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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 9/4/2011: Johan Returns

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New York Mets Daily Farm System Report - 9/4

*All results from games played on Friday, September 3nd, 2011

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (60-80)_______________________________________

BUFFALO , LEHIGH VALLEY 3 (Box) To say that Lehigh Valley starter Brian Bass gave the Bisons hitters trouble would be an understatement. He crushed them, striking out ten batters over eight scoreless innings. SS Jordany Valdespin managed a couple of hits. Starter RHP Chris Schwinden a walk. That was all.

  • SS Jordany Valdespin: 2-3, K, SB(4) (.306/.358/.440) Had the Herd's only hits in this one
  • RF-LF Mike Baxter: 0-3, K, E(2) (.208/.288/.340)
  • RHP Chris Schwinden: L, 4.1 IP, 2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K (8-8, 3.95, 145.2 IP, 138 H, 48 BB, 134 K, 14 HR)

AA - Binghamton Mets (65-74)_____________________________________

READING 6, BINGHAMTON 5 (Box) Starter RHP Brandon Moore didn't have it tonight but walked the tightrope effectively enough -- that is until CF Matt den Dekker's two-run throwing error. And by the end of three he was pitched out so Wally called on RHP Brad Holt. Now you may look at Holt's line and say 'So much for the solid relief numbers' -- as he allowed a couple of runs over three innings -- but that's a bit misleading. He struck out the side in his first inning of work and cruised through his second. The problem is he hadn't pitched a third since June 16th -- and it showed. And despite a bit of fight from the B-Mets offense, that was pretty much that.

  • 2B Reese Havens: 2-5, 2B, RBI, R, 3 K, E(9) (.290/.374/.459)
  • PH Eric Campbell: 0-1, K (.247/.346/.345)
  • RF Juan Lagares: 1-5, R, K, CS(2) (.370/.391/.513)
  • CF Matt Den Dekker: 1-5, RBI, K, SB(12), E(1) (.232/.311/.430) 13 K's in his last 7 games
  • 1B Allan Dykstra: 3-4, RBI, R, K (.264/.390/.461) Gotta love that OBP
  • C Kai Gronauer: 1-4, R (.248/.324/.345)
  • RHP Brandon Moore: 3 IP, 2 ER (2 unearned), 4 H, 1 BB, 5 K, 3 HB, 1 WP (10-8, 4.47, 133 IP, 156 H, 42 BB, 105 K, 12 HR)
  • RHP Brad Holt: L, 3 IP, 2 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HB (8-8, 4.71, 93.2 IP, 75 H, 57 BB, 74 K, 7 HR) One thing you've got to love is Holt's .211 opponent AVG, versus .336 in 2010

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (34-35 | 72-66)________________________________________

Game 1: PALM BEACH 1, ST. LUCIE 3 (Box) Interesting pitching matchup in this one as Cards stud pitching prospect Carlos Martinez faced off against some old dude named Santana. Johan only went two innings, allowing a run on three singles in the first. Of his 30 pitches, 21 of them went for strikes and didn't walk a batter. He's slated to pitch three more innings on Friday. As for the rest of the game, the Mets bats struggled with Martinez early -- he struck out three of the first six to face him -- however, they came around thanks to the exploits of one OF Gilbert Gomez. The 19-year old started the scoring with an RBI double, continuing his shocking run of success since skipping over three levels when the Mets needed an outfielder. Quietly solid reliever RHP Michael Powers provided 4+ innings of scoreless, two-hit work, LHP Josh Edgin did his thing and that was that.

  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, R, 2 K
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 0-3, 2 K
  • SS Wilmer Flores: 0-3
  • CF Cesar Puello: 0-3, 2 K; Bad game for the youngsters...
  • LF Gilbert Gomez: 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI;...except him
  • C Juan Centeno: 1-3, 3B; Just the seventh XBH of 2011 for the AFL-bound Centeno whose skill is in his ability to make contact
  • LHP Josh Edgin: S, 0.2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 0 K (2-1, 11 Saves, 2.10, 34.1 IP, 30 H, 13 BB, 35 K, 2 HR) Struggling a bit lately, posting a 4.15 ERA in August...the music had to stop eventually
  • REHAB ALERT - LHP Johan Santana: 2 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K

Game 2: PALM BEACH 10, ST. LUCIE 5 (Box) RHP Kyle Allen got the start. He faced eight batters, seven of them reached. And every one of them scored. Game over by the end of the first. Nice to see some signs of life from OF Cory Vaughn though. Oh and just another XBH for OF Gilbert Gomez.

