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Daily Mets Farm System Report - 6/10

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Wednesday June 9, 2010.

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (33-27)

  • 3B Mike Hessman: DNP (.291/.369/.624)
  • RF Val Pascucci: 1-4, BB, 2 K (.242/.347/.484)
  • 1B Mike Jacobs: 1-5, R, HR, RBI, 4 K (.277/.317/.520); good thing he hit that home run—otherwise, he’d be in Goat territory
  • SP Tobi Stoner: 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 0 HR (3-6, 5.23 ERA, 63.2 IP, 79 H, 21 BB, 48 K, 8 HR)
  • RP Bobby Parnell: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR (1-1, 4.46 ERA, 34.1 IP, 32 H, 15 BB, 39 K, 2 HR); did get charged with an unearned run

Hi-A - St. Lucie (27-29)

  • SS Jordany Valdespin: 2-5, 2 R, 2B, SB (.311/.347/.522); another fine performance
  • DH Sean Ratliff: 1-4, 2 RBI, K (.273/.329/.431)
  • 2B Josh Satin: 2-4, RBI, K (.315/.403/.463)
  • 1B Stefan Welch: 0-5, R, K (.293/.347/.455); hitting .205/.311/.359 over his last 39 at-bats
  • RF Fernando Martinez: 2-5, (.333/.333/.417)
  • SP Scott Moviel: 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR (2-6, 6.83 ERA, 55.1 IP, 73 H, 26 BB, 36 K, 4 HR); ugh

Star of the Night

Our Star of the Night was the Mayor of Norwich himself, Mike Cervenak, who went 3-for-5 with a double—two teams did have off, and the two teams that played lost, so pickings were slim. Here’s the story of Mike Cervenak: Cervenak has played all over the place, but mostly Norwich, Connecticut. He was a star at the University of Michigan, playing for the Alaska Goldpanners in Fairbanks in the summer of 1998. The Goldpanners are a member of the Alaska Baseball League, the nation’s second-leading wood bat league for amateur athletes. He graduated in 1999 but didn’t get drafted, so he joined the Chillicothe Paints of the Frontier League. Cervenak got noticed and was signed by the Yankees halfway through 2000. He spent the remainder of the year in Greensboro, hitting well enough skip the Florida State League, going straight to Double-A. He didn’t hit great for Norwich in 2001 and repeated Double-A in 2002. He still didn’t hit very well, and the Yankees lost Cervenak to the Giants, who would send him back for a third season in Double-A. But at least he’d get out of Norwich, right? Wrong. After a game of minor league musical chairs, Norwich became affiliated with the Giants. Cervenak spent two more years there (four straight total) until residents started calling him the Mayor. He then spent a year in Fresno before signing in Korea as a free agent before the 2006 season. But he played poorly and was released quickly. He then went, hat in hand, back to the Giants who in turn sent him back to Fresno. Cervenak then moved on to the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate in Norfolk—I imagine he almost had a heart attack when he heard "Nor"—for the 2007 season and then the Phillies’ in Lehigh Valley for 2008. And, midseason, at the age of 31, Mike Cervenak finally got to play in a Major League city—Philadelphia—for seven games. He got another callup in September. He spent all of 2009 in Lehigh Valley and joined the Mets’ organization during the offseason.

Our Goat of the Night is Scott Moviel, who I like to imagine invested his bonus money wisely, has made a small fortune, and doesn’t really need baseball.

System Roundup

  • Buffalo snapped its scoreless streak in the second when Mike Cervenak and Andy Green hit doubles. BBut it still wasn’t enough to pull off the victory, as Tobi Stoner was mediocre again, and Durham won, 6-4.Cervenak had three hits, while Green and Justin Tuner provided two of their own.
  • Binghamton’s game against Bowie was a washout. There will be a doubleheader today with first pitch at 10:35 AM.
  • Scott Moviel was awful once again, and the bullpen couldn’t stop the bleeding as St. Lucie lost to Jupiter, 9-4. Elvin Ramirez was especially offensive, giving up three runs in his inning of work. It wasn’t all bad, however: Fernando Martinez, Jordany Valdespin, and Josh Satin had two hits apiece, although all but one of them were singles.
  • The South Atlantic League had the day off Savannah will open a series against the Greensboro Grasshoppers on Thursday.

Minor League Logo of the Whenever

The classic: