Philip Evans

The RainGoing back through last Friday, this team has played and finished just six games in 10 days. It's hardly the worse example of rain impacting a baseball season, my point is just that there is a limited amount things can change when the team plays circles the starting rotation just once in a week and a half.

Steven Matz is LegitMatz threw Sunday, and put up, by his recent standards, an uninspiring line: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.

In five starts since the SAL All-Star Break, he has put up a 1.45 ERA in 31 innings with a K/BB ratio of 30/12 while allowing opponents to hit .139/.239/.168. The only eery note in there is the walks, as he's walking opponents at a 10% rate. He's whiffing opponents at a 26% rate. He's doing it mostly with his fastball (92-96, sitting 93-ish) and changeup, which has a chance to be a plus pitch. He's still working on repeating his slider release point.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Philip Evans, Steve Matz, Toby Hyde
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AA: Altoona Curve (PIT) 6, @ Binghamton Mets 3?

Cory Mazzoni (4-3, 4.38): 6 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 6 K - 66% strikes (66 of 99) - 5 ground outs/4 fly outs. Mazzoni's been missing bats over his recent starts, but also giving up lots of hits and runs. The Mets second round pick in 2011 has allowed at least three runs in each of his last eight starts, and five runs or more in half of those octet.

No one had more than one hit including RF Cesar Puello (1-for-4) and LF Travis Taijeron (1-for-4, 2B).

Tags: Domingo Tapia, Philip Evans, Toby Hyde
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A - Hickory Crawdads (TEX) 5, @ Savannah Sand Gnats 0

This Hickory team is amazing and unusual. At the plate, they are young, athletic and they lead the SAL in strikeouts and homeruns, by a lot.

Jake Kuebler allowed a runner to at least second base in every single one of his innings. He had little to keep Hickory off his fastball: 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K.

Tags: Philip Evans, Savannah Sand Gnats, Toby Hyde
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Philip Evans had a bad start to the 2013 season. Following the Gnats' game on June 9th, in which he was 0-for-3 with an error, he was hitting .173/.244/.223.

The Mets drafted clearly expected more from the 20-year-old who was drafted in the 15th round in 2011, but who received a $650,000 bonus - the equivalent of second round money. Since that low-point in mid-June, Evans has bounced back, hitting .349/.420/.488 with three doubles, a home run, five walks and six strikeouts in his next 13 games to pull his overall line back to .204/.276/.269 in 72 games in the South Atlantic League.

Gnats' manager Luis Rojas points to a set of mechanical changes that has impacted both Evans' swing and his approach, "He's working on getting that load early, so he can see the ball and actually have more balance in his swing. That's something that had him really struggling early in the season. He was off-balance and wasn't really recognizing pitches well. Now, getting him ready so early, minimizing the movement, is making him recognize pitches and see which pitch he can drive and see which pitch he can take is getting him into really good counts to hit."

Tags: Philip Evans, Toby Hyde
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A+: Palm Beach Cardinals 10, @ St. Lucie Mets 6?

The important thing here is not the final score, but who did not play to the final out: C Kevin Plawecki. Plawecki left the game in the top of the sixth. Sources at the game told me he tried to field a breaking ball in the dirt and ended up "in pain." I hope to have a precise body part and diagnosis on Friday.

One of the consequences of Plawecki leaving, when Cam Maron was in the lineup as the Mets' DH was that when Maron moved over to catcher, the Mets lost their DH. That's pretty rare?occurrence?is entertaining.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Philip Evans, Toby Hyde
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A+: Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 6, St. Lucie Mets 4 (12 innings)

There were lots of interesting individual performances in this one, in a game St. Lucie lost in extra-innings when the Marauders scored twice against Randy Fontanez.

C Kevin Plawecki picked up three singles to push his batting average over .300 in five games in A+ (.304, 7-for-23).

Tags: Philip Evans, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 1, @ Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 0?

Little Angel Cuan?was outstanding: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K. St. Lucie manager Ryan Ellis told MiLB.com that it was the best he had ever seen the soft-tossing Cuan.

Jeurys Familia and Scott Atchison each threw a scoreless inning of relief with one strikeout. According to the gang at MetsBlog, Terry Collins told reporters that Familia will be headed right back to Vegas to continue his rehab.

Tags: Philip Evans, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 8, @ St. Lucie Mets 6?

The Mets scored five times in the final two innings, but it was not enough to overcome an early 7-0 deficit. Why were the Mets down big? Domingo Tapia was wild in his return from the DL with a burned (non) pitching hand: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, HBP. Just yuck. It was his first game in 19 days, but that's not good.

