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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 4/15: The Ballad of Rylor Fratenton

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 4/15

Morning Mets Fans. It's friday, it's friday, gotta get down to the minors on friday. I'm Jeffrey Paternostro and I'll be your friday morning farm system guy for the foreseeable future (fun fun fun fun). Pack did a fine job introducing us all on Wednesday, I'll just add that you can feel free to e-mail me with any prospect related questions or any comments on any of my reports. As Kevin Goldstein would say, "I am not a scout," but if I don't have a ready answer for your query, I will track it down. You can also follow me on twitter @jeffpaternostro, where I try to live tweet some of the minor league games when I can. Now, onto last night's action. (and I promise no more Rebecca Black)

*All results from games played on Thursday, April 14th 2011

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (4-4)_______________________________________



Pat Misch was a late scratch, leaving the start to the recently promoted to AAA Dylan Owen. Unfortunately, he pitched much like AA Dylan Owen, getting knocked around in three innings of work. The longball continued to be an issue for Owen as he gave up two home runs to former Tigres de Quintana Roo slugger turned Scranton Wilkes-Barre 3B Jorge Vazquez, who has started the 2011 IL season like Steve Balboni's non-union Mexican equivalent. On the other side of the field, the Bisons offense managed the impressive feat of leaving runners in scoring position in each of the first six innings and went 0-11 with RISP overall. 

  • RF Fernando Martinez: DNP, hamstring. I could have cut and pasted that from about 100 other reports, sigh.
  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 2-4, 2B, RBI, R, 2 K
  • 1B Nick Evans: 0-5, 2K; Back to back forgettable nights.
  • 3B Zach Lutz: 2-4, R, BB
  • LF Lucas Duda: 1-3, 2 BB, 2 K 
  • 2B Justin Turner: 2-3, 2 2B, RBI, BB; Turner is off to a very nice start this year, and no one in Flushing is really snapping a masterlock on the 2B job right now.
  • SS Ruben Tejada: 0-2, BB, K; And a sacrifice bunt which led to no runs. Probably because Dusty Ryan and Jason Pridie followed in the batting order.
  • RHP Dylan Owen: L (0-1): 3 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR WP; This start actually lowered his ERA to 15.88
  • RHP Manny Alvarez: 2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 0 K
  • LHP Taylor Tankersley: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K, WP; Didn't face a lefty.

Injury News: Boof Bonser is out for the year with Tommy John surgery. No official announcement on who will replace him in the rotation. Martinez is having hamstring issues. again. He is day to day, I suppose. How many days he is day to day is, of course, anyone's guess.


AA - Binghamton Mets (2-5)_____________________________________



The Fisher Cats spoiled the home opener at NYSEG stadium, scoring two in the top of the ninth off closer Ricky Brooks. Mark Cohoon only allowed one unearned run in 7 innings, (though it was as a result of his own botched pickoff throw) but got saddled with a no decision. The B-Mets managed a slightly better than Buffalo 2-11 with RISP and scratched across one run each in the fifth and the seventh on a Michael Fisher double and a New Hampshire wild pitch. That looked to be all Binghamton would need, but a ninth inning, two out double by John Tolisano pushed the Fisher Cats back in front. The B-Mets had a chance to tie it in the bottom half after Michael Fisher's one out double, but he would remain stranded there, and 4,322 Binghamton faithful would go home unhappy.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (7-1)________________________________________



Scott Moviel managed to keep St. Lucie in the game despite his best efforts to the contrary, which included 2 wild pitches, a balk, and a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. The Stone Crabs helped out by going 0-10 with RISP, stranding runners at third in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings. St. Lucie's offense had plenty of opportunities to break the game open in the early goings, but had to wait for 2B Ryan Sandoval to deliver a two-run double in the eighth to give them some real breathing room. RHP Nick Carr continued his solid start to the 2011 campaign, shutting the door in the ninth for his second save.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (2-5)__________________________________



Savannah snapped a five game losing streak as their offense broke the game open with a four run sixth inning. They smacked six hits in the frame, including a big blast from C Albert Cordero and doubles from SS Wilfredo Tovar and 2B Alonzo Harris. Their two-run fourth would have been enough to eek out a win though, as RHP Taylor Whitenton and RHP Ryan Fraser held Hickory to a single run.

  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, K
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 3-5, R, K; Continues his hot start
  • C Albert Cordero: 3-4, HR (1), R, 2 RBI
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-3, 2B, R; Slides over to SS with Shields at DH
  • DH Robbie Shields: 2-5, 2 R, RBI, K, 2 SB (2)
  • RF Javier Rodriguez: 0-4, CS; Both Rodriguezes (Rodriguii?) struggling a bit to start the year
  • RHP Taylor Whitenton: W (1-0) 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K; If they keep the Whitenton/Fraser tandem starter thing I might have to combine them into Rylor Fratenton to save time on my recapping.
  • RHP Ryan Fraser: S (1), 4 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K, WP; The always cool 12 out save

★ Star of the Night ★

No performances really jump out at me, so let's give it to Binghamton LHP Mark Cohoon. For a lefty without overpowering stuff, AA was going to be a real test, and so far, so good in 2011. He's keeping the ball on the ground and his free passes to a minimum. He's probably not much more than a back of the rotation arm in the end, but you can't argue with his results the last two years. 

Goat of the Night

Buffalo RHP Dylan Owen is the cautionary tale for Cohoon. A finesse righty who was able to get groundballs and strikeouts at the lower levels of the minors, he has struggled mightily the last two years at higher levels as hitters have stopped putting the ball on the ground and started depositing it over the fence. Two more home runs last night gives him 4 in 5 2/3 innings this year. The Buffalo offense didn't do him any favors, but he wasted little time digging them a hole last night.