New York Mets: Dominic Smith

Minors 9.6.14: Vegas, Savannah out

September, 6, 2014
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RENO 7, LAS VEGAS 3: The 51s were eliminated with the Game 4 loss. Starter Logan Verrett was charged with five runs (two earned) in five innings. He struck out 11 but uncorked three wild pitches and had a throwing error. Trailing 6-0, Allan Dykstra had a three-run homer in the seventh. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, PORTLAND 4: The B-Mets fended off elimination and set up a winner-take-all Game 5 on Sunday by producing a franchise-postseason-record 11 runs. Gabriel Ynoa will oppose Portland right-hander Luis Diaz in the decisive opening-round game. On Saturday, Portland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first. Mike Miller singled and Sean Coyle doubled against Rainy Lara. With two aboard, Keury De La Cruz sent a bouncer to first baseman Brian Burgamy. He went home with the throw, but Miller slid in safely with the game’s opening run. Binghamton used a two-out rally to break through against Mike Augliera in the third. Brandon Nimmo had an infield single. T.J. Rivera then singled to push Nimmo to third. Burgamy tied the score with a single. The Sea Dogs retook a one-run lead in the fourth on Carson Blair's solo homer against Lara.

The B-Mets answered with 10 runs over the following two frames. In the fifth, Rivera's single plated Wilfredo Tovar with the tying run. Reliever Mike McCarthy eventually took over with the bases loaded and walked Darrell Ceciliani to force in another run. McCarthy capped the inning's scoring by uncorking a wild pitch, which allowed Rivera to dash home as the B-Mets took a 4-2 lead. Binghamton sent 11 men to the plate in a seven-run sixth. The B-Mets produced four hits, cashed in on three walks and walked away from the 38-minute frame with an 11-2 lead. The first seven batters all reached and scored against McCarthy and Pete Ruiz. Lara capped his outing -- the first quality start from a B-Met in the postseason -- with a scoreless sixth. Jon Velasquez surrendered a two-run homer to David Chester in the eighth. Randy Fontanez posted a perfect ninth. Lara allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. Box

ASHEVILLE 2, SAVANNAH 1: Savannah's season ended when it failed to rally in the resumption of Friday's suspended game. Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth with the tying run at second base and one out when play restarted, the Gnats loaded the bases that inning. Victor Cruzado walked with two outs and Dominic Smith advanced to first base on a wild pitch on a strikeout. However, Amed Rosario grounded out to leave three aboard. The Gnats went down in order in the ninth and were swept in the best-of-three opening-round series. Box

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Minors 8.23.14: Centeno's 4 hits lift B-Mets

August, 23, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 10, NEW ORLEANS 8: Pinch hitter Cory Vaughn delivered a walk-off two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth. Bobby Abreu and Taylor Teagarden drove in three runs apiece. Starter John Lannan allowed eight runs (seven earned) in four innings. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, AKRON 1: Starter Greg Peavey (11-3) allowed one run on two hits and five walks while striking out nine in five innings. Relievers Hansel Robles, Dario Alvarez and Cody Satterwhite combined to retire 12 of the final 13 batters. Juan Centeno went 4-for-4 with

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two RBIs. In the second, Akron's Justin Toole singled and moved to second on a walk. He scored on Erik Gonzalez's RBI single against Peavey. Binghamton got the run back in the bottom half. Darrell Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a leadoff single against Duke von Schamann. Centeno ultimately drove him in to even the score at 1. The B-Mets took the lead for good in the third. Dilson Herrera walked and stole second. The throw from catcher Jake Lowery sailed into center field, allowing Herrera to advance to third base. Center fielder Ollie Linton then airmailed a toss over third base that plated Herrera. In the fifth, Jayce Boyd had a two-out single. He stole second and moved to third on an error by second baseman Ronny Rodriguez. Ceciliani walked to put runners on the corners. T.J. Rivera and Centeno followed with back-to-back run-scoring singles. The B-Mets capped the scoring in the eighth against Adam Miller. Centeno tallied his fourth hit and moved to second on Kyle Johnson's single. Brandon Nimmo drove him in with a single. At 80-52, Binghamton achieved its high-water mark of the season. Binghamton's 71 hits in a five-game span are its most since April 11-16, 2008 (79). The RubberDucks turned an 8-3-5 triple play in the sixth against Herrera. Box

JUPITER 5, ST. LUCIE 4: Rehabbing Marlin Derek Dietrich hit a solo homer in the seventh to extend the Hammerheads' lead to 5-3. The Mets got a run back in the bottom half on Jairo Perez’s RBI groundout, but failed to pull even. Phillip Evans doubled with one out in the eighth, but Brad Mincey struck out Gilbert Gomez and Eudy Pina to strand the tying run at second. Colby Suggs struck out three in the ninth, working around L.J. Mazzilli's one-out single. The Mets held a 2-0 lead until things unraveled for St. Lucie starter Seth Lugo in a four-run fourth by Jupiter. Blake Barber hit a game-tying two-run homer. After Lugo recorded the second out, he loaded the bases on a single and two walks. Then, on a 1-2 offering, Anthony Gomez produced a two-run single as Jupiter took a 4-2 lead. The Mets closed within 4-3 in the sixth on Gavin Cecchini’s two-out RBI single. However Dietrich launched the homer deep to right in the seventh against Jake Kuebler to restore a two-run lead. Lugo (7-3) surrendered four runs he on six hits and two walks in six innings. Mazzilli led the Mets with three hits. Box

GREENVILLE 7, SAVANNAH 3: Starter Ricky Knapp allowed seven runs (six earned) in six innings. Trailing 4-0, the Gnats posted three runs in the top of the seventh, capped by a two-run single from Dominic Smith. Box

KINGSPORT 11, BLUEFIELD 6
BLUEFIELD 7, KINGSPORT 3: Kingsport produced 10 runs over the first two innings in the opener. Vicente Lupo, Oswald Caraballo and Jose Garcia drove in two runs apiece. In Game 2, the K-Mets jumped to a 3-0 first-inning lead that included run-scoring doubles by Lupo and Luis Ortega. However, Kingsport starter Gaby Almonte allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks in four innings. Box 1, Box 2

TRI-CITY 5, BROOKLYN 0: Cyclones starter Corey Oswalt tossed six scoreless innings. Kelly Secrest, Luis Rengel and Juan Urbina combined to allow five runs over the final two innings. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL NATIONALS 3
GCL METS 11, GCL NATIONALS 7: In the resumption of Friday's game, which was halted after a scary collision at second base sent Manuel Hilario to the hospital, the Mets scored seven unanswered runs. Raphael Ramirez went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. In the regularly scheduled game, Dionis Rodriguez went 3-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored. Box 1, Box 2

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Minors 8.22.14: B-Mets' Herrera drives in 4

August, 22, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, NEW ORLEANS 7 (11 innings): Noah Syndergaard allowed five first-inning runs, then settled down. He followed with four scoreless frames. In the sixth, Syndergaard allowed consecutive singles to open the inning, then shortstop Matt Reynolds committed an error that loaded the bases with none out. Syndergaard ultimately allowed an unearned run on a one-out groundout to first base by Zack Cox that evened the score at 6. Syndergaard's final line: 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HBP. Danny Muno had a walk-off RBI single in the 11th. Reynolds finished 4-for-4 with a walk. Box

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BINGHAMTON 12, AKRON 3: A day after clinching a postseason berth, the B-Mets routed the RubberDucks. After B-Mets starter Tyler Pill allowed two runs in the top of the first, Jayce Boyd slammed a three-run homer in the bottom half. Darrell Ceciliani had a two-run homer in the fifth. Dilson Herrera finished 3-for-3 with two doubles, four RBIs, two runs scored and a walk. Ceciliani and Wilfredo Tovar also had three hits apiece. Pill followed the two-run first by blanking Akron for four innings. Box

JUPITER 1, ST. LUCIE 0
ST. LUCIE 4, JUPITER 2:
In Game 1, Luis Cessa pitched a seven-inning complete game, allowing one run on three hits while striking out five and walking one. The lone run for the

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Hammerheads was scored by the Marlins' Derek Dietrich, who is on a rehab assignment. He had tripled with one out in the fourth. Matt Juengel plated him with a groundout. The Mets had a couple of chances late to tie the score. Jairo Perez, off the DL and back in the lineup for the first time since June 29, struck out to end the sixth two in scoring position. An inning later, Sean Donatello struck out Phillip Evans looking to end the game with Eudy Pina at second base. The Mets also stranded Jeff McNeil on third in the first inning and left Jared King on second in the second. Jupiter won despite being out-hit, 5-3. Four Hammerheads pitchers combined for the shutout, beginning with two scoreless innings from rehabbing Dan Jennings. Jennings was struck in the head by a line drive in Pittsburgh on Aug. 7. Jared King went 3-for-3 for the Mets. In his last two starts, Cessa has allowed a combined two runs and four hits in 12 innings, but has won neither.

