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AAA: @ Las Vegas 51s 9, Fresno Grizzlies (SF) 2?

- Rafael Montero turned in the pitching performance of the night in the Mets system: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 55 of 79 pitches for strikes (70%).?According to one eye-witness, he was sitting at 93 and made the Grizzlies look "silly" at times.

- Meanwhile, have a day LF?Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The 26-year-old was 4-for-4 with a homer, threw out a runner at the plate, and made a nice running catch near the stands.

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The B-Mets did not release their roster officially, but thanks to tweets from players and a roster preview story from beat writer Lynn Worthy, we can get pretty close to estimating the complete roster. The best prospect in the group is C Kevin Plawecki, my #11 Mets prospect.

 

CatchersKevin Plawecki

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AA: Trenton Thunder 3, @ Binghamton Mets 0

The BMets' offense scored just once in the final 18 innings and the last two games of this series. So, yeah, they missed the suspended Cesar Puello.

There was a big mess in the seventh inning that began with Xorge Carillo at second and Danny Muno at first. Muno was called out at second on a Wilfredo Tovar ground ball, and got into it with the Trenton middle infielders, which prompted both benches and bullpens to clear.

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AA: @ Trenton Thunder (NYY) 2, Binghamton Mets 1

One night after their extra-inning heartbreak, the B-Mets lost game two in which Darin Gorksi pitched well, but the offense managed just two singles. The B-Mets did draw six walks in the game.

Gorski's line: 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB 5 K. After flubbing his first shot at AAA this year (17 H, 11 R, 9 BB in 13.2 IP), Gorski has pitched well enough in the second half in AA (46 H, 1.83 ERA in 78.2 IP) in AA to earn another shot in AAA to begin next year.

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AA: @ Trenton Thunder 6, Binghamton Mets 5 (10 innings)

Uh-oh. The Mets used a walk, a single, a bunt and a sacrifice fly from Wilfredo Tovar and an RBI single from Josh Rodriguez to take a 5-3 lead.

The Mets handed the ball to Jeff Walters, who retired the first two batters of the tenth. Then the next five batters went: double, single (run scores), single, single (run scores), single (game winning run scores).

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The Mets AA affiliate in Binghamton clinched their first playoff berth since 2004 on August 17th and coasted to the division title, their first since 2000, which they wrapped up with a win on August 21st. It was a banner season all around as the B-Mets set a franchise record with 86 wins, had the league MVP in Allan Dykstra, and manager of the year was won by Pedro Lopez.? Jeff Walters set the team career saves record with his outstanding season, while Mark Cohoon extended his franchise records for starting pitchers.? Player of the week and month awards were too numerous to list.

On May 24th the B-Mets were 26-22 and were in fight for the top of the standings, two games behind Portland with Trenton right there as well. They would win their next three from Portland and not look back from there. They would win 4 of 5 from Trenton in early June, and 3 of 4 from them in late June to move 10.5 games ahead of them, a lead that ended up being insurmountable. A five game in three day set with Portland awaited the B-Mets out of the all star break. They won four of the five and had a comfortable 10+ game lead on everyone in the division. In all they went 60-33 from May 25th on. In an odd note they went 34-11 on weekends.

The regular season series with Trenton went to Binghamton 10-7, with 12 of the games played in Binghamton. Three of the five games in Trenton went to the Mets.? Trenton had the best home record of any team in the EL going 43-27.

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Halfway through the holiday weekend, lets check in on a few stories in the system.

- Friday night, C Kevin Plawecki left the St. Lucie game after getting hit in the head by a pitch. At the time, Plawecki was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. At ESPNNY, Adam Rubin reported that the move to remove him from the game was a "precaution." ?Sure enough, he's back in Sunday's lineup playing first base. The 22-year-old has hit .292/.389/.391 in 59 games in advanced-A.

- Sunday, Jeurys Familia worked a scoreless inning for St. Lucie with a walk, a hit, and a strikeout.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 3, Bowie Bay Sox (BAL) 2?

