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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/31: Mr. .400

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Sunday May 30, 2010.

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo

  • 1B Dan Murphy: 2-5, R, HR, 4 RBI; also committed an error in the field, but I’d say the three-run homerun makes up for that, wouldn’t you?
  • SS Ruben Tejada: 1-3, R (.293/.343/.357)
  • 3B Mike Hessman: 0-4, BB, 2 K (.301/.384/.661)
  • RF Jesus Feliciano: 5-5, R, 2 2B (.403/.448/.503); .400
  • DH Mike Jacobs: 2-5, R, 2B (.271/.313/.496)
  • C Josh Thole: 1-4, 2B, R, K (.242/.321/.400); also nailed Scott Sizemore on the basepaths
  • SP Dylan Owen: 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 2 HR (2-1, 4.76 ERA, 17.0 IP, 17 H, 4 BB, 17 K, 3 HR)
  • RP Manny Acosta: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR (1-1, 1.26 ERA, 14.1 IP, 12 H, 3 BB, 13 K, 1 HR)
  • RP Bobby Parnell: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K, 0 HR (0-1, 4.45 ERA, 28.1 IP, 26 H, 14 BB, 31 K, 2 HR); first outing in quite a while without a strikeout

AA - Binghamton

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-5, K (.291/.326/.476)
  • 2B Reese Havens: 2-3, R, HR, RBI, BB, K (.385/.429/.654); he’s looked pretty good since returning from back spasms
  • 1B Nick Evans: 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI (.286/.354/.542); two homers from the Faceless One
  • 3B Eric Campbell: 3-4, 2B (.432/.447/.542); I’d say he’s adjusting well to Double-A
  • SP Josh Stinson: 4.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR (2-1, 3.09 ERA, 43.2 IP, 35 H, 17 BB, 28 K, 3 HR); former 37th rounder looks like he’s taking Scott Shaw’s place in the rotation
  • RP Roy Merritt: 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (1-3, 4.41 ERA, 34.2 IP, 32 H, 11 BB, 29 K, 1 HR)

Hi-A - St. Lucie

  • CF Sean Ratliff: 1-4, K, SB (.280/.333/.455)
  • 2B Josh Satin: 2-3, R, HR, RBI, BB, K (.322/.405/.480); tough to find a spot for him, but Satin’s getting up there, and the Mets might want to ponder a promotion in the near future
  • 1B Stefan Welch: 0-3, BB, 2 K (.301/.352/.456)
  • SP Wesley Wrenn: 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 10.0 IP, 10 H, 1 BB, 4 K)

Lo-A Savannah

  • DH Wilmer Flores: 1-2, RBI, BB, HBP (.306/.371/.471)
  • 3B Jefrey Marte: 1-4, R, HR, RBI, K (.221/.316/.329)
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-3, R, HBP, 2 SB (.234/.318/.281); it’s really a pity he doesn’t have more on-base ability to put that speed to better use
  • 2B Alonzo Harris: 0-4, 2 K (.250/.278/.342)
  • SP Darin Gorski: 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (1-2, 3.43 ERA, 42.0 IP, 40 H, 17 BB, 41 K, 3 HR)

Star of the Night

I don’t see how it can be anyone other than Mr. .400 himself, Jesus Feliciano, who went 5-5 with a pair of doubles. I spoke about Feliciano in this space last week, and I may have been a little harsh. He’s almost certainly more useful than Gary Matthews Jr., and in that regard he belongs on the team. I just think it’s not really fair to think of him as a .350 hitter, even at the Triple-A level. But of course, now Feliciano isn’t hitting .350. He’s hitting .400, and part of me really, really wishes he stays in Triple-A and hits .400. Because here’s something crazy: by my count, we’ve had eight .400 hitters in the majors since the International League last saw one, Jack Bentley, who hit .412 in 1921. Bentley was known as the Babe Ruth of the International League, a great hitter who could also pitch. Feliciano has a long way yet to go, and you always root for a guy like him to reach the bigs, but I think it would be one hell of a feat if he could bat .400.

Our goat of the night is Binghamton outfielder Carlos Guzman, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Guzman is a local guy, a non-drafted free agent signed out of a New Jersey juco in 2006. The Mets have pushed him along since, and he’s shown moderate improvement each step of the way. Unfortunately, he’s nearly tool-less, having only a little bit of patience at the plate, a little bit of pop, and nothing more than moderate contact skills. He’s not showing any of the pop this season, but if he starts hitting, he might push himself into a backup outfield picture at some point, if he’s very lucky.

System Roundup

  • A pair of four-run innings did in Buffalo, who lost to Toledo, 8-7. On the bright side, Jesus Feliciano pushed his batting average over .400 with five more hits, and Daniel Murphy and Mike Jacobs contributed a pair of hits each also—including a home run from Murphy. Dylan Owen gave up two home runs in five innings and wasn’t terribly effective.
  • Josh Stinson made his first start of the season, as Binghamton defeated Akron, 5-2. Stinson and three other relievers (Manuel Alvarez, Clint Everts, Roy Merrit) combined to only allow two runs on five hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Meanwhile, a special little fella by the name of Nick Evans hit two homeruns. Eric Campbell and Reese Havens also had multi-hit games.
  • Clearwater reliever Tyler Cloyd gave the St. Lucie Mets a 3-2 win in the eighth inning, when he threw two straight wild pitches to bring home Jordany Valdespin, breaking a 2-2 tie. Josh Satin and Brahiam Maldonado each added a solo homerun.
  • Savannah lost 8-4 to Rome. Darin Gorski was ineffective, and John Church proved to be no improvement.On the plus side, every player had one hit (just one) except for my favorite whipping boy Alonso Harris.

Minor League Logo of the Whenever

Today’s logo is the old logo of the Toledo Mud Hens, because the old one is infinitely superior to the new one.



I will never be able to see that logo without thinking about Tire World.