  • DH Cory Vaughn: 2-3, 3B, HR(9), 3 RBI, R (.223/.314/.403)
  • 3B Jefry Marte: DNP (.249/.315/.346)
  • SS Wilmer Flores: 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI, K (.269/.309/.380)
  • CF Cesar Puello: 1-3, R (.256/.312/.396)
  • LF Gilbert Gomez: 1-4, 2B, R, 2 K (.306/.383/.556)
  • RHP Kyle Allen: 0.2 IP, 7 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 1 K, 1 HR, 1 WP (6-11, 6.28, 106 IP, 131 H, 59 BB, 74 K, 9 HR) Officially kissed his prospect status goodbye

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (40-28 | 80-58)__________________________________

SAVANNAH 6, LEXINGTON 2 (Box) Starter Yohan Almonte has been up and down all year but this was one of his finest efforts of the season, shutting the Legends bats down over seven very strong innings. Despite a 2-run hiccup from reliever RHP Ronny Morla in the ninth, this one was out of reach thanks to a revitalized Sand Gnats lineup that has seen a resurgence of many of it's talented young hitters of late.

  • CF Darrell Ceciliani: 2-5, RBI, R (.261/.354/.364) Starting September off on the right foot after batting .320/.421/.443 in August
  • C Albert Cordero: 2-4, RBI, R, PB(14) (.283/.321/.380) Did Darrell one better in August, batting .359
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 2-4, RBI, R (.254/.320/.322) Going with the trend, picked up where he loft in a hot August (.340/.410/.450)
  • RHP Yohan Almonte: W, 6 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 7 K (8-8, 3.91, 112 IP, 115 H, 27 BB, 83 K, 15 HR) 7:1 GB-to-FB rate in this one
  • LHP Chase Huchingson: 1 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K (7-2, 1.82, 84 IP, 61 H, 25 BB, 91 K, 1 HR)

Short Season A- Brooklyn Cyclones (44-29)_______________________________________

BROOKLYN 11, STATEN ISLAND 4 (Box) After clinching a playoff spot, the Cyclones sent out the B-team in this one, but that didn't slow them down as they dominated the SI Yankees. The bullpen got the start in this one, as 2011 fourth rounder RHP Tyler Pill and the rehabbing RHP Nick Carr started things off with three workman-like innings. 3B Brian Harrison has been disappointing at the dish in 2011 but he tried to make up for it last night with a big 3-for-4 effort, including a bomb. It should also be mentioned that after a so-so season with Kingsport, recent addition OF Tillman Pugh has been outstanding posting a .979 OPS with Brooklyn, including three more hits in this one. In short, the bats won the day in this game.

NOTE: 2011 15th rounder Phillip Evans made his NYPL debut in this game, after closing the season out first in the GCL, then in Kingsport. However, the bigger news is that, to my surprise, it looks like the Mets did not send fellow draftee Brandon Nimmo despite the fact that the two had travelled that same path together. My guess is that the org felt a taste of the big city wasn't worth the media firestorm that would befall him if Nimmo showed up in New York. Still disappointing though.

  • SS Danny Muno: DNP (.353/.464/.514)
  • 3B Brian Harrison: 3-4, 3B, HR(3), 4 RBI, 3 R, BB (.239/.333/.312) Where's that been all year?
  • RF Javier Rodriguez: DNP(.259/.351/.413)
  • CF Travis Taijeron: DNP (.300/.389/.547)
  • 1B Cole Frenzel: 1-5, 2 RBI, 2 R, K (.242/.322/.299)
  • CF Tillman Pugh: 3-5, R, 2 K, 2 SB, E(1) (.344/.447/.531)
  • SS Phillip Evans: 1-5; Lo-A debut
  • RHP Tyler Pill: 1 IP, 1 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 2 K (1-0, 3.86, 7 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 9 K, 0 HR) Remains on a strict innings limit
  • RHP Nick Carr: 2 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K, 1 HB (0-0, 2.35, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 5 BB, 5 K, 0 HR)

Star of the Night

Despite an excellent outing from Savannah's RHP Yohan Almonte, I've got to go with my boy 3B Brian Harrison who was a double short of the cycle in Brooklyn's 11-4 victory last night. All in all it's been a pretty disappointing season for Harrison, who hit just his third homer in this game after hitting seven in nearly half the ab's in 2010. Even so, I picked the kid as one of my bigger sleepers this spring so I suppose I've got to show some loyalty, even if that means going down with the ship...

Goat of the Night
In likely his last start of 2011 St. Lucie's RHP Kyle Allen delivered one of the worst starts we've seen in this system all season. Remember when this guy was a top prospect? Yeah, me neither.