New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/31/11

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/31

*All results from games played on Saturday, July 30th 2011

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (45-63)_______________________________________

BUFFALO 8, LEHIGH VALLEY 5 (Box) Ever seen that movie 'Man on Wire'? No? It's a good one, check it out. And if you have, you may not have noticed that the guy who walked across that tightrope so gracefully was in actuality Miguel Batista. And last night he continued to ply his trade, allowing eight hits, six walks and somehow only one earned in 5.2 IP. On the other end, the Herd offense looked a little top-heavy -- their 1-4 hitters went 8-for-15, the rest were hitless -- but on a night this fortunate, that was enough.

AA - Binghamton Mets (43-65)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 3, HARRISBURG 5 (Box) Starter LHP Robert Carson pretty much sealed Binghamton's fate last night, allowing an incredible 15 baserunners in just 5+ innings. Par for the course from Carson who's allowed Eastern League hitters to bat .304 in 2011, .303 to lefties. Aside from a nice comeback performance by C Kai Gronauer, the B-Mets hitters were quiet, tallying just a couple of singles.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (19-16 | 57-48)________________________________________

ST. LUCIE 4, DUNEDIN 5 (Box) Don't blame LHP Darin Gorski, though he did surrender at least one bomb for the fourth straight start. Don't blame LHP Eric Niesen who, despite a 7+ ERA in Binghamton, has posted a 0.56 ERA in 11 July appearances with St. Lucie. Don't blame 1B Stefan Welch who hit his 13th homer in what's been a quietly solid season for the Aussie lefty. For this loss, blame the Mets defense on a night when they made four errors, including two consecutive errors on the final two plays of the game by SS Wilmer Flores.

  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, 2B, R (.263/.346/.441) Batting .158 over his last 10 games
  • 3B Jefry Marte: DNP (.258/.320/.358)
  • SS Wilmer Flores: 0-3, R, BB, K, 2 E(17) (.271/.313/.382) With over a half dozen errors in the last couple weeks the SS train seems to have left the station
  • CF Cesar Puello: 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K (.253/.306/.398) 
  • 1B Stefan Welch: 1-4, HR(13), K (.285/.363/.463)
  • LHP Darin Gorski : 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR (10-1,2.20, 110.2 IP, 92 H, 27 BB, 115 K, 10 HR)

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (22-13 | 61-43)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 7, GREENSBORO 1 (Box) In his first appearance in over two weeks, RHP Taylor Whitenton continued his strong season, though after three he was gassed. That's when unheralded lefty reliever Adam Kolarek picked up the slack and then some, tossing five, two-hit, one-run innings and striking out seven Grasshoppers. Greensboro talied just three hits total in this one. On the other side of the ledger, fifteen hits -- five of those doubles -- by the Sand Gnats lineup pushed across more than enough on this night.

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-6, 2 RBI, 2 K, SB(15) (.243/.327/.344)
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 3-5, 2B, 2 R, K (.218/.272/.362)
  • 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, 2B, R, BB, 2 SB(9), CS(4) (.231/.293/.282)
  • Blake Forsythe: 2-4, 2 2B, BB, K (.238/.337/.391)
  • DH Albert Cordero: 0-4, R , K (.256/.287/.344) 
  • RHP Taylor Whitenton: 3 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K, WP 4-2, 2.61, 82.2 IP, 52 H, 38 BB, 90 K, 6 HR) Posting a .179 AVG against in 2011 with a 9.83 K/9...if he can rein in the walks he may be onto something
  • LHP Adam Kolarek: W, 5 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 2 HB (5-0, 1.09, 33 IP, 19 H, 10 BB, 38 K, 1 HR) Very nice 6:1, GB-to-FB rate

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (23-18)_______________________________________

BROOKLYN 1, VERMONT 12 (Box) On July 7th, RHP Eduardo Aldama was riding high with a nice 1.93 ERA, having allowed just six runs over his first six starts. But as they often do, things have taken a turn as he's allowed 12 earned over his last three, including five runs in just three innings last night. 

  • SS Danny Muno: 0-2, 3 BB, SB(4) (.351/.450/.541)
  • LF Javier Rodriguez: 0-4, BB, K, E(2) (.258/.348/.400)
  • DH Brian Harrison: 0-2, K (.266/.362/.328)
  • CF Travis Taijeron: 1-4, 2 K (.302/.418/.586)
  • 3B Richard Lucas: 1-4, HR(5), K (.346/.442/.566) Batting .429 in his last 10 and repairing his broken prospect status
  • 1B Cole Frenzel: 1-4, BB (.233/.329/.315) Rather unimpressive pro debut from the 2011 seventh rounder from Arizona
  • RHP Eduardo Aldama: L, 3 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K, HR (2-2, 4.05, 40 IP, 38 H, 21 BB, 48 K, 3 HR) Nice peripherals but he's got to find a way to limit the free passes if he's going to make it work
Apallachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (18-21)_______________________________________
BLUEFIELD 6, KINGSPORT 7 (Box) Starter RHP Akeel Morris continued to prove that when he throws strikes he's unquestionably the best teenage pitcher in the Mets system, striking out nine more batters -- good for a 12.13 K/9 this year. The issue is that he doesn't always throw strikes as evidenced by the hefty 5.16 BB/9. However, in this one he made it work, surrendering just one run. It was a shoddy bullpen as well as the dreaded 0-fer with RISP that did the K-Mets in.
Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (18-16)_______________________________________

GCL METS 8, GCL NATIONALS 2 (Box) Not much to say about this one, aside from a few interesting names that popped up in the box score. First off, Roy Merritt is on the comeback trail after taking a comebacker off the leg a couple weeks back. Two, the 'Wheeler' you may notice was not Zack. Instead it was undrafted free agent BECK Wheeler out of UC Santa Barbara. And finally, did anybody notice that the Mets signed a right-handed pitcher named Richard RUFF in the 46th round? The spirit of Kunz lives on...
DSL Look-In

The DSL Mets 1 defeated the DSL Giants last night by the score of 2-1. Not a huge deal but there were a couple of interesting notes from this one. First, OF Vicente Lupo knocked his third bomb of the season in the game; the 17-year old is batting a curious .218/.346/.402 but leads the team in homers. Interesting note 2, starting pitcher RHP Luis Mateo made his second straight scoreless, five inning start, which brings his season line to 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA, 49.1 IP, 29 H, 61 K and 3 BB. That's not a typo. Three walks. At 21 he's old for the DSL, facing off against kids as young as Lupo but holy hell, those are flat-out ridiculous numbers and at least make Mateo worth watching going forward.

Meanwhile over on the DSL Mets 2 club, their game was suspended by rain but 16-year old 3B Elvis Sanchez continues to put up extremely strange numbers, as he's batting just .155 but has hit three homers and features a 53:50 BB-to-K rate. It should be interesting to see if this plate discipline is for real or just a product of the rawest league in organized baseball.

 Star of the Night 

Let's go with Savannah's LHP Adam Kolarek who stepped up after starter Taylor Whitenton tired early, delivering five very strong innings to preserve Savannah's 7-1 victory. After a tough debut with St. Lucie, the 2010 11th rounder out of the U of Maryland has flown under the radar this season, posting a 1.09 ERA and a .170 AVG against with Savannah. He's struck out well over a batter an inning, he's got a very nice 1.48 GB:FB and hasn't surrendered a home run. Josh Edgin has gotten all the ink as the premier future lefty reliever but pay attention to Kolarek as he climbs the ladder.

Goat of the Night
The Golden Sombrero cares not about prospect status. Thus FMart gets the horns today in a season that is just sort of petering out.

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