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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/28/11: Harvey's Hi-A Swan Song?

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/28

*All results from games played on Friday, May 27th 2011

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (20-27)_______________________________________


  • RAINED OUT ; Doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday
  • ROSTER UPDATE - Lots to report today: OF Fernando Martinez is back after serving a couple weeks as filler on the Mets bench. Certainly the right move as he ought to be playing every day. OF Lucas Duda was also activated after missing 14 games with back pain. To make space reliever RHP Dale Thayer was called up to the Mets after posting a sterling 2.05 ERA in 20 appearances with the Herd. The 31-year old has a career 2.45 minor league ERA but a 7.47 mark in 12 big league games. LHP Pat Misch got the shaft again, going back on waivers; he'll probably make it back to Buffalo soon. And finally, useless lefty Casey Fossum was placed on the restricted list as he is pondering retirement after posting a 6.56 ERA with Buffalo. 


AA - Binghamton Mets (14-29)_____________________________________

ALTOONA 6, BINGHAMTON 6 (6 innings, postponed by rain) (Box)

  • 2B Reese Havens: 1-2, 2 R, K; 350 days and one offseason rib surgery later, finally back in the B-Mets lineup
  • 3B Josh Satin: 2-3, 2 2B (.312/.426/.506)
  • LF-1B Eric Campbell: 1-3, 2B, RBI, R, K (.203/.327/.273)
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 1-3, RBI, R K (.287/.411/.495)
  • RHP Jeurys Familia: 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K, HB; As Bingo pitching coach Marc Valdes said this week, Familia doesn't seem to be featuring his best stuff yet but the impressive part is that he's still faring moderately well against much more advanced Double-A hitters
  • ROSTER UPDATE - To make room for 2B Reese Havens, OF Lorenzo Scott -- batting .148/.216/.227 -- was released.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (28-21)________________________________________

DUNEDIN 2, ST. LUCIE 4 (Box) St. Lucie maintained their tenuous grasp on the top spot in the FSL last night with an absolute gem out of RHP Matt Harvey. Harvey threw seven scoreless, striking out ten Jays batters and allowing just four baserunners. He once again limited the hard contact allowing just three singles, allowed more than one baserunner in an inning just once and struck out at least one batter in every frame. What's more, he handily out-pitched 2010 Blue Jays first rounder Deck McGuire in this one. Not only was this Harvey's best outing as a pro, it was also likely his St. Lucie swan song with rumors already swirling that he'll be in Bingo by this time next week. PS - 1B Stefan Welch, 3-for-3 with a homer; nice job.

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-3, BB (.268/.307/.381)
  • RF Cesar Puello:  1-5, R, 2 K, SB(8), E(5) (.240/.296/.322)
  • CF Matt den Dekker: 2-3, RBI, 2 R, BB, SB(8) (.313/.355/.508)
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 1-4 (.293/.361/.442)
  • DH Juan Lagares: 1-4, K (.300/.328/.446)
  • 2B Rylan Sandoval: 0-4, K, E(3) (.220/.256/.309)
  • Francisco Pena: 0-3, BB (.232/.283/.339)
  • RHP Matt Harvey: W, 7 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 10 K (6-2, 2.50, 54 IP, 45 H, 18 BB, 62 K, 5 HR) He's still no Gorski
  • INJURY UPDATE - Today's probable starter is RHP Armando Rodriguez who will be making his first appearance of 2011 after missing time with an oblique injury right out of spring training. Rodriguez posted a 3.08 ERA in 27 starts while striking out 152 batters and allowing a .214 average against in 146 innings for Savannah in 2010.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (24-22)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 5, AUGUSTA 2 (Box) Why, you ask, was RHP Taylor Whitenton pulled after just two innings of scoreless, hitless ball? The one hour+ rain delay in the third may have had something to do with it. And in the ensuing battle of the bullpens the Gnats relief squad came up big, allowing just two runs over the final seven innings. Add in two key LF Rafael Fernandez doubles and stir and you've got yourself six straight wins in Savannah.

  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-3, R, 2 BB, K, E (14) (.214/.268/.413)
  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-4, 2B, R, BB, K, SB(5) (.226/.322/.377)
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, R, 2 BB (.341/.478/.500)
  • C Albert Cordero: DNP (.198/.209/.255) Battling Tovar for the biggest disappointment on the club in 2011
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 0-4, RBI, K (.183/.236/.231) He's already nearly matched his BB total from 2010, so is a .212 BABIP to blame? For a guy not known to sting the ball in general, weak contact might be more the norm.
  • DH Robbie Shields: 1-5, 2B, RBI, 3 K (.289/.368/.464)
  • Blake Forsythe: 1-3, RBI, K (.231/.312/.385)
  • 2B Alonzo Harris: 2-5, RBI (.255/.354/.316) Not doing much this year but I feel like I've got to mention his impressive 14:15 BB-to-K rate. Remember, this was a guy with a career 48:180 mark coming into 2011.
  • RHP Taylor Whitenton: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 BB, 1 K (2-0, 2.19, 37 IP, 25 H, 15 BB, 47 K, 2 HR)
  • LHP Josh Edgin: S(7), .2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K  (1-0, 1.35, 20 IP, 12 H, 8 BB, 26 K, 0 HR) 

 Star of the Night 

Harvey. He continued his good, bad alternating pattern with the best start of his short pro career on Friday night. Chances are we'll be talking about his Double-A debut very soon, like this week.

Goat of the Night

Not really many poor performances to choose from in the system last night. I suppose we'll go with Savannah's Wilfredo Tovar for his 0-for-4 with a K. But more because he's been absolutely ineffective with a bat in his hands in 2011...after I touted him so damn much with winter!

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