Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/28: It's a (Hessman) Walk-off!

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the morning/night of Thursday, May 27 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (28-19)

  • 1B Dan Murphy: 0-5, K (.111/.222/.333) For anyone who didn't hear, the Mets have stated that they're going to give Murph a little while to get re-acclimated before starting the positional carousel
  • SS Ruben Tejada: 0-4, (.299/.344/.367)
  • 3B Mike Hessman: 3-5, 2B, 2 HR(16), 2 RBI, 3 R (.310/.391/.678) Hess went all Billy Zane on their asses
  • LF-RF Jesus Feliciano: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R (.366/.419/.462) With all the talk about his offense, Feliciano is 2nd in the IL with 6 OF assists
  • Josh Thole: 0-3, BB, E(3) (.243/.310/.400) Just 3-for-16 (.188) against lefties on the season
  • RP Manny Acosta: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 0 K (1-1, 1.46, 12.1 IP, 9 H, 2 BB, 12 K, 1 HR) I give him a lot of credit for getting right back to work to make his way up again
  • For those looking to learn more about the system beyond the Top 20 prospects, check out this interesting piece on the Bisons website about the newly-added youngsters contributing to the Herd's success

AA - Binghamton (22-24)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 0-1 (.301/.335/.497) Pinch-hitting
  • 1B Nick Evans: 1-4, HR(8) (.273/.349/.506)
  • 3B Eric Campbell: 2-4, HR(1), 2 RBI, R, E(2) (.375/.375/.542) First Double-A HR; a few more of these and he'll really be putting his name of the map
  • SP Chris Schwinden: 4 IP, 5 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR (1-1, 5.40, 10 IP, 16 H, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR) Learned yesterday that Double-A isn't quite so easy as it first seemed
  • RP Manny Alvarez: 2 IP, 0 ER , 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K (3-1, 0.00, 5 S, 29.2 IP, 5 BB, 29 K, 0 HR) The 30-inning scoreless streak follows him to Double-A

Hi-A - St. Lucie (23-24)

  • 2B Josh Satin: 2-4 2 2B, 3 RBI, R (.312/.396/.461)
  • 1B Stefan Welch: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 K, BB (.311/.355/.475)
  • CF Sean Ratliff: 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, K, BB (.280/.330/.466) That's how you break a slump
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-3, R, K (.275/.301/.363) Left game with what sounds like a concussion in a collision with a baserunner
  • SP Robert Carson: 7 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K (4-3, 4.73, 45.2 IP, 58 H, 21 BB, 38 K, 3 HR) The big lefty is getting back to '09 form, posting a 2.78 ERA over his last 5 starts
  • REHAB ALERT: LHP Jon Niese will make a rehab start with St. Lucie this weekend.  It is expected to be his only appearance before he makes his return to Queens. 

Lo-A - Savannah (28-20)

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-4 (.311/.370/.485) 6-for-42 (.143) over his last 10 games
  • CF Juan Lagares: 0-4, K (.284/.302/.471)
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 1-2, R, 2 BB (.213/.316/.309) 2 reasons to keep some faith: 1) he's suffering from a .229 BABIP so far & 2) he's already up to 17 BB's, vs 28 in 2 prior seasons combined
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-2 (.228/.299/.269)
  • DH Nick Santomauro: DNP to clear the head (.117/.143/.150)
  • 2B Alonzo Harris: 1-2, RBI, BB, CS(3), PO, E(11) (.250/.280/.349) He was good at the plate, everywhere else not so much 
  • SP Mark Cohoon: 6.1 IP, 0 ER (2 unearned), 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K (4-1, 1.85, 63.1 IP, 58 H, 13 BB, 53 K, 2 HR) 3 different Savannah starters have ERA's of 2 or below
  • Anyone interested in voting for the SAL All-Star Game email your selections to allstar@sandgnats.com

Star of the Night

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Could this possibly be the first time that we've called 3B Mike Hessman's name here?  Well if that's true then it's been a long overdue honor as the dude has led the IL in just about every OPS-related category all season long.  For anyone that's missed Hessman's story, he was originally a 15th round selection of the Braves back in 1996 who has always been your typical all-or-nothing minor league slugger with high HR totals and low BA's.  However, he has always been lauded for his strong defense at the hot corner.  Hessman's had a long minor league career of crushing long homers (he's the minor league active career HR leader) and striking out a lot, yet has only seen 168 career major league ab's spread over 4 different call-ups.  The 32-yr old Hessman now finds himself having the best year of his career in Buffalo and would serve as a more than adequate righty power bat off of the Mets or any other team's bench.

Watch a video of his light-tower power here.



Goat of the Night:  Alonzo, you just make this too easy.  Harris was caught stealing, then picked off and then committed the throwing error that allowed the eventual game-winning run; did I really have a choice here?  Despite an OK night at the plate, he's got to be hanging his head after this one.


System Roundup

  • In one of two 10:30AM starts on yesterday's docket, the Bisons won in dramatic fashion, an 8-7 walk-off victory over the Mud Hens in ten innings.  The hero of the night was the Terminator himself, 3B Mike Hessman whose walk-off homer against his former club was one of two bombs for him on the morning, bringing him to 16.  Believe it or not, after 327 minor league HR's, this was the first career walk-off for the active minor league android home run leader.
  • In the other morning game, the B-Mets were back to their losing ways as they fell to Richmond 11-4.  Paced by Conor Gillaspie's 5-for-5 night and starting pitcher pitcher Ronnie Ray's 5 RBI's, the Flying Squirrels bats were relentless Thursday as they posted 19 hits and scored in 5 separate innings, never really allowing the B-Mets into this one.  RHP Chris Schwinden had his first really rough outing of the season; ditto for the former scoreless one RHP Emary Frederick.  A couple of bright spots though, 3B Eric Campbell's first Binghamton bingo as well as RHP Manny Alvarez's continued season scoreless streak up to 30 IP.
  • St. Lucie got in on the Philly-bashing fun Thursday night, beating down on Philadelphia Hi-A affiliate Clearwater 11-2.  LHP Robert Carson notched his fourth win of the season, continuing his nice stretch of starts by pitching seven strong innings.  But the credit goes to the Mets offense in this one who had their best single inning of the 2010 season, hanging a 9 spot on the Threshers in the 2nd, effectively putting this one in the win column early.
  • Despite another strong performance out of LHP Mark Cohoon, some shoddy Gnats defense allowed two unearned runs and the eventual 3-2 loss to Kannapolis.  The real culprit here though is the lineup which hasn't been able to get anything going since Wilmer has cooled off.  In the past 2 weeks the Sand Gnats offense has averaged a pathetic 2.9 runs/game.
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