Alonzo Harris

Releases- The Mets released RHP Marcos Camarena, LHP David Wynn and OF Alonzo Harris and OF Jonathan Clark.

- At age 24, the speedy Harris hit .218/.285/.305 in 101 games in Binghamton in 2013 while going 25-for-34 stealing bases. I had Harris ranked #36 in the system entering last year coming off a productive 2012 with St. Lucie when he hit .287/.354/.424 and was 40-of-51 stealing bases. Even in 2010, when I ranked him #26, his highest ranking, Debbie Downer pointed out, "Or he continues to struggle defensively and swing at everything and never really even plays everyday in AA." Pay attention to Debbie!

Camarena put up an 8.83 ERA thanks to 28 hits and 12 walks allowed in 17.1 innings in advanced-A last summer.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 6, @ Harrisburg Senators 1

CF Alonzo Harris led the way for the B-Mets, going 3-for-4 with a late homer to help the B-Mets win the rubber game of the series. Harris after a quick start, has slowed down the last two weeks or so and is hitting .266/.298/.403 with five walks against 20 strikeouts in 29 games in AA. The 24-year-old is 11-for-13 stealing bases. Still, he must get on base more to hit at the top of a lineup.

2B Danny Muno was 2-for-3 with a walk, he's now drawn 21 free passes in 29 games for a .222/.375/.322 line. I'm not sure how that extremely high-walk (and high strikeout) approach will play in the big leagues.

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AAA: @ Colorado Springs Sky Sox (COL) 8, Las Vegas 51s 7

The Sox scored twice in the bottom of the ninth against the combination of Greg Peavey and recently acquired Sean Henn, neither of whom recorded an out. Peavey allowed a pair of singles to start the inning, Penn walked the bases loaded and then allowed the game-winning single to LF Tyler Colvin.

The two teams combined on 15 runs, 32 hits (!) all in a brisk 3:33. So add this to the "Yay, PCL!" column.

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AAA: Las Vegas 51s 4, @ Fresno Grizzlies (SF) 3?

Something good: C Travis d'Arnaud?(pictured):?1-3 with a double and a walk. That's three doubles and six walks in four games in AAA so far.

Something bad: LHP Darin Gorski's control. Gorski walked four and threw two wild pitches in five innings of work while throwing 55% of his pitches (43 of 78) for strikes. In his five innings of work, he allowed three runs, two earned, while striking out three. Gorski can succeed with velocity in the upper 80s. He can't while throwing under 60% of his pitches strikes.

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Binghamton Mets, Darrell Ceciliani, Travis d'Arnaud, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Las Vegas 51s 6, @ Sacramento RiverCats (OAK) 1?

Collin McHugh was sharp to help the 51s improve to 3-0. McHugh's line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. He threw 60% of his pitches for strikes (56 of 93).

Offensively, the big names (Juan Lagares, Travis d'Arnaud and Wilmer Flores) were all o-for. Instead, the offense came from SS Brian Bixler (2B, 3B), DH Andrew Brown (3-for-4), Josh Satin (HR, 2 RBI) and Jamie Hoffman (3-for-3, BB). I got the feeling that Terry Collins really likes Hoffman during spring training. If the Mets' outfield is unproductive, he'd be on Collins' replacements list.

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Binghamton Mets, Collin McHugh, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Las Vegas 51s, Toby Hyde
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How does one end up in this basket? We're still dealing with players who are some years or more away from contributing. There is speed in this group, but each player has at least one serious red flag of the group of age, injury and inexperience.


36 - OF Alonzo HarrisBats/Throws:?Right/Right

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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 7, Bradenton Maruaders (PIT) 3?

LHP Chase Huchingson struck out a season-high 11 batters in his final regular season start of the year: 6.1 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 11 K. I still think that if the long lefty has a big league future, it's in the bullpen. However, for what it's worth, he has slight reverse platoon splits this year as lefties have a .729 OPS against him in 140 AB while righties have a .689 OPS in 321 AB.

RF Cesar Puello was 1-for-2 with a triple, a walk and a HBP. The 21-year old is hitting .284/.377/.537 in 21 games in August, but still has fanned 16 times and walked just three times even in his best stretch of the year. It's going to be a problem at higher levels.

