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A minor league pitcher in the New York Mets' organization has drawn a 50-game drug penalty.
Right-hander Christian Montgomery was banned Tuesday by the commissioner's office under the minor league program for a second violation for a drug of abuse.
The 20-year-old Montgomery made his professional debut last year for rookie level Kingsport in the Appalachian League. He was 0-1 with a 9.39 ERA in two starts.
The penalty will take effect when the Appalachian League season begins in late June.
There have been 16 suspensions this year under the minor league program.
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TweetThe Mets certainly have some talent in their AAA minor league affiliate with the Las Vegas 51s. Not surprisingly, the team just promoted Juan Legares from the 51s to join the team probably tonight against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Legares was tearing up AAA pitching to the tune of a .348 average with 3 homeruns and nine RBI in 17 games for the 51s so far this season.
This is a tough week to pick a winner for who is doing best in the minor league system.Â It comes down to three players in AA who are all deserving of the weekly MVP award.
Full Name: Rafael Montero
Birthplace: Higuerito, Dominican Republic
Height: 6â€˛ 0â€ł
Montero has started 4 games this young season and sports some radical numbers...
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Juan Lagares Is Legit â€“ (Photo by Gordon Donovan)
Updated 2:30 PM
Whatever I said below, itâ€™s now officialâ€¦
Updated at 11:30 PM
Outfield prospect Juan Lagares, who is tearing up the Pacific Coast League, likely will join the Mets as soon as Tuesday, baseball sources told ESPN New York.
Lagares, 24, is hitting .346 with three homers and nine RBIs through 78 at-bats with Triple...
Updated 8:30 PM
The Mets announced that Jon Niese has a bruise, but that X-Rays were negative and are saying he is day-to-day.
Good news, to say the leastâ€¦
Jon Niese was just removed from the game in the top of the third inning after being hit by a batted ball by Mark Ellis while trying to get out of itâ€™s way.
He dropped to the ground in pain, but left the field...
What happened to the Josh EdginÂ who came up andÂ immediatelyÂ became one of the more reliable and dominant relievers out of our bullpen last year?
As if his his 10.80 ERA and 1.97 WHIP in 10 appearances wasnâ€™t bad enough, I took a quick glance at his splits and it really showed me how bad things really have gotten for Edgin since last season.
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The never ending Flushing Roller Coaster continues to make tight turns and rapid drops before making its ascent. In yet another move by the Mets, OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was sent back down to AAA Las Vegas, and Juan Lagares was promoted to the big club.
According to scouts, Lagares:
"I like him. He's a very instinctive player. He runs the bases well. He gets out of the box. He always
OK, the first two episodes of Mystery Met were the equivalent of trivia spring training. I was just working on my proverbial fastball, and breaking off the occasional metaphorical curve.
But Iâ€™m loose and limber now, and ready to go a full nineâ€¦
So hereâ€™s the windup, and the pitch: Name the one-time Met pictured here, and youâ€™ll win a 1964 PSA 7 Topps George Altman, plus...
Adam Rubin of ESPN New York (who else), posted the full details of the deal the Mets signed with Shaun Marcum. The one-year deal guarantees him $4 million as well knew, but hereâ€™s the breakdown of the other $4 million he can earn with incentives:
â€“ $250,000 apiece for reaching 120, 140, 160 and 170 innings.
â€“ $375,000 apiece for reaching 180 and 190 innings.
â€“ $500,0000 for...
TweetItâ€™s hard to predict good things when the Mets get together to play the reigning NL East champions, regardless if the games are home or away. So when you look at Mets/Nationals with pitching matchups of Harvey/Strasburg, Hefner/Gonzalez, and Gee/Zimmerman, you canâ€™t logically expect a series win. Or even just one win (although thatâ€™s really becoming the case with Harvey...
The New York Mets' Shaun Marcum will start on Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies after successfully coming through another rehab start on Monday.
The Star-Ledger's Jorge Castillo tweeted the news Monday afternoon after Mets manager Terry Collins made the announcement:
Collins said Shaun Marcum flew up to NYC today and heâ€™s officially Saturdayâ€™s starting...
The hard-throwing, 24-year-old Matt Harvey has quickly become a must watch when he toes the rubber for the Mets. Called up in late July of last year, Harvey and his blistering fastball (94.6 average velocity) currently sport a 31.3% strikeout rate and an ERA- of 25 â€” no, not 75, 25.Â In 2013, Harvey has made four starts, lasting at least seven innings in each appearance. He has...
JAYSON WERTH WHIFFS: Sit your ass down, sucker!
You know that feeling when Scott Rice walked the first two batters in the 8th inning yesterday with the Mets clinging to a 2 run lead? Kind of a helpless sense of doom and despair where you canâ€™t bear to watch? With a little help from Jayson Werth the result didnâ€™t turn out like so many other late-inning debacles have, but as I...
The Mets and Dodgers start a series tomorrow night as the Mets look to build off of a series win against the Nationals. The Mets are catching the Dodgers at a good time as several players are struggling and moral is low. The Dodgers catch the Mets at an interesting time as they just beat two of the better pitchers in baseball (Strasburg, Zimmermann) and the Mets will get another...