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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/6

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Monday July 5, 2010

Before we get going let me first thank Alex for covering this weekend as I followed the Mets down to DC...

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (44-42)

  • RF Fernando Martinez: 1-1, HR(7) (.261/.311/.455) Pinch-hit bomb marks three homers in his last four 
  • 1B Val Pascucci: 1-3, R, BB (.229/.345/.534)
  • LF Lucas Duda: 1-3, HR(7), 3 RBI, R, BB, K (.294/.372/.706) That makes six homers in the last nine games for the IL's reigning Hitter of the Week
  • 1B Mike Jacobs: 1-4, HR(11) (.257/.312/.478) Second straight day with a bomb for the suddenly homer-happy Bisons
  • SP Tobi Stoner: 5.2 IP, 6 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 4 K, 2 HR (4-7, 5.54 ERA, 92.2 IP, 116 H, 30 BB, 66 K, 12 HR) He's not gonna give this HR title to Dillon Gee lying down
  • ROSTER MOVE: The Mets did some digging through the trash heap this weekend, signing RHP Brian Bruney and assigning him to Buffalo.  I'd love to see him make the big club for no other reason than a potential rematch with K-Rod.
  • For anyone interested, the Bisons are running a pretty sweet deal where you get a buy-one, get-one free ticket just for filling out this online survey

AA - Binghamton (44-40)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-4, R, 2B, K (.286/.331/.505)
  • LF Sean Ratliff: 0-4, K (.302/.330/.581)
  • 3B Nick Evans: 2-3, RBI, BB (.289/.360/.503)
  • 2B Josh Satin: 2-4, K (.295/.371/.397)
  • SP Mike Antonini: 6 IP, 3 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 9 K, 0 HR (5-7, 4.08 ERA, 99.1 IP, 94 H, 17 BB, 73 K, 11 HR) Gotta love that K:BB, if only he could get those HR's down
  • RP Scott Shaw: 1.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR  (4-6, 7.14, 69.1 IP, 87 H, 34 BB, 43 K, 13 HR) That makes three appearances out of his last five giving up 3 earned runs

Hi-A - St. Lucie (40-40)

  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 0-3, BB, 2 K (.296/.330/.453)
  • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-3 (.396/.407/.453)
  • 1B Stefan Welch: 0-3, K (.295/.362/.437)
  • CF Juan Lagares: 0-4, K (.170/.200/.191) Currently riding a 2-for-30 slump with just one XBH in 12 games at St. Lucie, Lagares is starting to make me think maybe he wasn't ready for the call
  • SP Brad Holt: 5 IP, 4 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 2 WP (6-4, 4.37 ERA, 80.1 IP, 93 H, 32 BB, 64 K, 4 HR)
  • RP Kyle Allen: 4 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 4 K (6-4, 4.37 ERA, 80.1 IP, 93 H, 32 BB, 64 K, 4 HR); pitched a solid game
  • REHAB ALERT: CF Carlos Beltran: 2-4, RBI, K (.389/.432/.469) Played all nine in center

Lo-A Savannah (46-37)

  • DH Jefry Marte: 0-4 (.228/.309/.341)
  • RF Cesar Puello: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, CS(6), E(7) (.263/.342/.322)
  • CF Pedro Zapata: 2-5, RBI, R, K (.286/.345/.371)
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, RBI, R (.405/.476/.459)
  • SP Armando Rodriguez: 6 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 0 HR (5-5, 3.00 ERA, 90 IP, 69 H, 31 BB, 79 K, 4 HR) His first start allowing more than two runs since May; The improving command is really a great sign (25 BB's in April/May, 6 so far in June/July)
  • Also, the Sand Gnats opened up their very own party porch down the right field line at Historic William Grayson Stadium just in time for the 4th called Land Shark Landing; looks pretty cool


SS-A Brooklyn (9-8)

  • DH Darrell Ceciliani: 0-4, K (.380/.448/.607) 3 for his last 13, this is when some walks would come in handy
  • CF Cory Vaughn: 0-4, BB, K (.265/.365/.594) Played some center today
  • 1B Jeff Flagg: 2-5, 2B, 3B, 2 K (.364/.411/.606) Second straight day with a double and a triple, third straight with a double
  • SS Rylan Sandoval: 3-4, HR(2), 3 RBI, R (.339/.431/.536) The 22-yr old has already been to Savannah, St. Lucie and now Brooklyn in 2010
  • SP Angel Cuan: 7 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 0 HR (3-0, 3.52 ERA, 23.0 IP, 22 H, 4 BB, 16 K, 0 HR)

RK Kingsport (5-9)

