- OF Desmond Lindsay was placed on Columbia’s disabled list
                - C Ali Sanchez was activated from Columbia’s disabled list

                - RHP Gary Cornish was placed on Columbia’s disabled list

                - INF J.J. Franco was signed to Columbia’s roster



As we writers back up the moving van to cart out several vets before the July 31 deadline, the Mets sit 10 games out of the Wild Card behind Arizona and Colorado, and 4.5 games behind Chicago.  With about 65 games to go.  None of those 3 are playing all that well.

Now, let's look at the Mets:

Cespedes, the target of much debate, is back, and we know how hot he can get.  He can lift all boats in Queens.

Familia?  I thought I saw he would be back fairly soon, perhaps.  Am I wrong?

Thor and Harvey?  Maybe another what, 3 weeks until they return?

If those 3 do return on that timetable, at least as it pertains to Thor and Familia, plus a seemingly revitalized, healthy Cespedes, how much better does that make the Mets.  

I'd think: A LOT BETTER. 

Better than the other Wild Card contenders, IMO.

QUESTIONS: Do we have, with those pieces back or returning soon (if my estimates are right), enough juice to catch and overtake Colorado and Az?  

And to overtake Chicago too?

That is Sandy's dilemma.  And may be why he has not pulled the trigger on trades yet.  What if we win 5 more in a row right now, and we close the Wild Card gap over those 5 days, and those players are not too far from returning?  And then Cespedes is hot?

Maybe just move Cabrera, move Grandy, call up Rosario, and "game on"?

Weird season.  Simply WILD.

Mets RP Addison Reed to LAD For…


Some Dodger chips to ponder –

OF Alex Verdugo - An extremely advanced hitter for his age, Verdugo excels at recognizing pitches, managing the strike zone and squaring up the ball. He exhibits plenty of bat speed from the left side of the plate and an affinity for using the opposite field. The only concerns with him offensively are whether his line-drive approach will limit him to average power and whether he makes contact so easily that it will cut into his walks. Though Verdugo has just average speed, he has spent most of his pro career in center field. His instincts help him make plays, but a lot of evaluators believe his range will be better suited for right field in the long run. His well above-average arm definitely will play there and allowed him to record 37 assists in his first two full pro seasons. ETA: 2017

2B Willie Calhoun - Calhoun also finished second in the TL in homers (27) and strikeout rate (one per 8.6 plate appearances), demonstrating his rare combination of hitting ability and power. A left-handed hitter, he has a quick bat and a knack for making contact, and he might do even more damage once he learns to wait a little better for pitches he can drive. He could be a .280 hitter with 20 or more homers per season at his peak. That would be quality production for a second baseman, but Calhoun probably won't remain in the infield. His quickness, hands and arm all grade as below average at second, though he has worked hard on his defense. An outfielder and third baseman at Yavapai, he's most likely to wind up in left field and has enough bat to profile there. ETA: 2018

RHSP Walker Buehler - Buehler usually operated with a 90-96 mph fastball in college, and he opened eyes by throwing in the mid-90s during his brief pro debut and hitting 99 during instructional league. Though he's unlikely to maintain that velocity while handling a starter's workload, he has a definite plus fastball and an array of impressive secondary pitches. He can miss bats with both his curveball and slider (and morph the latter pitch into a harder cutter), and his changeup shows flashes of becoming an above-average offering. Because Buehler has a slight build, there were concerns about his durability even before his elbow gave out. His athleticism and strike-throwing ability should help his cause, and he was able to repeat his delivery and maintain his stuff into the later innings while at Vanderbilt. If he stays healthy he should become a mid-rotation starter, and he could be more than that if his increased velocity is for real. ETA: 2018

OF Yusniel Diaz - With his quick right-handed stroke and good hand-eye coordination, Diaz barrels balls easily. He focuses on hitting line drives and using the entire field, displaying decent patience at the plate. The Dodgers had him focus on incorporating his lower half more in his swing while he was sidelined, though he won't be a big power hitter and figures to max out at 12-15 homers per year. Diaz doesn't need to be a slugger because the rest of his tools all grade as solid or better. He's a plus runner whose still figuring out how to use his speed on the basepaths after getting caught in eight of his 15 steal attempts during his debut. He has the range and arm strength to man all three outfield spots and he's capable of playing regularly in center field. ETA: 2019

