Why I want Matt Den Dekker as the Mets’ Opening Day CF

Let’s say the Reds called up the Mets and offered Drew Stubbs straight up for Lucas Duda – should the Mets make that deal? Stubbs had a poor year last year but he’s a center fielder who plays pretty good defense and who can hit the ball over the fence. While he strikes out an alarming number of times, his overall contributions as a ballplayer still have some value. Last year he posted a 1.3 fWAR, compared to the (-1.1) fWAR that Duda notched in about 100 fewer PA.

Duda is likely a better hitter than he showed last year but it seems pretty clear that he will never be a truly valuable player as long as he is forced to be an outfielder, which seems to be his destiny on the Mets. Throw in the fact that Stubbs is a righty hitter to balance the lineup and that he is likely to not make a great deal of money in his first year of arbitration and it probably becomes a no-brainer for Sandy Alderson to make this deal.

With Joey Votto entrenched at first base, the odds of Cincinnati offering Stubbs for Duda are about nil. But the idea of this article is not to drum up a campaign to trade for Stubbs. Instead it’s to recognize that the Mets have a player in the farm system who’s pretty darn similar to Stubbs and if it makes sense to trade for Stubbs than it makes sense to promote an in-house option who profiles similarly.

Matt Den Dekker is a pretty good comp for Stubbs. Den Dekker is probably a better defender although he likely does not have as much raw power. But if you were to get a scouting report on Den Dekker, it would be pretty similar to what was said about Stubbs in the first graph – good defense, can hit the ball over the fence, strikes out an alarming number of times.

Of course, most people reading this right now are shaking their heads, saying there’s no way that Den Dekker is ready. In his first exposure to Triple-A last year after a mid-year promotion, he put up a .220/.256/.373 line in 317 PA – hardly numbers that scream for a starting job in the majors. Of course, Den Dekker did a similar thing the previous year at Double-A, where he put up disappointing numbers in his first exposure to the level.

Den Dekker returned to Binghamton at the start of 2012 and hit the cover off the ball. He posted a .960 OPS in 268 PA. If we combine what he did at Double-A in 2011 and 2012, we come up with a .284/.351/.490 line in 582 PA.

Let’s pretend that the Mets did not promote Den Dekker in either 2011 or 2012 and that his combined ’11-’12 numbers at Double-A were numbers he posted in a full season at the level last year. Would you be so hesitant to give him a shot in the majors in 2013?

According to Jeff Sackmann’s MLE calculator, Den Dekker’s combined Double-A line in Binghamton translates to a .215/.272/.353 line with 13 HR in 526 ABs in the majors with the Mets. Last year Stubbs produced a .213/.277/.333 line with 14 HR in 493 ABs with the Reds.

Seemingly, it comes down to two things with Den Dekker – how good you think he’ll be defensively and how much contact he’ll be able to make against MLB pitchers.

It’s hard to judge minor league defensive numbers but the scouting reports are all positive on his defense. I think there’s little doubt that he would instantly become the best defensive player on the team if he was promoted to the Mets. But is he Stubbs-level good (6.8 UZR last year, sixth-best among full-time MLB CFers) or is he closer to Michael Bourn (22.4 UZR)? Right now we can only speculate.

It’s easier to be pessimistic about his chances to consistently hit MLB pitching. Last year in Triple-A he had a 28.4 K%, tied for the eighth-worst mark in the International League among players with at least 250 PA. For a comparison, old friend Val Pascucci had a 31.2 K% in Buffalo last year.

While it’s safe to predict a K% over 25 percent for Den Dekker in the majors, it’s what he does in his other trips to the plate that would determine his success. He had a .429 BABIP in Double-A last year, the top mark in the loop. However, his .279 BABIP in Triple-A was 116th out of 138 players with 250 PA. In other words, he was pretty unlucky in Buffalo.

Does he really need to go back to Triple-A and have his luck even out before he’s worthy of a promotion to Queens? Especially since he’ll be playing in the hitter’s paradise known as the Pacific Coast League? Do you really expect Den Dekker to go to Las Vegas and not hit well? Then seriously, what’s the point of having him start the year in Triple-A?