In Game 2, Domingo Tapia came within one out of going the distance in the seven-inning contest. He gave up two runs on five hits and one walk. Cole Frenzel put the Mets up 2-1 in the second with a two-run double. The Mets extended their lead to two runs 1 in the fifth on Evans' RBI single. That hit scored Gavin Cecchini, who had doubled for the second time. Evans moved to third on Frenzel’s groundout and slid safely into home without a throw when Albert Cordero grounded out to make it 4-1. Tapia did not surrender his second run until there were two outs in the seventh. With a runner at second, Cody Keefer delivered an RBI double. Paul Sewald entered and recorded the final out for his 10th save in 10 chances. Cecchini finished 2-for-2 with two runs scored and a walk. The walk was his 19th in 21 games this month. Evans scored twice. Box 1, Box 2

GREENVILLE 6 ,SAVANNAH 5: Robert Gsellman surrendered six runs (five earned) on nine hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. The Gnats pulled within 6-5 in the sixth on Champ Stuart's run-scoring fielder's choice. But Savannah left Patrick Biondi at third base that inning when Dominic Smith and Matt Oberste flied out. Box

BLUEFIELD 8, KINGSPORT 4 (six innings)
KINGSPORT at BLUEFIELD: Game 1 of a doubleheader was called in the sixth inning because of rain and the nightcap never took place. Andrew Massie was knocked out after two-thirds of an inning. Massie and Audry German surrendered a combined seven runs in the frame. Vicente Lupo had a three-run homer in the third as the K-Mets pulled within 7-4. Box 1

BROOKLYN 7, TRI-CITY 0: Martires Arias walked six and allowed three hits but nonetheless tossed five scoreless innings. He combined with Gaither Bumgardner and Cameron Griffin on the four-hit shutout. Tyler Moore had a sacrifice fly and Michael Bernal had an RBI single in a three-run second. Jhoan Urena and Moore had RBI singles in a four-run third. Shortstop Amed Rosario missed a second straight game with a shoulder injury. Box

GCL NATIONALS 2, GCL METS 0 (suspended): The game was halted in the fourth inning when Mets baserunner Manuel Hilario was kneed in the head while sliding into second base. Hilario lost consciousness and suffered a seizure. He was transported by helicopter to a hospital. Hilario was in "good spirits" and may be discharged Saturday, the Mets announced. Box

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Minors 8.17.14: Oberste RBI lifts Gnats

August, 17, 2014
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OMAHA 4, LAS VEGAS 0: Noah Syndergaard allowed two runs on three hits, three walks and a hit batter in five innings. Syndergaard (8-7) struck out eight in a 96-pitch effort. The damage included a two-run homer by Carlos Peguero in the fourth that opened the scoring. Jack Leathersich allowed two runs in the sixth, including a solo homer by Peguero. The 51s mustered four hits, including two from Matt Reynolds. Box

READING 1, BINGHAMTON 0: Reading southpaw Hoby Milner went the distance in a three-hit shutout to outduel Steven Matz. Milner faced two over the minimum.

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Binghamton’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot remained at four. The Fightin Phils cracked the scoreboard in the fourth against Matz. Albert Cartwright had a leadoff double. Matz retired the next two batters, but Jake Fox poked an RBI single into right field. Binghamton finally put a threat together in the fifth after Milner retired the first 13 batters he faced. T.J. Rivera singled and produced his first steal as a B-Met. With two outs, Wilfredo Tovar then ripped a 2-1 pitch up the middle, but second baseman Carlos Alonso made a diving catch to end the inning. The B-Mets flashed their own defensive prowess to hold the deficit at 1-0 in the bottom half. After Matz issued a one-out walk to K.C. Serna, Raywilly Gomez deposited a 2-2 pitch into the left-field corner. Dustin Lawley tracked the ball down and fired to Tovar. In one motion, the shortstop received the throw and fired home, where Juan Centeno tagged out Serna. Milner continued his cruise by posting perfect frames in the sixth and seventh before using a double play to erase a single in the eighth. Binghamton had one last chance in the ninth. Kyle Johnson had a leadoff double, but Milner retired the next three B-Mets. He capped his first career complete game by striking out Dilson Herrera looking. Milner (8-6) issued no walks, struck out five and held the B-Mets hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position, including three in the ninth. Matz (5-4) surrendered one run on six hits in seven innings. The loss snapped Binghamton’s seven-game winning streak against the Fightin Phils, which dated to last season. Box

BRADENTON 3, ST. LUCIE 0: Pirates top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow mowed down the St. Lucie lineup, striking out eight and allowing one walk and two singles in seven scoreless innings. He required only 80 pitches and retired the final 10 batters he faced. Josh Smith followed with two perfect innings to earn his sixth save. Justin Howard homered on the first pitch of the bottom of the second against Seth Lugo to put the Marauders on the board. Jose Osuna’s two-out solo homer in the sixth against Lugo made it 2-0. Jordan Steranka doubled to plate a run against reliever Ryan Fraser in the eighth. L.J. Mazzilli had both Mets hits. The first came with two outs in the first. The latter came with one out in the fourth. Mazzilli stole second, but then was caught too far off the bag by catcher Jin-De Jhang and was tagged out trying to reach third. From that point, the Mets went 16 up, 16 down the rest of the way. Gilbert Gomez was the only other baserunner for the Mets. He reached on a walk in the third. He was picked off first by Jhang. Glasnow and Smith combined to face one over the minimum. Lugo pitched well in his second start this season. He tossed a season-high seven innings and allowed five hits and the two solo homers. The Marauders won the season series, 10-8, and increased their first-place lead to 6 1/2 games over the Mets with 14 games remaining. Box

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SAVANNAH 3, GREENVILLE 2: Champ Stuart bunted his way aboard and scored on Matt Oberste's double as the Gnats broke a 2-all tie in the sixth en route to a series sweep. The Drive had opened the scoring in the second on Danny Bethea's two-run homer against John Gant. Gant allowed no further damage and struck out nine in five innings. Savannah evened the score with two runs in the third. Dominic Smith plated Stuart with a double to tie the score at 2. Reliever John Mincone picked up the win after producing a scoreless sixth. Akeel Morris converted his 15th save in 16 chances. Box

KINGSPORT 4, GREENEVILLE 3 (12 innings): Vicente Lupo and Wuilmer Becerra had inning-opening singles and Zach Mathieu followed with a run-scoring groundout as the K-Mets took the lead in the top of the 12th. Ismael Tijerina allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth as Greeneville forced extra innings. Box

BROOKLYN 7, VERMONT 3: Michael Conforto had an RBI single and Jhoan Urena had a two-run double in a five-run sixth as the Cyclones overcame a 2-0 deficit. Starter Casey Meisner allowed three runs (one earned) and struck out 10 in 6 2/3 innings. Box

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Minors 8.14.14: Reynolds homers twice

