New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/10/11
*All results from games played on Monday, May 9th
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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (13-19)_______________________________________
SCRANTON-WB 6, BUFFALO 2 (Box)
Jorge Vazquez = AAA Mets Killer. Two more home runs from the Yankee Masher powered the Scranton Wilkes-Barre attack and ruined Brian Sweeney's Bisons debut. But hey, they did keep Yanks' top prospect C Jesus Montero hitless. Vazquez is now second in the International league in home runs and extended his league leading RBI total. Yankees starter D.J. Mitchell held Buffalo to two runs (one earned) and five hits over seven solid innings. Outside of the three home runs, Sweeney pitched well, striking out 8 and walking none in six innings of work. Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
- RF Fernando Martinez: 2-4, HR (2), RBI, R; Most of the Bisons offense for the day.
- CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 0-4, 2 K; Only the second game this season he hasn't reached base somehow.
- 3B Nick Evans: 0-3, BB; Playing everywhere these days, hitting nowhere unfortunately.
- SS Ruben Tejada: 0-4
- 2B Luis Hernandez: 1-3, R
- RHP Manny Acosta: 1 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 1 K; Not quite effectively wild.
Injury Update: It's official. Jenrry Mejia is having Tommy John surgery.
AA - Binghamton Mets (11-17)_____________________________________
NEW BRITAIN 8, BINGHAMTON 5 (Box)
SS Jordany Valdespin was only a single short of the cycle and LF Brahiam Maldonado added a three run homer, but the B-Mets couldn't overcome a poor start from LHP Robert Carson. Carson has had a strong season so far, but was all over the place today, walking five Rock Cats in 4 1/3. The floodgates opened in the top of the fifth as New Britain scored five runs powered by three Carson walks. RHP Rhiner Cruz took over and was rudely welcomed to Binghamton, getting gored for three consecutive hits, sending a stampede of four runs across the plate.
- SS Jordany Valdespin: 3-4, 2B, 3B, HR (2), 2 RBI, 2 R; Showing off all his tools.
- 3B Eric Campbell: 0-4
- 2B Josh Satin: 1-4, RBI, K
- C Kai Gronauer: 1-4, K
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 1-4, 2 K
- LHP Robert Carson: L, 4.1 IP, 4 ER (1 unearned), 6 H, 5 BB, 2 K; Only his second bad start of the season, but both have been really bad.
- LHP Eric Niesen: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 3 K
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (21-10)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 3, PALM BEACH 2 (10) (Box)
Bonus baseball in St. Lucie as RF Cesar Puello singled home LF Rafael Fernandez for the walk off win. Cardinals top prospect Shelby Miller kept the Mets bats quiet through seven innings but St. Lucie 'starter' Darin Gorski matched him, pitching five strong innings after Bobby Parnell pitched the first as part of his rehab assignment. Gorski has been ridiculous this year, with a 38:6 K:BB ratio in 24 innings. That's a 14.25 K/9 for those keeping score.
- SS Wilmer Flores: 1-4, 2B, K, E (6)
- RF Cesar Puello: 1-5, 2 RBI, K
- CF Matt den Dekker: 1-4, K, SB (5); The lack of patience is starting to stand out
- 3B Jefry Marte: 0-4, 2 K, E (6); Ever since I proclaimed he would end the year as the Mets best position prospect, he has been terrible. Clearly I am a jinx.
- 2B Rylan Sandoval: 1-3, K
- C Francisco Pena: 1-4, HR (1), RBI, R
Rehab Alert: Bobby Parnell pitched a scoreless first inning for St. Lucie, walking a single batter and touching 97mph. According to Terry Collins, the next step is moving him to a cold weather spot -- either Bingo or Buffalo -- to test the circulation in his finger.
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (13-17)__________________________________
SAVANNAH 6, HICKORY 1 (Box)
The Sand Gnats had a leisurely stroll around the bases Monday, drawing 7 walks in the first three innings, scoring all six of their runs in the second and third frames. RHP Gonzalez Germen got the start for Savannah and pitched brilliantly allowing only six baserunners in seven innings of work. He was helped out by the Savannah D, which turned four double plays. St. Lucie gets all the hype, but the Sand Gnats have a nice little pitching staff of their own.
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-3, 2 R, 2 BB, K
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-5, 2B, R, 2 K
- RF-LF Cory Vaughn: 0-3, R, BB, 2 K
- C Albert Cordero: 0-4, RBI
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-5, K
- RF Javier Rodriguez: BB; Left after his first at-bat, but can't find any injury note anywhere.
- DH Blake Forsythe: 2-4, 2 RBI, 2 R; Breaks out of a 4-26 slump
- RHP Gonzalez Germen: W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 K;
★ Star of the Night ★
As good as Germen pitched, I'm going to give it to Binghamton SS Jordany Valdespin. Just a single short of the cycle tonight, and riding a nine game hitting streak, Valdespin has been showing why he's considered a very real prospect, flashing speed and power to go with his plus defense . The fact that he only flashes it is why he can be incredibly frustrating, but the Mets are betting that those tools will translate into real in-game skills more consistently. If they do, Valdespin certainly has an all-star middle infielder ceiling.