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The Mets have released nine minor league players today including: (the tastefully named) RHP Tobi Stoner, LHP Eric Niesen, RHP Nick Carr, LHP Roy Merritt, RHP Chris Hilliard, RHP Ronny Morla, RHP Steve Winnick, 1B?Lucas Stewart and CF Chase Greene.

Stoner, the Mets' 16th round pick in 2006, had the most success of this group, reaching the big leagues in September of 2009. He made four relief appearances in 2009, and one more in 2010, but will be remembered more for his name than his pitching. He was moving backwards in the minors too: AAA Buffalo where he pitched to a 5.97 ERA, was his only minor league stop in 2010 before making 16 starts for double-A Binghamton in 2011. This year, with prospects like Matt Harvey, Jeurys Familia, Zack Wheeler, Darin Gorski and Colin McHugh and Armando Rodriguez fighting for spots in double-A and triple-A there was no room anymore for a place-holder like Stoner. I had Stoner ranked #31 in the system in 2009, and #32 in 2010. He missed the 2011 and 2012 lists.

Merritt, originally a 27th round draft pick, was the 2009 Binghamton Mets Pitcher of the Year?in 2009. (Hey, Josh Thole was the position Player of the Year: 1-for-2 ain't bad.) Merritt owned a 5.65 ERA at AA Binghamton in 2011, where righties hit .309/.367/.398 against him. I had Merritt ranked as the #40 prospect in the system in 2009 and 2010. He was unranked the last two years.

Tags: Nick Carr, Tobi Stoner, Toby Hyde
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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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SS-A: Tri-City Valley Cats 3, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 0

The Cyclones offense was non-existent as they were limited to just one hit in the loss to Tri-City. ?The Cyclones were held hitless through six innings. ?T.J. Rivera ended the no-hit bid with a single in the bottom of the seventh.

Jeff Walters (5 1/3 IP, 5 hits, 2 er, 4 bb, 2k) took the loss for the Cyclones.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Kingsport Mets, Nick Carr
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I really wish the title of this post were true, because I would love to be on the links (golf course) right now. But back to business at hand, here are some good reads for you all to enjoy:

 

Mets 1st round supplemental round pick, Michael Fulmer paid a visit to the Mets clubhouse over the weekend:

Tags: Links, Michael Fulmer, Nick Carr
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Yesterday, ?I caught up with Mets Director of Minor League Operations Adam Wogan for some injury updates.

Nick Carr, who has not pitched since April 20, has a left AC joint sprain. ?That's a shoulder injury to his non-throwing shoulder that also goes by the name, "separated shoulder." ?According to Wogan, he "has thrown bullpens and is close to returning." ?I've been high on Carr's arm strength for a long time. ?He's always had trouble throwing strikes thanks to a violent delivery, but this year, he seemed to turn a corner as he had 12 strikeouts and just one walk in 8.2 innings out of the St. Lucie bullpen. ?He could move relatively quickly when he's healthy.

 

Tags: Armando Rodriguez, Nick Carr, Toby Hyde
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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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Yesterday in the Arizona Fall League, three Met pitchers threw an inning of relief: Eric Niesen, Brad Holt, and Nicholas Carr.? This would normally not be notable except once again the pitchers were pitching in Peoria, which has Pitchf/x cameras installed.? Naturally one inning per pitcher results in a tiny sample size for each, but it's better than nothing, so let's take a look at the three pitchers today.

Brad Holt

Brad Holt has been a very frustrating pitcher.? In Brooklyn, and even part of last year his fastball was said to hit 94-95 and be a pitch that at worst made scouts think he might be a good reliever.? This year however, his results fell off a cliff and his velocity dropped.

Tags: Analysis, Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Eric Niesen, Nick Carr
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The first day of the Arizona Fall League is in the books and on the whole, it was a good one for the Mets who this year year will be playing as Mesa Solar Sox.? Mesa defeated the Phoenix Desert Dogs (one of my favorite logos in all of baseball) 8-3.

