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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 8/14: Buffalo Wild Wins

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the (spooky) night of Friday August 13, 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (64-54)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB (.344/.447/.563) The homer was great but I'm almost happier with those walks as little by little Kirk's plate discipline improves
  • DH Lucas Duda: 2-4, HR(16), 4 RBI, R, BB (.321/.392/.663) If only the big club had a DH spot for him
  • 1B Nick Evans: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K (.340/.397/.585)
  • LF Jesus Feliciano: 1-4, 2 RR, BB (.345/.391/.428)
  • SP Dillon Gee: 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 K (12-7, 4.77, 139.2 IP, 146 H, 33 BB, 136 K, 18 HR) Now leads the IL in strikeouts and wins
  • RP Chad Cordero: 1 IP, 0 ER. 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (0-0, 1.42, 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR)
  • REHAB ALERT: RP Sean Green: 1.1 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K (0-0, 5.59, 9.2 IP, 13 H, 1 BB, 10 K, 0 HR) Whatever, at least he's throwing strikes (15 of 21 pitches for strikes)
  • For all you snooty wine connoisseurs in the upstate NY area, tonight will be the 'Bases Merlot-ed' wine tasting event at Coca Cola Field.  Well, I guess they can't all be Big Lebowski tribute nights.

AA - Binghamton (57-61)

  • LF Sean Ratliff: 1-3, HR(15), 2 RBI, R, BB, K (.329/.368/.620) That's three straight games with a bomb and 19 overall for the slugging center fielder who also got ejected arguing a called third strike in this one
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-5, RBI (.176/.176/.176) Scuffling in Double-A but he did have the game-winner last night
  • 3B-1B Josh Satin: 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R, BB (.322/.413/.470) No matter where they stick this guy he just keeps hitting
  • Mike Nickeas: 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, BB (.293/.414/.417)
  • SP Jenrry Mejia: 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 E(2) (1-1, 2.70, 13.1 IP, 15 H, 9 BB, 14 K, 0 HR) Really had trouble hitting his spots in this one
  • RP Manny Alvarez: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K (3-1, 3.29, 38.1 IP, 30 H, 5 BB, 46 K, 4 HR) After a much needed six day lay off this is more like it
  • RP Roy Merritt: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K (4-4, 3.95, 52.1 IP, 50 H, 18 BB, 38 K, 4 HR)

Hi-A - St. Lucie (52-64)

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 0-3, BB, K (.299/.320/.421)
  • RF Rafael Fernandez: 1-4, 2B, 2 K (.316/.357/.470)
  • DH Kai Gronauer: 0-3, 2 K (.300/.367/.357) Only his second game in nearly a month after suffering a strained forearm
  • SP Jim Fuller: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, WP (0-2, 7.00, 9.2 IP, 12 H, 5 BB, 8 K, 1 HR) Despite wildness still had a strong 8:2 GB-to-FB rate in this game
  • RP Nick Carr:  1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (0-0, 6.75, 12 IP, 15 H, 13 BB, 13 K, 2 HR)
  • REHAB ALERT - C Rod Barajas: 0-3; Back in mid-season form, he's definitely going for a different look though (check out his team photo)
  • REHAB ALERT - 1B Eric Campbell: 0-2, BB, K

Lo-A Savannah (61-56)

  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-4, 2B, RBI (.293/.346/.313)
  • CF Matt den Dekker: 2-3, BB, K (.500/.565/.700) He's now got at least one hit in each of his five pro games and multiple hits in four of them
  • SS Robbie Shields: 2-4, 3B, RBI, R (.259/.268/.370) Hasn't been great but also hasn't been awful; next year will be a much better indicator of his ability
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: DNP (.279/.337/.338) That's three days in a row now
  • SP Darin Gorski: 5.1 IP, 7 ER, 9 H, 3 BB, 6 K, WP, HB (5-7, 3.92, 84.1 IP, 96.1 H, 94 BB, 88 K, 9 HR) Ugly night
  • For anyone in the area, definitely check out tonight's action as the Gnats will be holding the most bizarre awesome promotion of the 2010 season as some dude will be circling the bases while completely engulfed in flames following the game.  You're going to want to check out the link.