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A+: Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 9, @ St. Lucie Mets 0 (7 innings)@ St. Lucie Mets 8, Jupiter Hammerheads 1 (7 innings)


Lets skip past game one to game two, where 3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 3-for-3 with two homers and 3 RBI. In 15 games in August, the 20-year old ?is hitting .298/.344/.632 with six homers. That'll play. He's up to 24 homers this year as part of a .266/.326/.492 in 117 games between Savannah and St. Lucie playing his home games in two places that are tough to hit homeruns. Rodriguez has struck out less in the FSL - 18% - than he did in either of his two periods of play with Savannah. There are plenty of questions here, but the man has tremendous power. If the Mets were willing to put Wilmer Flores on the 40-man roster last winter, Rodriguez should go on this year. In fact, I think you could make the argument that Rodriguez at the end of 2012 is closer to the big leagues than Flores at the end of 2011.

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Lets take a look at what's going on in the St. Lucie, in the advanced-A outfield.

Three of the four guys getting regular playing time, CF/RF Cesar Puello (#6), RF Cory Vaughn (#32) and LF Travis Taijeron (#40) appeared on my pre-season Top 41 prospects list, while the most productive perhaps is CF/LF Alonzo Harris, who was unranked this year. Harris topped out on my list at #26 in 2010, but that was a postion ago, back when he was playing second base.


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A+: Palm Beach Cardinals 7, @ St. Lucie Mets 6

For the third straight game, Wilmer Flores started at second base. He also doubled and drove home two runs for his 22nd extra-base hit of the year as part of a .304/.346/.489 line in 60 games. He had 35 extra-base hits in 133 games last year, so he's comfortably ahead of 2011's pace.

CF Alonzo Harris, filling in for Cesar Puello, was 3-for-4 with two triples, a walk and two RBI. He's up to .276/.354/.425 with 20 walks and 18 extra-base hits in 51 games. Last year with Savannah, he had 28 walks and 19 extra-base knocks in 109 games. He's blessed with outstanding speed, but has frustrated scouts and coaches alike for years. Now 23, he might have finally figured some of it out.

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@ Greensboro Grasshoppers 5, Savannah Sand Gnats 4

This was one of the craziest games of the Gnats' season, a wildly entertaining and ultimately very disappointing game one of the best-of-five South Atlantic League Championship Series.

The Gnats took a 4-3 lead to the bottom of the ninth with dependable closer Hamilton Bennett on the hill. ?The Grasshoppers actually won the game twice, but only one counted. ?The second time, came with the bases loaded and two outs. ?After Bennett walked three, the Gnats turned to Ronny Morla to face 1B Mark Canha, who lined Morla's first delivery into rightcenter field to score the winning runs.

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Blake Forsythe, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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Saturday: Savannah Sand Gnats 7, @ Greensboro Grasshoppers 1Sunday: Savannah Sand Gnats 13, @ Greensboro Grasshoppers 1The Gnats dropped their first two games in Greensboro Thursday and Friday, but came back to earn a split in style with two big wins over the weekend.

The team's 13 runs scored on Sunday tied a season high. ?The Gnats pounded out 15 hits and drew eight walks.

Stars of the weekend included:

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Alonzo Harris, Blake Forsythe, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 2, Lexington Legends 0

In an 11 AM start, on a drizzly, warm day, LHP Angel Cuan allowed just one hit, that on a bunt on the wet grass in six innings of work fanning nine without issuing a walk. ?There's no magic to Cuan (9-1, 3.02), he throws lots of strikes with all three of his pitches and lets South Atlantic League hitters get themselves out. ?I think, however, that his command, the ability to throw good strikes, has gotten a little better. ?His last three starts: 1.50 ERA, 18 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 14 K.

Alonzo Harris (.273/.335/.339) tripled to deep center to drive home the Gnats' first run.

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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 3, West Virginia Power 1

In a one-run game in the eighth, Alonzo Harris' inside-the-park home run added a nice insurance run for the Gnats. ?All inside the park home runs are a combination of skill and fortuitous bounce and this one was no different. ?Harris lofted a fly-ball to the leftfield corner and took off. ?The Power leftfielder, Andy Vasquez jumped at the wall, but fell down. ?The ball ricocheted off the wall back towards the infield. ?Power SS Andrew Maggi almost made a sensational play, racing out to get the ball, fielding and firing a no-look strike off his back foot to the plate just a few moments too late to get the very speedy Harris.

Harris was 2-for-3 and drove home the Gnats' first two runs of the night with a flared single down the right field line. ?Now 21, Harris is hitting .271/.333/.322. ?Last year with the Gnats he drew 20 walks in 105 games, this year, he's drawn 19 in 67, well ahead of last year's pace. ?It's a real and important improvement. ?Also, believe it or not, his .271 batting average (yes, I know it's a limited stat) leads the Gnats. ?However, his power has disappeared though. ?Last year, he had a .118 isolated slugging percentage while in 2011 it's .051. ?Can he add some of his pop back in to his more mature approach?

