SS-A: Lowell Spinners 11, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4
A rare workday matinee for the Cyclones was highlighted be the presence of Jose Reyes. Reyes, who is scheduled to start for the Mets on Tuesday, went 1-3 with a sixth inning double. Recorded attendance was 8.162. Thank you Mr. Reyes.
Richard Lucas (1-3, HR (3), RBI) homered for the second straight game.
Marcos Camarena: 5 IP, 8 hits, 7er, 2bb, 4k 3 HR.
Reyes photo courtesy of Anthony DiComo’s Mets MLBlog.
SS-R: Greenville Astros 6, @ Kingsport Mets 5
Akeel Morris deserved a better outcome on Monday. Morris was extended into the seventh inning for the first time in his brief career, but the bullpen could not help him out. Morris left the contest with two runners on and one out in the top of the seventh. Reliever Darwin Frias allowed both of those runners to score as Greenville pushed across four runs in the frame.
Morris’ final line: 6 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 3 er, 3bb, 10k, HR.
Morris now leads the Appalachian League with 36 strikeouts. The 18-year old Morris is holding opponents to a .211 average, and is averaging an impressive 13.7 K/9. Morris is struggling with his command (5.3 BB/9), but his ability to miss bats on a consistent basis is a testament to the quality of stuff he possesses.
Kingsport rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth, but an eleventh inning homerun by Chan Moon lifted Greenville to the victory.
SS-R: @ GCL Mets 4, GCL Marlins 1
Several Mets 2011 high school draft picks were on display on Monday.
Joe Tuschak (6th round): 2-4
Robert Gsellman (13th): SV, 1 IP, 2bb, 2k
Craig Missigman (37th): 2IP, 2k
Alberto Baldonado: 5 IP, 5 hits, 0 er, 2k
Kai Gronauer: 1-3, 2B, RBI
SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 2, Auburn Doubledays 0
Four Cyclones pitchers combined for a 4-hit shutout, lead by starter Eduardo Aldama (5 IP, 1 hit, 2 bb, 8 K). Aldama (pictured) now leads the NYPL with 37 strikeouts (28 IP, 11.9 K/9).
John Leathersich (1 IP, hit, 2 K), Jose De La Torre (2 IP, hit, bb, 4 K), and Hunter Carnevale (Sv, 1 IP, bb, k) combined to finish the deal for the Cyclones.
Cole Frenzel‘s (2-4, 2RBI) 2-run single in the fifth provided all the Cyclones offense.
SS-R: Kingsport Mets 6, @ Danville Braves 5
Tillman Pugh‘s (3-4, 2 2B, 3RBI) bases clearing fourth inning double helped propel Kingsport to the 6-5 victory over Danville.
Dustin Lawley (1-3, 2B, 2RBI) also added a two-run double in the fifth.
Brett Mitchell picked up his second win of the season: 6 2/3 IP, 6 hits, 3 er, 5K.
SS-R: Game 1- GCL Cardinals 7, @ GCL Mets 1
Game 2- GCL Mets 5, @ GCL Cardinals 1
Game 2 starter Rafael Montero with the line of the day: 6 IP, 4 hits, 1 run, 0 er, bb, 9k.
SS-A: Auburn Doubledays 9, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3
Not much good out of this game. The game was on SNY last night, so we have some video highlights.
Here is Charley Thurber’s RBI single:
And Brian Harrison’s Nice Play at 3B:
SS-R: @ Danville Braves 6, Kingsport Mets 1
Gregory Pron (1-3, HR, RBI) provided the only offense for Kingsport with a solo home run in the 4th.
SS-R: @ GCL Marlins 5, GCL Mets 1
Saturday: Brooklyn Cyclones 3, @ Connecticut Tigers 2
Sunday: @ Connecticut Tigers 2, Brooklyn Cyclones 1
Cole Frenzel 3-8, double, bb, 2 k (pictured)
Danny Muno 3-8, double, 3 RBI, 2 bb, 2 k
Cory Mazzoni 1 IP, bb (Earned his first professional win)
Saturday: Princeton Rays 6, @ Kingsport Mets 3
Sunday: @ Kingsport Mets 11, Princeton Rays 2
Juan Urbina‘s struggles continue. His lates effort: 3 1/3 IP, 6 hits, 5 runs, 4 er, 5 bb, 2 k. He has allowed at least 4 er in every start so far.
Urbina’s ugly season totals: (0-2, 9.56) 16 IP, 26 hits, 20 runs, 17 er, 10 bb, 12 k.
