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Mets Daily Farm System Report 5/17 -- Featuring a few dozen gentleman who hit better than Hu

*All results from games played on May 16, 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (17-22)_______________________________________

BUFFALO 6, LOUISVILLE 1 (Box) New Buffalo Bisons bat Bubba Bell showed why he's "a perennial fan favorite" and scored the first run of the evening on a Mike Nickeas single. With Chris Schwinden set to throw a gem, the Herd wouldn't need much more but piled it on anyway: a Val Pascucci two-run double, a Feliciano RBI single, and back-to-back ninth inning doubles from Kirk and Nick. The only Louisville run came on a sac fly against the rehabbing Bobby Parnell, whose one career hit as a Met has come in a mere 12 PAs.

AA - Binghamton Mets (13-21)_____________________________________


Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (23-13)________________________________________

BREVARD COUNTY 8, ST. LUCIE 2 (Box) Yesterday at 8:56 a.m. the Space Shuttle Endeavor launched out of Cape Canaveral in Brevard County, FL, commanded by Captain Mark Kelly, husband of wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. At the end of this, its final mission, the shuttle will have travelled more than 100 million miles and spent 264 days in outer space. It will orbit the blue-green earth at approximately 18,000 miles per hour. And nothing that happened in St. Lucie -- where the Brevard County Manatees spent yesterday afternoon -- could top it. Please look at this photo.

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 0-4 (.237/.305/.357)
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-4, R, HR(1), RBI, K (.250/.307/.329); still waiting for that power to emerge, but a long ball tonight.
  • CF Matt den Dekker: 0-4 (.331/.365/.566)
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 2-4, R, E(7) (.291/.368/.470); 23 errors in 82 games last year, isn't showing much improvement on this score
  • DH Juan Lagares: 0-3, K (.293/.330/.465)
  • 2B Rylan Sandoval: 0-3, K (.218/.248/.327)
  • Francisco Pena: 1-3, K, E(3) (.244/.286/.372)
  • LF Pedro Zapata: 1-3, RBI, K (.348/.400/.424)
  • RHP Kyle Allen: 7 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 K (30.2 IP, 4.11, 18 BB, 19 K, 2 HR)

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (18-19)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 6, ROME 7 (Box) The Sand Gnats started this game with a Ceciliani double, a pair of singles from Tovar and Vaughn, a man reaching on an error, a pair of walks, another single down the line, and Ceciliani concluding the five-run inning he'd begun. We scored in the second frame, too, on Cory Vaughn's second homer of the year. From there, catastrophe, as Savannah gave every bit of it back, mostly in a five run, three hit, two walk, one wild pitch, one homer third. With the lead wiped out, the Gnats went limp, managing just one more hit for the duration. The tally of Mets teams above .500 remains, for at least two more nights, at one.

  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-5. R (.205/.250/.397)
  • DH Darrell Ceciliani: 1-4, R, 2B, BB, 2 K (.270/.361/.444)
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 2-4, 2 R, HR(2), 2 RBI, BB (.349/.481/.484); showed very good power in Brooklyn with 14 homers and .557 SLG. Nice to see this year's slugging finally chase past a sky-high OBP.
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 1-5, R, 2 K (.214/.270/.267)
  • RHP Taylor Whitenton: 2.2 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 2 BB, 5 K HR (30.2 IP, 2.35, 12 BB, 38 K, 2 HR)

 Star of the Night 

Christopher Schwinden, a crafty righty with a high-80s fastball, excellent control, and a shiny 1.69 ERA on the season, received only one brief mention in the authoritative guidebook to knowing one's prospects, the Amazin' Avenue Annual. As such he's something on an enigma (to the present writer.) Last year he gave up far too many hits after the call up to Bingo, but sported a terrific 92:24 K/BB ratio, in line with the 40:12 ratio he's currently boasting on the ladder's next rung. Word is that he lacks a great breaking ball, and isn't a ground ball pitcher, both of which tend to make a high 80s fastball guy a long shot for the majors. Still, another night to make the big club pay attention, especially on the heals of his previous start's flirtation with a no-hitter. 

Goat of the Night

Sand Gnats starter Taylor Whitenton, for messing up a good thing.