New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/24/11: Lagares to Double-A

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/24

*All results from games played on Saturday, July 23rd 2011

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (42-59)_______________________________________

PAWTUCKET 4, BUFFALO 1 (Box) Not much to talk about here. LHP Mark Cohoon continued his slow crawl towards respectability with another workman-like start. In fact, he'd made it into the sixth with a relatively quiet ledger until the PawSox bats got to him. Again, he's looking better and better in Triple-A but progress is moving at a snail's pace as he figures out how to make his low velocity approach work for him against more advanced hitters. C Mike Nickeas accounted for the Herd's only run on a solo job in the eighth. He's also batting .201 this season.

  • 3B Josh Satin: 0-4, 2 K; And after 46 games and two levels, so ends the ridiculously impressive on-base streak 
  • SS Ruben Tejada: 0-4 (.247/.318/.377) 0-for-12 since returning from the show
  • LHP Mark Cohoon: L, 5 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 1 K (3-6, 6.20, 53.2 IP, 65 H, 16 BB, 31 K, 8 HR) Finding it tougher to A) miss bats and B) create ground balls.
  • RHP Jose De La Torre: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (2-2, 1.08, 16.2 IP, 13 H, 9 BB, 13 K, 0 HR) Made his third appearance back with Buffalo since returning from a shoulder strain that had him out since late April...if bullpen parts are dealt he may get a chance later this year.

AA - Binghamton Mets (40-61)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 2, READING 3 (Box) Every day Binghamton seems to add more talent to their roster and today it was FSL batting leader OF Juan Lagares. After beating up Hi-A to the tune of .339/.381/.495, the 22-year old is finally getting his chance to prove it in Double-A after a turbulent five-year stay in A-ball. Meanwhile, RHP Matt Harvey continued to find Double-A hitting more challenging. However, this may have been his most impressive start with the B-Mets as he allowed all three runs on a few singles and a walk in the first, but buckled down to go four more scoreless and keep the team in this one. Unfortunately, the lineup didn't get the memo and never really did much.

  • 2B Reese Havens: 0-1, K (.258/.340/.409) Pinch hit
  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-3, BB, K, SB(5) (.234/.315/.461)
  • SS Jordany Valdespin: 2-4, 2B, R, 2 K, SB(30) (.304/.350/.491) Batting .365 in July
  • LF Juan Lagares: 1-4, 2 K; His promotion may tell us more about his future than any other in the system this season
  • Kai Gronauer: 0-1, PB(5) (.216/.310/.284) Pinch hit...second game back with Bingo since returning from hammy problems that kept him out since early May
  • 3B Eric Campbell: 2-4, 2B, RBI, K (.226/.338/.292)
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-1, 3 BB, CS(1) (.266/.393/.464) Pretty much showed you his best tool/skill in this game
  • RHP Matt Harvey: L, R IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K (0-3, 7.15, 22.2 IP, 31 H, 8 BB, 28 K, 2 HR) Strange combo of .338 average against and 11.35 K/9 in Double-A.
  • RHP Josh Stinson: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (2-1, 4.75, 30.1 IP, 35 H, 11 BB, 21 K, 0 HR)) Getting back into the rhythm of relief, may represent big league bullpen depth come September thanks to excellent 1.91 GB: FB rate
  • RHP Rhiner Cruz: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K (2-1, 3.69, 39 IP, 28 H, 29 BB, 32 K, 2 HR) If he can refine that control his high 90's heat could carry him upward fast

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (17-9 // 55-41)________________________________________

BREVARD COUNTY 14, ST. LUCIE 6 (Box) Starter RHP Greg Peavey allowed seven runs by the end of the third and this was was pretty much over. In fact it was the second time he allowed seven in three starts as he continued to show why he posted a career collegiate ERA well above 4. I know it's early to completely dump on him but April inclusion of his name amongst the system's top arms were obviously premature. Oh, OF Cory Vaughn hit his fifth bomb in this one, surpassing his homer total with Savannah in well under half the games. So yeah, you can stop worrying about his pop.

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-4, RBI, HBP, 2 E (12) (.271/.310/.370) Very unlikely they move him off short this year -- with Marte around -- but I wonder if he'll start at third next spring
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 2-5, HR(5), 2B, 2 RBI, 2 K, E(3) (.307/.408/.534) Second bomb in three games, ninth on the season overall
  • CF Cesar Puello: 1-4, BB (.238/.295/.354) Batting .316 over his last ten games and slugging .441 in July
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 1-5, R, 2 K (.272/.337/.380)
  • 2B Robbie Shields: 2-5, R, E(2) (.262/.329/.344)
  • RHP Greg Peavey: L, 2.1 IP, 7 ER, 12 H, 0 BB, 3 K, WP (3-2, 5.28, 29 IP, 40 H, 8 BB, 17 K, 0 HR) .336 average against and very underwhelming 5.27 K/9 with St. Lucie
  • REHAB ALERT: OF Mike Baxter: 3-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB; Baxter was a nice waiver steal by the Mets on Friday when they nabbed him from SD, no doubt another player DePo kept an eye on. The 26-yr old Queens native was originally drafted in the fourth round in '05 after playing at Columbia and Vanderbilt. He's no stud -- as evidenced by a career .278 average in the minors -- but he had an excellent .301/382/.517 year at Triple-A in 2010 with 18 hrs and 22 sb's. He's got a nice power/speed game, he doesn't strike out much and best of all he's got outstanding plate discipline from the left side. He was also added to the 40-man so look for him to log lots of innings with Buffalo and, probably at some point in 2012, battle for the 4th-5th OF role.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (18-11 // 57-41)__________________________________