RHSP Brock Stewart - Stewart showed a strong arm as a position player and continues to do so on the mound, working at 92-95 mph and topping out at 97 with his fastball. He throws a two-seamer with sink and a four-seamer with riding life, commanding both of them very well. The rest of his arsenal has improved significantly as he has gained more pitching experience, with his tumbling changeup showing flashes of becoming a plus offering and his mid-80s slider/cutter serving as an effective third pitch. Stewart's control also has gotten better as he has focused on pitching, with his Minor League walk rate shrinking from 4.5 per nine innings in 2014 to 2.1 in 2015 to 1.4 in 2016. Though he surrendered four homers in his second big league start, he usually does a good job of keeping the ball down in the zone. If he can tighten his slider, he could become a No. 3 starter. ETA: 2017

Peter Hyatt - Travis D' Arnaud and Injuries Considered


Travis D'Anaud's talent and injury history has been a study in frustration leading to an open question:

What is it about some athletes that they are chronically injured?

This question is wrestled over by sports psychologists and warrants clarity for context. 

It is not about repeat injuries within a body weakness, nor is it repeat injuries due to sport specific trauma, such as front line head injuries in football.

The question is limited to top level elite athletes with no perceivable bodily weakness who gets injured in different ways, consistently, year after year. 

This is a good description of Travis D'Arnaud, once the jewel of the RA Dickey, Cy Young Winner Year,  trade. 

As much as I loved Dickey, I applauded the trade at the time. It made a great deal of sense to me to flip RA (my family howled) to get younger.  

When Noah Syndergaard developed even further, the trade looked brilliant.  

Behind the study of the incessantly injured athlete, there is a premise that is considered rather than someone with just really bad luck. 

It is the theory that the athlete does things, ever so subtly (not "sub" consciously as this, itself, is debatable) that puts him in position to be injured.  In this sense, it is the "self sabotage" that people sometimes engage in as they wrestle with unresolved issues.  

Plainly, this can be seen in the teenager who, abused early in childhood, acts out in a way that literally sabotages his own future.  

Jump ahead to the extreme pressure of elite sports and it is that some athletes appear to have a deep inner fear, so acute, that it leads them to do certain things that may result in injury.  

What makes this hard to understand is that non athletes do not realize that at this elite level, the only difference between a AAA player and a major league is measurements done in micro or mini degrees. 

The ever so slightly difference between a 78 mph curveball that is jettisoned 400 feet and the 78 mph curveball that causes a batter to corkscrew himself into the ground may be the ever so slight spin rotation, which may come from  the ever so slightest difference in a single part of the finger's pressure upon the ball.  

Hockey great Eric Lindros is one such athlete that psychologists wondered about.  He was so physically dominant that he once picked up, off the ice, Mark Messier and tossed him aside. 

The injuries that puzzled psychologists were not so much the concussions, but others that, in this elite and extremely tough athlete, led him to missing ice time almost his entire career.  

It was wondered why this extreme talent and strong tough guy, could never bring the ultimate victory to his team, even when surrounded by stars.  

The unanswered question is this:

Did an underlining fear of failure somehow lead Eric Lindros to experience injuries?

This is the same question asked about other athletes; those who experience freak but incessant injuries and never allow them to fully "prove" their value and reach their potential.  

That we do it professionally and personally is not terribly debated.  We all have some degree of fear and we all take steps to protect ourselves.  Some are more cautious than others.  Some take educated and balanced risks, and yet some of us take reckless risks which can, over time, appear to be self defeating, or "self sabotaging" of our own happiness in life.  

Travis D'Arnaud does not even know what it is like to play a full season of professional baseball. 

Travis D'Arnaud takes a foul tip off his hand and breaks a bone.  

It is very likely given his strength that his calcium levels and bone strength are superb.  Yet, was this just a freak accident, or did he, on some level, expose his hand, ever so slightly?

Each season of D'Arnaud's professional life he has gone down with this or that injury. 

True enough, catchers get battered and are, by nature, a tough bunch.  

