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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 7/5: Harvey Improves, Lutz Rehabs, Brooklyn's Other Outfielder

Zach Lutz poses for James Cameron's 3D Fusion Camera.
Zach Lutz poses for James Cameron's 3D Fusion Camera.

*All results from games played on our nation's birthday, 2012.

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (42-46)_______________________________________


SP Matt Harvey celebrated America by recording his 100th strikeout, and he notably leads the league in that category. Happier still, the 6'4" righthander has now pitched six straight games without walking more than a pair. Inefficiency has been the bugaboo of Buffalo pitching, but this recent string of success has shrunk Harvey's BB/PA to a 10.1% rate that's higher than his 8.9% mark in Bingo last year, but what are promotions and development for? Besides, opponents are not getting good wood on his pitches, batting .234 and hanging just a 3.39 ERA on the seven-game winner, who "earned" the loss yesterday by not inspiring his crappy offense enough, or something. Save some of your Wheeler enthusiasm for Harvey, reader -- or revisit and savor last year's vintage.

AA - Binghamton Mets (37-46)_____________________________________


The Mets were overmatched by the Flying Squirrels even though the prospects in our bunch performed pretty well. LF Eric Campbell, who clouted a four-base hit (his sixth), is seven for his last 13 and OPSing .954 on the year. The 25-yo's slashline against lefties is a massive .373/.484/.667. In this contest, the pitching gave in early and often, and often, and often again.

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (5-9)________________________________________


Lutz! The oft-injured big-stick-wielding third baseman was pulled for a defensive replacement before the start of the seventh inning, but no indication that he was struck by a passing cruise missile. I'm not sure why he was pulled. The 26-yo had been out since May 14th with a broken hamate bone and was hitting .307/.413/.466 in 27 games in Buffalo. So much pressure must rest on this kid to make up for lost time, and I can hardly imagine his psychological state as the biological clock ticks.

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (4-10)__________________________________


Two home runs by the good guys accounted for the Gnats' two-and-not-enough runs. Aderlin, not yet 21, has 20 doubles and 14 homers in 77 games.

    Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (13-4)__________________________________


    LF Stefan Sabol homered to lead off the Brooklyn fifth inning, and a bit later his fellow flypicker Brandon Nimmo smashed home a trio to break the game open, and provide the Mets' organization with their one Independence Day win. SS Philip Evans, meanwhile, clattered against a couple balls at short and doubled his errors on the year, though eyes on the lad suggest hopeful things.

  • CF Brandon Nimmo: 1-3, 2 R, HR(2), 3 RBI, BB, HBP
  • SS Philip Evans: 1-4, R, BB, K, 2 E(4 -- fielding, fielding)
  • LF Stefan Sabol: 2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR(1), 2 RBI, BB
  • RHP Julian Hilario: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 5 R, 2 BB, 5 K

    Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (4-11)__________________________________


    ★ Beaming Star of the Night

    The inimitable Alex Nelson has a write-up on this year's 17th round draft pick, Stefan Sabol, that calls him "one of the most interesting picks in the entire draft class." I highly suggest you read it. The once highly-regarded high schooler suffered an injury-plagued college career but is certainly one to watch as he turns a new leaf. From the little I've seen he's a zippy outfielder with some acrobatic flair and he's certainly whaling away at the plate: A homer and a double to celebrate the ol' FU to King George, and an America-sized .360/.492/.540 slasher on the season.

    Stinking Goat of the Night

    Heaps of shame to go around, but MdD's 0-4 with a K was a big helping of no-help to his boy Matt Harvey. A .202 hitter in his new league, Matt's looking at footing it on the interstate with a like performance tonight.