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Mets Daily Top Prospect Report, Inaugural Edition

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Eric: Though he totally deserves a separate introductory post, I would be remiss if I didn't re-introduce everyone to Rob Castellano, erstwhile AA-er robcast23, who will be covering minor league recaps along with Mark, and who will also be adding other top-notch front page goodness along the way. A hearty huzzah to Rob!

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So welcome to the first of a new series we're going to be running here.  Seeing as how so much of the AA community is also very in tune with the Mets farm system, we felt it was the perfect time to roll out a daily prospect report.  In short, it will serve as a daily look-in at how the top players in the system fared the previous night as well as some coverage of the Mets various affiliates.  For the most part, this will be mine and Mark's pet project so feel free to give us suggestions, feedback, etc.  So without any further ado...

New York Mets Daily Top Prospect Report - Tuesday, May 4 2010

The Usual Suspects

  • Fernando Martinez: 0-4, 2 K (.239/.286/.394); Despite getting hit pretty hard, Aroldis Chapman had Fernando's number
  • Ruben Tejada: 1-3, R, RBI (.243/.288/.324)
  • Chris Carter: 3-4, 3 R (.348/.408/.607); Dude is 11 for his last 20, slugging an incredible .900 in that span
  • Wilmer Flores: 1-5, 2B, RBI (.333/.385/.552)
  • Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-4, R (.298/.336/.442)
  • Reese Havens: 2-3, HR, BB (.313/.389.688); Havens' first bomb of the year
  • Bobby Parnell: 1.0 IP, 1 K, 0 H, 0 BB (4.05 ERA, .217 BAA, 1:1 K/BB)

Star of the Night

I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm going to give Binghamton's Eddie Kunz last night's gold star for his solid, if unexpected, pitching performance:  6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K.  Nice work E-bone, that's the way to get your ERA below 7!  Strangely out of character, Kunz only recorded 1 GB out all night (vs. 9 FB's).

And the shameful 'Goat of the Night' goes to Kiko Calero: 1.1 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 1 HR, 1K.  Ouch.  Might be a while before we see him in Queens.

Affiliate Spotlight: Low-A Savannah (16-9)

Every couple days we'll take a look at how each of the Mets' affiliates is faring, starting with the grissioniest of all the creatures, the Sand Gnat.  Savannah has been quite the exciting team this year, highlighted by a number of intriguing young position players and anchored by an all-around solid pitching staff.

Since last Monday, Savannah has gone 4-3, built on a 4-game series sweep of Astros affiliate, Lexington.  Overall, the Gnats are 16-9 which is tops in the South Atlantic League. Some notes from the week that was around William L. Grayson Stadium:

  • SS Wilmer Flores continues to show up all over Sally League Top 10's including AVG, OBP & SLG
  • ...not so much for 1B Jeff Flagg who is in the midst of a week-long 1 for 22 streak
  • Despite a slow start, 3B Jefry Marte is currently riding a 7 game hit streak, batting .360 in that stretch
  • In their last 5 games, the Gnats pitching staff has managed a sterling 1.64 ERA
  • 2009 39th round pick RHP Taylor Whitenton out of Darton College is opening some eyes; 10 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 14 K in his last 2 appearances

There you have it.  Hopefully you guys all find this new feature as useful and interesting as I do and I have to say thanks to Eric and the guys for letting me be a part of it.  Like I said, we'd love to hear your feedback.