SAVANNAH 7, KANNAPOLIS 1: Gabriel Ynoa (7-2) tossed his second career complete game, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out four. He shaved his South Atlantic League ERA to 2.87. Jeff Glenn drove in three runs and Cole Frenzel had two RBIs, including a solo homer in the seventh that capped the scoring. Jeff Reynolds went 3-for-4 and scored a run for the Gnats (34-22). Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 5.30.13: J-Rod hit streak at 16

May, 30, 2013
LAS VEGAS 11, RENO 1: Brandon Hicks, Josh Satin and Brian Bixler all homered. Hicks and Wilmer Flores drove in three runs apiece. Starter Chris Schwinden limited Reno to one run in 6 2/3 innings as the 51s (26-26) reached .500. Box

BINGHAMTON 6, ALTOONA 4: Josh Rodriguez's single drove in the tiebreaking run in the eighth as the B-Mets (31-23) took the rubber match. Rodriguez’s 16-game hitting streak is

the longest by a B-Met since Matt den Dekker had a 17-game streak last season. Jarek Cunningham's solo homer opened a three-run second inning against B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni. Fielding letdowns contributed. Gift Ngoepe's grounder went through third baseman Richard Lucas' legs for the game's first error. After moving to third base on a groundout, Ngoepe scored on shortstop Danny Muno's fielding error. Binghamton cracked the scoreboard in the fifth. Mazzoni led off with a single. Two batters later, Rodriguez tripled. Puello followed with a sharp single to make it 3-2. Andrew Lambo answered in the top of the sixth with a towering solo homer. Darrell Ceciliani opened the next half-inning with a bloop single. On the next pitch, Lucas delivered a run-scoring double. After Xorge Carillo singled to put runners on the corners, Joe Bonfe hit a pinch-hit sacrifice fly to tie the score at 4. Mazzoni received a no-decision. He struck out a season-high nine over six innings. Adam Kolarek (2-1) pitched two perfect relief innings, striking out four. In the eighth, Quinton Miller plunked Carillo. Alonzo Harris pinch-ran and moved to second on a sac bunt. After Muno also was hit by a pitch, Rodriguez singled to plate Harris. Puello's RBI single capped the scoring. Jeff Walters tossed a scoreless ninth for his league-leading 13th save. Dylan Owen (right knee strain) was placed on the DL. Ryan Fraser was promoted from St. Lucie. Box

JUPITER 4. ST. LUCIE 3: Rehabbing Casey Kotchman delivered a bases-loaded single in the 10th against Randy Fontanez to sink St. Lucie (29-22). Right-hander Luis Mateo, activated from the Binghamton DL and transferred to St. Lucie, pitched a scoreless ninth. Starter Rainy Lara has limited Jupiter to three runs (one earned) in eight innings. Travis Taijeron's two-run homer in the second inning against rehabbing Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi had given the Mets an early 2-0 lead. A fielding error by shortstop Matt Reynolds contributed to a three-run fifth against Lara. Box

KANNAPOLIS 5, SAVANNAH 4 (11 innings): The Gnats won the completion of a suspended game behind Marco Camarena, who allowed one run and one hit in five innings. Stefan Sabol finished the game 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two RBIs. Jayce Boyd and Kevin Plawecki also drove in two runs apiece. In the regularly scheduled game, Paul Sewald -- in his third inning of relief -- surrendered a walk-off RBI single to Jake Brown in the 11th. Eudy Pina and Maikis De La Cruz homered in the loss. Brandon Nimmo went 2-for-5 and snapped an 0-for-25 hitless drought. Left-hander Steven Matz was placed on the DL with a blister. Box 1, Box 2

Compiled from team reports

Farm report: Reynolds passes on hoops

May, 8, 2013
While a prep athlete in Tulsa, Okla., Matt Reynolds strongly considered playing college basketball instead of baseball. A point guard, he received interest from Iowa State as a walk-on as well as from Butler, Furman and “a little bit” from Kansas.

When he got to his senior year, though, Reynolds decided college baseball could provide him the best future. So he enrolled at the University of Arkansas and parlayed that into getting drafted in the second round last year by the Mets.

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Matt Reynolds

“I loved both sports. Both of them were my passion,” Reynolds said. “It was a tough decision to give up basketball. And if I decided to play basketball, it was going to be a tough decision to give up baseball. But I realized baseball was where my future was at, and I loved it equally.”

Where would he be now if he had chosen hoops?

“I’d still be in college, finishing up my degree,” Reynolds said. “That’s for sure.”

Reynolds, 22, is hitting .264 with one homer and 15 RBIs through 110 at-bats as the shortstop for Class A St. Lucie.

He actually primarily played third base in college with the Hogs, but exclusively has moved back to shortstop in pro ball.

“I played shortstop all of high school,” Reynolds said. “I went into college as a shortstop. I played shortstop my freshman year and got hurt [with a borderline stress fracture in a shin]. I came back my sophomore year and we needed a third baseman. Our other shortstop [Tim Carver] played well. So they put me at third for an extra bat out there.”

Said St. Lucie manager Ryan Ellis: “I was actually very surprised to hear he was a third baseman in college. I’m thinking if he’s playing third, who the heck is playing short? … He’s like an extra pitcher on the field. He’s moving the guys around. He seems to always be in the right place at the right time. With that said, tools-wise, I think he’s a little bit limited running. But his bat, I think potentially, he can show a little more pull-side power the more experience he gets. He has a very strong arm.”

In his first pro season, Reynolds hit .259 with three homers and 13 RBIs in 42 games at low-A Savannah after the draft in 2012.

“I feel like the SEC prepared me for pro ball, especially in low-A -- just the velocity part of pitchers,” Reynolds said. “In the SEC we’re facing [Kevin] Gausman and Bobby Wahl and all those types of guys that are first-rounders, or who are going to be first-rounders.”

One thrill for Reynolds so far: He was borrowed from minor league camp and appeared in three Grapefruit League games. He had an RBI double against Detroit’s Jose Alvarez on March 24 and a single against St. Louis’ Nick Greenwood two days later before his perfection finally got spoiled on the last day of spring-training play, on a grounder to third against Baltimore sidearmer Darren O’Day.

“The third baseman made a diving play and screwed me a little bit,” Reynolds said with a laugh.

Organization leaders

Average: Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, .400; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, .381; Andrew Brown, Vegas, .367; Juan Lagares, Vegas, .346; Brandon Nimmo, Savannah, .322; Josh Satin, Vegas, .313; Jamie Hoffmann, Vegas, .305; Cory Vaughn, Binghamton, .291; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .290; Rylan Sandoval, St. Lucie, .284.

Homers: Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 6; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 5; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 5; Josh Satin, Vegas, 5.

RBI: Jayce Boyd, Savannah, 28; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 28; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 27; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 22.

Steals: Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 11; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 8; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 7; Danny Muno, Binghamton, 5; Brian Bixler, Vegas, 4; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 4.

ERA: Rainy Lara, Savannah, 1.45; Domingo Tapia, St. Lucie, 2.23; Hansel Robles, St. Lucie, 2.36; Noah Syndergaard, St. Lucie, 2.90; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.95; Collin McHugh, Vegas, 2.98; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 3.00; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 3.49; Rafael Montero, Binghamton, 3.54.

Wins: Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 5; Rainy Lara, Savannah, 4; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 4; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 4.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 8; Bret Mitchell, Savannah, 4; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 3.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Binghamton, 48; Zack Wheeler, Vegas, 40; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 33.

Short hops

• St. Lucie outfielder Travis Taijeron has been named Florida State League player of the week. Taijeron, an 18th-round pick in 2011 from Cal Poly Pomona, hit .474 with one homer and six doubles in six games through Sunday. Third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez also has heated up with the FSL club. Rodriguez is 7-for-17 with two homers and nine RBIs in his past four games, which has upped his season average to .218.

• Mets third base coach Tim Teufel got a treat during Monday’s off-day. Teufel watched his son Shawn Teufel pitch three scoreless innings in relief for Binghamton at Trenton. It was the first time the elder Teufel had seen his son pitch since Pedro Feliciano helped the 26-year-old left-hander drop down to a submarine arm slot from a conventional delivery earlier this year.

• Binghamton outfielder Cory Vaughn has been out since April 29 with a sprained ulna collateral ligament in his right, throwing arm. Vaughn has started throwing lightly and is taking batting practice. Vaughn had been off to a solid start with the B-Mets. He is hitting .291 with four homers, 17 RBIs and three steals and has a .391 on-base percentage through 92 plate appearances.

• Right-hander Jeff Walters, whose eight saves with Binghamton lead the Eastern League, has an interesting distinction. Walters was drafted five times -- out of high school, twice out of junior college, then after his junior and senior years at the University of Georgia. He signed after being selected in the seventh round by the Mets in 2010. Told getting drafted five times must be some type of record, Walters said he actually knows another person who experienced it -- his former high school pitching coach, Randy O’Neal, who ended up being the 15th overall pick in the 1981 draft by the Detroit Tigers the final time.

