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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/15: Harrison Fords The Way

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the afternoon/night of Thursday July 15, 2010

First of all I've got to apologize for that truly terrible pun...

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (46-45)

  • RF Fernando Martinez: 3-5, 2 HR(9), 2 RBI, 3 R, K (.266/.327/.473) Hopefully the start of a big second half
  • CF Jesus Feliciano: 1-5, BB (.380/.424/.474) The hunt for .400 continues in his triumphant return to Buffalo
  • LF Lucas Duda: 2-4, 2B, BB (.340/.400/.723);
  • JR House: 1-5, HR(3), 3 RBI, K (.272/.336/.386)
  • SP Ramon Ortiz: 6 IP, 1 ER. 4 H, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, HB, Balk (0-2, 6.82, 25 IP, 32 H, 6 BB, 15 K, 1 HR)
  • RP Manny Alvarez: 1 IP, (0-1, 2.25, 4 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR) His first run allowed in Triple-A was the clincher
  • ROSTER MOVE - For anyone who didn't hear, RHP Ryota Igarashi was sent up to Buffalo yesterday but did not have an appearance in yesterday's game
  • AA - Binghamton (49-43)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: DNP (.306/.348/.541) Probably just a much needed day off after a busy ASB including an appearance in the HR derby as well as a few innings in the game itself
  • LF Sean Ratliff: 3-5, 2B, RBI, K, E(1) (.345/.385/.646) Gets right back to hitting after missing a few days with right shoulder pain
  • DH Josh Satin: 0-3 (.306/.392/.407)
  • SP Michael Antonini: 6.2 IP, 0 ER (1 unearned), 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 WP (6-7, 3.20, 112 IP, 106 H, 20 BB, 86 K, 11 HR) Niesen may have the stuff but Antonini is pitching like the top lefty in this rotation
  • ROSTER MOVE: LHP Robert Carson was promoted from St. Lucie and will join the B-Mets rotation; like I said in the Mid-Term Reviews, you wouldn't quite know it from the numbers (4.17 ERA, 6.89 K/9) but he has shown a lot of improvement especially in terms of his start-to-start consistency
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    Hi-A - St. Lucie (47-42)

    • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-4, 2B, RBI, K, E(7) (.376/.389/.473)
    • 2B Jordany Valdespin: DNP (.302/.339/.453)
    • CF Juan Lagares: 2-4, HR(1), 3 RBI, 2 R, CS(2) (.244/.267/.302) Batting .429 with just one strikeout in his last five games is a nice sign that Lagares may be adjusting to Hi-A pitching
    • RF Rafael Fernandez: 1-3, 2 R, BB (.370/.388/.565) Batting .444 over his last ten games
    • SP Brandon Moore: 8 IP, 0 ER (1 unearned), 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K, WP, HBP (2-1, 1.80, 25 IP, 21 H, 9 BB, 24 K, 1 HR) In a season characterized by struggling pitching prospects, Moore is demanding serious attention; he's up to 122 K's in 104 IP thus far
    • REHAB ALERT - 2B Luis Castillo: 0-3, BB, K; Played seven in the field
    • Tonight is 'Halloween in July Night' at Digital Domain Field where anyone wearing a costume gets in absolutely free

    Lo-A Savannah (51-40)

    • 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4, 3B, RBI (.251/.324/.389)
    • RF Cesar Puello: 1-3, 2B, R, K (.262/.352/.319)
    • CF Pedro Zapata: DNP (.286/.346/.374) Still out
    • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, RBI, K (.347/.403/.393) Very impressed with Tovar this season, especially the 6:6 strikeout-to-walk ratio since joining Savannah
    • SP Taylor Whitenton: 5 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K (5-4, 3.53, 71 IP, 63 H, 42 BB, 70 K, 4 HR) He's really got to find a way to keep those walks down; multiple walks in eight of his last nine starts


    SHORT-SEASON LEAGUES


    SS Brooklyn (17-10)

    • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-3, R, BB, 2 K, SB(10) (.387/.431/.559) Batting .476 in his last five games
    • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, R, K (.270/.340/.544)
    • SS Rylan Sandoval: 1-4 (.314/.396/.531)
    • 3B Brian Harrison: 3-4, 2B, HR(2), 6 RBI, R (.304/.360/.739) Big night
    • SP Chris Hilliard4 IP. 4 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 1 K (4-0, 4.32, 33.1 IP, 37 H. 6 BB, 21 K, 0 HR)
    • RP Adam Kolarek: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K; The 2010 11th rounder out of Maryland has been good since joining Brooklyn

    RK Kingsport (10-13)

    RK GCL Mets (10-10)

    • SS Robbie Shields: 0-3, BB, K, SB(3) (.270/.356/.381) Gotta like that 8:9 strikeout-to-walk ratio thus far 
    • DH Blake Forsythe: 1-4, K; That's the first full pro game for Forsythe who signed at the end of June; Both of our last two third rounders are now with the GCL Mets
    • RF Gilbert Gomez: 1-4, R (.258/.306/.333)
    • LF Julio Concepcion: 3-4, 3B, 2 RBI, K (.310/.315/.451) I was surprised to see the athletic outfielder back for his second stay in the GCL at age 20
    • 2B Randoll Santana: 0-2, R, BB, 2 SB(1) (.242/.351/.303)
    • REHAB ALERT - RHP Sean Green: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K; Just when I thought he was gonna go all Matt Wise on us...

