Mets Daily Farm System Report - 8/15: Two Unexpected Debuts

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Saturday August 14, 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (64-55)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 0-4, 3 K (.306/.405/.500) Ouch
  • LF Lucas Duda: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI (.325/.394/.670) Currently riding an eleven game hit streak, batting .405 with three homers over that span
  • 1B Nick Evans: 1-4, K (.333/.387/.561) Extended his hit streak to seven, batting .355 in that span
  • 2B Justin Turner: 3-4, HR(8), RBI, 3 R, BB (.307/.370/.457) batting .341 over his last ten; Tejada better watch his back if he keeps making errors
  • SP Michael Antonini: 6 IP, 6 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR, WP, HB (1-1, 4.50, 12 IP, 14 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 1 HR)
  • RP Chad Cordero: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K (0-0, 1.23, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 0 HR) I must point out that The Chief (as he is apparently known) has been very solid since joining Buffalo

AA - Binghamton (58-61)

  • LF Sean Ratliff: 3-5, R (.335/.372/.620) Homer streak ends but he's still batting .406 over his last eight games
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 0-1 (.167/.167/.167) Looking into why he was pulled after his at bat in the second
  • 3B Josh Satin: 2-4, 2B, HR(4), 2 RBI, 2 R, K (.325/.417/.485) Like Ratliff he's seemed to only get better after his promotion to Double-A
  • SP Robert Carson: 5 IP, 5 ER, 11 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 2 HR (1-4, 7.71, 30.1 IP, 44 H, 16 BB, 20 K, 6 HR) He's now allowed more home runs in Bingo (6) than he did in PSL (5) in over fifty less innings
  • RP Roy Merritt: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (4-4, 3.88, 72 IP, 66 H, 22 BB, 58 K, 4 HR)

Hi-A - St. Lucie (52-65)

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-5, R, K (.297/.317/.416) Broke a rough 0-for-19 streak with five K's and 0 BB's over that stretch
  • RF Rafael Fernandez: 1-5, K (.311/.348/.459)
  • DH Kai Gronauer: 1-3, BB (.301/.373/.356)
  • SP Brad Holt: 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 BB, 5 K, WP (2-6, 6.39, 49.1 IP, 51 H, 37 BB, 41 K, 2 HR) Better results but strikes just aren't coming easy for him
  • REHAB ALERT - C Rod Barajas: 1-4
  • REHAB ALERT - 1B Eric Campbell: 1-4

Lo-A Savannah (62-56)

  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-5, 3 K (.292/.375/.359) Cooling off, batting .207 (6-for-29) since his hit streak ended last week
  • CF Matt den Dekker: 1-4, 2B, RBI, K (.458/.536/.667)
  • SS Robbie Shields: 2-5, HR(2), 2 RBI, R, K (.267/.276/.407)
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, R (.285/.331/.348) Nice return after a late season breather
  • SP Taylor Whitenton: 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 11 K, HB (7-6, 4.00, 90 IP, 84 H, 56 BB, 94 K, 4 HR) Second straight dominant outing

 

SHORT-SEASON LEAGUES

 

SS-A Brooklyn (37-19)

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-6, 2 RBI, 2 K (.371/.424/.548)
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, BB, K (.316/.402/.569)
  • DH Brian Harrison: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 K, SB(1) (.277/.348/.546)
  • SP Yohan Almonte: 7 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K, HB (7-3, 1.73, 72.2 IP, 55 H, 14 BB, 49 K, 3 HR) Has allowed more than one earned run just once since the start of July, but for someone so dominant the K/9 is too low yet is supported by a strong GB:FB ratio
  • RP Ryan Fraser: 2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K, S (2-2, 1.46, 9 S, 24.2 IP, 13 H, 13 BB, 31 K, 0 HR) Hits are nice and low but walks are too high

RK Kingsport (23-28)

RK GCL Mets (24-19)

  • CF Tillman Pugh: 1-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB (.179/.452/.250) Love all these walks but hits are nice too
  • LF Julio Concepcion: 1-4, 3B, RBI, R (.291/.329/.507)
  • 2B Randoll Santana: 1-4, 2 RBI, K (.258/.344/.318)
  • SP Edioglis Villasmil: 4.2 IP, 3 ER (2 unearned), 4 H, 5 BB, 3 K (1-3, 3.53, 43.1 IP, 49 H, 22 BB, 19 K, 2 HR) That K-rate won't fly at any other levels, not even Kingsport
  • RP Erik Goeddel: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K; Pro debut for the 24th rounder who could easily end up as the coup of the Mets 2010 draft
  • REHAB ALERT - DH Francisco Pena: 2-5, RBI, R; I was starting to forget this guy even existed

