New York Mets: Yunesky Maya

Around the minors 8.2.12

August, 3, 2012
SYRACUSE 2, BUFFALO 0: Carlos Rivero homered in the seventh inning against Garrett Olson to break a scoreless tie and make the southpaw a tough-luck loser. Olson allowed only one other hit -- a game-opening single by Eury Perez -- and a walk in seven innings, but was outpitched by Yunesky Maya. Maya limited the Bisons to two hits and two walks in 7 2/3 innings. Robert Carson allowed a ninth-inning run. Josh Rodriguez and Josh Satin had Buffalo's only two hits. Box

BINGHAMTON 4, HARRISBURG 3 (12 innings): Dustin Martin rolled a walk-off single through the hole on the right side to give Binghamton a 12-inning victory. Martin’s hit, Binghamton’s 15th, ended a four-hour, seven-minute contest that saw the teams combine to strand 28 runners. With the game 3, reliever Jimmy Barthmaier issued a one-out walk to Raul Reyes. Sean Kazmar ended the righty’s night and pushed the eventual winning run to second with a single. Southpaw Patrick McCoy entered to face Martin, who fell behind 0-2 before rolling the next pitch weakly to the right side. The grounder evaded first baseman Justin Bloxom and second baseman Jonathan Tucker and rolled into right field untouched. Reyes scored from second to give Binghamton their fourth walk-off win this season. The game was marred my missed opportunities by both teams. The Senators went 0-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranded 14 runners, including runners at third in the 10th and 11th innings. Binghamton did not fare much better, leaving 14 aboard. B-Mets starter Cory Mazzoni matched a season-high with 10 hits allowed, but battled through seven innings. He surrendered three runs (two earned) and struck out four. The B-Mets bullpen combined for five scoreless innings. Brad Holt and C.J. Nitkowski kept the Senators off the board in the eighth and ninth. Ryan Fraser stranded two runners while blanking Harrisburg in the 10th and 11th. Adam Kolarek (1-0) worked around a leadoff walk in the 12th to post a scoreless frame. He earned his first Double-A win. Box

CLEARWATER 5, ST. LUCIE 2: Jack Leathersich surrendered a tiebreaking three-run homer to Jim Murphy in the eighth. Starter Angel Cuan allowed two unearned runs in six innings. Clearwater's two-run third began with a throwing error by third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez. St. Lucie had evened the score in the fifth on an RBI single by Alonzo Harris Jr. Box

GREENSBORO 5, SAVANNAH 2: The Grasshoppers used a four-run fifth to earn a split of the four-game series. Rain delayed the start of the game by 80 minutes. The Gnats then opened the scoring in the third thanks to singles from Charley Thurber and Matt Reynolds and an RBI single by Gilbert Gomez. Starter Jimmy Fuller made the 1-0 lead hold up until the fifth, when the Grasshoppers took a 4-1 lead. With two outs and the bases empty, six straight Hoppers reached safely. Ryan Goetz plated the first Greensboro run with a single. Fuller then walked consecutive batters to force in the go-ahead run. Reliever Randy Fontanez entered with the bases loaded, and Josh Adams greeted him by lining a single for a three-run advantage. All four runs in the inning were charged to Fuller (3-4). Box

KINGSPORT 7, GREENEVILLE 4: Jorge Rivero had two triples and three RBIs. 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini did not play, a day after leaving a game for a pinch runner after getting hit with a pitch in the hand. Box

CONNECTICUT 11, BROOKLYN 3: After Luis Mateo struck out the first four batters of the game, he struggled through the next four innings. He was charged with five runs on 10 hits despite striking out 10 in five innings. Reliever Ernesto Yanez allowed four runs in 1 2/3 innings. Box

Compiled from team reports

Mets downplay Maya switch as factor

July, 30, 2011
Although they did not get official word until they took batting practice, the Mets knew hours earlier that Yunesky Maya had a good chance to replace Jason Marquis as Nats starting pitcher on Saturday night.

Lucas Duda and Mike Nickeas, who had seen Maya recently in Triple-A, offered some extra insights -- although Maya also had faced the Mets twice as a starting pitcher last season.

Maya then held the Mets scoreless for 5 1/3 innings. He actually suffered a strained oblique late in the outing, on the basepaths, and should land on the disabled list.

“Maya just threw a pretty good game. He was very aggressive,” Jason Bay said. “I had never faced him before. I think some other guys had. We had some reports just saying sometimes he nibbled a little bit with his breaking stuff. And the first couple of innings he came out attacking guys. And I don’t think we were ready for that. By about the time we adjusted, they got him out of there.”

Josh Thole and Bay both downplayed short notice having a role in Maya’s success.

