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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/10: Another Walk-Off HBP?

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/10

*All results from games played on Saturday, July 9th 2011

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 **NOTE - Don't forget to watch the Futures Game -- featuring Matt Harvey and Jefry Marte -- tonight at 6PM on ESPN2! 

AAA - Buffalo Bisons (38-52)_______________________________________

BUFFALO 0, PAWTUCKET 2 (Box) A 30-year old career minor leaguer shut the Bisons out last night, holding them to just two hits total. There's honestly nothing more worth saying about this game.

  • RF Fernando Martinez: 0-3, E(3) (.260/.317/.420) 2-for-11 with 2 errors since returning from his stop in the bigs
  • 1B Zach Lutz: 0-4 (.312/.400/.523)
  • LHP Pat Misch: L, 6.1 IP, 0 ER (2 unearned), 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K (3-5, 4.58, 74.2 IP, 77 H, 17 BB, 45 K, 13 HR) Gotta love a 10:2 GB-to-FB rate in this one

AA - Binghamton Mets (33-55)_____________________________________

Game 1: BINGHAMTON 7, NEW BRITAIN 6 (Box) With one out in the fourth the B-Mets were being no-hit and throughly dominated by Staten Island product Bobby Lanigan. That was the moment when Lanigan imploded, allowing nine of the next ten batters to reach base in an inning which would see the Mets score all seven of their runs. LHP Robert Carson continued what has been a supremely underwhelming season by immediately allowing three runs, letting the Rock Cats right back into this one, but three innings of dominant relief from the Bingo 'pen -- you read that right -- sewed this one right up.

  • 3B Josh Satin: 2-2, 2B, R, BB; Had doubled in 6 straight games and 9 of his last 16 ab's
  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-4, RBI, R , 2 K
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-3, R, BB (.264/.392/.442)
  • 2B Jordany Valdespin: 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, K
  • LHP Robert Carson: 4 IP, 3 ER (3 unearned), 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K, HB (2-7, 4.40, 75.2 IP, 86 H, 33 BB, 59 K, 9 HR) Exceptionally mediocre this season and isn't even getting trademark grounders
Game 2: BINGHAMTON 9, NEW BRITAIN 5 (Box) Starter RHP Jeurys Familia didn't look his best in game two, allowing four runs over five+ innings, however his lineup had his back. Or should I say New Britain's gloves did, as they made four errors to account for five unearned errors by the end of the fourth inning. Aside from a RF Raul Reyes bases-clearing triple the the hitters weren't overly impressive tonight; 2B Josh Satin's hit/double streak came to and end, LF Eric Campbell continues to walk and do nothing else. But Wally's boys will take them however they can get them, which is incidentally the slogan for 2011 B-Mets baseball.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (9-7 | 47-39)________________________________________

Game 1: TAMPA 3, ST. LUCIE 1 (Box) Mets shut out and held to just two hits. See Buffalo game for appropriate commentary. 

Game 2: TAMPA 5, ST. LUCIE 6 (12) (Box) Because who doesn't love five extra innings on the back end of a rain-necessitated twinbill? The Mets, that's who. That's because in the bottom of the twelfth, after an intentional walk to load the bases and set up the double play, RF Cory Vaughn went all Justin Turner on us with a walk-off HBP. Also lots of credit to LF Juan Lagares who not only hit a 3-run bomb in the second, not only extended his hit streak to nine, not only pushed his league-leading average to .348, and not only stole two bases, but he also took two more all-important base on balls today. 
  • LF Juan Lagares: 3-6, HR(6), 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, K, SB(5) (.348/.389/.504) Can't wait to see what he'll do in Double-A
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-5, RBI, K (.326/.426/.522)
  • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-6, 2B, RBI, 3 K (.275/.317/.381)
  • CF Cesar Puello: 1-6, R, 3 K (.228/.287/.332)
  • DH Pedro Zapata: 1-5, 2 BB, SB(25) (.323/.357/.417) Continuing to show that a future as a speedy 4th/5th outfielder is a real possibility
  • LHP Josh Edgin: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 3 K (1-0, 0.00, 7 H, 6 BB, 12 K, 0 HR) This streak is just getting absurd

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (12-4 | 51-34)__________________________________

GREENSBORO 5, SAVANNAH 0 (Box) Let's try this again. The Gnats were shut out by a middling starter in this one, tallying just three hits total. Once again, there's really not much more to analyze.

Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (12-10)_______________________________________

BROOKLYN 3, CONNECTICUT 2 (Box) Despite more than doubling the Tigers in hits the Cyclones barely squeaked out a victory in this one thanks to another strong effort from starter LHP Carlos Vazquez. The diminutive lefty allowed his first longball of the season in the second but bounced back nicely, tossing four more scoreless innings. Pitching in the Angel Cuan mold, Vazquez gets results as a slight lefty with so-so stuff but pinpoint command. A Brooklyn lineup with an increasing amount of intriguing names fought back with a 2-RBI SS Danny Muno double in the fifth and an RBI single from LF Travis Taijeron in the eighth. With 2011 draftees like RHP Cory Mazzoni, LHP Jake Leathersich and 1B Cole Frenzel recently signing, this team gets more interesting to watch by the day.

  • SS Danny Muno: 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI (.353/.450/.529)
  • LF Javier Rodriguez: 1-5, 2B, SB(1) (.287/.340/.507)
  • 3B Brian Harrison: 1-4 (.247/.313/.301)
  • 1B Cole Frenzel: 2-5, 2B, 2 K; Pro debut for 7th rounder out of U of Arizona, profiles a lot like Allan Dykstra though the Mets hope more power is coming
  • LF Travis Taijeron: 1-4, RBI, 3 K (.298/.444/.526)
  • Xorge Carillo: 0-4; 14th rounder is 1 for his first 11 as a pro
  • DH Richard Lucas: 2-3, RB, R, BB (.297/.349/.432) '07 4th rounder showed promise in '09, not so much in '10...back on the map in '11?
  • LHP Carlos Vazquez: 6 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, E(1), HB (1-2, 2.55, 24.2 IP, 25 H, 4 BB, 21 K, 1 HR)
  • RHP Cory Mazzoni: W, 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 0 K; First W for Mets 2nd rounder...after a long season with NC St. expect a very light workload here
Rookie - Kingsport Mets (7-11)_______________________________________
 
PRINCETON 6, KINGSPORT 3 (Box) Starter LHP Juan Urbina dug Kingsport a sizable hole early and they'd never really recover as their lineup was mostly quiet in this one. This marks Urbina's fourth start of the season and the fourth straight stinker. Obviously it's more about the process than the results at this point so there's no reason for anyone to panic, but it'd still be nicer if he was looking better than he has thus far. On a positive note, between Camden Maron and Jeffrey Glenn the Mets have a nice little two-headed catching tandem down in Kingsport. I think both of these guys have a real shot to have success at the upper levels, which is great news for a system absolutely bereft of catching talent.
Rookie - GCL Mets (9-4)_______________________________________

 GCL METS 1, GCL CARDINALS 0 (Box) This one belonged to RHP Michael Hebert who was dominant over six scoreless, one-hit innings. Although this is pretty much what you'd expect for a pitcher with a good amount of experience at higher levels. After climbing up to Savannah late last season, the strong-armed righty is appearing in the GCL after getting a late start to the season due to injury. The '08 seventh rounder has been tabbed by some as a sleeper thanks to his sneaky good stuff and he looked the part in this one.

 Star of the Night 

This one goes to St. Lucie's LF Juan Lagares who lit up the box score yet again yesterday with a 4-for-8 day including a homer, 3 RBI's, two steals and most importantly two walks. After hitting .433 in July, Lagares' average is up to a league leading .348 and it's evident that he's mastered pitching in the FSL. However, the organization has clearly linked his future success with his ability to improve his plate discipline and Lagares is responding with a 5:7 BB-to-K in July, his second such month after walking all of 9 times for the entire season in 2010. A 5.4 BB% isn't typically anything to write home about but it just might be when it was 1.5% just 12 short months ago.


Goat of the Night
Well I'm done dancing around it, LHP Juan Urbina has been awful to start the season. And his five-walk performance last night was the cherry on top. We definitely shouldn't be worried yet but it's still no fun to watch.