Den Dekker turned 25 last August. He was a four-year player at the University of Florida, a major Division I school. He’s an older player, one who has never (to my knowledge) been dogged with confidence issues like Duda.

The Mets should be bold and promote Den Dekker to the majors and tell him it’s okay if he hits .215 as long as he catches every ball and hits the occasional HR. All he has to do is turn in the 2012 version of Stubbs at the plate to be an upgrade for the team. And they don’t even have to trade Duda to make this possible.

I don’t expect this to happen. Instead, we’ll see Den Dekker – who does not have to be put on the 40-man this winter – in Las Vegas hitting up a storm. And then people will say with a straight face that it was necessary experience for him, ignoring that his luck on BABIP was due to regress in a positive direction and that his offensive numbers in the PCL would experience a bounce compared to the International League.

What I expect that we’ll see is Kirk Nieuwenhuis in CF for the Mets, even though Nieuwenhuis has the exact same contact issues that Den Dekker does and Nieuwenhuis comes without the possibility of Gold Glove-level defense. The scouting reports said that Nieuwenhuis was stretched defensively in center and was better suited for a corner. To the naked eye, Nieuwenhuis’ defense looked okay and he had a (-2) DRS and a (-1.2) UZR in about half a season’s worth of play in the outfield in New York.

Last year with the Mets, Nieuwenhuis put up a .358 BABIP and a .691 OPS. What happens when he posts a .300 BABIP? Nieuwenhuis was lucky last year in the majors and was barely an MLB-quality player. But he’ll get every chance to win a job in the majors in 2013 because he had a hot April in 2012. From May 1st until he was sent down, Nieuwenhuis had a .319 BABIP, a .624 OPS and a 32.3 K%.

Whatever success the 2013 Mets achieve is likely due to good starting pitching. You can help pitching with a strong defense and/or strong hitting. It’s my belief that Den Dekker’s defensive advantage is likely to be more of a strength for the 2013 Mets than Nieuwenhuis’ offensive advantage, assuming there even is one. Both Nieuwenhuis and Den Dekker are LHB and recall that the latter’s Double-A MLE was for a .625 OPS while the former posted a .624 OPS over his final 226 PA.

HYPE files: Matt Den Dekker

Why the hype?

Matt Den Dekker, OF: Like Wilfredo Tovar, Matt Den Dekker is a prospect that divides a fan base. Matt Den Dekker has the best outfield glove in the Mets organization and that is including the major league team. If Den Dekker ever gets the chance to start for a major league team, there is a high possibility that he would win a gold glove. With that said, his hitting will never be enough for him to stick as a starter.

Den Dekker exploded out of the gate this year in AA Binghamton. He hit to a tune of .340/.397/.563 with 21 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 8 HRs, 29 RBIs, and 10 SBs. Although this stat line is impressive, Den Dekker produced it at 24 years old – an age that most young players are getting their careers started in the major leagues. Despite the age concerns, Mets fans couldn’t help but get excited with Den Dekker. If his hitting could catch up to his defense, the Mets would have a good player on their hands.

Many believed Den Dekker was figuring out his hitting, but if one were to look closely at the numbers one would see why Den Dekker would never be able to stick as a starter at the major league level. In only 238 Abs in AA, Den Dekker struck out 64 times; he struck out about 28 % of the time. Despite this glaring error in his game, the Mets promoted Den Dekker to AAA Buffalo and hoped they caught lightning in a bottle with this prospect.

Unfortunately, Den Dekker could never find his bat in AAA after his promotion. His stat line was unimpressive: .220/.256/.373 with 10 2Bs, 4 3Bs, 9 HRs, 47 RBIs, and 11 SBs. Although Den Dekker kept pace with his triple, homeruns, and stolen bases, his average and doubles were gashed in half. Those were not the only regressions in Den Dekker’s game. He stopped getting on base as frequently (.397 OPS to .256 OPS) and his strike out rate increased from 28% to 30.5% (90 Ks in 295 Abs). When all was said and done, Den Dekker had struck out 154 times in 533 ABs for a combined strike out rate of about 29 (28.89)%.

