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Minors 7.21.14: Mathieu walk-off HR

July, 22, 2014
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TACOMA 11, LAS VEGAS 8: Danny Muno's two-run homer in the top of the seventh against Logan Kensing pulled the 51s even at 8, but Zack Thornton surrendered three runs in the bottom half, including a two-run homer to Humberto Quintero. Rehabbing Taylor Teagarden caught a full game and went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and three runs scored. Wilmer Flores went 3-for-5 to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. Box

PORTLAND 6, BINGHAMTON 4: Brandon Nimmo erased a two-run deficit with one swing in the seventh. Following a leadoff single by T.J. Rivera, Nimmo blasted the first pitch he

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saw from reliever Mike McCarthy over the left-center wall to even the score at 3. However, Portland broke the tie in the bottom half against the B-Mets bullpen. After allowing the first two batters he faced to reach, Ryan Fraser departed. Sean Coyle greeted Randy Fontanez by sending a chopper off the plate. The ball bounced high enough to prompt Derrik Gibson to score from third, giving Portland the lead for good. The Sea Dogs kicked their lead to two runs when Blake Swihart scampered home on a wild pitch. Brian Burgamy cut the deficit to 5-4 with a solo homer against McCarthy in the eighth. Burgamy’s 18th homer, and his third in two games, lifted him into a tie with Dustin Lawley for the team lead. The Sea Dogs returned serve yet again in the bottom half, though. Following Ryan Dent's double and a walk to Swihart, defensive replacement and ex-Mets farmhand Stefan Welch laced an RBI single against Fontanez. Robby Scott took over in the ninth and erased Rivera’s leadoff single by inducing Nimmo to bounce into a double play. The southpaw then retired Travis Taijeron to lock down his second save. Fraser (2-2) watched both runs on his tab score under Fontanez’s watch and took the loss. B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa allowed three runs (two earned) over 5 2/3 innings in a no-decision. Rivera went 4-for-4 to lift his average to .348. Box

TAMPA 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Danny Oh’s three-run triple in a four-run fifth against Domingo Tapia put Tampa ahead for good. For the second straight day the Mets scored a run in the first and went quietly the rest of the way. Cam Maron’s sacrifice fly against Rafael De Paula put the Mets ahead 1-0. Tapia blanked the Yankees over the first four innings, but ran into trouble in his fifth. Aaron Judge singled and Tapia mishandled a bunt from Angelo Gumbs. The error put runners on first and second. Tapia followed with a walk to Trent Garrison to load the bases. After Tapia struck out Jose Rosario, Oh tripled over the head of center fielder Gilbert Gomez, who was playing shallow, to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Oh scored one batter later when Cito Culver grounded out. The Yankees added a run in the seventh when Greg Bird's two-out infield single against Julian Hilario brought home Rosario. Gomez tripled to plate Eudy Pina in the eighth to make it 5-2. However, the Mets rally was squashed when Jeff McNeil struck out, L.J. Mazzilli grounded out and Maron struck out against Ramon Benjamin. Tapia (4-7) surrendered four runs (two earned) on four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out three. Mazzilli was the lone player for either side to have a multi-hit game. He went 2-for-4. The start of the game was delayed by one hour, 50 minutes due to rain. Box

LEXINGTON at SAVANNAH (ppd.): The game will be made up in Lexington later this week as part of a doubleheader.

KINGSPORT 3, PRINCETON 1: Zach Mathieu delivered a walk-off two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth. Mathieu, a 16th-round pick in 2013 from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire, drove in all three K-Mets runs. His seventh-inning sacrifice fly had evened the score at 1. Starter Andrew Massie allowed one run on three hits and three walks in six innings. Matt Blackham, Persio Reyes and Ismael Tijerina (1-0) each contributed a scoreless relief inning. Box

BROOKLYN 5, WILLIAMSPORT 2: Marcos Molina surrendered two first-inning runs, then

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tossed six scoreless frames. Relievers Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay combined to retire the final six Crosscutters in order. Bay earned his sixth save. Michael Katz went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. Trailing 2-0 in the third, the Cyclones got on the scoreboard with singles by Tucker Tharp, Adrian Abreu and Amed Rosario. The Cyclones took a 3-2 lead an inning later against Williamsport starter David Whitehead. Michael Conforto had a leadoff double. He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on Katz's bloop single. Tyler Moore's single advanced Katz to third base. Michael Bernal then produced a fielder's choice groundout that plated Katz with the go-ahead run. In the fifth, Abreu and Jhoan Urena singled and Conforto notched his first professional RBI with a single to right-center. Katz then drove in a run with a single down the third-base line. Molina allowed seven hits and a walk and struck out eight in seven innings. Secrest struck out two in a perfect eighth. Box

