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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 5/7/11: You want Shutouts? We Got Shutouts

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/7

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*All results from games played on Friday May 6th

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (13-16)_______________________________________


The Bisons made it back to back against the Bats, riding another strong performance from RHP Chris Schwinden and a pair of blasts from SS Ruben Tejada and CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis. The Bats only got runners into scoring position once against Schwinden, who delivered a strikeout to end the threat. The Bisons bullpen was even better, with LHP Justin Hampson and RHP Manny Acosta striking out seven Louisville batsmen in three innnings of work. Also of note,  Acosta has still not given up a home run this year, though he has the other Two True Outcomes in spades.

  • RF Fernando Martinez: 0-3 (.269/.356/.385)
  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 2-4, HR (5), 2B, 2 RBI, R, K; (.317/.423/.587) So how long until he is manning the outfield at Citi? Beltran trade? Pagan setback? I think its time to have the conversation at least.
  • 3B Nick Evans: 1-4 (.235/.273/.373)
  • 1B Lucas Duda: 0-3, R, BB (.247/.359/.416)
  • SS Ruben Tejada: 3-4, HR (3), RBI, 2 R, K 2 E (9) (.301/.363/.460); No idea what to say about Ruben at this point. Mashing like crazy, but all of a sudden is a mess in the field.
  • 2B Luis Hernandez: 1-4 (.171/.205/.200)
  • RHP Chris Schwinden: W, 6 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K (2-1, 27, 2.00, 25 K, 9 BB, 18 H, 1 HR); 61 of 88 pitches were strikes.
  • RHP Manny Acosta: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 3 K (1-0, 10.2, 2.53, 12 K, 12 BB, 6 H, 0 HR); Gets the K:BB rate back to 1.0

AA - Binghamton Mets (9-15)_____________________________________


LHP Mark Cohoon continues to impress, keeping the ball on the ground (though he did give up his fourth home run of the season), missing bats and commanding the plate. Once again, though, the Bingo bullpen blows a lead, surrendering five runs in the eighth inning on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch. New Hampshire CF and all-around toolshed Anthony Gose delievered the big blow of the inning with a two-run triple to break the game open for the Fisher Cats. The B-Mets bats were quiet as they managed only two hits, though they did reach base nine times on walks.

  • SS Jordany Valdespin: 1-4, 2B, R, K (.281/.330/.393)
  • 3B-1B Eric Campbell: 0-2, 2 BB (.213/.326/.238)
  • 2B Josh Satin: 0-3, BB, K, SB (2) (.318/.433/.459)
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-3, 2 K (.244/.352/.422)
  • LHP Mark Cohoon: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K, HR, Balk; 7:5 GO:FO (1-2, 36.2, 2.70, 31 K, 9 BB, 37 H, 4 HR); Another nice start.
  • LHP Eric Niesen: L, 0.2 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, BB, K (0-3, 8.2, 13.50, 4 K, 10 BB, 11 H, 2 HR); Another not so nice relief appearance. And no, I did not accidentally transpose Ks and BBs. He's also hit 3 guys.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (19-10)________________________________________


RHP Kyle Allen cruised through the first four innings, striking out two and recording seven outs via the groundball. But the wheels came flying off in the fifth as Allen was knocked around for four runs. After a leadoff single, Allen quickly got the first two outs, then went 2B, BB, 2B, 1B, before getting sent to the showers. The St. Lucie offense flailed against the Palm Beach pitching staff, striking out 11 times.

Injury/Rehad Update: Angel Pagan did not play as he was having an MRI done on his oblique.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (11-16)__________________________________


The second shutout of the night for the Mets farm system came from the arm of Taylor Whitenton. The 2009 39th round draft choice has been dealing all year, but this was his longest outing of the year and only his second start. The Sand Gnats offense didn't need to provide much, which was good, since they only managed two singles after the opening frame and scored both their first inning runs via the good old productive out. 

— ★ — Star of the Night — ★ — 

I've been leaning heavily on the pitchers lately here, and although Captain Kirk certainly deserves it, I'm going back to the moundsmen and giving Star of the Night to Savannah RHP Taylor Whitenton. A tall, lanky righty out of small Division 1 school Darton College, he doesn't have a ton of velocity and he struggled last year with his command, walking 60 in 108 1/3. So, yeah, he's a 23 year old college arm repeating the Sally league, but he has shown the ability to miss bats, and still is a bit projectable. He seems to have the walks under control now, so I would start to think about moving him up. And it does seem like there will be a couple openings in St. Lucie soon. You can watch him pitch here and get a fuller scouting report from the "Scouting the Sally League" blog. The delivery does look a little arm heavy to me, even from the full wind-up.

Goat of the Night

The two headed bullpen monster of LHP Eric Niesen and RHP Erik Turgeon get to share the ignominy tonight for that atrocious eighth inning against New Hampshire.