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Mets RHP Taylor Whitenton was the only Mets farmhand selected to play in the Arizona Fall League's annual All-Star Game the Rising Stars Game. ?The game, played Saturday, November 5 at 3 ET will be televised on MLB network and MLB.com.

In the AFL, Whitenton is 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 innings. ?He's allowed 11 hits, but has walked nine, while fanning 15. ?His 15 strikeouts are tied for tenth in the AFL, while his nine walks are tied for 12th.

The 23-year old is a three-pitch guy with a fastball, a change-up and a slider. ?He's been sitting 91-93 with his fastball and touching 94 in short appearances in the AFL. ?He trusts his change-up, which often had a little cutting action, as his second pitch over ?the slider.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Juan Lagares, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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How have Mets' pitchers fared in the hostile desert?

Overall

This Week
  • McHugh: 1 GS, 3.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. ?McHugh started on eight days rest Saturday. ?More importantly, he was our guest on the Mostly Mets Podcast last week.
  • Carson: 1 G, 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Juan Lagares committed an error in right that led to both runs being unearned. ?However, Carson invited trouble by issuing a leadoff walk and then a one-out double.
  • Whitenton: 1 G, 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Turgeon: 2 G, 2.2 IP, 3 solo homeruns, 0 BB, 0 K
Notes
- Of Carson's 31 pitches, 19 were strikes. ?He threw five pitches that pitch-fx calls change-ups and two sliders. ?So, that's 77% fastballs, 16% changeups, and 6% sliders (does not add to 100 thanks to rounding).
- Whitenton threw 19 of his 35 pitches, or 54% for strikes. ?The MLB average is 62%.
Tags: Arizona Fall League, Collin McHugh, Robert Carson, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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Monday, I touched on the first round of AFL roster announcements with a look at RHP Collin McHugh, RHP Brandon Moore, OF Juan Lagares and 2B Reese Havens, but today we'll examine four more additions mostly from the a-ball levels: advanced-A 3B Jefry Marte, A RHP Taylor Whitenton, advanced-A C Juan Centeno and double-A LHP Robert Carson.

Note that Marte and Whitenton are already on the official Peoria Javelinas roster. Centeno and Carson are not, but Adam Rubin reported that they will both head to the desert.

CarsonMichael covered Carson at some length earlier this week. He's a hard-throwing lefty for whom the results do not yet match the good fastball. He'll need to tighten up his slider, which in Mike's opinion was his best breaking ball. Getting him more innings, and more at-bats against high-level competition is a good thing.

Tags: Analysis, Jefry Marte, Juan Centeno, Robert Carson, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 11, Charleston RiverDogs 8

This was kinda messy, but the Gnats took advantage of eight walks from RiverDogs' pitching to score a season-high seven runs in the fourth inning.

CF Darrell Ceciliani, who was 2-4 with a double, a triple and a walk, has caught fire in August: .320/.421/.443 with 16 walks and 20 strikeouts in 25 games. ?In April, May, June and July he was a combined 15-for-22 stealing bases in 80 games. ?In August: 10-for-11. ? This is the player I had hoped to see all year when I ranked him as the #12 prospect on my pre-season list.

Tags: Darrell Ceciliani, Savannah Sand Gnats, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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Bradenton Marauders @ St. Lucie Mets

Here is the media release: ?The scheduled Florida State League game between the St. Lucie Mets and the Bradenton Marauders at Digital Domain Park has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions.

Toby had this to tweet about the game:

Tags: St. Lucie Mets, Taylor Whitenton
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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 3, Asheville Tourists 2

- RF Rafael Fernandez drove home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh after the Tourists had tied the game at 2-2 with two runs off reliever Michael Hebert in the top of the inning. ?Fernandez poked an elevated 3-1 fastball the other way into left-center.

- SS Wilfredo Tovar reached base three times, doubling, walking and getting plunked. ?The little guy is up to .304/.393/.370 in 13 games in August which nearly matches his .319/.376/.385 June. ?The 19-year old's defense will keep him employed for a long time, but if he can get on base 38% of the time he's a big leaguer. ? ?His alert baserunning, tagging from second and going to third, helped produce a first inning run.

Tags: Albert Cordero, Savannah Sand Gnats, Taylor Whitenton, Wilfredo Tovar, Toby Hyde
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@ Savannah Sand Gnats 5, Augusta GreenJackets 3

Backup catcher turned-1B Juan Torres was 3-for-4 and drove home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Gnats their third straight win. ?The Gnats are a new season-high 21 games over .500 at 65-44.

CF Darrell Ceciliani was 2-5 with a double. ?Both of his hits were pulled into right field, and the double was drilled on a line.

Tags: Savannah Sand Gnats, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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Saturday: Savannah Sand Gnats 7, @ Greensboro Grasshoppers 1Sunday: Savannah Sand Gnats 13, @ Greensboro Grasshoppers 1The Gnats dropped their first two games in Greensboro Thursday and Friday, but came back to earn a split in style with two big wins over the weekend.

The team's 13 runs scored on Sunday tied a season high. ?The Gnats pounded out 15 hits and drew eight walks.

Stars of the weekend included:

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Alonzo Harris, Blake Forsythe, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucie Mets 6, @ Lakeland Flying Tigers 5

Darin Gorski moves to 9-0 on the season with probably his worst outing of the season (6 IP, 7 hits, 4 er, bb, 6 k, 2 HR).

Cory Vaughn (1-3, HR (3), 3RBI, HBP) hit a 3-run homerun in the top of the sixth to give St. Lucie a 5-4 lead. In 17 games for St. Lucie, Vaughn is hitting .333/.433/.561 and a 5bb/9K ratio.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Cory Vaughn, Darin Gorski, Taylor Whitenton
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The other day, I asked you what you wanted to know about the Gnats.

Here are some of the questions I received, one from the comments section and from the contact form.

Shawn asks:

Tags: Chase Huchingson, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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A+: Ft. Myers Miracle 3, @ St. Lucie Mets 2- 11 innings

Greg Peavey had his best outing since being promoted to St. Lucie. Peavey pitched seven innings, giving up four hits, one run, two walks, and four strikeouts. He also produced 12 ground ball outs.

Peavey has allowed only three earned runs in his 17 innings of work for St. Lucie (1.59 ERA).

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Greg Peavey, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Taylor Whitenton
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 1Lots of good stuff going on in this one.

- LHP Jimmy Fuller (1-2, 5.14) put together his best start in three tries in the Florida State League, holding the Cardinals to one run on four hits in five innings.? He fanned seven and walked two.

- Scott Moviel gave up just one hit and hit a batter in four shutout innings of relief with seven strikeouts and no walks.

Tags: James Fuller, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Taylor Whitenton, Toby Hyde
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