Despite his immense struggles in AAA, Mets fans still keep hope. There was a trend developing with Den Dekker. In 2011, Den Dekker struggle in AA producing a slash line of .235/.312/.426 while striking out 33% of the time. However this year he dominated the AA level as said above. With his struggles in AAA this year, many believe there is a possibility he will dominate the level next season and earn his promotion to the major league team.

The trend will probably continue where Den Dekker will struggle in the majors next year and then find a way to produce in the level in two years. Problem is at that point Den Dekker will be 28 years old and his career will not have much of a life span. However, it is more likely that Den Dekker will never be able to cut down on his strike outs enough to be able to stick as a starter at the major league level. Ultimately, Den Dekker will end up being an OF bat off the bench that will be able to provide gold glove defense in the field.

Mets Minors: Updated Top 10 list

With the Mets seemingly on the verge of a salary purge over the next few months and going to have to rely on the farm system more over the next several years, let’s look at an updated top-10 prospect list for the embattled organization.

The farm system lacks top-end talent and depth. Injuries this season have thwarted the progress of top pitcher Jenrry Mejia, infielders Zach Lutz and Reese Havens and outfielders Darrell Ceciliani and Fernando Martinez, who hasn’t been able to stay healthy or reach his potential. Havens has just returned from his latest injury, but he has to be considered more suspect than prospect at this point.

Slow starts have also impacted outfielders Cesar Puello and Lucas Duda, third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez and pitchers Brad Holt, Robert Carson and Kyle Allen. The Mets don’t have a legitimate catching prospect in the system, and, if Wilmer Flores moves from shortstop, the organization doesn’t have a legit everyday prospect in the middle of the infield, just several utility types: Havens, Justin Turner, Michael Fisher, Josh Satin, Jordany Valdespin and Robbie Shields.

On the positive side, Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia have established themselves as top prospects, Kirk Nieuwenhuis has shown he’s an everyday player in the big leagues and youngster Cory Vaughn continues to hit. Class AA first baseman Allan Dykstra has been a pleasant surprise along with Class A center fielder Matt den Dekker.

“Sleeper” pitchers include AAA hurlers Chris Schwinden and recently-promoted Dale Thayer, high Class A lefthander Darin Gorski and low Class A righthander Gregory Peavey.

Below are the top-10 prospects in the Mets’ organization. Qualifications: Fewer than 100 plate appearances or 50 innings pitched in the major leagues prior to this season.

1. Matt Harvey

Other than two shaky outings, Harvey has been sensational in his pro debut season, and with the injury to Mejia, he has taken over the top spot on the mound.

The 2010 first-round pick from North Carolina is 6-2, with a 2.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in his first 10 starts. He’s allowed 45 hits and 18 walks in 54 innings with 62 strikeouts. The righthander has allowed no earned runs in seven of his 10 outings.

Harvey’s got the heat, command, pedigree, projectable body and offspeed stuff to be a staff ace.

2. Kirk Nieuwenhuis

There is very little doubt Nieuwenhuis will find himself playing regularly in New York once the financially strapped Mets start dumping salary.

Nieuwenhuis began the season with a 16-game hitting streak and has showed signs of making adjustments. The 23-year-old is batting .302/.407/.521 after a .225 average in 30 games for Buffalo last season. He has 15 doubles, two triples, six homers, 14 RBI, 29 walks and five steals in 47 games.

Nieuwenhuis is making strides against fellow lefthanders – .235 but 11 walks in 51 AB – but still needs to cut down on his strikeouts – 51 in 169 at-bats – and is batting just .182 with runners in scoring position. The center fielder is the only player in the International League to play in every game, and he is getting time in right field as well.

3. Wilmer Flores
Although Flores will probably outgrow shortstop, the 6-foot-3 righthanded batter is a potential hitting machine.

A recent slump has dropped his average to .267/.305/.381with 11 doubles, four homers and 35 RBI in the pitcher-friendly Class A Florida State League, but he has just 10 walks in 202 at-bats. But Flores won’t turn 20 until August and is playing against players 22 to 24 years of age.

His range is suspect at shortstop, so third base or a corner outfield spot probably awaits, but Flores has committed just six errors in 50 games.

