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Jefry Marte

Tuesday, ?the Mets traded minor league 3B Jefry Marte to the Oakland A's for OF Collin Cowgill.

Cowgill, who will be 27 in May 2013, obviously fills a need for the Mets: he can play the outfield and bat right-handed becoming the first Met in 2013 who can do both of those things. In a whopping 95 MLB plate appearances, he's hit .298/.379/.405 with five extra-base hits and 11 walks against 23 strikeouts against lefthanded pitching. He's also hit a pathetic .223/.273/.241 in 121 PA against RHP.

His splits are not nearly so dramatic for the last two years in the minors where he hit .281/.330/.536 in 207 PA vs. LHP and .327/.402/.456 in 538 PA vs. RHP. In case you were wondering, in the minors he had a .376 BABIP versus righties and .306 vs. LHP. In the majors, he had a .389 BABIP vs. LHP and a .309 average vs. RHP. Head spinning a little? His high BABIP against righties in the minors disguised a player with a significant platoon split, while his BABIP luck probably exaggerate the extent of his platoon split in the big leagues. That doesn't make sense.

Tags: Jefry Marte, Toby Hyde
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So, I started to do this as a mid-season prospect review, then got derailed by a few other projects. Instead this will become a piece of the post-season wrap of 2012 around here.

Part three, on players 26-30 is here, part two on players 31-35 is?here,?part one, on players #36-41 is?here.

 

Tags: Jefry Marte, Philip Evans, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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Last night, in a 3-2 loss, the Binghamton Mets lined up with Wilmer Flores at third, Reese Havens at second and Jefry Marte?(pictured) at first. ?It was only Marte's fifth game at first. The B-Mets used this configuration four other times: ?July 2, 21, 31, and August 4.

I'm surprised that we have not seen this lineup more. While he's still learning both positions,?I think Flores has a better chance to play third than second in the big leagues. The same range issues that forced him off short will be a problem at second. He has the hands and arm for third, as long as he can handle the quick reactions. I like Flores' hands and arm at third better than Marte's.

The reason to keep Marte at third as long as possible is simply that I'm not sure that Marte's bat (.255/.326/.375 - 117 games) can support a move to first. It certainly can't support a move to first hitting like that. Sure, he's only 21 in AA, and he's always been young for his level, but at some point, he'll have to produce. Still, I figured it would make sense to get him a little more exposure to first.

Tags: Jefry Marte, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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Who plays where in AA? This became a question last week, when the Mets promoted Wilmer Flores, who had been playing thirdbase at advanced-A St. Lucie all year, and SS Wilfredo Tovar, the system's best defensive shortstop, to join Binghamton incumbents 3B Jefry Marte and 2B Reese Havens.

Tovar's easy. He plays short, as he did Thursday through Saturday before he got a day off Sunday in favor of back up Sean Kazmar.

And everyone else?

Tags: Analysis, Jefry Marte, Reese Havens, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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AA: Binghamton Mets 9, @ Trenton Thunder (NYY) 7
Lets talk hitting prospects.
CF Matt den Dekker was 5-for-5 with two doubles to lift his season line to .336/.395/.563 in 56 games. The 24-year old is ripping righties at .341/.396/.606 in 170 AB, but more than holding his own against lefties at .322/.394/.441 in 59 AB. His on-base percentage against lefties is supported by four HBP, (He's drawn one vs. RHP), but hey, anything that works, right? Den Dekker is up to second in the Eastern League in batting average, ?fifth in on-base percentage, leading the league in slugging, doubles (20) and extra-base hits (32). Combine that offensive production with strong defense in centerfield and he's looking more and more like a valuable big leaguer. There's no harm in keeping him in AAA for a few more weeks if the Mets want to reward him with an Eastern League All-Star game appearance, but at this point, he has earned a shot at AAA.
In a related note, CF Andres Torres is hitting .216/.333/.324 overall, and an anemic .171/.273/.263 in 76 AB vs. right-handed pitching in 2012.
Don't ignore the work of 3B Jefry Marte, who was 3-for-4 with a home run, his fifth, and a walk to climb back to .301/.367/.446 in 52 games as a 20-year old in AA. The fact that he's four years younger than den Dekker, is awfully important. Marte has struck out just 25 times to den Dekker's 62 whiffs while drawing one fewer walk (19 to 20).
Gonzalez Germen was pretty good: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR to lower his ERA to 4.50.
Tags: Binghamton Mets, Jefry Marte, Toby Hyde

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.
 