• Left-hander Jack Leathersich continues to put up gaudy strikeout totals. He now has 27 in 15 innings with the B-Mets and 166 in 99 2/3 professional innings since getting drafted in the fifth round in 2011 out of UMass Lowell. Leathersich isn’t a flamethrower. He sits at 91-94 mph. Nor is he particularly tall. He’s listed at 5-foot-11. But he does make it difficult to pick up the ball and is getting hitters to chase fastballs up and out of the zone.

Brandon Nimmo still has not returned to the lineup since April 29 because of a bruised hand. The Mets have not believed Nimmo’s issue is serious, but will get him checked out as the absence lingers.

Matt Bowman made his Florida State League debut Tuesday after being promoted from Savannah, where he went 4-0 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts. Bowman, a Princeton product who has a Tim Lincecum-style delivery, earned the win against Daytona in his first FSL appearance. Robert Gsellman, who had been plugging a spot with St. Lucie, went to the Gnats to take Bowman’s spot.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Collin Cowgill both will see center-field action with Las Vegas.

• The Mets planned to get Feliciano to a higher level of the minors than St. Lucie by now, but Feliciano’s food-poisoning issue slowed the ascent.

• The Mets are taking it slow with Michael Fulmer as he returns from surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Fulmer has not pitched again in a game since throwing two innings in an extended spring training game last Monday.

• Right-hander Luis Mateo is making progress with a throwing program after leaving his Double-A debut April 15 with elbow inflammation. He was due to throw a bullpen session either yesterday or today.

Prospect Mateo sidelined 2 weeks

April, 19, 2013
Right-handed pitching prospect Luis Mateo, who was pulled from his Double-A debut three pitches into the fourth inning, will be sidelined for two weeks but has no serious elbow damage, Sandy Alderson said.

Mateo will take anti-inflammatory medication. He was examined by team doctors in New York.

Morning briefing: Harvey-Strasburg on tap

April, 19, 2013

FIRST PITCH: With a frigid road trip behind the Mets, they return home to Citi Field. And fans get a treat Friday night: Matt Harvey opposes Stephen Strasburg as the Mets begin a nine-game homestand with the Washington Nationals.

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Stephen Strasburg and Matt Harvey face off Friday at Citi Field.

Harvey faced the Nats once during his rookie season. On Sept. 12 in Flushing, Harvey surrendered a solo homer to Ryan Zimmerman but no other damage while striking out 10 in five innings in what became a 2-0 loss. Bryce Harper went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against Harvey.

During the remainder of this weekend’s series, Jeremy Hefner opposes Gio Gonzalez on Saturday, while Dillon Gee opposes Jordan Zimmermann in Sunday’s series finale.

Read the series preview.

Friday’s news reports:

• Travis d’Arnaud suffered a nondisplaced fracture of the first metatarsal in his left foot when he was struck with a foul ball in the sixth inning of Triple-A Las Vegas’ game Wednesday night. He has been placed in a walking boot and is due to be further examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan on Friday. The Mets did not immediately give a timetable, but d’Arnaud could be lost for two months.

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Travis d'Arnaud is due to be examined by Mets doctors Friday.

D'Arnaud's 2012 season ended June 25 -- also in Las Vegas -- with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Columnist Joel Sherman writes in the New York Post:

As for d’Arnaud, remember the Mets sent him to the minors because they said he needed the game action, having been robbed of that due to back and knee injuries over the past few years. Now, a foul ball has broken a foot. Back and leg injuries are as problematic for a catcher of any age as, say, an ankle injury is for a shortstop.

The Mets were giddy so far this year that their supplemental piece to their big trade, [John] Buck, was outperforming R.A. Dickey. But no one was kidding himself. That deal from the Mets’ end is going to be judged by whether d’Arnaud honors the projections as a high-end offensive catcher.

Of course that is still possible. But let us also remember the ticking clock does not stop. D’Arnaud is no baby. He is 24 -- six months older than Jason Heyward. The Mets’ best-laid plans had d’Arnaud and Zack Wheeler breaking in this year and being part of a serial contending cornerstone for next season.

Read more on d’Arnaud’s injury in the Star-Ledger, Newsday, Times, Record, Daily News and Journal.

Josh Edgin, Scott Atchison and Jeurys Familia combined to allow six runs in the seventh inning, and the Mets lost to the Rockies 11-3 on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field. The Mets dropped to .500. Read game recaps in the Times, Post, Star-Ledger, Newsday, Daily News and Record.