4. Cory Vaughn

Vaughn is looking like the complete offensive package at low Class-A Savannah, batting .335/.466/.483 in 50 games with 14 doubles, four homers and 26 RBI.

The just turned 22-year-old also has 31 walks and 43 strikeouts in 176 at-bats, and he has stolen eight bases. Vaughn was a New York- Penn League All-Star last season and posted a .953 OPS so look for the righthanded hitter to move on to St. Lucie for the second half of the season.

5. Jenrry Mejia

Mejia unquestionably has the biggest upside of any Mets hurler with a “plus-plus” fastball that could either front a rotation or close out a game at the back. But the 21-year-old has just lost a second straight year of development when he blew out his elbow in late April after going 1-2 with a 2.86 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in five starts.

After undergoing Tommy John surgery, Mejia now faces a long rehabilitation stint – nine to 12 months. Prior to the season, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen questioned whether Mejia and his all-out delivery would hold up as a starter.

6. Jeurys Familia

Along with Harvey, the 21-year-old Familia has been the best pitcher in the organization this season.

Familia is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in four starts for offensively-challenged Binghamton after going 1-1 with a 1.49 ERA and a 0.80 WHIP at St. Lucie.

The 6-foot-3 righthander with a mid-90s heater is no doubt the best one-win hurler in the minors, allowing 39 hits and 17 walks with 57 strikeouts in 60 1/3 innings. An off-the-charts improvement in command is the biggest reason Familia has been able to bounce back from 5.58 ERA at St. Lucie a season ago.

7. Pedro Beato

The 24-year-old has been a pleasant surprise in the middle of the bullpen.

Beato began the season without allowing an earned run in his first 12 outings covering 18 2/3 innings. Only Oakland reliever Brad Ziegler’s career-opening streak of 38 innings in 2008 is longer to start a career than Beato’s since 2000. The Brooklyn product yielded just nine hits, three walks and four unearned runs during that span with 11 strikeouts.

A bout with elbow tendinitis landed the Rule V pick from the Baltimore Orioles on the DL the first three weeks of May, and the righthander has been tagged for seven runs and eight hits in four innings over his last four outings.

The 6-6 Beato was a mediocre starter his first four years in the minors before switching to the pen, posting a 2.11 ERA and 16 saves at Class AA Bowie last season, walking 19 and striking out 50 in 60 innings. He doesn’t have overpowering heat and his offspeed pitches are still developing.

8. Matt Den Dekker

Already a major league-ready center fielder, Den Dekker has impressed the brass with a .315/.359/.502 out of the leadoff spot for St. Lucie.

The 23-year-old can run as his 16 doubles, eight triples and nine steals would indicate, and he’s added two homers and 27 RBI in 49 games. The 2010 fifth-rounder from the Univeristy of Florida is batting .328 against fellow lefthanders but will need to improve upon his 13/46 BB/SO ratio over 203 at-bats to play every day.

9. Dillon Gee

Does anybody believe in Dillon Gee yet?

Nobody did after the velocity-challenged righthander went 2-2 with a 2.18 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in five major league starts last season, but Gee is 5-0 with 3.83 ERA and 1.15 WHIP in 10 games – seven starts – for New York this season.

His lack of velocity and past results suggest the 25-year-old may be using smoke and mirrors, but its time Gee gets the props he deserves.

10. Cesar Puello

The 20-year-old is a “tools” player who is more potential than productivity at this point, but scouts can’t ignore his 6-3, 200-pound athletic frame, outstanding speed and power potential.

The Dominican is struggling against more-seasoned players in the Florida State League, batting .234/.288/.328 with two homers, 11 RBI and 10 steals in 46 games. His nine walks and 43 strikeouts in 192 at-bats will have to improve.

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Here is our preseason Top 10

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Mets Minors: Matt den Dekker opens eyes

For the past few years, New York thought Fernando Martinez was the center fielder of the future. Now it appears to be Kirk Nieuwenhuis, but there’s a new competitor for the spot currently owned by Angel Pagan.

