Zach Lutz: The new Scott Hairston?
*All results from games played on Thursday, July 26 2012
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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (52-54)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 10, LOUISVILLE 7 (Box)
Buffalo bats buffaloed the Bats in this one. The Herd found that there's life after Harvey and all it takes is a very simple formula: Score five runs over the first three innings, then do so again over the final three innings. Their 1-4 hitters went an incredible 12-for-15 in this one, leaving just three paltry singles for the rest of the lineup. Starter Gonzalez Germen got the call from Bingo in Harvey's place and pitched about as well as a 24-yr old depth guy should upon making his Triple-A debut. Meanwhile Pedro Beato and Lucas Duda proved that things are going to get worse before they get better.
- RF Lucas Duda: 0-4, BB, K; Still in right, still lost at the dish
- CF Matt Den Dekker: N/A; (.206/.234/.424) Eighth inning defensive replacement...had to break that 8-game strikeout streak somehow
- 3B Zach Lutz: 3-3, HR(6), 3 RBI, R, 2 BB; (.312/.417/.518) Auditioning for Scott Hairston's job
- SS Josh Rodriguez: 3-5, 3 2B, 5 RBI, R (.308/.373/.483) Proving to be a very nice org depth player
- LF Fred Lewis: 4-4, 2B, 3 R, BB (.298/.377/.478)
- 2B Josh Satin: DNP (.292/.403/.447)
- RHP Gonzalez Germen: 7 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K
- RHP Pedro Beato: 1 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 K; (2.49, 25.1, 19 H, 9 BB, 18 K, 4 HR) Quickly reminding me how many times last season I wondered if he's even a Major Leaguer
REHAB ALERT - CF-RF Mike Baxter: 2-5, RBI, R, 2 K; Also gunned a man at home
AA - Binghamton Mets (48-55)_____________________________________
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (14-19 // 64-38)________________________________________
LAKELAND 2, ST. LUCIE 7 (Box)
The little Mets beat down on Teufel's boy in this one, hitting him up for a couple homers and seven earned all told. Chalk most of that up to Rafael Fernandez on his big night (3-for-3, HR) and some of that up to Cory Vaughn who has been swinging a hot bat since the ASB. Additionally, starter Erik Goeddel showed his early season form in this one, limiting the Flying Tigers to just a pair of runs of six strong innings.
- RF Cory Vaughn: 2-4, HR(17), RBI, 2 R, SB(15); (.243/.352/.457) Continues a very strong July where he's batting .305
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-4, 2 R (.224/.283/.347)
- CF Travis Taijeron: 0-4; (.232/.351/.427) With the power, the K's and the BB's he's actually looking a lot like Vaughn...also showing us why we should temper excitement when an older player dominates Lo-A
- SS Daniel Muno: 1-5; (.271/.354/.415) Batting .222 in 12 games since returning...but with 10 walks
- RHP Erik Goeddel: 6 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 WP; (4.01, 76.1 IP, 84 H, 33 BB, 66 K, 4 HR)
- RHP Jeff Walters: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K; (1.72, 15.2 IP, 12 H, 3 BB, 10 K, 0 HR)
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (16-18 // 57-44)__________________________________
KANNAPOLIS 2, SAVANNAH 4 (Box)
Tied at 1-1 in the eighth, Mets 2012 second rounder Matt Reynolds came up big with a two-run double that would put the Gnats ahead for good in this game. Starter Alex Panteliodis continued his hot stretch of late allowing just one unearned over seven dominant innings. The hefty lefty has now put together probably his two best starts as a pro back-to-back. Also of note, he had 30 K's in his previous 15 starts this year, 19 over his last two; trying something new perhaps?
- C Cam Maron: 1-2, R, 2 BB, E(6); (.292/.380/.404)
- SS Matt Reynolds: 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI, SB(3); (.215/.297/.304) Nice game but 71st overall pick has been underwhelming thus far
- 3B Dustin Lawley: 0-3, R, BB, 3 K; (.278/.359/.470) Six multi-hit games over his last eight, batting .333 since the ASB with five homers and 25 RBI's
- CF Gilbert Gomez: 0-2, 2 BB, SB(6), CS(3), E(7) (.264/.376/.360)
- LHP Alex Panteliodis: 7 IP, 0 ER (1 unearned), 3 H, 1 BB, 9 K; (3.47, 72.2 IP, 80 H, 31 BB, 49 K, 3 HR) Two earned over his last 13 IP
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (23-15)__________________________________
BROOKLYN 7, BATAVIA 1 (Box)
Brooklyn continued to keep pace with the first place Renegades with a convincing win over the aptly named Muckdogs last night. That came on the strength of yet another dominant start from Luis Mateo, who matched fellow Brooklyn starter Hansel Robles with a 2.08 ERA after six one-run innings in this game. Between those two, Lara, Cessa, Ynoa, etc the Cyclones have a nice mix of relatively unknown starting pitchers that are dominating the NYPL.
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-5, RBI, K; (.228/.369/.360) Both teenagers are showing why the NYPL was an ambitious assignment
- SS Philip Evans: 1-5, R, K; (.230/.316/.329) After his hot start, batting just .206 in July
- C Kevin Plawecki: 3-5, 2 R; (.258/.374/.351)
- DH Cole Frenzel: 0-3, BB; (.342/.410/.493)
- LF Stefan Sabol: 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, R, 2 K; (.269/.379/.408)
- 1B Jayce Boyd: 3-5, 2 R (.253/.317/.363)
- RHP Luis Mateo: 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 7 K (2.08, 43.1 IP, 26 H, 6 BB, 48 K, 2 HR) Just keeps killing it
- RHP Matt Koch: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K; (2.79, 9.2 IP, 13 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 1 HR) Third-rounder out of Louisville has shown a big arm out of the 'Clones pen thus far...figures to be a solid late relief prospect
Prospect Spotlight: Luis Mateo
The 22-yr old righty is once again dominating the competition after a 2011 season where he posted a 2.00 ERA in the DSL. With a K/9 around 10 and a BB/9 around 1, Mateo has continued to feature the same mix of power and command that makes him such an interesting prospect.
He's still a bit old for his level but you just can't argue with the stuff as he's blowing away New York-Penn League hitters with mid-90's heat and a very nice slider. In fact, the NYPL is batting an anemic .169 against Mateo, by far the most dominant figure of anyone with at least 35 IP (the next closest is .190). He should see Savannah -- or perhaps PSL -- before season's end and if he can keep this up, he could close the year in the discussion as one of the system's top five arms.
Take a look at some of that electric stuff below in this video of Mateo from Bullpen Banter:
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (9-22)__________________________________
GAME ONE: BRISTOL 0, KINGSPORT 1 (Box)
- SS Gavin Cecchini: 0-3
- 2B Branden Kaupe: 0-1
- RF Maikis De La Cruz: 0-3, 2 K
- LHP Steven Matz: 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 8 K; (1.55, 29 IP, 16 H, 17 BB, 34 K, 1 HR) Showing that when he's healthy he still has the kind of dominant stuff from the left side to justify elite status
GAME TWO: BRISTOL 3, KINGSPORT 6 (Box)
Star of the Night
Many worthy candidates last night but for me it's a battle of the top-tier arms in Mateo and Matz. Let's go Matz here who had a slightly better line and is putting up numbers at a much younger age. Honorable mentions for Rafael Fernandez (3-3, HR), Zach Lutz (3-3, HR, 2 BB) and Josh Rodriguez (3-5, 3 2B, 5 RBI). Good night.
Goat of the Night
We've set the precedent and we'll stick to it; when the system sweeps, no goat is necessary. You lucked out this time Urbina.