RK GCL Mets (6-4)

  • SS Randoll Santana: 1-2, CS(1) (.257/.381/.257)
  • SS Robbie Shields: 1-2 (.281/.343/.438) Back at short for the first time in 2010, though only for three innings
  • 3B Brian Harrison: 3-5, 2B, 3B, K (.400/.400/.733)
  • OF Gilbert Gomez: 3-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI, E(1) (.294/.333/.412)
  • SP Juan Urbina: 3 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 0 HR (1-1, 5.68 ERA, 12.2 IP, 12 H, 6 BB, 11 K, 0 HR)
  • REHAB ALERT: RP Brant Rustich: 1 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 K; First appearance of the year for the talented, yet injury-prone reliever
  • REHAB ALERT: RP Nick Carr: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 1 K (0-1, 4.50, 3 H, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR)

Star of the Night

Let's go with Cyclones SS Rylan Sandoval as he's putting together quite the little hot streak down in Coney Island.  The '09 undrafted FA has actually already made stops at Savannah and St. Lucie in this, his first full pro season as roster filler but now seems to be at his rightful spot in Brooklyn.  He's a pretty interesting story, having been drafted twice (once by the Mets in the 30th round in 2007) out of junior college but decided to transfer to California baseball powerhouse Long Beach State for his last couple seasons.  It turned out to be the wrong move for Sandoval as he saw limited playing time and was not drafted following his senior year.  But the Mets picked him up last year and aside from being jerked around a bit early, he's off to a fine start to his pro career.

Goat of the Night is going to be Bingo RHP Scott Shaw.  He looked like he might have found a home after moving into the bullpen but suddenly even that isn't working out anymore.

System Roundup

  • Rough 8-6 loss to Syracuse for the Bisons in what would have been their biggest comeback game of the season.  RHP Tobi Stoner was not good as he put the Herd in a deep hole early however, the offense mounted a seventh inning comeback on the strength of home runs off the bats of LF Lucas Duda & RF Fernando Martinez.  Despite the nice effort they could only tie it up and unfortunately RHP Manny Acosta gave up a walk-off bomb in the ninth.  Boxscore
  • After scoring nine or more in four of their last five games, the B-Mets offense finally went quiet last night in their 6-1 defeat to Altoona.  They started off nicely with a run on a CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis double in the first but managed only five more hits the rest of the way.  LHP Michael Antonini was very solid but the goat-ish RHP Scott Shaw put this one out of reach by giving up three runs in the final two innings.  Boxscore
  • St. Lucie dropped this one 7-3 to the Stone Crabs based on a couple of pretty awful pitching performances and to make matters worse they came from two guys who came into 2010 as top pitching prospects.  I'm of course talking about RHP Brad Holt, who again was too wild, and RHP Kyle Allen, who again was far more hittable than a supposed top prospect should be. Boxscore  As for the completion of that game suspended on the 4th, Mets batters went a combined 0-for-6 over the final two innings while Mets relievers allowed four more runs to cap off the 7-0 loss.  Nothing to see here.  Boxscore
  • Savannah lost a see-saw affair 6-5 to the Rome Braves in a game where they held three separate leads.  Obviously the onus goes on the pitching staff here as Gnats pitchers allowed at least one run in every single inning after the Gnats offense scored.  Tough to win that way.  Though the defense didn't help much as the Gnats made five errors in this one which is awful for a full-season team.  Though somewhat incredibly there were no unearned runs.  On a brighter note, the toolsy RF Cesar Puello continued his excellent stretch (June AVG: .303 | July AVG: .368) with three more hits, including a double.  Boxscore
  • Though they were only 2-for-13 with RISP, a run in the first inning and two more in the last (not to mention one in the middle) was enough for the Cyclones to edge the Jammers 4-2 in this one.  The diminutive LHP Angel Cuan notched his fourth straight strong start as he lasted a season-high seven innings last night as the lanky 1B Jeff Flagg continued his assault on the NYPL with two more extra-base hits.  Boxscore
  • Kingsport beat up on Greeneville again yesterday 7-2.  This was a nice all-around game for the Mets as the pitching staff limited their opponents to just six hits total including five innings of scoreless ball to finish this one out.  The offense picked right up as they scored five runs in the final three innings including a nice 11-for-17 from the 2-5 spots in the order.  Boxscore
  • The GCL Mets battled back but ultimately fell short in this 12-8 loss to the Astros.  LHP Juan Urbina was finally hit, and hard, in this game which put them behind the eight ball from the start.  3B Brian Harrison, RF Gilbert Gomez & LF Julio Concepcion all hit three-hit games.  Boxscore