 

SHORT-SEASON LEAGUES

 

SS-A Brooklyn (36-19)

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-4, RBI, R, K, SB(18) (.372/.426/.553); had cooled off a little before yesterdayís game
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-4, 3B (.316/.398/.573)
  • 3B Brian Harrison: 2-4, HR(7), E(12) (.276/.338/.552) He's really going to have to step up with Sandoval out for the season 
  • SP Wes Wrenn: 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (3-4, 3.38, 48 IP, 51 H, 8 BB, 36 K, 4 HR) 1.50 ERA in relief vs. 4.50 ERA as a starter 

RK Kingsport (23-27)

RK GCL Mets (23-19)

  • Off Day

Star of the Night

I know Duda and Nieuwenhuis probably both deserve it just as much, but our Star is going to be Binghamton CF Sean Ratliff because you don't see three-game homer streaks all that often. If you can't tell by now I'm definitely higher than most on this guy and despite his poor K/BB rates I've bought in. Another interesting tidbit about Ratliff that I've mentioned here before:  Apparently he's got a bit of a mean streak in him and is in no way above helping out a home plate ump who he feels has missed a call. Last night was a pretty good example as he got himself tossed in the bottom of the tenth after watching a called third strike. And to be honest, can't say I hate this as I wouldn't mind a Met (Alex Cora aside) who gets pissed from time to time.

The Goat of the Night will be Savannah's LHP Darin Gorski as his seven runs allowed dug the Sand Gnats a hole they couldn't quite recover from. Gorski has been far worse in the second half (pre-ASB: 2.94 ERA | post-ASB: 4.94) which may be a result of a career high in innings pitched or simply just overexposure as he's been used strictly as a starter since the break with the numerous Gnats pitching promotions this season.

 

System Roundup

  • The Bisons won their eighth straight last night with a nice 9-4 victory over Pawtucket. RHP Dillon Gee wasn't spectacular but he was good enough to notch his IL-leading 12th victory and now stands one strikeout shy of the all-time Buffalo record. Lucas Duda continued to lobby for a spot in Queens with his 16th bomb while CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis smacked his first homer at Triple-A. And looky who showed up in the Paw Sox lineup, playing first and batting fourth, some guy named Delgado (he went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and a sac fly).   Boxscore
  • After going down early, the B-Mets managed an exciting 6-5 comeback victory in ten innings over the Reading Phillies in ten innings on Friday night. Unfortunately RHP Jenrry Mejia showed that it's not all going to sunshine and gummy bears in his return to the rotation as he fought command issues all night long. However, the Binghamton bats fought back in this game, first with a homer off the bat of CF Sean Ratliff (his third in as many games) and then with a huge two-run double in the eighth to even it up by the solid, if unspectacular, C Mike Nickeas. And though he's struggled since the promotion, 2B Jordany Valdespin delivered the walk-off single to score IF Josh Satin in the bottom of the tenth to seal it.  Boxscore
  • More of the same for St. Lucie tonight as they lost a tough 2-0 affair with Palm Beach. LHP Jim Fuller battled some wildness to allow just two runs over five innings followed by three innings of scoreless relief, but the bats were silent in this one as the Mets lineup managed just three hits. Back on July 20th the St. Lucie Mets were neck and neck for the top spot in the Florida State League pennant race. Since that day they've gone 2-21 and are now neck and neck for last place in the league.  Boxscore
  • Savannah battled but ultimately fell short in their 7-5 defeat to the Intimidators. LHP Darin Gorski continued his roller coaster second half with another stinker, allowing seven runs over five ugly innings. To their credit the Gnats bats didn't quit, scoring three runs in the final innings but it wouldn't be enough. On the bright side RF Cesar Puello had yet another hit while CF Matt Den Dekker continued to impress in his late season pro debut.   Boxscore
  • On a bit of a skid, the Cyclones lost their third of four last night in a 9-4 defeat to Williamsport. With the loss of one of their most important players (Sandoval), continued poor defensive play and some regression from the starting staff, suddenly things aren't looking quite as easy. Last night's starter RHP Wes Wrenn proved once again that he's more suited for the bullpen as he was hit pretty hard and though the lineup compiled eight hits, they lacked their trademark power last night, managing just two XBH's. They did commit three more errors though, and after an ugly four game stretch with at least one error last week their current streak stands at three straight sloppy games.  Boxscore
  • After a nice five game win streak, the K-Mets have now lost four straight as they were pimp slapped last night by the Twins 8-0. Two Elizabethton pitchers managed to hold the Kingsport lineup to just four measly hits while K-Mets starter RHP Michael Hebert was beat up pretty good. Throw in three Kingsport errors and you've got yourself a laugher.  Boxscore