New York Mets: Oscar Taveras

Minors 6.23.14: Taijeron HR paces B-Mets

June, 24, 2014
Jun 24
LAS VEGAS 8, MEMPHIS 5 (10 innings): Matt den Dekker produced a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th. Cesar Puello and den Dekker had raced home on the same wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth as Vegas tied the score at 5 and sent the game to extra innings. After inheriting a runner on first and a one-run lead from starter Logan Verrett in the top of the inning, Scott Rice ultimately surrendered a three-run homer to Scott Moore as Memphis took a 5-3 lead. Travis d'Arnaud flied out in his lone at-bat before being informed he was being called up. Juan Centeno entered for d'Arnaud as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning. A walk to Josh Satin with the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth -- the fourth walk of the inning by Memphis -- had given Vegas a 3-2 lead. Satin's fourth-inning throwing error had allowed Randal Grichuk to reach base. Oscar Taveras followed with a run-scoring double against 51s starter Logan Verrett. Trailing 2-0, Vegas evened the score in the sixth on Brandon Allen's two-run single. Verrett limited Memphis to three runs (two earned) on five hits in eight-plus innings. That included one run surrendered by Rice on the homer. Box

BINGHAMTON 12, READING 8: Travis Taijeron launched a three-run homer in a six-run first inning, Brian Burgamy homered twice to increase his team-leading total to 13 and

Dustin Lawley contributed a solo shot. The B-Mets scored in each of the first six innings en route to their sixth win in seven games. Rehabbing Juan Lagares played all nine innings in center field and went 2-for-4 with a walk, RBI and two runs scored. Reading scratched out an early lead against Binghamton starter Rainy Lara. Peter Lavin hit a 1-1 pitch over right-field wall to make the score 1-0. The next batter, Aaron Altherr, doubled and scored on a single by Jake Fox to put the Fightin Phils on top, 2-0. Binghamton cashed in on Jesse Biddle’s wildness in the bottom half. After the southpaw walked three of the first four batters of the frame, Jayce Boyd blooped an RBI single and Darrell Ceciliani threaded a run-producing hit to the right side. Following Lawley's sac fly, Taijeron hammered a pitch to left field to make it a 6-2 ballgame. The B-Mets picked up where they left off in the second inning. Lagares singled to start things off and moved to third on a throwing error by Biddle. Dilson Herrera doubled to plate Lagares. The next batter, Burgamy, hit a two-run shot to extend the lead to 9-2. Lara went 3 2/3 innings. He allowed four runs on six hits in his first game back from the disabled list. Biddle (3-9) gave up 10 runs in three innings and walked three in the loss. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, JUPITER 4: Jupiter put the first two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth against T.J. Chism, but the Brian Schneider-managed Hammerheads opted not to

have Colin Moran bunt. Instead, Moran flied out to center. Paul Sewald entered and induced Blake Barber to fly out. Sharif Othman then grounded out to shortstop Gavin Cecchini to strand the tying run at second base. The Mets, now winners of nine of their last 10 games, trailed 3-1 in the sixth. Cam Maron blasted a two-run double against Matt Milroy to even the score. Aderlin Rodriguez followed with a two-run single. The Hammerheads scored an unearned run against Tim Peterson in the bottom half to move within a run. Peterson recovered by striking out Terrence Dayleg with the bases loaded to end the inning. Robert Coles pitched a scoreless seventh and recorded two outs in the eighth. Chism came on and got the final out of the frame by striking out Viosergy Rosa with the tying run at third. Kevin McGowan earned the victory in his St. Lucie debut. He gave up seven hits and three runs in five innings. All three runs came in the fifth. The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the second on Gilbert Gomez's sac fly. That score held until the fifth. Rehabbing Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich drove in Noah Perio to tie the score at 1. Three batters later, Matt Juengel gave the Hammerheads a 3-1 lead with a two-run triple. Maron extended his hitting streak to 15 games. Sewald recorded his second save in two outings. Box


BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 2: Starter Andrew Church allowed four runs on 10 hits, a walk and two hit batters in four innings. Reliever Ruben Reyes allowed three earned runs in 2 2/3 innings. He surrendered one hit -- a homer -- one walk and hit one batter. Brandon Brosher had a two-run homer -- his fourth long ball in 15 at-bats this season with Kingsport. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 1, BROOKLYN 0 (10 innings): Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings, scattering three hits and striking out eight, but the Cyclones fell in extra innings. In the top of the 10th, with Scarlyn Reyes pitching his third inning in relief, Coty Blanchard singled with two outs and stole second. Clayton Henning then doubled to left-center to plate the game's lone run. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 3: Starter Adrian Almeida tossed three scoreless innings. Waldo Rodriguez earned the win with a scoreless fourth. Bret Mitchell completed the game with two no-hit innings. Alfredo Reyes, Manuel Hilario and Gregory Valencia had two RBIs apiece. Box

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Series preview: Mets at Cardinals

June, 16, 2014
Jun 16

Getty ImagesThe Mets are scheduled to face Cardinals right-handers Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha and Lance Lynn at Busch Stadium.
METS (31-38, fourth place/NL East) vs. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (37-32, second place/NL Central)

Monday: RHP Jacob deGrom (0-3, 3.44) vs. RHP Carlos Martinez (0-3, 4.67), 8:10 p.m. ET

Tuesday: LHP Jonathon Niese (3-3, 2.54) vs. RHP Michael Wacha (4-5, 2.88), 8:15 p.m. ET

Wednesday: RHP Bartolo Colon (6-5, 4.15) vs. RHP Lance Lynn (7-4, 3.16), 1:45 p.m. ET

Cardinals short hops

Adam Wainwright, originally scheduled to start Monday, will have his turn skipped because of tendinitis in the back of his pitching elbow. Carlos Martinez, whose fastball has averaged 97.1 mph out of the bullpen this season, will make his second career major league start in Wainwright’s place. St. Louis opted to use the 22-year-old Martinez rather than move up the other pitchers and have Michael Wacha pitch in the series opener on standard rest.

• The Cardinals promoted left-handed reliever Nick Greenwood from Triple-A Memphis on Sunday and demoted outfielder Randal Grichuk (.136). St. Louis is now carrying 13 pitchers and a four-man bench with Wainwright active but skipping a start. Greenwood could relieve Martinez in the middle innings, since Martinez likely will be capped between 50 and 60 pitches with his shift from a bullpen role.

Scott Cunningham/Getty ImagesMatt Adams has homered in each of his first three games since returning from the disabled list.

• St. Louis pitchers tossed 30 straight scoreless innings and three straight shutouts last week, at Toronto and Tampa Bay. The Cardinals have blanked their opponents 14 times this season. The Texas Rangers rank second with 13 shutouts, followed by the Toronto Blue Jays with nine. The Mets have blanked their opponents five times.

• First baseman Matt Adams has returned from the disabled list with a bang after missing 13 games due to a calf injury. Adams has homered in each of his first three games upon reentering the lineup. The good news: All three weekend long balls came with his father, Jamie, in attendance at Busch Stadium. The elder Adams has now headed home. The first two homers provided the winning margin en route to a weekend sweep against the Washington Nationals.

• Rookie right fielder Oscar Taveras, who had hit only .189 with one homer in 37 at-bats, was demoted to clear the roster spot for Adams. Allen Craig, who had manned first base in Adams’ absence, has returned to right field. Taveras is ranked as the top prospect in the organization.

Matt Holliday is one RBI shy of 1,000 for his career. He has reached base safely in each of the first 31 Cardinals home games this season.

• Shortstop Jhonny Peralta, who signed a four-year, $53 million deal with St. Louis, is hitting .232 with a team-leading 10 homers and 26 RBIs in 241 at-bats.

