New York Mets: Wuilmer Becerra

Mets instructional league roster

September, 21, 2013
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PHILADELPHIA -- Here is a list of players at the instructional league in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Games begin Tuesday and run through Oct 4.

Pitchers
Gaby Almonte
Eucebio Arias
Martires Arias
Tyler Bashlor
Andrew Church
Chris Flexen
Dawrin Frias
Daniel Herrmann
Ricky Jacquez
Ricky Knapp
Kevin McGowan
Jose Medina
Casey Meisner
Craig Missigman
Marcos Molina
Yoryi Nuez
Darwin Ramos
Persio Reyes
Scarlyn Reyes
Ismael Tijerina
Rob Whalen
Ty Williams

Catchers
Adrian Abreu
Brandon Brosher
Jose Garcia
Colton Plaia
Dioni Rodriguez

Infielders
Gavin Cecchini
Phillip Evans
Luis Guillorme
Dilson Herrera
Branden Kaupe
L.J. Mazzilli
Jeff McNeil
Matt Oberste
Pedro Perez
Alfredo Reyes
Amed Rosario
Yeixon Ruiz
Dominic Smith
Jhoan Urena

Outfielders
Wuilmer Becerra
Michael Bernal
Jared King
Vicente Lupo
Brandon Nimmo
Hengelbert Rojas
Champ Stuart
Ivan Wilson

Minors 8.26.13: Syndergaard roughed up

August, 27, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 2, COLORADO SPRINGS 1 (10 innings)
LAS VEGAS 10, COLORADO SPRINGS 9: The 51s opened a 3.5-game division lead with eight games remaining. Kirk Nieuwenhuis doubled and scored the tiebreaking run on an error in the 10th in the opener. Box 1, Box 2

BOWIE 11, BINGHAMTON 0: Binghamton had just two hits in the shutout loss, courtesy of Josh Rodriguez and Xorge Carrillo. Starter Noah Syndergaard suffered his first Double-A loss, allowing 11 runs and nine hits in three innings. The B-Mets suffered their worst shutout loss since 2008. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, CHARLOTTE 2: St. Lucie scored three in the eighth to break open a tied game. T.J. Rivera and Dustin Lawley each drove in a pair. Starter Domingo Tapia gave up three hits and two runs in seven innings. Box

KINGSPORT 3, PULASKI 2: Kingsport held off a late Pulaski rally to pick up the win. Joe Tuschak went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while starter Chris Flexen gave up one run over six innings while striking out six. Box

BROOKLYN 8, TRI-CITY 1: Brooklyn led 7-0 after two innings and won in a blowout. Six different Brooklyn players drove in runs, led by James Roche, who went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair. Starter Dario Alvarez gave up one run and four hits over five innings. Box

GCL METS 18, GCL 3: The GCL Mets pounded the Cardinals as they had a 17-1 lead going to the bottom of the fifth inning. Eight different Mets drove in runs, led by Wuilmer Becerra. Starter Andrew Church gave up three runs over seven innings to record the win. Box

Morning Briefing: Travis watch, San Diego

August, 17, 2013
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Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesTravis d'Arnaud is set to make his major league debut tonight.
SAN DIEGO

FIRST PITCH: Travis d’Arnaud Day!

With wife Brooke Buck going into labor and John Buck leaving the team, the prized catching prospect d’Arnaud is due to make his major league debut at 8:40 p.m. ET today as the Mets look to make it three straight wins against the San Diego Padres.

D’Arnaud hit .400 (8-for-20) with one homer, four RBIs and nine walks in seven games since rejoining Triple-A Las Vegas. He had broken the first metatarsal in his left foot on a foul ball while catching for the 51s on April 17.

Sandy Alderson suggested d’Arnaud could remain in the big leagues after Buck’s three-day paternity leave expires if the prospect performs well during the cameo.

“We’re all excited to see Travis,” Terry Collins said. “Like a lot of these guys, there’s a huge buildup taking place. Some of the reports are pretty impressive when you hear about it. So I’m anxious to see him play. Of course, he’s got confidence off the charts. After he came back [from the broken foot], he’s done very, very well. He’s swinging the bat great. We’re going to take a look at him.”

D’Arnaud is due to catch Jenrry Mejia tonight. Mejia (1-2, 2.22 ERA) opposes right-hander Edinson Volquez (8-10, 5.80), who has the highest ERA among NL qualifiers.

Zack Wheeler raved late Friday about d’Arnaud’s ability to make a borderline pitch look like a strike.

“He receives it unbelievably,” Wheeler said. “We really didn’t get to throw all that much to each other [in Las Vegas]. I think it was three or four times, or something like that. But between that and what I saw in spring training, he can make a pitch at the bottom of the knee caps look like it’s on the top of the knee caps. It helps you out. He’s just a good catcher.”

Saturday’s news reports:

Jeremy Hefner plans to see another doctor Monday to determine if he will require Tommy John surgery. If the procedure is necessary of repair an MCL tear in his right elbow, Hefner may miss most or all of 2014. Read more in Newsday.

Marlon Byrd, Ike Davis and Daniel Murphy homered as the Mets beat San Diego, 5-2, Friday night. Byrd produced his 19th long ball, one shy of matching his career high, which he achieved in 2009 with the Texas Rangers. Anthony Recker, whose playing time is above to nosedive with d’Arnaud’s arrival, went 3-for-3 with a walk in the victory. Jonathon Niese limited San Diego to one run while logging 111 pitches in six innings.

Read game recaps in the Post, Daily News, Times, Star-Ledger, Newsday and MLB.com.

Wilmer Flores tested his right ankle running Friday afternoon and likely is to return to the starting lineup tonight.

• Read more on d’Arnaud’s arrival in the Post, Daily News, Times, Newsday and Star-Ledger.

• Collins expressed his sympathy after the firing of Phillies manager Charlie Manuel. The two played together at Triple-A Albuquerque in 1975. Collins is in the final year of his own deal.

A Mets insider affirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that nothing about Collins’ fate would be announced until after the season, although internally the decision is tentatively resolved. Collins widely is expected to return for 2014. Read more on Manuel’s ouster at ESPN.com.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal profiles Juan Lagares, whose 10 outfield assists already are two shy of matching the Mets’ rookie record, set by Tsuyoshi Shinjo in 2001. Writes Diamond:

Right fielder Marlon Byrd compared him to 10-time Gold Glover Andruw Jones, who was famous for playing an extremely shallow center field. Because Lagares has such impressive natural instincts going back on fly balls, he is able to play shallow and still retrieve long flies with ease.

"Juan plays more shallow than any other center fielder in baseball," Byrd said. "So when he's closing on balls in front of him, he's already up closer than everyone else."