Yet, is it now something we can safely predict for the upcoming seasons that the New York Mets should not count on Travis D'Arnaud being the regular catcher due to unforeseen injuries?

(remember, this precludes any physical predisposition or positional risk).  

D'Arnaud is considered a psychological net positive in the club house.  He is well liked, a team first man, and quietly supportive of others.  It is said that he and Rene Rivera, another net positive, are helpful of each other while competing.  Both men are seen as good influences on younger players.  

Kevin Plawecki is now hitting .320 at Vegas. 

Is this the atmospheric effect or has he finally figured it out?

He has never taken advantage of his time at MLB but in his defense, under the Alderson/Collins regime, he has never been in favor and was never given the psychological state of:

"hey, this is your position and you will be in the line up even if you slump" that many major league ball players need.  

What about Cespedes' pre season work out?  Is this not the cause of his leg injuries?

Yes and No.  

Yes, in the sense that which you read early on is finally being picked up by media.  Doing 900 lbs on the leg press machine was a tremendous negative, both that as a machine, it isolates many of the "supportive" muscles necessary for overall balance, but it also focuses upon hypertrophy, which, at this level, is ego driven.  

So, "yes", when you see Cespedes come up lame, he caused it with this workout and he causes it with his head; he likes to be seen as "cool", that is "casual, unalarmed, disinterested" on many plays, so he refuses to be a "foot soldier" and hustle down the line.  Then, he has to suddenly sprint, which the supportive muscles do not handle.  (this is the same with Noah Syndergaard's quest to be Thor, in his chest muscles).  

So, in this sense, he is his worst enemy but this does not fall into the realm of the almost sub conscious sabotaging.  

It gets closer, however.  

You read here before the season that a Mets insider reported that when Cespedes slumps, he will claim injury.  He is this frail. 

With all the talent in the world, the biggest contract in Flushing, he still needs both attention and an available excuse for failure.  

He dresses himself up (immodesty) with colors, jewelry and protective highly decorated equipment, and he does deliberately pose and play "casual" (for the effect) but...

think of why the insider reported what has been, thus far, evident regarding the injury excuse.  

He is protecting the fragility which can be traced back to an extreme fear of failure.  

In Cespedes' case, it is much more acute than what may be in others.  Cespedes is not so much afraid of fans not seeing him as "El Hombre", but something much more serious:

He appears to fear to allow himself to be seen as a failure.  

Neil Walker is on assignment to play in the minors, X amount of games, X amount of at bats, and X amount of innings to know that his leg muscle is healed.  

This is norm. 

Neil Walker came to NY in a tough role; having to replace the not only wildly popular Daniel Murphy but also the legend of Murph's post season Ruthonian Home Run streak.  

This is some challenge.

Walker is considered another positive influence upon the Mets, as a whole, and has quietly played through injuries; injuries that did not get reported and that he will not use as an excuse.  No ground ball will ever get the "it hit a rock" excuse in his world.  

This is something, in spite of what Cespedes claims through interpreters, that Ces does not do. 

Cespedes refused his rehabilitation assignment.  Cespedes did his own work out program.  Cespedes would not allow himself minor league at bats.  

This is not simply open rebellion against his employer; it is a powerful defense mechanism to protect him against fear of failure.  "El Hombre" is "above" minor leaguers.  (This was the basis of his trouble in Boston).  

I don't believe it is just a rebellious nature, but due to fear of failure. 

When we do such things, we expose ourselves and the foolishness becomes evident to all around us, but ourselves.  

Like the young kid so afraid of failing a major test, he does not study the night before, so he has a ready-to-use excuse for himself later, Cespedes is desperate to protect himself. 

What did the life long Cuban citizen tell his manager his reason for limping at second base, while Howie Rose was holding him accountable for on radio?

Ces said the heat and humidity did it.  

It hit a rock.  

Travis D'Arnaud makes no such excuses.  He works hard and is either snake bitten (bad luck) or he is physically predisposed to injury...or it is something else. 

Is he is psychologically sabotaging himself?

Eric Lindros played among the earth's toughest athletes in hockey players.  They pride themselves on playing through ridiculous injuries, including broken bones, concussions, loss of teeth and so on.  Excused from the bench, they go into the back, get stitched up and barely miss a shift.  After the game, they guard their prized possession legs by going on an exercise bike for 30 minutes, just to reduce the lactic acid build up.  

