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Mets engineer comebacks in minor league playoffs

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50), who was

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Wednesday was the first day of the playoffs for the three Mets minor league affiliates who made the postseason. Here’s a look at how they fared in Game 1:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s vs. Reno Aces (Diamondbacks)

The skinny: L.J. Mazzilli singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth to score Cory Vaughn with the go-ahead run, and Gonzalez Germen pitched a perfect ninth to save the 5-4...

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Akeel Morris' numbers are Mariano Rivera-like

Cyclones pitcher Akeel Morris pitches against the Staten

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

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Albuquerque scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to take the lead for good in a 10-5 win over Las Vegas.

The standouts:

Brandon Allen, 1B: 2-for-4 with a double and a home run

Andrew Brown, LF: 2-for-4 with a double

Josh...

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Mets daily prospect report: Montero dominates again

Mets starting pitcher Rafael Montero (50), who was

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Tuesday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Rafael Montero and Chase Bradford combined to allow just one hit to Sacramento during a 3-0 Las Vegas win. Montero carried a no-hitter through four innings, but Nick Buss singled for Sacramento to lead off the bottom of the fifth.

The standouts:

Montero, RHP: Allowed one hit and...

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Mets daily prospect report: Montero shines for Las Vegas

Mets pitcher Rafael Montero looks on during spring

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An overview of the Mets minor league affiliates on Thursday:

TRIPLE-A – Las Vegas 51s

The skinny: Las Vegas scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings during a 2-0 win over El Paso.

The standouts:

Matt den Dekker, CF: 2-for-2 with two walks

Matt Reynolds, SS: 2-for-3 with a double and a walk

Rafael Montero, RHP: Allowed three hits and two walks in 6.2...

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Mets minor league rankings

Oregon State's Michael Conforto rounds first base on

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Here's Newsday's newest minor league rankings for the Mets organization. All stats are through Friday.

1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): 5.31 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 82 K, 23 BBAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2010)After a string of bad starts, “Thor” was excellent on July 6, allowing one earned run in seven innings, walking none and striking out eight.

2. BRANDON NIMMO, CF, Binghamton...

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Mets minor league rankings

From left, Mets prospects Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero

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1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Las Vegas 51s (AAA): 5.70 ERA, 1.56 WHIP, 74 K, 23 BBAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2010)“Thor” has had a rough experience in AAA. His last five starts: 19 innings, 32 hits, 22 earned runs.

2. BRANDON NIMMO, CF, Binghamton Mets (AA): .302 BA, .430 OBP, .444 SLG, 6 HRAGE: 21 | DRAFTED: 1st round (2011)Has a hit in eight of his last 10 games as he adjusts to a recent...

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Dillon Gee: 'I was trying to force coming back too early'

Dillon Gee watches an intrasquad game from the

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At first, Mets pitcher Dillon Gee insisted that he’d take his time, for fear that trying to rush back from his strained lat muscle would cause a setback. It’s why he wanted to pitch in at least one game-like situation before being activated from the disabled list.

He thought he’d miss just two starts.

But Gee’s DL stint will likely linger into June after the pitcher said on Tuesday night...

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MLB debuts a rarity in Subway Series history...until now

Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom is photographed during photo

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When Rafael Montero steps on the mound at Citi Field to start Wednesday's Subway Series game for the Mets, he'll be just the sixth player on either team to make his MLB debut during the intra-city contest.

When Chase Whitley debuts as the Yankees starter on Thursday, he'll also join the club.

When Jacob deGrom debuts as the Mets' starter on Thursday, he will, too.

A Mets or Yankees...

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Rafael Montero: What to expect from the Mets prospect

Mets pitcher Rafael Montero looks on during spring

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Rafael Montero, one of the top pitching prospects in the Mets organization, makes his major league debut in a start against the Yankees on Wednesday night.

Here's what you can expect to see from the 6-foot righthander:

IN CONTROL

Montero's calling card is his excellent command. In 390 minor league innings, he's struck out 367 hitters and walked 85 -- a 4.32 strikeout to walk ratio.He's...

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Mets prospects update

Mets pitcher Steven Matz looks on during spring

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Here’s an alphabetical look at how some of the Mets’ more notable and interesting prospects are faring in the minors (all stats as of the afternoon of April 21):

Vic Black, 25, RHP

One of the last cuts in Mets’ camp this year, his lack of control kicked him off the major league roster. He hasn’t rediscovered it in Triple-A. Has walked seven (also struck out six) in 6.1 IP. Don’t be fooled...

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