August, 15, 2014
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IOWA 6, LAS VEGAS 5 (12 innings): Matt Reynolds had a pair of solo homers -- in the eighth inning to pull the 51s even and force extra innings, then in the top of the 12th to give Las Vegas a lead. But Chasen Bradford surrendered a two-run homer to Kris Bryant in the bottom half as the Cubs produced a walk-off victory. Reynolds finished 3-for-6 and is hitting .338 since a midseason promotion to Triple-A. Allan Dykstra and Josh Satin also homered in the loss. Starter Cory Mazzoni allowed four runs in six innings. Manny Ramirez went 2-for-3 for Iowa. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, ERIE 4: Jayce Boyd went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored and the B-Mets broke a 4-all tie with a four-run seventh en route to the victory. Down 1-0 in

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the second, Boyd doubled against Wilsen Palacios and ultimately came home on a groundout to even the score. The B-Mets took the lead in the third. Dilson Herrera doubled, advanced to third on Darrell Ceciliani's single and scored on a sacrifice fly from Boyd. In the fourth, Juan Centeno doubled and scored on Wilfredo Tovar's single. Brandon Nimmo advanced Tovar to third with a single. Herrera's sacrifice fly made it 4-1. The SeaWolves rallied in the seventh against B-Mets starter Gabriel Ynoa. Aaron Westlake hit a solo homer in what became a three-run frame. In his Double-A debut in that frame, Dario Alvarez allowed an inherited runner to score on an RBI double by Dean Green that evened the score at 4. But the B-Mets broke out the bats in the bottom half against Slade Smith. Brian Burgamy singled and Ceciliani doubled to put two in scoring position with one out. Boyd plated both runners with a single. Boyd moved to third on a single by T.J. Rivera. A wild pitch made it second and third for Centeno. His single scored two more for an 8-4 lead. Burgamy homered against Jose Valdez in the eighth to cap the scoring. Alvarez (1-0) suffered a blown save, but struck out two in 1 1/3 innings and earned the win. Cody Satterwhite pitched a scoreless ninth. Box

FORT MYERS 9, ST. LUCIE 8: Reliever Beck Wheeler walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth. After he struck out Niko Goodrum for the second out, he then plunked Travis Harrison on the elbow to force home the winning run. Phillip Evans had opened the top of the ninth with a hit, but D.J. Johnson ultimately struck out Eudy Pina with Evans at third base to send the Miracle to the plate with a chance to win it. With the Mets trailing 8-6 in the eighth, Gavin Cecchini blasted a two-run homer to even the score. The Mets also rallied from down 6-4 in the sixth when Albert Cordero homered and L.J. Mazzilli plated a run on a fielder's choice. However, Ryan Fraser couldn’t keep it tied in the bottom of the sixth. He got the first two outs but gave up a hit to Adam Brett Walker. Max Kepler followed with a tiebreaking RBI triple and Tyler Grimes added a single to bring in Kepler. The Mets got to Miracle starter Steven Gruver early, scoring four runs in the first two innings. Mets starter Matt Koch allowed 10 hits and six runs in 3 2/3 innings. Pina and Evans had three hits apiece. Mazzilli, Jared King and Cam Maron each had two hits. Jeff McNeil walked twice, but his 12-game hitting streak ended. Box

SAVANNAH 4, GREENVILLE 0: Logan Taylor faced two batters over the minimum through two outs in the ninth. He then walked Jimmy Rider and reached his pitch limit, one out from a complete game. Taylor nonetheless earned his first win of 2014 for his 8 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball that included four strikeouts and one walk. The Gnats did all of their scoring with two outs in the eighth. Patrick Biondi created the first run with his speed, scoring from second on a wild pitch. Matt Oberste plated Dominic Smith with a double to the warning track in left-center. Victor Cruzado's double scored Oberste. Cruzado scored on Nelfi Zapata's single. Box

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 3: Ivan Wilson homered twice, including a solo shot in the fifth that broke a 3-all tie. Box

BROOKLYN 5, LOWELL 1: Corey Oswalt allowed one unearned run in six innings and

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Jhoan Urena homered in the rubber-game victory. The Cyclones jumped to a lead when Tomas Nido produced a two-run single in the first. The only hiccup for Oswalt, who was recently named a New York-Penn League All-Star, came in the fifth. Urena had a throwing error after fielding a grounder, placing Alixon Suarez at second base. Raymel Flores singled to place runners on the corners. The Cyclones then were only able to get one out on Mauricio Dubon's grounder to shortstop Amed Rosario and Lowell pulled within 2-1. Brooklyn's lead grew to 5-1 in the sixth when Michael Conforto singled and Urena produced a two-run homer. Urena extended his hitting streak to 10 games. He is the only player in Cyclones history to have three double-digit hitting streaks in one season. Brad Wieck replaced Oswalt for the seventh and tossed two scoreless frames. Gaither Bumgardner retired the side in order in the ninth. Box

GCL MARLINS 6, GCL METS 5: Waldo Rodriguez and Alex Palsha combined to allow three runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Marlins overcame a 5-3 deficit. Dash Winningham drove in two runs in the loss. Box

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Farm report: Coles goes from Noles to Mets

August, 13, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Robby Coles grew up 15 minutes south of Tallahassee, Fla.

He finally got to realize a dream in 2013, when he pitched one season for Florida State. The Mets then drafted Coles in the 28th round last year, and he turned pro after the lone season as Seminoles closer.

Coles estimated he would go to 10 or 15 FSU baseball games a year while growing up. Attending Seminoles football games were rare, though, because it was hunting season, and the family would just listen to the games while in the woods.


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“If I ever was going to go to a D-I, I was going to go to FSU, no matter what,” he said.

Coles, a 6-foot-right-hander who turns 23 next Wednesday, opened this season with Savannah. He was 11-for-11 in save conversions while going 0-2 with a 1.95 ERA. He had 32 strikeouts and five walks in 27 2/3 innings with the Gnats.

After representing Savannah in the South Atlantic League All-Star game, Coles became part of the mass promotions to St. Lucie. Not the closer with the Florida State League club, Coles nonetheless is 1-0 with a 3.44 ERA and one save in 13 relief appearances. He has walked 12 (one intentional) and hit two batters in 18 1/3 innings.

Cole’s fastball sits at 88-90 mph, although it topped out at 95 mph at FSU. He throws a split-finger, changeup and slider.

Because Coles grew up in the Florida panhandle, his family actually lives closer to Savannah than any of the Florida State League teams’ stadiums.

Coles said the highlight of his lone season at Florida State was pitching a scoreless ninth against the University of Florida in Jacksonville to preserve a 2-1 lead. The game was played in the home of Jacksonville’s Double-A team.

“It was awesome,” Coles said. “I can’t even remember how many people were there. It was like the biggest crowd I ever pitched in front of.”

FSU reached a Super Regional before getting knocked out by Indiana that season.

Although he partially worked as a starting pitcher during his first two college seasons at Chipola Junior College, his preference is closing.

“I started as a closer and then our No. 1 got into some trouble and I ended up getting moved to a starter. So I started the rest of the year my freshman year,” Coles said. “I was a starter at the beginning of my sophomore year and ended up getting pushed to closer.”

Organization leaders

Average: Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .344; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .341; Matt den Dekker, Vegas, .334; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .319; John Mora, Brooklyn, .318; Jean Rodriguez, Kingsport, .316; Enmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .315; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .311; Wuilmer Becerra, Kingsport, .306; Kevin Plawecki, Vegas, .300.

Homers: Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 21; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 20; Andrew Brown, Vegas, 19; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 15.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 71; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 70; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 69; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 66.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 23; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 22; Champ Stuart, Savannah, 22; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 16; Darrell Ceciliani, Binghamton, 16.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 1.78; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.33; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.34; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.54; John Gant, Savannah, 2.55; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.86; Matt Bowman, Binghamton, 3.05; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 3.33; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 3.94; Ricky Knapp, Savannah, 3.98.

