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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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Four under-the-radar Mets relief prospects

April 8, 2014
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Four under-the-radar Mets relief prospects

Over the first week of the season, the Mets bullpen has gone from a complete disaster to an average staff. Many find this a problem, and rightfully so, after seeing the 2011-2013 lose countless games because of an inexperienced bullpen- particularly in 2012. This was supposedly solved with an influx of relievers to begin Spring Training, but as usual there was a problem. The bullpen certainly improved in the series vs. Cincinnati, but for how…

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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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Rafael Montero continues to defy MLB betting lines

April 6, 2014
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Rafael Montero continues to defy MLB betting lines

After three games, the starting pitchers for the Mets have a 4.82 ERA, having allowed 10 ER in 18.2 IP. While that’s still less than half the ERA of the bullpen, it’s nowhere near what many hoped from out of the group that was expected to carry the 2014 club. While it’s still weeks away from being a legitimate cause for concern – recall that the 2013 club had Dillon Gee with a 5.96 ERA…

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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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Mets top prospect at each position in 2014

April 1, 2014
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Mets top prospect at each position in 2014

As the 2014 season begins in the major leagues, it will soon begin in the minor leagues. The Mets will have numerous minor league teams attempting to defend their division title and the players will have to perform to their potential. There are an endless amount of minor leaguers that the Mets could take a step forward in 2014. These are the top players at each position at the start of the season- this list…

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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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Three reasons Brandon Nimmo will have a breakout season in 2014

March 18, 2014
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Three reasons Brandon Nimmo will have a breakout season in 2014

Since 2011, Sandy Alderson has received a ton of heat for his picks in the first round of the draft (excluding 2013). Many criticize his willingness to pick players that have high risk in high school. Some fail to realize that the draft is a huge risk in and of itself and just because a pick after the Mets succeeded, it doesn’t mean the Mets’ pick was a complete failure. When some point to Jose…

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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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Predicting the Mets’ top five prospects in 2015

February 23, 2014
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Predicting the Mets’ top five prospects in 2015

The Mets’ minor league system has seen a tremendous upswing in quality during the years Sandy Alderson and his front office have been in charge. It’s been a remarkable turn, really. ESPN’s Keith Law, a prospect pundit some Mets fans believe is generally negative toward all things Mets, recently rated the team’s system as sixth best in baseball. Just two short years ago Law had it ranked as 22nd. Alderson and his team have been…

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Five Mets pitching prospects to watch in 2014

February 17, 2014
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Chris Flexen

With the dawn of the 2014 season on the horizon, many are buzzing about the pending graduation of top prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero to the major leagues. Not to be outdone, there is another crop of young players who have less recognizable names poised to launch themselves into the upper echelon of the Mets farm system. We’ve all heard the names of Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom, Jack Leathersich, Michael Fulmer and perhaps even…

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