• Noah Syndergaard, who arrived with d’Arnaud and Class A outfielder Wuilmer Becerra in the R.A. Dickey trade, continues to dominate Double-A. Syndergaard tossed five scoreless innings and struck out 10 as Binghamton beat New Britain, 1-0.

“I wasn’t really tallying the strikeouts I had, I was just pitching. … I just feel like I had all my pitches going for me tonight,” Syndergaard told the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin. “It’s a lot of fun to pitch when you’ve got the fastball, curveball, and changeup going for you.”

Also Friday: Jeyckol De Leon had four hits and three RBIs as Kingsport beat Bristol, 11-4. James Roche homered for the second straight day as Brooklyn beat Vermont, 6-4. Read the full minor league recap here.

From the bloggers ... Faith and Fear thinks about rookies, strikeouts and pitch counts.

BIRTHDAYS: Right-hander Skip Lockwood was born on this date in 1946.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Has your opinion of the R.A. Dickey for Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard trade changed since last December?

Minors 8.14.13: Shields delivers walk-off

August, 14, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 8, NEW ORLEANS 1: Right-hander Matt Fox recorded his sixth victory with seven scoreless innings. Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBIs and an inside-the-park homer. The 51s (67-56) are now in a first-place tie with Sacramento in the Pacific Southern Division. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, READING 3: The B-Mets broke a tie score in the eighth and hung on for the victory. One night removed from blowing a one-run lead in the ninth, B-Mets closer Jeff Walters stranded two in the final frame. After Hector Nerris blanked Binghamton for three

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perfect innings, the B-Mets scratched back against Kyle Simon in the eighth. With the score even at 3, Darrell Ceciliani hit a sharp infield single to first to start the inning. He moved into scoring position with his 29th stolen base of the season and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Following a one-out walk to Wilfredo Tovar, Alonzo Harris stroked a grounder to shortstop. Harris beat out the potential inning-ending double play, allowing Ceciliani to score the go-ahead run. Adam Kolarek worked around a one-out walk in a scoreless eighth before handing off to Walters for the ninth. Anthony Hewitt greeted Walters with an infield single and Troy Hanzawa lined a single to left, putting runners on the corners with one out. The right-hander fanned pinch-hitter Kelly Dugan and induced Albert Cartwright to pop out to catcher Blake Forsythe to end the game. Bradford (2-1) collected the victory, while Walters earned his 34th save. Starter Darin Gorski allowed three runs on seven hits in six innings in the no-decision. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, FORT MYERS 3: Robbie Shields produced a walk-off RBI single in the bottom

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of the ninth. The Mets won their fifth straight and remain in first place in the second half in the Florida State League's South Division. The Mets trailed 4-3 entering their final at-bat. Dustin Lawley had a leadoff single against Tyler Jones. Rylan Sandoval then singled with one out. Matt Reynolds drilled a game-tying single. And Shields ripped a single to left-center to score Sandoval and win the game. Lawley, who finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored, had hit a game-tying solo homer in the seventh -- his league-leading 25th long ball. Shields finished 3-for-4 with a run scored. Domingo Tapia allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits while walking three and striking out three in five innings. Randy Fontanez pitched two scoreless innings and fanned three. Carlos Vazquez picked up the win. He allowed one run and one hit in two innings. Box

ROME 3, SAVANNAH 2: Marco Camarena allowed three runs in 7 1/3 innings, including a tiebreaking RBI single to Felix Marte in the fourth. Box

KINGSPORT 7, PRINCETON 6: Jeff Diehl's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the ninth plated Yeixon Ruiz with the winning run in a walk-off victory. Ruiz had opened the inning with a single and advanced to third base on sacrifice bunts from Jeff McNeil and Joe Tuschak. Ruiz had stolen home in a five-run sixth. Box

BROOKLYN 3, HUDSON VALLEY 1: The Cyclones scored the go-ahead run in a three-run

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eighth on Rick Teasly's wild pitch, which plated Ismael Tijerina. Cyclones starter Dario Alvarez allowed one unearned run on four hits in six innings. In the fourth, Renegades cleanup hitter Oscar Hernandez reached on third baseman Juan Gamboa's fielding error and ultimately scored on Granden Goetzman's sacrifice fly. Patrick Biondi led off the eighth with a single. Brooklyn manager Rich Donnelly then elected to have Tijerina bunt, and Tijerina reached on an error. With two on base, a failed pickoff attempt advanced both runners. Gavin Cecchini then hit the ball deep enough to center field to drive in Biondi and even the score. With Tijerina on third, Teasly threw a wild pitch, allowing Tijerina to score to give Brooklyn a 2-1 lead. Matt Oberste followed with an RBI single. Cecchini extended his hitting streak to 12 games, the longest by a Cyclone this season. Akeel Morris tossed three no-hit innings, striking out five, and earned the win. Through 33 1/3 innings, Morris has allowed two earned runs while striking out 47. Box

GCL METS 9, GCL CARDINALS 8: The Mets overcame a late four-run deficit, taking the lead with a two-run eighth that included an RBI single by Oswald Caraballo. Wuilmer Becerra drove in three runs. Starter Marcos Molina allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings. Cameron Griffin tossed two scoreless innings for his fifth save. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.12.13: Rivera HR lifts St. Lucie

August, 13, 2013
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NEW ORLEANS 12, LAS VEGAS 9: Travis d'Arnaud went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and three RBIs, but New Orleans raced to a 10-2 lead and held on. Matt den Dekker contributed a pinch-hit three-run homer in the sixth that pulled the 51s (65-56) within 10-8. Starter Giancarlo Alvarado was charged with six runs in two innings. Box

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ST. LUCIE 8, PALM BEACH 4: Starter Michael Fulmer limited Palm Beach to one run on two hits and four walks while striking out eight in six innings. T.J. Rivera had a three-run homer and Kyle Johnson also went deep. Rivera finished 3-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs. Johnson finished with two RBIs and scored twice. Bret Mitchell contributed two scoreless relief innings. Box

PRINCETON at KINGSPORT (ppd.)

