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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 5/23: Leathersich's Hi-A Debut, St. Lucie is Mortal, Gnats are Good

MDD whiffs at a blurry ball.
MDD whiffs at a blurry ball.

*All results from games played on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (26-20)_______________________________________


Battling the Pittsburgh affiliate as the Mets visited PNC Park, the Bisons rang a hit, a walk, a balk, and a wild pitch out of SP Jo-Jo Reyes in the first, but bounced a double play ball to break off the rally. In the second inning, fearsome Jo-Jo limped from the game (hammy) but two baserunners were again junked with one weak slap of the ball. SP Chris Schwinden made his own rotten luck, scoring the first runner with a wild pitch before C Jean Luc Blaquiere erred another man home in the same play. (Blaquiere had two throwing errors on the day.) The score stood 4-0 in the fourth when the Bisons actually snuck within range, loading up the bases and scoring two runs on two groundouts -- then tacking on another in the seventh; 4-3. Lefty reliever Josh Edgin worked a nice 2-K inning, but thirty-one year old Fernando Cabrera threw a homer to his first batter, and gave away the game.

  • 1B Josh Satin: 0-3, 2 BB; .273/.350/.378
  • 3B Matt Tuiasosopo: 3-4, R, RBI; .301/.376/.463
  • 2B Brad Emaus: 2-4; .282/.364/.359
  • RHP Chris Schwinden: 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K; (43 IP, 2.72, 36 H, 14 BB, 35 K, 3 HR)
  • LHP Justin Hampson: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K; (25.2 IP, 2.10, 24 H, 8 BB, 20 K, 1 HR)
  • LHP Josh Edgin: 1 IP, 2 K; (In Buffalo: 14.1 IP, 5.02, 18 H, 7 BB, 16 K, 0 HR)
  • RHP Fernando Cabrera: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, HR; (20.1 IP, 3.98, 21 H, 10 BB, 15 K, 2 HR)

AA - Binghamton Mets (21-22)_____________________________________


Nine hits, no runs, 1-10 with RISP, 10 men left on base. CF Matt Den Dekker has fanned 10 times in the last 5 games with just one extra base hit in that stretch, a double. However. The 25 year old has hit safely in his last 16 games, and his 22.9% K rate is a marked improvement on last year's 29% in AA; in fact, he's improved in every facet of his offensive game, posting a robust .219 ISOP and a no-foolin' 123 wOBA+. He's also hitting a ton of line drives (22%.) SP Collin McHugh might have looked somewhat more AAA-worthy with a little help from his friends, but it was nevertheless a sturdy performance from the soon-to-graduate right hander.

Hi-A St. Lucie Mets (34-11)________________________________________


The Mets have lost three in a row. This is somewhat like queuing up a Beatles Pandora and getting three consecutive songs from Wings, none of them "Live and Let Die." #Blame Danny Muno. Left-handed relief ace Jack Leathersich was both bruised and brilliant in his high-A debut, walking two and tossing his first ever home run in pro ball, but also fanning three batters in two-and-two-thirds innings.

Lo-A Savannah Sand Gnats (27-17)__________________________________


The Sand Gnats went up a pair of runs early assisted by an error and three wild pitches from the squidgy RiverDogs. They fell behind briefly in the middle innings, but put up a 3-spot in the eighth powered by RF Charlie Thurber's second extra-base hit, a two-run triple into the right field corner. Now 10 games above .500, Savannah is still second in our minor-affections, but for how long?

★ Beaming Star of the Night

39th-round pick Charley Thurber was born in Elmira, NY, world famous for its mention in "It's a Wonderful Life." He doesn't hit too good -- only .32 OPS points better than 2012 Ike Davis. But tonight, a beaming star!

Stinking Goat of the Night

Bingo's Canuck catcher Jean Luc Blaquiere went 0-2 with a couple of walks, but more to the point made two throwing errors from behind the plate. Does this perhaps mean his throws are at least powerful enough to throw out a base-stealer in the major leagues? Maybe something to investigate, as it would be fun to see a Met do that once...