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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 6/26/11: System Sweep

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*All results from games played on Saturday, June 25th, 2011

In over a year doing these reports I can't remember a day when all seven of the Mets' US-based affiliates won. And for good measure both DSL squads won too. Cool.

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (32-45)_______________________________________

NORFOLK 5, BUFFALO 6 (F/11) (Box)

...Things appeared grim for the Herd in the top of the eleventh. RHP Brian Sweeney -- who had allowed five runs over his last two relief appearances -- gave up a leadoff double and quickly fell behind the next batter. However, suddenly the clouds broke and after Sweeney induced a pop-up followed by two straight punch outs, Buffalo's SS Luis Figueroa delivered his own leadoff double in the bottom of the frame. An FMart double play soured things a bit but the ever persistent OF Jesus Feliciano refused to quit, fouling off five straight pitches with two strikes before eventually willing the base knock that would send the Western New York crowd home happy.

  • RF Fernando Martinez: 1-6, HR(6), 3 RBI, R, 2 K; (.269/.329/.434) Second bomb in as many days
  • 1B Nick Evans: 2-4, 2 2B, 2, 2 BB (.300/.347/.461) Runs the hit streak to 15, 11 of those being multi-hit efforts
  • 3B Zach Lutz: DNP (.326/.417/.551) No word yet on the repercussions from the HBP...I must say that with word of Turner perhaps DL-bound, it's incredible the kind of ill-timed bad luck this guy has
  • RHP Dylan Owen: 5.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K (2-4, 4.56, 47.1 IP, 51 H, 18 BB, 42 K, 9 HR) The other Dylan isn't as impressive
  • RHP Ryota Igarashi: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K (0-1, 1.14, 23.2 IP, 8 H, 6 BB, 27 K, 2 HR) That makes three straight 2 IP, 0 ER performances

AA - Binghamton Mets (27-45)_____________________________________


The B-Mets pushed their season-high win streak to four yesterday as they've seemed to figure out that scoring early is their magic cure-all. For the third straight contest they tallied a run in the first inning as newcomer CF Matt den Dekker roped a leadoff double and who else but IF Josh Satin drove him home. No, he can't play the field much and no, he doesn't have a ton of power but the bottom line is that the dude can flat out hit; he can't be long for the Parlor City now. It should be mentioned that erstwhile crummy lefty reliever (see: .447 lefty AVG) Roy Merritt was actually surprisingly effective in only his second career start.

  • DH Josh Satin: 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI, K (.318/.414/.533)
  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 3-5, 2B, 2 R, K, CS(1)
  • DH Allan Dykstra: 2-4, RBI, K (.257/.379/.417)
  • SS Jordany Valdespin: 0-4, R, E(17); (.285/.336/.464)
  • LHP Roy Merritt: 5 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K (1-1, 5.11, 37 IP, 51 H, 11 BB, 29 K, 2 HR) In his two starts this season he's gone a combined 9 IP, allowing just 1 run and 7 hits...strange
  • RHP Rhiner Cruz: S(3), 2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (1-1, 2.76, 29.1 IP, 17 H, 18 BB, 22 K, 1 HR) With a .167 AVG against, quietly having a nice season and he'd actually be an interesting relief prospect if only he could manage those walks

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


RHP Greg Peavey and LHP Josh Edgin both looked too advanced for their last level and that trend continued in this one as the two paired up to pretty much whitewash the Marlins affiliate yesterday. Also, in just about 40 IP this season Edgin has allowed just three runs. Three! And the last one came back in early May! With a low 90's fastball and wipeout slider this guy is looking like a gd steal from the 30th round last June. If he keeps this up he's going to be pairing up with Nick Carr in Bingo pretty soon to form one nasty lefty/righty late inning tandem. Oh and can I just point out that with a 3.30 ERA, on a team just a few games under .500, it's kind of amazing that Jupiter starter Chad James is now 0 and 11. Woof.

PS - Game 2 postponed due to more rain.