GCL MARLINS 2, GCL METS 1: Wuilmer Becerra's fourth-inning single scored Dominic Smith with the Mets' lone run. Starter Octavio Acosta allowed two runs in six innings. Ty Williams contributed two no-hit relief innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 8.1.13: Lawley homers twice in FSL

August, 1, 2013
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NASHVILLE 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Giancarlo Alvarado surrendered one run in 6 1/3 innings. Jack Leathersich was charged with three eighth-inning runs. The 51s (60-51) mustered only four hits against Chris Narveson and three relievers. Box

ALTOONA 2, BINGHAMTON 1 (13 innings): Adam Kolarek suffered the loss in his third inning of relief, on a one-out RBI single in the 13th. B-Mets starter Erik Goeddel had surrendered only one run, unearned, in 6 1/3 innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 10, TAMPA 4: Dustin Lawley homered twice and drove in five runs. Jon Niese pitched four scoreless innings on a major league rehab assignment. He allowed two hits

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while walking one and striking out four. Niese tossed 50 pitches (32 strikes). Lawley hit a two-run homer in the first to give the Mets the lead. The Mets (58-46) scored five times with two outs in the inning. Matt Reynolds had a bases-loaded two-run single. Robbie Shields added an RBI single. Lawley launched a three-run homer in the second to extend the lead to 8-0. Lawley leads the Florida State League with 23 homers and 82 RBIs. T.J. Rivera went 4-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Lucas Duda went 2-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI double in his fourth game with St. Lucie on a major league rehab assignment. Hansel Robles picked up the win despite allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits in four innings. Cody Satterwhite struck out the side in the ninth. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 3: Brian Harrison doubled to lead off the top of the ninth and scored the tiebreaking run on Jeff Reynolds' fielder's choice groundout with the bases loaded. Beck Wheeler notched his 12th save. Box

KINGSPORT 6, JOHNSON CITY 3: Chris Flexen allowed two runs in seven innings. Champ Stuart, Jeff Diehl and Zach Mathieu had two hits apiece. Ricardo Jacquez inherited two runners with two outs in the ninth and struck out Ronnierd Garcia to end the game for his fifth save for the K-Mets (25-15). Box

BROOKLYN 9, WILLIAMSPORT 4: A five-run rally with two outs in the seventh allowed the Cyclones (21-22) to avoid the sweep. Brooklyn had trailed 4-2 and had only one hit through six innings -- a two-run homer from James Roche. Jonathan Clark finished 2-for-5 with three RBIs. Brooklyn starter Robert Gsellman (2-2) surrendered a two-run homer in the second inning, although one run was unearned because of one of third baseman Anthony Chavez's two error. The Crosscutters scored again in the third, on Zach Green's RBI single, for a 3-0 lead. The Cyclones clawed back in the fifth on Roche's two-run homer. In the five-run seventh, Colton Plaia's double scored Roche. After Chavez walked, Clark tripled to plate Plaia and Chavez. Gavin Cecchini then singled, scoring Clark. LJ Mazzilli capped the outburst with a run-scoring triple that gave the Cyclones a 7-4 lead. Gsellman entered the game with the third-best ERA in the New York-Penn League, at 1.74. He allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk in six innings. Ricky Knapp pitched three scoreless innings and struck out five for his second save. Box

GCL METS 4, GCL MARLINS 1: Gaby Almonte (2-1) tossed five scoreless innings. Brandon Welch followed with three scoreless innings. Wuilmer Becerra had a two-run double in the first inning. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.22.13: Pina triple lifts Gnats

July, 23, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 7, RENO 2: Starter Giancarlo Alvarado allowed one run in six innings. The 51s (53-47) scored a combined seven runs in the sixth and seventh innings. Jordany Valdespin homered and had three RBIs. Ruben Tejada and Eric Campbell each scored twice. Box

READING 5, BINGHAMTON 4 (7 innings): Binghamton tied the score with four runs in the

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fifth, but Sebastian Valle hit a solo homer in the sixth against Logan Verrett in what became a rain-shortened victory for Reading. Trailing 4-0 in the fifth with two outs against Reading starter Seth Rosin, Danny Muno blooped a hit into left-center. After Josh Rodriguez walked, Cesar Puello put the B-Mets on the scoreboard with an RBI single. The highlight of the inning came next for Binghamton, as Allan Dykstra tied the score with a three-run homer. The B-Mets were held scoreless in the bottom of the sixth. Rain then halted the game in the seventh. Verrett (9-5) allowed a season-high three homers. Darrell Ceciliani went 3-for-3, extending his hitting streak to 15 games. Dykstra leads the B-Mets with 18 homer. Verrett has allowed 18 homers, which is the second most in the Eastern League. Box

ST. LUCIE at DAYTONA (ppd.)

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SAVANNAH 4, DELMARVA 2 (13 innings): Eudy Pina's triple plated Maikis De La Cruz with the tiebreaking run in the 13th and Cole Frenzel added an RBI single for a two-run cushion. Wanel Mesa earned the win after tossing three scoreless relief innings. Frenzel finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Starter Jake Kuebler allowed two runs (one earned) in 6 2/3 innings. Box

PRINCETON 9, KINGSPORT 3: Starter Andres Perez allowed five runs in 3 2/3 innings. Amed Rosario, the 17-year-old who signed out of Venezuela for $1.75 million last summer, homered in the loss. Richie Rodriguez added a ninth-inning homer. Box

BATAVIA 2, BROOKLYN 0: Cyclones starter Carlos Valdez allowed two runs on five hits in 4 2/3 innings. Akeel Morris pitched a season-high 4 1/3 innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out six in a scoreless effort. The Cyclones mustered only two hits, both by Jared King. King is hitting .458 (11-for-24) during his current six-game hitting streak. Box

GCL CARDINALS 9, GCL METS 8 (14 innings): Waldo Rodriguez surrendered a game-deciding two-out RBI single in the top of the 14th after a walk and balk. The Mets had evened the score with two runs in the bottom of the ninth, on Brian Harrison's sacrifice fly and Wuilmer Becerra's RBI single. Relievers Gaither Bumgardner, Ramon Estevez and Cameron Griffin combined for 6 2/3 scorless relief innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.6.13: Matz complete-game shutout

July, 7, 2013
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LAS VEGAS 5, TUCSON 2: Starter Rafael Montero limited Tucson to two runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings to earn his first Triple-A victory. Zach Lutz and Mike Baxter homered against Anthony Bass. Ruben Tejada was 0-for-4 with a walk. Matt den Dekker got his first PCL hit and is now 1-for-22 since joining the team. Box

BINGHAMTON 14, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3: The B-Mets launched a season-high five homers and Darrell Ceciliani drove in a career-high five runs. Josh Rodriguez stroked Ryan Tepera’s fifth pitch for a two-run homer. Travis Taijeron followed with a homer, too -- the