I don't know if either player is in that funk of subtly putting themselves into positions where injuries can happen, or not, but in looking at ourselves, as men, we share common human nature which has fear. 

Some of us, as children, may have been told, "you can do this!" and pushed further on in life, while others, not as fortunate, may have remembered these bitter lessons and became good fathers who imparted masculine confidence into our sons.

Gerry Cooney made it all the way to the elite level of fighting Larry Holmes, the heavyweight boxing champion of the world.  

Cooney went into the fight acutely aware of the criticism against him:  he had never gone long in a bout.  He was determined to...

not knock out the more highly skilled Holmes, early on, with a left hook from hades. 

He would "prove" his critics wrong by hanging in there round after round. 

He took a terrible beating and eventually lost in spite of a gallant effort. 

What did he say when he lost?

What were the first words that came out of his mouth?

Consider this:  when I ask you, "What did you do today?", your brain will:

1.  Go into experiential memory to decide which info to use and which (endless supply) not to
2.  In possession of an internal dictionary of more than 25,000 words, choose which words to use;
3.  What order to give the info
4.  Place which words next to other words (syntax) to make sense
5.  Decide what tenses of each words to use

All of this processing takes place in less than a millisecond of time. 

This is Deception Detection 101. 

It is not likely that after the night of beating Cooney took, he would work from a prepared script.  

What did his brain tell his tongue to tell the entire world watching via satellite about this loss?

He talked about his father telling him he was a failure.  

Cooney went on to sabotage his career and life with cocaine and trouble, much like we have seen in other elite athletes, especially those dear to us as Met fans. 

I hope that Travis has been snake bit with bad luck and that the streak of DL dwelling will come to an end and we may finally see some power from his bat. 
He worked diligently on his defense and it is...well, it is what it is.  

D'Arnaud does not like the attention when injured.  This is different, very different, than the stroll taken by Terry Collins all the way out to Left Field, this year, where the 68 year old has to cover a lot of ground because Cespedes will stand still or meander a few steps towards him.  D'Arnaud's face turns red when the trainer and Collins step out. 


Is it time to see if Plawecki can translate Vegas success to Flushing?

We know that Collins is not one to play kids; not at his age and not with his camaraderie and loyalty to vets in the clubhouse.  This is where he has failed in leadership, acting more like a cheerleader.  With Cespedes, Harvey, Syndergaard, Reyes and Cabrera, Terry Collins has even denigrated into an embarrassing apologist.  

Considered a good man, this is something that must eat away at him.  

Another question:

Can athletes who may be engaging in self-sabotaging behavior be reached?

This begins with Matt Harvey. 

He has used his intelligence to manipulate those around him.  In other words, he knows how to say the right things as long as he stays in script.  

Yet, when he enters "the free editing process" (where a reporter gets him to talk and move away from script), we get very different information.  

Its a tough call. 

Gooden and Strawberry both had tough childhoods. 

Statistics tell us that boys raised without fathers are x times more likely to experience many troubles in life including substance abuse, poverty, delinquency and are up to 11 times more likely to be incarcerated before age 30.  The statistics are without regard to race.  

Others experience difficulty because they were not dominated by absentee fathers, but by abusive, negligent, or otherwise overly critical fathers.  

Whatever the genesis, there is an element of self sabotaging of success that men and women engage in, even when not overtly conscious of it. 

I was once interviewing someone for an investigator's position.  She said, "I have wanted this my whole life."

In this screening process, a simple Questionnaire is used in which, for example, applicants are asked to "Tell us everything you want us to know about yourself; Use Full Page" among other things.  

She gave a short answer and skipped two of the questions entirely.  

She had, her whole life, worked for this position.  I believed her. She had studied in specific ways to be qualified, at least, on paper.  

I said, "Why didn't you fill out the Questionnaire completely?"

I didn't so much ask this, but said it. 

She was quiet for a bit and sadly said,

"I think I've always sabotaged my own happiness."  

She politely excused herself, ending the interview process with telling me, "I'll figure this out."

I thought to myself, "I bet she will" as I admired her self honesty.  



