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Mets Single-A SS prospect?Luis Guillorme has been named MVP of the South Atlantic League (Sept. 1, 2015).

"Guillorme receiving the MVP is well deserved," Savannah Gnats manager Jose Leger told MiLB.com. "He has played well both defensively and with the bat. He has hit in the second spot of our lineup and has been driving in runs, getting on base, and bunting guys over when we need it. There is no doubt in my mind that he is our MVP."

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Mets minor leaguer?Duane Below was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday.

Below made his third?start of the season last Tuesday after moving to the rotation and threw a complete-game shutout for the Las Vegas 51s.

Below allowed four hits and struck out two vs. the?Tacoma Rainiers on May 19.

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The Mets have reassigned?outfielder?Alex Castellanos and relief pitcher?Chasen Bradford to minor league camp (Rubin, March 28).

Castellanos was brought in by the Mets this offseason on a minor league deal?with an invite to spring training.

Bradford was a 2011 draft pick by the Mets and has played at every level within their farm system. The 25-year-old right-handed reliever is likely to rejoin the bullpen at Las Vegas to start the season.

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Wally Backman has been named manager for Licey of the Dominican Republic winter-league (Rubin, Nov. 22).

Mets prospects Dilson Herrera and Hansel Robles are part of the Licey team roster.

Although it has not been made official, Backman is expected to return as manager of Triple-A Las Vegas in 2015.

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The Mets'?Double-A franchise is staying in Binghamton.

The B-Mets announced Wednesday they have extended their lease with NYSEG Stadium through the 2021 season.

The team, which made the Eastern League playoffs this season, had reportedly considered a move to Ottawa.

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In his last ten games, Ruben Tejada has hit .282 with six runs scored and three RBI.

He has four multiple-hit games during that span, but he has only three walks and seven strikeouts.

Today in Pittsburgh, Terry Collins said Tejada is focusing on keeping the ball out of the air, according to SNY's Matt Dunn.

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Since being promoted to Triple-A Las Vegas in mid-June, Montero is 0-1 with a 5.89 ERA, having allowed seven walks with 19 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Wilmer Flores is hitting .318 with ten home runs and an organization-leading 65 RBI this season - he has a .358 OBP and an .856 OPS.

In June, Sandy Alderson said it was unlikely Montero would be promoted to the big leagues because he's not on the 40-man roster.

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Last night at Cashman Stadium in Las Vegas, RHP Rafael Montero made his first start for Triple-A Las Vegas since his promotion and allowed five runs - one earned - on seven hits with seven strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

The 51s committed four errors last night, three of which came in the fifth inning with one of the three coming on a throwing error by Montero.

Montero was relieved by Justin Hampson, who earned the win in the 51s 11-5 victory over Colorado Springs.

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Yesterday against Double-A Altoona, Rafael Montero allowed two hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven innings for the B-Mets.

Montero hasn't allowed a run since he allowed two in six innings against the Akron Aeros, a span of 23 2/3 innings - he's 4-0 with four walks and 24 strikeouts over that span.

Overall, Montero is 7-3 with a 2.45 ERA, having allowed just 11 walks and 77 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings over 12 starts for Double-A Binghamton this season.

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In the 2013 first-year player draft, the Mets had 41 selections.

24 of their 41 selections went to pitchers, two of which were left-handed pitchers and 14 of which are college pitchers.

The Mets selected five outfielders, six first basemen, two shortstops, three catchers, and one second baseman.

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The Las Vegas 51s have released C Landon Powell from his contract.

Powell, 31, hit .159 with a .284 OBP, two home runs and three RBI in 82 plate appearances for the 51s in 2013.

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Today against the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, RHP Rafael Montero allowed just two runs on four hits with only one walk against five strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

Montero was one out away from a complete-game (seven inning) victory in Game 1 of the 51s doubleheader with the Cubs, but after allowing a solo home run to Brian Bogusevic to start the seventh.?Montero bounced back to strike out the next batter before walking Brad Nelson, the final batter he faced to run his pitch count to 86.?Josh Edgin relieved Montero and allowed singles to Ian Stewart and Donnie Murphy to hand Montero the loss.

On Sunday,?Lynn Worthy of the?Binghamton News?said?Montero was to make a spot start for Las Vegas this week, and was expected to return to Binghamton afterwards.

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Last night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Zack Wheeler allowed two runs on six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in the Las Vegas 51s 4-3 win over the Albuquerque Isotopes.

Wheeler faced 28 batters and threw 99 pitches, 61 of which were strikes.

"I think the kid is on a mission. His last three starts have all been quality starts,"Wally Backman said, according to milb.com. "To me, just looking at the kid, knowing him, having him for part of last year and this year, he smells it. He knows what's in front of him and he's going at it as a professional, in the right way. As long as he puts up zeros the organization will have to make some decision on that shortly."

