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AAA:?Buffalo Bisons (53-56) @ Indianapolis Indians [PIT] (67-43) 7:05

RHP Jenrry Mejia 1-2, 3.62 vs. RHP Rick VandenHurk 9-3, 3.55

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AAA:?Buffalo Bisons (51-54) @ Louisville Bats (40-66) 7:05

RHP Gonzalez Germen 6-7, 4.60 (AA)?vs. RHP Todd?Redmond 7-6, 3.36

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AAA:?Buffalo Bisons (51-53) @ Louisville Bats (39-66) 7:05

RHP Collin?McHugh 1-3, 4.54 vs. RHP Brett Tomko 0-6, 3.12

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons (51-52) @ Louisville Bats (CIN) (38-66) 7:05

RHP Chris?Schwinden 4-7, 3.39 vs. RHP Chad Reineke 3-7, 4.90

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AAA: Charlotte ?Knights (59-44) (CH-AL) @?Buffalo Bisons (51-51) 7:05

LHP Pedro?Hernandez 0-0, 3.75 vs. RHP Jeurys Familia 7-5, 4.33

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Some minor league action to peruse while you consider what the Mets could get in a trade of R.A. Dickey...

AAA: Charlotte ?Knights (57-44) (CH-AL) @?Buffalo Bisons (51-49) 7:05

LHP Charles?Leesman 7-8, 2.82 vs. RHP Matt Harvey 7-4, 3.34

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AAA: Charlotte ?Knights (56-44) (CH-AL) @?Buffalo Bisons (51-48) 7:05

RHP Simon Castro 0-1, 3.60 vs. RHP Collin McHugh 1-2, 4.55

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 9,?Toledo MudHens 8

Just in case you were starting to think Fernando Cabrera could help the Mets bullpen 2 IP, 3 hits, 3 BB, 1 K, 4 ER to blow a 3 run lead in the ninth. ?The Bisons rallied in the bottom of the ninth, Brad Emaus doubled, Adam Loewen singled, Zach Lutz walked, and Raul Reyes singled in the tying and winning runs.

Chris Schwinden went 5 IP striking out 6, walking none, and allowing 8 hits. ?69% of his pitches were strikes, many of them were?hit-able. ??

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AAA: Toledo MudHens (38-58) @ Buffalo Bisons (50-47) 7:05LHP Adam?Wilk 4-10, 3.46 vs. BUF: Jeurys Familia 7-5, 4.62

Familia looks to extend his hot streak to 3 starts, after going 12.2 IP, 10 hits, 2 BB, 11 K in his last two starts.

Adam Wilk has also gone 0-3, 8.18 with the Tigers this year. ?He seems mostly the victim of bad run support has he limits the IL to .226 and has reasonable walk totals.?

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AAA: Toledo MudHens (38-57) @ Buffalo Bisons (49-46) 7:05LHP Ramon Garcia 1-1, 5.06 vs. RHP Jeremy?Hefner 4-2, 2.96

The Tigers called up tonight's starter Jacob Turner to face the Angels. ?Ramon Garcia was called up from AA (7-7, 4.32) and will likely make the start in his place. ?Jeremy Hefner getting the ball tonight basically rules him out for the Mets on Saturday. ?Batista or?Harvey. ? ??

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Sorry for the lack of posts lately, been cramming online seminars for required continuing ed for my job. ?Too much time with face to computer...

AAA: Toledo MudHens (37-57) @ Buffalo Bisons (49-45) 7:05RHP Thad Weber 3-8, 3.81 vs. RHP Matt Harvey 7-4, 3.39

This game is will air live on SNY with the Mets being off tonight. ?Toby wrote earlier today about the changing opinion on having Harvey start in place of Dillon Gee on Saturday. ?Toledo ranks in the bottom third of the IL in batting average and OPS, but are on the middle third in BB and HR offensively. ?Far cry from the Dodgers to say the least. ??

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons (47-45) @ Pawtucket Red Sox (51-42) 7:05RHP Jeurys Familia 6-5, 4.98 vs. RHP Billy Bucker 1-3, 6.43

On the year Familia is up to a 1.71 WHIP, with a K/BB rate a little under 1.4 which are career worsts. ??

