'...well I thought you were brave.'
That's right, your favorite daily Mets minor league recap is back for it's third year! Like last year I'll be joined by Jeff, Pack and Steve to help bring you guys all you need to know from the wonderful world of Mets prospects. We hope you'll check back every morning for your daily dose of scores, wraps and general prospect craziness as we embark on yet another great season!
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*All results from games played on Thursday, April 5th
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (0-1)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 2, PAWTUCKET 4 (Box)
Pretty anti-climactic huh? Matt Harvey battled himself throughout this one and after dancing around some wild pitches and errant throws in the first couple, he paid for his transgressions in the third, fourth and fifth before he was yanked. Not the way we all wanted him to start the season but what are you gonna do. Byrdak understudies Herrera and Olson calmed the tide, but unfortunately the damage was done on a night when the Bisons bats managed just five hits. Josh Satin and Val Pascucci share were the hitting stars as they both knocked their first homers of the season. Say goodbye to the Captain who very well may not be back.
- 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-4, PO, CS, E(1)
- CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 0-2, 2 BB, SB(1); And just that quickly his ticket has been punched
- 3B Zach Lutz: 0-3, 2 K
- 1B Josh Satin: 1-4, HR(1), 2 K
- RHP Matt Harvey: L, 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 3 K, 2 WP, E(1); Control was an issue for the Mets top prospect all night as he threw just 54 of 95 for strikes (57%)
- LHP Daniel Herrera: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 K
- LHP Garrett Olsen: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K
AA - Binghamton Mets (0-1)_____________________________________
AKRON 4, BINGHAMTON 0 (Box)
Hopefully none of you guys showed up for this one as the B-Mets certainly didn't. The Bingo lineup managed just three singles all day and put only two men in scoring position. Again, this lineup is going to have their fair share of cold streaks; hopefuly Havens gets back quickly. On the bright side the pitching wasn't bad as 2011 breakout performer Collin McHugh was solid in his 2012 debut and blast from the past Kevin Mulvey made a successful return. You may notice that longtime Mets farm hand Jose De La Torre pitched three scoreless innings of relief in this one, notching the victory for the Aeros.
- LF Juan Lagares: 0-3, BB, K, OF Assist
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-3, BB, K, CS; With Nieuwenhuis called up, the race to fill the hole in center at Buffalo is on between MDD and Lagares
- 3B Jefry Marte: 0-2, BB, K
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 1-3, BB, K
- C Juan Centeno: 1-3, K
- DH Pedro Zapata: 0-3. BB, 2 K, CS
- RHP Collin McHugh: L, 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 WP
- RHP Kevin Mulvey: 2 IP, 0 ER, 3 G, 2 BB, 2 K; '06 second rounder is back, in bullpen form
- RHP Armando Rodriguez: 2 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K; Cleared waivers and assigned to B-Mets 'pen; remember when Omar compared him to Mejia?
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (0-1)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 2, BRADENTON 3 (11) (Box)
2011 second rounder Cory Mazzoni certainly didn't disappoint in his 2012 debut as he weathered a couple of unearned runs early and still needed just 38 pitches to dispatch the Marauders over five strong innings. Unfortunately, in keeping with this night's trend the offense was mostly quiet, managing just a couple of extra-base hits and striking out 11 times. Interestingly enough, Wilmer Flores finally began the migration from shortstop and also knocked in one of their only two runs with a single in the first. You may also notice that former Mets minor leaguer Stefan Welch went 1-for-4 with an RBI in this one.
- RF Cesar Puello: 1-5, 2B, R, 3 K; Will he get any reps in center with DC around? He absolutely should
- 3B Wilmer Flores: 1-5, RBI; And so begins the 'Flores at third' era...meaning 'more power' is no longer just a nice-to-have
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-5, R, BB, K, 2 SB(2)
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, 2B, BB
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, BB, 3 K
- 2B Danny Muno: 0-5, BB, 2 K
- 3B Richard Lucas:1-3, BB, K, E(1): After quietly bouncing back in 2011, this rushed '07 fourth rounder could get back on the map this year if his big power plays in the FSL
- RHP Cory Mazzoni: 5 IP, 0 ER (2 unearned), 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K, Balk; 29 of 38 for strikes (76%)
- RHP Ryan Fraser: .1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 2 IBB, 0 K, 1 HB, E(1); A rude welcome back to the bullpen
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (1-0)__________________________________
AUGUSTA 2, SAVANNAH 3 (Box)
Savannah broke the winless streak last night and did it in style, walking off on an RBI single from OF Charles Thurber in the bottom of the ninth. However, the star of this one was starting pitcher Logan Verrett, who allowed a single unearned run on just two hits over five excellent innings.
- C Albert Cordero: 0-2, 2 K
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, 3 E(3); I'll ask again, how much longer do they leave him at third?
- CF Travis Taijeron: 0-1, BB, 2 HBP
- 1B Brian Harrison: 1-4
- DH Greg Pron: 0-4, RBI, R, BB, K
- RHP Logan Verrett: 5 IP, 0 ER (1 unearned), 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
- LHP Carlos Vazquez: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K; Angel Cuan, part II
★ Star of the Night ★