Class-A St. Lucie’s Matt den Dekker is opening eyes throughout the organization. The fleet-footed 23-year-old was drafted in the fifth round out of the University of Florida last season and heading into the season was viewed as the best defensive outfielder in the system.

However scouts feel he projects as an extra outfielder at the big league level because of a questionable bat, lack of power and strike-zone judgment. But the left-handed hitter is doing his best to change those views.

He’s batting .371/.398/.598 with 13 doubles, three triples, a homer, 16 RBI and three stolen bases in his first 23 games at St. Lucie. His average is tied for fourth highest in the Florida State league. Furthermore, he’s hitting fellow left-handers at a .436 clip (17-for-39), is batting .440 with runners in scoring position (11-for-25) and hitting well both at home and on the road.

However, his four walks against 21 strikeouts over 97 at-bats is still worrisome, especially for a speed player who will be expected to hit at the top of the order in the big leagues.

Den Dekker broke out for the Gators during an outstanding senior season, batting .352 with 13 homers and 23 steals in 62 games before getting drafted. He hit a combined .336 with a .855 OPS in 21 games between the Gulf Coast League and Savannah last season.

With his limited power, den Dekker will have to improve in that area to be considered an everyday outfielder for the Mets one day. But for now he can join the ranks of Nieuwenhuis, Cesar Puello, Darrell Ceciliani and Cory Vaughn has exciting young outfield prospects to keep an eye on.

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Matt Harvey, the Mets’ first-round pick last season from North Carolina, had his professional bubble burst last Tuesday.

The St. Lucie Met, who entered with a perfect 4-0, 0.00 ERA, was tagged for six runs – four earned – and nine hits with a walk and three strikeouts in just 4 1/3 innings of a 6-4 loss to Bradenton. He allowed just 14 hits in his first 22 innings.

His teammate, right-hander Jeurys Familia, followed suit the next day, allowing four runs and seven hits in four frames in a no-decision against Bradenton. He entered having allowed just one earned run in 25 2/3 innings.

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Class AA Binghamton (7-13) manager Wally Backman had seen enough after his club lost its fourth straight game, 10-1, against Akron on Saturday.

“I’m embarrassed,” Backman said. “The players should be embarrassed. I know my staff is embarrassed. I’m very disappointed. You’ve got to compete. There are a couple of things in baseball you don’t need any ability to do, that’s compete and hustle. I’m not seeing it out of everybody.”

Binghamton is last in the 12-team Eastern League in runs (65), doubles (28) and triples (1), and 11th in OPS (.635) and walks (62).

Infielder Mike Fisher, a 26-year-old organization type, leads the team with a .327 batting average. He had a seven-game hitting streak snapped Saturday. He hit .407 during that streak.

The B-Mets are not the only farm team struggling at the plate. Savannah (9-14) in the low Class-A South Atlantic League is last in batting (.235) and runs (88). The San Gnats had a seven-game losing streak snapped this weekend.

AROUND THE MINORS: Buffalo’s Nieuwenhuis had his hitting streak snapped at 16 games (21 of 55, .382) last Tuesday but went 4-for-5 Sunday against Lehigh Valley on Sunday. The 23-year-old has reached base in 24 of 25 games, batting .330/.438/.591 with nine doubles, a triple, four homers and seven RBI. However, he’s just 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position, but has fared well when behind in the count, batting .345 in those situations. … RHP Manny Alvarez, added to the 40-man roster over the winter, was demoted from Buffalo to Binghamton. He was 0-2 with a 10.29 ERA in seven relief appearances. … Buffalo OF Fernando Martinez, who returned from a hamstring injury last week, went 0-for-11 with six strikeouts in his last three games. 3B Zach Lutz (.308, 1 HR, 5 RBI) went on the DL with a hamstring injury … Savannah 3B Aderlin Rodriguez has rallied nicely from a 3-for-35 start. He has hit in eight straight games and homered in five of seven games during that stretch. The 19-year-old is batting .237 with team highs of five home runs and 17 RBI … St. Lucie (19-6) lost two straight for the first time this season Saturday and Sunday to Jupiter.

