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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 5?

Batting second, and playing CF, Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a strikeout.

TJ Rivera's fifth inning grand slam snapped a 2-2 tie and put St. Lucie ahead for good. The 25-year-old Rivera played his first professional game at first base in this one, while going 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, and 5 RBI. This will be the third separate season Rivera has played at St. Lucie after earning a promotion from Savannah in 2012. I thought coming into this year, that Rivera had a chance to break spring training as a backup middle infielder in AA, but the BMets are only carrying two middle infielders: Wilfredo Tovar and Matt Reynolds. Rivera is probably a more productive hitter in advanced-A than Cole Frenzel or the recently released Chris Garcia.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Dominic Smith, Gavin Cecchini, Robert Gsellman, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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TC Palm photographer Xavier Mascarenas passes along St. Lucie Roster, or at least a group of guys where were at a workout Tuesday night.

There are 29 players listed, so obviously, some of these guys will not be on St. Lucie's active roster on Opening Day on Thursday. Take your guesses in the comments below. Hint: this team is not going to carry eight infielders or eight relievers.

 

Tags: St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Halfway through the holiday weekend, lets check in on a few stories in the system.

- Friday night, C Kevin Plawecki left the St. Lucie game after getting hit in the head by a pitch. At the time, Plawecki was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles. At ESPNNY, Adam Rubin reported that the move to remove him from the game was a "precaution." ?Sure enough, he's back in Sunday's lineup playing first base. The 22-year-old has hit .292/.389/.391 in 59 games in advanced-A.

- Sunday, Jeurys Familia worked a scoreless inning for St. Lucie with a walk, a hit, and a strikeout.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ Jupiter Hammerheads (MIA) 12, St. Lucie Mets 3?

This decisive loss eliminated St. Lucie from playoff contention.

Alex Panteliodis (6-6, 4.75): 4.2 IP, 10 H, 8 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. The 23-year-old has fanned 56 in 102.1 innings this year. There's no way he can go to AA as a starter next year.

Tags: Dilson Herrera, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Bowie Bay Sox (BAL) 11, Binghamton Mets 0?

In Norse mythology, Thor slays the serpent?J?rmungandr, and then ties himself from the snake's venom. In another story Thor's hammer Mjollnir is stolen, and eventually Thor tricks the thief using an age-old cross-dressing strategy before killing all who tried to steal his treasured hamer. Lets just say we're at the point in the story without a hammer.

Noah Syndergaard is alive, but had a bad outing Monday night: 3 IP, 9 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. Hey at least he threw 64% of his pitches (55 of 86) for strikes. He was pitching on nine days rest because the Mets are limiting his innings down the stretch. Prior to Monday's meltdown, since a homerun alllowed on 7/28, Thor had been untouchable:?20.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 26 K, .106 OBA, 239 pitches/178 strikes (74%).?One bad start does not seem like a big deal. I suspect he will get an extra day or two of rest and then throw in game one or two of the B-Mets' playoff series next Wednesday or Thursday.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Domingo Tapia, Noah Syndergaard, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Akron Aeros (CLE) 7, Binghamton Mets 3

A day after clinching the Division Title, the B-Mets put together a performance that looked like a hangover with four hits and four errors leading to five unearned runs which the team's own official recap called "ugly."

CF Alonzo Harris had a nice night at the top of the order: 2-for-4, 3B. The 24-year-old has hit .219/.284/.306 overall, weighed down by a .170/.261/.245 line in the last 34 games after the All-Star Break.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A: Savannah Sand Gnats 5, Kannapolis Intimidators (CHW) 2?

The Gnats put up a five-spot in the top of the seventh in a rally started by a couple of walks from guys at the bottom of the order. Batting with the bases loaded, CF Brandon Nimmo then singled into left field to drive home two runs to give the Gnats a 2-1 lead at the time. Nimmo was 3-for-5 with a run scored of his own and a strikeout. A ridiculous August (.393/.543/.508 in 19 games with 18 BB and 18 K) has lifted the 20-year-old's his overall line to .282/.401/.374 with 22 extra-base hits, 61 walks, and 118 strikeouts in 95 games.

Gabriel Ynoa was good enough: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR. After a slight rough patch at the end of July, Ynoa (pictured) has bounced back to finish well, going 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA in his last four starts with 16 strikeouts against just one walk in his last 26 innings while holding opponents to a .200/.209/.278 batting line. His velocity has moved around a little bit this year, but while sitting 90-92 in his last start in Savannah, a scout told me he saw three major league pitches in Ynoa's fastball, changeup and slider. Just 20 years old, Ynoa the strike-throwing Ynoa, who has walked just 14 batters all year, a rate of 2.7%, is working towards a reasonable shot at a Major League rotation future.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Friday: Jupiter Hammerheads 7, St. Lucie Mets 0?Saturday: @ Jupiter Hammerheads 4, St. Lucie Mets 2?Sunday: @ Jupiter Hammerheads 2, St. Lucie Mets 1 (10 innings)?

 

The real news here is that RHP Michael Fulmer, one of the Mets' top a-ball amrs, left Sunday's game early. The note I got from a source in St. Lucie: "May be his throwing shoulder." That sounds ominous, but more after further tests and a more extensive diagnosis. The 20-year-old Fulmer's line: 3.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. Fulmer's season started late after meniscus surgery on his right knee, which has held him to just seven starts in St. Lucie.

Tags: Michael Fulmer, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 5, St. Lucie Mets 3?

There's really very little in this box score that deserves special recognition, good or bad.

DH Jayce Boyd had a couple of knocks in a 2-for-5 evening. He's hitting .280/.358/.439 in 45 games in St. Lucie. The 22-year-old has hit for very little power in the last four weeks. Since homering four times in his first 26 games in St. Lucie, he's hit .231/.351/.292 in his last 19 games.

Tags: Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+:?@ St. Lucie Mets 4, Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) 3?

Better from Domingo Tapia: 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K.

Tapia is one of the most confounding prospects in the Mets' system. He has one of the best fastballs in the system, showing 95-96 mph with sink regularly with plenty of 98 and a few 100s mixed in. His changeup, when it's right, dives like a splitter out of the zone. ?He's struggled in years past to find a release point for his slider as it used to come out loopy from his low 3/4 arm slot and he basically stopped throwing it at the end of the 2012 season in Savannah.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Domingo Tapia, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Reading Fightin' Phils 7, Binghamton Mets 6?

For the second time this year, the B-Mets lost a game on a walk-off wild pitch. This time the offender was Jeff Walters who blew his first save in 21 attempts, dating back to June 6. A recent scout's pithy report on Walters, "He has a chance. Nice sinker." Walters (pictured) has run a 3.9 K/BB ratio in AA (51 K/13 BB) with over a strikeout an inning (49 innings). He's a fastball slider guy, who with a fastball in the low-mid 90s, certainly profiles as a middle reliever. Walters, like deGrom, who I wrote about in AAA today, seem like extremely strong bets to be added to the Mets' 40-man roster this off-season.

LF Cory Vaughn was 2-for-5. He's bopping along at .379/.406/.724 with a double, three homers, one walk and six whiffs in eight games since his return to AA at the beginning of August. He had six homers in his first 46 games in AA this year before this run. It's interesting too that Vaughn is playing left while Travis Taijeron plays right for the B-Mets.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Nimmo, Gabriel Ynoa, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 8, Palm Beach Cardinals 4?

Michael Fulmer: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 8 K. This was his sixth start of the year back from knee surgery for the 20-year-old and the eight whiffs were a new season high. His K/BB ratio is 26/16. He's also only allowed 22 hits in 30.2 innings for an opponents' batting average of .200.

Sunday, Mets minor league pitching coordinator Ron Romanick discussed Fulmer, "He's healthy," Romanick said. "He's working into shape. Coming back from an injury, he's just trying to get his momentum going. The stuff's there. The pitches are there. He needs the innings. As long as he's healthy, you're going to see the best of him this month. If we decide to send him out to winter ball, ?he'll probably continue to pitch."

Tags: Michael Fulmer, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 9, Palm Beach Cardinals 8 (12 innings)

Kyle Johnson, who the Mets acquired for Collin Cowgill, homered in the bottom of the 12th to give the Mets a walkoff win. The 23-year-old Johnson's best tool is his speed. He's hitting .279/.344/.387 with six double and two homers in 28 games in advanced-A. His speed will keep him employed for a few years.

