New York Mets Daily Farm Report - 4/12/12: Lutz Got It On

"Damn, Lutz can hit..."

You're damn right I just made that sweet Marvin Gaye pun.

*All results from games played on Wednesday, April 11th

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (4-3)_______________________________________

SCRANTON/WB 3, BUFFALO 12 (Box)

In a battle of top New York prospects, Jeurys Familia bested Yankees' stud righthander Dellin Betances. Familia wasn't exactly stellar as he once again battled a bit of wildness -- throwing just 58 of 100 pitches for strikes. Side note: The game time temperature once again hovered around 40 degrees. However, his stellar stuff shone through as he struck out eight Yankees batters, six of them swinging. Back to Betances: The Bisons had their way with the top prospect in this one, notching eight earned in 3+ innings despite going just 2-for-13 with RISP. Kudos to Zach Lutz for finally answering the would-be bell, knocking his first two homers of the season with David Wright's status unclear...and they were absolute moon shots. Big Val also mashed his IL-leading fourth bomb of the season in this one.

  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-4, HR(1), 3 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB; Valdespin pulled out the tape measure as well
  • 3B Zach Lutz: 2-4, 2 HR(2), 3 RBI, 3 R, K; Unless an extended DL stint for DW is in order he probably won't get a shot, but there's little doubt that this guy is ready to hit major league pitching...as long as Ronny Cedeno is around to man the MI would the big club be better served with Lutz backing up the corners over Turner? Hint: Yes
  • 1B Josh Satin: 1-4, R
  • RHP Jeurys Familia: W, 5 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR; 100-58

Proof of aforementioned Lutz moonshot (do yourself a favor and turn the volume on):

AA - Binghamton Mets (2-3)_____________________________________

POSTPONED (RAIN)

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (5-1)________________________________________

CHARLOTTE 4, ST. LUCIE 6 (Box)

St. Lucie features quite a dynamic offensive unit this season and even with two of their top contributors out of the lineup it was on display last night. Seven of nine Mets batters had at least one hit in this game, five of those being doubles. On the mound Cory Mazzoni was solid; after allowing runs in the first two he faced just one over the minimum in the following four innings. Despite some drama in the ninth thanks to Mets reliever Jeff Kaplan, intriguing lefty Adam Kolarek came in and struck out the last batter to end this one.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (4-3)__________________________________

ROME 5, SAVANNAH 10 (Box)

This was a back and forth affair. That is until the Gnats came to bat in the seventh inning. By the time the frame was through 13 men had come to the plate and the game was pretty much over. Strange night for Gnats starter Logan Verrett though; you don't often see a line as contradictory as his on a night where he induced quite a bit of swing and miss despite being quite hittable.

Aderlin Error Counter: 6

Star of the Night

Well I said I was waiting for the first big offensive performance. And last night the wait was over. Pascucci's monstrous homer off Dellin Betances. Ditto Valdespin. Robbie Shields put up a nice 3-for-4 with two doubles. Travis Taijeron banged out three hits, including his first homer. Savannah SS Luis Nieves was perfect with a 4-for-4 night. But the honors go to Buffalo's Zach Lutz with not one but two absolute bombs in the Bisons 12-3 drubbing of the Scranton/WB Yankees.

Goat of the Night
Despite a fine effort from St. Lucie starter Cory Mazzoni, Jeff Kaplan did his best to squander it allowing four hits and two runs in the top of the ninth before Adam Kolarek had to come in and put out the fire. Goat.

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