Domingo Tapia picked up his first win of the season on Sunday going 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 er, 2 walks, and striking out one.
The Kingpsort offense banged out 24 hits in the two games. Yea that’s nice.
Saturday: Game 1: GCL Mets 3, @ GCL Cardinals 2
Game 2: GCL Mets 1, @ GCL Cardinals 0
Sunday: GCL Mets 9, @ GCL Nationals 1
Edioglis Villasmil- 5 IP, 1 hit, 5 K
Michael Hebert- 6 IP, 1 hit, bb, 6 K
SS-A: Vermont Lake Monsters 5, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4
Jack Leathersich (pictured), the Mets 5th round pick, made his professional debut in style. He faced three batters and struck them all out.
Danny Muno (2-4, bb, 2k) returned after missing 13 games with a right hand contusion.
Brandon Brown (3-5, HR (4), 3rbi) hit his team leading 4th homerun of the season, a three-run shot in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
Cyclones hitters struck out 14 times on the night, led by Charlie Thurber 0-4, 4k’s.
SS-R: Elizabethton Twins 9, @ Kingsport Mets 7
The Kingsport Mets offense has not been the problem. They lead the APL in hitting (.285) and runs scored (108).
Kingsport’s woes have been on the mound as they sport a team ERA of 4.98.
Starter Brett Mitchell struggled: 3 1/3 IP, 7 hits, 7 runs, 6 er, 2 bb, 3k.
The line of the night goes to Julio Concepcion, who one-upped the aforementioned Mr. Thurber. Concepcion was 0-5 with 5 strikeouts.
SS-R: GCL Mets 3, @ GCL Astros 3- Game suspended in the top of the 8th
Here are some happenings from the Mets Short-season affiliates:
Brooklyn Cyclones (7-4)
The Cyclones blew a late lead last night.
On Saturday, Cyclones starter Chris Hilliard continued his winning ways.
Marco Camarena was stellar on Sunday afternoon.
Power surging infielder- Brandon Brown has hit three home runs over his last seven at-bats.
Outfielder Travis Taijeron was voted as Cyclones player of the week.
SS Daniel Muno has missed the last three games with a lingering right fingernail issue.
Kingsport Mets (3-4)
Brett Mitchell was named Appy League Pitcher of the Week, after pitching five no-hit innings on Saturday.
Gregory Pron leads the Appy League with a .476 batting average, while Julio Concepcion leads the league with 13 hits.
Juan Urbina got absolutely shelled last night, as Kingsport loses 15-6. Urbina’s line: 4 2/3 IP, 10 hits, 7 runs, 5 er, 0 bb, 3 k, 2 HR.
GCL Mets (4-2)
20-year old SS Juan Carlos Gamboa is off to a hot start (11-27, .407/.463/.481).
Michael Hebert made his first rehab start on Saturday.
SS-A: @ Hudson Valley Renegades 4, Brooklyn Cyclones 1
SS-R: Johnson City Cardinals 2, Kingsport Mets 1
Akeel Morris made his Kingsport debut last night, and had one of the most interesting pitching lines I have seen in a while.
Morris’ line: 3 1/3 IP, 1 hit, 2 runs, 2 er, 4 bb, 4 k, 2 HBP, and 4 wild pitches. (Bolded for emphasis)
The good: Morris clearly had good stuff with the four strikeouts and only one hit allowed.
The bad: I can’t remember the last time I saw a pitcher have four walks, and two hit batsmen, but most of all four wild pitches in less than four innings of work.
Let’s not overreact though, Morris is only 18 and a bit on the shy side. I am sure he was a bit nervous in his first start of the year. One thing I know for sure though, I love Morris’ potential and ability. No worries folks, he will be fine.
SS-R: GCL Mets 5, @ GCL Marlins 3
SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 5, Aberdeen Ironbirds 2
Eduardo Aldama (pictured) led the way for the Cyclones to sweep the series over Aberdeen. Aldama pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, walking three, and striking out five.
Danny Muno 2-4, 2B
Charley Thurber 2-4, 2 B, RBI, SB
Travis Taijeron 1-2, 2 bb
SS-R: Johnson City Cardinals 5, @ Kingsport Mets 3
Here is the opening line in the Tricitiessports.com‘s write-up of the game:
For the second time in about 24 hours, the Kingsport Mets found themselves playing an Appalachian League baseball game in the midst of a downpour.
That is not good.