Tags: 1-TextIcon, Jefry Marte, Matt den Dekker, Transactions, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Indianapolis Indians (PIT) 4, @ Buffalo Bisons 1?

On a bullpen day for both teams, former Marlin Rick VandenHurk and two Indians held the Bisons to just two singles all day.

2B Jordany Valdespin, who hit a pinch-hit home run in his return to AAA Saturday had a rough Sunday: 0-for-3 with two errors.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Jefry Marte, Juan Lagares, Matt den Dekker, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 12, Trenton Thunder (NYY) 3

Zack Wheeler yielded a two-run homer in the first inning, but it was quickly buried by a nine-run second inning from the B-Mets' offense and Wheeler's own solid work over the subsequent six innings. His final line: 7 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 8 K. He threw 66% of his pitches (62 of 93) for strikes. I'm a broken record on this, but Wheeler's control is the thing keeping him from AAA. He's working with a plus fastball and a plus slider, but as the four walks Thursday illustrate, his location can come and go. He's walked 12% of the batters he's seen (4.5 BB/9).

Lots of hitting stars in this one as seven different B-Mets had at least two hits.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Elvin Ramirez, Jefry Marte, Juan Lagares, Zack Wheeler, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 1, Trenton Thunder 0

CF Matt den Dekker led off the bottom of the ninth in a 0-0 game with a double, and then after Josh Rodriguez bunted for a base hit and Reese Havens walked to load the bases, 3B Jefry Marte delivered a line drive into right field to bring home den Dekker with the winning run. Den Dekker now is part of a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern League with 13 doubles and is alone in first with 21 extra-base hits while bopping .293/.355/.524 in 36 games. Perhaps even more importantly, he's trimmed his strikeout rate from 29% in AA in 2011 to 23.6% in 106 PA April to 18% in 61 PA in May.

Despite the walk in the ninth inning, Reese Havens was 0-for-2. He's hitless in his last four games and is sitting at .146/.255/.250 (7-for-48) with seven walks in 14 games thus far.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Jefry Marte, Matt den Dekker, Toby Hyde
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AA: Binghamton Mets 7, @ New Hampshire Fisher Cats 6?

3B Jefry Marte broke a 5-5 tie with a two-run homerun in the seventh to put the B-Mets up two. It was his first homerun of the year, and his first extra-base ?hit in a dozen games. After a hot April (.358/.421/.478 - 19 games) the 20-year old cooled down considerably in May (.256/.304/.326 - 11 games) and committed a pair of costly errors this week. He's still hitting .318/.377/.418 overall.

CF Matt den Dekker was 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a solo home run. Now hitting .295/.361/.525, 19 of the 24-year old's 41 hits have gone for extra-bases which helps explain his .356 BABIP. Even with 36 strikeouts in 34 games, he's trimmed his strikeout rate from 29% in AA in 2011 to 22.6% in 2012. ?He's abused righties at a .324/.377/.602 rate in 108 AB while hitting .194/.306/.258 against lefties in 31 AB. The Mets' current lefty-heavy lineup and outfield now present an interesting problem for den Dekker.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Jefry Marte, Matt den Dekker, Toby Hyde
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AA: New Britain Rock Cats (MIN) 5, Binghamton Mets 1

I just wrote about this game.?Tuesday,?Jefry Marte's error led to three unearned runs off Robert Carson in the ninth. Wednesday, Marte's eighth inning error led to four unearned runs off Erik Turgeon. As was the case with Carson Tuesday, Turgeon was not effective Wednesday.?The Rock Cats eighth: error, fly out, strikeout, double, walk, double, single, double, strikeout.

The eighth inning meltdown wasted another nice start from Collin McHugh: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HBP. He threw 67 of his 100 pitches for strikes. With the win, he lowered in 2012 ERA to 2.40. Since the 2011 AA All-Star Break, McHugh has a 1.85 ERA in 97.1 IP with a 3.7 K/BB ratio (101 K/27 BB) and an opponents' batting average of .201 (71 H/353 AB). Barring an injury, my guess is that McHugh will make at least a few more double-A starts. The AAA rotation is currently: RHP Matt Harvey, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Jeremy Hefner, RHP Chris Schwinen and LHP Garrett Olson with Jenrry Mejia coming soon.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Collin McHugh, Jefry Marte, Toby Hyde
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AAA: @ Buffalo Bisons 7, Rochester Red Wings 3

The Bisons overcame a short, wild start from Jeurys Familia thanks to homers from C Lucas May and SS Omar Quintanilla. Familia: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 7 BB, 3 K. He threw just 39 of his 80 pitches for strikes in a start when he tied his career-high for walks.. For the year, he's walked 22 batters in 21.2 innings pitched. That's bad. Hey, at least he's whiffed 26. Still, his control is a wreck right now.

