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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 9/7: A Grand Finale in Buffalo

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - Results from the night of Monday September 6, 2010

The Usual Suspects

AAA - Buffalo (76-68)

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 2-6, 2B, RBI, R, 2 K (.225/.295/.358)
  • 3B Zach Lutz: 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, BB (.300/.364/.650) If Lutz can stay healthy next year we'll be talking about a major league-ready impact prospect by the ASB
  • 2B Justin Turner: 6-6, 2B, 3B, HR(12), RBI, 4 R (.316/.374/.487) Yes he had six hits, yes he hit for the cycle; Turner to Mets: Call me the F up!
  • SP Josh Stinson: 9 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 HR (2-2, 2.57, 28 IP, 22 H, 8 BB, 21 K, 5 HR) That's a nice cherry-on-top of a really solid season from Stinson

AA - Binghamton (66-75)

  • CF Sean Ratliff: 1-5, 3 K (.317/.372/.562)
  • 1B Josh Satin: 1-4, BB, K (.308/.395/.472) 
  • 3B Eric Campbell: 1-3, RBI, R, BB, K (.279/.328/.441)
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 1-5, 2 K E(9) (.232/.243/.304) I'm not optimistic about his pending AFL appearance
  • SP Dylan Owen: 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K, 1 HB (4-4, 3.94, 82.1 IP, 72 H, 38 BB, 67 K, 10 HR) Owen kept himself relevant with a decent showing in Bingo after getting shelled in Buffalo
  • RP Eddie Kunz: 2 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR (7-8, 5.34, 111.1 IP, 116 H, 68 BB, 63 K, 8 HR) You can write Kunz's name write under Moviel on the 'Guys We Can Stop Caring About' list

Lo-A Savannah (75-64)

  • CF Matt den Dekker: 1-4, 2B (.346/.404/.471)
  • DH Robbie Shields: DNP (.290/.331/.457) Likely just resting up for the playoff run
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-2, BB, K (.200/.333/.333) 2 for his last 17 with six K's; Maybe running out of gas?
  • C Albert Cordero: 2-3, RBI; Drove home the eventual winning run in a nice A-ball debut for the power-hitting catcher from Kingsport
  • SP Collin McHugh: 5 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 5 K (7-8, 3.33, 132.1 IP, 139 H, 38 BB, 129 K, 7 HR) Scoreless streak at fourteen innings

Star of the Night

RHP Josh Stinson picked the wrong night to throw his best game of the season.  That's because fellow Bison IF Justin Turner made some history last night at Coca-Cola Field; not only did he hit for the cycle, Turner managed six hits making him the first Bison to achieve the feat since Butch Myers did so back on June 29, 1936.  So yeah, it was a long time coming. 

Turner has been an absolute revelation since joining the organization and barring any big-name additions this winter, there isn't a better in-house option for second base at the start of 2011.  And that's not just by default, Turner is no slouch; here's a kid who plays solid-to-good defense at both second and short, has shown some pop before and just hit his twelfth homer of the year, keeps his strikeouts down while always featuring great walk rates, has never batted below .298 in his pro career and is still just 25 (with five cost-controlled years left).  Even if Havens stays healthy and claims second base at Citi Field by mid-2011, Turner is just the kind of player that the Mets are always looking to overpay to fill out their bench.  Well if Omar (or his replacement) has a brain in his head he can stopping looking for the next few years.

Our Goat of the Night, as has been the case so often this season, is from the Binghamton bullpen.  Except tonight it's the whole damn thing, all three relievers that made an appearance following RHP Dylan Owen's masterful 5.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H performance (RHP Eddie Kunz, RHP Erik Turgeon & LHP Roy Merritt) allowed runs, six earned runs in total, just enough to give Harrisburg the game.  That's the last game in a season with no playoffs on the horizon, thanks in large part to the bullpen.


System Roundup

  • Buffalo went out with a bang last night, doing their best Nats impression and walloping the Red Wings 16-1.  There are so many places I could start here but let's go with IF Justin Turner's historic night; not only did he hit for the cycle, he was the first Buffalo Bison in the modern era to collect six hits.  Next let's give RHP Josh Stinson a pat on the back for his magnificent complete game, one-run gem, definitely adding an exclamation to an already strong 2010.  Collectively, the team had twenty hits, only one Bison went hitless and seven of them had multiple hits.  If you're not going to the playoffs, then this is the way to end a season.  However, for the record the Herd was 22-18 against the four playoff teams in 2010.  Boxscore
  • If Buffalo ended their season right then Binghamton did the very opposite last night, coughing up a two-run lead in the bottom of the ninth, handing Harrisburg this 6-5 season finale loss.  Things started well, RHP Dylan Owen had his finest appearance in recent memory, allowing no runs and just one hit over 5.2 innings.  Home runs from LF Brahiam Maldonado (his fourteenth) & C Salomon Manriquez gave the B-Mets a nice four-run lead, but that's when things went wrong.  The Bingo bullpen gave up all six Senator runs in the final three innings, including three in the bottom of the ninth.  That'll leave a bad taste in your mouth going into the offseason.  Boxscore
  • In their last tune up before the SAL playoffs begin on Wednesday, the Sand Gnats won this game 2-1 over Asheville.  RHP Collin McHugh made his case for high leverage playoff innings by extending his active scoreless streak to fourteen straight innings with five innings of one-hit ball.  The Savannah 'pen provided four more innings of two-hit, one-run ball and a big two-out RBI single from C Albert Cordero along with a costly past ball by the Tourists catcher was enough for the Gnats to prevail tonight.  Boxscore