Farm Report: Corey Taylor has solid closing act for St. Lucie

Right-hander Corey Taylor performed solidly with Brooklyn last summer after getting drafted in the seventh round out of Texas Tech. He is continuing that success in the Florida State League this season. The 23-year-old Taylor is 1-2 with a 1.48 ERA in 25 relief appearances with St. Lucie. He has 12 saves in 13 chances.

Taylor got on pro teams’ radars with his senior season at Texas Tech. He went 4-0 with an NCAA-leading 0.31 ERA in 57⅓ innings.

“You can’t expect to have that year,” Taylor said. “That was a blessing. It was something I’ll never forget, for sure.”

Taylor had seriously improved each season with the Red Raiders. He had a 7.18 ERA as a sophomore and 2.61 ERA as a junior. He spent his first college season at Cisco Junior College in his native Texas.

“Out of high school I was close to not even playing college baseball,” Taylor said. “I didn’t have many offers. At the end of like May, Cisco Junior College gave me the opportunity to play. My freshman year, that’s when things really started to take off for me. I started getting successful and started to find a groove.”

Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock spotted Taylor when Cisco played in a regional on the Division I program’s campus en route to reaching the JUCO World Series.

“After the JUCO World Series, I went out for a visit to Lubbock and just fell in love with the place,” Taylor said. “It was a good time.”

Taylor throws a sinker, slider and changeup. His fastball has sat at 93-95 mph this season. He is working to polish the changeup.


Average: Wagner Lagrange, GCL Mets, .472; Colby Woodmansee, Brooklyn, .373; T.J. Rivera, Vegas, .351; Gavin Cecchini, Vegas, .335; Brandon Nimmo, Vegas, .328; Amed Rosario, Binghamton, .323; Wuilmer Becerra, St. Lucie, .318; Kevin Taylor, St. Lucie, .314; ; Travis Taijeron, Vegas, .310; Tomas Nido, St. Lucie, .305.

Homers: Johnny Monell, Vegas, 14; Travis Taijeron, Vegas, 13; Marc Krauss, Vegas, 11; Dilson Herrera, Vegas, 11; Dominic Smith, Binghamton, 10.

RBIs: Travis Taijeron, Vegas, 68; T.J. Rivera, Vegas, 59; Dominic Smith, Binghamton, 58; David Thompson, Columbia, 58.

Steals: Champ Stuart, St. Lucie, 25; Amed Rosario, Binghamton, 14; J.C. Rodriguez, Columbia, 14; Patrick Biondi, St. Lucie, 12; Roger Bernadina, Vegas, 12.

ERA: Thomas Szapucki, Kingsport, 0.54; Luis De Los Santos, GCL Mets, 0.90; Max Wotell, Kingsport, 1.74; P.J. Conlon, St. Lucie, 1.89; Ricky Knapp, St. Lucie, 1.99; Sixto Torres, GCL Mets, 2.00; Merandy Gonzalez, Brooklyn, 2.21; Carlos Hernandez, GCL Mets, 2.25; Ezequiel Zabaleta, GCL Mets, 2.45; Erik Manoah, Brooklyn, 2.81.

Wins: P.J. Conlon, St. Lucie, 10; Sean Gilmartin, Vegas, 9; Gabriel Ynoa, Vegas, 9; Casey Delgado, Binghamton, 8; Ricky Knapp, St. Lucie, 8.

Saves: Alex Palsha, Columbia, 13; Corey Taylor, St. Lucie, 12; Paul Sewald, Vegas, 9; Akeel Morris, Binghamton, 6; Beck Wheeler, Binghamton, 6.

Strikeouts: Tyler Pill, Binghamton, 84; Joe Shaw, Columbia, 84; Kevin Canelon, Columbia, 78; P.J. Conlon, St. Lucie, 76.


  • Dilson Herrera missed his sixth straight game Tuesday with a hamstring injury, although the Mets say he is nearing a return and his availability to participate in Sunday’s Futures Game in San Diego is not in jeopardy. He was selected to join Binghamton first baseman Dominic Smith in representing the Mets organization at Petco Park. Smith ranks second in the Eastern League since June 24 with an .808 slugging percentage. He has produced four doubles, six homers and has a .385 average during that 14-game span. Smith’s 10 homers this season are a career high.

