Jose Reyes is now officially back in a New York Mets’ uniform. Along the way, he stopped in a couple of farm teams in order to get back into Major League shape. He went hitless in six plate appearances for the Class A Brooklyn Cyclones and had six hits in 31 plate appearances for the Double A Binghamton Mets. This was the big story coming out of the Mets’ farm system over the past week along with the usual comings and goings at Triple A Las Vegas.
On to some more action within the Mets’ Minor League organization.
T.J. Rivera continues to hit for Triple A Las Vegas. Only July 4th, the Bronx native lit some fireworks of his own with a grand slam and six RBI’s as the 51’s defeated the Salt Lake Bees by a score of 17-6. The 27-year old shortstop is second among all Pacific Coast League hitters with a .351 batting average and is tied for fourth in RBI’s with 59. He was also selected to play in the AAA All-Star Game to be held on July 13th in Charlotte, North Carolina. Despite his gaudy production, the Mets seem to have no room for Rivera on their Major League roster. However, look for him to be part of the wave of September 1st call-ups.
First baseman/outfielder Kevin Taylor of the Class A St. Lucie Mets was named the Florida State League Player of the Week for the week of June 27th-July 3rd. He had 13 hits in 31 at-bats with 11 RBI’s, two doubles, two home runs and seven runs scored. The 24-year old Taylor leads the Mets with seven home runs and 34 RBI’s and is tied for first among all FSL batters with a .396 OBP. He was originally taken in the 34th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 out of Western Nevada College. After not advancing past the Single A Midwest League ranks in the Dodgers’ chain, Taylor found himself playing two years of Independent ball before the Mets signed him in February.
The Single A Brooklyn Cyclones have rebounded nicely after a slow start. They are 6-4 over their last ten games, moving their record up to 9-10 and in second place in the New York-Penn League’s McNamara division. It’s been a mixed bag both on the mound and at the dish for the Cyclones. The pitching staff ranks first in strikeouts with 203 and tied for third in WHIP at 1.15 but eighth in ERA at 3.21. The offense ranks ninth in batting average at .225 and ninth in OBP at .307. However, they are in the upper half of the league in runs scored with 82. It will be an interstate rivalry weekend as the Hudson Valley Renegades make their way to Coney Island this weekend for a three game set against Brooklyn.
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