Peter Hyatt - Cespedes Fires Back Against Collins

Tensions continue to increase in the Mets clubhouse with Yoenis Cespedes stirring the pot, front and center.  

Blaming Cespedes for Astrubel Cabrera's arrogance is unfair. Cabrera, known for his ego before Cespedes, was emboldened in his stance when he claimed the Mets did not inform them of their plans  in the minor system, which was shocking enough, but do not blame Cespedes. 

True, Cabrera and the Met players have watched Cespedes defy their employer routinely and get away with it, but the key is:

Cespedes gets away with it. 

When a child acts up, we don't hold the child responsible as much as we do the parents who allow such behavior. 

The Mets let Cespedes get away with his behavior and the Mets knew Cespedes penchant for behavior before the big signing.

The Mets chose to not only allow Cespedes to make the calls of his rehab and even of his line up, and of more club house moves we are not privy too, but have had to cover for him and even lie for him.  When Cespedes hits he will talk to the press, but when the Mets lose and Cespedes does not hit, Jay Bruce takes over.  

None of this is lost on the manager who did attempt to reign Cespedes in, but was told by the brass to let it be.  

Terry Collins has reached the breaking point with Cespedes.  The final straw was not Cespedes' recent insult, but when Collins slipped out about Neil Walker's rehab.  

This made Collins fume that he has to watch his every word, at age 68, and even lie for Cespedes. 

Collins fumbles over his words but admitted that Walker was following the prescription as players do; with certain amount at bats, then a report from Mets management, with recommendation for promotion or more at bats, and so on. 

But here is the one constant that has dug at Collins even more than the "Cespedes people", the "translator" (he speaks fluent English) and the muzzling brass forces on him about Cespedes: 

Collins embarrassingly has to hold off submitting his line up card until Cespedes gives his approval. 

This is a constant insult to Terry Collins and Cespedes knows it.  

What led Cespedes to finally fire back?

Terry Collins. 

Terry Collins' anger over this prima donna.  

Collins was hamstrung by management who enabled not only Cabrera, but is impacting Noah Syndergaard (recall his medial refusal and reaming of Jay Horowitz) and further empowering Matt Harvey, who, as we know, needs no inspiration to be self centered.  

Collins may have "refused" (passively) to wait any further when making out his line up and Cespedes, the self anointed "El Hombre", was insulted.  

Cespedes did not wax nostalgic about the A's but took a page out of Sandy Alderson's book by using the public to communicate how unhappy he is with Collins and the Mets.  Cespedes does not feel any responsibility for the Mets' losing season. 

Alderson reached his breaking point when he went public to announce that "no substantial injury" was found with Cespedes, who was refusing transparency regarding his leg injury and refused to follow team protocol, in an attempt to get his employee back to work.  

This has burned Cespedes ever since, who has a posse of "people" to remind him of the insult. 

Remember, this frail ego cannot bear failure to self and Mets clubhouse anger over not only Cespedes special treatment but over his personal choice of when to hustle, has spread throughout.  

Cespedes' biggest supporter is fellow club house cancer Astrubel Cabrera. No surprise here. 

Close buddy, Jose Reyes, a selfish and media seeker himself, felt the need to distance himself, a bit, from Cespedes. Reyes is not nearly as self absorbed as Cespedes and has expressed willingness to resign with the Mets as a utility player.  He genuinely loves playing here. 

Cespedes took his shot, carefully, at Terry Collins. 

Beginning with Curtis Granderson, please note the following:

The veterans on the Mets are utterly devoted to Terry Collins. 

The split in the clubhouse just got wider.  

The Mets should explore moving Cespedes to Oakland.  There is enough professional relationship strings remaining between the two clubs and Oakland would not likely seek to embarrass Alderson, nor would Alderson accept such humiliation.  Alderson always orders his contracts played over productivity until the howls of Citi Field overshadow the howls of media. 

If you get your Mets info from the MLB app beat writer who plays softball with Alderson, then "all is well" and Cespedes is leading the Mets clubhouse in kum-by-ya songs. 

If you get your Mets info from listening carefully to the quotes of those involved, and even casually watch their body language, and you know Human Nature 101, you'll see the drama of mediocrity in action.  