Domingo Tapia (pictured) was good despite taking the loss for Kingsport. Tapia allowed just three hits and two earned runs in five innings of work. He struck out six, walked none, and allowed a homerun.
SS-R: @ GCL Mets 8, GCL Astros 5
Carlos Leyva (2011 32nd round pick) 3-4, 2 2B, 5 rbi
Gilbert Gomez 2-4, 2 rbi
Alberto Baldonado 5 IP, 3 hits, 1 er, 1 bb, 6 k.
@ Brooklyn Cyclones 5, Aberdeen Ironbirds 4
Chris Hilliard earned the victory for the Cyclones, his franchise leading 11th career victory. Hilliard pitched five shutout innings, giving up three hits, walking two, and striking out three. This is Hilliard’s third tour in Brooklyn and he should be able to hold on to that victory record for a long time.
Daniel Muno continued to swing a hot bat out of the lead-off spot, going 1 for 3 with a triple and two runs scored. Muno, the Mets 8th round pick, is now 6 for 13 on the season and has scored a run in all four Cyclone games.
@ GCL Nationals 5, GCL Mets 3
After scouring the GCL Mets roster, there are not many household names on it.
17- year old Gabriel Ynoa (5 IP, 7 hits, 3 er, 2K, HR) got the start for the Mets.
Jeyckol De Leon led the offense with a 2 for 4 effort and two RBI.
Brooklyn (A) of the New York-Penn League
Manager: Rich Donnelly
Pitching Coach: Frank Viola
Hitting Coach: Bobby Malek
Trainer: Kiyoshi Tada
Strength Coach: Allison Salter
I touched on this staff when it was first announced at the end of January, but the striking thing is the very experienced Donnelly shepherding Viola, taking his first shot at coaching professionals with Malek, who’s been working his way through the Mets organization a level a year as a hitting coach moving from the GCL to Kingsport to Brooklyn.
The other thing is that this team will have a female strength and conditioning coach. I can’t recall ever seeing that before although Deb Iwanow has been a trainer in the Mets organization for a few years now.
Kingsport (R) of the Appalachian League
Manager: Frank Fultz
Pitching Coach: Jonathan Hurst
Hitting Coach: Luis Rivera
Trainer: Margaret Rall
Strength Coach: Roderick Richard
- Frank Fultz worked as the Mets Rehabilitation Pitching Coordinator last year after serving as the GCL pitching coach in 2009. Before joining the Mets, he served as a strength and conditioning coach for the Braves for 17 years. He’s worked in pro-ball as a strength coach for the Astros and Pirates 1986-91. He was the head coach at Texas Wesleyan College for six years and took that team to the NAIA DII championship in each year, and also worked as a pitching coach at Triton College (’76-’77) and George Mason (’78).
- Hurst is back in Kingsport for his second straight year. He was in Savannah in ’07 and ’08, but was sent to the GCL in ’09. I’ve heard the team values his teaching abilities and his work with young hurlers.
- Rivera made the transition from player to coach in the middle of last season. He hit .217/.250/.233 in 21 games for the Gnats in the first half of last year at age 26 while playing all over the diamond including a few games at first, second, third, short. Essentially, he was an additional coach on the field. I’m a big fan of Rivera’s. I know he spent plenty of time last summer working with Aderlin Rodriguez on his defense at third.
GCL Mets (R) of the Gulf Coast League
Manager: Luis Rojas
Pitching Coach: Mark Brewer
Hitting Coach: Yunir Garcia
Coach: Joel Fuentes (Second Half)
Trainer: Eric Velazquez
Strength Coach: Eugene Dalid
- Rojas was the fourth coach on the Gnats last season, so it’s nice to see him get his own team as he enters his fifth season with the organization. Rojas, Felipe Alou’s son, was the manager of the Marlins’ DSL team in 2006. Expect to see him rise steadily through the Mets organization.
- Brewer’s the veteran voice on this staff, having been in AA last year. He’s been a Rehab Coordinator for the Pirates (2009), the Latin American Pitching Coordinator for the Mets (2008) while working as the AAA pitching coach, a coach in AAA for the Royals and the Dodgers Minor League Pitching Coordinator from 2001-2004.
- This is the first stateside assignment for Yunir Garcia who managed the Mets’ DSL2 team last year. It was his first managerial experience after working as a coach for the team’s VSL affiliate in ’08 & ’09. Garcia, a minor league catcher, reached AAA with the Mets for nine games in 2006. All told, he was a career .204/.340/.317 hitter in three VSL seasons and five US based seasons.