Star of the Night

A number of worthy candidates from last night with Bingo IF Josh Satin continuing to rake, Savannah's RHP Taylor Whitenton striking out eleven guys, Brooklyn's RHP Yohan Almonte throwing seven more shutout innings or Kingsport SS/DH Robbie Shields finally heating up.  But I'm giving it to Buffalo IF Justin Turner off a tremendous 3-for-4 night with three runs and his eighth bomb of the year.  Batting .341 over his last ten games, Ruben should be happy we're likely out of it or Turner would be the better option at second right now.  Turner has been quite unheralded in 2010 with guys like Tejada and Satin getting most of the attention as far as upper level second basemen but he has been a hell of an addition to this system considering that Omar picked him up off the scrap heap.  He's no star but he can absolutely be a strong backup/spot start option as a MI in the majors RIGHT NOW and with five more years on the cheap, that shouldn't be overlooked.

The Goat of the Night will be The Captain off his rough 0-for-4 night with three strikeouts.  Ah well, happens to even the best of us.

 

System Roundup

  • The Bisons eight game win streak finally came to an end last night as the Herd fell to the Paw Sox 6-4.  LHP Michael Antonini followed up his strong Triple-A debut with a dud in this one, giving up six runs over six innings.  And despite nice performances by LF Lucas Duda and especially 2B Justin Turner, the Buffalo offense couldn't come through with the big hit going 0-for-6 with RISP.   Boxscore
  • Despite a pretty poor performance by Binghamton starter LHP Robert Carson, the B-Mets outslugged Reading 11-9.  Things looked bleak early as Carson continued to put man after man on base but suddenly a nine run third inning changed all that for Binghamton.  Four different Bingo hitters drove in two runs, including Carson himself and continued props to IF Josh Satin who moved over to third and homered in this one.  Boxscore
  • The hard times continue as St. Lucie was edged by Palm Beach 3-2.  RHP Brad Holt was allright over five innings, still prone to the base on balls but a little better last night.  Unfortunately, the Mets just seem to do just enough to lose; when they score a lot, their pitcher stinks, when their pitching is good, they can't get a big hit, like this one.  Despite outhitting the Cardinals, St. Lucie went just 2-for-9 with RISP and collected just one XBH.  Boxscore
  • Savannah scored five runs in their final three frames to run away with this 8-2 victory over Kannapolis.  In just his second game back from a groin injury, 2B Alonzo Harris had a big three hit night, including a double and his fifth bomb of the season.  Meanwhile starter RHP Taylor Whitenton was flat-out dominant over five scoreless innings, allowing just a single hit and striking out eleven Intimidators.  Boxscore
  • Brooklyn still didn't quite flex their muscles in this one but strong starting pitcher ruled the day in their 4-2 win over Williamsport.  RHP Yohan Almonte was masterful once again and has now allowed just a single run and just 15 hits over his last 29 IP.  Unfortunately RHP Ryan Fraser was touched up for the second appearance in a row in the bottom of the ninth but thanks in part to a couple more RBI's from (who else) CF Darrell Ceciliani and the Cyclones managed to hold onto this one (despite an awful 3-for-17 with RISP).  Fraser may very well be gassed after a long collegiate season this spring.  Oh and the 'Clones did extend their error streak to four straight games.  Boxscore
  • The K-Mets dropped their fifth straight last night in a 5-2 defeat to Elizabethton.  Kingsport fell into an early hole thanks to some shoddy defense leading to four unearned runs.  And though they managed a couple runs late thanks to 2B Ray Van Gurp's first homer of 2010, the K-Mets just couldn't find their way back into this one without a few of their biggest bats in the lineup.   Boxscore
  • The GCL Mets topped the GCL Astros in this one, 8-5 on the strength of some strong hitting.  But the real news out of this game was a couple of interesting debuts:  The first was the 2010 debut of former top prospect C Francisco Pena who missed most of the year after suffering a stress fracture in his ankle during spring training.  The kid is still only 20 but this ship is sailing quickly so come 2011 he better be ready to hit.  The next was the pro debut of the extremely interesting 24th rounder out of UCLA RHP Erik Goeddel; I guess that ends those rumors that his signing didn't actually take place.  For anyone that forgot, the Mets uncharacteristically went way over slot to sign up Goeddel who was considered a top five round talent but dropped due to signability issues.  The big righty with the power arm is almost definitely the most talented pitcher from the Mets 2010 draft not named Harvey and with some success should be a quick riser over the next couple seasons.  Boxscore
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