Matt den Dekker
CF Matt den Dekker reappeared in a game for the first time since breaking his right wrist in spring training. The 25-year-old was 0-for-4 with an RBI and a strikeout.
RHP?Matt Bowman was really strong again for St. Lucie: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K. Bowman's results in the FSL are at least as good as those in the SAL. His strikeout rate is up from 20.9% to 25.8% while his walk rate is up from 3.2% to 5.3%. Bowman is a 6'0, 165 lb righty from Princeton. His fastball was 89-91 in the SAL and he works with a curve, a slider and a split-finger fastball that he uses as a changeup. He throws his off-speed stuff a whole lot. Bowman's fastball will leave him little margin for error against more advanced hitters, but his strong control will give him a chance to keep moving up as a starter. His ceiling is as a backend starter.
#21 - 1B/3B Zach LutzBats/Throws:? Right/Right
Height/Weight:? 6?1?, 220 lbs
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den Dekker worked a very patient full count ground out in his first AB against a righty, laying off low breaking pitches.? His AB's against the lefties were not so encouraging? getting his knees buckled on a steady diet of breakers.? He will certainly need to be more competitive against same side pitching for him to see success at AAA, much less on the big league level.?? There was of course this sweet catch which have become spring training regulars from den Dekker.
Wilmer Flores lined up at 3B in today's game which was unfortunate because just about every play went to Justin Turner at 2B.? I think even Justin Turner grounded out to Justin Turner at one point... In the 7th Flores finally saw his first defensive play.? He may have drifted off, or he might be really slow.? On a slow roller he charged and had no play on Brandon Barnes.? After a routine play followed, Flores had another slow roller in the 8th, with men on 1st and 2nd.? On a play that David Wright would have charged to field in front of the runner and sent to second to possibly start a double play, Flores had to play it behind the runner and barely threw out the Astro's catcher Carlos Perez.? After liking what I saw from Flores at 2B earlier in the spring, I came away from today's game wondering if Flores might actually be too slow to even play 3B regularly.
None are likely to make the team's 25-man roster out of camp. None.
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Collin McHugh was ok with ominous peripherals: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 6 K. In 62 innings in AAA, he's struck out 63 batters and walked 27. That's a 10% walk rate. Major League average is 8.1%.
Pedro Beato gave up two homers in an ugly four-run seventh inning.
The Bisons won four straight to head into the AAA All-Star Break on the strength of an offense that has scored 31 runs in those four games.
Sunday, CF Matt den Dekker led the way in a 3-for-5 effort with a homerun, 3 RBI and a strikeout. In 25 games with the Bisons, he has six homers, and 13 extra-base hits overall as part of a .211/.235/.459 line with four walks and 33 strikeouts.
All he does is hit homeruns and strikeout. Well that and play a mean centerfield. CF Matt den Dekker: 1-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 3 K. When you combine his strikeout rate (28.8%) and his HR rate (4.5%) in AAA, it runs to 33.3% of his plate appearances. He's hitting .192/.218/.423 with a .217 BABIP and 32 strikeouts in 24 games.
In case you were concerned, Justin Hampson cleared waivers and is savely back with the Bisons. (Note: savely was originally a typo, but I left it in because Hampson earned a save with a scoreless inning of work Saturday. We'll call Freudian-typo.)
Again, den Dekker plays a strong centerfield, and was crushing double-A Eastern League pitching to the tune of .340/.397/.563 in 58 games. At the time of his promotion, he was leading the EL in batting average, hits (81), doubles (21), slugging percentage, extra-base hits (33), runs scored (47), total bases (134), and was fourth in OBP and strikeouts (64). One minor blemish in his stat line: he was just 10-for-17 stealing bases.
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Dylan Owen "recovered" from his last start in which he allowed 13 runs, to allow two runs on Sunday, both earned on three walks and four hits. He struck out two in his 4.2 innings. So, anytime the Mets decide Collin McHugh or Zack Wheeler is ready for AAA, making space in the AAA rotation should not be a problem.
1B Josh Satin, C Rob Johnson and DH Corey Wimberly all had two hits.
This was absolutely a positive step for Jeurys Familia: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K. He threw 61% of his pitches (59 of 97) for strikes and induced 10 groundball outs against jsut one in the air. This was his first start of 2012 in which he did not allow a run.
In his two starts in June, he's fanned 10, walked three, and thrown 63% strikes. It's too early to say he's turned a corner for sure, but the last two starts have been extremely encouraging.
Lets start with the performance with the most immediate big league impact: Pedro Beato allowed a hit and a walk, but struck out the side in a scoreless seventh inning.
SS Brent Dlugach hit the game winning home run, his first of the year, off the Bisons' Fernando Cabrera in the bottom of the ninth.
