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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 8/23: Rough Day for Buff

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Monday August 23, 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (70-58)

    Game One
  • CF Fernando Martinez: 0-3; Played center in Kirk's absence
  • LF Lucas Duda: 1-3, K
  • 1B Nick Evans: 0-2, BB, E(3)
  • SP Josh Stinson: 6 IP, 3 ER (2 unearned), 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K; Average in his Triple-A debut but showcased trademark strong GB tendencies and was victimized by poor defense
  • INJURY UPDATES:  IF Justin Turner left this one after just two pitches when he suffered a seemingly serious knee injury on an awkward play in the field; MRI scheduled for tomorrow.  RF Fernando Martinez also hurt his knee, but to a far lesser extent, reaching to beat out a double play ball.  He was noticably limping in the field and was held out of Game Two as a result.  CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis was still out though not due to injury, as he is back home for a short period for personal reasons.



Game Two
  • RF Fernando Martinez: DNP (.253/.317/.455) Hyper-extended his knee trying to beat out a DP in Game One
  • LF Lucas Duda: 2-4, 2B, R (.317/.386/.639)
  • 1B Nick Evans: 1-3, HR(5), RBI, 2 R, BB, K (.313/394/.590) Third straight day with a homer, see video of yesterday's bomb here
  • SP Jose De La Torre: 2 IP, 3 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (3-1, 3.19, 42.1 IP, 31 H, 21 BB, 48 K, 5 HR) Really needs to cut down those walks and/or homers to be considered a serious big league bullpen candidate
  • RP Chad Cordero1 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K (1-1, 2.61, 10.1 IP, 10 H, 5 BB, 7 K, 0 HR) He was due for a stinker


    AA - Binghamton (60-65)

    • 1B Josh Satin: 2-5, 2B, 3 K (.325/.411/.504) 
    • LF Eric Campbell: 0-4, K (.284/.350/.477) Just 4-for-26 since retruning to Double-A
    • 3B Zach Lutz: 0-5, 3 K (.277/.396/.600)
    • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 0-5, K, E(2) (.267/.317/.375)
    • SP Dylan Owen: 4 IP, 4 ER (1 unearned), 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, WP (4-3, 3.90, 67 IP, 60 H, 31 BB, 57 K, 7 HR)
    • RP Eric Niesen: 3 IP, 1 ER (3 unearned), 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K (4-6, 5.00, 66.2 IP, 67 H, 55 BB, 52 K, 8 K) Too many hits, too many walks, not enough K's, too many homers; nearly every facet of his game has fallen apart
    • INJURY UPDATE: CF Sean Ratliff is still out with a hamstring issue.

    Hi-A - St. Lucie (56-69)

    • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-4, K, E(10) (.294/.318/.409) Very pedestrian month of August, despite uptick in walks
    • RF-CF Rafael Fernandez: 4-5, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, K (.312/.343/.455)
    • C Kai Gronauer: 1-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R, K (.327/.380/.408) Riding a seven-game hit streak
    • SP Jeurys Familia: 6 IP, 3 ER (2 unearned), 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, HB (5-8, 5.29, 110.2 IP, 106 H, 69 BB, 119 K, 6 HR) Recent success has certainly been encouraging but let's not schedule the coronation just yet

    Lo-A Savannah (65-60)

    • CF Matt den Dekker: 3-5, 2B, R (.412/.474/.549) Multi-hit efforts in seven of his first thirteen games as a Sand Gnat; Ceciliani take II?
    • SS Robbie Shields: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, K (.273/.292/.409)
    • 3B Brian Harrison: 1-2, E(3) (.250/.250/.375)
    • SP John Church: 3.2 IP, 5 ER (1 unearned), 8 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR, WP (7-2, 2.50, 86.1 IP, 70 H, 35 BB, 72 K, 1 HR) Fading a bit lately and I don't think it's a coincidence that he's over 50 innings past his previous career high; still, that was only his first homer allowed in 2010
    • INJURY UPDATES: We've already done a couple so why not finish them out; the hot-hitting RF Cesar Puello has missed the last week with a back issue.  3B Jefry Marte is still sidelined with hamstring issues.




    SS-A Brooklyn (40-20)

    • Rained Out
    • INJURY UPDATE: RF Cory Vaughn is recovering from a hyper-extended elbow suffered last week and figures to see some more time as the Cyclones' DH after missing a handful games.

