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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/20: Hessman Returns!

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the afternoon/night of Monday July 18, 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (50-45)

  • CF Jesus Feliciano: 1-5, R, 3 K (.357/.402/.443)
  • RF Fernando Martinez: 1-4, 2B, RBI, K (.256/.315/.457)
  • DH Mike Hessman: 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, K (.290/.370/.615) First game since June 6th for Big Hess; picked up right where he left off 
  • LF Lucas Duda: 1-2, HR(10), 2 RBI, R, 2 BB, K (.312/.377/.670) Up to 16 total homers (previous career high was 11 in '08)
  • SP Tobi Stoner: 6 IP, 2 ER, 3H, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 HR (5-7, 5.51, 101.1 IP, 122 H, 34 BB, 74 K, 13 HR) Eh
  • REHAB ALERT - RHP Ryota Igarashi: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
  • ROSTER MOVE: IF Ruben Tejada will be re-joining the Bisons tonight with the recent activation of Luis Castillo from the DL, leaving IF Justin Turner as the backup MI for the big club.
  • More importantly, in the Mascot kickball game Buster T. Bison kicked the game-winning 3-run shot

AA - Binghamton (50-46)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 0-2, R, 2 BB (.301/.344/.533) Moved from leadoff to third in the order for the first time all year; gotta love the two walks
  • LF Sean Ratliff: 1-4, 2B, RBI, K (.349/.388/.643) Batting .442 in his last ten with ten XBH's
  • 3B Nick Evans: 2-4, HR(16), (.293/.364/.528) Good for Evans who didn't waste any time getting back to work; he is currently tied for second in the entire organization in homers and this third base experiment seems to be legitimate
  • 1B Josh Satin: 0-3, BB (.287/.380/.402) Batting .182 in his last ten
  • SP Chris Schwinden: 5 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 2 HB, WP, E(1) (4-6, 5.37, 60.1 IP, 76 H, 13 BB, 48 K, 6 HR) Just awful
  • RP Eric Niesen: 1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K (4-4, 3.81, 54.1 IP, 45 H, 45 BB, 39 K, 3 HR) That's four walks in 2.2 relief innings
  • A couple of interesting opponents in this one; a rehabbing Brian Roberts beat up on Schwinden and former 2005 Mets 17th rounder Pedro Beato threw a scoreless inning of relief.  If you forgot, the Queens native was one of the Mets last Draft & Follow picks and after Jeff Wilpon wouldn't approve an increased signing bonus, Beato didn't sign and went 32nd overall the following year.

Hi-A - St. Lucie (48-43)

    Game Two
  • SS Wilmer Flores2-4, GS(2), 4 RBI, 2 R, K (.373/.384/.491)
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-3, R, K (.294/.335/.439)
  • CF Juan Lagares: 2-4, 2B, HR(2), 3 RBI, 2 R, 2 K (.245/.264/.343)
  • RF Rafael Fernandez1-4, 2B, R (.344/.354/.541)
  • SP Eric Beaulac: 6 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 8 K, 1 HR, WP (5-2, 3.48, 77.2 IP, 70 H, 39 BB, 53 K, 2 HR) Pitched better than his line indicates; only his second HR allowed in 14 starts

Lo-A Savannah (52-42)

  • Off Day
  • Vote Dock Doyle in MILB's fourth annual 'Minors Moniker Madness Tournament' where minor league baseball's best names are pitted against each other in an NCAA bracket-style elimination tournament, based on fan votes.  Help the #13 seed Doyle play the role of mid-90's Gonzaga spoiler. 


SS-A Brooklyn (20-11)

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 0-4 (.383/.438/.553) Ends the eight game hit streak
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 2-4, HR(9) 2 RBI, R (.291/.366/.604)
  • SS Rylan Sandoval: 1-5, HR(6), RBI, 2 R, E(5) (.311/.381/.559) Especially as a middle infielder, it's always nice to have more homers than errors
  • 1B Jeff Flagg: 1-4, HR(5), K (.313/.375/.591)
  • SP Yohan Almonte: 5 IP, 0 ER (3 unearned), 7 H, 0 BB, 5 K (3-2, 2.37, 38 IP, 33 H, 8 BB, 24 K, 0 HR) Fifth consecutive start allowing one run or less

RK Kingsport (11-17)

  • CF ZeErika McQueen: DNP (.315/.358/.423)
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: DNP (.302/.342/.623)
  • RF Javier Rodriguez: 0-4, 2 K (.306/.327/.481) Fading fast (.188 in his last ten games)
  • SS Justin Schafer: 1-3, HR(1), 2 RBI, R, BB, SB(4) (.373/.435/.530) Seven game hit streak
  • SP Bret Mitchell: 3.1 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, HB (2-1, 4.18, 23.2 IP, 24 H, 7 BB, 28 K, 3 HR)
  • Vote for ZeErika in MILB's fourth annual 'Minors Moniker Madness Tournament'!  No surprise to all of us here that McQueen garnered one of the coveted #1 seeds, along with Forrest Snow, Al Alburquerque & Sequoyah Stonecipher; this is not going to be easy.