2B Jordany Valdespin was 1-5 with an RBI and two 2K? and a stolen base from the leadoff spot.

CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was 2-3 with a double, a walk, two RBI and two R from the #8 spot in the Mesa order.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Jordanny Valdespin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Carr, Toby Hyde
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Today is opening day for the Arizona Fall League, with Brad Holt getting the call for the Mesa Solar Sox today against the Phoenix Desert Dogs.? Holt is looking to rebound after a disastrous (and thats an understatement) 2010 regular season.

Holt, the former 2008 1st round pick (33rd overall), finished his season 3-14 with a 8.34 ERA between AA Binghamton and A+ St. Lucie.? The most puzzling stat was he walked (79) nearly as many batters as he struck out (87).? His?BB/9 was a whopping 7.48!!!? After bursting on the scene in 2008, Holt's stock has fallen faster than an Aroldis Chapman fastball.? With all that being said, with a solid AFL campaign in front of numerous scouts and baseball front office personel, Holt has a chance to redeem himself and springboard into 2011.

Wishful thinking? Lets hope not.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Eric Niesen, Jordanny Valdespin, Kai Gronauer, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Carr, Robert Carson
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According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNY, the Mets have added hard-throwing RHP Brad Holt and Nick Carr and LHP Eric Niesen to their Arizona Fall League squad.? All three guys have shown plus fastballs in the minors, and all have struggled to throw strikes.? Both Carr and Niesen missed time this year with injuries.? It'll be nice to get pitch/fx readings on all three guys.

Holt, who will turn 24 on the second day of the AFL season on October 13, was the single biggest disappointment in the system in 2010.? The 33rd overall pick in the 2008 draft bombed out of AA with a 10.20 ERA in 30 innings only to struggle in the advanced-A Florida State League with a 7.48 ERA with 56 walks and 62 strikeouts in 65 innings.? Scouts reported varying velocities on Holt in AA, but the Mets claimed that his velocity was consistently better in the FSL than it was in AA.? Maybe the Mets saw something better from Holt in Instructional League, going on in Florida, that made the team think Holt was ready for the advanced hitters and tough pitching conditions in Arizona.

Coming off a strong finish to 2009 at AA, Niesen too had a disappointing 2010.? He began the year as a starter going 4-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 13 starts.? His peripherals were ugly:? he walked 41 batters and fanned 38 in 52 innings.? He missed a month, from April 23 to May 26 with a concussion after getting hit by a throw down to second by Luke Montz.? You can watch the video of the play here.? The Mets moved Niesen to the bullpen in the second half and he was strangely hittable, yielding 40 hits in 25 IP with 19 walks against 21 strikeouts.?? Check out this discrepancy: as a starter, Niesen allowed a .219 opponents' batting average on a .260 BABIP while as a reliever, opponents hit .360 against him with a .412 BABIP.? Wow.? Overall, Niesen prevented lefties from hitting for any power at all, hold them to a .296 slugging percentage as part of a .241/.396/.296 line while righties hit a much more robust .287/.408/.473 against him suggesting that he might end up as a left-handed specialist.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Brad Holt, Eric Niesen, Nick Carr, Toby Hyde
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Baseball America's Ben Badler checks in from two low-level Mets-Marlins minor league games.

Flores and Marte were both impressive today. ... From his face to his body, Flores looks every bit like a player who didn?t turn 17 until the last month of the 2008 season?until he steps into the batter?s box. The righty-batting Flores stays quiet at the plate with little hand movement, showing natural hitting ability with excellent hands to drive the ball to all fields. In his first at-bat against 2008 Marlins? second-rounder Brad Hand, Flores ripped a line drive over the third baseman?s head for a double, then hit the ball hard in the rest of his at-bats.

Flores played shortstop, but it?s hard to imagine him staying at the position given that he?s a below-average runner whose range will be even more limited once he fills out his 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. Today, however, Flores fielded balls cleanly, showing a strong arm and a very quick release that could fit well at third base.

Tags: Jefry Marte, Nick Carr, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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