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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/11: Dos Besos from El Jefe

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the afternoon/night of Saturday July 10, 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (46-43)

  • RF Fernando Martinez: 1-3, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB (.257/.314/.438) The walk is the best part; 5:5 strikeout-to-walk rate over his last ten
  • LF Lucas Duda: 2-5, HR(9), 3 RBI, 2 R (.337/.385/.716) That makes a career-high 15 homers total and he's slugging an even .800 in his last ten games; nevermind, he's not human
  • CF Jorge Padilla: 0-3, R, BB, K, SB(4), E(1) (.321/.395/.459) Broke the 12 game hit streak last night; he'll have to settle for a tie with Feliciano
  • SP Dillon Gee: 6.2 IP, 3 ER (1 unearned), 6 H, 1 BB, 11 K, 2 HR (8-5, 4.77, 103.2 IP, 106 H, 31 BB, 102 K, 15 HR)  After a rough June (7.12 ERA), Gee is back on track in July (2.76 ERA) and despite tonight's outburst he's been far better limiting the long ball of late too
  • RP Brian Bruney: .1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
  • RP Manny Acosta: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (1-3, 3.48, 31 IP, 25 H, 12 BB, 33 K, 3 HR)

AA - Binghamton (48-41)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-5, 2 K (.303/.348/.532) That makes eight straight games with a hit
  • LF Sean Ratliff: DNP (.327/.366/.432)
  • LF DJ Wabick: 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R (.301/.333/.429) Batting .450 in his last five games (9-for-20) with five doubles 
  • DH Josh Satin: 2-4, RBI (.315/.394/.440)
  • 2B Michael Fisher: 3-3, R (.421/ ) I keep waiting for the Braves reject to stop hitting but after helping fuel Savannah's late push to a title, Fisher bounced right through PSL (OPS'ing .866 in five games) and now finds himself hitting away in Bingo
  • SP Michael Antonini: 6 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 9 K, 2 WP, Balk (5-7, 3.31, 105.1 IP, 100 H, 19 BB, 82K, 11 HR) Deserved the win for his effort in this one
  • While he's in town here's a quick check-in on erstwhile Mets prospect, 3B Shawn Bowman:  He's batting a robust .301/.368/.569 with 16 HR's and a much improved 55:27 strikeout-to-walk ratio.  All this coming from someone known for his defense; maybe we should have held onto him?

Hi-A - St. Lucie (44-41)

  • SS Wilmer Flores1-4, 2B, K (.427/.449/.522) 15 straight with a hit, 5 straight with a double
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-4, 2B, K (.296/.335/.433)
  • 1B Stefan Welch: 1-4, 2B, E(6) (.290/.359/.430)
  • RF Juan Lagares: 2-4, 2B, R (.203/.200/.193)
  • Kai Gronauer: 1-4, K (.357/.417/.452)
  • SP Robert Carson: 6 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 5 K, HR, HBP (7-5, 4.17, 86.1 IP, 98 H, 33 BB, 69 K, 5 HR)
  • Beltran-Watch: The big guy had the night off tonight; probably definitely could have used him up in Queens

Lo-A Savannah (50-37)

  • 3B Jefry Marte: 3-5, 3B, 2 HR(6), 4 RBI, 3 R, CS(4), E(23) (.247/.324/.389) That's the kind of game that boosts your SLG by over 30 points, even this late in the season; and he needed it too
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-5, 2 R, K, SB(27) (.286/.346/.374)
  • CF Pedro Zapata: DNP (.286/.346/.374)
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-3 (.339/.403/.393)
  • 1B Travis Ozga2-5, 5 RBI, SB(1) (.371/.425/.514)
  • SP Armando Rodriguez: 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 8 K (5-5, 3.03, 95 IP, 73 H, 34 BB, 87 K, 4 HR) Speaking of pitching prospects moving in the right direction...


SS Brooklyn (13-9)

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 0-3, K (.365/.426/.565)
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 2-3, 2 HR(6), 4 RBI, 2 R, BB (.265/.347/.578) That's the way to break out of a mini-slump
  • SS Rylan Sandoval: 2-4, 2B, HR(3), 2 RBI, 2 R (.333/.415/.556)
  • SP Chris Hilliard: 6 IP. 3 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 K (4-0, 3.72, 29 IP, 30 H. 5 BB, 20 K)
  • RP Wes Wrenn: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K (1-2, 4.09, 22 IP, 25 H, 5 BB, 16 K, 2 HR) After a so-so opening month, Wrenn has found his way into the bullpen
  • RP Adam Kolarek: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K; After a strong debut for the lefty in Kingsport this interesting 2010 11th rounder out of Maryland struck out the side in his Brooklyn debut

RK Kingsport (7-12)

RK GCL Mets (7-4)

