Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/24: Wheeler of Fortune

Carlos Beltran, c. July 27 - September 28, 2011 (or equivalent)

*All results from games played on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

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AA - Binghamton Mets (22-22)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 8, NEW BRITAIN 1 (Box)

Zack Wheeler turns 22 in a week, and last night pitched a career high eight innings in a performance worthy of a seven-day festival. The Wheeler dealer cut down his first two batters swinging, held perfect into the fourth, and faced three more than the minimum through eight innings of one-run ball. Ruben's unnamed scout lobbies immediate bag-packing for Buffalo, citing a 94-95 mph heater with "usable offspeed stuff. He overmatched these guys." Evidently. I'd say he's overmatched our hearts. The B-Met bats held their fire till the grand finale -- a two-inning, seven-run bonanza headlined by DH Raul Reyes's three-run jolt. Raul Reyes, "King of the Wolf Council" in a lose translation, has cracked three home runs in his last five games.

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (26-20)_______________________________________

OFF DAY

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (35-11)________________________________________

ST. LUCIE 8, DAYTONA 7 (Box)

Down a pair of runs in the 8th, St. Lucie looked at herself and thought, "What the hell am I doing?" Up strode Cory Vaughn to smack his third safe hit of the night, a roper into right field. The next batter, C Francisco Pena, had earlier followed a Vaughn home run with an echo shot of his own, and in the eighth inning he doubled to halve the lead. Playing for the tie, I guess, the bunting Mets overshot their intentions with a couple of two-out singles from Harris and Tovar. A sizzler toward LF Matthew Szczur dropped for the go-ahead run, that lead lovingly protected by rehabber Pedro Beato and lefty Adam Kolarek. With the win, St. Lucie snaps a wry and bemusing three-game skid.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (28-17)__________________________________

CHARLESTON 3, SAVANNAH 6 (Box)

Coming off a Beaming-Star-gauged career night, RF Charlie Thurber cracked three hits and was joined by 3B Aderlin Rodriguez (two doubles) and DH Gilbert Gomes (three singles) in putting traffic on the bases -- three runs worth. SP Domingo Tapia stumbled off the block, allowing two first-inning runs, but settled in for six additional frames with but a lone run between them. The Gnat bats shut down at mid-contest, but the RiverDogs couldn't undo the damage against a proficient Savannah pen.

★ Beaming Star of the Night

In his starts this year, 21-year-old Zack Wheeler has struck out 6, 8, 7, 6, 3, 8, 9, and 4 -- or 29% of hitters in the box. He's allowed only 27 hits in 45.2 innings, 20 of them singles, and his ERA has just fallen below 2. What else is there to say, except that the Mayor of Zack's home town is named Max Bacon? His father was Mayor Art Bacon, also of Smyrna, GA.

By the way, some fantastic gifs and video of Wheeler, albeit from last May, are available at Project Prospect.

Stinking Goat of the Night

With wins all around, the horns rest up for tomorrow's humiliation.

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