New York Mets: Williams Jerez

Minors 7.9.13: Diehl produces walk-off HR

July, 9, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 8, SALT LAKE 5: Starter Jacob deGrom (2-1) allowed two runs in six innings. Rylan Sandoval went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Box

CHARLOTTE 5, ST. LUCIE 1: Kes Carter had a go-ahead two-run single and the Stone Crabs scored four runs with two outs in the seventh to get past the Mets. Dustin Lawley had launched his league-leading 18th homer leading off the top half of that frame, against ex-Met Ramon Ramirez, to tie the score. With two hits in the seventh, Domingo Tapia allowed two hits and a walk. Cody Satterwhite, who was acquired from Sioux City in the American Association of Independent Baseball, made his St. Lucie debut with the bases loaded and gave up a two-run single to Carter. Carter's groundball went off the glove of first baseman Nelfi Zapata on a diving attempt. Tapia pitched effectively despite being charged with four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one. Hamilton Bennett retired the side in order in the eighth. Box

SAVANNAH 8, AUGUSTA 1: Cole Frenzel and Eudy Pina drove in three runs apiece, while Chad Zurcher scored three runs. Starter Gabriel Ynoa tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings to improve to 10-3. Box

KINGSPORT 3, GREENEVILLE 2: Jeff Diehl delivered a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth to give the K-Mets (8-11) a walk-off win. Starter Rob Whalen allowed one run, unearned, on three hits and two walks while striking out six in six innings. Box

LOWELL 5, BROOKLYN 2: Carlos Valdez, who tossed six scoreless innings in his previous outing, this time walked the first two batters he faced. Later in the first inning, with runners on the corners and one out, Aaron King sent a grounder to first baseman Alex Sanchez for a seeming double play. But Sanchez took off the force at second by stepping on first and a run scored when no tag was applied at second. Valdez nonetheless took a no-hitter into the fifth, when he surrendered a leadoff hit to Nick Moore. Immediately after Moore’s single, Williams Jerez doubled. Both scored on groundouts. With two outs, Valdez appeared out of the inning by coxing a groundball from Cleuluis Rondon, but third baseman Anthony Chavez threw the ball past first base. Kevin Mager then delivered an RBI single as the Spinners took a 4-0 lead. In 4 2/3 innings, Valdez surrendered three hits, four runs (three earned) and four walks. The Spinners added a run in ninth inning on LJ Mazzilli's error. Mazzilli committed his first two errors of the season in the game. The Cyclones' best opportunity came in seventh. Matt Oberste had a leadoff double. Sanchez followed with a single. Jorge Rivero then drove in Oberste to cut the Spinners' lead to 4-1. Tomas Nido could not keep the rally going, grounding into a double play. The Cyclones scored their second run on an RBI double from Rivero. He had two hits and two RBIs on the day. Rivero leads the Cyclones with eight multi-hit games. Box

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NYC prospect hits at Citi, looks to draft

June, 5, 2011
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Williams Jerez, the top high school baseball prospect in New York City, stood behind home plate at Citi Field on Sunday evening as some of his boyhood idols took batting practice.

One day soon, he hopes to join them in the batting cage.

Jerez is projected to be an early-round pick in baseball’s amateur draft, which kicks off on Monday night.


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Williams Jerez is ranked No. 97 in Keith Law's most-recent Top 100 list.



He is a sleek, powerful, 6-4, 190-pound outfielder likened by an area scout to a young Carlos Beltran.

This spring, he led New York City’s Public School Athletic League in batting average (.692), on-base percentage (.758) and slugging percentage (1.385). ESPN Insider Keith Law ranked the 19-year-old as the 97th-rated prospect in the country in his latest Top 100 list.

On Sunday, Jerez worked out for the Mets at Citi Field.

He said that he hit two balls into the second deck in right field (space rarely reached by the Mets this season). He also went through drills in the outfield, showing off a strong throwing arm.

After the workout, he chatted with Mets shortstop Jose Reyes about Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, their shared hometown. Reyes is familiar with Jerez’ youth coach, Chago Esquea.

“He was just encouraging me and we were talking about home,” Jerez said through an interpreter.

Jerez came to New York City from Santo Domingo two years ago. He began playing high school baseball at Grand Street Campus HS in Brooklyn, the same school that produced Yankees’ pitching prospect Dellin Betances.

According to a story that ran in the New York Daily News on Sunday, many have questioned Jerez’s age and, consequentially, his eligibility to play high school baseball.

“That’s not true,” he said through an interpreter. “I know that’s not true.”

In addition to the Mets, Jerez has worked out for the Rangers and Blue Jays. He said he had to cancel a scheduled workout with the Yankees because of a scheduling conflict. He is being advised by agent Jim Murray, who works for the Hendricks Brothers. Murray also served as an advisor to Betances during the draft process in 2006.

If he is not selected in a favorable draft position or cannot come to terms with the team that picks him, Jerez said he will attend San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College. He says he is not looking for a specific signing bonus, claiming that he just wants a good opportunity to show that he can play the game.

“The chance to show my skills, that’s all I really want,” he said through an interpreter.

Jerez may get it this week.

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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