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Mets Daily Farm Report - 5/14/11: Goeddel Feasts on Crawdads

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/14

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*All results from games played on Friday, May 13th 2011

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (15-21)_______________________________________

LOUISVILLE 15, BUFFALO 7 (Box) Eight of the first nine Louisville batters reached base in this one as they scored seven runs in the first off starter LHP Casey Fossum. And the worst part is that the Bisons staff is so depleted that they had to leave him out there. The Herd lineup fought back thanks to homers from Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Nick Evans and Luis Hernandez but the fact that Louisville scored in six of their eight frames pretty well sealed this one up.

  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis:2-5, 2B, HR(6), 2 RBI, 2 R (.308/.412/.562)
  • LF Nick Evans: 2-4, HR(5) (.233/.268/.364) 
  • SS Ruben Tejada: 1-5, 2B, R (.281/.360/.433)
  • 2B Luis Hernandez: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI, R, (.206/.230/.268) Would you ever guess that he's coming off an eight-game hit streak with those numbers?
  • INJURY UPDATE: After missing the last five games with back woes LF Lucas Duda was placed on the DL. In addition, for anyone that hadn't heard, 3B Zach Lutz was on the comeback trail from a strained hamstring when he was hit on the hand by a foul ball and broke his finger.
  • ROSTER UPDATE: The club added OF Bubba Bell from Cleveland in exchange for cash considerations. Bell was an '05 39th rounder by the Red Sox who has climbed as high as Triple-A but has no major league experience. Aside from an incredible MVP season in the extremely hitter friendly Cal League, Bell has typically been solid but never anything special; kind of a random pick-up. Apparently he's a run-through-a-brick-wall style player in the mold of a Chris Carter though.

AA - Binghamton Mets (12-20)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 3, TRENTON 5 (Box) The mayor of Trenton himself Kei Igawa held the B-Mets offense in check while RHP Brad Holt continued to allow base on balls to deteriorate his once promising early season. He's still not getting hit (see: .189 average against) but five walks and two wild pitches meant that Holt would last just 3+ innings in a start that looked too much like 2010. Credit to RHP Edgar Ramirez for providing 4+ innings of one-run relief but just four hits by the Bingo offense were not enough.

  • SS Jordany Valdespin: 1-4, 2 E(11) (.276/.320/.445) Continues to play out of control
  • DH Eric Campbell: 1-4, HR(2), 2 RBI, R (.234/.360/.291)
  • 1B Josh Satin: 1-4, R (.322/.436/.478)
  • Kai Gronauer: 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI (.229/.317/.300)
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-3, BB, K; (.258/.398/.424) Certainly worth the price of admission but I'm still not sold
  • RHP Brad Holt: 3.1 IP, 3 ER, 3 H, 5 BB, 2 K, 0 HR, 2 WP (1-2, 34.2, 3.12, 25 H, 20 BB, 24 K, 1 HR) 15 walks over his last 16.2 IP

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (23-12)________________________________________

LAKELAND 7, ST. LUCIE 6 (Box) Despite getting out to an early 5-0 lead thanks to a solid 3-for-5 game by SS Wilmer Flores and a bomb from Aussie 1B Stefan Welch, Mets pitching coughed this one up. Starter RHP Scott Moviel inexcusably walked five guys, allowing Lakeland to get up off the mat. And his relief corps didn't fare much better as the three pitchers racked up two separate blown saves and a loss. A 3-for-13 effort from the lineup didn't help either.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (16-18)__________________________________

HICKORY 1, SAVANNAH 5 (Box) The Gnats jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 2-run, first inning bomb from 3B Aderlin Rodriguez and they never looked back. And most of the credit belongs to starter RHP Erik Goeddel who hurled seven one-run innings, allowing just six hits and 5 K's and featuring a very nice 11:4 GB-to-FB rate. The impressive righty from UCLA is really coming on lately, allowing just five earned over his last four starts, good for a 1.80 ERA.

  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-4, HR(6), 2 RBI, 2, BB, K (.206/.255/.389)
  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-3, R, BB, SB(3), HBP (.204/.304/.327)
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R, 2 BB, HBP (.336/.472/.451)
  • C Albert Cordero: DNP (.202/.215/.258)
  • 2B Wilfredo Tovar: DNP (.220/.267/.276)
  • SS Robbie Shields: 3-5, 2B, R, K (.250/.344/.429) Season totals are getting solid in a hurry
  • RHP Erik Goeddel: W, 7 IP, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K, 1 HR (2-2, 3.16, 33 H, 8 BB, 38 K, 1 HR) 28 K's vs. 4 BB's over his last 30 IP
  • LHP Chase Huchingson: 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (0-2, 2.39, 26.1 IP, 24 H, 7 BB, 28 K, 1 HR); Another solid effort from the big lefty

 Star of the Night 

Easy choice, Gnats starter RHP Erik Goeddel who is emerging as a very legitimate top pitching prospect within the Mets system. Amazing to think that despite his gaudy numbers the guy hadn't started a game since high school. Beyond Familia and Harvey, there may not be another guy pitching in the Mets system right now with a better mix of polish and stuff.

Discussion Question: If you could only take one who do you pick, Binghamton's Mark Cohoon or Savannah's Erik Goeddel? Talk amongst yourselves.

Goat of the Night
We can go a number of ways but when your offense provides you with an early five-run lead you better throw strikes. And so that means RHP Scott Moviel, you get the horns.