Monday, April 8, 2013

Mets Ahead in Dickey Trade

Just days into the 2013 season, the Mets trade of R. A. Dickey is paying off. In his first two starts for Toronto, Dickey's been terrible. More surprisingly, Josh Thole isn't even on their roster. On March 30, 2013 Thole was optioned to their Buffalo farm team. In contrast, John Buck is hitting .400 with nine RBIs, Travis d'Arnaud is hitting .375 for the Mets' Triple-A team, and Noah Syndergaard pitched four scoreless innings in his St. Lucie debut. I know it's VERY early in the season, but whenever there's good news to report about the Mets, it's worth boosting their fans spirits.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Reynolds Starting Season in Class A

It's surprising that the Mets third draft choice in 2012, Matt Reynolds, is starting this season playing in St. Lucie. Reynolds isn't just out of high school. He played college baseball for three seasons at Arkansas. In contrast, their second pick in 2012, Kevin Plawecki, is batting fourth for the Savannah Sand Gnats and off to a torrid start, hitting .545 after hitting .250 in Brooklyn last season.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Mets continue minor moves

The Mets have spent some money. No, it wasn't to sign either Dickey or Wright. It was to acquire infielder Brandon Hicks from the Oakland Athletics. Last season with the A's, he hit .172, but that's better than he did in the 2011 seasons with the Braves. Then, he hit .048. In 64 Big League at bats last season, he struck out 31 times, or about once in every other at bat. On the plus side, he's had better success in the minors where he's also played since 2007. In 2012 with the A's Triple-A club, Hicks hit .244 including 18 homers. He played both second and short, making nine errors as a shortstop (290 chances) but none as a second baseman (120 chances).

Unfortunately, he seems to be one of those players who can't continue his Minor League success in the Big Leagues. The fact that the Mets are stockpiling these athletes could be a sign that the team's still struggling with financial issues.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Another minor Mets off-season move

The Mets have signed right-hander Wanel Mesa to a minor league deal. The last time Mesa played pro ball for a team affiliated with Major League Baseball was in 2010. Then, he played in Class-A. The signing of the 25-year-old did succeed in gaining the Mets some publicity.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Harvey Loses, Mulvey Returns

Though Matt Harvey had a rough outing yesterday in Triple-A, giving up four runs and four walks in a losing effort, in other Minor League games both Cory Mazzoni and Logan Verrett pitched well. Both started and pitched five innings. At St. Lucie, Mazzoni yielded only two unearned runs in his stint while in Savannah, Logan Verrett held Augusta to one unearned run. Unfortunately, neither notched a win. At Binghamton, Colin McHugh started and also pitched well, surrendering two runs in five innings but, like Harvey, also getting the loss. McHugh was followed by a Mets draftee who just returned to the organization, Kevin Mulvey. In his two-inning stint, Mulvey gave up two walks and three hits in two innings; however, only one unearned run crossed the plate. In those four games, the Mets batters didn't help the pitchers: they plated only six runs.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

GCL Mets Second Worst Hitting Team

The GCL Mets had big problems getting hits this past season. Of the league's 15 teams, the Mets ranked next to last in hitting, batting only .229. The GCL average in hitting was .248.

Hopefully, this off-season Mets management will try to determine how much of the team's poor hitting performance was due to the hitter's ability versus the hitting coach's skill and correct the problem.

The highest-ranking Mets hitter was Sneider Batista. He ranked 47th in individual batting, hitting only .240, 115 points below the league leader.

Interestingly, the Yankees had the top-hitting team, which hit .298.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Verrett Won't Pitch This Season for Mets

Someone tweeted Logan Verrett, the Mets third-round draft choice, and asked him if he expects to pitch this season for a Mets farm team. Here's Verrett's response: "Taking it slow right now. Possible bullpens at instructional league."

On the GCL Mets, recently signed Philip Evans is off to a much better start with the bat than top-choice Brandon Nimmo, though Nimmo did drive one out of the park today in his last at bat. In his two prior games, Nimmo struck out seven times in eight at bats, which made me wonder whether the Mets overrated him in the draft. Nimmo's now hitting only .182. In contrast, Evans went 2 for 4 today and is batting .429.

Though drafted in the 15th round, Evans received $650,000 to sign which, according to the New York Times, is "the most they have given a player selected after the second round."

The GCL Mets got slammed today, 13-2. Their pitchers did too good a job of hitting Nats bats led by Craig Missigman, who in two innings enabled seven runners to cross the plate. Before today's game, his ERA was 3.86; after, 5.48. When you haven't pitched many innings, one bad outing can skyrocket your ERA.

Nick Evans, who's been on a merry-go-round this season between the Mets and the minors, had a memorable day with the bat, singling, doubling, and homering in the Mets game against the Phils.