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons (46-45) @ Pawtucket Red Sox (51-41)RHP Jeremy Hefner 4-2, 2.50 vs. RHP Doug Mathis 6-6, 4.05

Hefner makes his first start since June 6th, when he went 6 IP for the Mets. ?A week ago today he went the final 4 innings in a Bisons 14 inning win tossing 50 pitches a day after he was demoted. ?The Bisons rotation for the second half is planned to be Hefner, Familia, Schwinden, McHugh, and Harvey, with Olsen and Owen moving to the pen.? Note that Harvey's first start lands five days before the Mets will need a replacement for Dillon Gee.

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Futures Game 5:00 ET

AAA:?Buffalo Bisons (45-45)?@ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees?(48-42)?2:00 ET

RHP Collin McHugh 0-2, 5.31 vs. John Maine 2-2, 6.00

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A full slate of evening action, following the Mets hosting the Cubs

AAA:?Buffalo Bisons (44-45)?@ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees?(48-41)?7:00 ET

LHP Garrett Olsen 3-5, 4.78 vs. Ramon Ortiz 6-3, 2.85

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AAA:?Buffalo Bisons (43-45)?@ Syracuse Chiefs?(44-43)?7:00 ET

RHP Jeurys Familia 5-5, 5.28 vs. LHP John Lannan 6-7, 4.42

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AAA:?Buffalo Bisons (42-45)?@ Syracuse Chiefs?(44-42)?7:00 ET

RHP Dylan Owen 3-4, 5.02 vs. RHP Mitch Atkins 6-6, 4.78

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Everyone is in action tonight, with the Mets hosting the Phillies.

I'll be checking out the Cyclones tonight @ Hudson Valley.

AAA: Durham Bulls (41-45) @ Buffalo Bisons (41-44) 6:05 ET

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AAA: Durham Bulls (40-45) @ Buffalo Bisons (41-42) 7:05 ET

RHP Chris Archer 4-8, 4.81 vs. LHP Garrett Olsen 3-4, 4.74

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AAA: Durham Bulls (39-45) @ Buffalo Bisons (41-42) 1:05 ET

RHP Chris Archer 4-8, 4.81 vs. RHP JeurysFamilia 5-4, 4.77

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AAA: Louisville Bats (31-51) @ Buffalo Bisons (40-41)

LHP Ryan Feierabend 1-1, 4.64 vs. RHP Matt Harvey 6-3, 3.69

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St. Lucie has a rare Friday afternoon game today

A+: St. Lucie Mets (3-5) @ Jupiter Hammerheads (4-2)RHP Rafael Montero 1-0, 4.26 vs. Rob Rasmussen 4-7, 4.06

Darrell Ceciliani has returned to the DL yet again, Joe Bonfe has taken his spot on the roster.

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Tonight's Mets minor league action to check out while we wait for the Mets to get going late in LA.

(edit: not sure why the links aren't showing up.. learning on the fly)

(edit 2: there we go, all set now)

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Today through Sunday, the 3rd annual?Delta Dugout is taking over Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, which includes:

  • The opportunity to meet and greet Mets and Yankees players and other alumni appearances.
  • Enjoy live viewing of the Mets vs. Yankees games on Friday and Saturday.
  • Interactive games that test your batting skills.
  • Delta Presents Mets & Yankees Password with Curtis Granderson and David Wright.
  • Social media promotions with an interactive Twitter Hunt, as well as other giveaways, trivia, the Delta Vacations money booth, and more.
By the way, if you stop by the Delta Dugout on Friday, June 22, from 5-8 pm and tweet using the hashtag #DeltaDugoutMets, your comments and pictures could be posted on MetsBlog during our live blog before the game.

To learn more about the event, go to Delta.com/NYBaseball.

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Today tomorrow through Sunday, the 3rd annual?Delta Dugout is taking over Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, which includes:

  • The opportunity to meet and greet Mets and Yankees players and other alumni appearances.
  • Enjoy live viewing of the Mets vs. Yankees games on Friday and Saturday.
  • Interactive games that test your batting skills.
  • Delta Presents Mets & Yankees Password with Curtis Granderson and David Wright.
  • Social media promotions with an interactive Twitter Hunt, as well as other giveaways, trivia, the Delta Vacations money booth, and more.
By the way, if you stop by the Delta Dugout on Friday, June 22, from 5-8 pm and tweet using the hashtag #DeltaDugoutMets, your comments and pictures could be posted on MetsBlog during our live blog before the game.

