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AAA: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 5, @ Buffalo Bisons 3

With two outs in the top of the eighth inning and the Bisons leading 3-2, Bobby Parnell was summoned to pitch to Yankees top prospect Jesus Montero. ?Montero took a 0-1 hanging slider deep over the right-center field wall for a go-ahead three-run home run. Josh Stinson (pictured)was in line for the victory before the Montero blast. ?Stinson's 7 2/3 IP, 3 hits, 2 er, 0 bb, 6k performance was his best since joining the Bisons.

Val Pascucci (1-4, HR (2), RBI) hit his second home run of the season for the Bisons. ?Michael Fischer (2-4, 2B, RBI) and Nick Evans (2-4) each had multi-hit games.

Tags: Cory Vaughn, Francisco Pena, Josh Stinson, Juan Lagares, Mark Cohoon, Robert Parnell, Tobi Stoner
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AAA: Pawtucket Red Sox 8, @ Buffalo Bisons 3

Jason Pridie pretty much was the Bisons' offense Saturday, going 2-4 with a pair of home runs, a solo shot in the second inning and a two-blast in the eighth. Pridie, now 27, was limited to 40 games last year with hamstring issues.? He established a pretty consistent level in his last two full-ish seasons at AAA hitting .270/.305/.435 in 2008 for Rochester and .265/.295/.382 for Buffalo in 2009.

Pat Misch (7 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K) gave up a pair of home runs, including a second-inning grand slam.

Tags: Brad Holt, Francisco Pena, Jordanny Valdespin, Toby Hyde
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As I strolled into the Mets minor league camp today, the first rounds of intersquad games were under way. I was really focused on getting a good look at the pitchers today, and got some good video of a number of guys. I was impressed by some of the arms I saw, and was equally disappointed in others. Here are some of the notes I took from today's action:

- Matt Harvey showed why the Mets selected him in the first round. His fastball sat comfortably at 93-95mph with life in the zone. His front side flew open when he tried to overthrow the baseball, but he showed clean and easy mechanics. He threw a power slider (82-84 mph) with good tilt and late bite, and commanded it well. His curveball (80-81) was his best offspeed offering. It had hard two-plane break to it with very tight spin and hard downward break. He also showed a potential plus change-up (83-84), with good arm speed, fade, and sink. His demeanor on the mound was outstanding as well.

- Steven Matz, who did not pitch today, told me he has had a couple of minor setbacks in his rehab stint, but he is on schedule to pitch later this summer for a short-season team.? He will be staying in PSL for extended spring training.

Tags: Armando Rodriguez, Brad Holt, Eric Beaulac, Francisco Pena, Kyle Allen, Mark Cohoon, Matt Harvey, Scott Moviel, Steve Matz
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With the big leaguers over in Orlando taking on the Braves, the complex was all about the minor leaguers today. Mets CEO Fred Wilpon was cruising around the complex, being driven on a golf cart. Here are some of my notes from today's workouts:

- Albert Cordero had been battling an illness, but told me he is go to go today...

- Darrell Ceciliani is very talkative and always smiling, but is all business when he has a bat in his hands. He looks to be having a ton of fun. He had an impressive round of BP, spraying line drives to all fields.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Darrell Ceciliani, Francisco Pena, Juan Urbina, Matt Harvey, Robbie Shields, Scott Moviel
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SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 7, Aberdeen Ironbirds 4

William Cherry (2-4, HR, 2RBI) hit a 2-run homerun to cap a 3-run fifth, to lead the Brooklyn Cyclones (41-21) to a 7-4 victory over Aberdeen.?The victory gives the Cyclones a league leading (23-6) home record, and opens up a 10 game lead in the McNamara Division.

?The Ironbirds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first, and knocked out Cyclones starter Jonathan Kountis (1/3 IP, 1h, 3 er, 4 bb) after recording only one out.? Kountis faced six hitters on the night: walk, double, walk, pop out, walk, walk.? To say that's a rough outing is an understatement.? Nelson Pereira?picked up?the win?in relief, as he held the Ironbirds scoreless over the next 3 2/3 innings (2 hits, 3bb, 4K).?Wes Wrenn was also solid in relief (4 IP, 1 hit, 1 er, 1 bb, 2 k), and ?Ryan Fraser (1bb, 2K) pitched a scoreless ninth for his team leading 11th save.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Francisco Pena, Gulf Coast League, Juan Urbina, Kingsport Mets, Wes Wrenn, Wilfredo Tovar
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SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones - PPD

SS-R: @ Danville Braves 8, Kingsport Mets 1

The Kingsport bats were held silent in the 8-1 loss to Danville.? Kingsport managed a rbi single by John Semel, for the only scoring output of the game.? In total, the offense was held to 4 singles and struck out 10 times.?