• On the Harvey-Strasburg matchup, Michael Salfino writes in the Journal:

Harvey's debut measures up favorably not only to Strasburg but to just about every noteworthy young hurler in the game's history. His 0.98 walks plus hits per inning beat the rates of legendary young hurlers including Mark Fidrych, Felix Hernandez, Fernando Valenzuela and Juan Marichal, according to Stats LLC.

That said, Strasburg's strikeout rate of 11.8 per nine innings to start his career beats Harvey's 10.5. And thus far in 2013, the Nationals' ace also edges Harvey in average fastball velocity, 95.7 to 94.3.

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

Shaun Marcum tossed 41 pitches and did not allow a hit in four scoreless innings in an extended spring training game in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Read more in the Star-Ledger.

Lucas Duda sat Thursday, two days after leaving Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Rockies with back tightness. Terry Collins suggested Duda might return Friday night in the warmer climate in New York.

• Danny Muno had three RBIs in Binghamton’s 4-3 win against New Hampshire. Noah Syndergaard surrendered a career-high seven runs in St. Lucie’s 11-8 loss to Fort Myers. Brandon Nimmo was hitless in Lakewood’s 3-2 win against Savannah. Read the full minor league recap here.

• Sandy Alderson said pitching prospect Cory Mazzoni’s injury is limited to elbow inflammation and he needs to rest for only three days. Alderson said the organization was still awaiting a diagnosis on fellow righty prospect Luis Mateo’s elbow/forearm.

• Zack Wheeler (0-1, 3.86 ERA) pitches for Las Vegas on Friday night against Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate.

• Wednesday’s postponed Mets-Rockies game will be made up June 27 at 6:10 p.m. ET at Coors Field. That had been an off day between the Mets playing at the Chicago White Sox and a home series against the Nats.

BIRTHDAYS: Frank Viola, now the pitching coach with low-A Savannah, turns 53. ... Ambiorix Burgos, whose major league career was derailed in part by serious legal troubles, is 29. Burgos currently is pitching in Mexico.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: At 7-7, is the Mets’ glass half-full or half-empty?

Prospect Luis Mateo exam set for Thursday

April, 17, 2013
DENVER -- The Mets will learn more about the severity of the elbow injury suffered by pitching prospect Luis Mateo after an exam Thursday, Sandy Alderson told

Mateo left Tuesday's Double-A Binghamton game after delivering three pitches in the fourth inning. Manager Pedro Lopez indicated the issue was with Mateo's elbow or forearm.

Farm report: Harris the B-Mets' leading man

April, 17, 2013
Speedster Alonzo Harris took over the leadoff spot with Class A St. Lucie last May, coinciding with a 50-game suspension for teammate Danny Muno. Harris proceeded to hit .287 with eight homers, 42 RBIs and 40 steals and earned the organization’s Sterling Award as the top player for the Florida State League club.

The 23-year-old Harris, a 39th-round pick in 2007 out of McComb High in Mississippi, has opened this season with Double-A Binghamton.

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Alonzo Harris

A 5-foot-10, 160-pound outfielder, Harris is hitting .250 with a homer, five RBIs and two steals through 48 at-bats as a B-Met.

Harris is a natural shortstop. The first time he played outfield came in the Mississippi Senior All-Star Game in 2007.

The Mets used him nearly exclusively at second base through 2010. Now, Harris has transitioned to nearly full time outfielder -- primarily center field, with some left field.

“It was easy, actually,” Harris said. “I didn’t have to worry or think about turning double plays. … It was an easy transition. The only thing different is making the throws. I was at second base for four years with the Mets. When I made my throws from second to first base, I had time for a nice, easy flip. When I’m in the outfield I have to make a longer throw, so my transition from throwing that short distance to stretching my arm out was the only big difference I had.

“Everything else fell right into place, like I had been playing all my life.

He added: “If anything happened, they can put me in the infield. I’m ready to play infield at any time. I still take groundballs and stuff.”

Harris’ 2007 draft class with the Mets also included Lucas Duda (seventh round), Dillon Gee (21st), Robert Carson (14th) and Zach Lutz (fifth). So his visit to Citi Field last September to be recognized as St. Lucie’s Sterling Award winner was particularly exciting because he reunited with former minor league teammates.

“I know some of them,” Harris said about the Mets. “Well, most of them, because I played with them when I first started. To see the locker room and all the facilities, it opened my eyes. It made me want to work harder to get there, make that a permanent home.”