The Mets are...

a billion dollar corporation with high level soap opera drama just like every other corporation.  The higher salaries mean higher drama.  Sports fans' "linguistic lens" is often hero-shaded.  People are almost always greatly let down when they get to know a celebrity. Sports learn that the celebrity is...

no different than their brothers or fathers, and pull their pants on one leg at a time, and subject to the same imperfections we all share, only magnified by both money and power.  Whatever negative traits we have, throw money at and see them increase.  Its human nature. 

If Cespedes did not have the ability to hit a baseball at 109mph for 450 feet, he would be a troublesome manager at McDonalds, wearing short sleeves and a tie, and constantly having employees quit due to his insistence that they honor his greatness.  We've all met the type.  

Add in accolades and you've got ego on steroids, but add in millions and you have entitlement that is unable to be concealed in the body language.  

As a boy, I worshipped Willie Mays and when I first read some quotes by players about him, I was shocked.  

My wife and I love old movies.  She has told me, "Never tell me about the actors; it'll spoil the movies."  It's true.  I could not resist telling her that a worker for Bob Hope was telling the truth when she said that Hope used to throw her pay on the floor so watch her prostrate herself.  She said, "You're spoiling "Road to Morocco" for me!" 

I stopped.  

She gets that actors are those who make animal faces in front of the mirror to practice and get millions for playing pretend, so that when they are declared "an American hero", it is to say, "he has played heroes in roles..." with a touch of childhood innocence lost. 

It can be the same way for grown men when it comes to baseball players.  

It's always acceptable to skip articles like these, if you so wish.  Yet, it is also fascinating to see the behind-the-scenes psychology that impacts the win - loss record.  

"He is the best manager for me" with "for me" is the most important clause for Cespedes.  

The best manager "for me."  

Howie Rose fumed.  

Mets tweeter world raged.

Beat reporters retreated to, "Well, maybe it got lost in translation" a familiar and worn out excuse.  Cespedes is no dummy; he knows what he is saying, and so do his teammates and the only surprise for Collins is that Cespedes actually said it outside the clubhouse. 

Its been known in the club house since Cespedes refused to follow Mets protocol for his injury. 

But remember:  the most important reaction is not from Collins nor even Cespedes, but from team mates.  The vets love Collins with some loving him like a father.  Many of the younger players are still favorable towards Collins but there is a split.  

For Yoenis Cespedes, the only time you hear him talk about "team" is when he is going well.  

It is all about him and this led to 4 teams in 3 years with the most intolerant anger coming out of Boston.  

There are still those in Mets brass who have the silent "I told you so" that allow for the dialogue in meetings to say, rather than "how do we spin this?" but,

"Can we... move him?"

This contract is going to hurt later on.  Even for those who believe his birth certificate to be accurate see what he did to his body in the off season; especially his legs.  

Cespedes cannot even be shamed into taking responsibility as a leader.  He will not speak to the press unless he does well.  

There may be some in media who will continue to inch more and more with the criticism, while carefully making sure they do not experience Alderson's ex communication from the club house; it is their bread and butter. 

UPDATE:  Saturday afternoon presser. 

Terry Collins spoke out about the Cespedes statement saying he was "moving forward" with it. Even as he "moved forward", he fired a shot back.  A man can only be expected to take so much from one so arrogant.  

"I know where he stands," Collins said. "We've talked a lot and I'm sure you guys can imagine that we have a lot of conversations. (He can think) somebody else is his favorite manager. That's great. That doesn't bother me a bit. I just want him to keep hitting and keep hitting home runs."

Terry Collins, like him or not as a manager, is considered an overall good guy.

He deserves more respect than Cespedes has shown. 


