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Mets Minors: Allan Dykstra could soon chase Duda from first

April 21, 2014
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At 6’5” and 215 Lbs, Allan Dykstra is a big guy.  Having seen him in person, he stands out in a crowd.  Currently, he’s playing first base for the Las Vegas 51’s and looking like his AA MVP award from 2013 was not a fluke. He’s not related to Lenny Dykstra if that’s what you were thinking.  He was, instead, the 23rd overall pick for the San Diego Padres back in 2008.  A few disappointing…

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Mets Minors: Rafael Montero impressive in Vegas

April 14, 2014
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Rafael Montero

The Mets have quite the collection of starting pitchers.  There is not much that anyone could complain about in the Las Vegas starting rotation, but it seems that Rafael Montero deserves additional praise.  Through his first three starts, he’s been the picture of an “Ace”. What Makes an “Ace”? A Low ERA – Montero’s ERA is 2.60 after 17.1 IP A Low WHIP – Montero’s WHIP is a crisp 0.87 A High K/9 – Montero’s…

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Mets Minors: Hansel Robles is someone to watch

April 7, 2014
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In 2012, Hansel Robles was part of one of the best rotations you could imagine in the New York Penn League.  His 1.11 ERA over 12 games with 66 Ks over 72.2 IP was almost forgotten amongst the pitching of Luis Mateo, Gabriel Ynoa and Rainy Lara. Advancing to Port St. Lucie in 2013 he became more forgettable.  His 3.72 ERA and 66 Ks over 16 games and 84.2 IP was fine, but hardly something…

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Bobby Abreu is in the system and other roster stories

April 5, 2014
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Bobby Abreu is in the system and other roster stories

AAA: Cesar Puello – Of all the better prospects currently on the 51’s, Puello is the one who could have the largest impact.  With Chris Young on a one-year deal, Puello looks to prove his ability to play in the majors and earn a starting spot in 2015.  It’s notable that he’s starting the year in AAA and not AA where he finished 2013 (prior to his suspension). Vic Black – Black won’t be in…

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Curtis Granderson, the forgotten Met

March 29, 2014
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Curtis Granderson, the forgotten Met

Poking around the Met-verse and reading articles this offseason, you may not have noticed the Mets largest offseason acquisition.  Here at Mets360 we last saw Curtis Granderson focused on in early January.  Is this fair?  No.  It’s the difference between how the media focuses on the Mets and other teams in baseball.  Do writers focus on Granderson’s positive impact on the Met lineup, or do we hash and re-hash the ongoing frustration with Ruben Tejada,…

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Dominic Smith and other minor league story lines for 2014

March 22, 2014
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Dominic Smith and other minor league story lines for 2014

The regular season is getting closer every day and the Mets don’t seem to be moving in the right direction, at the major league level.  I can’t think about the failings at first base and shortstop anymore, it’s time to dive into the minors.  The Met minor leagues are still on the rise and there are lots of storylines to keep you feeling good about the blue and orange if the big league club fizzles.…

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Niese’s elbow paves way to see Mets’ pitching depth

March 17, 2014
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Jonathon Niese

Should the MRI prove that Jonathon Niese’s elbow is “A-Okay” later today, the Met front office cannot rejoice.  Niese, thus far, has proven his arm is a liability in 2014 and sooner or later we will be waving goodbye as something will need to be done to fix the issue.  While that remains a possibility, it also represents an opportunity to players who are on the cusp of joining a major league rotation. Pitching depth…

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Is Sandy Alderson’s offseason a failure? Can he save things?

March 15, 2014
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Is Sandy Alderson’s offseason a failure? Can he save things?

The Mets were supposed to spend in 2014 and that hasn’t happened.  Sure, they signed Curtis Granderson, Bartolo Colon, Chris Young and an assortment of filler pieces with the money saved from shedding Johan Santana and Jason Bay, but they have not spent.  Spending would indicate that the Mets would be increasing their payroll.  Perhaps Sandy Alderson has an excuse. In previous years there wasn’t much that could be said.  The Mets couldn’t really afford…

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Prospect Report: Rafael Montero shines in spring training debut

March 1, 2014
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Prospect Report: Rafael Montero shines in spring training debut

It’s finally baseball time and it feels so good to be watching Met baseball again.  For those paying attention there was a lot to be excited about in game one.  Let’s focus on the prospects trying to make their mark during spring training. Rafael Montero – He got the start and looked great.  The results were all there and you could see why he was getting them.  His fastball was sitting in the low 90s…

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Revisiting Generation 2K

February 24, 2014
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Generation 2K

Once upon a time, when Carlos Beltran had been newly traded to the Giants I wrote about the up-and-coming Met pitching prospects who I could see becoming the “Rotation of the Future”.  The Mets seemed to have a bevy of pitching talent on the rise and fans could only hope that everything panned out as we hoped it would. The 2K Of Then: Matt Harvey – At the time Harvey had just dominated Port St.…

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Goodbye Ruben Tejada, hello Nick Franklin?

February 22, 2014
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Goodbye Ruben Tejada, hello Nick Franklin?

You may have heard that Seattle is willing to move Nick Franklin as Brad Miller seems to have won the hearts and minds of Seattle fans.  If you have not, I’m telling you.  Earlier in the offseason I talked about how Franklin could be an ideal fit for the Mets.  You can read that post: Here. Matt Cerrone posited that the Mariners might be looking for Vic Black and that the Mets would be offering…

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An argument for signing Nelson Cruz

February 17, 2014
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Nelson Cruz

Most of the media coverage is on the Mets and Stephen Drew.  This makes sense as Drew plays shortstop and the only team with a major need at short are the Mets.  Now, the Mets could still sign Drew and I’ve no doubt that he’d be a better player than Ruben Tejada, but his impact on the lineup isn’t earth shattering. If Drew came to the Mets he’d be playing shortstop and, likely, leading off. …

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