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According to SNY's Toby Hyde, Brandon Nimmo is taking batting practice in Savannah this afternoon.

Nimmo was placed on the disabled list with an injured hand before Savannah's 3-1 win over Rome yesterday.

He?is hitting .322 with one home run and 11 RBI in 90 at-bats over 23 games this season, although he is hitting just .158 over his last ten games and he has not played since April 29 due to the hand injury.

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On Friday at NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton, Rafael Montero allowed two runs with two walks and eight strikeouts in five innings.

In five starts for Double-A Binghamton this season, Montero, 22, is 3-1 with a 1.95 ERA, having allowed six runs and 19 hits with just three walks and 35 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.

Earlier this week, Terry Collins suggested to reporters Montero could skip Triple-A Las Vegas and come right to the big leagues at some point this season.

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In five starts this season, Wheeler is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA, having allowed 26 hits and 15 earned runs with 15 walks and 28 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings.

"What worries me the most is that he?s not pounding the strike zone. We?ve got to have some strikes out of him because his stuff is going to play," Terry Collins said yesterday. "If he?s in the strike zone, you?d be surprised at the outs because his stuff is just that good."

Wheeler is walking way too many guys, falling into hittable counts, and paying the price for the lack of command. Now, I'll buy that his off-speed pitches could be affected by the elements in the Pacific Coast League, especially since he's shown excellent command of those secondary pitches in the recent past. But, Wheeler is now lacking fastball command, and that would be the case no matter where he's pitching. The results probably wouldn't be as big of a deal if he was throwing his fastball for strikes, but he isn't doing that consistently whatsoever and I worry that lack of command would carry over to the big league level should the Mets decide to promote him now.

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Mets minor leaguer Christian Montgomery has been?suspended 50 games for a second positive test of a drug of abuse, according to Adam Rubin of?ESPN New York.

Montgomery was an 11th round draft pick of the Mets in 2011.

Last season, Montgomery was 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA and 1.565 WHIP in two starts for the Kingsport Mets in the Appalachian League.

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In six appearances for Double-A Binghamton, LHP Jack Leathersich has allowed four hits and seven walks with 12 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings of relief.

Leathersich has allowed only 61 hits with 151 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings in his minor league career.

During the off-season, Mets' special assistant J.P. Ricciardi told a group of season ticket holders at Citi Field Leathersich could make an impact at the Major League level this season.

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Yesterday against Double-A New Hampshire, RHP Rafael Montero allowed four hits with six strikeouts in six innings.

Montero, 22, improved to 3-0 with a 1.59 ERA in four starts this season - he's allowed just one walk with 27 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings.

Montero has held right-handed hitters to a .156 average so far this season.

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Last night against the Lakewood Blue Claws in the South Atlantic League, Brandon Nimmo went 4-for-4 with a triple and two runs scored in a Savannah Sand Gnats 7-2 victory.

Nimmo, 20, is now hitting .450 with a .514 OBP and 1.098 OPS, one home run and 10 RBI in 60 at-bats.

Nimmo is hitting .490 against right-handed pitching this season.

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Last night at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Zack Wheeler allowed four runs and three hits with six walks and four strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

Wheeler took a no-decision, but his ERA rose to 4.91 in four starts for the season - Wheeler has now issued ten walks in 18 1/3 innings over four starts ?this season.

To read more about Wheeler's start last night, check out the Las Vegas Sun.

For complete coverage of the Mets Minor Leagues, be sure to check out SNY's Mets Minor League Blog.
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Last night at Tradition Field, Noah Syndergaard allowed seven runs on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in only three innings of work against Fort Myers.

Fort Meyers overcame a 7-2 deficit and defeated St. Lucie by the score of 11-8.

The seven runs Syndergaard allowed are the most he has ever allowed in his career.

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Last night against Single-A Greensboro in the South Atlantic League, Savannah OF Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with five RBI in the Sand Gnats 8-5 victory against the Greensboro Grasshoppers.

Nimmo hit a three-run home run in his third at-bat last night.

"I was looking for a good pitch to hit, and I got a fastball inside and drove it well," Nimmo said, according to Milb.com. "It felt really good. Even in my fourth at-bat, I hit the ball pretty well. I was staying on the ball, seeing it well tonight. You just enjoy these nights."

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Today at Cashman Field in Las Vegas, Zack Wheeler allowed three runs on six hits with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Wheeler threw 97 pitches, 61 of which were strikes.

Wheeler did not allow a walk during his outing but did allow a home run - he now has a 3.86 ERA with six walks and 17 hits with 17 strikeouts in 14 innings over three starts.

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Last night in Bradenton, Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs and four hits with four walks and eight strikeouts in five innings for the St. Lucie Mets.