Things that make the 32-year old Rottino an attractive fit on the May 2012 Mets roster:
- He's on the 40-man roster.
- He bats right-handed.
- He can hit. He's after a three-homer game Saturday, he's up to .307/.361/.479 in 36 games in Buffalo in 2012. That's no small-sample size?aberration; he's a career .294/.360/.436 hitter in seven seasons in AAA.
- He abuses lefties. He was hitting .333/.361/.606 in 33 AB vs. lefties in the Internal League this year. Last year, in 119 AB it was .353/.394/.454 for New Orleans. In 2010 in AA he smoked 'em at a .323/.428/.511 clip in 133 AB.
- He owns lots of different baseball gloves. Here are his minor league games played by position: C - 303, 1B - 164, LF - 197, RF - 87, OF - 70, 3B - 223, SS - 3, 2B - 1, P - 1. Versatility is a good thing.
- Can he really catch? Right now, he's the Mets' third catcher. Can he be a backup? The most he ever worked behind the plate were the 2007 and 2008 seasons in AAA with Nashville when he caught 57 and 101 games respectively and threw out 35% and 28% of attempted thieves against him, two of his four best three career marks. He nailed 33% of runners against him in New Orleans in 2011 in 39 games.
On a bullpen day for both teams, former Marlin Rick VandenHurk and two Indians held the Bisons to just two singles all day.
2B Jordany Valdespin, who hit a pinch-hit home run in his return to AAA Saturday had a rough Sunday: 0-for-3 with two errors.
CF Matt den Dekker led off the bottom of the ninth in a 0-0 game with a double, and then after Josh Rodriguez bunted for a base hit and Reese Havens walked to load the bases, 3B Jefry Marte delivered a line drive into right field to bring home den Dekker with the winning run. Den Dekker now is part of a three-way tie for first place in the Eastern League with 13 doubles and is alone in first with 21 extra-base hits while bopping .293/.355/.524 in 36 games. Perhaps even more importantly, he's trimmed his strikeout rate from 29% in AA in 2011 to 23.6% in 106 PA April to 18% in 61 PA in May.
Despite the walk in the ninth inning, Reese Havens was 0-for-2. He's hitless in his last four games and is sitting at .146/.255/.250 (7-for-48) with seven walks in 14 games thus far.
Callis did not place Harvard-Westlake RHP Lucas Giolito with a team. Giolito could well be the best arm in the class, but he's been sidelined for over two months with an elbow problem. He wants a big bonus and is signed to go to UCLA. I have trouble imaging him slipping out of the top 10 picks, but where he falls is but one of the big stories in a very uncertain year at the top of the draft as Callis happily acknowledges in his Ask BA column.
2. At Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein is upping his projection on Matt den Dekker, just a smidge:
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3B Jefry Marte broke a 5-5 tie with a two-run homerun in the seventh to put the B-Mets up two. It was his first homerun of the year, and his first extra-base ?hit in a dozen games. After a hot April (.358/.421/.478 - 19 games) the 20-year old cooled down considerably in May (.256/.304/.326 - 11 games) and committed a pair of costly errors this week. He's still hitting .318/.377/.418 overall.
CF Matt den Dekker was 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a solo home run. Now hitting .295/.361/.525, 19 of the 24-year old's 41 hits have gone for extra-bases which helps explain his .356 BABIP. Even with 36 strikeouts in 34 games, he's trimmed his strikeout rate from 29% in AA in 2011 to 22.6% in 2012. ?He's abused righties at a .324/.377/.602 rate in 108 AB while hitting .194/.306/.258 against lefties in 31 AB. The Mets' current lefty-heavy lineup and outfield now present an interesting problem for den Dekker.
Charlotte RF Greg Golson doubled off LHP Josh Edgin to begin the 10th and then scored later in the inning on a single off RHP Jack Egbert. That's now 14 hits and six walks off Edgin in 8.1 appearances in AAA.
With Jenrry Mejia and Chris Young on the mend and headed in the direction of Buffalo, Garrett Olson made a fairly compelling case to keep his rotation spot: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 10 K. In 37.2 IP, he's fanned 38 batters his year. Also, lefthanders do not have a single extra-base hit against him in 30 AB for a .200/.286/.200 line.
Oh, ouch, Greg Peavey?(pictured):?2.1 IP, 12 H, 11 R, 9 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR. After two scoreless starts to start the season, Peavey has given up 16 runs on 20 hits and 3 BB in his last 6 IP. ?
On a happier note, CF Matt den Dekker was 3-for-5 with a homer, his third of the 2012. In 19 games, the 24-year old is hitting .308/.360/.538 and is tied for the Eastern League lead in extra-base hits (11) and is leading the league in total bases (42).