LHP Alex Panteliodis: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K. Yuck.

Tags: Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 5, St. Lucie Mets 3?

Kevin Plawecki just keeps on hitting. After going 2-for-4 with two RBI he's up to .321/.424/.410 in 40 games in Advanced-A with nine doubles, a homerun, 14 walks and 15 strikeouts. The batting average and on-base percentage are great, but note that Plawecki has hit for significantly less power in the FSL than the SAL as his isolated slugging percentage has dropped from .180 to .089. Whether that's fatigue, or adjusting to a new level, or just a hint of the kind of hitter Plawecki will be a the higher levels, it's something to watch for the duration of this year and to begin 2014. Again, MLB catchers as a group are hitting .248/.312/.388, with a .140 isolated slugging.

Matt Bowman, eh: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 8, St. Lucie Mets 6?

Oh, Domingo Tapia: 1.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 4 BB, 2 K. That's three times in his last four starts he has not finished the second inning. In those four outings, he's fanned eight and walked 14 in 9.2 innings while allowing 16 runs on 13 hits. That's not good. As long as he's fully healthy there's just no reason to think, based on his season-long performance (5.00 ERA, 73/49 K/BB in 81 IP), and his recent work, that he's ever going to be a Major League starter. Instead, he should be ticketed for the AA bullpen to start 2014.

C Kevin Plawecki and DH Jayce Boyd were each 0-for-3 with a walk.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Domingo Tapia, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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The Top ProspectsMichael Fulmer on Saturday: 6 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, HBP.

This was only his fifth start back from knee surgery. In 24.2 innings, he's allowed just 20 hits, so opponents are hitting .222 against him, which is good. To me it speaks to the difficulty batters have against his fastball.

However, Fulmer has just a 18/12 K/BB ratio, that's a K/rate of 16.7% and a walk rate of ?11.1%. Neither is top-prospect-worthy. I suspect that the walk and strikeout number reflect both underlying command issues and his inability to use his slider for strikes to keep batters off his fastball.

Tags: St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) 3, St. Lucie Mets 0?

Michael Fulmer: 6.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HBP. The 20-year-old struggled with his command early, when I was listening to the game, leaving the bases loaded in the third and yielding a run in the fourth before retiring seven of the final eight batters he faced to finish his outing. At 6.1 innings, it was the first time he has pitched into the seventh inning in his four Florida State League starts.

st. Lucie picked up just one hit, a single by 3B Robbie Shields.

Tags: Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: Trenton Thunder (NYY) 4, @ Binghamton Mets 1?(7 innings)@ Binghamton Mets 4, Trenton Thunder 1 (7 innings)

This was a pretty quiet doubleheader for the BMets offense which collected eight hits over 14 innings. One of the hits in game two was a grand slam from 3B Richard Lucas, his 7th of the year. The 24-year-old is hitting .207/.268/.326 in 76 games for AA Binghamton this year.

Erik Goeddel (9-4, 3.99) again struggled with his control in game one: L, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 WP.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Cesar Puello, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucie Mets 5, @ Daytona Cubs 3 (7 innings)@ Daytona Cubs 7, St. Lucie Mets 0?(7 innings)

Game 1, Rainy Lara was fine: 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. He's fanned 18% of his opponents in advanced-A, while walking 7% on his way to a 2.92 ERA. He gets his outs with his slider and has a chance to be a slider heavy middle reliever if he can tighten the pitch.

Game 2, Domingo Tapia was wild: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 0 K. It's the third time in 17 starts this year that he has failed to finish the first inning with four walks. It's the second straight start in which he has not finished the second. He's up to 43 walks in 73.2 innings, a 13% walk rate. Major, major uh-ohs here.

Tags: Brandon Nimmo, Domingo Tapia, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Once again, a few issues by affiliate.

1. Michael FulmerThe big righty was not good on Sunday: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR, 5 gb outs/2 fly outs. It was just his third start of the year at age 20 in advanced-A. Watch his walks: he's issued six in 12.1 innings.

