- 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.
It has been announced that Mets shortstop prospect Amed Rosario will join organizational teammates Dominic Smith and Dilson Herrera, in San Diego on Sunday for the annual MLB Futures game. Rosario was added to the game due to Yankees organizational shortstop Jorge Mateo recently being suspended, and the 20-year old Rosario will take his spot on the World roster.
Rosario is considered the current crown jewel of the Mets farm system and is enjoying his best offensive season in the minors. Rosario is currently ranked as the second best prospect in the Mets system by MLB.com, behind first baseman Dominic Smith. The 20-year old shortstop has hit for a combined average of .330 between both High-A Port St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton. Rosario also has a combined 11 triples with 52 RBI’s between both leagues in 82 games.
You can watch Sunday’s Futures Game on MLB Network at 7 pm et live from Petco Park in San Diego.
The New York Mets selected UCONN left-handed pitcher Anthony Kay with their 31st pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. The 21-year old left-hander was UCONN’s top starting pitcher this season and went 9-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 119 innings this season for the Huskies. Kay has previous ties with the Mets as he was drafted by the Mets back in the 2013 MLB Draft in the 29th round. Kay also is a Long Island native who attended the same high school of current Mets lefty Steven Matz. MLB.com has Kay ranked as their 43rd draft-eligible prospect for this year’s draft. A scouting report provided by MLB.com regarding Kay is provided below:
“Kay fits the mold of the advanced pitchability college lefty, one with a track record of success, not only at UConn, but also in the Cape Cod League in 2014 and with Team USA in 2015. Kay succeeds by filling the strike zone and keeping hitters guessing, albeit with the lack of a true out pitch. He’ll top out at 94-95 mph with his fastball, though he pitches more effectively at around 91 mph. He has a consistently reliable changeup, though he telegraphs it at times by lowering his arm slot. His breaking ball is fringy.”
The Mets went with two straight college pitchers in the first round of the draft and it is clear that upper management is intent on rebuilding the pitching in their farm system. Kay was a great selection who many project to rise rapidly through the Mets system with his advanced feel for pitching. Kay was recently named the American Athletic Conference pitcher of the year, and the MVP of the AAC tournament. Kay also broke the UCONN career record for strikeouts with 263 this season. It was another solid pick for the Mets as you never can be faulted with going in the direction of pitching in the draft. Kay is not the tallest pitcher on the mound as he barely stands at six feet, but he has drawn comparisons to Mark Buehrle.
The Mets 31st pick was a compensation pick for Daniel Murphy signing with the Washington Nationals.
With the 19th pick in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft the New York Mets selected Boston College right-handed pitcher Justin Dunn. Dunn has reportedly been one of the fastest risers over the past couple of months after being inserted into Boston College’s starting rotation in April. The Freeport, New York native, has a 1.49 ERA in 60.1 innings this season for the Eagles. MLB.com has Dunn ranked as their 29th ranked draft-eligible prospect for this year’s draft. A scouting report from MLB.com regarding the 20-year old Dunn is provided below:
“Dunn has always had a plus fastball and he maintained it in his early starts, lighting radar guns up to 98-99 mph and sitting in the 92-95 mph range. He utilizes two breaking balls, both of which are Major League average: a three-quarters curve and a solid hard slider. His changeup will also flash average, though he didn’t need it much as a reliever. His command is fringy at present, but his outstanding stuff helps make up for it.”
It is a solid pick for the New York Mets as Dunn has electric stuff on the mound and he would fit well with their current rotation of electric arms. There is huge potential surrounding Dunn with the type of stuff he possesses, and you can bet pitching coach Dan Warthen will have a hand in helping his slider develop, as he has with many of our current pitchers. The only downside concerning Dunn is he hasn’t been a regular fixture in the Boston College rotation and could use some time to develop into a full fledged starting pitcher. Dunn also stands at 6’2 and 170 lbs, and many worry how his frame will hold up in the majors. I believe if he puts on some extra muscle he will be fine and even if he doesn’t, many scouts project his frame to current Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura. It was a great pick by the Mets who need to begin to replenish their farm with power arms, and this pick was a step in the right direction.