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The Games

- Dillon Gee threw five shutout innings for Buffalo in a 13-3 win Sunday. 3B Zach Lutz was 2-4 with a bomb while OF Kirk Niuewenhuis, who tripled, and INF Justin Turner were each 2-4.

I think this Bisons offense could be very, very good to start the year. - The A-Ball split a pair of games this weekend winning Saturday by an 11-7 count and falling 3-2 Sunday.? Erik Goeddel started Sunday, it sure looks like he'll be in the Savannah rotation to start the year.? Javier Rodriguez, who also seems destined for Savannah, was 3-3 with a double on Saturday.

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So I've slacked really hard on my position-by-position review of the Mets farm system.? Well, that and the team went out and hired a new General Manager and reshaped the entire front office, which is kind of a big deal.? I'm using these to start lining up my thinking for my overall rankings.? I want to finish the infield with shortstops and third baseman this week and finish the series the week after.

So, today we move on to second base.? Second base was a black hole for the Mets in 2010. By Fangraphs' WAR, the team's -0.4 WAR was the second-worst in all of baseball, ahead of only the Cleveland Indians.? The Mets' keystoners combined on a .269 wOBA, making their offensive contribution dead last in all of baseball. ? Since the Mets derived so little value from secondbase in 2010, it should be the easiest place to improve in 2011.

Is Ruben Tejada, who turned 21 four days before Halloween, the solution?? In 2010, while hitting .213/.305/.282, he was certainly part of the problem.? Did you realize that he hit .296/.377/.352 against lefthanders in 61 PA and an anemic .185/.282/.259 against righthanders in 194 PA?? In 2009, his OPS was 69 points better against lefties than righties in AA and in AAA it rose to 80 points before it exploded in the big leagues.? Also, while many Mets fans had understandably tuned out in September, Tejada hit .281/.354/.439 while playing everyday for the first time.? His BABIP was a healthy .321 and while his line drive rate nearly matched his other full big league months, his flyball rate of 53.8% was his highest of any major league month, while his ground ball rate of 27% was below 39% for the first time in a MLB month.? Is this all small sample size noise, or did Tejada really make an aggressive adjustment in September that helped him hit the ball in the air more?? Are more flyballs even desirable for a hitter like Tejada?

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Reese Havens, Ruben Tejada, Toby Hyde
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#20 3B Richard Lucas

Why Ranked Here: I liked Lucas? strength and ability to use the whole field at the plate.? I thought he had a chance to stay at third.

What Happened: The Mets skipped the 21-year old Lucas, coming off a good year in Kingsport, and a so-so few weeks in the NYP, over Savannah (where Jefry Marte was holding down the hot corner) to St. Lucie, where's he's struggled.? He just hasn't made enough contact in the FSL.? However, his ten home runs are good enough for fifth in the League, so he?s hit for some power.? Now, can he make more contact in the second half?

Stock: Down.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Alonzo Harris, Brant Rustich, Darrell Ceciliani, Dillon Gee, Eduardo Aldama, Robert Carson, Zach Dotson, Zach Lutz, Toby Hyde
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Baseball America is running through their series of the best prospects in each minor league.? None of the GCL Mets made their league's top 20, but Cesar Puello is #9 in the Appalachian League says BA.

With the caveat that there are questions about his makeup, Puello's potential for five major league average tools affords him the benefit of the doubt for now. Signed by the Mets for $400,000 out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, he's a strong athlete with a solid 6-foot-2, 195-pound build and loose actions. He stole 15 bases in 20 attempts this season, and his plus speed rates as his best present tool.

Puello starts with an unconventional stance?one manager likened it to him sitting in a chair?but he has a pure, righthanded line-drive stroke. The ball comes off his bat well, and he already has natural power to left field. As he learns to use the opposite field, he'll be more effective at the plate.

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2B Alonzo Harris was 0-2? behind Luis Castillo against Michigan.? Harris, who's now 20, hit .308/.379/.510 in 104 AB in the GCL in 2008.? The Mets picked the? speedster in the 39th round pick in the 2007 draft and were pleasantly surprised that he diecided to sign a contract.? He narrowly missed my Top 41 rankings, and is definitely a player to keep an eye on in 2009.

1B/3B/LF Eric Campbell, (pictured) playing 1B was 0-2. I had Camppbell ranked fifth among Mets OF prospects.

Matt Bouchard was 0-1 with a walk at 3B.? The 22-year old Bouchard, a career .246/.311/.349 had never played a position other than SS.

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