GCL NATIONALS 8, GCL METS 3: Starter Eucebio Arias allowed five runs (two earned) in two innings. Box

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Minors 6.27.14: B-Mets' Johnson plates 3

June, 28, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 4, SACRAMENTO 1: Giancarlo Alvarado limited the River Cats to one run in 5 2/3 innings and Chasen Bradford and Buddy Carlyle provided scoreless relief. Wilmer Flores, who started at third base, went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 8, ALTOONA 2: Every B-Mets starter, including pitcher Tyler Pill, collected at least one hit in the club’s 14th win in 17 games. Kyle Johnson had three hits and three

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RBIs and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Johnson greeted starter Adrian Sampson by lining the game's second pitch for a single. He moved to third on Dilson Herrera’s single and scored on Brian Burgamy's groundout. Binghamton then used a two-out push to break through in the fourth. Darrell Ceciliani doubled, Xorge Carillo walked and Pill loaded the bases on an infield single. Johnson plated all three with a triple for a 4-0 lead. Pill sailed through his first four innings without allowing a run, requiring only 48 pitches. Altoona got to the righty in the fifth. Andy Vasquez tripled and scored on Jarek Cunningham's groundout. Binghamton broke the game open and chased Sampson in the seventh. Following Pill’s leadoff single, Herrera and Burgamy had RBI doubles. Dustin Lawley greeted reliever Quinton Miller with a two-run homer. Lawley's 10th long ball of the season gave Binghamton an 8-1 lead. Pill (6-5) ultimately allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He issued no walks and struck six while extending his unbeaten streak to nine games. Josh Satin remains the only B-Met in franchise history to hit for the cycle (June 24, 2011 at Bowie). Jon Velasquez and Hamilton Bennett combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.): The teams will resume Thursday's suspended game and also make up Friday's postponement in August.

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SAVANNAH 4, ROME 2: The Gnats took a 3-2 lead on Champ Stuart’s two-run single through the left side in the fourth inning. Stuart also walked twice. After the Gnats took the lead, Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis retired 10 batters in a row. Overall, Panteliodis allowed two unearned runs in 7 2/3 innings to earn his first South Atlantic League win of the season. The Gnats added a run in the eighth. Colton Plaia doubled to plate Jorge Rivero. Rome's unearned runs resulted from a pair of fielding errors by shortstop Yeixon Ruiz. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 3: Miguel Leal drove in all three runs in the loss. Matt Blackham, the organization's 29th-round pick out of Middle Tennessee State, surrendered two runs in two relief innings. Box

BROOKLYN 2, STATEN ISLAND 0: The Cyclones scored the game's lone runs in the seventh without the benefit of a hit. The Yankees issued four walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball in the frame. Brooklyn starter Marcos Molina tossed six scoreless innings and combined with Kelly Secrest and Shane Bay on a five-hit shutout. Box

GCL CARDINALS 7, GCL METS 3: After starter Logan Taylor tossed six scoreless innings for the Mets, the Cardinals overcame a 3-0 deficit with a seven-run eighth against Derrick Bernard and Nabil Crismatt. Shortstop Alfredo Reyes' throwing error to open the inning meant six of the runs ultimately were unearned. Box

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Farm report: LSU's Moore catching on

June, 18, 2014
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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.


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“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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Mets announce 4 more draft signings

June, 13, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Mets announced the signings of four more draft picks, bringing the total to 21 of 39 selections already on board.


Courtesy of Stonehill CollegeThe Mets officially announced the signing of right-hander Jim Duff from Garden City, Long Island, Friday.


The newly announced additions include a pair with Long Island ties: right-handers Jim Duff (20th round) from Garden City and Tyler Badamo (24th), who pitched at Oakdale's Dowling College. The other two are outfielder Michael Katz (ninth round) from William & Mary and right-hander Matt Blackham (29th) from Middle Tennessee State.

Sandy Alderson has indicated he expects a deal with first-round pick Michael Conforto, an outfielder from Oregon State, will be announced shortly.

