Walk-offs weren't just for the big leaguers on Father's Day.?In AA, LF Joe Bonfe connected on his first homer of the year to give the B-Mets' their eight win in their last nine games. Bonfe, now 25, has hit .293/.333/.397 in 22 games in AA this year after splitting last year between St. Lucie and Binghamton.
RF Travis Taijeron was 3-for-4 with a double and a homer. In seven games in AA, the 24-year-old is hitting a silly .367/.406/.900 (!) with four doubles, four homers and 11 strikeouts. That's a great week, but I need to see Taijeron keep it up for a whole lot longer to begin to change my opinion on him.
Tags: Binghamton Mets, Travis Taijeron, Toby Hyde
Travis Taijeron? (pictured) is enjoying his introduction to double-A baseball. Sunday, he broke a 2-2 tie in the 9th inning with a game-winning three-run home run. He finished 2-for-4 with the bomb and four RBI. The 24-year-old Taijeron is 5-for-9 with a doubles and two homers in his first two games in AA. Taijeron, who was born in January, nearly exactly matches the median age for the Eastern League. ?Again, when it comes to prospects, younger is better.
For further reading, the simplest rule of thumb is that batters peak in their age 27 seasons. The odd of Taijeron making an impact at the MLB level are small. At Baseball Prospectus, the wonderful Russell Carlton added some nuance to this observation in a 2010 study which found that "Players who stay in the league longer have later peaks, roughly around the age of 29 or 30..."?The finding that Taijeron fans should hang onto comes next, "Another surprising finding is that good-but-not-great players (those who made it to age 27, but not 31) and who debut later tend to peak?later. There's no such thing as one magical age where all forward motion stops. Some guys are later bloomers, and have the same sort of arc as others ? they just do it later in life." Phrased another way, there is a class of players who debut at 26 and 27, who are out of baseball by 31, but provide their peak seasons at age 27 and 29 respectively. All of this is premature with respect to Taijeron, who has played TWO games in double-A and is now 24 and a half years old.
Tags: Binghamton Mets, Travis Taijeron, Toby Hyde
So, Rafael Montero seems to have AA figured out. His line Saturday: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K. He threw 67% of his pitches (65 of 96) for strikes. In his three starts since his AAA cameo, Montero has just dominated the AA Eastern League: 20 IP, 11 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 18 K.
RF Cesar Puello continues to just crush the baseball. After a Saturday in which he was 3-for-5 with a homer (his sixth) and four RBI he has four straight multi-hit games and is ?up to .333/.408/.619 in 51 games in AA with 11 doubles and 13 homers. His six games in the month of June: .600/.630/1.440 (15-for-25) with three doubles and six homers.
Taijeron, a left fielder, is 9-for-his-last-22 with four doubles, two home runs and nine RBI.
In his last two starts, Cessa pitched 14 1/3 innings, allowing only one earned run, while striking out 17 and walking only two.
Tags: Luis Cesa, Travis Taijeron, Andrew Vazzano
- Have a day Travis Taijeron. The LF/RF combined to go 3-for-5 with three homers, and two walks.
Three of the four guys getting regular playing time, CF/RF Cesar Puello (#6), RF Cory Vaughn (#32) and LF Travis Taijeron (#40) appeared on my pre-season Top 41 prospects list, while the most productive perhaps is CF/LF Alonzo Harris, who was unranked this year. Harris topped out on my list at #26 in 2010, but that was a postion ago, back when he was playing second base.
Four different FSL Mets, led by LF Travis Taijeron who was 3-for-5 with a homer, had multiple hits to provide plenty of support for Rafael Montero. Seven of his 11 hits in advanced-A have gone for extra-bases as part of a big .262/.404/.619 line with seven walks and 12 strikeouts. He's up to 16 homeruns this year which leads the entire organization.
Rafael Montero: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K. Montero walked eight batters in 71.1 innings in the South Atlantic League and is up to six in 19.1 innings in the FSL.
1. Rafael Montero won his first advanced-A start. 6.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K. (Edit: he left three runners aboard for LHP Adam Kolarek in the 7th inning, and they all scored.) The righthander sits 92 with his fastball, and knows he must improve his slider, but at 21-years old, he's way ahead from a command perspective.
2. Darrell Ceciliani returned from the DL to play centerfield. He had been sidelined with hamstring problems since May 30. He turned 22 on the DL and has hit .304/.340/.500 in his 11 games in the FSL this year.
The Gnats ended the South Atlantic League first half winners of six in a row with a four-game sweep of the hapless Braves.
C Cam Maron tied a Gnats' season-best by extending his hitting streak to 13 straight games. He's hitting .473 (26-for-55) with five doubles and a triple, over his streak which began on May 25, to lift his season line to .296/.378/.389.
After three days at second, Wilmer Flores slid back to third while Luis Nieves played second base. An 0-for-4 dropped Flores to .299/.341/.481 in 61 games this year. He is off to a slow start in June, going .163/.208/.209 (7-for-43) in 11 games. He's fanned nine times in 11 games in June after fanning just 11 times in 27 games in May. Time for an All-Star Break?
LHP Jack Leathersich (2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K) was the only St. Lucie pitcher who did not allow a run. In 15.1 innings in the FSL, he's fanned 22 and walked five, while allowed just eight hits.
2. At ESPNNY, Adam Rubin profiles Travis Taijeron, who, it turns out was a catcher in high school and his first year of junior college.
3. Baseball America has the complete 2012 draft slots. These are important for those of you who care about the nuances of the draft and talent acquisition.
