Juan Urbina

SSA:?@ Brooklyn Cyclones 7, Hudson Valley Renegades 6 (11 innings)

We'll get to the position guys in a second post.

Something IntriguingLuis Cessa: 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. I saw Cessa a year ago in the GCL, and the now-20 year old has made nice progress. He was sitting 91-92 with his fastball on Monday, with some 93 and 94 mixed in. He showed a curveball at 74-75 mph. When he rushed it, it came out slurvily at 77 mph. Both his slider and changeup were in the 81 mph range. He mixed all four pitches nicely through the first three innings, but got himself into a fastball rut in the fourth. He faced the minimum through three innings thanks to a a first-inning caught stealing and a double-play by way of second in the second. A double, two walks, and an infield hit helped produce two runs against him in the fourth inning. His curve and change could become average pitches.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Juan Urbina, Luis Cesa, Toby Hyde
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Generally, there are few surprises at a team's media day. Sunday in Coney Island was not one of them. I was briefly at the Cyclones' media day Sunday before racing back to Manhattan and the unveiling of the All-Team Mets 50th Anniversary team at the 92nd street Y. It was a wonderful event, and we'll have more on it in a little bit.

The major surprise in Coney Island Sunday was that LHP Juan Urbina will begin in the team's bullpen. He is scheduled to throw Saturday behind RHP Rainy Lara unless, as manager Rich Donnelly put it, "we need him sooner." Urbina had a rough extended spring training and the skipper said the plan for Urbina is to use him "an inning or two at a time and get him ready."

The 19-year old Urbina ran a 5.95 ERA?in the Appalachian League last year, with a 2.1 K/BB ratio (29/14) in 56 innings in which he gave up 68 hits. The Mets signed Urbina for $1 million out of Venezuela in 2009.

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Scouting the Sally has video and a game report up on LHP Juan Urbina, who spent the 2011 season with Kingsport.

Here are some excerpts from their reports:

FastballUrbina featured an above average fastball. He worked primarily in the 87 to 91 MPH range, touching 93 more than once.

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SS-A: Game 1- @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Hudson Valley Renegades 1

Game 2- Hudson Valley Renegades 7, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 0

?Travis Taijeron's two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth, lifted the Cyclones to a 3-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. ?Taijeron also had an rbi double in the fourth inning. He finished the doubleheader 4-6, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Urbina, Nick Carr, Philip Evans, Travis Taijeron
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In a recent open thread discussion, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus answered some Mets prospect questions. ?Juan Urbina, Jeurys Familia, and Wilmer Flores were referenced:

Q:?Thank you for the chat: Any word on Juan Urbina this year? He's giving up an awful lot of?HR's so far..

KG:?Talked to a scout who saw his last start. Up to 93, some feel for the secondary stuff. He's very raw, but there's real talent there.

Tags: Baseball Prospectus, Jeurys Familia, Juan Urbina, Wilmer Flores
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SSA: @ Tri-City ValleyVats 7, Brooklyn Cyclones 4


SS?Danny Muno just keeps hitting: 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. ?The Mets eight-round pick out of Fresno State, the 22-year old Muno is sitting at .332/.434/.492, tops in the NYP in on-base percentage and third in slugging.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Brooklyn Cyclones, Gulf Coast League, Juan Urbina, Kingsport Mets, Philip Evans, Toby Hyde
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NYP:?@ Brooklyn Cyclones 5, Jamestown Jammers 2

SS Danny Muno (.341/.448/.494) was 1-3 with a double and a walk. ?In 44 games, the 22-year old has extra-base hits in 9.8% of his plate appearances with exactly the same number of walks and strikeouts 32, a rate of 15.7%. ?He's also rocking a .412 BABIP. ?Some of these things are sustainable, one is not.

3B Richard Lucas (.313/.404/.487) was 2-4. ?Mike wrote about the 22-year old Lucas yesterday and his desire to prove people wrong.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Daniel Muno, Gulf Coast League, Joe Tuschak, Juan Urbina, Kingsport Mets, Toby Hyde
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Here are some notes from the Mets short-season affiliates:

Travis Taijeron: .306/.429/.611, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 6 HR, 27 RBI

With home runs in four of his last seven games, Taijeron has propelled himself to the NYPL lead with a .611 slugging percentage. He also leads the NYPL with an OPS of 1.040.

Tags: Daniel Muno, Erik Goeddel, Juan Urbina, Travis Taijeron
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SS-A: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 11, Aberdeen Iron Birds 1

Danny Muno continues to swing a hot bat, collecting four hits to lead the Cyclones to another route of Aberdeen 11-1.

Muno (4-5, 2 2B, 2RBI) is now hitting a robust .358/.458/.556 in 21 games for the Cyclones. He leads the NYPL in OBP and is second in both batting average and OPS.

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This is another interesting group with Dillon Gee and Pedro Beato providing big league value right now. ?Cory Vaughn was the Gnats' most dangerous offensive player in the first half, but it's a long way from the SAL to the big leagues and, as Darrell Ceciliani and Juan Urbina have found out, even further from the short-season levels to the bigs.

Part 5 on players ranked 16-20 is here. ?Part 4 on players ranked 21-25 is?here. ?Part 3 on players ranked 26-30 is?here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is?here.?Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ??Each player?s name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.


Tags: Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Dillon Gee, Juan Urbina, Pedro Beato, Top Prospects Series, Toby Hyde
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The last of the Mets affiliates to take the field will be the Kingsport Mets of the?Appalachian?League, as they open their season tonight against Johnson City. There is a lot of buzz surrounding this team, primarily due to a trio of young talented starters they will feature.

