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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 4/20/12: Wherefore Art Thou Tobi Stoner?

Pascucci Smash!
Pascucci Smash!

*All results from games played on Thursday, April 19th

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (7-8)_________________


The run in the first off starter Garrett Olson put Buffalo behind the eight ball early but it was the five that reliever Jack Egbert allowed in the eighth that truly sunk them. Now the Bisons hitters certainly didn't go down without a fight as evidenced by their 11 hits and a more than respectable 16 men on base. Homers from Val and Val -- despin and Pascucci -- certainly didn't hurt either. But 1-for-13 with RISP doesn't usually cut it on the best of days, doubly so on a sloppy night when three errors led to three free IronPig scores.

INJURY UPDATE: According to Adam Rubin, Daniel Herrera will require Tommy John Surgery, effectively ending his 2012 season. This leaves Garrett Olson, Chuck James and of course Josh Edgin as potential secondary lefty options for the big league bullpen.

Valdespin's second homer of the season:

AA - Binghamton Mets (6-7)_____________________________________


For the second straight day the B-Mets sat back and watched as their starter mowed down opposition batters. In this game it was Darin Gorski who put on the show, allowing just four baserunners over six scoreless innings. And fortunately on this night that was enough to wind up on top. In 16 innings this season the emerging lefty has allowed just two earned runs while striking out a veritable batter an inning as he cements his status as one of the club's legit top pitching prospects. As an aside, Elvin Ramirez has been a different pitcher since rejoining the organization from the Nats; sort of a lucky break for the Mets that he was injured all season. Look for him to move extremely quickly -- maybe more so than Edgin.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (11-2)________________________________________


The pitching's been good so far, so why stop the fun now? Excellent starting pitching was once again the name of the game as St. Lucie starter Chase Huchingson twirled five more scoreless en route to a seven inning, rain-shortened Mets victory. For those of you scoring at home that brings his streak to 17.2 innings thus far in 2012 without allowing a run of any kind. In an earlier report someone asked who might be the Gorski of 2012; you're looking at him. Vaughn was back for this one; still waiting on Ceciliani.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (10-5)__________________________________


Ok, so not everyone pitched great. Hickory bats scored in five of the first six innings of this one and the rout was on (see, Frank Viola tossed in fifth). Though to be fair, three of the four runs surrendered by Gnats starter Alex Panteliodis were unearned as apparently the butterfingers were contagious tonight. Savannah actually had the shameful distinction of producing more errors than hits in this game, not a common or a very easy thing to do. However, unbelievable though it may seem, Aderlin Rodriguez was not, I repeat, not responsible for any of the three gaffs in this one. How about that.

  • C Albert Cordero: 0-3, 2 K; He's off to another slow start with Savannah, managing just 4 hits in his first 29 ab's (.138) including just one XBH...hopefully we won't have to wait until the ASB for him to heat up this year
  • CF Travis Taijeron: 0-3, BB, K
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 0-4, K
  • 1B Brian Harrison: 1-4, R, 2 K
  • LHP Alex Panteliodis: L, 4 IP, 1 ER (3 unearned), 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K

Star of the Night

Tempting to go with one of the three lefties who excelled in their starts last night. But instead we go back to Binghamton where non-prospect Travis Ozga took his DH duties seriously, collecting a potent 3-for-4 as part of Bingo's 6-zip victory over the PawSox. Specifically, Ozga knocked down a double as well as his second homer of the season.

Goat of the Night

From that same game, European sensation Kai Gronauer was less than sensational as he pulled off the dreaded 0-for-3, 3 K. And though a HBP helps the cause, it really is the perfect cherry on top of a crappy night for Gronauer. Could have been worse...but not much.