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second straight game the B-Mets produced consecutive long balls. The B-Mets (53-31) again blasted away in the fifth. Blake Forsythe doubled, extending his hitting streak to seven games. Joe Bonfe plated him with a single. Wilfredo Tovar then stretched the lead to six runs by launching a two-run homer -- his first long ball as a B-Met. B-Mets starter Noah Syndergaard held the Fisher Cats scoreless into the sixth. The ex-Blue Jays farmhand's only blemish came when he surrendered a three-run homer in the sixth, which pulled New Hampshire within 6-3. But Ceciliani hit a wall-scraping two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Matt Wright. Binghamton also tattooed Dustin Antolin and Chorye Spoone in the eighth, to the tune of six runs on three hits and six walks. The B-Mets sent 12 batters to the plate in the inning, which was highlighted by a two-run blast from Danny Muno and a three-run triple from Ceciliani. Syndergaard worked out of a jam in the seventh to cap his night with a scoreless frame. John Church tossed a perfect eighth. Adam Kolarek worked around a walk and two singles in a scoreless ninth to seal Binghamton’s biggest win since a 15-2 victory over the Fisher Cats on April 21. Syndergaard (2-0) struck out seven while allowing eight hits and three runs (none earned) over seven innings. Box

ST. LUCIE 6, FORT MYERS 3: Charley Thurber, Jayce Boyd and Dustin Lawley all produced solo homers for St. Lucie (44-38). Boyd, Kevin Plawecki and Gilbert Gomez finished with two hits apiece. Thurber’s homer in the second gave the Mets a 3-2 lead. Boyd’s long ball an inning later extended the lead to two runs. Alex Panteliodis (3-3) allowed three runs and seven hits while issuing three walks and striking out one in five innings. Randy Fontanez retired all six batters he faced in relief. Tim Byrdak retired the side in order in the eighth. Hamilton Bennett pitched a scoreless ninth for his seventh save. Box

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SAVANNAH 3, GREENVILLE 0
GREENVILLE 3, SAVANNAH 1: Steven Matz tossed a three-hit, seven-inning shutout in Game 1. The Gnats had been held hitless after a game-opening single by Chad Zurcher until the seventh, when they exploded for three runs. Kyle Johnson had a run-scoring single with the bases loaded and Maikis De La Cruz and Stefan Sabol added sacrifice flies. Paul Sewald surrendered two runs in the sixth to break a 1-all tie as the Gnats (50-35) lost the nightcap. Box 1, Box 2

JOHNSON CITY 10, KINGSPORT 5: Starter Persio Reyes allowed seven runs in 3 2/3 innings. Richie Rodriguez and Adrian Abreu had two RBIs apiece for the K-Mets (5-10) in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 5, ABERDEEN 3: Patrick Biondi laced a seventh-inning single that scored Jorge Rivero and Anthony Chavez, tying the score at 3. Biondi finished 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk. Matt Oberste delivered the game-deciding run later in the inning on a sac fly, which scored Biondi. Teammate Jared King finished 3-for-4 with an RBI. LJ Mazzilli produced an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Mazzilli singled to score Biondi from second. Biondi scored three of the Cyclones' five runs. In his fourth start with the Cyclones, Robert Gsellman allowed his first earned runs in the New York-Penn League. Gsellman allowed three runs in five innings. He struck out six and now has a 1.23 ERA. Reliever Paul Paez pitched an inning of scoreless relief to earn the win in his pro debut. John Mincone recorded his third save. Box

GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 2 (10 innings): With the score tied at 1, Mets reliever Casey Meisner departed in the top of the 10th after surrendering a one-out double to Bryan Mejia and walking Raudy Read. Cameron Griffin entered and issued a walk and had a strikeout. With the bases loaded and two outs, Jose Marmolejos-Diaz then produced a two-run single against Griffin. Adderling Ruiz followed with an RBI single for a three-run cushion. The Mets (2-10) scored one run in the bottom half, when Wuilmer Becerra was plunked, advanced to second on a wild pitch and came home on Ivan Wilson's single. But with the bases loaded later in the frame, Nats reliever Jake Walsh entered and coaxed a game-ending double play from Leon Canelon. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.5.13: Jeyckol 3-run HR lifts K-Mets

July, 5, 2013
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TUCSON 3, LAS VEGAS 2: Justin Hampson surrendered a pair of ninth-inning runs as Tucson claimed a walk-off victory. Las Vegas started Matt Fox tossed six scoreless innings. Ruben Tejada was 1-for-3 with a walk. Box

NEW HAMPSHIRE 6, BINGHAMTON 5: Fisher Cats second baseman Ryan Schimpf launched a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth to hand the B-Mets (52-31) their first road loss in more than two weeks. Facing reliever Ryan Fraser with two on and two outs, Schimpf produced his league-leading 17th long ball. Fraser (0-1) suffered his first blown save. Darrell Ceciliani and Blake Forsythe had produed consecutive solo homers a half-inning earlier to stake Binghamton to a 5-3 lead and chase New Hampshire starter Deck McGuire. It was Ceciliani's first homer since May 26, snapping a 26-game drought. B-Mets starter Mark Cohoon struck out five while allowing three runs on three hits over five innings in a no-decision. In the first, A.J. Jimenez homered against Cohoon. Binghamton tied the score in the second against McGuire on Forsythe's bases-loaded, run-scoring groundout. In the third, Rhyne Hughes forced in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded walk. Travis Taijeron staked Binghamton to a 3-1 lead with a sacrifice fly. The Fisher Cats broke through in the fifth against Cohoon. After a hit batsman and single, Kevin Ahrens laced an RBI single. Adam Loewen followed with a run-producing fielder’s choice, tying the score at 3. Chase Huchingson struck out three in two scoreless innings to close Binghamton’s pitching tab. Box

JUPITER 4, ST. LUCIE 1: St. Lucie starter Matt Bowman (4-2) surrendered four runs on six hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings. Marlins prospect Christian Yelich produced a solo homer against Bowman in the first inning. St. Lucie's lone run came in the seventh on consecutive doubles by Nelfi Zapata and Charley Thurber. Box

GREENVILLE 8, SAVANNAH 4: Reliever Tyler Vanderheiden (4-1) surrendered four runs while recording only one out in the sixth as Greenville overcame a 4-3 deficit. Eudy Pina contributed a solo homer in the loss. Box

KINGSPORT 5, JOHNSON CITY 3: Jeyckol De Leon produced a three-run homer in a four-run fifth for the K-Mets (5-9). Yoan Gonzalez earned the win in relief, allowing one run in four innings. Robert Coles earned his first save with a scoreless ninth. He allowed a pair of hits, but stranded both runners in scoring position by coaxing a game-ending lineout from Ronnierd Garcia back to the pitcher. Box

ABERDEEN 6, BROOKLYN 5 (11 innings): The Cyclones (6-12) forced extra innings with a four-run eighth, highighted by Anthony Chavez's three-run homer. But Shawn Teufel surrendered a leadoff double to Jared Breen in the bottom of the 11th. Breen scored the winning run when first baseman Alex Sanchez had a throwing error on Kris Richards' ensuing sacrifice bunt. Box