Syndergaard has pitched to a 2.00 ERA over his first two starts, having allowed two runs on seven hits with five walks and 13 strikeouts over nine innings.

I was in attendance for his start last night, and his stuff was extremely impressive. Scouts watching the game told me Syndergaard was throwing his fastball between 93-95 mph, his change-up was between 84-85 mph, and his power-curveball was in the low 70s. He staggered in the fourth and fifth innings, and while he told me he was putting some extra pressure on himself to get out of those jams, he could also have been dealing with some stamina problems. Remember, his camp was shortened due to a pulled side muscle, so he might be a little behind schedule in terms of the number of innings and pitch counts for this time of year. Right now, the organization is looking for him to build that stamina and repeat his delivery consistently during his outings. In talking to Syndergaard, he came off as a quiet personality, much like Zack Wheeler. But, like Wheeler, Syndergaard is focused and has intense concentration to himself, and is determined to refine his game and get to the big leagues.

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In this week's Prospect Hot Sheet for Baseball America, JJ Cooper lists RHP Rafael Montero in the team photo section.

"Montero [has] dominated, showing the stuff to be a potential mid-rotation starter with good control and solid stuff across the board," Cooper writes.

In two starts with Double-A Binghamton, Montero is 1-0 with a 1.54 ERA, having allowed two earned runs on eight hits with no walks and 15 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings.

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Robert Brender - a special contributor to MetsBlog.com - conducted the following Q&A with Travis d'Arnaud in Las Vegas on Friday night:

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Robert Brender: You were here last year with Toronto so you?re familiar with the ballparks. Has that helped you?

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The Mets have signed LHP Sean Henn to a minor league contract, the team announced.

Henn last appeared in the Major Leagues with the Twins and Orioles in 2009 and went a combined 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA in 20 relief appearances.

Henn went 3-0 with a 3.64 ERA in 15 appearances with Triple-A Tacoma in the Mariners organization last year.

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Last night in Fresno, Zack Wheeler allowed four runs -- one earned -- on eight hits, with three walks and six strikeouts, over 5 1/3 innings.

The 51s lost to Fresno by the score of 4-1.

Wheeler fell to 0-1 with a 3.14 ERA in 8 2/3 innings over two starts this season. He now has a WHIP of 1.96, is walking people at a rate of 6.2 per nine innings and is striking out 9.3 per nine.

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RHP Noah Syndergaard made his 2013 debut with the Single-A St. Lucie Mets and allowed three hits and a walk with five strikeouts in four innings to the Jupiter Hammerheads.

The St. Lucie Mets managed just four hits, but squeaked out a 1-0 win to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Syndergaard -- who was acquired in the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays --?went 8-5 with a 2.60 ERA in 27 games and 19 starts for Single-A Lansing in 2012, while striking out 122 in 103 2/3 innings. He is ranked the third best prospect in the Mets system, 29th best overall by MLB.com.

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Here, Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com profiles right-handed pitching prospect Michael Fulmer in the latest installment of the Mets Minor League Report:

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=26017345

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According to Mark Hale of the New York Post, Triple-A Las Vegas' manager Wally Backman believes Zack Wheeler remains on-track for the big leagues and is not far away from being promoted to the Mets.

?He is the same spot [Matt] Harvey was at last year, I would say,? Backman said, according to Hale. ?It?s a matter of command. I think it?s going to be a matter of consistency.?

Wheeler struggled through 3 1/3 innings in his season debut on Thursday night,?allowing two runs and three walks and three strikeouts.

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Last night in Sacramento, Travis d'Arnaud went 2-for-4 with two doubles, two walks, one RBI, and four runs scored in the Las Vegas 51s' opening 10-5 victory over the River Cats.

"[d'Arnaud is] gonna be a very good player when he gets to the Major Leagues, which is probably not a long ways away," 51s manager Wally Backman said, according to milb.com.

Wilmer Flores also went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Flores started at second base for Las Vegas last night.

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LHP Darin Gorski -- who was assigned to Double-A Binghamton to start the season -- is not on their official roster for Opening Day.

According to Lynn Worthy of the Binghamton News, Gorski is likely headed to Triple-A Las Vegas to join their rotation.

The Mets reportedly will promote LHP Aaron Laffey from Las Vegas in time for Sunday's game against the Marlins, leaving a hole in Las Vegas' rotation.

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The Mets have signed LHP Shawn Teufel to a minor league contract, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Shawn Teufel is the son of former Met and current coach Tim Teufel.

Teufel, 26, went a combined 6-9 with a 6.62 ERA in 25 games and 20 starts in the Tigers organization last season. He made two starts for Triple-A Toledo after being promoted from Single-A Lakeland, although he went 5-7 with a 6.64 ERA in 22 appearances and eight starts for Lakeland last season.