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Travis Taijeron?(pictured) is totally locked in. After going 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, the 23-year old is 11-for-21 (.524) in his last five games with seven extra-base hits. The triple was a missile to the right-centerfield gap well over 400 feet away from home plate. That ball is a home run in almost every other professional baseball facility, but not Savannah, where an angle in right-center is deeper than straight-away center. Taijeron's recent hot streak has taken him to .304/.430/.620 for the year. He is fourth in the SAL in slugging percentage (.620) and fifth in total bases. He begins his swing with a very deep load, which helps him create power. He gives himself plenty of time to get set, and is just crushing everything he sees right now.
RHP?Tyler Pill had a strange night, working around baserunners in every inning to finish six shutout frames. His line: 6 IP, 8 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K. Basically, the 'Birds were attacking early count fastballs. Five of the eight hits he allowed were on the first pitch of the at-bat. One was on the second and one on the third of a confrontation. His slider and curveball were effective and producing swings and misses once he was ahead, which explains the season and career-high eight whiffs. The question for Pill is whether he can use location and sequence to keep hitters off his fastball moving forward.
Sick of Manny Acosta??DJ Carrasco made his third FSL rehab appearance, starting for the Mets on Monday, and working a scoreless first inning with a hit and a strikeout. ?In his three rehab appearances in the FSL, he's allowed just one hit and a walk while striking out two. He has not pitched on back-to-back days.
Chase Huchingson came in after Carrasco and for the second straight outing, issued four walks. His line: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 WP.
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
Logan Verrett made his second Savannah start and ... it was a little weird: 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 0BB, 10 K, 2 HR. Generally, if a starting pitcher strikes out 10 batters, and is recording 66% of his outs via the strikeout, he's pitching really well. Verrett, the Mets' 2011 third-round pick, certainly had his moments, but also made some mistakes, leaving pitches up that turned into longballs. His two start line: 10 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 2 HR, 2 BB, 14 K. I've been impressed by his slider, which has been induced swings and misses.
And Verrett had Aderlin Rodriguez at third. His error in the third inning turned into two unearned runs. Rodriguez's error Wednesday was a high throw, his first throwing error among his six errors in seven games. His first five miscues all concerned failures to field the ball cleanly.
- Domingo Tapia was dominant on the hill in Friday's clincher: 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. ? It was the first time sine his first start of the year, on June 22 against Johnson City in the Appalachian League, that he struck out as many batters as innings pitched and fanned three times as many as he walked. After struggling early in the Appalachian League season, Tapia put together a 3-1 August with a 1.13 ERA in which he allowed just 17 hits in 24 innings, walking nine and fanning 15.
- Philip Evans played shortstop Saturday and Sunday, going a combined 1-for-8.
?Travis Taijeron's two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth, lifted the Cyclones to a 3-1 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. ?Taijeron also had an rbi double in the fourth inning. He finished the doubleheader 4-6, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI.
The Brooklyn Cyclones were well represented in the 2011 New York-Penn League All-Star Game. ?The game was played in Lowell,?Massachusetts, home of the Lowell Spinners, the Boston Red Sox NYPL affiliate.
Danny Muno (1-2, 2B, 2RBI) hit a two-run double in the top of the ninth, to give the NL side a 6-3 lead. Richard Lucas (0-2,k) and Charley Thurber (0-4, run) also appeared in the game representing the Cyclones.
Marcos Camarena pitched 5 2/3 of shutout baseball to lead the Cyclones to a 9-2 victory over Batavia. ?Camarena (pictured) allowed just four hits while walking one and striking out six.
The Cyclones scored four runs in the second and five runs in the ninth.
Tags: Javier Rodriguez, Travis Taijeron
The Cyclones had a rough weekend series losing two out of three to the Lake Monsters.
Cory Mazzoni, the Mets 2nd round pick, did make his first professional start on Sunday. Mazzoni (pictured), who is working just one inning stints due to an innings limit this season, struck out the side and also hit a batter in his lone inning of work.
Tags: Akeel Morris, Cory Mazzoni, Travis Taijeron
Travis Taijeron: .306/.429/.611, 9 doubles, 3 triples, 6 HR, 27 RBI
With home runs in four of his last seven games, Taijeron has propelled himself to the NYPL lead with a .611 slugging percentage. He also leads the NYPL with an OPS of 1.040.
A five-run ninth, highlighted by a Travis Taijeron (3-4, 2B, HR(5), 4 RBI) grand slam, propelled the Cyclones to a 9-5 victory over State College.
With the game tied at 4-4 going into the top of the ninth, the Cyclones loaded the bases with one out to set the stage for Taijeron. ?The homerun, an opposite field shot, was Taijeron's fifth of the season, tying him for the team lead with Brandon Brown. Taijeron now leads the Cyclones with 26 RBI.
Tags: Daniel Muno, Travis Taijeron
The Cyclones could only muster one run on the night, a solo homerun by Travis Taijeron (2-3, HR(4), RBI), his fourth of the season. According to the State College broadcast, "Taijeron's homer was well over 400 ft."
The real story here is the dominance of the Mets 5th round pick LHP Jack Leathersich. Let me preface this by saying small sample size. ?Either way, Leathersich has been, how can I say this clearly, DOMINANT.
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Eduardo Aldama (pictured) led the way for the Cyclones to sweep the series over Aberdeen. Aldama pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only one hit, walking three, and striking out five.
Danny Muno 2-4, 2B