Mets Minors Report 5/7: Travis Taijeron Named FSL Player of the Week, T.J. Rivera Goes 5-For-5

By Mitch Petanick

May 7, 2013 1 Comment

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Last Night’s Quick Scores

Prospect News

The Florida State League has announced that St. Lucie Mets outfielder Travis Taijeron was named the league’s Player of the Week for the period of April 29 – May 5.

Taijeron batted .474 and had nine hits, including one home run and six doubles in six games. He had a .600 on-base percentage and .947 slugging percentage.

Taijeron, an 18th round selection out of Cal Poly Pomona in 2011, has hit safely in eight straight games. Taijeron, 24, is hitting .266 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 29 games played .

Prospect Pipeline

  • Welcome back T.J. Rivera. We haven’t mentioned Rivera in the Minors Report for a couple of weeks and he was tired of being ignored, so he went out and got five hits in last night’s game. The lead off man now leads St. Lucie with a .292 average and is second on the team with 19 RBI.
  • Brandon Nimmo sat out both games of the Savannah doubleheader yesterday as he recovers from a hand contusion. More about Nimmo in the Quote of The Day.
  • Cory Mazzoni made his first start in a month for Binghamton last night, and looked rusty. Trenton jumped out to an early four run lead in the first inning, as Mazzoni gave up seven hits in three innings of work, three of which were extra-base hits.
  • Hansel Robles looked sharp in his start last night. He only allowed two opposing batters to reach base, both on hits, as he didn’t allow any walks on the night. Opposing batters are now hitting a skimpy .200 against Robles this season.
  • Rafael Montero takes the hill for Binghamton tonight. I really want to see how he bounces back after his last outing on May 1, where he gave up seven earned runs. This is just another test for the young prospect. This is exactly the kind of adversity the Mets wanted to see Montero battle through.
  • We want to welcome Matt Musico and Wally Murphy to MMO Minor League Team! Matt was formerly the Executive Editor of Rising Apple where he led the site to great heights. Wally has been covering the Savannah Sand Gnats for eight years and has never missed attending a home game in all that time. Two powerhouse additions to an already great minor league team. Welcome Aboard, guys!

Stat Line of the Day

T.J. Rivera: 5-for-5, 2 2B, 1 R

Transactions/Injuries

St. Lucie Mets placed LHP Pedro Feliciano on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 4, 2013.

Binghamton Mets placed RHP Tyler Pill on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to May 2, 2013 (right shoulder strain).

Quote of the Day

Brandon Nimmo spoke with Clint Robus, of the Casper-Star Tribune, about the ups and downs he expects to go through in his first full season of professional baseball.

The young prospect started off the season on fire, but things have slowed down lately for the former first rounder. ”I knew this was going to happen,” Nimmo said with a laugh. “So I’m not too surprised.”

“You have to stay even-keeled all the way through the good and through the bad,” Nimmo said.

With regards to adjusting to the everyday grind in the minor leagues, Nimmo said  ”The next day, your body is a little groggy. Your back’s a little stiff, when you get bus you kind of feel like you’ve never walked before. It takes a little bit to get used to.”

Savannah manager Luis Rojas on Nimmo’s little cold spell: Nimmo is just “going through a time. We want him to go through this,” Rojas said. “This is part of his development, and this is the part where he’s going to … figure out a lot more things.”

Rojas goes on to add that Nimmo’s mental approach is special for a player of his age (20), and he has earned respect in the clubhouse for the way he handles himself. ”That’s Brandon right there. Always a smile on his face … happy to be playing baseball,” Rojas said. “He’s going to be giving his best every day.”

Rojas also noted that Nimmo’s hand injury is not serious, and they are keeping him out of games as precaution.

Photo of the Day

Rafael Montero takes the hill tonight for Binghamton. Photo courtesy of MMO contributor Gordon Donovan.

Rafael Montero takes the hill tonight for Binghamton. Photo courtesy of MMO contributor Gordon Donovan.

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