New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 9/2
*All results from games played on Thursday, September 1st, 2011
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (60-78)_______________________________________
SYRACUSE 6, BUFFALO 2 (Box)
The last home game of 2011 did not go well for the Bisons. Starter Dylan Owen after the first batter lined one back up the box, and the Bisons bullpen could not keep the Chiefs off the board. Five Bisons relievers pitched, and every one of them surrendered at least one run, except for RHP Jose de la Torre. The offensive effort was a bit anemic as well, though that is to be expected given the recent call-ups and injuries. It has also left my list looking a bit bare.
AA - Binghamton Mets (65-72)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 2, ERIE 1 (Box)
There aren't enough games left in the season for the B-Mets to get back to .500, but darn it if they aren't going to try. This victory made it six straight and sixteen of eighteen in the win column for Binghamton. RHP Colin McHugh turned in one of the best pitching performances of the year for the affiliates, hurling a complete game and striking out eleven. He heads to the AFL with an opportunity to further shoot up Mets prospect lists. Or hopefully at least play his way onto the 40 man for next season.
- 2B Reese Havens: 1-3, 2B, BB, K
- 1B Eric Campbell: 0-4
- RF Juan Lagares: 0-4, 2 K; 2 straight hitless games has the batting average all the way down to .375. TRAID!
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-4, 2 K
- DH Allan Dykstra: 0-3, R, HBP
- C Kai Gronauer: 1-3, HR (4), R, RBI, 2 K
- RHP Colin McHugh: W, 9 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 11 K
Josh Stinson had $400 cab ride from Erie to Binghamton to get his car, which he then drove to NYC. ... Josh Satin's brother attends NYU law.
Well, he does stand to make a tick under 70 grand for his month in the majors, so I guess he can afford it.
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (33-33 // 71-65)________________________________________
PAM BEACH 5, ST. LUCIE 4 (Box)
The St. Lucie bullpen had some issues last night. First, it was RHP Scott Moviel getting smacked around for 6 hits and three runs in relief of RHP Zack Wheeler. The Mets shrugged that off courtesy of a three run home run from CF Cesar Puello. Then it was Eric Niesen's turn to get knocked around, surrendering a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the eighth. St. Lucie tried to battle back, getting men to first and second with one out in the ninth, but Puello and SS Wilmer Flores went quietly, and the Mets fell back to .500 in the 2nd half.
- RF Cory Vaughn: 0-4, 2 K, E (5); Has struggled mightily against Hi-A pitching. He'll get another shot at it next year, but you have to think his prospect status has taken a bit of a ding.
- 3B Jefry Marte: 2-4, K, SB (14)
- SS Wilmer Flores: 1-5, K
- CF Cesar Puello: 1-5, HR (10), R, 3 RBI, K; 10 home runs this year is more than his previous three minor league seasons combined. That, coupled with a strong second half, makes me think Puello might have breakout potential next year. And I've never been that high on him.
- LF Gilbert Gomez: 1-3, HR (4), 2 R, RBI, 2 BB, SB; Didn't hit in the GCL last year. Didn't hit in the GCL this year. Gets promoted FIVE LEVELS because St. Lucie is short on outfielders, and has hit .306/.386/.565 in 62 ABs. Yes, it is only 62 ABs, but he's a 19 year old mashing at Hi-A. It's probably just a weird fluke, but he has gotten my attention.
- RHP Zack Wheeler: 2 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K; Before anyone panics, he was held to a strict pitch count so he will be ready to start Game 2 in the FSL playoffs.
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (39-27 // 78-57)__________________________________
SAVANNNAH 6, LEXINGTON 5 (Box)
Maybe it is just the games I cover, but it sure seems like Savannah is always coming from behind or winning with some late inning heroics. Despite having a less than imposing line-up, the Sand Gnats just keep winning baseball games. Another dose of ninth inning magic puts the Gnats two up in the South, as they are now poised to sweep both halves of the South Atlantic League. LHP Angel Cuan only allowed a single unearned run in five innings of work, but the usually steady Savannah bullpen was not up to the task of holding a 4-1 lead, and heading into the ninth, we were knotted at 5. The Gnats managed to squeak across the game winner, helped by a pair of Lexington errors (the Legends had five on the night) and RHP Hamilton Bennett closed the door as the Gnats close in on double division titles.
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-4, R, BB, K
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 K, 2 E (44)
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-5, HR (2), R, RBI
- C Blake Forsythe: 1-4, R, K
- DH Albert Cordero: 0-5, 2 K
- LHP Chase Huchingson: 1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K; A rare poor outing for Mr. Huchingson
- LHP Angel Cuan: 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 5 K
Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (42-29)_______________________________________
BROOKLYN 7, LOWELL 1 (Box)
The dogfight for the NYPL wild card continues, but Brooklyn finally opened up a bit of breathing room with their win over the Spinners last night. 1B Cole Frenzel powered the offense with four RBIs, and SS Danny Muno and RF Charlie Thurber added three hits a piece for the Cyclones. Brooklyn mixed and matched, sending five pitchers to the hill to hold Lowell to a single run.
- SS Danny Muno: 3-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB; It's so hard not to get really excited about Muno, but history is littered with polished college bats that mashed in the NYPL and then struggled at higher levels. Muno is the type that will have to prove it again at every level, but so far he has just flat out raked.
- RF Javier Rodriguez: 1-3, R, RBI
- CF-LF Travis Taijeron: 0-5, 3 K
- 1B Cole Frenzel: 3-5, 4 RBI, K
- LHP Chris Hillard: 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K
★ Star of the Night ★
Colin McHugh, natch.