5/26/16

Mack’s Morning Report – 5-26-16 – Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Rene Rivera, Steven Matz

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Good morning


The press does seem to be piling on  Matt Harvey.

Here’s one example from  Marc Carig -

Matt Harvey sat in his manager’s office last week and asked for another chance. He couldn’t promise that his fastball would sizzle or that his slider would bite. He couldn’t guarantee what his arm would produce from pitch to pitch.

This, of course, has been at the crux of his demise.

The embattled righthander nevertheless flashed his trademark brashness and insisted on the opportunity to pull himself from his tailspin. But when his chance came Tuesday night, and he got used as a piƱata in the Mets’ 7-4 loss to the Nationals, Harvey left others to answer for the latest chapter in his free fall.

Mack – An anti-Harvey story is an easy thing to write right now. Hell, I’ve been writing about him for three straight days.



Here is an especially pathetic effort by  Mike Vacarro -

                  The headline tells everything –

                  “Silent Matt Harvey confirms he’s the phony Mets have enabled”

                  The joke, of course, is that any of this would be remotely surprising by now. The Mets have abided by the Harvey Rules from Day 1, have tread lightly around him, have allowed him the kind of leeway and latitude that should never be afforded someone with 75 career starts, no matter how promising he used to be.

So why wouldn’t he duck and run now?

Why wouldn’t he leave it for his manager and his teammates to answer for him, to speak on his behalf, after another humbling bell-ringing at the hands of the Nationals, another night when he was less Dark Knight than Pale Pawn, another night when he couldn’t recapture even a fraction of the old magic?

Mack – You know my long time stance on Mets writers on basic liberal newspapers. They are no better than the folks that report on Donald Trump on the new York times.
I hope Matt saves a copy of these stories and taped them to his locker so, when the next time one of these little, non-athletic people come sucking up to him for a quote, he can point to the article and tell them to do something to themselves that is physically impossible.

I’ll tell you one thing… if Harvey comes back and becomes the All-Star pitcher he once was, working with these mutants is going to be a big factor before he signs any extension with this team.


Brian P. Mangan @brianpmangan - deGrom can pitch with diminished velocity. Harvey can not. Does this speaks volumes about how seriously they each take their profession?

Mack – Brian makes a good point here. deGrom’s velocity has been down this year but he has learned to mix his pitches and aim for the corners. Harvey doesn’t seem to have that ability (confidence?) this year to do the same. He’s no longer a four-pitch starter.


Update – Terry Collins announced prior to the posting here that Collins will stay in the rotation and make his next start, scheduled to be against the White Sox.


Wilmer Flores is currently rehabbing and can’t return soon enough. The loss of Lucas Duda and Travis d’Arnaud, limited availability of David Wright, and lack of return from Ty Kelly, Eric Campbell, and Kevin Plawecki is simply putting too much pressure on the rest of the healthy ‘bats’ in the lineup.

The plan is for him to return this weekend. On ‘my team’, he would immediately become my first baseman and bat sixth in the lineup.
I would be much happier with one more healthy big bat, but I don’t know who I would trade to get someone to help. I still think the number one need is a good defensive catcher that can hit in the.250 range.



Here are the catchers on the current MLB top 100 prospect list –

        #91 – Jorge Alfaro – Philadelphia
                  Hit: 40 | Power: 60 | Run: 45 | Arm: 70 | Field: 50

                  2016 – AA: .351, 3-HR, 21-RBI, .366-OBP                 

        #93 – Reese McGuire – Pittsburgh
                  Hit: 50 | Power: 40 | Run: 45 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60
                  2016 – AA: .263, 1-HR, 14-RBI, .368-OBP

The first problem in finding a decent catcher that can both hit and throw out runners is there just isn’t that many in baseball. There’s only two on the top 100 prospect list and, frankly, neither one of those two scream off the page.


I have to tell you… I was very impressed with catcher Rene Rivera’s throw to second base yesterday in the third inning. Would it kill us to insert him into the starting lineup for the next 7-10 days and see if he could raise his .100 batting average enough to make his defensive skills a ++ to this lineup?