Awful news for the New York Mets this afternoon as starting first baseman Lucas Duda has been diagnosed with a stress fracture in his lower back and been placed on the 15-day disabled list. Continue reading
The Mets have a couple of players who are absolutely lighting their respective league’s on fire down on the farm. Those players are left-handed pitcher P.J. Conlon and utility player Ty Kelly. Follow the jump to see what all the buzz is about! Continue reading
The 2016 MLB Amateur Player Draft is a month away, and the New York Mets possess two draft picks inside the top-31 picks. I decided I would list some players that might interest the Mets in the draft next month. The draft is 4 weeks away and anything can happen on draft night, but I believe these are a few players that may catch the Mets eye, and who I believe would be great fits for the organization. Continue reading
- It has been announced today that Jacob deGrom will rejoin the rotation this weekend and start Sunday’s afternoon game in Atlanta against the Braves. DeGrom has been out since April 8th due to a right lat injury and his son’s Jaxon’s birth. He threw a 71-pitch simulated game in Port St. Lucie yesterday and he appears ready to go. DeGrom will throw one more bullpen session in Port St. Lucie on Friday and join his teammates in Atlanta on Saturday, which is the deadline for him to be activated off the emergency list. Rafael Montero is expected to be optioned back to AAA Las Vegas as soon as deGrom is activated.
- Logan Verrett who has made two starts in place of Jacob deGrom, has more than proved his value to the Mets as both a spot-starter and as a reliever in the Mets bullpen.Verrett is 2-0 with an 0.69 ERA this season and he also has a 2.36 ERA in six career starts for the Mets. Verrett is also holding opposing left handed hitters to a .190 opponent batting average and righties to a .179 batting average since returning to the Mets last season. Manager Terry Collins talked about Verrett’s role on the team and was more than satisfied stating,”We know there’s going to be a day when somebody is going to show up sick who is supposed to pitch. Hopefully, this guy is rested enough. If you need somebody, he can step in and do the job.”
- While the Mets bats have begun to catch up with the starting pitching the Mets bullpen has done a great job despite numerous questions by outsiders coming into the season. The pen has stranded 17 of 20 inherited runners and retired 34 of 42 first batters faced so far this season. The Mets bullpen’s 3.18 ERA is the fourth lowest in the National League and the pitchers have issued 14 walks while striking out 49 over 39.2 innings. Collectively this group has done a great job and as the season goes on you can only hope they don’t get overworked and can keep building confidence from the strong first month. Don’t forget Josh Edgin is only a couple of weeks away from rejoining this team which will only make them stronger.
- Speaking of Josh Edgin, his rehab assignment seems to be going great as he threw a scoreless inning of relief last night for the St. Lucie Mets. In his last three rehab appearances for the St. Lucie Mets, Edgin has thrown 2.1 scoreless innings while only allowing one hit, striking out three, and walking none. Edgin who is recovering from Tommy John surgery is scheduled to come off the disabled list on May 1st.
- With the Atlanta Braves scheduled to open a new ballpark next season, the New York Mets will make their first of three final trips this season to Turner Field on Friday. The Mets have an all-time record of 60-103 in 163 regular season contests. The Mets are also 0-3 in the postseason at Turner Field, back when the Mets made their lone postseason appearance at the stadium in 1999. Turner Field has always been known as a house of horrors for the Mets since it’s opening in 1997 and I’m sure the Mets won’t miss it at all next season.
ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin broke news this afternoon that the Mets are recalling Rafael Montero from AAA Las Vegas today to help out the Mets overworked bullpen. I among many, expected the Mets to recall Sean Gilmartin, but Gilmartin has not pitched in 11 days since the Mets last Spring Training game against the Cubs. Gilmartin is scheduled to start tonight for AAA Las Vegas.
A corresponding move has not been announced but certainly surrounds Jacob deGrom. The Mets have the option to place deGrom on paternity leave or place him on the 15-day DL. If he is placed on paternity leave and is still unhealthy to pitch, deGrom will not be credited for missing tommrrow’s start. DeGrom will have to wait a full 15 days before he can pitch again, unless he is placed on the DL today then his stint will be backdated and can return on April 24th. Rubin had also speculated that there is an outside chance Hansel Robles gets demoted to AAA after throwing 52 pitches last night, as he certainly will be unavailable for a few games.
Montero will provide depth for the Mets in the bullpen as long-reliever Logan Verrett is scheduled to start against the Marlins tomorrow afternoon in place of deGrom. Montero was Las Vegas’s Opening Day starter last Thursday, and the 25-year old threw five innings of one run ball, allowing three hits, walking two, and striking out five.
UPDATE (3:52 pm ct): Mets beat reporter Anthony DiComo is reporting that Montero will not be active tonight and is simply on the taxi squad. The Mets are taking a gamble, but they possibly could use Logan Verrett in relief tonight if Syndergaard has a short outing, and use Montero to start tomorrow afternoon’s game.
With the New York Mets full season affiliates celebrating Opening Day today, MLB.com has rolled out a list of where each player on the Mets top 30 prospect list will be opening the season. Click the jump to see where each player will be opening the 2016 season. Continue reading