Hey, two records in one night. First, a three-run second helped the B-Mets to their franchise record 83rd win. Second, Jeff Walters tossed a scoreless ninth for his franchise record 37th save.

SS Wilfredo Tovar (.262/.321/.337 - 129 gms) was 2-for-4 with a double. The recently-turned 22-year-old has 49 strikeouts and 31 walks this season. The slick defender will be off to AAA next year.

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AA: @ Bowie Bay Sox (BAL) 11, Binghamton Mets 0?

In Norse mythology, Thor slays the serpent?J?rmungandr, and then ties himself from the snake's venom. In another story Thor's hammer Mjollnir is stolen, and eventually Thor tricks the thief using an age-old cross-dressing strategy before killing all who tried to steal his treasured hamer. Lets just say we're at the point in the story without a hammer.

Noah Syndergaard is alive, but had a bad outing Monday night: 3 IP, 9 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Hey at least he threw 64% of his pitches (55 of 86) for strikes. He was pitching on nine days rest because the Mets are limiting his innings down the stretch. Prior to Monday's meltdown, since a homerun alllowed on 7/28, Thor had been untouchable:?20.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 26 K, .106 OBA, 239 pitches/178 strikes (74%).?One bad start does not seem like a big deal. I suspect he will get an extra day or two of rest and then throw in game one or two of the B-Mets' playoff series next Wednesday or Thursday.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Domingo Tapia, Noah Syndergaard, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Akron Aeros (CLE) 7, Binghamton Mets 3

A day after clinching the Division Title, the B-Mets put together a performance that looked like a hangover with four hits and four errors leading to five unearned runs which the team's own official recap called "ugly."

CF Alonzo Harris had a nice night at the top of the order: 2-for-4, 3B. The 24-year-old has hit .219/.284/.306 overall, weighed down by a .170/.261/.245 line in the last 34 games after the All-Star Break.

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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 5, Bowie Bay Sox (BAL) 3?

The B-Mets juggernaut clinched their first division title since 2000.

RF Travis Taijeron was 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and two RBI. The 24-year-old Taijeron (.245/.330/.526 - 56 gms in AA) has pretty much gone for an all-or-nothing approach in AA as he has more extra-base hits (29) than singles (19) and a whole mess of strikeouts 66. It's certainly a modern baseball approach in which power is a priority amid the recognition that doubles and homeruns are more valuable than singles (duh!). The cost is that a player will be on base less, and that too has value.

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A: Savannah Sand Gnats 5, Kannapolis Intimidators (CHW) 2?

The Gnats put up a five-spot in the top of the seventh in a rally started by a couple of walks from guys at the bottom of the order. Batting with the bases loaded, CF Brandon Nimmo then singled into left field to drive home two runs to give the Gnats a 2-1 lead at the time. Nimmo was 3-for-5 with a run scored of his own and a strikeout. A ridiculous August (.393/.543/.508 in 19 games with 18 BB and 18 K) has lifted the 20-year-old's his overall line to .282/.401/.374 with 22 extra-base hits, 61 walks, and 118 strikeouts in 95 games.

Gabriel Ynoa was good enough: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. After a slight rough patch at the end of July, Ynoa (pictured) has bounced back to finish well, going 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last four starts with 16 strikeouts against just one walk in his last 26 innings while holding opponents to a .200/.209/.278 batting line. His velocity has moved around a little bit this year, but while sitting 90-92 in his last start in Savannah, a scout told me he saw three major league pitches in Ynoa's fastball, changeup and slider. Just 20 years old, Ynoa the strike-throwing Ynoa, who has walked just 14 batters all year, a rate of 2.7%, is working towards a reasonable shot at a Major League rotation future.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 3, Bowie Bay Sox (BAL) 2?

Closer Jeff Walters walked in a run in the top of the ninth to blow his fourth save of the year, but C Blake Forsythe picked him up with a game winning homerun in the bottom of the tenth.