  • Infielder T.J. Rivera, outfielder Travis Taijeron and right-hander Gabriel Ynoa will represent the 51s in the Triple-A All-Star Game next Wednesday in Charlotte. Wally Backman will manage the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. Taijeron also will participate in the Home Run Derby.

  • Michael Conforto is hitting .289 (11-for-38) with one double, one homer and seven RBIs and four walks in nine games since a demotion from the Mets.

  • Robert Gsellman, who had been dealing with a quadriceps injury, is expected to pitch Saturday for the first time since June 11.

  • Infielder Matt Oberste and right-handers Tyler Pill and Logan Taylor will represent Binghamton in the Eastern League All-Star Game next Wednesday in Akron, Ohio.

  • With Rainy Lara on Binghamton’s disabled list with a back injury, the Mets signed right-hander Tyler Herron from Fargo-Morehead of the independent American Association and placed him in Binghamton’s rotation. The 29-year-old Herron, a former Cardinals first-round pick, allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in 3⅔ innings on Saturday against New Hampshire in his organization debut.

  • First baseman/outfielder Kevin Taylor was named Florida State League Player of the Week. For the week ending Sunday, Taylor hit .419 (13-for-31) with two homers, two doubles, 11 RBIs and seven runs scored. The Mets signed Taylor after he played for the independent Laredo Lemurs of the American Association in 2015. He proposed to his girlfriend at St. Lucie’s Tradition Field on an off day earlier this season with the help of the scoreboard and public-address system. She said yes.

  • After winning the College World Series with Coastal Carolina, shortstop Michael Paez is due to be assigned to Brooklyn when his contract is official. “Because he’s a smaller guy, 5-8 or 5-9, I think he was undervalued by the industry a little bit,” amateur scouting director Tommy Tanous said. “… There’s some power with this kid. In the Cape Cod League, with wood bats, sometimes our concerns are how they hit with metal vs. wood. This kid showed power in the Cape. He hit .295. Over his career, this is a guy who had more walks than strikeouts. So I think this is a guy that’s been under the radar a little bit.”

  • First-round pick Justin Dunn, a Boston College product from Long Island, tossed two scoreless innings on Monday in his professional debut with Brooklyn. Dunn is expected to get that type of workload once every five days because he had a long college season.

  • On the first day the Mets were permitted to sign international 16-year-olds, they reportedly inked Dominican outfielders Sebastian Espino and Ezequiel Pena as well as right-hander Daison Acosta. None appeared on Baseball America’s top-50 list.

  • Third baseman Eudor Garcia joined Columbia on Tuesday and went hitless in four at-bats after playing two games in the Gulf Coast League. Garcia, a fourth-round pick in 2014 out of El Paso Community College, opened the season serving an 80-game suspension for testing positive for the performance-enhancing substances bumetanide and furosemide, according to Major League Baseball. Garcia hit .296/.340/.442 in the South Atlantic League last season with Savannah.

  • Released by the Mets, Danny Muno signed with the White Sox and made his debut with that organization with Triple-A Charlotte on Saturday.

  • Left-hander P.J. Conlon has a 2.08 ERA (5 ER in 21⅔ IP) since a promotion from Columbia to St. Lucie.

  • Catcher Ali Sanchez, 19, returned to Brooklyn’s lineup Sunday after missing eight games with a thumb injury. He is hitting .313 with three doubles in 32 at-bats with the New York-Penn League club.

  • After opening the season 0-for-20, Cyclones outfielder Arnaldo Berrios has hit safely in eight of nine games. He is batting .382 (13-for-34) during that stretch.

  • Ricky Knapp and Domingo Tapia returned to St. Lucie after pitching in with Binghamton in consecutive doubleheaders. Knapp tossed a complete game and earned the win in his B-Mets start.

  • Binghamton outfielder Kyle Johnson homered in his first at-bat after a 10-day absence because of a shoulder injury.

  • The first-year Columbia Fireflies drew a Spirit Communications Park-record 9,228 spectators on Independence Day. The previous record was 9,077 for the home opener.

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