LEXINGTON 6, SAVANNAH 7 (Box) Fun game for the Gnats last night as they staged their biggest comeback of the season and capped it by walking off. After falling behind 6-1 early thanks to RHP Ryan Fraser's second straight clunker, Savannah began clawing back late in this one. Based on a career night from C Albert Cordero -- who knocked in six RBI's -- the Gnats tallied six runs in the final four innings. 1B Joe Bonfe singled in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded to bring home the game-winner and get the walkoff party started.

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-5, R, K (.244/.334/.348)
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, BB, K, 2 E (33) (.220/.276/.369) Speaking of players switching positions next season...
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-4, R, BB (.229/.291/.281)
  • DH Blake Forsythe: 2-3, 3B, 2 R, 2 BB (.237/.340/.382)
  • C Albert Cordero: 4-5, HR(3), R, 6 RBI (.251/.283/.335) Set a Gnats season high as well as a new career high for RBI's...batting .350 over his last ten games with a .525 SLG
  • RHP Ryan Fraser: 5.2 IP, 5 ER (1 unearned), 10 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 HR, 2 WP, HB, E(5) (6-6, 3.51, 107.2 IP, 104 H, 48 BB, 66 K, 11 HR, 5.54 K/9) Rough night for Fraser who has been very feast-or-famine lately but just isn't nearly as tough to hit as a starter

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (20-15)_______________________________________

BROOKLYN 8, STATE COLLEGE 4 (Box) The Cyclones won the fourth in their last five on the strength of their bats last night. Starter RHP Marcos Camarena continued to look pedestrian but three solid innings of relief allowed the lineup to get them back into this one. Specifically, they did their damage in a five-run seventh which saw two walks, two singles and a triple -- from OF Travis Taijeron -- in that order.

  • SS Danny Muno: 3-5, RBI, BB (.372/.471/.558) 9 for his last 15, doing his best Ceciliani impression for Brooklyn (see: .414 BABIP)
  • LF Javier Rodriguez: 1-4, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K (.267/.340/.442)
  • DH Brian Harrison: 3-5, 2 R, 2 RBI (.280/.366/.346)
  • CF Travis Taijeron: 1-4, 3B, R, 3 RBI, BB, 3 K (.274/.391/.516)
  • 1B Cole Frenzel: 0-6, K (.212/.311/.269) Ouch
Applachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (14-18)_______________________________________
 
JOHNSON CITY 0, KINGSPORT 3 (Box) A night after LHP Juan Urbina made a step in the right direction, RHP Domingo Tapia did the same in this one. He pitched 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball, allowing just four hits and an impressive 10:3 GB-to-FB ratio. The K-Mets continue to get excellent production form their two-headed catching tandem of Camden Maron and Jeff Glenn.
  • DH Camden Maron: 2-4, K (.305/.416/.358)
  • Jeff Glenn: 1-3, 2B, R, K (.300/.367/.525) 
  • RF Tillman Pugh: 1-3, RBI (.261/.327/.435)
  • LF Julio Concepcion: 0-4, 3 K (.327/.347/.425) Super streaky Concepcion is now 0 for his last 8 with 5 K's, went 12 for his last 22 with just 4 K's before that, and 0 for 11 with 4 K's before that
  • RHP Domingo Tapia: W, 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K (2-3, 4.62, 25.1 IP, 27 H, 14 K, 6 BB, 3 HR) Good sign
  • RHP Ernesto Yanez: Save, 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (1-0, 2 Saves, 0.00 ERA, 19.2 IP, 15 H, 2 BB, 14 K, 0 HR) Peripherals aren't spectacular but they're not bad and more importantly the 21-year old Venezuelan native hasn't allowed an earned run in 2011 which I'd say bears watching
Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (16-12)_______________________________________

GCL METS 2, GCL MARLINS 8 (Box) Not much to say. Every Mets batter had at least one strikeout, that's something. Also, 2011 fourth rounder RHP Tyler Pill made his pro debut in this one. Good to see a kid with good potential get on the field early enough to get a little wet behind the ears.

 Star of the Night 

Like in yesterday's report, it's tough to overlook six RBI's and on this day they came from Savannah's C Albert Cordero as part of an impressive 4-for-5 night with a homer, his third. After a rough first couple months where he batted .208 with just five extra-base hits, Cordero has bounced back nicely batting .290 over the last two months -- including .310 in July.


Goat of the Night
St. Lucie starter Greg Peavey allowed seven earned before the end of the third last night, that warrants a kick in the butt I'd say. In fact, Peavey is getting beat up a little more than you want to see from a college player, especially from a big name program. Don't get me wrong, he looked great in Savannah but with virtually no projection left I'm wondering about his overall ceiling and perhaps about a long-term move to the 'pen. 

Send all of your questions about the Mets farm system to AAProspectMailbag@gmail.com!
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