    Star of the Night

    It's going to be Brooklyn 3B Brian Harrison off his 3-for-4 night including a bomb and six RBI's.  Not only did he single-handedly win this one for the Cyclones but he also raised his OPS to 1.099 in the process.  Harrison has boosted an already strong Cyclones offense since joining the team from Kingsport and really cemented them as the team to beat in the McNamara Division.  Harrison was a very shrewd 13th round pick by the Mets in this past draft as he possesses the talent of a much higher pick but dropped thanks to injury concerns in his time at Furman University in SC.  In just 109 ab's this past season Harrison hit ten bombs while batting .367 with 14 walks versus only 11 strikeouts.  It would not be surprising if in three years Harrison is looked back on as the headline position player in the Mets 2010 draft.

    Actually not many bad performances last night so I guess the hard luck Goat will have to be Buffalo's RHP Manny Alvarez who despite having a tremendous season thus far, allowed the game-winner in extras.

    System Roundup

    • After a 5-run ninth inning rally to bring this one to extras, the Bisons couldn't quite hold on as they lost a thriller to Gwinnett 8-7 in ten.  This was a nice low scoring game until a disastrous eighth inning for the Herd bullpen, where RHP Adam Pettyjohn & RHP Brian Bruney allowed six total runs and pitching coach Ricky Bones was tossed.  Plenty of blame to go around though as three of those runs were unearned thanks to a 1B Mike Jacobs throwing error.  Oh and following the inning Bruney got tossed from the dugout.  But in the bottom of the ninth the Herd fought back and after back-to-back bombs and a bases loaded walk, the game was tied.  Unfortunately, the previously unscored upon RHP Manny Alvarez was doomed by a leadoff triple by Joe Thurston who eventually came around to score the winning run.  Boxscore
    • The B-Mets started the second half on the right foot last night, taking this one 5-1 over New Hampshire.  The story of the game was B-Mets starter LHP Michael Antonini who continued his consistent improvement (5.06 April ERA | 4.14 May ERA | 3.13 June ERA | 1.93 July ERA) with six more unearned.  The Fisher Cats managed a single unearned run on a CF Sean Ratliff error in the seventh but the B-Mets four runs in the same frame, on a RF Brahiam Maldonado bomb (his sixth) and a Ratliff double, sealed this one.  Boxscore
    • The Mets won handily against Dunedin last night, 5-2.  There was never any doubt thanks to RHP Brandon Moore who went eight unearned; he is looking better and better with each start.  As usual the Mets center fielder powered the offense today but with Carlos Beltran debuting in San Fran, St. Lucie turned to Juan Lagares who had his best night in Hi-A.  Boxscore
    • The Sand Gnats snapped a 3-game losing streak last night with their 3-2 win over the Drive.  This was a nice team effort as each Savannah hitter had at least one hit yet none had more than one RBI and none of the four pitchers gave up more than one run.  Slick-fielding shortstop Wilfredo Tovar continued to put his name on the prospect map with yet anther strong game at the plate and in the field.  Boxscore 
    • The Cyclones won their third straight last night in a see-saw affair against Mahoning Valley 7-4.  The key to this one was a huge performance by 2010 13th rounder 3B Brian Harrison who had a double, a homer and six RBI's.  LHP Chris Hilliard's rough stretch continued last night but the bullpen managed to bail him out with three scoreless innings to finish this one off.  Boxscore
    • The K-Mets took an early lead in this one and never looked back as they beat up Bluefield 7-3 in what was their third straight win.  At this point we shouldn't even really be surprised when 3B Aderlin Rodriguez hits another bomb (his eight) but this was a joint effort as each of the K-Mets regulars had at least one hit.  Though they only hit 2-for-14 with RISP, two two-run bombs was all they'd need in this one.   Boxscore
    • Despite being outhit in this game, the Mets topped the Astros 3-0 by virtue of a great day from Mets pitchers.  A pair of big righties bookended this one as starter Domingo Tapia was strong over the first four and Mexican reliever Marcos Camarena provided four more scoreless to close it out.  Sandwiched in between was the rehabbing RHP Sean Green who also provided a clean inning.  A big day from the intriguing OF Julio Concepcion (3-4, triple, 2 RBI) was all the Mets would need in this one. Boxscore