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ESPN’S Adam Rubin is reporting that the Mets will not recall outfielder Michael Conforto when second half play opens tomorrow night. Conforto who is handling the bat quite well at Triple-A Las Vegas, is hitting .340 with three home runs and 13 RBI’s since being demoted back on June 25. It isn’t unreasonable to see Conforto back up in the big leagues sometime soon if he continues to rake at the current pace he is at. Brandon Nimmo who is currently 2-12 with six strikeouts over his last five games, could be the casualty if Conforto is recalled. While I believe Alejandro De Aza should be the first outfielder to go, it makes sense to give Nimmo more playing time in Las Vegas, rather than sit on the bench.
Travis Taijeron was named his team’s top star of last night’s Triple-A All Star Game in Charlotte North Carolina. Taijeron provided the only runs for the losing Pacific Coast League All Star Team which was managed by his Triple-A manager Wally Backman. The 27-year old outfielder went 1-4 in the starting DH spot but hit a two-run home run in the top of the second inning to open the scoring of last night’s game. Taijeron is currently hitting .308 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI’s in 84 games this season at Las Vegas.
The Mets organization had a successful night at last night’s All Star Game’s, as Matt Oberste took home the MVP Award from the Double-A Eastern League All Star Game. The 24-year old Oberste went 4-5 with a double and 4 RBI’s in leading his All Star squad to a 10-2 victory. Oberste who plays first base and designated hitter for Double-A Binghamton, is hitting .290 with six home runs and 34 RBI’s in 74 games played this season.