Jack Egbert followed Familia and settled things down with three scoreless innings. Egbert's 1.88 ERA is deceivingly good; half of the six runs he's allowed have been unearned.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Jefry Marte, Jeurys Familia, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 6, Portland Sea Dogs 1

The B-Mets trailed 1-0 heading to the bottom of the fifth, when they tied the game, and then pulled away with three in the sixth and two in the eighth.

3B Jefry Marte was 2-for-4 to extend his hitting streak to 10 straight games. Overall, in his first 11 games in AA, the 20-year old is hitting .405/.463/.568 with four walks and four strikeouts. It's an impressive few weeks for Marte. Jeff astutely pointed out in the comment section yesterday, that Marte enjoyed a hot April last year for St. Lucie when he hit .321/.396/.524.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Jefry Marte, Toby Hyde
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At ESPNNY, Adam Rubin writes about Cory Vaughn.

In the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin, Jefry Marte says he got tired at the end of last year and to prepare for this year, "?tried to do a little bit more work."

Also, the Bisons are playing another day game.

Tags: Jefry Marte, Toby Hyde
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AAA:?@ Rochester Red Wings (Min) 5, Buffalo Bisons 3

Matt Harvey's line on a miserable day for baseball in Rochester: 5 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. It was about 43 and overcast at first pitch. By the fifth inning, it was colder and pouring rain.

Strangely, in the fifth, when the weather was the worst, I saw Harvey snap off some of his best curveballs of the game. His fastball was lively all day, and he touched 95, but he had trouble commanding it, especially early when he gave up a walk and a couple of singles that led to a run. At times, he was able to get hitters off balance with his change-up. He'll be fine. Remember: it was 1. his second AAA start and 2. it was weather better suited to hanging out on the couch watching a movie than playing a baseball game outside.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Jefry Marte, Matt Harvey, Toby Hyde
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Yesterday, we looked at a bunch of guys who played third base in the upper minors, and are unlikely to be successors to David Wright. ?Today, lets move down the chain and check out two interesting a-ballers who just might be the Mets' third basemen in a post-Wright world, if the Mets ever have to face a post-Wright world.

A+On the surface, Jefry Marte had a disappointing regular season, hitting .248/.313/.346 in 131 games for St. Lucie after spending the previous two years in Savannah. ?On the other hand, the mitigating factors for Marte are his age - he turned 20 in June, and the league - the FSL hit .262/.331/.386. ?Marte got off to a hot start in April (.321/.396/.524 - 5 2B, 4 HR), producing the most extra-base hits of any month in 2011 in his first try. ?However, as the summer wore on, he wore down, hitting just .210/.263/.284 in the second half.

One reason for optimism about Marte's offensive game: his 2011 strikeout rate of 16% was his lowest in his three years of full-season baseball, a full 6% lower than his 22% whiff rate in 2009 with Savannah. ? A second reason for optimism: his strong Arizona Fall League performance, in which he had an equal number of walks and strikeouts (12 in 22 games) or 12.8% of plate appearances. ?That kind of strike zone control is a very large step forward.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Jefry Marte, Season Review, Toby Hyde
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Last Friday, Jefry Marte broke his left wrist in the Arizona Fall League. ?According to Mets Farm Director Adam Wogan, Marte it was a distal radial fracture and after having surgery in New York, the team expects him to be at "full go before spring training."

The radius is one of two bones in the arm, and distal simply refers to the wrist end as opposed to the elbow end.

This past season, Albert Pujols suffered a distal radial fracture, and faced with a diagnosis that he would miss 4-6 weeks, (some experts suggested he would need more time), returned to the field in a mere two and a half. ?The man is a machine.

Tags: Jefry Marte, Toby Hyde
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Lets go to the Desert, where the Arizona Fall League is winding down.

Jefry Marte - The 20-year old was removed from the Peoria Javelinas roster on Friday, the 11th after sustaining an injury in the 8th inning of the game on Thursday, the 10th. ?I do not know the severity, nor the specific injury, yet. ?(EDIT: Marte was involved in a collision at first.) ?In 22 games, he hit .333/.436/.538 with four doubles and four homers. ?That's nice, but the most impressive thing is that he drew 12 walks and fanned just 12 times. ?His K/BB this past season for St. Lucie was 2.1 (86/41), the best of his his career, and a mark that's steadily improved over time. ?Note too that Marte played as much first base as he played third base in Arizona.