GCL NATIONALS 7, GCL METS 6: Starter Jenrry Mejia, returning from a forearm issue that nagged him since spring training, allowed two runs on five hits and a walk and issued two wild pitches in four innings. Trailing 7-4, the Mets (2-9) got a two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth from first-round pick Dominic Smith. But after Oswald Caraballo pinch-ran for Smith, Wuilmer Becerra struck out swinging against Michael Boyden to end the game. Mets second baseman Leon Canelon went 3-for-3 with three RBIs and scored twice. Box

Compiled from team reports

Minors 7.1.13: 'Clones shortstop pitches in

July, 1, 2013
7/01/13
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FRESNO 14, LAS VEGAS 6: Matt den Dekker went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his Las Vegas debut after recovering from a fractured right wrist suffered during spring training. Starter Rafael Montero (0-2) allowed four runs in five innings. D.J. Mitchell then surrendered nine runs (six earned) in the sixth as Fresno took a 13-1 lead. Box

BINGHAMTON 0, ALTOONA 0 (suspended): The game was suspended in the bottom of the first inning due to inclement weather. The B-Mets and Curve will resume the contest on Tuesday at 5:05 p.m. Torrential rain forced the scoreless game to be halted with two outs and the bases clear. The suspended game is scheduled to last nine innings. Tuesday’s regularly scheduled game then is set for seven innings. Following a 30-minute delay, Erik Goeddel made it through a scoreless top of the first. The Curve threatened however, loading the bases with the aid of a hit-by-pitch, error and walk. In the bottom half, Danny Muno led off with a hard-hit ball over the center fielder’s head. He attempted a triple, but slid past third base and was tagged out. Josh Rodriguez then struck out and the umpires pulled the teams off the field amid heavy rain. Box

ST. LUCIE at FORT MYERS (ppd.)

HICKORY 5, SAVANNAH 0: Luis Parra blanked the Gnats (5-6/48-32) through eight innings, allowing only three hits and two walks. Parra no-hit the Gnats through 4 1/3 innings, until Nelfi Zapata lined a single into left field. The Crawdads scored the game's opening two runs in the third against Savannah starter Jake Kuebler. Nick Williams tripled. After a walk to Nick Vickerson, Ronald Guzman bounced an RBI single into right field. Vickerson scored later in the inning on an error by third baseman Cole Frenzel. Kuebler lasted five innings. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and was charged with the loss to fall to 2-4. Hickory added an unearned run in the seventh against Savannah reliever Tyler Vanderheiden. A two-run homer from Guzman, his third of the year, in the ninth completed the game's scoring. The Gnats' offense collected just three hits -- all singles. Box

ELIZABETHTON 8, KINGSPORT 4: Starter Martires Arias fell to 0-3 after surrendering four runs on three hits and five walks in three innings. Jonathan Leroux went 3-for-5 with an RBI for the K-Mets (3-9). Box

STATEN ISLAND 8, BROOKLYN 7 (12 innings): In the first game of what was supposed to be a doubleheader at MCU Park, the game was scheduled to go just seven innings, but lasted 12. In the top of the 12th, Daniel Lopez hit a solo homer over the left-field wall off of Ismael Tijerina to give the Yankees the decisive lead. Tijerina started the game at shortstop, but moved to pitcher after left-hander Juan Urbina got into trouble in the top of the 11th. Lopez’s homer was in response to a game-tying two-RBI double from James Roche in the bottom of the 11th, which had evened the score at 7. The Cyclones ended their streak of the 23 consecutive scoreless innings, connecting for seven runs and 17 hits. Due to the length of the game and a league curfew, the teams were not able to get the second game started. Box

GCL CARDINALS 4, GCL METS 2: Michael Fulmer allowed four runs on six hits in six innings. Ruben Tejada went 2-for-4 with an RBI and played a full game at shortstop. Wuilmer Becerra's sacrifice fly scored Tejada in the first inning. Box

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Minors 6.26.13: Plawecki 2B lifts St. Lucie

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ST. LUCIE 7, PALM BEACH 4: Kevin Plawecki had a tiebreaking two-run double and Cam Maron followed with a run-scoring single in the bottom of the eighth. Tim Byrdak then earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth with one strikeout. Dustin Lawley produced his 16th homer -- a two-run shot in the sixth that had given St. Lucie (41-33) a 4-3 lead. Starter Domingo Tapia allowed three runs on six hits and three walks in five innings. Chasen Bradford earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

SAVANNAH 5, AUGUSTA 1: Gabriel Ynoa (9-2) limited the GreenJackets to one run in six innings. Hunter Carnevale and Paul Sewald combined for three no-hit relief innings. Trailing 1-0, the Gnats (45-30) produced a three-run sixth that included Jeff Glenn's two-run double and Phillip Evans' RBI single. Chad Zurcher had a two-run single in the eighth. Cole Frenzel went 2-for-4 and scored twice. Box

GREENEVILLE 5, KINGSPORT 3: Alberto Baldonado suffered a blown save after surrendering two runs in the eighth and Tyler Bashlor surrendered a walk-off two-run homer to Ariel Ovando in the ninth. Bashlor, an 11th-round pick, was making his pro debut. Jonathan Leroux's two-run homer in the fourth had staked the K-Mets (2-5) to a 3-1 lead. Box

ABERDEEN 3, BROOKLYN 0 (8 innings): John Gant allowed three runs while striking out 10 in six innings in the rain-shortened game. Eighth-round pick Ricky Knapp tossed a scoreless relief inning in his pro debut. The Cyclones (4-5) mustered only one hit -- by Anthony Chavez in the third inning. Box

GCL MARLINS 3, GCL METS 1 (suspended): Jose Celas surrendered three first-inning runs but no other damage in four innings before play was suspended. Wuilmer Becerra had an RBI single for the lone Mets run. Box

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Minors 6.21.13: Mazz 2 RBIs for 'Clones

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TUCSON 5, LAS VEGAS 3: Ike Davis homered twice and Wilmer Flores also went deep, but the solo shots were not enough. Starter Chris Schwinden (3-7) was charged with five runs in five innings. Box

ERIE 5, BINGHAMTON 2: The B-Mets (44-28) did their damage in the second inning against Erie starter Kyle Lobstein. Alonzo Harris opened the scoring with a bloop single