It will be interesting to see how the Mets line up their rotation after extended time off on the all-star break. It’s obviously that Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz represent the current 1-2 punch in the rotation. Matz has definitely earned that role.


Matz last pitch to Harper… 93 slider
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Richmond 11 - Binghamton 2

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The Binghamton Mets bullpen allowed eight runs on 11 hits and the B-Mets were thumped by the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 11-2, Wednesday night at NYSEG Stadium. Major League rehabber Wilmer Flores was hitless in five at bats and played nine innings at first base.
Richmond scored early and often, striking first on a Rando Moreno RBI single in the second. The Squirrels extended their lead in the third when Austin Slater smacked a two-run home run over the right field wall, making the score 3-0.
Rainy Lara lasted only four innings in the start. He allowed three runs on five hits and walked one with no strikeouts and took the loss, dropping to 2-5.
Binghamton scored its first run in the fourth inning on a Phillip Evans RBI single, scoring Jared King.
The Flying Squirrels padded their lead with a solo home run from Slater in the fifth. Tyler Horan knocked in Christian Arroyo with a single in the seventh then Slater scored on a wild pitch. Hunter Cole followed with a single, scoring Horan to make it 7-1.
Richmond got three more in the eighth, with an RBI groundout from Arroyo, a Slater sacrifice fly and a Horan RBI single. Myles Schroder drove in Ben Turner in the ninth with a single, pushing the score to 11-1.
Binghamton got one back in the bottom of the ninth when Victor Cruzado singled in Phillip Evans. Cruzado went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Evans finished 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
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St. Lucie 2 - Charlotte 1

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 For the third time in four games, two runs was enough for the St. Lucie Mets to get a win. They beat the Charlotte Stone Crabs 2-1 on Wednesday at Tradition Field to remain in a first place tie in the FSL South.



The Mets broke a 1-1 tie in the seventh inning without putting a ball in play. Crabs starter Hunter Wood walked Patrick Biondi and Lednier Ricardo to start the inning. A passed ball on catcher Nick Ciuffo advanced both runners. Edwin Fierro was brought in and he threw a wild pitch that allowed Biondi to score from third to give the Mets a 2-1 lead.

Mike Hepple pitched a perfect eighth. Corey Taylor induced a double play ball and got a fly out in the ninth to earn his fifth save.

The win went to Josh Prevost, who made his best start of the season. Prevost limited the Stone Crabs to one run on eight singles in seven strong innings. He walked one and struck out five. He struck out Andrew Velazquez to strand the go-ahead run on third base in the seventh.

The lone run the Crabs scored came on a sac fly by Wilmer Dominguez in the seventh.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first when Champ Stuart walked, stole second, went to third on a sac bunt and scored on a ground out by Kevin Taylor.

The Stone Crabs outhit the Mets 9-4. The Mets went 0 for 8 with runners in scoring position. They have now gone 3 for 31 with runners in scoring position in the last three games but are 2-1 in those games. The Mets last three wins have been by the scores of 2-0, 2-1 and 2-1.

Patrick Biondi went 2 for 2 with a walk. He has back-to-back two-hit games.

Ciuffo went 4 for 4 for the Stone Crabs.

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5/25/16

Columbia 7 - Augusta 4

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The Fireflies notched their first ever series sweep at Spirit Communications Park on Wednesday afternoon. Columbia bested Augusta, 7-4, behind Kevin Canelon’s solid pitching performance. The left-hander tossed six innings and struck out six batters.
The home team scored in the first inning in all three games. Pat Mazeika punched a single to left-center field off of GreenJackets’ lefty Grant Watson (L, 2-4) to drive in Vinny Siena, who crossed home plate seven times in the series.
Augusta (21-25) threatened Canelon (W, 3-3) in the top of the third by pushing across three runs. Lucius Fox and Jalen Miller produced runs in the frame. The GreenJackets pulled ahead, 3-1.
The Fireflies chipped at the deficit in the bottom half of the third. Siena drilled a double to left and stole third base. Kevin Kaczmarski stepped to the plate next and mashed a sacrifice fly to center field to score Siena. Columbia (24-22) still trailed, 3-2, after four innings.
The bats came to life in the fifth. Five of the first six batters reached via a hit in the half inning. Mazeika’s bases-clearing double highlighted the hit parade. Columbia’s designated hitter drove in four runs. Mazeika is now batting .444 (12-for-27) with 7 RBIs in his first eight games of the season. The Fireflies regained the lead, 6-3.
Jose Garcia added a run-scoring double in the eighth. Bullpen arms Tyler Bashlor and Alex Palsha pitched the final three innings and allowed just one run combined. While Columbia’s offense glistened this series, the pitching staff allowed just seven runs total in the three-game set. 
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Game #44 - B-Mets (18-25) vs. Flying Squirrels (13-31) - 6:35 PM