Juan Lagares - Apparently, the 22-year old Lagares was moved from the Taxi Squad to the regular roster as he played Wednesday, Friday and Saturday last week and of course picked up two hits both Friday and Saturday. ?He's now sitting at .364/.407/.582 overall in 55 AB in 12 games. ? ?He's played mostly centerfield and a few games in right.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Jefry Marte, Toby Hyde
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Lets make this an every Monday thing and go around winter-ball to check on Mets still playing ball.

We start in the Arizona Fall League where the hitters are enjoying themselves.

Overall:

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Jefry Marte, Juan Lagares, Wilfredo Tovar, Toby Hyde
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There's a nice video of Peoria Javelinas manager Pedro Lopez discussing Mets prospects 3B Jefry Marte, OF Juan Lagares, C Juan Centeno and SS/2B Wilfredo Tovar here, with highlights from a few of the players. ?Lopez managed Marte and Lagares in Savannah in 2010 and St. Lucie in 2011 and Centeno in St. Lucie in 2011.

Here's the Lopez quote that caught my eye. ?After answering a question about Marte's plate discipline, which remains a work in progress, he answered a question about Lagares' big 2011:

You talk about Marte having that plate discipline, [but] Lagares has been that guy [who] used to swing at a lot of pitches outside the strike zone. Even last year in Savannah, in 2010 he had a good year for me ... before he went up to St. Lucie, but he was still swinging too much out of the strike zone.? This year he was able to do a better job managing the strike zone and it's paid off for him.
Tags: Arizona Fall League, Jefry Marte, Juan Lagares, Toby Hyde

As part of an 8-7 loss in Surprise Monday, Jefry Marte homered for the second straight game. ?The 20-year old is now hitting a clean .300/.405/.533 in nine games.

The big news, and I missed this last week, is that Marte's started playing first basebase. ?Marte had committed 121 errors in?361 games at third in the minor leagues, but was better in 2011 with just 28 in 131 games. ? The odd thing was that I thought he'd improved defensively this year. ?I saw him for only one game, but he made a slick spinning play after a short-hop pick that was at least as good, and probably better, than any I'd seen from him in 2010.

Tags: Jefry Marte, Toby Hyde

On Saturday, Mets prospects Jefry Marte and Juan Lagares each homered and drove in two runs to lead the Peoria Javelinas to a 8-7 victory over the Scottsdale Scorpions. ?Marte's homerun, his first of the AFL season, broke an eighth inning tie.

Peoria hitting coach, Alonzo Powell (a former big league outfielder) had some good things to say about Marte and Lagares: (via MLB.com)

Powell on Marte:

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Jefry Marte, Juan Lagares
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Yesterday, Juan Lagares and Jefry Marte made their Arizona Fall League debuts. ?RF Lagares just continued his strong work from the regular season, when he hit a combined .349/.383/.500 between advanced-A and AA, going 2-6 with ?two strikeouts.

3B Marte (pictured) was 1-for-3 with two walks, and a strikeout. ?Marte was significantly better in the first half of the 2011 season when he hit .283/.357/.402 than in the second when he slipped to .210/.263/.284. ?It's not all batting average: his first half isolated slugging percentage was .119 while it slipped to .074 in the second half. ?Also, he walked at a 9.4% clip in the first half and 5.6% in the second half. ?He had eight multi-walk games in 2011, but just one in the second half. ?What happened? ?Can he regain his first-half form in the AFL?

You know, the way he hit in the first half moves him closer to double-A readiness than I thought.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Jefry Marte, Juan Lagares, Toby Hyde

@ St. Lucie Mets 4, Bradenton Marauders 3 (10 innings)

With two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning, 3B Jefry Marte lined a single to right-center field to score Travis Ozga with the winning run and send St. Lucie to the Florida State League Championship Series.

The Mets trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the sixth when LF Pedro Zapata ripped a solo home run to tie the score at 2-2. ?Zapata, who hit .292/.333/.389 during the regular season, was 3-5. ?After three home runs during the regular season, his long ball was his first since August 3.