Harris is particularly close to Carson. They grew up 45 minutes apart in Mississippi. They only faced each other once in high school, though. Their ninth-grade years, Harris lined out to center field against Carson.

“I call him my ‘little big brother,’” Harris said. “He was born a week after me. He lives 45 minutes away. We spend almost every day together. We’re really close. We work out and all that stuff. He’s like family -- basically a brother, really.”

Harris has played in Panama each of the last two winter-league seasons. He said that taught him concentration as well as how to read pitchers’ moves while attempting to steal.

“The first year, it helped me with my concentration, because it rained every day,” Harris said. “You would never know when you would be able to play. You might be getting ready for the game, and the next thing you know two hours later you had to get ready again. It was a mental learning situation for me. My mind was definitely prepared to play at any moment.”

Organization leaders

Average: Brandon Nimmo, Savannah, .447; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, .383; Josh Satin, Vegas, .380; Juan Lagares, Vegas, .375; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, .375; Andrew Brown, Vegas, .347; Gilbert Gomez, St. Lucie, .333; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .319; Jeff Glenn, Savannah, .310; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .297.

Homers: Josh Satin, Vegas, 4; Juan Lagares, Vegas, 2; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 2; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 2.

RBI: T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 13; Josh Satin, Vegas, 12; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, 11; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 11; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 11.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 5; Brian Bixler, Vegas, 3; Gilbert Gomez, St. Lucie, 3; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 3.

ERA: Collin McHugh, Vegas, 0.50; Rainy Lara, Savannah, 0.79; Luis Cessa, Savannah, 1.54; Matt Bowman, Savannah, 1.59; Rafael Montero; Binghamton, 2.16; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 2.75; Jacob deGrom, Binghamton, 3.00; Hansel Robles, St. Lucie, 3.45; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 3.48; Domingo Tapia, St. Lucie, 3.55.

Wins: Mark Cohoon, Binghamton, 2; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2; Collin McHugh, Vegas, 2; Rafael Montero, Binghamton, 2; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 2.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 3; Hunter Carnevale, Savannah, 2.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Binghamton, 21; Zack Wheeler, Vegas, 17; Collin McHugh, Vegas, 15.

Short hops

Pedro Feliciano, who made his debut with Class A St. Lucie on Monday with a scoreless inning, does not have an out in his contract. Still, the Mets had asked Feliciano at the end of the spring training only to remain in the minors for a month.

• Injuries to Cory Mazzoni (elbow) and fill-in Luis Mateo (elbow/forearm) resulted in right-hander Jacob deGrom getting a call-up to start Wednesday’s game with Binghamton. DeGrom is a ninth-round pick out of Stetson University in 2010, where he played shortstop. DeGrom, 24, missed the 2011 season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Mateo left Monday’s B-Mets game three pitches into the fourth inning with an elbow/forearm issue. Paul DePodesta said it was too soon to determine the severity of the injury.

“He dealt with some soreness in spring training as well and was better after a little rest,” DePodesta said.

• Partly out of necessity, and also motivated by the desire to expose him to the outfield to increase his versatility, corner infielder Zach Lutz has seen plenty of action in left field with Triple-A Las Vegas. In fact, the breakdown has been nearly 50-50 between outfield and third base. This is Lutz’s last year with minor league options, so he likely will have to make next year’s squad out of spring training as a versatile righty bat for the bench or be exposed to waivers.

Wilmer Flores, on the other hand, started for the first time at third base Monday but will remain consistently a second baseman with the 51s.

• Las Vegas starting pitchers have repeatedly failed to go deep into games, taxing the bullpen and resulting in the call-up of left-hander Adam Kolarek from Binghamton to spell the overtaxed bullpen. Among 51s starters, Carlos Torres and Chris Schwinden have averaged 4 1/3 innings and Darin Gorski 3 2/3 innings a start.

• A trio of top draft picks is off to a quick start with low-A Savannah. Brandon Nimmo, the 13th overall pick in the 2011 draft, leads the South Atlantic League with a .447 average. Jayce Boyd (2012 sixth round, Florida State) ranks sixth in the league at .383. Kevin Plawecki (35th overall pick in 2012, Purdue) ranks seventh at .375.



Daniel Murphy
.301 9 53 73
HRL. Duda 26
RBIL. Duda 76
RD. Murphy 73
OPSL. Duda .824
WB. Colon 12
ERAZ. Wheeler 3.45
SOZ. Wheeler 163