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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 6/3/11: Harvey's St. Lucie Swan Song?

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 6/3

*All results from games played on Thursday, June 2nd 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (25-30)_______________________________________

CHARLOTTE 4, BUFFALO 3  (12) (Box)

It took a while, but Buffalo completed the system's 0-4 day with a walkoff loss at Charlotte. Mark Teahan singled in the winning run in the 12th after the Knights tied it in the 7th with a suicide squeeze. RHP Josh Stinson was all right in his six innings of work, though his control continues to be an issue. The middle of the order provided the offense for Buffalo last night, as Pascucci, Botts and Feliciano went 6-12 with 3 doubles. RHP Ryota Igarashi tossed three nice innings in relief.

  • PH Fernando Martinez: 0-1 (.300/.367/.513)
  • 1B Lucas Duda: 1-4, RBI, BB, K (.279/.398/.529); 9-21 with 5 XBH since coming back from his injury.
  • SS Luis Hernandez: 0-4, BB, K, E (5) (.206/.257/.255): Remember when he was going to be our Opening Day second baseman?
  • RHP Josh Stinson: 6 IP, 2 ER (1 unearned), 6 H, 5 BB, 3 K, 1 HR (4-4, 66.1, 4.75, 28 K, 24 BB, 58 H, 4 HR); That's a few too many baserunners.
  • RHP Manny Acosta: Movin' on up. (1-0, 20.1, 1.77, 27 K, 17 BB, 13 H, 0 HR)

Roster Moves: Acosta up, O'Connor down.

A Lastings Milledge sighting in this one. He went 1-5 with a caught stealing, and is hitting .244/.325/.348 for Charlotte.

AA - Binghamton Mets (16-35)_____________________________________


Look, what do you want me to say at this point? Three regulars are batting under .200. Only three regulars have an OPS over .700. The starting pitching is decent, but the bullpen is pretty bad. The defense isn't any better, especially in the infield. The B-Mets' worst record ever was 54-88 in 1999. They are ahead of the pace right now.

As for yesterday's game, RHP Tobi Stoner got lit up in five innings of work, and Bingo left 11 men on base.

  • 2B Reese Havens: DNP (.211/.318/.211); Hasn't played day game after night game yet.
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 0-2, K (.262/.313/.409)
  • 3B Eric Campbell: 0-1, 2 BB, E (13) (.190/.316/.253)
  • IF Josh Satin: DNP (.296/.408/.509); No wonder they only scored two runs. Well, they can score only two runs with him in the line-up too, I guess.
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 2-3, BB (.260/.383/.431); Patience is nice, but his lack of elite power and below average defense keep him from being a real prospect.
  • RHP Tobi Stoner: L, 5 IP, 8 ER, 10 H, 2 BB, 0 K, 1 HR (1-3, 25, 9.72, 11 K, 6 BB, 38 H, 6 HR); A bit early to say he's done, but has been wretched by every measure since coming back from his shoulder injury. I guess his walk rate is okay, but probably only because hitters are teeing off on him before he can get deep in counts.
A few notes on Bingo's batters from last week's games

Realized I don't really have enough here for a full write-up, so some observations.

Josh Satin

Really like his swing. It's compact and generates line drives. He's a very patient hitter, not afraid to work the count, and comfortable batting with two strikes. Defensively, he's kind of without a position. Doesn't have the arm for third- in Moore's start someone beat his throw on what should have been a routine play- and doesn't have the range for second. The bat will play, though. Don't know if he will ever be a regular, and he's getting up there in prospect years, but I could see an upside of Jeff Keppinger with more walks.

Allan Dykstra

Didn't show much in the games I saw, but then went 3-3 with a home run on getaway day. Swing is a bit long, and he gets beat by better breaking stuff, but has a good command of the strike zone. At first he's a bit of an adventure, including somehow being nowhere near the bag on a 6-4-3 double play, and being forced to awkwardly tag the runner while trying to step on the base at the same time. Don't know what to make of him long term. He's a bat only prospect without elite power. That's a problem.

Jordany Valdespin

Was still nursing his injury for the games I saw in New Britain. Saw him Memorial Day in Binghamton, so I can't really give you much of a report, but I would like to note that the makeup issues are still there. I'm not a big makeup guy, but Valdespin was basically throwing a tantrum after every out he made at bat, throwing his bat and cursing in Spanish (I assume) all the way up the line. You'd like to see him keep a little more cool at this point, though I can imagine it is frustrating playing for Bingo this year.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (29-25)________________________________________


As good as RHP Matt Harvey pitched, the night belonged to Clearwater's Trevor May. May shut down St. Lucie's offense, only allowing a single unearned run on two hits while fanning twelve. Harvey was pulled after five stellar innings, striking out nine while walking two. His loan run was surrendered on a steal of home. The game was shaping up as a fine pitcher's duel,  but after Harvey was removed, the St. Lucie pen opened the floodgates. Two errors led to a four run sixth for Clearwater, and the Threshers added two more in the seventh to put the game out of reach.

  • SS Wilmer Flores: 0-3, BB, 2 K (.264/.306/.373); Age relative to league only is meaningful if you actually hit in said league.
  • RF Cesar Puello: 0-4, K (.230/.285/.333)
  • CF Matt den Dekker: 0-3, K, HBP, CS (.304/.349/.481)
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 0-4, K (.280/.347/.415); An ugly.674 OPS in May
  • LF Juan Lagares: 0-3, K (.315/.353/.473); A sweet .960 OPS in May
  • Francisco Pena: 1-3, RBI, 2 K, E (4) (.228/.275/.325); Yay! A hit!
  • RHP Matt Harvey: 5 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 9 K (6-2, 59, 2.44, 71 K, 20 BB, 51 H, 5 HR) ; Not much left to prove here, and Stoner's rough start may have opened a slot in Bingo.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (29-24)__________________________________


Savannah saw their four game win streak snapped as Kannapolis teed off on RHP Ryan Fraser for five runs in the fifth and sixth. Savannah managed a big inning of their own in the bottom of the sixth, cutting the lead to 5-4, but that is as close as they would get. Savannah's bats whiffed 16 times on the night, including ten times against Kannapolis starter Spencer Arroyo. Savannah starter RHP Yohan Almonte retired all nine batters he faced, but the Sand Gnats have been bringing him back slowly from injury as a split starter with Fraser. That worked well in Almonte's previous start, but not so much last night.

  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, RBI, 2 K (.203/.256/.382)
  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 1-5, 2K, SB (7) (.225/.316/.364)
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 2-5, 3B, RBI, R, 3 K (.333/.457/.481); Keeps on keepin' on. I worry about all those Ks as he moves up through the org, though.
  • 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 1-4 (.189/.241/.232); That line is...ungood.
  • SS Robbie Shields: 2-5, R, K, E (10) (.288/.358/.450)
  • C Blake Forsythe: 1-4, 3B, R, 3 K  (.207/.287/.356); #catcherspeed
  • RHP Ryan Fraser: L, 2.1 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K, WP (2-4, 56.1 3.51, 31 K, 22 BB, 55 H, 4 HR)
  • RHP Yohan Almonte: 3 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K; (2-2, 29.2, 3.64, 21 K, 4 BB, 22 H, 5 HR)

Star of the Night

Far from an awe inspiring night for the system. So let's give it to our de facto #1 prospect, RHP Matt Harvey. Have to imagine this is his last start in the FSL. 

Goat of the Night

RHP Tobi Stoner has been awful since his return from a shoulder impingement. Whether it is still affecting him or not, at 26 and after having been dropped from the 40 man last offseason, you have to think Stoner might be on his last legs with the organization. Especially with Harvey ready to move up to Binghamton.