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BINGHAMTON METS
(18-25), 5th EL Eastern, 11.0 GB
(New York Mets)
RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS
(13-31), 6th EL Western, 19.0 GB
(San Francisco Giants)


Wednesday, May 25, 2016  6:35 PM
NYSEG Stadium  Binghamton, NY
RHP Rainy Lara (2-4, 5.65) vs. LHP Andrew Suarez (0-1, 6.35)
WNBF 1290 AM


LAST TIME OUT:  The B-Mets managed only five hits and were shut out by the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 3-0, Tuesday night at NYSEG Stadium.Wilmer Flores went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles and logged seven innings at first base in his first Major League rehab appearance. Matt Oberste was 2-for-4 with a double, the only Binghamton extra-base hit. Tyler Pill (3-4) struck out four and allowed two runs in six innings, but took the loss.

BINGHAMTON STARTER:  RHP Rainy Lara takes the mound for the B-Mets, hoping to improve upon his last two outings. Lara has allowed 12 earned runs in 7.1 innings in the two starts. On Friday in Akron he surrendered three home runs and was tagged for six runs, five earned, on eight hits in six innings. Lara took a no-decision in an 8-7 Binghamton loss. He faced Richmond three times in 2015 and went 1-1 with a 2.30 ERA. Lara has a 3.05 career ERA against the Flying Squirrels. 

RICHMOND STARTER:  LHP Andew Suarez makes his third career Double-A start and his third start with Richmond this season. He made five starts with San Jose (High-A) and went 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA before joining the Flying Squirrels. Suarez last pitched on Thursday in Trenton and allowed eight runs, five earned, on ten hits in 4.1 innings and took a no-decision. The lefty was drafted in the second round by the Giants in 2015 and went a combined 2-0 with a 1.60 ERA in 11 appearances and eight starts across three levels last season.

BLANKED: Binghamton was shut out for the third time this season on Tuesday. All three shutouts have occurred in a two week period, 5/10 at Reading (9-0), 5/13 at Portland (1-0) and 5/24 vs. Richmond (3-0). The B-Mets were shut out nine times last season.

E...NOBODY: The B-Mets put a zero in the error column for the fourth consecutive game on Tuesday. The last defensive miscue by a Binghamton fielder was made by Dominic Smith in the seventh inning at Akron on 5/20. The errorless streak now spans 35 innings. Binghamton has committed 28 errors over 43 games in 2016, the fewest in the Eastern League.

MAYDAY: Tuesday’s 3-0 loss dropped the B-Mets to 7-16 for the month of May after they went 11-9 in April. The 16 losses equals the most that Binghamton recorded in a single month in 2015. Last year’s May saw the B-Mets go 14-16, the only month in which they were below .500.

THE NEW GUYS: The B-Mets have received four new players in the past two days with LHP Alberto Baldonado, RHP Tim Peterson, INF Dale Burdickand MLB rehabber INF Wilmer Flores traveling to the Southern Tier. Baldonado made his Double-A debut on Tuesday and allowed one hit and one run in 1.1 innings. Burdick is 0-for-2 in two pinch hitting appearances.
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Reese Kaplan -- Duda's Pain Hurts the Ballclub

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With the news of Lucas Duda’s back troubles being far worse than the Mets had feared, the startling lack of power hitting in the minor leagues reared its ugly head as the team scrambled to look at in-house options to fill the void.  Right now Eric Campbell, he of the Mendoza-line batting average and two RBIs, is the man of the moment.  Like Kirk Nieuwenhuis before him, fans have seen Campbell get exposed with too much playing time. 