To learn more about the event, go to Delta.com/NYBaseball.

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I've been spewing a lot of draft projections, but lets take a step back and get you ready for the 2012 MLB Amateur draft which starts Monday night.

ScheduleThe first round begins Monday at 7 pm.

Rounds 2-15 begin Tuesday at noon.

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AA:? Binghamton Mets (21-22) @. New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) (27-17) ? 12:05RHP Zack Wheeler (3-2, 2.15) vs. RHP David Bromberg (1-1, 3.94)

Wheeler has won his last three starts and has not allowed more than two earned runs in any game this season.? Wheeler and teammate Collin McHugh are tied for fourth in the league with 45 strikeouts while his 10.75 K/9 is tops in the EL.

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1. 1B/3B/OF/C Vinny Rottino is back and RHP Chris Schwinden is headed back to AAA Buffalo.

Things that make the 32-year old Rottino an attractive fit on the May 2012 Mets roster:

  • He's on the 40-man roster.
  • He bats right-handed.
  • He can hit. He's after a three-homer game Saturday, he's up to .307/.361/.479 in 36 games in Buffalo in 2012. That's no small-sample size?aberration; he's a career .294/.360/.436 hitter in seven seasons in AAA.
  • He abuses lefties. He was hitting .333/.361/.606 in 33 AB vs. lefties in the Internal League this year. Last year, in 119 AB it was .353/.394/.454 for New Orleans. In 2010 in AA he smoked 'em at a .323/.428/.511 clip in 133 AB.
  • He owns lots of different baseball gloves. Here are his minor league games played by position: C - 303, 1B - 164, LF - 197, RF - 87, OF - 70, 3B - 223, SS - 3, 2B - 1, P - 1. Versatility is a good thing.
  • Can he really catch? Right now, he's the Mets' third catcher. Can he be a backup? The most he ever worked behind the plate were the 2007 and 2008 seasons in AAA with Nashville when he caught 57 and 101 games respectively and threw out 35% and 28% of attempted thieves against him, two of his four best three career marks. He nailed 33% of runners against him in New Orleans in 2011 in 39 games.
 

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons (20-13) vs. Gwinnett Braves (19-13) (ATL) ? 10:35RHP Jeremy Hefner (3-1, 1.64) vs. RHP Todd Redmond (2-3, 3.69)

Hefner?s bid for a big-league call up continues this morning as he tries to improve on his league leading 1.64 ERA.? He has worked seven innings or more in all but one start this season.

The Bisons bullpen has a collective ERA of 2.85 this season.?

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons (19-13) vs. Gwinnett Braves (19-12) (ATL) ? 7:05RHP Jeurys Familia (2-1, 5.06) vs. LHP Yohan Flande (1-1, 2.96)

Familia has issued the fourth most walks in the IL with 25 free-passes in 26.2 innings.? He?s still missing bats with 29 strikeouts but he needs to harness his control to have any type of success at AAA.

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Jenrry Mejia is scheduled to return to game action on a 75 pitch count in the Florida State League today says Adam Rubin at ESPNNY.

In the Daily News, Andy Martino quotes a "high-ranking team official" as saying: "?A lot of people might forget about Mejia,? said one high-ranking team official. ?But he is progressing very well, and he could be in position to make a start for us before long.?

Hang on a second here. Mejia's AAA performance in 2011 did not suggest he was ready to contribute at the MLB level. He has made just six starts in AAA, five of which were early last year. In 2011, while his ERA was an aesthetically pleasing 2.86, his peripherals were not. He was walking 4.4 batters per nine innings in his 28 innings in Buffalo with a K/BB ratio of 1.5. Were his control issues the symptom of a damaged elbow or were they a young pitcher struggling to throw strikes against tough, patient AAA hitters?

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons (18-13) vs. Gwinnett Braves (19-11) (ATL) ? 7:05RHP Matt Harvey (2-1, 4.80) vs. RHP Eric Junge (3-2, 3.10)

Oddly enough, left-handed hitters are batting just .170 against Harvey while righties are hitting .324.

Bobby Scales is still 2nd in the IL in OBP (.458) and 7th in average (.340).

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons (17-13) vs. Gwinnett Braves (19-10) (ATL) ? 7:05RHP Chris Schwinden (2-2, 2.05) vs. RHP Julio Teheran (2-1, 3.66)

Schwinden makes his first start since being demoted back to Buffalo.? He went 0-1 with an 11.25 ERA in his two starts with the Mets.

