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Winter ball roundup: Australian League

Mets' Cortes stars for Blue Sox in pandemic-altered season
@tylermaun
February 24, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. In January and Feburary, MiLB.com has looked at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. Past recaps include the Dominican Winter League, Mexican Pacific League, Puerto Rican League and Venezuelan League.

Clock runs out on Tebow's time in Minors

Heisman winner-turned-Mets prospect decides to retire from game
February 17, 2021

Baseball isn't running on Tebow time any longer. On Wednesday night, the Mets announced outfield prospect Tim Tebow has voluntarily retired from the game. The 33-year-old, who had been invited to New York's Major League Spring Training, exited professional baseball after compiling a .223/.299/.338 slash line over three seasons in

Roundup: Top quartet among Mets' camp invites

Alvarez, Mauricio, Allan, Baty all heading to Port St. Lucie
@jtbloss
February 13, 2021

The Mets were one of the most active teams this offseason, making a series of signings and trades to infuse their roster with veteran talent. Still, though, there will be a youth movement when camp opens later this month. All four of New York’s Top 100 Prospects -- No. 48

Mets landing Lee in three-team Benintendi deal

Red Sox get Cordero from Royals, righty Winckowski from Mets
@JoshJacksonMiLB
February 10, 2021

Last year at this time, Khalil Lee was preparing for his first taste of big league Spring Training. On Wednesday, he found out he'll be preparing for his first taste of a whole new system. According to MLB.com executive reporter Mark Feinsand, the 22-year-old outfielder is headed from the Royals

For Mahomes family, athleticism began on diamond

Before Patrick reached two Super Bowls, dad Pat shined on mound
@Kelsie_Heneghan
February 5, 2021

Decades before Patrick Mahomes II vied for the privilege to shout, “I’m going to Disney World!” Pat Mahomes Sr. was chasing his own ring in Orlando, Florida. The father of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback spent 22 years in professional baseball, including stints with six Major League teams and 15

The Show Before the Show: Episode 294

Mets farm director Howard discusses development philosophy
February 4, 2021

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show, MiLB.com's official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Mets net trio of arms from Jays for Matz

Righties Diaz, Winckowski, Reid-Foley head to New York in swap
@JoshJacksonMiLB
January 27, 2021

A little over a week after the Mets parted with Endy Rodriguez to acquire big league hurler Joey Lucchesi, a trio of young arms are joining the system. The Blue Jays announced a trade Wednesday night sending No. 26 Toronto prospect Yennsy Diaz, No. 27 Josh Winckowski and fellow right-hander

2021 Prospect Projections: NL East rookies

How Steamer600 views Braves, Fish, Mets, Phils, Nats prospects
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 20, 2021

This is the second in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for starting

State of the System: New York Mets

Top prospects Mauricio, Alvarez got valuable time at alternate site
@tylermaun
November 5, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. The offseason is barely a week old

Peterson steps up at right time for Mets

12th-ranked prospect registers career-best 10 strikeouts
September 20, 2020

A bout with shoulder fatigue was a speed bump for David Peterson as he blossomed into one of the few stable arms in the Mets’ ailing rotation. But he seemed to jump back in without missing a beat Saturday night. The 12th-ranked Mets prospect recorded a career-high 10 punchouts over

Toolshed: Mets' Allan back in Brooklyn

Righty returns to MCU Park one year after playoff perfection
@SamDykstraMiLB
September 18, 2020

Maybe he hasn't been around long enough to settle a debate on whether Di Fara or L&B Spumoni Gardens serves the best pizza. He may not have yet developed his own power ranking on each of the borough's neighborhoods. Heck, because of pandemic-related closures, he hasn't even gotten to ride

Mets' Giménez breaks out on three-hit day

Third-ranked New York prospect scores three runs in win
@tylermaun
August 9, 2020

Andrés Giménez has come on strong in August to earn himself more at-bats and more starts. On Sunday, the third-ranked Mets prospect delivered his biggest day yet. Giménez tallied three hits, including his first double as a big leaguer, scored three runs and notched his first stolen base to lead

Waful left lasting impression in Central New York

Lifelong Syracuse resident, former team president was a local icon
@MavalloneMiLB
July 29, 2020

It was a life well lived and one that touched tens of thousands in the Syracuse area. When Don Waful died last September at the age of 103, he left a legacy of charity, friendship and charm that will far supersede his century on this Earth. Born in Newark, New

Peterson apple of Mets' eye in debut

No. 10 prospect notches victory in first Major League start
@MavalloneMiLB
July 29, 2020

David Peterson woke up Tuesday morning not knowing if he'd make his Major League debut that night. The 10th-ranked Mets prospect will go to bed with his first Major League win. Peterson bent but never broke over 5 2/3 effective innings and the Mets pulled away late to beat the

Prospects in the Mets' 2020 player pool

Gimenez, Peterson ready to contribute at big league level
@AndrewAtBatt
July 13, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Ryan left mark in Minors before callup

Hall Of Famer put name in record books during '66 season
@RobTnova24
July 8, 2020

Before the remarkable 27-year Major League career in which he pitched a record seven no-hitters, compiled a record 5,714 strikeouts and earned 324 victories. Before he received the plaque in Cooperstown -- with 98.79 percent of the vote on his first ballot. And before he earned the nickname "The Ryan

Crow-Armstrong continues baseball connection

Mets' first-round Draft pick has family ties to 'Little Big League'
@AndrewAtBatt
July 6, 2020

In a way, Pete Crow-Armstrong is following the same path as his mother. Yes, they are in very different careers: he's a newly minted professional baseball player with the Mets and his mom, Ashley Crow, is an accomplished actress. But Crow spent 14 years in New York and earned a

Two-time cancer survivor Orze ready to shine

Mets fifth-rounder overcomes fight of his life to achieve dream
@MavalloneMiLB
July 1, 2020

Eric Orze has made a habit of snapping off hellacious curveballs. Having some thrown his way? That’s another story. At an age when most worry what type of fun will be had on the weekends, Orze faced two of the nastiest curves life can offer. But instead of striking out,

2020 Draft recap: New York Mets

New York gets more athletic with Crow-Armstrong, Greene
@AndrewAtBatt
June 23, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives.

Griffey, Piazza took separate paths to Hall

Class of 2016 includes highest, lowest Draft picks in Cooperstown
@SamDykstraMiLB
January 7, 2016

NEW YORK -- All roads do not lead to Cooperstown. There is no highway that makes the trip a quick and easy one -- no, we're not counting nearby Routes 88 and 90 -- nor is there a starting point that automatically gives one player an advantage over another. For