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In yesterday's 3-1 win over the Nationals, Mets prospect Rafael Montero allowed just four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

?You know, this guy is coming with rave reviews," Terry Collins told reporters yesterday. "He may not have the fastball Zack Wheeler?s got, but I had some minor league people tell me this winter: Don?t be surprised if he?s in the big leagues before September 1. And, I will not be, because I trust my minor league people very much."

In three games and two starts this spring, Montero has allowed two runs and ten hits with only one walk and four strikeouts.

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Today in Port St. Lucie, Zack Wheeler pitched in a minor league intra-squad game.

According to the team's beat reporters on Twitter, Wheeler's fastball was between 96-97 mph.

Wheeler is expected to be ready to pitch in the Las Vegas 51's home opener next week.

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Here, Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com profiles right-handed pitcher Jake DeGrom in the latest installment of the Mets Minor League Report.

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Here, Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com profiles 2011 first round pick Brandon Nimmo in the latest installment of the Mets Minor League Report.

http://web.sny.tv/media/video.jsp?content_id=25774025

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In a post to Minor League Ball, John Sickels lists his 150 best prospects for 2013.

Sickels lists five Mets in his top 150, three of which are in the top 25: Travis d'Arnaud at 13, Zack Wheeler at 15, Noah Syndergaard at 22, Michael Fulmer at 86, and Wilmer Flores at 118.

There have been several ranking reports which have surfaced over the last few months. While the numerical standing of each prospects tend to differ in each report, the common thread throughout is the Mets have a lot of prospects at the top of these rankings. Of course, that doesn't necessarily translate to anything, but it signals a clear evolution in the team's farm system, and how the organization's progress is regarded around the game right now.

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RHP Noah Syndergaard injured his side muscle early in camp, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

He is now fine, and is working his way back into cycles in minor league Spring Training.

Syndergaard was acquired with John Buck, Travis d'Arnaud and Wuilmer Becerra in exchange for R.A. Dickey, Josh Thole, and Mike Nickeas in December.

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During Wednesday's Q&A with season ticket holders at Citi Field,?J.P. Ricciardi, who serves as a special assistant to Sandy Alderson, was asked about a player in the farm system he is excited to see this season, and he said he has been very impressed with LHP Jack Leathersich.

"I think he's one of the guys who could get a taste of the big leagues at some point this year," Ricciardi said of Leathersich. "It's nice to have a left-hander with a 'strikeout-ability.'"

Ricciardi said it's possible Leathersich could arrive in Flushing this season.

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Mets C Travis d'Arnaud?is the best catching prospect in baseball, according to a recent list published by MiLB.com's minor league guru Jonathan Mayo.

"If it hadn?t been for some injuries, talk about d?Arnaud as a prospect would have long been a thing of the past and the buzz would be about him as one of the bright young catching stars in the big leagues," Mayo writes. "When healthy, he has the tools to be a top-flight all-around backstop. He?s agile and athletic with a good arm and has worked hard to improve his throwing. He has the ability to hit for both average and power and is a natural leader behind the plate, skills he should be able to show off in New York soon."

In 67 games with Triple-A Las Vegas last season, d?Arnaud hit .333 with a .380 OBP, .975 OPS, 16 home runs and 52 RBI in 279 at-bats.

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The Mets announced that all five members of the Binghamton Mets field staff from?2012 will return to guide the club in 2013.

Pedro Lopez will serve as the manager of the B-Mets for a second consecutive season after serving as manager of the St. Lucie Mets in 2011.

Lopez, 43, will be joined by hitting coach Luis Natera and pitching coach Glenn Abbott. Athletic trainer Matt Hunter and strength & conditioning coach Dustin Clarke round out the staff.

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Wilmer Flores finished his season with Los Bravos de Margarita hitting .272 with a .338 OBP, .410 SLG, and a .748 OPS with five home runs and 20 RBI in 195 at-bats.

In his final ten games, Flores hit just .176 with no extra base hits or RBI with four walks and eight strikeouts in 34 at-bats.

In 130 games for Single-A St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton in 2012, Flores hit .300 with 18 home runs and 75 RBI with 38 walks and 60 strikeouts in 493 at-bats.

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In his recent re-ranking of the Mets top 20 prospects, long-time minor league guru John Sickels says Blue Jays C Travis d'Arnaud will be the Mets top prospect, followed by Zack Wheeler and Noah Syndergaard (who will also be acquired from the Jays).

Sickels ranks 21-year-old infielder Wilmer Flores at No. 4, followed by RHP Michael Fulmer, RHP Jeurys Familia, RHP Luis Mateo, OF Brandon Nimmo and SS Gavin Cecchini.

In regards to d'Arnaud, Sickels writes:

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