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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 6/12/11: Come to the Dark Side

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 6/12/11

*All results from games played on Saturday, June 11th 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (27-37)_______________________________________

COLUMBUS 7, BUFFALO 6 (Box) Yesterday was Star Wars Night in Buffalo which as everyone knows is the highlight of the minor league promotional calendar. Seriously, they welcomed over two thousand more fans to Coca-Cola Field last night than they had on Opening Day. So you can imagine how disappointing it was for the crowd of frenzied saber-metricians when the Dark Side prevailed in this one, clouding the mind of home plate umpire Chris Conroy as he blew a crucial passed ball call in the eighth. Specifically, he called a passed ball on Buffalo backstop Raul Chavez on a pitch that was clearly foul-tipped, yet struck him in the mask, and in so doing allowed the eventual winning run for Columbus to score. Oh and I must point out that Friday's loss was the Herd's first home loss on a Friday night (aka fridaynightbash!) since mid-2009. 

  • RF Fernando Martinez: 0-3, R, 2 BB, K (.286/.349/.438) Batting just .130 against southpaws this year, and back beneath Duda on the organizational totem pole
  • CF Kirk Nieuwenhuis: DNP (.298/.403/.505)
  • DH Zach Lutz: 2-4, RBI, BB, K (.333/.418/.521)
  • SS Luis Hernandez: 0-5, K (.220/.263/.283)
  • 3B Michael Fisher: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, K, E(5) (.278/.361/.426)
  • RHP Chris Schwinden: 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 HB (3-3, 3.48, 62 IP, 48 H, 24 BB, 50 K, 5 HR) After surprising run to start the season, it looks like the magic may be running out after a 6.35 ERA over his last four starts
  • RHP Ryota Igarashi: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K (0-1, 1.88, 14.1 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 18 K, 2 HR) Threw that fateful 'passed ball' in the eighth
Former Mets farmhand and eventual JJ Putz bait OF Ezequiel Carrera went 1-for-4 with his 20th and 21st stolen bases in this one.

AA - Binghamton Mets (19-41)_____________________________________

BINGHAMTON 2, TRENTON 4 (Box) The B-Mets dropped their second straight in the first Subway Series North matchup of 2011 as well as the sixth in their last seven, once again as a result of shoddy bullpen work. Things started well as RHP Collin McHugh matched Yankees stud prospect Manny Banuelos after five, but it was a double off LHP Roy Merritt in the sixth that broke a 2-2 tie and put Binghamton behind for good. Not too much more to say as it was the same old B-Mets formula: Decent starting pitching, punchless offense and crummy relief.

  • DH Reese Havens: 1-4, 2B, 2 K (.250/.315/.417)
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 0-3, 2 K (.266/.315/.435) Strangely batted ninth after his huge Friday performance
  • RF Eric Campbell: 1-4, K (.195/.314/.265) The fact that his OBP remains that high is astounding, he's got to start hitting eventually right?
  • 3B Josh Satin: 0-3, BB, 2 K (.294/.395/.515) Only his tenth game at third as a pro, flexibility will be a trend for him as he climbs up to the show
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-4, 2 K (.258/.376/.417)
  • INJURY UPDATE - Expect to see RHP Manny Alvarez back relatively soon after a right forearm strain has had him out since the end of a rather turbulent April

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (32-30)________________________________________

JUPITER 3, ST. LUCIE 7 (Box) After pulling ahead early on RBI singles from youngsters SS Wilmer Flores and OF Cesar Puello, three infield errors in the middle innings let Jupiter right back into this one. Things looked even worse after Manager Pedro Lopez was tossed arguing an unconventional 9-1-5 DP to end the fifth. However, a seventh inning sac fly from Puello and then three more tack-on runs in the eighth -- on three straight RBI singles -- helped the the Mets maintain their one-game lead in the FSL with just eight games to play for the first half crown. Every St. Lucie starter reached base in this one and all but one had at least one hit. Twelve hits, eleven singles; now that's living up to their namesake! Watch for what will be no doubt another exciting LHP Darin Gorski start this afternoon.