• St. Louis is 18-2 against the National League East at Busch Stadium over the past two seasons. The Cardinals have outscored those opponents 89-43 during that span.

Yadier Molina leads NL All-Star balloting at catcher with 2,003,557 votes. San Francisco’s Buster Posey ranks second at 1,414,363.

• Center fielder Peter Bourjos is 0-for-his-last-10 and is now hitting .209. The righty-hitting Bourjos shares playing time with lefty-hitting Jon Jay. Bourjos was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in November with Grichuk for David Freese and Fernando Salas.

• Second baseman Kolten Wong was the NL Rookie of the Month for May, but is 1-for-his-last-18.

• Jay is 11-for-26 against left-handed pitching this season.

• Third baseman Matt Carpenter is the only Cardinal to appear in all 69 games.

Wheeler 4th-rated prospect in PCL

October, 15, 2013
Zack Wheeler was named the fourth-rated prospect in the Pacific Coast League by Baseball America, trailing only No. 1 Oscar Taveras, an outfielder in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, as well as shortstop Jurickson Profar (Texas Rangers) and outfielder George Springer (Houston Astros).

Also in the PCL top 20 from the Mets organization: infielder Wilmer Flores at No. 15 and right-hander Rafael Montero at No. 18.

Wheeler went 4-2 with a 3.93 ERA in 13 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas before making his major league debut on June 18 with six scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

Baseball America previously had released its other league top-20 results. See where Mets farmhands ranked here.

Law: Wheeler 15th-ranked prospect in MLB

May, 28, 2013
Keith Law's newest list of the top 25 prospects in baseball has right-hander Zack Wheeler

checking in at No. 15.

St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Oscar Taveras headlines the list.

Wheeler should be in the majors in mid-June. He has made two starts since returning from a visit to New York to receive a cortisone injection in his right shoulder.

On Monday with Triple-A Las Vegas, Wheeler allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out four in four innings. He surrendered a pair of two-run homers in an 80-pitch outing. Overall, he is 3-1 with a 4.13 ERA in 10 starts with the 51s.

ESPN Insiders can read Law's full top-25 list with analysis here.

Mets 3, Cards 2: Harvey, d'Arnaud click

March, 18, 2013

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Matt Harvey limited St. Louis to two runs in 5 1/3 innings Monday.

JUPITER, Fla. -- Matt Harvey allowed two runs in 5 1/3 innings and Travis d’Arnaud went 2-for-3 and scored twice, including the tiebreaking run in the seventh, as the Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-2, Monday at Roger Dean Stadium.

“I’m feeling loose and just having fun, not trying to overstress myself and overthink everything,” said d’Arnaud, who is hitting .345 with four doubles in 29 Grapefruit League at-bats.

D’Arnaud nonetheless is ticketed for Triple-A Las Vegas to open the season.

Game tidbits:

HARVEY SHOW: Harvey limited St. Louis to six hits and a walk while striking out six in an 80-pitch effort that included 54 strikes. The two runs came in the fourth, on consecutive doubles by Matt Holliday and Matt Adams and a single by Oscar Taveras.

“I was really happy about my curveball,” Harvey said. “Unfortunately, I gave up too many hits in my mind, but overall I’m healthy and feeling good. The biggest thing from last year was not having my curveball. I threw a lot of good ones 0-0 [today] and was able to throw it in the dirt when I needed to. That’s a big pitch for me. Having that back is definitely a big plus for me.”

Harvey now has a 2.95 Grapefruit League ERA. He has struck out 24 in 18 1/3 innings.

“Obviously a strikeout is good here and there,” Harvey said. “I’m starting to learn that a groundball is just as good. Going deep into a game is on my mind. If I go seven or eight innings with three strikeouts, that’s seven or eight innings. … If the strikeouts come, then they come.”