Tom Brennan - 2017 Draft Picks: Performance Update

Tom Brennan - 2017 Draft Picks: Performance Update
Here is a status update through Wednesday’s games for the 2017 draft class, which still mostly has limited playing time to act as some reliable indicator of a player’s future direction.  Draft round to the left of each name, age indicated in parentheses. 
Ones I thought were playing well so far I highlighted in yellow,
indicative of being a good, growing Guppy. 
Finally, draft round numbers I skipped below constitute guys NOT signed, mostly long shot draft picks of young highly regarded talent which normally foregoes early draft entry – so while it is disappointing not to sign them, it is disappointing.   29 or 30 of the 40 were signed, including all of the top 11 and all but 4 of the top 20.
1.      LHP DAVID PETERSON (21) – throwing but not yet in games.
2.      IF MARK VIENTOS (17) – the teenager is hitting .231 in 14 games with the GCL Mets.  Four doubles and a HR. Considering his age, so far, so very good.
3.      OF QUINN BRODEY (21) – .244/.310/.308 for Brooklyn, with 26 Ks in 21 games.
4.      RHP TONY DIBRELL (21) – for Brooklyn 9 Ks and 2 walks in 6 IP (great), but 10 hits and 7 runs (not so great), including 4 HRs allowed, as many as the entire anemic Cyclones batters had hit thru 29 games.
5.      OF MATT WINAKER (21) – .268/.402/.282 in 21 Cyclones games.  Just one double.
6.      RHP MARCEL RENTERIA (22) – for Cyclones, 3 IP, 2 runs, 0 BB, 6 Ks
7.      RHP CONNER O’NEIL (22) – 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 7 Ks for Cyclones.
8.      RHP TREY COBB (22) – 8.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 Ks for Cyclones.  Nice!
9.      RHP CANNON CHADWICK (22) – 10.1 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 14 Ks for Cyclones.  Applause!
10.   RHP STEVE VILLINES (22) – 5.1 IP, a high 9 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K with Kingsport.
11.   RHP JACK SCHNEIDER (19) – has not pitched in a game yet for the GCL Mets.
13.   RHP NATE PEDEN (18) – 2 scoreless one inning outings with GCL Mets.
15.   SS DYLAN SNYPES (21) – 4 for 23, 6 BB in 8 games with 12 Ks for Brooklyn.
16.   OF RAPHAEL GLADU (21) – 5 for 19 in 5 games since signing, with Kingsport
18.   3B CARL STAJDUHAR (21) – Cyclones: out several days since being beaned, he started out 0-14, but then went 9 for 29 pre-beaning.  20 Ks in 13 games. Has 2 HRs.
20.   RHP YADIEL FLORES (17) – 1 brief tough GCL Mets outing: .2 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs.
21.   LHP AARON FORD (22) – Nice! 7.1 IP, 2 runs, 14 Ks for Kingsport.
22.   RHP JOSHUA PAYNE (22) – Great!  4 Kingsport games, 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10Ks
23.   LHP JOSE SIERRA (21) – 3 scoreless innings with GCL Mets; 5 walks.
24.   RHP JOE CAVALLARO (21) – 4 games, 5 innings, 5 runs, 4Ks.
25.   SS LAINE HUFFMAN (21) – not in games yet.  Not sure if he signed or not.
26.   1B GAVIN GARAY (20) – 9 for 44, a rather high 18 Ks with Kingsport so far.
27.   RHP BILLY OXFORD (21) – 5.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7Ks for Kingsport so far.
28.   1B JEREMY VASQUEZ (21) – Great!  .325/.426/.554 in 22 games with Kingsport.
29.   RHP LIAM MCCALL (18) – one scoreless IP with GCL Mets.
31.   RHP RYAN SELMER (23) – 7 IP, 8 H, 4R, 5 BB, 5K for Kingsport so far.
33.   RHP MAC LOZER (22) – doing well: 6.1 IP, 1 R, 7Ks with Kingsport.
36.   C ROBBY KIDWELL (19) – one of 3 catchers for the GCL Mets – 2 for 16 so far.
37.   LHP JOSH WALKER (22) – first outing great – 2 perfect innings, 2 Ks.  Next one, 7 runs in less than one inning. Not so great.
39.   RHP NOAH NUNEZ (18) – GCL Mets – 1 scoreless inning.
I think that’s everybody. 
What is unnerving a bit is how little power (homers or even doubles) the hitters have, at least so far.  Even if they are stressing contact and walking over power with these hitters, the lack of homers is “typically Met.”   Based on admittedly limited performance time to date, hitter drafting seems weak, pitching draft selections seem OK but not great.  Meh.
Jeremy Vasquez is the best hitter so far, Cannon Chadwick and Joshua Payne are the best pitchers to date amongst several off to good starts.
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