Kingsport Mets

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Kingsport Mets
Founded in 1921
Kingsport, Tennessee
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current Rookie (1963-present)
Minor league affiliations
League Appalachian League (1955-present)
Division West Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations

New York Mets# (1980-present)

# The affiliate temporary played in the Gulf Coast League as the GCL Mets in 1983.
Minor league titles
League titles 1944, 1945, 1951, 1973, 1977, 1988, 1995
Division titles 1973, 1977, 1988, 1995, 1996
Team data
Nickname Kingsport Mets (1980-1982; 1984-present)
Previous names
Colors Blue      orange      white     
Mascot Slider
Ballpark Hunter Wright Stadium (1995-present)
Previous parks
Dobyns-Bennett High School (1969-1994)
New York Mets/S&H Baseball
Manager Mike DiFelice
General manager Brian Paupeck

The Kingsport Mets are a minor league baseball team based in Kingsport, Tennessee, United States. The team, which plays in the Appalachian League, is a Rookie League affiliate of Major League Baseball's New York Mets.

Once housed at a local high school, Dobyns-Bennett High School, the Kingsport Mets now play their home games at Hunter Wright Stadium. In 1983 while Dobyns-Bennett's field was being renovated, the team temporarily moved to Sarasota, Florida and played in the Gulf Coast League.

The team played as the Kingsport Braves from 1974 to 1979 and were affiliated with the Atlanta Braves. As a Braves affiliate, multiple future major leaguers played for them, including Matt Sinatro, Rick Behenna, Jose Alvarez, Steve Bedrosian, Paul Runge, Brad Komminsk, Milt Thompson, Brook Jacoby and Mike Payne.

Former Mets players Darryl Strawberry, Jeff Henderson, Dwight Gooden, and Kevin Mitchell as well as current players José Reyes, David Wright, Lastings Milledge, and AJ Burnett made their professional debut in Kingsport. In addition former National League MVP Dale Murphy and Cy Young Award Winner Steve Bedrosian played in Kingsport when they were a Braves affiliate from 1974-80. Al Cowens and U.L. Washington were notable players when the Royals were in town from 1969-73.

The team won the Appalachian League titles in 1988 and 1995.

All Silver Anniversary Team (Named in 2005)[edit]

Year-by-year record[edit]

(from Baseball Reference)

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1974 31-39 7th Hoyt Wilhelm none
1975 33-33 6th Gene Hassell none
1976 25-42 8th Bobby Dews none
1977 43-27 2nd Bob Didier none
1978 33-37 5th Eddie Haas none
1979 39-31 2nd Gene Hassell none


Kingsport Mets roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 40 Gaby Almonte
  • 44 Tyler Bashlor
  • 28 Bryce Beeler
  • 23 Matt Blackham
  • 48 Nicco Blank
  • 36 Andrew Church
  • 18 Audry German
  • 45 Yoan Gonzalez
  • 29 Andrew Massie
  • 12 Craig Missigman
  • 20 Christian Montgomery
  • 51 Yoryi Nuez
  • 33 Alex Palsha
  • 54 Ruben Reyes
  • 56 Blake Taylor
  • 10 Ty Williams


  • 15 Brandon Brosher
  •  4 Jose Garcia


  •  3 Leon Canelon
  •    Josh Dunn ‡
  •  5 Branden Kaupe
  • 34 Zach Mathieu
  • 24 Luis Ortega


  • 47 Oswald Caraballo
  • 25 Jose Figuera
  •  4 Bradley Marquez ‡
  • 22 Ivan Wilson


  • -- Luis Rivera


  • 30 Jonathan Hurst (pitching)
  • -- Sean Ratliff (hitting)

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On New York Mets 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated May 6, 2015
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New York Mets minor league players

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