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that plated Richard Lucas. Xorge Carillo followed with a sacrifice fly for an early 2-0 lead. Erie got on the scoreboard for the first time in the third against Logan Verrett. James Robbins hit a solo homer to cut the B-Mets' lead to 2-1. In the sixth, Marcus Lemon led off with an opposite-field double. Zach Maggard bunted the next pitch. Verrett fielded it and threw to third, but not in time. Jamie Johnson then hit a fly ball into the left-center gap. Darrell Ceciliani and Harris dove for the ball and collided. The ball hit the ground and two runs scored on a triple as Erie took a 3-2 lead. Harris left the game in the eighth. Verrett (8-3) pitched into the eighth inning for the third time this season, but could not get through the frame. With two outs, Hernan Perez launched a two-run homer to cap the scoring and chase Verrett. Verrett struck out a career-high 11. Danny Muno doubled to begin the ninth, but was stranded at second as closer Justin Souza earned his 15th save. Cesar Puello missed a second straight game after getting hit in the foot with a ball during his final at-bat Wednesday. Box

ST. LUCIE 5, PALM BEACH 3: St. Lucie (39-30) scored three ninth-inning runs for the

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comeback win. Dustin Lawley opened the final frame with a game-tying homer, his 14th long ball this season. Jayce Boyd then singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run on Kevin Plawecki's double. A second wild pitch in the inning eventually scored Plawecki. T.J. Chism worked around an error by shortstop Matt Reynolds and a double to strand two in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth for his ninth save. Boyd went 3-for-4 and is hitting .556 in two games since a promotion from Savannah. Starter Angel Cuan allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. Chasen Bradford (4-2) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. Box

LEXINGTON 6, SAVANNAH 2: Starter Matt Koch allowed four runs in six innings. Phillip Evans' two-run homer in the fifth accounted for the lone Savannah runs. Box

JOHNSON CITY 5, KINGSPORT 0: Starter Rob Whalen allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings in his season debut. Amed Rosario went 2-for-4 in the loss. Box

BROOKLYN 4, ABERDEEN 2: LJ Mazzilli went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and is the lone Cyclone to hit safely in all four games this season. Brooklyn trailed 2-0 in the sixth before finally getting to Aberdeen starter Steven Brault. Anthony Chavez doubled and Patrick Biondi singled to chase Brault. Reliever Janser Severino entered and Mazzilli laced a run-scoring double. A wild pitch evened the score at 2. Chavez and Biondi were right in the middle of things again an inning later. With runners on the corners, Biondi singled up the middle to score Alex Sanchez, giving the Cyclones a 3-2 lead. Biondi finished 2-for-5. With the bases loaded, Mazzilli walked for a two-run lead. Southpaw Carlos Valdez allowed two runs in five innings in his Cyclones debut. In his second Cyclones appearance, Akeel Morris struck out seven in 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit. Left-hander John Mincone replaced Morris to record the final out with a runner on first. Mincone struck out Jeff Kemp to record his second consecutive save. Box

GCL NATIONALS 4, GCL METS 3: Hansel Robles surrendered four runs (three earned) in 4

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2/3 innings as the revived Gulf Coast League club lost its season opener. Robles, who is on the 40-man roster, had last appeared in a minor league game May 19 with Class A St. Lucie. He had missed time with a shoulder strain. Wuilmer Becerra, acquired in the R.A. Dickey deal, started in right field and went 3-for-4 and had an RBI in his organization debut. First baseman Elvis Sanchez contributed a two-run homer in the seventh. Ramon Estevez tossed 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings. Tim Byrdak had tweeted he was due to pitch in the game, but did not. Dan Warthen said Byrdak recently had dealt with a dead-arm period. Box

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Farm report: Gavin follows Garin's path

June, 19, 2013
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2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini had a taste of Brooklyn at the end of last season, participating in the final week of the regular season and then experiencing the playoffs with the Cyclones.

“Obviously my favorite part is when we clinched,” said the 19-year-old shortstop from Lake Charles, La. “Some of us are over 21, but we were popping apple cider in the clubhouse and stuff like that.”


Courtesy of New York MetsGavin Cecchini


After spending March, April, May and early June in Port St. Lucie, Cecchini is now back with the Cyclones, this time as the starting shortstop. He made his season debut Monday on Opening Day at Staten Island, albeit committing a costly error.

“You ask anybody who has played in extended [spring training]. It’s a little tough,” Cecchini said about the wait to start his season. “But I try to look at it as it’s the game I love to play, and I’m out here playing baseball. And that’s really all that matters -- no matter if I’m playing in front of five people, which is what it was in extended, or 10,000 or 8,000 over here in Brooklyn.”

How is Cecchini a better player than one year ago, when he was drafted 12th overall and signed for $2.3 million?

“I think I’m way more consistent than last year with hitting, fielding, baserunning,” he said. “It’s really the small things, man. Talent can only take you so far. The rest of it is all mental. The people who can get over failure the quickest are the ones that are going to be the best. There’s no doubt that I know how to handle the failure and move on.”

Cecchini’s path is easier because his brother blazed it before him. Third baseman Garin Cecchini, a fourth-round pick of the Red Sox in 2010, is hitting .350 with five homers and 33 RBIs for high-A Salem. The brothers played two years of high school ball together. They train together in the offseason in Louisiana, too, along with Yankees minor league shortstop Carmen Angelini, Padres high-A shortstop Jace Peterson and outfielder/third baseman Josh Prince, who made his major league debut with the Brewers this season.

“Obviously he went through the whole summer circuit and the draft before me,” Gavin said about Garin. “I had an edge, and I have an edge, on a lot of the players because I have a brother who has been there through that and who teaches me how to handle things and go through things. I learn from the mistakes he made and I take the good things he does.

“He’s an awesome baseball player. He’s doing unbelievable this year. He’s hitting like .360. Something like that. Hopefully he gets a call-up to Double-A at the All-Star break. He made the All-Star team. He’s awesome. He’s not only a great player, but an awesome person, too.”

Organization leaders

Average: James Roche, Brooklyn, .667; LJ Mazzilli, Brooklyn, .500; Jorge Rivero, Brooklyn, .500; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, .361; Nelfi Zapata, Brooklyn, .333; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, .330; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, .318; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, .314; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .314; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, .312.

Homers: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 13; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 13; Travis Taijeron, Binghamton, 13; Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Vegas, 10; Allan Dykstra, Binghamton, 10.

RBI: Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 54; Dustin Lawley, St. Lucie, 48; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, 46; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 46; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 43.

Steals: Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 17; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 15; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 13.

ERA: Shane Bay, Brooklyn, 0.00; Akeel Morris, Brooklyn, 0.00; Rainy Lara, St. Lucie, 1.54; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 2.40; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 2.41; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 2.77; Noah Syndergaard, St. Lucie, 3.11; Robert Gsellman, Brooklyn, 3.14; Luis Cessa, Savannah, 3.24; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 3.74.