RK GCL Mets (11-12)

  • Off Day

Star of the Night

I think it's about time to honor Brooklyn RF Cory Vaughn here as he rides yet another hot streak.  Over his last ten games he's batting .378/.465/.784 with five home runs and five walks compared to seven strikeouts.  Like I wrote about Aderlin Rodriguez last weekend, Vaughn's homer pace is pretty extraordinary if you consider that his nine total homers through 31 games would rank second overall in 2009 and we're not even halfway through the NYPL's 72-game season.  Is Vaugh the future top OF prospect Mets fans hope for or the overrated bad-ball hitter that Keith Law described last week?  I'd say somewhere in between as he showcases a definite major league body, a nice power/speed mix and solid plate discipline yet despite all these attributes he was never really a star in college and I do think he will have issues with contact as he climbs the ladder.

The Goat of the Night was Binghamton righty Chris Schwinden who stuffed the stat sheet last night, but not in a good way.  Aside from the conventional runs, hits, walks and a homer, Schwinden managed a hit batsmen, an error and a couple of wild pitches as well.  What, no balk?


System Roundup

  • The Herd won their fourth in a row last night, 6-2 over the Red Wings.  They welcomed back their early season MVP 3B Mike Hessman (who missed 37 games with a fractured right hand) and he wasted no time, doubling in his first at bat and then driving an insurance run in later in the game.  RHP Tobi Stoner was allright, a couple of double plays helped him through this one and the bullpen trio of Bruney, Igarashi & Acosta actually provided three innings of scoreless relief.  In other news LF Lucas Duda continued to elevate his career high-water mark in home runs with his tenth as a Bison, his sixteenth overall.  I give the Bisons a lot of credit for managing to stay afloat long enough for their once battered roster to bounce back into form.  Boxscore
  • Binghamton dropped their opener against Bowie last night by the score of 6-2.  Starter RHP Chris Schwinden was an absolute mess in this one.  Take his second inning:  A couple walks, a wild pitch, a throwing error and a home run allowed for good measure.  He basically took them out of this game as the offense didn't do much tonight.  However, Big Nick Evans got right back to work, homering in his first at bat back and was back at the hot corner.  With Zack Lutz on the comeback trail and the corners pretty crowded in Bingo I wonder if this will finally mean Evans gets a long overdue shot to showcase his skills in Buffalo.  Boxscore
  • In the completion of Sunday's rain delay, the St. Lucie Mets topped the Threshers 4-3.  Both teams suffered from one poor, 3-run pitching performance; for the Mets it was the brutal RHP Scott Moviel and for Clearwater it was supposed top prospect Phillippe Aumont.  Fortunately it was the Mets who were able to squeak out one more run to clinch it thanks to IF Hector Pellot's third homer.  Boxscore  In game two, the Mets won a little more handily, topping Clearwater 9-4.  Despite falling behind early on an inning that was extended thanks to a strike three wild pitch, RHP Eric Beaulac buckled down and held the Threshers at bay for the next five innings and then the offense took over.  Three doubles and a SS Wilmer Flores Grand Slam later and the Mets had hung a seven spot, putting this one out of reach.   Boxscore
  • Brooklyn ended their six game winning streak yesterday afternoon with a loss against Tri-City, 7-4.  Things started on the wrong foot as Cyclones starter RHP Yohan Almonte was once again solid but his defense let him down, allowing two unearned runs in the opening frame and then another in the fourth.  Things really got out of control when struggling lefty reliever Hamilton Bennett came in and allowed four more runs in his two innings of work.  On the bright side the Brooklyn lineup added to their NYPL-leading home run total with three more off the bats of SS Rylan Sandoval, 1B Jeff Flagg and of course RF Cory Vaughn.  Boxscore
  • Johnson City completed the sweep over Kingsport last night 8-5.  After a fast start, RHP Bret Mitchell had his second straight tough outing (3.1 IP, 4 ER) and the bullpen wasn't much better, allowing four more runs in the follow four innings.  On a night where they were missing two of their top hitters, the K-Mets lineup fought back in the middle innings thanks to a couple of bombs from C Alberto CorderoMI Justin Schafer but they just couldn't keep up with their leaky bullpen.  Boxscore