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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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Mets replace Jose Valverde with Kyle Farnsworth at closer

Mets pitcher Kyle Farnsworth delivers against the Washington

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Three weeks, three closers.

That’s how the 2014 season has started for the Mets, who officially replaced the struggling Jose Valverde with veteran Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth will be the latest to attempt filling in for the injured Bobby Parnell.

“I’m not going to approach it any different,” said Farnsworth, whose diminished velocity was one of the reasons he didn’t make the team out...

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Get to know Mets reliever Zack Thornton

Scottsdale Scorpions pitcher Zack Thornton throws during an

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Zack Thornton is one of the pieces coming back to the Mets in Friday's Ike Davis deal (along with a player to be named later). But who exactly is Thornton, and what does he bring to the Mets bullpen?

Thornton, 25, was drafted in the 43rd round by the San Francisco Giants out of high school in 2008, but instead went to the University of Oregon. He was taken by the Oakland A's in the 23rd round...

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Secret Service threatened Mr. Met during Bill Clinton visit, ex-mascot says

Mr. Met during an exhibition game between the

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How close was Mrs. Met to being a widow?

A few careless Mr. Met steps away from President Bill Clinton, according to a new book by former Mr. Met A.J. Mass, "Yes, It's Hot In Here". Mass donned the mascot suit from 1994-1997.

Clinton visited Shea Stadium on April 15, 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier and, in an excerpt from the book...

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Mets prospect rankings and updates

Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard is photographed during photo

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We’ll provide periodic rankings and updates of the top minor leaguers in the Mets and Yankees farm systems throughout the season. For the purposes of this list, players with significant major league experience (Vic Black, Travis d’Arnaud, etc…) will not be considered. All stats are current as of April 9:

1. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, RHP, Triple-A Las Vegas

The Mets’ top prospect, and one of...

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Travis d'Arnaud not historically bad ... yet

Travis d'Arnaud walks back the dugout after striking

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Although Noah Syndergaard displays great promise, catcher Travis d'Arnaud was the key piece for the Mets in the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to Toronto after the 2012 season.

Baseball America ranked d'Arnaud the No. 36 prospect in the game before the 2011 season, the No. 17 prospect before the 2012 season and the No. 23 prospect before the 2013 season.

In other words, the experts believed...

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Mets to watch free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 10: Joel Hanrahan #52

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The Mets are expected to be in attendance a few weeks from now when free agent reliever Joel Hanrahan holds a showcase for interested teams. According to a source, Hanrahan has remained on the Mets’ radar since they dispatched scouts in February to one of the reliever’s throwing sessions.General manager Sandy Alderson said last week that the Mets would most likely stick with their own internal bullpen...

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Matt Harvey and Adam Warren used to be teammates

Adam Warren, left, and Matt Harvey, right, during

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Alabama-born and North Carolina-educated, Adam Warren looks straight ahead and flashes that friendly Southern smile.

Matt Harvey, the Connecticut kid, sits expressionless, his body slightly tilted, as though he’s in a hurry to get somewhere else.

The description of Warren could come from the Yankees clubhouse where the righthander has weathered some bumps to put himself in contention...

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Lucas Duda to start at first base Friday vs. Reds, source says

Lucas Duda looks on after striking out against

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After using three different first baseman in their first three games of the season, the Mets have committed to giving an extended look to Lucas Duda.

Duda will start at first base against the Reds on Friday, a team insider confirmed, which pushes Ike Davis out of the picture for now. The two competed for the job during spring training, though both suffered injuries that limited their at-bats.

Davis...

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National disaster: Mets' numbers bad in opening series

Ruben Tejada walks back to the dugout after

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The Mets are off to a terrible start just three games into the season. They stand at 0-3 after getting swept by the Washington Nationals on Thursday, and these numbers show why.

Bullpen ERA: 10.62

Batting average: .179

Batting average with RISP: .143

Strikeouts: 39

Nationals' batting average: .304

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