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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 6/20: Battle of the Bugs

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Saturday, June 19, 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (36-33)

  • CF-RF Fernando Martinez: 1-4, R, K (.266/.311/.450)
  • LF Lucas Duda: 1-4, 2B, RBI, R, 2 K, 2 E(2) (.211/.250/.421)
  • C Josh Thole: 1-3, RBI, BB, K (.286/.364/.461)
  • RF Val Pascucci: 0-3, BB, K (.222/.337/.519)
  • SP Dillon Gee: 6 IP, 1 ER (1 unearned), 5 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 0 HR (6-4, 4.72, 80 IP, 83 H, 24 BB, 75 K, 13 HR) The streak is over, first game since May 2 that Gee didn't allow a home run
  • RP Roy Merritt: .1 IP, 5 ER (1 unearned), 4 H, 1 BB, 0 K; That's gonna leave a mark
  • INJURY UPDATE: Really strange coincidence regarding Mike Hessman's hand injury following the HBP two weekends ago:  Apparently when the ball hit his hand, aside from creating a stress fracture, it also jarred loose a benign tumor that had been on a bone in his hand.  Seems really weird; either way doctors say it shouldn't extend his recovery time which is 3-4 weeks.

AA - Binghamton (32-34)

  • CF Sean Ratliff: 1-5, 2B, K (.273/.273/.364)
  • 1B Nick Evans: 2-5, R (.286/.357/.521)
  • 2B Josh Satin: 3-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 R, K (.381/.409/.571)
  • 3B Eric Campbell: 4-5, 2B, 2 HR(5), 4 RBI, 3 R, K (.320/.378/.540) 11 total bases in one game
  • SP Scott Shaw: 4 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K, 2 HR (4-5, 6.93 ERA, 62.1 IP, 77 H, 28 BB, 40 K, 12 HR) If anything, Shaw is a reliever but in the end he's probably not anything
  • RP Eddie Kunz: 4 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (4-4, 5.55, 61.2 IP, 59 H, 39 BB, 33 K, 3 HR)

Hi-A - St. Lucie (30-33)

  • 1B Stefan Welch: 0-3, BB, K (.303/.357/.471)
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 2-5, 2 RBI, K (.298/.328/.482) Gotta love that SLG out of your second baseman
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-4, BB (.292/.327/.365) The 18-yr old is batting .375 since returning last week
  • RF Joey August: 2-3, BB (.308/.365/.397) This '09 20th rounder out of Stanford quietly leads the team in BA & OBP; Also, is the entire Mets farm system former Pac-10 products?
  • SP Kyle Allen: 6.2 IP, 5 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 1 K (5-4, 4.76, 68 IP, 66 H, 39 BB, 38 K, 3 HR) That K:BB rate represents quite a big speed bump in his development

Lo-A Savannah (39-26)

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 0-5, (.275/.338/.429) Is anyone looking forward to the all-star break more?
  • CF Juan Lagares: 1-4, R, K, SB(17) (.295/.313/.453)
  • DH Pedro Zapata 3-4, R, BB (.292/.358/.383)
  • 3B Jefrey Marte: 1-5, RBI, 3 K (.244/.325/.359) 
  • RF Cesar Puello 2-4, R, 2 K, SB(24) (.251/.337/.305)
  • 2B Michael Fisher: 1-5, HR(3) (.371/.403/.645) 3rd HR in his last 9 games vs. 2 in 113 games last season; Though old for the league, the '07 6th rounder out of Georgia Tech has been a heck of a pickup out of the Braves system since arriving in May
  • SP Brandon Moore: 7.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K, WP (3-4, 2.49, 79.2 IP, 62 H, 11 BB, 98 K, 5 HR) Numbers don't tell the full story of Moore's dominant outing

SS-A Brooklyn (2-0)

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-5, 2 RBI, R (.400/.500/.900) Mini-Jacoby off to a nice start
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 0-5, K (.111/.200/.111)
  • 1B Jeff Flagg: 2-4, RBI, 2 R, BB, SB(1) (.375/.444/.500) After 105 ab's in Savannah, Flagg is hoping to get back there by year's end
  • SP Chris Hilliard: 6 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 3 HBP