It was the 10th homerun of the year for the 24-year-old catcher and his third in his last four games. In 80 games this year, Forsythe has hit .197/.276/.376 with 28 extra-base hits, 29 walks and 91 strikeouts. He has more extra-base hits (28) than singles (27).

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 5, New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) 4

With this win, which clinched their first playoff berth since 2004, the Binghamton Mets earned a champagne shower, for all.

Binghamton used a five-run rally in the sixth inning to erase the damage done by Twins' prospect Miguel Sano's 31st homerun of the year. (After hitting a whopping .330/.424/.655 in 56 games in the FSL, Sano is "down" to .243/.346/.580 in 53 games in AA. He turned 20 in May. He's scary.)

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AAA: @ Las Vegas 51s 3, New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 2?

Hey, now, Rafael Montero: 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K. The eight strikeouts for Montero were one off a AAA season-high set in his last start. After an ordinary first 10 starts in AAA, Montero's August has been spectacular: 3 GS, 0.82 ERA, 22 IP, 10 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 21 K. He's striking out batters at a rate of 27.6% in his last three starts and walking them at a 2.6% rate. After 122 innings a year ago, Montero has thrown 138 this year, so he likely only has another 15-20 to play with before the Mets will shut him down for the year. That, plus the fact that the 22-year old is not on the Mets' 40-man roster, and will not need to be added for Rule 5 protection for two more years, means he will not get a chance to make his big league debut until next year. Instead, bet on 2014 for Montero.

C Travis d'Arnaud (1-for-3, BB, RBI) is hitting .304/.487/.554 with 21 walks against 12 strikeouts in 19 games in AAA. This is a guy who drew 19 walks in 67 games in Las Vegas when they were a Blue Jays affiliate in 2012. He has addressed the major flaw in his on-field game: his patience at the plate.

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AAA: Las Vegas 51s 8, New Orleans Zephyrs (MIA) 1?

For the second straight night, Travis d'Arnaud was hitless, (0-2,) but walked twice. You want strike zone control? d'Arnaud has walked 20 times and fanned just 12 in 18 games in AAA for a .302/.486/.566 line. Combine that new patience with vicious batspeed, and d'Arnaud is just waiting on his call. He's still just waiting on BabyBuck and saying ?the right things while he waits.

Juan Centeno pinch hit for d'Arnaud in the 7th. ?Hmm...

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AA: @ Reading Fightin' Phils 7, Binghamton Mets 6?

For the second time this year, the B-Mets lost a game on a walk-off wild pitch. This time the offender was Jeff Walters who blew his first save in 21 attempts, dating back to June 6. A recent scout's pithy report on Walters, "He has a chance. Nice sinker." Walters (pictured) has run a 3.9 K/BB ratio in AA (51 K/13 BB) with over a strikeout an inning (49 innings). He's a fastball slider guy, who with a fastball in the low-mid 90s, certainly profiles as a middle reliever. Walters, like deGrom, who I wrote about in AAA today, seem like extremely strong bets to be added to the Mets' 40-man roster this off-season.

LF Cory Vaughn was 2-for-5. He's bopping along at .379/.406/.724 with a double, three homers, one walk and six whiffs in eight games since his return to AA at the beginning of August. He had six homers in his first 46 games in AA this year before this run. It's interesting too that Vaughn is playing left while Travis Taijeron plays right for the B-Mets.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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@ Erie Seawolves 6, Binghamton Mets 4

Some other guys did stuff, but Noah Syndergaard did this: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. He threw 73% (!!) of his pitches for strikes (41 of 56). Yes, the Mets are holding him to strict pitch counts to finish the year. And through it all, he's finishing five inning on 56 pitches, an average of 11.2 pitches per inning.

His last three starts in AA: 16 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 16 K.

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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 1, Altoona Curve 0?