To make room for Schwinden, the Bisons sent Brad Holt back to Binghamton.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons (14-11) vs. Syracuse Chiefs (WAS) (10-15) ? 6:05RHP Matt Harvey (2-1, 4.85) vs. RHP Erik Arnesen (1-0, 0.64)

The Bisons have won three consecutive series.

Harvey?s last two starts: 13 IP, 8 hits allowed, 15 k?s, 3 walks, and 3 earned runs.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons (11-10)

The Bisons are off tonight and return home tomorrow to play the Rochester Red Wings (MIN) in a four game set.? Jeurys Familia gets the start.

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Sorry, I'm watching baseball today, wearing lots of sunscreen, but no shirt.



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Chris St. John at Steal of Home has a great analysis comparing many of the major Top 100 prospect lists. The only Met about which there was any measure of disagreement on was Jeurys Familia. The rankings who had him relatively high: Seedlings to Stars (#54), Baseball Instinct ?(#66), MLB Prospect Portal ?(#78) and Project Prospect (#73).

Store that away.

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Lets rank some prospects...

My goal will be three or four prospect write-ups per weekday between here and the start of spring training.

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So apparently the Mets placed?Fernando Martinez and Danny Herrera, on waivers Monday, or are planning to place the two on waivers.

It's a pretty amazing fall from grace for Martinez, who was originally signed for $1.3 million out of the Dominican Republic in 2005 and was widely regarded as a Top 100 prospect overall, and eventually the Mets' #1 prospect.

It seems a cruel twist, that as a friend pointed out to me, the Mets refused to trade Martinez for Johan Santana, but just a few years later, dropped him to add Ronny Cedeno.

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Just the numbers here, regarding the Mets dropping their Gulf Coast League affiliate in 2012. ?Barring any other MLB teams adding or dropping short season or international affiliates for 2012, the Mets will be right in line with baseball norms.

The Mets will send players to eight total affiliates: four full-season teams at AAA, AA, A+, A, two domestic short-season teams: short-season A Brooklyn and rookie level Kingsport and two international teams, both in the Dominican Summer League.

Of the 30 MLB teams, 16 will have seven total affiliates, 12 will have eight, and just two will have nine, as the Mets did in 2011. ?The remaining nine-ball players: Tampa Bay and Seattle, both of whom have seven domestic teams and two international teams. ?The Mets will be one of 23 teams with six domestic affiliates compared with seven who still have seven, which essentially means three short-season teams.

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AAAThere's nothing here. Well, Nickeas hit .214/.286/.304 in 60 games.

Raul Chavez, at the tender age of 38, hit .199/.214/.253 in 80 games, which actually was the most games any Bison played behind the plate.

Solomon Manriquez, who turned 29 in September bopped .321/.356/.429 in 27 games for the Bisons after a much less impressive .254/.304/.388 in 60 games for AA Binghamton. The Mets signed Manriquez out of the independent Atlantic League in 2010, and he's been a good organizational player the last two years in AA and AAA.

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Darin Gorski is on the hill for St. Lucie in Bradenton with Zack Wheeler scheduled for game two.

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We recorded this Wednesday night before Thursday's Einhorn/K-Rod news. It happens.

We're on itunes here.

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What do you want to talk about today?

Me, I'm heading out on the water with my girl and her friend.

So, that's right, I'm on a boat. ?(If you have kids around, you might not want to press play, because that's the explicit version of the song.)

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AAA: Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (PHI) (9-8) @ Buffalo Bisons (7-11)- 12:05

RHP Nate Bump (0-1, 4.50) vs. RHP Dylan Owen (0-2, 7.71)

Kirk Nieuwenhuis is the only player in the International League to have reached base in all of his team?s games.

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AAA: Buffalo Bisons (4-5) @ Pawtucket Red Sox (4-5)- 6:05

TBD vs. RHP Brandon Duckworth (1-0, 0.00)

Lucas Duda is hitting .222/.364/.278 (4-18), with 2 runs, 2B, rbi, 4bb, 4k since being recalled (5 games).

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In celebrating opening day throughout all of the minor leagues, memories were once again flooding my head. Check out what I stumbled upon while cleaning my closet...

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