“We had kind of known it was a possibility,” Bay said. “It wasn’t like last-minute. … They said, ‘Hey, maybe, they flew this guy in.’ I think we were prepared. I think he just pitched a pretty good game.”

Said Thole: “We had a pretty good inkling it was going to be Maya today anyway once we got to the ballpark.”

Rapid Reaction: Nats 3, Mets 0

July, 30, 2011

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WHAT IT MEANS: The Mets' five-game winning streak came to a halt against an opposing pitcher Triple-A Buffalo roughed up 10 days earlier for six runs in five innings. Yunesky Maya, subbing for Jason Marquis, who was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings as Washington beat the Mets 4-0, Saturday night. The Nationals also traded Jerry Hairston Jr. -- brother of Scott Hairston -- to the Milwaukee Brewers. Washington snapped a six-game losing streak.

The Mets did load the bases with two out in the ninth inning against closer Drew Storen, but Willie Harris struck out looking. They have been shut out five times this year. The opposing starting pitchers: Roy Halladay, Jair Jurrjens, Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw and Maya.

WRIGHT STUFF: Maya held the Mets hitless until David Wright lined a single over second baseman Danny Espinosa with two out in the fourth inning. Wright finished 2-for-3 with a walk and has now produced a career-high seven straight multi-hit games. On Sunday, Wright can match the franchise-record eight straight multi-hit games produced by Steve Henderson in July 1979. Henderson had been part of the infamous trade that sent Tom Seaver to Cincinnati two years earlier.

Wright is hitting .475 (19-for-40) since returning from the disabled list.

O NO: Maya recorded three outs on five pitches in the first inning. In the fifth, the Mets placed two runners on base for Jose Reyes, who flied out to Jayson Werth on the track in right-center. After Maya was pulled with two on and one out in the sixth following singles by Daniel Murphy and Wright, Ross Detwiler entered and coaxed Angel Pagan into an inning-ending double-play grounder to third base.

WERTH $126 MILLION? On Werth bobblehead day night Nationals Park, the ex-Phillie slugged a three-run homer to center in the first inning off R.A. Dickey. Werth went 2-for-3 with an intentional walk. Dickey's line: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB (1 IBB), 1 K.

MAGNET: Josh Thole twice was hit by pitches … or grazed … or awarded first base even if it missed him. The last Mets player to be hit by two pitches in a game: Fernando Tatis against Pittsburgh on July 2, 2009.

WHAT'S NEXT: Jon Niese (10-8, 3.97 ERA) opposes right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (6-9, 3.27) in Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. rubber game.

Maya, not Marquis for Nats on Saturday

July, 30, 2011
Amid reports Jason Marquis has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Yunesky Maya is expected to face the Mets on Saturday night rather than Marquis.

Maya is 1-7 with a 5.32 ERA at Triple-A Syracuse this season. He also has made four major league starts this season.

Cuba-born pitchers square off Saturday

October, 1, 2010
When Mets left-hander Raul Valdes opposes Nationals right-hander Yunesky Maya on Saturday, history will not be made. After all, Cuban-born pitchers opposed each other plenty of times in the 1960s.

Still, the matchup in Game No. 161 between Valdes and Maya will mark the first time in more than seven years that two Cuban-born pitchers started opposite each other in a major league game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

The last meeting: May 22, 2003, when Montreal's Livan Hernandez opposed Florida's Michael Tejera. Hernandez, an ex-Met, also is a current member of the Nationals.

Gee, Maya will make Mets history

September, 6, 2010
Dillon Gee will make a small bit of Mets history when he opposes Washington Nationals right-hander Yunesky Maya on Tuesday.

It will mark the first time in Mets history both teams’ starting pitchers will be making their major league debuts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The last time two starting pitchers debuted in the same game in the majors: April 9, 2009, when Detroit’s Rick Porcello opposed Toronto’s Ricky Romero.

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Cuban defector Yunesky Maya, pictured during the 2009 World Baseball Classic, makes his major league debut Tuesday opposite Dillon Gee.

While Gee is ecstatic to debut in place of Johan Santana, pitching successfully for a full season in Triple-A was an accomplishment in itself.

Gee had impressed Jerry Manuel in spring training in 2009, but a heavy workload the previous offseason that included the Arizona Fall League and winter ball in Puerto Rico caught up with him. Gee was limited to nine starts at Triple-A Buffalo before being shut down with a partial labrum tear.

He rehabbed the injury rather than undergo surgery. This season with Buffalo, he went 13-8 with a 4.96 ERA and set the Bisons’ modern-era strikeout record with 165, in 161 1/3 innings.

“This year has been unbelievable, especially to end it here,” said Gee, a 21st-round pick in 2007 from the University of Texas-Arlington. “The main goal was just to go out this year and prove that I’m healthy again and can still pitch. I think I’ve proved that with close to 170 innings, and hopefully I’ll get some more here.”

