Mets Daily Farm Report - 4/16/13: Nimmo, Flores, and d'Arnaud continue to impress

Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE

A look at how the Mets minor league affiliates did on April 15, 2013

AAA - Las Vegas 51's (6-6)_______________________________________

COLORADO SPRINGS 19, LAS VEGAS 5 (Box)

This game certainly won't go down in the history books as one of the better ones in Mets Minor League history. The 51's committed 6 errors to go along with the 18 hits and 7 walks Colorado Springs would rack up, so the 19 runs may actually have been a bit flattering. There were some real positives at the plate though, most notably the 3 walks from Travis d'Arnaud and a 3-hit night from Wilmer Flores.

AA - Binghamton Mets (6-5)_____________________________________

PORTLAND 7, BINGHAMTON 4 (Box)

It was a rough night overall for the B-Mets, as they managed just 4 hits and struggled on the mound in a 7-4 loss to the Sea Dogs. That includes starter Luis Mateo, who made his anti-climactic Double-A debut in this one. The 23-year-old was shaky all evening, balking on two separate occasions. Even worse, Mateo left the game after three with an apparent arm injury:

Here's BP prospecter Hudson Belinsky:

Sounds bad; more to come on that soon, I'm sure. The highlight of the night for Mets fans was probably Juan Centeno breaking up the Portland no-hitter with 2 outs in the 7th inning, hitting a 2-run double that kept the game surprisingly close. Unfortunately, Chase Huchingson let the game get away in the 9th though, allowing 3 more runs to assure the Mets would drop to 6-5. Centeno provided another highlight in getting tossed after Huchingson was called for a balk in that inning, the third called against the B-Mets on the evening.

  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-3
  • LF Darrell Ceciliani: 0-4, 3K
  • 2B Danny Muno: 0-3, BB, 2 K
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-3, BB, 2 K, 2B, RBI
  • CF Alonzo Harris: 0-3
  • C Juan Centeno: 1-3, K, 2B, 2 RBI
  • RHP Luis Mateo: 3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 K, 3 BB, HR; Based on the news above, don't be surprised to see Mateo hit the DL as well...bummer
  • LHP Chase Huchingson: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 K, BB, HR
  • INJURY UPDATE - Cory Mazzoni's mystery 'arm soreness' has been diagnosed as elbow neuritis, otherwise known as tennis elbow. The severity of the injury is unclear; however the team has placed Mazzoni on the 7-day DL.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (8-3)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 6, CHARLOTTE 3 (Box)

The Mets system looked better at the lower levels than it did up top yesterday, and that was due in large part to Domingo Tapia. The righty managed 8 strikeouts while only walking 1, keeping the Mets in the game until they'd explode for 6 runs in the 6th inning. Pedro Feliciano threw an inning in this game as well, and the St. Lucie radar gun had his fastball sitting at 86-87 for most of the outing.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (6-5)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 8, GREENSBORO 5 (Box)

The Gnats made it a 2-2 night for the system jumping on Greensboro early. By the time they turned the ball back over to Logan Taylor in the 4th, they had already built up a 6 run lead. Taylor gave 3 back right away, but 2 more Savannah runs in the 5th pretty much put the game to bed.

Star of the Night

There are a few players probably more deserving of the star of the night last evening, but for my money it has to be Travis d'Arnaud. The homerun was nice, but his 3 walks bring him up to 12 in just 43 plate appearances this season. Considering that his walk rate was the one major concern I had about him at the time of the TRAID, this is just wonderful to see.

Goat of the Night

I'll pass the goat of the night to the 5 Las Vegas players who committed 6 errors in their 19-5 loss to Portland. The pitching staff didn't look all that great to begin with, and our defense essentially made them work 2 extra inning on top of it. Well done guys*.

*Ironically, Travis d'Arnaud committed 1 of those errors. Star and goat in the same night? Sounds like he's ready for the Mets.

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