Wins: Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 10; John Gant, Savannah, 10; Greg Peavey, Binghamton, 10; Logan Verrett, Vegas, 10.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 15; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 13; Cody Satterwhite, Binghamton, 13; Shane Bay, Brooklyn, 12; Robby Coles, St. Lucie, 12.

Strikeouts: Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 119; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 111; Dario Alvarez, St. Lucie, 105; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 105; Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 104.

Short hops

Brian Burgamy and Dustin Lawley each have reached the 20-homer plateau with Binghamton. The last time the B-Mets had a pair of players achieve that total came in 2001, when Rob Stratton finished with 29 and Earl Snyder had 20. Burgamy is hitting .346 with six homers and 16 RBIs in 22 games since the Eastern League All-Star break.

• Brooklyn right-hander Martires Arias was named New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week. Combined with his previous work at Kingsport, he has a 22-inning scoreless streak. Arias, 23, became the second Cyclone to win the award this season. Corey Oswalt received the honor for the week ending July 21.

• Shortstop Amed Rosario, who is the fourth-youngest player in the NYPL, is hitting .305 (32-for-105) in his past 24 games. His hit total in that span is the second-most in the league. Overall, Rosario is tied for the league lead with five triples.

• 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith slugged his first homer of the season on Saturday at Augusta.

• Will the Mets be relegated to remaining in Las Vegas for another two years? That’s to be determined, but it’s certainly possible. By rule, the Mets are not permitted to start exploring potential relationships with International League teams until mid-September.

• Savannah’s Robert Gsellman hasn't allowed an earned run in 12 innings over his last two starts. He has struck out nine and walked two during that span. Gsellman, a 13th-round pick in 2011 out of high school in Los Angeles, leads the South Atlantic League with four complete games and ranks second in ERA at 2.34. Teammate John Gant (10-5) is third in the SAL in ERA at 2.55 and leads the team with 102 strikeouts.

• Right-hander Rob Whalen’s unbeaten run to start the season with Savannah ended Tuesday, when he was charged with three eighth-inning runs in a 3-2 loss to Asheville. Whalen had turned over the bases loaded with the score tied and one out in the eighth to Akeel Morris, who allowed one inherited runner to score. Since returning from the disabled list on July 23 following surgery to address a hand infection, Whalen had been 3-0 with the Gnats. He had been 7-0 with a 1.42 ERA in seven starts for the season.

• After hitting .163 in July, 2012 first-round pick Gavin Cecchini has turned things around this month with St. Lucie. Cecchini is batting .364 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 11 games in August. He also has 10 walks, for a .500 on-base percentage this month.

• St. Lucie third baseman Jeff McNeil extended his hitting streak to 11 games Tuesday with a 2-for-3 night that also included a walk and three runs scored.

• Right-hander Domingo Tapia has a 2.86 ERA in six starts since the beginning of July with St. Lucie. He has struck out 24 and walked 14 during that span.

Morning Briefing: Mets own Philly

August, 10, 2014
Aug 10
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PHILADELPHIA

FIRST PITCH: The Mets continue to beat up on the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Amazin’s on Saturday improved to 10-4 against the Phillies this season. They are 46-57 against the rest of baseball.

The success includes a 7-1 record at Citizens Bank Park in 2014.

Dating back to last season, the Mets have won 12 of their last 14 in the City of Brotherly Love.

Zack Wheeler looks to continue that roll Sunday. Wheeler, who is 4-0 with a 1.59 ERA in his past seven starts, opposes right-hander Kyle Kendrick (5-11, 4.74 ERA) at 1:35 p.m.

Sunday’s news reports:

Lucas Duda, getting a chance to prove he can produce against left-handed pitching, delivered a tiebreaking RBI single against Antonio Bastardo in the 11th as the Mets beat the Phillies, 2-1, Saturday.

It marked the sixth extra-inning game between the teams this season, matching the most between the Mets and one opponent in franchise history. The Amazin’s also played six extra-inning games against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1985, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

With Jenrry Mejia having worked consecutive days with a tight calf, Jeurys Familia handled Saturday’s save, albeit allowing two baserunners in the 11th.

Dillon Gee limited Philadelphia to a seventh-inning solo homer by Carlos Ruiz as the right-hander put a subpar start to the second half behind him. Gee also overcame career-long woes in Philly.

Read game recaps in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Post, Daily News, Newsday, Star-Ledger, Record, Times and at MLB.com.

Matt den Dekker joined the Mets on Saturday in place of Chris Young, who was designated for assignment. Terry Collins said den Dekker should bat sixth and start against right-handed pitching in left field, with Eric Campbell facing southpaws. Den Dekker, who led the Pacific Coast League in batting at .334, attributed the success partly to a more compact swing, which includes a wider stance and shorter stride. Read more in the Star-Ledger, Daily News and Newsday.

• Columnist Ken Davidoff in the Post warns Mets brass not to let late-season success by young players prompt conservative spending this winter.

• Davidoff in the Post also asserts that the Mets and Yankees both support Rob Manfred as MLB’s next commissioner for different reasons. In the Mets’ case, Davidoff suggests, it’s because of the team’s cozy relationship with Bud Selig. Manfred is Selig’s preferred choice.

• Jeff Roberts in the Record writes about the longtime friendship between Mejia and Familia and details their pre-baseball lives in the Dominican Republic, including Mejia’s job shining shoes at age 10.

• Columnist Mike Vaccaro in the Post begins to ask which young pitchers will stay and which will go as the Mets make moves this offseason.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record suggests the Mets made the right call emphasizing youth.

Matt Harvey threw 29 pitches off the slope of a mound Saturday in Port St. Lucie, Fla.

Bill Price in the Daily News asserts it’s not prudent for Harvey to pitch in the majors this season. (He won’t be.)

Bobby Parnell tossed a baseball Saturday for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery on April 8.

• Noah Syndergaard talks about his progress in the Daily News. “I don’t feel like I’m ready quite yet, but if I were to get the call tomorrow, I would find a way to get the job done, somehow,” Syndergaard told the newspaper.

• Kevin Plawecki had a two-run homer as Las Vegas beat Albuquerque, 8-3. Rainy Lara tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings as Binghamton beat Harrisburg, 3-1. Dominic Smith produced his first 2014 homer as Savannah split a doubleheader against Augusta. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• The Brooklyn Cyclones, who host the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on July 19, had six players selected for the game: shortstop Amed Rosario, third baseman Jhoan Urena, right-handers Marcos Molina and Corey Oswalt, left-hander Shane Bay and outfielder Michael Bernal.

BIRTHDAYS: den Dekker turns 27. ... Chuck Carr is 47.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Has Zack Wheeler turned a corner?

Minors 8.9.14: Lara silences Senators

August, 10, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 8, ALBUQUERQUE 3: Kevin Plawecki contributed a two-run homer and Cory Mazzoni allowed two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Albuquerque committed six errors, leading to four unearned runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 1: Rainy Lara tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Brian Burgamy went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and extended his hitting streak to a season-high 13 games. In his return to the lineup three days after suffering a jammed finger on a slide, Dilson Herrera hit a first-inning solo homer against John Simms. The B-Mets added to that total in the third. Lara and Brandon Nimmo, who was starting for the first time since Sunday, hit back-to-back singles to put two on with nobody out. After a fly out, Burgamy smacked a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. Harrisburg finally got on the scoreboard in the ninth against Cody Satterwhite. Jason Martinson made it all the way to third base on an error by right fielder Darrell Ceciliani. Martinson scored on Adrian Sanchez's pinch-hit single. Lara (6-4) has has allowed one run in 14 2/3 innings over his last two starts. Satterwhite notched his 13th save. Binghamton starting pitchers have allowed three earned runs over the last seven games. Nimmo, who had been sidelined with a hand injury, went 2-for-4 and scored a run. Box

