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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/29: Brad Holt!

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Friday, May 28 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (29-19)

  • 1B Dan Murphy: 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, K (.214/.214/.357)
  • SS Ruben Tejada: 1-3, R, BB (.300/.348/.367)
  • 3B Mike Hessman: 1-5, 2 K (.307/.386/.665)
  • CF Jesus Feliciano: 4-5, 2 RBI, R, K (.380/.430/.473) Played CF today...did you hear that Gary?
  • DH Mike Jacobs: 2-4, HR(5), 3 RBI, 2 R (.266/.311/.492)
  • Josh Thole: 0-1, 2 R, 2 BB (.241/.323/.397)
  • SP Dillon Gee: 6 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 2 HR (6-1, 3.92, 59.2 IP, 54 H, 18 BB, 54 K, 8 HR) Has a bit of homer-itis (8 allowed so far vs. only 7 in his last full season)
  • RP Bobby Parnell: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K (1-1, 4.72, 2 S 26.2 IP, 26 H, 14 BB, 31 K, 2 HR) Now string together a few of these type outings

AA - Binghamton (23-24)

  • DH Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 0-3, RBI, K (.296/.329/.490) DH tonight after pinch-hitting last night; possibly nursing an injury?
  • 1B Nick Evans: 1-4 (.272/.346/.500)
  • 3B Eric Campbell: 2-4, R (.393/.415/.524) Only B-Met with a multi-hit game, it was his fourth straight
  • 2B Reese Havens: 1-3, 2B, R (.278/.278/.389) First game since May 19th due to back spasms
  • SP Brad Holt: 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR (1-4, 9.90, 20 IP, 31 H, 14 BB, 17 K, 1 HR) Let's hope we see more games like this out of Holt!
  • RP Scott Shaw: 2.1 IP, 0 ER , 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (4-3, 8.26, 44.2 IP, 20 BB, 26 K, 10 HR) After getting booted from the rotation for extreme HR tendencies, Shaw looked much better in his eventual long-term role out of the 'pen

Hi-A - St. Lucie (23-25)

  • 2B Josh Satin: 2-5, 2B, RBI (.320/.396/.465)
  • 1B Stefan Welch: 0-3, RBI, K, 2 BB (.306/.356/.468)
  • CF Sean Ratliff: 1-3, RBI, 2 R, K, 2 BB, 2 SB(7) (.282/.337/.464) 
  • SP Scott Moviel: 5 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 2 K (2-5, 6.93, 49.1 IP, 65 H, 24 BB, 32 K, 2 HR) Hitters are batting .328 against him thus far

Lo-A - Savannah (28-21)

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-3 (.312/.373/.482)
  • CF Juan Lagares: 0-4, 2 K (.279/.297/.462)
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4 (.214/.315/.307)
  • RF Cesar Puello: DNP (.228/.299/.269)
  • DH Nick Santomauro: 1-4 (.125/.149/.156)
  • 2B Alonzo Harris: 0-3, K, E(12) (.246/.276/.343)
  • SP Brandon Moore: 7 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 10 K (2-3, 1.92, 51.2 IP, 39 H, 6 BB, 67 K, 3 HR) Ran into a buzzsaw tonight in Arodys Vizcaino, rough luck; also receiving only 3.4 runs/start from Savannah offense in his 8 starts thus far

Star of the Night


Really Savannah RHP Brandon Moore deserves this one but he'll have to settle for Honorable Mention tonight as I'm going to go with B-Mets righty and Mets top pitching prospect RHP Brad Holt, for no other reason than I was really relieved to see him succeed after his rough start so far.  Holt was dominant over 5 innings, allowing no runs on just 1 hit; he probably left the game so early for pitch count reasons as he's been getting the hook so soon lately that he hasn't really been stretched out yet.  But this was still nice to see from the consensus Mets Top 10 prospect who has struggled mightily this year.

Holt was a supplemental 1st rounder in the fruitful 2008 draft out of UNC Wilmington.  He burst onto the scene with an electric, plus-plus fastball which he used to dominate the New York-Penn League and set the Cyclones single season strikeout record (96 in 72 IP) and looked like he was going to be a fast-riser.  He found the Hi-A FSL a bit tougher the next season yet had good success and only really struggled once he got to Double-A Binghamton in the second half of '09.  His somewhat shaky command finally caught up to him and the league also found him much easier to hit, though he did suffer a pretty serious ankle injury early in his Bingo stint.  This year has just gone off the tracks for Holt as his legendary fb has been mediocre at best and scouts have said he's working exclusively above the belt, elevating everything.  All in all I'd say that as long as his fb regains some semblance of it's former dominance, Holt may just be the kind of prospect that really needs to take time to learn at each level of the minors; so he's not the fast-riser we all thought but it's not the worst thing in the world.  But like I said, everything depends on the fb coming back to him...

Goat of the Night:  We're going to go with the underwhelming St. Lucie starter RHP Scott Moviel tonight.  The 6'11" pitcher has quietly been one of the biggest disappointments in the Mets system this year and has generally been disappointing since the Mets took him with their 2nd round pick back in '07.  The worst part is that after a solid showing last year in St. Lucie, he's been getting smoked this season repeating the league.  After numerous injury and mechanics issues, I think the best case scenario here is a decent reliever and even that's looking like a stretch.  Fun fact:  After leading the FSL with 15 HBP's last year in only 2 months, he's already up to 5 HBP's thus far. 

System Roundup

  • This one was an all-around team effort in a 7-3 Bisons victory over the Toledo Mud Hens.  RHP Dillon Gee was solid over 6 innings, allowing 3 runs (on 2 home runs) and striking out a Bisons season-high 9 batters.  The Herd offense did it's part as they jumped out to an early lead on DH Mike Jacobs 5th bomb of the year; add in 4 more multi-hit performances, including CF Jesus Feliciano's 4-for-5 night, and you've got yourself a nice win.
  • It was a welcome pitching duel in Akron last night as the top prospect version of RHP Brad Holt showed up, shutting down the Aeros over 5 dominant innings and the bats managed just enough offense to reward him with the 2-1 win.  2B Reese Havens returned after missing 10 days with back spasms but the story was 3B Eric Campbell who went 2-for-4 and hasn't missed a beat since jumping up to Double-A, batting .393 in his first week.
  • RHP Scott Moviel took the Mets out of this one early as the Threshers notched 6 runs off him in the first 3 innings on the way to a 9-6 St. Lucie loss.  The offense tried to come back in this one but the bullpen wouldn't let them, allowing 3 more runs in the final 2 innings.  Still no word on the severity of SS Wilfredo Tovar's head injury from yesterday.
  • Great pitching duel last night as RHP Brandon Moore shined once again over a dominant 7 innings; however, Rome starter Arodys Vizcaino was better (8 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K) and held the Gnats down in a 4-0 defeat.  If his name sounds familiar that's because he was the top prospect traded by the Yankees for Javy Vazquez and has been lighting up the Sally thus far.  Gnats bats were very quiet again tonight but least this time they had a legitimate excuse.