Mets Daily Farm System Report - 6/27: Amidst Losses, Promise from Familia, Pill, Matz, Taijeron

Beaming Star Alonzo Harris. Courtesy of Bryan Green.

*All results from games played on Tuesday, June 26th, 2012.

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (38-41)_______________________________________

LOUISVILE 5, BUFFALO 3 (Box)

SP Jeurys Familia rebounded from a wretched outing in Norfolk. Ted Berg live-twitted the action: "Hey, a home run for @UpperDekker." "Joey Gathright just swung and missed at a Jeurys Familia breaking ball that him in the leg and knocked him down. My kingdom for a GIF." "Bleu Cheese has won the character race here in Buffalo. Celery bowed out with a pulled hamstring." And: "The hot wing got off to a great start but stopped to sign autographs." In fact I'm turning it all over to Ted, who reports a 92-94 MPH fastball for Familia and, for Mejia, two walks on nine pitches as part of his second inning of work. Familia (71.2 IP, 49 BB, 65 K) was in line for the win until Mejia failed him in the eighth.

AA - Binghamton Mets (36-39)_____________________________________

BOWIE 10, BINGHAMTON 1 (Box)

We singled twice and hit a homer; the Baysox amassed 25 total bases.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (3-3)________________________________________

DAYTONA 3, ST. LUCIE 4 (12 Innings -- Box)

In 12 innings of play, the Mets put 17 men in scoring position and knocked six of them over for four runs. OF Travis Taijeron will simply not be slowed by higher-class pitching. Brandon Nimmo, in the Amazin' Avenue interview, reflected on failure's place in a player's development, but it's something yet unlearned by a kid who slugged .744 in Division II college and is slugging .700 today (1.140 OPS, 6 games in hi-A.) DH Alonzo Harris stroked four hits in the rare seven at-bats and stole his 14th base, one shy of his total in 109 games last year. Harris's dashingest hit fell in with two outs in the bottom of the 12th, scoring none other than Travis Taijeron. Additionally, a beautiful fourth hi-A start from twenty-two-year-old SP Tyler Pill. Pill was popped in his June 12th appearance but has rebounded with a pair of gems; 10 strikeouts and two walks between them, and some welcome longevity in a game where Leathersich didn't have it.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (1-5)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 6, CHARLESTON 7 (10 Innings -- Box)

The Gnats carried a 6-2 lead into the seventh and a Texan by the name of Jared Nielsen West surrendered every bit. C Cam Maron saw a 17-game hitting streak erased Monday but turns a new leaf with a .500 effort the next day. Cam is hitting .415/.446/.509 in June (!) and there's no sneezing at a .761 season OPS on a twenty-one-year-old backstop -- in the Mets org. CF Gilbert Gomez had an even cooler day, getting on base five times; he sports a .386 OBP.

    Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (6-3)__________________________________

    BROOKLYN 2, HUDSON VALLEY 4 (Box)

    Brandon Nimmo is 0-for-his-last-3-games and continues to struggle with batting balls, but curiously enjoys a .405 OBP as he's walking at a better than one-per-game clip. He and Evans, who has been much better, went 0-7 and helped waste a solid effort out of SP Luis Cessa. Cessa has allowed a .308-average in his 10 Brooklyn innings but limited the damage to 3 ERs while striking out seven and walking one.

  • CF Brandon Nimmo: 0-3, BB, K
  • SS Philip Evans: 0-4
  • C Kevin Plawecki: 1-3, R, BB
  • 1B Cole Frenzel: 1-4, RBI, E(1); Made just one error the whole of last season for the NYPL fielding percentage crown.
  • RF Eudy Pina: 2-4, RBI, E(1)
  • RHP Luis Cessa: 5 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

    Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (1-7)__________________________________

    KINGSPORT 3, DANVILLE 5 (Box)

    SP Steven Matz, a second round pick who immediately underwent TJ surgery, made his professional debut last week and followed with his first quality professional start. And it was a beaut, but a second win eludes the K-Mets.

    ★ Beaming Star of the Night

    St. Lucie DH Alonzo Harris. 4-7 with a stolen base, a double, and the extra-inning walk off single. Star! Harris grew up in the Civil Rights battleground of McComb Mississipi, attending a high school where more than 100 students were arrested in 1961 for protesting the murder of two voting-registration activists. For his high school, Harris batted .540 and rushed for over 1,000 yards as QB.

    Stinking Goat of the Night

    Savannah's RHRP Jared West entered a 6-2 game and evened the score, robbing the org a chance at a second win. The Woodlands, TX, where West calls home, has a very fancy website with an E-Neighbor Blog. The 23-yo has struck out 25 and walked 17 in 34.1 innings.

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