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-3, 2B, R (.277/.321/.387)
  • CF Cesar Puello: 0-3 (.242/.293/.347) 1-for-9 since the move to CF
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, RBI, K
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, K (.286/.357/.408)
  • 2B Robbie Shields: 2-3, R, BB
  • DH Juan Lagares: 2-4. RBI, R, 2 K (.344/.380/.493)
  • RHP Greg Peavey: W, 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 3 K, HB, Balk; A little wilder than usual but results were the same
  • LHP Josh Edgin: S(1), 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K; The guy hasn't allowed a run in well over a month and at this pace he won't be in Florida for long


Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (41-31)__________________________________


A nice four-run sixth inning put the Gnats back in business yesterday and four scoreless, one-hit innings from the bullpen sealed the deal. Never you mind the fact that the rally was kick-started by two straight bases loaded walks nor, the fact that the GreenJackets boast the lowest team batting average in he SAL. Those minor details are unimportant. More important has been the questionable work of starter RHP Ryan Fraser who was conveniently let off the hook in this one. He's had his moments as a starter and he certainly has curtailed the excessive walks, but frankly he's just been far too hittable this year. No longer able to empty the tank in short spurts, Fraser has featured much tamer stuff as evidenced by a K/9 that has dropped by over 50% compared to 2010.

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: DNP (.243/.338/.365) 
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-3, BB (.228/.279/.380) Not as disappointed in the AVG as I am the SLG
  • 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 2-5, 2 RBI (.235/.290/.291) A nice .357 Junes helps cancel out that rough .115 May
  • C Albert Cordero: 2-4 (.232/.263/.305)
  • DH Blake Forsythe: 0-3, BB (.214/ ) Wow is that third round pick looking like a waste or what?
  • RHP Ryan Fraser: 5 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 4 BB, 4 K (4-5, 3.74, 77 IP, 76 H, 29 BB, 45 K, 7 HR) Second straight start allowing 5 ER

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (6-3)_______________________________________


Brandon Brown. That is all.

  • 3B Brian Harrison: 1-3, 2 RBI, E(2)
  • SS Danny Muno: DNP
  • 2B Brandon Brown: 3-3, 2B, 2 HR(2), 2 RBI, 4 R; Yeah, that's a nice night 
  • LHP Chris Hilliard: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, HB; The old 3-for-12 with RISP and 11 LOB total always helps 

    • Appalachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (2-3)_______________________________________
      BRISTOL 3, KINGSPORT 10 (Box

      2010 12th rounder Brett Mitchell finally lived up to his peripherals in this one after a sub-par debut season with Kingsport. He's no stud but he's better than what he showed last season and that came through in this one. Also, it's nice when your 3-6 hitters go a combined 10-for-19 with 5 RBI's and 14 total bases between them.

    • LF Julio Concepcion: 2-5, 3B(2), 2 RBI, R
    • RF Gregory Pron: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB, K
    • 1B Alexander Sanchez: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K
    • RHP Brett Mitchell: W, 5 IP, 0 H, 1 BB, 6 K
      Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (3-2)_______________________________________

      NATIONALS 3, METS 4 (Box)

    • CF Eudy Pina: 1-3, R, BB
    • SS Juan Carlos Gamboa: 3-4, 2B, RBI, R; 20-year old glove-first shortstop out of Mexico has survived in the veteran-laden Mexican leagues and posted a 34:31 BB-to-K rate in DSL last season, which to me bears watching
    • RHP Edioglis Villasmil: 5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K, HB, 3 Balks; Yes, 3 balks

     Star of the Night 

    I must say that it's nice to have a bunch of performances to choose from but we can't deny Brooklyn's Brandon Brown after one hell of a game on Saturday. The 2010 22nd rounder out of the Univ. of South Alabama who batted just .209 in 47 games with Kingsport last year who came into the day with a grand total of zero career homers just went off. Anytime you reach double-digit total bases in one game things are clearly going right.

    Goat of the Night
    Boo to the mustachioed Dale Thayer of the Bisons whose 2 runs allowed in the eighth forced extras in Buffalo.

    Random Idea: I'm sick of seeing Manny Acosta and DJ Carrasco. Maybe it's the crummy results, maybe I just don't like their faces. Either way, they're currently part of a bullpen that's ranked 25th in ERA. And though they've been better lately, the Mets 'pen is just not that good. And if this long shot of a wild card berth is to become a real boy that's going to have to change. We know that Sandy won't soon trade for help (he'll more likely trade away the closer, making this discussion moot). So it's going to have to come from within. Iggy continues to excel in Triple-A but we've seen that song and dance before. Pre-season favorites Jose De La Torre and Manny Alvarez are both on the DL. So It's time to get creative and pull from the starting ranks. Specifically, I'd take both Josh Stinson and Brandon Moore from Bingo and start pitching them in relief, with an eye towards a quick promotion if it goes well. Both have been solid as starters but both also seem to be reaching that cap where their talent is coming up short against higher level competition. However, both also feature excellent averages against righties (Stinson: .174 | Moore: .236) and in short stints -- where their average stuff would be allowed to play up -- could be very effective against righties at the very least.