Mets Daily Farm System Report - 8/9: Coney Island Skeeball

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of afternoon/night of Sunday August 8, 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (60-54)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-4, 2B, R, BB (.235/.316/.353)
  • LF Lucas Duda: 1-2, R, 2 BB, K (.313/.381/.653) How come FMart got the call over Duda again? Was it not 2 days ago when I said Duda would thrive as the lefty end of a platoon? And did cutting Cora not free up a spot on the 40-man?
  • 1B Nick Evans: 1-4, 2B, R, K (.294/.368/.500)
  • SP Tobi Stoner: 5 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 4 K (6-10, 5.97, 120.2 IP, 158 H, 43 BB, 83 K, 18 HR) Back to serviceable after a few stinkers in a row
  • RP Ryota Igarashi: .2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (2-1, 3.52, 15.1 IP, 18 H, 5 BB, 15 K, 2 HR)
  • REHAB ALERT - RHP Sean Green: 1.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K (0-0, 8.44, 5.1 IP, 9 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR) He's allowed at least one run in three of his five Triple-A appearances
  • ROSTER MOVE: To fill the Ramon Ortiz-sized hole in their starting staff, the Bisons plucked LHP Michael Antonini out of the B-Mets rotation.  Antonini certainly hadn't mastered Double-A by any means (4.32 ERA, 17 HR's allowed) but at 24 years old in the midst of his third stop at Binghamton, this certainly isn't a rush job.  Antonini will be thrown right into the fire getting tonight's start vs. the IronPigs.

AA - Binghamton (55-60)

  • CF Sean Ratliff: 0-4, 3 K (.327/.364/.585) Ouch
  • 3B Zack Lutz: 0-3, BB, 2 K (.283/.405/.614) Cooling off
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-4, R; Double-A debut for the IF prospect who is somewhat intriguing despite makeup issues over the past couple seasons
  • 1B Josh Satin: 2-3, R, BB (.309/.401/.429) Expect to see Satin play strictly first or DH with the arrival of Valdespin
  • SP Josh Stinson: 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (9-2, 3.63, 109 IP, 103 H, 46 BB, 68 K, 5 HR) Still had an excellent 10:5 GB-to-FB rate but all the groundballs in the world won't help you if you're still getting hit hard 
  • RP Roy Merritt: 2.1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 4 K (3-4, 3.75, 69.2 IP, 63 H, 21 BB, 56 K, 4 HR) First run allowed since June 12th

Hi-A - St. Lucie (52-59)

  • Off Day
  • ROSTER MOVE: As you read above, St. Lucie second baseman Jordany Valdespin was promoted to Binghamton on Sunday

Lo-A Savannah (59-54)

  • RF Cesar Puello: 2-5, RBI, K (.295/.381/.363)
  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 2-4, RBI, 2 R, 2 BB; Nice Lo-A debut for the 2010 5th rounder who skipped right over Brooklyn, making me question whether or not Darrell Ceciliani is ever going to be promoted
  • 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R (.270/.321/.331) That's his first XBH since July 27
  • SS Robbie Shields: 2-6, RBI, 2 R, K (.250/.262/.344)
  • SP Taylor Whitenton: 5.1 IP, 0 ER (1 unearned), 4 H, 3 BB, 7 K (6-6, 4.24, 85 IP, 83 H, 54 BB, 83 K, 4 HR)

 

SHORT-SEASON LEAGUES

 

SS-A Brooklyn (34-16)

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-4, 2B, K, E(3) (.375/.425/.565)
  • RF-CF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, 2B, 2 K (.309/.398/.569) Don't know why he filled in for Ceciliani in the ninth
  • SS Rylan Sandoval: 0-4 (.337/.404/.546)
  • DH Brian Harrison: 0-4, K (.280/.342/.550)
  • Blake Forsythe: 1-4, K (.269/.339/.404)
  • SP Wes Wrenn: 5 IP, 1 ER (4 unearned), 6 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, Balk (3-3, 2.93, 43 IP, 46 H, 5 BB, 35 K, 3 HR) Defense really let down the diminutive righty
  • Rosters for the Aug. 17th NYPL All-Star Game were released Saturday and the Cyclones lead the league with eight players (and one manager) representing them.  Of course we've got the Magnificent Three (Ceciliani, Vaughn & Sandoval), the two solid corner infielders 1B Jeff Flagg & 3B/DH Joe Bonfe, the flamethrowing RHP Ryan Fraser, and the righty/lefty duo at the top of the rotation LHP Angel Cuan & RHP Yohan Almonte.  Not to mention Wallyball himself.

