As seen in the Mets farm system!
*All results from games played on Tuesday, August 23rd 2012
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (62-71)_______________________________________
SCRANTON WB 4, BUFFALO 3  (Box)
With Collin McHugh doing his thing up in Queens, Armando Rodriguez got the call up to Triple-A and was also very strong in his debut. The 24-yr old Rodriguez pitched 4.1 very strong innings after posting a 3.04 ERA mostly out of the 'pen with Double-A Binghamton. Unfortunately his bullpen -- namely Garrett Olson -- couldn't hold it and though it took a while, the Herd ultimately lost in eleven.
- DH Lucas Duda: 0-3, BB, 2 K; Batting .273/.337/.409 with three homers through 23 games
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 2-4, K
- 3B Zach Lutz: 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K
- 1B Josh Satin: 0-5, R
- RHP Armando Rodriguez: 4.1 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 2 K
AA - Binghamton Mets (63-68)_____________________________________
BINGHAMTON 9, PORTLAND 14 (Box)
This one was devoid of much pitching, especially on the B-Mets side as starter Cory Mazzoni continued to underwhelm, allowing seven earned after three. To his credit the 23-year old righty has thrown strikes this year, but to his discredit he's been FAR too hittable. On the bright side the Bingo lineup responded nicely, especially the trio of 21-year olds. Flores, Tovar and Marte went 8-for-12 with 15 total bases between them. However, in true Mets fashion the bullpen put this one out of reach, allowing seven more earned following Mazzoni's dismissal.
- LF Juan Lagares: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 K
- DH Wilmer Flores: 3-4, 2B, HR(5), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 3-4, 3B, 2 RBI, R, E(9); He's batting .230 in Double-A but I'm not too concerned, the walk rate is down but he's still making ridiculous contact...Tovar had similarly slow starts in both Savannah and St. Lucie
- 3B Jefry Marte: 2-4, 2B, 3 R, BB
- 2B Reese Havens: 0-5, K; I know people said if you forgave his awful April he's actually been ok, but a .225 August with one homer and over twice as many strikeouts as walks tosses some cold water on that theory
- C Juan Centeno: 0-2, 2 RBI, BB, PB(9); Quietly batting .285 but it's the excellent contact skills and good plate discipline that could give him a chance to be a defensive-minded backup catcher
- RHP Cory Mazzoni: 3 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR; 2011 second-rounder has been somewhat disappointing as a pro (see, .271 opponent average)
Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (28-29)________________________________________
GAME 1: JUPITER 9, ST. LUCIE 0 (Box)
Tough one to be a St. Lucie Met. You know how I always say left-handed starter Angel Cuan may have to move to the next level before hitters catch up to his well-placed finesse offerings? Well maybe not as the Hammerheads knocked him out in under an inning. The lineup managed just four hits off of two guys named Conley.
- 1B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-3, K; Played his first game at first base since the mid-July promotion to Hi-A...he's improved a bit defensively this season but I'd be pretty shocked if he doesn't play first long-term
- CF Cesar Puello: 1-2, SB(16); Speaking of defense, Puello played center for the first time since returning from the hamate injury...Alonzo Harris has been surprisingly good but Puello is still the org's higher priority here
- RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, K
- DH Darrell Ceciliani: 0-3; Batting .300 with a homer in just 16 games in what's been an injury-marred season (hamstring)
- LF Alonzo Harris: 1-3, 2 K, SB(36)
- 2B Danny Muno: 0-3, 2 K, E(10)
- LHP Angel Cuan: 0.2 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
- LHP Jack Leathersich: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K; Posting a 6.30 ERA in August
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 3-3, 2 HR(8), 3 RBI, 3 R; With 24 homers total, A-Rod seems to be adjusting nicely to Hi-A at age 20 and will fare very nicely in postseason prospect rankings as a result
- RF Cesar Puello: 1-3, HR(3); It'd be nice to see him finish strong
- DH Cory Vaughn: 1-2, RBI, R
- CF Alonzo Harris: 2-4, R, 3 SB(39); Stealing at a nearly 80% clip, Harris is really boosting his stock this year
- LF Travis Taijeron: 2-3, HR(6), 3 RBI, R
- RHP Logan Verrett: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR; K-rate is down a bit in Hi-A but that's nitpicking
Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (24-32)________________________________________
POSTPONED - Rain
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (38-25)__________________________________
- CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-5, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
- SS Philip Evans: 1-5, R, 2 K
- DH Kevin Plawecki: 0-3, 2 BB, K
- RHP Gabriel Ynoa: 6.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K; Pushing hard for the distinction of the best pitching prospect in Brooklyn
TRI-CITY 4, BROOKLYN 3 (Box)
Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (22-39)__________________________________
KINGSPORT 7, BLUEFIELD 1 (Box)
Starter Miller Diaz had perhaps his best appearance as a pro, tossing six scoreless with just two hits. The 20-year old righty from Venezuela features a strong fastball that reaches the mid-90's and now that he's reining in his command he's becoming an interesting arm (see, 9.42 K.9).
- DH Gavin Cecchini: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K, SB(5)
- 2B Branden Kaupe: 0-4, 3 K; Batting .178, fourth rounder from Hawaii can take a walk and not much else
- CF Maikis De La Cruz: 2-4, 3B, RBI, 2 K
- RF Jorge Rivero: 1-4, RBI, BB, SB(3), CS(2); Batting .333, the 23-year old middle infielder by trade is way old for the league but coming from Cuba this is only his second season as a pro
- RHP Miller Diaz: 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 6 K
- RHP Akeel Morris: 3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR; He's come out of the 'pen in each of his last five appearances and he's still walking/whiffing as many as ever
★ Star of the Night ★
Hard not to win the star when you hit multiple home runs. Thus spoke Aderlin.
Goat of the Night
Angel Cuan was not angelic nor cherubic last night.