Mets Minors: Jeurys Familia bounces back

The New York Mets may be starting to turn it around, but the St. Lucie Mets in the high Class-A Florida State League have been on fire all season. The Mets are a minor league-best 15-2 and their top two starters, Matt Harvey and Jeurys Familia, have been getting most of the accolades.

The St. Luice Mets boast a league-leading 2.22 ERA — more than half a run better than the Daytona Cubs, who rank second. St. Lucie has surrendered only two homers over 154 innings and its starters are a combined 8-0.

“From top to bottom, this is one of the best pitching staffs I have worked with,” St. Lucie pitching coach Phil Regan told Milb.com. “We have good right-handed pitching, our starters have been doing very well and the bullpen has been great.

Harvey is 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his first four starts, while Familia, who follows Harvey in the Mets rotation, is 1-0 with a 0.35 ERA in four starts.

Harvey threw six scoreless frames Friday in a 7-2 road victory over Charlotte and has yielded one unearned run and 14 hits in 22 innings with eight walks and 27 strikeouts.

The 21-year-old Familia followed Saturday by scattering three hits while striking out eight over seven innings in a 7-0 blanking of the Jupiter Hammerheads. The right-hander has allowed just nine hits and seven walks with 25 strikeouts in 25 2/3 innings.

He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, set the Hammerheads down in order three times and retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced.

Familia allowed just one hit in his first two outings.

“Familia is a young pitcher, but he is throwing the ball very well,” Regan said. “He has very good poise on the mound, he has a good fastball and breaking ball and he commands all of his pitches well.
“I don’t put ceilings on players, but he’s improving with every start and he’s making progress in everything he’s doing.”

Last year at the same level, Familia had a 5.58 ERA and a 1.579 WHIP in 121 IP. Additionally, his BB/9 of 5.50 was more than twice his current rate (2.45).

Meanwhile the Mets also have some potent hitters, as two young prospects are hitting over .300 in the pitcher-friendly league.

Twenty-three–year-old center fielder Matt den Dekker is batting .323/.362/.492 and 19-year-old third baseman Jefry Marte is at .305/.391/.492 and leads the team with three home runs, including two Thursday against Charlotte.

Den Dekker has seven doubles and two triples and had four multiple-hit games from April 18-21 (10-for19). Marte has 10 RBI in his last 10 games and is second on the club with 11 RBI.

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Jenrry Mejia has finally fallen back to earth after two losses this past week. The 21-year-old allowed three runs – two earned – and three hits with four walks and six strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings of a loss against Rochester on Tuesday and then was charged with five runs on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts over six frames Sunday in a loss to Lehigh Valley.

On Sunday, Mejia was picked off and committed his third error of the season – his second botched pickoff attempt. He also allowed a leadoff walk in the third to the No. 8 hitter, which led to a four-run inning, three scoring on a home run by Jeff Larish, the first yielded this season.

“He’s going to grow from this experience,” Buffalo manager Tim Teufel said. “With that eighth hitter up and the pitcher coming up, you don’t want to walk that guy and have the 1-2-3 guys come up and start everything over again.

“Of course, the three-run homer, that ball was smoked to center field.”

After allowing no runs, seven hits and five walks over 12 2/3 innings in his first two starts, Mejia is now 1-2 with a 2.59 ERA.

INTRODUCING Jason Pridie: Pridie is a 27-year-old former second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Rays back in 2002.

Over 10 minor league seasons he’s hit .275/.319/.422 with 82 home runs. He was clocked from home-to-first in the 4.0-4.1 ranges in his earlier years, is known for his outstanding baseball instincts, solid play in the outfield and strong arm. He was compared to Johnny Damon when he entered pro ball and led all short-season players with 116 hits in 2002.

However, the left-handed hitter hasn’t learned the strike zone, evidenced by his 231/772 BB/SO ratio over 3,748 minor league at-bats, but does run well. He has 163 career steals, has reached 20 steals four times, and 70 triples, including 16 in 2008 at Class AAA Rochester.

Pridie was a center fielder coming up through the Rays system and then with the Twins from 2008-09. He is in his second season with the Mets.