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Why the Bisons won: RHP Chris Schwinden (7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) out-pitched Pat Misch (5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR).
Jeurys Familia: 4 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 6 BB, 3 K. Yuck.
The 'Pigs touched Familia for four runs in the first on three hits, two walks. He walked a batter an inning in each of the second through fourth innings and gave up a pair of hits in the third, but did not allow a run. He then left two runners aboard (at first and second with no out) in the fifth and Dylan Owen allowed both to score. His three-start line is not pretty: 13.2 IP, 15 H, 10 R, 10 ER, 12 BB, 15 K. It's not good, but it's only three starts in AAA. ?Obviously, he's struggling to throw strikes. As with Harvey, if his ERA is still north of six in a month, then it's time to be concerned. Familia walked too many hitters in the low minors; ?in 2010, he walked 74 in 121 innings in advanced-A on his way to a 5.58 ERA. The last time he issued as many as six walks in a game: July 21, 2010 against Clearwater, like the Iron Pigs, a Phillies affiliate.
"I think he's gaining a plan at the plate. ... The more he gains a plan and stays with it, the more consistent he's going to be. But he has skills. He has quick hands, and he can sure hit a fastball."
Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens on Matt den Dekker:
?One of the reasons he probably struck out too much is he missed some pitches he should have hit early in the count. ...He dropped his barrel a little bit, gets a little bit of length [with his swing]. We?re doing some things to kind of close him up a little bit and try to get him on top of the baseball. ? And then it?s a matter of recognizing some pitches. He swings at some breaking balls in the dirt. We?ve got to get him to recognize spin down.? (via ESPNNY.com)Note that both coaches discussed both mechanics and approach/discipline issues for each young hitter. Emphasis added in both bases.
Mike Baxter's in centerfield Friday against the Braves, and Jordany Valdespin will see some time after looking awkward on a fly-ball Thursday. Den Dekker remains a very long shot to make the Mets' Opening Day roster.
Which brings us to a question on Twitter.
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2. Joel Sherman discussed Mets prospects in his 3UP this morning. There's some play-by-play of the conversations with the Rangers and Giants that ultimately landed Zack Wheeler, but his comments, clearly pulled from conversations with key decision-makers are interesting.
To my view, Harvey is the top prospect in the system. ?He's a four-pitch guy with a plus fastball who made progress with his secondary offerings in 2011 and pitch sequencing. (Harvey picture courtesy Michael Baron.)
den Dekker, a strong defender in center, by contrast is third at his position in the upper minors behind both Kirk Nieuwenhuis, who has shown more power and average, and Juan Lagares has hit for more average. ?After hitting .296/.362/.494 in 67 games in advanced-A St. Lucie, strikeouts ate his batting average at double-A where his average dipped to .235/.312/.426. He fanned 91 times in 72 games in double-A, or 29% of his plate appearances.
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You know what happened to pitcher Steve Matz? I know he missed the 2010 season due to TJS, and that he was scheduled to pitch this summer in SS or rookie ball. I can't find any stats on him though, did he miss the 2011 season as well?Yup, Steven Matz, who had Tommy John Surgery in May of 2010, was scheduled to return during the 2011 season, but had a setback, including elbow soreness, and did not pitch in competitive games in 2011. ?The full recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 12-18 months, and my unscientific observation is that younger pitchers seems to take on the longer side of that period with more side effects in their recovery.
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The mildly funny part? Valdespin was not honored by the Mets as part of the team's Sterling Awards. ?Here's Mets Director of Minor League Operations Adam Wogan on Valdespin:
"He's athletic enough to play shortstop. ?He's working on becoming more consistent there and in all phases of the game. He also showed that the hand-eye coordination and bat speed are translating into performance."Rob Steingall at SNY's Why Guys got all excited about den Dekker. ?It's nice to get excited about den Dekker, but before pencilling him right into your Mets centerfield fantasies, realize that he hit .235/.312/.426 for AA-Binghamton with 91 strikeouts in 72 games, fanning in 29% of his AA plate appearances in the season in which he turned 24. ?So, whether or not you think the Mets should tender an offer to Angel Pagan for 2012, Matt den Dekker has almost nothing to do with the decision.
Wednesday night?s battle between the Binghamton Mets and the Erie Sea Wolves paired two hard throwing left handed prospects.? Robert Carson faced off against Tigers prospect, Casey Crosby, but it was the B-Mets offense who stole the show.