Reports are out saying that Wilmer Flores could return as soon as Friday.  While he’s obviously not Terry Collins’ favorite player, you’d have to think offensively he has more potential than Eric Campbell.  What you sacrifice in OBP you’ll get back in HRs and RBIs. 

Newcomer Ty Kelly was a bit of an oddball choice for promotion given that he’s not a first baseman, but an infielder/outfielder.  My assumption is that his switch hitting bat was more desirable to the club than another righty in TJ Rivera.  After all, once Duda hit the DL it left Alejandro De Aza as the sole lefty on the bench. 

Assistant GM John Ricco has already stated that the internal options are not necessarily long term solutions and that means a look outside the organization is necessary.  Players who might be available fall into a few different categories.  Let’s first look at the ones with bad contracts:

Ryan Howard has become something of the poster child for sunk costs.  After being a feared hitter for the earlier part of his career, his last few seasons have been lackluster at best.  The descent began in 2012 with 14 HRs, 56 RBIs in about half a season’s worth of ABs – not bad – but only a .219 batting average.  He followed that up with an 11 HR, 43 RBI, .266 season in 315 ABs in 2013.  In 2014 he did provide 23 HRs and 95 RBIs but fanned 190 times and hit just .223.  Last year was more of the same with a 23/77/.229 slash line.  This year he’s got 8 HRs and 18 RBIs to go along with an ugly .156 average.  At age 36 he may be done and perhaps could be picked up at minimum wage once the Phillies swallow hard and release him.  No one wants anything to do with his $25 million salary or $10 million buyout for next year.

Prince Fielder has not been the player the Rangers envisioned when they acquired him from Detroit back after the 2013 season.  2014 was a lost cause due to injury, but he rebounded nicely in 2015 with 23 HRs, 98 RBIs and a .305 average.  This year, however, he’s off to a dreadful start with just 2 HRs, 23 RBIs and a .202 average – not the kind of numbers you expect from a player earning $24 million per year (well, $18 million with $6 million per season paid by Detroit).  Unfortunately he’s set to earn this same salary in 2017 through 2020.  Since conditioning has never been his strong suit, the club that acquires him is assuming an awful lot of risk. 

Albert Pujols was once the most feared slugger in baseball, but ever since making his way out to Anaheim he’s not been the same player.  Last year he found that power stroke once again, clubbing 40 HRs and driving in 95, but it was at the expense of a .244 average from this career .310 hitter.  This year he’s delivering runs – 9 HRs and 30 RBIs – but the average is down even further to .228.  He’s due $25 million this year and gets a $1 million raise each year through 2021.  He’d provide power but unless the Angels kicked in about 35 to 40 percent of that salary I can’t see it happening. 

Joe Mauer is an icon in Minnesota but turning into a bit of an albatross.  He’s earning $23 million per year to deliver 4 HRs and 55 RBIs in 2014 while hitting .277, then followed that up with 10/66/.265 in 2015.  This year he’s got 3 HRs, 12 RBIs and hitting .271.  There’s no way I’d want to touch that contract which runs for two more full years at that same salary. 

One outside of the box idea that’s been floated around is to coax Adam LaRoche out of retirement for the rest of this season.  He’s 36 and may want to have one last hurrah at a reduced price though his ending salary in Chicago was $12 million.  The final year was not a good one for LaRoche who was a Met killer in his Washington days, 12/44/.207, but as recently as 2014 he provided a Duda-esque 26/92/.259.  Of course, you’d have to make room for his kid in the clubhouse, too.

There are the guys who play 1st and have power but sometimes struggle with the Mendoza line.  This group would include Chris Carter, Mark Reynolds, Chris Davis and players of that ilk.  I think that replacing Duda’s power would be good, but the team is already hitting the long ball.  What they need instead are some guys who can get on base regularly ahead of Yoenis Cespedes, David Wright, Curtis Granderson, Neil Walker and Michael Conforto. 

