Farm report II: Leaders, player notes

July, 18, 2012
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Organization leaders

Average: Maikis De La Cruz, Kingsport, .333; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .323; Eris Peguero, Kingsport, .323; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .314; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, .301; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, .298; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, .296; Cam Maron, Savannah, .295; Stefan Sabol, Brooklyn, .293; Josh Satin, Buffalo, .293.

Homers: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 16; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 16; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 16; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 15; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 14.

RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 60; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, 58; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 54; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 53; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 51.

Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 18; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 18; Juan Lagares, Binghamton, 16; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 16.

ERA: Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 1.47; Hansel Robles, Brooklyn, 2.36; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 2.39; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.44; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 2.45; Michael Fulmer, Savannah, 2.76; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 3.05; Luis Cessa, Brooklyn, 3.16; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 3.29; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 3.30.

Wins: Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 9; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 9; Cory Mazzoni, Binghamton, 8; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 8.

Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 17; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 15; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 14; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 14; Robert Carson, Binghamton, 8.

Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 106; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 98; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 95; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 87; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 85.

Short hops

• 2011 first-round pick Brandon Nimmo produced four straight multi-hit games through Monday to lift his average with Brooklyn to .250 in 100 at-bats. Mets officials note Nimmo is the third-youngest player in the New York-Penn League at not quite 19 years, four months old. He nonetheless leads the league in walk rate (18.2 percent) and ranks fifth in on-base percentage (.392).

Zack Wheeler produced his first professional complete-game shutout Saturday, against Erie. He required 106 pitches. Wheeler improved to 9-4 with a 2.39 ERA in 16 Double-A starts, and Sandy Alderson has indicated a promotion to Buffalo will occur soon.

Against Erie, Wheeler’s sophistication showed. He walked the leadoff batter in the first inning, then went to three balls on the second hitter. But he recognized he was opening his left shoulder during his delivery, quickly self-corrected and breezed through the outing. He issued no other walks in the game.

Wheeler has been using a new grip on his changeup over roughly his past 10 starts, under the tutelage of minor league pitching coordinator Ron Romanick. Conceivably, Wheeler’s final Double-A start may be Friday at Bowie, Md.

• Buffalo outfielder Fred Lewis -- who has appeared in 517 major league games, primarily with the San Francisco Giants -- is the reigning International League Batter of the Week. Lewis was the first Buffalo player to receive that recognition this season. He had three homers and seven RBIs in the first four games after the Triple-A All-Star break. Lewis, 31, is hitting .298 with eight homers, 31 RBIs and 18 steals in 70 games for the Bisons.

• Moving to left field from first base upon the return of Allan Dykstra from the DL has not slowed Eric Campbell. Campbell ranks second in the Eastern League in on-base percentage at .422 and third in batting average at .323.

• Catcher/first baseman Adrian Abreu, center fielder Oswal Caraballo and left fielder Vicente Lupo were picked to represent the Mets organization in the Dominican Summer League All-Star Game.

• Third baseman Aderlin Rodriguez was promoted from Savannah to St. Lucie after hitting .274 with 16 homers and 59 RBIs in 318 at-bats with the Gnats. Rodriguez is off to a 4-for-23 start in the Florida State League. An offense-first player, Rodriguez committed three errors in his first five games with St. Lucie.

• Second baseman Danny Muno, the Mets’ eighth-round pick last year from Fresno State, returned to St. Lucie’s lineup Saturday after completing a 50-game suspension for testing positive for a metabolite of Drostanolone, a performance-enhancing drug. Muno, 23, had been hitting .283 with five homers, 23 RBIs and seven steals out of the leadoff spot for the Florida State League club before the suspension.

• Center fielder Cesar Puello, who missed six weeks with St. Lucie while recovering from surgery to remove a broken hamate bone, has been back out of the lineup since Friday with soreness in that hand.

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Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Bartolo Colon
WINS ERA SO IP
8 4.12 95 126
OTHER LEADERS
BAD. Murphy .288
HRL. Duda 14
RBID. Wright 50
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .829
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112