Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/31: Mejia sharp, Wilmer fierce, Elvin perfect, ZeErika McQueen

In fine fettle.

*All results from games played on Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (31-22)_______________________________________

COLUMBUS 2, BUFFALO 3 (Box)

C Josh Thole was a late scratch for yesterday's rehab appearance and you feared the noggin was a-crampin', but, happily, it was only a clearance mix-up with the union, and papers pony-expressed to Buffalo arrived by the eighth inning in time for Josh Thole to pinch hit and ground out. But guys, I am very excited for T-Hole's return.

The Herd came out on top in a ten-inning dandy in Buffalo on the strength of sure and fearful pitching. SP Jenrry Mejia was hit only twice in six innings -- once over the wall -- and induced nine ground balls while striking out two and walking only one. It wasn't a power performance but it was effective and it sure was efficient: 6 innings, 68 pitches, 45 of them strikes. Mejia tapped out for southpaw Josh Edgin, a man with the power to differentiate Tim Byrdak from Pedro Feliciano -- if all goes well -- yielding two strikeouts in a pair of unblemished innings. RP Elvin Ramirez saw that lay and raised Josh a strikeout, stretching the perfect bullpen work through a three-K tenth. That settled, smooth-operator Josh Satin hopped a line-drive over the wall for his double, broke for third on a right-side dribbler, and scrambled home on an errant pitch to the back-stop -- a critical tenth-inning wild pitch. Lucas May, at the bat, got to play Mookie.

  • 1B Josh Satin: 2-4, R, 2B, K
  • 2B Brad Emaus: 1-4, R, 2B, E(4)
  • OF Matt Tuiasosopo: 0-3, BB, K
  • CF Corey Wimberly: 1-3, R, HR(1), 2 RBI
  • RHP Jenrry Mejia: 6 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR
  • LHP Josh Edgin: 2 IP, 2 K
  • RHP Elvin Ramirez: 2 IP, 3 K; After last night's performance I'm getting impatient for Sandy to bite the bullet and just put the best options in place, regardless of contract status, reputation, etc...and it's becoming pretty clear that Elvin is one of them
  • REHAB ALERT: PH-DH Josh Thole: 0-1

AA - Binghamton Mets (24-26)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 3, READING 5 (Box)

Does everybody know that Reading, PA, is pronounced red-ing, like a gerund form of the stop-sign color, and the same goes for the rail line in Monopoly? It's so! -- and it's what passes for a Houston vs. Houston (as in "South of") distinction in Pennsylvania. CF Matt Den Dekker done decked his second homer in five games, his seventh on the year, cracking the .900 OPS plane. The lad can hit as well as strike out (53 Ks, 48 games), and might he be doing both for a prospect-scanty Herd down the line? SP Miguel Batista, in his first rehab start, did a little of everything in seven able-bodied innings, walking four, striking out three, surrendering a homer, bouncing two wild pitches, etc. etc., but the essential thing remains that he is, in fact, a pitcher, and that's the Miguel Batista standard.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (40-12)________________________________________

ST. LUCIE 1, PALM BEACH 3 (Box)

What was ZeErika McQueen up to in 2011? A man so named is, in the common way of things, easily googled, but damned if I can't figure it out. Anyway you'll be wanting to know that the player formerly known as ZeErika Hall is back in action, from wherever he was, and lined out in his first 2012 at bat. Otherwise it was an atypically unawesome day for the mighty wee Mets. 3B Wilmer Flores popped a homer, which is getting to be old hat. Get him up! GET him UP! If Wilmer has anything left to prove in hi-A, then Roger Angell should be filing minor league reports on AA. SP Chase Huchingson made a fine starting effort and is having a pretty good season: 3.14 ERA, 49 Ks in 51.2 innings, but also 30 free passes. St. Lucie gained the 1-0 advantage early but, in the seventh, Huchingson put on a pair and earned the hook. The next Cardinal homered.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (31-21)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 3, GREENVILLE 6 (Box)

The Gnat hitters were a trivial nuisance, swarming the base paths but with no bite to their bite. Ten hits yielded only three runs and an 0-9 fiasco with runners in scoring position. The exception to all this is 3B Aderlin Rodriguez. The twenty one year old cracked a pair of solo home runs in his bid to erase memories of 2011; he has eight on the year. SP Tyler Pill, meanwhile, was all peripherals and no good. Of his 24 batters, seven struck out, one walked, eight hit, and two homered, adding up to five earned runs and a loss in Greenville, the city of both Jesse Jackson and Strom Thurmond (also "Shoeless" Joe.)

★ Beaming Star of the Night

Right-handed reliever Elvin Ramirez resumes his march to the big leagues, setting down six batters at the close of a tied game and striking out the side in the tenth, swinging, swinging, swinging. The twenty four year old Dominican has pitched 14.2 innings in Buffalo without surrendering a run. Only five hits. Only one walk. And nineteen strike outs, friend.

Stinking Goat of the Night

2B Reese Havens allowed the Phillies' first run to score on a failed play at second and went 0-3 at the plate with a walk. With 26 games under his belt, Reese sports an Ike Davisian .148 average -- .091 at home. On the bright side, he's walked 19 times. On the brighter side, he's likely getting his groove back coming off injury. On the brightest side, ZeErika McQueen is back. Dishonorable mention: whoever messed with the fabric of reality and put 21-run potential in the Mariners. Honorable mention: whoever decided to nevertheless deny Chone Figgins a decent game.

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