In the 2010 MLB Draft, the Mets selected catcher Blake Forsythe in the 3rd round with the 89th overall pick.
After signing, Blake reported to the Gulf Coast League Mets (Rookie) of the Gulf Coast League before being promoted to the Brooklyn Cyclones (A-) of the New York Penn League a week later. In 33 games, he hit .234 with 3 HR and 8 RBI to go with 26 hits.
He moved up another level during his second season, spending it with the Savannah Sand Gnats (A) of the South Atlantic League. He appeared in 105 games, batting .235 with 9 HR and 43 RBI.
Blake moved up one more rung in 2012, playing for the St. Lucie Mets (A+) where he appeared in 88 games, hitting 8 HR with 42 RBI.
He continued his progression through the system in 2013, playing for Binghamton (AA) where he appeared in 88 games and struggled a the plate, hitting .192 with 10 HR and 33 RBI. While he failed to get above the Mendoza line, he earned a gold glove in AA while throwing out 36% of attempted base stealers.
Over 4 minor league seasons, Blake has played in 314 games, batting .225 with 30 HR and 126 RBI. He has collected 244 hits with 64 walks, 9 triples, 140 walks while striking out 356 times.
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