Darin Gorski: 7.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. In nine starts and one relief outing in AA, the 25-year-old is 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA and 47 K against 16 walks thanks to a .159 opponents' batting average with just 28 hits allowed in 51 innings. He was given a chance in AAA earlier this year and the results were not pretty: 13.2 IP, 17 H, 11 R, 10 ER, 9 BB, 7 K. I suppose he'll get another shot at the minors' highest level in 2014. Instead, Gorski who's velocity I am told is back in the mid-upper 80s regularly, looks like a guy like Mark Cohoon who can get outs in AA, but struggles in AAA.

Jeff Walters locked down his 33rd save of the year for the B-Mets striking out a batter in the ninth. Walters needs three more saves in the season's final three weeks to equal Tim Lavigne's Binghamton Mets record.

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AA: Altoona Curve (PIT) 5, Binghamton Mets 4?

Wait, wait, wait. SS Wilfredo Tovar (.262/.318/.343 - 111 games) had two home runs in this game. How surprising is this? Very. The 5'10", 160 lber, had two home runs in his first 110 games with Binghamton this year. He had one in 122 games last year. He had two in Savannah in 131 games in 2011. He did not homer in 92 games across three levels in 2010. His offensive game is all about contact with a little bit of plate discipline. Since April 20, when his OPS bottomed out at .378, he's hit .279/.333/.370 in 96 games in AA with 23 walks against 36 strikeouts in 351 PA. That's a 6.5% walk rate and a 10.3% strikeout rate. In the field, Tovar, who turns 22 in three days, is probably the best defensive shortstop in the system. He's not straight-line fast, but he possesses outstanding body control, plenty of arm and a quick release.

He's going to play in the big leagues. The question remains whether he will hit enough to play everyday in the big leagues. As a group, MLB shortstops have hit .255/.307/.372 this year with a 6.5% walk rate and a 16.5% strikeout rate. He's already on the Mets' 40-man roster,??and will likely make his MLB debut at some point in 2014 with timing depending on injuries and performance in front of him (by Ruben Tejada, who turns 23 in October, and perhaps Omar Quintanilla). Mets shortstops have hit .218/.292/.281 this year with a 71 sOPS+ (29% below MLB average for the position), or 29th in the big leagues.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Wilfredo Tovar, Toby Hyde
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We'll do a few topics for each affiliate, starting in AA.

Noah Syndergaard is Dominating AANoah Syndergaard was terrific again on Sunday: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. He hit 96 a handful of times. The Mets are keeping ?the big Texan on a very short leash these days as he threw just 66 pitches Sunday after 59 in his previous start. His total AA line: 41 IP, 32 H, 12 R, 9 ER, 9 BB, 49 K, 1.98 ERA. In terms of key ratios, that's a 5.4 K/BB, a 31% strikeout rate and a 5.7% walk rate. That's all just outstanding stuff from Thor. Even better, he's started referring to himself as Thor on Twitter, which is hilarious. Syndergaard threw 103.2 innings last year for Lansing in the Midwest League and is sitting at 104.2 right now between St. Lucie and Binghamton. If the BMets keep his pitch count down in his next few outings, he should be clear to finish strong in the Eastern League Playoffs.

After the game, Travis d'Arnaud told MiLB.com that Syndergaard's stuff was great:

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AA: @ Altoona Curve 2, Binghamton Mets 1 (13 innings)

Rehabber:Travis d'Arnaud was 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts and a throwing error on an attempted base stealer. The 24-year-old is 1-for-9 with a walk and three whiffs in his two rehab games in AA.

SS Wilfredo Tovar was 2-for-5 with an RBI to lift his season batting line to .265/.322/.333 with 23 walks against 41 strikeouts in 106 games. A slick defender, his offensive game is all about contact and BABIP.