2. Kevin Plawecki's ApproachWhen he was promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie, C Kevin Plawecki went 11 games without drawing a walk, at which point he was hitting .318/.318/.477. He's an aggressive hitter, but I was surprised and a little disappointed he was being so hacker-ish. Since that first walk, he has hit .349/.500/.395 in his last 14 games with eight walks and six strikeouts. He's sitting at .333/.420/.437 overall. Plawecki has also played five games at first and 18 at catcher. I really don't think his bat plays at first, but it does behind the plate. Even so, there's nothing wrong with working him a little at first to keep his bat in the linup and cut down on the wear and tear on his body (he missed a few days with a lower back problem) and give him a little extra versatility. It's worth pointing out too that this is Plawecki's first full season, and his longest ever. I thought he was fatigued in Brooklyn in 2012, so I will be curious to see what happens with his power numbers for the duration of this summer.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Michael Fulmer, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 3 (7 innings - Continued from Sunday)@ St. Lucie Mets 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 2 (7 innings)

Game 1 was the suspended game from Sunday. Rainy Lara came on to replace Michael Fulmer and was ok (4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K). Fulmer, who threw on Sunday (3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K).

Oh, Domingo Tapia: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K. That's now 39 walks in 73 innings, a walk rate of 12.4%.

Tags: Luis Cessa, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: @ Binghamton Mets 4, Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 0?

The Binghamton Mets improved to 58-34 behind six shutout inning from RHP Erik Goeddel Sunday.

Goedel's (8-3, 3.94) line: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 3 K. Goeddel is working on a 10% walk rate and a 22.6% strikeout rate for the year in AA Binghamton. I'm skeptical he will have the command to be a good starter, but he might well slot into a middle relief role.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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AA: Portland Sea Dogs (BOS) 8, Binghamton Mets 5?(15 innings)

Considering these two are scheduled for a double-header and 14 innings on Saturday, 15 innings was a bad start to the weekend for the bullpens as position players finished the game for both teams.

RF Cesar Puello?(.335/.397/.570 - 71 games): 4-for-7 with a walk, SB, CS

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Cesar Puello, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucie Mets 7, @ Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 6?

C Kevin Plawecki: 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI. The 22-year-old is now hitting .358/.403/.493 in 18 games in the FSL.

Matt Bowman: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K. I wonder if he's getting tired. After walking 9 batters in his first 50 innings in the FSL, he's walked 11 in his last 18.2.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Saturday: @ Fort Myers Miracle 12, St. Lucie Mets 2?Sunday: @ Fort Myers Miracle 4, St. Lucie Mets 1?

After leaving Friday's game early, when he tweaked his back, Kevin Plawecki returned to the lineup, and caught on Sunday. The 22-year-old has hit .361/.361/.528 in his first nine games in advanced-A. Now that he's been there for almost two weeks, it'd be nice to see him mix in a walk or two.

Saturday, LHP Alex Panteliodis took it on the chin (3.2 IP, 8 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 2 BB, 1 K) as his ERA rose to 4.56 where the average is 3.81 in the FSL. He's now fanned 28 and walked 15 batters in his 53.1 innings of work while allowing 60 hits. Panteliodis' hold on a rotation spot might be about to get a whole lot shakier. The Advanced-A rotation is about to get a whole lot more crowded with the returns of Michael Fulmer and Hansel Robles who both pitched in GCL games last week. That leaves in rough prospect order, Fulmer, Domingo Tapia, Robles, Rainy Lara, and Matt Bowman. The Mets really like using a six-man rotation, which would keep Panteliodis pitching as a starter for a little longer. However, Gabriel Ynoa, Steven Matz and Luis Cessa have all been throwing well in Savannah. On the other hand, the Gnats are headed to the playoffs, so the Mets will likely keep a few effective hurlers in Savannah all year long. The 20-year-old Ynoa just finished a June in which he had a 1.67 ERA and a 17/0 K/BB ratio.

Tags: St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: St Lucie Mets 8, Palm Beach Cardinals 6?

