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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 6/22/11: Moving Day

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 6/21

*All results from games played on Monday, June 20th 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (30-43)_______________________________________


The Bisons bounced back with a laugher over the Durham Bulls. Durham committed 3 errors and a balk in the first two innings, as Buffalo scored two unearned runs, and from there the offense took over. LF Jason Botts ended up just a single short of the cycle, 3B Zach Lutz hit a home run for the 2nd straight day, and The Man With No Name went 4-5. RHP Chris Schwinden hurled a solid six, his second good start in a row after hitting a speed bump at the end of May.

  • RF Nick Evans: 4-5, 2 RBI, R, K (.287/.331/.421); .522/.593/.652 since being sent back down.
  • 3B Zach Lutz: 2-5, HR (3), 2 RBI, R, 3 K (.337/.421/.542)
  • DH Michael Fisher: 2-5, 2 R, BB, K (.286/.360/.415)
  • RHP Chris Schwinden: W, 6 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K (4-3, 3.05, 73.2 IP, 60 K, 28 BB, 60 H, 5 HR); Numbers starting to look more like you would expect, still due for a few more hits and longballs, though. Still probably next in line if someone in Flushing goes down with an injury.

AA - Binghamton Mets (23-44)_____________________________________


Stop me if you have heard this one before. RHP Brandon Moore turned in a decent start, and thanks to strong offensive performances from CF Raul Reyes and SS Jordany Valdespin the B-Mets led 6-2 after 7 innings. Then the B-Mets bullpen gave up six runs with two outs in the top of the eighth. Yes, with two outs and a man on first, RHP Brandon Sage gave up a walk and an RBI double, before turning things over to RHP Ricky Brooks. No big deal, Sage had already gone two innings, you still have two outs and a big lead, right? From there, the Aeros went walk, walk, single, double, to plate five more runs. The inning only mercifully ended because Indians prospect Beau Mills was thrown out trying to get to third on his double. LHP Roy Merritt surrendered two more runs in the top of the ninth just to make sure it was out of reach. Oh, Nick Carr, Wally will be very happy to see you.

  • 2B Reese Havens: 1-5, R (.253/.326/.405)
  • 3B Josh Satin: 1-5, 2 K (.304/.407/.502)
  • DH Eric Campbell: 0-4, BB, R (.203/.319/.272)
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-3, 2 R, BB, 2 K, HBP (.250/.377/.415)
  • SS Jordany Valdespin: 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB (19) (.286/.338/.477); On fire right now. His stock is going up in my eyes, and he is solidifying his case as the long term SS option if the unthinkable happens. 
  • RHP Brandon Moore: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 2 K (5-5, 3.97, 68 IP, 52 K, 21 BB, 75 H, 4 HR); Up and down all year, but in the end, his inability to consistently get lefties out will make it hard for him to stay a starter.
ROSTER MOVES: No big surprise, but RHP Brad Holt will head to the bullpen to free up a rotation spot for Harvey, while Raul Reyes will slide back over to right field to make room for Den Dekker. Meanwhile, LHPs Eric Niesen and Brandon Sage head back to St. Lucie to free up the roster spots.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (36-32)________________________________________


The day I contemplate taking 2B Rylan Sandoval out of the recap list is, of course, the day he snaps an 0-23 slump with two home runs. His offensive outburst plated a Man vs. Food serving of six ribeye steaks, but in the end was sheer, gluttonous overkill as Amazin Avenue favorite LHP Darin Gorski stingily limited the Stone Crabs to a lone single in his six innings of scoreless work. The St. Lucie bullpen was equally effective yesterday morning, getting everyone back to the office with only a two hour and nineteen minute lunch break to explain to their supervisors.

With another outstanding start, Gorski finishes the first half with a 1.57 ERA and a K to BB ratio of 5.5. By the numbers, if not the scouting reports, he bests Matt Harvey for the title of St. Lucie's first half ace.