RK Kingsport (22-23)

  • CF ZeErika McQueen: DNP (.280/.329/.394)
  • CF Chase Greene: 2-4, R(.288/.318/.387) Back in the lineup after a couple days off with a sprained ankle
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, HR(10), 2 RBI, R, K, E(15) (.282/.330/.531) He's got the same problem as Jefry Marte where the errors always seem to outpace the home runs
  • RF Javier Rodriguez: DNP (.325/.360/.523)
  • SP Orlando Tovar: 5 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K (2-0, 4.24, 25 IP, 32 H, 7 BB, 24 K, 2 HR) Nice showing in Tovar's first appearance as a starter this season

RK GCL Mets (20-18)

  • Off Day

Star of the Night

Do I have to give one out?  Not really many standout performances last night but I'll go with Savannah IF Wilfredo Tovar off his 3-for-5 with two RBI's and his first XBH (a double) in a dog's age (also, have no idea what/how long a 'dog's age' is).  After an impressive start to the season, first in PSL and then in Savannah, Tovar has slowed considerably with the bat (.176 average so far in August).  However, I'm not too concerned as Tovar's previous career high for games played was 49 back in the Venezuelan Summer League in 2008, followed by 38 in the GCL last season.  Currently he's up to 70 games split between the much rougher Florida State and South Atlantic Leagues.

Goat of the Night

This is like the third time in a week where someone has gone from Star to Goat the very next night; apparently I'm a jinx.  Well tonight is going to be Bingo CF Sean Ratliff after his 0-for-4 with 3 K performance.  As for tomorrow night's Goat, prove me wrong Wilfredo, prove me wrong.

 

System Roundup

  • Buffalo won their fourth straight game Sunday, doubling up Columbus 6-3.  Starter RHP Tobi Stoner bounced back a bit after a string of poor starts and the Herd 'pen was strong over four innings of one run ball.  The lineup wasn't great but they got the job done, featuring RBI doubles from LF Lucas Duda, IF Justin Turner & CF Jorge Padilla.  Boxscore
  • Not much to go over in this 6-3 Binghamton loss to Trenton.  Though he's been one of the system's pleasant surprises in 2010, RHP Josh Stinson was quite mediocre on Sunday.  And aside from a bases-clearing LF Brahiam Maldonado double in the seventh, the B-Mets offense managed just a few harmless singles.  Binghamton is now 12-1 in games that Stinson has started.  Boxscore
  • Savannah won big Sunday against Charleston, 10-2.  RHP Taylor Whitenton was fine in this one but the story was the Sand Gnat offense who accumulated a season-high 18 hits, including hits from every single Savannah batter (in fact LF RJ Harris was the only starter not to collect more than one hit).  Also saw the Savannah debut of CF Matt Den Dekker tonight which is fine, though I would have rather seen Darrell Ceciliani here first.  Boxscore
  • The Cyclones threw the ball all over the place on Sunday as they dropped just their fifth game at home this season in a 6-3 loss to the Connecticut Tigers.  RHP Wes Wrenn was fine in his return to the rotation (after eight consecutive relief appearances) but despite a bomb from 1B Jeff Flagg the offense was relatively quiet.  However, the real issue was errors.  The 'Clones one weakness this season has been their suspect defense and that finally came back to bite them as they allowed four unearned runs on five errors (including three from 3B Joe Bonfe alone) to lose this game.  Boxscore
  • Kingsport won their fourth straight with a 3-2 victory over Greeneville yesterday.  Give most of the credit to the pitching staff and starter LHP Orlando Tovar who was very strong in a spot start, his first starting appearance of 2010.  And aside from a little hiccup in the sixth, the K-Mets 'pen followed Tovar with four more innings of scoreless, hitless baseball.  Believe it or not 3B Aderlin Rodriguez matched Alonzo Harris' 2009 Kingsport-leading homer total with his tenth bomb of the season in this one.  Oh and if anyone was wondering, Harris has been on the Savannah DL since July 26.  Boxscore
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