My personal preference would be the seldom-used Hyun Soo Kim of the Baltimore Orioles who, off his dreadful spring, has not gotten much playing time.  His numbers in Korea (taken with a grain or full silo of salt) were outstanding.  In his last year he hit .326 with 28 HRs and 121 RBIs.  More impressive than the power numbers, however, is the fact he struck out just 63 times all year while drawing over 100 walks.  He’s a career .318 hitter and would provide the left handed power missing with Duda’s departure.  Music to Fred Wilpon’s ears is the fact he’s on a $2.8 million contract this year and $4.2 million next year.  He can also shift to the outfield if/when Duda returns.   He’s just 28 years old, too. 

An older player who gets on base and plays solid defense is now-minor-leagure James Loney who was released by the Rays and picked up by the Padres.  For my hometown El Paso Chihuahuas he's doing quite well, hitting .333 with a .368 OBP while delivering 2 HRs and 23 RBIs.  He's not a power hitter and never will be, but he could be a table setter for the Mets' RBI guys.  He'd only cost minimum wage and whatever the Padres would want in return.  

Another approach would be to land someone who can play both catcher and 1st base as a hedge against not only Duda’s injury but also Travis d’Arnaud’s health.  Guys like Brian McCann, Mike Napoli and John Jaso come to mind.  (Buster Posey, does, too, but the Giants have not taken any severe blows to the head lately that I’m aware of). 

The best of the bunch to consider here would be the Brewers' Jonathan Lucroy.  He's not a slugger (career high once of 18 HRs) but he is a .280 hitter who doesn't strike out much and can play both positions of need.  His contract is not bad at $4 million this year and  a $5.25 million option next year.  The buyout is just $250K if they choose to go in another direction.  The Brewers may harbor some lingering resentment towards the Mets after last year's Carlos Gomez fiasco, but a trade with Kevin Plawecki and a pitcher such as Sean Gilmartin could get that done.  There's also the subject of last year's trade -- Zack Wheeler -- who is closer to a productive return than he was at that time.  Personally, I'd be reluctant to do that as Gomez was a defensive whiz with power and speed whereas Lucroy is a solid but unspectacular hitter and adequate at best defensively.

So how would you address the Duda issue?





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Mack’s Morning Report – 5-25-16 – Matt Harvey, Ricky Knapp, P.J. Conlon, Pen Usage

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Good morning.

Well, another Matt Harvey start has come and gone… three home runs and an ERA over six…

It doesn’t look like whatever is wrong here, or simply has changed here, isn’t going to be turned around by keep sending out for his normal rotation assignment. I go back to my original suggestion… come up with some phantom arm injury and stick him on the 7-day DL… then, send him down to the spring training facilities and, first, give him 7-10 days to just chill. 

Lastly, let him work with the coached down there and eventually work his way back via a rehab assignment.

The Mets can survive without him right now. Frankly, their win-loss record would be much better if you take the Harvey game out of the stats. Can he come back like Jon Snow did?

It’s sad watching a fallen Dark Knight.


The Florida State League announced on Monday that St. Lucie Mets right-hander Ricky Knapp is the league’s Pitcher of the Week.  

Knapp’s one outing last week was a start in game 1 of Wednesday’s doubleheader against the Clearwater Threshers. Knapp pitched a complete game shutout (seven innings) and limited the Threshers to three hits. He did not walk a batter, plunked two hitters and struck out four. Knapp lowered his season ERA to 1.96 while improving to 4-2.  

It only took 58 pitches for Knapp to get through the first six innings. He stranded the bases loaded in the seventh to end the game.  

Knapp is in his fourth year with the Mets organization. He was drafted by New York in the eighth round in 2013 out of Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. Knapp is from Port Charlotte, Fla.

Mack – Knapp is far from prospect level, but he’s having a great season as a 24-year old in A+ ball. In four minor league seasons, he’s 19-15, 3.47, but a very high WHIP (309-IP, 229-K, 82-BB).

His career 6.69 K/9 is seriously below any chance of a projection someday to the majors.



