New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/17
*All results from games played on Saturday, July 16th 2011
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (40-54)_______________________________________
ROCHESTER 4, BUFFALO 2 (Box) Starter RHP Chris Schwinden has slowly been coming back to Earth since his fast start and last night certainly didn't help. After just three batters he had put the Herd behind, surrendering a 2-run bomb, and things only got worse as the IL's worst team had no problem getting to Schwinden in this one. Add in the fact that Buffalo's lineup has become a parade of Quad-A thirty-somethings and this one was over early.
- RF Fernando Martinez: DNP (.254/.330/.407)
- 1B Zach Lutz: 0-4, K (.313/.389/.492)
- 3B Michael Fisher:1-4, 2B, K (.266/.332/.362)
- RHP Chris Schwinden: L, 4.1 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR, 1 WP (6-4, 3.31, 98 IP, 80 H, 31 BB, 88 K, 7 HR)
AA - Binghamton Mets (37-57)_____________________________________
NEW HAMPSHIRE 1, BINGHAMTON 2 (Box) On a day when the B-Mets staff took a big hit, a trio of their less heralded pitchers stepped up to deliver a gem. Greyhound aficionado RHP Colin McHugh started the ball rolling with six excellent innings, striking out nine Rock Cats. On again, off again reliever RHP Josh Stinson continued to setlle back into the 'pen tallying his third straight scoreless outing. And the oft overlooked RHP John Lujan capped things with a scoreless ninth. The offense didn't have much on this night, but what they had -- RBI knocks from 1B Allan Dykstra and C Dusty Ryan -- was enough.
- DH Jordany Valdespin: 1-2, 2B, BB, CS(11) (.297/.342/.473
- 2B Josh Satin: 0-3, R, BB, 3 K (.319/.418/.539)
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-3, BB, K, SB(4) (.232/.321/.404)
- 3B Eric Campbell: 2-4, R, SB(4) (.213/.333/.273)
- DH Allan Dykstra: 2-3, RBI, BB (.277/.402/.466)
- RHP Josh Stinson: 1.2 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 K (2-1, 4.91, 25.2 IP, 29 H, 9 BB, 19 K, 0 HR, 1.74 GB:FB) If he can get going now that he's (finally) back in the 'pen, he may be in Queens by September
- INJURY UPDATE - RHP Jeurys Familia was placed on the DL yesterday -- retroactive to the 14th -- with a right shoulder impingement, whatever that means. I suppose this answers some of those questions about why he was missing time and the organization's subsequent nebulous explanations. However now we have myriad more questions, this time about the health of the Mets' top pitching prospect in 2011. One positive: This may finally clear the way for a Gorski promotion.
- INJURY UPDATE - Not as much of a headline grabber but the B-Mets also placed LHP Roy Merritt on the DL yesterday with a left shin contusion, suffered on Thursday night from a comebacker to the mound. Jeff noted it the other day but it's been odd how well Merritt has fared in his first handful of starts ever (.229 AVG) when weighed against how poorly he has looked in relief this season (.356 AVG).
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (12-9 // 50-41)________________________________________
ST. LUCIE 8, LAKELAND 2 (Box) Despite going just 3-for-14 with RISP, the Mets managed to take this one, making a loser of Lakeland starter Shawn Teufel, son of Triple-A Manager and longtime Met Tim Teufel. The offense chipped away early with RBI hits from OF Juan Lagares and 2B Robbie Shields, but it was a bases loaded triple in the seventh from SS Wilmer Flores that acted as the last few nails in in the Tigers coffin on this night. Note: It's probably a good sign that Mr. Wright was feeling spry enough to nab second base.
- CF Juan Lagares: 1-4, R, RBI, BB, K (.331/.376/.481) Nice to see him manning CF when Puello does not
- RF Cory Vaughn: 0-4, BB, 3 K (.304/.400/.493)
- DH Jefry Marte: 1-4, R, RBI, BB (.270/.337/.381) Batting .211 in ten July games, but just two strikeouts in that span
- SS Wilmer Flores: 2-5, 3B, 3 RBI (.275/.314/.379)
- RF Cesar Puello: DNP (.227/.283/.329) Got the night off after a rough Friday, batting just .167 in July and disappointing scouts everywhere
- 2B Robbie Shields: 1-4, 2B, R, RBI, K (.268/.319/.368)
- RHP Armando Rodriguez: W, 5 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 6 K, 1 WP (2-2, 3.14, 43 IP, 30 H, 20 BB, 50 K, 5 HR)
- REHAB ALERT - 3B David Wright: 0-3, R, BB, SB(1); Converted both chances in the field
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (15-8 // 54-38)__________________________________
SAVANNNAH 5, AUGUSTA 6 (10) (Box) Rough ending for Savannah in this one. They were clinging to a tenuous one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth with quirky, left-handed reliever Hamilton Bennett on the mound and a man on second. A single. The runner is sent. Out. With just one out to go the wind was back in their sails. That is for all of three minutes until Bennett allowed the next man to single and the tying run to score. In extras, RHP Gabriel Zavala was much less suspenseful allowing the old single-sacrifice-single and Augusta walked off.
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-6, 3B, R, RBI (.250/.342/.359) Making the slow climb back to respectability
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 2-5, RBI, BB (.225/.281/.373)
- SS Wilfredo Tovar: 4-5, R, RBI, K, 2 SB(7) (.234/.298/.283)
- C Blake Forsythe: 1-3, 3 BB, 2 K (.226/.332/.363)
- RHP Yohan Almonte: 5.2 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 1 WP, 1 HB (3-5, 3.82, 73 IP, 68 H, 15 BB, 44 K, 11 HR) Allowed just one homer in '10
Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (15-13)_______________________________________
LOWELL 4, BROOKLYN 5 (Box)
- SS Danny Muno: 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI, BB (.377/.500/.585)
- LF Javier Rodriguez: 0-4, 3 K (.264/.325/.436)
- DH Brian Harrison: 1-3 (.244/.347/.293)
- 1B Cole Frenzel: 1-4, RBI, BB, K (.308/.387/.346)
- CF Travis Taijeron: DNP (.243/.379/.429)
- C Nelfi Zapata: 3-4, 3 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI (.225/.214/.375)
- LHP Orlando Tovar: 4 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 3 K (1-1, 3.45, 15.2 IP, 18 H, 8 BB, 13 K, 0 HR) Stepped up when starter Jeff Walters faltered
- DH Camden Maron: DNP (.319/.447/.377)
- CF Tillman Pugh: 0-4, K (.257/.313/.459)
- LF Julio Concepcion: 2-4 (.310/.337/.414)
- OF Gregory Pron: 1-4 (.305/.359/.463)
- C Jeffrey Glenn: DNP (.306/.353/.548)
- LHP Juan Urbina: L, 4 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 1 WP (0-3, 9.45, 20 IP, 32 H, 12 BB, 15 K, 3 HR) The walks are one thing but I'm more bothered by how gd hittable he's been thus far
- OFF DAY
★ Star of the Night ★
Though Brooklyn's C Nelfi Zapata deserves some credit for a three double performance, the Star goes to Binghamton's starter RHP Colin McHugh for a couple of reasons. One, his six innings of one-run ball and nine K's were critical for a club that doesn't -- and didn't -- score a lot of runs. And two, the guy has really been taking one for the team this year, shuffling back and forth between St. Lucie and Binghamton countless times, seemingly dictated by everything but his own performance.