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A+: Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 8, @ St. Lucie Mets 6?

The Mets scored five times in the final two innings, but it was not enough to overcome an early 7-0 deficit. Why were the Mets down big? Domingo Tapia was wild in his return from the DL with a burned (non) pitching hand: 0.1 IP, 2 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 0 K, HBP. Just yuck. It was his first game in 19 days, but that's not good.

At the plate, 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (.261/.287/.484 - 45 games) was 3-for-5 with an RBI. The 21-year old is bopping along at .345/.376/.632 in 21 games in May.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Kevin Plawecki, Philip Evans, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 6, Daytona Cubs 2

It's taken a while (like a month) but it looks like 3B Aderlin Rodriguez is starting to get going. Monday, he was 2-for-4 with a two doubles and three RBI. Four of his six hits in May have gone for extra-bases. In his last 10 games, the 21-year-old hitting like he should in the FSL: .282/.341/.513 with four walks and six strikeouts. All told, 14 of his 24 hits this year have gone for extra-bases, but he's still hitting just .211/.244/.404 this year in 29 games. His bat is going to have to carry him, but there's reason to believe in the bat: he has the best power in the system.

Hansel Robles?(pictured) returned from a two-week hiatus with one of his better outings of the year: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. In 26.2 innings, while facing 104 total batters, he's walked six (6% walk rate) and fanned 21 (20% k rate).

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Hansel Robles, Matt Koch, Toby Hyde
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A:?@ Greensboro Grasshoppers (MIA) 9, Savannah Sand Gnats 8?

Oh man. The Gnats scored three runs in the top of the ninth to come back from a 6-5 deficit to take an 8-6 lead only to watch Greensboro win it on a three-run walkoff jack i nthe bottom of the frame.

The Gnats' ninth: CF Brandon Nimmo singled, SS Yucary De La Cruz reached on an error, 1B Jayce Boyd sacrifice fly (tied the game), C Kevin Plawecki (pictured)?two-run homer for the lead.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Brandon Nimmo, Kevin Plawecki, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Last week, Major League teams faced the deadline for adding players to their 40-man roster. Prospects who are not on the 40-man roster and have been around for a while (five drafts if they signed at 18 or younger, or four if they signed at 19 or older) are eligible to be selected by another team. Remember, players who are selected in the Major League phase must be kept on the drafting team's 25-man roster the entire subsequent season, or returned to their original team, for a small fee.

The Mets added RHP Zack Wheeler, RHP Hansel Robles, RHP Gonzalez Germen and RHP Greg Burke, LHP Darin Gorski and INF Wilfredo Tovar to the 40-man roster last week.

The only really notable omission: slugging 3B/1B Aderlin Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who turned 21 in October, has the most power of any Mets player below AAA, and it's not really close. In 125 games between Savannah in the South Atlantic League and St. Lucie in advanced-A, he hit .263/.321/.476 with 26 doubles and an organization-leading 24 homers. Was leaving him unprotected him a mistake?

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Analysis, Toby Hyde
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A+: Dunedin Blue Jays 5, @ St. Lucie Mets 3 (7 innings)

@ St. Lucie Mets 8, Dunedin Blue Jays 0 (7 innings)

Chase Huchingson had a rough game one and the Mets were three hit. Huchingson's line: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, WP. Since beginning the season with 17.2 scoreless innings over three starts, Huchingson has yielded 10 runs, nine earned, on 17 hits and 12 walks in his last 14.2 IP. The walks are particularly damning. He's issued a 16 in 32.1 IP for a 4.4 BB/9 ratio.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Cesar Puello, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+: St. Lucie Mets 2, Charlotte Stone Crabs 0?

Cory Mazzoni is just cruising through the Florida State League so far. Monday: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K. His three-start line: 16 IP, 13 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 0 HR, 4 BB, 11 K. I've been told he's sitting in the low 90s, but can reach back for 94 when he needs it.

3B Wilmer Flores picked up a couple of singles, a walk and two stolen bases(?!?). For a little bit of context, he stole just two bases in the entire 2011 season over 133 games. All eight of his hits so far in 2012 have been singles.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Cory Mazzoni, Michael Fulmer, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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A+:?St. Lucie Mets 6, @ Charlotte Stone Crabs (TB) 4

The interesting stuff begins with who is not on the St. Lucie Mets roster. Darrell Ceciliani was placed on the St. Lucie Mets' disabled list with a strained right hamstring. Meanwhile, Sunday, Cory Vaughn was placed on the temporary inactive list.

On the field, the Mets scored five times in the seventh and eighth innings to overcome a 4-1 deficit. The team's four-run seventh was keyed by a two-run double from C Francisco Pena. The 22-year old Pena has five hits this year and four have gone for extra-bases.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Travis Taijeron, Tyler Pill, Toby Hyde
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A+: @ St. Lucie Mets 4, Bradenton Marauders (PIT) 2?

LHP Chase Huchingson was story #1 in his advanced-A debut: 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 WP. Huchingson no-hit the Marauders through 4.2 innings and all three of the hits he allowed were singles.

(I don't know what the hell the box score is counting for pitches, but it had Huchingson throwing 32 strikes and 37 pitches total. ?Oh, MiLB.com, how cute.)

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Alex Panteliodis, Chase Huchingson, Savannah Sand Gnats, St. Lucie Mets, Toby Hyde
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Savannah Sand Gnats 7, @ Greensboro Grasshoppers 3

There were many nice performances in this one as the Gnats earned a split of the first two games of the SAL Championship series on the road. ?The series now shifts to Savannah, where it becomes a best-of-three. ?Oh, and the Gnats are 50-22 at home this year.

The first star of this one: Yohan Almonte. ?Working in relief of starter Gonzalez Germen who fought through three innings, Almonte came in and threw five scoreless innings. ?If the Greensboro stadium gun was accurate, Almonte was sitting at 90 mph. ?He also did a really nice job with his slider at the bottom of the zone and out of the zone.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah Sand Gnats, Yohan Almonte, Toby Hyde
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AAA: @ Indianapolis Indians 6, Buffalo Bisons 1

With all the recent promotions and injuries, the Bisons lineup is Kirk Nieuwenhuis and a collection of minor league veterans. ?The offense was limited to seven hits and one run, which came in the ninth inning. ?The Bisons have scored two runs over their last 18 innings.

Casey Fossum was not very good: 5 IP, ?8 hits, 6 er, 2 k, HR. His ERA stands at 6.56.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Erik Goeddel, Josh Edgin, Juan Lagares, Mark Cohoon, Rafael Fernandez
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Mets VP of Player Development and Amateur Scouting Paul DePodesta did a fantastic chat at Baseball Prospectus Tuesday afternoon. It's really a must-read.

Again and again, he answered questions about the draft by saying the Mets would take the best player available.

What's striking to me is not just the quality of the answers, they're excellent, and funny at times, but the simple fact that DePodesta did the chat.? The previous man to hold the VP of Player Development would simply not have done a chat.? It truly is a new era of openness in the Mets front office.

Tags: Aderlin Rodriguez, Analysis, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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