According to Tricitiessports.com, the K-Mets will feature three of the youngest and most intriguing Mets pitching prospects in their starting rotation. Juan Urbina,?who will get the call on opening day tonight, Domingo Tapia, and Akeel Morris will strut their stuff this summer in Kingsport.

Kingsport manager Frank Fultz had this to say about his highly regarded trio:

Tags: Akeel Morris, Domingo Tapia, Juan Urbina, Kingsport Mets
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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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I recently had the privilege to have Kevin Goldstein, of Baseball Prospectus, answer some of my questions regarding Mets minor leaguers.

MD: Darrell Ceciliani had monster a season for Brooklyn. Does he have enough defensive ability to be an impact type big league CF?? What would you say his ceiling is?

KG: I'm going to start with a quick comment that applies to nearly all of your questions. You're asking about short-season guys, and it's such a nascent time in these players careers that we're projecting a LOT. These players can go in a ton of directions from here, many of them good, many of them bad, and we can just go on what we know. Onto Ceciliani, I wouldn't call him an impact defender, but he can play the position well, and that gives him a huge leg up, as you can't say that about most minor league center fielders. What he did offensively this year was a very pleasant surprise, and did wonders for his stock. He does need to work on his approach, as he's a bit of a pitch chaser, and he needs to work on his base running, but he can hit and I like him quite a bit.
MD: Cory Vaughn displayed an above average power/speed combination in the NYPL.? Do you feel he can continue this at higher levels of competition?

Tags: Akeel Morris, Baseball Prospectus, Cory Vaughn, Darrell Ceciliani, Juan Urbina, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda, Reese Havens, Sean Ratliff
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Baseball America named Juan Urbina the #6 prospect in the Gulf Coast League yesterday.? He was the top pitcher, and only one of three hurlers in the top 20.? Looking back, nine of BA's top 11 GCL prospects from five years ago have made the big leagues, so they have a very good record for finding talent in that league.

BA wrote:

His fastball currently sits at 89 mph and tops out at 92, but it's easy to think more velocity will come because he has a projectable frame and an easy delivery. He repeats his mechanics well, which also will help him continue to throw strikes.
Urbina maintains good arm speed on his changeup, his second-best pitch, which has good sink and fade. He also throws a slider, but it's a work in progress.
I don't really have much to add on this.? Urbina's 17, years away from the big leagues, but one of the Mets top pitching prospects.
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The GCL Mets finished the regular season at 31-25, qualifying for the playoffs as a wild card.? They would lose their only playoff game, 8-4 to the GCL Phillies.?

Top Prospects

LHP, Juan Urbina- 5-3, 5.01 ERA, 48 1/3 IP, 54 hits, 14 bb, 38 K, ?2.61 BB/9, 7.08 K/9

Tags: Akeel Morris, Gulf Coast League, Juan Urbina, Julio Concepcion, Zach Dotson
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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 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: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 12, Staten Island Yankees 7

The Cyclones continue to pound the baseball.? Brooklyn (24-11) racked up 12 runs and 15 hits, to extend their home winning streak to 10 games.? The win gives the Cyclones a 16-2 record at home this season.? Every starter had at least one hit, and seven of the nine starters had an RBI. The Cyclones are averaging a NYPL high 5.8 runs per game.? Hitting stars include:

Rylan Sandoval (2-3, HR, RBI, SB), Darrell Ceciliani (2-5, 2B, 3B, RBI), Cory Vaughn (1-3, 2RBI, 2BB, K), Jeff Flagg (2-4, 2B, 3B, 3RBI), Joe Bonfe (2-5, 2B, RBI), Brian Harrison (2-4, RBI), and J.B. Brown (2-4, 2B, 2RBI).

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Gulf Coast League, Juan Urbina, Kingsport Mets, Zach Lutz
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SS-A: Brooklyn Cyclones 8, @ Tri- City ValleyCats 0

Good pitching and good hitting is a great combination. A.J. Pinera (pictured) was very good once again.? Pinera pitched six shutout innings, giving up only two hits and striking out five.? Pinera, the Mets 2010 18th round pick, now has a 13 inning scoreless streak.

Offensive stars include: Luis Nieves (2-5, 2B), Darrell Ceciliani (3-5, 2RBI now hitting .395/.448/.544), Cory Vaughn (2-5), Jeff Flagg (2-4, HR, RBI), Joe Bonfe (1-3, RBI), Brian Harrison (2-4, 2B), and J.B. Brown (2-4, 2B, HR, 2RBI).

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Eduardo Aldama, Gulf Coast League, Juan Urbina, Kingsport Mets, Zach Lutz
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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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Juan Urbina seems to be an unknown commodity. Standing at 6'2" 170 lbs, the 16 year old LHP has plenty of projection.? With no minor league experience, many are wondering how could Baseball America rank him ahead of already proven players (i.e. Familia, Nieuwenhuis, Allen). Well here is Baseball America's scouting report on Urbina:

Strengths: Urbina has a loose, quick arm and already sits at 88-89 mph and tops out at 91 with his fastball. He has plenty of projection remaining in his lean, athletic frame and figures to develop at least a consistent low-90s heater. He commands his fastball well and sets it up with a change-up that features good sink. His clean mechanics should minimize his risk of injury. He pitches like the son of a former big league pitcher, as he shows advanced feel for pitching and the ability to throw strikes.

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