  • SS Robbie Shields: 1-4, 2 R, BB, 2 E(5) (.259/.322/.370) Played the field for the first seven, obviously getting his arm back into form is going to be a bit of a process
  • RF Gilbert Gomez: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 4 R, BB, SB(1) (.280/.345/.380) Took a little while for that first SB after 35 total last year but any game you can score four runs is a good one
  • 2B Randoll Santana: 3-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB, K (.250/.350/.308)
  • SP Carlos Vazquez: 6 IP, 2 ER (1 unearned), 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 HR (2-0, 4.58 ERA, 22 IP, 23 H, 10 BB, 11 K, 0 HR)
  • REHAB ALERT - RHP Carlos Muniz: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K (1-0, 10.57, 7.2 IP, 11 H, 3 BB, 7K, 1 HR) Bounced back from that last awful performance but his ERA won't recover so quickly
  • REHAB ALERT - RHP Brant Rustich1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (0-0. 3 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K) 

Star of the Night

Before we crown Aderlin Rodriguez the Mets best young power-hitting third base prospect, let's not overlook Savannah's 3B Jefry Marte (who I shall henceforth refer to as 'El Jefe') off his two homer, 11 total base, four RBI performance last night.  Hopefully this will be the start of a nice second half for Marte, like the one he experienced in '09.  Either way, this little outburst was a welcome sight as top 20 prospects who are known for their power potential cannot repeat a level and slug below .350.  Last night's performance was a nice step in the right direction for Marte to maintain his prospect status

Let's lay off the relievers for a night and give the Goat horns to underwhelming Savannah OF Nick Santomauro.  His 0-for-5 last night extended a 3-for-31 stretch (.097) and only further solidified his atrocious season thus far.  After starting the season on the DL, he just hasn't found his rhythm since coming back.  The Dartmouth grad is currently posting a .166/.216/.210 slash line with zero home runs over 157 ab's.  I must say I'm very surprised thus far as he was OK in Brooklyn, a higher level, in 2009 (.241/.368/.441 with 6 HR's in 145 ab's) after a nice career at Dartmouth.  I keep saying I feel the '09 10th rounder's talent will eventually show up but at this point I've got to wonder if he's still injured.  Either way, at least he's got a nice degree to fall back on right?

System Roundup

  • Buffalo brought the bats tonight in their 11-6 win over the Rochester Red Wings.  You've got to be happy in any game that your offense scores nine runs in the first and last innings combined.  Only one Bison went hitless tonight (of course it was the one with a 12-game streak on the line) and the team went a tremendous 7-for-14 with RISP.  On the mound, RHP Dillon Gee was completely in control of this one, striking out 11 Red Wings in just under seven innings.  Boxscore
  • Binghamton won this one over the EL-leading Fisher Cats, 5-1 last night while wearing their awesome Triplets throwbacks.  Binghamton pitching ruled the day (or night, as it were) as LHP Michael Antonini followed fellow southpaw Eric Niesen's strong start with one of his own.  Antonini may not have Niesen's bat-missing stuff but he certainly does have FAR superior command.  Three more B-Met relievers followed Antonini's lead, closing this one out with three scoreless.  The 'hang with 'em' of the night goes to New Hampshire reliever Vince Bongiovanni who allowed four unearned runs (which included the winning one) in his one inning of work.    Boxscore
  • St. Lucie took this pitcher's duel 2-1 in Charlotte.  LHP Robert Carson and two relievers managed to keep the Stone Crabs mostly quiet despite a few too many baserunners; after Carson's rough start, he's really been able to figure things out (7.07 April ERA, 3.62 ERA since).  He may not have the ceiling of Holt or Familia but it's nice to see a Mets pitching prospect actually moving forward.  On the offensive side Mets hitters compiled 11 hits but couldn't really get any when they counted, but hey 1-for-10 with RISP was just enough tonight.   Boxscore
  • Jefry Marte Savannah won this one 5-3 against Asheville last night.  RHP Armando Rodriguez threw his customary strong game (5 IP, 2 ER, 8 K) but the story of this one was 3B Jefry Marte.  Marte not only smacked a couple of bombs but also had a triple and four RBI's in his best offensive performance of 2010.  Boxscore
  • The Cyclones continued their winning ways last night, defeating the Spikes 9-3.  The Cyclones hitters brought their hitting shoes tonight as the lineup managed to score in six of their eight frames, highlighted by RF Cory Vaughn's two-homer night.  Diminutive lefty Chris Hilliard was solid once again and two Brooklyn relievers (RHP Wes Wrenn & LHP Adam Kolarek) finished this one out with three scoreless.  Boxscore
  • Kingsport lived up to their billing as the only stateside Mets affiliate with a losing record as they were defeated by Johnson City 14-4 last night.  You know it's not going well when your opponent scores multiple runs in five separate innings.  Obviously the pitching was the issue for the K-Mets as all four of their pitchers gave up runs last night, led by starter RHP Michael Hebert's three inning, five run performance.  On the other side the K-Mets hitters didn't really put togetrher very much in what is seeming more and more like a feast or famine lineup.  Boxscore
  • The GCL Mets trounced the GCL Astros lasst night 14-3 on the strength of 17 hits, five of them going for extra bases.  You'v'e got to feel for the Astros manager who was forced to use seven pitchers in this one.  Six K-Mets hitters had multiple hits including 3-for-5 nights from speedsters RF Gilbert Gomez & 2B Randoll Santana.  Rehabbing relievers RHP Carlos Muniz & RHP Brant Rustich each threw a clean inning apiece.  Boxscore