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Mets Daily Farm System Report - 8/23/12: Wilmer Goes Boom, Aderlin Goes Boom-Boom

As seen in the Mets farm system!
As seen in the Mets farm system!

*All results from games played on Tuesday, August 23rd 2012

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AAA - Buffalo Bisons (62-71)_______________________________________


With Collin McHugh doing his thing up in Queens, Armando Rodriguez got the call up to Triple-A and was also very strong in his debut. The 24-yr old Rodriguez pitched 4.1 very strong innings after posting a 3.04 ERA mostly out of the 'pen with Double-A Binghamton. Unfortunately his bullpen -- namely Garrett Olson -- couldn't hold it and though it took a while, the Herd ultimately lost in eleven.

AA - Binghamton Mets (63-68)_____________________________________


This one was devoid of much pitching, especially on the B-Mets side as starter Cory Mazzoni continued to underwhelm, allowing seven earned after three. To his credit the 23-year old righty has thrown strikes this year, but to his discredit he's been FAR too hittable. On the bright side the Bingo lineup responded nicely, especially the trio of 21-year olds. Flores, Tovar and Marte went 8-for-12 with 15 total bases between them. However, in true Mets fashion the bullpen put this one out of reach, allowing seven more earned following Mazzoni's dismissal.

  • LF Juan Lagares: 2-5, 2B, R, 2 K
  • DH Wilmer Flores: 3-4, 2B, HR(5), 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
  • SS Wilfredo Tovar: 3-4, 3B, 2 RBI, R, E(9); He's batting .230 in Double-A but I'm not too concerned, the walk rate is down but he's still making ridiculous contact...Tovar had similarly slow starts in both Savannah and St. Lucie
  • 3B Jefry Marte: 2-4, 2B, 3 R, BB
  • 2B Reese Havens: 0-5, K; I know people said if you forgave his awful April he's actually been ok, but a .225 August with one homer and over twice as many strikeouts as walks tosses some cold water on that theory
  • C Juan Centeno: 0-2, 2 RBI, BB, PB(9); Quietly batting .285 but it's the excellent contact skills and good plate discipline that could give him a chance to be a defensive-minded backup catcher
  • RHP Cory Mazzoni: 3 IP, 7 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR; 2011 second-rounder has been somewhat disappointing as a pro (see, .271 opponent average)

Hi-A - St. Lucie Mets (28-29)________________________________________


Tough one to be a St. Lucie Met. You know how I always say left-handed starter Angel Cuan may have to move to the next level before hitters catch up to his well-placed finesse offerings? Well maybe not as the Hammerheads knocked him out in under an inning. The lineup managed just four hits off of two guys named Conley.

  • 1B Aderlin Rodriguez: 1-3, K; Played his first game at first base since the mid-July promotion to Hi-A...he's improved a bit defensively this season but I'd be pretty shocked if he doesn't play first long-term
  • CF Cesar Puello: 1-2, SB(16); Speaking of defense, Puello played center for the first time since returning from the hamate injury...Alonzo Harris has been surprisingly good but Puello is still the org's higher priority here
  • RF Cory Vaughn: 1-3, K
  • DH Darrell Ceciliani: 0-3; Batting .300 with a homer in just 16 games in what's been an injury-marred season (hamstring)
  • LF Alonzo Harris: 1-3, 2 K, SB(36)
  • 2B Danny Muno: 0-3, 2 K, E(10)
  • LHP Angel Cuan: 0.2 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
  • LHP Jack Leathersich: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K; Posting a 6.30 ERA in August
As much as the Mets were white-washed in the first game, that's how much starter Logan Verrett dominated Jupiter in game two. The 22-yr old 2011 third rounder tossed seven, one-run innings and pretty much put this one away. Through five starts with St. Lucie Verrett has yet to allow more than two runs or last less than six innings, though home runs have continued to be an issue. Additionally, the tables were turned offensively as the Mets bats went off with four longballs of their own, not to mention three more stolen bases from Alonzo Harris who leads the organization.
  • 3B Aderlin Rodriguez: 3-3, 2 HR(8), 3 RBI, 3 R; With 24 homers total, A-Rod seems to be adjusting nicely to Hi-A at age 20 and will fare very nicely in postseason prospect rankings as a result
  • RF Cesar Puello: 1-3, HR(3); It'd be nice to see him finish strong
  • DH Cory Vaughn: 1-2, RBI, R
  • CF Alonzo Harris: 2-4, R, 3 SB(39); Stealing at a nearly 80% clip, Harris is really boosting his stock this year
  • LF Travis Taijeron: 2-3, HR(6), 3 RBI, R
  • RHP Logan Verrett: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR; K-rate is down a bit in Hi-A but that's nitpicking

Lo-A - Savannah Sand Gnats (24-32)________________________________________


Short Season A - Brooklyn Cyclones (38-25)__________________________________

Appalachian League (R) - Kingsport Mets (22-39)__________________________________


Starter Miller Diaz had perhaps his best appearance as a pro, tossing six scoreless with just two hits. The 20-year old righty from Venezuela features a strong fastball that reaches the mid-90's and now that he's reining in his command he's becoming an interesting arm (see, 9.42 K.9).

  • DH Gavin Cecchini: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K, SB(5)
  • 2B Branden Kaupe: 0-4, 3 K; Batting .178, fourth rounder from Hawaii can take a walk and not much else
  • CF Maikis De La Cruz: 2-4, 3B, RBI, 2 K
  • RF Jorge Rivero: 1-4, RBI, BB, SB(3), CS(2); Batting .333, the 23-year old middle infielder by trade is way old for the league but coming from Cuba this is only his second season as a pro
  • RHP Miller Diaz: 6 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 6 K
  • RHP Akeel Morris: 3 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K, 1 HR; He's come out of the 'pen in each of his last five appearances and he's still walking/whiffing as many as ever
Vicente Lupo has gotten it going again with a hot August that's seen him hit a pair of homers with three more stolen bases. He's now at .340/.492/.601 on the season with 45 walks, 45 strikeouts and 11 stolen bases while playing mostly left field for the DSL squad.

Star of the Night

Hard not to win the star when you hit multiple home runs. Thus spoke Aderlin.

Goat of the Night

Angel Cuan was not angelic nor cherubic last night.