Also signed:

3rd rd., Milton Ramos, ss, American Heritage (Fla.) HS
4th, Eudor Garcia, 3b, El Paso (Texas) Community College
5th, Josh Prevost, rhp, Seton Hall University
6th, Tyler Moore, c, LSU
7th, Brad Wieck, lhp, Oklahoma City University
8th, Dash Winningham, 1b, Trinity Catholic (Fla.) HS
10th, Kelly Secrest, lhp, UNC Wilmington
11th, Connor Buchmann, rhp, University of Oklahoma
12th, Alex Durham, rhp, Southern Alamance (N.C.) HS
13th, Erik Manoah, rhp, South Dade Senior (Fla.) HS
14th, Darryl Knight, c, Embry-Riddle (Fla.) University
17th, David Roseboom, lhp, University of South Carolina-Upstate
19th, Bryce Beeler, rhp, University of Memphis
22nd, William Fulmer, 2b, University of Montevallo
25th, Nicco Blank, rhp, Central Arizona Community College
27th, Alex Palsha, rhp, Cal State-Sacramento
30th, Tucker Tharp, of, University of Kansas

Moore, Tharp, Katz, Secrest, Wieck and Prevost already are on Brooklyn's roster for its opener Friday night at Staten Island.

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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Draft Day 3: Mets complete selections

June, 7, 2014
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Courtesy of Embry-Riddle, Dowling and USC UpstateThe Mets' Day 3 draft picks included (l to r) Embry-Riddle's Darryl Knight, Dowling's Tyler Badamo and USC Upstate's David Roseboom.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets complete their 2014 draft on Saturday with their final 30 picks.

Here's the list of players the Mets drafted on Saturday:

Rd. 11 (325th overall), Connor Buchmann, RHP, Oklahoma U., college bio

Rd. 12 (355), Alex Durham, RHP, Southern Alamance (N.C.) HS

Rd. 13 (385), Erik Manoah, RHP, South Dade (Fla.) HS

Rd. 14 (415), Darryl Knight, C, Embry-Riddle U., college bio

Rd. 15 (445), Gabriel Llanes, RHP, Downey (Calif.) HS

Rd. 16 (475), Joel Huertas, LHP, Carmen Sol (Puerto Rico) HS

Rd. 17 (505), David Roseboom, LHP, U. South Carolina Upstate, college bio

Rd. 18 (535), Raphael Ramirez, CF, Pace Academy (Ga.) HS

Rd. 19 (565), Bryce Beeler, RHP, U. Memphis, college bio

Rd. 20 (595), Jim Duff, RHP, Stonehill (Mass.) College, college bio

Rd. 21 (625), Luke Bonfield, OF, The Pendleton School (Fla.) HS

Rd. 22 (655), Will Fulmer, 2B, U. Montevallo (Ala.), college bio

Rd. 23 (685), Richard Moesker, RHP, Trinity Christian Academy (Fla.) HS

Rd. 24 (715), Tyler Badamo, RHP, Dowling (N.Y.) College, college bio

Rd. 25 (745), Nicco Blank, RHP, Central Arizona College, college bio

Rd. 26 (775), Tommy Pincin, C, Upland (Calif.) HS

Rd. 27 (805), Alex Palsha, RHP, Sacramento State U., college bio

Rd. 28 (835), Keaton McKinney, RHP, Akeny Centennial (Iowa) HS

Rd. 29 (865), Matt Blackham, RHP, Middle Tennessee State U., college bio

Rd. 30 (895), Tucker Tharp, OF, U. of Kansas, college bio

Rd. 31 (925), Kurtis Horne, LHP, Edward Milne (British Columbia) HS

Rd. 32 (955), Chris Glover, RHP, Rockwall (Texas) HS

Rd. 33 (985), Brady Puckett, RHP, Riverdale (Tenn.) HS

Rd. 34, (1,015), Jordan Hand, C, Shadow Ridge (Nev.) HS

Rd. 35 (1,045), Jonathan Teaney, RHP, Quartz Hill (Calif.) HS

Rd. 36 (1,075), Garett King, RHP, Orange Lutheran (Calif.) HS

Rd. 37 (1,105), Tristan Gray, SS, Elkins (Texas) HS

Rd. 38 (1,135), Kyle Dunster, RHP, Greenwich (Conn.) HS

Rd. 39 (1,165), Arnaldo Berrios, CF, Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy (Puerto Rico) HS

Rd. 40 (1,195), Dale Burdick, SS, Summit (Tenn.) HS

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.289 9 57 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
WB. Colon 15
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187