Tags: Greg Peavey, Jefry Marte, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Monday, I touched on the first round of AFL roster announcements with a look at RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Brandon Moore, OF Juan Lagares and 2B Reese Havens, but today we'll examine four more additions mostly from the a-ball levels: advanced-A 3B Jefry Marte, A RHP Taylor Whitenton, advanced-A C Juan Centeno and double-A LHP Robert Carson.

Note that Marte and Whitenton are already on the official Peoria Javelinas roster. Centeno and Carson are not, but Adam Rubin reported that they will both head to the desert.

CarsonMichael covered Carson at some length earlier this week. He's a hard-throwing lefty for whom the results do not yet match the good fastball. He'll need to tighten up his slider, which in Mike's opinion was his best breaking ball. Getting him more innings, and more at-bats against high-level competition is a good thing.

Tags: Analysis, Jefry Marte, Juan Centeno, Robert Carson, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucie Mets 7, @ Jupiter Hammerheads 6- 12 innings

A Jefry Marte (1-5, RBI) single plated Cesar Puello (2-6, 3 runs, SB(15)) in the top of the 12th with the eventual game-winning run.

Darin Gorski gave up four runs over his six innings of work. He struck out four and walked none. ?This was the fifth straight start in which Gorski (pictured) has given up multiple earned runs.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Cory Mazzoni, Darin Gorski, Jefry Marte, Wilmer Flores
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@ St. Lucie Mets 5, Clearwater Threshers 2

This David Wright character is pretty good: 2-2, 2 BB. ?He's scheduled to have Thursday off and rejoin the Mets in Miami on Friday. ?In six games in the FSL, he hit .476/.593/.619 with three doubles, six walks and three strikeouts. ?That does not suck.

3B Jefry Marte was 2-4 with a double to run his hitting streak to seven straight games and push his season line to .278/.341/.388. ?His walk last Saturday was his 31st of the year, a new career high for the 20-year old.

Tags: Jefry Marte, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Matt Harvey, the Mets top pitching prospect, threw exactly three pitches Sunday in the All-Star Futures Game in which the US beat the World 6-4.

With the US up 6-4, he entered to face the Padres' Reymond Fuentes and threw: a fastball low at 94, a fastball outside at 95 and a fastball down at 93 that produced a 3-1 groundout to end the game. ?That's it.

The 20-year Fuentes?was one of the major pieces in the Red Sox deal with the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez. ?He's a burner hitting .287/.359/.349 with 34 steals in 44 chances in the California League. ?More on Fuentes here at Scoutingthesally.com.

Tags: Jefry Marte, Matt Harvey, Toby Hyde
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Sorry for rolling these out later than I'd planned. ?I was offline (by my standards) for much of the weekend, so I'm playing catch-up with things that I think matter with each of the top four affiliates.

 

A+

Tags: Darin Gorski, Jefry Marte, Juan Lagares, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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Major League Baseball and Baseball America announced today the rosters for the 2011 All-Star Futures Game, which will be held July 10 in Phoneix.?The game features a United States-World matchup, with two 25-man rosters made up of 10 pitchers, two catchers, four corner infielders, four middle infielders and five outfielders.

Two Mets were selected to play in the game: RHP Matt Harvey (U.S.) and 3B Jefry Marte (World).

Here are the Baseball America excerpts?on Harvey and Marte:

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We're bringing back the Storylines series and starting with advanced-A St. Lucie. ?Most of these themes are very similar to the ones we discussed in April.

OverallThe Mets at 26-18 are tied for first place with the Fort Myers Miracle.? After a crazy hot start (19-5 in April)? the Mets have lost six of their last seven games and are just 7-13 in May.

The true strength of the team has been the offense.? The Mets lead the FSL in batting average (.280) and are second in runs scored (221), slugging (.409) and are sixth in OBP (.333).

Tags: Jefry Marte, Matt den Dekker, Matt Harvey, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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Baseball America has their weekly Prospect Hot Sheet list revealed every Friday afternoon.? Last week, Matt Harvey was #7 on the list, and Jeurys Familia was named "In the Team Photo".? This week, two Mets prospects were listed. RHP Brad Holt at #8 and 3B Jefry Marte at #13, came off of an outstanding week of play to propel themselves back into the prospect spotlight.? Also mentioned was LHP Mark Cohoon, as he was named to "In the Team Photo".

Here are the excerpts from Baseball America:

Holt: 2 GS, 0-0, 1.29 ERA, 13 IP, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 er, 3 bb, 11 k, 19:4 (GB:AO).