Pridie hit .186 (11-59) with three home runs and six RBI in 14 games for Buffalo. Prior to this season, Pridie was 0-for-4 in 11 major-league games with Minnesota in 2008-09.

AROUND THE MINORS: Buffalo center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has hit in an International League-best 14 straight games, raising his average to .344. He has eight doubles, two homers, four RBI and a 1.026 OPS. He has reached base in all 18 games. … A trip to Class AAA hasn’t help Lucas Duda, who is batting .159 (7-of-44) with 12 strikeouts. … 26-year-old Joshua Satin, who is keeping second base warm for Reese Havens at Class AA Binghamton, has gone 14-for-29 with four doubles, two homers and five RBI in his last eight games to push his average to .354/.436/.563. Satin hit .311 with 39 doubles, 12 homers and 64 RBI with a .866 OPS combined between St. Lucie and Binghamton last season. … After starting 3-for-35, 19-year-old low Class-A Savannah 3B Aderlin Rodriguez, considered to have the most power in the organization, has gone 8-for-26 and slugged his first home run on Saturday.

Mets Draft Update

Monday plans on being a busy day for the Mets.

The deadline to sign draft picks is 11:59 pm and the club has yet to sign righthanded pitcher Matt Harvey, the seventh overall pick and a junior from North Carolina. Harvey was 8-3 with a 3.09 ERA this spring with 35 walks and 102 strikeouts in 96 innings.

Adding to the drama will be Harvey’s agent – Scott Boras, but mlb.com is reporting the Mets “feel good about being able to get him signed by the time the deadline hits.”

New York did not have a second-round pick, but each of its next three picks is playing in Class A Leagues. Sixth-round selection, righthander Greg Peavey, who was 6-3, 3.64 ERA in 15 starts at Oregon State, also has not signed and could return to school.

Below is a look at how some of the Mets top draft picks from previous seasons are faring this season.

2010 Draft

Third round – Catcher Blake Forsythe is batting .257/.317/.365 with a homer, four RBI and 26 strikeouts in 74 at-bats combined at the rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Class A New York – Penn.

Fourth round – Center fielder Cory Vaughn is batting .316/.402/.569 with 12 homers, 44 RBI and 10 steals at Brooklyn. The 21-year-old product of San Diego State and the son of former major league slugger Greg Vaughn is tied for the league lead in RBI, is second in homers and third in slugging.

Fifth round – Center fielder Matt Den Dekker played five games in the Gulf Coast League before moving to low Class-A Savannah where he has gone 11-for-28 with six RBI in his first six RBI. He is known for his outstanding defense.

2009 Draft

First round – Did not have a first-round pick.

Second round – Lefthander Steven Matz is out for the season after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery on May 18. The 19-year-old has not pitched in his first two years of professional baseball.

Third round – Shortstop Robbie Shields returned from TJ surgery in June and is batting .257/.307/.371 in stints in the Gulf Coast, South Atlantic League and Florida State League.

Fourth round – Center fielder Darrell Ceciliani is having a great season at Class A at Brooklyn. The 20-year-old is leading the league in batting (.371), triples (10), hits (82), and runs (47), is second in OPS (.972), third in doubles (16), fourth in steals (18) and fifth in slugging (.548). The lefthanded hitter has a homer and 28 RBI in 56 games.

Fifth round – Righthander Damien Magnifico did not sign.

Sixth round – Righthander David Buchanan did not sign.

2008 Draft

First round – First baseman Ike Davis is batting .248/.324/.420 with 15 homers and 54 RBI in 101 games with New York. The lefthanded hitter started with Class AAA Buffalo, batting .264/.500/.636 with a pair of homers in 10 games.

First round – Second baseman Reese Havens is hitting .312/.386/.592 between Class A and AA, but the converted shortstop has not played since June 11 because of a strained oblique.

First round (supplemental) – Righthander Brad Holt is 3-11, 7.83 ERA with a 1.941 WHIP at Class A and AA.

2007 Draft

First round supplemental – Lefthander Eddie Kunz is 6-7 with a 5.23 ERA at Class AA in 35 games – nine starts.

First round supplemental – Lefthander Nathan Vineyard is out of baseball after two injury-filled seasons.