Brian P. Mangan @brianpmangan  - Jeurys Familia, last 30 days: 1.88 ERA, 1.74 FIP, 69.2 GB%


OF Kyle Johnson transferred from Binghamton to Las Vegas

- OF Vicente Lupo transferred from Columbia Fireflies to Short-Season A Brooklyn.

- RHP Andrew Church transferred from Short-Season A Brooklyn to Columbia's active roster.

INF Wilmer Flores assigned to Binghamton on Major League rehab

RHP Mike Hepple transferred from Binghamton  to St. Lucie

LHP Kelly Secrest transferred from Binghamton  to St. Lucie

LHP Alberto Baldonado transferred from St. Lucie to Binghamton

RHP Tim Peterson transferred from St. Lucie to Binghamton



Here’s a stat you’ll love… Columbia SP P.J. Conlon (7-0) has never given up a homerun in his professional career.

It’s been an amazing two years for Conlon. Last year, he pitched entirely as a relief pitcher for Brooklyn and had a 0.00 ERA in 17 appearances.

This year, he was converted back to the starter he was at the University of San Diego, and he’s 7-0 in 8 starts. He’s currently the only pitcher in all of minor league baseball to have won seven games.

So, he’s now given up six earned runs in 68 professional innings, which is crazy numbers.

We have to start taking this guy serious.



Brian Joura wrote an interesting post on the usage of the Mets bullpen –

        It’s encouraging to see Collins going a full inning with Blevins but it should be pointed out that each of his last three games have been blowouts. Would Collins have had the guts to use Blevins for a full inning if the lead was, say, 4-1 instead of 7-1? We probably know the answer to that one.

The Mets’ relievers have been fantastic this year and hopefully the starters will start performing up to preseason expectations so that the pen won’t be needed for 20 or more innings each week. But those times when Collins leans on the pen heavily, he can’t be so dogmatic about roles. Guys beside Reed need to be trusted to pitch in the 8th inning of tight games and Blevins needs to be allowed to face righties.

Mack – I actually have no problem with the Mets pen this season. Additionally, they don’t even have any room for the turn of Josh Edgin who hasn’t given up a run in his 10 outings with Las Vegas.
This season may come down to what this team can and will do in the last three innings of each game.


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5/24/16

Flores to Start Rehab with B-Mets on Tuesday

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New York Mets infielder, and former Binghamton Met, Wilmer Flores will start a Major League rehab assignment tonight at NYSEG Stadium with the B-Mets. Flores is working back from a left hamstring strain which forced him to the 15-day disabled list on May 12. Binghamton plays the Richmond Flying Squirrels at 6:35 PM.
Flores, 24, has played 261 games across four seasons with the Mets. He hit .263 with 16 home runs and 59 RBI in 137 games in the Majors last season before helping the club capture the National League Pennant. Flores’ crowning moment came on July 31, 2015 when he belted a walk-off homer against the Washington Nationals two days after being nearly traded.
This season, he was 9-for-50 at the plate over 19 games before landing on the DL. He split time at all four infield positions.
Flores’ only season as a B-Met came in 2012 when he hit .311 with 8 home runs and 33 RBI. Signed out of Valencia, Venezuela as a 16-year-old in 2007, Flores made his pro debut with the Kingsport Mets (R) playing for then-manager Pedro Lopez.
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AM I THE ONLY ONE EXCITED? WEEKLY MINORS RECAP: Tom Brennan

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AM I THE ONLY ONE EXCITED? WEEKLY MINORS RECAP: Tom Brennan

A quarter of the way through the season of 2016: the Mets' full season minors teams are at full throttle, with the short season leagues soon to follow.  Pretty soon, some guy named Zach Wheeler ought to be pitching in some rehab games.  How exciting!

Who's wowing us?  Not the overall win-loss record, which for the 4 teams hovers around .500.  Binghamton's punchless crew brings up the rear at 18-24 after a rough series against an Akron team playing over .700 ball.

I'll keep it short this week and focus only on this week's stars. 

I tend to cut some slack for starting pitchers who may only get in one game for the week, and accordingly look at both their last week and their season as a whole when considering stars of the week (Monday thru Sunday, May 22).

