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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/2: Duda Strikes Again

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Thursday July 1, 2010.

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (42-39)

  • RF Fernando Martinez: 0-4, 2 K (.252/.303/.404); ouch
  • 1B Val Pascucci: 0-3, BB, K (.225/.344/.550)
  • LF Lucas Duda: 1-3, R, HR, RBI (.309/.377/.691); fourth straight game with a homer!
  • 1B Mike Jacobs: 0-3, RBI, BB, K (.253/.303/.455)
  • SP Raul Valdes: 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 0 HR (1-0, 0.93 ERA, 9.2 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 14 K, 1 HR); a great outing
  • RP Manny Acosta: 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 0 HR (1-2, 3.14 ERA, 28.2 IP, 23 H, 12 BB, 31 K, 2 HR); sixth-straight appearance without giving up a run earned him his fourth save

AA - Binghamton (41-38)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 0-3, 2 BB, K (.272/.318/.463); the walks are encouraging, at least
  • LF Sean Ratliff: 3-5, R, HR, RBI, K (.299/.324/.612); can anyone in Double-A stop Sean Ratliff?
  • 3B Nick Evans: 2-5, RBI, 2 K (.291/.360/.514)
  • 2B Josh Satin: 0-2, 2 BB, K (.295/.362/.426); having some contact problems lately, just 2 for his last 14 with six strikeouts
  • SP Mark Cohoon: 5.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR (1-0, 5.06 ERA, 10.2 IP, 16 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 0 HR); pitched better in his second Bingo start
  • RP Eddie Kunz: 1.1 IP, 2 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR (5-5, 5.56 ERA, 68.0 IP, 66 H, 45 BB, 36 K, 3 HR); has given up runs in seven of his last ten relief appearances

Lo-A Savannah (45-33)

  • 3B Jefry Marte: 1-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, SB (.234/.316/.349)
  • RF Cesar Puello: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, K (.259/.340/.318); here’s a question: who’s the better prospect, Puello or Marte?
  • CF Pedro Zapata: 2-5, K (.285/.348/.372)
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 2-3, R, 2B, RBI, HBP (.375/.464/.417)
  • SP Collin McHugh: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 7 K, 0 HR (3-6, 2.70 ERA, 72.1 IP, 80 H, 17 BB, 63 K, 4 HR); been getting a lot of ground ball outs




SS-A Brooklyn (9-5)

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-3, R, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB (.418/.448/.655); absolutely mashing right now
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 0-5, RBI, K (.269/.361/.615)
  • 1B Jeff Flagg: 0-5, 3 K (.309/.350/.527)
  • SP Wesley Wrenn: 5.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR (1-1, 3.71 ERA, 17.0 IP, 17 H, 4 BB, 14 K, 2 HR); not a great day

RK Kingsport (2-8)

  • CF ZeErika McQueen: 2-4, K (.333/.375/.400)
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-5 (.225/.279/.500); also committed an error
  • C Nelfi Zapata: 0-1, R, BB (.222/.364/.259); the walks are good, I guess
  • RF Javier Rodriguez: 2-5, R, HR, RBI (.364/.421/.545); easily the most pleasant surprise in the early going of the short-season leagues
  • SP Jeff Walters: 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR (0-1, 9.00 ERA, 6.0 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 7 K, 1 HR)
  • RP John Holdzkom: 0.1 IP, 4 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 0 K, 0 HR; his first appearance at Kingsport went well

RK GCL Mets (6-3)

  • SS Randoll Santana: 1-4 (.273/.385/.273)
  • DH Robbie Shields: 1-3, BB (.267/.333/.433)
  • 3B Brian Harrison: 1-4, R, 2B, K (.300/.300/.500)
  • C Jeff Glenn: 2-3 (.412/.474/.647); playing very well so far
  • SP Zach Dotson: 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 0 HR (0-1, 6.14 ERA, 7.1 IP, 8 H, 6 BB, 8 K, 0 HR); this start was almost a carbon copy of his first

