Matt Harvey and the New York Mets will face Jordan Zimmerman and the Detroit Tigers on Monday at Joker Marchant Stadium at 1:05 p.m. ET.
Mets outfielder Brandon Nimmo strained his right hamstring playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. He is currently on his way back to Port St. Lucie where he will be re-evaluated.
Nimmo will be out a few weeks with what is diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain, Italy manager Marco Mazzieri told the James Wagner of the New York Times
Nimmo, 23, was drafted in the first round of the 2011 draft.
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Conforto was 2-for-2 and had a spectacular throw from left field in the top of the third, which kept Team World's Ketel Marte from scoring. Nimmo went?1-for-2 with an RBI.
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As he told MiLB.com about his big night, Monday:
"I felt good up at the plate, just swinging and having fun and happened to get into a few balls. It's just one of those nights you look back and think, thank God for that one. I'm kind of going through it all, and at the end of the night, I thought, 'That was a pretty dang good night.'"He has five doubles, a triple and two homers to go along with 24 walks against 20 strikeouts. The two home runs?already equal his season output from 2013 in Savannah, and his five doubles are over 30 percent of his way to last year's total of 16.
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Batting second, and playing CF, Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout.
TJ Rivera's fifth inning grand slam snapped a 2-2 tie and put St. Lucie ahead for good. The 25-year-old Rivera played his first professional game at first base in this one, while going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and 5 RBI. This will be the third separate season Rivera has played at St. Lucie after earning a promotion from Savannah in 2012. I thought coming into this year, that Rivera had a chance to break spring training as a backup middle infielder in AA, but the BMets are only carrying two middle infielders: Wilfredo Tovar and Matt Reynolds. Rivera is probably a more productive hitter in advanced-A than Cole Frenzel or the recently released Chris Garcia.
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- Brandon Nimmo looks terrific. He added 10 pounds of muscle for the second straight season, but said that in doing so, he has maintained his speed.
Monday, he ripped an RBI single to right on a hanging breaking ball.
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In 2013, by wRC+, a measure of offense only, the Mets' centerfield production was last in the Major League at 68. Juan Lagares played such superlative defense, that he moved the unit's total contribution up to 2.3 fWAR, 21st in baseball. Lagares after all, hit .242/.281/.352 but was worth a million runs (note: 28 by BIS defensive runs saved over average, 21.5 by UZR and 2 by Total Runs) in center field. Most remarkably, he did that in under a full season. Also, defensive numbers in under a full season should be treated with fairly major error bars.
Nimmo, the Mets' first round pick in the 2011 draft, was a consensus Top 10 prospect in the Mets system entering 2013. Baseball America placed him #3, Baseball Prospectus #9, MLB.com #4, John Sickels #8 and he was #5 right here.
The TimelineThe 20-year-old began the year on a tear, hitting .424/.513/.576 through the season's first 17 games in Historic Grayson Stadium, a tough stadium on hitters in general and downright hostile to left-handed power. Then, in Lakewood April 20th or 21st, he bruised his hand.
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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.
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).
The Gnats and GreenJackets were rained out of a doubleheader on both Friday and Saturday nights, but settled for two games on Sunday. They'll try for two again on Monday with 60% chances of rain every hour beginning at 4 pm.
When they actually played baseball on Sunday, Brandon Nimmo continued his very strong August: he was 1-for-4 with an RBI single in game one with a pair of strikeouts and a perfect 2-for-2 with a double, two walks and two RBI (and no strikeouts) in game two. His 3-for-6 day raised his August line to .358/.514/.491 with 15 BB and 16 K in 16 games. His .358 batting average in August is his highest in any month this year. Moreover, his secondary skills are his best as well, with his close to 1:1 K/BB ratio, his lower strikeout rate, and .133 isolated slugging percentage, which would be his best in any month in 2013. Overall, his .760 OPS is the highest it has been since June 24th.
Better from Domingo Tapia: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.
