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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 8/17: Going to Church

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the afternoon/night of Monday August 16, 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (65-56)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 0-4, 3 K (.250/.340/.409) 0 for his last 12
  • 1B Lucas Duda: 2-5, HR(17), 2 K (.320/.389/.659) How much longer can Omar ignore this, especially with Fernando riding the pine?
  • 1B Nick Evans: 1-5, 2B, R, 2K (.313/.380/.531)
  • 2B Justin Turner: 2-4, 2 RBI, R (.306/.371/.452)
  • SP Fernando Nieve: 6.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (2-0, 4.19, 19.1 IP, 18 H, 6 BB, 14 K, 2 HR)
  • ROSTER MOVE: Just to round out the ever popular 'they were once serviceable' Bisons bullpen, the Mets signed 30-year old RHP Yhency Brazoban off of the Diablos Rojos out of the Mexican League where he was 3-2 with a 1.25 ERA and a 10.62 K/9 in 32 games and assigned him to Buffalo. Sweet.

AA - Binghamton (58-61)

  • Off Night

Hi-A - St. Lucie (53-66)

  • DH-SS Wilmer Flores: 1-4, R, 2B, RBI (.296/.317/.416) Moved to short once the Mets ran out of pitchers and IF Michael Fisher moved to the mound
  • RF Rafael Fernandez: 1-3, BB (.308/.348/.459)
  • CF Pedro Zapata: 2-6, RBI, R, 2 K, SB(6) (.247/.261/.292) Batting .200 over his last ten games
  • SP Eric Beaulac: 5 IP, 2 ER (1 unearned), 5 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 3 WP (5-4, 3.35, 96.2 IP, 87 H, 52 BB, 72 K, 3 HR)
  • REHAB ALERT - C Rod Barajas: 2-5, 2 RBI; Played the first nine, reportedly joining the big club tomorrow
  • REHAB ALERT - DH Eric Campbell: 2-6, R, K

Lo-A Savannah (64-56)

    Game One
  • RF Cesar Puello: DNP (.292/.375/.359)
  • CF Matt den Dekker: 0-3, 2 K; His first hitless game as a Sand Gnat
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-2 (.281/.327/.344)
  • DH Jordan Abruzzo: 0-1, R; First game back at Savannah since hurting his shoulder
  • SP RHP John Church: 7 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K (7-1, 2.07, 82.2 IP, 62 H, 33 BB, 70 K, 0 HR) Incredible 14:1 GB-to-FB rate in this rain-shortened CG effort
    Game Two
  • RF Cesar Puello: DNP (.292/.375/.359) Hopefully he just took the day off
  • CF Matt den Dekker: 2-3, RBI, R, BB (.433/.514/.600) Multiple hits in five of his eight games with Savannah
  • SS Robbie Shields: 1-3, RBI, R, BB (.270/.286/.404)
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: DNP (.281/.327/.344)
  • SP Collin McHugh: 5 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 2 HB (4-8, 3.54, 112 IP, 123 H, 32 BB, 110 K, 6 HR)


SS-A Brooklyn (38-19)

  • NYPL All-Star Break (ASG tomorrow)

RK Kingsport (23-20)

RK GCL Mets (25-20)

Star of the Night

I think last night's Star has to go to Savannah's RHP John Church after his masterful seven inning complete game, one hit performance basically won this 1-0 game for the Gnats. Church doesn't have great stuff and profiles as a back of the rotation guy at best but the kid is a groundball machine (1.66 GB:FB & 0 HR allowed) and at 7-1 with a 2.07 ERA clearly has very little left to learn from Lo-A.

For the second time in three days, Captain Kirk earned the Goat horns with an 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. We all knew Triple-A couldn't be as easy as he was making it look in his first week with Buffalo.

System Roundup

  • The Bisons evened their series with the Paw Sox with a nice 5-3 win last night. RHP Fernando Nieve was fine, LHP Michael O'Connor continued his quietly strong season with two more innings of dominant relief but the key to this win was yet another bomb off the bat of LF Lucas Duda, this time off a lefty no less. This looks bad but I guess there are two sides to every story: He's easily the most important player for the Herd as they stand on the precipice of the IL Wild Card and with the formerly turbulent relations in Buffalo currently on a good note, is it worth short-circuiting the Bison's late-season run for the playoffs only to sit Duda on the major league bench as Carter's understudy, with FMart already on the 40-man and Bay eventually on the way back, all while the Mets fall out of contention? Boxscore
  • It took thirteen innings but the St. Lucie Mets broke their eight-game losing skid with a 7-5 victory over Charlotte. RHP Eric Beaulac was solid over five innings and RHP Erik Turgeon bounced back nicely from last night's poor showing but unfortunately RHP Elvin Ramirez blew the Mets one-run lead in the ninth and sent this one to extras. The bullpen would go on to pitch four more strong innings (including the save from IF Michael Fisher) and eventually CF Pedro Zapata's sac fly in the thirteenth would win it. Boxscore
  • Savannah played two yesterday. In the first, it was all starter RHP John Church as the Gnats edged the Intimidators 1-0. Church went the distance in this one, allowing just two baserunners all game. Thankfully, RF Nick Santomauro's RBI double in the fourth would be enough to give Church the W for his effort. Boxscore In game two, the offense did the heavy lifting, bouncing back from a first inning 3-run deficit by answering with eight runs of their own over the first three frames. RHP Collin McHugh stumbled out of the gate but shut down the Kannapolis bats over the next four innings and was followed by two more innings of scoreless, hitless relief to close this one out. While all but one Gnat batter had at least one hit and six different Gnats had at least one RBI in the game, the hitting star was LF RJ Harris who went 2-for-3 with a homer (his fifth) and two RBI's. Boxscore
  • Kingsport found out that the combination of bad hitting & bad pitching doesn't really work in this 7-2 loss to the Bristol White Sox, their seventh straight. Starter RHP Zach Von Tersch (aka Lurch) placed the K-Mets firmly behind the 8-ball, allowing seven runs (on five home runs) by the end of the fourth inning. To make matters worse, the lineup managed just six hits (versus 14 by Bristol) and went 0-for-3 with RISP. At least C Nelfi Zapata hit his second bomb of the season in this one. Boxscore
  • Poor pitching doomed the GCL Mets in this 9-4 loss at the hands of the GCL Nationals. All three of the Mets pitchers allowed runs and generally when you're outhit 14 to 5, you don't stand too much of a chance. Boxscore