New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Tuesday May 25, 2010.
The Usual Suspects
AAA - Buffalo
- 1B Dan Murphy: 1-4, 2B, R; Murphy’s first game at Triple-A
- SS Ruben Tejada: 0-2, 2 K, SH (.308/.353/.378)
- 3B Mike Hessman: 2-4, RBI, 2 K (.302/.386/.639)
- RF Jesus Feliciano: 0-3, BB, K, CS (.364/.419/.457); second-straight game without a hit
- DH Mike Jacobs: 0-1 (.259/.307/.466); just a pinch-hitting appearance
- C Josh Thole: 1-4, K (.250/.312/.411); allowed three stolen bases
- SP Pat Misch: 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 0 HR (4-1, 3.02 ERA, 56.2 IP, 52 H, 11 BB, 33 K, 4 HR)
- RP Manny Acosta: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR (0-1, 1.74 ERA, 10.1 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 12 K, 1 HR)
AA - Binghamton
- CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 3-4, 3 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, CS (.299/.335/.481); not a bad night’s work
- 1B Nick Evans: 1-4, R, BB, 2 K (.283/.361/.510)
- 3B Eric Campbell: 3-5, 2B, 4 RBI (.313/.313/.375); a strong showing at Bingo will help his prospect status immensely
- SP Eddie Kunz: 7.2 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR (4-3, 5.28 ERA, 46.0 IP, 43 H, 26 BB, 29 K, ); oddly enough, didn’t get ground outs
Hi-A - St. Lucie
- CF Sean Ratliff: 1-4, K (.279/.322/.459)
- 2B Josh Satin: 2-4, K (.316/.399/.437); snaps a 3-for-20 skid
- 1B Stefan Welch: 0-4, K (.310/.353/.477)
- 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 0-4, K, SB (.274/.303/.370)
- SP Wesley Wrenn: 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR; 2009 35th rounder makes his first start of 2010, completely bypassing Savannah
- SS Wilmer Flores: 0-2, RBI, BB, SF (.317/.379/.500); still slumping, just 4-for-his-last-33
- LF Juan Lagares: 2-5, 2B, K (.294/.312/.490)
- DH Nick Santomauro: 0-4, 2 K (.123/.150/.158); looks just overmatched
- 3B Jefrey Marte: 0-4 (.209/.304/.310)
- RF Cesar Puello: 1-4, R, K (.214/.290/.252)
- SP Darin Gorski: 3 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR (1-1, 2.87 ERA, 37.2 IP, 35 H, 15 BB, 38 K, 2 HR); has been better than I anticipated, but beware: on the whole he’s walked too many and has an extreme flyball rate
Star of the Night
Kirk Nieuwenhuis. He went 3-for-4 with a homer, a walk, three runs, and two RBI. The athletic outfielder was drafted in the third round back in 2008 out of a small school, and I identified him as a sleeper after the pick. Since, he’s become one of the Mets’ best prospects, displaying a fairly rounded skill set that should translate well. This year he’s shown a solid batting average and good power, as well as above average speed. There are two worries with Nieuwenhuis, however. First, I’m not sure he’s a center fielder. According to TotalZone, he was terrible in center last year, and I’ve heard that he doesn’t always take good routes to outfield flies despite his speed. Second, he doesn’t have great plate discipline. He’s walked just nine times while striking out 46. That’s not going to play well in the pros. Still, he’s certainly made good on his draft position so far, and the power and speed are attractive enough to make him at least a fourth outfielder with a good chance at becoming a starter with moderate refinement.
Goat of the Night: Binghamton outfielder Brahiam Maldonado went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The 10th rounder from 2004 has split the year between St. Lucie and Binghamton and has struggled. Maldonado has had a rougher time in general since hitting St. Lucie in 2008, though he bounced back some last season. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him continue to struggle in Bingo.
- Pat Misch pitched well once again, but Buffalo managed just one first-inning run against Drew Carpenter and Lehigh Valley, losing 2-1. Carpenter went 6 2/3 innings, allowing just one run on six hits and a walk, while striking out seven Bisons. Buffalo wound up splitting the four-game set with the IronPigs after winning the first two.
- The bats came out in Binghamton last night, as the B-Mets defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels, 10-0. Eddie Kunz threw 7 2/3 shutout innings, and Clint Everts completed the shutout. Every player but outfielder Brahiam Maldonado and the pitcher’s spot contributed a base hit.
- St. Lucie scored a run on a throwing error by right fielder Chris Dunn in the fifth, which proved to be the difference in a 1-0 victory over Jupiter. Wesley Wrenn, Elvin Ramirez, and Jose Bierd combined for the shutout.
- Taylor Whitenton allowed two second-inning runs, which was Kannapolis needed to beat Savannah, 2-1. Wilmer Flores drove in the only run on a sacrifice fly.