By: Joe Messineo

Mets Minor League Report: 8/31

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It’s been fairly strong week for the big-league Mets, and another week of shuffling the deck with their the Mets minor league players. Former Las Vegas 51s pitcher Logan Verrett, who was promoted to make a spot start last Sunday, performed admirably against the Rockies, but this stint in the majors only lasted a week.

Ultimately, though, Verrett was demoted to make room for the recently-acquired reliever Addison Reed, formerly of the Diamondbacks. Part of that trade included the release of minor leaguers Miller Diaz and Matt Koch. Verrett will have to stay in the minors for ten more days before the Mets can recall him once again. Here’s everything you missed in the Mets minors this week.

Signings and Roster Moves

8/22: The Mets put 1B Lucas Duda on the 15-day DL with a lower back strain.

– The Mets called up LHP Dario Alvarez from Triple-A Las Vegas.

– The Mets acquired LF Eric Young Jr. from the Atlanta Braves for cash.

8/24: The Mets activated David Wright from the 60-day DL.

– LHP Dario Alvarez was sent back down to Triple-A Las Vegas to make room for Wright.

– The Mets put LHP Jack Leathersich on the 60-day DL. He’s having Tommy John surgery and is done for the season.

– LHP Steven Matz headed to Double-A Binghamton on a rehab assignment.

8/30: The Mets recalled 2B Wilfredo Tovar from Las Vegas 51s.

– Arizona Diamondbacks Traded RHP Addison Reed to New York Mets; St. Lucie Mets Traded RHP Miller Diaz to Visalia Rawhide and Binghamton Mets Traded RHP Matt Koch to Mobile BayBears.

8/31: The Mets optioned Logan Verrett to Las Vegas 51

Around the Minors

After a great run, the 51s faltered a bit this week, losing three straight games to Round Rock. Their playoff tickets are going on sale today, though they have yet to clinch. If they can lock up the Pacific Southern, they’ll face the Northern champs, Fresno, in the playoffs in a series beginning September 9.

The Binghamton Mets had an exhausting week, including a double header against Erie, both of which they lost. They have played more than a game per day (eight games in seven days, to be exact) and have accumulated a 5-3 record since last Monday. The highlight of the week was a very successful rehab start by Steven Matz, who pitched six scoreless innings. Matz allowed just one baserunner (on a base hit). He struck out six and retired the last 16 batters he faced.

St. Lucie went 2-3 this week with one game postponed by rain, and Brooklyn went 2-4-1. Kingsport went 7-1; thanks to rain, they took two tries to fit in a double-header against the Bristol Pirates.

Other News

David Wright did quite well in his first start back after a long DL stint: he homered in his first at-bat. The Mets will hope for similar results with their other rehabbing stars. Fans can see LHP Steven Matz in Binghamton. First baseman Lucas Duda’s rehab assignment has not been announced yet.

The Mets re-acquired Eric Young Jr. last week thanks to a swap with the Atlanta Braves. EYJ was a fan favorite in 2013 and 2014, and he’s notable for his hustle: he led the National League in stolen bases in 2013. He won’t be a starter for this team, but he could be handy as a bench player. He could have a place on the team when rosters expand on September 1.

About Joe Messineo

Joe is a co-founder of Rukkus, a web & mobile marketplace for sports tickets. As a former Division I pitcher, he has a deep love for sports and a passion for writing.

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