At the plate, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (.261/.287/.484 - 45 games) was 3-for-5 with an RBI. The 21-year old is bopping along at .345/.376/.632 in 21 games in May.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Kevin Plawecki, Philip Evans, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A: Savannah Sand Gnats 6, @ Lakewood Blue Claws (PHI) 4

SS Philip Evans (pictured) had one at-bat on Saturday and popped out to first base. He was then removed from the game by Gnats' manager Luis Rojas because he did not run out the play. "It's organizational policy," Rojas explained after the game. "We talked about it, and he [Evans] understands." The 20-year-old Evans has had a tough start to the year, hitting .189/.254/.226 through 15 games with seven errors.

The good: 1B Jayce Boyd: 3-for-4, 1 2B, BB, 4 RBI. The 22-year-old is hitting .387/.473/.532 with 10 walks against nine strikeouts (!) in his 16 games with the Gnats.

Tags: Domingo Tapia, Philip Evans, Rehab, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 1, Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 0 (10 innings)

The game winning rally in the bottom of the 10th: CF Gilbert Gomez walked, C Cam Maron ground a single to right field and then 2B TJ Rivera ground a single to left field.

Domingo Tapia: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 10 groundball outs, and three flyouts. The ground balls are good, but Tapia should miss more bats with his fastball. I worry that relatively few strikeouts means opposing hitters are sitting on his fastball and making contact rather than fearing his slider at all.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Philip Evans, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, 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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SSA: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 7, Hudson Valley Renegades 6 (11 innings)
Hi, I'm JayceIt's hard to have a better professional debut than first baseman Jayce Boyd (pictured). "I was more excited than nervous, but there was definitely a little bit of tension in there," he said post-game. "I had to sit and watch for a few days, so I was kinda getting antsy."
The Mets 6th round pick, a right-handed hitter, doubled on a ground ball down the leftfield line, on a drive inside the rightfield line, and then drilled a line drive triple to the warning track in straight-away center. Then, with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning, he lined a sacrifice fly out to rightfield to bring home the winning run. He finished 3-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, a run and two RBI. His swing looked clean and balanced and he used the whole field. He's listed at 6'3", but that seems a little generous to me.
After a busy week that including traveling from Omaha, where he was playing in the College World Series with Florida State to packing up in Tallahassee and signing with the Mets, Boyd seemed relieved to be back on the field, "It's been a little hectic," he said "but [I'm] finally getting to slow down and play some baseball."
In the bottom of the 11th, the Cyclones used pinch-runner Jonathan Clark at third base for Boyd's at-bat. Boyd said that Clark, "mighta been the fastest guy I'd seen in my life so all I had to do was hit it up in the air and he was probably going to score."

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Brooklyn Cyclones, Jayce Boyd, Kevin Plawecki, Philip Evans, Standard, Toby Hyde
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Monday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Hudson Valley Renegades (TB) 0?

Brandon Nimmo was 0-for-4 Monday, but reached on a hit-by-pitch, his first of the year. In his eight games as a Cyclone, he's hitting .185/.421/.259 (5-for-27) with 10 walks and seven strikeouts. Nimmo is the only NYP League player with double-digit walks. Early in the year, manager Rich Donnelly raised the wanted Nimmo to attack more. Be that as it may, 10 walks against seven strikeouts is a fine week's worth of work.

Monday, SS Philip Evans (pictured) was 2-for-4 with a triple, his first. The 19-year old has had about as good a first week in Brooklyn as anyone could reasonably expect. He's 9-for-22 with a double, two homers, and seven walks against four strikeouts for a .310/.459/.586 line. The NYP League as a whole is hitting .248/.327/.344. The Mets went overslot to sign Evans, last year's 15th round pick, for $650,000, the third-highest bonus of the team's draft class.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Luis Mateo, Philip Evans, Toby Hyde
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SSA: Staten Island Yankees 8, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 1?

The Yankees scored six times in the seventh inning to turn a close game into a laugher.

Don't blame starter Hansel Robles, who was effective through five innings: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K. According to Dave Gershman at the Penn League Report, the 21-year old was sitting 90-91 and touched 94 with a usable slider and curveball. Robles, who is listed at just 5'11", 185, put up good numbers in the Kingsport bullpen a year ago. Sounds like a reliever to me.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Kingsport Mets, Philip Evans, Toby Hyde
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Before the Cyclones first home game, I talked to SS Philip Evans. Evans, the Mets' 15th round pick in 2011, who signed for the third-highest bonus in the team's draft class behind only CF Brandon Nimmo and RHP Michael Fulmer.
Ready for the Season:Feels good, man. Excited, ready to go. All the fans coming to watch us this season, hopefully put on a show for them. Have a solid season, finish a little better than we did last season.
First New York ExperiencesGone around Coney Island. Done all that. The food here is great. Just try to get out of the hotel as much as possible.
Whats he been eating?
For sure some pizza and some Nathan's hot dogs.
What did you learn in extended spring training?
I just learned a lot of things that I didn't know before. ?I tried to take things that I could polish up my game: footwork, my reads off the bat, my throws to first, my hitting. Just kinda shape it all up, be as consistent as possible. That's pretty much all I took from extended; it was a grind man, but I got through it and now we're here.
Footwork Improvements

Just kinda protecting myself around the bag. Just trying to be more athletic around the bag, just try to keep myself away from injuries.