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AA: Trenton Thunder (NYY) 4, @ Binghamton Mets 1?(7 innings)@ Binghamton Mets 4, Trenton Thunder 1 (7 innings)

This was a pretty quiet doubleheader for the BMets offense which collected eight hits over 14 innings. One of the hits in game two was a grand slam from 3B Richard Lucas, his 7th of the year. The 24-year-old is hitting .207/.268/.326 in 76 games for AA Binghamton this year.

Erik Goeddel (9-4, 3.99) again struggled with his control in game one: L, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 WP.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Cesar Puello, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: Trenton Thunder 2, @ Binghamton Mets 0

SS Wilfredo Tovar, who was 1-for-3 with a walk, collected the B-Mets' only hit against Yankee farmhand Nik Turley and a pair of relievers.

Darin Gorski (3-1, 2.48) was the tough-luck loser: 9 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR. Gorski's done a fine job in AA in his last eight outings (36 K/13 BB/20 H/36.1 IP). In terms of projecting forward, it's hard to ignore his struggles in AAA to start the year (9 BB/7 K in 13.2 IP) as suggesting that both the top minor league hitters, let alone big leaguers, gave him trouble.

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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 6, Reading Fightin' Phils 3?

Mark Cohoon?(pictured) set a new Binghamton Mets franchise record for career innings pitched and reliever Jeff Walters matched a franchise season-high with his 28th save of the year. Walters has allowed runs in five of his 40 appearances this year on his way to a 2.08 ERA and a 47/12 K/BB ratio. He's fanned a healthy 27.5% of opposing hitters while walking 7%. He's allowed one run in his last 13.2 innings since June 11. I'd sure like to see him get a shot at AAA for a month.

RF Cesar Puello was 1-for-3 and drew another walk, his eighth in his last 14 games a span in which he has hit .388/.492/.551 with eight walks and eight strikeouts and a .429 BABIP. The fact that he's walking and striking out one a 1:1 basis is a very significant development. Again, given this development, the time the 22-year-old has spent at AA looks well-invested.

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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 6, Reading Fightin' Phils 3

After a rough one last time out, Noah Syndergaard got back on track for Binghamton: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 WP. He threw 62.5% of his pitches for strikes (60 of 96) and induced five groundball outs against one in the air.

After the game, he told Lynn Worthy in the Press and Sun Bulletin:

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I've been on the road, so we're going to skip the game-by-game stuff to point out three or so things by affiliate that I care about right now.

1. Cesar Puello is not just hitting, he's walking a little. After drawing one walk in an 18-game stretch from June 8th through July 7th, Puello has drawn seven free passes in his last 12 games while hitting .395/.491/.581 with seven walks, only eight strikeouts and a .444 BABIP in those dozen contests. Obviously, he cannot run a .444 BABIP in the big leagues, but the 8/7 K/BB sure seems like progress for the 22-year-old. He also had four doubles in his last three games over the weekend in New Britain. Puello is leading the Eastern League in batting average, (.332), fifth in on-base percentage (.401), second in slugging (.571) and tied for fourth in homers (16), and is third in stolen bases (23). More or less, the thing keeping him from AAA was his strike zone control.

I wonder at this point whether the Mets will promote Puello to AAA at all this year. The AA B-Mets are going to the playoffs, and are 11 games up in first while the AAA Las Vegas 51s are 0.5 games behind Tucson. His time in Double-A appears to have been very productive developmentally. More to the point, it looks like his game is still evolving as his recent K/BB shows.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Cesar Puello, Jenrry Mejia, Toby Hyde
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AA: Richmond Flying Squirrels (SF) 6, @ Binghamton Mets 5

Good ThingsRF Cesar Puello: 1-for-2, HR (16), BB, HBP, K, SB (21). The 22-year old is up to .332/.398/.570 with 16 doubles, 16 homers and a 70/19 K/BB ratio in 86 games.

The B-Mets turned a triple play behind Syndergaard in third. With runners at first and second, and going on the pitch, SS Wilfredo Tovar caught a liner, threw to Justin Turner at second to double off a runner and then Turner made it three by tagging the runner coming from first.