  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-4, R, 3 K, HBP (.296/.362/.494); His MLE line in Bingo is almost exactly the same, which is just odd to me.
  • RF Juan Lagares: 2-4, R (.338/.377.488); Also on fire right now, batting .387 in June.
  • 3B Jefry Marte:  0-3, BB, K (.284/.356/.404)
  • DH Wilmer Flores: 2-3, 2B, 2 R, BB (.269/.316/.377)
  • RF Cesar Puello: DNP (.246/.301/.355)
  • SS Robbie Shields: 0-3 BB, R (.269/.347/.412)
  • 2B Rylan Sandoval: 3-4, 2 HR (3), 6 RBI, 2 R, K (.189/.231/.293); What we talk about when we talk about Star of the Night. 
  • LHP Darin Gorski: W, 6 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 6 K (5-0, 1.57, 68.2 IP, 82 K, 15 BB, 54 H, 3 HR); GORSKI!
ROSTER MOVES: Mr. Den Dekker and Mr. Harvey are Binghamton bound

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (39-30)__________________________________

The South Atlantic League all-star game is tonight, and the Sand Gnats pick things back up on Thursday.


Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (4-1)_______________________________________


Brooklyn overcame 3 errors, and 11 men left on base to win their third straight game. RHP Marcos Carmarena was shaky from the get go, but he managed to limit the damage and turn things over to the Cyclones' pen, who tossed five scoreless, while allowing only two men to reach safely. The Brooklyn offense finally broke through in the bottom of the seventh, as RF Javier Rodriguez doubled in a pair with two out to knot the game at 2. It looked like there would be bonus baseball on Coney Island, but Rodriguez drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the ninth, and 1B Luke Stewart doubled him home to send the 8,000+ fans home happy.

Applachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (0-1)_______________________________________

The Appy League Mets kicked off their season in what could generously be described as a sloppy affair. The squads combined for 12 errors, which made more than half the runs scored unearned. The squads went  5-31 with RISP and struck out 24 times. RHP Juan Urbina got knocked around a bit in his first outing of the season, but it's hardly anything to worry about. 

  • DH Camden Maron: 2-4, R, BB; High School catcher from 2009 draft has hit well in the GCL the last two years. Potential sleeper.
  • CF Tillman Pugh: 1-5, RBI, BB, 2 K, E (1); Toolsy Juco pick from last year is worth keeping an eye on, his muff cost Kingsport the game.
  • RF Gregory Pron: 3-5, R; Mets 42nd round pick out of Winona State.
  • LF Julio Concepcion: 2-4, R
  • 2B Yucarybert De La Cruz: 0-6, 2 K; Not much of a prospect, awesome name, though.
  • 3B Alexander Sanchez: 1-5
  • LHP Juan Urbina:  4 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 4 K, E (1); Not the most auspicious debut for Amazin Avenue's #11 prospect. Nothing to lose any sleep over, though.

Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (0-1)_______________________________________

The GCL Mets have a day off and resume play against the GCL Astros Wednesday. Might we see the debut of 2009 2nd round pick Steven Matz?

DSL Peek-In

3B Elvis Sanchez continues his bizzarre season on the DSL Mets #2, currently holding a .132/.405/.245 slash line. He's walking in over a quarter of his PAs, striking out in over a quarter of his PAs, and two of his seven hits on the season are home runs. He's also made 6 errors in 20 games. 19 year old RHP Luis Cessa is at least worth keeping an eye on. The lanky righthander is showing good control and striking out more than a batter an inning.

Over on the DSL Mets #1, OF Vincente Lupo is struggling in a more traditional way, owning a .182/.308/.333 line. He's shown some pop when he has made contact, but he's just not making enough contact. RHP Rafael Montero will be 21 in October, but I am still going to mention his 20:0 K:BB ratio in 18 innings, because that is just cool.


 Star of the Night 

2B Rylan Sandoval may not be long for these recaps with Robbie Shields taking most of his playing time now, but at least he went out with a bang, two of them actually.

Goat of the Night

The Bingo bullpen is making too many appearances in this section. Tonight it is RHP Ricky Brooks who gets to wear the horns.