ST. LUCIE 4, BRADENTON 3: Eudy Pina scored on a wild pitch as St. Lucie earned a walk-off win. Pina had worked a four-pitch walk against Bryton Trepagnier to open the frame. Gilbert Gomez bunted him to second, and Pina advanced to third on Jeff McNeil’s groundout. Then, on a 1-1 pitch to Maikis De La Cruz, Trepagnier skipped a fastball wide of catcher Jacob Stallings. The Mets had taken a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, but Stallings hit a one-out solo homer against Beck Wheeler. Earlier, Jeff McNeil, De La Cruz and L.J. Mazzilli opened the first inning with singles to load the bases. However, the Mets only came away with one run, on Phillip Evans’ bloop single. Mets starter Matt Koch maintained the 1-0 lead into the fifth. That frame, he walked Justin Maffei to load the bases, then plunked Adam Frazier to force in the tying run. With the bases reloaded, Walker Gourley hit a sac fly that gave the Marauders a 2-1 lead. However, the Mets scored two runs in the bottom half to take a 3-2 lead. Cam Maron's single plated McNeil. Evans later beat out a potential inning-ending double play that allowed Mazzilli to score the go-ahead run. Koch went six innings and surrendered two runs. He walked two, hit two and struck out a season-high-matching six. Box

SAVANNAH 9, AUGUSTA 2
AUGUSTA 3, SAVANNAH 1: In Game 1, 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith produced an RBI double in the sixth that evened the score at 2. Jeff Glenn added a three-run triple later in that five-run frame. Smith had a two-run homer in the seventh that capped the scoring. It was Smith's first 2014 long ball. Starter Ricky Knapp contributed a seven-inning complete game to even his record at 6-6. After five scoreless innings from starter Robert Gsellman in Game 2, Augusta posted three runs in the sixth against Bret Mitchell. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 5, BRISTOL 4: Jean Rodriguez had a first-inning homer and finished 3-for-4 as the K-Mets built a 5-0 lead and held on. Rodriguez and Zach Mathieu drove in two runs apiece. Former Pirates farmhand Blake Taylor allowed three runs on six hits and five walks in three innings. David Roseboom converted his second save despite allowing two hits in the ninth. Box

BATAVIA 4, BROOKLYN 2: Starter Marcos Molina, one of six Cyclones All-Star selections earlier in the day, allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out 11 in six innings. Molina's ERA swelled to 1.78. Also chosen for the Aug. 19 game, which will be played in Brooklyn: shortstop Amed Rosario, third baseman Jhoan Urena, right-hander Corey Oswalt, left-hander Shane Bay and outfielder Michael Bernal. Box

GCL CARDINALS 6, GCL METS 2: Starter Darwin Ramos and reliever Joel Huertas allowed three runs apiece as the Cardinals built a 6-0 lead. Dale Burdick, a 40th-round pick out of high school in Tennessee in June, produced his first professional homer in the loss. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 8.5.14: Montero blanks Sacramento

August, 6, 2014
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LAS VEGAS 3, SACRAMENTO 0: Rafael Montero limited Sacramento to one hit in eight innings. He struck out 11 and walked two in a 105-pitch effort. Montero has now tossed 14 2/3 scoreless innings and surrendered only four hits in his past two starts. Matt den Dekker singled and scored on Allan Dykstra's sacrifice fly in the first inning. Den Dekker went 2-for-4 with a walk and has six multi-hit performances in his last nine games. Chasen Bradford produced a scoreless ninth for his third save. Box

BINGHAMTON 9, RICHMOND 6: Tyler Pill tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out

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seven and Brian Burgamy went 2-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs. Burgamy's 20th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth, staked the B-Mets to a 4-0 lead. The game turned into a rout in the eighth. Juan Centeno walked and Wilfredo Tovar doubled. T.J. Rivera then pinch-hit for Pill produced a run-scoring groundout. Dustin Lawley's single plated Dilson Herrera later in the four-run frame as Binghamton took a 9-0 lead. B-Mets relievers Randy Fontanez and Ryan Fraser each surrendered three runs in an inning of work as the Flying Squirrels pulled within three runs. Pill hasn’t lost in his last 14 appearances with Binghamton. It was Burgamy’s fourth four-RBI game of the season. Box

CHARLESTON 6, SAVANNAH 2
SAVANNAH 1, CHARLESTON 0: Miller Diaz tossed a seven-inning shutout in the nightcap

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as the Gnats earned a doubleheader split. 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith left Game 2 after five innings. Diaz allowed just three hits, two walks and struck out five to improve to 6-1 with a 2.14 ERA. He did not allow a hit between the first and seventh innings. The Gnats scored the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth. Colton Plaia grounded a single through the left side to plate Nelfi Zapata. In Game 1, the RiverDogs scored four runs in the top of the seventh against reliever Hunter Carnevale to snap a 2-all tie. The Gnats had tied the score a half-inning earlier on a line-drive homer by Matt Oberste. Box 1, Box 2

PULASKI 6, KINGSPORT 5: Starter Yoryi Nuez allowed six runs (four earned) in 3 2/3 innings as the Mariners built a 6-0 lead. The K-Mets produced a four-run ninth, but pinch hitter Luis Ortega grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game. Box

GCL METS 8, GCL MARLINS 5: Alfredo Reyes drove in three runs and Milton Ramos had three hits and scored twice. Box

Compiled with team reports

Minors 7.20.14: Oswalt blanks Cutters

July, 20, 2014
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SALT LAKE 3, LAS VEGAS 0: Caleb Clay went the distance in a three-hit shutout for the Bees. Rafael Montero allowed one run on five hits and three walks in four innings in his first Triple-A appearance since June 14. Montero had been dealing with a strained left oblique. Wilmer Flores went 1-for-4 with a seventh-inning single to extend his hitting streak to 21 games. That is the longest streak by a Las Vegas player since J.P. Arencibia had a 21-game streak in 2010 while Vegas was affiliated with the Blue Jays. The Vegas record is 37 games by Joey Cora in 1989. Erik Goeddel allowed two runs in the sixth. Box

BINGHAMTON 5, TRENTON 2: Brian Burgamy belted a pair of two-run homers and Dustin Lawley contributed his team-leading 18th long ball. With Kyle Johnson on second base,

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Burgamy launched the first pitch he saw from Dan Camarena in the first inning into the rail yard beyond the left-field wall. Burgamy snapped an 0-for-18 drought with the shot. Lawley followed by lining an 0-1 pitch just over the left-field fence, giving Binghamton a 3-0 lead. Burgamy struck again in the fifth. After Dilson Herrera ripped his first triple as a B-Met, Burgamy blistered the first pitch he saw off the message board in left field for his 17th homer and a 5-0 lead. B-Mets starter Greg Peavey retired the first five Thunder batters he faced before surrendering a double to Tyler Austin. Peavey responded by retiring 13 of the next 14 batters he faced. Trenton threatened in the seventh, putting the first two aboard via a hit batter and a single. Peavey rebounded with consecutive strikeouts before Francisco Arcia looped a single to shallow left. Rob Segedin scampered home from second with Trenton’s first run before Gary Sanchez was nabbed at third on the play. The Thunder pulled within three runs in the eighth against reliever Jack Leathersich. After Casey Stevenson advanced to third on a double play, Ben Gamel lined an RBI single. Cody Satterwhite worked around a two-out single in a scoreless ninth to secure his eighth save. Peavey (7-1) allowed one run on four hits while collecting seven strikeouts over seven innings. Box

TAMPA 4, ST. LUCIE 1: The Mets mustered five hits, with their lone run coming on a two-out homer in the first inning from L.J. Mazzilli. Aderlin Rodriguez hit a ground-rule double later in the first, but the Mets ultimately stranded the bases loaded when Miguel Sulbaran got Gavin Cecchini to ground into a fielder's choice. Tampa relievers Jacob Lindgren, Brett Gerritse and Cesar Vargas held the Mets to one hit over four innings. Dante Bichette Jr. gave the Yankees the lead for good with an opposite-field two-run homer over the short porch in right field in the fourth. Eric Jagielo lined a homer just fair in the right-field corner and chased starter Luis Cessa in the sixth inning while making the score 3-1. Cessa pitched 5 2/3 innings and struck out six. Danny Oh added an RBI single against Robert Coles in the seventh. Box