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 2-3, RBI, 2 BB (.260/.304/.362) Dropped to sixth in the order
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-4, 2 RBI (.233/.291/.323)
  • CF Matt den Dekker: 1-4, 2 R, BB, K, SB(10) (.303/.356/.504)
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB, E(13) (.276/.349/.399) Even with the error that's a heck of a night
  • DH Juan Lagares: 2-5, RBI, 2 R, K (.324/.366/.468)
  • 2B Rylan Sandoval: 0-3, BB, K, E(7) (.187/.233/.260) 2 for his last 34
  • Francisco Pena: 1-4, RBI (.200/.252/.283) Does anyone else wish we ponied up the extra dough and signed Jesus Montero that winter?
  • RHP Nick Carr: S(5), 2 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 3 K, WP (2-0, 5 Saves, 1.21 ERA, 22.1 IP, 17 H, 8 BB, 30 K, 2 HR) A little shakier in this one but still looking strong
Some guy on the Hammerheads named Hanley went 3-for-5 in this one.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (35-26)__________________________________

AUGUSTA 2, SAVANNAH 4 (Box) After a meltdown last time out, starter RHP Taylor Whitenton was back to his usual routine in this one, tossing five scoreless with just two hits. However, coming into the eight the Gnats were still down 2-1. That's when things got good. After C Albert Cordero was hit by a pitch and 2B Wilfedo Tovar singled, CF Darrell Ceciliani keyed a dramatic comeback with a two-run double into the right field corner. He would eventually score on a SS Robbie Shields sac fly and the Gnats would hold on for a 4-2 victory and a sweep of the series. Savannah is now well on their way to their second straight first half title with a 4.5 game lead with eight left to play.

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R (.256/.346/.400) .350 June is certainly helping those numbers back to respectability
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-3 (.219/.271/.388)

  • RF Cory Vaughn: 0-4 (.306/.429/.434) .179 over his last ten games
  • Albert Cordero: 0-2, HBP (.209/.234/.291)
  • 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 2-3, R (.225/.275/.272)
  • SS Robbie Shields: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, K, E(11) (.281/.357/.433) 5 RBI's in his last 3 games, for a MI this guy can really drive the ball
  • DH Blake Forsythe: 0-3, K (.213/.289/.361)
  • RHP Taylor Whitenton: 5 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 4 BB, 5 K (3-1, 3.38, 50.2 IP, 37 H, 25 BB, 65 K, 4 HR)
  • LHP Josh Edgin: S(14), 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (1-0, 14 Saves, 0.96, 28 IP, 13 H, 10 BB, 39 K, 0 HR) The scoreless streak continues

 Star of the Night 

On a day without many standout performances, this one is going to St. Lucie's Jefry Marte for a his very solid 3-for-5 effort on Saturday. Batting .368 over his last five games, perhaps he's heating back up after a relatively quiet May?

Goat of the Night
Buffalo's OF Jason Botts earned these horns with his 0-for-4, 2 K's and an error on Saturday.

Prospect Spotlight: DSL Mets

I mentioned that we won't be covering the DSL clubs on a daily basis this summer but from time to time we'll look in on the two teams, especially the three notable signings from last winter's IFA period:

For DSL Mets1, 18-year old Venezuelan slugger OF Vicente Lupo knocked his first professional homer yesterday. However, that was only his second hit on the season and through seven games he's batting just .133 as he adjusts to pro ball. On the bright side he's walked five times and he also stole his first base in the same game. Slick fielding SS Leon Canelon has been equally challenged at the dish, batting .214.

Over on DSL Mets2, Dominican 3B Elvis Sanchez has been...interesting thus far in his first two weeks of pro ball. The 17-year old is only batting .147 yet he's got a .408 OBP as he's walked 13 times in 13 games (vs. 13 K's). The powerful righty has smacked one longball thus far but that's been his only hit for extra bases. He's also racked up three errors.