Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Farm report II: Leaders, player notes
By Adam Rubin
Average: Eris Peguero, Kingsport, .500; Alexander Sanchez, Brooklyn, .444; Phillip Evans, Brooklyn, .429; Jeffrey Diehl, Kingsport, .333; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, .333; Joe Tuschak, Kingsport, .333; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, .332; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .313; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .300; Cam Maron, Savannah, .296.
Homers: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 13; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 12; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 12; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 11.
RBI: Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 44; Travis Taijeron, Savannah, 44; Wilmer Flores, St. Lucie, 41; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 41; T.J. Rivera, Savannah, 37.
Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 12; Wilfredo Tovar, St. Lucie, 12; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 12.
ERA: Matt Budgell, Kingsport, 0.00; Dawrin Frias, Brooklyn, 0.00; John Mincone, Brooklyn, 0.00; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 0.00; Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 1.59; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 1.96; Shane Bay, Kingsport, 2.45; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 2.52; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 2.55; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 2.71.
Wins: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 6; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 6; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 6; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 6; Yohan Almonte, St. Lucie, 6; Rafael Montero, Savannah, 6.
Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 15; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 13; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 12; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 10.
Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 81; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 70; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 70; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 65; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 62.
• Right-hander Collin McHugh, compared by scouts to Dillon Gee, had a misleading line in his Triple-A debut Monday. After two walks and a wild pitch in the first inning led to a Norfolk run on a sacrifice fly by veteran Miguel Tejada, McHugh put up zeroes until the sixth inning. That’s when McHugh -- an 18th-round pick in 2008 out of Berry College in Georgia -- allowed a pair of singles and a walk to open the frame and departed with Buffalo leading, 3-1. Left-hander Josh Edgin entered and allow all three inherited runners to score, so McHugh was charged with four runs on five hits and four walks in five-plus innings in his International League debut.
McHugh, who turned 25 on Tuesday, is only the second former Berry College pitcher to reach Triple-A. The other: right-hander Chuck Smith, who actually did so in 2006 with Norfolk, when the Tides were affiliated with the Mets organization.
• Reliever Jeff Stevens, a former Cub, was demoted to Binghamton to clear a Triple-A roster spot for McHugh.
• St. Lucie third baseman Wilmer Flores earned MVP honors at Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game. Flores went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a walk in a 6-3 South victory. The Mets had eight players appear in the game, including late addition Richard Lucas (0-for-3) to man first base. The others: outfielder Cory Vaughn (1-for-2), catcher Blake Forsythe (1-for-2), shortstop Wilfredo Tovar (0-for-2), left-hander Chase Huchingson (0 ER, 1 IP) , right-hander Cory Mazzoni (1 ER, 1 IP) and left-hander Adam Kolarek (0 ER, 1 IP).
• Mazzoni, the organization’s second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, is expected to be promoted to Double-A Binghamton today. He will be part of a six-man B-Mets rotation. Mazzoni went 5-1 with a 3.25 ERA in 12 starts with St. Lucie, allowing 64 hits and 16 walks while striking out 48 in 63 2/3 innings.
• Kingsport, including first-round pick Gavin Cecchini, a high school shortstop from Louisiana, opened its season Tuesday night. The full roster:
Pitchers: Martires Arias, Alberto Baldonado, Shane Bay, Matt Budgell, Christian Chivilli, Miller Diaz, Zachary Dotson, Ramon Estevez, John Gant, Robert Gsellman, Steven Matz, Christian Montgomery, Akeel Morris, Flabio Ortega, Andres Perez, Luis Rengel, Persio Reyes, Carlos Valdez, Edioglis Villasmil.
Catchers: Tyler Carpenter, Jeyckol Deleon, Alex Machillanda, Tomas Nido.
Infielders: Cecchini, Anthony Chavez, Jeffrey Diehl, Branden Kaupe, Pedro Perez, Yeixon Ruiz, Kevin Wiejgerste.
Outfielders: Michael Bernal, Maikis De La Cruz, Bradley Marquez, Eris Peguero, Joe Tuschak.
Cecchini went 0-for-3 with two walks, a caught stealing, run scored and throwing error in his pro debut.
• Purdue catcher Kevin Plawecki, a supplemental first-round pick (35th overall), went 0-for-4, was hit by a pitch and had a passed ball Tuesday for Brooklyn in his pro debut.
• Prep right-hander Andrew Massie, the organization’s 24th-round pick, signed a contract Saturday to join the Mets, the Dyersburg (S.C.) State Gazette reported. Fourteenth-round pick Chris Flexen, a high school right-hander from California, reportedly is close to signing as well.
• Buffalo outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo snapped an 0-for-30 skid Saturday.
• Jenrry Mejia made his third relief appearance since converting from starting Tuesday. He tossed two scoreless innings. Mejia rebounded from a woeful appearance Sunday, in which four of five batters reached -- via two hits, plus a walk and a hit batter. He has yet to enter mid-inning or inherit runners during a two-week program to ready him for major league consideration.
• With Tuesday’s loss, St. Lucie owns a 48-19 record with one game remaining in its first half. The club narrowly will fall shy of becoming the third team in Florida State League history to win 50 games in a half. The lone teams to accomplish the feat:
Dunedin (Blue Jays), 53-14, 1990, first half. (Team included future major leaguers Jeff Kent, Al Leiter and David Weathers.)
Sarasota (White Sox), 50-19, 1992, first half.
St. Lucie nonetheless owns its best record in a half ever. The previous top mark was 47-22 in the first half in 2000. That team included Heath Bell, Endy Chavez and Jason Phillips. Two of St. Lucie’s first-half games were canceled because of weather and will not be made up.
• T.J. Rivera started at shortstop and went 1-for-2 for the South Division in Tuesday’s South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Travis Taijeron entered in left field for the sixth inning and went 0-for-2. T.J. Chism allowed a run on two hits in one inning. Participating in a preliminary round of the home run derby Monday on the deck of the aircraft carrier Yorktown, Taijeron advanced to Tuesday’s four-man final round, but lost out to Asheville’s Harold Riggins. Garin Cecchini, a Red Sox farmhand and the brother of the Mets’ first-round pick Gavin, appeared at third base in the SAL All-Star game.
• Zack Wheeler allowed season highs with three runs and seven hits Thursday against Reading as a personal six-game winning streak ended with a no-decision. Wheeler, whose ERA trickled upward to 1.92, next pitches Game 1 of a doubleheader Wednesday night at Akron.
• Center fielder Matt den Dekker is hitting .259 in seven games since a promotion to Buffalo. Six of his seven hits have been for extra bases, including a pair of homers. Den Dekker has one highlight-reel catch so far, but that partly had to do with a less-than-direct route necessitating a dive.
• Scott Kazmir, who auditioned for the Mets in March, is joining the independent Sugar Land Skeeters, according to Foxsports.com. The Atlantic League team will play at the Long Island Ducks from June 28-July 1, then at Bridgeport July 2-4.
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