SAVANNAH 5, LEXINGTON 0
SAVANNAH 3, LEXINGTON 1: John Gant came within five outs of a seven-inning no-hitter

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in Game 1. He notched his second seven-inning shutout of the season. Gant allowed one hit and one walk while striking out eight to earn his 10th win. With one out in the sixth, Lexington second baseman Carlos Garcia rolled a single through the right side of the infield. The Gnats plated three runs in the third inning. Yeixon Ruiz produced a two-run homer and Nelfi Zapata added an RBI double. In the fifth, Dominic Smith drove in two runs as part of a 3-for-3 game. In Game 2, Smith singled in a run in the fifth to complete the game's scoring. Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis held the Legends to one run in six innings. The lone run he allowed came on a lengthy homer by Legends first baseman Fred Ford. Matt Oberste singled in both games to extend his hitting streak to 20 games, the third-longest streak in the South Atlantic League this season. Box 1, Box 2

KINGSPORT 7, PRINCETON 3: Starter Andrew Church limited Princeton to two unearned runs in six innings. Pedro Perez's two-run homer in the sixth gave the K-Mets a 3-2 lead. Oswald Caraballo had a two-run double in a three-run seventh. Box

BROOKLYN 6, WILLIAMSPORT 0: Corey Oswalt tossed seven scoreless innings and

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combined with Scarlyn Reyes on a two-hit shutout. In a two-run first, Amed Rosario reached on an error by Williamsport starter Ricardo Pinto. Jhoan Urena singled to push Rosario to second base. First-round pick Michael Conforto advanced both runners on a groundout. Michael Katz followed with a routine line drive at left fielder Jiandido Tromp. The ball hit off the heel of Tromp's glove and dropped. Two runs scored on the two-base error. The Cyclones upped their lead to 5-0 in the second inning. Tomas Nido contributed an RBI single and Urena had a two-run double. Williamsport’s fifth error of the game came when shortstop Emmanuel Marrero could not track down a two-out grounder by Michael Bernal in the fifth. Conforto, who went 2-for-4 and started in left field in his second professional game, scored from second base on the play. Box

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Morning Briefing: Back to work!

July, 18, 2014
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SAN DIEGO

FIRST PITCH: Play ball!

After a four-day All-Star break, the Mets get back to business, trying to build on their 8-2 homestand that closed the first half.

The Amazin’s resume play against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park at 10:10 p.m. ET Friday. Bartolo Colon (8-8, 3.99 ERA) opposes right-hander Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.47).


USA TODAY SportsThe Mets open the second half facing Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross and Odrisamer Despaigne in San Diego.


That kicks off a 10-game trip that also includes stops in Seattle and Milwaukee.

The Padres rank last in the majors in runs (279), average (.214), OBP (.273) and slugging percentage (.334). They lost consecutive 1-0 games to the Los Angeles Dodgers to close the first half. However, San Diego’s staff has a 2.08 ERA in 24 games since June 18.

Read the Mets-Padres series preview here.

Friday’s news reports:

Daniel Murphy tells Marc Carig in Newsday that his agents have not had any extension talks with the Mets. Murphy, making $5.7 million this season, is eligible for arbitration a final time this winter. He is eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.

"I think that anybody would be willing to listen to an extension," Murphy told the newspaper. "They're not just passing out at-bats in this league. I don't know what the years or anything would look like. But at the point you come and say, 'Hey, we trust you with 600 at-bats [in each] of the next three to five years,' you're like, 'Yeah, I would like that.'”

• Former Mets GM Omar Minaya tells Mike Puma in the Post that the contribution of holdovers from his regime -- including Juan Lagares, Jacob deGrom, Murphy, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia -- does not feel like vindication.

“I don’t think that way,” said Minaya, who is currently helping oversee the Padres in an interim capacity after the firing of Josh Byrnes as general manager. “You do your job. And when teams don’t win in [New York], people’s opinions are a product of it. We felt very comfortable and believed we had a plan in place to get athletes, to get good players to the major leagues. And it’s an organization, not just one person. Part of it has been Paul DePodesta and Sandy Alderson. They are part of bringing these guys along. It’s not an individual thing.”

• In a lengthy ESPNNewYork.com article by Andrew Marchand on Mets fandom, Jonathon Niese said: “We are not filling the stadium. Where are the Mets fans when we are down-and-out? They were here in '06 and '07 when we were really good, but we have struggled and they are not coming to the stadium."

• Puma in the Post chats with Terry Collins on the eve of the second half.

On the Mets’ postseason potential, Collins said: “We’ve got 67 games to go and we’ve got 39 in our division. If we end up having a good record against our division, I think we’re going to be in the mix at the end.”

On whether key bullpen pieces are overworked, the manager said: “Hell, I won’t know that until the end of August. That last month of the season is when those guys who are in the big leagues for that first full season, some of that stuff starts to show up. The fatigue, the pressure of 145 games at that time, and you can start to see it … because their minor-league seasons would have been over and they’re still playing. So how they handle that situation will determine how that last month will go.”

Carlos Torres leads all major league relievers with 59 1/3 innings. Familia’s 45 relief appearances trail MLB co-leaders Brad Ziegler (Arizona) and Will Smith (Milwaukee) by four.

• Back from the Futures Game, Noah Syndergaard allowed seven runs in five innings as Las Vegas lost to Salt Lake, 7-6. Dustin Lawley had a three-run homer and finished with four RBIs as Binghamton beat Trenton, 8-4. Michael Fulmer tossed six scoreless innings in the nightcap as St. Lucie split a doubleheader with Brevard County. Read the full minor-league recap here.

• Ron Darling is “extremely optimistic” about the Mets, he tells Bob Raissman in the Daily News.

• Jared Diamond in the Journal asks three questions: Can the Mets continue to produce at the plate? Will the Mets wheel and deal before July 31? And will Syndergaard debut this season?

• Diamond in the Journal also revisits signing Chris Young over Nelson Cruz.

• Justin Terranova in the Post writes that the Mets can become deadline buyers.

• Matt Ehalt in the Record lists five people under scrutiny in the second half: Collins, Alderson, Travis d'Arnaud, Ruben Tejada and deGrom.

• Tim Healey at MLB.com revisits last August’s trade of Marlon Byrd, which yielded Vic Black and Dilson Herrera.

Jeremy Hefner tossed two innings in the Gulf Coast League on Thursday, in his second game since returning from Tommy John surgery.

Zack Wheeler is one of nine candidates in MLB who could demonstrate significant second-half improvement, Baseball Prospectus suggests. The site writes:

Wheeler has walked more than two batters just twice in past 11 starts (after cracking that threshold five times in his first eight games), and he entered the All-Star break with a string of three consecutive starts in which he pitched six or more innings and surrendered just a single run. He has also honed his stuff since last season, adding 0.5 mph to his fastball (which is now averaging 95.9 mph) and diversifying his pitch mix. He has doubled the frequency of his changeup, and though it is still the weakest offering in a repertoire that features a pair of plus breaking pitches, Wheeler has the potential to be dominant if he can refine el cambio. He has also kept the ball on the ground this season, upping his ground-ball rate by 10 percentage points while surrendering just seven bombs across 108.3 innings (only two homers have come since he turned 24 on May 30th), while his component stats have all trended in positive directions.

• Mike Vorkunov in the Star-Ledger looks at the value of catchers framing pitches.

• Mets first-round pick Michael Conforto was in L.A. on Thursday as a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award as the nation’s top collegiate player. The honor went to the University of Kentucky product A.J. Reed. Conforto is due to rejoin Brooklyn on Friday and make his professional debut shortly thereafter.

• Keith Law placed four Mets prospects in his top 50 in MLB: Syndergaard at No. 16, Conforto at No. 32, Brandon Nimmo at No. 34 and Dominic Smith at No. 49. ESPN Insiders can read the commentary here.