    RK Kingsport (25-32)

    • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-6, 2B, RBI, R, K, SB(3) (.300/.338/.550) Ranks third in the Appy League in XBH's
    • LF ZeErika McQueen: 2-4, 2B, R (.281/.326/.371)
    • CF Chase Greene: 1-4, RBI, R, 2 BB (.227/.298/.291) Still just five XBH's in 110 ab's
    • 1B Jacob Stewart: 4-6, HR(8), 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 K (.287/.391/.492) Slugging .634 in his last ten games
    • SP Orlando Tovar7.2 IP, 4 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 5 K (3-0, 3.11, 37.2 IP, 45 H, 8 BB, 36 K, 2 HR)

    RK GCL Mets (28-23)

    • SS Randoll Santana: DNP (.252/.331/.316) Didn't play after leaving yesterday's game early; I feel like I've said that a lot lately
    • LF Julio Concepcion: 0-4, 2 K (.294/.335/.503)
    • Francisco Pena: 0-3, K (.240/.367/.240) 
    • CF Tillman Pugh: 1-4, 2B, K (.231/.412/.346)
    • SP Marcos Camarena: 7 IP, 0 ER (1 unearned), 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K, HB (3-3, 2.68, 43.2 IP, 40 H, 7 BB, 24 K, 0 HR)

    Star of the Night

    I'm pretty pleased to see Big Nick's three day homer streak but I'm going to give out the seldom seen GCL Star to reward starter RHP Marcos Camarena for his stellar seven inning performance since his teammates sure as hell didn't.  Somehow the kid went seven, giving up just four hits, no earned runs and striking out seven and he took the loss.  Costly errors suck.  The righty from Culiacan has had a pretty strong season thus far but his low K-rate as well as his 20th birthday close at hand probably means Camarena isn't going to rocket through the system.

    Goat of the Night will go to Buffalo reliever RHP John Lujan who allowed four runs on five hits and two walks in his one inning of work on Sunday.  Yuck.


    System Roundup

    • Rough day in Buffalo.  First, they lost their leading hitter (Feliciano) to the big club.  Then, two pitches into the first game, IF Justin Turner buckled his knee trying to salvage a 1B Nick Evans error and suffered what looked like a pretty serious knee injury.  The Herd went on to get crushed by Pawtucket 9-2 in RHP Josh Stinson's Triple-A debut.  Stinson wasn't great but he was victimized by two Bisons errors followed by some truly awful relief work by RHP John Lujan.  Only C JR House's fourth bomb of the year kept Buffalo from being shut out.  Boxscore  To make matters worse, RF Fernando Martinez was held out of Game Two as he apparently hurt his knee trying to beat out a DP during the first game, though at least his injury seemed far less serious than Turner's.  And despite mustering some more offense, the Bisons went on to get beaten up again by Pawtucket, 7-5.  The pitching was once again the issue as longman LHP Adam Pettyjohn started and was not good and was followed by some terrible relief.  At least Big Nick hit his third bomb in as many days but for a team fighting for that IL Wild Card, these two losses really hurt.  Boxscore
    • Altoona completed their sweep of the B-Mets yesterday as Binghamton lost 9-5.  Starter RHP Dylan Owen continued his underwhelming season by giving up four runs in four innings and LHP Eric Niesen pretty much put the nails in the coffin in relief (though to be fair he was the victim of some shoddy infield D).  On the bright side, the B-Mets hitters did manage eleven hits, including eight from the bottom three spots in the order.  Boxscore
    • At this point it seems like St. Lucie wins once every five days and that usually comes on the day when RHP Jeurys Familia is starting.  Yesterday was no different as they pounded Jupiter 11-5 and though Familia wasn't great, his bullpen really picked him up with three flawless innings and the Mets offense finally awoke.  They broke their six-game home run drought with one each from IF Michael Fisher & Suffern native DH Ryan Mollica and get this:  Sunday was the first time St. Lucie scored double-digit runs since MAY 27.  Wow.  Boxscore
    • The Gnats just couldn't capitalize with men on base last night as they fell to the Tourists 9-4.  Savannah hitters managed twelve hits (and two walks) yet their 2-for-13 with RISP really killed them in this one.  Starter RHP John Church was uncharacteristically bad, surrendering six runs in under four innings.  Pair that with some poor Gnats defense and the game wasn't even as close as this score looks.  Boxscore 
    • The K-Mets lineup (finally) found their hitting shoes in time for yesterday's game as they battered the Danville Braves by the score of 12-7.  Kingsport hitters managed 17 hits yesterday, including an 11-for-22 from their two through five spots.  Starter RHP Orlando Tovar was fine but the key in this one really was the bats.  Boxscore
    • RHP Marcos Camarena was excellent again but the GCL Mets couldn't muster anything offensively as they dropped this one to the Cardinals, 1-0.  Camarena allowed just a single unearned run over seven dominant innings yet got the 'L' for his efforts; who does he think he is, Johan?  A couple of odd notes:  Both teams had an infielder with the surname 'De La Cruz' make an error in this one & Camarena was the sixth of seven Mets minor league starters to suffer at least one unearned run in what was a horrible day for the organization defensively.  Boxscore