New York Mets Daily Farm System Report -- Results from the night of Saturday, September 4, 2010.
The Usual Suspects
AAA - Buffalo (74-68)
- RF Jesus Feliciano: 1-4, 2B, R, BB, K (.340/.385/.410)
- CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-4, RBI, K (.209/.281/.318)
- 3B Zach Lutz: 0-4, 2 K, E(1)
- 1B Nick Evans: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R (.314/.385/.557)
- 2B Justin Turner: 0-4 (.309/.370/.470)
- RP Sean Green: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K (1-1, 4.64, 21.1 IP, 23 H, 8 BB, 20 K, 1 HR)
- RP Manny Alvarez: 2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP (0-2, 6.00, 6 IP, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR) He's had a strong season but Triple-A has gotten the best of him in 2010
- The club gave out their awards the other day, LF Lucas Duda & LHP Pat Misch were rewarded with Batter and Pitcher of the Year honors, respectively, while RHP Dillon Gee got Comeback Player of the Year.
- ROSTER MOVES: If you didn't hear, with Buffalo officially out of playoff contention 1B Nick Evans, RHP Dillon Gee & LHP Raul Valdes will be joining the big club on Labor Day in DC; does that mean IF Justin Turner won't be back up? For now, the Bisons added IF Jonathan Malo & RHP Manny Alvarez, both making their third tour of duty with the club in 2010.
AA - Binghamton (66-74)
- CF Sean Ratliff: 1-2, R, 2 BB (.320/.375/.574) For Ratliff, I'm happier with those two walks than I am with two hits
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-4, K (.309/.396/.478)
- 3B Eric Campbell: 1-2, HR(6), BB (.276/.323/.443) He needed that
- 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-3, R, BB, K, SB(4) (.233/.245/.301)
- SP Robert Carson: 3.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HB (1-6, 8.32, 48.2 IP, 68 H, 23 BB, 30 K, 7 HR) Looks like they got him out early to end his season on a good note
- SS Wilmer Flores: 3-4, RBI, R (.300/.324/.415)
- 1B Stefan Welch: 1-2, 3B, 4 RBI (.256/.326/.396)
- DH Kai Gronauer: 2-3, 2 R, BB (.324/.376/.403)
- C Francisco Pena: 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB (.303/.333/.364)
- SP Jim Fuller: 5 IP, 1 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, 1 WP (3-2, 3.38, 24 IP, 26 H, 9 BB, 25 K, 2 HR) Great season for the bulldog lefty
Lo-A Savannah (73-64)
- CF Matt den Dekker: 0-4, K (.365/.425/.490) After a torrid start, he's batting .257 over his last ten games
- SS Robbie Shields: 1-4, E(9) (.285/.329/.455)
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, K (.231/.290/.385)
- SP Taylor Whitenton: 5 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 7 K (8-9, 4.57, 108.1 IP, 110 H, 68 BB, 113 K, 6 HR)
- Tonight is Bark in the Park night in Savannah so bring the dog!
SS-A Brooklyn (50-24)
- LF ZeErika McQueen: 1-3, R, BB, 2 K (.176/.263/.176)
- CF Cory Vaughn: 0-4, BB, 2 K (.303/.394/.540)
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-5, K (.277/.324/.338)
- C Blake Forsythe: 0-1, RBI, 2 BB, K, SB(1) (.238/.310/.396)
- SP Jonathan Kountis: 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 2 HR, 1 WP (1-1, 5.95, 3.2 IP, 23 H, 14 BB, 23 K, 2 HR)
Star of the Night
For lack of any truly great performances yesterday, let's go with Buffalo's 1B Nick Evans, after a customary 2-for-4 day with an RBI double. Nick has been a revelation in 2010, beating up Eastern League pitching in the first half and faring even better in Triple-A where he's batting .314 with a .243 ISO. He's also managed to find his way on base in 34 of the 37 games he's played with Buffalo and is once again in the long-term picture as a potential very legitimate Major League bat.
Our Goat of the Night is also from Buffalo, reliever RHP Manny Alvarez, who surrendered three runs in the seventh to give Lehigh Valley the lead for good yesterday. Alvarez has actually had a very strong season and though he's had trouble with Triple-A thus far, keep in mind that he'd never pitched above Hi-A before this year and is now over thirty innings past his total from last season. Thanks in large part to his stellar 1.32 BB/9 this year, I still consider Alvarez someone definitely worth watching next spring.
- The Bisons went ahead early but couldn't quite hang on as they fell to the IronPigs 4-3. Buffalo was a solid 3-for-10 with RISP but a blow-up, 3-run seventh inning for RHP Manny Alvarez in his return to Triple-A pretty much sealed this one. Boxscore
- Both teams scored in the first and then it went quiet until the B-Mets managed to pull ahead to the final score of 3-2 over the Senators. Back at third with the promotion of Lutz, 3B Eric Campbell hit his first homer since returning to the club. LF Brahiam Maldonado added a longball of his own and with a solid performance out of LHP Robert Carson and the bullpen, that was all Binghamton would need. Boxscore
- St. Lucie took this rain-shortened affair 8-2 over Fort Myers. As he has all year, LHP Jim Fuller pitched really well (5 IP, 1 ER) while the international trio of SS Wilmer Flores, C Kai Gonauer & 1B Stefan Welch combined for seven hits and five RBI's. After a rough second half, St. Lucie has finally found it's rhythm, winning six of their last eight games. Boxscore
- Starter RHP Taylor Whitenton wasn't bad in this one but his offense deserted him in his 6-2 loss to Asheville. With CF Matt den Dekker cooling off, the club managed just six hits and went 0-for-4 with RISP. Boxscore
- In a game with 28 hits and six lead changes, the Cyclones fell just short of the ValleyCats, 8-7. Starter RHP Jonathan Kountis was hit hard, surrendering two homers and five runs through four innings. The bullpen wasn't much better, including fireballer RHP Ryan Fraser who wasn't terrible but gave up the game-winning run in the ninth. Offensively, Brooklyn was clicking as they managed thirteen hits, including the fifth bomb of the year for RF Will Cherry. Despite the loss, the Cyclones still have more than twice as many wins as losses. Boxscore