Maya actually faced the Mets’ Triple-A affiliate on Aug. 27 with Syracuse. He limited Buffalo to an unearned run and two hits in 4 2/3 innings.

Like other Cuban pitchers, Maya -- who was signed for $6.5 million -- invents all kind of breaking pitches from different arm angles. But then he throws a 92 mph power sinker that is challenging, although he actually was missing with that pitch against the Bisons.

“He was tough,” ex-Bison Lucas Duda said. “He mixed it up well. We had a tough day. He would flip some [breaking balls] up there. He would take something off. He was savvy out there. That’s what made him tough to hit. His curveball was like 70 mph, to I think 65 mph was his lowest radar speed. Different arm angles. Different speeds. Then he was running it up there 90, 92 mph. We saw the radar gun and were like, ‘What was that?’ You step in the box and he’s not throwing slow. He’s throwing pretty firm. It was kind of a surprise when you first got up there.”

UNFAIR TURN? Barring a late reversal, the Mets are done with September call-ups. The most curious snub: infielder Justin Turner.

Claimed off from the Baltimore Orioles in May, Turner enters Buffalo’s season finale on Monday hitting .320 with 10 homers and 34 RBIs in 306 at-bats with the Bisons.

A favorite of Mets special assistant Wayne Krivsky, Turner conceivably could be a factor in the second base competition with Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy in 2011 if Luis Castillo is dumped as expected. Or, at the very least, the 25-year-old Turner could provide an inexpensive bench role as a backup middle infielder.

GREEN DAY: Reliever Sean Green had a plane ticket in hand, prepared to join the Mets for a mid-August series in Houston when he was informed of a change of plans at the last moment.

Because it was within 10 days of Green being taken off an injury rehab assignment and officially optioned to the minors, the Mets were prohibited rule-wise from promoting Green unless he was replacing a player placed on the disabled list.

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Sean Green returned to the Mets on Monday. He also has returned to the arm angle he used with the Seattle Mariners.

Because Francisco Rodriguez was being placed on the disqualified list, not the disabled list, Green was barred from the promotion. Instead, Ryota Igarashi -- the player who had filled in for K-Rod during the initial two-day suspension for Rodriguez -- was allowed to be recalled.

The 31-year-old Green is back now, having joined the Mets with outfielder Jesus Feliciano, left-hander Raul Valdes and Gee on Monday. (Nick Evans was promoted Sunday.)

Where does Green fit in terms of his future with the Mets? That’s an open question. But there now appears a better chance he is back in 2011 than when he was bypassed for a promotion when his 30-day rehab clock expired last month.

Green, who has a $975,000 salary this season, is arbitration-eligible.

Asked if he wondered about his future with the organization after getting snubbed when the rehab assignment expired, Green said: “It’s one of those things. You don’t ever know everything that’s behind every move. I was happy to be healthy, No. 1.”

Green originally was diagnosed with a rib cage strain after making one appearance for the Mets in April. He resumed throwing weeks later in Port St. Lucie, Fla., and still had discomfort. He requested an MRI and a stress fracture of a rib was discovered.

Green has returned to the low three-quarters arm slot that he used when he arrived from the Seattle Mariners with J.J. Putz and Jeremy Reed in the three-team, 12-player trade on Dec. 11, 2008 that also involved the Cleveland Indians. He believes dropping to a Chad Bradford submarine style this year caused the stress fracture.

“I was hoping for two weeks, three weeks. It turned into 4 months,” Green said about his injury-induced absence. “It was a journey, but I’m just glad to be healthy now.”

K’O PEC: Johan Santana probably would have been scratched from Tuesday’s start even if the Mets were in a pennant race, according to Manuel.

“I still think that we would still have backed off,” the manager said. “… I think if we were honest with ourselves, we would still be cautious with him. That might not do us a world of good in that situation with him being hampered.”

FOLLICLE FOLLIES: David Wright, commenting on Duda’s haircut in Chicago, after which the rookie left fielder snapped an 0-for-10 start to his career: “Apparently his hair was preventing him from hitting.” Wright, by the way, is a devout Virginia Tech fan and plans to attend Monday night’s game against Boise State. Two of Wright’s brothers have attended Virginia Tech. … Jenrry Mejia’s next start will be Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. ... Manuel suggested the Mets may look to give rookie Jon Niese extra rest between starts to curtail his innings count. When it was noted that there's a built-in extra day with Thursday being an off-day, Manuel suggested Niese's usage had not been fully mapped out.



Daniel Murphy
.295 9 54 75
HRL. Duda 27
RBIL. Duda 81
RD. Murphy 75
OPSL. Duda .821
WB. Colon 14
ERAJ. Niese 3.55
SOZ. Wheeler 173