Tags: Baseball America, Brad Holt, Jefry Marte, Mark Cohoon
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Advanced-A St. LucieRecord: 10-1, first place (of six) in FSL South

Quick Overview: The St. Lucie Mets have won nine in a row on the strength of a pitching staff, led by Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia that is leading the league in ERA.? St. Lucie, with a team ERA of 1.98 is nearly a full run better than Daytona at 2.89.? The team is sixth in strikeouts but the stingiest in giving up hits, having yielded just 77 hits in 100 innings.

The offense is hitting .258/.328/.350 and has scored the 10th most runs in the 12-team league.

Tags: Jefry Marte, Jeurys Familia, Matt Harvey, Nick Carr, Pedro Zapata, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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Friend of the site Mike Newman has a scouting piece up about Mets 3B Jefry Marte this morning here.? There's video over there, so go check out the link.

A few highlights

Physique:

Jefry Marte played the 2010 season in better shape than in 2009. ... Still noticeable in 2010 were his muscular shoulders, forearms and lower half which leaves additional room to fill out as he matures.
Offense:
Just when I was ready to write him off, something clicked. Instead of flailing wildly at offspeed pitches, he stopped chasing and began forcing pitchers to throw fastballs in the zone....Marte has plenty of start-and-stop in his timing mechanism and lets an awful lot of power go to waste during his weight transfer.? This has led to a slugging percentage of a middle infielder, not corner slugger which he needs to be.
Conclusion:
Is Jefry Marte a surefire big leaguer? No, but he did make significant strides in 2010 and has somewhat redeemed himself as a prospect.
Tags: Jefry Marte, Toby Hyde

Mike Newman of Scoutingthesally.com apparently loves the Mets thirdbase depth.? On his list of top hot corner prospects in the SAL, he listed Jefry Marte #5, Aderlin Rodriguez #3 and Wilmer Flores #1.? The Mets have indicated that Flores will stay at shortstop for now, but Mike is more aggressive about projecting players at the positions he thinks they'll end up playing.

Here's why he ranks Flores #1:

I?m confident he can at least play an average third base at the big league level once his time at shortstop comes to an end.? With excellent hands, a strong arm, and enough bat to project a high average and twenty or so home runs annually, he?s a much safer play than most give him credit for.
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Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Jefry Marte, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde

- Jefry Marte was placed on the Savannah DL prior to this afternoon's game with a left hamstring strain.

- James Schroeder was promoted from Brooklyn to Savannah.? Schroeder, last year's 33rd round pick out of Southern Arkansas was hitting .280/.345/.400 with six doubles in 50 AB over 20 games for the Cyclones.

- OF Javier Rodriguez (.325/.360/.523) left last night's K-Mets game early.? Word is he was hit on hand by a pitch.

Tags: Eric Campbell, Javier Rodriguez, Jefry Marte, Kingsport Mets, Rehab, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ Clearwater Threshers 6, St. Lucie Mets 1

Good grief.? Jeurys Familia (2-6, 6.38): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 HBP, 1 WP.? That's 58 (!) walks, 20 wild pitches and 71 strikeouts in 73.1 innings for Familia.? He's walked 7.1 batters per nine.

CF Juan Lagares was 2-4 and is now up to .317/.333/.512 in his last ten games.? Lagares is some plate discipline from becoming a guy I could be very excited about.? Seriously.? The 21-year old has drawn 2 walks in 110 AB over 27 games in St. Lucie.

Tags: Jefry Marte, Jeurys Familia, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucie @ Clearwater Threshers - Suspended by rain

Suspended with one out in the bottom of the first.? Can't anyone read a radar around clearwater?? Jeez.

A: Greenville Drive 8, @ Savannah Sand Gnats 4The Drive took advantage of Jimmy Fuller and some sloppy Gnats defense in a five-run second inning, but both Cesar Puello (2-4, 2B) and Jefry Marte (3-5) each had big nights.? The 19-year olds either drove in or scored every one of the Savannah's four runs.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Jefry Marte, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie 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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A+: St. Lucie Mets 2, @ Charlotte Stone Crabs 1

SS Wilmer Flores extended his hitting streak to 15 straight games with a 1-4 Saturday night with a double.? He's 31-67 (.463) with five doubles and a homer in the streak.? Oh, and he's just 18.? Kid can hit.

Robert Carson (7-5, 4.17) was pretty good: 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR.? That's 12 strikeouts and two walks for Carson in his last 13 innings.

Tags: Jefry Marte, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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