Wins: Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 8; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 8; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 8; Rafael Montero, Vegas, 7.

Saves: Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 16; Bret Mitchell, Savannah, 10; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 7; Beck Wheeler, Savannah, 6; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 4.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Vegas, 84; Matt Bowman, St. Lucie, 73; Zack Wheeler, Vegas, 73; Carlos Torres, Vegas, 67; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 66.

Short hops

Noah Syndergaard allowed one hit in a scoreless inning and earned the win and starting left fielder Dustin Lawley went 3-for-4 and scored twice to lead the South past the North, 8-1, in Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game. T.J. Rivera played a full game at second base and went 0-for-5.

Syndergaard -- the highly regarded right-hander acquired in the R.A. Dickey trade -- now should head to Double-A Binghamton for the second half, part of a trickle-up of top prospects.

Also expected to be on the move: catcher Kevin Plawecki (.314, 6 HR, 43 RBIs), first baseman Jayce Boyd (.361, 5 HR, 46 RBIs) and outfielder Brandon Nimmo (.302, 1 HR, 21 RBIs) from first-half division champ Savannah to St. Lucie.

Boyd went 1-for-3, Plawecki went 0-for-2 and Nimmo went 0-for-1 in Tuesday night’s 2-1 South Atlantic League All-Star Game loss to the North at Lakewood, N.J. Savannah teammates Beck Wheeler and Bret Mitchell combined to toss a scoreless relief inning.

• With Las Vegas short starting pitchers with Zack Wheeler and Carlos Torres promoted and Collin McHugh designated for assignment and then traded to the Rockies for Eric Young Jr., Jacob deGrom was promoted from Binghamton to the 51s’ rotation. Whether deGrom remains or returns to the B-Mets will be discussed after evaluating last night’s start (5.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K). DeGrom, a ninth-round pick in 2010 from Stetson, in part was chosen because he was on the proper rest.

• Right-hander Dylan Owen underwent surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Allan Dykstra, acquired from the Padres at the end of spring training in 2011 in a change-of-scenery trade for fellow first-round-pick Eddie Kunz, is on a tear with Binghamton. Dykstra, a first baseman, is hitting .412 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 11 games in June. He also has walked 11 times, giving him a .553 on-base percentage this month. For the season, Dykstra is hitting .318 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 176 at-bats.

• From the small-world department: Brooklyn catcher Colton Plaia, a 15th-round pick from Loyola Marymount, played high school ball in California for coach Brett Kay. Kay was the primary catcher for the inaugural edition of the Cyclones in 2001. Kay shared in a New York-Penn League championship that season.

• Shortstop Amed Rosario, who last summer was handed the largest international signing bonus in franchise history ($1.75 million), is expected to open in the Appalachian League with Kingsport when play begins Thursday. That’s a rare feat at 17 years old. Wilmer Flores also played for the K-Mets at that age, back in 2008.

• The Mets’ revived Gulf Coast League team opens play Friday. Players assigned to that squad should include first-round pick Dominic Smith as well as 18-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, who arrived with Travis d’Arnaud and Syndergaard for Dickey last December. Smith tweeted Tuesday: “I will start my professional career tomorrow! I’m very excited to get out there and practice with my team for the first time!”

• Lefty reliever Jim Fuller has a 0.84 ERA in 16 appearances with St. Lucie. In 32 innings, he has allowed 15 hits and 16 walks while striking out 31. Lefties are hitting .116 against him.

• Center-field prospect Matt den Dekker made his season debut in the minors on Monday with St. Lucie after recovering from a fractured right wrist suffered in a Grapefruit League game on March 24.

• Left-hander Darin Gorski (shoulder) returned from the DL last Wednesday to toss four innings for Binghamton. He last had appeared April 26 with Vegas.

Cesar Puello is day-to-day with a finger injury, which he suffered sliding into second base last week at Trenton.

• B-Mets outfielder Cory Vaughn will not require surgery on his ailing right elbow. He instead is rehabbing in Port St. Lucie.

Farm report: Syndergaard settles in

April, 10, 2013
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Right-hander Noah Syndergaard learned about his potential inclusion in the eventual trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays via social media.

“I saw a rumor on Twitter, and then I saw all these Mets fans started following me,” Syndergaard recalled Tuesday. “They were welcoming me to the team. I’m like, ‘I don’t think the trade has even gone down yet.’ Two or three days later is when [Jays assistant GM] Tony LaCava finally called me and said I had been traded.”


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Ultimately, Syndergaard, catchers John Buck and Travis d’Arnaud and outfielder Wuilmer Becerra were acquired by the Mets for Dickey, Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas.

The 20-year-old Syndergaard made his official Mets debut Sunday. He tossed four scoreless innings for Class A St. Lucie, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out five at Jupiter. He sports a fastball that sits at 94-95 mph as well as a solid curveball and changeup.

“My first inning was a little shaky,” Syndergaard said. “I just had a little pregame jitters. Once I settled down, in the second, third and fourth inning, I felt a lot more comfortable on the mound. I’m always nervous before a game until the first pitch is thrown, but being with a new team and a new organization, even being at a higher level, I had a little bit more anxiousness.”

Syndergaard tossed only four innings because he was slowed during spring training by a lat muscle pull and has not yet fully ramped up for a starter’s workload. He should be permitted to go five innings Saturday at Bradenton, in his second regular-season start.

“The second bullpen of the year I felt a little something in my lat. It turned out it was just a little pull,” Syndergaard said. “I’m back at it now, and I think I’m at full strength.”

As for joining a new organization, Syndergaard said: “It’s kind of like starting your first day of school. A lot of new faces. A lot more introductions.

“It’s kind of bittersweet, because I really enjoyed being with the Blue Jays. I made a lot of lifelong friends there. They’ve got a great organization over there. But, at the same time, I’m glad to be a Met. There are a lot of good things going on over here.”

Syndergaard quickly became friends with a pair of high-profile minor leaguers during spring training -- outfielder Brandon Nimmo and right-hander Michael Fulmer, who were the Mets’ top two picks in the 2011 draft. Fulmer and Syndergaard now are sharing an apartment in St. Lucie, while Nimmo has opened the season with low-A Savannah.

Syndergaard did not really know anyone in the organization before arriving, other than Double-A left-hander Mark Cohoon, who had worked out with him a couple of offseasons ago in their native Texas.

“Nimmo, Fulmer and I, we’d always be together,” Syndergaard said about spring training. “I kind of wish Nimmo was with us here in St. Lucie. I kind of miss him. He and I really hit it off. We were really good friends.”

