New York Mets Daily Farm Report - 4/13/12

Binghamton's RHP Collin McHugh

*All results from games played on Thursday, April 12th

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (4-4)_______________________________________

SCRANTON/WB 7, BUFFALO 2 (Box)

For the second day in a row the Bisons sent a Yankees top pitching prospect to the showers early. Talented lefty Manny Banuelos lasted just two innings, giving up three hits and handing out six free passes on a day when very few pitchers had much command. Unfortunately, that includes Buffalo's starter Chris Schwinden, who allowed five walks of his own. So few strikes were thrown in this game that I'm going to once again assume the horrible April weather up in Buffalo was to blame. The real problem was that somehow Banuelos skated around nine baserunners to allow just two earned. Even worse the Yankees 'pen authored seven more scoreless. Meanwhile Schwinden and the Bisons 'pen had a lot more trouble stranding their runners in this 7-2 loss.

  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-5, R, K, SB(1)
  • 3B Zach Lutz: 1-3, RBI, BB
  • 1B Josh Satin: 0-2, R, 2 BB, K
  • RHP Chris Schwinden: L, 4 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 4 K; Threw just 46 of 84 pitches for strikes, good for a 55% strike rate...though the overall average on this chilly day was 54% so don't fret too much
  • LHP Daniel Herrera: 2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

AA - Binghamton Mets (3-3)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 5, PORTLAND 1 (Box)

Both starters allowed some damage in the first frame, including a leadoff home run against B-Mets starter Collin McHugh. Fortunately, while the Portland starter continued to flounder, McHugh was excellent tossing six more scoreless, striking out six and walking none. The 24-yr old righty didn't face more than four batters in any of the remaining innings and at one point retired ten straight Sea Dogs. Burgeoning bullpen tandem Ramirez and Edgin were their usual dominant selves, making Jefry Marte's first inning 2-RBI double more than enough for the W in this one.

  • RF Juan Lagares: 1-3, BB, R; That's now five walks in six games, took him 38 games last season...we may be onto something here
  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 2-4, R
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4, 3 RBI, R
  • DH Allan Dykstra: 1-2, R, 2 BB, K
  • C Juan Centeno: 0-4, K
  • LF Pedro Zapata: 1-5, 3 K, SB(1); 7 K's over his last 3 games
  • RHP Collin McHugh: W, 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 1 HB
  • RHP Elvin Ramirez: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K; He's struck out 6 of 12 batters faced in 2012 without allowing a hit; there was already a decent chance we'd see him in Citi this year but if he keeps this up it'll be a lot sooner than September
  • LHP Josh Edgin: 1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K; Would anyone be that surprised to see these two hanging around the Mets bullpen together later this season?
  • Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (5-2)________________________________________

    ST. LUCIE 1, PALM BEACH 3 (Box)

    Mets starter Gonzalez Germen wasn't bad at all, allowing just a single run over five innings. Nor was the St. Lucie bullpen. But 0-for-7 with RISP isn't a recipe for success and on this day it doomed the little Mets. On the bright side Danny Muno knocked his first homer of 2012 while Robbie Shields just kept on hitting.

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

    SAVANNAH 0, AUGUSTA 4 (Box)

    If you thought St. Lucie was bad, you might not want to continue. Savannah managed just four hits in this game -- just one for extra bases -- and went an awful 0-for-10 with RISP. They also made three errors. Starter Rafael Montero was all right but he never stood a chance in this one. On the bright side, as hard as it may be to believe none of those errors was committed by Aderlin!

    Star of the Night

    Today's star was yesterday's starter up in Binghamton, Collin McHugh. Honorable mentions to his backup squad, Elvin Ramirez and Josh Edgin. The three of them allowed just a single run over nine innings while racking up ten strikeouts. Elvin to Edgin could become a very effective tandem in Binghamton, then Buffalo and even Queens before long. Typical Collin McHugh start where he spread out some hits but utilized spot-on command and good breaking stuff to miss plenty of bats.

    Goat of the Night
    Sort of a middle-of-the-road night where no one was too good or too bad. But the horns must be appeased and so on this day Buffalo's Lucas May is the goat fresh off an 0-for-4 with 2 K's. After a spring where he made a serious run for Mike Nickeas' job, the 27-yr old May now has a single hit in his first fourteen at bats with the Bisons.
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