Mets Daily Farm System Report - 6/15/12: Harvey (sort of) Dominant, Wheeler (sort of) Hittable

Dustin Lawley, pride of Wallace State Community College.


*All results from games played on Thursday June 14th

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (37-30)_______________________________________

PAWTUCKET 5, BUFFALO 0 (Box)

Through five Matt Harvey hadn't allowed a hit. In fact, he'd already struck out six Paw Sox, five of them swinging -- the curve was working -- and had only allowed one base runner. Unfortunately with two outs in the sixth a single, a hit batsman and a poorly-timed home run -- by Red Sox power-hitting catching prospect Ryan Lavarnaway -- marred an otherwise impressive day. In fact, after an uneven 2012 season this is the kind of day that should give Mets fans confidence about Harvey's ultimate potential, even if it's going to take him a little while to actually get there. On the other side, the Bisons were pretty much determined not to score in this one. Of their seven total base runners, four of them were erased by way of the double play ball.

  • CF Matt den Dekker: 0-3, BB, K, E(1)
  • 1B Josh Satin: 1-3
  • C Rob Johnson: 1-3, 2B, K
  • RHP Matt Harvey: L, 7 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HR, 1 HB; 8:3 GB-to-FB and 67% of his pitches for strikes
  • RHP Pedro Beato: 1 IP, 0 ER (1 unearned), 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K
  • RHP Justin Hampson: .2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB; Any chance he doesn't outperform Miguel Batista as the jack-of-all-trades reliever right now? With a 2.02 ERA and 35 K's in 35 IP I'd go ahead and test that theory
  • REHAB ALERT - SS Justin Turner: 1-4
  • INJURY UPDATE - OF Adam Loewen (.270/.400/.568) is still on the shelf with a stress fracture in his 2nd right metatarsal. He has not appeared in a game since April 20th.

AA - Binghamton Mets (30-32)_____________________________________

READING 5, BINGHAMTON 8 (Box)

So he is mortal...at least somewhat. Zack Wheeler had some trouble with the EL's top offense last night, allowing runs in three separate innings and giving up more hits than innings pitched for just the third time in 11 starts. Additionally, this was the first game he struck out six or fewer batters since April 24th. So he wasn't his best in this one but the good news is that even with that he continued to throw plenty of strikes, got ahead of most batters and ultimately wasn't that bad. And what's more his offense had his back, scoring six runs over their final three frames en route to their first win in their last four.

  • LF Juan Lagares: 1-2, 3B, 2 RBI, 3 BB; The .270 average with a single homer may be disappointing but can't complain about doubling his BB% from last year while maintaining an identical K%
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 0-5, 2 K; Yuck
  • 2B Reese Havens:1-5, RBI, 3 K; Showing us that you can only miss so much development time before it takes a toll on your ability
  • 1B Eric Campbell: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI, R, K; Now leads the club with a .320 average and a .926 OPS, batted .348 in May and batting .345 in June...may have taken a couple years but he's starting to re-enter the prospect discussion
  • C Juan Centeno: 2-4, RBI, 2 R, K
  • RHP Zack Wheeler: 6 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K; Still threw 66% of his pitches for strikes

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (48-17)________________________________________

POSTPONED - RAIN

Believe it or not, St. Lucie has actually lost four of their last six games. Never thought I'd see the day.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (38-26)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 0 (Box)

The Gnats won their fourth straight on the strength of Michael Fulmer's best pro start to date. The teenaged righty scattered three hits over 7+ innings in what was also his longest appearance as a pro. Fulmer is definitely picking up steam, as he's allowed just six earned over his last 21+ IP (2.53 ERA). You'd like to see a few more K's in this one but there'll be plenty of time for that. On the offensive side the Gnats batters exploded for 15 hits in this game, typified by LF Dustin Lawley's big 4-for-6 day at the dish.

  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, BB, K
  • CF Travis Taijeron: 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 K; Strikeouts are always going to be an issue but I'm interested to see if he can sustain this against better competition...I'm guessing we'll see that .291 average drop kind of hard
  • C Albert Cordero: 3-5, 2 2B, RBI; Some signs of life
  • DH Gilbert Gomez: DNP
  • RHP Michael Fulmer: W, 7.1 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Star of the Night

As previously mentioned, Gnats outfielder Dustin Lawley had a nice day at the plate, going 4-for-6 with his seventh homer of the year. At 23, his triple slash (.276/.358/.444) would look a lot nicer if the Mets acted on their idea of moving him to catcher this spring.

Goat of the Night

Marte's 0-for-5 with a pair of K's fits the bill nicely.
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