Besides Pat Mazelka, hitting excitement was confined to AAA. It is why Vegas has the best record at 24-19. Some strong starter and pen notables throughout.

 MY STARS OF THE WEEK: 

AAA: IF T J Rivera - RBI hitting machine: 19 for 33, 13 RBIs in 7 games, hitting .378 and leading the PCL with 40 RBIs.  Lumber Explosion. He was  passed over for promotion in favor of Ty Kelly, a bit puzzling to me since TJ has played more 1B, the position manned by DL Duda. Keep your head up, TJ.

AAA: OF Brandon Nimmo - finally! Ten hits, 5 walks, 6 RBIs this week, up to .289.  Still holding at one homer.  Queens fans add a star for long balls, so hopefully we'll see more of those, but quite a week. (AND - CHERRY ON THE CAKE: Besides the above, last night he started the new week in style and went 4-5 with 2 doubles and a triple to push above .300 to .305...FINALLY)

AAA: RHSP Gabe Ynoa -   He's getting the job done.  (Except last night - he had a weak outing last night to take his first loss and push his ERA up to 2.50)

AAA: RHRP Paul Sewald a bit more hittable of late, but Vegas' closer has not allowed an earned run in his last 12 outings.  ERA dropped to 1.71. (PS: Allowed 2 runs on a homer last night, so there goes the sub 2.00 ERA...3 straight one inning outings where Paul allowed 2 hits, so he is in fact human).


AAA OFs Travis Taijeron and Ty Kelly (*):  

How could a guy like Travis fan 11 Times and still be a star of the week? Ten RBIs, that's how.

And Ty Kelly garnered 9 hits in 6 games. Slipped to a robust .391/.476/.548. We should all slip like that.

* Kelly, who hit just .223 in AAA with another organization last year, showed not to ever give up, and got called up to the Mets Monday when Duda was placed on the DL. Good luck.

 

AA - only ray of sunshine for sputtering Binghamton Stud Muffins? Bullpen!


RHRP Logan Taylor has 30 Ks in 19.2 IP spanning his last 10 games.

RHRP Akeel Morris: zero earned in last 9 games. Getting back on an Akeel keel.



HIGH A:

2B Luis Guillorme: 9 hits and a handful of walks may indicate he is ramping his Offensive Game up again Still in search of his 1st professional triple and homer.


RHSP Ricky Knapp
is 4-2, 1.96 after a 7 shutout inning performance. Just 22 Ks in 41 IP. (Make that 5-2, after another excellent start last night allowing just one unearned run).


RHSP Corey Oswalt
had 2 fine starts (3 good ones in a row) and is 3-1, 4.29, with 43 Ks in 42 IP.


DAZZLING Relief Pitching Quartet, Tim Peterson, Al Baldonado, Corey Taylor and Kevin MgcGowan
have nearly 50 outings between them and an ERA below 1.00.  Tim has the lowest, at 0.52.  WOW. (Plus, Tim had a fine 4 out save in a tight one run contest last night, with yet 2 more Ks)


THREE OVER.300 WHO HAD A QUIET WEEK: Wuilmer Becerra still leads the league at .360 (up to .369 after a 3 hit Monday night contest), but still lacks a homer.  Kevin Taylor at .327, Amed Rosario at .307. 
 

Lastly, A Ball, South Carolina Style:

LHSP P.J. Conlon remarkable 6-0, 1.04 ERA. Career ERA sub-1.00.  To make matters better, he allowed one earned run over 7 IP last night to jump to a stellar 7-0. Leapin' Leprechauns.. Chris Montgomery was strong in closing out the 2-1 win, too, and has been mostly strong of late.


RHSP Joe Shaw...
he Shaw pitched real good, Paw...2 seven inning starts, 3 earned runs, 17 Ks.


3B David Thompson slowed up in RBIs but tied with TJ Rivera with 40...and it ain't June for a while yet.

C Pat Mazelka - dude is 8-17 with 4 walks since leaving the land of the injured.  Remarkable.

I was excited this week. 

I suspect I'll be excited next week too. 

What say you, reader?
 
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