Star of the Night

I haven’t had the opportunity to talk about Travis Ozga yet, and he had four hits last night, so how’s that sound? Ozga was drafted as a senior out of Florida Atlantic in 2009, a 41st round selection. He was a first baseman who really didn’t do anything extraordinarily well. He didn’t have great contact skills, power, or patience. If he were a middle infielder, he might have gone thirty rounds higher, but as a first baseman with average height, there just wasn’t a whole lot of reason to get excited. And he struggled badly in the GCL last season, batting .194 in 32 games. He was added to Savannah’s roster right after the short-season leagues started up (he spent a game in Kingsport), and he’s batted .471 since. His power is still very questionable—among his eight hits, there’s just one double—but he’s already proven better than anticipated.

I was all set to give this to Jeff Flagg but couldn’t pass this one up. It has to go to John Holdzkom, who’s almost become a comical figure. Holdzkom was taken for his projection at 6-7, 225 pounds, but he’s gained little in the way of velocity and just hasn’t learned how to be anything more than a thrower. He’s now a 22-year-old, fourth-year professional who hasn’t shown an inch of progress.

System Roundup

  • Raul Valdes looked great in his second start since being exiled to Buffalo, and the Bisons won, 2-0 over Rochester. Valdes held the Red Wings to just two singles and a double over five innings, striking out six. Bobby Livingston and Manny Acosta held the line the rest of the way, and the Buffalo pitching staff went an entire game without issuing a walk. And Lucas Duda hit a homer for the fourth straight game, this one a solo shot in the third inning. Luis Hernandez hit three doubles and scored the Bisons’ second run on a Mike Jacobs groundout. Boxscore
  • Mark Cohoon disappointed in his first Double-A start and this time had to oppose Red Sox prospect Casey Kelly. While the B-Mets lost to Portland 5-3, Cohoon arguably outpitched Kelly, who allowed a pair of home runs over five innings and change. Cohoon went five, allowed three runs (one earned), and didn’t walk a soul. But Eddie Kunz pitched poorly in relief (surprise, surprise) giving up two runs over an inning and a third. Sean Ratliff continued his strong start to Double-A, collecting three hits and another home run, and Raul Reyes also added a solo shot. Boxscore
  • St. Lucie’s game against Fort Myers was postponed due to rain. They will play a doubleheader on Friday. Boxscore
  • Collin McHugh had a very solid start for Savannah, and the bats were potent as the Sand Gnats rolled to a 7-3 victory over Greenville. The Sand Gnats had 13 hits, four of them by first baseman Travis Ozga. Jefry Marte hit a two-run homer, and RJ Harris added a solo shot. In fact, everyone in the lineup except Nick Santomauro and Alonzo Harris—two common exceptions on Savannah—deserves a pat on the back. The team also saw some fine relief work from Guillaume Leduc and Michael Powers. Boxscore
  • The Brooklyn pitching staff struck out 11 Staten Island Yankees on Thursday. But they may have spent a little too much time around the strike zone on the whole, giving up eight runs on eleven hits and four walks in an 8-5 loss. Each of the four pitchers to appear in the game gave up at least one run, starter Wesley Wrenn four of them. The Cyclones were more successful on offense, as Darrell Ceciliani, Cody Holliday, JB Brown, and Luis Nieves all had two hits apiece. Boxscore
  • Is Kingsport terrible or what? The Mets lost again, this time to the Pulaski Mariners, 13-3. Kingsport’s record now stands at 2-8. Brandon Brown committed his fifth error, Aderlin Rodriguez his third. Meanwhile, starter Jeff Walters had a bit of a rough go in his first professional start. Boxscore
  • The GCL Mets were stymied by the GCL Marlins, 5-1. The Mets held the Marlins to just five hits—they were in turn held to six—but walks and hit batsmen were major problems. Zach Dotson and company walked seven batters and hit three more, which ensured there were almost always runners on base when the Marlins came up with the rare hit.Boxscore