• Friday is the MLB deadline to sign players from June’s draft. The Mets do not plan to sign any more of their remaining picks, DePodesta told ESPNNewYork.com. Eleven college-bound prep players went unsigned: Luke Bonfield (21st round), Richard Moesker (23rd), Tommy Pincin (26th), Keaton McKinney (28th), Chris Glover (32nd), Brady Puckett (33rd), Jordan Hand (34th), Jonathan Teaney (35th), Garett King (36th), Tristan Gray (37th) and Kyle Dunster (38th). Bonfield and McKinney are headed to the University of Arkansas.

• The Padres have narrowed their GM search to four finalists, Scott Miller tweets: Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler, Red Sox assistant GM Mike Hazen, MLB senior VP Kim Ng and Rangers assistant GM A.J. Preller.

BIRTHDAYS: Hall of Famer Joe Torre, who finished his playing career with the Mets, turns 74. ... Minor-league pitcher Robert Gsellman is 21.

TWEET OF THE DAY: YOU’RE UP: Which Mets player will take the biggest leap forward in the second half?
NEW YORK -- The Mets received an immediate return from the Aug. 30, 2013, trade of Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates, with Vic Black joining the major league club for the final month of last season. The other piece acquired in that trade is thriving in the minors.

After hitting .307/.355/.410 in the first half with St. Lucie, 20-year-old middle infielder Dilson Herrera ascended to Binghamton during a wave of promotions three weeks ago. The native Colombian is hitting .329 with two homers, 13 RBIs and 10 walks in 17 games since the move to Double-A.

Colombia may not produce the same volume of talent as, say, the Dominican Republic or Venezuela. Of the 224 foreign-born players on MLB rosters on Opening Day, four hailed from Herrera’s native country: then Angel and now Pirate Ernesto Frieri, the White Sox’s Jose Quintana, Marlins’ Donovan Solano and Braves’ Julio Teheran.


Courtesy of New York MetsDilson Herrera


Herrera nonetheless said he grew up playing baseball from a young age -- 3 or 4 years old -- and particularly looked up to Colombia-born Edgar Renteria, who played for 16 seasons in the majors, through 2011.

“Colombia is a big soccer country, but I grew up and never stopped playing baseball,” Herrera said through an interpreter.

As for what he particularly admired about Renteria, Herrera added: “On the field he was a really good player, always clutch, and he always came up big for his team. But what impressed me most was how good of a person he was. That’s what I liked the most about him.”

The Pirates used Herrera exclusively at third base in the Venezuelan Summer League back in 2011, after he first signed. Pittsburgh then only used him at second base for the next two and a half seasons, until last summer’s trade. Herrera continued to exclusively play second base after joining Savannah late last season. He helped the Gnats win the 2013 South Atlantic League championship while manning that position.

This season, he is receiving his first professional exposure to shortstop. With St. Lucie, he appeared in 43 games at second base and 19 games at shortstop during the first half. With Binghamton, the split has been nearly 50/50.

“I grew up playing shortstop,” Herrera said. “With the Pirates they turned me into a second baseman. And now I feel very comfortable at second base. But I can still play shortstop.”

As for the trade that brought him to the Mets, Herrera added: “I was surprised. Obviously I wasn’t expecting it. I was sad about leaving relationships and friendships with the Pirates organization, but was happy for the opportunity. I was excited about the opportunity to come to a new organization.”

Organization leaders

Average: John Mora, GCL Mets, .409; Matt Reynolds, Vegas, .358; Jairo Perez, St. Lucie, .358; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, .346; Emmanuel Zabala, GCL Mets, .340; Luis Guillorme, Kingsport, .333; Jhoan Urena, Brooklyn, .315; Oswald Caraballo, Kingsport, .314; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, .313; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, .312.

Homers: Andrew Brown, Vegas, 15; Dustin Lawley, Binghamton, 15; Brian Burgamy, Binghamton, 14; Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 12; Wilmer Flores, Vegas, 11.

RBIs: Allan Dykstra, Vegas, 56; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 52; T.J. Rivera, Binghamton, 49; Aderlin Rodriguez, St. Lucie, 48; Matt Clark, Binghamton, 46.

Steals: Patrick Biondi, Savannah, 18; Dilson Herrera, Binghamton, 16; Jeff McNeil, St. Lucie, 15; L.J. Mazzilli, St. Lucie, 12; Stefan Sabol, Savannah, 12.

ERA: Marcos Molina, Brooklyn, 0.38; Rob Whalen, GCL Mets, 1.71; Octavio Acosta, Brooklyn, 1.96; Corey Oswalt, Brooklyn, 2.08; Kevin McGowan, St. Lucie, 2.20; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 2.25; John Gant, Savannah, 2.64; Robert Gsellman, Savannah, 2.81; Darin Gorski, Vegas, 2.91; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 3.56.

Wins: John Gant, Savannah, 9; Gabriel Ynoa, Binghamton, 8.

Saves: Chasen Bradford, Vegas, 12; Robert Coles, St. Lucie, 12; Randy Fontanez, Binghamton, 10; Akeel Morris, Savannah, 8; Vic Black, Vegas, 7.

Strikeouts: Darin Gorski, Vegas, 94; Dario Alvarez, Savannah, 86; Matt Bowman, Vegas, 82; Steven Matz, Binghamton, 82; Noah Syndergaard, Vegas, 82.

Short hops

Allan Dykstra has been selected to represent the Mets in the Triple-A All-Star Game. He will serve as the Pacific Coast League’s designated hitter in next Wednesday’s game at Durham, N.C.

Dykstra also will participate in Monday’s Home Run Derby. In fact, four of the six participants have passed through the Mets organization during their career. The others who will be competing in the derby: Mike Jacobs, Francisco Pena and Mike Hessman.

• Four Binghamton players were selected to the Eastern League All-Star Game: infielder Brian Burgamy, outfielder Kyle Johnson and right-handers Cody Satterwhite and Jon Velasquez. The 33-year-old Burgamy, 28-year-old Velasquez and 27-year-old Satterwhite all were signed by the Mets out of independent ball. Johnson arrived in the trade with the Angels for Collin Cowgill. The game will be played next Wednesday in Altoona, Pa. Kevin Plawecki and Matt Reynolds clearly merited selection, but already have been promoted to Triple-A.

Wilmer Flores was named PCL Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday. He became the first Las Vegas player to hit six homers in a five-game stretch since Melvin Nieves in 1994, when the club was affiliated with the Padres. Flores had league highs for the week with 13 hits, 12 runs scored and 16 RBIs.

• 2013 first-round pick Dominic Smith is hitting .439 (25-for-57) in 14 games since June 24.

• Baseball America ranked three Mets prospects in its top 50 in baseball: Noah Syndergaard at No. 19, Plawecki at No. 40 and Brandon Nimmo at No. 48. Syndergaard and Plawecki will represent the Mets in the Futures Game on Sunday at Target Field in Minnesota.

Jeremy Hefner is due to pitch one inning in a minor-league game Saturday. It will mark his first game action since Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery on Aug. 28. Hefner had his procedure performed nearly two months earlier than Matt Harvey had his operation (Oct. 22).

Rafael Montero has thrown live batting practice and is due to enter a game this week for the first time since suffering a left oblique strain and departing a Vegas game after five pitches on June 14.

Dario Alvarez is now a two-time South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. The 25-year-old Savannah southpaw has not allowed an earned run in his past 22 innings, which spans seven appearances. Alvarez is 6-0 with one save and a 0.87 ERA in 16 appearances (six starts) this season.

The Mets credit Alvarez’s success to cleaning up his delivery, which has improved his consistency and allowed him to throw more strikes. Alvarez had been released by the Phillies after spending three years in that organization, and the Mets’ Dominican-based scouts recommended scooping him up.

• 2013 fifth-round pick Jared King returned to action in the Gulf Coast League on Saturday after recovering from a fractured right fibula. King had been sidelined since last appearing for Savannah on May 11.