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Francisco Pena, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets
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SS-A:? Brooklyn Cyclones 8, @ Vermont Lake Monsters 7- play suspended in the bottom of the 12th

Play was suspended due to rain, with one out and two Vermont runners on-base.? The game was to be resumed on Sunday, but heavy rains cancelled all baseball activity on Sunday as well.? There is no word when the game will be resumed, and when the cancelled game will be made up.

Game notes: Cory Vaughn made his return to the Cyclones line-up after missing the previous 3 games with?a hyper-extended elbow.? Vaughn served as the DH in the game.?

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Francisco Pena, Gulf Coast League, Julio Concepcion, Kingsport Mets
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SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones 7, @ Staten Island Yankees 6

Wilfredo Tovar (2-5, 2SB, 2RBI) singled in two runs in the 7th inning, to lead the Brooklyn Cyclones (39-20) to a 7-6 victory over the Staten Island Yankees.? The Cyclones opened the game with a four-run 1st, highlighted by a J.B. Brown (1-4, HR, 3RBI) 3-run homerun. ??Staten Island then rallied in a 5-run 3rd inning, off of Brooklyn starter A.J. Pinera (4 1/3 IP, 7h, 5r, 3er, 2bb, 3K) to take a 5-4 lead. ?? Darrell Ceciliani (1-4, 2 runs, 2B, SB (19)), Joe Bonfe (2-5, 2RBI), and James Scroeder (2-4, run) helped the Cyclones attack.? Wes Wrenn (2 2/3 IP, 1h, 0r, 1bb, 2K) picked up the win in relief of Pinera, and Ryan Fraser (2/3 IP, K) notched his 10th save.

Notes: Cory Vaughn did not play for the second consecutive game.? I do not have any further information concerning Vaughn.? Also, C Juan Centeno was forced to leave the game after a 1st inning triple, and was replaced by Blake Forsythe.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Francisco Pena, Gulf Coast League, Javier Rodriguez, Juan Urbina, Kingsport Mets, Wes Wrenn, Wilfredo Tovar
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SS-A:? AL All-Stars 4, NL All-Stars 3

The Brooklyn Cyclones were well represented in the NYPL All-Star game.? Darrell Ceciliani (0-1, BB) started in CF and hit leadoff, Cory Vaughn (1-2, run, SB) started in RF and hit 3rd, and Joe Bonfe (0-2) started at 3B hitting 7th.? Jeff Flagg (0-2) entered the game as the backup 1B.

On the mound Yohan Almonte was the starting pitcher for the NL team, delivering a flawless frame.? The most impressive performance by a Cyclone belonged to Angel Cuan.? Cuan came on in the fourth inning, and struck out all three batters to face him.? Unfortunately Ryan Fraser did not fair as well.? Fraser came in the bottom of the eighth inning, with runners on first and third and one out.? He allowed the tying run to score on a sacrifice fly, and the go-ahead run to score on a single.? Fraser was charged with a blown save.

Tags: Angel Cuan, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Francisco Pena, Gulf Coast League, Julio Concepcion, Kingsport Mets, Yohan Almonte
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SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones (38-19)- OFF

SS-R: Bristol White Sox 7, @ Kingsport Mets 2

Another dreary day for the Kingsport Mets (23-30).? The Kingsport loss, brings their current losing streak to seven games.? No starter collected more than one hit.? C Nelfi Zapata (1-3, HR, RBI) connected on a solo homerun in the 3rd, his second of the season.

Tags: Francisco Pena, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets
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SSA: Friday: @ Williamsport Crosscutters 9, Brooklyn Cyclones 4Saturday: Brooklyn Cyclones 4, @ Williamsport Crosscutters 2Sunday: Brooklyn Cyclones 2, @ Williamsport Crosscutters 1 (14 innings)

A 2-for-12 weekend with a triple and a walk brought Cory Vaughn down to .308/.399/.556.? He's still third in the NYP in slugging and OPS.

Darrell Ceciliani (.364/.416/.535) was 1-7 on Sunday, but had multi-hit games in the other two.? He leads the NYP in average and total bases and is fourth in stolen bases (18), but has also been caught 10 times.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Brooklyn Cyclones, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Francisco Pena, Gulf Coast League, Kingsport Mets, Toby Hyde
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#11 SS Ruben Tejada

Why Ranked Here: His defense was ready for the big leagues, and his offensive game made major strides in 2009.

What Happened: Hitting almost .300 in AAA at age 20 is pretty nice.? Since, he?s hit .217/.298/.261 in 31 games in for the Mets while playing impressive defense. The glove is ahead of the bat, and his eventual ceiling is still hazy because of questions about his bat.

