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In a chat for ESPN Insider, baseball analyst Keith Law fielded a couple of questions about the Mets including one on Juan Lagares.
Keith Law: Pretty darn good defender, better than I’d ever heard (never saw him before he reached the majors). He was 10th on my Mets prospect rankings before 2012, so he was on the radar, but spent about a decade in Savannah before he finally hit enough to move up the ladder.
Joe D: Law is right in that Lagares spent a ton of time in Savannah that included one full season and parts of three others, but there is a backstory to this that needs to be told. At the age of 17, Lagares was playing shortstop for the Mets’ Dominican Summer League. The following season at 18, he was skipped three levels (GCL, Kingsport, Brooklyn) and began the year in Single-A Savannah – a jump that he was clearly not ready for, and he was the youngest player in the league. Apparently Tony Bernazard, who made that call, was bent on rushing this raw talent up the food chain as qui...
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Anthony DiComo, the Mets beat writer for MLB.com, wrote an article on Tuesday night about how LaTroy Hawkins has gone from thinking about retiring at seasons end to preparing to pitch in his 20th big league season next year.
Two months ago, LaTroy Hawkins was convinced he was going to retire at season’s end.
“I don’t recover like I used to,” he said at the time. “It’s...
Apparently, Noah Syndergaard was watching Zack Wheeler‘s start last night and he wanted to one-up him. Well, he didn’t strike out a dozen, but I think we’ll all take ten over five innings. Syndergaard has now strung together three straight outings of five shutout innings while allowing no more than three baserunners in each start.
Take that in for a minute… Noah Syndergaard...
The legend of Zack Wheeler continues to grow as last night he joined some pretty impressive company…
GREAT COMPANY: Zack Wheeler joins Pedro Martinez & Nolan Ryan as the only Mets pitchers ever to strikeout 12 batters in six innings or less.
— Mets Merized Online (@MetsMerized) August 16, 2013
Wheeler set career highs Thursday with 12 strikeouts and 115 pitches, taking...
John Buck is leaving for New York City after learning that his wife has gone into labor.
This should pave the way for the debut of Mets catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud during this weekend series against the San Diego Padres.
D’Arnaud is a California native so it should be doubly special for him.
Anthony Recker will replace Buck in tonight’s starting lineup…
Terry Collins told reporters in San Diego, that Wilmer Flores has continued to show improvement on his injured ankle and will avoid a trip to the DL which many feared would be the case.
Team doctors have had Flores wearing a protective boot during the day to help further the healing process and it has helped the young infielder recover much quicker than anyone expected.
Deadspin decided to an unscientific polling this season of who were the best and worst beat writers for every major league team. Today, they have released their results:
For the Mets they selected:
ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin is by far, the best Mets beat reporter. Jorge Castillo is a distant second.
The Daily News’ Andy Martino is the worst and it’s by a...
Terry Collins told reporters in San Diego, that Wilmer Flores continues to improve and is wearing a walking boot during the day on his injured ankle. It now appears very likely he will avoid the disabled list.
Last night, Flores hit a pinch hit single against the Dodgers, but was replaced by a pinch runner.
So glad to hear he’s doing better and it would be great if he were able...
Once again the New York Mets’ handling of an injury leaves us scratching our heads. This time, it is Wilmer Flores, who one week into the major leagues, isn’t wise or brave enough to say, “hey, something is wrong here.’’
FLORES: Limping to DL? (Getty)
Flores sprained his right ankle running the bases Monday, did not play Tuesday and could soon go on the disabled list. All...
Matt Harvey is in the midst of a spectacular season, his first full one in the major leagues. But as he showed on Tuesday night against the Dodgers, even he is susceptible to an occasional hiccup now and then.
The Mets’ ace lacked command of his off-speed pitches and the Dodgers made him pay by tagging Harvey for four runs on eight hits over six innings pitched. His ERA took a...
Here is a comment made by Keith Law yesterday, in a chat for ESPN Insider.
Regarding Syndergaard’s ceiling he says, ”I see more of a mid-rotation guy with the lack of an average or better breaking ball.”
I’m not a scout, nor am I a pitching analyst, but I do know a few scouts and pitching analysts and those that I’ve spoken to rave about Syndergaard’s overall pitching...
As Baseball America first reported, Jose Abreu, the premier offensive player in Cuba, has defected with the goal of trying to sign a contract to play baseball with a major league team.
Abreu, 26, would hit the market as a free agent and according to Baseball America, will be able to sign as a free agent “exempt from the international signing bonus pools.”
In other words, this...
Marlon Byrd lined a two-out double over a hesitant right-fielder Chris Denorfia's head in the eighth inning, Mets outfielders saved two runs with outstanding plays and New York snapped a three-game skid by beating the San Diego Padres 4-1 Thursday night.
Zack Wheeler struck out a career-high 12 for New York. Eric Young Jr. saved a homer by leaping above the wall and knocking...
Mets try to salvage the final game of the series against the Dodgers. Game time is 10:10 PM.
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