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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 5/8/11: Brahiam is Your Broheim

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/8/11

First off, I would like to apologize for that headline. Deeply apologize.

That said, don't forget to send all of your questions about the Mets farm system to

*All results from games played on Saturday May 7th

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (13-17)_______________________________________


Louisville pitcher Tom Cochran got the better of the Bisons on this day, throwing 5 2/3 no hit ball until 2B Luis Hernandez broke up the no-no bid with a double. Buffalo managed only four more hits, as even Manager Tim Teufel getting ejected for arguing a fair ball call on a seventh inning double play couldn't fire up the Bisons listless offense. It could have been worse, as RHP Josh Stinson struggled with his command all game, walking 4 and striking out no one, but the Bats went 2-13 with RISP and left 11 men on base. Captain Kirk continues to rake as he doubled in Luis Hernandez for the sole Bisons run, giving him 63 total bases in 30 games.

  • PH Fernando Martinez: 0-1 (.264/.350/.377); Made the last out of the game on a groundout to second.
  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, K (.318/.425/.589); On pace for 60+ doubles, 300+ total bases. Still not on 40-man.
  • LF-3B Nick Evans: 0-4 (.226/.263/.358)
  • RF Lucas Duda: 1-4, K (.247/.354/.407)
  • SS Ruben Tejada: 0-4, K (.291/.352/.444)
  • 2B Luis Hernandez: 2-4, 2B, R, K (.189/.221/.230)
  • RHP Josh Stinson: L, 5 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 0 K, (1-3, 24.2, 5.84, 7 K, 15 BB, 26 H, 2 HR); The Oliver Perez special, minus the three unearned runs after he throws away the ball on a sacrifice bunt attempt and then immediately gives up a three run homer.
ROSTER MOVES: To bolster the depleted Buffalo pitching staff, the Mets bumped RHP John Lujan up from Binghamton and signed RHP Brian Sweeney from the independent Somerset Patriots. The 37 year old Sweeey pitched a bit in the Mariners bullpen last year. 


AA - Binghamton Mets (10-15)_____________________________________


This one took a while to get going, as first pitch was delayed by a nearly two and a half hour rain delay. RHP Brad Holt labored a bit, only lasting four somewhat wild innings before turning it over to the bullpen. RHP Michael Powers was up to the task, though, tossing another 4+ while surrendering only a single run to the Fisher Cats. Binghamton, meanwhile, exploded for two big innings in the fifth and the seventh, powered by LF Brahiam Maldonado's two solo home runs and a two run blast from 1B Allan Dykstra.

  • SS Jordany Valdespin: 1-4, 3B, R, K (.280/.327/.409)
  • 3B Eric Campbell: 1-1, 2 R, 4 BB, E (4) (.222/.360/.247); Nothing else is going right for him this year, but he is still showing patience.
  • 2B Josh Satin: 2-4, RBI, BB, K (.326/.440/.461)
  • Kai Gronauer: 2-5 (.233/.329/.300)
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 2-5, HR (2), 3 RBI, 2 R (.260/.356/.480)
  • LF Brahaim Maldonado: 3-4, 2B, 2 HR (8), 3 R, 2 RBI, 2 SB (2) (.180/.237/.483); Two home runs and two stolen bases gets you on the list for a night. 
  • RHP Brad Holt: 4 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 5 BB, 4 K (1-1, 31.1, 22 K, 15 BB, 22 H, 1 HR) I'll give him a pass because of the delay/weather. 4:1 GO:FO is nice if a small sample.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (20-10)________________________________________


The biggest threat to St. Lucie came on the bus ride to the game, as RHP Scott Moviel scattered 10 baserunners across 6 2/3 innings. The Mets scratched across three runs in the seventh and eighth, and the bullpen was perfect for the last 2 1/3, stopping St. Lucie's losing streak at six.

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 2-4, RBI, K (.292/.321/.367); Struggling some, but still probably good enough to make the St. Lucie Little League Travel Team.
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 K, E (3) (.250/.295/.317)
  • CF Matt den Dekker: 0-3, BB, 2 K (.339/.376/.538); Slumping the last week, 1 for his last 13 with 6 Ks.
  • 3B Jefry Marte: DNP (.311/.390/.544)
  • LF Juan Lagares: 1-4 (.260/.310/.351)
  • 2B Rylan Sandoval: 1-3, RBI (.188/.217/.288)
  • Francisco Pena: 0-4, K (.250/.294/.297)
  • RHP Scott Moviel: W, 6.2 IP, 0 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 K (4-1, 36.1, 2.72, 14 K, 8 BB, 42 H); Good results, not so good process.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (12-16)__________________________________


While RHP Ryan Fraser struggled a bit with his command, the Sand Gnats defense responded by chopping down baserunner after baserunner.  All told, Savannah produced four outfield assists, including two by RF Cory Vaughn, turned two double plays and RHP Angel Cuan even added a pick-off for good measure. 1B Sam Honeck added two RBI singles on Pink in the Park Night and the Savannah bullpen closed the door as Savannah took a 2-1 lead in the series with the Braves.

  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-3, RBI, K (.204/.230/.398); Okay, starting to get seriously worried. The pop is still there, but he has just lost any command of the strike zone.
  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 0-4, K (.154/.231/.346)
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-2, R, 2 BB (.309/.431/.426); OBP is higher than slugging now, which is odd. Nice to see all those walks, but only 1 home run in his first 94 at bats.
  • DH Albert Cordero: 1-4, K (.203/.211/.270)
  • 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 1-4, 2B, R (.248/.296/.317)
  • SS Robbie Shields: 1-4, 2B, R (.231/.339/.407)
  • OF Javier Rodriguez: 1-3 (.217/.286/.422)
  • 1B Sam Honeck: 2-4, 2 RBI, E (3) (.280/.324/.400); Cooled down since his hot start, but provided most of the offense on this night.
  • C Blake Forsythe: 0-3, BB, 3 K (.176/.244/.365)
  • RHP Ryan Fraser: W, 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HBP (2-3, 29.2, 3.34, 13 K, 10 BB, 30 H, 2 HR); "Effectively wild" a.k.a. "bailed out by his defense a whole bunch." 
  • LHP Angel Cuan: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K, WP (1-1, 17, 4.24, 13 K, 1 BB, 21 H, 1 HR)

— ★ — Star of the Night — ★ — 

LF Brahiam Maldonado helped power the B-Mets offensive onslaught with ten total bases including two home runs. That is enough to get him the duke for the night. Maldonado has always shown a lot of pop, but he has coupled that with what could charitably be described as poor strike zone judgement, as shown by his 132:29 K:BB ratio between St. Lucie and Binghamton last year. As he'll be 26 in September, he's not really a prospect anymore, but he does have only one less home run this season than every other player on Binghamton combined. He is a good example of what happens when your toolsy, athletic outfield prospect never quite figures out the strike zone, but does not view that fact as a bar to swinging at everything.

Goat of the Night

If you wear the Golden Sombrero, you also have to wear the goat horns. Sorry, C Blake Forsythe