Tapia is one of the most confounding prospects in the Mets' system. He has one of the best fastballs in the system, showing 95-96 mph with sink regularly with plenty of 98 and a few 100s mixed in. His changeup, when it's right, dives like a splitter out of the zone. ?He's struggled in years past to find a release point for his slider as it used to come out loopy from his low 3/4 arm slot and he basically stopped throwing it at the end of the 2012 season in Savannah.
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.
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Kevin Plawecki just keeps on hitting. After going 2-for-4 with two RBI he's up to .321/.424/.410 in 40 games in Advanced-A with nine doubles, a homerun, 14 walks and 15 strikeouts. The batting average and on-base percentage are great, but note that Plawecki has hit for significantly less power in the FSL than the SAL as his isolated slugging percentage has dropped from .180 to .089. Whether that's fatigue, or adjusting to a new level, or just a hint of the kind of hitter Plawecki will be a the higher levels, it's something to watch for the duration of this year and to begin 2014. Again, MLB catchers as a group are hitting .248/.312/.388, with a .140 isolated slugging.
Matt Bowman, eh: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.
Oh, Domingo Tapia: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. That's three times in his last four starts he has not finished the second inning. In those four outings, he's fanned eight and walked 14 in 9.2 innings while allowing 16 runs on 13 hits. That's not good. As long as he's fully healthy there's just no reason to think, based on his season-long performance (5.00 ERA, 73/49 K/BB in 81 IP), and his recent work, that he's ever going to be a Major League starter. Instead, he should be ticketed for the AA bullpen to start 2014.
There were two stars in this one for the Gnats: RHP Luis Cessa and CF Brandon Nimmo.
Cessa's line: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K. He was every bit as good as that pitching line suggests. He did not allow a runner to second until the seventh inning. He ran four three-ball counts. He mostly worked off his fastball and changeup although he few a few solid breaking balls down in the zone. In recent outings, he had been sitting 92-93 and touching higher. I will confirm that he was working in that range on Monday. He threw his fastball up, he threw it down. He threw it in, he threw it out. Then he threw a few changups that had RiverDogs' hitters looking silly. He got a couple strikeouts with guys swinging over top of his curveball. Cessa, a former infielder who didn't hit much, converted to pitching for the 2011 season and is a lock to move up this off-season's rankings from his spot at #42 this past winter.
Game 1, Rainy Lara was fine: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He's fanned 18% of his opponents in advanced-A, while walking 7% on his way to a 2.92 ERA. He gets his outs with his slider and has a chance to be a slider heavy middle reliever if he can tighten the pitch.
Game 2, Domingo Tapia was wild: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K. It's the third time in 17 starts this year that he has failed to finish the first inning with four walks. It's the second straight start in which he has not finished the second. He's up to 43 walks in 73.2 innings, a 13% walk rate. Major, major uh-ohs here.
Steven Matz is LegitMatz threw Sunday, and put up, by his recent standards, an uninspiring line: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.
In five starts since the SAL All-Star Break, he has put up a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings with a K/BB ratio of 30/12 while allowing opponents to hit .139/.239/.168. The only eery note in there is the walks, as he's walking opponents at a 10% rate. He's whiffing opponents at a 26% rate. He's doing it mostly with his fastball (92-96, sitting 93-ish) and changeup, which has a chance to be a plus pitch. He's still working on repeating his slider release point.
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SNY.tv was at the Futures Game at Citi Field?on Sunday, and spent the day following Noah Syndergaard, Brandon Nimmo, and Rafael Montero.? Nimmo, Syndergaard, B-Mets Manager Pedro Lopez, and Team USA Manager Mookie Wilson discuss the their development, and talk about what they need to do in order to get to the big leagues.
This Hickory Crawdads team is quite seriously like no other a-ball team I, or the South Atlantic League has ever seen. They are on pace to easily surpass both the South Atlantic League's single-season homerun and strikeout records for an offense. Through 82 games, Hickory has hit 120 homers (1.5 per game) and fanned 859 times (10.5 per game). Over a full season, that's 205 homeruns and 1,466 strikeout pace. The SAL record for homers in a year is 173 and strikeouts 1,380.