Matt Den Dekker (2-4, 2 HR(11), 4 RBI) homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the B-Mets to the 10-2 victory.? The win pushes the B-Mets winning streak to a season high of seven.? Den Dekker smacked the second pitch he saw from Crosby over the left-field wall to tie the game up at 1-1 in the bottom of the first.? In his second at-bat, Den Dekker hit yet another opposite field home run, this one a three-run shot.
What to like:2B Reese Havens was 2-5 with a double. After hitting .389/.477/.639 in his last ten games the 24-year old is up to .296/.376/.438 in 44 games in AA this year.
I meant to link to it last week, but Baseball America had Havens?on their Weekly Hot Sheet at #12 last week. The comment included this line:
We all know about Den Dekker?s defensive ability.? In case you need a refresher, here are two highlights from the excellent defensive center-fielder: The ?catch? he made in the College World Series and a nice diving play this season.? Den Dekker is without question the best defensive centerfielder in the Mets system.
Den Dekker has enjoyed somewhat of a breakout season at the plate in 2011.? Coming into today, Den Dekker is one of six minor leaguers with double digit totals in doubles, triples, and home runs!!? Of those six players, Den Dekker is the second?youngest.? Only the recently promoted Houston Astros second baseman, Jose Atulve is younger.? Between St. Lucie (High-A) and Binghamton (AA), Den Dekker has hit 28 doubles, 11 triples, and 12 home runs.? He has also added 19 stolen bases to boot.
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Josh Satin made his AAA debut hitting sixth in the Bisons lineup and going 1-4, 2k's and grounded into a double play. Satin started at third-base.
Chris Schwinden was not very good on the loss: 4 1/3 IP, 7 hits, 4 er, 4 bb, 7 k, 2 HR.
It's time for part three of my review of my pre-season Top 41 prospect rankings.
In fact, the outfielders' short-term performance in the weeks leading up to their promotions, and those of their peers seem to have relatively little to do with these moves. Is that really the case?
The 23-year old den Dekker was hitting .296/.362/.494 in 67 games for St. Lucie. ?In the case of den Dekker, we've been over these splits before, but in April, he was completely batting average and BABIP driven. ?Every month afterward, he increased his walk rate, which is excellent. ?This, however came at a cost of an increasing strikeout rate, up to 25% in June. ?However, his extra-base hits turned into homers in June which is cool.
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Matt Den Dekker makes an immediate contribution,?singling?in four at-bats, scoring the game tying run in the sixth, and also adding a stolen base.
Brad Holt (2 IP, 1 hit, 2 bb, 3 k) picked up the victory in relief of a struggling Robert Carson (4 IP, 4 hits, 2 er, 6 bb, 4 k).
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With the promotions, there has to be some roster shake-ups along the way. Here is Binghamton Mets manager Wally Backman talking about the new additions and other roster moves (via Press Connects):
On Harvey-?Harvey is a starter -- major league arm, major league stuff; big time.?He's can throw 95, 96, with a great breaking ball, great changeup. He's the real deal.
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Lets take a look at den Dekker's season:
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Honestly, there is not one thing good to say about the Bisons tonight. The once potent Bisons lineup has turned into Fernando Martinez and company. The Bisons have now lost nine out of their last ten, and four in a row.
Dylan Owen: 4 2/3 IP, 4 hits, 3 er, 6 bb, 4 k.
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Nice: The only superlative from the box score here is that Matt den Dekker (.304/.355/.508) was 2-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored. ?The long ball was his third in his last seven games. Not surprisingly, the power surge has come with an increase in his walks: four in nine games in June after 10 in 28 games in May and three in 22 games in April.
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OverallThe Mets at 26-18 are tied for first place with the Fort Myers Miracle.? After a crazy hot start (19-5 in April)? the Mets have lost six of their last seven games and are just 7-13 in May.
The true strength of the team has been the offense.? The Mets lead the FSL in batting average (.280) and are second in runs scored (221), slugging (.409) and are sixth in OBP (.333).
Lucas Duda was the hitting star, going 2-4 with his first home run of the season, an opposite field laser in the fourth inning.
On the good news front, CF?Matt den Dekker (pictured) stayed red-hot going 3-5 with a pair of doubles. ?The 23-year old Den Dekker now owns a 10-game hitting streak over which time he's hitting .465/.477/.744 with eight doubles and two triples. ?A strong defensive CF, den Dekker is now hitting a batting average fueled .351/.383/.532 with three walks against 16 strikeouts in 18 games for St. Lucie. ?Surely, he'll see AA this summer, but before he did so, it would be a nice idea to learn to walk more than once a week.
Here are some of my notes from a long day at Mets minor league camp:
- I finally saw Juan Urbina in camp. I am not sure if he was there already, but I surely didn't see him before today. FWIW, he has not a hair on his face, man he sure is young.