In his first at-bat at advanced-A, C Kevin Plawecki announced his arrival in nearly the best way possible: a three-run homerun. He finished 2-for-5 with 4 RBI. After the game, Plawecki told MiLB.com, "I'm glad to get my first one out of the way," Plawecki said. "I was pretty nervous, just anxious, trying to get a pitch I could drive. It just happened to go out.

Batting in front of Plawecki in the #5 hole, 1B Jayce Boyd was 2-for-5 with an RBI. Not suprisingly, Plawecki likes having Boyd, who is always on base batting before of him, "Jayce and I have been batting back-to-back all season, so it was nice to have him tonight," Plawecki said. "It's nice to have him in front of me."

Tags: Jayce Boyd, Kevin Plawecki, Logan Taylor, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucie Mets 5, @ Clearwater Threshers (PHI) 4?

The Mets scored the go-ahead run in the ninth when CF Gilbert Gomez walked and scored on T.J. Rivera's single into right field.

The most notable thing in this box score was ugly as Domingo Tapia walked five. His line: 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 BB, 4 K. He induced four groundouts, but the bottom line is that he walked five of the 22 batters he faced. That's not good. Tapia has now walked 25 in 47.2 innings thus far and 12 in 15.1 since returning from his burned hand on May 24.

Tags: Domingo Tapia, Jake Kuebler, Jayce Boyd, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Lakeland Flying Tigers (DET) 2, @ St. Lucie Mets 1

Noah Syndergaard was just fine: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. Adam Rubin had him hitting 94 on the stadium gun. Want something nice? In his last 19.1 innings, Thor has walked just two batters, while fanning 21. Yum.

At the plate, RF Travis Taijeron just keeps getting hotter. Named the FSL Player of the Week earlier in the day, he celebrated by going 3-for-4 with a homer to extend his hitting streak to eight straight games. He's homered four times in his last three games and five times in his last five while hitting .471/.500/1.029 in his last 10 to push his season line to .313/.405/.582 in 53 games. At 24, he's old for the FSL, and he's repeating the circuit, but this is still awfully impressive.

Tags: St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: Jupiter Hammerheads 4, St. Lucie Mets 3 (10 innings)

Rainy Lara's advanced-A debut was very nice: 8 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. One opposing manager in the SAL who I talked to thought Lara (pictured) could be a mid-rotation starter because of his strike-throwing ability, but that's a much more optimistic assessment than most scouts, the most optimistic of whom think he could be a back-end starter or middle reliever.

Both members of the left side of the St. Lucie infield 3B Aderlin Rodriguez and SS Matt Reynolds committed errors, their 10th and 9th respectively. Yeesh. On the more positive defensive side, LF Dustin Lawley ?threw out a pair of runners at the plate, which is cool.

Tags: Rainy Lara, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: Sunday: @ St. Lucie Mets 8, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 2

The FSL did not play baseball on Memorial Day, which seems almost un-American.

They did play on Sunday, and Matt Bowman was sharp again: 7 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. Bowman's been great in four starts in the FSL: 27 IP, 2.57 ERA, 21 H, 4 BB, 33 K. The Princeton product has a full five-pitch arsenal, two and four seam fastballs, curve, slider and splitter, which replaced his changeup this year. There's a little bit of deception in his Tim Lincecum-like delivery. Bowman, who will turn 22 in five days, is rolling through a-ball because he throws strikes, can spin his off-speed pitches for strikes, and can out-smart hitters. His strike-throwing ability will move him up the ladder, but?there's just a really sharp limit on the ceiling on a 6' right-hander with a fastball regularly at 89-91 mph.

Tags: Gabriel Ynoa, Matt Bowman, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, 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+: @ Dunedin Blue Jays 5, St. Lucie Mets 3?

Noah Syndergaard (2-2, 2.86): 5.2, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

In all three of the innings in which the Jays scored against Syndergaard, they stole at least one base off Syndergaard and Cam Maron. Maron has thrown out 24% of opposing base stealers this year (12 of 50), which is a major improvement over last year's 12.5% (10 of 80). Anyway, this was Thor's shortest outing and most runs he has allowed in over a month, since he gave up seven runs in three innings against Fort Myers on April 18. What me worried? Not at all. Fun fact, after walking 10 batters in 25 innings in April, he's walked just five in 25.1 innings in May.

Tags: Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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