Organization leaders

Average: Jayce Boyd, Savannah, .545; Josh Satin, Vegas, .480; Brandon Nimmo, Savannah, .417; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, .409; Andrew Brown, Vegas, .381; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .378; Cam Maron, St. Lucie, .368; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, .353; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, .346; Matt Reynolds, St. Lucie, .316.

Homers: Josh Satin, Vegas, 2; Alonzo Harris, Binghamton, 1; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 1; Josh Rodriguez, Binghamton, 1.

RBI: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 8; Jayce Boyd, Savannah, 6; Kevin Plawecki, Savannah, 6; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 5; Josh Satin, Vegas, 5.

Steals: Brian Bixler, Vegas, 2; Danny Muno, Binghamton, 2; Cesar Puello, Binghamton, 2.

ERA: Robert Carson, Vegas, 0.00; Jeurys Familia, Vegas, 0.00; Justin Hampson, Vegas, 0.00; Greg Peavey, Vegas, 0; Chase Huchingson, Binghamton, 0.00; Adam Kolarek, Binghamton, 0.00; Jack Leathersich, Binghamton, 0.00; Cory Mazzoni, Binghamton, 0.00; Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 0.00; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 0.00; Chasen Bradford, St. Lucie, 0.00; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 0.00; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 0.00; Jacob deGrom, St. Lucie, 0.00; Randy Fontanez, St. Lucie, 0.00; Jim Fuller, St. Lucie, 0.00; Luis Mateo, St. Lucie, 0.00; Estarlin Morel, St. Lucie, 0.00; Noah Syndergaard, St. Lucie, 0.00; Domingo Tapia, St. Lucie, 0.00; Hunter Carnevale, Savannah, 0.00; Julian Hilario, Savannah, 0.00; Rainy Lara, Savannah, 0.00; Logan Taylor, Savannah, 0.00; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 0.00.

Wins: Gonzalez Germen, Vegas, 1; Justin Hampson, Vegas, 1; Collin McHugh, Vegas, 1; Chris Schwinden, Vegas, 1; Mark Cohoon, Binghamton, 1; Erik Goeddel, Binghamton, 1; Rafael Montero, Binghamton, 1; Logan Verrett, Binghamton, 1; Chasen Bradford, St. Lucie, 1; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 1; Jacob deGrom St. Lucie, 1; Luis Mateo, St. Lucie, 1; Estarlin Morel, St. Lucie, 1; Luis Cessa, Savannah, 1; Rainy Lara, Savannah, 1; Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah, 1.

Saves: Jeurys Familia, Vegas, 1; Jack Leathersich, Binghamton, 1; Jeff Walters, Binghamton, 1; Chasen Bradford, St. Lucie, 1; T.J. Chism, St. Lucie, 1; Julian Hilario, Savannah, 1; Paul Sewald, Savannah, 1.

Strikeouts: Rafael Montero, Binghamton, 15; Luis Mateo, Savannah, 9; Zack Wheeler, Vegas, 9; Paul Seward, Savannah, 8.

Short hops

Jeurys Familia, who picked up his first professional save Monday, will see considerable action as a closer for Las Vegas. That will not be Familia’s exclusive role, though. Because Familia would work in middle relief when he rejoins the Mets, Familia also will get exposure to non-ninth inning relief work with the 51s that involves tossing multiple innings.

• The Mets have pretty much settled on a position for former shortstop Wilmer Flores. Flores exclusively has manned second base for Vegas, except for one game at DH. A team official said Flores still may get a start at third base or first base “here and there.”

• Fulmer, the 44th overall pick in 2011, is making progress from March 12 surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. He returns to throwing off a mound this week.

• Nimmo, in his first experience with a full-season club, is off to a quick start at Savannah, hitting .417 with four RBIs through six games. Nimmo came on late with Brooklyn last year, in his first professional season. The consensus is Nimmo needed an adjustment period after playing amateur ball in Wyoming.

Hansel Robles, who was forced from his first start with St. Lucie with an apparent injury after a pickoff throw, is scheduled to start for the Class A club on turn tonight. Robles experienced a sore upper back.

• Left-hander Steven Matz, the Mets’ top pick in 2009 out of Ward Melville High on Long Island, finally may be on track after an injury-plagued beginning to his pro career. Matz, still only 21, took a scoreless effort into the fifth inning with Savannah in his season debut. Both runs charged to him scored after he departed. Matz finished last season with Kingsport having tossed 18 scoreless innings before being shut down with a sore shoulder. His early pro career had been derailed by a long rehab from Tommy John surgery.

• As an indication of the depth in starting pitching in the system, Cohoon is now working full time as a reliever with Binghamton. Cohoon made 23 starts and had a 3.62 ERA last season with the B-Mets.

• Left-hander Darin Gorski, who was removed from the 40-man roster late in spring training, benefited from Aaron Laffey’s promotion to the Mets. Gorski, originally slated to work in a six-man rotation at Binghamton, instead is in Las Vegas’ rotation.

Law grades prospects in deal

December, 18, 2012
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ESPN's Keith Law offers this review of right-hander Noah Syndergaard and Wuilmer Becerra, the prospects who joined Travis d'Arnaud in landing with the Mets:


Tony Farlow/Four Seam Images via AP ImagesClass A right-hander Noah Syndergaard joined the Mets in Monday's trade.


The Mets ... get a wild-card pitching prospect in Noah Syndergaard, a big kid who looks the part of a starter but doesn't have the repertoire to be more than a back-end guy yet. Syndergaard has touched 100 mph as a starter, and will comfortably work from 92-97, flashing an average to above-average changeup and showing a very smooth, easy arm stroke that he can repeat without much difficulty. The Jays have worked with him for two-plus years to develop an average breaking ball, but he has yet to find one; you could grade his curveball as potentially above-average, and he has the high slot for it, but if he doesn't have that laxity in his wrist there's a good chance the pitch never gets there.

He's a solid acquisition for the Mets because of his size, delivery, and easy velocity, but he's also very high-beta and could end up a back-end guy or even a reliever if that third pitch doesn't make some major strides.


The third prospect turns out to be significant, which is counter to early rumors that he was a throw-in. Wuilmer Becerra got $1.4 million from Toronto out of Venezuela in 2011, and he's had just 39 pro at-bats, with his 2012 season shortened by a broken jaw after being hit in the face by a pitch. He has a sweet-looking right-handed swing with strong hands, keeping his head steady with great hip rotation and loft for future power as his body matures.

He should have the arm for right field, although I'd like to see the Mets work out this slight hesitation he has before release. There's no way a player like Becerra, who will be lucky to see the majors before 2016, could stand in the way of the Jays making this trade, but his inclusion makes the return all the better for the Mets.


Read Law's full insider piece reviewing the trade here.

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