Throwing ImprovementsJust hitting the first baseman in the chest?every time?- be more consistent with that. I'm trying to make his job as easy as possible.
SwingFeels great. I just want to get in the box and start hitting. In terms of facing our own guys, it's tough man. They know how to pitch us, they've been watching us for two months down there. They kinda got to know us as we got to know them. I just try to hit the ball hard every time up, try to help the team win.
What's he improved since he was draftedMy strike zone has shrunk a little bit. My pitch selection is way better. My swing feels good for the most part.
What he did all winterPlayed a little volleyball. Did a little surfing. Did a little powerlifting.

Surfing - After I'm done, my whole body is just toasted. I just want to sit on the beach and hang out a bit.

He was a sales rep for the 3M company, but he's done doing that. He opened up a panini and smoothie shop so that's been going alright. I mean, get some free smoothies.
Favorite Order at Dad's ShopI try to mix it up. I make my own smoothies. You just throw all of the fruits, all of the protein powders, all of the yogurts in there, all different stuff.
Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Philip Evans, Toby Hyde

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Appropriately, the guys playing shortstop in the lower levels of the Mets' minor league system are interesting prospects in their own right.


SSA - BrooklynNo player had a better professional debut than Danny Muno, the Mets' eighth-round selection out of Fresno State who hit .355/.466/.514 for Brooklyn in the New York Penn League. ?Forget the batting average for a moment: he walked (in 16% of his PA) more than he struck out (14.6% of his PA). ?He led the NYP in OBP ?and was third in slugging. ?He rapped out 23 doubles, tied for the NYP lead, and accounted for an extra-base hit in over 10% of his plate appearances. ?His 43 walks were third in the NYP.

Tags: Daniel Muno, Philip Evans, Season Review, Toby Hyde
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Friday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4, Staten Island Yankees 0Saturday: Brooklyn Cyclones 11, @ Staten Island Yankees 4Sunday: @ Brooklyn Cyclones 7, Staten Island Yankees 4 - The Cyclones are heading back to the playoffs for the third straight year, in search of their first New York-Penn League title since 2001. ?The Cyclones will begin their playoff run at home Tuesday against the Staten Island Yankees.

- Domingo Tapia was dominant on the hill in Friday's clincher: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. ? It was the first time sine his first start of the year, on June 22 against Johnson City in the Appalachian League, that he struck out as many batters as innings pitched and fanned three times as many as he walked. After struggling early in the Appalachian League season, Tapia put together a 3-1 August with a 1.13 ERA in which he allowed just 17 hits in 24 innings, walking nine and fanning 15.

- Philip Evans played shortstop Saturday and Sunday, going a combined 1-for-8.

Tags: Brooklyn Cyclones, Daniel Muno, Domingo Tapia, Philip Evans, Travis Taijeron, 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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Kingsport Mets 5, @ Bristol White Sox 3

The GCL season ended Saturday, so the Mets promoted two of the jewels of their 2011 draft class, first rounder Brandon Nimmo and 15th rounder Philip Evans to Kingsport for the final three games of the Appalachian League season.

Nimmo, batting ninth, and playing centerfield, was 1-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout. In eight games as a professional, Nimmo has hit .258/.361/.452 with five walks and 10 strikeouts.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Kingsport Mets, Philip Evans, Toby Hyde
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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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SS-A: Tri-City Valley Cats 7, @ Brooklyn Cyclones 4- Game completed from Sunday, due to rain.

? ? ? @ Brooklyn Cyclones 3, Tri-City Valley Cats 2- 8 innings

Amauris Valdez sent home a crowd of 5,814 jumping for joy, as his first home run of the season lifted the Cyclones to a 3-2 victory in walk-off fashion. ?The home run was also the first extra base hit for the seldom used Valdez (18 games).

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Jack Leathersich, Philip Evans
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According to Baseball America, the Mets have signed their 15th round draft pick, middle infielder Philip Evans, for $650,000. ?Evans, who was committed to San Diego State, was supposed to be one of the toughest signs of this year's Mets draft class. ?According to Jim Callis, the $650K is "the highest bonus ever paid by New York outside of the first two rounds, and represents the equivalent of supplemental first-round money."

Think about it this way, by spending a little more money, the Mets just bought themselves a guy who on talent alone, was probably a top 100 guy in the draft with pick number 462.

Tags: Philip Evans, Toby Hyde