Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Farm report II: Leaders, player notes
By Adam Rubin
Average: Eris Peguero, Kingsport, .370; Stefan Sabol, Brooklyn, .348; Cole Frenzel, Brooklyn, .329; Eric Campbell, Binghamton, .329; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, .321; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, .307; Maikis De La Cruz, Kingsport, .302; Josh Rodriguez, Buffalo, .301; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, .301; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, .300.
Homers: Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 15; Cory Vaughn, St. Lucie, 14; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 13; Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 13; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 12.
RBI: Aderlin Rodriguez, Savannah, 52; Wilmer Flores, Binghamton, 52; Travis Taijeron, St. Lucie, 52; Valentino Pascucci, Buffalo, 51; T.J. Rivera, St. Lucie, 42.
Steals: Alonzo Harris Jr., St. Lucie, 16; Fred Lewis, Buffalo, 15; Matt den Dekker, Buffalo, 14; Pedro Zapata, Binghamton, 13.
ERA: Luis Mateo, Brooklyn, 0.51; Gabriel Ynoa, Brooklyn, 2.00; Tyler Pill, St. Lucie, 2.58; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 2.69; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 2.74; Hansel Robles, Brooklyn, 2.87; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 3.03; Luis Cessa, Brooklyn, 3.21; Angel Cuan, St. Lucie, 3.34; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 3.41.
Wins: Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 7; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 7; Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 7; Hamilton Bennett, St. Lucie, 7; Rafael Montero, St. Lucie, 7.
Saves: Fernando Cabrera, Buffalo, 16; Adrian Rosario, Binghamton, 13; T.J. Chism, Savannah, 13; Adam Kolarek, St. Lucie, 11; Robert Carson, Binghamton, 7.
Strikeouts: Matt Harvey, Buffalo, 96; Collin McHugh, Buffalo, 90; Zack Wheeler, Binghamton, 82; Garrett Olson, Buffalo, 77; Gonzalez Germen, Binghamton, 77.
• Brooklyn catcher Kevin Plawecki, the 35th overall pick in the draft, took two days away from the Cyclones to attend the Johnny Bench Award presentation in Wichita, Kansas. Plawecki was a finalist for the honor, given annually to the nation’s top catcher. University of Florida product Mike Zunino -- the third over pick in the draft, by Seattle -- won the award. New Mexico’s Mitchell Garver was the other finalist. Plawecki (.171, 2 HR, 4 RBIs in 35 at-bats with Brooklyn) is day-to-day after being struck on the left hand in the 11th inning Monday. X-rays were negative.
• Second-round pick Matt Reynolds has manned shortstop for Savannah since making his pro debut Saturday. He was used at multiple infield positions while in college at Arkansas, but primarily manned third, where he was named first-team All-Southeastern Conference. The temporary position switch is partly a function of a logjam of third basemen in the Mets system, including Aderlin Rodriguez with the Gnats. While Reynolds will get exposure to shortstop this summer, his future home more likely is back at third base. Reynolds led the Razorbacks with a .323 average, seven homers and 45 RBIs during his junior season.
• Brooklyn right-hander Luis Mateo is 3-0 with a 0.51 ERA entering his next scheduled start, Saturday against Jamestown. Mateo, 22, has struck out 22 and walked two in 17 1/3 innings spanning three starts. He originally was signed by San Francisco in 2008, but the $625,000 contract was voided because of bone chips discovered in his pitching elbow.
Mateo has been named New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week. Teammate Cole Frenzel (.412, 1 HR, 10 RBIs in 51 at-bats) was named the NYPL’s Player of the Week. It marked the first time the Cyclones ever swept the weekly honors.
• Outfielder Adam Loewen, who was beaten out by Mike Baxter for an Opening Day roster spot as a lefty-hitting backup outfielder, returned from a 10-week absence Saturday with Class A St. Lucie after a stress fracture in his right foot healed. Loewen is due to rejoin Triple-A Buffalo today.
• The remainder of 2010 New York-Penn League batting champ Darrell Ceciliani’s season may be in jeopardy. Ceciliani, an outfielder selected in the fourth round in ’09, has landed on the disabled list for a fourth time this season with St. Lucie with a hamstring injury. Ceciliani has appeared in no more than four games between any two DL stints this season.
• Right-hander Armando Rodriguez has been added to Binghamton’s contingent for the Eastern League All-Star game next Wednesday. Rodriguez (2-0, 2.89 ERA, one save) will join infielders Eric Campbell and Jefry Marte as the B-Mets’ representatives. Zack Wheeler, who is due to participate in Sunday’s Futures Game along with Wilmer Flores, was selected for the Eastern League event but will not attend because of his participation in the prospect showcase in Kansas City.
• Wheeler will face his former organization for the first time Thursday when he pitches at Richmond, the Double-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. Wheeler tweeted that he particularly was eager to oppose friend Chris Heston, who is 6-3 with an Eastern League-leading 1.89 ERA. Wheeler’s 2.74 ERA ranks fourth in the league, despite consecutive rough outings. Having left breaking pitches up over the plate, Wheeler allowed a career-high seven runs (six earned) in 6 2/3 innings Saturday against Altoona.
• After a two-week stint playing American League affiliates and using a DH, the B-Mets returned to facing NL affiliates this week. That means pitchers hit. And that has created an infield logjam. With the third baseman Flores’ promotion from St. Lucie and first baseman Allan Dykstra returning from a fractured left forearm, Campbell has been pushed to left field from first base. And Flores and Marte, also a third baseman, now each have started at first base for the first time in their pro careers during the regular season. The infield-heavy B-Mets are not as congested in the outfield with Pedro Zapata landing on the DL with a right hamstring strain.
• Infielder Zach Lutz, a member of the 40-man roster, is due to begin playing with Class A St. Lucie after recovering from surgery to remove a broken hamate bone in the base of his hand. Lutz was hitting .307 with three homers and 13 RBIs and had a .413 on-base percentage in 27 games with Buffalo before landing on the DL in mid-May. Center fielder Cesar Puello returned to St. Lucie’s lineup on Monday after undergoing the same surgical procedure, which cost him nearly six weeks.
• The Bisons’ Valentino Pascucci will be one of six competitors in the home run derby Monday at the Triple-A All-Star festivities in Buffalo. Pascucci will go head to head with former Mets farmhand Mike Hessman, who is the active leader in career minor league homers with 354. Pascucci ranks second with 244.
• Seventeenth-round pick Stefan Sabol extended his hitting streak to nine games Tuesday with Brooklyn.
Adam Rubin’s farm report appears Wednesdays during the regular season