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AA: Richmond Flying Squirrels 9, @ B-Mets 3

The Double-A Binghamton Mets were the only affiliate to complete a game on All-Star Tuesday and they lost LHP Angel Cuan's AA debut. Cuan was ok: 6 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K. If he's flown under your radar, well, that's no surprise and even as it should be. At 24, he's a little soft-tossing lefty (listed at 5'11", but probably smaller) with a breaking ball and a changeup. He pitches with smarts and guts, but there's just not enough stuff to see him in the big leagues.

Cesar Puello (.331/.395/.560 - 75 games), who was 2-for-4 with an double and an RBI, was the only B-Met with two hits. His power production has dropped in July. After 15 extra-base hits in 18 games in June, he has just one in 12 games in July as part of a .313/.365/.333 line. After a three-walk June, he's equaled that mark in two thirds as many games in July. Progress on plate discipline, or small sample size nonsense?

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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 4, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 0?

The Binghamton Mets improved to 58-34 behind six shutout inning from RHP Erik Goeddel Sunday.

Goedel's (8-3, 3.94) line: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Goeddel is working on a 10% walk rate and a 22.6% strikeout rate for the year in AA Binghamton. I'm skeptical he will have the command to be a good starter, but he might well slot into a middle relief role.

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AA: Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 8, Binghamton Mets 5?(15 innings)

Considering these two are scheduled for a double-header and 14 innings on Saturday, 15 innings was a bad start to the weekend for the bullpens as position players finished the game for both teams.

RF Cesar Puello?(.335/.397/.570 - 71 games): 4-for-7 with a walk, SB, CS

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Binghamton Mets 6, @ Portland Sea Dogs 5 (began 6/25; concluded 7/11) @ Binghamton Mets 4, Portland Sea Dogs 0??(7 innings)

Cory Mazzoni left game one after 1.2 innings with a right knee injury. Per Lynn Worthy in the Press & Sun Bulletin:

Mazzoni left the first game after telling Lopez he heard a pop in his knee with one out in the fourth after throwing 11?3?innings. Lopez and trainer Matt Hunter visited the mound, and Mazzoni threw one warm-up pitch before leaving.
I'm no doctor, but a pop does not sound good.

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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 4, Altoona Curve (PIT) 2

This was the completion of the suspended game from Monday. The two teams did not attempt Tuesday's regularly scheduled game because Altoona has too many games. The Curve, if I'm counting correctly, finished nine games in the final seven days of the month of June and two in the first two days of July and do not have a double-header scheduled in the next six days in front of the Eastern League's All-Star Break. Also, there was a 2:54 minute delay in this game so the two teams' interest in not starting a second game makes sense in that light.

In the game that actually happened, both teams went with their Tuesday starters since the game was suspended after an inning on Monday, and the B-Mets had to deal with one of the Pirates' top pitching prospect - Jameson Taillon.

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AA:?Binghamton Mets 3, @ Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 0?

Something common: Cesar Puello (.338/.407/.616 - 58 games) hit. The 22-year-old was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Something uncommon: he played centerfield for the second straight night and the third time this year. In part, Puello has played center because the B-Mets' other two options Alonzo Harris (concussion) and Darrell Ceciliani (unclear) missed the last two games. Puello has mostly played right in his minor league career, but played center about a third of the time in 2012 in advanced-A St. Lucie. Obviously, his value goes up if he can handle centerfield, even in a fill-in role.

What is Puello doing in AA? My theory is that 1. the Mets are allowing him to consolidate his skill gains and 2. allowing him to participate in the Double-A All Star Game. The All-Star Game is July 10. Puello deserves to start in the game. In the last few years, the Mets have rewarded their players who earn All-Star Game recognition, and then, when circumstances allow, promoted them after the game. I suspect that this will be the case with Puello.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 4, @ Richmond Flying Squirrels (SF) 3?

Why messy? The B-Mets scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk. The Squirrels balked home another run. Binghamton allowed two unearned runs.

Cory Mazzoni: 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. After beginning his professional tenure as an extreme low-strikeout rate guy, Mazzoni is missing bats all of a sudden. In his last four starts, over 24.2 innings, he's fanned 34 and walked six while yielding 15 runs, nine earned on 22 hits. That's a 3.28 ERA, a 33% strikeout rate and a 5.8% walk rate. That's all good stuff. In his first five starts sandwiched around a DL trip, he had a 4.68 ERA and a 18% strikeout rate.

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AA: @ Richmond Flying Squirrels 3, Binghamton Mets ?2 (8 innings)Binghamton Mets 8, Richmond Flying Squirrels 1?(7 innings)

There were games. And the B-Mets split 'em, losing in walkoff fashion in game one before rallying in game two. However, the most important thing: RF Cesar Puello's return to the B-Mets' lineup. Puello missed seven days after hurting his finger on a stolen base attempt in Trenton on June 11. In the two games on the day of his return he combined to go 4-for-7 with two doubles, four runs scored, two RBI, a strikeout and of course, a HBP (his 11th this year). In 55 games in AA at age 22, Puello is raking at .338/.410/.613. He's third in the Eastern League in batting average, second in slugging percentage, tied for second in homers and third in stolen bases. According to Baseball Reference, Puello has had only four plate appearances against pitchers who are younger than he is.

Other things:

Tags: Allan Dykstra, Binghamton Mets, Cesar Puello, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 5, Bowie Bay Sox (BAL) 4?

Walk-offs weren't just for the big leaguers on Father's Day.?In AA, LF Joe Bonfe connected on his first homer of the year to give the B-Mets' their eight win in their last nine games. Bonfe, now 25, has hit .293/.333/.397 in 22 games in AA this year after splitting last year between St. Lucie and Binghamton.

RF Travis Taijeron was 3-for-4 with a double and a homer. In seven games in AA, the 24-year-old is hitting a silly .367/.406/.900 (!) with four doubles, four homers and 11 strikeouts. That's a great week, but I need to see Taijeron keep it up for a whole lot longer to begin to change my opinion on him.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Travis Taijeron, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 7, Bowie Bay Sox (BAL) 3?

RF Travis Taijeron was 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in the fourth inning that put the Mets ahead 6-1. In six games in AA, Taijeron has eight hits including three doubles and three homers to go along with two walks and 11 (!) strikeouts. Something does not seem sustainable in there.

Logan Verrett (8-2, 3.80) was fine: 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 6, @ Trenton Thunder (NYY) 1?

RF Travis Taijeron continues to enjoy his first week in AA. Wednesday, he was 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two strikeouts. In four games, the 24-year-old is 7-for-19 with five extra-base hits, 0 walks and seven strikeouts.

At the bottom of the order, little SS Wilfredo Tovar is coming around. He picked up two hits to extend his hitting streak to five games. The smooth-fielding 21-year-old is hitting .353/.436/.412 in his last 10 and is up to .251/.297/.293 overall in 63 games. There's no power here, but he's already drawn as many walks in June (4) as he did in April and May combined. The hope is that he can provide a little big league value with his glove and contact ability.

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AA: Binghamton Mets 6, Trenton Thunder (NYY) 5?

We'll start with the most important thing: Cesar Puello was 2-for-4 with a strikeout, but left this one early after getting caught stealing. According to tweets of those at the game, he hurt his hand/wrist on ?the play. The 22-year old Puello is up to .330/.403/.604, #1 in the Eastern League in slugging, and #2 in OPS and homers and #3 in batting average.

2B Danny Muno popped a three-run homer, his third longball of the season. The 24-year-old is hitting just .224/.353/.348 in 60 games with 40 walks and 47 strikeouts. His offensive profile is all approach and few hits.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Cesar Puello, Toby Hyde
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