Said d’Arnaud: “He was great. He kept his poise. He had command of all of his pitches. He left a couple of pitches over that resulted in a couple of hits and stuff. I just thought he had a tremendous day, especially with his curveball.”

DEEP THOUGHTS: Lucas Duda delivered an opposite-field two-run homer in the fourth against Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook. It was Duda’s third Grapefruit League homer.

“One of the biggest things of spring training that we’ve been trying to get him to understand -- from last August on, even before that -- is the great power he has to center field, to left-center field,” Terry Collins said.

CATCHING ON: D’Arnaud opened the seventh with a double against left-hander Marc Rzepczynski and scored on Andrew Brown’s ensuing single to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. D’Arnaud earlier reached base and scored on Duda’s homer.

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Mets 3, Cards 0: 'Spin, Familia keep shining

March, 10, 2013
JUPITER, Fla. -- Jordany Valdespin bounced an RBI single through a drawn-in infield in the eighth and Jamie Hoffmann tacked on a two-run double an inning later as the Mets blanked the St. Louis Cardinals, 3-0, Sunday at Roger Dean Stadium.

Shaun Marcum combined with six relievers on a three-hit shutout.

Game tidbits:

V DAY: Valdespin is looking like a lock for the Opening Day roster. He entered the game in the bottom of the fifth inning, this time in right field.

Assuming Valdespin is considered an outfielder, which is what he exclusively has been playing for nearly a week now, the April outfield would appear to be Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, Mike Baxter and Valdespin.

Valdespin played right field throughout the Caribbean Series, which ended on the eve of spring training, so he arrived sharp.

"He's an aggressive guy. He plays with enthusiasm," Terry Collins said. "He's got some excitement to him. He swings, and he's dangerous, because he's got some power. If he hits the ball on the ground, just like today, even though it got up the middle, he'd probably beat it out had they been playing back."

Said Valdespin: "The outfield is different, but I'm ready for any situation."

ON THE MARC: Marcum surrendered one hit -- a two-out double by Shane Robinson in the second -- and no other baserunners in 3 2/3 innings in his third Grapefruit League appearance.

"I'm feeling a lot better, heading in the right direction," Marcum said. "I'm 100 percent not where I want to be, but we still have a few weeks left. ... As far as mechanics, which was my main focus the last couple of bullpens and today's start, everything felt a lot better. There were a couple that I rushed on, and a couple of changeups I pushed and didn't locate, but for the most part everything felt pretty good today."

Said Collins: "His location is tremendous. That's his trademark, and he showed that today."

AUDITION CONTINUES: Collins inserted Pedro Feliciano with a pair of lefty batters due up in relief of Marcum. Mixed results ensued.

Feliciano, entering with two out in the fourth, coaxed a pop-out to shortstop from Matt Adams. The following frame, Feliciano walked Oscar Taveras while again registering only 83 mph on a stadium scoreboard. He then departed.

Feliciano may need to up his velocity to emerge as a second southpaw in the bullpen alongside Josh Edgin.

PEN ULTIMATE: Feliciano, along with Scott Atchison, Scott Rice, Jeurys Familia, Greg Burke and Carlos Torres, combined to limit the Cardinals to two hits and one walk in relief of Marcum.

Familia, who tossed a 1-2-3 seventh that included coaxing three grounders, has been particularly strong. He has shown a consistent release point now that he is only a reliever and exclusively working out of the stretch.

"Today we saw the sinker we know he's got," Collins said. "They just beat ball after ball into the ground. I told Dan [Warthen] when we came into camp: 'If we can do one thing in this camp -- wherever he's going to pitch -- we've got to make sure that sinker is consistent.'"

Familia is starting to look like a strong bet for the Opening Day roster. In fact, if Feliciano is not selected, both Familia and the submariner Burke may come north.

"Right now I feel good, because it's something I did last year -- the bullpen," Familia said. "I practiced in the offseason back home."



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