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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 6/23: Kingsport Opener

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Tuesday June 22, 2010.

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (37-35)

  • RF Fernando Martinez: 1-3, BB, K (.254/.301/.418)
  • 1B Val Pascucci: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K (.233/.344/.558); a true three outcomes hero
  • LF Lucas Duda: DNP (.222/.276/.407)
  • PH Mike Jacobs: 0-1, K (.258/.306/.470)
  • C Josh Thole: 0-3, BB, K (.273/.360/.441)
  • SP Pat Misch: 8.0 IP, 3 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (6-3, 3.49 ERA, 90.1 IP, 93 H, 16 BB, 51 K, 7 HR); a solid performance as usual from Misch
  • RP Manny Acosta: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR (1-2, 3.75 ERA, 24.0 IP, 21 H, 11 BB, 25 K, 2 HR); struck out the side and earned the save

AA - Binghamton (36-35)

  • CF Sean Ratliff: 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 K (.323/.323/.677); hitting for great power in Double-A so far, but has yet to draw his first walk while striking out eight times
  • 1B Nick Evans: 1-3, R, 2 BB (.286/.360/.514)
  • 2B Josh Satin: 3-5, R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, K (.367/.387/.567)
  • LF Eric Campbell: 1-4, R, RBI, K (.315/.374/.483)
  • SP Josh Stinson: 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 0 HR (4-1, 2.59 ERA, 66.0 IP, 48 H, 27 BB, 44 K, 3 HR); too many baserunners hurt him, but six strikeouts are nice
  • RP Eddie Kunz: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 0 K, 0 HR (4-4, 5.37 ERA, 63.2 IP, 61 H, 40 BB, 33 K, 3 HR); allergic to strikeouts

Hi-A - St. Lucie (32-35)

  • SS Jordany Valdespin: 1-7 (.297/.323/.461); had a bit of a rough day
  • 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 0-8, R, 2 K (.257/.288/.319)
  • 1B Stefan Welch: 2-6, K (.302/.360/.463)
  • SP Brad Holt: 4.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR; different level, still sucks
  • SP Robert Carson: 4.2 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 0 HR (5-4, 4.52 ERA, 65.2 IP, 77 H, 30 BB, 53 K, 4 HR); of his 14 outs, three came via the strikeout and nine via the ground

Lo-A Savannah (42-28)

  • No game for Savannah tonight but the SAL did play their All-Star Game. Here’s how the participating Mets performed:
  • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI, K
  • CF Juan Lagares: 1-4, R, 2B, 3 K (.300/.318/.459)
  • C Kai Gronauer: 0-1
  • RP Mark Cohoon: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 0 HR; somehow didn’t start the game
  • RP Brandon Moore: 1.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR; struck out the side in the All-Star Game—nice


SS-A Brooklyn (4-1)

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 K (.304/.304/.435)
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 0-2, R, 2 BB (.167/.318/.444); Nice to see two walks from Vaughn—the walk rate will be instrumental to whether he makes it as a pro or not
  • 1B Jeff Flagg: 1-4, R, 2 RBI (.200/.238/.250)
  • SP Mitchell Houck: 5.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 0 HR (1-0, 0.00, 6.2 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR); also got nine ground outs

RK Kingsport Mets (1-0)

RK GCL Mets (2-0)

Star of the Night

It’s fitting that our Star for Tuesday, on Kingsport’s Opening Night, should be third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez, the team’s most intriguing player. Rodriguez went 3-4 with two homers and a single, so he could be the organization’s big breakout this season (well, along with Eric Campbell). The Mets signed Rodriguez out of the Dominican for a very significant $600,000, believing that the kid’s tremendous bat speed and power potential would play at the pro level. He made his debut in the GCL last season later than expected due to a broken wrist and played just so-so when he did debut. At 6-3, 210 pounds and rough defensively, it’s unclear if he projects as a third baseman down the line, and it may be likely he ends up in right. But his bat is the important thing, and it’s off to a great start.

Our Goat is St. Lucie infielder Wilfredo Tovar who had the distinction of going 0-8 between St. Lucie's two games yesterday. For the record, I have no idea why he’s in St. Lucie. He’s not playing terrible, but he’s really not playing well either, and nothing in his his GCL performance last year indicated he was ready to make the leap to the FSL.

System Roundup

  • A fifth-inning Jorge Padilla three-run homerun broke a 3-3 tie, as Buffalo won 6-3 over Gwinnett on Tuesday. Pat Misch was a little rough early, but he settled down to shut down the Braves over the final five innings of his eight-inning stint, and Manny Acosta struck out the side to earn his second save of the season. Buffalo plays the third game of their four-game set with Gwinnett tonight at 7:05.
  • The Binghamton offense certainly showed up on Tuesday night, producing a seven-run eighth inning en route to a 13-3 victory over New Britain. Starter Josh Stinson was just okay, but the bullpen did hunker down and throw four scoreless innings of relief. Meanwhile, Sean Ratliff hit two homers, Josh Satin hit two doubles, and Luis Hernandez hit a double and a triple.  Watch video of the highlights (as well as some lowlights in the stands) from the game here.  Also, Jenrry Mejia will be making his 2010 Binghamton debut tonight.
  • St. Lucie pulled an Ernie Banks on Tuesday, to make up for some recent rain. In the opener, Brad Holt made his St. Lucie debut and wasn’t terribly inspiring, and the offense was just as flat, as the Mets lost to Bradenton, 5-2. Center fielder Raul Reyes was the only Met to reach base twice. In the second game, St. Lucie, down 2-1 in the seventh—remember, double headers are two seven-inning games in the minors—scored two runs on a Richard Lucas home run to take the game, 3-2. Robert Carson made the start and couldn’t get out of the fifth inning despite allowing just two runs and getting nine ground outs.
  • The South Atlantic League All-Star game was Tuesday, and it ended in a 5-5 tie in ten innings. Somebody get Bud Selig on the phone, because this is unacceptable. People aren’t taking this seriously What do they think this is? Hockey?
  • Like Bingo, the Cyclones enyoed a seven-run inning on Tuesday, though in their case it was the fifth, after Mitchell Houck had thrown five solid innings. Despite the nine runs, Brooklyn only had seven singles and a pair of doubles. The final score: 9-3, over Aberdeen.
  • It was mostly a high-offense day throughout the organization; Kingsport was no different, beating Johnson City in their season debut, 8-5. Aderlin Rodriguez led the charge, sending two pitches over the outfield wall. ZeErika McQueen (bursting with awesomeness after changing his last name from Hall) and Travis Ozga also contributed two hits apiece.
  • The GCL Mets beat the GCL Nationals 6-2. Juan Urbina made his pro debut, pitching five scoreless innings, and Gilbert Gomez drove in three runs.