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Mets Have Plenty to Be Positive About This Spring

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

It is common knowledge among the electorate the 2012 New Mets aren’t going to be that good. Without a deep starting pitching staff and not even a true ace, Mets GM Sandy Alderson has attempted to follow the lead of the Arizona Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers by building up a solid bullpen to improve their […]

Most Intriguing Mets Prospects in 2012

Saturday, January 7th, 2012

In the past we have done a Top 50 Prospect list for the Mets and Yankees. With the explosion of online content, everyone seems to have a “list” and ranking to the point where it all blends together. After all, what’s the difference between prospect number 38 and 45? Does it matter who #1 really […]

Recap of Mets and Yanks Prospects in the AFL

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

The prestigious Arizona Fall League, baseball’s pre-eminent development program, recently wrapped up its twentieth season with the Salt River Rafters victory over the Surprise Saguaros in the Championship Game on November 19th. Every year, each major league franchise sends six or seven prospects, some with major league experience, to the Valley of the Sun for […]

Don Mattingly and NL Mgr of the Year, Reyes Negotiation Strategy, Rule V

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

I was extremely skeptical of Don Mattingly taking over as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The former Yankees star didn’t have any minor league experience. He was given coaching jobs with the Yankees and Dodgers due to his name and relationship with Joe Torre. When he went up for the Yankees job against Girardi it was made […]

Evaluating Eric Chavez, Beating Tampa at Their Own Game, Jason Marquis and Mets Starters

Monday, August 15th, 2011

Eric Chavez has been a great story (.293/1/15) off the bench for the Yankees. Art Stapleton of The Record informs us that Chavez nearly retired this winter, but Dodgers manager Don Mattingly talked him out of it. Chavez also tells Stapleton that he nearly signed a deal to go to LA before he agreed to try out […]

Matt Harvey Less Than Impressive in Double-A, Melky Mesa Improving

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

There is no better way for a major league baseball organization to improve its future than to develop some high impact arms. A group of power armed starting pitchers can quickly transform a sub.-500 team into a playoff contender or even a World Series winner. Teams with generally weak lineups can win primarily based upon […]

Listen: Weekly Digest @ 6pm

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

I am back with another edition of the show tonight at 6pm. Hear me “peel the onion” on Brian Cashman’s comments about A.J. Burnett and Mike Pelfrey‘s analysis on the Mets. Our very own Joe Delgrippo was at the Trenton Thunder-Binghamton series earlier in the week, and gives his thoughts on prospects such as Matt […]

Why The 2B Winner Might Be Temporary

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

If he stays healthy. I like him. 26 HR, 80 BB in 152 pro games. @thosebackpages: will Reese Havens ever play everyday ML baseball? #Metsless than a minute ago via HootSuiteJim CallisjimcallisBA I saw Havens play last year in Binghamton before he was injured. He clearly can hit, as Jim Callis of Baseball America points […]

2010 Mets Top Prospect List

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Each year we do a top prospect list here at NYBD. Of course, everyone has a list, but it’s fun to see how each site looks at players. Jed Weisberger of MILB will be doing his Yankees list sometime in the near future, but as he does each year Joe Demayo put up his top […]

Satin, Reyes, Ratliff, Keying Binghamton Surge

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Things are looking up as far as the Mets are concerned all over.  The big club is a surprise contender in the National League East, Class-A Savannah has already clinched a playoff berth in South Atlantic League and Double-A Binghamton is the Eastern League’s hottest club. So much for matters being dull and boring with […]

Havens Sore Again

Saturday, June 12th, 2010

TRENTON, N.J. - Mets infield prospect Reese Havens was removed from Binghamton’s game with Trenton in the second inning last night. Havens, who is hitting .343 (23-for-67) in 17 games with the B-Mets, was benched as a precaution. “Reese had some soreness,’’ said Binghamton manager Tim Teufel.  “I took him out as a precaution. Let […]

Profile of Potential Mets Draft Pick Zack Cox

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

We all keep hearing the Mets are leaning towards taking Zack Cox of the University of Arkansas. Cox has played third during his collegiate career, but recently made the transition to second. He appears to be a good hitter with average power, but the defense is suspect. One of the comps given was a young […]

Why Renting Cliff Lee Might Make Sense

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

For the better part of six months we have been mentioning Cliff Lee in connection with the Yankees. There continues to be rumblings that Lee wants to pitch in the Bronx and be reunited with former teammate CC Sabathia. The Yankees have mutual interest, especially since they may have two openings in their 2011 starting […]

Listen: Weekly Digest

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The Weekly Digest returned to the PM last night as we talked Yankees, Mets, and some minor league baseball. Frank Russo and I started it off chatting about the Bombers. We discussed the fast start of Phil Hughes, if the Yankees should start Cervelli behind the plate with Posada at the DH, and why you […]

Reese Havens Impresses in B-Mets Debut

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Ike Davis has been the story of the 2008 draft thus far with his play at first base for the Mets. It may not be long before he is joined by another draftee, Reese Havens, to play second base right beside him. Last night I had a chance to watch Havens make his Eastern League […]