Stock: Pretty similar, actually.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Daily Recap, Eric Niesen, Francisco Pena, Jefry Marte, Juan Urbina, Kyle Allen, Ruben Tejada, Steve Matz, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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Yesterday, in his Minor League Update at BP, Kevin Goldstein had the following to say about C Francisco Pena:

The son of Tony Pena, who won four Gold Gloves in the 1980s, Pena was a big-budget signing out of the Dominican three years ago, but he spent his first two years doing little offensively in the Low-A Sally League. Still just 19, his overall batting line is still a poor .237/.281/.369, but he's as hot as he has ever been as a pro of late, going 8-for-16 in his last three games with a home run in each one. A plus defender, he's still got a chance to turn into a solid big league backstop.

Emphasis mine. Pena has the tools and it's now noteworthy that KG is getting reports out of Florida that Pena has translated those tools into "plus" defensive capabilities.

Tags: Francisco Pena, Toby Hyde
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The biggest story in May in St. Lucie was on the mound where Brad Holt and Jenrry Mejia were simply dominant. Both earned their promotions to Binghamton earlier this week and will throw for the B-Mets this weekend.

On June 1, Mejia?s 2.06 ERA was fourth in the FSL, while Brad Holt?s 50 strikeouts were second. Ike Davis? 16 doubles was led teammate Carlos Guzman by one, for the top spot in the league. Guzman?s .503 SLG was fifth in the FSL.

On June 1, after a 13-12 May, the St. Lucie Mets were 23-22, 7.5 games behind the first-place Fort Myers Miracle (Twins) who were setting a blistering pace atop the FSL South. The Mets began May in streaky fashion, alternating three-game winning streaks with three game losing streaks, a run that was interrupted by the rain in the middle of the month, which rained out four of the five St. Lucie games from 5/17-5/19.

Tags: 2009 Month-by-Month Review, Brad Holt, Francisco Pena, Ike Davis, Jenry Mejia, Reese Havens, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Yesterday the Binghamton Mets fell to the Springfield Cardinals 9-5. RHP Brad Holt started and went three innings, allowing four hits, three runs, and one walk while striking out four.

3B Shawn Bowman had another big day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI. He went 2-for-3 while playing in a Bisons' exhibition game on Friday. C Francisco Pena also had a single and an RBI in the game.

the organization is trying to get these prospects as much action as possible, which is why you're seeing guys like Holt and Pena playing on teams that they won't be starting the year with... Shawn most likely will be starting with the B-Mets with Holt and Pena ticketed for St. Lucie, although nothing is definite yet...

Tags: Brad Holt, Daily Recap, Francisco Pena, Shawn Bowman
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The Mets made two changes to their HWB delegation Tuesday. Ages in parentheses, RHP Junior Guerra (23) replaces RHP Stephen Clyne (24) and C Jordan Abruzzo (24) replaces C Francisco Pena (18).

The 5?11? 213 lb Guerra pitched over four levels in the system, spending most of his July with Savannah where he was 1-1 with two saves in 25.2 dominating IP. He gave up just 14 hits and two walks while punching out 34. Guerra didn?t give up a hit in his four innings at St. Lucie to conclude his season. I missed Guerra when I saw Savannah, but an AL scout told me that he liked Guerra a little bit as a relief prospect. After all, Guerra had thrown 93-95 mph the night before to go along with an 83 mph slider. A strong Hawaii showing could set up Guerra for an Opening Day assignment to Binghamton and a rapid rise through the system in 2009.

Abruzzo, who the Mets picked in the 13th round in 2007, played at three levels in 2008 showing some power, and solid receiving abilities to go with an aggressive approach. Like Guerra, his Hawaii assignment should prepare him to start 2009 in Binghamton. Unlike Guerra, Abruzzo is not a candidate for a subsequent rapid ascension.

Tags: Francisco Pena, Hawaii Winter Baseball, Jordan Abruzzo, Junior Guerra, Stephen Clyne, Toby Hyde
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Nathan Dominitz has a terrific piece on Savannah catcher Francisco Pena in the Savannah Morning News. Pena talks about his own progress, his tight knit family and his belief in having fun while playing baseball.

A couple of money quotes, first from his manager Donovan Mitchell:

"At the beginning of the year, he wasn't really throwing a lot of guys out. He was having some trouble with the runners. Lately, he's been shutting down running games. He's been doing an excellent job with his exchange and footwork and good throws to the bag. I've seen it from day one to now. He's made excellent progress."

Tags: Analysis, Francisco Pena, Toby Hyde
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