Star(s) of the Night


Two words:  Hot soup.  Binghamton 3B Eric Campbell continued his sensational 2010 last night with a measly 4-for-5 including a double and two bombs as well as 4 RBI's and 11 total bases.  Oh and in his last 10 games he's slugging .719.  The kid has been dynamite this year and while tools-wise he doesn't give scouts much to drool over, he is forcing talent evaluators to take notice.  His interesting mix of plate discipline (29:26 K to BB) and power (last night made 9 home runs total vs. 9 in his last 2 seasons combined) will no doubt have him shooting up Mets prospect lists.  And that is what Campbell has become, a legitimate prospect who is looking more and more like a major leaguer every day.

Goat of the Night:  Choices, choices.  We could welcome RHP Clint Everts back after he allowed two runs and couldn't record an out for Bingo last night.  But I think LHP Roy Merritt earned it with his .2 IP, 5 ER performance that completely transformed a sure-fire win into an extra-inning loss for the Bisons. 


System Roundup

  • A truly ugly game by the Bisons in this 9-3, 10 inning loss to Indy.  Things were going fine most of the game, RHP Dillon Gee had his best start in a few weeks, some timely hitting had the Herd leading going into the ninth and they had played the kind of sharp defense that had them at 3rd in the IL in fielding percentage going into the night; but that's where things went off the tracks.  Two errors in the 9th allowed the Indians to tie this one up and then two more in the 10th opened up the flood gates as they were able to beat up LHP Roy Merritt for 6 runs before the inning was through.  Yuck.
  • Binghamton went to 10 innings as well but saw a better result as they took the opener of their "Nemesis Series" against the Yankees' Trenton Thunder affiliate, 10-9.  A far cry from the 1-0 shutout victories of the prior two nights, the Binghamton pitching staff was not on it's game tonight:  Unfortunately, Binghamton manager Tim Teufel wasn't paying attention a few reports back when we saw pretty clearly that RHP Scott Shaw belongs in the bullpen.  Shaw wasn't very good over 4 innings and the piggybacking RHP Eddie Kunz wasn't any better over the next 4; RHP Clint Everts was even worse as he couldn't even record an out tonight.  Fortunately for the pitchers, the B-Mets bats woke up in a big way as they compiled 18 hits (8 XBH), 8 of the 9 batters had at least one hit and as a team they went 5-for-11 with RISP.  They were led by one of the bright stars of the Mets system in 2010, 3B Eric Campbell who went 4-for-5 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI's. 
  • St. Lucie continued their trend of alternating wins and losses tonight as they dropped this one to the Cardinals 6-2.  The offense was mostly lifeless tonight and so RHP Kyle Allen really didn't have much margin for error.  And while he'd only faced 2 over the minimum into the 5th, Allen stumbled late, allowing five earned runs and taking the L.
  • We should have seen this coming.  The Gnats also took 10 innings tonight but fell 5-4 at the hands of Augusta.  RHP Brandon Moore was far more dominant than his line looks tonight. Moore had a no-hitter going into the 8th, he tired a bit in the inning but were it not for a bad hop on a DP grounder he would have survived.  Instead the opportunistic GreenJackets hitters capitalized with 3 runs off Moore and another on an Erik Turgeon wild pitch to bring it to extras.  The Gnats offense of late has been very effective at scoring first yet also seems to throw it into neutral, allowing the opponents back into games.  That means tomorrow's series finale will be a winner-take-all, 'Battle of the Bugs' for the first half title and an automatic bid into the SAL playoffs.  Savannah will be throwing lefty Jim Fuller (5-2, 1.95) against Augusta's Jeremy Toole (2-2, 2.47); anybody in the area should really try to make this game.
  • The Cyclones remain undefeated as they once again beat the SI Yankees 9-6 last night.  RHP Chris Hilliard was strong, if not effectively wild, in his NYPL debut and the Cyclones offense fired on all cylinders tonight as four hitters recorded multi-hit games.