Tuesday, 3B Joey Gallo, who entered the game in an 0-for-20 skid, hit a grand slam off Julian Hilario and a three-run jack off Wanel Mesa. Both were absolutely crushed to right-center, the big part of Historic Grayson Stadium. He also hit a ball to the front of the warning track against Gabriel Ynoa in his first AB that would go out of about 97% of other professional baseball stadiums. Gallo for the night: 2-for-5, 2 HR, 7 RBI. At 19 years old, Gallo now leads all of minor league baseball with 25 homeruns. He's also hitting just .233/.322/.558 overall thanks to 125 strikeouts in 78 games. He's drawn 35 walks, which is fine, but he's striking out in 38% of his plate appearances. He's big (6'5"), strong (205 lbs) with a length in his swing, and he's trying to put the ball over the wall on every swing. It's wildly entertaining to watch.
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RHP Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard have been selected to the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game in NY on Sunday, July 14 at 2 pm. Montero will throw for the World Team and Syndergaard for the U.S. Team.
Brandon Nimmo is one of five "Futures Finalists" that fans can choose among to select the final member of the US team.
RHP Gabriel Ynoa rolled through five innings. He allowed just three singles, did not allow a runner to third or a walk and fanned six. The Mets had Ynoa (pictured), who turned 20 at the end of May, on a 80-85 pitch count, and he was lifted after finishing five innings at 76 pitches. I was told there is "no way" he will throw in the SAL All-Star game, to which he was elected, on Tuesday in Lakewood. So, the Mets limited his workload. Why? Does this portend a promotion to St. Lucie in short order, or is the team just starting to manage his workload already? I was told by a scout that Ynoa was 92-95 and sitting 93-94 in his previous start, last Monday, but did not get velo on Sunday's outing. That increase in velocity from a year ago, combined with a slider and changeup will bring him a whole lot more attention by season's end. Ynoa's last six starts: 41.1 IP, 30 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 32 K. That's a 1.52 ERA and a .194 opponents' batting average (30 H/155 AB).
?1B Jayce Boyd finished up a ridiculous series against Greenville by going 2-for-2 with three walks. The 22-year-old has hit safely in his last eight games, but in the four games against the Drive, he reached base safely in 17 of 19 plate appearances as part of a 11-for-13 binge, with a triple, two homers and six walks to boost his season line to 361/.441/.494 in 65 games in the SAL. I would be shocked in Jayce Boyd did not fly directly from the SAL All-Star Game Tuesday to the Florida State League on Wednesday.
Nimmo remains one of my favorite interviews. He's honest, thoughtful and answers questions directly.
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Brandon Nimmo, who had been out of action since April 29, returned to the lineup, hitting second, playing centerfield. He was 0-for-5 with a strikeout. Nimmo was originally sidelined by a bruised left hand, and then kept out of action for another two weeks or so with a strained glute.
Steven Matz started and went only three innings and one batter before leaving with a blister problem. Yes, only a blister. His line: 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
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The Gnats had planned to activate him last week, but he came down with a minor glute strain that delayed his return to action. Savannah began a seven-game homestand Monday, and hopes to have Nimmo back during it.
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I'm not very concerned about Tapia's hand, mostly because it's his non-throwing hand. Also, in the long run, cooking for himself and his teammates is, burns aside, certainly healthier than eating out every night.
- Lynn Worthy reports that AA RHP Tyler Pill has been shut down for three weeks with a Bennett lesion in his right shoulder. Per Worthy, "Bennet lesion is a buildup or mineralization in a ligament located in the back of the shoulder capsule." Not all Bennett lesions are painful. One study found 22% of asymptomatic pitchers had Bennett Lesions, and pain is associated with a bony spur. This falls into the category of impingement in the area around the posterior rotator cuff which are not good words for pitchers. This might be nothing and some minor irritation that goes away, but I suspect that Pill will be out for a significant length of time. Even after a three-week shutdown, he'd need a few weeks in the throwing program to build his arm strength back up so he's looking at 5-6 weeks minimum.?
