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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report- 8/27/11: K Me, I'm Irish

New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 8/27

*All results from games played on Friday, August 26th 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (57-76)_______________________________________


The woes continued for the Buffalo bats, as they were shut out by the combined efforts of three Mud Hens pitchers. The Bisons put nine men on the base paths, but couldn't convert, going an anemic 0-5 with runners in scoring position. SS Jordany Valdespin continued to swing a hot bat, knocking two hits to make him 11 for his last 31 with three doubles and a home run. RHP Dylan Owen made his third consecutive excellent start for Buffalo, but was oddly pulled after striking out the first two batters in the 7th. He was at 107 pitches, but had been dominating the Toledo line-up. LHP Justin Hampson came in, hit the first batter, then gave up back to back singles. The second one was an RBI single off the bat of ex-Met Timo Perez to break the scoreless tie. Buffalo went quietly in the ninth and has now lost four straight

  • 1B Zach Lutz: 0-4, 3 K (.303/.391/.505)
  • 3B Josh Satin: 1-4, 2 K, CS (.326/.413/.500 // .326/.386/.402 @ AAA)
  • SS Jordany Valdespin: 2-4, 2B, SB (2) (.292/.332/.471 // .264/.280/.403 @ AAA)

AA - Binghamton Mets (60-72)_____________________________________


Break up the B-Mets! Binghamton continues to pick up momentum as we come down the homestretch. This is probably due to finally having good players Manager Wally Backman's coach 'em up attitude. RHP Colin McHugh continues to baffle, befuddle, and downright beguile the Eastern League, spinning six shutout innings. He has basically been unhittable in the second half of the season. I can only imagine what would happen if he had to pitch to LF Juan Lagares, who has been just as hot at the plate.

  • 2B Reese Havens: 1-4, R, 2 K (.294/.377/.449)
  • 1B Eric Campbell: 0-1 (.241/.345/.334)
  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-4, 2B, R (.271/.344/.481 // .244/.323/.466 @ AA)
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 0-3, 2 K (.253/.380/.450); If you squint hard enough, you can almost see a future major leaguer.  
  • LF Juan Lagares: 3-3, 2B, 2 RBI, SB (7) (.355/.390/.510 // .398/.419/.553); At a certain point I guess I have to consider him a serious prospect, but a .400 BABIP is a .400 BABIP, and he has 3 walks at AA. 
  • RHP Colin McHugh: W, 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 1 BB, 8 K, HBP, E (2) (8-4, 120 IP, 4.05, 128 K, 44 BB, 120 H, 5 HR) ; I mean, he's not THAT old for AA and has arguably been the best pitcher in the organization in the 2nd half. Actually, I don't know that it's even really an argument. 
REHAB ALERT: Some guy named Jose Reyes went 1-3 with a solo home run. I thought he was a catcher in the Cubs system, but he played shortstop?

AFL NEWS: According to Lynn Worthy, RHP Brandon Moore, RHP Colin McHugh, LF Juan Lagares and 2B Reese Havens will all be playing in the Arizona Fall League this year.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (29-30 // 68-62)________________________________________


The St. Lucie offense couldn't support a good start from RHP Armando Rodriguez, and the pen coughed up three in the top of the seventh to cost the Mets the W.

DOCK DOYLE WATCH: Dock Doyle started at catcher and went 0-3 with two passed balls. Boo! 


Don't adjust your TV set. This wasn't the same exact game. It just looks like it. Three runs in the top of the seventh seal the sweep for the Maruaders, as the Mets manage only a scant three hits.

  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, K (.264/.376/.391 // .233/.333/.366 @ Hi-A)
  • SS Wilmer Flores: 0-3, K (.272/.312/.385); Curious to see where he rates on offseason lists. He might not be in my top 15 right now. 
  • LF Gilbert Gomez: 0-3 (.257/.330/.380 // .289/.357/.484 @ Hi-A)
  • RHP Cory Mazzoni: 1 IP, 0 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K (2-0, 12 IP, 0.75, 16 K, 3 BB, 9 H, 1 HR)

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (36-25 // 75-55)__________________________________


Savannah finally snapped their losing streak, via the ol' walkoff squeeze play. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, SS Luis Nieves dropped down a bunt that evidently was good enough to score C Blake Forsythe, lumbering home from third. That capped a fine game for Forsythe, who reached base four times and slugged his ninth home run of the year. In fact, all the Savannah prospects had big games. CF Darrell Ceciliani slapped out four hits, and 3B Aderlin Rodriguez added three more and a moonshot of his own. And The Sand Gnats needed every hit they could get as LHP Angel Cuan got knocked around again and may be tiring as he is up over 100 innings for the first time in his career.

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 4-5, 3B, 2 SB (24) (.247/.337/.337)
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 3-5, 2B, HR (16), 2 R, RBI (.217/.264/.360)
  • C Blake Forsythe: 2-3, HR (9), 3 R, RBI, 2 BB, K (.230/.330/.388)
  • DH Albert Cordero: 2-5, RBI, 2 K (.282/.313/.385)
  • LHP Angel Cuan: 6 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 9 H, 1 BB, 1 K, (10-3, 119 IP, , 94 K, 16 BB, 124 H, 10 HR); Cuan has filled in admirably as a starter, but have to imagine he goes back to the pen next year in St. Lucie. He's absolutely killed lefties this year, so I do think he could make it as a bullpen arm in the future. 
  • LHP Chase Huchingson: 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K (7-2, 82 IP, 1.65, 88 K, 25 BB, 58 H, 1 HR); Man, Savannah just does not lack for interesting arms. That home run rate probably isn't sustainable outside Historic Grayson Stadium, but Huchingson does get a lot of groundballs.

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (38-28)_______________________________________




The sweep puts the Cyclones a half game up on Williamsport for the NYPL wild card.

Applachian League (R)- Kingsport Mets (35-29)_______________________________________

  • DH Camden Maron: 2-3, R, 2 BB, K (.312/.430/.397); Hmmmm, no wonder D3PO likes him. #moneyball
  • LF Julio Concepcion: 0-5, 2 K (.302/.324/.409)
  • RF Gregory Pron: 2-3, RBI, BB (.319/.389/.498)
  • Jeffrey Glenn: 0-0, BB, SB (2), E (5) (.247/.317/.393); Left game in the fourth for a pinch hitter. Probably not going to be able to track down any injury report on this one, though. 

Gulf Coast League (R)- GCL Mets (26-29)_______________________________________


 Star of the Night 

LF Juan Lagares certainly deserves the award tonight. Okay, I hate to rain to be the guy who rains on everyone's parade, especially since he is a better prospect than my much beloved Josh Satin and Darin Gorski, but Lagares is not going to have a .400 BABIP at the MLB level. I think we all know this. Problem is he'll basically have to hit .300-.320 to have his bat play in a corner, since he lacks patience or elite power. The hit tool is good enough that he could do that, but I don't think he is a slam dunk major league regular. He's also basically the same player he was in 2010 at Savannah, plus about 70 points of BABIP. Maybe he's hitting more line drives, but if you want to be a corner outfielder in the bigs, you need secondary skills.

Goat of the Night

The St. Lucie offense. With Lagares at AA, Shields and Puello hurt, and Vaughn struggling, this is not a pretty line-up.