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Some Mets guys have not been assigned to any particular roster.

In Erik Goeddel's case, he has a groin strain. I labeled him as one of the two Mets with the most to prove in St. Lucie in 2011, starting with the fact that he needed to prove he can stay healthy. The good news here is that for a guy who's had Tommy John surgery in college, and elbow and shoulder soreness as a professional that have kept him off the field in the last two years, it's a leg thing this time.

Kyle Allen appears healthy. He's throwing bullpens and traveling with St. Lucie, but is not on the active roster. I did not rank Allen in my Top 41 this year for the first time since 2009, as he's stalled at advanced-A. In 2010 and 2011 in 207.1 IP with St. Lucie in 47 games and 39 starts he's given up 237 hits, fanned 5.5 guys per nine and walked 4.9 per nine. I had him ranked highest at?#13 in the system in 2010, #29 a year ago and #33 back in 2009. At this point, it seems the Mets are just more interested in giving innings in St. Lucie to other guys who have spent less, (or no) time in advanced-A.

Tags: Cesar Puello, Darrell Ceciliani, Erik Goeddel, Kyle Allen, Toby Hyde
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@ St. Lucie Mets 6, Clearwater Threshers 0

Some of that headline might be true. ?David Wright, in his fifth game game with St. Lucie was 2-4 with a double and a walk and is now hitting .421 (8-for-19) in his Florida State League rehab. ?Yeah. Also, is it possible to look happier in a team mug shot than David Wright does to the right?

Kyle Allen: 8 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. ?Numerically, this might have been not just his best start of 2011, but of his career. ?The eight innings pitched set a new career high. ?The six whiffs tied a season-high. ?It was his second walk-less and his second score-less outing of 2011. ?Now the trick for the 21-year old Allen? ?Do it again.

Tags: Kyle Allen, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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It's time for part three of my review of my pre-season Top 41 prospect rankings.

Part 1 on players originally ranked 36-41 is?here. ?Part 2 on players originally ranked 31-36 is here. Each player's name links back to his original scouting report from before the 2011 season.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Brad Holt, Kyle Allen, Matt den Dekker, Robert Carson, 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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As I sit here in the beginning stages of blizzard like conditions, I came across some interesting Mets links for your enjoyment.

First off, get to meet new Brooklyn Cyclones Manager, Rich Donnelly.?? Donnelly, who started his coaching career in 1972, joins the Cyclones with experience and a winning pedigree.? He was a member of Jim Leyland's Pirates staff in the early 90's, as well as the Leyland's 1993 Florida Marlins World Series championship staff.? This is more than just a baseball story, its a heart warming tale of a father enjoying his career with his children.

Over at Amazin Avenue, Mets prospect Kyle Allen sits down for an interview.? Allen talks about his struggles in 2010, and the lingering back issues that hampered his success.? Allen talks also about some of his background, while also revealing his favorite player is Alex Rodriguez.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Kyle Allen, Links, Matt Harvey
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Today, ESPN's Jason Churchill answer some Mets prospect questions.? In addition to his work at ESPN, Churchill is also the executive editor at Prospectinsider.com, and you can also find him on twitter: @ProspectInsider

MD:? Did Cory Vaughn do enough this summer to make him a legit prospect, or is the jury still out on him so to speak.? Does he have to show he can handle upper level pitching before fans can get excited about him?

JC:? I'd temper my enthusiasm until he's shown he can hit better pitching; he's a college draftee who may have faced better arms in school than he did in the NY-Penn League. The raw power is real, but so are the whiffs. The swing isn't terrible, but scouts are concerned about the contact rates, and rightfully so.

Tags: Cory Vaughn, Kyle Allen, Matt Harvey
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AA: Harrisburg Senators 5, @ Binghamton Mets 3

Good first: Zach Lutz (.297/.417/.645) was 2-4 with a pair of home runs.? That's seven homers in seven games since returning from a broken foot for the 24-year old.? In his seven games since his return, he's up to .448 (13-for-29) with three doubles, seven jacks, four walks and five strikeouts for a triple slash line of .448/.515/1.276.? That's just ridiculous.? Seriously, he was coming back from a broken foot.

Michael Antonini (6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) had a nice start sqandered by the 'pen.? If you want to be optimistic about Antonini, you point out that he has a 4.1 K/BB (106/26) ratio at AA.? If you want to be a pessimist, you'll point out that he'll be 25 on Friday.? Happy Birthday, and all that, in case we forget.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Kyle Allen, Savannah Sand Gnats, Scott Moviel, St. Lucie Mets, Zach Lutz, Toby Hyde
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So, I didn't write about games this weekend.? Rather than do recaps, I want to pick out important stories for prospects at each of the full-season affiliates.

Friday: Daytona Cubs 7, @ St. Lucie Mets 0Saturday: Daytona Cubs 10, St. Lucie Mets 3Sunday: Daytona Cubs 6, @ St. Lucie Mets 1.

Lutz is BackAfter five games in the GCL, Zach Lutz moved up to St. Lucie with an 0-4 Sunday in his return from his left foot fracture, which has put him on the shelf since May 25.? Technically, he was activated off the Binghamton DL and then transferred to St. Lucie, so he now counts against St. Lucie's active 25 man roster.? Lutz, you might recall, hit a beastly .307/.447/.600 with six home runs, 17 walks and 21 strikeouts in 21 games in April before suffering through a .196/.317/.353 with 2 home runs 7 walks and 15 strikeouts in 14 games in May.? Overall, he was bopping along at a .262/.396/.500 rate.

Tags: Kyle Allen, Scott Moviel, St. Lucie Mets, Wilmer Flores, Zach Lutz, 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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Mike Newman of ScoutingtheSally.com has a new piece on RHP Kyle Allen at Mets Geek, filled with glowing praise for the 19-year-old hurler.

Mike begins with some praise for Allen's athleticism:

In starts versus Kannapolis (White Sox) and Hickory (Rangers), Allen was the best athlete on the field, bar none.? This is a player who ran a 6.6, 60-yard dash and threw 98 MPH from the outfield prior to being drafted. At 6?3?, 195 lbs, his physique is one which can add another 20-25 lbs....He also has fluid mechanics and easy arm action at 90 MPH which also bodes well for a future spike in velocity.
The 98 mph sounds fanciful at best, but he is a good athlete.

Tags: Kyle Allen, Toby Hyde
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