New York Mets: Tommy Pincin

Morning Briefing: Back to work!

July, 18, 2014
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SAN DIEGO

FIRST PITCH: Play ball!

After a four-day All-Star break, the Mets get back to business, trying to build on their 8-2 homestand that closed the first half.

The Amazin’s resume play against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park at 10:10 p.m. ET Friday. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) opposes right-hander Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47).


USA TODAY SportsThe Mets open the second half facing Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross and Odrisamer Despaigne in San Diego.


That kicks off a 10-game trip that also includes stops in Seattle and Milwaukee.

The Padres rank last in the majors in runs (279), average (.214), OBP (.273) and slugging percentage (.334). They lost consecutive 1-0 games to the Los Angeles Dodgers to close the first half. However, San Diego’s staff has a 2.08 ERA in 24 games since June 18.

Read the Mets-Padres series preview here.

Friday’s news reports:

Daniel Murphy tells Marc Carig in Newsday that his agents have not had any extension talks with the Mets. Murphy, making $5.7 million this season, is eligible for arbitration a final time this winter. He is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

"I think that anybody would be willing to listen to an extension," Murphy told the newspaper. "They're not just passing out at-bats in this league. I don't know what the years or anything would look like. But at the point you come and say, 'Hey, we trust you with 600 at-bats [in each] of the next three to five years,' you're like, 'Yeah, I would like that.'”

• Former Mets GM Omar Minaya tells Mike Puma in the Post that the contribution of holdovers from his regime -- including Juan Lagares, Jacob deGrom, Murphy, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia -- does not feel like vindication.

“I don’t think that way,” said Minaya, who is currently helping oversee the Padres in an interim capacity after the firing of Josh Byrnes as general manager. “You do your job. And when teams don’t win in [New York], people’s opinions are a product of it. We felt very comfortable and believed we had a plan in place to get athletes, to get good players to the major leagues. And it’s an organization, not just one person. Part of it has been Paul DePodesta and Sandy Alderson. They are part of bringing these guys along. It’s not an individual thing.”

• In a lengthy ESPNNewYork.com article by Andrew Marchand on Mets fandom, Jonathon Niese said: “We are not filling the stadium. Where are the Mets fans when we are down-and-out? They were here in '06 and '07 when we were really good, but we have struggled and they are not coming to the stadium."

• Puma in the Post chats with Terry Collins on the eve of the second half.

On the Mets’ postseason potential, Collins said: “We’ve got 67 games to go and we’ve got 39 in our division. If we end up having a good record against our division, I think we’re going to be in the mix at the end.”

On whether key bullpen pieces are overworked, the manager said: “Hell, I won’t know that until the end of August. That last month of the season is when those guys who are in the big leagues for that first full season, some of that stuff starts to show up. The fatigue, the pressure of 145 games at that time, and you can start to see it … because their minor-league seasons would have been over and they’re still playing. So how they handle that situation will determine how that last month will go.”

Carlos Torres leads all major league relievers with 59 1/3 innings. Familia’s 45 relief appearances trail MLB co-leaders Brad Ziegler (Arizona) and Will Smith (Milwaukee) by four.

• Back from the Futures Game, Noah Syndergaard allowed seven runs in five innings as Las Vegas lost to Salt Lake, 7-6. Dustin Lawley had a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs as Binghamton beat Trenton, 8-4. Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings in the nightcap as St. Lucie split a doubleheader with Brevard County. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Ron Darling is “extremely optimistic” about the Mets, he tells Bob Raissman in the Daily News.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal asks three questions: Can the Mets continue to produce at the plate? Will the Mets wheel and deal before July 31? And will Syndergaard debut this season?

• Diamond in the Journal also revisits signing Chris Young over Nelson Cruz.

• Justin Terranova in the Post writes that the Mets can become deadline buyers.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record lists five people under scrutiny in the second half: Collins, Alderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Ruben Tejada and deGrom.

• Tim Healey at MLB.com revisits last August’s trade of Marlon Byrd, which yielded Vic Black and Dilson Herrera.

Jeremy Hefner tossed two innings in the Gulf Coast League on Thursday, in his second game since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Zack Wheeler is one of nine candidates in MLB who could demonstrate significant second-half improvement, Baseball Prospectus suggests. The site writes:

Wheeler has walked more than two batters just twice in past 11 starts (after cracking that threshold five times in his first eight games), and he entered the All-Star break with a string of three consecutive starts in which he pitched six or more innings and surrendered just a single run. He has also honed his stuff since last season, adding 0.5 mph to his fastball (which is now averaging 95.9 mph) and diversifying his pitch mix. He has doubled the frequency of his changeup, and though it is still the weakest offering in a repertoire that features a pair of plus breaking pitches, Wheeler has the potential to be dominant if he can refine el cambio. He has also kept the ball on the ground this season, upping his ground-ball rate by 10 percentage points while surrendering just seven bombs across 108.3 innings (only two homers have come since he turned 24 on May 30th), while his component stats have all trended in positive directions.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger looks at the value of catchers framing pitches.

• Mets first-round pick Michael Conforto was in L.A. on Thursday as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top collegiate player. The honor went to the University of Kentucky product A.J. Reed. Conforto is due to rejoin Brooklyn on Friday and make his professional debut shortly thereafter.

• Keith Law placed four Mets prospects in his top 50 in MLB: Syndergaard at No. 16, Conforto at No. 32, Brandon Nimmo at No. 34 and Dominic Smith at No. 49. ESPN Insiders can read the commentary here.

• Friday is the MLB deadline to sign players from June’s draft. The Mets do not plan to sign any more of their remaining picks, DePodesta told ESPNNewYork.com. Eleven college-bound prep players went unsigned: Luke Bonfield (21st round), Richard Moesker (23rd), Tommy Pincin (26th), Keaton McKinney (28th), Chris Glover (32nd), Brady Puckett (33rd), Jordan Hand (34th), Jonathan Teaney (35th), Garett King (36th), Tristan Gray (37th) and Kyle Dunster (38th). Bonfield and McKinney are headed to the University of Arkansas.

• The Padres have narrowed their GM search to four finalists, Scott Miller tweets: Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, MLB senior VP Kim Ng and Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller.

BIRTHDAYS: Hall of Famer Joe Torre, who finished his playing career with the Mets, turns 74. ... Minor-league pitcher Robert Gsellman is 21.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which Mets player will take the biggest leap forward in the second half?

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

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
OPSL. Duda .830
ERAJ. Niese 3.40
SOZ. Wheeler 187