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Mets minor league playoff preview

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is photographed during photo

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Three Mets affiliates begin minor league playoff series on Wednesday. Here’s a breakdown of each series:


THE MATCHUP: Las Vegas (81-63), Pacific Southern winner, vs. Reno (81-63), Pacific Northern winner

THE SERIES: Begins with two games at Cashman Field on Wednesday and Thursday before shifting to Reno on Friday. If needed, the final two games of the five-game series...

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Mets minor league leaders

Binghamton Mets starting pitcher Matt Bowman throws against

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The minor league regular season came to a close on Monday. Before several of the Mets’ affiliates begin postseason play, here’s a look at the organizational batting and pitching leaders (the levels each player played at in 2014 are in parenthesis):


Batting average (minimum 100 at-bats)

1. Jairo Perez - .364 (A+, Rk)

2. Eric Campbell - .355 (AAA)

3. T.J. Rivera...

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Yankees minor league leaders

Jaron Long, a top pitching prospect in the

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The minor league regular season came to a close on Monday. Here’s a look at the organizational batting and pitching leaders for the Yankees’ affiliates (the levels each player played at in 2014 are in parenthesis):


Batting average (minimum 100 at-bats)

1. Connor Spencer - .364 (A-)

2. Carlos Vidal - .361 (FRk)

3. Bryan Cuevas - .356 (Rk)

4. Algeni Mateo...

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Nick Tropeano and Sean Nolin, Long Island pitchers, get MLB call

A collage of Astros prospect Nick Tropeano, left,

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A pair of pitchers from Long Island will become major leaguers on Tuesday as part of their teams' September call-ups.

Starting Sept. 1, teams are allowed to expand their big league rosters from 25 to 40 players.

Righthander Nick Tropeano, who attended West Islip High School and Stony Brook University, was called up by the Astros. Lefthander Sean Nolin, a Seaford High School alum, was...

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Mets' Brooklyn team eliminated from playoffs on final day

Cyclones designated hitter Michael Conforto cracks a single

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Monday marked the last day of the minor league regular season. The Mets’ uppermost five affiliates finished a combined 367-269 (.577 winning percentage). Every team’s final individual record was also over .500.

Here’s an overview of the affiliates final regular season contests:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s (81-63)

The skinny: Las Vegas pitching held Albuquerque to just four hits during...

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Yankees affiliates finish minor league seasons under .500

Gary Sanchez of the Trenton Thunder bats during

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Monday marked the close of the minor league regular season. All Yankees affiliates have been eliminated from playoff contention. The uppermost five affiliates, profiled here daily, combined for a 314-326 record (.490 winning percentage). Here’s an overview of the teams’ final games of the season:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (68-76)

The skinny: Adonis Garcia scored on...

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Terry Collins 'a little surprised' at lack of trade talks on Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon of the Mets leaves a game

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MIAMI -- The Bartolo Colon trade watch has been postponed until the offseason.

The Mets did not deal the veteran righthander before Monday’s deadline for waiver trades, ensuring that he will remain under team control for the rest of the season. But in the winter, the Mets once again will be expected to explore trading the 41-year-old, in hopes that they'll find more fertile ground for a deal.


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Spot start in plans for Mets prospect Rafael Montero

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero delivers a pitch

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MIAMI -- The Mets expect pitching prospect Rafael Montero to make a spot start with the big league club before the season is finished.

“We’re probably going to get him another start here,” manager Terry Collins said on Monday, when he mentioned the possibility of a six-man starting rotation.

Montero, 23, is expected to be promoted once Triple-A Las Vegas wraps up the Pacific Coast playoffs....

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Long Island's Cam Maron promoted to Double-A Mets

Cam Maron, a native of Hicksville, works out

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Here’s an overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Sunday (and a look at the overall playoff picture):

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Roger Bernadina hit a one-out, bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 11th to lead Albuquerque over Las Vegas, 12-11. Las Vegas had held an 8-0 lead after the top of the sixth, but Albuquerque struck for six runs in the bottom of...

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Yankees minor leagues get shut out of the playoffs

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez poses on picture day

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The regular season is nearing a close and none of the Yankees' uppermost five affilliates have made the playoffs. Here's an overview of the Yankees minor league affiliates on Sunday:

TRIPLE-A – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The skinny: Lehigh Valley and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre were tied 1-1 in the eighth inning when the game was suspended due to weather.

The standouts:


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