• Savannah’s winning streak ended at 11 on Tuesday afternoon when Dawrin Frias surrendered a tiebreaking ninth-inning homer to Augusta’s Ryan Jones. Savannah has produced four 11-game winning streaks since 1993, but none has reached a dozen.

Logan Taylor was due to join Savannah after three Gulf Coast League appearances. Taylor, an 11th-round pick in 2012 from East Oklahoma State College, underwent Tommy John surgery last July. He had a 2.67 ERA in seven starts for the Gnats in 2013.

• Princeton product Matt Bowman, whose delivery incorporates Tim Lincecum’s style, made his Triple-A debut Saturday. He allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 64-pitch no-decision.

• Right-hander Cory Mazzoni has moved to Double-A, which should be a temporary stop en route to Las Vegas. Mazzoni is working back from a strained lat muscle suffered when he started the Mets’ Grapefruit League finale this spring training. The 2011 second-round pick out of NC State has now appeared in three games -- one apiece in the Gulf Coast, Florida State and Eastern leagues -- since recovering.

Rob Whalen, who was off to a torrid start with Savannah until developing an infection on his hand that required surgery to clean out, logged an inning Saturday in the Gulf Coast League. It was his first appearance in a game since May 1 with the Gnats. Whalen had been 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in four appearances (three starts) with Savannah before the issue arose.

Marcos Molina has tossed 19 consecutive scoreless innings for Brooklyn.

• Left-hander Kurt Horne, the Mets’ 31st-round pick out of high school in British Columbia, is due to make his professional debut Wednesday.
LAS VEGAS 6, RENO 2: Cory Vaughn hit a pinch-hit three-run homer in the seventh inning to propel the 51s to victory. Matt den Dekker, Josh Satin, Matt Reynolds and Anthony Seratelli had two hits apiece. Logan Verrett improved to 7-2, giving up two runs on six hits in six innings. Box

BINGHAMTON VS. PORTLAND (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, starting at 5:35 p.m.

BRADENTON 11, ST. LUCIE 5: Starter Michael Fulmer took the loss, giving up six runs (three earned) on 10 hits in six innings of work. Center fielder Gilbert Gomez and right fielder Eudy Pina had two hits apiece. Box

AUGUSTA 6, SAVANNAH 4: The GreenJackets broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the ninth to win it, snapping the Sand Gnats' 11-game winning streak. Savannah starter Alex Panteliodis went 7 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, with five strikeouts and no walks. Designated hitter Dominic Smith, first baseman Matt Oberste and third baseman Nelfi Zapata had two hits apiece. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 3, BROOKLYN 0: In the 1,000th game in team history, the Cyclones managed just two hits -- singles by first baseman Michael Katz and second baseman Will Fulmer. Starter Brandon Welch took the loss, giving up three runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. Box

KINGSPORT 6, PULASKI 4: Left fielder Oswald Caraballo went 3-for-4 with a home run, as did first baseman Luis Ortega, and third baseman Pedro Perez went deep as well on his lone hit of the night. Starter Christian Montgomery went 4 2/3, giving up four runs on five hits, with five strikeouts and four walks, and got a no-decision. Matt Blackham earned a win with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Box

GCL METS 7, GCL CARDINALS 0: Starter Eucebio Arias pitched five shutout innings, giving up just three hits, to earn a win. Third baseman Alvin Maracaro went 3-for-3 with two runs scored, and first baseman Dash Winningham went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Box
RENO 14, LAS VEGAS 8: Starter Giancarlo Alvarado was charged with 12 runs in 2 2/3 innings. Wilmer Flores' streak of five straight games with a homer ended, but he did drive in two runs. Box

BINGHAMTON 11, PORTLAND 4: Travis Taijeron launched two homers and T.J. Rivera
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tied a franchise record with three doubles. Rivera contributed a two-run double and scored on Jayce Boyd's single in a three-run first against Brian Johnson. Cory Mazzoni allowed three runs in five innings in his season debut with the B-Mets after working back from a spring-training lat strain. In the fifth, Taijeron hit his second long ball, this one off Jeremy Kehrt, to put Binghamton up 8-3. It marked the seventh multi-homer game of the season for a B-Met player. Binghamton blew the game open in the sixth against Michael Olmstead. Rivera doubled with one out and Boyd walked to put two on for Brandon Nimmo. He launched a homer for an eight-run lead. 11-3. Randy Fontanez contributed three scoreless relief innings. Box

SAVANNAH 6, AUGUSTA 1: Savannah won its record-tying 11th straight game behind eight strong innings from John Gant. The Gnats also won 11 consecutive games in 1993 (as the Savannah Cardinals), in 2000 and in 2011. The GreenJackets scored their only run against Gant in the first inning, although right fielder Victor Cruzado threw out a runner at the plate to end that inning. After the first inning, Gant allowed only two hits in his next seven innings of work. One runner reached second base during that span. He improved to 9-4 with a 2.64 ERA. Matt Oberste and Dominic Smith accounted for five of the Gnats' nine hits. Oberste finished 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Smith went 2-for-4 to lift his batting average to .296 in 82 games. Box

KINGSPORT 16, PULASKI 11: Oswald Caraballo and Luis Ortega drove in three runs apiece. After Pulaski broke an 8-all tie with three runs in the top of the eighth, the K-Mets answered with eight runs in the bottom half. Box

HUDSON VALLEY 8, BROOKLYN 4: Jhoan Urena had a two-run homer as Brooklyn built a 4-1 lead, but Hudson Valley scored seven runs over the final four innings. Octavio Acosta allowed five runs (three earned) in 6 1/3 innings. Hudson Valley took a 5-4 lead with a two-run seventh that included a throwing error by shortstop Amed Rosario. Tomas Nido went 3-for-4 with two RBIs in the loss. Second baseman Will Fulmer had two of Brooklyn's four errors. Box

GCL METS 6, GCL CARDINALS 2: Blake Taylor, acquired in the Ike Davis trade, tossed four scoreless relief innings to earn the win. Jared King homered and finished 2-for-4 in his third Gulf Coast League game as he returns from a broken right fibula. Manuel Hilario had two RBIs. Box

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LAS VEGAS 12, ALBUQUERQUE 1: Noah Syndergaard allowed just one run in seven innings, with no walks and eight strikeouts. And Wilmer Flores homered again, his sixth long ball in the past four days. Left fielder Cesar Puello hit two home runs in his return from a concussion. Kevin Plawecki had three hits and drove in three runs. Box

ERIE 10, BINGHAMTON 9 (10 innings): Third baseman Dustin Lawley hit his 15th home run of the season in a wild game. Erie tied it when Steven Moya homered off Binghamton's Adam Kolarek in the ninth. The SeaWolves scored twice in the top of the 10th, but Binghamton scored on a bases-loaded walk and then had the bases loaded with nobody out. Kyle Johnson and Dilson Herrera struck out, and Brian Burgamy popped up to end it. Travis Taijeron and T.J. Rivera also homered for the B-Mets. Box

JUPITER at ST. LUCIE (ppd.): The game will be made up as part of an Aug. 22 doubleheader.

SAVANNAH 8, HICKORY 2: Second baseman Jorge Rivero had three hits and drove in three runs for the Sand Gnats. First baseman Dominic Smith, the Mets' first-round draft pick in 2013, also had three hits and drove in two runs. Starter Robert Gsellman allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings for his seventh win of the season. Box

PULASKI 4, KINGSPORT 1: Catcher Jose Garcia had two of the Mets' four hits and drove in their lone run. Starter Andrew Church allowed just one earned run in six innings, with no walks and two strikeouts. Box

BROOKLYN 7, ABERDEEN 0: Carlos Valdez and Gaither Bumgardner combined on a two-hit shutout. First baseman Michael Katz had two doubles and drove in a run. Third baseman Jhoan Urena had three hits and drove in a run. Box

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WINS ERA SO IP
15 4.09 151 202
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .289
HRL. Duda 30
RBIL. Duda 92
RD. Murphy 79
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ERAJ. Niese 3.40
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