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Nimmo has not played in a game since April 29. Nimmo said he first felt discomfort when the team was up in Lakewood New Jersey. At the end of the Lakewood series on April 21, Nimmo was hitting an eye-popping .424/.513/.576. However, since leaving New Jersey, Nimmo was 1-for-24 with 10 strikeouts. If anything, the move is overdue, as Nimmo has not taken batting practice in a week.
Placing Nimmo on the DL buys the Gnats the ability to use the extra roster spot on Maikis De La Cruz. Now 22, De La Cruz hit .274/.317/.386 in 63 games with Kingsport last year.
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Big Noah Syndergaard was just fine: 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 5 gb/2fb outs, but the bullpen allowed five runs in the sixth to turn a close game into an other Miracle win. Syndergaard's last three starts: 19 IP, 16 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 16 K; 0.47 ERA. That'll do.
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Nimmo told Adam Rubin at ESPNNY that he's just on a hot streak.
"It's baseball, so we're going to go through cold streaks and hot streaks," Nimmo said. "This is a hot streak right now. I'm going to go through a period where I'm not doing very well. We're just going to try to keep this going as long as possible, just be consistent. But, yeah, there's a reason people don't hit .400 in baseball."
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The Miracle improved to 14-1 by knocking around Mets' pitching for 14 runs on 18 hits and six (!) homeruns. Angel Cuan took much of the abuse: 3.1 IP, 11 H, 9 R, 9 ER, 1BB, 2 K, 4 HR.
3B Aderlin Rodriguez was 0-for-4 to snap his streak of three straight games with a homer.
Prior to game #BMets manager Pedro Lopez said Luis Mateo and Cory Mazzoni would get checked out by doctor in New York on Thursday. #Mets
? Lynn Worthy (@PSBLynn) April 17, 2013The early report of "elbow strain" for Mateo strikes me as a placeholder until the MRI comes back. Mazzoni's initial diagnosis is "elbow neuritis," or, an inflamed nerve. The MRI might reveal why the nerve is inflamed.?
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Daily Nimmo: CF Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-5 with a run scored and a strikeout. Nimmo now has multiple hits in four-straight games to run his 13-game line to .442/.508/.558 with three extra-base hits, five walks and 10 strikeouts. When the day started, he was leading the SAL in both batting average and on-base percentage. Most likely, the 20-year-old will be in the same position at the end of the day.
DH Gregory Pron doubled in a 2-for-3 day and drove home three.
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CF Brandon Nimmo ?(pictured)?as 3-for-5 with a homer, his first of 2013 and five RBI, a new season-high by a Gnat. After 11 games, the 20-year-old is hitting .429/.510/.571 with three extra-base hits, five walks and eight strikeouts. I am very pleasantly surprised. He's young for the league and for the season's first week and a half, been the circuit's best hitter.
1B Jayce Boyd added a 2-for-5 night with a double, his fifth. The 22-year old is hitting a robust .372/.460/.558 in his 11 games.
St. Lucie kept Bradenton winless with by putting together three straight singles from OF Charley Thurber, Travis Taijeron and Gilbert Gomez in the top of the 12th.
The game winning rally in the bottom of the 10th: CF Gilbert Gomez walked, C Cam Maron ground a single to right field and then 2B TJ Rivera ground a single to left field.
Domingo Tapia: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 10 groundball outs, and three flyouts. The ground balls are good, but Tapia should miss more bats with his fastball. I worry that relatively few strikeouts means opposing hitters are sitting on his fastball and making contact rather than fearing his slider at all.
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So perhaps the era of Aderlin Rodriguez, third baseman is over already. Rodriguez played first base while 25-year old Rylan Sandoval lined up at third. I suspected that Rodriguez would move to first eventually, I just did not think it would be this soon. At the plate, Rodriguez was 1-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
From the official play-by-play in the top of the fourth inning: