New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/7
*All results from games played on Wednesday June 6th 2011
For those keeping score, the S.O.T.N. contest was won by user Marty0111 as he correctly selected Matt den Dekker on Tuesday night. Pretty impressive guess considering the slump den Dekker's been in since the promotion. And so as a result he won the authentic St. Lucie First Half Champions t-shirt. Congrats Marty and to everyone else, keep your eyes open for the next minor league giveaway!
AAA - Buffalo Bisons (38-50)_______________________________________
BUFFALO 7, SCRANTON-WB 5 (Box)
RHP Chris Schwinden didn't pitch great, but he limited the damage and let the Bisons bats carry them to victory last night. LF Nick Evans continues to rack up multi-hit games, and 1B Zach Lutz has picked up right where he left off. All in all, Buffalo compiled 14 hits while holding Bisons killer Jorge Vazquez to an ineffectual 0-3.
- RF Fernando Martinez: 1-5, R
- LF Nick Evans: 3-5, RBI, K; Plays everywhere, hits everywhere.
- 1B Zach Lutz: 2-5, HR (5), RBI, 2 R; Good to see him healthy again. And when he's healthy, he hits.
- 3B Michael Fisher: 2-5, RBI, CS
- RHP Chris Schwinden: W, 6 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 HBP
AA - Binghamton Mets (30-55)_____________________________________
PORTLAND 7, BINGHAMTON 0 (6) (Box)
The biggest jump in difficulty for a minor leaguer is from Hi-A to AA, and RHP Matt Harvey is finding that out. In arguably his worst start as a professional, Harvey lasted only 3 innings, and was tagged for seven earned runs, including two home runs off the bat of Portland slugger Reynaldo Rodriguez. Harvey did strike out five against only one walk, but also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. The one nice thing you could say about the game is it was short, as storms caused it to be called after six innings. Binghamton did still manage to work a full games worth of 10 strikeouts in there, though.
- 3B Josh Satin: 1-3, 2B, K; 27th double this year for Satin.
- LF Eric Campbell: 0-0, 2 BB
- CF Matt Den Dekker: 0-3, K
- 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-3, 2 K
- SS Jordany Valdespin: 0-3, 2 K, 2 E(21)
- RHP Matt Harvey: L, 3 IP, 7 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR, HBP, WP; Look, it's nothing to really be worried about yet, but it does look like Harvey will have to go through a bit of an adjustment period in AA.
Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (7-5 // 45-37)________________________________________
FORT MYERS 3, ST. LUCIE 2 (11) (Box)
St. Lucie let one get away from them last night against the Miracle. Despite outhitting Fort Myers 11-7, the Mets left 10 men on base and committed four errors. RHP Greg Peavey pitched a strong, though not dominant, seven, but two errors in the eighth by 3B Jefry Marte allowed Fort Myers to tie the game at 2. We went to extras down at Digital Domain Stadium where two more errors and a wild pitch let in the go ahead run in the top of the 11th, despite the Miracle not even managing a hit in the inning. St. Lucie managed to get RF Cory Vaughn to 2nd with one out in the bottom of the 11th, but that is where he would remain as the final two outs were recorded.
- CF Juan Lagares: 1-5, 2B, RBI, 2 K
- RF Cory Vaughn: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 K, E(2)
- 3B Jefry Marte: 1-5, 2 E(18)
- SS Wilmer Flores: 1-5, E(8)
- C Francisco Pena: 0-4, BB
- RHP Gregory Peavey: 7 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K, WP; Strikeouts have ticked down, and walks have ticked up as he adjusts to Advanced-A ball, but he is still getting groundballs.
Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (12-2 // 51-32)__________________________________
ROME 5, SAVANNAH 3 (Box)
Another sloppy game in Savannah, as the Sand Gnats matched St. Lucie's 4 errors, including 3 by iron-gloved 3B Aderlin Rodriguez. Still, Savannah looked to be in pretty good shape to win their 12th straight, backed by RHP Taylor Whitenton's fine work. The Gnats took an early 3-0 lead with some aggressive baserunning and helped out by two Braves wild pitches, but only managed to put two runners on base after the third inning. Rome cut it to 3-1 with a solo shot in the sixth, and then touched up RHP Luis Rojas for two runs in the seventh and two in the eighth. The Gnats had no answer, and their franchise best win streak was snapped at 11.
- CF Darrell Ceciliani: 0-4
- 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, 3 E(28); Now that, my friends, is how you get Goat of the Night.
- 2B Wilfredo Tovar: 0-3, R, BB, K, SB (5), E (8)
- C Blake Forsythe: 1-3, RBI, BB, K
- RHP Taylor Whitenton: 6 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR, WP
Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (10-8)_______________________________________
VERMONT 5, BROOKLYN 2 (Box)
Brooklyn continues to scuffle, coming off a series loss to first place Staten Island where they should have won all four games. The Cyclones bats went a quiet 2-10 with RISP, and 2011 28th round pick RHP Randy Fontanez put 7 baserunners on, tossed a wild pitch and committed an error on a pickoff in just 1 1/3 innings of work. One bright spot for the Cyclones has been the impressive performance of small college CF Travis Taijeron. He reached base in all four plate appearances and rapped out two doubles on the evening.
- DH Javier Rodriguez: 2-4, K
- 3B Brian Harrison: 0-4, E(4)
- CF Travis Taijeron: 2-2, 2 2B, R, BB, HBP, E(1); 18th round pick mashed at Cal-Poly Pomona and has been raking (.320/.469/.580) at Brooklyn. Question is, can he stick in CF? If so, he is a much more interesting prospect.
- C Nelfi Zapata: 0-4
- RHP Marcos Camarena: L, 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
- RHP Tyson Seng: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 K
- C Camden Maron: 0-3, BB, K; Sleeper catching prospect has drawn 12 walks in 13 games.
- CF Tillman Pugh: 0-4, K
- LF Julio Concepcion: 3-4, 2B, RBI
- OF Gregory Pron: 1-4
★ Star of the Night ★
On a night when the affiliates went 1-5, there isn't a lot of great performances to single out, so we'll split the baby between RHPs Taylor Whitenton and Greg Peavey. Both pitched well enough to win, only to have their defense and bullpens let them down. Both are also having very nice campaigns this year, Whitenton has been clocked well into the 90s this year, and, if he sharpens up his control, could be an interesting, fast moving arm out of the pen. Peavey has seen his peripherals flag some at St. Lucie, but he continues to get the job done and keep the ball on the ground.